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Thompson national champ but Williams steals show

first_imgElaine Thompson beat Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce by the finest of margins to win the women’s 100m at the 2019 JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Athletics Championships at the National Stadium last night as Briana Williams continues to rewrite the record books.Thompson and Fraser-Pryce both clocked season’s best times of 10.73 seconds, but it was Williams who elicited the loudest applause as she ran a World Under-18 record with her 10.94 seconds effort.“I am officially a part of the 10.9 club, so I am really happy tonight,” Williams said. “The aim was to get a good start and execute, and I am glad I made the team.”The race also drew a range of emotions as Thompson was moved to tears after it was confirmed that she was the winner.“I have been battling for the last two years with this Achilles injury, and even though it is not 100 per cent, I still pulled through, and for me to come back and run 10.73, it is overwhelming,” Thompson said. GRACEFUL DEFEAT Fraser-Pryce, who is in her second season after taking time off for pregnancy, was graceful in defeat.“I must say congrats to Elaine and Briana. She (Williams) is running 10.9. I wasn’t running 11 seconds good when I was 17 years old,” Fraser-Pryce said.Yohan Blake won the men’s version in 9.96 seconds ahead of Tyquendo Tracey, who clocked a season’s best 10.00 seconds.Rasheed Dwyer rounded out the top three with 10.11.Rushell Clayton pulled off a shocker to win the women’s 400m hurdles in 54.73 seconds.The former University of The West Indies athlete covered pre-race favourite Janieve Russell from the first bend and never looked back. “I felt this time coming, knowing who I am competing with,” Clayton said after the race.She came into the with a personal best of 55.08.“My aim was to finish in the top three race, and I finished first and got 54,” she said.Shiann Salmon, who competed at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships last year for Hydel high school, clocked 55.39 for second, while her Sprintec teammate, Rhonda Whyte, finished third in 55.41.“I am overwhelmed to know that I made my first team just one year out of High School. The transition into the senior stage was challenging, but thank God, I made it through, “ Salmon said.The Lennox Grahan-coached Kemar Mowatt won the men’s equivalent in 48.70 seconds, ahead of Romel Lewis, 49.46, and Jaheel Hyde, 49.57.“I am really pleased because I only got four good weeks of practice after an injury, so it’s all (because of) God,” Mowatt said after his victory.Though he was pleased to have finished in the top three, the former World Under-20 champion Hyde knows he has work to do.“I am pretty pleased with the season’s best, and I have until September to get the qualifying mark, so it’s just work from here,” he said.The qualifying mark for the World Championships in the event is 49.30.last_img read more

What more does Bramble have to do for selection?

