Enigmatic All Blacks prop Murdoch dies aged 74

first_imgFormer All Blacks prop Keith Murdoch, who was sent home in disgrace from the team’s tour of Britain in 1972 for punching a security guard in Cardiff, has died – New Zealand Rugby said on Friday.He was 74.“New Zealand Rugby mourns the loss of former All Black Keith Murdoch,” NZR said on their Twitter page.Murdoch, who played 27 matches for the All Blacks, including three Tests, actually scored a try in his final match, a 19-16 victory over Wales in Cardiff.Murdoch was celebrating the victory when he was refused entry to the Angel Hotel in central Cardiff and knocked the security guard down.Team manager Ernie Todd initially disciplined Murdoch but two days later sent him home.Players on the tour believe the British media’s reporting of the incident and Todd’s health, he was suffering from cancer, had been factors in him changing his initial decision.Murdoch, however, did not return to New Zealand as scheduled, having got off the plane en route and disappeared into obscurity in rural Australia, becoming an enigma in rugby-mad New Zealand.The tighthead prop was tracked to an oil drilling operation near Perth by famed New Zealand rugby journalist T.P. McLean in the late 1970s and confronted by a spanner-wielding Murdoch, who advised him to “get back on the bus”.“I got back on the bus,” McLean wrote at the time.He was found again in rural Queensland in the 1990s by journalist Margot McRae, but declined to be interviewed on camera. McRae wrote a play about the encounter.Murdoch was last seen in public in 2001 when he appeared as a witness at a coronial inquest in the Northern Territory over the death of a young Aboriginal man who had been caught breaking into Murdoch’s home.Murdoch was never named as a suspect, but said little during the inquest and then disappeared from public sight againlast_img read more

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Miss India Guyana STRIPPED of title

first_imgAfter three warnings both verbally and written, Miss Guyana India, Brittany Singh, was stripped of her title by the Miss India Organisation in November 2016. Singh was selected to represent Guyana following an audition at the Princess Hotel on September 4, 2016.She travelled to the New Jersey, USA, in October where she represented Guyana with pride and dignity and would have copped the award for Miss Photogenic and placed in the top 10.Immediately after the pageant, franchise holder, Umadevi Bux praised Singh for keeping the Golden Arrowhead flying and now with this announcement of the dethroning, it has left many wondering what went wrong.Bux did not send out an official release to the media, but instead posted one on the Organisation’s Facebook page, citing misconduct demeanours as the main cause for stripping the queen of her title.Upon the posting to the release, Singh was contacted and refused to comment on the issue and related that a release will be sent via her Attorney.However, after some digging, the conflict allegedly started something back and surrounds collecting finances from sponsors without informing the committee, screaming and shouting at committee members and sponsors in New York and Guyana but more importantly, allegedly having an inappropriate relationship. The dethroned queen would have also inserted a tattoo on her back although the committee warned against it.When contacted for an official comment, Bux stated that she wished not to list the numerous reasons for the committee stripping Singh but redirected Guyana Times Entertainment to the release.The release stated that “The Miss India Guyana Organisation will like the public to be informed Ms Brittany Singh is no longer Miss India Guyana 2016 and is in no way associated with the Organisation and its affiliates. She is not authorised to use, display and/or identify herself under the Miss India brand (Miss India Guyana 2016, Miss India Worldwide top 10, Miss Worldwide Photogenic)”.The release stated that she was dethroned on November 16, 2016, for breach of contract.  The release added that on October 6, 2016, Singh was warned in New Jersey followed by another warning on October 14, 2016, in Guyana and the final warning was done on November 16, 2016, the day she was stripped.This was done after consulting with the legal minds. “It is the exclusive judgment of Miss India Guyana Organisation, that in recent months Singh has not conducted herself in accordance with the standards and dignity expected by the prestigious title and standards as agreed to by her under the Contract”, the release added.last_img read more

