McCarthy thankful after first Nagico Super50 hundred, says Scorpions must bring ‘A’ game against Barbados Pride

first_img SEMIS Leaders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, in the meantime, are two from two on 10 points and will play the Americas at Shaw Park. The group winners and runners-up will progress to the semi-finals. “They (Barbados) are a good team and always difficult to beat,” stated McCarthy. “However, we have a good team as well and just have to turn up with our ‘A’ game and work hard.” Jamaica Scorpions: John Campbell (captain), Sheldon Cottrell, Trevon Griffith, Nicholson Gordon, Jermaine Harrison, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Tamar Lambert, Andre McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Aldaine Thomas, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas. Barbados Pride: Kevin Stoute (captain), Sulieman Benn, Tino Best, Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chasem Kyle Corbin, Miguel Cummins, Dane Currency, Justin Greaves, Ashley Nurse, Mario Rampersaud, Dwayne Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kenroy Williams. Jamaica Scorpions’ top-order batsman, Andre McCarthy, has listed application as one of the primary reasons behind his maiden one-day century in the WICB/NAGICO Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago. Entering the fray with Jamaica in a delicate position of 61 for three against ICC Americas – after electing to bat – the 28-year-old McCarthy went on hit 118. His knock, which was the cornerstone of Jamaica’s 260 for eight, included four sixes and 11 fours. ICC Americas, a guest team in the three-week tournament, were then bowled out for 76. “I’ve always said I wanted a hundred and, thankfully, it came in the second game of the tournament,” said McCarthy. “It was a matter of application, adjusting to the team situation and playing within the team plan. “Jamaica was in a tight position as the Americas seamers were bowling well. I had to therefore try and fight out the seamers and, hopefully, when they came back capitalise, and that’s what I did,” he explained. The innings, which propelled McCarthy to the Player-of-the-Match award, was his second career hundred, after scoring 121 away to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the WICB First-Class Tournament late last year. That game was also played in Trinidad, and although describing the pitches in the twin-island republic as difficult to play on, he says he hopes to continue scoring runs. “The wickets in Trinidad are very difficult to score fast and bat on,” he quipped. “But I like to consider myself as a fighting batsman, and the hope is that I will continue to do well.” Jamaica Scorpions, second in Group C on five points after also scoring a bonus point against the Americas, will today play third-place Barbados Pride (four points) at Queen’s Park Oval in their third of six first-round fixtures.last_img read more

Preserving a hero’s honor

first_img“I walked up there one time, saw Capt. Reginald Desiderio, and wondered who that was,” McDermott said. “My bet was they probably named it after someone with a commendation, and the Defense Department \ has the name of every person who won the Medal of Honor since the Civil War, and a copy of the citation.” So he scrolled through the list, starting in World War II. “I went to Korea and, lo and behold, there he was,” he said. “It was just luck.” The citation describes how while defending a position with his company, “he personally charged them with carbine, rifle, and grenades, inflicting many casualties until he himself was mortally wounded.” His men went on, inspired, and held their ground. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “But if they want to keep the bronze plaque, put it someplace as part of the history of the property, that would be wonderful,” he said. “I just don’t want to see it all put in a Dumpster and hauled off to the trash.” Sgt. 1st Class Patrick D. Nevers, stationed at Desiderio, said the Army won’t move out for about two years and he believes no decision has been made about the artifacts, although he is certain they will be taken care of. It was Jim McDermott of Pasadena who brought renewed awareness last year to the story of Reginald B. Desiderio, captain, U.S. Army, commanding officer, Company E, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Over the years, the Desiderio name had become associated with a vague idea it was the original Spanish description of the 5.1-acre site overlooking the Arroyo Seco. McDermott, who lives in the neighborhood, himself became curious only when he noticed the name on the plaque. PASADENA – From his home in Alameda in the Bay area, David Desiderio has been following the saga of the Army Reserve Center named for his war-hero father 56 years ago. As the city wrestles with a plan for the site’s future – to be decided at Monday’s City Council meeting – Desiderio said he’s not sad the Army is moving out. He just wants to make sure anything connected with his father, including his portrait and the bronze plaque commemorating the Pasadena soldier’s Medal of Honor, is kept safe if the buildings are torn down. “Truthfully, I trust the city to do whatever is right for the residents; I have no preference,” said Desiderio, 63, who was a 7-year-old growing up on South Marengo Avenue when his father was killed in action in Korea. last_img read more

What’s in a line? Just read closely …

