Fighting Ebola – a Test to Our Patriotism

first_imgHmm! This is how far the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has come. We can’t even imagine how far it is going. When the EVD hit just one county, we advised our leaders to take some actions but they really didn’t take heed. Now, see how far the virus has raged. What is our fate like now?Thank God we now have a National Task Force to battle this virus. But like the chair of the Task Force has been calling, I also think we all must join in the fight against Ebola. It is very worrisome waking up every morning to hear about a new victim of the Ebola virus. Reading the regular updates from UNICEF and other organizations is not exciting because the documents themselves are not exciting and I am sure experts who prepared them themselves do not feel excited writing such reports.Also, going through the various dailies and online sources and the headlines, all are saying Ebola, Ebola, Ebola and fear keeps developing.Besides, this virus has interfered with our normal way of life – we no longer feel safe to even shake hands; which is one of the most common things in our society. Why? Because we are being advised not to do so–talk of hugging and other forms of greetings. The fear of the disease is even making us to look like strange human beings – we dress differently, wear gloves and other forms of protective clothing, take bath with clorax and other detergents, only because we want to feel safe and live on.The Fear of Ebola has also interfered with the way we even care for our sick friends and relatives and how health workers care for their sick patients. As a result of the fear of the virus, we isolate ourselves from our sick friends and family.  We call authorities on them as if someone is reporting that health workers are refusing to take in some patients.  People are being stigmatized only because we fear Ebola.One cherished part of our Liberian culture is how we honor our dead. But in the wake of Ebola, your dear departed will not be given that degree of honor, particularly if authorities say they died of Ebola. We are being strictly prohibited from going close to the dead person. This is terrible! This is a cherished part of culture and doing away with it is terrible. How long will this persist? For how long will our people die from Ebola?Who knows whether it is still safe for us to go to our places of worship.Let us be more serious in the fight. Let all of us get on board. We need to stop politicizing this thing. In fact, I think the National Elections Commission (NEC) needs to pause her preparations for this year’s senatorial elections as some of us have done to our events and gatherings as we join the fight against this menace that is waging war on us. Since Ebola has declared war, let us fight back.I saw that the NEC has released 139 names of people who want to be senators. To all 139 of you I say, pause your political activities, go out to those people whose votes you want. Tell them to play safe to stay alive come October this year. Tell them Ebola is real and has no cure. Tell them to tell others to play safe.Go back in your communities and districts. Go to places where you play in and places where you pray in. Tell the people you meet there that Ebola is in Liberia and the best place to treat sick people is the hospital. Make it very clear to them in whatever way or language and dialect you can that hospitalizing the sick is the only way to stop the disease. Keeping sick people in homes and other places would not do the situation any good but harm.Tell your people that Ebola is not just bleeding. It develops over a very short period of time and by the time the person starts to bleed, the situation has become fatal. Tell them not to wait for bleeding. Beg them, if you must.To me, this is what true leadership is about. It is not just about fighting to occupy an office or occupying an office. It is about reaching out to people. It is about serving your people. This year, this is how we will identify our true leaders – people who care for us.Government’s honest priority too should be to try to stop this outbreak. We need to be vigorous and proactive. We need to put hold on the things that matter to us and fight to save the lives of the people we govern – the people who have  entrusted us with the mantle we are wearing, the people whose confidence we have. We need to be there for them more than ever before. We need to show our people that we love and care about them.Some of us have lost the confidence that was entrusted unto us. This is an opportunity to restore it. This is an opportunity to restore hope. This is an opportunity to rebuild broken bridges and relationships. This is an opportunity for you to reconnect with your people and their welfare.Do this individually if you must. This is not one of the times when you need your colleagues to endorse your actions. Move out as the leader and see if people will not follow you. Engage with the people who are already championing the cause. Ask them how you can be of support. Don’t wait for them to come knocking on your doors calling ‘honorable, honorable’. Reach out to them.With all the measures we are putting in place, we must pray. We must call on God to intervene. We must renew our trust and continue to trust that He alone is God and He will deliver us from this terrible menace. Let us ask Him to heal our land. He did it in the past and He can do it again because we know that He is the same God of yesterday, today and forever.Fellow Liberians, let us know that God is God and He is still on the throne. He does not have a successor (and He will never have) and neither does He have a predecessor. If we trust in Him, we shall not me moved. We shall be like Mount Zion which is neither moved nor shaken. We will be still and watch to see the salvation of the Lord our God.We must save the state. In light of the increase in the cases of Ebola, our main concern at this time should be to ensure the safety and security of ourselves and the people around us. We must do our best. This is because our best is Liberia’s best.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Blizzard Bike Club holding all pavement weekend race

