Cronk carried broken scapula in NRL Grand Final success

first_imgInspirational Queensland star Cronk incredibly featured for all but the final two minutes as Trent Robinson’s side set up the 21-6 win with a dominant first-half display.The victory came despite their half-back being forced to the fringes for much of contest, as he was nursed through at just “30 per cent” fitness according to Cordner.Cronk had been a major doubt leading into the match after seriously injuring his shoulder in the Preliminary Final against the South Sydney Rabbitohs eight days earlier.”We knew Coops was touch and go and he pulled through,” Cordner told the Nine Network.”We had to make up a game plan where we protected him as much as possible and we executed that. To put in a performance like that on the biggest stage is unbelievable.”We wanted [Cooper] on the field. He actually broke his scapula. That’s a big performance by him and will go down in history for sure.”Job done.#NRLGF#NRL— NRL (@NRL) September 30, 2018Luke Keary picked up the slack amid Cronk’s reduced role to guide the Roosters to their second premiership in six years, with the former’s performance against the Storm securing him the Clive Churchill Medal.The result ruined Billy Slater’s hopes of a fairytale farewell, but the retiring Melbourne full-back could not help admiring former team-mate Cronk’s courage.”He’s a really good mate of mine,” Slater said. “They hid [his fitness] really well from us.”I told him how proud I am. I’m shattered by our performance but I’m proud of him.”Cronk himself conceded he knew his role would be limited due to the injury but that he was desperate to play.”From the top down, everyone in this organisation sacrificed something for me to be here,” he said.”I don’t take that responsibility lightly, that was the motivation.”We didn’t know if I would be able to play. It was only a last-minute thing. The boys trained all week without me playing and the whole idea was to use me as a decoy.” Photo Getty Images. Caption: Cooper Cronk during the NRL Grand Final.last_img read more

4 in custody for money changer’s murder

first_imgAs the probe intensifies into the gunning down of an America Street, Georgetown money changer on Sunday morning, the Police have arrested four persons, including the owner of a CG motorcycle used in the commissioning of the murder.Dead money changer Shawn Nurse, also called ‘Fabulous’Reports reaching Guyana Times revealed that the red Honda motorcycle that was used by the lone gunman in the shooting to death of 47-year-old Shawn Nurse was captured on CCTV footage that was reviewed by the Police.The motorcycle was found in possession of one of the suspects who are presently in custody. The owner of the motorcycle, nevertheless, told detectives that he had lent it to someone but when investigated, his claim was refuted.In addition to those two men, the duo that was previously charged with an armed robbery committed on the now dead man a few months ago were also arrested and were being questioned in connection with the murder. The two suspects were freed after no evidence was offered and restitution was made in the sum of $500,000.The well-known money changer, of Lot 33 Shopping Plaza, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was sitting in a chair at the corner of Avenue of the Republic and America Street, when he was approached by a man armed with a handgun.The man without hesitation demanded that Nurse hand over a bag that he was carrying which contained an undisclosed sum of local and foreign currency. Nurse resisted, so the bandit pulled the trigger, shooting him once to his head.Nurse collapsed and died almost immediately. The Police retrieved a spent 9mm shell at the scene and questioned several persons who gave a description of the shooter. At the time of the shooting incident, the suspect was reportedly clad in a red hoodie and a pair of brown trousers.The dead man’s grieving mother has stated that she was not sure if her son’s death was related to the recent robbery involving two of the men who were now in custody who had begged her son not to go ahead with the charges that were brought against them.Police are continuing their investigations into the murder.last_img read more

