Jones sorry for offensive remarks

first_imgA video has emerged of Jones making the remarks at an event for Japanese company Fuso last July.The Australian said: “We’ve played 23 Tests, we’ve only lost one Test to the scummy Irish.”I am still dirty about that game. We’ll get that back, we’ll get that back don’t worry. We’ve got them next year at home, we’ll get them back.”Jones also reflected on his time as Japan head coach, making reference to a 125-0 defeat for the Under-20 national team against their Wales counterparts soon after he took over the Brave Blossoms.”Who knows Wales? Are there any Welsh people here? So it’s this little s*** place that has got three million people. Three million!” he said.Jones on Wednesday expressed his remorse for the comments.”I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused – no excuses and I shouldn’t have said what I did. I’m very sorry,” he said in a statement.A Rugby Football Union spokesperson said: “Eddie has apologised for his inappropriate remarks, and the RFU is also very sorry for any offence caused. We will be apologising to the IRFU and WRU.”England will attempt to deny Ireland a Grand Slam at Twickenham on Saturday.last_img read more

Malaria, HIV Prevalent in Sinoe, Rapid Spread Threatens to Mar 168th Independence Celebration

first_imgThe expected joyful celebration of the 168th independence anniversary in Greenville, Sinoe County might experience a ‘low turn-out for fear of a medical report that two of the world’s deadly diseases – Malaria and HIV – are topping five of the prevalent sicknesses in the county.The other curable and incurable maladies are pneumonia, hernia and high blood pressure.Dr. Joseph Gayflor, the medical director at the F.J. Grant Memorial Hospital, the county’s only hospital, said it is disturbing and alarming that the people in the county are not using the distributed free treated mosquito nets, but these nets are instead widely used for fishing or cut up into bathing scrubbers.The medical doctor said the high level of malaria incidence in the county is disturbing, owing to the lack of diagnostic equipment and essential drugs to cure the sickness.“Cases of malaria are on the rapid increase in the county and in order to continuously tackle it, this hospital should not be short of malaria and other essential medications,” Dr. Gayflor warned. “Though we are trying our utmost to tackle this deadly disease, we need the support of government and partners to help us.”Dr. Gayflor said HIV is also becoming serious in the county, but he could not mention specific areas or communities at risk.“The growing cases of HIV is discouraging and becoming scary. We need help,” Dr. Gayflor warned.The alarm among staff of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and guests on the prevailing sicknesses in the county is echoed by workers of a UN group.One UN personnel jokingly told the Daily Observer, “I can only be moved if I could use two star condoms at once to do anything.”Said another, “If HIV is not brought under control from here, it will then spread to Cestos, Barclayville, Zwedru, Harper and then the increased HIV rate could also hit Monrovia.”A health worker, who works in the ART Section of the F. J. Grant Hospital, but begged for anonymity, said the “hot spot of the incurable HIV virus is at the Government Camp, Bukonjadeh Gold Camp, owing to the uncontrollable rush for gold which has attracted every tribe and nationality.”The nurse said the virus is gradually emerging in Greenville and if people are not mindful it would soon be on par with malaria.Though it is a matter of confidentiality, a janitor at the F.J. Grante told the Daily Observer on Saturday that if the hospital does not identify girls undergoing their treatment for the HIV virus, it would most likely spread faster.The janitor said the girls are not only beautiful, they are fair in complexion and some of them “shine like the sun.”With the revelation of the county’s health practitioner, it is inarguable to say that the Ministry of Health and its partners need to launch the “free-condom campaign” and sensitization against the HIV in its simpler message “ABC” – abstain, be faithful or use condom,” a health official 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

