first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia, (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo snatched the spotlight away from under-fire West Indies teammate Chris Gayle with an electrifying unbeaten half-century, but the knock failed to save Melbourne Renegades from a comprehensive eight-wicket loss in the Melbourne derby here yesterday.In the spotlight for the past week for all the wrong reasons, Gayle managed a run-a-ball 21 at the top of the order, but it was Bravo, with 59 off 37 deliveries, who set the Docklands Stadium alight and propelled Renegades up to 155 for six off their 20 overs.However, Englishman Kevin Pietersen then slammed an unbeaten 67 to guide Melbourne Stars to their target with two overs remaining.The defeat was the Renegades’ fourth, and it left them sixth in the standings on four points, while their city rivals, Stars, are now third on eight points and two points off leaders Adelaide Strikers.Sent in, Renegades lost Tom Cooper to the seventh ball of the game for one with the score on three, but Gayle and captain Cameron Whyte, who hit 29, added 53 off 45 deliveries for the second wicket, to revive the innings.The left-handed Gayle gathered just five runs from his first 12 balls, before exploding in the seventh over with two leg-side sixes off leg-spinner Adam Zampa.His fireworks were short-lived, however, as he eventually holed out to long on off seamer Marcus Stoinis in the ninth over.Whyte perished off the very next delivery, and Renegades lost two more quick wickets to slip to 78 for five in the 13th over, before Bravo arrived to rescue the innings.last_img read more

first_img Andrew Bogut’s season over NYON, Switzerland (AP): UEFA has opened disciplinary cases against Arsenal and Bayern Munich after their Champions League match. UEFA says Arsenal have been charged for a fan running on the field at Emirates Stadium during the team’s 5-1 loss on Tuesday. Arsenal were eliminated 10-2 on aggregate. Bayern face sanctions for fans throwing objects. UEFA fine Arsenal, Bayerncenter_img INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP): Andrew Bogut’s season is over. J.R. Smith’s has resumed. And so it goes for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who because of several major injuries have yet to play at full strength this season while defending their NBA title. Bogut has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season – and the playoffs – after breaking his left leg on Monday night just 58 seconds into his Cleveland debut.last_img read more

first_imgGuyanese swimmer Andrew Fowler departed Guyana on Wednesday for the Barbados Invitational in his bid to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games. Fowler who is competing for an Olympic wild card qualification spot will look to trim some time off his personal best of 25:65 in the 50 meter freestyle.The 20 year old who hails from the rural village of Farm, is very confident of bettering his personal best due to his excellent preparations ahead of the meet. The Agri- Machinery student of the Guyana Technical Institute who will be in Barbados for the first time revealed that his best accomplishment in the pool thus far is winning his heat at the World Championships in Russia last year.Fowler can directly qualify for the Olympics if he meets the Olympics Qualifying Time (OQT) of 22:27 seconds. He can also potentially qualify if he reaches the Olympic Selection Time (OST) of 23:05.The qualifying time standards must be obtained in World Championships, Continental Championships, Continental Qualification Events, National Championships and Trials, or International Competitions approved by FINA in the period between March 1, 2015 to July 3, 2016.last_img read more

first_imgAGCO-Your Agriculture Company, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions, on January 22, 2019, in Berlin signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to implement a joint agricultural project in Africa, according to a release from the company.The release said the potential project is subject to further talks, but the aim is to make measurable contributions to increasing agricultural productivity and skills development, thereby boosting income and employment in African rural households.Martin Richenhagen, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AGCO, and Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective institutions.“We expect that the collaboration between the BMZ, an important institution for international cooperation on agricultural projects, and AGCO, one of the world’s largest producers of farm machinery, will trigger significant synergies. We both seek to foster mechanization to facilitate sustainable agriculture,” Richenhagen said.The release further quoted him as saying that the mechanization activities of both BMZ and AGCO are designed to contribute to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in order to eradicate extreme poverty and end hunger by 2030. It further explained that the goals also aim to double the agricultural productivity of small-scale food producers, ensure sustainable food production, and implement resilient agricultural practices.