Successive Govts have failed to honour agreement – BBCI

first_imgGovt takeoverThe Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) on Friday signalled its intention to appeal the recent court ruling by acting Chief Justice, Roxane George, who in her judgment said that the Government’s takeover of the Bridge was lawful.According to the Berbice Bridge Company Inc, it will, in due course, make its filings to the Court of Appeal seeking to set aside or reverse the ruling of the Chief Justice.Chief Justice Roxane George“The Company has, on many occasion pointed out that successive Governments have failed to honour the Agreement for annual adjustments of the toll to cross the Bridge, resulting in accumulated loss of billions of dollars to the Company,” BBCI said in its statement.It added that it has pointed out that since June 2015, the Public Infrastructure Minister has consistently refused to meet to discuss toll adjustments.“In the meantime, since the takeover of the Bridge and control over the toll charges, the Company is expected to meet the cost of its operations at continuing loss to the company.”The Berbice River BridgeIn November 2018, BBCI disclosed that the Company was facing bankruptcy and as such proposed to increase its tolls to keep the Berbice Bridge afloat. The BBCI, in which the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) has majority voting rights on the Board of Directors, was forced to push for the increase in tolls in order to protect its investment, the newspaper was told.In a shocking move last November, Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson announced that the Government would be taking control of the Berbice Bridge. The Government’s snatch was an apparent effort to nationalise the structure, which was financed mainly by private investors.BBCI had denounced the shocking announcement, describing the order as unlawful. The company then challenged the decision in the High Court.Earlier this week, in her ruling, the CJ said that Government’s temporary takeover of the Berbice River Bridge was lawful and also stated that she saw no reason for the court’s interference with the decision since no evidence was provided which prove that the actions were arbitrary.The Government’s decision did not go down well with BBCI Vice Chairman Paul Cheong, who in 2018 told Guyana Times that such an arbitrary move was a slap in the face of all public-private partnerships.Several members of the Private Sector were on edge, as, according to a leading businessman, the move by Government did not augur well for investors in Guyana.Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, in weighing in on the issue, had said that the move by Government to take possession of the Bridge under the guise that it was acting “in the interest of public safety” must have shocked the conscience of every law-abiding citizen of this land.In the 1970s and 1980s, numerous private properties were compulsorily acquired by the then PNC Administration. These properties include what is now Citizens Bank, Hope Estate Limited, a huge tract of land at Liliendaal, Takuba Lodge, Echilibar Villas and dozens more. In many instances, no monies were paid to the owners of these properties and in the cases where there were payments, the price was pegged to a 1939 valuation as was the law during that period.According to Nandlall, this act of the Government will certainly cause irreversible damage to Guyana’s image as an investment destination.last_img read more

Digicel rolls out 4G network in Guyana

first_img…future investments pegged at USMBY DEVINA SAMAROODigicel Guyana launched its superfast 4G network, guaranteeing enhanced data services on mobile devicesCustomers flocked Digicel’s outlets to access the newly launched 4G Internet servicewith more varieties of packages to choose from.During the launching ceremony in Bartica on Saturday, the telecoms giant introduced 4G Smart Bundles consisting of “Bigger data bundles” and Free Talk and Texts to all local numbers, which will be available to both postpaid and prepaid Digicel customers.Technically, the 4G service will be cheaper since it will be bundled with free talk and texts; while the regular plan will remain the same.The service will be available in over 100 sites across the country, including Georgetown, Berbice, Essequibo, and Linden as well as out of town areas such as Port Kaituma, Kwakwani and Mahdia.Other areas will get the 4G services in the following months.Digicel Guyana’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kevin Kelly expressed his gratitude to Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes for releasing the spectrum to allow the 4G network to become available.According to the CEO, all that is left to do now is to liberalise the telecommunications sector in the country in order to stimulate competition, which will in turn result in better services for customers.Kelly noted that once the Telecommunication Liberalisation Bill is passed, Digicel will take immediate steps to introduce cheaper services such as Internet rates and international calls, as well as the possibility of landline services.Following the passage of the Bill, Digicel’s future investments into the country could be worth over US$30 million.For more information about Digicel’s 4G upgraded Internet, customers can visit the company’s Facebook page, one of its outlets or call the customer care line by dialing 100.last_img read more

