• Hebou PNG Barramundis humbled by Ireland in first T20I

    first_imgAfter Ireland’s Captain, William Porterfield won the toss and sent the HEBOU PNG Barramundis, HEBOU PNG were restricted to only 9/92 off their allotted 20 overs.This was mainly due to some disciplined bowling by Ireland and some indifferent batting from the HEBOU PNG Barramundis.Sese Bau (22) and Charles Amini Jnr (21) were the main contributors with the bat for the HEBOU PNG Barramundis, while Kevin O’Brien (2/10), Craig Young (2/15) and Andy McBrine (2/17) all picked up two wickets each for Ireland.In reply, Barramundis’ bowlers got off to a great start, restricting Ireland to 3/30 inside four overs thanks to a quick spell of fast bowling from Norman Vanua and debutant Nosiana Pokana.Gary Wilson (45) and Kevin O’Brien (11) then guided Ireland out to trouble to eventually pass the score, losing another two wickets with 47 balls remaining.Norman Vanua was once again the stand out bowler for the HEBOU PNG Barramundis, taking 3/26 off his four overs.“It was a very disappointing performance from the boys today. We didn’t execute any of our plans today and against a good opposition like Ireland, we got punished,” said Captain, Jack Vare.“The positive thing is that we have two more matches left in the series and we must execute our plans if we are going to get a result,” said Vare.    The second of the T20I Matches will take place tomorrow at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville.Match will commence at 2pm local time.last_img read more

  • Special-ed paybacks avoided

    first_img“There were nine superintendents, a (special education) director, and a consultant from both Santa Clarita and the Antelope valleys who made sure they understood it was a big deal and nothing to be taken casually.” Assembly Bill 2947 would have required districts to repay the state for part of the cost of constructing special education classrooms that were built with 100 percent state funding given to the Los Angeles County Office of Education when it ran the programs. Ten Antelope Valley school districts stood to lose more than $12 million, and the potential loss for four elementary school districts in the Santa Clarita Valley was $2.3 million, based on the number of classrooms that were built, officials said. The classrooms were built in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and the special education programs were transferred from LACOE to the districts from 2000 to 2004. At the time school officials said the districts had grown to such a point that they commanded the resources to assume responsibility for providing such services. Fourteen school districts in the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys apparently will not have to reimburse the state up to $15 million for the construction of special education classrooms. Officials had feared a new law would unfairly penalize the districts for taking over the operation of special education programs for severely disabled students several years ago from Los Angeles County. But after nine local schools superintendents went to Sacramento to discuss the law, state officials assured them the law would not be applied retroactively. “The trip was effective. It was important to make. There was power in the room and they listened to us,” said Lori Ordway-Peck, deputy superintendent of the Palmdale School District, which stood to lose $6 million to $10 million. AB 2947 states that if LACOE transfers title of the classrooms to the districts within 10 years of them being occupied, then the districts would have pay the state back. The county still has title to the classrooms but wants to transfer it to the districts because the law says LACOE’s eligibility for special education school construction funding, which was hurt by the transfer, can’t be restored until the title transfer occurs. The nine local superintendents went to Sacramento more than a week ago to meet with officials from the Office of Public School Construction, who said the program transfer was in effect a transfer of title. “If the transfer occurred before Jan. 1, 2007, it makes it a defacto transfer. Their opinion was since the transfer of title occurred before the law took effect, no payment is required,” Wilsona School District Superintendent Ned McNabb said. OPSC officials said they agreed that the law will not be applied retroactively. “We have agreed with the local school districts that the law is not being interpreted as being retroactive. It will apply to any future transfers of that type that takes place after Jan. 1 of this year,” OPSC spokesman Bill Branch said. “We are delighted we have been able to clear it up to everyone’s satisfaction.” School officials, though happy with the results, were expressing caution. Regulations have to be written and approved before the districts can safely say they are out from under the financial threat. “It looks like we were successful in accomplishing our goals. I say hopefully because it’s still in the rules-writing process. There may be still some additional debate,” McNabb said. “We are mildly optimistic, cautiously optimistic. It’s not done until it’s done. The final regulations won’t be written until the March meeting. The regulations will be written in such a way that the law will be interpreted that there will no retroactivity,” Ordway-Peck said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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