first_img You’re going to lose, so settle this thing and quit wasting taxpayers’ money. In more trial news, a judge in Cleveland sentences a fan who ran on the field during the Browns-Steelers Christmas Eve game to spend Super Bowl Sunday in jail, sans TV or radio. Missing this year’s Super Bowl is supposed to be a punishment? Seahawks-Broncos, sounds like an old weekly divisional game. “I think it’s good for the City of Los Angeles. I think it’s good for the NBA as a whole, I think it’s especially good for our youth, and this being MLK Day, it’s good for all African-American youths out there who idolize us and look up to us to see that as being mature and putting everything behind us.” – Kobe Bryant, after his hugfest with Shaquille O’Neal. And you may kiss my ring Saturdays. It’s my world, and you are not allowed to visit. “I swear to you, I think it’s a bigger deal to you (media) guys than it is to us.” – Kobe, two days later. What do you mean I can’t have it both ways? “I have thought about dropping a nuclear bomb on Sydney since Jelena lost in the first round this week, for which I blame Australia.” – Damir Dokic, father of tennis player Jelena, after her loss in the Australian Open, which he did not want her to attend. Right, and if she falls at the Paris Open, I’m thinking of releasing a major virus on the City of Lights. Don’t ask how I can get these things. Just send all questions to my sanitarium. And don’t mess with me. “I’m trying to be a good teammate here. Let’s just say we had some problems in protection. I’ll give Pittsburgh credit for the blitzes and their rush. Those guys rushed. But we did have some protection problems.” – Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning, after the Colts lost to the Steelers 21-18 in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. Not that I’m ripping anybody, because I am a good teammate. But I was sacked five times, not that any of it was my fault. I wouldn’t say anything bad about my teammates, but the pass protection was really weak. “No, I didn’t.” – USC basketball coach Tim Floyd, denying he intentionally ignored rival UCLA by immediately identifying Arizona as the conference standard bearer. Well, of course I said it. Just what am I supposed to do, deify their program? Mention their 11 national championships? Their historic dominance over USC? I want to take these guys down. I have to compete head-to-head over local recruits. Just wait until I get my new arena. Dodgers show interest in signing former Angels catcher Bengie Molina. Which doesn’t mean new general manager Ned Colletti isn’t completely in love with prospect Dioner Navarro, a Paul DePodesta guy. Not that Colletti has jettisoned any of DePo’s guys. Unless you count almost half of the 25-man roster. “I’m just another guy who had open-heart surgery.” – Rookie forward Ronny Turiaf, after signing with the Lakers six months after his operation. Right, happens all the time. Guys get their chests cracked open, their hearts operated on and are playing in the NBA six months later. The Clippers can’t find Latrell Sprewell. Have they tried Sprewell Motorsports on San Gabriel Boulevard? Spinning wheels, got to go round. And a man has to feed his family. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Yankees shortstop Alex Rodriguez thinks he’ll play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. Nope, he’s decided not to play at all. Hold it, hold it, he would be just so proud to represent the U.S. Which uniform do you think I look best in? Do you like me? Do you really, really like me? Tell me what I should do. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It’s very difficult to compete against us in any area … not even in baseball do they want to compete with Cuba.” – Fidel Castro, on the United States’ reluctance to allow Cuba to enter America for the World Baseball Classic. Just think about it. Who makes the best cigars? Who has the best sugar? Who looks best in a beret? Who has the most defections? New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin blames Katrina and TV evangelist Pat Robertson the stroke of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on the wrath of God. Yeah, well if He’s really so upset, why doesn’t He smote “The Best Damn Sports Show Period”? Where’s a nice lighting bolt when you need it? “It may be unusual, but it seems according to the contract, they have the exclusive right to do the unusual.” – Judge Peter Polos, to the City of Anaheim in its dispute with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. center_img Yes, it really is true, we can read between the lines … “This was a very difficult decision for me to make. Larry is a fine coach and he did a good job helping us build our foundation. But at this time I felt it was in the best interest of the program to make a change.” – UCLA coach Karl Dorrell after firing defensive coordinator Larry Kerr. Are you freaking kidding me? We were 113th in total defense! We gave up 52 points to stinking Arizona. Larry King could have done a better job. last_img read more


first_imgThe next meeting of the Letterkenny No 1 Celtic Supporters Club will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd in the Station House Hotel at 8pm. All new members welcome. LETTERKENNY NO 1 CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB MEETING was last modified: October 1st, 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)last_img read more

Some Manchester City fans could not get over Ederson’s sublime assist

first_imgEderson with the assist and pass of the season so far #MCFC— martin wightman (@martinwightman) August 19, 2018 1 Latest Premier League News gameday Ederson’s assist and Aguero’s finish 😍😍🔥🔥#MCFC— AkshatL (@akshatligga) August 19, 2018 Aguero still had plenty to do, however, but his stunning chip over Ben Hamer gave City a deserved lead.It was great play all round but some City fans on Twitter were quick to praise Ederson’s quick thinking.You can see some of the best Ederson tweets below. #MCFC 1st assist for ederson this season…😂😂😂, n goal for Aguero…Sweet… thats how its don…ohh n to #LFC …deal with it!! #ManCity #SharkTeam #ManchesterCity #centurion @NoisyPod @City_Watch @blue6red1— Kim (@Kimbanor) August 19, 2018 REVEALED said it from day one. it’s about time when Bravo and ederson get assists! Bravo got it in Carabao finals Vs arsenal. Ederson today! #mcfc— Arvinn Sandhu (@arvinnsandhu_) August 19, 2018 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Stunning finish from Agüero to give #mcfc the lead. Assist by Ederson of all people— Joe Doherty (@jdohertyjourno) August 19, 2018 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Fernandinho and John Stones congratulate Ederson for his quick thinking Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? ALTERED Ederson assist and Aguero goal. Great day for me #FPL The floodgates will open now. 4 or 5 #MCFC— GarageFlower 🍋 (@bluemoon1990_27) August 19, 2018 possible standings smart causal silverware Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes NEW ERA Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Wow, what a first-half that was from Manchester City. 3-1 up at half-time at home to Huddersfield and another three points looks set to be in the bag.Unsurprisingly, City have been all over their opponents and it was a brilliant piece of imagination by both Ederson and Sergio Aguero which got things running for the champions.On 25 minutes, the keeper played a stunning long ball to the frontman before the Terriers had enough time to regroup. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTS Old Orchard Inn Saturday Division One / Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoPromotion /Relegation Play-OffKilmacrennan Celtic 2 Donegal Town Reserves 1Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves retained their Saturday Division One status when they defeated Donegal Town Reserves in this play-off match at Diamond Park, Ballyare. Playing with the aid of a strong breeze it was the Donegal men who took an early lead. Club captain John Paul Byrne got the goal. Kilmacrennan equalised on thirty minutes when Timmy Burke scored. Cathal Gallagher got the winner on sixty five minutes. Both sides will contest the same Divisions as they did in the 2012/’13 season. Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 4 Glenea United 4Dara Patton who had the final say in the destination of the 2012/’13 Donegal League Premier Division title as he scored the equaliser for Rathmullan Celtic against Glenea United to leave the final score 4-4 when the sides met today at Flagpole Park. Picture by Gary Foy.An injury time equaliser from Darragh Gunnar Solskjaer broke Glenea United’s title dreams. The striker completed his hat-trick to level proceedings at 4-4 after an exhilarating affair at the Flagpole to deny Glenea a second consecutive title and hand the honours to Lifford Celtic who defeated Dunkineely Celtic 2-0 away to end a 40 year wait for glory.The defending champions Glenea got off to a dream start when Kevin Barry found the target after just two minutes to signal their intentions for the afternoon. Patton equalised in the 10th minute with a superlative free kick from 20 yards out into the top corner. Barry put the visitors ahead for the second time on twelve minutes when the striker took advantage of a goalmouth scramble following an in swinging Barry Mc Ginley free kick from the left wing.Cue the second half fireworks that ultimately would decide the destination of the title. Patton levelled proceedings to grab his second following a goal mouth scramble following on from a Paddy Sheridan free kick in the 50th minute. As tensions grew, Barry saw his strike from the edge of the area come crashing off the crossbar as Glenea pushed for that crucial lead that would put them in the driving seat. The Hoops talismanic centre-half Seany Barrett found himself inside the Glenea area following a corner kick which he duly drove home inside the area to give the Seasiders the lead on 60 minutes. The visitors pushed hard for an equaliser which they goton 70 minutes when Padraig Mc Gee scored from the penalty spot. The finale of finales unfolded as Glenea regained the lead. Michael Barry beat the Rathmullan off-side trap as he chased a long clearance. He got to the ball ahead of the outrushing Ian Strain. With the custodian committed Barry poked the ball into the unguarded net. The Hoops almost immediately pushed for an equaliser and with injury time almost up their star striker duly obliged with a typical goal scorer’s instinctive finish from inside the area following a corner kick. Four Four it ended, two hat-tricks, plenty of action, good attendance, this match had it all.Referee: Kevin LogueDunkineely Celtic 0 Lifford Celtic 2The was great tension in both camps as the final league game of the season unfolded at Darney Park. Both teams needed to win and hope results elsewhere went in their favour. Dunkineely playing with the strong breeze had the better of things in the opening half yet went in a goal down at half time. Playing some attractive football the home team created a number of chances but failed to convert them. Lifford took the lead on 37 minutes when a harmless looking cross from the right took a wicked bounce at the last moment and went past the keeper into the net. Despite this setback Dunkineely kept pressing and almost equalised when Shane Mc Whinnie’s shot, following a corner, was cleared off the line. Lifford pressed in the second half for a second goal to seal victory but good defending by Dunkineely kept them at bay. The home side found chances hard to come by against a well organised visiting defence and the nearest they came to scoring was when Patrick White’s shot was turned around the post by Lee White. Lifford got their second on 85 minutes when Jude Patton scored from close range.Both teams then had an anxious wait on results from elsewhere before the celebrations began for Lifford after a wait of 42 years. Dunkineely now face a playoff with Cranford on Sunday next in Ballyare to see which of them will be playing Premier Division football next season.St. Catherines 2 Lagan Harps 1St. Catherines played host to Lagan Harps on Sunday in Emerald Park. Both teams started the game very brightly and it was the Saints who took the lead on 19 minutes when Stephen Leslie swung the ball into the Lagan box and it was flicked on by Jason Noctor to Luke Kelly who put the ball into the Lagan net to put the Saints one up. On 30 minutes Daniel Breslin had a free kick from outside the box but it went over the bar. Then on 37 minutes Lagan had a good shot but it was well saved by the Saints keeper. Yet again Lagan had another headed chance but again it was well saved by the Saints keeper. Daniel Breslin had a shot that went just over the bar on 41 minutes. The 2nd half began with Lagan looking to get back on level terms and they started the sharper and they created a couple of chances but they came to nothing. On 55 minutes Lagan had another header that went just over the bar. Then in the 59th minute Lagan were given a free kick and it was put into the Saints box and it was headed into the Saints net to make the scoreline 1-1. Both teams pushed very hard to try and get the winning goal and on 81 minutes Daniel Breslin went down the line and put in a brilliant cross to the back post and there was Barry Cannon to head the ball into the Lagan net to make the score 2-1 to the Saints. In the final 9 minutes Lagan pushed the Saints hard to try and get level but the Saints defence