Lady Blazers near Final Four berth

first_imgSt. Benilde Lady Blazers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSt. Benilde strengthened its bid for a Final Four spot after stomping Mapua, 25-18, 25-15, 25-17, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Blazers, who still have a game left in their schedule, improved to 5-3 and tied Jose Rizal University at fourth place with the end of the tournament’s elimination round approaching.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year The Lady Cardinals, meanwhile, wrapped up their campaign with a 0-9 record.St. Benilde head coach Arnold Laniog used the game to give exposure to some of their bench players heading into the Final Four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Our target today was to perform what we did in practice and also to improve in the areas we need to master if we want to go further,” said Laniog in Filipino. “And we gave a chance to some of our players to feel what it’s like playing in front of a crowd.” Optimism surrounds six-team PFL with new season kicking off next monthcenter_img Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:54Praise, festivities at Quiapo Church ahead of Black Nazarene’s return01:06Anti-US rally in Manila against attacks in Iraq02:14Carpio 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 View commentslast_img read more

Orange Liberia’s Call Logs Exonerates Juror of Bribery

first_imgA document believed to have contained call logs and text messages of cell number 0777-056-185, which Orange Liberia reportedly assigned to one Leona W. Klay, a former foreman (jury head) at Civil Law Court ‘A’ last Friday exonerated her of the bribery allegation.Juror Klay was accused by two other jurors of communicating with United Bank of Africa (UBA) Liberia-Limited, based on which, she allegedly received US$1,200 in exchange for a non-guilty verdict in favor of the bank, in a US$16million in damages lawsuit filed to the court by Mamawa and Sons, Incorporated, which the panel delivered on June 16.Jurors Thelma J. Sirleaf and Ayesah Sayon claimed that Klay and the bank’s lawyers were in constant communication, when they (jurors) went into their room of deliberation and that conversation resulted into the awarding of the money, of which Klay reportedly gave each juror US$200 as their share.Sirleaf and Sayon claimed that they refused their share of US$200 each.It was due to the alleged revelation that Judge Kaba instructed Orange to produce the call logs and text messages reportedly made on June 16 commencing from 2pm, up to and including 7:30pm by Klay, at which time the jury returned from their room of deliberation with the non-guilty verdict.By this, Orange also fulfilled a 24-hour mandate by the court to deliver the actual set of call logs or “be held in contempt,” according to the court.Those were the particular call logs and text messages the telecommunication operator provided to the court last Friday, which showed that there were no traces of communication between UBA and Klay.Mamawa and Sons’ lawyers had relied on Sirleaf and Sayon’s allegation to ask the court to reject the jury’s non-guilty verdict and subsequently requested for a new trial.Their request was denied that same Friday by Judge Kaba, after Orange’s call logs and text messages did not link Klay and the bank’s lawyers to any mean of communication.The case started when the bank had earlier claimed that some of its employees had connived with Mamawa and Sons, Incorporated and duped it of US$1,257,772, based on which allegation the defendants were charged with multiple crimes including theft of property.Though the court is yet to hear the case, Mamawa and Sons, Incorporated claimed that the act caused the company to lose an US$87 million housing project contract, for which they are demanding US$16 million in damages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Floyd giving Trojans new life