first_imgThe 60 km distance will run along the Alaska Highway frontage, starting at Humpty’s, then racers will ride through Danalyk road, to Beatton Park Road, taking a right turn on Montney Highway to 100 St.  through the West Bypass and back to Humpty’s.The trail promises to be a hilly and tough challenge for those willing to ride it.For those not yet ready to take on a 60 km distance, the day will also include a 25 km race, which will also start at Humpty’s, but will cut across 246 Road to Montney Highway, to 100 St. Riders will then ride to the West Bypass, then finally back to Humpty’s for a hilly, but much shorter distance.- Advertisement -It should be ideal conditions for the riders, as Sunday’s forecast reads sunshine with a high of plus six degrees.Both races will begin at 2 p.m. and anyone interested in participating must have a club membership to do so. Memberships cost $40, and can be purchased at Ferris Fast Cycles.For more information on the Blizzard Bike Club or Sunday’s race, visit the Club’s official website.Advertisementlast_img read more

Taylor Motor Speedway hosts Caps Transport IMCA Invitational over weekend

first_imgIMCA Modifieds:1. Johnny Beaumont2. Gord Beaumont3. Brian Roode4. John StokesMini Juniors:1. Cody Willis2. Eddie Scarfo3. Meagan DavisAdvertisement Mini Adults:1. Rich Hildebrand2. Dave Harrison3. John RamseyBombers:1. Matt Burdock2. Dylan Beaumont3. Clint MasonSaturday:Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Caps Transport IMCA Invitational took place over the long weekend at the Taylor Motor Speedway.The Invitational was the Speedway’s season finale and featured three days of racing under the lights with IMCA Modifieds, minis, stock and bomber classes.Winning the IMCA Invitational and the most seasonal points was John Stokes.- Advertisement -Other season winners include Jamie Legal in the mini-adults division, Cody Willis for the mini-juniors, and Matt Burdock in the bomber division.Here are this weekend’s results:Friday:Advertisement 1. Cody Willis2. Eddie Scarfo3. Meagan DavisMini Adults:1. John Ramsey2. Jamie Legal3. Justin LegosseBombers:1. Dave Rounds2. Matt Burdock3. Devon BeebeSunday:IMCA Modifieds:1. Brian Roode2. John Stokes3. BJ Clarke4. Chad RoodeMini Sprints:1. Tyson LeClerc2. Alyssa Elliott3. Carissa ElliottMini Juniors:1. Cody Willis2. Chase Skoreyko3. Anthony SeguinMini Adults:1. Rich Hildebrand2. Jeremy LaFountain3. John RamseyBombers:1. Devon Beebe2. Russell Duncan3. Clint Mason IMCA Modifieds:1. John Stokes2. Johnny Beaumont3. BJ Clarke4. Chad RoodeMini Sprints:1. Carissa Elliott2. Tyson LeClerc3. Colton BeaumontMini Juniors:Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal away form is ‘baffling’, says Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger oversees a training session before his club’s Europa League match against CSKA MoscowNEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Apr 16- Arsene Wenger admits he finds Arsenal’s away form “baffling” after they suffered yet another defeat on the road at Newcastle United.The Gunners boasted a half-time lead at St James’s Park after Alexandre Lacazette broke the deadlock, and they had chances to increase that advantage. However, second half goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie inflicted a ninth away defeat of the season on Arsenal.Although the Europa League semi-finalists remain in sixth spot, the gap with seventh placed Burnley is now just two points.“It is a little bit of the story of the season away from home; we went 1-0 up, we don’t put the game to bed and we made mistakes defensively,” Wenger said.“It’s baffling how we lost this game today because from those chances we lose 2-1. On the other hand, the result is there.“How do we address it? By not making the same errors we have up to now, it’s quite baffling because traditionally we have been very strong away from home.“I believe as well that this week we had to give a lot on Thursday night and the players who played on Thursday night you could see the game was a bit in their legs.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kane vows Spurs aren’t out of title race

first_img0Shares0000Harry Kane insists Spurs are still in the title race © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYBURNLEY, United Kingdom, Feb 25 – Harry Kane insists Tottenham are still in the Premier League title race despite suffering a major setback in their defeat at Burnley.After winning all four league games while Kane recovered from an ankle ligament injury sustained in the January home defeat to Manchester United, Tottenham capitulated at Turf Moor on Saturday, falling 2-1 to Ashley Barnes’ late strike after England forward Kane marked his comeback with the away side’s equaliser. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino effectively conceded his third placed team were out of the race after the loss, which leaves Spurs six points behind leaders Liverpool, but Kane refuses to write off his side’s chances.“That would be their opinion. It’s been like that for the whole season,” Kane said.“People have been talking us not being in it, then we would win a few games and we’re there.“People will probably say now it’s a two-horse race, but that’s not our problem. All we can do is take care of ourselves.“It’s a shame because when we needed to find another level, another gear, we didn’t have it in the locker. Unfortunately that was the case.”Tottenham will not have long to wait if they are to prove their worth.They are at the start of a period that sees them play league derbies against Chelsea on Wednesday and Arsenal on Saturday, as well as the return leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund, in which they have a 3-0 lead.– Character –Kane and his team-mates have made a habit all season of bouncing back from disappointments — such as the week in January when, without Kane, they exited both domestic cup competitions in the same week.However, the manner of the latest defeat did have a terminal feeling about it as Spurs squandered the opportunity to close the gap on Liverpool and City.“We’ve done it before and that shows the character of the squad, but it would have been nice if we had won this game and built from that,” Kane said.“We don’t always want to be having to react from a poor result. But we will dust it off.