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Gayle goes to court – Jamaican batting star retains Aussie media lawyer

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Embattled West Indies batting star Chris Gayle plans to sue Fairfax Media for the publication of an article alleging he indecently exposed himself in a Sydney dressing room during last year’s ICC Cricket World Cup. The Sydney Morning Herald reported yesterday that the 36-year-old has retained Australian lawyer Mark O’Brien, known as a defamation specialist, to begin action against the media organisation. “Chris Gayle has strongly denied the allegations first published by Fairfax Media that he indecently exposed himself to a woman during last year’s World Cup in Sydney,” Gayle’s management was quoted as saying in a statement. “Despite such denials, Fairfax Media continues to publish the false and defamatory allegations, which have received widespread republication in media throughout the world. “As a result, Chris Gayle has retained Mark O’Brien, a leading Australian media lawyer, to immediately commence defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media.” Fairfax Media is standing by the report while Cricket Australia is said to be investigating the incident. The alleged incident was reported after Gayle came under fire for his controversial interview with Channel TEN reporter Mel McLaughlin, where he appeared to openly flirt with the journalist, during a Big Bash game in Hobart last Monday. Interview “I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well, that’s the reason why I’m here. Just to see your eyes for the first time. It’s nice,” Gayle told McLaughlin following a stroke-filled 41 for Melbourne Renegades at Bellerive Oval. He continued: “So, hopefully, we can win this game and we can have a drink after. Don’t blush, baby.” BBL head Anthony Everard branded Gayle’s comments as “disrespectful and simply inappropriate” while Cricket Australia’s chief executive James Sutherland said the Jamaican had been “completely out of line”. Gayle apologised for the incident and was slapped with a $10,000 (US$7,000) fine.last_img read more

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Kiefer channels ‘Elsa’ during rookie initiation

first_imgThe rookie initiation is a usual tradition in sports league.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Verutiao impresses in first start for Arellano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIEScenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ And Ravena can now add Queen Elsa to his growing list of accomplishments.Screengrab from Kiefer Ravena’s Instagram story.In an team-building event, the no. 2 overall pick performed his rendition of Let it Go from the movie Frozen as part of the rookie initiation rites.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAlex Mallari posted a video on his Instagram showing the rookie gamely dancing to Idina Menzel’s Let it Go as the older members of the team peppered Ravena with laughs and cheers.And if Elsa can form ice from her hands, Ravena had to resort to baby powder for his powers. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Screengrab from Kevin Alas’ Instagram story.Kiefer Ravena is a man of many things.He’s a multiple-time gold medalist for the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games, Seaba Championship while also becoming a two-time UAAP champion and two-time MVP.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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‘Fab Four’ fire seven-goal Liverpool into last 16

