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Windies preparation taking shape – Ambrose

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Bowling consultant Sir Curtly Ambrose says that the preparation camp here over the last two weeks has allowed West Indies to fine-tune their game as they take aim at the Twenty20 World Cup starting next week.The Caribbean side has been training here and has also played three unofficial warm-up T20 games to gain match practice ahead of the March 8 to April 3 ICC event in India.Sir Curtly said that he saw improvement in the two opening games against Zimbabwe last week and in yesterday’s contest against English County Warwickshire, which West Indies won by 11 runs at the Dubai International Stadium.”I think the bowling is really coming together. We have had a couple of good games so far, and there’s room for improvement, obviously, but I am quite satisfied at the moment with the way the guys are bowling,” Sir Curtly said following the game.PLAN GOING WELLHe added: “As a bowling unit, we are working with a plan and, so far, the plan has gone well and I’m just hoping by the time we get to India, everything will just come together where we can do well in this tournament.”He said Windies batting had also performed well on tour and pointed to the depth as the key to its success.Pointing to the opening game against Zimbabwe and yesterday’s game against Warwickshire, the former West Indies paceman said that the Caribbean side showed it possessed quality batting all the way through the order.”The good thing about this team is that we have depth in our batting. We are a team that doesn’t rely on one or two players. We have depth, and that is going to be key,” he stressed.”When we lose early wickets, guys in the middle and lower order can still come in and get us to a good total, so that, to me, is the strength in our batting so at the moment, I am quite comfortable with both bat and ball.”The fielding has been good, but we still can improve, so generally, I am quite satisfied.”last_img read more

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BC Wood to be used in China

first_imgQingchuan County is in north Sichuan with a population of 250,000.  Qingchuan suffered heavy earthquake damage earlier this year, with nearly 50,000 homes destroyed. The Canada Wood Group will create the rural house design for the three demonstration homes and provide technical support for the next two phases; the construction of 300 to 500 wood-frame houses as well as theconstruction of multi-family and public buildings after the success of the demonstration homes is recognized.Advertisement B.C. wood products will be used in “Vancouver Village,” a new project to develop rural housing in an area of China that is recovering from heavy earthquake damage, Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell announced today.”Vancouver Village will showcase the durability and style of building with B.C. wood to the Chinese people and construction sector,” said Bell. “The Qingchuan government is encouraging wood-frame construction as a safe and affordable means for rebuilding their community. This isan excellent opportunity to further increase our annual softwood lumber exports to China.”Under a memorandum of understanding between Canada Wood Group, with support from the B.C. government, and the Qingchuan County government, Vancouver Village will be a three-phase project in the Chinese Province of Sichuan. The project is a result of the growing relationship between the B.C. forest sector and local governments in China. It originated through discussions between Canfor and the Qingchuan government.- Advertisement -The first phase of the project involves the rural design and construction of three wood-frame demonstration homes this winter. The homes, funded by a $100,000 contribution from Forestry Innovation Investment, will range from a 950-square-foot, single-storey to a 2,500-square-foot, two-storey low-cost rural home.center_img “These homes will form the blueprint for hundreds of families’ lives and are designed to meet rural lifestyles and needs across China,” said Bell. “Vancouver Village is a wonderful example of how forestry succeedswhen we all work together.”last_img read more

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Courtois on verge of Real Madrid move – reports

first_img“The Courtois soap opera is coming to its end. The target, who yesterday did not attend Chelsea training despite being at the end of his holidays, speeds up the process to sign for Real Madrid, an announcement that could become official in the coming hours,” Marca wrote.Real will pay 35 million euros to bring the Belgium international, voted the best goalkeeper at the World Cup, to the Bernabeu, according to Marca.“Courtois doesn’t come to Chelsea training”, noted Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo, for whom “his destination will be Real Madrid”.AS, another Madrid-based sports daily, said “Chelsea give Courtois up for lost and want (Athletic Bilbao’s) Kepa Arrizabalaga to be his replacement”.It added the Premier League club “are willing to pay the 80 million euro release clause to Athletic” for the 23-year-old Spain international.There is also speculation that Chelsea could try to sign Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.Courtois, who spent three seasons at Atletico from 2011 to 2014, has repeatedly stated his desire to move closer to his two children in the Spanish capital.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thibaut Courtois could be on his way back to Spain in the coming hours, according to reports in Madrid © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKMADRID, Spain, Aug 7 – Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is closing in on a move to Real Madrid in a deal worth around 35 million euros (Sh4.1bn), Spanish media reported on Tuesday.“Courtois, decision imminent”, Madrid sports daily Marca ran as its headline, claiming that the record 13-time European champions are “confident of his signing”.last_img read more

