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ISSA can’t afford prestige venues – Forbes

first_imgDespite the lure and prestige of schoolboy football sponsors Flow hosting their trademark Flow Super Cup matches at the country’s more prestigious venues, Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) competitions officer George Forbes said his organisation can only afford to host Manning and Walker Cup matches at the Constant Spring Field and Spanish Town Prison Oval.Forbes was asked to comment on the situation after second-round matches between Wolmer’s Boys’ and Vauxhall High and defending champions Jamaica College vs Holy Trinity were affected by rain at the Constant Spring venue.The Wolmer’s-Vauxhall match was called off by the referee due to a waterlogged field, with six minutes of play remaining.The match official, who seemed to play it by the rules for the JC vs Holy Trinity game, a rule which posits that once 80 per cent of the field is playable, then the game should be played, saw defending champions JC and Holy Trinity draw 0-0 in a game which began at 4p.m. and concluded under lights.”Definitely, here (Constant Spring) is what we can afford. Flow can play their matches where they play them, but we (ISSA) don’t have the between five and $800,000 and up to a $1 million to put on a game,” the ISSA competitions officer told The Gleaner in an interview.Gate receipts”If you look at the crowd here, I don’t think we have collected $100,000 at the gate, so it is not prudent for us to put a match where you are going to spend four, five million dollars and you collect $100,000 at the gate,” he reasoned at Constant Spring on Monday, while the Manning Cup matches were in progress.Forbes noted that there has been ongoing debate over venue selection for the last five years.”Look at the Premier League venues. Boys’ Town don’t have any field. Waterhouse could not play there. Arnett Gardens is the only place that we could play and the parents for most of the kids (players) don’t want them to go to these inner-city venues in the second round,” he stressed.Constant Spring, Forbes contends, meets the safety requirements, affordability and accessibility.”We have made some improvements to Constant Spring. We have invested some money in it. There is some more work to be done, and it’s something the Constant Spring management and ISSA have to sit down and look into for next year,” he assured, adding that vehicular parking in muddy areas will be addressed.last_img read more

Final, binding judgement being sought – Greenidge

first_imgICJ case…cautions likelihood of lengthy processBy Jarryl BryanOn the heels of Guyana submitting its border case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the call by the Venezuela Government to return to the Good Offices Process, Government is adamant that the wheels are in motion.Registrar of the International Court of Justice, Philippe Couvreur (left) and Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl GreenidgeAccording to Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge in a statement on Tuesday, the application Guyana filed on March 29 is seeking a final and binding judgement on the validity of the 1899 Arbitral Award.“Coming from the principal judicial organ of the (United Nations) UN, such a judgement will once and for all put to rest this baseless contention. As you are aware, Guyana has suffered from Venezuela’s contention of nullity ever since our independence in 1966,” the Foreign Affairs Minister said.“This assertion has undermined our ability to develop our sovereign territory and resources, including our natural wealth in the sea. By means of a judgement of the court, our objective is to put this controversy to a definitive end so Guyana and Venezuela can live together as neighbours without the shadow of this conflict.”Greenidge noted that with the Good Offices process being officially brought to an end by Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, the process for this final judgement has started.Former Commonwealth Secretary General, Sir Shridath Ramphal will lead the legal team“We will now await the response of the Court to our application,” Greenidge affirmed. “Venezuela of course has the right to respond and disagree with Guyana’s position on the validity of the 1899 Award.  But either way, the process leading to a final judgement has now been set into motion.”“This judicial process will unfold in several stages and the Government of Guyana will periodically inform the public of its progress. This is likely to be a lengthy process, but having waited more than 50 years, we are fully committed to seeing it through until the very end.”Describing it as a “great moment” in the international and regional rule of law and an example for the peaceful resolution of conflict, the Minister was hopeful it would result in better relations with Venezuela.Since the UN’s decision to send the matter to the ICJ, Venezuelan President Nicholás Maduro had been quoted publicly affirming that his Government did not agree with the decision, and that continued negotiations would have been preferable.Relations between Guyana and Venezuela have been rocky ever since oil giant ExxonMobil announced in 2015 that it had found oil in Guyana. Venezuela has staunchly been against oil exploration in Guyana’s Stabroek Block, where multiple oil deposits were found by ExxonMobil.In fact, Venezuela’s National Assembly had approved an agreement to reject the oil exploration activities in March 2017. Venezuela has claimed, in 1968, the entire territorial sea of Guyana by means of the Leoni Decree, despite the 1899 award.In 2015, the Government of Guyana requested then UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to take steps toward resolving the controversy. In 2016, as a consequence of a stalemate on the matter, the outgoing Ban Ki-moon agreed with his successor, António Guterres, to continue to use the Good Offices Process until the end of 2017 as a means of arriving at a settlement.It is with that intention that Guterres appointed Nylander as an envoy to resolve the border controversy. According to the mandate of the Personal Representative, “If, by the end of 2017, the Secretary General concludes that no significant progress has been made toward arriving at a full agreement for the solution of the controversy, he will choose the International Court of Justice as the next means of settlement, unless the Governments of Guyana and Venezuela jointly request that he refrain from doing so.”That process expired and Guterres subsequently ruled that the matter will engage the attention of the ICJ, where a panel of distinguished judges will hear Guyana’s case in The Hague, Netherlands based court.Guyana’s legal team is being led by former Commonwealth Secretary General, Sir Shridath Ramphal. The team is a holdover from the Foley Hoag law firm delegation that successfully petitioned the UN in Guyana’s maritime controversy with Suriname. Other members of the team are Paul Reichler and Payam Akvan.last_img read more

