PNGRFL to begin coaching, refereeing roadshow

first_img(LOOP file picture) The team will start its roadshow on January 15 with the Highlands confederation and finish up in Ramu  and  Lae.PNGRFL National Development Manager, Toksy Nema explained that there has been agreement for the PNGRFL to introduce an entry level PNG Coaching Accreditation Certificate.He said this gives successful candidates the opportunity to continue further study to gain their internationally accepted Level 1 through 3 Certificates.He said courses will run starting in Wabag on Jan16, Banz on the 20th, Goroka on the 22nd, Ramu on the 25th and Lae on Jan 27. “Referees updates under the guidance of Guma Opi will concentrate on communication with and earning the respect of players to maintain the integrity of the game,” said Nema.He said affiliated league coaches and referees who are interested to attend can contact their Regional Development Officers.Toksy Nema’s contact number is 70906977.last_img read more

Vardy accepts FA charge

first_img Hodgson backs Vardy LONDON (AP): England coach Roy Hodgson backed Jamie Vardy on Wednesday, saying the Leicester striker did not dive in the incident that led to him being sent off last weekend and sympathising with his angry response to the referee. Hodgson’s employer, the English Football Association, charged Vardy with improper conduct over his reaction to the red card in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with West Ham. “I don’t see that as a dive,” Hodgson said. “I think he was unbalanced. I don’t think it was a penalty either, I think he was unbalanced, running at that speed. “I think there was a very slight sort of contact with the defender, who was trying to cover.” Vardy confronted referee Jon Moss, jabbing a finger at the match official while appearing to express his anger at receiving his first red card of the season. “I sympathise with him, I think he was very, very unlucky,” Hodgson said. “But now he has had to swallow the fact that he has been made to leave the field and then, unfortunately, he has reacted like sometimes human beings react. “He hasn’t just said to the ref, ‘Thanks very much, I understand’ and shakes hands and ‘Have a good game’. He has called him a few names, but he is a human being and that can happen.” Vardy seems certain to be in Hodgson’s plans for the European Championship in June and July after leading Leicester’s stunning pursuit of a first-ever top flight title. LEICESTER, England (AP): Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has accepted an English Football Association improper conduct charge over his reaction to being sent off against West Ham. Vardy’s standard one-match ban could now be lengthened, potentially hitting Leicester’s bid for a first Premier League title. The team is five points ahead of Tottenham with four games remaining. Vardy tangled with Angelo Ogbonna before going down in the penalty area early in the second half on Sunday. Vardy angrily confronted referee Jon Moss after receiving his first red card of the season. At the time, Leicester were leading through Vardy’s 22nd goal of the season and went on to draw 2-2. Leicester also tweeted that it accepted an FA charge of failing to control its players after West Ham was awarded a late penalty. Former BPL player wins appeal LONDON (AP): A British court overturned the rape conviction of former Premier League player Ched Evans yesterday and ordered a new trial. Evans, a former Sheffield United and Wales striker, was in the packed London courtroom with his girlfriend when the verdict was read out by the Court of Appeal. Evans was convicted in April 2012 of raping a 19-year-old woman at a hotel in Rhyl, north Wales. He was released from prison last year after serving half of his five-year sentence. The 27-year-old Evans had always maintained his innocence and took his case to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.last_img read more