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Ze Maria slowed down my season, says Kagere

first_imgEventually, Kagere was signed as da Silva was said to be way out of achieving the required fitness and sharpness levels, and Kagere says this was the genesis of his tribulation at the club, trickling down into the start of the 2017 season.“We didn’t have good agreement with the coach because he wanted player he brought to play. It was always a problem. He put me out saying I can’t play with Tuyisenge (Jacques) and I ended up playing very few matches. By the time he though he needed me, the season was already gone and the other players were ahead of me,” Kagere, winner of the league title with Gor in 2015 said.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shares words with striker Meddie Kagere during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 7, 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOULUIn contrast, Kagere has heaped praise on Briton Dylan Kerr who he said believed in him and gave him the confidence to play better, finishing the season with 14 goals and four assists.“When the new coach came, he told me ‘I have heard about you, I have seen you and I know what you can do’ and that kept pushing me. When a coach tells you that, you have to work hard to prove him right,” Kagere further explained.The Ugandan-born Rwandese was on Monday night named the KPL player of the year by the Sports Journalists of Kenya and says it was a fruit of hard work and determination which trails back to the start of the season.He came close to bagging the award in 2015 but was edged out closely by former teammate Michael Olunga now playing in the Spanish La Liga with FC Girona.“I expected this award to be mine in 2015 because I think I performed better. I had more goals and more assists but then it had to wait till this year and I am proud because at the beginning of the year, I told myself I have to achieve something,” Kagere explained.Kagere kising he trophy after being named the SJAK Most Valuable Player. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHis next target is to help the team do well in the CAF Champions League and they begin their campaign at home to Equatorial Guinea Champions Leones Vegetarianos Fútbol Club. A successful bid in the preliminary round books them a tough tie most probably against Esperance in the first round.“There’s nothing impossible; it is all about our mentality, how we organize ourselves and our focus. I don’t know much about Equatorial Guinean teams but I know Esperance; they call them the Barcelona of Africa. We have to learn about how they play and know how to tackle them as soon as possible,” Kagere advised.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere glides away celebrating the equalizer against AFC Leopards during the Mashemeji Derby at Nyayo Stadium on August 27, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, KENYA, Dec 20- Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere has disclosed that personal differences between him and former coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira aka Ze Maria slowed down his season, pointing out he would have performed much better had things been different.Kagere re-joined Gor in June last year at a time when Ze Maria had just sanctioned the signing of fellow Brazilian Thiago Lima da Silva with a huge section of fans and club officials also advocating for Kagere’s return having spent six months away.last_img read more

