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Essequibo Coast teens charged for robbing, shooting truck driver

first_imgOmadat SinghTwo Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) teens were charged and appeared in Court for the robbery and shooting of an Onderneeming Village truck driver.The teens – 19-year-old Mahindra Giranandan of Adventure Village, Essequibo Coast and a 17-year-old – stood before Magistrate Esther Sam at the Suddie Magistrates’ Court where they both denied the charges.It is alleged that on July 5, Giranandan and his 17-year-old accomplice pounced on Omadat Singh at about 07:45h as he returned home after transporting coconut. Reports are the man had just returned home and was standing outside his home when he heard a loud explosion.He subsequently realised that he was shot in his leg. The men ran towards Singh and held him at gunpoint as they demanded the 120 pennyweight gold chain that he was wearing. Fearing for his life, he handed over the piece of jewellery that has an estimated worth of $1 million. The suspects then rushed out of the yard and fled the scene.A report was filed and Police arrived shortly after, collecting three spent shells and a matching 9mm gun. The duo were arrested a short distance from the scene.last_img read more

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Knights of Columbus Flyers win second straight tournament

first_imgThe Flyers first took to the ice Friday for a double header. Fort St. John kicked off the tournament on the winning foot, beating the Dawson Creek Canucks 2-0 in their opening game. Nolan Logan took MVP for the team’s opening game.Later Friday, the boys were back on the ice, taking on the Prince George Cougar, for what would eventually be the championship match-up in the tournament. In the teams’ first meeting, it would be the Cougars who would emerge victorious, beating Fort St. John by a score of 5-3.The loss Friday must have stuck with the Flyers throughout the night, because Saturday, the boys came out with a purpose against the Grande Prairie Knights. Nolan Legace scored 45 seconds into the game to eventually go on to win 5-3. George Sequin-Morin earned himself MVP honours.- Advertisement -Only a few hours later, the short benched Flyers took to the ice with only 11 skaters, but were able to earn a hard fought victory over the Peace River Sabres. Four different Flyers found the back of the net in the 4-1 win, and the strong goaltending of Lane Delfs earned him the title of the game’s MVP.Sunday, the Flyers found themselves in the finals facing Prince George, for a rematch of the only game the Flyers lost throughout the entire tournament. With the Flyers trailing 1-0, James Bowie popped the Flyers first goal to tie the game. Bowie’s goal seemed to spark the Flyers, as Gavin Gould scored next, giving Fort St. John a 2-1 lead at the conclusion of the second.Early in the third, Prince George would tie the game at 2-2, a score that lasted the majority of the final frame. With three minutes left in the third, Prince George was awarded a penalty shot, but Fort St. John goalie Lane Delfs shut the door, preserving the tie game.Advertisement One minute later, Adam Krueger scored the eventual tournament winning goal for the Flyers, giving his team a 3-2 lead. With the Cougars net empty, the Flyers were able to play some tough defence, eventually scoring an empty net goal, for a final tournament winning score of 4-2. Joshua Robinson earned MVP of the final game.After back-to-back tournament wins, the Flyers will travel to Prince George this weekend for another Peace Region tournament.last_img read more

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Ramadan fast sparks debate ahead of World Cup

