Bulldogs prepare for unknown at Brookvale

first_imgThe Sea Eagles have a new playmaking and hooking combination, an unrecognisable forward pack from last year and a completely new coaching staff, but Canterbury players say there are still a few givens whenever you take on the Sea Eagles on their home patch.”You know they’re going to turn up, they obviously have a new coach and a few new players but the mentality of Manly’s never changed,” Dogs prop Aiden Tolman said.”You know when you play them you have to be on your game and it’s going to be a good test for us Round 1, over there, away from home, the crowd’s always against you and they’ve got a good side so it’s going to be a tough game but we want to get the season off with a win.”They’ve got a new forward pack but it’s the same faces we’ve played in other teams. It won’t make the job any easier.”Lock Greg Eastwood has played alongside some of Manly’s new faces; like many of his teammates he once wore blue and white with enforcer Marty Taupau, while Eastwood has more recently played Test football for New Zealand with Taupau and another new Manly recruit, Lewis Brown.”They’ve got a new side and a new coach so we don’t know what to expect; we’ve just got to focus on our own game,” Eastwood said.”They’ve recruited real well this year. There was a lot of talk they needed to add size to their pack and they’ve done that. You know what you’re going to get with [Taupau]. He’s going to try and run over you every chance he gets.”Nate Myles has been real consistent over a long period and Lewis Brown is going to do a job for them. We’ve got to limit their metres and help our side get on the front foot.”It’s always a hard game going to Brookvale, even when they’ve got a few injuries here and there, you know what they’re going to do. They don’t want to disappoint their fans, especially at their home ground they’ll come out strong but I’m sure our boys will do the job.”Blues back-rower Josh Jackson suggested his old teammate Taupau would add plenty of energy and physicality to Manly’s middle.”They’ve got a fair few other new players there. I think they’ve done really well with the players they’ve brought in and a new coach as well so it’s a little bit unknown exactly what they’re going to throw up at us,” Jackson said.”They’ve done really well to get those players in, they’re all quality players, they’re all representative players.”He added it was hard for his side to know what to focus on with so many new players and a new coach.”If we can just match their energy early and hang in there for 80 minutes we’ll give ourselves every chance.”The first couple of weeks is always a bit of a trial period to see how those things go and you adjust your game accordingly,” Jackson said.Jackson also backed his side’s big pack to adapt to the reduced interchanges and shot clock as well as any side.”I think we should be all right; we’ve got [props] Aiden Tolman and James Graham who could punch out 80 if they had to and probably do it quite easily, then myself and Tony Williams usually play longer minutes as well so I think we should be all right,” he said.last_img read more

2 pedestrians killed after car slams into bus shed

first_imgTwo pedestrians were killed on Saturday afternoon at Marudi Public Road Soesdyke-Linden Highway after a car slammed into a bus shed.Dead are Melva Lucus, 54, and Elsa Fernandes, 51, both of Grand Sand Road Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Reports are at about 16:45h, a motorcar with registration number PRR 3606 driven by a 28-year-old resident of Kuru Kururu Village was proceeding north along the western side of the Marudi public road at a fast rate of speed when the driver allegedly swerved west to avoid hitting another motorcar.Guyana Times understands that the other car was proceeding south along the western lane; overtaking another vehicle. The driver of PRR 3606 reportedly lost control of his vehicle and collided into a wooden bus shed on the western parapet of the road and further collided with two female pedestrians, who were standing on the western parapet.The two pedestrians were picked up in an unconscious state by Police who rushed them to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where they were pronounced dead on arrival. The driver of the motorcar was taken into Police custody and a breathalyser was conducted.Police have since said that he passed the breathalyser test. The bodies of the women are at the Lyken’s Funeral Parlour awaiting post mortem.last_img read more

Harambee Stars’ Omar sacked by Bulgarian club

first_img0Shares0000ABUD OMARNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 19 – Bulgarian club Slavia Sofia have sacked Harambee Stars left-back Aboud Omar, accusing the defender of insulting his team-mates and coaches.In a statement the club said the problems had been going on for several months and that he had also shown disrespect to Bulgaria. “I decided to remove Aboud Omar from the team and his contractual relations with the club will be suspended under the existing legal order,” Slavia president Ventseslav Stefanov said in a statement.The 25-year-old left back, who is yet to comment on the club’s decision, became the first Kenyan player in the Bulgarian league when he joined them in 2016.He was instrumental in helping the seven-times Bulgarian champions qualify for the Europa League a few months later.“For no apparent reason, the player became cruel and arrogant,” Stefanov said.“He learned the most vulgar phrases in Bulgarian and began to address them to his team mates without exception.“The impudent Kenyan began to curse everything, related to life in our country and did not try to conceal his dislike for the Bulgarian state at all…”Stefanov said that all Slavia players unanimously supported his decision to dismiss Omar, capped more than 30 times by Kenya.-By BBC Sport-0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Waitressing down to a tee

