26 new cases were confirmed in Donegal this evening Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebook Google+ By News Highland – February 21, 2021 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Twitter 679 new cases of covid 19 have been confirmed and 1 more patient with the virus has died.230 of the new infections are in Dublin, with 59 in Limerick, 48 in Galway, 47 in Kildare and 29 in Tipperary.26 new cases were confirmed in Donegal this evening.The country’s 14 day incidence rate is 243 per 100 thousand people and 148 patients are being treated in intensive care. Previous articleNorth’s First Minister threatening legal action over Northern Ireland ProtocolNext articleProposals wanted for Food Waste Reduction Initiatives News Highland Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Homepage BannerNews Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further
New Brazil national team coach Dunga has called up Santos forward Robinho for upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Ecuador.The 30-year-old will replace Hulk in the 22-man squad after the Zenit St Petersburg man injured his left thigh in his side’s 1-0 over Lokomotiv Moscow on Sunday. Robinho, who has 92 caps to his name, has not played international football since scoring against Chile last November and was left out of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s World Cup squad earlier this year. The recall vindicates Robinho’s decision to return to his homeland on loan from Milan earlier this month in search of playing time, after new coach Filippo Inzaghi revealed the diminutive attacker was not in his plans. Real Madrid left-back Marcelo has also been brought back into the fold after he was originally left out of the squad, with an injury to Porto’s Alex Sandro leading Dunga to draft him in. Brazil will now head into the game against Colombia in Miami next week with just 10 players who featured at this year’s World Cup, with Dunga hoping to begin his second spell in charge of the national team on a positive note.
Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai today empathised with skipper Virat Kohli on the issue of cramped scheduling, saying that players’ interest will be taken care of.India will finish their home series against Sri Lanka on December 24 before leaving for South Africa on December 28.They are scheduled to play a two-day warm-up tie starting on December 30 before taking on South Africa in the first Test on January 5.Kohli had complained that cramped schedules are getting in the way of proper preparation for a big series such as the South Africa tour.”I totally empathise with Kohli. That is a fact. What we recognise as Future Tour Programme (FTP) has been drawn up such that all the state associations get chances to generate revenue by conducting matches,” Rai said during a session at the Times Lit Festival here.”And unfortunately it is the players because of whom these revenue comes and their interests are not taken care of. We will ensure that there is a balance in the three formats from next year,” he added.Regarding players contracts, Rai said: “We had inherited the three grades of A, B and C. We have modified it and have started a process where we consult the players. We had two rounds of consultation and we will do another one in a week’s time just before the Delhi Test.”We will make a presentation to the players. In this entire business, the one group that is left out completely is the players, their interest is not protected. Nobody has consulted them.”advertisementTo a question why BCCI is refusing to allow NADA to conduct dope tests on its players, Rai said: “We have zero tolerance to doping. As per as BCCI is concerned, it conforms to the anti-doping policies of the ICC, who conform to WADA.”As for conducting tests in the country, there is a NADA which runs the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), which is headed by secretary of Sports itself. All samples drawn from cricketers in this country are tested only in NDTL.”As of now, the samples are drawn by an agency called IDTM, approved by ICC. So we are totally in line with the country’s anti-doping guidelines. Now cricketers worldwide have issues regarding privacy and security because they have to tell their whereabouts all the time. So the ICC decided to involve IDTM.”Rai also said adhocism of BCCI created the fiasco during the selection of the India coach, where Anil Kumble was roped in for some time before the subsequent appointment of Ravi Shastri by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which includes Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.”Unfortunately, there is no system in the BCCI on how a coach should be appointed but I think the move to set up the CAC is good,” said Rai, the former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.”The three iconic players made the selection of coach last year. They had selected somebody who was unfortunately not acceptable to BCCI, who gave the opportunity to Kumble.The CAC had recommended him for two years but then BCCI said ‘no no’, it is for one year,” he added.Rai also said that India might have a women’s Indian Premier League (IPL) from next year.”With Diana Edulji (the CoA member), Mithali (Raj), Jhulan (Goswami), we have drawn up the sequence of events which hopefully you will see women’s cricket…or you might even see an IPL also,” Rai said.”The match fee of the women cricketers has been doubled by us over the last three months. The rewards which were given have been brought more or less at par with the men’s team.In the longer run we may not be able to make it equal because all this revenue generated from the matches played — the men’s team play more and generate larger amount.”Hopefully the women’s team will also come to their level in future. So next year you are certainly going to see the change,” he added.Rai also said that COA had submitted their recommendations regarding the conflict of interest that was pointed out by former member Ramachandran Guha.”We have drawn up policies on conflict of interest but you will be surprised that all those policies, including players compensation policies, we offered to SGM but even after three meetings it was not adopted,” he said.Asked specifically about the conflict of interest of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rai said: “Please be assured that our entire conflict of interest policy will leave Dhoni or anybody else with no option but to conform to it.”advertisementTalking about the need for reforms in the BCCI, Rai said: “It is not a bad idea to be setting a set of standards. I believe BCCI is very insular body. Anything happened in BCCI never came out in the public. Now if you are throwing BCCI open to public it is good.”
