WI aim to make home turf count

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):West Indies batting coach Toby Radford said yesterday that the regional side would try to make home advantage count in the upcoming Twenty20 series against Pakistan, as they attempted to make amends for their dismal showing last September.Just seven months ago, the reigning T20 World champions found themselves on the end of a humiliating series whitewash in the United Arab Emirates as Pakistan convincingly won the three-match series on ‘home turf’.However, with much more familiar conditions expected, Radford said he was anticipating a change in fortunes.”I think the big thing when we played out there is we found that the pitches were particularly slow and obviously suited their spin bowlers, and they made very, very big boundaries and made us run a lot,” the Englishman pointed out.The four-match series opens on Sunday at Kensington Oval here before heading to Trinidad and Tobago for the last three games at Queen’s Park Oval.West Indies have been in training since they assembled on Wednesday and Radford said everyone looked in fine form.”We had a good session this morning and all the batters looked in really good touch, which is encouraging,” he said.”There’s one big game coming up in Barbados this weekend and then it’s off to Trinidad for three games there. It will be a really exciting series and, hopefully, they’ll put in a really good performance.”While the side will be without the likes of T20 stars Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell, it includes other big names like batsmen Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels, along with leg-spinner Samuel Badree.GOOD FORMSelectors have also opted for first-timers Jonathan Carter, Jason Mohammed and Veerasammy Permaul coming on the heels of their good form against England in the recent one-day series, and the move is one Radford endorsed.”Carter and Jason Mohammed played very well in the 50-over tournament recently against England, and I think it is great their form has been recognised by the board and they’ve been given an opportunity in this format as well,” he pointed out.Radford continued: “I think it’s an exciting team, a mix of real talent that’s been there and done it and some youngsters who show real quality, and I think putting those together, I would love to see [West Indies] put some good performances together.”last_img read more

Electrician slapped with fraud charges

first_imgAn electrician was on Tuesday slapped with multiple counts of fraud when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Neil Benjamin, 51, is facing charges which allege that between December 30, 2012 and January 30, 2016, at Kaneville Avenue, Georgetown, he obtained .5 million from Erick Jones by falsely pretending that he had a contract with the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL), property of Menza Samuels.Additionally, it is alleged that between January 2013 and June 2013, he unlawfully obtained .4M from Henry Jones by falsely pretending to have a contract with Gafoors, property of Menza Samuels.Another charge alleged that between August 30, 2013 and November 25, 2013, at Lot 293 Kaneville Avenue, Georgetown, he unlawfully obtained .3 million from Erick Jones by falsely pretending to have a contract with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), property of Menza Samuels.The final charge against Benjamin alleged that between November 28, 2014 and March 20, 2014, he obtained 0,000 from Erick Jones by falsely pretending to have a contract with HBTV (Channel 9), property of Menza Samuels.The defendant was remanded to prison and the case will continue on July 27.last_img read more

Sports briefs

first_imgPHILADELPHIA – Peter Forsberg never gave Philadelphia a firm answer about a contract extension because of lingering concerns about his right foot. So the Flyers decided his short-term future for him and traded him to the Nashville Predators on Thursday for forward Scottie Upshall, defenseman Ryan Parent and two draft picks. Chargers don’t interest Carroll USC coach Pete Carroll said Thursday he was not interested in the San Diego Chargers job despite speculation he could be a candidate. “I just got tired of answering questions about the NFL, because there’s always a follow-up question no matter what I say, so I decided I wouldn’t say anything,” Carroll said. “I wasn’t looking at it. I like where I’m at.” Hardaway told by NBA to stay away NEW YORK – The NBA banished Tim Hardaway from All-Star weekend in Las Vegas because of his anti-gay remarks. Hardaway, who played in five All-Star games during the 1990s, already was in Las Vegas and scheduled to make a series of public appearances this week on behalf of the league. But after saying, “I hate gay people” during a radio interview, commissioner David Stern stepped in. Lawyer admits leaking documents center_img SAN FRANCISCO – A Colorado lawyer pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to obstructing justice by leaking secret grand jury documents to two reporters covering the government’s probe of steroids in sports. Troy Ellerman, 44, could be sent to prison for as long as two years and fined up to $250,000 for the convictions. Cowher headed for television PITTSBURGH – Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher will be an analyst for CBS on the “The NFL Today” studio show next season. Cowher resigned as the Steelers’ coach last month following 15 seasons and less than a year after winning the Super Bowl. Notable SOCCER: Adam Cristman scored in the 30th minute and Patrick Ianni in the 85th to lift the U.S. under-23 national team to a 2-0 victory over Chivas USA of Major League Soccer in an exhibition in Carson. BOXING: Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto will defend his WBA welterweight title against American Zab Judah in New York’s Madison Square Garden on July 9. TENNIS: Unseeded Croatian Ivo Karlovic upset second-seeded American James Blake 6-7 (4), 7-6 (11), 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the SAP Open in San Jose. From staff, wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Former Fort St. John man arrested on terrorism charges released from custody

