Facebook An Irish ship that was originally part of an aid flotilla attacked by Israel yesterday is set to approach Gaza today.The Israeli navy has said this morning that it’s ready to stop the MV Rachel Corrie, and expects an easy takeover of the ship.The Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheal Martin yesterday called for Israel to exercise restraint in dealing with the vessel.Meanwhile, 7 Irish citizens, including Donegal activist Fiachra O’Luain, are still being detained in Israel following the raid on the main flotilla yesterday.He and another Irish man, Dr Fintan Lane, are contesting their deportation. Israel and Palestine Correspondent with the London Independent Don McIntyre says they could face a long wait………….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/000don830.mp3[/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Twitter Previous articleDonegal County Council to seek funding for A5 linkagesNext articleQuestions raised over whether controversial consultancy offers value for money News Highland Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Pinterest By News Highland – June 1, 2010 Donegal man on Gaza ship detained by Israeli forces Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Pinterest
Broadway alums Jeremy Kushnier (Jersey Boys), Lynne Wintersteller (Grand Night For Singing) and more will star in the off-Broadway premiere of worldwide hit Shear Madness. Directed by Bruce Jordan, the hair salon-set murder mystery comedy, which has been seen by more than 11 million people, will begin previews at New World Stages on October 22, with opening night scheduled for November 11.Joining Kushnier and Wintersteller in the cast will be Adam Gerber, Kate Middleton, Patrick Noonan and Jonathan Spivey.Marilyn Abrams and Jordan adapted Shear Madness from the 1963 play Scherenschnitt by German playwright Paul Pörtner. Their English reworking opened in Lake George in 1978 with Abrams and Jordan starring and at the helm. After further developments, the show moved to Boston for what it was treated as an out-of-town run before New York. Over 30 years later, the comedy still resides at Beantown’s Charles Playhouse.The show incorporates improv and audience participation as theatergoers question the cast of characters in a unisex hair salon after the landlord, Isabel Czerny, is murdered. Think Drood with blow dryers.Shear Madness will feature scenic and lighting design by Will Cotton, costume design by Rodney Harper and sound designer by Bruce Yauger. View Comments
Advertisement Mikel Arteta admits several factors are out of Arsenal’s control (Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has revealed he has made multiple transfer plans for Arsenal after the coronavirus pandemic halted the Premier League season.The Gunners currently have Dani Ceballos, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares on loan, while the club are also hoping to extend Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract, which expires next year.Arteta is also keen to strengthen his defensive options and may need an attacking replacement for Aubameyang if Arsenal decide to sell this striker this summer.‘I’m planning two or three different scenarios that we can face,’ he told Sky Sports.ADVERTISEMENT‘Depending on one of those three, we will be able to do more, less or nothing. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 9 Apr 2020 4:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Mikel Arteta reveals he has three transfer plans for Arsenal Mikel Arteta could lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer (AFP via Getty Images)‘We have to react daily. We don’t know what the financial situation is going to be, we don’t know the rules, the timing, the window. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘There are so many things we cannot control at the moment.’Arteta also believes Arsenal were in a ‘difficult state’ when he took over from Unai Emery and admits he was keen to improve the squad’s belief and energy.‘I went through a lot when I got here… I had eight or 10 players injured, and there were a lot of issues to deal with. The connection between fans, players and club was in a difficult state at that moment,’ he said.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We had to change that energy, the belief and the commitment from the players.‘I was very pleased because everyone was on board with what we were doing.‘We started to win three or four games in a row and there was a much more positive mindset around the place.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisement
The 2019 University of Wisconsin softball team (31-8, 8-5 Big Ten) has already had an outstanding, record-breaking season that’s put Madison back on the map within the NCAA softball world. As worry from fans grew after last year’s team lost so much of its leadership and seniority, within the program, a quiet, calm confidence began to grow.This belief grew not only in the leadership that emerged from new upperclassmen but in the trust Head Coach Yvette Healy had in her incoming young core of freshmen and sophomores.As a whole, Wisconsin athletic teams are not ones where fans can expect to see a lot of true freshman or underclassmen take the court or field. The idea of earning your spot and training under a leading scorer has always been the mentality of Wisconsin athletics. But Healy’s lineup seems to break from that norm as she consistently starts two true freshman and three sophomores in her regular lineup.The young Badger team made their presence known in the opening tournaments of the season where they posted a 17–2 record that included upsets over then No. 9 Texas and No. 15 Arizona State.Ever since their opening tournaments and since entering Big Ten play, this young core’s firepower has only intensified, and their confidence continues to grow.Much of this young core’s success falls onto the shoulders of freshmen Ally Miklesh and Jolie Fish.Miklesh is a true freshman center fielder from Stevens Point Area High School in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Miklesh routinely finds herself in center field due to her canon of an arm, speed to burn and unwavering will to win. During her high school career, Miklesh led the Wisconsin Valley Conference in hits, batting average, runs scored, stolen bases and triples in 2017. Goodman Diamond is also a familiar place for the center fielder, as she led her high school team to two state appearances and one state title in 2016 — she regularly attended camps to catch the eyes of the Badger coaching staff.Softball: Konwent leads Badgers to best start in program historyAs the University of Wisconsin softball team teeters in and out of the top 25 rankings, being ranked at all Read…Though Miklesh found success in high school, the transition to Division I softball can cause trouble for incoming freshmen. Luckily for both Miklesh and Healy, Miklesh seemed like she didn’t skip a beat.“Ally is a local kid and she’s been coming to camp for years,” Healy said. “So I think that helps her a lot that she really knew our offense and our defense coming in.”Miklesh said the philosophy that sometimes grit and hustle outweigh talent was one thing she took from her high school career into her Badger career. Coming from and in-state high school also meant a lot to the transition and passion Miklesh carries with her each game.“I just really want to be a part of this team,” Miklesh said.As a Badger, Miklesh has posted a .289 batting average with 26 hits in 90 plate appearances. She currently has the fifth-best batting average on the team and has outperformed many of her seasoned teammates as she acts as the turnover in the lineup, batting ninth.“My personal goals are just keep producing, keep turning over for the top of the lineup and doing my job,” Miklesh said. “I really think the sky’s the limit for this team.” Humility radiates from Miklesh when you meet her but in the field, she takes no prisoners. She does not hold back, she does not stutter and she credits many of her characteristics to her coaching staff at Wisconsin, especially the coaches who have helped develop her as a contact hitter.Miklesh also sports an impressive .333 slugging percentage and a nearly perfect .947 fielding percentage.While her talent is undeniable, Miklesh isn’t the only freshman Wisconsin has up their sleeve.Softball: Badgers pull off home sweep over visiting Iowa HawkeyesThe University of Wisconsin softball team (30-5, 7-2 Big Ten) hosted the Iowa Hawkeyes (15-18, 1-8) in their Big Ten Read…Fish is a true freshman from Carl Albert High School in Oklahoma. There, Fish was a part of four state-qualifying teams and stole more bases than any of her teammates for four years straight. As a junior, she was named All-District Offensive Player of the Year. “Jolie has speed, power, and athleticism,” Healy said. “She can hit for average and put the ball over the fence.”As a Badger, Fish has already notched a home run under her belt and has a respectable .245 batting average with 23 hits in 94 plate appearances. Along with being a freshman and going through the transition of high school to Division I softball, Fish has also had to make a position adjustment due to a change in rotation to make up for a hand injury to senior catcher Melanie Cross. Due to Cross’s injury, sophomore Taylor Johnson has taken over behind the plate for the Badgers which moves Fish from a comfortable middle infielder position to the hot corner of third base.“She’s got double the learning curve because she played second base and then had to switch over with the injury to Mel Cross to play third,” Healy said. “She’s just up for learning and she’s a kid that doesn’t get down on herself.”But, making that transition to third and earning a starting sport off of injury didn’t change the mentality that Fish brought to Wisconsin.