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Lara set to headline Festival of Cricket again

first_imgPERTH, Australia (CMC):Former West Indies captain Brian Lara will headline Western Australia’s Festival of Cricket for a third straight year when he turns out in the Twenty20 exhibition match on December 13.The iconic left-hander will line up alongside several ex-stars like Australians Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting in the game against Perth Scorchers.Former South Africa stroke-maker Herschelle Gibbs is also expected to fly in for the event.”The Festival of Cricket presents the public and corporates with a unique opportunity to not only watch a high-quality T20 match in a relaxed, social environment, but also to mix and mingle with many current and past greats of the game,” Gilchrist said.”The chance to run around with a bunch of old mates and pit ourselves against the Scorchers is exciting and sure to be entertaining for all.”Lara has proven to be the star of the event in the two previous fixtures, showing he had lost little of his touch by carving out half-centuries on each occasion.He is regarded as one of the finest batsmen of his era, amassing 11,953 runs from 131 Tests to be the West Indies all-time leading run-scorer.The game, carded for Aquinas College Ground, also serves as a warm-up for Scorchers ahead of their Big Bash League campaign.last_img read more

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Tour de France: Froome crashes after police mistake him for fan

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Britain’s Chris Froome talks to his team after losing contact with the group of leaders as they climb Col du Portet pass during the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 65 kilometers (40.4 miles) with start in Bagneres-de-Luchon and finish in Saint-Lary-Soulan, Col du Portet pass, France, Wednesday July 25, 2018. The Tour de France thinks it has some solutions to liven up the action with today’s shorter mountain stage with three grueling climbs, including an uphill finish, intermediate bonus sprints, and a Formula One-like grid start. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France — Chris Froome has crashed following the brutally difficult 17th stage of the Tour de France after police mistook him for a fan on the way down the mountain.Team Sky tells The Associated Press there was a misunderstanding and when police asked the rider to stop, that caused him to crash. Sky said Froome was not injured.ADVERTISEMENT UEFA threatens Marseille with 1-season ban for fan disorder Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Froome had put a black raincoat over his racing uniform on a day when he cracked on the final climb to Col du Portet, drastically decreasing his chances of a record-tying fifth title.The incident comes a day after police used tear gas to disperse a farmers’ protest that had blocked the road with bales of hay. Froome was among a large group of riders whose eyes needed treatment due to the tear gas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Froome has been a repeated target of fans in this Tour after he was cleared of doping five days before the race began. He had been racing under the cloud of a potential ban for using twice the permitted level of salbutamol during his victory at the Spanish Vuelta in September.He said he has been repeatedly spat at since the race started, and spectators have punched him and tried to make him fall off his bike. LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?center_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

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State-owned Chinese firm to visit Guyana in May

first_imgTakeover of BaiShanLinChinese logging company BaiShanLin will soon be bought over by the Chinese Government, which intends to satisfy and expand on the outstanding obligations of the company to Guyana.With 55 per cent of shares acquired, State-owned Chinese firm Long Jiang Forest Industries Group, the takeover is slated to occur sometime this year.In fact, the corporation’s vice director Wong Dong Xu along with a delegation of company representatives will be in Guyana by May 2016 to complete due diligence for the takeover.During his recent trip to China, State Minister Joseph Harmon had met with company officials to discuss the undertaking.Harmon had explained that he used the opportunity to convey all the concerns and expectations of the government and the people of Guyana with respect to BaiShanLin.BaiShanLin has repeatedly failed to honour several of its obligations to Guyana, including the establishment of a state-of-the-art integrated wood processing value-added facility in Linden which was to be completed by the end of 2013.The Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) had recommended an immediate termination of the investment agreement with government and to force the company to surrender its control of five local concessionaires.While in opposition, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) had expressed its intention to hold BaiShanLin accountable for its many failures however, now in government, their posture towards those forensic audit recommendations are currently indeterminate, given the change of ownership of the Logging Company and its eagerness to maintain a healthy Guyana/China diplomatic relationship.The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is currently conducting an investigation into the company.BaiShanLin was granted a State Forest Exploratory Permit (SFEP 01/2011) on November 4, 2011 despite the fact that it did not meet the criteria including: (a) the submission of audited financial statements for the last five years; (b) evidence of technical and financial qualifications; and (c) a history of compliance.However, a key consideration for the grant was the assurance of BaiShanLin to establish the state-of-art integrated wood processing value-added facility in Linden by the end of 2013.Additionally, as a condition for the grant, the company was required to carry out an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) before any extraction could begin; prepare a business plan and do a forest inventory.However according to the forensic audit report, at the time of the expiration of SFEP 01/2011 in November 2014, the company did not honour any of its obligations.“BaiShanLin contended that it faced a number of constraints, including passing through eight concessions and the need to repair/upgrade roads; and that it had since been able to access the area,” the report explained.BaiShanLin was then granted an extension of one year to fulfil its outstanding obligations and to set up the wood processing plant.But the report pointed out that there is no provision in the Forestry Act 2009 for an extension once the expiry date is reached.The extended permit expired on 4 November 2015 but there was no board of directors in place to address the issue.The company applied for a further extension of two years to fulfil the outstanding obligations but the Ministry of the Presidency is yet to make a decision.Furthermore, the report revealed that notwithstanding BaiShanLin’s failure to meet the obligations under SFEP 01/2011, the Commission granted the company a second exploratory permit on 26 April 2013 which covers 73,015 acres of State forest.BaiShanLin was also granted two State Forest Permits (SFPs) covering an additional 8,170 hectares of State forest.Moreover as stated in the document, during the period 2009-2014, shareholders/directors of BaiShanLin acquired controlling interest in five logging companies through the acquisition of shares; however there was no evidence the specific approval of the Commission was granted in relation to the change of ownership/control of these companies. These companies hold Timber Sales Agreements (TSAs) covering a total of 441,119 hectares.As outlined in the report, the Forests Act prohibits the granting a State forest authorisation to two or more persons associated together in a joint venture unless each of them qualifies under the Act for the grant of such an authorization.In addition, without the written consent of the Commission, the holder of a State forest authorisation cannot engage or be involved in any act that results or likely to result in a change of effective control, including transferring the authorisation or entering into a sub-contracting, sub-letting arrangement.If this happens, the holder has to give written notice to the Commission and surrender the authorisation. Any such transfer, sub-contacting or sub-letting arrangement is void, and the authorisation is deemed revoked.Therefore, in BaiShanLin’s circumstances, the holders of the TSAs should have surrendered their authorisations to the Commission because now, the Chinese logging company had access to a total of 627,072 hectares of State forest.last_img read more

