Scorpions lack sting – Miller puzzled as Jamaica franchise crash to yet another defeat

first_img “We are just struggling in terms of getting runs. The pitch played well and was a good track to bat on. “We just needed to back ourselves some more and find a way, and that did not happen,” he added. Last champions four years ago, Jamaica went into the clash with three wins and four defeats. This was largely based on below par batting totals of under 200 per innings. The Wavell Hinds-chaired selection panel has since chopped and changed several players, including Tamar Lambert, David Bernard Jr, and Carlton Baugh Jr, in an attempt to arrest the situation. For the Barbados matchup, the panel left out the injured Jermaine Blackwood from the 13-man squad and brought in young Guyanese-born opener Trevon Griffith, who did not feature. This resulted in young batsman Brandon King, who was 12th man the previous game, being given the opportunity to prove his worth after misfiring in the opening two matches. King, however, could only manage 19 and 25. Captain and opener John Campbell, who, after scoring his maiden first-class ton last season, has failed to pass 50 this season and was dismissed for scores of four and 20, respectively, in this contest. His opening partner Shacaya Thomas, after making his seasonal debut with 62 and 19 in the previous match, made 50 and five. Sidelined West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards scored four and two in the respective innings. Andre McCarthy, the team’s top runs scorer this season, hit 52 and 18, while recalled wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, batting at number six, made nine and one. Former Leewards wicketkeeper-batsman Devon Thomas, who now plays as a batting all-rounder while bowling medium pace, contributed 18 and 44 not out. “I can’t say what is the problem as we have tried everything in the practice nets, including batting a lot of balls,” continued Miller. “No matter the personnel we use, it is the same outcome. “The team environment,” he added, “is also pretty good, decent and normal, and that’s why it is a bit puzzling to me.” Meanwhile, Brathwaite, in commending the effort of his team, said an all-round effort made the difference. “We built pressure with a lot dot balls and I think that is how we got wickets,” he said “Our batsmen also did a fine job in the second innings to chase the winning runs as batting was not that easy with Nikita Miller opening the bowling.” Jamaica Scorpions are now officially out of the running for the WICB Regional Four-Day Championship title after going down to a six-wicket defeat to Barbados Pride at Sabina Park yesterday. The Junior Bennett-coached unit, who entered the eighth-round encounter with a mere mathematical chance of overtaking leaders Guyana Jaguars, succumbed to their fourth straight loss following another poor batting display. Resuming the day on 22 for two, 18 runs behind the Pride’s first innings total of 217, Jamaica were bowled out for 157 on the stroke of lunch on the third day. This set the Kraigg Brathwaite-led Pride a victory target of 118, which they achieved at 118 for four shortly before tea. The result kept Barbados in second place with two rounds of matches remaining. “It’s very disappointing. You get 10 wickets in a game and you can’t celebrate,” stated former Jamaica vice-captain Nikita Miller, who finished with figures of eight for 67 and two for 38. STRUGGLING FOR RUNS SCOREBOARD SCORPIONS 1st Innings 177 PRIDE 1st Innings 217 SCORPIONS 2nd Innings (overnight 22 for two) S Thomas c Brathwaite b Warrican 5 *J Campbell c wkp Dowrich b Chase 20 K Edwards c Chase b Warrican 2 A McCarthy c Cummins b Warrican 18 B King c Brathwaite b Walsh 25 +C Walton st Dowrich b Walsh 1 D Thomas not out 44 D Jacobs c Brooks b Walsh 0 J Dawes lbw b Cummins 29 N Miller c and b Cummins 3 N Gordon run out 0 Extras (b6, lb1, nb3) 10 TOTAL (all out, 49.2 overs) 157 Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-10, 3-38, 4-73, 5-75, 6-78, 7-80, 8-143, 9-149, 10-157. Bowling: Warrican 14-2-49-3, Cummins 8.2-2-20-2 (nb3), Chase 11-1-29-1, Greaves 3-1-11-0, Walsh 13-1-41-3. PRIDE 2nd Innings (target: 118 runs) *K Brathwaite c D. Thomas b Jacobs 36 O Phillips c McCarthy b Miller 8 J Carter c Campbell b Miller 32 S Brooks c S. Thomas b Jacobs 3 R Chase not out 35 +S Dowrich not out 1 Extras (nb3) 3 TOTAL (4 wkts, 31.2 overs) 118 Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-77, 3-79, 4-116. Bowling: Miller 15.2-4-38-2, McCarthy 3-0-16-0, Campbell 3-0-19-0, Dawes 3-0-16-0, Jacobs 7-3-29-2. Result: Pride won by six wickets. Points: Pride 16, Scorpions 3. Man-of-the-Match: Roston Chase. Toss: Scorpions. Umpires: Christopher Wright, Nigel Duguid.last_img read more

In Nimba: Mixed Views on ArcelorMittal’s Community Projects

