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

Travel nightmare: U.S. Customs system goes down

first_imgHave a flight to catch tonight? Well you may be in for a longer wait time than usual.Sources are reporting that due to a failure in the U.S Customs computer system, several airports around the US are experiencing difficulties with checking people in.Airport employees are now being forced to manually check in guest which is resulting in extremely long wait times.While it is unclear what caused the system to go down, TMZ is reporting that some sources believe that it may be the result of a cyber attack. This working theory, however, has not been confirmed.JFK, LAX and Dulles are just some of the airports being affected.JFK has since released a statement informing passengers of the outage and asking them to check their flights before coming to the airport.“Officers are processing passengers manually so please check with your airline for the latest status of any flight impacts.”This is a developing story.Read more here.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2016)–Hustled from the gate by Santiago Gonzalez, longshot Swissarella went to the front and prevailed by nose in Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Trained by Vladimir Cerin, the 5-year-old California-bred mare by Swiss Yodeler got a flat mile in 1:37.88.Breaking from post positon two in a field of six older fillies and mares, Swissarella, who was one of the three horses entered for an optional claiming tag of $40,000, set fractions of 23.25, 46.80, 1:11.28 and 1:24.15 en route to victory.A gate to wire winner at the distance for a $28,000 claiming price on Jan. 17, Swissarella was off at 7-1 on the raise in class and paid $17.20, $9.40 and $3.80. Owned by Pellman and Seymour, she improved her overall record to 34-6-5-10. With the winner’s share of $45,240, she increased her earnings to $239,044.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Melanistic was in close attendance and just missed in a desperate finish. Off at 5-1, she finished a half length in front of favored Two Taps and paid $6.00 and $2.80.Heavily favored at 4-5, Two Taps, who was ridden by Mike Smith, lacked the necessary rally and finished third, three lengths in front of Gracie Ragazza. Two Taps paid $2.20 to show.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Steve Kerr sheds more light on DeMarcus Cousins’ role

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *LOS ANGELES – Steve Kerr’s job description involves being the Warriors’ coach. Or “a manager,” as Kerr prefers since it involves more about handling personality than writing X’s and O’s. But he also took a few seconds out of his busy schedule to outline the sports rundown for producers, radio hosts and columnists.The topic: how to evaluate DeMarcus Cousins’ …last_img read more

People’s Bus: 2010 spirit hits the road

first_img The People’s Bus roadshow team will encourage South Africans to be good hosts, fly the flag, sing the national anthem with pride and learn the Diski Dance through dance workshops, music and fun competitions at each stop. Mini football matches and football clinics for schools are also on the agenda. The roadshow will help drum up support for the Football Fridays initiative and inspire confidence in South Africa’s national squad, Bafana Bafana.An interactive journey At each stop the public will allowed to take a 15-minute tour of the bus, which offers a thrilling, interactive journey complete with 2010 Fifa World Cup team facts, foosball tables and a mini cinema showing unforgettable moments from previous tournaments. The visitors’ experience of the bus is enhanced through flooring that resembles a football pitch, passenger seats covered with Bafana Bafana football jerseys and striking artwork inside and out with a distinct South African flavour. Before stepping off the vehicle, visitors will also get the chance to wish Bafana Bafana the very best of luck for the tournament by slotting messages into a specially designed post box.Countrywide tour Brand South Africa and MAN have scheduled bus stops across all nine provinces and their smallest cities and towns, including Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, Upington in the Northern Cape, Bhisho in the Eastern Cape, and Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal. “Taking the People’s Bus into the country areas and smaller towns and cities will enable us to spread the World Cup experience to as many South Africans as possible,” said Brand South Africa Acting CEO Paul Bannister. The bus is also due to make stops at big sporting and cultural events around the country in the run-up to the World Cup – including the Comrades Marathon, the Rand Easter Show and the Cape Town Jazz Festival. MAN has generously donated the customised vehicle – which took 300 of its employees six weeks to convert – as well as a dedicated driver, fuel, insurance and audio-visual equipment for the duration of the roadshow. After the World Cup it will be reconverted into a standard passenger bus. Click arrow to play slideshowVideo: World Cup People’s Bus (1) 22 February 2010 World Cup fever has hit the road in the form of the People’s Bus – a mobile hub of football trivia and fan gear that will bring the fun, excitement and spirit of the tournament to as many South African communities as possible. The vehicle, a joint initiative between Brand South Africa and MAN Truck and Bus, set off on its nationwide journey on Friday, 19 February. It’s due to visit more than 50 locations between now and 11 June, when the long-awaited football spectacular kicks off at Soccer City in Johannesburg.center_img Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Leading batsman played suspiciously in IPL: Report

