CRICKET: Windies level series

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel snatched a five-wicket haul in a Man-of-the-Match performance as West Indies beat Pakistan by 106 runs on the final day of the second Test here Thursday, to level the three-match series at 1-1. Set 188 for victory at Kensington Oval, Pakistan folded meekly for 81, with Gabriel finishing with five for 11 to end with match figures of nine for 92. Captain and seamer Jason Holder claimed three for 23 while pacer Alzarri Joseph picked up two for 42. Resuming from a precarious position of 35 for five at lunch, Pakistan failed to rebound and lost their remaining wickets for 46 runs to be all out, 38 minutes before the scheduled tea interval. Wicketkeeper Safraz Ahmed top-scored with 23 and tail-ender Mohammad Amir scored 20, staging the best partnership of the innings with 42 for the eighth wicket.last_img read more

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French Open: Del Potro has ‘nothing to lose’ against ‘king of clay’ Nadal

first_imgArgentina’s Juan Martin del Potro celebrates after victory over Croatia’s Marin Cilic at the end of their men’s singles quarter-final match on day twelve of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULTArgentina’s Juan Martin del Potro said that he will have “nothing to lose” in his French Open semi-final clash with Rafael Nadal on Friday, after not even knowing whether he would play in the days before the tournament.The former US Open champion, who almost retired from the sport two years ago after persistent wrist injuries, had said he would make a “last-minute decision” on his Roland Garros participation after suffering a leg injury at the Rome Masters.ADVERTISEMENT But fast-forward 12 days and the affable Del Potro is preparing to take on 10-time champion Nadal in his first French Open semi-final since 2009.READ: Nadal completes fightback to reach 11th French Open semifinalFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe enormity of the situation clearly dawned on him after beating Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals on Thursday, as he sobbed tears of joy at the side of the court.“I’m feeling so, so happy to make the right decision to play here. I am doing well,” he said after edging out third seed Cilic 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5. “I came here without big expectations, just seeing how my body feels match by match.“Now I’m (in the) semi-finals, which means something great to me. So I have nothing to lose tomorrow. We’ll see what can I do against the king of clay.”The fifth seed, who stunned Roger Federer to win the 2009 US Open at the age of 20, said he never imagined that the likes of the 20-time Grand Slam champion and Nadal would still be standing in his path at major tournaments almost a decade later.“I thought that after nine years I will play a different one, not Rafa or Roger,” he added.“But all my semi-finals in Grand Slams were against them. The last one in US Open I lost against Rafa. In Wimbledon I lost against (Novak) Djokovic. Here with Federer.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES PH loses opener to Netherlands in women’s Fiba 3×3 World Cup Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img MOST READ “It’s amazing for the tennis, the tennis world.”Del Potro will be playing in a Grand Slam semi-final for the fifth time when he steps onto Court Philippe Chatrier, with a place in the final against either surprise package Marco Cecchinato or Dominic Thiem up for grabs.But reaching such heady heights would have seemed a long way off when he started his 2016 season ranked outside the world’s top 1,000.“Everybody knows that I was close to quitting this sport two years ago, but then I, for one reason, I never give up,” said Del Potro.“And I have been trying and trying every day to fix my problem in my wrist. And in the end, I got it, and now I’m having a great present, looking forward for the future.”Nadal has never failed to win the title when reaching the last four at Roland Garros, but knows that Del Potro, who he has lost to five times, is a dangerous opponent.“Del Potro has achieved great victories this year. He has fantastic potential,” said the 16-time Grand Slam champion.“I have to play aggressively. If I play defensively and I don’t take intensity, I will be lost.”Cecchinato has ‘lots in his favor’World number 72 Cecchinato stunned Roland Garros on Tuesday by following up his surprise wins over top-10 seeds David Goffin and Pablo Carreno Busta with a breathtaking victory against 12-time major champion Djokovic. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments The Italian, who had never won a Grand Slam match before the tournament, faces seventh seed Thiem in the last four.Gustavo Kuerten clinched the first of his three French Open crowns as a little-known 66th-ranked Brazilian in 1997.“It’s kind of the same run. The advantage, of course, is you play (with) nothing to lose,” said Kuerten, who went on to become the world number one.“You know, you have a lot in (your) favor. And the lack of experience and knowledge of being on these last rounds, that’s always the risk. But I think he’s very enthusiastic.”But Austrian Thiem will see this as a fantastic opportunity to reach a maiden Grand Slam final, after losing to Djokovic and Nadal at the semi-final stage in each of the last two years in Paris.“I think for me it’s time to move on to make a great step, because I’m turning 25 (in September). I’m not that young anymore.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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Teen attacked, chopped while walking along roadway