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“The bill’s already been paid,” she yelled, waving the bills in the air. The golfers smiled and told Marilyn to keep the money. “That’s for you,” one of them said. And it’s that kind of honesty that makes Abt arguably the best-loved and most popular employee at the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area golf course. Popular, loved and certainly more honest than many of the thousands of golfers she’s been feeding over the years before or after they’ve hacked and lied their way around 18 holes. I know. I’m one of them. In nearly 50 years of waitressing at the Encino/Balboa Golf Course coffee shop, Marilyn Abt’s biggest tip has been $46. And she thought that was a mistake. “Three guys were having breakfast one morning, and one of them paid the bill while the other two went to the little boys’ room,” the waitress said Thursday, keeping an eye on the cook’s window for her order of scrambled eggs and bacon for Table 3. “He left me a $6 tip, but when I went to clean the dirty dishes away, I found two $20 bills – one under each plate. I figured they didn’t know their buddy had already paid the bill.” Marilyn didn’t put the two bills in her pocket, no questions asked. Instead, she chased the golfers to the first tee of Balboa. “I’ve never seen her without a smile and a happy greeting when you come in,” says Robert Johansen, who walked into the coffee shop Thursday morning after playing 18 holes with friends Jerry Frankel and John Stimson. “The usual?” Marilyn asked the men. They nodded and smiled. Who needs menus and an order pad when you’ve been the only waitress many of these golfers have known since the course opened 50 years ago? “I’ll look out the window, see my regulars coming and put their orders in before they even sit down,” said Marilyn, now 83. It’s a good thing, too, because golfers are notoriously rotten judges of time. “I’ve had guys sit down and order oatmeal, then have their tee time called,” she said, laughing. “They’ll pour their breakfast into plastic cartons and run out of here slurping it down.” Over the years, she’s served actors Clark Gable and Kirk Douglas, jazz singer Billy Eckstein and a host of other well-known personalities in the original coffee shop that sat where the driving range is now. It was moved to bigger quarters in 1968. “The first coffee shop had a four-seat counter and four tables,” Marilyn says, making the rounds with her coffee pot. “I was the cook and only waitress. “I’d make them breakfast and serve it myself.” Now she has more help, like waitress Linda Wilks, who has been there 20 years. “She still runs circles around every other waitress we have here,” Wilks says. “I’ve never heard her complain once about any aches and pains.” So, to what does she attribute her good health and long waitressing career, a few of her steady customers want to know. “Crown Royal,” Marilyn says, winking, referring to her favorite whiskey. When you’ve spent almost 50 years feeding a bunch of lying, cheating golfers, you need all the help you can get. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want 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


first_imgThere will be great excitement this Saturday evening at 6pm in Kilmacrennan when a huge crowd is expected to see the switching on of the village’s Christmas Lights.The entire community are very excited about having their village lit up this year for Christmas and with Santa arriving in style to Kilmacreannan in the famous Coca Cola Truck he will also have treats for all the children who come out to see him.There was an art competition held in Kilmacrennan National School and the winer of the art competition will be the lucky child who will get to turn on the lights. Santa will be joined by the Mayor of Kilmacrennan, Adrian Boyce, the local county councillors, invited guests, and DJ Funky Monkey will be playing Christmas music throughout the evening too.The people of Kilmacrennan and the local councillors would like as many families to come out to see the switching on of the lights as possible and hope that people come from near and far!See you all there, because everyone is invited!If anyone is looking for any information on the evenings events please contact Councillor John O’Donnell on 074-9139800.  SANTA TO ARRIVE IN KILMACRENNAN ON THE FAMOUS COCA COLA CHRISTMAS TRUCK! was last modified: December 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Coca Cola TruckEntertainmentFeatureskilmacrennannewsSANTAlast_img read more


