MOST READ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Born in Cebu City and raised in a town near Mt. Fuji in Japan, Kiyomi is the third in a brood of five. Irene is married to Japanese Sinero Watanabe.The family transferred to Japan when Kiyomi was 10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“This is the first time her father was watching, he also didn’t approve of her playing judo at first,” bared Irene.On Saturday evening, both parents were cheering for her at the sideline as she pinned down Orapin Senatham for the gold. She also beat the Thai for the gold two years ago. READ: Watanabe outclasses foes on her way to SEA Games gold“She doesn’t want me giving interviews during her matches,” said Irene. “She wants to keep it low key.”Irene was the opposite as she unabashedly gave pointers during the -63 kilogram final.“We can’t tell. There are many factors like the mat,” added Irene as the crowd counted for themselves to 20 seconds for the ippon win. ADVERTISEMENT View comments Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bond grows stronger for tight-knit PH poomsae team Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Kiyomi Watanabe after winning the gold in judo in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Marc Reyes/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR—If her mother had the choice, Kiyomi Watanabe should be spiking volleyballs instead of hurling opponents to the mat.But Irene Watanabe, who used to play volleyball, said her daughter would secretly train in judo in school. She ended up becoming MVP and things were never the same again.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’
The Yarr River that runs between Gbeyi Tengbein and Yeahyee in Nimba County’s Saclepea District has long been a death trap for passengers traveling in canoes. But how else could Nimbaians travel between these two major towns except in a tiny canoe dangerously crossing the Yarr. That, in fact, is how the river got its name. Over the decades too many canoes have capsized and too many people have drowned trying to cross the river. So the people named it Yarr, which in Gio and Mano, the two principal Nimba languages, means danger or death. Our Diplomatic Correspondent, Joachim Sendolo, who was recently in Nimba for a funeral, brought back a fine story of a great relief that has come to the people along the Yarr. He reported that Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, fulfilling a promise to Nimbaians, financed the building of a US$3000 ferry to transport people and goods across the river.We commend VP Boakai for his generosity and the ferry builders for utilizing their skills to bring relief and safety to the Yarr River people. We thank the contractors for using their limited skills in designing and building the ferry. What a great difference they have made in the lives of their people in the Saclepea District!Oh! If all of us were effectively and prudently utilizing our talents, skills and other resources to good advantage, we would have a far better country!The Daily Observer called the Public Works Ministry last Monday to enquire as to the dimensions of the Yarr River and more specifically, what could be the long term answer to transport along the river. Fortunately, the one person at Public Works who could answer our questions, Deputy Minister for Rural Development and Community Service, Jackson Paye, had already seen and read the story! Responding to our reporter, Mr. Paye said the story had made him feel good and bad—good because VP Boakai had responded in a concrete and compassionate way to the suffering people along the Yarr by funding a ferry to facilitate safer travel up and down the river.“I feel bad,” Deputy Minister Paye continued, “because I have traveled to many parts of the world and know what a ferry is. To see what we call a ferry in Liberia after 169 years of independence saddens me.”Liberians are among the most traveled Africans. And most of us who have traveled know what a ferry is. The thousands of Liberians who live on Staten Island in New York can tell us that a ferry is a vessel that carries passengers, some in their own vehicles and some on deck, as well as goods, other motor vehicles and machinery. But closer home, take the ferries that transport passengers, motor vehicles and goods from the Lilongwe Airport to downtown Freetown, Sierra Leone. There are also ferries transporting people, motor vehicles, machinery and goods all day from Banjul, The Gambia to Dakar, Senegal. That is what makes Jackson Paye sad. Before the St. John River Bridge was built linking Cotton Tree, Owensgrove and beyond to the St. John River Cities and Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, a ferry crossed people, vehicles and goods across the St. John River daily. That ferry was operated by Captain Sam Summerville, who got his training abroad. So older Liberians know what a ferry looks like.Surely, it will take a considerable amount of money to construct a bridge across the Yarr. The Ellen government may have neither the time nor the financial resources to do it, given the financial crunch currently facing the country. This financial difficulty is due primarily to the dramatic plummeting of the prices of iron ore and rubber, our principal foreign exchange earners. Arcelor Mittal and other mining companies have gone slow and the mighty Firestone Rubber Plantation is on a retrenchment exercise. Also the failure of Liberian agriculture has forced us to continue importing so much of our food, including our staple, rice, and much more. These are the perilous (death defying) economic realities facing our country and government.But if Jackson Paye can get Public Works to undertake at least a feasibility study on a bridge over the Yarr, that would be a good beginning. It may entice some presidential candidate to pledge that if elected, he will build the bridge over the Yarr. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
