26 May

Henry at a loss over Titans’ slow starts

first_imgFor the fourth week in succession the Titans gave up a double-digit lead to their opponents with Johnathan Thurston scoring a try and kicking three goals to get the North Queensland Cowboys out to a 10-0 lead after 19 minutes on Saturday night.It is an exact repeat to their start to the 2016 season where they also gave up double-digit leads in their first four games yet while last year they clawed their way back to win two games in the opening month in 2017, they have just the one win and sit in 12th place on the Telstra Premiership ladder.That they were able to fight back and actually lead 12-10 after 32 minutes against the Cowboys is a testament to their ability to get back into a contest but no team in the NRL can expect to start at least 10 points behind each week and win more than half their games.”Obviously we need to look at our starts again and try and get an even share of possession at least, or even get it going our way and we haven’t been able to do that so far this year,” Henry said.”I don’t know if you’ve got the answer to it. I don’t think there’s any magic formula.”We talked about starting better but if you gift a bit of field position at times…”I thought the halves were fast and direct and we played some entertaining football but also some good football. We really tested their defence but we needed a bit more possession and we needed to stop them when they got up there a couple of times.”We’ve used a lot of energy and Ryan [James] and Jarrod Wallace are playing big minutes up front and doing a lot of work.”We feel if we can get that possession our way that our attack’s good enough to worry other teams.”The opening 20-minute onslaught where the Cowboys enjoyed an 80 per cent share of possession and failed to make a single error came back to haunt the Titans late in the first half when they conceded two tries in the space of five minutes to trail 20-12 at the break.A try to winger Tyronne Roberts-Davis 15 minutes into the second half narrowed the margin to four points but two tries to towering Cowboys back-rower Coen Hess again shot North Queensland out to a 16-point lead.While the 17,000 fans in attendance and those watching at home marvelled at the 20-year-old’s brute force to push past four Titans defenders to score both of his tries Henry was ruing a goal-line defence that couldn’t stop him from scoring.”When you make contact with a player carrying the ball six or seven metres off the try-line and you can’t stop that ball being put down and there’s a number of players around, we’ve got to be better than that,” Henry said.”There’s no excuses for not stopping that ball getting over the line just by being underneath it.”If we did that a couple of times on Coen Hess then the score might have been a bit different.”Henry made some late adjustments to his starting side prior to kick-off with Tyrone Roberts moving out of hooker to start at fullback in place of Tyler Cornish and Ryan Simpkins being promoted off the bench to start at hooker.With first-choice hooker Nathan Peats not expected back for at least another fortnight and Karl Lawton playing 30 minutes just two weeks after suffering a dislocated shoulder, Henry indicated that it is that formation that is likely to line up against the Warriors next Sunday in Auckland.”[Roberts] does get a bit of room out there to move and he carries the ball well so he can chime in. He’s got a good pass so I think that’s a good spot for him,” Henry said of Roberts’ shift to fullback.”He’s had to be a bit of a utility for us but he’s good back there.”The major injury scare for the Titans was a shoulder injury to lock forward Agnatius Paasi who left the field after 24 minutes and took no further part in the game.last_img read more

12 Jan

Taxi driver gets bail for assaulting sister, daughter

first_imgA fifty-two-year-old taxi driver was on Friday released on $100,000 bail by Senior Magistrate Leron Daly on two counts of assault when he made his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.3Peter Thompson of D’Urban Street, Lodge, Georgetown, is accused of wounding Rita Howard with intent to disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm on April 30, 2018. In addition, he also allegedly assaulted Prisilla Thompson with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.Thompson denied the allegations that were made out against him. Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh did not object for bail to be granted to the accused and as such, he was released on $40,000 and $60,000 bail respectively.The matter was adjourned until June 15.last_img read more

