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Forward step: LeBron, Cavs pushed to limit but not done yet

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James remains in the game after sustaining a cut above his left eye on a drive to the basket during the first half of Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)CLEVELAND — LeBron James walked sluggishly down a corridor inside Quicken Loans Arena following Game 7 surrounded by the usual squadron of security personnel, some business associates and his publicist.Each step seemed a challenge. His eyes were heavy. He ached from head to toe. He wanted to lie down.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ “We’re a team and he goes to war for us every night. We’ve got to do the same thing.”James could us the help.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments James scored 45 points — his third game over 40 in the series — and the 33-year-old added nine rebounds and seven assists in 43 exhausting minutes as the Cavs closed out the Pacers, a team they swept in the first round a year ago. James, who improved to 13-0 in the first round, would have played all 48, but he succumbed to leg cramps in the third quarter and had to go to the locker room for treatment and fluids.But while he was out at the start of the fourth quarter, something unexpected happened. The Cavs didn’t collapse, and just maybe showed that they’re going to be a much different team when they face the Raptors.As James caught his breath, Cleveland went on a 10-2 run. Kevin Love, who may have nightmares about Indiana’s big men for some time, hit a 3-pointer, and George Hill, in the rotation after missing three games with back spasms, attacked the rim. By the time James checked back in, the Cavs had pushed their lead to 10 and only had to withstand one more charge to silence the Pacers.For Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, the 3:35 stretch was vital. Not only did the Cavs survive without James, they thrived and potentially gained some confidence.“That was big,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC James was moving on to the second round of the NBA playoffs — almost on his hands and knees.“I don’t think he’s appreciated enough for just how much energy he puts into every single game to do what he does,” Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver said of James. “It’s just unbelievable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPushed to his physical limits by the Indiana Pacers, and barely helped by Cleveland teammates until they finally showed up when it mattered most Sunday in a 105-101 win, James willed the Cavs into the next round, where they’ll face the top-seeded Toronto Raptors for the third straight postseason.If the Indiana series was any indication, James might have to do it again. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Even bigger was Lue’s decision to change his starting lineup once again. For the fourth time in the series, and 34th time this season, Lue used a different starting five. But unlike all the other combinations, this was one he could trust as he played the steady Korver along with James, Love, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson, the four players left from the 2016 championship team.Lue, who has had to mix and match for months because of injuries and a roster revamped by trades, returned to a proven group, and the move paid off.Thompson, who had played 24 total minutes in the first six games, made his first start since March 28 and scored 15 points with 10 rebounds in a season-high 35 minutes. His presence made the Cavs better at both ends, and he brought an interior toughness that had been missing against the Pacers. He picked up two early fouls on Indiana’s Myles Turner, who fouled out.“That’s the Tristan that we know,” James said. “Giving us extra possessions, catching the ball on the rolls and finishing. Just his energy, his effort. That’s how he’s made his name in this league, by just being high motor and being able to outwork who’s ever across from him.”Thompson could have an even larger role against the Raptors and their massive front line anchored by 7-foot center Jonas Valanciunas.Hill’s return was critical for the Cavs, not only in Game 7 but going forward. With playoff first-timers Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance struggling and Rodney Hood still not playing the way Cleveland needs, the 31-year-old Hill, who was on a minutes’ restriction in the series finale, gives Lue another dependable veteran. He was sorely missed for three games against Indiana.Fortunately for the Cavs, James has been indestructible.He averaged 34.4 points on 55.3 percent shooting, 10.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.4 steals during a series in which he played 41.4 minutes per game. With speculation rampant about where he’ll play next season, James made sure this one will continue.Thompson said James inspires everyone around him.“Whenever you’ve got the best player in the world or your leader on the team giving everything he’s got, whether he’s playing the point guard position, guarding, rebounding, blocking shots, assisting, for me and the younger guys, we’ve got to pick it up,” he said. “We’ve got to give everything we’ve got. If he’s giving 100 percent, we’ve got to give 120. We have to find that extra boost and go out there and fight with him. 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Former GDF rank tipped to be new Chancellor

