Crusaders still at full strength

first_imgPhoto: The Crusaders, who beat the Highlanders 17-0 in the Super Rugby quarterfinal in Christchurch last weekend, will field the same 23 players for the semi against the Chiefs By sticking with the 23 men who combined to dust-up the Highlanders 17-0 in the wet, slippery conditions during the quarterfinal at AMI Stadium last weekend, Robertson has signaled the Crusaders believe they are capable of executing a variety of game plans during the sudden-death fixture.Rain is forecast to fall in Canterbury over the next few days, but to clear by Saturday afternoon.Openside flanker Matt Todd (finger) and left wing Seta Tamanivalu (neck) were the only players to suffer injuries during the win over the Highlanders, but both proved their fitness this week and have been named to start.Robertson has listed seven All Blacks in his forward pack, along with an additional three in his backline. All Blacks tight forwards Wyatt Crockett and Luke Romano have been listed on the bench.Crusaders: David Havili, Israel Dagg, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, Seta Tamanivalu, Richie Mo’unga, Bryn Hall, Kieran Read, Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Sam Whitelock (captain), Scott Barrett, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Reserves: Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett, Michael Alaalatoa, Luke Romano, Pete Samu, Mitchell Drummond, Mitchell Hunt, George Bridge.last_img read more

David Moyes: a supportive guy with a tip

first_imgDavid Moyes, the West Ham coach who also passed the Everton and Manchester United benches, tried to help his neighbors out during the coronavirus pandemic.The coach left London several weeks ago and went to a family home in Lancashire, much further north in England. Days ago, Moyes went out to buy and, at the grocery store he went to, he saw a sign looking for a delivery man. The coach volunteered to do this work to try to help given the situation. “I did it voluntarily because my wife was away at the time. I was alone and I decided to become a fruit and vegetable delivery man,” he said in The Guardian.Some neighbors recognized him (“Could you hear ‘Is that David Moyes?’”) but not all. Among those who didn’t, was an older neighbor, who wanted to value her work with a small tip. “I think the account was £ 16.80 for a box of fruits and vegetables. She gave me a 20 bill and said: “Here you have son, keep the change.” Tip! “He assured in the British newspaper.Moyes had to go to other homes and he even had to go to one of his friends, who ordered an order to play a joke on him. “Two of my friends with whom I usually go out for a drink wrote to me on WhatsApp all the time. “Have you delivered the fruit and vegetables yet?” In the end, I had to bring them two boxes, “said Moyes, who made a small profit of less than three pounds. This is not being his only way to help the Scotsman, who is also using his fame to try to encourage others with calls.. Days ago, he was chatting with Iris, an 85-year-old lady who has overcome the coronavirus. “She is doing very well and tells me that she is receiving a lot of support from the people of West Ham. They call her and send her letters. I have promised her that when soccer returns I will go to look for her by taxi, we will go to the game and then I will stop her back home, “he confessed.In confinement, stop being the coachMoyes is alone in his house in Lancashire and now, he admits that his wife, Pamela Moyes, is the one who gives him directions for improvement in the kitchen., as he usually does with his footballers. “Now it is my wife who is in the band, giving me all kinds of indications although I think my cuisine is somewhat better than average. I’ve made baked salmon, monkfish. I’ve been through the fishmonger a lot. It is not an incredible thing but it lets itself be eaten “, explained the coach about his handling in the kitchen under the orders oflast_img read more