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Wanted man gunned down in front of city hotel

first_imgA man who was allegedly wanted by Canadian authorities was in the wee hours of Sunday killed execution style in front of a popular hotel at Forshaw Street, Queenstown, Georgetown.Dead: Sean GreeneDead is 37-year-old Sean Allistair O’Brien Greene of Alberttown and formerly of Number 78 Village, Springlands, Corentyne, Berbice.Initial reports indicated that Greene was standing in front of the hotel with a few of his friends about 04:00h when a man walked up to him, pulled out a weapon, and pumped several bullets into his body. The shooter then quickly left the scene.Greene was reportedly rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage obtained by Guyana Times; however, showed Greene was sitting in front of the hotel on a chair and another person was standing beside him.The hotel where the shooting took placeThe recording showed the duo was engaged in conversation when the perpetrator strolled up to them from the eastern side of Forshaw Street.Prior to opening fire upon Greene, the suspect, who was clad in a black long pants, light-coloured jersey and hat, apparently said something. He then began shooting at Greene which caused the other male to run for cover.After being shot, Greene fell out of the chair and onto the ground. In addition, the CCTV footage showed that the shooter ran away from the scene. After the gunman left, a large crowd gathered and a dying Greene with several bullets to his body, including one to his face, was left lying on the roadway in front of the hotel for a long time.The chair in which Greene was sitting at the time he was gunned downHe was later picked up and rushed to the hospital, but by that time, it was too late.When this newspaper visited the scene later in the morning, persons were present there, but remained tight-lipped about the shooting incident.Bloodstains were seen in front of the hotel along with a bullet-riddled chair. Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports indicated that Greene was wanted in Canada in connection with the murder of a 42-year-old Toronto resident which occurred in September last.The man identified as “Chad Day” was discovered lying in a driveway on West Lodge Avenue near Lansdowne Avenue and Queen Street West, Parksdale, Toronto with injuries to his body suspected to be from a fall.Two men were arrested in connection with the incident, but a third suspect was still being sought by the Canadian authorities. The photograph that was released by the Canadian authorities was that of a man who bore a close resemblance to Greene.Further, unconfirmed reports also alleged that Greene was deported from the United States of America. The Police are continuing their hunt for the suspect.last_img read more

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Stanley Holden, ballet great, dies

first_imgStanley Holden, an acclaimed character dancer in Britain’s Royal Ballet who went on to teach generations of dancers in Southern California, has died. He was 79. Holden died Friday at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks from complications of heart problems and colon cancer, according to his stepdaughter, Mimi Stabile. Holden was born in the slums of London in 1928. His mother encouraged him to try ballet lessons when he was 13. At 16, he was accepted into the Sadler’s Wells Ballet Company, which later became the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden. For the Royal Ballet, Holden created roles in John Cranko’s “Harlequin in April” (1951) and Frederick Ashton’s “La Fille Mal Gardee” (1960) and “Enigma Variations” (1968). He retired in 1969 after dancing the travesty role of Widow Simone in “Fille” at the Royal Opera House. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He moved to Los Angeles in 1970 to become director of the Academy of Dance at the Music Center. He left after a year to establish his Stanley Holden Dance Center on Pico Boulevard, where he taught for nearly 30 years and was sought out by ballet luminaries including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland and Natalia Makarova, as well as film stars such as Juliet Prowse and Mary Tyler Moore. For the last 12 years, Holden had taught at the California Dance Theatre in Agoura Hills. In addition to Stabile, Holden is survived by his wife, Judy; three children from a former marriage, Marcelle, Janine and Mark, all of London; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.last_img read more

