GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC): Test spinners Veerasammy Permaul and Devendra Bishoo bowled Guyana Jaguars to an emphatic innings and 54-run win over Jamaica Scorpions and to their second Headley-Weekes Trophy in as many seasons here yesterday. Starting the penultimate day well poised for victory with Scorpions on 171 for five in their first innings, Jaguars bowled the visitors out for 231, then bundled them out again for a paltry 134 in their second innings after enforcing the follow-on, to pull off a resounding victory at the National Stadium. Left-arm spinner Permaul claimed five for 36 and leg-spinner Bishoo, three for 43, as they combined to wreck the Scorpions second innings. Andre McCarthy, with 21, was the only player to make it past 20 in a miserable batting effort. Jaguars, who entered the final round seven points ahead of main challengers Barbados Pride, ended the season on 149 points while Pride, who also won by an innings over Leeward Islands Hurricanes in Basseterre, finished on 142 points. The title conquest was a historic one as it marked the first time Guyana had ever won back-to-back four-day titles and captain Leon Johnson said Jaguars were thrilled. “We’re very proud. We’re very happy about it,” Johnson said afterwards. “We put in a lot of hard work, not just this season but last season and it has paid off.” He added: “I think this year we played better than we did last year. We managed to be unbeaten (while) last year we lost a game and drew one so I think we learnt a lot from that and brought it into this year’s competition and you can see the rewards of that.” Jaguars were clinical in the morning session, removing the last five Scorpions wickets for 60 runs to end the innings on the stroke of lunch. Meanwhile, Test left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican proved his worth with a six-wicket second innings haul as Barbados Pride pulled off an emphatic innings and 93-run victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes. Warrican claimed six for 102 to finish as Hurricanes, resuming the day at Warner Park on 18 for one, were dismissed for 224 on the stroke of the scheduled tea interval. He finished with match figures of nine for 135. Captain Orlando Peters top-scored with 60, Jahmar Hamilton got 33 and Jeremiah Louis 26, but Hurricanes failed to recover significantly after plunging to 82 for five just before lunch. AT THE NATIONAL CRICKET CENTRE IN COUVA, Trinidad: Windward Islands Volcanoes, set 166 for victory, reached eight without loss against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force yesterday. Scores: RED FORCE 211 (Narsingh Deonarine 91 not out, Imran Khan 39, Kyle Hope 28; Larry Edwards 4-77, Kyle Mayers 3-37) and 243 (Kyle Hope 57, Yannick Ottley 55, Imran Khan 46; Liam Sebastien 5-63, Tyrone Theophile 2-26). VOLCANOES 289 (Devon Smith 127, Tyrone Theophile 75, Kyle Mayers 37; Imran Khan 4-93, Rayad Emrit 3-59, Jon-Russ Jagessar 3-74) and eight without loss.
SBP banking on Clarkson’s Filipino roots in bid to secure Asiad eligibility Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Image: Facebook/@KasonKelce62PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Orchestra has acquired a Super Bowl champion.Eagles center Jason Kelce will play baritone saxophone with the orchestra Tuesday to benefit the team’s autism challenge. The music will accompany the team’s highlights from NFL Films.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In the offseason, Kelce played with the Avalon String Band during a Mummers parade to celebrate Mardi Gras. Mummers are costumed bands most known for their lavish New Year’s Day performances in Philadelphia.The group provided Kelce with the Mummers outfit he wore in the championship parade honoring the Eagles for their Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Kelce has played sax since high school. ABRELATED STORIES: NFL Cowboys stay atop Forbes list of world’s richest sport teamsPhilly celebrates 1st Super Bowl title with paradeEagles get hero’s welcome after winning 1st Super Bowl titleADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “After coming back from injury, I’m enjoying the challenge this year,” Nishikori said Monday. “I feel like I’m going to be tough again. My wrist is OK now. I’m going to try and get into the top 10 again. That’s my goal and motivation.”Nishikori, the 2015 champion on the Washington hardcourts, has not won a title since taking the 11th of his career at Memphis in 2016. He has lost his past seven ATP finals, the most recent in May to Rafael Nadal on Monte Carlo clay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Nishikori reached a career-best fourth in the rankings in 2015, but has tumbled after his six-month ATP wrist injury layoff since Canada last year. But this year he has begun to rebuild his ranking.“Feeling great again. Had a couple days off after Wimbledon and started working again,” Nishikori said. “I’m trying to keep my intensity up. I got a little confidence going to the final at Monte Carlo. