Highlanders beat Blues 41-34

first_imgThe Highlanders trailed 31-24 when Blues replacement flanker Antonio Kiri Kiri was yellow carded by Jamie Nutbrown for a high tackle and the home side seized on the opportunity to take a lead they did not relinquish.Walden’s centre partner Rob Thompson also grabbed two tries, while flyhalf Bryn Gatland, winger Matt Duffie and number eight Akira Ioane (two) replied for the visitors.Neither team was perfect in their first competitive match of the season as they struggled with the new laws at the breakdown that does not allow defenders to attack the ball.The game, however, was played at an unrelenting pace and no quarter was asked or given in the tackle as both sides showed they wanted to attack when they had the ball in hand.The lead changed six times in the first 40 minutes, with Thompson scoring two tries for the home side to go with Lima Sopoaga’s opening penalty.The Blues, however, struck back every time the Highlanders’ scored with Gatland, Duffie and Ioane all crossing.Gatland’s penalty on the stroke of halftime to give his side a 24-17 lead at the break was the first time either side had scored twice in succession.The see-saw momentum of the game continued in the second half with All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith’s decision to take a quick tap penalty putting prop Siate Tokolahi over, before Ioane responded within seconds of the restart.Kiri Kiri’s yellow card, however, allowed Smith to take control of the match with his tactical kicking and speedy passing putting pressure on the Blues defence and keeping them in their own territory.Smith’s wide pass put Walden into space for his first try, with the inside centre grabbing his second shortly after when he combined with Thompson to grab a chip kick over the defence.Replacement flyhalf Fletcher Smith added a penalty to give them home side a seven-point advantage and while the Blues had the opportunity to score a late try to at least salvage a draw, they were unable to break down the Highlanders’ defence.last_img read more