SASOD to appeal cross-dressing case

first_imgAs the days draw closer to its appeal date, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) has noted that it was confident of a successful hearing.Owing to a recent ruling in favour of the LGBT community in neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago, the organisation has noticed and welcomed a changing tide in the Caribbean Region.Although it is the aim of the organisation to have a similar ruling in Guyana, Managing Director Joel Simpson has disclosed that it was focusing on the cross-dressing appeal case that it currently had before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the highest appeal court in the Region.“We are focused on our appeal before the CCJ, and we don’t want to have more than one major constitution [al] suits in court,” he said.If the CCJ rules in SASOD’s favour, the cross-dressing appeal case will allow for persons in the LGBT community to freely cross dress without fear of breaking the law. The case was initially brought to the local Appeal Court, however, the case was dismissed in February of 2017. This dismissal is what led to the CCJ appeal.“We just got a tentative date for the hearing, that is June 28,” Simpson disclosed.When questioned about any intention to follow in Trinidad’s footsteps, Simpson stated, “We think that given the court decision the Attorney General should move to wipe these laws off the books on the basis that similar jurisdictions – other Commonwealth countries – have declared then unconstitutional.”Throughout its CCJ hearing, SASOD will be assisted by the University of the West Indies Rights Advocacy Project (U-RAP), who provides the organisation with pro bono services.The cross-dressing case was initially filed in February 2010, owing to highly publicised arrests and convictions of seven persons for the summary offence of “being a man and wearing female attire in a public way or public place, for an improper purpose” (1893 Act). Of the original seven, four of those persons collaborated with SASOD to file the action. SASOD then approached the U-RAP for legal assistance. The combined efforts of U-Rap and local counsel have brought the case to the level that it is currently at.last_img read more

Hate in America can come with a brown or black face

first_imgThe much-publicized crackdown on a Latino gang that unleashed a three-year campaign to drive blacks out of a mixed neighborhood in South Los Angeles has ripped open a dirty and very painful secret: Latinos and blacks can and do commit hate crimes against each other. And the violence can be just as deadly as the worst Southern Klan, Aryan Nation or Skinhead attacks. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles say Latino gang members committed or are suspected of complicity in 20 killings during its reign of terror in the area. The arrests and indictment of the gang members came barely two months after the slaying of three black students in Newark, N.J., by illegal Latino immigrants, some with alleged gang ties. But two years before the Newark killings, Latino men were robbed, beaten and even murdered in Plainfield, N.J., Jacksonville, Fla., and Annapolis, Md. And seven members of a Latino family were murdered in Indianapolis. The attackers in all cases were young black males. The men attacked were mostly undocumented workers, and police speculate that the attackers regarded them as easy prey for robbery since they would be reluctant to report the attacks to the police. A Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission report on hate violence in 2005 found that, overall, Latinos committed nearly half of the hate attacks in the county, while blacks committed 30 percent of the hate attacks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Moreover, Latinos and blacks committed the bulk of the racially motivated hate attacks against each other. Nationally, blacks and Latinos commit about one in five hate crimes, and many of their victims, as in Los Angeles, are other blacks or Latinos. This represents two more disturbing trends. One is that blacks and Latinos committed the majority of hate crimes in Los Angeles, and a sizable number of them nationally. The other is that hate crimes are increasingly being committed by blacks and Latinos against each other, and in some cases, the victims are innocent random victims. The racially tinged violence in Los Angeles, Newark, and the other cities is not the norm – yet. The overwhelming majority of physical assaults and murders of blacks are by blacks, and most attacks on Latinos are by Latinos. However, black and Latino racial attacks against each other – no matter how infrequent, as is the case with white-on-black hate attacks – stir fear, rage and panic, while deepening racial divisions. That’s especially true given the latent and increasingly openly expressed unease and hostility many blacks express toward illegal immigration. There are two easy explanations for the hate violence in Los Angeles and nationally. One is that the perpetrators are bored, restless, disaffected, jobless, untutored or violence-prone gang members engaging in bloody turf battles to control the drug trade. That seemed to be the case with the Florencia 13 street gang, the target of the federal crackdown. The other explanation is that the violence is a twisted response to racism and deprivation. The attacks no doubt are deliberately designed by the gang hate purveyors to send the message to blacks that “this is our turf, and you’re an interloper.” There is still another reason, though more subtle and nuanced, as to why some gang members commit racial attacks. The violence is a source of ego gratification for them, and negative stereotypes provided a convenient rationale for their violent acts. University researchers have found that individuals who suffer low self-esteem or have serious self-image problems are much more likely to view others – especially those they consider rivals – through the warped lens of racial stereotypes. Then there is the vehemence of the racial hate. The dirtier and even more painful secret is that blacks and Latinos can be as racist toward each other as some whites can be toward them. It’s easy to see why. Many Latinos continue to demean blacks for their poverty or type them as clowns, buffoons and crooks. Some routinely repeat the same vicious anti-black epithets as racist whites. A 1998 poll by the National Conference, a nonprofit organization that promotes racial dialogue, found that Latinos were three times more likely than whites to believe that blacks were incapable of getting ahead. These myths and stereotypes bolster the notion that blacks are a racial and competitive threat, and any distancing, ostracism, avoidance and even violence toward them seems a rational response to keep blacks at arm’s length. But stereotypes can cut two ways. Some blacks feed on the same myths and negative images of Latinos as anti-black, violence-prone gangsters who pose a menace, and who are their ethnic and economic competitors. The same 1998 poll found that as many blacks as whites believed that Latinos breed big families that they are unable to support. The skewed misconceptions and fears both groups have about and toward each other in many instances drown out genuine efforts to lessen tensions. The galling new fact in America is that hate can come with a black or brown face, and the victim can have the same face. That’s yet another heart-wrenching challenge for blacks and Latinos. Earl Ofari Hutchinson’s new book, “The Latino Challenge to Black America: Towards a Conversation between African-Americans and Hispanics,” explores in depth the issue and recent incidences of black and Latino violence in Los Angeles. He blogs at 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

