Thurston devastated by Origin withdrawal

first_imgFor the first time since Game Three, 2004 a State of Origin match will be played without Thurston after the champion five-eighth was officially withdrawn from the team, freeing the way for Anthony Milford to prepare for his Origin debut without any doubt.On Wednesday morning Thurston told the media that he remained hopeful of playing his 37th consecutive Origin match but some testing late on Wednesday afternoon and a subsequent scan early Thursday morning confirmed that his shoulder was in no fit state to take the field and the decision was made.The Maroons’ team doctor Matt Hislop advised Thurston that he shouldn’t play following the results of the tests they conducted on the shoulder on Wednesday but the man himself didn’t want to believe it was true until scans confirmed that it had not recovered sufficiently.”I did some testing yesterday and the results didn’t come back the way that I wanted,” a clearly devastated Thurston said. “I had a chat to the doc and physio last night and I didn’t want to believe it. “I wanted a scan to clarify that in my own mind that I’m not fit enough to play and that confirmed that this morning.”I didn’t want to believe it until this morning. I had the worst sleep last night. Once I got the scan done I had another chat to the doc.”I am relieved that the doc has taken it out of my hands because I was keen on playing.”It’s the best decision for the team moving forward and that’s the way it goes.”Confirming that the injury does not require surgery, Thurston has now targeted the Cowboys’ Round 14 clash with the Eels in Townsville to make his return. If he does make it back for that game it will be his only hit-out in six weeks prior to going into camp for Origin II.The 34-year-old has decided to step down from representative football at the end of the Kangaroos’ World Cup campaign and said this latest disappointment won’t tempt him into playing again for Queensland in 2018.”I am at peace with the decision I have made,” Thurston said.”If I don’t play another Origin game it will be devastating but I have a lot of memories that I will cherish from being part of this team.”Obviously I’m devastated. I love everything about the Origin campaign, the build-up, the final training run, the buzz around the city, the town and wherever you are.”It’s devastating not to be a part of it when that two-minute bell goes.”The withdrawal of Thurston gives Milford and Cooper Cronk four training sessions in which to bed down a new scrumbase combination, a combination Cronk admits he won’t know will work until after Game One is completed.”It’s devastating. Johnathan Thurston has been front and centre of everything that the Queensland Origin side has done for 30-odd games – he’s never missed one – but on Wednesday night he’s not going to be there,” Cronk said.”We have to pick up the slack, get the job done and there’ll be no excuses.”We’ve got a spine meeting later today and we’ll have a chat about how we want to play and use Milford’s skills but also getting him to buy into what we’ve done over a period of time because it has worked.”We can train and trial everything but we can’t answer that until about 9.30 next Wednesday night.”last_img read more

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Barca midfielders throw five times less outside the area than Madrid

first_img“Barça midfielders do not suck”. It is more than a vision of an amateur or some technician involved. It is a tangible reality in data. And if compared to the leader of the competition, Real Madrid overwhelms. Anyone who remembers the Classic of the first round will count a Madrid bombing from outside the area with Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos and Isco finishing off against Ter Stegen against Messi’s skirmishes against the world.The matter can be moved to the regular course of LaLiga with very striking records. These are the figures of Barça midfielders: average of midfielders’ shots, 9.22; average of shots within the area, 5.56; average shots outside the area, 3.67; average of shots at goal to goal, 3.56; and half goals, 1.56.And these are the figures of Madrid midfielders: average total shots, 34.43; average of shots within the area, 13.57; average shots outside the area, 20.86; average of goal shots, 11.57; and half goals, 3.29.Does that mean Madrid midfielders quintuple in shots outside the area Barcelona flyers and triples them in goal shots, total shots and shots within the area. The statistic considers De Jong, Busquets, Rakitic, Vidal, Arthur, Aleñá, Rafinha, Riqui Puig and Collado as Barça midfielders; and Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde, Modric, Isco, Lucas Vázquez and James as midfielders of Madrid.There are really significant data. De Jong has once pulled out of the area for the 49 shots outside Kroos’ box. The Dutchman has made eight total shots in 36 games, Kroos, 63 in 32 games. Up to five Madrid midfielders reach or exceed 30 shots on target. They are Kroos (63), Casemiro (52), Modric (32), Valverde (30), Isco (30). In Barça, the player who has thrown the most is Rakitic (28). Only Arturo Vidal is on one of the podiums of this unique Madrid-Barça pulse, as a good starter he is, the Chilean has finished 16 times inside the area. They only exceed those numbers in Madrid Casemiro (19) or Isco (18).Data that clearly express that Barca midfielders have an obvious deficit in the launch That can only have two explanations. One, that there is a lack of aptitude in that specific facet of the game. The other, that there is a direct message from the technicians to look for other options instead of testing the opposing goalkeepers. In the background, the debate that begins to settle in Barça on whether the players, out of excessive respect for Messi, they always try to find the Argentine instead of finishing off the door. But that Barça has a problem with the shot on goal is evidence.last_img read more

