• Coetzee feeling undermined as Boks coach

    first_imgAfter only 11 victories in 25 Tests during two years guiding the Springboks, there has been media speculation that the 54-year-old faced the sack.  But the former inter-provincial scrum-half says his efforts to build a team capable of winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan are being severely hampered by some officials.Coetzee believes that if he does not quit, he risks being reduced to a “ceremonial coach” reporting to recently appointed national director of rugby Johan “Rassie” Erasmus.In the letter from Coetzee to SA Rugby, leaked to the media, the coach alleges that officials “embarked on a deliberate attempt to undermine me from the word go.”(This) creates a public impression of incompetence on my part while wilfully obstructing my efforts to be successful.”I will fight to protect my hard-earned reputation, which is in the process of being deliberately soiled publicly by elements within SA Rugby.”When Coetzee belatedly succeeded Heyneke Meyer in 2016, he did not have time for pre-season camps and had no say in the selection of support staff.South Africa lost a calendar-year record eight Tests, including at home to Ireland, away to Argentina and to Italy for the first time.The Springboks were also humiliated 57-15 by greatest rivals the New Zealand All Blacks in Durban, a record home loss.Last year, Coetzee got the assistant coaches he wanted after a reshuffle and the team underwent extensive pre-season training, but there was only a slight improvement in performances. South Africa did win seven Tests, but six came against poorly performing France and Argentina, and the other against traditional European minnows Italy.Among four 2017 losses were a 57-0 drubbing in New Zealand, a 38-3 thrashing in Ireland, and a 24-22 loss to a virtual Wales ‘B’ team.A damning statistic is that Coetzee has not won a Test against a team ranked higher in the world.Before becoming national coach, Coetzee developed the Cape Town-based Western Stormers into the consistently most successful of the South African sides in Super Rugby.He then worked with a Japanese club before becoming only the second black coach of the Springboks after Peter de Villiers.”I was the most successful (South African) Super Rugby coach at the time of my (Springboks) appointment and was requested to return from Japan because my country needed me,” the letter read in part.Despite only a 44 percent win rate in charge of a country that lifted the Rugby World Cup in 1995 and 2007 and were third in England three years ago, Coetzee insists he is on the right track.”I am contracted to 2019 … there has been immense progress,” he stressed after the last tour of Europe.Springboks skipper Eben Etzebeth backs his coach: “They (critics of Coetzee) do not always know what they are talking about. I would keep Allister as coach.”last_img read more

  • NBA: Steph Curry says he can ‘sort of relate’ to Lonzo Ball

    first_img“But at the end of the day, I taught myself how to have a sense of humor about it and understand that it kind of comes with the territory of choosing the same sport that my pops played, and dealing with it that way. [Lonzo] can’t let what people say bother him. Use it as motivation.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prior to tip-off, Curry, a two-time NBA MVP, shared his thoughts on this year’s second overall pick to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.“He’s a rookie. He’s going through the ups and downs like every rookie has, whether you’re highly touted or not,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s all a learning experience, trying to find your way and be comfortable. Basically, my perception is he’s working through that. I’ve always said he’s a great talent, I think he loves to play basketball, so he’ll be able to fight through that and have a great career.”Before achieving his status as a top player in this league, Curry also struggled with inconsistency during his early years, mostly due to injuries. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I hope you didn’t judge me off my first 20 games in the league, either,” he added.Moreover, Curry shared that he could “sort of relate” to Ball’s situation right now, particularly with the hype and high expectations from outlandish remarks made by his father, LaVar.“Early in my sophomore and junior years in high school, there was a little extra pressure because of who my dad was,” he said, describing retired NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry.“And I felt like everybody was kind of critiquing my every move on the court, and I was already not getting recruited or anything. I was always playing to be recognized by coaches,” he added.He also had some words of advice for the young rookie moving forward.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say PLAY LIST 03:10Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Mbala: MVP award is about hard work, not race Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, gets a hand on the ball next to Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 127-123 in overtime.  AP/Ringo H.W. ChiuHighly touted Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball finally squared off against Stephen Curry and the defending champion Golden State Warriors, but came up on the losing end on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), 127-123.READ: Curry comes through in OT, Warriors outlast LakersADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View commentslast_img read more

