Bolton the Cowboy for a crisis

first_imgHow the Cowboys cope with life after Tamou and Hannant has been the question asked most often in Townsville over the summer but Bolton has won the right to partner co-captain Matt Scott in the front row against the Raiders on Saturday night.The renowned outdoorsman of the Cowboys squad, Bolton missed six weeks of the Cowboys’ premiership season in 2015 due to an injury incurred whilst fishing and along with Blake Leary and Ben Spina regularly pull in barramundi more than a metre in length in the waterways of the state’s north.When one of the Cowboys’ under-20s got their 4WD bogged at a river’s edge on Sunday two other players came to their aid… only to get bogged themselves.So an SOS was sent to Bolton who in fading light extricated one of the stranded vehicles before heading back on Monday afternoon to retrieve the others.”They rang me at about 6 o’clock to come and try and tow them out and it got dark so I didn’t want to go out too far,” Bolton told NRL.com.”There were three cars stuck out there – two of them went out to help them – and they got bogged. I got one out and the other two are still there.”Bolton is also the man Cowboys coach Paul Green has turned to in his hour of need ahead of a host of young props eager to prove themselves in the top grade.With the window of opportunity well and truly open, the likes of Sam Hoare, Patrick Kaufusi, Braden Uele and Corey Jensen have done all they can to push for a spot in the 17 for Round 1 but it will be Bolton who gets first crack at the big Raiders pack.Entering his 11th season with the Cowboys Bolton has started in the front row only 11 times in his 178 career games to date and says coming back for a second stint later in games will be the major adjustment to his previous role from the bench.”I’ve started both the trials and thought what I did there wasn’t too bad and fingers crossed I can get a start at the start of the year this weekend and hopefully cement a spot through the year, prove myself as a starting front-rower,” Bolton said.”The only thing that will change is probably the time that I’m actually on the field during games and I might get a couple more minutes with a bit of luck with the two stints.”If I can get two stints then the minutes will be up and hopefully I can do a bit more work out there.”It’s a bit more of a mental preparation, trying to get yourself in that state of mind. I’m used to doing the one stint and coming off and not having to go back on you do relax a bit more and go into more of a spectator’s role.”Having to go back out there is something that I will have to get used to and something I’ve worked pretty hard on to get my lungs going again just after half-time because I know I’m going to get back out there.”Very much cut from the cloth of the old school front-rowers, Bolton says he will bypass any sideline stints on the bike for a few simple laps up and down the sideline prior to returning to the field.The addition of former Raider Shaun Fensom gives the Cowboys additional depth in the middle of the field and while others may question the club’s prop department Bolton is excited to see how the young front-rowers develop during the season.”Those blokes were ripping into us a bit that whole pre-season and looking to put their best foot forward for a spot,” Bolton said of the competition for places.”Everyone was talking about that depth being a bit light on in the front row so everyone was keen to put a good impression in and it will be good for us in the long run.”I’m pretty lucky that I’ve grown up and watched these younger kids come through and I know what they can do.”I’m looking forward to playing alongside them and obviously myself and Matthew with a bit more experience have to help them through just with the consistency of it.”We’ve got a lot of depth here and definitely a lot of ability so it’s just a matter of putting those performances on the field.”If we can start well I think it will help them through those games especially early in the year.”last_img read more

Henry stars with three-timer at Caymanas Park

first_imgEmbattled jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry, who was recently slapped with a 20-raceday suspension by the stewards for not riding MEET JUSTIN on its merits on September 26, highlighted yesterday’s nine-race programme at Caymanas Park with three winners, including 2-1 chance MIRACLE STAR, for trainer Patrick Chang in the overnight allowance mile.His other winners were even-money favourite BATTLE SONG, for trainer Victor Williams in the fourth over the straight, LONG RUNNING TRAIN, for trainer Harry Parsard in the seventh race for the Nasatol Trophy, again over the straight, upstaging title-chasing jockeys Shane Ellis and Robert Halledeen, with two winners each.The 1997 champion jockey should have started his suspension this Saturday, but he appealed the ban and $10,000 fine imposed by the stewards. On Tuesday, he was granted a stay by the Jamaica Racing Commission and will continue to ride until the appeal is heard.Henry brought the 6-y-o horse MIRACLE STAR with a well-timed run to catch long-time leader and evens favourite ROYAL VIBES (Halledeen up) within shades of the wire, winning by a neck in a field of seven.LONG RUNNING TRAIN, who was always prominent on the stands’ side in the Nasatol Trophy, swooped down on long-time leader and 3-2 favourite ROYAL ASSAULT (Ellis up) in the last furlong to win by 1 1/2 lengths in the smart time of 57.4.Henry has ridden 22 winners so far this season to hold down eighth position in the jockeys’ standings.last_img read more

