Jamaica summon Blackburn midfielder for Nicaragua match

first_img PLAYERS’ ARRIVAL Thirty-three-year-old Blackburn Rovers midfielder Lee Trevor Williamson has been called up to the Reggae Boyz squad for this Friday’s first-leg World Cup Qualifier against Nicaragua at the National Stadium. According to a Jamaica Football federation (JFF) release yesterday, Williamson, who had been summoned to the Jamaica senior men’s national team before, can operate either as a central midfielder or as a winger. In May 2008, he was called up to the Jamaica team under then-head coach, Brazilian RenÈ Simies, for the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers. However, he picked up an injury that forced him to miss the opportunity. The 5′ 10-inch player has Premier League experience, as he has played with Watford FC between 2007 and 2009. At that time, he was a teammate of fellow Jamaica international defender Adrian Mariappa. Williamson, known for his vision, creativity and high work rate, will be looking to add depth to Winfried Sch‰fer’s team that just put in impressive shifts at back-to-back tournaments – the Copa America South American championship and CONCACAF Gold Cup. Both competitions provided a platform for these crucial home-and-away World Cup assignments, which will advance the winner, on aggregate, to the 12-team CONCACAF Semi-finals. Jamaica will travel for the return match in Nicaragua on September 8. The local players have already started arriving for Friday’s contest, with United States-based Reggae Boyz Je-Vaughn Watson, Demar Phillips, and Darren Mattocks, who plays with the Canada-based Vancouver Whitecaps, flying in on Sunday evening. As Sch‰fer looks to step up preparations, an additional 11 players are due to arrive today. They are Deshorn Brown, Duwayne Kerr, Romeo Parkes, Dwayne Miller, Giles Barnes, Simon Dawkins, Joel Grant, Michael Hector, Mariappa, Christopher Humphrey, and Williamson. Hughan Gray and AndrÈ Clennon are due to arrive in the wee hours tomorrow morning. The Nicaraguans are due to arrive here this evening in two batches.last_img read more

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Knicks finally win, ends 18-game skid by beating Hawks

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I like where we’re headed,” Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce said of his team’s overall play this season. “As a first-time coach, I didn’t know if I’d be fighting players every day or disgruntled guys or guys not buying into it, but I think the guys buy into it and they enjoy each other. They enjoy my staff, which is very important.”TIP-INSKnicks: Mario Hezonja missed the game with a left leg contusion. Fizdale said Hezonja was kicked in Wednesday’s home loss to Philadelphia. … Luke Kornet made his 11th start and finished with 11 points.Hawks: Young began the game averaging 16.9 points and 7.6 assists. Since 1997-98, only Chris Paul in 2005-06 and John Wall in 2010-11 averaged at least 16 points and seven assists over a full rookie season.STAY IN SHAPEFizdale wants the Knicks to use the upcoming All-Star break to rest and maintain their conditioning.“I’m not letting my foot off the gas,” he said with a smile.HAIL TO THE CHIEFFormer President Jimmy Carter, 94, and his wife Rosalynn, 91, attended the game and were introduced to a standing ovation during a timeout early in the first. The Hawks did a video presentation of Carter’s career in humanitarian causes, politics and philanthropy. Carter, the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2002, just won his third Grammy for best spoken word album on “Faith: A Journey for All.”PRIDE TIME Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dennis Smith Jr. scored 19 points and New York snapped a franchise-worst, 18-game losing streak with a 106-91 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.The Knicks ended their longest skid within a single season with their first victory since Jan. 4 at the Los Angeles Lakers. New York, with the Eastern Conference’s worst record and second-worst overall, had dropped 26 of 27.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKadeem Allen and John Jenkins each added 14 points. Damyean Dotson finished with 13 points and DeAndre Jordan had 13 rebounds for New York, which never trailed and only was tied twice, in the second quarter.“I think we did a great job of guarding the pick-and-rolls tonight,” Smith said. “Our bigs did a good job of calling out the screens and switching and not giving them too many second chances.” MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Hawks held a Love Wins Pride Night promotion that featured the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus singing the national anthem and the team calling attention throughout the night to the LGBT community. The outside “Atlanta” facade of State Farm Arena was lit in rainbow colors. The Hawks dressed their mascot Harry in a rainbow Mohawk and had him waving a large rainbow flag with their logo in the center.UP NEXTKnicks: Host Minnesota on Feb. 22.Hawks: Host Detroit on Feb. 22.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The Hawks, coming off an exciting victory over the Lakers two nights earlier, were flat throughout. They never pulled within single digits after John Collins’ hook shot made it 87-78 with 9:39 remaining.Dewayne Dedmon led Atlanta with 21 points. Trae Young had 16 points and 11 assists.The Knicks were up 14-0 before ending the first with a 28-13 lead. Mitchell Robinson closed the period by blocking DeAndre’ Bembry’s 3-point attempt. Atlanta missed its first 11 shots as its starters combined for two points.“We can’t start the game like we did and expect to get a win,” Young said. “We’ve just got to learn from it and get better and regroup after the All-Star Game.”The Hawks, who trailed 54-51 at halftime, have lost four of five.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) works against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Atlanta. New York won 106-91. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Knicks coach David Fizdale gives his team credit for not giving up during a losing streak that lasted nearly six weeks.“I keep talking about this team’s character,” Fizdale said. “It would’ve been very easy for us to check out and get on to wherever we’re going to go, but we were desperate men. Those guys wanted this game really badly, and they came out and showed it.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gilas Pilipinas heads to final Fiba window on high note after routing Meralco LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Teixeira blazes APNU/AFC for making businessmen donate to Govt

