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first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):Fast bowler Kesrick Williams said making his international debut in a series West Indies had already lost had no bearing on his approach.Playing in the third and final Twenty20 International on Tuesday, the right-armer produced a superb spell, taking two for 15 from his four overs, as West Indies slumped to an eight-wicket defeat to suffer the embarrassment of a 3-0 whitewash in the series.The right-armer said though West Indies had already surrendered the series, it was still important to make the most of the opportunity.”I wouldn’t say it wasn’t an ideal time [to make my debut]. Cricket is cricket, so whenever you get a chance, it’s just about your time to execute,” the Vincentian told reporters.”As long as you get that shot, you have to grab it with both hands. I just went out there with my mind free – not thinking that we lost the series, and just played positive cricket. I did it in CPL (Caribbean Premier League), and enjoyed myself playing CPL and that’s what I did here tonight.”I didn’t look at it as I was playing against Pakistan, or against Sharjeel Khan or whatever. At the end of the day, it’s the same cricket. I look at it like I’m playing cricket at home, don’t try to overthink it and do what I do best – bowl and just execute.”Williams, a late call-up to replace explosive all-rounder AndrÈ Russell, conceded that the series had been a difficult one for the Caribbean side.”It’s tough, it’s really tough … it’s really hot there and takes a while to get adapted to the conditions, but we are tough cricketers and we always look to give our 110 per cent,” he pointed out.”Cricket is a game of uncertainties, so you just can’t come out and say you’re going to win today or win tomorrow; you just have to put in a lot of work.”Pakistan played good cricket, Kudos to them. We just have to come out for the ODIs and do well.”last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Jurors in the Libby trial turned their deliberation room into one big visual aid, plastering the walls with dozens of poster-size summaries of witness testimony. They pushed two long tables together, pored over testimony, reviewed their notes and spent a week just laying out the evidence. But in the end, it came down to credibility, and they simply did not believe the former White House aide’s story. “There were good managerial-type people on this jury who took everything apart and put it in the right place,” juror Denis Collins said after he and his colleagues convicted I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI. “After that, it wasn’t a matter of opinion. It was just there.” Prosecutors said Libby lied about how he learned the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame and whom he told. Libby said he told investigators his best recollection of his conversations, but, in the heat of his demanding work schedule, forgot some details or made errors. Libby’s lawyers urged jurors not to convict a man for being forgetful, and jurors took that to heart. They did not immediately vote in the jury room, opting to assess the evidence before taking a poll. “It was a very tough question to get through, to try to figure out whether he could have forgotten,” juror Jeff Comer said. “Everyone has their moments of forgetfulness.” Libby testified that he learned Plame’s identity from Cheney, forgot it, then learned it again a month later from NBC reporter Tim Russert. Prosecutors say that was a convenient story crafted to conceal the fact that Libby discussed official government information. “There was no smoking gun,” Comer said. Instead, jurors relied on the testimony of several government officials and journalists who said they discussed Plame with Libby. Jurors made a list of nine people who talked with Libby about Plame, and Collins remembered one juror making an observation. “If I’m told something once, I’m likely to forget it,” Collins recalled the juror saying. “If I’m told it many times, I’m less likely to forget it. If I myself tell it to someone else, I’m even less likely to forget it.” Collins said he was intrigued when defense lawyer Theodore Wells raised the idea the Libby was being made a scapegoat for White House political strategist Karl Rove. “There was a tremendous amount of sympathy for Mr. Libby on the jury. It was said a number of times, `What are we doing with this guy here? Where’s Rove? Where are these other guys?”