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Australia’s Shane Watson retires from Test cricket after latest injury


first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Australian all-rounder Shane Watson yesterday announced his retirement from Test cricket effective immediately after another injury setback cut short his one-day international tour of Britain.Watson sustained a series-ending calf injury in Saturday’s 64-run win in the second ODI over England at Lord’s.A disappointing performance in his now-final Test against England in Cardiff in July saw him dropped from the Australian side. He said yesterday he won’t attempt to regain a Test spot.”I’ve been through a lot of different waves of emotion about what is right for myself, my family, and most importantly the team as well,” Watson said in a Cricket Australia statement.”Over the last couple of days there was a lot of clarity (for me) of what the right decision was. I just know that I’ve given everything I possibly can to get the best out of myself.”Watson said he felt now was the best time to retire from the five-day format.”I just know it’s the right time to move on,” Watson said. “I don’t have that real fight in me, especially for Test cricket, knowing the lengths physically that I’d have to go through, mentally and technically as well, to be at my best in Test cricket, so I just know it’s the right time.”OUTSTANDINGCONTRIBUTORAustralia coach Darren Lehmann said Watson “has been an outstanding contributor to the team on and off the field and a great thinker on the game as well as a hugely talented cricketer”.Australia captain Steve Smith said Watson “has been a huge influence on my career and the team as a whole. Fifty-nine Test matches for Australia is an incredible achievement and he can be extremely proud of everything he has done in the game in the longest format,” Smith said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to play alongside him in one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals.”Watson made his Test debut at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2005 against Pakistan. He scored 3,731 runs at an average of 35.19, including four centuries and 24 half-centuries.He also took 75 wickets at 33.68 and held 45 catches.last_img read more


INQUIRER SPORTS TOP 7 Stories of the year: Team Lakay’s dominance in ONE


first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “It’s our biggest year, we won titles, and received many awards this year. This is the result of our hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. These awards and titles are just the fruits of our labor.”RELATED STORIESRELATED STORIESINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweep INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Manny Pacquiao back as champINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: #UPFight INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Ateneo-San Beda dominanceINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Meggie Ochoa and her Fight to ProtectRELATED VIDEO ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gold was the luster of 2018 for the Baguio-based team as it ran through the competition in ONE Championship to become the most prolific organization in the promotion, making their story no. 2 in INQUIRER.net’s top 7 sports stories of the year.Mark Sangiao, the quiet and peaceful mentor of equally friendly warriors, guided Kevin Belingon, Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio, and the iconic Eduard Folayang to World titles in their respective weight classes.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 ChrissEustaquio (11-6) was the first of the four to become a World champion in 2018 when he unified the flyweight belts after a split decision win over rival Adriano Moraes in June after reigning on an interim basis since January.Belingon (20-5) followed soon in July to become the interim bantamweight champion after a unanimous decision win over Martin Nguyen, which he followed up with a split decision victory over Bibiano Fernandes to become the undisputed champion in November. View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Pacio (13-2) was the next to hold gold in the bunch when he dethroned Yoshitaka Naito via unanimous decision for the ONE World strawweight title.And just before December arrived, Folayang (21-6) dominated Amir Khan to become a two-time ONE World lightweight champion.Of the eight male champions of ONE, five are from the Philippines and four of those Filipinos are under the tutelage of Sangiao at Team Lakay.And the soft-spoken coach assured that his team is just getting started.“This is definitely the best year for us, but of course, we will not stop,” said Sangiao. “We have to keep on improving and defend those belts.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Donnie Nietes, Japanese foe make weight ahead of super flyweight bout Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MANILA, Philippines—It’s the year of Team Lakay.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


Students Block Ellen’s Convoy


first_imgScores of senior and junior high school students from Monrovia yesterday placed a blockade ahead of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s convoy, preventing her passage in demand for “speedy action affecting the education system.”The hundreds of students in their uniforms rallied at the Monrovia City Hall just next to the Foreign Ministry office of Madam Sirleaf. As her convoy approached, the students proceeded to block the main boulevard in front of the UN Headquarters demanding that their leader descend from her vehicle and speak to them.State security attempted to prevent the crowd from closing in, but the number overwhelmed them forcing the President to step out of her car.She walked with the students up to the entrance of the Foreign Affairs Ministry where a brief meeting was held with the student leaders about the way forward.In that meeting, President Sirleaf called for calm among the students, advising them to “return to your classes as consultation is ongoing.”Mohammad Dunzo, who spoke for the students, noted that any decision must be communicated to the general public as the President’s assertion was completely different from that of her Information Minister.He questioned the sincerity of the commitment, adding that all that the students want is to return to classes and learn.Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has agreed that its leadership meet President Sirleaf for further consultation on the education sector.President Sirleaf was on Tuesday summoned by the irate lawmakers over a controversial letter she addressed to them citing constitutional provisions that backed her Education Minister’s decision on school closure.Madam Sirleaf was due to appear before the lawmakers today, but the latest decision by plenary means the quest to summon the president has been abandoned.Plenary agreed that the Speaker and other leadership of the House meet with the President on Monday next week in order to finally resolve what it considers to be a growing crisis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Premier Milling to Increase Production