first_img… “who the cap fits, let them wear it”Businessmen are being pressured into making donations to the Government to undertake national projects, including the D’urban Park development initiative and the construction of several wells in the Rupununi, according to People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Executive Gail Teixeira.PPP/C Executive Gail TeixeiraFollowing confirmations from the Guyana Water Incorporation (GWI) that indeed monies totalling $12 million were solicited from contractors, Teixeira contended that businessmen are being indirectly forced to make contributions out of fear of being blacklisted or becoming victims of politically-motivated boycotts.During a press conference on Wednesday, Teixeira pointed out that businesses being approached by the Government for donations will obviously be stuck between a rock and a hard place since the implication of not abiding is rather obvious.“There is always the impression given to the person who is being called to ask to donate, especially when a Minister or head of agency is doing that… if you don’t comply, abide, or behave a good boy or don’t contribute, you will obviously not be on the list of priorities and you won’t be considered (for projects). And every contractor or businessman in this country is saying that; this is not Gail Teixeira’s fiction or the PPP/C’s fiction,” she argued.Initially, the PPP/C disclosed that “a certain” Government agency collected monies from contractors amounting to $12 million to carry out “certain works” and had expressed concerns about this development.Shortly after, GWI Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Richard Van West Charles called a news conference to confirm that the agency to which the PPP/C was referring is the GWI.However, Dr Charles had accused the Party of being reckless and malicious for making such insinuations and he insisted that businesses were not threatened to donate monies.“Two weeks ago I appealed to contractors and I appealed to them as citizens… I appealed to them to make donations for the drilling of wells in the Rupununi,” he said adding that there was “no threat of them being blacklisted.”According to reports, GWI pledged its intention to return all funds that were donated.Nonetheless, Teixeira also expressed concerns that Government had to resort to raising funds for construction of the wells instead of using monies that were allocated in the recently approved Budget 2016.“A $230 billion budget was passed a month before with $195 million in the capital works for hinterland water development. Why, in less than a month, you are asking for donations which the capital works provided for,” she questioned.Teixeira is demanding that the GWI provided more clarity on the matter, including to state whether or not the funds went into The Consolidated Funds and if the businessmen who donated received receipts.last_img read more

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Raphoe’s 5K Family Fun Run – were you there? – Picture Special

first_imgThe community of Raphoe came together to start the New Year on the right foot with the annual 5K Family Fun Run and Walk Race. The participants were led by the Raphoe Road Runners group. All money raised from the event will go to local charities. Speaking before the event, Eugene McGinley chairperson for the road runners said: “The spirit of support for this has been brilliant! Local businesses and clubs offering help and their time, showing that community spirit is very much alive in our wee heritage town!”Check out the pictures below to see who took part.   Raphoe’s 5K Family Fun Run – were you there? – Picture Special was last modified: January 2nd, 2017 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:athleticsFun RunRaphoe 5kRunninglast_img read more

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GAEILGE Na hARDTEISTE AR RnaG

first_imgA new six-part series on Raidió na Gaeltachta is to look at all aspects of the Irish Leaving Cert exam.Presented by Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, the first three programmes will focus on the oral part of the exam.Other areas covered will include poetry, prose and composition. The series will also offer lots of tips, advice to help students.Gaeilge na hArdteiste will start on Sunday March 1st – March 6th.GAEILGE Na hARDTEISTE AR RnaG was last modified: February 25th, 2015 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:gaeilgeLeaving certProgrammeRnaGlast_img read more

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Chris Boyle plans a very ‘close shave’ in aid of Pieta House

first_imgTomorrow night there will be a whole host of events taking place in Beedy’s Bar on Dungloe Main Street in aid of Pieta House.It all kicks off at 9:30pm, with a table quiz, a raffle with some fantastic prizes, and organiser Chris Boyle is set to have his head shaved by the highest bidder!Chris says; “I’ve been growing the hair well over a year now and it’s time to come off and there is no better way than to shave it off for charity. “Pieta House is a very close charity to me as I lost a dear friend to suicide in 2016.“Last year we had a similar fundraiser and raised over €1,200 that night. We hope to do even better this year!”Chris Boyle plans a very ‘close shave’ in aid of Pieta House was last modified: July 12th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:beedyscharityhead shavePIeta Houselast_img read more