first_imgA teenage construction worker is battling for his life at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after he was attacked and brutally chopped about his body by a male while walking along the Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD) public road on Saturday evening.Commander of D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo), Senior Superintendent Linden LordReports are that the injured youth, Denzil King, of Lot 21(C) Ever Green Street, New Road, Vreed-en-Hoop, WCD, returned home from work around 18:00h but went back on the road.However, less than 30 minutes after King had left his residence, his sister received a telephone call from a friend who notified her that her brother was attacked and chopped.According to a police source, King had been walking along the public road in the village, when a vehicle stopped close to him and queried if he was “okay” but the teenager did not respond.The driver of the vehicle promptly drove away from King. Moments later, an unidentified individual attacked King from behind with a cutlass and dealt one blow to his right shoulder. He was also chopped to his left elbow, abdomen and back.The severely injured young man managed to walk to his friend’s home, which was a short distance away and related what took place.The female friend rushed the bleeding King to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was immediately admitted for emergency medical attention.However, due to the severity of his wounds, the young man was transferred to the GPHC for further medical treatment. His condition is presently regarded as “serious.”Meanwhile, Commander of D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo), Senior Superintendent Linden Lord when contacted stated that investigations into the matter are still ongoing and that statements are being taken and reviewed with the hopes of apprehending the culprit(s) soon. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

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Liverpool line-up v Newcastle – Is this how to get the best out of Balotelli?

first_img1 Mario Balotelli found his shooting boots against Swansea While their performances continue to leave much to be desired, Liverpool’s form book isn’t looking too shabby, with the Redmen having lost just one of their last five in all competitions.Brendan Rodgers’ men left it late in the Capital One Cup in midweek, but it will be hoped that the morale-boosting victory can be translated to the Premier League as the Merseysiders travel to the North East and St. James’ Park to take on a Newcastle United side enjoying their own particular purple patch.The Magpies followed crucial victories over Leicester and Tottenham Hotspur with a surprise scalp of Man City in midweek, prompting the Toon Army support to talk up their chances of adding another top-flight heavyweight to their list.Kop boss Rodgers has no new injury concerns, with Daniel Sturridge still struggling with his battle against a series of injuries (calf), while Jose Enrique (knee), Mamadou Sakho (thigh), Jon Flanagan (knee) and Suso (groin) all remain absent.The big question will once again surround Mario Balotelli. The Italian looked woeful against Hull City last weekend, but he did his confidence the world of good, coming off the bench to score against Swansea on Wednesday.Rodgers will be hoping he can take that into league competition as the former AC Milan striker looks to break his Premier League duck, so expect Balotelli to get the nod in attack on Saturday, but who else will feature in the Reds’ starting XI? 1 While Liverpool looked better defensively against Swansea, expect some alterations from that backline, but given their performances on the flanks, we suspect that both Javier Manquillo and Glen Johnson may retain their positions.Rodgers’ real decision comes in how he sets his attack up. He could play it bold and field two strikers, or stick with a more familiar formation with Balotelli as the focal point of attack.Midfield seems the likeliest area where this match will be controlled and won, so we think Balotelli will lead the line, with Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling either side. However, given his strong showing in midweek, don’t be surprised to see Fabio Borini handed a rare start.Liverpool fans, how do you think you’ll line-up on Saturday? Comment below…last_img read more

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RANKED: Top 15 Premier League attacking midfielders so far this season

first_img 15 15 6. Sadio Mane (Southampton) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 7. Ross Barkley (Everton) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 15 9. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 1. David Silva (Manchester City) 13. Andre Ayew (Swansea City) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 5. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… The CIES Football Observatory ranks Liverpool star James Milner as the 15th best attacking midfielder in the Premier League – Using data from OPTA, the CIES Football Observatory in Switzerland calculate ‘key performance indicators’ such as shooting, distribution and chance creation and they’ve applied these to figure out the best players (must have played 60 per cent of the minutes available to them) currently in the Premier League. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 10. Juan Mata (Manchester United) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 8. James Morrison (West Brom) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 3. Jeffeson Montero (Swansea City) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 11. Jesus Navas (Manchester City) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 12. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 14. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – Click the right arrow to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 4. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 15 15 We might only be four games into the new Premier League season but we’re already talking about the top performers.The international break allows reflection on an intriguing opening to the campaign where Leicester City and Crystal Palace are impressing, while Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, will be rueing slow starts.It also gives us a chance to look at the top performing individuals, and the CIES Football Observatory have handily published their positional rankings for the season so far.The boffins in Switzerland, using data from OPTA, calculate ‘key performance indicators’ and they’ve applied these to figure out the best players currently in the top flight.So who do they feel are the best attacking midfielders around right now? Click the right arrow above to find out…*Players must have played 60 per cent of the minutes available to them 2. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 15last_img read more

