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  • Gayle hopes for another big knock against India at World T20

    first_imgMUMBAI, India (AP):Chris Gayle hopes to smash another century when West Indies returns at the Wankhede Stadium tomorrow for their World Twenty20 semi-final against India.Gayle’s 47-ball century against England gave West Indies a winning momentum in the tournament before Afghanistan broke the three-match winning sequence of the 2012 champions on a turning wicket at Nagpur.”This is a perfect opportunity to actually start the tournament and try and pick up where I left off, get a big one for the team and put them in a winning position,” Gayle said yesterday.A niggling hamstring injury denied Gayle a chance to bat against Sri Lanka. He returned against South Africa but lasted only two deliveries – flicking the first one for four before getting clean bowled off the next ball.He was then rested against Afghanistan in their last last group match.POWER HITTINGBut the batting-friendly wickets in Mumbai with short square boundaries ideally suits the power hitting of Gayle as West Indies raced to 183-4 against England with 11 balls to spare.South Africa also twice scored over 200 runs at the Wankhede Stadium. However, first England denied the Proteas with the second highest ever successful chase of 230-8 and then Afghanistan put up a brisk start before losing by 37 runs in pursuit of South Africa’s 209-5.In the absence of at least two key players leg-spinner Sunil Narine and all-rounder Kieron Pollard, West Indies have ousted South Africa and defending champions Sri Lanka from the tournament.”That goes to show the strength of West Indies cricket back home,” Gayle said. “The guys who actually replaced the first picks, someone like Carlos Brathwaite, he won us the game against South Africa … and the bench is still strong enough.”Gayle said that six-run defeat against Afghanistan has only increased the motivation of West Indies to do well in the semi-final.”The only positive you can look from the Afghanistan game is the motive,” Gayle said.”We saw India bounce back from losing games as well, so it can put us in a strong position as well to actually lift our game and do better on Thursday.”Virat Kohli has been key in guiding the host into the semi-finals with his two masterful half centuries against arch-rivals Pakistan and an unbeaten 82 off 51 balls in the do-or-die last group match against Australia.Gayle was not surprised by the sublime form of India’s master middle-order batsman, who has scored 184 runs at an impressive average of 92.00.”No surprise there. I have said it over the years he is going to be the world beater he is today,” he said.”He has been fantastic right through the year. He has been in great form. He can still get runs but in a losing cause. We’ll be happy with that as well.”- APlast_img read more

  • Lenox Shuman may want to reconsider his decision

    first_imgDear Editor,Mr Lenox Shuman may want to reconsider his decision to give up his Canadian Citizenship.You see, while there has been a lot of debate about the qualifications to serve as a member of the National Assembly, very little attention has been paid to the qualifications to serve as President and/or Prime Minister.The Constitution (Laws of Guyana) clearly states in Chapter IX, The President, 90 (b), that the nominee must be “…residing in Guyana on the date of the nomination for election and was continuously residing herein for a period of seven years immediately before that date.”Qualifications for the Prime Minister’s position are similar to those of the President, given that the Prime Minister assumes the duties of the President if the President is away or is unable to perform his/her duties.It is my understanding that Mr Shuman returned to Guyana after the May 2015 elections, after being a resident of Canada for many years. If this is true, then Mr Shuman will not be eligible to be nominated for President or Prime Minister of Guyana until sometime after May 2022.Sincerely,Mohamed Z Rahamanlast_img read more

  • Red Cross bus makes stops in A.V.

    first_imgAbout 60 percent of Southland residents are eligible blood donors, but just 3 percent actually make such donations, Mazariego said. Several CHP officers donated blood at Tuesday’s drive. “It’s something that hopefully no one will ever need, but you never know,” CHP Officer Henry Ross said. “With all the traffic collisions that we work, there are a lot of times people have the need for blood, so we feel this is a very worthy cause.” For information about blood donation eligibility or to find a donation station, log on to, or call (800) GIVE-LIFE. LANCASTER – With Southland blood supplies running below normal, Tuesday’s American Red Cross blood drive in the Antelope Valley was that much more important from a public health standpoint, a Red Cross official said. A Red Cross donation bus made stops in Lancaster at the California Highway Patrol headquarters on Avenue I and near Antelope Valley College’s sheriff’s station. The Red Cross typically sends its donation bus to the Antelope Valley at least a half-dozen times a month, Antelope Valley Red Cross account manager Julio Mazariego said. In addition to bringing blood supplies to normal levels, the donation bus gives the cause visibility, Mazariego said. (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • Video: Lazio 1-4 Roma: Giallorossi thrash rivals in Derby della Capitale