12 Jan

24 months’ jail for father who stole jewellery to support kids

first_imgA father of three who stole jewellery and cash from his girlfriend to provide care for his children was on Monday jailed for 24 months.Thirty-five-year-old Winston Marshall of Georgetown told the Court that he stole the gold jewellery valued $847,000; $200,000 in Guyanese currency and US$300 from girlfriend Abeena Hudson’s D’Urban Street, Georgetown home.Police stated that Marshall stole the articles some time between April 6 and June 7, 2018.Hudson had the stolen items stashed in a suitcase and on June 7, she noticed that the said suitcase was out of place.After checking, the woman realised that the items were missing and as such, confronted Marshall. He admitted to the offence and was arrested by Police after Hudson reported the matter.He explained to Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman that he pawned the jewellery “to feed my children and to pay off my debts”.After considering the prevalence of the offence and to deter others from doing same, Magistrate Latchman imposed the sentence.last_img read more

12 Jan

Decomposed body of woman found in trench

first_imgDead: Diwantie LakerajThe partially decomposed body of a woman was on Friday morning discovered in a trench at Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice.The woman has been identified as 60-year-old Diwantie Lakeraj also called “Christmas” of Lot 66 Freeyard, Port Mourant.The body was discovered face down floating under a bridge at Dispensary Dam. The discovery was made at about 06:00h by persons who were making their way to work. Initial checks revealed no marks of violence on the body.She was identified by the clothing she was wearing by a sister. “Christmas” reportedly left home on Tuesday for church at Albion, Berbice, and never returned home. She reportedly lived alone.The woman is popularly known around the Port Mourant and Rose Hall Town areas where she solicits money and food from passersby.Asodra Ramana, the dead woman’s sister related that the body was found in a crouching position while adding that in the past, she would suffer seizures. It is believed that the woman suffered from one of them and fell into the trench.Her body is currently at the Bailey’s Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the woman’s demise.last_img read more

12 Jan

RocKIN the Peace – the Peace Country’s Originial Music Search

first_imgIt’s that time again to submit your music for RocKIN the Peace 2009. This year you’ve got even more time to come with up with your own original music of any format and submit it to see if you can win this year’s grand prize. You can submit any type of music that you’d like…the only catch is…it must be an original tune.  You must submit your music (up to 3 songs) on CD to Moose FM by March 7th, 2009. Get more details and the official entry form below or by visiting Moose FM at 10423 101 Ave.  You can also visit the official site at www.rockinthepeace.com – Advertisement -After March 7th, 2009 judges from the community will pick the top 10 songs.  Those songs will be put on the 2009 RocKIN the Peace CD.  That CD will be sold all around the BC Peace.  Plus those 10 artists/groups will perform at the RocKIN the Peace Concert at the NPCC.  There you will have the final say as to who wins the grand prize. RocKIN the Peace is brought to by the Kin Club of Fort St. John and Moose FM.last_img read more

11 Jan

B.C. Finance Committee’s Pre-Budget suggestions received mixed reactions

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The B.C. Finance Committee’s pre-budget recommendations are getting a mixed review from the B.C. Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.The bipartisan legislative committee was sent on a province wide tour by Finance Minister Mike de Jong to gather input for his 2016-17 budget, but according to the CTF’s Jordan Bateman, it came back with a list of recommendations that looked like a script of a 1966 Spaghetti Western: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.He puts into the Clint Eastwood, Good category, a recommendation that echoed the CTF submission to the committee to freeze and review the Medical Services Premium Tax.- Advertisement -However, that was about the extent of the good, as the committee heard from dozens of groups across the province and Mr. Bateman says it fell into the usual spending request trap, which he sees as The Lee Van Cleef Bad category.And then there’s the down right, Eli Wallach Sugar Drink Tax, Ugly recommendation.last_img read more

