31 Aug

Reggae Girlz team for World Cup taking shape

first_imgAccording to reports, some of the players who will make up the 23 players to represent Jamaica at this summer’s FIFA Women World Cup will be announced shortly. Assistant coach Andrew Price told the Jamaica Gleaner that 14 members of the Reggae Girlz will first be announced. He said the team’s coaches were very impressed with the team’s performance in their recent two-match friendly series against  Chile, and have decided they will soon let the players know who are selected to that batch of 14 The women who are not named in the first set of players should not despair, as Price indicated there’ll be another training camp in April, “and so there is still an opportunity for other players to be selected.” He said based on the previous two training camps he believes there are “about 14 to 16 players who will definitely make the trip to France.”The Reggae Girlz, who are ranked 53rd in the world, will be making their first trip to the FIFA women tournament. They are drawn in Group C with Australia, Brazil and Italy.In reference to the team’s sweep of Chile in the recent two-match series said the Girlz showed good resilience, and the goal is now to improve their fitness and understanding of the game plan.The camp for the Reggae Girlz is scheduled to be held in South Africa from April 1 – 9.last_img read more

26 Aug

Dodgers must absorb loss of Justin Turner to hamstring injury

first_img“It actually felt worse this morning than I expected, so the MRI results coming back the way they did was a very positive thing.”Turner was able to return from that 2014 injury after 15 days, the minimum DL stay at the time. He is optimistic he will be ready to return after the shorter DL minimum now.“It’s going to be pretty boring — a lot of lying around in the training room and letting this thing heal up,” Turner said of the next few days.The challenge of moving on without Turner will be more difficult for the Dodgers. Though his power hasn’t shown up yet this year (only one home run in 140 at-bats), Turner goes to the DL with a major-league leading .379 batting average, 13 doubles (tied for second in the National League) and a .946 OPS that leads Dodgers regulars (Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor have topped that).“It’s a big blow. I think we’ve dealt with those in the past and we’ll continue to move forward,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “But the leadership as a position player, the defense he plays, consistent and elite defense, and obviously in the batter’s box what he does consistently putting at-bats together, the baserunning – all the components that help you win baseball games, that’s what JT does for our club. To miss him for any stretch is tough, let alone for two weeks. But we’ll get over it.” Kike’ Hernandez played third Friday against Marlins left-hander Justin Nicolino. But the Dodgers will absorb most of Turner’s absence by plugging Logan Forsythe in at third base instead of second base when he returns from the disabled list. Forsythe played third base for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, his third game on a restarted rehab assignment for a hairline fracture in a toe on his right foot. That rehab was interrupted by a hamstring injury of his own.Forsythe is expected to spend the weekend with the Quakes and then be activated when the Dodgers open a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. With Forsythe coming back to play third base, Roberts said second base will continue to belong to Taylor and Chase Utley in “not a strict platoon, but split duties.” Utley could see more time there now that Adrian Gonzalez has returned to first base.MAEDA RETURNIf Turner’s hamstring injury ranked as a Grade 1 strain, Kenta Maeda’s registered a Grade None.Nonetheless, Maeda made a rehab start with Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night, going four innings and throwing 62 pitches. He allowed three runs (only one earned) on six hits (all singles) and two walks.Maeda will rejoin the Dodgers’ overstuffed rotation next week and is scheduled to start the series finale against the Cardinals on Thursday. That will make seven different starters in seven games over eight days – Hyun-Jin Ryu, Alex Wood, Julio Urias and Brandon McCarthy against the Marlins, Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Maeda against the Cardinals.Ryu would seem to be the most likely candidate for another DL sabbatical – he was hit in the arm by a pitch and the foot by a ground ball during his start Thursday. He came out of the game immediately after the ground ball back to the mound but Roberts said Friday “from what I understand, he’s fine” on both counts. But Roberts wouldn’t say when he expects Ryu to pitch again.“Seeing as how we’ve still got seven guys who can start, we’re still figuring out how we can manage it,” Roberts said.Most recently, the Dodgers have managed it by sending Maeda, Ryu and McCarthy to the 10-day DL with minor issues that would probably not have prevented them from pitching if circumstances were more pressing. part of a three-team trade on June 30, 2015, the Atlanta Braves sent Wood, relievers Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson and infielder Jose Peraza to the Dodgers and received outfielder Hector Olivera, reliever Paco Rodriguez and minor-leaguer Zach Bird.None of those players are still with the Braves. Olivera is out of baseball after playing 30 games for the Braves and receiving an 82-game suspension for his involvement in a domestic dispute. Rodriguez was released by the Braves this spring. Wood, meanwhile, was the NL Player of the Week for the Dodgers last week, cementing his spot in their rotation.Braves GM John Coppolella did a question-and-answer session on Twitter on Friday and was asked about that trade.“The Hector Olivera trade was terrible and that’s on me. Alex is a tremendous pitcher & even better person. Rooting for him,” Coppolella responded. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES >> Not all of the Dodgers’ disabled list moves come with a dollop of convenience.Third baseman Justin Turner was placed on the 10-day DL on Friday after suffering a right hamstring injury during Thursday’s game. Turner said his hamstring “just kind of grabbed me” as he was rounding third base in the seventh inning of the 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins. He left the game immediately and underwent an MRI on Friday morning, which revealed a Grade 1 strain – the mildest level of strain and a result that Turner took as “good news.”“It’s a Grade 1 strain which is something I’ve had before and come back from fairly quickly,” said Turner, pointing to a June 2014 hamstring injury.last_img read more

