Bath fined for releasing Faletau

first_imgFaletau was allowed to feature in a 24-22 victory over the Springboks at the Principality Stadium on December 2 despite the Test falling outside World Rugby’s international window.Bath had been aware that sanctions could be imposed for giving the number eight the green light to line up for his country.The Premiership club on Wednesday confirmed they have been slapped with a fine and called for a change of regulations.Bath chief executive Tarquin McDonald said: “We understand Premiership Rugby’s position on this, and have subsequently worked proactively with them to swiftly achieve a fair resolution.”We believed this situation would change, that has not yet happened and we have therefore come to an appropriate settlement with Premiership Rugby.”However, we continue to believe that there is appetite for change and that this ongoing conflict between the club and international calendars is not good for players, clubs or unions.”We continue to support the objective of a solution for the separation of club and international calendars in a way which benefits players, clubs and unions, and brings an end to situations such as this.” Photo Getty Images. Caption: Wales number eight Taulupe Faletaulast_img read more

Guyana excluded from Trump’s “Caribbean leadership” meeting

first_img…as coalition Govt to occupy office illegally after todayUnited States (US) President Donald Trump will be hosting several Caribbean leaders on Friday for a special meeting in Florida, which has been organised to discuss a number of issues ranging from security cooperation and the potential opportunities for energy investment.US President Donald TrumpBut according to a Reuters report, Trump has only invited leaders of The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia to be part of the meeting. The discussions will also look at the Chinese “predatory economic practices” and the Venezuela situation.That meeting is taking place the first day following the expiration of the 90-day period in which elections should have been held in Guyana due to the successful passage of the No-confidence Motion.The Trump Administration has often warned countries in the region about accepting Chinese investment and as it relates to the current economic and political crisis in Venezuela, the US has recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president.When contacted on Wednesday, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said he was not sure if Guyana has been invited. “I have not seen a letter… sometimes we hear things and we respond to it but you don’t see the actual what you call the cargadge, that is the paper work that says this is so. I haven’t heard about it.”Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has repeatedly warned that his party will call on various countries and international organisations not to recognise the coalition Government after today. Jagdeo had said he will be calling for international sanctions as well.During a press conference on Wednesday, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary labelled the actions of the Government past today as a “coup d’état against the Constitution.”Jagdeo said, “I believe this, is akin to a coup d’état. Normally, we use coup d’état when there is an overthrow of the Government using force, but this is the illegal occupation of office because the Government has overthrown constitutional order in Guyana and so it is a coup d’état against the Constitution.”President David GrangerAccording to the Opposition Leader, based on the legal advice that his party has received, the Government will be illegal from March 22. “That is clear in all of the opinions that we have sought and in of the engagements with the legal fraternity, in speaking with people who have been in Parliaments, Members of Parliament from around the world. The Government shall become illegal as of March 21,” he added.ImmunityJagdeo also posited that if President David Granger remains in office after March 21, he will be doing so illegally and all of the acts that he conducts or undertakes past that date will be would also be deemed illegal. As such, the President will have to be answerable to all of those acts both criminally or civil and he is bound to lose all of his presidential immunities.Further, the Opposition Leader said, “People can take legal action against him now or in the future when the Government changes both of a civil nature and of a criminal nature. Similarly with the Ministers, they would no longer be legal and there acts would also be illegal and they would have to be personally responsible for their acts and they won’t be able to use state resources.”But the list goes on, as Jagdeo also remarked that all of the acts of the Government will become voidable warning investors and members of the Private Sector not to sign any agreements with what he described as an “illegal Government.” He noted that his party will not respect any agreement signed during this period and possible legal challenges will also be pursued.As it relates to the claim that Government would remain in office out of necessity, Jagdeo said there could be no necessity arising out of a process that the President himself has engineered. “The Government cannot claim necessity… All the lawyers that I have spoken to claim that the President cannot take advantage of his illegality by blaming necessity because they (the lawyers) are saying to me that necessity cannot be applied when it’s self-inflicted,” he added.ProtestsWhile the Opposition plans to organised protest actions across the country, Jagdeo said these protests will be peaceful declaring “we are very different from the PNC (People’s National Congress).”“We will not burn a single building in the city as they did or anywhere in the country. We will not damage public infrastructure. We will not beat people on the streets or harass them. We will not do anything that will harm our public servants, Policemen and women; soldiers, doctors, teachers from going about their daily business,” he explained.Rather, the Opposition said, “Our target will be narrowly focused on the illegal President, illegal Prime Minister, and the illegal Ministers. That is where we would focus on. Not to pursue violence against them but to make life very uncomfortable for them who have been occupying offices illegally and violating the Constitution…Who now for their own self-interest will push our country into a crisis which may have implications for territorial integrity putting our country at risk because you want to hang on to power.”last_img read more


