Update: Letterkenny teen found ‘safe and well’

first_imgGardaí have officially called off an appeal for missing Letterkenny teenager Jamie O’Neill.The 17-year-old, who had been missing from his home at Bonagee since Wednesday, has been found safe and well.Mr O’Neill was located soon after an appeal was launched on Friday evening seeking information on his whereabouts. A Garda spokesperson confirmed: “Jamie O’Neill has been located safe and well. We would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.”Update: Letterkenny teen found ‘safe and well’ was last modified: April 29th, 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)last_img read more

Boxing official warns time running out in Olympic standoff

first_img“These people, they have national organizing committees, they have to know. They only have X amount of dollars and they’re going to put it toward the programs where they think they have the best chance.”The inquiry is expected to report back to an IOC session in June, three months before AIBA’s world championships decide the first Olympic places, with other planned qualifiers close behind.Virgets said he’s preparing to file a 4,000-page report to the IOC inquiry showcasing reforms to the often-criticized judging system and more stable finances. He wouldn’t comment when asked whether Rakhimov would consider stepping down to smooth relations with the IOC.The IOC could try to derecognize AIBA and host its own Olympic boxing event without Rakhimov. Some national boxing officials have tried to gather support for such a move but face threats of disciplinary action from AIBA.Virgets alleged the breakaway was led by the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation, whose candidate lost to Uzbekistan’s Rakhimov in November’s presidential vote. Several Western European nations have been among Rakhimov’s strongest critics, but so far no national federation — including Kazakhstan — has openly backed a split.ADVERTISEMENT Asked when the point of no return would be, Virgets said “we’re getting there rapidly,” ahead of planned qualifying events later this year.The IOC froze Olympic boxing planning in November when it launched an inquiry into the association, known as AIBA, after Gafur Rakhimov was elected AIBA president. The U.S. Treasury Department has alleged Rakhimov is a heroin trafficker linked to organized crime and placed him under sanctions. Rakhimov denies the allegations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesVirgets argued the delay means poorer countries are reluctant to fund boxers ahead of other sports without knowing how they can reach the Olympics.“Everyone’s sitting there saying, ‘right, where can I put my money?’” he said. “For countries like Russia, the USA and others, they just find the money to make sure the athletes get to those competitions. But what about Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Yemen? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations No. 1 Naomi Osaka loses 1st match since splitting from coach MOST READcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “If not AIBA, then who?” Virgets said. Any alternative leaders, he argued, would lack credibility and would struggle to arrange funding and drug-testing for fighters.“How do you allow that group to be in charge of anything? It’s a rogue group,” he said. “The question is could they organize a one-person parade?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war FILE – In this Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 file photo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, top center, and Tokyo Olympic organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori, bottom second from left, and Toshiro Muto, bottom second from right, CEO of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, attend an IOC Executive Board meeting in Tokyo. Time is “rapidly” running out to organize an Olympic tournament in 2020, the executive director of the International Boxing Association said Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 amid disputes with the International Olympic Committee and a breakaway group of boxing officials. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)MOSCOW — Time is “rapidly” running out to organize an Olympic tournament in 2020, the executive director of the International Boxing Association said Tuesday amid disputes with the International Olympic Committee and a breakaway group of boxing officials.Tom Virgets told The Associated Press that boxers from poorer African and Asian countries already face losing crucial funding with the qualifying system still not confirmed.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

