Samoa stung by poor execution

first_imgThe final match of the Pacific Test triple-header was, on paper, the hardest game to predict, but England’s precision proved too much for a Samoan side that had its moments, but ultimately couldn’t match it for 80 minutes with their northern rivals.There wasn’t a lot that separated the sides with metres, tackles and completion rates virtually identical, but where England were clinical in their execution, Samoa lacked poise and it cost them in the key moments.Samoa coach Matt Parish hoped Anthony Milford’s 66th-minute try would be the spark they needed to overpower their opponents, but not even the support of 18,271 boisterous fans could will them home as James Graham and Jermaine McGillvary struck late to seal the deal.”There was plenty of effort, but our game management probably wasn’t what it should have been,” Parish said after the game. “The scoreline at the end obviously wasn’t what we wanted, but at 14-6 we had opportunities, at 20-10 we had opportunities, but we didn’t quite nail them.  “I thought if we got back within strike range, I thought we could have ridden on the back of the crowd support and lifted, but we never got close enough, unfortunately.”While obviously stung by the 20-point defeat, Samoa skipper Antonio Winterstein saw enough positives to suggest his side was tracking well ahead of the World Cup. “We asked for effort today and some of the boys put in unbelievable effort and they can hold their heads high. We spoke about looking each other in the eye in the sheds after the game, and I think the boys in the shed can do that,” Winterstein said. “I think we’ve got the hard work in us; it’s the little things that we need to clean up, and once we do, we’ll be a hard team to beat.”The loss of hooker Kaysa Pritchard to injury just days before the game forced Josh McGuire to share the hooking duties with Pita Godinet, and while the Broncos lock did well – running for 148 metres and making 50 tackles in an 80-minute performance – the Samoans clearly lacked the spark a regular No.9 would have provided. “We didn’t help ourselves by dropping a lot of ball and handing over possession. You don’t really get too much time to prepare for the game so it was expected,” Samoa forward John Asiata said. “We weren’t connecting well as a group. The boys were running hard, working hard and the energy was there, but the execution wasn’t what we wanted.”last_img read more

Nico Melamed, the first coveted parrot from Generation Z

first_imgThey have followed him above all at the Ciudad Deportiva Dani Jarque, where he regularly plays for Espanyol B after becoming this season the first player of the 21st century to officially debut with the first team, in August before the Luzern, the same day that he also erected in the youngest in history (he was 18 years 126 days) to debut as a parakeet in European competitions. International in lower categories with Spain including the U19, his other suitor is the Argentine team. Although Melamed was born in Castelldefels and has always lived in Spain, the albiceleste has it in the spotlight in case the circumstances occurred, difficult due to the matter of his residence.But not only is his mother born in Argentina, but his grandfather was Felipe Ribaudo, a remembered player of Estudiantes de La Plata because conquered two Libertadores (1968 and 1969) and an Intercontinental Cup (1968). ‘Girlfriends’ is not without Melamed. At the club level, in the last weeks prior to the mandatory league break Clubs with the depth of Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Chelsea and Bayern Munich have gone to monitor it ‘in situ’, as pointed out from Italy and England. With contract until 2023, and still without a professional record, the eight million clause euros of this right-handed playmaker with a predilection for acting on the left seems succulent for possible clubs.center_img Born on April 11, 2001, under the protection of the new millennium, Nico Melamed becomes the first pearl of Generation Z whose future must conscientiously protect Espanyol. And, with permission from Ansu Fati (born a year later), also the Spanish Federation Seeks its link to the Selection beyond the lower categories.last_img read more