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Brathwaite pair rescue Windies, but Aussies in control

first_img Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been the most successful bowler with two for 68. West Indies once again had a dodgy start, losing the right-handed Hope in the morning’s fifth over, sparring at an out-swinger from seamer Josh Hazlewood and nicking a catch behind. Brathwaite and Bravo then countered with dominant stroke-play as West Indies enjoyed one of their finest sessions of the series. Emerging from a typical watch start, Brathwaite blossomed nicely to stroke 10 fours in an innings lasting 174 balls, while Bravo showed glimpses of his good form in a 95-ball innings, which contained six fours. Bravo twice drove pacer James Pattinson for exquisite offside boundaries in the 11th over before aggressively pulling the same bowler through mid-on for another four, in the right-armer’s next over. Brathwaite was uncharacteristically audacious, twice coming down to Lyon and lifting the bowler back overhead for boundaries. He brought up his second half-century of the series and eighth in Tests in the third over before lunch when he punched Mitchell Marsh to the ropes at point and then followed up with a couple to square leg. Unbeaten on 32 at lunch with West Indies on 92 for one, Bravo added just one after the resumption before falling in the third over at 104 for two, caught by Usman Khawaja at backward square as he failed to keep down a pull off Pattinson. West Indies then threatened to implode. They lost Marlon Samuels for four before rain forced an early tea break, and then lost a further three wickets following the resumption. Samuels, with a wretched 31 runs from four innings in the series, steered Lyon to Hazlewood at point and immediately set off for a non-existent run. Both he and Brathwaite started and stopped before Samuels was left stranded by the throw to the keeper’s end. On 115 for three at the tea break, West Indies looked to be flourishing afterwards when Jermaine Blackwood pulled Lyon and drove Pattinson for boundaries in moving to 10. An error in judgement caused his downfall, however, offering no stroke to one from Lyon that ripped back to hit the off stump with West Indies on 131 for four. Kraigg Brathwaite added 27 for the fifth wicket with Ramdin before he, too, perished at the hands of Lyon, gloving a cut to captain Steve Smith at first slip off one that bounced. SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Opener Kraigg Brathwaite stroked an enterprising half-century but West Indies’ batting wobbled to give Australia the advantage on the opening day of the final Test here yesterday. Opting to bat first, the Caribbean side finished the rain-hit day at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 207 for six, with the right-handed Brathwaite top-scoring with 85. All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, in his second Test, was unbeaten on a cameo run-a-ball 35 and was partnered by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin on 23. Left-hander Darren Bravo also sparkled, albeit briefly, in scoring an attractive 33. He and Kraigg Brathwaite put on 91 for the second wicket following the early loss of Shai Hope for nine but the familiar middle-order collapse followed, with the Windies losing five wickets for 55 runs, to slump to 159 for six in the final session. However, Carlos Brathwaite and Ramdin came together in a seventh-wicket stand currently worth 48 to stall Australia’s progress and ensure West Indies were still afloat at the close. Lyon in top form BRILLIANT CATCH With one run added 15 balls later, captain Jason Holder was brilliantly caught low down by Joe Burns at forward short leg for one, off a firm leg-side push off left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe. Tottering, West Indies were rescued for the second straight Test by the authoritative Carlos Brathwaite, who counter-attacked to pull the innings around. The right-hander, who got a half-century on debut in the Melbourne second Test last week, blasted four fours and two sixes, while Ramdin played a supporting role, facing 72 deliveries and counting two fours. Brathwaite was off the mark in style, clearing the ropes back overhead with O’Keefe off the second ball he faced and then twice swept the same bowler behind square for boundaries in later overs. In the day’s final over, he deposited O’Keefe several rows back and followed up with a full-blooded cut to the point boundary, as West Indies finished strongly.last_img read more