first_imgThe management of the Premier Milling Company, producers of wheat flour on the Liberian market plans to increase its production capacity to the Mano River sub-region.Making the disclosure over the weekend in Monrovia, Mr. Elie Saleeby, President of the company, said the expansion is aimed at meeting the demands of the Mano River Union countries with the hope of supplying wheat flour beyond the West African regional market.“We have to erase the notion that Liberians cannot export especially wheat flour to other countries in the sub-region,” Mr. Saleeby asserted.Saleeby, a former Minister of Finance, said the expansion will not only ensure that Liberia is reemerging in the regional market but also maximize its production capacity and create more job opportunities for ordinary Liberians.Mr. Saleeby named poor infrastructure, bad roads, poor human resource and electricity supply as some of the challenges that are impeding the supply of wheat flour to rural communities.“Infrastructure conditions are so terrible and as such, one cannot easily access land transport to rural communities across the country,” Mr. Saleeby indicated.He also claimed that local workers, water and sewer are some challenges the company is faced with.“Electricity is unreliable and very costly, so we have to rely on power generation from 750 kva Caterpillar engines for electricity supply,” Mr. Saleeby emphasized.He further disclosed that presently the company has two Chinese technicians who are training Liberians to take over from them when their time of service expires.Mr. Saleeby, who did not reveal the cost of new mill, said everything has been put into place to facilitate the construction of the facility in a location different from the company’s original site.“The mill, when completed, will provide animal feed for livestock, including feed for fish that will be mixed with sea shells to provide calcium which is good for human bone tissues,” Mr. Saleeby noted.“Our workforce, including laborers, has significantly increased up to 125 persons,” he added.He dispelled rumors that the location of the current flour mill is not environmentally conducive for the production of flour for consumption because of its proximity to the CEMENCO cement factory.Mr. Saleeby said that before the facility was constructed, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) together with an environmental consultant conducted a feasibility study. “The EPA was involved in the process leading to the establishment of the mill,” Mr. Saleeby maintained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


GN Bank Faces US$272.8K, L$7.6M in Damages


first_imgGroupe Nduom Bank (GN Bank) Liberia LimitedThe Groupe Nduom Bank (GN Bank) Liberia Limited, owned by the Ghana Growth Fund Company, has been sued at the Civil Law Court in Monrovia by Young Philip Business Center, a Liberian-owned business that engages in the sale of assorted merchandise.Located in Ganta, Nimba County’s commercial hub, the Young Philip Business Center is seeking US$272,849 and L$7,651,975, including US$250,000 as general and punitive damages against the bank.In the business Center’s “Action of Damages for Wrong” suit, dated January 3, 2019, the business through it lawyer Arthur Johnson, claimed that on December 6, 2016, it secured US$15,000 as overdraft from the bank.“And, they have been paying their obligation as stipulated, and sometime during the course of the 2017 general elections, they defaulted on two payments under the term, which circumstances they communicated with the bank, and also recommended to the liquidation of said financial obligation.“By then, the suit claimed that Young Philip Business Center had made substantial payment against its financial obligation in the amount of US$9,500, inclusive of interest to be paid over time.“But, GN Bank, being unreasonable, proceeded to the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice, where it filed an ‘Action of Debt by Attachment’, which eventually led to the closure of the business center,” the lawyer said.Shortly afterward, the bank was placed in possession of all assets of the business center for the prime purpose of providing security protection to its facility.The suit further alleged that in the face of the closure, the bank on May 21, 2018, also hired the services of the Alarm Respond Security Guard Service to provide the security protection for the business center.Against that backdrop, the lawsuit claimed that on July 13, 2018, they discovered that the business was burglarized, and as a result, they subsequently informed the very Commercial Court to authorize the opening of the business center with the presence of officers from the Liberia National Police (LNP) for the purpose of assessing the extent of the burglary with respect to property loss.It was during that exercise, the court record claimed that the company’s accountant observed that significant portion of the goods in the business center was stolen, amounting to US$272,849 L$7,651,975 including US$250,000 as general and punitive damages.However, up to press time last night, the Daily Observer was not able to obtain a copy of the bank’s response to the allegation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Prosecutors: Spector lawyers tried to keep women off jury


