More than 25,000 Bassonians in District # 1 of Grand Bassa County look forward to watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup since Rep. Hans M. Barchue has assured them a chance to watch the games free.Rep. Barchue has promised to purchase 12 flat-screen TVs, 17 DSTV sets and 17 generators for the 17 clans in his constituency to enjoy the World Cup.He made the vow last Friday during a fundraiser on Diahn Blae Community Radio in Grand Bassa County.Barchue’s disclosure was received with shouts of appreciation as he instructed youth groups in each clan to collaborate with their clan chiefs and district superintendents to identify a spot to install the television and DSTV set between now to the end of April.“As a representative I like to do what makes my people happy, and I am doing this because I love you and will never stop loving you,” Rep. Barchue said.If all goes as expected, the district’s17 clans will watch all of the 64 tournament games of the 2014 World Cup which is expected to begin on Thursday, June 12, when Brazil plays Croatia in the opening match.A cross section of youths interviewed expressed their thanks and appreciation to Rep. Barchue and revealed that this will be the first ever for a representative to undertake such initiative.Diahn Blae Community Radio station manager, youthful Moses S.B. Somah, described it as a “worthy project.”Somah also thanked Deputy Speaker Barchue for his continuous support to the district including the radio station, which has been reopened owing to his immeasurable support.Sundaygar Wallace said beside the games it will also help them to watch the latest news unfolding around the world.Meanwhile, 31 countries have advanced through the qualification began since June 2011 to participate with the host, Brazil in the final tournament.Matches are to be played in twelve cities across Brazil in either new or redeveloped stadiums, beginning with a group stage. For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will use goal-line technology.Each participating team will receive at least US$8 million. The champions will receive $35 million, while the losing finalists will receive $25 million.Teams that lose in the round of 16 will receive $9 million, and the quarter-finalists receive $14 million. The clubs in which the players are playing for at the time of their World Cup departure will receive $70 million as a compensation for insurance costs and expenses, which will be distributed through their national associations.Overall, FIFA will allocate $576 million, a new record, an increase from the $420 million allocated in South Africa.The 32 qualified countries in the 2014 FIFA World Cup are: Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, the United States of America, Portugar, Russia, Spain and Switzerland.The rest are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia Ecuador, Uruguay, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Netherlands.Spain is the defending champion, having defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 finals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The team opened play on Friday night against Peru. Peru took the first two games 25-21, 25-18. Canada responded to take the third game 27-25, but fell in the fourth 25-16 to give Peru the 3-1 win.Saturday’s match against Poland also resulted in a 3-1 defeat for Cranston and her teammates. Poland took the first game 25-15, but Canada won the second 25-14. Poland took the final two games by scores of 25-21, and 25-11.Belgium was Canada’s opponent on Sunday and the final had Belgium winning 3-0. Games in the contest were 25-13, 25-19, 28-26.- Advertisement -Cranston and team Canada will be looking to turn their fortunes around this weekend as they’ll be in Leuven, Belgium for three more games as the FIVB World Grand Prix continues. They’ll have a rematch with Belgium on Friday. That will be followed by games against Argentina on Saturday, and the Netherlands on Sunday.All of Canada’s games will be broadcast on Sportsnet. For a schedule of the games click here.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VERO BEACH, Fla. – Apparently, Andre Ethier wants to be the Dodgers’ version of Madonna. “It’s just about reinventing yourself,” the second-year outfielder said. “I hit .300 last year, and people said it wasn’t good enough. So I’m just trying to go back to where I was in 2005, the year before I came over here, when I hit balls the other way with authority and at the same time took the inside pitch and tried to drive it out. “I think I can be a more valuable player if I get back to what I did that season.” Clearly stung by what he repeatedly read and heard over the winter – an especially popular notion was that he didn’t hit for the kind of power a corner outfielder is supposed to – Ethier says he is focused on hitting more than the 11 home runs he had last year. That figure notwithstanding, he was a solid NL Rookie of the Year candidate before the fatigue of his first major-league season caused him to fade down the stretch. But the problem with Ethier’s new approach is that manager Grady Little isn’t happy to hear that Ethier, who is expected to be the Dodgers’ everyday right fielder this season, wants to reinvent himself. “That scares the (heck) out of me,” Little said. The Ethier whom Little is hoping to see is the same guy who batted .308 as a rookie while posting a .365 on-base percentage. The guy who went 3 for 4 with