first_imgGroup E winners Liverpool joined Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in progressing from the group phase, making England the first country to send five teams into the round of 16.It was Liverpool’s second hefty group-stage win after a 7-0 rout of Maribor and erased memories of their previous outing in the competition, when they squandered a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 away to runners-up Sevilla.With Liverpool having plundered 32 goals in their last nine games, few teams will relish the prospect of facing off against Coutinho, Salah, Mane and Firmino in the last 16, the draw for which takes place on Monday.But Klopp will have to do without midfielder Emre Can for the first leg of that tie, after he was booked against Spartak, and victory also came at the cost of an injury to left-back Alberto Moreno.Philipe Coutinho celebrates his goal for Liverpool against Spartak Moscow in a UEFA Champions League tie while Emre Can looks on. PHOTO/Daily MailA Liverpool team showing five changes from Saturday’s 5-1 romp at Brighton and Hove Albion were 3-0 up inside 18 minutes.Coutinho sparked things off in the fourth minute, the Brazilian rolling a penalty into the bottom-right corner after Georgi Dzhikiya had barged into Salah as they waited for Coutinho’s deep cross to reach them.Liverpool’s second goal, in the 15th minute, was a delight that showcased the ‘Fab Four’ at their clinical best.From Mane’s pass, Salah sent the ball out to Firmino on the right and his selfless square ball allowed Coutinho to tuck away his 50th goal in Liverpool colours.– Milner impact –Spartak’s defending was as desperate as Liverpool’s attacking was dazzling and a clumsy touch by Serdar Tasci opened the door to a third goal.Unable to react quickly enough to Mane’s cross, the German centre-back inadvertently presented the ball on a plate to Firmino, who used the outside of his right foot to steer a shot past Aleksandr Selikhov.Selikhov fielded a deflected shot from Salah, while both Mane and Salah fired shots into the Anfield Road End as the home fans rose from their seats in anticipation of a fourth goal.Sadio Mane celebrates his goal for Liverpool against Spartak Moscow in a UEFA Champions League tie. PHOTO/Daily MailIt was not all plain sailing for Klopp’s men, however.Can picked up a seventh-minute booking that triggered a one-game ban for sliding in on Ze Luis and Moreno hobbled off just before half-time after jarring his knee as he blocked a shot from Roman Zobnin.James Milner took Moreno’s place and made an immediate impact in the second half, swinging over a cross that was brilliantly volleyed home by Mane at the back post.Three minutes later Coutinho added a fifth, charging onto Milner’s pass and dispatching a shot that found its way past Selikhov via a deflection off Salvatore Bocchetti.Mane made it 6-0 with 14 minutes remaining, hooking in a cross from substitute Daniel Sturridge, before Salah completed a resounding win with a sublime turn followed by a right-foot finish into the top-right corner.Everton, who visit Anfield in Sunday’s derby, were left with plenty of food for thought.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohammed Salah, Philipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino celebrate after taking Liverpool to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. PHOTO/DailyMailLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 7- Philippe Coutinho’s first Liverpool hat-trick propelled Jurgen Klopp’s side to a 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow on Wednesday that swept the Merseyside club into the Champions League last 16.Sadio Mane scored twice and Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both found the net as Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’ emphatically returned the five-time champions to the knockout rounds after a nine-year absence.last_img read more

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ACCUSED DONEGAL BANKER EARNED €800K BONUS A YEAR BEFORE BANK COLLAPSE

first_imgBONUS: WILLIE MCATEERA COUNTY Donegal businessman earned €800,000 a year before the bank he worked for collapsed.Willie McAteer, from Rathmullan, was seen as a great negotiator at Anglo-Irish Bank. At top executive at the bank, he was charged earlier this week with permitting Anglo to give financial assistance to Patricia Quinn, her five adult children and ten senior clients of the bank who became known as the ”Maple ten”, to enable them all to buy shares in the bank.Mr McAteer earned €2.19m during his last three years with the bank, including an €800,000 bonus in 2007, just a year before the bank had to be bailed out by the Government.Mr McAteer stepped down from the Anglo board when the bank was nationalised, and has kept a very low business profile since.He is not listed as a director of any companies and is not thought to have taken up any new role since Anglo.His €1m home in Dublin’s leafy Rathgar has been on the market for some time.Yesterday former Anglo boss Sean Fitzpatrick was also charged with similar offences.ACCUSED DONEGAL BANKER EARNED €800K BONUS A YEAR BEFORE BANK COLLAPSE was last modified: July 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ACCUSED DONEGAL BANKER EARNED €800K BONUS A YEAR BEFORE BANK COLLAPSElast_img read more

