WATCH: Rob Gronkowski gets his WrestleMania moment

first_img‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ That triggered Gronkowski to go over the barricade and barreled through Mahal.The #AndreBattleRoyal just got a dose of @Patriots‘ @RobGronkowski. Watch #WrestleMania streaming LIVE at 7e/4p on @WWENetwork! STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return— WWE (@WWE) April 2, 2017 NBA: Rose out for rest of season after knee injury ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu The hyped superstar would then recover and eliminate Killian Dain before finally taking out Mahal to win the match as the two buddies celebrated in the ring.Rawley was the fourth man to win the annual battle royal, following the footsteps of Cesaro, The Big Show, and Baron Corbin.Last year, Shaquille O’Neal made a surprise entry to the match as he had his WrestleMania moment with the Big Show. CBBADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Rob Gronkowski helped Mojo Rawley win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Photo by WWE.comRob Gronkowski got his WrestleMania moment as he came out of the crowd and aided best friend Mojo Rawley to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33 Sunday (Monday Manila time) at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.Jinder Mahal attacked Rawley on ringside late in the match before disrespecting the New England Patriots tight end and throwing a drink on him.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Monster mash: LeBron James undaunted by beastly Warriors

first_imgOAKLAND, CA – JUNE 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts to a play in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — There’s a four-headed, shot-making, scoreboard-breaking monster out West awaiting LeBron James and the Cavaliers.The Warriors are stomach-churning scary.ADVERTISEMENT More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions LATEST STORIES Cleveland-Golden State 3.0 is the matchup fans worldwide expected and wanted, and James believes they’re in for quite a show.Both the Cavaliers and Warriors have upgraded their rosters from a year ago, when they went seven games in an epic series that spawned the first comeback from a 3-1 deficit in Finals history and resulted in Cleveland winning its first pro sports championship since 1964.That Warriors team James conquered in 2016 won 73 games during the regular season and was being mentioned as one of the best to ever take the floor.Hard to believe, but this version — with Durant — might be even better.Golden State has been putting on a basketball clinic over the past two months, winning 27 of 28 games since March 11 and becoming the first squad to start the postseason 12-0.Durant, who previously faced James in the 2012 Finals with Oklahoma City, has taken a great team and elevated it to a nearly unstoppable level.The Warriors are using Durant in every imaginable way on offense, and James isn’t surprised to see his good friend and Olympic teammate more mobile than he was with the Thunder.“You adapt to the culture,” he said. “You adapt to the style and that’s the same thing that happened to me when I went to Miami. I started to slash more and move more without the ball, shoot more standstill 3s and figure out ways I could be more productive than just having the ball in isolation. So, it’s the right thing to do. He’s one of the most dangerous guys we have in the world already. So it makes it even more dangerous when you equip that talent, that skill with those guys.”On the brink of becoming the first player since the early 1960s to play in seven straight Finals, James finds himself in a similar — and somewhat surprising — situation.The Cavaliers are being given little chance to defend their title against the vaunted Warriors, who have been winning by an average of 16.3 points per game in the playoffs. For the sixth time, James enters the Finals as an underdog, hardly a role he’s accustomed to before June. The only time he won a championship as a Finals favorite was with Miami in 2013, when the Heat upended the Spurs for their second straight title.James isn’t worried about point spreads or any odds.“I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn’t matter,” he said.What does matter is that the 32-year-old is having one of his finest postseasons, and the Cavs are gelling the way they did at this time last year.Maybe James has nothing to fear.“I feel good about our chances,” he said. “Very good.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James, though, can’t run or hide. With eight NBA Finals appearances under his belt, he is ready to face a team he’s called “a beast.” After all, he has slayed behemoths before.Pushing off any talk about the Warriors until after Sunday’s practice, James was asked to assess the task at hand: beating Golden State’s All-Star-studded lineup of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundIs this the biggest challenge of his career?“It’s probably up there,” he said. “I mean, it’s up there.” Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitecenter_img Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Stampede at stadium kills 4 fans, unborn fetus in Honduras For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments MOST READ And then, almost as if he was trying to remind himself that he’s got three championship rings and is frightful in his own right, James recalled other fearsome postseason opponents — San Antonio and Boston.“I’ve played against four Hall of Famers as well, too, with Manu (Ginobili), Kawhi (Leonard), Tony (Parker) and Timmy D (Tim Duncan) on the same team,” said James, occasionally sniffling as he continues to fight a cold. “And if you add Pop (coach Gregg Popovich) in there, that’s five Hall of Famers. So, it’s going to be very challenging. Those guys are going to challenge me, they’re going to challenge our ballclub.“This is a high-powered team.”James also took on a Celtics team loaded with big-name talents.“I’ve played against Ray (Allen), KG (Kevin Garnett), Paul (Pierce), (Rajon) Rondo and Doc (Rivers). So, it’s going to be very challenging not only on me mentally, but on our ballclub and on our franchise.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprillast_img read more

