Sammy disappointed by contract snub but committed to Windies

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy has spoken of his disappointment at not being offered a retainer contract by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).The former Test captain was chopped from the 15-man list announced recently by the WICB for the period running from October 1 last year to September 30, 2016.”It’s the first time in the last seven or eight years that I’ve not been given a retainer by the WICB. It’s quite disappointing, but cricket has not been about Darren Sammy, it’s for the West Indian people,” Sammy was quoted as telling a Pakistan cricket website.”I am disappointed that I never received a contract from the WICB, but it’s not my decision. I’ve played the two limited-overs formats for West Indies on a regular basis and performed the role I was asked. It’s very disappointing, particularly as I am the Twenty20 captain, but life goes on.”Sammy has been a key figure in West Indies cricket over the last five years and played a significant role in leading the Caribbean side to the capture of the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka four years ago.He also captained the side in 30 of his 38 Tests before retiring two years ago after being sacked in favour of Denesh Ramdin.Sammy has continued to play the shorter formats, however, and was part of the one-day squad for the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand last February.The 32-year-old, who now campaigns extensively in the various domestic T20 leagues across the globe, said that he remained committed to representing West Indies in the shorter formats.”I guess they (WICB) are more focused on Test cricket, which I’ve retired from, but I’m fully committed to the one-day and Twenty20 format for West Indies if selected,” Sammy said.”Looking back, when I was growing up, I only dreamed of playing for West Indies, but now I can travel the world and play for so many different franchise teams.”He added: “I’ve had some fantastic times playing for West Indies. I enjoy playing for West Indies and it is still my number-one priority.last_img read more

Golfers to tee off in support of breast cancer

first_imgThe 2015 Ladies Golf Fore the Cure is being held this weekend at the Lakepoint Golf and Country Club. The event will begin on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with a nine hole practice round, and that will be followed by a martini social.The following day there will be a competitive round of golf for all that have registered starting at 10 a.m. Saturday will also consist of a dinner following the round, and a number of prizes will also be handed out.The cost to take part is $80 for members, and $100 for non members. The proceeds raised will be going towards the fight against breast cancer.- Advertisement -Those wanting to register can call Lakepoint at 250-785-5566.last_img

Qatar stadium designed by Zaha Hadid built ‘by end of year’

first_img0Shares0000The Al-Wakrah Stadium, which looks impressive in promotional images, should be completed this year, Qatari officials say © Qatar 2022 committee/AFP/FileDOHA, Qatar, Feb 6 – The Qatar World Cup venue designed by celebrated Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid will be finished by the end of 2018, officials responsible for the project said Tuesday.The 40,000 capacity, $575 million Al-Wakrah Stadium is expected to be one of two further 2022 venues completed this year. Building work on the 60,000 Al-Bayt stadium is also expected to be completed by December.If so, it will mean Qatar — which has said it is spending almost $500 million a week on World Cup-related projects — will have built almost half of its proposed eight venues with four years still to go to the tournament.The Khalifa International Stadium, also the venue for the 2019 World Athletics Championships, was completed last year.“We will be finishing hopefully by the end of this year and then ready to use,” Thani Al-Zarraa, Al-Wakrah’s project manager told AFP.One of the major tasks ahead is to fit the stadium’s distinctive retractable roof — meant to resemble the sails of a traditional dhow fishing boat — comprised of some 1,400 pieces, which will be shipped to Qatar from Italy.Once completed, 2022 World Cup officials will trial the stadium with “test matches” including potential international friendlies, said Zarraa.He said the design would also make it “one of the loudest stadiums” in 2022.“All the ambience and cheering will hit the roof and come back into the stadium,” he said.Al-Wakrah, some 15 kilometres south of the capital Doha, will be used during the World Cup for games up to and including quarter-finals.After the World Cup, the capacity will be reduced to 20,000.It was one of Hadid’s last major designs before her death in March 2016, aged 65.Major works by Hadid include the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the Bergisel ski jump and the aquatics centre at the 2012 London Olympics.Zarraa said the stadium would “be one of her (Hadid’s) legacies”.The project has not been without controversy.Qatar has come under intense pressure for its human rights record and treatment of its huge migrant labour force, numbering some two million, since winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup.Hadid took successful legal action when it was claimed she had no concern for the plight of labourers in Qatar helping build Al-Wakrah.She also had to defend claims that the stadium’s design was offensive and resembled female genitalia.Baghdad-born Hadid called such criticism “embarrassing”.Qatar is building eight stadiums for the World Cup, although FIFA has yet to decide on a final number of venues and could instruct the gas-rich Gulf state to build a ninth.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Everyone will play against Hull, says Kerr