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STUNNING MARK WALSH GOAL ENSURES ROSSES CS WIN THRILLING CP O’DONNELL MEMORIAL CUP FINAL

first_imgIn a fitting tribute to the late, great CP O’Donnell, a sensational cup final produced a five-goal cracker and the winner came courtesy of a sublime solo-effort from Mark Walsh which clinched  glory for Rosses CS.The first-year competition was named in memory of CP O’Donnell known locally as Paddy Murray. He led many Rosses CS soccer sides to glory over the years including an historic All-Ireland win in 1982.So it was written in the stars that Enda Walsh’s men would come out on top in the first year the competition which was re-named after the much revered and sorely missed Paddy Murray.The game itself was a cracker and Rosses CS flew out of the traps and didn’t let St Eunan’s settle.Michael McFadden pounced on an error by the Eunan’s net minder and fired RCS ahead after fifteen minutes. St Eunan’s responded well and equalised through the lively Dylan Doogan with ten minutes of the second-half remaining.However, RCS would regain the lead again thanks to the brilliant McFadden who showed superb footwork before unleashing a rasping effort that nestled in the bottom corner.Eunan’s refused to lie down and produced a sustained and spirited performance and deserved their equaliser when it came through Doogan again with just FIVE minutes left.However, there would be another late twist, the outstanding Mark Walsh picked up the ball inside his own half and embarked on a mazy solo run.He went past five or six players before slotting home expertly to give RCS the CP O’Donnell cup.The large crown in attendance were absolutely delighted and Paddy Murray would’ve been looking down on Maghery with a big smile on his face. Paddy’s son Mel O’Donnell presented the cup to winning captain Azeem Madden.Well done to both sides for a great final.STUNNING MARK WALSH GOAL ENSURES ROSSES CS WIN THRILLING CP O’DONNELL MEMORIAL CUP FINAL was last modified: May 22nd, 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:CP O’DonnellnewsRosses CSsoccerSportSt Eunanslast_img read more

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MAYOR’S DELIGHT AS DONEGAL OLYMPIANS ARRIVE HOME

first_imgDONEGAL’S Special Olympics heroes arrived back in the county last night – with the praise of mayors and locals ringing in their ears.The county stars bagged no fewer than EIGHT silver medals for their country in what was an incredible achievement at the Athens games.Soccer stars Oliver Boyle,  Hugh Sweeney, Adrian Clarke,  Stephen Nesbitt,  Gareth Egan, Luke Egan and Mario McShane all took silvers. And kayaker Shaun Bradley completed the medal tally with a silver of his own.The team was mobbed by friends and family on their arrival at Dublin Airport yesterday, before travelling to Market Square in Letterkenny for an official reception by Mayor Gerry McMonagle.He told them they had done their county and their country proud.“Every single athlete at the Special Olympics were superb ambassadors for Ireland,” he said. “I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to every one of the Donegal athletes who took part the Games. To come back with 107 medals as a country and to win eight medals for the county is a fantastic achievement, and reflects the commitment and dedication of all those involved.“Our success in the Special Olympics over recent years is something we can be really proud of. All the hard work of the competitors, their families, supporters and organisers has been rewarded.”MAYOR’S DELIGHT AS DONEGAL OLYMPIANS ARRIVE HOME was last modified: July 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegaldonegal special olympics athletesletterkennyMayor Gerry McMonaglelast_img read more

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GAA: LACEY SET TO PLAY FOR IRELAND AGAINST AUSSIES

first_imgDonegal star Karl Lacey is almost certain to play in Friday’s Second International Rules Test against Australia because Emmet Bolton is injured.Kildare player Bolton sustained concussion after an accidental clash in Friday’s First Test in Melbourne.Lacey was added to the original Irish squad because of doubts over the availability of a number of the squad. Now it seems Karl will not have made the journey without reason and eh could start in the second test on Friday.Meanwhile, GAA director general Paraic Duffy has acknowledged that a poor attendance at Friday’s Second Test on the Gold Coast could increase the doubts over the future of the series.Just 22,000 attended Friday’s opener in Melbourne.“I’ll be interested to hear what their (the AFL’s) angle is on the attendance figures,” said Duffy “The figures suggest an apathy among the supporters. How they see it, I don’t know.“They got a crowd of 22,000. You would expect a minimum of 30,000.“I can’t say what the AFL view is. We have no discussions on it.”The GAA director general added that the code must remain “cost neutral” to the GAA for it to remain financially viable.“We keep our home gate receipts and the profits we make from that goes to fund the tour to Australia. “So from that point of view the attendance is not a problem for us this year but if the numbers fall here I think inevitably they will start to fall in Ireland.“That would cause an issue because if our attendances were to fall to a similar level we simply couldn’t afford it. “GAA: LACEY SET TO PLAY FOR IRELAND AGAINST AUSSIES was last modified: November 1st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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

