first_imgSuper League chief executive Robert Elstone says an agreement has been reached with Betfred – one of the UK’s biggest betting companies. Gambling is considered ‘haram’ or forbidden in Islam, along with other practices like drinking alcohol. Williams converted from Christianity to Islam in 2009 and was the first Muslim to play for the All Blacks. “I think the matter has been resolved in satisfactory fashion,” said Elstone. “I have say a big ‘thank you’ to Betfred for the way they’ve managed this.”We suspected it might be an issue, but it only really surfaced five or six days ago, and Betfred have taken it on, considered it and come up with the right answer, and one that works for all parties.”I’m really pleased they showed a progressive, pragmatic approach to this.”Last year, the Super League extended its sponsorship deal with Betfred for a further two seasons, worth an estimated £1m (NZ$1.98m) a year. But that figure is nothing compared to Williams’ contract, reportedly worth £5m (NZ$10m) over two years. Williams has refused to wear a sponsor’s logo on a jersey before. In 2017, Williams covered up the Bank of New Zealand logo on his Blues top, with permission from NZ Rugby. He taped over the bank’s logo on his collar in his debut and a new jersey was soon created, sporting a Plunket logo in its place.Meanwhile, Wolfpack chairman Bob Hunter has confirmed the dual-code international has given equity in the club.”He was offered, as part of his package, a significant number of shares in the parent organisation and the intent long term is to take that whole company public,” Hunter said.”You don’t know whether that’s worth a dollar a share or $10 a share. The market, at some point, will tell you what they think it’s worth, but it’s significant.”Williams missed the Wolfpack’s lone pre-season game earlier this week, but is set to feature in their season-opener on February 2 against the Castleford Tigers. In mid-February, he will then return to New Zealand for the birth of his fourth child.last_img read more

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Ilkay Gundogan scored either side of Kevin De Bruyne’s curling free kick to help Manchester City come from behind to beat Barcelona 3-1 in the Champions League, as Pep Guardiola got the better of his old club yesterday.Atletico Madrid scored a late 2-1 win over Rostov, PSG clipped Basel 2-1 on the road, Bayern bettered PSG 2-1, while Arsenal came from two goals down to beat Ludogorets 3-2.In other games yesterday, Benfica beat Dynamo Kiev 1-0 while there were 1-1 draws in the Besiktas-Napoli and Monchengladbach-Celtic games.Lionel Messi’s 90th goal in Europe’s top club competition gave Barcelona a 21st-minute lead, but City were rampant after Gundogan’s equaliser in the 39th.It was a landmark win for City over a team that the English club has modelled itself on since becoming a major force in the game after an Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008. And it was a satisfying victory for Guardiola, who coached Barcelona to 14 trophies from 2008-12.City’s pressing was relentless in the second half, forcing errors from Barcelona’s makeshift defence and holding midfielder Sergio Busquets, with De Bruyne being at the heart of everything.CLOSE RANGEThe Belgium playmaker whipped home a 25m free kick in the 51st minute to put City 2-1 up and then provided a stunning through-ball in the lead-up to the third goal, which was slammed in by Gundogan from close range in the 74th after the ball fell at his feet off the arm of Sergio Aguero.City had lost all five of their meetings with Barcelona in the Champions League over the past four seasons including a 4-0 defeat at Camp Nou two weeks ago.Barcelona missed the chance to secure progress to the last 16 with two games to spare in Group C, and are now two points clear of City. Guardiola’s team will advance with a draw at third-placed Borussia Moenchen-gladbach in round five, provided Barcelona doesn’t lose at Celtic.last_img read more

