Foran says Warriors aren’t done yet

first_imgWith four wins from 11 in 2017, the Warriors are well on track for a sixth straight year without NRL finals football – despite recruiting Kiwis playmaker Foran and coach Stephen Kearney in the off-season.But with State of Origin season nigh, the Warriors have a golden opportunity to pick up the slack against an understrength Brisbane Broncos on Saturday.Playmaker Anthony Milford, skipper Darius Boyd and bullish second-rower Matt Gillett will all miss their side’s trans-Tasman trip on Queensland duty, as will Corey Oates, Josh McGuire and veteran Sam Thaiday.The Warriors, meanwhile, have lost just the single player in Jacob Lillyman.The Origin period has often been a golden one for the Auckland-based side, who are able to pit a full-strength squad against heavily weakened opponents.They have won 70 per cent of Origin-period matches between 2012 and 2016, according to Fox Sports, compared to just 21 per cent of matches afterwards.And while Foran insisted the Broncos’ second-string players would provide their own challenges – particularly Benji Marshall – he backed his teammates to quickly bounce back from their demoralising post-Trans Tasman Test defeats.A second-half capitulation to the Panthers two weeks ago was followed by an equally soft performance against the Dragons in Hamilton, going down 30-14.”We’re all fully aware of the challenge that lies ahead, generally when teams are understrength they perform even better,” Foran said.”More than ever, we’re on top of the ball – we know we need to take our game to another level to get ourselves out of where we are.”Kearney has remained calm in the face of howling fan discontent thus far, keeping the faith with a number of underperforming troops.He has named a mostly unchanged side for the clash in south Auckland, bar Simon Mannering’s return from a hamstring complaint.The industrious former captain has been sorely missed by the side, and Foran labelled the long-serving lock as irreplaceable.But he warned against expecting Mannering to be the Warriors’ saviour.”You miss a number of his attributes, his work ethic is phenomenal, the way he tidies up around the ruck, the on-field leadership,” Foran said.”We’re over the moon to get him back, (but) hopefully all 17 players can put in a really strong performance.”STATS THAT MATTER:- The Warriors have won 11 of their last 15 NRL games at Mount Smart Stadium, but only six of 28 at other New Zealand venues.- Since 2012, the Warriors have won 70 per cent of NRL matches played during the State of Origin period. Brisbane have won just 50 per cent.- Brisbane’s 36-0 thrashing of Wests Tigers last week made them just the fourth Broncos side in history to score 24 points or more in six straight games.last_img read more

Deepened cooperation among South American states needed – Granger

first_imgPresident David Granger told members of the diplomatic community and Guyanese in Brasilia, Brazil, that he is committed to ensuring that Guyana realises its continental destiny, urging the continued strengthening of relations and cooperation among South American states. The Head of State, who was at the time attending a reception hosted in honour of his State visit to Brazil by Ambassador George Talbot, Guyana’s diplomatic representative in that country, also described his meeting with President Michel Temer as a reaffirmation of the warmth, which characterises the relationship between the two countries.“This is a visit of friendship; this is a visit of cordiality; this is a visit of partnership. So my visit today has been very significant not only in terms of the signing of agreements but also with renewing the cooperation with Brazil, looking at our borders, looking at education and also looking at the role that the Brazilian Army has been playing in Guyana, a peaceful role and not an aggressive role,” Granger is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.The Guyanese Head of State noted that the prosperity of the states on the continent is dependent on it remaining a zone of peace, adding that continued cooperation and good relations will have a positive economic impact in the region. “We should not sit on our hands. We should not allow other regions of the world, other continents to simply dominate the world’s economy. Brazil, which occupies 50 per cent of the land space of this continent is already a member of the BRIC [Brazil, Russia, India and China, which are described as being in a state of newly advanced economic development] community but there is no reason why the other 11 states in this continent should not share the bonanza. We do not need to be poor, but I do believe that with better cooperation, prosperity can be shared more evenly throughout this continent,” he said.The President also told those gathered that Brazil has been a reliable partner in the defence of its territorial integrity. The country has always maintained its support for Guyana in the Guyana/Venezuela border controversy. “I’ve referred rather extravagantly, but rather correctly to Brazil as being the guarantor of Guyana’s territorial integrity. Brazil has borders with every country in this continent except two and Brazil from the outset has stated that it has no interest in upsetting or revising any border, which has been determined by international law and that has been the bedrock of our relationship with the Federative Republic of Brazil for nearly half of a century. I’m very confident given the consistency and the continuity that we’ve always seen in Itamaraty that we’ll always be able to rely on Brazil as a friend and a neighbour,” he said.Brazil’s Secretary General of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Marcos Galvão, in brief remarks said that in 2018, the two countries will be celebrating 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations. The anniversary, he said, will come with an unprecedented increase in bilateral relations between the two countries. Guyana and Brazil established formal diplomatic ties on December 18, 1968.last_img read more