held out and they went on to get the three points.Kilmacrennan Celtic 3 Castlefin Celtic 1Kilmac ended the season picking up 3 points by defeating Castlefin. In a game that was reversed to Castlefin, it was Kilmac who settled quickest. Kilmac almost opened the scoring on twenty minutes when Gavin Gorman crossed for the in-rushing Timmy Burke. The breakthrough came on the half hour when Ryan Shields crossed for Michael McLaughlin who scored from close range. Castlefin equalised when Liam McBride’s attempted clearance was mishit and somehow spun back into the net for the most freakish of goals.The second half was a lacklustre affair, it took a penalty save from Kilmac’s McBride to spur Kilmac into life with twenty minutes remaining. Kilmac took the lead five minutes later when Burke put Eddie Doherty through on goal. Doherty flicked the ball over the head of the out rushing Castlefin keeper and coolly headed in from ten yards. Doherty was involved in Kilmac’s third and final goal ten minutes later. His pin point cross was met on the volley by his brother Johnny for a spectacular finish to the game.Referee: Paddy MartinMilford United 0 Gweedore Celtic 1Milford lost to Gweedore in the final game of season. Milford dominated the first half with good chances through Cathal Mc Gettigan and Brendan Murray. Gweedore had good chance which was well stopped by Caolan Mc Gettigan. Gweedore took the lead when they were awarded a penalty when PJ Hagan handled. Milford pushed for a goal but Gweedore defended great with Michael Mc Kelvey outstandingDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSOld Orchard Inn Saturday Division One / Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoPromotion /Relegation Play-OffKilmacrennan Celtic 2 v 1 Donegal Town ReservesBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 4 v 4 Glenea UnitedDunkineely Celtic 0 v 2 Lifford CelticSt. Catherines 2 v 1 Lagan HarpsKilmacrennan Celtic 3 v 1 Castlefin CelticMilford United 0 v 1 Gweedore CelticLeague table for Brian McCormick Sports Premier LeagueTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsLifford Celtic FC 18 13 4 1 36 17 19 40Glenea United 18 12 3 3 45 24 21 39Rathmullan Celtic 18 9 5 4 46 24 22 31Milford United FC 18 10 7 1 33 26 7 31Kilmacrennan Celtic FC 18 8 7 3 31 26 5 27St Catherines FC 18 7 8 3 32 31 1 24Gweedore Celtic 18 7 9 2 18 30 -12 23Dunkineely Celtic FC 18 5 9 4 35 40 -5 19Lagan Harps FC 18 6 11 1 20 43 -23 19Castlefin Celtic 18 0 14 4 15 50 -35 4League table for Watson Hire Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsDonegal Town FC 18 13 3 2 40 19 21 41Curragh Athletic FC 18 11 1 6 50 12 38 39Cranford FC 18 10 6 2 43 25 18 32Cappry Rovers 18 9 6 3 39 25 14 30Eany Celtic FC 18 9 6 3 34 26 8 30Drumoghill FC 18 8 8 2 32 33 -1 26Keadue Rovers FC 18 6 6 6 33 32 1 24Ballybofey United FC 18 3 8 7 21 36 -15 16Arranmore United 18 3 14 1 17 49 -32 10Raphoe Town 18 1 15 2 15 67 -52 5League table for CT Ball Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsGweedore United FC 18 14 3 1 61 19 42 43Kerrykeel 71 FC 18 13 4 1 53 22 31 40Bonagee United FC 18 12 4 2 44 32 12 38Whitestrand United FC 18 11 7 0 44 26 18 33Dunlewey Celtic 18 9 5 4 41 31 10 31Glenree United FC 18 8 6 4 35 31 4 28Letterbarrow Celtic FC 18 6 11 1 23 51 -28 19Convoy Arsenal FC 18 3 13 2 29 50 -21 11Drumbar FC 18 1 12 5 22 53 -31 8Copany Rovers FC 18 1 13 4 25 62 -37 7DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSUNDAY 12-5-2013 K.O. 2p.mBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division / Watson Hire Division OnePromotion /Relegation Play-OffDunkineely Celtic v Cranford United @ Diamond Park, BallyareSOCCER – DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS, TABLES AND FIXTURES was last modified: May 5th, 2013 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more


first_imgAs the nominations flow in for the 2012 Donegal Sports Star Awards a review of the month of October reveals a truly stunning list of successes achieved by individuals and teams from the county. The man of the month was without doubt Finn Valley boxer Jason Quigley who won silver at the World Championships in Kazakhstan.Another tremendous honour for Donegal was seeing two of Quigley’s fellow county men Michael Murphy and Seamus Coleman captaining their country for the first time in senior international competition. The 38th Donegal Sports Star Awards function takes place at the end of January but before that there is a huge body of work to be done by the organizing committee with the nominations deadline of Friday, November 29th now looming. Chairperson Neil Martin has thanked Donegal County Council who have come on board again to sponsor the award.The deadline for nominations for the 38th Donegal Sports Star Awards is Friday, November 29th. Nominations can be done online from the nominations page and emailed to or by completing a simple nomination form, which can be downloaded and posted to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton.Those not using on-line can simply post their nominations to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton. A brief summary only of achievements will suffice. Pictorial and DVD footage is also required. For further details visit Quigley must be a contender for this year’s awards!The Hall of Fame winner has already been chosen by the committee therefore no nominations will be accepted in this category. The Donegal Sports Star Awards presentation function takes place on Friday, January 31st in the Mount Errigal Hotel. In October Jason Quigley just lost out on gold in his final fight at the World Championships in Kazakhstan but in the space of just a week the 22-year-old had defeated Indian, Scottish, Hungarian and Russian opponents to become the first Irishman ever to take a silver medal in this competition and as a result he is now ranked number one in the world at Middleweight.Another piece of history was created in Donegal sport in October when three players from the county Michael Murphy, Seamus Coleman and Kyle-Callan McFadden captained their country in international competition. 