first_imgBy Michael YoungeKenneth Benjamin, the current Chief Justice of Belize, is tipped to be Guyana’s Chancellor of the Judiciary, according to highly-placed sources and luminaries in the legal profession.Guyana Times learnt on Saturday that Benjamin was interviewed earlier this year for the post and was handpicked by a committee put together by President David Granger and his Attorney General, Basil Williams.Benjamin is a former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) officer, having served as aChancellor (ag) Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwardsmagistrate and judge advocate during his stint before migrating overseas. He studied at the Hugh Wooding Law School before going on to hold several high-level portfolios in the judicial system at home, in the Caribbean and abroad.“While he is very qualified, one cannot help but notice the fact that he served in one way or another in the GDF. Of course, that has its own connotations and denotations. That only means that President David Granger would have seen him as ‘fit and proper’ as they say or as suitable because the President has a special liking for former GDF officials,” one source said.According to the source, President Granger intends to appoint Benjamin in the New Year, but has run into some difficulty in the process, which the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and Attorney General Basil Williams are actively looking to resolve.“Whether we like it or not, Mr Granger has accepted the full recommendation and report of his committee. He is excited about this particular candidate and has already made contact with him to ensure that this is communicated,” the source related.The source also revealed that the President was concerned over the recent posture of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo since he believes that the formerKenneth BenjaminPresident may not “consent or agree” to the appointment of someone who has resided outside of Guyana so long.“The President is still hopeful that the consultation with Jagdeo will go smoothly despite his own personal feeling,” the source remarked. It is not clear whether acting Chief Justice Roxane George or acting Chancellor Yonette Cummings-Edwards applied to be confirmed in their respective posts.Non-appointmentMeanwhile, former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran also hinted in his weekly column published in another section of the media that Benjamin was likely to get the top judicial post.In his “The Conversation Tree” column, Ramkarran said Benjamin was “no doubt…qualified to hold the post”, as he noted that if appointed, he would have several important issues to tackle in Guyana.“The first would be the inevitable fallout from displacing a popular chancellor (ag), Cummings- Edwards, whose confirmation was anticipated supportively by the entire legal profession,” he noted.Ramkarran also noted that Cummings- Edward and acting Chief Justice Wiltshire may be reverting to their original posts as Appeal Judges until one was selected for appointment as Guyana’s substantive CJ.“The second issue that Chief Justice Benjamin will have to face is whether the Leader of the Opposition will consent to his appointment,” the columnist wrote.He said that the process would have to be truly consultative between President Granger and the Opposition Leader as the candidate was not likely to be known by the latter.Noting that the process and subsequent appointment were immensely important, the Senior Counsel called for the Opposition Leader to be given access to all of the information about the process and recommendation of Benjamin.“They cannot properly do so unless both have had an equal opportunity to make an informed decision,” he remarked.Back in March 2017, President Granger consulted with Jagdeo before appointing Cummings-Edwards as acting Chancellor and Wiltshire as acting CJ.Article 127 of the Constitution says “The Chancellor and the Chief Justice shall each be appointed by the President, acting after obtaining the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition.”The Government had said then to ensure that there was an open and transparent process that helps the President and the Leader of the Opposition to reach an agreement; it has begun a process of selection, which will include consultations between the two parties.Both posts were then advertised and applications have been received as recommended by President Granger. Minister Harmon was quoted then as saying, “A panel was put together, which comprised former Justice of Appeal, Ms  Claudette Singh; Mr James Patterson, and Mr Harold Lutchman. The panel, of course, met and we are awaiting the report of that panel. Once that is submitted to His Excellency, the President, he will, in due course, make his decision on the matter.”An undertaking was made to have the report and the information derived from the interview process submitted to the Leader of the Opposition, according to the Minister of State.“We will have to have consultations so at that point the Leader of the Opposition will be invited to consultations … That process also requires that he be given in advance the names of the persons who are proposed, the Curriculum Vitae of those persons and all information, which we will have at our disposal and that information will come out from the interviewing process, which took place recently. So, we will submit all of that information to the Leader of the Opposition so that he will recognise that the choice which was made was a good one and I’m sure, will find his agreement,” the Minister of State said then.The Minister of State was adamant then that Government believed that this process sent a strong signal to professionals in the conduct of their public life as their record would be scrutinised as they seek to advance in their careers.“What we have done is to basically introduce a process, which will add to the entire architecture of the legal system in this country that will see our Judges going through a process before they are actually appointed and, therefore, the things like the quality of the judgment which they give once they want to move to higher office, all of these are issues which are taken into consideration,” he remarked.Guyana Times was unable on Sunday to confirm whether or not Opposition Leader Jagdeo had received the report and all the necessary information ahead of Benjamin’s selection and possible appointment.CCJRecently, Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) President, Sir Dennis Byron condemned the fact that since former Chancellor Desiree Bernard demitted office, agreement has not been reached for the substantive appointment of a Chancellor.“This has brought us to the situation today where the number one and number two officials of the Guyana judiciary have not been substantively appointed. This is a most unfortunate state of affairs,” the legal luminary stated before arguing that “this situation has moved well beyond what ought to be acceptable in a modern democracy, where respect for the rule of law is maintained. The Constitution envisages the judiciary of Guyana to be headed by officials who are substantively appointed and enjoy all the legal and institutional mechanisms to secure their tenure.” Article 127 (2) of the Constitution states: “If the office of Chancellor is vacant … then until a person has been appointed to and has assumed the functions of such office…the functions shall be performed by such other of the Judges as shall be appointed by the President after meaningful consultation with the Leader of the Opposition.”Commenting on this, Justice Byron noted that the language of the Act suggested that the appointment was to be a short-term one, before a substantive appointment. He noted that even from a subjective analysis, the Constitution never intended for the years it has taken to fill the substantive positions to elapse. The CCJ President said that if the right framework to appoint the Chancellor and Chief Justice was not being used, now would be the opportune time to make regulatory or statutory changes. He noted that that too may be a basis for judicial intervention. “Section 127 (1) ascribes an obligation to the President and the Leader of the Opposition that is mandatory in nature and not discretionary (to appoint the Chancellor and Chief Justice). Any failure in fulfilling this obligation must, therefore, be regarded as a breach of the Constitution,” Sir Dennis also said. Speaking during his second press conference since he took office in May 2015 which lasted for one hour, Granger revealed that the person proposed for the position of Chancellor has accepted the nomination and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo will be consulted.  He did not release the person’s identify nor indicate where the person currently resides.last_img read more

