HOBART, Australia, CMC:Neither Darren Sammy nor Andre Russell were in top form but Hobart Hurricanes proved stronger, dealing Sydney Thunder their first loss of the Australian Big Bash here New Year’s Day.Sent in at the Bellerive Oval, Hurricanes rattled up 163 for six and then restricted Thunder to 152 for nine, to win by 11 runs.Both teams now have similar 3-1 records heading into the last two weeks of the preliminary round.For Hurricanes, George Bailey top scored with 56 not out while Sammy chipped in at the end with 18 off 10 deliveries, including one six.Russell was uncharacteristically expensive, sending down four overs of pace for 40 runs without taking a wicket.When Thunder batted, Russell also failed to shine, scoring just eight from five balls with a six, to be part of a lower order slump.Captain Mike Hussey lashed 71 from 58 balls to power his side, but was one of only three players in double figures as Thunder lost five wickets for 13 runs at the end to lose their way.Sammy’s three overs of medium pace went for 27 runs.
Who is exempt from the religious violence being perpetrated in many parts of the world, especially Africa? Not a single one of us.Is it, therefore, surprising to anyone that United States First Lady Michelle Obama has taken the rare step of delivering her husband’s weekly video address to express outrage over the plight of more than 250 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants in Nigeria? She told her nation and the world, “Like millions of people across the globe, my husband and I are outraged and heartbroken over the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school dormitory in the middle of the night.”This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education – grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls.” The militant Islamist group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from a secondary school in Chibok in remote northeastern Nigeria on 14 April and has threatened to sell them into slavery, while eight girls were taken from another village earlier this week.The abductions have drawn international condemnation and promises of Special Forces assistance to find the girls from the US and UK.”I want you to know that Barack has directed our government to do everything possible to support the Nigerian government’s efforts to find these girls and bring them home,” the First Lady said. “In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters. We see their hopes, their dreams, and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now.” Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for the abduction of more than 200 girls in north-east Nigeria.The U.S. first lady noted that the school where the girls were abducted had been closed recently because of terrorist threats, but the girls insisted on coming back to take exams. “They were so determined to move to the next level of their education … so determined to one day build careers of their own and make their families and communities proud,” she said. “And what happened in Nigeria was not an isolated incident,” she added. “It’s a story we see every day as girls around the world risk their lives to pursue their ambitions.”They say “Charity begins at home.” Today, we call on all mosques and churches, all religious leaders, Moslems, Christians, etc., to come forward and speak out vehemently against the kidnapping of these innocent Nigerian girls and demand that Boko Haram return them immediately to their schools so that they may continue their education.Today we urge all religious leaders, who are versed in the virtues of religion–love, faith in God, compassion, kindness, mutual respect and the protection of the individual, to speak out against these terrible acts of injustice and religious bigotry.In particular, we call on Sheik Kafumba Konneh and all Imams in Liberia to raise their voices in protest against what Boko Haram is doing to Nigeria and to innocent people in that country. It is not enough to preach and write about an “ideal Muslim society.” What indeed is an “ideal Muslim society” if innocent girls cannot find safety in the sanctuary of the educational campuses to learn and prepare themselves for national development?By keeping silent about these outrageous atrocities, religious leaders, especially Muslim ones, are telling us that what Boko Haram is doing is alright. But we know better, for Sheikh Kafumba and all the Imams, too, like the Liberian clergy, have wives, daughters, nieces and cousins who are female and deserve the protection of the government, the school system, the general society and all of us.We condemn the archaic and backward thinking and utterances of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, who has threatened to sell the 250 girls into slavery. We know of nothing today more reprehensible and wicked, and we call on this group to stop destroying their own country in the name of Sharia law. The world and all Africa should come to the aid of Nigeria. We cannot sit supinely and see Nigeria at war again; for who can handle a hundred million refugees in West Africa? The total chaos in the Sub-Region that no one would be able to contain.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
