first_imgBy Michael HannManchester United, buoyed by five successive Premier League victories, head into Sunday’s derby against Manchester City (6pm) a place and a point above their rivals and believing they are poised to restore red ascendancy in the city.Champions City have won the last four league meetings against United, including a 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadiumin November, but their hopes of retaining the title have faded.They have dropped down to fourth after four wins in 11 league games and trail leaders Chelsea by nine points.United, meanwhile, have put their early season struggles behind them to climb to third, eight points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool in the race for Champions League qualification.“It was another Manchester United (last November), I believe,” United boss Louis van Gaal told reporters after Saturday’s 3-1 win against Aston Villa.“That was more in the start of the process and now we are in the end of the process.“Now we have developed the team. I think also the confidence of our players is very high at the moment.“This next game is the decisive game… you have to win these kinds of matches.”City arrive at Old Trafford on the back of a 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace but captain Vincent Kompany believes form counts for nothing in a derby.“It doesn’t matter what place you are in the league, it’s a derby,” Kompany said after the Palace loss.“If anything, it’s a good moment to go into a derby.“I guess the momentum is a little bit with our neighbours at the moment, but it’s the perfect place for us to go and try to rectify what we’ve had.”Chelsea, who need 16 points from their remaining eight games to win the title for the first time since 2010, travel to relegation-threatened west London rivals Queens Park Rangers on Sunday (3.30pm).“I’ve never played at QPR as a Chelsea manager,” Jose Mourinho told the club’s website (www.chelseafc.com). “But I know history and I know that for QPR to play against Chelsea is a special match.“The most difficult job is the job of the others that come from behind, because… if they draw one game, they are in trouble. They have to win every game.”Second-placed Arsenal, who have won 10 out of 11 league matches, travel to struggling Burnley on Saturday (7.30pm), while fifth-placed Liverpool will be aiming to close the gap on the top four with victory over Newcastle United at Anfield on Monday (10pm).last_img read more

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):West Indies Women’s head coach, Vasbert Drakes, says that he is looking forward to the next month of preparation as he gets his side in gear for the ICC Women’s World Cup, starting next month in the United Kingdom.Team-bonding activities, personal development sessions, and physical assessments will be on the schedule during a five-day camp when the 15-member squad assembles here today.Following the team’s departure next Wednesday, they will have a 17-day training camp in the southern English city of Southampton before moving to the city of Leicester for the formal start of the Women’s World Cup programme.”We are eager to get the group together,” said Drakes in a WICB media release. “It’s an exciting line-up of players with a balance of established players, a couple of returnees, and a group of four new faces.”This camp will enable the team management unit to spend valuable time with the players and start to build the desire for success in the team as they get ready to face the challenges of the World Cup.”Drakes added: “It will be a good opportunity for us to recreate the strong team culture that was a hallmark of our side over the last two years as we worked very hard to qualify for the Women’s World Cup.”PREPARATION PERIODThe preparation period in England will include practise matches against an England Women’s XI on June 6 at Loughborough and the Southern Vipers on June 9 at the Ageas Bowl before they play official World Cup warm-up matches against Pakistan on June 20 at Leicester and South Africa on June 22 at Oakham.”We will have almost a month in the UK before our opening game in the World Cup to get the team into game mode,” said Drakes.”We will spend that time trying to get acclimatised to the conditions and being purposeful in our build-up to the tournament so that we can significantly improve on our past performances and prepare to take on the World.”The Windies Women were runners-up at the previous Women’s World Cup in India when Australia Women claimed their sixth title with a 114-run victory at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.Stafanie Taylor’s side earned automatic qualification to the Women’s World Cup following their fourth-place finish in the ICC Women’s Championship – a tournament contested between the top eight sides in the World over the last two years.last_img read more

