Simmons to meet with lawyers – reports

first_imgLONDON (CMC): Axed West Indies head coach Phil Simmons could be contemplating legal action against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over his abrupt firing last week. Reports in international media said the 53-year-old Trinidadian was expected to meet with his legal team in coming days to discuss the matter and would then decide on a course of action. “Phil is currently in the UK and is supposed to meet his lawyers within the next 72 hours,” a confidante of Simmons, who requested anonymity, was quoted as saying. “His next course of action would be influenced by the advice they give.” Simmons’ sacking was announced by the WICB last Tuesday as the West Indies team prepared to leave Barbados for Dubai to begin their Twenty20 and one-day series against Pakistan. The move followed weeks of speculation about Simmons’ future, and WICB President Dave Cameron had sidestepped the controversial issue following the board of directors’ meeting in Dominica last week. In a cryptic release three days later, however, the WICB said it had taken the decision to relieve Simmons of his duties at the Dominica meeting. “In recent times, based on the public pronouncements of the coach and the approach internally, we have identified differences in culture and strategic approach,” the WICB release said. Simmons took up the position in March last year after taking Ireland to the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. He was suspended seven months later over controversial comments regarding team selection for the tour of Sri Lanka, but was reinstated following the series, after issuing a public apology. Simmons oversaw West Indies’ capture of their second Twenty20 World Cup title in India last April and then helped guide them into the final of the Tri-Nations Series in the Caribbean last June.last_img read more

Heart attack hospitalizes Colton coach

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Colton High School football coach Harold Strauss is recovering after suffering a heart attack on Sunday, Colton athletic director Kirk McVey said. McVey said Strauss felt like he had indigestion on Sunday night and was expressing concern to his daughter Tiffany. As of Tuesday afternoon, he was in the Intensive Care Unit, but could be moved to his own room soon. “He’s very coherent,” McVey said. “He and I are always cracking jokes and when I cracked one he smiled, but he wasn’t able to laugh out loud.” McVey said Strauss is scheduled to be in the hospital for 3-5 days. He added that assistant coaches Rick Bray and Chris Mailo have taken over running the offseason workouts and will continue to do so until Strauss is ready to return. Strauss has been in good health in recent years, but a bad back incurred a few months ago had curtailed his regular regimen. Strauss is one of the county’s most successful coaches, having won league titles in three of the last four years (two in the San Andreas League and one in the Citrus Belt League) and CIF eight-man titles at Bloomington Christian in 1985 and ’93. center_img “Coach Strauss was being stubborn about going to the hospital, but Tiff was being more stubborn (insisting that he go),” McVey said. Strauss, 48, went to St. Bernardine’s Hospital and it was determined he had suffered a heart attack. An angioplasty also revealed that he had an artery that was blocked. last_img read more