first_imgFloyd took over a team at rock bottom. The Trojans were returning four players from a last-place team in the Pacific-10 Conference. After two years under Floyd’s influence, the Trojans enter the Pac-10 tournament today at Staples Center as the third seed, their highest placement in the tournament’s 10-year history. USC’s first trip to the NCAA tournament in five years is likely. Stewart, Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt – talented players who seemed lost under the previous coaching staff of Henry Bibby and, for a few months, Jim Saia – quickly rallied around new leadership. Like Carroll, Floyd appears to be a better fit in college than in the pros – and not simply because of his win-loss record (93-235) in 31/2 seasons with Chicago and New Orleans. “Guys here are aspiring to be something, either in the NBA or in the real world,” Floyd said. “As a result, it’s easier to capture their listening at this level. I realized the impact I could have here is far greater.” LOS ANGELES – Tim Floyd attended most USC football home games last season, slipping in anonymously and watching the action like any other school employee. In a few more years, maybe he’ll trot into the Coliseum like a movie star, an entourage of the nation’s top recruits at his side, and receive the largest ovation of the day from 90,000 fans when shown on the big screen. That’s the treatment Pete Carroll receives at Galen Center, and Floyd is drawing comparisons to the football coach in the way he has turned around the USC basketball program in two seasons. “The best thing to happen for me and this team was coach Floyd coming here,” senior Lodrick Stewart said. “He’s brought new life to us.” center_img Floyd instilled a defensive mindset into a team that used to think defense was an occasional gamble for a steal. He took a USC team in disarray and turned it into an NCAA tournament team in two years. The future looks even brighter. With a new arena to sell to recruits, Floyd locked up the top prospect in the country for next season in O.J. Mayo. “I know we haven’t had the level of success as some of these major programs,” “But why wouldn’t it happen here in Los Angeles, with this city, the talent in the area and now this facility?” Sound familiar? Carroll also is a defensive-minded coach and great recruiter. He took a team coming off a last-place season, made it respectable in his first year and took it to a major bowl in his second. The Trojans won the national championship his next two seasons, and Carroll became a Southern California icon. “We’re on the rise, especially with the guys coming in,” Pruitt said. “It’s only a matter of time before (Floyd) brings this team to that type of level.” Floyd said. matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 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

Luis Enrique tasked with finding Spain’s sweetspot between past and future

first_img0Shares0000New Spain coach Luis Enrique speaking at a press conference last week at the Spanish Football Federation headquarters near Madrid © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Sep 7 – “This is my style and I don’t care if you don’t like it,” he said. It was April 2016 and Luis Enrique was asked if he felt sorry for berating a journalist, who had been critical of Barcelona’s fitness levels.“I have nothing to apologise for,” he shrugged. “I didn’t show anyone a lack of respect.” Barca’s form had dipped but they would still win the domestic double a month later, one year after he had led them to a brilliant treble in his first season, matching the achievement of Pep Guardiola in 2009.A year later Luis Enrique would be gone, after winning six of nine major trophies up for grabs, and yet he left the Camp Nou respected more than he was loved.Now he brings his meticulous, single-minded, dynamic, prickly, all-or-nothing style to the Spain dugout, ready to undergo his first test at Wembley against England on Saturday.When the fixture was announced in May, as part of the inaugural UEFA Nations League, few would have expected it to be the visitors confronting questions about style, youth and an underperforming goalkeeper, following a humiliating World Cup exit.The new coach’s press appearances so far suggest he will carry that same edge felt by the journalist two years ago into international management, and it remains to be seen whether it proves a source of unification or alienation amongst his players.“Luis Enrique lays down the law”, read the front-page headline in sports daily Marca on Wednesday, with a new set of rules listed, including a ban on mobile phones, earlier bedtimes, fines for lateness, fewer days off and a streamlined training-ground buffet.– Deep-rooted doubts –But David de Gea allowing Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot to skip off his hands was not the cause of Spain failing to break down Russia before losing to the hosts on penalties at the World Cup, and neither was a penchant for texting or fried food.More deep-rooted are the doubts about Spain’s possession game, so revolutionary during the golden years of 2008, 2010 and 2012, but now seen by some as a millstone around their necks.High-pressing, quick transitions and counter-attack have become the buzzwords of club football and there is a sense Spain have been left clinging, out of sentiment or even pride, to a style many opponents have worked out.Even before Julen Lopetegui was lured away by Real Madrid on the eve of the World Cup, throwing their tournament into chaos, Spain’s preparations had ended with a plodding 1-0 win over Tunisia and a 1-1 draw with Switzerland.Luis Enrique knows better than anyone the pitfalls of tweaking an identity both entrenched and once adored.“We have to evolve that idea, perfect it, make it even better, so we can surprise opponents and they don’t know how we will play,” he said upon taking over at Barcelona.At Barca, Luis Suarez became a motif for the high press and occasional straight ball over the top. But even when they were winning, many at Barca were still not convinced by his style, and when they were losing, it was a big stick used to beat him with.After starting at Sporting Gijon, he played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona. His strengths as a player, and perhaps even now as a coach, lay in his energy, dynamism and versatility, more than subtlety or craft.Spain should be more open to tweaking on the back of failure at three consecutive major tournaments. Only Sergio Busquets and Sergio Ramos remain from the team that triumphed in 2012, with Gerard Pique, David Silva and Andres Iniesta all retiring after the World Cup, and Jordi Alba surprisingly jettisoned from this opening squad.Luis Enrique’s task is to find the sweetspot between the old Spain and the new. He will not worry who he upsets along the way.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

