Ronaldo dashes to Madeira to see stroke victim mother

first_imgThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner, former star of Manchester United and Real Madrid and captain of Portugal asked for privacy on the matter.”Thank you for all your messages of support for my mum. She is currently stable and recovering in hospital,” Ronaldo said.”Me and my family would like to thank the medical team looking after her, and kindly ask that we are all given some privacy at this time.”Ronaldo’s mother Dolores Aveiro suffered the stroke early Tuesday. The 65-year-old is now reportedly conscious and in a stable condition in a Funchal hospital.Topics : Cristiano Ronaldo rushed to Madeira on Tuesday to be beside his stricken mother after she suffered a stroke.The 35-year-old skipped training with his club Juventus and flew to Madeira with his wife and one of his sons.According to the Diario de Noticias da Madeira, Ronaldo was expected to depart on Wednesday in time for the second leg of Juve’s Italian Cup semi-final with AC Milan.last_img read more

Chronic thief sentenced to nine years imprisonment

first_img Share Share LocalNews Chronic thief sentenced to nine years imprisonment by: – May 14, 2012 43 Views   3 comments Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Court gavel. Photo credit: kirtok.comA fifty-four (54) year old male of Scottshead who has convictions spanning almost thirty (30) years has been sentenced to serve an imprisonment term of nine (9) years, narrowly escaping the maximum twelve (12) year sentence. Cornelius Francis who burglarized the home of a German dentist Dr Herbert Posdzick on 19th October, 2010 pleaded guilty to the offence of burglary with intent to steal when he appeared before the High Court of Justice on Monday.Information revealed in Court by state attorney Clement Joseph indicates that Francis “smashed the glass door” of Dr. Posdzick’s apartment on Rose Street in Goodwill around 11 am on 19th October and “ransacked the house”.A neighbour who saw Francis leaving the house shouted “voleur! voluer!” meaning “thief! thief” which prompted him to flee the scene.When he was later arrested and questioned her told the police; “I go there, I mash up the door looking for something to eat but I didn’t get nothing there. The lady shout thief and I go about my business but I didn’t take nothing”.His attorney, Darious Jones in making a plea in mitigation on his behalf told the Court that his client who was in search of a “hot easy meal” is “a product of the society” as he had to “almost grow up himself” when both his parents died while he was still young.Jones who admitted that his client has “a conviction sheet which takes a bit to go through, it’s more like a little booklet,” lamented the fact that “nothing had been done to help his client re-direct his life”.He also lamented the fact that there are no “counseling services available at the prison” where inmates could be afforded an opportunity at rehabilitation.“Maybe if there as a proper counseling service at the prison something could have been done to help him. The state owes society that little assistance to ensure that the people who offend are given assistance by way of counseling to prevent them from re-offending,” he said.According to Jones, his client has been at the prison since his November 19th, 2010 arrest and was also admitted to the Psychiatric Ward for examination.He asked the Court to take a “holistic” approach to sentencing his client and “do something different from what has been done in the past” suggesting that a “wide span suspended sentence” be imposed to “see whether he could change his ways”.Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks before sentencing Francis told him that although he has “always admitted to offences” and never denied what he did that he is a “habitual offender…what criminologist would call a chronic or classic recidivist”.She said further; “it is unfortunate, you seem to have embarked upon your career at the same time as I embarked upon mine. When I was in my first year at the university getting my law degree you were serving your first prison term”.Francis then replied; “that’s a long time wi miss”.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also noted that all of Francis’ convictions appear to be “a cry for help” which he never received from the previous magistrates/judges who sentenced him without an order for psychiatric evaluation or treatment.“Something should have been done when you were a young man. It seems he has sought refuge and housing at the prison. It looks like he is more comfortable at Stockfarm,” Justice Stephenson-Brooks said.She sentenced him to nine years imprisonment which will commence from the day of his arrest and remand at the prison, 19th November, 2010 stating that she has to “show the Court’s abhorrence for these types of crimes” as well as to protect the citizens of Dominica who have a right to feel safe and secure.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Schools Can Apply For Waiver For Missed Days