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Brezhnev secretly buoyed Nixon during Watergate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.At first, Moscow paid little attention to Watergate, but as the scandal of the break-in at Democratic offices focused on the president, Dobrynin wrote, concern grew in the Politburo that it could damage improvement in U.S.-Soviet relations. “One began to sense his growing bewilderment, lack of confidence and withdrawal from other matters,” Dobrynin wrote. The ambassador was instructed to meet immediately and secretly with Nixon to deliver the message of support from General Secretary Brezhnev. “No doubt, there are some people – and not only in the U.S. – who anticipate that Richard Nixon won’t be able to take it and will crack under the pressure,” Dobrynin said he told the president on Brezhnev’s behalf. “But, we are pleased to note, you have no intention of giving them that satisfaction.” In response, and speaking slowly, Nixon said he wished to thank Brezhnev “for the fact that he, perhaps alone among the leaders of other nations, including the allies, had found simple human words to lift his spirits,” Dobrynin wrote in the documents released this week. Nixon went ahead in the summer of 1974 to hold a summit with Brezhnev in Moscow, but his days in the White House were numbered and he resigned in August. While Nixon was a firm adherent of U.S. strength, he was opposed to brinksmanship in dealing with the Soviet Union, Dobrynin reported to Moscow in 1969, at the start of a unique personal relationship with Washington. The State Department historical documents portrayed Nixon as not counting on the use of force. Quoting from an urgent telegram Dobrynin sent to Moscow, sizing up the new president, differences were too deep to bridge completely. But Dobrynin told the Soviet Foreign Ministry in his cable that “the new president is opposed to methods of brinksmanship in relations with the USSR, since he believes that both our countries have at their disposal sufficient nuclear missiles to annihilate each other many times over.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – As the Watergate scandal enveloped President Nixon, he was buoyed by a secret “for his eyes only” message of moral support and encouragement from Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, according to newly released State Department documents. Saying he wanted to share thoughts with Nixon “mainly on a human level,” Brezhnev told Nixon “we do not really understand much of what is happening,” but it was clear to the Politburo in Moscow that not only domestic factors were at work. “There are those who would like to nullify or completely undermine everything valuable and important” in understandings being reached by the two superpowers, Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin said he told the president on Brezhnev’s behalf. The message, delivered to Nixon by Dobrynin, proposed “self-control and fortitude” in conducting foreign policy, Dobrynin wrote in a foreword to the documents. last_img read more

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SOCCER: LAGAN HARPS FC NOTES

first_imgLagan Harps FCOur men’s team got back to winning ways with an impressive 2-1 win over Kilmacrennan Celtic in Rathmullen. Kevin Mc Hugh and Drew Connolly were the scorers. Kevin Kelly and Conor Sweeney were particularly impressive. They have a free week this Sunday.Our u/16’s played Illistrin in The Shield on Saturday and again in the Europa cup on Sunday. They drew 2-2 on Saturday with Gavin Mc Daid scoring two excellent goals. They won 2-1 on Sunday with Shea Mc Daid and Paul O’Brien scoring. Louis Cole and Paul O’Brien impressed in both matches. Our u/14’s lost 4-0 to Bonagee Utd in a contest that was closer than the scoreline indicated. Hugh O’Donnell and Codey Brogan were best.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 6,8,12 and 17. Marty Quinn won E50 for three numbers. Next weeks jackpot is £875.00. Best wishes for a speedy recover to u/16 player Richard Gordon who was ill recently.Sympathy is extended to the O’Donnell and Brown family circle on their recent bereavement.SOCCER: LAGAN HARPS FC NOTES was last modified: March 11th, 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:Lagan Harps FC noteslast_img read more