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Huskies welcome JDA Kings for home opener

first_imgThe newly assembled Junior B team will make their regular season home debut Saturday evening against the Grande Prairie JDA Kings, formerly known as the Wheelers.Last year the Huskies took on the Wheelers five times, beating them in three those games.Not only will Saturday’s game be the team’s home opener, it will also give the home fans an opportunity to meet the new Huskies squad, as this will be the first time the new team hits the ice after completing their tryouts.- Advertisement -Assistant Coach Jeremy Clothier talked about the team’s identity for the upcoming season. Clothier said this year’s squad is the fastest he’s seen in a while, and will try to use that speed to its advantage. The team will put lots of focus on setting a fast pace for their opponents, as well as using their speed for quick neutral zone transitions.He also talked about line combinations, and while he said the first line is pretty much set, the first few games of the season will be used to experiment with line combinations, especially on defence.The Huskies regular season home opener will be taking place at the North Peace Arena. Puck drops at 8 p.m.  Advertisementlast_img read more

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GPL pole crashes through roof of Industrial Site home

first_imgChevon Harry, her two children and her reputed husband are contemplating alternative sleeping arrangements on Thursday evening after a GPL electric post came crashing through the roof of her apartment at Industrial Site Ruimveldt squatting area.The mother of a nine-year-old and six-year-old told Guyana Times that she was in the yard washing when the pole came crashing down. Up to late Thursday, the electric wires and the fuse were seen in the bedrooms of her home.She claimed several persons in the area called the power company and reported the matter and although a prompt response was promised, up to late Thursday evening, no one visited.The images provided indicate the woman’s house received substantial damage. She told Guyana Times that her two television sets fell to the floor as a result of the impact.As such, she is calling for full compensation for the damage suffered, adding that the lives of her family were put at risk.She was, however, thankful that no one was inside the house at the time of the incident. The post was reportedly attached to a section of the John Fernandes Container Yard.last_img read more

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Police issue wanted bulletin for murder suspect

first_imgPolice have issued a wanted bulletin for 31-year-old Damian Bissoon of Lot 34 Shell Road, Kitty, Georgetown, for questioning in connection with the murder of TajMurdered: Taj Andrew JarvisAndrew Jarvis, who was stabbed to death in Kitty.The 27-year-old Jarvis, of Dowding Street, Kitty, was killed on March 30, 2018 at the corner of Barr and Alexander Streets, Kitty.Reports are that the now dead man and a friend were walking in the vicinity ofAlexander Street when they were confronted by a knife-wielding man who demanded money.An argument subsequently ensued, and the suspect dealt Jarvis several stabs to the left side of his chest and chin.As a result of the injuries he sustained, Jarvis reportedlyWanted man: Damian Bissooncollapsed, but the suspect further dealt him several kicks about his body before fleeing the scene.The friend who was with Jarvis was unharmed. The injured man was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Persons with any relevant information about the suspect are asked to contact the nearest Police station or 911.last_img read more

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Substandard work detected at Region 6 schools – RDC informed

