PRIORITY “My priority is always the West Indies. I want to be part of all three formats, and I want to be on that New Zealand tour next,” the all-rounder said here this week. “If I’m not in New Zealand, and an opportunity presents itself here – I’m not in New Zealand for whatever reason, and I’m available – I’d love to come back to Sydney and the BBL.” Brathwaite’s commitment to West Indies was already evident in his decision to return to the Caribbean following the Thunder’s final preliminary game on Wednesday, to represent his native Barbados Pride in the Regional Super50. The tournament, the Caribbean’s premier 50-overs competition, is a requirement for West Indies players in order to be eligible for selection in the ODI format. STAT SPOT Brathwaite’s batting bundle Tests – 3 Runs – 181 High Score – 61 ODIs – 20 Runs – 228 High Score – 33* T20 – 13 Runs – 99 High Score – 34* SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies star Carlos Brathwaite has reiterated his commitment to playing international cricket, despite the demand for his services in Twenty20 leagues across the globe. The 28-year-old has been an instant hit with Sydney Thunder in the ongoing Australia Big Bash and already the franchise are weighing up the possibility of securing his services for next season. However, West Indies are scheduled to tour New Zealand from November 2017 to January 2018 for three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and one T20I – a series that will clash with the early stages of the Big Bash, which bowls off a week before Christmas. And Brathwaite, who is trying to forge an international career in all three formats, said he was focused on making the Windies squad for the full series.
The Kingdom of Belgium has appointed and introduced its Honorary-Consul to Liberia after eight years of absence.The Honorary Consul now representing Belgian investors and citizens in Liberia is Frederic Vloeberghs, who serves as a country manager for Belgian Airlines that flies the SN Brussels.Making the introduction on January 22, 2014 during a reception at the Mamba Point Hotel, Belgian Ambassador accredited near La Côte d’Ivoire, Peter Huyghebaert, stressed that bilateral relations between Liberia and Belgium had been hampered since 2005 when his country could not host a consulate and an Honorary Consul here.He noted that that situation happened at the time when Liberia was entering the stage of peace and stability with a high need for socio-economic development and reconstruction.He, however, expressed joy that after being absent for such a long period, he and his compatriots were delighted to be establishing a consulate followed by the appointment of an honorary-consul.Unlike an ambassador who is sent by a President with Letters of Credence to represent his or her government in another country, the Honorary-Consul is appointed. He can either be a native of the country sending him or her, or an individual of another nationality to represent the economic and business interests of citizens of the country he or she represents.Recounting activities of Belgium in Liberia Ambassador Huyghebaert noted that his country has many companies investing in the country, citing Jan De Nul (Dredging and marine construction company), Monrovia Oil, NHV (Operator of helicopter flights for the oil industry), as well as the agro-industrial company Socfinco.According to him, the presence of Socfinco has given employment opportunities to thousands of Liberians in the rubber plantation sector.Ambassador Huyghebaert further noted that there is a steadfast and remarkable symbol of Belgian presence in Liberia which is the Brussels Airlines that flies the SN Brussels.“A steadfast and remarkable symbol of Belgian presence in Liberia is of course our national carrier, Brussels Airlines that has firmly established itself in the country, operating four (4) flights a week between Monrovia and Brussels. The Belgian carrier is a most reliable gateway to Europe,” Ambassador Huyghebaert stressed.He described the Honorary-Consul as “Polyglot” who he said has strength in the English Language with a little knowledge of Krio, a dialect in Sierra Leone.Ambassador Huyghebaert further indicated that Belgium’s interest in Liberia is not only in commercial interests; instead, it is an active partner in international development cooperation.“Although there is no direct bilateral co-operation between our two countries, we remain indirectly engaged through the European Union, multilateral organizations, as well as NGOs. Other available co-operation instruments deployed in Liberia include the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) as well as a budget line to promote peace building and conflict prevention,” he said.He commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her role played in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda which he said was dear to his country.Speaking briefly, the newly appointed Honorary Consul, Frederic Vloeberghs extended gratitude to his country for the appointment and pledged to work in harmony with Liberia in ensuring that the interest of his country is met and the relationship between Liberia and Belgium is sustained.Also making remarks, Commerce & Industry Minister Axel Addy recounted the role of Belgium in Liberia’s economic recovery and specifically emphasized the role of the Brussels Airlines as key to this process.Minister Addy stressed that SN Brussels is one airline that first began operations in Liberia after the war, and has served as transport channel for Liberians to other parts of the world, especially Europe and the United States.The occasion marking the opening of Belgium Consulate and appointment of its Consul was attended by scores of foreign diplomats including US Ambassador Deborah Malac and a host of government officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000StarTimes Vice President Mr. Mark Lisboa (Left) Marion Wangari Edward Wesonga – Corporate Sales Manager (Right).NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 18 – StarTimes Media on Friday unveiled the most comprehensive live football offering composed of major international tournaments and top tier European soccer leagues in the pay television industry in Kenya.The company has secured the pay television transmission rights for exploitation in Kenya and other territories across sub-Saharan Africa. The development will see Kenyan sports lovers enjoy access to a comprehensive football offering detailing more than eight tournaments and European top flight leagues between now and 15th July 2018.Speaking during the unveil ceremony, StarTimes Vice President Mr. Mark Lisboa noted that the company has since achieved an enviable milestone by extending a rich menu of football offering that will be exclusively broadcasted on StarTimes effective tonight. By so doing, Kenyan households will enjoy access to the content through the company’s affordable pay television platform.