UCC to establish outreach centre in Donegal – information evenings to be held next week

first_img  This coming October, a two-year P/T Diploma (Level 6 & 7) in Autism Studies and a one year P/T Certificate (Level 6) in Mental Health and the Community will commence, subject to numbers in Letterkenny and Killybegs.Application deadline is the 23rd of September.  An ‘Information Evening’ regarding these two programmes will be held on the Monday, 29th of August in the Orchard Inn, Letterkenny at 8pm and Tuesday, 30th of August in the Niall Mor Community and Enterprise Centre, Killybegs at 7.30pm.Everyone welcome to attend.You can find more information at UCC.ie for the Autism Studies course, or the Mental Health in the Community certificate.UCC to establish outreach centre in Donegal – information evenings to be held next week was last modified: August 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:autism studiesCollegemental health in the communityoutreach centreThird levelUCC University College Cork (UCC) and its Adult Continuing Education (ACE) Department are rolling out University accredited programmes in an outreach capacity in Donegal starting in early October. Following the success of last years’ Certificate in Autism Studies in Letterkenny, UCC are delighted to establish an outreach centre in Donegal similar to other counties such as Dublin, Kilkenny, Galway.Siobhán Murray, ACE at UCC Coordinator, Donegal, states that the ethos is to bring the University to our communities, giving adult learners (21+) an opportunity to gain a University qualification without having to leave home.last_img read more

GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgBY Oisín DohertyBuncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 23rd September U16 Hurling: The U16 A Championship Final will take place on Thursday 20th September in O’Donnell Park Letterkenny. Throw-in is at 6.15pm and all support is welcome. What a great opportunity to get a massive weekend of GAA off to a great start, good luck to the team and the mentors. Bun Cranncha abú.All-Ireland Final:  Firstly, the club would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in painting the area green and gold in support of Ryan, Jim and the lads ahead of Sunday’s historical encounter with Mayo. It is clear from the amount of flags and decorations that the entire community is behind the squad. Lastly, good luck to the Donegal squad, mentors and especially Ryan. Everyone at the club and in the community is proud of your outstanding achievements so far and we thoroughly believe you can go one further on Sunday, ádh mór ort Ryan. Senior Football: Our Senior and Reserve sides faced fellow Inishowen club Naomh Padraig Muff on Saturday evening in Ishkaheen. Buncrana were able to field a strengthened squad following the return of a number of players from the States, whilst also welcoming a number of this years U21 squad. It was a close encounter throughout and Buncrana will be happy to come away with two points, but will be aware that there is room for improvement. There were notable performances from Peter McLaughlin and Darragh O’Connor in the forward line, whilst Michael Gallagher and Kevin O’Loughlin were solid at the back. Some vital scores in the last ten minutes ensured that Buncrana ran out eventual winners by eight points. FT Naomh Padraig 1-14 Buncrana 4-13.A good team display by the Senior Reserves also resulted in a win for Buncrana. There were good performances from Ruairí Connolly and Andrew McLaughlin, whilst Bruce Waldron was man of the match. FT Noamh Padraig 1-8 Buncrana 3-11.Congratulations: Congratulations to Matthew O’Donnell, former senior player, who now has a Toronto Championship medal to add to the Intermediate Championship medal he previously won with the Buncrana, following St. Vincent’s victory last week.Coffee Morning: There will be a Coffee morning in O’Flaherty’s bar on Friday 21st from 11am until 3pm. Proceeds in aid of Donegal Hospice. Please come along to support a great cause and get the All-Ireland weekend off to a great start.U16 Girls Football: Last week the U16 Girls played Killygordan on a wet and windy night in Killygordan, however the weather failed to affect the performance of the Buncrana girls. Our girls started the game strongly racking up a tally of 5-5 to 0-5 in the first half. Going into the second half the girls were not going to give Killygordan any chance to get back into the game, and a final score of 7-9 to 0-5 makes for a good scoreline for the final league game of the season. Simple passing and good teamwork paid off for Buncrana. It is a young side, with only 5 players over age next year and the majority of the team are still playing in the U14 and even U13 age groups. Things look very promising for the future.5 MIle Walk/Run: Buncrana GAA have launched an exciting new annual event 5 Mile Road Race/Walk on All Ireland Final Weekend, Friday 21st September in aid of the Youth Development Fund. Runners & Walkers at all levels welcomed, please pre-register by emailing buncranagaa@gmail.com.U10 Football: Training continues every Friday at 7.00pm at the Scarvey and new players are always welcome.Boys U14 Hurling: Boys U14 Hurling training takes place at the Scarvey every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played before and are interested in playing Hurling please feel free to come along. Boys U14 Football: Training for the boys U14 team will take place on Monday evening at 5.00pm. New and returning players are always welcome.Boys U14 & U18 Hurling: Hurling training for boys aged 14 to 18 years takes place every Saturday at the Scarvey at 3.00pm-5.00pm. New players are always welcome.U8 and U10 Hurling: Hurling training for children under 8 and under 10 years takes place each Sunday at 11.00am. If your child would like to learn the basic skills of hurling in a safe and fun environment please come down and try it out, new players are always welcome.Lotto: The winning numbers in the €3,060 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 11th August in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 8, 10, 28, 29.There was no jackpot winner this week, however prizes of  €20 go to each of the following participants:Paddy McGee, CastleparkMickey gallagher, Millfield,Paddy McDevitt, 39 Maginn AvenueSimon McGrory, 14 The HawthornsSharon McDermott, Dun an GhriananCongratulations to our winners and thank you to all for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaaGAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: September 17th, 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:GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST MARY’S, CONVOY CLUB NOTES

