Holder, Law slam Oval strip

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Both captain Jason Holder and head coach Stuart Law have taken aim at the substandard quality of the Kensington Oval pitch for the just-concluded second Test against Pakistan.Following the West Indies’ stunning 106-run victory on Thursday’s final day here, Holder and Law criticised the surface for the swiftness with which it deteriorated, the invariable bounce and the little assistance it offered to the faster bowlers.In fact, Holder described some features of the pitch as “unacceptable” and urged more attention to be paid to the standard of pitch preparation across the region.”I don’t think it’s the best pitch for cricket, if I’m being honest. I just think it deteriorated a little too fast for Test match cricket,” the all-rounder told media following the match.”I felt as though it should have been able to hold together for a lot longer, and the invariable bounce is not really acceptable here at this level. I think things worked out nicely in our favour, but it could have been the other way around had we probably lost the toss and been inserted.”The pitch was brown, dry and devoid of grass, and after opting for first knock, the Windies managed to gather 312 all out in their first innings.Pakistan grafted hard to get up to 393 in reply before West Indies battled their way to 268 in their second innings – setting the visitors 188 for victory on the last day. On a wearing last-day pitch, Pakistan folded for a record venue-low 81.TWO CENTURIESAll told, the pitch produced two centuries – Roston Chase’s 131 and Azhar Ali’s 105 – and also served up a nine-wicket match haul for West Indies’ Shannon Gabriel, but Law argued that the nature of the pitch more suited Pakistan’s spinners than the hosts’ faster bowlers.”I wasn’t expecting what we turned up to see. All I ask for is a very good cricket surface, which means there is something in it for everybody – fast bowlers, spinners, batsmen – and if we can’t get a good coverage of grass in a tropical climate, there’s something wrong,” he lamented to reporters.Law said that with the Windies’ attack heavily based on seam bowling, it was important that pitches across the Caribbean provided some assistance to the quicks.”We’ve got boys who bowl 90 miles per hour and to see the ball do that (not reaching the wicket-keeper) is heartbreaking, particularly on day two,” he continued.last_img read more

President in Cuba for medical checkup

first_imgPresident David Granger has left the country for Cuba to do a medical checkup, leaving Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo in charge at a crucial time when negotiations are ongoing between himself and the Opposition to choose a Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman.According to a statement from the Government, President Granger and his wife, First Lady Sandra Granger, flew out of the country on Saturday morning for a medical checkup at the Centro de Investigaciones Medico Quirurgicas (CIMEQ) in Cuba, where he was being treated for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.This comes after his completion of radiotherapy back in April of this year. The Head of State was diagnosed with the disease, a type of cancer which envelopes the lymphatic system back in October.The Ministry of the Presidency in its brief statement revealed that his trip for the medical evaluation was scheduled by his doctors at the Centre. Although no date was given by the Ministry, the President is expected to return to Guyana next week.His last visit to Cuba was in April, which marked the completion of the radiotherapy that lasted almost three weeks. It was noted that there has been no complication in this cycle of treatment and that the Head of State’s medical specialists are looking forward to his recovery and his return to normalcy.Granger will, however, continue a schedule of medication prescribed by his doctors who deemed it no longer necessary for him to continue chemo treatment.On October 30, 2018, the President and First Lady Sandra Granger travelled to Cuba for him to undergo medical tests after he had complained of feeling unwell. Days later, he was diagnosed with cancer.According to research, certain viral and bacterial infections appear to increase the risk of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. A few symptoms include swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin, abdominal pain or swelling and chest pain, coughing or trouble breathing. It also results in unexplained weight loss, persistent fatigue and night sweats among others.Constitutional crisisThe President’s latest visit comes at a time when a constitutional crisis beckons, after the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled the no-confidence vote of December 21, 2019, as validly passed against his coalition Government.The CCJ had also ruled that the GECOM Chairman he unilaterally appointed back in 2017, retired Justice James Patterson, was unconstitutionally appointed.This had forced Patterson to resign and the President and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, to negotiate with each other to appoint a new Chairman. However, talks reached several tense moments that almost saw negotiations collapsing.Jagdeo had submitted a list for GECOM Chairpersons that included retired Major General Joe Singh, who served as GECOM Chairman years ago; Environmentalist Annette Arjoon-Martins, retired Justice of AppPresident David Grangereal BS Roy, businessman Captain Gerry Gouveia, Attorney-at-Law Kashir Khan, former Magistrate Krishnadatt Persaud, conflict resolution specialist Lawrence Latchmansingh; Retired Major General Norman McLean, businessman Ramesh Dookhoo, retired Puisne Judge William Ramlall and Onesi La Fleur.But in a turnaround, the President then submitted a list of nominees of his own that featured the return of former GECOM Chairman Patterson, in addition to retired Justice Claudette La Bennet, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) Chairperson Kesaundra Alves, Stanley Moore, economist Aubrey Armstrong and former Solicitor General Kim Kyte. The President also proposed known PNC-affiliates and businessmen Stanley Ming (a former PNC parliamentarian) and Kads Khan.Alves and La Bennet were subsequently shortlisted by the President as persons he had no objections to. However, Jagdeo had rejected them and moved to put forward four more candidates in the hopes that they would have the President’s no objection. It is at this critical stage that talks rest.last_img read more