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — The Immigration and Refugee Board has ordered that a former Fort St. John man that was acquitted 2017 of four terrorism-related charges be released from custody until he is deported.According to the CBC, at a detention review hearing on Friday, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada ruled he must be released from custody until he is deported from Canada.Othman Hamdan came to B.C from Washington state 16 years ago on a refugee claim and was arrested in Fort St. John in the summer of 2015 when he was originally charged with four terrorism offences.- Advertisement -Hamdan, a Jordanian national, was acquitted of those charges by a B.C. Supreme Court judge in September 2017. Immigration authorities arrested him and determined at multiple detention reviews that he poses a danger to the public.The CBSA said that Hamdan made himself out to be a cheerleader for the Islamic State in many of his 85 Facebook posts as he glorified and encouraged lone-wolf attacks in Canada, the United States and other western countries.Hamdan cast his activity on Facebook as an alternative news source, providing his followers with another view of events in the Middle East as he relayed the message of a terrorist organization.Advertisement The CBC says Hamdan must meet 25 conditions before he is released.  The CBC says a spokesperson for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada would not elaborate on what those conditions would be or when he would be released.last_img read more

In Manchester City’s shadow, Premier League top-four scrap begins

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring during their English Premier League match against Bournemouth, at Old Trafford in Manchester, on December 13, 2017 © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLondon, United Kingdom, Dec 15 – With Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking Manchester City team galloping away towards the Premier League title, attention is starting to shift to the jostling for Champions League positions.Manchester United, 11 points below City in second place, and third-place Chelsea are well placed, but beneath them the picture is more fluid. Just a point separates fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur and seventh-place Arsenal, while Burnley and Leicester City are both threatening to crash the cabal of the ‘Big Six’.Man Utd and Chelsea lower their sightsUnited and defending champions Chelsea find themselves in a strange hinterland, both miles behind City — 11 and 14 points respectively — but otherwise enjoying broadly successful seasons.Chelsea’s Pedro (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during their English Premier League match against Huddersfield Town, at the John Smith’s stadium in Huddersfield, on December 12, 2017 © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFJose Mourinho’s United had gone 40 home games without defeat prior to last Sunday’s stormy 2-1 loss to City in the derby, while Chelsea have taken 22 points from a possible 27.United drew a line beneath the derby defeat by beating Bournemouth 1-0 on Wednesday and defender Phil Jones says it has restored belief ahead of Sunday’s game at West Bromwich Albion.“We wanted to win the game (against City) and unfortunately it wasn’t to be, so it was important that we came out (against Bournemouth), showed a bit of fight and a bit of courage,” he told MUTV.“We had to dig deep and grind it out, but the most important thing was to get three points and get back on track.”Chelsea host Southampton on Saturday after bouncing back from their shock 1-0 loss at West Ham United with a one-sided 3-1 victory at Huddersfield Town.Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal seek consistencyHaving ended a four-game winless run with back-to-back victories over Stoke City and Brighton and Hove Albion, Tottenham appear to have rediscovered form just as Liverpool and Arsenal’s has disappeared.Spurs beat Brighton 2-0 on Wednesday and with Liverpool and Arsenal both drawing 0-0 — at home to West Brom and away to West Ham respectively — it lifted Mauricio Pochettino’s men up to fourth.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are without a win in two games, having been pegged back by Wayne Rooney’s late penalty in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Everton.Arsenal, meanwhile, are yet to win a league game in December, their stalemate at West Ham following a 3-1 home defeat against Manchester United and a 1-1 draw at Southampton.But despite their current difficulties, Arsenal trail Spurs and Liverpool by only a point and they will expect to get back on track on Saturday against free-falling Newcastle United.“It’s not a concern. The manager and the boys have a plan, so we’re just trying to get back to winning ways,” says 20-year-old winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who made his league debut in mid-week.“We’ve got our home crowd behind us (on Saturday) and I think that could be what we’re missing in terms of getting that finishing touch on a goal,” he told the Arsenal website.Burnley and Leicester plot surprisesHigh-flying Burnley sit between Liverpool and Arsenal in sixth place and were briefly as high as fourth after beating Stoke 1-0 on Tuesday — their highest position since March 1975.Sean Dyche’s tightly drilled side have won six of their last eight league games and on Saturday travel to Brighton, who are without a win in six.Leicester have put last season’s post-title turmoil behind them under new manager Claude Puel, who has lost just once in eight league games since succeeding Craig Shakespeare.They sit four points below Arsenal ahead of Saturday’s home game with improving Crystal Palace, who are six games unbeaten in the league.FixturesSaturday (1500 GMT unless otherwise stated):Arsenal v Newcastle, Brighton v Burnley, Chelsea v Southampton, Leicester v Crystal Palace (1230 GMT), Man City v Tottenham (1730 GMT), Stoke v West Ham, Watford v HuddersfieldSunday:Bournemouth v Liverpool (1630 GMT), West Brom v Man United (1415 GMT)Monday (2000 GMT):Everton v Swansea0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL HOPING YOU HAVE A ‘FIESTA’ THIS SUMMER

