Top netballers in Intercol showdown

first_imgSeveral of the country’s top senior netballers will be in action at the University of the West Indies (UWI) netball court as the top four collegiate teams, The Mico University College, UWI, G.C. Foster College and University of Technology (UTech), contest the semi-finals of the senior, junior and intermediate inter-collegiate competitions.In junior action, which starts at 2:00 p.m., Mico ‘C’ will face Northern Caribbean University (NCU) and G.C. Foster ‘C’ go up against Church Teachers’ College. The intermediate semis are set to follow at 3:00 p.m., with Mico ‘B’ facing G.C. Foster ‘B’ and EXED Community College lock horns with UWI ‘B’.Most of the attention will be focused on the senior showdowns at 4:00 p.m. G.C. Foster will face UWI, while Mico will go up against UTech.Finding formDefending champions G.C. Foster ‘A’ are looking to find their best form after not being at their best in the preliminary round, where they lost twice against Mico and UWI, to finish third. They will be hoping to avenge their three-goal defeat at home three weeks ago.Stacyann Facey will lead the charge for G.C. Foster and should get good support from former national Under-16 players, goal shooter April Thompson and goal attack Deneen Taylor, along centre Adeen Thomas.Meanwhile UWI, with one defeat – a narrow one to Mico – will be hoping to get the better of their opponents. They will be relying on their experience captain Nadine Bryan at wing attack, their tall goal defence, Shameera Sterling and goal shooter Thristina Harwood, all national representatives.Pre-season favourites and Open Rally champions, Mico, have been in great form all season and are yet to lose a match, winning all seven to top the preliminary round with 21 points. Early in the season they easily defeated UTech by 17 goals and look set to advance to their third final in a row.National goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler has been a tower of strength this season for the Mico team and with their good centre court led by Trishauna Hanson and the experienced national player, Vangelee Williams, at goal defence, they will be hard to beat.The winners will advance to Saturday’s final, which is scheduled for G.C. Foster College.last_img read more

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Opposition gives Govt A grade for corruption

first_imgAlthough the Opposition has given the coalition Government a failing grade for its performance in almost all sectors, it said the Administration has earned an ‘A’ for corruption.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo spared no effort in criticising the Government for its performance over the past three years. He also made a mockery of the 200-plus achievements that were listed in a supplement that appeared in a national newspaper this past weekend. “There are tonnes of corrupt practices and incidents that we have pointed out, and they have refused to address. We no longer use our procurement laws because what has happened is direct sourcing,” he said.In three short years, Jagdeo posited that the coalition Government has managed to completely bypass the public procurement process mandated by law, and has handed to its cronies and financiers, hundreds of contracts to the value of billions of dollars.The former Head of State said that some 25,000 jobs were lost since the coalition took office. In addition to that, a slew of new taxes were imposed on Guyanese and the business community. But more than that, the economy has seen some of the worst growth rates in years.“On the economy and their plans, they are failing there too. They are running down our reserves and the economy is declining. In terms of competence, just look at Basil Williams and… (Nicolette) Henry and that will tell you what we are talking about. And nothing for youths,” he added.Jagdeo made reference to the Government listing plans for the oil and gas sector as an achievement, when in fact none of the draft bills have been completed or is nowhere close to completion. There is still much fine-tuning being done in preparation for the sector, but with limited consultation.“So, competence F, economy F, corruption…they should get a grade A for corruption. That’s the only one they get a great chance. Taxes F, jobs F, and crime F too.” He said these were far more important areas, rather than the amount of seminars hosted in Guyana.Government has been facing much heat from the political Opposition as well as civil society. It has been criticised for the controversial Sussex Street bond, the Hope Wind Farm project, a $605 million sole-sourced drug contract, and the handpicking of a Dutch firm to conduct a feasibility analysis on a new Demerara Harbour Bridge, among other issues.Additionally, Government has faced flak for collecting a US$18 million bonus from oil giant ExxonMobil last year. Despite being asked repeatedly about it, Government did not come clean until proof of the transaction came to light.ProgressMeanwhile, despite these criticisms, President David Granger said that the achievements of the coalition Government over the last three years in office were significant and could not be disputed.These achievements, he said, range from increases in public servant wages and old age pensions to suppressing piracy and most importantly, getting the age-old border controversy with Venezuela to the International Court of Justice for the first time since Independence.Speaking to media operatives after an accreditation ceremony at State House, the Head of State said that even in those areas where there has been progress, Government recognised that there was still much more that needed to be done as he pointed out that “sometimes commentators tend to underestimate the difficulties we face in terms of our finance, international relations, and crime and security, but I think that sober analysts would see that we have made tremendous progress.”Notwithstanding the progress made thus far, the President said there were still challenges to overcome in the economy and in the area of crime and security, including breaches in the prison system. Additionally, there are now new challenges on the horizon as the petroleum sector gets ready to take off.Meanwhile, when asked about the possibility of further changes to the Cabinet, the Head of State responded that he did not envisage any addition to the Cabinet in terms of new ministries. He said that the coalition Government has been working well with the 15 main Ministries and the focus going forward would be on overcoming existing challenges.May 16 marked the third anniversary of the coalition Administration in office after winning the 2015 General and Regional Elections.last_img read more

