More injury trouble for Blues

first_imgAlready down a first five-eighth with Otere Black ruled out with a knee injury, the Blues will be without fellow number 10 Stephen Perofeta for up to six weeks after he broke his hand during his side’s pre-season win over the Chiefs last week.The Blues first match is less than three weeks away against the Highlanders meaning back up first-fives, Bryn Gatland and Dan Kirkpatrick, will fight it out for the starting spot.Head coach Tana Umaga confirmed they would not be bringing in a replacement for Perofeta, a 20-year-old who has shone at provincial level for Taranaki and is considered by many the future of the Blues franchise.”We’re unable to bring in players.”You have to have two injuries in the same position, and we don’t want that. We’ve got to look within the squad at who can cover there.”We’ve still got Bryn Gatland and Daniel Kirkpatrick, and this gives an opportunity for them. We’re very happy with the way all our players have been running, and they’ll get another week to cement some things, and we’ll see how that goes against the Hurricanes next week.”Umaga did not want to speculate on a potential return date for Perofeta, but there is no doubt is a sizeable blow to a squad already battling a raft of injury concerns.The Blues coach also ruled out the franchise making a play for former Wallabies No 10 Quade Cooper, who is on the outer at the Queensland Reds and has been spotted around Auckland in recent weeks.”We haven’t talked to him,” Umaga said.”That’s just speculation that comes with being part of a big city. I hear we’re in the market with a lot of players we haven’t been party to.”No, is all I can say really.”Meanwhile, the Blues also confirmed on Tuesday All Blacks Akira Ioane and George Moala will join former first-five Carlos Spencer in their team to contest the Brisbane Global 10s tournament this weekend.The 22-strong squad also includes teenage talent Caleb Clarke, who returns after playing for the New Zealand sevens team in the World Cup tournaments in Sydney and Hamilton.The Blues team will be led by 46-game Super Rugby loose forward-lock, Jimmy Tupou, and features a number of up-and-coming young players.”It is a good occasion which the players really enjoyed last year,” Umaga said.”We are going there to enjoy this opportunity and produce some good rugby.”At the same time it will play a key part in our preparations for the upcoming Super Rugby season and have some goals to achieve while the rest of the squad are preparing at home.”We are bringing some players who are exciting runners given some space and opportunity. We are keen to play a physical and open running game that will both effective and also attractive.”Players not considered for selection because of injury include Otere Black, Michael Collins, Blake Gibson, Matt Moulds, Perofeta, Kara Pryor, Matt Johnson, James Parsons, Jerome Kaino, Scott Scrafton, Leni Apisai, Josh Goodhue, Dan Kirkpatrick, Sione Mafileo, Isaac Salmon.Goodhue, Kirkpatrick and Perofeta received injuries in the pre-season game against the Chiefs, with Perofeta likely to be out for six weeks with a slight fracture in his hand, while Johnson will be replaced in the team for the season due to a medical condition.Blues team for Brisbane 10s: Caleb Clarke, Kurt Ecklund, Jordan Hyland, Akira Ioane, Antonio Kirikiri, Orbyn Leger, George Moala, Melanai Nanai, Sam Nock, Jordan Olsen, Dalton Papalii, Jacob Pierce, Marcel Renata, Jonathan Ruru, Hoskins Sotutu, Carlos Spencer, Michael Tamoaeita, Murphy Taramai, Tanielu Telea, Jordan Trainor, Tamati Tua, Jimmy Tupou (c).last_img read more

