After last week’s one-point loss to the Warriors – the third straight narrow, late loss from a winning position – Stuart attempted to divert the post-match narrative from the team’s performance onto the match officials.But after their worst performance of the year to date, Stuart admitted he had protected the players from criticism for too long and used the word “soft” no fewer than 10 times to describe a first-half capitulation that at one stage included three tries conceded in five minutes.”Soft. Soft football, soft pieces of play, soft choices and I’ve probably protected them for too long,” Stuart said after the game.”Over the last three weeks I’ve thought the effort was there. There was no effort in that first half. That wasn’t us. It was soft.”Personally I’m disappointed in myself because I should have reacted the same way after our first loss against the Gold Coast because of our soft play in the last 10 minutes of that game and our soft play in the last 10 minutes of our second game and our third game which cost us three wins through soft passages of play.”It just started in another part of the game tonight. It got them off to a start that was very very tough to pull back… [soft play] is why we lost the first three games of the year.”We did enough to win those three games of football, we’ve shown how good we can play, we’ve shown the effort that’s in the team, we’ve shown the individual contribution. But then when the blowtorch gets applied, we don’t respond to it.”Stuart earlier this week hinted that there would be changes to the team if they did not show improvement but after getting the opposite of that, Stuart said his mindset was that the same 17 ought to suit up again against Canterbury on Thursday night to prove they actually wanted to wear the Raiders jersey.”Why should I make changes when they deliver that crap?” he fired.”They should be all owning up to themselves to say ‘I want to play to try and get myself out of it’. What they dished up tonight, they should be embarrassed to put a Raiders jumper on … Personally the way I feel now those 17 have got to go back out and aim up and show that I’m wrong. Then again, I’ll sleep on it and see what happens.”Stuart also refused to blame the mental toll of three heartbreaking narrow losses for the team’s deterioration.”We couldn’t get back up tonight. It’s not right,” he said.”We were up for tonight, we had a great preparation, we were ready to play. But those soft pieces of play from individuals and choices in our play, it’s not NRL standard, crept into another part of our game. There’s no excuse whatsoever because they were there ready to play tonight.Skipper Jarrod Croker was at a loss to explain the first half performance.”No one likes losing, we didn’t like losing last week, we didn’t like losing the two weeks before that, tonight was nowhere near good enough. There’s no excuses for it. It’s not good enough,” Croker said.
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As part of the celebration of the United Nations World Older people Day, the Coalition of Caregivers and Advocates for the Elderly in Liberia (COCAEL), yesterday began the first national aging conference at the S. Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church (UMC) in Sinkor, Monrovia. The day is set aside by the United Nations to recognize the contributions made by older people towards the development of their countries and will be celebrated under the theme, “Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment.” According to a statement issued and signed by Pastor Aaron Paul, Secretary General of COCAEL, the conference will bring together an array of government officials, including members from the international community, civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations as panelists.Pastor Paul noted that by 2050, Liberia will experience 40 percent increase in older population. “This increase in our country,” he said, “will have a major influence on Liberia’s public health and economic system.” He further indicated that it is therefore imperative for actors, including government and non-governmental organizations, to understand the determinants of unstable and undeveloped infrastructures that would not enable older people to have much needed access to health, social services, and among others. He said Liberia is in the most opportune position to start developing infrastructures and policies that would optimize opportunities for health, participation and security, enhancing the quality of life for the over 170,000 older people in the society. It is against this background that, he said COCAEL is hosting the first national aging conference and the celebration of the UN World Older People Day. “We believe the conference is a strategic step in the right direction in opening up the discussion about the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population, along