Ambrose seeking to fire-up underdogs WI

first_imgHOBART, Australia (CMC):Fast-bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose is seeking to fire up underdogs West Indies who face top-ranked Australia in the first of three Test matches from this evening (Caribbean time).Ambrose, the bowling consultant, is insisting that the West Indies have the manpower to challenge the home side in the three-match rubber following their humiliating 10-wicket loss to an inexperienced Cricket Australia X1.Australia defeated West Indies 2-0 in their last series played in the Caribbean earlier this year.”Even though we lost 2-0, there were moments or periods when we had them on the back foot and had their backs against the wall. And we never really finished them off,” recalled Ambrose.”So we believe we can compete, and not only compete, but we believe we can beat them, and that’s our focus: to beat Australia. Not just to compete but to win and, being the underdogs, sometimes it’s good to be that way.”The Caribbean side was able to avoid an innings defeat against the young Cricket Australia’s X1 on the strength of a stubborn partnership between Jason Holder and Kemar Roach.But their defeat has forced former players and commentators to question their confidence going into the opening Test at Hobart.However, the former fast bowler is insisting that given the expectation of the Australian public, the home side is the one under pressure to perform.”We have nothing to lose. As far as we are concerned, Australia is the one under pressure. They have to beat us because Australians expect them to steamroll us. So they are the ones under pressure, not us,” he said.”We’re here to do a job and we’re going to make a good job of it. We’re not going to worry about what has been said about us not being a good team or not going to compete and games being over in three days and all that kind of stuff.”Jason Holder’s men arrived in Australia not having won an overseas tour of note in 20 years and are ranked above only Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.Ambrose has described in-form batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner as the main threat in the Australian batting line-up, but contends that their middle order is vulnerable.”They are in some good form at the moment, and there are two good batsmen and, yes, they will be key. If we can get them out early for not too many runs, I still believe that the middle order of Australia is not that solid at the moment,” Ambrose pointed out.”I think Warner and Smith will be key, and once we get them out early, that could give us some leeway to really test them.”Ambrose has identified the bowling attack as the Windies’ strength and expressed confidence in Jerome Taylor’s ability to lead an attack capable of taking 20 Australian wickets.”Since I joined the team, it took me a little while to get them to buy into my concept because they are accustomed to certain things and, of course, it would not change overnight,” said Ambrose, who took up his consultancy role in February 2014.The first Test will be played at the Blundstone Arena, from Thursday to Monday. First ball is 10:30 a.m. (Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Jamaica time).last_img read more

South Africa Lifts Ban on Travelers from Liberia

first_imgThe South African Embassy near Monrovia has lifted the ban on travelers from Liberia to South Africa following World Health Organization (WHO) declaration on May 9, that Liberia is free of Ebola Virus transmission.Making the declaration on Monday, May 25, at the embassy in Monrovia, Ambassador Masilo Mabeta told journalists at a press conference that since the decision has taken to remove Liberia from the list of high-risk countries for the EVD transmission, travelers from Liberia will not require prior application for permission to travel to South Africa.Ambassador Mabeta also noted that travelers will undergo only the thermal screening at ports of entry.During the heat of the Ebola crisis in Liberia, South Africa required travelers from Liberia to seek permission from WHO for their health status before being allowed to travel to South Africa.He reiterated that visas to travel to South Africa are issued in Monrovia and extended thanks and appreciation to the Liberian government, on behalf of South Africa, for the success in the Ebola fight.Ambassador Mabeta reechoed logistical support from South Africa to Liberia and said ambulances, motorbikes and medical supplies brought are in distribution process and when the time comes, they would be made public.He also disclosed that South Africa’s plan to help Liberia in the post-Ebola crisis would be in the areas of health and education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trio busted with cocaine at EBE remanded

