On form Zebo helps Munster to victory

first_imgAnd the evening kick-off will see Treviso travel to play the Scarlets from 6pm. Andrew Smith and Dave Kilcoyne scored the other tries for Anthony Foley’s side at Thomond Park, with JJ hanrahan contributing three conversions.Elsewhere, Kieran Marmion scored the only try of the game at the Sportsground last night to help Connacht beat leinster by 10-9 and continue their winning start to the season and put them top of the table.In the Pro 12 today, The Dragons will host the Glasgow Warriors at Rodney Parade from 2:40.last_img read more

Renehan places second in U16 All Ireland Poc Fada Championships

first_imgTipperary’s Brendan Cummins finished in 6th place. Tipperary’s Ryan Renehan has come second in the u16 All Ireland Poc Fada Championships in the Cooley Mountains.Cathal Kiely of Offaly, has won for the second year in a row.Meanwhile, Tadhg Haran, of Galway has won the All Ireland Senior Poc Fada comptition. Photo: Cappawhite GAA Twitterlast_img

Asantehene donates to Bechem United

first_imgThe Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has donated an undisclosed amount to Bechem United to support their campaign in the ongoing Premier League.Bechem United were recently hosted by the Asantehene at the Manhyia Palace as the only premiership side from the Ahafo area of the Brong Ahafo Region, which is under Ashanti stool lands.A statement signed by the chairman and president of the club, Kingsley Owusu Achiaw, said a committee had been set up to implement a blueprint based on the advice they took from the Ashantehene.“His Royal Majesty, the Ashantehene, the Chief Patron of Bechem United, extended a huge arm of support to our club (Bechem United) of which we are grateful.“He gave us a significant amount of money, which makes it possible for us to run the club. The Bechemhene and the people of Ahafo salute the powerful and generous support of the Ashantehene to Bechem United’s effort at becoming a top club in Ghana,” the statement said.Bechem United also acknowledged a GH¢20,000 donation from the Tano South District Assembly and other donations received during the launch of the football season at a ceremony at Bechem a fortnight ago. It was in fulfilment of a pledge by the District Chief Executive, Bukari Zakari Anaba, to aid the club in their Premier League campaign.last_img read more

Angels regulars Albert Pujols, Ian Kinsler, Martin Maldonado get a day off vs. Blue Jays

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Refunds were unavailable for fans expecting to see the Angels’ at full strength.Michael Hermosillo replaced Trout in center field.Jose Fernandez filled in for Pujols at first.David Fletcher took Kinsler’s spot at second.Jose Briceno caught starter Jaime Barria rather than Maldonado. “All these guys need recovery days, every one of the guys. So you try to stretch it out when it’s desirable. But you’re going to have those days. Briceno has done a good job of catching Barria. Martin will be back out there (Sunday), hopefully, with Kinsler and Albert.“I don’t think it’s odd that you’re going to have some guys out of the lineup at the same time. It’s certainly something you consider, but I think everybody agrees. Internally, we feel that Kinsler and Albert definitely need a day and Martin is in a catching rotation.”OHTANI REVISITEDAnother day, another round of questions about pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani’s progress from an elbow injury that, at worst, could require reconstructive surgery and, at best, limit him to additional time on the disabled list. Ohtani will be re-examined Thursday by team doctors.“It’s not like he has the evaluation and then, ‘OK, he can play,’” Scioscia said. “There certainly is a protocol for a guy who has been out for almost a month (already). First, we’re going to have to find out what he can do. We have to find out what the course of action is going to be.“If it is just going to be hitting then we can adjust accordingly. We’re not going to have a schedule and try to have the player fit the schedule. We’re going to have the medical staff determine what his needs are and when he can get back in the lineup.”SKAGGS UPDATELeft-hander Tyler Skaggs said he felt “really good” after a pregame bullpen session and is expected to start Monday against the Royals in Kansas City, a makeup game for an April 15 rainout. Skaggs was scratched from Thursday’s start against the Blue Jays because of a right hamstring injury.“He’s on pace, hopefully, to start Monday, but we’ll see how it goes,” Scioscia said.TRANSACTIONSThe Angels claimed right-hander Hansel Robles off waivers from the New York Mets and optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake City. Robles gave up seven homers and had a 5.03 ERA in 19-2/3 innings before he was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas and then designated for assignment Friday.The Angels transferred catcher Rene Rivera to the 60-day disabled list in order to make room for Robles on their 40-man roster. Rivera has been on the DL because of right knee inflammation since May 20 and could be as many as three weeks away from catching in rehab games, Scioscia said.UP NEXTAngels (Felix Pena, 0-0, 5.40) vs. Blue Jays (Sam Gaviglio, 2-2, 3.75), Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img “Normal days off,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of sitting down Pujols, Kinsler and Maldonado.The Angels’ lineup had a spring training look to it, however.“A lot goes into it when you’re making out a lineup,” Scioscia said when pressed about sitting out so many regulars at once. “When a guy needs a day off, absolutely, you can’t say, ‘Let’s wait four days from now and play maybe when you’re at risk and need a day off.’Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter ANAHEIM — Mike Trout served as the Angels’ designated hitter for Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. His sprained right index finger prevented him from occupying his customary spot in center field and he hasn’t tried throwing and might not for a few days.First baseman Albert Pujols wasn’t in the Angels’ lineup either.Neither was second baseman Ian Kinsler.Catcher Martin Maldonado sat out, too.last_img read more