first_imgBingo continues in the hall at 8.30pm 0n Tuesday. The lotto result for 5-3-13 AH,CE,MO,KK John Ryan,Eileen mc Mullan,M Gallagher,Convoy Caroline Mulrine Drumkeen and Josephine Doherty.Next week’s bingo jackpot is €2950. Lottos available from any committee memberRegistration is now due and must be paid by the 26thMarch by 6 pm to be in with a chance to get tickets for Donegal v Tyrone Game Adults €30 and Minors €3 Contact Julia Blake on 0862611290 Training for Senior Ladies Wed from 7 -8.15 Fri from 7.30 and sun 12.30 New Players are always welome.Ladies Junior team away to Carn on Sat evening and seniors away to Four Masters on Sunday.Gaelic for Mothers and Others takes place on Wed at 8.15 new players always welcome.Training for Underage continues on Friday evening from 6-7 new Players welcome The Club held another very successful schools day on Thurs March 7th with over 150 children taking part from the 6 schools in the community with Sam in attendance also thanks to all who helped in anyway .U14 Girls Training Sat Morning at 10 New players are welcome come along girls a great way to keep fit and meet new friends Contact Gabrielle Gallagher 0861648577.U 14 boys training at 6 on Monday new players always welcomeMinor boys drew at Home to Fanad.GAA NEWS: ST MARY’S, CONVOY CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 11th, 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:St Marys Convoy Club noteslast_img read more

