McCullum, Sangakkara for CPL draft

first_imgCASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC):New Zealand power-hitter Brendon McCullum and Sri Lankan stroke-maker Kumar Sangakkara are among five international stars confirmed for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft set for February 11 in Barbados.They will be joined by South African Faf du Plessis, New Zealander Martin Guptill and Australian Shane Watson, all of whom represent the inaugural inclusion of marquee international players for this year’s tournament, which bowls off in June.CPL organisers are expected to announce the final marquee player closer to the draft.Australian Tom Moody, CPL’s director of international cricket, said the arrival of such quality players would bring the Caribbean tournament on par with other well established global T20 competitions.”With the confirmation of these marquee players, the CPL is now truly established as one of the leading T20 leagues and compares favourably with the likes of the IPL and Big Bash League,” Moody said.”We are entering into a fascinating year of T20 cricket, with a number of players in this year’s draft set to feature for their countries in the forthcoming ICC World T20 in India, as well as in other leading domestic T20 competitions.”With the West Indies currently sitting atop the World T20 team rankings, we believe that the top quality signings of iconic and hugely decorated marquee players demonstrate CPL’s intentions to captivate the attention of both the West Indies public and cricket followers globally.”TWO CENTURIESKnown for his all-out attacking style at the top of the order, McCullum is likely to attract the most attention. The former Black Caps captain was the first player to reach 1,000 runs in T20 Internationals and the only one to have scored two centuries in T20 Internationals.He has played 99 Tests and 256 one-day internationals and is set to retire in February after playing his final two Tests against the touring Australians.Sangakkara, meanwhile, one of the most sought after players on the T20 circuit, has featured in the CPL before along with Guptill, while all-rounder Watson will be turning out in the Caribbean tournament for the first time.The six marquee players will enter the draft and will each be assigned to one of the six franchises – Barbados Pride, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St Lucia Zouks and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel.last_img read more

Monrovia Visitors Map Releases 2014 Edition

first_imgThe newest edition of the Monrovia Visitors Map is now out, making way-finding and navigating around the capital city a whole lot easier for business visitors and tourists in 2014. The first 5,000 copies of the 2014 edition are available now throughout Monrovia. Seven full color maps of metropolitan Monrovia, including Congo Town and Paynesville, make up this pocket-sized essential guide, which features over 100 hotels, bars, restaurants, suppliers and shops, as well as Government agencies, hospitals, embassies, places of worship and other essential information for visitors. From bakeries to building suppliers to beach resorts, the Monrovia Visitors Map shows the best of the city. The 2014 edition is the biggest yet, featuring all of Bushrod Island for the first time, as well as Mamba Point and Central Monrovia, Sinkor, Airfield, Old Road, Congo Town, Paynesville, ELWA, and the RIA Highway. There are also detailed maps of the Broad Street business district and Tubman Boulevard in Sinkor as well. Produced in partnership with the telecom operator Cellcom, over 10,000 printed copies of the Map are given away for free in Monrovia throughout the year.Along with the printed edition, the Map is also available to download for free from which has a both a high- and low-bandwidth version. The new high-bandwidth webpage now has a brand-new interactive feature with additional information on featured businesses. “Over 10,000 tourists were recognized as visiting Liberia in 2013—an increase of more than 70% over the past few years. Whether people are visiting for business or pleasure this map will help them find the best that the city has to offer” says Larissa Clark, Business Development Manager for the map.”It’s an exciting new edition that reflects the growth of many fantastic service providers that visitors need to find easily whether it’s a place to sleep, eat or shop during their visit to Monrovia – whether they stay a week or six months!” says Matthew Jones, Co-Founder of the Monrovia Visitors Map.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgTwo of the former Lafferty premises in Creeslough currently in liquidation are being been put on the market by RSM accountants and tax advisory service in Dublin.Danny Lafferty’s supermarket in Creeslough.This is the latest chapter in the ongoing saga that began last February when Danny Lafferty first sought High Court protection from creditors.The Tirconail Tribune reports that Lafferty’s Supermarket and the renowned Corncutters Rest are being sold by private treaty and will be advertised in the coming weeks. The shutters finally came down on these premises on June 11th after the High Court appointed Helen Dwyer as liquidator replacing the Letterkenny firm of Farren and Roarty.An hour later a security firm arrived into Creeslough in strength to give effect to the court order of Mr. Justice Peter Kelly.Less than two weeks earlier the Lafferty premises were put into liquidation and wound up.A spokesman for the selling agents told the Tribune they expect a strong interest in the properties given their location in a commercial setting. While a reserve price for the Corncutters has yet to be agreed we understand the auctioneer will be accepting bids of over €150,000 for the former Lafferty’s Supermarket premises. The sale is by private treaty and the premises are being sold as separate entities.Lafferty’s has never been far from the news this year: ever since the night March 4th when 1,000 people gathered in the Massinass Hall in a new initiative to ‘Save our Village’ after Danny Lafferty sought the protection of the courts from creditors.Mr. Justice Peter Kelly had appointed Seamus Farren as liquidator to Lafferty’s Creeslough Ltd in March but only on a provisional basis until June 11th. Later the Dublin based firm of RSM took over and were put in charge of the winding up process in June.The local community had rallied around the Lafferty family in a “Save our Village” campaign and at a previous hearing. Mr. Justice Kelly noted this support in deciding to grant continuing court protection.Danny Lafferty had remained upbeat and confident into the summer that the supermarket and pub could have been saved. However on June the 11th officials from the Liquidator’s office converged on the village of Creeslough and the premises were closed within one hour. CREESLOUGH BUSINESSMAN LAFFERTY SEES PREMISES PUT ON MARKET was last modified: August 22nd, 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:CORNCUTTERS RESTCreesloughfor saleLAFFERTYSlast_img read more