NAYMOTENAYMOTE-Partners for Democratic Development with support from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) over the weekend kicked off a series of dialogues to reconcile differences among stakeholders in Margibi and Bong counties.According to NAYMOTE’s executive director Eddie Jarwolo, the reconciliation dialogues became necessary because of stakeholders’ troubled pasts coupled with misunderstanding among the residents resulting from the electoral processes.The reconciliation dialogue launched in Weala, Margibi County is part of a series of engagements aimed at creating inclusive and participatory civil spaces for reconciliation in the country, particularly during and after the elections.The dialogue provided stakeholders with a broad knowledge about the essence of reconciliation and the benefits of reconciling citizens on their differences.The first dialogue model will be adopted and replicated simultaneously across the two counties to complete eight planned dialogues of four per county.Forty (40) stakeholders from Weala, including commissioners, chiefs, representatives from the teachers association, National Elections Commission, Superintendent’s office, Technical Working Group (TWG), political institutions, Ministry of internal Affairs, Civil Society Organizations and Community Based Organizations, participated in Saturday’s event.Participants reflected and discussed the history and source of conflicts in their respective districts; mapped out conflicts, including current trends, sources and actors of conflicts in the district, consequences of the conflicts (political, social, and economic); explored local mechanisms for reconciliation (actors and on-going reconciliation efforts); and developed their district’s action plan for reconciliation.From their discussions, several issues were highlighted by community residents as sources of conflicts in the past that continue to affect their districts. They included corruption and greed, bad leadership, misinformation and hatred, generational gap, broken culture-disconnect between educated and uneducated, tribal and religious identity crisis, slavery, loyalty and tolerance.They also stressed that use of ‘primitive modes of communication’ by the older people in the district, land conflict, delayed court trials, political interests, media institution or community radio stations supporting a particular candidate, salary inequalities as other responsible factors.“Salaries are not evenly distributed and not encouraging, especially for government employees and civil servants. I’ve been working for government for many years, but on a yearly basis, I sacrificed all of my time and resources working but just cannot realize the benefits, because my salary is not even sufficient to take care of my home and send my kids to school,” stated Anthony Kollie, instructor and resident of Weala district, Margibi.“Hatred is the key issue affecting us as residents of Margibi County, mainly Weala District. I don’t know why we envy each other so much to the extent that we don’t want to see each other progressing,” observed William B. S. Julue, Cinta Township Commissioner, Margibi County.At the end of the event, a reconciliation dialogue plan was developed by participants which included a recommendation for community and religious leaders to host large meetings, public forums/gatherings across the district and organize sporting events (football games) to mitigate envy/hatred among residents with the intent to unite them; town hall meetings and interactive discussions between elders and youth to educate the youth about the dangers of spreading misleading information, etc.They also proposed the need for county authorities to be accountable to the citizens by providing them information about their social development fund.They also proposed the need to investigate rumors and avoid spreading misinformation that might hamper the growth and development of the district.NAYMOTE program officer, Joshua D. Cleon, thanked the participants for attending the dialogue and called on residents to support the work of the TWG, county authorities as well as ensure the proper implementation of the Weala District Reconciliation Dialogue Plan.As part of the event, NAYMOTE collaborated with the county superintendents and completed the setting up of the TWG in Margibi and Bong counties. The first dialogue held in Margibi County will be adopted and replicated simultaneously across the two counties to complete eight planned reconciliation dialogues, four per county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Tourism Ministry will ramp up efforts in 2017 to improve and make Diaspora tourism more sophisticated in an effort to enhance Guyana’s economy.director-general-of-tourism-donald-sinclairDirector General of Tourism, Donald Sinclair, in an interview, said that special attention must be paid to Diaspora tourism, which must be marketed differently.“We get frequent visits from persons in the Diaspora who want to offer their help and play a role in driving more Guyanese to visit Guyana. It is not easy to say ‘they’re Guyanese, so they must come’, that is a serious mistake, so we have to be careful,” Sinclair explained.He pointed out that as the tourism sector grows, there are alternatives to take into consideration to attract more tourists. The Ministry is exploring different markets, “including the weekenders, you can come into Guyana spend a weekend… other niche markets, yachts and cruises for example, so we’re looking to grow some specific markets and identify some hot spots”, Sinclair explained.The Director General noted that for many years the Rupununi Savannahs have been the hotspot area along with Bartica, Essequibo, Mahaica River, some areas of Canje and Demerara. “Depending on the planning, the attractions that you’re identifying could be significant tourism hotspots that would significantly impact Guyana’s economy at large.”Additionally, the Indigenous, African and Indian cultures are also of potential interest to tourists, but it is important to protect these cultures and communities, particularly hinterland communities, from the negative impact tourism can have on their traditional way of life, Sinclair explained. Diaspora tourism can also promote a number of Guyana’s sites, including Fort Island, Magdalenenburg and Fort Kyk-Over-Al, both for their historical and architectural value, Sinclair stated.