Govt blames PPP for CJIA project delays

first_img4 years after inheriting projectEven though it inherited and took control of the project almost four years ago, the coalition Government has thrown the blame for the delays to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project at the feet of the former Administration.A model of the works on the terminal initially proposedAccording to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson in a statement via his social media account on Monday, the coalition Government is not at fault as it has done its best to make do.Patterson related that in 2015, the Government had the options of scrapping the project altogether, continuing with the original scope of works but exceeding its budget or downsizing the project to keep within the project cost.“Cabinet, after deliberations opted for option C – with the guidelines that the contract sum remains at the same level, that the runway be completed to international specifications, the terminal buildings must be able to adequately accommodate the projected passenger increases and that no unnecessary residents of Timehri North be removed,” Patterson said.A model of the final proposalClaiming that the absence of preliminary reports hampered the project, Patterson went on to accuse the former Administration of allowing extra sand filling and determining the cost of the sand.“Thus, the volume of sand filling required moved from 4.4 million cubic metres to 10.1 million cubic metres – this is due to the fact that the South West section is at a lower elevation than the North East. The cost per cubic metre was also determined by my predecessor.”“The decision to also extend the runway in the South West direction was taken by the then [People’s Progressive Party] PPP Government since 2013. This decision resulted in additional excavation and sand filling,” Patterson claimed.Even though Patterson said the airport specifications were downgraded to limit cost overruns, Government went to the National Assembly last year to request $346.5 million in supplementary funds towards the purchase and installation of two additional air bridges.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonIn 2019, taxpayers are expected to hand out even more funds as the project remains in an incomplete state. Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson had told the media in January that additional works are still to be carried out on the multi-billion Guyana dollar facility.In mid-December 2018, Minister Ferguson had revealed that $65 million was approved to be spent on the Airport’s upgrade of its technology which was geared to be able to track the weather, among other aspects.She had also explained that the new technology will assist pilots in tracking the weather patterns to make better landing decisions as the airport was making the transition from manual to digital. This $65 million was in addition to the $346 million which had been sought earlier in 2018.According to documents seen by Guyana Times, as of January this year, outstanding works to be completed include the South West runway extension pavement works and sections of the Departure Terminal; namely Immigration, Security Screening, and Duty-Free concessions areas.Meanwhile, as of January CHEC has been paid US$132 million. When payments to the consultant and local contractors are also factored in, that sum rises to US$142 million. Government’s contract with CHEC expired in December of last year.The projectIn 2012, under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, Guyana secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government was slated to inject some US$12 million.Upon completion, the Airport is expected to have four air passenger boarding bridges for arrivals and departures; a 450-seat departure area, escalators and elevators in addition to an extended runway catering for larger categories of aircraft.However, the extension of works into 2019 comes in disparity to an earlier commitment by Government where it committed that the works associated with the expansion would have been completed by the last quarter of 2018. Initially, the project was scheduled to be completed within 32 months of its commencement in 2013. Later on, officials were optimistic of the project being completed by 2017.The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change, when in opposition, had cut the funds the then PPP Government had allocated for the CJIA expansion.Attempts to contact former Public Works Minister, Robeson Benn to comment on the issue proved futile.last_img read more

Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede set to saddle up today

first_imgKids: $17Adults: $50For more information and how to purchase tickets click here.Exhibition Flyer. Photo by Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede Facebook Page. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Today marks the start of “the Greatest Show in the Peace”, the 96th Annual Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede.Featured at this year’s event will be the Canadian Pro Tour Rodeo, World Professional Chuckwagon Racing, 4H exhibits, an outdoor trade show and more.Events start at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and run through August 12th. The event will see kids, teenagers and adults all compete.- Advertisement -Tickets prices for the event are shown below:Fair Only:Thursday to Sunday:Advertisement Kids: $3Adults: $10Exhibitors Pass:Kids: $3Adult: $3Fair Only (Evening):Kids: $3Adults: $3Open Seating – Grandstand:5-day all event pass:Advertisementcenter_img Kids: $45Adults: $130Fair/Rodeo/Chuckwagons:Kids: $12Adults: $35Fair/Chuckwagons:Kids: $10Adults: $20Reserved Seating – Grandstand:5-day all event pass:Kids: $65Adults: 175Fair/Rodeo/Chuckwagons:Advertisementlast_img read more

GP Man charged with murdering a 2 year old

first_imgA Grande Prairie man has been charged after the death of a two year old.On Tuesday December 1, 2009, at 11:30 p.m., Grande RCMP and Grande Prairie EMS responded to a 911 call at a residence on the southwest side of the City. A 2 year old female with extensive and critical injuries was transported to the QE II Hospital in Grande Prairie. She was subsequently transported to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton on Wednesday December 2nd after 3:30 p.m., where she was placed on life support. The victim was removed from life support at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday December 3 and died shortly thereafter. An autopsy was completed by the Edmonton Medical Examiner’s office on Friday December 4th.A 25 year old Grande Prairie man, Herbie Giroux has been arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder. He was arrested without incident at Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment on Friday and remains in police custody. Giroux’s next court appearance is scheduled for Monday December 7th, 2009 in Grande Prairie Provincial Court.- Advertisement -The RCMP have not released any details into the relationship between the victim and the man charged.  They have also not said how the victim died.Grande Prairie RCMP continue their investigation with the assistance of Peace River Major Crimes and Forensic Identification Section.last_img read more

Another chance for public to discuss 2010 budget

first_imgThe City will be holding another public consultation on the 2010 budget on Monday.Two weeks ago, City Councilors and staff held a meeting on the capital budget. The upcoming session will be on the operating budget, which is expected to raise property taxes by as much as 3 per cent this year. – Advertisement -It will be an opportunity for community members to ask questions and voice concerns. The meeting will be held on Monday, March 1, at 5:00p.m. at City Hall on 100th Street. By stafflast_img

Man arrested in failed carjackings

first_imgPEARBLOSSOM – Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Pearblossom man Thursday on suspicion of carrying a gun that discharged outside a Wal-Mart, attempting two carjackings and trying to rob patrons at two eateries. Carlos Flores, 23, was arrested on suspicion of multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon, carjacking and robbery, sheriff’s Deputy Dave Jennings said. He said Flores apparently came “unglued” when a firearm he was carrying accidentally discharged outside Wal-Mart on 47th Street East. Jennings said Flores went to a nearby Mirastar service station, fired shots and stole a man’s wallet in a botched carjacking attempt. The deputy said Flores also fired shots at a woman at the entrance of a Jack in the Box in another failed carjacking. Next, Jennings said, Flores went to a Denny’s restaurant, took money off tables and was arrested. There were no reports of injuries, but deputies said they are concerned about a man who was at pump No.5 in a red Ford Focus at the gas station. They asked anyone with information to call the Palmdale station at (661) 272-2400. 160Want 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_imgANOTHER Donegal hotel has gone on the market – with a value price-tag.The Letterkenny Court Hotel has a €900,000 guide price.The Main Street Hotel has 57 en suite guest bedrooms and 26 apartments as well as a ground-floor reception. Its Dillon’s Bar, which also has separate street access “extends over split levels with front and rear bar and is fitted in traditional style with some of its areas suitable for casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere” according to estate agents.On the lower-ground floor is Lannigan’s Restaurant which was recently refurbished to provide dining for up to 90 patrons. DONEGAL HOTEL GOES ON MARKET FOR JUST €900,000 was last modified: July 11th, 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:000DONEGAL HOTEL GOES ON MARKET FOR JUST €900last_img read more