Ebolaphobia: A Tragedy of Culture, Poverty and Speculations

first_imgIn any situation where difficulties exceed reasonable solutions, unpredictability will certainly set in. This describes the current Ebola crisis in West Africa. No one took it very seriously when it was first heard of in Guinea. After all, Ebola has been around somewhere along the eastern belt of Sub-Saharan Africa since the middle 1970s. So, hearing about it did not raise an alarm or cause panic until we started to watch our people, who continue to die in the tenths, hundredths and subsequently turning West Point and Dolo’s Town in Liberia, etc, into quarantined centers.After American health missionaries working in Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, got infected, than it became serious. A third US citizen — Patrick Sawyer — who was a Liberian-American citizen, died in Nigeria. It was only then that it attracted international news. CNN, BBC, Fox, New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters—every media in the world reported it. The reportage of the indicated media drew America’s attention to the plights of its citizens. America’s attention initiated a relief—one that was saturated with nationalism and bravery; a move-for-love; a step that once demonstrates the true meaning of ‘American exceptionalism. The media reported it and also speculated on the Ebola crisis and the magnitude at which the Ebola virus has spread. These speculations generated fear, leading to a global pandemonium.How can we fight and defeat this virulent disease if we have fear? Fear and positive thought do not coexist because a submission to fear plunges the mind into an impulsive chaos. Such condition bruises the mind leaving us with extremely limited options of survival. Furthermore, whether we face our fear not to contract the Ebola virus or not, the virus is on the rampage, killing almost all of those that it infects. It has neither spared the extremely poor, the innocents, and ignorant nor has it spared the middle class, rich, and the elites.This is happening not because Ebola cannot be defeated or completely eradicated from the world; it is because our fear is making us to concede that Ebola is an ‘indomitable virus.’ It is at such point the global community took a stance to isolate Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. Considering the prior state of the Liberian economy, this stance will do more harm than good.As a post-war country with scared production machinery, Liberia survives on an import economy with most of its basic staples, including rice, cassava, palm oil, etc coming from western countries, Asia, and bordering countries. Due to the current Ebola crisis; specifically, the fear of the disease spreading elsewhere (like how the disease was transported to Nigeria by a Liberian), major airliners flying into Liberia, have terminated their services. Such stance has also created shortage of job supply in an already employment-starving economy. The government’s temporary relief of non-essential employees coupled with a cash-out for no work—all will have indelible economic consequences thereafter. This is something we could have avoided if only our government had acted spontaneously (upon hearing of the virus in neighboring Guinea). The current containment strategy of the disease is also another quicksand approach our government did not radically structure.Considering the danger of this virus, one would expect the government to carry out immediate testing of people in quarantined communities/neighborhood. This would help to quickly identify infected persons and then separate them from the healthy ones. But fear has its own compulsion that can make anyone to behave in a certain abnormally unprecedented manner. Our fear for Ebola is escalating. It is at a hyper proportion, which I referred to as ‘Ebolaphobia.’ This phobia is uncommon in our part of Africa as we have never experienced a virulent outbreak of such magnitude. What is even worse is the channel of transmission.Current scientific literatures on the EVD suggest that there are five (5) species of the Ebola virus with three (3) from Africa. Bundibugyo Ebola virus (BDBV), Zaire Ebola virus (EBOV), and Sudan Ebola virus (SUDV)[ii] are found in Africa, while Reston Ebola virus (RESTV) and Tai Forest Ebola virus (TAFV) are in the Philippines and China.The African Ebola viruses are the most deadly in the Ebola species according to the World Health Organization (WHO). These viruses are transmitted through closed contact with blood, fluids, and secretions of an infected person or animal. Other sources state that these viruses are transmitted through the handling or consumption of chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit-bats, monkeys, antelopes, porcupines—almost any ill animals found in the rainforest. It is stated that the trend of the African Ebola transmission shows that fruits-bats and ‘Bush Meats’ are the reservoir of the disease. This has raised serious concerns because Africans live on ‘Bush Meats.’ It is a part of our culture. The attempt to change such culture will be difficult. In fact too much attempts at changing such culture may exacerbate the situation.Economic Impacts:In urban areas of the infected countries, culture does not adequately suffice. But its imprints are visible everywhere, almost inevitable to renounce. Indeed, culture is man and man is society. Thus, convincing Liberians or inhabitants of the infected countries to stop consuming ‘Bush Meat,’ must not be a day marathon. It is often such hit-or-miss approach to change that often creates problems. After all, a change (be it good or bad) does not often have a full effect on a mere silver platter. History has shown that it is often those who make a change to work that often bear the blunt of those who effect the change.  With respect to Liberia, change has been a major problem from the very outset of our existence. This is not because Liberians hate change; rather it is because change has been a profit of the elites at the expense of the poor. Under such circumstance, there has always been an issue of trust between the governors and the governed. As such, pronouncement of the government as it relates to the consumption of ‘Bush Meat, ‘created more doubts. Changing such doubts will obviously take some time, even though the virus is spreading and killing hundreds of people. This is affecting our country on many fronts: socioeconomically, culturally, and politically. But like my granny often says: “A country is like a multi-modal boulevard” so as its people. In other words, the uniqueness of any country is based on pluralistic opinions and ideas. Even though at times such opinions or ideas can be risky to a drowning society; it often serves as a conscience of the society for which democratic principles are formulated.It is on such basis adequate and carefully researched information on the specific species of forest animals that host the Ebola virus need to be identified. With such identification, it will become easier for the public to be educated on the chain of transmission: from animals to humans. But as of now, there is a spilled of bulky pieces of information regarding transmission of the virus, from animals to human beings as the indicated animals (see p.6) form the traditional [major] sources of protein in African meals. Consequently, it has been difficult for governments in the affected countries to convince the public against ‘Bush Meat’ consumption.What has even worsened such campaign is that the sales of ‘Bush Meat’ constitute a sizable segment of microbusinesses in the three affected countries. These countries have adequate sum of ‘Bush Meat,’ and is affordable. As a major source of income, a sizeable proportion of rural households in the affected countries also depend on ‘Bush Meat’ for income. Thus, stopping people from selling or consuming it has a serious economic implication. Governments of the affected countries, considering their current state of affairs, do not have the capital base to subsidize for such product. Culture aside, ‘Bush Meat’ has a natural flavor and attractable taste that differentiates it from meat on western dinner tables. On the other hand, most of the meats on western dinner tables are raised artificially with a high degree of precaution for public health.  The contrast between the two, actually, lies in the hands of adaptation and affordability. For the locals in Liberia, for example, the concern is not about adaptation; it is about affordability. As a post-war country, the poverty magnitude of Liberia is one of the highest in the world (64% of which about 1.3 million live in extreme poverty according to WFP[iii]). Thus, people depend on ‘Bush Meat’ for their daily survival. So if ‘Bush Meat’ is a major transmitter of Ebola, an ultimate containment strategy has to be measured in dollars and cents. Such measurement should not only be based on provisions of assorted medical supplies; but also on the cost spent on substitutes. Such strategy will eventually revolutionize local consumption pattern entirely so much that in the long run it will become profitable to tourism and wildlife preservation. Such rationalizing is good for the future economic prospect of our country. But achieving it is like walking the blind on the moon.Yet each day new cases of the disease are reported with families, relatives, and loved ones being abandoned and isolated. However, the feeling of mistrust is still prominent, making the public curious for more information. With such curiosity, people have taken unto different pool of sources, including the internet and social media for extra information. They want to know why they should not consume ‘Bush Meat.’ This has compounded the confusion because most of the information often gathered says many different things, contradicting one another. Creating more doubts and confusion, have made public’s rejection of the existence of Ebola inevitable. Consequently, it has been difficult to control the spread of the disease. In poor and culturally engrained countries like Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the situation is even worse.Role of the Media and Food Chain Theory:The magnitude of illiteracy coupled with poverty has made people to treat any information that tend to discount ‘Bush Meat’ consumption with hysterical blindness. This happens not because of ignorance, but because the suggestion to avoid consuming ‘Bust Meats’ will worsen their poverty condition and also affect their culture. And this concern has surfaced in a lot of interviews with locals in Liberia. I had a similar concern, too, because of the way in which the media has speculated on how the disease can be contracted. When news of the virus first broke out in March (2014), it was speculated that the virus was susceptible to heat. With Liberia having one of the highest rain falls in the Sub-region, anyone would consider that the virus will rapidly spread since in fact it is already the Rainy Season and cold. It being true, the spread of the virus has led to a quarantine of a couple of communities in the affected countries. However, it still remained to be seen if the spread of the disease will fit in the food chain theory. This theory hypothesizes that because fruits-bats are possible carriers of the Ebola virus, animals eating fruits from the ground will likely be carriers of the disease vis-à-vis humans that also eat those animals. With such hypothesis, one would suppose that Ebola will be on the increase during the fruits season. Unfortunately, most of the crops that are grown in Liberia are often ripen during the Dry Season. The three countries that are currently affected share similar agrarian culture wherein harvest is due in the Dry Season. Thus one would suppose then that Ebola will be on the rampage since it is during such season we have a lot of crops products, most especially, ones that are attractable to fruit-bats. So if the food chain theory is true then it means two things will happen: (1) That Ebola is not susceptible to heat as was initially stated by the world health community; and/or (2) That a redo of the food chain analysis is needed given how our agrarian season rolls out.Cultural Impacts:Ebola is a dangerous virus, requiring a substantiated process analysis than the polarized peculations often heard of in the news media. Too many people are dying and for a virus as such, it will serve well for the human world if unbiased research is done on its causes. This will not only allay fear, but rather it will unite global efforts to fight against the disease. This will put an end to the global discrimination and stigmatization of Liberians, Guineans, and Sierra Leone. Until then, there remains a pigeonhole in the theory that consuming ‘Bush Meat’ is one of the lead causes of contracting Ebola. With such hole, we are left with limited options; thus, defeating our collective purpose in the fight against the virus. This is an overwhelming challenge to not only Africa, but rather the entire human world as the virus is also rapidly spreading through hand-shakes. This is happening daily in spite of our adequate knowledge in dealing with natural and artificial disasters. Such a virulent disease as it has and continues to kill and spread to other parts of the world should be dealt with decisively.We can only do so if fear does not surpass our reasoning. Such reasoning is formed base on the perception of our thought. As Ernest Homes said: “Our thought is creative, not because we will it so, but because it already is so. We cannot change this nor escape from its effects in our lives.” Our thought generates our feeling, be it fear, anguish, or tolerance. Thus, it determines our perception of things or situation. If our thought drives us into perceiving impossibility, no matter the size or effect of the situation, we will not arrive at a possible solution. The opposite is also true. As our thought bears our greatest fear, it also bears our greatest solutions; but only if we bury our fears and commit ourselves to consistent tries out. In the event we failed, we will become spineless, ripping off the nerve of self-determination. Our culture is fundamental to such determination. But the fear of Ebola is going to take away many things from us, including hands-shake, hugging, and the freedom of assembly. Much do I know about western culture, but in Africa, hands-shake is a manner through which we greet one another whenever we meet. Through hands-shake we communicate with one another in a closeable contact and divulge pertinent secrets, trade gossips, and share private information. Like a magnet, it attracts us into columns, circles, or rows; exchanging views on certain mutual interest. This mode of communication often creates a forum, bringing like-minds or people together with certain social bonds, particularly women. As an important segment of our social fabric, women in Africa, provide vital social services in group, during which time, they discuss issues affecting their communities, their kids, husbands, and trade gossips.  If Ebola succeeds, all these vital parts of our culture will extinct. So it is important to form a universal common front in the fight against Ebola. Or else it will deprive us of significant moral values, which we have long enjoyed. Freedom of assembly, (which is a fundamental human right) and other basic rights, including attending Churches, Mosques, political rallies, and local markets, will be extinct as well.Such imposition will leave us with no peace. Always fearing for our lives, we will tent to subject ourselves to new ways of doing things: hands waving will replace hands-shake; hugging and traditional burial will replace cremation. Other cultural values, including, communal eating, communal creek bathing, and proximity group living—even though such cultural practices bring Africans together—will be all gone due to our fear for Ebola. Africans, especially, Liberians often live in a very close proximity so much that one can easily walk down to the next neighbor’s house to check to see how one’s neighbor is faring. These ways of life have had a profound effect on how Africans live together into one neighborhood, coordinate daily activities, oversee for one another, raise their kids, and protect their neighborhoods from external invasion. The benefits in living into such neighborhoods include:Attending community meeting If not all, but in most African societies, pertinent issues are discussed during community’s meetings. Often taking place in the center square of the community, where most palava huts are built, some of these meetings are urgently called by elders, chiefs, or community leaders. In an effort to discuss germane issues, the elders, chiefs or community leaders often send the town-crier to assemble other community members. In an emergency situation like a woman in birth-pain or when someone seriously falls sick, the hut bell is often rung to bring all men together. Toting a person in the emergency in a hammock, a group of men under the directive of the elders, chiefs, or community leaders will transport such person to the next town, where a help to rescue him/her is available.Raising and watching over the kids In most of Africa, this is considered a communal responsibility. Even though a lot have changed since the advent of western civilization; the practice of ‘see your neighbor’s kids as your own,’ is still a large and an important part of daily lives in most parts of Africa. As a communal responsibility, an African kid has many parents; ones that will care for him/her and at the same time will levy punishment whenever he/she did wrong or broke community’s rules. Such power is often exercised without an attitude of ‘let’s wait for his/her daddy or mommy to come.’ Upon committing a crime, or if a kid needs help, the oldest person present takes immediate responsibility.Encourage walkability.Often because most homes in African settlements are built in closed proximity to one another (10 to 100 feet apart), it is often very easy for people to walk around. While this kind of community development easily brings people together, it also can pose a serious threat to lives during a disease outbreak like Ebola, cholera, and concentrated landslide. The landslide of Liberia’s No-Way Town Camp in Grand Cape Mount County, which claimed the lives of at least 200 peasant miners, in 1982, is a classic example. Notwithstanding, Africans always live in compact neighborhoods; and attend to one another’s affairs in a communal style like. This strengthens their social bond. It also creates oneness and often promotes peace among neighbors as what affects one neighbor is often attended to by the entire community. This follows how the dead is also treated. Up until the outbreak, the dead in Liberia have always been treated as an external part of the living. Such culture demands that the dead be treated with all the respects and honors due it, even though rituals performed during funeral services or a family bereavement vary on ethnic and religious lines.In an African Christian culture, for example, the dead are often taken to funeral parlors for embalmment. This also depends on the tradition and affluence of the bereaved family. After then, the dead are usually taking to church, where funeral are carried out.  In other ethnicities, where modern style of embalmment is forbidden, the dead are often kept for about approximately seven to fourteen (7-14) days before being buried. This follows festivity and consolation of the bereaved family. But as cremation takes over traditional burial, the respect for our dead will also be a culture of the past. All these have been unbearable for our people and society, creating more fear.ConclusionThe future of our country will depend on the decision we take against the spread of Ebola now. Like Frank Fanon said: “Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.” Whether we are on a mission to succumb to fear or face fear to determine our own destiny, the outbreak of a virulent disease like Ebola will always occur. As it is observed, the situation has become a tragedy, which needs to be faced with bravery and overcome. But this can only be achieved if only we rid the world of fear, discrimination, and stigmatization.Author:  Daniel Henry Smith; Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Policy Development, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, Rutgers University NJ80901;Email: dhs605@yahoo.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Former O.C. assistant sheriff serving time in Montebello jail