a double in Friday’s Grapefruit League game – an 8-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins in front of 4,174 at Holman Stadium – to raise his spring average to .526 (10 for 19). The guy who will fit nicely into either the seventh or eighth spot in the batting order this season, low enough that no one will expect him to be Babe Ruth. The Ethier that Ethier seems to want to be is the player he was two years ago at Double-A Midland, before the Oakland A’s traded him to the Dodgers for Milton Bradley and Antonio Perez. Ethier hit 18 homers and drove in 80 runs that year, even as he was posting the highest full-season average (.319) and on-base percentage (.385) of his professional career. Ethier’s first-inning double against the Twins, which came against a non-roster shell of what used to be Sidney Ponson, is his only extra-base hit of the spring. “I’m not hitting home runs, so something isn’t right,” Ethier said. “They want somebody to hit home runs, and I can be that guy. Why not me, right?” Then again, why not somebody else? “This guy has all kinds of ability,” Little said. “We’re not asking him to be somebody he isn’t. If he swings the bat the way he knows how, those home runs are going to come. They will come if he doesn’t put a lot of effort into trying to make them come. But if he does do that, they may never come then. You can get into bad habits if you start thinking that way.” GETTING BETTER: Utility man Marlon Anderson, who has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game because of a minor setback in his recovery from offseason surgery on his right elbow, might be ready to play as soon as next week. He took ground balls, tossed them lightly and shagged flies in the outfield. Although the injury resulted from Anderson pushing himself too hard early in camp, the veteran said he had no regrets. “Not at all, because you don’t know until you test it,” he said. “I spent the whole offseason rehabbing it. I pushed it a little bit just to see where it was, knowing that I might have a setback.” Shortstop Rafael Furcal (right shoulder) also is expected to return early next week. Both Anderson and Furcal might play in a minor-league game on Wednesday, an off day for big-league camp. Left-hander Randy Wolf will pitch three or four innings in that game to stay on his regular routine of starting every fifth day. HEADED OUT: Don’t be surprised if top pitching prospect Scott Elbert is among this weekend’s first round of cuts. The left-hander, who was not going to make this year’s team, faced five Twins batters on Friday, retired only one and gave up three home runs.
0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid have a chance to end their season on a high. © AFP / Christof STACHEMADRID, Spain, May 4 – Real Madrid can transform their own season by beating Liverpool in this month’s Champions League final, and on Sunday they can dent Barcelona’s by becoming the first team to defeat the Catalans in La Liga.This ‘clasico’ at Camp Nou will have minimal impact on the league, with Barca already crowned champions and Real’s passing interest in pipping Atletico to second place diminished by their ambitions in Europe. But there is still much at stake in what Madrid’s daily newspaper Marca has billed “the clasico of honour”. It could even be argued this match will go some way to defining the seasons of these two teams.Barca, in particular, have been careful in celebrating their domestic double, their players aware of the disappointment that lingers from their Champions League crash in the quarter-finals.Even as they ordered pizza and slurped beer from the top of their open-top bus down Las Ramblas this week, it was noticeable how many interviews still referenced the disappointment in Rome.“The elimination in the Champions League, it hurt us because it was unexpected,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde. “But it is very difficult to do what we have done and now what are we going to do? We keep trying.”To soften the blow, Barca’s best response was to win the Copa del Rey and La Liga and finish unbeaten in the league for the first time, while hoping Real do not go all the way in the Champions League. The latter two are still to be decided.– Bye-bye Bale? –Real’s march towards a 13th European triumph has certainly weighed heavily on Barcelona, whose sense of absence has been heightened by the progress of their rivals.“It’s amazing to be in a Champions League final for the third time in a row and have the chance to win it for the fourth time in the last five years,” Real midfielder Toni Kroos said on Tuesday.“It’s hard for me to find words to describe that. When it comes to the Champions League, we have extra motivation.”Barca are looking to avoid defeat this weekend, and in their last three league games against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to seal a historic season.But if Real snatch a victory at the Camp Nou and also see off Liverpool, perhaps the balance is tipped in their favour.It will certainly be the last ‘clasico’ for Andres Iniesta as a player while Gareth Bale may also wave goodbye to this fixture, with the Welshman expected to consider his future at Real in the summer.The suggestion is both teams could give the departing Iniesta, Barca’s captain, a guard of honour, even if Real refuse to do so for Barcelona’s La Liga triumph.Bale was again a substitute against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, meaning he has now started only one of Real’s six Champions League knock-out games.Zidane has been playing Bale, and resting key players, in La Liga matches but he is not likely to field a weakened team this weekend.Elsewhere, Sevilla will play their first match under their caretaker coach Joaquin Caparros on Friday against Real Sociedad.Vincenzo Montella was sacked after last weekend’s loss to lowly Levante, which left the team eighth in the table and a point outside the Europa League qualification places.