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first_img Prosecutor Pam Bondi did not return phone messages seeking comment. Fleeing an officer is a felony, while reckless driving is a misdemeanor. Tampa police said Gooden sped away after his BMW was pulled over for swerving and braking erratically on Aug. 22. Police said his breath smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot, as he twice refused to get out of the car for a sobriety test. At the time, he was out on bail on a charge of hitting his live-in girlfriend in the face during an argument. He turned himself in Aug. 25. Gooden remained in custody at a Hillsborough County Jail without bond, according to jail records. O’Neal gets assist Gooden, 41, did not appear in court and entered a written plea. His attorney, Peter Hobson, said the new charge was not part of a plea agreement. “We had no role, we did not participate in any way in that decision,” he said. Doc Gooden enters a not guilty plea Prosecutors dropped a drunken driving charge against former baseball star Dwight Gooden, and he pleaded not guilty to fleeing an officer and a new charge of reckless driving after a traffic stop last month. center_img Shaquille O’Neal provided an assist to police over the weekend, trailing a man who allegedly assaulted a gay couple before alerting an arresting officer. The 7-foot-1 Miami Heat center, who is in the process of becoming a Miami Beach reserve officer, was driving on South Beach around 3 a.m. Sunday. He saw a passenger in a car yell anti-gay slurs at the couple, who were walking, said Bobby Hernandez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department. The man then got out of the car and threw a bottle, hitting one of the pedestrians, who was not seriously hurt. The man got back in the car, which sped off. O’Neal followed, flagging down an officer who made an arrest, Hernandez said. Michael Gonzalez, 18, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon. The driver of the car was not charged. O’Neal, who hopes to be a police chief or county sheriff one day, was already being fitted for his Miami Beach police uniform before he helped the police out. “For this incident I don’t want to be credited as an individual who does police work,” O’Neal said in a statement. “I want to be credited as a Miami Beach police officer.” Katrina woes Division I basketball and football players from schools closed by Hurricane Katrina will still have to sit out for a year if they transfer to one of the many colleges that have offered admission, NCAA president Myles Brand said. The NCAA said last month that it would bend some rules to help students and schools deal with the hurricane, including letting students compete without attending classes. But during an appearance at the University of Rhode Island, Brand said the only rule the NCAA would not bend was the one that requires Division I basketball, football and hockey players to sit a one year if they transfer to another Division I school. In other sports, Division I athletes can transfer and play immediately at another Division I school if they receive a release from the original university. Some super cleanup Officials will have to clean and decontaminate the Louisiana Superdome before the stadium’s future can be determined. Superdome officials took their first look at the Superdome on Friday. Those officials said that mounds of trash have been removed from the Superdome’s concourses and the interior is still dark, waterlogged and vile smelling. The New Orleans Arena next door is in better shape, they said. “The first job is to get both buildings cleaned and decontaminated,” Glenn Menard, who manages both buildings, said. “Once we have that done we’ll have the experts go in and tell us what can be done and what can’t be done.” NHL re-vote Saskin has asked the executive board of the NHL Players’ Association to vote again on his five-year deal as the new executive director this time by secret ballot. Despite overwhelming support from player reps during a conference call with the executive board Monday night, Saskin decided to reopen the vote. He wants to end criticism from a small group of players who questioned the process by which Saskin was hired. Ballots were sent to player reps around the league Tuesday morning, and the vote is expected to be completed by the end of the week. Saskin is expected to once again have his deal approved with a huge majority. Williams sentenced Point guard Marcus Williams was given 18 months probation and ordered to perform 400 hours of community service for his role in the theft of four computers from a campus dormitory. Under the accelerated rehabilitation program for first-time offenders, Williams will have no criminal record if he successfully completes his probation. “It was foolish. It was selfish,” Williams told Superior Court Judge Marcia Gleeson. “I’d like to apologize to the four women involved. I’d like to apologize to the students on campus. I’d like to apologize to my coaches, my teammates, my family and the state of Connecticut.” Long findings released Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Terry Long died from a brain inflammation that resulted, in part, from repeated head injuries suffered while playing football. Long, 45, died at UPMC Passavant Hospital on June 7, a few hours after paramedics found him unconscious at his home. An autopsy was inconclusive, but subsequent tests on tissues and fluids taken from Long’s body yielded the findings released Tuesday. Long died of an inflammation of the lining of the brain, said Joseph Dominick, chief deputy coroner in Allegheny County. A contributing factor was “chronic traumatic encephalopathy” also known as dementia pugilistica a condition most often seen among career boxers. Fritsch dies Fritsch, who went from Austrian soccer player to place-kicker for the Dallas Cowboys, died. He was 60. Peter Klingelmueller, a spokesman for Rapid Vienna, the soccer club on which Fritsch played for 14 years, confirmed Fritsch’s death. The Austria Press Agency reported that Fritsch collapsed and died of heart failure in Vienna after eating at a restaurant. Fritsch played in nine matches for the Austrian national soccer team and, in 1965, scored two goals for Austria as it defeated England 3-2 in London. Six years later, soccer-style kickers were becoming popular in the NFL and the Cowboys sent scouts to Europe in search of strong-legged soccer players who could be taught to boot footballs. Fritsch also kicked for San Diego, Houston and New Orleans in the NFL. Truex fined Busch Series champion Martin Truex Jr. was penalized $10,000 and 25 points by NASCAR for using an obscene gesture during last week’s race. The punishment tightens Truex’s hold on the Busch points lead he now holds just a 69-point advantage over Clint Bowyer with seven races left this season. Truex was side-by-side with Mike Wallace late in Friday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway when Wallace pinched Truex into the wall. The contact tipped Truex’s car onto its right side, where it traveled around part of the track on just two tires. Olowokandi acquitted Indianapolis judge acquitted Minnesota Timberwolves center Michael Olowokandi of misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct at a downtown nightclub last fall. Olowokandi was arrested about 3 a.m. on Nov. 25 after he refused to leave Tiki Bob’s and had to be subdued by police with a stun gun. He was held overnight in jail and released in the morning. Olowokandi said he was trying to retrieve a sweatshirt from the club. He was acquitted by Judge William Nelson in a bench trial in Marion Superior Court. May has surgery Bobcats forward Sean May had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will not be ready to play when training camp begins next month. May, the former North Carolina star selected 13th overall in the NBA draft, is expected to be ready in time for Charlotte’s Nov. 2 season opener. Connor to practice Penn State linebacker Dan Connor is welcome again at practice after serving a university punishment for allegedly making harassing phone calls, coach Joe Paterno squelched questions about the sophomore’s status with the team. “Forget Connor. I’m not telling anything. I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Paterno said. “I haven’t gotten the slightest idea. … honest.” Troy Smith will start at quarterback for No. 9 Ohio State on Saturday against San Diego State, while Justin Zwick the starter the first two games this season has been relegated to the sideline. Kleco in accident New York Jets player Joe Klecko accidentally hit and killed a man while driving on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, police said. The 51-year-old Klecko was heading south at about 8:30 p.m. Monday in a 2005 Chevy Suburban when he struck the man, who was pushing a grocery cart, police said. Ray Peterson, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene. 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MARY’S MEALS TABLE QUIZ TONIGHT IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgTHE brilliant people behind Mary’s Meals are hosting a table quiz at the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny this evening.The quiz gets underway at 9pm and is sure to draw a large crowd for the charity which helps feeds tens of thousands of children in developing countries.The no-frills charity has a simple idea that works: by providing one good meal in a place of learning, children are drawn into the classroom where they can receive an education that could one day free them from poverty. It takes just €14.50 PER YEAR to feed a child – and 93 cents of every euro raised by the local group goes directly to feeding a child.There are loads of spot prizes this evening and a good night’s craic guaranteed….with a worthy outcome at the end. MARY’S MEALS TABLE QUIZ TONIGHT IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: October 16th, 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:charity quizletterkennyMary’s MealsStation House Hotellast_img read more

