May 252017

If you’re a cat lover and willing to make a career out of petting cats, an Irish veterinary clinic might have just the right job for you. Just Cats clinic in Dublin is hiring a full-time professional “cat cuddler” who has “gentle hands capable of petting and stroking cats for long periods of time.” Purr-Worthy Job for crazy cat lover at @justcatsdublin Apply at : — Just Cats Vet Clinic (@JustCatsDublin) May 23, 2017 “Are you a crazy cat person and love cats? Does cattitude come naturally to you? Do you feed the stray cats in your locality?” Dublin’s sole cats-only vet clinic wrote in the job advert posted online. “If you answer yes to some or all of these questions, how about working with cats as a full time job at Just Cats Veterinary Clinic?” Meet Simba, king of the house! According to the ad, the ideal candidate needs to be soft-spoken and “capable of cat whispering to calm the nerves of some of our in patients.” It adds that the ability to understand different types of purring would be an added advantage that might help applicants secure the job. However, qualifications recognised by the Veterinary Council of Ireland would be a must to apply. The posting has been viewed more than 7,000 times on the advertisement site. This post originally appeared on Time magazine’s Money section The post Want to get paid to cuddle cats all day? appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed [Read More…]

Aug 202016
Pakista vs Ireland 2nd ODI: Rain delays toss

DUBLIN: Rain delayed toss for the second and last ODI between Pakistan and Ireland scheduled today at the Village Stadium. Pakistan won the first ODI of the series  in what was their biggest One-day International victory in terms of runs. Sharjeel Khan’s sizzling 152 and Imad Wasim’s maiden five-wicket haul on Thursday helped Pakistan win the match. Imad bowled out the home team for a paltry 82 after Pakistan had posted 337 in a match that was reduced to 47 overs because of wet conditions. Alongside Imad, another young all-rounder – Mohammad Nawaz – also sparkled in Thursday’s win against Ireland. Nawaz, also a left-hander, hit 53 off 50 balls to make his presence felt.     Click for detailed story

Aug 192016
Five-star Imad hopes to keep shining

DUBLIN: Lost somewhere in the excitement of Sharjeel Khan’s sizzling 152 was Imad Wasim’s maiden five-wicket haul on Thursday when Pakistan recorded what was their biggest One-day International victory in terms of runs. Sharjeel’s blitz helped Pakistan floor Ireland by 255 runs but a win by such a huge margin might not have been possible had Imad not picked up an impressive haul of 5-14. Together with comeback pacer Umar Gul (3-23), Imad bowled out the home team for a paltry 82 after Pakistan had posted 337 in a match hat was reduced to 47 overs because of wet conditions. His figures in the match are the best ever by a Pakistan left-arm bowler. Imad bettered the great Wasim Akram’s 5 for 15 which were the previous best by a Pakistan left-arm bowler in ODIs. All of that was overshadowed as the star of the match was Sharjeel because of his big-hitting prowess. But Imad is pleased to have played a role in Pakistan’s record-breaking win. “The important thing is that we won the match and won it by a very big margin,” said the Swansea-born Imad, who has played seven ODIs and 11 Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan. Imad, 27, represented Jamaica Tallawahas in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) this season. The all-rounder who featured for Karachi Kings in the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) said that the CPL experience helped him going into the series against Ireland. “It was a learning experience at CPL,” he said. “I was in [Read More…]

Sep 022013
Ireland scent blood against England

DUBLIN: Ireland hope to take advantage of a weakened England side when the teams meet today in a one-off One-Day International (ODI) match at Malahide.

With only four survivors from England’s last 50-over contest, the Champions Trophy final against India in June, Ireland will scent another upset and a repeat of their famous victory in Bangalore at the 2011 World Cup.

It will be a full-strength Ireland line-up, although they are likely to face two compatriots among the opposition.

One is a certainty because Eoin Morgan has been named as captain, in place of the rested Alistair Cook, for the second successive time against his native country and Boyd Rankin is expected to make his ODI debut as well.

To date, Rankin has played only two Twenty20 games in the Three Lions shirt after quitting the Ireland team last year to pursue his ambition of playing Test cricket for England.

