Sharapova suffers Shenzhen semi-final defeat

first_imgMaria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her women’s singles quarter-final match against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan at the WTA Shenzhen Open tennis tournament in Shenzhen in China’s southern Guangdong province on January 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / – / China OUTFormer world number one Maria Sharapova was dumped out in the semi-finals of the Shenzhen Open, losing in three sets to holder Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic on Friday.The Russian will return to the top 50 next week with the Australian Open looming at the end of the month, but she failed to reach her second final since returning last April after a drugs ban.ADVERTISEMENT Squat thrust: Japan on Olympic drive to get rid of ‘squat’ toilets Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Siniakova, the sixth seed, beat the 30-year-old 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and will face world number one Simona Halep in the final.Halep cruised into the decider in southern China with a comfortable 6-1, 6-4 victory over fellow Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSharapova was banned for 15 months for taking the performance-enhancing substance meldonium, and has been working her way up the rankings since returning to action, winning the Tianjin Open in October. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Sharapova and Muguruza reach 4th round at French Open

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award There was another upset as unseeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko defeated 19th-seeded Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-4.Top-seeded Simona Halep later faced Andrea Petkovic of Germany on the new Court 18.In men’s third-round action, unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov completed a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win against 15th-seeded Lucas Pouille of France. Their match was suspended for rain late Friday.Fabio Fognini beat Kyle Edmund 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, while Maximilian Marterer won 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 against Jurgen Zopp.Rafael Nadal was up later on Chatrier, targeting a 16th consecutive win against Richard Gasquet. The top-ranked Spaniard is trying to win a record-extending 11th title at Roland Garros.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sharapova, who has won two of her five majors at Roland Garros, could next face Serena Williams in what would be their 22nd career meeting.Williams was in action later Saturday against 11th-seeded Julia Goerges, her toughest test yet since returning to Grand Slam tennis after giving birth. They were scheduled to play in the afternoon on Court Suzanne Lenglen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThird-seeded Garbine Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, also impressed on the main court. She needed just over one hour to beat Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-0, 6-2.Sloane Stephens also advanced to the fourth round, but the 10th-seeded American had a much more difficult time beating Italy’s Camila Giorgi 4-6, 6-1, 8-6. Stephens next faces Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, who won 7-6 (8), 7-6 (4) against No. 8-seeded Petra Kvitova. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Maraguinot last of Sta. Lucia’s new recruits Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Russia’s Maria Sharapova, left, shakes ahands to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic after their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Paris. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)PARIS — Former champion Maria Sharapova reached the fourth round of the French Open with a dominant 6-2, 6-1 win against Karolina Pliskova on Saturday.The 31-year-old Russian, seeded 28th after missing this tournament the last two years, needed 59 minutes to win on Court Philippe Chatrier. She broke serve five times against the sixth-seeded Czech.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View commentslast_img read more

Child labour rate in Guyana higher than Caribbean, Latin American countries – UNICEF

first_imgUNICEF representative Sylvie FouetSocial Protection Minister Amna AllyA Child Labour Policy has been launched by the Social Protection Ministry, one that will focus heavily on the prevention of child labour, as well as preventing the exposure of children to situations which do not augur well for their well-being.This is according to Social Protection Minister, Amna Ally, who at the launching ceremony on Friday stated that with regard to child labour – whether it is the trafficking of children for sexual exploitation or for purposes of forced labour in dangerous abusive circumstances – the outcomes are the same.