BREAKING — One dead after shooting at bank in Lu Verne

first_img=====10:41 AMLU VERNE — Authorities say a bank robbery and shooting is under investigation in the community of Lu Verne.Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokesman Mitch Mortvedt says the shooting happened during the robbery of a bank earlier this morning. Mortvedt says the DCI is investigating the incident and that no other information regarding the incident, including if anyone was injured, is being released at this time. Mortvedt could not identify the bank, but the only bank listed in the community is Security State Bank.Two school districts went into lockdown mode after the robbery. The Corwith-Wesley-LuVurne School District says in a social media post that they locked down the LuVurne Elementary School for about 45 minutes because of an incident that “happened in town”. They say no threat was made to the school, students or staff, with the sheriff lifting the lockdown about 45 minutes after it started.The West Hancock School District says they were in lockdown mode after being informed of a pursuit going on in Hancock County involving a person that may be armed and dangerous, adding that no one was being allowed in or out of the buildings until further notice. UPDATED STORY AT 11:10 AMLU VERNE —  Authorities say a bank robbery and shooting is under investigation in the community of Lu Verne, with a suspect apparently in custody. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokesman Mitch Mortvedt says the shooting happened during the robbery of a bank earlier this morning. Mortvedt says the DCI is investigating the incident and that no other information regarding the incident, including if anyone was injured, is being released at this time. Mortvedt could not identify the bank, but the only bank listed in the community is Security State Bank. Two school districts went into lockdown mode after the robbery. The Corwith-Wesley-LuVurne School District says in a social media post that they locked down the LuVurne Elementary School for about 45 minutes because of an incident that “happened in town”. They say no threat was made to the school, students or staff, with the sheriff lifting the lockdown about 45 minutes after it started. The West Hancock School District was also in lockdown mode, but a social media post says that’s been lifted after police telling them that the suspect in question had been apprehended. UPDATED STORY AT 11:25 AMLU VERNE — One person is dead after a bank robbery and shooting at the bank in Lu Verne. The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Department says they were notified of a possible shooting at about 8:40 this morning. Emergency personnel responded and found a female who had sustained a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, with the identity of the victim being withheld at this time pending the notification of relatives. The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Department says they along with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation believe that the perpetrator has been taken into custody and that law enforcement does not feel a continued threat exists. DCI spokesman Mitch Mortvedt tells KGLO News that the agency was helping with the investigation after a reported bank robbery had taken place. Mortvedt at the time could not identify the bank, but the only bank listed in the community is Security State Bank. Two school districts went into lockdown mode after the robbery. The Corwith-Wesley-LuVurne School District says in a social media post that they locked down the LuVurne Elementary School for about 45 minutes because of an incident that “happened in town”. They say no threat was made to the school, students or staff, with the sheriff lifting the lockdown about 45 minutes after it started. The West Hancock School District was also in lockdown mode, but a social media post says that’s been lifted after police told them that the suspect in question had been apprehended. last_img read more

