26 May

Hunters polish up on completion of sets

first_imgThis is in preparation for tomorrow night’s game against the Norths Devils.Hunters coach Michael Marum said last Sunday’s performance was not up to par despite the 11-10 win over the top side Townsville Blackhawks.He said the team had polished up on this during the week.“We only completed 19/42 sets of play last week. This is only 45 percent and is the lowest so far this season for us.“If we can complete all our sets tomorrow, then we can execute the plays that we want to and score points,” said Marum.The Norths Devils are expected to arrive tomorrow around mid-day.Kick off at the National Football Stadium is at 6.30pm.last_img read more

18 Jan

Mills Jones Gets Media Honor

first_imgCentral Bank Executive Governor, Dr. J. Mills Jones, has received honors from 15 media institutions in Liberia for his unhindered policy of economic inclusion and poverty reduction. The Heritage, Frontpage Africa, Inprofile Daily, Evidence, Chronicle, Liberian Express and Concord Times, Corruption Watch, The Inquirer,  and The Catalyst, amongst others, honored Governor Jones as their “Man of the Year” after he took steps to help raise Liberians out of poverty in 2013.  The spokesperson for these media houses, Philibert Brown remarked during the honoring program in Monrovia on Friday, that Governor Jones has gone out on a limb to pierce the heart of poverty across Liberia and taking tangible and practical action to minimize the menace.Mr. Brown noted the 15 media houses were not bought or influenced in any form or manner to honor Governor Jones.He said it was necessary for journalists and media institutions to honor state actors who make a difference in the interest of the people. The honoring ceremony took place at the Central Bank of Liberia’s (CBL) Warren Street office. In response, Governor Jones thanked the media houses for recognizing and understanding the role CBL is playing in ensuring not only macroeconomic and microeconomic stability, but inclusive economic growth.The CBL boss noted that it is a responsibility of the CBL to help alleviate poverty in the country. He emphasized that “poverty is not a badge of honor for Liberians to wear.”The CBL, under the stewardship of Governor Jones, has made great strides in making financial loans available to key sectors of the economy through the banks.Among these sectors are the agriculture and mortgage sectors, to which the Bank has made available US$7.5 million and US$10million respectively through select banks.The CBL has also made available nearly L$400 million to registered non-banked financial institutions such as credit unions and village savings and loans associations in rural Liberia for onward lending to market women in those parts of the country.The fact is these media houses have been following the development of investments by the CBL and have decided to honor its Executive Governor for his sound leadership, which they said has led to the transformation of the economy and the banking industry.Though the Daily Observer was not among the 15 media institutions involved with the honors program, the paper was one of those that honored the Governor as “Person of the Year 2013.”  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

10 Jan

Ghana reaches deal with FIFA to avert dissolution of FA

first_imgFIFA countered that it would work with Ghana to tackle corruption but would not allow the GFA’s hasty liquidation.FIFA president Gianni Infantino met a senior delegation from Accra on Thursday with both sides agreeing to “establish a normalisation committee to replace the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association,” a FIFA statement said.The committee will be staffed by people with “integrity and competence,” it added.“Satisfied with the above measures, the Government of Ghana shall take steps to discontinue the process for the winding up of the Ghana Football Association,” FIFA further said.Ghana’s attorney general Gloria Akuffo had said it June that “urgent measures” were needed to protect the public against the GFA, which she described as “an instrument for self-aggrandisement by people who run it to make themselves rich.”Football is massively popular in the West African nation.The graft revelations within the GFA sent shockwaves through the country just before the start of the World Cup in Russia. Ghana had failed for the tournament.But the Black Stars captured fans across Africa during a thrilling run to the quarter-finals at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The documentary “Number 12”, poster shown June 2018, showed GFA officials allegedly soliciting bribes, leading to Ghana’s attorney general taking steps towards dissolving the embattled association © AFP/File / CRISTINA ALDEHUELALAUSANNE, Switzerland, Aug 16 – Ghana on Thursday backed away from controversial plans to dissolve its graft-ridden football federation, as it reached a deal with FIFA to clean up football administration in the country.Ghana’s attorney general had taken steps towards dissolving the embattled Ghana Football Association (GFA) after an explosive documentary in June showed officials allegedly soliciting bribes worth millions of dollars.last_img read more