first_imgRitz informed school administrators in Indiana that they can apply for a waiver to avoid having to make up the last two snow days.Area schools have been closed for two consecutive days, but they could get an excused absence for both.Indiana Public Instruction Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced that school corporations can apply for a waiver, meaning students would not have to make up the time they missed.Ritz notified public school superintendents by email on Sunday that they could apply for the waiver.In the email, Ritz said, “This currently applies only to the extremely cold conditions on January 6, 2014”In a separate email issued on Monday, Ritz said, “Weather reports indicate that today’s extremely dangerous wind chills will be repeated during the day on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Schools corporations that chose to close on January 7, 2014 may therefore apply for a waiver for that day through normal means.”Franklin County Schools have currently used three of four snow days that are built into the school calendar. Franklin County Superintendent Dr. Debbie Howell indicated that the corporation applied for a waiver for Monday and plan to apply for Tuesday.“We would still have one additional day built in if we would need it at a future date, so getting this waiver would be great,” she said.Monday’s snow day for Batesville Community School Corporation is currently scheduled to be made up on March 17, the first day of a two-week spring break. Applying and receiving a waiver could help students and faculty  avoid attending school during the scheduled time off.last_img read more

Dacotah checkers fly for Kinzley, Hanson

first_imgThey briefly raced side by side until Kinzley took charge on lap eight. Kinzley started to pull away as Marlyn Seidler started to close in on Berry. Kinzley made it look easy as he cruised to victory lane to win his second career feature victory. Berry held off Seidler to finish second while Jeremy Keller finished fourth. Spencer Wilson rounded out the top five. A caution regrouped the field with four laps to go. On the restart, Hanson was all over Sandberg’s bumper. They raced hard for the win when Sandberg overdrove turn four, allowing Hanson to slip by for the lead with three laps to go. Sandberg fell into the clutches of third place Paul Schuh Pole sitter Hank Berry quickly pulled away early in the IMCA Modified feature. Berry’s large lead was erased by a lap seven caution, however, and Kinzley passed Mark Dahl for second and chal­lenged Berry for the lead following the restart. MANDAN, N.D. (June 12) – IMCA winners Friday night at Dacotah Speedway were Quentin Kinzley and Braydee Hanson. Ken Sandberg grabbed the lead from pole sitter Stan Thompson in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature. As Sandberg started to distance himself from the field, Thompson and Hanson battled for se­cond. As the checkered flag waved, Schuh edged Sandberg at the finish line. Peder Dekray finished fourth ahead of Brayden Urlacher as Hanson went on to win back-to-back features. By Becca Ratteilast_img read more

GMR&SC National Race of Champions Round 2

first_imgSeebarran, Vieira are MOTUL brand ambassadorsWORLD renowned lubricant MOTUL has joined forces with two local racers ahead of the second round of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s Race of Champions.The company signed Matthew Vieira and Raymond Seebarran as brand ambassadors ahead of the event set for Sunday at the South Dakota Circuit, Timehri.During a brief ceremony yesterday at the GT Motorsports Office, both racers collected their sponsorship cheques from GT Motorsports’ Marketing Consultant Jennifer Cipriani.“It is our first major sponsorship in Guyana under the MOTUL brand. We’re pretty excited about this. We have lots in store for MOTUL and the brand coming up later in the year, but this is just the beginning of what we expect to be a great partnership,” she said.SUPERBIKE CHAMPION AIMING FOR DEFENCEFollowing his dominance on the local circuit last year, Matthew Vieira returns, looking to defend his champion rider title under the MOTUL brand.Vieira was elated to join the fray as one of the brand’s first ambassadors, saying, “It is an honour to represent this world renowned brand in Guyana.”While there have been several competitors aiming for the young Vieira’s crown, he is unfazed by the battle that lies ahead.“I’m coming hard too, and I hope you guys are ready for a big brawl on Sunday. I have got to defend my title as Superbike champion and I’m no pushover.SEEBARRAN AIMING TO STAY AHEAD With a lead atop the sports tuner class, Raymond Seebarran was the other competitor who will brandish the MOUTL livery on Sunday.He is upbeat about his chances in the group, thanking the company for assisting him through this endeavour.“This is always important because motor-racing all around the world is a very expensive sport, so when you get that support and that backing you get to focus a lot more on your racing, your strategies and your output.”Normally at the helm of an EP 91 Starlet, the former karting champion has prodded his chances further in the lead by promising good performances from the Balram Auto Mechanics-built Toyota AE91 Corolla.MOTUL has also taken up the mantle to host its own time attack series that will form part of the race programme for Sunday’s event. Admission is $1 000 for adults and $500 for children. Races start at 09:00hrslast_img read more

