Brian Lara to take part in Festival of Cricket in Australia

first_imgWest Indies batting legend Brian Lara will feature in Western Australia’s Festival of Cricket alongside former foes and Australian legends Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting. (Latest Cricket stories)Brian Lara will star in the Western Australia Festival of Cricket Twenty20 exhibition match against the Perth Scorchers on December 13, reports Cricket Australia on Friday.Lara will play alongside not only Gilchrist and Ponting but also former star batsman Andrew Symonds.Ex-South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs will be with Lara in the legends side.There are still four spots to be confirmed. The organisers are looking at several international stars to fill up the vacant spots.Lara is returning to the Festival of Cricket for the third successive year after star-turns in 2014 and 2015. The match will be streamed live on cricket.com.au and the CA Live app for free.The Festival of Cricket is one of Western Australia’s most anticipated annual cricket events at the Aquinas College Ground in Perth .A huge crowd is expected for this year’s event, tickets are reported to be at a premium.”The Festival of Cricket presents the public and corporates with a unique opportunity to not only watch a high-quality T20 match in a relaxed, social environment, but also to mix and mingle with many current and past greats of the game,” Cricket Australia cited Gilchrist as saying of the event.”The chance to run around with a bunch of old mates and pit ourselves against the Scorchers is exciting and sure to be entertaining for all.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Yusuf Pathan celebrates son’s second birthday with majestic half-century

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils played out a humdinger at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Monday with the two-time champions coming out on top thanks to some brilliant batting performances from Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan. (IPL 2017: Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan fifties script Kolkata’s victory over Delhi)Put into bat, Delhi posted 168/7 with Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant top-scoring for the home side. Nathan Coulter-Nile starred with the ball for the visitors picking up three wickets in his four overs. (POINTS TABLE)The match went right down to the last over as KKR rode on Pandey’s unbeaten 69 and 59 from Yusuf to win the match with four wickets and one ball to spare. (Scorecard)One of the biggest positives to come out of the match for KKR was Yusuf’s return to form with the big-hitting batsman scoring his 13th half-century in the IPL. It was also his son’s second birthday so papa Yusuf decided to celebrate the occasion with an outstanding knock. (KKR vs Delhi: Why Yusuf Pathan is nervous batting on small grounds)Yusuf, who was miked-up during while fielding in the first innings, had said he wanted to do well in this match for his son and asked for blessings from the commentators. He certainly did that today with his knock which was laced with six boundaries and two sixes. (KKR vs DD Match Highlights)Yusuf had also revealed during his conversation with the commentators that he gets nervous while playing on small grounds like the Feroz Shah Kotla.advertisement”I get nervous on small grounds. With long boundaries I know how far to hit,” he said.The 34-year-old also said his role in KKR has changed overtime and he was content to leave the boundary hitting to the others.”My role has changed a bit.. Boundaries and sixes are for someone else to hit now. I can play my natural game if needed. and look to bat 20 overs if needed,” he said.It was Yusuf and Manish’s partnership which bailed out Kolkata, who had made a disastrous start in the run chase losing the top three wickets for just 21 runs. Yusuf and Manish added 110 runs for the fourth wicket which brought KKR back in the game and provided them with the opportunity to push for victory in the death overs.But once Yusuf departed the job of finishing the match was left to Manish. Needing nine from the last over, leg-spinner Mishra got Chris Woakes stumped off his second delivery but couldn’t prevent Pandey from hitting him for a six off the fourth ball and then leaked two runs off the next to lose the tie.last_img read more

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Threats won’t work: AIFF to Aizawl FC

first_imgAfter Aizawl FC club president Robert Royte had intimidated that they will go on ‘world-wide protests’ or fast unto death if they are relegated to the second division, All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel on Friday said that threats will not be entertained in a sporting federation.Earlier, the north-east club had also said they will approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Asian Football Confederation president Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa if they are denied an opportunity to defend their I-League title next season.Hitting back on Royte’s comments, Patel said that the AIFF is a national body and that they will do what is in the best interest of football.”We are a national body. We will do what is good and in the interest of football. Same Aizawl was relegated last year. They have no right to complain. When no decision about the future structure of Indian football is decided, they have no right to comment in advance,” Patel told ANI.”If someone is threatening us, do we have to listen? Tomorrow some other club will be relegated and they will say they will go on hunger strike.This not the way. If nothing has been decided, it is premature to comment for any one,” he added.Aizawl FC created history by becoming the first club from the northeast to win the I-League after they held hosts Shillong Lajong FC to a 1-1 draw under lights at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.Earlier, there were speculations that on the basis of form, reputation and squad strength, the top-three clubs of the 10th I-League are Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Bengaluru FC-who all will be included in the top-tier league after the merger of the Indian Super League (ISL) and the I-League.advertisementAccording to the proposed re-structured league, Aizawl would play in the second tier, along with all the other I-League clubs.last_img read more