first_imgAsks Romario Samaroo Over the last four seasons, Guyana Jaguars’ wicket-keeper/batsman, Anthony Bramble, has staked his claim for a senior call p, but like many outstanding performers, he has been overlooked once again.Cricket West Indies on Thursday announced a squad for the upcoming ‘A’ team series between West Indies and India in the Caribbean.The two sides will clash in three tests and five one day matches. Looking at Bramble’s statistics over the last Regional Four-Day tournament, he has been by far the leading wicket-keeper/batsman.With the gloves, Bramble led the way with 43 dismissals this season and 45 last season compared to Jamar Hamilton who had nine and 16 dismissals respectively although he played five matches less than the 28-year-old West Indies B skipper across the two seasons. Autoplay Autoplay1 of 3Chandrapaul HemrajVeerasammy PermaulClinton PestanoWith the bat, Bramble averages 31.2 to Hamilton’s 27.2. This season, Bramble was one of only four batsmen to score two centuries this season where he returned an average of 52.7, the best of all batsmen scoring over 500 runs in the tournament. Like Bramble, left-arm spinner, Veerasammy Permaul has maintained a consistent run in the longer format, topping the bowling charts for the last three seasons while this season finished with 42 scalps, second only to off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall (54 wickets).Also missing out on A team selection  was Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s Imran Khan who has 42 wickets and scored 438 runs with two half centuries.Meanwhile, Jomel Warrican continues to be selected despite having average domestic performances taking 25 wickets in five matches. Jamaican, Akim Frazer has also been included in the Four-Day side, playing just four matches with 20 wickets to his name and no five-wicket haul.Looking at the seamers, Shermon Lewis was given the nod, taking 23 wickets in the first-class season but Clinton Pestano, who has 22 scalps and 214 runs in Guyana’s bowling campaign  on their way to their fifth consecutive title, was also left on the cutting board.Another shocking choice was the non-selection of left-hand opener, Chandrapaul Hemraj. Hemraj, who played six One Day Internationals for the West Indies in 2018 had a decent run in the four-day tournament, with 350 runs from six matches but it was his average of 71 and strike rate of 116 in the Regional Super50 that should have merited him selection.The 29-year-old Kjorn Ottley has been selected for the limited overs side averaging 38 in the Super50 and 26 in List A, with two half centuries.Like Ottley, Barbados-born Akeem Jordon was  also selected. Jordon, who turned out for the Combined Colleges and Campuses in the Regional Super50 where he made his debut season had 16 wickets in eight matches.Speaking on the teams, Chairman of the Interim Selection Panel said, “It was felt that the regular Test players who are available should play the first and second Four-Day matches of this series. This would be part of their preparation for the upcoming senior team Tests against the Indian senior team, as they would have had limited red-ball match practice in recent times. “As such, the squad for the third Four-Day match will have five replacement players. This will allow the regular Test players to gain recovery time before they enter the preparation camp for the Tests against the Indian senior team.”One Day squad: Roston Chase (captain), Sunil Ambris, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Akeem Jordan, Kjorn Ottley, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Rovman Powell, Raymon Reifer, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Devon Thomas1st and 2nd “test” squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Sunil Ambris, Jermaine Blackwood, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Shermon Lewis, Raymon Reifer, Jomel Warrican 3rd “test” squad: Shamarah Brooks (captain), Sunil Ambris, Jermaine Blackwood, Miguel Cummins, Akim Frazer, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Chemar Holder, Brandon King, Shermon Lewis, Raymon Reifer, Jeremy Solozano and Jomel Warricanlast_img read more

Galway Athletics Report

first_imgBallinderry 5kmBallinderry National School will host their annual 5K road race fundraiser, which takes place on Sunday 26th March 2017 at 1pm. The race is headquartered at the school, is AAI approved, and chip timed. Race entry is €15 for adult, €5 for child and €25 for family, and race is open to all. Refreshments will be offered on the day and there will be a raffle on the day.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway 5km SeriesThe ever-popular Galway 5KM series returns again this year, again sponsored by Bradley Renault, with a six-race series. A final reminder to all athletes and runners around the county that online entry will open at 8pm on Friday March 24th on, and the series will likely sell out in the first hour. Craughwell 10 Mile RaceLaura Shaughnessy of Dundrum South Dublin AC, and formerly of Loughrea, won the Craughwell AC hosted 10-mile road race held last Sunday 19thMarch. Shaughnessy ran a well-paced race, tucking in behind the leading men early on, and surging to victory in the second half of the race, clocking 58.01. Second home was the ever-improving John Whiriskey of South Galway AC in 58.54, and third place went to Greg Lundon (also South Galway) in 59.06, both of whom have rapid gains under the expert guidance of their coach Matt Bidwell. Third man home was Tom Prendergast of host club Craughwell. Second lady was Athenry AC’s Jane Ann Meehan in 63.01, with Siobhan Egan of GCH rounding off a high-quality ladies’ podium with third in 66.01 Jordan runs in International Schools Cross Country Cillian Jordan of St Enda’s is the sole Galway representative on the Irish Schools team for the International Schools event to be held in Port Talbot, Wales next weekend. Jordan will make his international debut on the Irish Junior Boys team in the event which pits Ireland against Wales, Scotland and England, over a 4500m distance. Also travelling will be Kathryn Casserly of GCH, who has been appointed as Intermediate Girls team manager for the event, and will bring her vast experience and expert athletics knowledge to bear on what is a very talented squad. National Juvenile IndoorsThe Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoor Championships will be held at Athlone IT Arena next weekend over two days. Many of Galway’s top juveniles will compete, with Relays and field events on the programme Saturday, and the 1500m among the highlights on the Sunday, which also features the Walks, High Jump and Long Jump. The likes of Eanna Folan, Aaron Brennan and Michael Healy of GCH will look to impress over 1500 metres, whilst in the field Craughwell will have a number of athletes on the hunt for medals including Chloe Casey in the Shot Putt, Laura Cunningham in the Long jump and Jerry Keary in the High Jump. World MastersSean McDermott of Castlegar AC and Ian Egan of Tuam AC have travelled to compete on the Irish squad at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea this week. McDermott claimed a fantastic team gold medal on the Irish over 35’s Cross country team, on Monday last, along with Ronan Kearns and Paul Fleming of Rathfarnham AC. Ian Egan placed a fine seventh overall in the O45 category in the cross country event.last_img read more