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JUST ONE WEEK LEFT TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON COUNCIL’S CORPORATE PLAN

first_imgWith just one week to go until the deadline for submissions on the Corporate Plan, Donegal County Council is urging community groups, organisations, businesses and members of the public to have their say on what they think the Council should be focusing on over the next 5 years.Speaking this week Anne Marie Conlon Communications Officer with the Council stated that “the Corporate Plan will set out the strategic direction of the Council over the next 5 years.”“To help us in preparing this plan we would like to hear the views and opinions of the public on what they believe are the key areas that the Council should focus on.” Donegal County Council provides a wide range of services from Planning services to Roads services to Housing services to Library and Cultural services.The Council also has a pivotal role in promoting economic, social and community development and in harnessing Donegal’s natural and cultural resources for the benefit of the entire community.To help groups, organisations and members of the public make submissions to the plan, Donegal County Council has prepared a short information leaflet setting out how you can have your say. The deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday 20 February 2015.For more information visit www.donegalcoco.ie , find Donegal County Council on Facebook or Twitter or send your submissions directly to corporateplan@donegalcoco.ie   JUST ONE WEEK LEFT TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON COUNCIL’S CORPORATE PLAN was last modified: February 13th, 2015 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:councilPubliclast_img read more

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‘CORNCRAKES MORE PROTECTED THAN DONEGAL PEOPLE’ – CLAIM

first_imgSenior officials from the National Parks and Wildlife Service are to return to Magheraroarty next week to meet with local landowners who are battling the imposition of a EU Directive that protects wildlife and particularly the corncrake.The iconic corncrakeThe Tirconail Tribune reports that landowners in the West Donegal SPA have lodged a number of appeals against the ruling over the past five years and this meeting is seen as a last ditch attempt to resolve the crisis.This coastal community points to the reality that their small holdings will suffer a very serious financial loss if the Designation goes ahead. They believe that no more houses will be granted planning permission within the SPA and land prices will be badly hit due to the imposing of a raft of rules that will see traditional practices eliminated.And as fears emerge that the Corncrake is about to become more important than the livelihoods of local farmers, the community is keeping its fingers crossed that a way forward out of this impossible impasse may be on the cards…especially with a general election only a few months away.The SPA is primarily to protect the corncrake habitat. It is feared that if the designation is applied large tracts of property on this coastline will be rendered useless and farmlands will be seriously devalued.The EU Directive is causing serious alarm and the areas within the designation stretch from Falcarragh to Magheraroarty and includes thousands of acres of farm land and sought after development sites. The special status of protection for the corncrake proposed by the Govt has been the subject of a number of appeals in West Donegal over the past five years. A final decision is now imminent. And the community is claiming that the corncrake is now being given more protection than the people who reside within these areas.Local farmers who recently met with Heather Humphreys Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in their appeal for retention of the farming and planning rights on their properties said the brief session was a bit of a waste of time and effort.Stalemate has ensued in the appeals process after a large number of landowners objected to the SPA and despite having waited for five years for a definitive decision on the controversy, the community remains in limbo, according to their spokesmen last night.The protected status will see a range of farm practices being changed or discontinued and it will also have a huge impact on the grant of planning permission on family holdings.Sheanie Boyle, a local farmer and Chair of the Donegal INHFA told the Tribune that they might as well pack it in if their appeals against the designation goes against them. Special Protection Areas are those designated under EU law for the wellbeing of wildlife and here in West Donegal, the corncrake is the threatened species. Known as The West Donegal Coast SPA, the area stretches from Falcarragh to Meenlaragh and Magheraroarty and hundred of landowners complain that farming is under threat if the designation is finally approved.Donegal has 21 such areas of wildlife protection and that is over 13.6% of the entire country. The appeals process was taken to the Minister Heather Humphries three weeks ago and according to the delegation the 30 minutes meeting was of no real consequence.Minister Humphries continued to emphasise the EU regulations which the Falcarragh group know off by heart for a number of years.The Govt line is that the landowners are being paid fair compensation for their projected loses under the new Glas scheme. Sheanie Boyle does not agree. He says the offer for SPA’s vary from €205 to €375/ha, and the farmers will have to follow a management plan. The birds include the breeding wader, chough, corncrake, geese and swan, hen harrier and twite. The West Donegal SPA has also been aired in the Dail by Deputy Pearse Doherty.He asked the Minister, Heather Humphreys about her plans to review the current designation of the Meenlaragh to Falcarragh special protection area in; to initiate a renewed public consultation process as part of any potential plans to review the designation; to amend the current restrictions on farming practices which are placed on landowners within the area; and if she will make a statement on the matter.In her response the Minister said: “A census of corncrakes was carried out in 2014 in all of the key areas for this species, including in the Falcarragh to Meenlaragh special protection area . Two calling male corncrakes were recorded, indicating that there were two or more nesting pairs in the area.The Court of Justice of the European Union made a judgement against Ireland in 2007 in case C-418/04, for failing to implement in full the EU Birds Directive. In a significant element of the judgement, the court found that Ireland had not designated sufficient special protection areas for the corncrake.The Falcarragh to Meenlaragh area has long had a substantial population of this species and therefore was included in the special protection area network. However, the population has declined in recent years.The intention to designate the Falcarragh to Meenlaragh special protection area was advertised in July 2011. Landowners were advised that they could appeal against the proposed designation of the site as a special protection area.The appeals process has two stages: a Departmental review of an objection to the proposed designation, after which landowners who receive an adverse review may opt to take their cases to the Designated Areas Appeals Advisory Board. This is an independently chaired Board which makes recommendations to me, as Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, on such cases.“I have no plans to review the current designation of the Falcarragh to Meenlaragh special protection area . However, the final boundary of the site may be amended as a result of the appeals process currently in train. In this regard, I understand that some 29 appeals remain to be dealt with. There are 25 appeals before the Designated Areas Appeals Advisory Board in relation to objections by landowners to the proposed boundary of the site. The Board has also recently submitted recommendations on 4 further appeals, which I intend to consider in the near future.”The West Donegal community is now hoping that the Minister will reconsider their plight in the light of meetings between local reps and officials from the National Parks & Wildlife Service.Last year the largest concentration of the corncrake was in Donegal where 156 calling males were counted with 108 of those on islands off the coast. The Donegal island with the largest number of corncrakes is Inisbofin with 42. This was followed by 15 on Tory Island and 14 on both Gola and Inishmeane.‘CORNCRAKES MORE PROTECTED THAN DONEGAL PEOPLE’ – CLAIM was last modified: July 30th, 2015 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