“These children are robbed of their childhood, robbed of their education, robbed of their future and as a consequence, the cycle of poverty is perpetuated. A nation can neither achieve nor sustain prosperity on the backs of its children. The exploitation of children must not be tolerated under any circumstances or for any reason. When children are exploited for the economic gains of others, everybody loses – the children lose, their families lose, the nation loses. When even one child is exploited, every one of us is diminished,” she vehemently said.The Minister explained that this is why the launch of Guyana’s first Child Labour Policy marks an important milestone in the fight against the worst forms of child labour in the country.“Fight against child labour requires a multi-sectoral approach. No single agency can deal with this problem considering the many dimensions it takes and different skills required in addressing each form of child labour,” she added.According to the Minister, it is in this context that all stakeholders need to work together, pooling our resources and expertise to enable our nation to eliminate child labour in all of its forms. It is envisaged that the implementation of this policy will provide outcomes that include strengthened coordination and collective action, promotion of decent livelihood in Guyana for adults and youths of legal working age, mitigate economic vulnerabilities associated with child labour, mitigate the impact of social detriments that often lead to child labour, expand school access to vulnerable populations and increase access to post-secondary and vocational education.High ratesUNICEF representative, Sylvie Fouet, while addressing the gathering at the launching ceremony, explained that the Child Labour Policy for Guyana is a result of a three-year effort by various stakeholders, both locally and internationally.“We have been pleased to support the journey. In 2017, we begun with reviewing the law together. Then last year and this year elaborating the policy and also drafting an action plan that will operationalise the policy and supporting key intervention. As you may know, Guyana is among the first sets of Caricom countries to lead in the policy process…the police and the national action plan are steps to prevent and reporting on child labour.”She noted that the rate of child labour in Guyana is higher than the average figure of other countries in Latin America as well as the Caribbean where about one in every 10 children in the country are engaged in some form of child labour. It is hoped that this new policy will correct such a situation soon.Meanwhile, representative of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Claudia Coenjaerts stated that the policy provides a coherent framework on the way forward in tackling child labour issues in Guyana and that its implementation is very important.As part of collaborative efforts, and in keeping with guidelines of this policy, in the next few weeks there will be the piloting of a child labour risk identification model in the country.“This is a statistical tool…which really uses national data to identify levels of risks for child labour in specific geographical areas. So it will make it easier to identify where prevention but also operationalisation of active measures would be more important.”Additionally, General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Lincoln Lewis, stated that the launch of such a policy forms an important ingredient in the armoury of Guyana’s Development Strategy.“This launch, while significant, can be insignificant if we do not as a people, continue to influence the policies and decisions of that institution. Once again, on behalf of the GTUC, let me commend the Government of Guyana and the ILO for the significant work both are involved in,” he added. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

Bandit beaten after breaking into Sophia home

first_img…accomplices on the runA bandit who was caught after breaking in to and robbing the home of a Sophia, Greater Georgetown family in the wee hours of Thursday was given a sound thrashing before he was handed over to the Police.Reports are that 23-year-old Ronaldo Parris, along with his accomplices – “Daniel” and “Seon” – around 03:00h ventured into the home at Lot 467 C Field Sophia and held 53-year-old Hyacinth La Cruz, at knifepoint as they demanded that she hand over her valuables.Guyana Times understands that the elderly woman put up a fight, and even though she sustained minor injuries, her brave efforts and the prompt response from neighbours resulted in one of the perpetrators being caught, after she called out for help.However, his two accomplices managed to flee the scene, after raiding the family’s fridge and devouring the cake left over from the holidays.In a video circulating on social media, Parris was seen submerged in water with his hands and feet bound. He was beaten mercilessly by loved ones of the victim while villagers looked on and cheered.In his pleas to be spared vigilante justice, the 23-year-old offered up the names of his accomplices. In doing so, the young criminal held out that he played no major part in the robbery, noting that it was a spontaneous attack orchestrated by “Daniel”.Meanwhile, when asked what they were doing in the area at that hour, Parris responded saying, “The Police fling we out hay just now.”As he was continuously grilled and subjected to physical violence, the young criminal further revealed, “No, we ain’t plan fuh come in hay, we pass hay and them boys say watch hay so.”