LIVE FROM SEVILLE: Griezmann free-kick wins point for Atletico Madrid against Sevillaby Andrew Maclean10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWhile some of Europe’s top leagues were enjoying their winter break, the sun was shining bright in the south of Spain for Sunday’s highly anticipated La Liga fixture between Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.The sublime conditions only furthered the excitement within the stadium for what was an enthralling contest between second and third on the table.The opening 25 minutes played out much as you would’ve expected from both sides; the hosts controlled the majority of possession early while Diego Simeone’s dogged outfit were happy to sit back and soak up the pressure. Despite their control down the middle of the ground, Atleti afforded their opponents far too much space on the wings, with Jesus Navas having a field day against makeshift left-back Saul Niguez.The Spaniard’s dominance almost paid off when, on the 30th minute mark, his teasing cross was floated to the back post, only for Sergio Escudero to send his header two metres over Jan Oblak’s goal. With their tails up, Sevilla’s relentless attack resulted in the match’s first goal after 36 minutes through Wissam Ben Yedder. After Andre Silva’s long range strike smacked off the post, the resulting corner saw Ben Yedder in the right place in the right time, receiving a pass from Daniel Carrico on the edge of the six yard box and finishing neatly past Oblak for his ninth La Liga goal of the season.The home supporters weren’t celebrating for long, however. With the last kick of the half, Atleti’s superstar, Antoine Griezmann, drew his side level with a superb curling free-kick that left goalkeeper Tomas Vaclík fixed to his line.The 15 minute interval done nothing to quell the growing tension from both sides. Referee Mateu Lahoz awarded three yellow cards within the first nine minutes of the second stanza – and would hand out 12 by the final whistle – as the match ramped up in intensity with both sides searching for another goal.Ben Yedder once again found himself in a wonderful position inside the box after receiving Roque Mesa’s knockdown. But this time the Frenchman’s shot, which had Oblak beat, dragged across the far post. With eight minutes remaining, it was Griezmann who would squander Atleti’s best chance of winning the game. Must to the confusion of an otherwise strong Sevilla back three, the World Cup winner found himself onside, but his tame effort was hit straight at the outstanding Vaclik.The result means Barcelona can extend their lead at the top of the table to five points with a win over Getafe on Sunday night. TagsOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say
Home Hardware said that to receive an award, recipients must demonstrate excellence in staff performance and customer service; interior presentation, including clear signage, tidiness, and merchandise presentation and displays; exterior presentation, including cleanliness and attractive window displays; staff training; and participation in dealer network initiatives. Dealer-Owners must also represent strong community support and leadership within their local community.“The Proud of My Home Award recognizes Fort St. John Home Hardware Building Centre’s commitment and dedication to providing their community with quality advice, superior service and competitively priced products that are second to none,” said Terry Davis, President and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “Fort St. John Home Hardware Building Centre truly embodies the values on which Home Hardware was founded on which include value, service and dependability. On behalf of the Dealer-Owners of close to 1,100 Home Hardware Stores in communities across Canada, I would like to congratulate Fort St. John Home Hardware Building Centre on this achievement.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Home Hardware Building Centre in Fort St. John received the 2018 Paul Straus Public Relations Award at Home Hardware’s annual Spring Market on April 14th in St. Jacobs, Ontario. The award was a part of the Home Hardware Proud of My Home Awards which acknowledged the top stores in the country. Dealer-Owners Doug and Shelley Gallinger say they’re honoured to be one of seven stores recognized in the awards categories from among the nearly 1,100 stores across Canada.“We are deeply honoured to be acknowledged with the Proud of my Home designation for the Paul Straus Public Relations Award,” said Doug and Shelley Gallinger. “This award would not have been made possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff and local community. A special thank you goes to our customers for their support.”