Banner day: UW hockey celebrates ’06 title

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoThe Wisconsin men’s hockey team accomplished a lot of things in the 2005-06 season — the best regular season record in the WCHA and a national championship, to name a couple — but one notable accolade was not achieved.In last year’s conference tournament, the Badgers were knocked off by North Dakota in the WCHA Final Five, raising the question of whether Wisconsin had what it takes to go all the way.That question was answered in a matter of weeks, and this weekend, the No. 2 Badgers will square off against the No. 5 Fighting Sioux, the last team to beat Wisconsin. Last season’s loss, while insignificant in the greater scheme of things, has not completely disappeared from the Badgers’ thoughts.”All those games are in the back of our minds, but last year was last year, and it’s over with,” senior defenseman Jeff Likens said. “I like to beat them every time, I want to win every game and so does this whole team, so losing to them last year in the WCHA Final Five puts a little extra burn in our bodies.”We have to come out either way and get the job done.”Prior to Friday night’s game, Wisconsin (1-1-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) will commemorate last season’s national championship with a montage of last year’s highlights and fireworks to set the stage for the unveiling of the team’s 2006 championship banner. The ceremony will undoubtedly be emotional for the remaining players and coaches, who will try to stay focused on the task at hand.”I think this (the ceremony) will be good for the fans of Wisconsin, and now they’ll have something physical to look at and remember about last year,” senior captain Andrew Joudrey said. “It will be a good celebration for them and for us, but it is what it is, it goes up and it will be great, but North Dakota is a pretty easy team to focus on.”After it goes up, we will be right back to thinking about the game.”Many of the Badgers said the banner ceremony will serve as a motivating factor rather than a distraction. However, they recognize that across the way North Dakota (2-0-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) will be looking to shock the hockey world and quiet the Wisconsin faithful. “Oh, they’ll (North Dakota) be gunning,” Joudrey said. “They are always a tough opponent and they bring a ton to the table; they’re fast, they’re physical and they’re well coached; they got some guys who can put the puck in the net, and we expect a hundred percent from those guys right at the get-go. We need to make sure that we are mentally and physically prepared to go to start the game.”The Badgers earned three points in Green Bay against Northern Michigan last weekend, but the intensity level should be drastically higher in Wisconsin’s home and conference opener against the Fighting Sioux.”We are going to have to adapt to a lot of things against North Dakota this weekend than we did last weekend against Northern Michigan,” Likens said. “It’s going to be a different kind of game; it’s a bigger ice. Those guys might come a little harder, but we’ll be good to go.”North Dakota is coming off a sweep over Quinnipiac last weekend, outscoring the Bobcats 10-3. While Quinnipiac is not exactly a force to be reckoned with, the Fighting Sioux are picking up right where they left off a season ago — UND averaged 3.57 goals per game overall (fourth in NCAA) and 3.71 in conference games (second in WCHA).Those numbers should not taper off, considering that North Dakota is bringing back an impressive sophomore class that features forwards T.J. Oshie (24 goals, 21 assists for 45 points), Jonathan Toews (22-17-39) and Ryan Duncan (16-20-36) and defenseman Brian Lee (4-23-27). UND has 18 underclassmen, but a talented and experienced sophomore class could make this team an offensive juggernaut in the WCHA.However, UW head coach Mike Eaves is not focusing on any one player.”North Dakota, whenever you play them you know exactly what you’re going to get,” Eaves said. “They’re going to come at you with great pressure, play hard, and that’s the kind of the game it’s going to be, and we’ll be focused on that more than anything else.”The Badgers’ defense and goaltending will be looking to step up their play to contain the Fighting Sioux’s offensive attack. The Badgers blue-liners have looked strong in the early going, yielding only four goals last weekend while Hobey Baker finalist and senior goaltender Brian Elliott recorded a shutout in his only action of the season.The atmosphere in the Kohl Center this weekend should be as wild as it’s ever been, and the Badgers will look to use the fan’s support and excitement to get off on the right foot in conference play.”It’s going to be fun and the fans haven’t seen a game here in a long time, we expect them to be as fired up as much as we are,” Joudrey said. “The more energy they give us, the more motivation we have to just go out and play as hard as we can for them.”last_img read more

