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James looks to make statement

By on February 10, 2020

first_imgJorginho James was on a mission on Monday night – a mission to prove that he was good enough, and he did just that in the Red Stripe Premier League as he led Harbour View to a thumping 5-0 over UWI.Smarting from his ‘rejection’ by the US Major League Soccer (MLS), the ambitious 21-year-old box-to-box midfielder felt that there was only one way to handle the issue – perform.”I have been working very hard on the training ground. I have been away and things did not work out the way I wanted them to, but I came back here to prove something, to show that they made a mistake when they did not choose me in that (MLS) combine, so for me personally, it is good and I have a lot more to work on in my game to get overseas,” said the former Papine, Wolmer’s and Kingston College student.James, who showed his qualities with a goal-scoring debut for the Reggae Boyz as a 17 year-old, was Harbour View’s best player on the night, as he scored the first goal for Harbour View in the fourth minute, had a hand in the second and scored the fifth, as they spanked the promoted UWI outfit.John-Ross Campbell (51st), Brian Brown (71st) and substitute Rojay Smith (78th) scored the other goals for the team, which improved its tally to 33 points and narrowed the gap on fourth-placed Humble Lion to two points.”I was not disappointed in my performance in the MLS combine because I went over there and did well. I think it was some administrative matters that caused it not to work and not about the performance that I gave on the field.”I did well. My agent has talked to me and told me that I have nothing to worry about. He said I will be back there and will be in even better situations, so I have come back and refocus on getting the balls in the back of the net. This is important for myself and the club,” James said.James admitted that not having the contract he thought he would have had at this time especially after an opportunity to play professionally in Japan also fell through can be frustrating.Having had just one national cap after making his debut for a total of two, James said it is not enough for him and the desire to get back into the fold burns in his belly.BACK ON NAT’L SIDE”It most definitely is my plan to get back into the national team. That is what I am working on. It is hard for us to get called up from the local league, so I am putting in the work to get overseas and it will be much easier for me. It is there in the making to come. It will come,” he declared.But the only way to get abroad is to do the work at, ‘yard’ and part of that is personal performance and winning with the team.”I am most elated about the win this evening. We have been training hard, and the players are dedicated. I feel very good to know that the team scored five goals tonight. The way we did it also was very good. It was not just a one player, but a number of different players. It is very good for the club, the fans and the coaching staff.”We are gunning for the championship. That is why we are playing not just to compete, but to win the competition not only this season, but every season,” the very focused player said.POINTS STANDINGTeams P W D L GF GA GD PtsArnett 23 13 4 6 35 20 15 43Portmore 23 13 4 6 28 20 8 43MoBay Utd 23 11 9 3 34 13 21 42H Lion FC 23 9 8 6 21 18 3 35H.View 23 8 9 6 28 22 6 33UWI FC 23 8 6 9 24 34 -10 30Cavalier SC 23 7 6 10 18 23 -5 27Boys’ Town 23 7 6 10 25 33 -8 27Reno 23 6 9 8 22 30 -8 27Rivoli 22 5 7 10 23 30 -7 22W’house 23 4 9 10 20 28 -8 21Tivoli 22 5 5 12 24 31 -7 20last_img read more

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Ronaldo says his ‘brilliance’ bothers people

