Boardroom decisions to ponder

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first_imgMuch has been discussed here and elsewhere about pending action at the XV IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations) World Championships in Athletics. Track and field is, by far, Jamaica’s most successful sport. Its biennial showpiece happens in the Chinese city of Beijing, competition lasting from August 22 to 30. It marks a highly anticipated revisit to the Bird’s Nest Stadium, where Jamaica’s sprinters staged a major coup at the Olympics in 2008. In six events, including the sprint relays, five gold medals went to the land of Bob Marley and the Reggae Boyz. That a season-long, high-riding, twice-convicted drug cheat, Justin Gatlin, is part of the USA’s spoil-the-island party only enhances the hype. One expects, following a telling London Diamond League experience, the big man himself, Usain Bolt, will make it a spectacle that only dreams can envisage. That excitement aside, there will be boardroom decisions to ponder. From them will surface a separate brand of doubts, drama, and disappointments. Come August 18-20, the hosts, the IAAF, will be holding their 50th congress. Being an even-numbered staging, elections for official positions in the hierarchy will be held. It is a contradiction of sorts that Jamaica does not have a single post in the structure of the existing world governing body. Such a distinction could be considered almost automatic, given the nation’s international high profile in the sport. In a determined attempt to correct that, four individuals have been sent forward to ‘face the music’. Dr Warren Blake, not without negative murmurs behind the curtains, holds the top spot in the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). A seasoned politician, he will contest for a place on the IAAF council. The association’s general secretary, Garth Gayle, rumoured to be looking at Blake’s chair in next year’s local polls, will vie for technical committee membership. The quartet of hopefuls is completed by JAAA’s third vice-president, 1996 Atlanta Olympics 400 metres hurdles gold medallist, Deon Hemmings-McCatty, and road racing organiser, Alan Beckford. Respectively, they will be hunting women’s and cross-country committee status. Beckford, who is not on the executive of the association, was co-opted for the exercise. Foster’s Fairplay quizzed the straight talker, who co-founded and is currently chief organiser for the Jamaica College-hosted Hugo Chambers 10K. There was anxiety as to his thoughts about being sent to the polls, while not an elected member of the JAAA executive. “Having been involved in road racing for more than 30 years, and cross country as well, I think the executive of the JAAA would have seen my qualities and, knowing that I was integrally involved in many a way, with the growth of distance running in Jamaica … hence, this is the reason they selected me,” he said. The die is cast, for better or for worse. The country awaits the outcome.last_img read more

World Cup Today with Colin Murray – Wednesday, July 9

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first_imgColin Murray is joined by Steve Bunce and Matt Holland to discuss the day’s news, with a twist, and to look ahead to the semi-finals of the World Cup.Listen to the World Cup semi-final between Holland and Argentina on Wednesday night live on talkSPORT, kick-off 9pmlast_img

