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Hundreds expected at double funeral of tragic Convoy couple

Hundreds expected at double funeral of tragic Convoy couple

first_imgHundreds of people are expected to say a final sad farewell to a Convoy couple found dead in their home this week.Patrick and Margaret Doherty will be laid to rest following their funeral mass at St Mary’s Church in Convoy at 2pm.Pat, who was in his 80s, and wife Margaret, who was in her 70s, were found by Gardai at their home at Fountain Terrace on the outskirts of the town on Wednesday afternoon. Gardai are still awaiting the results of post mortems into the elderly couple’s deaths.However, it is thought they may have suffered separate falls and their deaths are being treated as a tragic accident.Hundreds of people last night attended a mass for the couple at St Mary’s Church in Convoy after their remains were removed there to repose overnight.Hundreds expected at double funeral of tragic Convoy couple was last modified: March 18th, 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:convoyDEATHSdonegalfunerallast_img read more

Sehwag, Zaheer set to return for Sri Lanka tour

Sehwag, Zaheer set to return for Sri Lanka tour

first_imgThe fit-again duo of opening batsman Virender Sehwag and pacer Zaheer Khan is all set to return to the Indian squad after missing the Asia Cup when the selectors meet here on Wednesday to choose the side for the upcoming cricket tour of Sri Lanka.The duo, along with Zaheer’s pace understudy Umesh Yadav, sat out of the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in March on fitness grounds.They were also not part of the squad for the one-off Twenty 20 International in South Africa on March 30 which was India’s last international engagement.With these three players expected to be available for selection, the squad for the Lanka tour — comprising only One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 ties — is set to see some changes from the side which flopped in the Asia Cup and lost the rain-hit T20 match to the hosts in Johannesburg by D/L method.With Sehwag back in action, one of the other middle order batsmen from the Asia Cup squad will have to be sacrificed and Manoj Tiwary could be the man to make way for the former’s return.It’s not clear whether Tendulkar, who had set the fabulous record of 100 international hundreds in the previous 50-over competition that India took part in, is available for the Lanka tour following his nomination as a member of Upper House of Indian Parliament.According to selection committee sources, things would become clear just before the five-member team sits down to choose the touring squad when the Cricket Board’s convener Sanjay Jagdale apprises them about the availability and fitness concerns, if any, of players in contention.advertisementIf by any chance Tendulkar decides to opt out of what is widely perceived to be a low-key series commencing on July 21, Ajinkya Rahane is the man most likely to be named as the third opener after Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.last_img read more

British Muslims convicted of terror offences by UK court

British Muslims convicted of terror offences by UK court

first_img(Eds: Updates number of convicts)By Aditi KhannaLondon, Aug 2 (PTI) Four British Muslims believed to be of Pakistani origin are facing lengthy jail terms after being found guilty of terrorism charges by a UK court today.Mohibur Rahman, Khobaib Hussain and Naweed Ali branded themselves as “The Three Musketeers” as part of a terror cell, which was busted after Britains MI5 spies bugged Alis car and found a pipe bomb and meat cleaver hidden in a sports bag in raids in the West Midlands region of England in August 2016.All three, aged between 25 and 33, were convicted of one count of preparing for acts of terrorism under UKs Terrorism Act 2006 after a 23-week trial at Londons Old Bailey court.The jury took longer to declare a guilty verdict for the fourth suspect, 38-year-old Tahir Aziz, who allegedly bought a samurai sword from a sex shop for the terror cell.All four men will be sentenced tomorrow.Hussain and Ali had already been convicted of terrorist offences after they pleaded guilty to going to terror training camps in Pakistan in 2012.Responding to todays verdicts, Chief Superintendent Matt Ward, head of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “Back in 2010 and 2011, they were inspired by Al Qaeda. Since theyve come out of prison, theyve been inspired by the Daesh (Islamic State) ideology.”They shared lots of material regarding that ideology, lots of very violent material, they were trying to encourage others to join them on that journey.”He said the men had carefully planned and took steps to “avoid drawing attention to themselves”, including leaving their mobile phones at home.advertisementBesides a half-made pipe bomb and a meat cleaver, other items found in Alis bag included an air pistol imitation hand gun with an empty magazine taped to the side of it, 11 more shotgun cartridges, a live unfired 9mm bullet, a roll of gaffer tape and a pair of black latex gloves.It had emerged during the trial that security services and police officers had set up a fake courier company last year to gather evidence on the suspects.An undercover police officer, known only as “Vincent”, posed as the boss of the delivery company.As part of the elaborate operation, officers hired premises in central Birmingham and drivers, who were given T- shirts with the Hero Couriers logo on them. Vincent then hired 25-year-old Hussain, paying him 100 pounds a day to deliver luggage to UK airports and other sites around the country.Hussain was then tracked communicating with his other terror cell members using encrypted messaging service Telegram and met them at restaurants and parks to avoid detection.They used a Musketeers image from the Disney cartoon as a logo for their messages, which included preparations for a knife attack similar to the June attack on London Bridge that claimed eight lives.Sue Hemming, the head of the counter-terrorism division at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: “The prosecution was able to show that these men shared the same radical belief in violent jihad and had reached a stage where they were planning to take action.”Recent attacks have demonstrated the kind of horror these defendants could have caused had they not been stopped.”The UKs counter-terrorism officials believe the case is one of the most significant plots they have thwarted in the last year. PTI AK MRJ AKJ ABHlast_img read more

