Foran signs three-year deal with Bulldogs

first_imgThe Kiwi International and former NRL premiership winner will join the Bulldogs at the end of this season.”We are delighted to have secured the services of Kieran for the next three seasons,” Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle said.”He is a highly experienced and talented play-maker who will be a great asset to our team. We look forward to Kieran joining up with us leading into next year’s campaign.”Coach Des Hasler was also looking forward to the 26 year-old joining up with the club.”I know that family was a determining priority in Kieran’s decision,” Hasler said. “He could have chosen to go to a handful of Sydney clubs, so we are pleased that he has chosen to continue his career at the Bulldogs.”last_img read more

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Nadal pulls out of French Open

first_imgPARIS, France (AP):For a decade, Rafael Nadal ruled Roland Garros the way no other man has dominated any Grand Slam site.Yesterday, his powerful left wrist wrapped in a blue brace, Nadal delivered the surprising news that he was withdrawing before his third-round match at the French Open because of an injury that would prevent him from delivering the whiplike, spin-heavy forehand that carried him to a record nine championships and a 72-2 record on the tournament’s red clay.”To win the tournament, I need five more matches,” Nadal said, his face expressionless, his arms crossed in front of him. “And the doctor says that’s 100 per cent impossible.”His announcement, at what he called “one of the toughest press conferences in my career”, overshadowed everything else going on around the grounds on Day 6 of the French Open, from the straight-set victories by defending champion Stan Wawrinka and No. 2-seeded Andy Murray, to the out-of-nowhere 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-0 upset of two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova by 108th-ranked Shelby Rogers, a 23-year-old American.Nadal’s withdrawal robbed the event of more star power, coming a week after 17-time major champion Roger Federer pulled out because of lingering back problems.AIMING FOR FOURTH TITLEIt cleared one potential obstacle from the path of No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who is attempting to win a fourth consecutive major title and his first in Paris – and could have faced Nadal in the semi-finals.Fourth-rounders established Friday included No. 3 Wawrinka against No. 22 Viktor Troicki, No. 5 Kei Nishikori against No. 9 Richard Gasquet, and No. 8 Milos Raonic against unseeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas.Women’s fourth-round matches will be Rogers against No. 25 Irina-Camelia Begu, No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska against unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova, No. 4 Garbine Muguruza against No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and No. 6 Simona Halep against No. 21 Sam Stosur.last_img read more

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“Donkey” charged for stabbing man

first_imgA 21-year-old resident of Port Kaituma was slapped with a wounding charge after he allegedly stabbed a man about his body on Tuesday last.Delroy “Donkey” Parish of Orenoque, Port Kaituma, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini) appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus on Wednesday and denied the charge.It is alleged that Parish unlawfully and maliciously wounded Robin Adams on June 5, 2018 at Orenoque, Port Kaituma.According to the accused, he was attacked by Adams and was only defending himself. He was released on $50,000 bail. The case will continue at the Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court on August 7, 2018.last_img read more

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Essequibians urged to take advantage of new oil sector

first_imgEssequibians have been encouraged to take full advantage of the Essequibo Technical Institute with the aim of arming themselves with technical skills to fill the demands that will be available in Guyana with the introduction of the oil and gas sector.This was the encouragement offered as 144 students participated in the 16th graduation exercise of the ETI, which was held late last week at the institution.Acting Principal Rawl Pearce has said that with the introduction of the oil and gas sector, ETI is now offering engineering and mining courses so as to prepare Guyanese to meet the demands of the new sector. He said the institution currencyA section of the students who graduated from ETI last weekhas six students who are undergoing technical training under the sponsorship of the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) and MACORP. After completing the programme, the six will be employed with GPL at the New Power Plant in Anna Regina. MACORP is also offering full one-year scholarships to hinterland students who wants to attend the institution.In his feature address, Ajay Singh shared his success story of being among the first batch of students at the institution. He is now an engineer by profession. He encouraged the graduating class to continue to work hard to make their dreams become reality.Meanwhile, Colwyn King, who gave the charge, said technical education is key for development, and no country can develop without technical skills. He encouraged students to put their training into good use.Regional Chairman Davanand Ramdatt reflected on the three persons who were very instrumental   in bringing technical education to Essequibo Coast. He made mention of former Education Minister the late Dr Dale Bisnauth, former Regional Chairman the late Ally Baksh, and former Vice Chairman the late Heeralall Mohan.last_img read more