first_imgDeopaul Gordeen and Amit KumarMohammed InshanThree men, who were earlier this week allegedly busted with over two kilograms of cocaine by ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), were on Friday hurled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to the offence.Charged for the offence of trafficking narcotics are 48-year-old Deopaul Gordeen of Lot 1155 Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE); 47-year-old Mohammed Inshan of Zeelugt, EBE, and Amit Kumar,41, a machine operator of Lot 275 Tuschen, EBE.The charge against the men alleged that on July 23, at Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), they had in their possession 2.64 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. The trio denied the charge after it was read to them.CANU Prosecutor Narissa Leander stated that on the day in question, ranks attached to CANU were conducting an observance exercise when they saw the number one defendant (Gordeen) handing over the suspected cocaine to the number two defendant (Inshan), who then gave same to the number three defendant (Kumar). Kumar subsequently placed the illegal drug in the car.According to the prosecutor, soon afterwards, ranks approached the defendants and conducted a search on the vehicle and the drug was found concealed in a plastic bag inside of a lunch bag. The trio was arrested and taken to the CANU office, where they were questioned.Leander further informed the court that there is video evidence of the handing over process.Attorney-at-Law Damion Dasilva represented Gordeen while Inshan and Kumar were represented by attorneys Siand Dhurjon and Marcel Bobb respectively. Each attorney requested that their clients be released on reasonable bail, noting that they are not a flight risk.However, the prosecution objected to bail citing the penalty the offence attracts and the prevalence of same.Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan remanded the men to prison and adjourned the matter to August 12, 2019, at the Leonora Magistrate Court.last_img read more