first_imgArcelorMittal, the international steel giant, has mined iron ore in Mount Tokadeh, Nimba County for five years and is negotiating with the Liberian government to begin mining Mount Gangra nearby.Standing here in Zolowee Town along the Yekepa Highway, an observer sees the telltale signs of heavy equipment that has clawed away on Mount Tokadeh to the west, leaving him or her with no doubt that this is where iron ore has been mined in Nimba.In its reworked Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) with the government back in 2006, ArcelorMittal agreed to give something back to affected communities under a Social Development Fund. The company agreed to give US$75 million over 25 years to Nimba, Bong and Grand Bassa counties. Nimba has received more than US$15 million over the years.As the company and government currently undertake the 5-year mandatory renegotiation of the agreement, the Daily Observer asks, “What then can communities, especially Zolowee and Gbahpa, directly facing Mount Tokadeh, show after ArcelorMittal’s five years of operation?”A few things, says Hilton Suah, Youth Chairperson of Zolowee.“ArcelorMittal built an annex of our school, about three classrooms, along the road. It also built a town hall,” said Suah. “We are happy about that.”ArcelorMittal pays US$1.5 million each year to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning for Nimba (smaller amounts go to Bong and Grand Bassa) which is then transferred directly to the county fund. The county decides what to do with the money and these structures came from that. The school annex and classrooms and the town hall were built with those funds at the county’s direction.Market structure erected by Mittal in Zolowee;But ArcelorMittal was also required to do additional work for the community outside of that fund. Its website says in addition to the Social Development Fund, “the Company is also required to establish and maintain medical and education facilities in all areas of operation, to serve employees, their families and the broader community.”That aspect has not gone so well according to Parkinson Zuweh, a prominent son of the town. Markets built in the area have brought many complaints. The market structures are not built where local people want to shop.According to him, decisions to build the structures began with lawmakers and the county authorities in Monrovia without direct consultations with the locals. People here were informed of benefits they were to get from the company.“As you can see, the market is empty,” Zuweh said. “And all the people have gone to their farms. What is the use of such a big building here? It is only on Sunday you see many people here.”Indeed, there were fewer than 15 marketers in the market hall selling identical products including okra, pepper, palm nuts, bitter-balls, and palm oil the day the Daily Observer visited the place. The sellers are here. Finding the customers to buy these products is the problem now.“We sell here all day,” said old lady Nohn. “But no buyer, and these things will either spoil or we eat them ourselves.”ArcelorMittal built a similar market hut in nearby towns of Gbahpa and Sehyeekinpa. People in Gbahpa are also unhappy with the location of their market. “The market was built at the eastern end of the town, but the people here say they are not selling there because it is behind them,” said Nyan Suah Zaa, Town Chief of Gbahpa.The company built and equipped a clinic in Yekepa. But it has so far failed to provide a promised US$40 million upgrade to the Ganta to Yekepa road, which was to be the largest and most visible of the company’s promised improvements.A big part of the problem was a massive slump in the global price for iron ore from 2014. When operations began, profitability looked guaranteed with iron ore prices as high as US$190 per ton.By the end of January 2015, the industry watched in shock as iron ore prices dropped as low as US$39. ArcelorMittal’s Liberia operations were no longer profitable and the government, in the midst of the Ebola crisis and economic turmoil, offered ArcelorMittal a chance to defer its social development fund payments to keep operating.The clinic and road were deferred as well. In 2016 Arcelor Mittal paid US$750,000 to the Finance Ministry for Nimba, half of its yearly requirement. The remaining US$750,000 will be repaid when prices recover sufficiently to cover ArcelorMittal’s operational costs. Neither the company nor government has said what price that is. The price has since recovered to US$88 a ton.The company and the government are reportedly reviewing the agreement as required by the MDA, and ArcelorMittal is expected to begin another phase of operation in Mount Gangra following the depletion of Mount Tokadeh.The county authorities and legislative caucus of Nimba are expected to put forward the county’s demands in the next phase of operation.When contacted, Senator Thomas Grupee said the Executive is yet to inform the Nimba Legislative Caucus about the review process and therefore he cannot comment.“Before putting forward what comes to Nimba, the President and Legislative committee on Concession will complete discussions and reach it to us,” said Superintendent Dorr Cooper.There has been anger over payments to farmers whose crops were destroyed in the area when ArcelorMittal took over their land. Protesters destroyed property at ArcelorMittal’s operational plant in Nimba in 2014 claiming they were not paid what they were owed.