India in their World Cup openers: 5 wins and 6 defeats

first_imgThe World Cup 2019 is well underway and joint-favourites India are set to begin their campaign on Wednesday, June 5 against South Africa in Southampton.India have been one of the most successful sides in World Cup history, winning 2 titles (1983 and 2011) and reaching the final on one another occasion (2003).Virat Kohli’s men are heading into World Cup 2019 with the reputation of world beaters. Nonetheless, captain Kohli himself had said the format of the ongoing World Cup wherein each team plays against 9 others once in a round-robin group stage.A good start is going to be crucial to Team India who haven’t played as much ODIs as their rivals in the lead up to the World Cup.Ahead of India’s first match of World Cup 2019 vs South Africa, here’s a look at how they have performed in their World Cup openers in the past.1975 World Cup: England thrash India after Gavaskar’s infamous 36India and England played the opening match of the first-ever World Cup held in England in 1975. England posted a mammoth total of 334/6 in 60 overs and Denis Amiss hit a fine hundred. India were never in the chase as Sunil Gavaskar played the infamous knock of 36 from 174 balls. India, led by S Venkatraghavan, finished with 132/3 despite playing their full quota of 60 overs.India failed to make the semi-final of the 1975 World Cup as their only win in the tournament came against East Africa.1979 World Cup: West Indies pace too good for IndiaIndia once again played the opener of the World Cup, this time against the then defending champions West Indies.advertisementIndia, led by S Venkatraghavan, were blown away by the pace trio of Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Andy Roberts, and Colin Croft. Holding picked up 4 wickets as India were bowled out for 190 in 53.1 overs. Gundappa Viswanath was India’s lone bright spot as the Karnataka hit 75 from 134 balls.West Indies got to the total in the 52nd over with 7 wickets in hand, thanks to a hundred from Gordon Greenidge.1983: Roger Binny, Yashpal shines as India stun West IndiesIn the World Cup that marked the renaissance of Indian cricket, the Kapil Dev-led team stunned the then defending champions West Indies in their World Cup 1983 opener.After being sent into bat, India posted 262 for 8 after Yashpal Sharma fine 120-ball 89. Openers Sunil Gavaskar and Krishnamachari Srikanth failed but Yashpal stepped up and delivered with the bat.The much-famed West Indies line-up were bowled out for 228 after Roger Binny ran through the top-order, removing the likes of Gordon Greenidge Desmond Haynes and Vivian Richards cheaply. Ravi Shastri, the current head coach of Team India, then worked over the middle-order and the lower-middle order with his handy left-arm spin.India went on to rally against the odds and beat the mighty West Indies in the final as well after defending a below-par total of 183.1987: India lose to Australia by 1 runIndia began their title defence in Chennai against Australia. India sent Australia in to bat after which David Boon and Geoff Marsh gave their team a strong start with a 110-run opening stand.Australia went on to post 270 in their 50 over quota.In reply, India came out all guns blazing as Sunil Gavaskar smashed 37 from 32 balls and Krishnamachari Srikanth 70 from 83 balls. Navjot Singh Sidhu then played a fine knock hitting 73 from just 79 balls as India were looking set to ease to the target.However, India went from being 229 for 3 to 269-all out, losing their last 8 wickets for just 40 runs. India’s strong middle-order of Dilip Vengsakar, Kapil Dev, and Ravi Shastri failed as Craig McDermott struck in quick succession to stun the hosts in front of the passionate Chennai crowd.Kapil Dev’s side reached the semi-final of the World Cup but crashed out after a 35-run defeat to eventual runners-up England in Mumbai.1992 World Cup: Ravi Shastri’s slow fifty costs India the openerIndia took on England in the second match of 1992 World Cup in Perth. The Mohammad Azharuddin-led side were handed a 9-run defeat after Ravi Shastri struggled, hitting an unbeaten 57 off 112 balls in chase of 237. Robin Smith’s and Graham Gooch’s 51 helped England post the match-winning total.1996 World Cup: India thrash Kenya in CuttackIndia began their 1996 World Cup at home by clinching an emphatic win over Kenya. Leg-spinner Anil Kumble shone with 3 wickets as Kenya were restricted to 199 for 6 in 50 overs.Sachin Tendulkar’s 138-ball 127 helped India ease to the target. In fact, Tendulkar and Ajay Jadeja, who hit a fifty, stitched a 163-run opening stand. India reached the semi-final of the 1996 World Cup only to lose to eventual champions Sri Lanka in a controversial match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.advertisement1999 World Cup: South Africa beat India by 4 wicketsAfter electing to bat, India posted 253 for 5 in 50 overs in their first match of the 1999 World Cup. Left-handed opener Sourav Ganguly shone in his World Cup debut as he hit 97 while Rahul Dravid chipped in with a fifty.However, it wasn’t enough as Jacques Kallis hit a match-winning 96 for South Africa in Brighton. The Proteas comfortably got to the finish line with 16 balls to spare.2003 World Cup: India survive Dutch scareIndia survived a big scare against minnows Netherlands in their 2003 World Cup opener in Paarl. Tim de Leede came up with an inspired spell and picked up 4 wickets as India were bundled out for 204 in 48.4 overs.Sachin Tendulkar, who would eventually go on to set a World Cup record for the most number of runs in a single edition, hit a fifty but there was no other major contribution from the rest of the batting order.Nonetheless, India came out all guns blazing with the ball as Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble picked up 8 wickets between them to shot the Netherlands out for 136.2007 World Cup: Bangladesh stun India in Port of SpainIndia were handed a 5-wicket thrashing by Bangladesh in their first match of the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies. Sourav Ganguly hit 66 and Yuvraj Singh a handy 47 but India were bowled out for 191 as pacer Mashrafe Mortaza and spinners Abdur Razzaq and Mohammad Rafique ran through the powerful batting unit.Fine fifties from Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan saw the young Bangladesh side stun India in one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.India exited the World Cup in 2007 without even reaching the knockout stages after another group-stage defeat to Sri Lanka2011 World Cup: India thrash Bangladesh in MirpurIndia successfully avenged their 2007 defeat to Bangladesh by thrashing the Tigers in the opening match of World Cup 2011 held in Dhaka.Virender Sehwag smashed 175 off just 140 balls and a young Virat Kohli hit a hundred as India posted a mammoth total of 370 on the board. Bangladesh were restricted to 283 for 9 in 50 overs after Munaf Patel and Zaheer Khan shared 6 wickets between them.2015 World Cup: India begin campaign with thumping win over PakistanIndia began the 2015 World Cup campaign with a 76-run win over arch-rivals Pakistan in Adelaide. Star batsman Virat Kohli led from the front with the bat as he struck 126-ball 107. Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina chipped in with handy half-centuries as India posted 300 for 7 in 50 overs.Pakistan were never in the chase as Mohammad Shami shone with the ball for India, picking up 4 wickets and conceding just 35 runs in his 9 over quota. Misbah-ul-Haq fought hard, hitting an 84-ball 76 but it wasn’t enough as Pakistan were bowled out for 224.Also Read | World Cup 2019: How Pakistan defied odds to shock overconfident EnglandAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Funny reactions after Sania Mirza congratulates Pakistan’s thrilling winlast_img read more