Growers struggle to keep crops safe

first_imgCalifornia’s growers and distributors responded to threats of government regulation by developing their own safety guidelines – including procedures for testing irrigation water, teaching field workers about hygiene, and keeping fields free from livestock or wild animals that might spread bacteria through their droppings. Nearly every packer and distributor of leafy greens signed an agreement to buy only from growers who follow these rules. The agreement also created an industry marketing board to set standards and hire state inspectors to check for compliance. Still, the standards fall short of the stricter oversight and stiff penalties proposed by one legislator after last year’s E. coli outbreak – the ninth that federal officials traced to lettuce or spinach from California’s central coast region. Farm-district representatives blocked that proposal. Instead, the agreement offers packers and distributors a seal of approval if they and their suppliers follow the guidelines. (The industry backed off plans to put the mark on retail labels after critics said it would be confusing for consumers.) “The goal is not to be punitive,” said Scott Horsfall, the marketing board’s new executive officer. “The goal is to get the entire industry to raise the bar on food safety.” In addition to the board’s guidelines, many restaurant and supermarket chains are imposing even stricter rules – and sending their own inspectors to check the fields. Over the summer, farmers installed miles of new fencing to keep animals out of fields in the Salinas Valley and neighboring San Benito County. Some hired extra staff to keep up with the new rules. Martin said he and other growers have begun posting daily reports on a secure Web site where buyers can monitor their efforts. All told, Martin estimated the new measures are adding $100 in extra costs per acre of cropland. Lower demand since last year’s outbreak has kept prices flat, but Filice predicts the costs eventually will be passed to consumers. Packers and distributors have also added safety measures, such as extra washing and testing of produce, tools and packing equipment. Natural Selection Foods, the San Juan Bautista company that packaged the tainted spinach last year for Dole Foods, now tests samples from every 1,600-pound lot of greens delivered to the company’s packing plant to check for E. coli and salmonella. It tests additional samples before each lot of processed greens is shipped out. Dole, which ended its relationship with Natural Selection, now puts labels containing a microchip and radio frequency identification antenna on bins that carry produce from the field to packing plants. This lets the company trace where any contaminated produce was grown and track any delays in processing or refrigeration. But despite the new precautions, last month’s recall shows that safeguarding food is still a complex challenge, with some experts arguing that more needs to be done. While officials are still trying to determine the source of salmonella, Metz Fresh spokesman Greg Larsen said the recall shows the effectiveness of the company’s testing and product tracking systems. No illnesses were reported. Jean Halloran, director of food policy at Consumers Union, sees it differently. Noting that some of the spinach had been shipped before the test results were known, Halloran argued that the industry needs more government oversight, including a mandatory “test and hold” requirement for all companies. Natural Selection, for example, holds all its greens until test results are back. It’s a difficult call, said Trevor Suslow, a plant pathologist at the University of California, Davis. Getting even preliminary results can take 24 hours, and growers have just a few days to ship produce across the country before it loses freshness. On the same day Metz Fresh received the preliminary result, the company notified its wholesale customers. It waited five more days to notify the public. Larsen said the company felt safe waiting for more lab analysis to confirm the presence of salmonella because officials had already impounded more than 90 percent of the spinach involved. But he acknowledged the possibility that some could have been sold to the public. Green crisis Here are recent episodes of contaminated leafy greens from California: September 2006: At least three people die and 200 people are sickened from E. coli bacteria on fresh spinach from San Benito County. It is the ninth E. coli outbreak blamed on leafy greens from the Central Coast. December 2006: An outbreak of illness from E. coli sickens 71 patrons of Taco Bell restaurants on the East Coast. Though early reports blamed green onions, officials said the pathogen was carried on lettuce grown in California. August 2007: Monterey County grower Metz Fresh recalls more than 34 tons of spinach after a sample tested positive for salmonella. No illnesses are reported.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Industry leaders said the recall by Metz Fresh shielded consumers and proved the new measures work. But critics said the incident illustrates the weakness of the new standards. They said the company never should have let the spinach leave the packing plant. Although the produce industry has drawn up guidelines for growing and handling leafy greens, consumer advocates complain they are too broad and lack teeth. Meanwhile, some smaller and organic growers say some of the new standards are expensive and unrealistic, and environmentalists worry they will harm wildlife and waterways. And while just about everyone agrees that safety efforts have increased, there is no foolproof formula for preventing food-borne illness. “We’re doing everything we can to ensure food safety,” said Bob Martin, who oversees 6,000 acres of cropland as general manager of Rio Farms in Monterey County. “But there’s no guarantees in life.” By some estimates, the nation’s produce industry suffered $100 million in lost sales and other costs tied to last year’s spinach outbreak – when at least three deaths and 200 illnesses were traced to E. coli bacteria in fresh spinach from San Benito County. SAN JOSE – San Benito County farmer Kay Filice has put up fences to keep animals out of her crops. She tests water samples monthly from every well and pipeline on her 1,400 acres. And she keeps a thick binder of paperwork to show inspectors from the 10 distributors who buy her crops. “We’re trying to make these fields as sterile as we possibly can, in a natural outdoor environment,” Filice said while touring one of her fields outside Hollister, where green bursts of new romaine lettuce dotted an expanse of rich brown dirt. A year after tainted California spinach drew the blame for a nationwide outbreak of illness and deaths, just about every grower and packer in the state’s $12 billion produce industry has adopted new procedures aimed at keeping leafy green crops free from deadly pathogens. So far, there have been no reported outbreaks traced to California lettuce or spinach this year. But when a Monterey County grower recalled more than 34 tons of spinach on Aug. 29, after a sample tested positive for salmonella, it renewed the debate about whether the farm industry is doing enough. last_img read more

THE DAY DONEGAL WERE ‘OUT-DONEGALED’! – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgFluttering in the breeze in St. Tiernachs Park, Clones, the Donegal Flag in all it’s finery. Pic.: Gary FoyMembers of the Donegal panel line up for the team photograph prior to the Ulster Senior Football Championship Final in St. Tiernachs Park, Clones. Pic.: Gary FoyKeeping an eye on the clock as time ticks away for Donegal in the Ulster Senior Football Final in Clones. Pic.: Gary FoyDonegal fans in good spirits as they await the throw-in at St. Tiernachs Park on Sunday. Pic.: Gary FoyHeading into battle as the Donegal team take part in the pre-match parade. Pic.: Gary FoyHeading for the exit as disappointment fills the features of the faces of these Donegal suporters. Pic.: Gary FoyDonegal’s Leo Mc Loone breaks with the ball during the Ulster Senior Football Championship Final against Monaghan. Pic.: Gary FoyDeep in thought as Donegal relinquish their Ulster Senior Football crown to Monaghan in Clones. Pic.: Gary FoyMarty O’ Reilly in possession as he tries to shrug off the attention of Monaghan’s Dessie Mone. Pic.: Gary FoyNeil Gallagher outjumps Owen Lennon as he gets straight into the action after being introdued from the bench mid-way through the opening half against Monaghan. Pic.: Gary FoyAfter the joys of the past two seasons this young Donegal supporter seems to be wondering what went wrong. Pic.: Gary FoyTHE DAY DONEGAL WERE ‘OUT-DONEGALED’! – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: July 22nd, 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:donegalMonaghanUlster Final. pic speciallast_img read more

