Samuels headlines Hurricanes Super50 squad

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): Test star Marlon Samuels headlines a 14-man Leeward Islands Hurricanes squad announced yesterday for this month’s Regional Super50 in Antigua and Barbados. The veteran right-hander, who has not turned out in the tournament in three seasons, will be joined by the Trinidad and Tobago pair of Kevon Cooper and Akeal Hosein for the January 24 to February 18 campaign. Test fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has also been named in the unit, which will be led by out-of-favour Test left-hander Kieran Powell, with West Indies A all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall as his deputy. The 35-year-old Samuels, meanwhile, will be a huge boost or the Hurricanes, who have been installed in a tough Zone A alongside defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, Windward Islands Volcanoes, West Indies Under-19s and English county side, Kent Spitfires. Jamaican Samuels, a veteran of 71 Tests and 187 One-Day Internationals, is a regular member of the current Windies side in all three formats. Cooper, a steady seamer and effective lower order batsman, is also expected to add depth to the Hurricanes while Hosein’s left-arm spin and left-handed batting will be an asset. Batsman Jermaine Otto is the only debutant included in the squad. Hurricanes will hold their first training session as a unit on Monday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium. SQUAD: Kieran Powell (captain), Rahkeem Cornwall, Marlon Samuels, Montcin Hodge, Chesney Hughes, Nkrumah Bonner, Jahmar Hamilton, Jermaine Otto, Orlando Peters, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein, Kevon Cooper.last_img read more

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Local Participants compete in the Penticton Ironman

first_imgDawson Creek’s Trevor Kolkea, who won the FSJ triathlon the past couple of years, also showed well, finishing in 9 hours, 49 minutes – he actually finished directly behind Janelle Morrison.The overall race winner was Jordan Rapp, who recently moved from New York to Penticton to train.  He crossed the finish line in 8 hours, 25 minutes. The annual Ironman Triathlon features a 3.8 k swim, 180 k bike, and 42 k marathon under the hot Okanagan skies.   Of the 2600 hundred participants this year, at least 220 of them did not finish the gruelling race, and a 66 year-old man died. Advertisement Local athletes made waves at Sunday’s Ironman Triathlon in Penticton.Leading the way was pro Janelle Morrison, who despite a number of setbacks during the race, clocked 1:05 on the swim leg, 5:21 on the bike, and 3:17 on the run.  Morrison’s time just under 9:49 was ten minutes better than her effort last year, and was good for third place among all females.Also impressing was Barb Polehoykie, in her second appearance at the Canadian Ironman.  Barb finished the race in a time of 12 hours. 52 minutes.- Advertisement -And, in his first crack at the race, Blizzard Floyd Polehoykie managed to complete the race, coming in at a little over 16 hours. Floyd joined Moose FM’s Jon Zacks for an interview –  (runs 3:30)[asset|aid=1824|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=special_broadcasts-20090902T2335.mp3]Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gattuso says Milan derby regaining significance