first_imgClarkson’s character, neither of which would play well to women jurors. The eccentric Spector lives in a rambling “castle” in Alhambra. It was there that he took Clarkson on Feb. 3, 2003. She wound up dead with a bullet wound through her mouth. A number of prospective jurors, male and female, were dismissed for cause when they expressed strong views that Spector was guilty of murder. One man was excused Tuesday when he said his religious faith would prevent him from passing judgment on anyone. The judge said prosecutors privately raised the question of gender in defense challenges last week but did not lodge a formal objection. When defense attorney Roger Rosen asked to remove a woman from the alternate panel, the judge asked him to explain what facts other than gender made that woman and others unsuitable for the jury. Normally, lawyers do not have to specify reasons for removing panelists with peremptory challenges. Rosen recited factors for each woman removed, including domestic violence experiences, losses of family members in killings or suicide and relationships with law officers who are friends or family members. Deputy District Attorney Pat Dixon said some of the men remaining on the jury had comparable issues but were not eliminated because of their gender. The judge said he was “troubled” by the comparisons but felt there were sufficient reasons given to exclude the challenged jurors. At that point, the defense was allowed to remove one woman juror who was then replaced by another woman, an insurance claims adjuster, who was accepted by both sides. In opening statements today, defense attorneys are expected to stress the importance of forensic evidence and assert it will prove the death either a suicide or accident. The prosecution is expected to give an overview of evi- dence supporting its theory of “implied malice” which could lead to a conviction of second- degree murder. Spector is charged with murder, but there is no allegation of the premeditation required for first-degree murder. Implied malice requires the taking of an extreme risk that could lead to death and a callous disregard for human life. Jurors could also be given the option of finding involuntary manslaughter which requires a finding of negligence. The penalty for second- degree murder is 15 years to life in prison.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A precedent known in California as Wheeler-Batson prohibits the systematic exclusion of jurors by race, gender, religion, ethnicity or sexual preference. A legal expert said it was not surprising the defense would seek to limit the number of women on the jury. “Women are more likely to identify with the victim in this case,” said Laurie Levenson, a Loyola Law School professor. “And it’s not just the victim. It’s the fact that the prosecution plans to put on other women as witnesses who claim they had problems with Spector.” She said the defense would most likely be attacking the stories of the women who claimed Spector threatened them with guns and also could attack LOS ANGELES – Prosecutors complained to the judge in the Phil Spector trial Tuesday that the defense systematically sought to exclude women from the jury that will decide if the music producer murdered actress Lana Clarkson. A hearing on the issue came on the eve of opening statements, minutes before both sides accepted a four-man, two-woman panel of alternate jurors. The regular jury, sworn in last week, has nine men and three women. Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler said he was aware the defense exercised nine peremptory challenges, eight of which removed women. “I’ve been keeping an eye on it,” he said. But he ultimately ruled there was no violation. last_img read more


Solskjaer keen to quickly turn Man Utd into title contenders


first_imgUnited have not won the Premier League since Ferguson retired in 2013, securing just three major trophies -– one FA Cup, one League Cup and one Europa League — in those six years.Solskjaer, who won 12 trophies as a United player under Ferguson between 1996 and 2007, does not know if he will still be managing the club once his temporary arrangement finishes at the end of this season.However, he is determined to ensure that, in the long term, United can become Premier League champions again, taking their victory at title contenders Tottenham in January as a sign that they are capable of doing so.“I think we’re too far behind this year, obviously. You’ve got to catch up with the other teams ahead of us, especially Manchester City and Liverpool, but now Tottenham –- they’re really in the running as well,” said Solskjaer.“There are three teams who have been far ahead. We’ve beaten Tottenham, so we know that we’re capable of that but we need the consistency.“Two years’ time is long enough, but also short enough, to say that we’ve got the possibility to make a big difference in our preparation, in everything.“Next year: you always hope, of course. When I went to Molde as manager, they were 11th in 2010, and in 2011 we won the league, so you can never say never.”United’s immediate target in the league may be a top-four finish, but there remains the chance of silverware in the Champions League and FA Cup.“Challenging for every trophy,” said Solskjaer when asked what United’s targets should be. “That’s what we should be about.“We have to move slowly because we are fifth at the moment. There are six very, very good teams (in the Premier League) and all will challenge for the trophies.“But we’ve got the resources, the infrastructure and the history to move towards the top and that is the only way we should think about things at Manchester United.”United can move back into the top four for the first time since the opening weekend of the season with victory at Fulham on Saturday as fourth-placed Chelsea are not in action until Sunday when they make the daunting trip to the other side of Manchester to face City.And Solskjaer is increasingly confident of securing Champions League football next season.“I’m very confident. The players have shown me they have the character. They have the belief and they have the quality to improve,” he added.“That’s what we have to think about: How we improve. That gives me the confidence and belief -– what I have seen at the training ground.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Time to contend for titles: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Manchester United to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool next season © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 9 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has conceded defeat in chasing down Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title race this season, but wants Manchester United to recover the title-winning mentality he harnessed as a player under Alex Ferguson within two years.Solskjaer has won seven and drawn one of his eight league games in caretaker charge to close in on a top-four finish, but United remain 14 points behind leaders City and Liverpool with 13 games left to play catch-up.last_img read more


