NZ Herald 5 June 2013A Whangarei man who was “sick of playing Xbox” while on home detention has been granted his wish to serve the rest of his sentence in jail.Senior Constable Paul Nicholas of Whangarei police said the Hikurangi man rang police on Tuesday to say he was bored serving home detention, was sick of playing Xbox and would rather serve the rest of his sentence behind bars.Mr Nicholas said the 19-year-old had already served 10 months of an 11-month home detention term and with one month to go “had run out of Xbox games to play”.The man told police he was about to breach home detention if he wasn’t picked up and taken to jail.The man got his wish and is now in Ngawha Prison.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10888577
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Share NewsRegional French petroleum distributor expands in the Caribbean by: – November 8, 2011 24 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Image via: forbes.comPARIS, France — French petroleum products distributor Rubis is to acquire Chevron’s fuel distribution operations in The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands.The deal represents additional turnover for Rubis of US$230 million for the year 2010.Rubis said the acquisition fully matches all of its external criteria: — a mixed set of distribution activities — retail network of 39 service stations under the Texaco brand, commercial and aviation — profitable and soundly established for almost 90 years; — leadership positions in these countries with an average market share of 45%; — a robust logistics base comprising six storage terminals in import oriented markets. “Combined with skilled management structure already in place (West Indies) and synergies to come in terms of supply and shipping, all add up to making this a promising acquisition for Rubis,” the company said.This transaction, which will be fully financed by existing bank credit facilities, is expected to boost the group’s existing operations in the West Indies by almost 75%, with a positive effect on the group’s profitability from the year 2012 onwards. Final completion of this acquisition is subject to prior approval from local competition authorities.After the French Antilles and French Guiana in 2005, Bermuda in 2006 and the West Indies in 2011, this latest Rubis acquisition in the Caribbean establishes its position as the leading independent petroleum products distributor in the Caribbean.The group specialises in niche markets where it can sustain leading market positions, thanks to the supply infrastructures it controls, and the resulting product access cost, which is highly competitive. Its main products are fuel oil (service stations, diesel for industry and aviation), and LPG (bottled and bulk).By Caribbean News Now contributor
The wheelchairs from the Integrated Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Program of DOH-6 were given as part of the promotion of the health and wellness program. Castillo said the awarding will take stage during their closing program at the PDAO on July 24. Provincial Disability Affairs Office in Antique receives 80 wheelchairs from the the Department of Health in Region 6. The wheelchairs will be distributed to target recipients in the province on July 21 as part of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week celebration. PDAO-ANTIQUE As part of the celebration also, the Community-Based Inclusive Development Therapy Center that will cater to zero to six-year-old children with orthopedic problems in need of therapy will be inaugurated on July 21. “The PWD COVID-19 heroes are those who, despite their disabilities, were still able to help others in crisis, especially during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in this province for a month starting last March 16,” said Castillo. Nomination forms have been distributed to municipal social welfare and development offices and PDAO focal persons. These forms are to be completed and submitted to the PDAO located in this capital town on or before July 15. The NDPR Week celebration runs from July 13 to July 24. Some 80 wheelchairs from the Department of Health (DOH) will also be distributed to their target recipients on the same day. This province currently has 13,000 PWDs registered with the PDAO. (With a report from PNA/PN) “The free therapy session of clients who are children of indigent families will be scheduled,” Castillo said. SAN JOSE, Antique – The search is on for persons with disabilities (PWDs) in this province who have proven heroic acts amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Paulo Castillo, head of the Provincial Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) under the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, said the “Search for PWD COVID-19 Heroes” is part of their 42nd National Disability Prevention (NDPR) Week celebration. All nominees will receive certificates while PDAO is still determining the prizes to be given to the winner.
The 7th Grade Batesville Bulldogs defeated Sunman-Dearborn Thursday night by a score of 24 to 21. The Bulldogs struggled to score offensively, but came up big defensively and held the Trojans to only 6 points in the second half. Noah Pierson and Brendan helped lead the defensive charge by putting pressure on the ball and causing bad passes that led to turnovers. The Bulldogs were led offensively by Gus Prickel 9, Jack Grunkemeyer with 8, Conner Drake added 5, and Deacon Hamilton rounded out the scoring by hitting a huge 2 point put back late in the game.The 8th Grade Boys Basketball team traveled to Sunman-Dearborn and lost by a score of 43-29. The Bulldogs were tied at half 25-25 but failed to really get anything going offensively in the second half. Bryson Bonelli led the team with 7 points, followed by Jackson Renck (6), Lyle Oesterling (5), Cole Pride (4), Will Sherwood (4), and Grant Peters (3). The Bulldogs fall to 2-6 on the season after dropping the last 6 games. They look to end their skid next week at home against South Dearborn, following the 7th Grade game.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.