Firm integrates home, online tech

first_img “It used to be you have a computer sitting on your desk and your home theater equipment sitting in your family room,” said Jeremy Houck, the company’s operation manager. “That’s all integrated now with your computer so you can view photos and movies and do a lot more home automation.” It’s almost a world as imagined by 1960s futurists, now anchored to reality through technological advances. “We have the technology now, where computer integrating is allowing for automation,” Houck said. “That stuff that was introduced that was an idea 30, 40 years ago is now coming to life.” That said, the business has become more complex. “The plasmas – it’s not something that you can put on a shelf and go,” O’Connell said. “Now there is a lot of installation that’s involved.” But after installation, it’s much cleaner. “The popular thing is to have a plasma TV in the room and there is nothing else to go with it. That’s how guys convince wives to buy a 50-inch plasma and hang it on the wall – no wires, no equipment, no clutter.” The founders of the firm all came from humble beginnings. Allan Parrington, who has operated Al-ter Computers for 14 years, started by repairing computers for local grocery stores. O’Connell has dealt in consumer electronics for eight years. “I started essentially setting clocks on VCRs and installing speakers,” Cuda said. He entered the wiring business nearly 10 years ago when he met the then-general manager of STI, Stevenson Ranch’s local cable company, which later became part of Time Warner Cable. “We got that whole business from one morning at a networking breakfast at IHOP,” Cuda said. “That relationship is worth millions of dollars.” Visit www.accesstechus.com for more information. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – As the once-separate realms of television home entertainment, computing and living-room light switches converge around a single handheld remote, three local companies are joining to create a one-stop shop integrating household and online technology. Access Tech Inc. of Valencia was stitched together from CudaElectronics, Crystal Clear Audio and Video and Al-ter Computers, each with expertise in indoor wiring, home audio and video, and information technology, respectively. Brian Cuda, the joint company’s president, said building a firm around these related fields makes both marketing and financial sense. His namesake company already installs audio, video, Internet and other wiring for home builders such as Miami-based Lennar Corp., an owner of The Newhall Ranch and Farming Company. Why not provide the gizmos and services that will run on these wires? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “It just seemed like a natural fit to capitalize on some of the structural wiring,” said Glenn O’Connell, owner of Crystal Clear and part of the new venture. “It seemed like a ready customer base.” It’s also where the technology is headed in this culture of iPods and smart refrigerators – of media immersion, infinite customization and total control at your fingertips. Cuda said the company expects more than $2.5 million in sales in the coming year. “For example, the universal remote control that we sell with our home theaters – it requires a laptop to program it,” he said. “When we do security camera-type jobs, people want to be able to view those remotely (which requires online networking). “Home automation systems are now also computer-based. We’ll put in lighting controls and thermostat controls so it’s automated, but it’s all IT-based. People want to be able to control it from their office.” In fact, most new homes in the area are pre-wired for surround-sound speakers and indoor networking. For example, a Platinum Collection cluster in Santa Clarita’s Robinson Ranch subdivision is built with automation standards such as touch-screen lighting in mind. last_img read more

NAOMH CONAILL ‘EXTREMELY AGGRIEVED’ AT APPEAL REFUSAL

first_imgNAOMH CONAILL club leaders have tonight expressed their anger at their failure to have their game against Glenswilly replayed.The Glenties based club had asked for their county championship semi-final to be replayed after the referee in their semi-final against Glenswilly last Sunday failed to send off a player who had already been yellow-carded.When he later received a black card, he should have been given a red card and sent off. Instead Glenswilly were able to replace him. Naomh Conaill’s appeal against the result was turned down by Donegal county board executives. An appeal to the Ulster Council was refused at lunchtime today.In a statement tonight, Naomh Conaill said: “CLG Naomh Conaill received notification from the Ulster Council in relation to our appeal and now wish to state that we feel extremely aggrieved at the decisions reached by both the CCC Donegal and the Ulster Council with regard to the matter.”Glenswilly play St Eunan’s in the county final tomorrow.  NAOMH CONAILL ‘EXTREMELY AGGRIEVED’ AT APPEAL REFUSAL was last modified: November 1st, 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:appealglenswillyNaomh ConaillUlsterlast_img read more

