Hunt avoids drugs conviction

first_imgThe 31-year-old’s future remains in the hands of Rugby Australia, who say they have “resumed” an investigation into his conduct after prosecutors dropped a cocaine charge against him in court yesterday.A statement from Rugby Australia said Hunt would continue his “voluntary stand- down” from all rugby duties until the matter is resolved.It means his playing career is still in limbo, with the national governing body a chance of tearing up his contract for bringing the game into disrepute.Hunt has not trained with the Reds since his arrest on December 30 in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.But he has been keeping fit at a Brisbane boxing gym alongside fellow Reds exile Quade Cooper, who is out of favour and has been told not to come to training based on performance reasons.Hunt pleaded guilty to possessing alprazolam – a tablet of Xanax – and to contravening a police direction after failing to attend a police station when required to give fingerprints. He was handed a $600 fine.The cocaine charge was formally dropped due to a lack of evidence.But the fact he avoided a conviction is significant and means he can not only travel with the Reds to play overseas matches, but he can also play in France or Japan – countries which deny entry to convicted drug users.With the Queensland Rugby Union having lost all faith in Hunt after his second major off-field indiscretion in three years, a shift abroad is firming as a likely outcome.However, because he falls a long way short of the 60-cap ‘Giteau law’, any departure from Australian rugby would spell the end of his brief Test career.Hunt showed promise in his five appearances for Australia last year and appeared bound for 2019 World Cup selection.His player profile has seemingly been removed from the Wallabies squad section on, but is still accessible via an internet search.While he is still contracted to the Reds for another two seasons, the recent recruitment of fullback Aidan Toua indicates coach Brad Thorn is prepared for life without Hunt.UK outlet The Rugby Paper reported interest last week from French Top 14 clubs Bordeaux and Toulouse and English sides Sale Sharks and Worcester Warriors.Hunt has already played in Europe, having spent a season with Biarritz Olympique in 2009-10 prior to linking up with the AFL’s Gold Coast Suns.last_img read more

Local students benefit from social justice issues training

first_imgStudents of School of the Nations benefited from a training programme in the area of social justice issues.The programme was conducted by a private not-for-profit, Bahá’í-inspired, residential high school, Nancy Campbell High School, whose students travelled to Georgetown from Canada to train the students in areas of social issues such as drug abuse, equality between men and women, domestic abuse, gang violence,A student of Nancy Campbell Academy, Raya Abu-Nuwar, singing at one of the training sessions at School of the Nationsand racism.While the aim for the programme is to learn from each other and help establish the World Citizenship programme, a number of the youth of The School of Nations in 4th to 6th forms utilised their free time between classes and after school to commit to become active agents for social action in their communities.The goal of this programme is to use the arts to touch on such prevalent issues that not only take place in Canada and Guyana, but also all over the world.The youths of Nancy Campbell High School worked for months, training and practicing in order to be fully prepared to meet the students and to also build strong bonds of friendships with the youths at the school.The youth from Canada are also training the youth from Guyana through the Ruhi Institute, to become involved in the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programme.The Ruhi Institute has attached special importance to this educational programme and typically engages older youth as animators of younger peers aged 11 to 15 to help them develop their powers of expression, capacities for moral reasoning, developing a moral identity and an ethic of service to others.The programme combines study, mentorship and social action.According to a representative of the Academy, they believe every student has the right to be one of tomorrow’s leaders and the students are critical thinkers who plan to make a positive change in the world.The fundamental focus is advanced academics while the fundamental difference is our foundation.last_img read more

Newcastle accept bid from Fulham for Aleksandar Mitrovic – reports

first_img moving on IN DEMAND Mitrovic celebrates Fulham’s Championship play-off final victory over Aston Villa Cottagers boss Slavisa Jokanovic is eager to land Mitrovic after a successful loan spell during the second half of last season where he scored 12 goals in 18 Championship starts.It is believed the fee for the 23-year-old is in the region of £20million.MORE TO FOLLOW Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 1 REVEALED LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Aleksandar Mitrovic’s permanent move to Fulham seems imminent after Newcastle accepted a bid for the striker.According to Sky Sources, the Serbian left the Magpies’ training base in Portugal so he could finalise his move to the newly-promoted Premier League side. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST TRANSFER NEWS The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more


