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first_imgMore support for FIFA candidate InfantinoGENEVA (AP):Gianni Infantino is having the best week of any FIFA presidential candidate for public pledges of support to succeed Sepp Blatter, and got South America on his side on Thursday.The 10-nation body known as CONMEBOL said in a statement that its executive committee agreed to give the UEFA general secretaryunanimous support in the February 26 election.On Monday, Infantino was backed by the seven federations from Central America, and Trinidad and Tobago also endorsed him on Thursday despite mistakenly referring in its video message to him as “Giovanni” Infantino.Infantino can count on a big majority of the 53 members in Europe – already giving him more than 70 of the 209 FIFA votes if public promises hold up in the polling booths in Zurich.A two-thirds majority of eligible voters is required to win in the first round, and a simple majority will clinch the presidency in subsequent rounds.English FA boss leaving over reformsLONDON (AP):The English Football Association chairman, who set the national team a target of winning the World Cup by 2022, is leaving in July.Greg Dyke announced yesterday that he will not stand for re-election this year because of friction which he expects will result from attempts to modernise the FA’s decision-making structures.”I had already decided that if no reform was possible, I was going to leave anyway this summer, a position I had shared with a number of colleagues,” Dyke said. “What I now see is that even if we get the reform through, which will be a difficult and divisive process, although essential, I am probably not the best person to pick up the pieces following the inevitable discord.”Since arriving at the FA in 2013, the former BBC director general has been trying to ensure that England has a pool of players capable of turning England into World Cup winners for the first time since 1966.Dyke has also been a leading critic of Sepp Blatter at FIFA.Sri Lanka recall FernandoCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Fast bowler Dilhara Fernando has been surprisingly recalled by Sri Lanka after more than three years out, for three Twenty20 matches against India next month, Sri Lanka Cricket said yesterday.The 36-year-old Fernando last played for Sri Lanka in July 2012.Sri Lanka Cricket says Dinesh Chandimal will lead the team as Lasith Malinga is out injured.Seniors Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, and seam bowler Nuwan Pradeep will also miss the series due to injuries.The series, preparation for the World Twenty20 which will also be held in India, begins on February 9 in Pune.Squad: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Seekuge Prasanna, Milinda Siriwardana, Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Asela Gunaratne, Chamara Kapugedera, Dushmantha Chameera, Dilhara Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Binura Fernando, Sachithra Senanayake and Jeffrey Vandersay.last_img read more

Transfer boost! Liverpool and Man City target could leave Barcelona this summer

first_img Marc-Andre ter Stegen 1 Liverpool and Manchester City have been put on high alert after it emerged that Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen could leave this summer.According to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, the 24-year-old held talks with Barca this week to discuss his status at the club.Ter Stegen arrived from Borussia Monchengladbach two years ago but he has so far played just seven times in the league for the Spanish side.Claudio Bravo is Luis Enrique’s first-choice keeper and it has been reported that Ter Stegen is growing frustrated at a lack of first-team action.Both City and Liverpool have been linked with the Germany international, and they have been boosted by the news that he may be ready to move on.However, he will not come cheap. Ter Stegen is under contract until 2019 and it has been suggested that Barca will only sell should someone meet his £67m release clause.last_img


