Clinical Lions grind Maori All Blacks down in 32-10 win

first_imgTHE British and Irish Lions exploited a yellow card to Tawera Kerr-Barlow to set up a game-winning margin and grind down the Maori All Blacks to record a 32-10 win at Rotorua International Stadium in New Zealand on Saturday.The victory sent a powerful message to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen as to how tough the Lions would be when the test series gets underway in Auckland next Saturday.Kerr-Barlow was sinbinned for a dangerous shoulder tackle on Lions fullback Leigh Halfpenny allowing the visitors to extend their advantage from a close 15-10 to 29-10 while the scrumhalf was on the sideline shortly after halftime.The momentum of a penalty try from a dominant scrum and lock Maro Itoje smashing over following a sustained buildup continued well beyond the 10 minutes that Kerr-Barlow was off the field as the Lions pack took control of the game.Unless Gatland drastically changes his tactics and personnel in the next seven days the All Blacks will be well aware of what they can expect at Eden Park.Coupled with their forward dominance in the second half, their tactical kicking and defence were superb, forcing the Maori to make mistakes and keeping them pinned inside their own territory without any ball.“We managed the game well and squeezed the life out of them,” Gatland told reporters in Rotorua. “It was another step up tonight.”Halfpenny was also unerring with six penalties and a conversion for the visitors who now face the Waikato Chiefs on Tuesday in Hamilton.The Maori game had been expected to be an unofficial fourth test and the first half had been tight with the Maori in the game courtesy of loose forward Liam Messam’s try and a conversion and penalty to flyhalf Damian McKenzie.The Lions held a 12-10 lead at the break courtesy of four Halfpenny penalties but they were guilty of too many indiscretions under pressure themselves, something that Gatland said they had eliminated in the second half.Halfpenny extended the lead with his fifth penalty and when Kerr-Barlow was dispatched for the tackle that Peyper said had been close to a red card offence, the Lions forwards took total control with Peyper awarding a penalty try after a series of reset scrums.Itoje then crashed over following another sustained buildup and the game was all but won.The visitors could have scored more tries had the Maori not produced a valiant scrambling defence in their own 22-metre area.last_img read more

Raptors top Heat, improve NBA’s best record

first_imgMIAMI (AP): Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points, Danny Green’s 3-pointer with 22.7 seconds left put Toronto ahead for good, and the Raptors improved the NBA’s best record to 26-10 by topping the Miami Heat 106-104 on Wednesday night. Green had 18 points and Fred VanVleet added 16 for the Raptors, who survived a wild fourth quarter that saw 12 lead changes and four ties. Miami had three shots on the game’s final possession, with Dwyane Wade and Justise Winslow missing 3s and Wade having a chance at a tip-in that wouldn’t fall. Winslow scored 21 points for Miami, which saw its five-game winning streak snapped. Josh Richardson scored 17 and Hassan Whiteside scored 16 for Miami – which was 6 for 12 from the foul line – while Toronto was 19 for 23. James Johnson and Tyler Johnson each scored 12 for the Heat, while Wade had 10. Pascal Siakam added 10 for the Raptors. Other results: Nets 134 Hornets 132 2OT; Pistons 106, Wizards 95; Suns 122, Magic 120 OT; Timberwolves 119 Bulls 94; Pacers 129 Hawks 121; Grizzlies 95 Cavaliers 87; Mavericks 122 Pelicans 119; Spurs 111 Nuggets 103; Clippers 127 Kings 118.last_img read more