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Man United line-up v West Ham: Mata to miss out and Fellaini to get the nod?

first_img Manchester United travel to West Ham on Sunday looking to bolster their top four hopes. 1 Manchester United travel to West Ham on Sunday looking to bolster their top four hopes.With fellow Champions League hopefuls Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Southampton all in action before United, the Red Devils could find themselves outside the top four come kick-off in East London.Sam Allardyce’s team will be no pushovers, and the Hammers, who sit eighth, have beaten both Liverpool and Manchester City at home this season.Louis Van Gaal confirmed Michael Carrick is the only absentee, with the Englishman ruled out for a month with a muscle rupture.With the Dutchman boasting a near full selection of players to choose from, how will his side line-up? talkSPORT takes a look…Possible Man United line-up against West Ham?GoalkeeperDavid De Gea will start for the 24th consecutive league game this season, and there are positive signs coming out of Old Trafford that the Spaniard will agree a new long-term contract.DefendersVan Gaal has opted for the 4-4-2 diamond system following victory against QPR last month and will likely opt for the same system.Antonio Valencia could get the nod ahead of Paddy McNair, despite the Northern Irishman impressing in the same position against Cambridge.Marcos Rojo has arguably been United’s most consistent and reliable central defender and it’s looks like a straight shoot-out between Phil Jones and Jonny Evans to line up alongside the Argentine.MidfieldGiven West Ham’s physical power it is difficult to see a United midfield without Marouane Fellaini.With Carrick ruled out, Daley Blind will start in defensive midfield following an assured performance against Leicester last weekend, while Angel Di Maria should line up alongside them.Wayne Rooney will in all likelihood slot in at the tip of the diamond and that will see Spaniard Juan Mata miss out.AttackingThe United boss certainly has a host of options up front, especially after under-fire strikers Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao bagged a goal apiece last weekend.Falcao’s movement in particular was impressive and the Colombian, who has been under pressure in recent weeks, should retain his place alongside the Dutchman.With a game against Bunley to come on Wednesday, James Wilson may have to wait until his next Premier League start, despite a well taken goal midweek.Man United fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against West Ham? Comment below…last_img read more

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first_imgBalancing payments for farmers under the 2014 Single Farm Payment Scheme will begin on 1st December. The payments totaling €20,838,660.00 will benefit 7,023 farmers in Donegal.Dinny McGinley TD has welcomed grants for Donegal farmers.The payments have ben welcomed by Donegal TD Dinny McGinley.“These payments are an essential part of many farmers’ budgets. Farmers in Donegal will receive payments amounting to €20,838,660.00. The money will begin arriving in farmers’ bank accounts next week. “These payments these are worth in excess of €550 million, bringing the total value of payments made to date under the 20114 SPF scheme to over €1.1 billion, while payments under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme now exceeds €185 million.”Deputy McGinley said the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD has also confirmed that every effort continues to be made to clearing the small percentage of remaining cases for payment and that regular payment runs will continue to be made on both schemes on a twice weekly basis.“The news will be particularly welcome this year given the financial difficulties experienced by many farmers especially in the beef sector.”Minister of State Joe McHugh TD, “I welcome the announcement from the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Simon Coveney, that a total of €20,838,660.00 will be issued to a 7,023 farm cases in Donegal through the 2014 Single Farm Payment scheme and will begin issuing to farmers from the 1st December 2014. “These payments are essential to farmers who play a vital role in the Irish economy by contributing to our farming sector. It acknowledges the challenges facing rural Ireland and offers support to those working on farms and who are facing ongoing challenges within the sector.“I welcome the Minister’s announcement, where he confirmed that payments will begin paying into farmer’s bank accounts from next week, however it must be acknowledged that there are other challenges facing farmers which also need immediate action. There is confusion amongst farming communities regarding the implementation of the GLAS scheme. I have been speaking with the Minister directly regarding this issue and I have implored him to act as quickly as possible to address the concerns of farmers.“There have also been challenges facing the Beef industry and the recent discussions between the IFA, Meat Industry Ireland and the Department is an example of how progress can be made through discussions. While there is further work to be done, it is important to recognise the progress that has been made and that engagement between all sides continues.”  DONEGAL FARMERS TO RECEIVE MORE THAN €20M IN SINGLE FARM PAYMENT SCHEME was last modified: November 27th, 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:Dinny McGinley TDdonegalsingle farm paymentslast_img read more