first_imgThe Senate Committee on Education and Public Administration has recommended to plenary to confirm Minister of Education-designate, George Werner. He is the former director-general of the Civil Service Agency (CSA).According to the Committee’s report to plenary on Thursday, which was expected to be acted upon in executive session, Mr. Werner and other nominees to the Ministry of Education posts were found to be qualified for their respective designated positions following what was described as ‘thorough scrutiny.’The recommendation was signed by five of the six members of the Education Committee namely Senators Albert Chie, co-chair; Conmany Wesseh, Milton Teahjay, Oscar Cooper, the Chairman Jewel Howard Taylor, and the excused Senator Joseph Nagbe.Mr. Werner replaces Madam Etmonia David Tarpeh who has gone to the National Investment Commission (NIC) as head.The soft-spoken recommended Minister informed the Senate Committee during his confirmation hearing last month, that he will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the country’s education system is overhauled from “mess to best.”Despite his experience as a classroom teacher for years, Mr. Werner told the hearing that he would need the political support in order to succeed.It may be recalled that Mr. Werner was once rejected by the Senate for the position of Health Minister after Senators argued that he “lacked the requisite qualification” to head such an important post since he was not a medical practitioner.The issue of requisite qualification was one of the sticky concerns raised by members of the Health committee headed Dr. Peter Sonpon Coleman, when the then Minister-designate appeared for confirmation hearing.Werner had informed the committee that he has basic knowledge in public health care from the Children Hospital in the state of Pennsylvania, United States of America, and also taught some public health courses at the Mother Patten College of Health Sciences in Monrovia on two separate occasions.But that did not qualify him to become the Minister of Health in the wisdom of the Senators.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_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.With little in the way of corporate earnings reports this week and only two major economic reports due out, investors were hard-pressed to extend the rally. “In general, people are still pretty spooked by the global situation and the Middle East, and are wondering what kind of legs the market has in the short term,” said Phil Dow, director of equity strategy for RBC Dain Rauscher. “There’s not much in the way of expectations for the week, but we could be moving toward a platform for a decent rally.” Easing tensions in the Middle East helped drive oil prices lower last week and trigger a rally on Wall Street. Profit-taking after the weeklong rally came on extremely light volume, typical for a late August day with little market-moving news. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 36.42, or 0.32 percent, to 11,345.05. Last week, the Dow rose 2.65 percent. NEW YORK – Investors sold stocks moderately lower Monday, ending a five-day rally as rising oil prices and disappointing results from Lowe’s Cos. raised concerns about a slowdown in consumer spending. Lowe’s, the nation’s second-largest home-improvement chain after Home Depot Inc., reported second-quarter profit rose 11 percent. However, the company cut its full-year earnings outlook on worries that higher energy prices and a sluggish housing market will curb consumers’ willingness to spend. Wall Street was also troubled by Iran’s nuclear ambitions, which sent oil prices up $1.38, to $72.52 a barrel, on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Fears that higher crude prices will limit economic growth sent shares of home builders and airlines lower. The pullback came after last week’s gains pushed major indexes to three-month highs. 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

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“The department strongly encourages the public to continue to go about their plans, including attending events that involve large public gatherings such as football games,” Knocke said. The FBI also expressed doubt about the threat. “While the credibility of the threat is questionable, we have passed the information on because it has been carried in some open source reporting,” said FBI spokesman Richard Kolko. He said the FBI was discussing the threat with the NFL as “part of our routine discussions this week.” The nation’s alert level remains at yellow, signaling an elevated risk of an attack. The threat level for airline flights is at orange, a higher level, where it has been since a foiled plot to bomb U.S.-bound commercial jets was revealed on Aug. 10. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said stadiums around the country “are very well protected through the comprehensive security procedures we have in place, including secure facility perimeters, pat-downs and bag searches.” Officials were made aware of the Web posting on Oct. 16. The threat was timed to be carried out on Sunday, Oct. 22, marking the final day in Mecca of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month. “The death toll will approach 100,000 from the initial blasts and countless other fatalities will later occur as result from radioactive fallout,” according to a copy of the posting that was obtained by The Associated Press. The bombs, according to the posting, would be delivered to the stadiums in trucks. All but one of the stadiums – Atlanta – are open-air arenas, the posting noted, adding: “Due to the open air, the radiological fallout will destroy those not killed in the initial explosion.” Explosions would be nearly simultaneous, the posting said, with the cities specifically chosen in different time zones. The posting said that al-Qaida would automatically be blamed for the attacks and predicted, “Later, through al-Jazeera, Osama bin Laden will issue a video message claiming responsibility for what he dubbed `America’s Hiroshima.”‘ Tony Wyllie, the vice president of communications for the Houston Texans, said the team had been in contact with the NFL regarding what security precautions should be taken for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In Indianapolis, where the Colts were preparing for a home game this weekend, head coach Tony Dungy said, “I’ve been waiting for this to happen for a couple of years now and you try and handle the security and put it out of your mind.” “We’ll let the security people do their job, and we’ll do our job,” Dungy said. “We’ve got a lot of confidence in NFL security and our own security here.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A Web site is claiming that seven NFL football stadiums will be hit with radiological dirty bombs this weekend, but the government on Wednesday expressed doubts about the threat. The warning, posted Oct. 12, was part of an ongoing Internet conversation titled “New Attack on America Be Afraid.” It mentioned NFL stadiums in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Oakland and Cleveland, where games are scheduled for this weekend. The Homeland Security Department alerted authorities and stadium owners in those cities, as well as the NFL, of the Web message but said the threat was being viewed “with strong skepticism.” Officials at the NCAA, which oversees college athletics, said they too had been notified. Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said there was no intelligence that indicated such an attack was imminent, and he said the alert was “out of an abundance of caution.” last_img

