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Lara: Chanderpaul deserved proper send-off

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first_imgDUBAI, UAE (CMC):Batting legend Brian Lara believes recently retired West Indies batsman Shiv Chanderpaul should have been afforded the time to make a graceful exit from the game.Hailing Chanderpaul as one of the “giants of West Indies cricket”, Lara said he was disappointed the 41-year-old had been axed from the Test team without having the opportunity to have a “proper send-off”.”Shiv, who played since 1994, had a tremendous career. I started with Shiv in Guyana, and remember his first Test match against England,” Lara said here Monday.”That guy with the most Test matches for the West Indies, playing for over 20 years. I don’t think people in the West Indies understand exactly his contribution.”I was very disappointed that Shiv was not allowed a couple of more Test matches, not necessarily to break the record, but to have a proper send-off – something I think he is very disappointed (about); and, unfortunately, that did not happen.”Chanderpaul’s form came under the microscope after he managed just 91 runs in three Tests against South Africa last year January and 92 runs in a similar three-Test series against England in April.In announcing the left-hander’s sacking ahead of Australia’s tour of the Caribbean last May, chief selector Clive Lloyd said Chanderpaul’s decline in form had been “rapid”, and selectors had opted to focus on younger players.Overall, Chanderpaul pummelled 11,867 runs from 164 Tests at an average of 51, with 30 centuries.Lara said he was a big admirer of Chanderpaul throughout his career.”He has been a great servant for West Indies cricket, and he has done some tremendous things throughout his career, and credit must be given to the man for how he has played,” said Lara, who is here to play in the Masters Champions League.See related story on B3.last_img read more

Mayhew ready to go

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first_imgHours away from a historic run in the monobob at the Winter Youth Olympics now under way in Lillehammer, Norway, there’s an air of optimism around 17 year-old Jamaican participant Daniel Mayhew.The Monobob heat gets under way at 8 a.m. (Jamaica time), with Mayhew scheduled to be the 13th competitor on the ice. The Charlemont High school student is Jamaica’s first competitor at the event, and coach Harry Nelson was in a confident mood ahead of today’s heat, where the youngster will be looking to vie for a top spot.Nelson told The Gleaner that Mayhew is in good spirits, has been training well, and has been performing with more consistency since his arrival.”He had his final training run today (yesterday) and he didn’t look bad at all. He is showing some consistency, his driving time wasn’t a personal best, but the conditions on the day wasn’t that good. But going into the event, he is actually eight right now and moving up, so we are feeling good,” said Nelson.”I’m very pleased with how things are looking at this point. Even though the conditions weren’t great in training yesterday, he got his best push-off time of 5.70,” added Nelson. “The day before, he got his best track time of 57.40 seconds.”STILL CONFIDENTNelson, however, admitted that he would have preferred if he was able to work a little longer on the ice with his young charge, but remains confident that he will represent himself and the nation well when competition gets under way.”We would have definitely liked more time on the ice, but we have to work with what we’ve got,” Nelson noted.”Daniel is very upbeat and ready to go. There is no pressure on him. He went through his qualification runs with no incident, as well as a personal best in his runs, so we are happy,” Nelson added.The coach underlined that the main objective is to ensure that the youngster completes the course without incident, but made it clear that they are keeping an eye on the top positions.”The major objective is to make sure he finishes the track incident-free, and anything after that, we will go for it. We are Jamaicans, so you know we always give our best, and so we will be looking to put ourselves in a spot where we can try to get the gold,” said Nelson.last_img read more