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors star Curry to play pro golf event again “Still I feel it sometimes, but most of the time I’m feeling great. Now I’m enjoying playing tennis again.”Nishikori’s best results in 32 Grand Slam appearances have come at the US Open, a runner-up showing behind Marin Cilic in 2014 and a 2016 semi-final loss to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka.He also has reached three Australian Open quarter-finals and two French Open quarter-finals.Nishikori received a first-round bye and will face either US qualifier Donald Young or Swiss wild card and three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in his opener.“Both players are tough,” Nishikori said. “I’m going to have to play focused from the first match.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Japan’s Kei Nishikori returns the ball to Russia’s Karen Khachanov during their match at the ATP Gerry Weber Open tennis tournament in Halle, western Germany, on June 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Friso Gentsch / Germany OUTJapan’s Kei Nishikori, back on form after a torn right wrist tendon, returns to the scene of his most recent outdoor title hoping to launch another strong US Open run.The 28-year-old seventh seed enters the 50th Washington Open with confidence after his first Wimbledon quarter-final appearance, where he lost to eventual winner Novak Djokovic.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Asian number one practised Monday with his top rival for the spot, 23rd-ranked Chung Hyeon of South Korea. “I’m very honored to be the number one Asian and Japan player,” Nishikori said. “I don’t feel any pressure from being number one in Asia. My goal is to be number one in the world.”Nishikori praised 287th-ranked countryman Yosuke Watanuke, a 20-year-old who battled through qualifying to reach his first ATP main draw.“He has a great forehand, maybe better than me,” Nishikori said. “I hope he does well. He’s playing great enough to be top 100. Hopefully he does a big jump this summer.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
My fellow citizens,Foreign Nationals within our Borders,Friends of Liberia:In our attempt as a government to protect our people in the West Point Community from the Ebola virus disease, I authorized that the Community be quarantined by personnel of the security forces from August 19, 2014.In this process, an unfortunate incident occurred on August 20, 2014 involving some residents of the West Point Community and security personnel of the Joint Task Force (JTF). In the confusion, one of our compatriots, little Shiaka Kamara was shot and subsequently lost his life. This is a sad and regrettable development. Unfortunately, little Titus Nuah also was shot and is being treated at a local hospital with assurance of his full recovery.As a government, we mourn with the family of little Shiaka Kamara and extend our sympathy to those wounded as we look forward to their speedy recovery. We are also duty bound to find out what really happened on that fateful day of August 20, 2014. Against this background, I authorized the setting up of a Board of Inquiry which was comprised of representatives from the Liberia National Police, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, the National Security Agency, the National Fire Service and the Armed Forces of Liberia. In addition, there were Observers in the persons of two U.S. Military Advisors and one ECOWAS Military Advisor. The Board of Inquiry has completed its work and its report.I extend thanks to all the members of the Board of Inquiry and have reviewed and given the utmost importance to the recommendations. Accordingly, I am authorizing the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Brigadier General Daniel D. Ziankahn, to take immediate action in line with the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) against those found culpable in keeping with the recommendations of the Report. This action underlines my determination to ensure that our Military remains responsible and accountable for its action at all times.I have also requested the Independent Human Rights Commission to carry out an investigation into the occurrences in the West Point Community on August 20, 2014. This would allow for frank exchanges between the citizens and the Commission, thereby assuring our people that their views and recommendations will be given consideration in the final conclusion of this very sad chapter in our nation’s history.