first_imgRecipients from County Donegal receiving their High Achiever’s Award from the Royal Irish Academy of Music at the Waterside Theatre, Derry on Sunday last, from Theresa Doyle, Local Centre Manager, Royal Irish Academy of Music (second from left) and Dr. Jennifer McCay, Chair of Senior Examiners, Royal Irish Academy of Music (second from right). From left are Aisling Sharkey, Kincasslagh, Marie McGirr, Donegal Town, Lara Sweeney, Ardagh, Ceolan McMullian, Ballyshannon and Ciaran Traynor, Ballybofey.It was showtime for talented students from across the county who were presented with medals of achievement from the Royal Irish Academy of Music at a special concert held at the Waterside Theatre in Derry.Donegal winners included Lara Sweeney, Ceolan McMullin, Aisling Sharkey, Sarah Ponsoby, Niall Hannigan, Laura Kealey, Niamh Harkin and Jessica O’Brien. The Ulster RIAM High Achiever Award 2014 winners received their medals for outstanding results in music and speech and drama exams held during the summer.The RIAM High Achievers concerts represent a selection of the talent from the 43,000 students that were examined at the Local Centre Exams in the past year.The concerts are one of the highlights of the RIAM calendar because they provide an opportunity to celebrate all the talented students around Ireland and also to acknowledge the hard work of the students, teachers and parents.Among the award winners were members of the Donegal Chamber Orchestra, Donegal Youth Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra and the Errigal Groove Orchestra. Concert performers on the day included: Lara Sweeney (aged 16) from Crumlin, Ardara performed “Fantaisie Impromptu” by Andre Jolivet, and “Sarabande et Allegro” by Gabriel Grovlez on the alto saxophone.Aisling Sharkey (aged 16) from Cruit Island, Kincasslagh sang “Se Tu M’Ami” by Pergolesi and “Think of Me” from “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber.Marie McGirr (aged 11) from Drumenny, Donegal Town performed “Cloche Des Matines Op. 109 no. 9” by J.F. Burgmuller and “Butterfly” by Edward Grieg on the piano.Ceolan McMullin (aged 16) from Ballyshannon performed “Mazurka in C major OP. 67 no. 3” by Chopin and “Nálada OP.41 no. 139” by Fibich on the piano.Ciaran Traynor (aged 12) from Ballybofey performed “When the Rain Song Begins” by Manfred Schwitz and “Tocatina” by Dmitri Kabalevsky on the piano. Aoife Walsh (aged 15) from Glenmakee, Carndonagh performed “The Liberty Bell” by J. P. Sousa and “Call it a Day” by Pam Wedgwood” on the flute.Jessica O’Brien (aged 17) from Drumcarbiutt, Malin sang “Think of Me” from “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and “Behind These Hazel E.Aoife Walsh (Carndonagh) and Jessica O’Brien (Malin), pictured receiving their High Achiever’s Awards from the Royal Irish Academy of Music at the Waterside Theatre, Derry on Sunday last, from Theresa Doyle, Local Centre Manager, Royal Irish Academy of Music (left) and Dr. Jennifer McCay, Chair of Senior Examiners, Royal Irish Academy of Music.DONEGAL WINNERS AT THE RIAM ULSTER HIGH ACHIEVER AWARDS 2014 was last modified: November 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Derrydonegalhigher achiever awardsRoyal Irish Academy of Musiclast_img read more

Reports claim Antoine Griezmann has just made Manchester United very happy

first_imgAntoine Griezmann has told Atletico Madrid he wants to leave the Vicente Calderon this summer, according to reports.The Spanish press claim Griezmann has made it clear he wishes to depart Atleti after three seasons with Diego Simeone’s side.The 26-year-old, who scored 16 LaLiga goals this season, has been heavily linked with a transfer to Premier League side Manchester United in recent months.Reports suggested a move would be on the cards as long as the Red Devils secured Champions League qualification, which they did by beating Ajax in the Europa League final.In reaction to those reports, Griezmann released a statement on social media website Twitter to claim ‘all the rumours are unfounded’ – downplaying the chances of a transfer.However, it appears a move is now likely, with the France forward asking to leave Atleti following the end of the Spanish football season. 1 Antoine Griezmann in training with the France national team last_img


