first_imgSehwag retires from international cricket NEW DELHI, India (AP): Virender Sehwag, one of only four players to score two triple-centuries in Tests, retired from international cricket on his 37th birthday yesterday, more than two years after he last played for India. The big-hitting batsman, who redefined batting at the top of the order along with Australia’s Matthew Hayden, made the announcement on Twitter. Sehwag scored 309 against Pakistan in Multan in 2004 and 319 against South Africa in Chennai in 2008 to join Donald Bradman, Brian Lara and Chris Gayle in scoring two triple-centuries in Tests. Not afraid to clobber the first ball he faced in an innings, Sehwag often got to a half-century or century with a boundary hit. He even reached his Multan triple-century with a six. Sehwag aggregated 8,586 runs from 104 Tests with 23 centuries, 8,273 runs from 251 one-day internationals with 15 centuries, and 394 runs in 19 Twenty20s. Shaun and Mitch Marsh named in Cricket Australia XI CANBERRA, Australia (AP): Australia’s cricket selectors will give more hopefuls a chance to press Test claims when they play for a Cricket Australia XI in a two-day match against New Zealand starting on Sunday. Brothers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh were drafted into the side yesterday, giving the selectors a chance to assess other batting options ahead of the first Test against New Zealand starting in Brisbane on November 5. Several Test prospects have already been named in a Prime Minister’s XI to meet the Kiwis in a one-day match at Manuka Oval on Friday. Batsmen Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns, Cameron Bancroft and Adam Voges will be able to further press their Test claims after also playing in Friday’s one-day match. ICC withdraws umpire Aleem Dar after right-wing party threat NEW DELHI, India (AP): The International Cricket Council (ICC)on Monday withdrew umpire Aleem Dar of Pakistan from the remainder of the limited-overs series between India and South Africa after a group it described as “extremist” threatened to prevent him from officiating in the last game in Mumbai. “Under the present circumstances, it will be unreasonable to expect from Aleem that he will be able to perform his duties to the best of his abilities,” the ICC said in a statement. “As such, he has been withdrawn and his replacement will be announced in due course.” Dar officiated in the first three games of the five one-day international series, which South Africa lead 2-1, and was also due to stand in the fourth game in Chennai tomorrow and in Mumbai on Sunday. Shiv Sena, which has a strong presence in Mumbai, has in the past opposed cricketing ties with Pakistan, which is blamed by India for terrorist attacks on its soil. ICC to look at using green-yellow balls in Tests LONDON, England (AP): The head of cricket’s ruling body says that “greeny yellow” balls could be used in Test matches when bad light threatens to end the day’s play. Dave Richardson, chief executive of the International Cricket Council, was quoted as telling Monday’s edition of The Times that a different colour to the red ball currently used would help Test cricket under floodlights. A pink ball will be used in the inaugural day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand starting November 27 in Adelaide. Richardson says, “Long term, we will probably end up with a pink or greeny-yellow ball so that we can play under floodlights, if the different coloured ball is good enough.” A white ball is used during limited-overs cricket.last_img read more

first_imgThe Mandela Washington Fellowship (formerly known as President Barrack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative) has chosen 15 Liberians for the Fellowship’s 2015 edition in the United States.2015 finalists include Fombah L. Kanneh, Samuel D. Karya, Rally T. Fallah, Chris Sackie, Fred D. Koilor and Ruth C. Engman, among others.The fellowship will take them to various universities and colleges across the United States where they will undergo weeks of intensive training and in various disciplines, including Business Entrepreneurship, Public Service, Community Service, Governance, amongst others.In her welcoming statement to the 15 successful finalists on April 9, at the US Embassy near Monrovia, Ambassador Deborah Malac expressed her delight and commended the finalists, and urged them to make use of the opportunity to impact themselves and their country.She acknowledged that the fellowship is all about capitalizing on the creativity and talent of Africa’s young leaders by empowering them with the skills, training and technology necessary to bring about lasting change and meaningful progress in their countries.This, she said, has been demonstrated by Liberian participants in previous fellowships.According to Ambassador Malac, when the 2014 fellowship concluded in Washington, D.C., Liberian participants returned and actively got involved in the fight against Ebola in Liberia.She specifically referenced public awareness about self protection and community and family protection as key initiaties undertaken by 2014 Mandela Fellows in their respective communities.She recalled that President Obama launched the YALI program in 2010 to help sharpen skills, improve networks and strengthen partnerships between the United States and Africa by investing in the next generation of African leaders.