Culture plays role in police diversity

first_img“In order to match the demographics of the city, you certainly shouldn’t compromise your standards,” he said. However, critics say change isn’t happening fast enough. Zanku Armenian of the Armenian National Committee said the department needs to step up recruitment while training current officers to better navigate the community. “Just like you would have diversity training in a major corporation, there needs to be that kind of fundamental training in the department in order to evolve the culture,” said Armenian, a board member of the group’s western region chapter. “It takes a long time and very thoughtful effort.” Past friction between the department and some Armenians has fostered a measure of distrust. Stephan Partamian, an Armenian community activist, said police made it a point to pull over people of color in the 1980s, a time before the city’s demographics shifted. “I think right now, it’s the best as ever,” said Partamian, who hosts a call-in television show. “Glendale police have done very well in adapting to the multicultural face of Glendale. … But every week, people call me to complain.” A lot of the calls are rooted in cultural misunderstanding, Partamian said. He recalls a run-in he had last year with an officer during a traffic stop: “He came to the window. … In a very bad manner, he asked me something – then he spit on the floor, like something I had seen in a Western movie. “I gave him my driver’s license, and he asked me how many times had I been arrested,” Partamian said. “I think it’s impolite.” Partamian said he took the issue to the City Council – three of the five councilmen are of Armenian descent – and met with Adams, who listened to his concerns. “It turned out he was a rookie officer and had a habit of chewing tobacco.” That’s not to say would-be Armenian-American criminals won’t try to take advantage of a common ethnicity. “Obviously, that’s happened,” said Abrahamian, a 10-year Glendale police veteran who was born in Iran and grew up in Los Angeles. “I’ve arrested somebody and they would say, `How is it? Can you let me go?’ “The answer is, no.” (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! According to city and census estimates, at least 30 percent of its residents are Armenian-American, 20 percent are Latino and 17 percent Asian-American. But the current force of 253 officers – 6 percent are of Armenian descent, 23 percent Latino, 6 percent Asian-American and 60 percent white – still needs to catch up. “Ideally, you want your police force to match the demographics of the city,” Glendale Police Chief Randy Adams said in a recent interview. “The reality is, that does not happen overnight.” The department has made progress – a decade ago, only three officers out of a force of 195 were Armenian-American, compared with seven in 2002 and 14 today. The difficulty lies in finding enough recruits who meet department standards – and a cultural bias of some Armenian families who view law enforcement as a blue-collar profession to be avoided, Adams said. GLENDALE – Tigran Topadzhikyan was born in Soviet-era Armenia, a repressive place where police officers didn’t have the best public image. So it wasn’t entirely a surprise that his mother would frown on his decision to pursue a law enforcement career. “My mom was a little apprehensive,” said Topadzhikyan, 31, who has served as a Glendale police officer for more than a decade. “She thinks it was dangerous even when I was an (police) Explorer. I was the first one in my family doing something like that. She supports me throughout now.” Topadzhikyan and Lola Abrahamian, also of Armenian descent, were among four officers recently promoted to sergeant – a boon to a department that has been trying to diversify its force to police an increasingly diverse city of 207,000. last_img

Morata misses out on Spain World Cup squad

first_img“The decision is always difficult because of the talent of the players we have,” Lopetegui said.“We have opted for three other players who had different assets and including four players up front was not something we wanted to do.”Two more Chelsea players also missed out as Marcos Alonso and Cesc Fabregas were not included in the 23-man group.Morata’s absence was the stand-out decision, however, even if it was not an entirely surprising one given the 25-year-old’s dramatic dip in form.After scoring seven goals in his first seven games for Chelsea, a back injury seemed to affect his confidence. Morata has scored only three times in 22 games since the turn of the year.“I’ve talked to the players I had to talk to,” Lopetegui said. “I’m not going to name anybody, but there are players who had to find out from me that they were not going to be on the list.”In contrast, Aspas and Moreno have been in excellent form for Celta Vigo and Valencia respectively, with Aspas the top Spanish scorer in La Liga on 22 goals.Costa is expected to start when Spain open up against Portugal in Group B on June 15 but Aspas, with his speed and direct running, remains an attractive option.Alonso only made his debut in a friendly against Argentina in March and lost out to Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal. Fabregas fell behind Spain’s impressive wealth of options in midfield, which will include Sergio Busquets, Saul Niguez, Koke, Thiago Alcantara, Andres Iniesta, David Silva, Isco, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez.Manchester United’s David de Gea was included as expected, along with fellow goalkeepers Pepe Reina and Kepa Arrizabalaga.Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta did make it in, as did Monreal. Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Nacho and Jordi Alba complete Spain’s group of defenders.“I’ve had several doubts, making a list of 23 is very difficult,” Lopetegui said. “But we have decided this was the most balanced decision and the one we think will help us most at the World Cup.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alvaro Morata has been left out of the Spain squad for the World Cup © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKMADRID, Spain, May 21 – Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata was left out of Spain’s World Cup squad, announced on Monday.Morata paid the price for a disappointing debut season in the Premier League as Spain coach Julen Lopetegui picked Iago Aspas and Rodrigo Moreno up front, along with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa.last_img read more

Athletic Bilbao to offer Spain youth star new contract to fight off Everton interest

first_img Inaki Williams 1 Athletic Bilbao are preparing to offer Everton target Inaki Williams a new contract to quash increasing speculation surrounding his future.The Toffees were reportedly willing to meet the winger’s buy-out clause of £14m in January and have regularly scouted the Spaniard since the summer.But, according to AS, Bilbao are close to renewing terms with the Spain youth international, ending any immediate interest from Premier League clubs.Williams’ current deal expires in 2017 but Bilbao are ready to offer him a significant pay rise as well as doubling his buyout clause.The 21-year-old has scored three goals in seven appearances for the La Liga club this season, including a brace against Real Betis last weekend.last_img

Video: Ten counter-attacking goals featuring Barca’s Messi, Suarez and Neymar

first_imgAhead of their trip to Barcelona on Wednesday, Drivetime would like to remind Arsenal fans of what they could be in for. The Blaugrana’s red-hot trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez have scored 103 goals between them this season, two of those coming at the Emirates. It is the second leg of the Champions League last 16 and, with Luis Enrique’s side holding the advantage, check out some of their best counter-attacking goals above!Listen to live commentary of the Nou Camp clash from seven o’clock (7:45 kick-off) – click herelast_img

