Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Scotland, has awarded a £10.1m contract to marine, civil engineering and building contractor, L&M Keating Ltd to carry out upgrade works at Lochmaddy Pier in North Uist.Under the contract, Keating will be responsible for completing all civil engineering works for the harbor upgrade project, including pier strengthening and extension, upgraded fendering, land reclamation and seabed dredging.The infrastructure upgrade work at Lochmaddy is part of the Skye Triangle Infrastructure Project, which involves significant harbor upgrades at the three ports at Tarbert, Lochmaddy and Uig.The work is designed to improve and modernize harbor facilities and prepare the way for new vessels.Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Paul Wheelhouse, said: “I am very pleased to see the planned upgrade of Lochmaddy Pier moving forward with the award of this contract, following the recent award of the contract for construction works at Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. Work can now begin on the construction phase of the project, which will deliver an improved experience for the passengers who use these important services.”The work will begin this January and is expected to be completed in spring 2021.
Gambia released more than 200 prisoners on Friday, including 31 jailed for treason during multiple plots to overthrow long-ruling President Yahya Jammeh, prison officials said.Hundreds of cheering and weeping friends and relatives gathered outside the Mile 2 prison in the tiny West African country’s capital to greet them.Those linked to a failed attempt to oust Jammeh in December remain imprisoned although their family members, including the elderly mother of the alleged ringleader, were freed, officials said.Former inmates, some of whom were jailed for 15 years, took turns to express gratitude for their release, announced by Jammeh in a speech on Wednesday to celebrate 21 years since his accession by military coup. Three Dutch citizens, a German and an Australian who had been jailed on drug charges were among 49 foreigners released, the officials added.
Roma’s absence from the Uefa Champions League has seen them register pre-tax losses of €86.4 million (US$96.8 million) for the first half of the 2019/20 season. Promoted ContentWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Inventions Created To Start Saving The World6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Most Beautiful Middle Eastern Actresses Roma did cut their wage bill to €83.7 million (US$93.8 million) – down from €95.9 million (US$107.4 million) – to offset some of the losses, and were able to reduce their operating costs by €12.2 million (US$13.7 million) to €123.9 million (US$138.82 million). Read Also:Atalanta demolish Lecce, Roma squeeze past Cagliari in coronavirus-hit Italy However, the club also saw sponsorship revenues for that period decline by €2.35 million (US$2.61 million). Partnerships with the likes of Qatar Airways, Hyundai Motors, and the technical contract in place with Nike account for the majority of the €10.8 million (US$12 million) coming in from that category. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The club’s latest financial statement reveals that during the final six months of 2019, the Serie A club’s overall revenues fell by €40.2 million (US$45 million) to €94.6 million (US$106 million) after the men’s first team failed to qualify for European soccer’s premier club competition. Missing out on the tournament has a knock-on effect on media rights matchday revenues, which both declined in the period covered.Advertisement
Farmers were also advised to wear bootsand not wade in water contaminated by urine of rodents especially if they haveopen wounds. “The people could also ask for theprophylaxis at the rural health units if they have the intention to wade in thewater,” Rojas said. Last year, he said the provincerecorded nine cases with no deaths. SAN JOSE, Antique – The integratedprovincial health office (IPHO) here urged residents to remain vigilant againstdengue and leptospirosis as these diseases recently recorded three deaths inthe province. “Both had history of wading incontaminated water,” he added, saying that 13 others were recorded to havedeveloped the same bacterial infection. Rojas said since last Aug. 21, theyhave not monitored dengue fatality. But on Oct. 2, a three-year-old boy fromBarangay Villaflor, Tobias Fornier reportedly died from the mosquito-borneillness. Early signs and symptoms ofleptospirosis include headache, muscle pain and fever. If not treatedimmediately, the affected person could experience bleeding from the lungs ormeningitis and other severe health conditions. Mark Rojas, nurse assigned with theIPHO, said on Thursday that leptospirosis claimed two lives on Sept. 24 andOct. 3. Meanwhile, dengue claimed another lifein the province based on the 40th Morbidity Week or from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5surveillance report. The Antique Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) warns the public anew against dengue and leptospirosis on Thursday. IPHO Nurse Mark Rojas says leptospirosis recently claimed two lives in the province and dengue with one. ANNABEL CONSUELO J. PETINGLAY/PNA The latest fatality brought to 11 thetotal deaths due to dengue in the province this year. Rojas said the 57 new cases that weremonitored during the 40th Morbidity Week were from Culasi with 24; Hamtic,seven; Tibiao, six; Barbaza, five; San Remigio, four; Sibalom, three; two eachfrom San Jose de Buenavista and Libertad and one each from Anini-y, Patnongon,Sebaste, and Tobias Fornier.(With areport from PNA/PN)
