Hull City visit Ashton Gate on Wednesday evening and Jamie McAllister previews the fixture.
Pool BY NATALIE CHOLOHEI The Lae Billiards Snooker Association president Arua Simoi has thanked PNG Ports Corporation for its continued support towards the pool matches in Lae. Simoi said PNG Ports Corporation stepped in when the association was lacking sponsorship. With K10,000 sponsorship the company has committed, it helped the association’s interim executives to run the competition that hosted 14 teams that took part in the pool competition. “We did not have much sponsors but with the support from PNG Ports, sponsoring us with K10,000 we decided to use K3000 to cater for the advert with the support from nomination fees and players’ registration fees,” Simoi said. He said the funds had helped to successfully complete the first lot of matches they aim to put up this year. “This is one of our few competitions that are going to be held this year. I have my six-month plan I will be presenting to the executives to look at on how we can work together to raise funds for our competitions,” Simoi said. Simoi said he was confident the new competition would improve as compared to last year’s competition. The players have improved in their games. “The competition has been more organised now and the standards of players have slightly improved but still need improvement,” Simoi said. He welcomed the new and old teams taking part in the competition. “Big thanks to the Aviat Club for providing the venue and the hard working committees for their support throughout the competition,” Simoi said. The association is expecting Trukai Industries Limited and Guard Dog Security Services to also jump on the bandwagon as sponsors of the competition.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – With four players having left the program since October, the UK women’s basketball team does not seem like a program on the rise.But its 7-0 record suggests a different story.“What I see from our players and practice and on the court are positive things happening,” UK head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “And I just have a different view, being on the inside, that I think the departures are positive if that’s what the players needed to do to be successful.”Thompson leads No. 13 Kentucky women past ColoradoThe departures started when Oregon transfer Chrishae Rowe was dismissed from the team in mid-October. Almost two weeks later starting guard Linnae Harper announced she would transfer. On Nov. 3 freshman guard Morgan Rich announced she was leaving the program, five days before the regular-season opener.Even the start of the season was not enough to end the departures as junior forward Kyvin Goodin-Rogers announced she was transferring after averaging 11.4 minutes per game in five early-season appearances.“When you have four situations in a short period of time, it certainly looks like it’s connected,” Mitchell said. “And it’s hard for people, if they’re not in it and don’t know each individual, they’re four individual situations. So one’s a dismissal. So a player chose not to live up to the standards of the program, so I had to make that decision. The other three are all separate individual decisions that you need to talk to those individuals.”The massive turnover has done nothing to quell Kentucky’s early success.The Wildcats have risen to No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 after wins in each of their first seven games. The high point of the first month’s games came with an overtime win at No. 15 Arizona State in the third game of the season.Rising Kentucky women’s basketball junior to transferOn Thursday, Kentucky will welcome Louisville to Rupp Arena for its annual rivalry matchup.“We certainly respect the rivalry,” Mitchell said. “It’s a big game. We feel grateful to be at the University of Kentucky and we know how much the game means to our fans.”Kentucky has won four consecutive games in the series and is 21-4 against the Cardinals in Lexington.Mitchell’s thin roster is expected to receive a boost against Louisville with the return of sophomore center Alyssa Rice, who has yet to play this season due to a foot injury.That addition will help lessen the burden of some of the departures, but Mitchell thinks his depth is OK for now.Sign up to get more like this free in your inbox “You’ll have nine players that can go on the floor and do something and contribute in some shape or form,” he said. “I think there are probably a lot of teams that would like to be nine deep. We’ve got to do a great job now of being focused in on our responsibility to each other. We can’t foul, we can’t make silly mental mistakes.”If Kentucky is able to build on its early success, Mitchell will be able to put many of the fears about turmoil in his team to rest.“The atmosphere around the players in the locker room seems to be really good,” Mitchell said. “And if people think things are off the track and falling apart, then time will tell whether that’s true or not. I feel better about our program and our culture right now than I have in a long time.”Kentucky Wildcats head coach Matthew Mitchell reacts during the game against the Dayton Flyers in the second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament at Memorial Coliseum. The Dayton Flyers defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 99-94.Email Jon Hale at firstname.lastname@example.org . Follow him on Twitter @JonHale_CJ .
Reigning champions Thurles Sarsfields are through to the Mid Tipp senior hurling final after they defeated JK Bracken’s 5-26 to 2-16 in Templetuohy last night.The game was overshadowed by a serious leg injury late in the game to Sarsfields and Tipperary senior hurler Billy MacCarthy.The Cathedral town side were in control of the game from early on going in 4-13 to 1-10 ahead at the break and it was a lead they never relinquished. Photo © Tipp FM The Sars will now play the winners of Holycross Ballycahill and Loughmore Castleiney who meet on Friday evening.