Football: Draws take COSAFA Cup group to the wire

first_imgA slightly over-hit through ball robbed Joseph Perticots of a chance to put Mauritius ahead at the other end during a match notable for no-holds-barred tackling.The best chance of the second half fell to unmarked Malawian John Lanjesi, who headed straight at Jean-Louis from close range.Defensive marshal Lanjesi was later cautioned — his second yellow card of the tournament — and is suspended for the fixture against Angola.Shots on target were scarce in the second match and Angola and Tanzania appeared to settle for a draw long before the final whistle ended a drama-less encounter.Group B resumes on Wednesday with a top-of-the-table clash between Zimbabwe and Madagascar followed by Mozambique against the Seychelles.Besides South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia received byes to the quarter-finals based on their COSAFA Cup records.Share on: WhatsApp Phokeng, South Africa | AFP | Malawi and Mauritius and Angola and Tanzania played out drab 0-0 draws on Tuesday, leaving the four nations with a chance of winning Group A at the COSAFA Cup and reaching the quarter-finals.After nine goals in the first two southern Africa championship matchdays in Moruleng, the small crowd who braved the cold in nearby Phokeng were starved of excitement.Tanzania (plus two goal difference) and Angola (plus one) have four points and Mauritius (minus one) and Malawi (minus two) one entering the final series of group fixtures.Angola play Malawi in Phokeng on Thursday at the same time as Mauritius meet Tanzania in Moruleng. Both venues are in the platinum producing area of northwest South Africa.The group winners, who could well be decided on goal difference or goals scored, face defending champions South Africa this weekend in the quarter-finals.Malawi and Mauritius provided marginally more entertainment in the first match of the double-header at a venue used for the 2010 World Cup, the first in Africa.Innocent Bokosi stung the fingers of impressive Mauritian goalkeeper Kevin Jean-Louis with an early close-range shot.last_img read more

Palm Beach County to open 4 shelters for Hurricane Isaias

first_imgAhead of Hurricane Isaias, four general population shelters and a pet-friendly shelter will open for residents that live in Evacuation Zone A.The shelters will open starting at 8 a.m. Saturday.Evacuation Zone A is for residents living in a manufactured/mobile home or sub-standard housing.The county is now under a hurricane warning, meaning sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.Here is a list of all of the shelters opening throughout South Florida as Hurricane Isaias approaches Florida’s east coast.Lake Shore Middle School: 425 W Canal St. N, Belle GladePalm Beach Gardens High School: 4245 Holly Dr., Palm Beach GardensPalm Beach Central High School: 8499 Forest Hill Blvd., WellingtonPark Vista High School: 7900 Jog Rd., Lake WorthAnimals only shelter: West Boynton Recreation Center: 6000 Northtree Blvd., Lake Worthlast_img read more

PNG win gold in women’s softball

first_imgIn the best of three, PNG have won 2 out of 3 games which has secured gold for them. American Samoa settled for silver.PNG scored early in the game and by the bottom of the third inning were up 3-0. PNG’s power batters in Florence Daple and Beverly Pasen kept the scoreboard ticking, bringing runners home.Another slugger in Nadia Bais brought two more runners home through a line drive to bring the score to 7-0.The game was called off at the bottom of the fifth inning after the mercy rule was applied.PNG’s pitcher Juliet Seri was again on target, taking three strike outs for the game. American Samoa’s pitcher Kelly Osterbrink also registered three strike outs.The last game will be played tomorrow at 10am.last_img read more

