Crocs comfortable ahead of Rugby 7s

first_img HIGHLY MOTIVATED National rugby union coach Clarence Brown says that the men’s and women’s teams are currently settling in and adapting well to conditions in Hong Kong ahead of their Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens tournament, which starts this week. The Crocs and the Lady Crocs, which include local-based players as well as those originating from Canada and the United Kingdom, will be making their debut in the competition, and Brown said that team morale is where it needs to be right now. “The players have settled in well, training hard, bonding as a unit, and the door is open for us to move up, therefore, we’re the only ones that can beat ourselves,” he said. “The integration with the Canadian and Jamaican girls is great, however, the gelling among the UK and local-based players is supergreat.” Ladies captain Lisa Frazer agrees with him. “It is a very exciting feeling, and we are highly motivated to do our best at the Hong Kong tournament,” she said. “The bond is getting stronger among the players. We are working on the technical aspect of the game because the tournament is quick, with each game played for 14 minutes.” Recently, it was alleged that a number of Jamaican athletes from the 2008 Beijing Olympics had their urine samples retested. The tests found the banned substance clenbuterol in them. China has a reputation for using clenbuterol in livestock farming to increase animals’ muscle mass, and it was also claimed that these athletes had the substance in their bodies from consuming the meat of these livestock. Brown said that the team is mindful of this but she is not too concerned as it was said that the traces of clenbuterol were too minute to be branded as cheating. However, the players will be careful about the meals they consume. “If this is true, then it would be of great concern to us, of course,” he said. “But WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) has their office set up at the match venue, ready to go.” The Lady Crocs open their campaign against Japan today while their male counterparts get started against Germany tomorrow.last_img read more

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Anthony looking to make basketball fun again in Houston

first_imgHouston Rockets’ Carmelo Anthony holds up a sign while posing for a photographer during media day Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)LAKE CHARLES, La. — Through the first week of camp with the Houston Rockets, all indications are that Carmelo Anthony will be OK coming off the bench if that’s the role coach Mike D’Antoni gives him.That doesn’t mean the 10-time All-Star wants to discuss it.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? But even after he figured out how to do that, he still had to handle all of those who professed to know things about him when they had no clue what was really happening.“I don’t really care about somebody telling me how I think,” he said. “A lot of people that’s talking about me or has an opinion don’t really know who I am. Never talked to me before. Don’t know how I think. So, it’s funny to me to just hear a quote from somebody else saying: ‘He feels like this or he feels like that. And he should do this, or he should do that. Or he even said this or said that.’”For the record, how Anthony feels now is happy and invigorated about his fresh start in Houston. Entering his 16th NBA season, he’s is looking forward to helping the Rockets contend for a title after they fell to the Warriors in the Western Conference finals last season.He hopes all the extra things he dealt with in Oklahoma City are behind him and that he can get back to basics and find joy in basketball again.“Just enjoy the game and play basketball … I’ve been doing it for a long time,” he said. “I still know how to do it. I’ve just got to make it fun. The game just has to be fun.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Early on, he’s found that with the Rockets, where he’s been welcomed from Day 1. The transition has been eased by how eager stars like James Harden and Chris Paul have been to integrate him into what they’re doing.“They already envision me being on this team and what I can do and my role on this team,” Anthony said. “So, it was easier for them to just bring me along and say, ‘This is where you should be, this is what you have to do,’ and that made my transition a lot easier.”D’Antoni said Anthony is in great shape and the coach is eager to see how he’ll mesh with his team when the Rockets open their exhibition schedule on Tuesday against Memphis.“He’s a great basketball player, so we just try to make it optimal for him and us,” D’Antoni said. “It’s always a little bit of a challenge, but if you had asked me the same question (last year) about James and Chris I would have said the same thing: ‘Well, it looks good. I’m excited.’ So same thing with him.”“We’ll just have to wait and see with more proof down the road,” D’Antoni continued. “But yeah, it looks good.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “I don’t like talking about it,” Anthony said Saturday before the team’s last practice at McNeese State before returning to Houston. “People always been speculating. They always speculate so I will continue not to talk about it.”While Anthony, who is in his first year with the Rockets after one tumultuous season in Oklahoma City, refused to discuss whether he’ll start or be a reserve, he had plenty to say about a variety of other subjects, candidly answering every other question thrown his way. He reflected on his year with the Thunder, a place where he never seemed to fit in and averaged a career-low 16.2 points in 78 starts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe said he got “caught up” in outside opinions of what people believed he should do and recounted all the thoughts that were swimming through his head last season.“(People saying) Oh, he’s a stretch 4,” Anthony said. “Oh, he should come off the bench. Oh, he should not shoot this many times. Oh, he should just let Russ (Westbrook) do this. So, it was just so much of that that was … going around that I had to block it out and get away from it and not even think about it.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Man U slips further behind Man City and Liverpool after loss Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentslast_img read more

