Somerset eager for Gayle’s return

first_imgLONDON (CMC):Somerset officials said they were anxiously anticipating Chris Gayle’s appearance in the Twenty20 Blast later this year, after the West Indies batting star signed off on a six-match deal to represent the English county.The 36-year-old Jamaican had a massive impact when he played in last year’s tournament, smashing scores of 92, 151 not out and 85 not out to pile up 328 runs in just three games.Director of Cricket Matthew Maynard said the club was already looking forward to Gayle’s presence.”We are absolutely delighted to have secured the services of Chris Gayle once again. He is a genuinely world-class player and was absolutely phenomenal for us last year,” Maynard said.”He is probably the biggest name in the sport at the moment and his performances in the Big Bash recently have only underlined his status as one of the most explosive players that cricket has ever seen.Club chief executive Guy Lavender said what had been even more impressive about Gayle during his stint with Somerset last year was his community involvement and charity work.This aspect, Lavender pointed out, had been a key factor in extending the relationship with the superstar left-hander.”Everyone sees the runs that he scores, but not everyone will be aware of his willingness to help off the pitch. It is these two elements which have maintained our desire to ensure that he would be back with us in 2016.”Gayle is arguably the most valued T20 batsman in the international game and is coming off a successful outing in the Australia Big Bash for Melbourne Stars.His stint for Somerset will run from June 1-17 following his campaign in the Indian Premier League, and Gayle says he is keen on helping Somerset qualify for the advanced rounds of the competition.”I really enjoyed my time at Somerset last year. It’s a great Club and the supporters were absolutely incredible,” Gayle said.”I’m looking forward to seeing the fans again and to scoring some more runs. Hopefully, I can help the club make it through to the later stages of the NatWest T20 Blast.”last_img read more

Mbungo wants Cheche, Were remain for 19/20

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards winger Paul Were wheels away from bandari’s Duncan Otewa during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 28, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 29 – After making an impact immediately after joining the den, AFC Leopards head coach Andre Cassa Mbungo wants to retain defensive midfielder David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng and winger Paul Were for the 2019/20 season.The two Kenyan internationals signed short term contracts with the club after cutting off stints abroad and Mbungo, though ambitiously wants to retain them for the new season. Also top on the Rwandese tactician’s wish-list is defender Soter Kayumba who is on loan from Sofapaka till the end of the season.“As a coach it is always important to have good players in your team and it is my wish that they remain here if we have a chance to keep them. It is my wish but also, it is up to the office to make that work out so I hope after the season ends, they can talk to them and we have them for the next campaign,” Mbungo told Capital Sport.AFC Leopards winger Paul Were and midfielder David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng walk off the pitch at half time during their Kenyan Premier League match against bandari FC at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 28, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Were and Cheche have brought in some very good experience and helped the team improve. Soter also has made a good impact in defense and these are the kinds of players that will help the team regain its former glory,” added Mbungo.Were has three assists in three games for Ingwe and has been sensational since his return after four years while Ochieng has been a cog since joining at the start of the second leg.The former Sweden and USA based defender has provided the key passes for all three goals Were has assisted and their link up play has been phenomenal.Nonetheless, both Were and Ochieng are keen for a return to Europe and their performances for Ingwe over this period has proved it would be hard to keep them.Meanwhile, the tactician hopes he can spur Leopards to finish the season within the top five. Their 2-1 victory over Bandari on Sunday saw them move to 34 points but remained 10th in the standings, six points shy of their desired spot.AFC Leopards head coach Andre Cassa Mbungo shouts instructions on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League match against Bandari FC at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 28, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMbungo believes with the improved performance, they can match up their ambition and has called on his players to keep the form rolling.“It is always important to work hard and win when you play teams that are ahead of you. It was a tough game (against Bandari) and the ones that remain will be even tougher. We just need to keep working hard and get points that will move us up,” further stated Mbungo.Ingwe travel away to Nzoia Sugar on Labor Day, May 1 hoping to keep the winning streak. Three points in their away trip on a ground that is more or less their home ground will potentially take them two spots up to eighth.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgAll roads lead to Burt this Bank Holiday Weekend for what promises to be Inishowen’s biggest and most awaited event of 2015.The All Ireland, International and Six Nations Sheep Shearing Championships are returning! Many will remember their last visit to Burt in 2009 when over 20,000 made their way to the Grianan Estate for the now legendary festival of music, rural crafts, family fun and, of course, sheep shearing! This year’s plans are for an event as ambitious as, or even more ambitious than, the 2009 festival.Work has been ongoing for many months and final preparations are underway at the Estate.As in 2009, a new Grianan Queen has been crowned and this time the much coveted title has gone to Burnfoot’s own ever charming Arlene Arbuckle.Arlene will be tasked with formally making the presentations to some of the world’s best shearers following a gruelling set of competitions which will attract competitors from all over the world. Festivities kick off in earnest on Friday night with a concert by the one and only Mike Denver in the ‘Big Shed’.Tickets are priced at 15 euro and can be bought at the door.On Saturday visitors will be treated to a host of rural craft displays, fun fair, face painting and balloon modelling, falcon display, petting farm, cooking demonstrations by the inimitable Brian Mc Dermott, gourmet food quarter and hundreds of trade stands as well as a range of side attractions too numerous to mention.The sheep shearing competitions will run all day in the yard itself while families will have the opportunity to enjoy a marathon of live music and entertainment in the ‘Big Shed’ right through the afternoon and into the early evening.There will be no shortage of refreshments with fare for every taste available all day.Ample parking is available and each pass will entitle the holder to come and go freely over the course of the day. Saturday night rounds off with a concert by the ever popular Jim Devine and, again, tickets are priced at 15 euro and are available at the door.On Sunday we will do it all again, this time with sheepdog trials included, while the shearers battle it out for a host of winning titles including the All Ireland and Six Nations contests!If first class entertainment  and a memorable experience second to none is what you’re after, don’t miss this opportunity to savour the delights on offer at the Grianan Estate this June Bank Holiday weekend.BURT IN ‘ESTATE OF SHEAR DELIGHT’ FOR SHEEP SHEARING CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 27th, 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more


