MORE than their competitors, the influenza (flu) virus is threatening an impact on Calabar High School’s plans to retain the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championship title.Yesterday, their Class One 1500 and 800 metres favourite, Kevroy Venson, who is still affected by the virus, finished last in the heats of the 800 metres in a time of 2.13.66.On Tuesday’s opening day of the championships, there were some doubts surrounding the participation of the Red Hills Road-based school’s Class Two 400 metres star, Christopher Taylor, but he shrugged off the ills to run a record time in the heats of his event.Although no one else of note in the Calabar camp has come down with the illness, head coach Michael Clarke says it has disrupted their points projection and Venson’s illness will certainly affect their overall tally.FIT TO COMPETE”Venson came down with a bout of flu, but the doctors passed him fit to compete. But obviously he did not recover enough to run his best. Hopefully he makes the (1500m) final, which is on Friday. By then he should recover enough to perform better,” said Clarke.”Christopher was affected before the CARIFTA trials, so he was able to recover enough to compete at Champs. But I am sure that other schools will be affected because there is a bout of flu going around and it’s sure to affect others,” Clarke told The Gleaner.”His (Venson) illness will affect our points tally,” he continued, “because he was one of the athletes whose points were almost certain. But Calabar is not a school that is built on one athlete, we will have others to fill in those gaps.”But it has definitely affected us. Hopefully with the help of our doctors we will be able get our athletes to perform at their best at the championship,” he added.- L.S.
THEY are Donegal’s most important and ancient oak woods, and now the forest at Ballyarr is getting a makeover.The woodlands near Ramelton are specially protected under national and European laws.But visitors to the 30-hectare site have often been put off by the deep muddy paths around the forest. Now however the National Parks and Wildlife Service are laying new paths and carrying out new conservation work there.The move has been welcomed by local TD Joe McHugh who had lobbied for the upgrade.“Ballyarr Wood is not just important from a conservation point of view in Donegal but is recognised nationally as one of the country’s finest oak woods,” said Deputy McHugh.“I know it means a great deal to people in the area who use it often and I’m delighted this work is now underway to make it more accessible.” DONEGAL’S MOST IMPORTANT OAK WOOD GETS A MAKEOVER was last modified: September 17th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
QPR are ‘lukewarm’ about taking Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City, the Daily Mirror report.The striker, who played under R’s boss Mark Hughes at City and Blackburn, has touted himself for a possible move to Loftus Road.Hughes was offered Santa Cruz.But with an apparent lack of interest in him, Santa Cruz is now said to be hoping the likes of Wigan, Bolton and Blackburn pick him up.He is quoted as saying: “A north-west club would be ideal. I don’t want to keep moving my kids back and forth.”Chelsea target Hulk was watched by Tottenham scouts when he played for Brazil against Great Britain on Friday, according to the Daily Mail.And the Mirror claim former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle is discussing taking part in the television show Dancing on Ice.The Hayes-born 54-year-old would be “a guaranteed ratings winner” according to an ITV source quoted by the paper. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Numerous cultures, languages, religions 6 May 2009 Leading South African digital news provider News24 has entered into a content syndication arrangement with Al Jazeera English, the 24-hour news and current affairs television channel headquartered in Qatar. “We see the addition of international breaking news from one of the largest English-language news channels as an opportunity for South Africans to gain further perspective on the world,” News24 editor Jannie Momberg said in a statement this week. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material As part of the deal, News24 will publish daily video news bulletins from broadcast centres in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington on the News24 website. “Recognising the growing online population in South Africa, including mobile users, we see this partnership as an opportunity to contribute news from around the world to the benefit of the country’s digital citizenry.” According to Nielsen’s NetRatings Market Intelligence, more than two million unique users visited News24 in March. “South Africa is a country of numerous cultures, languages and religions, something that Al Jazeera tries to bridge as part of its news agenda,” said Al Jazeera global distribution director Phil Lawrie. “Offering an alternative worldview, we hope that content from Al Jazeera informs and stimulates debate around current issues and events relevant to South Africans as citizens of the world.” Presented as short, punchy news round-ups of two to three minutes, the stories from Al Jazeera will be visible online on News24’s World and Multimedia pages, as well as on certain mobile devices.