first_imgDear Minister Reilly,My name is Una Farren, I’m from Culdaff Inishowen Co.Donegal.I was reading the article about proposed cuts in the Budget in the Irish Independent, on 23rd November 2011. To say I’m utterly disgusted is an understatement…..Just where do you plan to put the elderly people that are living, very happily I might add, in these Nursing Homes that you plan to close?My mother is 69, has severe Rheumatoid Arthritis, cannot even blow her own nose, has gone blind from effects of R.A.and up until last year I was her carer for the last 10 years. Having developed R.A. myself 7 years ago and along with thE constant heavy lifting and other matters in my private life, our Public Health Nurse got my mother admitted into our localCommunity Hospital in an emergency so I could have a rest for a week. Then after coming home again my mother was fine for about a week then started going downhill again and developed a cough and as she has Arthritis in her lungs I called the doctor to come out to the house as it was just too much to take her to the surgery, the doctor came down and immediately rang for an ambulance and my mother was taken up to Letterkenny Hospital to be checked out as she was on certain tablets etc… After seeing my mother the nurse’s in Letterkenny asked us who was caring for her, I told them I was and they said she neededfull time medical care and rang our local Community Hospital and were told they had a bed the next day so we took my mother home that night and up the next day.After that I was talking to my Public Health Nurse and she told me I was about a month away from having a mental breakdown so I was so relieved to realise that my back wasn’t going to break after all and that I didn’t need to be in the house constantly as my mother needed an eye drop every hour for the last year and a half I cared for my mother.So in having people in Nursing Homes is taking the load off the people left to care for them, some elderly people (like my mother) need to be around constant medical care as she is always getting a flare up so what do you intend to do for people like her ?So in order to save money your thinking of closing Nursing Homes….so what about all these ridiculous enormous pensions all these ex-ministers are getting? For example Brian Cowen is getting €150,000 a year and as he’s only 51 he’ll get this for years to come and what did he do for us ? Well let’s see he was Minister of Health about 10 years ago..oh yeah that’s the time my mother spent a year in a wheelchair because she was waiting for a knee operation. Then he was Minister for Finance ..oh yeah that’s when he handed out too much money every year in the budget and ended up nearly bankrupting our country and THEN he gets voted into the Taoiseach’s job and turns out to be the most hated Taoiseach EVER, yeah and he’s getting ,€150,000 a year that’s so fair..Then there’s Bertie Ahern, who’s getting €152,331 a year for also bankrupting the country and giving the property developers lots of tax breaks so they could keep on throwing up houses and flats and making lots of money.Then there’s Mary Harney, who’s getting €129,805 a year for being completely useless, introducing the HSE who are just a crowd of suits who don’t give a toss about the sick, wrecked the health system and went on fancy trips at the tax payers expense to get her hair done.Why are these people being paid these extravagant amount of money when the elderly are being tossed out of places they love just to save a few euro for the government ?? Are you going to line up the elderly and shoot them when they reach a certain age because what else are you going to do?I bet you there’s not one person in government at the moment that has an elderly relative in a Nursing Home in fear of being closed or in one of the many Community Hospital’s around the country that are being threatened with closure by the wonderful HSE.We voted Fine Gael in the last General Election because we thought it would be a new start but from what I see so far you are not much better than Fianna Fail.Una Farren.DAUGHTER’S ANGRY OPEN LETTER TO MINISTER FOR HEALTH was last modified: January 12th, 2012 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:culdaffInishowenMInister for Health James ReillyUna Farrenlast_img read more