first_imgThroughout Ramadan, observant Muslims are expected to abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset.The traditional fast has long proved divisive among players, fans, coaches and preachers — and this year was no different.In the lead up to World Cup play, Egypt’s failure to win any of its pre-tournament friendly matches — three of which were played during Ramadan — brought strong criticism from its fans.But despite their lacklustre performance, The Pharaohs remained “determined” to fast the entire month, according to a statement put out by the Egyptian Football Association in late May.– ‘Affected performance’ –After the team’s 0-0 draw against Colombia on June 1, The Pharaohs’ Argentinian coach Hector Cuper said the Ramadan fast had “affected the players” performance.Cuper’s comments came shortly after Egyptian superstar forward Mohamed Salah was injured while playing for Liverpool in the European Champions League final.An observant Muslim, Salah decided not to fast ahead of the May 26 match in Kiev against Real Madrid — which Liverpool lost 3-1.A Kuwaiti sheikh said Salah’s injured shoulder — which kept him out of the remaining friendly matches — was “divine punishment”.But religious figures and citizens across the region rushed to defend Salah — beloved both in Egypt and across the Arab world.In Saudi Arabia — home to Islam’s two holiest sites — the kingdom’s football federation sparked controversy earlier this year when it ruled players could abstain from the fast if they applied for a “permit”.The decision angered Saudis, who denounced it on social media.But prominent religious leader Saleh al-Maghamsi upheld the ruling, saying Saudi players headed to the World Cup had “the right not to fast, if they want, because they will be travelling”.Travel is among several conditions that absolve practising Muslims from the normally obligatory fast.In Tunisia, players organised their schedule around fasting hours, training just before iftar — the breaking of the fast.“Sport and fasting is a difficult equation, it’s also an old debate that will not end,” wrote Tunisian French-language newspaper La Presse.“Maybe science will make some progress and we’ll come up with new ways for high-level athletes to observe Ramadan without that question arising too often,” it wrote.Well aware of the delicate debate, Morocco’s head coach Herve Renard told a press briefing at the end of May that he “did not want to deal with it, deliberately, because it is a sensitive subject”.The Higher Council of Ulema, the only religious body in Morocco that can issue fatwas, has also remained silent on the matter.– ‘Balanced diet’ –The highest Sunni religious authority in Egypt, Al-Azhar, has taken a measured approach to the topic.“If athletes have difficulty reaching the limit of their ability to combine fasting and the fulfilment of their duties, they can break their fast,” Al-Azhar’s International Center for Electronic Fatwa told AFP.But Egyptian sports doctor Sherif Azmy thinks otherwise.He insists that fasting, when well-planned, does not interfere with athletic performance.“For an athlete, and especially a footballer, it is necessary during Ramadan to maintain a balanced diet,” he said.Despite the daily fast, adequate proportions of protein, fat, sugar, carbohydrates and especially water should be consumed in three staggered meals, he said.Azmy said FIFA’s guidelines also make room for fasting players.The rules, he said, indicate that “no match should be held until three or four hours after iftar,” allowing players enough time to break their fast well ahead of the game.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A man reacts as he watches the the UEFA Champions League final football match, between Real Madrid and Liverpool, at a coffee shop in the Egyptian capital Cairo on May 26, 2018 © AFP/File / KHALED DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, Jun 12 – Should top athletes fast during Ramadan? The question has provoked an often heated debate in Muslim countries, particularly as national teams prepare for the 2018 World Cup.For Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco — four Muslim-majority countries competing in this year’s World Cup in Russia — the end of the Muslim holy month on Thursday coincides with the tournament’s kick-off.last_img read more

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Local producers are starting to grow concerned over dry conditions

first_imgAccording to the forecast, some rain is expected to come through the area later this week and periodically throughout late June. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With only about 6.2 mm of precipitation to have fallen this spring, local producers are starting to grow concerned about how it will affect their crops.Kelly Kassian, manager of Viterra in Fort St. John, says while there has been a lack of precipitation over the spring, it is important that more rain comes soon as the soil is starting to lose moisture as we head into summer.“So far, we’re not too bad because we had moisture early, but we are getting to the point now that we’re going to need some rain here pretty soon. Some of the hilltops are starting to dry out a little bit.”- Advertisement -According to Kassian, not only is seed germination a concern but so is the growth of the hay crop. He says it is short in height and needs that extra amount of rain soon in order to improve the yield.“We could use a rain here right now to get the hay growing fairly decently so it doesn’t run out. It’s a little bit shorter this year, so we’re going to need all we can get to get it filled up.”Environment Canada is predicting a warmer than normal summer in Fort St. John and Northeastern B.C.Advertisementlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NA ROSSA U12 STAR CILLIAN BONNER FINISHES FIFTH IN COUNTY SKILLS COMPETITION