first_imgEven as World Teachers’ Day was being observed, the Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Administration has expressed concern over substandard work at schools in the region and the frequency in which Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs) are asking parents to make financial contributions to assist schools.Those issues were raised when the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) met on Thursday. Some of the work done by contractors at schools in the region are endangering the lives of children and on one occasion, a child was injured, the RDC was told.Faulty electrical work at Linepath SecondaryHead of the Regional Works Committee and Regional Vice Chairman, Dennis DeRoop told the RDC that poor quality work is coming from the contractors who have been handpicked to carry out work for the Administration.DeRoop explained that most of the contractors, even though they would submit the names of technical personnel for the projects; when the worksites are visited, no such persons are found.He said what he has found is that juveniles and apprentices are carrying out the work and on some occasions, the person in charge cannot even read the bill of quantities.The sanitary block at Johanna Secondary in the Black Bush PolderAt the Linepath Secondary, on two occasions the teachers and students were forced to flee the school because of shabby electrical work which resulted in wires sparking in the ceiling.“This particular contractor is saying that ‘jumbie’ is at the school and he can’t fix the problem,” DeRoop told his fellow Councillors.“This is a very serious situation and we need to look at it. The other thing is that the contractor has removed the expensive ceiling fans that we had in the schools and he replaced them with some cheap fans; the ones like you use in your homes. I don’t know [where] he took the fans from the school to. Our electrical people went there and the only thing that they could have done was to take off the power from the main switch but we are still having the sparking.”In the Black Bush Polder, the sanitary block at Johanna Secondary is also a cause for concern. Polythene was used to hold up the pluming and the contractor has used hollow blocks where vent blocks should have been used.“I would recommend that we pull the entire thing down. I have never seen a sanitary block so ugly. The work is so substandard if you look at that building it is shoddy. This is happening because we are not tendering for contracts and we are giving them to the wrong people,” the Works Committee Head said.He added that there was never a technical person on site when the Works Committee visited.“There are several other contract sites, when you go there and talk to the person in charge on the ground, they can’t interpret the bill quantities so it is useless that you speak with them,” DeRoop added while explaining that a student was injured at another secondary school because of the poor quality work done by the contractor.“At Manchester Secondary School, it was reported that a window fell out and injured a student,” he related.Missing moneyMeanwhile, Head of the Regional Education Committee, Zamal Hussain in presenting the Regional Education Report called for an investigation into the Berbice High School where he said $1 million is missing from the school’s coffers. After several months, there has been no report forthcoming.Turning his attention to the PTAs, Hussain noted that at the Number 36 Primary, a senior official of the teaching staff demanded $150,000 from the PTA before proceeding on leave. That teacher, he said, left the country to go overseas.He said while President David Granger has been placing much emphasis on education, many PTAs have been asking parents to make huge contributions to schools.President of the Number 56 Primary PTA, Anita Boodram told this publication that it was not true that the Head of the school had taken the money. She said the treasurer balanced the books on Thursday. However, the treasurer, Ashmani Loy, said the issue is now settled but she refused to provide any details.Parents’ refusalMeanwhile, Regional Chairman David Armogan said many parents have expressed concern about the issue and parents are now refusing to attend PTA meetings because at every meeting they are being asked for money.Armogan is of the view that many PTA bodies are not aware of their function.“What the Education Committee needs to do is to educate the PTA on how it should operate and what are the rules that govern such bodies and how they are to raise finances and to account for monies that they would have raised. That is what they need to do so that no Head Teacher can come to them and say they want $150,000. This means that the PTA does not know what it has to do. I think that is where the problem is – with the PTAs not knowing what are their parameters of operation.”The Chairman has since instructed that training sessions be held for officials of PTAs to inform them on how they should operate. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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Buxton Bakery goes up in flames

first_imgAn early morning fire completely destroyed Benjamin’s Homemade Bakery in Buxton on Monday. The origin of the blaze, which left dozens unemployed, is yet to be determined.Details of this story will be published in the February 28th, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.last_img

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Pouce Coupe Municipal Election Nominations

first_imgLyman ClarkCouncil (4 to be elected)Ken DroverAdvertisement Laura HamannPeter KutGordon MerrickMalcolm Supernault There are 2 candidates running for mayor in the village of Pouce Coupe.Barb Smith will be seeking another term, while Lyman Clark will also try and become mayor this November. There are also 4 spots on council with 5 candidates running. Below is the entire list:Mayor (1 to be elected)- Advertisement -Barb SmithAdvertisementlast_img

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Exclusive: Interview with Mike Inez, lead bassist of Alice in Chains