“We have resettled people whose crops were damaged as a result of the company’s operation – about 500 farmers,” said Parkinson Zuweh, head of the Volunteers to Support International Effort in Developing Africa (VOSIEDA), a non-governmental organization responsible for resettling people whose crops were affected.“The company paid US$97 for a young tree of rubber, and other cash crops including avocado, coffee and cocoa had their own prices.”According to Zuweh, those who destroyed the company’s properties in 2014 were people not connected to the resettlement process.The company paid resettlement packages to legitimate owners of crops, according to ArcelorMittal’s Corporate Communication Manager, Hesta Pearson, but it refused to pay those who were running into the bush planting rubber and claiming payment for it.But others claim the amount has been reduced.“I am one of those who received US$97.00 the first time for each tree crop destroyed, but after some time the amount was reduced to $42.00 per rubber tree for reasons we are yet to know,” said Saye Tarlee.Other members of the community welcome ArcelorMittal in the county and say any problems here are the fault of the government for poor communications.“We don’t feel bad seeing the company operating in the area,” said Old Man Wonnowon in Zolowee. “We have no means of getting iron ore out of the mountain, but when such thing is going on, let the government inform us about what they have discussed with the company.”This story was produced in collaboration with New Narratives and the Thomson Reuters Foundation with funding from German Development Cooperation. 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Well Done LRA! MFDP, What About Tax Returns?

first_imgThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) in recent days appreciated taxpayers for their contribution and compliance with the country’s tax policy. There were 33 businesses and individuals appreciated and certificated, some of which included LoneStar Cell MTN, Orange Liberia, Monrovia Club Breweries, Passion Hotel in Bong County, Jungle Water Group of Companies in Nimba, among others.Among the institutions, LoneStar Cell MTN was pointed out as the highest taxpayer in the Republic of Liberia, a laudable activity that anyone or institution can be recognized for. The award was a first for the LRA in appreciation of taxpayers whose financial contributions to the country’s economy have made minimal impacts, but maximized the accounts of corrupt, inhumane and unpatriotic government officials.Apart from being the first of its kind in Liberia, the ceremony, accompanied by certifications of taxpayers in various categories, also alludes to motivational theories that encourage organizations and individuals to outperform each other in their compliance with policy. It is interesting to note that the LRA did not only target big businesses that bring in more money, but considered the small and medium businesses as well, encouraging these businesses which are also making strides in complying with government’s policy despite the challenges they face in the country.The expected motivation resulting from this insightful managerial style of the Elfrieda Tamba Administration at the LRA was expressed in views of representatives of the recipients during their remarks. Babatunde Osho, the CEO of LoneStar Cell MTN, promised that his company will not only be the highest taxpayer next time, but will also be the most compliant company. George Mensah Asante, the managing director of Ecobank Liberia, encouraged other competitors to also be honest in paying their just taxes, and not to evade or cheat in any form.  Even John B. S. Davies, president of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) promised to unseat Ecobank as the most compliant taxpayer next time around.Now that the Liberia Revenue Authority has started pinching taxpayers through motivational ceremony to be tax compliant, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) should begin devising its own means to complement this by implementing a tax return policy, if there is any. If not, MFDP must try to draft and submit it for legislation in order to give back taxpayers a little portion of what they are giving out in taxes that corrupt public officials enjoy.It may be recalled that a few years ago Montserrado County Superintendent Florence Brandy told LRA officials in Bentol that Liberians and foreign residents in the country were paying taxes, but were getting nothing out of the taxes because there is no tax return policy for taxpayers. She repeated the same statement early this year at a consultative meeting LRA held with local authorities of Montserrado.The keynote speaker of the occasion, Vice President Joseph Boakai, encouraged businesses, individual Liberians and institutions to cultivate the idea and mindset of paying taxes to promote development and civic responsibility. While the importance of paying tax to development cannot be overstated, it is also expedient to note that civic responsibility comes with a responsible government that will demonstrate humility to the people from whom it collects taxes, and one of the ways to do this is via tax returns.When tax returns accompany tangible development projects, including roads, electricity, water, agriculture and protective policies, citizens will feel inclusive in the nation’s economy and will also build a spirit of patriotism. The Daily Observer therefore encourages the government to institute a tax return policy to put smiles on the faces of taxpayers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GTT launches Pinktober activities for breast cancer awareness