Cole denies rift with Mourinho over Chelsea exit

first_img1 Ashley Cole Ashley Cole admits he ‘jumped at the chance’ to join Roma and insists he still has a good relationship with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.Former England international Cole moved to the Italian capital on a free transfer last week after the end of his eight-year spell at Stamford Bridge.The 33-year-old made only 15 Premier League starts during his final season in west London, with manager Mourinho, who signed the defender from Arsenal in 2006, preferring to use right-back Cesar Azpilicueta on the left side of defence instead.Cole has dismissed suggestions of a rift with his old boss and says his heart was set on a switch to the Stadio Olimpico once he had spoken with Roma boss Rudi Garcia.He said: “First of all, me and Jose still had a good relationship. I was just getting a bit old for what he liked. As soon as I spoke to Rudi Garcia and I saw how much they wanted me here at Roma, I jumped at the chance.”Cole, who will become only the third Englishman to turn out in Serie A since the turn of the millennium, also feels English players are too afraid to test themselves outside of the Premier League.He added: “I think probably English players are scared to come abroad, they’re in a comfort zone in England. I’ve never been out of London and it’s a big opportunity for me to try a different language, different culture and a different way of living.”last_img read more

Rapinoe says US teammates will snub White House

first_img“I don’t think anyone on the team has any interest in lending the platform that we’ve worked so hard to build and the things that we fight for and the way that we live our life, I don’t think we want that to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration,” she said.Rapinoe, one of several gay players on the team, also took aim at Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, saying the president is looking back to a time that “was not great for everyone.”“I would say that your message is excluding people. You’re excluding me. You’re excluding people that look like me. You’re excluding people of color,” the footballer said when asked what message she had for Trump.“I think that you’re harking back to an era that was not great for everyone. It might have been great for a few people and maybe America is great for a few people right now, but it’s not great for enough Americans in this world,” she said.The US defeated the Netherlands 2-0 on a penalty by Rapinoe and a strike by Rose Lavelle in the World Cup final on Sunday in Lyon.Rapinoe had vowed prior to the victory to stay home if Trump invited the team to Washington.The president responded on Twitter that “Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team.”Championship US sports teams are traditionally honored with an invitation to the White House, though Trump has at times revoked invitations after team members criticized him.Among the teams that have declined the offer have been pro basketball’s Golden State Warriors and last year’s Super Bowl winners, the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Megan Rapinoe has said she would not accept an invitation from US President Donald Trump to visit the White House © AFP/File / CHRISTOPHE SIMONWASHINGTON, United States, Jul 10 – Star striker Megan Rapinoe said Tuesday she does not think the United States’ Women’s World Cup-winning team would accept an invitation from President Donald Trump to visit the White House.“I would not go and every teammate that I’ve talked to explicitly about it would not go,” Rapinoe said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”last_img read more