Online citizen science data platforms help scientists predict species ranges

first_imgFEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Spiders on the move: a black purse-web spider on the ground in Virginia, USA on left (image by Robbin D. Knapp via Flickr CC 2.0) and a northern black widow spider in dead leaves on right (image by Sean McCann). Article published by Sue Palminteri Researchers paired museum collection information for two species of spiders, dating back several decades, with more recent information from online citizen science databases and compared them to climate data to find areas with conditions suitable for each species.They developed maps of predicted geographic distributions for each species and, despite limited data, their findings suggest ranges of both species have shifted northward over time.The researchers highlight the importance of citizen science data in generating long-term data sets on species distributions. Changing climate has already affected where some species live. To determine how changes in temperature and rainfall patterns may affect a given plant or animal, researchers need to know where the species used to live and where it lives now.Such geographic distribution data help scientists understand a species’ habitat requirements and vulnerability to environmental changes, but they are lacking for many species, especially smaller or less-well-studied ones.Now, though, a new study has demonstrated how the recent availability of online citizen science data may be able to help scientists fill these data gaps to better understand and map species distributions.A colorful but venomous northern black widow spider from Missouri, USA, one of the two focal species in this study. Image by Leslie Durham via BugGuide, CC-BY-ND-NC 1.0.Researchers have traditionally approximated the ranges of plants and animals from collection locations of specimens in museums, private collections and historical literature. But with millions of species and relatively few field scientists, museum data are incomplete: they include only a handful of records for a species, they lack the geographic location of some collection sites, or they pertain to specimens collected decades ago. This is especially true for invertebrates such as insects and other arthropods.Scientists may, therefore, know that a certain species has been found in a few discrete locations, but not how it is distributed across the landscape or where it has been detected since climate shifts have been measured.Help may be on the way, in the form of citizen science, specifically the increasingly popular online amateur naturalist platforms.“Distributions of spiders are relatively poorly known, and range maps are often based just on where scientists have found the species,” said the current study’s lead author, Yifu Wang, in a statement. “Using northern black widow spider and black purse-web spider as examples, this paper illustrates that we can (and should!) incorporate citizen science data and distribution modeling techniques to help bridge the knowledge gaps of less-studied species.”Museum collections meet internet citizen scientistsOnline natural history platforms allow researchers and amateur naturalists alike to upload photos and observation data and receive help from the observer community and regional experts in identifying the species. The tens of thousands of participants on these platforms, who far exceed the small cadre of professional field scientists, produce many thousands of annotated, spatially explicit images and records that researchers have begun to use for mapping species.These online data sets are all relatively new, and so their time frame complements that of most museum data. Wang and her colleagues incorporated data generated on internet-based data platforms by researchers, through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (established in 2001) and Encyclopedia of Life (2008), and citizen scientists, through eBird (2002), eButterfly (2012), iNaturalist (2008), and Bugguide (2004).Wang and her colleagues assessed whether they could successfully match the locations of records collected from museums, research centers, literature, personal collections and the online biodiversity information databases with 55 years of climate data to create models of the geographic distributions of two poorly documented spider species in North America: the northern black widow (Latrodectus variolus) and the black purse-web spider (Sphodros niger). Big Data, Citizen Science, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Conservation Solutions, data, Forgotten Species, Invertebrates, Research, Spiders, Technology, Wildtech Wang told Mongabay-Wildtech that they verified the species’ identifications in the citizen science records by visually reviewing the pictures provided by observers and removing the ones that might be misidentified or might be pets.“We believe museum data are quite reliable because these two species are not hard to identify through body features, especially for experts,” Wang said, “which is also why we can identify people’s observation through photos they provide.”The researchers mapped the location records using a 10-kilometer (6-mile) cell grid for which they had information on temperature and precipitation in different seasons throughout the study period. They therefore also excluded all species location records with a geographic uncertainty greater than 10 kilometers. They developed models of the climatic conditions in which each species is likely to be found, using software that compared the known locations of the species with the climate information in each grid cell.They used a variety of statistical tools to quantify how well a model fits actual data and verify the validity of their final range prediction model. For example, the models incorporated parameters that considered both the identification errors and the uneven geographic distribution of the citizen science observations.