Reggae Boyz secure crucial victory over Haiti in World Cup qualifying

first_imgA 63rd-minute header by new Reggae Boyz recruit Clayton Donaldson powered Jamaica to a crucial 1-0 victory over Haiti in their second match of the CONCACAF semi-final round World Cup Qualifiers at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, yesterday evening. The result catapulted Jamaica back into contention of the four-nation Group Two, and they are now three points from two games, following Friday night’s disappointing 0-2 home loss against Panama at the National Stadium in Kingston. Haiti were suffering their second loss in as many matches and stayed bottom of the group without a point, after losing their opening fixture 0-1 in Costa Rica last Friday. The Reggae Boyz played without regular captain Rodolph Austin, who sat out the match with starting striker, Giles Barnes, because it was being played on an artificial surface and they had concerns about injury. Another team regular, Simon Dawkins, who scored the last-minute goal against Nicaragua in the previous round to save Jamaica from elimination, did not play in Friday’s loss and left the squad ahead of yesterday’s match. Jamaica’s head coach Winfried Sch‰fer returned to the team bench after serving a one-match FIFA ban, owing to a verbal spat with match officials after their return-leg 2-0 win over Nicaragua in Managua in the first round. That result gave Jamaica a 4-3 aggregate win, as they had lost the corresponding home fixture 3-2 at the National Stadium and needed to win by at least two clear goals. Following Friday’s loss, the Boyz again needed to get back in the hunt immediately, and Donaldson showed battling qualities to recover from a first-half injury sustained in a clash with the Haiti goalkeeper as he challenged for the ball. The striker had to seek treatment off the field and returned to action under the urging of his coach and teammates. Ultimately, it paid off with a match-winning goal. Adrian Mariappa captained the Jamaica team, while Wes Morgan, Kemar Lawrence, Je-Vaughn Watson and Joel McAnuff retained their starting spots. Michael Hector played away from his regular central defence position in the second half and had great presence at central midfield as he broke up a number of attacks for the Jamaicans, who maintained their dominance over Haiti, winning five of their last six encounters, including a similar 1-0 result in the Gold Cup quarter-finals in summer. Jamaica will play next in WCQs at the National Stadium on March 24, 2016 against Costa Rica. Central American teams Panama and Costa Rica battled in a late kick-off last night. Both teams went into the contest with three points, owing to their first-match wins. Competition in this phase of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia is on a home and away basis, with all four teams slated to play six matches in total. The top two, along with the top two from groups A and C, will advance to the six-nation CONCACAF Finals, the Hexagonal. Hector plays central midfieldlast_img read more

Flyers to take on Spirit River, Falher this weekend

first_imgThe Fort St. John Flyers will return to home ice on tonight as they’ll be in action twice this weekend. At 8:30 they’ll host the Spirit River Rangers and on Saturday they’ll welcome the Falher Pirates in what will be the Flyers annual teddy bear toss game.Fans attending Saturday’s game are asked to bring a new teddy bear. When the Flyers score their opening goal of the contest fans are encouraged to throw their teddy bear wrapped in plastic or a shopping bag onto the ice. Fans are asked to have the bears in plastic or shopping bags so they are not ruined by the snow on the ice.The bears will then be turned over to the Salvation Army where they will go to children in the community.- Advertisement –last_img

