Jets claim maiden Cup title

first_imgIt was a grandstand finish with Townsville pressing until the end – but they could not pin back the Jets who inflated the score line with a try to Manly Sea Eagles-bound hooker Matt Parcell in the final seconds of the game.One of only three foundation clubs to have not won the Queensland / Intrust Super Cup – the Jets claimed their first major silverware in style – despite being on the back foot early.The North Queensland side started well with Tom Humble over to open the scoring for the game and the Blackhawks looked like they were handling the grand final nerves better than their opposition.However, the speed of Marmin Barba helped light up a sodden Suncorp Stadium and turned the game in the favour of the Jets, with his bust down the sideline and pass inside to Dane Phillips coming up with points.He scored one of his own soon after following an error from the Blackhawks, with Jahrome Hughes throwing the ball into his path in his attempt to keep the ball from going over the sideline.Fellow speedster Zac Santo picked up his customary try, speeding away to peg the scores back to 12-8; with the Blackhawks missing both conversions.However, as the clock was winding down for halftime – the Jets made sure they had ample breathing space at the break, with Carlin Anderson scoring from a set play from a scrum – giving his side a 16-8 lead at halftime.The Jets started the second half with short kick-off – and after two previous ones were unsuccessful – this one came up with the goods – eventuating in a try to retiring skipper Keiron Lander before Nemani Valekapa added to the points tally with a try of his own.However, despite uncharacteristic errors blotting their play throughout the match; the Blackhawks were never going to die wondering and hit back with Hughes finding some redemption to go over to reduce the deficit to 10 points at 24-14; but a penalty goal to the Jets took the gap out to two converted tries once again.The excitement kept on coming and with just over six minutes left in the game – Robert Lui got his team back in the game with a chip-kick ahead for himself which he pounced on to score.However, despite pressing until the end, that was the last of their points for the day – while Parcell brought his tally of tries in the finals to 12 – a record for the Cup.  It was a remarkable performance from the Jets who were down to two on the bench for most of the second half, with Kurt Capewell and Josh Seage unable to return with injury.For the Townville Blackhawks, the disappointment of defeat was etched on the faces of the players – but they had achieved remarkable success already this year, having claimed the minor premiership and a grand final berth in their first season.  The Ipswich Jets will face off against the winners of the NSW Cup the Newcastle Knights in next week’s NRL State Championship at ANZ Stadium on NRL grand final day.IPSWICH JETS 32 (Carlin Anderson, Marmin Barba, Nemani Valekapa, Dane Phillips, Matt Parcell, Keiron Lander tries; Carlin Anderson 2, Marmin Barba, Keiron Lander goals) defTOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 20 (Jahrome Hughes, Zac Santo, Tom Humble, Robert Lui tries; Robert Lui 2 goals) at Suncorp Stadiumlast_img read more

Senior Police Officer Charged for Smuggling L$318,000 Marijuana

first_imgAnother senior officer of the Liberia National Police (LNP) has been sent  to the Monrovia City Court for prosecution, following his alleged involvement in smuggling two bags of marijuana weighing 53kg and valued at L$318,000.Superintendent William D. Davies has been charged with “Unlawful Possession of Narcotic Drugs,” court records show.He denied the claim when he was first arraigned before the court.He was charged along with two other individuals, Sam Roberts, a taxi driver, in whose vehicle the alleged stash of marijuana was intercepted, and another man identified as Ishmael Sesay.They were arrested on November 21 at the VAMOMA check point in Monrovia enroute to Bong County, after a vehicle bearing TX- plate# 8676, in which they were riding was intercepted by officers of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and those of the Police Patrol Unit, according to police authorities.Court documents also showed that Col. Johnny Deed, who was the most senior officer on the scene, ordered the search of the taxi. It was during the process, he further alleged, that the substances were discovered in the trunk of the vehicle.Despite denying the allegation, Police said, their investigation established that Davies failed to convince them regarding his innocence in the matter.They also claimed that Supt. Davies was the very person who hired the vehicle to take him from Waterside, in Monrovia to Bong County.Based on that, the police investigation concluded that he was knowledgeable about the drugs and as such, they decided to charge him and his alleged accomplices with Unlawful Possession of Narcotic Drugs, which is in violation of 41.23 of the Public Health Law of Liberia.Davies’ arrest brings to two the number of senior police officers recently charged in connection with drug trafficking.Col. Perry Dolo, who was commander of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s motorcade, was arrested in Grand Cape Mount County and tried, convicted and sentenced to prison for ferrying 297 kg of drugs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drogba named Standard Chartered Digital Bank Ambassador