“We have changed some subtle things but there is no time,” Caparros said on Thursday. “Our work with the players so far has been more than anything emotional.”Atletico Madrid, who are five points ahead of Real, host struggling Espanyol on Sunday.Fixtures (all times GMT)FridaySevilla v Real Sociedad (1900)SaturdayGirona v Eibar (1100), Athletic Bilbao v Real Betis (1415), Celta Vigo v Deportivo La Coruna (1630), Villarreal v Valencia (1845)SundayMalaga v Alaves (1000), Atletico Madrid v Espanyol (1415), Las Palmas v Getafe (1630), Barcelona v Real Madrid (1845)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Zanzibar’s Khamis Musa Makame vies for the ball with a Sudanese opponent during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala on December 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 8 – Substitute Montasir Osman scored at the death as Sudan came from a goal down and a missed penalty to play to a 1-1 draw with Zanzibar in the Group B opening match at the CECAFA Senior Challenge in Kampala on Sunday.Sudan’s Emaldeldeen Salah had missed a penalty in the first half before Khamis Musa Makame scored for Zanzibar. However, the Sudanese got a much needed point and it came just after Zanzibar had been reduced to 10 men. Ahmada Ibrahim was shown a straight red card with four minutes left to play after an elbow off the ball on Salah.Sudan had a chance to score after half an hour when Mudathir Yahya handled the ball inside the box as he tried to defend a corner, but Salah saw his effort saved and the follow up also blocked by keeper Suleiman Ahmed.Sudan made changes with Osman coming on for Awad Mohammed and he almost made an immediate impact when he struck a shot from range but it was tipped over for a corner by the keeper.In the second half Zanzibar improved in offense and were gifted with a goal 10 minutes in when Makame put the ball across the line from a goalmouth melee.But the never say die Sudan gave in a fight and were pleased to get the point at the death, Osman’s shot from range gliding past a forest of defenders to beat the keeper.0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)
“If you think this city would go crazy when Michael Jordan’s Bulls won a world title, I’m fearful what’s going to happen if the White Sox win the World Series,” said the taxicab driver as he drove me Thursday afternoon from Midway Airport to my Michigan Avenue hotel. “You gotta understand that there’s not many people alive in these parts who were around the last time a Chicago team won a World Series. The White Sox last did it in 1917 and the Cubbies. Oh Lord, they haven’t done it since 1908.” Will the Great Chicago World Series Jinx finally come to an end in the upcoming days when the White Sox face a newcomer to these October test matches, the Houston Astros? CHICAGO — This great Midwest metropolis which long has adored the Cubs suddenly has been seized by White Sox hysteria. Everywhere you go, you see signs hailing the White Sox and hear people discussing the team that until this season had been immersed in obscurity in the shadow of the Cubs, who find themselves being upstaged by the South Side baseball ballclub that qualified for the World Series for winning the American League pennant for the first time since 1959. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The oddsmakers in Las Vegas say it will, as they’ve installed the White Sox a slight betting favorite to emerge victorious in the best-of-7 debate that commences tonight at U.S. Cellular. And they certainly deserve such status, since they led the AL in victories during the regular season with 99 and since they swept the Boston Red Sox in the divisional series and since they impaled the Los Angeles Angels in five games in the ALCS. They storm into this World Series with an overwhelming amount of momentum generated by the route-going performances of their starting pitchers, Jose Contreras, Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland and Freddy Garcia, against the Angels. They have been hitting with a flourish and fielding with consistency, and their colorful manager, Ozzie Guillen, has been pushing all the right buttons. They play with a maddening determination, have a few guys you’ve heard of like Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye and A.J. Pierzynski and a lot of guys you haven’t like Joe Crede, Juan Uribe, Scott Podsednik, Aaron Rowand and Tadahito Iguchi. But the White Sox just might be facing an opponent that has a greater sense of destiny than themselves in the Astros, who became the first team in the franchise’s 44-year existence to make it to the Fall Classic and did it in a most impressive fashion. They somehow were able to overcome the emotional nightmare of that Monday night Game 5 meltdown to the St. Louis Cardinals when Albert Pujols drilled a two-out, game-deciding, ninth-inning, three-run homer off Brad Lidge that left them 5-4 losers and kept them from winning the National