first_imgSUSAN WITH RORY, SAM AND MICHAELBEHIND every great player lies a great family.Wives, girlfriends, mums, dads, children, brothers and sisters.And behind all of them are the grandparents who are so proud. So Granny Kavanagh was a very happy woman when grandson Rory brought Sam Maguire and Donegal captain Michael Murphy to see her at her home in Townparks, Convoy.Susan Kavanagh, 98, was one very proud grandmother. SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – WHEN RORY TOOK SAM TO SEE GRANNY was last modified: September 27th, 2012 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:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – WHEN RORY TOOK SAM TO SEE GRANNYlast_img read more

19 security checkpoints at CWG opening

first_imgThe story of the 2010 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony this evening could be summarised in three numbers – eighteen, three and nineteen.The home ministry on Saturday issued an 18-point advisory meant for the thousands of spectators expected to throng the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.It asked them to arrive at the venue at least three hours ahead of the 7 pm start and to be prepared to navigate an incredible 19 security checkpoints before they reach their designated seat. Also, visitors would be better off travelling by the Metro rather than getting their own cars.The home ministry said, “If you are travelling by a car with an authorised ‘ vehicle access pass’, you will be required to alight at a designated point. You must walk the remaining distance to the entry gates. At the end of the competition, you must be prepared to walk to the designated parking lot and get into your car.”Delhi Police commissioner Y.S. Dadwal said: “Once they reach the venue, visitors will be thoroughly frisked. So it is advisable that they reach the stadium at least three hours ahead of the opening ceremony. There will be 19 security checkpoints and it would take time to cross them.” You might be further delayed if you carry even one of the 65 banned items on the Delhi Police’s Do Not Carry list. Some of the items on the list include alcohol, matchboxes, chewing tobacco, toy guns, eatables (except baby food), handbags for women, umbrellas, laptops, perfumes, musical instruments, balloons, radio sets, a whistle or a horn, animals, flags, darts and motorbike helmets.advertisementOn the bright side, you can carry your mobile phone and your newspaper. There’s more bad news, though. The advisory says that the flap barrier (an electronic gate similar to those placed at Metro stations) and the radio frequency card readers at the venue may fail at times. This would force the police personnel to manually check each and every card and ticket for authenticity.”It is possible that the flap barrier or the RF reader may fail sometimes, for a few minutes, owing to technological glitches,” the advisory says. “In such a case, the security personnel will do a thorough manual check of the person, the ticket and the accreditation card and you must be prepared to subject yourself to the manual check.”It adds: “If there is a manual check of ticket-holders/accreditation card holders, your wait in the queue may get longer. You are advised to kindly put up with the inconvenience.” The scary part? If the flap barriers and radio frequency identification systems work but are unable to ‘read’ your ticket in two attempts, you will not be allowed inside the venue. “The security at all venues during the Commonwealth Games has been laid down after considerable thought and examination of possible loopholes,” Dadwal said. “It is designed to be a multi-layered, multi-dimensional arrangement.” It could well be. Dadwal said 28,387 policemen have been deployed for the Games at the 41 Games venues, includ-ing 12 competition venues. Moreover, 195 companies of paramilitary forces will be in-charge of securing the Games. The Indian Air Force will provide air cover to thwart any terror attack. “It is a great challenge for Delhi Police, and we will leave no stone unturned,” Dadwal said. For the police, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium would be nothing short of a fortress on Sunday evening.The premises are divided into ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ venues, each headed by a venue commander of the rank of additional commissioner of police. Each zone is then divided into six zones and every zone would have eight sectors. Each of these sectors would be manned by 30 police personnel. No exceptions would be made, Dadwal said, citing the example of Union home minister P. Chidambaram being frisked at venues.”Delhi Police will have its own SWAT team (Special Weapons and Tactics) in three light armoured troop carrier (LATC), in addition to the NSG commandos,” he said. Though the police commissioner said there was no specific input about any terrorist attack on the Games, the police would keep strict vigil all over the city. “Besides, officials of national disaster response force would thwart any chemical or biological terror possibilities,” he said.last_img read more

