Sawyer Hunt played most of his minor hockey in Nelson.So it should come to no one’s surprise that the former Nelson Minor Hockey product would have something to say in a game between his new club, the Kimberley Dynamiters, and the Nelson Leafs.Hunt scored twice to lead the Nitros to a 4-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The loss, coupled with a 5-2 setback Friday in Fernie against the Ghostriders, drops the Leafs into fourth spot in Neil Murdoch Division standings. Nelson, tied with Grand Forks at 35 points, has played two more games than the Bruins.Hunt, who opened the game with a power play goal six minutes into the contest, put the visitors up by three goals by jamming home the puck during a goal mouth scramble with time running out in the second frame.The 3-0 lead was more than enough of a cushion for All-World goalie Tyson Brouwer in the Kimberley nets.Brouwer, the third-best backstopper in the KIJHL, stopped all 16 shots to register the shutout.Patrick Ostermann took the loss in goal for Nelson as the hosts were out shot 31-16 in the contest.LEAFS NOTES: Nelson travels to Castlegar Saturday for the first game of a home-and-home series against the Rebels. The rematch is January 29 in Nelson. . . . Nelson will wait until February before testing newly signed netminder Josh Williams returns to the lineup for the Leafs. Williams is currently re-habbing a knee injury that has kep the Alberta based netminder out of the lineup. . . . The Leafs were missing defenceman Kyle Chernenkoff. The Crescent Valley native suffered a concussion Friday in Fernie and was forced to leave the lineup until he’s given the clearance.
netball play-offsThe organisers of the South East St Catherine Netball League shared that most things are in place for a successful staging of the three-day play-offs slated for next week.Four teams, Pro Santos A, Express All Star, Progressive Strikers and Passagefort Strikers will play off for the fourth and final semi spot. The play-offs start on Saturday, January 9, and is over three days. Based on form, Pro Santos A and Express All Star should be the two teams that will fight for that one spot.Cross-zone phase begins in Manchester major leagueThe Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League will resume today following the Christmas break with the start of the cross-zone phase. One match will be played today and five tomorrow.When the first phase comprising round-robin zone games ended, Mile Gully and Ricam were the respective zone leaders.Today’s lone match will see Georges Valley hosting Land Settlement at the deCarteret College playfield.Tomorrow’s schedule features a double-header at the Downs’ community centre. In the first game at 1:30 p.m., Alligator Pond will host Hillstars, while around 3:30, the home side, Downs, will take on Comfort.The rest of games see Porus hosting Greenvale, Old England vs Villa, and in the most anticipated match-up, the respective zone leaders will meet at Mile Gully.Mile Gully have mined 13 points from five games, the same as Ricam.Ricam are Manchester in KO clashDefending champions Rivoli United tackle Portmore United in an all-Premier feature semi-final match-up in the FLOW-sponsored St Catherine FA Happy Sutherland Knockout Competition at the Spanish Town Prison Oval scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2016.Bodles will take on Royal Lakes in the opening semi-final game at the venue.Rivoli boot Old Harbour Bay United 2-0 in quarter-final action recently, and Bodles eliminated Frazsiers Whip 2-0. In other quarter-final games, Portmore United defeated Marcus Garvey 2-0 and Royal Lakes clipped Dunbeholden 2-1.All in place for ready for BraetonCedar Grove Estate FC go into their York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two midseason final match against Braeton United bubbling with confidence.”We are well prepared for this encounter, mentally and physically,” said Bryan Cunningham, the president of Cedar Grove Estate FC. The match will take place on Sunday, January 10, 2016, instead of the previously announced Sunday, January 3, 2016, at the Cedar Grove playfield starting at 3 p.m.Despite the