Twisted soap opera at M&CC

first_imgDear Editor,As someone following in the press, the unacceptable and unhappy reports being made daily to the Commission of Inquiry that has been set up to probe the goings-on at the Mayor and City Council of Georgetown, it is clear to me that there are two common threads running through most of these reports, with those being extreme corruption and a complete disregard for the human resources of the Georgetown municipality, both past and present.In any decent, reputable and caring organisation, had there been even just a few of the atrocities committed – which, however, seem quite routine at that City Council – their human resources manager would have long been given the pink slip and possibly even prosecuted. But at the Georgetown municipality, it is no problem.How could the officer whose responsibility it is to manage the Council’s human resources, just sit happily by and allow the deduction of NIS contributions, GRA income tax, credit union dues, etc, month after month for years from the poor hapless employees, without ensuring that same is remitted to the relevant agencies? This slackness is not only extremely callous of the HR, but against the law and a serious offence.How could the human resources manager, knowing fully about the purported financial crunch of the Council, allow for the monthly payroll of the Council to swell to well over $100 million with a whopping number of approximately 800 employees, most of whom have no tools or materials to work with and thus are forced to idle all day long?One can only hope that the enormous and well-known problem of nepotism, cronyism and favouritism at the Council will be addressed by this Commission.How could the human resources manager of the supposedly cash-strapped City Council support and accept the upgrading of her own Personnel Section from a modest and practical section, turning it into a huge useless, wasteful and expensive Human Resources Department? All this has allowed for is huge salary increases for those operating within, including herself, and the addition of numerous cushy super salaried positions, whilst the service from that division which was always appalling has now gotten even far worse.The non-payment of gratuities and pensions to those who have retired from the Council after decades of unstinting service by the Council’s Human Resources Department is nothing short of aberrant, ruthless and fraudulent. How could they withhold these monies owed to these former employees, whilst placing themselves on higher salary scales and at the top of their scales, and paying themselves some 19 allowances.How could this human resources manager be organising grand retreats to luxurious resorts, host grand celebratory lunches to mark various occasions and be sending their friends and relatives to seminars and meetings overseas while the ordinary worker faces severe medical risks due to the non-payment of the medical scheme contributions and others left to starve without their gratuities, pensions, insurances, officer deposit refunds, etc?Does the HR care that employees who have to go into the trenches, spray dangerous chemicals and slaughter animals, lack the protective clothing and gear needed; the Constables are without uniforms and bulletproof vests; that many municipal buildings are unfit for habitation while hundreds of millions are being doled out to contractors without adherence to tender board procedures?Listening to the daily reports of the Commission is like listening to some twisted soap opera.Sincerely,Mark Roopanlast_img read more

