Simmons, Pollard fail in IPL opener

first_imgWest Indies batsmen Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard both failed as reigning champions Mumbai Indians slumped to a heavy nine-wicket defeat to new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants in the opening game of the new Indian Premier League season yesterday.Opting to bat first, Mumbai showed plenty rust in stumbling to 121 for eight off their 20 overs at the Wankhede Stadium, but Supergiants experienced no such glitches, racing to their target in the 15th over.Opener Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with an unbeaten 66 off 42 deliveries and put on 78 for the first wicket with South African Faf du Plessis, who made 34 from 33 balls.Englishman Kevin Pietersen chipped in with an unbeaten 21 off 14 balls.Earlier, Simmons managed just eight at the top of the order, while Pollard scored just one at number six, as Mumbai’s batting collapsed.Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh top-scored with an unbeaten 45 off 30 balls batting at number eight, while middle order batsman Ambati Rayudu chipped in with 22.Simmons, a member of the West Indies T20 World Cup winning squad last week, looked to be finding his touch when he clobbered pacer RP Singh for a straight six in the third over.last_img read more

More Water Shortages Hit Monrovia

first_imgFor the fifth time in less than three months, users of pipe-borne water connected to the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation’s (LWSC) lines must once again contend with the inconvenience of water shortages in Monrovia and its environs.During a weekend tour of some densely populated areas of Monrovia, hundreds of people were seen desperately searching for water.Officials of the LWSC are yet to provide any explanation as to why the people of Monrovia continue to encounter hardships in securing safe drinking water even when they are paying for it.The management of the LWSC has said on many occasions that pipe-borne water has been restored to several parts of greater Monrovia and its environs. In spite of these claims, access to water still remains an issue in these same areas.LWCS’s customers continue to argue that the provision of the water on a sustained basis cannot be over-emphasized.Despite many assurances from the LWSC’s managers and engineers that they are ready to meet consumers’ needs, the water corporation’s customers and other Liberians continue to experience water shortages on a regular basis.The affected residents told the Daily Observer that their hardship has continued with no practical solution from the LWSC’s management in sight.“As the Rainy Season is here, we need a reliable water source, so we can avoid water-borne diseases,” one business owner pleaded.As a result of the recurrent water shortages, the presence of wheelbarrow water carriers to various homes and businesses is on the rise again. In some cases, not all of these water carriers have access to the LWSC’s various water pumps.This creates a situation where people are forced to use water from unhygienic sources due to their desperate need.The water carriers often expose the water to unhealthy elements as they transport the water from its source to their customers across the city center.In encounters with some private water carriers during the weekend, they pointed out that getting safe drinking water from the LWSC’s hand pumps is a huge challenge due to the long distances of some of their locations in and around the city.One water carrier, Milton Bear Sackie of Slipway, said some of the kiosks containing these pumps are situated in crime-prone communities.He said going to these areas often poses a threat to their safety.Another water carrier, Mary B. Norton, told the Daily Observer the situations at the various kiosks could be described as a ‘real nightmare,’ owing to the number of carriers that turn out daily in search of safe drinking water.She said upgrading of the LWSC’s pipelines is critical to the provision of pipe-borne water to the people of Monrovia and other communities outside of the nation’s capital.During the weekend tour, several isolated communities in Duala, Brewerville and Waterside sounded urgent appeals to the LWSC management to establish water pumps in their areas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Martinez admits ‘pedestrian’ performance as Everton scrape draw with Leicester

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez admitted his side may have suffered a hangover from their mid-week Europa League success in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with rock-bottom Leicester City.The Toffees thrilled fans with a 4-1 last-32 victory at Swiss side Young Boys on Thursday.But it was a completely different performance against the struggling Foxes at Goodison Park, as a late own-goal from Matthew Upton – who got the deciding touch on Lukaku’s diving header – saw the hosts claim a fortunate point.Lukaku starred in Europe with a fine hat-trick in Switzerland, but couldn’t find his shooting boosts against the Premier League’s basement side and was guilty of a hat-trick, and the rest, of misses from dangerous possessions.And Martinez admitted his side did not play well three days after their impressive win, though he was happy with their response after going behind.“It’s one of those performances that comes from playing in Europe,” said the boss. “We looked a little pedestrian.“We knew it was going to be a difficult game. Scoring the first goal is always the hardest moment. Once we achieved that, we didn’t control the play as well as we should have done.“I don’t think we defended the box well. The two goals were soft. When things are not going your way you create chances but can’t convert them.“But it’s a fantastic sign to show the character we did to at least get a point out of the game.”Everton’s fans have not been slow to show their frustration at their side’s struggles at Goodison Park this season, and it was no different on Sunday as boos rang out at the full-time whistle.Martinez added: “We showed a little bit the responsibility we carry when we play football at Goodison. At times we can’t really enjoy our role of trying to break teams down. The frustration shows through. It’s something we need to get used to.”last_img read more