Recall election to move forward


first_imgROSEMEAD – The effort to recall two Rosemead city councilmen gained a victory Friday when a judge said he would allow the recall election to go forward. U.S. District Court Judge Gary Klausner lifted the injunction he previously issued that halted the recall election of Mayor Gary Taylor and Councilman Jay Imperial. Imperial and Taylor were targeted for recall by Save Our Community, a coalition of residents and others opposed to a Wal-Mart now under construction at Walnut Grove Avenue and Rush Street. “From my understanding, the recall is back on,” said Councilman John Tran, who opposed the Wal-Mart. “I think this is a victory for the residents of Rosemead.” esther.chou@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2513160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Tran said he wants to hold a special meeting to discuss with legal counsel how to proceed with the recall. He believes the city can set an election date between Aug. 15 and Sept. 19. Taylor, Imperial and City Manager Andrew Lazzaretto did not returns calls seeking comment. City Hall was closed Friday. Applauding the court decision, state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, said, “Democracy was the real victor today.” “The judge’s decision today means that the will of the people of Rosemead to have a local government for the people by the people has been heard,” Romero said. In April, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the withdrawal of a three-judge panel decision made in September on Padilla v. Lever, which was the basis of Imperial’s challenge to the recall petition against him. last_img read more


GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE IFC SEMI-FINAL REPLAY SCHEDULED FOR NEXT SUNDAY


first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA News:The senior team have to do it all again against Fanad in the Intermediate Championship semi-final. The teams couldn’t be separated at the final whistle of yesterday’s semi-final. Naomh Colmcille trailed by two points at half time (Fanad Gaels 2-2 1-3 Naomh Colmcille) but a great second half effort saw them leading by two as the game entered stoppage time. However two late pointed frees for Fanad meant the tie ended all-square. Full time score Fanad Gaels 2-7 2-7 Naomh Colmcille. The replay is fixed for 2:00 pm at O’Donnell Park Letterkenny next Sunday. The  reserves had no fixture this weekend.The U13s lost out at Moville on Sunday.The U11s take on Naomh Padraig Muff in the Inishowen final this Friday evening (9th) at 8:00 pm at the Scarvey Buncrana. Please come along and support the team. Advertisement The Junior Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser will take place on Saturday 14th November at the Halfway House in Burnfoot. This should be a great event so mark the date in your calendar now!There are a limited number of season tickets now available for free entry to all adult Donegal club league and championship matches (excluding Naomh Colmcille home games). €30 for the ticket or €50 for the ticket and Donegal club gear. Contact Alison Ferry.Naomh Colmcille CLG’s child welfare officer for 2015 is Breda Friel. If you or child have any issues through out year with coaches or bullying or other child issues please feel free to contact Breda on 0876393503 and she will try and address the issue. Everyone involved in coaching or helping out at underage level needs to have completed the child protection/awareness course. If you have not completed this course previously, please contact Breda ASAP.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc. Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be supdated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors / Reserves. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U21s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Minors. Check the Facebook page for latest update. U16s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U13s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U11s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U10s. Check the Facebook page for latest update. U8s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Girls. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 19, 13, 4, 14, 22 and the winners are Mary Devlin and Monica Callaghan, and Bill Breslin (Alice’s bar) who win €37.50 each. Next week’s jackpot €1900.Naomh Colmcille CLG are in need of more lotto sellers. The lotto is the bread and butter of our club. If you don’t drive we can set up on a team with a driver. Please contact Breda Friel (0876393503) if anyone is willing to help. Thanks.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE IFC SEMI-FINAL REPLAY SCHEDULED FOR NEXT SUNDAY was last modified: October 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportlast_img read more