first_imgSea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Santiago-Manabat impressive in return from ACL injury GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings ONE Championship is continuing its innovation of the sport of mixed martial arts with the launch of ONE Super Series that will pit stand-up artists against each other.ONE Chairman Chatri Sityodtong said in a conference call that introducion the ONE Super Series is a “massive, game-changing moment for the world of martial arts.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s not the first time that ONE Championship veered away from the hybrid rules of MMA as it already had two bouts in the Grappling Super-Match that was exclusive to grapplers.Shinya Aoki won the last Grappling Super-Match against Marat Gafurov in January of 2018 but was on the losing end of the first one against Garry Tonon in May 2017.Sityodtong said fighters under the ONE Super Series can also fight in the main MMA cards of the promotion and vice versa.ONE Super Series will have its first bouts on April 20 and will share the card with MMA fights.ADVERTISEMENT The ONE Super Series is exclusive to strikers who practice either of the following disciplines, Muay Thai, Lethwei, Silat, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Sambo, Kung Fu, Sanda, and Wushu.And these strikers could either fight inside a kickboxing ring and would follow the sport’s rules or inside the cage under hybrid rules.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“ONE Championship has been a celebration of Asia’s greatest cultural treasure—martial arts—and the values of integrity, honor, respect, humility, discipline, courage, and compassion,” said Sityodtong.“Why is ONE Championship launching another league? In the same way that Starbucks offers many flavors of coffee and tea, we offer all martial arts.” Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Kai Sotto reigns supreme in final NBTC 24 rankings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina During their celebration tour, the players sat courtside and took photos with Serena and Venus Williams during a tennis match at Madison Square Garden. The team will attend home games of the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. NVGRELATED STORIES:US women end drought, beat Canada for gold in a shootoutFil-Am teen is first import on PH nat’l women’s ice hockey teamADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Several members of the USA women’s hockey team clown around with their gold medals as they watch the Tie Break Tens tennis tournament at Madison Square Garden, Monday, March 5, 2018 in New York. Image: AP Photo/Kathy WillensNEW YORK (AP) — Olympic goalie Maddie Rooney is challenging Justin Bieber to take his best shot.Rooney and the U.S. women’s gold-medal hockey team appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday night. She says she’s still waiting for a tweet from Bieber.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Rooney says she’d like a chance to stop a shot from the hockey-playing Canadian pop star. She revealed a “Team Bieber” shirt under her USA jersey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRooney’s stop of a shootout goal against Canada clinched gold for the Americans.Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson’s triple-fake past the Canadian goalie in the shootout is nicknamed “Oops, I Did it Again.” Fallon asked, “Heard from Britney Spears?” Lamoureux-Davidson says she did get a tweet and thought it was “pretty cool.” UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAs health, education, and social-infrastructure development remain focus points for Margibi development agenda Rep. Ben A. Fofana has said that approximately USD1.5m has been disbursed over the years to promote education and empowerment for youth of Margibi County.The amount includes scholarships, allotment for elementary, junior and senior high schools, and support for university education at home and abroad.Funds were accrued from personal contributions, donations and cuts from the Margibi County Development Fund, (CDF) with support from the County Legislative Caucus, Rep. Fofana said.He said additional USD 3,700 is being used on rehabilitation of damaged schools in the county to include Lanco Lapaye Senior High and the Kakata Junior and Senior High Schools, while construction on the modern police deport has begun.He spoke to the Daily Observer at his Capitol Building office in Monrovia last week.Rep. Fofana said under construction is a women’s center in Kakata as a means to empower women in Margibi.Also under rehabilitation, he said is the Bola–Gibi Bridge to ease transportation difficulties, while plains are underway to pave major streets in Kakata and its environs, including the Ben A. Fofana Bridge.In the works is the construction of a radio station that when completed will serve Margibi County and nearby   towns and villages, he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgUnited Network of Young Peace Builders, with headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, announced last week the appointment of Ms. Gwendolyn S. Myers of Liberia as Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa.Myers is Founder & Executive Director of a non-profit organization, Messengers of Peace (MOP) Liberia Inc., and was named a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. She is expected to serve alongside two other Regional Focal Point Coordinators for East and Southern Africa on a Regional Advocacy Team (RAT) to monitor advocacy activities related to the implementation of the Amman Youth Declaration as well as the work of youths in peace building in general. That includes mapping key stakeholders in the region and assisting in the coordination of advocacy activities by linking-up individuals or organizations that plan to execute similar activities, like outreach in schools, workshops, among others. The focal points will also be responsible for reporting those activities to the UNOY International Secretariat in the Netherlands, which will feed into an online strategy.Ms. Myers would advocate for regional integration as a strategic prerequisite for sustainable peace and accelerated growth and development.Gwendolyn has extensive experience in managing programs for young people through a well-established coaching and mentoring program for adolescent girls and the establishment of peace clubs in schools and poor communities in and around Monrovia. As Liberia’s Ambassador to the World Peace is Possible Foundation in the Netherlands, a 2015/2016 Center for Women Faith & Leadership Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement, USA, Ms. Myers comes to the network with a wealth of knowledge and experience in peace advocacy.Ms. Myers holds a B.Sc degree in Biology & Chemistry from the Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, Liberia, and a Graduate Certificate in Peace Building & Leadership from the Women’s Peace Building Leadership Cohort Program at the Center for Justice and Peace Building, Eastern Mennonite University, VA, USA. Gwendolyn S. Myers has over seven years of experience working in peace and non-violence education among in and out of school youth as well using various media such as radio, print and community outreach to implement and evaluate peace programs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairAs the floodwaters continue to slowly recede in some communities in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), the livelihoods of many residents and farmers remain under threat.On Monday, at Blairmont, the mobility of residents is still being hindered as bridges are still under water.Region Five Chairman Vickchand Ramphal told Guyana Times that the regional administration is continuing to monitor the situation. He related that in the villages of Trafalgar, Lovely Lass and Union, the most of the floodwaters have receded. This only occurred after pumps and excavators were deployed to the area by the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) and Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA).The Chairman further observed that the medical team which was deployed to the indigenous settlement of Moraikobai to assist in the prevention of waterborne diseases did not find any outbreaks. This deployment was in response to reports that persons in that village had complained of itches about the body. Ramphal stated that Moraikobai was still under water.On Sunday, Guyana Times reported that the regional team visited several communities along the Mahaicony River, most of which were flooded. The Chairman told this newspaper that because of the flooding in Moraikobai, villages such as Mora Point, Pine Ground and Gordon Table were also flooded. Many farmers in these villages said that they have lost some of their cash crops.Two weeks ago, reports surfaced of flooding in Lovely Lass, as a result of a faulty pump which was installed by MMA/ADA. It was noted that the heavy downpours caused this situation to escalate to the point where some of the roads had began to deteriorate under the floodwaters.Over the last few weeks, Guyana Times has been highlighting the challenges which communities in Region Five have been facing as a result of flooding. A breached dam along the Perth Canal in Branch Road, Mahaicony, had led to a significant acreage of rice lands being inundated last month.last_img read more

