Australia make hard work of Bangladesh target in World T20

first_imgBANGALORE, India (AP):Australia made hard work of three three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the World Twenty20 match yesterday.After Bangladesh lost the toss and scored 156-5 at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Australia reached 157-7 in 18.3 overs for their first win in Group Two.”We made it difficult at the end and Bangladesh bowled quite well in the middle overs,” Australia captain Steven Smith said. “We’ve had a bit of travel, but it’s not an excuse.”Openers Usman Khawaja and Shane Watson made a confident start with 62 in 7.2 overs for the first wicket. But from 95-1, the Australians began losing wickets at regular intervals Shakib Al Hasan doing the bulk of the damage with 3-27 and Mustafizur Rahman picking up 2-30.Khawaja seemed like he could do nothing wrong during his 58 from 45 balls that was laced with seven fours and a six. In contrast, once the opening pair had departed at 115-3, Smith (14), David Warner (17), Mitchell Marsh (6) and John Hastings (3) failed to get going.But for Glenn Maxwell, who scored a 15-ball 26 with the help of two fours and a pair of sixes, the result could easily have been different.RESPECTABLETOTALEarlier, an unbeaten 49 from 29 balls by Mahmudullah, with seven fours and a six, enabled Bangladesh to post a respectable total.Bangladesh were reduced to 25-2 in the seventh over, Shane Watson doing the damage. He first had Soumya Sarkar (1) caught at point and then claimed Sabbir Rahman (12).The introduction of Adam Zampa’s spin tilted the game in Australia’s favour as he claimed three wickets, the batsmen unable to read his leg breaks.Zampa, who took 3-23, said it was “nice to make some difference”.Australia are third in Group Two with one victory and one defeat, by eight runs to New Zealand. Bangladesh are bottom.”Our fielding and bowling could have been better,” said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza. “Two losses in a row, but we have two matches left and we’ll see what happens.”last_img read more

Sexsmith to host PCA tournament

first_imgCurling teams from all across the Peace River Region will be “hurrying hard” to Sexsmith.This weekend, the Sexsmith Curling Club will host the second Pomeroy Inn & Suites Curling Tour Championships.- Advertisement -Teams from all across the Peace, including Grande Prairie, Sexsmith, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John will all be taking part in the event.The tournament will include two separate divisional competitions. The first is the SunLife Competitive Division, with $10,000 in prizes. The second is the PCA Challenge Division, with an $8,000 prize purse.Fort St. John has teams competing in both divisions. Team Mark Heartt is a previous winner of the Grande Prairie Tour event. The team will compete in the SunLife Competitive Division. Team Glen Godberson is also a winner of the Grande Prairie tour event and will be competing in the PCA Challenge Division.A new tournament champion will be named this year since last year’s champion, Dave Buehler, has moved to the competitive division and did not qualify for this championship.Advertisementlast_img read more

Spark donates $2,500 to Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society

first_imgSpark Chair Jennifer Moore said the success of the conference earlier this year helped in making the donation possible.“This was an opportunity for us not only to give a cheque to the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society. As you may remember at the conference in lieu of gifts for each of our speakers we said we were going to make a donation to the Dress for Success program. I’m very happy to report that the conference was more successful than we even thought so we’re presenting a cheque for $2,500 dollars today,” she explained.She added that Spark was created to bring professional development to the area that would be otherwise unavailable locally, which in turn puts added stress on women not just in their career but in other areas.- Advertisement -“Spark is a women’s professional development conference created by women in the Peace Country for women in the Peace Country. Professional development opportunities for us are not plentiful here. It means we have to go to Calgary or Vancouver for two days. It means additional days for travel. As women our lives are often pulled in many directions because you’re not only managing your career, but your home and your kids,” she stated.last_img read more