But Conte doesn’t believe Chelsea, beaten by Arsenal 2-1 in last year’s final despite going into the match as Premier League champions, will be regarded as favourites to lift the famous old trophy.“This final is a game between two great teams. In my mind I can tell you we played the final as favourites against Arsenal,” he said.“I think in this season we arrive not as favourites. But then last season we lost the final even though we were expected to win.”Given their long-running feud, there will be as much attention on the two managers on Cup final day as there will be on the players.Blues boss Conte and United manager Mourinho have exchanged a series of bitter barbs via the media this season.Conte labelled Mourinho a “little man” with senile dementia after the United chief infuriated him by saying he thought his rival acted like a “clown” with his passionate touchline antics, while also referring to an Italian match-fixing scandal that Conte was cleared of any involvement in.Even this week, Conte took a swipe at Mourinho, insisting the Portuguese coach had it much easier than him in his two spells as Chelsea manager.Speaking after the win over Southampton, Conte made the rather unconvincing claim that he had cleared the air with Mourinho.“I think with Jose, we have clarified the situation. This is the most important thing. There is not a problem between him and I,” he said.“We are talking about two managers with strong characters, two winners. In your heart and your blood there is the will to win.“For sure, we want to try to win the trophy, in the same way United do. I have great respect for United and Mourinho’s story.”The final offers Conte a chance to end a troubled season with silverware in what might be his last match at Chelsea.Chelsea never came close to successfully defending the Premier League title and their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via a top-four finish are hanging by a slender thread.Numerous reports have claimed Conte will leave in the close season after falling out with Chelsea’s hierarchy over their failure to back his transfer plans.Asked how he would rate Chelsea’s inconsistent season, Conte said: “I don’t understand what it means to have a successful season. It’s another thing if I’m happy or unhappy.“In this season we are working very hard. As you know well, it’s not simple to play in this league.“It is the only league to fight with six teams to win the title and a place in the Champions League. It will be more difficult year by year.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Antonio Conte shakes hands with Olivier Giroud, who got the opener in Chelsea’s 2-0 FA Cup semi-final win over Southampton on Sunday © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 22 – Antonio Conte says Chelsea will be underdogs when they face Manchester United and his old rival Jose Mourinho in the FA Cup final.Conte’s side cruised to a 2-0 win over Southampton in Sunday’s semi-final to set up a heavyweight clash with United at Wembley on May 19.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Schwarzenegger was elected in 2003 after promising to upend politics as usual in Sacramento. But he’s since become one of the most prolific political fundraisers in state history, and his campaign committees have banked millions of dollars from supporters with business and corporate ties. Schwarzenegger “learned that he couldn’t upend politics as usual, and he had to practice politics as usual,” said Robert Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, a Los Angeles research group that studies campaign finance. The governor began the year with his political finances drained after his committees spent more than $50 million in an attempt to enact his failed 2005 “year of reform” ballot proposals. It’s expected his campaign will need at least as much for his re-election bid. His campaign was outspent by a wide margin last year by his rivals. McCain is known nationally for his efforts to reform federal campaign finance laws, and he was once critical of fundraising by former Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat who was replaced by Schwarzenegger. Campaigning with the governor last year, McCain said he advised Schwarzenegger to seek campaign finance reform in the state once the 2005 election ended. One Democratic official said McCain’s appearance was in conflict with federal law authored by the senator, which places restrictions on federal officeholders taking part in events that solicit political funds. The Schwarzenegger invitation includes the senator’s picture, and lists him as a “special guest.” At a time when he’s trying to reclaim his outsider image, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is asking Hollywood and corporate insiders to donate up to $100,000 for his re-election campaign and the state Republican Party. The governor has scheduled a celebrity-studded fundraiser this month in Beverly Hills – headlined by Arizona Sen. John McCain – that could pull in at least $2 million for his depleted campaign account. The host committee includes names from the entertainment and business elite, including “The Terminator” director James Cameron, Interscope Records chief Jimmy Iovine, Yahoo Chairman Terry Semel and Univision Chairman Jerry Perenchio. Supporters are being asked to kick in up to $100,000 for dinner, a private reception and photographs with Schwarzenegger. In some cases, the money will be divided with the state party, which can use the funds to support Schwarzenegger or run its statewide operations. Other prices, according to the invitation, range from $1,000 for an individual ticket to $50,000 for ticket packages that can include perks like photographs with the governor and a seat at the head table. McCain “is flouting, if not the letter, the intent of his own law,” said Lance Olson, general counsel to the state Democratic Party. “He couldn’t raise that money for his own campaign; he shouldn’t be able to raise it for somebody else.” The invitation includes a disclaimer that says Schwarzenegger’s campaign and the state party are raising the money, and McCain “is not soliciting individual funds beyond federal limit, and is not soliciting funds from corporations