REMEMBERING THE BIG MAN AND SACKING THE HARPS BOARD – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNSDAY

first_imgWalshyPaddy Walsh ends the sporting season remembering a local legend, taking a pop at TV3’s sporting coverage and thanking his two readers (we know there’s at least three)!A SPORTING GIANT SLIPS AWAY The late Neil Cullen – a huge sporting icon in Donegal.The big man’s gone. And given the time of year it was almost appropriate that Neil Cullen left us when so many young budding athletes over the years had invariably likened him to Santa Claus though, in truth, no time is appropriate to lose someone of his stature.His coaching abilities helped propel many of those athletes along the track and not just Letterkenny but the entire North-West will have reason to mourn his passing. Both sport and life in general are the poorer this week as we reflect on a lifetime of selfless dedication to his beloved athletics including the Sportshall events which he took particular charge of and, previously, football where he was involved with Finn Harps.That familiar bearded figure strode onto many a sporting arena over the decades and you always knew he was there. Not just because of that loudhailer voice that boomed out instructions and advice but also because of a presence that few could match.And that sense of humour. There was no trip made with Neil that didn’t pass without a series of belly laughs – both his and those travelling with him. For while the competitive edge was invariably a big part of his personality, ensuring the athletes in his charge were enjoying themselves was equally important to him. And even during his illness he still retained that comical approach, reflected, I have no doubt, in his dealings with hospital staff and those who cared for, and treated, him since he was initially diagnosed.His wake at his home in Ballyraine Park prompted countless stories and one of my own favourite recounts the time he led a group of juvenile athletes to a meeting in Nenagh. Afraid his young charges would venture out to sample the night life of the Tipperary town and be below par for performing the next day, he camped himself outside the dormitory door. Anybody attempting to slip out during the night will have to pass me, he warned.A couple of hours into the night a voice inside the room whispered: “Paul, I’ll give you a pound if you check if he’s still there.”Taking courage into his hands and hoping that would be followed by the money, the said Paul gently opened the door to carry out the spot check only for the familiar tones outside to proclaim: “You can give him the pound now!”.There are many other stories like this one, all of them reflecting that gigantic sense of mischief.We’ll not see him pottering about at the garden shed behind his home anymore and the Friday evening regulars in the Pin Tavern pub across the road are now shorn off his compelling company and athletics, and specifically Letterkenny A.C., has lost its figurehead. But, of course, the real loss is to his family, his wife Margaret and daughters, Grainne, Siobhan and Mairead, along with his siblings and other family members, to whom we can only extend our sincerest sympathy.The big man’s gone but he’s left behind a legacy that must surely be – even if he himself modestly waved away any tributes paid to him at the various presentation functions he attended – marked with some physical memorial in his honour.A KNOCKOUT FOR R.T.E.Rory McIlroyNo real surprise that Rory McIlroy scooped the Sports Star of the Year award at the R.T.E. presentation night at the weekend even if those of us in the North-West were rooting for Mark English or Seamus Coleman to take the honours. Unlike the B.B.C. awards ceremony the previous week, this WAS a proper sporting occasion and, also unlike the Beeb’s event, the right man did in the end bring home the big prize with Lewis Hamilton not, of course, in the starting grid for the R.T.E. affair.In another year, Letterkenny’s European bronze medal winner might have been presented with the ultimate honour but when you’ve lifted two Majors and helped in the Ryder Cup success then it’s hard to argue with this year’s awardee.As was the case with all the nominees, Mark English featured in a special pre-produced segment and the one line that jumped out from his own words was the one he repeated to himself as he neared the finishing line in that memorable European Championship 800 metres Final. “As long as it’s not fourth, as long as it’s not fourth….”. It could so easily have been second but the wide grin at the end told that the bronze medal position was more than good enough for the former Letterkenny A.C. member.Seamus Coleman, too, has enjoyed an encouraging year in both the Everton and Republic of Ireland shirt and recalled, in his sixty second slot, growing up and wanting to emulate the likes of Damian Duff and Robbie Keane. The Killybegs man has done that and more and Republic boss, Martin O’Neill, among the attendance at Sunday night’s awards ceremony, heaped praise on the full-back and spoke of his importance to the Irish set-up.One sporting personality marked absent from the R.T.E. ceremony was Katie Taylor who, this week, aimed a couple of hard-hitting jabs at the national broadcaster for its failure to cover women’s boxing and the amateur game in general outside the Olympics.