Back Nelson to make winning return

first_imgReigning champion jockey Dane Nelson, who has been riding successfully at Assiniboia Downs in Canada for the past four months, returns to the saddle at Caymanas Park today and should win the opening race over 1200 metres (claiming $350,000 – $300,000) aboard down-in-class SHADE OF BEAUTY.The Patrick Lynch-trained five-year-old mare showed little behind ITALIANO over this trip on a $450,000 tag last Sunday but has won three races so far this season, and on the strength of her good third to FORCE DE JOUR over 1100 metres on August 29, gets the nod over BELIEVE and AWESOME CODE in a field of seven.First-time runners ZUGULU, under leading jockey Shane Ellis, and the Wayne DaCosta-trained A THOUSAND STARS (Robert Halledeen up) have both looked well forward at exercise and should fight out the finish of the second race over 1100 metres for native-bred two-year-olds.It should be close based on their exercise reports, but preference is for A THOUSAND STARS, a bay filly by Storm Craft out of the Natural Selection mare Heart of Gold. The Richard Azan-trained ZUGULU is a bay colt by Hold Me Back out of Candy Girl, who was declared to run in the first race won by Blue Dixie on Sunday but was a late scratch.VALENTINE BOY, who showed good speed behind MEL AGAIN over 1200 metres some weeks ago, looks the best of a moderate lot of maiden five-year-olds and up in the third race over 1100 metres. Trained by Roy Matthews, VALENTINE BOY (Shamaree Muir up) is steadily improving and can put away WESTERN FAITH and TIZ A CAT in an eight-horse field.DEMOLITION BOY, with Ellis riding for trainer Welsh Soutar, is preferred to the lightly-raced but improving GOLD MEMBER and GANJA MAN in the fourth race over the straight for maiden three-year-olds. DEMOLITION BOY is well drawn at post position 11 and seems programmed to take this event.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by STAN ROY (Ellis up) and the well-prepared 3-y-o filly JESSE’S FAVORITE, with veteran jockey Ian Spence riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny. Their respective dangers are MISS ADDI and KING WITHIN.EARLY SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) SHADE OF BEAUTY/ BELIEVE(2) A THOUSAND STARS/ ZUGULU(3) VALENTINE BOY/ WESTERN FAITH(4) DEMOLITION BOY/ GOLD MEMBER(5) STAN ROY/MISS ADDI(6) JESSE’S FAVORITE- O.C.last_img read more

David Granger’s confidence trick

first_imgDear Editor,As ‘first oil’ rapidly approaches, Guyanese are without the comfort of an acceptable Sovereign Wealth Fund to manage our revenues from oil.I posed the question to President David Granger in 2016, asking that the President address the nation to inform us all of exactly what type of SWF his administration would be setting up; where it would be based; who would administer it; who would have oversight; what laws would govern it, and what type of investments it would be limited to making (S.N. July 5, 2016).Granger signed Legislation establishing the Natural Resource Fund (NRF) in February of 2019. The NRF is structurally flawed, as it ultimately puts total control in the hands of whoever is Minister of Finance. Among the other problematic issues with the NRF are the controls governing how much money enters the fund, and how much the Government can allocate to the annual budget.Under the Government’s proposal, a portion of the country’s oil revenue would be saved in the fund, though the Government would still be allowed to borrow. In a review of the NRF by the National Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), Andrew Bauer said: “Guyana could end up in a situation where it is saving money and earning low interest while it borrows at a higher interest rate, and in this way, the country ends up losing money.” (Consider that the US$18 million signing bonus was invested in a Canadian fund at 1% return at the same time that NICIL was borrowing at 4.75%).NRGI says the proposed rule is unlikely to smooth Government spending, and does not constrain overall expenses. The Government could over-borrow, based on the prospect of large oil revenues, which are a decade away. The NRGI pointed to weaknesses in the NRF rules around how money in the fund can be invested, and stressed the need for rules to prohibit purchases of particularly risky assets, such as commodities and derivatives.The issue with control of the NRF in the hands of one man can be demonstrated clearly by an examination of how Granger removed safeguards within NICIL (Guyana’s first sovereign wealth fund). NICIL was incorporated as a Private Limited Company under the Companies Act, Chapter 89:01 in July 1990. Primary objectives of the company were that of subscribing for; taking, or otherwise acquiring, holding and managing the Government’s shares, stocks, debentures, or other securities of any company, co-operative society or other corporate body.Until recently, all decisions made by NICIL were subjected to Cabinet review and approval. This control has been removed, and the Special Projects Unit is now making decisions and entering agreements that are ratified and signed by the Minister of Finance (that man again).It was this lack of control that saw the assets of GuySuCo being vested into NICIL without the knowledge or approval of the GuySuCo Board or the Minister of Agriculture. These assets were then pledged, along with a sovereign guarantee, for a $30 billion bond. This $30 billion was borrowed for ‘unspecified’ long-term projects. Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, said: “We don’t know what the projects are as yet, but you would recall that this bond is only for five years. So they’re borrowing on a short- to medium-term (basis) for long-term projects…in five years at a 4.75 per cent interest.”David Granger has failed to understand that multiple layers of control are needed to safeguard our resources and revenues. His belief in unilateral decision-making has led to enormous costly mistakes at NICIL. With the same unilateral structure in place for the NRF, the same can be expected, with even bigger errors anticipated.Granger’s National Resource Fund is not a Sovereign Wealth Fund; it is a confidence trick.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Ministry warns Road Bans could start at anytime