first_imgThe corruption scandal that has rocked international cricket could engulf the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well with reports claiming that a leading batsman played so “suspiciously” in the event that he had to be moved up the order to stop him from “manipulating matches”.According to a report in The Australian, quoting two unnamed IPL officials, “a leading batsman had played so suspiciously that they could not explain his behaviour.””…both officials agreed that his performances were highly suspect. They did not want him named for fear that it could be traced back to them and lead to retribution in India,” the report stated.The newspaper said the officials found the “player’s performances were puzzling, particularly scoring slowly towards the end of an innings when the opposite should have been happening.””He consistently under-performed and often appeared uninterested or distracted.”The report said IPL officials have also been receiving complaints of “matches being rigged” by various franchises.”He has been under the scanner for a while,” the official said.The newspaper said the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit is “frustrated” with several boards in the subcontinent “for failing to take stronger action against their players after being provided with information about dubious behaviour.The two main targets have been the Pakistan team and the IPL.”The latest report comes in the wake of the ongoing spot-fixing scandal exposed by a British tabloid which has led to the suspension of three Pakistani cricketers — Test captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif — and an inquiry by the Scotland Yard.advertisementlast_img read more

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: 5 things to know about La Liga finale

first_imgAtletico Madrid leads Barcelona by three points in the La Liga standingsAtletico Madrid face Barcelona at the Camp Nou with both teams vying for the Spanish league title.Atletico leads Barcelona by three points in the standings, and only victory will see defending champion Barcelona lift their fifth trophy in six seasons and deny Atletico its first league championship in 18 years.Atletico knows a draw will suffice in winning its first league title since 1996.Four out of five matches between the sides have ended in a draw this season, with Atletico claiming a narrow 1-0 win in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.”The whole season comes down to 90 minutes,” said Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta.Here are five things to know about Saturday’s game:SEASON FINALE, 64 YEARS LATERSaturday’s matchup is only the third time in league history the title has been decided in circumstances such as these.And both Atletico and Barcelona were involved then too.Atletico edged Sevilla in a final round decider to close the 1950/51 season – five years after Sevilla emerged triumphant against Barcelona in a similar showdown.”We can’t look to the past, we need to focus on the present,” Atletico captain Gabi Fernandez said. “We have a historic opportunity to win the league and the Champions League also.”Atletico, which plays Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 24, hasn’t competed for the title since its league-cup double triumph in 1995/96.DENTING THE DUOPOLYAtletico is on the cusp of becoming the first winner besides Barcelona or Real Madrid to win the title since Valencia did it in 2004.advertisement”Whoever manages to distance themselves from all the talk off the field in the buildup will have a better game,” said Atletico coach Diego Simoene, who is likely to wait until game time to decide on the availability of injured striker Diego Costa.Barcelona vowed to dedicate the league to former coach Tito Vilanova, who died last month.”It would be brutal if we manage to win this league on the last day at home,” Iniesta said. “We would celebrate like never before.”BARCELONA’S MOTIVATIONYou would hardly think Barcelona was still in the fight for the title after a look at its recent results.It has drawn its last two matches against relegation-threatened opponents and, in-between those results, organized a team barbecue that looked more like an end-of-season, summer send-off.”No one would have thought we’d have this opportunity again after we drew at home to Getafe, you’d be crazy to think it,” midfielder Xavi Hernandez.”Why wouldn’t we deserve the league,” midfielder Andres Iniesta said.Barcelona is still waiting on the fitness of defenders Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba, while question marks remain over Neymar’s return with the Brazil striker having been sidelined nearly one month, and this would be his last club game before preparing for the World Cup.MARTINO’S LAST STANDWin or lose the league, coach Gerardo Martino’s future with Barcelona does not look bright.The Argentine coach has had to put up with reports about his future all season long, and even if he manages to steer the club to victory on Saturday it likely won’t stop the apparent arrival of Celta Vigo coach and former player Luis Enrique from taking over his job next season.Martino’s reported exit won’t be the only one: Barcelona will be saying goodbye to many of the core players that shaped the club over recent years with Carles Puyol and Victor Valdes exiting. Meanwhile, Daniel Alves and Javier Mascherano are some of the players whose futures may also be away from the Catalan club next season.RELEGATION ARRIVESWhile Atletico and Barcelona play for the title, five teams at the other of the table will be playing for survival.Almeria, Getafe, Granada, Osasuna, and Real Valladolid are all flirting with the second division, with two of them certain to drop alongside last-place Real Betis. Valladolid hosts Granada while Betis is at Osasuna.Also, Real Madrid’s last match ahead of the Champions League final in Lisbon is Saturday against Espanyol as it finishes the season third in the standings.last_img read more

