‘Mind games’ not fooling Wallabies

first_imgBarrett’s starting spot has come into question, with calls for Crusaders star Richie Mo’unga to be handed the All Blacks No.10 jumper after guiding his side to back-to-back Super Rugby titles.But Foley is having none of it, believing it’s crazy to suggest New Zealand’s 2016 and 2017 world player of the year won’t be calling the shots once again.”I can’t see why there’d be any different. He’s been a stalwart there for a few years,” he said.”He’s world player of the year at the moment, isn’t he? I think it’s more internal mind games.”We saw it a couple of years ago in 2015 when we had the same discussion with Dan Carter and Beauden Barrett and I think Dan Carter won player of the year that year.”Assuming coach Steve Hansen sticks with Barrett when he reveals his team on Thursday morning, Foley says the electric playmaker must be shut down early or the Wallabies face a third straight first-half massacre at ANZ Stadium.Barrett was unstoppable in the first 40 minutes in the series openers in 2016 and 2017, setting up tries at will or scoring himself to engineer All Black halftime leads of 32-3 and 40-6 respectively.”He’s a great option taker but his speed is an extra dimension that probably allows him to get out of trouble or to chance his hand a bit because he knows he can rely on his pace,” Foley said.”The other thing too, he’s got so much assuredness around him. (Inside centre) Ryan Crotty is such a stalwart and probably a calming effect on that backline, as well as Aaron Smith, who shoulders a lot of the direction and the communicating in that side.”Foley said the Wallabies would pay the price again if they gave Barrett any time or space.”He always has that attacking mindset. I don’t think you could say he’s a conservative 10,” he said.”He’s one who will chance his hand and someone you have to try and shut down earlier because you’re probably going to struggle later.”last_img read more

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McLeod gets golden feeling

first_imgRIO DE JANIERO, Brazil: In 2011, Omar McLeod travelled to Lille, France, as part of a talented Jamaican team to the World Youth Championships. It was a busy championship for the then Manchester High School student, who took the track seven times during the five-day meet, ending with a fourth-place finish in the 110m hurdles and an eighth-place run in the 400m hurdles. A silver medal placing as a member of the sprint medley relay team was the highlight of what could be called a workmanlike, yet unspectacular performance. Sixty-one months later, McLeod is the Olympic champion in the 110m hurdles – becoming the first athlete from Jamaica and the English-speaking Caribbean to top the podium at the Olympics in the event. Not even he saw this coming. “I wasn’t thinking that this could be possible. I knew I loved hurdles, I did the 110m and the 400m hurdles so I knew I had that love for it, but never in a million years did I imagine myself being here, being a world champion and an Olympic champion in one year – that’s crazy,” said McLeod. Breaking records at ‘Champs’ while wearing Kingston College’s purple and white and dropping jaws on the US collegiate scene for the University of Arizona Razorbacks must have planted a seed. If those did not, a gold medal at the World Indoor Championships earlier this year and a dominating season on the Diamond League circuit certainly confirmed that the sprint hurdles had a new star. WORLD RECORD “Maybe,” he laughed when one reporter asked if he can become the ‘Usain Bolt of the sprint hurdles’. He is Jamaican, he is fast and he is a champion – three boxes checked. What’s missing right now is the 12.80 seconds world record, something many believe he is more than capable of breaking, but a target that McLeod is not in a hurry to achieve. “I’m young, I want to grow in the event. I was never thinking about gold medals, all I’m trying to do is develop in the event and have fun and win titles. It (world record) will come some day. I hope it does and when that happens I will embrace it,” McLeod said. Bolt’s influence – and that of other Jamaican standouts like Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is, however, not lost on the 22-year-old. “You feed off them, (Usain) Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and all those athletes who you look up to, and you see them go out and represent themselves and their country and they have fun and win, and you want to do the same thing,” McLeod added. “It’s contagious, you just want to feel how it feels, and I have now felt it.”last_img read more

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Region 10 Land Selection Committee still not in place

