Crotty, Smith under injury cloud for Lions

first_imgCrusaders’ Crotty suffered a rib cartilage injury, while Highlanders’ Smith was forced off for a concussion check and did not return during the Super Rugby clash in Christchurch.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen names his squad on June 8, with the Crusaders due to play the Lions in Christchurch next Saturday.Crusaders coach Scott Robertson cast a gloomy prognosis for Crotty shortly after the game.”He’s done a rib cartilage, so I think that Steve Hansen will be tucking into his notebook and thinking who’s next,” Robertson said.The former All Blacks loose forward later rowed back on his initial assessment and said the extent of the injury would not be known until at least Sunday but that Crotty would probably miss “a couple of weeks”.Crotty was the leading contender for one of the positions in the All Blacks’ midfield for the Lions series. The 28-year-old was likely to partner Sonny Bill Williams or Anton Leinert-Brown, depending on what kind of game Hansen wanted to play.Smith did not want to leave the field after he fell heavily in a tackle but was forced off by referee Glen Jackson and did not return to the game.It would mark his second concussion of the season and Highlanders coach Tony Brown said it was too early to determine if he would miss the Lions series, with the first test on June 24.”It’s hard to say at this stage. I haven’t caught up with him or the doctor,” Brown said. “But he was walking around after the game, so he should be all good.”Everyone wants to stay on the field in games like that. But, precautionary, he needs to go off and get checked and he didn’t pass.”The loss of Smith, arguably the world’s best fullback, would be a setback for the All Blacks but with Israel Dagg returning to action for the Crusaders as a second-half substitute on Saturday Hansen has another option at the position.Dagg, who is returning after knee surgery, could slot comfortably back into the number 15 jersey after spending time on the right wing last year. Photo: Photosport Ryan Crotty celebrates his try with team mates TJ Perenara and Ben Smith.last_img read more

WICB seeking stronger ties with Caribbean broadcasters

first_img The WICB is also suggesting that the relationship will also include training and technical development of production personnel to ensure broadcast is of the highest quality for all categories of cricket. “The WICB is ready to share the information with our regional media partners for creative programme ideas to advance the cricket story,” said WICB Commercial Manager Nelecia Yeates, who referenced the board’s rich archive of cricket material “There is so much more than live cricket, and if we are to encourage the next generation to tune in to the sport, we must have programmes which are able to grab their attention.” The WICB is now preparing for the start of the Digicel SportsMax Regional 4 Day Tournament, which bowls off Friday, November 11. This tournament, with Digicel SportsMax as the official title and broadcast sponsor, will feature day and night matches and the use of the pink ball. Production personnel HAVANA, Cuba, CMC: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is seeking to forge stronger ties with Caribbean media houses in an effort to bolster the range of cricket content on regional television. Manager of Marketing and Communications Carole Beckford has made a case for more cricket stories and features to be produced outside of live cricket. Her plea to media houses in the region was made at the 47th annual general assembly of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union on Wednesday in Havana, Cuba.last_img read more