first_imgNa Rossa GAA News:The clubs AGM took place in McCreadys bar last Friday evening. A very good crowd attendance as positions filled are as below.President: Father Morty O’Shea, Chairman: Declan Bonner, Vice Chairman & Chairman of the minor board: Gerry Mchugh, Secretary and again for the 33 time of being elected Pat Boyle, Ass Secretary: Packy Dyre, Treasurer: Patrick Caulfield, Ass Treasurer: Felix Melly, PRO: Packy Dyre, Coaching Officer: Patrick Caulfield, Children’s welfare officer: Trevor Melly, Oifig Na Gaeltacht : Pat Boyle, County board delegates: Pat Boyle, Packy Dyre & Patrick Caulfield, Southern regional board delegates: Conal Melly & Joe McCready, Senior referees: Patrick Caulfield & Michael Gallagher. Registra yet to be filled.A senior team meeting will take place this Saturday evening, time to be confirmed.Club members interested in joining club 50 should contact Pat or Felix for more information.The southern boards monthly meet The clubs lotto draw took place last Monday evening in Doochary. Numbers drawn were 9,13,16 & 18. Two lucky dip winners receive €50, Des McGettigan Doochary & Breda Burns Madavagh. GAA NEWS: NA ROSSA TO HOST SENIOR TEAM MEETING THIS WEEKEND was last modified: January 13th, 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:GAANa RossaNoticesSportlast_img read more

2018/19 Carabao Cup first-round draw to take place in Vietnam

first_imgBut a technical hitch which plagued last year’s draw has not dissuaded the EFL from sending Steve McManaman, Louis Saha and Dennis Wise to Ho Chi Minh City for Friday’s draw.Seventy EFL clubs will feature in the draw, which will see teams drawn in northern and southern sections for ties to be played in the week commencing August 13.EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “A principle aim of our partnership with Carabao has always been to promote the competition internationally, taking high-profile activities such as the competition draws overseas to support the EFL’s international growth strategy and raise awareness of the competition in Carabao’s key territories.“There is no requirement for us to take draws overseas, but there is an absolute commitment to building the value of our competition outside the UK and the market in Vietnam should help the EFL and Carabao meet our shared ambitions.”Thai energy drinks firm Carabao, sponsors of the League Cup on a three-year deal, took the draw to Bangkok last summer, but an on-screen graphic showed Charlton playing twice and other clubs given the wrong opponents.The EFL apologised for the errors and took the 2017 third-round draw to Beijing, China, with the event taking place at 0415BST.The quarter-final draw in London also proved problematic for the EFL, with the event delayed before a pre-recorded video of the draw was distributed. 1 Manchester City are the current champions center_img Vietnam will host the draw for the first round of next season’s Carabao Cup, the EFL has announced.It is the second successive year the draw has been held abroad after the 2017 event for the League Cup’s opening round was staged in Bangkok.last_img read more