Gross human rights violations in indigenous communities – APA

first_imgMiners are being accused of committing violations of human rights against Amerindian village residents, the Amerindian Peoples Association researchers have found.This information was divulged in a recently released report produced by the association and the Forest Peoples Programme.According to the APA, there are documented reports of gross human rights abuse and crimes by miners and also Police personnel against indigenous women and girls in Baramita Village, Region One (Barima/Waini).This information was passed to the relevant authorities in 2013, however, despite some official investigations and visits by Government officials in 2015, reports show that harassment and abuse continue.It was also reported that destructive mining and commercial logging are causing major damage to the environment that is affecting the livelihoods, health and welfare of indigenous peoples.“Villages in both Region One and Region Two report that commercial logging companies are destroying traditional livelihood resources, including craft materials, bush medicines and fruit trees important for game animals,” the report stated.Various communities, including Yarakita, Sebai, Hobodia, Canal Bank, Citrus Grove, Blackwater Savannah, Khan Hill and Kwebanna complained in 2012-14 that commercial loggers—with Ja Ling, Barama and Bai Shan Lin companies were ‘cleaning out’ community forests of valuable timber stocks.It went on to state that bridge and road building by loggers are also contaminating water supplies and fisheries within untitled customary lands.Villages in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) report similar problems caused by State Forest Permit holders occupying their customary lands and extension areas—these include St Monica, Kabakaburi, Akawini, Wakapau, Kaniballi, Bethany, Mashabo.Many villages and communities in Region One complain that rivers, water sources and fishing grounds are severely damaged by mining waste: “Warapoka complains of major contamination of the Waini River coming from upstream, while Kokerite and Kariako report that the Barama River is heavily polluted, which has even caused deaths among those using the water…residents of Barima Koriabo report water pollution from mining in the Barima River, and Eclipse Falls and Arakaka suffer likewise on the Upper Barima,” it highlighted, adding that mining has also polluted the water supplies of Big Creek and Oronoque.It further stated that Citrus Grove and Canal Bank are deeply concerned about mining pollution in Kaituma Creek and White Creek, yet despite their protests GGMC has not done anything yet to stop harmful mining.Mining is also causing deforestation and damage to hunting grounds in Baramita and Sebai, forcing hunters to travel long distances to find meat and fish, and they often suffer shortages.“Many families now have to buy imported meat and fish from village shops and retailers,” it stated, pinpointing that while populations are growing in most villages, livelihood resources are becoming scarce within the limited title area.“Many titled Villages visited for this assessment complain that resources are now scarce within their title boundaries. Farmlands have become infertile; craft, construction and lumber materials are in short supply and game animals are scarce in the titled land of Santa Rosa, Manawarin, Kaniballi, Yarakita, Assakata, Kokerite, Kamwatta, Hobodia, Hotoquai, Bumbury Hill, Bethany, St Monica, Kabakaburi, Capoey, Mashabo, Wakapau and Akawini, among others,” it said.last_img read more