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La Mirada athletes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – Playing on the varsity basketball team at La Mirada High School isn’t all about athletics anymore, says head coach Jack Dunbar. After hearing from coaches at other schools about the benefits of having young athletes perform community service, Dunbar decided it was time to do the same at La Mirada High.And that’s exactly what his varsity players were doing Friday on their day off from school. They were reading to third-graders at nearby La Pluma Elementary School and talking to them about keeping up their grades, working hard and staying away from drugs and alcohol.“We’re trying to teach the kids that there’s more to life than basketball,” Dunbar said. “What we’re doing \ is nice, but our long-term goal is to do much more because these are such good young men.”Friday’s visit was arranged by Larry Kaupang, the varsity team’s assistant coach and a third-grade teacher at La Pluma. Kaupang’s son, Stephen, plays on the varsity team as well.Kaupang said he remembered when his children were younger and developed friendships with older athletes who would sign autographs for them and encourage them.“For the older kids, it’s important for them to know they’re role models,” Kaupang said. “And it’s important for the young kids to see how it is in high school.”On Friday, the varsity players were divided into small groups and dispatched to four different third-grade classrooms, including Kaupang’s.They took turns reading a book to the class, then took general questions from the youngsters about basketball and school.Then the third-graders were able to read to the older students and ask more questions.“Everybody benefits,” Dunbar said. “We want these young men not to just give back to the community, but to develop a lifetime of volunteering – to learn that this is something to do all the time, not just one time.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more

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DDTV: DONEGAL COMPANY’S VIDEO ON HOW TO OPEN A BOTTLE OF WINE GOES VIRAL ONLINE

first_imgDDTV: Simply click play on the video above to watch owner of The Counter Deli & Wine Richard Finney show you a quirky way to open a bottle of wine.If you don’t have a bottle opener, then getting a bottle of wine open was obviously not an easy task, until now. We’ve all tried and failed miserably with all sorts of different objects to attempt to prise open the cork in a bottle of wine and made a mess of it.Now we all have shoes, so if you happen to find yourself with a bottle of wine and no bottle opener don’t panic.As Richard displays in the video simply place the wine in the shoe and batter the shoe off the wall.It doesn’t sound easy, nor would you think that practise would be effective, but as Richard shows it is very effective. Richard’s quirky and fun video has gone viral online with well over 100,000 views on YouTube.The video also appeared on the Science Channel in the USA and also was viewed by over 100,000 people.It’s so simple, it’s brilliant.DDTV: DONEGAL COMPANY’S VIDEO ON HOW TO OPEN A BOTTLE OF WINE GOES VIRAL ONLINE was last modified: November 21st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVFeaturesnewsOPENRichard FinneyShoeThe Counter Deli and WineViralwineYouTubelast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: DETAILS OF MOVILLE GAA DINNER DANCE ANNOUNCED