The fruits of visionary thinking

first_imgJust a few days ago, the National Stadium at Providence once again saw sold-out audiences for home games of the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) as the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2019 is truly on its way. With growing anticipation over the years, fans, including children, were characteristically vibrant in their participation throughout the innumerable and predictable celebrations for any given match.This is what CPL has come to represent as it continues to bring people from all backgrounds together in a national demonstration of unity for a common cause. A mere glance at any given moment during a game could cause questioning of the existence of the national crisis which has dominated the news over the past nine months. There seemed little or no room for any such contemplation. Partisanship seemed abandoned as camaraderie and unbridled support once again took over.This is how it has been since the CPL commenced in 2013 and the organisers and franchises must be commended and encouraged to continue providing the opportunities to help unify. The positive impact is not only invaluable, but seemed even more relevant at this juncture. One critical factor to facilitate and sustain this, is the stadium itself. Since its establishment twelve years ago, it has come to symbolise a national vessel for togetherness, be it through CPL games, other sporting events, or concerts.It is possibly an underestimated or even overlooked factor in its very important national role. Without it, what would have been? That’s an important question, especially in the context of the iconic and historic Bourda ground becoming far more easily inundated, seemingly with the slightest of showers. Its use came into question especially when rain became synonymous with cricket and the hosting of international games threatened.With cricket over the years becoming a more globalised sport and heavy emphasis on television marketing, host nations and facilities are thrust into the international spotlight. If, for some reason, that may have been taken for granted, Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007— hosted for the first time by the West Indies— brought home that reality. Host Caribbean nations swiftly went into overdrive to meet international standards.Guyana may have been trapped with the Bourda facility, despite its glorious history, was riddled with drainage and some infrastructural challenges. That placed the country at risk of becoming a host for cricket’s biggest and most prestigious show. Not being a host could not have been an option. A bold decision was then taken to construct a modern facility out of the congested City. With work around the clock, the stadium was realised as was a brand-new mega hotel to boost accommodation capacity.The decision for a new stadium, with infrastructure to facilitate concerts of international standards, exemplified visionary thinking with firm commitment to modernise Guyana. It was one of the many projects that saw Guyana’s infrastructural landscape being positively transformed and the provision of much-needed facilities.The building of four-lane roadways along the East Bank and East Coast of Demerara, the Berbice Bridge, the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, the Marriott Hotel, the University of Guyana Tain Campus, the Ophthalmology Centre, new regional hospitals and schools, upgrading the electricity sector through new power plants and the expansion of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector, are just a few initiatives that formed part of Guyana’s modernisation pathway envisaged and implemented by the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) government.The visionary Amaila Hydroelectricity and Specialty Hospital projects were scuttled by the then APNU/AFC Opposition and funding withheld for the Marriott and expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).That transformation under the PPPC was realised at a time when the country experienced unprecedented and sustained economic growth for many years helping it to earn the label as the Caribbean’s shining star. Then, the economy boomed and it redounded positively to Guyanese as their standard of living and personal wealth were vastly improved.Today, under an APNU/AFC government, things are not as robust. There is continuous lamentation of how sluggish the economy is, how cost of living has risen steeply making it difficult for families to be provided for and the challenges faced by scheduled extensive power outages— a stark difference to just five years ago.In analysing, one can only imagine what could have been had the scuttled projects been realised. One can also only imagine the possibilities which could have been opened up, after all, who, in 2007, other than those with the vision, could have contemplated the positive impact and importance of the stadium? Who then could have imagined the East Bank, especially, being transformed the way it is now? The same question can be asked of the Marriott, the Convention Centre, the Berbice Bridge and the other envisaged transformative projects.Today, their absence is a frightening contemplation. Just imagine the country and cricket without the stadium. Just imagine the lack of opportunities for families to enjoy and cheer at a sporting event there. Without visionary thinking and bold implementation, cricket could not have been played louder and watched in unison at the stadium.last_img read more