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Long road ahead in fighting drug scourge– US State Dept reportA key report on the global fight against narcotic trafficking and money laundering has been released by the United States Department of State. Entitled theSome 1276lbs of marijuana, which were part of a drug bust at John Fernandes Wharf in 2016“International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)”, it shows that Guyana has a long road ahead in combating the drug scourge.According to the report, which was released recently, Guyana is still a transit point for cocaine destined for the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and West Africa. The report also mapped out the route for cocaine coming from Colombia, noting that it was smuggled to Venezuela, thence to Guyana via sea or air.“Smugglers also transit land borders with Brazil, Venezuela, and Suriname. Cocaine is often concealed in legitimate commodities and smuggled via commercial maritime vessels, air transport, human couriers, “go-fast” boats or various postal methods,” the report added.In a domestic context, the report states that “the influence of narcotics trafficking is evident in the country’s criminal justice systems and other sectors”. Traffickers, it noted, “are attracted by the country’s poorly monitored ports, remote airstrips, intricate river networks, porous land borders, and weak security sector capacity”.In an analysis on Trinidad and Tobago, the report states that the islands’ production of marijuana is concentrated in the heavily forested mountains. However, it was observed that marijuana cultivators in the twin-island republic compete with imports from other countries, including Guyana.Drug enforcementGuyana, the report noted, has a drug enforcement presence at its international airports, post offices, and, to a lesser extent, at port and land-border entry points. It acknowledged the five major agencies involved in the anti-drug fight: the Guyana Police Force (GPF); Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA); the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU); the Special Organised Crimes Unit (SOCU), and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).“The GDF supports law enforcement agencies with boats, aircraft, and personnel, but has limited capacity and lacks law enforcement authority. The Guyana Coast Guard (GCG), a GDF sub-component and US partner in maritime interdiction, patrols Guyana’s territorial waters and conducts humanitarian search-and-rescue missions.”In 2012, with US funding through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Container Control Programme (CCP) established “a multi-agency CCP Port Control Unit at the John Fernandes Wharf, Guyana’s most active port”.The report acknowledges some success that initiative had, such as the April 2016 seizure of 48 kilograms (kg) of cocaine and in June, 579 kg of marijuana.“Through the first six months of 2016, the GPF reported seizing 16 kg of cocaine, a significant decrease from the 134.2 kg of cocaine that was seized over the same period in 2015. CANU reported seizing 60 kg of cocaine over this period (down from 568.3 kg in 2015), and the GRA did not report any seizures. Guyanese authorities convicted 46 persons on drug-related charges during 2016,” the report said.Drug rehabilitationBut the report paints a bleak picture of the Government’s commitment to drug rehabilitation schemes. It states that Guyana lacks a comprehensive strategy to reduce demand and adequately address drug rehabilitation.It notes that marijuana is the most widely used drug in Guyana, followed by cocaine. But the report observes that there is only one Government body responsible for drug rehabilitation.“The Guyana National Council for Drug Education, Rehabilitation, and Treatment, within the Ministry of Public Health, is the single Government body responsible for addressing demand reduction. Non-governmental organisations also offer rehabilitation services.”The report acknowledged that the University of Guyana (UG) had initiated a demand reduction curriculum through funding from the Organisation of American States/Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (OAS/CICAD).Other means of rehabilitation, the report noted, was the Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) project, which the US supports as part of the CBSI.“This provides vulnerable youth with training, mentorship, job placement and other support to increase their chances of success and to reduce youth involvement in crime and violence. The programme also supports increased use of alternative sentences, so that youth who commit minor crimes are given an opportunity to rehabilitate outside penal facilities,” the report stated.However, the report emphasises that the US is welcome to increasing its cooperation with the Government of Guyana “to advance mutual interests against the threat of international drug trafficking”.Noting that Guyana has shown an interest in furthering collaboration under the CBSI, the report said the US was looking forward to more progress on investigations, prosecutions, extraditions and security sector capacity enhancement.In addition, the report spoke of the US Government’s expectation that Guyana would continue engagement with at-risk communities, as well as enforcement of laws against money laundering and financial crimes.