The Faceless Men And Women Of The US Open

The Faceless Men And Women Of The US Open

(And the slights aren’t limited to photos: At least one American’s photo was accompanied by an Italian flag for one of her doubles matches.)By the first Friday of the Open, the tournament had added photos for many players, including del Potro, Thiem and Almagro. It took a little longer for many women, including Konjuh and Sevastova, who finally got their photos added by that Sunday.Not all the players minded their missing photos. Sevastova, after upsetting Johanna Konta to reach the quarterfinals, said in response to my question at her postmatch news conference that she’d noticed her photo was finally added. “Now I have a photo,” she said. “Now I saw my photo.” Having no photo was better than if the U.S. Open had just used her “WTA picture with short hair,” she said. “I didn’t like it, actually, so it was OK without [a] picture.”The U.S. Open provides an unusual opportunity to check out what the faceless men and women of sport have in common because the tournament lists hundreds of players, all gathered on one website. On the first Friday of the tournament, I did an exhaustive survey of all 579 players on the page — the number shifts during the tournament as draws are finalized for events that start later in the tournament, such as juniors. More than one third of the players — 211 — were missing photos. That includes 44 players who were in the men’s or women’s singles draws, the most prominent events at the Open. In addition to Konjuh and Sevastova, that list included Naomi Osaka, who’d just lost a third-round thriller in Arthur Ashe Stadium to Madison Keys; Laura Siegemund, who was playing seven-time major champ Venus Williams in Ashe the next day; 2015 French Open quarterfinalist Alison Van Uytvanck; Laura Robson, who made the fourth round at the 2012 U.S. Open; and Americans Christian Harrison and Danielle Collins.It’s no coincidence that more women than men were missing: According to Widmaier, there was a lag in adding women’s photos even after the problem was identified. (He wasn’t sure why.)So what factors decided who got a photo by the fifth day of the tournament and who didn’t? I checked a wide range of factors,1By grabbing data off each player’s U.S. Open page and running a regression between whether the player had a photo on the night of the tournament’s first Friday and the player’s other characteristics. and the determinants of whether a player had a profile pic weren’t surprising: Americans, players active on tour and veterans were mostly likely to have a photo. Being from the U.S. increased a player’s chances of having a picture on the site by 30 percentage points. With every singles match a competitor played this year, his or her chances went up by 2 percentage points. A year of age added 3 percentage points.2The percentages assume a linear relationship, which wouldn’t apply at extremes. (We don’t think someone who has played 60 singles matches this year has a greater than 100 percent chance of having a photo.) The exact percentages depend on which variables we include. I also tested, for instance, peak singles ranking, career matches and matches won, but those all are closely linked to both singles matches played this year and to age. So perhaps the most surprisingly snubbed people were the American women’s doubles pair of Ashley Weinhold, 27, and Caitlin Whoriskey, 28. Their faces remained missing on the second Thursday of the tournament. (Then again, neither has ever been ranked in the top 100 in singles or doubles.)Konjuh, who is 18, said she understood why she didn’t have a photo. “Like probably most of the other players that are young or coming didn’t have pictures,” she said in her news conference.Widmaier promised a more completist approach to player photography at the 2017 Open: “It will be improved upon next year.” Anastasija Sevastova and Ana Konjuh defied expectations and their low rankings — both outside the top 40 — to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals. They have something else in common: For the first week of the tournament, where their photos were supposed to appear on the U.S. Open website and app, there instead appeared black rectangles with the flags of their countries and the words “NO BIO PHOTO.”“I saw on the live score, yeah, on the U.S. Open app, yeah, it says, like, ‘bio’ or something,” Konjuh said when I asked about her absent photo at her news conference after she upset Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round.Every sport has these faceless men and women, the ones who aren’t supposed to make the team or get off the bench, who are so new they haven’t been photographed, who may get rushed in front of a digital camera so media staff can get a snap worth posting.Tennis majors face a special challenge in filling those blank rectangles: Up to 128 players enter each of the men’s and women’s qualifying draws, and more than 100 others enter each of the men’s and women’s singles draws. There can be more than 100 players competing only in doubles, and an additional 100 or more might enter only the juniors or juniors qualifying draws. As of the two-week event’s middle Sunday, there were 698 players on the U.S. Open player page.But some of the snubbed U.S. Open players are hardly nobodies. Early in the tournament, 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 10 Dominic Thiem and former No. 9 Nicolas Almagro were among those missing photos. Asked about them on the first Thursday of the tournament, Chris Widmaier, spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open, said, “It’s a disappointment.” I asked if it’s a priority to get photos for the players — all of whom have been professionally photographed at dozens if not hundreds of matches worldwide, and who have pictures that appear on the ATP and WTA websites and on their U.S. Open credentials. “It is now,” Widmaier said. read more

