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first_imgAussie players want to limit day-night Tests SYDNEY (AP): Cricket Australia’s plan to stage two day-night Tests next season hit another hitch yesterday when the players’ association sought a limit of one. The initial schedule proposed that the third Test between Australia and South Africa in November at Adelaide – the venue for the only previous pink-ball Test – and the series-opener against Pakistan in Brisbane in December be day-night matches. South African players and officials have so far resisted the idea, although Pakistan have committed to playing a day-night match. “The feedback we are receiving from our playing group is that there still remain concerns over day-night Tests,” Australian Cricketers’ Association chief executive Alistair Nicholson said. “While there is acknowledgement that this format may grow the game, at this stage, the players would prefer to only play one day-night Test in 2016-17.” Williamson confirmed as NZ Test captain WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP): Leading batsman Kane Williamson has been confirmed as New Zealand’s 29th Test cricket captain. The 25-year-old Williamson has already captained New Zealand in 34 one-day or Twenty20 Internationals and will now succeed Brendon McCullum as captain in all three formats. New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said Williamson “has been a leader within the team for a long time and has already shown himself to be an extremely capable captain. He is respected by his peers and the wider cricket community for his professional approach both on and off the field and has a superb cricket brain.” Williamson said he had learnt a lot from McCullum and “the culture that he and Mike (Hesson) have cultivated has been a huge part of this team’s success in recent times”. Ronaldo, Benzema to miss match MADRID (AP): Real Madrid forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema will miss today’s league match as they try to recover from injuries in time to face Manchester City in the return leg of their Champions League semi-final. Coach Zinedine Zidane said that neither of his top two scorers was fit for the trip to Real Sociedad, where Madrid need a win to realistically remain in the Spanish league title race. Madrid trail leaders Barcelona and second-place AtlÈtico Madrid by one point, with three matches to go. Madrid host City on Wednesday after the two sides drew 0-0 in the first leg, where Madrid clearly missed Ronaldo’s spark in attack and where Benzema played only the first half. “I am worried because each time you have a player injured it is difficult,” Zidane said yesterday. “Now, the most important thing is that they completely recover because we cannot take risks with Cristiano and Karim.”last_img read more

Fiba World Cup qualifiers: Thirdy Ravena makes Gilas Pilipinas’ final 12 vs Qatar

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES The Philippines battles Qatar in a must-win Friday, 12 a.m. (Manila time) in Doha.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio 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 Thirdy Ravena, the lone collegiate player part of the pool, made the cut.The Ateneo superstar joins Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, Scottie Thompson, Paul Lee, Marcio Lassiter, Troy Rosario, Gabe Norwood, Mark Barroca, Poy Erram and Japeth Aguilar in the roster.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBlatche returns as Gilas’ naturalized player for the first time since the infamous game against Australia last July.Barroca is also making his first national team appearance since being part of the original Smart Gilas squad. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on Tuesday revealed the Philippines’ 12-man lineup against Qatar in the sixth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Rush of relief after Gina Iniong escapes with close win in ONE Bangkok card Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Police hunt man terrorising Georgetown residents

first_imgThe police are on the hunt for a young man who goes by the name of Christian Webster also known as “Sharkie” for allegedly terrorising citizens by breaking into their homes. The break-ins are carried out in South and North Ruimveldt, Festival City, Tucville, Lamaha Springs and park areas.Christian WebsterThe residents claim that they are frustrated since the police are unable to arrest the nuisance.The young man is known to the law and was recently released from prison for similar offences. The residents stressed that the crimes have been going on for the past few months. It is believed that the man has also been poisoning dogs in order to carry out his motives.Reports are that he inflicted two wounds to a young woman’s throat and arm with a knife.Several reports have been made to the police station but the young man has managed to evade the lawmen.In addition, the residents are claiming that the main suspect has been working with others in executing the robberies in the various areas.As such, they are pleading with members of the public to assist the police in apprehending the man since they are fearful for their lives. They have also urged persons in other villages to be on the lookout for the perpetrator.last_img read more

Body of unidentified man found on EBE roadway

first_imgThe body of an unidentified man was earlier today found lying along the Orangstein Public Road, East Bank Essequibo (EBE)The discovery was made at about 9:30h by passersby who immediately contacted the Police.At the time of the discovery, the man was dressed in a blue and white stripe jersey and a pair of long black pants.According to police sources, the body bore no marks of violence. The body was taken to the Ezekiel Funeral Home awaiting proper identification and post mortem.Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