BC Oil & Gas Commission working to determine source of earthquake

first_img“Companies operating within that area have confirmed that there will be no hydraulic fracturing activities for the next 30 days within the specified area. This will provide the Commission with sufficient time to conduct a thorough investigation. Companies will need to confirm with the Commission before operations within the specific area resume.”The Commission will continue to monitor the area for further earthquake activity. CORRECTION – An earlier version of the article headline suggested the cause of last weeks earthquake had been determined.  This headline was incorrect.  The cause is still under investigation.  We apologize for this mistake.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil & Gas Commission has narrowed down the source of the earthquake that occurred southeast of Fort St. John on November 29, 2018.The Commission conducted a study and found that the cause of the earthquake may be linked to hydraulic fracturing operations being conducted by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. in the Septimus field of the Montney formation, southeast of Fort St. John (see map).- Advertisement -The magnitude of the earthquakes ranged between 3.4 and 4.5 on the Richter scale.The Commission says CNRL immediately suspended hydraulic fracturing operations as per the Commission’s Kiskatinaw Seismic Monitoring and Mitigation Area Special Project Order and, the Drilling and Production Regulation.The Commission also states that CNRL’s operations may not continue without thewritten consent of the Commission. The Commission says they are requesting a 30-day halt to fracking in the area close to the source of the earthquake.Advertisementlast_img read more

Council debates fire station site

first_img Retired firefighter Roy Francis, who Thursday presented a petition with 200 signatures asking the council to get a proposal, called Carroll’s announcement foolish. “We know that it’s a $4.1 million for what (City Manager) Ron Bates asked for,” Francis said. “Is that what it would be actually be if the county did an independent study like it did for La Habra? You won’t know until you ask.” Carroll also was the one who asked Bates to place on the council’s June 14 agenda a contract to provide a topographical map of the existing City Hall/fire station property. Such a study is needed by architect Kelly Needham to do a better job of showing all the possibilities of building a new fire station at its existing site. The council on a 3-2 vote in February had selected the southwest corner of Hacienda and West roads as a site for a new station. But since then, there has been an election that shook up the council majority. A new majority of Carroll, Baroldi and Vipperman wants the city to at least consider building a station where it is now. The council has asked Needham to look at a reduction in size of the station from what Fire Chief John Nielsen wants as well as ways to get more space. One way to get more parking would be to have the fire trucks back up into the site from Hacienda Road. Majdi Ataya, city engineer, said the high-level of traffic on Hacienda Road poses significant dangers because on-coming cars – many going as fast as 40 mph might not see the trucks. His concerns didn’t worry Baroldi, who had proposed the idea as a way of saving space. “In Baltimore, Philadelphia and other big cities you see fire engines backing in on big streets,” Baroldi said. “It doesn’t raise the (the same) concern to my mind as yours.”165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA HABRA HEIGHTS – The City Council late has taken another step toward building a new fire station at its current site, but appeared to step back from seeking a contract for fire services with Los Angeles County. Councilman Stan Carroll, who had provided one of three votes seeking a proposal from the county, said he sees no reason to go further after receiving a formal letter from Los Angeles County Fire Chief Michael Freeman stating a price of $4.1 million. “Anything that is three times what we’re spending ($1.2 million) is not something I’m going to consider. That letter rules out going with the county,” he said Thursday night. Carroll’s decision aligns him with Mayor Brian Bergman and Councilwoman Tela Millsap, who both oppose seeking a price from the county. Councilmen Layne Baroldi and Howard Vipperman still wants to get a proposal from the county.last_img read more