“I am happy to note that we have with us here 15 young Liberians who have been selected to participate in this year’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for 2015,” urging them to emulate alumni whose activities have impacted their communities and country.Ruth C. Engman, an articulate and joyous finalist, speaking to this newspaper at the U.S. Embassy, stressed that she had been uncertain as to whether the program would have considered Liberians this year since Ebola had been raging here.“I reluctantly applied and now I have been selected. I am very happy for the level of transparency demonstrated in the selection process,” Ruth noted with joy.She will be studying Civil Leadership at a selected university in the United States, hoping to return after her studies in order to begin her advocacy work as required in her area of study.Journalist Fombah Kanneh, is also going to study Business Entrepreneurship.  He said the selection process was very competitive and to triumph as a successful candidate was  unimaginable.  He thanked  God for his success and wished  to return with new knowledge to impact his country by creating job opportunities in sanitation.Like Ruth, Fombah claimed he owed loyalty to his country and would come back with new ideas to help with youth unemployment.  By that, he promises that he will not stay in the United States as some do when they get the opportunity to step on that soil.Samuel D. Karya, for his part,  has a passion for Agro Business  and is desirous of making use of the opportunity.President Barack Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010 with the intent of developing young African leaders to assume leadership in their communities by doing what will benefit others.Climaxing the 2014 edition, President Obama renamed YALI to “Mandela Washington Fellowship” for Young African Leaders, in honor of the late South African President and icon, Nelson Mandela.That same year, during a town hall meeting with participants, President Obama urged them to “be the change you want to see in your community.  This program is not meant to challenge your leaders’ positions in your country. “For any country to develop and prosper,” he continued, “its people must fight corruption and put into place good governance and rule of law.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe decision by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to reject the nomination of Liberty Party’s vice presidential running mate Harrison Karnwea on the basis of the Code of Conduct has sparked up reactions from Charles Walker Brumskine, the presidential hopeful contesting on the LP ticket.In his criticism against NEC, Brumskine said upon filing their documents for nomination, they had noticed that news about rejecting his running mate had circulated on social media, and this was allegedly done by an operative of the Unity Party. He also indicated that commissioners of NEC were eager and their minds made up to reject his vice standard bearer because the LP ticket is a formidable force, and that the commissioners are doing what they can to have a candidate of their choice elected and prevent Liberians from benefiting from Liberty Party’s vision.The Liberian lawyer and politician argues that the Code of Conduct disqualifying Karnwea requires that NEC investigates an accused person thoroughly before making a decision. But instead of doing due diligence, Brumskine says NEC Commissioners hastily disqualified his vice running mate with a predetermined mind.Brumskine’s argument is also based on emphasis in the Code of Conduct that “All appointed government officials who desire to contest in election should resign two years prior to election.” He said the word “Desire” as used in this clause excuses Mr. Karnwea from being disqualified to contest because he did not have the desire to contest public position in election, but he (Brumskine) asked him to serve as his running mate.The Code of Conduct was passed by the Liberian Senate in March of 2014 and concurred by the House of Representatives on the same day. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed it into law on May 6, 2014 and was subsequently challenged in the Supreme Court. In early March of this year, the Supreme Court ruled that the Code of Conduct was constitutional and therefore a legal instrument binding on all appointed public officials seeking elective positions in the upcoming elections. The Liberian Constitution makes it a legal action by the Legislature on the CoC based on Article 29, which says: “It is enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Republic of Liberia in Legislature assembled.”Since the Supreme Court ruling, arguments have emerged with some on the one hand backing the Code of Conduct as a law that should be enforced to affect anyone regardless of status in society; while others are of the view that the Code of Conduct is unconstitutional and must therefore be suspended. But National Elections Commission (NEC) chairman Jerome G. Korkoyah, following the Supreme Court ruling, came out to categorically state that NEC will ensure to enforce the Code of Conduct irrespective of who may be affected.  