Environmental levy not ‘earmarked tax’ – Jordan

first_img…admits no concrete plans outlined for usageThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has reportedly collected close to $1.2 billion in environmental taxes as at the end of 2017, but no specific usage has been earmarked for this new tax, nor has a fund been set up for it to be deposited into.Finance Minister Winston JordanThis is according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who has said the environmental tax is not an “earmarked tax.”The minister recently told Guyana Times that even if Government were to collect the entire $1.2 billion of that money, it would be used for various reasons. Jordan said this tax only adds to the total revenue that is collected on an annual basis and used for multiple development projects.“There is no environmental fund which these taxes are put into and the fund has specific uses. What we have is an environmental tax designed to not destroy the environment and to discourage certain types of consumption. And that money now, since it’s gone into the Consolidated Fund, is in the wash,” he said.Jordan explained that the $400 million given in subsidies to City Hall could be described as money used towards an environmental cause, but the money did not necessarily come from a specific fund set up to collect the environmental tax and used only for environmental purposes.“When we have enough money to put into a fund and do specific things in the environment, we will do that,” he explained.The minister said some people are under the impression that all taxes collected by Government through the GRA are massive sums, but in actuality this does not cater for everything.He said the country has never had a balanced budget, wherein revenues are just equal to, or greater than, expenditure.“When I presented the last budget, and I’ll tell you again: despite all the revenue projections we have made for 2018 budget, we still have to borrow a net amount of in excess of $40 billion. So even if we were to collect the $1.2 billion this year — which we are budgeting to collect — until we can improve revenue collection and different sources of financing, and until our expenditure can plateau, we will always have deficit budgets. And to answer (the query): the environmental tax is not an earmarked tax.”GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia told this newspaper recently that since implementation of this tax, some progress has been seen in recycling and re-exporting of bottles, something that had never happened in the past.The Commissioner General noted also that there has been a substantial reduction in plastic being used by local manufacturers; because “the GRA has a way in which we check the weight and so on,” he explained.“And there is at least one company other than Banks DIH that recycles their plastic, and we give them a credit for what is recycled. It has been helping in a major way,” he posited.The new environmental tax was implemented by the GRA with effect from February 1, 2017. A fee of $10 per bottle on non-returnable containers is being charged.However, even as Government rakes in millions from this tax, environmental analysts are worried that not much is being done to ensure that Guyana’s environment remains pristine. This concern arose since no concrete plan has been outlined by Government on how this money would be used for proper environmental management.The levy, which accords with amendments to Section 7A (1) of the Customs Act, Chapter 82:01, became applicable to non-returnable units imported, locally manufactured, or produced in Guyana.The Customs Act provides for the levy to be charged on every non-returnable unit of metal, plastic or glass container of any alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage or water, whether imported, locally manufactured, or produced in Guyana.The levy also applies to the said products whether they are imported and not warehoused, or imported and removed from a warehouse, factory, bond or other place of storage.Exports, on the other hand, are exempt from the environmental levy.The law outlines that any person who fails to pay the levy would, upon summary conviction, be liable to a fine of $50,000 together with a sum of twice the amount of the levy payable.last_img read more

Eureka! Pols strike Cailfornia gold

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE next Gold Rush is on. All across America, as politicians head into the setup year for the 2008 presidential election, candidates are singing “California, Here I Come” and jumping aboard airplanes headed for the Golden State. On Tuesday, it was Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois staging a rally in South Los Angeles before raising $1.3 million at a Beverly Hilton Hotel fundraiser sponsored by the founders of the DreamWorks movie studio. One day later, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona took the spotlight, choppering around the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and decrying the poor state of port security. And on Friday, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, the early Democratic front-runner, enjoyed a San Francisco luncheon with supporters. So as always, California is the cash cow of American politics. This role has become so established and pivotal in national campaigns that the week’s biggest political headlines came not from candidates insulting each other or staking out new positions, but when movie and music mogul David Geffen, a former Bill and Hillary Clinton donor and fundraiser, trashed both Clintons while switching to Obama. It’s not just presidential hopefuls who extract wads of money out of Californians, but candidates for the House and Senate, too. As long ago as 1982, when former Vice President Al Gore was a lowly first-term Tennessee congressman hoping to win a nomination for the Senate seat once occupied by his father, he began building a base of contributors in California. As of last Oct. 1, the likes of Connecticut’s Joe Lieberman, Virginia’s George Allen and Pennsylvania’s Rick Santorum each had pulled more than $500,000 from California pocketbooks for their Senate campaigns. That’s nothing compared to what presidential candidates like Hillary Clinton ($3.8 million), McCain ($759,000) and then-possible candidate Evan Bayh of Indiana ($1.2 million) had reaped from their 2006 California sojourns. Those numbers will be dwarfed by what is raised here this year, as national campaigns get into gear. Example: Obama bested most of last year’s numbers in just one glitzy evening, and he’ll be back at his California ATM next month. Most prospective presidential candidates have already spent plenty of time here, laying their groundwork. Clinton, along with 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards and Wisconsin’s Russ Feingold, all campaigned with defeated Democrat Phil Angelides last fall during his futile run for governor. Republicans McCain, Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and George Pataki and Rudy Giuliani of New York hit the hustings with Schwarzenegger. All knew Schwarzenegger was sure to beat Angelides, but all wanted a major California politician in their debt, so they were willing to invest their time and energy. You’d think with all those candidates – and many more – coming here to seek money, they might care a bit about California. But no, when it comes to getting anything done for this state in Washington, representatives of other states more often than not display an ABC (anywhere but California) attitude. That’s why California still gets back just 79 cents in federal spending for every dollar its citizens put into the federal kitty. In all, taxpayers here plunk down $52 billion more each year than comes back to the state in highway funds, homeland-security spending and even military expenses. What’s more, whenever federal officials begin considering shutdowns of military bases, their lists always include more installations in California than anywhere else. Maybe it’s time some of the big political donors milked regularly by candidates from every other part of America attached some strings, at least informally, to their contributions. There would be nothing illegal in saying that they would give money only to candidates who take care of California. But that’s unlikely. For one thing, many of the largest California donors came here from other places to which they still maintain emotional and business ties. For another thing, many donors are issue-oriented, not worried about which state gets federal jobs or other largesse. According to the Washington-based Center for Responsive Politics, 16 of the country’s top 100 political donors live in California. That’s about one-third higher than the state’s proportion of the national population, making California a big target for anyone who needs money to use elsewhere. Some donors will give to candidates who strongly back women’s rights and abortion choice, like Clinton. Others look for solidly anti-abortion candidates like Santorum. Others seek national candidates dedicated to ensuring the survival of Israel. Causes like global warming, energy independence and the protection of federal lands also draw issue-oriented donors who don’t care much about state lines. This helps explain why Californians give so much while their state gets short shrift in federal spending. One thing about this year that’s different, though, is that some of the campaign dollars raised here will likely be spent here. That should be one major effect of switching the California primary to Feb. 5, a change likely to become law this spring. It’s also reasonable to expect more political spending here in the fall 2008 runoff season than we’ve recently seen. For Schwarzenegger has proven that Republicans can still win here, despite the fact that the state has gone Democratic in the last four presidential elections. This means whoever gets the Democratic nod will have to defend California’s huge bloc of electoral votes, while Republicans suddenly have reason to think they might actually stand a chance here. Thomas D. Elias is a writer living in Southern California. Write to him by e-mail at last_img read more