first_imgAs part of this role, Drogba will be promoting the digital bank in Côte d’Ivoire, set to disrupt the traditional banking sector in the nation. He will lend his voice and image rights through a series of Marketing and Community engagement activities over the next 12 months as part of the campaign.Drogba also becomes the first person in Côte D’Ivoire to open a fully digital account at Standard Chartered Bank.Commenting on the new collaboration, Sunil Kaushal, Regional CEO, Africa & Middle East, said:“We are thrilled to be working with Didier Drogba to launch our first digital bank. Drogba is an inspiration, not only due to his athletic excellence, but also for his generosity and commitment to giving back to his fellow Ivorians.Drogba’s priorities and ideals are very much in line with the Bank, making him an ideal partner for this momentous new offering.The launch of our digital bank in Côte d’Ivoire is an important chapter in our developing turnaround story for the region. Going digital also means progression, not just for our business, but also for our clients, and we look forward to revealing details of our first-ever digital bank very soon.”Olga Arara Kimani, Regional Head of Corporate Affairs and Brand and Marketing, Africa and Middle East, said:“Didier Drogba was the natural choice for us to launch this exciting, truly digital bank. He is a hero and a role model in Côte d’Ivoire and has always demonstrated his strong emotional ties to his home country.This partnership opens up a great opportunity to contribute to the social and economic wellbeing of the country where we have been operating since 2001.The campaign which Drogba will spearhead aims at not only raising awareness for our innovative digital offering but also at further enhancing financial literacy across the country, and this is an exceptionally important undertaking for the future of Côte d’Ivoire.”Isaac Foly, Chief Executive Officer, Côte d’Ivoire, said: “Not only am I thrilled to be working with Didier Drogba on behalf of Standard Chartered Bank, I am thrilled to be working with him as a fellow Ivorian.Drogba represents the true values and ideals of our great country and has truly been a role model for the young population of Côte d’Ivoire. We look forward to working with Drogba to help increase access to financial services across the country.Throughout his career, he has never forgotten where he came from and always made his fellow Ivorians proud. This, indeed, makes him the perfect partner for this launch.”Speaking on his new endorsement, Didier Drogba said: “I am excited to be working with Standard Chartered Bank and honoured to be chosen to support their efforts to enhance accessibility to banking services for the people of my country.This is an initiative which I am truly proud to be a part of, as the cause is close to my heart. I am also looking forward to spending more quality time in Côte d’Ivoire and getting involved in a cause that is of high importance to the local community. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to engage with my fans on social media to spread the word.”Through the launch of the digital bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Didier Drogba hope to bridge the gap between the traditional banking model and the new, digital savvy generation in Côte d’Ivoire, aiming to make banking services simple, more accessible and convenient.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Set to launch in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on March 14, 2018, Standard Chartered’s first and fully digital retail bank in West Africa marks an important milestone in the Bank’s path towards innovation and has been designed with continuous feedback from its clients.DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Mar 7 – Standard Chartered Bank on Wednesday named former Chelsea and Ivory Coast football star Didier Drogba as its Digital Bank Ambassador in Africa.Set to launch in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on March 14, 2018, Standard Chartered’s first and fully digital retail bank in West Africa marks an important milestone in the Bank’s path towards innovation and has been designed with continuous feedback from its clients.last_img read more

