Galway footballers hopes of reaching League Final dashed by Tyrone

first_imgOllie Turner reports.. Despite a brilliant first-half performance in Healy Park, Omagh the Galway footballers lost out to Tyrone by 3-15 to 1-14, allowing Mayo to book their place in the League Final against Kerry. Galway led by 1-11 to 0-7 at half time, but the concession of three goals in the second half would prove costly. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Kevin Dwyer spoke to Galway Manager Kevin Walsh after the game..last_img

Baseball: March 10 Scoreboard

first_imgStephen F. Austin 8, New Mexico 5Central Arkansas 12, Wichita State 1UT Arlington 3, Abilene Christian 1Texas 7, UIW 1Houston 17, Sam Houston State 7UTSA 3, Houston Baptist 0 SHSU added an insurance run in the seventh inning. Lee legged out an infield single with two outs and stole second base. He came around to score on a single to right-center by substitute Bryce Johnson. But that set up the key eighth inning for the Lumberjacks as SFA scored four runs on five hits to break the game open. A single up the middle from McMullen scored O’Neill from second, followed by a successful bunt from Wilson to plate McMullen from third as SFA claimed its first lead of the game at 6-5. Two batters later, DeJesus ripped a single to center, scoring both Wilson and Boxwell and giving the Lumberjacks the 8-5 lead after seven and a half. Third baseman Jake MacWilliam then ripped a double down the left-field line to score Rahm.The Bearkats put the ball on the ground and forced Houston to make plays defensively. Yelich beat a throw at the plate on a fielder’s choice ground ball by shortstop Miles Manning. MacWilliam scored on a sacrifice bunt by center fielder Colt Atwood. The Cougar pitcher threw the ball away allowing Atwood to not only reach but move to second base. Seth Holbert was called upon next and he issued a walk to load the bases. The next batter reached on the second catcher’s interference call of the game. From there it got ugly. The Cougars followed with six hits and four walks. – Return to top – – Return to top – The rally came on the heels of a season-high 14 hits for the Lumberjacks, who were led by three hits each by designated hitter Eric DeJesus, batting in the nine spot. The 4-7 spots each tallied a pair of hits each, comprised of Dan O’Neill, Garrett McMullen, Tyler Boxwell and Hunter Wilson, as O’Neill smacked a pair of doubles in the victory. The Lumberjacks pitched out of a jam in the eighth, getting runners at second and third, but Chris Hassold ended the threat with a key strikeout. After going down in order in the top of the ninth, Tyler Wiedenfeld earned his fourth save of the season by forcing a double play ball after a leadoff walk, then a lineout to right to end the game. Sam Houston exploded with a big six-run bottom of the second inning. Ebbs walked to start the frame and first baseman Spence Rahm followed with a single to right field. Catcher Collin Yelich got the Bearkats on the board with a single to plate Ebbs. The Lumberjacks improve 3-2 all-time against the Lobos and are 3-0 all-time against New Mexico in Albuquerque, sweeping a similar two-game series in 2012. The Huskies begin a seven-game homestand with a four-game series against Iowa Saturday through Tuesday at Husky Field. Saturday, Monday and Tuesday’s games begin at 1 p.m., while Sunday’s game starts at 2 p.m. SFA now looks to earn the sweep of the quick two-game series tomorrow as first pitch against UNM is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Lobo Field. Patrick Day will get the start for the Lumberjacks. HBU did not threaten until the ninth, when junior outfielder Josh Leonhardt led off with a walk, then Nehrir reached on an error, but the Huskies were unable to capitalize. Dylan Ebbs started and tossed four innings, allowing three runs on six hits. Ryan Brinley tossed three scoreless innings in relief before running out of gas in the eighth. – Return to top – New Mexico reclaimed the lead at 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth, only to see SFA rally in the top of the sixth as McMullen pulled a double past third, scoring O’Neill as the ‘Jacks pulled even at 4-4. Texas 7, UIW 1AUSTIN, TEXAS – The University of the Incarnate Word baseball team dropped a mid-week, non-conference game against No. 16 Texas, 7-1 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Tuesday.The Longhorns (11-6) did not waste any time to open the scoring. They scored five runs in the first three innings and later added two runs in the seventh. Bret Boswell fueled the Texas offense with