Ben Stokes to join England in New Zealand after court appearance

first_img0Shares0000Ben Stokes will go on trial at Bristol Crown Court next month after being accused of affray © AFP / Paul ELLISBristol, United Kingdom, Feb 13 – Ben Stokes will join the England squad in New Zealand after the star all-rounder pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of affray over a nightclub incident that forced him out of the Ashes tour.The 26-year-old all-rounder appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court in the southwest of England along with two other men and was granted bail before the next hearing in the case takes place on March 12 at Bristol Crown Court. The England and Wales Cricket Board issued a statement shortly after Stokes’s first court appearance confirming his travel plans but he is not expected to make an immediate return after nearly five months out of the side.“Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates’ Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad,” said an ECB spokesman.“He departs tomorrow, Wednesday 14 February, and will arrive on Friday 16 February, ready to train with England team-mates in Hamilton.”The statement said any decision to include him in upcoming matches would be made by the England management team. He is not currently being considered for the ongoing International Twenty20 tri-series against New Zealand and Australia. England start a five-match one-day international series against New Zealand on February 25, followed by two Tests.“(The) ECB fully respects his right to defend himself in court and any obligations he has within the legal process will always take precedence over England commitments,” added the statement.“It has been confirmed that he will not be required to return to the UK for the first hearing at Bristol Crown Court on Monday 12 March.”Stokes, who missed England’s 4-0 Ashes drubbing after being suspended from playing for England, appeared at the court in Bristol along with Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale.– Altercation –It follows an altercation during the early hours of September 25 last year, several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies in the city.It is alleged a 27-year-old man suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident, at which fellow England cricketer Alex Hales was also present. Hales faced no charges.Ali, Stokes and Hale spoke to confirm their names, dates of births, addresses and nationalities. The clerk read out the charges and all three defendants indicated not guilty pleas.Stokes is accused jointly with Ali and Hale of using or threatening unlawful violence towards another.The charge states that his “conduct was such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety”. The other two defendants face the same charge.All three defendants elected to be tried by a jury at a crown court, with the offence carrying a maximum penalty of up to three years in prison.“I have decided that your trial will take place at the crown court at Bristol. The first hearing date will be March 12,” said District Judge Simon Cooper. “You will be on bail.”In a statement posted on Twitter last month after he was charged, Stokes said he was “keen to have an opportunity to clear my name”.While England were in Australia, Stokes played a few games for Canterbury Kings during a month-long spell in New Zealand before returning home to England.He is due to play in the Indian Premier League after being sold for £1.4 million ($1.9 million) to the Rajasthan Royals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Public meeting tonight on future of Sliabh Liag Distillery

first_imgFollowing the recent news that Sliabh Liag Distillery is to relocate to Ardara there will be a public meeting in the Old School, Carrick tonight at 8pm.A community spokesman said the people of the area are devastated at this news as 40 jobs were to be created.“To a small rural community, it gave people a chance to gain employment, while others were planning to move back to the area as employment opportunities would arise. “The knock-on effects for local businesses cannot be underestimated with increased employment and tourism.“This would have been a landmark building and a major tourist attraction as the site in question is historic and set in a wonderful scenic location right beside Sliabh Liag and the planned new building was a fitting modern building which would have added to the proposed site.”The spokesman added that there was massive excitement in the area Silkie Whiskey and An Dúlamán grew and won national and international awards.“The pride of what was happening in the area was immense and people were eager to see the project start.” “However, that excitement has now has turned to shock, anger and disbelief as to how this could happen.”“We want to see if we can reverse this decision and repair the reputation of the area following this controversy.”Public meeting tonight on future of Sliabh Liag Distillery was last modified: September 19th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Runner’s aggressiveness pays off