QPR ace on fighting back from rejection, Adel Taarabt comparisons and more

first_img scrap 5 It took Chris Ramsey just three days to decide to offer Chair a contract during his trial appointed Rangers have won just once in their last seven outings against the Cottagers and Chair says the squad are determined to put a show on for the Rs faithful at Craven Cottage – with close to 2,000 in attendance.“For us as players this game is massive. We know how much it means to the fans,” he continued.“It wasn’t good enough against Brentford last month [3-1 defeat]. We need the right the wrongs of that defeat and collectively step up as a group. We owe our supporters a result.”While the Rs are searching for a first victory in five league games, it has been a promising start to the 2019/20 campaign under the tutelage of former Brentford and Rangers boss Mark Warburton.They lie 10th in the table and just four points shy of the play-offs, with Warburton establishing a philosophy and playing style which has been very easy on the eye – a refreshing change from recent seasons.Chair has certainly bought into this: “This playing style suits me a lot.“These days if you look at the top teams I don’t think any of them really rely on playing route one and gambling on the second ball,” he discusses.“Growing up as a Barcelona fan, it’s always been about total football and playing the ball on the ground.“We have players in our team like Ebere who can make a difference like what Messi does for Barcelona, and the gaffer knows that. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL LIVE on talkSPORT Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? getty images getty images Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week QPR youngster llias Chair is destined for a bright future in the game LATEST A CIES Football Observatory study determined in 2017 that ‘very short players will struggle to establish themselves as professionals’.Ever since the day he first started kicking a football around, llias Chair has been determined to dispel that theory.The way shorter players are perceived is certainly different to that of their taller peers, and Chair has felt the brunt of that throughout his blossoming career to date.The QPR youngster was just 16 years of age when he signed his first professional contract with Belgian outfit Lierse SK. You can see sense an air of frustration as Chair speaks, but a refreshing honesty and confidence in his own ability. It has been a hard slog for the 22-year-old, and he doesn’t hide that fact.His stature has always been a topic of debate, with question marks over whether he had what it took to become a professional.“The problem was I was very small and I wasn’t the strongest,” Chair admitted.“Every year I had to prove them wrong and show that my size didn’t matter.“The grind got bigger and bigger year upon year. I’m still not the biggest, but I think I’m doing all right, you know.”That he is. Chair has come a long way since his initial trial with QPR in January 2017.It took the Belgian-born attacker, who is of Moroccan ancestry, just three days to convince the club’s head of coaching, Chris Ramsey, to offer him a contract. Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future getty images The tricky playmaker went on to make his senior bow in competitive football, although his side were relegated to the second division at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.A change of management halted Chair’s progress early into the next campaign, however, and from then on the writing was on the wall as far as his Lierse career was concerned.Speaking exclusively to, Chair explained what followed thereafter – underlining his early struggles in the game owing to his height.“At 18 I asked the club [Lierse] what my future was and they basically told me I could leave if I wanted to as I wasn’t needed,” he said.“They told me they were looking for other types of players at the time. I felt that was a bit of a cop out.“I said, ‘no problem, so shall I leave now then?’. They said, ‘yes if you want to’, so we shook hands at that was the end of it.“The club no longer exists [they were dissolved in May 2018], but I get people who used to work there calling me up now and telling me they were wrong about me. I could have told them that at the time.” “It’s so good to be playing out from the back, keeping the ball moving and creating more chances.So what is the dream for Chair? And what is a realistic aim for Warburton’s men this season?‘The dream?’ Chair finishes. “We [Ebere Eze, Bright Oyasi-Samuel etc] talk about this every day. We say to ourselves, ‘imagine if we got this club promoted’.“It’s a huge incentive for us all.“We want to get this football club back to where it belongs, that would be a dream come true for us all.”With a big cheesy grin across his face Chair bids farewell as he walks off into the distance.With the enthusiasm and drive this young man has, along with an abundance of talent, you can only see him going one way – right to the very top. ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane changes revealed Les Ferdinand says the QPR youngster reminds him of Peter Beardsley getty images The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 5 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff latest QPR’s director of football, Les Ferdinand, sees similarities between Chair and one of his former Newcastle team-mates, Peter Beardsley.“I feel as though Ebere [Eze] has a skill set which is closer to Taarabt’s,” Ferdinand says to talkSPORT.“With Chair you have someone who has loads of ability too, but is more of an industrious player – a bit like a Peter Beardsley.“I look around our squad and for me Ilias is probably one of, if not, the hardest worker in the team and it’s testament to him.“He’s got a great sense of gravity and his ability to control and pass the ball is top drawer. I tell llias he can be anything he wants to be if he puts his mind to it.”talkSPORT’s Tony Incenzo is also a big fan of Chair. “I’ve seen a conveyor belt of talent progress into the QPR first team over the years – from Gerry Francis in the 1970’s, right the way through with rising stars like Clive Allen and Alan McDonald,” he explained.“In my opinion, Chair is another exciting prospect who gets the crowd excited. He has the potential to go all the way to the top – hopefully with Queens Park Rangers.”Next up for the Rs is the matter of a short trip across west London to face Fulham on Friday night, and you can listen to full commentary of the Championship clash LIVE on talkSPORT 2. 5 Chair has been likened to QPR’s former talisman and fellow Moroccan Adel Taarabt Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 5 Former QPR boss Ian Holloway handed Chair his first-team debut in a Carabao Cup tie against Northampton in August 2017, with a two-year contract extension following early in the new year.He scored his first goal for the club in their final home game of the season against Birmingham City, making seven first-team appearances in total throughout 2017/18.Last season didn’t pan out entirely how Chair envisaged it too, though. Such is the self-belief he possesses, Chair believes he could have been turning out regularly in the Rs’ first team a year earlier.Instead, he spent the second half of 2018/19 on loan at League Two side Stevenage. The impact he made there was quite incredible to say the least as they flirted with the play-offs, as Chair scored his fair share of wonder goals.‘The best player that has ever worn a Stevenage Football Club shirt,’ according to the club’s then boss Dino Maamria.So how did that compliment feel and what did he learn from that spell?“I had doubts about going there in the first place because you never know what can happen in the lower leagues,” he admitted.“For me it was like I’m this small type of player, the perception of playing in League Two is all about big, strong physical guys. So for me that was a doubt in my mind. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos PAYBACK SORRY 5 Chair has overcome adversity throughout his entire career Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ chairilias19/Instagram Ilias #Chair on loan at @StevenageFC from @QPR … Shades of Adel? 👀— talkSPORTDrive (@talkSPORTDrive) February 18, 2019“But the players here [Angel Rangel, Jamie Mackie, Luke Freeman] told me to go out there and prove myself and enjoy my time playing and I’m very grateful for that experience.”He added: “I know he [Steve McClaren, the former QPR manager] didn’t want me in the team, so I thought to myself I will prove him wrong and show him that he made the wrong decision.“Things are going well at the moment but I think I could have done what I’m doing now last season. I’m very grateful to Dino and the guys there for what they gave me.”Standing at 5ft 3in, Chair’s stock has certainly risen in the Championship this season – featuring in all but one of QPR’s league games so far.He was rewarded with a new contract in September, which talkSPORT exclusively revealed at the time, penning a three-year contract extension.Comparisons have been made with his fellow Moroccan Adel Taarabt, who took the Championship by storm in 2010/11 scoring 19 goals and laying on 21 assists as QPR ended their 15-year Premier League exile by winning the title.And while Chair – who is currently weighing up whether to represent Morocco or Belgium on the senior stage – is appreciative of those words, he feels he is a different type of player to Taarabt.“People compare me to him because we are from the same country,” said Chair.“He’s a different kind of footballer to me, but I don’t turn down those kind of comparisons.“He is a showboater, and an unbelievable one at that. I have to say it would be a dream come true to play with Taarabt for Morocco.” Fulham vs QPR (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Cardiff (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Arsenal vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Man City vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Hull (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2last_img read more