Transfer rumours and paper review Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has promised to pursue a world-class striker right up until deadline day, with Radamel Falcao, 28, and Edinson Cavani, 27, in the frame. (Daily Mirror) Tottenham are preparing to make a move for Roma’s Italy international striker Mattia Destro, 23. (Times) PSG, Monaco and Real Madrid are all keen on signing Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, who has lost the battle for the Chelsea number one jersey to 22-year-old Thibaut Courtois. (Daily Mail) Real Madrid have slashed their asking price for Sami Khedira in an effort to tempt Arsenal into a move for the 27-year-old midfielder. (Metro) Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher, 27, is the leading candidate to replace Shane Long at Hull City. (Sun) Roma’s sporting director has travelled to London to discuss 27-year-old Mehdi Benatia’s potential £30m transfer to Chelsea. (Daily Express) Midfielder Yaya Toure, 31, will not be offered a new contract by Manchester City despite settling his differences with the club. (Daily Mirror) Boss Louis van Gaal has intensified his efforts to sign Inter Milan’s Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin, 28, after Manchester United’s intended move for Juventus’ Arturo Vidal stalled yet again. (Daily Star) Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 19, has refused a new contract at the French club with Arsenal and Chelsea ready to step in. (Daily Express) Manager Gus Poyet says Sunderland face a battle to keep hold of striker Connor Wickham, 21, with West Ham waiting to pounce. (Daily Mail) Harry Redknapp wants Lokomotiv Moscow’s Lassana Diarra, 29, at Loftus Road but the former Real Madrid midfielder will have to take a pay cut to join QPR. (Daily Mirror) And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales and exclusives…Leeds United poised to sign second striker in a weekArsenal and Tottenham to do battle for Italian forward?Fulham star wanted by Ajax and Werder BremenManchester City youngster set for Spanish loan moveExclusive – De Boer opens door to Ajax move for ex-Chelsea starLambert remains uncertain over Vlaar’s Aston Villa futureQPR pull out of race to sign Championship strike starLiverpool transfer blow! La Liga champions line up Reus bidExclusive – Rodgers insists: ‘It was the right time for Suarez to leave Liverpool’Exclusive: Rooney is the RIGHT man to captain Man United, insists Dutch legendExclusive: Tottenham have ‘very good’ chance of top four, insists FriedelExclusive – Pulis may have left Crystal Palace to maintain managerial reputation, claims Warnock 1
“AFC has a very good squad with tactically intelligent players and there is a huge possibility that they will finish the season well, earn a trophy and get back to CAF football next year. The only thing I have advised them is that they should have some sort of continuity and get a coach who has a similar philosophy to what we have been doing,” Kitambi told Capital Sport.The tactician took charge of the team on interim basis after Robert Matano was fired and he has picked up good results in his tenure, winning four games, drawing one and losing the other. The side is currently third in the standings, six shy of leaders Mathare United.He has admitted the period has given him tough lessons, but also notes it was his opportunity to prove his worth.“I think it came at the right time because even when Stewart asked that I join him, he had some backing in terms of the results that I had posted. It also gave me an opportunity to learn and prove myself which I am glad that I did,” the Tanzanian further added.Kitambi was appointed stand-in-coach after Robert Matano was fired. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUHe arrived in the country late in the 2016 season alongside Hall with whom he worked with at Azam, but remained after the Briton left early last year.He leaves the club with glowing memories of his tenure and hopes the lessons he has picked will be vital for him in the long term.“Most teams here in Kenya use the Dutch philosophy and it has been a great time for me to learn from them and under something different than what I am used to. Working also with different people and different ideologies has also given me a good platform to pick experience,” he further added.AFC in the meantime have already started the process of getting a new boss with Tanzanian national team coach Salum Mayanga touted to take over.