5 Mongols to take plea deals in 2002 Laughling River Run brawl

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Two Hells Angels and one Mongols member died and at least a dozen people were hurt in the April 2002 brawl at the Harrah’s Laughlin. A plea deal last year ended a federal racketeering trial and state charges against Hells Angels members. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. LAS VEGAS – A prosecutor says five Mongols motorcycle club members intend to plead guilty to reduced charges and avoid trial stemming from a deadly casino brawl with rival Hells Angels at the 2002 Laughlin River Run rally. Clark County prosecutor Chris Owens says Alexander Alcantar, Kenneth Dysart, Roger Pinney, Walter Ramirez and Pedro Martinez will enter pleas at a court hearing Monday afternoon. A plea deal’s still possible with a final defendant, Benjamin Leyva. That would avoid a trial due to begin Nov. 26 in Las Vegas. last_img read more

Celebrate with Highland Motors at new showroom launch tonight

first_imgThe team at Highland Motors in Letterkenny are giving back to their loyal customers tonight with a lavish party promising presents, prizes, new car offers and special celebrity guests.Highland Motors are excited to announce that they will be holding a Customer Appreciation and New Showroom Launch event this Thursday 10th November at 8:00pm. This is a landmark occasion for Highland Motors as they officially launch their state of the art new showroom and they want to celebrate this occasion with all their past, present and future customers. Highland Motors are proud to say that they have been looking after satisfied customers for more than 35 years.Highland Motors, Letterkenny, Donegal. Photo: Clive WassonIt has been 18 years since they first opened the doors of the then state of the art Renault Showroom on Mountain Top, Letterkenny, and are delighted to announce that after 18 years at this premises, they have just completed a major redevelopment of the dealership, which will allow them to cater for all their customers sales and servicing needs even better.Celebrations on the night begin with a drinks reception and canapes at 8pm sharp. Lee Gooch will ensure attendees are entertained all night long and there will also be Special Celebrity Guest Appearances and games of the Beat the Banker Game with the opportunity to win €1,000.Beat the Banker with Lee GoochThere will be lots of spot prizes given away and a special present for each of the first 20 people arriving on the night. All the amazing offers for Renault will be officially announced on the night and Highland are delighted to be unveiling the all New Renault Megane Sports Tourer on the night as well. Beat the crowds and be one of the first people in the country to view the new models and arrange your test drive.So why not join Highland Motors for a night to remember as they celebrate another landmark in their proud history as your Donegal Renault Dealer. For further details please call Highland Motors on 074 91 28777.Celebrate with Highland Motors at new showroom launch tonight was last modified: November 9th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Cathedral Quarter to host two exciting events as part of Heritage Week

