31 Aug

British doctor reports she was raped in St Lucia Tourism interest…

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of independent.co.uk A British Doctor has claimed that she was raped while a women’s only sailing break in St Lucia.The woman, 45-year-old Georgina Mortimer, was attacked in her bedroom at Rodney Bay within hours of arriving, according to the reports. The mother of two reported that the attack lasted 15 minutes, with the rapist fleeing after someone started knocking on her door.The victim later said she discovered that there were 60 cases of rape reported in St Lucia, in the last year.The incident has drawn the ire of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) which expressed concern about the level of criminal activity against visitors in Saint Lucia.“It is very concerning and it is something that we have got to pay attention to,” SLHTA Chief Executive Officer, Noorani Azeez said in relation to crime on the Island.“That information is going to reach far and wide in a very short space of time. I think perhaps we need to reach out to them a bit more frequently, give them an update as to what is going on if it is not already being done, provide more timely status of what’s happening if it is not already being done – you know, I think more engagement will help to address some of the pain that they are going through right now, as well as making the necessary resources available so that the legal system can process these and other outstanding cases,” he said.“As a country – as a people we have got to do what we can to be vigilant and address these issues. But you know, it is one thing to talk the talk but it is another thing to walk the walk,” the SLHTA official was quoted by the St Lucia Times as saying.last_img read more

16 Aug

Today’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Best starting pitchers, streamers for Friday, June 21

first_imgMORE FRIDAY MLB: DFS picksToday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings: Friday, June 21RankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)FDDK1Chris SaleRed Soxvs. Blue Jays86 (23rd)N/A$12,000$12,0002Trevor BauerIndiansvs. TigersN/A87 (T-23rd)$11,500$11,1003Matthew [email protected] Indians85 (24th)N/A$10,000$9,7004Walker BuehlerDodgersvs. RockiesN/A87 (T-23rd)$11,200$10,8005Stephen StrasburgNationalsvs. BravesN/A106 (T-9th)$9,800$10,5006Aaron NolaPhilliesvs. MarlinsN/A75 (29th)$8,700$8,0007Sonny [email protected] BrewersN/A100 (12th)$7,300$7,9008German [email protected] DodgersN/A116 (T-2nd)$7,600$9,0009James PaxtonYankeesvs. Astros136 (1st)N/A$9,200$8,10010Yu DarvishCubsvs. MetsN/A97 (T-13th)$7,900N/A11Martin [email protected] Royals74 (28th)N/A$7,800$7,60012Mike LeakeMarinersvs. OriolesN/A81 (26th)$8,500$8,70013Eric [email protected] Pirates76 (27th)N/A$7,000$6,10014Griffin [email protected] CardinalsN/A92 (T-16th)$8,000$8,50015Brad [email protected] YankeesN/A116 (T-2nd)$7,100$7,80016Joe MusgrovePiratesvs. PadresN/A89 (T-19th)$7,500$5,50017Chase AndersonBrewersvs. RedsN/A82 (25th)$6,600$6,60018Jason [email protected] Cubs96 (16th)N/A$6,500N/A19Taylor ClarkeD-backsvs. GiantsN/A78 (T-27th)$5,900$6,80020Jalen Beeks (PLR)[email protected] A’s129 (2nd)N/AN/A$7,60021Jeff [email protected] D-backsN/A89 (T-19th)$6,200$6,90022Dallas KeuchelBravesvs. Nationals118 (5th)N/A$7,700$8,30023Ariel JuradoRangersvs. White SoxN/A91 (18th)$6,300$6,50024Trent ThorntonBlue [email protected] Red SoxN/A111 (6th)$7,200$7,10025Tanner AndersonA’svs. RaysN/A109 (T-7th)$6,000$6,70026Michael WachaCardinalsvs. AngelsN/A115 (4th)$6,400$5,00027Sandy [email protected] PhilliesN/A89 (T-19th)$7,400$7,40028Jakob JunisRoyalsvs. TwinsN/A117 (1st)$6,700$6,30029Reynaldo LopezWhite [email protected] RangersN/A104 (11th)$6,100$5,80030Ryne Stanek (O)[email protected] A’sN/A96 (15th)N/A$4,30031Sean Gilmartin (PLR)[email protected] Mariners111 (8th)N/AN/A$4,00032Paul Fry (O)[email protected] Mariners111 (8th)N/AN/A$4,000wRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. Friday’s daily SP rankings have several high-priced aces, one affordable ace, and a bunch of mediocre pitchers with favorable matchups. Finding worthwhile picks for your MLB DFS contests will be easy, but with so many options, finding the right pick(s) for your FanDuel and DraftKings lineups might take a while.Going with any of our top five seems safe, as all are high-K pitchers in good spots. Stephen Strasburg (vs. Braves) has the toughest matchup and is coming off his worst start of the season, but we know he has the stuff for a nice bounce-back outing. James Paxton (vs. Astros) hasn’t been quite as sharp since returning from the DL, but he’s another SP with elite talent. He has a nice price relative to his ability, especially on DraftKings, but a tough matchup against the Astros makes him a GPP-only play. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNAs far as values, Eric Lauer (@ Pirates), Martin Perez (@ Royals), and Mike Leake (vs. Orioles) all have favorable matchups based on the splits. The Pirates are hitting better right now, so Lauer is the riskiest, but his cheap price still makes him a decent GPP play. Aaron Nola (vs. Marlins) has frustrated fantasy owners all season, but his matchup, price, and talent will likely have him highly owned tonight. The most obvious fade is Dallas Keuchel (@ Nationals), who’s overpriced given the brutal matchup in his first start of the season. Check the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center closer to lineup lock for the latest weather reports.last_img read more