How Nyumalin Captured Foya Highly Contested By-Election

first_imgWinner Francis Sakila Nyumalin of Union of Liberian DemocratsOn February 28, Foya citizens in Lofa County Electoral District #1 went to the polls in a by-election that was hotly contested by nine men and a woman. The National Elections Commission (NEC) declared the seat vacant at the Lower House of Representatives following the death of Representative Eugene Fallah Kparkar.Deployed senior NEC officials and those assigned in the upper Lofa election magisterial area earlier cautioned the nine contestants to remain civil and abide by election guidelines.In that regard, the contestants followed the rules of the political contest and campaigned throughout the district.Winner Francis Sakila Nyumalin of Union of Liberian DemocratsHowever, NEC officials had projected that a little over 30,000 eligible voters would vote in the February 28 polls. Regrettably, the NEC’s projection did fell short from all indications due to voter apathy and inadequate civic and voter education.NEC officials proffered that civic and voter education is the collective responsibility of stakeholders in any electoral process.Most of the citizens and first time voters described the campaign as great as all of the candidates (the defeated and the winner) visited every polling station and voting precinct.The candidates were able to present their platforms and their usual rhetoric of a better Foya District.The voters received the candidates’ messages with caution and went to the polls well-informed to make their choice among the nine candidates.After the nine threw their hats in the ring after the NEC’s official declaration of the vacant seat, the official campaigns by the candidates were initially greeted with personal attacks on each other, but more especially on the chiefs and elders who had thrown their support behind Francis Sakilah Nyumalin of the Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD).Voters and party agents at the various polling places in the district arrived as early as 8:00 a.m. on voting day.At all the polling places, agents of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction’s (MDR) were conspicuously absent, with no MDR official available to comment on their absence.Out of the estimated 30,000 voters that were expected to go to the polls at designated polling stations in the three clans of Tiangia, Waum and Rankolle in the district, only 10,603 eventually turned out to vote.But senior NEC officials rejected claims that the electoral process experienced a low turnout and told reporters that perhaps some of the voters might have moved to different locations, as population is not static.Official results issued by the NEC are as follows: Jeremiah Saah Borlay of MDR, 273; Peter T.O. James of Alternative National Congress (ANC), 255; William Tamba Kamba of Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), 2,996; William Saah Kettor of Unity Party (UP), 1,846; Joseph Tamba Machulay of Liberia Transformation Party (LTP), 80; Francis Sakila Nyumalin of ULD, 3,149; William Tamba Saa of Liberty Party (LP), 410; Damacious Tamba Saysay of All Liberian Party (ALP), 528; and Elizabeth Tamba, Independent, 295.In interviews with citizens, they attributed the success of the by-election to the orderly and peaceful conduct of the campaigning process by the candidates.Some of the presiding NEC officials told reporters that there were instances when some voters’ cards were faded, with missing photos and serial numbers, but that their officials deployed on the ground were able to amicably resolve those issues, and that the voting process went ahead.The NEC officials were seen on many occasions resolving minor electoral issues, especially when some of the voters were unable to identify their original polling places.In interviews with voters after casting their ballots, they said the voting process was orderly and easy.Edward Fayia Kendima, 55, said he was grateful that he exercised his democratic right to select the candidate of his choice.“I voted freely and did not go through any confrontation, fear and favor in the land of my forefathers in Foya District,” he said.Madam Kumba B. Fayia, 39, said the by-election was her first encounter and was happy to exercise her constitutional right.“It is my hope that the 2017 presidential and legislative elections will be conducted in a stress free environment,” she emphasized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Riot Police Deployed at Supreme Court

first_imgPolice officers deployed at the entrance of the Temple of Justice For fear of protest over the controversial Code of Conduct (CoC), the Liberian National Police (LNP) yesterday deployed several officers from the Police Support Unit (PSU) to the grounds of the Temple of Justice where the Supreme Court is situated. The officers replaced the unarmed judicial officers that had been defending the entrance to the Temple of Justice. Meanwhile, the PSU officers did not search judicial employees and those who went to the Temple of Justice to attend to legal matters.However, the deployment of the LNP officers was due to the rising cases of protests by supporters of people that voiced out their anger against the recent ruling of the Supreme Court on the CoC, a source at the judiciary has told the Daily Observer.Yesterday’s deployment coincides with a recent pronouncement by some lawmakers, among them Maryland County Senator Dan Morias, to organize impeachment proceedings against three of the five justices of the Supreme Court. The lawmakers claimed that their recent judgments in CoC related cases demonstrate that the justices were allegedly biased or incapable of performing the functions of their offices by clearing the nomination of Harrison Karnwea of the Liberty Party (LP) and Jeremiah Sulunteh of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) to contest the October presidential and legislative elections as vice running mates to the political leaders of the aforementioned parties. Up to press time last night, it was not clear whether or not there is a possible threat of protest as a result of the alleged impeachment proceedings.In recent times, there have been two protests at the Temple of Justice led by people believed to be supporters of Montserrado County District#15 legislative aspirant and former assistant minister for administration at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication, Abu Kamara, who the authorities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) denied participating in the pending electoral process. Another protest was staged before the ruling that reversed the NEC’s earlier rejection of Karnwea and Sulunteh from also participating in the electoral process by the Supreme Court. “Those terrifying incidents are behind the deployment of the officers,” a judicial source hinted.“There has been a series of discussions between the justices and the hierarchy of the LNP before the officers were deployed. They are here to beef-up our security strength and to ensure the safety of the employees and public facilities,” the judicial source said. “They are deployed at strategic areas at the Temple of Justice.”Employees who spoke anonymously informed the Daily Observer that the deployment of the police has created fear among employees. “When I arrived at work this morning I was surprised to see police officers deployed at the entrances of the court,” a female employee said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teen charged for breaking Pike Street man’s foot