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End game…

first_img…for PNC’s subverting rule of lawYour Eyewitness’ favourite lawyer is the 16th century Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, who stood up to Henry VII and was beheaded for his stance. He set the bar for the rule of law, not just in his writings but in his own life. The judgement by Chief Justice Roxane George on Thursday on the No-confidence Motion, which the PNC-led Government protested, reminded your Eyewitness of More’s celebrated words from the play (and later movie) “A Man for all Seasons”.Rebuffing the offer of a spy Richard Rich to work for him, More’s beloved daughter Meg shouts at her father that Rich should be arrested for being a “bad man”. More refuses and insists Rich should remain free: “Go he should. If he were the Devil himself, until he broke the law”. Roper, a suitor of Meg asks sarcastically, “So now you’d give the Devil benefit of law!”More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?Roper: I’d cut down every law in England to do that!More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you – where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast – man’s laws, not God’s – and if you cut them down – and you’re just the man to do it – d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake.”PNC partisans had long dubbed Jagdeo and the PPP as “the Devil” and its successful no-confidence motion – even though sanctioned by the Constitution as a test of a government’s legitimacy – as a “social coup d’etat!! And with her decisions affirming every one of the PPP’s contentions and knocking down those of the Government’s, Justice George is already being berated for supporting the Devil! And even being in his pay!!The PNC has always maintained a cynical view of the rule of law: a view fostered by their founder-leader Forbes Burnham. At the 1979 Biennial Congress where he would boast about his “sharper steel” and advise Walter Rodney to “make his will, he had famously snapped to some delegates: “The trouble with us, comrades, is that we don’t know to read between the lines; we are always reading on top of the lines; we are more democratic than the people who teach us democracy.”The PNC had expected Justice George “to read between the lines”; but she refused because she heeded More’s warning of the consequences for Guyana if she went down that road to traduce the rule of law.We’ve already lived through one PNC dictatorship!! Justice George has drawn the line against another!!…for elections stallingIf the PNC had any shame, they’d acquiesce in Justice George’s judgement and hold elections in three months – as clearly stated by the Constitution if the Government was defeated by a motion of no-confidence. And defeated it was!! The Chief Justice gave no shrift to the ridiculous claim of 33 not being the majority in a House of 65 members!! Hasn’t the PNC realised their patently absurd Rube Goldberg-ish concoction of “half-persons” have made them the laughing stock in the Caribbean??Similarly, Justice George was pellucid that come hell or high water elections must be held in three months and the Cabinet must RESIGN at once!!But we all know the PNC can’t change its spots…and the Judge hadn’t barely put down her gavel, when AG Basil Williams signalled they would appeal the decision.Since appeals have to be on points of law…your Eyewitness isn’t sure what concoction will be forthcoming!!…for Sam SittlingtonLooks like Ramjattan won’t be able to say, “Play it again, Sam!”. The British fired their “expert fraud detector” Sam Sittlington, after he fraudulently established a “Fraud Company” here to solicit private business.While working for SOCU!!last_img read more

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Senate Recommends March 2nd for Reopening Schools