“With the 2030 Agenda and SDG as a globally binding framework for action, cooperation between the German Development Ministry and the private sector is becoming increasingly important,” commented Dr. Müller. “The close involvement of companies in joint measures enables private sector know-how and resources to be used for development policy goals. A world without hunger is possible if we join forces,” he added.AGCO is a member of the Grow Africa initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF) as well as the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition of the G8. The company contributes to the New Vision for Agriculture goals of the WEF, to provide food security for all people in an environmentally-sustainable way, while generating economic growth and opportunity. AGCO’s newly-launched Farm in a Box initiative, which provides a package of essential farm equipment, together with the crucial support mechanisms, is the company’s latest innovative solution to promoting farm mechanization in Africa.The BMZ provides companies with financial and technical support for joint projects. The partnership enables companies to make effective and efficient contribution to the implementation of development objectives within the framework of their business activities. With its special initiative ‘One World – No Hunger,’ the BMZ is a strong supporter of agriculture and rural development through its Green Innovation Centers in African and Asian countries,” the release concluded.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_imgBernie Williams wants a guarantee, not a maybe, so it appears he won’t be with the New York Yankees when position players start workouts Tuesday. Manager Joe Torre planned to call Williams again. But catcher Jorge Posada says Williams won’t accept a minor league contract. Infielder Ronnie Belliard agreed to a non-guaranteed, minor league contract with the Washington Nationals that will pay him $750,000 if he makes the team – which manager Manny Acta made sound like a foregone conclusion. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was the kids Ken Griffey Jr. is finally saying what broke his throwing hand – wrestling with his kids. The Cincinnati Reds center fielder said he was wrestling with his daughter and two younger sons on his yacht in the Bahamas this past December when the oldest jumped in and knocked him off balance. He landed awkwardly on his left hand. “It was nothing that could violate my contract,” he said. “It was Dad being Dad.” Belliard signs center_img “I called him and he hasn’t returned my call,” Posada said Sunday in Tampa, Fla. “That just tells me something negative. That just tells me he won’t be here.” After 21 years in the Yankees’ organization, including 16 with the major league team, Williams feels burned and doesn’t think he should have to earn a job. last_img read more

first_img“When you discover something you love, you never want to walk away from it,” she said of fly-fishing. “I just love the challenge of fly-fishing. I love the mental competition of going out every day.” Merriman, 70, is a pioneer in the sport. She was one of the first female fly-fishing instructors in the nation and began her business full-time in 1975. She spends her summers in Montana and Wyoming, where her house is less than five minutes from the northern gate of Yellowstone National Park. She spends her winters in Huntington Beach. Her teaching is as faithful as that famous geyser near her summer home. In the summer, she offers fly-fishing courses on the rivers of Montana and Wyoming, concentrating on Yellowstone. They’re mostly to visitors, but sometimes area residents. The first, and primary, focus is on correct casting, she said, but entomology and other aspects of fishing also are covered in the single- to four-day courses for beginners through advanced anglers. “The streams and rivers of Montana are world-class,” she said. “There are thousands of great spots in a 100-mile radius of there.” The weather in West Yellowstone, Mont., was as cold as 20 degrees below zero last week. So the Pasadena native and fly-fishing icon is back in Southern California, where she will return to her hometown for this weekend’s The Fly Fishing Show at the Pasadena Convention Center. It will be the first time the show has been held in Pasadena. It previously was at the Ontario Convention Center. Maggie Merriman will be working indoors this weekend. But then, this is winter and Merriman is as consistent as Old Faithful. center_img But her winters are not spent just having `R and R’ in Southern California. She has on-going private casting lessons. This weekend at the show, she will be teach reading trout streams on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. and a women-only casting seminar on Sunday at 2 p.m. She has a March 24 class at the Long Beach Casting Club’s pond, March 18 and April 1 classes at Bob Marriott’s Flyfishing Shop in Fullerton and then on April 7 for the Deep Creek Flyfishers in Riverside. “Living \, it’s the best of both worlds,” she said. “I love being around water, so I guess