Alainu’uese stays with Glasgow

first_imgPhoto By: Getty Images (Brian Alainu’uese tussles with Maro Itoje in a European Champions Cup match against Saracens) The Mooloos lock won two Super Rugby caps under Dave Rennie in 2015 and has another chance to impress the departing Chiefs coach, who takes the reins at Glasgow for their next season starting in September.Alainu’uese, 23, is understood to have inked a three-year deal after signing on a short-term contract last October, which was due to expire in May.Waikato Rugby have released Alainu’uese from his Mooloos contract for 2017 and allowed the 2.02m lock, who weighs over 130kg, to sign professional forms for Glasgow.Alainu’uese cracked Super Rugby two years ago – after his Waikato debut in 2013 – when he was called up as injury cover for the Chiefs, but he wasn’t signed up in 2016 and, like so many Kiwis dotted around the rugby world, has jumped at an offer from abroad.Waikato head coach Sean Botherway said Alainu’uese was hugely popular among their squad and admitted there were mixed emotions about him leaving.”It’s awesome that another one of our Waikato lads can realise his dream of playing professional rugby,” he said.”I guess there’s a little bit of sadness that he’s not able to do that here in New Zealand because we lose a really important part of what we’ve been about over the last few years. “He had some unique interests. He loved his country music and while he was big man, he had some really soft touches about him.”A former student of the fabled Wesley College, which is known for producing All Blacks like Jonah Lomu, Malakai Fekitoa, Charles Piutau and Stephen Donald, Alainu’uese has battled through adversity in his young career after desperately struggling with ankle and shoulder injuries.Alainu’uese, one of 15 siblings, also lost his father last year but the 2016 season was his best to date, as he started eight of Waikato’s 10 Mitre Cup matches.Botherway reflected on how positive Alainu’uese was battling through the tough times.​”People really admired what he pushed through to get to where he is now,” he said.”Just seeing how hard he worked when he suffered the shoulder injury after spending so much time out with his ankle surgery.”I always remembered how positive he was and how hard he worked when people weren’t watching.”Alainu’uese, who was born in Invercargill and played for Waikato’s University club, was voted Glasgow’s player of the month in March and has become a fan favourite in the 15 caps he’s made.But the big man has endeared himself to Glasgow’s faithful as the Warriors scrap with opposition from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Italy in Pro12, as well as competing in the European Champions Cup, where they lost to English and European champions Saracens 38-13 in the quarter-finals earlier this month.​Waikato Rugby general manager Blair Foote said Alainu’uese’s departure, which comes after Iliesa Ratuva Tavuyara joined up with Bordeaux Bègles and Jason Robertson prepares to play for Tokyo Gas, proves the union is providing a platform for players to develop their careers.”Ultimately what these guys are looking for is a full-time professional career and if they can’t that here, for the ones who’ve got bigger ambitions, they’ve got to go offshore,” he said.”We like to see ourselves as a developing union. We’re realists and we obviously want them to perform well for us but we also want to be seen as someone that can provide a realistic pathway for these players if they’re capable.”last_img read more