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Trash talk with the mayor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “The mayor agrees that Sunshine Canyon should be shut down and there should be no more landfills in the city. The question is, when do we do it?” The City Council faces a Feb. 28 deadline to vote on renewing a five-year, $157 million contract with Browning-Ferris Industries, which operates Sunshine Canyon. Since 2003, city leaders have sought alternatives to the urban landfill, but they’ve always come back to the Granada Hills dump as the least-expensive option. Villaraigosa has said he reluctantly supports that option because it would cost an estimated $15 million to $30 million a year more to go elsewhere. But Smith questions those figures and has won an agreement from the mayor to review the estimates further. With a Feb. 28 deadline looming, Los Angeles city officials are scrambling to assess whether a compromise can be reached over the continued use of Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Granada Hills. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilman Greig Smith, who represents the area around the landfill and has pushed the city to develop a new trash plan rather than use the dump in his district, met this week to assess where the city stands less than three weeks before a decision is required. Aides to the mayor confirmed the two had talked, and Smith’s chief of staff said the meeting was designed to assess options. “We weren’t trying to pressure the mayor. We just wanted to bring him up to speed on where things stand,” Mitch Englander said. “We think not all the factors were included,” Englander said. “As an example, the city staff didn’t consider the reduction in trash being dumped at Sunshine that is to take effect.” Sunshine Canyon now takes in 3,800 tons of trash a day from the city. That amount is to be reduced to 3,000 tons a day next year, with further reductions until it is no longer needed. But some officials remain unconvinced that is a practical solution and believe the city needs greater flexibility. Among the options being studied is hauling trash to a dump in Riverside, owned by Waste Management Inc. A third option is to haul it 180 miles north, to the Kings County community of Avenal. “We are putting together a working group to analyze what has been put forward and will take it from there,” Englander said. Two City Council committees are scheduled to review the matter next week, before the council makes a final decision. Cynthia Ruiz, president of the Board of Public Works, which oversees the Bureau of Sanitation, said her agency has no preference. “Our position is just getting out the facts,” Ruiz said. “The council will make the decision. All we are doing is presenting them with the different options.” Greg Loughnane of BFI said the firm is waiting to hear from the city. “We think Sunshine Canyon is the best option for the city in terms of costs and what it provides,” Loughnane said. “We would just like to know what they want to do so we can make plans for our future.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 160Want 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

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Settlement has GM retirees paying more for health care