  • Roadside bombs kill 5 GIs in Iraq

    first_imgThousands of U.S. reinforcements have been sent to the capital and surrounding areas to help the Iraqis tame the spiraling sectarian violence that flared after the bombing of a Shiite mosque in Samarra more than a year ago. Sunday’s deaths raise to at least 3,239 the members of the U.S. military who have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003 – 114 of those since the security operation started on Feb. 14, according to an Associated Press count. In comparison, 123 U.S. troops’ deaths were reported in the 40 days preceding the start of the plan. The clashes between gunmen and Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad’s Fadhil neighborhood started about 1:30 p.m., when an attack on Iraqi army positions forced soldiers to call for U.S. assistance, Iraqi officials said. The U.S. military said it had no immediate reports about the fighting. An Iraqi army colonel from the brigade in charge of the area said the gunmen were firing from rooftops at army checkpoints and patrols, and the soldiers returned fire. He said the situation had largely calmed by late afternoon, but sporadic clashes continued. “The soldiers raided some houses believed to be used by the gunmen today. Several suspects were arrested and they are being interrogated,” the colonel said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. BAGHDAD – Roadside bombs killed five U.S. soldiers in Iraq on Sunday, including four in a single strike in a volatile province northeast of the capital, the military said. In Baghdad, gunmen on rooftops opened fire on Iraqi soldiers, prompting fierce fighting in the narrow streets and alleys of one of the capital’s oldest neighborhoods, a Sunni insurgent stronghold and a haven for criminals on the east side of the Tigris River. At least two civilians were killed and four others were wounded in the clashes, police said, as U.S. attack helicopters buzzed overhead. Four U.S. soldiers were killed and two others were wounded, according to a statement, when an explosion struck their patrol in Diyala province, a religiously mixed area that has seen fierce fighting in recent months. A roadside bomb also killed a soldier and wounded two others as they were checking for bombs on a road in northwestern Baghdad, the military said. The military sealed off all roads leading to the area, causing traffic jams, according to witnesses and police. Stores closed their doors as the streets emptied of people fleeing the fighting. “The gunmen were shooting at every moving object. The streets were deserted and all shops closed,” said Ghaith Jassim, the 37-year-old owner of a textile store in the area. “These frequent clashes have affected our work. We cannot earn our living. People and traders are afraid of coming to our area.” Jassim said the arrival of U.S. troops in the area briefly stopped the clashes, but the fighting resumed when the Americans left. Fadhil, one of Baghdad’s oldest and poorest areas, is riddled with Sunni insurgents and common criminals, and its narrow streets and alleys have been the site of frequent clashes. A helicopter owned by the private security company Blackwater USA crashed in heavy gunfire in the area on Jan. 23, killing four civilian contractors. A fifth contractor in a second helicopter died of gunshot wounds. The U.S. military, meanwhile, raised the death toll in a suicide truck bombing against a police station in Baghdad on Saturday to 33 police officers, saying 20 other policemen and 24 civilians were wounded. Iraqi police had said 20 people were killed in the strike, which was the deadliest of a series of suicide bombings nationwide. The new toll would raise to 87 the number of people killed or found dead in Iraq on Saturday – 60 in suicide bombings. Suspected Shiite militants attacked a Sunni mosque on Sunday in apparent retaliation for one of those attacks – a suicide truck bombing against a Shiite mosque that killed 11 people in Haswa, 30 miles south of Baghdad. The explosion on Sunday blew a hole in the roof of the mosque’s minaret but caused no injuries, although two people were wounded after clashes erupted in the area following the blast. Local authorities imposed a curfew after gunmen opened fire on a funeral procession for the victims killed in Saturday’s blast, raising fresh concerns about sectarian violence. The number of execution-style killings in the capital has declined since the operation started on Feb. 14 – a development officials say is due to an agreement keeping Shiite militias off the street. Sunday’s attack in Haswa highlighted concerns that militia factions are angry about being sidelined while the bombings continue. On March 14, U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. William C. Caldwell expressed optimism about the Baghdad security plan, but urged patience and cautioned that “high-profile” car bombings, which rose to a high of 77 in February, could “start the whole cycle of violence again.”last_img read more