Ecobank Gets New Managing Director

first_imgMr. Gilles Guerard, former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ecobank Rwanda, has now been appointed to serve as the new managing director for the branch of the bank in Liberia.Guerard took over from Kola Adeleke, who has taken another assignment in Zambia, Lusaka as the new manager in that East African country.Ecobank capital is responsible for overseeing all Ecobank Group treasury, investment banking and asset, managing businesses across the continent.As of his appointment, Guerard said, he is committed to enhanced efficiency that will bring about customer satisfactory as well as creating improved shareholder.He promised to work along with the Government of Liberia as well as the banking sector to improve the economic.“Kola has done a great job”. Mr. Guerard said he will continue from where Adeleke stop, and will improve on it. He indicated that he will be delicate with customers and within the framework of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) regulationsHe lauded the outgoing Ecobank Managing Director Kola Adeleke for his contributions to the growth and development of Ecobank-Liberia.He promised that the bank will do it best to contribute to the economy of Liberia, and will focus on financial inclusion and the development of the capital market. He expressed the hope of having a cordial working support from employees and their partners.Earlier in his farewell remark at the dinner tendered in his honor at the Monrovia City Hall, Mr. Kola Adeleke said he has learned a lot since coming to Liberia, recalling his time working in the country as “remarkable.”He explained that over the last five years, his administration made positive contributions to the growth and development of Ecobank-Liberia and to the growth and development of the banking industry in the country.He disclosed that his administration also over the years contributed immensely to the growth and economy of Liberia, for which his heart will always be with Liberia.“I have made positive contributions as managing director of Ecobank-Liberia to the growth and development of Ecobank Liberia; to the growth and development of the banking industry, and to the growth and economy of Liberia,” Mr. Adeleke added.Mr. Adeleke pointed out that Africans owes Africa the responsibility of development and economic growth. For that, he expressed the need for Africans including investment partners on the continent to collaborate efforts that will ensure that the continent is move rapidly to the next level in terms of development, while at the same time, ensuring that capacities of Africans are develop as well.He urged fellow Africans to drop self interest by rising up to solving the challenges of poverty; because doing so will bring pride to Africa and Africans. “We need to drop our self interest by rising up to solving the challenges of poverty, because doing so will make us proud of the continent we call home,” he stressed.He said it was also important for Africans to commit themselves to the growth and development of the continent.He then commended authorities at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for what he referred to as the level of support they rendered the Ecobank.Mr. Adeleke served the bank in Liberia as it managing director from February 2010 to February 2015.As a result of some major improvements done under his administration, the management of the bank last Friday held a dinner at which time; Mr. Adeleke and his wife was both shower and decorated with gifts from the bank’s family as well as staffers and friends.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Getting to Best’: Ellen Chairs Education Roundtable