House to vote on college student health care

first_imgCONCORD, N.H. – In the months before colon cancer took her life, aspiring teacher Michelle Morse attended Plymouth State University full-time, often wearing a chemotherapy pump on her hip to class or when she did her student teaching. To remain covered under her mother’s health insurance, Morse had to either maintain a full course load or pay about $550 a month. She chose the former, even though her doctors urged her to cut back. “I’m scared for my mom and dad,” she wrote in her journal in December 2003, just after she was diagnosed. “I want to make this easier on them.” By the time she died in November at age 22, Morse had become a reluctant celebrity, lending her name to a bill aimed at sparing others the tough decision she faced. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Michelle’s Law” would require health insurance companies that cover college students under their parents’ plans to continue the coverage if a student takes a medical leave of absence. Morse’s mother, AnnMarie Morse, has become the driving force behind the legislation. “I have a lot of energy,” AnnMarie Morse said in a recent interview. “I knew the odds were against us … but I knew I had to do something else.” A state House committee unanimously recommended the bill in November, and the House will vote on it today. Other states have taken a broader approach by allowing young adults to remain on their parents’ plans longer, regardless of whether they are in college. Those laws are aimed at addressing the nation’s fastest-growing uninsured population: young people ages 18 to 24, said Laura Tobler, a health policy analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Thirty percent of Americans in that age group had no health insurance in 2003, according to a report issued in December by the National Center for Health Statistics. Many young people work only part-time or have jobs that do not offer coverage. Children typically lose health care coverage under their parents’ plans when they turn 19, though full-time students often are given an exception. But in the past year, at least 12 states have considered or enacted laws broadening coverage of college-age dependents, Tobler said. Starting Jan. 1, Colorado residents up to age 25 can be covered under their parents’ plans as long as they are unmarried, financially dependent on their parents or living with them. New York, which already has a law like the one proposed in New Hampshire, is considering raising the maximum age for dependents from 23 to 25. A New Jersey bill would allow dependents up to age 30 to remain on their parents’ plans, though companies could charge more for such coverage. Such laws will not solve the larger problem but are a good stopgap measure, said Trudy Lieberman, director of the Center for Consumer Health Choices at Consumers Union, which publishes Consumers Reports. “For people who are betwixt and between jobs and school, until we have a more inclusive system, this is an OK thing to do,” she said. The insurance industry generally hasn’t opposed such changes because, aside from expensive cases such as Morse’s, carriers are getting paid higher family-plan premiums to cover the healthiest segment of the population, said New Hampshire state Rep. Will Infantine, an insurance agent who sponsored the New Hampshire bill. “Demographically, this is a profitable part of their business,” he said. Realizing that the nature of higher education has changed, many insurance companies are allowing college students to remain on their parents’ plans longer, said Larry Akey, spokesman America’s Health Insurance Plans. Students are taking longer to complete their college educations and are increasingly pursuing advanced degrees. But he said the insurance industry has sought to limit the definition of dependents to students or those who are financially dependent on their parents, because opening the definition too widely would result in increased premiums. That was Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s argument when he vetoed a bill in October that would have required insurers to continue coverage of dependent children until age 26. Schwarzenegger said the bill would hurt employers already struggling to afford the rising costs of health care and could lead to higher premiums. He also said the bill might have actually reduced the number of young adults with coverage if it prompted employers to stop offering family plans. In Texas, employers have reacted favorably to a law passed several years ago that allows young adults up to age 25 to remain on their parents’ plans whether they are in college in or not, said Don Atherton, owner of Integrated Benefits Solutions in Houston, which helps companies choose insurance plans. Like the insurance companies, employers appreciate not having to keep tabs on which dependents are in school. “I think insurers never like the idea of increasing exposure, but if they can charge for it, that’s OK,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Watson Hire have the perfect gift for your partner this Valentine’s Day

first_imgWatson Hire have the perfect gift for your DIY-minded lady this Valentine’s Day.Instead of giving her a ring – why not give her a jubilee clip instead?They’re much more useful than a ring anyway, showing that you put a lot of thought into your Valentine’s Day purchase. If she seems disappointed when she opens the box, just ask her how useful a diamond ring really is – can a diamond ring clamp a hose? Didn’t think so.Happy Valentine’s Day from all at Watson Hire.Watson Hire have the perfect gift for your partner this Valentine’s Day was last modified: February 13th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:FunnyValentines DayWatson Hirelast_img read more

Donegal duo now face murder charge in Australia

first_imgTwo Donegal men are facing murder charges in Australia after a man assaulted in Sydney died in hospital.Christopher McLaughlin, 24, and Nathan Kelly, 21, were charged with grievous bodily harm and affray after the 66-year-old man was found with critical injuries on the side of the road in Summer Hill on December 29. McLaughlin is from Malin and Kelly is from Glengad, both on the Inishowen Peninsula.The man died in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on Monday night.Police in Australia have upgraded the charges against McLaughlin and Kelly to murder.The pair, who had only been in Australia for a few months, are expected to appear before Burwood Local Court on Wednesday.Donegal duo now face murder charge in Australia was last modified: January 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:AustraliaChristopher McLaughlinGlengadInishowenMalinNathan Kellysydneylast_img read more