“we have three massive games to get up for. The motivation is there.”The odds appear in favour of Spurs enduring another frustrating season without silverware.Kane admits it has been hard for Tottenham to play their home games at Wembley for two seasons while White Hart Lane is rebuilt.But he claims the team’s ability to remain in contention during that period deserves praise.“We’re a team that doesn’t like to make excuses, but at the end of the day we’ve been playing away from home for the last two years,” he said.“We’ve had a tough time. It is what it is, we’re in the hunt for the Premier League. We’re still in the Champions League, we’re in a good place.“We’ve been there for the last few years and we’ve got to see if we can take it up another level, whether that’s in the Premier League or Champions League and see if we can really progress.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTS SATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division OneFintown Harps AFC 4 Glenea United Reserves 1In cold conditions at Pairc Achla both teams were slow to start. In the 30th minute Fintown’s Shan McMillian opened the scoring with a back post header from Stephen Molloy’s cross. Fintown’s lead was short lived as Glenea’s Dean Gallagher scored in the 35th minute to equalise.With everything to play for in the second half both teams fought hard for the points. Fintown again took the lead with Christopher Mc Glynn beating the keeper on 65 minutes. Mc Glynn then extended the Fintown lead on 76 minutes and with seven minutes remaining he completed his hat-trick to put the result beyond doubt. Glenea battled to the end but couldn’t reduce the deficit. Referee: Stephen LairdMulroy Celtic 1 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 5A very depleted home side took to the field hoping to put three points on the board after three successive defeats, but they slipped to another reversal. Castlefin got off to a good start scoring from the penalty spot in the opening minutes of the game. Goals two, three, and four followed before half time. The second half was slightly better for Mulroy who pulled a goal back from the spot through Andrew Friel. They should’ve added to their solitary goal through a few great chances but they didn’t. Castlefin restored their four goal advantage with ten minutes remaining.Ramelton Mariners 2 Erne Wanderers 4The Mariners and the Wanderers played out an entertaining game at Rabs Park in Kerrykeel on Saturday afternoon. It was the Mariners who started the brighter and they had two chances in the first fifteen minutes however Ricky Fisher and Patrick Durning were both denied the opener. Against the run of play Erne got two breakaway goals in two minutes. In the 20th minute David Dolan marched through the Mariners defence to fire in the opener. A minute later it was two when Alan Russell converted after a mix up in the Mariners defence. To their credit, the Mariners took the game to Erne and were rewarded when Kevin “Ozil” Coyle slammed home a volley in the 34th minute.The second half started as the first ended as the Mariners laid siege to the Erne goal. They got their equaliser in the 58th minute when Ricky Fisher lobbed the goalkeeper after an excellent through ball from Mark Wilson. With the Mariners now well on top both Ricky Fisher and Oisin Duffy were denied certain goals by point blank saves from the Erne keeper. Erne did create a few breakaways only to find Eddie Boyce in the Mariners’ goal in fine form. Erne then broke the Mariners’ hearts when in the 78th minute David Dolan got his 2nd and two minutes later Michael “Sticky” Ward put the game beyond the Mariners when he slotted home the 4th. Best for Mariners were Gavin Mackay, Eddie Boyce and Mark Wilson. Best for Erne were David Dolan, Dermot Slevin and Michael Ward. Referee: Brian O’ Kane.Orchard F.C. 0 Glencar Celtic 5Glencar controlled this Letterkenny derby from start to finish and never looked anything other than convincing winners on the day. Goals from Shane Hilley on ten minutes, Paddy Rafferty on twenty one, and three more from Rafferty on thirty six, sixty five and seventy four minutes completed the route. Central to Glencar’s good performance was Chris Malseed who was outstanding at midfield. Best for Orchard F.C. John KeeneyGlencar Inn Saturday Division Two Arranmore United 4 Curragh Athletic Reserves 0Arranmore ran out four nil winners at home to Curragh Athletic. Both teams started well, both creating goal scoring chances. The game remained scoreless until the interval. Curragh had a great chance to take the lead at the start of the second half when Gary Heaney ran clear but shot over under pressure from a great last ditch challenge by Danny Rodgers. Arranmore then broke the deadlock on the hour mark as Chris Mc Glanaghey scored at the second attempt after his initial effort was saved. Arranmore began to dominate thereafter with Michael Mc Hugh and Ruan Reynolds keeping their defence in line. Gavin Mc Glanaghey extended their lead after controlling well inside the box. Curragh always looked threatening from set pieces but Benny Mc Garvey and Danny Rodgers dealt well with the danger. Ruan Reynolds added the third when he headed home Daniel O’ Donnell’s corner. Gavin Mc Glanaghey completed the scoring in the dying minutes. Good team effort from Curragh Athletic. Best for Arranmore were Michael Mc Hugh and Benny Mc GarveyGlenree United Reserves 3 Tullyvinney Rovers 2Glenree United Reserves finally got their first win of the season against Tullyvinney Rovers. The scoring was opened by the visitors on the 30th minute. A corner was swung in by Darragh Patterson which curled into the net with the aid of the breeze. The homeside knew they had a battle of their hands and struck back on the 35th minute when Vinny Mc Laughlin latched onto a great through ball to fire past the helpless keeper. Both sides had a few chances before the interval but went in at half time level. In the second half Glenree got off to a flyer when a well hit shot struck the crossbar and bounced out to Emmet Haughey who did superbly well to head past the keeper. The home team’s tails were up and ten minutes later it was three goals to one when young Mc Laughlin swung in a cross for Ryan Langan to slot past the keeper. The away side were handed a life line in the 70th minute but they missed the penalty kick. Dale Crossan did get a second for the visitors with only seconds remaining. Referee: Kevin