‘ Collins said. “I’m not saying we didn’t think Mr. Libby was guilty of the things we found him guilty of. It seemed like he was – as Mr. Wells put it, he was – the fall guy.” Comer said he can only recall that idea coming up once. “For me, I really needed to focus on the charge in front of us,” Comer said. “There was this background noise, but it played almost no role for me.” During opening statements, Wells told jurors the only way he would lose the case was if they allowed their feelings about the Iraq war and the Bush administration to influence their decision. But Collins said neither topic came up. “The people who led us were strict taskmasters: `Let’s stick to the facts,”‘ Collins said. “This was not a case about `Who can we punish for going into Iraq?’ We didn’t go there. This wasn’t about the war.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgRoberto Martinez insists Everton will relish playing in the Europa League this season.For many managers, the competition is viewed as an unwanted distraction, but not for Martinez, who is adamant the Toffees have a big enough squad to juggle European and domestic commitments.Everton welcome Wolfsburg to Goodison Park on Thursday night in their first group game, and Martinez told talkSPORT ahead of the tie he is taking the competition seriously.“Coming back to European competition is what we want and what we worked extremely hard for last season. Everyone is excited at Goodison,” said the Spaniard, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It is 52 years the first time we were involved in European competition so that shows you the history and how important it is for Everton be in European competitions again, and we are looking forward to it.“The squad is big enough. The younger players we produce at the club are ready to help the team. It is something that we embrace.“We want to change the mentality. If you want to cope with a lot of games in a short period of time it is more a mental thing.“We need to develop that winning mentality, we need to develop that desire to be in different competitions. I don’t see it as a problem at all.  “You are going to get little periods where players need to recover and need rotating, but I feel this squad is big enough in numbers, big enough in experience and well balanced.”last_img read more

first_imgBY PATSY McGONAGLE: WE are all set here at Finn Valley  AC for Finals Day Wednesday starting sharp at 10.55am with Wheelchair races plus check in at first events on programme from 10.45amWe will start on time with a targeted finish time of 2pm approx . as per other yearsPlease note the order of events which i have tweaked a little. Register your school immediately on arrival in the main hall. Nobody will be allowed access to track/infield except children participating so please adhere to this.Looking forward to good weather and an enjoyable day.Tea and coffee for teacher and adults all day.Order of Events  2014 Wheelchair B & G 10.55am11am   11amHeats   Long Jump60m     Born 2007                                  1.  Born 2004            ( Pits A & B)60m     Born 2006                                  2.  Born 2003             ( Pits A & B) 80m     Born 2005                                  3.  Born 2005             ( Pits A & B)80m     Born 2004                                  4.  Born 2002             ( Pits A & B)100m  Born 2003100m  Born 2002 11am 100m  Born 2001 High JumpBorn 2002  BoysBorn 2002  GirlsBorn 2003  BoysFinals of Above  Born 2003  Girls100m  Born 2006  Heats                       Born 2004  BoysBorn 2004  Girls1 300m  Born 2005 11am 100m Born 2006 Final Shot2 600m  Born 2004                                1 Born 2003 Boys3 600m  Born 2003                                2 Born 2003 Girls4 800m  Born 2002                                3  Born 2001/2002 Boys5 800m  Born 2001                                4  Born 2001/2002 Girls6 Relay  Born 2004/20057 Relay  Born 2002/2003 11amTurboJavelin  1 Born 2005 Boys2 Born 2005 Girls3 Born 2004 Boys4 Born 2004 Girls5 Born 2003 Girls6 Born 2003 Boys7 Born 2002 Girls8 Born 2002 BoysFor all Results – Photos- to: www.finnvalleyac.comATHLETICS: RUNNING ORDER FOR COUNTY PRIMARY SCHOOL FINALS ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: May 27th, 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:Finn Valley ACpatsy mcgonagleschools finalslast_img read more

