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Follow the Trace: Under-19s were perfectly prepared

first_imgNot very often in recent times have we had credible cause to heap praises on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The success of the Under-19 team presents us with one such precious moment. Conversely, the splintered criticisms of the board, pointing to the inadequacy of preparation of the triumphant team, seems spurious, irrational and lacking credibility. Since the objective of preparing any sporting team for competition is for that team to be victorious, in the advent that the team is victorious, there can be no guarantees that having prepared the team differently the team would still have been victorious. It is by that general principle that these particular criticisms of the WICB should be rubbished. If the WICB and the coaching staff had it to do all over again with the same set of players, it would be foolhardy for them to do anything significantly different. The WICB president, Mr Dave Cameron, speaking on the arrival of the three Jamaican players in the squad, quite rightly took credit for the part the board played in the selection and preparation of the team. Mr Cameron pointed to the fact that at least five members of the team are already playing professionally and that the core of the team was selected as far back as 2014 and actually competed in the regional 50-over competition in the very same year. REGULAR TRAINING CAMPS Subsequent to that, there were regular training camps leading into the tournament, with the preparation culminating in a three-match warm-up series against the host nation of the tournament, Bangladesh. The genesis of these criticisms, I suspect, emanated from the relatively sparse number of warm-up games the team played leading into the World Cup compared top teams such as India, who played consistently together for two years and were unbeaten coming into the tournament. Bangladesh, we were told, played closer to a dozen warm-up games and were red hot early in the tournament, as were the Indians. The West Indies emphatically destroyed the myth of perfection that relates to the preparation of both India and Bangladesh by beating both when it mattered most. It is, therefore, quite plausible that the West Indies’ preparations were better than that of both Bangladesh and India. The West Indies team was the sharpest team mentally in the tournament, as evidenced by those two huge tournament changing moments, starting with that crucial run out against Zimbabwe, followed by the big stumping of the Indian star batsman in the final. SHARP, TALENTED Not only were they sharp mentally, they are talented, they were motivated and they appeared to get fitter and sharper as the tournament progressed, while the more fancied teams, with their so-called superior preparation, faded and fizzed at the business end of the tournament. The silly assumption being made is that because India and Bangladesh played 20 or 30 warm-up games between them they were better prepared. That is obviously not necessarily so. There is always the risk of overworking and burning out the players, plus there are cultural differences that must be considered. West Indians are naturally stronger and more natural athletes and perhaps need less physical drilling and more psychological work. The success of this West Indies team might very well serve to redefine the way teams at this level are prepared for competition, with less physical and game sessions and more mental and psychological preparedness. The victorious players, coaching staff, as well as the WICB leadership should all be congratulated for executing plans and preparations that in the end were proven to be perfect by the fact that the West Indies Under-19 team lifted the ultimate prize.last_img read more

Paul Eales completes all-the-way win

first_img Challenge But his chip was excellent from the sand, landing him two feet from the flag and from there, he could not miss, with Gillis, the American who chased him all the way on the final day, just a stroke behind. Eales, who carded rounds of 68, 72 and 75 for a 215 total, managed to stave off the challenge laid down by Gillis, who also had a par on the last hole for a 72 (216 for the tournament). Delighted with the win, Eales said that his shot from the sand bunker gave him the match. “I was having a hard time of it really with the wind and the greens so hard to read, but that shot at the 18th got me the win,” said Eales. “I was the one of only two players today to break par, so it goes to show again how challenging a course this is and I think all of Jamaica should be proud of it,” Eales, the 2016 Jamaica Open champion, said. Jamaica’s John Bloomfield had a torrid time all day. Bloomfield played alongside Thomas Hurst and James Hazen. The three were expected to mount a challenge to Eales, but they faltered badly from the start. Bloomfield finished a disappointing 12th with a final-day score of nine over par 81 and 225 for the championship. Two other Jamaicans finished in the top 20. Orville Christie was tied for 14th with 230, Michael Rowe was joint 16th on 231, while Wesley Brown ended tied for 18th on 232. Owen Samuda had his worst scoring day of the championship with an eight over par 80, but it was good enough to land him the amateur title, ahead of compatriots Ricardo Perry and Zandre Roye, 11 over par 83, tied for second place. Wayne Chai Chong’s 14 over par for 86 was good enough for fourth in the amateur ranks. Final day Western Bureau: Englishman Paul Eales struggled on yesterday’s final day, but held on to save par in dramatic fashion to eke out a one-stroke victory in the 2016 Jamaica Open Golf championship at the Half Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay. Eales won the US$17,000 tournament under extreme pressure from American Tom Gillis, who tied the scores at the ninth hole, but had a few disastrous shots on the back nine to cede the lead once again to Eales. Paired with Gillis and Kenny Goodykoontz, Eales needed to hold par at one under to secure the title and when his approach shot sailed into the bunker to the right of the green, those watching were worried that he may not have made it.last_img read more