first_imgThe Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has issued a warning that load restrictions may be placed with short notice in the near future on all highways within the Peace District.  Restrictions will be imposed in the South Peace, North Peace and Fort Nelson areas as conditions warrant. For updates, you can visit Advertisement –last_img

Complete Fantasy Premier League guide for Christmas and the New Year: The transfers you should make in gameweeks 18/19/20

first_img 12 Out: Arouna Kone (Everton) – £4.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Next three fixtures: Newcastle (A), Stoke (H), Tottenham (H). Everton have a decent set of fixtures over the next eight days; not the easiest or the most difficult. However, if you thought Arouna Kone was going to be a cheap alternative to Romelu Lukaku after his hat-trick against Sunderland in November you were very wrong. Kone hasn’t scored since and simply can’t justify his place in one of your forward positions at this vital time. In: Yohan Cabaye OR Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) – £6.6m OR £6.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Next three fixtures: Bournemouth (A), Swansea (H), Chelsea (H). Palace’s appealing set of Christmas fixtures have tempted us to recommend you purchase one of their attacking midfielders as well as defender Pape Souare. The question is which one? Both Cabaye and Bolasie have been inconsistent this season, but seem likely to return to form against the likes of Bournemouth and Swansea. We can’t split them… buy both? In: Theo Walcott (Arsenal) – £8.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Next three fixtures: Southampton (A), Bournemouth (H), Newcastle (H). In contrast, Theo Walcott appears to have promptly rediscovered his form after returning from a long-term injury. Walcott’s goal against Man City on Monday night showed the Englishman to be back to his best and, with home matches against Bournemouth and Newcastle coming up, he could quickly turn into a point-scoring machine. 12 12 Out: Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) – £5.6m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Next three fixtures: Irrelevant because he’s injured and out for six weeks! 12 12 Out: Christian Benteke (Liverpool) – £8.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Next three fixtures: Leicester (H), Sunderland (A), West Ham (A). Like Kone, you just cannot afford to have Christian Benteke occupying one of your striker spots at present. Benteke has picked up no goals and just one assist since the end of October – if that doesn’t jingle your alarm bells, we don’t know what will! Out: Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle) – £7.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Next three fixtures: Everton (H), West Brom, (A), Arsenal (A). After scoring four goals against Norwich, many people put Georginio Wijnaldum straight into their fantasy teams thinking they had found a hidden gem. Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out like that and the Dutchman has scored just one goal in his eight appearances since! Out: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – £8.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Next three fixtures: Leicester (H), Sunderland (A), West Ham (A). Liverpool’s next three matches are not the hardest, but not the easiest either. Since returning from injury, Philippe Coutinho has failed to make an impact on his side’s 2-2 draw with West Brom and shocking 3-0 defeat at Watford. With strength in depth so important over this period you can’t afford to have expensive midfielders that just aren’t pulling their weight! 12 In: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) – £5.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Next three fixtures: Norwich (H), Watford (A), Everton (A). Although away trips to Watford and Everton might not look like the easiest of matches for a Premier League defender at present, Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld is still a worthy long-term replacement if you have to replace the injured Martin Skrtel. 12 In: Pape Souare (Crystal Palace) – £4.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Next three fixtures: Bournemouth (A), Swansea (H), Chelsea (H). Meanwhile, Crystal Palace’s Christmas fixtures appear to suit a defender down to the ground. At £4.5m, Pape Souare is not a very expensive gamble and could return some serious points over the next eight days. 12 12 12 12 In: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – £9.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Next three fixtures: Newcastle (A), Stoke (H), Tottenham (H). And who better to replace Kone with than his free-scoring team-mate, Romelu Lukaku? Lukaku has netted in his last seven consecutive league outings and is fast approaching Vardy territory – he really is a ‘must have’ this Christmas! Out: Allan Nyom (Watford) – £4.