first_imgWalkers on a West Donegal beach have been left confused as to the identity of an unusual creature washed up on the shoreline.Is the creature a Leatherback turtle?The creature was found yesterday afternoon at Magheroarty.Some of the creature has decayed and nobody is exactly sure what it is. There have been some suggestions that it could be a Leatherback turtle which are very unusual.We will bring you more if we discover any more about the creature.UNIDENTIFIED CREATURE WASHED UP ON DONEGAL BEACH was last modified: November 13th, 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:beachcreatureMagheroartylast_img read more


first_imgSeamus ColemanEVERTON manager Roberto Martinez has slapped a €30M pricetag on Killybegs man Seamus Coleman amid interest from both Manchester United and Arsenal.Reports in the British newspapers say David Moyes is keen to link up again with the player he signed for Everton.The player has not made any comment – but he is a huge Man United fan. Friends say if he is sold by Everton, he’d choose United ahead of Arsenal.The Sunday People says Moyes is set to offer his old Merseyside club €18M for Coleman to fill a gaping hole in the right of his defence.But Everton sources close to Martinez are quoted as saying that Coleman will not be sold “on the cheap.”Martinez has made it clear he will not accept a penny less than €30M for 25-year-old Donegal man who has already scored six goals for his club this season – more goals than any other defender in the EPL. Coleman is due to play for Everton against West Brom tomorrow night, where Aiden McGeady is expected to make his debut. EVERTON SLAP €30M PRICE TAG ON DONEGAL STAR SEAMUS AMID MAN UTD INTEREST was last modified: January 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:evertonManchester Unitedseamus colemantransfer marketlast_img read more

New funding scheme to assist local communities improve local rivers

first_imgA new Community Incentive Scheme (CIS) has been launched to support cross border river catchment improvement projects in rivers Finn, Arney, and Blackwater. The project is being managed by CatchmentCARE, a €14m project funded under the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme which aims to improve freshwater quality in river basins.Project funding will be available through the CIS to support communities who are interested in looking after their local river systems and associated lakes. Speaking about the scheme, Project Manager Con McLaughlin said: “The Community Incentive Scheme has been designed to help local communities contribute to the improved management of their river catchments and is open to a wide variety of organisations including volunteer groups, community groups and NGOs, schools and third-level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs, not for profit organisations and farming groups.”Funding of up to €25,000 is available to help connect communities with their local rivers; examples of the kind of projects considered for support will include wildlife sightings, biodiversity protection, pollution watch, community litter awareness campaigns, community river walks, interpretation/signage/display material and education materials/resources.Con continued: “We have Project Catchment Officers in the Finn, Arney, and Blackwater Catchments who can help groups to develop their project ideas and proposals for submission for funding under the scheme.”The closing date for the current round of funding is 4pm on Friday 4th October 2019. For further information and details on eligibility, interested parties should contact their local Project Catchment Officer below or visit funding scheme to assist local communities improve local rivers was last modified: August 12th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Money Monday

first_imgBy Dr. Barbara O’NeillHow can I avoid being a victim of medical fraud?Millions of dollars are wasted yearly on medical frauds, hoaxes, and false cures. To avoid being the victim of quackery, don’t fall for testimonials, even when they are given by a health professional. In general, reputable providers do not endorse mega-vitamin therapy, supplements, diet fads, and other products and services. Remember, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” If you have questions about a particular health care product, check with your doctor or pharmacist before you waste your time and money.You can also check out specific “cures” or products through the Food and Drug Administration or the Federal Trade Commission or contact your state attorney general’s office or local health department.Browse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on July 15, 2013.last_img read more