CSOs Expose Challenges in Criminal Justice System

first_imgTarget Group# of Beneficiaries per County M F Total # Pre-Trail: 80Adult Male: 76Adult Female: 2Juvenile Male: 2Juvenile Female:Convicts: 70Adult Male: 66Adult Female: 4Juvenile Male: 0Juvenile Female: 0Total Number Legal RepresentationLofa:Bong:Nimba: Judges/MagistratesLofa: 3Bong: 4Nimba: 3 DetaineesLofa: 72Bong:122Nimba: 16271115158144358 Police & Correction OfficersLofa: 46Bong: 38Nimba: 45383038887129 Traditional/Community LeadersLofa: 30Bong:30Nimba:3020212010911090 Target Group# of Officers per County M F Total # of Beneficiaries for the 3 counties Grand Total150 Grand Total:71 Total number of inmates at the Voinjama Prison: 71 although it was built for 40 persons Pre-Trail: 107Adult Male: 99Adult Female:0Juvenile Male: 1Juvenile Female: 7Convicts: 64Adult Male: 62Adult Female: 1Juvenile Male: 1Juvenile Female: 0Total Number Baysah making a presentation at the forum.Report says prisons overcrowded, inmates need better treatmentThe Liberian government and its international partners, especially the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), may have done a lot to improve the country’s Criminal Justice System (CJS), but the system is still faced with a multitude of challenges, latest reports indicate.Information obtained from the “Providing Access to Justice and Gender Sensitive Legal Awareness at Grassroots Level” project detailed how prison facilities, the courts, the police and communities still have a lot to do in upgrading the country’s CJS.The project is being implemented by the Rural Human Rights Activists Program (RHRAP) and Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) and coordinated by the Finn Church Aid (FCA), with funding from the European Union (EU). The program intends to improve the country’s criminal justice system by training the police, court and prison officers as well as pretrial detainees in Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties.RHRAP executive director Lorma Baysah, who made the presentation last week, said the continued overcrowding of prison facilities, the non-existence of programs that were initiated for the purposes of rehabilitating inmates as well as the low capacity of prisons are making it difficult to separate the categories of inmates, posing grave challenges to the system across the country.There are no sanitary provisions for female inmates in prison facilities and inmates receive only one meal a day. Inadequate or poor health services provided for inmates are just some of the worst problems the report documented for the CJS.Some of the challenges that still beset the court component of CJS are the slow adjudication of cases; increased imprisonment of inmates and limited use of Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms and probation services by magistrates; inadequate public defenders within the counties; and inadequate logistics to get magistrates to fast track trials.Police“Under this project, we have observed that officers of the Liberia National Police have very poor holding cells—poor infrastructure, that is the case with Zorzor,” Baysah said.He noted that the police also hardly adhere to the 48-hour statutory period for holding suspects and separation of suspects.“There is inadequate collaboration between the police and the courts. Very poor sanitation in police holding cells resulting to health hazards, and the use of police cells by courts for holding convicts and pretrial detainees are just a few of the many malpractices we continue to encounter,” stated the report.The RHRAP forum was intended to discuss and share preliminary results from the project interventions and issues affecting the implementation of an effective CJS in the targeted counties. It brought together key stakeholders intended to solicit recommendations, build coalition and consensus in the promotion and protection of the rule of law and fundamental human rights of community residents.Under the program, RHRAP and its partners provide training and legal representation for pretrial detainees. They also host county and national level meetings, prison and police cells monitoring, and community awareness radio programs.However, Baysah noted that courts in the targeted counties continue to complain that traditional leaders are interfering in legal/criminal cases. “We had one of those cases in Zorzor where the traditional leaders wanted to take the case out of the court without even using a proper channel,” he said.Community residents, he said, are also complaining of their inability to meet up with the demand of US$100 bond fees for minor offenses, especially for the most common offense, “disorderly conduct,” leading to increased imprisonment by magistrates.Key statistics of training provided and legal representation of pretrial detainees Note: The hygienic condition of the Prison facility is good Note: The hygienic condition of the Prison facility is good Total number of inmates at the Sanniquellie: XXX although it was built for 72 Grand Total: 171 Note: The hygienic condition of the Prison facility is good CURRENT STATISTICS OF THE VOINJAMA, BONG AND SANNIQUELLIE PRISONS 10 Pre-Trail: 27Adult Male: 24Adult Female: 03Juvenile Male: 0Juvenile Female: 0Convicts: 44Adult Male: 43Adult Female: 01Juvenile Male: 0Juvenile Female: 0Total Number 670400 Total number of inmates at the Gbarnga Prison: XXX although it was built for 70 persons Meanwhile, in spite of the many challenges, RHRAP and its collaborating partners boast of significant achievements during the course of the project.Some of these achievements include improved record keeping in prison facilities, easy identification of inmates and continued access to legal representation of inmates and detainees; detainees/inmates have access to communication with families and lawyers; and are aware of some basic fundamental rights including self-reporting of violation or respect of their rights; fast track hearing reactivated between the Gbarnga Magisterial Court and Prison Facility to mitigate over crowding in prison facilities; space provided for continuous engagement and interaction between community residents, civil society, police and magistrates; continued advocacy and engagement with the Ministry of Health and other health institutions to supply medication for inmates.The project implementers have also provided three landline phones and monthly scratch cards for the three prisons in Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties so inmates can communicate with relatives and legal representatives.“We have also provided two Sony cameras for the Lofa and Bong prisons; ledgers for proper record keeping; and we also provided posters and flyers in communities and at prison facilities and police cells depicting the rights of suspects and detainees,” Saybah noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

9 more Venezuelans deported

first_imgNine Venezuelan women, charged for illegally entering Guyana, on Friday appeared before Georgetown Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and pleaded guilty to the illegal entry charge.The charge read that on March 8, 2018, Merielys Parra, Macila Guerrero, Annybel Medori, Sihpibeh Manzaro, Ann Ortiz, Evhory Tenor, Danelia Figueroa, Elleymis Rodrigues and Mariam Torres entered Guyana illegally at Eteringbang without presenting themselves to an immigration officer.Through an interpreter, the women told the court that none of them has a passport, and that they came to Guyana because of the crisis back home in Venezuela.The court heard that on the day in question, Police were on patrol duties on the West Coast of Demerara when they stopped the vehicle in which the women were occupants.Each of the women, who are between the ages of 18 and 24, was fined $30,000 with an alternative of 60 days in prison, after which they would be deported.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had only recently called for Community Policing Groups to play a much greater role in this level of policing Guyana’s border regions, to assist law enforcement agencies.That Ministry is also considering the option of having outstanding citizens given precepts that would allow them to have some policing powers, especially since there is a limited Police presence in far-flung communities that border Venezuela. These ‘Police helpers’ would, however, have to come under one of the CPGs.last_img read more