first_imgPictured at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival are Failte Ireland’s Joan Crawford, Festival Chairman Dessie Larkin, Patricia Mc Bride, Festival Director, Paul Brown, Meabh Conaghan and Shaun Hannigan. Earagail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council.It’s all systems go as Earagail Arts Festival launches a jam-packed, fun-filled festival programme and members of the public are invited to be a part of it. Volunteers play a key role in the success of the Festival and organisers are holding two volunteers’ information sessions in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on Wednesday 11th June at 7pm and Saturday 21st June at 2pm.Those interested in finding out more about volunteering for EAF this year are welcome to attend. In addition to the volunteer effort, the support of local businesses in the county plays a major role in the festival’s success.The Station House Hotel in Letterkenny is the festival’s accommodation sponsor and Marketing Manager at the hotel, Siobhan Barrett-Doherty said, “Once again, we’re delighted to come on board as accommodation sponsors for this year’s festival.Joan Crawford of Failte Ireland and Siobhan Barrett Doherty, Sales and Marketing Manager, Station House Hotel, which is the premier accommodation sponsors for this year’s Festival. Also pictured is Festival Director Paul Brown and venue sponsor representative, Ann Marie Mc Manus from the Clanree Hotel Letterkenny.“The partnership is a natural fit for us because The Station House Hotel is about giving our guests a warm Donegal welcome and Earagail Arts Festival is an excellent way to experience that welcome at its very best.The festival’s centrepiece production is ‘Fiesta’, a new play celebrating one of the finest dance halls in Ireland. Running from Saturday 12th to Monday 14th July. ‘Fiesta’ is a not-to-be-missed celebration of the music, memories and stories that made the Fiesta Ballroom in Letterkenny so unique.At the programme launch, and in honour of the Fiesta Ballroom, the Earagail Arts team dressed in their finest vintage frocks, with hair styled in beautiful 1950’s fashion by the Patrick Gildea Hairdressing team.Another key event in the festival programme is “I Do”, an exciting piece of site specific theatre by UK based Theatre Company Dante or Die, which delves into the emotional twists and turns of the morning of a wedding.The venue sponsors, Clanree Hotel, will host this thrilling event, while Evolve Menswear will be sending out a very special invitation to the wedding.Commenting on the association, Aileen McCloskey, Marketing Manager, Evolve Menswear said, “As a local business, Evolve Menswear is delighted to support Earagail Arts Festival. Donegal is one of the most beautiful places in the world and Earagail Arts Festival attracts people from all over to visit our lovely county to experience the magic that the festival represents.In honour of the festival’s centrepiece production “Fiesta” the Earagail Arts team went vintage with hair styled courtesy of the Patrick Gildea Hairdressing Team.Additional sponsors of the festival include John McGinley Luxury Coach Travel, Inishowen Motors, Watson Hire, Letterkenny Credit Union and LYIT, whose contribution and support helps festival organisers deliver an enriching and unrivalled cultural experience every year.Now in its 26th year, Earagail Arts Festival takes place from Saturday, 12th – 26th July and is one of the flagship Donegal events along the Wild Atlantic Way.This year’s festival has something for everyone, from family and outdoor events to theatre, comedy, art, workshops and music from all corners of the world. Hosting a vibrant and varied programme throughout Inishowen, Letterkenny and west Donegal, Earagail Arts Festival features the best of local and international performances.Volunteering is one of the best ways to experience all that the festival has to offer, so come along to the volunteers’ information sessions and start planning your summer of festival fun.For full details on the Earagail Arts programme visit www.eaf.ieEaragail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council.EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL HOPING YOU HAVE A ‘FIESTA’ THIS SUMMER was last modified: June 11th, 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:BusinessErrigal Arts FestivalFeaturesnewslast_img read more