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GPL must introduce new energy to grid- Jagdeo

first_imgBlack out woes– expresses concern over absence of board of directorsThe Guyana Power and Light (GPL) would usually attribute extended power outages to line maintenance, something that rarely provides comfort for the populace. But according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, the GPL must find a way to generate new power in the grid… and fast.GPL ended 2017 with total combined losses of 29.5 per cent, which is a marginal increase from last year; 12.9 per cent technical and 14.7 per cent non-technical. Jagdeo urged the company to expand its short-term objectives beyond maintaining transmission and distribution mains.“We’ve always had commercial and technical losses,” Jagdeo said. “When we gotOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeointo office, it was over 40 per cent, then it fell to 20 per cent. That is people stealing power, and the line losses because of old lines.“But they are not going to make any big change in that. You’re not going to save the equal amount from offsetting growth in demand by (only) tackling the transmission and distribution mains. So you have to have – now — short-term, new generating capacity. You have to do that now.”The fact that GPL is without a board did not escape the former President’s attention. Jagdeo noted that while GPL is raking in billions in revenue, this is being done while the entity does not have a board of directors. Appointing a board, he noted, is not a time consuming exercise, yet Government has failed to appoint one since January of 2018.Renewable energyGovernment has embarked on a number of renewable energy projects centred on wind, hydro and solar.However, none of these projects has an individual generating capacity that could rival the 165 megawatts the Amaila Falls Hydro Power (AFHP) project would have brought.One project on which Government has embarked is the Hope Wind Farm, which has faced criticism centred on the actual investor. One of the investors in question is International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA) proprietor Lloyd Singh, who has been identified as being responsible for the acquisition of the headquarters of the Alliance for Change (AFC). According to Patterson, there have been some technical issues — such as the size of the development — which had to be ironed out; but there has been progress on that front, and the process of finalising the power purchase agreement is ongoing.Patterson also spoke of a US$3.8 million solar farm funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, which will be constructed at Bartica. According to the Minister, this will be completed by the end of 2018.Meanwhile, the update on the Tumatumari hydro project isthat the private developer has been given a deadline to reach financial closure with investors; that is, when all agreements have been signed and conditions met, in order to allow the dispensing of funds.The update on the Kato hydropower project was a more positive one. According to Patterson, funding has been secured for the US$2 million project, and work will commence when weather permits.He also spoke of securing funding from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) for Photo Voltaic (PV) farms at Port Kaituma (US$1.8 million), Kwakwani (US$2.6 million), and Matthews Ridge (US$2 million).“So, by the end of 2018, we would have installed about five megawatts of renewable energy. And that’s a commendable feat, coming from 2015 with zero,” Patterson has boasted. “And then, by the end of 2020, when all these projects would have been completed, there would be 29 or 30 megawatts.”last_img read more

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North Peace awarded $66k for Olympic Torch events

first_imgFor a map of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay Route and a list of Celebration, Route or Aboriginal Communities, visit www.vancouver2010.com. Communities in the North Peace have been awarded just over 66 thousand dollars as part of the Olympic Torch Relay Community Grant Program. The grants will help support community spirit festivals for the running of the torch relay across the province including through northeast British Columbia. Fort St. John will get $30,000 for the January 31st 2010 Torch Relay event. The Torch Relay will feature a “Fire and Ice” theme representing all five continents. It will also include live entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, European dance and First Nations drumming.- Advertisement -Fort Nelson will also be getting $21,500 for the Torch Relay celebration on February 2nd, 2010. Meanwhile, Hudson’s Hope will benefit from $8,000 for a Torch Route Relay welcoming party, and Fort Nelson First Nations will be getting $7,000 for an Aboriginal Torch Relay celebration. The 2010 Olympic Flame will be lit on Oct. 22, 2009, and handed over to a representative of Canada in Athens, Greece on Oct. 29. The flame will be flown over to Canada and will visit every province and territory in the country. It is expected that it will be carried by approximately 12,000 torchbearers. Advertisementlast_img read more

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E-filing ‘changing the way the nation does taxes’

