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Canterbury Bulldogs off to horror start to NRL season, prompting calls

first_imgPay remains without a win in his short coaching career after the Sydney Roosters sent his Bulldogs back to their kennel with an 18-point loss and their tails between their legs on Friday.The Bulldogs conceded three tries in 38 minutes and never got within striking distance as they allowed Roosters pair James Tedesco and Cooper Cronk to click into gear at their new club.It was the second week in a row Pay’s side gave up 30-plus points, following their heavy defeat to defending premiers Melbourne in their season-opener.Not since the old ‘Berries gave up 93 points in 1971 have the Bulldogs allowed as many points over the opening fortnight of a competition.“It’s becoming frustrating, that’s for sure,” Pay said.Roosters backline stars Blake Ferguson and Latrell Mitchell joined Tedesco in combining for 562 metres, 15 tackle busts, four line breaks and two tries.“In the first half their back five rolled out of their end too easily. We said we were going to try and nullify that, but I just thought we didn’t do a good enough job of that,” Pay said.Pay was also unhappy with their restructured attack, particularly during a crucial 10-minute period in the first half when the Roosters had forward Isaac Liu in the sin bin.Pay was left to rue the bunker’s decision to overturn a Marcelo Montoya try due to an obstruction, but was otherwise unimpressed by their play with the ball.“We’ve worked hard in the off-season with how we want to attack and we didn’t get that on tonight, so that side’s frustrating as well,” he said.Bulldogs captain Josh Jackson refused to use the daunting task of facing the Storm and Roosters first up as an excuse.“It doesn’t matter who they are, 30 points isn’t good enough,” he said.“If we want to be there in September we’ve got to match it with every team in the competition, regardless of how good of a footy team they are. Very disappointing in that aspect.”last_img read more

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Kids Speak for Parks

first_imgShare67Tweet15Share11Email93 SharesGiant Sequoia National Monument / David PrasadJuly 26th, 2017; Hawaii News NowPeople making sentimental appeals on behalf of environmental causes often say things like, “We have to preserve our natural treasures for our children.” One kid from Hawaii apparently didn’t think the grown-ups were doing a good enough job, so he stepped up to do it himself. Nine-year-old Robbie Bond founded a nonprofit called Kids Speak for Parks, and kicked off his summer-long tour of America’s greatest national monuments.Bond told the Huffington Post that he felt “scared,” “angry,” and “sad for our country…I want to make sure that our national monuments are available for my kids and for future generations.”Bond plans to tour 27 natural sites this summer, including Bears’ Ears, whose threatened status and celebrity attention NPQ reported earlier this year. He has a sponsorship from Patagonia, the outdoor apparel company that has donated tens of millions of dollars in cash, in-kind, and work hours to environmental nonprofits.NPQ noted back in January that Ryan Zinke, President Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Interior, “received an extremely low lifetime score of three percent regarding his environmental record from the League of Conservation Voters.”The 27 sites Bond plans to visit this summer are not a random number; they’re 27 sites that were part of Trump’s recent executive order, the “Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act.”The concern stated in the review is,Monument designations that result from a lack of public outreach and proper coordination with State, tribal, and local officials and other relevant stakeholders may also create barriers to achieving energy independence, restrict public access to and use of Federal lands, burden State, tribal, and local governments, and otherwise curtail economic growth.Zinke is ordered to determine whether “the designation or expansion was made without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders, to determine whether each designation or expansion conforms to the policy set forth in section 1 of this order.”Of course, failure to coordinate properly with tribal officials has been the source of plenty of trouble for the Trump administration, from the Bears’ Ears backlash to the protests at Standing Rock, but it’s not restricted economic growth that caused the controversy.Nine-year-old Bond may not understand the complicated history of tribal relations to government-owned land or the pressure for energy independence, but he knows one thing: The environment has to be protected if he wants to tour sites like Giant Sequoia or Craters of the Moon when he’s older. Bond plans to enlist more fourth-graders in his effort; we hope there are more kids like him.—Erin RubinShare67Tweet15Share11Email93 Shareslast_img read more

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