Strauss to undergo heart operation

first_img “Following the result of extensive medical tests, it has emerged that Ireland hooker Richardt Strauss has been diagnosed with a heart condition and will be unavailable for selection for the remainder of the season,” Leinster said, in a statement. “The management are confident that the 27-year-old, who is set to undergo surgery this week, will make a full recovery and will provide him with the best care in his recovery.” Strauss joined Leinster in 2009 and he has been an integral part of their squad since then, playing key roles in the 2010 and 2012 Heineken Cup final victories over Northampton and Ulster, respectively. Leinster, meanwhile, rate star centre Brian O’Driscoll as having a 50-50 chance of being fit for next Saturday’s Heineken opener against the Ospreys in Swansea. O’Driscoll is nursing a calf muscle strain, and Leinster say at this stage he has not been ruled out of the selection mix. South Africa international back Zane Kirchner could also be in the frame for next weekend after linking up with his new team-mates following commitments in the Rugby Championship. Strauss, 27, is set to undergo surgery this week, his provincial team Leinster announced. The South Africa-born player made his Ireland debut against the Springboks last year. He has won four caps, but missed the whole of last season’s RBS 6 Nations Championship because of an ankle ligament injury. Ireland international hooker Richardt Strauss has been diagnosed with a heart condition and he will not play again this season.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Riceville man pleads not guilty to serious injury by vehicle

first_imgRICEVILLE — A Riceville man had pleaded not guilty to two counts of serious injury by vehicle after being accused of striking a horse-drawn buggy last month in Mitchell County. 66-year-old Ronald Mayer was traveling in the 4500 block of Walnut Avenue on February 7th when his vehicle collided with the back of a horse-drawn buggy driven by Christian Bontreger of Riceville. Bontreger suffered serious head and leg injuries and was transported to the Mayo Clinic hospitals in Rochester. Court documents state that Mayer’s blood alcohol level at the time of the accident was as high as .143, well above the legal limit of .08. Mayer filed a written plea of not guilty to the charges last week. His trial is scheduled to start on May 6th in Mitchell County District Court. Serious injury by vehicle is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison on each charge.last_img read more

Mallards Team of the Week — Team Hatrick Swayze

first_imgIt sure looked easy on paper, and on the scoreboard.Team Hat-Trick Swayze coasted to the Co-Ed Open Division crown at the Nelson Youth Soccer Winter Tournament held during the holidays at the Indoor Facility on Cedar Street. The Team cruised to the title in the three-team open division.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the squad with Team of the Week honours.last_img

LOCAL VET IS NEW SPONSOR OF MAC CUMHAILLS U10s

first_imgFinn Valley Vets Jersey Sponsorship Presentation to our Under 10’s teamPictured are Cormac and Aisling Roarty representing the Finn Valley Pet Clinic, presenting a new set of Under 10 jerseys to their club Seán Mac Cumhaills. Also included are club supporters Molly (in Aisling’s arms) and Toby (held by Emily Boyce) their Cavalier King Charles dogs.The boys went off to play in a very enjoyable blitz in Letterkenny yesterday morning all kitted out in their new jerseys and we are most grateful for this wonderful gesture. Finn Valley Pet Clinic is the latest veterinary clinic opened by Donegal Animal Hospital to look after the pets of the Finn Valley and surrounding area. Their vets are pleased to offer a wide range of services including consultations, vaccinations and health checks, microchipping, flea and worming, neutering and of course plenty of advice on nutrition and your pets health.They have a dedicated team of vets and nurses who will ensure your pet receives optimum care and attention with full x-ray, ultrasound, anaesthetic ,surgical and laboratory back up at their Animal Hospital as required. For farm clients their vets are available for advice and guidance as usual with farm visits as required.Office opening hours are Mon – Fri 9.30 – 3.30 with small animal surgeries on Tuesday and Thursday 5.30 to 7pm and Saturday 5.00 to 5.30pm. Phone 9131285 for an appointmentThe club would like to sincerely thank the Finn Valley Vets for this very kind show of support and we wish him all continued success with their business.  LOCAL VET IS NEW SPONSOR OF MAC CUMHAILLS U10s was last modified: April 28th, 2015 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:Mac CumhaillssponsorU10’slast_img read more