FIFA Qatar 2022 plan would ‘exacerbate’ Gulf tensions

first_img0Shares0000FIFA President Gianni Infantino hails the support of a feasibility study unveiled in Miami last week for his plan to expand the Qatar World Cup to 48 teams with additional host countries © AFP/File / RHONA WISEDOHA, Qatar, Mar 19 – FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s plan to expand the Qatar World Cup to 48 teams and increase the number of host countries risks worsening existing Gulf diplomatic tensions, claim analysts.The ambitious expansion proposal — which Infantino has optimistically stated might help Middle East peace — could see the extra matches hosted in Kuwait and Oman in 2022. But far from making a politically turbulent region more harmonious, analysts say FIFA’s proposal could deepen regional fissures and leave Kuwait and Oman, as well as Qatar, open to further political arm-twisting from the regional power bloc of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.“There is a very real risk that expanding the World Cup to include Kuwait and Oman would make these two countries vulnerable to the same sort of regional pressure Qatar has faced since 2017,” said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a research fellow at Rice University.“Particularly since Kuwait and Oman also have followed their own approaches to regional affairs.”Number of teams that qualified for the World Cup finals since 1930, with a new format foreseen for 2022 and 2026 © AFP / Frédéric HUGON, Paz PIZARROIt could also foster resentment in those countries missing out on games, notably Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Ulrichsen added.“The idea of a regional World Cup that includes Kuwait and Oman but not Saudi Arabia or the UAE would likely be a cause of considerable bitterness in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.”– ‘Makes no sense’ –Since June 2017, World Cup host Qatar has been blockaded by the Saudi-led countries in a bitter political spat, one of the worst Gulf diplomatic conflicts for years.Saudi Arabia and its allies, which also include Egypt, accuse Qatar of promoting terrorism and being too close to Riyadh’s great political and religious rival, Tehran.Qatar denies its rivals’ allegations and accuses them of seeking regime change in Doha.The fan disturbances that accompanied the United Arab Emirates’ home defeat to Qatar in the Asian Cup semi-final in January augur ill for hopes an expanded 2022 World Cup might boost regional peace © AFP/File / Giuseppe CACACEFor 21 months — and counting — Saudi Arabia and it allies have imposed a political, economic and travel boycott around Qatar which shows few signs of easing.Notably though, the blockading countries do not include the traditionally neutral Gulf states of Kuwait and Oman, which have been left to tread a politically precarious line.Andreas Krieg of King’s College London, who has worked as an adviser to the Qatari government, said Kuwait and Oman “both have issues with Saudi and the UAE”.Tensions have flared between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia over the management of jointly owned oil fields, while Oman has faced allegations that it has allowed Iranian arms shipments through its territory to Huthi rebels fighting a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.At the same time, Kuwait has been the regional negotiator in the crisis, while Oman is an economic winner from the conflict, its trade with Qatar jumping 240 per cent since 2016, according to Doha.“The Gulf dispute as it exists would be further exacerbated by having a World Cup over three countries,” added Krieg.Qatar’s ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani hands his Kuwaiti counterpart Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah a signed Qatari national team jersey in a display of the alliances at play in the Gulf © KUWAIT EMIRI DIWAN/AFPHe said FIFA proposals to share the Qatar World Cup with Kuwait and Oman would reinforce the feeling that the Gulf has split into two competing blocs of three countries, with Saudi, UAE and Bahrain on the other side.“From a political point of view, it [expansion] doesn’t make sense.”Even if Qatar is forced to share its World Cup, the first in the Middle East, it is unlikely to please Riyadh or Abu Dhabi, adds Krieg.“I don’t see how Saudi and the UAE get anything out of that,” he says.– Football won’t solve crisis –Yet FIFA’s plans to expand the 2022 World Cup appear to be gaining support among some football administrators.The results of a much-vaunted FIFA “feasibility study”, announced at a meeting of football’s governing body last week in Miami, backed expansion in Qatar.“We came to the conclusion, yes it’s feasible to move from 32 to 48 teams at the World Cup provided certain conditions are met,” Infantino said, declaring himself “happy” with the finding.A final decision will be announced in Paris in June, and while the expansion plan has been gaining a seemingly irresistible momentum, some remain unconvinced.Europe’s governing body, UEFA, said expansion would create “many problems” and was “not realistic”.Campaigners warned FIFA not to neglect its own newly imposed standards on human rights when awarding World Cup host status.Any expansion would see an extra 16 matches played over the duration of the 28-day tournament and there are concerns over whether stadiums and infrastructure in Kuwait and Oman would meet exacting FIFA tournament standards.Emirati fans will get nothing out of an expanded 2022 World Cup, even if their bitter rival Qatar is forced to share its tournament, the first in the Middle East © AFP/File / KHALED DESOUKIWith so many issues, it is difficult to see any diplomatic dividend from the World Cup, said James Dorsey, a researcher at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and author of “The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer”.“I think there’s zero chance,” he said.“The Gulf crisis is not going to be solved by playing football.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mayors slow building of fence

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Mayors along the Texas-Mexico border have begun a quiet protest of the federal government’s plans to build a fence along the border: They are refusing to give access to their land. Mayors in Brownsville, Del Rio and El Paso have denied access to some parts of their city property, turning away federal employees assigned to begin surveys or conduct other preliminary work on the fence meant to keep out illegal immigrants. “This is exercising our rights. This is our property. We are not going to make it easy for them,” said Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada, who refused last month to sign documents granting government workers permission to enter city property. In Eagle Pass, Mayor Chad Foster initially refused the Border Patrol’s request to build 1 miles of fencing as part of a project that includes light towers and a new road for patrols. Now he is negotiating with the Department of Homeland Security. “All of us are in opposition to physical barriers, but we want to work with DHS so everybody walks away happy,” Foster said. Del Rio and El Paso granted workers limited access, said Monica Weisberg Stewart of the Texas Border Coalition, a group that represents local officials. Congress has authorized $1.2billion to put up 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. The project would include about 330miles of so-called virtual fence – a network of cameras, high-tech sensors, radar and other technology. The remaining 370 miles, primarily in more urban areas, are expected to have an actual fence. last_img read more