Take Akash in race two

first_img WENT DOWN FIGHTING FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES Preference, however, is for AKASH, who went down fighting last Saturday when finishing a length third to MARKET FORCE and GREAT FAITH in the Brian Rickman Trophy over 1100 metres. The chestnut colt by Western Classic out of Gaza Sheree will report even better for this race, and with former champion apprentice Shamaree Muir aboard, gets the nod over Chatrie’s mount, PROUD OF NUCLEAR. The third race over 1200 metres for the Frank Parham Memorial Trophy over 1200 metres should be won by MR. AMBASSADOR, with leading jockey Omar Walker riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. MR AMBASSADOR (working well) was narrowly beaten by stable-companion SUPER-TRONICS over a mile on October 17 and coming back over this shorter trip, should make all at the expense of ARIZONA GOLD and WELL BLESSED. SHADE OF BEAUTY, now back to winning form, is tipped to repeat against several of her old rivals in the fourth race over 1200 metres for $450,000 – $400,000 claimers. The six-year-old mare from the stables of Michael McIntosh will again be ridden by the competent claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas from the convenient mark of 50.0kg and should repeat at the expense of old rival DIFERENTGENERATION in a field of 11. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by WICKED TUFF (Chatrie up) and recent course winner STAR OF DAVID with top apprentice Bebeto Harvey aboard. Their respective dangers are ALL FOR THE GLORY and LORD STORM. TOMORROW’S 10-race programme at Caymanas Park offers carryovers in the Pick-9 and late Super-6 from race five to 10. The Pick-9, with $1.8 million in the kitty, will embrace races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six. We look at the first Super-6 on the United Racehorse Trainers’ Association programme, which commences with the ‘Lawrence Freemantle’ $250,000 – $210,000 claiming race over 1100 metres to be contested by seven starters, including DA JACKAL, who was highly fancied to win on Wednesday over this trip on a $350,000 tag but could only manage seventh to FIFTYONESTORM. The five-year-old horse ran better than his final placing indicated, racing close up into the straight before fading in the latter stages. Now dropped in class and that much fitter, DA JACKAL, to be ridden by Aaron Chatrie for trainer Andrew McDonald, gets the nod over the free-running ABOGADO and recent winner FIX IT UP. The second race over the round-five course, this for the Royal Lancaster Trophy for maiden two-year-olds, also has seven starters, among them three first-time runners, two of whom – PROUD OF NUCLEAR and NUCLEAR COMMANDER – both trained by Gary Subratie, are fairly forward in condition and either could win. (1) DA JACKAL/ ABOGADO (2) AKASH (3) MR. AMBASSADOR/ ARIZONA GOLD (4) SHADE OF BEAUTY (5) WICKED TUFF/ ALL FOR THE GLORY (6) STAR OF DAVID/ LORD STORMlast_img read more

Persons with disabilities to benefit from duty-free exemptions

first_imgMinister Cathy Hughes flanked by members of the Guyana Council of Organisations for Persons with Disabilities during the donationThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) will be providing duty-free exemptions for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to purchase mobile phones and motor vehicles through a partnership with the Public Telecommunications Ministry.This was announced on Friday by Public Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes, who explained that these devices will be modified to suit the requirements of these persons.Brakes will be relocated to the steering wheels of cars while applications on mobile devices will allow for persons to receive assistance through communication.“GRA and ourselves as a Public Telecommunications Ministry and the National Commission on Disability are just about to start the implementation of the import duty and VAT exemptions for smartphones and also for vehicles. The phones must be able to download certain software and applications and the vehicles must be able to be customised or retrofitted,” Hughes outlined.The Ministry would have donated tablets and a robotics kit to the Guyana Council of Organisations for Persons with Disabilities to ensure that equal opportunities exist.“We recognise that technology can be a game changer. Technology and access to technology. Here I mean accessibility features on smartphones, tablets, websites allow members of the visually or hearing impaired communities or any others to participate in a meaningful way in society,” the Minister said.Ganesh Singh of the Guyana Society for the Blind voiced that this initiative will prove beneficial to many persons in accessing information and other services.A survey conducted by the National Commission on Disability has revealed that 11,713 persons are living with a disability in Guyana.The survey was conducted in Regions Two, Three, Five, and 10, while a pilot was done in Region Six in 2016. Region Three had the highest number of persons with disabilities, followed by Region Six.Disabilities were categorised as physical/mobility disability, visual/seeing disability, hearing/speech disability, learning/cognitive disability, mental health and medical/other disability.last_img read more