Man jailed in rapes shaking `safest city’

first_imgThe drawing was circulated to patrol deputies but not to the public because some leads were being followed and police didn’t want their suspect to see it and “go underground,” La Berge said. All three women are willing to testify should the case against Arriano go to trial, Gill said. Arriano was identified by the East Newhall woman as the man who tried early Monday to pry open a window to her second-story condominium, said sheriff’s Deputy Stephanie Shrout, who spotted the suspect riding a bike and arrested him. Shrout was with several deputies who responded to the “hot prowl” call. Deputies had been hunting for the Canyon Country rapist and saw that Arriano fit the suspect’s description, Shrout said. “A lot of people worked hard to piece this puzzle together,” she said. “I live in this community, and it’s an incredible feeling to help the people of your own community.” Gill showed relief Thursday. As lead investigator, he talked – sometimes daily – with the victims to keep them posted and let them vent. He gave them his personal cell-phone number and took their calls both on and off duty. “You do take it personally,” Gill said. “I do feel like I’ve had an anvil lifted from my chest.” On Jan. 6, a 20-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in her Canyon Country apartment by a man in a hooded sweat shirt who came in through an unlocked window and threatened her with a knife. On March 29, a woman in her 40s was asleep when a man similarly clad entered through the kitchen window, climbed onto her bed, put a knife to her neck and assaulted her, the report said. The second attack prompted sheriff’s officials to warn residents to lock their windows. The third woman told deputies she awakened about 3 a.m. June 26 to see a man’s hands coming down over her face. The man held a knife and said, “Shut up, shut up; don’t scream,” she said in an earlier interview. But the woman shouted and fought, and the man fled. (661) 257-5251 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Arriano – also known as Andres Gomez – was formally charged Wednesday with a single count of burglary, pending further investigation, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. His bail was increased from $50,000 to $1 million, with his arraignment set for Sept. 26. On Thursday, all three women spoke briefly to reporters. “Thank you so much to the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Department for their persistence for arresting and detaining this man so this will never happen again,” one said. Another thanked Detective John Gill and “the team that was so diligent in making this arrest happen. Hopefully, it’s the start of a new chapter for me.” The third, a woman who lived in the same area of Canyon Country as the two rape victims, apologized for publicly criticizing deputies in July when they refused to immediately release a composite sketch of the assailant she fought off after he broke into her home. SANTA CLARITA – Two women raped at knifepoint in their homes in the dark of night stood by Thursday as sheriff’s deputies announced they had arrested a man in the attacks that sent jitters through this city, long considered one of America’s safest. Adrian Arriano, 29, twice deported to his native Mexico, was arrested about 4:45 a.m. Monday, identified as a prowler who had tried moments earlier to break into a Newhall woman’s apartment. “We believe she could have been the next victim,” sheriff’s Capt. Anthony La Berge said at a news conference. Arriano’s knowledge of confidential details about the rapes in January and March and about a related case in June, when a woman fought off her attacker, was key in linking him to the crimes, La Berge said. DNA and other evidence is being processed, with results due in two weeks. last_img read more

Neighborhood Council meetings

first_imgReseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. today, Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see Arleta Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at Beachy Elementary School, 9757 Beachy Ave., Arleta. Call (818) 892-2457. North Hills West Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday in Building 22 at the Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613 or see Northridge East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Andasol Elementary School, 10126 Encino Ave., Northridge. Call (800) 772-9132 or see Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3511 or see Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the assembly room at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. Winnetka Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Valley Village, 20830 Sherman Way, Winnetka. Call (818) 676-9766 or see Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 10, Mount Gleason Middle School, 10965 Mount Gleason Ave., Sunland. Call (818) 951-7411. North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the recreation room at the Park Plaza Apartments, 6755 Rhodes Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 982-2174.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Sept. 24, Van Gogh Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 831-0578 or see Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Sept. 26, Canoga Park Community Center, 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 346-4892. Encino Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Sept. 26, Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 255-1040 or see Panorama City Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Sept. 28, in the second-floor meeting room at the Mission Community Hospital medical building, 14860 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City. Call (818) 785-9355 or see Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 2, Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch. Call (800) 680-2986, Ext. 100. last_img read more