delay, Cunningham, believes that won’t bother his team, which include the strike force of Stephen Squire, who has scored three times thus far. He insists that this year, they will go to the next phase, which is the St Catherine FA Division One. Last season, they lost to Hellshire 1-0 in the league final.Portmore, Rivoli KO championsRicam Academy won their first major senior Manchester Football Association title when they defeated Hillstars on penalties to take the Brumalia Hardware-sponsored Knockout Cup.The final, which was contested at Brooks Park earlier this week, saw a 1-1 draw following regulation and extratime.Ricam were deserving winners, having been the most assertive team throughout the match. They, in fact, rocked Hillstars early when Kemar Ricketts scored in the 26th minute.They looked like sealing the title as, in time added on, Hillstars added life to the game and ensured extra time, when their best player, Jermaine Green scored in second-half added time.MRPC says thanksThe management of Mandeville’s professional shooting range facility, the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC), has said thanks to its club members and patrons throughout the year.They also state that they will continue to promote the benefits of professional shooting.In a new year’s release signed by club president Orville Henriques, the MRPC recognises that shooting is still an emerging sport but an important component of raising the awareness of safety in today’s Jamaica.”Our club continues to attract licensed firearm holders, but realises it has a central role in providing a top-class facility for the development of professional shooting,” read the release. “Professional shooting is important in fostering a stable culture of firearm acquisition and mastery and controlled use.”The facility, which is approved by the Firearm Licensing Authority of Jamaica and which also works closely with Central Dealers, the only approved facility for firearm purchases in central Jamaica, is opened to the public seven days a week. It hosts competitive matches each Sunday and competitive practice shoots on Wednesdays. The club also hosts a monthly match, which is open to all professional shooters and which adheres to international rules and organisation. Cedar Grove
Past The Finishing PostTrack:Good Weather :FineORVILLE CLARKE TROPHYRace 1 1700 M (Purse $580,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #4 BRIDLED PRINCESS SMuir 53.52. #9 MINY LEE SEllis 54.0 3/4L*3. #1 VESPERS JPatterson2 51.0 3-3/4L4. #6 BURLIN NBerger4 49.0 1-3/4LWIN: $455.00PLACE: $113.00, $69.00, $101.00Final Time : 1:50.2 Splits : 25.0, 49.4, 1:15.4, 1:43.2Winner : 4yo b filly – BRIDLED QUEST – KAM TO THE WORLDTrainer : CLIFTON MCLISH Owner : CLIFTON MCLISHBred by TREVOR R. JAMESQu: $868.00 Ex: $1,295.00Superfecta: $22,102.00BRIAN RICKMAN TROPHYRace 2 1100 M (Purse $850,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #8 MARKET FORCE BebHarvey2 54.02. #9 GREAT FAITH PFrancis 52.5 1/2L*3. #6 AKASH SEllis 53.0 1/2L4. #11 WONG DON RHalledeen 54.0 2LWIN: $128.00PLACE: $53.00, $59.00, $53.00Final Time : 1:07.2 Splits : 23.2, 46.3Winner : 2yo b colt – ADORE THE GOLD – YOU CAN’T HIDETrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : HAM STABLES LIMITED (COMPANY)Bred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $289.00 Ex: $510.00D/E: $724.00Superfecta: $900.00(JR. WHOPPER) 2-Y-O JUVENILE SPRINTRace 3 1300 M (Purse $1,000,000) NB2-Y-O GRADED STAKES1. #6 MR. UNIVERSE JInnis3 54.0*2. #5 ARMAGEDDON OWalker 54.0 8L3. #2 VERY CLASSIC SEllis 54.5 3-1/4L4. #3 LADY FAYE AChatrie 52.5 4-1/2LWIN: $126.00Final Time : 1:18.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.1, 1:11.0,Winner : 2yo ch colt – REGION OF MERIT – RAGING FURYTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CARLTON WATSONBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $98.00 Ex: $259.00D/E: $276.00Trifecta: $121.00Rolling Triple: $2,903.00BK BEST BREAKFASTRace 4 1200 M (Purse $550,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE JULY 12(DIV.I)1. #1 POCKET MONEY ARobles 52.02. #9 LEGAL ACCOUNT HPottinger2 51.0 Neck3. #3 MAGIC CITY OEdwards3 50.0 3-1/2L4. #12 EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS VNajair 51.0 Neck*5. #6 DUTCHESS URIEL PFrancis 50.5 4LWIN: $2701.00PLACE: $677.00, $94.00, $257.00Final Time : 1:17.