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Next three fixtures: Chelsea (A), Tottenham (H), Man City (H). Allan Nyom is one of the most transferred defenders so far this week, but it seems those who are buying him have failed to spot how tough Watford’s set of festive fixtures actually are! We’ve been waiting all year for it and it’s finally here… The festive period of Premier League fixtures starts on Boxing Day!There’s also something minor happening the day before, but that’s nowhere near as important.So, let’s get planning as we’ve got three games in eight/nine days to prepare for and, as we all know, only the fittest Fantasy Premier League managers will survive.With the festive fixtures coming thick and fast, strength in depth is certainly important. Top managers will without doubt be rotating their sides and your fantasy team must be prepared for this.So, to see which Fantasy Premier League players are a ‘must have’ this Christmas, click the right arrow above… 12 In: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) – £9.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Next three fixtures: Next three fixtures: Southampton (A), Bournemouth (H), Newcastle (H). Walcott’s hitting form, Arsenal are hitting form and even Olivier Giroud is hitting form again with four goals in his last five matches. It’s a Christmas miracle! The Gunners’ fixtures over the next eight days provide plenty of opportunity for the Frenchman to continue his goalscoring with Walcott and Ozil providing the support in place of the absent Sanchez and Cazorla.last_img read more

President to visit Mideast in January

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Bush will visit the Mideast in early January as he presses the Israelis and Palestinians to restart moribund peace talks, a spokesman said Tuesday. White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe announced the visit but would not release itinerary details. An Israeli television station said Bush would visit Israel. Last week, Bush hosted a high-profile Mideast conference in Annapolis, Md., where Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told international backers and skeptical Arab neighbors that they were ready to resume bargaining toward achieving an independent Palestinian homeland. Bush has held Mideast peacemaking at arm’s length for most of his nearly seven years in office, but argues that conditions in Israel and the Palestinian territories now are right for a more energetic role. He said Israeli and Palestinian leaders are ready to make peace, there is a wider and unifying fight against extremism fed by the Palestinian conflict, and the world understands the urgency. 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsFundamental differences have led to the collapse of previous peace efforts: the borders of a Palestinian state, the status of disputed Jerusalem and the rights of Palestinian refugees and their descendants. Israel said Tuesday it is seeking bids to build more than 300 new homes in a disputed east Jerusalem neighborhood, drawing Palestinian condemnations that the move is undermining the newly relaunched peace talks. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat sent an urgent message to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, asking her to block the project from moving forward. “This is undermining Annapolis,” he said. Negotiating teams were to hold their first session in the region on Dec. 12, and Olmert and Abbas plan to continue one-on-one discussions they began earlier this year. Many of the same nations and organizations attending the meeting in Annapolis were scheduled to gather on Dec. 17 in Paris to raise money for the cash-strapped Palestinians.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTS SATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division One St. Catherines Reserves 2 Erne Wanderers 3Saints played host to neighbours Erne Wanders of Ballyshannon in Emerald Park. The home side opened the scoring on eighteen minutes when Brian Smith scored from a corner kick delivered by Donal Mc Guire. Michael Ward levelled the scores on thirty four minutes when his shot from inside the eighteen yard box found the top corner. Erne took control of the game and pressed for a second. It came on forty three minutes when Ward nipped in behind The Saints’ defence and placed his shot neatly under the keeper.The second half saw Erne start the brighter and on fifty five minutes David Dolan scored Erne’s’ third when he pounced on a loose ball and fired high into the top corner of the net. Gary Cunningham scored for The Saints on seventy five minutes when he headed home from a cross by Donal Mc Guire. The Saints pressed hard for the third but it didn’t come. Referee: Liam FarrenCastlefin Celtic Reserves 0 Glencar Celtic 6This match was reversed to the flagpole in Rathmullan. Glencar had a sluggish start but after they broke the deadlock the flood gates opened and they went in 4-0 to the good at half time with braces from Pajo and Froggy.The second half was very dead and Castlefin defended well with their keeper making countless good saves. However Paddy Collins and Chris Malseed did find the net with 2 late goals. Best for Glencar were Ruairi Kelly and Chris Malseed. Team performance from Castlefin. Referee: Kevin LogueGlenea United Reserves 4 Ramelton Mariners 0In wintry conditions it was the home side that came out on top with a well earned victory over the Mariners. Glenea started brightly and had the away side under pressure but were unable to find the finishing touch. As the half progressed Ramelton came more into the game and came close with a couple of efforts. Glenea opened the scoring on 38 minutes when Padraig McGee’s free-kick was misjudged by the away keeper and the ball ended up in the back of the net. Glenea continued to dominate in the 2nd half and extended their lead on 55 minutes when Ramelton’s keeper saw his attempted clearance blocked by Dean Gallagher and the ball rebounded into the net. Glenea ‘s 3rd goal arrived on 70 minutes when Dean Gallagher got down the right and his cross shot found Tommy Rodgers who slotted home. Glenea completed