FALLING WICKETS BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Shai Hope’s second career first class double hundred battered Guyana Jaguars and left them fighting to remain afloat in their eighth round Regional four-day championship game against Barbados Pride here yesterday. The 23-year-old Hope piled up a career-best unbeaten 215 as Pride, starting the second day at Kensington Oval on 293 for two, declared on an imposing 480 for three in their first innings. Part-time off-spinner Roston Chase then picked up two wickets as Jaguars stumbled to the close on 119 for four, still 361 runs adrift of their target. Raymon Reifer was unbeaten on 25 and was partnered by veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul on 15, the pair having stabilised the innings after it slipped to 86 for four, 40 minutes before the close. After Pride declared 50 minutes before tea, attacking opener Shimron Hetmyer fell cheaply for one to the fifth ball of the innings, caught at short-leg by Anthony Alleyne off fast bowler Miguel Cummins. Test batsmen Rajindra Chandrika (24) and Leon Johnson (15) then added 52 for the second wicket, a partnership that saw Jaguars to the break on 30 for one. Both failed to build on resumption, however, falling within 12 deliveries of each other. Chandrika drove Chase to substitute Justin Greaves at mid-wicket while skipper Johnson played back and was leg before wicket to the same bowler. Left-hander Vishaul Singh spent an hour over 15 before clipping a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich off seamer Kevin Stoute. AT WARNER PARK: Windward Islands Volcanoes, sent in by Leeward Islands Hurricanes, reached 371 for five at the close. Scores: Volcanoes 371 for six (Sunil Ambris 155 not out, Devon Smith 65, Liam Sebastien 33 not out, Tyrone Theophile 30; Rahkeem Cornwall 3-110).
More than 20 female students of the Dora Secondary School have been diagnosed with mass hysteria after they were transferred from the Long Creek Health Centre, Linden-Soesdyke Highway to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) on Wednesday.The diagnosis was given by the Hospital’s resident psychiatrist, Dr Sandra Aranguren-Gilart on Wednesday after she treated the students. Two of the girls were subsequently admitted, but were later discharged.Based on reports received, a group of schoolgirls between the ages of 12 and 15 reportedly began experiencing strange symptoms on the school’s premises on Tuesday.On Wednesday, four other girls reportedly returned to the health facility with the same symptoms, and were treated and sent away.Visits were later made by health officials to the school to determine what was causing the strange illness. According to reports, the canteen and water supply were inspected, but nothing was out of the ordinary.It was reported that as the officials were about to leave, the first five girls, along with four others, began experiencing the same symptoms and were rushed to the health facility.About 15 minutes after arriving at the health centre, another group of girls were said to have arrived with similar symptoms. Without hesitation, the girls were transported to the LHC for observation.While some had blamed the extremely hot weather for the symptoms, the hospital’s resident psychiatrist diagnosed the girls with mass hysteria.Mass hysteria is also described as a “conversion disorder”, in which a person has physiological symptoms affecting the nervous system in the absence of a physical cause of illness which may appear in reaction to psychological distress.
Along with the local swim club, neighboring swim clubs from Dawson Creek, Mackenzie, Prince George, Quesnel and Fort Nelson will all be making their way to the Energetic City to test their skills in the pool.Swimmers will first hit the pool Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m., with the first day of competition wrapping up at approximately 6 p.m.Following the first day of races will be a dinner barbeque for the athletes and everyone else participating in the competition.- Advertisement -Races will resume Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and organizers expect them to conclude in the early afternoon.The two day meet is being held at Fort St. John’s North Peace Leisure Pool.