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.3Winner : 9yo ch horse – TRADITIONAL – TROPICAL WAVETrainer : JOHNNY WILMOT Owner : JOHNNY WILMOTBred by STEPHEN & W.P. VALENTINE CHUNGQu: $2,463.00 Ex: $11,029.00D/E: $3,205.00Trifecta: $7,645.00Hi-5 carry-over: $113,340.50Rolling Triple: $13,350.00Pick-4: $50,000.00INVITATIONAL MILERace 5 1600 M (Purse $1,350,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES (INV/H – CAP)*1. #6 BRAWN AChatrie 57.02. #7 HOUDINI’S MAGIC SEllis 54.5 1L3. #4 HOVER CRAFT OWalker 53.0 Neck4. #2 A THOUSAND STARS JInnis3 47.0 1/2LWIN: $136.00PLACE: $58.00, $55.00, $69.00Final Time : 1:37.3 Splits : 24.0, 46.1, 1:10.4Winner : 4yo colt – SARAVA – LA FAYETrainer : SUBRATIE,GARY A Owner : MICHROSBred by SCF, INC DBA SOUTHERN CROSS FARMQuinella : (6,7) $153.00 Exacta : (6-7) $395.00D/E : (1-6) $5,322.00Superfecta : (6-7-4-2) $515.00Rolling Triple : (6-1-6) $17,727.00BK BEST BREAKFASTRace 6 1200 M (Purse $550,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE JULY 12(DIV.II)1. #5 EXPRESS TRUCK JJackson 55.02. #7 WAR CHIP AndreePowell4 46.0 5-1/2L3. #11 TO THE WORLD RHalledeen 53.5 2-3/4L4. #2 SOJOURNER TRUTH OSimpson 51.0 1L5. #9 VERONICA B DAThomas 50.0 2-1/2LWIN: $241.00PLACE: $97.00, $314.00, $201.00Final Time : 1:16.0 Splits : 23.3, 48.1Winner : 7yo ch horse – REGION OF MERIT – PITTER PATTERTrainer : STEVEN TODD Owner : GARTH SAMUELSBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $827.00 Ex: $2,018.00D/E: $882.00Trifecta: $3,087.00Hi-5: $321,145.50Rolling Triple: $73,161.00Super-6: $327,534.00CARIBBEAN SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIPRace 7 1200 M (Purse $1,750,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES (GR.I – INV)1. #1 CAMPESINO RHalledeen 57.0*2. #5 BUZZ NIGHTMARE ISpence 57.0 1-1/4L3. #4 CHACE THE GREAT OWalker 55.0 2-1/4L4. #2 ROYAL ASSAULT LSteadman2 57.0 1-1/4LWIN: $363.00PLACE: $97.00, $63.00, $98.00Final Time : 1:10.4 Splits : 22.3, 45.3Winner : 6yo b horse – COMPADRE – YAELLATrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : HAMARK FARMSBred by LORENZO ROBINSONQu: $169.00 Ex: $975.00D/E: $3,773.00Superfecta: $5,990.00Rolling Triple: $11,714.00DR. PAUL WRIGHT TROPHYRace 8 1300 M (Purse $818,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*JOCKEYS VS APPRENTICES DUEL*1. #2 MEMORY OF TS DDawkins2 53.0*2. #13 BIG AL SEllis 55.0 1-1/2L3. #3 NINELIFECAT RLahoe 55.0 3-1/2L4. #4 WHITE RUSSIAN AChatrie 53.0 3/4L5. #10 BUCKALUCK JErwin 53.0 NeckWIN: $174.00PLACE: $73.00, $67.00, $218.00Final Time : 1:21.4 Splits : 24.2, 48.2, 1:14.1,Winner : 3yo gr filly – HE’STHEREALTHING – SAFE LANDINGTrainer: ANTHONY NUNES Owner : CUDSBred by COURTNEY WALSHQuinella : (2,13) $197.00 Exacta : (2-13) $432.00D/E : (1-2) $2,055.00Trifecta : (2-13-3) $2,926.00Hi-5 : (2-13-3-4-10) $27,269.00Rolling Triple : (5-1-2) $13,372.00Pick-4 : (6-5-1-2) $37,840.00I LOVE MY WHOPPERRace 9 1820 M (Purse $580,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. #8 SPORTING CLAY AndrePowell3 52.02. #1 STORMONTHESEA AntThomas4 50.0 1-3/4L3. #9 EAZY STEPPING SMuir 53.5 5L4. #7 MR. ROMANTIC HPottinger2 52.0 1-1/2LDNF #4 SHELLIAN GREY SEllis 53.5 12/1Late scratch : #11 PLAY STATIONWIN: $354.00PLACE: $204.00, $221.00, $569.00Final Time : 2:00.1 Splits : 27.1, 52.1, 1:18.4, 1:45.1Winner : 5yo b gelding – URBAN KING – DANCIN ROSETrainer : ERROL POTTINGER Owner : V. & O. RACING STABLESBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Qu: $1,544.00 Ex: $2,145.00D/E: $1,400.00Superfecta: $107,348.00Rolling Triple: $14,810.00Pick-8: $1,942.00LINDY DELAPENHA TROPHYRace 10 1300 M (Purse $818,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB3YO(NW3)-REST. STAKES*1. #9 CHOO CHOO BLUE RHalledeen 54.02. #1 SOY EL SENOR DDawkins2 49.0 14-1/2L3. #5 MISTER BONES AndreePowell4 48.0 3-3/4L4. #4 AFRICA JPatterson2 48.0 Head5. #7 QUEEN OF BAGDAD JErwin 53.0 NoseLate scratch : #11 DR. TRAINWIN: $119.00PLACE: $76.00, $143.00, $112.00Final Time : 1:17.1 Splits : 23.3, 45.4, 1:10.1,Winner : 3yo b filly – COWTOWN CAT – CHOOBLOOTrainer : PETER MCMASTER Owner : MISS SUCKIEQu: $1,630.00 Ex: $1,733.00D/E: $637.00Trifecta: $1,544.00Hi-5: $112,037.50Rolling Triple: $3,321.00BURGER KING SUPERSTAKESRace 11 2000 M (Purse $4,500,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES (GR. I – INV)1. #8 BIGDADDYKOOL LSteadman2 54.02. #1 FRANFIELD BebHarvey2 57.0 Neck*3. #5 SEEKING MY DREAM OWalker 57.0 4L4. #9 PERFECT NEIGHBOUR OFoster 57.0 2LLate scratch : #7 PHINEASWIN: $157.00PLACE: $65.00, $75.00, $61.00Final Time : 2:06.2 Splits : 24.1, 49.0, 1:13.1, 1:38.3Winner : 3yo b colt – SORRENTINO – BEWARE BABYTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : STEPHAN NARINESINGHBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $391.00 Ex: $840.00D/E: $597.00Superfecta: $912.00Rolling Triple: $4,039.00KARL ANGELL TROPHYRace 12 1400 M (Purse $818,000) NB3-Y-O RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II(NW2)*1. #8 SUNDANCE DDawkins2 54.02. #10 DREAMING THE CODE AndreePowell4 49.0 Nose3. #2 BLUE PEPSI LINKS BebHarvey2 53.0 4-1/2L4. #3 OLD BRAETON RLahoe 54.0 2-1/4L5. #1 DUSSELDORF LSteadman2 54.0 1-1/2LWIN: $150.00PLACE: $75.00, $85.00, $108.00Final Time : 1:26.1 Splits : 23.3, 46.3, 1:12.1Winner : 3yo colt – COWBOY CAL – POWER TO PLEASETrainer : IAN PARSARD Owner : CURRAGH JAMAICA AGENCYBred by IAN PARSARDQu: $528.00 Ex: $1,014.00D/E: $686.00Trifecta: $945.00Hi-5: $87,899.50Rolling Triple: $2,324.00Pick-4: $12,084.00Super-6: $119,386.10Pick-9: $5,704.00 (7 of 9) $136.50 ( six of nine) Carry-over : $1,408,673.70
A high National Council of Churches (NCC) official has been addressing a number of serious issues affecting the nation. These include the conflict between the churches and traditional leaders, or zoes, in Malawu, near Zorzor, Lofa County.The Rev. Kortu Brown, NCC’s first vice president, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer last week, expressed his views on issues ranging from Malawu to immense poverty in the country to the mysterious death of Representative Fayiah Saah Gbollie to Ellen Corkrum and dual citizenship.When a clergyman speaks of widespread poverty, he knows what he is talking about. For pastors are in touch with the ordinary people the desperation of their human condition. We must remember especially at this time the youth, most of whom are jobless. Two years ago the government intervened by empowering the Monrovia City Hall to give youth vacation employment. Thousands of youth benefitted; but poor payment arrangements caused the youth to explode violently. The government promptly suspended the program and we have since heard nothing of it.About two years ago GOL hired a US Air Force-trained woman to serve at Roberts International Airport (RIA). But within a short while she unceremoniously departed, accused of absconding with US$500,000. From all indications, GOL did not know what they were doing by bringing her aboard. It turned out that unknowing to top GOL officials, she conducted taped conversations them. These she has unleashed, to the woeful embarrassment of those officials and GOL itself.This, Rev. Brown has warned, has placed in very seriously jeopardy any chance of dual citizenship between Liberia and the USA ever becoming law. Yet Heaven knows that if ever Liberia is to develop, our people in the Diaspora, most especially those in the United States and Europe, will have a crucial role to play. Why? These nations, in particular the USA, are advanced in every way. Many highly trained Liberians and other Africans have contributed to that. There are thousands of Liberian specialists in every field working at leading institutions in the USA. Many of them, in order to achieve tenure in their organizations, have had to acquire US citizenship. They yet remember the land of their nativity and wish to return and help Liberia climb the development ladder. But in order to do so, Liberia has to do what Israel and many other nations, Ghana included, have done—offer dual citizenship that will make it easy from these talented Liberians and their highly educated children to make the transition.But Rev. Kortu Brown is