DohertyGweedore United Reserves 1 Donegal Town Reserves 0This Saturday League Division Two top of the table clash played on a sunny afternoon at Carrickboyle saw the home side secure three vital points. Both sides cancelled each other out in the opening half with chances few and far between. In a game with nothing between the sides Aodh O’ Donnell’s strike in the 44th minute separated the sides and United went in one up at half time. In the second half the Donegal men pushed hard in search of an equaliser however the United back four stood firm. Aodh O’ Donnell, Patrick Mc Fadden, Sean Gallagher and Hugh Mc Fadden in the United backline were excellent on the day. It was a good team performance by Donegal Town with Brian Egan, Pauric Harvey and Eamonn Mc Ginley excelling. Referee: Ed MooreKeadue Rovers Reserves 7 Milford United Reserves 1Keadue Rovers got their first victory in Division Two of the Saturday league, defeating Milford at Central Park. An early attack ended with Stephen Cannon crossing for Adam Neely to head home at the back post for the first goal. In the sixth minute Adrian Hanlon doubled the lead despite a gallant attempt by the Milford keeper to save his shot. It was 3-0 on twenty eight minutes when Donal Rodgers was quickest to a rebound. Keadue were now completely dominant in possession and were creating plenty of chances. On twenty nine minutes, following more good work from Adrian Hanlon, Corey Gallagher scored from over 20 yards with a fine strike. It wasn’t long until goal number five arrived. Adrian Hanlon received the ball on the turn and hit a great effort to the bottom corner. Keadues’ Donal Rodgers made it 6-0 when he poked home from close range on forty minutes.In the second half Corey Gallagher’s cross was headed home by Adam Neely. Milford to their credit stuck at it and were rewarded eight minutes from the end when on the break JJ Fleming struck a good effort low to the net. Best for Keadue were Adrian Hanlon, Adam Neely and Corey Gallagher while Milford’s was a team performance. Referee: Seamus Mc Groary.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSSUNDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic 0 Gweedore Celtic 1Played in perfect conditions at Greenbrae Park Gweedore began brightest, retaining possession without really troubling Paul Given in the Lifford goal. Lifford gradually came into the game and dominated for the final 20 minutes of the first-half. As the game progressed they should have taken the lead on three separate occasions, chances falling to Johnny Mahon, Alan Gethins and Patrick Sumners. But it was Gweedore who created the better chances as the second half wore on and they got their reward after Eamon McGee flicked on a long ball to Finnian Diver who scored from close range on 75 minutes. Lifford protested for offside but the goal stood. Lifford committed more men forward in search of an equaliser but the Gweedore rearguard stood firm to hang on for a one nil victory.Cranford United 1 Rathmullan Celtic 2Cranford suffered their first defeat of the season against their closeneighbours Rathmullan. The game was full of entertainment from startto finish and a last minute goal from Eoin Sheridan proved thedifference between the sides. Rathmullan went ahead after 15 minutes whenCiaran Gorman shot against the keeper and Oisin Mc Menamin tapped home the rebound.The equaliser came on the half hour mark when Philip Buchanan played MartyMcBride through and he chipped home with aplomb. Ian Strain made asuper stop on the half time whistle from a Kyle Black header meaningthe teams went in level at the break. The game could have went eitherway with chances at both ends before a scramble in the Cranford areadeep into injury time resulted in Sheridan hammering home via thepost. Ciaran Gorman was best for Rathmullan with Marty McBride thebest for the home team. Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle.Glenea United 5 St. Catherines 0Glenea got their first league win of the season with a well earned victory over a young under strength St. Catherines. In perfect conditions the home side dominated the early stages but were unable to finish chances that came their way until the 28th minute when Michael Barry was on hand to drive the ball home from 15 yards after good work by Sean McBride down the right. Glenea extended their lead on 30 minutes when Sean Coll got onto a John Harley through ball and he slotted the ball past the advancing keeper. St. Catherine’s came more into the game after this and on 38 minutes Aidan McGinley was unlucky to see his free-kick from 25 yards come back off the bar. From the resultant corner Declan Mc Garvey was required to head the ball off the line to maintain the home team’s two goal advantage. In the 2nd half Glenea struck early with two quick goals to put the game beyond doubt. On 46 minutes Michael Barry took advantage of indecision in the visiting defence to knock in the third goal and a minute later Ryan McFadden was on hand to tap in the fourth after good work down the left by Darren Mc Geever. The away side tried hard to get back into the game but were unable to put pressure on the home goal. Glenea had chances to increase their lead but had to wait until the 80th minute to get the fifth when Ryan McFadden picked up a loose ball, drove into the penalty area, and found the bottom corner of the net. Best for Glenea were John Harley, Ryan McFadden and Darren Mc Geever, while Aidan McGinley impressed for St Catherines.Donegal Town 2 Milford United 2It was honours even at the Hospital Field after a thrilling 2-2 draw. Although Milford dominated the early stages it was Donegal who opened the scoring. Declan Brown’s cross field ball allowed Hugh Mc Partland the opportunity to tee up Aidan McFadden and the front man made no mistake from ten yards. Donegal grew into the game from then on and doubled their lead before half time when Ryan Early got his head to a well delivered set piece. Both sides created chances after half time, the best of which fell to the visitors as Gary Merrit struck the bar from the edge of the area. A neck injury to Milford’s Glenn Hamilton midway through the second half caused a lengthy delay and after the stoppage it was all Milford. Joey Cullen pulled a goal back shortly after as Milford piled on the pressure. Donegal defended excellently