that’s why I live in Huntington Beach. I’m always at the beach. I’m here when it’s cold there and I’m in Montana when it’s hot here.” As good as fly-fishing can be along the forks of the San Gabriel River, Merriman grew up never fishing the local waters. Her father and mother would fly-fish in Oregon until the family discovered the famed Madison in Montana while vacationing at the 9 Quarter Circle Ranch in Gallatin Gateway, Mont. when she was 13. The family’s vacations subsequently became yearly ventures to the Montana dude ranch. Merriman never wanted to leave, at least until it got cold. After working in the furniture business in the Bay area, she decided it was time to enter the fishing business in 1972, when someone at the ranch asked if she wanted to help out its fly-fishing school. Her career suddenly changed and she began to teach fly-fishing full-time in 1975. It was hard at first, she said, because few women at the time were involved with teaching the sport. “Things have turned 180 degrees now,” she said. “The people in the industry are good people. In 1954, when I was at Pasadena High School, there were no women fishing. My mom fished and she was a rarity. In my grandmother’s time, no woman fished.” She has received a plethora of honors: a lifetime achievement award from the International Festival of Women Fly Fishers, the Woman of the Year Award in 1995 from the Fly Fishing Federation and a Legend of Fly-Fishing award in 2003. She was the first woman to teach fly-fishing at a San Francisco boat and fishing show, and now is considered one of the premier female fly anglers on the West Coast. She began teaching fly-fishing full-time in Yellowstone in 1978 and became the first woman hired as a fly-fishing consultant to a rod company in 1981. Merriman does no guiding, but she said there’s no place she’d rather be than on the water. “It’s like Thoreau being out there,” she said. “There’s no other way I can describe it. You get in that state where there’s not a care in the world. There’s no other place I’d rather be.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgWASHINGTON – No new high-profile clients were identified Friday night when a woman accused of running a Washington, D.C.-area prostitution ring revealed details about her business in a television interview. Deborah Jeane Palfrey supplied the ABC newsmagazine “20/20” with 46 pounds of phone records from her escort service, Pamela Martin and Associates, in hopes that its investigation would ferret out clients who would testify that they did not engage in sexual activity with the women Palfrey employed. Palfrey did identify one of her escorts, a former university professor who later committed suicide after being charged with prostitution, but did not drop any client names. Some of the phone records could be tracked to prominent business executives, NASA officials, at least five military officers and exclusive neighborhood mansions, according to the ABC report. But there were no members of Congress or White House officials traced through Palfrey’s records. “I was selling fantasy sex,” Palfrey said. When asked whether some of her women may have broken her rules and engaged in illegal sex acts, Palfrey said, “I sure hope not.” Palfrey, 51, of Vallejo, Calif., is charged in federal court with racketeering and money laundering associated with prostitution. She said she ran the business from her laundry room. “These were not cheap women. These were very nice women who just needed to make a few extra dollars,” Palfrey said. The most prominent client of Palfrey’s business was senior State Department official Randall Tobias, who resigned from his post last week after ABC confronted him about his use of the service. Tobias previously directed international AIDS relief programs for the Bush administration that promote abstinence and require grant recipients to sign a pledge opposing prostitution. Tobias has said he obtained massages but denied having sex with the escorts. The Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis said Thursday that he canceled plans to give a May 13 commencement speech. In court papers filed last month, Palfrey named Harlan Ullman, known as an author of the “shock and awe” combat strategy, as a regular customer. Ullman’s attorney, Marc Mukasey, said Friday that Palfrey should not assume that Ullman will give helpful testimony on her behalf. He declined to elaborate.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_imgPutting things into an expanded perspective, this year’s 10-month total is less than 0.5% of the record 2008 total.That’s when the August sale alone topped $500 million in bonus bids, and was enough to enable the Energy Ministry, of now Senator Richard Neufeld, to post after just eight months.By the end of 2008, the final calendar year total  was up to two billion, 662 million – and the province hasn’t had a year since then, when it’s reached even 35% of that post.It addition, it wasn’t able to record 70% of that total in the last five years combined, and in less than two months, it can almost certainly raise that to the last six years combined.Advertisement With only two monthly sales of natural gas and petroleum rights left in 2015, the provincial government remains in position to post its lowest bonus bids total in more than three and half decades.Ministry of Natural Gas Development records dating back to 1978 show the lowest calendar year total since then was in 1982, at just over $16.7 million.However, despite an October sale last week of more than $3 million – which is the highest of the ten monthly posts – the year-to-date total, still stands at only 12.3 million.