first_imgThe 24-cell jail, which is privately run, was Jaramillo’s second choice. He will have to pay a fee of $80 per day to stay in the facility, officials said. He will be one of several inmates in an eight- to 10-man cell and required to participate in routine chores such as sweeping floors and making beds, authorities said. Jaramillo was indicted in 2005 on charges of taking $25,000 in bribes from a businessman to help promote a crime-fighting Laser device that purported to stop cars cold during high-speed pursuits. He was also accused of using resources in the Sheriff’s Department to help sell the product. Prosecutors originally charged Jaramillo with a total of 11 felony counts. If convicted on all counts he could have done 13 years in state prison, officials said. As part of a plea agreement that resulted in Jaramillo’s checking into the Montebello jail, prosecutors dismissed nine of the counts. Jaramillo, once considered a potential successor to Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, was fired in 2004. Wire reports contributed to this story. (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2717 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – A former Orange County lawman this week began serving a one-year sentence in the city’s tiny jail after being convicted on two felony counts. George Jaramillo, 46, a former Orange County assistant sheriff, turned himself in over the weekend. He pleaded no contest to felony charges of perjury and misuse of public funds. “He’s here now and that’s about all I can tell you,” said a man who answered the phone at the jailhouse and identified himself only as Officer Bermudez. “There isn’t much else to say.” last_img read more

