Holder defends senior players

first_imgHOBART, Australia (CMC):West Indies captain Jason Holder has defended the attitude and contribution of his senior players, following the side’s embarrassing innings defeat to Australia in the first Test yesterday, and believes a stronger collective effort is needed by the team in order to turn the series around.Australia media have been critical of the attitude of the West Indies senior players, in particular, batsman Marlon Samuels, who they accused of appearing indifferent in his approach throughout the contest at Bellerive Oval.However, Holder said the player had been showing the right attitude off the pitch.”I think there’s a lot of information shared in the dressing room,” Holder told a post-match media conference.COLLECTIVE EFFORT”Senior players pretty much get involved with players of the likes of Marlon Samuels – he has a lot of chats with most of the batsmen – and we have Jerome Taylor leading our attack having a lot of discussion with the fast bowlers, so I’ve been supported there by the fast bowlers and the senior batsmen.”It’s just about putting a strong collective effort together on the particular day – which we struggled with in the past. We need to correct it going forward in this series.”last_img read more

Fossett’s disappearance a mystery

first_img“This is kind of strange, because these aircraft have transponders and emergency locators, and you can usually readily find them anywhere in the world, including under the sea,” said Ross Aimer, chief executive of Aviation Experts, a consulting firm in San Clemente, who has flown the region several times. Fossett, 63, is a veteran aviator known for his quests to set world records. In 2002, on his sixth attempt, he became the first person to complete a solo, uninterrupted flight around the world in a hot-air balloon. Last year, he made the longest nonstop flight in aviation history: 26,389 miles in 76 hours, in a lightweight experimental plane. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – As the search for wealthy adventurer Steve Fossett entered its third day, rescue crews and aviation experts expressed bafflement Wednesday at his disappearance and the inability to find him. They pointed out that Fossett was a highly skilled pilot who was flying on a clear day over familiar terrain when his single-engine aircraft vanished Monday morning in rural western Nevada on what was to have been a brief flight. More than a dozen aircraft have been used to scour a mountainous area south of Reno since the search began in earnest at 6 p.m. Monday, but so far there has been no sign of Fossett or the blue and white Citabria Super Decathlon he was flying. What is more, officials say, they have not detected the emergency locator beacon that should have automatically gone off in the event of a crash, or that could have been enabled by Fossett himself if he was capable. last_img read more

DDTV: Cian’s snapshot of a Donegal summer!

first_imgMany of us might think that this summer was a bit of a washout.But Milford student Cian Flanagan might disagree. The Loreto Community School student has spent the summer taking video snapshots of all he and some of his friends did to pass the summer months.  And the result is an honest and refreshing film showing off all the beauty and fun of our magical county. The video includes surfing, pier jumping and bike jumping amongst other things and was shot in Fanad, Knockalla, Eelburn, Ramelton Waterfall and Letterkenny.Great work Cian.DDTV: Cian’s snapshot of a Donegal summer! was last modified: August 20th, 2016 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:Cian FlanaganDDTVdonegallast_img read more