- Advertisement -That means the November and December sales will need to total more than 4 million to get past the aforementioned 1978 low post.While last Wednesday’s sale suggests that’s certainly possible, it’s also worth noting that half of the monthly sales this year have each resulted in a total tender bonus of less than $1 million.The year-to-date total is less than 3.5% of the full 12-month 2014 total of 382.7 million.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAlmost since the fall of Baghdad, in April 2003, U.S. commanders and administration officials in Washington mistakenly believed they were on track to winding down U.S. involvement and handing off to the Iraqis. Instead, the insurgency intervened and the reality of a country in chaos conspired to deepen the U.S. commitment. Bush said the U.S. engagement in Iraq will stretch beyond his presidency, requiring military, financial and political support from Washington. He said Iraqi leaders “have asked for an enduring relationship with America. “And we are ready to begin building that relationship in a way that protects our interests in the region and requires many fewer American troops.” Bush described the withdrawals, and the U.S. forces still fighting in Iraq, as a compromise on which war supporters and opponents could agree. “The way forward I have described tonight makes it possible, for the first time in years, for people who have been on opposite sides of this difficult debate to come together,” Bush said. That appeared highly unlikely, however, based on the reaction of Democratic leaders who want deadlines for withdrawals. “The American people long ago lost faith in the president’s leadership of the war in Iraq because his rhetoric has never matched the reality on the ground,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “The choice is between a Democratic plan for responsible redeployment and the president’s plan for an endless war in Iraq.” Majority Democrats in Congress are unable to muster enough votes to force an end to the war. So they are hoping to win Republican support with legislation to limit the mission of U.S. forces to training Iraq’s military and police, protecting U.S. assets and fighting terrorists. Addressing America’s frustration with the protracted war, the president said, “Some say the gains we are making in Iraq come too late. They are mistaken. It is never too late to deal a blow to al-Qaida. It is never too late to advance freedom. And it is never too late to support our troops in a fight they can win.” “Whatever political party you belong to, whatever your position on Iraq, we should be able to agree that America has a vital interest in preventing chaos and providing hope in the Middle East,” the president said. He added, “Let us come together on a policy of strength in the Middle East.” In his speech, Bush acknowledged that Iraq’s government has failed to meet goals for political reconciliation and security. “In my meetings with Iraqi leaders,” he said, “I have made it clear that they must.” A White House report, to be released Friday, will document the failures of the Iraqi government. The latest conclusions largely track a comparable assessment in July, the White House said. The earlier report said the Iraqi government had made satisfactory gains toward eight benchmarks, unsatisfactory marks on eight and mixed results on the rest. A senior administration official said Thursday that only one of the benchmarks – enacting and implementing legislation to allow former lower ranking members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party to hold government positions – has moved from unsatisfactory to satisfactory. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the report had not been made public, pointed to the tentative Aug. 26 power-sharing agreement among leading Iraqi politicians that outlined major terms on several issues, including changing the law preventing many former Baath Party members from holding government jobs and elected office. “Iraq’s national leaders are getting some things done,” Bush contended. He said the Baghdad government has passed a budget and is sharing oil revenues among the provinces even though legislation has not been approved. Changes that have begun to take hold in the provinces must be followed in Baghdad, he said. Bush’s claims of security progress in Iraq were jarred by the assassination of a Sunni sheik who revolted against al-Qaida and fought alongside Americans. Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, the most prominent figure in a U.S.