Article 66 of the Constitution also gives power to the Supreme Court as the final arbiter of constitutional issues and shall exercise final appellate jurisdiction in all cases whether emanating from courts of records, courts not of records, administrative agencies, autonomous agencies, or any other authority.As the CoC is now enforced and Cllr. Brumskine and others are affected, it will be expedient to seek justice from the Supreme Court so Liberians can get the clear interpretation of the constitution on the matter.  There are so many constitutional issues that many Liberians are yet to understand; some of which have to do with the domicile clause and the current Code of Conduct. If Cllr. Brumskine and others affected in this process can take it to the Supreme Court, they will do well to educate the public on the law by testing it for themselves. But perceiving that commissioners of NEC have premeditated to get at one’s vice running mate is an argument that political opponents and independent analysts will consider lazy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgResidents of Northern B.C. are being invited to participate in a major cancer prevention study.The B.C. Cancer Agency’s B.C. Generations Project will be providing the opportunity for residents, age 35 to 69, to contribute to a study which could possibly benefit the future health of British Columbians.- Advertisement -The project is part of the largest health study of its kind in Canada and will explore how a variety of factors, including genetics, environment, lifestyle and behaviour contribute to our risk of developing cancer. The project will also explore other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.John Spinelli, a distinguished scientist for B.C. Cancer Agency and the B.C. Generations Project chief investigator, says all information gathered by participants will be completely anonymous and everything obtained through the study will contribute to future cancer studies.The study is aiming to collect health information, along with blood and urine samples of 40,000 residents of the province.Spinelli says “The B.C. Generations Project provides every Northern resident with the opportunity to take an active role in helping researchers better understand the lifestyle and genetic factors linked to cancer and chronic disease. This study is significant for the future health of our community.”Advertisement Residents can participate through a mail-in survey, or people living close to the Prince George assessment clinic, can drop by in person from June 7 to July 9. The temporary clinic is located at 1777 third Ave, Suite 300.For more information on the study or how to get involved, please contact 604-675-8221, or call toll free 1-877-675-8221. Information can also be gained via email at bcgenerationsproject@bccrc.ca or by visiting their official website.last_img read more

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Police formally identified Robert Becerra on Wednesday as the gunman in a mysterious shooting that left a customer dead and two workers at a tire shop wounded. Becerra, 29, of Simi Valley allegedly then took his own life with a shot to the head in the Tuesday morning incident. Though its investigators have not yet provided a motive, the Simi Valley Police Department said Becerra did not know Susan Sutcliffe, 53, of Simi Valley, who was waiting for service outside Tire Pros, 4386 Los Angeles Ave. Becerra shot her in the head, killing her, around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“She was just waiting for the store to open,” Sgt. David Livingstone said. “He shows up and starts shooting. It looks like she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The people at the store don’t even know him.” Becerra is also suspected of shooting Henry John Heeber IV, 37, the store’s owner, in both arms, and 20-year-old employee Albert Ramirez in the stomach. Livingstone said Simi Valley police previously ran across Becerra two years ago, when he fired a handgun belonging to his father at what he believed to be a prowler in the backyard. The shot lodged in a neighbor’s house, but the neighbor declined to press charges, believing the incident was an accident. Becerra also got a speeding ticket this year on Feb. 14, but he had no other criminal contact with police. “It’s a bizarre thing,” Livingstone said. “Normally, we’d have something right away to tell us what the problem was. When no one knows why he was there, it makes it very difficult.”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