first_imgBy Utamu BelleWhile there have been talks over the past few months by Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) Chairman Renis Morian over the re-establishment of a Regional Land Selection Committee, to date there has been no notable advancement.The setting up of the committee formed part of the August 2012 Agreement signed between the Region and the previous Administration and was constituted under the stewardship of former Chairman Sharma Solomon.It was noted then that the committee would provide a platform for solving various land issues, by giving immediate relief to farmers and residents.While it was established by way of motion, Morian, after taking office had dubbed it a “rubber stamp”, owing to the fact that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) was not an issuer of lands in the Region. As such, he had questioned the importance of such a committee.More recently, however, following the appointment of Minister within the Communities Ministry Valerie Adams Patterson, the regional chairman had expressed willingness in having the committee up and running. But months later, there has been no move forward, and during a statutory meeting of the RDC last week, Councillor Sandra Adams questioned the status of the committee.Adams explained that people in the region have been inquiring and she is running out of answers to give them. According to Adams, “there are a lot of land matters and confusion around the Region.”Morian then contended that since a new Land Commissioner was recently sworn-in, following consultations with him, he would move to have a Land and Housing Committee established for the Region.He had made similar utterances months ago at a statutory meeting where he had promised that the committee would be established by the time the next meeting was held.The Regional Chairman also alluded to the fact that there are numerous land issues plaguing the people of Region 10. Notably, during a recent visit by a team from the RDC to the Riverview community, a number of issues were brought to the fore, which caused residents to seek assistance. He added that the committee will now move to include an extension with housing, instead of land only.“I would have documented about 55 to 60 land issues, write them down and sent them to the Commissioner”, he stated. “We went to Riverview and recognised that the Amerindian lands, the map was redrawn to exclude about 300 yards from the river, because they were to be given to some private investor – legally redrawn. So, we got to go to the Commissioner to get that map to go back to where it was, that this land be given back to the indigenous people. I ain’t really wasting time. Now that we have a new Commissioner, I feel that it’s time for us to get the Land and Housing (Committee),” Morian stated.These matters, among others, the Regional Chairman said, would be put on the table when a visit is convened to the Land Commissioner:“One of the first things that we would want to do is to visit the Commissioner… and the Minister of Housing… so now we will have this committee functioning… I’ll tell you what, I didn’t able to sit on a committee pussy-footing all the time… the other thing that the council talked about is where to expand the boundary of the town… It’s a lot of matters,” he stated.Apart from land issues, communities in parts of Region 10, such as Linden are also faced with others involving housing, as was recently disclosed by Adams-Patterson. In January the Minister during a visit to the community outlined that there was “no available low cost house lots in Linden”.A number of problems regarding house lot allocation were also outlined.last_img read more

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Police closing in on suspects – Crime Chief

first_imgDrive-by shootingOne week after the gunning down of former murder accused Leon Duncan called “Whistle” and shooting of his brother along with two of their friends at Williamstaad Road, Festival City, North Ruimveldt, Police are now closing in on the suspects.Crime Chief (ag) Michael Kingston on Sunday told Guyana Times that investigating ranks are expected to make a breakthrough in this case quite soon.“There have been no arrests that have been made. But we are getting close to that,” he stated.Former murder accused, Leon Duncan called “Whistle”Twenty-nine-year-old “Whistle” was killed, in a drive-by shooting while gambling with his brother, Shaquile, and two friends, Orande Gordon and Lance Simon.Although “Whistle” allegedly appeared to have been the target of the gunmen, the other three men were shot and injured.Based on information received, the four men were sitting on the street corner when an unmarked car drove up alongside them and the occupants opened fire.Guyana Times was told that the men then exited the car, stood over “Whistle” and shot him several times.He, along with others, was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.His brother, who was shot to his leg along with Simon and Gordon, were admitted to the medical facility.In 2017, “Whistle” was charged for the attempted murder of Ceon Nedd and Geoffrey Farrell. He reportedly discharged a loaded firearm at the men with intent to commit murder.He was shot in Leopold and Breda Streets in 2018 after he was traced by an off duty police rank, who reportedly witnessed him robbing and gun-butting a woman.Last year, he was slapped with several armed robbery charges. He was also charged for assaulting two peace officers who were executing their duties.Among other charges faced, he was remanded to prison for the shooting incident that took place in the Privilege Nightclub, injuring two persons back in 2017.last_img read more

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Chetwynd man charged in attempted murder with hammer

first_imgRCMP says they responded to a call at about 8:40 a.m. to assist provincial ambulance personnel with a man who had been struck with a hammer. The subsequent investigation found he had been struck several times and stitches were required to close his head wounds.  He has since been released from hospital and is reportedly in good condition. Police believe this was an isolated incident. Oulette will next appear in Dawson Creek Provicial Court on August 22, 2013.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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MP Bob Zimmer supports upcoming Canada Post changes