Mike Tyson on McGregor’s chances against Mayweather: ‘He’s going to get killed’

first_imgMike Tyson  AFP FILE PHOTORetired boxing great Mike Tyson and returning fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. aren’t exactly fond of each other and probably won’t be anytime soon.Still, “Iron Mike” sided with the undefeated pound-for-pound boxer ahead of his mega-bout against the UFC’s biggest star, Conor McGregor.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Appearing on ESPN’s “Pardon My Take,” the legendary heavyweight slugger didn’t mince words and bared his bold prediction of the upcoming August fight.“McGregor is going to get killed in boxing,” the 51-year-old boxing Hall of Famer proclaimed. “I got mad because I thought they were going to use MMA rules against boxing because that’s what it’s all about: Can the boxer beat the MMA guy?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 40-year-old Mayweather, who’s coming out of retirement for this bout, is still considered by many as one of, if not the greatest defensive boxer of all time.Although lauded by many for his striking arsenal in the UFC, McGregor remains a novice in the boxing world—which Tyson believes would be his biggest downfall. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Pirates rampage Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur “McConor put his dumb as* in a position where he’s gonna get knocked out because this guy’s been doing this all his life since he was a baby,” he said.“McConor can’t kick and grab and stuff so he won’t stand much of a chance,” Tyson added, referring to the different rules in mixed martial arts.“McGregor took the biggest sucker rules in the history of boxing,” he further said.Mayweather and McGregor will finally lock horns in Las Vegas on Aug. 26.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

US draws Sweden again for 2019 Women’s World Cup

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Turned out she was right.The defending champion Americans were grouped — again — with Sweden for next summer’s showcase tournament in France. The draw to set the group stage for the 24 teams was held Saturday at a gala event in Paris amid a backdrop of unrest in the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHost France will open the World Cup on June 7 against South Korea in Paris.The Americans defeated Japan 5-2 — highlighted by Carli Lloyd’s hat trick — in Canada in 2015. The U.S. has played in every World Cup since the competition started in 1991, winning the inaugural event and also in 1999. United States’ Carli Lloyd waves as she stands by the World Cup trophy, during the women’s soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — U.S. national coach Jill Ellis was asked before the Women’s World Cup draw whether she thought her team would be grouped with Sweden for the fifth straight time.“Oh, we will,” Ellis laughed, recalling her reply.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Doncic scores 11 straight, Mavs rally past Rockets 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia The pots for the draw were based on the world ranking, except that No. 3 France, as host, led the first pot, followed by the U.S., Germany, England, Canada and Australia. The updated FIFA rankings were released Friday.France has gone 7-1-2 this year, the loss coming against England in the United States. This will be the fourth World Cup for Les Bleues, who landed in a group with South Korea, Norway and Nigeria.Didier Deschamps, who coached the French men to victory in the World Cup in Russia five months ago, was greeted with a roar Saturday when he walked on the stage. He said he’s confident in Les Bleues under coach Corinne Diacre.“I don’t have advice to give to Corinne, she knows women’s football far better than me,” he said. “We’ve spoken several times. She knows that I’m at her disposal. Obviously, there’s a lot of expectation from the fans and media. Corinne and her staff know what awaits, but that shouldn’t be a negative thing.”England, ranked No. 4, was grouped with No. 8 Japan, No. 20 Scotland and No. 36 Argentina. With an average ranking of No. 17 it is statistically the toughest group. England was the surprise third-place finisher in Canada and has been on the rise the past several years.The squad is coached by Phil Neville, a former Manchester United and England defender who played in three European Championships. The Lionesses have gone 7-2-3 under Neville this year.Also drawing a tough group was No. 6 Australia, which is joined by No. 10 Brazil and superstar Marta, who will be playing in her fifth World Cup. Australia defeated Brazil 1-0 in the Round of 16 in Canada.It will be the seventh overall World Cup for the Matildas, who went 7-4-6 this year.“The first immediate instinct is: It wouldn’t be a major football tournament for the Matildas unless we had to play Brazil — 2007, 2011, 2015 and now 2019, and the Olympics we’ve crossed with Brazil,” coach Allen Stajcic said. “So very exciting to be playing them again.”The U.S. went undefeated this year, finishing 18-0-2, including a 2-0 victory over Canada in the final of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. The team’s unbeaten streak is at 28 games, dating to a 1-0 loss to Australia in the 2017 Tournament of Nations. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The No. 1-ranked U.S. team landed in the same group with Sweden for the sixth time overall. Also in Group F are Thailand and Chile, which is making its World Cup debut.The U.S. will open the tournament against Thailand in Reims on June 11. Sweden, ranked No. 9, will face the U.S. on June 20 in Le Havre — the final group match for both.“I know about the history, tough games during many years,” said Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson, who took over the team after Pia Sundhage’s retirement in 2017. “We feel that we have a chance and that’s the most important thing,”The game will be a rematch of the Olympic quarterfinal in Brazil, where Sweden advanced on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Afterward, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo called the Swedes “cowards” for bunkering on defense.“It’s a good draw for us,” said Ellis, who attended the draw. “It pits us against a couple of teams we’re not that familiar with, which I like, and then obviously Sweden. I like having Sweden in the third game because it allows us to settle into the tournament.”ADVERTISEMENT Lloyd was asked at the draw if she were confident the U.S. can win again.“Pretty confident, I must say,” she said. “This squad is as talented as can be, we’ve got the depth and a great coaching staff in place.”The draw was held at La Seine Musicale, a dome-shaped concert hall perched over the river Seine on the outskirts of Paris and not to be affected by the anti-government demonstrations. Tear gas filled central Paris, with riot police fighting to contain thousands of yellow-vested protesters.The groups that will play next year in France:Group A: France, South Korea, Norway, Nigeria.Group B: Germany, China, Spain, South Africa.Group C: Australia, Italy, Brazil, Jamaica.Group D: England, Scotland, Argentina, Japan.Group E: Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand, Netherlands.Group F: United States, Thailand, Chile, Sweden. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Decent Work Bill Lingers