first_imgNine swimmers from Swilly Seals A.S.C travelled to Bangor on Saturday 13th February for the Swim Ulster Spring Meet. The three day event held in the fabulous facility at Bangor saw top swimmers from Ulster compete in the 50 Metre pool.These swimmers were racing to achieve qualifying times to enter either the Ulster Age Groups (UAG) or Irish Age Groups (IAG) division 1 and 2.Thomas Coyle put in fine performances achieving qualifying times for IAG division two in the 200m Individual Medley and 400m Freestyle he also qualified for division one in the 100m Freestyle. These times also see him quality for UAG. Thomas lifted Bronze in the 50m Freestyle.Joyce Hudy had a busy weekend achieving IAG division two times in five events including 100m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, 200m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley and 200m Butterfly. Joyce will go forward to IAG division one with times previously attained and she will be busy in the UAG competition with all these events now qualified for. Joyce won Bronze in the 50m Freestyle and 200m individual Medley and secured Silver in the 200m Butterfly. Jonathan Martin having won Gold in the Ulster Schools for the 100m Backstroke and Bronze in the 200m Individual Medley the previous weekend won a Bronze medal in the 400m Freestyle. He also achieved three division two times in the 200m Individual Medley, 100m Freestyle and the 400m Freestyle.Kira Mills swam in the 100m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley setting personal best times in each event. Her hard training paying off over the winter.Cian Mulligan set some huge personal best times over the weekend. He also gained qualifying times in no less than six events for IAG division two in the 200m Individual Medley, 200m Freestyle, 200m Breaststroke, 100m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle and 400m Freestyle. Cian also achieved a qualifying time for IAG division one in the 100m Breaststroke. Molly Nulty who won all five events entered in the Bangor Minors Meet on her last visit to Bangor showed her usual class winning Bronze in the 50m Freestyle, Silver in the 200m Breaststroke and Gold in the 50m Butterfly. Molly also gained qualifying times for the IAG division two in events 200m Individual Medley, 200m Breaststroke, 100m Freestyle and an UAG time in the 200m Freestyle.Sean Pascaul showed great form in the 200m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle. Sean gained a valuable IAG division two time in the 100m Breaststroke.Grainne Russell set new personal best times throughout the weekend and gained three IAG qualifying times for the 100m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle and in the 200m Individual Medley.Bronagh Sheridan swam in the 200m Individual Medley, 200m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke setting new personal best times in all. She also gained a IAG division two time in the 200m Breaststroke and a IAG division one time in the 100m Breaststroke.A huge congratulations to all swimmers. These swimmers will now be training hard towards the Ulster Age Groups and Irish Age Groups division one and two.SWIMMING: SWILLY SEALS WIMMERS IMPRESS IN BANGOR was last modified: February 18th, 2016 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:bangordonegalSwilly SealsSWIMMINGlast_img read more

first_imgThe head of the Garda Traffic Corps in Donegal has declared that every road death is preventable.Inspector Michael Harrison was speaking during a hard-hitting segment on RTE’s new road traffic programme.Traffic Blues featured patrols with the Donegal Traffic Corps over two weekends in the county last October. During filming, Gardai had to contend with a variety of challenges including drunk drivers, joyriders and hit and run incidents.One segment showed a motorist form Northern Ireland reach speeds of up to 180kph in an effort to evade Gardai before fleeing across the border into Derry.The programme showed the real dangers which Gardai face on Donegal’s roads week-in, week-out.The show also highlighted how drunk driving is also still a major problem in Donegal with 17 people arrested for drunk driving during filming. The programme also showed how seriously Inspector Harrison and his team are taking road safety in Donegal.EndsHARD-HITTING RTE SHOW REVEALS SHAME OF DONEGAL’S DRIVERS was last modified: August 7th, 2011 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:Inspector Michael HarrisonRTETraffic Blueslast_img read more

first_imgSenator Brian Ó Domhnaill has urged all landowners who wish to oppose moves to designate part of the their land as a Special Protection Area to submit a written objection to the Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht by Wednesday 5 Oct October 2011.Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “The designation of lands as Special Protection Areas (SPAs) is causing significant annoyance to farmers and landowners within the six recently designated areas in Donegal.“This is being imposed by the Government through the National Parks and Wildlife Service in order to satisfy the EU Birds and Habitats Directive. The move was made without any prior consultation with farmers or landowners. This is completely unacceptable. “I am urging all landowners in the designated areas in West Donegal, including Malin Head, Fanad, the West Donegal Islands (Inishboffin, Inisdooey, Tory Island, Gola Island, Inis Meain, Inis Oirtheair) Falcarragh to Meenlaragh encompassing the townlands of Ballyconnell, Ballyness, Drimnatinney, Killult, Magheroarty and Meenlaragh to submit objections to the National Parks and Wildlife Service by next Wednesdays closing date.