  • Starlets U20 into second round of World Cup Qualifier

    first_imgSkipper Corazone Aquino had sent Kenya ahead in the 11th minute before Ethiopia equalized through Mirkat Feleke on the stroke of half time but Gentrix Shikangwa scored the winner in the 51st minute.Kenya will now face the winner of Ghana against Algeria encounter in November.Midfielder Aquino, who is in a superb form, scored the opener from a low shot after at the edge of the box after receiving a fine cross from  Cynthia Shilwatso to beat Ethiopia keeper Igesi Abera.However, Kenya found themselves on level a minute to the interval when Mirkat equalized from the penalty spot after Starlets custodian Lilian Awuor brought her down for a 1-1 scoreline at the break.Ethiopia barely threatened Kenya with the only chance they had through a free-kick from Alemnesh Geremew that hit the upright.A minute after the restart Shikangwa missed an open chance to double the scores after shooting wide despite controlling a well floated ball from Maureen Khakasa.She made the amends four minutes later after  nodding home a Wincate Kaari well floated corner kick to reclaim the lead for the hosts.Kenya continued pressing for more goals but the exciting trio of Shikangwa, Shilwatso and Amunyolete failed to convert the numerous chances that created.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Starlets U20 team edged out Ethiopia 4-3 on aggregate to progress to the second round of the 2-18 World Cup Qualifier. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 30 – The national women’s Under-20 team are through to the second round of the 2018 World Cup Qualifier after beating Ethiopia 4-3 on aggregate thanks to their 2-1 win in the return leg played at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.Having held Ethiopia to a 2-2 draw in the first leg played in Awasa a fortnight ago, Starlets needed at least a 1-1 draw to progress to the penultimate round and indeed they did do better by collecting maximum points.last_img read more

  • Villas-Boas to replace Rodgers at Liverpool? Don’t be ridiculous, says former Reds star!

    first_imgDanny Murphy has described reports claiming Liverpool are ready to replace Brendan Rodgers with Andre Villas-Boas as ‘ridiculous’.Despite brief, unsuccessful spells in charge of Chelsea and Tottenham, Villas-Boas is being linked with a shock return to the Premier League to take charge at Anfield, with current Reds boss Rodgers under pressure after a difficult start to the season.But the rumours were rubbished by former Liverpool midfielder Murphy when he co-hosted the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Monday.He said: “Brendan deserves to keep his job. It would be a shock if he does go. If for some reason he does, AVB would not be on the list of 20 managers to replace him at Liverpool, never mind be the number one.“It’s ridiculous. He failed at Chelsea, he failed at Tottenham. Why would you take him at Liverpool?”last_img read more

  • Confirmed: American takeover of Swansea City completed

    first_img1 The takeover of Swansea by an American investment group has been completed.The American consortium – fronted by Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan – has been in talks over acquiring control of Swansea since last year, with news of the proposed change of ownership emerging in early April.It is understood that the Americans have acquired around 60 per cent of the Premier League club, who confirmed the completion of the takeover on Sunday morning.Levien and Kaplan, who both have extensive experience in American sports, must now pass the Football Association’s owners’ and directors’ test before the deal is officially ratified.Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins will remain at the Liberty Stadium in an executive role and be in charge of the daily running of the club.The shareholding of the Swansea Supporters’ Trust, who own 21 per cent of the club, remains unchanged.‘Swansea City Football Club is delighted to confirm the takeover by Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan subject to the approval of the Premier League,’ read a statement on the club’s official website.‘Jason and Steve will lead an investment consortium which has acquired a controlling majority of the shares with several existing shareholders also maintaining a smaller stake in the club.‘The agreement concludes a lengthy negotiation process and will see Huw Jenkins remain in an executive role and charged with the day-to-day running of the club. Huw will also maintain an ownership stake in the club.’It is understood that the deal values the club – who have spent the last five seasons in the top flight of English football – at around £110million.The deal could see the expansion of the 21,000-capacity Liberty Stadium, the second smallest in the Premier League, as well as investment in the club’s training facilities and playing staff. The Liberty Stadium could soon be set for an expansion last_img read more