‘Compensate us, don’t treat us as criminals’

first_imgOn a hazy Monday morning, Jitender, 42, is doing the rounds of his five-acre field at Sonipat’s Barona village off the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway, bordering the national capital. He hopes his crop, the ‘Pusa 1121’ variety of basmati rice, would be ready for harvest in the next couple of days.Farmers in and around his village mostly grew basmati rice and harvested the crop manually, he said. “The grain of basmati is damaged during mechanised harvesting and fetches a lower price. We therefore harvest using labour, though it costs a little extra,” said Mr. Jitender. Farmers, he said, make up for it by selling parali (the upper part of paddy cut during harvest). He claimed that incidents of paddy stubble burning in and around his village have virtually stopped over the past two years because of the growing demand for parali as fodder. The parali usually fetches a farmer ₹2,000-₹3,000 per acre. “The stubble is mixed in the field while preparing the land for the next crop,” said Mr. Jitender.The region comprising Jhajjar, Sonipat, Panipat, and Jind districts, mostly growing basmati varieties, account for only 20-30% of stubble burning incidents; the majority of fires are reported from Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Karnal and Yamuna Nagar districts — better known as the “rice bowl” of Haryana. The farmers in this region prefer high-yielding ‘PR’ variety because of easy availability of water and the harvesting is done through combine harvesters. The removal of stalk and straw left in the field is a labour-intensive process. Watch | Stubble burning: M.S. Swaminathan’s solution Stubble burning: M.S. Swaminathan’s solutionVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:3701:37  center_img Combine harvestingMalkeet Singh of Landi village in Kurukshetra said small farmers could not afford to incur three-four times the usual cost to prepare the field for the next crop after combine harvesting and preferred to set the stalk and the straw on fire. “Instead of treating the farmers as criminals and registering a case for burning crop residue, the government should compensate us. The inputs cost of farming has increased several fold over the years, but the price for paddy has reduced to half. The farmer is well aware of the consequences, but it is cost-effective for him to burn [the stubble],” said Mr. Malkeet.Rajinder Singh, president, Haryana Gyan Vigyan Samiti, Karnal, who is working with farmers of around a dozen villages in his area to combat stubble burning, said the government must link cutting of paddy stalk and clearing of fields after combine harvesting with the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) to deal with the problem effectively.“It will be a win-win situation for all. The labourers would get work under the MGNREGS and the stubble burning would stop,” he said.Hans Raj of Firozpur Bangar village in Sonipat said the farmers were an easy target to blame for air pollution, but industries and vehicles were responsible for the prevailing situation in Delhi-NCR and the National Capital Region.“Farmers burning the crop residue is mostly in Punjab and Lahore in Pakistan. There are very few instances in Haryana,” he said, adding that parali was, in fact, in short supply in his village.Local parali trader Gopi said the paddy residue is in huge demand in dairies and cowsheds and is also used for packaging purposes. He said he bought the parali from around a dozen villages in Kharkhoda area of Sonipat and not a single instance of crop burning was reported there this year. “Why would the farmer burn when he can make good money out of it,” he asked.“With the farmers failing to fetch adequate price for their produce, ₹3,000 per acre for parali is a welcome money for them,” said Shamsher Singh, from the neighbouring Saidpur village.last_img read more

Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi part ways again, another comeback looks bleak

first_imgMahesh Bhupathi and Leander PaesThousands of miles away, the tenor of both voices on the telephone is the same, so are the tone and the words they can bring themselves to speak, uniformly low and sad.To Indian tennis, it’s almost like a death in the family. Like death, it appears,Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander PaesThousands of miles away, the tenor of both voices on the telephone is the same, so are the tone and the words they can bring themselves to speak, uniformly low and sad.To Indian tennis, it’s almost like a death in the family. Like death, it appears now that the professional parting between Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes turned out, unfortunately, to be inevitable.The two were living in the same hotel in Indian Wells, California, separated by one floor and hours and days of unspoken resentment, answering the same questions about the reasons why they will play with different partners on the professional tour-in all probability, for the rest of their working lives.As they discuss their futures, Paes says he is looking for commitment and communication, so does Bhupathi. But it is clear that they are not looking to each other any more.They will play with others because they can no longer play together. On the endless weeks of the professional tennis tour, Team Bhupathi-Paes has failed to make it beyond the second round in their last three events.In the last six Grand Slam events, stretching back to the US Open of 2000, they have won one, but lost in the first round four times and once in the second. Their troubles are more than six Grand Slams old.Their first acrimonious break-up-blamed on the interference from support teams who instigated a personal rivalry for a share of the limelight-did deeper damage than was feared. Everything that has happened since has stemmed and festered from there.advertisementIn the past two years they have hardly had much to say to each other off court and in their last match together in Delray Beach, Florida, they barely exchanged a word on court either. Outgoing coach Bob Carmichael was their medium, but following his departure in search of a younger replacement, everything has come unglued, including, most critically, the way their peers look at them. A friend says, “They had an aura on court. Now, it’s like someone has taken a pin and burst it-pop.”At their fiercest, they could be trailing 2-5 in a final set and the opponents would worry because man, those Indian guys could rise from the grave and send you there. Today, up 5-2, anything could give. “It has hurt us both,” Paes says.”Those guys we lost to in the US Open,” Bhupathi says, “we didn’t know who they were.” While they would not be mobbed walking down the street when compared to the 12th man of the cricket team (Paes was once asked if he played table tennis), to the average Indian Bhupathi-Paes were Indian tennis.To the global game, they were Indian tennis too. Beyond the immediacy of daily headlines and the seeming relevance of who started it and who finished it, former Davis Cup captain Naresh Kumar recognises the moment for what it is-the end of an era. “They are without doubt India’s greatest doubles team of all time. I don’t think we will get an Indian world No. 1 team again.”Bhupathi and Paes know that too, which is why turning their backs on the second wind will be doubly painful. Their partnership was founded on a mix that was more heart than head: two boys who knew each other from age 14, played complementary styles and liked corny Hindi songs (so much that they picked Alisha Chinai’s tinny Made In India as the ditty to introduce them by during their first appearance at the World Doubles Championships in 1997).Emotion melted their first freeze-out as the clamour for the boys to get back together “for the country’s sake” was overpowering. Paes saw the Sydney Olympics like a beacon that beckoned and Bhupathi, who had all but signed up to play with Australian Todd Woodbridge for two years at the time, also responded to the powerful pull of that light.Once the moment was gone, so was the emotion, but not the differences. This then is another way to handle the fact that the last few years of both men’s careers are too precious to be awash with bitterness and bad memories.They will not defend their French Open title, but will turn out for India in the Davis Cup, where they have won 10 out of 12 matches played together, last losing in 1996. It may seem all seething emotion today, but this parting is Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi’s age of reason.last_img read more