Arsene Wenger says 22-year Arsenal stay his biggest mistake

first_imgWenger has yet to decide whether he will continue his managerial career.When asked what is next, the 68-year-old added: “I’m asking myself the same question! Do I keep doing what I’ve been doing, what I know.“Or do I share all the knowledge I’ve accumulated over the years in a slightly different way? That’s the question I need to answer in the next few months.” Arsene Wenger bids farewell to the Arsenal fans in May 2018 3 Wenger also went to speak of the regrets he has at letting management consume his life and the huge sacrifices he had to make as Arsenal boss.“I regret having sacrificed everything I did because I realise I’ve hurt a lot of people around me,” he said.“I’ve neglected a lot of people. I’ve neglected my family, I’ve neglected many close ones.“Deep down though, the obsessed man is selfish in his pursuit of what he loves. He ignores a lot of other things. But it’s a bone to chase at the same time.“Often, I’m asked if Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira will be good managers and I always answer yes. They have all the qualities; they’re intelligent, they know football, they have excellent skillset, but do they want to sacrifice what needs to be sacrificed.“It’s an obsession which bounces around your head day and night. You wake up at 3am thinking about team selection, tactics, formation…” Arsene Wenger has conceded staying at Arsenal for 22 years may have been the biggest mistake of his career.The Frenchman ended his long reign as Gunners manager at the end of last season, amid growing supporter unrest. Arsenal fans wanted Wenger out by the end center_img 3 Arsene Wenger shows the strain during an Arsenal match Wenger, a shock appointment by the north London club in 1996, enjoyed stunning success in his early years.But having failed win the Premier League since 2004, he was subjected to stinging criticism in his later years and, by the end, fans were campaigning for him to go.In a wide-ranging interview with broadcaster RTL, Wenger was asked what is biggest mistake was and responded: “Perhaps staying at the same club for 22 years.“I’m someone who likes to move around a lot, but I also like a challenge.“I’ve been a prisoner of my own challenge at times.” 3last_img read more

FA signs three-year deal to use Mitre footballs

first_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures NEW ERA The official ball of the EFL 2 2 highlights Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Mitre has signed a three-year partnership with the Football Association to become official football supplier across all its competitions.The British football brand’s balls will be used in the FA’s competitions from the start of the 2018-19 season, kicking off with Sunday’s Community Shield clash between Manchester City and Chelsea. The Mitre Delta Max balls will also be used in men’s and women’s FA Cup, Women’s Super League, Women’s Championship, FA Trophy and FA Vase.Mark Bullingham, the FA Group commercial and marketing director, said: “We look forward to unveiling the first new ball at the Community Shield and to working closely with Mitre to ensure our partnership reaches its full potential.”City boss Pep Guardiola will be hoping for an improved Mitre ball, having labelled them “unacceptable” after edging past Wolves in the Carabao Cup last season.center_img Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS possible standings who plays? ALTERED gameday The City boss suggested the Mitre Delta was “not a serious ball for a professional game”, leading the English Football League to release a statement defending it and adding it would speak to Guardiola about his complaints.“They (the governing bodies) never ask the players and managers about anything in football today,” the City boss said later that week.“They decide the competition, which ball we’re going to play with, the time, the schedule, they say go right, (we) go right, go left, (we) go left, (play with) that ball, (we play) that ball. Especially the players should be consulted.” possible xi Guardiola is not a fan of Mitre How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? smart causal last_img read more

HAVE YOU WON A FREE BOTTLE OF HOUSE WINE AND A CHEESEBOARD? HOUSE WINE BAR AND TAP ROOM – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: HOUSE WINE BAR AND TAP ROOM is one of the classiest establishments for a night out in Donegal.HOUSE is ideal for those of you who want to kick back and relax after a tough week at work in a more chilled out environment than that of your normal bar or club.With a selection of sensational wines to choose from HOUSE is the perfect location to unwind, converse and socialise with your friends.For the next couple of weeks Donegal Daily in conjunction with the management staff at HOUSE are teaming up to give away ONE lucky person pictured at HOUSE over the weekend the chance to win FREE wine and a CHEESEBOARD.If you’re circled in one of the pictures above then contact HOUSE WINE BAR AND TAP ROOM via Facebook NOW and claim you prize.HAVE YOU WON A FREE BOTTLE OF HOUSE WINE AND A CHEESEBOARD? HOUSE WINE BAR AND TAP ROOM – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: July 8th, 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:Entertainmenthome-page featuresnewslast_img read more