right. To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Behaviors as such as came out of RIA scare people. But we pray that our lawmakers will remain focused on THE BIG PICTURE; and remember the terrible harm many of our people, who have remained RIGHT HERE ON THE GROUND, have done to the country.We call on the Constitutional Review Committee, too, to include Dual Citizenship in the forthcoming Referendum, so that the PEOPLE will be able to decide upon it. We turn now to Malawu, and before getting to the heart of the matter, let us first commend the people of that ancient town who have become among the key custodians of Liberia’s traditional culture! Thank you, people of Malawu and keep up the good work.On the other hand, the Malawu people must realize that they live in a democratic country which is governed by a Constitution—the law of the land—which guarantees to all freedom of conscience and of religion. It gives the Malawu people every right to practice their culture and traditions; it also gives religious people the right to worship God in the manner and wherever they choose.We think the Minister of Internal Affairs should make contact with the Malawu people ASAP and help them understand that Christians and Moslems are the Malawu people’s brothers and sisters, too, and are welcome to practice their religion in Malawu.With this initiative, however belated, Minister Morris Dukuly can help make this Christmas possible in Malawu. Even the traditional mask dancers and acrobats can join in the celebration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The irony of ongoing global events never ceases to amaze me. Over seventy years ago, Europe experienced mass emigration of refugees as a result of the Second World War to United Kingdom and the North America. In 2015, there is a reversal of events, rather than have people leave Europe, the entire of Europe with exception of a few, is receiving refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. What is perhaps of serious irony is the role of the German Government in the refugee crisis across Europe. Historians would have records of events leading to the mass exodus of refugees and deliberate extermination of the Jews as dictated by Adolf Hitler and historians will be compiling records of events of the compassionate role of the German Chancellor-Angela Merkel in receiving almost a million refugees from war torn countries in the Middle East and Africa.While the entire world watches the emerging immigration crisis to Europe, we, as peace messengers are reminded on the roles that young people and Government have to play in ensuring sustainable peace and security. This reminder dove tails the recent Amman Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security adopted in Amman-Jordan by over 500 youth leaders across the globe, August 22, 2015. It also resonates with the theme for this year’s International Day of Peace: “Partnership for Peace-Dignity for All”.In the scheme of events and amidst the tragic refugee situation, we see the need for new approaches to peace building and security as young people continue to constitute the affected majority, not only in their direct involvement but they are also indirectly disproportionately victims of violence, conflicts and xenophobia, in all its forms.According to the UNFPA Executive Director, -Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, “it is time to acknowledge that the vast majority of young people does not engage in violence, even in conflict settings” Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia is of the believe that young people can be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. In the words of Dr. Osotimehin, “Young people-can and must be peace builders”It is based on this foundation, that the Executive Director of MOP-Liberia along with hundreds of other young peace builders across the globe gathered in Amman-Jordon to support the guiding principles on young people and agree on the Amman Youth Declaration on youth, peace and security which calls on government and non-government organizations, associations, and agencies including youth-led civil society to partner with young people to