  • GAWU contemplating next ‘serious’ move

    first_imgSugar estates’ closureThe Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU) is still working with people in the sugar belt to get their support to protest the impending action to close more sugar estates in Guyana.The union is actively engaged in discussions that look at ways in which they could help to inspire more workers to protest what they have described as an unconscionable decision.President of GAWU, Komal Chand, told <> on Sunday that sugar workers are still fired up and will do whatever it takes to have the coalition Government reverse its decision.Chand said the union is also contemplating its next “serious” move, and has a particular action in mind that could help to change the decision; but this will be used as a last resort.“We don’t want to disclose that yet. So, we don’t think the mood is getting dim. We think the workers are there, and if they see more action and protest, (it) will put them in that spirit to fight this decision and stand up to the Government to the end, and avoid the closure,” he explained.The GAWU leader said the recent public meeting held by the union, which saw Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo addressing the gathering, was well attended, and this shows that people are deeply concerned about their future and those of their families.The union has also organised a public meeting in Berbice for Tuesday, and there will be more of these meetings in the coming weeks and months.“People still want to do something, but they want to ensure that their action will bring about some reaction or change,” he added.Chand also maintains that the Government has a moral responsibility to hold a referendum to determine whether the sugar industry should be downsized or not, as it has the potential to affect thousands of people employed within the industry.The GAWU head reminded that many of the current Government ministers who were in the last political campaign had made a lot of promises to the people in regard to sugar.However, these same people are now supporting the miniaturising of the industry, which will render about 10,000 workers redundant, and could affect thousands of households.During the public meeting on August 30, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo told sugar workers that the number of jobs slated to emanate from the emerging local oil industry will not suffice for, or outweigh, the avenues of employment that existed in the once thriving sugar industry.Jagdeo claimed that Government’s decisions on the industry are motivated by malice and a lack of consideration for thousands of employees and their families, who stand to suffer from the closures. He also told the gathering at Enterprise, East Coast Demerara that, from an economic perspective, there is much risk in being too heavily dependent on oil, given the volatile nature of the market.Over the past months, GAWU has been holding several protest actions across the country and along the sugar belt, and has managed to get the support of not only sugar workers, but persons in the various communities, as well as shopkeepers, pensioners and concerned citizens.Former Presidential Advisor and economist, Ramon Gaskin, has warned the Government to be careful how they go about implementing this new policy. He emphasised it could have a negative effect on the local economy. Gaskin said it could also lead to the increase in other social ills that remain prevalent in society, including suicide and crime.The economist believes that if Government goes about addressing this issue the wrong way, it could find itself facing a rebellion along the sugar belt. He referred to the 1904 Rose Hall rebellion and said this could occur again, unless alternative employment is provided to the thousands that are likely to be affected.In announcing plans to downsize the sugar industry, Government said it plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar estates and sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, but keep functioning estates at Blairmont on the West Bank of Berbice, Albion-Rose Hall in East Berbice, and Uitvlugt-Wales in West Demerara.Government also plans to cut sugar production to approximately 147,000 tonnes per annum, to satisfy the demand in the local market (25,000 tonnes per annum); Caricom and other regional markets (50,000-60,000 tonnes per annum); the United States (12,500 tonnes per annum) and the world market (50,000 tonnes per annum).last_img read more

  • Bill puts new curbs on sex offenders

    first_imgConcern about the nature of folks living in a group home – including the possibility that they could have been convicted of sex crimes – led to public outcry against the establishment of one of the facilities in Glendora several years ago, said Councilman Doug Tessitor. “I think if this bill makes it harder for sex offenders to live in the area, it is a good thing,” said Tessitor, whose city is part of Adams’ 59th Assembly District. The bill only allows cities to regulate sex offender residents in single-family, registered group homes, said Adams. Apartments with large concentrations of sex offenders would be exempted from the law. “People already complain about these group homes, which also house other offenders,” said El Monte Councilwoman Emily Ishigaki, who expressed support for Adams’ bill. But she was disappointed that the law would not target apartment complexes. One complex in El Monte, on the 9400 block of Garvey Avenue, houses 11 registered sex offenders, according to the Megan’s Law Web site. “Personally I would not want them anywhere around us, but this bill would certainly help,” Ishigaki said. AB 370 passed the Assembly’s Committee on Human Services Tuesday and will be heard in the Public Safety Committee on May 8. It would then have to make it past the Appropriations Committee before reaching the Assembly floor for a full vote. The bill follows a spate of state and local legislation targeting sex offenders, a trend triggered by the passage of Proposition 83, also known as Jessica’s Law, last November. Baldwin Park took advantage of Jessica’s Law provisions to expand a 2,000-foot buffer zone for sex offenders around parks and schools to include day care facilities, restaurant playgrounds and other places where children regularly gather. West Covina passed a similar law last month. Some critics of the new laws say the restrictions will force registered sex offenders to go underground, making them harder to track, and that they are being forced into less populated rural communities. An e-mail sent to the Californians Against Proposition 83 Web site was not returned Friday. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sex offenders are finding it increasingly difficult to find places to live these days, and a new bill introduced by a local assemblyman aims to make it even harder. Assembly Bill 370, by Assemblyman Anthony Adams, R-Claremont, allows cities and counties to restrict the number of sex offenders living in group homes to a single individual, down from the maximum six allowed by current state law. “This bill preserves the integrity of group homes, which provide an incredibly important service for our communities by providing care for the disabled and elderly,” said Adams, who said the bill was triggered by complaints from Apple Valley residents about group homes in that community. “By being overpopulated by sex offenders, group homes tend to be opposed by people on that basis,” Adams said. last_img read more