with being a knowledge exchange platform on what would be the best practices and policies to comprehensively address the plight of older people in Liberia,” he concluded. COCAEL, is an umbrella organization seeking the welfare of older people in Liberia, emerged in August out of the health crisis created by the Ebola virus disease to compliment the efforts of the Liberian government. The group comprises of 16 registered agencies that are providing services to older people living in residential facilities (old folk’s homes) and other environments. Meanwhile President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has by Proclamation declared today Thursday, October 1, as “United Nations World Older People Day” to be observed throughout Liberia as a working holiday.The observance is in recognition of issues affecting the elderly and to appreciate the contributions they have made to society in the areas of Education, Medicine, Economic, Science and Technology, Social Services, History and Preservation of Cultural Heritage. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The entry fee for adults are $25, for children are $10 and families can go for $35. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Carnival of Hope, an all-new fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, will be happening this June — and the organizers have all sorts of fun and games planned for the day.The organizers, Brenda Baumeister and Lisa Behrens, challenged regional mayors — including Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman — to take on the Dunk Tank for the event.However, at Monday’s council meeting, Mayor Ackerman said she can’t confirm she will be in town available to participate. The acting mayor at that time is Councillor Larry Evans.- Advertisement -The invitation was also extended to mayors in Taylor, Hudson’s Hope and the PRRD Electoral B and C — as well as the Emergency Services in the region.Baumeister said the event still holds the same vision as the relay for hope, which is to recognize cancer survivors in the community and to remember the friends and family who have passed away due to illness.Other events taking place on the day of the fundraiser will be a movie on the big screen, a photo booth, snacks for sale, a jelly bean guess jar, among other fun activities. Along with entry fees, the Carnival of Hope will raise money at all of those activities.Advertisement
In 2005, the city Public Works Department removed graffiti from 9,976 locations at a cost of more than $200,000. That was up from about 5,920 locations in 2004. As a result, the City Council decided to go to the public to seek its ideas on ways to fight graffiti, Mayor Cathy Warner said. “With all the information coming to the council, we can pull it together,” Warner said. “I’m pretty determined and I’m sure all of the guys are as far as doing something about \.” City Manager Steve Helvey said the ranking by the residents is important because the city doesn’t have the money to implement all of the ideas. “There are financial limitations,” Helvey said. Of the popular ideas, parent accountability was added on. Many residents said that parents should be made to pay for the damage their children do. Ideas receiving the most votes included: Holding parents accountable. Improving lighting in public areas. Implementing a geographic information graffiti tracker system that will make it easier to prosecute taggers. Developing a camera technology program allowing businesses and residents to check out cameras from the city on a short-term basis to film areas that are in danger of being tagged. Using Neighborhood Watch programs to provide residents and businesses with graffiti awareness education. Developing after-school programs. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Surveillance cameras, a tracking system, holding parents accountable and improving lighting in public areas were among the top graffiti-fighting priorities of residents at a forum Wednesday. These and other ideas will be brought to the City Council – most likely at its June 13 meeting, Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez said. City staff brought 19 different ideas – culled from four different meetings over the last two weeks – and then asked the residents and others to rank them. About 40 people were present at Wednesday’s meeting at the Senior Center. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Judy Jansen, a board member of the Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association, said she had voted for a camera tracking system. “It’s important that parents be held accountable, but none of that matters unless we catch them,” Jansen said. Jansen said graffiti has been a problem in her areas. “It’s constant,” she said. “I’m very concerned.” Graffiti appears to be getting worse in the city.