first_img“We don’t have a first or a second team. All we have is a strong squad of talented players and each of them deserves to play. We will mix up the squad and have one team each enjoying 45 minutes and give everyone a chance to play,” Kerr pointed out.“We did well against Everton last year and I was sad because I disappointed Joachim (Oluoch) and Jeconiah (Uyoga) who didn’t play but this time, everyone in the squad deserves to play,” the tactician added.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr reacts on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan premier League clash against Mathare United on April 29, 2018 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe British coach has been tinkering with his squad this entire season, fielding what is deemed as his strongest 11 in continental football and playing another different team in the Kenyan Premier League.The gamble has had good success with Gor making it into the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup while the team playing in the league has sustained an unbeaten run, leading the standings with a five point gap and two matches at hand.“We have not had much of a choice because of how crazy our fixtures have been. Yes there has been criticism of how we have fielded players but did we really have a choice? I have a group of very talented players and all deserve to play,” Kerr further added.He expects a tough match from Hull and he is excited at matching up against his country-mate Nigel Adkins, the Hull City head coach.“I have known Nigel for long and honestly I am excited to be playing against him. He is a good chap and knows his football very well. I have been made to understand that they have also been watching and analyzing our games so definitely we know they are taking this match seriously,” Kerr added.-Hull name strong squad-Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr congratulates his players after their KPL SUper Cup win over AFC Leopards in Nakuru on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHull land in the country on Friday at 9:45pm and Adkins has named a strong travelling team of 18 who will play on Sunday.Among the notable faces in the squad include former Manchester United forward Will Kean and ex-Tottenham Hotspur man Fraizer Campbell. However, PFA Championship player of the season Harry Wilson, on loan from Liverpool FC will not travel with the squad.Polish winger Kamil Grosicki has also not been included in the final travelling squad as well as Nigerian midfielder Ola Aina whose loan spell from Chelsea has come to an end.Hull finished 18th out of 24 teams in the Championship after gathering 49 points off 46 games.Hull team to KenyaDavid Marshall, Callum Burton, Dan Batty, Jarrod Bowen, Fraizer Campbell, Billy Chadwick, Max Clark, Adam Curry, Nouha Dicko, Evandro, Brandon Fleming, Tyler Hamilton, Will Keane, Stephen Kingsley, Robbie McKenzie, Tom Powell, Kevin Stewart, Jon Toral.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr says every player will play agains Hull City.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has assured all his players that they will have a bite of the Hull City cake when the two sides clash in an international friendly at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Sunday.Just like he did against Everton in Tanzania last year, Kerr notes that all players deserve the opportunity to play in the iconic friendly tie after proving their worth in training.last_img read more

Shock confession from Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey: Chelsea are the best!

first_imgArsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has conceded Chelsea are the best team in the Premier League this season.The Gunners were held to a 0-0 draw by Jose Mourinho’s side at their Emirates home on Sunday.That leaves the Blues needing just five points from as many matches to wrap up the title.When asked by Arsenal.com if Chelsea are worthy champions, Ramsey said: “Yes I think so.“If that’s the case and they go on to win, they’ve only lost twice this season, so their consistency has been the best and that’s what you need.“They’ve definitely been the best team in the league.” 1 Aaron Ramsey in action for Arsenal against Chelsea last_img