By on January 19, 2020

first_imgProsecutors accuse the four-time world player of the year of having evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax.Ronaldo, 32, has denied any wrongdoing. He told the judge he has always filed his tax returns and “never had the intention of evading taxes”, according to a statement from his representatives.Spanish daily El Mundo said the player — the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine — implied during his court hearing that he was only being investigated because of who he is.“I am only here because my name is Cristiano Ronaldo,” the player told the judge, according to the newspaper.Ronaldo had been expected to speak to the throng of reporters gathered outside of the court after the hearing but instead his spokesman Inaki Torres emerged from the building to announce the player “was on his way home”, prompting jeers from the press.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo said Tuesday his “brilliance” annoys people, a day after he was quizzed by a Spanish judge investigating whether he evaded paying millions of euros in taxes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“What bothers people is my brilliance, insects only attack lamps that shine!!!!” the Portuguese wrote in an Instagram message that received over a million likes within an hour of being posted.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Portuguese television SIC reported that Ronaldo aborted the appearance at the podium set up outside the court because the court hearing had gone badly, with many moments of “tension” between him and the judge.Ronaldo is not the only footballer to fall foul of authorities in Spain.His arch-rival, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, was found guilty of tax evasion last year.Other footballers have also recently run into trouble with Spain’s taxman, some of them already convicted and others under investigation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ronaldo spent over 90 minutes on Monday answering the questions of investigating judge Monica Gomez at a closed door hearing in Pozuelo de Alarcon, the wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Herndon to Marinero, Apinan to Cignal as D-League teams retool ahead of playoffs View commentslast_img read more

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Hamilton wins Belgian GP to trim Vettel’s lead to 7 points

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first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Guiao focused on winning, not securing top draft pick Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Vettel finished second, about 2 seconds behind Hamilton.“Sebastian was very, very close. He was very consistent throughout,” said Hamilton, after his 200th GP. “That’s what racing’s about.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Hamilton was in good form all weekend, topping every part of qualifying.“Really brilliant,” Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said. “Hamilton’s drive was really fantastic.” Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu The 19-year-old Verstappen secured a podium with third place in China but has been hit with reliability issues since.Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso retired on lap 27 — the latest setback as McLaren continues to struggle with Honda engines. The Spanish driver has completed only three races so far.The Spa track, nestled in the Ardennes forest, is the longest in F1 at 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) and the race is often full of incident, especially when it rains.It stayed dry, but there was one heated clash between Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, prompting the safety car to come out after they made contact with each other on lap 30, sending debris onto the track.Their tense relationship is degrading fast.After bumping on the track at the Azerbaijan GP in June, they did it again when they touched wheels as Ocon moved on the outside of the track shortly after the start, with Perez responding by squeezing the Frenchman against the barrier.Later the pair came into contact again with Ocon’s front wing flying away and a tire dropping off Perez’s car as a result.This prompted a furious, expletive-laced outburst from Ocon, who was already unhappy that his team had pitted Perez for new tires ahead of him. After both cars pitted for repairs, Ocon finished ninth but Perez had to retire just before the end.The safety car stayed out for four laps, which was too long for Hamilton’s liking, and he used an expletive of his own to complain.“There was hardly any debris about,” Hamilton said afterward. “They did a good job cleaning the track.” Drivers worry that their tires lose heat if they stay behind the car too long.But Vettel failed to capitalize.“Maybe that was the problem, my restart was too good,” Vettel said. “I was too close.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite On a track more suited to Mercedes than Ferrari, Hamilton felt Vettel got “way too close” for comfort.“This weekend we definitely didn’t have the race pace. The car is not quite where we need it,” Hamilton said. “It was only just enough to stay ahead.”Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third — for his sixth podium of the season — finishing ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, with Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas fifth.Ricciardo showed great race intelligence and opportunism to pass Bottas after the safety car incident.After 12 races, four-time F1 champion Vettel has 220 points to three-time champion Hamilton’s 213 heading into next weekend’s Italian GP in Monza.“The positive thing is that we had really good race pace,” Vettel said. “I’m looking forward to next week.”Hamilton made a good start to the race on the long climb up to Eau Rouge, with Vettel on his tail.But Max Verstappen’s hopes of a first win this season ended on lap 8 when his Red Bull lost power.“I can’t believe this,” Verstappen said. His exasperation was understandable — it is the sixth time this season he has failed to finish the race, and some 80,000 Dutch fans had crossed the border to cheer him on.“I’m not happy at all,” Verstappen said. “I am very disappointed for the fans who buy an expensive ticket to watch and I retire after eight laps. No words.” Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (right) raises his trophy in the air on the podium after winning the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany placed second and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia (left) placed third. (Photo by OLIVIER MATTHYS / AP)SPA-FRANORCHAMPS, Belgium — Lewis Hamilton celebrated his record-equaling 68th pole position with victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, trimming championship leader Sebastian Vettel’s lead to seven points.Hamilton clinched his fifth win of the season and 58th overall, having equaled Michael Schumacher’s pole record.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES Although it was a comfortable win for the British driver, it got a bit tense toward the end.“I was waiting for Lewis to make a mistake and he didn’t,” Vettel said.With about 10 laps left, Vettel almost overtook his challenger as they emerged from behind the safety car.Vettel got his Ferrari alongside Hamilton on a long straight, but Hamilton edged his Mercedes into the corner just in time.“I’m not entirely happy,” said Vettel, adding that he got his approach slightly wrong.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