    first_img Roma star Alessandro Florenzi celebrates scoring against rivals Lazio Roma demolished rivals Lazio 4-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in Serie A as they kept chase with second place Napoli.The Giallorossi’s impressive display in the Eternal City gives them a chance to catch the Naples outfit, who blew the opportunity to go three points behind leaders Juventus by losing 3-1 to Udinese.Stephan El Shaarawy got the opener with a first-half header and Edin Dzeko put clear daylight between the two Derby della Capitale foes with a goal midway through the second half.Marco Parolo did get one back for Lazio, but hometown hero Alessandro Florenzi notched his first derby goal to settle the contest, while Diego Perotti added late gloss to the result.Lazio’s response to the heavy defeat was to sack head coach Stefano Pioli and replace him with their former striker Simone Inzaghi, the younger brother of Filippo.And you can see all the goals from Lazio 1-4 Roma below…Lazio 0-1 Roma – Stephan Al ShaarawyLazio 0-2 Roma – Edin DzekoLazio 1-2 Roma – Marco ParoloLazio 1-3 Roma – Alessandro FlorenziLazio 1-4 Roma – Diego Perotti 1last_img read more


    first_imgDD ARTS: It’s one of the most iconic photographs ever taken and there’s also a great story behind the image.Everybody knows the photograph “Lunch atop a Skyscraper,” taken during construction at the Rockefeller Centre in 1932.But its background had remained a mystery: despite extensive research, neither the 11 ironworkers nor the photographer had been definitively identified. The photographer and subjects have remained unknown for the past 80 years, but in 2007 a chance discovery of a special framed copy of the photograph in Whelan’s pub, Galway, led Connemara filmmaker Sean Ó Cualáin and his brother Eamon to tell the remarkable story of two of the men photographed on the girder.The Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny is to show the documentary Men At Lunch on Thursday at 8pm as part of the 19th Annual Bealtaine Festival.The description on the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) site says about the documentary: “Ever since the photograph was published anonymously in the New York Herald Tribune on October 2, 1932, the men’s identities have been a mystery.“Many of those who have been fascinated by the photo throughout the years have shared the conviction that one of the workers is a distant relative; others, meanwhile, have questioned the photo’s authenticity outright.” “Accessing the vast photography archives at Rockefeller Center and the Iron Mountain storage facility in Pennsylvania, Ó Cualáin follows the clues in an attempt to discover the photo’s long-held secrets.“With the meticulous, painstaking precision of a detective, Ó Cualáin tracks down the original glass-plate negative, and then reconstructs the photograph as a digital projection with actors recreating the workers’ poses, allowing the minutiae of the image to be studied from every possible perspective. Interviews with archivists, photographers, and historians eventually uncover compelling evidence that a few of the photo’s subjects may have roots in the small village of Shanaglish, Ireland.”Men At Lunch Thursday May 26th, 8pm, Regional Cultural Centre. Admission is free but advanced booking is advised. DD ARTS: THE STORY BEHIND ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC IMAGES OF THE 20th CENTURY AT RCC ON THURSDAY was last modified: May 21st, 2016 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:letterkennyRCC“Lunch atop a Skyscraper”last_img read more


