ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board said on Wednesday it plans to pump more than half a million United States dollars into the women’s game, a move that will see an increase in player-retainer contracts and fees starting next month. In a media release, the regional governing body for the sport said it would move the number of player retainer contracts from 11 to 15, and would also augment sponsorship payments, match fees and captains’ allowances. The increases are set to cost the board US$600,000, an injection of cash which chief executive Michael Muirhead believes will stimulate the women’s game. “We are hoping this new package will serve as an additional incentive for the current set of women, and will serve as a drawing card to more women to be attracted to cricket,” said the Jamaican, who relinquishes the post next month. The deal was hammered out along with the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and, according to the WICB, it will also benefit non-retained players as well. Former West Indies batsman Wavell Hinds, the current WIPA president and CEO, said the new compensation package for the women is “well deserved”. “Our women’s senior team has been a solid elite performing group over the last decade. As such, the improvement and security in their compensation package are well deserved,” Hinds said.
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns a shot from Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — A bad back prevented Roger Federer from getting ready for the U.S. Open the way he prefers to prepare for a Grand Slam tournament. And it’s showed so far.Federer blamed a lack of proper practice after making an uncharacteristic 68 unforced errors and being forced to go five sets again before coming back to edge a cramping Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay View comments It is the first time in his long career that the 36-year-old Federer has played five-setters in both the first and second rounds at a major tournament.“I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on. Maybe I struggled more than I would have liked to. But I’m still in the draw, which gives me a chance. I still believe I’m going to pick up my game and become just more consistent because I’m not playing all that bad,” Federer said. “It’s just that I’m going a bit up and down in waves throughout the match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Given that Federer entered the day with a 16-0 career record against Youzhny and a 16-0 mark in the U.S. Open’s second round, one might have thought that their match would be a mismatch.Think again. Resurrection Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Afterward, Youzhny chuckled at the mention of having lost all 17 matches against Federer, even leaning back in his chair and joking about how he would have completed the upset if Grand Slam rules were different: “I beat him in three sets now — but we played five sets. But come on, if we played three sets, I already beat him!”Federer, naturally, preferred to look at matters from a different perspective.“I find my way,” he said. “I don’t panic.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The No. 3-seeded Federer won five consecutive U.S. Open championships from 2004-08 and also was the runner-up twice, including two years ago. But he missed last year’s tournament while taking off the second half of the season to let his back and surgically repaired left knee fully heal.That back, an off-and-on issue for years, flared up again while Federer was losing in the final of the Montreal Masters in August. He didn’t get to fully work on returns or serves, in particular, as the U.S. Open approached. That lack of training and the resulting lack of timing — rather than pain from his back — is what Federer said caused him problems Tuesday night in the first round against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe and again against Youzhny, a former top-10 player who reached the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Open semifinals but is now ranked 101st.“I’m pretty confident that I’m only going to get better from here. That’s a good thing,” Federer said. “Because I’ve played a lot, I definitely found some rhythm now.”He did falter repeatedly Thursday, though.Federer let a lead slip away in the second set and got broken while serving for it at 5-4.“He helped me to come back,” Youzhny said.Federer stumbled again while serving for the fourth set at 5-3, but responded to a break there by breaking right back.Still, Federer’s unforced errors continued to mount in the fifth set — 11 in the first four games alone, including a badly shanked forehand on his first break point at 2-1, a netted backhand on his second, and a long forehand to let Youzhny hold there. Eventually, Federer nosed ahead, aided by the considerable dip in the 35-year-old Youzhny’s level of play.While Federer played his first-round match Tuesday under the roof in Ashe, Youzhny’s opener was postponed until Wednesday because of rain, and he blamed that for his fatigue. His legs started cramping late in the third set Thursday and then reached other parts of his body, even his fingers, by the end. That made it hard to move forward or to jump normally while serving.At 1-all in the deciding set, Youzhny collapsed to the court, grabbing at his right leg after whiffing on an attempted swat at Federer’s lob. Youzhny stayed down for a few moments, then grimaced and limped around for the rest of that game. “He’s also a real man who plays tennis,” Youzhny noted. “He’s not a god.”Well, OK, that’s true. But remember: Federer did not drop a single set en route to his record eighth Wimbledon championship in July. And that he is 37-3 with five titles, including two at majors to raise his record total to 19.Second on that list, with 15, is No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal, who was scheduled to face Taro Daniel of Japan in Ashe on Thursday night. That followed 20th-seeded American CoCo Vandeweghe’s match against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia under the lights.Two seeded women lost to Americans in the afternoon: Shelby Rogers edged No. 25 Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (5) in a tournament-record 3 hours, 33 minutes, and Jennifer Brady eliminated No. 23 Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-1.A couple of seeded men departed, too: No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 15 Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ
Laughing, he adds, “Don’t f*** with me. That deer is burning good.” A burning object is seen chained up to a red truck on a video taken by a cell phone. The post on a Dawson Creek Facebook page has garnered over 400 comments, with many calling for police to make an arrest. Several commenters said they had registered complaints with the local RCMP and SPCA, and according to CBC News, police are now investigating with conservation officers and the animal welfare organization. – Advertisement -The case is reminiscent of other possible animal cruelty cases in the Peace Region over the past few years, including a dog found seemingly dragged to death, a horse reportedly shot, and a cat and dog separately found in blocks of ice.