a pair of doubles bringing in two runs. He also scored two runs on the night. Ben Johnson, Tres Barrera and Michel Cantu all collected two hits apiece. The two runs in the bottom of the seventh came off back-to-back homeruns from Barrera and Brooks Marlow.The Cardinals (7-10) struggled against a Texas pitching staff that used six pitchers on the night. Mark Whitehead got UIW’s first hit in the top of the third with a hard-hit groundball through the left side of the infield. The next Cardinal hit did not come until the top of the ninth when Ethan McGill led the inning with a double over the right fielder. McGill later scored the only run for the Cardinals on an RBI single from Colton Besett.The Longhorn pitching staff combined to allow only three hits and two walks while striking out seven.  Tyler Schimpf took the win for the Longhorns with 2.2 innings of work allowing no hits, no runs, no walks and one strikeout.The Cardinal bullpen slowed the Longhorn offense with five innings of two-run baseball.  John Shull pitched three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out one.  Tyler Miller threw a scoreless eighth inning for UIW.The Cardinals totaled one run on three hits and one error, while the Longhorns finished the night with seven runs, 11 hits and no errors.The Cardinals are on the road this weekend where they will take on McNeese State in a Southland Conference matchup.  The three-game series starts Friday at 6:00 p.m. followed by games on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. – Return to top – DeJesus was one of three ‘Jacks to record a pair of RBIs on the night, joined by McMullen and Matthew Dickey. Conner Fikes and Wilson accounted for the other two SFA runs batted in.center_img – Return to top – UTSA 3, Houston Baptist 0SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Five UTSA pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory over Houston Baptist in non-conference baseball Tuesday night at Roadrunner Field. Central Arkansas 12, Wichita State 1WICHITA, Kan. _ The University of Central Arkansas Bears jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and pounded the Wichita State Shockers 12-1 in non-conference action Tuesday at Eck Stadium.The Bears (8-3) scored four times in the second inning, added a single run in the fourth, then exploded for five more in the sixth to put the game away. UCA out-hit WSU 12-6, with junior shortstop Logan Preston going 3 for 3. Matt Anderson, Tyler Langley and Wesley Hoover all had two hits each, with Langley hitting his first home run of the season.Sophomore righthander Riley Echols (1-0) shut the Shockers down from the start, holding them to just three hits and striking out four. Echols, in his first start and only second appearance of the season, went 7.1 innings, allowing one run on three singles and striking out four.The second inning started with consecutive singles by Joey Pinney and Anderson. A wild pitch by WSU freshman starter Tyler Jones allowed Pinney to score. Preston’s sacrifice fly scored Anderson and Hoover followed with a base hit to center field. Langley reached on a throwing error before Braxton Phillips tripled to the gap in right-center to make it 4-0.In the fourth, Preston doubled, went to second on Hoover’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Langley’s sacrifice fly for a 5-0 advantage. The Bears got an RBI double from Hoover and a three-run home run from Langley in the sixth. Ferrell added the final run of the frame with a single to center.The Shockers (4-10) got their first run in the eighth on three consecutive singles. UCA scratched out two more runs in the ninth inning on Brad Dillenberger’s ground out that brought in Chuck Deckard and Phillips’ base-loaded walk. Junior righthander Derek Beier pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and struck out the final two batters to end the game.UCA returns to Southland Conference action this weekend at home, hosting the Lamar Cardinals. Game times are 6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Bear Stadium. Second baseman Zach Smith drove in another run with a ground out to second base. The final run of the inning came home on an error at shortstop. Once again, the Lobos pulled in front at 5-4 in the seventh, sending an single through the infield to plate a run. Starter Jarred Greene lasted four innings, allowing four runs on seven hints for SFA. Ledet pitched the fifth through seventh innings with Josh Keith and Chris Hassold teaming up to work around the Lobo threat in the eighth, setting up Wiedenfeld to finish it off. Senior centerfielder