first_img“We saw blood vessels and a small embryo,” said Buley, one of the Nature study’s authors. “And we knew immediately that Flora had fertilized the eggs herself.” At the London Zoo, Sungai gave birth to four dragon hatchlings in April through self-fertilization. In the meantime, Buley and his colleagues at the Chester Zoo are eagerly anticipating the hatching of Flora’s remaining eggs. A Christmas arrival, Buley says, would probably be on the early side, since the baby dragons are not technically due until January.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As Christmas approaches, a virgin mother is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her offspring. She’s Flora, the Komodo dragon. In an evolutionary twist, Flora has managed to become pregnant all on her own without any male help. It would seem the timing is auspicious: The seven baby Komodo dragons are due this festive season. “We were blown away when we realized what she’d done,” said Kevin Buley, a reptile expert at Flora’s home at the Chester Zoo in this town in northern England. “But we certainly won’t be naming any of the hatchlings Jesus.” Other reptile species reproduce asexually in a process known as parthenogenesis. But Flora’s virginal conception, and that of another Komodo dragon earlier this year at the London Zoo, are the first time it has been documented in a Komodo dragon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeThe cases of 8-year-old Flora and the London lizard, Sungai, are described in a paper published today in Nature. Parthenogenesis is a process in which eggs become embryos without male fertilization. It has been seen in about 70 species, including snakes and lizards. Scientists are unsure whether female Komodo dragons have always had this latent ability to reproduce or if this is a new evolutionary development. Flora’s keepers first became suspicious in May, when she laid 25 eggs. Though it’s not uncommon for female dragons to lay eggs without mating, such eggs are not usually fertilized. As a precaution, they were placed in an incubator. About half of Flora’s eggs looked like real eggs – they were very white and had solid shells. When three of them collapsed, scientists took a closer look. last_img read more

first_imgSpeaking to the media on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday night’s clash against Motherwell, Griffiths said: “It was unfortunate to be ill and injured at the same time but I feel I have came back stronger and I’m ready to kick on.“It is always difficult when people want to question your commitment to the national team but I have said time and time again that there is no bigger honour in football than representing your country and I still feel the same.“I was looking at the draw for the Euros in 2020 as well, we have a good group and I am hoping to be involved, but that will come from playing well for Celtic and getting game time here.”He has missed the last four Scotland games after initially pulling out of a double-header versus Portugal and Israel in October to work on fitness. Celtic star Leigh Griffiths has vowed to get back to his goal-scoring best and pull on a Scotland jersey again.And the forward has admitted to experiencing “dark times” as he found himself on the sidelines for club and country.Griffiths missed Scotland’s Nations League victories over Albania and Israel in November as he battled to regain his fitness.But the 28-year-old made a scoring return to the Hoops against Hamilton and is now looking to force his way back in to Alex McLeish’s plans. That call led some to question his commitment and relationship with manager Alex McLeish but Griffiths said there was no issue between the pair.He said: “Everything is fine, me and Mr McLeish had a chat and I had a chance to tell him my personal opinion about what I wanted to do and he accepted that.“There was no animosity and no anger vented from either of us, I text him after they won the two games to get in to the playoffs and he replied quickly so there is no animosity at all and hopefully I am still in his plans.“I have took it on the chin here when I have been playing well and been taken out for the next game so it wasn’t anything like that, I just wanted to concentrate on getting fit.“Looking forward I am more than happy to be included in the Scotland squad if I am selected.”The fall out and accusations led to Griffiths getting abuse online and even on the streets when going about his daily business.He said: “You get a few people approaching you on the street and online and you hear a lot of people venting their opinion and saying I took the huff because I wouldn’t be playing but it wasn’t like that at all.“Online it gets very difficult to bite your tongue but you just need to take a step back and just try to ignore it albeit it is difficult and especially when you are confronted out in the street. “If I did vent my anger online I would probably come in and get my P45 the next day.“People think we are inhuman at times but we are doing a job at the end of the day and you need to look after yourself and look after your family and the only way to do that is to keep yourself right on and off the pitch.“If people want to have a go online or on the street obviously as a footballer you need to take it but at times it does get borderline.”last_img read more