Raila to grace Gor’s coronation in Kisumu

first_img0Shares0000Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (left) with SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri (right) dNAIROBI, Kenya – Club patron and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga will be the guest of honour during Kenyan Premier League Champions Gor Mahia’s coronation on Sunday at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.Gor will be presented with the trophy after their match against 2008 title winners Mathare United in an occasion that is expected to rock the foundation of the lakeside city the club identifies as its spiritual home. “Tomorrow (Sunday) is a big day and I’m asking you to be there because Gor will be in town. The match against Mathare is guard of honour, a formality. Raila will come to join us in celebrating our champions,” Deputy Governor, Kisumu County Matthews Owili announced on Saturday.Having missed last year’s trophy presentation at the same venue, the former premier’s presence will add the stardust to the expected rousing party in honour of the team that extended its all-time league winning record to 17.At the same time, Gor stars hailed the Kits for Africa (KFA) initiative after they were involved in distributing uniforms to 50 grassroots teams from Kisumu on Saturday.Captain Harun Shakava, midfielder Francis Kahata and defend Joash Onyango accompanied their head coach, Dylan Kerr and club legend, Peter Dawo to Central Square at the heart of Kisumu where the presentation took place.“This project is helping grassroots football to be felt. Our presence here has helped the teams feel they are recognized in Kenyan football,” the K’Ogalo said.He urged leading bookmakers, SportPesa, who are behind the KFA initiative, to facilitate a tournament in the region to strengthen its ties with the beneficiary teams, some who have never played in any sort of uniform.“If possible, we are ready to play a select side from this competition if it is organised. Personally, I can’t wait to be involved in this event in future,” the Kenya international defender emphasised.“I feel honoured because it’s the first time I’m doing a noble cause in Kisumu. I believe our presence inspired the teams to believe that they too can make it in life,” his teammate Kahata underscored.Onyango, who has enjoyed a breakthrough season at the club, playing a key role in their march to the title, insisted the KFA project could go a long way in fulfilling the dreams of many a local footballer.“Our presence here has motivated the players to work hard. If possible, SportPesa should help these players pursue education apart from playing football,” the defender added.KFA was launched two years ago where SportPesa partner clubs in Europe, Everton FC, Hull City FC, Arsenal FC, Torino FC and Southampton FC donate kit for the benefit of local teams in the continent.-By SportPesa News-0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Stars down Kili Stars to earn CECAFA bronze

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars players celebrate Abdallah Hassan’s goal against Tanzania at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup third and fourth play off on December 19, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 19 – Even in the wake of murmurs of unpaid allowances, Harambee Stars beat Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Stars 2-1 at the Lugogo Complex on Thursday afternoon to clinch third place at the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.Goals from Kenneth Muguna and Abdallah Hassan gave Stars the victory and a much needed morale boost after last Tuesday’s embarrassing 4-1 loss to Eritrea in the semi-finals. Gadiel Michael scored the consolation for the Tanzanians off the penalty spot in the 81st minute to make for some nervous end to the game, but Stars managed to hold on to the pressure.There has been a silent murmur in the Harambee Stars camp in Kireka over unpaid allowances with the government reportedly yet to wire the money to the Federation’s accounts.But that did not deter them as they went on to claim the consolation and head back home with heads held high.Head coach Francis Kimanzi went for his strongest squad, making just two changes to bring in Moses Mudavadi for the injured Kevin Kimani while Antony Wambani started in midfield in place of Roy Okal.Stars were more composed, passed better, though the speed of the game was slowed down greatly by the scorching early afternoon Kampala sun.Stars ultimately broke into the lead in the 16th minute when Wamalwa laid up his second assist of the tournament, teeing up Muguna who fired a shot from the edge of the box, taking a slight deflection to beat his Gor Mahia teammate David Mapigano who was started in goal.Harambee Stars forward Oscar Wamalwa goes down under a challenge from Tanzania’s Bakari Mwamnyeto during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup third and fourth play off match at the Lugogo Complex on December 19, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAlmost immediately, Stars had a chance when Wamalwa once again played provider, setting up Lawrence Juma whose shot was deflected for a corner.Tanzania were struggling to string chances but they had one in the 21st minute but Ditram Nchimbi’s shot from distance was blocked for a corner by Johnstone Omurwa.Stars kept their feet on the gas pedals and they should have been two up in the 28th minute when Wamalwa put Juma through with a brilliant through pass but the midfielder took too many touches on the ball allowing the defense to clear.But Stars got their second in the 36th minute thanks to some brilliant counter attacking football.Wamalwa started the move when he won the ball deep in Kenya’s half, set up Juma who in turn sliced the ball down to Hassan who stormed into the box before beating Mapigano with a cool finish.There wasnt much action in the second half though Muguna saw his freekick from the edge of the area deflected for a corner.Gadiel halved the deficit for the Kili Stars with nine minutes left after Johnstone Omurwa handled Hassan Dilunga’s cross inside the box.Kimanzi made his second change to manage the time, Musa Masika coming on for Abdallah.0Shares0000(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mustache a thing of the past