Did Hansika convince Simbu to work with her in Maha

first_imgSimbu and Hansika Motwani.PR HandoutEx-lovers Simbu and Hansika Motwani are working together again in her upcoming movie Maha. Director UR Jameel is bringing them together once again although the actor will be just doing an extended cameo.Now, the latest rumours doing rounds in tinsel town says that it Hansika Motwani who convinced Simbu to work with her again. Even though they had broken up, when the director expressed his wish to cast him in the crucial role, the actress took the onus on her to initiate the talks and then requested him to act in the Tamil film.While talking to The Times of India, UR Jameel had apparently given a hint of it. “I had a few other artistes in mind for this particular role. Hansika used to ask me about my choice for the role. When I suggested Simbu, she agreed to talk to him regarding the same. The actor listened to the story and agreed immediately,” the daily had quoted him as saying recently.It is said to be an interesting character, which is expected to remain in the viewers’ mind for a long time, say reports. The shooting of Simbu’s portion begins once he returns from London. The earlier reports had claimed that his portions will be shot in Istanbul and he had given seven-day callsheet for it.Simbu and Hansika Motwani were in love for a brief period and made their relationship known to the world through a formal announcement. However, their relationship did not last long as they parted ways. A movie still from “Vaalu”.IB Times Indialast_img read more