10 Jan

Conte questions Hazard’s Belgium call-up

first_imgBut he has been called up by Belgium coach Roberto Martinez for next month’s World Cup qualifying matches against Gibraltar and Greece.“I only knew 20 minutes ago and for sure I’m a bit surprised by this decision,” Conte said.“I was a coach of the national team with Italy, so I respect the decision of the coach. If Hazard isn’t ready, he will not play. It’s why he doesn’t play with us.”Hazard was scheduled to play for Chelsea’s under-23 side on Friday as he nears a return to first-team action, but he is not expected to feature in Sunday’s home game with Everton.“I see him every day,” Conte told reporters at Chelsea’s Cobham training base southwest of London.“In this situation it’s very important to give the right time to players to recover. Also he is a very important player for us.“If someone thinks to accelerate the process, it is not the right way. It’s a big mistake. In this moment we must pay great attention and not make any mistakes.”Gary Cahill will miss the meeting with Everton through suspension following his opening-day dismissal against Burnley, but Cesc Fabregas returns after serving a one-game ban.Conte has been frustrated by Chelsea’s failure to significantly strengthen his title-winning squad, but he said it would not be a problem if they make no further signings before next week’s transfer deadline.“For sure, the club is trying to strengthen our squad, our team. They are working very hard to do this,” said the Italian, whose side won 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.“We have to continue to work. Also if we continue to stay with these players, I am very happy.“My focus is only on the pitch, then there is the club. The club is working hard and we will see what happens at the end of the transfer market.”Meanwhile, the Football Association revealed on Friday that Chelsea wing-back Kenedy has been given a warning regarding social media posts he published during Chelsea’s pre-season tour of China.The Brazilian was sent home by Chelsea after posting two videos on Instagram, one containing a profanity and one showing a sleeping security guard along with the caption: “Wake up China. You idiot.”He subsequently apologised.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Belgium’s Eden Hazard has been called up for next month’s World Cup qualifying matches against Gibraltar and Greece © AFP / John ThysLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 25 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte expressed surprise on Friday over Eden Hazard’s call-up by Belgium.Hazard, 26, has not yet played for Chelsea this season after fracturing his right ankle on international duty in June.last_img read more

28 Dec

Ushering in the Year of the Dog

first_imgSOUTH EL MONTE – He might have been wearing a clown hat, but there was no doubt about who was the king of the Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. Wappo, a 4-month-old golden retriever, took center stage at the fashion show Saturday as the Chinese community celebrated the Year of the Dog, which actually begins Jan. 29, according to the lunar calendar. “It’s our first time here and I can’t control my dog because he is so excited,” said Quinn Johnson, 18, of Hacienda Heights. Johnson’s mother, who is Chinese, named the dog Wappo believing it was how you say “handsome” in Spanish, he said. Indicative of the diverse community of El Monte and its surrounding communities, the eighth annual festival features swap meet-style booths with Oriental trinkets and artwork, commercial products and community-related activities serving the interests of the Chinese and Latino communities. Carnival rides, massages and a plethora of Chinese dishes served as a break from the vast array of bargain booths. An estimated 80,000 people are expected to attend the free two-day event in South El Monte, which continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. “This is my first time here and it’s great to bring my little son out to play in these rides,” Tony Carson said. “I just had the barbecue lamb on a stick and that was delicious.” Promoting the expansive culture of Chinese performance art, the main stage included acts from kung fu masters, magicians, singers and traditional dragon and lion dancers. Among the booths were various charities including one from the Los Angeles American Asian Lions Club in Monterey Park. Event sponsors include the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, Yes Marketing Group and the Comite Civico Latino-Americano. “It’s a big event with a lot going on,” said Napoleon Medina, executive director of Comite Civico. “Whittier \ is in a Latino area so the gathering of these two cultures is great. You see Latinos eating tacos and it’s great to get a chance to see Chinese merchants eating some tacos as well.” news.tribune@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