League pennant. Such a harrowing setback usually devastates a team, as the 1986 Angels found out after Boston’s Dave Henderson’s famous home run and as the 1988 Oakland A’s found out after the Dodgers’ Kirk Gibson’s memorable home run. But the Astros survived the trauma of Pujols’ heroics, and went on to St. Louis Wednesday evening where they coolly beat the Cardinals by a 5-1 score behind the overwhelming pitching of Roy Oswalt, who looked like a right-handed Sandy Koufax as he silenced the St. Louis bats with a mid-90 mph fastball and a bewildering curve. This is a strange Houston team that seems to be at its best when it’s been dispatched to the mat and is on the verge of being knocked out, as was the case when it started the season 15-30 and as was the case Monday night when Pujols’ blow should have torn out its heart. But these Astros have a resilience that’s astounding, and they will be forced to display that trait once again as well as receive stout pitching once again from Oswalt, Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens and Brandon Backe if they’re to survive against the White Sox. I have a strange feeling they will, even though so often my strange feelings in regard to the outcome of sporting events turn out to be wrong feelings. If the Astros can so blithely put aside the depression of Pujols’ home run, then the hunch here is that they will be able to withstand whatever adversity engulfs them against the White Sox. The White Sox looked terrific in dismantling the Red Sox, but the Boston pitching staff was weak and only faintly resembled the one that won the World Series a year ago when Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe and a healthy Curt Schilling were a part of it. The White Sox looked dominant in bringing down the Angels especially their starting pitchers but I can’t envision the Astros batsmen being similarly feeble. Houston is not exactly renowned for its hitting, but I’m willing to wager anyone my favorite photo of a Darin Erstad home run oops, one doesn’t exist that neither Craig Biggio, nor Lance Berkman, nor Morgan Ensberg, nor Jason Lane, nor any other hitter in the Houston batting order will go 1 for 20 as Vladimir Guerrero did against the White Sox. As good as the White Sox starting pitching is, the Astros have a strong trio in Roger Clemens, who opens tonight against Jose Contreras, Andy Pettitte and Mr. Oswalt, who has been untouchable during the postseason. “I’m picking the Astros to win the series because I think their top three pitchers are better than Chicago’s,” said Tom Lasorda in the lobby of the Chicago Hilton Friday afternoon, as he joshed around with veteran umpire Joe West. The Astros also have an extraordinary bullpen, irrespective of Brad Lidge’s choke job against Pujols. Lidge normally is as dominant as the New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera and he’s backed up by Chad Qualls and Dan Wheeler, both of whom have performed nobly during the playoffs. The former Long Beach State star and Millikan High graduate, Mike Gallo, a left-hander, also has been effective in getting out left-handed hitters. Both managers, Ozzie Guillen of the White Sox and Phil Garner of the Astros, aren’t afraid to take risks and aren’t afraid to make unconventional moves. For sure, one despairing athletic vacuum will come to an end soon. Either Chicago will be celebrating its first world baseball title since the early part of the 20th century, or Texas will be celebrating its first one, period. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Food Safety Professionals Association presented two Donegal catering businesses with an award at the Food Safety Assurance Awards on Wednesday last. Castlerea Community School and O’Donnell’s Bakery both received the Food Safety and Hygiene Award for recognition as being the best in class.Achieving the Award is the culmination of hard work, attention to detail and being fastidious about Hygiene Matters.More than that, it is an attitude and a commitment to quality, setting and maintaining the highest standards above and beyond the Regulatory Environment. Eibhlin O Leary, Training and Compliance Manager at The Food Safety Authority congratulated the companies on their achievement and prioritising protecting consumers health and working in the best interests of their customers and should be commended for doing so.Mary Daly, Chairperson of The Food Safety Professionals Association, said that she would like Winners to display the Award in a prominent place, include it in all promotional material and be justifiably proud of their wonderful achievement.”O’Donnell’s Bakery, Laghey1. Eibhlin O’Leary. Training & Compliance Manager, Food Safety Authority of Ireland2. Andrew McElhinney3. Sarah Ann McElhinney4. Lorraine Oman, FSPA5. Martin Lynch, FSPADonegal Region1. Lorraine Oman. FSPA2. Billy McGill. Get Fresh Catering Ltd @ Castlerea Community School3. Eibhlin O’Leary. Training & Compliance Manager, Food Safety Authority of Ireland4. Sarah Ann McElhinney, O’Donnell’s Bakery5. Andrew McElhinney, O’Donnell’s Bakery1. Eibhlin O’Leary, Training & Compliance Manager, Food Safety Authority of Ireland2. Billy McGill, Get Fresh Catering Ltd @ Castlerea Community School3. Mary Daly, Chairperson, FSPATwo Donegal winners at Food Safety Assurance Awards was last modified: March 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