14 Aug

Jordan Devlin talks making NXT history, Drew McIntyre, taking aim at WALTER and no longer being underrated

first_imgThat dream began for the “Irish Ace” as a kid watching WWE in Dublin. On this night, the 29-year-old Devlin would not only realize his dream but also do something that hadn’t been done before — become the first NXT UK talent to win the cruiserweight championship.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year”I was fully aware of what I was going to do and the history I was going to make,” said Devlin. “I knew the weight of expectations from the UK on me and I just wanted to do my brand proud and bring some gold back to NXT UK.”It speaks to Devlin’s talent that he was put in that position. He has earned several advocates behind the scenes, including WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, but the brash Devlin has also been talking a big game, saying that a brand can be built around him. Immediately after winning the championship, he proclaimed to the audience that he is “pound for pound the best sports entertainer on the planet.”It was just the latest example of him having no fear of talking himself into a high-pressure, put-up-or-shut-up situation.”I’m a firm believer that nice guys finish last,” said Devlin. “You have to get all of the eyes on you and get the spotlight on you, but then when stuff happens, you have to deliver. I’m always saying that I’m the guy. Obviously, it was a big loss losing Pete (Dunne) to NXT in the States and I said I was the guy who could step up to the plate and fill those considerably large shoes, so, hopefully, I’ve done that now.”The moment has been a long time coming for Devlin, who began his training when he was 12. Since then, he has been making a name for himself across the UK with promotions such as Progress and Over the Top Wrestling (OTT), and now with NXT UK.While fans were taking notice of him, Devlin still believed that he was the most underrated talent in all of wrestling. That is no longer the case.”I felt when I first said it that it was true,” Devlin said, “but talking a big game and getting more people to look at you has opened some people’s eyes to me and what I’m capable of. I’ve got some more high-profile matches and I’ve been put in the spotlight a little bit more, so I don’t think I’m as underrated as I was when I said it.”Along with the change in Devlin’s mentality, the bar has been raised even higher now that he’s on a bigger stage as a part of NXT UK.”Now, I’ve got my little bit of recognition and the weight of expectation from people like my childhood heroes — Shawn Michaels and Triple H — publicly saying that they think I’ve got a bright future with the company. That expectation obviously leads to a desire and a want to prove them right and not let them down,” he said.”I think also when you’re the champion of a brand — and I fully intend on defending the belt on 205 Live, NXT in the States, NXT UK — and I’m only just now entering the championship realm, so I want to defend the belt across all brands and be a fighting champion.”The NXT cruiserweight championship opens up plenty of possibilities for Devlin to defend the title across the WWE and NXT brands. That means a very busy schedule and plenty of travel for someone who still lives in Ireland.”This is the busiest I’ve ever been,” he said. “I’ve been home, I think, six days total since Jan. 8 between being in the UK and the U.S. I landed back with the cruiserweight title early last week and as I was leaving the Dublin airport, I got a call from WWE telling me I was coming straight back out this week. But I relish it. This is the position I always wanted to be in. This is the position I imagined I would be in eventually. I’m just happy that I got to get out in front of more and more people and be in front of the WWE cameras longer and get my brand out there.”While he expects to be busy defending his championship, he hopes that others get to cross over between the various brands.”I look at the roster that we have now with NXT UK, the 205 Live guys and NXT in the States and everyone there under 205 pounds, I think it’s really the most talented roster that’s ever been assembled, really, in terms of guys who can have exciting, dramatic, storytelling matches,” he said. “It’s a really exciting time to be a pro wrestling fan.””DO YOU BELIEVE ME NOW?!?!”The NEW NXT Cruiserweight Champion @Jordan_Devlin1 proves what he’s been saying all along at #WorldsCollide! #WWENXT #NXTUK pic.twitter.com/PovDfmB0vI— WWE (@WWE) January 26, 2020While Devlin has lived nearly his entire life in Dublin, he is open to moving to the U.S. as his career evolves. He has one thing that he wants to accomplish first, however.”Obviously, I’d like to be the guy to beat WALTER and win the UK title,” Devlin said. “That will bring my time in the UK full circle before I took off for the States. Yeah, I’d definitely be open to moving over and trying my hand stateside for a few years.”Devlin is among the many talents who have emerged in a thriving UK wrestling landscape that has blossomed over the past few years. Even he is amazed by what has happened in such a short period.”It’s unbelievable, the difference,” he said. “It’s such a golden period for independent wrestling in the UK. Even today, I’ve come back from a Progress show in the UK and it was sold out to the rafters, jam-packed with really, really raucous, intense fans and it’s been like that for a few years now. Fight Club Pro and OTT have sold out shows every single month, multiple times a month, bringing in top talent from all over the world, so it really is a golden period for independent wrestling in Europe right now.”There might not be one particular moment when someone could see a difference in the UK market as it was turning around, but Devlin believes people could see it coming considering the talent pool with the likes of himself, Dunne, Trent Seven, Tyler Bate and many others.”I think it was up and running with a group of guys and girls, about 30 or 40 of us, that we’re all hitting our stride at the same time,” said Devlin. “We’d all been in the wrestling business for 10, 12, 15 years, and that made WWE and ITV start thinking about getting back on terrestrial television over here. That led to the formation of NXT UK a few years ago. It was always on the back of the guys and girls over here and the shows we were putting on, on an independent level, that made WWE have a look at us.”Another piece to that emerging UK scene was Drew McIntyre, who returned after his first stint with WWE. The Scottish star was looking to rebuild himself from the ground up but also help build UK wrestling. His hard work paid off on both fronts: McIntyre returned to WWE and is now ready to headline WrestleMania 36 against Brock Lesnar.”Talk about a guy reinventing himself,” said Devlin. “Drew is the perfect example of stick-to-itiveness and not giving up on yourself and going away, regrouping, and coming back better than ever. He’s a huge inspiration not only for Scottish guys and girls on the roster that are his friends but for any young, aspiring wrestler. He’s just the total package.”Imagine, then, what it was like for Devlin and his peers to see McIntyre win the Royal Rumble match and earn a title match at WrestleMania.”It was awesome,” said Devlin. “We had a suite in the stadium and I was there with a few of the Scottish guys and girls, watching along, and they were just going ballistic for him. It was great.”Devlin has also found inspiration in watching others from Ireland find success in WWE, including Finn Balor — who helped train him — Sheamus and Becky Lynch. Now, it’s his turn to make a name for himself but also give back. Just minutes after winning the NXT cruiserweight championship at WWE Worlds Collide, a cocky Jordan Devlin couldn’t wipe the smile from his face as the side plates on the championship were changed over to ones with his name.”That was the result of 18 years of the wrestling business finally coming to fruition for me,” Devlin told SN. “I always dreamt of being in the WWE and being a WWE champion, so it was just.” “Now, with NXT UK being a thing and me being able to jump back and forth from NXT UK to the independent scene and give back to the Irish wrestling scene, it’s an amazing middle ground that I’ve been able to walk and being able to interact with trainees here in Ireland,” he said.“We have a school of Irish wrestlers that I coach in and I’m able to take all of the things I’ve picked up at the Performance Center and the UK Performance Center and bring it back, so it’s been a huge boost for Irish wrestling having those guys being the inspiration and me being able to be a little more hands-on with them and teach them.”NXT TV airs Wednesday nights on USA Network. NXT UK is on the WWE Network.last_img read more