Abdi arrived at Vicarage Road from Udinese in 2012 and has scored 23 goals in 92 appearances for the Hornets. The 28-year-old won Watford’s 2012-13 player of the season award and was a key part in the club securing automatic promotion from the Championship last season. Press Association Abdi initially joined the Hornets on a one-year loan and after an excellent debut campaign under Gianfranco Zola, the Swiss signed a permanent deal in July 2013. The creative midfielder was sidelined for most of the following year with a recurring foot problem but returned to fitness last season as Watford sealed their place in the Barclays Premier League. Abdi has played six times for Switzerland and his previous clubs include FC Zurich and Le Mans. Watford midfielder Almen Abdi has signed a new three-year contract, the club have announced.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC0 — Batting superstar Chris Gayle will take no part in the four-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan starting later this month, after being left out of 16-man squad announced Saturday.The left-handed Gayle also did not play in the three-match series against the Pakistanis last September in the United Arab Emirates, after advising selectors he was unavailable for selection.However, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) release on Saturday offered no explanation for Gayle’s omission from the squad which will be led again by all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.Jamaican Gayle has been a key member of the West Indies T20 set-up and remains one of the world’s premier batsmen in the shortest format.He averages 35 from 50 T20 Internationals with two hundreds and has already plundered nearly 10 000 runs in T20s overall.Gayle last appeared for West Indies in the Twenty20 World Cup in India last April when he helped the Caribbean side win an unprecedented second title.Also missing from the squad is experienced all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who played in the last series in the UAE.He was extremely critical of the WICB following the Windies’ 3-0 whitewash in the UAE, contending their abrupt firing of head coach Phil Simmons had demoralised the unit.The 33-year-old underwent surgery last January for a hamstring injury sustained in the Australia Big Bash and has been recovering since.Also missing from the Windies’ last outing are batsman Nicholas Pooran and Johnson Charles, while marquee all-rounder Andre Russell is unavailable due to a doping whereabouts suspension.Batsman Lendl Simmons, who missed the last series through medical reasons, has returned and joins other seasoned campaigners in off-spinner Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels.Meanwhile, Jonathan Carter and Jason Mohammed have forced their way into the squad, presumably based on their form in the recent one-day series against England.They are two of three new faces with left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul a surprise inclusion after having not suited up for West Indies in two years.He oddly makes it into the squad ahead of fellow left-armer Sulieman Benn who snatched 18 wickets in the recent Regional Super50 but has once again been ignored by selectors.Impressive all-rounder Rovman Powell, yet to make his T20 debut, has retained his place in the squad.Test and one-day captain Jason Holder has also kept his place in the squad despite having not played a T20 in 16 months.West Indies face Pakistan in the first T20 on March 26 at Kensington Oval before clashing in the remaining games at Queen’s Park Oval from March 30 to April 2.SQUAD — Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Jonathan Carter, André Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Keswick Williams.
He remains more than 4,000 points behind world No 1 Novak Djokovic but the gap has reduced significantly.Djokovic won four straight titles to end 2015, culminating in the ATP World Tour Finals in London, and then began 2016 by beating Murray in the final of the Australian Open and winning Masters titles in Indian Wells and Miami.Henman said: “I think it’s going to be difficult this year but certainly early next year he’s got a good chance.“He didn’t play well in Indian Wells or Miami (this year) so come March or April time it’s going to be interesting.“It hasn’t really been a realistic prospect for Andy before because the number one player has always been so dominant, be that Roger, Rafa or Novak.“But over the last six months he’s not far off being level on points with Novak. He’s got a lot to play for. For months he played incredible tennis with amazing consistency.“What he achieved by beating Djokovic to win the Masters title in Rome then getting to his first French Open final, making the final at all four Grand Slams, and winning Wimbledon again and the Olympics again was amazing.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tim Henman has backed Andy Murray for a tilt at the world No 1 ranking next spring.The Scot enjoyed the best period of his career this summer, reaching seven consecutive finals and winning a second Wimbledon title and Olympic gold medal.