    first_imgThere will be a horse race meeting in Ramelton this Sunday, July 14th.If you have never been horse-racing then this is a perfect taster of what could be a regular afternoon out for the family.The event, which will be staged at Claragh, Ramelton, will get underway at 2.30 pm. An eight race card is down for decision with a number of great races in store for the afternoon.Given the great weather, organisers are hopeful of a great turn-out. Bookmakers will be on course and refreshments will also be available. HORSES FOR COURSES AT RAMELTON THIS WEEKEND! was last modified: July 12th, 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:horse racingRameltonlast_img read more


    first_imgBy Louise Doherty: The Point Inn Quigley’s Point Friday night singles darta league is a dart league which started in September 2013.In the League we have some of the best dart players in the county if not the country. The players travel from as far as Milford on a weekly basis fighting for their position in the league table.There are two groups with 16 players in each group, each player plays each other 3 times through out the season. Friday 22nd november was the pairs cup qualifers as each player at that point had played each other once. An open draw was done where the top 16 players in the league where paired with a player from the bottom 16.There were 4 groups comprising of 4 teams where it was a round robin format with the top 2 in each group qualifying for the pairs cup final night. Friday the 29th November was the pairs cup quarter final, semis and final.Results were as follows:Quarter final: Best of 7 legs, 701 Derek Quinn & Kevin Mc Dermot 4-0 Clive Aiken & Seamus FarrenGerry Crossan & Derek Gallagher 3-4 PJ Mc Laughlin & Mark DalyShaun Gallagher & Christy Mc Laughlin 4-0 Aaron Caulfield & Paddy BoyleCharley Grant & Dean Gallagher 3-4 Michael Leech & Rodney OrrSemi final: Best of 9 legs, 701 Michael Leech & Rodney Orr 5-4 Pj Mc Laughlin & Mark DalyShaun Gallagher & Christy Mc Laughlin 5-4 Derek Quinn & Kevin Mc DermotFinal: Best of 11 legs, 701Michael Leech & Rodney Orr 6-4 Shaun Gallagher & Christy Mc Laughlin Well Done to Michael and Rodney and commiserations to Shaun and Christy.The committee would like to thank the sponsor of the pairs cup Martin Hughes, the volunteer markers, the point inn and all the players for making the league what it is.QUIGLEY’S POINT FRIDAY NIGHT DARTS LEAGUE RESULTS was last modified: December 1st, 2013 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:Quigleys Point Darts Leaguelast_img read more