considering they were reduced to ten men for the final twenty minutes. In the end the pressure told as Christy Mc Cafferty headed home to grab a late equaliser. On reflection it was a fair result in a well contested game. Best wishes to Glenn Hamilton after his injury. Referee: Ed MooreCurragh Athletic 1 Kilmacrennan Celtic 2An injury time goal from Eddie Doherty sealed victory for Kilmacrennan in a game in which the home team Curragh Athletic will feel they could have won themselves. Indeed the first half was largely dominated by Curragh and they could have gone ahead on at least two occasions when Ryan Carlin headed wide and Mickey O’ Brien then saw his header brilliantly saved. But it was the away side who took the lead when Mickey Mc Laughlin drilled home from close range on sixty one minutes. Curragh then came storming back with Ryan Carlin lifting the ball over the keeper, after a fine pass from Shane Barclay, on sixty nine minutes to equalise. Overall the game was a good spectacle with both teams putting in good performances. Referee: Paddy DuffyWatson Hire Division OneKeadue Rovers 0 Castlefin Celtic 2Castlefin Celtic went away from Central Park with all three points on Sunday following this win over Keadue Rovers. The game was played in lovely sunny conditions with only a slight breeze. Keadue created the first chance on two minutes, Donal Rodgers hooking over following a cross on the right. Despite Castlefin then getting in top in possession it was David Ward who had the home side’s next chance, a shot over the bar on the run. Castlefin then began to create chances. On the fifteenth minute mark Emmet White shot just past the post. The away side were proving difficult to break down and they were also dangerous at set pieces. Ryan Rodgers for the home side had the best effort of the first half, a long range effort struck well with the right foot which went just wide of the post. In the second half Castlefin went one up, slightly against the run of play, when following a kick out which was well controlled, Matthew O’Rourke turned and lashed a brilliant effort past the Keadue keeper on fifty nine minutes.The goal seemed to spur Castlefin and they almost made it two when JP Malley shot wide. Martin Redmond was unlucky on seventy five minutes when his shot just dipped over the bar. However on seventy six minutes the game changed when Martin Redmond was sent off for an off the ball incident. From there Castlefin stretched the Keadue defence on a number of occasions and only for some excellent goalkeeping from Ben Boyle, who saved a number of efforts, Castlefin could’ve won by more. Luke Neely had a decent chance on eighty five minutes but just couldn’t direct his shot. On eighty seven minutes Castlefin wrapped up the game when JP Malley scored. A deserved victory for Castlefin for whom Anthony White and Emmet White played well. David Ward and Ryan Greene did well for the home side. Referee: Gerry RoddenBonagee United 4 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1Kerrykeel suffered a setback as Bonagee came to Rab’s Park and left with a well deserved three points. Both teams started well and it was Kerrykeel who went in front on twenty one minutes when Kevin Loughrey finished well after good work from Marty Mc Ateer and Cathal Martin. Kerrykeel should have doubled their lead on twenty six minutes when a strike from Paddy Mc Grenaghan was dealt with by Carr in goals and as the ball trickled along the line Sean Crossan cleared. Bonagee drew level on thirty minutes when Karl Mc Hugh headed home a Kevin Doran corner. They went in front on thirty eight minutes, this time Doran slotted home after great work from Duggan. It got worse for the ‘71 on forty one minutes when Doran unleashed a great strike from twenty yards giving Mc Conigley no chance. Kerrykeel then lost Mc Conigley just before half time due to a head injury.Kerrykeel started the second half on top and missed two great chances, through Mark Friel and Paddy Mc Grenaghan, to draw level. With Kerrykeel pushing Bonagee caught them on the break and Karl Duggan scored the goal of the game on sixty eight minutes. To Kerrykeel’s credit they kept pushing with Niall Doherty and Kevin Loughrey both going close but failing to get past Carr in the Bonagee net. A well deserved three points for Bonagee who, on this display, should be in the mix come the end of the season. Team performance from Kerrykeel. Best for Bonagee: Karl Duggan and Kevin Doran.Gweedore United 1 Cappry Rovers 1In what was a tight opening half both sides had chances with Michael Connolly, Frank Mc Gee and Matthew Byrne going close for United however Brendan O’ Mara in the Rovers nets was excellent on the day. The visitors had their own chances through Mark Griffin and Kyle Lafferty however Liam Mc Fadden in the United nets did well on each occasion and the game was scoreless at the break. In the second half the game opened up with end to end action. In the 51st minute the home side took the lead when an excellent through ball from Darren Ferry was well finished by Matthew Byrne to make it 1-0.The visitors were back on level terms three minutes later when Dylan Ramsey hit a free kick from 20 yards over the wall into the bottom corner of the United net. The game continued with good open play and both sides could have scored on numerous occasions. However it ended in a 1-1 draw. It was a good team performance from United with Gavin Riley and Dylan Ramsey excelling for Rovers on the day. Referee: Gerry Gallagher.Dunkineely Celtic 6 Eany Celtic 0Dunkineely Celtic produced a blistering first half display to win this match against their near neighbours Eany Celtic. They went in front on six minutes when Andrew Mackey opened the scoring from close range. There was nothing close about his second strike as he rifled home from forty yards giving the Eany keeper no chance. Kristian Mc Nelis and Damien Quigley added two more before the interval. It could have been worst for the visitors were it not for the efficient net-minding of Cathal Gallagher. Mackey, who was outstanding on the day, completed his second hat-trick in two weeks when he scored from the spot on seventy five minutes after Adrian Nesbitt had been taken down. Nesbitt then grabbed Dunkineely’s sixth in the last minute of the game. Referee: Liam FarrenLagan Harps 2 