Windies improving – Charles

first_imgSHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Power hitter Johnson Charles has described the West Indies as an improving side, with less than a week before the start of the ICC T20 World Cup in India. Charles played a brilliant match-winning knock as West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to win their two-match T20 Series 2-0 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday night. The powerful opener smashed 92 not out off just 48 balls with six big sixes and 10 boundaries to be named Man-of-the-Match. “Tonight (Monday) I had a good batting pitch. The ball was coming on nice. Not much sideways movement. I just decided to stick to what I know. I am a power hitter so I did just that,” Charles explained. “We have moved from strength to strength. From the first game we have been improving in this game we have improved a lot more. We just look to improve as the games go by and hopefully we can go into the World Cup with everybody in form and we could win this World Cup,” he said. Windies motored to a victory target of 154 without loss after the Zimbaweans made 153-7 off 20 overs. The best bowler was seamer Carlos Brathwaite with 3-23, which helped to restrict the innings after a solid start. Charles’ opening partner, Andre Fletcher, made 56 not out off 35 balls with three sixes and five fours, on a good batting surface. “We are best friends and we come from the same team,” said Charles. “We always speak to each other at the wicket and keep complimenting each other. We just motivated each other to do the best that we can.” The St.Lucian cricketer was a member of the West Indies Cricket team which captured the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka four years ago. He was not named on the original squad, but was called up as a replacement for Darren Bravo, who pulled out citing the need to focus on developing his game in the longer format. “I just see it as me coming back for my place and that’s just how I see it,” said Charles. “With that said everything is left to the Almighty Father and that is what he saw as fit and that’s what happens. So I am just going to do what I have to do now that I am here.”last_img read more

House Summons NEC

first_imgThe House of Representatives Tuesday, August 12, overwhelmingly voted to summon authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to explain “why NEC failed to alert the Legislature about recommendations to postpone the Special Senatorial Election.”In the wake of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in Liberia, NEC recently recommended the postponement of the October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial Election.According to NEC Chairman, Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya, NEC may be unable to deploy staff in the field to conduct civic/voter education as well as recruit and deploy 25,000 polling staff at polling centers in Liberia, and as such, postponing the poll was the best option available.Chairman Korkoya said the Commission’s recommendation is also based on the fact that the Ebola outbreak would hinder the smooth conduct of campaign activities by candidates, who are desirous of contesting the election.He said the health emergency in Liberia may affect the conduct of free, fair, transparent, and credible election come October.Accordingly, NEC communicated said postponement to the appointing power, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to inform the high court about the inability of the Commission to run the election but failed to officially inform the Legislature.In the wisdom of plenary, as the first branch of government, “NEC should have communicated with the Legislature any decision relative to changes in the pending election before the Executive or the Judiciary.”President Sirleaf Tuesday informed the House of the postponement, requesting an audience or support in a decision to postpone the election.Plenary took offense to that assertion, adding; “The President should not be the one informing us about this recommendation instead, that should be the work of the NEC.”In keeping with their oversight responsibility, Lofa County Representative Clarence Massaquoi made a motion to invite NEC Chairman Cllr. Korkoya to appear before the House on Thursday, August 14, in order to provide reasons “why up to present, NEC has not informed the Legislature of their (NEC) action.”This will be Cllr. Korkoya’s second appearance before the House relative to the ensuing Special Election.Cllr. Korkoya first appeared before the House early this year to justify why US$1.9 million was expended by the Commission for vehicles rental purposes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prosecutors urge conviction in FIFA trial

first_img“They got caught. And it’s time that they are held accountable. The evidence is overwhelming,” Mace added, urging the jury to declare the trio “guilty on all counts.”The defendants are Jose Maria Marin, ex-head of Brazil’s Football Confederation, former FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout, who was elected president of CONMEBOL in 2014, and Manuel Burga, who led soccer in Peru until 2014.They are charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.Mace said they were blinded by greed into accepting a combined total of $21.45 million in bribes — Napout $10.5 million, Marin $6.55 million and Burga $4.4 million — in exchange for bestowing television and marketing rights for soccer matches.Mace showed the court bank records, company financial documents and reminded jurors of testimony from cooperating witnesses throughout the trial.Now into a fifth week, the trial began on November 6, two and a half years after the United States unveiled the largest graft scandal in the history of world soccer.“This is a unique look inside a broad and powerful internal conspiracy,” said Mace.“A conspiracy to enrich the soccer elite of the world, bribe after bribe, year after year at the expense of the organization they were supposed to serve.”Marin’s elegantly dressed wife began to pray in the gallery, her eyes moistening and her hands clutching a rosary as she heard the accusations against her husband.If convicted, the defendants risk up to 20 years behind bars for the most serious offenses.They are just three of the 42 officials and marketing executives, not to mention three companies, indicted in an exhaustive 236-page complaint detailing 92 separate crimes and 15 corruption schemes to the tune of $200 million.Defense lawyers were to follow government prosecutors in presenting their final arguments. They have previously admitted widespread corruption at FIFA but said there was no evidence that their clients were involved.Jurors are expected to begin deliberations this week.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, one of three defendants in the FIFA trial, arrives at the Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn © AFP / Don EmmertNEW YORK, United States, Dec 13 – US prosecutors urged a New York jury to convict three wealthy South American former soccer officials “on all counts” in the face of “overwhelming” evidence, delivering closing arguments Wednesday at the FIFA corruption trial.“The three defendants thought the payouts would last forever but they won’t,” assistant US attorney Kristin Mace told the federal court in Brooklyn, a day after the defendants declined to take the stand in their own defense.last_img read more