or labor unions.” But Olson said the wording is inadequate and McCain “should not have his name appear on material that asks for contributions that are in excess of the federal limits.” Candidates for federal office cannot accept more that $2,100 from individuals for each election. Some individual tickets could give Schwarzenegger as much as $44,600 for his campaign. Trevor Potter, a former Federal Election Commission member who advises McCain, said the disclaimer was carefully reviewed to avoid any conflict. “The disclaimer makes clear he is not asking for any money,” Potter said. State candidates are running with new donation limits this year, but the governor is able to ask for $100,000 ticket packages by dividing the money with the state party. Spokeswoman Katie Levinson said the campaign is “complying with both the spirit and letter” of state campaign-finance laws. In an interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the governor said, “I take money because you need to take money. “What is wrong with the system right now is there have been people who pay in and favors go out, and you should never do that. That is the key thing,” Schwarzenegger said. “The fact is that the elections are very expensive.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sam Hornish Jr., driver for Team Penske, crashed during the practice session. He was checked and cleared by the medical staff at the track and will be able to race. His team will use a back-up car. “It’s unfortunate, but, hopefully, we can put all the pieces back together and make sure we have a car ready to race,” Hornish said. “We will see what happens, but it is a lot more work for us.” Herta, coming off a fourth-place finish April 2 at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, completed 20 laps in the practice session. “I’m pretty happy with the car, but I really only did one outing,” Herta said. “During our second run, the track went yellow, and during our third run, it started to rain, and that concluded our session. I don’t feel like we got much done, but the good thing is the car started in a good place, so I’ll feel good overnight.” Rookie driver Jeff Simmons will be making his IRL debut in Japan with Rahal Letterman Racing. Simmons will be in the No. 17 entry, previously driven by Paul Dana, who died during practice for the season opener in Florida. “These are not the circumstances that I would like this opportunity to come about, but Paul had the same dreams as me,” said Simmons, who will drive the car the remainder of the season. “Like him, this is an opportunity that I’ve worked so long and hard for.” Simmons, who has two IRL IndyCar Series races to his credit, is one of three rookies in the Twin Ring Motegi race. Irwindale Speedway: Three area drivers posted top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Late Model division opener. Travis Thirkettle of Newhall finished third, Chris Houwen of Acton was sixth and Aaron Staudinger of Canyon Country was 10th Saturday night at Irwindale Speedway. Defending track class champion Tim Huddleston of Agoura Hills won the first race the Late Model season. The Late Model drivers return to the track for tonight’s second race of the season. The NASCAR Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, West Coast Pro Trucks and Pure Stocks also are scheduled to race. Rich De Long III of Newhall is seventh in points after two races in the Super Stocks division. Palmdale’s Bob Wright is 10th in points in the West Coast Pro Trucks standings. Races start at 7. Tim Haddock covers motor sports for the Daily News email@example.com (818) 713-3715 INDY RACING LEAGUE Indy Japan 300 Site: Motegi, Japan. Schedule: Today, race (ESPN, 9 a.m., tape). Track: Twin Ring Motegi (oval, 1.5 miles, 10-degree banking in turns). Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps. Last race: Helio Castroneves won the April 2 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg when Scott Dixon’s fuel strategy came up short. Last year: Dan Wheldon, driving a Honda-powered Dallara, won his second consecutive Japan 300 after inheriting the lead on lap 198 when Tomas Scheckter ran out of gas. Fast facts: Helio Castroneves leads the IRL standings with 93 points after finishing second in the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 and winning the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. … Wheldon is seeking three straight wins at Twin Ring Motegi. Next race: Indianapolis 500, May 28. On the Net: http: www.indycar.com – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Helio Castroneves will start on the pole for today’s Indy Racing League race in Japan after qualifying was suspended by rain. The starting order for the race was determined by championship points. Scott Dixon will start second, and defending race champion Dan Wheldon will start third. Valencia’s Bryan Herta, a driver for Andretti Green racing, will start seventh. IRL drivers had a chance to take their cars out on the Twin Ring Motegi track in Japan for practice laps Thursday, but rain delayed the start of the session and ended it a few minutes ahead of schedule. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHerta was sixth-fastest during the practice session in preparation for today’s Bridgestone Indy Japan 300. His best lap was 198.894 mph. “Despite the weather, we at least got to feel the car,” said Herta, a Hart High of Newhall graduate and driver of the No. 7 Honda-powered entry for Andretti Green Racing. “It is supposed to be cooler on race day, but maybe not this cool.” The temperature at the start of the practice session was 55 degrees, and the track temperature was 78 degrees. Marlboro Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves had the top speed, 201.223 mph, and Herta’s Andretti Green Racing teammate Tony Kanaan was second-fastest at 200.008 mph. They were the only drivers to surpass 200 mph in practice. “The car felt very good early in the session, which is when we recorded our best lap,” said Kanaan, driver of the No. 11 entry. “Then the track went away as the temperature dropped.”