Demolition Exercise Hits SKD Boulevard

first_imgThe Demolition exercise going on at the SKD Boulevard Junction-EPA, LWSC begin robust wetland awareness campaign with removal of illegal structures Liberians who have illegally been constructing in wetlands, blocking waterways and alleys, not just in Monrovia and its immediate environs, but across the country should brace themselves for an unexpected harsh reality as the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and the Liberia Water Sewer Corporation (LWSC) have begun a massive demolition exercise in Paynesville and Congo Town.The two agencies of government are collaborating to ensure that the LWSC has access to its infrastructures such as waterlines and valves, over many of which residents have constructed illegal structures. This is an effort for the corporation to adequately supply water to Monrovia and other nearby communities. The initiative is also meant to clear waterways and alleys are to prevent flooding as well as the destruction of the mangrove forest.The exercise, which was also done in collaboration with the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), began on the SKD Boulevard last weekend and, according to the stakeholders, this should serve as a caveat to other communities in the country. It coincided with the launch of a campaign on wetlands.LWSC Deputy Director for Technical Services, Dan Saryee, said the corporation is doing a lot of work but is being disturbed by actions of some unscrupulous residents within various communities.He decried the actions of people who are constructing on the waterlines that were recently constructed. “We have just completed the construction of a major water line along this route and we have observed that people have started to build upon these lines. This very unfortunate,” he said.Mr. Saryee said it was against this background that the LWSC engaged the EPA for the need to collaborate and solve this problem.He said, “It is unfortunate that people built over the LWSC valves making it very impossible for us to locate. The valves are practically in their homes. “So this exercise is meant to adequately protect our infrastructures.”EPA and LWSC men at work“I want to urge residents who are in the habit of doing this to stop. These structures will be demolished because we have to ensure that our facilities are protected. What we used to build these infrastructures are public funds and we must respect that. We need to supply water to our people and this is a must. We cannot allow some unscrupulous people to be a threat to this mandate,” he said.Few structures were demolished at the start of the exercise at SKD Boulevard Junction. Though the owners of the structures did not show up during the demolition exercises, the EPA said it had sent warning earlier.EPA Executive Director, Nathaniel Blama, frowned on residents who are involved in these acts, saying that they do not mean well for the country.He said filling the wetland does not only cause flooding, it also hampers the distribution of water supply across the city. This, he said, is because the mangrove swamp serves as a filtration ground for the water. “If you are harvesting groundwater, this is where it filters from. So if we block the waterways, the boreholes will overtime be lack of water because the process of filtering and pumping the water will not be able to take place,” he noted.Protection of mangroves forest paramountA Vegetation of the mangrove forest on the SKD BoulevardThe EPA is cautioning against the destruction of mangroves that play a very important in preserving the environment, has huge financial potential for the country and serve as  breeding habitats for fish and other marine life and many more good reasons.Mr. Blama noted that the EPA is about to get vigilante to arrest and punish people who are destroying the mangrove forests.The mangroves play pivotal roles in combat against climate change. They protect shorelines from damaging storm and hurricane winds, waves, and floods. They also help prevent erosion by stabilizing sediments with their tangled root systems.They maintain water quality and clarity, filtering pollutants and trapping sediments originating from land. Mr. Blama also added, “This ecosystem also serves as a natural control for flooding. Every time it rains, we begin to cry that the place is flooded and you need government aid. But do you forget  what the consequences would be when you block the waterways?”“The wetlands absorb and filter water coming from the highlands and then recycle it. So when one fills in the wetland and build in there. So where do you expect the water to go? It will definitely go back in your homes.”He said the wetland has the potential for us to get billions of dollars for our country but we must preserve it adequately. “Getting such funds will enable government to deliver the needed social services to its people.A wetlands awareness signboard being planted on the SKD BoulevardThe EPA boss however disclosed that the EPA, FDA and the Ministry of Finance are currently developing the requisite document that will help the country access or leverage its carbon potentials. “But this won’t be possible if the partners come to quantify our carbon and get to know that we have cleared our entire mangrove. They will definitely take us to be not serious. They will tell us that we don’t deserve the money.As part of the campaign, signboards with warning against encroaching on wetlands are being erected across Montserrado and other places.In remarks, FDA Managing Director, C. Mike Doryen, said country like Costa Rica is making millions of dollars from their mangrove forest and Liberia can do the same.“As a result of that country’s potential; it is the most celebrated eco-tourism center of the world. What we see here in our mangrove swamps are also worth billions upon billions of dollars from this natural land,” he said.But unfortunate for Liberia, people are encroaching on the wetlands causing it to shrink. “This has to stop. We want to laud the efforts of the EPA, who mobilize the funding, and its partners for these initiatives.”The signboards are meant to create the needed awareness, but he said the exercise will go beyond symbolism. “We got to be very proactive in protecting our mangrove resources. I can tell you that we will have regular patrols to ensure that illegal structures are removed. And we will try to replenish those places that are damaged.”Eventually we will restore the sanctity of our mangrove forest basically for numbers of purposes. “We need this because it is good for eco-tourism. This is very good for the carbon market, which brings in twice or thrice the amount of money obtain from the sale of carbon from the rainforest.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Library closed for city’s anniversary