first_imgDETROIT – A federal judge on Friday approved a settlement requiring union retirees of General Motors Corp. to pay more for their health care. U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland dismissed the objections of a group of retirees who said the settlement worked out by GM and the United Auto Workers violated their contracts. Hourly workers approved the settlement by a 61-percent margin in November, but GM needed court approval to go forward with the plan since it involves retirees, who didn’t get to vote. Cleland noted that fewer than 1,250 people out of 476,000 retirees and dependents affected by the settlement objected to it and that the settlement would help keep GM a viable company. “The delay and risks of litigation have an impact not only on GM, UAW and the Class, but also on the families, businesses and communities that depend on GM’s continued competitiveness and viability,” he wrote. “Those interests are advanced by the Settlement Agreement.” Under the agreement, hourly retirees would pay deductibles, premiums and co-payments for the first time, up to $752 annually for families and $370 for individuals. Those amounts could rise in the next few years. The agreement requires active GM hourly workers to contribute part of their future pay increases to a new fund to help pay for retirees’ coverage. GM would contribute $3 billion to that fund through 2011. U.S. automakers have sought to reduce the burden of growing health care costs at a time when they face intense competition from foreign carmakers. GM lost $10.6 billion in 2005 and spent more than $5 billion on health care for its 1.1 million employees, retirees and their dependents. GM has said the agreement would save it $1 billion after taxes each year and would shave $15 billion off its $70 billion in long-term retiree health care liabilities. The UAW also has approved a similar agreement with Ford Motor Co. Judge Arthur Tarnow will consider objections from Ford retirees at a hearing scheduled for May 31. DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group is seeking a similar deal with the UAW. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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

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Letterkenny venues nominated for National Live Music Venue of the Year Awards!

first_imgThree Letterkenny venues have been shortlisted to win the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Award.An Grianán Theatre, McGinley’s, and Voodoo are amongst the 25 venues from across Ireland which have been shortlisted.The venues chosen for the shortlist uphold the highest standards of live music entertainment nationally. Venues were judged on their ambiance, staging, sound and lighting facilities, the diversity of their music programming, the staff and management at each venue and the work they undertake in promoting the venue and its programme of music events.Along with one overall award winner for National Live Music Venue of the Year, there will also be provincial awards.A spokesperson for IMRO says; “The IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards acknowledge the immense efforts made by music venues across Ireland, through the provision of world class entertainment for their customers, their vital contribution to local economies and the significant role they play in providing a public platform for Irish songwriters and performers.”The IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards 2016 will take place on Tuesday, February 21st at IMRO Headquarters in Dublin. To vote for your favourite venue you can click here.Letterkenny venues nominated for National Live Music Venue of the Year Awards! was last modified: February 11th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:An griananIMROletterkennylive music venue of the year awardsmc ginleysVOODOOlast_img read more

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first_imgA Letterkenny teenager said he was forced to go on a crime spree to pay back money he owed to drug dealers.Matthew Lafferty stole handbags, burgled houses and robbed from shops because he owed money for drugs.Lafferty, 19, appeared at Letterkenny District Court today facing 26 charges since July 2009. The court heard that on one occasion, the father of one was found hiding in a wardrobe after burgling two houses.Two weeks ago, while on bail, Lafferty knocked a woman to the ground in Letterkenny, and snatched her handbag.He was found later by a description given by a member of the public and by CCTV footage.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Lafferty of Fairgreen, Letterkenny, had found himself in a quagmire of drugs.He added that he was living in fear of drug dealers and only robbed because he owed money for the drugs including cocaine, cannabis and crystal meth.The court heard that many of the crimes were committed while Lafferty was out on bail.Judge Paul Kelly said he accepted that Lafferty was an easy target but that he had to protect the public.“I have a commitment to protect the innocent victims who have suffered as a result of these crimes,” said Judge Kelly.He sentenced Lafferty to 10 months detention at St Pats Institution for Young Offenders for six burglary charges and fined him a total of €1,600.EndsMAN WENT ON CRIME SPREE TO PAY DRUG DEALERS was last modified: March 12th, 2012 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:drugsLetterkenny District CourtMatthew Laffertylast_img read more