QPR new boy targets flying start in bid to seal Premier League return

first_img Jay Emmanuel-Thomas QPR new boy Jay Emmanuel-Thomas believes the club’s summer overhaul has them set-up for a serious tilt at the Championship.The Arsenal academy graduate is one of a number of fresh faces to have joined Rangers since their Premier League relegation in May.And he feels head coach Chris Ramsey and director of football Les Ferdinand have laid the foundations for a successful run for the new-look west London club“I’m just so excited to get going now,” he said. “I’ve been ready and raring to go since the day I joined.“Pre-season has been great. The boys have made me feel welcome, as have the staff. Now it’s all about turning performances in. We need to make sure we’re ready to go for August 8th.“Everyone is on the same page. We’ve got a good structure in place and there’s a great bond between the players. From my point of view, I don’t think there’s much to worry or complain about.” 1last_img read more

Foreclosure plan debated

first_imgA government proposal to freeze interest rates on home loans made to borrowers with weak credit would have limited effects in stemming a surge of foreclosures, analysts say. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is hashing out the plan’s details with other federal banking regulators, mortgage industry executives and investors. Details of the plan are expected later this week. However, less than a third of $1 trillion in outstanding subprime mortgages are likely to qualify for the plan, said Guy Cecala, publisher of Bethesda, Md. trade publication Inside Mortgage Finance. And the economic benefits are at best uncertain for many mortgage investors, Cecala added, although he expects most players in the industry to participate – if only to avoid a tarnished reputation with the public. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsPublicly opposing the plan, Cecala said, is “kind of like criticizing apple pie at this point.” Loan servicers, which collect and distribute payments to investors, are being asked to give extensions, which could range from two to seven years, for subprime mortgages due to reset at higher rates in the coming years. The Bush administration’s plan is being aimed at homeowners who are making payments on time at lower introductory mortgage rates but cannot afford a higher adjusted rate. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. estimates that 1.1 million borrowers are in that situation. Still, many categories of risky loans aren’t included in the plan at this point, other analysts noted, including loans in which borrowers used “piggyback” home equity loans to finance a home purchase and loans in which borrowers weren’t required to document their income. “Many government and policy makers feel this is a subprime problem, which is completely wrong,” Friedman Billings Ramsey analyst Paul J. Miller Jr. wrote in a research note Tuesday. “The plan will not rescue the housing market.” And loan modifications, regardless of who qualifies, aren’t a panacea, Miller added, estimating that about half of modified loans default anyway over the long run. In a speech at a housing forum here Monday, Paulson said he believed the mortgage industry would implement the new program quickly. “What was a fragmented, cumbersome process can be a coordinated effort which more quickly helps able homeowners,” Paulson said, acknowledging the limits of who will qualify. “Some of these homeowners will become renters again.” President Bush said Tuesday that the mortgage industry’s complexity has meant the plant has “taken a while” to develop. “You’ve also got people all around the world who now own U.S. mortgages,” Bush said. “And so it’s a complex assignment.” Some on Wall Street warn of a flood of lawsuits if the government tries to coerce loan servicers to modify mortgages held in complex mortgage securities to modify loans, without being certain that affected investors will benefit in the long run. “It’s a real mixed bag for investors ” Brian Gardner, a Washington policy analyst with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc. Some investors are likely to go along, realizing they’ll take a small loss, he said. Others, notably speculators betting that mortgage securities will drop in value, are likely to be opposed, he said. Meanwhile, Democrats and consumer advocates question whether the administration’s efforts go far enough. Democrats are pushing their own initiatives, including legislation – ardently opposed by lenders – to allow mortgages on primary residences to be modified in bankruptcy court. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on that proposal for this afternoon.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