‘Skullduggery’ tainted Monica Reece’s murder probe – acting Top Cop

first_img“It is very clear that an unprofessional course of action took place at the time when investigation was unfolding,” were words of acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine when quizzed about the Monica Reece cold case.The Monica Reece case was one of three that was reopened – the other two are the shooting to death of Trevor Rose and the brutal murder of Sheema Mangar.Acting Police Commissioner David RamnarineHowever, Ramnarine noted that it was a review of the investigation that revealed some skullduggery had taken place in the year and period when the matter was under investigations.While he could not provide additional information, he added that the investigation is still under review.The body of the 23-year-old woman, a security guard, was dumped from a speeding pickup in the vicinity of the Geddes Grant building (now Courts) on Main Street, Georgetown, on April 9, 1993. It was a Good Friday night that the murder took place.At the time of the murder, now Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix was Crime Chief. He subsequently retired as Commissioner of Police. At that time, there was a prime suspect but he mysteriously vanished.His house was reportedly staked out by the media but from then to now, there is no trace of him.The death of the Loss Prevention Security Guard rocked the nation due to the fact of the manner in which she was killed and dumped.After the dumping the body, an eyewitness, a prominent race car driver gave chase but somehow the vehicle disappeared.In addition, a resident of Tiger Bay had told investigators that she saw the body of the young lady being disposed of from a dark-coloured 4×4 vehicle. She later gave the Police three digits “932” but one of the digits was missing.Four days after the murder, acting on information provided by the woman, investigators detained a man with prominent family ties and more so, dark colored vehicle belonging to the suspect’s father. The registration for the vehicle bore the digits, 9123 which was close to the digits provided to the Police.The young man had denied and claimed that his girlfriend was his alibi since he was with her at the time the body was dumped. The investigating ranks however took several strands of hair that was found in the young man’s vehicle and handed them over to the pathologist.As the investigations continued, another vehicle that matched the description of the one involved in the murder was detained – this one was owned by a son of a prominent government minister. Yet another vehicle was later detained and impounded. That vehicle was also owned by a businessman.The three suspects had all denied knowing Reece and claimed that they only knew of the murder when they saw a crowd on Main Street on the night of April 9, 1993.Investigators had detained 27 pick-ups and questioned 200 persons but mysteriously met a dead end.The Police had even offered $100,000 as a reward for anyone with information that may lead to a breakthrough in the murder case but again, that proved futile.To date, after 24 years, the murderer is still unknown but relatives of the dead woman are optimistic that by reopening the case, the murderer will be unveiled. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

Premier League season 2017-18: Opening day fixtures for every team

first_imgThe Premier League fixtures for 2017-18 have been released, so where is your team on the opening day?Find out below…Arsenal v Leicester CityBrighton and Hove Albion v Manchester CityChelsea v BurnleyCrystal Palace v Huddersfield TownEverton v Stoke CityManchester United v West Ham UnitedNewcastle United v Tottenham HotspurSouthampton v Swansea CityWatford v LiverpoolWest Bromwich Albion v BournemouthAll games to be played on the weekend of August 12, 2017 This is what they’re fighting for 1last_img