NA Hospital CEO on leave after serving 1 day on job

first_imgDr Samantha Kennedy has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Amsterdam Hospital, but after serving in that capacity for only one day, she has proceeded on annual leave.Then CEO of the Hospital, Colin Bynoe, had proceeded on leave due to him in July, but when he returned at the end of September, the Ministry did not renew his contract.From the time Bynoe had proceeded on annual leave, Focal Point Advisor to the Public Health Minister, Alex Foster, had been overseeing the daily operations of the New Amsterdam Hospital, but Dr Kennedy was appointed CEO with effect from November 5. The announcement was made at a press conference two Mondays ago, but Dr Kennedy was not present at that media engagement.Chairman of the Regional Health Committee, Zamal Hussain, says the situation isNewly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Amsterdam Public Hospital, Dr Samantha Kennedyworrying.“We are very upset because the services to the people of Region Six, and moreso the people of New Amsterdam, (are) not being given, because there is so much of deficiency in the health sector, especially at the New Amsterdam Hospital; and if the CEO is not there, then the burden goes down to the Medical Superintendent, who should be focusing on the doctors and patients,” Hussain explained.Dr Kennedy initially worked with the New Amsterdam Hospital, but left to take up an appointment as an advisor to Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings.After her three-year stint as a medical practitioner at the New Amsterdam Hospital, she worked at the Georgetown Hospital for three years before becoming the technical advisor to the Minister. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Warden University.According to Hussain, it is an injustice to the institution to grant her leave only days after her appointment.“It is an injustice to the institution, because we were looking forward for her to do the day-to-day running of the hospital,” he said.At the last Region Six Council meeting, the issue of the appointment of a CEO for the New Amsterdam Hospital was raised. It was highlighted that the institution needs proper day-to-day management.As head of the Region Six Health Committee, Hussain is urging the Public Health Minister to pay attention to the New Amsterdam Hospital. He says it is incumbent on the Director of Regional Health Services to ensure that anyone who is appointed to serve in the sector be on duty.last_img read more