It does appear Rooney’s position at Old Trafford is close to untenable. Yet United are adamant they will not sell and would be willing to wind down the contract which still has two years to run if necessary. And Irwin is happy to take Moyes at his word. “Wayne is a fantastic player,” said the former Republic of Ireland full-back. “He has been great in the years he has been at the club and has scored a stack of goals for us. David Moyes is the manager. He makes the decisions. He has said Wayne Rooney is going nowhere. That is good enough for me.” Whether United can hold that position remains to be seen, with neither player nor club showing any sign of buckling from their present position. Beyond that, the sudden departure of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on urgent transfer business has triggered fevered speculation about who it could concern. Cesc Fabregas, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines have all been mentioned. Yet, as those targets have been discussed for some time now, and Woodward was due to return to the UK on Sunday anyway, it would suggest something more significant. That would give credence to reports that a big-money move for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale is imminent, although, as yet, United have refused to discuss the matter. Irwin concedes such speculation is normal at a club the size of United. And he does not believe the players, currently being pushed through one of the toughest parts of their pre-season training regime, will be affected. “There will always be loads of speculation at this time of the season, whether it is in your position or someone else’s,” said Irwin. “It is part and parcel of being a footballer at a top club. My thoughts were just to get my head down and work as hard as possible because you want to get a good pre-season under your belt. Denis Irwin is happy to be guided by David Moyes’ unequivocal statement that Wayne Rooney is going nowhere. “David Moyes has said Wayne Rooney is not going anywhere and there will always be talk about who United are bringing in. The players will just ignore it really.” If nothing else, it has provided Moyes with a baptism about what to expect from his new role after 11 years at Everton. With supporters outside United’s hotel at all hours of the day, Moyes admits himself it is a somewhat different situation to the one he had on Merseyside. “I have been overwhelmed already,” said Moyes. “We dropped into Thailand on the way to Sydney and everywhere you go with Manchester United, everyone wants to meet the players.” And that, clearly, is just the start. Even at an exclusive business lunch he attended in central Sydney, it was hammered home to Moyes just what a massive task he was given when Ferguson summoned him to his house and informed him he was to be the next United manager. For prior to answering admittedly less taxing questions about his job, Moyes watched a montage of United’s performances last season, which ended with them winning the Premier League title with four games to spare and by an eventual margin of 11 points. “It was the first time I had seen those clips myself and I thought ‘wow’,” said Moyes. “I was very fortunate to get a great grounding at Everton. But I have now come to the biggest club in the world. Sir Alex (Ferguson) has left me a winning team. I am taking over the champions of England. “The job now is to try and do what you saw in all those clips. The history of this football club is incredible. I have a great chance to build on that and try and get a little bit more over the coming seasons.” The subject of Rooney has dominated Moyes’ entire Manchester United reign so far. From rumblings of discontent about Sir Alex Ferguson’s claim he had handed in a transfer request, to the hamstring injury that forced Rooney out of United’s pre-season tour, beyond that the player’s negative reaction to Moyes’ statement about his place in the pecking order to the complete rejection of Chelsea’s bid, England’s talisman has been the centre of attention. Press Association
Rooney’s present deal expires at the end of next season, and with the 28-year-old 41 adrift of matching Charlton’s overall 249-goal Red Devils career, realistically he will not pass it until the 2015-16 campaign. That would evidently require Rooney to accept the lucrative new contract offer United are prepared to make. Press Association Wayne Rooney has hinted at a positive conclusion to his contract talks with Manchester United by declaring his aim of beating Sir Bobby Charlton’s club-scoring record. Moyes also expressed a similar view in United Review: “We must continue to stick together and try to produce enough wins to make sure we are in the Champions League next year. “We will continue to do everything we possibly can to make that happen.” Moyes’ own position is yet to come under threat, and Rooney does not believe the Scot bears the responsibility for results anyway. “David Moyes is a fantastic manager,” he said. “I worked with him at Everton and now I have worked with him for a number of months at Manchester United. “He is doing everything he can do but it is the players – myself and the rest of the team – who have to do better.” “It is a great aim for myself to try and get Sir Bobby’s record, both at club and international level,” Rooney told BBC’s Football Focus ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League encounter with rock-bottom Fulham. “It is something which I would like to do. If I can do that I would be really proud because it has stood for a long time.” Rooney is 11 goals behind Charlton’s England record of 49, having scored in the vital World Cup qualifying wins over Montenegro and Poland at Wembley in October. United have struggled badly during David Moyes’ debut campaign as manager, suffering their eighth Premier League defeat of the campaign at Stoke last Saturday. It was a loss that left the Red Devils seven points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool, which both Rooney and Moyes admit is their only realistic aim now. “We know it is going to be extremely difficult to win the title now,” said Rooney. “There are a lot of points in between ourselves and a few teams. “Realistically, the top four has got to be our aim. Although, as a club, we always want to win the league title maybe it might be a bit too far.”