first_imgWhile tax prep and e-filing of a federal return may be free, the company may charge for filing state or local income taxes. It also may sell other services or products, which the IRS notes that consumers are under no obligation to purchase. There’s a new, consumer-friendly wrinkle to Free File this year. Companies in the Free File Alliance have agreed not to offer Refund Anticipation Loans, which provide taxpayers quick cash against their expected refunds, usually for high fees. “We heard many legitimate concerns about the marketing of ancillary products during the last filing season,” Everson, of the IRS, said in a statement. “This is a constructive step.” Another way to e-file is by using home tax software such as TurboTax or TaxCut. The programs can be bought online or in office supply stores and usually include rebates and coupons for free e-filing of at least one tax return. The companies – Intuit in the case of TurboTax and H&R Block in the case of TaxCut – update tax forms and instructions as they are updated by the IRS. These can be downloaded from the programs’ Web sites during filing season. Such programs use an interview process to walk taxpayers through the return preparation. Beforehand, gather your records: your 2005 tax return; 2006 income records such as W-2 statements from employers and end-of-year interest and dividend statements, as well as any 2006 tax refunds; and payments such as state and local taxes, business expenses, mortgage interest and any other deductible expenses. Home software Professional aid Taxpayers also can take their records to a professional preparer, who can also file the tax return electronically. It’s a more costly route, though it may be worth it if your taxes are complicated. Tax preparation bills from H&R Block, for example, average about $160 per client, according to the company. The IRS can find an e-filing tax pro for you if you enter your ZIP code in the e-file locator box on http://www.irs.gov. Taxpayers due a refund must provide bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of refunds. Starting this year, taxpayers who use direct deposit will be able to divide their refunds into three separate deposits to financial accounts, such as checking, savings and retirement accounts. Those owing tax can pay electronically by charging it to a credit card; having the IRS withdraw the money directly from a bank account; or through the U.S. Treasury’s Electronic Federal Tax Payment System by phone or over the Internet. See http://eftps.gov for more information. (But don’t respond to e-mails purporting to be from EFTPS and asking for personal information; that’s a known scam.) E-filing taxpayers create a personal identification number, which serves as their electronic signature and requires knowing their 2005 adjusted gross income. Taxpayers who don’t create a PIN can still file electronically but will also have to mail Form 8453-OL to the appropriate IRS service center after they have received IRS confirmation that the e-filed return was accepted. During transmission, the tax return is sent from a modem or other Internet connection to an electronic return transmitter, which converts the file to a format that meets IRS specifications and forwards it to the IRS for processing. Within 48 hours, the IRS confirms whether the return has been accepted or rejected. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Filing taxes electronically is the quickest way to get a refund. The Internal Revenue Service hopes that carrot will draw even more e-filing taxpayers this year. “E-filing is changing the way the nation does taxes,” IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson said. He said the agency received 73million electronically filed tax returns in 2006. About 61million taxpayers submitted paper returns in 2006. More than 20million returns were filed from home computers, an increase of about 19percent over the previous year. Refunds for e-filed tax returns come in about two weeks if the IRS deposits the refund directly into the taxpayer’s bank account. That’s compared with eight weeks for taxpayers who file a paper return and opt for a paper refund check. Besides producing faster refunds, filing electronically reduces errors because tax preparation software rejects returns with data entry mistakes or inconsistencies. The most common problems – an incorrect adjusted gross income figure or Social Security number, or carrying over the wrong amount from the tax table – are often careless errors that are easy for taxpayers to fix once the tax program highlights them. Help for filing In many cases, state and local tax returns can be e-filed at the same time as federal returns. There are several routes for federal e-filing. If your adjusted gross income is $52,000 or less, you can qualify for free online tax preparation and e-filing through the IRS’ Free File alliance of tax prep companies – as long as you use the IRS Web site http://www.irs.gov to link to those offers. Some of those companies may be limited to filing in certain states or to taxpayers of a certain income level. The IRS advises taxpayers to “carefully review the free offer descriptions” before starting their returns. last_img read more

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REVEALED! The highest scoring English top flight teams ever!

first_img 7. Newcastle – 5047 top flight goals – Click the arrow to see which recent super power makes number six – Just four goals ahead of their north-east rivals at time of writing*, Newcastle are one of English football’s traditional heavyweights. Their debut in the top flight came in 1898 – some five years after they joined the league system – and they mustered 49 league goals in their inaugural First Division season. Since then the Magpies have gone on to add another 4998 to their tally. 5. Man United – 6229 top flight goals – Click the arrow to see an equally surprising number four – Unquestionably one of English football’s giants, the Red Devils have passed the 100 goal mark in a top flight season three times. The 20 time league winners made their first appearance at the highest level in 1892 and have been an ever present in the top flight since 1975. 10. Chelsea have 4890 top flight goals in total* – Click the arrow to see which clubs have scored more goals in English football’s top division – The Blues’ first campaign in the top flight came in the 1907/08 season. That campaign they scored just 53 goals, a far cry from the Premier League record 103 goals they bagged in the 2009/10. The top tier of English football saw a new milestone reached on Monday night, as Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind scored the 140,000th top flight goal, grabbing a late equaliser to help the Red Devils draw 2-2 against West Brom.The history of the top flight is traced back to 8 September, 1888, when the first round of league fixtures was contested by 10 of league’s 12 teams, with the honour of the first ever goal being awarded to Aston Villa defender Gershom Cox, who inadvertently scored an own goal in a 1-1 draw with Wolves.Since then 64 teams have been fortunate enough to score in the top flight, and here are the 10 to have massed the most goals.Click the arrow to find out who is number one.*Correct up to 21 October 2014Source: Infostrada 10 3. Arsenal – 6518 top flight goals – Click the arrow to see which club is second – One of England’s traditional heavyweights, Arsenal have spent just two seasons outside of the top flight since making their debut in the England’s premier competition in 1904. The Gunners’ highest scoring season came in 1930/31 as they bagged 127 league goals to storm to the title. 1. Everton – 6776 top flight goals – Click the arrow for more – Another founding member of league football in England, Everton have spent just four years outside of the top flight since 1888 – a remarkable achievement. The Toffees finished the inaugural campaign in eighth spot, scoring just 35 goals in 22 games. Since then they have added an unparalleled 6741 goals. 10 10 9. Tottenham – 5015 top flight goals – Click the arrow to see which traditional giant is number eight – Celebrated as the first club to win a League and FA Cup double in the 20th century – a feat they achieved in the 1960/61 season – Spurs have only spent 16 years outside of the top flight since making their Football League debut in 1908. 10 8. Sunderland – 5043 top flight goals – Click the arrow to see which rival club is seventh – One of the most historic clubs in English football, Sunderland were ever-present in the top flight from their debut in 1890 through to the conclusion of the 1958/59 campaign when they first tasted relegation. Very much a yo-yo club ever since, the Mackems have still managed to record a respectable 5043 top flight goals since. 6. Man City – 5274 top flight goals – Click the arrow for a very surprising number five – Another side to bounce around the English league system throughout their history, Man City’s longevity as a pillar of the game means that they have enjoyed some 86 campaigns in the top flight. Over the course of their history, City’s highest scoring season came in 1936/37, when they hit 107 goals to win the league. 2. Aston Villa – 6554 top flight goals – Click the arrow to see which club has scored more top flight goals than any other – One of the founding members of the Football League in England, Aston Villa have earned their spot on this list due to their longevity. The seven-time champions of England faced midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in their first-ever league match, drawing 1-1. 10 4. Liverpool – 6515 top flight goals – Click the arrow to see which London club is third – One of English football’s most successful teams, it is no surprise to see Liverpool included in this list. An ever present in the top flight since 1962, the Merseysiders have scored 80+ goals in a Division One/Premier League season on 14 occasions. 10 10 10 10 10last_img read more