NEW DRAINAGE TRENCH TO BE DUG AT HOSPITAL AFTER FLOOD FIASCO

first_imgLETTERKENNY General Hospital management has admitted that more anti-flood measures are now needed at the site – on top of those already underway – with a new drainage trench said to be dug.In a statement this evening HSE West said cleaning up the mess from Tuesday is now complete.A clean up was completed on the night itself in the reception and administrative areas that had experienced a very low level of flooding following torrential rain in the Letterkenny area. Clinical areas in the ED and hospital services in general were not affected. The external cleanup is now complete.“An estimate of costs of flood damage at LGH has not been finalised. However, we do not expect these costs to be very substantial as there was minimal damage to the fabric of the facility and the principle costs relate to the response to the incident (drainage of flood water and clean up),” said the hospital in a statement.“The investigation commenced immediately and is ongoing, lead by HSE Estates.”It went on: “The investigation is currently focused on identifying as a matter of urgency what remedial action needs to be taken to prevent a recurrence of this flooding problem. “We have already committed to publishing the results of the investigation and we will produce an interim report in the first week in September with a final report to be published in October.“There are already improved interim flood management arrangements in place at Letterkenny General Hospital with additional CCTV monitoring and regular inspection of flows and levels in the stream.“This also includes the location of a digger onsite and access on a 24-hour basis to a roster of drivers to provide rapid emergency response, as required by the hospital’s insurers.“It appears that these interim flood management measures worked well as the culvert was kept clear and other steps such as sandbagging of vulnerable areas were put into place. The onsite digger played an important role in moving sandbags into place on the night of the flood.”Admitting that new works are now needed, the statement went on: “Further arrangements that have been put in place in response to last Tuesday’’s incident include the creation of a drainage trench to intercept surface water run off from outside our boundaries and the stationing of a vehicle with pumping facilities in the car park (at no charge to the hospital) whilst a suitable flood pump is procured. Additional measures continue to be evaluated in consultation with HSE Estates and Tobin Consultant Engineers. “Site works have commenced for the construction of a new storm flow routing pipe and associated works at Letterkenny General Hospital and are scheduled for completion in autumn 2014. The flood management works, including the new culvert, are estimated to cost approximately €€1m“The flood management strategy will be reviewed in light of the findings of the investigation and will be updated accordingly to take into account any new developments.”NEW DRAINAGE TRENCH TO BE DUG AT HOSPITAL AFTER FLOOD FIASCO was last modified: August 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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:floodhospitalHSEletterkennylast_img read more