first_img…3000 persons benefited from 2017 outreachesGTT on Friday launched its Pinktober campaign to strengthen awareness of breast cancer in Guyana during the month of October.GTT’s CEO, Justin Nedd among the gathering for PinktoberJoined by personalities of the pageantry and sports worlds, the attendees were given a taste of what is to come for the month-long happenings. Miss World Guyana 2018 Ambika Ramraj stood as one of the coordinating members alongside the former Miss World Vena Mookram.GTT Managing Director Davie Sukhdeo explained that “Pinktober” was coined because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and pink is the colour associated with breast cancer awareness. “It only made sense that we did a Pinktober to raise breast cancer awareness in the month of October,” she stated.Partnering with private and public organisations, the Guyana Cancer Foundation has been one of the key entities to deliver services and assistance to cancer patients or those who may require a medical examination.Bibi Hassan from the Foundation related, “At the Guyana Cancer Foundation, we have touched the lives of over 3000 people since we got the funds from GTT almost a year ago. We did that through outreach with funds raised by going into different communities around our country with medical outreach programmes.”Ambassador for the company and former Miss World Guyana, Poonam Singh was one of the spokespersons throughout the programme as she called for cancer victims and survivors to be supported at all times and not only in October.“To the healing survivors, you are a walking example of hope and you show us that with hope, the odds don’t matter. To the beautiful souls who are victims of cancer, you are blessed,” said Singh.In initiatives to further extend the programmes, activities were introduced to areas such as Linden and Lethem to bridge the gap between all breast cancer victims and survivors and more importantly, to educate the public on the issue.Presently, over $4 million has been collected and that amount is expected to grow as the activities commence.last_img read more

Trudeau targeted in English leaders’ debate

first_imgBut in the main, like the other leaders, Singh was deadly serious about his targets.“Mr. Trudeau does not have the courage to take on the insurance and the pharmaceutical lobbyists who don’t want this to happen,” Singh said. “You vote New Democrats, we’re going to make sure we’re going to make these things happen because we don’t work for the powerful and wealthy … We work for you.”May prayed publicly that Trudeau would not be re-elected, with a plan to fight climate change that in her view doesn’t move quickly enough.His government has done more on climate change than any Canadian government ever has, Trudeau shot back, and has made major policy changes, such as introducing a new child benefit, that have lifted thousands of families out of poverty.Advertisement Scheer rounded on Trudeau again later, raising the SNC-Lavalin affair. He accused Trudeau of breaking ethics law, shutting down parliamentary inquiries and firing two senior female cabinet ministers who objected to his trying to pressure his former attorney general to halt a criminal prosecution of the Montreal engineering giant.“Tell me, when did you decide that the rules don’t apply to you?” he said.“Mr. Scheer, the role of a prime minister is stand up for Canadians’ jobs, to stand up for the public interest and that’s what I’ve done,” Trudeau responded.Trudeau then veered onto one of his favourite themes, accusing Scheer of giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Canadians and conducting himself just like Ontario Premier Doug Ford. He also noted that Scheer hasn’t yet released a fully costed platform, which he called “a disrespect for every Canadian.”“You’re choosing, just like Doug Ford did, to hide your platform from Canadians and deliver cuts to services and cut taxes for the wealthiest. That’s not the way to grow the economy.”Advertisement OTTAWA — As Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer battled in Monday night’s leaders’ debate over who has the better climate-change policy, the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh told viewers they don’t have to choose between “Mr. Delay and Mr. Deny.”Elizabeth May, whose Green party is fighting with the NDP for third place, framed the choice differently.“At this point, Mr. Scheer, with all due respect, you’re not going to be prime minister,” she said bluntly at one point. She predicted that Trudeau’s Liberals will win at least a minority government so “voting for Green MPs is your very best guarantee, Canada, that you don’t get the government you least want.”