Aizawl: Jagdish Mukhi was on Saturday sworn-in as the Governor of Mizoram at a simple function at the Raj Bhavan here. Gauhati High Court judge, Justice Nelson Sailo administered the oath of office to Mukhi. Mukhi is also the Governor of Assam. He succeeded Kummanam Rajasekharan as the governor of Mizoram as the latter resigned on Thursday and his resignation was accepted by the President Ram Nath Kovind who appointed Mukhi to take additional charge of Mizoram. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!After taking charge of Mizoram Governor, Mukhi said he would administer the oath of office to C Lalsawta as chairman of the first Lokayukta on Monday at Aizawl Raj Bhavan. Lalsawta, a retired IAS officer was recently appointed as chairman of the newly-constituted Lokayukta in Mizoram on February 28. Mukhi would deliver his customary gubernatorial address in the Mizoram Assembly on Tuesday, the first day of the Budget session.
India’s visage, steeped in tradition, designate the multi-coloured cultural hues of the land, more on the lines of social bonding and comprehensiveness that gives way to each ritual being pulled out of its spiritual context and getting transformed into a celebration. Holi has a very contemporary metaphor in today’s India. One of this country’s favourite festivals, it is celebrated to mark the beginning of spring, ushering in the spirit of freshness and shedding the mundane. More importantly, it invokes inclusivity and hence, people from all faiths can be a part of it. There are a number of myths associated with this extant ritual of smearing colour on friends and family but what stands out is the fact that it is one of the greatest testaments to Hinduism’s absorptive capacity. From far and wide, people visit their families and close ones. The schools, colleges and universities across India celebrate Holi with great enthusiasm. Foreign students, who visit India to obtain academic degrees, participate in great numbers. Tourists from all over the world visit India to witness Lathmar Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan, where Krishna was born. In Punjab, people engage in Hola Mohalla, a yearly fair that was first organised by Sikh Guru Gobind Singh to celebrate Holi. Special demonstrations of physical agility, wrestling, martial arts, sword fights, military exercises and turban tying are part of the celebration. Vasant Utsav in Santiniketan is inspired by Nobel-laureate Rabindranath Tagore who introduced this festival at Viswa Bharati. Students, dressed up in bright-coloured attires, celebrate Holi through cultural programmes. They play ‘Dol’ with abir and flowers. Hundreds of foreigners take part in this event every year. In north India, various theme parties are held across the region. People set up bonfires, offer prayers and toss coconuts in the flames to signify the death of negativity and sorrow. In the present context, with the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections just round-the-corner, the politicisation of this festival may not be a fitting pivot. However, there have been earlier instances when such festivals have witnessed throngs of men carrying out victory marches amid packed street corners, shimmying wildly, smeared in colours. And in Indian politics, as it is in this country’s character, every new beginning (including the spring season) witnesses a ‘colourful’ welcome. From parties that have won recent elections to those celebrating Holi, gulal is a recurrent requisite. But it is important to understand that incendiary rhetorics and religion-baiting communal politics are no longer the order of the day. For this new India, as vintage veneration evokes reverence for the archaic, it also brings with it an essential change — the only constant in this country. Happy Holi!