Arsenal interim boss Ljungberg admits he is seeking advice from Gunners icon

first_img Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ LATEST And ahead of his first match at the Emirates, he has admitted his players have been given a prolonged recovery period in order to avoid injuries during the busy festive period.“[Monday], was a recovery for the ones who played on Sunday. Today [Tuesday] was also a recovery of sorts,” he told talkSPORT.“Whoever played against Norwich will be training tomorrow.Ljungberg, who spent nine hugely successful years with Arsenal from 1998-2007, said he is planning to adapt his team’s style in preparation of the visit of the south coast club.“I think it’s vital against Brighton to change. Like I said before if you have a pre-season of six-to-eight weeks there’s a lot of things you can work on,” he continued. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti PEP TALK Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 1 targets on target update Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule center_img Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg has said he is planning to speak to Arsene Wenger as he prepares for his first home match against Brighton.Ljungberg was handed the reins at the Emirates last week following the dismissal of Unai Emery, and led the Gunners to a 2-2 draw at Norwich at the weekend. stalemate appointed statement latest LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff rookie error Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Ljungberg is hoping for his first win as Arsenal interim boss “I try to build on what you saw at Norwich but at the same time Brighton is a different opponent. Very, very well organised and I think they look good.“I’m going on a match-by-match time so nothing that I’m going to get involved in. It’s up to the big bosses and what they want to do.”The caretaker boss, who is a favourite to take the Arsenal hot seat full time, also admitted he is planning to chat with Wenger in the coming days.“I would like to speak to [Arsene Wenger]. I have not spoken to him as it’s been a bit hectic but that’s on my list.”last_img read more

Andy Murray to face Illya Marchenko in Australian Open

first_imgSir Andy Murray will start his bid for Australian Open glory against Illya Marchenko as the draw threw up the possibility of a last eight clash with Roger Federer.The Scot has finished runner-up five times Down Under but is the top seed courtesy of his world number one ranking.Should he progress through the early rounds then Murray could take on 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer in the quarter-final.The Swiss ace is ranked 17th in the world after missing the whole second half of the 2016 campaign through injury. Novak Djokovic, who has beaten Murray in four of the five finals in Melbourne, takes on Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in round one.last_img read more