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Celtics snap losing streak to injury-hit Spurs

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first_imgThe Celtics have rallied from an 0-2 season start that saw them lose new signee Gordon Hayward to an injury in the opening game at Cleveland.“We’re just really buying into what the coach wants us to do and our young guys, they’re all ears,” said Horford. “They’re all listening, trying to be better.” FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIrving led his new team by scoring 24 points, while Jaylen Brown scored 18 for the Celtics who improved to 5-2 on the 2017-18 NBA season. Former first overall draft pick Irving was dealt to the Celtics in the offseason after demanding a trade out of Cleveland.Terry Rozier scored eight of his 12 points in 52 seconds to put the game away in the fourth quarter and rookie Jayson Tatum grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) drives past San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. The Celtics won 108-94. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Al Horford delivered 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Boston Celtics won their fifth straight and snapped an 11-game losing skid to the San Antonio Spurs with a 108-94 win on Monday.Kyrie Irving played his best game for the Celtics who beat the injury-depleted Spurs for the first time in Boston since January 2011.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong to become first Asian host of Gay Games Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Porzingis, of Latvia, produced his fifth 30-point game of the season and eighth of his career. He made 14 of 26 shots, including four three-pointers, and surpassed his previous career best set November 16 against the Detroit Pistons.“Some of the stuff that he does, we look at each other on the bench and go ‘man he really just did that,’” Knicks center Enes Kanter said. Kyle O’Quinn finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Tim Hardaway scored all 13 of his points in the fourth, while Kanter and Courtney Lee contributed 12 apiece. Serbia’s Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 28 points. Jamal Murray added 20 for Denver, which used a 22-2 run in the third and outscored the Knicks 38-19 in the period. After withstanding the difficult third, the Knicks took an 84-81 lead into the fourth and expanded it to 100-93 on a three-pointer by Hardaway with about seven minutes left before Porzingis finished it off. Elsewhere, Rudy Gobert had 17 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks and a career-high six assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 104-89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The Jazz improved to 4-0 at home this season. MOST READ Marcus Smart added nine points and seven rebounds in the win.The Spurs are still without injured Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker. Manu Ginobili also skipped the game to get some needed rest.San Antonio got a career-high 18 points and five rebound performance from Brandon Paul.Pau Gasol had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs who suffered their third straight loss on a 1-3 road trip. They won at Miami to start the trip. In New York, Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 38 points as the New York Knicks held on for a 116-110 victory over the Denver Nuggets.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View commentslast_img read more

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GOL Loses US$Millions in Nimba