LYIT STUDENTS PRESENTED WITH SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS

first_imgSports Scholarships presented at Letterkenny I.T.A total of 15 Sports Scholarships were awarded last week at Letterkenny Institute of Technology in what has become a growth programme in the institute. All 15 winners and family and friends attended the lunch and presentation. Since the introduction of the programme, over 100 scholarships have been awarded to full-time students in the institute who seek to maintain a representative level of performance in their chosen sports.Part of the requirements for selection is also the applicant’s dedication to sports participation within the institute. Paul Hannigan, President Lyit, complimented the winners who each received a cheque for €1,000.The winners are: Patrick Brennan, Letterkenny (Athletics), Amanda Byrne, Kilcar ,( GAA) , Denise Donaghey, Burnfoot, (Karate), Mark Harkin, Letterkenny (Soccer), Josh Mailey, Letterkenny,, (Soccer), John Manley, , Wicklow,( Hurling) Diarmuid MacArtain, Dundalk, (GAA), Daniel McArdle, Castleblayney, (Basketball), Niamh McCarthy, castleblayney, (Soccer), Darren McGlinchey, Castlefinn, (Athletics), Barry McNamee, Ramelton, (Soccer), Patrick McNulty, Foxford, Co. Mayo, (GAA), Grace O’Mahoney, Skibereen, Co. Cork, (Basketball), Conor Roynane, Skerries, Co. Dublin, (Rugby).The group are pictured with college members Patsy McGonagle, Paddy Gallagher and the President of the LYIT Paul Hannigan.  LYIT STUDENTS PRESENTED WITH SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS was last modified: February 28th, 2012 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:LYITPADDY GALLAGHERpatsy mcgonaglePaul Hanniganlast_img read more

FIFA pres says European Super League players would be banned from internationals

first_img IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Threats of a breakaway league have reared up periodically for a number of years, and Infantino said there would be a heavy price to pay for players taking part.“You are either in or you are out,” he began.“If there are players who don’t play organised football then that encompasses everything – national leagues, confederation competitions, the Euros and the World Cup.“We have seen for many years these attempts to break away outside of the structures, going back to the 1990s. It is up to us to protect football and come up with solutions that benefit clubs and also the world football community.” Latest Transfer News FIFA president Gianni Infantino claims any footballers involved in a potential European Super League would be barred from playing international football.Leaked documents published by German magazine Der Spiegel revealed that Real Madrid have held talks about setting up a 16-team Super League, including the leading sides from English football. moving on Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED 1 LATEST targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer REVEALED Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing three-way race Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January TOP WORK Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM targets Infantino, meanwhile, defended his role in another of the stories revealed by Der Spiegel, which alleged Manchester City struck a secret deal with European football’s governing body UEFA in 2014 to avoid a potential Champions League ban for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.New revelations published this week allege further breaches of FFP committed by City.Infantino, the head of UEFA at the time, said: “We were doing our job and saved the system and we saved European club football. We worked with the information we had at the time. If new information has come out, I’m sure UEFA will look at it.”last_img read more