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7 super SF Bay Area things to do this weekend,

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile deviceThe rain is a distant memory (for now) but many around these parts are getting ready for the ice — as in the big NHL All-Star Game in San Jose. But there’s plenty of ways to have fun around these parts whether you’re a hockey fan or not. Here are seven great ways to spend this weekend in the S.F. Bay Area and beyond, from watching Richard Nixon (well, a fake Richard Nixon) duke it out with a perky TV host to a host of …last_img read more

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Virgin Australia wins major awards

first_imgVirgin Australia has taken out two major passenger awards in AirlineRatings.com 2015 Airline Excellence Awards.AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety and product rating website, celebrates and promotes excellence in the airline industry and the awards are a pinnacle of these efforts.The website is visited by millions of passengers from 232 countries and its safety rating system is endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization.The AirlineRatings.com editorial team, one of the world’s most awarded and experienced, awarded Virgin Australia Best New World Carrier and Best Cabin Crew.A new award for AirlineRatings.com the Best New World Carrier acknowledges airlines that are making game changing initiatives to redefine travel to meet rapidly changing passenger expectations.The inaugural winner Virgin Australia has redefined what an airline can achieve by morphing from Virgin Blue, Australia’s low fare pioneer, into an airline that blends low cost efficiencies with a first class product. A true New World Carrier.“The airline has taken what really matters to passengers and given it a makeover and the result is spectacular,” said AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas. The airline’s domestic business class on its A330s is the world’s best and betters most international offerings.Another inaugural award Best Cabin Crew was another win for Virgin Australia. “The airline’s cabin crew treat every passenger whether in row 1 or 31 as a special guest,” said Mr Thomas. “Their commitment to their passengers is outstanding and is a benchmark of what cabin service should be.”To read about a special Virgin Australia delivery flight click here.last_img read more

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Green Building Myth: It’s All About Materials

first_imgLast week I wrote about one of the common myths of green building: that it has to cost more to build green. This week, I’ll tackle another myth: that green building is mostly about materials.This isn’t quite as significant a misconception as it was a few years ago, but there are still a lot of people who think green building is largely about using products that are made from recycled waste materials, or agricultural products, or rapidly renewable products like bamboo. It is still common to hear about how “green” a building is because of the recycled-glass tiles in the entrance foyer or the carpet that’s made from recycled soda bottles.Using recycled-content and bio-based materials is a great idea, but materials are only one–relatively small–aspect of green design. Usually more important are the following:Where we build. The location of a home or commercial building has a huge impact on how much energy is used (and pollution generated) in getting to and from it. In fact, it’s not unusual for the “transportation energy intensity” of a building to be greater than the direct energy intensity of that building. In other words, for many structures, especially office buildings and retail stores, more energy is spent getting workers and customers to and from those buildings than the buildings themselves use. As energy codes are strengthened, this becomes a more and more significant issue.Energy performance. To be considered green, a building has to be energy efficient. This is usually the number-one priority in green design, and it’s the reason that energy-saving features typically earn the most points in green building rating systems like LEED (though I often argue that location is even more important). With existing buildings–where we can’t change the location–reducing energy consumption is almost always the number-one greening priority.Indoor air quality. A building that makes people sick can’t be green. As we focus on other measures, it is vitally important that we pay attention to indoor air quality. This involves addressing moisture sources (that can cause mold); seepage of radon into the building from surrounding soil or rock; formaldehyde offgassing from cabinets and wood panel products; and VOC offgassing from sealants, adhesives, and coatings.Water efficiency. In some parts of the country, conserving water is a top priority. Even in areas that aren’t particularly arid, water can be a significant issue during times of drought, or if sewage treatment capacity is limited. As we saw in the Southeast in late 2007, drought can be a huge issue even in areas where water has long been plentiful. In the eastern U.S. our reservoirs are generally a lot shallower than in the West, so the impacts of drought are felt more quickly, and we’re not conditioned to think about water conservation. Some experts suggest that, in the coming decades, water may be an even bigger concern than energy.Green building is about the integration of a lot of issues, including all of those listed above. Material selection is certainly something we should pay attention to, but it’s rarely the top priority. Don’t ignore the materials being used in a new building or renovation project, but pay more attention to these other considerations.I invite you to share your comments on this blog.To keep up with my latest articles and musings, you can sign up for my Twitter feedslast_img read more

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