Afterwards he said the win was a great morale boost so early in the season but admitted he had to work hard for it. Photo © Bora Hansgrohe Carrick on Suir’s Sam Bennett has picked up his first win of 2019.The Bora Hansgrohe sprinter took the final stage of the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina.He powered past his rivals at the end of the 141 kilometres 7th stage with a blistering turn of speed to pip Alvaro Hodeg of Deceuninck-QuickStep.
CHRISTCHURCH, (Reuters) – Seamer Kyle Jamieson took five for 45 as New Zealand dismissed India for 242 after tea on day one of the second and final test yesterday before consolidating their advantage by reaching the close of play on 63 without loss. Playing only his second test after making his debut in the 10-wicket victory in Wellington last week, the tall right-armer wreaked havoc in India’s lower order as the tourists lost their last five wickets for 45 runs after the second break.Jamieson, enjoying some of the luck that had evaded him earlier in the day, claimed four of those wickets after starting with Cheteshwar Pujara, who had threatened to guide the tourists to a more than competitive total.Pujara, picking his shots with the care of a player who knew how important his innings would be, ground out a 25th test half century and enjoyed a partnership of 81 with Hanuma Vihari that had India looking comfortable at 194-4 just before tea. Vihari gloved behind for 55 to bring up the break, however, and Pujara was gone for 54 two overs after the resumption when he abandoned his circumspection and skied an attempted hook that wicketkeeper BJ Watling took with ease.“It was a wrong time to get out obviously, just before tea,” Vihari told reporters. “I was batting positively, I thought I played one shot too many.“But that’s the name of the game, sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t.” Jamieson then removed Rishabh Pant, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja in short order and left Trent Boult to mop up the final wicket by bowling Mohammed Shami for 12.“It’s a pretty special feeling,” Jamieson said after carrying the ball off the field.“I think as a bowling unit we did so well and I was lucky to grab a few. At one stage I thought they were probably going to get a few more, (the wicket) wasn’t doing quite as much as it did in Wellington, so to keep them to 240 is pretty good.” The day started poorly for the tourists when New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and sent his five-pronged seam attack out to bowl on a green track.Opener Prithvi Shaw provided the first bright moments of the day for the Indian supporters with a quickfire half century in the rain-delayed first session that presented a stark contrast to what was to come from Pujara.Jamieson dismissed the 20-year-old caught behind for 54, though, and his opening partner Mayank Agarwal (7) was also sent back before the first break. Skipper Virat Kohli’s batting woes continued as he was trapped plumb in front by Tim Southee for three from the first ball he faced after lunch to take his tally to a paltry 24 from his three innings in the series.New Zealand openers Tom Latham, who was unbeaten on 27, and Tom Blundell (29 not out) successfully negotiated 23 overs until stumps and will resume on Sunday looking to cut deep into India’s 179-run lead.
Embattled Sports Minister Muntaka Mubarak Mohammed has resigned. The following is a government statement on his resignation and President Mills’ acceptance.GOVERNMENT STATEMENT ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY REPORT ON INVESTIGATIONS INTO ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE MINISTER OF YOUTH AND SPORTS AND THE OFFER OF THE MINISTER TO RESIGN FROM OFFICEInvestigations by National Security into the allegations against Hon. Muntaka Mubarak, Minister of Youth and Sports, have been completed and a report submitted to the President.The following could not be established:* The Minister collected US$2,000.00 imprest for the finals of the 1st CHAN tournament in Abidjan.* The Minister collected US$10,000.00 for landing rights for the aircraft which took the government delegation to the CHAN finals in Abidjan. * The Minister personally arranged for accommodation and feeding of the Black Star players in Kenya and Sudan.* The Minister was paid GHC15,200.00 as refund for meat and food items* The Minister’s wife was allocated VW Passat No. GT 1351 Z.* The Minister demanded immediate payment of or was paid GHC1,000. per match for the services of a Mallam.* The Minister requested or collected GHC12,000 for gifts for the Minister’s constituency on his last trip to Kumasi. * The Minister allocated to himself or was allocated five (5) official vehicles.The following were established:* The Minister collected a per diem allowance of GHC2,000 for the Ghana-Benin match. This amount was authorized by the Chief Director, Mr. Albert Anthony Ampong, but the Minister had no knowledge of what his per diem for the travel was supposed to be.* Ms. Edith Zinayela (Secretary to the Majority Leader in Parliament) was part of the Minister’s entourage to the finals of CHAN tournament in Abidjan at the expense of the Government. After the delegation returned from Abidjan, the Minister sought the advice of the Chief Director of the Ministry who instructed the Principal Accountant to purchase the ticket for Ms. Zinayela by raising a memo for the purpose.