JUDGE TURNS DOWN ASSAULT APPEAL AND WARNS THUG TO PAY COMPO TO VICTIM

first_imgA JUDGE has ordered a man behind a cowardly attack outside a pub to come up with cash for his victim.Richard Doherty, of Derryreel, Falcarragh, and pictured right threw a lousy punch at an innocent Carrigart man, outside a pub in Dunfanaghy on December 5, 2010.Doherty, 22, was convicted in his absence last April. He was living in Perth, Australia, at the time. However he returned to Co Donegal to hear the case as he appealed the harshness of his sentence – an order to pay his victim €4,800 in compensation, €4,000 for the injuries and €800 in medical expenses.He was also fined €800.Gda Brendan O’Connor told Doherty’s appeal at Letterkenny Circuit Court that there had been a fight inside the nightclub. Gardai had contained the situation and discovered a group of Carrigart men had been assaulted by a gang from Falcarragh.However later on, one of the people from Carrigart – Fergal Doherty – was standing outside when he was the victim of a total unprovoked assault. He was punched twice in the face and sustained a broken nose.A solicitor for Richard Doherty said he had “matured considerably” since the incident, had returned to Donegal from Australia, but simply didn’t have the funds to pay anything.He faces 110 days in prison if he fails to pay the money.But Judge Keenan Johnson told Doherty he must come up with “a substantial part of it” at the next court sitting on April 1.He said Doherty must turn to family and friends if necessary.At the original last April the presiding District Court judge said that if he was making laws, he’d argue to make the consumption of drink an aggravating factor in cases rather than a mitigating one.Judge Conal Gibbons also remarked about how Doherty, from Derryreel but then living in Perth, hadn’t appeared before the court in person whilst his victim, Carrigart man Ferghal Doherty had done so.Gda Brendan O’Connor told the court, sitting in Letterkenny that a fight broke out outside a nightclub in Dunfanaghy in the early hours of December 5, 2010.“The injured party and friends were attacked by another group of youths. The injured party had no part in the aggression whatsoever and was entirely innocent,” said Gda O’Connor.“He was struck in the face twice. The incident was viewed by me, the injured party and the accused on CCTV and the accused readily admitted his involvement.”Ferghal Doherty had suffered a broken nose in the incident, said the Garda, and required hospital treatment in both Letterkenny and in Sligo.Richard Doherty’s solicitor Fiona Brown, in mitigation, said that her client had left Ireland in October 2011. He was then working as a plasterer in Perth, Western Australia.He had been in bother before, she said, but this was mainly road traffic offences with one public order conviction.“His behaviour was shocking,” said Judge Gibbons.“I suppose this was about geographical areas? – two different parishes? – are we going back to that? it is quite outrageous.”The judge asked Ferghal Doherty about his injuries.“I got over it anyway,” said the victim.Judge Gibbons said it was “an appalling state of affairs that someone can go out and do this to someone completely innocent.“This speaks volumes about the modern age.”Commenting on Richard Doherty’s presence in Perth and not before the court in Letterkenny at the time, the judge said: “There was a time when people sere went to Australia after a court case, not before a case appears before the court.”The judge went on: “In every town where there is entertainment at a nightclub or a large pub, these places have to have very big individuals suitably attired (bouncers) standing outside maintaining order. We are supposed to be progressing and evolving as human beings.“If you spend time in court you would take serious issue with the theory of evolution.”When the solicitor said her client had consumed drink on the night in question, Judge Gibbons said: “The problem is with the human, not the drink.“Your client has to lift it up and put it to his mouth. The drink was voluntarily taken by the client. Drink is an aggravating factor and not a mitigating factor.“If I was writing laws in this country, I would amend the legislation to state that fact – that the court would see drinking as an aggravating factor.“I’m very disturbed by your client’s behaviour. I understand that Irish people have to go abroad but if he behaved like this in Australia they wouldn’t tolerate it; in fact most progressive countries would not tolerate it“Drink is an inert substance. The problem is not the drink – it’s mixing the drink with the human.”JUDGE TURNS DOWN ASSAULT APPEAL AND WARNS THUG TO PAY COMPO TO VICTIM was last modified: February 18th, 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:CarrigartDunfanaghyFalcarraghFightLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

