Sunshine Girls open NWC 2015 against Samoa

first_imgThe Sydney 2015 captains gathered at Luna Park last night to mark the beginning of the sport’s pinnacle event, the Netball World Cup, on Friday (today local time), with Jamaica opening their account against Samoa.With the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, the NWC 2015 captains looked ahead to the 10-day tournament, with all nations taking the court in day-one action.Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados are the other Caribbean teams participating in the tournament. T&T play their opening game against Australia, while Barbados tackle New Zealand in their opening match.The World Cup returns to Australian soil after 24 years, with Australian and international fans expected to flock to Sydney Olympic Park for the 14th staging of the event.Candle lightingPrior to the captains’ call, players gathered for the official Candle Lighting ceremony, a tradition dating back to the first official World Cup in Eastbourne, England, in 1963.During the ceremony, each team captain lights a candle – a symbol of friendship and goodwill – and commits to honour the spirit of the game.The much-respected Candle Lighting Ceremony is a sacred tradition of the NWC and gives players and officials the opportunity to honour the past, present and future of the sport before they take to the court to compete for the ultimate prize – the World Cup.The tournament takes place at Allphones Arena and Netball Central, venues within Sydney Olympic Park.The captains are Nicole Aiken-Pinnock (Jamaica), Laura Geitz (Australia), Rhe-Ann Niles (Barbados), Geva Mentor (England), Mere Rabuka Neiliko (Fiji), Caroline Mtukule (Malawi), Casey Kopua (New Zealand), Juliana Naoupu-Laban and Opheira Harder-Karatau (Samoa), Hayley Mulheron (Scotland), Qingyi Lin (Singapore), Maryka Holtzhausen (South Africa), Semini Alwis (Sri Lanka), Joelisa Cooper (Trinidad and Tobago) and Peace Proscovia (Uganda).last_img read more

Vendor charged for $1.4M gold heist granted bail

first_imgLeonard Farley, a 31-year-old vendor who had been on remand for a $1 million gold heist, was on Friday placed on $150,000 bail by Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore.Farley, of Lot 3 Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD), had denied the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Judy Latchman on his first appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Farley has been accused of robbing Wayne Buckles of $1,469,000 worth of gold jewellery while being armed with a knife at Black and White Bridge, Tucville, East La Penitence on September 29 last.However, his defense attorney, George Thomas, had informed the court that his client was nowhere near the area when the incident occurred; and as such, Thomas had made an application for bail to be granted Farley in a reasonable sum.last_img read more

Singing the Stradivarius blues

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. – The financially struggling New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is selling its prized collection of “Golden Age” string instruments, four years after acquiring them for $17 million from a benefactor who wound up in jail. The NJSO had hoped the 30 violins, violas and cellos made by such Italian makers as Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu would place it among the world’s top orchestras. But orchestra officials said the debt from the 2003 purchase hasn’t been relieved by ticket sales or donations. With demand for such instruments high, the orchestra expects to make a profit that would provide financial security, Andre Gremillet, the orchestra president and CEO, said in Friday’s editions of The Star-Ledger of Newark. “It was not an easy decision to make, but it is clear to me and the board (of trustees) that we have to … be responsible,” said Gremillet, who joined the orchestra in January. The orchestra paid $17 million for the instruments. At the time, philanthropist Herbert Axelrod said the instruments were worth $49 million. However, experts questioned that valuation and in December 2004 an internal orchestra panel found that for tax purposes, the instruments should be valued at the purchase price, not $49 million. The panel said the orchestra erred in taking Axelrod’s word for the value, and not seeking an independent appraisal. Since then, Axelrod has served a 16-month federal sentence after pleading guilty in an unrelated tax-fraud case. Axelrod, who had lived in Ocean Township and built a fortune by selling pet products, told the newspaper that NJSO board Chairman Victor Parsonnet asked him to waive a requirement that the orchestra keep the instruments for at least 10 years. “According to Dr. Parsonnet, they were going bankrupt, so what could I do?” said Axelrod, who now lives in Zurich, Switzerland. He said their new deal allows him to match the price for one or all of the instruments and buy them himself. Gremillet said he hoped the orchestra would find buyers who would be willing to lend the instruments back to the NJSO.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sprint king Bolt given as long as it takes at Aussie club