* The Minister received a letter from the National Sports Council requesting the release of GHC1,410,051.58. The Minister minuted the letter to his Chief Director for the necessary action. The Chief Director presented the Minister with a duly prepared letter for his signature which the Minister signed after being convinced that due diligence had been followed. This amount was not released by the Ministry of Finance to the National Sports Council. * The Minister requested that arrangement for accommodation and feeding of the Black Stars players in Kenya and Sudan should be done by Tour Operators to enable the Ministry make some savings. This did not go down well with the Ministry officials. The Principal Accountant, Mr. Adim Odoom, and an official of GFA had earlier visited Mali to make arrangements for the Black Stars without the knowledge of the Minister. They were about to do the same for Kenya and Sudan when the Minister found out and ordered them to stop.* The Minister requested for he and his family to travel to Kumasi by air. The Chief Director endorsed the request by the Minister. The request was backed with a memo. The Chief Director did not advise the Minister that his family was not entitled to these tickets.* The Ministry refunded to the Minister an amount of GHC674.02 for items the Minister was entitled to as protocol and entertainment. The Chief Director or the Principal Accountant should have vetted the receipt and exempted items which were not allowable. Items like baby oil, baby food and mouth wash should have been disallowed even though they formed a seemingly insignificant part of the bill.The Minister on discovering that this amount had been refunded demanded to withdraw the receipt but the Principal Accountant Mr. Adim Odoom assured him that everything was in order and that he had paid the refund from the imprest which was normal.* The Minister’s driver presented for refund a receipt for the Minister’s household items totaling GHC1,520 and not GHC15,200 as alleged but this amount was never refunded. * Ms. Edith Zinayela was part of the Minister’s entourage to Germany on the invitation of Souito Sports Management Group. Her visa fee was paid by the Ministry.* Alhaji Abdulai Yakubu (Director of Finance and Administration at the Ministry) authorized a certain payment because the Chief Director was in Tamale and would be away for a week. The accountant objected to his authorization. The Minister directed that the documents be re-routed for the approval and authorization of the Chief Director.The following were also established:* Under the close eye of the Minster, savings were made as a result of the payment of graduated bonuses as well as cuts in the payment of bonuses to officials. These monies were returned to government chest and the Chief of Staff was informed in writing.* The Chief Director, Mr. Albert Anthony Ampong, acknowledged that Mr. Ebenezer Lomotey, another Accountant at the Ministry, handed over US$10,000.00 to him (the Chief Director) to be given the Minister. The Chief Director could however not recollect exactly where he gave the money to the Minister neither could he show any documentary proof of having handed the money over to the Minister. The Minister denied having received any such money. * The Principal Accountant, Mr. Adim Odoom, indicated that he gave US$10,000.00 to the Chief Director for onward delivery to the Minister for payment of landing rights for the CHAN finals in Abidjan. There is no evidence that the Chief Director handed over this amount to the Minister. The Minister denied having received any such money.* The Vehicle VW Passat No GT 1351 Z was formerly used by Dr. Emmanuel Owusu Ansah, Director of Sports Development at the Ministry. The decision of the Minister to take that car did not go down well with Dr. Owusu Ansah to the extent that he decided to retire before his retirement date. This source of conflict between Dr. Owusu Ansah and the Minister apparently caused him to team up with others like the Principal Accountant Mr. Adim Odoom to create problems for the Minister.* Mr. Adim Odoom typed his allegations on Dr. Owusu Ansah’s laptop in Dr. Owusu Ansah’s office. Dr. Owusu Ansah admitted that he took copies of the allegations to Mr. Kofi Adams for the attention of former President Rawlings. He also gave copies to other persons.His Excellency the President has accepted the findings of the National Security and has decided as follows:* The Principal Accountant, Mr. Adim Odoom, indicated that he gave US$10,000.00 to the Chief Director, Mr. Albert Anthony Ampong, for onward delivery to the Minister. Mr. Ampong acknowledged receipt of this amount. However, there is no evidence that Mr. Ampong handed over the money to the Minister. Mr. Lomotey, another accountant at the Ministry, indicated that he gave the Chief Director US$10,000.00 for onward delivery to the Minister. Mr. Ampong acknowledged receipt of same. However, there is no evidence that Mr. Ampong handed over the money to the Minister. His Excellency the President has therefore directed that the Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports refund the amount of US$ 20,000.00 to Government coffers. * The Chief Director and the Principal Accountant of the Ministry of Youth and Sports failed to follow laid down administrative and financial regulations and procedures required of Civil Servants. The President finds it particularly outrageous that the Chief Director and the Principal Accountant, if they are to be believed, paid out sums of money as large as $10,000 on two separate occasions without any documentation and without any evidence whatsoever. On the other hand, if the moneys were not paid, then their allegation would amount to a fabrication against the Minister, an equally serious offence. On either score, the conduct of the two officials would be conduct unbecoming of the high positions they hold in the Civil Service. His Excellency the President has accordingly directed that the Head of Civil Service should apply appropriate sanctions against Mr. Albert Anthony Ampong and Mr. Adim Odoom. Pending the decision of the Head of Civil Service, the two officials are to be interdicted.