Windies ready to overcome tough build-up

first_imgMUMBAI, India (AP): WITH one day to go before his team faces England at the World Twenty20, West Indies captain Darren Sammy is ready to overcome a difficult build-up which has served up doping and selection problems. Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons were both ruled out with injury while Sunil Narine withdrew, needing more time to work on the suspect action, which means he is banned from bowling in international matches. Earlier this month, Andre Russell was reported to have missed three doping tests in the space of 12 months, a violation of anti-doping rules which equates to a positive test. Russell was not provisionally suspended, with the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission referring the case to the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel. A date has not been set for the hearing, clearing Russell to play in India. “We are a team which always has a setback and we thrive on things like that,” Sammy said yesterday. “We as a team have supported Russell and we are confident that he will be taking part in the full tournament.” Narine and Pollard are both highly experienced players. “It’s always difficult to replace somebody like Narine or Pollard who has so much experience playing here,” Sammy said. “Yes we will miss them, but it creates an opportunity for somebody else to step up and play.” In Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Russell and Sammy, West Indies have one of the most destructive Twenty20 batting line-ups, four years after they won the title in Sri Lanka. “Obviously we know Chris is a massive figure, we have Bravo, Russell, Sammy, Jason (Holder) and Carlos (Brathwaite) that’s a lot of power,” Sammy said. As well as England, West Indies face Sri Lanka, South Africa and Afghanistan in Group One. Of England, he said: “(Jos) Buttler, (Ben) Stokes and their captain Eoin Morgan are good players, we won’t take them for granted; but if we do what we could do then you are going to be victorious.” England have failed to make it past the second round since winning in 2010. But Morgan said his players had a positive mindset after winning warm-up matches against New Zealand and a Mumbai Cricket Association XI. “We are in a really good place mentally,” Morgan said. “As long as we execute our plans and go about our business the way we normally do I think we’ll be in a stable position.” England have struggled in recent times against quality spin bowling, but Morgan did not expect spin to play a major role in the first two matches against West Indies and South Africa, both at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. England’s next matches against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will be staged in New Delhi. “It’s normally a good batting surface here,” Morgan said. “It’s another challenge for a bowler to try and emphasise taking wickets and holding momentum throughout the innings.” England defeated Pakistan in the Twenty20 series on slow wickets in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year, but arrived in India after losing both T20s against South Africa last month. Morgan said England’s batsmen have learnt from their mistakes in South Africa and hope they will play with more positive intent in India. “We learnt a lot, particularly about our batting which stuttered a bit in South Africa,” he said. “We are a young and developing side and we will gain experience by playing smarter cricket.”last_img read more

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For the record

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Due to an editing error, a headline and photo caption Tuesday misstated GloZell Green’s attendance at “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” She had attended 177 consecutive tapings. last_img

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Video: Another award on the way to Real Madrid?

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is gunning for another Ballon d’Or award and it looks like Sergio Ramos is after the Fallon d’Floor gong.Real Madrid began their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 group stage win against Shakhtar Donetsk where Ronaldo scored a hat-trick and Karim Benzema got the other at the Bernabeu.VIDEO: RONALDO COMPLETES HIS HAT-TRICK AGAINST SHAKHTARAnd for added entertainment, Ramos gave us a laugh with this tumble. Sergio Ramos falls to the ground 1last_img

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America: celebrated, berated

