first_imgWalk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Patrickswell women get to the heart of the matter Advertisement WhatsApp – New website for city centre community partnership No vaccines in Limerick yet Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Twittercenter_img Previous articleSIPTU calls for receiver to be appointed to Andersen Ireland onlineNext articleFinal tough budget to close out the game Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing. Print THE Nicholas Street Medieval Tidy Towns committee celebrated a landmark success in the national Tidy Towns competition recently, coming top in the country in the Urban or Rural Village category.The committee was formed in April of this year after locals grew weary of asking for help with the neglected condition of the area and it is made up of residents and business representatives of the Nicholas Street, Church Street and Castle Street area.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The group’s chairperson Michael Tracey said: “We felt we had to act for ourselves to try and get this area of its knees. We put in a lot of effort and we have the street looking well.“However, this is just the first step in what will be a very long strategic plan for the area. I want to congratulate all our committee and we look forward to further progress next year.”Dr James Ring of the Limerick Civic Trust, which is a member of the group, added: “We have a five year plan to gradually increase the catchment area to take in the entire medieval city to include the English and Irish towns.“This year coming we plan to include the Abbey area of King’s Island before moving over the bridge to take in Broad Street and John’s Street in the coming years.” NewsLocal NewsNational award for Nicholas Street Medieval QuarterBy Liam Togher – September 18, 2013 974 Linkedin 490 volunteers attend Tidy Towns webinar hosted by Limerick City and County Council Love for Limerick as stars line up for St. Patrick’s Day’s video TAGSfeaturedLimerick Civic TrustMedieval QuarterNicholas StreetTidy Towns last_img read more

first_imgRELATED NEWS: “So far this year, we have achieved a 20 percent increase in arrivals and overnight stays from the US market. They are also predicting double-digit growth for Croatia in Virtuos, a prestigious association of agencies specializing in luxury travel “, said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the recent opening of a new CNTB office in Los Angeles, for which a total of 20 candidates applied, will also contribute to the positive trends.     During the coming weekend, the Croatian National Tourist Board in New York will present Croatia’s tourist offer at the “Dallas Travel and Adventure Show”, a general tourism fair held in Texas at the Dallas Market Hall, according to the CNTB. It is a fair that will be visited by about 15.000 visitors, including representatives of tourist companies and numerous specialized media.  “Along the east and west coasts, Texas is the area with the highest average income, ie it is an area that is a significant generator of tourist demand. This is confirmed by the data on visitors to this fair, among which a large number of those who earn an annual income of more than 150 thousand US dollars”, Said Ina Rodin, Director of the CNTB Representation in New York, adding that Croatia was also represented by numerous American agents as part of the Virtuoso workshops held in Los Angeles and New Orleans.  The introduction of a new direct seasonal flight from the USA to Croatia also supports the positive projections. Namely, from June 7 to September 27 this year, American Airlines will fly three times a week on the Philadelphia-Dubrovnik route. INTERCONTINENTAL LJUBLJANA BECAME A MEMBER OF THE VIRTUOSO NETWORK. HOW IS CROATIA? VIRTUOSO CLASSIFIES CROATIA AMONG TOP 10 WORLD DESTINATIONS IN THREE CATEGORIESlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The year 2018 witnessed plenty of twists, scandals and memorable moments. The Indian cricket team was once again gone back to the 90s, when they were ‘Tigers at Home and Lambs Abroad’. It was the time when Sachin Tendulkar carried the hopes of the nation while in 2018, Virat Kohli was the atlas of the side, carrying the weight of the nation on his shoulders. The year witnessed the Yellow Brigade giving the Indian Premier League a majestic touch. Chennai Super Kings, banned for two years, returned in grand style to the tournament under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. The colour yellow also proved to be scandalous, with sandpaper generating a major cricket storm. The year saw the sad departure of one of India’s premier match-winners. Here are all the memorable cricket moments of 2018.1.)    