THE KIA TO SUCCESS: DONEGAL CAPTAIN GETS KEYS TO NEW SPORTAGE!

first_imgLetterkenny Kia proud sponsors of Michael Murphy Captain of Donegal Senior Team, with Seamus McLaughlin (Director) and Padraig Kelly (Sales) from Inishowen Motors handing the keys of the Kia Sportage to Michael at the Drumkeen Showroom, Letterkenny. Inishowen Motors wish Micheal and the Team the best of luck against Down this weekend in the Ulster SFC Final.THE KIA TO SUCCESS: DONEGAL CAPTAIN GETS KEYS TO NEW SPORTAGE! was last modified: July 19th, 2012 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:THE KIA TO SUCCESS: DONEGAL CAPTAIN GETS KEYS TO NEW CAR!last_img read more

Women’s Tennis Cruises Past Omaha, 6-1

first_img Doubles competition After dropping her first set 6-3, Jaglarz bounced back in a dominant fashion, winning the final two sets 6-0, 6-3. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis cruised past Nebraska-Omaha, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Drake 3-2 “I am really thrilled that we won the doubles point. It has been something we have been working on and just to come back at No. 2 doubles to win all three doubles matches was a huge step for us,” Drake head coach Mai-Ly Tran said. “In singles, the girls just took care of business and they fought and hustled for every point.” Brills coasted past Wilsom with a dominant 6-2, 6-1 performance at No. 2 singles to put Drake up 2-0. Lomas improved to 3-0 on the season, beating Tucker 7-5, 6-2 at No. 3. Williams clinched the Bulldog victory with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 4. Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,3,4,6,5,1) 1. Brills, Summer/Lomas, Joely (DU) def. Janelle Wilson/Michelle Lo (OMAHA) 6-1 2. Brills, Summer (DU) def. Janelle Wilson (OMAHA) 6-2, 6-1 2. Kozlowski, Alex/Williams, Kenya (DU) def. Rylee Tucker/Emily Behling (OMAHA) 7-5 Box Score 3. Lomas, Joely (DU) def. Rylee Tucker (OMAHA) 7-5, 6-2 For the first time this year the Bulldogs won the doubles point. Summer Brills and Joely Lomas made quick work of Janelle Wilson and Michelle Lo, winning 6-1 at No. 1. Tess Herder and Mela Jaglarz defeated Kenzie Hill and Hannah Hills, 6-3, at No. 3 to secure the point, while Alex Kozlowski and Kenya Williams completed the doubles sweep with a comeback victory over Rylee Tucker and Emily Behling. Story Linkscenter_img 5. Kenzie Hill (OMAHA) def. Kozlowski, Alex (DU) 7-5, 6-1 The Bulldogs will make their first road trip of the season on Friday, Feb. 17 when they head to Lincoln, Neb. to take on the Huskers at 5 p.m. Drake will wrap up its trip to Nebraska with a neutral site match against Colorado State on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. 6. Jaglarz, Mela (DU) def. Hannah Hills (OMAHA) 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 Singles competition 3. Herder, Tess/Jaglarz, Mela (DU) def. Kenzie Hill/Hannah Hills (OMAHA) 6-3 4. Williams, Kenya (DU) def. Emily Behling (OMAHA) 6-3, 6-4 Omaha 2-4 Match Notes Herder recorded the Bulldogs final win of the day at No. 1, defeating Lo 6-2, 7-5. 1. Herder, Tess (DU) def. Michelle Lo (OMAHA) 6-2, 7-5 Drake 6, Omaha 1Feb. 11, 2017 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)   Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Three in four drivers admit to nervousness on icy roads

first_imgAs the weather forecast carries warnings of a cold snap, many Irish drivers admit that they do not feel confident on the roads during snow and ice. New research suggests nearly three in four Irish drivers (74%) do not feel confident when driving in poor weather conditions. Just one in five Irish drivers said they feel that Irish roads are equipped to deal with weather such as ice, snow, strong winds and fog.The RED C Research data for Liberty Insurance found that ice on the roads and snow have the strongest negative impact on confidence amongst drivers: less than half (43%) of all drivers are confident driving in snow, while just over a third (35%) feel confident operating their vehicle with ice on the roads. The research found confidence levels when driving in such conditions to be lowest among young drivers, females and those living in Munster. 80% of surveyed drivers below the age of 30 said they were not confident about bad weather driving and just 15% of drivers said they feel adequately prepared to drive in inclement weather following the successful completion of their driving test.Deirdre Ashe, Director of Personal Lines at Liberty Insurance, said: “This nervousness in driving in poor weather becomes all the more concerning in light of the anticipated freezing weather conditions later in the week.  The Met Office is predicting temperatures to fall to between -2C and 1C from Thursday onward.  This means icy roads, particularly in the north and west of the country.“We are therefore calling on all drivers to be aware of their surroundings especially in adverse or wintry weather conditions and exercise their best judgement when travelling.”Deirdre shared the following advice: “Before driving in poor weather, check your tyre pressure and tyre treads.  Ensure all lights are working and that you have sufficient levels of anti-freeze coolant and screen wash in the car. “Once on the road, in case of poor visibility, allow additional space between you and the vehicle in front of you, avoid overtaking, and remain extra vigilant for cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.”Three in four drivers admit to nervousness on icy roads was last modified: December 6th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