SharesReal Madrid flirted with disaster in their Champions League quarter-final before Cristiano Ronaldo’s late penalty against Juventus earned them a spot in the last four © AFP/File / OSCAR DEL POZOPARIS, France, Apr 12 – Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid will find out their semi-final opponents on Friday as they continue their bid for a third straight Champions League title, with Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Roma the only remaining challengers to their crown.Zinedine Zidane’s men came through one of the most dramatic European ties in recent memory to reach the last four as a last-gasp Ronaldo spot-kick finally saw off a valiant Juventus on Wednesday. Friday’s draw will take place in Nyon at 2pm EAT.Record 12-time European champions Real threw away a 3-0 first-leg lead at the Santiago Bernabeu, only for Ronaldo’s penalty in the eighth minute of injury-time to send them through in dramatic fashion as Juve great Gianluigi Buffon was sent off.“It was a very long game and it serves as a lesson that in football nothing is guaranteed and that we have to fight until the end,” Ronaldo said.“Step by step, now we’re into the semi-finals.”It has been far from a comfortable road to the semis for Real after finishing second to Tottenham in their group before the Juventus scare, but that won’t bother the Spanish giants, who have never won the European Cup without losing a match.Only three sides in history have won the competition three years or more in a row — Real from 1956-1960, Ajax from 1971-73 and Bayern Munich from 1974-76.But Real are now three games away from becoming the first team to achieve the feat twice, having also lifted the trophy as recently as 2014.Zidane will have some key decisions to make before the semi-final first leg in less than two weeks’ time, after hauling off Gareth Bale and Casemiro at half-time against Juve.Bayern are in the pot for the sixth time in seven seasons after falling to Real in the quarter-finals last year, with fellow five-time champions Liverpool back in the semis for the first time since 2008.– Roma dreaming of final –Roma pulled off one of the most memorable comebacks in Champions League history against Barcelona in the quarter-final © AFP/File / Andreas SOLAROBut Roma are the real surprise package, after overturning a 4-1 first-leg deficit to stun Barcelona and end a 34-year wait for a semi-final spot dating back to their 1984 final loss on home soil to Liverpool.After their famous fightback, Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco understandably says he’s confident of reaching the final in Kiev on May 26 no matter who his side draw.“We must aim for Kiev,” Di Francesco said. “Why not believe in something even greater after such a match?“If you come all this way and get to the semi-finals, why shouldn’t you believe in getting to the final in Kiev.”Liverpool have plenty of history to fall back on, ahead of a possible repeat of the 1984 final win over Roma or a rematch of the 1981 final against Real Madrid.But although it is new ground for the current side, manager Jurgen Klopp thinks his young outfit are getting better and better in the biggest matches.“We mature constantly. The boys get more and more used to situations like that,” said Klopp after beating Premier League champions-elect Manchester City for the third time in a row.“If you could say something bad about us in the past few months, it is on a good day we can beat everybody and on a bad day we lose, (we) concede cheap goals. We work on that. We are still in a development phase, that’s how it is but already we are a good team.”Bayern Munich are the only team still in contention to complete a domestic league and Champions League double, having wrapped up the Bundesliga title last weekend.A repeat of last year’s epic quarter-final with Real could be on the cards, when Arturo Vidal was controversially sent off as a Ronaldo hat-trick saw the Spaniards win in extra time.Shares(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
Four Masters GAA News:Coaching AcademyThe coaching academy for 4-7 year old’s continues this Saturday morning from 11am to 12;30pm in Tír Conaill Park. The academy teaches the basics of gaelic football, hurling and camogie each week as well improving their agility, balance, and co ordination of all the children. Thanks goes to all the coaches, helpers, and volunteers that help out each week, new parents and children are always welcome to attend.Mini LeaguesThe football mini leagues continues on Wednesday night from 4:45pm to 5:45pm in Tír Conaill Park. The mini league consists mainly of games for the hour, with it open to boys and girls aged from 4 years of age up to 7 years of age. New players are always welcome.U10 Boys Football Our under 10 boys had their final outing of the season on Saturday last. Glenswilly took three teams and Naomh Brid two over to Tirconaill Park to compete against our boys. Four Masters fielding four teams for the first time ever with forty one boys togging out more than held their own against their opponents. They showed all the improvements in their skills since they started out in February and have made huge strides throughout the season. Their commitment to training and games has been fantastic and have been a very easy group to work with despite the large numbers. A big thanks must go to the eight coaches who have guided these boys during the year.Without them it would not be possible to cater for so many. To the parents who again looked after the refreshments on Saturday and have transported and supported the boys around the various venues this season, I thank most