“Last year when the lads’ European Championships were on, they (R.T.E.) filmed the semi-finals and the finals but when mine came along they were nowhere to be seen. They always want to want to jump on the bandwagon when the Olympics come around every four years but that’s not good enough.“We should be getting the support of the national broadcaster. What more do I actually have to do to get that coverage?,” Taylor demanded.Naturally, R.T.E. came out of their corner quickly to defend their coverage of the five times world champion insisting that they had consistently supported the Bray boxer in televising her fights.Taylor refused to attend the awards night last weekend but probably should have been advised better in this respect. Show up and then show R.T.E. up would have been her best move.Anyway, R.T.E.’s sporting coverage has been generally good this year but TG4 should still take the overall award for promoting a wide variety of top level events throughout 2014.As for TV3, they’d probably need Kim Kardasian to undertake the role of ring girl before they’d even consider showing a Katie Taylor fight.SACK RODGERS AND THE HARPS BOARD?‘Would you buy a second hand car from the current Liverpool manager?,” the question was posed on one of those comment lines on R.T.E that followed a report on a recent match involving the Anfielders.Well, no, in the answer because (a) how could you trust anyone who went and bought Mario Balotelli, and (b) I’d probably have some difficulty in driving it.But that’s not the reason I’m referring to this. What caught my eye was the tag name on the comment – ‘Sack the Harps Board’.Okay, who’s behind this and why? Personally, I’d buy a second hand car from the Harps board quicker than I would from the ‘Pool boss.After all there he was branding Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez a “diver” in an incident which resulted in the free-kick that led to the Gunners’ opening goal in Sunday’s 2-2 draw but, apparently, completely overlooking a blatant hand ball by Raheem Sterling in the opposition penalty area which almost helped Liverpool to a goal of their own.And, yet, I have a lot of admiration for Brendan Rodgers. Last season his Liverpool team played the best football in the Premiership and broke the 100 goal mark in doing so. And for a rival red that was very difficult to write.SEAGULLS IN FLIGHTHardly had the ink dried on the McGettigan Group agreeing to sponsor Finn Harps F.C. again in the coming season – okay it was slow-drying ink – than the surprise announcement came that the Donegal company has gone and purchased a majority shareholding in Bray Wanderers.Owners of the Royal Hotel in the County Wicklow town – among a couple of other establishments in and around Dublin – the McGettigans will be a major backer to a club that continues to occupy Premier Division status despite a comparatively low support base and the hardship of securing top quality playing personnel given their close proximity to Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne, Bohemians and St. Patrick’s Athletic.The club will now be in a position to avail of facilities at the hotel and, indeed, other McGettigan outlets in addition to enjoying other benefits.Credit to the family group for giving this shot in the arm to the League of Ireland and to one of its lesser lights.Could there be a similar takeover with respect to a club much closer to the McGettigan roots?KEANO’S RETURNHe’s back! Keano, that is. Or, more specifically, I Keano, returning to a stage near you – that is, if you live in the Dublin area – in March.Saw this production a couple of years ago in the capital with Letterkenny’s very own Dessie Gallagher starring in the role of Macartacus or Mick McCarthy to give him his Irish handle. Great show and great performance by our Dessie who got Mick’s accent’s to perfection.Other characters – who will need no introduction – in the comedy play include Dunphia, Quinness, and Packie Bonnerus.Sample lines: Keano: “If you fail to plan, then you’re planning to fail.”Packie Bonnerus: “But if you plan to fail and you do fail then surely you have succeeded.”It’s running from March 28th to April 12th in the Olympia Theatre. Well worth a trip to see it. And it saves you bother having to trawl through the Keane autobiography.OLYMPIC ACHIEVERAmateur boxing has honoured Finn Valley B.C.’s Michael Gallagher and a thoroughly deserved tribute it is. Last August, the boxer took home a bronze medal from the Youth Olympic Games in China and at their annual awards night,, the heavyweight was landed with the Olympic Achiever award by the Amateur Boxing Association.Sporting talent never seems to sit on its laurels in this county.SEASON’S GREETINGSFinally, to the readers of this column – both of you – have a sporting Christmas even if the turkey won’t be getting into too much of a flap over it…REMEMBERING THE BIG MAN AND SACKING THE HARPS BOARD – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNSDAY was last modified: December 24th, 2014 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:donegalPaddy WalshWalshy on Wednesdaylast_img read more