first_imgBelow is an op-ed on the matter by our Member of Parliament: I understand the concern of many people across the region about Canada Post and their decision to phase out door-to-door mail service. It is a service that Canadians in many cities have enjoyed and are accustomed to receiving. But in the world of instant and electronic communication, there is simply not enough postage being paid to sustain the current model.Business needs to adapt in order to stay competitive when technology changes the landscape. The carriage building industry needed to adapt when horses were replaced by the internal combustion engine. Live theatre had to adapt when movies came onto the scene. The newspaper industry is learning to adapt to online competition, and Canada Post is doing the same.- Advertisement -Canada Post had a $130 million loss in the latest quarter, and projects an operating loss of $1 billion by 2020 if nothing changes. That is an extra billion dollars of your tax dollars which will be spent to make up that shortfall, even though most Canadians do not have their mail delivered right to their doorstep.I remember going down to the Post Office in Dawson Creek as a child with my grandfather to pick up the mail. That mail tradition still continues in many small communities across Canada, like Pouce Coupe. Two-thirds of urban and suburban households across Canada already pick up their mail from community mailboxes. Updating the way mail is delivered to that remaining one-third is expected to save Canada Post upwards of $500 million over the next five years. Rural residents who have their mail box at the entrance to their property will not be affected by this change.Advertisement Simply put, the current mail delivery structure cannot support itself. There has been a 25% drop in mail volume since 2008, and Canada Post is losing hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Canada Post is a Crown Corporation and operates as an arms-length agency from Government, but they understand something needs to be done to adapt to a changing environment. Our Conservative Government is encouraged to see Canada Post shares our vision for more streamlined public sector services. They are taking an important first step to ensure that reliable postal service remains available and affordable.last_img read more

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Study finds most of ex-apprentices surveyed stay north, satisfied with schooling

first_imgOut of the 310 respondents, 64 of them were from Northern Lights College. “Our government is committed to preparing a skilled workforce that our growing economy needs,” said Mike Bernier, MLA for Peace River South.Advertisement A survey has been released on former apprenticeship students from northern BC public post-secondary schools.The BC government says they found that 91% of students who completed their training at public post-secondary schools in northern British Columbia stayed in the north — while earning a median hourly wage of $31.“Our region provides people with a fantastic quality of life, a big part of which comes from having access to the skills training needed to get in-demand jobs,” said MLA for Peace River North, Pat Pimm.- Advertisement -The study included Northern Lights College, Northwest Community College, and College of New Caledonia.Highlights from the 2014 Apprenticeship Student Outcomes Survey were some of these findings:86% of former apprenticeship students who responded were employed.94% of respondents were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their in-school training.16% of respondents were female, the highest level of any region in BC.59% of former apprenticeship students eligible to be surveyed in the region were in one of three program groups:welding and precision production (28%),industrial and heavy duty mechanics and other repair trades (16%),carpentry (15%).center_img “These survey results show how much British Columbians can benefit from fantastic jobs here in northern BC, the heartland of natural resource development.”The 2014 Apprenticeship Student Outcomes Survey is the tenth annual survey of former apprenticeship students.The survey was conducted from January to May 2014.A total of 5,698 apprentices who completed their apprenticeship training at a BC public or private post-secondary institution between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, were eligible. There were 3,046 apprenticeship respondents throughout the province, for a response rate of 53%.Advertisementlast_img read more

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There will be no defensive ‘revolution’ at Everton, insists Martinez

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez admits an element of fear may be the root cause of their defensive problems this season.The Spaniard has also not ruled out the possibility his players became complacent about the traditional strength they have at the back but he is determined to correct matters by the time they take on West Brom at The Hawthorns on Saturday.Everton had the league’s third-best defence last season but in three matches they have already conceded 10 goals – relinquishing leads three times in their first two games.Martinez believes they have been unlucky in that virtually every mistake has led to a goal but he also thinks the players may have hit a mental hurdle.“It is easy to see we have been a little bit slack in our defensive duties and we have been punished too easily and conceded too many easy goals,” he said.“It has been one of those situations where everything that could have gone wrong in our box has gone wrong.“There may have been a lack of defensive intensity and that is something we need to correct but I do see a team that has improved from last season, even though the results are not as good as they should have been.“We conceded in the 85th minute against Leicester [in the opening match] when we had got ourselves ahead twice.“The late goals we conceded against Arsenal [to lose a two-goal lead] is more of a feeling [of] maybe wanting to see the game out and developing a bit of fear of something to lose at that moment of the game had a big say.“We are quite aware of what we have to improve but the margins are very small. There is no need for drastic revolution, it is more about having a real focus and increasing that defensive intensity in specific moments.“We had 15 clean sheets last season. Maybe we got a bit relaxed knowing we were so good in that area and we got punished and that is something we need to put extra emphasis on.” Everton’s defence can’t stop Chelsea scoring 1last_img read more