Race against time as Kenya aims to impress CAF

first_imgWork in the other four venues has just but started with the contractors having arrived from mid this month and the Sports Ministry as well as the Football Kenya Federation beaming in confidence they will be ready in time.“There has been rumour here and there that CAF has already taken the games away. It is not true,” FKF boss Nick Mwendwa beamed on Thursday afternoon, at the height of rumours that South Africa and Morocco are already being lined up as replacements.The contractors assigned to Nyayo Stadium, Lexis International arrived at the venue on Thursday and they have started preliminary preparations to give the facility a major overhaul. Kenyatta in Machakos, Kinoru in Meru and Kip Keino in Eldoret are also off to a start.FKF presidnet Nick Mwendwa converses with the contractors on site at the Nyayo National Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) inspection team is expected in the country on September 7 for a final make-or-break inspection tour and from this is where the decision will be made on whether or not the tournament comes to Kenya.According to sources, CAF is said to be uncomfortable with the speed of work completion, despite having received a full government commitment during their last visit in June. The reality that the continental body might be forced to look elsewhere is turning out stronger.“We are trying to make sure by the time CAF is here, work has began and we have to show that we will be ready in four months.”“I have the confidence that with the commitment I have seen from the government and contractors, we will do this. I know we are at risk that if we do not show this by 12th, then CHAN will be taken away. That is something that CAF made clear and I have accepted myself,” Mwendwa said.“The agreement I have with CAF is that when they come here, they need to find 24 hours work and what could have been done by that time is done and most importantly show a plan of doing the remaining work.”Officials from the Ministries of Sports and Public Works hand over the Nyayo Stadium construction plan to FKF boss Nick Mwendwa and main contractors Lexis International. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“If we agree with them, they will have a delegation here every two weeks to oversee the work and furthermore, they will station someone here to make sure we don’t lag behind.”On Thursday, the Sports Ministry and that of Public Works handed over plans of work to the civil engineers at Nyayo with strict instructions that everything should be complete in 14 weeks.Acting Director General of Sports Kenya Saima Ondimu has confirmed that all contracts for builders’ works at all the five stadia have already been given out while the soft work contracts have been prepared and will be signed in due time.Chandresh Babartya heading the Lexis International group at Nyayo has promised they will work day and night to ensure their share of work is complete.The company is tasked with putting up a new VIP dais and office facilities which will mean an extension of the main office block. They will also be putting up new changing rooms as well as a new perimeter fence.FKF president Nick Mwendwa addresses the media on August 24, assuring that everyone is working round the clock to ensure Kenya is ready for CHAN. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Our target is 14 weeks and we are going to work day and night, we have done many projects like this before and we know we are going to do it. We have enough machinery and enough staff to do it,” Barbatya affirmed.Close to Sh6bn has been set out for all the work needed to ensure Kenya is ready for the tournament with the civil works taking Sh2.6bn while the other administrative and soft work might take up to Sh3mn.“We will start off with the main civil works to ensure the structures are in place which should all take a maximum of 14 weeks. From there, we will go on to the softer details like plumbing, pitch, floodlights, seating areas and ticketing which should not take a lot of time,” Sports Kenya boss Ondimu said.Sports minister Hassan Wario had been scheduled to attend the Thursday evening activity at Nyayo, but was conspicuously missing with his representative, Deputy Sports Secretary Raphael Muiruri saying he had been unwell.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000An excavator goes on with work outside the Nyayo Stadium VIP Pavillion on August 24, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 25 – A lone excavator rumbles the quiet afternoon away at the Nyayo National Stadium VIP entrance, a typical day in the life of a Kenyan – last minute efforts to be 100 per cent ready.Slightly over four months before 15 African countries land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) only one of the five proposed stadia, Moi Sports Centre Kasarani has ticked a few of the requisite requirements.last_img read more

Remember to prioritize your mental health this holiday season

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – While the holidays can be filled with tidings of comfort and joy, for some it can be a very stressful and hectic time of year. 2. Acknowledging your feelings. If you have lost someone close to you or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season. If you feel overwhelmed by these feelings, reach out for support.Advertisement According to the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, there are a number of ways of keeping yourself in a good mental state this holiday season. For more information and resources, you can visit 1. Keeping up with routines. Try to maintain your healthy habits during the holidays. Eat healthy, commit to regular physical activity and get plenty of sleep. The B.C. Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions says with the added pressures of busy schedules, financial strain, increased expectations and sad memories, it is important to prioritize your mental health throughout the holidays. 4. Do not overextend yourself. Prioritize your time so you can relax and enjoy the season with people you care about. 3. Sticking to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend, then stick to your budget. 5. Taking a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm. Even during the “most wonderful time of the year,” the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions reminds you that it is okay to not be okay, adding that there are supports available to help you cope. Advertisement – Advertisement -Some of those ways include:last_img read more

Arsenal confirm deal for World Cup star

first_img David Ospina 1 Arsenal have completed the signing of Nice goalkeeper David Ospina, the club have confirmed.The departure of last season’s FA Cup hero, Lukasz Fabianski, to Swansea City, left a hole in manager Arsene Wenger’s squad and he has opted to pounce for the 25-year-old Ligue 1 star.Ospina, who joined Nice back in 2008 as a replacement for Hugo Lloris, played more than 200 times for the club, earning rave reviews.The Colombian was also impressive at World Cup in Brazil, keeping two clean sheets, as his nation reached the quarter-finals.And now he will move the Emirates on a long-term contract to continue his career between the sticks.Arsène Wenger told Arsenal’s official website: “David Ospina is an excellent goalkeeper, with good experience and a proven record of performing with Nice and Colombia. He will add strength to our squad and we are very pleased that he will be joining us.”You can find out more about the Colombian goalkeeper here.last_img read more