first_img0Shares0000Gennaro Gattuso feels the Milan derby is starting to recapture its old lustre © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLMILAN, Italy, Apr 3 – AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso believes Wednesday’s ‘Derby della Madonnina’ against bitter city rivals Inter is beginning to recapture its past glory with Champions League qualification potentially at stake.“After so many years the derby is back to being something significant, it will be a great game,” said Gattuso of the Serie A fixture that was postponed last month after Fiorentina captain Davide Astori’s death. The two clubs have won 10 Champions League titles between them — seven for AC Milan and three for Inter — but it is five years since either qualified for Europe’s premier club competition and seven since they were both involved.But with Inter currently fourth, in the final qualifying place, and Milan eight points back in sixth, there is renewed hope that one at least might make it through this season.“We’re experiencing a different atmosphere now. The fans have already done their share by breaking the record for sales, now we have to fire them up with a good start,” said Gattuso of Wednesday’s game at the 80,000 capacity San Siro stadium.“We need to improve our mentality and desire, fight with a knife between our teeth.”Milan were on a 10-match unbeaten run until losing 3-1 to champions Juventus in Turin at the weekend.In Inter’s last three games they’ve held title-chasing Napoli to a goalless draw and claimed back-to-back wins over Sampdoria and Verona, scoring eight goals in the process.Inter captain Mauro Icardi — who scored a hat-trick when Inter won the last Serie A derby meeting 3-2 in October — has hit top form again following an injury, scoring six goals in his past two games.“Inter have changed in the last three weeks, scoring 10 goals and conceding none (over their last four matches). They’re a healthy team, as are Milan. It’s an important derby,” continued Gattuso on Tuesday.“It’s a derby, a clash in which the team lower in the table often wins.”Gattuso meanwhile brushed aside talk of his new contract with reports he is poised to pen a deal worth two million euros a year ($2.4 million) after Wednesday’s game.“The priority is AC Milan, not the contract of Rino Gattuso. I don’t like to waste time talking when there is a job to do.“I feel great responsibility: I am the boss, coach, president, I think only of Milan.”Inter coach Luciano Spalletti said victory would go some way towards ruling their neighbours out of Champions League contention.“Can we knock them out of the Champions League race? They would remain in a good position in the table, and given the mentality of their coach it wouldn’t change anything,” he said.“But the points would definitely start to be different.”An Inter victory would leave Milan 11 points behind with just eight matches left.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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TERROR GROUP: ‘OUR DONEGAL UNIT SHOT DAD IN BUNCRANA’

first_imgA DERRY-based terrorist group today finally admitted the murder nearly two weeks ago of a father of two in Buncrana.Andy Allen was blasted to death in the bedroom of his home at Link’s View in Lisfannon on February 9.Now the group suspected of the murder – Republican Action Against Drugs – finally admitted it today. In a coded statement to the Derry Journal newsroom, RAAD said its Donegal unit had carried out the murder, saying the Derryman was a “death dealer” and a “career criminal.”They also alleged that Mr Allen was using RAAD’s name to “scare other drug dealers and also extort money from weaker criminals.”They also claimed that the dead man had been warned to “cease his activities five to six months ago” but had not taken advantage of “RAAD’s amnesty.”RAAD said it was also kill SIX more drug dealers.   TERROR GROUP: ‘OUR DONEGAL UNIT SHOT DAD IN BUNCRANA’ was last modified: February 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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

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SLASH HOOKS, AXES AND KNIVES PRODUCED AT TRAVELLER FUNERAL, COURT TOLD