Tridents seeking home advantage against sizzling TKR

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018…Barbados Tridents will be heading home to the Kensington Oval Ground as they bowl off their leg of home game versus the fiery Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) when Match 18 of the Hero CPL 2018 gets underway from 18:00h on Sunday, August 26.Darren BravoWith the Barbados Tridents losing out to the Trinbago Knight Riders in 4 out of their last 5 encounters, the home team will be looking for sweet revenge. However, so far in the 2018 season, the Trinbago Knight riders have been in scintillating form chasing down huge totals. ,In their last encounter with the Jamaica Tallawahs, the Bravo brothers led their home team to a shocking victory with combined scores of 86 runs from 36 balls, while the dangerous duo of New Zealanders Colin Munroe and Brendon Mc Cullum have been in rampaging batting form to date.Steve SmithJason Holder’s Barbados Tridents will look to take advantage of the home crowd at the Oval, especially after winning 2 of three matches. Aussie import, all-rounder Steve Smith has proven to be a great addition to the team as the former skipper has been finding his form with the bat while he has rolled back the years to produce a match-winning result for his team recently.With opener Dwayne Smith hitting form and hostile bowling from Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz along with his fellow pacers in Raymon Reifer, Mohammed Irfan and Holder; who have been amongst the wickets will need to utilize the familiar conditions to get the better of the champs.Wahab RiazTKR have showed their power in the batting but with the likes of Sunil Narine, Ali Khan, Kharry Pierre, Javon Searles and others who have been playing their roles well, the defending champs will want to have a better bowling perfromances against the dangerous Tridents line-up.The Tridents linger in 5th place while the defending champs sit pretty in number one position following the upset loss the Guyana Amazon Warriors suffered on Friday night at the hands of the St Lucia Stars.Tridents expected Playing XI: Jason Holder (C), Raymon Reifer, Wahab Riaz, Ashley Nurse, Mohammad Irfan, Dwayne Smith, Martin Guptill, Hashim Amla, Steven Smith, Nicholas Pooran and Shai HopeColin MunroExpected Playing XI: Darren Bravo (C), Denesh Ramdin, Kevon Cooper, Shannon Gabriel, Fawad Ahmed, Chris Lynn, Colin Munro, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo and Hamza Tariq.last_img read more

Euro expert: Guardiola to Manchester United? Juventus to sacrifice Pogba for Falcao?

first_imgEuropean football expert Andy Brassell joined Hawksbee and Jacobs on Monday afternoon.He discussed Pep Guardiola’s future, with the Spaniard seemingly stalling over a new deal with Bayern Munich, and assessed the likelihood of the 44-year-old heading to the Premier League.And he claimed Juventus could choose to sacrifice in-demand midfielder Paul Pogba in order to land a prolific striker in the mould of Radamel Falcao.last_img

Valley peacock

first_imgOf course, with growth comes natural and reasonable quality-of-life concerns, including questions about the impact on noise and traffic. These are serious matters that need to be properly mitigated. But they must be the basis of rational policy decisions, not political opportunism or irrational NIMBYism. Yes, traffic and noise can have a serious effect on the life of a community. But so do poverty and widening economic disparities – and that’s what the Valley will get if it resists smart growth and progress. The NBC-Universal project promises to bring what the Valley needs most – practical densification and good jobs. It would boost real-estate values, strengthen schools and make the Valley a more desirable place to visit and live. These are benefits that must not be undervalued in the debate in the months and years ahead. We need to find ways to make these plans work, not excuses for why they can’t. The Valley’s and the city’s civic and political leaders should take note. They will surely face great pressure to cave to the forces of NIMBYism. It’s easy to say no, to reject progress because this or that interest is opposed. But it’s much harder to offer real solutions to the city’s needs. If the new jobs, new homes, new entertainment and commercial venues the city demands are not going to come via these massive investments, then where would they come from? Any L.A. leaders who plan to stand in opposition will need to answer this question first. Because the Valley needs good answers about its future, not easy ones, like “no.” We cannot afford to squander the opportunity to make “the beautiful San Fernando Valley” not just a catchphrase, but a reality.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But these are great times of opportunity for the Valley, as NBC understands. With the massive Westfield mall expansion in Woodland Hills, vast new commercial and housing development near the North Hollywood subway station, and the NBC-crowned revitalization of the Universal City area, the Valley is booming. Thousands of much-needed good jobs and millions in new tax revenues will no doubt accompany all this growth. So, too, will a boom in tourism, with the benefits likely to spill over into other, underserved parts of the region, such as the Northeast Valley. The Universal City site with NBC’s new campus – which will include multiple office buildings, plus hotels and possibly condominiums – is quickly becoming a great entertainment hub of Los Angeles. With access to the Red Line subway, the Orange Line busway and various freeways, it’s a natural spot for the densification that’s inevitable as the city’s population continues to swell. `FROM the beautiful San Fernando Valley, it’s `The Tonight Show’!” That’s how the “The Tonight Show” should begin starting in 2011, when NBC completes relocation from Burbank to Universal City. It would only be fitting, given that the network’s move marks a historic vote of confidence in Los Angeles in general and the Valley in particular. For the last half century, the trend has been just the opposite of what we see today. NBC left L.A. for Burbank in 1952, and ever since, one corporate and/or entertainment giant after another has followed its lead, avoiding the City of Angels in favor of the more business-friendly suburbs. last_img