Drumoghill F.C. 1Lagan overcame local rivals Drumoghill in a hard fought encounter in Orchard Park. In front of a large crowd both teams gave their all in a hugely entertaining encounter. The first half was a tense affair with few opportunities. Bryan Kelly shot over for Lagan when set up by Ross Hamlyn on thirty minutes while Liam O’Donnell went close for Drumoghill with a long range strike on thirty five minutes. Drumoghill’s Shane Mc Ateer then had a great run, beating a number of players, before shooting wide. Drumoghill started the second half better with Michael Doherty going close with a couple of efforts. Lagan took the lead, against the run of play, on sixty minutes. The Drumoghill keeper misjudged a high punt down the field and when the ball bounced over him Austin Marron drove the ball to the back of the net. Drumoghill were dealt a second body blow on sixty five minutes when Drew Connolly blocked a clearance from a back pass and the ball rebounded in to the net. Drumoghill threw everything at Lagan but the Lagan defence with Damien Mc Fadden, Paul Rodgers, Travis Crawford and Ciaran Diver performing heroics held firm. Lagan were dangerous on the counter with the returned Austin Marron causing problems with his pace. Drumoghill were given a lifeline on seventy five minutes when they were awarded a penalty for handball. Former Lagan star Kevin Kelly kept his head to slot home the spot kick. Drumoghill continued to press with Michael Doherty and Carlos Rodgers going close. In the final minute Drumoghill forced a corner but Christopher O’Donnell’s header was cleared off the line by Eunan Diver. The final whistle was greeted with loud cheers from a relieved local support. For Lagan their back four were outstanding with Eunan Diver and Bryan Kelly showing some good touches. For Drumoghill Michael Doherty, Shane Mc Ateer and Dell Crossan were best. Referee: Paddy Martin.CT Ball Division TwoGlenree United 1 Copany Rovers 1(No Report)Raphoe Town 2 Deele Harps 3Raphoe started well and where bossing the game with a few half chances falling to Jamie Gallagher and Mark Bogle. But just as they were getting into their stride they were hit by two quick goals from Deele’s Gallagher who firstly slotted home at the back post and then a few minutes later from a corner kick that was half cleared. Raphoe were in shock but to be fair to them they kept plugging away and were awarded a penalty when Jamie Gallagher was brought down after a great run. From the resulting spot kick Paddy Gallagher went for power instead of placement and smashed the ball off the crossbar and the chance had gone. Deele got a third just before the break when Lynch ran from his own half and finished well as the Raphoe team stood looking for an offside that never was. The second half saw few chances created until the final five minutes when Raphoe scored twice, the first from a fine Tom Mc Hugh header and then through the influential Christy Bogle as time ran out. Deele held on for a deserved three points with the evergreen Dolly Martin standing out. For Raphoe Stephen Craig and Christy Bogle deserved more for their efforts. referee: Marty Quinn.Dunlewy Celtic 4 Drumbar F.C. 1On a wonderfully day in Dunlewey it was the home side that took all three points but they didn’t have it all their own way as the visitors were very lively right from the start. It was Kieran Mc Geady who opened the scoring when he latched onto a rebound after a shot by Christy Cannon was saved by Mark Willis. Mark was the busiest of the two keepers in the first half making many a save, notably from John Patrick and Daniel Cannon. The second half saw the visitors on top and they kept the home team pegged back. Once the home side settled they increased their lead when John Cannon converted a Michael Roarty cross and they made it three when Kieran Mc Geady latched onto a clearance and delivered a wonderful pass to Patrick Cannon who from just past the half way line hit a majestic shot over the keeper. The visitors kept pushing for a goal but left gaps at the back and were hit on the break with Patrick Cannon splitting the defence for John Cannon to knock home. The Drumbar boys got a goal back from Gavin Bennett after good work from David Charles but it was too little too late. Team performances from both sides.Letterbarrow Celtic 2 Convoy Arsenal 4A game played in excellent conditions saw Convoy continue their good start to the season with a fine away win. The home side started brightly and after ten minutes went ahead from the spot when Kevin Campbell rifled the ball to the top corner after he was bundled over in the box. Convoy equalised on the half hour mark when Jason Toner scored a screamer from twenty five yards. However, Letterbarrow went back in front five minutes later through Kevin Campbell who slotted home his second penalty of the afternoon. The second half saw chances for both sides but two goals in two minutes for Convoy in the sixtieth and sixty first minute decided the contest. Toner got his second to level the sides when he poked home from a corner. Keelin Gillen then broke the offside trap to put Convoy in front. Deep into injury time Jason Toner completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot. Gillen and Toner were best for Convoy with Emmett O’Neill and Declan Gallagher best for Letterbarrow. Referee: Seamus Mc GroaryLeague table for Brian McCormick Sports Premier LeagueTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsMilford United FC 3 2 0 1 14 6 8 7Gweedore Celtic 3 2 0 1 7 4 3 7Rathmullan Celtic 2 2 0 0 4 2 2 6Kilmacrennan Celtic FC 3 2 1 0 7 7 0 6Glenea United 3 1 1 1 6 2 4 4Lifford Celtic FC 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 3Donegal Town FC 3 0 1 2 6 7 -1 2Cranford FC 3 0 1 2 3 4 -1 2St Catherines FC 3 0 2 1 2 13 -11 1Curragh Athletic FC 3 0 3 0 3 7 -4 0League table for Watson Hire Sunday Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Points For Points Against Points Diff PointsCappry Rovers 3 2 0 1 9 4 5 7Gweedore United FC 3 2 0 1 7 2 5 7Castlefin Celtic 3 2 0 1 9 5 4 7Lagan Harps FC 4 2 1 1 10 9 1 7Drumoghill FC 3 2 1 0 10 2 8 6Kerrykeel 71 FC 4 2 2 0 17 12 5 6Bonagee United FC 3 1 2 0 5 6 -1 3Dunkineely Celtic FC 4 1 3 0 12 16 -4 3Keadue Rovers FC 2 0 2 0 0 6 -6 0Eany Celtic FC 3 0 3 0 2 19 -17 0League table for CT Ball