Luke Shaw Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has vowed the club haven’t seen the best of him yet in a Red Devils shirt.The England left-back has had a tough start to life at Old Trafford after his £30m move from Southampton in the summer.A series of niggling injuries have restricted the 19-year-old to just three Premier League appearances and he has had his fitness levels publicly questioned by boss Louis van Gaal.But after completing 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw at West Brom on Monday night, Shaw is determined to prove his doubters wrong.“They haven’t seen the best of me yet,” the Saints academy graduate declared.“They know I haven’t reached my full potential. I think people can maybe see that at the moment. I’m trying hard, it’s sort of getting used to everything. When you come to a club like this it’s never easy for a young player like me.“I’ll get myself started soon and put in good performances.” 1
CHARITY: A Donegal cycling club will host a charity event to help raise funds and awareness regarding mental health.Inish Cycling Club will host the “i100” charity cycle on Saturday 14th May. Registration will take place at Moville FC at 8am.Participants can do the entire “i100” route or just take part.Funds raised in support of Zest, mental health support and the Alzeimhers Unit, Carndonagh .See FB for more details or contact organisers now on 0044-759-1715-255. INISH CYCLING CLUB HOST CHARITY CYCLE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT was last modified: March 9th, 2016 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:charityFeaturesInish Cycling ClubSport
A Donegal woman who went missing last week has thankfully been found safe and well this evening after a massive public appeal was launched. Deborah Love went missing last Thursday and hadn’t been since last Tuesday.Her distraught family launched an appeal for information on her whereabouts over the weekend. It prompted a huge response on social media and thankfully Deborah made contact with her family earlier this evening.Her daughter Rebecca posted the following message on her Facebook timeline in which she expressed her delight at finding her mum, and she also thanked everyone for their support.‘Just want everyone to know we are absolutely delighted that Deborah Love has been found safe. Thanks for all the support of everyone it has been so appreciated.” MASSIVE RELIEF AS MISSING DONEGAL WOMAN FOUND SAFE AND WELL was last modified: July 28th, 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:news
Highland Motors is delighted to announce the arrival of New Citroën C3 Aircross and details of the Citroën Open Week which is running this week from 6th-12th November 2017. Customers can avail of an exclusive offer of 3 years free servicing on all models ordered during the week. On top of that customers can also receive up to €4,500 scrappage* or opt for low rate finance starting from 2.9% APR Finance*; so there really is no better time to purchase a new Citroën! There is something to suit everyone in the extensive range of Citroën passenger vehicles including the all new Citroën C3 Aircross Compact SUV, the most spacious and versatile SUV in its class.Launching nationwide on the 6th of November, the C3 Aircross is set to shake-up the market with its highly customisable character – 85 personalisation combinations – and distinctive SUV design.Citroën C3 AircrossOr perhaps the multi-award-winning Citroën Grand C4 Picasso would be more suitable for your family. The upgraded family-friendly seven-seater, brings an additional €1,600 worth of equipment including electronic tailgate and half leather trim.Citroën Grand C4 PicassoFor those looking for something more compact, the top-selling new Citroën C3 is perfect for zipping around town and will ensure you stand out from the crowd! Since it’s launch C3 has won 30 awards across Europe to date. All Citroën passenger cars now come with 5 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty giving you extra peace of mind. For more information on the award-winning Citroën range log onto www.citroen.ie or pop into the showroom today or call us on 074 91 27007.Citroën C3* T&C’s Apply: ask in Highland Motors for details.Why there’s no better time to buy a new Citroen than this week at Highland Motors was last modified: November 7th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:carscitroen c3Highland MotorsmotoringOpen week
Jose Mourinho has refused to be drawn on whether Chelsea would look to sign a goalkeeper on an emergency loan if the untested Jamal Blackman becomes the only fit number one.A “long-term” knee injury to first choice Thibaut Courtois means Asmir Begovic will get an extended run in the side, with 21-year old Blackman on the bench.Academy product Blackman has yet to play for the Blues, with his only first-team appearance coming for Middlesbrough against Liverpool in the League Cup during a loan spell last season.When asked if he would sign a new keeper should Begovic get injured, Mourinho said: “I would prefer not to think about that.“Our decision was the third choice would be a young English goalkeeper and we think it is a normal decision and a good decision.“Now Jamal becomes the second. He didn’t play one match in the Premier League or in the Championship but he has good potential.”Mourinho added: “The third goalkeeper is always a complicated situation.“You can be third and not sit on bench all season but you can play a big game. In my first spell Hilario played against Barcelona in the Champions League and he was the third goalkeeper.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The tranquility of the Menara gardens in Marrakech. .