Although finishing one stroke shy of a national championship last season was a disappointing ending for the USC women’s golf team, the upcoming season is already off to a good start.Looking forward · Senior Lizette Salas will lead the Women of Troy this season. Coming off a second-place finish at the NCAA championships last year, USC looks to do one better and win for the first time since 2008. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information Department Despite losing two All-Americans in Jennifer Song and Belen Mozo, the Women of Troy have been ranked No. 1 by the preseason Golf World coaches’ poll. The ranking is not unfamiliar territory to the team, which has been in and out of the No. 1 spot throughout the decade. USC won the NCAA championship in 2003 and 2008, and has finished in the top four in six of the last eight seasons.The Women of Troy will be led by three-time All-American senior Lizette Salas and the lone remnant from the 2008 championship roster. Salas had four top-six finishes last year and was the 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year. Coming into this year, she needs only five more rounds in the 60s to tie Song for the USC women’s record for most rounds in the 60s (15).Also returning are junior Inah Park and sophomore Cyna Rodriguez, both members of last season’s national runners-up roster.The Women of Troy will also count on incoming transfer Lisa McCloskey, a junior from Pepperdine. McCloskey is a two-time All-American with three career collegiate victories that bring instant experience to the young team.Joining McCloskey in the incoming class are freshmen Rachel Morris and Sophia Popov, both coming off impressive amateur wins this summer. Morris captured the Pacific Northwest Amateur title, and Popov won the International European Ladies Amateur Championship.Probably the most improbable contributor to this year’s team will be freshman Pearl Jin, a 15-year-old, who at age 12 became the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women’s Amateur history. She finished the stroke play portion of the event in 18th place and advanced to the second-round of the match-play where she lost to another 12-year-old.What might be her most amazing feat is the fact that she made a hole-in-one in 2006 on a 256-yard par 4. Jin skipped three grades to enter college this fall, becoming just the third female golfer in history to enter college at 15 years of age.However, Jin’s status is uncertain for the upcoming season, as she suffers from osteochondritis dissecans, more commonly known as “Little League elbow,” which is a bone bruise. The only treatment is rest though no known cure exists.This young team will be led by coach Andrea Gaston, entering her 15th year with the Women of Troy.The team earned nine of 33 first-place votes in the poll, just enough to finish ahead of Pac-10 rival UCLA and defending national champion Purdue. Rounding out the top 10 are Alabama, Duke, Auburn, Arizona, Wake Forest, Virginia and Vanderbilt.
Most recently, at Minnesota, Ryan Evans earned a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. With a total of 257 points so far this season, Evans is averaging 10.3 points per game.[/media-credit]A double-double in the game of basketball is no fluke. They just don’t come along courtesy of serendipity.Even on just a game-by-game basis, the achievement of a double-double requires an unflagging work ethic. But the 17 points and 11 rebounds that forward Ryan Evans earned Feb. 9 against Minnesota represent more than just a good old-fashioned hard day’s work.It was a signal of how much Evans has refined his game since last season and also since being cut from his high school junior varsity team as a sophomore.“It is (a mark of his growth),” assistant coach Lamont Paris said. “It is an indication of how active he is. You’re working hard to get a double-double; there’s no way about it. You can’t fake your way into a double-double.“He really has worked hard at attacking some of his deficiencies and he’s played hard. [He’s] paid some dues, things haven’t always gone his way and he’s persevered.”Evans is currently riding the best four-game streak of his career. With the double-double as the capstone as of this moment, Evans has scored in double digits in each the last four games, including six out of the last eight.And, over those last four contests, he is averaging more points and blocks than his season average.His emergence as a consistent producer on the court has arrived thanks to an upgraded offensive game that prevented him from getting off the bench more often as an underclassman.Evans, who is the only player on the Wisconsin men’s basketball roster not from the Midwest (he comes from Hamilton, Ariz.), joined the Badgers as a late signee in March 2008 after turning around his high school career.He redshirted his first year but earned time on the floor immediately during the following two years, thanks to a well-rounded defensive game.Somewhat mirroring his high school career, his performance dipped as a sophomore – especially on offense. Evans played 11.6 minutes per game, down from 13.2 the year prior, and had a shooting percentage that inched over 30 percent. He also averaged a turnover once every 17 minutes.