“Our models have very high [verification test] values, indicating that they are well-performed models,” Wang said. “In addition, we consulted spider experts to ask if our maps make sense based on their expertise.”Moving NorthWith recent studies suggesting that ranges of similar species are expanding northward, the researchers applied the species location and climate data to determine whether the zones of suitable climate and environment had changed in recent years.They compared the current range predicted by their models to the predicted historical range to test whether the ranges had shifted over time.The modeled historic distribution overlapped substantially with the modeled current distribution for the black purse-web spider, though the results suggest this species’ range may have shifted since 1960, not only expanding along the northern edge in Canada but also contracting in the southwest corner (including Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee).Map of predicted distributions, based on climatic suitability, of the black purse-web spider in North America. The green and purple colors are predicted from 1960–1989 and 1990–2015 observation records, respectively. The observation records are shown for both periods. The southwestern limit of the species’ range is expected to shift north and east, while the northern edge reaches into more northern extremes. Map is Figure 2 from Wang et al (2018). Predicting the distribution of poorly-documented species, Northern black widow (Latrodectus variolus) and Black purse-web spider (Sphodros niger), using museum specimens and citizen science data. PloS one, 13(8), e0201094.The northern edge of the black widow’s range may also have increased over time, though with just 22 historic mapped observations of the black widow, however, the researchers could not create a verifiable model of its historic distribution.“We tried to quantify the [purse-web spider range] shift by calculating the mean difference between the two northern edges,” Wang said, “but the result had a very high standard deviation, i.e. not valid. For L. variolus [northern black widow], since the historical model was not successful, we compared the northern-most records of the two periods and found there is a shift, but of course, this is just an empirical result without statistical tests.”“This data deficiency-induced failure,” the researchers state in their paper, “further reinforces the necessity of digitalizing all available historical records and the incorporation of citizen science data for studying poorly-documented species.”Map of predicted current distribution, based on climatic suitability, of the northern black widow spider in North America. The observation records are shown for both 1960–1989 and 1990–2015, but too few exist for the early period to generate a predicted distribution. This, say researchers, supports the need for more species location data. Map is Figure 1 from Wang et al (2018).The most important environmental factor determining predicted current range for the purse-web spider was the average temperature of the coldest three months of the year. In contrast, for the black widow, the average temperature of the warmest three months most influenced its predicted current range.The researchers suspect that habitat requirements of the two species may explain the different environmental drivers in their models. The purse-web spider specializes in open dry sandy and rocky woodland areas that might make escaping cold winter temperatures difficult, so the temperatures during the coldest quarter of the year could limit their distribution.The northern black widow, here with its web in a Virginia wetland, USA, is among the most venomous spiders in North America but bites only when disturbed. Image by Judy Gallagher via Flickr, CC 2.0The northern black widow often uses man-made shelters to escape cold, but its relatively high metabolic rate, a trait that enables it to withstand cold environments, might be a disadvantage in the heat and could make the temperatures of the year’s warmest quarter a limiting factor.The researchers credit citizen scientists for providing the species location and calendar data that were integral to all of these analyses.Vetting is essential for reliable dataHelpfully, internet-based citizen science databases usually include some vetting by the observer community and regional experts.According to the researchers, observations submitted to certain citizen science platforms such as eBird and eButterfly are vetted by regional experts who validate the precision of geographic coordinates, the observation date and the species, correcting species identification when appropriate. On other platforms, such as iNaturalist and Bugguide, the observer community self-controls the quality of identifications (crowd-source identification). Potential misidentifications are moved to a special forum where experts can confirm the identification.Nevertheless, these data may still need careful vetting by scientists wanting to use them for research. For the current study, for example, the researchers reviewed the species in each of the many images attributed to the species of interest, and they filtered out records with uncertain geographic locations. Citizen science data is generally more accurate for species with easily identified features, such as shapes or colors, say the researchers.Photos taken from different angles provide more information to help experts identify the species. This closeup is of the face of a northern black widow from Missouri, USA. Image by Leslie Durham via BugGuide, CC-BY-ND-NC 1.0.Wang suggested that citizen scientists who want to upload photos to one of these online platforms can best assist scientists by taking photos from multiple angles, as amateur naturalists may not know which body features scientists use to identify different species. “If possible,” Wang said, “a size reference would be helpful as well, for example a coin besides the animal. Geographic location is crucial for the data to be scientifically valuable and useful, and more accurate would be better.”CitationWang, Y., Casajus, N., Buddle, C., Berteaux, D., & Larrivée, M. (2018). Predicting the distribution of poorly-documented species, Northern black widow (Latrodectus variolus) and Black purse-web spider (Sphodros niger), using museum specimens and citizen science data. PloS one, 13(8), e0201094. 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It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Justice for Leonard