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first_imgHE’S making headlines around the world after fighting off a shark in South Africa during a live TV surfing competition.But Aussie Mick Fanning – dad from Donegal – is no stranger to here.In fact here he is pictured last year a The Cottage Bar in Letterkenny where he was filming a TV documentary tracing his roots. And he took the opportunity to give a plug to Fanad-based Adventure One Surf School. THE DAY SHARK-FIGHTING SURFER STOPPED OFF FOR A PINT AT THE COTTAGE BAR was last modified: July 21st, 2015 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:cottage bardonegalletterkennyMick FanningsharkSouth Africalast_img read more

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Samba ‘keen to sign for Hughes’

first_imgThe Daily Telegraph believe Chris Samba is keen to be reunited with Mark Hughes despite interest from Tottenham.Hughes to land Samba?QPR boss Hughes signed the defender for Blackburn, who were handed a transfer request by Samba on Monday.It is claimed Rovers want around £12m for the player, with QPR and Spurs looking to pay half that.The Daily Mirror say Blackburn claim they are owed money by Samba.It is reported that Samba was loaned a sizeable six-figure sum by Rovers to help him build an extension on his house.The Mirror also say Chelsea have stepped up their efforts to sign Marseille right-back Cesar Apilicueta. And the Daily Mail suggest Chelsea are closing on a deal for Lille’s Eden Hazard amid renewed competition from Real Madrid.The Daily Express report that Fulham are on the brink of snatching superkid Jack Grimmer away from Aberdeen and have entered the race for Mervan Celik.The Bristol Evening Post report Bristol City’s attempt to sign Fulham defender Matthew Briggs on loan.Related story: Bristol City set to land Fulham defender (16 January)Finally, MK Dons manager Karl Robinson, who has a soft spot for QPR, has told the Daily Star his side will be all guns blazing in tonight’s FA Cup replay at Loftus Road.  Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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McKinleyville closes strong, picks up opening-round win over Brookings at the Logger Classic

first_imgEureka >> Baseball season is months away on the North Coast but the Panthers played the role of closer to near-perfection to open the Logger Classic.Using sizeable runs to close the second, third and fourth quarters, the McKinleyville High boys basketball team pulled away in the second half to claim a 61-40 win over Brookings-Harbor at Jay Willard Gymnasium on Thursday night.“I feel like toward the end [of the game] we started to build some better chemistry and move the ball around to find …last_img

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‘CPI(M)-Cong. understanding damaging LF’

first_imgThe Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s decision to continue its understanding with the Congress in Bengal is causing “damage” to the Left Front, the State leadership of the Communist Party of India (CPI), a key Left Front ally, said. “Since the Left Front’s dismal performance in the 2016 elections to the Maheshtala Assembly by-election, the Left Front has suffered due to the CPI(M)’s decision to continue its understanding with the Congress,” CPI State secretary Swapan Banerjee said on Sunday. Mr. Banerjee was speaking to journalists after the conclusion of the two-day-long State Council meeting of the party in Kolkata.last_img

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Mercedes Benz B-Class launched in India