first_imgGrace Boyle is going back to her roots to officially launch her election campaign.The former Donegal GAA County Board official and community activist will stake her claim to a county council seat when she launches her campaign in the Ramelton Town Hall on Saturday at 8.30pm.The well-known keep-fit fan has been heavily involved in local issues down through the years and continues to give freely of her time to numerous charity events including the North West 10K. Grace is running on the Fine Gael ticket and is one of a growing number of female candidates putting their voices forward to be heard.Grace said “There are exciting times ahead. I am surrounded by a great team and we are working hard on our plans and strategies for the coming months,” she said.Everyone is invited to tomorrow night’s launch.  THINGS COMING TO THE ‘BOYLE’ FOR GRACE AS ELECTION LAUNCH NEARS was last modified: March 7th, 2014 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:donegalelection launchGrace Boylelast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Carroll loathes making one game more important and never mentioned the significance of playing Notre Dame during team meetings this week. “He doesn’t bring it up or if he did, I wasn’t paying attention,” offensive lineman Winston Justice said. “I think of Notre Dame as a normal team. The importance of the rivalry doesn’t mean anything.” It’s hard to argue with that approach, considering Carroll defeated Notre Dame the past three years by an identical 31 points. In fact, blowouts are probably the only real memory most of the Trojans have of Notre Dame. They sure aren’t experts in the storied tradition between the schools. For the past three years, the lobby in Heritage Hall showcased the Shillelagh, a wooden Gaelic war club that features rubies for each USC victory and emeralds for each Notre Dame win. Most players are unaware of the foot-long club even though they walk past it several times a day. USC coach Pete Carroll laughed at that comment Thursday, but he also enjoyed the lack of awareness because it’s the mindset he wants. “This (rivalry) doesn’t mean anything to these guys,” he said. “They don’t need to be fired up extra. That’s not what you want to do. It doesn’t work.” When Lou Holtz coached Notre Dame, he gave players a quiz on the Irish-USC rivalry the week of the game. Contrast that with USC wide receiver Patrick Turner’s view of college football’s greatest intersectional matchup. “I know it’s big because I play the NCAA 2006 (video game) and it’s listed as a rivalry game,” Turner said. center_img “What’s that?” defensive end Jeff Schweiger said. “All I know is that this is some type of rivalry. I don’t worry. It’s just football.” And this comes from a player actively recruited by Notre Dame. “They recruited me but I didn’t take a trip there,” Schweiger said. “I didn’t really like (former coach Tyrone) Willingham. He seemed too nonchalant.” Justice never heard of the Shillelagh either, but like most USC players, he has one strong image of Notre Dame. “I saw ‘Rudy,” ‘ he said. “It’s a pretty good movie.” Schweiger said he’s heard the famous Notre Dame saying, “Win one for the Gipper.” It refers to Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne telling his team at the 1928 Army game that a former player, George Gipp, said on his deathbed to “when things look real tough’ to “win for me.” “I remember that line in Rudy,” Schweiger said. Not everyone is ignorant of the rivalry. USC linebacker Brian Cushing knows the tradition because he nearly committed to the Irish and grew up in New Jersey. And center Ryan Kalil is Catholic and attended Servite High in Anaheim. “I’m pretty familiar with the rivalry,” Kalil said. “Everybody’s seen Rudy. It’s a great tradition. Everyone talks about the hype and my first time there, it was a cool place. The fans are awesome.” Kalil knows Notre Dame leads the series 42-29-5 but said, “I only care about our reign here.” He also embraces Carroll’s laidback attitude toward the rivalry, because he remembers Servite placing too much emphasis on its game with arch-rival Mater Dei of Santa Ana, a game Kalil never won. “My senior year, we were better than them but we put more energy into the rivalry than the game itself,” Kalil said. “They ended up winning. “One of the reasons for success here is we don’t care about who we play. It’s never been about anything the other team does.” But Kalil is in the minority with his knowledge. Freshman cornerback Kevin Thomas grew up in St. Louis, but said he never heard of Rockne, the Shillelagh or win one for the Gipper. “The rich tradition is new to me,” Thomas said. “I’m from the Midwest, I wasn’t a USC fan. But I hadn’t heard of those things either.” USC NOTES: Tailback Reggie Bush will start against Notre Dame despite missing parts of practice with a sore knee. Bush proclaimed himself fit following Thursday’s practice at Howard Jones Field. “My knee’s fine. It’s 100 percent,” he said. Bush said he would also return punts with no problems. … Linebacker Dallas Sartz (dislocated shoulder) conceded he will redshirt after Carroll said he wouldn’t play against Notre Dame. … Cornerback-safety Will Harris did not make the trip, still bothered by a sore ankle. 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_imgOAKLAND — Matt Olson’s batting stance is menacing. His 6-foot-5 frame towers over the 17-inch rubber pentagon at his white-cleated feet. His lumber isn’t perched readily at his shoulder, but expectantly and loosely just inches from the strike zone.Olson’s game matches his batter’s box presence at this point. It’s safe to expect that Olson’s at bats will spawn something spectacular. With a little more than a week remaining in the regular season — a wild card game looking promising — Olson’s bat …last_img