Young Donegal man scoops prizes at Oireachtas Festival

first_imgConor Ó Gallachóir, from Gortahork Co.Donegal, got 2nd place in the 15-18 Seán-Nós Singing competition and went on to take the 2nd prize in the 15-18 Public Speaking competition at the recent Oireachtas Festival in Kilarney, Co.Kerry.The annual Oireachtas Festival is a mecca for lovers and performers of the traditional arts and this year’s competitions again received a huge number of entrants aged from 6 years to 68. The range of competitions included storytelling, sean-nós dancing and singing, and the famous Lúibíní competition in which two people perform a rhyming story through song.The highlights of this years festival included the newly composed piece by Peadar Ó Riada, entitled I gCuimhne Laochra (Remembering Heroes), that was commissioned by An tOireachtas as part of their 1916 commemorations. A central theme in this years festival was the future of Irish language drama. This years programme featured an exciting and innovative line up of radio plays as well as a forum on the future of Irish language Drama.Donegal was well represented this year as Clíodhna Ní Ghallachóir, from Gortahork, a student at Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, won the first prize in the 15-18 Public Speaking competition.“The creation and performance of Irish Language Drama is a very important aspect of Irish culture” says Liam Ó Maolaodha, Director of An tOireachtas.“In this Centenary year when we think of the effect that play writes such as Lady Gregory, Yeats and O Casey had on this country, it is vital that we keep this dramatic torch burning brightly, as a way of exploring, expressing and entertaining ourselves.” Young Donegal man scoops prizes at Oireachtas Festival was last modified: November 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Conor Ó Gallachóirgortahorkpobalscoil ghaoth dobhairSEAN-NOSlast_img read more

WOW! INCREDIBLE IMAGES OF NORTHERN LIGHTS OVER DONEGAL – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgThese incredible images of the AURORA was taken by the talented photographer Mary Rodgers from Burtonport.The AURORA better known as the ‘Northern Lights ‘ were very active right across Donegal last night.Mary told Donegal Daily, “It’s unusual for us here in Donegal to have a show so bright and to last for hours. “The weather conditions were very good here, as other parts of the country were experiencing cloud.“I went to Keadue first about 8pm, and I was delighted with the great colours in the sky.“Next we headed off to Bád Eddie in Gweedore for a couple of hours where the Aurora ‘storm’ peaked about 11pm.“It was an experience of a lifetime. Thanks to Mary for the incredible images.Local scientist Marianne Forker told Donegal Daily, “Due to the recent explosion of solar storms there is an increased chance of seeing more Northern Lights in the coming days.“I’m normally based in Dublin, so being home for St Patrick’s Day and being able to witness the Northern Lights was truly breath-taking.WOW! INCREDIBLE IMAGES OF NORTHERN LIGHTS OVER DONEGAL – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: March 18th, 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:AuroraFeaturesnewsnorthern lightspicture speciallast_img read more

Local families set to move into new Ardara homes within weeks

first_imgElected members of the Glenties Municipal District recently visited the newly constructed Council houses in Ardara.The properties will soon be home to new families who are expected to move in in the coming weeks.These houses were constructed by Portnoo based Paddy McHugh (Building Contractor) Ltd., on behalf of Donegal County Council at a cost of €980,590. This development of eight three bed terrace houses has been built to a very high standard with a focus on using modern technologies to make them energy efficient and reducing running costs for the new tenants. Local families set to move into new Ardara homes within weeks was last modified: October 2nd, 2017 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