first_imgGuyanese were, last week, thrown into despair after becoming aware of circumstances which led to the death of 13-year-old Leonard Archibald, who was brutally sodomised by two men from his community. His body was dumped aback the community and left exposed to the extremities of the environment, only to be discovered days after by a search party.Since the incident, members of the Brothers (and Sisters) village where the lad resided have come forward demanding justice. They have also accused the Police in their district of inaction on a number of previous reports made against one of the two men who have been arraigned for the murder of young Leonard. This incident also saw other boys who were victims of rape, assault and intimidation coming forward to tell their harrowing tales.In response, both the Government and Police Force have expressed concern and outrage following the lad’s death. At least one probe is ongoing into the conduct of the Police within the district, and their handling of the Archibald case and others, which residents say were ducked under the table. Various stakeholders have strongly condemned the rape and buggery of our boys. Suddenly, calls are resurfaced for stronger legislation against child sex offenders and paedophiles.The Rights of the Child Commission also has awoken from its periodic slumber, and is joining the discourse. Politicians have expressed sympathy, and some are even trying to see how they could achieve mileage and relevance following the dastardly act to boost their personal appeal. In short, everyone has reacted, and rightly so.But this sort of knee-jerk reaction exposes the sad reality of the kind of society that we live in. It also highlights the core of the bigger problem, while further bringing the double-standard and shocking levels of hypocrisy of human nature to the fore. Leonard did not have to die. Those boys who were brutally abused did not have to go through those traumatic experiences. The probes ongoing now into the conduct of the Police ranks in the district and their handling of previous rape and buggery accusations would not have been necessary if there were a functional system of monitoring and evaluating the work of the lawmen in cases like these — wherein serious allegations are being levied about cases being “ducked down” or ignored.While no one is willing to admit it, as a society, we are fully responsible for Leonard’s death. We are all guilty of inaction as far as doing much more to adequately protect our boys from rape and buggery. We are all accountable for the failure to safeguard the wellbeing of all our children. The truth is that there are, across the country, many Leonard Archibalds whose stories have never been told. There are so many young boys who have been scarred for life following the sexual overtures that are made constantly by supposedly heterosexual adult males who prey on the innocence of these minors. I dare say that there are also homosexual males who have a special appetite for underage boys and children. The victim is usually the boy down the road, or the child next door whose parents usually leave him unsupervised because he is a “boy” and is deemed “capable of defending himself” from those kinds of attacks.When they happen, the shame and concern about the boy’s image or future force some of these families to remain silent. Fathers, too, whose sons were victims, also fear the impact reporting and highlighting the act would have on the perceived masculinity of their sons. So, to protect them, they do nothing but place on them the obligation to become “hard men” while suppressing every emotion they perceive to be feminine.Guyana does not need more complex laws to tackle the issues raised in this column, or to prevent paedophiles from hurting our children. We need stricter enforcement of the laws that exist as a first step towards protecting our children. We need more national programmes aimed at educating communities about the laws that protect children as a deterrent to those with such an inclination. We need campaigns aimed at ending the “hush hush” culture. There is need for boys to be treated equally as girls when it comes to allegations of sexual molestation, buggery of underage boys, rape and sexual assault.Boys must be taught not to be “hard men” who repress their emotions, but men who express them. We must teach our boys to love and protect each other. They must speak out against any uninvited attempt to touch them inappropriately by another male or female. They must know there is no shame, but integrity, in exposing perpetrators of rape and sexual abuse.More training of the male-dominated Police Force to respond professionally and swiftly to reports of rape must be compulsory. The Government must take a stand, too, and more research must be conducted on making other interventions to protect the male child.Finally, society must disabuse its mind of the viewpoint that all homosexuals are paedophiles. Those men who killed Leonard do not identify as gay or bisexual; they are products of a society that has failed to instill proper mores, values and traditions in them. We have failed them, too, because they appear confused about their sexuality and troubled mentally, if they can look at a 13-year-old boy or any underage child as sexually attractive. They must not just be left to rot in jail; they must be rehabilitated and reformed.last_img read more