“We are delighted to authoritatively state that StarTimes has the most comprehensive live football offering composed of major international tournaments and top tier European soccer leagues than any other pay television provider in Kenya,” noted Mr. Lisboa.The said tournaments and top tier leagues include:The German Bundesliga 2017/18 season – From 18th August – (36) -324 MatchesItalian Serie A 2017/18 season – From 20th August – (38) -380 MatchesFrench Ligue 1 – Already started – (38) – 380 MatchesEuropean Qualifiers – From August 31st 2017 (72 Matches Remaining)FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 (6th October 2017 – 28th October 2017) – 52 Matches2018 FIFA World Cup (16th June 2018 – 15th July 2018) – 64 MatchesFIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018 – 32 MatchesFIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018 – 32 Matches“From the eight tournaments and top tier European leagues, StarTimes will broadcast up to 1,336 LIVE soccer matches, Kenyan subscribers can therefore look forward to these and more which will be accessible on our sports channels,” added Mr. Lisboa.StarTimes has dedicated five sports channels that will broadcast the respective tournaments including two High Definition channels namely Sports Premium and World Premium as well as Sports Arena, Sports life and Sports focus enabling the company to air multiple live matches at the same time.The acquisition of these broadcast rights is a culmination of the company’s progressive efforts to grow premium sports offering in the Kenyan market while driving access to the prestigious sporting events through affordable pay television offering.StarTimes subscribers will be in a position to enjoy these prestigious tournaments and top tier leagues from as little as Ksh 599 per month where subscribing to either basic bouquet, Classic or Unique bouquet that are retailing at Ksh 599, 999 and 1,499 respectively, subscribers will get to access the comprehensive sporting action.The same will be available from as little as Ksh 899 on Smart bouquet and Ksh 1,499 for Super bouquet on the satellite television platform.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)
1 Champions Manchester City travel to the West Midlands, which is live on talkSPORT, with the opportunity to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea to just two points.Manuel Pellegrini’s side beat Hull City 4-2 last weekend to move into third, and will aim to put further pressure on the Blues, who play Arsenal the following day.City disappointed in midweek’s Champions League draw with Roma, while intrigued eyes will be on Joe Hart to see if he retains his place in goal over Willy Caballero after the England no.1 returned to the side against Roma.Possible Man City line-up against Aston Villa: Will Joe Hart return to the side after being benched against Hull City? 1 Hart admitted his frustration with being dropped against Hull, but Pellegrini has spoken of operating a rotation policy throughout the whole club.Fan favourite Pablo Zabaleta may make way for summer signing Bacary Sagna, after playing the full 90 minutes against both Roma and Hull in the past week, and there is a busy international schedule to come.Pellegrini could also recall £32m man Eliaquim Mangala after Martin Demichelis was preferred to the Frenchman against Roma.Mangala impressed in his league debut against Chelsea, but was demoted midweek following his horror show at Hull where he scored an own goal.Stevan Jovetic and Fernando returned to training earlier this week and both could be named in the squad, but expect Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero to continue to lead the line.Man City fans, how do you think you’ll line up against Aston Villa? Comment below…Remember, Aston Villa v Man City is live on talkSPORT on Saturday 4 October at 5.30pm. Click here to find out how to listen.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refused to admit his side’s shock 3-2 Champions League defeat to Olympiakos was the worst night of his career in the competition.The Greek side went ahead three times in an enthralling Emirates encounter, eventually holding on despite Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez’s strikes to leave the Gunners pointless and bottom of Group F after two games.Arsenal now face the daunting prospect of back-to-back matches against runaway group leaders Bayern Munich with a first Champions League group stage exit since 2000 now looming.When asked if it was his worst Champions League night, Wenger snapped: “No, sit on the bench and lose a final [referring to the 2006 final to Barcelona] and I will ask you the question after.”Goalkeeper David Ospina, who surprisingly replaced Petr Cech in the starting lineup, made a calamitous error to gift the Greek’s their second goal, but Wenger vehemently defended his decision to start the Colombian.He added: “Ospina played 19 games last year and kept 14 clean sheets, last week at Tottenham he had a fantastic game. No keeper is mistake free – it could have happened to Petr Cech as well, that’s part of it.“”I don’t give you why [a reason why he dropped Cech]. I do not have to sit here and give you any explanation about every decision I make. You are capable to judge what I do and I leave you to that.“He [Cech] had a slight alert before the game at Leicester [at the weekend], I didn’t want to take a gamble, but it’s not because of that that we lost the game. It’s a farce.”
DONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness has named Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden on the bench for Sunday’s clash with Cork in Ballybofey.Jim plans to start the game with the same side who lost to Laois.Named team. Donegal: P Durcan; F McGlynn, N McGee, P McGrath; A Thompson, K Lacey, L McLoone; R Kavanagh, N Gallagher, M McHugh, R Bradley, M Reilly; D Molloy, P McBrearty A Hanlon. GAA: MURPHY & McFADDEN ON BENCH AS CORK ARRIVE IN BALLYBOFEY was last modified: March 3rd, 2012 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:GAA: MURPHY & McFADDEN ON BENCH AS CORK ARRIVE IN BALLYBOFEY
The Ramelton Town Band celebrate after their All-Ireland win.Congratulations to the Ramelton Town Band , who won their fourth All-Ireland title yesterday at the Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann in Sligo.The band members range in age from 5 years to 30 years , and have worked hard all year to prepare for this competition.They put in a fantastic performance in the arena , and was cheered on by there many supporters from Ramelton who traveled to show there support . They will return home to Ramelton this evening at 7pm for a victory parade and will perform their winning piece.All are welcomed and encouraged to come out and welcome the champions back .RAMELTON TOWN BAND TO BRING ALL-IRELAND FLEADH TITLE HOME TONIGHT was last modified: August 17th, 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:Donegal FleadhRAMELTON TOWN BAND
We’ll have live scoring updates, news and analysis from the Raiders’ preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at the Coliseum on Friday at 7:30 p.m.Get Raiders news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free Raiders HQ newsletter.Fans will get a pretty good look at most of the Raiders starters as Jon Gruden indicated his regulars will play into the second quarter of their third preseason game. So look for Derek Carr to air it out a bit before giving way to battling backup …
OAKLAND — Blake Treinen hasn’t been himself this season. A perpetual struggle with command fronted a biting injury bug.It bit back in June, when Treinen landed on the 10-day IL with a shoulder injury. It bit again in September, a month bogged by bullpen fatigue; Treinen will be out for the regular season (and potentially the postseason) with a stress reaction in his back. Treinen said it was affecting him the last few days.It was clear there had been a shift within the A’s bullpen when …
The Dutch Safety Board in its final report into the loss of MH17 on July 24 2014 has claimed that the airspace should have been closed to all civilian air traffic much earlier.MH17 a Boeing 777-200ER on route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down by a Russian made Buk surface-to-air missile system fired from Eastern Ukraine with the loss of 298 occupants. “The crash of flight MH17 was caused by the detonation of a 9N314M-type warhead launched from the eastern part of Ukraine using a Buk missile system,” the reports says. “Moreover, it is clear that Ukraine already had sufficient reason to close the airspace over the eastern part of Ukraine as a precaution before 17 July 2014. None of the parties involved recognised the risk posed to overflying civil aircraft by the armed conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine,” claim the Dutch.In response to the crash of flight MH17 the Dutch Safety Board has conducted various investigations, which have been published in two reports. The first report is on the causes of the crash and the issue of flying over conflict areas. The second report is on the compilation of the passenger list and the process of informing the relatives of the Dutch victims. The rationale behind the investigations has been published separately.AirlineRatings.com publishes below the executive summary of the report;Buk missile systemThe investigation has shown that flight MH17 progressed normally up to the moment when the aeroplane was flying over the eastern part of Ukraine. At 13.20 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) a 9N314M warhead, launched by a Buk surface-to-air missile system from a 320-square-kilometre area in the eastern part of Ukraine, detonated to the left and above the cockpit. The forward section of the aircraft was penetrated by hundreds of high-energy objects coming from the warhead. As a result of the impact and the subsequent blast, the three crew members in the cockpit were killed immediately and the aeroplane broke up in the air. Wreckage from the aeroplane was distributed over various sites within an area of 50 square kilometres. All 298 occupants were killed.The Dutch Safety Board has established the cause of the crash on the basis of several sources. For example, the weapon system used was identified