    first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: ‘Cellulite’ is a word that the media loves to talk about and that most women don’t want to hear.Cellulite is a term for lumpy, dimpled flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen and it is most common in women.Until the 1970’s cellulite was not seen as a skin disorder. Cellulite was, quite literally, invented by fashion magazines.On April 15, 1969, Vogue magazine published an article describing cellulite as an increasingly common skin disease, and advertising solutions to “cure” this imagined problem.Since the 1920s, the term “cellulite” existed within a medical context, but practitioners did not regard it as a disease or a problem.Today, many women believe that they have a skin condition because of visible cellulite. In fact, these people are simply displaying normal traits associated with womanhood. Its name may make it sound like a medical condition. 
But cellulite is nothing more than normal fat beneath the skin. The fat appears bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker.Having cellulite does not mean that you are overweight. It can affect women, and men, of all sizes and shapes.There are numerous treatments for cellulite ranging from creams, injections, laser treatments, spa treatments and even liposuction.The problem is that none of these have been proven to actually work as they say they do.Liposuction treatment can actually make the appearance of cellulite worse as it removes the deep fat during the process and this can leave deep depressions in the skin where cellulite was present. So what can you do to get rid of cellulite?This is a definition of cellulite taken from the Mayo Clinic:“Cellulite is caused by fibrous connective cords that tether the skin to the underlying muscle, with the fat lying between. As the fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords are pulling down. This creates an uneven surface or dimpling.”Cellulite is actually a matter of structural mechanics.
Men are less prone to cellulite because their bodies are structurally different to women and we tend to store fat viscerally rather than subcutaneously. So is there any ‘cure’ for cellulite?NoCan you reduce the appearance of it through diet and exercise?Yes.Should you continue to waste your money on creams and treatments that cost a small fortune and don’t give much in return?No.Cellulite is only a problem if you believe the media’s image of how the female body should look.The main image is of Scarlett Johansson.The media made a big storm last year of the images of her on the beach in a bikini with obvious cellulite on her legs and thighs. 
She was on the cover of every gossip magazine all of which revelled in the fact that she wasn’t ‘perfect’.Her boyfriend at the time must obviously have been mad to be with a woman who wasn’t perfect, I mean how could he even look at her, never mind touch her?Maybe it was because he was with Scarlett fricken Johansson and he didn’t give a damn about a bit of cellulite, because every woman has cellulite and it ISN’T ACTUALLY A PROBLEM!Ladies; the only men who think that women shouldn’t have cellulite, don’t have much experience with women.#TrainSmart
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* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: CELLULITE – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW was last modified: August 4th, 2014 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:celluliteemmet rushefitness columnlast_img read more

  • Coeliac Society of Ireland launches new campaign for undiagnosed children

    first_imgCoeliac disease sufferers are planning to ‘walk around Ireland twice to raise awareness for the estimated 7,300 children who have the condition but are undiagnosed. The Coeliac Society of Ireland says that 20 per cent of the 36,500 people in Ireland with undiagnosed coeliac disease are aged under 14, based on EU averages.Sarah Keogh, Coeliac Society in-house dietitian, said: “Coeliac disease is a chronic autoimmune disease that impacts growth and development in children as well as impacting on their concentration at school and their energy levels in all areas of their lives. “Children can complain of abdominal pain – pain that is often put down to anxiety – as well as exhaustion.“Poor absorption of key nutrients means these children may not reach their full height potential and girls will often have delayed periods and impacts on fertility in later life.“We need to think coeliac more often in children – low energy, stomach pains, low iron, picky eating and unexplained weight loss are all signs to look out for.” The Society has enlisted its army of 3,600 members for sponsored walks to raise awareness of the issue. Members plan to walk or run between 2km and 5km, which is the equivalent of at least 7,314km or 1km for every undiagnosed child and amounts to walking around Ireland twice.  The sponsored walks will take place during Coeliac Awareness Week, which runs from 13th-19th May this year and is focused on children coeliac sufferers with the theme ‘Grow With Us’.Coeliac Awareness Week will this year include Ireland’s first ever National Gluten Free Day, on Thursday, 16th May, when the Coeliac Society will stage a ‘Grow with Us’ themed event to highlight how children with coeliac disease thrive and have healthy, active lives once their condition is diagnosed.At this event will be coeliac children and adults, medical experts, gluten-free cooking demos and food tasting.Walks for Awareness are being held by various branches of the Society in locations around Ireland, including Dublin, Cork and Galway amongst others.Gill Brennan CEO said: “We are thrilled with the level of commitment from our members. Through their own personal experiences, many of them are only too aware of the current difficulties in not only getting diagnosed but also the delays in accessing the right supports. “With so many children suffering unnecessarily it is important that we organise events like these to inform the public that this disease is real, can be diagnosed and that it is very manageable. “Whether a sufferer or not the Coeliac Society of Ireland will welcome all support and are happy for members of the public to join in or walk themselves as a show of support”.Coeliac Society of Ireland launches new campaign for undiagnosed children was last modified: May 5th, 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)Tags:Coeliac Society of Irelandlast_img read more