It’s bad news for one Arsenal player ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea

first_imgLaurent Koscielny is to serve a three-match ban having had a claim of wrongful dismissal rejected, the Football Association has confirmed.The Arsenal defender was shown a straight red card during the Gunners’ final day win over Everton, for a wild challenge on Enner Valencia.Despite appealing the dismissal, Koscielny’s suspension has been upheld meaning he will miss three matches with immediate effect.This will start with Saturday’s FA Cup final clash against Chelsea. 1 Laurent Koscielny was shown a straight red card in Arsenal’s final day win over Everton last_img

Football: Cappry Rovers earn superb win over Raphoe Town

first_imgCAPPRY ROVERS NOTES  21/11/2016CAPPRY LOTTOThe numbers drawn in this weeks lotto were 8, 11, 12, 19.There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the lucky €50 ticket was Donal Brennan, Signworx.Next weeks jackpot is €6450.Remember if you’re not in, you can’t win.CAPPRY ROVERSCappry Rovers 3-2 Raphoe Town.Cappry secured all three points in an entertaining game played in Cappry Park. Brendan McLaughlin opened the scoring for Cappry in the 14th minute when he scored with a shot past the diving keeper. Cappry scored again in the 26th minute when Stephen Carr won the ball and he lifted it over the advancing keeper. Aaron Kelly made it three for Cappry in the 42nd minute when he drilled a low shot to the corner of the net. Raphoe tried in vain in search of a goal but to no avail.Half Time 3-0.Raphoe went on the attack in the second half in search of a quick goal and they were rewarded in the 56th minute when they were awarded a penalty following an infringement and Ryan McCullagh scored from the spot. Cappry created a few chances but couldn’t score.  Raphoe reduced the score in the 75th minute when D.J. Kelly scored after he beat the offside trap to score from close range. Both sides created a few chances but they failed to score.Darren O’Leary, Stephen Carr and Gerald Melaugh were best for Cappry.Seamus Bogle and David Craig were best for Raphoe.CAPPRY ROVERS U16’sOur under 16’s were in Champions League action at the weekend when they travelled to Letterkenny to face tough opponents in Letterkenny Rovers. In a tightly contested game Cappry grabbed the opening goal with Jamie Keegan on target. Although both teams had chances in the 1st half, nobody could find the back of the net. Cappry went in at the break 1-0 up. Letterkenny upped their game in the 2nd half and took full advantage of playing at their home ground. They managed to grab 2 goals in the 2nd half to send them through to the semi finals. It was hard luck on our lads who had an excellent season but just came up a bit short on the day. The club are very proud of this bunch of players who have been outstanding all season and with a bit more luck at the weekend could have went through themselves.CAPPRY ROVERS U12’sOur under 12’s made the long journey to Glasserchoo to play Glenea Utd in the quarter finals of the Champions League. Cappry started brightly and opened the scoring when Shaun Ward scored. Andrew Murray made it 2-0 when he took the ball from centre half and beat up to 6 players and struck the ball between the keepers legs to the back of the net. In the 2nd half Glenea upped their game and got back into it when a mistake in the Cappry back line allowed them to pull a goal back. Cappry didn’t let it affect them and shortly after they were 2 goals in front again when Mark Mbuli got their 3rd of the game. Glenea got another lifeline when they were awarded a soft penalty near the end of the match. Cappry held out for the victory and are through to the semi-finals where they will be back on the road again to visit Keadue Rovers.Before that there is the small matter of an Ulster Final in the SFAI National Cup next Saturday when they travel to Letterkenny to face Bonagee Utd. Kick off at the Dry Arch is at 10.30 and all support is very welcome as the lads try to once again make it through to the next stage of the competition. All at the club would like to extend our good wishes to the management and players.CAPPRY ROVERS MEGA DRAWCappry are holding a mega draw where you could win a Skoda Octavia Ambition along with some more great prizes. Also included with each ticket is a 20% off voucher for McElhinney’s Store which should come in handy coming up to Christmas. The draw will take place 29th December. Tickets are priced at €20 and all funds raised will go towards an Astro turf pitch. If you’re interested in a ticket contact Danny 087 7797581.Football: Cappry Rovers earn superb win over Raphoe Town was last modified: November 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Cappry RoversnewsNotessoccerlast_img read more