first_imgA shortage of B.C. Provincial Court judges could mean that certain cases will be dropped.According to Black Press, the courts have released a report about the effects of a constant lack of judges. The report states that thousands of criminal cases could be in jeopardy and may be thrown out due to extreme delays.- Advertisement -The report also states that there are approximately 16,000 cases that have been in the courts for more than six months.In particular, Fort St. John and Dawson Creek have been mentioned for the extreme delays in conducting half-day and two-day trials. Although not considered the worst-delayed courts, Fort St. John and Dawson Creek have the two trial lengths being delayed at least 11 months or 15 to 16 months, respectively. The standard wait time for a two-day trial is eight months.The report also states that, in 2010 there were 900 fewer trial days scheduled than in 2005. This has been attributed to the fact that there are 17 fewer judges than five years ago and only 130 across the province.last_img read more

first_img RANKED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade This is a far cry from the days when Channel 5 were given access to the club in 2012 for the fly-on-the-wall documentary ‘Being: Liverpool’.Filming began just before Brendan Rodgers was appointed Liverpool boss in May 2012 and the Northern Irishman spoke of his reluctance to be a part of it in his autobiography ‘The Road to Paradise’.Amazon are reportedly hoping to strike a documentary deal with Bayern Munich after being rejected by the Merseyside club. Despite his extrovert personality, Klopp did not want the Amazon cameras to be given access all areas at the club smart causal Latest Liverpool FC News Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury silverware center_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Manchester City’s title winning 2017/18 campaign was filmed by the Amazon cameras How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Liverpool turned down the opportunity to be part of Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing’ series documenting their progress this season as Jurgen Klopp reportedly wasn’t keen on the idea.Amazon have been praised for their All or Nothing documentaries, showing behind-the-scenes footage of some of sport’s most potent teams. 2 REVEALED REVEALED shining NFL teams, New Zealand’s All Blacks side as well as Manchester City’s record-breaking 2017/18 season have all been looked at by Amazon.And according to the Daily Mail, the Reds were being lined up by the company to be in the latest All or Nothing series but Klopp “is understood to have been chiefly responsible for turning down an approach from Amazon”.The Reds have enjoyed a very good start to their season – winning all six games so far- so Amazon were keen to get their cameras close to the Anfield club.It is understood owner John Henry liked the idea but the German had the final say, highlighting the power he is afforded. huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more

first_imgErrigal at sunrise two weeks ago – it will get another dusting later this weekDON’T mention the ‘S’ word – but we may have a touch of snow in the next two days.But any suggestion of a prolonged winter blast in Co Donegal in December is being dismissed.Irish Weather Online and Met Eireann says a storm is brewing for tonight and into Thursday over Donegal. Cold arctic air tonight will accompany the ridge of deep low pressure, bringing damaging 100km/hr winds and “wintry showers.”Thursday will be very windy and very cold“Thursday night will become very cold especially in Ulster and Leinster, inland Connacht, where lows could reach -3 to -5 C, and a few locations may see accumulations of snow, for example Glenshane Pass and some higher parts of Donegal and Mayo,” says IWO.Calm will return on Friday – but temperatures will slowly rise from Sunday onwards, and by the middle of next week much milder air will return with temperatures of up to 14C. “From Monday the trend is for relatively mild, cloudy and mostly dry weather for next week with light to moderate southerly breezes,” says Met Eireann.Irish Weather Online says there is “nothing to indicate” a return to colder weather “before the end of the month.”So the ‘white Christmas’ may not be on the cards after all! DONEGAL TO GET 48-HOUR BLAST OF WINTER – BUT IT WILL BE 14C NEXT WEEK! was last modified: December 4th, 2013 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:donegal daily weatherdonegal weathergalesrain coldsnowlast_img read more