Big deals? The 14 biggest summer transfer window rumours you need to know about

first_img 14 14 3. Kylian Mbappe – The Monaco starlet looked set to dominate the transfer headlines throughout the summer until Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent actions usurped him. The Frenchman is still just 18 years old and he shone as Monaco went on to claim the Ligue 1 title. Every major European team is interested in the attacker but recent reports in Marca claim Mbappe is keen on a Real Madrid move. The Spanish giants could accelerate a deal should Ronaldo depart this summer. 14 4. Alvaro Morata – After originally leaving Real Madrid for Juventus in search of first team football things at the Bernabéu haven’t changed much for Morata after he came back last summer. The Spanish international still finds himself behind the likes of Karim Benzema at Madrid and looked almost certain to join Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United this summer. The move is still very much on the cards and Morata could come as part of a mega-bucks Ronaldo deal. 11. Romelu Lukaku – Could the Belgian be in line to replace the outgoing Costa as Chelsea’s main frontman. After being sold to Everton by the Blues in 2014 for £28million it looks likely Lukaku could be returning to Stamford Bridge for a figure several times larger. While this doesn’t say much for Chelsea’s business sense fans won’t care if Lukaku continues to bang in goals the way he has done on Merseyside. We will wait and see if Chelsea are, indeed, the club the 24-year-old has decided to go to. 14 14 8. Joe Hart – Hart is another goalkeeper whose future is uncertain this summer after being jettisoned by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. After spending last year on loan at Torino the former Shrewsbury man is desperate to move on for first team football. However, despite being a two-time Premier League winner the England international’s options are fast closing with Everton signing Jordan Pickford and a number of other clubs settled with their keeping options. It will certainly be a big summer for Hart. 9. Alexis Sanchez – Will he or won’t he? Rumours continue to surround the future of Arsenal’s star front man as he has just a year left on his contract. Sanchez is high in demand and has been linked heavily with a move to Bayern Munich or to Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Manchester City. Unsurprisingly Gunners fans will be livid if Alexis does leave the Emirates this summer – even more so if he goes to Pep Guardiola’s side. 14 14 14 6. Kyle Walker – The Sheffield-born man has quickly become one of the most impressive right-backs in the Premier League of late but looks likely to leave Tottenham this summer. In a big blow to Mauricio Pochettino, as he looks to build a team capable of winning the title, Walker is wanted by Manchester City and Pep Guardiola and is thought to be interested in a move. Recently it has also emerged that Bayern Munich are interested in bringing the England full-back to the Allianz Arena following Philipp Lahm’s retirement. 14 1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Undoubtedly the biggest transfer story of the summer after the Real Madrid star informed his current employers that he wanted to leave. Amid an investigation into his tax affairs the Portugal international is believed to have made up his mind on leaving Spain and former club Manchester United are weighing up a gargantuan offer to bring him back. David de Gea and ‘just’ £183million might be enough for Ronaldo and fellow Madrid forward Alvaro Morata to come to Old Trafford. Or are Ronaldo’s actions trying to make a point to Real’s hierarchy? 7. Gianluigi Donnarumma – This is a transfer rumour that has picked up pace recently after the wonderkid rejected a new contract at AC Milan last Thursday. Fans voiced their displeasure by throwing fake money at the 18-year-old keeper during Italy’s Under-21 European Championship encounter against Denmark on Sunday. Milan had intended for Donnarumma to be the long-term man between the sticks but with just a year left on his contract the club faces a difficult choice with a host of clubs interested. Time will tell if Donnarumma will stay or go. 14 14 12. Chris Smalling – Perhaps a surprising member on this list the Manchester United defender’s future appears precarious following the arrival at Old Trafford of Victor Lindelof. Smalling’s form was highly consistent under Louis van Gaal’s tenure but in Jose Mourinho’s first season the centre back only started 13 times in the Premier League thanks to injury amongst other things. If the ex-Fulham man is to keep his place at international level he needs regular first team football with the likes of Tottenham, West Ham and Everton emerging as contenders to sign the defender. 5. James Rodriguez – The Colombian arrived at Madrid after a stellar showing at the 2014 World Cup but, particularly under manager Zinedine Zidane, he has failed to live up to expectation. Rodriguez only made 13 LaLiga starts last season and was left out of the match day squad for the Champions League final entirely. The midfielder will be desperate for more playing time and a move away from Madrid may be the way to do it with Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal supposedly interested. 14 2. Marco Verratti – The Italian supposedly wants out of Paris Saint-Germain – the club he first joined in 2012 after moving from hometown team Pescara. The midfield playmaker is thought to have become frustrated with PSG’s lack of progress in Europe and is said to be keen on a move to Barcelona. Considering the success other pass-masters have enjoyed at the Nou Camp it would seem to be a transfer move made in heaven. That is, of course, if PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaïfi will let Verratti leave. 14. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – The 27-year-old striker looks certain to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer after several flourishing seasons in Germany. It was thought that the Gabon striker would be swapping Signal Iduna Park for Paris Saint-Germain’s Parc des Princes but the deal in place appears to have fallen through. More recently Jurgen Klopp, Aubameyang’s former manager, seems to be trying to entice the star striker to Anfield – imagine that Liverpool fans. 13. Alexandre Lacazette – After spending his entire career so far with Lyon, 26-year-old Lacazette could finally be on the move after years of speculation. The France striker is linked strongly with Arsenal and Liverpool have also emerged as contenders. You sense this will be the summer Lacazette moves on to test himself outside of Ligue 1. 14 14 10. Diego Costa – Chelsea’s fiery forward was told via text by boss Antonio Conte that he was neither wanted or needed at Stamford Bridge next season. So what now for the Brazilian-turned-Spaniard? Interest from China appears to have cooled whereas Atletico Madrid – Costa’s preferred destination no doubt – have been hit by a transfer ban in this window. If Costa was to return to Atletico he would likely have to sit out until January when the club can next register players – but would he agree to that? Just in case you hadn’t noticed the transfer rumour mill is in full swing with a number of high-profile footballers across Europe rumoured to be on the move.While the window doesn’t officially open until July 1 the transfer talk is relentless as we head towards a blockbuster summer.Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s best footballer is just one player agitating for a move, while the likes of Marco Verratti and teenage superstar Kylian Mbappe are in high-demand.With massive fees likely to be banded about by clubs talkSPORT takes you through the 14 biggest names that will dominate the transfer discussion.Scroll through the gallery above to take a look.last_img read more