ANGER AS SIX BEDS STILL CLOSED AT CARNDONAGH HOSPITAL

first_imgCharlie McConalogue TDFianna Fáil Deputy Charlie McConalogue has called on the HSE to immediately reopen 6 beds at Carndonagh Community Hospital.According to the local TD, staffing shortages have resulted in the continued closure of 6 of 30 community beds in Carndonagh and it’s having a ripple effect across local health services.“These bed closures were initially supposed to be a short-term, when the hospital was experiencing staff shortages in April last due to sick leave and annual leave. But more than 5 months on, the beds are still closed,” explained Deputy McConalogue. “At the end of May the HSE committed to promptly hiring four additional full time staff from the panel of existing home help workers to work as multi task attendants. This was a sensible approach, providing the hospital with additional trained staff who are experienced carers, and providing those carers with career profession opportunities.But despite this commitment and repeated promises from the HSE, the beds are still closed.“It is unacceptable that Carndonagh Community Hospital has been forced to shut down 6 beds for such a long period of time. The hospital plays a vital role in health service provision in the community and in taking pressure off acute hospital services in Donegal. It must be fully supported by the HSE. It provides respite care for people with disabilities, rehabilitation services for patients discharged from Letterkenny Hospital, assessment for patients who need to be monitored over a period of time as well as long term care to many patients. It makes no sense that the HSE is still not allowing the hospital to operate at full capacity, particularly given that 25 beds are still closed at Letterkenny General Hospital as a result of flood damage.“I am again calling on the HSE to follow through on their commitment to reopen these beds immediately. The additional staff required at Carndonagh Community Hospital must be recruited immediately so that the facility can operate at full capacity and continue to play an important role in our local health services,” said Deputy McConalogue.  ANGER AS SIX BEDS STILL CLOSED AT CARNDONAGH HOSPITAL was last modified: September 30th, 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:bed closuresCarndonagh HospitalCharlie McConaloguelast_img read more

DONEGAL’S TOXIC BARREL ISSUE TO BE RAISED AT BRITISH IRISH ASSOCIATION

first_imgThe possibility that toxic barrels of waste may have been dumped off the Donegal coast is to be raised at the next meeting of the British Irish Association.The issue has been brought to the attention of Junior Minister Dinny McGinley by the newly-formed Sea Dump Donegal Campaign group.Chairman Aodan Gallchoir had a meeting with Minister for State McGinley in recent days to discuss the matter. Deputy McGinley confirmed he had been aware of the issue and had actually raised it in the Dail more than 20 years ago.However he said he was prepared to listen to any new evidence which may have arise since.The Sea Dump Donegal Campaign believe there is a direct between the levels of cancer in Donegal and claims that toxic barrels were dumped off the coast of Donegal in the 1950s.Minister McGinley has advised the SDD campaign to have the issue raised at the British Irish Association which will meet next in March. “It was historic in my opinion because for the first time ever this issue would be given the first influential push to the British and Irish Governments.“However between now and March my aim is to get the first ever photograph of the infamous barrels. If there are anyone out there with the equipment to do so, please contact me on aodanogallchoir@yahoo.com,” said Mr Gallchoir. DONEGAL’S TOXIC BARREL ISSUE TO BE RAISED AT BRITISH IRISH ASSOCIATION was last modified: February 6th, 2013 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:cancerMinister Dinny McGinleySea Dump Donegallast_img read more

