Fairytale finish for Samoan legend

first_imgWith the result of the tournament already decided, the two teams were playing for pride with Japan hoping to get their first win of the competition.But Samoa proved too strong again, to win by three wickets in the 43rd over.Japan’s batting continued their improved run to reach 8/135 at the end of their 50 overs.Former captain Shizuka Miyaji led the way, top scoring with 27, while Etsuko Kobayashi continued her good form with 25.For Samoa, player of the match Lagi Otila Telea (2/23) was the pick of the bowlers, picking up two wickets.Japan’s score could have been much higher if not for five runouts, most of which were easily avoidable.Samoa looked to get on top early with some aggressive batting, before a couple of wickets pegged them back.Lagi Otila Telea was also the star with the bat with a solid 49 while Matile Uliao hit a whirlwind 21.Appropriately, it was Samoan veteran Perelini Mulitalo who hit the winning runs after announcing that it would be her last game for Samoa after six years.Japan captain Mai Yanagida had a strong end to her tournament, taking three wickets.Cricket without Borders had another thrilling match with Papua New Guinea, only to lose by one run for the second time this week. Brenda Tau scored a fantastic 76 for PNG, captain Pauke Siaka took 5/38 and Alice Johnston made 45 for CWOB.Samoa’s win sees them finish second overall at the tournament after PNG wrapped up top spot on Tuesday with their second win over Samoa.Japan finished third while PNG will now go on to play in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup Global Qualifier.last_img read more

24-year-old charged for traffic violations granted bail

first_imgFailing to produce a driver’s licence and a vehicular certificate of insurance landed Paul Charles, 24, in court on Wednesday, charged with the offences.The defendant who hails from 121 Self Help Housing Scheme, Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden was granted 00 bail on each offence.It is alleged that he drove hire car bearing licence plate HC5672 along Greenheart Street, Mackenzie on Wednesday, August 17 and failed to produce the said documents as required for examination.The defendant is scheduled to make another court appearance at a later date.last_img

Mosca focuses on funds shortfall

first_imgSIERRA MADRE – Newly appointed Mayor pro tem Joe Mosca is turning his focus from a possible recall election against him to the long-term deficit the city is facing. Mosca, who received more votes than any other candidate in the April 2006 election, sent an e-mail April 9, telling his supporters that the city clerk had approved the recall petition for circulation and asking them for their assistance in organizing a “Stop Recall” campaign. He has since changed his mind. “We started talking and meeting and putting some stuff together,” said Mosca, 34, a bankruptcy attorney. “Then I decided it would be better to focus energy and time on city business.” Mosca supporter Jan Reed said she has heard that the recall petition is circulating, adding, “They know better than to come here.” “Here’s a fella that has done more in the short time he’s been on council than anybody I know,” Reed said. Mosca said he and his supporters have heard little about the petition and are hoping the effort will blow over in light of the city’s major financial troubles. “I haven’t heard of anybody being approached to sign anything,” he said of the recall campaign. But some residents are pounding the pavement, working to gather the required 25 percent of signatures from the city’s roughly 7,000 registered voters that would force a recall election. As of Sunday, resident John Crawford said he had almost 100 signatures from those disappointed in Mosca. Five more weeks remain until the signatures must be ready. “A lot of people that I talk to are holding Joe responsible for a lot of what the town has been put through,” Crawford said. “They realize he was elected as an anti-development candidate, and he waffled.” Recall supporters claim Mosca broke campaign promises to support a vote of the people to decide if they wanted to move forward with the city’s controversial Downtown Specific Plan, which some residents feared would cause overdevelopment in the downtown area. Mosca has defended himself, saying the plan was only in rough draft form in June 2006 when Councilman Kurt Zimmerman asked that the plan be put in the form of a referendum on the ballot. “What is the point of going to all the trouble of creating a downtown development plan just so that the town could turn it down?” Crawford countered. “The town is against development.” Mosca has also vehemently denied being pro-development. Reed said the accusations that Mosca lied to those voters who supported him in his run for office are “ridiculous” and “untrue.” “All he wanted was for the plan to be completed, and then go forward on it,” Reed said. “You can’t vote on something that isn’t a complete project.” But since the passage of Measure V – which requires a special election for any proposed developments of more than two stories, 30 feet in heights and 13 dwelling units per acre in the city’s downtown – Mosca said most of the plan is now moot. “At this point, it’s pretty much non-existing,” he said. “Measure V is the law in downtown.” molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mosca noted that a Tuesday council budget discussion revealed that city staff was recommending all city employees’ salaries remain status quo. “The city is facing a structural deficit,” he said. Since Tuesday, he said, the Sierra Madre Police Officers Association has been gathering signatures, asking for a 20 percent raise for local police, who are currently the lowest-paid city police in the San Gabriel Valley. He said the raise they are asking for would put them in line with other lowest-paid police departments. “Police are not getting paid what they need to be paid,” Mosca said. “We know that, but we don’t have anything to pay for that. The \ paramedic program can’t be funded for more than two years. We need to fund these things.” last_img read more