Matej Vydra’s move to Leeds from Derby falls through – reports

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Matej Vydra’s £11m move from Derby to Leeds has collapsed, according to reports.Sky Sports News understands the Championship’s top scorer from last season has failed to agree personal terms with United. RANKED IN DEMAND 1 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January TOP WORK Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM Vydra looks set to stay at Derby moving on targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Vydra, who wants a move to the Premier League, reportedly has reservations about moving to a club in the Championship that finished below Derby last season.The news could affect the Rams’ move for Ipswich striker Martyn Waghorn.The forward had been set for a move to Pride Park but any deal rested on the sale of Vydra, due to pressure from Financial Fair Play rules.Despite this latest setback, Leeds remain close to bringing Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford to Elland Road. three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signinglast_img read more

Chelsea 2-2 Man United: Red Devils player ratings as Barkley rocks them late on

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions David De Gea – 7/10The Spaniard could do nothing about Antonio Rudgier’s header which was excellently nodded into the corner of the net. In the second period he produced an excellent stop to deny N’Golo Kante.Ashley Young – 7/10Starting at right-back up against Eden Hazard, his task became incredibly hard when he was booked in the early stages. He held out impressively and contributed on both sides of the ball.Luke Shaw – 7/10Improved as the match went on for United and pretty much nullified Willian throughout. He played smartly and will continue to get plaudits. It was a good performance after his contract renewal. Chris Smalling – 7/10Coped well in the air with against Chelsea’s balls into the box but also impressed dealing with the Blues’ movement in and around the penalty area.Victor Lindelof – 6/10Just like Smalling, the Swede proved a lot of people wrong with a smart display in the Man United defence but at the vital moment he failed to win a ball into the box and it led to Chelsea’s late leveller.Nemanja Matic – 6/10Two tackles in 12 minutes saw him booked by referee Mike Dean but he did well to marshal the centre of the park for the remainder of the game not allowing his opposition too much room to manoeuvre, while the threat of a red card loomed.Paul Pogba – 6/10The midfielder lost Antonio Rudiger for Chelsea’s opener and looked upset by his failure to track the centre-back, although he apportioned some of the blame to Victor Lindelof. He produced a couple of excellent moments of class and guile in the second half as Man United turned things around, impressing with his dribbling and getting stuck in when needed. LATEST 4 latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update predicted SORRY tense Shaw marshals Willian at Stamford Bridge. scrap A share of the spoils was the final outcome and probably all either side deserved in an intriguing Premier League tussle.Martial was almost the hero but who were Man United’s best performers on the day against Chelsea? Find out below. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Pogba lost Rudiger for the Chelsea opener Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Juan Mata – 7/10Looked sluggish at times and his touch betrayed him in the opening period. He improved later, like many, but the effort he put in to win the ball in the build up for Man United’s second was excellent.Marcus Rashford – 5/10A little clumsy at points both with his dribbling and his passing as his decision-making lets him down. He did though get it right when it mattered most for the Red Devils’ second goal. His tracking back and defensive contribution oscillated wildly.Anthony Martial – 8/10Clinical when he was needed most, the Frenchman proved he’s still got quick reactions and a poacher’s touch. Two shots, two goals, and it should have been three points. Should he start ahead of Lukaku? 4 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? gameday cracker revealed whoops It was so close to being the perfect return to Stamford Bridge for Jose Mourinho, but in the end Ross Barkley’s late goal gave Chelsea a 2-2 draw with Manchester United.An Anthony Martial brace had looked like giving Mourinho’s side all three points in west London as the Red Devils rallied following Antonio Rudiger’s opener. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reacts during the 2-2 draw. BEST OF The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 4 4 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Most Popular Football News Martial celebrated what he thought was the winner. Romelu Lukaku – 5/10Celebrated Man United’s goals widely but many fans were getting on the Belgian’s back for a poor display.Substitute: Ander Herrera – 5/10Herrera worked hard after he came onto the pitch but he was unable stop Chelsea equalising.Substitute: Andreas Pereira – N/AWas only on the field for the final six minutes.Substitute: Alexis Sanchez – N/AWas only on the field for the final five minutes.last_img read more