“We ain’t plan this. Me ain’t lying,” was his defence as he cried out for mercy.Even though Parris confirmed knowing his co-conspirators for quite a while, he held out that he did not have a way of contacting the two teens.As such, he was eventually handed over to Police. Parris was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital to receive treatment for the wounds inflicted during the vigilante attack. He remains under guard as ranks continue their hunt for the two criminals still on the run.According to a release issued by the Guyana Police Force, Parris, who is an unemployed resident of the said area, is currently facing several charges for break and entry. In fact, it was only on Wednesday that a burglary charge against the accused was dismissed for want of prosecution after the victim refused to present evidence.Meanwhile, La Cruz, who in fighting off the intruders sustained a laceration to her right hand and abrasions about her body, was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she received treatment and was released.last_img read more

DP reiterates Sh50m Stars’ AFCON reward

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama hands over a jersey and signed ball to Deputy President William Ruto when he paid the team a courtesy call at the Kasarani Stadium on Friday October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 12 – Deputy President William Ruto on Friday reiterated the government’s promise of rewarding national football team Harambee Stars with Sh50mn should they qualify for next year’s  African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.The Deputy President made the promise to the team last year after winning the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup and on Friday when he visited the team at their training session at the Kasarani Stadium reiterated that the promise still stands. “You all remember the promise we made last year?” Ruto quizzed the team at the Kasarani Stadium. “The promise still remains and we will make sure that happens,” he added.“So please work hard and achieve the goal and leave the rest to us. So my friend (speaking to skipper Victor Wanyama) even if it means leaving your leg here, please do,” Ruto joked.He also announced that the promise to give the team its own bus still remains and made a further promise that the same will be availed next month.“You have our prayers, support and good will. Please make us proud on Sunday,” he added.Deputy President William Ruto greets Harambee Stars players during a training session at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We thank you (DP Ruto) for coming in here today and I know you have been told of the small problems we had. We are sure that you will help sort them out and for us on the pitch, we will do our job,” skipper Wanyama said.His sentiments were shared by head coach Sebastien Migne who has also been promised that his outstanding salary arrears will be cleared having given the Federation an ultimatum up to Monday to ensure that his dues are taken care of.“I hope, it will be paid, but for me, the most important thing is the game on Sunday. That is why I came here and I believe we can do something special and write a new page of history for Kenyan football,” the tactician said.He added; “I have told him (DP Ruto) that for us to go far, we have to get the support from him and the government. We are on the way to the high level and we cannot do it without them.”The DP also ‘gifted’ the team with Sh1mn for motivation ahead of Sunday’s game.Deputy President William Ruto listens to Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa as Sports PS Kirimi Kaberia and Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti listen in at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Ruto also said that the remainder of the Sh25mn budget presented by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) for the double header against Ethiopia as well as arrears from the previous game against Ghana, has already been availed.Meanwhile, the country’s second in command has said moving forward, the Sports Fund will be fully operational to ensure that sports federations are well catered for and do not always have to sprawl their begging balls asking for help.“For a very long time we haven’t had a clear funding mechanism for sports but I want to tell you the good news; the government has committed a special fund to ensure all sportsmen and women have requisite infrastructure and financial support,” he said.The DP added; “In the next month or so the new fund will kick in and we expect to raise resources every year directly going to sports and you will be beneficiaries of that endeavor.”Stars were faced with a financial hiccup before travelling to Ethiopia and had to wait until the eve of their journey to get Sh7.2mn from the government. Previously from a submitted budget of Sh25mn, the Federation had only managed to get Sh4mn.Deputy President William Ruto chats with Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe deficit of about Sh14mn has been sent to the federation to ensure the debts accrued from the Ghana match have been settled and facilitation for this weekend’s tie against Ethiopia is also taken care of. 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Can L.A. balance its taxes and salaries?