By on January 14, 2020

first_imgThe slow distribution of electricity in Nimba is costing the Government of Liberia and its West African partners millions of United States dollars.Almost two years since the giant power line crossed over to Liberia from the Ivory Coast, it is yet to cover the needed communities, especially in large towns and cities where commercial activities are booming.From Karnplay to Saclepea on one hand and Toe Town to Tappita on the other hand, people are still struggling to get connected to the power line, but finding it very hard, with technicians complaining of lack of materials including wires, poles, meters and transformers.Many communities in Sanniquellie, Ganta, Saclepea, Tappita and other towns where power lines are installed are yet to receive electricity.“We thought this electricity was brought to generate revenue, but we are not seeing any seriousness on the part of government and even those that are sponsoring it,” said Moses Manzah, a resident of Ganta.Complaints about the delay in the distribution of electricity remain the talk of people in every part of Nimba County.The actual reason for the delay in the distribution of power to the communities is yet to be established, but technicians working at the Liberia Electricity Corporation in Nimba suggest that the holdup is due to lack of materials.In July 2013, Nimba benefitted from electric power supply from the Ivory Coast, under the West Africa Power Pool, funded by the European Union and implemented by a Ghanaian firm known as Energy Venture.The availability of power supply was happily welcomed by citizens, especially those living in cities and large towns.The West African Power Pool covers counties along the border with Ivory Coast, including Nimba, Grand Gedeh, and Maryland but most of these counties are yet to be connected.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Peacemaker killed over “chic chic” game

By on January 12, 2020

first_img…3 others injured as ex-cop goes berserkBy Ashraf DabieA game of “chic-chic” — a game of chance – being played at a Bar-B-Que event held at Tarla Dam, Meten-Meer-Zorg, WCD ended fatally when a misunderstanding occurred and a former Police Officer went berserk, killing a carpenter and wounding three others, two of whom remain hospitalized in serious condition.Dead, Amit Roy Jairam also known as “Rocky”Information received detail that at about 21:30hrs on Saturday, a misunderstanding arose as the chic-chic game was in progress at a social gathering. One of the men playing the game had reportedly lost his wager but was demanding refund of the money he had wagered. A fight eventually broke out and, enraged, the 54-year-old former Police Officer delved into his minibus, emerging with a cutlass. Using this weapon, the ex-cop inflicted injuries on 22-year-old Randy Melville, 23-year-old Premnauth Basdeo, and 43-year-old Mohamed Ahamad.A crowd immediately rushed to render assistance to the injured; and while they were preoccupied in rendering assistance to Ahamad, who had sustained a chop wound to his head, the ex-cop returned to his vehicle and maliciously drove it right into the crowd.Amit Roy Jairam, also known as “Rocky,” a 44-year-old carpenter of the village, who was initially attempting to part the brawl, was struck down by the minibus and sustained several injuries to his head and about the body. He succumbed to the injuries he received while receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital hours after the incident.His wrath still not appeased, the berserk former GPF rank reversed his vehicle and sped into the crowd again at an even faster rate, this time striking down two other victims who were also among the persons attending to the injured. As a result of the collision, they were all rendered unconscious.The four victims were picked up and rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, where they were treated and transferred to the Georgetown medical institution in light of the severity of their injuries.However, it was while receiving medical attention at the GPHC that Jairam took his last breath, early Sunday morning. Doctors tended to Ahamad’s laceration and he was later sent home. However, the two younger men remain hospitalised and are not yet out of the proverbial woods.According to a relative of Basdeo, the 23-year-old, who is a bus driver, is left nursing a broken left arm, for which he is expected to undergo surgery. The woman also pointed out that Melville has been transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and is said to be in a critical state.The wife of 43-year-old Ahamad sought to explain the relationship shared between the group of men. She told his newspaper that her husband was employed with the now dead carpenter; they all reside in the same area, and are believed to be friends. However no connections were made, linking the victims to the former Policeman.Both families echoed similar sentiments regarding the deceased, stating that “Rocky” was a “good and peaceful” man who was always willing to help out within the community.In light of what had occurred, the ex-officer, a resident of Stewartville, WCD, was taken into custody and is currently assisting with investigations. This is as Police probes into the incident are in full swing.last_img read more

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From “no confidence” to “trust”, nation needs more than legislation – Catholic Church