Uncle who stole bank card from young Donegal Pens entrepreneurs is ordered to keep peace

first_imgThe uncle of two teenagers who had set up a successful business making pens which have been bought by famous people around the globe used a lost bankcard to almost bankrupt the business.Donegal Pens, set up by brothers Conor and Rónán McGarvey in Co Donegal, has been a huge success in recent years. The pens, made from reclaimed bog oak and other woods, are used by famous faces around the globe including former US President Barack Obama, Daniel O Donnell, Gay Byrne, President Michael D Higgins and Joe Duffy.However, Dungloe District Court heard today how the teenage boys’ uncle used a stolen bank card to withdraw cash from their business.Brendan Sweeney, from Burtonport but with an address at Cloghan, Co Donegal, appeared charged with stealing €860 from the boys’ business.Father-of-three was Sweeney was charged with theft using a bank card belonging to young entrepreneur Conor Mc Garvey, 15, and his brother Rónán, 18, and withdrawing money at a number of ATM machines in various locations across Donegal.The Donegal Pen boys with Ramona from Dragon’s Den.The court heard that money was taken from a number of bank machines in Dungloe, Glenties and Letterkenny in August 2015.Sweeney stole the bank card from his nephew’s wallet after he accidentally dropped the wallet in Sweeney’s car on the way to a football match.It was only a few days later that the thefts were discovered when the injured party’s brother, Rónán Mc Garvey went to use his bank card, attached to the same bank account, and the transaction was declined.When the brothers checked the account online they discovered the thefts.Gardai were notified and an investigation was launched. CCTV footage was obtained by Gardai of Sweeney using the stolen bank card.The court heard that the defendant made no effort over the two years to pay the money back to the injured party.His solicitor Cormac Hartnett however, had handed into €700 the court and said the balance would be paid at yesterday’s court sitting.He handed in a further €500 to court today making an overall payment of €1,200 to the Donegal Pen boys.He added that the theft was always “destined to fail” saying his client had been short of money to pay his car insurance.“He used the card in an opportunist fashion to serve his own needs,” he said.He added that there had been a “huge breach of trust.”Sweeney, who has previous convictions for theft and motoring offences, was the subject of an arrest warrant earlier this year when he failed to appear in court on the theft charges.The injured party, Conor Mc Garvey, previously told the court that Sweeney had never apologised for his actions.Judge Paul Kelly asked what relations were like in the family at the moment.Conor McGarvey replied “Not good.”Judge Kelly then asked “You have got over the trauma caused by this particular incident.”He asked the injured party how the pen business is going and Conor Mc Garvey replied that it’s going good.“It’s going well and business is now booming,” added Mr Mc Garvey.Judge Kelly wished him and the business well in the future.He found Sweeney guilty of theft at Sharkey’s Shop in Dungloe on August 9th and ordered Sweeney to keep the peace for 12 months on his own bond of €250.Uncle who stole bank card from young Donegal Pens entrepreneurs is ordered to keep peace was last modified: October 11th, 2017 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:Brendan Sweeneycash cardcourtdonegalDONEGAL PENSJudge Paul Kellystolenlast_img read more

Prayer service for baby Alfie Evans to be held in Letterkenny

first_imgA special ceremony will be held in Letterkenny this evening by locals in support of baby Alfie Evans.A prayer meeting and balloon release are planned for Market Square at 7pm on Friday 27th April to offer well wishes to the seriously ill British toddler. The 23-month-old boy, who has a mystery degenerative brain disease, has had his life support switched off after his parents lost a series of legal battles against Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool. The case has captured worldwide attention. Letterkenny woman Mary Hutchinson has organised today’s vigil, which is expected to be led by a local priest. There will be music and all people are asked to bring blue balloons to release for Alfie. “You would need a heart of stone not to be affected by Alife. He has a right to life and all we can do is offer prayers to him and family,” Mary said.Prayer service for baby Alfie Evans to be held in Letterkenny was last modified: April 27th, 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) Tags:alfie evansletterkenny market squareprayer servicelast_img read more