first_imgOisin Crawford who tragicallty died yesterdayHEALTH chiefs and Gardai are in a race against time to find the evil drug dealers who dished out deadly e tabs to young men, leaving one dead and four in hospital.Tragic Oisin Crawford was killed yesterday morning after attending a party at a house in St Johnston.There has been a huge outpouring of sympathy to his family, including well-respected Seamus Crawford who runs a tyre business in Raphoe. Oisin was just 22.Prayers are being said for his friend Simon Lynch, also 22, who remains in a critical condition in hospital.His father Liam has called on the public to help Gardaí to catch those behind the evil drugs trade.Officers are hoping to take statements today from all those who were at the house party on St Johnston’s Main Street in the early hours of yesterday in the hope of tracing vital witnesses who might be able to help catch the dealers. Oisin is the latest victim of the drugs trade – and the trade in ecstasy tablets containing deadly chemicals.The so-called ‘bad batch’ of drugs has killed several other people in Ireland this year including a 16-year-old boy.The HSE has already identified the names of the drugs involved in the tragic Donegal case.They are called Double Black or Double Cross.Anyone with information should give it to their nearest Garda station or via the confidential telephone. The Garda Confidential Telephone Line is 1800 666 111.RACE ON TO FIND DONEGAL DEALERS BEHIND DEADLY BATCH OF DRUGS was last modified: May 27th, 2014 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:deaddouble blackdouble crossdrugs tradeGardaiOisin CrawfordWarninglast_img read more


first_imgGARDAI have questioned a man and sent a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions following an alleged sexual assault in Donegal Town.The alleged incident took place in the town last week.A woman in her 30s later made an allegation to Gardai. A man in his 60s from a Border town in Donegal has been questioned about the alleged attack and a file submitted to the DPP in Dublin.The man had been questioned at Ballyshannon Garda Station. FILE SENT TO DPP OVER ALLEGED DONEGAL TOWN ASSAULT was last modified: August 5th, 2014 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:alleged sexual assaultBallyshannonDonegal TownDPPGardailast_img read more

SAB’s R6bn empowerment deal

first_imgThe bottling section of South African Breweries’ plant in Alrode, Johannesburg. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.)MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterMultinational brewing giant SABMiller has announced a major black economic empowerment deal that will see local subsidiary South African Breweries (SAB) transfer some 10% of its value, worth about R6-billion (US$750-million), to black participants.These will include SAB employees, black-owned liquor retailers – both those licensed to sell alcohol and those in the process of applying for a licence – as well as black-owned companies that are customers of ABI, SAB’s soft-drink division, and the broader black South African community.The deal, announced yesterday, is expected to cost the company about R1.8-billion ($220-million).“There are three innovative and distinctive features of this transaction,” Graham Mackay, chief executive of SABMiller plc, said in a statement. “Firstly, the transaction places no reliance on external bank funding, and requires only a relatively small and hence affordable cash investment from retail participants.“Secondly, a meaningful dividend stream is expected to be paid to all participants for the whole of the 10-year transaction period, thereby delivering a significant economic benefit from the first year.“Thirdly, the transaction aims to benefit the stakeholders who have made a real contribution to SAB’s success as well as the broader South African community through the SAB Foundation.”The transaction will not require any external bank funding, and will need only a small cash investment by participants who, SAB said, can expect meaningful cash dividends to be paid from the first year.At the end of the 10-year transaction period, participants will exchange their shareholdings in SAB for shares in SABMiller.One of the world’s largest brewers, SABMiller has brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents.Its brands includes premium international beers such as Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch along with top local brands such as Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie.The structure of SAB’s BEE deal will see the creation of three new investment groups – an employee trust, a retailer entity and the SAB Foundation. These will each will each subscribe for new separate classes of SAB ordinary shares, allocated in the ratio of 40:40:20 respectively.The deal will significantly improve SAB’s compliance with the South African government’s BEE Codes of Good Practice.These Codes aim to reduce the entrenched inequalities caused by apartheid and increase the participation of black people in the economy. BEE is seen as a key requirement for the promotion of sustainable economic growth and social development in South Africa. For the purposes of BEE, black people are defined as African, Indian, coloured and Chinese South Africans.As only licensed retailers or those who have applied for a licence qualify, SAB hopes the deal will support the liquor-licensing process in South Africa. This would legalise an effective distribution network – South Africa’s township taverns, known as shebeens.“There are considerable socioeconomic benefits to be derived from a normalised and regulated industry in which liquor retailers, the vast majority of whom are currently unlicensed, are formally incorporated into the economy and liquor industry,” the company said.The precise terms of the transaction are expected to be finalised after the November release of SABMiller’s interim results for the six months ending 30 September 2009. Subject to shareholder approval, it is likely to be implemented in the first half of 2010.Related articlesBlack economic empowermentSAB wins big, greens Boks Brewery spreads African reach Brewing up boutique beers SABMiller: global brewing giantUseful linksSABMiller South African Breweries Department of Trade and Industrylast_img read more