18 Dec

South Africa and Far East to discuss poaching

first_imgWhite rhino (Ceratotherium simum) inthe Kruger National Park  The SouthAfrican government is planning to clampdown heavily on wildlife poachers, andespecially those who kill rhino. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Sputnik RatauEnvironmental Affairs media liaison officer+27 12 336 8790 or +27 82 874 2942 RELATED ARTICLES • Wildlife poachers to be taken down • Black rhinos return to Serengeti • New unit to rescue rhinos • Kruger’s animal populations growing• Rescuing the white rhinoMinister of Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica delivered the keynote address at the Rhino Summit, which was held at the Reserve Bank’s conference centre in Pretoria on 5 and 6 October.The summit’s aim was to address the tragic surge in rhino poaching incidents that has rocked Southern Africa in the last few months.Sonjica reaffirmed her department’s commitment to eradicating rhino poaching, and also mentioned planned future talks between South Africa and Far East countries including Vietnam, China and Japan, to discuss ways in which to bring the illegal wildlife trade in those regions under control.The summit, which was also intended as a review of the effectiveness of current anti-poaching efforts, forms part of the implementation of the so-called Strategy for the Safety and Security of Rhinoceros Populations in South Africa.Also in attendance were Environmental Affairs Director-general Nosipho Ngcaba, the deputy director-general for biodiversity and conservation Fundisile Mketeni, and representatives of various law enforcement agencies, NGOs, and national parks.SA united against poaching“It is indeed a great honour and a privilege for me to address you at this important event in the history of conservation in our country,” said Sonjica in her speech.“I’m standing here with mixed feelings – of excitement and sadness – given the context of the issues that have prompted this gathering. I’m sad because the country’s proud track record on rhino conservation is being undermined by the senseless killing of rhino and its associated Illegal wildlife trafficking.“On the other hand, I’m excited to note that the country is united in its resolve to fight this unfortunate scourge and that tremendous progress is being made from all fronts to ensure that South Africa remains a beacon of hope in conservation management.“South Africa is recognised internationally as a significant role player in rhino conservation because we currently have a proud track record of conserving more rhino than any other country. We are also playing a major role in helping other countries to re-establish their rhino populations.“Allow me to give you a bit of background and remind you of the history of rhino conservation in South Africa. The rhino population in South Africa was on the brink of extinction in the early 1960s, but at the end of 2007 South Africa had conserved 35% of Africa’s black rhino and 93% of Africa’s white rhino respectively.“The net annual growth rate of the white rhino population in South Africa is 6.6%. South Africa currently has a population of approximately 19 000 white rhino and 1 750 black rhino. From that picture, it is evident that we have made tremendous strides in rhino conservation, especially white rhino.“Unfortunately the rhino population in South Africa is now being threatened by an upsurge in the illegal killing of rhinos and the leakage of illegally obtained rhino horn stocks into the international illegal trade.“Throughout the years there have been successful breakthroughs in rhino poaching investigations by the many law enforcement agencies in South Africa. However from 2008 onwards rhino poaching has escalated at an alarming rate, as has the leakage of both legal and illegal rhino horns held in the various private and government stockpiles with no indication of decreasing.”Sonjica informed the audience that to date, 227 rhinos had been illegally killed on South African soil since the beginning of the year, and that should this trend continue, over 300 animals will have met an unnecessary death by the end of 2010.“The Department of Environmental Affairs is aware that only a well-coordinated effort by all law enforcement agencies in South Africa will make an impact on the illegal killing of the rhinos. The department developed and implemented various initiatives over the last two years to address this concerning scourge and its subsequent trade in illegally obtained rhinoceros horns.“Among other actions, these interventions include:The publishing of a national moratorium on the sale of individual rhinoceros horns and any derivates or products within South Africa in 2009 to ensure that no legally obtained horns end up in the illegal trade;The publishing of national norms and standards for the marking of rhino horn and the hunting of white rhinoceros for trophy hunting purposes on 20 July 2009 to further regulate marking and hunting of rhinoceros;The establishment of a national, multi-departmental biodiversity investigators forum in March 2009 which coordinates and acts as a contact point where all biodiversity related law enforcement information is collected, accessed, distributed and tasked to specific subgroups of the forum;South Africa was nominated to participate in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Rhinoceros Enforcement Task Force;The Department of Environmental Affairs has established a Directorate: Biodiversity Enforcement to coordinate and investigate biodiversity related crimes on a national basis;The establishment of an interim National Wildlife Crime Reaction Unit or NWCRU within the department was approved in February this year. The unit will be fully operational once all the secondment process is finalised;The publishing of the national regulations for CITES wild fauna and flora in March 2010 for the control of legal international trade in CITES-listed species including rhino;Approval and implementation of a National Strategy for the Safety and Security of Rhinoceros Populations and Horn Stocks in South Africa.Working together“Ladies and gentlemen, the establishment of the interim NWCRU is aimed at responding to the current spate of wildlife crimes and more specifically the upsurge of rhino poaching and smuggling of rhino horn.