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Serena AP Female Athlete of Year

first_imgSerena Williams spent a good portion of 2015 deflecting questions about whether she could complete the Grand Slam. After coming oh-so-close, she can acknowledge how much she cared about the rare feat.“I wanted it. But … winning one (major title) is not easy. And then, (when) you have a ‘bounty’ on your head, it’s even harder,” she said with a laugh. “If you know anything about me, I hate to lose. I’ve always said I hate losing more than I like winning, so that drives me to be the best that I can be.”Williams’ will was on display time and again, along with her best-in-the-game serve and other skills, fashioning comeback after comeback to nearly become the first tennis player in more than a quarter-century to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in a season. In a vote by U.S. editors and news directors, Williams was chosen as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for the fourth time.Results were announced Friday.Williams collected 50 first-place votes and 352 points. Carli Lloyd, whose hat trick in the final lifted the U.S. women’s soccer team to the World Cup title, was the runner-up, with 14 first-place votes and 243 points. UFC star Ronda Rousey finished third, one spot ahead of the woman she stunningly lost to last month, Holly Holm. UConn basketball player Breanna Stewart was fifth.The AP Male Athlete of the Year will be announced Saturday.Williams, who also won AP awards in 2002, 2009 and 2013, joined Chris Evert as a four-time honoree. The only woman with more AP selections is Babe Didrikson, with six — one for athletics in 1932, and five for golf from 1945-54.“It’s not even winning the Grand Slam titles as much as the way she got herself out of the deep holes that she dug, just repeatedly. It’s not like she had two or three narrow escapes,” Evert said about Williams. “It really was the year of the comeback. It was just unbelievable.”Williams won the Australian Open on hard courts in January, the French Open on red clay in June, and Wimbledon on grass in July, before losing in the U.S. Open semifinals in September in one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history.Williams went 53-3 with a WTA tour-leading five titles and was ranked No. 1 every week. She raised her Grand Slam singles trophy count to 21; only two women have won more.It did not come easily this year for Williams, who grew up in Compton, California, and turned 34 in September.At the French Open, already dealing with a painful right elbow, Williams caught the flu. Four times in Paris, she lost the first set before rallying to win.“My elbow was killing me. It’s about fighting and just never giving up. You hear that and it sounds cliche,” Williams said, “but it’s really just about, ‘OK, I’m going to at least try and see what happens.’”At Wimbledon, she was two points from defeat in the third round but wound up completing a self-styled “Serena Slam” of four major championships in a row, a run that began in 2014. She also became the oldest woman to win a major title in the Open era, which began in 1968.“I retired at 34, and I know that at 32, 33 and 34, I was struggling mentally to get psyched up for matches and to feel motivated,” Evert said. “What impresses me even more than the physical prowess of Serena is the fact that she can still conjure up that hunger and that passion for these matches. … Sometimes, (the motivation is) just not there. And the times when it wasn’t there for her, she still created magic.”Only at the U.S. Open, with the historic achievement of a calendar-year Grand Slam in the offing, did Williams stumble, losing a three-setter to 43rd-ranked Roberta Vinci of Italy.___AP Sports Writer Rachel Cohen contributed.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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2010 Pan Pacific Masters Games

first_imgTouch Football is one of the 34 sports on offer at the event and is being played from Wednesday, 10 November until Saturday, 13 November 2010 at Owen Park, Southport. The following divisions are being offered at the event: Men’s: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+ Women’s: 30+, 40+, 45+ Mixed: W30+/M35+, W35+/M40+, W40+/M45+, W45+/M50+ Round games will be played on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before finals commence on Saturday. The grand finals will be on at the following times on Saturday, 13 November:12.20pm – Women’s 40 Final 1.05pm – Women’s 45 Final1.50pm – Women’s 30, Men’s 50 and Men’s 55 Finals2.35pm – Men’s 40, Men’s 45 and Men’s 35 Finals3.20pm – Men’s 30 and Mixed 45/50 Finals4.05pm – Mixed 30/35, Mixed 35/40 and Mixed 40/45 Finals 4.45pm – PresentationsFor more information and results from the 2010 Pan Pacific Masters Games, please visit the following website: www.mastersgames.com.aulast_img read more