first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes for Week Ending Sunday 2nd JuneFéile na nGael/Féile na nÓg: Over the course of the next few weeks a huge push is needed to raise much needed funds or our underage teams, who will take part in the biggest national youth competitions in Ireland, namely the Féile na nÓg and Féile na nGael finals.At the end of June, as part of Derry’s City of Culture Year, 4000 boys and girls teams from all over Ireland will travel to the Northwest to compete in the largest Gaelic football tournament of the year. Our club will be fielding both of our U14 Boys and Girls teams. The girls’ team will be hosting the team from Bailieborough, Co. Cavan while the boys will be hosting the team from Thurles, Co. Tipperary. At the start of July our club Hurlers will travel to Killeedy, Co. Limerick to compete in the Hurling version namely the Féile na nGael. These are much coveted national titles but are also an ideal opportunity for friendships to be made with Gaels from other counties. At these festivals there is a huge effort made to encourage a social aspect and both the visiting clubs will bring with them a large number of travelling parents.Starting this weekend the Boys and Girls will be collecting as part of the clubs annual sponsored walk to Fr. Hegarty’s Rock on the June bank holiday Monday, and we would ask all the community to try and support these boys and girls in whatever way they can over the next few weeks. If there is anyone in the wider GAA community here or abroad and would like to get involved in sponsoring some much needed equipment it would be greatly appreciated, you can contact any club member if you have any queries.Féile Fundraising: The club would like to thank all those who supported the Meal Deal and the parents for making it possible. Thanks to Gallagher’s Butchers, Premier Meats, Grants Butchers, Doherty Roe Fruit and Vegetables, Doherty Roe Milk Vendors and Inishowen Independent for sponsorship. Next is the Sponsored walk to Father Hegarty’s Rock on Bank Holiday Monday followed on Tuesday by the GAA Shop. Open from Tuesday to Thursday, everyone is requested to leave and items of clothing to the clubhouse on Thursday and Friday of this week as we need to start getting ready for the shop to open, your support is appreciated. Senior and Reserve Football: Training continues on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm and Friday at 8:00pm.Girls Football: Girls football training is on Monday night at 7.00pm sharp. Open to all girls from the ages of 9 to 16 years of age. New players are also welcome. Please bring your own water bottle.U5 and U6 Gaelic Games: Under 5s and 6s sessions continues on Saturday mornings at 11.15am sharp in at the Scarvey. The sessions are based on GAA Fundamentals; a Croke Park initiative based on European wide research aimed at bettering your child’s coordination (including hand eye) balance, agility and basic fitness in a fun filled environment.U8 Hurling: U8 Hurling will continue on Wednesdays at 5.30-6.30pm in Crana College. Newcomers are always welcome to come along and learn the basic skills of Hurling in a fun, safe environment.U8 Football: U8 Football will continue on Friday at 6.30pm, new members are always welcome.U9/U10 Football: U9 Football (for children born in 2004) and U10 Football (for children born in 2003) is on Friday evenings in the Scarvey from 6:30pm. New players are always welcome. U12 Football: The U12’s are now preparing for the U12 ‘All-Ireland’ blitz in Newry. We would urge all u12’s to be attending training as the squad has still to be selected. New members are always welcomed. The training times are as follows: Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm and Friday 7.00-8.30pm. Mouthguards are now compulsory for all training as well as matches. Newcomers are always welcome to come along and learn the basic skills of Gaelic football in a fun, safe environment.U14 Football: The U14 footballers were unlucky to lose by 2 points against MacCumhaills on Monday evening in Convoy. Despite being 10 points down at one point the lads battled their way back into the game, eventually cutting the lead to 2 points. Training continues on Friday.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us or @buncranagaa, or visit our BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS – FEILE FUNDRAISER ANNOUNCED was last modified: May 28th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS – FEILE FUNDRAISER ANNOUNCEDlast_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal public turned out in force as GAA stars Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher opened their first sports shop, Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure, in Letterkenny.Donegal TV was on hand to chat to Michael and Neil about the shop, their plans and that game with Dublin in a couple of weeks time! Simply click the video to play.DDTV: DONEGAL STARS MICHAEL AND NEIL CHAT GOLF, SELLING SHIRTS AND THE DUBS! was last modified: August 16th, 2014 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:DDTVdonegaldublinMichael MurphyNeil Gallaghersports shoplast_img read more

Steve Kerr chides Lakers’ Anthony Davis; last best chance for Warriors-Lakers rivalry?

first_imgThese two most tenured NBA California franchises have never had an actual rivalry. There has never been anything approaching gold-plated ill will between them.That may be changing.Recently, Warriors coach Steve Kerr appeared on an NBC Sports Bay Area podcast. He criticized the actions of Anthony Davis, the Lakers’ most recent Anointed One. See, last … When was the last time the Warriors and Lakers acted like bitter rivals?You’re wrong.You’re wrong again.And you’re wrong again.last_img