- Advertisement -Regardless of the question, Singh took every opportunity to repeat his favourite theme: that Liberals and Conservatives alike pander to wealthy corporations whereas the NDP will fight for ordinary Canadians with investments in child care, pharmacare and dental care.In a debate that very often featured cross-talk from leaders who wouldn’t give each other an inch, and after-the-bell jabs right before a tumbling roster of moderators moved on to new topics, Singh cracked the most jokes.More than once, someone called him “Mr. Scheer” by mistake; after the second time, Singh said he’d even worn a bright orange turban so they’d be easy to tell apart.Advertisement Scheer called Trudeau a phoney and a fraud.“Justin Trudeau only pretends to stand up for Canada,” Scheer said. “You know, he’s very good at pretending things. He can’t even remember how many times he put blackface on because the fact of the matter is he’s always wearing a mask.”Scheer accused Trudeau of wearing masks on Indigenous reconciliation, feminism and on his concern for middle-class Canadians.“Mr. Trudeau, you’re a phoney and you’re a fraud and you do not deserve to govern this country.”The format of the debate gave Trudeau no immediate opportunity to respond to Scheer’s attack, but he repeatedly went after Scheer at other times for his personal anti-abortion views and for promoting tax cuts for the rich.Advertisement As for the People’s Party’s Maxime Bernier, Trudeau said, his job on the debate stage was to say the things Scheer only believes privately.Earlier Monday, the shadow of Ford loomed large over the pre-debate campaign trail as the Liberals kept lumping the Ontario premier together with Scheer, while the Conservatives did their best to pry the two apart.Front-runners Scheer and Trudeau — deadlocked in the polls, by most accounts — made brief appearances in Ottawa before joining their four other foes in making final preparations for the debate, the first to feature all six leaders.Trudeau met a group of Ontario teachers in a bid to highlight ongoing tensions between the province’s education workers and the Ford government — tensions that eased ever so slightly the night before when a last-minute agreement saved parents across the province from a potentially disruptive strike.Ford’s cuts to services such as education have made him unpopular with voters and a drag on federal Conservative fortunes, observers say. Indeed, the premier’s absence from the Scheer campaign became all the more glaring over the weekend when Alberta Premier Jason Kenney glided in to pitch for Scheer in Toronto, including in Ford’s home turf of Etobicoke.Trudeau has been trying to take advantage, linking Ford to Scheer every chance he can. The premier will oppose and interfere with Liberal efforts to reduce child poverty and increase federal child benefits, Trudeau said, warning Scheer would only make matters worse.“Right now we’re in an election where the option is to double down on Conservative approaches, which always cut services, looks for austerity and gives tax breaks to the wealthiest instead of to everyone else,” he said.Scheer, who’d much rather not talk about Ford, called Trudeau’s photo op with teachers a “disgusting” attempt to politicize education. (In the debate later, he suggested Trudeau seek the vacant leadership of the Ontario Liberal party, since he’s so interested in provincial issues.)Meanwhile, Scheer’s party carefully tried to set itself apart from Ford on at least one issue that has been particularly troublesome for the Ontario leader: autism.Alberta Conservative Mike Lake issued a written statement saying the Conservatives would establish a national autism strategy with $50 million in funding over five years. Scheer, in Ottawa to promise free admission to Canada’s national museums, breathed nary a word about it.Lake, whose son Jaden was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old, is a well-known global advocate for autism awareness and treatment.Ford was forced to backpedal in July after his government faced a massive backlash over his plan to rejig funding and give a capped amount directly to parents each year, rather than providing funding to service providers directly with no cap per child.The issue chased Scheer directly onto his own campaign earlier in September, when a mother approached him while door-knocking in Ford’s Etobicoke area, to ask him to help her child after a northern Ontario treatment program was cancelled due to cuts.The announcements, however, were just the warmup act for the main event later Monday: a six-way debate confrontation, two weeks out from election day, in a campaign that has so far failed to conjure up much in the way of political momentum or public attention.Trudeau was expected to spend much of the night on the defensive, facing attacks on his record from all sides.For Scheer, it was the first time he’s shared the stage with former leadership rival Bernier, who left the Conservatives in 2018 to start up his own People’s Party of Canada. Bernier was not invited to either the debate sponsored and hosted by Maclean’s magazine during the first week of the campaign, nor last week’s French-only