first_imgNA ROSSA GAA NEWS:Well done to Cillian Bonner on participating in the county u12 s skills final in ballybofey last Friday evening. FORTY players took part and Cillian finished 5th. A big weekend for him as he played at half time for a young donegal team in Armagh.Congratulations from all at the club.The seniors host lifford this weekend. Throw in time to be confirmed at training. Well done to the under 10s squad who won the blitz last weekend.The event took place in Dooey last Saturday morning. Thanks to all who helped on the day and to the teams that travelled. The clubs monthly meeting takes place this Wednesday evening in Mccreadys starting at 9pmMembers looking for tickets for the donegal v derry semi final have to contact Pat Boyle before Wednesday at the latest. No orders can be taken after this timeGAA NEWS: NA ROSSA U12 STAR CILLIAN BONNER FINISHES FIFTH IN COUNTY SKILLS COMPETITION was last modified: June 16th, 2015 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:GAANa RossaNoticesSportlast_img read more

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EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF CRASH ON LETTERKENY TO LIFFORD ROAD

first_imgThe emergency services are attending the scene of an accident on the main Letterkenny to Lifford Road.Gardai are at the scene of the accident.The accident happened just before 9am close to Drumoghill.UPDATE: The road has since reopened and there are no serious casualties.  EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF CRASH ON LETTERKENY TO LIFFORD ROAD was last modified: May 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare 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

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Why coach Da Costa was axed by Vipers SC

first_imgPortuguese Manager Miguel da Costa was sacked by Vipers on Tuesday (Photo by Agencies)KAMPALA – When the news filtered through that Vipers SC had relived coach Miguel Da Costa of his duties in the earnest, there was wide spread bewilderment.Also read: Vipers SC sack head coach Miguel da CostaThe proceedings sensationally hit the football audience like a level 5 hurricane. It was viewed as perhaps the most contentious decision to make.The architect of a successful 2017/18 season that reaped a league title and a Uganda cup final appearance,the general consensus, in pure football context, was that the eccentric Portuguese was the right man in vipers hot seat .But it seems his employers had other ideas. In the statement on their official Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon, Vipers SC backed their decision that it was “part of the restructuring process and preparation for CAF club competition and upcoming league season”.Sources close to the Kitende based side have revealed top technocrats have been scheming stealthily to let go of the title winning Portuguese because there was strong belief amongst the them that Da Costa was deficient to steer the Kitende based side through the highly demanding confines of Champions league football.And following a review of proceedings, the management had to act. For many, it would have been a dereliction of duty had they not.The club’s bold decision suggests they had received sufficient encouragement that a new figure head will serve their interests better.“He was no exception and the bosses came to terms that what he (Da Costa) could do, a new person could afford, even better,” a source that preferred anonymity for fear of victimization told PML Daily.It looked to be a source of regret to main man Lawrence Mulindwa that he dispensed with the services of a man and manager he felt was embodiment of his ethos – but clearly felt he can no longer deliver what they demanded.The off-color performances in the just concluded CECAFA club championships (Kagame Cup) in Tanzania where vipers bowed out in the quarter finals on the hands of Gor Mahia, to a lesser extent hastened Da Costa’s departure following an inquest in the tournament. But it is thought even triumph in the CECAFA Club championship would not have spared him. He was a dead man walking!Sources close to the Portuguese have intimidated that Da Costa got wind of his eventual departure after he was wholly dissociated in the ongoing player recruitment at St Marys stadium.He gave a hint of his pending departure when he said “this is the last press conference I have with you. Enjoy friends; he jokingly prophesied his demise after winning the league title.”Some credible sources say that Da Costa inadvertently sowed the seeds of his departure when he got a couple of touchline suspensions, dressing room and backroom rope-pulling that plagued their 2017/18 season.All this dragged his fate under the microscope. It does a great applaud to Da Costa to paint his reign as a success – he was relatively alien to Ugandan football and after one season, he managed to guide the Kitende based side to their third record title and many revered Da Costa for the vibrant style of football he instilled.Comments Tags: CECAFA Kagame cup 2018miguel da costavipers sclast_img read more