The Tír na nÓg Community Centre in Gortahork has launched a series of four Road Race Events which will be held through April and May with the first taking place this evening, Friday.The series includes two 5km Races and two 5 mile races on road. The races will take place over three different courses, which brings these events to the heart of the local community and also gives participants unique challenges across different courses.The Falcarragh to Gortahork Race will be the first event which takes place at 7p.m. this evening. The 5 mile Railway Run course takes place along a course with picturesque scenery of Muckish, Errigal and the sea along the old Cashelnagore Railway Station. This will be a great opportunity for athletes, fun joggers and walkers to take part in a competitive and recreational event and to monitor their fitness through the various races. Please encourage a few of your friends to take the challenge. All are welcome to participate in these Runs/Walks. The events are not just for the serious athletes but for anyone whether you wish to run, jog or walk.These events are ideal for anyone wishing to improve their fitness or get in shape for Summer or for a forthcoming event over the Summer.For individuals running/walking all four events, points will be awarded across a range of Junior, Senior and Masters categories with prizes presented at the end of the four race series in the Tír na nÓg Centre on May 18th.So take on a new challenge. All you need is a pair of trainers and away you go. Registration at the Tír na nÓg Centre prior to each race. Pictured at the launch of the Tír na nÓg Road Race Series in Gortahork are Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, Manus Kelly – Falcarragh Tourist and Traders, Paul Kernan – Pobal Le Chéile, Michael Naughton – Clanree Hotel (Sponsor) and Donegal Ladies Team Manager, Aoife Mc Donnell- Centre Co-ordinator and Captain of Donegal Ladies Team, Eddie Mc Fadden – Tír na nÓg Running Club together with the Ladies from the Chain for Life Committee.GORTAHORK RACE SERIES STARTS TONIGHT was last modified: April 13th, 2012 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:GORTAHORK RACE SERIES STARTS TONIGHT
Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY ADVICE RANKED 2 Gareth Southgate has said his England side will leave their talking to the pitch despite numerous taunts from opponents Croatia.The World Cup finalists have had plenty to say ahead of their winner takes all Nations League match at Wembley this afternoon. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Latest Football News Defender Tin Jedvaj, who scored twice in the team’s 3-2 win against Spain, believes Croatia are favourites to win.“In Russia, we proved that we could beat them without any problems and that they aren’t better than us,” he said.“We might even be favourites despite the fact we are playing away — I don’t know. Our late goal against Spain is the motivation for us to go for a win against England. They are England but we can win and top the group.”Dejan Lovren, meanwhile, has promised to get ‘stuck into’ the Three Lions.However, Southgate is urging his team to use the words as a advantage at Wembley.“Whenever people speak, you give the opposition the opportunity to use those words as they see fit,” the England manager said.“You always have to be conscious of how your words can provide motivation to the opposition. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury “Against Croatia, it’s all about how our mindset is for the game.“We’ve got to play bloody well – they’re a good team both with and without the ball – and we’ve got to be spot on.”It was Croatia, who had ironically accused England of being disrespectful before the World Cup semi-final back in July, with Luka Modric particularly vocal following Croatia’s extra-time victory. huge blow BEST OF Luka Modric had plenty to say at the World Cup MONEY no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “People were talking … English journalists, pundits from television. “They underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake.“All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying: ‘OK, today we will see who will be tired.’ They should be more humble and respect their opponents more.”Should England win today they will go through as Group A4 winners, while the losers face relegation. REVEALED REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Gareth Southgate wants his England side to use Croatia taunts as motivation huge blow RANKED no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card