first_imgA: What’s the definition of success, you know? For me, it’s being happy and healthy, and consistent. I think that’s the whole key to this business. It’s not of 1 success and than you’re done with it, it’s about always moving the ball forward, as a team too, I think it’s very important. After all these years, we’re still best friends and we still want to keep moving the ball forward.Q: I would imagine that would be your motivation, just having a good time with friends?A: If it wasn’t for music I would have never scuba dived off the Great Barrier Reef, or just recently, I was standing in the Sistine Chapel, looking up at Michael Angelo’s art, or just meeting friends all over the world. Still to this day, I just really, really love it. It’s scary too because, especially here in America, they’re pulling back the funding on music programs. My biggest fear is that there is a young Kurt Cobain out there who is a great song writer that is not going to get into music because there’s no money in it. I hope people stay motivated to make music.Q: Is there a message you would like to send to that generation?A: Oh god, just make noise, make a lot of noise. I always break it down like that. We’re still just 4 guys in a room making noise. Whether it’s a very small rehearsal room or playing these big stadiums, it’s just 4 guys up there making a lot of racket. It’s just a beautiful feeling when you get with your friends and create something cool that you feel is special and take it out, play it live and see the reaction of people liking that, it’s just such a good experience.Advertisement Q: Can you tell me a little about your upcoming tour?A: This will be the last leg of this year, than well probably start again next year in the spring. We’ve been all over this plant, we’ve done the States a couple times, Canada with Monster Truck before, we did South America, all of South America; we did Australia, Singapore, Japan, we’ve been to Europe twice. We just got back from doing a bunch of stadium gigs with Metallica, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden in Europe. This will be the final 14 shows of this year, so we’re going to go out with a bang and leave it all out on the field.Q: This new album you have, ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’, seems to be getting great reviews. In fact, I understand it came close to number 1 on the billboard charts. How does that feel for you and the band members?- Advertisement -A: Over the years, we don’t really pay attention to those numbers anymore as much. I don’t think it means as much as it use to. Everybody downloads it, steals it, or gets it other ways… I don’t think those numbers are as significant as they used to be. It’s still a nice feeling, I’m not saying it’s a bad thing; it’s just not as good of thing as it use to be.Q: In the past, you’ve been honoured with 8 Grammy nominations…A: Even more than that. I’m not sure.Advertisement Q: How do you usually celebrate a successful concert?A: It’s funny; everybody thinks it’s a Saturday night, beautiful weather in Paris every night we play. But for every time there’s a nice night like that, there’s always a bad night like in Wichita, Kansas when you have the flu and have to play for a few hours in the middle of winter.Q: Why did you choose the lifestyle of a rock star? What made you take that route?A: I come from a long line of musicians and I always knew that I would be a musician. I didn’t know I would be in the Ozzy Osborne band at 23, which kind of just changed my life right there. I always wanted to be a musician, but I didn’t know what it actually entailed until I was in the Ozzy Osborne band…It’s been an amazing run for me; I got a lot of stories and it’s really fun to see it at that level at such a young age…I’m 48 years old now so I’ve been doing this for almost 25 years and I got to tell you, I still think it’s one of my favourite things in the whole planet. When (I’m) walking up the ramp and my base tech hands me my instrument. Just that moment before you walk out there to play, it’s so exhilarating and fun. After all these years, I still love it like a kid.Q: What do you owe your success to?Advertisement Q: Over the years I would imagine you start to loose count.A: It’s always a fun party every time we get nominated. You get to go there, fly to L.A. or New York and you get to hang out, go to these parties, and see people like Celine Dion and Michael Bolton in the flesh.Q: That must be a story for another day. Some great parties at the Grammy Awards, eh?A: Kind of boring, our parties are way better.Advertisement Q: Going back to your new album, ‘’The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’, what can people expect?A: I think we have a new video coming pretty soon, I think (the album has) been out for well over a year now, I would imagine. It’s just been a long rush for us. We released it and than pretty much we’ve just been on the road for 18 months straight. We’ve been just working it and working it. I think we start in the spring again and we got some really good plans, so we’ll see how that develops. Like I said before, we just keep going forward. You can’t rest on your loyals in this business, especially in this day and age.Q: What would you say to people who may have never heard your work?A: Have a listen, come to our show, drink our beer, and eat our food. We’re very blessed…We can pretty much go anywhere and play, and people show up. For that, we’re very, very grateful and blessed. We don’t take that lightly at all; we just really love the people we meet while we’re out there. It’s always a good, collective experience when we all get together with our audience. Just come on by, it’s really easy. If you like our music, support it. Come by and see a show.Q: Before I let you go Mike, is there anything you would like to add that I didn’t touch on?A: I just can’t wait to get up there to B.C. Canada is actually my favourite country in the world. The people are fantastic, and the way the country works. I just can’t wait to get up there.Tickets are still available, and may be purchased online at tigerboxofficeplus.ca, by phone at 1-877-339-8499, or in person at the 2 Tiger Box Office Plus locations in the Encana Events Centre, and at Tiger Printing & Stationers.last_img read more

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