first_imgThe issue was spotlighted last week as details emerged of Los Angeles officials’ deal with six unions that would give most of the city’s 22,000 workers a 23 percent raise over five years. The deal was announced a day before the DWP’s board approved another round of water-rate increases: 3.1 percent next July and another 3.1 percent in July 2009. Power rate increases also were approved and await action by the City Council and mayor. City officials defend the proposed hikes and salary deals as needed to maintain city services and pay workers a decent wage. City Administrative Officer Karen Sisson said the city’s budget is being squeezed and the council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are working to create a tax and fee schedule that better reflects what it costs to run the city. “The city has taken action to slowly recover the costs of its services,” Sisson said. “The city provides a number of services from the Planning Department to building plan reviews, to fire inspections. ? The law allows us to recover the cost of the services we provide. We’re not getting a profit.” Among fees that have been increased to recover service costs: Ambulance rides up from $161 to $610, brush administrative fees from $668 to $982, and various planning fees up 15percent. Sisson said utility rate increases also are a reflection of cost-recovery efforts because power rates haven’t risen since 1992. Councilman Greig Smith said the city is facing several major money decisions. “I think it’s terrible timing, all these financial issues coming to a head at the same point,” he said. Still, Smith said he supports the proposed city-union contract because the employees had agreed to forgo pay raises during a tough budget year in 2004. “We have to remember these guys did the right thing. Now they just want to be treated fairly.” And Smith said the city is still struggling to appease employee unions that want to match the salaries for DWP workers, which are the highest in the city. “These unions are feeding off each other, and the council needs to put its foot down. But not with this contract,” Smith said. “We have to stop it at the Department of Water and Power.” Councilman Bernard Parks also said he backs the contract, noting it reflects cost-of-living increases and the unions have agreed to give up later wage increases if needed. “It’s the first time in my history that unions have agreed to help fund their increases,” Parks said. Parks said the city also has to keep city employee contract issues separate from the telephone-users’ tax debate and the DWP rate increase plans. “You can’t tell an employee, `Sorry, the (telephone-users’ tax) came up so you don’t get paid.”‘ Since California voters capped property tax increases with Proposition 13 in 1978, cities have looked to other sources of revenue to stem rising costs driven by salary increases and other compensation. In Los Angeles, city records show salaries for civilian, police and fire employees have climbed nearly 30 percent just this decade to about $2.9billion. Costs for civilian salaries have risen to over $1.7 billion. Those who have been fighting cities’ efforts to circumvent Proposition 13 by adding more taxes and user fees are critical. “I think it’s one of the most poorly managed cities in the country,” Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said of Los Angeles. “They collect boatloads of revenue but have very little oversight and management. We see that over and over again. The city leadership is far too beholden to the public employee unions – so much so that it’s impacted the ability to deliver public services in a cost-effective and timely manner.” Still, Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, said the city’s problems stem from deteriorating infrastructure and public demands for services when key revenues – $30million from DWP’s water revenue fund, and $270million in annual phone use taxes – are in jeopardy. “They really have a dilemma,” Stern said of city officials. “When you rely on streams of income and they’re being cut off, maybe panic is too strong of a word, but at least you’re concerned. This is big money you’re talking about. “If that money is not available to you, where do you go to get it or what do you cut?” And Stern said the public bears some of the responsibility. “The public wants all these services, and they’re not willing to pay for them. The chickens are coming home to roost.” Ultimately, city officials are wrestling with balancing myriad demands at a crucial time for Los Angeles. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The people of Los Angeles are City Hall’s targets even as city workers have gotten recent double-digit salary increases and the city budget has soared nearly 60 percent to $6.8 billion in just seven years. To some, the trend is evidence that the nation’s second-largest municipality is in trouble. “The hole just keeps getting deeper all the time,” said David Fleming, chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “So much of the tax money goes out in salaries that are significantly higher than people get in the private sector. It didn’t start out that way 50years ago ? but to encourage people to stay they gave a pension system no one could afford. “This whole system is upside down.” FUNDS: Some say the city is in trouble as it tries to accommodate pay increases and a soaring budget. By Beth Barrett and Kerry Cavanaugh STAFF WRITERS More hikes in electric and water rates. A ballot scheme to save the phone tax. A plan to tax Los Angeles property owners to pay for gang intervention and prevention programs. last_img