first_imgThere was a time when the mustache was an emblem of rugged masculinity, required equipment for karate-chopping street punks in a back alley or outrunning the county sheriff with a tractor-trailer full of contraband booze. But the prime-time appeal of that thin patch of hair went off the air in 1988 along with the last episode of “Magnum, P.I.” Now, fraternities force new members to grow mustaches as a form of humiliation. The most famous mustache in the world these days probably belongs to Saddam Hussein. Grow one, and you’ll be treated to the frightened stares and stinging ridicule of friends and co-workers. Some middle-aged men still sport the ‘stache with the nonchalance of Errol Flynn mowing down rogue pirates with his sabre. But as a facial accessory among 18- to 35-year-old men, the mustache by itself is about as common as lipstick. “When you come down to it, it just doesn’t look hip, modern, fashionable or good – and I think that’s a recipe for staying away from any facial hair style,” says Eric Malka, author of a book on shaving. Malka rarely sees mustachioed men of any age in his The Art of Shaving salons in New York, Miami and Las Vegas. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Two recent exercises in organized mustache-growing have served only to highlight how far out of favor it remains. Mustaches for Kids – a six-year-old group of charities in about a dozen cities – trades on the social stigma of mustache-growing to raise money for children’s social services. Mustache-growers collect money for their sacrifice from sponsors. And when a filmmaker recruited a couple dozen acquaintances last year for a documentary about reviving the grooming style, most of them found it difficult to keep the mustache for a month. A handful succumbed to the anti-mustache sentiment and shaved it off before the four weeks were up. “I had to get down on my knees and beg for people to keep their mustaches at some points,” says documentarian Jay Della Valle, who premiered his “Glorius Mustache Challenge” last month in New York. So how did the once-elegant mouth-mane become so reviled? To find out, I phoned experts and talked whiskers with strangers on New York streets. But I soon realized that I, a fully bearded man, still had little to say about the plight of the mustachioed man. I felt it my duty to find out firsthand what makes the mustache such an unbearable burden to the faces of contemporary men. I stood over the wash basin in my apartment, my mind flooded with snippets of Magnum P.I. episodes. As I lifted a razor to my lathered face, I imagined Tom Skerrit’s mustachioed Viper poignantly confiding in Maverick that his father had been a damn fine fighter pilot. Like fashion trends, grooming styles come and go in cycles. By that logic, the mustache – unpopular for about 20 years – would seem primed for a comeback. Experts say the mustache has been dying a slow death since its 1950s heyday on the faces of men like Flynn and Clark Gable. In the 1960s, its popularity was eroded by the full beard of the hippie; it was later supplanted by the 1970s sideburn; and it had all but disappeared by the 1990s when the goatee ascended to the top of the facial hair food chain. These days, just about any facial hairstyle will do – as long as it’s not the lone mustache. Image experts offer various reasons as to why the mustache is still being denied its turn on the fashion merry-go-round. The most compelling of which is this: Hollywood has done its share to assassinate the character of the mustachioed man, allowing the strip of hair over the lip to become closely associated with the guy tying the damsel to the train track. “We equate mustaches more with villains than heroes,” says Gordon Patzer, an expert on physical attractiveness and dean of the Walter E. Heller College of Business Administration at Roosevelt University in Chicago. In rare cases when it’s the protagonist sporting the ‘stache, results are often damning. Recent examples have included “Anchorman,” in which Will Ferrell’s facial hair added to the ridiculousness of his character; and “The Aviator,” in which Leonardo DiCaprio’s mustache hogged the screen as he squinted and rubbed his hands until they bled. Meanwhile, no leading men this side of Jack Black are wearing a mustache offscreen. Image consultant Judith Rasband says the mustache has been squeezed out of the spectrum of men’s style by competing trends. Currently, the most popular look for men is clean-shaven and youthful. Patzer points out that the mustache detracts from the full lips and clean white teeth that are modern symbols of beauty. If men reject the clean-shaven look, they’re more likely to go for perpetual stubble or even a full beard. The mustache is too sculpted for those seeking the rugged look, Rasband says, and too distinctive and mature-looking for those wanting a more youthful style. Once my beard had been shorn, I made sure no one would miss seeing my mustache by brushing in brown Just For Men hair dye. I was calm, lucid, but most of all frightened. Sure, my mustache had been there ever since I grew a full beard. But removing the rest of the whiskers felt a little bit like changing out of khakis and into a speedo in the middle of the workday. As soon as I walked into the office, a fellow reporter’s eyes bugged out and he shouted, “Is this a joke? Do you need attention that badly?” Later, the editor who had assigned me this story remarked, “I can’t take you seriously with that mustache.” The most common reaction among my acquaintances was a completely startled, mostly blank expression – the look of someone on the verge of choking on a chunk of carrot. To gain a broader sense of what people – including strangers – thought of the mustache, I turned to a form of cutting edge, computer-aided empirical research – There, I posted pictures of myself with and without the mustache, allowing random Web surfers as well as friends of mine and about a dozen co-workers to vote on which look they liked better. The clean-shaven me won out handily, with 95 people rating it a 6.1, on average; while 83 people gave the mustachioed me a 4.4 on average. A buddy of mine who saw the pictures put it succinctly: “Dude – you look like a douchebag with the mustache … no offense.” The reaction was similar when I headed to a bar on a recent night. “It was great in it’s heyday, but it’s just not fashionable any more. Let it die,” says Michelle Volpe, 32, of New York. “Whenever you see a man with a mustache, it’s either a policeman or a pervert, and you’ve got to stay away.” While it’s debatable whether I’m the latter, I’m certainly not the former, so the ‘stache had to go. Within a week, I had trimmed the whiskers down to the length of the short stubble that was sprouting over the rest of my face. Surprisingly, I didn’t immediately feel better. Instead, a somber feeling overtook me – similar to how I felt while watching Maverick chuck the dogtags of his mustachioed partner Goose into the Indian Ocean. Surely somewhere, on someone’s home entertainment system, the wistful strains of Harold Faltermeyer’s “Top Gun Anthem” were playing. Newly clean-shaven, asap writer Jonathan Drew is taking his recovery from the mustache one day at a time. Want to comment? Sound off at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgCancer campaigner Betty Holmes is an example of all that is great about community volunteers. The Newtowncunningham woman has spent her life campaigning to upgrade cancer services in Donegal. And she’s not finished yet! What is your favourite place in Donegal and why? Ah now that has to be Newtowncunningham where I have lived for over 36 years since I got married and had our children, among many things it is the gateway to Inishowen. Newtowncunningham has over many, many years a great community spirit where the folk have worked away for the good of the community & area with little or no funding. We just get on with the work to be done! Newtowncunnigham’s key potential as an economic hub for business & community development over many years has not been acknowledged or highlighted at the level it should have been. Newtowncunningham has so much to offer at so many levels. Great place, good people!If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?That we the people of the county would start to be more proactive in realizing just how powerful we as the people of the county are & can be, how we can bring about change for the people of Donegal, how beautiful County Donegal is and what great things we have. I would like us to start to take every opportunity to make sure that it is known everywhere we can and that should start in our homes & our national schools.Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why? I’m not sure I could single any one person out as there are many good folk who work away and do their best who I admire for not just their effort but also for the time they give to others. I do suppose I have a very special “soft spot” for a lady from Newtowncunningham Mrs. Sarah Baxter, she is an inspiration to us all, respectful, polite, caring, great sense of humour, down to earth and lives her life with such dignity. Mrs. Baxter to me is a fine example of our older generation who have lived through such hard times, given so much for us all and yet live their lives to the fullest. Also Sarah is a great knitter. She will be 91 on the 4th August and is still full of life.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Both have made a very valuable contribution to Donegal but for this question it would have to be Packie Bonner.Packie definitely put not only Donegal but Ireland on the map and is remembered for his famous penalty save from Daniel Timofte of Romania at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy during the knockout stage. He earned 80 caps for the Republic of Ireland national football team after making his debut on his 21st birthday. With 642 appearances, Bonner is the most prolific goalkeeper in Celtic history, and their fifth-most prolific player of all time. Donegal is proud of Packie and we shouldn’t forget his amazing contribution to the county & sport. Packie is & can continue to be an inspiration to so many young people here in Donegal & that with hard work, dedication & commitment you can do it!What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Sure wouldn’t that have to be the Donegal team with Jim Mc Guinness on Sunday 22nd July 2012…go Donegal go! What was Donegal’s saddest moment?There are many in Donegal but I suppose the tragic road deaths always come to mind and in particular the one in Inishowen in 2010, so many lives lost.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?I would have at this time to say Donegal’s Rapeseed Oil and I am very proud when I drive up & down the road at Sharon Glebe, Newtowncunningham and see the big sign in the field that say’s “DONEGAL PURE RAPESEED OIL, STARTS HERE, FROM THIS FIELD TO YOUR KITCHENTABLE” Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Now that has to be our Daniel O’ Donnell, not just for his music skills & abilities but also for the dignified & respectful manner that he has always conducted himself. The time & acknowledgement he gives to his fans is amazing, sometimes artists forget who keeps them where they are but not Daniel. Daniel is never afraid or to proud to remember where he comes from, to acknowledge that life hasn’t always been easy for him or his family and he never forgets to highlight the beauty of Donegal & it’s people. Daniel always rises above the negative remarks and shows us how powerful having the strength not to respond can be.