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Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham Offers Advice To LSU Transfer Joe Burrow

first_imgQuarterback Joe Burrow of the Ohio State Buckeyes calls out signals during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 30: Quarterback Joe Burrow #10 of the Ohio State Buckeyes calls out signals during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 30, 2017 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Ohio State won 56-0. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)Jarrett Stidham, one of the top quarterbacks in the country, started his collegiate career at Baylor before transferring to Auburn and winding up in the SEC. This week, he offered some interesting advice for another quarterback transferring into the conference.Stidham was at the Manning Passing Academy this past Friday and did a sort of Q&A with the media. AL.com’s Matt Zenitz’s captured some of the highlights, including an interesting tidbit for incoming LSU signal-caller Joe Burrow.Stidham was asked what advice he’d give to Burrow, since he himself once transferred into the SEC. Stidham’s answer, while likely meant to be benign, raised the eyebrows of Ohio State fans.“I don’t how it was up north, but people down south love their football. That’s No. 1. No. 2, the SEC, it’s a lot of fun. It’s a grind. Every single week, you’ve got to be on your game. There’s no cupcake teams in our league. You’re going to get somebody’s best every single week, so you’ve got to be physically and mentally prepared for those types of games and situations.”Ohio State has one of the best fan bases in college football. They might have the most passionate supporters in the game, in fact.Um…Jarrett, I’m going to help you out here a little bit buddy.The residents of Ohio sort of care deeply about the football program at Ohio State. And kind of care deeply about football in general in entire state of Ohio.Back me up here @DanaSulonen.Glad I could help. https://t.co/fcvR48KOP4— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) June 25, 2018As for Burrow, he’s reportedly going to be throw into the mix regarding the starting position. He transferred out of Ohio State using the grad transfer rule after graduating this past May.College football season kicks off in just over two months.last_img read more

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Greek Ferry Aground in Kasos

first_imgA Greek ferry ran aground on Wednesday evening at the island of Kasos, the Hellenic Coast Guard said.The ro-pax ferry Vitsentzos Kornaros ran aground due to strong winds during manouvering attempts aimed at mooring the ship.As informed, the ferry had 227 passengers on board and 55 crewmembers, who are all reported to be safe.The captain told the coast guard that there was no water ingress as the damage to the ship was limited.The coast guard sent a tugboat on Thursday to assist the ferry.The ferry Vitsentzos Kornaros, operated by Lane Lines maintains a connection between Piraeus, Kythera, Antikythera, Kissamos (Crete) and Gythion.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Government Junior Achievement to Arm Students with More Information

first_imgGovernment will work with Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia to deliver student assistance information to students across the province, starting in Grade 9. “When our team visits high schools, students say they don’t know much about student assistance, basic finances, or how they’ll pay for school,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “Arming students with the information they need will give them options, and help them make better, more well-informed decisions about their futures.” Junior Achievement Dollars with Sense, Economics for Success and Company Program participants will receive student assistance information, and Company Program students will learn about student assistance first-hand at their executive training sessions. The Department of Labour and Advanced Education will also award a $1,000 scholarship to a Company Program participant. Government will provide $25,000 to Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia for the opportunity to reach more than 10,000 students across the province. “Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia is thrilled to partner with the province to help prepare our students for a successful future,” said Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia president and CEO Kristin Williams. “Together, we can inspire students to pursue post-secondary education, and decide to do so right here at home.” Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia provides hands-on learning in the classroom and through extra-curricular activities focused on financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship. Nova Scotia’s student assistance program is one of the best in the country. Students can get thousands of dollars in provincial assistance through bursaries, loans, and grants. Eligible Nova Scotians who graduate from a Nova Scotia university can also have their entire provincial loan forgiven, saving them up to $15,000. Learn more about Nova Scotia student assistance at novascotia.ca/studentassistance/ .last_img read more