Cofer Lead Drake’s Women’s Team At adidas Pre-National Invitational

first_imgStory Links For the men, Chris Kaminksi (New Lennox, Ill.) was 66th in 26:16.3 on the 8k course followed by freshmen Kyle Cass (Deforest, Wis.) and Kyle Brandt (Maple Grove, Minn.) in 99th and 102nd respectively. The Pre-National Invitational is an annual preview of the NCAA Championship course for the best men’s and women’s collegiate cross country runners in the nation in three different races. Junior Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) was again the Bulldogs’ top women’s competitor with a 93rd place finish in the 6-kilometer White race with a time of 22:59.4. She was followed by four freshmen and a sophomore to complete the Bulldogs’ scoring. Freshman Mykaela Cole (Urbandale, Iowa) was the second Drake runner across the line in 101st place. “Reed ran with the leader for most of the race and was able to hold off a couple of really good runners during the final mile,” said Drake head cross country coach Dan Hostager. Both the men’s and women’s team faced strong fields with more than 20 teams and as many as 150 runners in each race to give the extremely young Bulldog team valuable experience heading into the Missouri Valley Conference Championship. “It was a great opportunity for our team to go up against many of the best teams in the nation,” Hostager added. “It will serve us well with the upcoming fall championship season as well as down the road as most of our group had never competed in a meet of this caliber.” Men’s White Race Team Standings1. OHIO, 132       2. MIAMI (OHIO), 1593. CINCINNATI, 178           4. MONTANA STATE, 2125. UMKC, 222      6. CLEMSON, 223               7. MARQUETTE, 228*      8. WAKE FOREST, 228*9. LIBERTY, 235  10. MOREHEAD STATE, 24011. UMASS LOWELL, 24912. OAKLAND, 267            13. NORFOLK STATE, 27314. TOLEDO, 32015. TULANE, 32916. ARIZONA, 352             17. QUINNIPIAC, 368        18. DRAKE, 374  19. CENTRAL MICHIGAN, 37520. MURRAY STATE, 483 Complete Men’s Results Complete Women’s Results Drake Individual Women’s Results6k – 168 runners93. Bailee Cofer, 22:59.4101. Mykaela Cole, 23:07.9142. Morgan Garcia, 23:49.9150. Olivia Rogers, 24:07.7151. Meghan Kearney, 25:08.5162. Paige Nicholson, 24:59.2 Competing in the White race, Fischer completed the 8k course in 24:46.3 to finish just nine seconds out of first place. Tulane’s Emmanuel Rotich won the race in 24:36.5. TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Drake senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) continued his stellar season for the Drake University cross country team with a second place finish at the adidas Pre-National Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 15. In addition to giving the young Bulldogs experience in a big-race atmosphere, the Pre-National Invitational was also the team’s final competition before the MVC Championship on Oct. 29 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.2016 adidas Pre-National InvitationalOct. 15, 2016 – Terre Haute Ind.Drake Individual Men’s Results8k – 134 runners2. Reed Fischer, 24:46.366. Chris Kaminski, 26:16.399. Kyle Cass, 26:48.5102. Kyle Brandt, 26:50.8109. Joshua Yeager, 27:01.9120. Matthew Cozine, 27:30.5 Women’s White Race Team Standings1. OSU, 114         2. WAKE FOREST, 1313. NEVADA 166  4. UTEP 182*      5. OAKLAND, 182*            6. MIAMI (OHIO), 2367. WICHITA STATE, 2378. CENTRAL MICHIGAN, 2419. BOWLING GREEN, 25410. TCU 27911. MURRAY STATE, 29812. INDIANA STATE, 29913. GONZAGA, 300           14. UTAH VALLEY, 30115. QUINNIPIAC, 329        16. WESTERN MICHIGAN, 36717. NEBRASKA, 381           18. UC    DAVIS, 39919. LIBERTY, 41020. IUPUI, 415    21. CINCINNATI, 420        22. OHIO, 516     23. UMKC, 572   24. MOREHEAD STATE, 60625. DRAKE, 632   Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Sinn Fein welcome Taoiseach’s ‘winding down’ of Communications Unit

first_imgTaoiseach Leo Varadkar has today announced that the Government’s Strategic Communications Unit will be ‘wound down’ by July this year. The unit, which operates with a €5million budget, had been the subject of controversy over an advertising campaign surrounding Project 2040.The move follows the recommendations of the Secretary General at the Department of the Taoiseach, Martin Fraser, whose review was discussed at Cabinet today. Sinn Féin deputy Dáil Leader Pearse Doherty TD welcomed the Cabinet announcement, saying the disbandment is a vindication of the party’s position on the SCU.Teachta Doherty said: “The SCU was an exercise in vanity writ large. From the initial falsehood that the Unit would be cost neutral and its eventual budget of €5 million to the controversy surrounding the Ireland 2024 campaign and the exploitation of the media, the SCU has been beset by questions, both moral and ethical.“We in Sinn Féin felt that there was no option but to table a Dáil motion calling for the disbandment of the spin unit. It was a measure of just how egregious this devotion to propaganda was that almost the entire opposition backed the measure.“I am also glad to see that an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has rowed back on his bold statement that he would disregard any measure calling for the removal of his pet project. No Taoiseach or Government is above the stated democratic will of the Dáil. “However, this does not diminish my belief that an Taoiseach should appear before the PAC and answer the many outstanding questions surrounding the SCU.”Sinn Fein welcome Taoiseach’s ‘winding down’ of Communications Unit was last modified: March 27th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Jean Barton: Branding at Antelope Creek Cattle Co.

first_imgMy first day of branding at Antelope Creek Cattle Company was sunny and warm, while the following day was cloudy with a light mist in the morning, and I stayed home.The cows received their annual shots with Cole Robinson giving Multimin, (trace minerals); Don Brown gave the 2) One Shot Ultra 8 to prevent blackleg caused by seven organisms and redwater caused by Cl. Haemolyticum and bovine pneumonic pasteurellosis caused by Pasteurella haemolytica type A1. Danny Brown gave the 3) BoviShield …last_img read more