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Yun and Polter to play in QPR Under-21 game

first_imgYun Suk-Young and Sebastian Polter are due to feature for QPR’s development side in a game at Watford this evening.Left-back Yun missed pre-season and the early part of the campaign with a knee problem but has been fit for several weeks.The South Korean has not been involved with the first-team squad, with head coach Chris Ramsey recently insisting that Paul Konchesky’s performances mean the veteran deserves to keep his place at left-back.Polter, meanwhile, has failed to impress since being signed during the summer and has not started a league match for the R’s.German striker Polter has been fined a week’s wages for a message he posted on Twitter after being left out of the squad for the recent match against Sheffield Wednesday.Goalkeeper Alex Smithies is also due to play in this evening’s game at Vicarage Road.See also:Konchesky deserves place ahead of Yun – RamseyQPR fine Polter for Twitter outburstPolter scores in QPR Under-21 gameFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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NDP implementation framework unveiled

first_img In each of these outcomes, the MTSF document outlines goals, indicators, targets, actions and responsibilities. Regarding the rapid economic growth outcome, Radebe said the MTSF would set the wheels in motion to grow the economy by a rate of 5% by 2019. “Government’s programme of radical transformation is about placing the economy on a qualitatively different path that ensures more rapid, sustainable growth, higher investment, increased employment, reduced inequality and deracialisation of the economy.”Targets for the economy MTSF targets include increasing the investment rate to 25 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), increasing public sector investment to 10 percent of GDP, adding 10 000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid, and reducing the country’s unemployment to 14 percent. MTSF also includes actions aimed at diversifying in order to reduce economic concentration. “It focuses on ensuring growth in the core productive sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture, and opening new areas of economic growth such as the oceans economy, the green economy and shale gas.” There are also actions to ensure that small business can make a much larger contribution to growth and job creation, as well as actions to promote increased private sector investment. This is critical for higher growth, Radebe said, as the private sector accounts for 70 percent of production and employment. “The MTSF includes actions aimed at achieving an economic environment that encourages business investment and rewards competitiveness, especially in sectors that can catalyse longer term growth and job creation.”More opportunities for young people He said the NDP and MTSF included a range of actions aimed at creating more opportunities for young people, many of whom did not currently share in the benefits of economic growth and development. “The priority areas of youth development are employment creation, entrepreneurship support and education. By rapidly absorbing youth into the mainstream development of our country, we will have responded effectively to the fact that of the approximately 25 percent unemployed in South Africa, the vast majority are young people between the ages of 15 to 35 years.”Local government outcomes Radebe said the MTSF also introduced a range of actions to improve municipal management, such as providing basic water, sanitation, refuse removal and road services as well as fixing potholes, traffic lights, service interruptions and billing problems. He said the Auditor-General’s 2014 audit outcomes report indicated that local government was far from achieving the vision of an efficient and effective local government as outlined in the NDP. Actions in the MTSF related to improving local government include addressing maintenance and new infrastructure requirements in each municipality; addressing water and sanitation challenges among water services authorities; improving the financial management and governance of municipalities; and tackling corruption at local government. The MTSF also aims to expand the Community Work Programme sites in 234 municipalities in order to reach one-million participants.Reducing crime and corruption South Africa has unacceptably high levels of crime, especially serious and violent crime, according to the NDP. This affects economic development, undermining people’s well-being and their ability to achieve their potential. Some progress has been made over the past five years in reducing serious crime rates. But weaknesses in forensic, detective, investigation and prosecution services hamper the government’s efforts to reduce the overall levels of crime, particularly contact crimes. “The NDP highlights the need to address the crime that is damaging our communities, and the MTSF contains a range of actions and targets in this regard,” Radebe said. The NDP vision is that, by 2030, people living in South Africa feel safe at home, at school and at work, and enjoy a community life free of fear. Women should be able to walk freely in the street and children should be able to play safely outside. Businesses should be able to invest confidently and create jobs without the threat of livelihoods being undermined by crime. Source: SAnews.gov.za Quality basic education.A long and healthy life for all South Africans.Safety, and sense of safety, for all people in South Africa.Decent employment through inclusive growth.A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path.An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network.Vibrant, equitable, sustainable rural communities contributing towards food security for all.Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life.A comprehensive, responsive and sustainable social protection system.Responsive, accountable, effective and efficient local government.Protected and enhanced environmental assets and natural resources.An efficient, effective and development-oriented public service.A diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identity.A better South Africa contributing to a better Africa and a better world. 8 August 2014 Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe on Thursday released the government’s comprehensive framework for implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) over the next five years. The Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) will serve as a prioritisation framework to focus the government’s efforts on a set of manageable programmes, as well as the principal guide to the allocation of resources across all spheres of government. Radebe said the MTSF was a mechanism through which all five-year strategic plans and annual plans across government were being aligned to the NDP and made to pull in the same direction. “The aim of the MTSF is to ensure policy coherence, alignment and coordination across government plans.” He added that the MTSF would form the basis for performance agreements between the President and ministers. “Cabinet will use the MTSF as the basis for monitoring the implementation of the NDP over the next five years. Cabinet will consider progress reports for each of the outcomes at least three times a year, and these progress reports will be made public through the Programme of Action website managed by the [Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency]. “We will use our monitoring and evaluation work to inform improvements to our plans and programmes as we implement the MTSF.”14 priority outcomes The MTSF is structured around 14 priority outcomes, covering the focus areas identified in the NDP, namely:last_img read more