“I kind of went through the same thing in high school, not playing much as a freshman, getting cut as a sophomore,” Evans said. “I may as well have been cut last year, as bad of a season as I had.”According to the 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward, the weight of his own expectations that year slowly flattened his confidence. It didn’t go as expected for him, so as 2011-12 neared, he cleared his mind of anything else, freeing himself from the self-analysis.“That was my downfall last year,” he said. “I set expectations for myself and when they weren’t getting accomplished I was kind of going down, going down, going down. Instead I came into this season with a positive mentality.”Meanwhile, Paris and the rest of the coaching staff were able to pinpoint Evans’ shortcomings on the court as well. He would too often attempt shots when he was off-balance, like a turn-around jumper and he was unable to maintain possession when he put the ball on the ground.“His percentage of turnovers when he dribbled the ball was high, yet he continued to do it because he wanted to prove that ‘I’m capable of doing this,’ when in reality he was not capable of doing it successfully on a consistent basis,” Paris said. “This year, he hasn’t done that near as much, you don’t see him driving baseline [and] getting stuck. He’s gotten better, his shot selection has gotten better.”Today, Evans leads the team in rebounding per game (6.8), and is third in scoring (10.3 points per game) and shooting percentage (.433 average from the floor). He averages one turnover every 22.5 minutes.He’s also come close to earning “the elusive double-double” – as Paris calls it – at other points this year. During the conference season, Evans has fallen one rebound or two baskets short of the feat three times – against Michigan, Indiana and Northwestern.Paris notes there is still improvement to be had for Evans, in terms of ball handling and the development of a more consistent three-point shot (he is 22.2 percent from behind the perimeter this year).According to Paris, there’s still plenty of potential for him on defense.“He can be one of the best defenders in the league, bar none, guarding any position almost,” he said. “His ceiling is very high from the defensive side of things.”But nevertheless, Evans – as well as everyone else on the team – is finally getting a chance to enjoy his success.“This is a special season … it means a lot to me,” Ryan said, when asked if being a starter meant anything extra to him. “It’s been a good run so far and I think it could get a lot better still.”
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Syracuse (20-12, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) set up a third meeting this season with Duke (26-5, 14-4) by beating Pittsburgh on Wednesday, 73-59. The Blue Devils had a double bye to the ACC tournament quarterfinals. It’ll be the rubber match between two teams that beat each other on the road this season.Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen.Billy Heyen (24-8)Dancing with the DevilsDuke 80, Syracuse 61Tyus Battle, per Jim Boeheim, is “probably two or three days” from being ready to play. Syracuse has no reason to risk him against Duke in a game that means a lot more to fans than to NCAA Tournament implications. Without Battle, there’s not enough firepower for the Orange to keep up with Duke’s four freshmen for 40 minutes. SU will get some rest ahead of Selection Sunday with Wednesday’s win keeping them safely in the field. Charlie DiSturco (23-9)The big 4Duke 82, Syracuse 60AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYet another showdown between Syracuse and Duke this season. Unlike the other two times, the Blue Devils will start their death lineup that includes Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Tre Jones and Cam Reddish. I thought this same prediction earlier in the year before Reddish’s sickness and Jones’ injury mid-game, and I think the same will hold true. Duke is just too good for SU, especially with Tyus Battle battling injury. Matthew Gutierrez (19-13)Duke dominanceDuke 75, Syracuse 62It’s hard to envision scenarios in which Syracuse comes out on top Thursday. The only way would be a lights-out shooting display. Otherwise, even a few big games from individual players probably won’t be enough against a national title contender in the Blue Devils at full strength. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 14, 2019 at 10:49 am