first_img“The superficial blemishes to be found in any society are equated with the totally negative cancers in the vital organs of our foes,” he writes. “The idea, and the open society, needs a sense of proportion – not always to be found, even among our own equivalent of an intelligentsia.” Where to go next out of the 33 articles in this Atlantic roundup? How about Sam Harris? A crusader against Christianity, he writes that 240 million of America’s 300 million “souls” are Christians who “apparently believe that Jesus will return some day and orchestrate the end of the world with his magic powers.” To mock the faith with this glancing blow while neglecting its focus on the saving experience of love is buffoonery followed up by more buffoonery, his contention that if the nation were not so caught up in talk about intelligent design and the like, we could “lead the world in wise environmental policies, scientific education, medical research, aid to developing countries, and every other project relevant to the durable welfare of humanity.” We already do something very much like that, as the novelist Tom Wolfe writes. “America,” he says, “remains, as it has been from the very beginning, the freest, most open country in the world, encouraging one and all to compete pell-mell for any great goal that exists and to try every sort of innovation, no matter how far-fetched it may seem, in order to achieve it. It is this largely open invitation to ambition that accounts for America’s military and economic supremacy and absolute dominance in science, medicine, technology, and every other intellectual pursuit that can be measured objectively. And it is absolute.” Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers, is a columnist living in Colorado. His e-mail address is SpeaktoJay@aol.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Jay Ambrose In celebration of its 150th anniversary, The Atlantic magazine invited a whole, great big bunch of interesting people to comment on “the American idea,” providing the reader with a chance to encounter a whole, great, big bunch of interpretations. One quickly learns this much about people residing in this country: We don’t all think alike. That’s good, but it’s not wholly encouraging that one contributor, Duke history professor John Hope Franklin, sums this country up as subduing the Indians, enslaving Africans, discriminating against Asians and mistreating freed blacks. We ought to start living up to our “professed ideals,” he says, missing the obvious point that time and again the kinds of evils he points to have as a matter of historical record been confronted and bested by those ideals. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Here is one of the facts that makes America exceptional – we are like other lands in having failures to be ashamed of, but are different from many of them in heeding overriding principles that take us where we ought to go. Author Azar Nafisi puts it splendidly. America, he writes, was “based on a poetic vision, on imagining something that did not exist,” on a “certain set of beliefs that transcended the individuals, their prejudices and their times,” and that have therefore “allowed for the possibility of a different future” that escapes the “flaws.” Where we’ve thus far arrived, however, gives no pleasure to novelist Joyce Carol Oates, who finds herself enamored of the “consensus” of non-Americans that the “American idea has become a cruel joke, a blustery and bellicose body-builder luridly bulked up on steroids, consequently low on natural testosterone, deranged and myopic, dangerous.” She talks of the country as an imperialist power “plundering” the resources of others while insistent on our own superior culture. It just might be wise, she says, “to examine our very origins.” Such hysteria is worth listening to if only to inform us of the exaggerated musings of many of those mistakenly revered for an intellectual prowess that is mainly a prowess in executing empty if entertaining rhetoric. Robert Conquest, a student, among other things, of the Soviet Union, knows what true malevolence is, and the difference between a society like ours and one that is closed. The American idea, he says, is not “an ideological monolith,” but the “coming together of a whole culture of pluralism, of the rule of law, of the open society, of the open mind.” It was challenged in the past by the “certainties” of a Russian intelligentsia and is today challenged by “the anti-American idea” of jihadism and, “in a less extreme form,” by a “lethal certainty” in our own “public life.” last_img read more