24-year-old Murphy captained Ireland for the first time and led his side to a 57-35 victory over Australia at Breffni Park with the Glenswilly man scoring seven points in the International Rules opener. And Murphy completed a memorable week by skippering Ireland to a second victory over the Aussies at Croke Park. Paddy McBrearty and Neil McGee were also members of the side who won by 116 to 37 – a huge 101-point aggregate win.In between those two internationals and less than 24 hours after the first win over Australia Murphy produced a ‘Man of the Match’ performance scoring 1-5 as his Glenswilly side won the Donegal Senior Football Championship title for only the second time ever with a 3-19 to 2-6 win over Killybegs at McCumhaill Park. It completed the double for the Glen men in Donegal having also won the Division League title the previous weekend.25-year-old Seamus Coleman led out the Republic of Ireland for the first time in Cologne in a World Cup qualifier against Germany that ended in a 3-0 defeat for the Killybegs man. Ramelton’s Kyle-Callan McFadden captained the Republic of Ireland U-19s in a 0-0 draw with Bosnia & Herzegovina in a final UEFA Championship qualifying game in Sweden.There was a tremendous performance from the Finesse Gymnastics Display Team who won silver at the Festival of Gymnastics in London in only their second year to take part in the competition under the direction of team coach Meganne Herron and choreographer Linda Bennett. Two of the athletic highlights came on the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of the month in the Airtricity Dublin Marathon where former Letterkenny AC member Maria McCambridge was the Ladies winner while Inishowen AC’s Pauric McKinney was first home to take the National Masters title in the same race.Sam Magee’s national titleRaphoe’s Sam Magee kept the family name at the forefront in badminton with his new partner Jonathon Dolan winning the Irish Men’s Doubles title against a Slovenian pair in Baldoyle 21-12, 21-9. There was great news for Eoin Rooney a member of Nemo SC, Ballyshannon who qualified to represent Team Ulster at the Special Olympics Ireland finals in Limerick next June.At the beginning of October Bridie Lynch one of Donegal’s most successful female athletes ever received the Irish Paralympic Order the highest honour that can be given to an athlete by Paralympics Ireland for outstanding service to the sport in Ireland. Elsewhere in athletics at the beginning of the month Finn Valley’s Colin Watson and Helen Stockdale won their respectvie male and female categories at the opening Cross-Country competition of the new season staged in the Rosses.In the middle of October Natasha Adams the Lifford AC member won the Donegal Athletic Board’s Master Cross Country Championship in Castlefin. It was a very good October for Adams and her club colleague Anne-Marie McGlynn who were selected to run for Ireland following fantastic runs in the Phoenix Park at the Gerry Farnan event where Ann Marie finished fourth in the seniors while Natasha won the Masters race.The Lifford U-17 Girls team won gold at the Donegal Cross Country Championships in Castlefin; Tirconaill AC’s Daniel Gallagher won the U-17 Boys title and there was also success for Inishowen AC with team silvers in U-11 Girls, U-11 Boys and U-13 GirlsThe Lifford Men’s team took silver at the Donegal Novice Championships in Annagry. Also in Annagry the Cranford U-10 and U-12 Boys teams won gold while Molly Trearty was first home in the U-12 Girls category. Ivan Toner and Teresa McGloin won their respective male and female categories to take the honours at the New Mills 10k in Letterkenny.Boxing success for AuciuteIt was also a good month for Jason Quigley’s Finn Valley Boxing Club as Austeja Auciute won her eighth Irish title defeating Kayleigh McCormack in the 64kgs Final at the National U-22 Championships. Letterkenny BC’s Brian Elliott won a bronze while Lee Harkin of the Illies Golden Gloves took gold for Ulster in the HSK Cup in Denmark.Glengad southpaw Michael ‘Donegal Dynamite’ McLaughlin won his fourth straight professional fight 57-54 against Sergio Cabrera in Boston. Also on the same bill Buncrana boxer John Hutchinson continued his promising start to his professional career defeating American Robert Brando-Hunt 40-36.A former Donegal Sports Star Award winner 19-year-old Letterkenny lad Conor McElwaine signed for the Belgian Terra Footwear Cycling team. Conor had been a member of the Errigal Cycling Club. Quigley’s Point Darts player Charlie Grant produced the performance of his career in dumping out former World champion Andy ‘the Viking’ Fordham at the World championship qualifiers in Hull.In underage finals Naomh Conaill defeated St. Eunan’s in County U-16 Division 1. Naomh Muire won the Intermediate Championship title defeating St Naul’s at the O’Donnell Park while former St. Eunan’s player Eamonn Haran managed Sligo side Tourlestrane to the County Senior Championship title.St. Naul’s took the Intermediate Football Championship title after a 1-12 to 0-7 win over Downings in a final replay. Termon turned on a magnificent second half display to almost shock hot favourties Donaghmoyne in the Ulster Ladies Senior Football Championship Final in Clones. The Burn Road side led the Monaghan team by two points in time added on but the reigning Ulster and All-Ireland champions came back to force a replay.However, six days later in the replay Termon lost heavily 4-14 to 1-04 to the Monaghan champions. in Trillick. Also in Clones there was heartbreak for the Milford ladies side who lost by a point to Derry’s Watty Grahams in the Ulster Intermediate Football Final. Fanad Gaels clinched promotion to Division 2 by overcoming neighbours Downings in a play-off that took place in Milford.Harley triumphs in FranceIn horseracing at the end of October Trentagh’s Martin Harley had a fantastic French Group 1 victory on Tac de Boistron for new trainer Marco Botti in the Longchamp Prix Royal-Oak.In hockey three young Raphoe players Ben Wallace, Alexander Tinney and Luke Witherow helped Ulster win gold at the Sainsbury Schools Games in Sheffield.Setanta’s Danny Cullen was a member of Irish squad that played a Senior Hurling/Shinty game against Scotland at Croke Park as a curtainraiser to the International Rules game between Ireland and Australia.The Three Rivers Shotokan Karate Club had success in Dublin at the JKS Autumn Open Championships returning home with two silver and three bronze medals. There was further success for the club in Tallaght at the ONAKAI National Junior Jumite