As Jurgen Klopp attempts to turn around his misfiring Liverpool side, it’s understandable there are going to be all sorts of transfer rumours.The Reds have already landed centre-back Steven Caulker on loan as they look to strengthen their creaky defence.And now there is speculation over who could be drafted into Klopp’s forward line, with Liverpool being linked with Southampton striker Shane Long.The Irish star has scored five goals in the Premier League this campaign but is also well known for his hard work off the ball.But some supporters aren’t as keen as Klopp might be on the forward. Check out the social media reaction below… Shane Long 1
KINDERGARTEN – A bill by Assemblyman Joe Coto, D-San Jose, would raise the minimum number of hours kindergartners spend in the classroom. Currently, the minimum is three hours a day. Coto’s bill would raise it to 230 minutes, or nearly four hours. A bill by Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, would gradually increase the age requirement for children entering kindergarten. Under current law, children must be 5 years old by Dec. 2 to begin kindergarten that year. Runner’s bill would push that cutoff date back to Sept. 1. It would take the same step for first-graders, requiring them to be 6 by Sept. 1 instead of Dec. 2. Some studies claim that delaying the start of formal school instruction until a child is 5 helps. Coto’s bill will be before the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. Runner’s is on the Senate Appropriation Committee’s agenda today.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsDEATH PENALTY – A bill by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-Santa Clara, would put a moratorium on executions until the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice makes its recommendations on how to improve the accuracy of jury verdicts. The commission is supposed to complete its work by the end of 2007. If approved by lawmakers, the bill would go on the November ballot for voters to consider. Another death penalty bill, this one by Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, would prohibit the state from using physicians in executions. Corrections Department procedures require a physician to attend executions to monitor an inmate’s heart and pronounce him dead. In a recent dispute over a pending execution, a federal judge said a doctor or other licensed medical professional must supervise lethal injections. But the California Medical Association, which supports Lieu’s bill, says that forces physicians to violate their oaths to preserve life. Both measures are on the Assembly Appropriations Committee’s agenda for Wednesday. MINIMUM WAGE – Bills by Lieber and Assemblyman Ed Chavez, D-La Puente, would raise the minimum wage from $6.75 to $7.75 an hour in two steps and require annual cost-of-living adjustments in the wage to keep up with inflation. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger supports an increase in the wage but opposes the annual inflation adjustments. He’s asked the dormant Industrial Welfare Commission to raise the wage by $1. Both bills are on the Assembly committee agenda. CABLE TELEVISION – The Assembly committee will consider a bill by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, that would make it easier for telephone companies to get into the cable television business. The measure would allow companies to get cable franchises through the Department of Corporations instead of negotiating deals with local governments. Supporters, including AT&T and Verizon, contend it would promote competition. SACRAMENTO – Hundreds of bills, including measures dealing with the death penalty, minimum wage and cable television competition, face a major hurdle this week as the Legislature’s appropriations committees screen spending bills. The votes on the two committees’ “suspense files” will determine if the measures reach the full Assembly or Senate and have a chance to move to the other house and eventually to the governor’s desk. Bills that would cost the state more than a minimum amount are routinely placed on the suspense files and voted on at the same hearing. Lawmakers say that helps them determine spending priorities. Here are some of the bills facing votes this week:
THE GAA is asking Donegal fans to arrive early for Sunday’s clash with Armagh – because of an Easter Sunday parade.Throw-in for the National League game at MacCumhaill Park is 2.30pm.And the parade is due to pass through Stranorlar and Ballybofey around the same time. Gardai say traffic restrictions will be in place on the Stranorlar side with diversions operating.In a statement the Donegal county board have asked fans to make their way to the game as early as possible to avoid traffic chaos.A big crowd is expected for the final game of the league.Donegal have injury concerns over Colm McFadden and Patrick McBrearty. McFadden suffered a recurrence of a groin strain in training last weekend while McBrearty’s availability is in doubt because of his involvement in Aussie Rules trials.A Donegal win will relegate Armagh although it wouldn’t necessarily guarantee that the Ulster Champions will remain in Division 1.Laois and Donegal go into the final round of games on four points – one below Armagh. GAA: TRAFFIC WARNING AHEAD OF SUNDAY’S ARMAGH CLASH was last modified: April 6th, 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: TRAFFIC WARNING AHEAD OF SUNDAY’S ARMAGH CLASH