“Within next week we should be announcing the new coach. I can’t divulge many details at this moment but the only thing I can say is that we have shortlisted four guys. We will get the best man for the job,” AFC Leopards Secretary General Oscar Igaida told Capital Sport.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The tactician who will be heading to deputize Hall at Bangladesh Premier League side Saif Sporting Club believes that the squad he leaves behind is good enough to vie for a title this season.NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 11- Dennis Kitambi will leave his role as AFC Leopards interim coach on May 8 when his two-month notice expires as he heads out for a new challenge in Bangladesh with his former boss Stewart Hall.The tactician, who will be heading to deputize Hall at Bangladesh Premier League side Saif Sporting Club, believes that the squad he leaves behind is good enough to vie for a title this season.
1 West Brom will look to promote more academy graduates next season under Tony Pulis.The Baggies boss built an empire at Stoke City where he oversaw almost every aspect of the club’s rise to the Premier League and mixed shrewd signings with homegrown talent.The club’s under-18s manager, Aaron Danks, is hoping his young prospects force their way into Pulis’ reckoning over the summer“They will be to produce players for the first team,” he said about his targets.“As well as players who Tony Pulis will want to work with during his training sessions.“We will try to push as many players as possible under his nose.“If we can have a good league and FA Youth Cup run then great, but producing players for the first team is our main goal.” West Brom boss Tony Pulis
1 Manchester United star Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from international football.Three weeks after Germany were knocked out of Euro 2016 following a semi-final loss to France, the Manchester United midfielder has said he is stepping down as captain of the national team and ending his international playing career.The 31-year-old said on his Twitter page: “Dear fans of the Germany national team. I have just asked the national team coach not to consider me any more for his national team selections in future since I would like to retire.”Schweinsteiger, whose final game for Joachim Low’s team was the 2-0 defeat to France, was capped 120 times by his country and scored 24 goals.He became captain after Philipp Lahm retired following the 2014 World Cup, which he won as vice-captain.His record with Germany, for whom he debuted in June 2004 in a 2-0 defeat to Hungary, reads 81 wins, 19 draws and 20 defeats.His international CV includes two third-place World Cup finishes and a runners-up spot at the 2008 European Championship and he reached the semi-final of every major tournament he was involved in.He added: “My thanks go to the fans, the team, the DFB (German Football Association), the coaches and the Germany national team.“I was able to run out 120 times for my country and experience moments which were indescribably beautiful and successful.“Jogi Low knew how much Euro 2016 in France meant to me because I desperately wanted to win this title, which we have not been able to bring back to Germany since 1996.“It wasn’t to be and I have to accept this.“By winning the 2014 World Cup, we did something historic and also achieved something emotionally which will never be repeated again in my career.“Therefore it is only right and sensible to call it a day now and wish the team all the best for qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, and for the final tournament.“With this retirement, I am leaving the national team which has always been a valuable family to me. I hope that this bond will remain in one form or another.“To finish with, I would like to say to the fans ‘it was an honour to be able to play for you, many thanks for everything I was able to experience with you!’ Yours, Bastian Schweinsteiger.” German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger lifts the World Cup in 2014