on the basis of, among other things, the damage pattern on the wreckage, the fragments found in the wreckage and in the bodies of crew members, and the way in which the aircraft broke up. The findings are supported by the data on the flight recorders; the Cockpit Voice Recorder picked up a sound peak during the final milliseconds. In addition, traces of paint on a number of missile fragments found match the paint on parts of a missile recovered from the area by Dutch Safety Board. Other potential causes, such as an explosion inside the aeroplane or an air-to-air missile, have been investigated and excluded. No scenario other than a Buk surface-to-air missile can explain this combination of facts. The 320-square-kilometre area from which the missile was launched has been determined on the basis of various simulations. Additional forensic investigation will be needed to establish the exact launching location; however, such an investigation lies outside the scope of the Dutch Safety Board’s mandate.The airspace over the eastern part of UkraineThe airspace over the eastern part of Ukraine was much in use: between 14 and 17 July 2014, 61 operators from 32 countries routed their flights through this airspace. On the day of the crash, until the airspace was closed, 160 commercial airliners flew over the area. Malaysia Airlines prepared and operated flight MH17 in accordance with regulations. As the state of departure, the Netherlands had no responsibility to advise Malaysia Airlines (or KLM, as its code share partner) with regard to the chosen flight route.On 17 July 2014 an armed conflict was taking place in the eastern part of Ukraine. In the preceding months, the conflict had expanded into the airspace: from late April the number of military aircraft downed increased. According to statements by the Ukrainian authorities, in two cases long-range weapons were used. In the Dutch Safety Board’s opinion, Ukraine had sufficient reason to close the entire airspace over the eastern part of Ukraine as a precaution. Instead, on military grounds flying at lower altitudes was restricted. The same turns out to apply to conflict areas elsewhere in the world: it is rare for a state to close its airspace because of an armed conflict.Flying over conflict areasThe Dutch Safety Board has noticed that the current system of responsibilities with respect to flying over conflict areas is inadequate. Operators assume that unrestricted airspaces are safe. When assessing the risk, the operators do usually take into account the safety of departure and arrival locations, but not the safety of the countries they fly over. When flying over a conflict area, an additional risk assessment is necessary. Therefore, the Dutch Safety Board considers it extremely important that parties involved in aviation – including states, international organisations such as ICAO and IATA, and operators – exchange more information about conflict areas and potential threats to civil aviation. When processing and interpreting this information, more attention should be paid to the development of the conflict, including any increase of military activity and shootings from the ground. States involved in an armed conflict should receive more incentives and better support to safeguard the safety of their airspace. In addition, the Dutch Safety Board is of the opinion that operators should give public account for their flight routes.Passenger informationAfter the crash of flight MH17 was reported, many relatives gathered at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol , hoping to obtain more information there. At the end of the evening an initial passenger list was made public. It then took two to four days before all of the surviving relatives received confirmation from the Dutch authorities. When gathering information related to the passenger list and determining the identity of the occupants and their surviving relatives, the information that various parties gathered about the victims and their relatives was not combined. The Dutch crisis organisation failed to function properly and the government authorities involved lacked direction. In order to improve information provision after a crash, the Dutch Safety Board recommends – among other things – that passengers’ nationalities be registered on passenger lists. The Dutch Safety Board also recommends that the Dutch government make provisions to improve direction in case of a disaster abroad with a large number of Dutch victims.ReconstructionOver the past months, a reconstruction of the forward part of the aeroplane was assembled at the Dutch air base of Gilze-Rijen. The reconstruction clearly shows the effects of the impact and subsequent blast, and has been important for verification and additional substantiation of the investigation’s results.