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Spain’s Euro 2016 missing XI puts England’s Drinkwater debate into perspective

first_img Centre midfield: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – Spain caps: 77 12 12 Centre back: Nacho (Real Madrid) – Spain caps: 4 12 12 Goalkeeper: Adrian (West Ham) – Click the arrow, right, to see the full Spain missing XI – Spain caps: 0 12 Centre forward: Diego Costa (Chelsea) – Spain caps: 10 12 12 Centre midfield: Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich) – Spain caps: 18 12 Left back: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) – Spain caps: 16 12 12 12 Substitutes: – Antonio Adan (Real Betis), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Gabi (Atletico Madrid), Jesus Navas (Manchester City), Vitolo (Sevilla), Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid), Paco Alcacer (Valencia). Left forward: Isco (Real Madrid) – Spain caps: 13 Centre back: Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad) – Spain caps: 1 Right forward: Juan Mata (Manchester United) – Spain caps: 41 Right back: Mario Gaspar (Villarreal) – Spain caps: 3 Centre midfield: Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid) – Spain caps: 0 The England squad was finally announced on Tuesday with the 23 players tasked with winning the European Championships revealed.While Fabian Delph’s omission was expected, there were plenty of talking points with many fans angry that Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater was left at home at the expense of players such as Jack Wilshere, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson – all of whom are fitness concerns.However, to put these tribulations into perspective, while England chose to leave out a Premier League winner from this season, Spain omitted two Champions League winners, three Champions League runners up, an FA Cup winner, a Bundesliga and German Cup winner, and a Europa League winner.Click the arrow above, right, to see the full Spain missing XI and substitutes – excluding those who were ruled out because of injury. 12last_img read more

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JUDGE ADMITS THERE IS NO BAIL CONDITION TEENAGER WOULD NOT BREAK

first_imgA judge said he did not think there was any bail condition that any court could put on a 17 year old Letterkenny youth that he would not break.Letterkenny District Court.Judge Paul Kelly was speaking yesterday after he revoked the bail of a local teenager. A Garda came to court to give evidence that the teenager had broken at least five of seven bail conditions imposed on him when he was last in court.The Gardai said he was strongly objecting to bail as the young man would break “one hundred bail conditions” put on him.The Garda said he was aware the man had broken a number of conditions including curfew conditions, not signing on, not answering his phone and not staying at the address he was supposed to.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher asked the man if he had broken any of his bail conditions and he admitted he had.However, Mr Gallagher asked Judge Kelly at Letterkenny District Court not to send the man back to St Patrick’s Institute as his personal safety was under threat.The young man gave evidence and said he was aware that seventeen year olds could be sent to Wheatfield Prison.However Judge Kelly ordered the man to St.Pats but ordered the necessary precautions to be taken to safeguard the man.JUDGE ADMITS THERE IS NO BAIL CONDITION TEENAGER WOULD NOT BREAK was last modified: January 14th, 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) Tags:bail conditionsJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

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