The Wright View: Super sporting spectacle

first_imgLast weekend provided a smorgasbord of sports that was just enough to make it the fantastic one the romantics promised. As I settled in front of the television, the English Premier League (EPL) set the tone on Saturday morning, with six games before noon and one game after. The 1-2 loss by Manchester United to Sunderland ensured that their manager/coach Louis van Gaal will definitely be looking for new employment later on this year. The afternoon game had a resurgent Chelsea Football Club, under the leadership of ‘super sub’ manager/coach Gus Hiddink, demolishing hapless Newcastle, whose players must now be looking at the possibility of life in the second tier of English football. Then, Saturday night served up two fantastic cricket matches, both one-day internationals (ODI). First, was the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, with the West Indians facing India, who were unbeaten in this tournament and had not lost an ODI since a defeat to England in the quarter-finals of the 2014 tournament. The ‘outsiders’ were the youngsters from the West Indies, who lost their three warm-up games against hosts Bangladesh, and who were beaten by England in the first game of the tournament. Later on that night, England and South Africa met in the final game of a five-match series, with both sides winning two games each, as South Africa rebounded from losses in the first two games. Then we came to ‘Super Sunday’ in the EPL, with third place Arsenal against leaders Leicester, and second place Tottenham against fourth place Manchester City. The supporters of Arsenal and Tottenham certainly felt the love permeating Valentine Sunday, as victories for both these clubs left them joint second in the League, with Tottenham ahead on goal difference. However, losing sleep to watch both cricket matches on Saturday night (which takes some doing) was well worth it, as the games were of an exceptionally high standard. In the England-South Africa game, the South Africans prevailed due in no small way to the batting of captain AB de Villiers and previous captain Hashim Amla. England lost the series mainly because after going two up, they formed the impression that South Africa were soft and changed their previously successful game plan to one of non-stop aggression. This was brilliantly exploited by the South Africans. The moral there – never count your chickens before they are hatched. In the Under-19 World Cup finals, the underdogs, the West Indies, triumphed because of (a) talent, (b) character and (c) a determination to relax and enjoy the game. After winning the toss and sending in the favourites to bat, the fast bowling duo of Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder ensured that India were always going to play catch up. They never batted out the allotted 50 overs and were dismissed for a paltry 145. The first wicket claimed by the West Indies appeared to be a ‘Mankad’, as I do not recall the wicketkeeper for the West Indies, Tevin Imlach, warning the Indian batsman, Rishabh Pant, that he had wandered out of his crease before removing the bails. The decision is recorded as a stumping as Pant was not attempting a run, but had in fact left his crease. According to the rules of the game he was OUT. Yet, not one murmur from those who condemned Keemo Paul for a similar dismissal in the match against Zimbabwe. I suppose that since it was the first wicket and India were supposed to win, that ‘Mankad’ was OK! Hmmm. Then in the run chase we saw a lesson in batting concentration from the young West Indian Keacy Carty, whose 152-ball 52 was instrumental in the victory, belying the fact that for the entire tournament, Carty had faced 132 balls and scored 60 runs. This victory validates my suggestion that the West Indies (senior team) withdraw from Tests and ODIs until this group of young men have two more years of experience playing international cricket. Then, and only then, should the West Indies return to international Test cricket and ODIs, thus ensuring that we have a legitimate chance of returning to a place in the top echelons of world cricket, instead of the present scenario where we are represented by people who don’t appear to care one iota for the West Indian fan! Well done young WI!last_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has accused the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn of giving with one hand and taking away with the other in relation to supports for young people experiencing mental health difficulties.Deputy McConalogue said the Government is completely undermining the potential success of any new anti-bullying initiative by simultaneously slashing one-on-one counselling supports at second level.“There is no doubt that we are seeing an extremely worrying surge in mental health problems among young people, much of which results from bullying. Any initiative to tackle this pattern and increase the supports available to young people within the school setting is of course welcome,” said Deputy McConalogue. “However, my concern is the hypocritical approach that Minister Quinn appears to be taking. On the one hand the Minister tells us he wants to enhance the role of schools in tackling bullying, however in reality he has crippled the ability of the school system to respond to students in difficulty.“By removing ex-quota allocation for guidance counsellors, the Minister has radically reduced supports in schools for teenagers experiencing problems. If the Minister is serious about addressing the serious and growing problem of bullying and youth mental health problems, he would not have started by presiding over the unprecedented decline of the guidance counselling system.“The Minister now has evidence that the decision he made in Budget 2012 has resulted in a massive 51% reduction in one-on-one counselling supports in secondary schools since September alone. The reduction is even greater in disadvantaged areas. How can schools be well enough resourced to take on this new initiative while their student support system has been radically undermined since September?“Minister Quinn can count on my support, and that of my party, in introducing substantive policies to address mental health issues among young people, both within the school system and the wider community. But this must start with him realising he made a major mistake in cutting the guidance counsellor allocation in last year’s budget.”  DONEGAL TD SLAMS EDUCATION MINISTER OVER CUTS TO YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES was last modified: January 21st, 2013 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 TD SLAMS EDUCATION MINISTER OVER CUTS TO YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICESlast_img read more