the scoring on 87 minutes when good interplay between Shane Coll and Tommy Rodgers allowed Rodgers to drill the ball across the goalmouth where Dean Gallagher stabbed the ball home. Best for Glenea were Declan Mc Garvey, Sean Sweeney and Dean Gallagher, while it was team effort from Ramelton Referee: Barry HunterMulroy Celtic 1 Orchard F.C. 2Played in crisp dry conditions both teams enjoyed spells of possession but very few clear cut chances were created. The game remained scoreless until half time. The away side broke the deadlock when a simple free kick was floated into box was exquisitely flicked into the net by Niall Bonnar. The second followed soon after, with an element of luck, when Charles McLaughlin headed against a Mulroy defender and it trickled into the net. In fairness to Mulroy heads didn’t drop. A very determined run from Seamus Coyle ended up with Packie Mc Elwaine who rounded the keeper and expertly dispatched into the net. Orchard left with all three points. Chuckie and Bonnar were impressive all day for away side. Eamon Sweeney was best for Mulroy.Glencar Inn Saturday Division Two Arranmore United 1 Donegal Town Reserves 3Donegal Town travelled to the Island this weekend and showed their title aspirations with a determined 3-1 victory. Gavin Mc Glanaghy put Arranmore one up early on with a left footed strike from the edge of the box.. This is how it stayed until two minutes before half-time when Daniel Mc Hugh jinked inside the box beating two players before tucking the ball home.. Donegal started the second half the brighter and Daniel Mc Hugh made it 2-1 when he toe poked home from a corner which wasn’t cleared. Arran went close straight afterwards but Donegal caught the home defence on the hop as a great cross from the right found James Feignedly at the back post and he headed homeGlenree United Reserves 2 Strand Rovers 1In fine conditions for football in Glenree Park it was the homeside who totally dominated the first ten minutes playing some fine passing football. They were rewarded in the 8th minute when a header from Robert Moore opened the scoring. Glenree were opening up the strand defence at will but some super goalkeeping and some poor finishing kept the away team in the match. The away side stuck at it and we’re rewarded in the 30th minute when Brendan Glackin broke free to round the keeper and slide it into the empty net. The away side got a great lift from this and upped their game coming close to taking the lead only for some great keeping by Daryl Gibson. In the second half Glenree started brightly again but failed to capitalise on their chances. The away side still threatened in the second half but couldn’t find the vital pass in the final third. Then in the 67th minute Max Davis swung in a superb cross for Karl Mc Elhinney to nod past the keeper. The last 20 minutes were well battled out by the two sides with both keepers pulling off top drawer saves. Glenree saw the game out and earned a tough three points. Great team effort from Strand Rovers. Best for Glenree were Karl Mc Elhinney and Daryl Gibson.Gweedore United Reserves 4 Milford United Reserves 0(Report to Follow)Keadue Rovers Reserves 4 Cranford United Reserves 1Keadue continued their decent start to Division 2 of the Saturday league with this good win over Cranford at Central Park. The game started off fairly lively with both sides making chances. Following a good spell from the home side they went ahead on ten minute when Adrian Hanlon took down the ball at the edge of the area and chipped it ball over the keeper for a fine finish. They could’ve went further ahead but Cranford cleared the ball off the line a few times. By midway through the half Cranford were coming into the game but not forcing Keadue’s .keeper into any saves. In the last ten minutes of the half Keadue upped the tempo and had a number of good efforts from Corey Gallagher and Adrian Hanlon. On forty two minutes the home side took control. Following a great ball from Adrian Hanlon Ryan Greene controlled well and finished over the keeper. A minute after that Corey Gallagher rounded off a good Keadue move with a shot to the corner of the net. Into the second half and Cranford had a bit more urgency and on fifty six minutes came close from a free kick which was well saved by Danny Rodgers. Adrian Hanlon made it 4-0 with another good individual effort. To their credit Cranford kept plugging away and got a consolation goal when Kevin Fisher poked home on eighty six minutes. A good victory for the home side for whom Adrian Hanlon, Ryan Greene and Chris Greene were impressive and a good team effort from Cranford.Referee : John Sheamus O’ FhearraighDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSSUNDAYUlster Junior ShieldWhitestrand United 1 Buncrana Harps 0On a cold fresh day Whitestrand United played Buncrana Harps on Whitestrand Park. The Strand started at a high tempo and were rewarded early on with the opening goal from Michael Sweeney. It was a great goal from the front man who held off the defender before firing past the despairing dive of the Buncrana keeper. After about 15 minutes Buncrana began to settle but still struggled to trouble the Whitestrand keeper. Sean Gallagher was putting in an excellent performance in the middle of the park and he had a strike which went narrowly over. On 35 minutes the most contentious decision of the game arrived when Michael Sweeney seemed to be tripped in the box. However the referee waved the game on much to the distain of the local support.The second half began with both teams well matched. Again Strand produced an effort early in the half but it went narrowly over the bar. Most of the chances seemed to come the Strand’s way with Michael Sweeney and Paul Lynch both having efforts on goal. Best for the Strand were Michael Sweeney and Sean Gallagher. Referee: Gerry Gallagher.Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic 2 Milford United 1On a day when the Greenbrae resembled a potato field more than a soccer pitch Milford settled quickest and had Lifford on the back foot from early in the game. Lifford struggled to get out of their own half thanks to good play from Gary Merrit and PJ Hagan. Milford got their reward when Christy Mc Cafferty finished well from a Burke cross giving Paul Given in the Lifford goal little chance as half time loomed. A few harsh words during Lifford’s half time team-talk seemed to spring the border town men into life as the second half began. It was now Milford’s turn to be on the back foot as Johnny Robb calmly finished following a through ball from Johnny Mahon on 50 minutes. The game hung in the balance until 70 minutes when up popped David Gethins with the important winner following a cross from Ross Porter. Milford continued to press as full time approached and almost grabbed a draw only for the heroic Mark McNulty to make a goal line clearance in the 90th minute. Good all round performances from both teams.Cranford United 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic 2Cranford and Kilmacrennan played an entertaining draw in Cranford Park. Cranford had a few great chances through Brendan Giles and Shaun Mc Elwaine. They took the lead when Kyle Black finished brilliantly from the edge of the box after receiving a cross from Brendan Giles. Kilmacrennan then equalised when a Timmy Burke cross was deflected into the Cranford net. Cranford then went close when Kyle Black rounded the keeper but his shot was cleared of the line. Kilmacrennan took the lead after good work from Edwin Doherty to finish from a tight angle.Cranford started the second half on top and equalised when Kyle Black finished well from inside the box. Kyle Black and Seamie McLaughlin were best for Cranford. Team effort by Kilmacrennan.Glenea United 1 Gweedore Celtic 0In fine conditions for football it was the home side that earned a hard fought victory in this Gaeltacht derby. In a tight 1st half neither side was given any time on the ball and chances were at a premium. Gweedore’s best effort came on 38 minutes when, from a free-kick into the box, the ball broke to Fionan Diver but his effort was well saved by Joe Coll. Glenea’s best moment came on 40 minutes when a Denis Boyle in-swinging free-kick was not dealt with by the away defence but Paul McBride cleared off the line. At the start of the 2nd half it was the visitors that started the strongest with Glenea finding it difficult to get out of their half. Despite their dominance Gweedore were finding it hard to create any clear cut chances until the 65th minute when Colin Ferry’s through ball found Declan Doherty but his effort was well saved by Joe Coll. On 70 minutes Glenea opened the scoring when Sean Coll’s cross from the left found Kevin Mulhern and he drilled the ball across the face of the goal where Sean McBride reacted quickest to stab the ball home. Gweedore pushed hard for an equaliser but the home defence denied them any clear cut chances. Best for Glenea were Paul Sweeney and Kevin Mulhern while Jamie Boyle and Brendan Mc Geady were best for Gweedore. Referee: Kevin Logue.Rathmullan Celtic 2 St. Catherines 2On a bitterly cold afternoon at the Seaside St Catherines showed tremendous determination and fighting spirit to peg their hosts back and claim a share of the spoils. The home side raced in a two goal lead inside 20 minutes but found the Killybegs outfit in little mood to cave in. Brian Dorrian’s team emerged after half time to put their mark on the game and although it seemed the Celts had weathered the storm Christopher Cunningham’s late goal meant it was a point apiece from this game. With ten minutes gone birthday boy Eamonn Sheridan fired the Hoops ahead in stunning fashion. St Catherines had their brightest moment of the half when some neat interplay down the left got Gareth Concarr in and his stinging shot was well saved by Ian Strain. On 20 minutes Dara Patton was fouled on the edge of box and from the resultant free Paddy ‘Craig’ Sheridan lashed home an unstoppable low drive to double Rathmullan’s advantage. Before the break Strain was forced into a double save as Shane Molloy’s shot was palmed into the path of home defender Kieran Gorman who almost turned the ball into his own net but for the reactions of his goalkeeper.Dorrian made a swift tactical change at the break with Jason Noctor moving into a much more advanced position and the goal poacher soon rewarded the move. He raced onto a long ball and beat Strain to the chase before knocking the ball over the keeper into an unguarded goal to bring the game alive once more. Three minutes from full-time St. Catherines were awarded a free on the half way line and the ball was knocked long. It fell to Cunningham whose crisp right-foot strike flew into the bottom corner giving Strain no chance. On the balance of play a fair outcome for both sides although Rathmullan will be disappointed to have conceded so late in the game. Best for St. Catherines were Mc Guire and Noctor. For Rathmullan Ian Strain was best. Referee: Joe McHughCurragh Athletic 2 Donegal Town 4Donegal got their first win of the season with a fine performance over fellow Premier Division newcomers Curragh Athletic. Donegal started well and got the opening goal when Kevin Devaney’s defence splitting pass allowed the lively David Harron to round the advancing ‘keeper and slide the ball home. Donegal doubled their lead before half time when Ryan Earley’s long range effort was deflected past the Curragh net-minder. Curragh started well after half time and went close when a well struck free kick came back off the crossbar. Donegal