debate on TVA in Montreal.The Conservatives appeared all day to be leading up the debate with a plan to go after the Liberals for an allegedly secret plan to tax profits on home sales made within one, two or three years of purchasing. A new website and multiple tweets to that effect were met by the Liberals with a press conference where Liberal Steven MacKinnon reiterated that Trudeau had kiboshed the proposal, which was mentioned in a 2018 report to Ontario caucus as an idea that had come up in townhall meetings. The Conservatives responded saying MacKinnon had “confirmed” the plan, even though he had said the opposite.Bernier, whose success depends on wresting disgruntled voters away from the Conservatives, is a wild-card populist whose presence was expected to introduce an element of unpredictability to the proceedings. Scheer, whose performance in the TVA debate has been widely panned, professed to be unconcerned.“That changes nothing for me, because I am always there to replace Justin Trudeau,” he said.May has been doing her best to parry an NDP narrative that her candidates are opposed to abortion, but that got a little harder Monday with word that Marthe Lepine had been “removed” as the Green candidate in an eastern Ontario riding for “views about abortion that did not align with (Green party) policy.”As for the Bloc’s Yves-Francois Blanchet, he was under the least pressure, having little to gain or lose in front of a national audience primarily of English-speaking Canadians. The stakes for the Bloc leader, whose party is running candidates only in Quebec, will be substantially higher during Thursday’s French debate.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2019.— With files from Lee BerthiaumeJoan Bryden and Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgDonegal GAA fans from the greater Philadelphia area will get their opportunity to get their hands on the coveted Sam Maguire when Donegal boss Jim McGuinness and some of this year’s Donegal All-Stars visit the Commodore Barry Irish Centre in the city on November 13th.McGuinness, who spent a summer in Philadelphia playing for the Donegal team there in 1999, knows only too well how passionate the Donegal exiles in Philly are about the game and he readily agreed to their request to bring Sam to the city.The Donegal manager will be joined on the trip to his old stomping ground by All-Stars Michael Murphy and Mark McHugh and the trio will bring the coveted trophy to event in Philadelphia a few days before their all-Star match in New York City. The excitement is really building among the entire Irish diaspora in the region who are thrilled that adults and children alike will get the fantastic opportunity to see some of their sporting heroes and of course Sam Maguire on the family-friendly evening.“The visit is being organised by the Donegal Philadelphia Gaelic Football Club and while we have been spreading the news to our members and others in our area, we are aware that there are many Donegal and indeed Irish people who have for one reason or another dissolved into America and may not be aware of the visit.“We really want to get the message out to them too and let them know they are more than welcome to come along, meet Jim and the players and see the Sam Maguire,” said one of the organisers, John McDaid from Letterkenny.Indeed the Letterkenny native has urged people at home in Donegal to contact their relatives in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania and make them aware of this wonderful opportunity. “I’m sure there are many people outside the GAA club scene over here who watched with an immense sense of pride as Donegal lifted the all-Ireland in September. Some of them perhaps were at home when the team last won it in 1992 and these are the people we really want to reach.“We’re hoping that people at home in Donegal will contact their relatives – young and old – and let them know of this visit because it really will be a memorable night,” he added.To defray the cost of the event and continue to support Donegal Gaelic Football in Philadelphia there will be a charge of $50 per adult on the night that will include music and hors d’ouevres, but under 18s will be able to attend for free.“There is a massive population in the Greater Philadelphia region proud to hail from or claim Donegal as their heritage. We have a very active and involved Donegal Association here that is about to celebrate its 124th Annual Ball and having witnessed the emotions and sense of pride the All Ireland victory evoked in so many outside of Ireland we are certain that this as an event that Donegal people, indeed any Irish sports fan here, will not want to miss.”Anyone in Philadelphia seeking further information about the event or tickets for the night can call – Louie Bradley – 6106330313, Ciaran Porter – 2675819394, Pat Bourke – 6107210063, Brid McMeel – 2157786512 or e.mail CALLING ALL DONEGAL EXILES – SAM IS ON HIS WAY TO PHILADELPHIA! was last modified: November 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Jim McGuinnessPhiladelphiaSam Maguirelast_img read more


