TAGS: Fiji This feature first appeared in the January 2015 issue of Rugby World magazine Warriors: Mosese Rauluni leads Fiji in a performance of the Cibi ON THE outskirts of Perthshire, Mosese Rauluni takes one look out of the window and shouts at the very top of his voice: “Stop the bus!”The driver slams on the breaks and before he knows it, the Dundee High FP flyer emerges from the bus, two pints in hand, giggling in delight. He has never seen snow before.His Scottish team-mates look on in bemusement – they had not really known this Australian-reared playmaker for long, though his brother Jacob did play for the club before and Mosese had given a good account of himself in a first outing against Kilmarnock – but there was something endearing about a thrilled Rauluni falling onto his back in the freshly lain powder and laughing.He hadn’t been in Europe for long, but the Fijian was definitely going to make the most of his opportunity…This was in 1997. Skip the track to 2014 and Rauluni, a former captain of Fiji and the national team’s defensive coach for their recent tour matches against France, Wales and the USA, now sees the difficulty of pulling the best players together to wear the warriors’ white.“Back when I was playing, three quarters of the team were based in Fiji,” Rauluni says. “The rest were overseas but we didn’t have depth. There are a lot better players now and a broader base, but many are in France or Australia, or a few in New Zealand’s ITM Cup. That’s never going to change now.”Hard to bring down: Waisea Nayacalevu, who plays his rugby in FranceThe issue for Fiji, who will play England at Twickenham in the first showdown of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, is that they never get time together as a squad. The diaspora of their talent across the globe is allied with a lack of resources on their own islands and pressure from wealthy club owners elsewhere on Fijian stars to stay with their sides as much as possible.This is not conducive to Test team cohesion. It is put forward as one of the reasons why Fiji outstrip expectations at World Cups, because they have finally had time together, but at any other period the Flying Fijians are battling to lay down even basic tactics as players come in mere days before Test matches.You will have seen Fiji’s best players: when it comes to the latter stages of European competitions, many of the fat-cat sides have an islander or two waiting on the wings. The problem for an international coach is that out in Europe where the Fijian union-ites have no say on how their boys are coached, talent can be pushed around and mismanaged.“I will never back-stab a bloke if he goes somewhere to make money,” claims Rauluni, who understands the need for Pacific Islanders to earn cash for their families. “But they have got to be honoured, and you get good boys at sh** French clubs who fall off the radar. These fellas see: ‘€2k a month – whoah! That’s massive!’ But it’s not what they think, they are far from home and can slide into depression – I’ve seen it happen.“We have outstanding outside backs coming out of the woodwork, but no front-rowers. No one wants to learn about the set-piece and we have to rely on a few props playing in Australia – not the best breeding ground for scrummagers – or guys that can get pulled into the system when playing ITM Cup. There are loopholes for people to come back to their nation if they have a passport, but Salesi Ma’afu is never going to play sevens!Magnificent nine: Nikola Matawalu is Fiji’s scrum-half“Then we’ve had so many nines and tens who make their way up to France. We need specialists in key positions like props and half-backs, but the playmakers just get put on the wings. They need to be working on their skills but people think, ‘Fijian? He can play wing.’”Despite the distance, France casts a shadow over the Fijian islands. Rauluni says there are cloak-and-dagger rumours of a Fiji Rugby Union official who claims commission for every player departing for France. For obvious reasons he will not say whether he believes that or not. However, you don’t have to sidestep far to find someone else who distrusts the French.Fiji’s sevens coach Ben Ryan has been watching as French clubs Brive and Clermont set up shop on the islands. Brive and Fiji back-row Sisa Koyamaibole said of his side’s base in Nadi: “We are not here to poach players but we are thinking of their future and if they go through the programme, they can also do further studies in France and follow in the footsteps of some well-known players.”Yet Rauluni worries that Fijians stagnate in terms of skill development in France and Ryan fears it’s far more exploitative than that.“French sides can bring in any number of Fijians to academies, and because they are not officially in the first-team squad they aren’t classed as ‘overseas’. These ‘academies’ do not bring in any resources, they are not adding to the coaching on the islands. They are just about talent identification for the big sides and if they say anything else they are pretending.” League star: Semi Radrada of the EelsRyan tells of how some young Fijians are asked to sign deals in French – “contractual law is hard enough without having to look at it in French!” – and how they also slip away elsewhere. Young stars get dragged into the lower reaches of France, but also Romania and Sri Lanka. Three years in New Zealand earns residency, and these boys won’t be expensive ‘foreigners’.Australian rugby league is a big draw for young guys too. Speedsters can be offered trials, taken over and put through their paces and discarded right away. Some either hang about until their visas run out, running the risk of permanent deportation, or they vanish. And some, like Semi Radradra of the Parramatta Eels, can be scooped out of the Fijian sevens programme after one tournament on the Gold Coast.