Drug-affected driver apologises to crash victims’ families for killing two people

first_imgStuff co.nz 29 August 2019Family First Comment: “Woolley was found with cannabis and a pipe for smoking methamphetamine, and drug tests confirmed both substances in his system.”But weed never killed anyone eh.#saynopetodope#VoteNOA man who caused a double fatal crash while on a cocktail of drugs has apologised to his victims’ families.Anaru Freedom Woolley, 27, has pleaded guilty to causing the deaths of Kevin Hanks, 40, and Macauley Arnott, 13, when he collided with their vehicle at an intersection on State Highway 2, near the Tui brewery in Mangatainoka, on April 4.Hanks’ two sons, Koben​ and Kasen​, were passengers in the Northern Wairarapa crash. Koben, 13, suffered a head injury and was in an induced coma in Auckland’s Starship children’s hospital, while Kasen, 15, suffered minor injuries.In the Palmerston North District Court on Thursday, defence lawyer Steve Winter apologised for the “irreplaceable” losses his client had caused.“Mr Woolley has specifically asked me to do that,” he told the group of about 15 family members.“He is very sorry at the loss he has caused your family.”A forestry worker from Dannevirke, Woolley was found with cannabis and a pipe for smoking methamphetamine, and drug tests confirmed both substances in his system.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/115370766/drugaffected-driver-apologises-to-crash-victims-families-for-killing-two-peoplelast_img read more

All roads lead to GFF training centre for day two

first_imgAFTER an enticing first day of matches in the 2019 edition of the KFC goodwill series, day two promises even more fireworks.Today, from 13:00hrs, Lodge Secondary will play Waramadong Secondary, while at 15:00hrs, Shiva Boys Hindu College will play Annai Secondary.On Saturday, both Annai and Lodge Secondary recorded wins by commanding margins over their respective opponents.Annandale Secondary got the sharp end of the sword in a 9-1 drubbing at the hands of Region Nine’s Annai Secondary.Controlling possession was not enough for the hinterland team as the passed at will.Two goals from Junior Rodrigues (7th) and Italo Benjamin (24th) in the first half could have been enough to hand Annai the win but they were not done.In the second half, Rodrigues and Benjamin completed their braces in the 64th and 54th respectively while Raul Swan (52nd) and Brimley Moses (78th) contributed one each.Annai’s captain led from the front as he hammered a hat-trick (57th, 67th, 69th) against the lack lustre Annandale side.Colin Henriques scored a consolation goal in the 72nd.In the second fixture of the day, Marian Academy was able to put up a wall for a lengthy period of time but when the floodgates broke, Lodge slammed six goals to their one.Dorwin George netted goals in the 25th and 30th with Earl Grant getting a goal in the 27th.Marian’s Daniel Lowe netted on the resumption of the half, but that only made Lodge more vicious.Curt Edwards (61st) and Shemroy Mayers (69th) contributed one a piece and George completed his hat- trick in the 69th for the 6-1 victory.President of the Guyana Football Federation, Wayne Forde, opened the event by saying,“I want to ask each and every one of the players that are here to ensure their conduct on and off the field is good.last_img read more

Notebook: Nick Mellen, returning seniors and men’s lacrosse transfer news

first_imgNelson, a redshirt senior attack, played in only five games during his Syracuse career. Both he and Strang would be graduate transfers and could go to programs offering more playing time for their final collegiate lacrosse seasons.Both midfielders, Justin and Andrew Kim appeared in 11 combined games from 2019 to 2020, registering two total points. The Orange have an abundance of midfield options with potentially all of SU’s first (Brendan Curry, Tucker Dordevic and Trimboli) and second (Lucas Quinn, Jacob Buttermore, David Lipka) midfield lines set to return next season. Depending on where he plays, they could even be joined by No. 3 recruit Owen Hiltz.Unlike other Orange in the portal, Fernandez has played significant minutes for SU in recent seasons, appearing in 22 games during his career, including all five in 2020. If Fernandez transfers and redshirt senior Andrew Helmer, who split time with Fernandez at long stick, graduates, SU will have a hole at pole. While Kennedy flourished at close defense this season, the redshirt junior could step back into the LSM role he was recruited for.With Ivy League schools announcing they will not grant an extra year of eligibility for spring athletes, the transfer portal will contain more top tier talent than in past years, including Tewaaraton Award favorite Michael Sowers of Princeton. Sowers played under now-SU offensive coordinator Pat March for three seasons, but said he hadn’t given thought to transfer locations as of last week.“I never thought about a plan B because I never thought I would need one,” Sowers told The Daily Orange via text. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Nick Mellen wavered, trying to get up off the Carrier Dome turf while clutching his left knee. He didn’t know he would never play in a Syracuse men’s lacrosse game again. Orange trainer Troy Gerlt gave Mellen his hand, helping him off the turf before the redshirt senior limped to the sideline against Colgate in the season opener — where he would watch the remainder of Syracuse’s five 2020 games before the season was canceled amid the spread of the coronavirus.More than 40 days since the Orange’s final 2020 game, Mellen talked to the media about his decision to move on from Syracuse and the lacrosse program.Here is a roundup of Mellen’s farewell press conference, news on returning seniors and others transferring out.Mellen Moves OnAdvertisementThis is placeholder textMellen announced his decision to forgo a sixth year of eligibility and leave Syracuse in an Instagram post Monday. In a Zoom press conference Thursday, he said the effects of COVID-19 made the already hard choice even more frustrating. Ultimately, future job prospects, the potential to play lacrosse professionally and where Mellen was at “mentally and emotionally” led him to end his SU career.“Five years is a long time doing anything,” Mellen said.The injury that ended Mellen’s 2020 season came after he missed his entire sophomore season due to injuries to both shoulders, but the captain said he was “right there and ready to go.” Assuming professional lacrosse leagues’ 2020 seasons go ahead as scheduled, Mellen “plans to play” and has been touted as a potential top draft pick for the Premier Lacrosse League.Brett Kennedy, Nick DiPietro and Grant Murphy all stepped up on close defense in Mellen’s absence, holding opponents to 8.25 goals-per-game in the next four games. But prior to the season’s cancellation, it appeared the undefeated Orange would get Mellen back for the March 14 Rutgers game.“It seems like we’re doing everything right,” Mellen said. “You know, we were rolling, undefeated, No. 1 in the country …  and just like that, our season ended.”Seniors ReturnWhen asked about the program’s potential in the future, Mellen said he was optimistic for next season because “the roster of guys we have coming back is ridiculous.” The graduating redshirt senior hinted that Drake Porter would, unlike Mellen, take advantage of the NCAA’s granted extra year of eligibility and return to SU. Hours later, Porter officially announced the news.Porter will become the first three-year starter in the net for the Orange since John Galloway (2008-2011), who holds SU records for most minutes played, most wins and best goals-against average in program history — numbers Porter could surpass.The Aurora, Ontario native joins Danny Varello as the only members of the 2020 Syracuse seniors to officially declare their return and use of extra eligibility. Pending graduate Jamie Trimboli said he will return for a fifth season “if aid can be worked out,” according to a Rochester Democrat & Chronicle report2020 starters Peter Dearth and attack Stephen Rehfuss have yet to announce their plans, but Chris Jastrzembski of ESPN reported that he expects more announcements in the coming days.Transfer NewsWhile Porter will stay manning SU’s cage for a third season, redshirt junior goaltender Luke Strang has entered the transfer portal, according to reports. Strang, who backed up Porter for the past two seasons, is joined in the portal by SU’s Jake Nelson, Jared Fernandez, and Andrew and Justin Kim — all of whom may still return to the Orange in 2021.center_img Published on April 16, 2020 at 11:00 pm Contact Mitchell: mbannon@syr.edulast_img read more