first_img Brittany Jones finished second in the sophomore race, completing the 3-mile course in 19:43. The Cowboys held on despite the disqualification of seniors Kaelyn English and Brenda Cohen, who built a significant lead, then ran off the poorly marked course. Three Canyon runners finished in the top five in the sophomore race, Saugus’ girls, with Shannon Murakami winning the junior race and Katie Dunn the sophomore race, finished third. Canyon’s boys were second, led by Stephen Kent, who finished third in the junior race. Each team’s top three finishers in three of four races – one for each grade – counted in the point totals, with the worst mark thrown out. Time well spent: Canyon was scheduled to run at the Kenny Staub/John Barnes Invitational last Saturday at La Crescenta Park, but the meet was postponed until today because of smoke from area fires. Stephen Kent still ran, competing in a local 5K race. Kent finished third with a personal-record time of 16:15. His father, Mike, won his age group in the same race. Canyon will not run at the Staub today because it comes one day after the Dos Pueblos Invitational. Sean Martin, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hart High’s Katie Kuykendall won her first race of the season, the Sept. 30 College Park Invitational in Oxnard, thanks to a pep talk from Indians coach Larry David. “It was a good race for her,” David said. “She did what we’d been talking about, trying to get her a little more aggressive and more confident. She responded to that challenge. She moved away in the first mile and built on her lead from there.” Kuykendall covered the three-mile course in 19 minutes, 20 seconds. She won by only five seconds, but the victory was never really in doubt. The second-place finisher made a late charge, but Kuykendall, who finished 15th at the first Foothill League meet the previous week, had built an insurmountable early lead. David called Kuykendall’s first Foothill race, in which she ran 21:49, “flat.” “I think she felt she could be higher up in league than that,” David said. “This was a good race for her to be more aggressive, because she had nothing to lose, and if she did well, it would be a confidence boost.” Hart’s girls’ team won the team title. Its final three scorers – Francine Jaramillo, Christine Jaramillo and Jessica Humphrey – finished 13th through 15th and only four seconds apart. Hart’s boys won the first Foothill League meet Sept. 22, placing five runners in the top 10. Alfredo Coronado won the three-mile race in 15:44. Schedule change: Wednesday’s Foothill League meet at Central Park has been moved to 2 p.m., with varsity races starting at 3 p.m. The race will start an hour earlier to finish before sunset, in accordance with Yom Kippur. Canyon wins in Goleta: Canyon’s girls won Friday’s Dos Pueblos of Goleta Invitational, using strong performances by its seniors, juniors and sophomores to claim the title. last_img read more

Donegal organisation named as National Lottery Good Cause of the Year

first_imgAn inspiring organisation which provides ocean, surf, and water therapy for young people with physical, emotional, behavioural or intellectual needs has been named the National Lottery Good Cause of the Year 2019.The Donegal-based, Liquid Therapy was named National Lottery Good Causes of the Year 2019 and also won the Sport & Recreation Category at the gala National Lottery Good Causes Awards, held in the Clayton Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin last night (Saturday 2nd November).Josepha Madigan (centre) Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Andrew Algeo, chief executive National Lottery presents the top prize in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards to Tom Losey of Liquid Therapy, Bundoran, Co. Donegal and colleagues from left: Aoife Britton; Daveth Fox; Elaine Losey and Daragh Gorman. Pic Mac Innes PhotographyThe National Lottery Good Causes Awards honour the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals from all over Ireland who, with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding, have had an extraordinary impact on their local communities. The team of dedicated ocean lovers believe that everybody should be able to benefit from the therapeutic experience of the ocean and Liquid Therapy’s mission is to provide the perfect platform to empower each individual to be able to reach their aquatic potential!Tom and Elaine Losey members of Liquid Therapy, Bundoran, Co. Donegal the winners of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards at the prize giving in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin last night, 2nd November 2019. Pic Mac Innes Photography36 finalists from all over Ireland gathered for a glittering Awards dinner which was hosted by broadcaster and journalist, Grainne Seoige with support from social media influencer and presenter, James Patrice.Tom Losey, founder and director of Liquid Therapy, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won the award and we are absolutely stunned.“To have won both the Sport & Recreation and to be named National Lottery Good Cause of the Year truly is a huge honour. “This award is dedicated to our surfers, our families, our volunteers, our community and our supporters. It caps off an amazing 2019 for Liquid Therapy and we cannot wait for the adventures of 2020!”Liquid Therapy was established in 2011, in Bundoran, Donegal, to provide one to one support for young people who wanted to experience surfing but are unable to participate in mainstream opportunities due to various physical, emotional, behavioural or intellectual conditions.Presenting the representatives from Liquid Therapy with their prize for winning the National Lottery Good Cause of the Year, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said: “It is no secret that the ocean and seas provide a therapeutic experience for everyone, whether it is listening to the waves or surfing on top of them.This award goes to a truly unique organisation which provides comfort and support to young people while enabling them to experience the fun of surfing and playing in the water.”Minister Madigan added: “Community is at the heart of all we do in Ireland and the inspiring National Lottery Good Causes Awards finalists have excelled in their use of Good Causes funds to benefit their localities and the wider society. “Good Causes funding has helped us build a better Ireland and has given communities opportunities they would not have had otherwise.”Donegal organisation named as National Lottery Good Cause of the Year was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Breast cancer is on the agenda