first_imgSlash hooks, an axe and knives were among the objects produced at a Traveller funeral when a feud violently erupted on church grounds, a court has heard.Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court heard of the violent scenes that took place on the grounds of St Colman’s Church in Claremorris during the funeral Mass of a local member of the Travelling community in 2011.In the brawl one man, Martin McDonagh Senior from Letterkenny, was hit over the head with a slash hook and gardaí told the court that blood was ‘spurting’ from an open wound at the back of his head and one garda had to use a cloth and a nappy from a nearby car to stem the bleeding before an ambulance arrived. Five men have pleaded guilty to violent disorder after a feud between members of the McDonagh family in Castlebar and members of the McDonagh family from Donegal erupted fiercely in Claremorris.They will be sentenced on June 28 while a sixth man, Martin McDonagh of 125, Manor Village, Castlebar contested a charge of violent disorder and a charge of production of a carpet knife.Those charges were subject to a two day trial in Castlebar and McDonagh was found not guilty on both counts.Five members of his family have pleaded guilty to violent disorder. They are: Owen McDonagh, Saleen, Castlebar; Bernard McDonagh, 5, Knockthomas, Castlebar; Gerard McDonagh, Saleen, Castlebar; Charles McDonagh, 7, Garryduff, Castlebar and Thomas McDonagh, 123, Manor Village, Castlebar.The court heard the row between the Castlebar McDonaghs and the Letterkenny McDonaghs was ‘more than a feud’.Evidence of the ongoing feud could be seen in the court foyer as gardaí had to remove a man from the courthouse who was verbally abusing members of the McDonagh family from Donegal.During the two day trial there was a tense atmosphere inside Castlebar courthouse. There was a strong presence in the courtroom of members of the McDonagh family from Castlebar during the trial and some of them applauded when the not guilty verdicts were read out in the court.The Claremorris brawl took place at the funeral Mass of Patrick Collins, a member of the Travelling community in Claremorris, who was an in-law of Martin McDonagh from Letterkenny, also known as Martin ‘Black’ due to his dark hair.Martin ‘Black’ McDonagh told the court that he was talking to his two sons, Martin Junior and Thomas, near the gates of the church at 10.30am on the morning of the funeral Mass when he saw men ‘running towards us with weapons’. He said three of them had slash hooks and another had a machete-like knife. He said he went to run and was either tripped and fell and was then hit on the head with a slash hook.He said when he got up he saw his son Martin and the defendant, which the court heard is known as Martin ‘Shoes’ and Martin ‘Hackney’ McDonagh, fighting.Martin McDonagh Junior, son of Martin ‘Black’, said he had come from Waterford for the funeral and when the incident started, he became involved in a punch-up with Martin ‘Hackney’ McDonagh at the gates.Diarmuid Connolly, counsel for the defendant, instructed by Laura Glennon, put it to Martin McDonagh Junior that they were ‘taking the opportunity to blacken’ all of the McDonaghs from Castlebar, arguing that Martin ‘Hackney’ McDonagh wasn’t involved. Martin McDonagh Junior said that he was involved, was fighting with him and had a carpet knife.Finbar Donnellan told the court that he was the undertaker at the funeral on the day in question. He said a ‘bit of jeering’ started from the group outside the grounds and they soon rushed in. He saw people with weapons and others showing the inside of their jackets where they had knives. He said it appeared as if they were after one person and said ‘Martin will do’ and he saw a man being struck by a weapon.He said the people inside the gates were ‘totally innocent’ and that one of the Collins family came out of the church and pleaded with some people to come inside.Garda Karol Murray told the court he saw Martin ‘Black’ McDonagh’s face ‘covered in blood’ and he had a wound at the back of his head which was ‘spurting’ out blood. He saw one man wielding a slash hook over his head and another man wielding an axe. He said the attackers were ‘roaring abuse’ at the injured party and Garda Murray himself had difficulty effecting an arrest on one of the McDonaghs as others intervened to stop him placing the man under arrest.Sergeant Regina Carley said that the Mass was going on while the fighting was taking place. She said Martin ‘Black’ McDonagh had a ‘very open wound’ and she used a cloth and a nappy from a nearby car to apply pressure to the wound before an ambulance arrived.Defending counsel Diarmuid Connolly said that the defendant, Martin ‘Hackney’ McDonagh, was present on the day but wasn’t involved in violent disorder. He said no forensics or fingerprints were found at the scene relating to himThe jury of ten women and two men took just over two hours to find Martin McDonagh not guilty of violent disorder and not guilty of the production of a carpet knife during the incident.SLASH HOOKS, AXES AND KNIVES PRODUCED AT TRAVELLER FUNERAL, COURT TOLD was last modified: May 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:AXES AND KNIVES PRODUCED AT TRAVELLER FUNERALCOURT TOLDSLASH HOOKSlast_img read more

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Virgin Media Ireland reveal up to 65 jobs at risk across country

first_imgVirgin Media Ireland may cut up to 65 jobs over the coming month in an effort to improve growth, it has emerged. The company, which provides telecom, mobile and TV production services, currently employs 1,600 people in Ireland.“We are entering a new phase of transformation to ensure continued revenue growth,” a spokesperson said in a statement to RTE. “This involves making some difficult decisions which will impact a number of roles in the Virgin Media Ireland business.“It is envisaged that up to 65 roles may potentially be impacted and we have entered a 30-day consultation period with people impacted.”Virgin Media Ireland is a subsidiary of Liberty Global, which is owned by Irish American billionaire, John Malone.In 2015, the then telecoms company UPC Ireland rebranded as Virgin Media. Virgin Media then bought TV station TV3 the same year and rebranded to Virgin Media last year.It also launched a mobile phone service.Virgin Media Ireland reveal up to 65 jobs at risk across country was last modified: November 2nd, 2019 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

