53 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ireland

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp By News Highland – August 2, 2020 Previous articleDeclan Devine looks ahead to Derry City’s clash with St Pat’sNext articleDelight for Keith Cowan as Glentoran win Irish Cup News Highland Twitter Twitter There’ve been no new death according to latest figures from NPHET, while there have been 53 new confirmed cases.80% were under the age of 45.45 are associated with outbreaks or close contacts of a confirmed case.While 4 cases have been identified as community transmission. Homepage BannerNews Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 53 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in Irelandcenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Dodgers will give Will Smith ‘a good runway’ as the primary catcher

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — As far back as spring training, the Dodgers expected Will Smith to arrive in the major leagues this season and start significant games at catcher for them at some point.That time is now.Smith was promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday for the third time this season. He is expected to stay this time and serve as the Dodgers’ primary catcher, likely for the rest of the season and potentially in a postseason run.“Seeing him on a big-league field and seeing the way he conducted his at-bats, handled the pitching staff, following gameplans – even in big spots against good pitching how he handled himself, staying in the strike zone and what he did at the Triple-A level … he’s performed, really. Big time,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “So he’s checked every box. Now you’ve got to go out there and give him a little bit of runway.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Smith’s defensive skills have always been highly-rated. But he has had a breakout year offensively, hitting .269 with a .986 OPS and 20 home runs in 61 games with the OKC Dodgers. In nine games at the major-league level over his first two promotions, he hit .269 with a .999 OPS and three home runs – two walk-offs to win games.Roberts said he expects to give Smith “a good runway” with “the lion’s share” of playing time with veteran Russell Martin “in there a couple times a week is kind of what I see.”The window opened for Smith’s ascension with the continued collapse of Austin Barnes’ offensive game (and some recent defensive miscues as well). Barnes hit .289 with an .895 OPS in 2017, giving the Dodgers hope that he would develop into a two-way player and every-day catcher.Since then, however, Barnes has hit .200 with a .618 OPS in 471 plate appearances. He had just seven hits in his last 60 at-bats before being demoted to Triple-A this week.“Very difficult discussion with Austin,” said Roberts, who gave Barnes the news along with Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. “It’s more about just trying to get him on track offensively. I think just to get him back in a good place mentally and mechanically. He’s a major-league player. He helps us in so many ways – in the clubhouse, behind the plate. But we see him as an offensive player as well. Just to get him out of this hot box (the pressure of the big leagues) will be best for him and it will help us as well. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco After batting .276 with 12 home runs and an .888 OPS last season, White slumped to a .225 batting average, .650 OPS and just three home runs in 71 games with the Astros this year.“Just kind of a grind so far,” White said. “I don’t want to blame it on anything in particular. It’s just been tough for me to gain any momentum this year. I’ve had some good weeks. It’s just been tough to put together a good month.“I’m excited to have some new scenery and join a new team.”ALSOKiké Hernandez had an MRI on his left hand after leaving Wednesday’s game with an injury. The results had not been reviewed by the team’s medical staff before Friday’s game, but Roberts said he expected Hernandez to be available to play defense only.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 8-2, 2.84 ERA) at Nationals (TBA), Saturday, 1:05 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AMcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “For any decision we made, you also have to have a solution. To have Will playing the way he’s playing, so consistently on both sides of the baseball, just made a difficult decision a little bit easier.”STRIPLING STARTRight-hander Ross Stripling said he is still bothered by neck stiffness, leaving his next scheduled start (Tuesday in Colorado) questionable.Stripling played catch on flat ground on Friday afternoon and said he still felt the discomfort in the right side of his neck.“If you think about pitching, that whipping action there at the end,” Stripling said. “It’s not so much pain, but I think I’m protecting it.”Roberts said Stripling is expected to make that start in Colorado “right now” but he would have to throw a bullpen session Saturday or Sunday to test the neck and prove his readiness to pitch. Right-hander Jaime Schultz traveled to Washington with the team in case a roster move needs to be made.FREESE OUTTyler White was officially added to the roster Friday after being acquired in a trade with the Houston Astros. David Freese was returned to the Injured List with a persistent hamstring problem in his left leg. Freese spent more than two weeks on the IL before the All-Star break due to the same problem.“It’s just something we can’t get over,” Roberts said. “He’s doing everything he can to stay on the field. We’re just not getting the best version of him as far as his health.”White will replace Freese as a right-handed bat off the bench and occasional first baseman.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

Britt man faces 12 sexual abuse-related charges

first_imgBRITT — A Britt man has been arrested and charged with 12 sexual abuse-related counts.73-year-old Paul Dewitt has been charged with six counts of third-degree sexual abuse and six counts of incest. He’s accused of sexually abusing a female victim six times between July and December of last year. Court documents state that Dewitt admitted to authorities to committing the sexual acts.Third-degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony, with each charge punishable by up to ten years in prison. Incest is a Class D felony, with each charge carrying a potential five-year prison term.Dewitt’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 15th in Hancock County District Court.last_img