Zach Nehrir went 2-for-4 for the Huskies (7-9). This weekend Sam Houston will hit the road for a three-game series at Northwestern State. The Demons took two-of-three from the Bearkats last season in Huntsville. UT Arlington 3, Abilene Christian 1ABILENE, Texas – A pair of two-out, run-scoring doubles off the bats of Travis Sibley and Christian Hollie in the second and fourth innings was all the UT Arlington pitching staff needed to defeat Abilene Christian on a cool Tuesday night at Crutcher Scott Field, 3-1.The win evened the Mavs’ season record at 6-6, while the Wildcats, who were three-hit tonight by four pitchers, fell to 1-10 on the spring.ACU starter Austin Lambright recorded two quick outs in the second before Brady Cox reached on an infield single to third base, in which Brayden Gomez had trouble getting the ball out of his mitt. That minor miscue was followed by a walk and then Sibley ripped a double that tightroped the left-field line.Lambright again was hurt by a two-out walk in the fourth as Hollie – who struck out against Lambright two times earlier – drilled a two-bagger into the right-center gap that made it a 3-0 game.That’s all the Mavs would score the rest of the night as the ACU bullpen of Landon Holifield, Ladgie Zotyka andNick Palacios combined to toss 4.0 scoreless innings with six strikeouts.The Wildcats broke UTA’s bid for a shutout in the sixth when catcher Alex Copeland singled to right to scoreHeath Beasley from second base. That run was charged to UTA starter Kyle Laberge, who went on to earn the victory behind seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.Laberge was followed to the mound by relievers Daniel James, Zach Hobbs and Colin Tornberg. James got the Mavericks out of the sixth and pitched a scoreless seventh. Hobbs tossed a 1-2-3 eighth, and Tornberg earned his fourth save after getting two fly balls and a ground out with a runner at first base.The Wildcats and Mavs conclude their two-game season series Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. in Arlington. The game will be broadcast in Abilene on 98.1 FM-The Ticket with Grant Boone providing the play-by-play. Stephen F. Austin 8, New Mexico 5ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Stephen F. Austin rallied three times, culminating in a four-run eighth inning to finally take the lead, knocking off New Mexico 8-5 in Albuquerque. It snaps a four-game skid for the Lumberjacks, who improve to 5-12 on the season. UTSA scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the second when Geonte Jackson was hit by a pitch to lead off and Matt Hilston followed with a double. Jackson scored on a passed ball, then Valentine’s sacrifice fly plated a run. Kinder then slapped a fly ball down the leftfield line, out of the reach of a diving Brandon Morones, and ended up with an RBI triple to put the Roadrunners ahead, 3-0. SFA and New Mexico, who was receiving votes in this week’s top-25 poll, battled back and forth for three scoreless innings until the Lobos registered three runs in the bottom of the fourth, taking the 3-0 lead. But the Lumberjacks responded in the top of the fifth as Dickey ripped an opposite field double, scoring Anthony Soriano and Wilson and cutting the deficit to 3-2. Fikes then grounded out to short, but it was enough to bring Dickey home from third, tying the game at 3-3. – Return to top – Junior righthander Brody Toal (0-1) took the loss, allowing three runs on two hits in two innings. The Huskies’ bullpen was outstanding, as senior righthander Ross Kennell tossed three shutout innings, junior lefthander Weston Wick threw 1.1 and junior righty Matt Harding threw the final 1.2. Kevin Markham and Trent Bowles each went 2-for-4 for the Roadrunners (9-7). Logan Kinder tripled and drove in a run, while Skyler Valentine also had an RBI. Boone Mokry (1-0) earned the win for UTSA, allowing two hits and striking out three in five innings. Cody Brannon tossed two innings, Andre Shrewcraft one, Nolan Savage walked the only batter he faced, and Patrick Herbilin got the final three outs, striking out two, for his second save of the year. Houston 17, Sam Houston State 7HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Sam Houston State was in great shape going into the eighth inning, leading No. 21 Houston 7-3, Tuesday night at Don Sanders Stadium before the Cougars rattled off 11 runs in the eighth and beat the Bearkats 14-7. Houston loaded the bases with no outs to start the eighth inning. Alex Bisacca came out of the bullpen and allowed two singles that scored three Cougar runs.last_img read more