The Finn Harps U19s side went joint top of the FAI National League on Saturday afternoon after Joe Boyle’s side secured a hard earned three points against Bohemians in Ballybofey.Two Mark Coyle goals either side of Simon McGlynn netting gave the young Harps lads the result that brings the Donegal outfit level on 30 points with Dundalk at the top of the table. Boyle will be very pleased with this outcome as it leaves his side well positioned to get a home draw in the knockout stages of the competition.The final score was 3-1 to Finn Harps. However, there is still work to be done to guarantee a quarter-final at Finn Park as Harps still have two league fixtures remaining. The next game is away to Longford and their campaign finishes with a top of the table clash against Dundalk. On Saturday the hosts were 2-0 up at the break in a match that seen chances and saves at both ends.“We probably edged the first half it and were delighted to go in with the goals from Mark Coyle and Simon McGlynn” Boyle said.After the break Bohemians pushed Harps back and the home team was relieved to see Anthony O’Hagan saving a penalty midway through the second half. Meaney did give Bohs hope with a goal but the hosts exposed the visitors on the break through B.J. Banda, McGlynn, Dylan McCroary, Coyle and Declan Sharkey all combining to create numerous opportunities. At the other end Ciaran Kelly, Paul Ferry and Daire O’Baoill coped with everything Bohs had to offer. When Coyle made it 3-1 Harps had earned another valuable home win with two remaining fixtures as they prepare for the play-offs.Finn Harps – Anthony O’Hagan, Paul Ferry, Nathan Clifford, Ciaran Kelly, Daire O’Baoill, Joe Joe Mc Gettigan (c), Simon McGlynn, Mark Coyle, BJ Banda, Declan Sharkey, Luke Neilis. Subs: Liam Doherty for Clifford 60 mins, Aaron McCready for Banda 84 mins, Jeaic McKelvey for Declan Sharkey 80 mins, Dylan McCrory for Luke Neilis 67 mins. Not used Alex Carolan, Tiernan Gallagher.U19 Finn Harps now joint top after securing win over Bohemians was last modified: August 29th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:BohemiansFAIfinn harpsFootballU19s
TOURISM Minister Leo Varadkar has praised those behind Donegal Live – saying the organisation is leading the way in tourism promotion.The Minister helped to launch the next Donegal Live event which will take place in Dublin on May 22 following the success of the event in Glasgow earlier this month.And he was high in his praise of hotels and other tourism businesses on how they set aside competition to work together for the good of Donegal. The Minister joined forces with Fáilte Ireland and a number of local Donegal associations to launch Donegal Live 2011.Returning to Dublin following the resounding success of last year’s event in Temple Bar, Donegal Live will this year take place at the Iveagh Gardens which will be transformed into the North West for one day only on Sunday May 22nd. A host of Donegal artists are lined up to entertain the crowds as well as Donegal personalities who will be on hand to lend their name and time to promote the county.Speaking at the launch, Minister Varadkar praised all those involved in Donegal Live and stressed the importance of working together to promote tourism in Ireland.“I’m pleased to welcome Donegal Live back to Dublin for the second year running. I am very encouraged to hear that last year’s event was a great success. A large number of the tourism businesses who took part enjoyed a strong summer performance on the back of the extensive exposure and publicity generated by the Temple Bar event. “This event is an excellent way to target and market Donegal to a Dublin audience. But alongside the excellent publicity, it’s great to see the strong spirit of partnership and collaboration between the Donegal traders who invest their time, efforts, and an array of special offers to make it a success.”There will be over 200 Donegal tourism businesses in the Iveagh Gardens on the day and interactive stands will feature the many quality attractions, activities, food, festivals and accommodation on offer in the county. A carnival atmosphere of music, song and dance will be created with many big name celebrities attending including Moira Brennan, Mickey Joe Harte and many others.Paul McLoone, our Head of Operations in the North West, believes the event provides a great opportunity for Donegal to target its key market, Irish people.He said: “As a county, Donegal is heavily dependent on the home holiday market with 70% of visitors travelling from within the island of Ireland. We hope Donegal Live will once again bring Donegal to the attention of Dublin residents and those in the surrounding counties and help to dispel the myth that Donegal is too far away for a holiday.“Last year’s event brought great dividends to local Donegal providers and optimism is high again for this year. With significant media publicity gained for Donegal along with hotel occupancy rates up 7% following the event, I have no doubt that Donegal Live will remain a firm fixture on the tourism calendar in the coming years.” TOURISM MINISTER PRAISES DONEGAL BUSINESSES FOR WORKING TOGETHER FOR COUNTY was last modified: May 11th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