Out of Town Market Halted in Nimba, Even GB No Longer Swallowed Together

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first_imgNow that there is little doubt about the existence of Ebola as it continues to claim more lives with thousands of confirmed, suspected and probable cases across the sub-region, authorities in Nimba County have halted daily marketing activities that take marketers from one town to the other.It is customary for sellers in rural areas in Liberia to attend market days during the week in designated towns.Marketers board trucks with their goods either in the early morning hours to get to market on time, or leave a day to in advance to sleep in the town in order to sell the next day.With the rapid rise in the Ebola death toll, however, the City Mayor of Sanniquellie, Mary Gonlepah,  last week warned marketers via community radio stations not to go to Sanniquellie market until otherwise ordered.Mayor Gonlepah said it was her personal view that the virus gets transmitted through bodily contact; and the convergence of people in such a manner as “market day” has the propensity to spread the virus exponentially.“This is not to say people should not travel to Sanniquellie or marketing activity is totally stopped.  We do not want marketers sit together on vehicles to come to the Saturday market as had been done in the past until the Ebola crisis subsides,” Mayor Gonlepah explained.At the same time, the City Mayor of Bahn (another town in Nimba), Angie Dopoe,  has stopped the Wednesday market of that municipality, warning that any group going there for marketing purpose will face the consequences.In Saclepea, marketers residing there only go to the daily market, but people, without caution from the city authority, have resolved to stay away from the larger Tuesday market. As Ebola rages, many people are fearful and have taken precautionary measures of their own volition.In fact, marketers there no longer gather in the market building situated along the Ganta highway, but spread outside where wide spaces are provided so that people do not touch one another during transactions.However, out of town marketers in Ganta are not content with the decision by the city mayors although the evidence is clear.According to a footwear seller, who spoke on the local community broadcaster, the decision is hampering them as most of them do not have selling spots in the Ganta Market.The seller, who was later joined by other callers on the radio, claim that the decision by the city mayors is preventing them from conducting their businesses, making it difficult for them to feed their families.  They are, therefore, calling on the Nimba authorities to reconsider their  decisions.Meanwhile, villagers in the county are not taking the Ebola awareness for granted,  now that so many have died due to denial.Reports gathered from local villages indicate that before a stranger or even a citizen of a village who has been away can be accepted back in that village, he/she must undergo a 21-day observation period, a community-instigated quarantine, before being allowed to interact with the community.Nimbaians swallow grinded cassava root (otherwise known as Gaygba or GB) as their second staple food, and they use their hands to dip it into the sauce to swallow.This is done together with other family members or friends and they all use the same sauce to dip their GB (gaekpa or bayekpo), but because of the message that Ebola gets transmitted through bodily contact, this custom is now halted, and each individual is only entitled to his/her own sauce, each eating from his/her own bowl.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool news and line-up v Man United: Gerrard to start on the bench again?

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first_img 1 Steven Gerrard was on the bench against Swansea Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United promises to be one of the most intriguing in years, with the two fallen giants scrapping for a lucrative Champions League spot.A top four finish is the aim for both of these sides, but with competition for a place among Europe’s elite so fierce, Sunday’s clash has taken on a different dimension.When the two met earlier in the season, it was the Red Devils who came out on top in a 3-0 victory that has since been viewed as a turning point in Liverpool’s season.Since that day, the Redmen are unbeaten in the Premier League, winning 10 and drawing three, and they will take some beating this weekend at Anfield.Boss Brendan Rodgers has no new injury concerns, and could welcome back midfielder Lucas Leiva into the first team squad, with the Brazilian having returned to training this week following a lengthy groin complaint.Striker Mario Balotelli is also expected to make the bench, with the Italian recovered from illness that saw him miss the victory over Swansea.Below is how Liverpool could line-up: 1 GoalkeeperSimon Mignolet will face a huge test this weekend, but his form against the so-called ‘big’ teams has been good this season.DefenceIt seems to be a case of ‘if it aint broke, don’t fix it’ for Brendan Rodgers and his back line. Expect the Liverpool boss to stick with a very familiar defence.MidfieldThis will be the real point of contention. It would be odd for Rodgers to upset the balance of his midfield just to accommodate Steven Gerrard, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be considering it. We believe the veteran captain will likely play a similar role from the bench as he did against Swansea, which proved to be incredibly effective.AttackWith Raheem Sterling recently converted to a wing-back that has allowed Rodgers to field Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge. This looks likely to be the case again.Liverpool fans, how do you think you’ll line up? Comment below…Liverpool v Manchester United is LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT, Sunday from 1pm. Click here to stream.last_img read more

Former Manchester United and Tottenham maverick makes Greek move

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first_img Dimitar Berbatov 1 Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has signed a one-year deal with Greek club PAOK.The 34-year-old Bulgarian was a free agent after leaving Monaco in the summer and reports had linked him with a deadline-day switch to Aston Villa.But he has instead committed to Superleague outfit PAOK, who are coached by former Juventus defender Igor Tudor, until June 30, 2016.A statement published on paokfc.gr confirmed the two-time Barclays Premier League winner’s arrival in Thessaloniki.Berbatov arrived in England in 2006, leaving Bayer Leverkusen to join Spurs for £10.9million.A £30.75m transfer to Manchester United followed and he scored 48 league goals in four seasons with the Red Devils.After leaving Old Trafford, the 78-cap Bulgaria international returned to London with Fulham before spending the 2014-15 campaign with Ligue 1 team Monaco.His new club PAOK are yet to win in the Superleague this term and are 12th in the table.last_img read more

