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ISSA plays down Taylor’s call for schoolgirl cricket

first_imgCompetitions Officer of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) George Forbes says that while the idea is noble, it is currently not feasible for female cricket to be played at the local high-school level. This follows calls made by West Indies Women captain Stafanie Taylor. This, he says, is as a result of the current lack of interest by high school girls to play the sport, as well as funding, which, he says, will be key if the situation is to be changed. “It’s not feasible for us to play a girl cricket competition, as currently there are few girls and schools who have expressed an interest in playing,” stated Forbes. “In fact, I don’t know any school that has more than two or three girls who are interested in playing cricket. “Then there is the matter of funding. We don’t even have enough money to play age-group cricket for our boys, much less to take on schoolgirls cricket at the moment,” he added. ISSA currently stages cricket competitions for high school boys at the Under-14, Under-16 and Under-19 levels. Girls, however, are allowed play in two of these competitions – the Under-14 and Under-16. But they are barred from participating at the Under-19 levels due to what ISSA expressed as associated “dangers”. TAYLOR A BENEFICIARY Meanwhile, Forbes, who pointed out that Taylor herself was a beneficiary of playing at the Under-14 and Under-16 levels, said his association would be open to supporting a feasibility study to ascertain whether schoolgirl cricket was viable. “It is the duty and responsibility of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), not ISSA, to do such a feasibility study to determine whether there are enough girls and schools available to participate,” he said. “ISSA acts on the interest of students wanting to play a sport, and, until there is evidence to suggest same, we can’t act. “If after their study and the JCA then comes to us and say we have identified girls in four or five schools who are interested, then it would be something that we would be willing to look into.” Taylor, in the aftermath of West Indies Women ICC World Twenty20 triumph last week, stated: “We need to go into the schools and try to get girls to come out. “I think we do have girls who are interested. It’s just that you don’t have anyone to push it.” – Jermaine Lannamanlast_img read more

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Women and Girls Urged to Speak Against Harassment

first_imgThe chief of party of Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX) Liberia, Mrs. Watchen Bruce, has called on women and girls of Liberia to speak out on issues that are embarrassing them, including sexual harassment, sex for grades among others.Madam Bruce made the call recently at a dinner organized by Safe Cities Women’s Forum, under the umbrella of Action Aid Liberia in Monrovia.She called on women and girls to stand firm in whatever activities they find themselves engaged, with determination to do it better than their male counterparts.She disclosed that the issue of violence against women and girls, including rape, murder and sexual harassment in schools and offices remain very high in the country and need to be abolished.It is about time Liberian women and girls are empowered with all forms of educational skills, she declared.The IBEX boss challenged all women and girls to speak out and report all forms of harassment at their various universities, high schools, communities and on their jobs.“We need to report all forms of harassment.  If we don’t speak out, these issues will continue affecting our children and women in our society,” Madam Bruce stated.At the same time, the national coordinator  of Forum for African Women in Education (FAWE), Madam Winifred Deline, joined Madam Bruce to encourage women to rise up and meet the challenge by fighting for their rights in schools, communities and at their jobs.Madam Deline disclosed that there is a need to establish life skills programs, not only for girls but also for teachers in order to educate them about the dangers of sex for grades and other forms of harassment.    In an effort to eradicate such forms of violence, her organization (FAWE) set up a gender responsive program aimed at providing education to school administrations and teachers in order to free them of gender bias and encourage female students.“If teachers do not teach in a gender responsive way, it will create a bad atmosphere for our women and girls’ education,” Madam Deline stressed.         She urged the students to rise up for their rights and fight against issues of gender bias. “If such issues are going on in your schools, communities and at the job site, voice it out and make others understand what you are going through.”      For her part the acting president of Safe Cities Women’s Forum, and a student of United Methodist University (UMU), Leona Gono, said her organization was established to protect women and girls by  advocating for their rights.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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It’s been a tough four months, says Wanyama