Only the court can interpret the Constitution (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,The letter from Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, who, interestingly enough, signed it, not as a Government Minister, but on behalf of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), warrants a response.Minister Bulkan also repeats what has been said by the Attorney General, and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, by saying that the President was forced to unilaterally appoint Reverend James Patterson as the GECOM Chairman. This cannot be accepted. It was the President who, according to the Department of Public Information, promised a collaborative way forward, if he rejected the third set of nominees.On June 12, 2017, President Granger promised that, “A high-level team would be assembled representing the President and Leader of the Opposition which will begin to work immediately on exploring modalities to bring a resolution to this matter in the event that the list is rejected.” How then was the President’s hand forced?Also, how can Guyanese accept Minister Bulkan’s reasoning that the President’s action “put an end to the shenanigans being perpetrated by Jagdeo, whose goal it was to have a chair who would be biased in favour of the [People’s Progressive Party] PPP.” First, the Opposition Leader held consultations with civil society to come up with the nominees. Second, it is President Granger’s nominee who is politically biased. Reverend Patterson was a pallbearer at the private funeral ceremony for the late People’s National Congress leader, Desmond Hoyte. Reverend Patterson was listed as part of the ‘Rally Around the PNC’ group. It is Reverend Patterson’s whose integrity is now being questioned after he claimed that he was the Chief Justice of Grenada in 1987 – something that no one seems to be able to confirm.Minister Bulkan claims that Local Government Elections are due by December 7, 2018 and a GECOM Chairman had to be appointed. If this was the case, then there were qualified and competent professionals who were nominated. Why didn’t the President choose one of them? Will Guyanese ever know the reasons for President Granger’s rejection of the list submitted by the Opposition Leader? If Minister Bulkan wants to claim that the list submitted by the Opposition Leader was flawed, he should provide reasons to substantiate that claim.Minister Bulkan goes on to “commend the many letters and other expressions of support for the courageous action” taken by President Granger. However, the fact is that other than the PNC and groups, as well as individuals, aligned to the PNC and the Government, there has been widespread condemnation of the President’s unilateral appointment of Reverend Patterson as the GECOM Chairman.There is only one acceptable point that Minister Bulkan makes. It is that, “We have come a long way from a colonial system of governance and accompanying mentality, we have much work to do to build and maintain our fledgling democracy.” For this reason, we cannot allow the President’s breach of the Constitution to go unchallenged. In this light, the court challenged mounted by the PPP is welcomed by right-thinking Guyanese.Sincerely,Nigel DharamlallPPP/C Member ofParliamentlast_img read more