first_imgThe wife of the Donegal GAA team doctor didn’t tell him she had been involved in a terrifying carjacking incident until after a vital game at Croke Park.Bernadette Moran was left shocked when a thug pulled her from her jeep in Dublin with her nine year old child in the back seat.Ms Moran, 37, the wife of Dr Kevin Moran, was with her three children just hours before the Donegal team’s All-Ireland quarter final game against Kerry on August 5th, 2012. Ms Moran, from Letterkenny, pulled up outside a park at Mountjoy Square to allow her children put litter into a bin.As they did so, thug Christopher Coakley pulled her from the jeep and tried to drive away.However the handbrake was on and Ms Moran had enough time to get her child form the back seat.Coakley drove off but crashed the car a short time later before running off. Ms Moran told the Shaun Doherty Show on Highland Radio she decided not to tell her husband about her family’s ordeal until after the massive GAA game.“I decided not to tell him because there was no point. He had enough to be going on with and we were safe and the Gardai were looking after us very well.“It had been terrifying more so because what could have happened. Thankfully we were safe at that stage.“My husband called me and asked me if everything was okay before the game as if he sensed something.“I told him everything was fine and wished him well in the game. I told him afterwards and thankfully the result was right and we won the game and everyone was okay,” she said. Coakley, 21, of Belvedere Place, who had 92 previous convictions, appeared at the Central Criminal Court before Judge Desmond Hogan.He pleaded guilty to hijacking Ms Moran’s jeep and was sentenced to three years in prison to serve concurrently with a three sentence he is already serving for a firearms offence.Ms Moran said she holds no bad-feeling towards Coakley and hopes he manages to turn his life around.“I have no bad feeling towards him. I don’t really mind that he is not going to serve any more time in prison because he is already facing enough problems. “When I had to identify him he was shaking and I felt pity for him. That was ironic. I just hope he manages to turn his life around now.“You can make as much or as little out of something as you want and we as a family decided to make little out of it.“Crime happens all the time and it was just our turn that day,” she said.BRAVE WIFE OF DONEGAL TEAM DOCTOR KEPT HER CAR-JACKING ORDEAL SECRET was last modified: February 27th, 2013 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:Bernie MOramcar-jackedCroke ParkDr Kevin Moranlast_img read more


first_imgTHE knives are out again for Donegal chef Conrad Gallagher amid new claims he didn’t pay staff at a New York restaurant.The Letterkenny culinary king has been trying to carve out a new career in the States, but faces being thrown out of America if he loses a court case against him.His venture in the Big Apple was so bad, that one newspaper critic refused to give it any stars in a rating from one to five. Last week Gallagher set up yet another new venture in Orange County, California, offering five-star catering services to clients. He has had rave reviews there already, one blogger writing the Donegal man’s food was “better than anything I’ve ever tasted in the USA.”However a lawyer representing former staff at ‘The Purple Fig’ – which went bust 14 months ago in Manhattan – claims he’s been unable to track down Gallagher to serve him with court papers.Robert Wisniewski is representing 40 former staff; they say they were paid below the minimum wage, but never they never received salaries or tips.“It is our belief that due to his failure to pay his debts, he has deliberately gone off the grid,” said the lawyer, who was able to serve some of the papers in California two weeks ago.They are also suing Paul Hurley, another Irishman involved in the venture.Former worker Nick Robinson claims in a statement that when he asked Gallagher for payment, he was told to speak to Hurley, but when he spoke to Hurley he was told to speak with Gallagher.The Donegal man has left a trail of debts behind him from several ventures in recent years.After being declared bankrupt in South Africa in 2009, he returned to Ireland to star in TV3’s Head Chef show.But he left suppliers and staff without money when restaurant ventures in Sligo and Dublin went bust.The Purple Fig in New York was slated by the critics, with New York Post food writer Steve Cuozzo describing Gallagher as a “cut-price Gordon Ramsay.”Cuozzo was scathing in his review – giving it No Stars.And he also found that he had to pay cash – because the restaurant’s credit card facility wasn’t working.The same thing happened in Gallagher’s last ‘cash only’ Dublin restaurant.You can read Cuozzo’s review here Gallagher has to appear at a civil case in New York and loses, he could lose his working visa and be chucked out of America.DONEGAL CHEF CONRAD GALLAGHER FACING NEW YORK TRIAL OVER UNPAID WAGES was last modified: February 10th, 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) Tags:Conrad Gallaghercourt actiondonegalletterkennyRobert WisniewskiSteve Cuozzolast_img read more