first_imgA young boy who was feared seriously injured after a fall in a play area yesterday has made a full recovery.The little boy fell in a play area in Culdaff shortly after 3pm.It was feared he suffered a spinal injury and he was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital by the Rescue 118 helicopter. The boy was given a full assessment but was later released from hospital and returned home yesterday evening.BOY FEARED INJURED IN PLAY-AREA INCIDENT MAKES FULL RECOVERY was last modified: July 25th, 2014 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:accidentculdaffdonegalfallrecoveryRESCUE 118last_img read more


first_imgRyan McHugh has been named Young Footballer of the Year.Ryan McHughThe young Kilcar player topped off a great year by picking up his award this evening.He was chosen by the members of the Gaelic Players Association. McHugh beat off stiff competition to receive his award from chairman of the GPA Dessie Farrell.He was joined at the glamorous function at Dublin’s National Convention Centre by members of his family.“I’m delighted to get it – it was a disappointing end but looking back we won Ulster and I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me.“Jim has left the legacy and it’s all about winning now and we think we need to be aiming for success. “I cant wait get back to training. The county board have a big task in filling Jim’s shoes,” he added.James O’Donoghue received the Player of the Year Award beating Donegal’s Neil McGee.Donegal’s Michael Murphy, Paul Durcan, Neil Gallagher and Neil McGee all picked up their All-Star awards. RYAN McHUGH NAMED YOUNG FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR was last modified: October 24th, 2014 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:donegalRyan McHughYoung Footballer of the yearlast_img read more

Gardai hunt young handbag snatcher in Letterkenny

first_imgGardai in Letterkenny are hunting a suspected teenage handbag snatcher.It follows an attempted robbery on the Pearse Road in Letterkenny on Tuesday last.The incident happened around 5pm when a woman was approached by a young man, aged between 15 and 16. He was wearing a black hoodie and had fair hair and tried to steal the woman’s handbag.He failed and fled the scene of the crime on foot.Gardai have appealed to anybody who was in the area at the time and may have seen the incident or a youth matching this description to contact them at Letterkenny Garda station.  Gardai hunt young handbag snatcher in Letterkenny was last modified: December 17th, 2019 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:donegalGardaihandbagletterkennysnatcherlast_img read more