first_imgWHITTIER – Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital will host an eight-hour, two-day course on safe driving for mature drivers from 8 a.m. to noon May 19 and 8 a.m. to noon May 26 in the Flo & Frank L. Scott Conference Center in the hospital, at 12401 Washington Blvd. The class costs $10 per person and must be paid for by check. Space is limited, so those interested should make reservations soon. For more information or to make reservations, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2444. Lecture on scam protection set LA MIRADA – AARP will be providing a free lecture on financial security for seniors at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Boulevard. A volunteer investigator from the Pasadena Police Department will discuss new and common telemarketing crimes and will provide tips on how to avoid scams and identity theft. For more information call (562) 902-3160. Latino students to be celebrated WHITTIER – Whittier College will be having its Sixth Annual Latino Graduation at 4 p.m. on May 19 at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Ave. Latino Graduation is an opportunity for Latino students at Whittier College to honor each other, their families and their unique college experience. Maria Contreras-Sweet will be the guest speaker on this day, and other afternoon events will consist of music by Mariachi Sol de Mexico, and dance performances by members of the Hispanic Student Association. For more information call (562) 907-4912. Landfill usage to be discussed WHITTIER – The Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority, a government park agency, is hosting a meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 12230 Penn St., to receive public comment on its draft resource management plan and environmental document. The plan will guide the preservation and recreational uses of land managed and/or owned by the Habitat Authority. The main components of the draft RMP include habitat restoration, fuel modification management, a trails plan and other areas. For more information, call (562) 945-9003. Mobility program set for seniors LA MIRADA – The city of La Mirada in partnership with Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital will host an eight-week balance and mobility program for seniors in July. Those interested must sign up as soon as possible with the La Mirada Activity Center, located at 13810 La Mirada Blvd., to be screened for eligibility. A clearance signed by a doctor is also necessary to be part of the free program. For more information, call (562) 902-3160. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Santa Fe Springs Public Library, located at 11700 Telegraph Rd., will be closed today due to the city’s 50th Anniversary events. It will reopen Monday at 10 a.m. For more information on library services, call (562) 868-7738 or send e-mail to library@santafesprings.org. Mature drivers class forming last_img read more

WWII vet auctioning off battle find: Hitler’s globe

first_imgToday, the globe rests on a plain wooden pedestal and wouldn’t seem out of place in a grade-school classroom. A weathered ribbon of transparent tape encircles the globe at its equator. After beating cancer and burying his wife, Viola, in 2004, Barsamian is finally ready to part with the globe. He’s selling it now, while he’s still alive, so he can personally tell the story behind it and share his experience in the war, says his son, Barry. The globe is expected to attract bids from $15,000 to $20,000 when it is auctioned Nov. 13 in San Francisco. Other items up for auction include rare documents signed by Hitler, and a box of cigars that belonged to Hermann Goering, a leader in the Nazi Party.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Days after the end of World War II, an American soldier entering the wreckage of Adolf Hitler’s mountain stronghold found that fierce Allied bombing had left the “Eagle’s Nest” in ruins. Hitler was dead, and other soldiers had already looted the inside of his private residence, even stripping the leather from furniture. Nearly everything of value was gone – except for the Fuhrer’s globe. “Literally, the place is all bombed out and here this globe is sitting there on the desk,” said John Barsamian, now 91. Now Barsamian is putting the artifact up for auction, along with all the military paperwork that allowed him to bring it back to the United States, including a certificate that reads “1 Global Map, German, Hitler’s Eagle Nest.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Other globes presumed to have been owned by Hitler have been extensively researched for authenticity. But there is no uncertainty about the origins of Barsamian’s wartime trophy. “This is probably the most airtight documentation I’ve run across in some time,” said Greg Martin, proprietor of the auction house that will handle the sale. “We have pictures of the guy there at the time, standing in the ruins holding the globe like a newborn baby. The guy is a meticulous record keeper.” Barsamian found the globe in May 1945 in the Berghof, Hitler’s home in the Bavarian Alps town of Berchtesgaden. He boxed it up with a few other keepsakes, including a pistol and a dagger, and shipped them home. For more than 60 years, he kept the globe at his home in Oakland. It wasn’t displayed prominently, and he only told its story when close friends would ask. “Hardly anyone knew I had it,” Barsamian said. last_img read more

