DURBAN, South Africa, (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was only one of two players in double figures as Dolphins suffered their second straight loss, going down to Titans by 66 runs in the Ram Slam Twenty20 Challenge here yesterday. Chasing a hardly imposing 137 for victory at Kingsmead, Dolphins were bundled out for 70 in the 16th over, with Bravo top-scoring with 27 from 31 balls batting at number six. David Miller, with 12, was the only other batsman in double figures as seamer Chris Morris (4-9) and new ball partner Albie Morkel, with two for 14, destroyed the innings. Dolphins were slumping at 35 for six in the tenth over when Bravo partnered with Andile Phehlukwayo (7) in a 25-run stand for the seventh wicket to get their side past the 50-run mark. The right-handed Bravo struck three fours before he was eighth out, caught at the wicket to give Morris his third scalp. Earlier, Bravo had taken one for 31 from his four overs of medium pace as Titans tallied 136 for nine after being sent in. Opener Quinton de Kock top-scored with 38 from 31 deliveries, while Mangaliso Mosehle struck 25 from 27 balls. In his first game for Dolphins on Sunday, Bravo suffered the indignity of a first ball ‘duck’ as the side crashed to their first defeat following four straight wins. – CMC
…data shows PPP wins majority of Buxton/Foulis NDCThe Guyana Elections Commission has released the official results of the Local Government Elections, and it shows that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has turned in significant improvements over its 2016 performance. What has also been revealed is that the elections were held with a voter turnout of just 36 per cent of the electorate.A differently-abled man came on crutches to cast his ballot in EnmoreAccording to statistics released, the PPP made major gains in several Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and Municipalities. For instance, the party won 5 out of 10 towns. These are Mabaruma, Anna Regina, Rose Hall, Corriverton and Lethem.In Georgetown, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) secured a definitive victory. APNU also had success in municipalities like Mahdia, where they secured a total of five seats to the PPP’s one.The PPP won cleanly in Port Kaituma, picking up a total of seven seats versus four for APNU and one from the Alliance For Change (AFC). In Annandale, there were five constituencies in which there were no contests. PPP also won Good Hope with 8 seats in the PR component, and Wakenaam.An area that has excited much discussion over the past few days is the Buxton/Foulis Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC). At a recent press conference, PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo revealed that his party won this area for the first time ever.APNU subsequently rebutted this in a statement that focused on the Buxton/Friendship constituencies. However, the data shows that the PPP won five seats in the Proportional Representation, compared to four seats for APNU.In First Past the Post (FPTP) system, PPP candidates Jackdeep Singh (Bladen Hall/Strathspey), Shameer Ahmad (Vigilance North), Neipaul Purai (Vigilance South), Bhoowal Chaitu (Enterprise) and Chandrawattie Singh (Paradise) won seats on the 18-member council.Only four APNU candidates: Cheryl McPherson (Bacherlor’s Adventure), Alison Telford (Enterprise), William Oswald (Friendship) and Bairdharris Jewel (Buxton) gained seats on the council by FPTP. This means that the PPP will have 10 members on the council compared to APNU’s eight councillors. The AFC did not gain any seats.Another controversial area was Bloomfield/Whim, the birthplace of Alliance for Change executive, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo. Controversy erupted when PPP supporters claimed they were tricked into signing an AFC backers’ list. After a Police investigation and the filing of a court case, the names were mysteriously removed.The PPP may have lost the court case, but it won a resounding victory in the area at LGE. Data shows the PPP sweeping the area, attaining 13 seats on the NDC versus one seat attained through the PR system by the AFC.In Mon Repos/La Reconnaissance, all but two of the nine constituencies were a no- contest. The council will be one dominated by the PPP, as APNU managed to get only one seat through the PR system.Turn outAt a Friday press conference, GECOM’s Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield announced that there were three instances of ties. The ties were in the Hague/Blankenburg, Soesdyke/Coverden and a Kwakwani Neighbourhood Democratic Council. He noted, however, that GECOM is in the process of resolving the ties.Meanwhile, GECOM Chairman, Justice (retired) James Patterson, described the voter turnout as disturbing. He posited that this is the result of voter apathy, but he was still hopeful that things would improve.“I would like to note the apparent apathy of the electorate. I find it very disturbing – and, no doubt, questions will be asked of GECOM, and you will get the appropriate response. But (speaking for) myself, I can say that the apparent apostasy of the electorate is not the norm,” he declared.“I suppose we will get accustomed to Local Government Elections with the passage of time… I trust and believe that this apathy will end with the last elections; and that, as citizens, we will begin to exercise our franchise in future elections to come,” he said.Meanwhile, the GECOM Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, shifted blame from GECOM by noting that the Communities Ministry shares responsibility for voter education. Besides the Ministry, Lowenfield said, the political parties and candidates had a role to play in making sure that the voters were properly educated on the elections.The data shows that out of 572,531 persons registered to vote, only 208,534 actually went out to vote. This is a turnout of 36 per cent. When LGE were last held in 2016, the turnout was 47 per cent.