first_imgClick here if you’re having trouble viewing the slideshow on your mobile device.LOS ANGELES — The Warriors’ 126-93 preseason loss to the Lakers Wednesday at Staples Center showcased both a Warriors’ weakness and a Lakers’ strength.With Stephen Curry taking a scheduled game off, the Warriors struggled to create offense for long stretches. Defensively, they didn’t have an answer for the Lakers’ size, especially when guarding the two-man game between forwards LeBron James and Anthony Davis.The …last_img

first_imgA carnival in São Tomé and Príncipe. The song Bleguê Bleguê encourages São Tomeans to use condoms. (Image: Lourenço Silva, PlusNews)The new hit being sung by everyone in São Tomé and Príncipe goes like this: “Bleguê Bleguê … A mi na mecê Bleguê, anda com bebê …” The lyrics, in São Tomé’s Forro language, have two simple but important messages: when you go out, always take condoms with you, and when you have sex, always use a condom.The song is being sung by adults and children, and played incessantly on radio stations and in night clubs throughout São Tomé and Príncipe, an archipelago of 150 000 inhabitants in the Gulf of Guinea off the east coast of central Africa.It all began with a group called Bulauê Linda Estrela, in the quiet village of Messias Alves, a fishing community of some 3 000 people, with old houses and less-than-optimum public services.The only television set able to receive more than one channel stopped working over two years ago and the internet has yet to reach the village.“The only thing left to do after you come back from fishing is to drink sugarcane brandy and make babies,” said one young resident.Three years ago some of the village’s men and women came together to create the Bulauê Linda Estrela cultural group.“People here go to bed very early, and there’s no centre for entertainment,” said village chief Lauriano Costa, 78. “We created the group to break the monotony.”Bulauê Linda Estrela did more than that: its song, Blegue Blegue, is helping raise awareness about the importance of using condoms to prevent HIV. The group has not yet released a CD with the song on it, but it is already available on the grey market.The lyrics were inspired by a real-life incident: one of the band members invited his wife to attend a rehearsal; she turned down the invitation but suggested he take condoms with him in case he happened to have casual sex.Ludmila Monteiro, an activist with the Médicos do Mundo, a humanitarian aid organisation promoting development, believes the song’s success can partly be attributed to the groundwork done by national campaigns encouraging condom use.“Talking about condoms is no longer a novelty for São Tomeans,” she said.There is, of course, a big difference between enjoying the song and understanding its message.“I like the song a lot,” said Sabina Graça, 25, who admitted she had no idea what the lyrics meant.“Having sex with a condom reduces your sexual potential,” said Niker Quarsema, 27, a fisherman.“My husband has two wives, but he won’t have sex with a condom,” said Adezica Beatriz, 38, a member of Bulauê Linda Estrela. “When I talked to him about the need to do so, he nearly hit me.”Source: Irin PlusNewsDo you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at articlesHIV/Aids in South AfricaFighting HIV with your phoneIncentive scheme for the poor Healthy babies for HIV couplesRidding Africa of HIV in 10 yearslast_img read more

first_imgOne thing for certain on Friday is that a South American team and a European team will secure their spots in the World Cup semifinals.A pair of 22-year-old forwards who have been among the stand-out players of the tournament go head-to-head when Neymar’s Brazil takes on a James Rodriguez-inspired Colombia team that has won all four of its games so far. The host nation is relying on Neymar to deliver again, and keep Brazil on course for a sixth World Cup title.Germany and France have had some memorable meetings in World Cup matches, and both are former champions. The current French team is vastly less experienced than Germany, which has reached at least the semifinals of each major competition since the 