Uganda see off Burundi in CECAFA opener

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first_img0Shares0000Uganda Cranes players celebrate one of their two goals against Burundi during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Complex on December 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 7 – Hosts Uganda saw off a nervous second half before beating Burundi 2-1 in their opening Group A match of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Stadium in Kampala on Saturday evening.Fahad Bayo and Bright Anukani got the goals for the Cranes while Cedric Rurasenga scored the consolation for the Burundians. With the victory, Uganda move top of the group with maximum points and will face Djibouti in their second match on Monday while Burundi will face Somalia.The cranes were in total dominance of the opening half and were a beauty to watch. Within the opening 25 minutes, they were already 2-0 up and looked so comfortable in front of their adoring home fans.They broke the deadlock in the 10th minute, Anukani hitting the back of the net with a brilliant low shot from 20 yards out after a poorly defended ball landed kindly on him.Burundi’s day went from bad to worse when they had to change their centre back pairing after Muryano Musa picked up an I jury and was replaced by Issa Hakizimana.Uganda continued their dominance in the match and were 2-0 up in the 24th minute with Anukani on e again playing a key role.The midfielder put Bayo through on goal with a brilliant through pass and the burly forward did the rest by slipping the ball under Burundi keeper Fabien Mutombora’s arms.On the half hour mark, the impressive Anukani had a chance for his second of the day but could not keep his header down unmarked off a Mustafa Kiiza corner.On the other end, a tad of complacency saw Shafik Kagimu lose the ball in a dangerous area but luckily for him, Abedi Bigirimana failed to punch him by taking a rushed shot that went wide when he had acres of space in front of him.Anukani continued to terrorize the Burundi backline and he created two more chances that should have wrapped up the game. Another brilliant pass between the defenders landed on Paul Willa, but his shot from the right went wide.A minute to the break  Anukani clipped over a pass destined for Bayo, but the striker’s looping g header went just over.Three minutes into the second half, Uganda should have been safely 3-0 up, but Bayo’s effort from the right hit the crossbar with the Burundi defense caught napping.Burundi kept the fight on and they halved the deficit on the hour mark from the penalty spot, Cedric Rurasenga sending the keeper the wrong way after Revita John had handled the ball inside the box.The goal gave Burundi hope and they should thank their lucky stars for Uganda’s glaring misses just five minutes later.Okello who had been exciting in the middle of the pack dribbled into space inside the box, but his low shot came off the bar. The rebound fell kindly on Viane Sekajugo with a gaping g goalmouth, but the winger shot over.Having dodged a bullet, Burundi piled the pressure, but could not get the best quality ball in the attacking third.They almost snatched a draw at the death, but Chancel Ndaye’s well delivered freekick rolled across the face of goal with no one to touch it into an empty net.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jamie Vardy set for a two-week absence with injury?

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first_img1 Reports – Jamie Vardy set for a two-week absence with injury Jamie Vardy is set for up to a fortnight out through injury, according to reports.BBC Radio Leicester said on Sunday that the 28-year-old – one of the stars of the season – is to have minor groin surgery and will sit out for one to two weeks.There has been no comment from Leicester, who need Vardy’s goals to maintain their title challenge.The England international has netted 15 Premier League goals this season, including a record run of scoring in 11 consecutive games, although he has just one in his last six.Leicester’s form has dipped slightly too, failing to score in a run of three games that has yielded two points.They host Tottenham in the FA Cup next weekend.last_img read more

Principal’s retirement inspires school to raise over €1,000 for charity

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first_imgThe pupils of Scoil Naomh Fiachra Illistrin in Letterkenny have raised a fantastic €1,070 following the retirement of popular Principal Doreen Kennedy.Mrs Kennedy retired at the end of September after nearly 40 years of service. To mark the occasion, the pupils held a No Uniform Day on Mrs Kennedy’s last day. Each pupil was asked to bring €1 or €2 to support two worthwhile Christian charities.The school Parents’ Association and Board of Management also held a raffle at the function to mark Mrs Kennedy’s retirement. In total the whole school community raised €1070.  €535 was presented to Mary’s Meals. You can check their great work here. €535 was also presented to NET Ministries. You can read about this charity here.Mrs Kennedy presented the cheques to the two charities on the 20th of November. Mrs Doreen Kennedy presents a donation to NET Ministries following her retirement.Mrs Doreen Kennedy presents a donation to Mary’s Meals following her retirement.Representatives from Mary’s Meals spoke to 6th class pupils about the great work being done by the charity to help children in the third world. Father Kenny and members of the NET team spoke about their work sharing Jesus’ gospel message with young people. Pupils listened attentively and were made aware of the struggles facing less fortunate children in different parts of the world.  NET Ministries team with Father Kenny and Mrs Doreen Kennedy at the cheque presentation in Illistrin NSA team of NET volunteers are working on an ongoing basis with the 6th classes at Illistrin NS.A big thank you to the parents, pupils and staff for supporting Mrs Kennedy’s favourite charities.Principal’s retirement inspires school to raise over €1,000 for charity was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S ANNOUNCE ALL-IRELAND FINAL TICKET COLLECTION DETAILS