first_imgIt’s that time of year again, when the people of Inishowen come together to help spread sunshine and happiness across the peninsula as part of Feel Good Fortnight.The annual event, which is now in its third year, kicks off this Saturday, June 21 and runs until July 5. Last year Insight Inishowen, who organise the now-famous fortnight, won the judges’ special award in the all-Ireland Pride of Place competition for Feel Good Fortnight, which brings together individuals, community groups, local business, schools and artists from across the peninsula. And with a packed programme of events, this year’s FGF looks set to be bigger and brighter than ever.Ruth Garvey-Williams, Chairperson of Insight Inishowen, said: “We hope everyone will get involved, the more people who take part the better. It’s all about putting a smile on someone else’s face, which in turn makes you feel good. That ‘pay it forward’ attitude is at the heart of Feel Good Fortnight.“As well as lots of events in Buncrana, there is also a great programme in Moville this year, and we are hoping to make it a truly peninsula-wide event. The concept is about the community doing things and creating things together so we’d encourage anyone with a creative idea during the two weeks should just go for it.”What’s Happening From concerts to craft fairs, heritage walks to healthy living talks, the programme for this year’s Feel Good Fortnight is simply brimming with creativity and community spirit.There will be Teddy Bears picnics, Random Acts of Kindness, reading and story telling in Swan’s Park, the Forest of Intentions, window displays, healthy eating and living events for young and old alike, clothes swap, arts and crafts workshops and projects, yoga sessions, free complementary treatments, beach creativity, Irish conversation groups, art displays, Inishowen’s Got Talent and much, much more.The fortnight kicks off in the early hours of this Saturday morning (June 21) by encouraging people to support the wonderful Feile Grianan Ailigh Summer Solstice Dawn Chorus. Also on Saturday is the Feel Good Craft Fair at The Exchange, Castle Avenue, featuring the best of locally made arts and crafts, refreshments, home baking and more.Next Saturday, June 28, sees one of Feel Good Fortnights biggest events – Take it to the Streets in Buncrana. nRuth said: “This will be a really wonderful day. So many different business and individuals get involved and there will be fun projects for the whole family to enjoy.”Taking place all day in Buncrana town centre, the event is sure to bring a smile to the faces of locals and visitors alike, and includes games and competitions, arts and crafts on the street, live music, as well as ice cream and a barbeque. There will even be an attempt at making Inishowen’s longest (paper) daisy chain, while the Feel Good Fairy will also be making an appearance!The final weekend of Feel Good Fortnight will be just as eventful, culminating with the massive Mad Hatters Tea Party on the Shore Greens, Buncrana on Saturday July 5. With a barbeque featuring the famous Gallagher’s Feel Good Sausages, sports and games, music, birds of prey, and fancy dress, the Alice in Wonderland event will be a day to remember for the young and young at heart. There will be a hat parade with prizes for the craziest and most imaginative hats, as well as an attempt to build Buncrana’s biggest ever sandcastle, so bring your own bucket and spade! For more on these and all the events, download the FGF brochure from, from the Feel Good Fortnight Facebook page, or pick one up from shops and libraries around the area. Volunteers are always welcome to join the amazing feel good team – call 087 795 5401 to sign up for one or more events.Artsy InishowenAs in previous years, the peninsula will be once again ablaze with colour during FGF, particularly in Buncrana where local artists will add a splash of creativity to the town. Young and old have also been flexing their creative muscles again with the now famous Yarn Bombing, which has become synonymous with Feel Good Fortnight and will see local trees adorned with knitting and crocheting.New this year is the exciting makeover of the Buncrana Mental Health Unit. Ruth said: “One of the projects we’re most excited about is our partnership with the HSE mental health unit in Buncrana. This is a way to acknowledge the great work of all the staff at the Mental Health Unit. Lukas Barber is heading up a small team of artists to do a bright, colourful makeover of the waiting area.” Volunteers (especially anyone with experience in painting and decoration) are needed to help with the makeover and donations of paint, etc would be most appreciated. To offer your help simply email, send us a message on Facebook, or call 087 795 5401.Feel Good SongAlso new this year is the official Feel Good Fortnight song! Penned by local singer/songwriter Emmet Shinners, “Colour Me Blue” is a catchy tune written especially for FGF.Ruth said: “Emmet caught the Feel Good Fortnight spirit right from the start, bringing a smile to people’s faces through his performances at the Coffee Cup and other venues. This year he wrote a song specifically for Feel Good Fortnight, called ‘Don’t Colour Me Blue’. It’s a lovely feel good song to get everyone in the mood. We have a link to it on our Facebook page and website, and we’re hoping people will share it and spread that feel good feeling.”Listen to it here:’S FEEL GOOD FORTNIGHT KICKS OFF NEXT WEEKEND was last modified: June 16th, 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:donegalFeel Good Fortnightlast_img read more