Football: FIFA take control of Greek federation

first_img“The resignation of the president and other members of the federation’s executive committee due to judicial procedures, the allegations linked to refereeing, as well as the difficulties surrounding the management of ethics cases.”The FIFA-appointed committee will also organise fresh Greek football federation elections by May 31 next year at the latest.Greece’s Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis welcomed the move as “a positive development which will be combined with the placement of worthy people to manage a problem that has plagued Greek sports for years”. Share on: WhatsApp Athens, Greece | AFP | World football governing body FIFA said Friday they were appointing a normalisation committee to run the daily affairs of the crisis-hit Greek football federation.The move follows months of bickering between the federation and the Greek government over discrepancies between national laws and the independence of the federation.FIFA said in a fax send to the Greek federation and signed by Secretary General Fatma Samoura, that the committee would revise the relevant regulations to bring them into line with FIFA standards.“The FIFA Council was briefed on the different issues faced by the Greek federation in recent months, such as the tense relationships with the authorities, due partly to discrepancies between national laws and the independence of the federation,” the FIFA fax read.last_img read more

Bowie scorches 100m, Walsh masters shot

first_img– Imperial Walsh – London, United Kingdom | AFP | American Tori Bowie upset Jamaican favourite Elaine Thompson to win world 100m on Sunday, as New Zealander Tomas Walsh dominated the shot put with a stunning series of throws.Before another packed-out session at the London Stadium, Greek pole vaulter Ekaterina Stefanidi and heptathlete Nafi Thiam also added world titles to the Olympic golds they won in Rio last year.Earlier in the day, Kenya’s Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui won the men’s marathon to make up for his country’s podium no-show in the last two championships, while Kenyan-born Bahraini Rose Chelimo edged veteran Edna Kiplagat to win the women’s race.Twenty-four hours after the fireworks of the men’s 100m final when Usain Bolt was upstaged by arch-rival Justin Gatin, Bowie ensured the US team made it 2-0 in the sprint stakes over Jamaica on day three of the championships.Bowie made up for her silver at the Rio Games with a savage dip at the line that saw her win in 10.85 seconds, just one-hundredth ahead of Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou, with Thompson fifth (10.98).“The dive doesn’t feel too good now,” said US champion Bowie. “I never give up until I’m over the line.”Bowie fell to the ground after crossing the line and initially it was Ta Lou who celebrated only for the board to say otherwise.“I had no idea that I had won,” said Bowie. “The only thing I knew was that tonight I was going to lay it all on the line.”Thompson had started well, but faded after the halfway mark, unable to find an extra gear as she has done most of the season.Ta Lou then emerged as the clear leader but Bowie ate into her advantage and then produced the dip of her life to take the title from under the diminutive Ivorian’s nose. In the field, Walsh was in imperial form, producing his best, 22.03 metres, with the sixth and final effort in the men’s shot.The 25-year-old former builder edged out America’s defending champion Joe Kovacs, who posted a best of 21.66.There was drama to the end, however, as Kovacs was left fuming that his final throw that appeared to be more than 22m was ruled, rightly, a foul.Croatia’s Stipe Zunic took the bronze with 21.46m whilst there was disappointment for Olympic champion Ryan Crouser, who could finish only sixth with 21.20m.“To pull it out on the last one is awesome,” said Walsh.“I knew that Crouser was going to attack on the last attempt and it is so special for me to know that I was able to attack, too.”Greece’s Olympic champion Stefanidi enjoyed a compelling battle with American Sandi Morris in the pole vault.The 27-year-old vaulted a national record of 4.91 metres for victory, failing three times at what would have been a championship record of 5.02m.Morris, the world indoor champion and Olympic silver medallist on countback from Stefanidi in Rio last year, claimed silver with a best of 4.75m.Cuba’s defending champion Yarisley Silva shared bronze with Robeilys Peinado of Venezuela.Stefanidi’s feat was mirrored by Thiam, the 21-year-old Belgian doing just enough in the seventh and final event of the heptathlon, the 800m, to amass a winning total of 6,784 points, with overnight leader Carolin Schafer of Germany taking silver with 6,696.“It was a really difficult year, with a lot of pressure but I managed to produce a great performance,” Thiam said.“The thing with sport is, it doesn’t always pay off when you work hard and you’re never really sure if you’re going to produce something great. I’m doing great things at the moment but I know hard times are going to come at some point, they do for everyone.“But as long as it’s going good I’m going to use my happiness as motivation.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more