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Ben Stiller Donates Premiere Tickets To Rotary Club Giving Gala Auction

first_imgBen Stiller has donated the chance to attend the red carpet premiere of his new film – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – to the Highland Park/Highwood Rotary Club for their Giving Gala Auction on April 21.“There are no words to describe our thanks to Mr. Stiller,” said Highland Park/Highwood Publicity Director Dawn LoCascio. “His generosity will truly change the lives of so many students who will be the recipients of the scholarships that are funded from the money we raise at the Giving Gala Auction.”Included in the auction lot are the chance to meet Stiller, two passes to the after party, as well as airfare, luxury accommodations and limousine service in New York City.More Information can be found here. Bids will be accepted until April 20 at dawnrotary@gmail.com. The winning bid will be announced and awarded at the gala.Source:The Patchlast_img read more

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As I pray in the morning I cry because some of our

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe people of the four First Nations around Hobbema, Alta., have held a peaceful protest calling for an end to the gang bloodshed rampant in their community.As APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto reports, the rally took place even as the latest victim of the violence was being buried.last_img

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Millennial Money 4 mustdos if your order arrives damaged

NEW YORK — Nowadays, consumers shop online for just about everything. So you’ve likely experienced the stinging disappointment when a TV, piece of furniture or something else you ordered finally arrives on your doorstep — damaged.Here’s what you should do if your delivery comes in less-than-optimal shape.1. EXAMINE THE ITEM (THOROUGHLY)As soon as you receive a dented box or open a package only to discover broken merchandise, get to work. Take pictures to document the condition of the delivery when it arrived — retailers may want proof. Hang onto any enclosed packing slips and return labels.If the item is brought into your home as opposed to being left on your porch, inspect it for damage before you’re asked to sign off on the delivery. This procedure is common with large products such as a couch or dining set.2. CONTACT THE RETAILER (QUICKLY)Most businesses have return policies on their websites, and there will typically be a section within that policy that addresses damaged or defective items. With a quick Google search, you can pull up such policies for big-name retailers like Amazon, Overstock, Wayfair and Best Buy.Look for information about how the damaged product should be handled. The return policy at Lowe’s advises contacting customer care within three days of receiving a damaged item.Best Buy’s policy says customers can return products that were defective or damaged in shipping either to a store location or through the mail during the return and exchange time period. The retailer says to call for return-by-mail instructions and it’ll cover “all reasonable and customary ground shipping fees.”Report the broken item right away so the retailer doesn’t think you’re responsible for the damage, advises Kevin Brasler , executive editor at the non-profit Consumers’ Checkbook.If you don’t notice the damage for weeks, instead of shipping the item back to the retailer for a replacement, you may need to ship it to the manufacturer for repair.“If it’s a defective item, the store should just step up and make it right, get you a replacement item as fast as possible,” Brasler says. “If it’s a warranty issue — if the thing has broken since you’ve taken delivery — now you have to deal with the manufacturer and possibly their warranty underwriter.”3. UNPACK THE ISSUE (CALMLY)Once you get on the phone with a retailer — or hop into a chat with an online representative — clearly articulate how you’d like the problem resolved, says Nicole Leinbach , founder of Retail Minded and an author of “Retail 101 : The Guide to Managing and Marketing Your Retail Business.”“Understand what you want from that conversation so that you can best lead that conversation to a resolution,” she says.Remaining calm can greatly benefit your interaction with a customer service rep. Acknowledge that your frustration is not directed at the agent, but rather at the situation, Leinbach says.Once you conclude the call, see the process through to completion. Ship the product back, if you’re asked to, and stay on top of the retailer to ensure your replacement arrives in a timely manner.If the seller isn’t willing to work with you on a legitimate issue, tell them you will report them to the Better Business Bureau, recommends Charles R. Taylor, a marketing professor at Villanova School of Business.If that doesn’t change their minds, and you paid for the item with a credit card, you can dispute the charge. Check with your credit card company for full details, but Brasler says 9 times out of 10, the credit card issuer will side on your behalf.4. READ RETURN POLICIES (PROACTIVELY)To save yourself time and hassle in the future, Leinbach recommends reading return policies before making a purchase. That’s particularly important for large items such as furniture, which may be more of a logistical challenge to send back.“Understanding the return policy upfront is so important to any online purchase decision,” Leinbach says.Similarly, keep time frames in mind. Ask yourself questions like, when is the product expected to be delivered? Will you be home? Will you be able to inspect it before the return window passes?Even if a damaged product arrives on your porch before you’ve done your due diligence, you can still follow the steps above to make things right. The good news? Taylor says many companies have favourable policies.It’ll just take a little extra work on your end to follow them.___________________________________This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Courtney Jespersen is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: courtney@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @courtneynerd.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: 5 Good Times to Shop for Almost Anything http://bit.ly/nerdwallet-best-times-to-shopCourtney Jespersen Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