first_imgThe Letterkenny Senior Accordion Band would like to thank the Mayor of Letterkenny Pascal Blake for his kind sponsorship of their side drums.Pascal is pictured here presenting his donation to our treasurer Triona Callaghan. He also tried out the drums for himself when he joined the band at their Christmas Recital in The Letterkenny Shopping Centre on Sunday afternoon.Thanks again for your ongoing support Pascal and for being a good sport.“We may even call on his drumming skills again in the future,” said a spokesman.  MAYOR DRUMS UP SUPPORT FOR LETTERKENNY BAND! was last modified: December 23rd, 2013 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:Letterkenny Senior Accordian BandMayor Pascal Blakelast_img read more

Ex-Assemblyman Firebaugh dies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Former state Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh of Whittier, who was a candidate for the state senate seat held by Sen. Martha Escutia, died Tuesday. Firebaugh, 39, died at 7:15 a.m. at UCLA Medical Center from complications of the flu and liver failure, according to Ricardo Lara, his former chief of staff and campaign manager. He died with family and close friends at his side, former state Sen. Richard Polanco said. Polanco, who was at the hospital when Firebaugh died, praised the former assemblyman for his compassion and his commitment to improving life for working-class families. “So young and so talented,” Polanco said in a telephone interview. Firebaugh had medical problems in the past, missing the end of the 2003 legislative session while battling a serious liver problem. At the time, he said the unspecified ailment required “intensive treatment” but he expected to recover. Lara said the recent problems were a surprise. “He was on medication,” he said. “\ was fine. This was unexpected. It started with the flu and everything went wrong with that.” Born Oct. 13, 1966, in Tijuana, Mexico, Firebaugh was brought to the United States at age 1. He was raised by a single mother in El Monte, later taking the last name of his stepfather. Firebaugh credited his mother, Carmen Ramos Garcia, for his success, Lara said. “His mom always instilled the value of obtaining a college education. He always kept that to heart,” he said. “He understood the way to success is to pursue an education.” That’s why in the Assembly, Firebaugh fought to ensure that students had access to college regardless of their immigration status, Lara said. In 2002, Firebaugh authored a law that allowed some illegal immigrants to attend California universities while paying in-state fees. Firebaugh received a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Berkeley, and then began working for Polanco as a staffer. Chris Robles of Montebello, who knew Firebaugh during the 1980s, said it was obvious then that he was going to be an “up and comer.” “He was a young Turk, but was actually pretty quiet,” Robles said. Firebaugh later received a law degree from UCLA, and served as the liaison in several Southeast Los Angeles communities for the law firm of Beltran and Leal. In 1998, he was elected to the Assembly, serving for six years until he was termed out. Jose Sigala, who was his district director for about five of those years, described Firebaugh as idealistic and compassionate. “He was the kind of person who would inspire you to get involved and to think down the road about what you as a person can do to change lives,” said Sigala, who now is district director for Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk. Bermudez and Assemblyman Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, also were in the race for state Senate with Firebaugh. Since Firebaugh’s death occurred before March 30, his name can be removed from the ballot, according to officials with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office. Legislators all mourned Firebaugh’s death, many releasing statements. “Marco was a good friend and a younger brother to me,” said Sen. Escutia, D-Whittier. “Marco was a tireless advocate for our community, and while he will no doubt be missed by many, through his life’s work, his great legacy will continue to live on. He will be missed, but not forgotten.” The Associated Press contributed to this story. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more