Finally breaking the jinx in South AfricaThe year started off on a bad note for India after they lost the Test series 1-2 to South Africa. However, in the six-match ODI series, India finally created history and broke their rut in a country where they had limited success. In 21 years of touring South Africa, India had won just five ODIs. In 2018, they achieved the number in a single series. Virat Kohli’s 558 runs at an average of 186 and Kuldeep Yadav (17) and Yuzvendra Chahal (16) helped India beat South Africa 5-1 to secure their first-ever series win. It was definitely one of the high points of the year.Read More | Steyn breaks Shaun Pollock’s record, becomes most successful SA pacer2.)    Virat Kohli – Greatness and nothing but greatnessWriting on Virat Kohli’s achievements is not enough to fill a novel. Such was the level of consistency that the Indian skipper redefined the word. His exploits in South Africa, England and Australia cemented his reputation as one of the modern day greats. In South Africa, he mastered the conditions to become the only Indian player to score a century in the Tests and he backed it up with 558 runs. In England, he overcame the mastery of James Anderson and the swinging conditions to register 593 runs in the Tests. In ODIs, he broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record and became the fastest to 10,000 runs. In Australia, he smashed his sixth Test century. Kohli’s batsmanship was a sight for cricket connoisseurs.Read More | Asian Games and CWG glory high points for Indian sports in 20183.)     Sandpaper generates Category 5 cricket stormNo one imagined that sandpaper would create such a big controversy. In the Newlands Test between South Africa and Australia, Cameron Bancroft of Australia took out sandpaper from his pocket and attempted to tamper the condition of the ball. He was caught and the ramifications proved to be massive. Bancroft, along with Steve Smith and David Warner, were banned by Cricket Australia. The event destroyed Australia’s sporting reputation. Cricket Australia’s CEO and other core members were sacked. Australia’s ‘win at all costs’ culture was deemed toxic. The fall-out continues even today. This event has ensured that cricket would never be the same in Australia.Read More | Pujara ton, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma 50s keep India on top4.)    Chennai Super Kings’ ultimate whistle poduIf one yellow generated controversy, the other brought sheer joy. Chennai Super Kings, who were banned from the IPL for two years due to the spot-fixing scandal, came back and the joy multiplied when the team was led by MS Dhoni. The team once again gave the Indian Premier League the flair it was missing. The team reached the final where they faced Sunrisers Hyderabad. Shane Watson blasted a century and Chennai Super Kings joined Mumbai Indians as the three-time IPL champions. It was the ultimate homecoming and whistle podu moment.5.)    James Anderson – King of swing now Emperor of pacersIn the era of Twenty20 cricket and three formats, the fast bowler is a rare commodity. However, England pacer James Anderson became the ultimate pacer in 2018. In the series against India, Anderson picked up 24 wickets, including 5/20 in the Lord’s Test. The crowning moment, though, came in the final Test at The Oval. Anderson bowled Mohammed Shami and picked up his 564th wicket, going past Glenn McGrath’s tally of 563 wickets and becoming the all-time leading wicket-taker for fast bowlers in Tests. His exploits ensured a rather ‘weak’ England side defeated India 4-1.6.)    Farewell to Cricket’s ultimate ChefAlastair Cook was the colossus in the England batting through their years as the dominant Test side. His 60 and 104 against India in Nagpur in 2006 made him a star for the future. His 766 runs in England’s 3-1 series win in Australia in 2011 made him a bonafide legend. In the ensuing years, runs dried up from his blade but in the final Test of England’s international summer, Cook, nicknamed ‘The Chef’ had his crowning glory. After scoring 71 in the first innings, Cook ended his career just like had begun. A century in his last innings and the reception he received was testament to his status. With 12472 runs at an average of 45, it was sad to see Test cricket’s classical batsman end his career.7.)    Paki ‘stunned’ by New Zealand after 49 yearsFor the number alone, the time taken to achieve this feat was herculean. In the Abu Dhabi Test, Pakistan was going along well in their chase of 175. However, Ajaz Patel’s 5/59 resulted in a collapse and Pakistan lost the Test by four runs, their closest margin of loss in terms of runs against New Zealand. Yasir Shah’s 14 wickets in Dubai, the second-best by a Pakistan bowler, ensured the hosts were back on level terms but a classic century from Kane Williamson gave New Zealand victory by 123 runs in the final Test. The 2-1 series win gave New Zealand their first win in a ‘home’ series against Pakistan.8.)    Mithali-Harmanpreet face-off hurts India women’s cricketWhen Mithali Raj, the most experienced player of the India women’s cricket team was benched for the semi-final of the women’s World T20 against England in West Indies, eyebrows were raised. India lost the match and was eliminated.  