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Port safety bill introduced

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, security experts have warned that it is only a matter of time before terrorists breach America’s world shipping system. The worst-case scenario, which Harman referred to, is the possibility of an explosive radiological device making it into a port such as Los Angeles/Long Beach, which serves as the gateway for 42 percent of all cargo containers entering the country. An attack of that magnitude, experts have warned, could cripple the economy. But while lawmakers with ports in their districts have long pushed for heightened security, airports and airline safety have gotten the most attention. In his 2007 budget, President George W. Bush proposed lumping port security in with other infrastructure protection. Meanwhile, port officials say the approximately $708 million in federal security grants doled out nationwide since 2002 accounts for only about one-fifth of what seaports need. WASHINGTON – Seizing on attention over security in the wake of a failed Dubai deal to manage six U.S. ports, California lawmakers introduced a $4 billion bill Tuesday aimed at preventing a terrorist attack at sites including Los Angeles/Long Beach. Sponsored by Reps. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, and Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, the measure would establish minimum standards for cargo-container screening and require that the names of port employees with access to secure areas be matched against terrorist watch lists. It also would create a tier system under which countries and private entities providing the greatest level of security cooperation would receive the greatest benefits. “The idea of a dirty bomb smuggled into one of our ports in a container keeps me up at night,” Harman said. “Port security is the Achilles’ heel of our national security.” Lawmakers said the recent controversy over Dubai World Ports – which last week pulled out of a deal to manage six U.S. ports – has changed the political landscape. “If there was any silver lining, it was the focus that incident placed on the security of our ports,” Lungren said. He noted that Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., is backing the legislation and said a hearing is scheduled for Thursday. “This bill marks the end of a lack of urgency,” he said. “This is not a bill we’re introducing for the purpose of making a statement. This is a bill we’re introducing for the purpose of making a law.” Harman called the Dubai deal “a wake-up call” to Congress about port security. The bill also directs the secretary of Homeland Security to develop a plan for resuming trade in the event of a seaport attack. “It is critical that we not just fall down” if a terrorist attack occurs, Harman said, noting that during a brief lockdown of Western port facilities during a strike in 2002, the nation lost about $1 billion in business every day. About $2 billion of the proposed funding in the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act will go for risk-based grants over five years. The rest will go toward research and development to improve maritime security and other provisions. Lungren said he and Harman have not proposed raising new fees, something port operators strongly oppose. Rather, he said, the bill proposes dedicating a portion of current customs fees toward security, something that now is not done. The measure already has attracted bipartisan support from more than 40 lawmakers. The California supporters include Reps. Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove; Mary Bono, R-Palm Springs; Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced; Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs; Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena; Barbara Lee, D-Oakland; and Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 lisa.friedman@langnews.com 160Want 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

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Barcelona confirm appointment of Ernesto Valverde as head coach

first_img1 Ernesto Valverde is the new Barcelona head coach Barcelona have named Ernesto Valverde as their new head coach.Valverde, who stepped down as Athletic Club boss last week, had been widely expected to be Luis Enrique’s successor at the Nou Camp and his appointment was confirmed following a Barca board meeting on Monday afternoon.The 53-year-old has agreed a deal at the Nou Camp to take charge for the next two seasons. Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said: “Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the experience. He promotes the youth players and he has a Barca way.”Enrique announced in March that this would be his final season at Barca and his last game in charge was Saturday’s Copa del Rey final victory over Alaves.That was the ninth trophy Barca had won during Enrique’s three years in the hotseat, which included league and cup doubles in 2015 and 2016.Barca were unable to make it a hat-trick of doubles this season as they finished runners-up in LaLiga to Real Madrid, while in the Champions League they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Juventus.A host of managers had been touted as possible replacements for Enrique, including Jorge Sampaoli, Diego Simeone and Ronald Koeman, but Valverde had emerged as the clear front-runner among Spanish media and bookmakers in recent weeks.The appointment moved a step closer last week when Valverde left Athletic after four years in charge, and now he has been confirmed as the 56th coach in Barca’s illustrious history.As has become traditional with the Catalan giants, Barca have gone for a man who has links to the club and knows their traditions, expectations and renowned style of football.During his playing days, Valverde spent two years at the Nou Camp under the influential Johan Cruyff and helped the club win the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1989) and Copa del Rey (1990).Valverde also represented the likes of Espanyol, Athletic and Real Mallorca as a player, while winning one senior cap for Spain, before beginning his coaching career as an assistant at Athletic in 2001.Since then he has coached Athletic’s reserve side, had two spells in charge of the first team at San Mames, as well as stints at Espanyol, Olympiacos, Villarreal and Valencia.His most successful period came in Greece, where he led Olympiacos to three domestic league titles and two cups in his two stays at the club, while he also guided Espanyol to the UEFA Cup final in 2007, losing on penalties to Sevilla.He has also achieved notable results since returning to Athletic in 2013.In his four seasons in charge, Athletic have finished fourth, seventh, fifth and seventh respectively in LaLiga, reached the Copa del Rey final and the quarter-finals of the Europa League.Valverde also helped Athletic lift their first silverware in three decades when he masterminded a 5-1 aggregate defeat of Barca to win the 2015 Spanish Super Cup.last_img read more

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