first_imgAlbert Lee, by common consent one of the world’s finest guitar-players, needs no introduction to Country Music & Rock fans.He has worked with some of the world’s top artists, from Emmylou Harris to the Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton to Eric Clapton.In November 2002, at Eric’s request, Albert appeared at the star-studded Memorial Concert for George Harrison at London’s Albert Hall, and was featured alongside Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill and Eric Clapton at Eric’s 2007 and 2010 Crossroads guitar festival. He is also a member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, and fronted the band at the O2 arena on the night of the Led Zeppelin reunion concert.Albert is a double Grammy award winning musician, whose talents continue to be in demand by fellow performers the world throughout.And next Wednesday he plays Letterkenny’s An Grianan Theatre.Donegal Daily has two pairs of tickets for what promises to be an amazing gig. Just tell us – how many grammy awards has Albert won?Email your answer to and we’ll pick a winner next Tuesday.In the meantime simply click the link and check out Albert. FREE TICKETS TO SEE ALBERT LEE AT AN GRIANAN was last modified: May 12th, 2012 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:Albert LeeAn Grianan Theatrelast_img read more


first_imgCOUNTDOWN TO CROKER: Jim McGuinness has insisted that his players have got to believe they can defeat Dublin when the two sides clash at Croke Park on August 31st.Donegal have been written off by many pundits and journalists and some bookmakers in Dublin are offering odds of 10-1 for a Donegal win. Many feel Dublin will have too much pace and power for Donegal and expect them to win comfortably.It’s surprising considering Donegal won the All-Ireland in emphatic fashion in 2012.In fact, in his first two years in charge of Donegal, the only match McGuinness lost was against Dublin in 2011, in which inexperience at the time probably cost them the result.2013 was a blip for Donegal, injuries coupled with a lack of intensity and hunger of the previous two campaigns resulted in them surrendering their Ulster and All-Ireland titles. However, this year they’ve stormed back to win their third Ulster title in four years, and are looking formidable in defence and dangerous on the attack.While pundits may be writing off Donegal’s chances, one thing is for sure, that the players and management of Donegal come 3.30pm on August 31st will believe they can beat the Dubs and book their place in a second All-Ireland final in three years.As McGuinness would say, “I believe they will achieve.”Simply click on the video above to play. DDTV – COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: MCGUINNESS “WE’VE GOT TO GO TO DUBLIN BELIEVING WE CAN WIN THE GAME” was last modified: August 20th, 2014 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:All-Ireland semi-finalCountdown to CrokerDDTVdublinJim McGuinnessnewsSportvideolast_img read more

Bahoot Dhanyavad!