Limited coverage means few care

first_imgBetween the start of football season and the end of baseball’s regular season, it is difficult to pay attention to much else this time of year. Sure, golf fans might have turned the channel to the conclusion of the PGA’s inaugural FedEx Cup over the weekend, and for Portland Trailblazer fans Greg Oden surely stole the limelight. But for the most part, it’s baseball or football on the minds of sports fans right now.I myself was enjoying a college football game on Saturday night when an advertisement came on that reminded me that there is a whole other side of sports that I pay little attention too and know even less about: women’s sports. It happened in a commercial where Rainn Wilson, better known as Dwight Schrute from “The Office,” jumped into a soccer goal and tore off his suit to reveal soccer shorts and a sports bra. For the next thirty seconds or so, Wilson, playing a character similar to Schrute, demonstrated to a bunch of female soccer players how they might improve their celebrations and impress fans. Eventually, one of the players kicks a soccer ball at Wilson as the screen goes black. There, looking fearless in front of a black background stand several members of the soccer team, which text soon reveals to be the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team. Nike, which sponsors the team, then proclaims that the viewers are catching a glimpse of “The Greatest Team You’ve Never Heard Of.”My first reaction to the commercial was to take offense. Obviously, I’ve heard of the team. It’s not like I didn’t know that America had a women’s soccer team. I can still conjure up the image of Brandi Chastain ripping her shirt off in celebration of a World Cup-clinching penalty kick, and I can capably give a brief biography of Mia Hamm. That, however, is where my knowledge of the team ends, and upon learning that neither Chastain nor Hamm is still a member of the team, I realized I am almost completely in the dark.A second event, this one taking place Sunday night, drove home the observation that I had stumbled upon earlier. A trip to ESPN’s website in an effort to check fantasy football stats reminded me, or rather informed me, that the decisive Game 5 of the WNBA championship was just hours from taking place, and that when it came to women’s sports, I didn’t even have a clue.The Detroit Shock played the Phoenix Mercury in the finale, but that’s about all I could tell you about the league. I could name a handful of players, but I’d be hard pressed to tell you what teams they played for or even how many teams are in the league these days.All of this goes to serve the point that even though I consider myself to be at the very least an “average” sports fan, when it comes to women’s teams, I am completely oblivious.Coming to that realization posed an interesting question: Does my lack of interest in these sports make me some sort of sexist jerk?Well, I thought about it, and I think I can safely say that the answer to that question is no.Most of my time devoted to watching and following sports comes from watching ESPN, and although the network provides some coverage of these female teams, it devotes considerably more to the NFL, NBA and MLB. I’m just exposed to other sports more than I am to women’s ones.When it comes to basketball, I firmly believe that the product of the WNBA is just as strong as the NBA, but there isn’t a Boston-based WNBA team. As a self-admitted “homer,” I’d like to think that if there was a WNBA franchise in Boston (Connecticut doesn’t count, I know about the Sun), I’d fight to the death with anyone who bashed the hometown team. Without a team to root for, though, it is difficult to develop an interest, at least initially, in the league.As for women’s soccer, well, I don’t really care about men’s soccer either. In fact, I probably know more about Mia Hamm than I do about anyone who has played for the U.S. men’s team. The only soccer team I really root for to begin with is the New England Revolution (see the previous argument for why), and I don’t even follow them too closely.I may not pay attention to women’s sports, but that doesn’t mean I don’t respect the leagues and the athletes. Commercials like the Nike ad that got me thinking about this seemed aimed at making myself, and probably many other male sports fans, feel bad about our lack of knowledge of these teams. I know just as much about the WNBA and women’s soccer as I do about NASCAR, but I don’t feel bad that I can’t tell you how many races Jeff Gordon has won, just the way I shouldn’t feel bad that I can’t tell you how many points Diana Taurasi scores per game. I’m willing to concede that the U.S. Women’s Soccer team may be the best team I don’t pay attention too, but it certainly isn’t the best I’ve never heard of.Mike is a sophomore majoring in journalism. If you”d like to have an in-depth conversation about the WNBA he might not be able to follow you, but he can be reached at anyway.last_img read more