For all the talk of history, the 144th Open Championship bore remarkable similarities to the US Open played just a month earlier as Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth renewed their rivalry at St Andrews. As he did at Chambers Bay, Johnson carded an opening 65 to claim the lead, with Spieth this time a shot closer thanks to a five-under 67 which made a mockery of concerns about a lack of preparation in his bid for a third straight major. With the course initially defenceless before the wind strengthened, 1999 champion Paul Lawrie, England’s Danny Willett, Jason Day, Retief Goosen, Zach Johnson and Robert Streb all shot 66, with US Open runner-up and 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen one of four players to match Spieth’s score. Press Association “I think he played extremely well at Chambers. It’s not like he really messed up,” Spieth said. “It just was an unfortunate last hole for him. I certainly expect him to be a guy to beat every single time you play. He’s got as much talent or more than anybody. You just have to outplay him.” Spieth’s decision to compete in the John Deere Classic last week and only arrive in St Andrews on Monday had been questioned, but the world number two had no such qualms. “I wanted to come off a competitive tournament,” said Spieth, who won the tournament for the second time in three years. “I could have played the Scottish Open but I wanted to go somewhere I was comfortable playing and figured I could get in contention and feel the nerves, and that’s what happened. “Our game plan worked out perfectly and Michael (Greller, his caddie) has walked two or three extra rounds already. He also was out here at 4:00 something this morning walking the course and the pins. It takes a little extra work but, all in all, we had full and complete trust in our knowledge.” Johnson insisted on Monday there were no mental scars after Chambers Bay and set out to prove his point with an eagle from six feet on the fifth and five birdies in a flawless round. “Nothing bad happened at Chambers Bay, so I wasn’t disappointed, really,” the 31-year-old said. “I did everything I was supposed to. I couldn’t control what the ball was doing on the greens there. “There’s really no bad feelings from that, only good. I played really well and then it carried over to today. Any time you shoot 65 it is very pleasing. I thought I played well today, I made two key par putts on 16 and 17.” The 502-yard par-four 17th failed to yield a single birdie and played at an average of 4.833, with 84 bogeys, 12 doubles and six “others”, which included a nine from 1989 champion Mark Calcavecchia. Sweden’s David Lingmerth even raised hopes of the first 62 in major history with a record-equalling front nine of 29, but Tiger Woods duffed his approach to the first into the Swilcan Burn and limped to a 76, his worst score as a professional in the Open at St Andrews. However, attention was rightly focused on match 17, with Spieth chasing the third leg of an unprecedented calendar grand slam and Johnson trying to claim a first major title after his latest near-miss. Somewhat mischievously paired together by the R&A, the American duo matched each other almost shot for shot in covering the front nine in 31 and reaching six under after 12. Spieth proved he is human after all with bogeys on the 13th and 17th – where he found the famous Road Hole bunker – before holing a curling birdie putt from 20 feet on the last. ” I’m very pleased with the start,” said the 21-year-old, who is aiming to match Woods and Ben Hogan in winning three majors in a season. “I saw a 65 in our group and if DJ keeps driving it the way he is, then I’m going to have to play my best golf to have a chance. “It’s hard to argue with somebody who’s splitting bunkers at about 380 yards and just two-putting for birdie on five or six of the holes. I don’t have that in the bag, but I’ve played enough golf with him to where I believe in my skill set that I can still trump that crazy ability that he has. “I expect when he stands on the tee it’s going to be up there miles and down the fairway. I also expect that I can birdie each hole when I stand on the tee. It just happens to be a little different route.” Spieth and Johnson took the same route to the green on the 72nd hole at Chambers Bay, but while Spieth made birdie, Johnson three-putted from 12 feet to finish a shot behind.