first_imgIf you are to visit Loreto Community School in Milford this Friday the 20th of March, you may come to the conclusion that the establishment is full of rude senior students who refuse to speak to visitors.How wrong you would be!The concept of a “day of silence” first came about at a prefect meeting while discussing ideas for a fundraiser. Loreto has built up a name for its successful fundraisers in the past: the twister game which was played by whole year groups simultaneously and “Crazy Hair Day” remain among the most memorable events in the hearts of the students.Each year, fifth year students are given the opportunity to host a fundraiser of their own, and donate to a cause close to their hearts.Last year, the 12 hour cycleathon raised thousands of euro which benefited local charities in our own community. It was evident that topping last years fundraiser would be nothing short of a miracle as last years group came together as one to be so successful. A fundraiser both innovative and unique would be required.And a day of silence ticked both the boxes. “Not only is the idea different, it has symbolic relevance too” explains Nora Doherty, Head Girl of the school.“After a short discussion, we decided we would like to donate funds raised to a local charity for mental health (Jigsaw in Letterkenny), which tied in wonderfully with the concept of the day of silence. We acknowledge that the day is going to be exceedingly difficult, as talking is in our nature, but throughout the day we intend to recall that often people feel this pain for years on end, silenced by their own minds or otherwise.“The difficulties we will have for the day are nothing compared to the internal torment that some people experience, and as such we expect every student in the year will take the challenge very seriously. As well as raising money for a worthy cause, we will be able to get a glimpse of the struggle which some people have on a daily basis.”As it is such a novel idea, the day of silence has been the talking point of the school over the past few weeks, as students and staff alike wait in eager anticipation.Even the organisation of such a simple event took time and thought. At lunchtime it is hoped a film will be shown for fifth year students as sitting in the school canteen surrounded by other people talking may prove too tempting for some people. Workshops have also been arranged for each class group so as to increase awareness of the cause to which we are donating.“Given all the hype surrounding the event, the day of silence is set to go down in history as one of the most memorable fifth year fundraisers. We hope the local community will join in and support us, as the money raised will benefit people around us. If anyone wishes to donate, they should contact any fifth year or prefect member.”So this Friday if you’re admiring the solar eclipse at awe in the early morning, spare a thought for the fifth years from Loreto who will be equally as amazed but forced to express that amazement into themselves.DONEGAL SCHOOL TO TAKE A VOW OF SILENCE THIS FRIDAY! was last modified: March 18th, 2015 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)last_img read more


first_imgLYIT are celebrating tonight after reaching an all-Ireland hurling final.The side is through to the final of Corn Padraig Mac Diarmada competition after beating University of Ulster Coleraine today at Faughanvale GAA grounds at Greysteel in Co Derry.The LYIT lad beat the fancied UU side 2-09 to 1-07. Maith Sibh HURLING: LYIT THROUGH TO ALL-IRELAND FINAL was last modified: February 15th, 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:HURLING: LYIT THROUGH TO ALL-IRELAND FINALlast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: GLENTIES singer Paddy Molloy is through to the live show on RTE’s The Voice of Ireland.The Donegal man won through on the final night of the Battles against Dagan as they performed “Radioactive” by the Kings of Leon.And it was imply no contest – as Paddy was superb….and Dagan wasn’t!Click the video to watch the performance.  DDTV: GLENTIES SINGER PADDY MOLLOY THROUGH TO LIVE SHOWS OF ‘THE VOICE’ was last modified: March 9th, 2014 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:GlentiesPaddy Molloylast_img read more