Tokyo 2020 voids 6,900 Olympic tickets bought with fake IDs

first_imgMOST READ A first wave of Olympic tickets went on sale for Japanese residents only in May, with would-be spectators required to sign up online by creating a profile and choosing which seats they wanted a chance to buy in a lottery system.Around 3.2 million tickets were sold in the first phase of sales, with a second phase organized in August for those who missed out the first time around.Olympic tickets can only be resold through an official Tokyo 2020 resale site, and organizers warned that any tickets bought via other resellers would also be invalidated.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this June 11, 2019, file photo, a man walks past the Tokyo 2020 Olympic logos, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics said Friday they have invalidated nearly 7,000 tickets worth $1.6 million after discovering they were purchased with fraudulent identities through an online lottery.“Tokyo 2020 understands that there have been large-scale purchases following the first wave of the Olympic ticket lottery applications from a large number of IDs registered with false personal information,” the organizers said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China Hidilyn Diaz on pace for Tokyo 2020 PLAY LIST 02:26Hidilyn Diaz on pace for Tokyo 202001:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown UAAP: La Salle shuts down UST for 3rd wincenter_img LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ “About 30,000 fraudulent IDs were generated” during a first-round online lottery to secure tickets for the summer games, the statement said.“Altogether, about 6,900 tickets for 150 sessions were purchased using these fraudulent IDs, with a face value of about 180 million yen.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4There were no details on who is suspected of creating the fake identities to carry out the purchases, though local media reported that the organizing committee suspected a specific group was behind the plan.Organizers said they were consulting with police and “will continue to monitor illegal applications during the second lottery sale.” View commentslast_img read more

Kemba Walker gets hot late as Celtics beat fend off Mavs

first_imgTaal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down ‘People evacuated on their own’ Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker reacts after hitting a 3-pointer late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Boston, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. The Celtics defeated the Mavericks 116-106. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Kemba Walker took on some extra responsibility at the offensive end in Boston’s first game since Gordon Hayward broke his left hand.Walker made a trio of key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 29 points, Jaylen Brown added 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Celtics beat the Dallas Mavericks 116-106 Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Boston jumped to an 8-0 lead and led by 10 twice — once in each quarter — during the opening half.SALUTEThe Celtics honored 103-year-old Peter Fantasia, who served in World War II, on the court during a second-quarter timeout.UP NEXTMavericks: At the New York Knicks on Thursday in Porzingis’ return to Madison Square Garden against his original team.Celtics: Host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steph Curry hopes to return from broken hand in early spring LATEST STORIES Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust “I was just trying to be aggressive, trying to make the right plays,” Walker said. “My shot felt good the whole night. I was just missing them. Then, in the fourth quarter, just naturally, the competitive nature just comes out and I try to do what I can do to put the ball in the basket.”Marcus Smart scored 17 points, Daniel Theis chipped in with 11 and Brad Wanamaker had 10 for Boston, which won its eighth straight game since a season-opening loss at Philadelphia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Jayson Tatum shot 1 for 18 from the field and scored only five points for the Celtics.Luka Doncic led the Mavericks (6-4) with 34 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Maxi Kleber had 15 points with eight boards. “I got word at halftime that surgery went well,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “We’re going to have to find other guys to step up, especially off the bench.”Boston trailed by two before going on an 11-2 spurt over a 1:32 stretch to move ahead 101-94 with 4:11 to play on Walker’s 3 from the right wing. Smart then converted a three-point play.Walker nailed his three big shots from beyond the arc in a span of 1:09.Dallas took its first lead, 88-86, on Tim Hardaway Jr.’s one-handed runner in the lane. The Mavericks held a 92-90 edge before Walker took over.The teams were tied at halftime before Boston opened the second half with a 15-3 surge. Smart started the run with a 3 from the right corner. Walker and Brown added 3s on consecutive possessions.Doncic then started to take over, scoring nine of the Mavericks’ 11 points as they closed to 84-79 at the end of the third quarter.TIP-INSMavericks: Porzingis didn’t play in Dallas’ previous game, resting as he returns from left knee surgery that sidelined him for the entire 2018-19 season. “He was (struggling), but you know this is what happens to great players,” Doncic said. “They have a bad night. So expect, I think, the next game he’s going to have at least 30 points. He keeps working. He just came back from injury.”Celtics: C Enes Kanter returned after missing seven games with a bruised left knee. “I felt it a little bit,” he said when asked if he was fatigued during his nearly six minutes in the game. . Theis injured his right pinkie and went to the locker room early in the game. He came back to the bench and had the pinkie taped to his ring finger before going back in.QUICK START Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Kristaps Porzingis scored just four points on 1-of-11 shooting for Dallas.“Porzingis had a tough night. We’re just going to flush it and move on,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said with a laugh. “You know, there’s nights like this. You’ve just got to flush it and move forward.”Porzingis took a lot of blame for the loss.“I had an off night tonight, and guys stepped up,” he said. “Guys fought until the end, and we were right there. If I had a better game, the result could have been much different.”The Celtics released a statement during the opening quarter that said Hayward had surgery Monday to repair a fracture in his non-shooting hand. He was injured during their previous game in San Antonio when he collided with LaMarcus Aldridge as the Spurs’ big man set a screen.ADVERTISEMENT 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Region 2 anti-violence, sexual harassment campaign launched