… steps down as ODI captain; ready to play all three formats of the gameCAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – Batsman AB de Villiers has stepped down as captain of South Africa’s One-Day International team but has said he is ready to play all three formats of the game after a self-imposed exile from Test cricket.de Villiers sat out South Africa’s recent 3-1 Test series defeat to England amid speculation that he was ready to ditch the five-day game having not played in the format since January 2016 through a combination of injury and personal reasons.But with series to come in the 2017/18 season at home to India and Australia, de Villiers, 33, says he is now available once more.“Following this recent break, I really do feel refreshed and revived,” de Villiers said in a statement released on his behalf by Cricket South Africa (CSA) yesterday.“I want to get back on the field and I have today assured the national selectors that I will be available for selection in all three formats of the game during the coming season.”de Villiers averages more than 50 in Test cricket and his return will bolster a batting line-up that struggled for runs against England.de Villiers has however given up on his dream of captaining his country at the 2019 World Cup. de Villiers led South Africa in the Champions Trophy in England in June when they failed to make the last four.“Faf du Plessis has proved to be an outstanding captain of the Twenty20 and Test teams, and bearing this in mind, I have informed Cricket South Africa that I would like to step down as captain of the ODI team,” he said.“It has been an honour to lead the team for the past six years, but it is now time for someone else to take the ODI side forward,” he added.de Villiers, who has two young children, had been stung by accusations that he was picking and choosing his matches and maintains there was an orchestrated plan with CSA to extend a career that has become beset by injury in the last few years.“This strategy has prompted some people to say I am picking and choosing when to play for the Proteas, and even to suggest I am somehow putting myself before the team,” he said.“That is simply not true. That has never been true. Playing for South Africa is, and will always be, the greatest privilege of my life,” he added.
KWAKWANI made a statement in their opener of the U-16 battle of the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) Titan Bowl X by humiliating Plaisance Secondary 68-5 on Friday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. Plaisance Secondary could not get past the defence of the Berbice River school and they struggled to get quality shots off. In the end, Ishmail Chapman led his side with just three points in a performance the East Coast school would want to forget.Elijah David and Clint Adolph led the attack with 15 points and six rebounds and 14 points and six rebounds respectively for the winners.The U-16 competition started with Arima Secondary whipping President’s College 40-17.Kevon Phillips and Kasim English were the main scorers for the Region Ten school with 11 points and eight rebounds; and eight points and four rebounds respectively.Kemal Mentore led PC with eight points and five rebounds. In another U-16 clash, Marian Academy, led by a tournament-high 28 points and 23 rebounds from Jether Harris, were able to knockout St Stanislaus College 42-34.Dwayne Best added 10 points for the winners.Mustapha Kadir attacked the boards with ferocity for Saints to grab a whopping 27 rebounds to go with 16 points. Brandon McKoy was the next best finisher with seven points.In the other U-16 clash of the day, Bishops’ High edged past St Rose’s High by a single point, 35-34.Keron Bacchus led the winners with 20 points and 12 boards, while Chris Perez was equally impressive for St Rose’s High with 20 points and six rebounds.FEMALE DEVELOPMENTMeanwhile in the Female Development competition, Kwakwani Secondary gained revenge over three-time defending champions of the YBG National Schools Basketball Festivals, Marian Academy, by defeating them 39-23.Shania Sears powered her way to 19 points, 10 rebounds and six steals for the Festivals’ runners up, while Atalia Rose added 11 points and 13 rebounds. Aaliya Singh, who scored nine points and five rebounds, led Marian Academy.St Stanislaus also showed massive improvement when they took down Queen’s College in their encounter. The last time the two teams met was in the Festival’s East Coast/GT Regionals semi-final and QC had defeated Saints 14-7. On Friday, Saints gained revenge with a 40-27 win.Leana Benons exploded with 18 points, seven rebounds and six steals for the winners, while QC were led by Naiomi Barkoye, who finished with a double-double (14 points and 16 rebounds). Saints had a chance to re-write another defeat, when they tackled Marian Academy in the semi-finals yesterday afternoon.Several key players who were missing in the first-round clash (against Kwakwani) were expected to compete for Marian. When the two teams last met, in the first round of this year’s Festival, Marian had shut down Saints 31-2.The U-16 semis were also scheduled for last evening, followed by the U-18 semis. All three finals are scheduled for today. Action tips off at 17:00h with the female battle.