first_imgThe above infographic disproves some of the myths people believe about breast cancer and the threats it poses. (Image: Brand South Africa)Breast cancer awareness month is under way this month in South Africa and the rest of the world, when organisations, corporations and the public help to spread awareness and information about the disease.Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among South African women and the second most prevalent of all cancers among women of all races around the world. Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common form of cancer.According to the 2009 National Cancer Registry, one in 33 South African women will suffer from breast cancer at some point during their lives.“The designation of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in South Africa reflects a nationwide drive by public and private health care structures to raise awareness of this debilitating disease across all races and class structures,” the Department of Health said in announcing the event.With health care forming an integral part of South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) it is important that South Africans are informed about how to ensure their wellbeing as well as of those for whom they are responsible.Raising awareness of breast cancer and arming people with a working knowledge of the disease ties in with meeting the NDP’s health care pillar.“The only way we are going to address women’s sexual and reproductive health, including cervical and breast cancer, HIV and Aids and TB, is to ensure that policies, programmes and services are integrated,” said Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, South Africa’s first lady.Madiba-Zuma was speaking in New York City on 27 and 28 September, where she used her attendance at the 70th session of the United Nation General Assembly to promote women’s health awareness. “It is my responsibility to the people of South Africa to ensure that women’s sexual and reproductive health is kept high on the national and global agenda.”AT RISKMany people believe that they have no risk of breast cancer for a number of reasons, such as the idea that if there is no known history of the disease in their family, they will not get it. Although having a history of breast cancer in your family does increase your chances of developing the disease, however, the absence of cancer in your family does not mean you are not at risk.Many people are under the impression that breast cancer is only a threat to women; contrary to popular belief, men can contract the disease as well, although they are less likely to do so than women. One in 1 249 men worldwide will get breast cancer during their lifetimes.This is because men have far less breast tissue than women and thus run less of a risk of developing cancerous cells in their breast – but that does not mean it cannot happen.Regular examination, done yourself or by a professional, as well as mammograms can go a long way to avoiding the complications inherent in late discovery of breast cancer. (Image: ICON)EARLY DIAGNOSISThroughout October, organisations such as Cansa and the Pink Drive are raising awareness of the disease. They are encouraging people to care for their health as well as support those who have the illness.Best health practices are promoted during breast cancer awareness month, and people are encouraged to undergo regular routine checks to identify the development of cancerous cells early on and take measures to reduce risk.“Early diagnosis gives the cancer patient a higher chance of complete cure and less extensive surgery,” explains Dr Sheldon Godinho, the president of the Radiological Society of South Africa. “Early detection is a critically important factor in winning the battle against breast cancer.”Regular examination, done yourself or by a professional, as well as mammograms can go a long way to avoiding the complications inherent in late discovery of breast cancer.As International Breast Cancer Month continues through October, people of all ages and genders should take the time to support those suffering from breast cancer and ensure their own health and wellness.last_img read more

