The Jamaica Scorpions made a disastrous start to their 2016 NAGICO Super50 campaign at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday. Hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force crushed the Scorpions by 84 runs in their Group B match. Scores: Red Force 221 all out off 47.2 overs; Scorpions 137 all out in 42.5 overs. The Scorpions’ innings was undermined by fast-medium bowler Marlon Richards, who bagged five for 36 in his allotted 10 overs. He got good support from left-arm bowler Yannick Ottley, who took two for 16 in 4.5 overs. Top batsman for Jamaica was Brandon King with 26. Earlier Evin Lewis slammed 74 with six fours and three mighty sixes to lift the Red Force to their match winning score. Other useful contributions came from Rayad Emrit (43) and Richards 31. Damion Jacobs (three for 40), Nikita Miller (two for 27) and Tamar Lambert (two for 34) were the leading bowlers for Jamaica. In St Kitts, the Windward Islands Volcanoes defeated Guyana Jaguars by one run under the Duckworth/Lewis Method in their rain-affected match. Scores: Volcanoes 214 all out off 50 overs (Devon Smith 91, Sunil Ambris 47, Liam Sebastian 27; Gudakesh Motie 3-32, Steven Jacobs 3-40). Jaguars 122 for four off 26 overs (Assad Fudadin 44 not out). In St Augustine, Trinidad, Barbados Pride defeated ICC Americas by four wickets. Scores: Americas 183 all out off 43.1 overs (Alex Amsterdam 73, Nitish Kumar 25; Sulieman Benn 4-40, Ashley Nurse 3-23). Pride 184 for six off 42.5 overs (Jonathan Carter 51 not out, Kevin Stoute 40, Justin Greaves 22 not out; Timil Patel 2-30, Timroy Allen 2-36).
A cross section of the participants at the launch of the project.In the midst of the economic challenges in Liberia, the African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with the Liberian government on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, launched a US$1.2 million secondary wood processing project.The project, according to a press release, is an effort to boost job creation and wealth generation by a number of people, who may take serious interest in the project amid the challenging economic concerns in the country. Earlier, a formal ceremony was held at the AfDB country office in Congo Town as the project was launched.The project is expected to be a catalyst responsible to support the country’s struggling economy and increase its viability. It is also aimed at stimulating the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) based on secondary processing of wood products that will facilitate jobs and wealth creation in the country.The statement added that the project is well-aligned with the Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA)’s core mandate of supporting private-sector development in Africa, a key strategic priority of the African Development Bank.The statement, which was delivered by AfDB Country Director, Dr. Orison M. Amu, said as a natural resource rich country, Liberia stands a better chance to industrialize if proper policy action is pursued.“The opportunities for increasing the contribution of the forestry sector to development in the country include the availability of abundant raw material resources with about 1,000,000 hectares for sustainable harvesting, and room for establishing modern processing factories.“However, this will not come without sustainable investments,” Dr. Amu said.According to him, since 1967, a time the Bank started registering operations with regional member countries, Liberia has so far benefited from about 51 of its funded projects worth some 364.74 million UA (US$ 503.34 million) or averaging 7.2 million UA (US$ 9.94 million).“Indeed, none of these projects had links with the development of the forest industry, suggesting that Liberia needs more investments in the development of its forest industry. The message is that sustainable forestry is not a source of capital without investments, Dr. Amu said.The African Development Bank’s Forestry consultant, Dr. Julius Chupezi Tieguhong, said despite the huge wood raw material base in the country, Liberia suffers from a high trade deficit of US$ 5.7 million per year. This, he said is associated with the importation of processed wood products.Tieguhong added, “the project will provide evidence-based data on the development of carpentry and furniture in the country, and will identify key success factors and lessons learned on secondary wood processing.”According to him, the expected outcomes will include organized producers and traders of secondary processed wood products, improved access to start-up capital and established