HOAX – BOMB DISPOSAL EXPERTS SAY OBJECT WAS A FAKE

first_imgPICTURE EXCLUSIVE: A device which caused massive disruption in Buncrana has been declared an elaborate hoax.Gardai remove the hoax deviceThe suspicious object, which looked like a pipe bomb, was left on a wall outside the Tullyarvan Mill.An army bomb disposal team arrived by helicopter a short time ago to examine the object. However after examining the object, it was removed a short time later in a paper evidence bag by Gardai (pictured right).The planting of the device caused huge disruption to everyday life in the Inishowen town today.A number of people who called to stay in the hostel, including overseas visitors, had to be turned away.Buncrana Town Cllr Ciaran MacLochlainn said such incidents do nothing to help the image of the town. Army bomb disposal experts arrive by helicopter“Whoever put this device ehere would need to take a good look at themselves.“We are very dependent on tourists and something like this does for our reputation,” he said.He said he hopes whoever planted the device has been caught on CCTV.“I do hope that Gardai examine all the CCTV footage of the area around the mill and whoever is responsible for this is brought to justice,” he said.   HOAX – BOMB DISPOSAL EXPERTS SAY OBJECT WAS A FAKE was last modified: August 15th, 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)last_img read more

HEALTH AND FITNESS: TRY TRX AND LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE

first_imgSo, I did what every trainer tells you. I left my comfort zone of doing the same workout, same time and same old rut.My workouts had become stale and I hadn’t felt a bead of sweat in a while.I knew it was time for a change. I had missed a week of free trial sessions on offer at Fit-Hub Gym for their TRX & Kettlebell Iron Circuit Conditioning classes. Fate?I also assumed it was geared towards an elite athlete rather than someone who tends to be more casual in their training. Let’s face it, it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.When you google TRX (total resistance exercise) it says that a former Navy Seal developed this training. That’s enough information to send me back to my comfort zone.Instead, I joined a busy morning class, hoping to blend into the background. TRX suspension training uses your body weight for resistance. Suspension bands are hung from a stable frame that users can work against their own body weight to target the core, increase strength and flexibility.By adjusting body position, the level of difficulty of a particular exercise changes making it appropriate for people at all fitness levels.To me, it just looked a lot like circus skills.We did a warm-up of squats, lunges and stuff that is happily a distant memory while two instructors looked along the line checking technique and form; two instructors!After more warm up exercises on the suspension bands, we were ready to start the circuits. With options for beginner or advanced levels or a mix of both, the circuits included kettlebell swings, planks, leg raises, TRX rows, burpees, kettlebell squat and press.To do a TRX row you hold one handle in each hand and walk your feet forward and lean backward.At this position, engage your upper back and core to pull yourself up.I was a bit wobbly and needed to focus on getting the right tension. It was a very controlled and contained series of circuits. There was no mad flailing around and throwing yourself into the next exercise just to move on. Yep, I’ve done that.Technique was checked at each station and, thankfully, we were told “take a break if you need to, it’s not a competition”.We finished the class with a cool down using the TRX.It is daunting walking into a new gym, a different class and wondering if you’ll make it out in one piece. I don’t think I’d ever reach the comfort zone stage with this training but I’ll give it a go.Fit-Hub Gym at Pinehill Business Park, Mountain Top, Letterkenny offer TRX & Kettlebell Iron Circuit Conditioning classes running for 4 week blocks at a time, 3 classes per week @ €60 per month, Monday Wednesday & Friday 6am, 10am & 7pm. Pay as you go classes are €6.Brenda O’NeillHEALTH AND FITNESS: TRY TRX AND LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE was last modified: October 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:Fit-Hub GymTRX & Kettlebelllast_img read more

Men’s Basketball Leads the Nation in NABC Honors Court Selections

first_imgReed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.), Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.), C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.), Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.), Samm Jones (Minneapolis, Minn.), Casey Schlatter (Iowa Falls, Iowa) and Kory Kuenstling (Dunkerton, Iowa) were all honored for their accomplishments in the classroom during the 2017-18 season. Seven members of the Drake University men’s basketball team have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, the organization announced July 17. The Bulldogs seven honorees tied for the national lead among NCAA Division I programs the most in the Missouri Valley Conference. Drake’s seven honorees tied Utah Valley for the national lead among Division I programs while Villanova, Harvard, Eastern Washington and Bucknell each had six. Bradley and Loyola were the only MVC programs with multiple honorees with four and three, respectively. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img To be eligible for the NABC Honors Court, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the season and have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.last_img read more