2008 European Championships. France is rebuilding and has not reached any semifinal since its run to the 2006 World Cup final, but is showing glimpses of great promise in Brazil.What to watch on Friday:BRAZIL vs. COLOMBIABrazil has had an unexpectedly difficult start to the tournament, while Colombia has been a convincing winner in its first four matches and has tallied 11 goals so far – second only to the Netherlands.Brazil narrowly avoided elimination in the second round, edging Chile in a penalty shootout. Colombia beat Uruguay 2-0 to reach the quarterfinals for the first time. The Brazilians have reached the quarterfinals in six consecutive World Cups, but were eliminated at this stage in the last two and only go into this game as slight favorites due to home-ground advantage.advertisement”It’s normal to have people demanding that we play better,” Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. “But it’s also normal what we have been seeing in this World Cup so far.”Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez has played an important role in the attack, scoring a tournament-leading five goals and creating many opportunities.”We’re very happy because we are making history,” he said. “We want to do even more because this is a team that really wants to win.”Colombia has beaten Brazil only twice – the last time in the 1991 Copa America – but the teams have drawn the last four matches they played.Neymar has scored half of Brazil’s eight goals so far and is the key player for the host nation. He hurt is right knee in the Chile match, but team medical staff say he’ll be fit to play.Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has all of his players available, but Scolari will be forced to make changes due to the suspension of defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo. Veteran striker Fred has been struggling so far in the tournament and may lose his place in the starting lineup.Scolari said the attacking style Colombia will bring to the match should suit his Brazilian lineup, and expects it to unlock more opportunities. Colombia fullback Camilo Zuniga, who will have an important job in trying to contain Neymar, said Pekerman had “helped us believe in ourselves… He drilled into our heads that a Colombian with the ball should have fun, that he shouldn’t have to play with pressure.”GERMANY vs. FRANCEThe Maracana is where both teams hope to shake off uninspiring second-round wins that exposed some frailties.Contesting a quarterfinal for the ninth straight World Cup, the Germans will start as slight favorites because of their experience but with doubts surrounding a slow, porous defense that was breached repeatedly in the 2-1 extra-time victory over Algeria on Monday.Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was forced to play a sweeper role to ensure Joachim Loew’s lineup avoided a shocking defeat to the Algerians.The French left it late against Nigeria, scoring twice in the last 11 minutes to win 2-0 in a gritty performance that didn’t live up to the attacking exhibitions they put on in the group stage.Germany opened with a 4-0 victory over Portugal that immediately put them near the top of contenders for the title, but hasn’t reproduced anything close to being that clinical since.Defense undoubtedly is Loew’s chief concern, although the probable return of Mats Hummels at center back after illness will make up for the loss of Shkodran Mustafi for the rest of the tournament with a left hamstring injury. On the eve of the match, Loew said seven of his players had been struggling with sore throats and illness, but he predicted all would be available for selection.Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose may get another chance to break the World Cup scoring record of 15 goals that he shares with Brazil great Ronaldo. Klose is likely to start on the bench behind Thomas Mueller.advertisementThere may be a change in the center of France’s defense, with Mamadou Sakho available again after a hamstring problem. There’s also speculation over who will partner with Karim Benzema in attack, with Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann in consideration.Any time France and Germany meet, memories are revived of their famous clash in the World Cup semifinals in 1982 when West Germany came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 and win the shootout. In that game, West Germany goalkeeper Toni Schumacher rushed out of his area and broke the jaw of Patrick Battiston with a feet-first tackle that was not punished.West Germany also beat France 2-0 in the 1986 World Cup semifinals, but France has won four of its six matches since German reunification in 1990.last_img read more