links between government and the private sector.The project, Mr. Tieguhong said, will improve wood processing through SMEs for job creation, poverty reduction, quality wood products and markets at the national level.The US$1.2 million project is funded by the Governments of Japan, Austria and Liberia. Most of the financing (US$1.0 million), however, is done by donors to the Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA) – consisting of the African Development Bank, the Governments of Japan and Austria.FAPA is a multi-donor trust fund that provides grants for technical assistance activities to public and private sector entities domiciled in Africa. Since its launch in 2006, FAPA has received donor contributions exceeding US$85 million, and has helped finance over 80 technical assistance projects, thereby making a significant contribution to SME development in Africa.Meanwhile, the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) managing director C. Mike Doryen, has expressed appreciation to the AfDB for the initiative, and called on all small and micro enterprises, mainly those in the private sector to take advantage of the opportunity.Doryen said his office will work alongside the AfDB in the full implementation of the project in the counties to be selected any time soon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as media personnel sensitised in mental health reportingBritish High Commissioner Greg Quinn has renewed calls in support for the decriminalisation of attempted suicide, as he shared the belief that it is not a criminal offence, but rather a cry for assistance.This was divulged during a workshop organised for media personnel by the British High Commission in collaboration with the Guyana Press Association (GPA) and other contributing stakeholders.He stated that suicide was removed from the list of criminal offences in England and Wales since 1961 and such actions should follow through for Guyana as well because it eliminates the stigma for surviving family members.“Suicide here in Guyana needs to be decriminalised. It needs to be taken off the criminal statute. It is no way a criminal offence…It was decriminalised in England and Wales in 1961 with the appropriately named Suicide Act. What that fundamentally means is not only is the stigma removed from surviving family members, but also those why try and fail are no longer prosecuted…If you do, here in Guyana, you are and this we believe is fundamentally wrong. Trying to commit suicide is a clear statement of a need for help,” the High Commissioner shared.Last October, UK consultant Peter Pursglove, who was here under the Support for the Criminal Justice System Programme (SCJSP), had proposed amendments for the decriminalisation of current offences and recommended alternatives to imprisonment in respect of certain summary offences, especially minor and non-violent crimes.A statement from the Attorney General (AG) Chambers had indicated that crimes such as vagabondage, vagrancy, obeah, witchcraft, roguery, criminal defamation and attempted suicide are decriminalised in other countries, and such changes have not impacted negatively on public safety.However, it was not clear if public consultations would be carried out to determine whether or not to effect these legal changes.The AG’s chambers had said these activities are intended to impact the Criminal Justice System by increasing the use of Alternative Sentencing. It was outlined that objectives would be achieved through both amendments to existing legislation and the drafting of entirely new legislation.SensitisationMedia operatives were briefed by several professionals who are versed in mental health and other correlated issues. As part of the training, they were exposed to several aspects of sensitive topics— including suicide and incidents involving young children— which should be reported with caution.According to Psychologist Raiza Khan, it is more than just the reporting of these offences. Families need counselling to heal from tragic experiences which are sometimes sensationalised for marketing. She advised that headlines should be worded in such a manner that it does not degrade victims and information within an article should not cause discomfort to readers. Journalists were recommended to place hotline numbers, statistics on the suicide rate, risk factors, and other research to spread positive data.Stakeholders acknowledged the fact that the mental wellbeing of journalists are also affected by gruesome events since close attention is paid to details and interaction with bereaved family members.