-backed revolt of Sunni sheiks against al-Qaida in Iraq, was killed Thursday by a bomb, dramatizing the danger faced by people who cooperate with coalition forces. Bush had met with the sheik 10 days ago during a visit to Anbar province. Bush said that after the sheik’s death, a fellow Sunni leader pledged to continue working with the United States. “And as they do,” the president said, “they can count on the continued support of the United States.” He said Anbar, once considered lost to al-Qaida, shows what can happen across Iraq. “They show al-Qaida that it cannot count on popular support, even in a province its leaders once declared their home base.” Bush said he had directed Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, to report to Congress in March with their next assessment of developments in Iraq and the level of U.S. troops needed to handle security. “Americans want our country to be safe and our troops to begin coming home from Iraq,” Bush said. He said his strategy would permit “people on opposite sides of this difficult debate to come together.” Polls show that Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of Bush’s handling of the war, which has claimed the lives of more than 3,700 U.S. troops and cost about a half trillion dollars. His approval rating – both for his handling of Iraq and for his overall performance – stood at 33 percent in an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Thursday. In his speech, Bush directed specific messages to different audiences. To Congress, he sought support for Petraeus’ recommendations on troop levels. To Iraqis, he said, “You must demand that your leaders make the tough choices needed to achieve reconciliation.” To Iraq’s neighbors, he said efforts by Iran and Syria to undermine the government in Baghdad must end and that “the violent extremists who target Iraq are also targeting you.” To the international community, he appealed for help in revitalizing Iraq’s economy and support for an expanded mission of the United Nations in Iraq. To U.S. military personnel, intelligence officers, diplomats and civilians on the front line, he said, “You have done everything America has asked of you.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President Bush, defending an unpopular war, ordered gradual reductions in U.S. forces in Iraq on Thursday night and said, “The more successful we are, the more American troops can return home.” Still, Bush firmly rejected calls to end the war, saying the insurgents who threaten Iraq’s future are a danger to U.S. national security. American troops must stay in the battle, Bush said, and more than 130,000 will remain after the newly ordered withdrawals are completed in July. “The principle guiding my decisions on troop levels in Iraq is: return on success,” the president said. Bush said 5,700 U.S. forces would be home by Christmas and that four brigades – at least 21,500 troops – would return by July, along with an undetermined number of support forces. Now at its highest level of the war, the U.S. troop strength stands at 168,000. With no dramatic change in course, Bush’s decision sets the stage for a fiery political debate in Congress and on the 2008 presidential campaign trail. Democrats said Bush’s modest approach was unacceptable. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, a former Army Ranger who delivered the Democratic response, said that “once again, the president failed to provide either a plan to successfully end the war or a convincing rationale to continue it.” Reed said Democrats would work to “profoundly change our military involvement in Iraq.” The reductions announced by Bush represented only a slight hastening of the originally scheduled end of the troop increase that Bush announced in January. When the cutbacks are complete, about 132,000 U.S. forces will be in Iraq. Bush’s speech was the latest turning point in a 4 -year-old war marred by miscalculations, surprises and setbacks. last_img read more

first_imgA Judge has advised people who use the courthouse in Letterkenny to go and view the plans for the new building.Judge John O’HaganThe courthouse, which houses both the district and circuit courts, is located on Justice Walsh Road. However there are now plans to build a new purpose-built facility on the site of the old swimming pool off High Court.Circuit court Judge John O’Hagan advised anyone who uses the courthouse including barristers, solicitors, the Gardai, the press and members of the HSE to view the new plans.The plans are available for inspection at the courthouse.Judge O’Hagan said the tie is fast approaching when the planning process will come to a close.Barrister Peter Nolan said one of the problems was that there was not a consultation process with court users before the current building was designed and constructed.Meanwhile speaking during yesterday’s circuit court sitting, Judge O’Hagan told a jury to inform their friends that the public should come along and see the workings of the court.JUDGE TELLS COURT USERS TO INSPECT PLANS FOR NEW COURT was last modified: July 19th, 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:JUdge John O’Hagannew courthousePeter Nolanplanslast_img read more