first_imgThe Joint Legislative Committee on Health and Education of the Liberian Senate has recommended that schools in the country reopen on March 2, 2015, instead of the February 2, 2015 as was announced by authorities of the Ministry of Education.The nine-member joint committee chaired by Senators Peter Coleman for the Committee on Health, and Dallas A.V. Gueh for Education, recommended to the plenary yesterday, that the reopening of schools for instructional purposes be delayed for one month to allow adequate preparation of the facilities, and the delivery of all needed sanitation kits to the 5,181 schools within the Republic of Liberia.During this period, the committee recommended that renovation of 500 schools targeted must commence and most likely made ready for reopening.The committee in its five-page document advised that the registration process remain ongoing to enable parents do the registration of their kids in a much more flexible manner; and further recommended that schools must not be allowed to have on their information sheets any fees attached to acquiring Ebola-related materials and violators to be sanctioned administratively by the Ministry of Education.The recommendation is the outcome of findings from a hearing conducted by the joint committee on January 27, 2015 on the level of preparedness of the two sectorial ministries towards the reopening of schools.In the findings, the joint committee was reportedly informed by the Ministry of Health that it had concluded jointly with the Ministry of Education that a protocol for the reopening of schools is ready which, if followed, will ensure a safe and Ebola-free environment for the students, as well as instructional and administrative staff.The Ministry of Health during the hearing, also disclosed that all hygiene and sanitation materials as well as temperature monitoring devices were available in the country, and were in the process to being distributed, but was not very sure that all will be distributed before February 2nd date of reopening.For its part, the Ministry of Education informed the joint committee that the training of County Education Officers (CEOs), District Education Officers (DEOs) and administrators is ongoing, but will not be completed before the February 2 date of reopening throughout the country.The committee further gathered from the Ministry of Education that the 500 schools targeted for rehabilitation on a quick impact project basis have yet to commence and that, if works should begin, will surely not be completed before February 2, 2015. Similarly, the provision of hand pumps and sanitary accessories to schools around the country is ongoing, but cannot be completed on time.On the issue of request for additional subsidies for private and faith-based schools, Ministry of Education said the matter is still under discussion and that it is a major challenge faced by that ministry as institutions are the larger part of schools within the country.“Initial discussions had a US$3 Million (United States Three Million Dollars) figure, but that has been rounded to US$17 million; it is not feasible that the discussion will be concluded and financed before Monday, February 2, 2015. There is however, a need for assistance to be provided the private and faith based schools.”Concluding, the committee informed the Senate plenary that information gathered from various parts of the country, as stated by various lawmakers from both Houses of the Legislature, has revealed that many schools are in a serious deplorable condition and will not be ready for the reopening on February 2nd; and that most of the protocols instituted by the ministries of Education and Health, have not trickled down to rural Liberia.Speaking for the first time since his recent induction, Montserrado County Senator George Manneh Weah who signed as member of the nine-member committee argued that the two ministries were not ready for the February 2nd date for schools reopening.Senator Weah observed out of 23 activities, only one had been carried out in preparation for the reopening of schools. He however did not elaborate.The sitting then voted to adopt the recommendation and requested the joint committee to once again meet with authorities of the two sector ministries for final decision, and return to plenary for action.Meanwhile, the Secretary of the Senate was requested to write and inform President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf about the Legislature’s recommendation.   It may be recalled that Senators Grand Bassa and Montserrado Counties Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence and Geraldine Doe-Sherif, respectively, recently wrote the Senate plenary in which they raised a four-point concern that they needed to be addressed in the wake of the announcement by the Ministry of Education that schools would reopen on February 2, 2015.The two Senators wanted the Senate to ascertain whether schools should reopen before the country is declared Ebola free, and to know if the Ministry of Education has done adequate preparation for the reopening of schools.The Senators also raised concerns about parents’ preparation to pay tuition with such short notice; and whether schools, especially private ones, have enough time to mobilize resources in the absence of salaries for private school teachers for the past seven (7) months, for the reopening of schools in February.Members of the committee include Senators Peter S. Coleman, Chair, Committee on Health; Dallas A.V. Gueh, Chair, Committee on Education; Geraldine Doe-Sherif, Armah Zolu Jallah, Jewel Howard-Taylor and Nyonblee Karngar Lawrence, all under Committee on Health.Also on the joint committee under Education are Senators Edward B. Dagoseh, Jewel Howard-Taylor, and George Manneh Weah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Early exit will only make young Falcons better, says Pumaren