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Ohio State fends off sluggish start beats Delaware 7664

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) shoots a lay up. OSU won against Delaware, 76-64, Dec. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerOhio State’s non-conference schedule is nearing completion, and as the team inches closer to the beginning of Big Ten play, things aren’t quite perfect in Columbus despite notching its 11th straight win to open the season.The No. 3 Buckeyes (11-0, 0-0) shook off a sluggish start to beat Delaware (5-6, 0-0), 76-64, Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center.OSU shot just 3-11 from the field in the first four minutes of action against the Blue Hens, not earning its first lead until the 13:07 mark in the first half.“We missed some lay ups early, and I think that affected us a little bit,” senior guard Aaron Craft said after the win. “Sometimes you gotta find a way to win when you’re not able to put the ball in the bucket.”The Blue Hens came into the game averaging 83.0 points per game, but despite holding them to nearly 20 points below their season average, Craft said OSU was less than pleased with the way they played on that side of the ball.“We weren’t really connected on defense today, and that’s on us,” Craft said.A back-and-forth affair continued until OSU took the lead for good with 3:15 remaining in the first half. The Buckeyes used a 12-0 run before the halftime buzzer sounded to take a 37-26 lead into the break.“Things weren’t going well for us early, and I thought we once again finished the first half on a strong note,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the game. “That was definitely, probably the difference in the game for us in terms of coming out, and getting an 11-point lead at halftime there was big.”The lead swelled to 16 at one point in the second half, but the Blue Hens cut it to eight with 1:48 to play before a combined eight straight points by senior guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Craft helped close out the game.“That’s quite honestly what I want Ohio State seniors to play like. I think from a standpoint of what they did, the plays that they made (down the stretch) were big-time plays,” Matta said.Delaware’s leading scorer, senior guard Devon Saddler, finished with 17 points off the bench, six below his average. Blue Hens coach Monté Ross said he was proud of the way his team came out and almost pulled the upset.“I thought that our guys stood toe to toe, for the most part, with what I’m going to call the best team in the country,” Ross said after the game. “I’m going to say that, I’m going to keep saying that because we played them and I hope they win every game the rest of the way.”OSU had four players score in double figures, led by junior forward LaQuinton Ross with 19. The Buckeyes shot just 40.7 percent from the field, a dip from the 52.7 percent clip they held in their last three victories.Matta said he was unable to really say why his team was flat against Delaware Wednesday, but was happy to come away with a victory.“Sometimes you have some games where it’s not clicking the way you want it to,” Matta said. “I think the difference between the good teams and great teams is great teams can figure it out.”“We had practiced very well leading into this game, and we came out and we just weren’t as sharp as we needed to be on both ends of the floor,” Matta said.OSU is set to travel to New York Saturday to take on Notre Dame (8-3, 0-0) in its last game of the Gotham Classic. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. read more

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Yellow vest protester James Goddard who called Anna Soubry a Nazi on

He has embraced Facebook and Twitter to promote his cause, claiming the “mainstream media” is biased. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. James Goddard (centre)Credit:London News Pictures The self-styled yellow vest protester James Goddard has pleaded guilty to harassing MP Anna Soubry when he was filmed on live TV calling her a “traitor” and a “Nazi”.Goddard, who was often seen on demonstrations with his supporters wearing a hi-vis vest, had denied one count of harassment without violence outside the Houses of Parliament when Ms Soubry, then a Conservative MP, was called a “Nazi, traitor and scum”.On Friday, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, his lawyer said they would be seeking a Goodyear indication – where a defendant can find out what sentence they might face before considering their plea. But at around 3pm, he admitted the charge. Goddard also admitted one count of racially/religiously aggravated harassment/alarm/distress by words/writing, towards Pc Mindaugas Sciukas.Goddard, of Timperley in Altrincham, was thrown out of court during a previous case management hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last month after interrupting the judge.Ms Soubry – a prominent remainer and member of the Change UK party after defecting from the Tories in February – was expected to give evidence in person during the hearing, but did not take the stand because of the guilty plea.Goddard had previously denied any wrongdoing, insisting it was “fair comment”.  James Goddard (centre) The former forklift truck driver has previously declared he is a full-time political activist who will “rattle” the Establishment to ensure Britain leaves the European Union.In a Facebook video filmed outside Parliament he is seen stabbing his finger at police as he declares: “You wanna war, I’ll give you a war. You want it, it’s on.”  James Goddard in London Goddard has insisted he has done nothing wrong and has rejected the suggestion he was simply trying to make money through donations.He will be sentenced to the two counts of harassment on Monday. He then rounds on a policeman, asking: “Who do you think you are pint-sized? Don’t touch me” before apparently telling someone: “You’re fair game. You ain’t even f***ing British.”Goddard supports Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who as Tommy Robinson founded the English Defence League (EDL) in 2009 which held anti-Muslim protests, highlighting cases where Asian gangs had groomed young girls.Born Jamie Patrick Goddard in Leicester July 1989, he is the only child of Mark and Stephanie Goddard, who have since split up.According to a school friend, Mr Goddard attended a comprehensive school and then worked as a forklift truck driver before getting a job at a local taxi company.He came to prominence as a Far Right activist after persuading organisers at a ‘Free Tommy Robinson’ rally last summer in Westminster to allow him to speak on stage.Since then he has travelled to demonstrations in major cities across the UK, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Sunderland, Manchester and Leeds. James Goddard in LondonCredit:Barcroft read more