HE’S not the most popular Minister in Co Donegal at the minute, having shelved cash for the A5.Now people who fly from Donegal to Dublin – because our roads are so dangerous and poor – are being targeted by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar.He has warned that taxpayers cash for regional airports including at Carrickfin will stop under this Government. He insisted: “We have a ridiculous situation where we have an airport if you follow the coastline: one in Donegal, one in Mayo, one in Galway, one in Shannon covering Limerick and Clare, another in Kerry, another one in Cork and another in Waterford.”“What do you think happened? None of them were making any money. They were all losing a lot of money and expecting to be covered by the taxpayer in the case of the regional airports, or the DAA [Dublin Airport Authority] in the case of the State airports.”“That is not really an aviation policy at all, it was political cowardice that it was ever allowed to happen.”“It is our intention over a period of time, though it will take a period of time, to phase out subsidies altogether to the regional airports.” “The operational subsidy will be phased out over time. There is evidence that some of the regional airports can do it. Kerry has money in the bank and almost makes a profit, Knock almost makes a profit as things stand.“There is evidence that well-run small regional airports can do it for themselves.“They do it in other countries too. If they are in that position now, they would be in an even better position in a few years’ time. We will work with them to do that, it is not an attempt to close them down.”The government contract with Donegal however has three more years to run.DONEGAL AIRPORT SHOCK: ‘I’LL END SUBSIDY’ SAYS MINISTER VARADKAR was last modified: November 10th, 2011 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:carrickfinDonegal Airportsubsidy to go
The council has warned that bonfires are illegal.Donegal County Council has issued a warning over people lighting bonfires across the county this Halloween.Halloween can be a lot of fun especially for our children and young people and while we want everyone to have an enjoyable time, it is the time of year when we ask the community to remember that bonfires are illegal and can cause serious damage and injuries both to our environment and to our health.Bonfires are illegal and very often bonfires are built close to houses and other property and can cause serious damage and injuries particularly where the burning of highly combustible materials is taking place. In the lead up to Halloween Donegal County Council is asking local communities not to provide materials for bonfires.Suzanne Bogan, Environmental Awareness Officer with the Council states that “it is an offence to supply waste materials to parties collecting for ‘Bonfire Night’ and it is illegal to give waste to a person that does not have a waste collection permit”.She added “Donegal County Council is currently monitoring a number of locations were waste materials have been supplied as bonfire material over the past number of years and we are undertaking an audit of certain businesses to ensure that there is compliance under the relevant legislation and to ensure that waste materials are not supplied for burning on bonfires”.If you are aware of any location where materials are being stockpiled for bonfire night contact Donegal County Council at 074 91 53900 or report it online at www.donegalcoco.ie. Bonfires are harmful not only to the environment but also to human health. While traditionally wood and straw were used on bonfires in recent times materials such as tyres, mattresses, furniture, plastics, metal etc are burned on bonfires. The burning of waste is not only harmful to the environment but it is also harmful to our health. When waste materials are burned on a bonfire harmful dioxins are created and released into the air that we breathe.It is illegal to possess fireworks in Ireland that may have been legally purchased outside the country. Illegal fireworks may not be manufactured to the appropriate safety standards and can ignite prematurely causing serious injury to the user or to others in the vicinity particularly children.Members of the public are asked not to buy, use or supply fireworks and parents are requested to monitor their children and make sure they do not play with fireworks including bangers. Every year children end up tragically injured and often scarred for life after using illegal fireworks.Tips for a safe Holloween:• Parents, businesses and householders should not provide any materials for bonfires. • Do not leave material lying around that may be taken for use in a bonfire; many garage or garden shed items such as petrol, white spirits, diesel, aerosols, batteries, tins of paint, bottles and tyres are especially dangerous if set on fire.• Do not facilitate illegal bonfires or firework displays on or near your home or property.• Explain the dangers of illegal bonfires and fireworks to children and teenagers.• Keep pets indoors on Halloween night – they are sensitive to noise. • Respect the work of the Emergency Services, Council Staff and the Gardaí.• Contact the Fire Service by calling 999 or 112 if you see a bonfire being lit close to buildings, trees, overhead cables, underground services or car parking areas.COUNCIL ISSUE WARNING OVER BONFIRES was last modified: October 20th, 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:bonfireDonegal County CouncilHalloweenWarning