Bluey Day raises over $96,000 for Hospital Foundation

first_imgMen, women and children of all ages personally raised money towards the cause, and got their heads shaved in support of local cancer patients and survivors. Each one had their own personal reason for taking part, from having lost a loved one to the disease or having survived themselves. All the money raised this year will go towards the Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund, which purchases equipment to help in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients at the hospital. As of the last head shave, $96,837.87 had been raised. Last year over $125,000 was raised for a new digital mammography machine.- Advertisement –last_img

Barcelona’s unbeaten season ended by five-star Levante

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho scores hat-trick but to no avail as Barelona’s unbeaten record comes unstuck © AFP / JOSE JORDANMADRID, Spain, May 13 – Philippe Coutinho hit a hat-trick but could not save Barcelona’s unbeaten season as the Catalans were left stunned by an extraordinary 5-4 defeat to Levante on Sunday.Ernesto Valverde rested Lionel Messi for his team’s penultimate match of the campaign but it was a defensive horror-show that allowed Emmanuel Boateng to score three times and Enis Bardhi twice at the City of Valencia Stadium. The La Liga and Copa del Rey champions trailed 5-1 after an hour and still came within a whisker of a sensational comeback as Coutinho’s second and third goals, and a Luis Suarez penalty, set up a grandstand finish.But Levante held on for a thrilling victory, which ends their opponents’ hopes of becoming the first ever club to finish a 38-game La Liga season as invincibles.After drawing at home to Real Madrid last weekend, despite playing the second half with 10 men, and thrashing Villarreal, Barcelona sat just two games away from the historical feat.It was 1932 when the last side, Real Madrid, went unbeaten in the top-flight but even that was across only 18 matches, in a 10-team division.This was Barcelona’s first league loss since slipping up against Malaga on April 8 last year and while it has minimal impact on the table, Valverde will have questions to answer, not least with regards to leaving out Messi.“We are angry not to have come through this game and not to have the opportunity to finish unbeaten,” Valverde said.“But in a season some matches go your way and some don’t. I think this result was harsh in all respects but at other times this season, like in Seville, we could also have lost.”This defensive collapse was reminiscent of their Champions League meltdown against Roma, which has soured an otherwise successful campaign. The unbeaten record was supposed to help atone for the European failure.“Obviously we wanted to finish the league undefeated,” Sergio Busquets told beIN Sport.“But this does not take away everything we have done otherwise this season – everything we have achieved in league, the run we managed across two seasons – but, it is a shame.”For Levante, this is their eighth win in 10 matches under new coach Paco Lopez, who took charge with the club in danger of relegation but has overseen a remarkable transformation. They move up to 15th.Paco’s players exploded out of the blocks and pulled ahead in the ninth minute when Boateng nipped in at the near post after Jose Luis Morales’ weaving run down the left.Bardhi hit the woodwork with a lifted finish over Marc-Andre ter Stegen but Barca failed to heed the warnings and Boateng made it two after half an hour, latching on to Sasa Lukic’s threaded ball through.Coutinho pulled one back with a rasping shot before half-time but three Levante goals in 10 minutes after the interval sent the home fans into delirium.Bardhi’s blistering shot restored the two-goal advantage before Boateng completed his hat-trick as Barca’s defence was ripped apart again on the break.Another counter just before the hour ended with another crisp Bardhi finish, as Barca were now staring at a four-goal deficit.The game looked dead but Coutinho scored twice in six minutes, the first a close-range finish after Ousmane Dembele’s shot spilled loose, the second an instinctive shot from the edge of the area.When Boateng brought down Busquets in the area and Suarez drove the penalty down the middle with 20 minutes left, it felt inevitable Barca would find a fifth.But without Messi even to bring on, Levante withstood the late onslaught and should even have scored a sixth only for Ruben Rochina to prode wide after a dreadful backpass by Busquets. It was the final mistake of an error-strewn display.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Championship round-up: Fulham edge closer to safety with London derby draw