Championships. Ciaran Crawford won his first national title in the U-9 Boys section while Natasha Doherty also came home with a medal.The Ulster Karate Federation claimed a fantastic 20 medals at the WUKF European Championships in Sheffield. The cross-border club took home three gold, three silver and 12 bronze.The Inishowen Samurai Uladh Judo Club had huge success at the Irish Open Championships at the City West Hotel in Dublin.There was golds’ for Inch’s Sarah Jane Porter in the U-12 under 32kg clash and for Carndonagh’s Oisin McLaughlin in the U-14 66kg+ class. Oisin’s father Tony made it a family double winning gold in the veteran’s category. Other Inishowen medal winners included Kathleen McNaught silver U-20 and bronze adult; Samantha Weir double silver at U-16 and U-20; Michael McKay won bronze at U-20 while Manus O’Donnell won silver in a veteran’s category.Young Richard Kerr from Leitir in Kilmacrennan is making a name for himself in motorbike racing following in the footsteps of this father Ivan who starred in the sport of Moto Cross. He won the Ulster and Irish 125 Production at Kirkistown, Co. Down.Richard rounded off the season with a second place finish in the 125 Newcomers/Moto 3 race at the Sunflower Trophy Races 600cc Class at the Bishop’s Court Circuit near Downpatrick in Co. Down.McBride motorbike triumphConvoy’s Aaron McBride won the Irish Supersport Motor Cycling Cup Championship at the Sunflower Trophy Races 600cc Class at the Bishop’s Court Circuit near Downpatrick in Co. Down.In Motorsport co-driver Rory Kennedy sitting alongside Gary Jennings won the Irish Tarmac Championship after finishing second overall in the Cork 20 Rally. At the beginning of the month Damien Faulkner the Moville racing driver had two successive wins at the American Le Mans Series Oak Tree Grand Prix at the Virgina Raceway.Declan Gallagher and his co-driver Ryan Moore won the two wheel Dunlop National Rally Championship in their Toyota Starlet in Bantry, West Cork.At the start of October Peter Hutton resigned as Finn Harps manager after the win over First Division champions Athlone Town. Inishowen came from two goals down to win 4-2 against the Sligo/Leitrim League in their opening Oscar Traynor group game at Maginn Park. And there was also victory for the Donegal League who won away in RoscommonDale Gorman played in three UEFA U-19 Championship games for Northern Ireland against Belgium, France and Iceland. The former Letterkenny Rovers midfielder was named ‘Man of the Match’ after the 1-1 draw with France. Greencastle U-12s took the Plate title at the national finals in Dublin while Moville U-12s were runners-up to Glenree Utd who won the Shield section.Buncrana man Jim McConnell was re-elected on the FAI Senior Council for a 16th successive year and will also continue as Chairperson of the Domestic Committee for an eighth consecutive term. Letterkenny man John Duffy was appointed as the ‘Referee’s Observer’ for the FAI Senior Cup Final between Sligo Rovers and Drogheda Utd.Irish Junior Surfing Champion Iarom Madden from Bundoran won the men’s title at the British University Championships. He was representing University College London at the finals, which took place in Conwall.For further details on the Donegal Sports Star Awards visit or find us on Facebook at DonegalSports StarawardsQUIGLEY IS TOP MAN FOR DONEGAL SPORTS STAR OCTOBER REVIEW was last modified: November 12th, 2013 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:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSJason Quigleylast_img read more

Road guidelines for 2009, 2010

first_imgAccording to the new amendment, all claims arising from accidents that occurred from 1 August 2008 onwards will be administered under the amended Act. The major changes that will be introduced by the Act include claims relating to loss of earnings that will be capped at R160 000 per annum. This, according to the amended Act, means that irrespective of the actual loss, the annual loss will proportionally be calculated at an amount not exceeding R160 000 per annum. The booklets, which will be distributed at airports across the country, at Home Affairs offices and at the South African Reserve Bank, form part of a Department of Transport campaign scheduled to run during the two football tournaments. The Road Accident Fund Amendment Bill Act 56 of 1996 introduced a number of limitations on the Fund’s liability to pay for certain types of compensation. It is expected that these limitations will improve the organisation’s financial position to ensure its ability to pay out future claims. A new booklet will give people visiting South Africa for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 Fifa World Cup a clear description of local road regulations, as well as procedures to be followed in case of any accidents on the road. “The claimant will need to be assessed by a medical practitioner and such a practitioner must use the American Medical Association Guides to assess serious bodily injuries,” says the amended Act. “The booklet will further help us to regulate claims by tourists in an event where they are involved in a car accident while in the country as this will help the Road Accident Fund in situations where large amounts of money have to be paid to foreign tourists.” The amended Act’s objective is to pay compensation for loss or damage wrongfully caused by the driving of motor vehicles.center_img She added that the booklet would encourage tourists to use public transport, both to curb the congestion on the country’s roads as well as to minimise possible accidents. RAF limitations General damages, however, will only be paid out if the injuries have been assessed to be “serious injuries”, while compensation will be paid out in a lump sum. “With the booklet in mind, we will be able to instil traffic rules and regulations especially to those tourists who are used to left-hand drive vehicles, so that they know the implications when using our roads,” Department of Transport official Matshidiso Setai told BuaNews this week. Source: BuaNews 8 September 2008last_img read more

World Cup ‘turning point’ for South Africa