DPP expected to decide on Denis Donaldson murder file “within weeks’

first_imgA decision on a Garda file into the murder of former Sinn Féin member and British agent Denis Donaldson is expected to be taken by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the coming weeks.Mr Donaldson, 55, was shot dead at a remote cottage on the outskirts of Glenties  in April 2006. He had been living there since being exposed as an MI5 agent the previous year.An inquest into Mr Donaldson’s death was adjourned for the 20th time today (Wed) at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court.Garda Superintendent Michael Finan told the court that the file on the murder is both “substantial and complex” but said it is “nearing completion.”“A decision will be made on it in the coming weeks,” he said.The late Denis DonaldsonHe applied to have a short adjournment in the case or up to six weeks.The inquest had previously been adjourned on 31 August 2016 after a person was charged with the alleged withholding of information about the death.On that occasion, Supt Michael Finan applied to have the inquest adjourned under Section 25.1 of the Coroner’s Act.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley said that because criminal proceedings were due to take place, the inquest was put on hold to allow these proceedings to take place.However, another judgment in the High Court on 23 November 2017 in favour of a Michael Sweeney, meant that gardaí could not take proceedings against the person involved in the Denis Donaldson case.This case is being appealed to the Supreme Court and could take up to a year to be heard, the coroner’s court was told.If the High Court decision is overturned then criminal proceedings can be re-entered in the case.Supt Finan told the court that a “substantial file” on the Donaldson case was finally sent to the DPP on 31 July last for consideration but this is the file which is expected to be ready shortly.The court was told that the Donaldson family have been kept informed of developments and are due to meet with gardaí next month to be briefed on the case.A letter from Mr Donadlson’s family by the solicitor Madden and Finucane was referred to by the coroner.The letter said that as another adjournment was expected in the case to allow for the decision of the DPP, they would not be attending but asked to be informed of the next date when the case is adjourned to.Coroner Dr McCauley adjourned the inquest until May 8th for mention.DPP expected to decide on Denis Donaldson murder file “within weeks’ was last modified: March 14th, 2019 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:Denis DonaldsonDPPfileinquestmurderlast_img read more

HSE apologises for delays at Donegal respite centre

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has raised the issue of the continued delays in opening Seaview Respite House in Mountcharles with the HSE.He said there have been many false dawns in the opening of this much-needed respite centre.Previously there have been issues surrounding this centre which have been replaced by other issues subsequently – and all these delays have led to longer delays in getting this centre up and running. Deputy Galagher said “The HSE in written correspondence with me have confirmed that the centre will now open in November, the current delay is due to fire compliance works which needed to be untaken at the centre in Mountcharles.“I have raised the issue of the delayed opening of this centre with the Minister of State and HSE previously added Pat the Cope.“Regrettably, the HSE did not commit to a precise date in November when the centre will open , and I will now be further calling on them to set a clear date for when this centre will open.“It is not good enough to let this drag on any further, and the parents and guardians of the service users will need to make appropriate plans for when this centre is open, therefore an exact date is required. I acknowledge the apology issued by the HSE, for the existing delays in not having the respite centre available for the users.” The Donegal TD said it is essential that all the stops are now pulled out and every focus and effort is made to re-open this centre without further delay.He added “A great deal of inconvenience and distress has been caused to the service users of this respite centre throughout the period in which Seaview Respite House was closed.” HSE apologises for delays at Donegal respite centre was last modified: October 16th, 2019 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

Photo library: Tourism and leisure 12

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Eastern Cape province: Early morning on a beach in Nature’s Valley. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Early morning on a beach in Nature’s Valley. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Nature’s Valley, with the Tsitsikamma National Park in the background. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Tourists in the indigenous forest at Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Tourists travel by boat up the Storms River mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province:Tourists travel by boat up the Storms River mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: The Storms River mouth inthe TsitsikammaNational Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: A fisherman walks to the sea near Coffee Bay, on the Wild Coast. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Mthatha, Eastern Cape province: A display at the Nelson Mandela Museum. The museum houses historical texts on and photographs of the former prisoner, president, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s life, as well as a large collection of gifts, degrees and citations made to him. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image TOURISM AND LEISURE 12:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more