The Row to receive fire safety tips

first_imgThe USC Fire Safety and Emergency Planning is expanding its presence to The Row by offering fire safety drills and promoting fire education to university and non-university-owned Greek houses.Safety system · USC Fire Safety and Emergency Planning staff will visit Phi Delta Theta Fraternity to improve its fire safety plans. The fraternity invested in a new fire safety system after its house burned down eight years ago. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanJeff Pendley, USC Fire Safety and Emergency Planning specialist, said drills and walk-throughs will begin as early as next week.In the past, fire safety checks for residential housing were under the jurisdiction of Environmental Health and Safety, but responsibility has been turned over to Fire and Safety because the department now has sufficient resources to do so.Pendley said his department had always wanted to reach out to The Row to officially ensure proper safety procedures are being followed, but did not have enough resources to ensure they would be able to offer adequate services.Both USC Fire Safety and Emergency Planning and Environmental Health and Safety fall under USC Career and Protective Services, along with departments such as the Dept. of Public Safety, Disability Benefits, and Risk Management & Insurance Services.Pendley said this was the start of his department offering its expertise so safety procedures would be improved.“We want to make sure [the houses] have adequate fire extinguishers. Even though we cannot force regulations upon non-university houses, we can make recommendations,” Pendley said. “We are working on doing that this year.”Many Greek houses on The Row welcome the initiative, and fraternity and sorority presidents said they appreciate USC Fire Safety and Emergency Planning reaching out to them. Phi Delta Theta Fraternity President Naader Banki, a fifth year senior majoring in biological anthropology, said the program will stress the importance of fire safety to the Greek community.“This initiative is effective and beneficial because it introduces the idea that fire is a real threat and should be considered realistically,” Banki said. “The idea that presidents [of houses] are aware promotes better safety. It is an excellent first step that will lead to more involvement between houses on The Row and [USC Fire Safety and Emergency Planning].”Banki stresses the importance of fire safety since Phi Delta Theta’s fraternity house burned down eight years ago.  He has already spoken with USC Fire and Safety and recognizes the importance of their inspections.“Our house has one of the best fire systems,” Banki said. “[USC Fire Safety and Emergency Planning] contacted us at the beginning of the semester, giving us the option to come in and help with a fire drill,” Banki said.Other houses have not yet worked with USC Fire Safety and Emergency Planning but have set a date to meet with the department to administer fire drills this semester.Gamma Phi Beta Sorority President Tess Atkinson, a senior majoring in business and psychology, said the house manager previously coordinated drills.“We have one [a fire drill] scheduled for this semester,” Atkinson said. “Fire safety is a huge priority for us since we have sixty girls living in the house. For USC Fire Safety and Emergency Planning to partner with us, it will give us more tools that could help us.”USC Fire Safety and Emergency Planning said it plans to assist at least six houses by the end of the semester as a preliminary goal. It also plans, however, to offer its services to all houses by the end of the semester.“We will help as much as they want us to,” Pendley said. “We can offer our services and most of them are open to have us come in and do that.”last_img read more

Third round of County SHC begins today

first_imgThere are four matches down for decision, all beginning at 7 o’clock.The fixtures are:Roinn 1 Group 1 – Upperchurch-Drombane V JK Brackens, The Ragg Roinn 1 Group 2 – Borris-Ileigh V Roscrea, Moneygall          Eire Og Anacarty/Donohill V Thurles Sarsfields, Pairc Ciocaim, DundrumRoinn 1 Group 4 – Kilruane McDonaghs V Lorrha-Dorrha, Borrisokane.last_img

Dundalk still in the hunt despite loss

first_imgManchester United have work to do if they’re to qualify for the next round – they lost 2-1 away to Fenerbahce. Dundalk’s qualification hopes to the next round of the Europa League remain alive despite last night’s defeat to Zenit Saint Petersburg.For the second game running Zenit came out 2-1 winners, despite a stunning second half goal by Daryl Horgan.Stephen Kenny’s side sit level on 4 points with Maccabi Tel Aviv, and 2 points clear of AZ Alkmaar, with Zenit the runaway leaders on 12.last_img read more