FAA says error let planes get too close

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first_imgAn air traffic controller’s error was blamed for a runway incursion at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday night, when two airliners came within 8,000 feet of each other on the south airfield, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. An American Airlines MD-80 arriving from San Jose del Cabo, Baja California, had just landed on the outer runway and was about to cross the inner runway, where a Mexicana Airlines Airbus A319 was preparing to take off at 8:43 p.m. Wednesday, according to Ian Gregor, an FAA spokesman. The air traffic controller told the American Airlines pilot to stop before crossing the inner runway, Gregor said. However, the pilot read back instructions that he was going to proceed across the runway to a terminal gate. The pilot’s erroneous statement was not caught by the controller nor an assistant working at LAX Tower, according to Gregor. This was the ninth “close call” between airplanes maneuvering on LAX’s runways since Jan. 1, according to airport officials. Such close calls usually occur when planes landing on the airport’s outer runways attempt to cross the inner runways to reach the terminals. A $333 million effort to build a centerline taxiway and improve safety on the south airfield is scheduled for completion in June. The new taxiway is expected to provide a safe pathway for jets headed to terminals, and could lead to a decrease in the number of runway incursions at LAX, Gregor said. The latest incursion occurred three weeks after a congressional report found a “high risk” of close calls among aircraft maneuvering on the ground at the nation’s airports. The risk of runway incursions was attributed to a combination of technological problems, poor federal leadership and overworked air traffic controllers, according to the Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress. Controllers typically work two overtime shifts per month at LAX, according to the air traffic controller’s union. However, the controller blamed for Wednesday night’s incident was not working an overtime shift, according to the FAA and officials with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. “The controller should have caught the pilot’s incorrect statement,” said Michael Foote, president of NATCA’s membership at LAX Tower. “But in his defense, all four of our runways were really busy Wednesday night, it was getting late and he was getting tired,” Foote said. “This work is a constant grind, and you will see more errors cropping up when it’s busy. I think he just lost focus for a little bit.” Although the controller just earned his certification in August to work at LAX, he had previously done similar work at smaller air fields in Van Nuys and El Monte, according to Gregor. Additionally, the controller who assisted him has “many years of experience working at LAX,” Gregor said. “These are very qualified controllers who happened to make a mistake,” Gregor said. “This has nothing to do with experience and they have proven themselves to be proficient at LAX.” art.marroquin@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe same controller then cleared the Mexicana flight to take off for Morelia, Mexico, before realizing that the American Airlines jetliner was about to roll onto the runway, the FAA said. “It appears as if American got right up to the runway edge or just over the runway edge,” Gregor said. The controller quickly instructed the American Airlines pilot to stop and canceled the takeoff clearance for the Mexicana airliner, which had already started rolling down the runway. “We’re logging this as a controller error and not a pilot error because the burden is on the controller to ensure that the pilot’s read-back is correct,” Gregor said. No injuries were reported. The controller will undergo additional training, according to Gregor. last_img read more

Man to spend Christmas in jail days after being given chance by Judge

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first_imgA man who had been told by a Judge he could spend his first Christmas with his family for fifteen years is now to spend it behind bars.Stephen Darby was given his festive wish earlier this month when he pleaded with a Judge not to send him to jail. The 45-year-old, who has 72 previous convictions, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with a number of serious offences including assaulting Gardai.Darby was caught acting suspiciously at The Beeches housing estate in Ballybofey on September 29th last.He was dressed in black and was trying to force his into one of the houses and fled when Gardai arrived but was caught jumping over a fence.A vicious altercation saw Darby assault a number of Gardai.At one stage he picked up a block and threatened to hit a Garda with it while he also told another Garda that he would kill him and burn down his house.After being pepper-sprayed a number of times, he was eventually arrested.Solicitor Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client had been in care since he was aged 9 and was subject to horrors that no person should ever have to go through.He ended up in Dublin and became part of a criminal gang which he then, rightly or wrongly, considered his family unit.He ended up in prison for long stretches but in recent months he reconnected with his mother.Darby claimed that on the night in question he had taken medication and also drank lots of vodka and was trying to find his mother’s house.Judge Paul Kelly sentenced Darby on a number of charges including the assault on Gardai as well as criminal damage to a total of four months but backdated the sentence to when Darby went into custody.The accused man pleaded with Judge Kelly to suspend the last month of the sentence as he had not spent Christmas with his real family for 15 years.Judge Kelly asked him whose fault that was and Darby replied that it was his own.The Judge agreed to suspend all the sentence under the condition that Darby not be convicted of any public order offences for the next 12 months.However, Darby was one of two men caught allegedly breaking into a house in Ballybofey in the early hours of Thursday morning last.He appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court where he was charged with aggravated burglary and was remanded in custody by Judge Paul Kelly to appear by videolink for a bail hearing on December 27th at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin.Man to spend Christmas in jail days after being given chance by Judge was last modified: December 23rd, 2019 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)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S TO TAKE ON MALIN IN QUARTER-FINAL