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The allimportant weather report for the bank holiday weekend

first_imgIT’S SO CLOSE you can almost taste it. Almost.It’s just a matter of hours until the St Patrick’s Day bank holiday weekend starts, so you need to know the most important stuff: what’s the weather going to be like for it?St Patrick’s Day can often fall victim to sludgey March weather, but the past few days have given brief signs of optimism with a respite from the terrible weather which has hit most of the country in recent months.Here’s what Met Éireann is saying right now. Today is going to be mainly dry, with temperatures hitting as high as 13 degrees (so far so good).Saturday is likely to see some drizzle in the north and west but everywhere else will be dry – PLUS Met Éireann is even promising sunny spells across the whole country by the afternoon. SUNNY SPELLS!But rein in the optimism: Sunday is going to be cloudy with some persistent drizzle and right now, Met Éireann says St Patrick’s Day looks like being very similar.Forecasters are promising outbreaks of drizzle in parts of the country but a mostly dry day, if rather cloudy. In what feels like a desperate attempt to placate our fears, Met Éireann says temperatures will be “no better than average generally but nights will be relatively mild and frost-free”.Well, at least that’s something.Read: It is not raining anywhere in Ireland right now > Read: There’s absolutely no denying it, there’s a grand stretch this evening > Read: Drivers warned to take care in fog and mist this morning >last_img read more

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Chelsea apologise profusely to Johnson over abuse