Race to KPL promotion heats up this weekend

first_imgThe Bankers sit in third place, two behind second placed Nairobi Stima and 10 behind log leaders Western Stima who have played a game more than KCB.Next fixture for KCB will be against former KPL side Nairobi City Stars scheduled to be hosted at the Camp Toyoyo grounds on Saturday.The season has been full of ups and downs with the team nearly breaking into a trend of very nervy games where they just scraped through at the end.The ultimately sacking of head coach John Kamau has seen the Bankers play just one game under Elvis Ayany in which they held on to a 2-1 win against Kenya Police.Ayany is looking to improve on the last quarter hour of the game and look to do so against their next opponents, Nairobi City Stars.The Stars are 12 points behind KCB having played the same amount of games (31). As the season comes to the latter stages, the Bankers really have to take advantage of their situation so as to allow a smoother path to the KPL.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000KCB players celebrate a goal during a past national Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo GroundsNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 – The race to earn Kenyan Premier League promotion heats up this weekend with Western Stima, Nairobi Stima and KCB take to the field seeking not to drop points in the National Super League.The field is open for the top six teams but focus is on KCB who have tried to return to the top flight football for the first time since 2015 when they were relegated.last_img read more

A church reaches a crossroads

first_img“I’m working very hard to stop that happening,” he told The Daily Telegraph of London. The 2.2 million-member Episcopal Church comprises only a tiny part of the world’s 77 million Anglicans. But the wealthy U.S. denomination covers about one-third of the communion’s budget. Within the Episcopal Church, most parishioners either accept gay relationships or don’t want to split up over homosexuality. However, a small minority of Episcopal traditionalists are fed up with church leaders. Three dioceses – San Joaquin, Pittsburgh and Quincy, Ill. – are taking steps to break away and align directly with like-minded Anglican provinces overseas. According to the national church, 55 of its more than 7,000 parishes have either already left or voted to leave the denomination, with 11 others losing a significant number of members and clergy. Episcopal conservatives contend the losses are much higher. Many of the breakaway parishes aren’t waiting to see what the bishops decide in New Orleans. They’ve aligned with sympathetic overseas Anglican leaders, called primates, who have ignored communion tradition that they only oversee churches within their own provinces. Primates from the predominantly conservative provinces of Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and elsewhere have ordained bishops to work in the U.S., and have set up parish networks that rival the Episcopal Church on its own turf. Litigation over who owns the properties has already started and will be expensive and messy. Episcopal buildings and other holdings nationwide are worth billions of dollars. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now, the head of the church is a woman who says the Bible supports gay relationships. Many Episcopal priests believe that accepting Jesus isn’t the only path to salvation. And V. Gene Robinson, who lives openly with his longtime male partner, is the bishop of New Hampshire. Episcopalians are hardly alone among mainline Protestants in their liberal turn, but they have been tested like no others for their views. The Episcopal Church is the Anglican body in the U.S., and many Anglican leaders overseas are infuriated by Episcopal left-leaning beliefs. Starting today in New Orleans, Episcopal bishops will take up the most direct demand yet that they reverse course: Anglican leaders want an unequivocal pledge that Episcopalians won’t consecrate another gay bishop or approve official prayers for same-gender couples. If the church fails to do so by Sept. 30, their full membership in the Anglican Communion could be lost. “I think the bishops are going to stand up and say, `Going backward is not one of our options,”‘ said Wade of the Washington diocese, who has led church legislative committees on liturgy and Anglican relations. “I don’t think there’s going to be a backing down.” Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is taking the rare step of meeting privately with the bishops on the first two days of their closed-door talks. The Anglican spiritual leader faces a real danger that the communion, nearly five centuries old, could break up on his watch. RELIGION: Episcopal and Anglican leaders begin talks today about U.S. group’s liberal views on gay unions and clergy. By Rachel Zoll THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Rev. Frank Wade, a veteran of the brawling theological debates in the Episcopal Church, said the denomination was once filled with people like him: “old white men.” It was the church of the establishment, the spiritual home of more U.S. presidents than any other denomination. last_img