Poll: Dem-controlled Congress favored

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – In an ominous election-year sign for Republicans, Americans are leaning sharply toward wanting Democrats to take control of Congress, an AP-Ipsos poll finds. Democrats are favored 49 percent to 36 percent. The poll was taken this week as Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to tax evasion, fraud and corruption charges and agreed to aid a federal investigation of members of Congress and other government officials. President George W. Bush’s job approval remains low – 40 percent in the AP-Ipsos poll. About as many approve of his handling of Iraq, where violence against Iraqis and U.S. troops has been surging. “I don’t think anyone is hitting the panic button,” said Rich Bond, a former Republican National Committee chairman. “But there is an acute recognition of the grim environment that both parties are operating in.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “If the Democrats had any leadership or any message, they could be poised for a good year,” Bond said. “But in the absence of that, they have not been able to capitalize on Republican woes. Because of the size of the GOP majority, Democrats have to run the board, and I don’t see that happening.” The public’s unease with Republican leadership in the White House and Congress creates a favorable environment for Democrats, said Democratic consultant Dane Strother. “The problem is you don’t vote for a party,” Strother said. “You’re voting for a member of Congress. And we’re a year away.” last_img read more

INSIDE THE EAGLES SECRET LAIR

first_imgIT’S the hidden compound which is home to Ireland’s most secret wildlife project.The specially-adapted cages, which are nestled away in the heart of Donegal’s sprawling 17,000 hectare Glenveagh National Park, are home to the latest majestic golden eagle arrivals.And now for the first time the public has been given access to this remarkable project which is aiming to bring the rare birds back to the skies over Ireland. donegaldaily.com cannot disclose the location of the compound for fear they will be attacked by vandals or falconers looking to snatch the rare birds.The compound is the preparation ground for young eagles for weeks before they finally take to the skies – all gathered under license from nests across Scotland.Project co-ordinator of the Golden Eagles Trust Lorcan O’Toole said it is vital to keep the birds whereabouts a secret until they are released into the wild.“Some people might think we’re being very cautious but that’s the way it has to be. “We have to give the birds every chance before we release them into the wild in a few weeks time.“There is always the chance that somebody might stumble across the release cages or a falconer will go looking for them – we can’t take that chance.“We do not think of them in monetary terms but these could be very valuable birds for falconers or people who keep birds of prey in captivity,” he said.The project has been a labour of love for O’Toole and his team since it got the green light under the Millennium celebrations in 2000.The general theme of the Millennium was regeneration and the Irish Government thought the reintroduction of the eagle, which had disappeared from our skies in 1910, was a thoroughly deserving project. The first four birds arrived in the north-west in 2001 and since then a steady stream of the rare creatures have been brought to Ireland from the Scottish settings of Skye, Tayside and Lochaber.The release to date of 54 birds, including the four new eaglets at the hidden compound, has now written the first chapters of this remarkable story.There is still a long way to go however including the importation of at least another 20 eagles in the coming years.Funding and support for the inspirational project has been provided by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The birds will grow up to weigh 5 kgs and have a wingspan of more than six feet.By their estimates, the Golden Eagle Trust thinks that at least half the birds are still alive and gracing Irish skies as far away from Donegal as Kerry and even Scotland from where they came.Others have perished for various reasons but O’Toole is genuinely satisfied about the rate of progress.“We knew some of the birds would die – that was inevitable. But the overall project is going well. We still have a lot of work to do but the commitment is there and that’s the main thing”.He is especially happy about the co-operation the project as received from the farming community and the general public.“Quite simply the project would not have got off the ground without the co-operation of local farmers and the general public.“There may have been a myth that the eagles prey on lambs but that is simply not the case.“They may take the very odd sick lamb or chicken but that’s it. On the plus side there is evidence the eagles have helped to thin out the population of Hooded Crows which are a pest in certain areas.“The farming population have been wonderful and are reporting sightings of the birds regularly.“As agri-tourism grows, the eagles can become part of that,” he said.The hard work and commitment of the general public, the farming community and the Golden Eagle Trust finally paid off in May of 2008 when the first Golden Eagle chick in almost a century in Ireland was born.Alas a very real new threat has now emerged in the form of poisoning.Indeed the only golden eagle hatched for over a century in Ireland, named Conall, was found dead in Sligo in February this year.In total 20 birds of prey including Red Kites and Sea Eagles have also perished due to poison.O’Toole tries to keep his calm when he talks about the illegal poisoning of the birds but you can see in his eyes that he is livid.“There is simply no excuse for the poisoning of any birds at this stage. Any poisons that are on the market are illegal and should not be used.“We are fighting an uphill battle because the few farmers who are doing this could have stored these poisons in their sheds for years,” he said.But overall the signs for more little chicks are very positive for the future with at least four pairs of birds now together.O’Toole is also left with the task of making the project as appealing to the general public while also ensuring it never becomes too commercialised.With this in mind there are tentative plans to erect a hidden camera near a nest site which could relay live footage of the eagles next summer.Another proposal is to attach a satellite to one of the birds so it can be tracked on a daily basis to see its flightpath and where it is going.“It’s a delicate balancing act. We want the public to be involved in this project as much as possible because it is their project afterall.“But we must also ensure that we don’t interfere with the natural habitats of the birds,” he said.The birds are hand-fed venison and other meat by O’Toole using a glove through the wooden walls of the compound to minimalise human contact.When they are ready to fly the doors of the huge cages will be opened but they will initially return specially-set feeding bins.After that, like the magnificent birds before them, they will be on their own.“It’s always a nervous time letting them go but it’s a wonderful sight seeing them soar away on the wing,” he said.As he stands on the hillside looking down the breathtaking scenery of Glenveagh National Park, you can almost feel O’Toole’s enthusiasm for what he is doing.“Don’t be fooled, I spend plenty of hours at the computer doing normal stuff as well,” he laughs.“But yeah, it has its upsides too,” he grins.INSIDE THE EAGLES SECRET LAIR was last modified: November 29th, 2010 by adminShare 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)last_img read more