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DR Congo scored twice in stoppage time through Jonathan Bolingi and Neeskens Kebano to defeat Guinea 3-1 in Kinshasa.Tunisia could not break down neighbours Libya in Rades on the outskirts of Tunis and had to settle for a 0-0 draw that was just enough to see them first over the finishing line.With second-place Democratic Republic of Congo netting twice in stoppage time to defeat Guinea 3-1 in Kinshasa, only one point separated the top two.Unbeaten Tunisia collected 14 points to book a first World Cup appearance since 2006, DR Congo had 13, Libya four and Guinea three.Senegal sealed a place in Russia Friday by winning 2-0 in South Africa and the other two African qualifiers, Nigeria and Egypt, won their groups last month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tunisia have qualified for 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup. Photo/COURTESYJOHANNESBURG, South Africa , Nov 11 – Tunisia qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia despite being held 0-0 at home by Libya in their final Group A qualifier.The Tunisians secured a fifth appearance at the tournament by topping the table with 14 points, one more than the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Leicester City have sacked manager Nigel Pearson, the Premier League club have announced.Pearson was tipped for the LMA Manager of the Year award last season, ultimately won by Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, after keeping the Foxes in the top flight with one of the greatest great escapes in recent history.Having found themselves rock-bottom of the table at Christmas following a run of 13 games without a win – losing 11 of them – Leicester were still one of the favourites for the drop until April, when a run of seven wins in nine games saw them finish six points clear of the bottom-three.However, the club announced on Tuesday that Pearson had been relieved of his duties, explaining in a statement that, while they “recognise the success” the coach has brought to the club, “fundamental differences in perspective exist between us”.Assistant coaches Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh will take over first team duties while the club begins its search for a new full-time boss.Controversy was never far away from Pearson last season as what should have been a shining campaign was marred by a string of run-ins on and off the pitch.In December, the manager was charged by the FA but refused to apologise after he appeared to tell a fan to “f**k off and die”, and he also played down a touchline fracas with Crystal Palace’s James McArthur, after he pinned the player down to the floor by his neck.Even when his side were enjoying their brilliant late run of form, Pearson proved a frosty customer, with the coach bizarrely branding a reporter an “ostrich” in a post-match press conference, before issuing an apology the following day.Meanwhile, it only got worse for Pearson following the campaign’s conclusion, with his son, James, one of three Leicester players sacked for their part in a sexually-explicit video in which racist language was used during the club’s post-season tour of Thailand.Whether those incidents were behind his exit is unclear, though the statement added that the club feel “the working relationship between Nigel and the board is no longer viable.”The statement published on the club’s official website read: “Leicester City’s owners, Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, and the board of directors would like to place on record their thanks to Nigel for the considerable contribution he has made during his time with the club and wish him well in the future.“Khun Vichai and Khun Top remain wholly committed to the club’s long-term development and to ongoing investment in a squad that will continue to be competitive in the Premier League.“We trust that the club’s supporters will recognise that the owners have always acted with the best interests of the club at heart and with the club’s long-term future as their greatest priority.” Nigel Pearson 1
“For a while we thought we weren’t going to make it,” Merola said. “But you know, we hung in there.” The Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project – as the Big Dig is officially known – has its roots in the construction of the hulking 1950s-era elevated Central Artery that cut a swath through the center of Boston, lopping off the waterfront from downtown and casting a shadow over some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Almost as soon as the ribbon was cut on the elevated highway in 1959, many were already wishing it away. One was Frederick Salvucci, a city kid for whom the demolition of the old Central Artery became a lifelong quest. “It was always a beautiful city, but it had this ugly scar through it,” said Salvucci, state transportation secretary during the project’s planning stages.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonOfficially, Dec. 31 marks the end of the joint venture that teamed megaproject contractor Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff with the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to build the dizzying array of underground highways, bridges, ramps and a new tunnel under Boston Harbor – all while the city remained open for business. The project was so complex it’s been likened to performing open heart surgery on a patient while the patient is wide awake. Some didn’t know if they’d live to see it end. Enza Merola had a front row seat on the Big Dig from the front window of her pastry shop – stacked neatly with tiramisu, sfogliatelle and brightly colored Italian cookies – in Boston’s North End. During the toughest days of the project, the facade of Marie’s Pastry Shop, named after her sister, was obscured from view. The only way customers could find the front door was along a treacherous path through heavy construction. BOSTON – When the clock runs out on 2007, Boston will quietly mark the end of one of the most tumultuous eras in the city’s history: The Big Dig, the nation’s most complex and costliest highway project, will officially come to an end. Don’t expect any champagne toasts. After a history marked by engineering triumphs, tunnel leaks, epic traffic jams, last year’s death of a motorist crushed by falling concrete panels and a price tag that soared from $2.6 billion to a staggering $14.8 billion, there’s little appetite for celebration. Civil and criminal cases stemming from the July 2006 tunnel ceiling collapse continue, though on Monday the family of Milena Del Valle announced a $6 million settlement with Powers Fasteners, the company that manufactured the epoxy blamed by investigators for the accident. Lawsuits are pending against other Big Dig contractors, and Powers Fasteners still faces a manslaughter indictment.