The problem with Emre Can

first_imgIt is perhaps an indication of how ill-fated last summer’s spending spree at Liverpool was that Emre Can proved the pick of the Reds’ new arrivals in a hugely underwhelming 2014/2015 season.Can, who was deployed in a multitude of roles throughout the campaign, showed glimpses of the reputation that accompanied him to Merseyside from Bayer Leverkusen for £9.75m.The 21-year-old, who lined up for Germany at the 2015 European Under-21 Championship, epitomised Liverpool’s season which peaked and troughed to eventual disappointment.The Reds put together a 13-game unbeaten run between Christmas and March which coincided with Can’s introduction to the starting line-up on the right side of a three-man defence.While the German was rightly lauded for his displays, Liverpool’s worrying collapse towards the end of the season conveniently saw Can at his worst; naive and completely bereft of positional knowledge in his auxiliary right-back role. This was categorically illustrated in the humiliating 6-1 final day defeat at Stoke, in which the German was hooked at half-time.Signed as a central midfielder, many Liverpool fans now ambitiously look to Can as a natural successor to outgoing captain Steven Gerrard and, again, there were flashes of evidence throughout the season.Dynamic, expansive and an on-field presence; Can captains Germany’s Under-21 side on a regular basis and evokes similar characteristics to arguably Liverpool’s greatest ever player.But while he was accomplished in midfield and shone as a hybrid centre-back during the Reds’ surge to the brink of Champions League qualification, Can’s versatility could serve to inhibit his progress as a player.The ultimate prototype for versatility in modern day Premier League football is Phil Jones. The Manchester United centre back-cum-right back-cum-defensive midfielder has become a jack of all trades rather than a master of one. Jones has publicly expressed his desire to hold down his preferred role at the heart of the defence, but his reputation as a utility man undermines those demands.Can was indeed useful in a variety of different roles, but it always felt like he was a contingency plan and he is in danger of following in Jones’s footsteps by becoming his club’s fall guy.The most worrying aspect of Can’s season is Liverpool now don’t know where his best position is and, when he was utilised in his favoured role in central midfield in the FA Cup tie with Blackburn, he somewhat flattered to deceive.Rodgers must now establish where his influence lies; particularly as Liverpool’s current central midfield options are alarmingly all very similar.With Lucas Leiva likely to leave, the Reds, arguably, lack a distinctive goalscoring midfielder or anchorman with Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen and new signing James Milner all boasting the same attributes.Can, therefore, must be the man to attempt to fill the Gerrard-shaped hole in Liverpool’s midfield. While this is an unenviable task, the chances of it happening will be negated if he continues to be deployed in a plethora of diverse roles.If Liverpool fans need a trace of evidence to suggest Can is able to do so, his virtuouso performance against Serbia Under-21s on Wednesday night, which included a classy equaliser, could raise a few eyebrows.He is, of course, far from the finished article. His trigger-happy nature needs to be curtailed, particularly after his sending off against Arsenal and two clumsy challenges against Chelsea and Manchester United that led to penalties last season.But if he can learn to curb his enthusiasm – much like Gerrard did – Liverpool already have a ready-made replacement for ‘captain fantastic’ in their ranks. Versatility is useful, but it is an overrated trait when a niche excellence is sacrificed.Play Can in his correct position and Liverpool may just reap the rewards. Emre Can 1last_img read more

Increased competition has improved my game, claims Arsenal striker

first_img1 Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud believes the increased competition for places in attack has helped him improve his game.The Frenchman faces a battle with Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott for a spot in Arsene Wenger’s first-team forward line in the coming season.The north London club have also repeatedly been linked with Edinson Cavani and Karim Benzema this summer but the former Montpellier hitman welcomes the challenges to his role as the club’s go-to goals machine.“You have to deal with that (competition) all the time and it helped me be a better player,” the 28-year-old said. “People are always talking about different players.”Giroud, who smashed 14 goals in 27 Premier League appearances last term, added: “I don’t have a precise target (for the new season) but I always want to improve, so I want to score more goals than last year. It would be nice to score at least 15 or 20 goals. My best record is 16 in the Premier League and I want to beat that.”last_img read more