Leeds: After conceding a 0-4 series defeat against England, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur admitted that his side did not perform well in the bowling and fielding departments which led to their loss in the five-match rubber. On Sunday, hosts England comfortably defeated Pakistan by 54 runs in the final ODI of the series and made sure that their World Cup preparations were on track and they remain the hot favourites for the showpiece event. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuPakistan, who are usually termed as a very good bowling side, lacked bite and conceded totals in excess of 300 in the four completed matches. And towards the end of the series, their poor fielding, which saw regulation catches being put down and a slew of misfields, also raised questions over their World Cup chances with less than two weeks to go. “Our fielding has been very disappointing. That has been a massive difference between the two sides,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Arthur as saying after the loss at Leeds. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters “At Southampton and Nottingham, it was anybody’s game going into the last five overs. We competed really well. The one difference has been our fielding and that’s a real worry for me,” he added. The Pakistan head coach was, however, happy with the way the batters performed against the number one ranked ODI side. “We sit here and take a hell lot of the positives out of this series. Our batting has gone to another level and we have batted extremely well. That’s given our dressing room a massive amount of confidence. When we were coming to England, people were saying we were a 280 team. I am taking a fair amount of positives certainly in that department out of this series,” said the South African. “Our bowling and fielding has been average at best. Another thing is that we played against a team which is number one in their own conditions. I don’t think there are too many other teams around in England as prepared as we are in terms of the competition we played against and match fitness, which is something very important,” he added. Despite the humiliating series loss, the 51-year-old insisted that he was confident that his side will perform well in the World Cup. “We’ve got a couple of days now to regroup, two warm-up games and then we’ll go. I’m very, very confident with the players we’ve got. We need to sharpen up on a couple of disciplines but we’ll certainly get there. We’ll be good,” he said. Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against West Indies on May 31.
Damascus – Syria rebels overran the Aleppo headquarters of the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Wednesday, as clashes between opposition forces raged into a sixth day. The loss in Syria’s northern second city came a day after ISIL’s spokesman threatened to “crush” opposition fighters who have attacked the group in multiple provinces.Elsewhere, a diplomat announced that two Swedish reporters missing in Syria since November had been freed. And the fractious Syrian opposition National Coalition said it was postponing until January 17 a final decision on whether to attend peace talks in Switzerland.On the ground, ISIL battled moderate and Islamist rebels in clashes that erupted on Friday and have killed at least 385 people since then.Monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced the new toll in the clashes on Wednesday, saying it included 56 civilians.ISIL’s headquarters in a hospital in the Qadi Askar neighbourhood of Aleppo city was overrun by opposition fighters, who reportedly freed dozens of prisoners held there.An opposition fighter sits on the back of an armed pick-up truck in the northern Syrian city of Alep …The setback for ISIL came after its spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani issued a defiant message late Tuesday.He urged ISIL forces to “crush them (the rebels) totally and kill the conspiracy at birth”.“None of you will remain, and we will make of you an example to all those who think of following the same path,” he added.Adnani also warned that ISIL had “declared and begun a war” against the National Coalition and the military command of the opposition Free Syrian Army.“Everyone who belongs to this entity is a legitimate target for us, in all places, unless he publicly declares his rejection of that group and of fighting the mujahideen (jihadist fighters).”His message came hours after the head of Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, the Al-Nusra Front, released his own audio message, urging an end to the fighting.Abu Mohamed al-Jolani warned that the fighting “risks costing us dearly on the ground if it continues”.“The regime will gain new life when it was close to collapse,” he added, calling for a ceasefire, exchange of prisoners and the establishment of an Islamic committee to mediate disputes.Priority is ‘fighting the regime’He urged all fighters “to give priority to the fight against the regime”.The Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, was established in mid-2011 with help from ISIL’s Iraqi precursor.The Iraqi group’s chief later sought to merge his group with Al-Nusra, but they rejected the alliance and pledged allegiance directly to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.A combo made on January 8, 2014 shows a portrait of Magnus Falkehed (L) taken in Paris on December 9 …Since then, the two groups have functioned separately, though Al-Nusra has remained largely neutral in the latest fighting.Syrian regime operations continued on Wednesday, with the Observatory reporting at least eight people killed in air raids on the town of Tal Rifaat in Aleppo province.A security source in Damascus told AFP that the ISIL-rebel fighting benefited the Syrian regime.“We are the beneficiaries in this situation,” he said, describing the fighting as a way for nations backing different rebel groups to “settle scores”.Elsewhere, Sweden’s ambassador to Lebanon and Syria confirmed that two journalists missing in Syria since November had been freed.The two had been named in the Swedish media as Niclas Hammarstroem and Magnus Falkehed.A spokeswoman for the ICRC in Lebanon said one of the men had been transferred from the Lebanese border town of Arsal to Beirut on Wednesday.Diplomatic sources said the other was freed on Saturday.At least 25 journalists have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011, and more than 30 are thought to be missing.Both regime supporters and opponents have been accused of abducting and killing journalists.In Istanbul, a meeting of opposition National Coalition ended without a decision on attending peace talks in the Swiss town of Montreux on January 22.Amid fierce debate, the coalition’s general assembly decided to delay making a decision on opposition participation until January 17, just five days before the conference.A key Coalition member has said it will boycott the talks, and Damascus has said President Bashar al-Assad’s departure from power will not be up for discussion..
OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) looks to make a pass during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-57.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWithout a single graduating senior, the Ohio State men’s basketball program has still managed to undergo its fair share of roster turnover since the season ended.Shortly after losing to Florida in the second round of the NIT, a trio of freshmen Buckeyes announced their intentions to transfer: forward Mickey Mitchell, guard A.J. Harris and center Daniel Giddens. Another freshman, guard Austin Grandstaff, transferred to Oklahoma in December, leaving OSU with one remaining player from its 2015 class in guard JaQuan Lyle.Despite the departures, coach Thad Matta welcomes back the main core of last season’s team with forwards Marc Loving, Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop joined by Lyle and guard Kam Williams. Center Trevor Thompson entered his name into the NBA draft, but given that he did not hire an agent and is not expected to be selected, he’ll likely return to school.Even though OSU should return its top six scorers, much of the depth it had last season is gone. Combined, the three most recent transfers only averaged 8.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, but each logged valuable minutes off the bench as role players.On a squad that didn’t have much of a presence in the post, Giddens was the team’s leading shot blocker (1.5 per game) and was widely praised for the energy he brought to the floor.Harris was one of only five OSU players to play in all 35 games and served as the backup point guard to Lyle, even cracking the starting lineup in four games in the middle of the season. Without him, there are some serious questions of depth at guard.Finally, Mitchell started the last seven games of the season after Tate was lost due to a left shoulder injury. He struggled to put the ball in the basket, but the former four-star recruit provided versatility with his passing and rebounding.How will Matta and the Buckeyes go about replacing what was lost?To help in the frontcourt, the program has a duo of incoming freshmen from Ohio.Derek Funderburk, originally from Lakewood, Ohio, is the highest-rated recruit in OSU’s 2016 class. At 6-foot-9, the center is ranked as the 10th-best player at his position and No. 69 overall in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports. He spent his senior season with Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia.Micah Potter, a native of Mentor, Ohio, should also log valuable minutes. Standing at 6-foot-10, he’s ranked as the No. 30 center in the country. He played his final high school season at Montverde Academy in Florida.Both big men are noted for being able to stretch the floor, to score from down low and 3-point range, which should provide more viable offensive threats to come off the Scarlet and Gray bench along with Williams. For a team that struggled to get consistent scoring from any post player other than Tate last season, they will be welcomed additions to the OSU squad.Some potential help on the perimeter is also on the way for Matta and company.Small forward Andre Wesson committed to OSU in mid-April after helping lead Westerville South High School to the Ohio Division I state championship in his senior season. Wesson’s dad, Keith, played for OSU from 1983 to 1987, and his brother, Kaleb, is a 2017 commit for OSU. With solid outside-shooting ability, he should provide a backup to Loving and Bates-Diop.In another recent addition, the Buckeyes got a commitment from junior-college transfer C.J. Jackson. In his freshman season at Eastern Florida State College, the guard averaged 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, while shooting 45 percent from three. Touted as a combo guard, Jackson can handle the ball as well as shoot it and will give OSU some much-needed depth in the backcourt behind Lyle and Williams.OSU will have a solid foundation of experienced players heading into next season. The only issue will be what the program gets from its bench, which was a problem area in the 2015-16 campaign. Teams are able to succeed with six-man rotations, but the margin of error is slim. Having depth is crucial if injuries strike or a key player gets into foul trouble.With the four newcomers, Matta seems to have found that depth, in spite of what was unexpectedly lost after the season.