Premier League quartet to be handed transfer blow?

first_img1 Inter Milan starlet Mauro Icardi Chelsea target Mauro Icardi is on the verge of signing a big-money contract extension at Inter Milan.Icardi was in the side that lost 1-0 to Fiorentina at the weekend but he got a boost with the news his agent Abiano Morano had met with the club bosses before the match to thrash out a new deal.The Argentinean is in line to bump his annual earnings up to around £2.2m on a contract that will last until June 2019.Icardi has also attracted attention from Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City this season, but Inter boss Roberto Mancini has fought hard to ensure he was kept at the San Siro.The exciting 22-year-old striker has scored 14 goals in 24 Serie A appearances in a struggling Inter side and, as a result, he is one of the most sought after finishers in Europe.last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Liverpool complete £32.5m signing

first_imgChristian Benteke has completed his £32.5m move from Aston Villa to Liverpool, putting pen to paper on a five-year deal on Merseyside.The Belgian striker finalised the formalities of a meticulous medical on Wednesday evening after the Reds agreed to trigger the player’s release clause last week.The 24-year-old netted 42 times in 82 league appearances during his Villans career, with only Sergio Aguero, Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie faring better since his arrival in the Premier League in summer 2012.“I’m very happy to be here and I would like to thank the owners, Ian [Ayre, chief executive who pushed the deal through] and of course the manager for their massive effort to bring me here,” the striker told“I think it was the right club for me because I had a good chat with the manager and I wanted to be part of his project.“I know Liverpool is a big story. They’ve won league titles and the Champions League five times and of course the UEFA Cup and a lot of trophies. I know it’s a big club.“I’m very happy to be part of the Liverpool family now and I will do everything to make them happy and work hard for them and my team-mates.”Benteke struggled for form under former Villa manager Paul Lambert, but Tim Sherwood’s appointment in February coincided with a drastic upturn in fortunes as the forward plundered 12 goals in his final 13 league games.He becomes Liverpool’s seventh summer acquisition, following in the footsteps of James Milner, Adam Bogdan, Danny Ings, Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez and Nathaniel Clyne.Benteke is likely to assume the mantle of lead striker at Anfield, particularly with Daniel Sturridge out injured until late September and the futures of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini shrowded in doubt.He overtakes Firmino as Liverpool’s second most expensive signing in the club’s history, just £2.5m less than the £35m the Reds paid for Andy Carroll in 2011. Christian Benteke 1last_img read more