first_imgThe young pupils of Crannógbuí National School in Ardara.The pupils performed their Christmas play “Tinsel & Tea Towels” this week.And not only did the school put on a terrific performance but they also thought of others in the process. They would like to thank everyone who contributed to the school raffle which raised €390, a portion of which is going to the Cancer Bus.SCHOOL PUTS ON TINSEL AND TEATOWELS FOR A VERY GOOD CAUSE! was last modified: December 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDozens of cases of alleged drink-driving across Donegal have been adjourned over a legal challenge brought by a Romanian national who was not given details of a breath test – in Irish.Alleged drink-driving cases were adjourned at Letterkenny District Court.Mihai Avandenei (28) had his case supported by a district judge who has now referred it to the High Court. A number of cases of alleged drink-driving on Donegal roads were adjourned at Letterkenny District Court yesterday because of the case.Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill is among hundreds of motorists awaiting the outcome of the case, which is due to be heard on June 26. The senator has not entered a plea yet.Local Judge Paul Kelly has agreed to adjourn a number of local cases until the test case at the High Court.Mr Avadenei was stopped at 12.50am on April 21 last year at Wolf Tone Quay in Dublin by Garda Francis McMahon, who alleged the motorist had been driving at 80kmh in a 50kmh zone. Suspecting Mr Avandenei of drink-driving, Gda McMahon arrested him and took him to Store Street Garda Station.Although the Romanian national had a good command of the English language an interpreter was provided.A subsequent breath test carried out by Gda Colm McCluskey gave a reading of 52 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The drink-drive limit is 22 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath.Gda McCluskey and the accused driver both signed the computer print-out. Mr Avandenei – from Lioscianan, Swords, Co Dublin – was charged with drink-driving and released on bail.He appeared before the Dublin District Court last July, where his solicitor Michael Staines argued his client should have been given a read-out of his breath test from the intoxlyser machine in both Irish and English.Mr Staines said the print-out submitted to the court was not a duly completed statement within the meaning of the 2010 Road Traffic Act as it was only in English.He submitted that the rules required it to be in both English and Irish and that the document was therefore not a duly completed statement and not admissible in evidence.In a submission to the High Court, Judge Conal Gibbons said he sided with the accused on the case, but asked for a ruling from the higher court.The Director of Public Prosecutions is challenging Judge Gibbons’ ruling.ALLEGED DRINK-DRIVING CASES PUT ON ICE OVER ROMANIAN MAN’S IRISH BREATH TEST CLAIM was last modified: April 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:casesdonegaldrink-driivngHIGH COURTJudge Paul Kellylast_img read more

DD Cooking: Time to bake your brack!