Following arrests, Walton gets another chance with Dolphins

first_imgDuterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Miami Dolphins running back Mark Walton (17) sprays his face with water during NFL football rookie minicamp, Saturday, May 11, 2019, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Running back Mark Walton, arrested three times this offseason by police in Miami, has signed with his hometown Dolphins.Walton tried out this week, when coach Brian Flores said he was aware of the legal issues.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu View comments MOST READ Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast “I think people deserve a second chance,” Flores said Saturday. “I don’t want to judge people based on one incident, two incidents.”Walton was drafted in the fourth round a year ago by the Cincinnati Bengals and played mostly on special teams in 2018. They released him in April shortly after he was arrested on charges of reckless driving, marijuana possession and carrying a concealed weapon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWalton also was arrested in February on a battery charge after police say he got into an argument about a parking situation. He was charged with marijuana possession in January. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Young cagers strut stuff in 3×3 Challenge The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Council can’t hit the button on crokicurl

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council met Monday and decided that more information was needed before they authorized a new ice rink to be built for crokicurl.Back in February, Council met to discuss the feasibility of bringing crokicurl to the Energetic City. Councilor Larry Evans was so intrigued by the idea of bringing the sport to Fort St. John, he asked staff to bring forward recommendations on “ways it could be done, not ways it can’t be done.”After the February meeting, the Fort St. John Curling Club was asked whether they would partner with the city to help support crokicurl. The Curling Club opted not to take part as they were focusing on efforts to raise $50,000 for new curling rocks.- Advertisement -A report from city staff was brought forward at Monday’s meeting asking Council to authorize $9,330 to be allocated from the Winter Cities account of the 2018 Capital Budget to build an ice rink and purchase the necessary equipment for crokicurl.Staff said that an additional ice surface next to the Curling Club would result in the need for more staff on the grounds. City Manager Dianne Hunter explained that the funding for the additional staff would have to come from the City’s Operations budget and not the Capital budget, since the funding would need to be ongoing.A key issue council brought up was where the rocks for crokicurl would be stored when not being used, and decided the best idea would be to store the rocks in an outdoor lockable cage.Advertisement Council decided to defer a decision on crokicurl until they can get an estimate on how much the cage would cost. Hunter said staff could have an answer as early as the end of June.last_img read more