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AVHD fails valley residents

first_imgFor over 50 years, the Antelope Valley Healthcare District has had the duty to provide health care services to the citizens of this valley, including those citizens living in Palmdale. However, AVHD has failed them. Ten years ago, the city of Palmdale took the initiative to bring a hospital to Palmdale. The city of Palmdale has repeatedly offered AVHD support similar to that provided to Universal Health Services to build a hospital in Palmdale. AVHD is not interested. AVHD has taken a series of actions to undermine, and prevent the opening of, Palmdale Regional Medical Center. AVHD’s schemes have included a propaganda campaign against UHS, the promise of a new Palmdale hospital and a botched attempt to take the UHS hospital site by eminent domain. AVHD has even hired a political consultant to “build public support for … the (district’s) recommendations related to the proposed new private hospital in Palmdale.” AVHD aired a commercial last year suggesting that emergency patients would not be welcome at UHS’s hospital. AVHD aired this commercial 1,953 times, but has never publicly retracted this blatant misinformation. AVHD has solicited your support through mailers, commercials and newspaper ads for a proposed hospital to be built in Palmdale. The clear implication is that AVHD has a plan to build a hospital in Palmdale. However, AVHD has recently admitted it does not have any such plans. It is amazing to read Dr. Manning’s words: A new hospital in Palmdale is “a threat to Antelope Valley Hospital and our entire region’s health care system.” A 250-bed state-of-the-art hospital with 35 emergency room beds is a “threat” to your health! Think about that the next time you are sitting in the AV Hospital emergency room, still waiting after five or six hours to be treated. We have a great hospital coming that will serve all of the Antelope Valley’s citizens. Suppressing competition and spending all AVHD’s resources in Lancaster on a continuing public misinformation campaign is simply unacceptable.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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAVHD’s latest smokescreen is outlined in Dr. Manning’s Medi-Cal manifesto. He is demanding UHS do what AVHD was created to do – “provide full health care service for all members of our community.” Such a demand takes passing the buck to a whole new level. Because of mismanagement, selective and discriminatory expenditure of funds and poor planning, AVHD is evidently incapable of providing this service. Dr. Manning suggests the citizens were “misled” regarding the nature of the agreement between the city and UHS. Ridiculous. The agreement with UHS was the result of several public meetings. AVHD board members and administrators attended those meetings and had no objections to the project. Dr. Manning admits all hospitals are required to treat patients in an emergency situation, regardless of their ability to pay. last_img read more

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ANOTHER SCORCHING DAY FOR DONEGAL AS TOURIST NUMBERS INCREASE

first_imgThe world’s best beaches….Ballymastocker Beach, Portsalon, yesterdayIT’S already 20C across Donegal – and it’s going to get even warmer on what could be the hottest day of the year today.Forecasters say temperatures could reach 28C this afternoon.The glorious weather is pulling in a huge increase in visitors from across Ireland. And they’re joining an increasing number of foreign tourists who have chosen to come to Donegal this year.Glenveagh National Park – our most visited attraction – has been packed again this week with visitors from throughout Europe, north America, China and Japan.Hotels, B&Bs and restaurants are reporting trade increases of up to 20% on this time last year.“This spell of wonderful weather doesn’t bring in extra tourists from abroad but it does make their visit much more pleasant. Generally however they don’t come to Ireland for the weather,” said a Failte Ireland spokeswoman. “However it does increase staycations and Donegal is seeing the benefits of that.”From trips on the Donegal Bay Waterbus to simply watching dolphins splashing in the warm waters off Malin Head, more and more people are choosing the county to visit – boosting our fastest growing industry.It’s not just tourists who want to come to Donegal.One of the world’s leading car manufacturers is in the county filming a new TV advert.The TV crew in FanadToyota are currently filming an advert for their new Harrier Hybrid and are on location in north Donegal, filming along the Knockalla Coast Road on the Wild Atlantic Way. Enjoy today however; temperatures will return to 20C or 21C this weekend, with rain overnight and into Saturday.ANOTHER SCORCHING DAY FOR DONEGAL AS TOURIST NUMBERS INCREASE was last modified: July 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalglenveagh national parkPortsalontouristsvisitoslast_img read more

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Kings agree to terms with Roussin

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) – Forward Dany Roussin has agreed to terms of a multiyear entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings took Roussin in the second round of this year’s NHL Entry Draft. Roussin, 20, had 54 goals and 62 assists to help the Rimouski Oceanic win the Quebec Major Junior League regular-season championship last season. He added 11 goals and nine assists in 13 postseason games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Four Donegal places named among Ireland’s ‘most magical’