Local players to end prep careers in all-star contest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Local football players give one last hurrah in grand style today in the 10th annual East-West All-Star Game at Birmingham High in Lake Balboa. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. Hart’s Robbie Casselberry, Patrick Sarkissian, Jackson Smith, Ricky Vittallo, James Wheeler and Troy Yudin and Valencia’s M.J. Robotham and participating for the West, and Canyon’s Matt Brown and Garrett Leary for the East. The event not only brings many of the top players from the Daily News coverage area together, it also raises money to support the Valley Youth Conference — where many youth players who’ve played in the East-West game through the years have been given their start. “It’s for a good cause, and it’s pretty exciting to meet the other players because there’s a lot kids out here,” Yudin said. “I’ve really enjoyed the practices. They’re fun, and the whole team looks good.” This is the last chance for graduated seniors to represent their team and community one last time, and the event usually features some long touchdowns and spectuclar hits, as these elite players have been itching for six months to get back on the field. “It will be pretty cool to wear Hart’s helmet but it’s kind of awkward to wear a different color uniform,” Yudin said. “Plus, I’m on the same side with M.J. after playing against him for four years. It’ll be fun.” For many of the players, this will be the last game. Others have committed to college football scholarships, so the all-star event feels like a last celebration. Then there are those like Yudin, a top receiver this past season at perhaps California’s most storied passing program. Yudin, who totaled 74 receptions for 1,210 yards and 13 touchdowns to help Hart to a the Southern Section Div. II final in December, has no firm scholarship offers. A terrific performance by Yudin today could put him over the top. Meanwhile, Yudin has harvested possible college connection during practice this week under the guidance of West coach Ben McEnroe of Chamanade High of West Hills. “The Chaminade coaches are trying to get me to play at Lehigh in Pennsylvania, which would be great,” Yudin said. Robotham is hanging it up after today. The All-Foothill League defensive back plans to concentrate on academics and not play sports in college. The Canyon kids go against Hart in the latest chapter to the series rivalry. 10th East-West All-Star Football Game WHEN: 3:30 p.m. today WHERE: Birmingham High in Lake Balboa (corner of Victory and Balboa) LOCALS: Robbie Casselbery, WR, Hart; Patrick Sarkissian, LB, Hart; Jackson Smith, OL, Hart; Ricky Vittallo, OL, Hart; James Wheeler, WR, Hart; Troy Yudin, WR, Hart; M.J. Robotham, DB, Valencia; Matt Brown, LB, Canyon; Garrett Leary, DL, Canyon. TICKETS: $8 (Proceeds benefit the Valley Youth Conference)last_img read more


first_imgJimmy Ward on Prime Time tonightTHE Ballyshannon traveller family prevented from moving to a new home after it was firebombed by arsonists have spoken for the first time about the storm which surrounded the issue.Jimmy Ward claimed the fact he is the brother of John ‘Frog’ Ward – a notorious criminal shot dead by Mayo farmer Padraig Nally – was being used against him.Mr Ward and his ten children were due to move into a house in Parkhill last month but the €230k property was burned down just hours before its sale to Donegal County Council was due to go through. Speaking for the first time – on RTE’s Prime Time – Mr Ward and his wife showed how their family was crammed into a small three-bedroomed home in Ballyshannon.And he criticised Cllr Sean McEniff for comments he made when the council bought the house for the Ward family.“I’m a Ballyshannon man,” said Mr Ward, “he’s from the neighbouring town of Bundoran.”He said he was shocked that his young children – some of them featured on the TV programme – had been described by Cllr McEniff as ‘bad eggs.’ “What sort of compliment is that from a man of his experience?” asked Mr Ward, holding a year-old son.Mr Ward said “like everyone else I’ve a few minor convictions but in the last number of years I’ve had no problems with the law.”He said references to his brother and his death had nothing to do with the issue.“He’s dead and buried. I’m living in Ballyshannon. They brought this (the death) into it to cover up,” said Mr Ward.On Cllr McEniff, Mr Ward said: “He has me and my family torn apart about it; he wants us isolated well he has us isolated. We don’t even want to go into the town.” “We were devastated,” said Geraldine Ward, talking about hearing the news of the arson attack.“It’s a big loss what they did to us.”Sinn Fein TD Padraig MacLochlainn also appeared on the RTE programme during a studio discussion after the Ward family interview.Deputy MacLochlainn, who is from a Traveller background, said a ‘wall of mistrust’ had developed between the settled and traveller communities. “This is not going to win me any votes,” said the TD, “Sean McEniff said what he said and he is going to get all the pats on the back and the votes because there is no leadership there.“We need to step in and deal with the issues and provide leadership,” he said.BALLYSHANNON TRAVELLER FAMILY SPEAK OUT FOR FIRST TIME ON HOUSE BURNING was last modified: March 5th, 2013 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:BALLYSHANNON TRAVELLER FAMILY SPEAK OUT ON HOUSE BURNINGprime timeRTElast_img read more