first_imgThe route of the Errigal College 5K in Letterkenny which takes place this Thursday.On Thursday, May 21st next at 7pm, Errigal College in Letterkenny will hold its Centenary 5K road race and walk. The race starts at Errigal College and traces its way around the different locations that housed the school over the years.Errigal College in Letterkenny.With registration from 6pm at Errigal College, it is hoped that a large turn-out will turn up on the night. The gun will signal the start at 7pm with competitors making their way down the High Road turning onto New Line Road where a sharp left at the top of New Line brings competitors down towards the Cathedral.Crossing the car park towards the ETB offices, the location of the school from 1942 to 1987, runners will make their way back onto the High Road where they’ll turn left at the Donegal News head offices.Turning right at the hospital roundabout down DeValera and right again at the old Oatfield site, from there, up the Port Road and onto MainStreet to the finish on Lower MainStreet.Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Voodoo. Everyone is welcome to what will be an excellent evening.  LETTERKENNY’S ERRIGAL COLLEGE TO HOST ITS CENTENARY 5K was last modified: May 5th, 2015 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:5kdonegalerrigal collegeletterkennylast_img read more

Dinosaur Extinction Was Global

first_img(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Whatever killed the dinosaurs took place quickly in both North America and Europe simultaneously.Did you know that most of the evidence for dinosaur extinction by an asteroid impact comes from North America?  Steven Brusatte is quoted in a EurekAlert article:Dr Steve Brusatte of the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences (UK), an author on the report, added: “Everyone knows that an asteroid hit 66 million years ago and dinosaurs disappeared, but this story is mostly based on fossils from one part of the world, North America. We now know that European dinosaurs were thriving up to the asteroid impact, just like in North America. This is strong evidence that the asteroid really did kill off dinosaurs in their prime, all over the world at once.“By analyzing European dinosaur fossils, researchers at the University of Bucharest are tying two continents together:In the Pyrenees of Spain and France, the best area in Europe for finding latest Cretaceous dinosaurs, meat and plant-eating species are present and seemingly flourishing during the final few hundred thousand years before the asteroid hit.Details of the analysis are published in the Pensoft journal Zookeys.  The abstract states, “there is no clear evidence that dinosaurs or other groups were undergoing long-term declines in Europe prior to the bolide impact.”The way science news gets reported is very misleading. If Gerta Keller (12/21/14) had a chance to respond, there would be a hefty debate about the asteroid theory vs. the lava theory. Instead, each institution gets to put out its talking points without rebuke by those who disagree. Reporters regurgitate the press releases without asking hard questions, giving the public an impression that each one-sided presentation is solid science.Both the asteroid and lava theories leave many questions unanswered. Why did dinosaurs get hit so hard, but not butterflies, turtles, alligators, mammals and freshwater fish?  Both secular hypotheses depend on Darwin years instead of real years. Both ignore the powerful dinosaur soft-tissue evidence, and ignore hard evidence about human-dinosaur contact (e.g., dragon legends, carvings).The only theory that makes sense of all the data (including the ignored data) is that a few dinosaurs survived the Flood, but were hunted down to extinction as pests or as trophies of conquest by men (dragon slayers). Worldwide, dinosaurs were buried in the Flood (that’s why they appear in mass graveyards in the “dinosaur death pose” indicating drowning. The few that came off the ark were killed by man over the next 3,000 years or so, without leaving fossils. Dinosaurs, in other words, haven’t been gone all that long. Humans are pretty good at wiping out species they don’t like, as 21st-century conservationists are well aware.last_img read more

South Africa, Turkey set up commission

first_img11 June 2012 Relations between South and Turkey are set to be elevated to a higher level, after Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s working visit to Ankara culminated in the establishment of a bi-national commission between the two countries. The commission, which will meet every two years, will be co-chaired by Motlanthe and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It will enhance co-operation between South Africa and Turkey in the fields of politics, economics, trade, defence, security, agriculture, minerals, energy, education, tourism, sport and environment. Motlanthe’s two-day visit, which ended on Friday, also focused on matters of defence and energy, according to the Presidency, with the two sides agreeing that a defence industry co-operation agreement would be signed in South Africa in September. Work on another cooperation agreement, in renewable energy, energy efficiency and coal-to-liquid technologies, is at an advanced stage, and the agreement is likely to be signed in the near future, the Presidency said last week. Total bilateral trade between South Africa and Turkey increased slightly to R7- billion in 2011. South Africa’s major exports to Turkey comprise mineral products, base metals, machinery and mechanical appliances, electrical equipment, chemical and allied products, vehicles, aircraft, iron and steel, organic chemicals, ores, slag and ash. The Deputy President was accompanied on his trip by Energy Minister Dipuo Peters, Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Man beaten to death over suspicion of cattle theft in Haryana

first_imgA man was beaten to death allegedly by three brothers on suspicion of cattle theft at Bahrola in Palwal district. The deceased is yet to be identified.The victim was caught by Ramkishan and his brothers Prakash and Bir Singh in the early hours of Friday when he, along with his two others, allegedly tried to steal their buffaloes. He was badly beaten up and later died. A case has been registered at the Sadar police station. Ramkishan has been arrested.“Efforts are being made to arrest Prakash and Bir Singh,” said Palwal Superintendent of Police Waseem Akram.last_img