“Restrictions for landowners in Special Protection Areas are far reaching. For example landowners will be required to seek the consent of the National Parks and Wildlife for any draining and fencing works, building for one off houses or agricultural facilities and crop rotation. They will also need permission to place certain livestock on their own land.“I am also calling on the Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht  and officials in the National Parks & Wildlife Service to deal sympathetically and realistically with all objections they receive, given that there has been very little or no corncrake activity in a large proportion of the designated lands in West Donegal during 2011.  I would question the validity of the scientific data used to categorise SPA areas and I believe that the Department must take this into consideration when accessing all objections.”Standard objection letters can be obtained by contacting the Senator’s Gortahork Office at 0749165466.” SENATOR WARNS FARMERS DEADLINE LOOMS FOR OBJECTIONS TO SPA PLANS was last modified: September 27th, 2011 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

first_imgBoussoufa (right) scored the only goal as Morocco beat South Africa on Monday.AFCON 2019South Africa 0-1 MoroccoAl Salaam Stadium, Cairo Monday, 01-07-2019South Africa are now on their knees praying that they can somehow make it to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.The Bafana Bafana lost 0-1 to Morocco on Monday, a result that saw them finish third in Group D of the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.Having won one and lost the other of their first two games, Stuart Baxter’s side came into the encounter needing a positive result so as to ensure they got past the groups.However, despite a disciplined defensive performance, they conceded late and will now be praying other results fall their way so as to be part of the four best placed side who will reach the round of 16.With the game headed for a dead-lock, M’bark Boussoufa broke South African hearts with the only goal of the game, coming on the 90th minute mark.Off a free kick which was not dealt with by South Africa, Boussoufa fired through a sea of bodies and into the back of the net, leaving Ronwen Williams well beaten.It was not the first time that Williams had been left for dead as Achraf Hakimi had earlier seen his curling effort rattle the cross bar with the custodian left for dead.Unlike in the games against Ivory Coast and Namibia, South Africa looked composed at the back but were still struggling to create chances at the other end.The closest they came in the first half was through Percy Tau, who curled a left-footed effort agonizingly wide of the right hand post.Thulani Hlatshwayo also had an off-balance header saved but like in the first game against Ivory Coast and huge spells in the win over Namibia, Bafana Bafana, lucked the cutting edge up front.Tau also saw brilliant corners fail to attract proper contact as the game went into the break 0-0.Stuart Baxter’s men started brightly after half time, with Thamsanqa Mkhize lashing just wide to the right of goal.But it was Achraf Hakimi who came closest of all, giving the crossbar a right old rattle from the edge of the area.By the end of the game, it was a tale of South Africa not being good enough as they suffered a second loss in three group games.Having beaten Namibia in the first game, South Africa finish third in Group C with just three points.However, after the tournament was expanded to 24 teams, South Africa will not pack their bags as yet, as they van still qualify as one of the four best third placed teams.For Morocco, they march onto the next round with a 100% record, having won all three of their group games.In the other game, Ivory Coast defeated Namibia 4-1 to qualify from the group in second place.Max Gradel’s volley and Ryan Nyambe’s own goal gave the Elephants a 2-0 lead before Joslin Kamatuka pulled a goal back for Namibia.But Zaha added a third with a right-foot shot after cutting in off the left before Maxwel Cornet’s placed fourth.Namibia pack their bags and head out of the competition with no points after losing all their games.The other games on Monday-Kenya vs Senegal @10pm-Tanzania vs Algeria @10pmComments Tags: Group Divory coastM’bark BoussoufaMoroccoNamibiaSouth Africatoplast_img read more

first_imgMet Eireann has issued a status yellow rainfall warning for a 24 hour period but only for one county – Donegal!The rainfall warning is only for Donegal and will be active from 3am on Wednesday until 3am on Thursday.The Met Eireann website warns “Heavy rain at times Wednesday and for a time overnight will lead to accumulations of 30 to 50mm, highest in hilly and mountainous areas.” Luckily the rest of the country will not be as badly affected on Wednesday although there will still be heavy showers.Guess which county is the only to get a yellow rainfall warning tomorrow? was last modified: October 5th, 2017 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:rainfallWarningyellow statuslast_img read more