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first_imgNotice: St Eunan’s GAA Club All-Ireland Final Ticket Collection:Adults who have applied for a ticket for this year’s All-Ireland Football Finals double-header in Croke Park tomorrow week, can call to the Clubhouse tomorrow, Sunday September 14th at 4pm to collect their ticket (upstairs).All Juveniles that were successful is acquiring a ticket will be notified by today and their tickets can also be collected as well. …….For those that have requested Hill 16 / Nally Stand tickets, your tickets will be available to collect DOWNSTAIRS in the Clubhouse.Please note that you must bring full payment with you for your ticket(s) to receive your ticket(s).We are also asking people that have not applied for a ticket NOT to show up at the Clubhouse as it is expected to be very busy and we already have a standby list for tickets. Advertisement  GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S ANNOUNCE ALL-IRELAND FINAL TICKET COLLECTION DETAILS was last modified: September 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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

MAN WHO RAPED PARTNER IN FRONT OF CHILD JAILED FOR SIX YEARS

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first_imgA 25 year old Donegal man who raped his ex-partner in front of their infant child has been sentenced to six years in prison.The man, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape of the woman at his home on February 26, 2010. Judge Garrett Sheehan said he had taken into account the nature of the offence and the “courageous and hopeful note on which the woman concluded her victim impact report.”The man is now in a new relationship and is expecting a child with his partner who seems to be having an extremely positive influence on him.Mr Justice Sheehan said he had taken into account the man’s plea of guilty, his remorse and apology.He said his personal involvement with his daughter’s upbringing, prior to the offence, was commendable and added that being registered a sex offender is a vey real punishment which will impact on his life once he is out of prison.He suspended the final two years of the sentence but added that the man “still has a way to go to really understand the impact this offence has had on his first family”.The man and the victim lived together and had a child before they separated in 2009.They took turns to mind the child and on the day of the attack the woman was leaving it with her partner at his home. They both washed and played with the child before putting her to bed in her cot.The man then attacked his ex-partner and held her on the bed. He tried to rape her several times before succeeding while the baby was in the room.During the rape, the victim was shouting to stop and he threatened to tie her to the bed. Afterwards he refused to return the child to her and threatened her with revenge if she went to gardai. She promised not to and he let her go.When the victim got home her mother noticed she was pale and asked what was wrong.The woman said she had been raped and gardai were called. He was arrested and denied having any sexual contact with the woman. DNA evidence was later found linking him to the rape.Defence counsel, Mr John Whelan SC, said his client “misread the situation” and had the impression the sex was consensual. He said he stopped once he realised the woman wasn‘t consenting.Mr Whelan called it a “once-off, spur of the moment incident” and said the man pleaded guilty to spare his partner the ordeal of trial.He said the man is of ‘limited intelligence’ and fell into drugs after dropping out of school.MAN WHO RAPED PARTNER IN FRONT OF CHILD JAILED FOR SIX YEARS was last modified: November 16th, 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)last_img read more

SHOOTING OF NEW FILM STARTS IN DONEGAL NEXT WEEK

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first_imgA short film based on the famous Irish poem An Crann will begin shooting in Glenties next week.The film, based on Núala Ní Dhomhnaill’s poem of the same name, starts shooting on June 26th.An Crann is a transatlantic project, with a crew comprised of recent graduates from both New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the National Film School at IADT Dun Laoghaire. The film tells the story of Brendan and Aisling, a couple who have lived together in Donegal for twenty-five years. Their lives are relatively uneventful… until one day, a strange new neighbour chops down their tree.When Aisling informs their neighbour of her mistake, the woman invites Aisling to cut down one of her trees in retaliation. Brendan relishes the opportunity for payback, whilst Aisling is determined to forgive and forget. But the woman continues to wheedle her way into the couple’s lives, and soon Aisling is forced to make a hard choice.The film stars veterans of the Irish screen and stage Bairbre Ní Caoimh and Nichola MacEvilly, in an Irish language script by Emma Carlson.Núala Ní Dhomhnaill is one of Ireland’s preeminent poets, and writes exclusively in Irish. Her work has been translated to English by Paul Muldoon, Seamus Heaney, and Medbh McGuckian. An Crann appears in Ní Dhomhnaill’s 1988 Rogha Dánta: Selected Poems.  SHOOTING OF NEW FILM STARTS IN DONEGAL NEXT WEEK was last modified: June 19th, 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:An CranndonegalfilmingGlentieslast_img read more