Chris Bosh ready to see his jersey retired by Miami Heat

first_imgPhoenix Suns sign Jimmer Fredette through rest of season LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Had he gone elsewhere, who knows what would have happened.“All we’ve wanted now for CB is for him to have his health and happiness,” James said earlier this season.There was also, of course, The Moment.Game 6, 2013 NBA Finals, San Antonio at Miami, Spurs leading the series 3-2 and up by three, seconds away from a title. Bosh will never forget the play called Pistol Hammer — something Spoelstra made the Heat practice at every shootaround, and something they never ran until that moment.The play sort of fell apart, but James still got a 3-pointer off. It missed badly and Bosh, seeing the flight the whole way, knew where to go for the rebound. He grabbed it and passed to Ray Allen for the memorable game-tying 3-pointer.The Heat beat San Antonio in overtime by three, after Bosh read a botched coverage and blocked Danny Green’s 3-point try at the buzzer. Miami won Game 7 for its second straight title.“It always gives me the chills,” Bosh said. “It makes me cringe a little bit because it shows you how quickly things can change.”Sometimes, change is great.Sometimes, not.His first known battle with blood clots came during the All-Star break in 2015, when he felt ill during a vacation with Wade and others. Days later, he was ruled out for the remainder of the season. He returned the next year, performed at a high level again — but knew as soon as he got to Toronto that something was wrong with his calf. View comments FILE – In this June 21, 2012, file photo, Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh reacts after Game 5 of the NBA finals basketball series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, in Miami. Bosh, whose career was cut short in 2016 by blood clots, will have his No. 1 jersey retired by the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, March 26, 2019. Bosh, an 11-time All-Star and two-time champion with the Heat, will be the fourth former Miami player to have a jersey retired. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)MIAMI — Chris Bosh is making a lot of music these days. He drinks beer and thinks about making more beer. He sketches. He paints. He plays with his kids. He has even learned how to use a wrench.He is also happy and healthy.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss And finally, he’s made peace with the devastating way that blood clots ended his NBA career without warning and when he was still in his prime. The Miami Heat will retire his No. 1 jersey on Tuesday night, making Bosh the fourth former franchise pillar with a jersey swaying from the rafters of AmericanAirlines Arena after Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway and Shaquille O’Neal.His career is obviously worthy of celebrating. Bosh just hasn’t been in the mood to celebrate, until now.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s very awesome,” Bosh said. “I thought I had more time, but in the time I gave it was still worthy enough to have the organization and the great Pat Riley consider this. Pretty cool.”Bosh played 13 seasons, the first seven in Toronto and the last six in Miami. He averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds, was an All-Star 11 times and won two championships. There have been 30 players in NBA history with 11 All-Star nods — 23 of them are in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and the other seven aren’t yet eligible. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Another clot was found. Bosh never played again. He wanted to and was estranged from the Heat for a considerable amount of time, and the rift only started to close after a three-hour lunch with Heat President Pat Riley. The Heat told Bosh they weren’t budging, that they cared too much about his health to let him play.Bosh got the remaining $52 million on his $118 million contract. In the financial sense, he was made whole. But he never learned why the clots kept happening. And a year ago, at the All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, Bosh’s wife Adrienne had enough — she pulled her husband aside, told him to end his self-described “pity party” and start enjoying being around the game and his friends again.“I feel great now,” Bosh said. “Things are great. Things are really, really good.”So now, it’s a more normal life. Trash day is Wednesday. Recycling happens on the second and fourth Wednesdays. He loves making music. He’s getting better at art. He can’t stand the idea of time away from his kids.And on Tuesday night, his Heat number gets retired.“I’m very happy with where I’m at, with how I feel,” Bosh said. “That’s what is most important. I couldn’t even imagine trying to play basketball again. So I had a pretty solid run. And yeah, it’s over. But it was a pretty solid run.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next They will all probably be there one day, Bosh included.“It’s really such a crime that his career ended early, particularly when you know Chris and know how important the game is to him and how many things he did right as a winner, as a teammate, as a champion,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “If you teach lessons to your young players coming into a league on how to be a pro and have those kinds of qualities, you’re coming up with a lot of qualities that Chris embodied.”Tuesday’s game might easily be Miami’s biggest of the season; it’s against the Orlando Magic, battling the Heat for an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Still, when Bosh’s jersey is retired at halftime Spoelstra plans to have the Heat on-court for the ceremony.“I want them to see the love that this city has for CB and for us to honor him in the right way in our building,” Spoelstra said. “You only do that for true champions like CB and the kind of human being that CB is. You don’t do that for average guys.”It’s fitting that Bosh gets a banner all his own, since there’s no fewer than six others in the arena — four Eastern Conference ones, two NBA championship ones — that might not be there without him. When the Heat formed the “Big 3” that also had LeBron James and Dwyane Wade back in 2010, Bosh was the first to commit to being part of that trio.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no otherlast_img read more

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