first_imgMOVILLE GAA NOTESLOTTOThere was no jackpot winner this week. The winning numbers were 4, 10, 15, 22. The €50 runner-up prize goes to Larry McHenry.Next week’s jackpot will be €6,600. Thank you for your continued support. We would like to appeal for more Lotto sellers as it is out main source of income.CLUB MERCHANDISEWhy not contact Brigid Harkin for some club merchandise in the run up to Christmas? It would make a great stocking filler, orders for merchandise should be in ASAP to guarantee they’ll be in time for Christmas. There are new club jerseys for sale in all sizes and would make an ideal Christmas gift. THE MINOR GIRLS UNLUCKY IN ULSTEROur Donegal championship winning minor girls were looking good for a win against Cavan champions Eastern Gaels after a closely fought encounter at Carrick Field with both sides starting poorly in tough conditions with wind, rain and hail. The Cavan side opened the scoring with a goal in the 18th minute of the game. Both sides scored points before Aisling McGuinness found the net for the home side and the teams went in at half time separated by a point in favour of Eastern Gaels.After the break Moville won a penalty, only for the chance to be missed. But the girls in blue stuck at it, added a point before Kathy McLaughlin did find the net to give her side a 2-03 to 1-03 lead. Eastern Gaels struck next, forcing home a penalty to level the game. Nicole Gordon pointed and when another one followed, Moville found themselves two points ahead with eight minutes left on the clock. But with the last kick of the game in injury time, the visitors found the net.Final score was Moville 2-05, Eastern Gaels, 3-04. It was a fantastic achievement for the girls to win the county final this year, and they were unlucky not to be in the Ulster final.CHRISTMAS CUP A huge thank you to everyone who made the Christmas Cup a huge success. Well done to Derry managed by Shaun McClenaghan who ran out winners against Dublin managed by Maurice Harkin and Martin Mc Cullough. Well done to Kerry Brown and Matthew Harkin who won players of the tournaments. Roll on next year…DATES FOR THE DIARYSaturday 24th January The club dinner dance will take place. Details will follow at a later date.UNDERAGE TRAINING The underage training will take a winter break after 6th December until 10th January. For future reference the times are as follows: Toddlers, U6s & U8s boys and girls from 10am-11am. U10 boys from 11-12 and U10 & U12 girls from 11-12. U12 boys training takes place on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8pm. All new children welcome.MISCALLANEOUS NOTESIf anyone has any information or photographs that they would like included in the notes, the club website (www.movillegaa.ie) or the club facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MovilleGAA) feel free to e-mail it to the following e-mail address: pro.moville.donegal@gaa.ieGAA NEWS: DETAILS OF MOVILLE GAA DINNER DANCE ANNOUNCED was last modified: December 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAmovilleNoticesSportlast_img read more

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High-speed rail study approved

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A $9.95 billion state bond measure for the project is scheduled to be put before California voters in November 2006. However, there is a bill pending in the state Legislature to push that vote back to 2008. Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, said given the state’s bond indebtedness, the train system must be deferred in favor of other priorities. “We have some big issues with transportation and infrastructure,” Runner said. “We need to have safe highways to drive on.” Although the Rail Authority has not taken a formal position on such a delay, individual board members, including Donna Andrews and Joseph Petrillo, have spoken out against pushing back the vote, arguing that it would increase the project’s cost. Rail Authority spokeswoman Kris Deutschman said if the bond vote were to pass, there would still be several months before the bonds would be used. PALMDALE – A proposed high-speed rail system that would run through the Antelope Valley reached a milestone Wednesday with the approval of the project’s environmental study. Meeting in Sacramento, the California High-Speed Rail Authority board voted 6-0 to approve the environmental impact report for the 700-mile system running from San Diego to Sacramento. The next step will be a separate environmental study for the controversial corridor linking the San Francisco Bay to the Central Valley. Also to be done are more-detailed environmental studies for each segment of the system, looking at where stations would be built and where rail lines would actually be placed. At an estimated $37 billion, the system would be one of the most expensive public works projects in U.S. history. “Passing the bonds shows that the project is moving forward,” Deutschman said. “That would help in attracting private partners.” After years of lobbying, Antelope Valley officials were successful in getting the Rail Authority to plan the route between Bakersfield and Los Angeles through the high desert rather than along Interstate 5. The proposed Antelope Valley alignment would follow Highway 58 from Bakersfield to Mojave, then run south along the Union Pacific railroad tracks through Lancaster, Palmdale and Soledad Canyon. Palmdale has spent nearly $600,000 studying and promoting the Antelope Valley route, which officials say would add just a few minutes to travel time but would serve 750,000 more residents than along Interstate 5. The officials also argued that the route would not require tunneling or raise as many environmental concerns as a rail line over the Grapevine. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 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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DONEGAL AND CORK DEADLOCKED AT HALF-TIME IN LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL AT CROKER

first_imgMichael Murphy has scored FOUR points for Donegal in the first-half against Cork at Croke Park.DONEGAL and Cork are all level at the interval in an enthralling Allianz National League semi-final at Croke Park.It has been a superb advert for the GAA and was much needed after all the negativity regarding the so called ‘death’ of the game.GAA commentators have called for the game’s legislators to change the rules in order to SAVE the game from the defensive brands being adopted by sides all over the country. Well those in attendance at Croke Park have been treated to a wonderful half of entertaining free-flowing football.Cork have scored 1-8 and EVERY score has come from play, they’ve played a great brand of football and Donegal have played their part too.Michael Murphy has scored four points (two from frees) and Patrick McBrearty has scored three points (one from frees) while Anthony Thompson, Karl Lacey, Colm McFadden and Odhran MacNiallais also registered scores.Tom Clancy scored Cork’s goal but there’s nothing between the sides and it’s all level. Both sides are playing really well and it’s all set up for a cracking second-half.HALF-TIME – Donegal 0-11 Cork 1-08DONEGAL AND CORK DEADLOCKED AT HALF-TIME IN LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL AT CROKER was last modified: April 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CorkCroke ParkdonegalGAAnewsSportlast_img read more

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