first_imgThis week Donegal Daily’s cooking columnist, Chef Martin Anderson of Sonder, talks about the tradition of the barmbrack and gives us the perfect recipe to make your own! Well Halloween is just a little over a week away and there will be loads of nuts, apples, pumpkins and clowns knocking about over the next 2 weeks.It was always a tradition in our family to roast a massive tray of peanuts in their shells and slowly devour them over the Halloween week – the only thing was we used to throw the shells back into the tray and towards the end of the celebrations the nuts got scarce, it was like a lucky dip sometimes.Pumpkins were not so common in those days but are readily available these days, so make sure you make a nice pumpkin soup or pie out of the flesh you scoop out when you are carving them.What better way to celebrate this spooky time of year than with a traditional Barmbrack though , it’s simple to bake and there is always a bit of fun when someone finds the hidden gift baked inside, make sure the items are well cleaned and wrapped in grease proof paper, sometimes the metal will react with the mix and turn the brack green. Traditionally the items are a coin for wealth or good fortune, a ring… will marry within the year, a dried bean… for poverty, a dried pea and you will not marry within the year, a matchstick… unhappy marriage, a thimble and it’s the single life for you, I can’t remember which I found in the last brack I had!As with all baking make sure you have the right equipment, that your oven is clean and working properly and that you have the correct weight of your required ingredients.This recipe needs the fruit to soak at least 12hrs in advance and I’ve added a little marmalade to the mix to give that extra big of zing to the flavour of the Brack .You will need a 2lb loaf tin or cake tin, make sure it’s well buttered and lined with non stock baking parchment.You will need: > 375 g of mixed dried fruit ! You may buy a bag of mixed fruits or make up your own with Raisins, Sultanas, cranberries cherries, mixed peel etc> A shot of Irish whiskey or brandy> 250 ml of hot tea> butter, for greasing> 225 g of plain flour> 2 tsp baking powder> 125 g of brown sugar> 1/2 tsp of mixed spice or cinnamon> 1 large egg> 1 tablespoon of marmalade> The gifts you wish to use.Method:> Place the mixed dried fruit in a bowl and pour over the whiskey/brandy and hot tea.> Allow to soak up the liquid overnight.> Preheat your oven to 170°C> Grease and line your loaf tin.> Beat your egg and marmalade together, it’ll look a bit odd but it’s okay.> Sieve the the flour, baking powder and mixed spice together in a mixing bowl add the sugar and mix well .> Add the egg & marmalade mix to the dry ingredients.> Add a little bit of the liquid from the mixed fruit and mix it through.> Don’t add all the liquid or it will be too wet , though you are looking for a wet dough.> Stir in the mixed fruit until everything is thoroughly combined.> Add the trinkets you have chosen and stir through.> Spoon the wet dough into the loaf or cake tin, place on the middle shelf in the oven and bake for 1 hour> Remove from the oven and check if it’s cooked, this can be fond with a wooden or metal skewer, simply pierce the brack in the Center and remove the skewers it should come out clean and dry, if it’s still raw return to the oven until cooked through .> When cooked remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before removing from the loaf tin and placing on wire rack.> Allow to cool fully before covering Cover in cling film and foil and allow to sit for 1–2 days before cutting into it.> Serve in slices, spread with a little butter and watch out for those wee gifts inside or you’ll break your teeth!Next week I’ll give you some party food ideas for Halloween night and a pumpkin soup recipe too, so keep an eye out for that. You may follow me on snapchat @cheftothestars or like our page Sonder to keep an eye on what we are serving daily.Thank you as always for your continued support.DD Cooking: Time to bake your brack! was last modified: October 21st, 2016 by Martin AndersonShare 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

Profiling the AFCON teams: Burundi

first_imgBurundi will be making their debut at the 2019 AFCON. (PHOTOS/AGENCIES)Burundi will be featuring in their first Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.  They are one of three nations that will be making their debut at this year’s tournament.In the 2019 edition, Burundi is in Group B alongside Nigeria, Guinea and Madagascar.Burundi did not enter into qualification for the Africa cup of nations tournaments between 1957 to 1974. Their first attempt came in the 1796 edition in Ethiopia which did not turn out well as they were eliminated at the first round.The Chayfs decided to stay away from the editions between 1978 and 1992.Their return to the qualifiers was however short once again in 94 and again opted out for the next two editions.Burundi took part in the qualifiers for the 2000-2017 AFCOn editions but always fell short until 2019.In qualification for Egypt 2019, Burundi was placed in Group C alongside Mali, Gabon and South Sudan.Burundi finished second in Group C of the qualifiers.They finished the first round second in the group after two draws and one victory. The Chayfs ha defeated South Sudan 3-0 at home and then drawn with both Gabon and Mali.In the second round, Burundi once again managed similar results, drawing with Mali and Gabon and again defeating South Sudan.The results meant they finished second in Group C, 4 points behind leaders Mali.CoachOlivier NiyungekoNiyungeko is a Burundian former footballer and coach who has managed Burundi since 2016.Niyungeko has been the head coah of Burundi since 2016.He has previously managed two clubs, Lydia Ludic and Flambeau de IEst, lading the latter to the Burundi Premier League in 2013, three years after foundation.Niyungeko replaced Ahcene Ait-Abdelmalek as Burundi head coach.Star PlayerFiston Abdul RazakFiston is a 25-year-old striker who plays Algerian giants JS Kabylie. He has featured for a host of clubs on the African continent including Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic.In his career, he has managed over 50 club-goals. For Burundi, he has scored 17 goals in 37matches with six of them coming in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers.Fiston ended the 2019 AFCON qualifiers with 6 goals.Projection: Group StagesGuinea Fixtures at AFCON 2019-Nigeria vs Burundi, 22nd June-Madagascar vs Burundi, 27th June-Burundi vs Guinea, 30th JuneComments Tags: AFCON 2019BurudniFiston Abdul RazakGuineaMadagascarNigeriaOlivier Niyungekolast_img read more