first_img0Shares0000On the ball: Usain Bolt trains with Borussia Dortmund earlier this year © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZSYDNEY, Australia, Aug 8 – Usain Bolt will be given as long as it takes to prove he deserves a playing contract, the Central Coast Mariners said Wednesday after the Australian club agreed to help the sprint king realise his dream of becoming a professional footballer.The 31-year-old eight-time Olympic champion, who retired from athletics last year, is an avid Manchester United fan who has long wanted to play top-flight football. He has already tried out with teams in Germany, Norway and South Africa, to no avail.Undeterred, the A-League club have agreed to see what he has to offer with the sprint legend set to arrive at their training ground in Gosford, 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney, later this month.“It’s important to note that Usain Bolt comes to the Central Coast Mariners to train for an indefinite period. His training program will be structured to see if he can reach a level of playing that earns him a professional contract,” said Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp.“This may take three weeks, this may take three months, this may take six months. This make take longer, who knows. Only time will tell.“It’s exciting to see what this will do for our region but the importance for us right now is to look after an athlete who’s coming to try and become a professional player.”– ‘Anything is possible’ –Bolt, who has agreed to live on the Central Coast, said he was thrilled to be given another chance to showcase his abilities ahead of the A-League season starting in October.“I am very excited about coming to Australia and would like to thank the owner and management of the Central Coast Mariners for giving me this opportunity,” said the Jamaican.“It has been my dream to play professional football and I know that it will involve a lot of hard work and training to get to the level required to play and make an impact in the A-League.“I always say that ‘anything is possible, don’t think limits’ and I look forward to the challenge.”The 100m and 200m world record-holder has previously trained with Norwegian club Stromsgodset, German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund and South Africa’s Sundowns.Asked what Bolt needed to do to win a contract, Mielekamp said: “Impress the coach.”“He has to get to a level where the coach is confident he’ll play regular football and once that decision is reached, then he’ll be offered a playing position,” he added.Some fans on social media blasted the decision to take on Bolt as a publicity stunt, but Mielekamp said they would not be trying to cash in on his name until he proved himself.“It not about having a gimmick or a campaign — Usain isn’t a contracted player so we won’t be launching him with a number or anything yet. Time will tell as things grow.”Bolt dominated sprinting since taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He went on to win a further six Olympic golds and pick up 11 world titles.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ozil return out of the question for Loew

first_img“Players who have resigned will not have a role to play in future.”Ozil, capped 92 times, announced his retirement from international football in the wake of Germany’s disastrous World Cup campaign, with his statement accusing the German FA (DFB) president, Reinhard Grindel, of racism.Loew, meanwhile, regrets not having been able to speak to the Arsenal star about his decision.“Mesut and I enjoyed a lot of success together over the years. I have tried several times to reach him on the phone, without any luck, and I will continue to try and make contact with him in future,” he said.Germany are desperate to put their summertime blues behind them on Thursday when they host the French — the team who succeeded them as World Cup winners — in Munich.The start of the brand new Nations League has thrown up a mouthwatering match for Loew’s side, which will retain a core of players who so badly underperformed in Russia.“We are facing a new beginning. I feel that there is a positive impatience among the players to make amends for the summer,” Loew said at the Allianz Arena.Loew, who resisted calls to resign after a disastrous World Cup campaign, is now under pressure to show that he is the right man to lead Germany into a new era of success. He has a contract until 2022, having extended his deal in the spring.“He has done a lot of thinking since the World Cup,” midfielder Toni Kroos said of his coach.“From our training sessions, I feel like we are changing one or two things, and I hope that people see that tomorrow (Thursday).”Veteran midfielder Sami Khedira was among those left out of the squad, while youngsters Thilo Kehrer and Kai Havertz have been called up for the first time.Manchester City’s Leroy Sane also returns after his controversial exclusion from the World Cup squad.– Adjustment in style –The Germany boss is also expected to make tactical changes, having admitted last week that a focus on dominant possession football was his “biggest mistake” at the World Cup.“We have been very successful with possession football in recent years, and we won’t give up on that vision,” said Loew on Wednesday, although he conceded that Germany needed to adjust their style.“Against teams like France, we don’t need to have 70 percent of possession. We need to make sure we get the right balance and focus a bit more on the defence.”In his open appraisal of the World Cup disaster last week, Loew also identified a lack of motivation and questions over the team’s mentality.“We didn’t have the same incredible team spirit that we had in 2014,” admitted Loew. “We weren’t a tight-knit group from the word go.”The Ozil affair has been amplified by reports of a dressing-room rift, with players of an ethnic minority background, such as Ozil and Jerome Boateng, on one side, and the likes of Thomas Mueller and Toni Kroos on the other.“Of course we have guys with different interests, but there are no rifts,” insisted Mueller on Tuesday, adding that the game against France was an opportunity to put such talk to bed.Loew, meanwhile, heaped praise on Thursday’s opponents, who beat Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-finals.“France have been the best team in the world over the last two or three years. They have a incredible balance, are strong in defence and attack and have a lot of quality in every position.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany coach Joachim Loew at a press conference in Munich on Wednesday, ahead of Thursday’s game against France © AFP / Christof STACHEMUNICH, Germany, Sep 5 – Germany coach Joachim Loew has confirmed there is no chance of Mesut Ozil returning to the squad in the wake of the player’s bombshell retirement from international duty in July.“I think everything has been said about this. When a player announces his resignation like that, you don’t pick him for the squad eight or nine weeks later,” Loew said at a press conference on Wednesday ahead of Germany’s UEFA Nations League game against World Cup winners France.last_img read more