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A’s Takeaways: The goods for a seven-man rotation

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — The A’s deep starting rotation seems to be growing stronger by the day.Sean Manaea delivered his second straight strong performance since coming off a year-long absence to rehab shoulder surgery, allowing just one run and striking out 10 in seven innings as the A’s beat Detroit 3-1 on Sunday in front of 24,550 to close out a homestand.After the game came word that the A’s will reportedly bring up top …last_img read more

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Neotel launches uncapped WiMax

first_imgSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “As the company provides the network and the service, you are assured of a hassle-free solution and peace of mind with Neotel as your single point of contact for broadband requirements.” Telecoms operator Neotel has launched NeoBroadband WiMax, an uncapped internet access solution delivered over the company’s wireless infrastructure in South Africa’s four main metropolitan areas. NeoBroadband WiMax is available in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. According to online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, WiMAX (worldwide interoperability for microwave access) is a telecommunications protocol that provides fixed and fully mobile internet access. Flexible solution NeoBrand WiMax, according to Neotel, is a flexible solution that can be upgraded or downgraded depending on the customer’s requirements, allowing businesses to purchase bandwidth in 1Mbps, 2Mbps, 5Mbps or 8Mbps speeds. “The service gives your business cost-effective, convenient and fast internet connection,” Neotel said in a statement this week. In addition, says Neotel, should customers need to relocate, their connection can be moved in a short time, depending on network coverage in the area. “The company’s rapid five-day turnaround time for installation means you can be up and running quickly as there are no fixed lines,” Neotel added. 14 July 2010last_img read more

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Meyer battles injuries ahead of Bok opener

first_img29 May 2014 Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has been dealing with numerous injuries to players ahead of his team’s first test of the year against a World XV at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday, 7 June. On Wednesday, it was confirmed that lock Eben Etzebeth, who has missed the entire Super Rugby season thus far, will have to undergo approximately three more weeks of rehabilitation on an injured foot before he can be considered for selection.‘A major setback’ “Eben’s situation is a major setback as he’s been one of our best players in the last two seasons,” Meyer said at the Springbok training camp in Durban. “We’re continually monitoring his injury, because he really wants to play for the Springboks next month. However, he is still young and has a highly promising career ahead and his welfare is the most important to us.” Etzebeth was one of 10 players who took no or little part in the field sessions at the Springbok training camp in Durban, which concluded on Wednesday. “We evaluated Eben’s injury at the camp and he did not take part in any of the field sessions as we are managing the process of his return to the field,” said Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts. “We’ve been in discussion with his franchise, his rehab specialist and the foot specialist who operated on him last year. We’re happy with his progress and will work closely with Western Province to ensure he gets back on the field without any risk of further aggravating the injury.”Training camp injury list The other players who missed training sessions at the camp, were Frans Malherbe (prop), Schalk Burger (loose forward), Willem Alberts (loose forward), S’bura Sithole (centre/wing), Frans Steyn (utility back), Juan de Jongh (centre), Johan Goosen (flyhalf), Bismarck du Plessis (hooker) and Duane Vermeulen (No 8). Malherbe is struggling with a significant concussion, which he picked up in a Vodacom Super Rugby match a few weeks ago. As he’s not met the criteria of returning safely to playing, he did not participate in any of the training sessions. Burger suffered a knock to the neck in the DHL Stormers’ last match, against the Toyota Cheetahs. As he was still experiencing some stiffness in his, he was withdrawn from training as a precautionary measure. Alberts and Sithole both picked up grade one hamstring strains while playing for the Cell C Sharks against the Blues last weekend. Their injuries were treated and managed at the training camp. Steyn has been suffering from a chronic knee dysfunction, which has been managed by the Cell C Sharks and upon a request from his franchise, the load on his knee was limited by keeping him out of training. De Jongh did not train on Monday as he suffered from a bout of flu, Goosen had some stiffness in his neck on Tuesday, while the workloads of Du Plessis and Vermeulen were managed during the training camp.‘Incredibly important’ “Player welfare is incredibly important to us,” said Meyer. “We’ve been working closely with the franchises and have taken the decision not to take any risks with players carrying injuries at this camp. “Our medical team worked very hard at the camp, performing medical assessments on all the players and ensuring they get the best possible treatment on behalf of the franchises, as four of them are still playing Vodacom Super Rugby this weekend. “A final decision on the involvement of all the injured players will be taken later this week, before we announce the final squad for the Castle Lager Incoming Series on Saturday.”Out of contention Twelve players who were involved with the Springboks last year are already out of contention for the four tests in June. They are Springbok captain Jean de Villiers (knee), Scarra Ntubeni (foot), Chiliboy Ralepelle (knee), Frik Kirsten (neck), Pieter- Steph du Toit (knee), Franco van der Merwe (ankle), Arno Botha (knee), Pierre Spies (bicep), Louis Schreuder (hand), Pat Lambie (bicep), Gio Aplon (elbow) and Jaque Fourie (ankle). SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Judge Dismisses Gifford’s USGBC Lawsuit