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SA women 2nd, men 3rd in Investec Cup

first_img14 July 2014 South Africa’s women’s hockey team finished as runners-up in the Investec Cup in London on Sunday after a narrow 1-2 loss to hosts England in the final. The South African men’s team claimed third place after a 3-0 victory over Scotland. In the women’s final, the English took an early lead from a penalty corner variation, with Nicola White coming in from the right to deflect the ball home. Alex Danson got a shot in soon after as South Africa struggled to get into the game. However, in the eighth minute, forward Kathleen Taylor saw her shot well saved by Maddie Hinch as Giles Bonnet’s charges began to find their feet.South African goal With Shelley Russell causing England problems down the right flank, South Africa struck back in the 16th minute when captain Marsha Cox set Lilian du Plessis free. Du Plessis’ early pass found Jade Mayne and the striker netted superbly, sending the ball high into the net. England responded by peppering the South African goal zone with a series of attacking plays, but the goal shots yielded no return. The hosts came close in the 25th minute, but Lenise Marais made a goal-saving intervention with fantastic cover. Turning around at 1-1 it was anyone’s game.Hit the post Soon after the restart, South African goalkeeper Anelle van Deventer made a good save from Player of the Tournament Danson and world number six England hit the post from a penalty corner variation shortly thereafter. South Africa, ranked eleventh in the world, won two penalty corners in succession and Tarryn Bright brought a great save out of Hinch. England fought back with a penalty corner, but this time it was Van Deventer with a classy save. With six minutes left in the contest, England went ahead again when Sam Quek scored from a penalty corner variation to the left. A few minutes’ later, her team-mate Sophie Bray hit the crossbar from Danson’s cross and England had done enough to take gold after a tremendous battle. Scotland picked up the bronze medal after a 3-2 defeat of Wales.Men’s third place playoff In the playoff for third in the men’s competition, South Africa and Scotland were level at 0-0 at half-time, but three second half goals took Austin Smith and company to a convincing victory ahead of their opening Commonwealth Games match against the same opponents in Glasgow on 25 July. Smith netted penalty corners in the 45th and 64th minutes while teenager Dan Sibbald complemented one of a host of inventive attacking moves with a well-taken goal in the 62nd minute. It was a better South African performance than in their 3-2 win over the Scots in Saturday’s last round-robin match, which was a physical encounter where the sin-bin was a game of musical chairs in the second half, with the African champions being slapped with five cards in total and the Scots with two. In the bronze medal contest, South Africa should have wrapped up the game with their multitude of chances in the first half, but Scotland goalkeeper Gavin Somerville was in superlative form and kept his side in the match.Sound in defence At the other end, the South Africans were sound in defensive situations, limiting Scotland’s goal-scoring opportunities, and as a group there were a host of notable tackles and interventions, notably by outstanding captain Austin Smith, Wade Paton, Jonty Robinson, Rhett Halkett and Jethro Eustice. With defenders and midfielders providing the vital link, the South African forward line was smart in its running on and off the ball, with Lloyd Norris-Jones outstanding throughout, Lungi Tsolekile earning a number of penalty corners, and Taine Paton continuing the excellent form he had shown throughout the event. South Africa clicked in all departments -through the defence, midfield and forward lines – and the outcome was a series of intelligently constructed moves that had the Scottish defence groping in vain for answers at times. England, meanwhile, claimed the Investec Cup title and made it a double for the host nation, triumphing 4-2 in a penalty shootout after they had shared a 2-2 draw with Ireland in the final. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Holiday Geocaching Gift Guide