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MORE THAN 40 ARRESTS IN DONEGAL ON ST PATRICK’S WEEKEND

first_imgMORE THAN 40 people were arrested by Gardai in various incidents across Co Donegal over the St Patrick’s weekend – with a suspect detained for an attack in Falcarragh.All the arrests related to public order offences, mainly in the Letterkenny and Bundoran areas.However Gardai say public disorder was lower than in previous years. Most of those held were detained for being drunk and/or starting fights late on Sat Patrick’s night on Sunday and into the early hours of the morning on Monday.The most serious incident was an assault in Falcarragh which left 47-year-old Patrick McLaughlin fighting for his life at the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.Gardai are today studying CCTV footage in their ongoing investigation into that attack.A man in his 20s was being quizzed at Glenties Garda Station today in relation to the Falcarragh attack.  MORE THAN 40 ARRESTS IN DONEGAL ON ST PATRICK’S WEEKEND was last modified: March 19th, 2013 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:MORE THAN 40 ARRESTS IN DONEGAL ON ST PATRICK’S WEEKENDlast_img read more

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GARDAI PROBE TRAGIC CONAL’S LAST MOVEMENTS AMID FEARS HE FELL OFF BOAT

first_imgTragic Conal will be buried on Sunday.Gardaí say they are trying to piece together the last movements of Ardara man Conal Gildea on the night he died, with investigations focused on a floating music bar on a boat on the River Liffey.In a statement issued in Dublin officers say they are NOT treating his death as suspicious, but are working on one theory that the 25-year-old much-loved GAA player may have fallen off the side of the barge when he left friends to go to a cash machine.He was last seen in the early hours of Saturday morning – possibly around 3am – but the alarm was not raised until he failed to return home on Monday. The Garda Water Unit carried out a search of the River Liffey. His body was recovered on Monday in Grand Canal Dock.Gardai say the floating music venue had 50 to 70 customers last Friday night and early on Saturday morning. They are trying to trace all those who were there.“We’re investigating all the circumstances surrounding his disappearance and the subsequent recovery of his body,” said a Garda spokesperson.Gardaí appealed to any person who was in the vicinity of Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Britain Quay, or on board a floating music venue between 3am and 8am on Saturday morning to contact them. A number of people have already come forward already and are assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pearse Street on 01- 6669000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.A large crowd of people met Mr Gildea’s remains when he arrived home in Ardara tonight – with members of the GAA club forming a guard of honour.His funeral Mass will take place at the Church of the Holy Family at 11am on Sunday.His death has shocked the local community where he is remembered as a fun-loving, charming and loveable young man. Conal had excelled at gaelic games. GARDAI PROBE TRAGIC CONAL’S LAST MOVEMENTS AMID FEARS HE FELL OFF BOAT was last modified: May 3rd, 2013 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:ArdaraConal GildeaGARDAI PROBE TRAGIC CONAL’S LAST MOVEMENTS AMID FEARS HE FELL OFF BOATlast_img read more

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