first_imgThis weekend sees the 20th anniversary reunion of the First Irish Ascent of Everest (and the first British ascent via the North Ridge), taking place at Gartan Outdoor Education Centre.Dason StelfoxTwenty years ago, on Thursday 27th May 1993, Dawson Stelfox, expedition leader, climbing with the unflagging support of the full expedition team and base camp staff, and family and friends at home, arrived at the summit during a brief window of good weather.All expedition members, except Richard O’Neill-Dean, now living in New Zealand, will be at Gartan, along with base camp managers, expedition doctors, support trekkers, families and friends. Robbie Fenlon, climbing team member who was a mountaineering instructor at Gartan at the time of the expedition, will be returning for the event.Also attending is Lorna Siggins, Irish Times reporter who, without the benefit of internet and mobile communication, reported regularly to an anxious audience at home.Lorna’s book on the expedition, Everest Calling – Ascent of the Dark Side: The Mallory-Irvine Ridge, has recently been updated by both Lorna and expedition climber Dermot Somers. Everest Calling – The Irish Journey recalls this ground breaking success, and chronicles the many Irish achievements since.The expedition members, and Gartan Director and President of Mountaineering Ireland, Ursula MacPherson, also extend their congratulations to Letterkenny man Jason Black on his achievement in successfully reaching the summit of Everest, via the North Ridge, earlier this week. Ursula also took the opportunity to pay tribute to Namgyal Sherpa, who she climbed with on Shishapangma, an 8,000 metre peak in Tibet. Namgyal died last week on the summit ridge of Everest, while descending from his 10th summit.A champion of protecting the Himalayan environment, a first class climber and guide for many seeking to achieve their dreams on Everest, Namgyal was a highly respected member of the Sherpa and climbing community.His death again emphasizes the commitment and risks that Sherpas make in supporting climbers of all nationalities, without which most modern day ascents would not be possible. Rest in Peace Namgyal. MOUNTAIN TEAM WHO CONQUERED EVEREST CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY AT GARTAN was last modified: May 24th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgCol. Chris Hadfield is certainly earning his keep as tourism ambassador with this beautiful picture posted from Malin Head today.Picture posted by @Cmdr_Hadfield – The Wild Atlantic Way“A sunset like no other, unbeaten January beauty on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Like standing in a painting.”The retired Canadian astronaut was astronomically impressed with the Malin Head view commenting, “You don’t even see light this beautiful in space”. With more than a thousand retweets and favourites, Chris’ picture is promoting Donegal’s natural beauty as it rockets throughout the Twittersphere.Chris seems to have taken a shine to the Inishowen locals where he is now enjoying a traditional music session in McGrory’s, Culdaff.Col. Hadfield with Inishowen musiciansPhoto: @McGrorysCuldaffBefore the space jam, Chris had lunch in Harry’s Restaurant in Bridgend and visited a Buncrana school to learn some Irish, as he famously tweeted ‘as Gaeilge’ from space last year.  STUNNING – COL. CHRIS POSTS STELLAR MALIN PIC was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:astronautchrisHadfieldInishowenlast_img read more

Twenty-Six 2017 Relays Champions To Compete At USA Outdoor Championships

first_img A total of 26 athletes who were 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee Champions are set to compete at this weekend’s USA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif., June 21-25.Of those 26 Relays champions competing this week, 14 are from the University/College Division while 12 other competed in the Rio Olympic Rematch Events and other invitational competitions. Below are the 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee Champions that are competing at the USA Outdoor Championships and the events in which they will be competing Kurtis Brondyke – DecathlonBrittany Brown – Iowa – 200mDani Bunch – Shot PutBrandon Carnes – UNI – 100m/200mKaela Edwards – Oklahoma State – 1,500mReed Fischer – Drake – 10,000mAlexa Gochenour – HeptathlonEmily Grove – South Dakota – Pole VaultKeni Harrison – 100mHJanee’ Kassanavoid – Kansas State – Hammer ThrowSam Kendricks – Pole VaultAaron Mallett – Iowa – 110mHLaShawn Merritt – 200m/400mDeShawn Marshall – Ohio State – 200mGeorganne Moline – 400mHSandi Morris – Pole VaultClayton Murphy – 800m/1,500mCraig Nowak – Oklahoma State – 1,500mAlyssa Olin – North Dakota State – JavelinHope Schmelzle – NIU – SteeplechaseJenny Simpson – 1,500mMichael Stigler – 400mHChristian Taylor – Triple JumpDavid Timlin – Indiana State – 1,500mReno Tuufuli – Iowa – DiscusLuke Winder – North Central – Pole Vault Print Friendly Version Story Links USA Championship Schedule center_img Live Results last_img read more