first_imgEnergy-efficiency consultant Henry Gifford, whose lawsuit against the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its LEED rating system was dismissed last week by a New York District Court judge, may not appeal the ruling or bring further legal action against USGBC. Considering the USGBC response to the dismissal – “We’re grateful that the Court found in our favor so we can give our full attention to the important work before us,” the group said in a statement – it seems fair to say that the USGBC hopes that’s the case.But the reality is USGBC and everyone interested in energy-efficient buildings know that the judge’s order is just one element of an ongoing discussion. Filed last October, Gifford’s lawsuit, whatever its flaws, helped propel a longstanding debate among builders, building scientists, architects, and energy-efficiency consultants about the merits of the LEED rating system, particularly its standard for rating the energy performance of buildings and the weight that energy performance is given in a project’s overall LEED score.As amended last February, Gifford’s complaint alleged that USGBC engaged in false advertising, deceptive practices, and illegal monopolization. The suit, which sought an injunction against USGBC and monetary damages for plaintiffs’ lost sales and profit, said that USGBC misrepresented the performance of LEED certified buildings and, to support its performance claims, altered the results of a 2008 study by USGBC and New Buildings Institute that compared predicted energy use in certified buildings with actual energy use, and with a national average for existing buildings.Overlapping interests, but distinctly different servicesHowever, Judge Leonard Sand, of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, focused on whether Gifford and the suit’s other plaintiffs demonstrated they were competitors of USGBC’s certification program and therefore had standing to claim they were harmed by USGBC’s allegedly false advertising and deceptive practices. In essence, the judge ruled that Gifford and USGBC are in different businesses – the former as a consultant to clients who want to maximize or improve the energy-efficiency performance of their buildings, the latter as a nonprofit that rates buildings based on a variety of criteria, including energy efficiency.The commercial interests of both parties, the judge added, remained separate, whether the plaintiffs are working on a project aiming for LEED certification or a project pursuing nothing more than better performance.Both Environmental Building News and environmental law specialist Shari Shapiro highlight details from Judge Sand’s order. (Click here to read the court document.)Gifford told EBN that he is “sick and tired” of spending time and money on litigation, though he hadn’t ruled out an appeal. In any case, his beef with USGBC seems to hinge mainly on what he believes is USGBC’s alteration and exploitation of the results of the USGBC/New Buildings Institute study, and on USGBC’s failure to verify the energy efficiency performance LEED-certified buildings. On those and a number of other, related issues, it’s unlikely we’ve heard the last from Gifford.last_img read more

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