Slash hooks, an axe and knives were among the objects produced at a Traveller funeral when a feud violently erupted on church grounds, a court has heard.Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court heard of the violent scenes that took place on the grounds of St Colman’s Church in Claremorris during the funeral Mass of a local member of the Travelling community in 2011.In the brawl one man, Martin McDonagh Senior from Letterkenny, was hit over the head with a slash hook and gardaí told the court that blood was ‘spurting’ from an open wound at the back of his head and one garda had to use a cloth and a nappy from a nearby car to stem the bleeding before an ambulance arrived. Five men have pleaded guilty to violent disorder after a feud between members of the McDonagh family in Castlebar and members of the McDonagh family from Donegal erupted fiercely in Claremorris.They will be sentenced on June 28 while a sixth man, Martin McDonagh of 125, Manor Village, Castlebar contested a charge of violent disorder and a charge of production of a carpet knife.Those charges were subject to a two day trial in Castlebar and McDonagh was found not guilty on both counts.Five members of his family have pleaded guilty to violent disorder. They are: Owen McDonagh, Saleen, Castlebar; Bernard McDonagh, 5, Knockthomas, Castlebar; Gerard McDonagh, Saleen, Castlebar; Charles McDonagh, 7, Garryduff, Castlebar and Thomas McDonagh, 123, Manor Village, Castlebar.The court heard the row between the Castlebar McDonaghs and the Letterkenny McDonaghs was ‘more than a feud’.Evidence of the ongoing feud could be seen in the court foyer as gardaí had to remove a man from the courthouse who was verbally abusing members of the McDonagh family from Donegal.During the two day trial there was a tense atmosphere inside Castlebar courthouse. There was a strong presence in the courtroom of members of the McDonagh family from Castlebar during the trial and some of them applauded when the not guilty verdicts were read out in the court.The Claremorris brawl took place at the funeral Mass of Patrick Collins, a member of the Travelling community in Claremorris, who was an in-law of Martin McDonagh from Letterkenny, also known as Martin ‘Black’ due to his dark hair.Martin ‘Black’ McDonagh told the court that he was talking to his two sons, Martin Junior and Thomas, near the gates of the church at 10.30am on the morning of the funeral Mass when he saw men ‘running towards us with weapons’. He said three of them had slash hooks and another had a machete-like knife. He said he went to run and was either tripped and fell and was then hit on the head with a slash hook.He said when he got up he saw his son Martin and the defendant, which the court heard is known as Martin ‘Shoes’ and Martin ‘Hackney’ McDonagh, fighting.Martin McDonagh Junior, son of Martin ‘Black’, said he had come from Waterford for the funeral and when the incident started, he became involved in a punch-up with Martin ‘Hackney’ McDonagh at the gates.Diarmuid Connolly, counsel for the defendant, instructed by Laura Glennon, put it to Martin McDonagh Junior that they were ‘taking the opportunity to blacken’ all of the McDonaghs from Castlebar, arguing that Martin ‘Hackney’ McDonagh wasn’t involved. Martin McDonagh Junior said that he was involved, was fighting with him and had a carpet knife.Finbar Donnellan told the court that he was the undertaker at the funeral on the day in question. He said a ‘bit of jeering’ started from the group outside the grounds and they soon rushed in. He saw people with weapons and others showing the inside of their jackets where they had knives. He said it appeared as if they were after one person and said ‘Martin will do’ and he saw a man being struck by a weapon.He said the people inside the gates were ‘totally innocent’ and that one of the Collins family came out of the church and pleaded with some people to come inside.Garda Karol Murray told the court he saw Martin ‘Black’ McDonagh’s face ‘covered in blood’ and he had a wound at the back of his head which was ‘spurting’ out blood. He saw one man wielding a slash hook over his head and another man wielding an axe. He said the attackers were ‘roaring abuse’ at the injured party and Garda Murray himself had difficulty effecting an arrest on one of the McDonaghs as others intervened to stop him placing the man under arrest.Sergeant Regina Carley said that the Mass was going on while the fighting was taking place. She said Martin ‘Black’ McDonagh had a ‘very open wound’ and she used a cloth and a nappy from a nearby car to apply pressure to the wound before an ambulance arrived.Defending counsel Diarmuid Connolly said that the defendant, Martin ‘Hackney’ McDonagh, was present on the day but wasn’t involved in violent disorder. He said no forensics or fingerprints were found at the scene relating to himThe jury of ten women and two men took just over two hours to find Martin McDonagh not guilty of violent disorder and not guilty of the production of a carpet knife during the incident.SLASH HOOKS, AXES AND KNIVES PRODUCED AT TRAVELLER FUNERAL, COURT TOLD was last modified: May 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:AXES AND KNIVES PRODUCED AT TRAVELLER FUNERALCOURT TOLDSLASH HOOKS