first_imgDear Barack,What a dream break the India trip turned out to be! Both Michelle and you, it seemed, had the entire country eating out of your hands. A politician lives on the life-blood of public adulation, and no one would’ve faulted you for wishing you could unload the aircrafts that flew in with your entourage, and stuff them all with the goodwill that rained on you in that all-too-brief week, so it could be credited to your domestic account. U.S. President Barack Obama dances with children at a Diwali celebration in Mumbai.Talking of blood though, an interesting story is doing the rounds here. When a dignitary — Indian or foreign — plans to visit Mumbai, one state-run hospital stocks up 12 units of that dignitary’s blood-group as a routine emergency measure. In your case, not one, not two, but three hospitals — two of them privately-owned — had on the ready as many as 15 units of all blood-groups! A bit over the top, wouldn’t you admit?In addition, 12 doctors from the state hospital were recruited as food-tasters for you during the Mumbai leg of your trip. And that’s besides your own tasters and the massive medical team of ambulances, surgeons, physicians, anesthetists and para-medics who trailed you all along.Honestly, how much of the behind-the-scenes ruckus were you privy to? Do your chaps tell you what really happens there, and does it really matter to you? I’m sure you were mighty amused to hear that three of Mumbai’s top chefs prepared three dishes which are now part of the culinary lexicon as Surf-and-Turf Barack (a platter of lamb chilli and jumbo prawn), Barack-Oh-Obama (tenderized lamb meat over a piece of banana truck), and O’Barry Pie (a chocolate dessert which uses 44 ingredients in honor of the 44th US President).But do you really know, for instance, of a stand-off between your security team and the Mumbai police over the presence of a secret service sniper atop the St. Xavier’s College building? The point is not about who finally won and had their own man up there, but that Mumbai’s police commissioner has written to New Delhi about the “high-handedness” of your men.Let me also inform you that your two-day trip to Mumbai turned out to be a nightmare for city’s old and infirm. Ambulances were forced to take inordinately long and circuitous detours to conform to the traffic diversions. People recalled that the city had never been turned into such a fortress even during riots, leave alone the odd dignitary cruising to or from the airport. I have no count of how many people were inconvenienced, but you and Michelle should be thrilled to know that a pregnant Vibha Soni spent two full hours getting past your security men before delivering a baby-girl she has named Michelle. A boy would have been called Barack, I reckon.The delicious irony: Ms.Soni gave birth at a hospital just 50 feet from the spot where you and Michelle were at that very moment schmoozing with college youths in the campus next-door. Rest assured, Michelle Soni will remain a life-long reminder of the disruptive influence of your security detail on the city’s already chaotic traffic condition. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit a memorial for the victims who died in the Nov, 26, 2008 terrorist attack at the Taj Mahal palace and Tower Hotel in Mumbai.Okay, Mr. President. Enough of the trivia over which you have no real or direct control. Let’s talk about what you personally accomplished on this visit. First, pat yourself — or whoever suggested it — on the back for making Mumbai the real hub of your visit. Heads of state, by way of crusty habit, always head for and stay put in New Delhi as if India begins and ends in that governmentally gloomy city. By spending two full days here and doing more than the perfunctory 26/11 site rounds, you put your finger — albeit momentarily — on the pulse of urban India. Mumbai is a happening place, even if a lot of undesirable things have happened here of late. But it is in many ways the country’s microcosm, showcasing the zest and optimism of its billion-plus people. A city that epitomizes the “audacity of hope” and promises therefore to usher in “a change we can believe in.” Smart move.Another smart move was to admit up front that the American economy is on the decline and nowhere as dominant globally as it once was. No big secret of course, but a strike in favor of your honest and realistic approach to problems. Human rights activists also loved the way you chided India for its silence on the troubles in Myanmar.Not so smart were your record-got-stuck comments on Pakistan. Where was your celebrated candor? Remember what you said post-26/11, before taking over the White House? That India, in that circumstance, would be justified in invoking its right of self-defence to attack and demolish the terrorist infrastructure on Pakistani soil. I expected you to reiterate that point, and additionally tell India that you need Pakistan as a real-politic ally for your Afghanistan policy, and that the United States should not be expected to fight India’s battles. A tad harsh, maybe. But utterly understandable, coming from the U.S. President. U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama lighting a lamp to celebrate Diwali at Holy Name School in Mumbai.The English-newspapers in India went mushy before the collective Obama charm, so get your translators to tell you that at least one Urdu daily, unimpressed by your platitudes on terrorism, has reminded your Indian hosts that you are still shielding David Headley, who carries a sackful of terrorism-related secrets and whom you have refused to hand over to the region’s biggest victim of terrorist attacks — i.e. India.Trust the fawning English-language media, which dominate press meets, to let you off the hook on your outsourcing-related policies. I wish you were hauled over the coals for what is clearly a narrow-minded and ill-conceived act of blatant protectionism, something you otherwise strongly denounce at every opportunity. Outsourcing is nothing but a political (specifically, electoral) issue in your country because the actual revenue involved is a pittance of the American economy.I will not belabour your offer of $10 billion worth of business deals or your vocal support of India’s bid for a permanent UN Security Council seat. The first, as you said, will create 50,000 jobs in America. The second, given India’s growing clout in international forums, is an idea whose time has come. Thanks for gift-wrapping it for us.Don’t get me wrong, Barack. I’m not suggesting that your trip gave us nothing. It sure gave us flesh-and-blood proof that the world’s oldest democracy, despite its occasional lapses, can still elect a chief executive whose worth as a presidential candidate is measured neither by his pedigree nor by the color of his skin.And, before you consider me for a speech-writing job, let me reassure you that I don’t intend relocating out of Mumbai — a city that’s my birthplace, and that regained a hint of its old persona during your visit. Forget the intrusive snooping and the transportation hassles that are a concomitant of high-level security. For the first time in decades, entire streets were scrubbed clean, trees planted along them, the road-dividers painted a bright yellow, red and black, and public urinals sanitized so your stay and your commutes would be pleasant and stench-free. Even the ear-splitting Diwali crackers were silenced. I loved it.My wife always berates me for my untidiness at home, and says only the imminent arrival of a guest spurs me into a clean-up. Now I know why. Bahoot Dhanyavad — many thanks — Barack, for visiting. And see you back soon.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Gareth Bale undergoes successful ankle surgery

first_imgReal Madrid’s Gareth Bale has undergone successful surgery on his right ankle in London, the club said on Tuesday.The Wales international damaged tendons in his ankle during his team’s 2-1 Champions League victory at Sporting Lisbon on November 22.”Our player Gareth Bale has undergone today successful surgery to repair damaged tendons in his right ankle,” Real said in a statement.”The operation took place at King Edward VII Hospital in London by doctor James Calder and Real Madrid Sanitas doctor Mikel Aramberri, under the supervision of doctor Jesus Olmo, head of Real Madrid’s medical services.”The 27-year-old forward has scored seven goals and set up three more in 16 starts for Real in all competitions this season.No time frame was given for his return to action.Zinedine Zidane’s team are six points ahead of Saturday’s opponents Barcelona at the top of La Liga.last_img read more