6 Jan

Video: The real Fresh Prince! Everton star shakes the room with Will Smith rap

first_imgEverton midfielder Leon Osman proved a smash hit with guests at his testimonial dinner after treating them to a word-perfect rendition of Boom! Shake The Room by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, aka Will Smith. Check out it above!last_img

3 Jan

Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, June 5

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Liverpool star Raheem Sterling is open to a move to Manchester United, although the player is concerned how the transfer would be received given the fierce rivalry between the clubs. (The Guardian)But Liverpool remain adamant they have no intention of doing business with Manchester United after it was reported that contract rebel Raheem Sterling is open to a controversial move to the Red Devils. (Liverpool Echo)Radamel Falcao wants to complete a move to Chelsea before Colombia start their Copa America campaign on June 14. (Daily Telegraph)Dick Advocaat will be handed a £50million transfer war-chest to revitalise Sunderland. The Dutchman wants to sign Virgil Van Dijk, Patrick Bamford, Seko Fofana, Sam Byram and Sebastian Coates. (Daily Express)Brazilian international Dante has snubbed a move to Manchester United. The Bayern Munich defender has been a target of United boss Louis van Gaal’s as he looks to bolster his suspect defence. (Daily Star)Manchester United are ready to sell Nani this summer, but Inter Milan rather than Sporting Lisbon are reportedly his most likely destination. A £7.3million deal is set to be completed in the coming days. (The Independent)Serie A giants Sampdoria are closing in on the signature of Chelsea’s promising young central defender Kurt Zouma, according to their club president. (Metro)Manchester United have beaten Liverpool to another transfer target this summer. After signing Memphis Depay from under their rival’s noses, the Red Devils have reportedly agreed a pre-contract with Barcelona defender Dani Alves. (Daily Star)Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama says it ‘would be nice’ to join Arsenal. (Daily Mail)And the Gunners are preparing a £25m bid for Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia if they miss out on Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin, according to reports. (The Independent)Wanted man Charlie Austin has signalled he is ready to quit relegated Queens Park Rangers. Striker Austin, a £10m-target for Tottenham, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Southampton, is reluctant to drop into the Championship having just earned a call-up into Roy Hodgson’s international squad on the back of 18 goals in his debut season in the Premier League. (Daily Express)Liverpool have taken another step towards the signing of Portuguese keeper Rui Patricio after Sporting Lisbon signed a replacement. (Daily Express)Manchester United are lining up Galatasary goalkeeper Fernando Muslera as replacement for Real Madrid bound David De Gea. (Metro)Brighton and Hove Albion are trying to lure Iran World Cup winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh to the Amex. (The Argus)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Angel di Maria is PSG’s priority this summer…and deal could happen, talkSPORT toldChelsea transfer news: Falcao deal close, Miranda to join and other rumoursExpert view: Arsene Wenger likes Geoffrey Kondogbia but Arsenal move will not happenManchester City plot move for Turkey wingerManchester United go head to head with Arsenal over World Cup star, as David De Gea departure nearsExpert eye: No chance Raphael Varane will join Manchester UnitedBayern Munich defender Dante quashes talk of Manchester United moveSouthampton and West Ham battle for £8m Denmark defenderRaheem Sterling shock: ‘He’s walked out, he’ll do it again!’ claims ex-Anfield chiefSampdoria chief confirms Serie A club working on deal for Chelsea defender Kurt ZoumaNew Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez lining up shock raid on Arsenallast_img read more

