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Gayle goes ballistic – Launches Instagram tirade against present, former cricketers

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Controversial opener Chris Gayle launched a scathing attack on several former and present cricketers after an explosive innings in the Australian Big Bash T20 League. Gayle, who equalled Yuvraj Singh’s record for the fastest half-century in T20 history playing for Melbourne Renegades against Adelaide Strikers on Monday, launched his blistering attack in an instagram tirade yesterday. The explosive Jamaican batsman did not hold back in his assessment of former players who shared the BBL franchise’s view of his conduct. “I think a lot of past and present cricketers who smile in front my face could’ve had their say in the public when my so call issue was going on, but y’all don’t have the balls to stand firm when it matters,” said Gayle. “But yet when u (you) see me you’re like, Chris that’s BS against you, it was blown out of proportion. Don’t tell me, tell the media and public!” The 36-year-old West Indies opener has come under fire for appearing to openly flirt with Australian reporter Mel McLaughlin, by telling her during a live TV interview: “I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well, that’s the reason why I’m here. Just to see your eyes for the first time. It’s nice.” He continued: “So hopefully we can win this game and we can have a drink after. Don’t blush, baby.” Gayle was subsequently censured by Cricket Australia and Big Bash League organisers and also fined $10,000 (US$7,000) His comments led to him being criticised by the likes of former Sydney Thunder teammate Chris Rogers, current BBL players Shane Watson and Ed Cowan, as well as former England skipper Andre Flintoff and former Australian Test captain Ian Chappell, who recommended a worldwide ban. “The real ppl (people) who stand by Gayle worldwide through the so call BS against me in the media, Thank You. To the MEDIA, Thank You all so! The Haters, I Thank you even more,” Gayle posted in social media-speak on his Instagram account. “The past cricketer who said I make myself look like a chop, the other who claim I was no good to the youngsters while playing for the t\Thunder, the next one who said he expect that sort of behaviour from Chris – Y’all can ….. I love Australia and I will be back again.”last_img read more

Kompany back in Belgium squad

first_imgBRUSSELS, Belgium (AP):Vincent Kompany, the oft-injured leader of Belgium’s national football team, is back in the squad for upcoming games against the Netherlands and Estonia.Belgium coach Roberto Martinez says it will depend on his performance for Manchester City this weekend before making a decision how much time Kompany would see during Wednesday’s friendly in Amsterdam and the November 13 World Cup qualifier against Estonia.Martinez says “we need to get Vincent Kompany back to match fitness.”The towering defender has been a key to the success of the Belgian national team in recent years as it rose from an also-ran to top of the FIFA rankings.Belgium are currently leading Group H with nine points from three matches.last_img

100k Candidates for WAEC

first_imgAuthorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE) have announced that about 100,074 candidates representing 9th and 12th graders will sit for this year’s West African Examination Council (WAEC) exams scheduled for May 19 to 27, 2016.Felicia Sackie Doe-Sumah, Assistant Minister for Basic and Primary Education, addressing yesterday’s press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia said “This exam is special because we have two classes from two different academic years that will be writing the 2016 WAEC. We have the students from 2014 to 2015 and also the students from 2015 to 2016, and because of that, we will have more centers for the test.”Minister Doe-Sumah said the 9th graders will begin writing the exam on Thursday May 19 and end on May 20, while the 12th graders will begin on Monday, May 23 and end on May 27, 2016.“For the 9th graders, we have 1,198 schools that will be participating in this year’s testing with a total of 53,159 candidates, because of WAEC’s cancellation of the test last year. Of that number, we have 27,921 males and 25,283 females, which also suggest that the girls are making more effort to pursue an education and must be commended. For grade 12, we have about 514 schools that will be participating with the total candidates of 46,915. We also have a total of 21,963 females as well,” said Minister Doe-Sumah.She explained that the supervisors will include teachers and principals assigned to various schools, adding that: “For monitoring, we will have staff from the Ministry of Education and the different secretariats ably assisted by some organizations to ensure a better monitoring system across the country.”“Considering the huge number of candidates, we will have more centers across Liberia for this year’s testing. We are also saying that all schools or campuses that will be used should allow their other students to remain at home. Campuses used for testing must only allow students sitting for the test,” she maintained.Minister Doe-Sumah stressed that schools that will not be used must allow their students to attend regular classes, as the Ministry will not allow closure of institutions that are not participating in the exam. She said despite the continued update by the Ministry, students and school administrators continue to suggest that MOE has called for the closure of all schools during the upcoming testing, describing it as false and misleading. Minister Doe-Sumah urged school administrators to help keep students busy by providing assignments that will be graded. “We also want to warn school administrators that are engaged in collecting graduation fees ahead of the WAEC to desist from such activities now as only WAEC results will lead to such. Please contact MOE on this number if encountering this problem: 0777403676,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bayern Munich land Arsenal and Man United-linked midfielder in £28m deal