first_imgFEATURES: Four Donegal places have been named amongst a list of Ireland’s ‘most magical’ places to visit. Popular website, ‘Before You Die Ireland’ reviewed the 21 ‘most magical’ places to visit in the entire country.Donegal has consistently featured in the websites reviews of the best places to see, beaches to visit, pubs to drink and restaurants to eat in. The websites latest offering showcases what they describe as the ‘most magical’ places to visit, and no less than four Donegal places make the list.Below are the four places named among the most magical in Ireland:Glenevin Waterfall: The walk up Glenevein Valley to the Glenevin Waterfall in Clonmany, County Donegal, takes the rambler on a safe, well sign -posted route.Newly installed picnic areas blend easily into the natural landscape. Footbridges are dotted along the track as visitors criss cross the stream using the stepping stones. (Pic by Adam Rory Porter)Slieve League Cliffs:Ranked Number 1 attraction on tripadvisor for County Donegal. Climbing to this point on Slieve League Cliffs in County Donegal is a truly memorable experience.The views are fantastic! Highly recommended to add this place to the list of places to visit!Portsalon Beach: A very extensive sandy beach on the shores of Lough Swilly. It gently slopes towards the Atlantic ocean and is located in a Natural Heritage Area.The beach at Portsalon can be reached by travelling north east in the R246 from Carrowkeel to Portsalon.Glenveagh National Park:Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland. Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 hectares in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals. These lands were managed as a private deer forest before becoming a national park in 1975.With the completion of public facilities Glenveagh National Park was officially opened to the public in 1986.Four Donegal places named among Ireland’s ‘most magical’ was last modified: September 22nd, 2016 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)last_img read more

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Troubled Proline FC visit wounded Tooro United

first_img Tags: proline fcTooro United FCUganda Premier League Tooro United lost 4-1 at SC Villa in their last game. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier League Tooro United FC vs Proline FC St. Paul National Seminary Grounds, FortportalSaturday, 09-11-2019 @4pmAfter their exit from the CAF Confederation Cup, Proline return to action on Saturday.The side makes it a long trip to Fort Portal to take on Tooro United in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.Proline remain the only side with no point in the division. It is not that they have not won a game this season. They have won a pair, but those points passed for a debt after they were docked six points following their failure to honor the fixture against SC Villa.Last time out, the side lost 1-0 to league debutants Kyetume. They’ll be hoping to make amends when they take on fellow under-performers.Tooro came out victors the last time these two sides met and they’ll fancy their chances to do just the same tomorrow.The hosts lost 4-1 to SC Villa in their last league engagement, but they will want to forget that dreadful display and hope to return to winning ways.They are still without the injured duo of Ibrahim Kayiwa and John Ssemazzi. Timothy Musinguzi has recovered from an in jury that kept him out of the loss to SC Villa but is expected to start on the bench.Proline’s Mahad Kakooza and striker Alfred Leku will sit out this tie as the two are injured. Another player that Proline will miss is Bright Anukani. The midfielder is with the national team for the Cranes regional tour in the Northeast.Proline are rooted to the bottom of the table while Tooro sit 12th with 13 points.Comments last_img read more