Carnage is high on first day for U.S. ambassador

first_imgBAGHDAD – Five suicide bombers struck Shiite marketplaces in northeast Baghdad and a town north of the capital at nightfall Thursday, killing at least 122 people and wounding more than 150 in one of Iraq’s deadliest days in years. The savage attacks came as a new American ambassador began his first day on the job, and Senate Democrats ignored a veto threat and approved a bill to require President George W. Bush to start withdrawing U.S. troops. At least 178 people were killed or found dead Thursday, which marked the end of the seventh week of the latest U.S.-Iraqi military drive to curtail violence in Baghdad and surrounding regions. The suicide bombers hit markets in the Shiite town of Khalis and the Shaab neighborhood in Baghdad during the busiest time of the day, timing that has become a trademark of what are believed to be Sunni insurgent or al-Qaida suicide attackers. “President Bush’s policy is the right one. There has been progress; there is also much more to be done,” the 57-year-old Crocker said at his swearing in at the American Embassy in Saddam Hussein’s former Republican Palace, which is now in the heart of the heavily guarded Green Zone. Violence has increasingly erupted in towns and cities outside the capital in recent weeks, as insurgent fighters take their fight to regions where U.S. and Iraqi forces are thinly deployed. The U.S. military and its diplomats have voiced cautious optimism about the sweep and emphasized that the full American surge force would not be in place until June. Crocker brought the same message. “All of this will be very hard. But if I thought it impossible, I would not be standing here today. I pledge my full support to this mission and to the people of Iraq, and I know you will do the same,” he said. When he finished speaking, a military band struck up “It’s a Grand Old Flag.” Crocker, an Arabic speaker, is among the most experienced U.S. diplomats in the Middle East. He had been ambassador to Pakistan since 2004 and served as ambassador to Lebanon, Syria and Kuwait, with other assignments in Iran, Qatar and Egypt. In 2003, he was assigned to the Baghdad embassy when Iraq was being run by the Coalition Provisional Authority. In 1983, he was thrown against a wall but not seriously hurt when the American Embassy in Beirut was hit by a car bomb. In 1998, when he was in Damascus, the ambassador’s residence was overrun by rioters. Crocker was not hurt. The Shaab neighborhood was one of the first that U.S. and Iraqi forces tackled when the security crackdown began Feb. 14. It was also the scene of a bombing nearly two weeks ago in which officials said a car bomber used children as decoys to get near the busy complex of shops and street vendors. “People went out to shop today in large numbers,” said They had a false sense of security.” Nahid Abdul-Ameer, who runs a soft-drink stand about 100 yards from the market. ” He said he saw the two bombers explode their vests at the same moment.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three suicide vehicle bombs, including an explosives-packed ambulance, detonated in a market in Khalis, 50 miles north of the capital, which was especially crowded because government flour rations had just arrived for the first time in six months, local television stations reported. At least 43 people were killed and 86 wounded, police said. In the north Baghdad bombings, two suicide attackers wearing explosives vests blew themselves up in the Shalal market in the predominantly Shiite Shaab neighborhood. At least 79 people were killed and 81 wounded as they jammed the market to buy provisions on the eve of the Muslim day of rest and prayer. The carnage in Iraq cast a shadow over Ryan Crocker’s first day as ambassador. He takes over in the midst of the U.S.-Iraqi security sweep, for which Bush committed nearly 30,000 additional troops to dampen what had become uncontrollable violence in the capital. The Senate’s rare rebuke to a wartime commander in chief came in a 51-47 vote to provide $123 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Senators also ordered Bush to begin withdrawing troops within 120 days of the bill’s passage, and set a nonbinding goal of ending combat operations by March 31, 2008. last_img read more