“I just wanted to come in and make an impact,” Fish said. “Growing up in Oklahoma, I always saw teams coming and playing in the world series, and I always knew I was going to come back and win a world series with this team.”Why baseball should be brought back to UWThe University of Wisconsin hasn’t had a baseball team in 28 years. The last time the Badgers fielded a team Read…Fish currently has nine RBIs as a Badger and had an impressive showing against Iowa where she tallied three hits — two of which brought runs home.Most impressive, Fish has posted a .955 fielding percentage even after her position transition.Both Miklesh and Fish are extremely humble even amidst great success and contribution to the winning Wisconsin softball team. Both freshmen have stepped up tremendously to fill the shoes of the players who came before them. Wisconsin has three other freshman — Tyra Turner, Savanna Rainy and pitcher Maddie Schwartz.Schwartz holds a 1.38 ERA on 18 appearances for the Badgers. Turner is a reliable pinch runner and outfielder when called upon and had totaled seven stolen bases on the season.After losing Cross to injury, the Badgers have only two contributing seniors in Kelly Welsh and Stephanie Lombardo in the usual lineup. As both are major contributors, Welsh and Lombardo’s shoes will have to be filled by the underclassmen and future freshmen to come. It truly is an exciting time to be a Badger — as the true freshman athlete is being redefined by Wisconsin softball, Fish and Miklesh are setting the bar high for those to come. What a freshman is expected to accomplish to be a part of the Badger program grows every day as Fish and Miklesh improve. While the next four years hold a lot of questions and variables that could influence the Badger softball program, it is clear that Miklesh and Fish are ready to lead the way.
So, what does this mean for the Lakers?Three questions the Lakers must answer:1. What will the starting lineup look like?Although Cousins provided a small sample size of his abilities last season, he entered the summer as the front-runner to claim Los Angeles’ starting center job. Unfortunately for the Lakers, they are exceedingly thin at that position.The only other center on Los Angeles’ roster at the moment is JaVale McGee, who averaged 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in 75 appearances for the Lakers last year — starting in 62 of those games. The Lakers did send a major haul to New Orleans to acquire Anthony Davis, so he’s still an option to start at center. But he’s explicitly said he doesn’t like playing center during his introductory press conference last month. It appears like he’s in for a rude awakening.LeBron James may play some point guard and lead a starting unit consisting of Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma and Davis. But where Davis fits best remains to be seen.2. How will this affect offensive versatility?It’s unclear what kind of basketball head coach Frank Vogel will have the Lakers play, but they certainly can’t be as flexible as they could have been with Cousins.Last year’s team emphasized positionless basketball, and having five starters who can score at all three levels, put the ball on the floor and go coast-to-coast certainly fits that system.JaVale McGee is great rim protector and solid rim runner, but shot 8.3 percent from deep last season and rarely handles the ball. Bigs who can shoot are valuable in today’s NBA, and only having one (Anthony Davis) will limit floor spacing. Although Cousins looked to gain steam in the postseason, he was hobbled by a torn quad in the first round of the playoffs.Cousins signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with Los Angeles in July and his latest injury will impact a Lakers team that seemed poised for a big-time resurgence. Related News 3. Will team chemistry become an issue?One thing that was great about Cousins is that he has proved to be a complementary piece alongside other members of the Lakers.Alongside Davis, Cousins formed the most dynamic frontcourt in basketball with the Pelicans in the first half of 2017-18 when he averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists. Another former Kentucky Wildcat and current Laker, Rajon Rondo, was also a part of that squad and averaged 8.3 points and 8.2 assists.Los Angeles has experienced significant roster turnover as of late, as Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart were shipped to New Orleans in a blockbuster deal for Davis. Having some sense of familiarity among new members was part of what made this summer a success for the Lakers. Lonzo Ball confronts father LaVar over ‘demolished’ Big Baller Brand Injuries have continued to plague DeMarcus Cousins, as the Lakers big man reportedly tore his ACL while working out in Las Vegas earlier this week and will likely miss all of 2019-20.The four-time All-Star was out for a large chunk of 2018-19 while recovering from an Achilles injury he suffered the previous season and played in just 30 regular-season games for the Warriors on a one-year deal. DeMarcus Cousins injury update: Lakers center tears ACL in Las Vegas workout