QPR boss Harry Redknapp wants to sign Marseille striker Loic Remy and has considered a move for Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne, according to the Daily Mail.It is claimed Redknapp has been given £20m to spend in January, with a bid of £9m placed for Remy, a £7.5m offer planned for Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, while West Ham’s Mohamed Diame – who has a £3.5m release clause – is also a target.Newcastle are believed to be keen on Remy and are seen as favourites to sign him.Paris St-Germain’s Diego Lugano, 32, is another player said to be on Redknapp’s radar.Meanwhile, Chelsea are set to sign Metalist Kharkiv’s Brazilian midfielder Taison and Corinthians forward Paulinho, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed the Blues, who are expected to seal the signing of Newcastle striker Demba Ba, are ready to pay £10m for Kharkiv.The Mail say Bayer Leverkusen are showing an interest in taking Chelsea winger Marko Marin on loan.The Los Angeles Times suggest Frank Lampard has moved a step closer to joining LA Galaxy from Chelsea, while Italian newspaper La Repubblica say Lazio have offered him a three-year contract.Fulham are looking to conclude the signing of Wolfsburg defender Alexander Madlung, the Mail report.The Whites are said to be also hopeful of agreeing terms with Dnipro midfielder Derek Boateng.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The old simple story that early modern humans migrated out of Africa 40,000 years ago and took over Europe from brutish Neanderthals just got more complicated. A new theory mentioned in National Geographic News now proposes that they took a side trip to India first, 70,000 years ago. After knocking off Heidelberg Man there, they moved west 30,000 years later and took over Europe. This is the new story line proposed by Michael Petraglia and Hannah James of Cambridge. Petraglia said, “I realized that, my god, modern humans might have wiped out Homo heidelbergensis in India. Modern humans may have been responsible for wiping out all sorts of ancestors around the world.”We’ll award that line Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week. To interpret stories like this, you have to understand that it is all just a game. The object is to get mentioned in National Geographic, preferably on the cover, by saying something just controversial enough to draw attention to oneself without ever throwing the whole enterprise of evolutionary paleoanthropology into doubt.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The second annual SA Premier Business Awards – to be held on 19 March 2014 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Gauteng – is open for entries.The event, which recognises business excellence in South Africa, is organised by the Department of Trade and Industry, Proudly South African and Brand South Africa.The Awards are South Africa’s apex business awards which integrate all single sectored awards into one big, national business awards. The Awards represent and acknowledge all South African business sectors.“The Awards are designed to showcase the best that South Africa has to offer in terms of businesses, products and services. I am confident that the 2014 edition of the Awards will be as successful as the inaugural awards we hosted in Johannesburg in March last year,” said the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies.South African enterprises, international and global companies as well as members of the media who/which adhere to the various criteria per category and achieved success in their various fields, qualify to enter.“Through the Awards we will honour enterprises that promote innovation and competitiveness – as well as job creation, good business ethics and quality. As we celebrate 20 years of democracy this year, we will also celebrate local enterprises that have promoted the spirit of success and entrepreneurship in South Africa,” said Proudly South African CEO, Adv. Leslie Sedibe.“Brand South Africa is pleased to be a partner in hosting these awards which celebrate South African business entrepreneurship and innovation. These elements are critical in driving the developmental agenda of South Africa and in growing our economy which are key elements of the National Development Plan,” said Brand South Africa CEO, Miller Matola.Categories for the awards include: Exporter Award, Manufacturer Award, Rural Development Award, Technology Award, Young Entrepreneur Award, Women Owned Enterprise Award, Proudly South African Enterprise Award, Media Award, Quality Award, Green Award, Most Empowered Enterprise Award, SMME Award, Investor Award, Play Your Part Award and Corporate SME Supplier Development Award.A Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented – and will be a discretionary award. South African entrepreneur and property developer, Dr Richard Maponya, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Awards in March 2013.Dr Maponya was recognised for his significant contribution to the development of South African business and his contribution to the community during his lifetime.More information on the SA Premier Business Awards, including entry forms, can be obtained online at www.sapremierbusinessawards.co.zaFor further information/media inquiries, contact:Gillian de Gouveia or Sidwell MedupePR Manager: Proudly SA Ministerial Spokesperson (the dti)Cell: 082 410 1195 (012) 394-1650Email: email@example.com Cell: 079 492 1774Twitter: @ProudlySA Email: MSMedupe@thedti.gov.zaTwitter: @the_dti