Meghan Markle did not want to be at Trooping the Colour 2019

first_imgPrince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to tie the knot in May 2018.Getty ImagesMeghan Markle was apparently delayed while attending Trooping the Colour 2019. The event marked the official birthday of the Queen, and every member of the Royal Family was present to celebrate, in such a case, Meghan’s delay would have been all the more prominent.Now, why was the Duchess of Sussex late to her first public appearance since the birth of baby Archie? There could have been a number of reasons for her delay, and we have to say that some of them may be due to baby Archie. It is understandable, since Meghan Markle is a new mother. Parenting duties always come first, even if it is the Queen’s birthday.She was late for the balcony photo and it looked like the couple Sussex was sidelined during the picture. Which did not sit well with fans. Meghan and Harry did not seem like they wanted to be there at all. As Prince Harry looked annoyed and there was also an awkward exchange between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, where it looked like Prince Harry was scolding Meghan Markle.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesWell baby Archie was deemed too young to attend, he was the only member of the Royal Family who was exempt from attending along with Prince Philip who has retired. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are said to be employing a more hands on approach while raising their child, which makes us think that it involves Meghan breathing down the neck of her baby’s nanny. The Duchess of Sussex has had a few issues with nannies and Royal staff in the past. We hope that she is able to find the right balance between her parenting duties and her Royal duties.last_img read more

Financial crunch forces Jet Airways to reduce operations on Gulf routes

first_imgIn July 2017, Jet Airways had asked its junior pilots, who joined the brand in 2016, to take a 30 percent pay cut or leaveReuters file [Representational Image]Jet Airways is reportedly modifying its international flight operations by cancelling several routes after struggling to raise funds.India’s second-biggest airline by market share will cancel the routes of nearly 40 flights a week in nine Gulf routes from Wednesday. The airlines have also added nearly 20 flights on the international routes, especially in the South-East Asia region.The airlines will trim its flight operations to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Muscat including routes Kozhikode-Thiruvananthapuram, Doha-Kochi, Abu Dhabi-Mangalore, Mangalore-Dubai, Delhi-Muscat and Abu Dhabi-Lucknow. The company also said that cutting a few Gulf routes won’t actually affect its scale of operations.”The airline has undertaken a comprehensive review of its network, whereby it will move capacity from uneconomical routes to more profitable ones, to more closely align the capacity offered with the demand characteristics of specific markets,” a Jet Airways spokesperson told The Times of India.”As part of this strategy, Gulf operations are being optimised to focus on connectivity at our hubs in Mumbai and Delhi instead of point-to-point connectivity. Concentrating capacity over Jet Airways’ hubs will enhance frequencies to offer greater choice to guests while improving our asset utilisation and resource productivity,” the spokesperson added.Naresh Goyal, the founder-promoter of Jet Airways, has held meetings with three prospective investors – Tata Group, Etihad and Air France Delta-KLM – as the airline is struggling from a financial crisis.Jet Airways operates more than 600 flights daily in the international and domestic sectors. It was also unable to pay salary to the staff due to the financial trouble. Earlier in November, many of the pilots and other staff had held protests against the airlines.last_img read more