first_imgA 19-year-old was on Friday before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for wounding a man resulting in his foot being broken.Rondel Edghill of Kitty, Georgetown, denied the charge read to him by Magistrate Judy Latchman, which stated that on May 25, 2017, at Pike Street, Kitty, he wounded Michael Khan with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm.According to the facts of the matter presented by Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, the Virtual Complainant (VC) and the defendant are known to each other.On the day of the incident, the VC was walking on Pike Street, when the teen approached him and for unknown reasons dealt him several lashes with a piece of wood, resulting in him breaking his right leg.As a result of the injury, the VC was rushed to the hospital and treated. He made his appearance in crutches with his leg in a cast.The Police Prosecutor however had no bail objections and Edghill was granted bail in the sum of $100,000. He is expected to return to court on January 9.last_img read more

Site C protestors voyage to Victoria

first_imgPhoto: Site C dam protestors started their trip to Victoria with a small rally in Fort St. John./Andrew Tylosky.The protest against the Site C dam project is heading to Victoria.- Advertisement -The ‘Paddle to the Premier’ began Friday in Fort St. John where various people spoke out against BC Hydro’s plans to construct a third dam and generating station along the Peace River. Many protestors held signs denouncing the project.Before the 1,300 km journey to the Provincial Legislature began, a member of the Doig River First Nation said a traditional prayer.Representatives from the Peace Valley Environmental Association, the Wilderness Committee, Treaty 8 and the David Suzuki foundation were all in attendance for the sendoff of the convoy.Fort St. John City Councillor Larry Evans also attended, showing his support for the protestors. He says he personally does not support the dam project because of the negative effects it will have on both farmland and recreational land.Advertisement Hoffman says there have already been representatives from the Green Party and the NDP that have confirmed they will be attending Sunday’s event. She also says she hopes Liberal Party members will attend.The support for those who are against the Site C dam appears to be gaining some notable figures, including environmental activist and broadcaster David Suzuki and the Sierra Club’s Susan Howett who are both expected to speak at the event.The convoy will be making various stops along the way to Victoria, including in Chetwynd, Prince George and Quesnel. The voyage will culminate with a paddle along the Gorge Waterway from the Selkirk Waterfront to Victoria’s inner harbour.The Site C dam project is currently in Stage 3 – the environmental review – of a five step evaluation. According to the BC Hydro website, if the project passes the regulatory review phase, the dam is expected to be completed and generating electricity within 10 years. [asset|aid=3154|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=29c8cf12ebd36202e2e0cb64655f7a8b-Larry Evans – Paddle to the Premier 1_1_Pub.mp3] Evans also says the area has an extensive history that should be preserved.‘Paddle for the Peace’ has been happening for several years in the region, says Sandra Hoffman, co-ordinator for the Peace Valley Environmental Association, adding that protestors now feel it’s time to take their message to the people in the southern part of the province.[asset|aid=3155|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=29c8cf12ebd36202e2e0cb64655f7a8b-Sandra Hoffman – Paddle to the Premier 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisementlast_img read more

Fort St. John Hospital wins two Gold Awards of Excellence for construction

first_imgFlynn Canada also won the Chairman’s Trade award for the project. The $237 million project was chosen over other the two other Silver Award of Excellence recipients: Graham Construction and Engineering, a J.V., and ITC Construction Group. The new hospital opened on June 21, 2012, after construction of the two-story hospital with 55 acute-care beds and a residential care facility with 124 beds began in September 2009. Acciona boasts that it was a challenging project to complete on time, due to its remote, northern location, and finding qualified workers. – Advertisement -B.C. Hydro’s G.M. Shrum Generating Station Fire Protection Upgrade Project also received a Silver Mechanical Contractor over $3 million award, but was beat out for the gold award by the UBC Earth Systems Building.last_img read more

