Jamaica’s head coach of the senior netball team, Minneth Reynolds, says that the Netball World Series against New Zealand served as a learning process. Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls were swept by New Zealand’s’ Silver Ferns in the three-Test series in New Zealand that concluded on Sunday. New Zealand won the Taini Jamison Trophy with wins against Jamaica on September 11 by 72-34 at the Trafalgar Centre in Nelson; on September 14 by 38-61 at Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North; and on September 17 by 66-38 at the Energy Events Centre in Rotorua. “It was a good learning experience for the ladies as it is the start of a rebuilding process,” Reynolds told The Gleaner on arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston yesterday. “We are looking forward to improve as the gap is a lot wider, so it will take time,” she explained. “There were too many turnovers in the games. We knew that it would be tough, but we exposed the young players in the team,” Reynolds also said. INEXPERIENCED PLAYERS “We took a set of inexperienced players and started off losing badly in Game One, but improved in the other two games. We had eight players in New Zealand who were not part of the World Championship team last year in Australia, so we are rebuilding for the future,” the head coach pointed out. Sunshine Girls captain, Malysha Kelly, says despite the losses the team showed determination. “Well, basically as Jamaicans, we are determined and willing. We lapsed in the games due to inexperience. Also, there is a new rule of not having a time out (that) affected us,” Kelly said. “The top three teams have professional leagues, so we need regular competitions, even in the Caribbean,” she noted. Jamaica will next challenge England in a three-match series away in November. “We will go back to training in the next two weeks in preparation for the England series, as it is important as that will affect our ranking,” the captain further said. The players who returned include Vangelee Williams, Malysha Kelly, Vanessa Williams, Abbeygail Lynton, Kerry-Ann Brown, Rebecca Robinson, Adean Thomas, Shantal Slater, Nicole Dixon, Shanice Beckford and Shamera Sterling.
In earlier action, local product Denis Kudla — who is staying at his parents’ home in nearby Arlington, Virginia, this week — collected his first victory in seven attempts at the Citi Open, coming back to beat Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-4.“This is always a place that I’ve wanted to win and I’ve always struggled here. My record was pretty awful coming into today,” said Kudla, who had been 0-4 in main-draw matches and 0-2 in qualifying at the tournament. “Today it just came together.”Marcos Baghdatis, the 2010 runner-up, advanced with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Benoit Paire, who drew boos from spectators after a racket-breaking tantrum. Vasek Pospisil, a finalist in 2014, lost to 19-year-old Alex de Minaur 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-3.Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki pulled out of the women’s draw because of an injured right leg, while defending champion Ekaterina Makarova lost her first-round match to Ana Bogdan 7-6 (2), 6-3.No. 2 seed Sloane Stephens, the reigning U.S. Open champion, moved into the second round with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Bethanie Mattek-Sands.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Stan Wawrinka, of Switzerland, returns to Donald Young, of the United States, during the first round of the Citi Open tennis tournament Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON— Stan Wawrinka’s surgically repaired left knee is just fine. What’s missing now for the three-time major champion as he goes through a rough season is the self-belief that comes with success.Wawrinka’s latest quick exit came Tuesday night at the Citi Open, a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3) loss against 234th-ranked qualifier Donald Young of the U.S. in the first round of the hard-court tournament.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 NBA strikes deal with MGM Resorts to provide data to bettors Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “I was missing a lot. Not feeling the way I wanted. I’m looking for confidence, for sure,” said Wawrinka, who has been ranked No. 3 but is merely 198th at the moment on account of a 6-11 record in 2018 after two knee operations last year. “It’s tough to not win a lot of matches. Then you start to think too much on the court.”This was Wawrinka’s first match since bowing out of Wimbledon in the second round in early July; his ranking is so low that he needed a wild-card entry just to get into qualifying for his next event, in Toronto.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The only other time Wawrinka entered the U.S. Open tuneup in Washington, in 2010, he also lost his opener.Right now, his issue is the doubt can creep up at key points in a match. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “I feel I’m really close but, at the same time, really far. The positive right now is that physically, I’m feeling good. Tennis-wise, I’m practicing well. I can put (in) a lot of work on the court,” said Wawrinka, who has won the U.S. Open, Australian Open and French Open once apiece. “I know and I’m sure I will get where I want to be. It’s just tough. It’s a long process and you have to accept (it).”He and Young, who came into the day with just a 2-10 record this year, were supposed to play Monday night. But because of rain delays and a lengthy match before theirs, they only made it onto the court to warm up at 1 a.m., and then a downpour arrived, so the contest was postponed.Wawrinka got broken in the first game Tuesday by dumping a forehand into the net; that turned out to be the match’s only break. Wawrinka then was two points from losing at 5-3 in the second-set tiebreaker. But a series of miscues by Young, including a double-fault at 5-4, sent them to a third set. This time, Young held on, and he’ll face 2014 U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori on Wednesday.“Fought a lot of nerves there, but I’m happy the end result was a ‘W,’” Young said. “Closing matches is kind of like a skill you get from winning and I haven’t done that — but I was able to do that.”No. 1 seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev took the first set against Malek Jaziri 6-2 in the main stadium’s final match when play was suspended for the night after 1 a.m. because of rain. They’ll resume Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has affirmed that those who took part in the riot in Nimba in early July that resulted into the destruction of properties valued in the millions of US dollars belonging to Arcelor Mittal, will certainly face the full weight of the law, if found guilty.Speaking to a group of reporters at the close of her Nimba tour on Tuesday, President Sirleaf said the government will not tolerate anyone taking the law into his/her own hands by destroying properties worth millions of United States dollars.Her remarks came after she made a brief stopover in Zolowee, where the parents of those detained from the recent rioting in Yekepa appealed for the release of their children from jail.“We spent years trying to encourage investors to come in and the investors have spent millions of dollars building roads, hospitals as well as developing the minds of the citizens and at the same time creating thousands of jobs,” she declared.“How can we allow anyone to destroy all of this? Yet you cannot give some reason through an investigation and tell us what made them angry,” she added.The President said the parents were suppose have the responsibility to caution their children and ask them why they were destroying bridges built by their government and properties that make their country a better place, instead of coming to beg for them.She maintained that if the young people have a problem they should be able to tell their parents, elders, chiefs, ministers or even the President, instead of just destroying properties.Early in July 2014 the youth, under the banner “Progressive Tokadeh Youth for Development based around the mining communities in Yekepa, carried out a riot resulting into the destruction of millions of dollars’ worth of properties belonging to Arcelor Mittal. Dozens of the rioters, mostly youth, were arrested and are still awaiting court trial, which might likely take place in Grand Bassa.President Sirleaf, while en route to Yekepa on day-long working visit to Nimba, listened to the citizens and parents of the detainees who appealed for pardon for their children. She said, however, that if the government shows mercy on the rioters without going through the due process of law, then they would feel free to continue such acts.“These acts, although committed against one company, would certainly deter other investors from coming,” she warned.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FDA inspectors visited the now shut-down plant Wednesday and Thursday to try to pinpoint where the contamination could have happened. The FDA last inspected the plant in 2005. Testing was also being done on at least some of the salmonella victims’ peanut butter jars, but investigators said some may have already been discarded. The highest number of cases were reported in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri. About 20percent of all the ill were hospitalized, and there were no deaths, the CDC said. About 85 percent of the infected people said they ate peanut butter, and about a quarter of them ate it at least once a day, the CDC’s Lynch said. It was the only food that most of the patients had recently eaten. Salmonella sickens about 40,000 people a year in the United States and kills about 600. It can cause diarrhea, fever, dehydration, abdominal pain and vomiting. But most cases of salmonella poisoning are caused by undercooked eggs and chicken. The only known salmonella outbreak in peanut butter – in Australia during the mid-1990s – was blamed on unsanitary plant conditions. Sandwiches seized ConAgra spokesman Chris Kircher said the company randomly tests 60 to 80 jars of peanut butter that come off its Sylvester plant’s