  • Charges laid in Prince George Child Pornography Investigation

    first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – RCMP received a report of child pornography that had been located in a Prince George residence on July 5, 2019.An investigation was conducted by the Front Line Officers and the Serious Crime Unit which identified the female child victim and the male offender. Police also discovered that this male offender was making and distributing child pornography of the female child.The male accused is Shawn Robert Dick, 52 years old, a Prince George resident.- Advertisement -The following charges have been laid against him;Sexual Assault – Sec. 271 CCSexual Interference – Sec. 151 CCAdvertisement Making Child Pornography – 163.1(2) CCPossession of Child Pornography – 163.1(4) CCDistributing Child Pornography – 163.1(3) CCAdminister a Stupifying Drug – 246(b) CCAdvertisement Voyeurism – 162(1)(c) CC“This is a disturbing case of child sexual abuse.  Our front line members did a great job in gathering evidence and ensuring this child was saved from the situation and further harm wasn’t brought to this child”. Says Cpl. Carmen Kiener of the Prince George RCMP.No other information will be released by police at this time due to a Court ordered Publication Ban.Dick is a travelling salesman and travels throughout BC.  Due to these factors, police have not ruled out the possibility of more victims and are reaching out to the public.If you have any information about these Criminal offences or believe you or someone you know may be a victim, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • DPP expected to decide on Denis Donaldson murder file “within weeks’

    first_imgA decision on a Garda file into the murder of former Sinn Féin member and British agent Denis Donaldson is expected to be taken by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the coming weeks.Mr Donaldson, 55, was shot dead at a remote cottage on the outskirts of Glenties  in April 2006. He had been living there since being exposed as an MI5 agent the previous year.An inquest into Mr Donaldson’s death was adjourned for the 20th time today (Wed) at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court.Garda Superintendent Michael Finan told the court that the file on the murder is both “substantial and complex” but said it is “nearing completion.”“A decision will be made on it in the coming weeks,” he said.The late Denis DonaldsonHe applied to have a short adjournment in the case or up to six weeks.The inquest had previously been adjourned on 31 August 2016 after a person was charged with the alleged withholding of information about the death.On that occasion, Supt Michael Finan applied to have the inquest adjourned under Section 25.1 of the Coroner’s Act.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley said that because criminal proceedings were due to take place, the inquest was put on hold to allow these proceedings to take place.However, another judgment in the High Court on 23 November 2017 in favour of a Michael Sweeney, meant that gardaí could not take proceedings against the person involved in the Denis Donaldson case.This case is being appealed to the Supreme Court and could take up to a year to be heard, the coroner’s court was told.If the High Court decision is overturned then criminal proceedings can be re-entered in the case.Supt Finan told the court that a “substantial file” on the Donaldson case was finally sent to the DPP on 31 July last for consideration but this is the file which is expected to be ready shortly.The court was told that the Donaldson family have been kept informed of developments and are due to meet with gardaí next month to be briefed on the case.A letter from Mr Donadlson’s family by the solicitor Madden and Finucane was referred to by the coroner.The letter said that as another adjournment was expected in the case to allow for the decision of the DPP, they would not be attending but asked to be informed of the next date when the case is adjourned to.Coroner Dr McCauley adjourned the inquest until May 8th for mention.DPP expected to decide on Denis Donaldson murder file “within weeks’ was last modified: March 14th, 2019 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:Denis DonaldsonDPPfileinquestmurderlast_img read more

  • Job Vacancies: Sonder coffee shop require staff

    first_imgDue to the fantastic launch of Sonder coffee shop, chef Martin Anderson is delighted to expand the team at Sonder.Would you like to be part of the story and work in a friendly and fast-paced environment with one of the Northwest’s leading chefs?We are seeking cvs for the positions of floor supervisor with a minimum of 3 years experience & wash-up personnel with no experience required as full training will be given. These positions are Monday to Friday with no evening work .Call in person to Sonder, Rossview business park or email your cv to crestmediapartners@gmail.comJob Vacancies: Sonder coffee shop require staff was last modified: October 12th, 2016 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)last_img read more

  • Andre Iguodala ejected in Warriors-Blazers game

    first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *PORTLAND, Ore. – Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was ejected in Saturday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers after throwing the ball into the stands following the first half. Officials gave Iguodala both a technical and an ejection for what they considered a “hostile act.”Iguodala threw the ball out of frustration after mishandling the ball and failing to …last_img read more

