The seven dollar banknote and fifty cent coin celebrates the team’s victory at last year’s Rio Olympics.Fiji’s prime minister Frank Bainimarama launched the tender last night saying rugby is an intimate part of Fiji’s collective identity.The note features pictures of the team, its coach Ben Ryan and captain Osea Kolinisau.The coin depicts Ben Ryan sitting on the beach and the team on the reverse. Photo: Facebook/ Fiji Government
Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “I just want it to be kind of organic, it grows, see where it fits in the best,” Servais said. “I am looking forward to just kind of sitting down with him in a different type of relationship now that he’s not on an active roster and asking him questions and gaining some of his experiences and hopefully it helps me and helps the ball club out.”It’s a unique circumstance for a unique player.“During the game I will be doing the same preparations I’ve been doing the entire time. Nothing is going to change for me that I did as a player,” Suzuki said. “But I can’t say for certain that maybe I won’t put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout.”Officially, the Mariners released Suzuki to clear a spot on the 40-man and 25-man rosters. But retirement was not a word used to describe the transaction. Suzuki is not closing the door to future opportunities and neither are the Mariners. Suzuki joked that when he starts using a cane, that’s when he knows it’s time to retire.Perhaps the most obvious opportunity on the horizon for Suzuki is the opening of the 2019 season, when Seattle is scheduled to face Oakland for two games in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Woods struggles with greens in first round since Masters The 10-time All-Star has a .311 average and 3,089 hits, not including the 1,278 hits he amassed in nine seasons in Japan.“Obviously, I’m in a different situation now, but I definitely see myself playing again and that’s why I’m going to continue to practice and work to do the things I need to do to continue to get better,” Suzuki said. “It’s hard for me to imagine not playing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 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 “We don’t suspect this closes the book on Ichiro’s career as a player, and potentially a player with the Mariners,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said.Suzuki had appeared in 15 games this year for the Mariners. He started Wednesday night and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.Only a handful of people knew Wednesday was the final game of the 2018 season for Suzuki. Conversations started a few weeks ago about what Suzuki’s role would be after the Mariners returned to full health in their outfield and the final plan was presented to Suzuki on Monday.Suzuki was nearly the hero, barely missing a hit in the ninth inning of Seattle’s 3-2 loss that sliced a few feet foul with the tying run at second base. Instead, his final at-bat of 2018 was a strikeout.“Now I don’t feel as bad about walking Ichiro last night,” tweeted Oakland A’s lefty Brett Anderson , who started Wednesday’s game and walked Suzuki in the third inning.After almost six years away, Suzuki returned this spring to help patch an injury-depleted outfield on the team he played for from 2001 to 2012. Suzuki was signed after Seattle learned Ben Gamel would miss the first few weeks of the regular season and the reunion was a feel-good story of the former star returning to where his career in the majors started.Suzuki hit .205 in 44 at-bats and all nine of his hits this season were singles. While Suzuki struggled at the plate, he did have a few defensive gems, including robbing Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez of a homer on the opening weekend of the season and reminding everyone of his greatness as an all-around player.Seattle’s staff and players have raved about Suzuki’s presence in the clubhouse.“He’s kind of like the Dalai Lama in the clubhouse,” Dipoto said. “You see it on the flights. He’ll sit down in his chair and immediately Dee Gordon is sitting next to him and Mitch Haniger is turning sideways and he’s across the row. The guy in front of him is leaning back in his seat. It’s almost like they’re all waiting for him to opine from the mountain top.”Suzuki earned the 2001 AL Rookie of the Year and MVP with the Mariners and won a pair of AL batting titles. He was traded to the Yankees midway through 2012, played parts of three seasons with New York, then spent three seasons with Miami. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “The past two months have been the happiest I’ve been,” Suzuki said through an interpreter. “I knew one day that the day would come when I would have to walk away. But the Mariners have given me this opportunity to stay on. Obviously, with my teammates and how great they’ve been and how much they mean to me and how much I want to help is the reason I wanted to stay on and help in any way I can.”Suzuki’s career transitioned Thursday when the Mariners announced he was shifting into a front office role as a special assistant to the chairman. The job isn’t sitting behind a desk but rather more of what Suzuki has done every day of his 18 seasons in the majors. He’ll still be in the clubhouse. He’ll still go through pregame workouts and preparations and take part in batting practice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWhen the game begins, Suzuki will be required to leave the bench and will take his spot in the clubhouse. He’s a player-coach, except without the player part for the rest of the 2018 season.Manager Scott Servais said Suzuki’s role will morph over time, but he expects Suzuki to have a hand in helping with outfield defense, base running and hitting. MOST READ Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki sits and waits for American reporters to depart and members of the Japanese media to arrive, Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Seattle. Suzuki was released Thursday by the Mariners and is shifting into a front office role with the team, although he is not completely shutting the door on playing again. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE — Roughly three hours before first pitch on Thursday night, Ichiro Suzuki jogged to join his Seattle Mariners teammates in the outfield, fully in uniform, black mitt in hand, prepping for another pregame routine of catching fly balls and hitting in the cage.Except there was no game for the 44-year-old Suzuki to get ready for. He wouldn’t be in the lineup on this night, or again in the 2018 season. 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Members of the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs and Governance yesterday unanimously agreed to put on hold confirmation proceedings for Sinoe County Superintendent-designate Thomas Romeo Quioh. He was told that the Committee will hold a separate confirmation proceeding with him at a later date.The decision by the Committee, chaired by Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zolu Jallah, to halt the confirmation proceedings of Mr. Quioh came about when Rivercess County Senator Dallas A.V. Gueh raised concern over the General Auditing Commission (GAC) report indicting him (Quioh) and other Sinoe County officials for failing to account for hundreds of thousands of United States Dollars of both the CDF and SDF.Mr. Quioh served as Development Superintendent under outgoing Superintendent J. Milton Teahjay, who is now running for Senator for Sinoe County. Both Quioh and Teahjay were indicted in the GAC report for embezzling County Development Fund (CDF) and Social Development Fund (SDF).Expressing his concern, Senator Gueh said the nominee already had a serious problem with the Liberian Government while at the same time he is being nominated to another position.“The nominee for the post must have a character that is suitable to be a Superintendent of Sinoe County. Therefore, he owes this committee an explanation to tell us whether he has been cleared of the charges leveled against him. We must know the character of the person that we are sending to Sinoe.”Supporting his colleague’s argument, Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson said the reason why the President sends a nominee constitutionally to the Senate for confirmation is help determine the suitability of that nominee to serve.Senator Jallah then made a unanimous motion to suspend the hearing of Mr. Quioh. At the same time, Senator Jallah declared that those who have information on what is being alleged are encouraged to present same to our offices by Wednesday, “so that the Committee will study [said information] and make a determination as to whether we can go ahead to confirm or not.”He said information received by the Committee earlier from some individuals is not tenable in law because they lacked names or signatures.”Meanwhile, a group calling itself “Sinoe Citizens for Accountability & Equal Representation yesterday circulated a letter accompanied by a dossier revealing alleged financial transactions involving nominee Quioh and other Sinoe County local and Legislative officials.The letter, which was addressed to the Internal Affairs Committee, showed, among other things, that the GAC in its November 2014 report indicted Mr. Quioh and others for failing to account for US$727,669.20 of the county’s development fund; making 44 bank payments without voucher support, making payments and failing to include same in the Project Management Committee’s financial reports, as well as receiving money for six projects that were since abandoned.In a related development, several superintendents, local government officials and an Internal Affairs Deputy Minister-designate recently nominated by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, appeared before the Jallah Committee for a crowded hearing.Among those appearing was a former Member of the 52nd Legislature for Gbarpolu County, Representative Armah Sarnor, who is now going as Superintendent. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Thirty-eight Peace Corps trainees arrived in Guyana on Tuesday morning to begin their 27 months of service to the people of Guyana.Members of the Peace Corp that arrived in GuyanaThe new trainees are part of the 31st group of Peace Corps volunteers to serve in Guyana since 1995, and represent 20 out of the 52 United States. The volunteers’ age range from 21 to 47, and come from diverse ethnic backgrounds.For the next 10 weeks of pre-service training, the Peace Corps trainees will live with host families who will teach them the Guyanese way of life as they learn how to cook local food, negotiate in the market place, and participate in community activities.In addition, their training will include a technical component within the health, education and environment sectors where they will engage in field practicums within Peace Corps’ new local model school programme. The group will be sworn in as Peace Corps volunteers in August, to begin their two years of service in nine regions of Guyana.In March of 1961, President John F Kennedy created the Peace Corps to provide human resource and technical assistance to developing countries. The Peace Corps was first active in Guyana from 1966-1971, and later returned in 1995 at the invitation of then-President, Dr Cheddi Jagan. Since its establishment, more than 900 American volunteers have supported numerous communities throughout Guyana.The volunteers have welcomed the opportunity to work with the people of Guyana and extended their gratitude to the people of Guyana for their hospitality, and for the possibility they offer to the volunteers in working together to advance and develop the country.