Over the past number of years Shop LK Vouchers have become a huge success at Christmas time.Not only are they creating much needed revenue for dozens of shops and businesses across Donegal’s largest town.But the truth is that they provide the perfect answer to the annual headache of what to get family and friends for the festive season. An LK voucher can be exchanged for goods and services for dozens of shops across Letterkenny including everything from hairdressers to butcher shops.Letterkenny Chamber have now extended the opening hours of their offices at Grand Central Complex, Canal Road (opposite Marks and Spencer).As well as opening for vouchers from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday, the chamber will open this Saturday, December 17th from 11am to 3pm and also on Christmas Eve.The vouchers can also be purchased online at www.shoplk.ie So what are you waiting for?Use you head and take the headache out of Christmas shopping by buying an LK voucher. STILL TIME TO GET YOUR HANDS ON SHOP LK VOUCHERS was last modified: December 14th, 2011 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:SHOP LK VOUCHERS
Big Tom hands over his 25yr old microphone to John from Teague’s BarWhat have a tie signed by the late Joe Dolan, a gold disc signed by Margo and a microphone owned by Big Tom all got in common?The answer is that they are all up for grabs at a rather unique auction taking place in Donegal just after Christmas.The annual Poor Farmers Association (P.F.A) Charity Auction takes place in Teague’s Bar, Ardara, Co. Donegal on Sunday the 29th December 2014 @ 9pm. To date the P.F.A has raised an astonishing €164,909.00 for the local Hospice homecare and Cancer Research.Don’t forget to wear your best Christmas – Fancy Dress /Jumper’s. Prize for Best DressedThis year we organisers will split the proceeds between the Hospice homecare and two local organisations – the Woodhill Resource Centre and the Ardara community childcare centre.The P.F.A. committee has bought another 4 Horned Blackfaced Ewe’s From HARKIN BROTHERS Flock “Loughash Farm” Dunamanagh, Co. Tyrone, which raised a total of €1,750.00 last year. Once again Big Tom is supporting our efforts by graciously donating a valuable farming appliance his “Grape” which he has signed, a 25 year old microphone which he has sung many a tune on stage with, down through his long career and finally a signed €50 note to the P.F.A.This is the second year Big Tom has supported the P.F.A. Last year he kindly donated for auction signed merchandise, a bag of spuds from his farm which sold for an amazing €110.Margo the Queen of Irish Country Music took time out of her celebrations to mark her 50th year in Irish country Show Business next year 2014.The committee is delighted to announce that she too supports the P.F.A and generously donated a Golden Disc (which she removed from her wall) which acknowledges her outstanding contribution to Irish Country Music.This she signed for us to auction on the 29th December @ the P.F.A charity auction, along with her signed new CD and booklet. In addition to these prized items from the King & Queen of Irish Country Music, we will be as usual, hosting the Livestock Auction.Furniture and fixtures are removed and replaced with bales of hay to sit on with saw-dust covering the floors. The stage is also transformed into a bidding table for the auctioneer taking charge of proceedings over the usual dance floor which also morphs, on the night, into ‘the mart ring’.In the past, lots have included sheep, heifers, bags of turf, chickens, gates, bags of nuts and bales of silage to name but a few.“We’ve lots flying in as we speak. And we’re expecting a wide and varied range of items to be in place by the time the night comes around. If you’ve never been to the event, then you should make the effort this year as it’s truly a unique night that will live long in your memory – it’s crazy – but it’s all for such a great cause!” Anyone looking to donate items or place a reserve bid is asked to contact anyone of the organising committee, or Cathy Boyd, 087 613 3085; John Breslin, 087 826 5334; Gerard McHugh, 087 648 8628.CELEBRITIES DONATE ITEMS AS DONEGAL GETS READY FOR UNIQUE FARMER’S AUCTION was last modified: December 15th, 2013 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:ArdaraBig Tomfarmer’s auctionJoe DolanMARGO