ensure the implementation of four actions points of the Amman Youth Declaration: Youth participation and leadership in issues of Peace and Security, Youth preventing violence and building peace, gender equality and young people’s socio-economic empowerment.The ongoing peace work of MOP-Liberia and other youth led organizations remain largely invisible, unrecognized and even undermined due, largely, to inadequate participatory and inclusive mechanisms as well as opportunities to partner with decision making bodies like the Liberia Peace building Office, UNMIL , UNDP, UNFPA and other international organizations.Our position on this is clear and it is to encourage policy makers and other gate keepers to develop meaningful mechanisms for youth participation in decision making processes that young people in Liberia. We are encouraged in our quest for sustainable peace in Liberia, by the material support provided by NOVAFONE and others. The role of the private sector in building peace cannot be overemphasized and we would like to use this column to advocate for peace partners that equip young people with the ability to engage constructively in civic structures.Until next week, when we come to you dialogues among peace messengers: “Partnership for Peace-Dignity for All-Part 2”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
TAYLOR, B.C. – Taylor Speedway will play host to the Lazers Edge Mini Challenge this weekend.The Lazers Edge will still feature Sportsman, IMCA Modified, and Bomber classes but will heavily focus on the minis.“It’s all classes of racing but this is just for the minis this weekend,” said Taylor Speedway President Kelly Hildebrand. “Its total points for two days and the juniors and the seniors will be combined in one race… And the total points will win first, second, and third.”- Advertisement -Hildebrand expects to see 25 total cars at the event with about half of them driving minis.Admission for the races is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free for kids five and under. Admission can be purchased at Taylor Speedway the day of the races.Races start at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.Advertisement
Technology that enables people to stalk online and kill real prey has alarmed hunters and lawmakers intent on preemptively blocking the practice. About two dozen states already have outlawed the method, which the Humane Society of the United States calls pay-per-view slaughter. “The animal has no chance. There’s no challenge for you – except knowing how to use a computer and push a button,” Arkansas state Sen. Ruth Whitaker said earlier this year while introducing a measure that calls for banning potential cyber hunting in her state. “You never left your tufted sofa. What’s sportsmanlike about that?” The issue emerged in early 2005, when Texas entrepreneur John Lockwood set up a Web site that allowed subscribing hunters to shoot antelope, wild pigs and other game on his 220-acre San Antonio spread via remote control – from anywhere. Lockwood offered to send the animals’ heads to subscribers. During a demonstration, a friend of Lockwood used a computer 45 miles away to shoot a wild hog as it fed at his ranch. But, according to news reports, he only wounded the animal. Lockwood, who was on site, finished the kill. Lockwood’s venture barely got started before Texas lawmakers swooped in and shot it down. Since then, other states have hustled to get something on their books barring the practice. Even die-hard hunters are opposed, saying that shooting an animal via computer isn’t sporting and doesn’t require the element of fair chase in conventional hunting through forest, field or marsh. Some states have posed similar objections to “canned” hunting, during which big game is hunted in captivity as trophies. “We believe sick ideas have a bad way of spreading, so want to make sure we nip this in the bud and ban it in all 50 states,” Michael Markarian, executive vice president of the Humane Society, said of cyber hunting. The group also is pressing for a federal ban. Slouched at a computer, the “hunter” perks up as a 12-point buck eases into view on his