5 Rohingyas killed 13 injured in Myanmar helicopter attack say villagers

first_imgVillagers and a lawmaker in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state said on Thursday that a military helicopter attacked a group of Rohingya Muslims gathering bamboo, killing five and wounding 13, but a military spokesman declined to comment.Major-general Tun Tun Nyi said the army would release “true news” about the alleged incident in time.Myanmar’s western Rakhine state came to global attention in 2017, when the army drove about 730,000 ethnic Rohingya across the border into Bangladesh following attacks by Rohingya insurgents on police posts.The United Nations has accused the army of cracking down on the Muslim minority with “genocidal intent”.More recently, the military has been fighting another armed group, the Arakan Army, which recruits mostly from the ethnic Rakhine Buddhist population.The latest incident occurred in a valley in Buthidaung township, near a village that was home to Rohingya Muslim families.”A military airstrike killed five people, including one of our villagers, at around 4:00pm yesterday,” Zaw Kir Ahmed, a community leader from Kin Taung village told Reuters by telephone.”People in the village don’t dare to go out and are frightened,” he added.Many villages around Buthidaung were razed during the 2017 campaign against Rohingya, though the village that was home to the casualties from Wednesday’s attack was spared at that time.Myanmar’s leaders have vowed to crush all the rebels fighting for autonomy in Rakhine state, an area long scarred by complex ethnic divisions, and authorities have blocked most aid agencies’ access to the area, raising fears of more civilian suffering.Stephan Sakalian, head of delegation in Myanmar at the International Committee of the Red Cross, said teams from the organisation had visited Buthidaung Hospital where 13 people were being treated for wounds, some of them in “urgent need of surgery”.”ICRC and Myanmar Red Cross teams are following the situation very closely and offered our services in case of need, including medical supplies or transfer to the Sittwe hospital, as we did two weeks ago with 5 wounded civilians,” he said.Rashid Ahmed, a labourer who spoke by telephone to Reuters, said his elder brother, uncle and nephew had been shot while they were working at Sai Din valley.”A helicopter attacked them while they were working there, cutting and collecting bamboo,” he said. Two other villagers said a helicopter had attacked the group.Some of the wounded were brought to Buthidaung town, but several died before they reached the hospital, said Maung Kyaw Zan, a lawmaker for the township, adding that five bodies had been recovered.”When I talked to the wounded people they said the shooting came from the air, there were no clashes on the ground,” the lawmaker said.More than 17,000 people have been displaced by the violence in Rakhine since December, the US embassy said in a statement on Tuesday that urged authorities to allow humanitarian relief for those affected.”The United States is deeply concerned about the harm to civilians of the ongoing conflict in Rakhine and Chin states between the Arakan Army and the Myanmar military,” it said.”We call on all parties to renew their efforts to end the fighting and work toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict.”last_img read more

Another explosion in Sri Lanka

first_imgMap of Sri LankaA minor explosion occurred in the outskirts of the Sri Lankan capital on Thursday, although there were no reports of casualties or damages in the incident that came four days after the deadly Easter Sunday bombings that killed 359 people, police said.The explosion occurred at around 9 a.m. in a garbage dump behind the Magistrate’s Court in Pugoda, some 36 km from Colombo, reports Xinhua news agency.Following the blast police have advise the general public not to panic as the security forces are conducting search operations in the area and also across the country, reports the Daily Mirror.In the Easter Sunday bombings, hundreds of others were also injured in what is being called as the bloodiest day in Sri Lanka since the end of the civil war a decade ago.The Sri Lankan government has blamed a local Muslim outfit, National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), for the deadly bombings.last_img

Why Are Area 51 Conspiracy Theories So Popular Heres What Psychologists Say

first_imgArea 51 has been much in the news lately, ever since the June 27 launch of the Facebook page named “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.” The crowdsourced semi-satirical raid on the secretive Air Force base is scheduled for Sept. 20 at 3:00 a.m. So far, 1.9 million people have said they’re going, and another 1.4 million have clicked that they’re interested, attracted by the page’s decidedly straightforward appeal: “Let’s see them aliens.” Here’s hoping there are aliens at Area 51. For one thing: they probably have cool spaceships. For another, the extraterrestrials are said to have arrived in 1947, so if they were going to eat us, they likely would have done so by now. Finally, answer this question: What’s more interesting, a world with aliens or a world without them? …center_img In some ways, Area 51 rumors have a lot in common with every other conspiracy theory throughout history. According to a 2017 paper in Current Issues in Psychological Science by psychologist Karen Douglas of England’s University of Kent and her colleagues, nearly all conspiracy theories satisfy three basic needs: they provide understanding and certainty, they create a sense of control and security, and they improve a believer’s self-image. Read the whole story: TIMElast_img read more