WATCH: The starlet wanted by Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City

first_imgPaulo Dybala has emerged as one of the most sought-after players in world football after a stunning season in Serie A with Palermo.Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are among a host of giants said to be eyeing a move for the 21-year-old striker, and it’s not hard to see why.Check out this video of some of his best moments for Palermo over the past year.last_img


first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The reality of the danger facing Donegal mountaineer Jason Black hit home today as his group’s sister climbing tam were hit by an avalanche. One person is missing presumed dead. Simply click on the arrow to hear Jason’s report for Donegal Daily.K2 LIVE AUDIO BLOG: SADNESS FOR JASON BLACK AS SISTER-TEAM HIT BY AVALANCHE was last modified: July 20th, 2015 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:donegalJason BlackK2last_img read more


first_imgMembership is still open priced at €20 Adult, €30 Family, €10 Junior and €60 Overseas. Membership forms can be got from any club member or in McKelveys Bar, Ballybofey. New members always welcome.All monies owed for games up to date to be handed to club treasurer asap.We have almost 50 club members travelling to Paradise for our crunch Champions League tie with Spartak Moscow.Best of luck to Lenny and the Bhoys and a safe journey to our band of merry supporters. Up coming home SPL games are December 12th Dundee Utd,15th St.Mirren,22nd Ross County,January 2nd Motherwell and 19th Hearts,for info on these or any games contact Stephen @ 0876256107 or 0868275143.Next meeting is January 10th in McKelveys Bar at 9pm sharp. TWIN TOWNS CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 2nd, 2012 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:Twin Towns Celtic Supporters Club noteslast_img read more


first_imgA heartbroken family have pleaded for help in finding their pet dog who bolted during the recent lightning storm.Jessie, a black and white collie, disappeared from its Letterkenny home on Thursday morning.Jessie’s owners say their children are very upset since Jessie broke out of its enclosure at their Tullygay home. “The children are very upset and so are we. She’s a lovely dog and must be very frightened.“The vet told us that she could be hiding under a bush and might not come out. It’s terrible to think that she’s out there alone.“We have put up posters and searched every field but there is still no sign of her,” said owner Stephen.Although Jessie is microchipped, she is not wearing collar. The family has even offered a reward for her safe return.Anybody who may have seen the dog are asked to contact either 087 7578669 or 086 3104218.FAMILY PLEAD FOR MISSING PET AFTER LIGHTNING STORM was last modified: November 26th, 2011 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:JESSIEletterkennyMISSING DOGlast_img read more

Buncrana does its bit for the #BigDonegalCleanup

first_imgBuncrana Tidy Towns took part in the #BigDonegalCleanUp last weekend with volunteers collecting over 80 bags of rubbish on the main road from Burnfoot to Buncrana.Speaking after the clean-up Buncrana Tidy Towns Spokeswoman Sinéad Ní Bhroin said there was a great response to the clean-up“2018 marks the 20th year of An Taisce’s annual National Spring Clean, an anti-litter event that takes place in April across the country.“Buncrana Tidy Towns volunteers were out in force last Saturday collecting over 80 bags of rubbish from Burnfoot to Buncrana. “We would like to extend a special thanks to Donegal County Council for pushing the #BigDonegalCleanUp and providing plenty of support. Council staff were out on Saturday with our volunteers picking up rubbish bags throughout the clean-up.“Buncrana Tidy Towns do a weekly clean-up around the town come hail, rain or shine, and the support from the local community for our efforts is second to none.“Preparations for the annual Tidy Towns competition summer judging are underway and we look forward to working with local businesses, community groups, schools and the Council to make 2018 our best year yet.” Buncrana does its bit for the #BigDonegalCleanup was last modified: April 9th, 2018 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:buncranaclean-updonegaltidy townslast_img read more