Thanks to Pixelpipe, Every Mobile Status Update Can Now Be Geotagged

first_imgTags:#news#web frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… For services that already offer support for geotagged information, including FriendFeed, for example, Pixelpipe will just use those services’ native APIs to pass the information along. Pixelpipe already offered this feature when users uploaded geotagged media files, but now, the service will also enable this function for text-based status updates.We know that Twitter will soon enable its geolocation API, which will hopefully enable a whole range of new services, so for Twitter users, this is really just a stop-gap measure and there are already a few other services out there that offer similar features for Twitter. For now, however, if you want to send text-based status updates to multiple services, this is the most convenient way to include geolocation information with your status updates. Pixelpipe, an increasingly popular service that allows its users to easily post text-based status updates and media files to multiple social media sites, just released a large update of its mobile clients. Thanks to this, users can now attach geolocation information to status updates they send from Pixelpipe to over 30 services. Today, Pixelpipe will release this feature in new versions of its Android apps and then integrate this feature in the next iteration of its Nokia and iPhone apps as well. Now, when you send an update from Pixelpipe, you simply enable the “Geo On” button and Pixelpipe will include a link to a custom page with a map that shows your location. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Darjeeling tea gardens set to reopen

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said the tea gardens in the Darjeeling hills, which have remained closed for over three months because of the shutdown over , will be opened and bonus will be given to all employed there.She made the announcement after meeting Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders Binoy Tamang and Anik Thapa at the state secretariat.“A meeting for opening up the tea gardens will be held at Siliguri on September 21 in presence of the labour commissioner. It will be a tripartite meeting involving owners and union representatives. A decision on opening the gardens has already been taken by the Chief Secretary,” Ms. Banerjee said. About 87 tea gardens in the Darjeeling hills are shut since June 15, following an indefinite strike over the demand for Gorkhaland. Apolitical body formedMeanwhile, with the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC), which was set up by political parties and non-political groups in the hills to take forward the movement of Gorkhaland, turning defunct, members of the civil society in the hills have set up another body called National Gorkhaland Committee ( NGC).The body comprises academicians like Mahendra P. Lama, former vice-chancellor of Sikkim University, Munish Tamang and Shravan Acharya, professors at Delhi University, Lt. Gen. (retd) Shakti Gurung and Trilok Dewan, the former Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh.last_img read more