first_img Arturo Vidal 1 Bayern Munich have finalised the signing of midfielder Arturo Vidal from Juventus.The German giants announced they had agreed a fee with Juve for the Chile international last week.Now the 28-year-old has put the finishing touches to his switch to the Allianz Arena, penning a four-year contract.“I’m very happy,” he said. “This is a new step in my career and I hope I do well here.“I want to help the team and win trophies. It’s a dream come true for me personally.”Bayern have not disclosed the fee for Vidal but it is understood to be around £28million.The switch puts an end to speculation linking Vidal with a move to the Premier League.Arsenal and Manchester United have both been linked with the former Bayer Leverkusen star in recent seasons.Vidal moved to Juventus in 2011 and won four consecutive Serie A titles and was the club’s player of the season in 2012-13.He was named man of the match in the Copa America final against Argentina as Chile won their first major honour in a penalty shoot-out.last_img read more

FRUIT OF THE LOOM’S LOSSES CONTINUE TO RISE

first_imgIt was once one of the biggest employers in Co Donegal.Fruit of the Loom were once a major employer in DonegalBut it has now been revealed that not event the phased transfer of Fruit of the Loom’s Irish operation to its lower cost Morocco base has not ended the firm’s problems.New figures show that losses at the Fruit of the Loom International Ltd increased more than 12 fold last year to €31.6m. Fruit of the Loom is owned by Warren Buffett’s conglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway.At its peak, the US-owned clothing manufacturer employed 3,500 people in six Irish plants including Raphoe and Buncrana.However, in 2004 the company announced that it would shut its remaining two factories with the loss of 650 jobs in Donegal and Derry before the end of 2009.The company today retains a small operation at Buncrana and the directors’ report shows that the firm made the loss in spite of revenues climbing by just under 10% from €204m to €224m in the 12 months to the end of December last. The loss of €31.6m last year follows losses of €2.5m in 2011.According to the directors’ report “2012 proved to be an exceptionally difficult trading year for the European group. With our inventories loaded with prior year inflated cotton costs, together with a continuing abnormal cotton price level and the inability to push through into the market place via higher selling prices, meant the bulk was absorbed through the profit and loss as a cost”.The directors add: “This is in addition to the need to reduce price year on year to attempt to capture whatever demand was available within a very depressed market place, created a very unstable gross margin position which was impacted significantly.”The Irish Examiner reports that year-on-year volumes came in higher by 25%, with revenues up 10%, but gross margin was down by 132% at a loss of €7.5m.Selling, distribution and administration costs were down just over €2m, resulting in a significant loss of €31.7m. On the firm’s future developments, the directors state “the European business continues to face a very uncertain market place.”The directors add that “various initiatives are under way to ensure the future success of the European group”.The losses last year resulted in the firm having accumulated losses of €203.1m at the end of December last. The firm’s shareholder deficit totalled €98m.The accounts show that the firm’s parent, Fruit of the Loom, has advanced €262m to the firm. The figures show that the Irish-based entity employs 27 with staff costs last year totalling €3.1m.FRUIT OF THE LOOM’S LOSSES CONTINUE TO RISE was last modified: September 24th, 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)last_img read more