first_imgWalshyPaddy Walsh recovers from his shock at his beloved Man Utd recording a sixth victory in a row to plug in his laptop for his latest offering. This week he questions the merits of Donegal’s latest possible GAA signing, tells Rory McElroy he might need a new passport and drops a major hint at the sports book he wants in his Christmas stocking. FROM BULGARIA WITH BRONZEJust four months since the last European athletics bronze medallist arrived back in Letterkenny – and thirty-five years since Donegal could claim a captain’s role in another significant international achievement – Ann Marie McGlynn was greeted with the fanfare she deserved in her adopted home circuit last night (Tuesday). While many Irish eyes may have been on Fionnuala Britton in the senior women’s European cross-country event in Bulgaria at the weekend – bidding her to claim another medal at this level – few might have envisaged when she came home in sixth place that there was still success on the horizon for Ireland.Anne-Marie and her team-mates.And it came when team captain McGlynn loomed into view and strode to the finishing line, having pushed herself past a number of runners to get there, in 46th position.As she revealed herself, when interviewed by Ciaran O’Donnell at the homecoming reception at the Aura Leisure Centre, she didn’t immediately realise that her efforts had helped the Irish team secure bronze with just a point separating them from the French women. But bronze it was and it hung around her neck for us all to see as she took the plaudits.Sitting just in front of me at the reception organised by Letterkenny A.C., Joe and Brigid English heard a number of references to their own pride and joy, Mark, who also dug deep during the summer to claim a European Championship bronze medal in the 800 metres. And as M.C. Ciaran pointed out, present, too, was the legend known as Danny McDaid who captained the Irish team way back in 1979 when John Treacy clinched the world cross-country title in Limerick. Captains of two Irish teams and both of them boasting Letterkenny Athletic Club links. “It won’t happen too often,” as Ciaran insisted.Ann Marie’s coach, Teresa McDaid, had watched the race on a laptop at the Aura on Sunday where she was involved in organising the annual Turkey Trot. “Beyond my dreams,”, the Letterkenny woman described the third place finish by the Irish team and her own prodigy. Beyond all of our dreams.Though not completely outside the bounds of possibility, according to the athlete herself who spoke of having been “quietly confident” before the race got underway.Her running career included a ten year absence from the sport when she decided, after the birth of her second child, to take it up again and after a spell with Lifford A.C. – her then coach, Kevin Connolly, also coming in for high praise – she joined the Letterkenny club and aimed her sights on events such as last Sunday’s. And what an aim.All of the speakers at Tuesday’s reception – and from left to right they also included Letterkenny A.C. chairperson, Michael Galvin; club captain, Aidan McKenna; chairperson of the Donegal Athletics Board, Brendan O’Donnell; and Letterkenny Municipal Mayor, Michael McBride who also highlighted the recent national success of young Kilmacrenan lad, Oisin Kelly, who took home a gold medal in the under-11 cross-country competition at Santry – were loud in their praise (well, as loud as they could manage under the competition from the young boys and girls in training in the adjoining lane at the Aura hall !) of this latest Donegal success at international level. And, yes, Offaly born she may be and Strabane based – proud husband, Trevor, also in attendance at the homecoming – but the track outside and the coach seated beside her, has seen her put many a long evening into training and at the end of the day, athletics is, and should be, a united sport with its international successes to be shared by all.Another homecoming, another bronze. And for Ann Marie Glynn the training will begin again in January with sights this time set on even more global competition.WHEN YOUR HOME COUNTY IS NOT QUITE YOUR HOME COUNTYLeitrim star Paul Brennan is seeking a transfer from Melvin Gaels to Bundoran.The one stand-out feature of inter-county football over the decades has been the parochial feel to the whole concept. The very fact that the players were born, bred and buttered in