first_imgThe Women and Gender Equality Commission (WGEC) last week, launched a campaign to eliminate family violence and sexual harassment in the workplace in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam). The campaign was launched in observance of International Day Against the Elimination of all Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls which was observed on November 25.Chairperson of the Commission, Indra Chandarpal, reminded that International Day Against the Elimination of all Forms of Violence is observed yearly by the United Nations on November 25.Chairperson of the Commission, Indra Chandarpal presents the posters to Regional Executive Officer Rupert Hopkinson at the launch of the campaignShe explained that the focus of the commission this year is to present visible messages to the public through posters and billboards to workers from various work places.Suggestion boxes also will be available so that persons who face various forms of abuse can ink their feelings and drop it into the box.The WGEC is advocating for an end to family violence and sexual harassment, which has long-term effects on victims’ lives.Posters were presented to the Region’s Regional Executive Officer Rupert Hopkinson and also to officers from various departments within the Regional system.Chandarpal explained that sexual harassment is an unwelcome act, comment, gesture or physical contact of a sexual nature, and advised that anyone faced with such can contact the commission.Participants included women from the Regional Women’s Affairs Committee along with Nandranie Coonjah, Haliema Khan and Nicole Cole.The Women and Gender Equality Commission operates under the mission of promoting gender mainstreaming in all policies and programmes as well as to educate everyone on the benefits of gender equality and ending gender-based violence.The WGEC is one of four commissions for the promotion and enhancement of fundamental rights and the rule of law that was established under Section 212G of the Constitution. Members were appointed in the National Assembly on 21 May, 2009.last_img read more

Bottas outpaces Hamilton, Mercedes rule in final practice

first_imgOn another very hot day, with a gusty wind, at the Le Castellet track 25km from the Mediterranean in the south of France, Bottas picked up where he left off on Friday afternoon by continuing to set the pace on a circuit that clearly suits his style.Monaco’s Charles Leclerc, adopted as a Frenchman by local supporters, was third-fastest ahead of his Ferrari team-mate four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, still prickling after the team had lost in their bid to review and overturn his penalty, and lost victory, in Canada.Max Verstappen was fifth for Red Bull ahead of team-mate Frenchman Pierre Gasly with British rookie Lando Norris an impressive seventh for the resurgent McLaren team.Daniel Ricciardo was eighth in the leading Renault ahead of Carlos Sainz in the second McLaren and one-time champion Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo.In a relatively incident-free session, the Williams team continued to struggle with George Russell being forced to trundle back to the pits with a power problem.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lewis Hamilton was edged by his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in final practice for the French GP © AFP / GERARD JULIENLE CASTELLET, France, Jun 22 – Valtteri Bottas outpaced Lewis Hamilton to top the times as Mercedes dominated again in final free practice for Sunday’s French Grand Prix.The Finn, who lies 29 points adrift of the defending five times world champion in this year’s title race, clocked a best lap in one minute and 30.159 seconds, beating Hamilton by four-hundredths of a second.last_img read more