SOUTH DONEGAL TO FEATURE ON AMERICAN TV SPECIAL

first_imgA special programme by DonegalTV is to be broadcast into 38 million homes across America this Sunday. The special screening in Harveys Point Hotel on MHz Worldview Today’s Ireland will feature a range of features across Donegal.The show will feature Donegal Town, Killybegs, Kilcar, Carrick, Slieve League Mountains, Slieve League Boat Trips, Glencolmcille, the Folk Village, Oideas Gael, the MacGill Summer School, local traditional music, Ardara, Narin and the Fintown Railway. The Programme will air into 38 million homes in America this Sunday at 2:30pm ET & MHZ DC1 at 6:30pm Visit www.todaysireland.tv for more info.The programme will then be available online at www.donegaltv.ie & all our DonegalTV & partners social media platforms on Monday morning SOUTH DONEGAL TO FEATURE ON AMERICAN TV SPECIAL was last modified: October 30th, 2014 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:Americadonegal tvProgrammelast_img read more

DRIVER OF CAR INVOLVED IN HORRIFIC SMASH TO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY

first_imgThe 23 year old Donegal man who was driving the car in which seven young men died will appear in court again today.Shaun Kelly of Hill Road, Buncrana, was previously charged in connection with the deaths of eight people in a road crash in Inishowen last year.Mr Kelly, the sole survivor of the crash, was charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men. He was arrested a month ago and conveyed to Buncrana courthouse by Garda Carol Doherty.Those who were died were Eamon McDaid, 21, of Ballymagan, Buncrana, PJ McLaughlin, 21, of Burnfoot, Ciaran Sweeney, 19, of Ballyliffin, James McEleney, 23, of Clonmany, Mark McLaughlin, 21, of Fahan, Paul Doherty, 19 of Ballyliffin, Damien McLaughlin, 21, of Buncrana and Hughie Friel, 66, of Urris.The crash was the worst road tragedy on our roads ever.It happened on July 11 last year and devastated several Inishowen communities.It is expected today’s case will merely be mentioned before another court date is set.DRIVER OF CAR INVOLVED IN HORRIFIC SMASH TO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY was last modified: December 7th, 2011 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:Buncrana District CourtInishowen crashShaun Kellylast_img read more

INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AFTER MAN KILLED FOLLOWING TRAGIC ACCIDENT

first_imgA man operating a crane has been killed following a tragic accident in Dunlewey this morning.The man, who is believed to be a married man in his 40s and from the Doochary area, was working with heavy machinery in the area when the accident happened.Gardai and the emergency services are at the scene in the Meenaboll area but there are no further details at this point. The area has been sealed off as a full investigation begins into how the man died.A Garda source said “It looks lie a tragic accident at this stage. The man had been working in the area for a couple of days before the incident occurred early this morning.”Officials from the Health and Safety Authority are also believed to be en route to the scene.  INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AFTER MAN KILLED FOLLOWING TRAGIC ACCIDENT was last modified: March 13th, 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) Tags:accidentdeadDunleweylast_img read more