Harbhajan Singh to debut as singer

first_imgVeteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is breaking into a new field. He will tweak his vocal chords for a single composed by Mithoon. The song will celebrate the contribution of real life heroes who have striven towards the welfare of the nation.”It’s actually a thought that Harbhajan shared with me. We have been close friends since a while now and he has always expressed his interest in music. He wanted to do something to celebrate our national heritage and culture,” Mithoon said in a statement.He added, “We were always contemplating on working together and were in talks of collaborating on a single since over a year now. This concept cropped up on his birthday and while there were many ideas exchanged, this particular idea appealed to us the most.””I always believe music should address a higher purpose and collaborations of ideas should bring meaning to the fore.”The video will be shot across different states of India and will feature the real lives of common men who can be counted as the driving force of the country.The single will be sung in Hindi and English combined, and will premiere in December this year.last_img read more

Video: LSU Student On Jeopardy Can’t Answer Questions About Derrick Henry, Steve Spurrier

first_imgJeopardy question asks what university Derrick Henry plays for.Twitter/@KenzieThirkillWhen college football is a category on Jeopardy, it almost never goes well. In the past, we’ve had a former LSU lineman say that Syracuse was in the Ivy League, contestants failed miserably on a question about the Big Ten, they’ve avoided a question about the sport’s stadium nicknames like the plague, and perhaps worst of all, one man thought Auburn is  called the “Crimson Tide.”College students from LSU, Northeastern, and Wright State competed on the show tonight, and you’d think someone at an SEC powerhouse would fare better when asked about the sport. You’d be very, very wrong. When asked questions about former Florida and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier and Alabama Heisman winner Derrick Henry, LSU student Kevin didn’t even try to give an answer. I. JUST. CAN’T.— Mackenzie Thirkill (@KenzieThirkill) February 3, 2016SEC fans on Twitter are ROASTING him, as you’d expect.the LSU senior on college jeopardy who couldn’t get a spurrier quote or where derrick henry went to college shouldn’t be allowed to graduate— arflora (@arflora) February 2, 2016An RA from LSU is on college Jeopardy! and failed to get “where did Derrick Henry play” and “who is the Head Ball Coach” and I’m mad.— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) February 3, 2016Kid on jeopardy enrolled at LSU and doesn’t know who Derrick Henry, 2015 Heisman trophy winning running back, played for.. Study less.— Luke Longfield (@Lukers17) February 3, 2016Ain’t NO WAY IN HELL the kid from LSU in College Jeopardy didn’t know Derek Henry went to Bama. He just didn’t want to say it— Ken Carman (@KenCarman) February 3, 2016Man the peeps on college @Jeopardy stink. Dude from LSU had no idea who Derrick Henry is. Really? What the hay?— Ben Spalding (@DangerSpalding) February 3, 2016An LSU student on Jeopardy doesn’t know who Steve Spurrier and Derrick Henry are? God this is mortifying.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) February 3, 2016Maybe mix in a trip to Death Valley sometime, Kevin. You’ll probably enjoy it.last_img read more

Hamburg Süd to Start Renewing Fleet in 2017

first_imgzoom German container shipping line Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft KG (Hamburg Süd) informed it will begin replacing existing tonnage with reefer newbuildings in the course of 2017. The new containerships will be deployed in the company’s Europe-Mexico-Caribbean Service (EMCS).“We are constantly improving our services and have invested around 350 million US dollars in our reefer container fleet in the past three years, making it one of the youngest in the market,” Peter Frederiksen, Member of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd, said.Currently, the company has four Post Panamax containerships on order. Ordered by Hamburg Süd in 2015, the 3,884 TEU vessels are being built at China’s Jiangsu New Yangzijiang shipyard, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Additionally, Hamburg Süd revealed that the new setup of its SAWC service commenced in February 2017, offering a weekly connection between South America West Coast, the Caribbean, and North Europe.With a total of nine 9,600 TEU vessels deployed, the SAWC service includes the following ports: Rotterdam, London, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Puerto Angamos, Valparaiso, Callao, Paita, Guayaquil, Buenaventura, Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT), Cartagena, Caucedo.The company operates 130 container vessels with a capacity of 625,000 TEU.In December 2016, Hamburg Süd was acquired by world’s largest container carrier, Maersk Line A/S.last_img read more