World’s first hybrid sports car in SA

first_imgJapanese car manufacturer Honda will belaunching the world’s first hybrid sportscoupé, the CR-Z in South Africa(Image: www.honda.co.za)MEDIA CONTACTS• Joeline Dabrowski+27 11 847 9400RELATED ARTICLES• Mercedes-Benz SA tops for quality• Gautrain rolls out• Business school to expand in Africa• School for Africa’s future leadersNosimilo RamelaJapanese car manufacturer Honda will be launching the world’s first hybrid sports coupé, the CR-Z, in South Africa later in 2010, the second hybrid vehicle to be launched in the country.A hybrid model uses two or more sources to power it, usually fuel and a rechargeable battery. The combination helps the engine operate more efficiently, which minimises fuel use and makes the vehicle more environment-friendly.The CR-Z’s low emissions and fuel efficiency translate to a combined-cycle fuel consumption figure of only five litres/100km and a carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rating of 117g/km.This is well below the 120g/km emissions tax threshold, which was first announced earlier in the year in the 2010/11 national budget (PDF, 363 KB). The regulation will come into effect in South Africa on 1 September 2010.It stipulates that passenger vehicles will be taxed according to their certified CO2 emissions at R75 per g/km for each g/km above 120g/km.The emissions tax is expected to encourage more South Africans to purchase energy-efficient and environment-friendly vehicles.The arrival of the hybrid sports coupé is attracting particular attention because it’s expected to differ from the hybrid-vehicle stereotype, which is often associated with sluggish performance.Honda spokesperson Joeline Dabrowski said: “The acceleration of the CR-Z feels almost turbo-like, but it’s accompanied by a sustained linearity and appetite for revs that contribute substantially to the car’s sporty character.”Central to this hybrid sports coupé is a parallel hybrid drive-train with integrated motor assist (IMA). It combines a 1.5-litre VTEC petrol engine with a compact, high-torque electric motor.The motor is located between the engine and the clutch, and contributes up to 78 Newton metres (Nm) of additional torque at low to medium engine speeds. The output of the parallel system is comparable with that of a conventional 1.8-litre petrol engine, offering 92kW of maximum power and 174Nm of torque. The IMA system provides direct torque, which ensures immediate response and supreme in-gear tractability.The vehicle combines the environmental advantages of a clean and efficient hybrid drive-train and the sporty appeal of a six-speed manual gearbox, said Dabrowski. “The six-speed manual gearbox is a first for a hybrid car and significantly enhances driving experience and involvement.”The car is operated using a three-mode drive system: normal, sport and economy. Each mode has a set of operating features that establish aspects such as throttle response, steering feel and IMA boost.Set to turn headsThe CR-Z has a distinctly sleek and smooth exterior. It is a split-level two-door hatchback with a lower glassed area and a carved waistline.On the inside it offers two robust front seats and a smaller integrated backseat bench that can be folded down to enhance cargo space. The dashboard is uniquely shaped to provide an effortless overview of the various controls and three-dimensional (3D) instruments for the driver.The 3D instruments light up in one of three colours, which reflect the three driving modes. The CR-Z also has a multi-information display that shows a selection of trip-related data.In keeping with its green appeal, it has an eco-assist bar that provides a graphic display of how economically the car is being driven ‒ and at the end of each trip an eco-score is given. The driver is then able to compare this with the score of the previous trip.“The new CR-Z has all the hallmarks of a thoroughbred performance machine,” said Dabrowski.last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – August 19, 2010

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 18, 2012January 18, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 5, 2011January 5, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”10/10/10 – Be Part of a Worldwide Geocaching Record AttemptOctober 6, 2010In “Community” Plan to Go Geocaching on 10-10-10We want to see how many geocachers can go geocaching on a single day! We’ve chosen 10-10-10, since the date represents 10 years of geocaching and 10 years of Groundspeak in 2010. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your worst enemy (if that’s what it takes) and let’s see if we can beat the previous record of 56,654 accounts logging on April 18, 2010. Even one log counts since we are counting how many accounts log a cache rather than the number of caches logged.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more