Venus to deny sister Serena place in history at U.S. Open today

first_imgSomehow, 17 years after their first match and a 27th time facing each other in competition, Venus and Serena Williams have arguably never met with this much on the line — with history so squarely pinned atop the net between them.And that’s saying a lot: These are sisters who have made history with every stroke of the racket in a sport once ruled by tradition. They have become ingrained in not only the American sporting lexicon, but that of our global cultural fabric, as well.Tuesday, they’ll battle once more, as the U.S. Open’s top seed, world No. 1 and three-time defending champion Serena Williams takes on big sister Venus in the quarterfinals.Will Venus be the one to stop Serena’s quest for the calendar Grand Slam — all four majors in one year?“I don’t think anyone wants to be a spoiler,” Venus, 35, told reporters Sunday after her fourth-round win. “I think people love to see history being made. … But at the same time, you’re focused on winning your match even though the circumstances are really much different than you.”Not since Steffi Graf in 1988 has a tennis player — male or female — won the calendar Slam. American Maureen Connolly was the first woman to do it, back in 1953. Serena — amid her 21 career major titles –— has never put herself in that position. Until now.“I don’t really feel like if I win this tournament it’s going to make or break my career,” Serena, 33, said in her post-match news conference Sunday after defeating Madison Keys. “I look at it that way.”Any way you look at it, it’s Serena who leads the head-to-head series with Venus 15-11, including six of the last seven matches.But there is no player in the draw whom Serena respects — or perhaps fears — more.“I’m playing, for me, the best player in the tournament, and that’s never easy,” Serena said. “She’s beaten me so many times. She’s a player that knows how to win, knows how to beat me and knows my weaknesses better than anyone.” It’s a match that is hardest for the Williams family to watch.“It’s never easy,” said Isha Price, Venus’ and Serena’s sister. “I think they’re both happy to be in the place that they are. It’s toughest on my parents. It’s tough for us to watch, because you want the best for both of them.”The best would be more history for Serena, who has a 52-2 record in 2015, including the Australian and French Open titles, another Wimbledon win, an uninterrupted stay at No. 1 and no fully realized rival. Belinda Bencic, a teenager who shocked Serena three weeks ago in Toronto, was ousted in the third round here — by Venus.“They’re each other’s best friend. They love each other endlessly,” ESPN commentator Rennae Stubbs said. “They’re the same today with one another that they were 20 years ago. One of them is stopping the other from having a dream come true.” Some underestimate the dream of Venus, who in 2011 was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an immune deficiency, to still win Grand Slam tournaments. That’s what the seven-time major winner is after, even if her last Slam came in 2008. That year she beat Serena in the Wimbledon final, the last time in the sibling series that Venus won a Grand Slam match against her younger sister.“They both want to win,” said Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena’s coach. “You can love the person on the other side of the net, but if you are a real competitor — which they both are — on a tennis court you forget and you play.”Serena has been doing her best to forget all the talk this entire U.S. Open. The talk of the Grand Slam follows her everywhere she goes, and she has shrugged it off, time and time again.Sunday, she did the same.“I have to play Venus Williams next,” she said in a response to a question about going after the Slam. “I have to deal with that pressure first.” Although neither would want to acknowledge it, this could well be the last time the sisters meet in the U.S. Open — or anywhere.“We both know the draw, so we are both prepared to play each other,” Venus said. “It doesn’t always happen, but sometimes it does. Then we go. We go.”Should Venus go one better, should she beat Serena in the U.S. Open during little sister’s quest for the Grand Slam, would a loss to her make it any easier for Serena to swallow?Sort of.“I would rather lose to Venus as opposed to anyone else,” Serena confirmed. But then she added, “I, in general, don’t like to lose.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more