Hughton hails Brighton’s hard work and goal threat

first_imgBrighton boss Chris Hughton said his side’s work ethic, resilience and goalscoring ability were behind their 5-0 thrashing of Fulham.A Tomer Hemed hat-trick and goals from Bruno Saltor and Anthony Knockaert swept aside the Whites and maintained Brighton’s promotion challenge.Hughton said, with just four league games to play, he was beginning to see in his squad all the hallmarks of a successful Championship side.He said: “You’ve got to have a motivated team, you’ve got to have a team that’s hard to beat and you’ve got to have a team that can win games in different ways.“Look at Burnley – they can score goals, they can win ugly, they can score from set plays and they’ve got a strong reslience in the team. And I think you’ve got to have all of them.“For a little while now we’ve been able to score goals. We’ve had big chunks of the season where that’s not been the case.“You’ve also got to have that strong work ethic to the team and fortunately we’ve got that.”Hughton admitted his side were sluggish in the opening 20 minutes against Fulham, giving the ball away too often, but improved after Hemed’s penalty gave them the lead.He said: “Goals change games and I thought from the moment that we scored – and in particular the second goal – I thought we looked very good.”See also:Fulham hammered by Hemed hat-trickJokanovic warns of ‘expensive price’ of poor defendingHughton sees Polter as QPR’s danger manFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Biofuels boost for small towns

first_img13 April 2007South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Central Energy Fund (CEF) have identified five towns across the country to take part in a R3.2-billion biofuels project.The project, which will be 49% owned by the IDC and 51% by the CEF and other investors, will be rolled out in the towns of Hoedspruit and Ogies in Mpumalanga, Mahkathini and Pondoland in KwaZulu-Natal and Cradock in the Eastern Cape.IDC project manager Noel Kamrajh said this week that the projects in the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga were currently at a detailed engineering study level. “Both studies are due for completion in September, and construction is likely to start in January next year.”Kamrajh said the towns would together produce around 1-billion litres of biofuels a year and contribute about 1.3% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP). The biofuels will cost between US$50 and $70 per barrel.The Hoedspruit plant will make 100-million litres of biofuel a year from sugar cane, while the Ogies plant will make 150-million litres a year from maize. The maize will be bought from local farmers and traders as part of a community empowerment strategy.The Cradock plant will produce 90-million litres of biofuel a year from sugar beets, while the Pondoland project will produce 150-million litres a year from sweet sorghum and sugar cane. The Makhathini plant will produce 100-million litres a year from cassava and sugar cane.The government’s Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA), which aims to raise economic growth and reduce poverty and unemployment, has identified the biofuels sector as a priority.Biofuels, which can be mixed with conventional petrochemicals such as diesel, are seen as a viable and environmentally responsible resource for the provision of fuels, as fossil fuels take millions of years to form and significantly contribute to carbon emissions.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