first_imgThe decision on the minimum wage for both public and private workers in Liberia will be brought to the plenary of the Senate within two weeks.The Senate plenary on Tuesday April 28, voted to accept a request from its conference committee, currently meeting with colleagues at the Lower House, for a two week extension of its mandate to reconcile between two rates voted on as a threshold for the minimum wage.The conference committee’s renewed two week extended mandate was prompted by a request from Nimba County ranking Senator Prince Johnson for an update on the status of the lagging Decent Work Bill.In her verbal report to the Senate Tuesday, the current chair of the Committee, Grand Bassa County   Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, informed the body that the two Conference Committees have held three separate meetings, and that a breakthrough will soon be announced to the plenary.But some members of the Senate, including Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper, who vehemently promotes the passage of the Bill, argued that it was taking too long for the committees to come out with a decision on the minimum wage amount.The Decent Work Bill, which originated from the House of Representatives, was passed by that body during the 52nd Legislature without a threshold as a minimum wage and was sent to the Senate for concurrence.It was at the Senate that a threshold of US$6.00 a day was voted on as a minimum wage and sent back to the House of Representatives.But on March 18, 2014, after weeks of no reaction from the House of Representatives over the Senate’s threshold, the Secretary of the Senate was mandated to write the House for an update on the status of the Bill for concurrent passage.Amid speculations that the House was contemplating on delegating the responsibility to determine the minimum wage to the minimum wage board of the Ministry of Labor, River Gee Senator Frederick Cherue warned:  “If we don’t harmonize whatever differences there are, the Decent Work Bill will continue to go in circles until thy kingdom come.”However, the House later informed the Senate that it had agreed on the amount of US$7.20 a day as a minimum wage, and needed its concurrence.It was at this juncture that the two houses again mandated their conference committees to work on an amicable resolution between the two figures, and reconcile any other sticky issues pertaining to the smooth passage of the Bill.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Staff vacancies in Fort St. John leads to decreased services: Canada Post Ombudsman