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Calling strikes on the diamond and hitting home runs in the sheep barn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In Ohio agriculture, the name Larry Shroyer is synonymous with club lambs and winning genetics in every show ring, from jackpot shows to county fairs and even the Ohio State Fair.“Larry is probably most known for his club lamb work and his multi-generation Logan County farm,” said Roger A. High, Executive Director of The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and Ohio Sheep and Wool Program. “Over the years he has brought a lot of knowledge and leadership to our industry.”Shroyer has earned the respect of his peers in the industry by raising sheep in the purebred business, but in the club lamb business in particular and having great success.“The Shroyer family farm is top notch in everything they do,” High said. “The family uses the latest technology when it comes to artificial insemination and embryo transfer and they are considered one of the top club lamb producers in the state, not to mention how much they have helped young people get into the business, learn the business and become successful.”Over the weekend Shroyer was honored with the Charles Boyles Master Shepherd Award at the 2016 Buckeye Shepherds’ Symposium. Neighboring farmer and long-time friend, Jim Brandt from Shelby County, has been around Shroyer and sheep for over five decades.“Larry’s kind of a unique individual,” Brandt said. “He’s very determined in his thinking, he believes in what he’s doing and his success is proof that he knows what he’s doing.”Over the years, Shroyer’s hard work and sheep genetics have had a major impact in the industry.“Larry sold sheep all over the country and he wasn’t afraid to plunge into something that might make him better,” Brandt said. “If he needed that new stud ram, he’d have at it and he’s probably one of the guys that kicked it into gear to buy some high-priced rams that really worked.“He wants to win, whether it be in life or in the show ring.”Brandt recalls Shroyer really putting an emphasis on the success of his kids and the kids that he worked with through 4-H.“Larry’s most valuable lesson is that you have to work hard to win,” Brandt said. “Larry is never at a loss for work and he is always doing something, even when his body is trying to tell him to slow down.”The definition of a leader can be many different things to many different people and although Shroyer wasn’t in the boardroom of sheep industry organizations, he had leadership qualities that made their mark behind the scenes.“Larry has a lot of great ideas and he talks to a lot of people about those ideas,” Brandt said. “Many of his ideas have come from those in leadership after having a conversation with Larry and I think that is where he has been instrumental.“Larry doesn’t always agree with Larry and not everybody agrees with Larry all of time, but Larry is determined and he’s going to give it his best and when it’s all said and done you got 100% from Larry Shroyer.”On any given weeknight, Shroyer can be found at a local high school sporting event, not as a spectator, but as an official, proudly donning a black and white striped shirt, armed with a rule book and a whistle. But on the weekends, Shroyer will most likely be at a club lamb show.“To me, the two jobs that I have now, officiating and raising club lambs have a lot in common,” Larry Shroyer said. “You have a split second to make a decision and you try to get it right every time, but sometimes you simply miss something.”Shroyer hasn’t missed too many calls in either profession and he has excelled in both aspects due to his desire to be competitive in everything that he does.“I played a lot of sports when I was younger and I always wanted to do my best,” Shroyer said. “Even when I was farming I wanted to have the best looking crops on the road because I knew my neighbors were watching.”That type of competitive spirit has not only driven Shroyer to the top of his game, but it has also fed into the success of many people around him. He has given his advice and expertise to many youth in and around Logan County in his 63 years of being involved with 4-H.“I just love 4-H because it teaches kids responsibility,” Shroyer said. “I always tell youngsters that even if they don’t win in the show ring but feed their animals twice a day that they’ve learned something and to me that is a very important lesson for the world we live in.”Shroyer took being a mentor to a new level over 25 years ago when he helped put together the Ohio Club Lamb Association, which is now part of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association as The Lead Program. That program has made a big contribution to the growth of youth activities in the sheep industry, as sponsor dollars that are raised through Lead are used to reward those that take part in the Skill-a-thon, as well as showmanship awards at the Ohio State Fair.It’s safe to say that many things have changed in the sheep industry since Shroyer’s first time in the show ring and he has seen one change in particular.“Not that many years ago we were using taller lambs that weren’t quite as thick and we’ve returned to showing lambs with more meat on them,” Shroyer said. “I do worry about that a little because I think they are a little small for the industry and I don’t think they grow quite as well.”Other changes Shroyer is seeing will benefit the sheep industry for years to come.“There’s more enthusiasm coming from young people about this business,” Shroyer said. “Youngsters are going to camps now to try to improve how they perform in the ring and anytime someone makes the effort to get better at what they do it makes the industry a little bit better too.”Shroyer is making an impact with youth on both sides of the show ring, as he also judges contests all over the U.S. helping what he hopes will be the future of the sheep industry.“Hopefully some of these young people, after their show days are over, will continue being a part of the sheep industry,” he said. “The show ring is a great way to get them incorporated into this business and hopefully they decide to continue on raising livestock as a career. We can use all the lamb that we can raise and that means we also need more shepherds.”As for the future of a club lamb enterprise that Larry began and his son, John, has perfected over the years, Shroyer hopes the family tradition will continue on.“I have five granddaughters and each and every one of them know how to work and they do a great job around the farm,” Shroyer said. “They’ve started showing in Louisville at a very young age and I am very proud of them and their willingness to learn about an industry that I am so involved in.”The competitive trait is surely carried on two generations on down the line, as his grandchildren also work hard to be the best with everything they are involved in, which like Grandpa Shroyer, includes time on the athletic field and in the show ring.“Looking back, I’ve really enjoyed my career of raising purebred sheep, club lambs, breeding stock and even western ewes,” Shroyer said. “I just love the sheep industry.”last_img read more

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