Harwell doesn’t want to redshirt

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m graduating, and I’d like to go out with my senior class,” Harwell . “I want to try to help my team this year.” That’s good news for UCLA, since it’s sustained several injuries to the defensive line. Yet the happiness is tempered because there’s no timetable for Harwell’s return. Harwell tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the BYU game and has missed the last six games. “I’m just trying to take it week by week,” Harwell said. “I’m doing drills, and I still have a ways to go. I get the weekend off and those two days have helped.” In the injury sense, they’ve helped, but watching UCLA games from the couch is another story. He’s had to watch a few ugly losses, including the debacle at Washington State. “I’m not even going to say what I did in my apartment,” Harwell said. “I just want to come back this year. It’s frustrating. This team means so much to me.” Patrick Cowan should be a more mobile quarterback than he was against Washington State last week, and that would be a big thing for the Bruins. “I think he’s getting in better shape,” Coach Karl Dorrell said. “The more he’s practicing, the more comfortable he’s getting wearing that brace. He’s getting in shape. I think the knee is getting stronger. It’s good – a good sign.” said He won’t play Saturday at Arizona. More mobility Linebacker John Hale has a slight hamstring pull, according to Dorrell. Hale injured it at the beginning of Tuesday’s practice and didn’t practice on Wednesday. Asked if he would need to practice today in order to play on Saturday, Dorrell said: “We’ll see.” … Defensive end Jeff Miller has a sports hernia and is expected to have surgery. Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter threw the ball for the first time since he sprained the thumb on his throwing hand Saturday. Carpenter is expected to play when the sixth-ranked Sun Devils (8-0) visit No. 4 Oregon. “I thought he threw it real well,” Coach Dennis Erickson said. UCLA injury report Carpenter throws well Around the nation LSU: Linebacker Derrick Odom was charged with a misdemeanor, accused of smashing a car window after a brawl at a nightclub last week. Odom faces one count of simple criminal damage to property, according to Baton Rouge police. Soon after the report, Odom was kicked off the team, Coach Les Miles said. Tennessee: Tailback LaMarcus Coker and defensive tackle Demonte Bolden will miss the game against Louisiana-Lafayette because of a violation of team rules. Bolden is a starter on the defensive line while Coker returns kicks and plays behind starter Arian Foster. Tulane: Conference USA officials said referees in the Tulane-Memphis game got the call right when they kept the clock running after the Green Wave completed a pass along the sidelines late in a 28-27 loss to Memphis on Saturday. The league announced its findings a day after Tulane coach Bob Toledo said he had sent video of the play to conference headquarters as part of a formal complaint. The Associated Press contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Jill Painter Staff Writer Brigham Harwell wants to play for UCLA again – this year. Harwell has returned to limited practice and is doing drills with the defense. He said he doesn’t plan to redshirt. last_img read more

Super McBrearty named player of the week after stunning performance over Cork

first_imgGAA: Donegal forward Patrick McBrearty has been named the GAA player of the week for his stunning individual display over Cork last weekend. The Kilcar man helped himself to eleven points, six of which came from play.He ensured Donegal edged out the Rebel County, and set-up a tantalising clash between Dublin tomorrow evening at Croke Park. Readers of the popular Irish sports website Balls.ie have resoundingly named McBrearty as their player of the week.McBrearty beat off competition from Darran O’Sullivan, Cillian O’Connor and Michael Quinlivan to top the poll.Donegal fans will be hoping he can produce more of the magic at Croke Park this week, as Rory Gallagher’s men plot the downfall of reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin. Super McBrearty named player of the week after stunning performance over Cork was last modified: August 5th, 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:Balls.iedonegalGAAkilcarpatrick mcbreartySportlast_img read more