reinforced their dominance when David Harron jinked his way through the Curragh defence only to be brought down for a penalty. Early converted the penalty expertly to double his tally and when David Bustard scored from a corner shortly after the three points were all but sealed. Curragh battled hard to their credit and scored two late consolation goals through Ryan Carlin, who finished well inside the area, and through Neil Lloyd who scored from long range. Ryan Earley, David Harron and Gary Ward impressed for Donegal while Curragh put in a solid team performance. Referee: Ed MooreWatson Hire Division OneKeadue Rovers 6 Eany Celtic 2Keadue Rovers had their first victory of the season in Division 1 following this convincing win over Eany Celtic at Central Park. Keadue took the lead on fourteen minutes when Adam Neely found some space and his low shot from the edge of the area went under the keeper. They doubled it two minutes before the interval. Into the second half and Keadue remained on top and made it 3-0 on fifty six minutes. Ryan Greene who missed a chance a few minutes earlier made no mistake at the back post. Just after the hour mark sub Adrian Hanlon made it 4-0 with a finish again at the back post following a good passing move. Eany pulled a goal back from a set piece on sixty five minutes when Stephen Meehen scored. The home side were very dangerous on the break getting plenty of joy down the left wing and they made it 5-1 when David Ward back heeled to the net on eighty minutes following good work from Adrian Hanlon. Eany pulled another one back five minutes from the end when Mark Sweeney’s attempted clearance was blocked by James Flynn and this rebounded to the net. Adrian Hanlon with the last kick of the game volleyed home Keadue’s sixth goal. A much needed win for Keadue for whom Adam Neely and Ryan Greene were impressive. A good team performance from Eany. Referee: Victor Rainey.Bonagee United 1 Drumoghill F.C. 3Sean Crossan came close for the home team on fourteen minutes when his corner kick hit the back post and the defence cleared. Two minutes later Liam O’ Donnell for the visitors saw his shot saved from six yards after a good ball from Michael Doherty. Kevin Doran saw his strike on twenty minutes from twenty yards turned over the bar by Regan in the Drumoghill goal. The visitors took the lead on forty minutes when a corner kick was headed to the roof of the net by David O’Carroll. The home team levelled the match on the hour when a Garry Patton free just outside the box was blocked by the wall and the striker was firs t to react and hammer the rebound into the bottom corner of the net. The visitors took the lead again on sixty five minutes when Michael Doherty cut in from the right and hammered the ball into the bottom corner of the net. The home team had half chances through Coyle, Doran and Patton as did Drumoghill through Doherty, O’ Donnell and Rodgers. The visitors got their third on eighty minutes when Liam O’Donnell was put through after a quick throw in by Brian Coll and the big striker hammered home from ten yards. Team efforts by both sides. Referee: Paddy MartinGweedore United 3 Castlefin Celtic 1This game played at Carrickboyle under the floodlights on Saturday night in front of a large attendance saw the home side claim the three points in what was an excellent game of football between two good sides. The home side took the lead in the 20th minute when a good passing move ended with Michael Connolly putting Ciaran Mc Fadden through with an excellent pass which Mc Fadden finished well with a left foot shot into the top corner to make it 1-0.The Castlefin men were back level 6 minutes later when another good passing move was well finished by JP Malley from 10 yards to make it 1-1. The home side were back in front three minutes later when Keith Sweeney’s corner was headed into the back of the net by Joe Duffy to make it 2-1 at half time. In the second half the good play continued from both sides with JP Malley, Matthew O’ Rourke and Colin Carlin going close for the visitors and Ciaran Mc Fadden, Michael Connolly and Ciaran Gillespie going close for United. Gweedore secured the three points in the 70th minute with Joe Duffy again on the mark when he shot from six yards past Lafferty in the Castlefin nets.. This was an entertaining encounter and credit to both sides for playing a quick passing game throughout. Damien Mc Anenny and JP Malley excelled for Castlefin and it was a good team performance from United with Joe Duffy and Darren Ferry outstanding on the night. Referee: Brian O’ KaneKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2 Cappry Rovers 2Kerrykeel ‘71 dropped two points at home after letting a two goal lead slip up. The ‘71 started at a lightning pace and were in front on fifteen seconds when Fergal Friel crossed for Mark Friel to tap home. Before Cappry knew what hit them they were two behind, this time Kevin Loughrey crossed from the left and Johnny Friel headed home from ten yards. Kerrykeel missed two great chances on fifteen and twenty minutes to kill the game with Kevin Loughrey and Johnny Friel both putting their shots high and over the bar. Cappry got back into the game on the stroke of half-time when Paddy Mc Nulty scored after a goal mouth scramble.Cappry started the second half on top and tested Shaun Friel on a number of occasions. With twenty five minutes left Kerrykeel broke down the right and Mark Friel was played in by Paddy Mc Grenaghan. Just as he was about to fire home he was taken down by a Cappry defender and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Mark Friel stepped up but sent his spot kick wide. Cappry pushed and got their second on eighty five minutes from ex-Mulroy Celtic player Ciaran Gallagher. Both teams had chances to win it near the