Man arrested for allegedly giving gun to student

first_imgWHITTIER – Deputies arrested a La Habra man today for allegedly providing a gun a 14-year-old boy brought to a middle school. The 25-year-old man was booked on suspicion of being an ex-felon with a gun and of furnishing a gang member with a gun, said Lt. George Zagurski of the sheriff’s Operation Safe Streets, which handles gangs. He didn’t release the man’s name because they are looking for other people involved. The suspect is a gang member, Zagurski added. The man was being held at the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station in lieu of $45,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday at Whittier Superior Court The 14-year-old Whittier boy was arrested Thursday after deputies found the loaded weapon hidden in a planter at Katherine Edwards Middle School. He remains at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Viren and his mother, Jyoti, have worked together before, but since July 2 they’ve had the opportunity to permanently mix family and business. They opened a franchise of the Hawaiian-themed juice bar and smoothie shop Maui Wowi, which started offering franchises in 1997 after Michael Haith, a food and beverage consultant found Jeff and Jill Summerhays’ selling their drinks at a Utah state fair. When Haith started the franchises he based them on the philosophy of valuing employees and treating the franchisees as `ohana (family). “I really wanted to get into a business that was really focused on family,” said Jyoti, who turns 50 next month. The Patels learned about Maui Wowi in 2004 while looking for a business that would satisfy their cravings. By Jeremiah Dobruck STAFF WRITER Surrounded by wooden tiki masks while sitting on a bamboo stool, 23-year-old Viren Patel explains a vital part of his business model. “I’m not a good manager, so I leave that to my mom,” he said. “She’s a health nut,” Viren said. “She wanted to open up a juice bar, smoothie place, so we started looking and ran into this, and I’m a coffee freak.” Maui Wowi’s all-natural smoothies and Kona coffees were a solid match for what they sought. And there’s one more bonus for Viren. “The vintage look; I love the vintage look,” he said, referring to the store that is designed to resemble a 1960s surfer hangout. But the Patels hit some snags along the way to opening. The store property was a yogurt shop called Cool Scene, which closed in July 2006. The Patels had planned to have Maui Wowi open within two months. “When we bought the place, we didn’t have the original plans,” Viren said. “We had to find an architect to redraw the original plans and then draw the newer ones and get them approved by Maui Wowi,” he said. “All that took about a year. We lost a lot of customer base from the people that used to come here before.” The Patels plan for Maui Wowi to succeed and eventually branch out to more locations such as vendor carts at El Camino College and California State University, Dominguez Hills. And they may draw upon the rest of the family. “This is more like a family business because I have four boys,” Jyoti said. “So this is not only for one son; it’s for the other sons as well,” she said. For now, Jyoti will take the help from her extended `ohana and enjoy working with her close family even if it’s frustrating at times. “He is young, and with my age, because of the difference, he wants to do things differently than I do,” she said with a sigh and the exasperated look only a mother can give. But she still believes her family is vital for the business. “The best part is that he’s my son,” Jyoti said. jeremiah.dobruck@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgHE has saved ships from disaster and helped rescue countless souls at sea.And today Patsy Canning hangs up his hat on his final day at Malin Head Coast Guard station.Patsy has worked through hurricane storm winds, Christmas Days and even on his birthday to help keep people safe not just around Ireland but way out into the Atlantic Ocean. “We’d like to wish Patsy all the very best on his retirement and thank him for his many years of dedicated service,” said a Coast Guard spokesman in Dublin.Coast Guard crews from Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal and from the North have sent him their good wishes.Enjoy life without those night shifts Patsy!Follow the leader –   COAST GUARD PAYS TRIBUTE AS PATSY RETIRES FROM MALIN HEAD STATION was last modified: August 29th, 2013 by John2Share 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:donegal daily newsMalin Head Coast GuardPatsy Canningretirementlast_img read more