Al-Qaida chief fingered by one of his own trusted inner circle

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2For the first time, the U.S. officials said they believed, they had a source deep inside his terrorist group. Al-Zarqawi, the source told them, was in the little house in the palm grove. U.S. jets were in the sky above. In recent weeks, U.S. officials said, they had begun following a man who they believed could lead them directly to al-Zarqawi: his “spiritual adviser,” a man named Sheikh Abd al-Rahman. A member of al-Zarqawi’s network, captured by the Americans, had told them that the sheik was al-Zarqawi’s most trusted adviser. Some weeks ago, U.S. officials said, they began tracking al-Rahman with a remotely piloted aircraft, hoping he would lead them to their quarry. “This gentlemen was key to our success in finding Zarqawi,” said Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the spokesman for the U.S. military in Baghdad. “Through painstaking intelligence effort, they were able to start tracking him, monitoring his movements and establishing when he was doing his link-ups with Zarqawi.” BAGHDAD, Iraq – Muhammad Ismael, a 40-year-Iraqi taxi driver, was standing outside his home in the tiny village of Hibhib on Wednesday evening when something unusual caught his eye. Three GMC trucks, each with blackened windows, rumbled past his home and toward the little house in a nearby grove of date palms that for more than three years had stood abandoned. “It was something very strange,” Ismael said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “That house is always empty.” Meanwhile, in Baghdad, U.S. military commanders believed they had at last cornered Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian terrorist whose murderous onslaught against Iraqi civilians and U.S. troops made him the most wanted man in all of Iraq. Yet for all the excitement, one critical piece of the puzzle still remained: The Americans might be able to track Rahman, but how would they know when he was meeting with al-Zarqawi? The Americans had gotten close before, but al-Zarqawi managed to escape. He was an elusive and wary figure who knew well how much the Americans relied on high technology to track down suspects: He and his men had refrained from using cell phones, knowing how easily they could be tracked. Instead, U.S. officials said, they had come to rely on hand-held satellite phones, manufactured by a company called Thuraya, to communicate with each other. The Thurayas were more difficult to track. What the Americans had always lacked was someone inside al-Zarqawi’s network, al-Qaida in Mesopotamia, who would betray him – someone close enough and trusted enough to show the Americans where he was. According to a Pentagon official, the Americans finally got one. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the raid are classified, said an Iraqi informant inside al-Qaida in Mesopotamia provided the critical piece of intelligence about al-Rahman’s meeting with al-Zarqawi. The source’s identity wasn’t clear – nor was it clear how that source was able to pinpoint al-Zarqawi’s location without getting killed himself. “We have a guy on the inside who led us directly to Zarqawi,” the official said. In a news release on Thursday morning, U.S. military commanders hinted strongly that a member of al-Zarqawi’s inner circle had pointed the way. Iraqi officials confirmed that al-Zarqawi had indeed been sold out by one of his own. “We have managed to infiltrate this organization,” said Mowaffak al-Rubiae, Iraq’s national security adviser. He declined to elaborate. Just how the Americans were able to receive the information from the source was also unclear. In an interview, a Jordanian official close to the investigation said that the mission that killed al-Zarqawi was a joint operation conducted by the Americans and Jordanian intelligence. The source inside al-Zarqawi’s group, the Jordanian official said, had been cultivated at least in part by Jordanian intelligence agents. “There was a man from Zarqawi’s group who handed over the information,” the Jordanian official said. “It was someone who was part of the group.” Meanwhile, back in Hibhib, Ismael again noticed something strange. Of the three GMC trucks that pulled up to the house in the date palm grove, only two of them stayed. One of them drove away and never came back. Whether the departing GMC contained the source who tipped off the Americans about al-Zarqawi’s location is unknown. In addition to the human source, U.S. officials said they used several different methods to track al-Zarqawi and al-Rahman: They said they also relied on “electronic signals intelligence” communications intercepts that allowed someone to track the location of, say, the user of a satellite telephone. For the first time, U.S. officials said believed they had located al-Zarqawi with absolute certainty. In Baghdad, U.S. military officials decided to launch a military operation. They called in a pair of F-16 fighter jets that were patrolling the skies above the area. Commandos from Task Force 145, the secret anti-terrorist unit, moved rapidly into Hibhib and surrounded the palm grove. They dropped two bombs.160Want 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

