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Simmons anxious to move on

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Reinstated West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, says he is eager to move on from the incident that led to his suspension for the Sri Lanka tour and sparked controversy across the region.In a prepared audio statement released on Tuesday by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Simmons apologised for the now well-publicised controversy, noting that he was now anxious to resume his duties with the Caribbean side.”I am looking forward to putting this behind me and doing the job I enjoy with the West Indies senior men’s teams, to continue heading towards the goal that we have in sight and towards which we have started working,” the 52-year-old Trinidadian said.The controversy arose when Simmons lashed out at the selection process, blaming “outside interference” for the non-selection of all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard for the one-day tour of Sri Lanka.OUTVOTEDSpeaking at a press conference in Barbados prior to the Test squad’s departure for Sri Lanka, Simmons said while he and chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd, were in favour of the duo’s return, they had been outvoted by the three other selectors.”That’s not the disappointing fact, the disappointing fact is that you can lose 3-2 in a vote-off but there is too much interference from outside in the selection of the ODI squad,” Simmons said at the time.”And it’s disappointing for me to know that in any aspect of life (people would use) their position to get people into a squad, or in this case, get people left out of a squad.”It is wrong and I don’t like it and that is my beef with the selection of the ODI team.”The outburst led to his suspension for the Test tour of Sri Lanka, with fellow selector Eldine Baptiste taking up the interim role.Simmons was subsequently called before the WICB’s Human Resource Committee to answer for the comments.PUBLICAPOLOGYOn reinstating Simmons, the Board said Tuesday it had reprimanded the former player for the comments and also asked him to make a public apology.”I regret my public outburst during a press conference on the 25th of September, 2015 in Barbados, called to announce the West Indies Cricket Board men’s senior team selected to tour Sri Lanka in October and November, and the revelation of the voting that took place at the team selection meeting,” Simmons said in his apology.”I extend a public apology to all whom I may have offended. I have personally apologised to my fellow selectors and the West Indies Cricket Board and now do so again publicly.”Regarding the claims of outside interference, the WICB said it would “immediately investigate the allegations made by Simmons and take the necessary and appropriate action following this investigation”.Simmons will now lead the side on the Test tour of Australia starting next month.last_img read more

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UAAP football: Ateneo ekes out 2-1 win vs La Salle

first_imgSea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mauro Acot chalked one for the Green Archers at the 83rd minute, but the Taft side’s comeback bid fell short in the end.With the victory, Ateneo has leveled itself with La Salle at six points apiece as they sit tied at third place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIn the other matches, University of the Philippines conceded its first goal of the season, but that didn’t rain on its 4-1 victory over Adamson to take the top spot with nine points.King Miyagi and JB Borlongan both had braces to tow the Fighting Maroons to their third victory, but had to deal with Falcons’ Jusue Pilarca scoring at the 12th minute, much to the dismay of coach Anto Gonzales. View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lyceum gets revenge, beats San Beda to take PCCL title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ “We weren’t sharp. We were lazy. We weren’t thinking,” he said.University of Santo Tomas and National University, meanwhile, engaged in a scoreless draw as the Growling Tigers fell to second place with their seven points. Jarvey Gayoso scored a brace as defending champion Ateneo downed La Salle, 2-1, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The reigning MVP picked up the scoring in the second half, first putting the Blue Eagles ahead at the 50th minute before doubling the lead at the 66th minute where he eluded two defenders before sending the ball to the back of the net.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Kisumu to host CECAFA semis matches