Things to Do

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LETMESAIL, Inc. will host a therapeutic drumming session for individuals 16 or older with disabilities, 7-9 p.m. today at the Lifestyle Enrichment Center, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia. Requested donation: $5. Call (661) 702-8555. “Jackie and the Beanstalk” will be presented, 7 p.m. today at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. “Don’t Dress For Dinner” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Brian Sheil and Tom Clarke will perform, 9 p.m. today and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12; or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Memorial weekend event, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Veterans Historical Plaza, 24275 Walnut St., Newhall. Cal (661) 286-4018. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.last_img read more

Donegal-based teacher extradited to UK in connection with alleged sex assault

first_imgThe High Court has ordered the extradition of a 77-year-old Donegal-based retired teacher to the UK to face a single charge of indecently assaulting a student forty years ago.The UK citizen, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is alleged to have indecently assaulted a ten-year-old student on one occasion when they were alone in a school staff room in the UK in June or July 1978. The offence carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.Authorities in the UK issued a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) in respect of the man, which was subsequently endorsed by the High Court in Ireland.His barrister, John Berry BL, opposed his surrender on grounds concerning confusion about the date of the alleged offence on the EAW, the reversal of the decisions not to prosecute him, the delay since the alleged offence and the impact this has had on him.Ordering his surrender in the High Court yesterday, Justice Aileen Donnelly said this offence was alleged to have occurred forty years ago and she rejected the respondent’s points of objection in this case.The court heard the respondent was questioned by the police in the days following the alleged offence and again in 2014 when he attended a police station in Northern Ireland voluntarily.After each of those periods of questioning, the respondent was informed that no prosecution would be taken against him. However, on a review following a complaint from the alleged victim in 2013, the Crown Prosecution Service made a decision to prosecute the respondent.RechargeIn her judgment, Justice Donnelly said there was “no evidence at all” to suggest that remedies as regards the delay in this case, the prejudice that the respondent may have suffered, or the lack of opportunity to have an input into the decision to recharge him, could not be dealt with in the UK.The judge did not accept that there has been any culpable delay on the part of the Crown Prosecution Service in the UK, however she said the overall length of the delay was a factor to be taken into account in the assessment of the overall public interest in surrender.Justice Donnelly said the respondent’s “strongest point” was the fact he had been told on two occasions that he would not be prosecuted.“There can be many reasons for not prosecuting at a particular moment in time and correspondingly many positions why the position may change,” she said.Despite the respondent having suffered stress from the situation, in particular where he had been twice told there would be no prosecution, the judge said she did not find it would be “prejudicial or harmful” to surrender him.Justice Donnelly then made an order directing that the respondent be surrendered to the UK.His bail was extended with more restrictive conditions imposed on the basis that he would present himself for surrender at the appropriate time.Donegal-based teacher extradited to UK in connection with alleged sex assault was last modified: July 27th, 2017 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:courtdonegalINDECENT ASSAULTTEACHERlast_img read more