5 Services That Can Upgrade Your Video Chat Experience

first_imgchris mcconnell Related Posts If you are bored with the likes of Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangouts or simply want to see what else is out there, here is some fun new video-chat candy to check out.Skype? Dinosaur. Airtime? Flop. FaceTime and Google Hangouts? Bland. As defaults, they are just there with an Apple device or a Google account. Workable, sure, but are they going to blow your mind in terms of functionality? Maybe a few years ago. If you’re ready to see the latest in the world of video chat (and even if you aren’t), I’ve got some goodies for you. Here are a few of my favorite video chat applications as of late. I know you were always told not to take things from strangers, but I promise, this candy for your eyes is totally safe.PerchPerch bills itself as an always-on video portal. This is perfect for a remote workforce. Let’s say you work from home (sorry, Yahoo workers) and you want to stay in touch with the rest of your design team at company HQ. Simply mount an iPad on the wall in your workspace and mount another near a colleague’s desk in the office. Fire up Perch and it’s like you’re there. Perch auto-detects a person looking at the screen and knows it’s time to unmute and let you talk. With multiple connected devices it’s easy to switch between different locations.SqwiggleSqwiggle is very similar to Perch in that it functions as an always-on video connection that is perfectly suited for the remote workforce. It differs in a few interesting ways, though. First, Sqwiggle lets you break out into teams (group video chats) rather than focusing on one individual portal. Additionally, the entire team can use a feature called stream (a chat box on the side of the screen) to share things like links, code, photos or video. It’s a lightweight version of something like Teambox (which just added video chat, too).RabbitRabbit has positioned itself for the non-business consumer set. It’s geared toward letting you hangout with your friends when you are all in different places. Like what? You can actually watch videos or listen to music together with your friends online. Want to share your photos with your friends in real time? With Rabbit you can.GlideNope, I haven’t forgotten about your smartphone. Enter Glide, an app that facilitates video texting. This is a really cool concept that lets you send your friends video messages that can either be viewed live or later. Since everything gets saved in the cloud, you don’t have to worry about being out of the loop if you are offline for any reason. Glide lets you talk to your fiends either individually or as a group. No need to schedule anything in advance. The autoplay feature lets you relive conversations as they happened. If you need it, texting through Glide is still an option.ooVooooVoo tries to do it all. It works on your desktop (Mac and PC), as well as on your mobile. It does group video chat (with up to 12 people) and lets you record all the action for later. ooVoo lets you leave video messages up to five minutes long for those absent. You can share files, chat, share your screen or consume content together. On top of all of that, you can make free voice calls. Note: the PC version is currently much more robust than the Mac version. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#social video center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

World T20: Indian players relax before Australia face-off in Mohali

first_imgImagine Shikhar Dhawan lying down on a grass bank at one of the plush hotels in the metro cities of India as he speaks peacefully on his mobile phone. Stampede as fans swarm him for autographs or selfies is the very next thought that comes to mind. While such an image is unthinkable in the top cities of India – this was the exact scene at the team hotel in Mohali on Friday.The Indian cricketers had a peaceful time with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and Team Director Ravi Shastri visiting the Chandigarh Golf Club late in the afternoon.Considering that the team hotel is outside the city, the security personnel in the city also heaved a sigh of relief when they came to known that the Indians wouldn’t be training.It is not often that Mohali is host to three high-profile cricket teams at the same time. But thanks to the scheduling of the World T20, the city is home to not only the Indian, but also the Pakistani and Australian teams. As expected, the security personnel had their hands full.Having reached the city on Thursday evening, after an eventful game in Bengaluru on Wednesday, Dhoni and his boys played a bit of Holi in the team bus itself before moving to their rooms and set Having reached the city on Thursday evening, after an eventful game in Bengaluru on Wednesday, Dhoni and his boys played a bit of Holi in the team bus itself before moving to their rooms and settling down for the night. Booked into the same hotel as the Australians, the Indian players looked relaxed as a few of them were seen walking lazily in the lobby on Friday morning.advertisementThe usual attention from the fans is obvious and the commandos closely guarding the players ensured that not many had the courage to approach the players for autographs or selfies.A member of the team management confirmed that there was no plan to watch the Australia-Pakistan game under one roof and players free to enjoy themselves.ALSO READ:Pre-tournament favourites India not real contenders to win World T20 yetIndia vs Australia will be an open game, says Sachin Tendulkarlast_img read more