BARGAIN HUNTER: Party with gelato, coffee

first_imgBAMBINI FREEBIE: Gelato Bar in Studio City is celebrating its first anniversary by giving away gelato and coffee Monday. You can also enter a drawing for a one-week stay in an apartment in Umbria, Italy. Free coffee from 8 a.m. to noon. Free bambini- sized gelato from 3 to 9 p.m. 43421/2 Tujunga Avenue. (818) 487-1717. GAP MATERNITY DEAL: Get 20 percent off at Gap Maternity online when you spend at least $125. Go to for the coupon. Through Sunday. DID YOU GET A DEAL? A new feature on an old Web site lets you know how a quoted hotel rate compares with previous rates at the same hotel. Rates are graded “not a deal,” “average” or a “deal” based on how much the nightly fee is above or below past rates. is testing out the new tool, which has some drawbacks. A decent rate could come up as “not a deal” if the hotel in question is predicting a particularly busy night and has raised rates. The site does not compare rates to those at hotels of similar caliber, so you could be left in the dark about a competitor. $3 COSTUMES: S&S Worldwide has supercheap costumes for toddlers, children and adults and is offering free shipping. Go to GAS UP: Attacks on Mexican oil and natural gas pipelines put a serious crimp on production, which in turn sent the price of crude oil to an all-time high. Translation: Gas prices are going up, up, up. That means you need to fill up, like, yesterday. Best prices listed at ASIAN FURNITURE: Everything at Kampanat in Sherman Oaks is half off, no joke. Most is heavy wood furniture with a few delicate pieces. After the markdown, a solid-wood bench was $200, intricate wood wall carvings were $100, and a small red lacquer cabinet painted with poppies was $390. Sale through Sept. 30 at 13335 Ventura Blvd. (818) 986-5432. CAN YOU SAY SPA DAY: Yossi’s Salon in Woodland Hills had such a great response from Bargain Hunter readers after I spotted a free haircut sign there that Yossi has another offer. For $47, get a haircut, 30-minute facial and manicure. Through Sept. 30. Visit it at 5349 Topanga Canyon, just south of Ventura Blvd. (818) 227-9667. BABY’S PHARMACY: The Green Cradle in Sherman Oaks has creams, salves and potions for every baby ailment you can think of. For moms, there are treatments for stretch marks, back aches and heartburn. Baby soap was $4.29 to $10 for 4-ounce bars, lip balm in mint, chocolate or citrus was $3.75, after-sun aloe balm was $10, and 1-ounce pots of Shea butter were $12.50. Mention (a really cool Web site) for 10 percent off your purchase. Visit them at 13344 Ventura Blvd. (818) 728-4305. LL BEAN FREE SHIPPING: No minimum purchase for this deal. Just ask for free shipping over the phone or go to for the coupon code. Through Jan. 1. LAX PARKING COUPONS:For a one-night-free deal at Easy Park (two nights required), go to Register your e-mail and receive these coupons: two days parking free with a four-night stay and 50 percent off valet or self-park with a four-night stay. Avion Drive and 98th Street. (800) 939-3317. More ways to save a buck 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

Is John Terry on the slide at Chelsea? Vote here

first_img1 John Terry: is his Chelsea career on the slide? John Terry was humiliatingly substituted at half-time of Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City, the first time he has been taken off in the Premier League by Jose Mourinho.Former City and Arsenal striker Niall Quinn questioned on Sky Sports whether it spelled the beginning of the end for Terry as a Chelsea starter.“I don’t think it bodes well for John Terry,” said Quinn. “He effectively got the blame is for the first half performance.”But fellow Sky pundit Graeme Souness disagreed.“I don’t think it was anything to do with Terry’s performance,” claimed the former Liverpool captain and manager.“John Terry is still the best centre back out there. I think Mourinho’s trying to force the owner’s hand to go and buy John Stones.”Mourinho himself said after the match that “It was a tactical substitution”.“We were losing 1-0 and I knew Manchester City would try and play on the counter attack with long balls in the second half and I knew I wanted my team to press higher and take the game to their half, which we were very successful in doing.“When you play with defenders in your midfield line you want your fastest defender on the pitch and that was the decision.So, do you think Terry is on the slide? Vote now and see what the overall verdict is…last_img read more

Madonna mocks diva rep

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Madonna, a devout practitioner of Kabbalah, a sect of Judaism, said she likes life’s finer things, including wine. “I have a taste for very expensive wine and champagne, but that’s not a secret,” she says. “I love Bordeaux. I’m rather obsessed with drinking red wine.” The pop star released her latest album, “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” last year. She’ll open Wednesday’s Grammys performing with the Gorillaz. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Madonna says she’s more stubborn than a terrorist – at least when it comes to her music career. “What’s the difference between a pop star and a terrorist? You can negotiate with a terrorist,” jokes Madonna, poking fun at her diva reputation in the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar, which hits newsstands Feb. 21. Madonna, 47, also reveals that she and her husband of five years, 37-year-old filmmaker Guy Ritchie, often don’t agree on vacation destinations. “I’m not into lying in the sun,” she said. “He loves the sea and fishing and being on a boat, outdoors, nature stuff. I’d rather go to India and check out all the temples or go to Bhutan. We have had this discussion, and he’s got to start doing more of the holidays I like to do.” last_img read more