first_img“It has been a very tough time for me but above all I’m strong. I fought my way back and now I feel better. It feels good to be back and now I’m focused on keeping myself injury free and try help the team,” The midfielder told the club’s official website.“When I’m injured I don’t like it; no one likes it. That is the worst time for a player. For me it has been a really tough four months, but I’m thankful because my team-mates have helped me get back, the doctors have been of help as well,” Wanyama further added.He has also revealed he was forced to work extra hard in order to be back in the shortest time possible, sometimes sleeping for only three hours a day as he raced against time to gain fitness.Victor Wanyama in training at Tottenhams Headquarters this week.This has been the longest injury period in Wanyama’s career since his move to the United Kingdom with Celtc FC, but he has been credited for having come off it faster than anticipated.“Mentally I am strong and I was just focusing on getting better. It hasn’t been easy, I am glad I’m back now ready to work hard and help the team,” he added.His coach Mauricio Pochettino, who had earlier admitted in Spurs’ rough patch that the team was struggling without their combative midfield workhorse, was happy to see Wanyama back running in the middle of the pack and providing the much needed defensive shield.“I’m so pleased for Victor (Wanyana) as well. He played well. He’s had a lot of months out and I’m happy to see him back again,” Pochettino said in his post match remarks.Wanyama was pleased to be back on a winning note, especially noting they were hunting on tough grounds in Wales, against a side fighting for their lives to stay in the Premier League.Ben Davies celebrates scoring Tottenham Hotspur’s sixth goal with Kenya’s Victor Wanyama.PHOTO/courtesy“It was a good team performance, everyone fought for the team and we showed character that we can dig deep in the hard times. It was a good three points,” he offered.Wanyama now hopes his presence will influence the team to get back to the top having struggled since the start of the season despite their brilliant performance last term. Spurs are currently fifth on the standings with 40 points, 22 behind leaders Manchester City.“It’s important to try fight our way back to the top. It’s been a tough season for us and now we are trying to get back to winning ways. Hopefully we can grind results and get the team to where it belongs,” he said.Spurs are faced with a feisty fixture calendar and they will be facing West Ham on Thursday at Wembley before playing AFC Wimbledon at the same venue on Sunday in the FA Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Victor Wanyama made Tottenham return against Swansea. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 3- Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama says it has been the toughest four months having battled a knee injury to return to first team action for his English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night.Wanyama came off the bench in the 59th minute replacing Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez as Spurs won 2-0 over relegation threatened Swansea in Wales.  This was the Kenyan’s first appearance since coming off injured in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on August 20.last_img read more

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Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast – the best bits: Friday, March 20

first_imgAlan Brazil and Dominic Cork were joined on today’s show by David Weir, Arthur Numan and Terry Butcher.last_img

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I’ve heard nothing about speculation linking QPR striker with move, claims boss Ramsey

first_img Charlie Austin in action for QPR QPR manager Chris Ramsey has heard nothing about star striker Charlie Austin leaving the club.The forward has bagged 17 Premier League goals this season for a side that looks destined for the drop back to the Championship.Bournemouth, one of Austin’s former clubs, have already secured their place in the top flight for next season and they have been linked with a move to re-sign Austin with their new-found riches, but Ramsey is having none of the speculation“Charlie has been fine,” Ramsey said. “We haven’t spoken about him leaving the club at all.“I would hate to have that speculation hovering around with the task we’ve got ahead.“Charlie is a QPR player at the moment and he knows he has a duty to try his best to keep us in the division.” 1last_img read more