Vehicle thefts down in state

first_img“I think what we’re doing here is sending a message that auto theft is a personal thing for many Californians, it’s a personal thing for us in law enforcement,” CHP Commissioner Mike Brown said. “We want to stop it.” Officials said the declines come at least in part because of new technology. Owners are increasingly using devices that lock steering wheels, columns or brakes, as well as purchasing vehicle theft and tracking/security systems. Law enforcement officials also are using more “bait cars.” Left in high-theft areas, the vehicles sometimes are left with keys inside or the engine running. But they are equipped with tracking devices, and cameras inside capture audio and video. Once stolen, the vehicle sends a signal to a laptop computer inside a patrol car that could be sitting miles away. Officers track the vehicle and arrest the driver. They can even use remote control to forcefully halt the car by stopping the engine. Last year, the CHP made 357 arrests using such cars. Sgt. Shawn McCarthy of the CHP Southern Division Vehicle Theft Unit said the agency’s bait vehicles are rotated to different divisions, particularly to high-crime areas. “We’ve worked the Altadena and Baldwin Park areas,” he said. “They tell us where their bad areas are, where there are lots of stolen vehicles, and that’s where we’ll put these cars.” Officials are also using Automated License Plate Recognition systems in which multiple cameras mounted on patrol cars randomly and automatically scan license plates of cars and run them through a database of cars reported stolen. The systems led to 535 arrests and the recovery of 868 vehicles last year, Brown said. Officer Edmund Zorrilla, the public information officer for the Baldwin Park CHP, said there have been a couple officers from his station that have had the opportunity to ride in the camera cars. Carmakers have also increased their security measures. “As the new-model cars come out, more and more of them are having anti-theft devices built in,” said Chris McGoey, a private security consultant based in Los Angeles. “Most new cars from mid-price on up have built-in alarms. More are coming with key-coding systems. The alarm systems are definitely cheaper than they used to be.” Local jurisdictions throughout California have also stepped up efforts to fight auto theft. There are at least 16 auto-theft task forces throughout the state that combine resources with local and state agencies. In Los Angeles County, the Board of Supervisors in 1992 authorized an additional fee on motor-vehicle registration to create TRAP, the Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention. The task force pools resources from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, LAPD, CHP and other agencies to target organized car-theft rings that ship vehicles out of the country. But Lt. David Moeller, a CHP officer who works in L.A. County with the task force, said even as anti-theft measures have gotten more sophisticated, the thieves have adapted. Now, he said, they are using identity-theft techniques in conjunction with car theft. “Crooks are becoming a smarter breed,” Moeller said. “There are a lot of crooks that really know the ins and outs of all these automobiles. “Some of them are very sophisticated. We’ve had cases where crooks have created \ identities for people, including credit histories, and then gone out and purchased vehicles.” Frank Scafidi, a spokesman for the National Insurance Crime Bureau, said multiple steps are recommended to prevent auto theft. The first – and most basic – is to lock the car and take the keys, even when making a quick stop at a convenience store. “People will run into a 7-Eleven \and grab a quick cup of coffee,” Scafidi said. “They come back out and the car is gone. Other steps include parking in well-lighted areas near pedestrian traffic and buying alarms or ignition locks. And while the list of most-stolen vehicles in California is full of 1990s Toyota Camrys and Honda Accords – valuable for their utilitarian parts – flashy cars are also targets. (916) 446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Auto theft in California dropped last year for the first time this decade, stemmed by increasingly aggressive technologies to combat crime, law enforcement officials said Thursday. Statewide, nearly a quarter-million vehicles – 247,896 – were stolen last year, but that was still a 5.5 percent drop from the previous year, according to data from the California Highway Patrol. That means some 14,000 more Californians than the previous year parked their vehicles somewhere and returned hours later to find it still there. Los Angeles County’s drop was even steeper, down 6.5 percent with 66,727 vehicles stolen, while Ventura County saw a 7.6 percent drop. last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Everton appoint Ronald Koeman as manager on three-year deal

first_img Ronald Koeman: The Dutchman leaves Southampton after two years 1 Everton have appointed Ronald Koeman as their new manager on a three-year contract. The Toffees confirmed the deal on Tuesday after agreeing a £5million compensation package with Southampton.Koeman succeeds Roberto Martinez, who was sacked in May having overseen a hugely disappointing Premier League campaign which ended in an 11th place finish.“We are really pleased to have secured the man who was our No.1 target from the moment we set out to appoint a new manager,” Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said.“Ronald has such a strong track record in the game, instantly commanding respect for what he achieved as a player and for his qualities and accomplishments as a manager.“The hopes and aspirations that we all have as Evertonians are with him, as is our total support at board, shareholder and fan level.”Koeman leaves Southampton after two impressive years in charge of the south coast club.Having replaced Mauricio Pochettino in 2014, Koeman guided the Saints to seventh and sixth-placed finishes in the Premier League.The former Ajax and Feyenoord manager had just 12 months to run on his contract and had previously played down talk of a new deal.Although his release from Southampton was secured over a week ago, the completion of the deal was held up by the fact the Dutchman was on holiday.However, on his return the deal was quickly wrapped up, with the 53-year-old’s brother and assistant manager Erwin and fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg also following him to Goodison Park.Koeman said: “I am very excited to be Everton manager. I believe in the club, in the team, in the fans and in our ability to achieve things in the future.“Everton is a club with a great history and real ambition and it is a proud feeling for me to be part of what we want to go and do, together with the chairman and Farhad Moshiri.“I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and to preparing for a big season in the Premier League.”Southampton started their search for a replacement as soon as the £5m compensation deal had been thrashed out with Everton.The Saints confirmed on Tuesday they had accepted Koeman’s resignation and were now targeting his successor.“The search has already begun for the right appointment who can take the club to the next level and build on our track record of recent success, which culminated in a sixth-place finish in last season’s Premier League, as well as qualification for the group stages of the Europa League,” Southampton said in a statement.“Our focus now is to build on our long-term plan, and work with a new management team who share both the club’s and our supporters’ values and ambitions.”last_img read more