“I could name a whole squad of guys who now play in the NRL or in French academies,” Ryan says. “The talent is still coming through here but it’s thin on the ground and it’s still spread out across the islands. They could play sevens and even for the Flying Fijians, but these talent scouts will find them.“Look at Alipate Ratini being picked up by Grenoble after the Gold Coast Sevens or Radradra going to NRL after that tournament.”The sevens programme in Fiji is trying valiantly to retain these guys, but there is less than the equivalent of £500,000 per annum to keep the cream. A top contract with the union could reach £6,500pa – a mere drop compared to what could be garnered in Europe or the NRL.Current Fiji back Nemani Nadolo, who splits his time between Canterbury Crusaders in New Zealand and the NEC Green Rockets in Japan, feels that because of the lure, many possible world-beaters are slipping through the net.“There are guys in Oz who could be the best in the world, but who play the equivalent of England’s fourth tier!” he says.“Family is a big thing for Pacific Islanders: they want to look after their family in the village. So if they can send back money and live on as little as £1k a month, they won’t think about it. Then these French guys are starting to poach players as young as 15.”So is this abusing the system?“It’s definitely exploitation,” insists Nadolo. “Fijians are the most sought after imports in France because they are natural freaks. Then you hear rumours of teams putting extra money in players’ pockets to stop them playing for Fiji – that wouldn’t surprise me. It’s disappointing, but beggars can’t be choosers. Some leave (Fiji) and kill it; they work their way up. But they are not exposed to contract dealings, because the game’s pretty much entirely amateur in Fiji. You hear of players being burnt by agents, with deals done under the table. They need education.”Crusader: Nemani Nadolo plays Super Rugby for the CrusadersNadolo praises steps taken in NRL to educate players of Pacific Islands descent, and feels the recently set up Pacific Islands Players’ Association (PIPA) for union stars can do with a leg-up from the IRB. However, he also says there is only so much the world’s governing body can do. The real hard graft comes down to proper allocation of funds, time and education to young players by a home union guilty of being “a bit old-fashioned”.Rauluni agrees. He’d like to see a volagi (white outsider) CEO come in from Europe, ready to fight for Fiji from a position of experience. They would know how to best work alongside the Clermont production line at Sigatoka, or to allocate funds and work on sending coaches to nearby New Zealand for skill-specific clinics.Despite the issues, Rauluni looks forward to seeing Fiji in the UK for the World Cup. “As ever, how we will do in 2015 depends on whether we’re sleeping under the coconut tree or rowing the war boat. But we have players with a lot more experience all over the world, which can only help.“At the World Cup in ’99 we went out to play and said ‘holy crap!’ when we saw the size of the crowds in Twickenham. We won’t be caught like a deer in the headlights again.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Gloucester v London Irish live stream: How to watch from the UKGloucester v London Irish, which kicks off at 4.30pm this afternoon, will be shown live on BT Sport 1 in the UK. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.That’s great value given they are showing every Premiership match played behind closed doors live and will also be covering the European Champions and Challenge Cup knockout stages in September and October. Plus, you can cancel at any time because there’s no contract. Gloucester v London Irish live stream: How to watch the Premiership match online from anywhereWhen these two Gallagher Premiership sides met at the Madejski Stadium back in February, it was London Irish who came out on top as they beat Gloucester 24-20.Exiles wing Ollie Hassell-Collins scored four tries that day, wrapping up the bonus point on his own, but London Irish haven’t won a Premiership match since and haven’t done the double over Gloucester since the 2005-06 season.Gloucester have had mixed results under new coach George Skivington since the restart, winning two and losing two, but they will be aware of the importance of this game (kick-off 4.30pm) in terms of European Champions Cup qualification.The new format for 2020-21 means the top eight sides in the Premiership at the end of the season will qualify for Europe’s elite tournament and victory over London Irish will consolidate Gloucester’s place in that part of the table. 