Sligo GAA Fixtures April 26-27

first_imgExpert Electrical Sligo U14 Football League Division 2 Group 2Thu, 26 Apr, Venue: Nace O’Dowd Park, (Round: Round 2), Coolaney/Mullinabreena V Calry/St Joseph’s 18:30,  Ref: Daniel O Dowd Expert Electrical Sligo U12 Football League Division 3Thu, 26 Apr, Venue: Monsignor Hynes Park, (Round: Round 2), St Molaise Gaels V Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt 18:20,  Ref: Gavin Cawley Expert Electrical Sligo U12 Football League Division 1Thu, 26 Apr, Venue: Monsignor Hynes Park, (Round: Round 2), St Molaise Gaels V Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt 18:20,  Ref: Conor Conway Expert Electrical Sligo U14 Football League Division 1Thu, 26 Apr, Venue: Oxfield Park, (Round: Round 3), Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt V St Mary’s 18:30,  Ref: Mark ToweyThu, 26 Apr, Venue: Corran Park, (Round: Round 3), Ballymote/Bunninadden V St Molaise Gaels 18:30,  Ref: Declan HaranThu, 26 Apr, Venue: St.Brendan’s GAA Park, (Round: Round 3), Castleconnor V Owenmore Gaels 19:00,  Ref: Ollie Golden Expert Electrical Sligo Minor Football League Division 2 Group 1Fri, 27 Apr, Venue: Kent Park, (Round: Playoff), St Mary’s V Coolaney/Mullinabreena 19:00,  Ref: Gerard Higginscenter_img Expert Electrical Sligo U14 Football League Division 2 Group 1Thu, 26 Apr, Venue: Stenson Park, (Round: Round 2), St John’s V Curry 18:30,  Ref: Mark ConnellThu, 26 Apr, Venue: Seamie Donegan Memorial Park, (Round: Round 2), St Patrick’s/Dromard V Enniscrone/Kilglass 18:30,  Ref: Declan O BoyleThu, 26 Apr, Venue: Tourlestrane, (Round: Round 2), Tourlestrane V Geevagh/St.Michaels 20:30,  Ref: Paul Clavin Expert Electrical Sligo Minor Football League Division 1Fri, 27 Apr, Venue: Tourlestrane, (Round: Round 6), Tourlestrane V Eastern Harps 19:00,  Ref: Bill CartyFri, 27 Apr, Venue: Corran Park, (Round: Round 6), Ballymote/Bunninadden V St Molaise Gaels 19:00,  Ref: John GilmartinFri, 27 Apr, Venue: Connolly Park, (Round: Round 6), Owenmore Gaels V Curry 19:00,  Ref: Declan O BoyleFri, 27 Apr, Venue: Enniscrone, (Round: Round 6), Easkey/Enniscrone/Kilglass V Shamrock Gaels 19:00,  Ref: Ollie Golden Dermot Molloy Hurling League Group 1Fri, 27 Apr, Venue: Sligo GAA Centre of Excellence Pitch 2, (Round: Round 3), Calry/St Joseph’s V CooleraStrandhill 19:30,  Ref: Pat Maguirelast_img read more