DDTV: WATCH ALL THE GOALS AND HIGHLIGHTS FROM FINN HARPS U19’S VICTORY OVER DERRY CITY

first_imgDDTV: It’s not too often that Finn Harps teams go to The Brandywell and come away with a convincing 3-0 win over Derry City – but that was the case on Saturday for Joe Boyle’s u19 side. Boyle’s young charges have made an excellent start to their LOI U19 campaign and that good run was continued yesterday against Derry City. Harps were deserving winners and in truth could’ve won by more with Darragh Black in mercurial form.Goals from Black, Simon McGlynn and an OG from a wicked in-swinging  free-kick meant Harps ran out comfortable winners.Joe Boyle will be delighted with his side’s start to the season.To watch all the goals and highlights from the clash simply click play on the video above.  DDTV: WATCH ALL THE GOALS AND HIGHLIGHTS FROM FINN HARPS U19’S VICTORY OVER DERRY CITY was last modified: September 21st, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

World Bank investment in Africa at record levels

first_imgA trader on the floor of the Ghana Stock Exchange in Accra, Ghana. (Image: Jonathan Ernst, World Bank)• Elena GexCommunications: World Bankegex@worldbank.org• Zibu SibandaCommunications: IFC221 33 859 7117zsibanda@ifc.org• Cara Santos PianesiCommunications: Migacsantospianesi@worldbank.org• Connecting small business to the world can help Africa thrive • Mobile phone boost to African internet • CNN’s Richard Quest examines the rise of Africa • Seven reasons to be optimistic about Africa• Diaspora dollars spur African developmentStaff writerThe World Bank Group has announced it spent a whopping US15.3-billion on development projects in sub-Saharan Africa during the financial year from July 2013 to June 2014 – a new record – most of it in zero-interest credits and grants from the International Development Association (IDA), the bank’s fund for the poorest countries.“Africa is making significant progress,” Makhtar Diop, World Bank vice president for Africa, said in a statement. “‘We applaud the improved policies and prudent fiscal decisions many governments have made and we will continue to provide financing through loans and grants, technical expertise and to mobilise our unique convening power to leverage the resources of other development partners.”The bank contributed $10.6-billion in new lending to 160 projects over the year, including $10.2-billion in zero-interest credits and grants from the International Development Association (IDA) – the largest sum the IDA has delivered in any region in the World Bank’s history.The work of the bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the African private sector focused on building infrastructure and introducing new business approaches to help drive growth and job creation. During the year the IFC invested more than $4.2-billion in the continent: $3-billion went to IDA countries and some $800-million to fragile and conflict-ridden states. The IFC also spent $55-million on advisory service programmes in the region, 96% of it in the poorest countries.The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Miga), also part of the World Bank Group, issued guarantees of $515-million to projects developing oil and gas, power, services, and telecommunications. The agency also teamed up with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation to establish a $350-million political risk facility to support planned investments in sustainable agribusiness in some 13 sub-Saharan African countries.In collaboration with individual countries, the bank focused on regional projects in sustainable energy, irrigation, water management, and food security, as well as in job training programmes for the youth, the prevention of malaria and other tropical diseases, and social protection for poor families.Fragility and emergency actionDuring the year, the World Bank also ramped up efforts to act quickly and effectively in emergency situations in Africa. In response to the crisis in Central African Republic, it delivered over US$70-million to help restore government services and support food distribution and healthcare.Major regional initiatives by the bank also tackled fragility and conflict. In November 2013, World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim pledged $1.5-billion to boost economic growth and lift the people of Africa’s Sahel Region out of devastating poverty. Kim’s pledge came during an historic joint trip to the Sahel with UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.Investment in renewable energySub-Saharan Africa has abundant hydropower resources, yet only 10% of its electricity-generation potential has been harnessed. Boosting access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy is a primary objective of the bank’s work in Africa. During the 2013-2014 financial year, its projects focused on developing hydropower potential and providing new forms of sustainable power.In a major push, the IFC, Miga and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) – another World Bank Group entity – launched a joint Energy Business Plan for Nigeria. This will support Nigeria’s energy reform programme and help increase generation capacity by some 1 000 MW, while also tapping into nearly $1.7-billion of private sector financing for Africa’s largest economy.The bank also supported the 80-megawatt Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project in Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania, and provided a $100-million grant to Burundi for the Jiji-Mulembwe hydropower project. Both projects are set to link millions of people to the power grid.Improving agricultural productivityThe World Bank also supports countries’ individual efforts to improve agricultural productivity by linking farmers to markets and reducing risk and vulnerability, as well as increasing rural employment, and making agriculture more environmentally sustainable. Projects supported over the year included investments to improve pastoralism through community development and livelihoods in Ethiopia, boosting agribusiness in Senegal, and innovations in landscape management, notably in the Sahel.Higher education centres of excellenceHigher education plays a key role in promoting economic growth and development especially for Africa’s fastest growing population group, the youth. The World Bank is one of the largest financiers of higher education on the continent. Its new $150-million Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence project is funding 19 university-based institutions for advanced education in West and Central Africa. This will support regional specialisation among participating universities in mathematics, science, engineering and ICT.last_img read more