30 Dec

Newcastle United 6-2 Norwich City: Magpies get their first Premier League win

first_img Georginio Wijnaldum netted his third career hat-trick 1 Georginio Wijnaldum scored four times as Newcastle won their first Premier League game of the season, beating Norwich 6-2 in an eight-goal thriller.A defensive horror show by both sides meant it was 3-2 at the break, with Wijnaldum netting a first-half brace, along with Ayoze Perez’s strike, while Dieumerci Mbokani and Nathan Redmond were on target for City.Mitrovic increased his side’s advantage in the second half before Wijnaldum added two more to his tally, to give Steve McClaren’s side a much-needed win to kick-start their season.Newcastle were without goalkeeper Tim Krul, who is out for the season and manager McClaren says his loss is worth “18-20 points”, as the inexperienced Rob Elliot deputised. The home side took the lead after 14 minutes, following good work by Mitrovic and Moussa Sissoko, with the latter sliding the ball through to summer signing Wijnaldum to slide home his fourth goal for the Magpies.The Canaries were soon level as Martin Olsson had plenty of time and space on the left, sending in a curling cross for Mbokani to stab across goal past Elliot. It looked like Norwich may have taken the momentum and they appeared most likely to grab a second as Mbokani was lively and he nearly broke free on the left. The direction of the game was flipped as Sissoko was the provider for the Dutchman again, crossing to the centre spot for Wijnaldum to head downwards towards Ruddy, who poorly let the ball pass underneath his hands for Newcastle’s second. Jonny Howson was left incensed as referee Anthony Taylor waved away his penalty claims. The midfielder was set to nod home at the far post before he was pulled back by right-back Daryl Janmaat. Shortly after the half-hour mark, Newcastle made it three following a speedy attack, the City midfield were slow to get back, and Perez found space on the right of the box to coolly slide a shot across goal and into the bottom corner. It took Norwich less than a minute to respond, as Olsson was in acres of space on the left yet again. The Swede floated a pinpoint cross to the far post, where Redmond was there to cushion a side-footed volley past Elliot. Mitrovic continued to show he has more in his skill-set than his five bookings this season (including for his country, Serbia) along with one sending off. The 21-year-old excited home fans with glimpses of why the Magpies paid a reported £12m for his services.Norwich started the second half brightly, with Wijnaldum performing his defensive duties, clearing Sebastian Bassong’s header off the line after a curling corner. The visitors had a dangerously-positioned free-kick on the left but Redmond wasted the opportunity, blazing over the bar before dragging a low shot wide moments later.Newcastle overcame a period of pressure to net a fourth in the 64th minute, Mitrovic completing another quick counter when he controlled Sissoko’s ball before thrashing it home on the half volley from the edge of the 18-yard box.It took Newcastle a further two minutes to add a fifth, on the counter again, as £14.5million star Wijnaldum netted his third career hat-trick, heading past Ruddy after Janmaat’s cross. Norwich continued to search for a third as Redmond struck the post with his shot across goal and stopper Elliot made good saves to deny Mbokani and Robbie Brady’s efforts. But then Wijnaldum all-but confirmed Newcastle’s first Premier League win at St James’ Park since the final day of last season, when his long-range shot deflected past Ruddy to make it six for United.last_img read more

30 Dec

Gunners hero: ‘Outstanding’ defenders to give Arsenal added quality in January window

first_img 4 Daniele Rugani: Juventus youngster ready to prove himself – Rugani is highly-rated at Juventus where he has been unable to nail down a regular first team place. The 21-year-old’s all round game has been widely praised, but his club will not sanction a January move unless the player demands one – read a scout report here. John Stones: His list of admirers continues to grow – Stones was on the brink of joining Chelsea in the summer, but his club refused to entertain the idea of him leaving. Arsenal will have a tough convincing Everton to sell in January, as the 21-year-old stopper continues to get better and he has been linked to Barcelona as a result. Diego Godin: A leader at the back – Godin rejected the chance to leave Atletico Madrid in the summer with Man City reportedly keen and his club will be hugely grateful. This season in the Liga, Atleti have conceded just six times and find themselves two points off leaders Barcelona. While this excellent record is not down to one man, the 29-year-old Uruguay captain still appears to be hugely underrated. Could Arsenal persuade Godin leave the Spanish capital? Arsenal dragged themselves to the Champions League, their final stop in the competition thanks to a 3-0 win against Olympiakos.Their form has pleased their many fans and former manager George Graham joined in the praise when talkSPORT phoned him for a chat.The only thing to concern the Scot was the injury problems and the hole Francis Coquelin leaves in the middle of the park as well as the Arsenal defence.“I’d like to see them get another outstanding centre-half,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, adding that he believe current boss Arsene Wenger knows the area he wants to strengthen.“It’s a matter of where are the players of quality and can he get them.”Here, talkSPORT looks at four players of absolute quality but we’ll have to wait until the January transfer window opens to discover if the Gunners will add to their squad. 4 Mats Hummels: Classy centre-back to leave Dortmund? Click the arrow to see more ‘outstanding centre-halves’ Arsenal could sign – Arsenal’s title winning manager George Graham knows a thing or two about defenders. He was in charge of a hugely successful back line during nine years in charge of the club and he told talkSPORT he’d like to see “an outstanding centre-half” join the club. With the January transfer window around the corner, talkSPORT looks at a selection of players who fall into this category beginning with Hummels. The Dortmund centre back has been heavily tipped to reunite with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, so if he is up for grabs, the Gunners could do a lot worse than adding another World Cup winner to their ranks. 4 4last_img read more