first_img“Canada Post is experiencing a number of staffing issues within your postal depot resulting in five full-time vacancies currently which is causing several postal routes to be left vacant on a daily basis,” Lambert says in a written response to a Fort St. John resident’s complaint to the Canada Post Ombudsman in regard to a lack of delivery consistency.She adds, “…Additional effort is being made on weekends to deliver the mail in your area with the help of employees from Dawson Creek.”According to the written report from the desk of the Ombudsman, Canada Post is mandated by the federal government “to deliver letters, parcels and publications five days a week (except for statutory holidays) to every Canadian address.” However, they are given leeway in more rural regions where delivery service may be less frequent as result of limited access to the community.- Advertisement -In times like these when Canada Post is understaffed, Lambert explains the system in place which goes to the following:Delivering beyond the regular 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. hours up to 8:00 p.m.Assigning an on-call relief employee to the postal routeSplitting up the route for internal staff and/or management to deliverEnsuring that any postal route or parts of a route that is not delivered on a given day is put as a priority for delivery the following day“Senior management is well aware of the challenges being faced with having to compete with the oil and gas industries as this has been an ongoing problem for the past 18 months even though a number of hiring processes have been initiated and continue to this day,” Lambert writes.Lambert goes on to say, “Canada post does not have any plans at this time to formally communicate this situation to the community.”Advertisement In conclusion, Lambert says local management is monitoring Fort St. John delivery over a four-week period ending November 21, and if they find staffing issues are outside “the norm”, local management “will address this issue further with senior management at Canada Post.”“In recognition of the impact this delivery situation has had on you, Canada Post has agreed to send you a letter of apology, a copy of which will be sent to our office and added to your file,” the Fort St. John resident is told, the identity of which is being withheld to protect privacy.last_img read more

‘Sad’ Wenger defends Ozil after Atletico loss

first_img0Shares0000Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal without a European trophy following two-plus decades in charge © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, May 4 – Arsene Wenger was left devastated by Arsenal’s Europa League defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday but made a staunch defence of midfielder Mesut Ozil.Ozil’s performance was heavily criticised by former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, who said the German had cried “crocodile tears” after the game, and was “not fit to wear the shirt”. Diego Costa’s strike proved decisive at the Wanda Metropolitano where a 1-0 victory secured Atletico a 2-1 win on aggregate and a place in the final against Marseille.Defeat ends Wenger’s hopes of leaving Arsenal on a high as his team missed out on a shot at a major trophy and squandered their last chance to qualify for the Champions League.“I’m very sad tonight,” Wenger said. “Unfortunately you have to go through that — the game can be very cruel, sometimes very nice, but the suffering is very strong tonight.“Looking at the chances over the two games the least we could say is we are very frustrated. The tie should have been over in the first game.”It remains to be seen how another season outside Europe’s premier tournament will affect Arsenal’s search both for a new coach, and new signings, this summer.“The club now has to think about what to do for next season,” Wenger said. “I think there are some good ingredients in our team and they will bounce back. With the right additions in the summer I think they can compete next year.”– ‘We expect better’ –Keown, however, was less optimistic and reserved a particularly harsh assessment for Ozil.“He wasn’t fit to wear the shirt tonight,” Keown told BT Sport. “I’ve seen this a lot this season and it needs to be said. He needs to be dug out. We expect better from him.“These are crocodile tears I’m seeing from the player. He’s not conning me.”Keown added: “I bet he doesn’t play again this season. He’ll have some emotional breakdown and won’t play this weekend.”When Keown’s comments were put to Wenger, he said: “I don’t agree with that. You will see that he gave a lot. It was a difficult team, physically very intense.“I’m convinced that Ozil should not be criticised by anyone just because he did not score. We had plenty of opportunities and we lose as a team.”Wenger also delivered an update on the fitness of Laurent Koscielny, who had to be carried off on a stretcher in the 12th minute after the defender went down, with nobody near him, clutching his left Achilles.Arsenal and France now face an anxious wait.“It doesn’t look very good, it’s his Achilles,” Wenger said. “You can always hope for a miracle in the scan but if he has a ruptured Achilles, his chances for the World Cup are non-existent.”Costa was the star of the show, providing the tenacity and killer instinct Arsenal so desperately lacked.“Costa came back here for nights like this,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “To be important, to lead from the front. This side needs an aggressive striker and that’s exactly what he is.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgSATURDAY Irish story time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Cheer tryout clinic, 2-4 p.m. at Gymcheer USA, 20724 Centre Pointe Parkway, Unit 3, Canyon Country. Call (661) 299-6849. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Pet adoption event will feature dogs and cats available for adoption, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Petsmart, 24965 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call the Castaic Animal Shelter at (661) 257-3191. Junior Rangers will meet, 2-4 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY SCV Historical Society board of directors meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Talk & Tea with Ronda B. will discuss “Understanding Blood Pressure,” 10:30 a.m.-noon at Kaiser Permanente, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call (661) 222-2405. Santa Clarita Valley Macintosh Users Group will meet, 7 p.m. at Rogers Systems, 25030 W. Avenue Tibbetts, Valencia. Call (661) 250-4149. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Free health lecture, titled “Diabetes Diagnosis & Treatment,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Dual Diagnosis Group for those who are chemically dependent and affected by mental illness, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Francis Counseling Center, 25050 Avenue Kearny, Suite 101, Valencia. Call (661) 294-2880. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY After-School Cooking with Kids will prepare salads, 3-5 p.m. at Whole Foods Market, 24130 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Tina Landrum at (661) 260-2377, Ext. 210. Grand Opening, 5:30 p.m. at David Herzer Photography, 21122 Lone Star Way, Santa Clarita. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY Cheer tryout clinic, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Gymcheer USA, 20724 Centre Pointe Parkway, Unit 3, Canyon Country. Call (661) 299-6849. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 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DOCTOR TELLS COURT HE PUT HIS TEETH INTO MILK TO SAVE THEM AFTER SAVAGE ATTACK