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first_imgEaster 2019…Easter celebration a manifestation of social cohesion – President…Easter transcends religious boundaries – PPPGuyana’s Roman Catholic Bishop, Francis Alleyne has issued a plea across the political spectrum for politicians to put an effort into healing the harmful divisions in Guyana following last year’s no-confidence motion.In his Easter message, the Bishop on Saturday said that it is necessary to begin the healing process even as the country awaits the outcome of the no-confidence cases which are currently before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).“My wish would be that we sustain our prayer for the nation,” he stated. “Our nation at present awaits the outcome of legal pronouncements flowing from the no-confidence vote of last December.  The courts and the Constitution can clarify the terms and the way they are to be applied.”“But to move a nation from no confidence to trust and collaboration would take much more than legislation can offer. It cannot be business as usual. Much of what has gone before, and to a great extent is still present, has not worked and is not working,” Bishop Alleyne said.According to the Bishop, observers of the holiday have a special responsibility to help set the nation on a new course. This new course, the Bishop explained, must be one that creates the right circumstances to heal the nation.“…certainly one of accompaniment creating spaces and circumstances that would heal the divisions of race, politics, gender and generation and the many ways we are fragmented and divided. He is risen, it cannot be business as usual,” the Bishop explained, going on to express best wishes for the season to the country.Social cohesionMeanwhile, President David Granger’s message was replete with hope that the Easter season would be allowed to promote unity. He noted the importance of the nation coming together to ensure a better future.“The Easter celebration radiates happiness and hope everywhere. Guyanese celebrating Easter this year can look towards the future with confidence. Peace and prosperity await us all. The Easter celebration allows us to promote greater unity. We must use this sacred festival to reconcile ourselves not only to God but to one another by fostering a spirit of respect,” the Head of State noted.Easter celebrations, he said, has become a manifestation of social cohesion, adding that it is a time when the “barriers of class and ethnicity are broken and replaced by the bonds of goodwill. The Easter holiday – the longest weekend in our country’s calendar – brings Guyanese together, at home and in the diaspora, in fun-filled family reunions, kite-flying, picnics, regattas, rodeos and other outdoor activities”.TranscendsMeanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has made calls for the holiday season to be used to spark reflection among Guyanese on its significant messages of tolerance and unityAccording to the party on Saturday, the holiday is a sacred one for Christians all around the world. It reminded, however, that in the midst of the fun and the unity transcending religion is a chance for reflection.“Easter is one of our nation’s most anticipated holidays in which Guyanese from all backgrounds participate in the traditional kite-flying and other family-related activities that have become synonymous with the occasion. It is foremost a very sacred time for Christians across the world marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”“Easter also provides many pertinent lessons for all humanity through its teachings of tolerance, humility, love and respect for others while offering an abundance of hope that one will rise despite being confronted with insurmountable challenges.The party took the opportunity to extend Easter greetings to all Guyanese, especially persons within the Christian community both locally and in the diaspora.“At this time, our party urges reflection on the significance of this sacred occasion given its pertinent messages and the importance it can play in helping to realise universal peace and brotherhood among all.”“Our party also takes this occasion to remind of the need for safety while flying kites. Once again, Happy Easter to all!”last_img read more

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Dodgers’ opener painful to watch