screen. Maneuvering his mouse, he swivels the rifle and focuses the cross hairs. With a click of the mouse, the rifle fires a bullet, mortally wounding the animal. Call it hunting by remote control. And though still more concept than trend, lawmakers in several states have set their sights on stopping the practice in its tracks. Illinois state Rep. Dan Reitz has proposed banning such hunting in Illinois, saying such “ready, aim, click” kills, or the prospect of them, push the ethical envelope and violate the spirit of “fair chase” hunts. “I just think it’s wrong,” Reitz said, adding that use of such technology – which features a webcam and a .22-caliber rifle atop a remote-controlled rig – would “give all sportsmen a black eye.” Pro-hunting groups including Safari Club International and the National Rifle Association also oppose remote-control hunting. Gary Harpole, an Illinois hunter who figures he’s killed 100 deer, most with a bow, said such a practice “takes away from what hunting really is all about: getting outdoors, experiencing nature.” Bagging a buck by computer, he said, “is a lazy way of hunting.” But Lockwood has said the technology could help people with disabilities or perhaps servicemen overseas shoot game. And an attendant in the blind with the remote-control rifle can override any unsafe or unethical shots. Lockwood could not be reached for this story, but told The Associated Press last year that legislatures barring the practice “have no clue what they’re passing laws against.” “Ever since we stopped running after our prey and killing with our hands, we’ve evolved by distancing ourselves further and further from the game and making it more and more efficient for whatever reason we want to take it,” he said. Reitz isn’t swayed by such arguments. “There’s a lot of opportunities out there for people with disabilities,” he said. “I just think this is a bad way to do it.” His bill, which was referred to an Illinois House rules committee on Feb. 22, would amend the state’s code to bar a person from operating, providing, selling, using or offering “any computer software or service that allows a person not physically present at the hunt site to remotely control a weapon that could be used to take wildlife by remote operation.” Use of such equipment would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and $1,500 in fines. Those who provided the software or services could face a misdemeanor carrying a possible 364 days in jail and $2,500 in fines. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush offered to talk with Democrats about the standoff over war funding, but he made it clear Tuesday he will not embrace any timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal. Democrats said there was no point in talking if Bush refused to negotiate. “We can discuss the way forward on a bill that is a clean bill – a bill that funds our troops without artificial timetables for withdrawal, and without handcuffing our generals on the ground,” Bush said in a speech to an American Legion audience in nearby Fairfax, Va. On the one hand, Bush extended an offer to meet with lawmakers Tuesday. On the other, the White House bluntly said it would not be a negotiating session. The president said if lawmakers don’t send him a bill he will sign – one that does not include timetables or money for pet projects in their home districts – it would be Congress, not the White House, that will have to answer to troops. “What the president invited us to do was come to his office so that we could accept without any discussion the bill that he wants,” Pelosi said at a news conference in San Francisco. “That’s not worthy of the concerns of the American people, and I join with Senator Reid in rejecting an invitation of that kind.” Bush said the Defense Department will soon send Congress a request to transfer $1.6 billion from other military accounts to cover funding for troops – a move needed, he said, because lawmakers have delayed his emergency spending request. He warned that continued delays would undermine troop training, slow the repair of equipment and force soldiers to serve longer tours of duty. Bush got an