Boost for Addo’s marine antipoaching efforts

first_img4 June 2014Addo Elephant National Park’s marine protection team has a new anti-poaching vessel which will be used to combat illegal fishing and poaching of the threatened abalone species in the protected area around Bird Island, South African National Parks (SANparks) said in a statement.The vessel, a Gemini Waverider Pro, was handed over last month by the park’s Honorary Rangers to replace the aging 14-year-old vessel currently in use. The Honorary Rangers are a conservation group of volunteers who work in support of SANparks.Situated close to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, Addo Elephant National Park is the third-largest of South Africa’s 19 national parks. The park has grown over the past decade to encompass a marine reserve that includes St Croix Island and Bird Island, both important breeding grounds for gannets, penguins and a variety of marine life.“It was decided that the vessel was the most effective support we could offer the Addo Elephant Park in their attempts to curb abalone poaching off our immediate coastline,” Rob Holliday, Honorary Rangers chair for the Addo region, said in a statement published on the SANParks website.Illegal harvestingThe large-scale illegal harvesting of abalone by organised crime syndicates started in the Eastern Cape, and mainly along the Port Elizabeth coastline, in 1996, SANParks said. As the resource continued to be plundered and became scarce, this illegal activity expanded in the direction of Bird Island in around 2002.In 2004, a marine protected area was established around the Bird Island group to try and curb the poaching, and in 2006 a complete dive ban was implemented, “but the plundering continued”, the statement said.In 2008, a SANParks marine section was established to maintain a presence in the area. The nine-person team alternates between being based on Bird Island and on vessels in and around the protected area, and has made a number of arrests and confiscated numerous vessels over the years.‘Shepherd’The vessel, christened the JMB Malusi, is named after three former marine rangers who were killed in a car accident near Alexandria in 2010: John Molefe Mapheu, Marvin Ricardo Williams and Bonga Richman Skotsho. “Malusi” is the Xhosa word for shepherd.Speaking at the handover of the team’s new vessel, John Adendorff, Addo’s conservation manager and acting park manager, said: “As a skipper out at sea, our rangers shouldn’t worry about the reliability of the vessel they’re skippering, and whether it’ll place their or the lives of their crew in danger.“Also, as an enforcement officer out at sea at night, combating illegal activities conducted by organised crime syndicates, they need the best equipment available to achieve the maximum positive results.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

RV 5.08 : Brugge — Geocache of the Week

first_imgDifficulty:2.5Terrain:1.5 Image by juliuscoxWaffles, beer, chocolate—what comes to mind when you think of Belgium? If you’re one of the 6,000+ geocachers who have visited the busy city center in Bruges, you may remember the country for a different, highly Favorited reason: this Geocache of the Week!Image by meisernatorBruges is a canal-based city, in the same boat as Amsterdam and Venice. Its atmosphere and position as the capital of Flanders attracts visitors from all over the world. The Traditional cache in Markt (market square) is one of a series of 308 caches designed to bring geocachers to every province of Flanders, each offering a clue to the series final, ‘bonus’ cache. However, the geocache in Bruges, RV 5.08 : Brugge, far exceeds the Favorite points of any other cache in this series.Image by agnes.fleurThe cache enjoys a prime location inside the bustling commercial square. There are a few tricks to this Traditional, however. The first is that it is hidden in plain sight; the four million muggles that visit the area per year have likely sat on it, kicked its tires, or even tested out the pedals. That’s right, this regular-sized geocache is hidden on a bicycle (painted in classic Geocaching colors, of course)! Because this is a common mode of transportation within the city, this host vehicle blends right into the surrounding area.  Image by Honu58 Image by Lilah&Lackó Image by DUCKYMIKE Image by Moonmatte Image by alan DuncanJust because you’ve found ground zero doesn’t mean your job is complete—this geocache is a field puzzle. On the bicycle, there are two panniers labeled A and B.  Pannier A, whose lock combination is gifted with open hands in the cache hint, holds instructions to visit specific locations within the market square, admiring the medieval architecture along the way. Only by doing this can the clues necessary to open pannier B be found, which holds the logbook.  Image by lacrapsul Image by Moonmatte Image by Comètes Image by k a k a u Image by Keinohrhasen Image by madbugz Image by k a k a u Image by SoniaBeard Image by viennacache Image by PaFeLu Image by SwagHo Image by Puschmuckl Image by Sandokannetje69 Image by Team_AquaCache owner, cricri010, thoughtfully brings attention to some very important and picturesque places within the square: the bustling market vendors and chocolatiers, the sparkle of the gilded edifice of the Provinciaal Hof (Provincial Palace), and the dominating steeple of the belfry. It makes the experience of this geocache the dominating memory of everyone’s trip to the area.Image by WaFiKriDiWhich geocaches spark memories of a particular location?Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocache of the Week Video Edition — De drie hoofddeugden (GC3G6DH)June 11, 2014In “Community”The Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”Country Spotlight: Five fun caches in PolskaApril 16, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” Location:Bruges, BrusselsN 51° 12.543 E 003° 13.476 TraditionalGC4XMCMby cricri010last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Hustlers Harness Their Enthusiasm