Why I Wrote The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need

first_imgMy book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, will be published on October 11th, 2016.The first publisher that reached out to me asking me to write a book didn’t want the book I wanted to write. They didn’t understand why I started the book with a chapter on self-discipline. In their view, the book only got worse. They wanted to know what things like optimism, caring, initiative, and resourcefulness were doing in a book on sales. I wanted to know how they couldn’t understand why these attributes were important, so I asked them if they ever sold or managed a sales team. Unfortunately, they hadn’t.To be fair, they expected a book written by a consultant to help win new consulting clients. They thought the audience should be different, and therefore the book made no sense to them.A second publisher that reached out to me pitched me on writing a book. They didn’t really care what the book was about. They cared mostly about how many books I thought I could sell, and how willing I was to commit to buying thousands of books from them myself.I argued that they really didn’t pitch me with a good value proposition. They said that their imprint was impressive, that it would give me credibility. I couldn’t think of a single book I ever bought that I bought because of the imprint, and I buy a lot of books.Going It AloneI wanted to write the book I wanted to write. With a couple of unimpressive conversations under my belt, I decided to publish the book myself.I wrote the book. Next, I hired a professional editor to edit the book with me. Editing is a painful process. In the first chapter, I used the words “dream clients” four times. His note said, “Am I supposed to know what this means? If I don’t know, how will the reader know?” I told him the people who read my blog would know what I mean when I say “dream clients.” He made me define it the first time it appears in the book.This went on for 18 more chapters, and the book was greatly improved. When we finished, we started over.I loaded the manuscript up on Createspace, and I began working through the process of self-publishing. Now I had total control.With a Little Help From My FriendsSix weeks before publishing, I received a direct message on Twitter from an editor at Portfolio asking me why I hadn’t written a book. I explained that I had spoken with a couple of publishers, but I didn’t find the value proposition compelling, so I decided to go it alone. He asked if he might share a few ideas about how I might improve my results, and I agreed to connect.We scheduled a call. He hated the title. He hated the subtitle. He wasn’t exactly sure that my book fulfilled its title’s promise with what was inside the covers. He told me if the book did well, he’d give me a deal on the next book. I told him I valued his advice, and that he should read the book and tell me everything I got wrong, and I would do my best to improve upon it.Six days later he sent me a two-book deal. He said that he didn’t expect to like the book nearly as much as he did. Portfolio has been an exceptional partner, and because they publish sales books, they totally understood the book and why I wrote it.Between the CoversThe book is made up of two halves. The first half of the book is made up of nine elements that, when mastered, will help you become someone worth buying from. The second half is made up of the eight skills you need to succeed in sales now.I wrote this book for salespeople. I wanted to write a book that would help salespeople improve their results. If you want to do the work to produce better results, this book will be your guide. You can do the work alone, if necessary. You can also get a free workbook to help you.If you are sales manager, this book will give you a new lens through which to view the individuals that make up your team. You will be able to quickly identify the areas where the individuals on your team need improvement, and how you can help them. There are also videos and tele-seminars available that you can use for team meetings when you pre-order.If you are a leader, you are going to want this book for your managers and their people. You are also going to want to use it as a hiring guide and an on-boarding guide for sales operations and training.If you are interested in preordering the book, there are amazing bonus offers for you here: read more

The Year Ahead: All Eyes On India’s Ascent

first_imgIndia is increasingly a focal point for the fashion industry, reflecting a rapidly growing middle-class and increasingly powerful manufacturing sector. These, together with strong economic fundamentals and growing tech-savvy, make India too important for international brands to ignore.Read it at BOF Related Itemslast_img


first_imgJaisha, who fainted at the finish line after completing Jaisha, who fainted at the finish line after completing the race in 89th position, had alleged that there was no water, recovery drinks and refreshment available for her and only once in 8km did she got water. Latest reports said that the 33-year-old Kerala athlete, who won a silver medal in 1500m race in the 2014 Asian Games, has put the blame on Nikolai, saying that he must have told the AFI officials that she will need personalised refreshment. The second Indian in the fray in that marathon race, Kavita Raut had confirmed that she was asked by the AFI officials if she would need personalised refreshments to which she also had said no since she had never used them earlier in competitions. Asked if there was sufficient water arranged by the Rio race organisers, Nikolai hinted that it was not so. “I did not run the race and have not followed Jaisha throughout the entire 42km. How can I? So, I would not know the exact situation. It would seem from a distance that the water arranged by the organisers was sufficient. My situation was as good as yours watching on a television. “But I had spoken to some runners who took part in the race, who finished around 70th and below out of the 157 runners and who ran behind the leading pack, and their coaches. They said water was there but after the 25 to 30km mark, it was not sufficient. That is what these runners and coaches said. I have no means to verify what they said,” he added. “When I spoke to Jaisha after the race, she also said the same, that the water available was not adequate in the second part of the course after around 25-30km,” he added. PTI PDS ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more