first_img0Shares0000CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye addressing the media on the 2017 CECAFA Seniour Challenge Cup/ Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 3 – Kisumu has been reinstated as a host of the Confederation of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup.Kisumu’s Moi Stadium will now host the semifinal matches scheduled for November 15 and 16 with the finals being held in Machakos. Kisumu which had initially been selected as the tournament’s hosts was stripped off the hosting rights for alleged insecurity.The lakeside town was given the chance after fruitful talks between the Kisumu County Government Governor Professor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o and Football Kenya Kenya Federation (FKF).Nyong’o allayed fears of insecurity saying Kisumu was secure and will ensure adequate security measures were put in place.The Governor said he has cancelled post-election demonstrations in the city and therefore there should be no worries of political tensions.As per the earlier schedule released by the Cecafa secretary general, Nicholas Musonye and Cecafa’s Local organizing committee head Herbet Mwachiro,, before Kisumu was removed as a host it was to host matches involving Kenya, Libya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zanzibar.A section of Kenyan fans had read mischief in FKF’s plans to change the venue from Kisumu and threatened to cheer on Kenya’s bitter rivals Uganda at the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, or even boycott the tournament all together.The group matches will be hosted at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos with Moi, Kasarani serving as its back up and Kakamega’s Bukhungu with Mumias Sports Complex as its alternative venue.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Sierra Leone acquits football chiefs after corruption trial

first_img0Shares0000Ex-SLFA president Isha Johansen, a leading women’s football entrepreneur, and former general secretary Chris Kamara had faced an array of charges for misappropriation of funds.FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, May 27 – Two former heads of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) were cleared of corruption charges on Monday after a high-profile case that led to a bustup with FIFA.Ex-SLFA president Isha Johansen, a leading women’s football entrepreneur, and former general secretary Chris Kamara had faced an array of charges for misappropriation of funds. They were replaced in their jobs as the case went ahead — a move that in October prompted the world’s governing body to suspend the SFLA from its ranks on the grounds of government interference.Sierra Leone’s qualifying matches for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations were scrapped. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) then disqualified the country from the qualifying campaign for the tournament, which takes place next month in Egypt.“Isha Johansen and Chris Kamara are acquitted and discharged on all count charges,” Justice Reginald Fynn announced after delivering an hour-long judgment in a jam-packed court in Freetown, the capital.The pair shed tears of joy and hugged lawyers as thunderous applause erupted.“Thanks to God, we are free at last,” Kamara said, punching the air with his fist.The defendants were arrested in September 2016 and were then released on bail before being charged on 11 counts in September 2017.The counts included four primary allegations, of misappropriation of donor funds, conspiracy to commit a corruption offence, misappropriation of public funds and abuse of office.Alleged misdeeds included the disappearance of $50,000 (44,500 euros) donated by CAF for MRI magnetic resonance imaging tests, and a $5,000 loan from Isha’s husband who signed a sponsorship deal with the national team.The pair had denied any wrongdoing.“We lost, now is time to take deep breath and review the judgment for next steps,” Sierra Leone’s anti-corruption commissioner, Francis Ben Kaifala, said on Twitter.“That is what due process is,” he said. He did not reveal if there were any plans for an appeal.FIFA’s suspensions spurred government anger and a political emergency for the newly-elected president, Julius Maada Bio.According to Sierra Leone law, any public official under investigation must step aside pending the outcome of the probe.The SLFA has a long history of crises linked to match-fixing allegations, corruption and poor leadership.Fifteen Sierra Leonean players and officials were suspended in July 2014 over suspect matches including a 2010 World Cup qualifier against South Africa.“I’m happy the corruption case in football is over, FIFA can now remove our suspension,” football fan Mohamed Bangura told AFP in Freetown.FIFA has said its suspension will be lifted “once the SLFA and its recognised leadership… have confirmed to FIFA that the SLFA administration, premises, accounts and communication channels are under their control once again.”Johansen, a 54-year-old entrepreneur, is the first woman to lead the SLFA. She owns her own football club, FC Johansen.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Call in for a coffee to help Aoife help others!

first_imgLetterkenny student Aoife Gallagher will be traveling to Malawi this summer, volunteering and providing medical aid in Nkhoma Hospital.Aoife is a medical student and she is in her fourth year in University College Cork and is travelling with the Surgeon Noonan charity run by the University.A Coffee Morning to help raise funds for Aoife’s trip will be held this Friday 7 April, from 10am-12pm in the Tea Cosy, Main Street, Letterkenny. All proceeds from the coffee morning will go directly towards rural, underfunded hospitals in Sub-Saharan Africa.Aoife will be traveling with 5 other medical students.Call in for a coffee to help Aoife help others! was last modified: April 4th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Africacoffee morningletterkennylast_img read more