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iPhone User Loyalty Still Tops Android, Others

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Tags:#Android#iPhone#mobile#Trends sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement In November, a German market research firm released a study indicating that outside of Apple’s iPhone, most smartphone owners had little loyalty to their smartphone. 56% of Apple users in global markets would remain loyal to their device, it said. Now that data has been reconfirmed by a second study, this one from mobile analytics firm Zokem. It shows that within the U.S. market specifically, iPhone loyalty is even greater.Looking just at U.S. users, Zokem found that the iPhone beat its competitors in terms of user loyalty in 2010 by a wide margin, scoring 84% higher in loyalty rankings than its nearest competitor, Android.Zokem, which runs mobile consumer panels in all major markets in the U.S., found that during 2010, iPhone was the top performing platform in terms of user loyalty and was also an “increasingly likely pick for a repurchase,” said Dr. Hannu Verkasalo, CEO of Zokem. However, he noted, “Android is a good number two in the U.S. market, even though the loyalty score is not nearly as high as it is for iPhones…it seems that people who are using Android are also very likely to buy an Android-based device as their next smartphone.”Loyalty RankingsTo determine this data, Zokem ranked loyalty using a “net promoter score” (NPS) between -100% and 100%. Generally, an NPS of 60% is considered good. The only smartphone to achieve that score is iPhone, at 73%.center_img RepurchasesApple iPhone users are also likely to buy an iPhone again (85% will repurchase), but so are, interestingly enough, Android users. Zokem found that 89% would purchase an Android again. However, among weaker competitors, the desire to move to another platform was more prominent. Android came in second place at 40% and Samsung Bada (33%), BlackBerry (30%), Symbian S60 (24%), Windows Mobile (10%) and Palm Pre (10%) trailed much further behind.Platform ChurnIn addition, Zokem looked at platform churn, and found that, again, iPhone beat its competitors with a much lower churn rate than others. The iPhone churn percentage was 29% while the next lowest was Android, at 44%. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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