A lucky EuroMillions player from Donegal could see their own name added to Ireland’s Rich List tonight!Whoever scoops the €130 million jackpot will go straight in at number 124, above Irish golfer, Rory McIlroy; Irish businessman, Ben Dunne; and Irish actor Liam Neeson if they win tonight’s massive EuroMillions jackpot.Speaking ahead of Friday’s EuroMillions Mega Draw, Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive of the National Lottery said: “Every so often EuroMillions gives back to its players by offering special draws. Together with the National Lottery’s EuroMillions partners, we have boosted the jackpot to an incredible €130 million.” “This is the largest EuroMillions jackpot since the Naul Family Syndicate won €175.4 million on a ticket sold in Co. Dublin in February – the highest ever jackpot won in Ireland.“We are expecting huge interest from our players who hope to become Ireland’s 15th EuroMillions jackpot winner. It would be incredible to get a second Irish EuroMillions jackpot winner in the space of a few months”.Ireland ranks as the third luckiest country when it comes to Euromillion jackpot wins per capita, behind Portugal and Luxembourg.To be in with a chance of being the 15th lucky Irish EuroMillions jackpot winner, play EuroMillions in-store, on the National Lottery App or online by 7:30pm this Friday. Here is the roll call of the lucky 14 Irish EuroMillions jackpot winners to date:July 2005: Dolores McNamara from Limerick, was Ireland’s first and biggest EuroMillions winner scooping over €115 million.July 2008: A lucky player from Co. Tipperary won a €15 million jackpot with a ticket bought in Carrick-on-Suir in Co. Tipperary.June 2009: A family syndicate shared the jackpot with a British winner, taking home over €29.4 million with a ticket they purchased in Dublin.June 2013: A winning ticket sold in Beaumount, Dublin, shared a EuroMillions jackpot worth over €187 million. A Dublin player earned half of the jackpot and picked up over €93 million. September 2013: A young man from the South East shared a jackpot of over €25 million with a player in Spain, taking home over €12.8 million.April 2014: A jackpot prize worth €15 million was claimed on a ticket sold in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.September 2014: An €86.7 million jackpot was won by a syndicate from Dublin. The ticket was sold in Centra, Ballybrack, Co. Dublin.January 2016: A syndicate of friends won over €66 million, splitting the jackpot of €132,376,632. The ticket was sold in Eason’s store, Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Carlow. July 2016: 22 colleagues from Dublin Bus won the €23.8 million. The ticket was sold in O’Hanlon’s Portarlington.January 2017: A Dublin work syndicate claimed the €88.5 million EuroMillions jackpot. The winning ticket was sold at the Applegreen Service Station on the M1 Northbound in Lusk, Co. Dublin.July 2017: A syndicate from the West of Ireland won a €29 million EuroMillions jackpot. The ticket was sold in Garryduff XL Store on Pound Road, Castlebar in Co. Mayo.December 2017: A small family syndicate from Dublin won €38.9 million on a ticket purchased in The Village Shop in Malahide Shopping CentreIn June 2018: 32 colleagues from Stakelums Hardware store in Thurles Co. Tipperary share a €17 million EuroMillions jackpot with a ticket they purchased at Eason’s Store in Thurles Shopping Centre in Co. Tipperary.February 2019: The Naul Family Syndicate won €175.4 million on a ticket sold in Reillys Daybreak in Naul, Co. Dublin.Donegal lotto players’ frenzy over €130M jackpot was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegalFrenzylotto
An Air India flight from Mumbai to Bhubaneswar with 155 passengers on board returned to the city after being airborne for about 35 minutes after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit on Monday afternoon.A spokesperson for the Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) told The Hindu that a full emergency was declared at 2.30 pm for Air India flight AI 669 — which went airborne at 2.14 pm from Mumbai for Bhuvaneshwar — returning due to suspected smoke in cockpit. “The aircraft has landed safely. The emergency has been withdrawn,” the spokesperson said.Airline sources said that the aircraft had been taken to a remote bay where Air India’s engineering staff would examine the aircraft. Efforts were on to accommodate the passengers on to another aircraft for their flight to Bhubaneswar.An Air India spokesperson in a statement said, “AI 669 received pushback at 1.45pm. The flight got airborne around 2.15 pm and returned to Mumbai at 2.50 pm. All 155 passengers are safe. Initially, the local authority declared an emergency. But it was later withdrawn. The flight is on ground. Another aircraft is ready and all the passengers will depart by new aircraft at 4.15 pm.”