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGive the gift of geocachingNovember 28, 2016In “News”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – December 7, 2011December 7, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching Holiday Gift GuideDecember 9, 2019In “Community” Unwrap the Thrill of GeocachingLet Shop Geocaching and our International Retailers guide you to the perfect holiday gifts for the geocachers in your life. Wrap them in must-have geocaching clothing and gear, or stuff their pockets with shiny new swag.Here are some of the most exciting gift ideas from Shop Geocaching. You can bundle your loved ones in this new Geocaching Scarf for cold weather cache runs. They’ll impress other cachers with a clever geocache hide using one of nearly two dozen cool cache containers. Or does your geocacher already have enough gear, but nowhere to put it all? Send them out in the field with this Maxpedition JUMBO Versipack. It packs more than six roomy compartments and a Velcro Travel Bug ® patch.Visit the International Retailers site for an extensive list of distributors outside of the United States.For geocachers in the United States – Shop Geocaching is offering a free Travel Bug® for every $25 spent. Just use discount code: BLACKFRIDAY. The sale runs November 21st through November 26th.last_img read more

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Top 5 Cloud Outages of the Past Two Years: Lessons Learned

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud#cloud computing alex williams Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A look at outages for cloud computing services over the past two years shows that most are minimal, a subset of the entire network. Very few cloud outages have caused massive data losses. But after reviewing most of these outages, it’s clear that cloud service providers are still adjusting to how they do upgrades or estimate loads to the network when doing maintenance. We saw these issues arise more than once.The results stem from research conducted by Mark Williams, a cloud computing consultant based out of the United Kingdom who is writing a book about cloud computing. Overall duration of the outages are based upon Williams research. He is actively looking for more instances of outages and is asking people to report examples of problems.Williams found 23 reports of cloud computing failure. Google had 12 outages. Amazon had five. He reported that Microsoft had four outages. Saleforce.com had two.Here are the top five results from Williams list:Microsoft Sidekick: March 13, 2009Outage: 6 daysThe massive outage left Sidekick customers without access to their calendar, address book, and other key aspects of their service. Outages are one thing but data loss is an entirely different issue. Microsoft restored most of the data to Sidekick customers.According to a Microsoft spokesperson, the data loss resulted from a system failure that created data loss in the core database and the back-up. Microsoft installed a back up process for its database to hopefully prevent data losses in the future.Lesson Learned: Check with your cloud services provider or hosted service about its disaster recovery policy. And as always, back up your data.Google GMail: October 16, 2008Outage: 30 hoursIt’s still unclear how many people were affected by this outage. Google says very few had problems. The issue did affect Google Apps customers. There were some desperate pleas in the Google Apps discussion group. We see this a lot. It’s that sudden realization that the CEO can’t access e-mail. Suddenly, cloud-based services are now thought of as a process for how data is created, distributed and stored. How can this problem be averted?Lesson Learned: Google Apps does offer a premiere edition for $50. With the service, users get 24×7 phone and email support. Still, you can avoid the issue entirely by having backup for your email.As one person stated in the discussion forum:“For businesses/customers wanting immediate access to support viatelephone or via correspondence as well as ensuring that they arecompensated for when things do go wrong, they should look towards thePremier edition rather than the Standard edition.Since I’ve been using Google Apps as far back as 2006, I have notencountered any major downtime. I keep back-up email accounts in casethings do wrong (and things DO go wrong on the odd occasion even withinternal mail systems managed in-house no matter how good the planningand expense). I have never had to go without email for anyconsiderable length of time. If it’s REALLY urgent, I usually emailand then telephone the recipient to ensure that all is well.A bit of planning and organisation goes a long way with modern digitalcommunications.” Google GMail, Google Apps: August 15, 2008Outage: 24 hoursThose affected by the outage received a 502 Server error when trying to log in to Gmail and Google Apps The outage came following a similar disruption the week before. Google attributed the initial outage to issues with its contacts system that was preventing Gmail from loading properly. Microsoft Azure: March 13, 2009Outage: 22 hoursThe outage occurred last March before the service came out of beta. The outage left people without access to their applications.Lesson Learned: Microsoft recommended that application owners deploy their application with multiple instances of each role. ConclusionMost of the outages affected email, which can easily be backed up. Generally, the outages have been pretty minor. But the outages should not be forgiven lightly as they each have their own particular crisis for the people affected. Overall, we need more comparisons to see the difference in how outages in the cloud compare to on-premise failures.last_img read more

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