The Pomeroon River, one of the deepest rivers in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) has claimed yet another life. Dead is 12-year-old Geramey Benjamin, of Dredge Creek, Upper Pomeroon River.The Charity Secondary School student lost his life while swimming with his cousins. Reports are Benjamin, who suffers from epilepsy, was swimming with two cousins when he reportedly suffered an attack and disappeared in the murky waters of the Pomeroon River.Guyana Times was told that the incident occurred at about 17:00h on Thursday afternoon.After realising what had transpired, the two cousins alerted his mother, Jacqueline Benjamin, and residents immediately conducted a search. The search however proved futile and the Police were summoned. On Friday at about 16:30h, the boy’s body surfaced and was seen floating in the Dredge Creek area by a resident who raised an alarm.The Police were summoned and the body was removed and taken to the Charity Wharf. It was later transported to the Suddie mortuary where it awaits a post-mortem examination. Statements from the two cousins; ages 7 and 18, were taken by Police. An investigation has been launched into the incident.On January 25, a fisherman from Buxton, East Coast Demerara, was also recovered from the Pomeroon River. He went missing for several days after he toppled into the river. His body was discovered and retrieved by residents in Charity, on the Essequibo Coast. Sixty-four-year-old Collin Nickleson had journeyed to Charity to conduct fishing as a way of earning a livelihood when he lost his life.The post-mortem examination conducted on his remains revealed he died as a result of drowning. (Indrawattie Natram)
“This team finds a way to win,” South Pasadena coach Ali Parvaz said. “We found a way. Guys made plays, guys made rebounds. And what more can you say about Joshua Parish? Everybody calls him a football player, but he looked like a basketball player to me.” With the Tigers trailing 51-49 with 7.9 seconds left, senior Darin Nakauchi drove the length of the court and missed a game-tying layup. But Parish grabbed the rebound, banked it in and was fouled to set up his game-winning free-throw attempt with the score tied at 51. “We want to play the best and Price is a great team,” Parvaz said. “But they got to come to our house. You saw our crowd. This isn’t an easy place to come to.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He banked it hard off the glass, but it was all net as the crowd emptied on to the floor in a wild celebration. “You know what they tell you when you’re in YMCA, to hit the middle of the box,” said Parish, who finished with 10 points. “I didn’t care how I made it, I just had to make it.” The Tigers nearly blew a 46-39 lead with 2:36 remaining by giving up eight points in a row to trail 47-46 with 1:11 remaining. But Amir Mohamadzadeh, who finished with a team-high 14 points, hit a 3-pointer to put the Tigers back in front, 49-47, and set up a wild finish. The Tigers (21-9) will host eight-time defending V-A champion Price (25-4), which moved up to III-AA this season, in Friday’s quarterfinals. SOUTH PASADENA – In one of the great finishes in South Pasadena High School history, senior Joshua Parish banked in a free throw with 1.8 seconds left to lift the Tigers to a thrilling 52-51 victory over visiting Windward in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III-AA boys basketball playoffs on Tuesday. And if that wasn’t Hollywood enough, the theatrical ending came in front of actor Denzel Washington, who was in attendance to watch his son Malcolm, who plays for Windward.
Manchester United mean business this summer, according to Robin van Persie.The Red Devils spent over £200 million in an attempt to force their way back into the top four last year and the striker expects Louis van Gaal to spend a similar amount over the coming months.Old Trafford won’t be content with a mere return to the Champions League; fans will expect a challenge both domestically and on the content next term.Significant strengthening will need to take place if United are to compete with the very best consistently and talkSPORT has assessed the latest batch of transfer rumours concerning the club.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to discover the latest Man United transfer news. Morgan Schneiderlin – Has the path been cleared for the Frenchman to join the Red Devils? Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more Man United transfer rumours – The Southampton midfielder is one of the most sought after players in the Premier League and has attracted interest from a host of sides. However, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is believed to have ended his interest in the Saints star, report the Express, which could now open the door to a switch to Man United. 5 5 5 Radja Nainggolan – The Belgian midfielder has been in form for Roma, but the Italian outfit are willing to let him go, according to reports. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more Man United transfer rumours – Kevin Strootman has long been heralded as the Roma player that Louis van Gaal is keen to sign, but it is now Nainggolan that is firmly on the Dutch tactician’s radar. Although the midfielder was a key figure within the Serie A outfit’s side last term the Metro has reported that a fee of £10.9 million could be enough to convince the Belgian to move to the Premier League. Dani Alves – The Barcelona full back appeared to bid farewell to the Spanish giants on Saturday night and Louis van Gaal is still in the hunt for his signature. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more Man United transfer rumours – The Brazilian defender has enjoyed a memorable week following the Catalans’ Champions League victory, but his future remains uncertain. He is yet to agree to a contract extension at the Camp Nou and the club seem to found his replacement in the form of Aleix Vidal. Meanwhile, Although Alves has spoken glowingly of AC Milan of late, United are still keen on the 32-year-old, according to the Daily Star. Hugo Lloris – The France international has admitted that he is monitoring the situation of Red Devils goalkeeper David de Gea. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more Man United transfer rumours – The Tottenham Hotspur shot stopper told the Sun that he is keeping an eye on De Gea’s circumstances at Old Trafford, which appears to hint that he is interested in replacing the Spaniard, should a move to Real Madrid take place. However, given that the 28-year-old is under contract until 2019, the north London outfit will be desperate to cling onto one of their prize assets. 5 5 Javier Hernandez – The Mexican’s career at Old Trafford is coming to an end but former Man United boss David Moyes is keen on a shock reunion with the striker. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more Man United transfer rumours – The 27-year-old forward was once a trusted member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad, but struggled for game time once the Scotsman retired. His loan spell with Real Madrid will not be made permanent and Louis van Gaal is unlikely to afford him a place in United’s squad. So, with the striker set to be on the hunt for a new club, Real Sociedad will offer Chicharito an opportunity to revive his career, according to the Daily Mirror.