DD Motoring: Diddler’s Focus

first_imgFor most, it’s the dread of life where tempers are tested inside and outside the family car.Where families try to beat the clock every school day in life as they take on the gauntlet that is the school run.For one man, it has become a privilege thanks to the thought and anonymous generosity of the people around him. Advertisement It would do your heart good to watch Paul Dillon sitting with his elbow out the window of his 11-year-old Limerick registered Black Ford Focus waiting at the school gate for 3pm to arrive so he can collect his wanes from school.Celebrity statusAn hour earlier, Paul pulled on to one of the two blue disabled parking bays at Kernan’s in Newtowncunnigham.A couple of his workmates are on their lunch break and go out to meet Paul. Advertisement They give him a hand onto his wheelchair. His arrival into the shop is greeted with smiles from staff and regulars alike in doing a bit of shopping or even in for a bite to eat.Paul Dillion and his two bodyguards Jonathan Mc Carron and Leo Tinney pictured at Kernans in Newtowncunningham this week. Photo Brian McDaid.Paul makes his way into the diner and takes a wee tour around the restaurant having a yarn with this one and that before he gets his workmates to hold his wheelchair steady as he slides himself over on to the seat and into stall No 1, then the slagging and craic begins.Liverpool will get a mention at least twice, and the big win this year, Paul is a massive reds fan and of course, everyone around him will rubbish them.Paul’s presence in Kernan’s lifts the spirits of people.Someone waves at him from one of the isles in the supermarket and Paul waves them over to hear their craic. They stand yapping with a basket half full of messages in the diner as waiters get the all-day breakfast out past the crowd that has gathered around Paul.Paul was diagnosed with motor neurone disease on the 2nd of January this year.Since then the wider community around his home in Newtowncunningham have rallied to make his home more adaptable and accessible for his wheelchair.Everyone is very focused on making Paul’s life and his families life as normal and as comfortable as it could possibly be. Run aroundA friend of Paul’s Dominic Robb who is a motor mechanic based in Newtowncunningham made the suggestion that he would go looking for a good run around car for Paul and get it fitted out to suit Paul’s needs to give him a bit of Independence so he could a take a spin up to Kernan’s for a yarn with friends and workmates and get him out of the house a bit more.Paul Dillion proudly showing off his Ford Focus which has been adapted to suit Paul driving needs. Photo Brian McDaid.Test driveIn the last few weeks, Dominic got a car sorted and landed out to Paul one evening and they both headed off up to Letterkenny with Dominic driving as Paul watched on.On the way back Dominic got Paul into the driver’s seat and they set off cautiously back to Newtowncunnigham.By the time Paul got to Newtown, Dominic was well impressed with Paul’s progress behind the wheel of his automatic Ford Focus so the two boys headed on down the road as far as Bridgend a spin before returning back to Newtown.Paul Dillion pictured in his Ford Focus as he heads to collect his children from school in Newtowncunningham. Photo Brian McDaid.Since then Paul is out every day in the car and the simplest things like going to collect his two girls from Scoil Cholmcille gives Paul a great feeling of achievement and also gets him out and about thanks to the adaptions made on the carThe car had 110,000kms on it when Paul got and it hasn’t cooled since.Cinema trips, taking the girls to dancing lessons, even taking the missus to the hairdresser, and even going for a litre of milk are all on Paul list.But most of all, up to Kernan’s to meet people is something that Paul has always done and enjoyed the banter from behind the butcher’s counter, be it in Kernan’s or in McGee’s butchers in Letterkenny before that.This weekend Paul will be taking a wee break from behind the wheel and will be parking up his Focus today, Thursday, as Paul, Emma and the kids will be heading to Disneyland in Paris for a well-deserved family holiday.Happy motoring folks.DD Motoring: Diddler’s Focus was last modified: June 20th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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

2019 ExploreAg adds more camps – application deadline extended

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentUPDATE: The deadline to apply has been extended. The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is offering STEM-based camps called ExploreAg. The ExploreAg program is a FREE week-long experience for high school students where they are introduced to various aspects of agriculture, food science, environmental sciences and more, both in the classroom and through opportunities for hands-on learning both on and off campus at the Ohio State University, OSU ATI and Central State University. New this year is the addition of two camps, for a total of four, and 25 students will be accepted for each camp.ExploreAg students will interact with and learn directly from internationally known teachers, scientists and researchers. Subject areas include food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology and agricultural business. In addition to the classroom experience, scholars will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research and meet industry partners to provide a glimpse of various careers in related fields. Four immersive ExploreAg sessions will be held: Session 1 — June 9-14 The Ohio State University Columbus CampusSession 2 –– June 16-21 The Ohio State University Columbus CampusSession 3 — June 23-28 The Ohio State University ATI CampusSession 4 — July 7-12 Central State UniversityProgram costs covered include on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, course supplies, program materials and transportation. Supervision is provided at all times by faculty, staff and program counselors who are current college students in related majors.Applicants are asked to submit a 1 to 3 minute video stating their views on “How can technology be used to end hunger?” Apply today! Online ExtrasRecap of 2018 ExploreAg experience2018 ExploreAg participants2019 Informational Flyer  Leave a Commentlast_img read more