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‘MY DONEGAL FAMILY ARE SO PROUD I’M PLAYING FOR IRELAND’, SAYS VILLA STAR

first_imgASTON VILLA star Ciaran Clark has spoken of his Donegal family’s immense pride – after he chose to play international soccer for Ireland.The Harrow-born player captained England at underage level, but has revealed how his decision to play at senior level for the Republic has gone down very well with the relatives.“I think they love the decision I have made and I’m sure they would have loved me to play for Ireland when I was a lot younger, but the time has come and I’ve made my decision, and I think they’re so proud of my decision in the end,” he said. Ciaran is the grandson of Vera Clark, originally from Moyle Hill in Milford, but now living in Manorcunningham.Ciaran’s father Michael, although born in Edinburgh when his family were working in Scotland for a time, is a former student of Drummond National School in Ballyare and played for Milford United under Fr Michael Herrity as a teenager.He is expected to start at left back when Ireland play Wales in a friendly this Tuesday and relatives from throughout Donegal will be travelling to the Aviva stadium – along with hundreds from Leitrim where Clark’s mother Peggy is from.And it was her accent which sparked Irish interest in the Villa player. Villa captain Richard Dunne noticed her accent after chatting to her after a game at Villa Park.“He didn’t try and pressure me or anything, he just asked me would I be interested in playing for Ireland, and I said I would be more than interested. He knew some of the coaches at Ireland, so he put the word in and since then it’s just been moving forward.”‘MY DONEGAL FAMILY ARE SO PROUD I’M PLAYING FOR IRELAND’, SAYS VILLA STAR was last modified: February 7th, 2011 by gregShare 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

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BREAKING NEWS: BRITISH PAEDOPHILE ARRESTED IN MADDIE McCANN CASE

first_imgA convicted paedophile has ben arrested in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.Madeleine in Donegal, pictured second from left in April 2007. She disappeared in Portugal two weeks later.Roderick MacDonald, 77, was arrested on the Maltese island of Gozo after he fled the UK following his conviction for molesting two girls, five and seven, in Brighton in 2012.Maddie has strong Donegal connections through her father Gerry and only visited here just weeks before she disappeared while on holiday with her parents. Former oil worker MacDonald was reportedly living in the Algarve when Madeleine disappeared from the McCanns’ holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007, shortly before her fourth birthday.The serial sex offender appeared in court in Malta on Monday after Britain secured a European Arrest Warrant and did not oppose immediate extradition to the UK.MacDonald was first arrested at a campsite in the Algarve in 2010 and extradited to Australia – where he was wanted for the 1998 rape of an eight-year-old.He received six months in prison after accepting a plea deal for indecently assaulting the child in Australia and fled to Thailand after he was released, but Thai authorities deported him back to Britain when they found out about his past. He then settled in Brighton, East Sussex, but, despite being made to sign the Sex Offenders Register, was convicted of molesting two girls, five and seven in 2012.He received a year-long sentence but it was suspended for two years. He changed his surname from Robinson to MacDonald and fled to the Far East soon after.He was arrested in Malta on Monday and his extradition to Britain – to which he consented – was approved in court yesterday.Magistrate Audrey Demicoli heard the case and inspector Mario Cuschieri prosecuted.Scotland Yard said they would not give a ‘running commentary’ on the Madeleine investigation. Madeleine was aged three when she went missing on May 3, 2007, from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, as her parents Kate and Gerry dined at a nearby tapas restaurant.BREAKING NEWS: BRITISH PAEDOPHILE ARRESTED IN MADDIE McCANN CASE was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:arrestdonegalmadeleine mccannlast_img read more