By on January 11, 2020
first_img There was plenty of pregame pomp and festivities, but in the end a lot of bunting left hanging around another loss. “We’re glad it’s over with,” said Dodgers manager Grady Little. Mostly Little was glad the initial medical reports on outfielder Matt Kemp and right-hander Jason Schmidt were less than frightening. Little said before the game that Kemp and Andre Ethier were not in an official platoon in right field, but in competition for the full-time job. Some competitions last longer than others. Kemp has been off to a solid start, but in the fourth inning he chased a drive by Jeff Baker to the wall in right. The drive hit the wall at about the same time as Kemp. This is a new wall, one that oddly doubles as a scoreboard, or streamlined video board. The video board is about double the size of last season’s out-of-town scoreboard. It’s filled with stats and advertising, like the promise of “Oceans 13” coming June 8, or about the time I normally write off the Dodgers. It’s covered in plexiglass, which supposedly gives, but apparently not too much. Kemp hit an area that would have been padded last year — the padding added years ago after Darryl Strawberry separated his shoulder crashing into the wall. “I got hops like Jordan, I jumped so high,” Kemp said. Kemp hit the video wall with his right shoulder and fell in a clump. Pain flashed through his shoulder and he feared serious injury. “At first I thought it was worse than it was,” he said. Kemp left the game and was taken to a local hospital for X-rays. Seasons had gotten off to better starts. New Dodgers trainer, and former Giants trainer, Stan “No Relation” Conte said X-rays were negative, revealing no fractures or apparent dislocation, but more would be known today. Plexiglass problem Dodgers veteran second baseman Jeff Kent remained understandably skeptical about the logic of a video-board outfield wall. “I don’t know about that,” Kent said. “Plexiglass? That may have to go. “I don’t think guys are going to want to climb that.” Then in the top of the fifth, Nomar Garciaparra bobbled a Kazuo Matsui grounder for an error. Schmidt, covering first, immediately grabbed the back of his right hamstring after hitting the bag. Dodger hearts dropped. Schmidt, the Dodgers’ $47 million offseason acquisition, also left the game, though Conte later said the right-hander was simply dehydrated and cramped. Schmidt is expected to make his next start. “He’ll be fine,” Little said. Not quite together Schmidt both allowed and received his first Dodger home runs in the opener. He gave up a first-inning home run to Garrett Atkins, but then provided the Dodgers with their only power of the day, hitting a solo shot off Jeff Francis in the third. It was that kind of goofy, not-quite-together opener. Things got off to a less than auspicious start when the two F-16s from Edwards Air Force Base that were supposed to fly over as the climax of the opening ceremony flew over Dodger Stadium before the anthem was even sung. The Dodgers took the field with Wilson Valdez at shortstop for the injured Rafael Furcal and Ramon Martinez at third for Wilson Betemit. Betemit is healthy but erratic, and that Dodgers commitment to him at third lasted a whole five games. There were several small moments to make the Dodger faithful nervous – Juan Pierre unable to throw a runner out at the plate on a ball so shallow Kent almost could have gotten there; old Fred Claire project Rudy Seanez struggling in his L.A. relief return; a pair of errors; the middle of the lineup going 1 for 12. The crowd mostly sat quietly throughout all this, save for the nearly traditional fan running across the field in the eighth and being gang-tackled by security. Still, it was one game. The Dodgers had also lost their season opener at Milwaukee. For now at least, this messy opener business was behind them. For openers, better games await. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On a positive note, the Dodgers won’t have to experience a home opener the rest of the season. That may not spare them outfielders being eaten up by the expanded, all-color advertising/scoreboard walls, or pitchers limping off the field because they didn’t down enough sports drink, but at least they won’t have to suffer any more ignoble openers. Kids skipped school for this. Lawyers emptied downtown glass skyscrapers and billed phony hours for this. People fibbed and played hooky, and a few even legitimately took the day off for this. It’s an L.A. tradition. A local celebration. Dodgers and a weekday afternoon home opener. Only the Dodgers looked flat, lost the game 6-3 to the Rockies, lost two of their starting nine to injury and momentarily lost the momentum built after sweeping the evil Giants up north. Hey, but it was sunny and reasonably warm and the new parking scheme didn’t turn into Chavez Ravine road rage and they still served Dodger Dogs. Otherwise, on to the next one. The Dodgers never led this one, and the game was pretty much devoid of dramatics. They almost seemed to treat the opener as this little requirement that had to be dealt with before moving on to other things, like the other 80 home games. `Glad it’s over with’ last_img