Donegal star Karl Lacey is planning to continue to put the boot into the opposition with his lucky boots.Player of the Year Karl Lacey played a huge part in guiding Donegal to All-Ireland victory at Croke Park last September. The Donegal Town star is noted for his distinctive white boots.Karl admits he received more than his fair share of teasing about the boots but says he is sticking with them as Donegal attempt to win the Sam Maguire Cup again.“I did get a lot of stick from the lads when I first started wearing the white boots but they got used to it.“I think I’ll keep wearing them because I have done alright with them so far. “I think I’ll have a lot more to worry about than the colour of my boots this year.“Every team in the country will be out to beat Donegal this year but we’ll be doing our best to win the All-Ireland again,” he said.As well as winning Player of the Year and another All-Star Player Award, the bank official has just been named the Donegal Sports Star of the Year.The Four Masters player received his award at a glamorous function at the weekend where be beat off stiff competition from the likes of fellow GAA star Michael Murphy and Olympic badminton star Chloe Magee. GAA STAR LACEY STICKS THE BOOT INTO OPPOSITION was last modified: January 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAkarl laceywhite boots
OLYMPICS: Mark English will make his bid to reach a dream Olympic final in less than an hour’s time with his heat expected to take place at 2.26am. English produced a superb performance on Friday to ensure his passage to the semi-final. The UCD medical student delivered a classy and controlled performance, and said he felt comfortable in the final 200m.However, English is in a top-class field in his semi-final heat tonight, and will more than likely need to produce the quickest run of his lie to reach an Olympic final.Hundreds are expected to stay up late tonight to hopefully witness English book his place in an Olympic final, which would really be an incredible achievement.English’s heat is expected to begin at 2.26am – and live coverage of the race will be screened on RTE and BBC. We wish Mark well in his bid to make an Olympic final in Rio.Who’s staying up late to see Mark English attempt to reach Olympic Final? was last modified: August 14th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athleticsmark englishnewsOlympicsRioSport
2 MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED RANKED If the contest was still just about alive, it was ended six minutes into the second half when Salah converted from the penalty spot for his 50th Liverpool goal.Referee Daniel Siebert took an age to decide that Filip Stojkovic’s block on Mane was worthy of a penalty, much to the annoyance of Red Star.Liverpool continued to push forward, and Firmino drew a decent save from Borjan, but Klopp’s mind began to turn to Saturday’s clash with Cardiff and he withdrew both Shaqiri, who received a standing ovation, and Salah.Moments later Liverpool were awarded a second penalty for a handball by El Fardou Ben Nabouhane but Mane was denied by a superb save from Borjan and was unable to put away the rebound.Redemption arrived only four minutes later when he timed his run expertly to collect a Daniel Sturridge pass and poke the ball past Borjan.Meanwhile, Angel Di Maria’s late equaliser for Paris Saint-Germain at home to Napoli means that Liverpool’s victory sends them top of Group C. huge blow Liverpool barely broke a sweat as they cruised to a rampant 4-0 victory against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.Mohamed Salah struck either side of the break after Roberto Firmino opened the scoring, and Sadio Mane rounded things off to send the Reds top of Group C. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Firmino opened the scoring Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Liverpool weren’t tested by Red Star Jurgen Klopp’s side were awarded two questionable penalties, one converted by Salah and the other missed by Mane, however they were never troubled by the Serbian champions.After 19 minutes of little quality, a move oozing it gave Liverpool the lead. Xherdan Shaqiri won the ball back in midfield and then played a tremendous pass to Andrew Robertson, who pulled it back for Firmino in the centre of goal to take a touch before drilling it in via a deflection.Red Star were banned from having any fans in the stadium because of trouble at a previous match in Salzburg, but it was barely noticeable so marginal were they as an attacking force.The goal settled Liverpool down and it was only a matter of time before they grabbed a second.Shaqiri was again the instigator with a ball through to Salah, who had once more looked rather hesitant but this time acted decisively to slam the ball into the net. 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS BEST OF