first_imgThe Cathedral Quarter will be hosting two events for this incoming Heritage Week; a traditional building skills workshop and a forage walk. The traditional building skills workshops will be spread over two days, Saturday 19 August and Saturday, 26 August from 10am to 2pm at the Cathedral Quarter Office on the Church Lane.The Forage Walk will take place this Wednesday, 23 August starting at 11am from Gaelscoil Adhamhain. The workshops are an invitation to see traditional building skills whilst at the same time carrying out essential repairs needed which were highlighted in Conservation Plan for the Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter.Sean Brogan of Tir Conaill Conservations will be leading the traditional building workshops on behalf of Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter. They specialise in conservation, renovation & restoration services.The skills that they hope to demonstrate include traditional building restoration, clay and linseed paints, install cast iron guttering and downpipes, and restoration of a sash window without losing character. Small scale work will be carried out on No. 1 and No. 3 Church Lane and a shed to the rear. On Wednesday, they host their fun, family foraging event in Rogers Burn. Come along and identify native trees and plants, and gain insight into their past uses both culinary and medicinal. Foraged treasures will then be cooked up on Church Lane afterwards.Kids will create a visual 3-dimensional art piece that will later be displayed in the Church Lane area of town. Respect for the environment will be maintained throughout.Organisers ask that you please dress weather appropriate as your adventure will take your across the stream.Booking for the Forage event is essential and can be done by contacting Amanda Clarke on 0838762565 or through the Facebook page: Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter.Cathedral Quarter to host two exciting events as part of Heritage Week was last modified: August 16th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:building workshopCathedral Quarterforage walkHeritage Weekletterkennylast_img read more

Pumpkin field day

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This year’s Aug. 18 Pumpkin Field Day will offer growers valuable research updates regarding disease, insect and weed control as well as state-of-the-art demonstrations on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, for more efficient pest detection.Organized by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, the event will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Western Agricultural Research Station, 7721 South Charleston Pike, in South Charleston.“The field day will feature some traditional stops, including an eight-treatment powdery mildew fungicide demonstration trial, a variety trial with 12 powdery mildew-resistant hybrids ranging from small to large fruit, and a downy mildew sentinel plot,” said Jim Jasinski, Ohio State University Extension educator and Integrated Pest Management program coordinator.Drone imageryOSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. The Western Agricultural Research Station is part of a statewide network of research farms run by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.Attendees will also learn about new research on the use of multi-spectral imagery from cameras mounted on UAVs that can be flown over fields to help detect diseases such as powdery mildew and downy mildew on pumpkins and cucumbers, Jasinski said. This portion of the field day will include presentations from faculty in Ohio State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as a short demonstration of a drone surveying a field.State specialists will also be on hand to answer questions about disease, insect and weed control issues from farmers and crop consultants. In addition to pumpkins, the field day also addresses issues related to other important cucurbit crops such as cucumbers, squash, cantaloupe and watermelon.Pre-registration for the field day is required by Aug. 15. There is a $5 per person fee, payable at the event. Registration includes handouts and liquid refreshments. To preregister, send an email to Jasinski at or leave a message on the research station’s voicemail at 937-462-8016.last_img read more