Ground-breaking developments at Mulroy Woods Hotel

first_imgMulroy Woods Hotel in Milford are delighted to be investing further in the hotel as they go into their 4th successful year.The Kelly family are redesigning and resurfacing the carpark to add to the aesthetics of the already well-appointed building which has been a staple in the local community for years. Marty and Patricia Kelly have said “we are determined to ensure that we are offering a premium product to our customers and guests, this includes a comfortable and warm welcome from the minute you drive through our gates to the newly refurbished interiors. “We have invested €1.9m in the hotel to date with refurbishments to all existing bedrooms, lounge/bar, restaurant, Mulroy suite and the addition of 12 new superior bedrooms. We are happy to have made Milford our hub, we love being a part of the community and being situated on the Wild Atlantic Way with so many beautiful attractions on our door step.”Patricia added: “The hotel has grown, with the demand for business with weddings, bar food, Sunday carvery, parties and bus tours we are very excited for hectic season ahead. Entering our busiest wedding season to date, we are already receiving many awards in recognition of our wedding experience including, Irish Hotel Awards Wedding Venue of Ulster 2017, Irish Hotel Awards Wedding Co-ordinator of Ulster 2017, Irish Hotel Awards Deputy General Manager 2017,Oceanic Irish Wedding Awards Borders Wedding Venue 2018, Lucinda O’Sullivan Great Places to Eat & Stay 2017 & again in 2018. “We are delighted to have built an award winning, dedicated, hardworking and enthusiastic team who have been tireless in their dedication to help us bring the business to where it is today.” It is business as usual for the Hotel while resurfacing takes place over the coming weeks.  The carpark is just be beginning of the Kelly family vision for 2018, they are very excited about driving the business forward and bringing more visitors to the area.Ground-breaking developments at Mulroy Woods Hotel was last modified: March 6th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:car parkhospitalityMulroy Woods Hotellast_img read more


first_imgA mother has been told she will go to jail if she does not ensure her teenage daughter attends school.The woman appeared at Letetrkenny District Court and was sentenced to 14 days in prison but had the jail term suspended for 12 months.She was one of a number of parents who appeared before the court.The woman’s teenage daughter had only attended school on 24 of 52 school days since November 3rd last. Another sibling missed six out of 51, another missed 8 of 51 and a fourth missed four of 51.A solicitor for the woman said there is an issue about her daughter going to school and staying at school.But Judge Paul Kelly said the solicitor was being “fed nonsense” by his client who is “not taking this seriously at all”.An education and welfare officer for the Child and Family Agency told the court that the family has been given “every opportunity”.“There is no reason for them not to be at school,” she said.“This is a child who is being robbed of her future by her parent’s refusal to send her to school. This impacts seriously on the future of the child,” the judge said.The judge warned her that the sentence will be activated if the child misses school without written evidence of a reasonable excuse.In another case before the same judge he fined a mother €400 after she had previously pleaded guilty to a charge relating to two children.An education and welfare officer said one child had missed ten days out of 51 and six of those were unexplained.The welfare officer said there is concern about the child in question who has “huge academic potential which is not being reached because of absenteeism”.The child is due to transfer to post primary in September but has not been registered with any school yet.The mother’s solicitor said she is well aware that the children have to attend school and will do her best to ensure that they do.The Judge said the imposition of a jail sentence was “a nuclear option” which he was reluctant to exercise on the first occasion.“If she comes back to be me on a subsequent summons I will take a different view,” he said.In another case the court heard another student had missed ten days out of 51.The judge adjourned the case to March 1st and warned the parents that they could decide which one of them is going to jail “if they don’t get their house in order and take this seriously”.Another case involving a girl was adjourned to June after the court heard there has been an improvement in attendance levels.MOTHER WHOSE CHILDREN MISSED SCHOOL WARNED SHE COULD GO TO JAIL was last modified: February 8th, 2016 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:courtdonegalscholTEACHERtruantlast_img read more


first_imgJim Mc Guinness can hardly believe it as Donegal suffer the first major blow of the contest when Mark Mc Hugh was forced to leave the field after sustaining an injury in the opening exchanges. Pic.: Gary FoyDONEGAL star Mark McHugh is being kept in hospital overnight.It follows the head injury he suffered in a sickening clash during the Ulster SFC final clash with Monaghan on Sunday.McHugh went down after a clash of heads with Monaghan’s Stephen Gollogly. “If this day couldn’t get any worse I’m stuck in hospital for the night,” said Mark.“But well done Monaghan! From what I can remember, 100% deserved it,” he added in a tweet from his bed a short time ago.Mark is now unlikely to feature in Saturday’s qualifier against Laois.After the defeat, manager Jim McGuinness said the loss of McHugh so early in the game had helped Monaghan. “He was missed in that part of the pitch where we rely on him so much,” said Jim. MARK McHUGH KEPT IN HOSPITAL AFTER CLONES CLASH was last modified: July 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA man is expected to appear in Carndonagh Court later today charged with burglary offences.The man was arrested by Gardai following a number of alleged incidents in the Termon area.It is understood that a number of holiday homes were broken into. The man was questioned by Gardai and is expected to appear in court this morning.MAN TO APPEAR IN COURT AFTER SPATE OF BURGLARIES was last modified: January 29th, 2014 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:arrestedburglariesCARNDONAGH DISTRICT COURTTermonlast_img read more