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3117963 By AFP Updated at 18.22GARY JOHNSON RECEIVED a public apology from English football giants Chelsea over the sexual abuse he suffered as a young player from late scout Eddie Heath in the 1970s.The club — who had been heavily criticised after Johnson claimed he was paid £50,000 by them not to go public with his allegations — issued a statement praising Johnson’s courage in talking about the traumatic experience.“It is clear that Gary Johnson suffered unacceptably while in our employment in the 1970s for which the club apologises profusely,” read the statement.Johnson is one of around 350 people to have told British police they were victims of abuse by football coaches in a mounting scandal that has rocked the sport.Chelsea also explained they had felt with the original agreement with Johnson a confidentiality clause was normal procedure but had revoked it after the slew of allegations of sex abuse across English football had emerged in the past fortnight.Johnson has told them through his lawyers that there were other cases of abuse at the club while Heath was employed there but had been unable to find any other players.“We certainly have no desire to hide any historic abuse we uncover from view” and are “fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children and young people who are in our care or attending our premises”. Source: Dave HowarthEx-Chelsea football star Alan Hudson said it was “common knowledge” that Heath was a paedophile.“It was common knowledge that Eddie Heath was a ‘nonce’ (slang for paedophile),” Hudson wrote on Facebook, cited by British tabloid newspapers.“I was around and it was common knowledge that Mr Heath was a danger to us youngsters, but luckily for me, he never came near me, almost as if I had a sixth sense.”Players from other London clubs he worked for, Leyton Orient and Charlton, have also come forward about his predatory behaviour.Jimmy Scott, former skipper of Orient where Heath worked during the 1950s and 60s, said he had retorted he would punch him when he was propositioned whilst a former trainee from Charlton, where he worked in the early 1980s, claimed in The Times he had ‘touched up’ two of his team-mates.- ‘Insular’ -Former Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe said he didn’t believe the Football Association (FA) were in a good position to investigate how their predecessors had dealt with the matter.Sutcliffe, sports minister in the Labour Government from 2007 and 2010, said there was concern during his tenure about how the FA dealt with governance of the sport and with youth development.The 63-year-old said it would be preferable if an independent body, such as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport looked at the issue rather than the FA investigating itself.“What I’ve seen in football over the years is that they’re very narrow, very insular, and may not do a proper job even though with the right intentions,” he said.According to reports, a former employee of Southampton Football Club accused of abusing young players in the 1980s is still working in the sport.BBC’s Radio 4 said it understood the employee, who faced allegations from four former players, left Southampton after concerns were raised about his conduct with youth team members, but went on to work for other clubs one of which asked that he leave as well.He was accused of inappropriate behaviour by a former Southampton youth player — the fourth one to come forward but who wished to remain anonymous — on the same programme on Saturday.The club said Friday it had been contacted by police “following information supplied to us in relation to historical child abuse within football”.Former Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy — in charge from 1973 to 1985 and winning the FA Cup as a Second Division side in 1976 beating Manchester United — – said he was ‘shocked and disgusted’ by the claims of grooming and sexual abuse.“Certainly if I’d known that was happening in my time — and I don’t think it did happen in my time — I would have got it killed straightaway,” he told the BBC.“If I thought for one minute that sort of thing was happening, I’d have acted … certainly I’d have gone straight to the police.”Former England captain and Southampton star Alan Shearer also urged footballers to come forward with allegations of sexual abuse, saying he was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the recent revelations.Comments are closed for legal reasons© – AFP 2016Read: Ex-football coach Barry Bennell charged with 8 offences of child sexual assault No Comments Share Tweet Email 35,802 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Dec 3rd 2016, 6:24 PM Image: PA Wire/PA Images Image: PA Wire/PA Images Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 6:24 PM Chelsea apologise ‘profusely’ to Johnson over abuse Around 350 people have told British police they were victims of abuse by football coaches in a mounting scandal that has rocked the sport. Short URLlast_img read more

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Suicides murders rise as Greek austerity takes health toll

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When Greece’s economy took a plunge, murders and disease rates soared, according to a study published that suggests the impact of the European nation’s austerity cuts may be worse than expected. Suicide and murder rates climbed from 2007 to 2009, particularly among men, and unusual outbreaks of malaria, West Nile virus and HIV took clinicians by surprise, said the findings in the American Journal of Public Health. The decline in health came as Greece’s once robust economy collapsed into recession following the global economic crisis of 2007, with unemployment rising from 7.2 per cent in 2008 to 22.6 per cent in early 2012. Greece took out billions in loans to stave off financial collapse and implemented austerity measures that included a major downsizing of the Ministry of Health, where spending fell nearly 24 per cent from 2009 to 2011. For patients, the cuts meant many services that were once free now cost money out of pocket. There were salary freezes and layoffs in the health sector, and many preventive programs were halted. With debates raging in political and economic circles over the true costs and merits of austerity, a team of Greek clinicians and US researchers set out to document the effects of the policies on the health of people in Greece. “We were expecting that these austerity policies would negatively affect health services and health outcomes, but the results were much worse than we imagined,” said lead author Elias Kondilis, a researcher at Aristotle University. Among the general population of some 11 million people, suicide rates rose 16 per cent and murders climbed nearly 26 per cent from 2007 to 2009, said the findings, which draw on Greek government data. Meanwhile, deaths from infectious disease increased 13 per cent in those two years. Among men under 65 who were more likely to face the perils of unemployment, the numbers were higher – a 23 per cent higher suicide rate, a 25 per cent rise in murder rate and a 27.6 per cent rise in deaths from infectious diseases. Normally, preventive measures in developed nations like Greece are successful at keeping diseases such as malaria and HIV to a relatively low incidence, co-author Howard Waitzkin of the University of New Mexico told AFP. But when programs like needle-exchanges for drug users and condoms for at-risk groups were slashed, the disease rates ballooned. Researchers were surprised to see three infectious disease outbreaks in a span of 18 months from July 2010 to December 2011, he said. They included a spate of West Nile virus that infected 197 and killed 35 people, and an outbreak of malaria in southern Greece. Also, there was a 57 per cent spike in newly diagnosed cases of HIV infection, from 607 new HIV cases in 2010 to 954 in 2011. “These aren’t small percentage changes,” said Waitzkin, distinguished professor emeritus of sociology and medicine. The study said Greece initially attributed the outbreaks to environmental risk factors but the fact that public health measures had to be deployed after the fact implies that “the risks of transmission had not been addressed through prevention”. Waitzkin said similar problems were seen in Argentina a decade ago, and the same issues could loom on the US horizon as the American government implements across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester. “The concerns are much broader than simply Greece and these kinds of policies in our view are very dangerous for public health,” he said. According to Angela Mattie, an expert in healthcare management at the Quinnipiac University School of Business, good health is often linked to strong finances. “We know in the United States, for example, that employment status is tied to insurance coverage, which is tied to medical care, and early identification and treatment of disease,” said Mattie, who was not involved in the study. “People in better income brackets are at an advantage.” Source: AFP.last_img read more