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first_imgThe U15 Boys footballers captured the Óg Sport Ulster title at the weekend in Glen, Derry. They defeated St Brigids (Antrim), Saul (Down) and Erin Gaels (Fermanagh) before defeating Clann Eireann (Armagh) 2-06 to 1-04 in the final. Congratulations to Jim, his management team and players.The Senior championship quarter-finals take place this weekend with the lads taking on group rivals Malin in Buncrana on Saturday evening with a 6pm throw-in. We will also host Sunday evening’s matchup between Ardara and Gaoth Dobhair.The U16 Boys will take on neighbours Glenswilly in the championship preliminary round this Tuesday (11th) at home with a 6:30pm throw-in before taking on Gaoth Dobhair in the Northern League final on Saturday with venue and time tbc. The U14 girl’s footballers will take on Moville in their Co. Final this Sunday at 12 noon in Killygordon. Best of luck to Decky and the players.The U13 Boys div. 1 team were well beaten by MacCumhaills at home on Sunday and they are at home again next Sunday to N. Padraig, Muff. The Div. team were in Fanad on Sunday and were also beaten and they are also at home this week to Milford. Games are down for 11:30am so keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter as there will have to be changes.The Minor Hurlers await details of the B-Championship Final against Burt.The U16 Hurlers lost out to Buncrana in the A-League Final last Thursday in Burt. They produced a first half battling performance and were unlucky to be only level at half time. However mid-way through the second half Buncrana struck with some decisive scores. Although the St Eunan’s lads battled to the end Buncrana won out. Thanks to all the supporters who showed up to encourage our lads. The U16 Hurlers meet Buncrana again this Thursday in O’Donnell Park at 6:30pm in the Championship semi-final. All support would be most welcome as the lads attempt to reverse the League Final outcome. The U12 Hurlers maintained their undefeated league campaign with an away win over Aodh Ruadh. They have now reached the A-Final which will be played Thursday week. Opponents and details to be confirmed.Tickets are now on sale for our All-Ireland Football final tickets draw. Tickets are €5 each or 3 for €10 and are available from most club members. There are 7 other great prizes to be won. Please remember to sell your tickets.There were 10 winning tickets in this week’s Lotto draw that each matched 3 numbers and win €10. The numbers drawn were: 6-9-13-14. Shaun Sweeney, c/o the Cottage; Noel Doherty, Pluck; PJ Thornton; Oisin Maolcraoibhe; Pat O’Donnell, Sallaghgrane; Hugh Kelly, Beechwood (all Adrian). Colm Breathnach, Manor; John Ellison, Lurgybrack; Peter Curran, Drumardagh and Kevin Rafferty, Thornberry. Next week’s jackpot is €3,650. GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S TO TAKE ON MALIN IN QUARTER-FINAL was last modified: September 10th, 2013 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:GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S TO TAKE ON MALIN IN QUARTER-FINALlast_img read more

BUNCRANA MURDER: HUNDREDS ATTEND PROTEST RALLY

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first_imgHUNDREDS of people have attended a rally in Derry today in protest at the murder of Andrew Allen.The father of two from the Waterside area was blasted to death in Buncrana at 9.20pm last Thursday week.The killing was carried out by Republican Action Against Drugs. Several hundred people gathered in the Top of the Hill area of the city where Mr Allen was from.One of the organisers, civil rights activist Eamonn McCann, said people in the city were angry at Mr Allen’s death.“I think there was a very strong feeling, in particular around the area where Andy came from that there had to be some sort of show of opposition of defiance made in public,” he said“Holding a demonstration like this provides people with an opportunity to show what they think without undertaking retaliatory actions in response.” Mr Allen’s sister-in-law Leona told the crowd she did not want “any other mother or father to have to experience this heartache”.She added: “We would like to stress for these people who are hiding behind masks and guns to stop destroying our families, to leave our children alone and to stop these murders.“We want these death threats to stop. We want these death threats lifted.” BUNCRANA MURDER: HUNDREDS ATTEND PROTEST RALLY was last modified: February 18th, 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) Tags:andy allenbuncrana murderlast_img read more

DANIEL’S SUPPORT HAS CEMENTED OUR RELATIONSHIP – MAJELLA

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first_imgMajella O’Donnell has said her relationship with her husband has grown stronger through her battle with cancer – even though he was abroad for a lot of her treatment.Daniel and MajellaMajella said she was happy that hubby Daniel went on tour while she underwent chemotherapy.She said “I didn’t really want him to be around. I didn’t want to be fussed over. As I said, there’s not a lot he can do just sitting there looking at me.” She added that Daniel’s devotion to her despite being away in the US on tour has made them even stronger as a couple.“He really cemented himself as my soulmate,” said Majella. DANIEL’S SUPPORT HAS CEMENTED OUR RELATIONSHIP – MAJELLA was last modified: March 10th, 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:cancerdaniel o’donnellMajellalast_img read more