A man thrown out of a house party stole a car, drove it 40 kms and then torched it outside his own home.Letterkenny Court.Sean Deeney appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday on a range of charges including arson, driving without insurance, driving without a license and taking a vehicle without authority. Deeney, who was just 17 at the time, had been at a party at the home of Natalie McGee at Meencarrick, Gortahork.When he was thrown out of the party, he went to another nearby house and stole an Isuzu car belonging to James McGlinchey.The car was then found burned out close to the home of Sean Deeney at Clondallon, Rathmullan on November 19th, 2011.Deeney was arrested following an investigation and admitted stealing the car on the third time of being interviewed by Gardai but claimed the keys had been in the vehicle.The court heard that the owner of the car was still out money as his insurance company had only paid him €6,500 despite his claims that the car was worth €8,000.The fire service had also sent him a bill for €960 but he was refusing to pay this as he had not started the fire.Judge Keenan Johnston said a probation report on Deeney showed there was a moderate risk of reoffending but that he had shown genuine remorse.He added that he needed to send out a message that what Deeney did was wrong but also to leave him a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.He sentenced Deeney to three years in prison but suspended it for five years.He also ordered him to pay €2,500 compensation to Mr McGlinchey but that €960 of this goes to Donegal County Council to pay the fire service.He also jailed him for three years but suspended this in lieu of 240 hours community service saying this was a way of Deeney giving something back to society.He also banned him form driving for four years.Judge Johnston then told the accused “You can count yourself very, very lucky. You hold the keys to the future in your own hand and the keys to prison in your own hand so it’s up to you now.”PARTY-GOER STOLE CAR AND THEN TORCHED IT OUTSIDE HIS OWN HOME was last modified: January 30th, 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:arsongortahorkLetterkenny Circuit Courtno licensepartyRathmullanSean Deeney
Michael Behe, author of Darwin’s Black Box, spoke recently at Stanford. This led two students to publish reviews, one pro and the other con, about intelligent design in the Stanford Review. Tristan Abbey asked, “Are Darwinists Chickens?” for their reluctance to allow critical scrutiny of their theory. Paul Laddis tried to debunk irreducible complexity in his rebuttal, “The Dogmatists’ New Clothes.”It’s good to see students engage the controversy when so many Darwinists don’t even want to debate this issue (see 04/29/2005 and 04/27/2005 entries). Paul Laddis, despite his valiant attempt at overcoming irreducible complexity with the co-option argument, fails to mention that there is irreducible complexity everywhere, not just with the bacterial flagellum. Like Scott Minnich emphasizes in the film Unlocking the Mystery of Life, Darwinists need to address not only the parts that are similar between different structures, but the assembly instructions, which are even more complex. You cannot invoke co-option endlessly; Minnich says, “You can only carry that argument so far” until you wind up borrowing parts from nothing. Laddis starts with a complex protein: stop right there! Tell us how the complex protein arose, when getting a precise sequence of left-handed amino acids to perform a function is astronomically improbable (see online book). Don’t grant a Darwinist any unwarranted boundary conditions (see “Get your own dirt” on the Humor page). Darwinists have a besetting sin that might be dubbed the Cartoon Method of Science. They don’t need data. If they can just imagine an evolutionary sequence and draw cartoons of it, they feel they have done their job. Using a common Darwinist trick, Laddis tells an imaginary tale of sequences (notice his phrase “to visualize how this works…”) and expects us to believe it is plausible just because he says so. Then he has the gall to turn around and tell the intelligent design empiricists that they don’t understand science (see 01/15/2004 commentary). It’s time to call the Darwin Party’s bluff and point the accusation where it belongs. Laddis thinks he can co-opt the Emperor’s New Clothes metaphor (see 01/31/2003 entry) and call his opposition the dogmatists. Maybe the rituals in the Temple of Charlie (see 01/12/2004 and 04/21/2005 commentaries) require taking the Hypocritic Oath.(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
18 July 2005Hunters and conservationists are now on the same side of the fence. Pioneered in South Africa, “green hunting” is fast winning the favour of traditional hunters, who see it as a chance to enjoy their sport while contributing to conservation.Green hunting – or dart safaris – offer a unique synergy between sport hunting and conservation, allowing trophy wildlife to be shot and wildlife research and management to be conducted at the same time.The brainchild of Dr Paul Bartels, head of the Wildlife Biological Resource Centre of the National Zoological Gardens, green hunting requires more skill and precision than hunting with a rifle. Not only must the animal be shot from close range, but darted animals are also highly unpredictable – sometimes charging or bolting.Code of ethicsImportantly, animals are only earmarked for darting for specific scientific or research purposes, never for commercial reasons alone.Purposes can include the translocation of animals to a new environment, ear notching or fitting microchips for identification, blood and tissue collection, radio collaring for tracking animal movement, and operating or treating wounds.White rhino are most frequently darted, but lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard are also regularly hunted. Black rhino are not yet open to darting.Most green hunters are traditionalists who now see darting as a new challenge and a chance to do more for conservation. Green safaris are available to both individual clients and groups.Careful planning is done before each dart safari, taking note of the species, terrain and time of year. They are done early in the morning, when it’s cooler for animals.