Pakistan survived a mighty scare from Afghanistan, but emerged victorious by 3 wickets in their Super Four clash at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday.Shoaib Malik hit an unbeaten fifty, his 42nd of his ODI career, to see Pakistan through in a tense chase of 258.Malik with calm and composed batting eventually trumped the inexperience in the Afghanistan team, as he took Pakistan home with three balls to spare.Pakistan required 10 runs from the last over and Malik dispatched pacer Aftab Alam for a six and four after playing a dot ball.Pakistan vs Afghanistan – HighlightsWickets kept falling for Pakistan with star Afghan spinner Rashid Khan yet again proving his utility with a three wicket haul but Malik held his nerves to keep one end tight.Our Man of the Match, @realshoaibmalik with his trophyMore https://t.co/UuNbgO7MtR#PAKvAFG #AsiaCup2018 #HarSaansMeinBolo pic.twitter.com/nnRKmRb3lhPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 21, 2018Pakistan though got off to the worst possible start when Fakhar Zaman was sent back in the first over of the innings by Mujeeb Ur Rahman.The pair of Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam then came together for a mammoth 154-run partnership to steer Pakistan’s boat to safety.Imam-ul-Haq was run out in the 34th over but had managed to score 80 from 104 balls (his second ODI fifty) as Babar Azam too followed him within two overs. Babar also reached his 8th ODI fifty (a 94-ball 66).In walked Malik and along with the likes of Sarfraz Ahmed, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz and finally Hasan Ali saw Pakistan across the line.advertisementMan of the moment, @realshoaibmalik #PAKvAFG #AsiaCup2018 #HarSaansMeinBolo pic.twitter.com/KNXGxMUdYhPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 21, 2018Earlier, Hashmatullah Shahidi (97) missed out on his maiden ODI hundred by just three runs after skipper Asghar Afghan hit a combative 67 off 56 balls as Afghanistan scored a fighting 257 for.Shahidi needed a boundary off the last ball to complete his century but Hasan Ali denied him the milestone with a incoming yorker which the left-hander could not put away.With his skipper Asghar, Shahidi shared a match-changing 94-run stand for the fourth wicket.Shahidi shifted gears with ease after largely remaining patient in his unbeaten and career-best knock which came off 118 balls. He was bowled off a no ball when he was on 76 in the penultimate over.Five of his seven boundaries came during the last 14 balls of the Afghan innings.Asghar had joined left-handed Shahidi at the crease after left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz (3/57) removed the top three Afghan batsmen — Mohammad Shahzad (20), Ihsanullah (10) and Rahmat Shah (36).In his 67-run knock, Asghar showed both aggression and patience and Shahidi was determined, holding one end tight.Asghar chose right deliveries to go for big shots, hitting five sixes and two fours.Shahidi and Asghar were tested by the Pakistan pace duo of Hasan Ali and Usman Khan but they refused to be intimidated by the raw pace.They were sensible in defending and leaving the balls which moved after pitching outside off stump. They kept the scoreboard ticking with pushing and nudging the ball around.Breakthrough not coming, Pakistan captain Sarfraz handed the ball back to Nawaz but Asghar creamed off 11 runs from his over, hitting a four and six, to end the long boundary drought.Both the batsmen completed their half-centuries in the 40th over, bowled by young left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi.With few overs left, Asghar started hitting each everything thrown at him and was bowled by Afridi after being dropped by Haris Sohail in the 42nd over.Pakistan will play their next Super Four game against India on Sunday.(With inputs from PTI)