Taking Action on Climate Change

first_imgAlex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Peak oil?I used to hope that the costs of extracting dwindling reserves of oil, gas, and coal would increase to the point that dramatic reductions in consumption would result. I read the articles about “peak oil” (the idea that once the peak in world oil production was reached there would be inexorable declines in production, accompanied by large increases in cost) and hoped that this could be the driver of significant reductions in fossil fuel use. RELATED ARTICLES Earth Day 2014 and Climate ChangeHalf of All Americans Worry About Climate ChangeGood News Bad News With Climate ChangeSeeking Common Ground on Climate Change PolicyScience, Climate Change, and Policy The Science of Global Warming Is Older Than Quantum MechanicsThe Connection Between Obesity and Climate Change Alas, even as production of conventional oil probably did peak a few years ago, advances in extraction of unconventional oil through hydraulic fracturing (fracking), deep-seabed drilling, and other technologies compensated for the reductions in easy-to-access oil, and cost increases were largely kept in check.Commodity pricing is tightly tied to supply and demand, though, and it’s still possible that we will see large increases in price drive conservation. But it’s also possible that costs will actually drop, making it very hard to turn our collective backs on the highly concentrated, carbon-rich fuels. Suddenly waking up to the reality of climate change?I have also long held out hope that science would be able to convince the public and policymakers that our current trajectory is leading us to catastrophe. The following metaphor helps explain where we are.Imagine that your doctor tells you that you have cancer. Not satisfied with that single opinion, you visit 100 doctors for their prognoses, and 98 of them tell you that even though your symptoms may not be that obvious, you have cancer and need to take immediate action to cure it. The other two doctors tell you that the little bump is nothing and you shouldn’t worry about it. Most of us would take action based on advice the 98 doctors and not the two with contradictory advice.That’s where we are with climate change science today. Ninety-eight percent of climate scientists are telling us that our emissions of greenhouse gases are leading us inexorably to a hotter climate, melting glaciers, sea level rise, more intense storms, and a host of other effects. But a lot of us — and especially our policy makers in Washington — are listening to that 2% of climate scientists who say “don’t worry about it; go on with business as usual.”Much of the blame for the societal doubt about climate change has to do with journalists — my own profession. In a presentation in Putney, Vermont, last week, outdoor writer Tom Clynes, who wrote a fascinating article on climate change deniers for Popular Science magazine two years ago, explained that journalists are trained to present good information on the topic at hand, but then find an opposing points of view to present a “balanced perspective.”Journalists do this in reporting on climate change, going back to the same climate-change deniers, such as the Heartland Institute, where well-funded “experts” offer the opposing view that climate change is a farce. This perpetuates the misimpression by the public that there still is a lot of doubt about the science of climate change.So, while I will continue trying to convince the public and policy makers that climate change is real and we need to do something about it, I am increasingly doubtful that we will take significant action as long as the effects are mostly future predictions and not in our faces.center_img A focus on resilienceI wish that we as a society were more willing to base decisions on science, and I hope that if it takes more compelling evidence to convince policy makers to finally take real action on climate change that those wake-up calls won’t be too tragic in their outcomes.As we wait to find out, I’m going to continue to focus on resilience as a driver of action. Next week I’ll remind readers that argument. Seeing and feeling climate changeThis brings me to the scenario that I think will most likely — finally — result in real action: a series of events that even the most skeptical climate-change denier cannot ignore. In the cancer analogy above, this would be the point at which the cancer metastasizes and multiple tumors appear on multiple organs in such a visible way that even those last two doctors who told you not to worry will now tell you that action is needed — though they might well say that it’s too late (sorry about that).So, what would those climate-change events look like? How obvious would they have to be to finally convince the naysayers and create public demand for real action?Will it be the next Hurricane Sandy, which this time hits New York and Boston with full Category-4 or Category-5 force and a commensurate storm surge? Will it be a drought in the West so severe that power plants have to shut down for lack of cooling water and the flow of food from California stops? Will it be three feet of sea level rise and an abandonment of Miami and New Orleans? In my previous blog I described the international effort to understand climate change. The United Nations’ IPCC is leading the charge, and efforts like the Kyoto Treaty have grown out of that background work. But are we getting closer to solving the problem?The vast majority of climate scientists are telling us that we’re careening headlong into the unknown world of a rapidly warming climate, and they offer policy recommendations for addressing that. Except for a few progressive countries that have taken to heart the need to slow carbon emissions — countries like Denmark, the United Kingdom, and Sweden — there is little sign that the rest of the world is even paying attention, let alone embarking on a path that will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.What will it take for the rest of the world to get on board?last_img read more