line each day for salmonella and other germs, and “we’ve had no positive hits on that going back for years.” But he said the plant was shut down as a precaution for further investigation. “We’re trying to understand what else we need to do or should be doing,” Kircher said. An estimated 974 million pounds of peanut butter are sold each year in the United States, and peanut butter and jelly is the most popular sandwich among children. Peter Pan is one of the nation’s top three brands, though well behind market leader Jif. Great Value peanut butter is also produced by some other manufacturers for Wal-Mart. In a measure of peanut butter’s popularity, ConAgra’s hotline was swamped with so many calls after the recall was announced Wednesday that many people got a busy signal. School officials in Houston confiscated students’ sandwiches from home and replaced them with those made at schools. And in Georgia, a lawmaker representing one of the nation’s biggest peanut-producing areas warned colleagues to throw out jars of peanut butter that he recently handed out. The outbreak was detected by the CDC and state health agencies when they noticed spikes in the cases of people sickened by an unusual type of salmonella, starting in August. Once peanut butter emerged as a link, the CDC notified the FDA. Salmonella commonly originates in the feces of birds and animals, and it could be introduced at a multitude of stages in the peanut butter-making process. But many safeguards are in place. While rodents and birds commonly get into peanut storage bins, germs are killed when raw peanuts are roasted. When making peanut butter, the nuts are again heated – above the salmonella-killing temperature of 165degrees – as they are ground into a paste and mixed with other ingredients before being squirted into jars and quickly sealed. “The heating process is sufficient to kill salmonella, should it be present,” said Mike Doyle, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety, in the state that produces nearly half of the nation’s peanuts. Experts say the point in the process where salmonella could be introduced and survive would be as the product cools down, is placed in the jars and then sealed. At most plants, those steps take just minutes. But “there is quite a lot that happens after that heat step … before it’s put in jars. So there’s definitely an opportunity for contamination after the roasting,” the FDA’s Acheson said. Acheson speculated that a small, on-again, off-again source of contamination caused the outbreak, which would explain the relatively small number of illness. That “will make finding it in peanut butter difficult. But that’s not going to stop us from looking,” he said. Other states reporting cases are Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The strain in this outbreak, Salmonella serotype Tennessee, is comparatively rare, as is salmonella contamination of peanut products, said Caroline Smith DeWaal, director of food safety at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It may have taken a long time to identify peanut butter as the source because “it’s just not one of the first things you’d suspect,” Smith DeWaal said. Refund information To get a refund, consumers should send lids and their names and addresses to ConAgra Foods, P.O. Box 57078, Irvine, CA 92619-7078. For more information, call (866) 344-6970.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We think we have very strong evidence that this was the brand of peanut butter. Now it goes to the next step of going to the place where the peanut butter was made and focusing in on the testing,” said Dr. Mike Lynch, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The suspect peanut butter was produced by ConAgra at its only peanut butter plant, in Sylvester, Ga., federal investigators said. ConAgra said it is not clear how many jars are affected by the recall. But the plant is the sole producer of the nationally distributed Peter Pan brand, and the recall covers all peanut butter – smooth and chunky alike – produced by the plant from May 2006 until now. “We’re talking a lot of jars of peanut butter,” said Dr. David Acheson, chief medical officer of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Testing plant, jars ATLANTA – Government scientists struggled Thursday to pinpoint the source of the first U.S. salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter, the kid favorite packed into millions of lunchboxes every day. Nearly 300 people in 39 states have fallen ill since August, and federal health investigators said they strongly suspect Peter Pan peanut butter and certain batches of Wal-Mart’s Great Value house brand – both manufactured by ConAgra Foods Inc. Shoppers across the country were warned to throw out jars with a product code on the lid beginning with 2111, which denotes the plant where it was made. How the dangerous germ got into the peanut butter was a mystery. But because peanuts are usually heated to high, germ-killing temperatures during the manufacturing process, government and industry officials said the contamination may have been caused by dirty jars or equipment.