sincerely. It has been a most productive season and a very enjoyable one for all concerned.Damien Dunnion U13 Boys FootballThe U13 boys football team recorded two excellent victories in the last week. They comprehensively defeated Killybegs at home before recording a 4-17 to 3-10 win over Dungloe on Sunday. They play away to Aodh Ruadh on Wednesday night, a win would secure a top four position for the SRB semi finals.U16 Boys Football The U16 boys had a busy week playing a number of games in preparation for their upcoming county semi final. They recorded a good win over Convoy on Thursday night before travelling up to Ballyshannon on Sunday to take part in the PJ Roper Tournament. The lads lost out to Ardara and Bundoran before defeating Aodh Ruadh. Thanks goes to Alan Sweeney and the Aodh Ruadh club for the invite and well run tournament.ReservesThe reserves men’s team play Glenswilly this Sunday in the County semi final at 2;30pm in MacCumhaill Park. All support is welcome for the lads.Senior Men’s Football The seniors lost out 1-13 to 0-08 to Gweedore on Sunday morning in Maherghallon. The lads play Dungloe in Tír Conaill Park this Sunday morning at 12pm in a crucial game in the league. All suport is welcomed for the lads.Coaching MeetingThere will be a club coaches meeting on next Thursday night in the Abbbey Hotel at 9pm. All coaches and managers in the club are asked to attend.GAA NEWS: TRAINING FOR FOUR MASTERS COACHING ACADEMY CONTINUES EVERY SATURDAY was last modified: September 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASport
On Monday I ran into the former chief court clerk in Letterkenny, Val Cronin, outside his former place of duty and we got chatting about this and that. And more significantly the passing of another old stalwart from the town, Harry Blake.By Paddy WalshA native of Cork, Val recalled his own arrival to the town back in 1988 and being served his first pint – note: his first pint in Letterkenny, not in a general sense – in Blake’s Bar on Upper Main Street. “And it was Harry who served me it. A great character.” It was to Blake’s Bar that large numbers (thankfully not at the same time) made their way over the weekend to pay their respects to the pioneer pin wearing publican.And there he lay, waked in the bar where he had toiled for many a long year under the gaze of the gallery of sporting photographs, the majority of them featuring St. Eunan’s and Donegal G.A.A. teams and presentations – two of the sporting passions in his life as a player, a committee member and an out and out fan.There, too, just above the coffin, the plaque honouring the late, Peter Ivors – the echoes of many a banter between the pair a lasting, and often loud, memory for the pub’s regulars.And on the wall opposite Harry’s remains, the framed Railway Cup jersey worn by Joe Carroll, another G.A.A. stalwart gone to his reward. In his homily at Sunday’s funeral mass in St Eunan’s Cathedral, where Harry was a daily visitor, Fr Eamonn Kelly revealed that a number of local punters had placed a bet on the 2.50. race on Saturday at Wetherby. The horse’s name? One for Harry!Sure, they couldn’t have gone wrong – and they didn’t, One for Harry coming home first at odds of 9/1.I hear it was Don Sheridan who initially spotted the horse’s name among the runners and riders – too good to miss and you could almost see Harry nodding with the biggest of grins.Gone now to meet Marie and other family and friends but leaving behind a host of memories and anecdotes. To all those mourning his passing – and that’s a multitude – this column’s sincerest sympathy.UNDER-21’S OVERWHELMEDDefeat to a Martin McHugh managed side the previous week and subsequently to a side once under the helm of the Kilcar man – hopes of advancement in the Dr. McKenna Cup are fading for Donegal but there are still positives to take from both performances.Eleven points may have separated the teams at MacCumhaill Park on Sunday but Declan Bonner’s under-21 squad were worthy of a kinder scoreline as they fought to the finish against a physically imposing Cavan team. You couldn’t argue that the better outfit won on the day and the visitors’ eye for the target was more focused.But there are encouraging signs that some of Bonner’s boys have the know-how and ability to step up to senior ranks if, and when, called to do so.I would have been one of those questioning the merits of deploying a full under-21 panel to negotiate the McKenna Cup even if the competition has long since its gloss.Still, it offers us a chance of watching how the next Donegal senior manager – once Rory Gallagher departs, that is – operates at this level. Meanwhile, is it too late (or too early) to introduce Shane Williams – that young fellow who starred for Glenswilly in Convoy last Thursday evening – into the fray for future action? SLIPPERY SLOPESIt was, back in the day, required viewing on the old bosca in the corner. I watched it religiously – apt as it was given the day it was broadcast on – and rarely missed it. Ski Sunday.Not that I was a skier or ever had any inclinations to be one. I can’t even walk down an icy footpath without fear of a headlong fall and as for going on a skiing holiday, give me a break (just don’t make it a ski break).But nevertheless, I was an avid watcher of the weekly B.B.C. series though I’d inevitably fall down if you asked me to name a decent skier. Or any skier.Anyway, it’s back on our screens and I was watching it last Sunday and wondering how on earth – on treacherously slippery sloped earth at that – they managed, for the most, to retain their balance while flying – quite often literally – from summit to sanctuary.And also