localities stretching from Buncrana to Bundoran; from Kilcar to Creeslough; from Letterkenny to Lettermacward. On the club front, such parochialism can, and has, led to rivalries that have occasionally strayed into the over-physical both on and off the field but on the positive side has bred a pride and passion almost unique in the wider sporting community.Where the inter-county game is concerned such pride has, over the decades, engineered itself in the battles between Donegal and Tyrone; Dublin and Meath; Cork and Kerry; and Galway and Mayo.And compared to the rival world of association football, this has separated the G.A.A. as the last true bastion of parish-pump sport in the best sense of the term. No chopping and changing from club to club or team to team here. No pumping the chest on one jersey one week and then kissing the badge on another the next.Here in the G.A.A. you knew where you were and where you were from and when you pulled on that county shirt you did so with a sense of playing with, and for, your very own people.Not that it hasn’t prevented a handful of straying away from original allegiances and setting up camp in new territory including a number into Donegal ranks. The latest of these is promising young Leitrim defender, Paul Brennan who had his transfer from Melvin Gaels to Bundoran ratified last week and can now, as a result, make the step into the Donegal inter-county ranks, assuming Rory Gallagher has such intentions when it comes to picking future squads.And let’s face it – if Brennan is chosen he stands a much better chance of claiming a Provincial or All-Ireland medal with Donegal than he ever would with his home county.But while it would be unfair to stand in the way of any young player wanting to better himself and his ambitions, it is surely leaving the way wide open for a whole glut of potential transfers unless Croke Park puts the clampers on such moves.One man who might reflect with certain regret on his own career in a county jersey is the recently retired Benny Coulter. I always had a lot of admiration for the Down dynamo but despite earning Minor and under-age All-Ireland medals, the big one eluded him during his years in the red shirt, an undeserving outcome for one of that county’s most inspirational players.I’d hazard a guess that the thought of moving to pastures new had the opportunity ever come about would never have crossed Coulter’s mind and credit to him if such was the case.There are many other outstanding players who have never – will never – tasted the ultimate glory in Gaelic football terms but they’re still heralded as heroes in their own backyards.Paul Brennan could indeed help bring Sam to the Hills (and I will be joining in the celebrations if he does) but I wonder if there does come a time when they’re crossing through Leitrim on route to his newly adopted county on the celebratory parade would he share the spasm of a nagging conscience along the way?Time, I believe, for the G.A.A. authorities to ban such transfers before the sport turns into a free for all and the era of the days of swelling with pride in your home county’s jersey become truly tainted.STRICTLY SPORT?Oh my sweet sainted aunt, what have they done? Turned the B.B.C. Sports Personality of the Year awards into the Oscars, that’s what. Complete with dumbed down, celebrity twaddle and all the razzmatazz that goes with that kind of television event. Strictly Come Dancing with boots on. Or spikes. Or boxing gloves. Or whatever.I’d just switched over to it on Sunday night to be greeted with Gary Lineker interviewing fellow presenter, Sue Barker in a sitting-room scenario. But it wasn’t sport they were chatting – you kind of expect they would be on a programme that has it as its running theme – ; it was a giggling exchange about a kiss the former tennis star had received from some comedian or other at what may have been last year’s awards ceremony but could just as well have been this year’s for all I knew (or cared at that stage).Anyway, in attempting to introduce some vague sporting angle into it, the B.B.C. kindly showed us a replay of the kissing scene to allow Gary and Sue some more moments of mirth. And then….well, I didn’t stick around to find out but got back to watching a documentary on Abba on Channel 5 which, at the very least, gave us what it promised it would (great band, Abba, but, listen, this is supposedly a sports column so I’ll not get all showbizzy on it).Switched back later but by that time there was some violinist performing on a Hollywood style stage (albeit against the backdrop of actual sporting footage) and I went and took the dogs for a dander.Truly it was mighty difficult to tie in this all too glittering sports awards ceremony with hard slogs on early misty mornings, and mauls and rucks on muddy rugby pitches, and uppercuts to the solar plexus.RORY BUT NO GLORYOutrage it seems – particularly in his home territory – when Rory McIlroy finished runner-up to Lewis Hamilton in the afore-mentioned overall sports award for 2014. Apparently they went for a driver as opposed to someone swinging one.