first_imgPromoted postOne boy is happy with his lego creation.Everything is awesome for Lego® Lovers as Kids Bricks Clubs are opening across Donegal.Kids Bricks Club are a creative brick building and social activity for children aged between 4-12 years. Established successfully in many locations around the country, Kids Bricks Club runs after school and weekend clubs, birthday parties and workshops and are an ideal place for children to develop their imagination and social skills.Kathy Lambkin, founder of Kids Bricks Club, says ‘We have mountains of Lego® bricks; boats, planes, castles, Lego Friends and Star Wars on our shelves and our motto is break it up and make your own!’.Kids Bricks Club offers children creative learning experiences and improves hand eye co-ordination, dexterity and problem solving.The focus of the clubs is on team work, turn taking and building self esteem through achievement. Building with Lego® is a multi sensory, open ended experience and building projects can be tailored to meet the needs of children with special needs. Kids Bricks club has end of summer workshops running from the 20th August- 22nd August in Buncrana, Donegal Town and Letterkenny. For more information you can visit Kids Bricks Club Donegal facebook page or contact A GO-GO AS KID’S BRICK CLUBS BREAK OUT ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: August 15th, 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) Tags:donegalKids Brick ClubsLegolast_img read more


first_imgKarl Bonner, Business Development Director, Irish Fish Canners, Dungloe, Co. Donegal.A Dungloe-based fish processing and canning company, Próiseáil (An Clochán Liath) Teoranta, trading as Irish Fish Canners has recently secured new contracts to supply customers in countries as far afield as Australia, Japan and Jamaica.Established since 1977 and taken over by the Bonner family in 1988, Irish Fish Canners operates the only fish canning facility in Ireland. The company since its beginning has evolved to become a significant player in the canned fish market.As a 100% family owned business, the company is managed by an ambitious team of two brothers and two sisters. Their father, the late Michael J Bonner, in previous times managed a number of UN Food Aid contracts, supplying locally caught herring and mackerel as canned products internationally. Irish Fish Canners currently employs 35 people fulltime at its facility in Dungloe. The company has managed to develop from a seasonal business to one that is now operating 5 days a week, all year round.The company recently took part in a Lean Transformation Programme, rolled out by Údarás na Gaeltachta.“We were one of the first industries in the Donegal Gaeltacht to take part in this programme. The Lean Transformation Programme helped us to add value to our core business. The Programme allowed us to identify how we as a business could become more competitive, more waste efficient, and how we could target and expand into new markets.“Until recently our business was very much dependent on supplying one main customer in the UK, John West Salmon. But as a result of our new business strategy we have secured contracts to supply customers in Australia, Japan and Jamaica” says Karl Bonner, Business Development Director. “Last year the company launched its own brand, Irish Atlantic Canned Fish, and introduced three new tinned mackerel products.“The decision to create our ‘own brand’ range is one that is driven by many changes in the canned fish market and will make our products more competitive and accessible. These products are now on sale in supermarkets across Ireland and in the UK. We also hope to bring our own brand to other export markets in the not too distant future.“Our objective is to ensure the sustainability of our business for the future generations of our local community. As a family, we are proud that we have been able to create and sustain employment in the Rosses area for over 35 years. To know that over 80 homes have been built in the area by people working in our company and that we have helped over 120 of our employees’ children to go onto third level education is a source of great pride for us a company,” says Karl Bonner.DONEGAL FISH COMPANY SPREADS ITS NETS TO AUSTRALIA, JAPAN AND JAMAICA was last modified: April 11th, 2016 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:donegalIrish Fish Scannerslast_img read more