2014 Big Ten Media Days Urban Meyer has worries about College Football

2014 Big Ten Media Days Urban Meyer has worries about College Football

OSU football coach Urban Meyer answers questions from the media at the 2014 Big Ten Media Days July 29 in Chicago.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorCHICAGO –– Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer expressed his concerns with the new College Football Playoff system during day two of the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.Meyer said Tuesday that while he believes the new system will be “great,” he worries about “fan fatigue, student-athlete fatigue and student-athlete family fatigue.”“We were talking about that at dinner last night,” Meyer said. “If I am (OSU senior defensive lineman) Michael Bennett’s family, and we go on a nice run, you can plan on spending $20,000 going to the Big Ten Championship Game, going to the semi-final game and going to the championship game.”Meyer said he was worried about his players’ families’ ability to watch their sons play and said he believes something needs to be done.“I think the NCAA — that needs to be addressed,” Meyer said. “How is that family going to not go watch their kid play? If I was on that committee I would have addressed that first.”Meyer went as far to say that be believes the players should be involved.“I think the student-athlete should have a say-so in that,” Meyer said. “It is not just a commissioner’s role. I got a feeling their families will go for free to the national championship game but my starting centers can’t? That’s not right.”Bennett said he thinks the playoff will be fun, but had not yet thought about the cost of travel for families.“That is three big vacation trips in about a month,” Bennett said. “That would be something that families have got to save up for and a lot of families won’t be able to afford.”College Football Playoff Chief Operating Officer Michael Kelly said he was excited about the playoff process, and said that the semi-final and national championship festivities will be similar to those in years past.“We’re going to take the former template of the BCS National Championship game week and transfer that into the College Football Playoff semifinal week,” Kelly said. “And by that they’ll be in town for six nights, but the first half of the event and activities in the community will be front loaded. They’ll have a great time. They’ll enjoy that.”Meyer said he is not so sure.“The kids get to go but the parents have to pay,” Meyer said. “They (parents) drive in the day of the game and they watch the game, and they go home.”Meyer said he believes that a “very small percentage” of his players’ families would be able to afford to travel to the bowl games and “do it the right way.”Bennett said he believes some money could be given to players’ families so that they could attend their sons’ games.“I think that would be nice, and not too much to ask for,” Bennett said of possible funding for the families. “It is not like they need anything extravagant, but to be able to see their children play in big time games instead of having to pick and choose. You don’t want to watch the Big Ten Championship and not have money to watch the national championship.”Meyer said he is not sure if the issue has been addressed yet, but believes it needs to be.“Doesn’t it have to?” Meyer said. “It might have been already discussed. I am hoping it has been. I have not sat in those meetings.”Meyer’s Buckeyes are scheduled to begin the 2014 season at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., against Navy Aug. 30. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Maskanoo to take over Grace Bay strip Boxing Day Saturday

Maskanoo to take over Grace Bay strip Boxing Day Saturday

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Dec 2015 – Maskanoo will now be more directly managed by the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association and is this year, 2015 enjoying even more support from the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board. David Bowen is the originator of the Maskanoo Parade which is five years old, he explained the branding is now completely under the Hotel & Tourism Association.Additionally, from the very small companies to the larger corporate players can be sponsors of the festival which Bowen said is not in it for the money; it is about exhibiting cultural heritage and adding native activity to the Christmas holiday calendar. Maskanoo, which is a FREE event gets started from as early as 3pm on Saturday, running until midnight and will feature street parades, music concert, dance performances, arts and craft and food along the Grace Bay strip between SaltMills, FirstCaribbean Bank and Regent Village. Local Atty says Govt going against public consultation; says NO to taller resort plan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:boxing day, grace bay, maskanoo, turks and caicos hotel andtourism association RitzCarlton sets up signs for 12-storey on Grace Bay Recommended for you Public Holiday today; School in on Mondaylast_img read more

Father candidly shares on 15 year old son gunned down Tuesday in

Father candidly shares on 15 year old son gunned down Tuesday in

first_img #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 19, 2017 – Nassau – It is difficult to read the account of a father about his dead 15 year old son in the NassauGuardian; gunned down not far from his home and on his way to do an innocent errand, when he was killed in ice cold blood.   Shot three times, including once in the eye… and then the gunman, who pulled up to the boy in a Honda vehicle doubled back to shoot the youngster three more times.A turf war which followed the teenager to every school, finally landed him in the hottest war zone, against his biggest enemies of the Kemp Road area.  A father and mother say they begged the Ministry of Education to find an alternative school for their boy, they admit he got into a lot of fights but the one at the start of this school year was a huge fiasco.The 15 year old had not been to school since, five weeks later he was still targeted, still followed and still murdered in the street in a heartless, brazen homicide that takes the murder count for The Bahamas to 114.   Wellington Anthony Francis Smith Junior was still breathing when his father found him.   He was described as a ‘nice kid, very headstrong.’   He was shot around 8pm on Tuesday on Prison Lane and later died, at hospital.#MagneticMedia#WellingAnthonyFrancisSmithJrPhoto credit: Nassau Guardian T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Related Items:#WellingAnthonyFrancisSmithJr, magneticmedia Recommended for you TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flameslast_img read more