How To Get A Ball Further: Top Tips From Pro Golfers

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesWhat is the key to a perfect hit in golf? Is it a technique of your swing, speed, aiming or, maybe, distance? In fact, it is all of that together!While technique, aiming, and speed can be easily adjusted with some practice, getting more distance is where most beginners have issues. However, don’t get disappointed if you are one of them. In this article, we have gathered some of the handiest tips and tricks to help you hit further!Handy Tips For Further ShotsIf you are desperately trying to increase the distance of your hits but don’t get any closer to your goal, there might be a few reasons for that. Golf is a game of consistency, and it is highly detail-oriented, which means that everything from the way you stand to the quality of your clubs matters! However, we can help you reach that goal! Read the best pro tips to learn how to get a ball further.1. Change the club pathAdjusting the path of your club can make you hit the ball much further even if your speed and swing remain unchanged! Experts recommend switching from steep and out-to-in (fade) to shallow and in-to-out (draw) for adding distance. Embed from Getty Images2. The higher the ball position, the further the hitOur second tip is both very simple and extremely effective. If you tee your ball higher, this will increase its launch angle, reduce backspin, and enlarge the distance of your hit.3. Pick the right ballIn a matter of fact, using the right ball can have a significant impact on the distance of your hit. While your ball may deliver good feel and all-round performance, are you sure that it can cover large distances? If not, you should opt for the longest golf ball – they usually have a lower compression, which allows you to hit further. 4. Opt for larger loftIn order to increase your loft, you need to find a perfect balance between the launch angle, backspin, and speed of your swing. As soon as you balance those things, you will be able to keep the ball in the air for a longer time. Thus, the distance of hit will increase as well.5. Buy suitable ironsJust like balls, irons can also contribute to further hits. The modern game improvement clubs can bring players numerous benefits and assist in the areas of the game where they need help. Thus, we recommend updating your old set. Maybe, investing in new irons will help solve all of your problems at the root.6. Buy the right shoesIt should go without saying that in order to play better, you have to feel comfortable in the clothes and shoes you wear. Wearing the right shoes can help you put more power into your hits and achieve more distance!7. Get new gripsIf you are still using your worn out old grips, it is the time to change them for new ones! The older the grip, the tighter you hold the club, and this has a negative impact on the distance, control, and speed of your hits. 8. Use launch monitor to your benefitUsing a launch monitor is a valuable experience, but, unfortunately, many players are still missing out on this. Experts recommend using it to your benefit. This smart tool will give you a detailed insight into your launch specs, which will help you determine what you are doing wrong.9. Opt for a driver with lower spinSpin is one of those things that restrict the distance. Thus, if you want to get the ball further, you will need to switch to a lower-spinning driver.10. Straighter club for larger distanceOur final tip is to switch to a straighter and more accurate club. As a rule, it should give you quite a bit of extra roll out! Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

Corsairs season ends with doubleheader loss to Siskiyous

first_imgMcKinleyville >> There were plenty of runs scored. There was plenty of rain. They were playing on a foreign field. In essence, the College of the Redwoods softball team’s regular-season finale, a doubleheader against Siskiyous at McKinleyville High School, was a microcosm of their peculiar season — an offensively gifted team dealing with more wet weather and playing on a field that is not their own, again. On Tuesday, Siskiyous completed a season-sweep over Redwoods, getting five runs in the …last_img

Sharks-Avalanche Game 7: Will Joe Pavelski play tonight? We asked his wife

first_imgSAN JOSE — Will Sharks captain Joe Pavelski return to the ice for tonight’s win-or-go-home Game 7 NHL playoff game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Shark Tank?One authority thinks there’s a good chance.“I’m 75 percent sure he will play,” his wife, Sarah Pavelski, said Wednesday morning. “He’s hoping to, but wants to see the doctors one more time this morning to be sure.“Joe is feeling good.” Pavelski’s return could provide a huge emotional boost in the Sharks’ quest for a …last_img

Giants add former A’s infielder to MLB roster, expect new arrival in St. Louis

first_imgST. LOUIS — The Giants have enjoyed modest success mining the waiver wire for under-the-radar, unproven talents this year.They’re hoping infielder Corban Joseph can follow in the footsteps of players such as Alex Dickerson and Trevor Gott and make an impact in a new spot.The Giants announced Tuesday they’ve claimed Joseph off waivers from the Oakland A’s. To clear a space on the 40-man roster for Joseph, San Francisco transferred infielder Pablo Sandoval to the 60-day injured list.Sandoval …last_img