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pumaren admitted that he was disappointed with how the season panned out, but he’s taking the early exit in stride.“I think it will help us next year. It’s just like when you throw a young kid into a deep pool and ask them to survive that particular scenario it’ll make them a better individual and as a player,” said Pumaren Wednesday after the 63-60 loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Pumaren became Adamson’s head coach in Season 79 and the five-time UAAP champion coach’s ideals proved instant dividends as the Soaring Falcons played in the Final Four in that very same year.Adamson steadily improved its win-loss record each year, beginning with an 8-6 card in Season 79 to a 9-5 slate in the next year. DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees ‘People evacuated on their own’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:25SEA Games: PH dancesport plucks 5 gold medals in standard events01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Ter Stegen criticizes Barcelona for up-and-down season Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Adamson’s run of three straight Final Four appearance ended in UAAP Season 82, but head coach Franz Pumaren knows it will only make his team better the next season.The Soaring Falcons slipped to 4-8 at sixth after losing to Far Eastern U Wednesday, but even with two games left, they won’t get the minimum number of wins to join the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study The Soaring Falcons had their best year with Pumaren in Season 81 when they locked up the second seed with a 10-4 record but lost to eventual title runner-up University of the Philippines in the Final Four.“When I came here to Adamson, it wasn’t considered as a contender. In fact, no team in the summer would practice with us,” said Pumaren who once led De La Salle to a four-peat from 1998 to 2001.“Modestly speaking, with my assumption as the one in charge of the program, we were able to establish some respect with the other schools.”Pumaren is confident that his young team, with six rookies this season, will do better in Season 83.“I have a crop young guys that can be labeled as future superstars in the UAAP but the way I look at them they will be playing in the pros right after their collegiate years,” said Pumaren. “All of my rookies will be stepping up next year.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘Gago’ 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust View commentslast_img read more

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Sovereign Wealth Fund

first_imgDear Editor,The recent announcement of a second major Oil reserve discovery for Guyana is welcome news for all Guyanese, it gives us all hope that the ‘better life’ will soon materialise, it also gives us all worry that the culture of corruption that has ensnared our political class from the first day of independence to this present day will suck our hopes and dreams down its bottomless vortex and we become a nation of few mega-rich families and a massive class of under-privileged citizens. Our every effort must be to seek to avoid this fate.Whilst campaigning during the last general election, President David Granger made numerous allusions to the establishment of a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) to protect the proceeds from the new pillar of our economy.I am sure the country would welcome more specific information on this Fund. My research shows that Funds of this nature can take many forms, the much maligned NICIL is a Sovereign Wealth Fund as defined ‘A sovereign wealth fund (SWF) consists of pools of money derived from a country’s reserves, which are set aside for investment purposes that will benefit the country’s economy and citizens.’In light of allegations of mismanagement, secret deals and corruption levelled by President Granger while in opposition and the difficulty to obtain information on investments and returns to this day, I would ask that the President address the nation to inform us all of exactly what type of SWF his administration would be setting up, where it would be based, who would administer it, who would have oversight, what laws will govern it and what type of investments it would be limited to making.One can only hope it will be managed by a reputable institution such as the World Bank and free from the whims of any present or future political party that forms subsequent administrations in our nation’s future.We have not enjoyed a happy history with political appointees and political influence on business decisions. I fully support the creation of a SWF that is managed as outlined above and would offer a word of warning to those, including our politicians, who may have delusions of grandeur and private designs on our nation’s future wealth, the world has changed greatly, no longer does it tolerate the theft of a nation’s wealth by unscrupulous individuals.Faithfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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Longtime LA sportscaster Stu Nahan dies at 81