“At the end of the day,” says Bartels, “we want the animal to jump up and run into the sunset, with the hunter having experienced the thrill of the hunt while also having played an important role in conservation.“So from an ethics point of view, it’s important that the hunter has the same goals.”Before the actual hunt, clients practise with the dart gun until they are proficient and confident, because the dynamics of the gun are somewhat different to those of a traditional rifle.Darts are heavier than bullets, so the hunter has to be very close to the animal before firing, while anticipating where and how the dart is going to fly. It’s something of a combination of archery and shooting.Green hunters can also dart rhino using a bow – with the dart attached to the end of an arrow. For this, client hunters are sent the dart a few weeks before the hunt, and use water instead of the immobilisation drug to practise shooting. The type of bow to be used is also stipulated, so that the dart injects the drug and the arrow falls off the animal.On the huntIn the cool of early morning, trackers locate the animal to be darted. The decision to dart or not is then finally taken, based on the ambient temperature, terrain and safety of all concerned.If the hunt is on, the vet fires the dart in a group dart safari, or in an individual safari the client and professional hunter stalk the animal on foot to get as close as possible.After the dart is fired by the client, the vet mobilises the rest of the ground team and everyone waits quietly for the animal to go down. This can take from three to 15 minutes, and if the animal bolts a helicopter tracks it until it drops.The immobilised animal’s ears and eyes are covered to reduce the stress of external stimuli. If necessary, the animal is moved into a safe resting position where it can breathe freely.Then the vet takes tissue, blood and hair samples for genetic and disease studies, while constantly monitoring the animal’s health. Sometimes radio collars are fitted or, in the case of rhino, horns are microchipped or ears notched for identification purposes.At the same time, the professional hunter takes the required trophy measurements and photographs for the client, as Safari Club International accepts darted animals for entry into their record book and hunting competitions.Immobilisation drugs and antidotesWhen all procedures and measurements are done, equipment and people are moved to safety and the vet injects the antidote to reverse the effect of the immobilisation drug.Different immobilisation drugs are used for different species. Elephant, antelope and rhino make a quick and complete recovery, sometimes within 30 seconds. But for cat species there isn’t a complete antidote. The drug has to leave their system for complete recovery, so cats are guarded for 24 hours until fully awake and aware.In an individual hunt the client pulls the trigger him- or herself, a professional hunter and a game capture vet must be in attendance, and the hunt has to be booked and organised through a registered hunting outfitter, just as for a trophy hunt.The outfitter has to acquire the darting rights to the animal before it’s marketed, and must have in place an experienced and professional team to carry out the hunt. Sometimes a commercial game capture helicopter pilot is also required.The client hunter must have had training and practice in the use of the dart gun, and must be briefed on all aspects of the darting safari and the course of events – the safety of both people and animals is paramount.Team building and trainingGroup dart safaris are for team building and training, and for nature lovers who want to help with conservation research. Here the vet fires the dart into an animal that needs to be ear-notched, medicated or moved and so trophy quality is not a consideration. Those in the group are there purely to witness the event and give assistance where necessary. Each group safari has a ranger in charge, and there’s also usually a photo opportunity to record the event.Bartels says a downside of dart safaris is that you can’t just “pick up a gun and go hunting”. There is more planning, many people and precise coordination needed for a dart safari.Still, it’s growing in popularity among conservation-conscious hunters, who now green-hunt in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and North West province.According to Bartels, there was initially a negative reaction from the traditional hunting community, but they have since seen that there is a place for dart safaris and that nothing is taken away from professional hunters, as one is always required to be present at individual client dart safaris.Along with hunting associations, the South African Veterinary Society also ensures strict ethics and controls on dart safaris to ensure the well being of wildlife at all times.Source: South African Tourism