Latin Grammy winners

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Record: “Tu No Tienes Alma” by Alejandro Sanz. Album: “Cantando Historias” by Ivan Lins. Urban album: “Barrio Fino” by Daddy Yankee. Rock song: “Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor” by Juanes. Song: “Tu No Tienes Alma” by Alejandro Sanz. Grupero album: Two winners: “Loca de Amar” by Ana Barbara and “Para el Pueblo” by Oscar de la Rosa y la Mafia. Male pop album: “Todo el Ano” by Obie Bermudez. Regional Mexican song: “Aire” by Intocable. New artist: Bebe for album “Malo.” Tropical song: “Las Avispas” by Juan Luis Guerra. Banda album: “En Vivo” by Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga. Norteno album: “Diez” by Intocable. Music video: “Volverte a Ver” by Juanes. Female pop album: Escucha Laura Pausini. The following awards were presented before Thursday’s night telecast: Christian album (Portuguese language): “Deixa O Teu Rio Me Levar Ao Vivo,” Soraya Moraes. Brazilian contemporary pop album: “Incite,” Lenine. Brazilian rock album: “Tamo Ai Na Atividade,” Charlie Brown Jr. Samba/pagode: “Brasilatinidade,” Martinho da Vila. MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira): “Cantando Historias,” Ivan Lins. Romantic music: “Pra Sempre Ao Vivo No Pacaembu,” Roberto Carlos. Brazilian roots/Regional Album: “MTV Ao Vivo,” Ivete Sangalo. Brazilian song (Portuguese language): “Ninguem Faz Ideia,” Lenine & Ivan Santos, songwriters (Lenine, artist). Folk album: “One Blood Una Sangre,” Lila Downs. Tango album: “Bajo Cero,” Pablo Ziegler, Quique Sinesi & Walter Castro. Flamenco album: “Aguadulce,” Tomatito. Latin jazz album: “Bebo De Cuba,” Bebo Valdes. Christian album (Spanish language): “Para Ti,” Juan Luis Guerra. Latin children’s album: “Lina Luna,” Lina Luna. Classical album: “Riberas,” Cuarteto De Cuerdas Buenos Aires & Paquito D’Rivera (Andrea Merenzon, producer). Salsa album: “Valio La Pena,” Marc Anthony. Merengue album: “Saborealo,” Elvis Crespo. Contemporary tropical album:”El Rock De Mi Pueblo,” Carlos Vives. Traditional tropical album: “Ahora Si!,” Cachao. Ranchero album: “Mexico En La Piel,” Luis Miguel. Tejano album: “Polkas, Gritos y Acordeones,” David Lee Garza, Joel Guzman & Sunny Sauceda. Instrumental album: “Coral,” David Sanchez. Pop album by a duo or group with vocal: “Sinverguenza,” Bacilos. Rock solo vocal album: “Mi Sangre,” Juanes. Rock album by a group or duo: “Con Todo Respeto,” Molotov. Alternative music album: “Street Signs,” Ozomatli. Singer-songwriter album: “Resucitar,” Gian Marco. Engineered album: “MTV Unplugged,” Gustavo Borner, engineer. Producer: Gustavo Santaolalla. – Associated Presslast_img read more

Picture special: Popular postman Anthony McGarvey retires after 40 years

first_imgPopular postman Anthony McGarvey was given a fond farewell by staff at An Post, Letterkenny.Anthony has retired after 40 years of service in An Post.Staff in Letterkenny gathered to deliver a bon voyage to a man who certainly put a stamp on things! Picture special: Popular postman Anthony McGarvey retires after 40 years was last modified: October 17th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:An PostAnthony McGarveyletterkennylast_img read more