“This unit is driven by the Department of Environmental Affairs, with the South African National Parks leading its coordination on behalf of the Department. The NWCRU will, among others, react immediately when a serious wildlife crime has been committed and be able to detect and investigate smuggling of wildlife and wildlife products.Sonjica said that the South African Police Service (SAPS) has deployed a dedicated endangered species coordinator in each province, and that an elite team of the SAPS Hawks will focus on rhino poaching related activities around the country.The Hawks, also known as the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, are a special branch of the SAPS which arose from the now-defunct – and highly successful – Directorate for Special Operations, or Scorpions.“We are happy with the cooperation from the National Prosecution Authorities who have designated prosecutors in province and nationally to deal with organised environmental crime matters,” said Sonjica.“Owing to the increase in rhino poaching, we now have the Strategy for the Safety and Security of Rhinoceros Populations in South Africa. This strategy is aimed at providing us with guiding principles to inform decision-making processes, strategic planning and operations aimed at reducing the effects of poaching on rhino species and to ensure the successful arrest, conviction and sentencing of poachers, illegal traders and crime syndicates operating locally at park level, regionally, nationally and internationally. Although we are tackling this challenge locally, we are also taking our efforts beyond our country’s borders.“We are engaging our Southern African Development Community (SADC) partners on a regular basis through the SADC Rhino and Elephant Security Group which meets annually to discuss issues related to the safety and security of rhinos and elephants in the region.“The Rhino Management Group which consists of countries in the region is another important establishment which facilitates the implementation of the SADC Regional Rhino Strategy. We believe that working together with our counterparts in the region is the only way to collectively deal with this scourge since these marauding bandits have no respect for any political boundaries.International talks“Also as part of our international engagement programme, I am happy to announce that we are also planning a bilateral visit to Vietnam to discuss issues of concern regarding the smuggling of rhino horn and the legal export of sport hunted white rhino trophies. The Department of Environmental Affairs is also in consultation with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation on bilateral engagements with China and Japan on wildlife law enforcement, capacity building, and improved technology to aid in detection of illegally traded wildlife products.“The efforts of Lead SA, Jacaranda FM, conservation NGOs and others to highlight the problem, fundraise or raise awareness to the general public symbolised that the collaborative strength of public private partnership can overcome any challenge. We should strengthen our partnerships in addressing this scourge and other similar challenges.“I must hasten to add that it is my expectation that this summit will augment the current initiatives against rhino poaching. It should afford stakeholders an opportunity to reflect on the current interventions and harness further political and broader stakeholder commitment.“In its deliberations, the summit should consider to the following:The role of the NWCRU and the Strategy for the Safety and Security of Rhinoceros Populations in South Africa;Critical analysis and review of the current interventions that we have introduced or led;Development of new and/or complementary plans to augment current interventions;Collaboration, mobilisation and harnessing of stakeholder support against poaching;Analysis of the relationship between the rate of rhino poaching and current regulatory and strategic practices, including a moratorium on the sale of individual rhinoceros horns and any derivates or products within South Africa;Reflection on the legislative and policy imperatives informing the current practices in the management of rhino population in the country. .“I am expecting robust engagements that are constructive and useful to take us another level. We must come out of this summit with answers to the following questions:Do we need to do anything different with regards collaboration and stakeholder participation?Are the current legislative, regulatory and policy tools adequate and effective?Are the penalties for offenders matching the scale of the offence and deter the would-be offenders?Are current strategies and interventions adequate?What can be done at the sub-regional, regional and international level?Are there any gaps in our conservation and sustainable utilization models or approaches?Is there a need for adjustments of policies or not?“Basically, we need to ascertain if there are any challenges with the regulatory, strategic and operational machinery and if so what needs to be reviewed?“South Africa’s biodiversity belongs to all South Africans. Government mainly assumes the legal mandate to protect biodiversity, but protection of our rich flora and fauna for current and future generations is the business of every patriotic citizen not just government.“It is also my pleasure to announce that the interim NWCIU would as of today, officially start operating. Allow me as well to officially launch the Strategy for the Safety and Security of Rhinoceros Populations in South Africa by handing over a copy to Nosipho Ngcaba.“Ladies and gentlemen, I wish all a fruitful engagement as part of a collaborative efforts to address this challenge before it is too late.“I thank you!”Source: South African government onlinelast_img read more