    first_imgDANIEL O’Donnell has vowed to find the dancer inside him after another great performance of Strictly Come Dancing.The Donegal man took to the floor – and hoping for votes for the first time – on the hit BBC show this evening.And he and partner Kristina Rihanoff did a cheeky Charleston…to cheer the crowd in the BBC studios. Judge Craig did have some criticisms of Daniel, but the singer was delighted when the acid-tongued judge insisted: “You have great rhythm…and I believe there is a dancer lurking inside.”Len said if he was a bookmaker, Daniel would be odds-on to appear again next week.And Darcey said Daniel and Kristina’s routine came alive!The star said he had been ‘horsing around’ this week as the dance had a racecourse them….and also revealed he had an outer body experience during the show last week!!! Afterwards he said he was delighted with Craig’s comments and vowed: “I promise to find that dancer inside me.“We had a great time this week doing the Charleston.”Here are the judges’ comments in full:JUDGES’ COMMENTSCraig Revel Horwood: “I think you need to be a lot higher up on your toes, more swivel, your free arm you need to look out for, and this dance is about going over the top – I don’t think you quite did that tonight. You have fantastic rhythm and there is a dancer lurking within”.Darcey Bussell: “For me, you had great energy throughout. Honestly, I was not expecting that – you had great bounce and you were alert”.Len Goodman: “It was a tad on the safe side, however, if I was a bookie, you are odds on to be back next week”.Bruno Tonioli: “You nearly placed at Ascot. You need more than a steady canter. You need to gallop all the time. You have got to keep it going – it is all about energy”SCORES Craig: 5 – Darcey: 6- Len: 6 – Bruno: 6TOTAL: 23DANIEL VOWS TO FIND THE DANCER ‘INSIDE’ AFTER GREAT PERFORMANCE was last modified: October 4th, 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:daniel o’donnellKristina RihanoffStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

  • €2M support package announced for disadvantaged groups in Donegal

    first_imgA €2 million Government funding package has been announced by Minister Joe McHugh today to support disadvantaged groups across Donegal.The funding, which will be provided next year, will see €615,095 distributed to communities in the Inishowen region, €363,582 for the Gaeltacht and €1.09million delivered to other parts of the county.“This is a hugely important funding package for next year, with €2million of Government money directed to groups and people most in need in Donegal,” Minister Joe McHugh said on the announcement. The investment is being made under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP), the Government’s primary social inclusion intervention, and it follows a fund of about €2million for this year.Mr McHugh, Minister for Education and Skills, said: “This important initiative will support people who are out of work or on low wages. It will help children and their mothers and fathers who live in deprived areas and lone parents. And the funding can also be put to good use to help support people with disabilities, Travellers, Roma and other groups with disadvantage.”“Cuirim fáilte róimh an deá-nuacht seo inniú maidir le limistéar faoi mhíbhuntáiste, agus an tacaíocht breise a bheas ar fail daofa.“The money is used to support communities and individuals. It will be of huge benefit in the areas where services are being provided to help reverse disadvantage, to give people the guidance, confidence and support they need to move on with their lives. “I have seen first-hand the importance of working with young people and the value of working on initiatives for people in disadvantaged areas. These funds will be important for both urban and rural areas to try to encourage and support people towards mainstream services.”The €2m funding for 2019 under SICAP will be delivered by Local Development Companies across the county.SICAP is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development with co-funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.€2M support package announced for disadvantaged groups in Donegal was last modified: November 28th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