first_img18 June 2010As the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ unfolds in South Africa, the international community is not only watching the action on the pitch; they are also witnessing a South Africa that is continuing to emerge as a competitive 21st century economy, says consulting firm Deloitte.According to the Deloitte report “2010 Fifa World Cup: A Turning Point for South Africa”, South Africa is reaping the rewards of hosting the Cup, including infrastructure improvements, an economic boost, and an increase in national pride.“South Africa has been likened to a mix of the developed and developing world,” Deloitte Southern Africa public sector industry leader Lwazi Bam said in a statement this week.“On the one hand, a strong technological and economic base put it on a par with the well-developed nations of the world,” Bam said. “On the other, infrastructure shortfalls have contributed to keeping it from realising its full economic potential.“This major global event is a catalyst for much-needed infrastructure improvements.”Strengthened transport systemThe need to move tens of thousands of fans, teams, and accompanying support personnel rapidly from one place to another prioritised the strengthening of South Africa’s transportation system.The country completed much of the first section of its new high-speed Gautrain passenger railway and added bus lines. Highways were upgraded, and the city of Durban was able to finish the country’s first new greenfield airport in five decades.These infrastructure projects had increased employment opportunities and provided workers long-term skills and training, Deloitte said.“South Africa has already realised many of the benefits hoped for by any national host of a major international sporting event,” said Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu global public sector industry leader Greg Pellegrino.“The event has provided a boost to national infrastructure improvements, increased employment during the global financial crisis, and provided a unifying rallying point for a still-developing nation.”Environmentally friendlierOne of the challenges in building the infrastructure for the event was generating power without an unduly adverse environmental impact. New stadium facilities include such environmentally-friendly features as natural ventilation and rain water capture systems.In addition, host cities have undertaken large-scale tree-planting projects in an effort to soak up excess carbon dioxide. As a coal-dependent economy, South African faces challenges; however, these steps move the country toward greener energy sources.Important precedentTo ensure security, the minister of police has consulted with officials from more than 30 different countries whose nationals are in the country, resulting in an unprecedented level of international cooperation.Seeking to balance a welcoming atmosphere with rigorous security standards, 40 000 police officers, 25% of the country’s total force, have been assigned to the Cup. All of these activities have required a renewed spirit of cooperation between national and local agencies and departments.“Moving the Fifa World Cup from a developed economy such as Germany to an emerging economy such as South Africa, and to a continent that has never hosted the Cup, creates an important precedent for future hosts such as Brazil in 2014,” Pellegrino said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa is getting plenty right

first_imgMinister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said that South Africa has made strides in fighting crime, providing housing, water and sanitation, and treating Aids. (Image: Yvonne Fontyn) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mac Maharaj  Spokesperson, the Presidency  +27 12 300 5312 or +27 79 879 3203• Kelebogile Thulare  Chief information officer  Dept of Performance Monitoring  and Evaluation  +27 12 312 0500 RELATED ARTICLES • We look up to you: Ibrahim • Plan to boost local industry • Smart cities need innovative citizens • Unpacking the National Development PlanYvonne FontynThe government appears to be on the right path, taking cognisance of the Development Indicators 2012 Report, released by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane on 20 August.The report found that two-million people were being treated for Aids and that life expectancy had risen from 56.4 in 2009 to 60 years. The crime battle continued, but Chabane indicated that the government was winning the war, with crime statistics down. There had been a reduction in unemployment, poverty and inequality, he said; three-million homes had been built, there had been a significant improvement in water and sanitation services and the various government programmes were showing positive results. Regarding land reform, 59 000 claims had been finalised.Education was not performing at the same level as other countries that dedicated the same resources and this needed to be improved. Regarding health, the maternal mortality rate was still high.The Mail & Guardian newspaper and the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation held the Mail & Guardian Meeting of Great Minds Business Breakfast on 23 August, at which Chabane and a panel of experts reflected on the report.Dr Sean Phillips, the director-general in the department, said that in 2009, South Africa had introduced the outcomes system in monitoring and evaluation as well as a system of continuous improvement in an effort to avoid simply repeating what had been done in the past. It was essential to continuously collect evidence and assess impacts and outcomes, to analyse the data and work more smartly and efficiently, he said.As a result, government departments were providing quarterly reports to the cabinet and there was a renewed focus on management practices. “We are looking at [the] government from the perspective of citizens. For example, the response rate to the presidential hotline is improving and 60% of callers say they are satisfied with the service.”Quantitative measuresChabane, who serves in the Presidency’s Department for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, said that with the sixth edition of the Development Indicators, as with the previous reports, quantitative measures were employed to track progress in implementing the government’s policies based on data sourced from research institutions in South Africa and abroad, government databases and official statistics. Results such as an increased number of matriculants indicated the