JOB VACANCIES: MC KELVEY HARVESTING SEEKING TO RECRUIT FOREST MACHINE OPERATORS

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first_imgMc Kelvey Harvesting LTD are seeking a number of vacancies for TWO Harvester drivers and TWO Forwarders drivers required for shift work. Full-time or part-time positions are now available, self-employed or payee options.Shifts are available immediately on Valmet/Komatsu/silvatec Forest Machines. Applicants must be productive and have the ability to keep the machine well maintained and follow all health and safety regulations and environment guidelines.Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience and have relevant Forest Machine Operators Certificate. (FMOC).Salary guide €40,000 to €70,000 per year.Closing date for applicants by 17th October 2014. Please send CV to,MC KELVEY HARVESTING LIMITED.SESSIAGHONEILL,BALLYBOFEY,CO, DONEGAL. Or email – mckelvey.harvesting@outlook.ieJOB VACANCIES: MC KELVEY HARVESTING SEEKING TO RECRUIT FOREST MACHINE OPERATORS was last modified: September 9th, 2014 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:Forest operatorsJob VacanciesjobsMachinesMc Kelveynewslast_img read more

Animal Charity exposes Donegal cat dumping epidemic

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first_imgDonegal based charity Animals In Need (AIN) has revealed that a disturbing number of cats and kittens are being dumped around the county which they say has now reached epidemic proportions.The animal rescue has saved the shocking figure of 370 cats and kittens this year, many of whom have been deliberately dumped or left behind by their owners.In the past week alone, AIN has rescued a mother cat and her two kittens who were dumped in a private lane, a young cat was left behind by her owners when they moved away, another cat was left at the vets and the owners refused to collect her plus five small kittens were dumped near Supervalu in Killybegs. One of the five kittens dumped in KillybegsAn AIN spokesperson said: “The situation is completely out of control. In the case of the five tiny kittens dumped in Killybegs this week, we’ve so far managed to catch two of them. One of the others had already been killed on the busy road there and two more are missing.”This is the third time AIN has been called out to rescue kittens abandoned at this location in the past few months.Dumped on a building site in Donegal TownAIN said: “Dumping kittens is handing them a death sentence and a cruel, often lingering death filled with suffering at that.”She continued: “Kittens cannot fend for themselves. They can’t hunt or defend themselves.They easily fall victim to road accidents, starvation, the elements, sickness or predators. It’s like sending a toddler out into the big wide world alone, you just wouldn’t do it.” Aside from the cruelty and suffering a dumped cat or kitten will go through, abandoning a pet is a criminal offense under the Animal Welfare Act.Many of the dumped cats and kittens are in bad shape when they arrive at the rescue due to the tough struggle to survive they have endured.AIN said: “When they are starving they will eat anything. Recently we had some really unwell kittens come in and one ended up having major surgery after having eaten butchers elastic.”“Another one was passing pieces of a plastic bag and we’ve had others vomiting up hard plastic and stones.”This year has seen an unprecedented number of call-outs to litters of dumped kittens and abandoned cats all around the county. AIN appealed to anyone considering abandoning animals to please think again, saying: “There is help and advice available at the end of the phone so have a heart and make that call to your local rescue.”She concluded: “Not only is dumping animals a crime but the suffering the helpless kittens and even adult cats go through before they die their lonely death is horrendous. This has to stop.”Animals In Need CLG Donegal is a registered charity made up entirely of unpaid volunteers that has been rescuing animals in Donegal for the past 12 years.For further information on adoption, fostering, volunteering etc, please contact the main helpline on 087 1356188. For cat/kitten enquiries please call 087 7644420. Animals In Need Donegal is also on Facebook and has a website at http://www.animalsinneeddonegal.com. Animal Charity exposes Donegal cat dumping epidemic was last modified: November 25th, 2017 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:abandonmentanimals in needcatsdonegaldumpingepidemickittenslast_img read more