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Donegal IFA plan talk and walk event in support of mental health

first_imgArds Forest Park will hold a talk and walk event at 3 pm on the 27th of May in support of the green ribbon campaign. The Let’s Talk and Walk events encourage people to take time out of their busy lives, go for a walk and support the campaign to change minds about mental health – one conversation at a time.The Green Ribbon campaign is a month-long campaign during May to get people talking openly about mental health and to break the stigma of silence associated with mental health. The hope is that these walks will provide an opportunity for farmers and their communities to take time out for a couple of hours to look after their well-being and support this very worthwhile campaign.Ards Forest Park will be the only place in Donegal to hold one of these walks.The IFA will host eight in total all over the country in an attempt to raise awareness for mental health.Donegal IFA plan talk and walk event in support of mental health was last modified: May 17th, 2018 by Chris CannonShare 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:Ardsgreen ribbon monthmental healthWALKlast_img read more

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‘Woods look to put pieces together before league play

first_imgA preseason defined by large wins and narrow losses comes to a close this week for the College of the Redwoods womens basketball team as it will wrap its non-conference schedule over the next few days with a stretch of games at the San Jose City College Tournament, beginning with a clash against Chabot College tonight at 5 p.m.Redwoods (4-6), as may be expected with any team featuring just three sophomores and seven freshman, has endured more than a few close losses to start its season.Four …last_img read more