end with Mc Nulty for Cappry and Seimi Friel for Kerrykeel both going close. Best for Kerrykeel ‘71: Marty Mc Ateer. Team effort from Cappry Rovers.Lagan Harps 2 Dunkineely Celtic 3Lagan and Dunkineely served up an entertaining encounter at Orchard Park. Lagan got off to a great start when Eunan Diver headed home a Damien Mc Fadden free kick on five minutes. Dunkineely began to take over in midfield and equalised on twenty minutes. Pauric Cunningham scored with a Beckham like effort when his long ball forward from the half way line sailed in over the Lagan keeper’s head. Dunkineely’s Adrian Nesbitt then hit a thunderous shot from thirty five yards which crashed off the crossbar. Dunkineely took the lead on thirty five minutes when the Lagan keeper spilled a high cross and Peter Alvey tapped home. They scored their third on forty minutes when Adrian Nesbitt picked up a poor kick out and raced through to score. The second half was the opposite of the first with Lagan enjoying the lion’s share of possession. On fifty five minutes Lagan’s Ross Hamlyn got over a great cross but John Mc Mullin saved Austin Marron’s close range effort. Ross Hamlyn then missed a great chance when put through by Austin Marron. Dunkineely threatened a couple of times on the break with Adrian Nesbitt and Adrian Ward going close. Lagan finally pulled a goal back on eighty minutes when Declan Sweeney volleyed home in a scramble after a Lagan free kick. James Gillen then missed a great opportunity to equalise when his close range effort was straight at John Mc Mullin. Adrian Ward then forced a good save from Michael Toner on the break, Lagan pressed to the end but to no avail. For Dunkineely Adrian Nesbitt and Adrian Ward were best while for Lagan Ross Hamlyn and Paul Rodgers were best. Referee: Marty Mc GarrigleCT Ball Division TwoRaphoe Town 0 Copany Rovers 2Copany Rovers took all three points with a very strong first half performance. They went ahead when Rooney scored after a corner. They went two up a few minutes later when they broke at speed and finished well. Raphoe never got into it and had keeper Micheal Curran to thank for keeping it at two with some fine saves. Raphoe came into it in the second half but Copany soaked up the pressure and held on to claim the points. Michael Curran was best for Raphoe while Copany produced a good team performance. Referee: BarryDunlewy Celtic 2 Ballybofey United 0Winter is settling into the hills of Dunlewey and it was a cold afternoon for both these two teams in strong winds. The home side took the lead with Mc Geady scoring from just outside the box. The home side playing with the wind were unlucky not to increase their lead with John Cannon and Michael Rotary coming close. The second half was very intense with the wind picking up the home side facing an uphill battle as the visitors, with the wind at their backs, felt they could get back on level terms. Indeed they were unlucky with Cathal Gillespie pulling of some fine saves. The home side manage to hit on the break when a clearance fell to Hugo Cannon who brought the best out of the visiting keeper but his save fell to Manus Cannon who knocked home to secure the spoils.Convoy Arsenal 1 Deele Harps 0The game started tentatively with both teams battling for possession in the middle of the pitch. Convoy really upped the tempo with about 10 minutes remaining in the first half but it ended scoreless at the break. The second period continued with Convoy on top. They got the breakthrough in the 47th minute via a great strike from the edge of the box by John Kee. Deele tried to get back into the game but Convoy controlled the ball well. Convoy had a few chances on the break but the game ended 1 – 0 with Convoy taking the three points. Best for Deele Conor and Emmett Catterson. A really good squad performance from Convoy. Referee: John Coyle.Letterbarrow Celtic 1 Drumbar F.C. 1Letterbarrow started this game very brightly and went close through Feet Murrin after he was played through by Stephen Graham on ten minutes. The home side thought they had the lead on twenty minutes when Christy Burke headed just wide from a corner. Howeve, Caolan Loughney broke the deadlock when he nodded home a corner for the visitors on thirty minutes and Drumbar held a one nil lead at the break. Both sides battled hard in the second half and Letterbarrow got their equaliser on sixty five minutes when Declan Gallagher volleyed home from six yards. Both sides had a chance to take all points late on but the game ended all square. Best for Letterbarrow were Declan Gallagher and Pauric Coyle. Mark Butler and Shane Browne were best for Drumbar.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division OneSt. Catherines Reserves 2 v 3 Erne WanderersCastlefin Celtic Reserves 0 v 6 Glencar CelticGlenea United Reserves 4 v 0 Ramelton MarinersMulroy Celtic 1 v 2 Orchard F.C.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoArranmore United 1 v 3 Donegal Town ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves P v P Tullyvinney RoversGlenree United Reserves 2 v 1 Strand RoversGweedore United Reserves 4 v 0 Milford United ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves 4 v 1 Cranford United ReservesSUNDAYUlster Junior ShieldWhitestrand United 1 v 0 Buncrana HarpsBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic 2 v 1 Milford UnitedCranford United 2 v 2 Kilmacrennan CelticGlenea United 1 v 0 Gweedore CelticRathmullan Celtic 2 v 2 St. CatherinesCurragh Athletic 2 v 4 Donegal TownWatson Hire Division OneKeadue Rovers 6 v 2 Eany CelticBonagee United 1 v 3 Drumoghill F.C.Gweedore United 3 v 1 Castlefin CelticKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2 v 2 Cappry RoversLagan Harps 2 v 3 Dunkineely CelticCT Ball Division TwoRaphoe Town 0 v 2 Copany RoversDunlewy Celtic 2 v 0 Ballybofey UnitedConvoy Arsenal 1 v 0 Deele HarpsLetterbarrow Celtic 1 v 1 Drumbar F.C.