(Image: Wikimedia) There’s a famous lyric from “Star Trekkin’”, the song that parodies cult film and TV series Star Trek, in which Mr Spock warns Captain James Kirk: “It’s life, Jim … but not as we know it.”A few years ago, when I told a friend I would be travelling to Morocco he reminded me I shouldn’t expect that country to be at all similar to South Africa just because they are part of the same land mass. “It’s Africa, Jim,” he affirmed, “… but not as we know it.”At the time, this seemed to me a rather inappropriate remark – certainly not in keeping with the pan-African sentiments that those of us who are citizens of African countries are encouraged to inculcate.After spending some time in Morocco, however, I found that I had to agree with him. South Africa and Morocco are not only on opposite ends of the continent; as those who have visited or lived in both countries can attest, they often seem to be worlds apart.This is, of course, as it should be. Essentialised notions of Africa, according to which African countries are seen as generic entities with more or less the same histories, cultural practices, world views and political structures (with, at best, scope for a little variation on the theme), are both inaccurate and dangerous. They reproduce precisely the kind of generalisation that facilitated the colonisation of the so-called dark continent.On the other hand, precisely because colonialism brought about artificial national borders that did not take into account the clustering of different ethnic groups, cultures and tribes – which has resulted in countless instances of internecine conflict or civil war across the continent – it is perhaps appropriate to discuss characteristics of the various regions.Southern African countries share languages, show similarities in climate or topography and have strong cross-border cultural, political and socio-economic links. The same is true of regional affiliations in western, eastern, central and northern Africa.In particular, world history has shaped the countries to the north of the Sahara desert in ways that are distinct from sub-Saharan Africa. Morocco has been influenced as much by French, and more recently, Spanish incursions as by interaction with Arabic peoples of the eastern Mediterranean. Before that, there were the Romans and Phoenicians.Throughout, the Berbers or imazighen have asserted their presence as the indigenous people of this northwest corner of Africa.Rich, complex historyAs a result of this rich and complex history, a country has been forged that is in some ways recognisably African – whatever that may mean – but that, to those of us from southern Africa, also feels enticingly exotic. And there is no place in Morocco more enticing than the all-singing, all-dancing, all-suffering, all-smiling, all-smelling, all-selling city of Marrakech.Rabat is the capital of al-Magrib, the Kingdom of Morocco; Casablanca is its largest city, with a certain appeal to fans of the iconic 1942 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman; Fez has the renowned Fes el Bali, a remarkably well-preserved old town or medina.But the Red City of Marrakech, right in the centre of the country, is the beating heart of Morocco.I arrived there as a dusty late afternoon was turning to red-earth dusk. Looking out over a thousand rooftops, I surveyed a scene marked by haggard palm trees and crumbling sandstone towers. The smoke was rising from the cooking fires of the main square – Djemaa El Fna, the “place of the dead” or “place of the vanished mosque” – and the buskers and snake-charmers were packing up for the day; soon the real entertainment of song, comedy and serious debate would begin, lasting deep into the night.From speakers mounted on the minarets of mosques, muezzin singers called the Islamic faithful to prayer. I wandered away from the busy square, tracing a path through quiet alleyways and into the dim, labyrinthine passages of the souk, or market. Merchants sipped on sweet mint tea and discussed religion. A young couple shared a brief farewell and a kiss before approaching the separate male and female entrances to a hamam, or steam bath.Vast differencesA few days later, I travelled south to Ouzoud – an isolated spot where a waterfall cascades down a 100m precipice, feeding a fertile valley in the foothills of the High Atlas mountains. Here, amongst a small Berber community of subsistence farmers, I felt I was back in Africa.Unfortunately, there was to be no reverie of belonging. I was invited to a village wedding feast one evening: a kind gesture by my hosts but, I realised with disappointment, an imposition on my part. The bonjours and giggles of the young boys in attendance reminded me that I was an intruder, plainly a foreigner who did not fit in.It was time to leave, but I did so without any sense of sadness at being an outsider. For South Africans, as for tourists from other African countries – and indeed, perhaps more significantly, from countries elsewhere in the world – it’s good to be reminded that a vast continent must contain vastly different peoples and places.Africa cannot be condensed into a single, simple idea – a blank space on the map – and the dizzying difference of Morocco provides ample proof of this truth.
19 April 2012 South Africa’s banking confidence has risen above its long-term average levels for the first time in over three years, and the sector looks set for sustained earnings growth, according to a survey by Ernst & Young. Ernst & Young’s lead financial services director, Emilio Pera, said on Tuesday that it looked like South Africa’s banks had finally shrugged off the effects of the 2008/09 global financial crisis, with profit growth back at pre-crisis levels. “Until the beginning of 2012, investment banking profits were erratic,” Pera said in a statement. “Despite not all business lines firing on all cylinders, there is a trend evident in profit growth which is looking positive.”Strong turnaround in revenue, rising headcount The survey findings include a strong turnaround in interest and non-interest revenue, sustained fee income growth for both retail and investment banks, and continued easing in credit impairments and losses. Another positive indicator was continued growth in bank employee headcount. Despite recent rumours, South Africa’s banking sector was growing net employee numbers, rather than cutting back, the survey found. Pera said the country’s banks had struggled to contain costs in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, given the regulatory pressures, IT systems enhancements and general inflationary pressures they faced. It had taken a strong degree of focus from the banks to align their cost base with the slower revenue growth environment. Banks ‘managing their costs carefully’ The recent reporting season indicated that South Africa’s major banks were all now managing their costs carefully, and as a result overall 2011 operating costs across the banking sector were only marginally ahead of 2010 levels. “Banks nevertheless have certain unavoidable costs they have to endure, and we can see that in the first quarter’s survey results, with all banks in the retail segment experiencing upward cost pressure,” Pera said. According to Ernst & Young, credit growth continues to strengthen, and is moving gradually upwards from low single-digit to high single-digit figures. “Banks are particularly excited about prospects in select key segments, and are focusing their efforts to support those product markets,” Pera said. “It is thus no surprise that confidence levels have risen as sharply as they did in the first quarter.” SAinfo reporter