* His Excellency the President has also ordered an audit into the affairs of the Sports Division of the Ministry of Youth and Sports covering the period 2001 to 2009 as well as a review of the organization, role and structure of the Ministry of Youth and Sports as recommended by the National Security investigation report.* The President is satisfied that the Minister’s actions in cutting down on waste and curtailing frivolous expenditure is what incurred the displeasure of some officials of the Ministry and caused them to gang up against him. The President commends the Minister in this regard.* His Excellency the President is dissatisfied with the conduct of the Minister in his decision to embark on the German trip with Ms. Edith Zinayela and in particular in his decision to apply for a visa for her in circumstances that amounted to a mis-description of her official position. The decision for the Ministry to pay for Ms. Zinayela’s visa fee was equally improper. It was an error of judgment on the part of the Minister from which it is hoped all other appointees will learn. Consequently, His Excellency the President has decided to accept the Minister’s decision to resign his position as Minister of Youth and Sports and to thank him for the services that he has rendered to the state.* The President has also accepted the Minister’s offer to make good to the state all liabilities incurred on account of Ms. Zinayela’s trip to Germany including the cost of the visa fee.Mahama AyarigaPresidential Spokesperson
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Heavy snow and winds were subsiding in the upper Midwest on Tuesday morning as the blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow in parts came to an end. But the storm is currently moving into southern Canada and will bring different impacts to the Northeast.The storm is moving east on Tuesday morning and bringing heavy rain and strong thunderstorms to much of the East Coast. Strong thunderstorms have already brought some large hail to parts of Ohio this morning. A wintry mix, including some freezing rain, will be possible Tuesday morning in parts of northern New England.Given the chance for very heavy rain and complications from ice jams, flood watches have been posted for parts of the Northeast, including the suburbs of Albany, New York; Hartford, Connecticut; Boston and the city of Buffalo, New York. Flooding is already being reported in the Buffalo area due to ice jam-related flooding. Winter weather advisories have been issued where freezing rain and light snow could be an issue this morning.As the storm moves east we are watching the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms in parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The risk is mainly for damaging winds, especially from North Carolina to New Jersey. A tornado cannot be ruled out in this region either. Strong winds are also possible in parts of southern New England and especially Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts.The heaviest of the rain will arrive around mid to late morning from Philadelphia to Boston.Conditions will start drying out and cooling down later in the evening. By 7 p.m., the line of storms is expected to be moved out to the Atlantic Ocean.Temperatures set to drop … then riseAhead of the front we are seeing very mild conditions across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Temperatures in the mid 50s on Tuesday in New York, and near 60 in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. However, as soon as the front crosses, temperatures will begin to cool down.It will feel noticeably cooler by the evening rush Tuesday on the I-95 corridor, and if you are going out for a late dinner, you should bundle up. Nearly a 20-degree temperature change is coming. On Wednesday morning it will be 38 degrees in New York City, right around average for late January.The good news is the colder weather is going to be short-lived. Another period of mild weather is already in sight, and temperatures will be warming above average as we head into the end of the week and this weekend.Outside of a series of storms in the northwest U.S., the weather pattern is about to quiet down temporarily with much of the rest of the country seeing drier conditions. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Three people earlier listed in critical condition after an explosion a restaurant in Canada have been upgraded to stable condition, authorities confirmed to ABC News.At least 15 people were hurt around 10:30 p.m. local time when an improvised explosive device was detonated at Bombay Bhel Indian, according to authorities in Mississauga, a city immediately southwest of Toronto.The three severely injured individuals were taken to a trauma center in Toronto, police said.Peel Regional Police said they’re still currently looking for two male suspects who fled the scene.One suspect was described as 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall, stocky, mid-20s, light skin and he was wearing blue jeans, a dark zip-up hoodie and a baseball cap. His face was covered with a black cloth.The other suspect was described as 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-10, fair skin, thin and he was wearing faded blue jeans, a dark zip-up hoodie, a gray T-shirt and dark-colored skate shoes. His face was covered.The investigation is ongoing and, at this time, the attack is not being treated as terrorism or a hate crime, police said. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
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