Following the loss, things took an ugly turn. Reports emerged of Mithali’s manager accusing Harmanpreet Kaur, the skipper of being ‘manipulative’ and called her ‘unfit as captain’. Ramesh Powar, the coach, termed Mithali as ‘aloof’ and ‘difficult to work with’. Mithali, in turn, lashed out at Powar and accused CoA (Committee of Administrators) member Diana Edulji of bias. Powar’s tenure was not renewed and in the selection of a new coach, WV Raman was appointed. However, the entire episode fractured the India women’s cricket team dressing room.9.)    Gautam Gambhir walks into the sunsetHe was the key factor when India won the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup. When Gautam Gambhir was dropped from the side, he was hurt but he continued to be a great servant to Indian cricket, mentoring and guiding the next line of cricketers in Delhi. When Gambhir announced his retirement by an emotional video message on Facebook, there was plenty of sadness. He scored a century in his last Ranji Trophy game against Andhra Pradesh and the felicitations, although slightly low key, highlighted the value of Gambhir.10.)  Steyn-Gun achieves immortality in South AfricaFor two years ever since 2015, constant injury issues threatened to derail his career. When Dale Steyn went past 400 wickets in just 80 Tests during the series against Bangladesh in 2014, it seemed that it would only be a matter of time before he would break Pollock’s record. However, a combination of groin, shoulder and heel injuries resulted in him missing plenty of games for South Africa. Steyn, though, found redemption in the Test against Pakistan in Centurion. When Fakhar Zaman edged him to slip, Steyn went past Shaun Pollock’s record of 421 Test wickets to become the leading wicket-taker for South Africa.Notable mentionsThe year started off disastrously for England. After being hammered 0-4 by Australia, they were reduced to 27/9 in the Pink Ball Test against New Zealand in Auckland. They were bowled out for 58 but New Zealand won the game and registered a series win against Joe Root’s side for the first time at home in over 30 years. The year ended on a high though, as they won in all three formats in Sri Lanka and achieved their first 3-0 whitewash in Asia.In some areas, certain dominations continued. Australia’s Southern Stars won the Women’s World T20 for the fourth time. In Twenty20 Internationals, Pakistan won an unprecedented 11 consecutive bilateral series. There were some changes made in India’s domestic circuit. In the Ranji Trophy, teams from the North East like Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya participated as different teams for the first time. Puducherry, a union territory, also fielded a side for the first time. The Ranji Trophy witnessed Madhya Pradesh’s Ajay Rohera break a 25-year-old record by registering the highest score by a debutant in First Class cricket, with his 267 against Hyderabad beating Amol Muzumdar’s 260 which he made in 1993. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_imgTENNIS star Maria Sharapova, who served a 15-month suspension for doping, has hit back at her critics, saying they “don’t have the facts”.The former world number one was suspended last year after she admitted taking the banned substance meldonium.She has been widely criticised. Fellow player Eugenie Bouchard said she should not have been allowed to return.But in a BBC interview, Sharapova denied cheating and said she had put the scandal behind her.In April, Bouchard had said: “She’s a cheater and I don’t think a cheater in any sport should be allowed to play again.”But Sharapova told the BBC: “I think those are comments not based on facts, and therefore I don’t take them into consideration.”The Russian player, who has just released her memoir ‘Unstoppable, My Life So Far’, also took aim at Andy Murray. The British player had previously said he finds it strange that there is a prescription drug – meldonium – used to treat a heart condition commonly shared by many athletes at the top of their sport.Sharapova said: “I don’t think it’s for them to really have an opinion, because they don’t have the facts. So, you know, I think that those are the types of words that make headlines and they will be used as headlines.“But ultimately, this is my career, and I faced it head on, and I admitted my mistake, and I went about it and I served my suspension and now I’m back.”She admitted making “a big mistake” by taking the drug, which she says she has been taking since 2006 for health issues. It became a banned substance on January 1 2016.However, she questioned whether it should be banned, saying there is “no proof” of its performance-enhancing effects.“The problem I have with that is there’s no proof of what it does, and no one can give you that proof. What is the ban based on?” she said.It’s thought the drug could have a positive effect on an athlete’s stamina and endurance. (BBC Sport)last_img read more