Mourinho’s Man Utd frustrated by Valencia

first_imgInstead, his side again looked devoid of ideas and invention to draw a blank and fall two points behind Group H leaders Juventus with two games against the Italian champions to come.A point does at least consolidate United’s position three points ahead of Valencia in second place, with Swiss champions Young Boys looking like the whipping boys of the group after a second 3-0 defeat in two games, this time against Juventus earlier on Tuesday.Kick-off was delayed by five minutes as United were held up by traffic that meant Mourinho’s men didn’t arrive at the stadium until less than 45 minutes ahead of the planned 8pm (1900GMT) start time.However, it took far longer for the game to come alive after a drab first half that summed up both sides’ struggles so far this season.– Sanchez subbed –Alexis Sanchez failed to make an impact on his return to the Manchester United side© AFP Lindsey PARNABYMourinho recalled Alexis Sanchez, who hadn’t even made the bench for Saturday’s defeat, among four changes from the weekend.But it was Marcus Rashford on the opposite flank who was United’s biggest threat as the Chilean again disappointed before being replaced 15 minutes from time.Rashford fired wide from the edge of the area and had another long-range effort comfortably handled by Neto early on.In a recurring theme of United’s decline over the past few months, though, there seemed little cohesive attacking plan other than a series of long balls hurled towards Romelu Lukaku.Valencia registered their first win of the Spanish season at the seventh attempt at Real Sociedad on Saturday, but the Spaniards’ struggles to score goals were also obvious despite enjoying plenty of possession.Goncalo Guedes enjoyed most of Valencia’s openings, but the Portuguese has still yet to score since making his loan move from Paris Saint-Germain permanent in August.Guedes fired off target when well-placed on the edge of the area either side of half-time as Valencia started the second half brightly.That prompted chants of “attack, attack, attack” from a disgruntled home faithful.United duly responded as Paul Pogba’s shot was deflected wide before a free-kick from the Frenchman finally forced Neto into his first serious save.Valencia failed to take advantage of Cristiano Ronaldo’s early red card in losing 2-0 to Juventus on matchday one and could yet regret not cashing in with all three points against a misfiring United side.Michy Batshuayi blasted the visitors’ best chance over from close range, before Guedes miscontrolled when clean through on goal.At the other end Neto did well to turn a Lukaku effort behind before Sanchez’s lack of confidence was laid bare when he took a touch too many inside the Valencia box and was crowded out.That was his last involvement as Mourinho’s decision to replace the former Arsenal forward with Anthony Martial was cheered by the United fans.Rashford came closest to breaking the deadlock with a free-kick from a narrow angle that clipped the crossbar, but a winner would have been more than either side deserved.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Under pressure manager Jose Mourinho grimaces as he watches on as his side struggle against Valencia on Tuesday night. Photo/COURTESYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 5 – Manchester United failed to relieve the mounting pressure on manager Jose Mourinho with another insipid attacking display in a 0-0 draw at home to Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday.Already nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool after three defeats in seven league games, Mourinho was hoping for a reaction from Saturday’s dreadful display in losing 3-1 to West Ham United.last_img read more

Fastest footballers at Euro 2016 – surprised?

first_imgSpeed is critical in modern day football with today’s players having the ability to turn defence into attack in the blink of an eye.We’ve already seen some fantastic breakaway goals during Euro 2016, from Bastian Schweinsteiger’s late strike for Germany against Ukraine to Belgium’s fourth goal against Hungary scored by Yannick Carrasco.CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FASTEST PLAYERS FROM THE 2015/16 PREMIER LEAGUE SEASONUEFA have been tracking every player of the tournament in a number of different area, from passes to tackles to attempts on target.They have now also revealed the top five quickest players at Euro 2016, which you can see by clicking the arrow above, right. 5 =2nd: Josh Magennis (Northern Ireland) – 32 kilometres per hour – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FASTEST PLAYERS FROM THE 2015/16 PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON 5 1st: Kingsley Coman (France) – 33 kilometres per hour – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FASTEST PLAYERS FROM THE 2015/16 PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON =2nd: Belgium’s Yannick Carrasco clocked a top speed of 32 kilometres per hour (click the arrow, right, to see who the fastest player at Euro 2016 is) – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FASTEST PLAYERS FROM THE 2015/16 PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON 5 =2nd: Emre Mor (Turkey) – 32 kilometres per hour – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FASTEST PLAYERS FROM THE 2015/16 PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON 5 5 =2nd: Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia) – 32 kilometres per hour – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FASTEST PLAYERS FROM THE 2015/16 PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON last_img read more

DONEGAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA END OF SEASON CONCERTS IN GLENTIES AND TORY ISLAND

first_imgA fanfare of fantastic music will bring to a close the Donegal Youth Orchestra season this weekend…with a show in Glenties tonight and the first ever concert on Tory this Sunday.Conducted by Vincent Kennedy, the Orchestra is made up of talented young musicians from across the county.The DYO will be returning to Glenties this evening, Friday, where they will be joined by special guests, Glenties Brass Band. On Sunday, the Orchestra sets sail for Tory Island and will be joined by musicians from the island for the free afternoon concert.The Orchestra embraces a varied and often challenging repertoire, from well-known and loved compositions of the Classical era, to modern and avantgarde creations by contemporary composers and artists, taking in film scores and television compositions.It is run under the auspices of the Donegal Music Education Partnership.DYO is delighted to be making a return visit to Glenties as their founder and first conductor was the late Jim Rafferty.The programme for this concert includes:Lord of the Rings (Howard Shore), Can Can (Offenbach), Raiders of the Lost Ark (John Williams), The Hills of Donegal (Mo Mhile Mhear) Vincent Kennedy and Pirates of the Carribbean (Hans Zimmer).  DONEGAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA END OF SEASON CONCERTS IN GLENTIES AND TORY ISLAND was last modified: May 14th, 2015 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) Tags:Concertsdonegal youth orchestraGlentiesTory Islandlast_img read more

TRAGEDY – WOMAN KILLED IN OVERNIGHT HOUSEFIRE

first_imgUPDATED: A woman has been killed in a house fire in Co Donegal.The blaze happened at a house in Falcarragh some time on Thursday or Friday but the victim Bridie McFadden was only discovered at 9.30pm on Saturday night.The house is located in the townland of Dunmore which is about a mile and a half outside the town. Locals awoke to hear the news this morning and are still in shock. Ms McFadden lived alone and was originally from Annagry.The woman who died was 40 and is well-known in the area.A Garda spokesman said: “Gardaí are investigating a fatal house fire at Dunmore Lane, Falcarragh, Co.Donegal.  The incident was discovered at about 9.30pm on the 30th June.  The body of a 40 year old woman, who lived alone, was discovered in the hallway of the house.‘There was evidence of a fire in the living room of the house which had extinguished itself sometime earlier. “The scene is preserved for forensic technical examination and a post mortem examination will take place tomorrow. At this stage Gardaí believe the incident to be a tragic accident.”   TRAGEDY – WOMAN KILLED IN OVERNIGHT HOUSEFIRE was last modified: July 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deadFalcarraghfirewomanlast_img read more

She Cranes kick start African Championship defence against Namibia

first_imgThe She Cranes won the last edition that was held in Kampala last year (file photo)Africa Netball ChampionshipsUganda vs NamibiaLusaka, ZambiaTuesday, 14-08-2019The Uganda National team for Netball, the She Cranes will   kick start the campaign to defend the Africa Netball Championship against Namibia.Uganda, won the championship last year in Lugogo, ending the tournament unbeaten after winning all her games.This year’s championship in Zambia, will also act as the qualifiers for 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England. Uganda will seek to finish inside the top two, to seal a place at the global showpiece.Malawi and South Africa who are not at the event have already qualified and will be waiting for the top two to join them as Africa’s representatives.The tourney started on Monday with a bright opening ceremony before the hosts (Zambia) defeated Botswana 50-43.Uganda are currently 7th on the INF World Rankings ladder. The She Cranes finished 8th in the 2015 Netball World Cup, held in Sydney, in what was only the country’s second ever appearance at the event.The team’s only appearance at the event prior to that was in the 1979 tournament held in the Trinidad & Tobago.Team Coach Vincent Kiwanuka will look at the armory of Peace Proscovia who features for English team Lightening.Namibia ranked the lowest in the competition, finished bottom of the table in last year’s event in Kampala.However, since then, a lot has changed. This year, Namibia finished in first place in a Quad series ahead of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.Namibia’s last Netball World Cup appearance came in Birmingham 1995 which was the last time the event was held in England.Tuesday’s fixtures:Malawi vs ZimbabweNamibia vs UgandaKenya vs ZambiaBotswana vs ZimbabweComments Tags: African Netball ChampionshipsPeace Proscoviashe craneslast_img read more