Runners hit Santa Clarita for its annual marathon

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I knew from the beginning that I was going to win, because I looked around and didn’t see anyone behind me,” Leonardo said. The warehouse manager was pleased with his score but said he was more than a few seconds faster in the recent Long Beach Marathon. However, he was fighting a cold this past week and said that slowed him down somewhat on Sunday. Sylvie Maracci, 35, was the first woman to finish the marathon. She did it in three hours, seven minutes and 16 seconds. This was the 13th marathon for the Los Angeles lawyer, who usually competes in triathlons. Maracci said people cheered her on during the race, giving her the energy to move faster. “As I was running, everyone told me I was the first woman and that I was winning, so I kept going,” Maracci said. SANTA CLARITA – About 2,500 runners – some with strollers, some with dogs and at least one without shoes – took to the streets Sunday for the 2005 Santa Clarita Marathon. Valencia Town Center, with its upscale shops and cozy restaurants, was transformed into race central, where those running in the 5K, half marathon and full marathon huffed and puffed their way through the beginning and end of their meets. Marathon runner Robert Leonardo, 43, was first to cross the finish line, making it across the 26.2-mile course in about two hours, 43 minutes and 45 seconds as the crowd erupted with applause. The Lancaster man said he had a hunch from the start that he’d win. Athletes followed a 26.2-mile course that began at Valencia Town Center and wound its way around major streets and then through smaller side streets and knotty trails. For marathon runners, the race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, the king of all races. One man running alone in the 5K suddenly fell to the ground unconscious. He was taken to a local hospital but his identity and condition were not released. Runners discovered him about two miles into the race and knew he needed assistance but were helpless because no one had cell phones with them. Some raced ahead to a water stop where an ambulance was then called. Running in the 5K, nurse Karen Klepic and husband Michael were first to find the man on the ground. The Simi Valley couple said they performed CPR for 10 to 15 minutes until help arrived. He was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Phil Lantis, arts and events administrator for the City of Santa Clarita, said it was the first time a runner has collapsed during the competition in the 10 years the city has sponsored the event. Some in the 5K were families, such as David Alcantara, 41, who ran with his daughter Jessica, 11. The Canyon Country residents held hands as they dashed across the finish line. Others, such as Chad Pearlman, 11, and his mother, Elizabeth, 45, ran with Halftime, a 15-year-old Jack Russell. While the mom-and-son team reached for free water and bagels to recover from the race, the scruffy dog was ready to do it all over again. “We had to slow him down,” said Elizabeth Pearlman referring to the dog. “He loves racing.” Race winners received gift baskets from the city. In addition, half-marathon and marathon winners were awarded free Southwest Airlines tickets. Competition was definitely in the air, and many professional runners had their own ways to get their bodies to perform best on Sunday. Some ate spaghetti or enchiladas the night before, loading up on carbohydrates to have sugar to burn for energy. Others made sure they slept well through the week. But for Ted McDonald, the No. 1 way to race is in bare feet. Displaying his dirty dogs after the race, the 41-year-old Sun Valley man, known as Barefoot Ted, said that’s how people were meant to run. He said gym shoe manufacturers have made a steep profit on convincing people otherwise. “If we lived in a society where what was best was promoted rather than profit, we’d see more barefoot runners,” McDonald said. In about three hours and 17 minutes, McDonald finished the 26.2-mile race. His score qualified him for the Boston Marathon. Bare feet and all. Sue Doyle, (661) 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


first_imgSINN Féin TDs Deputies Pearse Doherty, and Pádraig MacLochlainn have today  renewed their calls on Health Minister Leo Varadkar to urgently act to resolve the overcrowding situation at Letterkenny General Hospital before lives are lost as a result.The Donegal TDs made the comments after Management at the Hospital were today again forced to issue a statement to Donegal Daily advising members of the public not to attend the unit’s Emergency Department if at all possible and to instead contact their GP.The statement from Hospital Management also stated that due to ‘above average’ admissions there were 31 people awaiting a bed at the unit. “The situation which presents itself at Letterkenny General Hospital’s Emergency Department is one of sheer chaos. It was only last week when we saw the hospital thrown into the depths of an overcrowding crisis in which hospital staff struggled to contend with high patient numbers – now, as incomprehensible as it may seem, we find ourselves back to square one”, said Deputy MacLochlainn.“I have raised the overcrowding crisis at Letterkenny General Hospital with the Health Minister on the Dáil floor; I have repeatedly spoken out about it in the media, and despite assurances from the Minister last October that he would look into the matter, the situation has continued to worsen”, added Deputy Doherty.“Is it going to take the loss of human life before the Government finally wake up and realise that our hospitals are simply unable to cope with the demands which are being placed upon them? – I’m sorry to have to say that it appears that this is the direction in which we are heading”, Deputy Doherty continued.Summing up this latest crisis to hit the hospital, Pádraig MacLochlainn stated that a lack of resources was to blame. “What has caused this latest crisis at the facility is quite simple; this is down to inadequate resources and dangerously low staffing levels,” he said.“Today there are currently 31 people awaiting a bed in Letterkenny General Hospital, while all non-emergency surgery has had to be delayed – this is not good enough.“Deputy Doherty and I are urging the Health Minister to act swiftly in order to resolve this mayhem because – as things stand – lives are now being put at risk.” TDs ANGER AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL CRISIS: “LIVES WILL BE LOST” was last modified: January 13th, 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:healthLEO VARADKARletterkenny hospitalPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNPearse Doherty TDlast_img read more