Al-Maliki names three key security ministers

first_img 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Efforts to name the defense, interior and national security ministers had been snarled by squabbling among the Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish parties in the unity government that took office May 20. The frictions were fed by the surge in sectarian conflict in recent months. Iraq’s new defense minister is Gen. Abdul-Qader Mohammed Jassim al-Mifarji, a Sunni Arab. Members of that formerly dominant minority are the backbone of the insurgency, and many people feel it is crucial to have Sunnis deeply involved in the new government to weaken support for the guerrillas. The other two ministers came from the Shiite majority – Jawad al-Bolani as interior minister and Sherwan al-Waili as minister of state for national security. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq’s parliament approved three key security officials Thursday, ending an impasse that had threatened Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s plan for Iraqis to gradually take over security from U.S. and other foreign troops. The three men were sworn in just minutes after al-Maliki in a separate event announced that U.S. forces had killed terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, whose al-Qaida in Iraq group has been blamed for some of Iraq’s bloodiest bombings. While welcoming his death, Iraqi and American officials warned that many insurgents remain, and at least five bombings killed at least 39 people and wounded around 120. The new appointments are considered crucial for al-Maliki’s government to implement a plan that foresees Iraqi soldiers and police taking over responsibility for Iraq’s security within 18 months. That would open the way for the eventual withdrawal of foreign troops. last_img read more


first_imgU13 Results – Wednesday 12th SeptGlenfin beat Red HughsMcCumhaills beat Robert EmmetsNaomh Conaill beat BundoranSt Eunans beat Gaoth DobhairFanad Gaels beat TermonConvoy beat GlenswillySt Nauls beat KilcarDONEGAL LADIES GAA: UNDER-13 RESULTS was last modified: September 12th, 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:DONEGAL LADIES GAA: UNDER-13 RESULTSlast_img read more

Sheephaven SAC divers observe rare fish in Mevagh

first_imgSheephaven SAC continued with its diving activities last week despite the powerful southerly gale that came roaring in on Sunday, with dives on Wednesday evening and Saturday morning.Wednesday evenings’ dive was a led by Simon Henderson to Mweefin and conducted in two sticks in sea conditions that were not quite ideal, with a swell rolling in across the bay.Maximum depth on site was 18 metres and surface to surface times of no greater than 30 minutes was strictly adhered to, as the evening light has already noticeably shortened. This site has the benefit of some protection from the Atlantic swell that sweeps along this part of the coastline; additionally the site has a lovely cave and a nearby swim-through to add to the diving experience.In-water visibility was not great at around three metres or so, but water temperature still remains a very cosy 15 degrees Celsius.Saturday morning had the benefit of much better sea conditions, which were good enough to allow Kevin Boylan to lead a two boat dive party back once again to the Laurentic. The thirty minute run out from Mevagh to the mouth of Lough Swilly was completed in good order, but the freshening southerly breeze had built up a bit of a sea, as it fetched along the length of lough.However 40 metres down on the wreck there was both calm conditions and probably some of the best in-water visibility experienced on the wreck for some time at well over 10 metres horizontally.Similar to last week the Extended Range qualified divers on 12 litre twin-sets with a normal mix of 21% air conducted a decompression dive that involved a bottom time of 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute ascent including two one minute Pile stops and a 15 minute decompression at between 3 and 6 metres, giving a total run time of 45 minutes.For the divers conducting the dive as a no-decompression dive their dive computers alerted them to begin their ascent after 12 minutes and including their Pile and safety stops they conducted their dives in less than 30 minutes.While the divers did not find any of the 22 gold bullion bars still missing on the wreck there was definitely a golden moment for one diver when they observed a Sunfish no more than 5 metres away, just as they returned to the shot line to commence the ascent.It is rare treat to see a Sunfish (pictures above) on the surface but to be up close to one in the water is very unusual indeed. It was just waiting at the shot line and calmly swam away with both its great dorsal and pelvic fins pulsating in alternate strokes, a bit like a canoeist paddling on their sides. The only thing that was missing was a camera to record the moment. Sunday morning dawned as forecast, with strong southerly gales putting any opportunity for a boat dive completely out of the question. Instead it was an opportunity for the Club Diver and Coxswain exam candidates to be put through their theory paces as Training Office Anne Boyle brought them together in the clubhouse for a final tutorial session before their pending examinations. Best of luck to all involved.Sheephaven SAC divers observe rare fish in Mevagh was last modified: August 9th, 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:Divinglaurenticsheephaven sacsunfishlast_img read more