first_imgLongtime Los Angeles sportscaster Stu Nahan, also familiar to movie fans for his appearances in the series of “Rocky” films, has died at 81. His daughter, Kathy Derington, says Nahan was surrounded by family members when he passed away Wednesday at his home in Studio City. He had battled lymphoma since being diagnosed with that form of cancer in January 2006. A former minor league hockey goalie, Nahan had been a sports anchor for three different television stations in Los Angeles. He retired from TV in 1999, and most recently did pre- and post-game radio shows for the Los Angeles Dodgers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want 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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All-Star Game live updates here tonight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The best of the area’s high school football players meet tonight at 7 at Mountain View High School in the Hall of Fame All-Star Game. This is the final chance for fans to watch local standouts before they begin their college careers, and we’ll be there to enhance your enjoyment of the event. Prep sports editor Aram Tolegian will provide updates throughout the game on our Web site. If you can’t make it to the game, follow the action here. If you’re there in the stands and have mobile internet access, enjoy Aram’s take on the game as it unfolds. After the game, revisit our Web site for audio clips of Aram’s interviews with key players, a photo gallery of the big plays and Aram’s complete game report. All this will be available on our prep sports Web page. Click the link at the left and you’ll be redirected to that page.last_img read more

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Pro softball games will feature elite players

first_imgElite-level professional softball arrives today in the Antelope Valley. The Pro Fastpitch X-Treme Tour features six former Team USA Olympic gold medalists and amateur divisions who’ll participate in the three-day event at Palmdale’s Marie Kerr Park and Lancaster City Park. The PFX’s most high-profile stars include three-time gold medalist pitcher Lisa Fernandez and second baseman Dot Richardson, a two-time gold medalist. Outfielders Laura Berg and Jessica Mendoza, catcher Stacey Nuveman, second baseman Lovie Jung and utility player Tairia Flowers are former Olympic gold medalists too. Registration for clinics and amateur tournament participation is closed, but tickets are available for both professional games. Admission is $5 per entry, with ticket packages available. For more information, contact the PFX at (352) 516-4254, or log on to its Web site: www.pfxtour.com. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe professional teams’ first game is scheduled for today at 7:30 p.m. at Marie Kerr Park, following a 6:30 opening ceremony. The park is on Rancho Vista Boulevard at 30th Street West. An autograph session will immediately follow Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. game at Marie Kerr Park. The event will feature an instructional clinic today at 4 p.m., and a talent showcase college coaches will attend on Saturday at 8 a.m. Both the clinic and the college showcase will be at Marie Kerr Park). The amateur players will compete in three-day age-specific divisional tournaments starting today at Lancaster City Park’s Big 8 softball complex. “What I really like about (the PFX) is that anybody can come out and watch,” Mendoza said. “The Team USA and Olympic games are really structured, and this is so much more interactive. Someone can come out and see Lisa Fernandez and watch her pitch and then get her autograph.” last_img read more

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Stage set for all-Donegal heavyweight final at Ulster Seniors

first_imgTHERE WILL be an all-Donegal heavyweight decider tonight at the Ulster Senior Championships.Dungloe ABC’s Dennis O’Donnell and Illies Golden Gloves’ Michael McConigley clash in an eagerly-awaited showdown.McConigley last night was an impressive victor over Dean McCabe from Newry in a heavyweight semi-final. McConigley swept the boards to claim a unanimous decision from the judges.And now tonight at the Dockworkers Club, McConigley meets O’Donnell, who has returned to the ring after a long absence.O’Donnell is a former Irish intermediate champion finalist.In 2011, O’Donnell was the national 81kg champion and is is back through the ropes competitively for the first time in eight years. Donegal will also have involvement in the light-heavyweight final.Oran Shields dispatched Clone’s Darren McNally with a unanimous verdict last night. Shields will face Jack Doherty of St Joseph’s in tonight’s final.Donegal’s newest club, Lifford Boxing Club, will have a finalist as Barry McGinty squares up to Craig Boucher at middleweight.The Ballindrait man received a bye into the final as Owen O’Rourke, his planned opponent, withdrew. Illies Golden Gloves’ Caroline Gallagher has been awarded a walkover win in the light-welterweight class and is guaranteed at least one title for the county heading into tonight. Stage set for all-Donegal heavyweight final at Ulster Seniors was last modified: October 4th, 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:Barry McGintyCaroline GallagherDenis O’DonnellDockworkers ClubDungloe ABCIllies Golden GlovesLifford ABCMichael McConigleyOran Shieldslast_img read more

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