Watkins scores twice as Brentford edge past QPR in eventful derby at Loftus Road

first_img stalemate Watkins now has ten goals this season Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman LATEST LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS statement appointed Mbeumo collected Dasilva’s pass and had a low shot pushed away by keeper Liam Kelly, who also kept out Watkins’ follow-up header.It was a different story after the interval and Hall atoned for the lapse which led to Brentford’s goal by bringing the hosts level three minutes into the second half.After Nahki Wells’ header from Ebere Eze’s right-wing free-kick was pushed away by keeper David Raya, the resulting corner by Eze from the same flank was headed in by Hall from close range.However, Rangers’ revival was stopped in its tracks when Mbeumo, who seemed eager to go down despite contact being minimal, tumbled in the area. Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ on target But Said Benrahma put the visitors back in front with a penalty just before the hour mark after Josh Scowen was controversially adjudged to have fouled Bryan Mbeumo.And Watkins sealed the Bees’ win in the final seconds, slotting home with ease after being teed up by Mathias Jensen – the forward’s 10th goal of the season.Watkins’ first goal of the night put Brentford ahead midway through a first half in which they were comfortably the better side.He was allowed to drift away from Rs centre-backs Hall and Toni Leistner to head home Mbeumo’s right-wing cross.Rangers, yet to keep a clean sheet this season, had been given a warning when Josh Dasilva carved open their fragile defence seven minutes earlier. 2center_img Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Ollie Watkins scored twice as Brentford defeated QPR 3-1 in an eventful derby at Loftus Road.Grant Hall’s equaliser had cancelled out Watkins’ 23rd-minute opener and Rangers appeared to be in the ascendancy. targets QPR were beaten by Brentord at Loftus Road update rookie error While the award of the penalty was highly questionable, Benrahma left no room for doubt as he fired into the top corner of the net, giving Kelly no chance at all.Rangers dominated second-half possession but were vulnerable on the counter-attack and Kelly kept them in the game by denying Benrahma after the Algerian had been put through by Watkins’ clever flick.Kelly also produced a fine save at his near post from Watkins, who ended up having the final say on a hugely disappointing night for QPR against boss Mark Warburton’s former club.A win would have taken Rangers up to second in the Sky Bet Championship table, just a point behind leaders West Brom.But they stay eighth, while Brentford’s second successive away victory moved them up to 12th – three points short of the play-off places. Getty Images – Getty Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta PEP TALK latest last_img read more

Dr. Murray Resigns from Jackson County Schools

first_imgSuperintendent of Jackson County School System Dr. Michael Murray announced on Tuesday that he would be resigning from his position of Superintendent of Jackson County and has accepted the position of Superintendent of Cherokee Central Schools. Murrays’ last day with Jackson County Schools is June 30th. All graduations, evaluations, personnel changes and budget planning will be completed by that time. Dr. Murray said in a statement, “He wishes Jackson County Public Schools the best as it moves forward in the future and he is reassured to know that his absence will not affect the organization because of the collaborative work that goes into the system.last_img

Diversity and Inclusion: Getting It

first_img Be the catalyst that your organization needs you to be. I do not know what your gift is, so I do not know what being the catalyst looks like for you, but I can at least share some ideas… Set an example by mixing up your network. Tell others what you are doing, how and why you are doing it, and share this great paper by Ronald Burt which demonstrates the link between diversity in your network of relationships and innovation. Ask questions. Ask your supervisor what diversity and inclusion mean for your organization, ask about the organizations commitment, ask about the investment, the metrics. Don’t get a decent answer? Ask again. If this is something that you truly believe in, then fight for it, take risks, make noise. Or, stop talking about how much you get it. Some of us are called to hard duty. There is probably some easy work to be found in the world, this is not it. Request a D&I speaker for your next team meeting, annual retreat or other event.  Distribute books, articles, blog posts, research related to diversity and inclusion. Start with this great document about unconscious decision making…make sure everyone gets a copy, lead a conversation about it. Introduce and experiment with new meeting / discussion methodologies that inherently value diversity, provide participants the opportunity to contribute differently. A few examples:open space technologyappreciative inquiry open space technology appreciative inquiry world cafe circle future search informed use of blogs and other social media technology can deliver some of the same benefits                          Bring basic conflict management skills into your team or organization. Rather than avoiding conflict, we want to be good at working through it in a healthy and functional way. Help people develop the skills to do that starting with new employee orientation and build it into your leadership model. Do something. Action and leadership on D&I must be provoked. Diversity and inclusion are horribly misunderstood and most leaders do not even know that they don’t get it. And let’s be honest here, that blind spot containing the stuff that we do not know we do not know is pretty big and problematic for all of us. “I am totally on board Joe, but ________ just does not get it.” They. Don’t. Get. It. You are. Getting it and being on board require that you know your role. Prove that you know your role by owning it.  Bottom line, they are not the problem. Spill the paint. “We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.”  -Buckminster Fuller Your supervisor, your peers, your senior leadership team is not likely going to wake up tomorrow and miraculously get it. You are the problem because you get it, but are not doing anything about it. This is the problem. If your organization is not doing anything serous regarding D&I one year from now it will be because you decided to accept that. Light the match. What will you do? If your team or organization is going to get serious about pursuing additional value or advantage associated with diversity and inclusion this year, it will likely be because you decide to make it so. I spoke to a lot of HR professionals in 2011 and one of the things that I heard a lot, goes something like this …last_img read more