San G. hangs on for big SAL win

first_img “From where I was, I thought it was going in.” Both teams had to deal with foul trouble down the stretch. Spartans leading scorer Dandy (19 points) picked up his fourth foul in the final minute of the third quarter. The Hawks’ Joseph Richard picked up his fourth foul seconds after Dandy did and missed nearly the entire fourth quarter. Richard’s absence inside for much of the fourth quarter allowed San Gorgonio center Andrew Jenkins to make some noise. Jenkins had been held to five points and no free throws through the first three quarters, but scored seven fourth-quarter points. “That one hurt,” Smith said of Richard’s foul trouble. While the Spartans were dealing with foul trouble of their own, Stockham identified the play of Rodney Armstrong and Rodney Williams off the bench. “They’re not used to being in there at a time like that, but they gave us quality minutes,” Stockham said. At the outset, it looked like Arroyo Valley was going to drown in a torrent of San G. three-pointers. The Spartans made six in the first quarter and had 10 in the game. “We were taking what the defense was giving us,” Stockham said. Alex Jacobs had 12 points and Jenkins had 11 rebounds to go along with his 12 points. Charles Grays led Arroyo Valley with 18 points, while Green added 14 and James Sanders scored 13. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN BERNARDINO – It was the chance that Arroyo Valley coach Scott Smith was looking for. But in the end, San Gorgonio coach Ty Stockham got the victory he was looking for. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The victory means San G. (14-6, 3-1) can win out and still assure itself of at least a share of the SAL title. Thursday’s game was tight in the final five minutes, during which neither team led by more than two points. After Regis Knox’s basket for San G. tied the score at 63, Anthony Dandy stole the ball and put the Spartans ahead with a layup with 14 seconds to play. The teams called timeouts for the final time with 4 seconds to play. The Hawks (15-5, 2-2) inbounded the ball and found Green open near the top of the key, but his shot didn’t fall. “We were going for a three to win,” Smith said. “We didn’t like our chances of getting a foul called inside within four seconds. center_img Chris Green’s three-point attempt bounced off the rim as time expired and San Gorgonio held on for a 65-63 San Andreas League victory on Thursday night at Arroyo Valley High School. “This keeps us in control of our destiny (in league),” Stockham said. last_img read more

Scotland v England: Confirmed line-ups – Hart starts, Sterling on the bench

first_imgThe oldest rivalry in football history resumes on Saturday evening, as Hampden Park plays host to Scotland v England.The two nations are hoping to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, with the Three Lions currently in pole position.They sit first in Group F, with 13 points from five games, as Scotland reside three places lower, with seven points from their five matches.However, a win for the Scots could see the Tartan Army end the evening in second place, should other results go their way.So, just who has been selected for what promises to be a fiery clash on Hampden’s hallowed turf?The confirmed line-ups for England v Scotland are available below…Scotland XI: Gordon, Tierney, Berra, Mulgrew, Robertson, Brown, Morrison, Anya, Armstrong, Snodgrass, GriffithsSubstitutes: Hamilton, Marshall, R. Martin, Reynolds, Bannan, D. Fletcher, McArthur, Cairney, Fraser, Forrest, C. Martin, Naismith England XI: Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Dier, Cahill, Smalling, Rashford, Livermore, Kane, Alli, LallanaSubstitutes: Forster, Trippier, Lingard, Gibson, Stones, Jones, Defoe, Sterling, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cresswell, Heaton, Butland 1 Who will win Saturday’s historic match-up? last_img read more

Crystal Palace forward wanted on loan by Turkish giants

first_img Sorloth is yet to hit the heights at Selhurst Park Now the Selhurst Park club are said to be open to allowing Sorloth to leave on loan in order for him to get playing regularly again.And, according to Turkish outlet Sporx, Galatasaray are keen on concluding a deal after opening talks with Palace.Should the Norwegian make a move to Gala, it would be the fifth club he has played for in just three years following spells at Rosenborg, Bodo Glimt, Groningen and Midtjylland. 1center_img Galatasaray want to sign Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth on loan for the whole of next season.Palace coughed up £9m to sign the striker from Midtjylland in January but he managed just four Premier League appearances for the club in the second half of last season and is yet to score for the club.last_img read more