Dreaded Chambal dacoit Jagan Gujjar surrenders

first_imgDreaded dacoit Jagan Gujjar, facing over 100 cases of robbery, kidnapping and looting and carrying a reward of ₹40,000 on his head, surrendered before the police in Rajasthan’s Dholpur district on Friday. Gujjar, 49, involved in criminal activities in three States, was hiding in the Chambal ravines.Police said a .315 bore rifle and five cartridges were seized from Gujjar’s possession. He was earlier arrested several times since 1994, and was released on bail. The police had recently launched an operation to arrest him when reports of his attacks on villagers in Dholpur’s Dang area surfaced earlier this month.Director-General of Police Kapil Garg said the policemen who confronted the dacoit during the operation and forced him to surrender would be felicitated. Gujjar surrendered near a temple in the Basai Dang police station area of Dholpur district.Rashtriya Loktantrik Party chief and Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal had raised the issue of Gujjar’s criminal activities in the Lok Sabha recently and demanded his immediate arrest.In the rural belts of Uttar Pradesh adjoining Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, his trail of loot and terror evoked images of Gabbar Singh, the iconic dacoit of the film Sholay. Gujjar had many cases registered against him in these States.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Microsoft releases a keyboard that works on Android and iOS

first_imgMicrosoft has released a new keyboard called the Universal mobile keyboard and it works with Android, iOS and Windows devices. It is actually quite similar to the recently released Logitech K480 keyboard. The keyboard also has a Bluetooth key, which allows the user to switch between Android, iOS, and Windows modes.The most impressive bit about the keyboard is that it sports dedicated keys for Android and a CMD key for Apple users, so that people can seamlessly use shortcuts found in the three differing ecosystems. Notably, there is no dedicated Windows key.The keyboard also provides a cradle so that one can securely place ones device.Microsoft claims the battery will provide 6 months of usage on a single charge and in 10 minutes one can obtain an entire day’s usage.The keyboard will be available on October for $79.95, but this is a US release date and there is no word when this product will come to India.Clearly, Microsoft is taking CEO Satya Nadella’s platform agnostic “mobile first and cloud first” strategy to heart, where it develops software and hardware for everyone, not just its own ecosystem.last_img read more

Women of Rice photo exhibit highlights Rice womens legacies

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] [email protected]‘Women of Rice’ photo exhibit highlights Rice women’s legaciesHOUSTON – (Dec. 1, 2014) – As part of the ongoing “Women of Rice” project launched in spring 2014, a second photo exhibit titled “Our Present/Their Future” is now on display at Rice University to document the history of women’s contributions to the university. The exhibit will be on display through March 31 in the main first-floor hallway of the university’s Fondren Library, 6100 Main St.“Our Present/Their Future” features the portraits and stories of 13 prominent and influential Rice women, including former trustees, faculty and staff, such as Oveta Culp Hobby, Alice Dean, Hally Poindexter, Katherine Drew, Mary Wheeler and Josephine Abercrombie. According to the exhibit’s organizers, these women steered the university toward a future vision of Rice, one “abundant with opportunities” that Rice women now enjoy in the present. Because this installation features “only a few of the scores of women whose labor and imagination have shaped the university,” organizers expect coming installations to reveal more stories about the pioneering women of Rice.On March 12, Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality will host a reception to highlight the exhibit and will also present a Women’s History Month lecture by Margaret Jacobs, the Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, titled “If Everyone Cared: Transnational Indigenous Women’s Activism and Child Welfare, 1960-1980.”The exhibit is free and open to the public. For a Rice University map and parking information, visit For Fondren Library hours, visit Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews. AddThislast_img read more