26 Dec

SHOCK AS DONEGAL TOP OF THE BOOZE ABUSE LIST (AND GETTING WORSE)

first_imgMORE people in Co Donegal are treated for drinking too much than almost every other county, a shock new report has said.Only Leitrim has a worse record, a report by the Health Research Board (HRB) says.The number of people aged 15 to 64 treated per 100,000 of the population in Co Donegal between 2005-2007 was 256. (Sligo was higher at 281. Leitrim was 243). But between 2008-2010, the number of people per 100,000 in Donegal rocketed to 299. (Sligo was slighly higher and the worst in the country at 301.)Says the report: “In the period 2008–2010 the incidence rates were highest in Waterford, Leitrim, Donegal, Sligo, Tipperary and Wexford (with over 200 cases per 100,000), followed by Carlow, Longford, Kerry and Westmeath (with between 150 and 199 cases).“While the incidence rates were low in a number of counties (with less than 100 cases per 100,000), Wicklow, Clare, Laois, Dublin and Roscommon had the lowest incidence rates during the three-year period.”Key national findings from the report include: 42,333 cases were treated for problem alcohol use in the six-year period.  There were 5,525 cases in 2005 which rose to 7,866 cases in 2010, an increase of 43%.22,626 (53%) were new cases who had come for treatment for the first time, while 18,396 (44%) were treated previously.61% increase in cases who had been treated previously, from 2, 229 cases in 2005 to 3,583 cases in 2010.Half of all cases treated were aged 39 years or younger.145% increase in new cases aged under 18, from 109 cases in 2005 to 267 cases in 2010.Half of all cases treated had started drinking alcohol by the time they were 16.50% of new cases had used alcohol for 19 years or more before seeking treatment.40% of cases were drinking on a daily basis.The proportion of all cases in employment fell from 39% in 2005 to 24% in 2010.Dr Suzi Lyons, senior researcher at the HRB said: ‘The number of recorded cases treated for problem alcohol use increased over the six years due to an increase in reporting to the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) but  it is also likely that it reflects a true increase in the number of people requiring treatment for problem alcohol use.“Given that some treatment services are yet to participate in the reporting system, the figures underestimate the true extent of treated alcohol use in Ireland.“While one out of every two cases treated for problem substance use in Ireland between 2005 and 2010 were treated for alcohol, many of those also had problems with other drugs.Dr Lyons adds: “What we see is that almost one in five of those treated for alcohol also have problems with other drugs, with  cannabis being the most common followed by cocaine, ecstasy and benzodiazepines. Poly drug misuse presents a challenge for treatment services.”You can read the full report at www.hrb.ie.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com SHOCK AS DONEGAL TOP OF THE BOOZE ABUSE LIST (AND GETTING WORSE) was last modified: November 8th, 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)Tags:donegal top of booze leaguelast_img read more

17 Aug

Emirates introduces the worlds first amenity kit in Economy class

first_imgEmirates introduces the world’s first amenity kit in Economy classEmirates introduces the world’s first amenity kit in Economy classEmirates has launched the world’s first interactive amenity kit in Economy Class providing a more comfortable travel experience. The stylish new amenity kits utilise augmented reality (AR) technology to unlock immersive content on mobile devices.The kit bags come in six designs inspired by six regions in Emirates’ global network – Australasia, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Far East. The designs incorporate the colours and patterns of each of these regions and the Middle East design, in particular, features Arabic calligraphy by UAE-based artist, Tagelsir Hassan.The kits include all the necessities for additional comfort on long-haul flights including an eye mask, earplugs, toothbrush and toothpaste, and socks – each tailored to the style of the kit bag. The multipurpose pouches are made of Neoprene material – a water resistant fabric – and is designed to be reused after the flight to store anything from devices to cosmetics or stationery.Emirates is the first airline to introduce AR technology with the amenity kits making it the world’s first interactive kit bags. By downloading the Blippar mobile phone app, and using it to scan the bags, customers will be able to unlock a world of entertainment on their mobile devices.Emirates partnered with Blippar, the world’s leading AR and visual discovery platform, to create exclusive content including activities and health tips for a more comfortable and relaxing travel experience. The content will continually be refreshed every six months so customers can look forward to new updates.More broadly, the Blippar app is a Visual Browser which enables customers to discover more about the world around them. Customers can point at thousands of objects already recognised by Blippar (laptops to clothing and food to pets) to get additional information on those items. The content explains the object, the context and other useful and interesting facts – and is sourced from Blippar’s knowledge graph called Blipparsphere. Both the Blippar app and Blipparsphere are powered through Artificial Intelligence technology.The cutting edge bags are part of Emirates’ continued product enhancement to improve comfort and convenience for Economy Class passengers. The entertainment on the app complements Emirates’ award-wining inflight entertainment system – ice Digital Widescreen – which has recently clinched its 12th consecutive award for ‘World’s Best Airline Inflight Entertainment’ at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2016.Passengers across all classes can enjoy over 2,500 channels of entertainment and free Wi-Fi on board all A380s and most B777s.The amenity kits are available on selected long-haul routes and on all ultra-long haul services starting from August.To activate the augmented reality technology with the amenity kits:Download the Blippar app from the Apple Store or Google Play on your mobile deviceScan the designs on the amenity kitsEnjoy immersive content on your mobile devices Emiratesbook your flights hereSource = Emirateslast_img read more