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first_imgCASTLEFIN was the pride of the county last night after the hard work of the town and its people was showcased on RTE1’s ‘Nationwide’ programme.The annual North West Garden Show was the main item featured as well as the work of the community groups.And Diarmaid Gavin, celebrity gardener, said the show captured the spirit of Donegal! There was also a feature on the new Tropical World centre at Alcorns in Letterkenny.Missed the show? It’s available on the RTE Player on the link below. CASTLEFIN IS PRIDE OF DONEGAL ON RTE ‘NATIONWIDE’ was last modified: May 31st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castlefinletterkennynorth west garden showlast_img read more


Trojans avoid a letdown

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Saturday, amid concern that they’d come out flat, the Trojans came out and scored on their first five possessions on the way to beating Washington 51-24 at Husky Stadium. It wasn’t a spotless afternoon, the defense allowing Washington its first 10-point opening quarter this season and the special teams giving up a 92-yard kickoff return. But the record remains perfect, 7-0 this season, 29 wins in a row. Coach Pete Carroll began the week by warning the Trojans about the possibility of an emotional slump after the Notre Dame game that ended with Matt Leinart diving and twisting for the winning touchdown from 1 yard out in the final seconds. The Trojans were 30-point favorites over Washington (now 1-6). “(Coaches) wanted us to look back at the commitment from that game,” said flanker Steve Smith. “Guys were hugging each other and telling everyone that they loved them. They just wanted us to get that feeling back.” Every week a new psychological pitfall is said to await the Trojans. Every week they find a way to make all of that talk sound silly. SEATTLE – In a psychological reverse play, USC coaches screened a videotape for the players at the team hotel Friday night, showing the Trojans’ locker-room celebration after their victory at Notre Dame. And you thought the Trojans intended to fight off a letdown in Saturday’s game at Washington by forgetting the excitement of South Bend, Ind., as quickly as possible. center_img “‘We talked about it all week,” Carroll said outside the Trojans’ locker room late Saturday afternoon. “We wanted to respond to the challenge of playing our style and our philosophy regardless of where, who, when (they were playing), that kind of stuff. And we did that. “Our concentration was great. Our execution was very good.” The Trojans didn’t fumble – for the second week in a row. Their only interception was thrown by backup quarterback John David Booty. Their six penalties for 30 yards constituted one of their more obedient efforts of the year. “Our past couple of games have been pretty close, especially the Notre Dame game,” tailback Reggie Bush said. “We definitely felt like this was a game where we could go out and dominate and just get back to executing and playing football like we know how. Playing at our level and not the other team’s.” And so the weekly battle against letdowns and overconfidence goes on. The Trojans host Washington State on Saturday. “We just know (how to stay sharp),” defensive end Frostee Rucker said. “We’ve been doing this for a while, as you can tell.” 160Want 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

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first_imgThe North West Cancer Support Group has announced that their major fundraising event on September 28th has been cancelled.The ‘Bling Ball’ was scheduled to take place at an Chúirt Hotel in Gaoth Dobhair to raise much-needed funds.The group provides subsidised flights from Donegal Airport to Dublin for cancer patients. In a statement on her Facebook page, organiser Mary Mc Ginley of Burtonport who founded the charity, said the lack of support has forced the decision.“It is with much disappointment we have to cancel the event. This is due to the lack of support we have received.“We would like to than everyone who have paid for tickets – a refund will be sent to you,” said the statement.The organisers have also paid tribute to An Chúirt Hotel for their understanding and support in making the decision. The €50 a head event offered a five course meal and music for the night by the popular Crystal Swing.The provision of the subsidised flights to Dublin are mainly dependent on this annual fundraising event.However a spokesman for the group said they will continue to seek to provide the subsidised service for cancer patients.CANCER GROUP FORCED TO CANCEL BALL BECAUSE OF LACK OF SUPPORT was last modified: September 13th, 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:Bling BallcancelledNorth West Cancer Support Grouplast_img read more