Liverpool fans wish £32.5m man ‘goodnight’ after his latest Klopp snub

first_img1 Christian Benteke was an unused substitute in the League Cup final as Liverpool lost to Manchester City in the penalty shootout Christian Benteke didn’t get a look in as Liverpool lost on penalties to Manchester City in the League Cup final.The Belgium international struggled with injuries under Brendan Rodgers, but his return to fitness combined with the arrival of Jurgen Klopp was expected to kick start his career on Merseyside.He has, however, failed to make an impact on his new manager, to such an extent that, despite the club investing a sizeable £32.5m in securing his signature, he was overlooked in the Reds’ defeat to City at Wembley Stadium.MICKY QUINN TELLS TALKSPORT BENTEKE DOESN’T FIT IN WITH KLOPP’S STYLE AND BELIEVES THE STRIKER WILL LEAVE IN THE SUMMER So, is this latest snub by Klopp a sign that his time is up at Anfield?Here’s what Liverpool fans think…last_img read more


first_imgThief: Byrne. Pic copyright Northwest News PicsA ‘cunning’ thief who stole so much cash from the Donegal Animal Hospital it almost led to its closure has been fined €4,000 and jailed for 21 months, suspended for two years.And the Letterkenny St Vincent de Paul is €4,064 better off after the victim of the swindle refused to accept the thief’s compensation, insisting it went to the charity instead. Conor Byrne, 23, managed to by-pass the “world class” till system at the Animal Hospital in Lurgybrack, Letterkenny, Co Donegal between May, 2009 and December 2010.Byrne, 23, was ‘editing transactions’ so it appeared that the takings at the practice were never out.And although he faced 77 charges in relation to thefts totalling €4,064, the owner of the practice Gerard Roarty told Judge Paul Kelly that many multiples of that amount had gone missing.During an emotional victim impact testimony at Letterkenny District Court, Mr Roarty said that profits at his veterinary practice had risen 1,000% the year after Byrne was caught and they’d been able to expand services to Gaoth Dobhair and Stranorlar.He said he had six children and his brother five children – and they had numerous staff who relied on the business.All of that had been jeopardised, he said, as money drained away from the business without anyone knowing why.When suspicions arose, they were forced to begin searching other vets and farmers who were using the practice, believing medicines were being stolen. This had caused everyone huge anxiety, he said.Some of the animal medicines were “lethal” and he was concerned they were getting into the wrong hands.“Only for the excellent detective work of Garda Greg Regan we may never have gotten to the bottom of it,” said Mr Roarty.Garda Regan had contacted VetSCOPE who operated the tilling system – which Mr Roarty said was “world class and supposedly impossible to crack” – at the hospital and Byrne, of Drumdoit, Castlefin, was interviewed.He made a full admission when confronted about the thefts which amounted to €4,064.48.Byrne’s solicitor Pat Fahey that his client had suffered a brain tumour and was hard of hearing.He said that greed had got the better of him and the more he got away with the thefts, the more he carried on.He said he was now a student at Sheffield University studying Radiotherapy and one of the reasons for that choice of subject was because he had suffered a tumour.Mr Roarty said he did not believe the payment of compensation was sufficient for the thefts which had taken place and the trauma caused to a large number of people.However Judge Kelly said he could only deal with the 77 charges in front of him and the €4,064 involved and that Byrne had cooperated fully with the probation service and had realised the impact of his crimes.Looking towards Gardaí, Judge Kelly said however he was “surprised at the direction of the Director of Public Prosecutions” that the case was being heard at the District Court and not the Circuit Court.He said Byrne’s first theft in May 2009 may have been opportunistic, but all the thefts after that through until December 2010 had been premeditated and cunning.He fined Byrne €1,000 on four of the charges, ordering him to pay the €4,000 within six months.He also gave him concurrent suspended sentences totalling 21 months, suspended for two years, on two other charges, with the rest of the offences taken into consideration.The court then heard that Mr Roarty was refusing to accept €4,064 by way of compensation from Byrne with Mr Fahey suggesting the money could go to animal charities.However Judge Kelly said Mr Roarty should take the decision and the victim asked that the money go to Letterkenny St Vincent de Paul.“That is very generous of you Mr Roarty,” Judge Kelly told him.€4,000 FINES AND SUSPENDED PRISON TERM FOR THIEF WHO ‘AMOST DESTROYED’ ANIMAL HOSPITAL was last modified: July 19th, 2014 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:Conor ByrneDonegal Animal Hospitaltheftvetlast_img read more