Victims of Toronto van attack being laid to rest after last weeks

first_imgTORONTO – Friends, family and strangers came together at a north Toronto funeral home on Tuesday to remember an 83-year-old woman who was among the 10 people killed in a van attack that shocked the city last week.Geraldine Brady — Gerry to her friends — was remembered as an affectionate mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who was willing to welcome anyone into her home as though they were family.“She was one of my favourite people to hug,” her eldest granddaughter, Jennifer, said at the service. “I will miss how she would grip you tight while giving you a loud smacking kiss right by your ear.”Brady, who sold Avon products for more than 45 years and was still going out to visit customers up until her death, was among those hit when a rental van mounted a sidewalk along a bustling street last week and ran down pedestrians in its path.Her funeral saw well-wishers pack the large chapel of the funeral home and spill into temporary seating at the back of the room. Photos of Brady, and a brightly coloured urn were set up at the front of the room, flanked on either side by large wreaths.In the crowd were four strangers who had been with Brady in the moments after the van attack, her family said. The two men and two women had turned up to the service unexpectedly, Brady’s daughter, Janice, told mourners.At her urging, they stood up during the service and were met with applause.“We would like to say thank you very much,” Brady’s daughter said. “We know that our mother was not alone. And it took a lot of strength for them to come and talk to us today.”The family also expressed their gratitude for all those who had helped them in the days since the April 23 attack.“We would like to thank everyone for their unconditional support in what has been a very difficult time for our family, our friends and our entire community,” Brady’s daughter said in her eulogy.Tuesday’s ceremony closed with a recording of “My Favourite Things,” from the film, “The Sound of Music.” A favourite of Brady’s, according to the family, the song’s first few notes elicited knowing laughter from the gathering.Earlier in the day, a funeral for Dorothy Sewell, 80, who also died in the van attack, was held at the same chapel.Sewell’s grandson, Elwood Delaney, of Kamloops, B.C., has described his grandmother as an avid sports fan who “almost had as much love for the Blue Jays and Leafs as she did for her family.”“To Dorothy the cup was always full,” an obituary for Sewell said. “She was a very active lady who thoroughly enjoyed life and will be missed by all who knew her.”Sewell’s service was private but mourners could be seen gathering outside the funeral home, where a flag flew at half mast, before the ceremony while others signed a book of condolences just inside the lobby.Another victim of the van attack was laid to rest days earlier.Loved ones held a private funeral for Munir Najjar at a Toronto church on Sunday. The 85-year-old Jordanian man was in town to visit family when he was killed.“The family wished it to be private, so we did not invite everybody,” said Harry Malawi, president of the Canadian Jordanian Society, who described the service as “heartwarming.”“After this horrible tragedy, it eased the pain,” he said of the funeral and a public vigil for the 10 victims that followed it hours later.The family plans to repatriate Najjar’s body to Jordan, Malawi said.A funeral for Anne Marie D’Amico, who also lost her life last week’s attack, is planned for Wednesday.Sixteen people were also injured in the van attack that took place in the city’s Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area. Two large makeshift memorials have sprung up where people were struck, with flowers, candles and messages in multiple languages.Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder in the incident, with another three attempted murder charges expected.last_img read more