Three Kashmiri students held in Punjab for links with militant outfits

first_imgThree Kashmiri students were arrested on Wednesday in a joint operation of the Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab police from Jalandhar district of Punjab for their alleged links with militant outfits — Ansar Ghazwatul Hind and Jaish-e-Muhammad. Another person, a suspected handler, was arrested from the Kashmir valley.”The students were arrested after we received inputs about their links with militant outfit headed by Zakir Musa. One AK-47 and a pistol were seized from what seems like a module working for Musa,” said Director General of Police Dilbag Singh. Some explosives were also seized from the students.A police officer in Srinagar said the students were held from the hostel of CT Institute of Engineering Management and Technology in Shahpur on the outskirts of Jalandhar. The students, pursuing engineering courses, were identified as Zahid Gulzar of Rajpora, Awantipora, Mohammad Idrees Shah alias Nadeem of Pulwama, and Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt of Noorpura, Pulwama. “The weapons were recovered from Gulzar’s hostel room,” said the police.The fourth suspect was arrested from Pulwama’s Awantipora and is being questioned by the police. The police said the person may be the module handler.last_img read more

When is Premier League deadline day in 2018?

first_imgPremier League Premier League deadline day in 2018: When will the Premier League transfer window open & close in UK? Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:30 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Brighton Premier League 130518 Getty Premier League Transfers With British top flight clubs voting to end the transfer window before the season starts, when are teams now allowed to buy and sell players? This summer will be the first that will implement the rule change of the Premier League ending the transfer window before the start of the new season instead of after. While all previous seasons had their transfer deadline day set for August 31 – which meant that transfers continued for a good couple of weeks after the initial start of the campaign – the majority of Premier League clubs voted to bring the deadline earlier as to avoid disruption and interruption of their season with players leaving and arriving.Clubs in England will still be able to sell to other leagues but will no longer be able to buy after August 9, which will change the overall narrative of deadline day. Now, teams will be forced to assess their squad depth ahead of their new season – but will also be allowed to focus purely on their on-pitch performances without the distraction and drama of the transfer window once their seasons start. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now When does the Premier League transfer window open for 2018-19? Due to Premier League clubs voting to end the summer transfer window before the start of the season to avoid disrupting their campaign with player transfers, it will now open on May 17 – almost a month earlier.In order to comply with FIFA rules which state that the window must be open for 12 weeks, clubs will now be allowed to start spending on May 17 instead of June 9. The rule change will only affect Premier League clubs, so the rest of Europe will still operate with the old rules and will have their transfer windows start and end later. Member clubs will now be able to start buying and selling players as soon as this Thursday, which will make for an exciting summer with the World Cup in mind.Clubs in England have usually been afflicted with constant uncertainty year after year as they have fought to keep hold of star players – who have increasingly become frustrated with their futures being unknown, and taking attention away from on-pitch performances.Both Alexis Sanchez and Philippe Coutinho’s transfers both dragged on well after the season started despite only leaving their clubs in the winter transfer window.A substantial number of transfers usually take place well after the season starts in England – such as Chelsea’s coups of Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta as well as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move to Liverpool.When is Premier League 2018-19 deadline day? Paul Pogba Manchester UnitedWith the new Premier League campaign set to begin on the weekend of August 11 and 12 at 5:00pm BST, and to be in accordance with the new rules, deadline day will be brought forward to August 9 instead of the previous August 31.Clubs, however, will still be able to sell players until August 31 to other leagues but will not be allowed to buy replacements after the August 9 deadline.European leagues such as Spain, Germany, Italy and France still have their windows open from June 1 to August 31 as before.Had the rule been implemented last season, Coutinho would have been forced to have stayed at Anfield regardless – as he had made a fuss and was involved in a strike after being denied a move to Barcelona towards the end of the window.Jurgen Klopp is among a slew of managers who were in favour of the rule change, stating last year: “It would have helped us this year [if the window had shut early]. It makes sense that when the season is starting, planning for the team is over.”Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also said: “The ideal situation would be to have a transfer period that is closed 48 hours before the first game of the championship and to close it completely until after the season.”I believe that we have to bring some decency. We all complain today that it has become too much a business, but we can do something about it. We have that responsibility in the game.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more