tide was turning in South Africa.First up in the panel was Dr Miriam Altman, a commissioner of the National Planning Commission and the head of strategy at Telkom, who said serious issues facing the government were:The cost of living was out of step with what people were earning and as a result, poverty was rising. The purpose of the National Development Plan was to align earnings with cost of living. “You can only have social stability when people have adequate access to food, health services and transport.”Economic growth was being held back by fundamentals such as labour unrest, a lack of faith in the rule of law, problems with energy supply, regulatory security and the skills shortage.Labour absorption was falling in that the number of people of working age was falling and the majority of these were female, rural and black.South Africa, like many other middle-income countries, needed to change its focus to compete on product excellence rather than on cost.South Africa should manage its macroeconomic framework better so as to counteract global low growth levels and stagnation.Education investmentProviding an education perspective, Godwin Khosa, the chief executive of JET Education Services, said it was commendable that the government invested an annual 5% of gross domestic product in education. More teachers had been absorbed into the system and the matric pass rate for 2012 was the highest in 20 years. He said it was insufficient to speak about inputs and outputs, however; there needed to be more focus on process and involving the parents. The report showed a clear improvement in teacher-student ratios, he added, from 1:33 to 1:30, though urban schools had benefited more than rural ones. The findings showed there were more girls in high school and efforts needed to be made to ensure more boys stayed the course to matric.While it was useful to compare ourselves to other countries, he said, it was crucial to come up with our own working strategies to push education in South Africa forward.Kalyani Pillay, the chief executive of the South African Banking Risk Information Centre, giving a safety and security perspective, said the average civilian still did not feel safe at home or in the streets and there was “lots of work to be done”. Business’s partnership with the government had ensured that cash-in-transit heists had come down, she said, and closer collaboration with the South African Police Service had ensured that more arrests had been made.Cyber crime was increasing, she said, and everyone who used technology was vulnerable as the nature of white-collar crime was constantly changing. Collaborating with Home Affairs had also helped to reduce identity theft.Health perspectiveDr Khangelani Zuma, the executive director of the Human Sciences Research Council, spoke on health. He made the point that analysts should not just look at figures but at what lay behind them. The incidence of HIV had risen, according to the Development Indicators, but this could be because, with treatment, people were living longer. More women were accessing antiretroviral treatment than men and this was perhaps the result of prevention of mother-to-child transmission services.Whereas some districts were showing a decline others had shown an increase, which should also be explored in more depth, he said. Maternity mortality figures were still worrying but immunisation rates were about 95%.A worrying factor was the role of non-communicable or lifestyle diseases, said Zuma, with high levels of blood pressure being recorded among the over-60 population, for example. Regardless of anti-smoking legislation, about 20% of South Africans smoked and many people were being exposed to cigarette smoke. The government needed to act on this, he said, or the gains we had made in health would be reversed. The increase in people becoming overweight was more difficult to deal with as the government could not make rules about every aspect of citizens’ lives. But moves could be made to regulate the advertising of harmful food products.Professor Urmilla Bob of the University of KwaZulu-Natal geography department said declining health and increasing poverty in the rural areas was a concern. “The inability to address rural development has an impact on urban development, as people move from where they believe there is a lack of opportunity.” The loss of jobs in the agricultural sector was a concern and further mechanisation would exacerbate this.Crime and violenceIssues of crime needed to be studied, she added, as some types of crime – such as domestic violence – were increasing in rural areas. Another factor that could destabilise communities was climate change, as South Africa was bound to be affected adversely and this would threaten food security.Prosper Ladislas Agbesi, the chairman of the Pan African Business Forum, celebrated the fact that after 1994, South Africa had achieved a democracy with a vibrant opposition governed by the rule of law. He acknowledged what the ANC had achieved in building schools, clinics and homes and providing social grants to some 16 million people. South Africans who had emigrated were returning because “there is greatness happening in South Africa”, he said.Foreign policy had enabled more foreign direct investment and South Africa was contributing to peace and security in the rest of Africa, as well as growth. However, he said 85% of the land was still owned by 55 000 white farmers and it was important that the government help to create jobs and a better environment for people to live in. To this effect, the National Development Plan should become an emblem and a goal, said Agbesi. In conclusion, he said the government should take a firm stand against xenophobia.During the question and answer session, regarding government accountability, Chabane said that it was the first time in South African history that public servants had had to sign a service agreement with the president, and that there were now contracts for deliverables. “The president will do face-to-face evaluations and assess the management progress in 158 departments,” said Chabane. He added there would be a report back in two years’ time as systems were still being put in place.For more on the Development Indicators 2012 Report, go to the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.last_img read more