SB 756 would set up a task force from the Department of Justice, law enforcement, prosecutors and defense attorneys to recommend procedures and standards for conducting suspect line-ups. SB 511 would require law enforcement to electronically record interrogations in all murder and violent felony cases. This would give a judge and a jury access to the procedures used and whether there was coercion of a confession. The group found that the second-most frequent cause of wrongful convictions is the extraction of false confessions during police questioning of suspects. Taping of confessions is required in jurisdictions across the nation. Last, SB 609 by state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, would require corroborating evidence for testimony given by a jailhouse informant. Jailhouse snitches make the most unreliable witnesses, usually because they will lie in order to gain leniency, bail, probation or lesser confinement. Convicting the wrong guy affects all aspects of criminal justice. Of course, an innocent person ends up in jail, but also, the guilty party remains at large and can commit more crimes. Also, police agencies, counties, and cities can be sued for false convictions, often resulting in large settlements paid out of taxpayer funds. There’s little margin of error for those working within the criminal-justice system. They have a tough job and they usually perform it well. This trio of bills will help them and the public do their part. Both want to see justice done.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In California since 1989, more than 200 people have been wrongfully convicted of murder, rape and serious crimes. It is an aspect of our criminal-justice system most don’t talk about, unless you happen to be one of the 200. For example, there’s Herman Atkins. Atkins of Riverside was convicted of rape in 1988 and sentenced to 47 years in prison. After serving 12 years, he was exonerated due to the work of the nonprofit Innocence Project, which brought irrefutable DNA evidence. A trio of bills that has passed both houses of the state Legislature aims to root out such wrongful convictions based on false identification by witnesses, false testimony by jailhouse informants and coerced confessions by police. They were suggested by a team of prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement and victims’ rights advocates headed up by former state Attorney General John Van de Kamp. The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice was formed by the state Legislature in 2004 to offer recommendations after studies showed an alarming number of wrong convictions.
Dunfanaghy is to get a new surface on its Main Street.Three major road projects have been granted funding by the National Road Authority.The projects in Dunfanaghy, Creeslough and Gortahork will mean a spend of more than €1 million.Glenties Electoral Area Councillor Seamus O Domhnaill has received confirmation of the projects in the Glenties Municipal District during 2016. The three projects which have received the green light and will proceed in 2016 are;· The re-surfacing of Dunfanaghy Main Street from Moores garage towards the Ozanam Centre, circa €550,000· Strengthening and safety works at the Log Cabin at Drimnaraw, Creeslough, circa €350,000· Continuation of the resurfacing at Fanaboy towards Dunlewey Junction N56 re structuring and surfacing scheme, circa €300,000 In welcoming the announcement Cllr. O Domhnaill said “I am happy to have been in a position to secure funding for these projects through representationswhich I have been making to the NRA in regards to these works which are essential to the continued upgrade of the N56, this road serves as the major conduit from the North West of the County towards Letterkenny and beyond.“The upgrading of the Dunfanaghy main street surface is essential in so far as the current surface is in a state of disrepair with large cracks and crevasses appearing on the main street and this funding allows for these problems to be addressed this year and will involve a full Tarmacadam resurfacing from Moores Shop up Main street towards the Ozanam centre”.He added the works at the Log Cabin in Creeslough will address a dangerous surface which has been causing accidents at the Log Cabin at Drimnaraw, Creeslough.“This has been an issue of great public concern in recent months and I am delighted to have received confirmation that the re-structuring and re-alignment of this project will proceed once a design is in place. Realistically we are looking at the end of 2016 before ay actual construction work will commence but the commitment from the NRA advising that the funding is in place for this project is a major positive step forward.”The third tranche of funding will see the continuation of a resurfacing scheme heading from Fanaboy towards the Dunlewey junction which is in serious need of upgrading given the bad standard of surface which currently exists along this stretch of road. These projects will serve to offer two things for motorists in this region, namely, increase the safety of these routes for users and decrease travel times for users of these roads.O Domhnaill is pleased with progress which he has been in a position to make with the upgrade of the upgrade of the N56.He added “I will continue to press upon the NRA the need for continued funding to ensure that the N56 is upgraded to an acceptable standard, this road is vital to West and South Donegal and it is essential that all public representatives keep this road ad it’s continued upgrade towards the top of their agenda.MORE THAN €1M FOR THREE DONEGAL ROAD PROJECTS was last modified: March 7th, 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:Cllr Seamus O Domhnailldonegalroad projects