Funeral to be held for baby

first_imgALHAMBRA – Police continued an intense investigation Monday to find the mother who recently abandoned her newborn child near the railroad tracks here, while members of a local church prepare to bury the infant they named Therese Rose. St. Therese Catholic Church will host the funeral for the baby girl at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The child’s death has “wounded” the community, said Father Jan Lundberg, a priest at the church. “When somebody does something like this, the people feel a gaping wound has been opened in our community,” Lundberg said. “They need healing. Also, this baby needs to be memorialized. She was thrown away, basically.” According to Alhambra police, baby Therese Rose, umbilical cord still attached, was tossed over a chain link fence along Front Street, just east of Mission Road, and dropped about 50 feet to the recessed railroad tracks. There, railroad employees found her dead at about 12:30 p.m. March 12. Monday, Alhambra police Chief Jim Hudson said he was seeking information about the people responsible for the crime. “Someone in Southern California knows,” Hudson said. “Someone has a sister, an aunt or a daughter who was pregnant and does not have a child. … That someone needs to do the right thing.” Anyone with information about the baby’s death is asked to call (626) 570-5168. Hudson said investigators have chased more than 50 leads in the case, but no suspect has been identified. The child is either Caucasian or Hispanic, police said. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has not determined the child’s cause of death. The mother made a tragic mistake, and now has the opportunity to also do the right thing by turning herself in, Hudson said. The chief said he’s confident authorities will find the person responsible for the baby’s death. There has been an outpouring of grief from the community in response to the baby’s death, Hudson said. A candlelight vigil is planned for 7 p.m. this evening at the intersection of Front Street and Primrose Avenue. Denise Lopez, a member of St. Therese’s Respect Life group, said she was devastated when she heard about the abandoned baby. Under California’s Safe Haven law, anyone can surrender a newborn baby to any hospital, fire station or police department without fear of investigation, she said. It’s important to provide a funeral and burial for the baby girl, she said. “We believe life is a gift from God, and death is also part of the process,” Lopez said. “We have to respect the birthing and dying process by doing it in the correct way and not just disposing of the body.” Lundberg said Pierce Brothers Simone DuBois Mortuary in San Gabriel and Resurrection Cemetery in Montebello are waiving their costs for the funeral and burial. “The culture of life needs to reassert itself … to help people get their priorities straight,” he said. Life is important and is not to be “thrown away,” he said. marshall.allen@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want 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