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 16-11-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneFintown Harps AFC v Glencar CelticGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoStrand Rovers v Keadue Rovers ReservesGweedore United Reserves v Cranford United ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves v Tullyvinney RoversSUNDAY 17-11-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionCranford United v Donegal TownWatson Hire Division OneKeadue Rovers v Gweedore UnitedEany Celtic v Bonagee UnitedCT Ball Division TwoDeele Harps v Ballybofey UnitedLetterbarrow Celtic v Dunlewy CelticWhitestrand United v Glenree UnitedOscar Traynor TrophySligo / Leitrim League v Donegal Junior LeagueDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: November 10th, 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more


first_imgDonegal builder Pat Doherty’s Harcourt Developments, which built the Park West business campus in Dublin and is behind the Titanic Quarter project in Belfast, made substantial donations to Fianna Fail, it is reported today.Harcourt Developments, and its subsidiary Airscape, gave €129,000 to Fianna Fail and €44,900 to the PDs, the Irish Independent reports.Further reading here: man who is now leading the party’s fundraising drive – mostly from small donations from private individuals – is  Darragh McShea, 26, from Ballyshannon. DONEGAL BUILDER GAVE €129,000 TO FIANNA FAIL was last modified: February 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drake Athletics Lives the Bulldog Way By Packaging 40,000 Meals

first_imgStory Links Photo Gallery DES MOINES, Iowa – The entire Drake athletic department convened on Sunday, Aug. 28, afternoon at the Knapp Center to recognize its student-athletes and pledge to live the Bulldog Way both on and off the field.In addition to reaffirming their commitment to living the Bulldog Way, Drake student-athletes and staff lived it by partnering with Meals From the Heartland to package more than 40,000 meals that will be delivered to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States and around the world.Director of athletics Sandy Hatfield Clubb was joined by Drake University president Marty Martin and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members in detailing the tenets of the Bulldog way and the success it has created.Every team, student-athlete, coach and staff member pledged to live the Bulldog Way and signed a copy of the Bulldog way, which states We act with INTEGRITY.We demonstrate and uncompromising COMMITMENT to EXCELLENCE.We OUTWORK and OUTHUSTLE our opponent in pursuit of CHAMPIONSHIPS.We desire the BEST FOR and expect the BEST FROM each other.We MAXIMIZE OUR POTENTIAL by ASPIRING TO GREATNESSWE LIVE THE BULLDOG WAY.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Travel alert: Busy Ballybofey road opened for Bank Holiday Weekend

first_imgA busy Ballybofey road will be opened this weekend to two-way traffic, the Donegal County Council has announced. The roadworks will be open to Two Way Traffic throughout the Bank Holiday Weekend.Temporary traffic lights were not in operation on Friday evening and the public can use the road freely until Tuesday (March 19). The roadworks are scheduled to be completed by March 22. Travel alert: Busy Ballybofey road opened for Bank Holiday Weekend was last modified: March 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Ballybofeylast_img read more

The Earth is Our Drug Dealer

first_imgAs I was reading about a bill in the Georgia legislature (unlikely to pass) forcing utilities to stop buying coal from mountaintop removal, it occurred to me that our dependence on fossil fuels and the havoc that they are wreaking on the environment is kind of a cruel joke played on us by the Earth.Free samples mean customers for lifeIt’s like the story of drug dealers passing out free samples to kids. Then, once they are hooked, there is a built in clientele. For the first 100 years or so, coal and oil were cheap and easy; we didn’t see (or we ignored) most of the downside. Now we understand the problems, but we are as addicted as a junkie is to his regular fix. When an addict has a support network they may have an intervention or go to treatment, and many of them succeed in kicking their habit.The system steers us away from smart thinkingThe big question for the planet is this: do we have enough of a support network to kick our habit? Our dealers (coal and oil companies) do not appear to be interested in helping us out. A bad combination of strong profits and regulation in many areas (particularly the Southeast US) that encourages rather than discourages more power generation gives them little incentive to reduce fossil fuel use. In those few areas where regulations encourage energy efficiency by utilities (the Western US comes to mind), per capita energy use has declined while it continues to rise in most other areas. So we have these islands of efficiency, places that have succeeded (at least partially) in “kicking their habit”, surrounded by the rest of us, happily smoking our “crack pipes” (oil and coal) day in and day out. They must be pretty ticked off at the rest of us.Forget about the earth, save yourself!Environmentalists often speak of saving the earth. The real issue, however, is saving humanity. We are the irritating boil on the earth, causing most, if not all, of the problems. Once we are gone, the earth will, over many millennia, very likely heal itself quite well. This century-plus addiction of ours may just be a cruel joke played on us by our planet – it has plenty of time to wait out our demise, after which it can go back to business as usual.last_img read more