first_imgEclipse Cinemas will be showing the highly anticipated Ulster SFC final clash between Donegal and Tyrone on their big screens on Sunday. Doors open at 1.30pm, and tickts are FREE. Autism Friendly Ice Age: New Films this week: Check Trailers out below: club Daily (12 noon) Check out all our listings @ www.eclipsecinemas.comFilms available this week include:ENTERTAINMENT: BIG MATCH LIVE ON THE BIG SCREEN AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS THIS WEEKEND was last modified: July 14th, 2016 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:Big MatchEclipse CinemasEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Letterkenny Golf Club: Nothing to ‘hamper’ Mark Howard at Barnhill!

first_imgWinning the Christmas dinner turkey is one thing but taking home the full week’s goodies is quite another and that’s exactly what Mark Howard [14] did on Sunday last following his 42pt return from his Saturday round.With the club’s Christmas Hamper being won by the best individual score over two days, Saturday and Sunday, Mark’s outward nine score of 23pts, one [1] over at the turn, had him stretching the field behind and, even though his birdie at 14th [Stackyard] was preceded by a ‘blank’ at Sheep Hill [12th] , his 19pts on inward nine was enough to ensure his palate would be well treated this year.Picture: Prizewinners from the Diver’s Hyundai Motors sponsored competition at Letterkenny Golf Club receiving their prizes from sponsor Gavin Flanagan. L-r; John Doran, Darragh McMenamin, club Captain Ivan Fuery and Henry McCahey. In runner-up spot with 38pts, also achieved on Saturday, was incoming Captain Colin Morrow [22] whose back-to-back ‘blanks’ at Swilly [3rd] and Sliabh Sneacht [4th] left him in ponderous mood for back nine but a 23pt return had him relegate Brian Carney [24] to third place by virtue of B.O.T. with Brian’s 17pts on his inward nine not matching his creditable 21pts from first nine.In 4th place, again on B.O.T., was single figure handicapper Shane Scanlan [7] whilst gross prize was won by the ever-present Kieran Sweeney [6] with 31pts. gross.The best ‘day’ winners were M.P.O’Donnell [14] for Saturday with 37pts and Kevin Rafferty [7] for Sunday, also with 37pts.Following the success of last weekend’s competition which yielded an entry of almost one hundred and twenty, competitions has decided to run another ‘Christmas Hamper’ under the same guise as the former. Therefore, the competition will be played over Saturday and Sunday, 10th & 11th December with the best individual score from either day declared the winner.The dates for the club’s AGM’s are as follows: Mens Club AGM on Monday, December 12; Parent Club AGM on Tuesday, December 13. All male mamebers are entitled to and are asked to attend both AGMs. Lady members are also asked to attend the parent club AGM.Congratulations to Letterkenny Golf Club resident PGA Professional Seamus McMonagle on the opening of his new indoor teaching studio.Now fully up and running at Letterkenny GC, the spacious studio includes a tour standard indoor ‘putting green’ and new SkyTrack Golf Simulator which gives all clients in-depth information about their club-face angle, swing path, swing plane, angle of attack & other vital data.Book individual or group sessions direct with Seamus today and improve your game, whatever the Donegal weather! Congratulations to Cat 4 convenor and musician extraordinaire Gerry O’ Sullivan on his hole-in-one recorded on Saturday last at his home course of Barnhill.Gerry’s ‘ace’ was achieved at the par three 13th, the aptly named Hunters Home with what is rumoured to have been his trusty driver. When asked to describe the swing Gerry answered ‘In the mitt and up the tree.”Club members, family, visitors, friends associates and members of the general public are remindedthat the golf club shop pre-Christmas sale takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, for two days only. All stock is reduced by at least 20 per cent [excluding golf balls] So come out and purchase that perfect Christmas gift for him or her!Letterkenny Golf Club: Nothing to ‘hamper’ Mark Howard at Barnhill! was last modified: December 7th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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