first_img1 Ross McCormack netted his 14th goal of the season as Fulham edged another point closer to Championship safety with a 1-1 draw at London rivals Charlton.It was an unwelcome return to the Valley for ex-Addicks star Scott Parker, who was booed by home fans despite leaving the club for Chelsea more than 11 years ago.Former Leeds striker McCormack put the Cottagers ahead with a well-worked goal after just eight minutes, when centre-half Michael Turner lofted the ball to the edge of the penalty area.Matt Smith’s improvised back-header looped over his marker and sat up perfectly for strike partner McCormack to nod over Addicks keeper Stephen Henderson and into an empty net.The lead lasted just ten minutes, however, before Morgan Fox whipped in a low cross and Johann Gudmundsson arrived at the far post to smash the ball into the roof of the net to secure a draw.It means Fulham are now eight points clear of third-bottom Millwall with five games left as they continue their charge to avoid back-to-back relegations.Meanwhile, Blackpool marked their relegation into League One with a 1-1 draw against Reading, but the fireworks were restricted to outside of Bloomfield Road as long-suffering supporters held protests against Seasiders chairman Karl Oyston.The Tangerines’ demotion into the third tier was finally confirmed on Easter Monday and that triggered pre-match public displays of fury from fans.Dozens of supporters gathered outside the West Stand 45 minutes before kick-off and hurled eggs at the back of the directors’ boxes before a flare, smoke bomb and firework were tossed into the cordoned-off area in front of the main reception area.On the pitch, Jamie O’Hara’s early penalty was cancelled out by Grant Hall’s unfortunate own goal just 20 seconds after the restart as the rock-bottom Seasiders’ winless run was extended to 13 games.The result leaves Lee Clark’s side on 25 points, still one point shy of the lowest points tally ever accumulated by a team in the second tier when there have been 24 teams competing. Fulham striker Ross McCormack scores a header in a 1-1 draw at Charlton last_img read more


first_imgClubworld Travel is one of the North’s best known independent travel agents.It has a number of great value deals available out of Belfast. Prices are in sterling, but the deals are very good – and Belfast International is handy.MajorcaAll-Inclusive, 7 nights at Hotel Protur Vista Badia – Sa ComaDeparture May 21st£1455 for a family of 4 (includes bags, flights, and transfers). Toronto & Niagara Falls Experience4 Nights Holiday Inn Downtown and 2 Nights Doubletree FallsviewDeparture 7 June – Ex DublinIncludes Hop on Hop off Tour & Niagara Falls Adventure Pass£899pp – Based on 2 Adults sharingBulgaria Sunny Beach11 Nights at Hotel Boomerang, All-Inclusive.£595 per person (based on 3 share) £623 per person (based on 2 share) Includes Belfast flights, luggage and transfersNew York and Las Vegas3 Nights at The Row NYC and 5 nights at the Excalibur, Las VegasDeparting 26th January 2017 from Belfast£675 per person, based on 2 AdultsNew York4 Nights Amsterdam Court HotelDeparting 25th February 2017 from BelfastFr £579pp, based on 2 adults For more information or to book, call in to one of Clubworld Travel’s branches, call 048 3025 7555 or visit www.clubworldtravel.com. DD TRAVEL: THIS WEEK’S TOP DEALS was last modified: April 16th, 2016 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:donegal daily travel dealsMallorcaTravellast_img read more