When the music stops, take a chair

first_imgTrading places: Last week, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made it clear that he would work to take over the Los Angeles Unified School District. In a total misunderstanding, LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer immediately started running the city. Really hidden well: In a surprise to disappointed children, no eggs were found at the White House annual Easter egg hunt. Vice President Dick Cheney blamed faulty intelligence. Home prices vs. gas: The median price of a San Fernando Valley house soared to a record $615,000 in March, just a shade more than the cost of a tank of gas. And that’s not even figuring in the $39 million for elephant housing. It’s not easy: Facing a near crisis, fuel company CEOs say that it’s practically impossible to fit any more money into their pockets. “You try to find pants with pockets big enough to hold all this money,” complained an anonymous gas company executive. “You think we’re happy making ungodly profits while consumers are scrambling to afford a gallon of gas? I’m not saying we’re not. I was just asking.” Bye-bye: New White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolton told administrative officials that if they were planning to leave, they should consider doing it now. No-o-o-o. I’m not going to say the president raised his hand. Only some left behind: To keep funds coming in, many schools across the country are not counting the lower scores of many minority children. “Even more reason for the No Child Left Behind program to continue,” said Department of Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. “My dream is that one day we’ll be able to count these scores correctly.” Roth jump: Due to poor ratings, ex-Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth is on his way out as the radio replacement for Howard Stern at CBS radio. CBS said that the latest change will not ignore the Roth listener, but refused to name who that listener is. Snare drum punchline of the week: Chinese President Hu Jintao had lunch this week with President Bush, and an hour later Bush wanted to have lunch with him again. Thankyouverymuch. I’ll be here all week. TomKat birthday dinner: Rumors swirled this past week that Tom Cruise would be eating his new baby’s placenta. Nothing could be further from the truth. He’ll be eating Brooke Shields’ baby’s placenta. Maybe it’s Norton that’s the hazard: Outgoing Interior Secretary Gale Norton has actually reported that America’s wetlands are increasing if you count artificially created water hazards on golf courses. She added that the living standard of Americans is increasing if you average in the income of the people who can afford to join the country clubs where they’ve created the artificial water hazards. War over war: Six retired high-ranking military leaders have spoken out against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, saying that he should resign because of his poor job of running the war in Iraq. In a rather clever response, Rumsfeld brought out six former defense secretaries who told the generals to go to hell. Scottie, we hardly knew ye: As we say a fond farewell to presidential press secretary Scott McClellan, who without his inclusion would have made this column two inches shorter every week, we also wave good-bye to “blame-gaming,” “finger-pointing” and “no commenting on ongoing criminal investigations.” White House reporters Helen Thomas and David Gregory will be in mourning until they find someone else to badger. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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

FORMER FINN HARPS MANAGER ORDERED TO PAY VICTIM €15,800

first_imgFormer Finn Harps manager Patsy McGowan has been ordered to pay a man €15,800 damages after he brutally assaulted him in the boardroom of the club.Shane McConnell leaving court today. Pic by Northwest Newspix.McGowan assaulted fellow board member Shane McConnell at the Co Donegal club following a fall-out over internet rumours. Mr McConnell, of Navenney Street, Ballybofey, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court  today after taking an action for damages against McGowan, 77.The victim, who is now 34, told the court how he had grown up beside Finn Park and was a  fan of the club all his life.He sold programmes as a young boy and went to as many games as he could.He was involved in an unofficial supporters club called ‘From Behind The Nets’ since 2004 but decided he would like to take a more active role and became a board member in 2008.He attended a board meeting on the night in question and the issue of online debate was raised and Mr McConnell accused Mr McGowan of making certain online allegations.In response, McGowan turned around and punched Mr McConnell square in the face while he had his arms folded causing him to fall back and land on the floor.In evidence, Mr McConnell then revealed that his attacker jumped on top of him, dragged him up and down the floor and pulled clumps of hair out of his head.McGowan, of Knock, Ballybofey was eventually pulled off his victim.Mr McConnell, who had a well-known butcher shop in the town, was taken to NowDoc for treatment.The victim said he could not return to Finn Park out of embarrassment and anxiety and said that many people called into the shop after hearing about the attack.McGowan was found guilty of attacking Mr McConnell at the district court and ordered to pay his victim €1,750.Barrister for the victim, Mr Seamus Breen, said to this day McGowan has in six years never tried to apologise to Mr McConnell and he has not received “a phone call, letter or email.”Barrister for Mr McGowan, James O’Donnell, said his client was a man in his 70s who said he was under a lot of pressure at the time and that he bore no ill will towards Mr McConnell.Judge John Hannan said he was not surprised that Mr McConnell had difficulty getting involved with his local soccer club but was pleased to note that he had got on with his life in general and was engaged to be married.He awarded him €15,000 and also €800 for his medical expenses.Speaking after court, Mr McConnell said he did not wish to make any further comment other than he was glad that his ordeal was now over.FORMER FINN HARPS MANAGER ORDERED TO PAY VICTIM €15,800 was last modified: March 25th, 2015 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) Tags:finn harpsPatsy McGowanShane McConnelllast_img read more