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Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Facebook TAGSbetting officebookieLadbrokeslimericklimerick circuit courtthiefTom O’DonnellWillie O’Dwyer Twitter Previous articleLimerick TDs urged to oppose green bin waste chargesNext articleLimerick driver gets licence back after 15 year ban over fatal crash Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsLimerick bookie thief jailed for four yearsBy Staff Reporter – May 20, 2016 961 Ladbrokes in LimerickA CAREER criminal who was found lying on a bed with hundreds of euro in cash he had just robbed from a bookies, has been jailed for four years at Limerick Circuit Court.Willie O’Dwyer (28), was found in a room of a supported living hostel in Limerick with a bag of cash spread on a bed as he changed his clothes minutes after fleeing the Cecil Street betting shop he had just robbed.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up At a sentencing hearing before Judge Tom O’Donnell, the 28-year-old with 98 previous convictions was jailed for four years for what was described as an attack on a “vulnerable and easy target and with producing a knife”.In his evidence, Garda Enda Clifford told the court that O’Dwyer entered the Limerick betting shop at 6:30pm and as he approached the counter demanded that the staff members open the till.He pulled a makeshift knife from his pocket and jumped the counter.In fear, the staff retreated to a back room and locked themselves in leaving O’Dwyer to steal €810 cash from the till.As Gardaí were alerted, O’Dwyer fled the scene cycling through laneways of Limerick city towards the hostel he was staying in on Alphonsus Street.Garda Clifford was the first garda on scene and the court heard that he followed a “hunch” and went to McGarry House where he found the accused in his room changing his clothes with a bag of cash emptied on the bed.Ladbrokes dockets were also found on the bed in amongst the cash.CCTV footage showed the incident but the court heard that ultimately the “quick thinking” of Garda Clifford was credited for the apprehension leading to the prosecution.In his judgement, Judge Tom O’Donnell said that the 28-year-old was a “career criminal with a chronic drug problem” and imposed a five year jail term but reduced it to a four year jail term given the early plea of guilty.The sentence was backdated to April 17, 2015 last. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads
Advertisement Twitter Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin WhatsApp Email Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleOne of Limerick City Gallery’s most treasured pieces heading to LondonNext articleSpecsavers Ireland raise €100,000 in aid of The Hope Foundation Meghann Scully Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostMake a wish LimerickNewsMake-A-Wish looking for volunteers for its National fundraising day in LimerickBy Meghann Scully – January 14, 2020 211 Make-A-Wish fundraising volunteer Hannah Poynton is urging people to volunteer for the charitys national fundraising day, Wish Day on Friday 13th March. Volunteers will be collecting donations for the charity that grants the wishes of children living with life-threatening illnesses. Making wishes come true can have a hugely positive impact on a child and their families, giving strength, hope and joy. Research shows that children who have wishes granted are more likely to build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a serious illness. For information about how to volunteer please contact Stephen or Claire at Make-A-Wish by telephoning: 01 205 2007 or emailing [email protected] is looking for volunteers to support its national fundraising day at locations including Limerick City, Abbeyfeale and Newscastle West this Wish Day, Friday 13th March.Volunteers will be collecting donations for the charity that grants the wishes of children living with life-threatening illnesses.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Last year Make-A-Wish granted wishes for 4 children in Limerick and a further 177 across Ireland.The charity grant wishes to seriously ill children and let them experience something very magical and memorable.Make-A-Wish does not receive any government funding and is solely dependent on the generosity of the public to continue granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Ireland.Make-A-Wish Ireland Chief Executive, Susan O’Dwyer said, “To date, we have granted more than 2,600 wishes for Irish children. This would not be possible without the support of the Irish public, but we need your help to continue granting wishes.“If you could spare a couple of hours on Friday, you will be making a life-changing difference to a seriously ill child and their family, in your community.” she added.For information about how to volunteer please contact Stephen or Claire at Make-A-Wish by telephoning: 01 205 2007 or emailing [email protected] Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener
News UpdatesReduction Of COVID ICU Beds Reservation: High Court Asks Delhi Govt To Submit Status Report After Jan 5 Meeting Shreya Agarwal28 Dec 2020 6:33 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court today directed the AAP Government in Delhi to place on record the outcome of the review meeting which is to take place on January 5, 2021, in the case relating to 80% reservation of ICU beds in private hospitals for Covid patients. The court has adjourned the matter for hearing on Jan 8, 2021.The Single Judge Bench of Justice Subramonium Prasad hearing the matter was…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court today directed the AAP Government in Delhi to place on record the outcome of the review meeting which is to take place on January 5, 2021, in the case relating to 80% reservation of ICU beds in private hospitals for Covid patients. The court has adjourned the matter for hearing on Jan 8, 2021.The Single Judge Bench of Justice Subramonium Prasad hearing the matter was informed by the Delhi government counsel the committee reviewing the situation is scheduled to meet on Jan 5. In a previous hearing the government had informed the court that the committee constituted comprised of top-notch doctors and their opinion on the issue of “de-escalation” of reservation and other issues under consideration was essential and relevant to the case.The government counsel had also told the High Court that until any administrative decision was taken in the matter, the court could not exercise its power of judicial review in the case.On the question of de-escalation, the Delhi government has said in its latest status report that, “The new UK strain of COVID-19 is a new development which has witnessed itself to the country very recently. The new strain situation is still evolving in the country. About 20,622 persons have landed from the UK in Delhi, from November 25, 2020, to December 23, 2020. Further till now, about 19 UK returnees have tested positive and their genome sequencing in underway in NCDC. In view of the unfolding situation of the new strain, we are of the view that we should take abundant precaution.”The government has also cautioned in its report against Christmas and New Year celebrations acting as super spreaders of the virus.The Association of Healthcare Providers on the other hand, has submitted repeatedly before the Court that the unilateral order passed by the government directing reservation of the ICU beds is not only violative of the fundamental rights of non-Covid patients as it deprives them of ICU treatment even in emergency cases but also amounts to sitting over ICU beds through ‘reservation’, a phenomenon which is unknown globally.The Court earlier asked the Delhi government to consider reviewing its decision reserving 80 per cent ICU beds for COVID-19 patients only in 33 private hospitals.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Man in 60s dies on farm in Co Tyrone Homepage BannerNews Facebook A man in his 60s has died on a farm in County Tyrone.Police say they attended the sudden death of a man, in the Coolaghy Road area near Ardstraw on Sunday morning.A post mortem is due to take place to determine the cause of death, however, at this stage police say it is not being treated as suspicious.The Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland say they are investigating the circumstances. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – September 4, 2018 Twitter Pinterest Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleTusla welcomes HIQA report on Donegal foster care servicesNext articleMcClean out of Wales & Poland ties News Highland Twitter
Cumberland County North Carolina Sheriff’s Office(NEW YORK) — Almost 21 years after a newborn baby was found dead inside a trash bag along a rural road in North Carolina, forensic genealogy has helped investigators trace the mother and arrest her. Detectives at the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating the case since March 3, 1999, when a plastic trash bag was tossed from a moving vehicle onto the side of a road in a rural area south of the town of Hope Mills. Some hours later, a soldier driving down the same road spotted the bag and what he thought was a doll inside.Authorities were called to the scene and discovered there was no doll inside the bag, but rather a baby boy with his umbilical cord still attached. Investigators determined the infant, who was not even 24-hours-old, died of blunt force trauma, according to the sheriff’s office. Moose Butler, the Cumberland County sheriff at the time, issued a public plea for the parents to come forward. When no one did, Butler arranged a funeral service for the infant, whom he named “Baby Michael” after the patron saint of law enforcement officers. The child was buried in the cemetery of a local church on March 30, 1999, according to the sheriff’s office.“Detectives have never given up working on this homicide, and finally got a break in the case,” Cumberland County Sheriff Ennis Wright announced in a press release Thursday. “Baby Michael’s DNA was sent to Bode Technology, who specializes in forensic genealogy services, for comparison. The results gave a family line, and it was up to the detectives to narrow the suspect field.” Using the DNA results, detectives identified 54-year-old Deborah Riddle O’Conner as the likely mother of the baby. They drove more than 200 miles west to Burke County to speak with her. During the interview, O’Conner told detectives she was in fact the baby’s mother.“With only 12 days until the 21st anniversary of the Baby Michael, sheriff’s office detectives have finally closed the case,” Wright said. O’Conner was taken into custody after the interview and transported to Cumberland County, where she was charged with first-degree murder and booked in the local detention center. She is currently being held without bond and is scheduled to have her first court appearance on Friday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s office. It’s unknown whether O’Conner has obtained a lawyer at this time. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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Owners Sam Phillips, left, and Robert Biferie have been business partners since 1984. By Donald WittkowskiRobert Biferie had no idea exactly how much wood was stacked up at Somers Point Lumber & Building Supply on a recent day.From the looks of it, let’s just say that it was a lot.Wood boards of all sizes were piled high in front of the store, on the sides, out back and inside the building, too.There was seemingly enough lumber to build an entire town. In a way, that’s what the 58-year-old Biferie and his business partner, Sam Phillips, 62, have done during the 33 years they have owned Somers Point Lumber.Wood from their store has been used to build a town’s worth of homes at the Jersey Shore, including Ocean City, Margate, Longport, Ventnor and Brigantine.“We primarily do custom, single-family homes,” Biferie explained. “That’s our forte, along with home additions and remodeling jobs.”Somers Point Lumber workers Brett Carty, left, and Gilberto Hernandez stack some of the wood boards.Although Biferie couldn’t say how much lumber he had on hand the other day, he had no trouble naming the types of wood he sells.He mentioned fir, pine, spruce, cedar, oak and mahogany. The most expensive wood, mahogany, prized for its beauty and durability, is often used in the construction of luxury, seashore homes, Biferie noted.Some of the wood at Somers Point Lumber comes from the timber-rich Pacific Northwest, including Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia. California and Montana are other spots that supply the store with lumber. In the East, it gets wood from Maine, Biferie said.When Biferie and Phillips opened their business in 1984, it was strictly a lumber yard. But they expanded over the years, adding a home design section focusing on kitchens, a full line of hardware and also millwork, windows, doors and molding.“Now, we’ve made it pretty much a full-stop shop,” Biferie said.Decorating the walls of the store’s small office are faded color photos showing what the property at 2 Chestnut St. originally looked like in the 1980s. Somers Point Lumber occupied what had been a modest building once used to store cars. As the business grew over the years, two more buildings were added, Biferie said.Phillips and Biferie check out an old photo showing what their property originally looked like in the 1980s before it was fully developed.Biferie and Phillips seemed to anticipate the coming of the home-improvement craze that exploded nationally in the 1980s and ’90s with the likes of big-box retailers such as Home Depot and Lowe’s. By adding more services, they positioned themselves as a store for both do-it-yourselfers and professional contractors.“We do compete. No doubt about it – and then some,” Phillips said of how Somers Point Lumber has gone head-to-head against the home-improvement giants.Its competitive pricing, quality products and individualized customer service all help to give Somers Point Lumber an edge over the big-box retailers, Phillips and Biferie stressed.“Quite often, our customers will tell us how much is in those big stores. But they don’t have what they need, so they come here,” Biferie said. “Here, it’s going to be better quality, it’s going to be convenient and everything will be handled by professionals.”As business partners, Biferie and Phillips have professional backgrounds that have complemented each other over the years.Biferie had experience building homes and also worked at a lumber yard before starting his own business. Phillips formerly worked as a civil engineer for Atlantic County, giving him the expertise in blueprints and designs he now uses to help customers with their home-improvement projects.Somers Point Lumber & Building Supply is located at 2 Chestnut St., near the city’s bayfront.Then only in their 20s, Biferie and Phillips began discussing going into business together in the 1980s.“I asked him if he wanted to be my partner,” Biferie recalled.With a laugh, Phillips said it was so long ago that he had trouble remembering the details of the start of their partnership.But from that time on, they moved into what had been an empty block building, once used to store cars, and transformed it into a lumber yard and home design store that has thrived for more than 30 years.
US House passed a bill today that would invest $6.4 billion in school modernization, renovation and repairs in fiscal year 2010. The vote was 275-155. The bill authorizes $14 million in funding to Vermont schools.HR 2187, the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public Schools Act, would require that the majority of funds be used for projects that meet green building standards.US Rep Peter Welch and several other northeastern lawmakers successfully amended the bill during the last Congress to allow schools to use the funding for renewable energy and heating systems including biomass, wind, solar and geothermal. This investment in public education will support Vermont students, make-much needed improvements in their schools and save taxpayers money by reducing energy costs, Welch said. Vermont s schools have already taken the lead in converting their heating systems to woodchip and wood pellet burners. This bill will help continue that process and ensure our schools have the resources they need to thrive.Welch worked with Reps. Carol Shea-Porter, Michael Arcuri and Paul Hodes on the amendment.Source: Congressman Welch’s office