first_imgA young doctor came face-to-face with his attackers in a Donegal courtroom today – despite being thousands of miles away in Australia.Dr Koe Davidson gave evidence via videolink from Melbourne to Letterkenny District Court.The young medic gave evidence against two men accused of assaulting him outside a pub in the seaside village of Dunfanaghy on April 4th, 2010. Dr Davidson had his two front teeth punched out during the completely unprovoked attack.The court heard how Dr Davidson and another American doctor Daniel Weaver came out of McColgan’s bar and were waiting for a taxi.A man approached them who was urinating on the street.The young doctors tried to move away from the man but they were then attacked by an unknown person.Dr Davidson told the court that he sought help from security men at the bar but was ignored.The attack resulted in Dr Davidson being punched and having both his front teeth knocked out.The teeth were put in milk to be preserved and they were later reinserted into Dr Davidson’s mouth through surgery.However the court was told the teeth will only last another four years and he will have to have implants.Two men, Garvin Montgomery, 23, of Ballymore, Dunfanaghy and Patrick McFadden, 26, of Derryreel, Dunfanaghy, appeared before the court on various charges in relation to the attack.Montgomery later contacted Gardai and said he was disgusted at himself for his involvement in the incident.Judge Paul Kelly described the attack on the two young doctors as “disgusting” which did nothing to help the tourism industry.He said both men had tried their best to avoid a confrontation but they had been set upon.“The defendants initiated the violence on two tourists who were minding their business – this was an appalling invasion of their person by these two men,” he said.“This country depends greatly on the tourist industry and people come here and they are entitled to feel they are safe.“These visitors thought they were having a quiet night in Dunfanaghy and this happened – the injuries suffered were appalling,” he said.Judge Kelly sentenced McFadden to six months in prison for a Section 2 assault and fined him a total of €300.He also fined Montgomery a total of €1,306.35 for various assault charges and also urinating in public.Both men were also ordered to pay costs of €1,515 including $700 AUS for the cost of the videolink from Australia.AT HEARING © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyDOCTOR TELLS COURT HE PUT HIS TEETH INTO MILK TO SAVE THEM AFTER SAVAGE ATTACK was last modified: November 17th, 2011 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:Letterkenny District Courtvideolinklast_img read more

FARMER FINED €500 AFTER HIS ANIMALS ALMOST CAUSED CRASH

first_imgA farmer with a long history of animal cruelty has been fined €500 after his animals almost caused a serious car crash.Letterkenny Court.Gardai came across two donkeys and a pony wandering on a main road at the Thorn in Letterkenny. After an investigation, Gardai discovered the animals belonged to Leslie Stewart of The Thorn.Gardai told the court that on March 11th last year the animals were found wandering close to a sharp bend and almost caused a crash.Stewart has a long history of coming before the courts on cruelty charges.He was banned from keeping dogs for two years after one of his dogs was found with horrific injuries at his property at Thorn Road in 2011.Judge Paul Kelly said that Stewart, 56, had failed to turn up in court on a number of occasions.He fined him a total of €500 for allowing his animals to wander.He gave him two months to pay but his solicitor Kieran O’Gorman asked the court for six months which Judge Kelly agreed to.FARMER FINED €500 AFTER HIS ANIMALS ALMOST CAUSED CRASH was last modified: March 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:animal crueltydonegalDonkeysLeslie StewartThe Thornlast_img read more