Hurricane Irma – September 10 update

first_imgShare This!LATEST HERELast update – September 10, 2017, 10:30AM EasternFor more in depth information on what to expect if you’re in Central Florida during a hurricane, read this article.Another day, another update. Thanks for sticking with us.The incredibly slow speed of Hurricane Irma means that the forecast for when it will reach Central Florida keeps getting pushed out. Currently the eye is forecast to reach the Tampa-St. Petersburg area around 2AM Monday. Though it’s counterintuitive that a “slow” storm is worse, it is. You don’t want winds and rain to linger in a area, which is what they’re doing now.The eye is making landfall in the Florida Keys, but the winds and rain are being felt all the way up the state. Miami is seeing flooding and power outages.The storm is currently tracking west of the Orlando area. This does not mean there is no danger. The storm could still change directions and the area will still see very high winds and rains.Follow the latest news on Hurricane Irma at the National Hurricane Center.Florida AirportsEvery major airport in Florida is CLOSED until further notice.Airports are not set up to take in evacuees in cases of emergency.Park ClosuresOrange and Osceola Counties will have a curfew beginning 7PM Sunday through 6PM Monday.Walt Disney World Resort theme parks are CLOSED Sunday and Monday. Disney hopes to reopen Tuesday. The onsite Speedway gas stations and Car Care Center are also closed.Fort Wilderness  and the Treehouse Villas are CLOSED.Universal Orlando Resort is CLOSED Sunday and Monday.SeaWorld Orlando is CLOSED Sunday and Monday.LEGOLAND Florida is CLOSED Sunday and Monday.Busch Gardens Tampa is CLOSED Sunday and Monday.Disney is not taking FastPass+ reservations.Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on September 10 is cancelled.Halloween Horror Nights at Universal are not scheduled to begin until September 15.Rock the Universe Sunday morning worship service at Universal are cancelled.The Disney Reservations Center will be CLOSED Saturday and Sunday.Guests are able to cancel their plans without penalty. We’ve confirmed with multiple travel agents that Disney is not charging penalties. If you’re booked under a promotion like a free dining offer this week and reschedule, you may not necessarily be able to get it again. It’s technically based on availability. We at TouringPlans simply do not know how Disney will handle these situations. If you get an answer, please leave it in the comments.Information for Disney guests is on the Disney web site.Information for Universal guests is on the Universal web site.If You’re At Disney Or Universal During The HurricaneHave food and water for at least two days in your hotel room – you can buy these in the parks before you get back to your hotelBe prepared to be in your hotel room for 24 to 48 hoursBe prepared for power outagesBe prepared for cell phone outagesBe prepared for long lines for food while outlets are openRealize you’re not going to be housekeepingDon’t linger after the park closures – cast members and team members need to get home to their own families after closing the parksDisney Cruise LineDisney Cruise Line has cancelled 3 cruises and ended two early:Fantasy: September 2 cruise – ended 2 days early, passengers debark Thursday, September 7September 9 cruise – cancelledDream:September 4 cruise – ended 1 day early, passengers debark Thursday, September 7September 8 and 11 cruises – cancelledThe next scheduled cruises are the Dream on September 15 and the Fantasy on September 16. DCL has no no announcements about the status of these cruises.The Dream and the Fantasy are docked in Cozumel to avoid damage at Port Canaveral when the hurricane arrives.St. Martin, a port on Disney’s Eastern Caribbean cruises was hit hard by Irma earlier this week. St. Thomas and St. John, also on the Eastern itineraries in the USVI were hit. The DCL Blog has an article about damage to these ports.Tortola in the BVI saw a lot of damage.We haven’t seen reports about damage to the Bahamas ports of Nassau and Castaway Cay .Hurricane Jose is following Irma and the Caribbean will see more damage.The Magic and Wonder are in Europe and Alaska respectively, and not affected by Irma.Information for Disney Cruise Line passengers is on the DCL site.Disney’s Vero Beach ResortDisney’s Vero Beach Resort on Florida’s Atlantic coast is CLOSED.Disney’s Hilton Head ResortDisney’s Hilton Head Resort in South Carolina is CLOSED.The Rest of Florida and the SoutheastThe Florida Keys and parts of the Miami area are under mandatory evacuation orders.Tampa is under a mandatory evacuation order.The Florida National Guard has been called up to assist residents during and after Hurricane Irma.The west coast of Florida is bracing for storm surges up to 20 feet. In addition to the rains, parts of Florida are under tornado watches and warnings.Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina have declared states of emergency in advance of Hurricane Irma.The National Hurricane Center describes Irma as “life-threatening” and Florida governor Rick Scott says the storm surge “can kill you.”What Happened During Hurricane MatthewIn October 2016, Hurricane Matthew, a smaller hurricane, was projected to go through the Orlando area, though it did turn east at the last minute. Here’s a reminder of how that went:I-95 through Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina saw substantial flooding during Hurricane Matthew last year. Flooding lasted well after the storm had gone through.Orlando area airports closed before the storm and flights were delayed and cancelled as planes and crews made their way back in place.Port Canaveral was closed while officials assessed damage.Universal and Walt Disney World closed early the day before the storm and were closed for one full day.Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was cancelled and guests were offered refunds or rescheduled tickets.Halloween Horror Nights were cancelled and guests were offered refunds or rescheduled tickets.Resort hotel restaurants were not serving guests who remained onsite though box meals were available for purchase.Guests at Fort Wilderness, the Treehouses at Saratoga Springs, and the Polynesian Bungalows were relocated to more secure accommodations. This year that list would include the Cabins at Copper Creek Villas at Wilderness Lodge.Stay tuned to the TouringPlans blog for more information as it comes in.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup: SA selectors ‘spoilt for choice’