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World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES When Thibodeau was hired as team president and coach last summer, he quickly set his sights on bringing Butler to Minnesota. The two sides engages on serious discussions on draft night last year, nearly reaching a deal that would have included LaVine and Dunn, a player the Bulls were very high on coming out of Providence, for Butler. The deal could not quite be completed and Butler went through a frustrating season with the Bulls, who brought in Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo in hopes of squeezing some more immediate success out of the group.LaVine was having a breakout third season in the league when he tore the ACL in his left knee February. His rehabilitation has gone well, but the injury certainly complicated the Wolves’ re-engaging Chicago on Butler. Adding to the difficulty was Dunn’s underwelming first year in Minnesota, which diminished his trade value as well, even in the eyes of the point guard-needy Bulls.With all that in play, the Wolves were forced to also offer up the No. 7 pick this season to push the deal over the top. But they did receive Chicago’s first-round pick in return, offering them an opportunity to continue adding to their depth. The move, and the package they assembled to make it, signal an organization that is desperate to start winning now after 13 straight seasons of missing the playoffs.While not a great 3-point shooter like the Wolves need, Butler still averaged career highs in points (23.9), rebounds (6.2) and assists (5.5) in his sixth season. He is also one of the league’s top defenders, an absolute necessity for a young team that finished 26th in the league in defensive efficiency last season. He will turn 28 in September, right in the middle of his prime for a team in need of veteran leadership.The move also represents the first significant steps toward an overhaul for the Bulls. Despite a spirited effort, the Bulls were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Wade opted in for the final year of his contract, but that isn’t stopping Chicago from pivoting to a new, younger nucleus that includes LaVine, Dunn and Denzel Valentine.ADVERTISEMENT Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic (44) and Jimmy Butler (21) celebrate late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)MINNEAPOLIS — The long-anticipated reunion between Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau is on.Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the Chicago Bulls had traded three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler and the 16th overall pick Thursday night to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall pick. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal, first reported by the Chicago Tribune, had not been officially announced.ADVERTISEMENT The trade brings together Butler and Wolves coach and president Thibodeau, who coached the Bulls for five seasons before being fired in 2015. Butler gives Thibodeau the tough-minded scorer and hard-nosed defender that he has been searching for to complement a promising young core.The Wolves paid a big price: Besides surrendering the lottery pick, they gave up a rising star in LaVine, who is coming off of a torn ACL and Dunn, last year’s No. 5 overall pick.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutButler played for Thibodeau for four seasons in Chicago, developing from an unheralded, late-first round draft pick into a perennial All-Star. The two strong-willed workaholics clashed on occasion during their time together and Butler said during the Olympics in Rio last summer that it was “love-hate” relationship.But he also acknowledged that his appreciation for Thibodeau’s hard-driving style increased as time went on, especially when the Bulls struggled in their first season under the more player-friendly Fred Hoiberg. And according to a person with knowledge of the situation, Butler welcomes the move to Minnesota to join his old coach and a team loaded with young talent in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. MOST READ View comments
A French novelist will file a criminal complaint on Tuesday accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape, her lawyer said, throwing fresh uncertainty into a fierce national debate about whether the former International Monetary Fund chief can return to his country’s presidential race.A sexual assault case against Strauss-Kahn in New York has been badly weakened by questions about his accuser’s credibility. As a result, France was consumed Monday by the question of whether the longtime Socialist Party politician would revive his dream of running against unpopular conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy.The political world was hit by a new shock when the lawyer for writer Tristane Banon announced she planned to file the complaint in Paris within a day.Banon came forward after Strauss-Kahn’s May 14 arrest in New York to accuse him of wrenching open her bra and trying to unbutton her jeans in 2002. Lawyer David Koubbi said Banon had been dissuaded at the time from filing charges by her mother, a regional councilor in Strauss-Kahn’s Socialist party.Koubbi also had said his client had no intention of pressing charges while the American prosecution was going on because the two cases