Angola ‘a strategic partner for SA’

first_img12 January 2011Angola, endowed with rich resources including oil, diamonds and other minerals, is a strategic partner with enormous economic potential, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies told a South Africa-Angola business forum in Pretoria.Davies told delegates at the forum, which took place in December, that the infrastructure construction programme currently going on in Angola offered numberous opportunity in areas including housing, rail, road, and port infrastructure.Furthermore, the governments of the two countries had given full backing to the South Africa Angola Housing Initiative that is aimed at the reconstruction of central and eastern Angola.“Angola is our 10th largest supplier of imports into South Africa, and is the only country in Africa which is in the top 10,” Davies said. “The total value of imports in South Africa in 2009 was R11.7-billion, and [in 2010] up to August the total was R11.1-billion.”He added that South Africa was involved, together with Angola and Namibia, in initial work on the Trans Kunene Corridor and the envisaged Namibe-Malanje and Cubango corridors.“We think that this developmental corridor could improve the transport logistics between the two countries by providing rail and road network to complement the existing network and could contribute to the promotion of investment activities,” he said.Strengthening financial cooperationDavies added that the Declaration of Intent on Financial Cooperation that was signed by President Jacob Zuma and his Angolan counterpart in December would enhance trade relations between the two countries.“This means that three of South African institutions namely, Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation, and Export Credit Insurance Corporation, which are involved in the provision of financial resources, will increase their efforts to make more financial resources available to support the growing partnership between the two countries.”In particular, the Development Bank of South Africa and Banco Africano de Investimentos, Angola’s largest commercial bank, recently reached agreement on a historic credit line of R1.75-billion.“The two financial institutions expect to conclude the loan agreement in the coming months,” said the Department of Trade and Industry after the agreement was reached. “The two countries further committed to the establishment of a formal business structure to discuss areas of mutual interest on trade and investment.“In this regard sectors that have been identified include; mining, tourism, infrastructure, energy, as well as finance.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

At least 6 killed in explosion at illegal firecracker factory in Odisha

first_imgAt least six people were killed and nine others seriously injured in an explosion at an illegal firecracker factory in Odisha’s Balasore district this evening, ahead of Diwali. It is apprehended that the number of casualties could go up as people are likely to be trapped under the debris of the house and rescue work is being hampered by rains triggered by a marked low pressure in the Bay of Bengal.Balasore district collector Pramod Kumar Das said a huge explosion took place at around 4 p.m. when firecrackers were being made in a house at Bahabalpur, 12 km from Balasore. Six bodies have been recovered from the site. “The crackers were being made in an unauthorised manner without any legal license,” Mr. Das said.Seven of the nine who sustained injuries in the blast have been transferred to the S.C.B. Medical College Hospital in Cuttack. The other two are being treated at the district headquarters hospital, he said.Bahabalpur residents said the the impact of the explosion was so severe that the structure where the firecrackers were being made was blown up and suffered extensive damage. Most of the bodies were highly mutilated and difficult to recognise, they said. The owner of the firecracker unit also sold them from the premises, they said.Mr. Das, the Superintendent of Police and other senior officials were at the site and supervising the rescue operation. Four fire tenders were pressed into service to extinguish the blaze and rescue the victims, while over a dozen ambulances rushed to the site to shift the injured to the hospital. Police said the exact cause of the incident would be ascertained after investigation.last_img read more