27 Dec

Home Depot volunteers build playground

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThey shoveled in wood fiber to replace the lawn and erected aluminum and plastic swings and slides and a climbing structure. The playground design was based on suggestions from youngsters who live in the complex. In March, they sat down with crayons and paper to draw their ideas for the playground. “This is a custom-design playground based on the pictures the kids drew,” said Meg Keaney, project manager for KaBOOM! a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that is partners with The Home Depot in the national playground campaign. At the complex’s three tiny old playgrounds, the volunteers removed the 20-year-old play equipment and replaced the sand to turn them into butterfly, pizza and sensory gardens: one with flowers to attract butterflies, one with basil and oregano and other herbs used in pizza, and one with plants with distinctive smells and textures. The volunteers also installed benches around the complex. PALMDALE – Disco, salsa and old-fashioned r&b music pumped out of speakers Thursday as more than 150 volunteers labored under a hot sun to create a playground for youngsters living at a Palmdale apartment complex. Created from start to finish in less than six hours, the playground was built as part of a nationwide campaign to create a playground within walking distance of every American child. “It’s a great thing,” said Palmdale Home Depot manager Julius Moore, whose company paid most of the cost. “It’s all about the children.” Starting about 8:30 a.m. at the Palmdale Desert Club apartments on 20th Street East, volunteers – mostly Home Depot employees on their day off – tore up grass in about a 50-foot square in the complex’s central lawn. Last year, KaBOOM! and Home Depot announced an initiative to create or refurbish 1,000 play spaces in 1,000 days. “This is No. 293, I think, out of that 1,000,” Keaney said. “We’re not quite a year into it so we are right on track.” The playground was funded through a $47,200 grant from The Home Depot along with a $10,000 contribution from the Housing Corporation of America. Moore said this was probably the 15th playground he has helped build in 18 years with The Home Depot, which created its associate volunteer program in 1992. There’s no problem getting workers to volunteer, Moore said. “Everybody’s having a great time out here. We’re having a blast,” he said. The playground will provide a place close to home to play for tenants, said Autumn Rodriguez, regional manager for Ironwood Management, the property management arm of apartment owner InSite Development. “They gain access to a beautiful playground,” Rodriguez said. “They don’t have to keep their kids inside.” About 100 children live in the complex’s 80 units, all occupied by families with low to moderate incomes, she said. Her company has applied for KaBOOM! playgrounds at two Lancaster apartment complexes, as well as at a proposed new park in downtown Lancaster, Rodriguez said, but has not received an answer yet. chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com (661) 267-5742160Want 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

27 Dec

Donegal Primary Schools Cross-Country – Pic Special

first_imgAction from today’s Donegal Primary School’s Cross-Country event at Lifford. All pictures by Northwest Newspix.To purchase of today’s picture please follow this link: https://nwnewspix.smugmug.com/organize/Donegal-Primary-School-Cross Donegal Primary Schools Cross-Country – Pic Special was last modified: October 13th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