first_imgAs a result of stabbing, a male victim, Xavier Collins, age 19, Chicago, Illinois was transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for treatment of non-life threatening injuries to his leg.  A female suspect, Lebria Graham, age 19, Chicago, Illinois (Collins’ girlfriend) was detained for questioning.  The suspected weapon was recovered from the scene.Further investigation by Indiana State Police Detectives determined that Graham and Collins were allegedly playing a “game” with the knife while they were on the upper deck of the bus.  At some point during the game, Graham stabbed Collins in his leg with the knife.  Graham was arrested on charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and battery with a deadly weapon.  Collins became uncooperative in the investigation and provided a false name to investigators.  After being treated and released from the hospital, Collins was arrested on charges of Obstruction of Justice and False Informing.  Both suspects were transported to the Jackson County Jail where they were remanded to the custody of the jail staff pending their initial appearances in court.The investigation is ongoing.Indiana State Police Detectives were assisted by the Seymour Police Department and Jackson County EMS. Today, at approximately 6:00 am, the Indiana State Police and Seymour Police Department responded to 2119 E. Tipton Street, Seymour, Indiana to investigate a report of a stabbing that occurred on a MegaBus.The initial investigation determined that the stabbing occurred while the bus was in motion on I-65 Southbound, just north of Seymour.  Xavier Collins, age 19, ChicagoLebria Graham, age 19, Chicago After the stabbing occurred, the bus driver exited the interstate and stopped at a gas station at the corner of US 50 (Tipton Street) and Sandy Creek Drive until officers arrived.last_img read more

first_imgA number of emergency services attended an incident on Lisfannon Beach outside Buncrana last night.Locals feared a major incident was taking place after a large amount of sirens from response vehicles were spotted on the beach around 10pm.Gardai have confirmed they attended the scene and a woman did later receive treatment. However, no further comment is being on the situation today.Emergency services attend incident on Buncrana beach was last modified: April 21st, 2017 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:buncranadonegalemergency servicesLisfannon Beachlast_img read more

first_imgFour young inventors from Mountcharles have won the Innovation Arena’s People’s Choice Award at the National Ploughing Championships 2018. The IT Sligo Mechanical Engineering students built an ingenious ‘Monte Loader’ product which gained 25 per cent of the overall People’s Choice vote on the Irish Farmers Journal website and app.The winning team members are: Patrick Masterson, Brian Griffin, Dylan McBrearty from Mountcharles and Cormac Donnelly from Donegal Town. Monte LoaderThe Monte Loader is a fully registered design and is universal to any tractor via the three point linkage. The loader can lift to a height of over three metres and is designed to safely lift one tonne weight. It is compact in size allowing it to tuck neatly behind a tractor and it is possible to tow a trailer while having the loader attached.The Donegal based company, founded by Patrick Masterson is one of 50 companies exhibiting at the 2018 Innovation Arena at the Ploughing Championships, which opened today after Storm Ali cancelled activities on Wednesday.James Maloney, Senior Regional Development Executive, Enterprise Ireland said: “Patrick Masterson represents entrepreneurial talent at its best, providing a concept which cuts down on costs and improves efficiency on working farms. We wish Patrick and Monte Loader all the best and Enterprise Ireland looks forward to working with him in the future.”Eoin Lowry, Deputy Editor, Irish Farmers Journal said: “The Innovation Arena showcases the agri-technology that will help farmers both here and abroad to become more productive and competitive into the future. We are pleased with the overall response to the competition through the Irish Farmers Journal website and our Ploughing App. I’d like to congratulate Patrick and Monte Loader, an excellent example of the great possibilities that lie in the Irish agricultural sector.” Anna May McHugh, Managing Director, National Ploughing Association said: “The strong levels of engagement in the Innovation Arena’s People’s Choice Awards this year is testament to the appetite from a digital audience to engage and promote Irish agri products and services. This award gives the public the chance to have their say and acknowledge the great work and innovation within the agri-tech sector that is being produced across the country. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Patrick and Monte Loader on the Award and wish him every success for the future.”  Local team ‘ploughs’ through competition to win People’s Choice Award! was last modified: September 20th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:IT Sligo Mechanical Engineeringmonte loadernational ploughing championshiplast_img read more