Dozens signed up for AT&T Classic

first_imgVALENCIA – At least 89 players are ready to tee off in March at the AT&T Classic tournament, including returning champion Des Smyth, organizers said Monday. The annual PGA Champions Tour stop is scheduled for March 6-12 at the Valencia Country Club. Additional players are being added in the coming weeks, tournament executive director Brian Fitzgerald said. “The AT&T Classic has grown into one of the top Champions Tour events,” he said in a statement. “We’re anticipating our roster of golfers to expand in the coming weeks and look forward to hosting another exciting tournament in 2006.” In 2005, winner Smyth had the luck of the Irish on his side as he scored a 4-under 68 on the final day of the seniors tournament to win by one stroke. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Other notable players scheduled to compete include three-time winner Gil Morgan, 2002 winner Tom Kite, seven-time PGA Tour winner Peter Jacobsen, and 2003 winner Tom Purtzer. Also attending are Ben Crenshaw and Curtis Strange. This will be the first year the golf tournament – formerly the SBC Classic – will carry the AT&T moniker. Sponsor SBC Communications changed names last year following its $16 billion purchase of AT&T Inc. The annual golf classic was held at sites throughout the Los Angeles region, including Rancho Park Golf Course and Wilshire Country Club, before settling in Santa Clarita in 2001. Its contract with Valencia expires 2007. Each day of tournament play will air on The Golf Channel. Tickets are available for purchase through the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation at (661) 253-8082 and the Los Angeles County Junior Golf Foundation at (213) 738-2972. 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