Young Donegal actor Art Parkinson’s pride in Kubo and the Two Strings won’t be dulled after the movie missed out on taking a Golden Globe award last night – there are many more chances for him to pick up prizes.Art, (15) who is from Moville, voices the lead character in the acclaimed action-adventure which counts Hollywood stars Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey among its cast.Kubo and the Two Strings was nominated for the Best Animated Motion Picture award alongside My Life as a Zucchini, Moana and Sing. Zootopia took the overall prize at the sparkling Golden Globes award ceremony in Beverly Hills last night. Art is most proud of the films’ achievement and success, telling the Irish Film and Television Network last week: “I’m very proud and honoured to be a part of a project that has been so successful and touched so many people. I’m now really looking forward to award season and hopefully it will do well as the whole team at Laika has worked so hard through the art that is stop-motion animation over the five year period it took to make this project.Art is most notable around the world for his role as Rickon Stark in the hugely successful Game of Thrones series on Sky Atlantic. To many locals, he’s a firm supporter of the Irish language and his school, Gaelcholaiste Chineal Eoghain in Buncrana.There is a lot of Oscar buzz around Kubo and the Two Strings, which is being noted for its quality animation, powerful performances and universal appeal. Oscar nominations are announced at the end of the month. The epic tale directed by Travis Knight sees a one-eyed boy in Japan with the gift of telling fantastical stories embarking on a mystical quest to discover his family’s magical legacy.Art has been individually nominated for an Annie Award, which is part of the International Animated Film Association in the US. His role as Kubo sees him up for an award for Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production. The ceremony takes place in February. Kubo was the winner of more Best Animated Film awards than any other film in 2016.Well done Art, and good luck throughout the awards season.Actor Art Parkinson has an exciting season ahead after Golden Globes miss was last modified: January 9th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Art ParkinsonawardFilmsgolden globes
A sign from the heavens? Readers can make their own minds up!We’re not sure if this picture was taken before or after dinner (and the odd glass of vino!)But well-known teachers, golfers and dreamers Paddy McDaid and Rory White are obviously very relaxed on holiday in Lake Garda.The boys took this picture along with their families one evening. They (not us!) reckon it is a sign from the heavens that Donegal’s names in on the Sam Maguire once again this year.The lads (not us!) claim it resembles a map of Ireland and that Donegal stands out from all other counties!It could also mean that it was just about to lash rain on Lake Garda!But we’ll take whatever sign we can get from the heavens, eh lads? BELLISSIMO! WHY PADDY AND RORY THINK WE SHOULD BE ON CLOUD NINE! was last modified: July 6th, 2013 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:cloudsdonegalitalyLake GardaPaddy McDaidRory White
Brian waiting for his audition todayDONEGAL singer Brian Sheerin has auditioned today – in a bid to be a part of the next big boy band – and he’s been shortlisted for another audition on Tuesday!The 23-year-old from Burt hit the headlines when he starred in RTE’s All-Ireland Talent Show.The talented Burt gaelic footballer made it to the finals of that show. And after performing today in Dublin for Louis Walsh, he’s hoping that he’s not too OLD!“I thought it went well,” Brian told Donegal Daily after leaving the Button Factory audition.“I’m crossing my fingers that I get in, but there were hundreds there. You never know.“My only concern is that at 23 I might be a wee bit too old; Louis might be looking for lads around 18 or 19. “There were a lot of talented guys there. Would be great to have a Donegal input into the next big boy band….“I’m asking everyone in the county to say a wee prayer and who knows?“I got a callback – so I’m back tomorrow and that is good news. Fingers crossed everyone!”Louis has already given his approval to one Donegal singer; saying he ‘particularly liked’ Shane McLaughlin on the Voice of Ireland.The new band is being put together to step into the market left by Westlife; with the new group already being dubbed the Irish One Direction. Among those auditioning today was Eoghan Quigg from Dungiven.BRIAN’S BID TO BE IN LOUIS WALSH’S NEXT BIG BOY BAND was last modified: May 21st, 2013 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:BRIAN’S BID TO BE IN LOUIS WALSH’S NEXT BIG BOY BAND