25 Dec

NFL gives L.A. boot — again

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The league had no problem moving a Saints home game to New York and turning it into a fund-raiser. But why stop there? The Coliseum can hold 90,000 and I’d be willing to bet that Angelinos with their heart in the right place and NFL fans longing for a NFL game would fill the place. The devastation being what it is, the Saints are likely to lose a notable percentage of their season ticket orders even if they play most of their games at LSU, as expected. Spreading the love from coast to coast makes sense. But of course L.A. is nothing but grist for the NFL. The league holds its kickoff party here tonight. That’s as close as we may ever get to a kickoff. News: Chiefs release former UCLA wide receiver Freddie Mitchell. Muse: Like space, no one can hear you scream on waivers. This is one of the quickest falls from grace I’ve seen in quite some time. He’s wearing mink in January before becoming invisible in the Super Bowl and now he’s gone, at least until the Raiders’ mission van picks him up. News: College football shuffles the deck. Muse: There have been more conference shuffles for the 2005 season than any year I can recall, and I’m old enough to remember when there were just five members in what we now know as the Pac-10. There are all kinds of peculiarities and diversions with the changes. The Atlantic Coast Conference and Conference USA added money-making conference title games, and the ACC created Atlantic and Coastal Conferences which really have no basis in reality; it’s just a convenience to make sure the Miami-Florida State and Virginia-Virginia Tech pairings aren’t in the same division. The Big East has just four of its original eight members left and two new members, UConn and South Florida, both became D-I teams since 2000. This league hardly deserves an automatic BCS bid but they’re insulated at least through 2007. Conference USA has just one perennial top 25 candidate left, Southern Mississippi, and now has five teams that once were in the late Southwest Conference and/or Western Athletic Conference. The league has been reduced so far that one-time perennial mop UTEP is favored to win its division. The WAC now looks like what we once knew as the Big West, with eight of nine members having once been members. There are four teams in the Sun Belt that also once were Big West affiliates. One could put together a two-division, 14-team conference of former Big West attendees: In the western division, there’s San Diego State, San Jose State, Fresno State, Idaho, Boise State, Nevada and UNLV. In the non-west, there’s Utah State, New Mexico State, North Texas, Arkansas State, Northern Illinois, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette. Consider yourself a Big West historian if you remember the last season a California school won the football title. The last season of BW football was 2000, and the last nine champs were tourists. Fresno State and San Jose State shared the league title in 1991. News: Long Beach State dropped football too soon. Muse: Mea culpa. Attendance was pitiful and competing in Southern California more difficult than predicting earthquakes, but a stunning 15 universities have jumped to Division I since the 49ers closed shop. They are: Nevada (1992), Louisiana-Monroe (1994), North Texas (1995), Idaho, UAB, Central Florida, Boise State (1996), Marshall (1997), Buffalo, Middle Tennessee State (1999), South Florida (2000), UConn, Troy (2002) and Florida Atlantic and Florida International (2005). News: Old college faces in new college places. Muse: One-time UCLA assistant and Arizona head coach Dick Tomey made his debut at San Jose State last weekend, as did one-time UCLA assistant Greg Robinson as head coach at Syracuse. Former USC aide Mike Sanford debuts at UNLV this weekend and former Utah head coach and one-time Long Beach State assistant coach Ron McBride is the head coach at Weber State. News: Another anniversary for the Dodgers. Muse: Friday is the 40th anniversary of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game against the Cubs, which remains one of baseball’s greatest games, since Cubs pitcher Bob Hendley threw a one-hitter in the Dodgers’ 1-0 win. News: U.S. men’s soccer team wins CONCACAF, qualifies for World Cup. Muse: That’s great. But isn’t CONCACAF something I can also order at Starbucks? 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Muse: Apparently, we’re good enough to host a party but not good enough to host a game. The tragic flooding of New Orleans will force the Saints to play their home games elsewhere this season, and while it’s only proper to play the games as close to home as feasible, the swiftness in which the league and team shrugged off playing a game in Los Angeles was a bit rude. center_img Today’s passed-up and passed-around edition of The Sporting Muse: News: NFL stiff-arms Los Angeles, once again. last_img read more