first_img4 June 2014After some pleasing performances from his charges, Springbok Women’s coach Lawrence Sephaka said on Tuesday it will be a tough task to select only 26 players for the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup. The Springbok Women’s XV registered a resounding 87-12 victory against the Women’s Interprovincial XV at Ellis Park on Saturday, which followed on from a convincing 45-7 victory at DHL Newlands three weeks ago in the final trial matches for the players before the selection of the World Cup squad. The 26-member World Cup squad will be announced in mid-June. The tournament takes place from 1 to 17 August in France.‘Very pleasing’“It was very pleasing to see the commitment and focus in the camp before both warm-up matches,” Sephaka said in a statement.“It showed how determined all of the players are, including those in the Interprovincial XV, to be in the group that represents the country at the World Cup. “In the next two weeks we will face the challenge of finalising our World Cup squad, and although the warm-games at Ellis Park and DHL Newlands provided some clarity, it will remain a challenging task to select only 26 players. But it has been pleasing to see how hard all the players involved in the last two matches have worked since January to improve their skills and conditioning to be in contention for places.”Training paying offWith the World Cup only two months away, Sephaka declared himself pleased with the quality of the performance the Springbok Women’s XV delivered at Ellis Park, and he said regular training camps, satellite coaching stations, and the assistance of the SARU Mobi-Unit were paying off.“I am proud of the Springbok Women’s XV,” said Sephaka. “Saturday’s match marked the first time the Springbok Women’s Sevens players were drafted into the 15-a-side set-up and they gelled well with the other players. It was also pleasing to see them adapt to our structures within two days. “I was also pleased with the quality of our rugby. When the players stuck to the game plan the tries followed. That said, we still have a long way to go to reach the quality of rugby we would like to see the women play at the World Cup, but there were several encouraging signs in Saturday’s performance which we will build on in the next two months.”World Cup warm-up tourThe Springbok Women will travel to London and France from 25 June to 5 July on a World Cup warm-up tour, which will include two matches against the Nomads and one against France. Sephaka said the games would serve as the perfect yardstick to measure the team’s progress.“The matches on the warm-up tour are going to be very tough,” he reckoned. “The Nomads always field a quality team, while France will view their match against us as a dress rehearsal for our World Cup pool match, so the players will have to be at their best to have a good tour. “But although it will be challenging, this tour is exactly what we need to prepare the players mentally and physically for the World Cup.” The team’s participation at the tournament is being funded in part by a R2.3-million grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

“You’re the Best”

first_imgWe all know the importance of recognition and appreciation. In this context, some people say “you’re the best.” Words matter and these words are troublesome for a few reasons.  First and foremost:  how is the recipient to respond?If you say nothing, either you have ignored what was intended as a compliment, or  your silence may be seen as “why are you telling me that which is axiomatic?”If you say “thank you,” are you not effectively saying that you think you are the best?  A little hubris?  And, by a little, I mean a lot.If you say “not really,” you may be trying to show appropriate humility.  But it invites a dialogue on your “bestness.”The comment also may come off as insincere.  Those who use it rarely say it to only one person. Everyone is the best so no one is.So scrap the  superlative and say what you mean. “Great job” or “You’re a terrific  colleague.” That allows the recipient to say “thank you” with humility and move on.What do you do if someone says “you’re the best” to you? I was at my firm’s holiday party, and I heard a great response by a colleague “I am just doing my best.”It is important to note that the expression can have not only employee relations but also legal consequences. Consider, in particular, the evaluation process.A supervisor states that an employee is “the best” on his or her evaluation.  Later, the employee is selected for termination in a reduction in force based on the relative performance of employees performing the same job. Can you say pretext?Even as a “stray remark,” the phrase could have legal implications. If admissible, the superlative could be used to assail the employer’s basis for any adverse employment action.I hope this short blog is helpful. But it is definitely not the best! I’m just doing my best to point out how the words we use may not convey the sincerity that we feel and actually may set us up for legal and relationship problems down the road.This blog should  not be construed as legal advice, as pertaining to specific factual situations or as establishing an attorney-client relationship.last_img read more