Prevent Shoplifting and Theft with…Music?

first_imgAs a loss prevention agent in 2019, it’s easy to begin to feel helpless. Many retail environments have shifted to no-touch policies, as jurisdictions push legislation to ease the legal ramifications of shoplifting and theft.If you can’t stop the shoplifter as he’s strolling out your door with your merchandise, and you can’t call the police because the crime is no longer treated seriously, what tools are left in your toolbox?Through the Zones of Influence initiative, the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) has developed a framework for geo-spatially categorizing opportunities in a retail environment. The goal is to provide awareness and action tools for the store’s LP decision maker in each of the five Zones of Influence. This post outlines Weaponizing Music, one of the most popular action tool concepts explored by the LPRC.- Sponsor – The following research brief describes a study conducted in Australia/New Zealand involving the use of music as a deterrent and repellent of unwanted loiterers and potential wrong-doers. This practice has seen popularity around government buildings, parks, recreation and performance centers, and retail spaces. Cam Connections/Protection 1 has helped the LPRC to engineer and install a Weaponizing Music unit in the Gainesville LPRC Innovation Lab for further testing.BackgroundIn any decision process, a surprising number of factors are at play. Here, an organization looks at controllable environmental factors of a retail space and how it can influence shoplifting and theft behavior inexpensively and without alienating customers.FindingsGovernment officials in a suburb of Sydney, Australia, ran a six-month deterrent program meant to stop local youth from nighttime loitering. Barry Manilow music was broadcast through loudspeakers located in a local parking lot every night between 9 pm and midnight on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.The logic was to “use music that doesn’t appeal to these people (the youths).” It was very effective.Other similar studies have tested classical music, with equal success.Elevation or Relocation? While effective in the moment, what was the eventual effect of this music? Did the youth just relocate to disrupt a different, Manilow-free parking lot? There exists a prevalent belief in our culture that classical music has the ability to enhance an individual. Parents play classical music in their newborn’s crib in the hope that it will tack a few IQ points on. Some may play classical music to older children or adults with the hope that it will cultivate them in a cultural sense. In this case, however, the children’s behavior was not altered, nor was their character seemingly enhanced. They simply scattered and relocated.MechanismsThe music may have been territorial in nature, marking the lot as off limits, or perhaps establishing the impression of the lot being a controlled area.The music may have deterred because it was unexpected. Studies show that music that does not match ambiance is off-putting, and may lead to lower satisfaction and increased weariness.The patrons may have simply disliked the music, in a mechanism similar to administering an electric shock or filling the space with an unpleasant odor.Implications for Stopping Shoplifting and TheftClassical music and Barry Manilow seem to be effective deterrents of loitering in empty, outdoor retail spaces. The mechanism responsible for this effect remains generally unknown. Better understanding of this phenomenon is important in order to predict what situations and locations it will be effective in, as well as how it will affect honest customers.The LPRC is also exploring Mosquito units, which emit an unpleasant, high-pitched tone that only individual’s cochlea below a certain age threshold (~18-25) can detect.See media reactions to this research here: BBC and SoundGenerator.This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated April 2, 2019.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Hacker Poll: Do You Want To Use a PaaS?

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid klint finley Photo by Shereen M Related Posts Yesterday on Twitter RedMonk analyst Michael Coté asked whether developers actually want to use platform-as-a-services (such as Heroku or Engine Yard) instead of just setting up their own environment on an infrastructure-as-a-service.I could speculate as to whether the fact that PaaS vendors do in fact have developers paying to use their services is evidence that developers want to use these services, or whether developers habit of setting up their own development environments extends to the cloud. Or I could just ask: do you want to use a PaaS? Tags:#hack#Polls 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img