17 Dec

We’re getting the band back together! — The Tin Pan Alley Band (GC2C1NN) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgThe Tin Pan Alley. Stroll in and join the band! Photo by geocacher SUEpriseGeocache Name:The Tin Pan Alley Band (GC2C1NN)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2.5/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Musicians and geocachers share quite a few traits. Namely, when they get together, amazing things can happen. One geocache maker has set out to prove this idea by creating one giant geocacher-powered band. And where better to recruit musicians than London’s Denmark street? This famous place is also known as the British Tin Pan Alley. Artists like Elton John, Jimi Hendrix and the Sex Pistols all have ties to this area. Whether or not the band will be headlining any tours or festivals this year has yet to be decided, but one thing is for sure: between the electric triangle players, backup singers, guitarists, cellists and percussionists, this band is going to top the charts for sure.# of Finds:2025# of Favorite Points:776What the geocache owner, goldpot, has to say:“I read every single log (which is almost daily!) and it gives me a great uplifting feeling to read them knowing that I have made so many geocachers happy and given them a geocache of a difference in such an urban location. As for the Favorite Points – totally amazed with the shear numbers  – go to show, the most simplest geocache, can create the greatest awards!The best geocaches are those which surprises us geocachers, either by it’s location, history, scenery, challenges or the geocache originality – get them all and they’ll clock up the geocache Favorite Points!”What geocachers are saying:“What an amazing cache. A must if passing this location. gets a favourite.” – Pebbles&Co“This is a wonderful cache and a definite favourite. Never seen one like this before and it’s excellent TFTC” – Tangled two“Brilliant idea for a cache, first time I’ve seen one like this but worked out straight away what I needed to spot… and after a couple of minutes there it was! Thanks for the cache, this one gets the favourite point for the evening. Add another bass player to the band!” – BandMandAandARead More LogsPhotos:The band so far! Photo by geocacher OllivierA few of the band members. Photo by geocacher SelmiceIf you’re ready to start rocking, you can pick up a guitar next door. Photo by geocacher PiRad-lerSee More PhotosIf you had to pick a theme song for your geocaching career, what would it be? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAnother one down the drain. – A Crappy Cache (GC35T4T) – Geocache of the WeekFebruary 26, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Don’t forget to bring proper headwear. – Head Case (GC2TD8M) – Geocache of the WeekMay 15, 2013In “Community”Top Five Tips for Creating a World-Class GeocacheJuly 11, 2013In “Geocaching.com Videos”last_img read more