pondering the words of one of the presenters on the show who was commenting on the careers of those involved. “Like in football, there are only very few who make it to the top,” he declared.Surely not. Would it not be accurate to say that they all make it to the top…? AN IRISH SOCCER LEGEND (AND ROBBIE KEANE WAS THERE TOO)Pleased to see one of my all-time heroes the great Brendan Bradley being honoured at the Soccer Writers Association of Ireland awards night.The big man, who with 235 goals remains the top scorer in League of Ireland history, was presented with a special award by another man who knew, and knows, how to find the net, Robbie Keane who himself received the Special International Career Achievement Award.Keane is a target for Preston North End who already have a significant Irish presence, not least in former Dundalk flier, Daryl Horgan, who impressed in his league debut against Brighton & Hove Albion last Saturday and indeed laid on one of the goals in a 2-0 win with a pinpoint pass from inside his own half. Ironically, the player who once starred with Horgan in the Dundalk colours, Richie Towell, has yet to make his mark with Brighton.But back to Beezer Bradley. A gentleman to his boot straps, he is a more than deserving recipient of the Soccer Writers Award and surely it’s well beyond time that Finn Harps acted on the advice of my old buddy, Brian McArt, who has been a loud voice in calling for the erection of a statue or the naming of a street around Finn Park to honour the big man.Meanwhile, will Bradley’s goal-scoring record survive the recent move by Jason Byrne to Cabinteely?The Dubliner, who requires 18 goals to equal the 235 netted by Brendan, will be pushed all the way by the league’s Dublin fraternity – and that includes the media – as he strives to emulate it.But at 37 years of age, he is running out of time and I fancy the former Harps striker to retain his long-standing title for quite a few years to come. THE JOURNEY MENA vital result for Gavin Dykes and his Ballinamallard United side at the weekend as they overcame fellow relegation strugglers, Carrick Rangers.But good as that was for the former Finn Harps manager and central defender, it was the report in Saturday’s ‘Belfast Telegraph’ that caught this enquiring eye.“A glorious double from Josh McElwaine made the long journey home to County Fermanagh a lot more enjoyable on a bitterly cold night,” wrote reporter, David Mason.No arguments with the identity of the goalscorer, or the enjoyabletrip, or the bitterly cold night bit.But long journey home? In an Irish League fixture?Come on. It’s A 120 km flit from Carrickfergus to Ballinamallard – as the crow flies. Dykes would surely be able to fill in the Telegraph correspondent as to what constitutes a really long journey in away day travels for football teams on this island. PRESSING POINTStill on those awards, Declan Kerr may not have claimed the ‘Press Officer of the Year’ award at the ceremony in Dublin for his media work with Finn Harps but he’s done a mighty job since taking up the post.A more than worthy nominee and to many of our minds, the real winner. P.J. BOWLS THEM OVERBowled over they are down around the Rosses after P.J. Gallagher’s victory in Sweden at the weekend.After an impressive advance to the final of the Swedish Masters Short Mat Players Tournament, the Burtonport Bowling Club representative over came Belgian opponent, Jonathan Payne, to claim the title.It subsequently places the Donegalman at the top of the Order of Merit and after his success with the Irish team in the World Cup, rolling along quite nicely.I can already see the mats laid out at the Donegal Sports Star Awards.‘One for Harry’ – a winner to the end: It’s Walshy on Wednesday! was last modified: January 18th, 2017 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)
targets 1 Man City’s new away kit whoops Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BIG PRESENTS UP TOP shining possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Manchester City have released their new away kit. silverware Man City news REVEALED REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars smart causal Defending their Premier League crown, players will wear dark blue with luminous yellow pin stripes, alongside dark blue shorts and luminous socks on the road next season.The club say the design comes from the 1998/99 away shirt worn when City came back from 2-0 down against Gillingham in the Second Division play-off final to win on penalties. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won PEP TALK Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule
Thousands of people turned up at the second annual North West Garden Show held in Castlefinn over the weekend.Dozens of exhibitors turned up at the event which showcased the best in garden companies from Donegal and further afield.From ride-on lawnmowers to arts and crafts and from barbeques to chemicals to make your lawn greener, there was something for everyone. It was no surprise that the show’s very special guest was kept busy over the weekend with questions from keen gardeners.But then again Diarmuid Gavin is no ordinary gardener having just picked up a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.Our exclusive pictures of the two day show exactly how much both young and old enjoyed the occasion.Organisers say this year’s event surpassed the popularity of last year’s inaugural show and are already planning next year’s show. PICTURES BY KIND PERMISSION OF: NEWSPIXIRL CASTLEFINN’S NORTH WEST GARDEN SHOW – IN PICTURES! was last modified: May 29th, 2011 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)