Sunday Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Points For Points Against Points Diff PointsConvoy Arsenal FC 4 3 1 0 8 5 3 9Copany Rovers FC 4 2 0 2 7 2 5 8Deele Harps FC 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 7Glenree United FC 4 2 1 1 5 4 1 7Dunlewey Celtic 3 2 1 0 7 3 4 6Whitestrand United FC 2 2 0 0 4 1 3 6Letterbarrow Celtic FC 3 1 2 0 6 9 -3 3Raphoe Town 4 0 3 1 6 10 -4 1Drumbar FC 4 0 3 1 3 9 -6 1Ballybofey United FC 3 0 3 0 5 10 -5 0League table for Old Orchard Saturday Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Points For Points Against Points Diff PointsCastlefin Celtic Res 5 3 1 1 14 10 4 10St Catherines FC 4 3 0 1 8 5 3 10Erne Wanderers FC 4 3 1 0 11 3 8 9Glencar Celtic 3 3 0 0 8 0 8 9Fintown Harps AFC 4 3 1 0 9 3 6 9Orchard FC 3 1 2 0 4 9 -5 3Mulroy Celtic 5 1 4 0 5 16 -11 3Ramelton Mariners FC 4 0 4 0 5 11 -6 0Glenea United 4 0 4 0 5 12 -7 0League table for Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Points For Points Against Points Diff PointsGweedore United FC Res 6 5 1 0 21 9 12 15Arranmore United 5 5 0 0 13 2 11 15Donegal Town FC Res 6 3 1 2 17 14 3 11Curragh Athletic FC 6 2 2 2 12 17 -5 8Tullyvinney Rovers 5 2 2 1 8 10 -2 7Milford United FC Res 6 1 3 2 7 16 -9 5Keadue Rovers FC 4 1 2 1 10 9 1 4Glenree United FC Res 5 1 3 1 11 15 -4 4Cranford FC 5 0 3 2 12 15 -3 2Strand Rovers FC 4 0 3 1 3 7 -4 1DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division OneFintown Harps AFC 4 v 1 Glenea United ReservesMulroy Celtic 1 v 5 Castlefin Celtic ReservesRamelton Mariners 2 v 4 Erne WanderersOrchard F.C. 0 v 5 Glencar CelticGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoArranmore United 4 v 0 Curragh Athletic ReservesGlenree United Reserves 3 v 2 Tullyvinney RoversGweedore United Reserves 1 v 0 Donegal Town ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves 7 v 1 Milford United ReservesSUNDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic 0 v 1 Gweedore CelticCranford United 1 v 2 Rathmullan CelticGlenea United 5 v 0 St. CatherinesDonegal Town 2 v 2 Milford UnitedCurragh Athletic 1 v 2 Kilmacrennan CelticWatson Hire Division OneKeadue Rovers 0 v 2 Castlefin CelticBonagee United 4 v 1 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Gweedore United 1 v 1 Cappry RoversDunkineely Celtic 6 v 0 Eany CelticLagan Harps 2 v 1 Drumoghill F.C.CT Ball Division TwoGlenree United 1 v 1 Copany RoversRaphoe Town 2 v 3 Deele HarpsDunlewy Celtic 4 v 1 Drumbar F.C.Letterbarrow Celtic 2 v 4 Convoy ArsenalDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 19-10-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneSt. Catherines Reserves v Ramelton MarinersGlenea United Reserves v Mulroy CelticFintown Harps AFC v Orchard F.C.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoArranmore United v Milford United Reserves (K.O. 1 p.m.)Tullyvinney Rovers v Donegal Town ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves v Strand RoversGlenree United Reserves v Cranford United ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves v Gweedore United ReservesSUNDAY 20-10-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic v Donegal TownGweedore Celtic v Milford UnitedSt. Catherines v Kilmacrennan CelticWatson Hire Division OneKeadue Rovers v Bonagee UnitedCT Ball Division TwoCopany Rovers v Drumbar F.C.Glenree United v Convoy ArsenalWhitestrand United v Dunlewy CelticFAI Junior Cup K.O. 1.30 p.m. (Unless Stated)Cootehill Harps v Ballybofey UnitedLifford Celtic v Curragh AthleticMoville Celtic v Deele HarpsGlenea United v Aileach F.C.Raphoe Town v Cappry RoversBuncrana Harps v Glencar CelticDrumoghill F.C. v Killylough F.C.Gweedore United v Castlefin CelticDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS, TABLES AND FIXTURES was last modified: October 13th, 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 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How current Arsenal stars would look in Adidas’ classic ‘bruised banana’ kit

first_img most popular Arsenal news Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 4 4 REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal are changing their kit manufacturers, with the team to sport Adidas on their shirt instead of Puma from next season.The deal is reportedly worth around £300million to the Gunners over the next five years and the lovely people at Dream Team decided to look at how members of the current team would look in the ‘bruised banana’ classic shirt (1991-1993).Considering Adidas ‘went retro’ for the 2018 World Cup in some of their designs, maybe they will look into creating a version of what is considered art by shirt aficionados today. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ian Wright top scored for them in the 1992/93 season as they won both the FA and League Cup LATEST 4 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won MIKEL TALKS gameday cracker What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff center_img appointed REVEALED Arteta confirms Ljungberg’s role, discusses transfer plans and Mesut Ozil Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Arsenal wore the shirt from 1991-1993 4 Would you like to see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang banging in the goals wearing this? Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta targets BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ rookie error silverware Managed by George Graham, the Gunners were unable to defend their league crown won in 1991, and finished fourth in the 1991/92 old First Division season last_img read more


first_imgTHERE was stranding room only at Donegal County Council HQ tonight as Ireland’s soccer manager Giovanni Trapattoni addressed the council.The Italian thanked the people of Donegal for hosting this week’s annual meetings of the Football Association of Ireland.Ireland hero Ray Houghton and FAI boss John Delaney, who have toured clubs all over the county this week, were among the special guests of Mayor Frank McBrearty. Houghton posed for pictures with local schoolchildren who were invited to the event.As did Trap’s No2 Marco Tardelli.Said Mayor McBrearty: “It was a fantastic event; superb for County Donegal.” TRAPATTONI WOOS COUNCIL AT SPECIAL RECEPTION IN LIFFORD was last modified: July 19th, 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

Dinosaur Fight or Common Fate?