Two Ohio women selected to be Faces of Farming

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Imagine it’s an early November morning. The sun is peaking over the trees as a farmer, layered up to stay warm, hikes to the barn through the cold morning, warm breath floating skyward.This brisk walk to the barn is nothing new for Emily Buck or Lauren Schwab, two newly selected members of the nationwide, five-member class of men and women serving as the “Faces of Farming and Ranching” with the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. These two Ohio women were selected to promote and advocate for agriculture through social media. They must also be comfortable talking with media in their new roles reaching out to consumers about agricultural issues.Their morning walks to the barn are used to go feed livestock, work on machinery, bond with loved ones, or even catch up on paper work before jumping into the day. Buck and Schwab share a common early morning routine but, after that, their days couldn’t take more different routes.Emily Buck lives in Marion with her husband, John, and daughter.“We farm close to a thousand acres of corn, soybeans and raise Southdown sheep,” Buck said.Her early morning walks to the barn are shared with John to go feed and water the sheep. She grew up on a sheep farm and is proud of the no-till farming practices employed on their farm. They have taken extensive measures to be conservation friendly with the crops as well as their livestock. Coming back inside from the barn, Buck gets her daughter Harlie up, dressed, and ready for the day. She drops her off at school and heads to Columbus where she is known as “Dr. Buck” to her students at The Ohio State University. She is an associate professor teaching within the department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership.“It’s exciting for me to do this as well because of my role at the university,” Buck said. “It’s important we practice what we teach. It’s also good for consumers to see that people with PhDs are farming. We are actually a smart group — very educated.”Along with her position at OSU, Buck has previously researched communication tools, visual research, and methods for efficiently communicating agriculture to consumers. A background involving research and teaching social media, in addition to personal experience, will be very beneficial in her new role as a national agricultural spokeswoman with the USFRA.When Buck is done with her day at OSU, she heads home to take food to the fields, go pick up parts, or run errands for John on the farm. Their daughter will be the fourth generation on the farm so there is always purposeful preparation and thought when looking to the future.“My weekends are all about cleaning barns, moving equipment, all while balancing a three-year-old that wants to help but isn’t quite big enough,” she shared with a laugh.Lauren Schwab is from Somerville in Butler County where she grew up on her family hog farm. She is now the manager of the farrowing house for the operation. For Schwab, a typical day starts by getting to the barn early and spending a majority of her day there.“Since we have few employees, I am doing a lot of hands-on work,” she said. “In the late morning after the feeding is done I’ll go work with breeding.”On Schwab’s farm, the 1,200 sows are all artificially inseminated leading them to wean about 1,100 to 1,200 piglets every other week.“They are mostly crossbred Yorkshire and Duroc,” she said. “This way they’re bred for their meat and docility.”Her afternoons are busy with farrowing and recording births, administering iron supplements, and sorting pigs, all while she keeps up with monitoring nursing and cleaning.Lauren SchwabPhoto by USFRA.She is a graduate of Miami University. Schwab received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in family studies. While at Miami University for both degrees, she focused on food insecurity and was able to relate it back to her life-long experiences with agriculture.“I like that I was able to go to school and get an education and bring those experiences and contacts back to help me connect with consumers,” Schwab said.Schwab writes a blog titled “Farm Girl with Curls.” While being busy on her farm, she keeps up with blog posts when she has time and tries to post on her social media at least once a week in ways that promote agriculture.“I know that every conversation, post, picture, makes a difference,” she said. “I share anything from my farm.”Schwab is also active in giving virtual farm tours through the Ohio Pork Council.“We have a webcam and show elementary kids the farm and they can see the pigs and know we have nothing to hide,” she said.Both of these talented agriculturalists feel that too often, it is over-looked that farmers are educated and are extremely qualified within the specifics of their farms as well as the industry. Looking ahead at their new roles within USFRA, both Ohioans were excited about their opportunity to educate and inform the public.“USFRA does great with taking the faces from different groups and using our differences and diversity to reach those groups,” Buck said. “I am excited there are two of us from Ohio. Lauren and I are very different in our practices and the type of people we can reach.”Her young age, but extensive agricultural experience, with serve Schwab well in her new role.“For me, it’s good to represent all of agriculture but being a young woman, I’m not a wife or mother yet so I can connect with other millennials and young farmers in the industry,” Schwab said.Both are eager to speak with consultants and different audiences than they are used to. They will be facing concerned consumers head on.“I am really looking forward to those conversations with people and hearing the concerns they have to help them be more confident in what they’re purchasing,” Schwab said. “This will broaden my own perspective of where they are coming from as well.”In their new roles with USFRA, Buck and Schwab have a yearlong commitment to travel 30 days through their term and speak with consumer-based media. At these different conferences and events, a majority of their time will be spent talking about modern farming practices while educating and informing consumers without an agriculture background. Common topics that may also be addressed include GMOs, the use of GPS, and nutritional value of foods. Schwab mentioned she is also eager to speak with women who make purchasing decisions regarding food for their families.The misconceptions of harm coming from science and technology will undoubtedly surface as well.“I am not nervous about anything. There may be some negative audiences but people with open minds and questions should trust my answers and think I am truthful,” Schwab said.Buck is eager to talk about water quality and technology with the crowds she will address. Her farm is actually on two watersheds, the Lake Erie and the Mississippi, which may bring up environmental and water quality concerns. With sheep on her farm as well, she is prepared to talk about animal handling and care.Having livestock and crops gives her the ability to show the entire circle and touch on both sides of production ag when speaking to consumers.“I’ll be able to share and ease the concerns that reporters and others are talking with us about,” Buck said. “We are very proud of our no-till farming and conservation friendly practices with the crops as well as the livestock.” These two ladies have very different roles on the farm and professional careers, but their common agricultural experience will serve to educate consumers around the country. And each day for these two talented Ohioans serving as the Faces of Farming, it all starts with a trip to the barn.last_img read more