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Sir Gerry Robinson, a successful business man & a great person who never is too busy to help where & when he can….inspirational!Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?That would have to be our own Shay Given, he has done so much but has never forgotten where he came from and is so down to earth. Again Shay is such an inspiration to Donegal’s young people. But it is also important to mention Chloe Magee, Raphoe at this time who is doing Donegal proud with her badminton skills at the Olympics! I couldn’t not mention young Brian Gillespie who is dancing at the Olympics and doing Newtowncunningham & Donegal proud. The dancing may not be considered a sport but like sport the level of hard work, commitment & dedication shouldn’t be forgot. Well done Brian!What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?It would have to be the Tin Tai Chinese in Letterkenny. Con & I have been going there since it opened many years ago. The food is really good but equally if not more important is the high quality standard of service mixed with a very caring & homely welcome & atmosphere, Bobby & the staff are definitely in a class of their own. Bobby takes the time always to talk to all their customers it doesn’t matter if it is your first time or like us you come on a regular bases, you definitely feel your custom is not only valued but that they care about you, a real Donegal welcome!Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?It has to be basking sharks….with our son Mark & my brother Kevin who spend a big part of their lives following & watching the sharks, we have all now became passionate about them. And I bet ye didn’t know that Ireland (and indeed Donegal) has an important historic association with the basking shark through the earliest-published references. The first being Williem Henry in 1739 and of more famous note a record from Thomas Pennant during his Tour of Scotland in 1772 “they inhabit most parts of the western coasts of the northern seas…. and on the coast of Ireland in the Bay of Ballyshannon”. There is also written and archaeological evidence of the establishment of a whale and shark fishery with a rendering plant built by Mr Thomas Nesbitt, the inventor of the first swivel gun in Donegal Bay in 1759 (McGonigle, 2008). That information I took from nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?That would have to be Dr. John Mc Geehan, Scally’s Practice, Letterkenny. No matter when you see him, he is immaculately dressed, stylish more of a classic style than modern with great matching colors in shirts & ties. And the shoes are always polished! Despite his stylish & well dressed appearance every day, he is a very down to earth caring & approachable man, is a really good doctor who puts all his patients at ease, a real family man.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“ ahhh is it ever going to stop raining” Don’t think it rains as much as we “whinge” about it!Will Donegal win the All Ireland this year?Of course they will, you shouldn’t have to ask…..have to say thanks to our son Mark, we learned very early the importance of having the Donegal flags out and with the energy of Jim & the team they will show the rest of Ireland & the world just what Donegal folk are capable off, it is time Sam came back to Donegal, it’s rightful home…..come on Donegal!What is your favourite Donegal food?Donegal fish….just love Donegal salmon…hmmm and the Donegal Catch ads are great!Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?The negative attitude & gossiping!!If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be?Donegal’s Community Hospitals for our elderly & patients who need long term & respite care!MY DONEGAL …….CANCER CAMPAIGNER BETTY HOLMES was last modified: July 29th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Betty HolmesMY DONEGALlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness is being backed today in his row with colleges – from one of the country’s leading sports writers.Jim hit back at the DCU manager in a row over player eligibility. See: (“The tail is wagging the dog in relation to the college-county scene at present, with the imbalance very much in favour of the colleges,” said Jim McGuinness. Writing in the Irish Independent today Martin Brehenny agrees, saying: “He is 100pc correct. Quite why counties agreed to allow third-level colleges into their pre-season competitions remains a mystery.“Here’s the daft scenario facing county managers: officially, they are not allowed to organise collective training until January 1 for a league that starts five weeks later.“Colleges generally have first call on inter-county players in January, so how is a county manager supposed to get his team ready for the league? Third-level colleges play an important role in GAA life, but they can do that without featuring in inter-county competitions as warm-ups for Sigerson and Fitzgibbon.”  McGUINNESS GETS BACKING IN ROW WITH COLLEGES. was last modified: January 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:Donegal GAAGAAjim mcguinnnesslast_img read more