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€1,500 DONATIONS ORDERED FOR DUO IN ‘GAY SHIRT’ NIGHTCLUB PUNCH-UP

first_imgTWO men who fought inside a Co Donegal nightclub in a row over a ‘gay shirt’ have been ordered to hand over €750 each by a judge.One of the men suffered a broken jaw and the other man bruising after a punch-up at The Grill in Letterkenny on August 15, 2012.Both had contested charges against them at a previous hearing at Letterkenny District Court. The court heard an investigation was launched when Michael McDevitt, Drury Road, Kerrykeel, made a formal complaint of assault to officers at Letterkenny on August 24, 2012.He had suffered a serious blow in the incident nine days earlier and was later transferred from Letterkenny General Hospital to Altnagelvin in Derry where he underwent surgery to repair a broken jaw.A metal plate and six bolts had to be inserted into his jaw.Adam O’Donnell, a 22-year-old apprentice toolmaker from Castlewray, Letterkenny, later admitted punching McDevitt, but insisted it was in self defence, and only to protect his younger brother Mark who had been accosted by McDevitt who had made references to his clothes and his “gay shirt.”After hearing evidence from both men, Judge Paul Kelly convicted McDevitt of disorderly conduct in a public place, relating to his comments to Mark O’Donnell.He also convicted both McDevitt and Adam O’Donnell on assault charges, the latter on assault causing harm.Inspector Michael Harrison told the trial that on the evidence given to the court it was clear that Adam O’Donnell saw that his brother was frightened and he went to look after him.Michael McDevitt was throwing insults at the young man Mark, he said, and his brother went over and intervened and an altercation took place.Judge Paul Kelly agreed. He said the disorder in a public place – the insults to Mark O’Donnell – was proved.He said there was some type of lunge by McDevitt on Adam O’Donnell in which he received a minor injury. Adam had retaliated resulting in life-changing injuries for Mr McDevitt, a 20-year-old driver with Marine Harvest in Kerrykeel.Judge Paul Kelly said the incident was started by McDevitt “who must have been in a state of considerable intoxication” having consumed two pints of bulmers  and a half a bottle of vodka before going to The Grill and then six vodkas and two Jagemeisters on the premises.“He subjected Mark O’Donnell to extremely offensive insults and his brother Adam had intervened. The incident escalated almost instantly and I am satisfied they struck each other,” said the judge.Today ‘favourable’ probation reports were handed in to Judge Kelly.Solicitors Niall Sheridan, for O’Donnell, and Ciaran McLaughlin for McDevitt, pleaded that both men had suffered as a result of the incident.They asked that no conviction be recorded and that the men be given a chance.Both men did not want the other to “suffer any further punitive” actions, said Mr Sheridan.Judge Paul Kelly said the fight was “an all too common tale around here.”He added: “The Courts are constantly dealing with cases fuelled by drink where young men get too much on board and the next thing there is violence and serious injury.”The judge said the courts would always deal in a certain way with young men on first offences but that both of them had contested the charges at a trial.However he said in the circumstances he would order each man to pay €750 into court.He said €250 would be used to pay State expenses in the case and €500 would be donated to the Donegal Youth Service.Judge Kelly ordered that the fees be paid by September 15 and that both men should appear in court again on that date.€1,500 DONATIONS ORDERED FOR DUO IN ‘GAY SHIRT’ NIGHTCLUB PUNCH-UP was last modified: June 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Adam O’DonnellassaultLetterkenny CourtMichael McDevittThe Grilllast_img read more

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GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 03.12.12In Association with Brian McCormick Sports & LeisureThe Minor boys failed to retain their crown against Kilcar in Sunday’s decider in Ballybofey. We can only hope that in future these fixtures are played in a timely manner for students heading off to college for the first time. They have a league semi-final replay to contest in the coming weeks against Aodh Ruadh. The U21’s will take on Kilcar on Saturday afternoon in Glenties in their championship quarter-final replay with a 1:30pm throw-in.The Senior Board aGM was held in the clubhouse on Saturday evening last and the following Officer Board for 2013 was elected: Chair – Paul Carr; Vice Chair – John Haran; Secretary – Charlie McAteer; Treasurer – Elaina Gallagher; PRO – Paul McGovern; Registrar – Anne Forde; Asst. Secretary – Alma Kavanagh; Asst. Treasurer – Dermot Higgins; Oifigeach na Gaeilge – Fergus McGee; Hurling Officer – Paddy Flood. Club President is Sean Boyle.Ádh mór ar Niall Hannigan who represents club and county on Friday night in Glenswilly in the Ulster semi final of Scór na nÓg in the recitation section where he will be up against the county champions from Tyrone and Fermanagh. A great night is assured and all support for the club members will be very welcome. The competition starts at 8.00pm on Friday night the 7th December.Anyone interested in taking part in Scór Sinsir this year should contact Oifigeach Chultúrtha agus Teanga Fergus McGee on 086 854 4445. The Minor Board AGM takes place this Thursday, Dec. 6th in the Clubhouse at 6pm.The Senior Board Dinner Dance takes place in the Mt. Errigal Hotel on Friday, March 8th, 2013.The Minor Board Dinner Dance takes place in the Mt. Errigal on Sunday, January 20th. Further details shortly.Congratulations to Suzi Tinney and Sammy Bogan who got engaged at the weekend. They met when they were partnered up for our Strictly Come Dancing show two years ago. Word of caution Sammy – Barry will be your brother in law!!The months mind Mass for Elaine Winston Friel will take place in the Cathedral on Friday, Dec. 14th at 8:15pm. GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: December 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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Media statement: South African government responds to the decision by the Nigerian government