first_imgHustlers pursue their goals and dreams with great enthusiasm. There is no hedge, no half-measures, nor self-doubt. Once the hustler has set her sights firmly on her goals, her enthusiasm moves her ever forward towards those goals.The would-be hustler doesn’t possess this same enthusiasm. Their lack of confidence and their ideas prevent them from allowing their passion to overtake them. They hedge. They doubt themselves.Enthusiasm is driven by a deep belief that what you are doing is important. It’s something that you absolutely must do. It doesn’t matter to the hustler how long it will take to reach their goal; enthusiasm creates a sense of urgency. It matters not that the hustler doesn’t yet have everything they need to succeed. Their passion propels them to act despite the fact they are missing resources.Enthusiasm turns drudgery into play. And play increases your enthusiasm. An excited passion for a project or a goal makes even the most onerous tasks pleasurable. The would-be hustler doesn’t easily give themselves over to their passion, and so enthusiasm eludes them. The hustler, however, allows themselves to be swept up by their passion, and work no longer feels like work.The hustler’s enthusiasm provides them the stamina necessary to focus for long periods of time. Never let anyone convince you that the hustle is conferences, parties, being seen, and pitching investors. The hustle isn’t glamorous. Hustlers work. Long hours. Early hours. Late hours. Enthusiasm is what fuels the work being created and completed.Hustlers infect others with their enthusiasm, drawing people to their cause. You can’t sell an idea about which you are not over-the-top passionate. If you are madly in love with your goals and your ideas, your enthusiasm will spread to others. The would-be hustler, lacking passion and enthusiasm, cannot move others to action because they are unable to move themselves. Enthusiasm is the catalyst for ideas to spread and for others to take up your cause.If you are going to hustle, you are going to have to allow your enthusiasm to overtake you. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Omnetics: Cat6a connectors provide reliability and ruggedness

first_imgOmnetics Connector will be exhibiting once again at electronica. A particular highlight this year will be the company’s new Micro 360 Cat6a connectors. These connectors provide the reliability and ruggedness expected from Omnetics, while passing the signal requirements of Cat 6a. Using both simulation and measurement, Omnetics optimized the performance for Cat6a by implementing a novel 5-pin grounding strategy to these Micro 360 Cat6a connectors. This results in excellent crosstalk performance and it yields maximum data transmission, meeting the requirements of Cat6a per TIA-568-C.2.In addition, Omnetics will feature at electronica its latching connectors. Latching connectors are ideal in applications where reliability and durability are a top priority. Indeed, an easy-to-use latch system allows for easy mating and de-mating without tools, providing a secure and reliable connection at all times.Yet another highlight at the show will be the COBRA connector, a body-worn solution for dismounted soldiers and civil law enforcement. The COBRA connector is used for power and signal routing of electronics integrated into clothing; a key attribute of the design is the connector’s ability to slide through standard MOLLE straps on a vest. The COBRA interconnect system can be attached to standard MOLLE straps or integrated directly to the fabric. Various pin counts can be realized, handling up to 5 amps. Standard protocols can be supported from Ethernet, USB and HDMI.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Portwell: KUBE-5500 Box-PC for harsh conditions in industrial applicationsNext Kontron: hybrid, scalable approach to IoT scenarios enables Industry 4.0last_img read more