assist for his argument on Tuesday from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who said he saw no need to set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. His comments in Japan came a day after tens of thousands of Iraqis took to the streets of two Shiite holy cities, demanding that U.S. forces leave the country. Meanwhile, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton wrote to Defense Secretary Robert Gates questioning whether additional National Guard units named Monday for possible deployment to Iraq will be properly trained and equipped before they leave. The Missouri Democrat also said he was concerned about another proposal revealed Monday that could keep five active duty brigades in Iraq beyond their planned late-summer homecoming. “I must ask you, Mr. Secretary, where does this end?” Skelton said in his letter Tuesday. Bush has asked Congress for more than $100 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this year. The House and Senate have approved the money, but their bills aim to wind down the war by including timelines for troops to come home – something Bush won’t accept. The Senate bill would require a U.S. troop exit in Iraq to begin within 120 days, with a completion goal of March 31, 2008. The House bill orders all combat troops out by Sept. 1, 2008. Bush also opposes the bills because of what he calls pork-barrel spending on matters unrelated to the war.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The bottom line is this: Congress’ failure to fund our troops will mean that some of our military families could wait longer for their loved ones to return from the front lines,” Bush said at American Legion Post 177. “Others could see their loved ones headed back to war sooner than anticipated. This is unacceptable.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected the terms set by the White House. “Congressional Democrats are willing to meet with the president at any time, but we believe that any discussion of an issue as critical as Iraq must be accomplished by conducting serious negotiations without any preconditions,” they said in a joint statement. “With his threat to veto such a plan for change in Iraq, President Bush is ignoring the clear message of the American people: We must protect our troops, hold the Iraqi government accountable, rebuild our military, provide for our veterans and bring our troops home. The president is demanding that we renew his blank check for a war without end.” Jim Manley, a spokesman for Reid, said Bush must drop his conditions on the meeting before Reid would attend. Pelosi agreed.
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2 2 Newcastle players are locked in dispute with the club Benitez has made five signings – Fabian Schar, Kenedy, Ki Sung-yueng, Martin Dubravka and Yoshinori Muto – but has missed out on a number of his top targets.Having seen his side beaten by Braga and Augsburg in pre-season, Benitez has said publicly he wants another four more additions before the transfer window closes on Thursday.It looks unlikely that he will get that but a deal for Salomon Rondon, which will see Dwight Gayle swap places with the West Brom striker, is understood to be close. Newcastle United’s players are boycotting the media over an ongoing row with club bosses.The Magpies squad, captained by Jamaal Lascelles, have been unable to agree a bonus package for the new season. The bonus scheme proposed by the club has not been deemed good enough for the players and they are now refusing to fulfil their duties with the press until the dispute is resolved.The boycott could lead to financial punishment for the club.Following the 1-0 loss to Augburg at St James’ Park on Saturday, players declined to stop in the mixed zone after the game for interviews.And on Monday they refused to carry out their pre-match walk-ons which show up in Sky Sports’ formation graphic, despite being contractually obliged to do so.Newcastle have endured a difficult summer, with manager Rafa Benitez making it clear he is unhappy with the club’s business in the transfer window. Rafa Benitez’s future at Newcastle looks far from secure