first_imgThe South African Government takes note that the outgoing Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has recalled its Acting High Commissioner to South Africa. A government resorts to such an extraordinary diplomatic step to express outrage at actions or behaviour of another government.We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting. It is only Nigeria that has taken this unfortunate and regrettable step. If this action is based on the incidents of attacks on foreign nationals in some parts of our country, it would be curious for a sisterly country to want to exploit such a painful episode for whatever agenda.Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has just returned from Indonesia to attend the Africa-Asia Summit and the 60th Anniversary of the historic Bandung Conference. At no stage did the Nigerian delegation present at that gathering, expressed its intention to formally raise the issue with the South African side.South Africa remains committed to a strong bond of friendship and bilateral relations with Nigeria. It is for this reason that when 84 of our citizens perished on Nigerian soil, we did not blame the Nigerian Government for the deaths and more than nine (9) months delay in the repatriation of the bodies of our fallen compatriots, or for the fact that when these bodies eventually returned, they were in a state that they could not be touched or viewed as required by our burial practice.We will raise our concerns through diplomatic channels with the new administration that will assume office in Nigeria next month.The South African Government, as well as all political parties, religious organisations, non-governmental organisations, business, sports fraternities, including artists, musicians and ordinary people of South Africa, have been decisive and unequivocal in condemning and rejecting the attacks on foreign nationals.Through our interventions, relative calm and order has been restored. We are encouraged by the solidarity our country continues to receive from other African countries and the international community. We shall also continue to support and not blame the Nigerian Government as it battles to deal with Boko Haram that continues to kill many innocent civilians. We hope that the more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram will someday be reunited with their families.Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATIONOR Tambo Building460 Soutpansberg RoadRietondale, Pretoria0084last_img read more

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Matt Saal, Aug. 24

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are dry. The last time we have gotten rain right here that I can remember of any significance was July 14. The crops are really showing the stress. From what I can tell most of Wayne County is pretty dry. There are definitely some big cracks in the ground around here.We are chopping silage as we speak. This is early — at least two weeks early. It is time. The whole plant moisture is in the mid-60s and that is where you want it for corn silage. The yield will be below average for sure.We finished our third cutting for the haylage. The established seedings did pretty well. The new seedings didn’t get much rain on them and they don’t have much of a root system on them yet.We are concerned about the soybeans. There have not been pest problems out there though. It has been cooler weather with low humidity so that helps minimize the stress from the dry weather.Most all of the corn we planted early is ready to chop and the stuff that was planted later will still be ready in another week. I don’t think the quality will be affected too much because I think the grain to stover ratio is pretty normal. The plants are shorter this year and variable. We have tall corn then short corn then tall corn and short corn in the same field. There is not a lot of really short corn below three feet tall in the field, though, that can hurt the quality.The rains have been very spotty. We watch the radar and the rains come and split and go around both sides of us. I think rains for the soybeans and the next cutting of alfalfa would still really be beneficial.last_img read more

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Droid’s December Boom: Metrics Show Device Use Doubled in One Month

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts jolie odell Already, the Motorola Droid is the leading Android device on AdMob’s radar, generating a third of all the network’s requests in December. Released just under two months ago, it’s already the top-selling Android device on the market, a title it’s held since a scant fortnight after its launch.Granted, AdMob’s metrics show a small slice of mobile device usage. But they’ve consistently been reliable in showing what mobile users use and need and in predicting trends. We are internally excited about what Android-powered devices will do in the market in the months to come, and I am personally quite optimistic about Droid adoption specifically.Let us know what you think in the comments, particularly if you’re a fanboy or fangirl of a particular device! What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#web The Android platform has grown exponentially since mid-2009, but December’s stats show a particular factor that might help catapult the platform to greater heights of user adoption.In figures just released from mobile advertising company AdMob, the Droid singlehandedly boosted calls to their network by nearly 300 million requests while stats for HTC Magic devices remained static and those for HTC’s Dream model actually decreased. In terms of consumer use of the network and acceleration of device popularity, it seems we have a winner.Having been compared extensively with the iPhone, the Droid stands up solidly even under extensive scrutiny. And in terms of 3G network access, we’ve personally seen fewer issues than with any other mobile carrier we’ve tried to date. (Note: I’m a Droid owner and a former iPhone user. I’ve also suffered through my share of BlackBerries, Palms and their ilk.) If any device is to become the iPhone killer, it will be the Droid or something very close to it (here’s looking at you, Nexus One).AdMob’s numbers show that requests from all Android-driven devices increased by 97 percent between October to December in 2009, totaling more than 1 billion requests in December alone. The open platform has also seen a refreshing diversity of devices and manufacturers. AdMob shows that in December, 56 percent of requests were from HTC devices, 39 percent were from Motorola devices and 5 percent were manufactured by from Samsung. And in December, seven devices generated more than three percent of requests each: the Motorola Droid, HTC Dream, HTC Magic, HTC Hero, Motorola CLIQ, HTC Droid Eris and the Samsung Moment. This stat represents a significant increase from just three devices in October (HTC Dream, HTC Magic, and HTC Hero). Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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