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Boys’ lucky escape after terrifying bedroom plug blaze

first_imgA Donegal mother has warned of the danger posed by overloading extension plugs after her sons’ plug socket caught fire.Sabrina McLaughlin, 41, told how a four-socket extension plug connected to an Xbox gaming system melted and set fire to the whole room at a property in Greencastle.McLaughlin revealed just how lucky she and her family were to escape the fire, which broke out in a bedroom shared by her two boys shortly after 4pm on Wednesday last. The mother of four explained how one of her children saw smoke coming from the room while her youngest child remained upstairs in another room unaware.Speaking to Donegal Daily, the Inishowen mother said: “I was in the kitchen at the time with my son and oldest daughter, my youngest, who is nine was upstairs.“My oldest daughter went out to go up the stairs and said she saw smoke coming down. I ran up got my wee girl and put her outside. “I ran back to see where it was coming from and I opened the boy’s room door and the flames came out I shut the door and ran outside with the kids.”Sabrina McLaughlin’s four childrenThe ensuing fire completely destroyed the wall socket and the extension cord, as well as burning the two teenagers room, damaging curtains, the rug, and the wall.The family have remained in the home following advice from the Donegal Fire Service.However, Sabrina’s two sons have had to move to a friend for the short term following the blaze.“We then rang the fire service and they were there so fast, thank god, but my boys lost everything they had,” she added.  “They were left with just the clothes on their back.”Following the fire, McLaughlin is keen to warn others of the danger posed by overloading plugs. She said: “I would like people to see what could happen (if they overload extension plugs). I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what we did.“Everyone needs to watch extension leads that are near beds or overloaded make sure they’re off.“At the end of the day it’s just stuff and everyone is ok.”Boys’ lucky escape after terrifying bedroom plug blaze was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

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Alexander dazzles once again in Humboldt Crabs’ 9-2 win over California Expos

first_imgARCATA >> Tyson Fisher knew there was a chance that the Crabs could only see Jason Alexander make a couple of starts and then that would be it.And that’s still very much the case. Alexander could very well hear his name be called on the third and final day of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft this morning or afternoon.So, if Friday night was Alexander’s final start in a Crabs uniform, he certainly made the most of it.Alexander, a right-hander out of Menlo College, took a perfect game into …last_img

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MH370 comment: The search should continue.

first_imgThe definition of “specific” is  playing  a key role in deciding whether the governments involved in the search for the missing Boeing 777 that operated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will end their involvement when the current 120,000 sq. km search area has been swept.Two of the three governments have now rolled out the word in their response to a report by experts that there remains a high probability the wreckage is in a 25,000 sq. km area north of the current zone.Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester signalled on Tuesday that he did not think the new 25,000 sq, km area was specific enough to meet the criteria set down by officials from the three governments —  Malaysia, China and Australia — in July.Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tong Lai was singing from the same hymn sheet when he said Malaysia retained its “aspiration” to locate MH370.“While the report presented a thorough analysis of MH370 search efforts, we remain to be guided as to how this can be used to assist us in identifying the specific location of the aircraft,’’ Liow said.“The Governments of Australia, Malaysia and People’s Republic of China during the Ministerial Tripartite meeting in July 2016 have agreed that consideration will be given in determining next steps should credible new information emerge which can be used to identify the location of the aircraft.“I wish to reiterate that the aspiration to locate MH370 has not been abandoned and every decision made has and will always be in the spirit of cooperation among the three nations.’’All three governments should bite the bullet and do the right thing for the families of the 239 passengers and crew lost with MH370.Any government genuinely committed to finding the crashed Boeing 777  would search the area that the experts at November’s “First Principles Review”  said should be searched.The fact that the wreckage was not found in the first 120,000 sq. km search area may well mean we were looking in the wrong place but we were doing it for all the right reasons. That was the place to which all the facts we had at the time pointed. Now there are new facts, including a drift study by the CSIRO, that says it may be in a different area.Nor is this a finding group of a people who were dragged in off the street to voice their pet theory of what happened on that tragic night in 2014 when the plane veered off course. These were experts from around the world who took a forensic look at every scrap of information on the missing plane and said it’s worth continuing the search into this new area.They included Boeing 777 captains, representatives from accident investigators in the US, the UK and Malaysia as well as scientists, manufacturer Boeing and technology companies such as Inmarsat and Thales.Once this area is area is searched, they’ve acknowledged, the possibilities suggested by what little evidence they have will be exhausted.But until those possibilities are exhausted  the victims’ families are entitled to be outraged that not everything has been done to locate the plane.last_img read more

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