“What on earth does he have to do to win Sports Personality of the Year?,” frustrated Stormont Minister, Jim Wells, shared the feelings of many on Twitter.Become a nationalised Englishman, some of us might suggest.FAN FORUMHad hoped to get along to the fan forum hosted by Finn Harps in Ballybofey on Sunday night but due to an afternoon spent at the Sportshall trials in the Aura Centre, I give it a reluctant miss.But judging from some of the reports, it was an instructive and informative get-together with the common dominator among both club representatives and supporters that of getting Harps back into the top ranks (though Ollie Horgan, sensibly enough, was making no promises on this one).There are those, of course, who believe (and have done so for many a long year) that the club is not just based in Ballybofey but is basically a Ballybofey club.Not true as many of us who travel to home and away games from Letterkenny and others points besides can readily testify.Hopefully, as on previous occasions, Harps will host several more of these evenings in other towns throughout the county and, indeed, in the likes of Dublin where there is a hardy bunch of dedicated followers located.Latest score from Finn Park: McGettigans back on board as sponsors and the trio of Packie Mailey, Matt Crossan and Caoimhim Bonner sign on the dotted goal-line. Keep them coming…FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALLNaturally, all of the Irish sports media focused extensively on the decision by the money men behind the English Premiership to broadcast at least ten top level matches on Friday nights from next season.All part of a new 5.6 billion euro deal worked out between the Premier League authorities and the television giants who now control just about everything but the results.But hardly a whisper on our own sports pages and platforms on how this might affect the League of Ireland and its current glut of Friday night fixtures.Yeah, yeah, switch them to Saturday nights, the Irish based Premiership advocates will shout up if they even bother to concern themselves with it in the first place.But it shouldn’t be long before the authorities in England decide that they could also squeeze in a handful of matches on Saturday nights as well leaving those in charge of the L.O.I. (as if some of them really care either) to consider turning to mid-morning slots to free domestic games up from the rival televised offerings.BOOKING THAT CHRISTMAS PRESENTJim has left a legacy for sure.A few recently released publications on offer for sports lovers out there, all of them with local connections and each of them worthy Christmas presents.Fr. Sean Gallagher has launched another edition of his well researched ‘Book of Donegal G.A.A. Facts’ while there is also ‘Four Summers’, a book depicting the quartet of memorable years of Jim McGuinness’s term in charge of the county team.Each of them history in their own way but none more so that Kieran Kelly’s actual history book ‘Where the Winding Swilly Flows’ which features plenty of information and anecdotes for the non-sports advocate but does devote an entire chapter to the subject the rest of us revel in. True, it flows mainly through Letterkenny but there is nevertheless an Everest (or at least an Errigal) of intriguing sporting stories to be unearthed between its pages.DIVE BOMBERSLast week, Jose Mourinho was mouthing off about the ball boys tactics in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United.But this week, absolutely nothing about the falls boys in his own team…TAINTING THE GAA COUNTY JERSEY AND WHY RORY NEEDS A NEW PASSPORT – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY! was last modified: December 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal DailyPaddy Walshsports columnlast_img read more

Adventurer Jason Black’s fight for life after catching jungle disease

first_imgWARNING: Graphic content and pictures contained.Letterkenny adventurer Jason Black almost died after suffering a life-threatening infection in the jungles of Fiji while taking part in a 20 day adventure race.Black, well-known for his dare-devil quests, was taking part in the Eco Challange Fiji. The 49-year-old was relishing the challenge of various sports including paddling, climbing, white water rafting, mountain biking, paddling and rappelling.However, disaster struck for the father-of-four when he contracted some serious leg infections which saw him rushed to hospital in Fiji.Doctors became very concerned for his safety when his blood pressure plummeted and temperatures spiked leaving him with swollen and scarred legs. They decided to fly him to New Zealand, to a specialist infectious disease control centre.However, during the three and a half hour flight his blood pressure plummeted and the French medical team on-board the flight were forced to do all in their power to keep the Irishman alive.Having landed the medical team rushed Black to Auckland to another hospital where he spent three further days in isolation.Black revealed how microbiologists had to do all in their power to try and identify the infection attacking his system.