Uganda Cranes shift training base to Namboole

first_img Tags: Ahmed HusseintopUganda Cranes The Cranes have been training at StarTimes stadium since Saturday (Photo by FUFA Media)AFCON 2019 QualifiersUganda vs TanzaniaMandela National Stadium, NambooleSaturday, 08-09-2018 @04:00pmThe Uganda Cranes have shifted their training base to Namboole as they prepare for the AFCON qualifier against Tanzania this Saturday.The team that has been training at Lugogo since Saturday shall effective Tuesday morning train in Mandela National stadium as confirmed by FUFA Publicist Ahmed Hussein.“We shall start training at Namboole stadium on Tuesday morning so that the players get acquitted to the natural grass conditions since they have been training on astro-turf at Lugogo.Said HusseinMeanwhile, more foreign based players are expected to join the team that entered residential camp at Kireka based Jokas Hotel on Monday evening.On Monday, Kaizer Chiefs’ newly signed left back Godfrey Walusimbi was joined by El Merriekh’s goalkeeper Salim Jamal and forward Edrisa Lubega of SV Ried in Austria as the latest players to join the team.Team captain Denis Onyango and Allan Kateregga, who play their trade in South Africa, are expected in camp as soon as possible.The other players yet to officially join include Belarus based midfielder William Luwagga Kizito, Moses Opondo (based in Denmark), Allan Kateregga of Cape Town City, Croatian based star player Faruku Miya as well as forwards Yunus Sentamu and Derrick Nsibambi.List of players expected to feature against Tanzania on Saturday:Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (El Meriekh, Sudan), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC, Uganda),Right Backs: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania)Left Backs: Godfrey Walusimbi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa) FC, Isaac Muleme (Haras El Hodood, Egypt)Central Defenders: Murushid Juuko (Simba Sports Club, Tanzania) , Denis Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda)Holding Midfielders: Hassan Wasswa (El Geish, Egypt), Khalid Aucho (Un-attached), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA FC, Uganda), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC, Uganda)Attacking Midfielders: William Luwagga Kizito (BATE Borisov, Belarus), Joseph Ochaya (Lusaka Dynamo, Zambia), Moses Opondo ( Vendsyssel, Denmark), Allan Kateregga (Cape Town City, South Africa), Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia), Moses Waiswa (Vipers Sc, Uganda)Forwards: Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba SC, Tanzania), Yunus Sentamu (FK Tirana, Albania), Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried, Austria), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda)Comments last_img read more

Branding South Africa with one message

first_imgThe purpose of the conference is to ensure that South Africa communicates with one voice both domestically and internationally leading up to and beyond 2010.“We are already looking beyond 2010 to where we want to position South Africa in the next decade,” says Yvonne Johnston, the CEO of the IMC. “A major event such as the soccer World Cup attracts global attention but it has to be supported by strategies and structures to ensure a lasting legacy.”“Our objective is to establish Brand South Africa as one of the most prominent and desirable global brands,” says Johnston.Germany 2006 has shown that making the best of the opportunities offered by such an enormous event entails more than hosting soccer games successfully. The host country must brand itself at the same time, as was done so well by the Germans.Therefore one of the key-note speakers at the conference will be the man who did just that for Germany, Mike de Vries. He is the CEO of the branding company FC Deutschland GmbH.Another speaker is internationally renowned Raul Parelba from Spain, who will focus on the branding and marketing opportunities provided by a major event. He is Director Partner of Trout & Partners, the global positioning specialists.The speakers and their topics include:Minister in the Presidency, Essop Pahad, who will look at opportunities for the continent brought about by the World Cup.The CEO of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Themba Maseko, who will spell out the government’s commitment to and expectations for 2010.Danny Jordaan, CEO of the Local Organising Committee, who will highlight marketing opportunities for local corporates.Thaninga Shope-Linney, NEPAD’s general manager for communications and outreach, who will add to Minister Pahad’s continental perspective on the 2010 World Cup.Wolfgang Grulke, CEO of FutureWorld will look at Africa and South Africa in the 21st century. Yvonne Johnston, CEO of the IMC, will also be speaking at the Conference – spelling out Brand South Africa’s future strategy in her address. She has very high expectations of the Conference, describing it as “a tremendous opportunity for the world view South Africa even more positively and Alive with Possibility than it does now.”This conference is being hosted in collaboration with the 2010 National Communications Task Team.last_img read more