‘Sunderland are a better side than last season’, insists Black Cats midfielder

first_img1 Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell believes their squad was improved over the summer despite a worse start to the season.The Black Cats have just two points from their opening seven Premier League ties, compared to the eight points from seven matches this time last year.Fabio Borini, Jermain Lens and Younes Kaboul were signed permanently in the summer and were supplemented by a number of loans that Rodwell reckons have improved the struggling squad.“It’s been a very frustrating start with only two points but the confidence is there because we train with each other every day and we know exactly what everyone can do,” Rodwell said.“I know we have a good squad. I think we have a better squad than last season. And I thought last season we could have won a lot more games than we did.” Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell last_img read more


first_imgFEATURES: Donegal South Forum and Donegal Local Development Company Ltd (DLDC) hosted a networking event for members of community and voluntary groups in South Donegal on Wednesday evening in Balintra Community Hall.The event brought together members of local community groups within South Donegal and provided people within the area with an opportunity to link together and discuss the many projects, activities and voluntary projects that do significant work each day within the local community. Speaking on the success of the event, Mary McGowan, Chairperson of Donegal South Forum told Donegal Daily, “This is the first in a series of events that we are planning for 2016 that will enable members of local community groups to share information on the activities, supports and services which they provide. “There is a wide variety of groups and community projects in the South Donegal area. Everyone involved in the planning and delivery of community activities can be very proud of their achievements and we aim to help them showcase these achievements.”The event brought together speakers and representatives from Ballyshannon Pantomime Society, Ballyshannon Drama Society, The Breesy Centre Parent and toddler group, Donegal Walk and Talk group, Rossnowlagh Womens group, the Michael Gallagher Dance Group, Donegal Sports Partnership, Donegal House of Stories, Donegal South Forum, Killybegs Mesn Shed, Donegal Social Prescribing and DLDC. People who attended had an opportunity to find out about these groups and how to get involved in their activities. Music and entertainment was provided by Danny Meehan and Farrah Boyle.Donegal South Forum representatives works with a range of state agencies and partners to promote the interests of local community groups and organisations throughout South Donegal. The group would like to express their sincere thanks to all who took part in the event and made it a great success.For more information on the event and upcoming activities please contact DLDC on 07491 27056.The project was supported by the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 which is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative. COMMUNITY GROUPS IN SOUTH DONEGAL HOST NETWORKING EVENT was last modified: April 15th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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