  • Career Day in Diepsloot

    first_imgThe future of the country lies in the hands of South Africa’s young people. With this in mind, Transnet Rail Freight, in partnership with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, hosted a Career Day in Diepsloot, in northern Johannesburg, for local high school children.The message from the speakers was consistent – education is the key.Former radio presenter Hector Motau spoke about his road to becoming a motivational speakerTransnet Freight Rail’s Caesar Mtetwa, who is also the president of the National Society of Black Engineers, pointed out the urgent need for engineers in South Africa.“This country needs 15 000 skilled engineers, but only 1 500 quality each year – it’s not enough.” Without engineers, there would be no roads, no electricity… no malls, the youngsters were told.Such skills were required to build the country’s infrastructure and support its economic growth – creating jobs.Some sobering facts raised during the day included: in the age group of 18- to 24-year-olds there were some 2.4 million people who had matric but who were unemployed; and that some 4.7 million people of working age were unable to find work.However, some initiatives are under way to tackle unemployment. The pupils were told about bursaries available, were given advice on accessing funds and information, and also learned more about several career paths. Transnet offers financial support to students who go on to university, provided they get 60% for maths and science for matric.Mtwetwa noted that in 2013, Transnet sponsored 1 000 university students – although it had been prepared to fund double that number. “There are people waiting to help you,” he told the young audience. “Just study hard to get those marks.”Another organisation represented on the Career Day panel, Harambee, told pupils how it helped high-potential matriculants aged between 18 and 28 by preparing them for the workplace and then finding a suitable match for them with partner companies.Harambee’s Lebo Nke noted the importance of young people staying in employment for at least a year. She pointed out that if they succeeded, the chances of remaining in employment for the rest of their working life increased by 85%.Grade 10 learner Clive Molubi (left) from Leap High School saw the day as an important event as he wanted to find out about different job opportunitiesMany of the panellists shared their own experiences, giving hope to the Diepsloot youngsters. Grade 10 learner Clive Molubi from Leap High School saw the day as an important event as he wanted to find out about different job opportunities. “I’m preparing for my future,” he added.Former radio presenter Hector Motau spoke about his road to becoming a motivational speaker, describing how, as a young student from a rural village, he had set up TNT Radio, the first campus radio in the country. TNT was Technikon Northern Transvaal and is now Tshwane University of Technology.“So what’s your excuse,” he challenged the young listeners.Each panellist offered pragmatic advice to the pupils, most of whom were in grades nine, 10 and 11 at local high schools: prepare for your future now, don’t delay; set goals and act on them; choose a career path that interests you; get rid of any distractions that sway you from your path; and read.Sponsors of the Career Day included Brand South Africa, Cell C, the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Harambee, the South West Gauteng College, Junior Chamber International and Cida City Campus.Tables were set up with experts on hand to offer career advice.last_img read more

  • Yobongo Hits the App Store: Can It Deliver?

    first_imgRelated Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology mike melanson Yobongo, the iPhone app that “makes it super fun and easy to chat with people nearby,” has finally gone live in the iTunes App Store. After a month in beta testing, Yobongo has shown itself to be a well-designed, functional mobile chat room. Now, just one thing remains to be seen – can it deliver on its promise of “ambient real-time communication”?Yobongo founders Caleb Elston and David Kasper left last October with the intention of creating “a new way to communicate and share with people nearby from your mobile device.” Yobongo is that “new way.”According to Elston, the release is going to focus on San Francisco, Austin (home of this month’s SXSW festival) and New York City. When users launch the app in one of these cities, the app will determine in real time what chat group they will be added to according to their location, who they might have spoken with in the past and group density. “We analyze every pair of messages sent through the system and use that to build up an understanding of who you like talking with,” explained Elston. Then when you open Yobongo we place you with people you have the strongest affinity for.” So far, however, the app has simply served as a private mobile chat room for a hand-picked group of 150 beta testers. So how do they know that, once it goes live and out to the masses, it’s going to function as planned? They already released the app under a different name in Canada to test out the location and grouping functionality.Will It Translate?When blogger Robert Scoble discussed the app last month, he asked a key question of it – can it “avoid the ‘masses are asses’ chat room problem?”While Elston provided us with a slew of statistics on the app’s usage over the last month, there’s only one problem – Yobongo users, so far, consist of a hand-picked group of early adopters, tech insiders, bloggers and Silicon Valley techies. Can we judge adoption and usage on how much these folks like talking to each other in a private mobile chat room? We’re not so sure. At the same time, it’s solidly designed, functional and could have a strong showing as a way to meet random folks at the year’s largest gathering of techies and the often socially-inept. As Scoble asks, “Will it still be interesting when we get drunk at SXSW?”One commenter points out that location, just like real identity (which Yobongo also requires) could help deal with this problem. “Location limiting alone is huge,” he writes. “I’m less likely to be an ass to you if there aren’t six routers and four firewalls between us.”Of course, there’s just one more question to ask: Do users really want this? Were we really missing out on being able to chat with small groups of people who are located nearby? We have Twitter for people we know and don’t know. We have GroupMe, Kik, Fast Society and any number of other group messaging apps for folks we already know. Is the socially “unknown,” the stranger, what people were really looking for in their mobile communications experience?For now, the only thing to do will be to go grab yourself a copy and see if it can, indeed, deliver. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Tags:#Apple#Location#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more