SCOTTISH POLITICIAN WITH DONEGAL ROOTS SET TO ROCK BRITISH LABOUR PARTY

first_imgA SCOTTISH nationalist politician with strong Donegal roots could be set to cause one of the biggest upsets in British politics today.Anne McLaughlin is a Scottish National Party candidate in today’s by-election in the constituency of Inverclyde.She is battling to be the next Westminster MP for the constituency which has been a strong Labour area for generations. Labour is defending a massive 14,416-vote majority in the Westminster seat, also being contested by the Tories, Lib Dems, and UKIP.The by-election is being held to find a replacement for David Cairns, who died from acute pancreatitis in May.“All my family are from Donegal,” Anne told donegaldaily.com as campaigning finished last night, confirming her grandparents were from the county.And there will be cheering from the rooftops in Gortahork if Anne does pinch the seat from Labour today. “Gortahork is lovely isn’t it? I was over in August. My friend James (Early) was celebrating his 40th along with his twin Sarah and their older brother Liam was 50.“I’d been over the year before too and expect I’ll come over again in the not too distant future.”She is a tireless campaigner on a number of issues including human rights and education rights for children in Glasgow.Polls close at 10pm tonight with a result expected sometime around 2am tomorrow morning.TELL US YOUR VIEW….LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW SCOTTISH POLITICIAN WITH DONEGAL ROOTS SET TO ROCK BRITISH LABOUR PARTY was last modified: June 30th, 2011 by gregShare 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

Minister must reverse farm assist cuts in budget – McConalogue

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has called on the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar to reverse the 2012 and 2013 cuts to the Farm Assist scheme. More than 1,500 Donegal farmers have seen a huge cut in their income over the last four years.“The cuts to the scheme have had a huge impact on the most vulnerable farmers in our county and many farmers are now being forced to decide whether it is worth their while continuing to farm”, said Deputy McConalogue. “Donegal has the second highest number of low income farmers dependent on the Farm Assist payment in the country, and in some cases it is the difference between keeping their farms in business or going to the wall. I have spoken to some local farmers who have now seen the full impact of the changes and are genuinely fearful about their livelihood if the farm assist scheme is not reinstated to pre-2012 levels.“The Programme for Government contains a commitment to undertake a “Review of the Farm Assist Scheme, recognising the challenged facing farmers on low incomes”. The Minister has confirmed to me that this review has been completed and I am calling on him to now reverse these devastating cuts in tomorrow’s Budget”.Minister must reverse farm assist cuts in budget – McConalogue was last modified: October 10th, 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

The clear sign that the 49ers are on the right track

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — The 49ers played their fourth and final preseason game on Thursday night. They lost, but nothing that happened in the game really mattered. If you watched or even heard tell of it, go ahead and Forget it ever happened.I only mention the meaningless preseason finale because it was the last checkpoint before a truly important date on the 49ers’ calendar: cut day. The NFL used to mandate that …last_img read more