first_imgAN arsonist who torched the home of a neighbour from hell after “continuous and extreme provocation” escaped jail yesterday.The Irish Independent reports todat that instead, Reginald Greene (21) was ordered by a Circuit Court judge to carry out 240 hours of community service. Mr Greene, formerly of Emerald Drive, Killybegs, Co Donegal, was before Donegal Circuit Court for burning the home of neighbour, Michael O’Shea (42).The court heard that a litany of unsociable behaviour by Mr O’Shea, an alcoholic, culminating in Mr O’Shea chewing Mr Greene’s food and spitting it at him in a Chinese restaurant.It was alleged that Mr O’Shea gatecrashed Mr Greene’s wedding party when Mr Greene married his girlfriend, Pauline Friel.“He was a neighbour from hell. He broke my children’s toys. He gave them and other children verbal abuse,” he told the court.Later, Mr Greene went to Mr O’Shea’s unlocked home and, after checking the house was empty, threw a lighted paper on a duvet-covered bed and another on the front-room sofa.The blaze caused €14,130 to the council property and another €5,000 worth of damage to furniture.Detective Garda John Breslin confirmed to the court that there was a history of continuous conflict between the two.He said that Mr Greene was definitely aware the house was empty when he set the fire.You can read the full report by clicking below:http://www.independent.ie/national-news/courts/arsonist-who-torched-abusive-neighbours-home-is-spared-prison-2601967.htmlARSONIST WHO TORCHED HOME OF NEIGHBOUR FROM HELL GETS COMMUNITY SERVICE was last modified: March 31st, 2011 by gregShare 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

49ers report: Things we learned about Thursday, including Reuben Foster’s ‘holiday’

first_imgYOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES?Pick against our pros all season long and win!***SANTA CLARA — Reuben Foster finished his two-game suspension like “a true fan” watching on his home television, and that meant cringing, hollering and cheering the 1-1 start.Then came Monday. “It was just like a holiday, just knowing I can come back and play the game I love, for real,” Foster said Thursday. “I’m just happy. Just to be happy-go-jolly. Playing the cards right.”To make sure he could be with …last_img

SA govt, business in healthcare pact

first_img9 November 2012 Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and the CEOs of leading South African healthcare companies have signed an agreement strengthening public-private sector collaboration in tackling the shortage of doctors and fighting the twin scourge of HIV/Aids and TB in the country. Companies participating in the agreement, known as the South African Joint Public Health Enhancement Fund, have already committed R40-million for the coming year. R20-million of this will go towards helping the country’s medical schools, R10-million will support HIV/Aids programmes, and R10-million will support the Academy for Leadership and Management in Health Care, launched by Motsoaledi this week. The pact will help the government to expand South Africa’s medical student intake, to support postgraduate students pursuing health-related studies, and to build additional capacity in the management of HIV/Aids and TB. It is envisaged that, over the next 10 years, the fund will assist in the production of a substantial number of doctorates in HIV/Aids and TB. According to the agreement, each participating company will make a fixed annual contribution to the fund. All signatory companies have committed to the fund for a period of three years, which will be followed by a review process. Speaking at the signing ceremony in Pretoria on Thursday, Motsoaledi said the agreement set a new standard in collaboration between the public and the private sector. “This partnership between government and the private health sector conveys a simple message that together we care about a long and healthy life for all South Africans. It is our hope that the launch of the social compact agreement will motivate many more private health care companies to join the initiative,” Motsoaledi said. The minister said that, while the challenges faced by the public health sector placed a tremendous strain on the country’s resources, healthcare remained one of the government’s key priorities. Participating companies include Abbott, Alcon Labs, Aspen Pharmacare Holdings, Bausch+Lomb, Clicks Holdings, Clinics Healthcare, Litha Healthcare, Medi-Clinic, Mediscor, Medscheme, Netcare, Novo-Nordisk, Roche, United Pharmaceutical Distributors, and Servier Labs. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more