The Fort St. John Huskies have announced that season tickets are now on sale. Those that purchase season tickets will get the benefit of free entrance to all playoff games for the upcoming year.Fans 17 and under as well as seniors can get their tickets for the year for $75. Adult season tickets are going for $150.Those interested in seasons can contact team president Mike Bacso at 250-794-1777, or general manager Jeremy Clothier at 250-793-0978. They will also be sold at the upcoming community one-stop at the Totem Mall on September 12.- Advertisement –
Tiger Woods, why hath thou abandoned us on such a glorious weekend in the Palisades? John Ziegler, the self-anointed pastor of the largely fictitious “First Church of Tiger Woods,” will continue to ponder that as he watches today’s final round of the PGA Tour’s Nissan Open, trying to look at the big picture beyond his TV screen. “The fact he chooses to blow off Los Angeles – the City of Angels, his hometown, the place where it all started for him – at first glance may not be evidence to indicate the existence of his divinity,” Ziegler offered from his Burbank sanctuary. “But this being a religion, it’s always possible to rationalize your way out of any convenient fact.” Who else but Ziegler should we all turn to in this time of emptiness? Not just for some powerful reflection, but in a desire to re-evaluate how we’ve all come to commit an inordinate amount of adoration to this 31-year-old son of Earl and Kultida Woods, who’s just a bit prodigal right about now. First, Ziegler cautions that despite the name of his church’s Web site, www.TigerWoodsIsGod.com, “we’ve never stated that he’s God, we are only posing the question and acting as a warehouse for evidence that he is.” Referring to himself as “a recovering Catholic” who studied government, theology and philosophy at Georgetown, the 39-year-old Ziegler somehow started a career as a TV sportscaster. As one who “became jaded by professional athletics, I am not one to glorify sports figures,” he admits on his Web site bio. Yet, his inspiration to create this cybershrine came after reading in a 1996 Sports Illustrated story that Earl had dubbed young Eldrick “the Chosen One” who “will do more than any other man in history to change the course of humanity.” Ziegler, already struggling with his own beliefs, found the solitary, soulful confinement of the golf course as the only place to find occasional signs there was some order in the universe. If Woods wasn’t God, Ziegler figured, at least he was “a human lab experiment to determine the potential of our species. … If an intrinsically flawed human being can defy our profound limitations and achieve true physical, mental and spiritual perfection, then maybe it is possible to find some meaning in this existence.” Before this begins to segue into a sequel of Monty Python’s “Life of Brian,” plenty of naysayers have logged votes on a site poll, calling Ziegler’s church blasphemous (42percent of 16,000, versus 34percent who think it’s “fun” and 18 percent who call it “stupid”). Asked the chances that Woods has been sent to us by God, 42 percent of 11,600 say “none.” Ziegler says his site is “some hero worship. Some comedy. A serious point about religion and celebrity in our culture. Tiger may not be God, but I will say there’s no human being with more evidence that’ll make you think about it than Tiger.” That said, Ziegler, who does a weeknight talk show on 640-AM and maintains a 2-handicap at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, admits to being disturbed that talk of a Tiger Slam has been twisted into slamming Tiger for his unexplained absence at Riviera Country Club, a place he’s never won and appears to be abstaining from to preserve his seven-tournament PGA stroke-play winning streak. “I don’t have the power to absolve him,” Ziegler notes. “But I am disappointed, because I happen to be someone who thinks loyalty is one of the most important qualities one can have. Frankly, I think he owes the tournament from having pulled out last year after somewhat dubious circumstances. And with everything else, I think he has an extra obligation because this is where his learning center is located. “I don’t think he’s ducking this, but that’s the way it looks and it’s a real shame. His schedule has always been mysterious, but this is a mystery to me. But maybe Tiger has reached a point where he’s just a little too powerful for the Tour. And power in the hands of any person, if only partially human, is a dangerous thing. “We must remember this is his life, and his life doesn’t belong to us. Sometimes we feel like it does. So it’s hard to question him.” So our question then: What do those of us who cleared our L.A. weekend for Tiger do now? Don’t fight the temptation of watching the NBA All-Star Game out there in Vegas. You can’t discount the chance of Tiger revealing himself while living it up in Sin City. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Former Liverpool and QPR striker Djibril Cisse says he will retire at the end of the season.The Frenchman scored 24 goals in 79 appearances for Liverpool, and later enjoyed a loan spell with Sunderland and a permanent stint with QPR.But after suffering numerous injuries – notably two broken legs – during his career the 33-year-old, who now plays for Bastia, says he will bring down the curtain on his playing days at the end of the current campaign.“Twenty-four hours a day I am in pain. In the evening, when I’m watching TV, it is there the whole time,” he told L’Equipe 21.“I will be in pain my whole life, unless I get a prothesis. For one season, I can grin and bear it, but two or three… It is not playable. So this is my last season I think.” Former Liverpool and QPR striker Djibril Cisse 1
Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam has told teammate Asmir Begovic to either sign a new deal or leave the club this summer.The Bosnian international has spent five and a half years at the Britannia Stadium and, after proving himself to be an excellent and consistent shot-stopper in that time, several clubs, including Manchester United, have developed an interest in signing the player.But Adam has warned his colleague, who wants to play in the Champions League, the Potters would rather sell him during the current transfer window than let him run down his contract and leave on a free transfer next year.“I think he [Asmir Begovic] could stay but it’s his decision on the situation,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “He has a year to go at the club.“The club aren’t going to be stupid and they aren’t going to let his contract run down. That’s not going to happen, definitely not, because they have a value there.“It’s a hard decision for both parties. He obviously wants to play at the highest level in the Champions League but we want to keep him.”But Adam has insisted, should Begovic leave, they have a replacement who has the ability to become one of the Premier League’s elite shot-stoppers.He added: “We’ve got a top goalkeeper behind him in Jack Butland, who is going to the European Championship with England’s Under-21s.“Potentially he could be one of the best in the Premier League in a number of years.”
A man who broke into a bookshop and stole €1,000 in cash and an electronic tablet was caught after Gardai found his fingerprints on the premises.Gavin Mitchell, aged 38, admitted breaking into Universal Books on Letterkenny’s Church Lane on October 30th last. Mitchell, who had 50 previous convictions, said he was sleeping rough at the time of the burglary.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told Letterkenny District Court that €200 worth of damage was caused to the back door of the premises when Mitchell broke in.He stole €1,000 in cash and an electronic tablet during the raid.Garda forensics officers took fingerprints and matched them to Mitchell who admitted carrying out the burglary.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client was sleeping rough and had nowhere to stay and nothing to eat at the time.He was now living with his mother and was waiting to be accepted into White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre in a month’s time.Judge Paul Kelly asked solicitor Dorrian where the total compensation of €1,400 would come from and he was told that Mitchell had nothing but time on his hands and would try to repay the cash.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until May 22nd and ordered a probation report telling Mitchell that the issue of compensation would have a large say on what he decided to do in the case going forward.Man who burgled book shop and stole €1,000 is caught by his fingerprints was last modified: February 27th, 2017 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:burgalrydonegalGAVIN MITCHELLletterkennyUniversal Books
Letterkenny Rovers marked its 50th anniversary with a visit from the FAI CEO John Delaney and former Republic of Ireland international Ray Houghton at Leckview Park on Wednesday. A special plaque was unveiled to celebrate the occasion.The club also hosted a first ever intercultural match at the venue along with an underage coaching session. And on Tuesday night the club held a table quiz. Many local faces from past and present at the club turned up for the event.FAI COMES TO LETTERKENNY FOR CELEBRATION OF FOOTBALL – IN PICTURES was last modified: July 19th, 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)
KENNER, La. (AP) — The mayor of a New Orleans suburb banned the city’s parks and recreation department from purchasing Nike products, days after the athletic apparel maker released a controversial ad supporting former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.The memo by Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn to the parks and recreation director says Nike products cannot be purchased for use at the city’s recreation facilities. It also requires the director to approve all athletic purchases by booster clubs …
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO–Since taking over as the Milwaukee Brewers general manager, David Stearns has quickly established himself as one of the brightest minds in baseball.Stearns has turned the Brewers into a World Series contender this season, but he won’t be constructing a similar turnaround for the San Francisco Giants. According to a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Giants were denied permission to speak with …