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Ardara dental practice wins National Dental Award

By on December 28, 2019

first_imgArdara Dental have been named the Best New Practice award winner in the National Dental Awards.Ardara Dental was up against ten of the country’s top dentists and came out on top!The lavish awards ceremony took place at the Harcourt Hotel in Dublin. A spokesperson for the clinic thanked everyone for their support, and said that they still have some improvements and additions up their sleeves to develop the practice even more.Ardara dental practice wins National Dental Award was last modified: February 12th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:ardara dentalbest new practice awardnational dental awardslast_img read more

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KARL LACEY IS NAMED SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR

By on December 27, 2019

first_imgMore than 150 individuals and teams fought it out for 37 awards at last night’s Donegal Sports Star Awards. The overall Sports Star of the Year Award went to Donegal GAA star Karl Lacey.The Four Masters man dedicated his award to the entire Donegal GAA team.A massive crowd of more than 580 guests attended the glamorous event to honour Donegal’s sporting elite which was held at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny. Chairman of the DSSA, Neil Martin thanked all who had come together to organise the night and especially the sponsorship of Donegal County Council.Mayor Frank McBrearty paid tribute to the families and coaches of all the sports stars whom he said were the real heroes behind the headlines.“Being acknowledged by your county is the biggest honour you can receive and I think sport has a huge role to play in Ireland’s recovery.“There have been many highlights but I would especially like to thank the Donegal GAA team for bringing back the feel-good factor,” he said.Special guest and head coach with the Irish Boxing Team Billy Walsh had a message for young people.“It’s all about fun and enjoying what you do. The more you enjoy it, the better you will be at it,” he said.Winners on the night* Special Athlete – Daniel McBrearty * Athletics – Brendan Boyce* Badminton – Chloe Magee* Basketball – Clodagh Brennan* Boxing – Jason Quigley * Clay Pigeon Shooting –* Cricket – Alan McBeth* Cycling – Ronan McLaughlin* Equestrian – Kelda Morgan* GAA – Karl Lacey* Golf – Con Boyce* Gymnastics – Alannah Gallagher* Hockey – William Kilpatrick* Hurling – Joe Boyle* Martial Arts – Natalie McCarron* Motor Sport – Neill Doherty* Para-Athlete – James Boyle* Rugby – Lisa Muldoon* Soccer – Kevin McHugh* Swimming – Kevin Murray* Triathlon – Aidan Callaghan* Primary School Sports Boy – Denver Kelly* Primary School Sports Girl – Amy Boyle Carr* Secondary Schools Sports Boy – John Kelly* Secondary Schools Sports Girl – Kate McGowan* International Achievement – Jim Doherty* Olympic Recognition – Anne Marie McDaid, Brendan Boyce, Catriona Jennings, Chloe Magee, Daniel Magee, Patsy McGonagle, Rena McCarron, Toni Penna.* Team Manager/Coach – Jim McGuinness.* Appreciation – Peter O’Donnell* Brendan McDaid Memorial Special Achievement – Patrick Bond* Team – the Donegal GAA team* Special Recognition – Dessie Kelly* Primary School – Fintra National School* Primary School Sports Teacher – Annmarie Meehan* Secondary School – Abbey Vocational School* Secondary School Sports Teacher – Nicola Ryan* Hall of Fame – Eamon Coyle* Overall Donegal Sports Star –Rory Kavanagh, Karl Lacey and Frank McGlynn accept the team award on behalf of the Donegal GAA teamPatrick Bond gets the Brendan McDaid Special Achievement AwardPeter O’Donnell gets the recognition awardDonegal’s Olympic athletes are honouredNatalie McCarron wins the martial arts awardChloe Magee gets her awardWalker Brendan Boyce receives his awardKARL LACEY IS NAMED SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR was last modified: January 27th, 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:Donegal Sports Star of the Year Awardslast_img read more

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