first_imgWaterford company Rigney Dolphin is establishing a new customer relations centre in Derry, which will generate 297 posts over the next three years. The company said it was a strategic development which would help expand its customer base into the UK. Invest NI provided €1.35m in funding for the jobs investment.The announcement has been welcomed by local political leaders in Inishowen. One in every five call centre positions in Derry is staffed by Donegal people.297 JOBS BOOST IS GOOD NEWS FOR INISHOWEN was last modified: December 15th, 2010 by gregShare 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_imgUPDATED: A SENIOR Donegal lawyer today warned investors in a scam Ponzi scheme to take legal advice – or face losing their money.The lawyer spoke out as we revealed the that anti-fraud officers in the North have frozen assets and accounts worth an astonishing £6.8M (€8.1M) can reveal that the UK’s Financial Services Authority has also been granted a restraining order preventing the crook behind the scam from continuing to operate his Ponzi scheme. And we can now put a figure on how much the convicted fraudster managed to rake in from investors north and south of the Border….an incredible €17,500,000!Yesterday we were shown documents relating the to the investigation and how the FSA in the North and the PSNI fraud squad are working to unravel the scheme.A restraining order has been granted by a High Court judge allowing the FSA to seize the assets and prevent the crook from accessing cash or continuing to run any sort of investment scheme.Cops and financial regulators here in the Republic and in Germany are on the trail of €12M in cash and assets. We now understand that the crook attempted to siphon off the cash in €4.5M chunks, but the move was reported to the authorities by a concerned bank official.A spokesman for the FSA in the North would only say: “I can confirm that we have frozen some assets and secured a restraining order.”Any monies seized would only be returned to investors once all the agencies in Ireland, the UK, Germany and Estonia were complete.That, said the FSA source, could take months and perhaps a year.Asked what advice he would give to Donegal investors, he said: “I would say they should seek legal advice as soon as possible and report any losses to the authorities.” He also suggested that anyone who didn’t declare an interest, but had taken money out of the scheme or made a profit before the scam was uncovered could be prosecuted for earning cash from the proceeds of crime.“That would certainly be the view in our jurisdiction,” said the source.Gardai will not comment while their investigations are ongoing, except to repeat that premises in the county have been searched and items seized.However today a well-known solicitor familiar with the scam in Donegal told us: “Anyone who is waitng for another email promising the return of monies is potentially throwing this money away. “My strong view would be that any monies that do exist are now in the hands of state agencies north and south and that is where investors should be concentrating their efforts for recompense.”SCAM UPDATE: ‘TAKE LEGAL ADVICE’ PLEA AS INVESTIGATORS SEIZE CASH was last modified: January 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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_imgTHE BALLYBOFEY businessman behind a get-rich-scheme which has left Donegal investors more than €20 million out of pocket has been jailed for 18 months.The High Court in Belfast this afternoon sent Francois de Dietrich to prison for 18 months today for failing to disclose his worldwide assets.Judge Deeney slammed the businessman and held him in contempt of an order to reveal his financial affairs in full. Although the Frenchman was not present for the hearing, Mr Justice Deeny issued a warrant for his immediate arrest.He said: “I’m satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that this was a deliberate contempt on the part of the first defendant (de Dietrich) who is seeking to evade his obligation to obey an order of the court and indeed his statutory obligation to respond to legitimate requests for information from the Financial Services Authority.“There are very large sums of money involved. The current freezing order of the court exceeds £20 million.”Dozens of people on both sides of the Irish border fear they may have lost millions of pounds in investments they made in liquidated stock through de Dietrich.Members of the business community, sporting figures and even travellers are thought to have been handed over money.Court proceedings launched by the FSA led to an injunction banning de Dietrich and his company ETIC Solutions from taking any more deposits.The regulatory body also obtained an initial order freezing £6.8m in assets linked to the businessman and later increased in £20.2m.But lawyers for the FSA argued that he had only revealed details of assets held in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Estonia.Mr Justice Deeny found that de Dietrich had acted unlawfully and failed to meet requirements for full disclosure of his assets.“He has taken deposits from persons in the United Kingdom, and quite clearly a neighbouring jurisdiction of the Republic of Ireland as well, when he had no licence to do so.Although he made no ruling on the issue of fraud, the judge stated: “The court has a reasonable apprehension that many people have been defrauded of large sums of money here.”He rejected complaints by the businessman about alleged leaks, adding that even if there had been any disclosures it would not justify his failure to provide the information requested.“He had full opportunity to provide details of his business. It does not seem to be it would have been difficult to do that,” Mr Justice Deeny said.“The claim on his behalf was that he had a bona fide business buying goods from insolvency practitioners on an international basis and then selling them on at a profit.”They held that an earlier injunction against de Dietrich was proper and should not be discharged.“It seems to me whatever about any single request, an overall picture emerges of somebody avoiding their obligations under the Financial Services Act and seeking to avoid compliance with an order of this court.”De Dietrich’s solicitor, Peter Madden, stressed that his client denied any fraudulent activity.He also argued: “If the FSA’s stated obligation is to protect consumers I don’t see how consumers could be protected if Mr de Dietrich is committed to prison.”Following the decision to have him jailed for contempt the lawyer confirmed plans to appeal the ruling.* MORE EXCLUSIVE REVELATIONS LATER THIS EVENINGEndsEXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN BEHIND INVESTMENT SCHEME JAILED FOR 18 MONTHS was last modified: January 28th, 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)last_img read more