Yes Bank cleanup to continue as Gill shifts focus to get onto

first_imgMumbai: Ravneet Gill, the new chief executive at Yes Bank wants to increase focus on compliance and governance two critical areas in which his predecessor Rana Kapoor was found wantingto ensure that the bank is on the side of regulator. This indicates that Gill is not only cleaning up the balancesheet which saw the fifth largest private sector lender announcing the first-ever loss of a whopping Rs 1,506 crore over the weekend, but also the governance practices, which led to the ouster of Kapoor by the regulator earlier this year. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra Among other deficiencies, the RBI had reportedly found serious lapses in governance and poor compliance culture at Yes Bank under Kapoor who was a co-promoter and chief executive, whom Gill succeeded in March after RBI asked to leave by end January due to a regulatory discomfort. Addressing analysts hours after shocking with a Rs 1,506-crore loss in the March quarter, Gill cited a recent meeting with a large MNC to cite perception issues. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe multinational, which banks with a foreign lender, wanted to undertake a large remittance transaction and came to Yes Bank to check if it can get the job done without the hassle of going through the RBI, something which the foreign lender insisted on. This is the perception that exists but we want to get away from that. We want to send out a very clear messaging to the market that we want to be very closely aligned with the regulator, by being on the side of the regulator and the regulator should be able to validate that, Gill said. Similarly, on governance too, he said the new leadership is very serious about confirming to the highest standards of governance and also set new industry benchmarks. Over a period of time, weve attracted lots of regulatory scrutiny which were not exactly in our best interest, he admitted reasoning the need for a cultural change at the lender. Conceding that there may be a perception issue where the market even may stop trusting the numbers put out by the bank, Gill said he wants to set in greatest transparency by moving to conservative and prudent accounting. The move to take a Rs 2,100 crore contingency provision for the March quarter, the prime reason for the maiden loss shown by the bank, is the same and not kitchen sinking, Gill said. We thought lets go and put it out there that we are setting a new course for ourselves in terms of transparency, Gill, who previously worked as the country head of German lender Deutsche Bank, said. In its communications before curtailing Kapoors term, RBI had reportedly said there is a persistent governance and compliance failure reflected by yes Bank’s highly irregular credit management practices, serious deficiencies in governance and a poor compliance culture. On the operational front, Gill rued that there is a lot of centralisation on the market approach, especially on the retail side, and said this is something he will work on to deliver better returns. The bank was very centralised from a decision- making perspective, which actually flies into the face of the logic that liabilities business has to be driven by bottom-up, he said. Gill admitted that only 30 percent of its 1,100 branches are profitable and it has initiated a branch-wise review that entails detailing key performance indicators and the business to be targeted. The aim is to make 80 percent of branches profitable by 2023 and make it 100 percent by 2025, he added. In what sounds like a departure from the extreme focus on retail under Kapoor, Gill said corporate lending will now become the calling card for the lender and the attempt is to only diversify the loan book. He also admitted that the bank lacks the needed focus on cross-selling and transaction banking, which will now be a key focus area. Explaining the same, Gill said the banks revenue at present is limited to interest income and some fees as it focuses merely on loan underwriting, but a cross-sell strategy can deliver better credit commissions, forex fees, guarantee commissions etc and can help the bank bridge the gap with its peers from a fund-cost perspective, which is adrift at high 125-150 bps now. It can be noted that many lenders, especially those focused on corporates and wanting to grow their retail play, have lately adopted a cross-selling strategy, making it seem almost like a trend. Gill said while Yes Banks retail book may be small, it has grown impressively and is one of the best in industry.last_img read more

Emery to stick with his guts

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery insists his team’s stuttering start to the season won’t stop him from overhauling their style of play.The Gunners have lost their first two games of the season to Manchester City and Chelsea, and the former Paris Saint-Germain manager has come under heavy criticism for changing the club’s style of play.Where Wenger demanded Arsenal played an all-out attacking system that often left them vulnerable at the back, Emery favours a high-tempo pressing game.The Spanish boss also prefers his goalkeeper and defenders to start moves with passing from the back, even when under pressure from opponents.This has led to Arsenal putting themselves in difficult positions at times, but Emery is adamant the issues are just teething problems that will soon resolve themselves.“In our process, we are going 38 matches against all the teams — whether you are playing againstManchester City, it’s the same as if you’re playing against West Ham on Saturday,” he said, as quoted by France24.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“There are three points on this game. It’s clear that every game demands different things tactically.”“After the first two matches, we have two defeats and we need to win this match against West Ham.”West Ham’s visit gives Jack Wilshere a chance to prove Emery was wrong to let him leave.“I spoke with him for 15 minutes here in Colney before he left,” Emery said.“The first thing for me is I have respect for his career here. And then, he chooses what the best was for him in his future.“On Saturday, I know that here, the supporters like him and have this respect also. I think there is a good reception for him here.last_img read more