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Tropical Storm Kate creating dark skies in areas of The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Nov 2015 – Tropical Storm Kate was announced as formed this morning and under Tropical Storm warning were islands in the Central and Northwestern Bahamas. Magnetic Media is told, weather is beginning to deteriorate in Nassau, Bahamas already. The system was originally forecast as having low chance of development on Friday but on Sunday gained strength and threatened to bring heavy downpours and gusty winds. Initially those islands in the two chains – The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos – which were most impacted by hurricane Joaquin were forecast to get the soggy weather but a merciful change altered the conditions. Kate is packing near 45 mph winds and set to swing northeast out into the open Atlantic. Meanwhile, islands under Tropical Storm warning are: GRAND BAHAMA, ABACO, ANDROS, BIMINI, THE BERRY ISLANDS, NEW PROVIDENCE, ELEUTHERA, THE EXUMAS, CAT ISLAND, LONG ISLAND, RUM CAY AND SAN SALVADOR. Related Items:bahamas, dark skies, tropical storm kate Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Recommended for you Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Nowlast_img read more

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Golik Wolter intended to kill girlfriend

first_imgClark County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik clutched a kitchen knife with a bent blade as he faced the jury. The knife was one of five Dennis Wolter used a to kill his estranged girlfriend, Kori Fredericksen, in May 2011, Golik said during closing arguments Wednesday in Wolter’s murder trial.When one of the knives bent or broke, Wolter had to fetch another one to finish the killing. Each time, Golik said, Wolter had time to reflect for “more than a moment in time” about what he was doing. That’s the standard for premeditation, Golik said.Instead, “he went back to his grisly work,” the prosecutor said.Wolter, 46, is accused of stabbing Fredericksen, 41, more than 70 times in his Vancouver home at 1205 W. 39th St. He is charged with first-degree aggravated murder, which requires prosecutors to prove intent and premeditation. Though it is Washington’s only capital crime, the prosecution is not seeking the death penalty.Wolter’s attorney, Therese Lavallee, acknowledged the killing happened but argued that it was not premeditated. She claimed that the defendant has fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and that it, as well as a traumatic brain injury at age 18, caused brain damage that interferes with his ability to premeditate. One defense expert testified that his brain functions at the level of a 12-year-old.The jury began deliberations around 4 p.m. Wednesday but adjourned an hour later without a verdict. They’ll resume deliberations at 9 a.m. today.last_img read more

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The legend of Ferrari finds space at City of Dreams

first_img Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Load More Among them are some legendary cars, such as the 365 GTB/4 Daytona, the 288 GTO and the F40, as well as a few F1 models. Helmets, uniforms, pictures and, perhaps most interesting, master models that allow guests to enjoy a glimpse into how Pininfarina used to develop the aesthetic of the Ferrari are all on show.The title of the exhibition – Ferrari Under the Skin – is honored with the exposition of a bone-structure model and several engines that relate the story of the evolution of its mechanics.The exhibition has been organized together with the Design Museum of London.“The Ferrari exhibition again continues to position City of Dreams as the premier integrated resort for a premier audience,” said Melco Resorts Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho.Admission to the exhibition is MOP$80 or free for with any spend at City of Dreams. It’s a must see for everyone who loves cars, design, history and everything that relates to the most legendary supercar manufacturer of all time: Ferrari.From 25 January to 16 June, Macau integrated resort City of Dreams is hosting an exhibition exploring the history of this iconic brand through a series of unique displays.last_img read more

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