He was left out of both games against Australia last week, but the Warwickshire paceman seems likely to follow Ed Joyce as an Englishman who made his debut against the country of his birth.

Joyce, the Sussex captain, is likely to be key to an Ireland success, being in the form of his life, averaging 72 in first-class cricket this season, and he has scored 455 runs in seven innings for Ireland this year.

It will be also be a special day for 39-year-old former Ireland captain Trent Johnston, who plays his last game before retiring from international cricket at the end of the year.

Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, James Tredwell and Morgan are the only players named in the 14-man England squad who played in the Champions League final. Those hoping to catch the eye include new faces Michael Carberry, Chris Jordan, Gary Ballance, Danny Briggs and 19 year-old Somerset all-rounder Jamie Overton.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2013.

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Aug 112013
Suarez must apologise, says Rodgers

DUBLIN: Brendan Rodgers has told Luis Suarez he must apologise to his Liverpool teammates and the club’s fans who he insists deserve better from the controversial Uruguayan.

The Reds boss, speaking after his side squandered a hatful of chances in their 1-0 friendly defeat to Celtic in Dublin, also reiterated his stance that the striker, who is wanted by Arsenal, is not for sale under any circumstances.

And now he has told the player to admit the error of his ways by showing some contrition ahead of the beginning of the Premier League season, which kicks off with Liverpool’s clash with Stoke next Saturday.

“Luis needs to do a couple of things,” said Rodgers. “Obviously, we need initially a recognition, an apology to his teammates and the club.

“And then I’m sure once we get that, we’ll have the commitment he’s ready to fight like he’s always done.

“From the day I walked in he fought tirelessly for the club. But I have to protect the fans, the supporters of this club and the players — they deserve more than that. He’s spent some days working on his own, he’s been working very hard. When he comes back from his international trip [Uruguay play a friendly in Japan in mid-week] we’ll assess it.”

Rodgers mocked reports linking Suarez with a move to the continent, where Real Madrid were said to be interested in acquiring the 26-year-old, insisting only Arsenal have made a bid for the forward.

“There’s lots of speculation. I was made aware at the end of last season that a number of clubs would come in for him, but we’ve had one that’s it. Our intention is to keep Luis. The story’s the same.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2013.

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May 262013
Cricket: Pakistan frustrated by Joyce ton

DUBLIN: Ed Joyce scored his first one-day international hundred for Ireland as the hosts set Pakistan a target of 230 to win the second one-day international at Clontarf on Sunday.


Conditions were much improved on the cold and wet weather the teams experienced in the thrilling tie on Thursday and Joyce found them to his liking, finishing 116 not out in Ireland’s 229 for nine.

Joyce came to the middle in the first over after Paul Stirling, the Ireland century-maker in the tied meeting between the sides on Thursday, was caught off a mistimed pull at mid-wicket for a duck and the Sussex captain stayed for the remainder of the innings, facing 132 balls and hitting 12 fours and a six.

He gave one chance, on 61, in the first over of the powerplay, to Mohammad Hafeez at backward point, a juggling effort which should have been held, and he and Kevin O’Brien made Pakistan pay scoring 53 in the next five overs.

O’Brien’s innings was cut short on 38 by Abdur Rehman, one of three changes to the Pakistan team from the first game.

Out went the world’s leading one-day bowler Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan and Ehsan Adil, with Wahab Riaz, Asad Ali and Rehman coming in.

Significantly, all the batsmen survived from Thursday’s encounter, indicating it was the bowling with which the tourists were most unhappy.

Asad Ali made an immediate impression when he had Ireland captain William Porterfield caught behind in his second over for one and Riaz also got among the wickets when Niall O’Brien also gave a catch to wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal for 29.

Rehman was the pick of the bowlers with four for 48 from his 10 overs ripping through the middle order of Gary Wilson, Kevin O’Brien, Trent Johnston and Alex Cusack in devastating fashion.

Tim Murtagh stayed with Joyce to add 33 for the ninth wicket, a partnership which could yet be important at the end of the day.

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