Donegal clubs should register for Sports Capital Grants – Minister McHugh

first_imgSPORTS clubs in Donegal are being encouraged to prepare funding applications for the new Sports Capital Programme, which has been confirmed today.Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh has confirmed that €30 million is available to develop sports infrastructure around the country – and has encouraged Donegal clubs and sports organisations to register online now. “My Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Sport Patrick O’Donovan, has confirmed to me that €30 million is going to be made available to develop sports infrastructure around the country under the Sports Capital Programme in 2017,” Minister McHugh said.  “I want to see Donegal clubs and organisations benefit as much as possible from this funding and so I encourage all involved to prepare the necessary paperwork for their applications in advance.”Donegal clubs and sports organisations looking to apply should register now at Online applications will then be accepted from the 23rd January to the 24th February, 2017. Minister McHugh said: “I welcome Minister O’Donovan’s move to simplify the application process this year. “The application form has been significantly shortened, and the Department of Sport has published a helpful guide to the application process on their dedicated Sports Capital Programme website “There will also be series of regional workshops in the New Year to assist applicants, which is really welcome.”Under the programme funding is available for a wide-range of projects, including: natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage); floodlighting; artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas; security fencing, ball stop netting and goal posts; hurling walls and handball alleys; building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets; building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms; and non-personal equipment including lawn mowers and defibrillators. Clubs are reminded that anything set in the ground (such as goal posts) is not considered equipment. The grant also covers other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performanceMinister McHugh said: “Fine Gael in Government is using our economic progress to invest in communities around the country and ensure that everyone can benefit. Sport is just one important element of this. So far this year, over €22.8 million has been paid out to 680 organisations to support the development of sports facilities and the purchase of sports equipment through the excellent Sports Capital Programme.”Donegal clubs should register for Sports Capital Grants – Minister McHugh was last modified: December 21st, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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