GAA NOTES: NAOMH MHUIRE

first_imgThe annual Bord na nOg presentations took place on Sunday evening and the Clubhouse was packed to the rafters with a huge attendance. Gary Boyle Youth Officer outlined the year that was and the great attitude which is part of the under-age set up. He thanked the coaches and parents for all the help and support. Gary spoke about how hard work now was the most important factor in our youth and the work was showing at all levels. Award winners on the night were U-12 player of year – Declan Ward, U-14 player of the year – Daniel Devlin, U-16 player of the year – James Ferry, U-18 player of the year – Dara White. Achievement awards to Shane Gillespie and Shaun Burns. Thanks to Adi O’Gara and Marty Boyle, Naomh Conaill and Donegal Senior team, who presented the awards. Thanks to all for attending and helping out.A new Naomh Mhuire Bord na nOg facebook page has been created and will be used to provide information to the underage teams and coaches. Check out this facebook page for Bord na nOg news.The under 8s and under 10s continue training this Saturday at the Sportshall at the RCS. Training will be outdoors this Saturday morning training on the Astro-pitch as the hall is unavailable. The under 8s will train from 11am – 12pm with the under 10s training from 12pm – 1pm. Under 12 training continues every Tuesday at the RCS from 7pm – 8pm. This is for children born in 2000 and 2001.If anyone has or knows where the electric pump for inflating the football is, could they return it to any member of the Committee or simply leave it in the clubhouse. This is a much needed part of equipment for club coaching staff.Ladies and Girls training is going ahead in Aishlann at 7.30pm on Wednesday nights. Please make an effort to get to training as the Junior league starting date is 8th April and u14 starting date is 27th March. All teams are training together while we are indoors.We have four girls who have made the u14 county team panel; Sarah Doherty, Sadbha ni Bhaoill, Katie O’Donnell agus Ailbhe O’Donnell. The co. u16 trials are taking place and a number of girls are currently attending these sessions.Scór Sinsear dates yet to be finalised but anyone interested in representing the club, please make contact with Seamus Mac Ruairí. Comhghairdeas to club member and former player Mel O’Donnell on being selected as Donegal sports Star Primary School Teacher of the Year. Mel is a Teacher in Killamacrennan N.S. Well deserved honour for Mel and the O’Donnell Clan.The Healthy Living program is going very well. Every Wednesday at 7pm at the Mullaghderg Banks.Lotto details for week 25th January. Jackpot 920 euro. No jackpot winner. There were one match 3 winners – Marie Martin – Beal na Cruite. Numbers were 3-19-21-24.Check out our club website www.naomhmhuire.ie GAA NOTES: NAOMH MHUIRE was last modified: January 31st, 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:NAOMH MHUIRE GAA NOTESlast_img read more

Florentino Perez reveals the only way Luka Modric will leave Real Madrid

first_img Modric in action during Real Madrid’s victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final in May Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest Transfer News He also enjoyed a brilliant World Cup campaign – winning the Golden Ball award after his Croatia side lost 4-2 in the final to France.And although Modric’s current deal runs until June 30 2020, Real Madrid supporters may have been concerned he was heading for an exit after the club offloaded Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus earlier this summer.But in an interview with Marca, Perez assured the sale of Modric would be near impossible this summer.Perez said: “The only possibility that Modric leaves is by paying 750 million euros.” Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has assured Real Madrid fans the club does not intend to sell midfielder Luka Modric.Modric, 32, was one of the European Champions’ key players last season but has been linked with a surprise move to Inter Milan this summer. IN DEMAND targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti center_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets RANKED LATEST 1 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED Modric returns to training next week in Madrid ahead of their UEFA Super Cup clash against local rivals Atletico Madrid on August 15.last_img read more

REVEALED: 24 MILLION FILES IN CASE AGAINST DONEGAL BANKER

first_imgINVESTIGATORS in a case against a Co Donegal banker have to examines an astonishing 24,000,000 million files – putting the trial back at least a year.Rathmullan man Willie McAteer, a former executive with Anglo Irish Bank and pictured, is facing 16 charges along with Sean Fitzpatrick and Patrick Whelan.They are all accused of permitting Anglo to illegally give financial assistance to Patricia Quinn, her five children and ten senior clients of the bank to enable them to buy shares in the bank. The Circuit Criminal Court was told that 24 million documents may have to be considered before the trial can begin.Prosecuting counsel Una Ni Raifeartaigh said disclosure in the case was complex and it was not simply about supplying the material to the defence, it was also a matter of culling and organising it.She said the defence needed to be given an adequate opportunity to absorb the material.Judge Mary Ellen Ring set a trial date of 13 January next year and said if it cannot be done by then it says something about the system.The judge was also told the trial is expected to last at least three months.The three were remanded on continuing bail to appear again on March 6.REVEALED: 24 MILLION FILES IN CASE AGAINST DONEGAL BANKER was last modified: January 23rd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:rahtmullanREVEALED: 24 MILLION FILES IN CASE AGAINST DONEGAL BANKERlast_img read more