first_imgA fossil discovery by amateurs in Montana, reported by the Great Falls Tribune, shows “a meat-eater and a plant-eater – with their tails crossed like swords.”  The fossils show “remarkable detail, right down to tendons and teeth.”  The three amateur discoverers had been scouting on private property in Garfield County.  Finding bone fragments on a canyon floor, they noticed they came from bone sticking out of the hill in crumbly stone on the hillside. He scrambled about 20 feet up the side of the canyon, following a trail of bone fragments, to a flat ledge where he saw what was unmistakably a large fossil: a dinosaur pelvis exposed in the rock.    “Literally his butt was hanging out of the hill,” [Mark] Eatman said.    The team brushed away the crumbly stone, exposing a femur articulated into the pelvis and, even more striking, tendons.    “To see them like guitar strings going down the side of this big bone was pretty amazing,” Eatman said.The “world-class dinosaur find” included a Gorgosaur (like a T. rex) and a ceratopsian.  The carnivore was nearly 100% complete except for a claw.    The article discussed two controversies.  The primary dispute was about the rights of amateurs to find and sell fossils (see also a Nature article this week).  Another concerned the circumstances of the burial.  The discoverers found a tooth in the back of the plant-eater and wondered if the two were locked in combat when they died.  A paleontologist had another view.  “Based on the placement of the skeletons, it’s more likely that the two unfortunates were victims of a flood event and their bodies washed up on the same sandbar,” he said.The hypothesis of mortal combat appeals to our sense of drama from seeing B-movies of dinosaurs, but think about it: would Gorgon be thinking about a meal while drowning?  The pro believed that they were buried in a flood event.  That’s a common explanation for a dinosaur here, a dinosaur there, and a dinosaur over yonder.  The impressive wall of bone at Dinosaur National Monument far to the south in Utah is also explained by watery burial.  They never seem to consider connecting the dots that maybe the same flood event buried them all.  For tendons and articulated limbs to be preserved it must have been a very unusual and widespread event, unlike anything ever seen in Dinotopia before.  Does their entombment in crumbly rock really support the notion that the burial occurred 75 million years ago, and that these explorers happened along just as the bones were disintegrating?  Only if one believes in dumb luck.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Celebrating the Private Sector as Nation Builders

first_imgPowering Possibilities Through Enterprise DevelopmentThe private sector is one of the main pillars upon which the Nation Brand rests. It goes without saying that the concurrent exportation and inward investment of goods and services contributes to economic growth and thus a strong and competitive Nation Brand. What often goes unnoticed, however, is how the private sector plays its part in nation building and social cohesion.Supporting the country’s development agenda by contributing to positive social change has become increasingly important for many businesses. One such business that plays an active role in nation building and the promotion of economic transformation in South Africa is Exxaro Resources. Exxaro Resources is one of the largest and foremost black-empowered coal and heavy mineral companies in South Africa. In line with its vision of powering better lives in Africa and beyond, Exxaro Resources developed a programme called the Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD). ESD refers to a set of affirmative action and local content development measures aimed at promoting economic transformation.Zebra Force General Investments and Stenda Trading (Pty) Ltd are different but equally wonderful examples of the impact that the ESD programme has had.Agriculture and economic development Zebra Force General Investments (ZFGI) is a company that was started by a former Exxaro Resources employee, Thulani Dube. Dube recently benefited from an enterprise development grant that will help him scale and automate his poultry business, ZFGI Monumental Chickens. Located in Bronkhorstspruit, Dube has emerged as a highly adaptive entrepreneur who left behind a career in finance to embark on a new path in farming. After a commodity downturn in 2016, Exxaro Resources was forced to offer voluntary retrenchment to some of its workers and Dube was among those affected. Rather than face the discouraging shortage of jobs and an indefinite term of unemployment, Dube used his severance package to purchase a piece of land and set up a chicken broiler operation.ZFGI Monumental Chickens is the first entity that was created out of this holding company and Dube has imitated the diversified success of his sponsor by expanding into building contracting, carried out under ZFGI Construction.ZFGI Monumental Chickens received an R8.9 million grant for capital expenditure and infrastructure improvements that will enable the business to triple its existing annual turnover of R4 million – provided off-take agreements can be secured.In return for the R8.9 million grant, Exxaro Resources will be credited with building a commercial-scale agribusiness enterprise that currently employs 20 people directly and benefits up to 100 people across the value chain.Mining and community developmentStenda Trading (Pty) Ltd is a 100% black, women and youth owned business that was established by Matshidiso Dlungwane in 2016. Matshidiso is from Mamelodi, Pretoria and previously worked in the mining sector as a Metallurgical engineer.Stenda Trading was established to provide multi-disciplinary services and address the shortage of women run and owned companies providing technical services in the mining sector.At Exxaro Resources, Stenda Trading provides underground civil and underground cleaning services at Matla Coal Mine. Once it was awarded these contracts in 2018, Stenda Trading approached the Exxaro Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) for financial support. The company was awarded an interest free loan of R9,2 million to procure equipment, vehicles to transport material and employees to site as well as a mobile office.The business has been able to maintain 16 jobs and create an additional 61 new jobs for people who are from the surrounding communities of the mine.Private sector commitment to progressive change and nation building More and more businesses like Exxaro Resources remain committed to playing their part in the country’s socio-economic development. There is a growing understanding that socio-economic change will not come about without an empowered society that collaborates with one another for the greater good. The private sector should continue to share in the responsibility of nation building and strengthening the South Africa’s Nation Brand.For more information on Exxaro Resources, visit their website. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more