first_imgMembers of Bundoran Lifeboat Station are hoping to have raised a substantial amount of cash following their annual boat push today.Once again the hardy members pushed a boat push form Ballyshannon to Bundoran.The push started at 12 noon but despite the bad weather there was plenty of people out in force to drop the guys a few euro. As we all know the lifeboat service relies solely on donations from the public to keep them in the water and saving lives on an annual basis.There were plenty of sour hands and feet when the volunteers finished their 10km push.But don’t worry if you didn’t catch them.Anyone who would like to make a donation to help the RNLI crew in Bundoran continue their lifesaving work can contact them via Facebook at  BUNDORAN REALLY PUSH THE BOAT OUT! was last modified: September 7th, 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:boat pushbundoran lifeboatlast_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Daily team that participated in the quiz last Thursday night along with event organisers Brendan & Hannah Kelly.There was over €1800 raised at a quiz in Arena 7 for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Brendan (benny) & Hannah Kelly organised the quiz night to raise money for Crumlin to give back to the hospital that has helped so many children throughout Donegal.Along with the quiz there was a raffle which helped raise the much needed funds to help Crumlin Children’s Hospital continue their fantastic service to the people of Donegal as well as Ireland.A team from Donegal Daily attended the quiz and we were very lucky to have won the quiz. The prize for the winners was €80 worth of vouchers for the Arena 7 complex and 4 bottles of wine. Seeing as it was for such a brilliant cause and the majority of families has been touched by Crumlin, Donegal Daily are now going to auction off the prize. It couldn’t be any simpler to enter, the person with the highest bid wins the wine and vouchers along with helping out such a fantastic cause.If you would like to win this fantastic prize please enter your details along with your bid in the space below. Closing date for entries is 11pm on Tuesday 14th June. All monies raised will be giving to Brendan & Hannah Kelly to put with the money raised at the quiz night.[ninja_forms id=5]ONLINE AUCTION: DIG DEEP FOR CRUMLIN CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL was last modified: June 13th, 2016 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:Crumlin Children’s Hospitalhighest bidonline auctionvouchers & winelast_img read more


first_imgFanad Gaels GAA News:Gaeil Fhánada A.G.M.Our club AGM will take place on Sunday January 11th at 5 p.m. in Rosnakill Resource Centre. All welcome, this is the place to come to if you have any opinions / ideas to share or raise.Members who have nominations or motions to put to the A.G.M. should give them to the club secretary by January 10th.Some motions may also be taken forward from the members meeting on January 3rd. All welcome.**** Gaeil Fhánada Lotto Results **** No jackpot winner. Numbers drawn 2,4,11,12,19. Bonus 4. €100 winner Claire Mcintrye, Carrablagh. €50 winner Noreen Gibbons, Carren. Next week’s jackpot €4400. Support your club while being in with the chance to start 2015 with a great start!!**** Gaeil Fhánada Presentation Dinner/ Supper Night ****February 21st is provisionally set for our Senior Presentation Night. Keep this date free in your diary to share the great work/play of all our adult members and celebrate another good year in Gaeil Fhánada.**** Donegal Year Books ****A limited number of Donegal Year books are on sale in Shiels’ Shop, Fanavolty priced €10. A lovely gift for GAA supporters. Lots of news and pics from the year that was. You could be lucky enough to have been pictured at one of many GAA events. A lovely annual to treasure for adults and children alike. **** Support Your Club ****Check out to earn points for Club gear. If you purchase a car from them you earn 200 points for your Club, if you get a service done to your car or even just have a test drive, you earn 10 points. Come on support your Club.*** Wishing all our members and supporters a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir. ****GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA AGM TO TAKE PLACE THIS SUNDAY was last modified: January 6th, 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:GAAGaeil FhanadaNoticesSportlast_img read more