Location Efficiency Trumps Home Energy Efficiency

first_imgMy last article here at Green Building Advisor was about my perception that the USGBC is out of touch. Apparently, quite a few others feel similarly, including many who work in the program.But there was also some valid criticism of my article, including this comment by Tristan Roberts: “LEED correctly recognizes that a large proportion of a building’s overall environmental benefits (or harms) are related to its location, and it gives quite a few points for buildings in transit-friendly locations.” Indeed, location turns out to be very important, and LEED wisely promotes locating buildings in places where the people who live in, work in, or use those buildings can reduce their transportation impact. The New Construction, Homes, and Neighborhood Development LEED rating systems all recognize this in their Location and Linkages and Sustainable Sites categories. Location EfficiencyHouses Versus CarsGetting Around Without Fossil FuelsResilient CommunitiesReduce the Need for DrivingDriving Our SUVs to the BP ProtestsGetting Off Fossil Fuels He was discussing the mortgage crisis that has gripped the US since 2008 and wanted to put the cost of buying a house in perspective. At the time he wrote the book, the median price of an existing home in the US was around $175,000. If the buyer put down 20% and financed $140,000 over 30 years, here’s about what they’d pay over the life of the mortgage:$350,000 in loan payments (PITI)*$300,000 commuting from suburbia$75,000 for utilitiesI don’t know about you, but that middle number is shocking to me. I knew that those folks who were spending hours a day driving were were paying with more than just time and frustration, but for the cost of commuting to be nearly as much as they’re paying for the house stunned me.Also, I’d never really thought about these numbers before, so if he’d have asked the audience that day, I think I would’ve guessed that utilities would add up to more than the cost of commuting. Now that I’ve thought about it, though, it makes perfect sense. Cars are dang expensive, and the more you drive ’em, the more expensive they are.This is an example of how cheap and plentiful oil over the past century and a half has reduced our location efficiency. Those who do long commutes from the suburbs to the city are impoverishing themselves, but they’ve done it for what seemed like a good reason: The further outside the big city you go, the less expensive the housing gets. There’s even a name for this: the drive-till-you-qualify housing market. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is an energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard * Actually, Goldstein just gave the cost of the house ($175,000), not the sum of their loan payments. Putting transportation costs in perspectiveAt the 2010 RESNET conference, I heard David Goldstein speak on some of the issues he’d written about in his book, Invisible Energy. Goldstein is the Energy Program Co-Director at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and past-president of RESNET, and in one part of his talk, he threw out some numbers that floored me. RELATED ARTICLES Location efficiency affects mortgage security, tooIn the book, Goldstein gives other measures of location efficiency, too. For example, when he looked at the most location-efficient places in the San Francisco Bay Area, he found that the mortgage default rate was less than 0.1%, whereas out in the Bay Area sprawl, it was 2.5%. Whoa! Save all that money on reduced driving expenses, and you get to keep your house. What a concept!Not only have you been more likely to keep your location-efficient house, should you have one, you’ve also suffered much less in lost value over the past few years of declining house prices. Goldstein found this to be true in major metropolitan areas across the US in addition to San Francisco.Getting back to the main point, it turns out that location efficiency can be much more important than home energy efficiency. With peak oil, expect the cost of poor location efficiency to cause more and more financial pain. The drive-till-you-qualify housing market, which reduces our energy security, will come to an end.last_img read more

Slain Armyman’s classmates send sweets to soldiers

first_img“The mithai boxes, weighing over 250 kg, landed at Srinagar airport from Chandigarh and reached the 41 Rashtriya Rifles on Wednesday, for distribution among the soldiers Mahadik once commanded,” said one of his classmates, involved in this initiative. Colonel Mahadik was a student of Sainik School at Satara.The classmate said, “This Diwali, we thought of his comrades-in-arms, who suffer harsh climes and the enemy from across the border, as well as some within. We thought this would be a nice gesture for soldiers who spend Diwali away from their families.”An officer from the elite 21 Para-Special Forces unit, Colonel Mahadik was awarded a Sena Medal for gallantry during Operation Rhino in the Northeast in 2003. An ace football goalkeeper, a skilled horse-rider and a passionate boxer, Colonel Mahadik was an all-rounder, his classmates recall. Sweet gestureDespite the inhospitable terrain that made the Kupwara operation immensely challenging, the Colonel particularly chose to lead his battalion. For Colonel Mahadik’s classmates from the batch which passed out of the Sainik School 24 years ago, this is the third year of the “sweet gesture” which they call ‘Operation Diwali’. Mahadik’s wife Swati was commissioned in the Army as a lieutenant in 2017. The classmates of an Army officer from the State, who laid down his life battling militants near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district in 2015, have sent 250 kg of sweets to soldiers in his unit.Colonel Santosh Mahadik, the Commanding Officer of 41 Rashtriya Rifles, was critically injured during the operation in Haji Naka forest area of Kupwara near the LoC in Kashmir in November 2015 and succumbed at a hospital.last_img read more