should be kept separate. Now, Banon is pressing forward, Koubbi told The Associated Press.Messages of support for the complaint quickly appeared on Banon’s Facebook page.Before Koubbi’s announcement, the country was split on whether it wanted Strauss-Kahn back in public life: two polls showed an almost even division between those who thought he should return, and those who believed his political career was over.advertisementThe former IMF chief’s re-entry to politics would be a tectonic shift in a campaign already shaken by his arrest on charges of attacking a New York hotel maid. The Socialist had been widely seen as the leading contender in the 2012 election, leading polls in the months before his arrest.With the alleged victim’s credibility undercut and Strauss-Kahn free on bail, French politicians and pundits appear to almost uniformly assume that the charges against him will be dropped in coming weeks.For many, the question is now whether a man paraded in handcuffs before photographers outside a Harlem police station a month and a half ago will try to run against widely unpopular conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy and become leader of the world’s fifth-largest economy.”DSK Back?” the left-leaning daily Liberation asked on its front page Monday, describing Strauss-Kahn’s release from house arrest as having turned the Socialist primary race upside down for the second time in as many months.”Dominique Strauss-Kahn will express his intentions when he wants to,” Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry told France-2 television.The charges still stand against Strauss-Kahn, who has relinquished his passport to authorities in New York. Another court hearing would be needed for him to get it back. His next appearance is scheduled for July 18, five days after the deadline for candidates to register in the Socialist Party primary.As a result, much of the debate about Strauss-Kahn’s political future centers on whether the Socialists would push back the primary deadline.”Let’s acknowledge that if Strauss-Kahn decides to come back as a candidate on our side, no one will try to oppose him using some calendar,” said Aubry, who declared her candidacy only after Strauss-Kahn’s arrest.The Socialist Party’s spokesman appeared to disagree, an indication of the confusion and disagreement within the party about betting the opposition’s chances of defeating Sarkozy on a man seen by some as a martyr of American injustice and by others as an out-of-touch jet-setter with a history of crude behavior toward women.”We can’t base the (political) calendar, which involves millions of French people, on the American judicial calendar,” party spokesman Benoit Hamon said Monday.Hamon left open the possibility, however, that Strauss-Kahn could become a candidate even after the official deadline, an act that would presumably require an extraordinary effort by Strauss-Kahn to get his divided party to bend its own rules.”If ever Dominique Strauss-Kahn, beyond July 13th, says that he would like to enroll in this calendar, which doesn’t seem the most likely, we are reasonable people, we will discuss with him under what conditions he could do so,” Hamon said.A poll released Monday found that 51 percent of French people found that Strauss-Kahn no longer had a political future, versus 42 percent who thought he did.The telephone poll of 956 adults selected as a demographically representative sample was conducted July 1 and 2 by the Ipsos Public Affairs institute for the magazine Le Point. No margin of error was provided.advertisementAnother poll out Sunday conducted by Harris Interactive poll for the newspaper Le Parisien showed 49 percent of those surveyed saying ‘yes’ to the question “Without prejudging his innocence or guilt, do you want DSK to come back to the French political scene one day?”At least some were won over by what they perceived as his mistreatment in the U.S.”I had no intention of supporting him in the first round, but if he returns to French political life I will certainly vote for him,” Jean-Rene Gendre, 63, said as he went shopping in central Paris. “What happened to him I think was a terrible manipulation.”Forty-five per cent of respondents to the Harris poll said they didn’t want Strauss-Kahn back in politics and six per cent didn’t answer the question. The agency asked a demographically representative group of 1,000 people 18 years old and older to fill out the July 1-2 online survey. No margin of error was provided.Sarkozy’s conservative allies have maintained virtually complete silence on Strauss-Kahn’s arrest. But on Monday, some appeared to be returning to the normal tenor of a political campaign.Sarkozy has been assailed from the left for what some call his bling-bling image and tax policies that critics say favor the rich, in a country proud of its social welfare system and revolutionary past.Strauss-Kahn had come under some criticism before his arrest for appearing in a friend’s Porsche and for reports he wore highly expensive tailored suits.After his arrest, he lived under house arrest in a $50,000 (euro34,500)-a-month town house in Manhattan’s trendy TriBeCa neighborhood.”Between his luxury tastes and other subjects, Dominique Strauss-Kahn has not offered a very positive image recently,” Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno, a Sarkozy ally, said on Europe-1 radio.- From AP inputs