Preschoolers may predict when adults will catch flu

first_imgPreschoolers may signal the arrival of flu season: Thirty days after hacking 3- and 4-year-olds start showing up in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms, flu-ridden adults follow. It’s a provocative discovery sure to bolster growing calls to vaccinate more healthy children against influenza – to help keep the misery from spreading. Moreover, researchers using a system that almost instantly tracks Boston-area health care found that a spike in respiratory illness among youngsters less than 5 predicts that about five weeks later, influenza-related deaths among the elderly will peak. The study doesn’t prove preschoolers actually drive each winter’s flu epidemic, just that they’re harbingers for waves of illness. 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “What we think is most likely is that 3- and 4-year-olds are early spreaders of influenza because of the preschool setting,” said John Brownstein, an epidemiologist at Children’s Hospital of Boston and co-author of the new study. Brownstein calls the close quarters of preschool and day care, full of kids who don’t yet cover their sneezes and are apt to pick their noses, “hotbeds of infection.” Regular schools are too, caution other experts who cite evidence that school-age children might be the biggest influenza spreaders. Older children may have better hygiene, but the 5- to 18-year-old population is much larger and more active in the community, giving it greater contact with the elderly who are most vulnerable to influenza, explains flu specialist Ira Longini, a biostatistician at Emory University. Healthy children older than 2 aren’t on the government’s list of flu-shot targets each year because they’re typically strong enough to fight off the virus without complications. Parents can choose to get them vaccinated anyway, as supplies allow.last_img read more

Things to Do

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! Valentine’s Traveling Nature Class will feature creepy crawlers and other small animals for children to see, touch and learn about, 3:30 p.m. today at the Newhall Library, 22704 W. 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. “Moon Over Buffalo” will be presented, 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday at the Valencia High School Theatre, 27801 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call (661) 294-1188, Ext. 528. Tony Daniels Magic Show, 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. “On the Town” will be presented by the Choral Department, 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. Festival of Trees will feature decorated trees, wreaths, kid’s activities and more, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday at 21119 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of SCV. Call Judy Belue at (661) 254-3063. Moonlight hike, 6-7 p.m. Friday at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Jackie Flynn and Ron Yaccovetti will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost $12 or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291. Bird Walk, 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Wendy Langhans at (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Harvest Festival will feature carnival games, autumn crafts and refreshments, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Texas Hold-em Tournament will benefit students in the Kid Flix Video Production Club and the Lego Robotics Team at Placerita Junior High, 4 p.m. Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club, 24909 Newhall Ave., Newhall. $100 donation gets $750 in chips and a seat at the table. Call Wendy Mathis at (661) 259-1551. Karaoke Night, 6 p.m.-midnight at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Free transportation for seniors who call in advance. Call (661) 259-9444. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Radio will perform, 9 p.m. Saturday at The Rock Inn, 17539 Lake Elizabeth Road, Lake Hughes. Call (661) 724-1855 or visit Sierra Club hike from Rice to Wiley canyon will meet, 9 a.m. Sunday at the entrance to Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Henry Schultz at (661) 284-5613 or Gaylon Rodin at (661) 263-0568. The NeaT will perform British rock, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Clarita Open Air Market at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission to the market: $1.50 for adults; children 11 and under are free. Call (661) 259-3886. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL will play Dublin in a re-match of this year’s All Ireland SFC semi-final when the two sides meet in the league next February 7.The game has been fixed for the evening – under floodlights.The re-match of this year’s final will be on March 15 – away to Kerry. Donegal will open the Allianz National League Division One campaign with a home game against Derry.The fixtures are below.DIVISION 1Saturday 31 January: Donegal v Derry; Tyrone v Monaghan. Sunday 1 February: Cork v Dublin; Kerry v Mayo.Saturday 7 February: Dublin v Donegal.Sunday 8 February: Derry v Kerry; Mayo v Tyrone; Monaghan v CorkSaturday 28 February: Kerry v Dublin; Tyrone v Derry.Sunday 1 March: Donegal v Cork; Mayo v Monaghan. Saturday 7 March: Donegal v Monaghan; Dublin v Tyrone.Sunday 8 March: Cork v Kerry; Derry v Mayo.Saturday 14 March: Mayo v Dublin.Sunday 15 March: Kerry v Donegal; Monaghan v Derry; Tyrone v Cork. Saturday 28 March: Donegal v Tyrone; Dublin v Derry.Sunday 29 March: Cork v Mayo; Kerry v Monaghan.Sunday 5 April: Derry v Cork; Mayo v Donegal; Monaghan v Dublin; Tyrone v Kerry.DONEGAL TO PLAY DUBLIN AT FLOODLIT CROKE PARK IN LEAGUE was last modified: October 15th, 2014 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:DerrydonegaldublinfixturesKerryMonaghanNational Leaguelast_img read more