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday chaired an Education Roundtable Meeting held on the theme, “Getting to Best.” The meeting was in further consultations with stakeholders on how to improve the country’s education sector.The meeting with education stakeholders, according to Executive Mansion release, was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium where the President was joined by Education Minister George Werner and the leadership of the Education Ministry, Cabinet Ministers, International Partners, educational authorities of private and public institutions, advocacy education organizations, and student advocacy institutions, among others.During the meeting, President Sirleaf warned that reforming the education sector to “best” is going to be a long road, and not a quick fix. “Whatever we do is going to take years,” she warned, nothing, “Our challenge is to start the process, get the elements of that process right taking into account the recommendations advanced by the participants.” She urged Liberians in the education sector to continue with consultations at different levels – students, teachers, parents-teachers association, among others and further discuss and address some of the many challenges affecting the sector including the ills in schools and how they can be overcome. President Sirleaf then thanked all those who attended the meeting for their insightful participation especially the international partners, who have been there with the MOE authorities providing support and pieces of advice. “I just want to see this spirit continue,” she said, emphasizing that the responsibility of building the country rests on Liberians primarily; but is thankful for the partnership that the country has that has enabled it to go beyond its own resources and capabilities.Earlier, George Werner made a presentation on the topic, “Getting to Best,” and outlined nine priority projects which, he said will lay the foundation for quality learning for children in Liberia over the next two years. He named National Roll-out of the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA); Qualified Teachers with the Skills to Improve Learning Outcomes; Supported and Motivated Teachers will Improve Learning Outcomes; and School Infrastructure Meets the Needs of Children.“Others priority projects are schools and for teachers to have the resources to improve learning; improving enrolment and retention; lay the foundation for children’s education with early childhood education; young people to have the necessary skills to secure Jobs through Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET); Girls’ Learning Outcomes Improve; and the MOE, and schools are accountable for children’s learning. Minister Werner emphasized that statistics on education in Liberia show that 42 percent of primary school age children are not in school; more than 20 percent of young people aged 15-24 are illiterate; while one-third of young people are not employed, educated or trained.He reiterated that the education system is referred to as a “mess” “because there are not enough safe and quality schools, core literacy and numeracy skills are not taught, over a third of our teachers are not qualified and young children are not prepared for school and start late.”Continuing, he said girls are less likely to enroll, stay in school and graduate, secondary-level education is under resourced, centralized system is unaccountable to schools and students, and young people cannot access market-driven and relevant TVET. “We must act now to stop another generation losing out on an education,” he warned, adding that immediate change is necessary to get to best.Participants proposed a number of suggestions to enhance the MOE in getting to the best. They suggested that ownership and the role of communities are key; the need to strengthen the role of civil society; the need for decentralization, safe school environment, and improved partnership.They also proposed the need for teaching nutrition to students and parents; health of students, as well as guidance and counseling.Other proposals advanced by the participants were the need to curtailing violence (sexual and gender-based); improve resources for education; take concrete actions to address education issues; improve response time in addressing teacher replacement and placing teachers on payroll; ensure accountability and spend resources efficiently; rebrand TVET, focus on after-school programs; establish a national inspectorate board, ensure parental education, build play grounds at all schools, reform the school curriculum; among others.Meanwhile, as part of the commemoration of Liberia’s 168th Flag Day anniversary, President Sirleaf has launched the National Curriculum on Citizenship Education.During the commemoration of the 168th Flag Day anniversary at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion under the theme, “The Flag, Our Identity,” yesterday President Sirleaf stressed that the Curriculum on Citizenship Education is an indispensable tool for enhancing citizens’ education. The Curriculum on Citizenship Education appreciates, but substantially departs from previous initiatives, which have focused on helping students understand the branches of government with emphasis typically focused on the president. This initiative provides the framework for a broader learning experience in the art of citizenship beginning with an understanding of our identities, families, environments and the communities within, which we live, and the organization and functioning of government. It also helps students understand and appreciate the complex patterns of interaction, rights, obligations and duties of citizenship. Organized with incremental levels of complexities, the content will be taught from Grades 1 through Grade 12.As this is the completion of the first phase, President Sirleaf thanked the Governance Commission and the Ministries of Education, and Finance and Development Planning for working together towards its completion and called on them to do what they can to secure the required resources to begin the textbook writing project so that in a year’s time, the teaching of citizen’s education can be strengthened as they commence introducing the new textbooks in all schools.“I hope that by the time of the 2017-2018 school year, Citizenship Education would form an integral part of the curriculum of every school in our country,” she indicated. Touching on the choice of celebrating our ‘Community’, President Sirleaf reflected on the ability of our communities that took ownership and led the process as Liberia battled the Ebola virus disease (EVD). “The ability of our communities to take ownership and lead the process as we battled an unknown enemy—truly manifests an engrained sense of identity, patriotism and commitment to service,” she said, adding, “It is a nationalistic service to people and country that replaces tears with hope and a restored self-esteem population.”She stressed that as a people, we have something to celebrate owing to our unique identity, which must be divorced of politics and pettiness. “It is that identity that positions us to recognize that ‘war-war’ can be replaced by ‘joy-joy’,” she furthered.President Sirleaf indicated that it is our solemn appreciation that “one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all” is not only a manifestation but an inherent embodiment of our identity. That is all the reason why the Flag serves as a constant reminder of a recognition and testimony of who we are as a people and as a nation.Prior to the indoor program, 20 high schools in and around Monrovia participated in the usual drill ceremony. This was a major highlight of the day’s activities that included President Sirleaf, who is Commander-in-Chief (C-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), and the Ministers of Education and Defense that received the Eyes-right salute from students.This year’s 1st place winner and Best Eyes-Right was G. W. Gibson High School; 2nd place and Best Drilled, Cathedral High School; and 3rd place and Best Dressed, St. Theresa’s Convent. They each received a presidential award of US$600, US$400 and US$200, respectively. Each school also got US$150 and a medal for their participation. The Muslim Congress High School was selected as the Most Discipline School.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more