Eric Bledsoe steals show as Bucks pull away from Rockets in key match up

first_imgColombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bledsoe poured in 23 points, including 16 in a decisive third quarter, and tightly guarded Harden for most of the game.“I just try to play to my strengths,” Bledsoe said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBucks coach Mike Budenholzer praised Bledsoe’s all-around performance.“To do what he did on both ends of the court, pretty special,” Budenholzer said. “I think he loves that challenge. I think he’s an incredible defender.” Playoff-bound Raptors fight off struggling Bulls Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Bucks: G Donte DiVincenzo (bilateral heel bursitis), C Pau Gasol (left ankle soreness) remained out, along with Mirotic and Brogdon.UP NEXTRockets: Host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.Bucks: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Antetokounmpo had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Milwaukee, which improved to an NBA-best 56-19.Harden scored 23 points and Chris Paul had 19 for Houston, which lost for just the third time in 17 games. Harden shot just 9 of 26, including 1 for 9 from 3-point range with Bledsoe closely guarding him throughout most of the game.“We had our open shots. We couldn’t know them down,” Harden said. “We competed but they went on a run in that third quarter and that was it.”After a tightly contested first half, the Bucks grabbed control in the third, sparked by Bledsoe’s clutch shooting. Leading by five at halftime, Milwaukee built a 19-point lead in the third. Bledsoe went 4 of 5 on 3-pointers in the period after missing his only two attempts in the first half. His third-quarter output, which included a single-handed 11-0 run, nearly matched the 18 points scored by Houston.“Everybody got energy out of that and we played even harder,” Antetokounmpo said.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Milwaukee held the Rockets at bay for most of the final quarter, maintaining a double-digit lead throughout before clearing the bench with about a minute left.The Rockets jumped out early, building a 10-point first-quarter lead without Harden doing the bulk of the scoring. Danuel House Jr. paced Houston with nine points in the period, making all three of his 3-point attempts. The Bucks struggled in the opening period, shooting just 8 of 25, including 3 for 13 from deep. Khris Middleton missed all six of his shots in the first quarter.Milwaukee fought back in the second and eventually grabbed the lead. A key sequence came midway through the quarter when, after a basket by Ersan Ilyasova, Bledsoe stole the inbounds pass, scored and then stood face-to-face with Harden under the basket as the crowd roared.The Bucks led 58-53 at the break, paced by Antetokounmpo’s 13 points and eight rebounds.Houston coach Mike D’Antoni blamed an uncharacteristic rash of turnovers in the second quarter for allowing the Bucks to grab the lead.“We got sloppy,” D’Antoni said. “We turned the ball over four times in transition, errant passes that they capitalized on.”INJURY BUGThe Bucks have been beset with injuries that have altered their lineup. When starting guard Malcolm Brogdon went down with a partial plantar fascia tear earlier this month, Budenholzer replaced him with Nikola Mirotic, who then injured his left thumb and likely is sidelined for the rest of the regular season. Tony Snell, who stepped in for Mirotic, is out with a sprained ankle. Sterling Brown, who sat out 13 games with right wrist soreness before returning to the lineup last week, started against the Rockets. And now, rookie Donte DiVincenzo is expected to miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs due to heel bursitis that has forced him to miss 28 games. DiVincenzo, the 17th overall pick in the draft, is expected to get an injection to address the problem.TIP-INSRockets: Gordon started despite dealing with an injured right ankle sustained Sunday. … F/C Kenneth Faried sat out with a sore left knee. … G/F Gerald Green is expected to be out for seven to 10 days with a strained adductor. 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(AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Eric Bledsoe stole the show in a marquee matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.With top-billing going to MVP front-runners Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, the feisty Bucks’ guard turned in one his best all-around performances of the season as the Bucks pulled away for a 108-94 victory on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

Middlesbrough go fifth and heap more misery on managerless Sunderland

first_imgFootball League blog features Sunderland Share on Pinterest Football League Reuse this content Steve Gibson’s pre-season pledge to “smash the Championship” has rung a little hollow in recent weeks but, little by little, Middlesbrough are starting to suggest promotion may be possible after all.At the end of an afternoon on which Marcus Tavernier’s early goal kept managerless Sunderland stuck to the bottom of the table, Garry Monk’s side rose to fifth. It was Boro’s third win in eight days; perhaps their owner’s boast was not quite as widely optimistic as latterly advertised.While Gibson invested more than £50m in new players over the summer, their similarly relegated north-east neighbours spent a mere £1.25m. That represented one of the reasons why Simon Grayson was sacked on Tuesday night, leaving Sunderland seeking a ninth manager in six years.They were under the caretaker control of Robbie Stockdale, once a Boro defender, and Billy McKinlay on Sunday. That pair presided over a bright beginning but their team never quite recovered from falling behind in the sixth minute.What turned out to be the decisive goal began with Stewart Downing issuing a reminder of the outstanding player he once was courtesy of a sublime reverse pass dispatched in Martin Braithwaite’s direction. All that remained was for Braithwaite, excellent throughout, to deliver a square ball across the area which was met by Tavernier who, having evaded Billy Jones, volleyed past Robbin Ruiter from close range.Regarded as “the new Downing” by many on Teesside, Tavernier is an 18-year-old England U-19 international left winger. Yet another highly promising graduate of Boro’s excellent academy, he has now scored twice in his last four first-team appearances.If an apparent inability to stop conceding goals played a big part in costing Grayson his job, Sunderland’s attacking department have done a much better job this season.By way of emphasising this they forced Darren Randolph into an important double save in the third minute. Admittedly, Monk’s goalkeeper should probably have done better than merely parry Didier Ndong’s initial shot but he redeemed himself with a stellar reaction stop to prevent Lewis Grabban redirecting the rebound beyond his grasp.Randolph could have done without the low lunchtime November sun getting in his eyes during the first half but surprisingly refused to wear the cap dispatched by his anxious bench. Impressive saves from Lee Cattermole and Billy Jones – even if the latter was offside – suggested he knew what he was doing but, urged on by Cattermole, Sunderland were in no mood to surrender.The veteran midfielder is an acquired managerial taste and, perhaps significantly, Grayson had latterly dropped the former Boro protege to the bench. While it was no surprise to see Stockdale and McKinlay restore Cattermole – who, unsurprisingly, acquired yet another yellow card for his collection after needlessly fouling Tavernier late in the first half – to the starting lineup they did not even offer Lamine Koné a place on the substitutes’ bench. Not so long ago Koné was the subject of an £18m bid from Everton but the Ivorian centre-back’s shocking subsequent regression had quite a bit to do with Grayson’s unseating.Cattermole’s lack of pace in midfield proved an increasing problem for Stockdale and McKinlay as Boro upped the second-half tempo. With Braithwaite’s amalgam of clever movement and technical trickery warming the neutral on a cold, crisp Teesside afternoon Monk’s players were in the ascendant.Cued up by Britt Assombalonga, Braithwaite looked set to double the home advantage but Ruiter saved well to deny the Denmark forward. By then though Boro had done enough. Share on LinkedIn Topicscenter_img Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Championship Share on Messenger Middlesbroughlast_img read more