GAA Bingo- Every Thursday Night At 9pm In St Marys Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome.BINGO For Clonmany Mental Health Association – The Club will be hosting a Bingo session in aid of Clonmany Mental Health Association and St Colmcille’s Village at the Youth Club on Sunday, March 11th from 3.00pm. Books are €10 each with sheets for €2. There will be €2000 worth of prizes on offer on the afternoon.More information will be added about the event over the course of the next few weeks.Match & Win for 9/2/2012 No jackpot winner last week this weeks will rise to €2,980.00 numbers drawn were 11,15,16,20 the €15 consolation prizes went to Rose Kelly Dunaff,Vera Walker Tullagh,Daniel Doherty (Ranty) Urrismana,John J McCarron Cleagh,Ben Harkin Malin Head. The Foundation Coaching course will take place at Carndonagh GAA grounds on Friday, February 24th from 7.00pm to 10.00pm and Saturday, February 25th from 9.00am to 4.00pm. Both days must be attended to qualify for the award as well as completing the Child Protection course too.If you have already put your name down to do the course but are unable to attend that weekend be sure to contact John Friel on 086 0523550 and let him know and also please confirm your attendance asap with John. There will be another course run in March which can be completed instead.Inishowen Board are running a Level 1 coaching course taking place over two weekends the 23rd,24th & 30th & 31st March please contact John Friel 086 0523550 for further information.A number of our Underage Teams are still in need of coaches for the coming season and we would appeal to our members and supporters to step forward to offer their help. Full training will be given and no one will be put into a position for which they are not adequately trained and equipped.If you are willing to give a hand, would like to do the required coaching fundamentals course or would just like more information about the roles that need to be filled contact David Hession on 086 0538537. Club Meeting next meeting is Tuesday 21t March at 8pm, all members please try to attend new faces are always welcome.Club Membership 2012 – Is now due for renewal Adults €20 Child (under 18) €3 all players must be registered before season begins, contact David Hession or John Friel.Donegal Year Book – 2011 edition now available from the club at €15 contact John Friel.Club Merchandise – New Club Jersey and hat are now available in Centra, the club has a range of merchandise available in all sizes polo shirts hoodies jackets and not forgetting the all important urris hat for the coming winter contact Alan 0879029672.New Club Website is up and running at www.urris.gaa.ie so check it out for all the clubs up to date news. Any items for the notes please send to firstname.lastname@example.org or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.GAA NOTES: URRIS was last modified: February 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:URRIS GAA notes
A Donegal priest has hit out at a TD after she claimed that prayers should not be recited in the Dail.Fr Martin Doohan, PP of DunfanaghyParish priest of the Catholic Church in Dunfanaghy, Fr Martin Doohan, slammed the remarks made by Independent TD Clare Daly over the recital of a prayer before each Dail sitting.Deputy Daly described the recital of the prayer as ‘offensive’ and claimed it had no place in modern Ireland. Her comments sparked a heated debate in the Dáil, with fellow Independent TD Mattie McGrath calling her remarks ‘ill-judged’ and ‘baseless’.That row in the Dáil prompted Fr Doohan to speak about it during his homily to his congregation at the Holy Cross church at the weekend.When contacted about his sermon Fr Doohan told Donegal Daily “I was very surprised that she found the recital of a prayer both ‘offensive’ and outdated in modern society.“But it’s almost getting to the stage in this country where you actually need to apologise for having faith in your religion. “We live in a democratic state, and everybody’s beliefs should be recognized and respected, but for an elected representative to say that about the recital of a prayer was astonishing.“I told my congregation, that in times of illness, tragedy and death, we get strength from our Lord, and our faith can get us through the most difficult times we experience in our lives.“I said, I think we’ll stick with our Lord in times of hardship rather than Clare Daly,” he said. ‘I’LL STICK WITH OUR LORD RATHER THAN CLARE DALY,’ SAYS DONEGAL PRIEST was last modified: October 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Clare DalydailFeaturesFr DoohanIndependent TDnewsPriestRecital of a prayer