A further €1m interim settlement has been approved by the High Court for a young Co Donegal girl with cerebral palsy, bringing to more than €2.45m her total payments to date.The President of the High Court, noting Ruby Leanne McCandless will celebrate her 12th birthday next month, wished the child a very happy birthday. Ruby has diskinetic cerebral palsy and will require lifelong care. She suffered her injuries as a result of her mother not being referred to hospital with symptoms of pre-eclampsia, it was claimed.Des O’Neill SC, for the family, said Ruby’s mother, Christina McDaid, had high blood pressure at the end of her pregnancy and should have been referred to hospital immediately.Through her mother, Ruby, of Foxwood, Gleneely, Inishowen, sued the HSE in relation to the care Ms McDaid received at the end of her pregnancy in 2006.It was claimed there were failures to diagnose and treat pre-eclampsia at the earliest reasonable opportunity and to have her admitted to hospital to have her high blood pressure properly managed.In 2014, the High Court approved a settlement including an interim payment of €1.45m to cover care to 2018.When the case came back before the court on Friday, Mr Justice Peter Kelly was asked by Mr O’Neill to approve a further payment of €1m for the next four years, to include payments to assist Ruby’s parents, her main carers, in providing her care into the future.The judge said he was satisfied it was a good settlement and perfectly adequate to meet her future care costs over that period. He was also glad to be told by the child’s parents they were satisfied with the settlement.He adjourned the matter to March 2022 on the understanding the parents would have the option of a further interim settlement or lump sum payment. He was hopeful the legislation necessary to provide for periodic payment orders, which was passed last year, would be commenced “long before 2022” and the parents had the option to avail of that.Outside court, a representative of Callan Tansey, solicitors for the family, said they were happy with the settlement but he said politicians should remedy the “fundamentally flawed” periodic payments legislation.It will not ensure the lifelong needs of the catastrophically injured will be sufficiently funded, he said.For full report on this court case see https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/high-court-approves-further-1m-settlement-for-girl-11-with-cerebral-palsy-36637844.htmlDonegal girl awarded further €1m settlement at High Court was last modified: February 25th, 2018 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:awardGleneelyHIGH COURTRuby Leanne McCandless
DUBAI – DONEGAL PLAYERS WILL BE WARMING THEIR TOES IN THE HOT SANDSTHE DONEGAL players fly out on Sunday for their long-anticipated break in the sun.And as they leave behind a county battered by storms and rain, they’ll be looking forward to temperatures in the Dubai sun of 25C – and that’s their winter!Some Donegal stars however will be missing the Emirates flight to the sun. Mark McHugh can’t go – because his exams start on Friday. And Paddy McBrearty will also miss the trip because of exams.Frank McGlynn has also decided to stay at home with his wife Diane and their newborn baby.The trip abroad is a reward for the amateur players and coaches for all their hard work throughout 2012 which included, of course, retaining the Ulster title and bringing Sam Maguire back to Donegal for the first time in 20 years.Players will be taking their wives/partners and children for the holiday of a lifetime, returning to Ireland on Tuesday, January 8th. “My bags are packed and I’m ready to go,” said player Daniel McLaughlin.The players will be staying at the five-star Arabian-themed comfort at the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate.This luxury hotel boasts private beach access on the Palm Jumeirah, beside the Dubai metro and a shopping mall, 8 restaurants and bars, 11 meeting rooms and a swimming pool.Above this there is a kids club and spa.As the team touches down in Dubai, Met Eireann has issued a severe weather warning for Donegal with torrential rain predicted on Sunday and Monday. The pool at the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate.FROM THE CHILLS OF DONEGAL TO THE SANDS OF DUBAI FOR JIM McGUINNESS AND DONEGAL TEAM was last modified: December 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:FROM THE CHILLS OF DONEGAL TO THE SANDS OF DUBAI FOR JIM McGUINNESS AND DONEGAL TEAM