Zuma’s 2010 plan of action

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma addressing thenation from Parliament. Former state president Nelson Mandelaand his wife Graça Machel attendedparliament for the State of the Nationaddress. Archbishop Desmond Tutu also gracedthe national Parliament(Images: The Presidency)MEDIA CONTACTS• Vincent MagwenyaPresident’s spokespersonThe Presidency+27 12 300 5315or +27 82 835 6315vincentM@po.gov.zaRELATED ARTICLES• State of the Nation 2010• Twenty years of freedom• Zuma welcomes world at Davos• Zuma: SA’s most important year• Jacob Zuma on World Aids Day• Zuma on State of the Nation debate• State of the Nation: economyBongani NkosiSouth Africa is planning to pump billions into public infrastructure to stimulate the economy and create more jobs, President Jacob Zuma announced in his State of the Nation address in Parliament on 11 February.Zuma said government will spend R846-billion (US$110.6-million) over the next three years to improve the energy sector, transport systems and communication networks.“On transport, we will maintain and expand our road network. We will ensure that our rail network is reliable, competitive and better integrated with our sea ports,” he said.To ensure reliable power supply, Zuma announced that government will establish an independent system operator – separate from South Africa’s public electricity utility, Eskom. Over the next 20 years government will also seek to attract independent power producers.“Among other things, an established Inter-Ministerial Committee on Energy will look at the participation of independent power producers, and protecting the poor from rising electricity prices,” he said.But Eskom “will continue to build additional generation capacity and improve the maintenance of its power stations”.Zuma’s address, which was attended by peace and reconciliation icon Nelson Mandela, focused strongly on measures to grow the country’s economy.The cost of communication in the country is being reduced as “part of our efforts to encourage greater economic growth”, he said.“The South African public can look forward to an even further reduction in broadband, cell phone, landline and public phone rates.“We will work to increase broadband speed and ensure a high standard of internet service, in line with international norms.“Economic activity is rising in South Africa, and we expect growth,” the president said.Tackling unemployment South Africa is recovering from the global economic downturn, which hit the job sector hardest in 2009 with about 900 000 workers being retrenched. “Many of those who lost their jobs were the breadwinners in poor families,” Zuma said.There are indications that the country is moving away from last year’s trend of widespread job-losses, he said. “The labour statistics … show that the economy is now creating jobs rather than shedding them.”By the end of 2009 government had created more than 480 000 jobs in the construction, home- and community-based care and environmental sectors, according to Zuma. This means it has reached 97% of its target of 500 000 new jobs in the public sector, which was set in the president’s first State of the Nation address in June last year.Government plans to initiate more labour-intensive schemes to create further job opportunities.“Now is the time to lay the groundwork for stronger growth going forward, and for growth that gives rise to more jobs,” said Zuma.The Industrial Policy Action Plan, which government announced in 2009, will lead to more “labour-absorbing” industries, he said, adding that long-term infrastructure development programmes will also most likely create more jobs in the public works sector.Jobs for young South AfricansZuma noted that government needs to work harder on interventions aimed at creating jobs for young people. “Unemployment rates for young people are substantially higher than the average,” he said.Government is considering a plan to incentivise hiring younger workers in the private and public sectors, thereby encouraging “firms to take on inexperienced staff”.Young South Africans, some of whom have just matriculated, will also stand to benefit from the expansion of public employment programmes currently on the go.One such example set up in 2009 is the National Youth Development Agency, which, among other interventions, helps young people access funds to start their own businesses.“We have directed the agency to work faster to establish its structures, throughout the country, so that it can assist us to mainstream youth development programmes within government,” Zuma said.“We must also increase the number of youth who enter learnerships in the private and public sectors.”Revitalising educationZuma also committed to improving school pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills by providing easy-to-use school workbooks in all 11 official languages and enforcing detailed daily lesson plans for teachers, particularly in the foundation phase.“We want to improve the ability of our children to read, write and count in the foundation years,” Zuma said. “Unless we do this, we will not improve the quality of education.”All grade three, six and nine pupils will now write literacy and numeracy tests that are independently moderated. Government hopes this will increase the pass rate for such tests from the current average of between 35% and 40% to at least 60% by 2014.“We want learners and teachers to be in school, in class, on time, learning and teaching for seven hours a day.”In addition, all 27 000 South African schools will be assessed by Department of Basic Education officials and findings will be recorded in an auditable, written report.Government also plans to increase the annual number of matrics who qualify for university admission to 175 000 by 2014.Celebrating 20 years of freedomThis year’s State of the Nation address paid tribute to Mandela and all other South Africans who heroically fought for a democratic nation.The date Zuma delivered his keynote speech, 11 February, marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Mandela and other political prisoners in 1990 – a defining event which changed the course of South African history.“We have chosen this as the day … to celebrate a watershed moment that changed our country,” said Zuma. “The release of Madiba was brought about by the resolute struggles of the South African people.”The president also applauded the efforts of various other leaders in the country who had initiated change, including past presidents FW de Klerk and PW Botha, and honoured the role played by the late former African National Congress president, Oliver Tambo “who laid the foundation for this country to become a shining example of freedom and democracy”.Zuma praised the late Helen Suzman for her unwavering fight against apartheid policies and recognised Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi “who also called for Madiba’s release, as well as that of other prisoners and the return of exiles”.last_img read more