Nehru Cup 2012: Tough test awaits three new coaches

first_imgWhile their teams will be locking horns for supremacy on the turf, the Nehru Cup will also be a test for the national coaches of India, Syria and Nepal.It will be the first assignment for Wim Koevermans (India), Krishna Thapa (Nepal) and Marwan Khouri (Syria), and they would hope to begin their tenure on a high.They have their plans firmly in place, and would watch with curiosity how the players adapt to the changes in style. Koevermans has emphasised on playing possession football. Nepal’s Krishna Thapa has drawn up plans as per the opponents, while Syrian coach Marwan Khouri just wants his young team to give its best.Khouri took over the mantle of the team from French Claude Le Roy two months ago and is optimistic that his team will once again reach the final of the Nehru Cup like they did in the 2007 and 2009 editions.”This is a very young team, which we are preparing for the Asian and the FIFA competitions in the coming days. I hope they will play well and make it to the final on September 2,” Khouri told Mail Today.His Indian counterpart Dutchman Koevermans is concentrating more on bringing in a change in style of play.”I think the style of possession football suits our players. We have started with something which is not rocket science. I have told them to keep the ball on the ground as long as possible,” Koevermans had said in the prematch conference.”This is possible with these players. I have told them to win the ball back for better defending. The team has worked on these areas. But the best test is a match.”advertisementKoevermans is not short of confidence about his team’s chances, though he has spent just three weeks with the players. He has taken over the charge from Savio Medeira at a time when Indian football has reached a new low of 168th in the FIFA rankings.Nepal coach Krishna Thapa is handling a young team and hoping for a good performance. He was appointed the head coach after Graham Roberts, a former Chelsea player, resigned after Nepal’s loss in the AFC Challenge Cup in March. This is not the first time that Thapa has been the national coach, but this time the team has many new faces, eight of them from the under-22 squad.”We will be looking to defeat India and Maldives and hold the other two teams (Cameroon, Syria). That way we can reach the final,” said Thapa.Thapa also opined that rain might make a difference in the tournament. “If it rains during the tournament, as is the weather nowadays here, then the top teams like Cameroon and Syria might lose the advantage. Then everyone will have 50-50 chance,” said Thapa, for whom this is the second visit to India after the 1976 Durand Cup, when he came as a player with the Nepal national team.last_img read more

Ker minister admits to mistake over Ali remark

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Jun 5 (PTI) A day after being extensively trolled in the social media for his gaffe describing late legendary boxer Muhammad Ali as a Keralite, Sports Minister E P Jayarajan today admitted his “mistake.” In a Facebook post, the minister, who was mauled on social media, said “a mistake is a mistake” and hoped the states enlightened people and sports personalities would understand his folly. Soon after reports of Alis passing away broke yesterday, a Malayalam television channel had contacted the minister for a condolence message. Jayarajan had yesterday in the phone-in news programme said “I came to know only now that Muhammad Ali had died in America. Ali was a prominent personality in Keralas sports scenario. He had won several gold medals for Kerala and had taken our states fame skyhigh.. I wish to convey Keralas sorrow and the sorrow of the states sport lovers.” Explaining the circumstances that led to the mistake, Jayayrajan said he was on his way to attend a function yesterday when he was called by the television channel for his reaction. The person who called him said “our Muhammad Ali died in America. He has won several gold medals,” and that the minister should give a condolence message, Jayarajan said. “At that time, I was not aware that the boxing champion of yesteryear had passed away,” Jayarajan said. Immediately, he was connected live on the channel. “I was not aware that the channel wanted my reaction for the death of Muhammad Ali, the boxing champion and a US citizen, who had left the sporting arena 40 years ago. That matter did not come to my mind also.I thought it was some veteran sportsperson of Kerala who had passed away,” Jayarajan, a CPI(M) central committee member, said. “However, what I have said is wrong. A mistake is a mistake. The media who contacted me later, I have given the right condolence message,” he said. The minister said normally, when he is contacted for reaction, the newsdesk of the concerned channel gives a brief about the subject. But no such thing happened this time. “This confusion led to the error. Keralas enlightened people and sports personalities should understand this mistake…,” he said in the post. PTI UD BN RGadvertisementlast_img read more