Boycott aims to spotlight immigrants’ contribution

first_imgMore than a half-million chanting, flag-waving demonstrators flooded downtown Los Angeles and poured down Wilshire Boulevard on Monday during two well-organized demonstrations, part of a nationwide work boycott designed to demonstrate the economic clout of illegal immigrants. Billed as the “Day Without Immigrants,” the rallies in Los Angeles drew participants from around Southern California and created widespread closures among restaurants, ethnic markets, farms and other businesses that rely on undocumented workers. Morning rush hour was light, the clusters of day laborers were missing from their usual spots on street corners, and absences in Los Angeles Unified were more than double the usual number. In downtown Los Angeles, an estimated 250,000 filled the streets around City Hall for a peaceful, noontime rally. The crowd topped 400,000 during the afternoon march that started at MacArthur Park and stretched for blocks as demonstrators paraded down Wilshire Boulevard at the height of rush hour. “I owe a lot to this country,” said Edson Trujillo, 42, of North Hollywood, who fled El Salvador during that country’s civil war in the 1980s. “But the United States would not be what it is today without the sweat, tears and sacrifice of immigrants. And I’m here to remind people of that.” Those who rallied downtown told stories of coming to the United States in search of a better life. Daniel Cordero, a 19-year-old student from Pasadena who arrived from Mexico two years ago, showed up with a quartet of friends. Cheering in Spanish, he grinned as City Hall came into sight. “The people here are suffering for the rights of immigrants,” he said in Spanish. “We want to get papers so we can work, so we can be here legally, so we can drive. We don’t want to break the law, we just want to work here.” Paul Garcia, a 37-year-old from Highland Park, took time off from his maintenance job at McDonald’s to march along Broadway. He held his elaborately tattooed arms aloft, bearing a sign asking for rights for families like his, that hail from Mexico. “I came here to represent my grandmother,” Garcia said. “She worked a lot of years in the fields for us. I was born and raised here, but I wanted to let everyone see how I feel. The ones who are working, they should be allowed to stay. If they commit crimes, send `em back, but I don’t have a problem with people trying to make a better life here.” Sebastian Martinez, who works as a visual merchandising director in a retail chain, called in sick and drove down from Calabasas. The 31-year-old’s family came from Durango, Mexico and he came in their honor. “It’s time to stand up and say something,” Martinez said. “By doing this, we can become truly united. It’s a very delicate issue – we should find a way to embrace these people who make a daily contribution to our society. Without them the economy would be nothing. We need to help the people who contribute and treat them positively. We need to treat them like honest parts of society, not criminals.” The heated immigration debate was sparked by a bill introduced in December by Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wis., that would crack down on the estimated 11 million people in the U.S. illegally. In response, advocates for illegal immigrants have called for the passage of legislation that would grant guest-worker status – if not outright citizenship – to illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria. Anger over Sensenbrenner’s bill, which was approved by the House, sparked a rally on March 25 in Los Angeles that drew about 500,000 demonstrators. Demonstrators waited anxiously for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who delayed a trip to Dallas to meet with National Football League owners to participate in the event. Speaking in both English and Spanish, Villaraigosa touted the diversity of Los Angeles, where 46 percent of the population is foreign-born. “We come to work. We come for a better life. We come to participate in the American dream,” he told the crowd. Although there were no demonstrations in the San Fernando Valley, daily routines were interrupted because of the rallies over the hills. Liz Spero, 63, had planned to get her car washed, but the car wash was closed. Christina Glanzbergh, 37, who works at Warner Center Optometry, tried to get a sandwich at a Ralph’s grocery store and discovered that the deli counter was closed. Diana Chaves, 24, wanted to eat at a Subway restaurant, but found the lights out and the doors locked. “It’s wrong what they’re doing,” said Chaves, of Burbank, whose mother immigrated legally from Columbia. “They are here illegally. We got them amnesty once before. We can’t do this again. I can’t go to Mexico and become a citizen. I can’t buy a house in Cancun. This is the best country in the world, but you can’t let everyone in.” Connie Achieng, 43, who immigrated to Northridge from Kenya last year, has mixed feelings about the immigration debate. She waited more than four years to receive a visa and is frustrated by people who slip across the border from Mexico. “I don’t understand why they can’t wait for a visa like the rest of the world,” she said. “You sympathize with them – they don’t have work, and they’re trying to come here to work. But there are rules, there are laws. Maybe they need to have more visas for people coming from Mexico.” But Rosanna Polizzotto, the daughter of an Italian immigrant, said the boycott underscores that Latinos – even those here illegally – are part of the community. “The people work very hard, and their culture is interesting,” she said. “The boycott is their way of speaking out. This country is based on immigration. The criminalization of illegal immigrants is horrible.” Staff Writers Susan Abram, Brad A. Greenberg and Rachel Uranga contributed to this report.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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIn Los Angeles, protesters wearing white and waving U.S. flags sang the Star Spangled Banner in English as traditional Mexican dancers wove through the crowd. Many marchers carried signs in Spanish that translated to “We are America” and “Today we march, tomorrow we vote.” In Oxnard, the center of Ventura County’s billion-dollar agriculture industry, more than 1,000 people marched in support of the farmworkers. It was too early to judge the impact of the boycott, but the thousands of men and women who marched through Los Angeles sent a message that they are willing to come out of the shadows and speak up for immigrants’ rights. “What it’s doing, unmistakenly and for the first time in recent memory, is showing immigrants on the pavement, not simply having activists speak for them,” said Jaime Regalado, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State Los Angeles. “The question remains what happens next? Have they changed minds?” last_img