  • Future of Computers Lies in Harnessing DNA Circuitry

    first_imgAccording to EurekAlert, researchers at University of Minnesota are making progress using DNA molecules for information storage and processing.  A DNA scaffolding that is being studied has the potential to hold information “1,000 times as densely as the best information processing circuitry and 100 times the best data storage circuitry now in the pipeline.”This would be a good time to review the information storage capacity of DNA, as described here 08/16/2002.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

  • Amazing Fossils Found in Flood Deposits

    first_imgFlood geology explains these unique fossils like slow-and-gradual geology cannot.Hundreds of Flood-Deposited Pterosaur Eggs FoundIt’s all over the news: several hundred well-preserved pterosaur eggs have been uncovered in China, buried by ‘storms’ (floods). Details and photos can be found here:Hundreds of Pterosaur Eggs Found in Record-Breaking Fossil Haul (National Geographic). “The eggs fossilized in lake sediments disturbed by fast-moving water, a sign that storms may have flooded a nesting site and sent the eggs bobbing into a large lake, where soupy mud entombed them.”Huge haul of rare pterosaur eggs excites palaeontologists (Nature News). “…they were probably washed together by a storm event…”Fossilized Pterosaur Eggs Hold Perfectly Preserved Embryos Inside (Live Science).Hundreds of fossilized eggs shed light on pterosaur development (Science Daily).Fossilised eggs shed light on reign of pterosaurs (BBC News). “Geological evidence suggests large numbers of the flying reptiles died in a storm in the Early Cretaceous period, about 120 million years ago.”Hundreds of pterosaur eggs help reveal the early life of flying reptiles (The Conversation). The lead photo shows the bone bed. Elizabeth Martin-Silverstone writes, “Researchers think this means it was a nesting site that was hit by high-energy storms that transported the pterosaurs and their eggs to a calm lake where they were then turned into fossils.”The original paper in Science Magazine is titled, “Egg accumulation with 3D embryos provides insight into the life history of a pterosaur.” D. Charles Deeming provided an accompanying article, “How pterosaurs bred,” also in Science Magazine. The researchers are understandably interested in what this rare cache reveals about pterosaur development, but no less interesting is the taphonomy—how they were buried. They were not buried in situ, but were transported by flood waters in storms, probably bobbing in the water till covered quickly by sediments. The paper authors describe the geological setting,This sedimentological data, associated with the exceptional quantity of eggs and bones, indicate that events of high energy such as storms have passed over a nesting site, causing the eggs to be moved inside the lake where they floated for a short period of time, becoming concentrated and eventually buried along with disarticulated skeletons. Our findings further demonstrate the exceptional conditions necessary for the preservation of such fragile material and can explain the notable paucity of pterosaur eggs and embryos in the paleontological record compared to other reptiles, because the preservation potential of soft-shelled specimens is regarded as very poor.Multiple floods?  National Geographic speculates, “The eggs didn’t wash in all at once: They’re spread out among four distinct sediment layers, suggesting that multiple floods deposited them over time.” Flood geologists know, however, that multiple layers can form in a single event. Additionally, it would seem strange for a flood-damaged area to be used again and again by the creatures (remember the changing story of the Yellowstone fossil forests?).Convergence again. In a sideshow to the discovery, some evolutionists are asserting that these pterosaurs were “even more like birds” than thought. That doesn’t help the Darwinian tale, however, because evolutionists do not believe birds evolved from pterosaurs. They would have to chalk similarities up to ‘convergent evolution.’ The original paper does, indeed, attribute the nesting similarities to “ecological convergence.” But an even less probable case of convergence arises from considering that both birds and pterosaurs independently “evolved” powered flight. Nature says, “The early life of pterosaurs — the first vertebrates to evolve powered flight — has been a mystery.” Flying insects, of course, “evolved” powered flight earlier—also independently. Adding flying mammals (bats) and birds, that makes four groups of animals that had to independently “converge” on this irreducibly complex capability.No transitional forms exist to illustrate the emergence of pterosaurs from any other group of extinct reptiles.Upside-Down Ankylosaur AnalyzedThe armored dinosaur Borealopelta made the news again (see 8/31/17). This ankylosaur-type dinosaur, found in Alberta, sported larger armor plates than needed for defense, National Geographic speculates. They think the armor must have been used for sexual display instead. Not stated this time is the fact that most armored dinosaurs are found upside-down in the fossil record, indicating that they drowned in water (see our 8/31/17 report). The article does say, “About 110 million years ago, this plant-eating dinosaur died and wound up at the bottom of an ancient ocean.”Only anti-creationist prejudice prevents scientists from seeing flood burials occurring in a single event. Whatever is found, it must be force-fitted into the evolutionary worldview. That’s not science; that’s ideology driving belief.(Visited 599 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more