India give top athletes a run for their money

first_imgMy heartiest congratulations to Kavita Raut and Harminder Singh for bringing India its first and second bronze medals in this year’s track and field events of the Commonwealth Games. Fighting it out against Kenyan middle-distance runners – as in the case of Kavita – and Australian walkers – as in the case of Harminder – and still managing to find a place on the podium is no mean feat.Having given Grace Momanyi and Doris Changeywo a run for their money, Kavita became the first Indian since 1958 to win a medal in the track events at the Games. She is also the first Indian woman ever to bag a medal in track events in the history of the Games. Although her performance on Friday wasn’t the best by her own standards, she made up by calculating her run to perfection. Harminder put up a clinical show on Saturday.As I had predicted earlier, with luck on their side, one or two Indian walkers could easily emulate their predecessors in the 1982 Asian Games and win a medal in the 20km category and that is exactly what Harminder did. Caught unawares, he kept pecking at Jared Tallent and Luke Adams (both Australians) to not only finish with a personal best time of 1:23:28sec, but also a bronze.Even Tallent deserves praise for clocking a new Games record time of 1:22:18sec. Five days into the track and field events at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, I feel the overall level of competition hasn’t been something to write home about. As I had foreseen, the level of competition wouldn’t be topclass as the foreign athletes have just finished their season and would be on a downward curve as far as performance level goes.advertisementEven so, I would admit that I have been pleasantly surprised by the performance of a few foreign athletes. In the men’s 100m sprint, Lerone Clarke of Jamaica (gold) and Mark Lewis- Francis of England (silver) put up commendable performances. Lewis- Francis impressed me even more because having slipped at the starting block, he still managed to hold his cool and finish second.Also, a lot of questions had been raised regarding his mental strength to shine at the senior level after having taken the junior level by storm. He finally answered his critics. Although Frizell Sultana (Canada) created a new Games record on her way to a gold medal, in the women’s hammer final, the level of competition on offer was mediocre to say the least. One incident that really saddened me was the disqualification of women’s 100m gold medallist Sally Pearson. I feel the organisers were foolish to wait till the medal ceremony to decide if she had indeed made a false start.The timekeeper should have checked and re-checked in the initial stage itself, when Laura Turner was disqualified for a false start. The callousness of the organisers actually led to humiliation for Pearson as she had to wait till the postponement of the medal ceremony to realise that the English had protested against her. Coming to the Indian picture, although we haven’t seen medals being won, I have been impressed with the performance of a few athletes. To begin with, Abdul Najeeb Qureshi did a good job by equalling the national record in the men’s 100m sprint.Also, Prajusha Maliakkal (women’s triple jump) created a national record and Jhuma Khatun (women’s 1,500m) clocked her personal best to make us proud. As I keep emphasising, for me, winning medals is a commercial success while performing well and creating records is more praiseworthy. Even though we have won just two medals till now, let me remind you, our best bets – Vikas Gowda (men’s discus throw), Krishna Poonia, Harwant Kaur and Seema Antil (all in women’s discus throw), Renjith Maheshwary (men’s triple jump), Tintu Luka (women’s 800m) and 4x400m women’s relay runners – are yet to take the field of play. (The writer is a 1962 Asian Games gold medallist)last_img read more

Dominic Thiem edges into French Open third round

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue World number 91 Bublik delighted the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd with his wide range of shots, including three underarm serves, but ran out of steam at the wrong time.Fiery Australian Nick Kyrgios has caused controversy in recent months with underarm serves, while Bublik also used the tactic during his first-round win over Rudolf Molleker.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I expected it. To be honest, it’s a good choice against players like us who are that far behind the baseline,” said Thiem.“There is nothing bad about it. And, I mean, I was prepared for that, so that was no problem. Austria’s Dominic Thiem serves the ball to Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik during their men’s singles second round match on day five of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 30, 2019. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)Last year’s runner-up Dominic Thiem said he was “prepared” to face some underarm serves from entertaining Kazakh Alexander Bublik as he reached the third round at Roland Garros for the fourth straight year on Thursday.The Austrian fourth seed was facing a fifth set when trailing 5-2 in the fourth, but reeled off five straight games to win 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 7-5.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “There’s nothing wrong about it. It’s sometimes quite a good tactic.”It is 30 years since fans on Chatrier witnessed the most famous underarm serve in modern history by then-17-year-old Michael Chang against Ivan Lendl en route to the title.The 25-year-old Thiem is bidding for a maiden Grand Slam title and has reached at least the semi-finals in Paris for three consecutive years.He will face Pablo Cuevas in the last 32, after British number one Kyle Edmund retired from their second-round match with a left knee injury while trailing the Uruguayan 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Serena Williams crushes Nara to reach French Open third round Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more