Boyata the hero as Celtic scrape past Hamilton to climb above Rangers

first_img Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener MONEY ALTERED Boyata was booed by some Celtic fans to begin with Latest Football News silverware Brendan Rodgers’ side are second in the league with seven points from three games impact Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack possible standings The visitors, with Delphin Tshiembe, Dougie Imrie and Steven Boyd reinstated, almost surprised Celtic before a minute had elapsed when striker Mikel Miller burst into the box before his drive was pushed past the post by keeper Craig Gordon, the corner coming to nothing.The champions asserted themselves and dominated possession amid a subdued atmosphere.In the 15th minute Accies keeper Gary Woods touched James Forrest’s curler from the edge of the box on to the post to concede a corner which Mikael Lustig flicked past the near post.Hamilton remained disciplined and diligent in their defending but escaped just before the break when Moussa Dembele headed a Forrest cross past the far post, the French striker then skimming the bar with a 25-yard curler right on half-time.The second half continued along the same lines with Celtic huffing and puffing and Hamilton offering little in an attacking sense. 2 highlights Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Unpopular figure at Parkhead Dedryck Boyata redeemed himself among Celtic fans as he scored the only goal of the game in his side’s Scottish Premiership win at home to Hamilton.The Belgian made a return to the team after his controversial decision to not play in Celtic’s recent Champions League exit against AEK Athens – he said he was injured while boss Brendan Rodgers disagreed. The 27-year-old provided some early pantomime with some fans booing and others cheering, while a derogatory banner was held aloft before the game.But in the 63rd minute there was only green and white joy when he knocked in from close range.Although uncertainty remains over Boyata’s future, it was an important contribution to Celtic who face two more crucial home matches next week, the second leg of their Europa League play-off with Suduva – the tie is poised at 1-1 – and the first Old Firm game of the season against Rangers.Boyata had come out to see a banner held up among the ultras group, The Green Brigade, which read, ‘Boyata – not fit to wear the jersey’ and there was a mixed reception to his early touches before the supporters turned their attention to winning three points, which proved more problematic than envisaged. gameday How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Callum McGregor and Dembele both missed the target after being set up by the marauding left-back Kieran Tierney.Accies tired and dropped deeper and after Dembele headed a Lustig cross over the bar from six yards, they were eventually undone.A Leigh Griffiths corner from the left was helped on by Dembele and when Lustig headed back across goal Boyata was on hand to force the ball over the line.His next touch brought cheers and indeed he should have scored a second in the 77th minute when he scooped over the bar from 12 yards after the Accies defence got tangled up, but ultimately his earlier goal proved enough to secure the win.Victory for Celtic sees them rise to second in the league, above Rangers who could only manage a draw at Motherwell.last_img read more

Watch: Killygordon’s Paul Doherty invents a one-of-a-kind snow plough!

first_imgSnow days are used as a great excuse for local children to get out and play in the wintry weather – and one Donegal schoolboy has come up with an enterprising idea.Paul Doherty, aged 8, from Killygordon, was inspired this week to adapt his electric wheelchair into a snow plough. The snow-clearing machine has been kitted out with a handy rake to clear paths and driveways – and the Paul is happy to take bookings! Video not playing? Watch it here:’s mum Anne Marie tells Donegal Daily how the snow plough provided many hours of fun for the family.Paul, who has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, uses his wheelchair on occasion along with a walker following his specialised surgery. However, his walker is not best suited for the snow, so he decided to take matters into his own hands.“Paul always wanted to help out by clearing a path in the snow. His brother Luke (12) tied the rake onto the front of the wheelchair and they spent hours clearing the street,” Anne Marie said. The snow fun didn’t stop there for the Dohertys! Paul’s sister Ava (aged 11) invented a custom sleigh so they could enjoy the winter wonderland in a unique way.Video not playing? Watch it here: Marie said: “Paul is just a typical boy and wants to have fun. It’s about finding ways he can do anything he wants to do.“For children with disabilities, you have to instil as much confidence into them now, as I don’t want to think there’s anything they can’t do.”Anne Marie shares updates from Paul’s life and progress on a Facebook page called ‘Mammy, I Want to Walk.” The page was first used as a fundraiser profile when Paul needed pioneering Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery in St. Louis, USA.Following the surgery in 2015, and intensive therapy, Paul learned to use a walker to get around school and go about his everyday activities. The energetic boy does regular therapy sessions with Paul Smyth at his inclusive gym in Stranorlar, who Anne Marie describes as a lifesaver for his knowledge of disabilities. “We like to give Paul as much freedom as we possibly can,” Anne Marie said. She said she continues to post on the page to inspire other parents who may be going through similar treatments and issues with their children. As one of the first pages to launch local fundraisers, she said it is inspiring to see other families not being afraid to ask for help to support their children.Follow for more updates from Paul, Anne Marie and the family.Watch: Killygordon’s Paul Doherty invents a one-of-a-kind snow plough! was last modified: February 15th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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