22 Dec


first_imgJason Quigley again showed the class that will almost certainly propel him onto a much bigger stage in the not-too-distant future. The Donegal boxer made it eight wins from eight bouts after another second round stoppage in the early hours of this morning.This time it was against his latest opponent Michael Faulk at Fantasy Springs in California. Cagey Quigley took it easy in the first round but found his range quickly in the second.But the Twin Towns man exploded into life in the second and forced Faulk to take three standing counts.With his 30 year old opponent in all sorts of trouble, Faulk’s corner threw in the towel with just a coupe of seconds left in the second round.The bout may have been scheduled as Quigley’s first eight rounder in the pro ranks, but it was never going to go anywhere near that. Quigley looked in great shape as he directed his latest opponent.And Faulk looked like a man who hadn’t fought in two years and had already lost two of his five pro bouts.Speaking after the bout, Quigley said he felt relaxed and took the first round to figure out his opponent.His first eight fights have barely tested Quigley with his last four bouts ending in second round stoppages.Golden Boy Promotions may now be considering upping the quality of his opponent as Quigley continues to display the pedigree that could make him a real contender very soon. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST AS BOXER JASON MAKES IT EIGHT STRAIGHT WINS was last modified: August 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:boutBOXERdonegalJason Quigleywinlast_img read more