“The micro-biologists grew blood cultures from my wounds trying to establish the specific organisms that were now attacking my renal system, with my liver and kidneys now under attack. It was a shocking position to find myself in,” said Jason.Doctors continued to carry out multiple tests to find specific IV antibiotics to tackle what was a new jungle infection not seen before by doctors in New Zealand.Thankfully after five days in hospital, the fevers began to subside and Jason was allowed to make the marathon trip home to Co Donegal after two twelve-hour flights around the globe. Advertisement Frighteningly however, his health took another turn for the worst after the leg infections flared up again and he had to be admitted to Letterkenny University Hospital.Put under the care of Dr Michael Sugrue, Jason was released from hospital again in recent days and is recovering with wife Sharon at home.Having already ticked both Everest and K2 off his list, the Donegal man isn’t dwelling on his near-death experience. Advertisement “Things are sent to test us in life and now it’s my turn, fighting to recover fast I’ll grow in strength from the rest and I’ll return more committed and focused to be the very best I can be,” he said.Adventurer Jason Black’s fight for life after catching jungle disease was last modified: October 4th, 2019 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:DiseasedonegalFijiinfectionJason BlackjungleletterkennyNew Zealandracelast_img read more

Auburn hungry for test of Tigers against rival LSU

first_imgOne season after going undefeated, Auburn is again eager to prove itself against top-notch competition. “Nobody feels like we’ve had a real test yet,” defensive end Stanley McClover said. “LSU is definitely going to be the big test. They’re the best team we’ve played so far.” Auburn’s Kenny Irons ran for a career-high 182 yards in last weekend’s 34-17 win at Arkansas. Auburn rallied from a 10-6 halftime deficit after two first-half interceptions of sophomore Brandon Cox, his first since he threw four in the 23-14 loss to Georgia Tech. “We threw the ball too much in the Georgia Tech game. That was my fault,” Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said. “We didn’t stick with our running game, and it cost us in the long run.” Irons will start this week after his impressive performance. Brad Lester, who made his first start last weekend, is now out with a groin injury. After losing running backs Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown as well as quarterback Jason Campbell to the NFL, Auburn (5-1, 3-0) has experienced some growing pains. “We had young running backs when you lose two first-round draft picks that really had not started and they didn’t know the offense as well,” Tuberville said. “Along with a new quarterback, you’re going to have problems. We were trying to learn as much about our players as they were about the offense.” LSU’s defense held Florida’s Chris Leak to 107 yards on 11-of-30 passing last weekend. The Gators went 2 of 16 on third down. LSU also leads the SEC in rushing defense at 69.8 yards per game. And Miles thinks his team can still improve. “We have not played a complete football game yet,” he said. “Offense, defense and special teams. If we can do that, we might beat a lot of good teams.” LSU needs to beat Auburn to avoid falling two games behind in the loss column in the SEC West race. Alabama (6-0, 4-0) leads the division by a half-game. After wins over Mississippi State, Ball State, Western Kentucky, South Carolina and Arkansas, Auburn is excited to play a fellow SEC title contender. “I feel like we’re back on track to where we want to be from the letdown the first game of the season,” Taylor said. “This is the game. This is it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Everybody’s going to be (wondering) how good Auburn really is. And I love it,” receiver Courtney Taylor said. “We want to show where we’re at.” Auburn beat LSU 10-9 last season on Taylor’s touchdown with 1:14 remaining. John Vaughn initially missed the extra point, but a penalty gave him a second chance. Auburn finished the season 13-0. This week, Auburn puts its 13- game winning streak against Southeastern Conference opponents on the line. LSU (4-1, 3-1 SEC) has won three straight since a 30-27 overtime loss to Tennessee. Last weekend, LSU beat No. 18 Florida 21-17 despite five turnovers. “Obviously, we need to eliminate those things,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “We cannot continue to have success and beat good football teams if we’re turning the ball over.” Both LSU and Auburn have run the ball well lately, taking some pressure off their young quarterbacks. LSU’s Joseph Addai ran for a career-high 156 yards and a touchdown against Florida, helping his team overcome two interceptions of sophomore JaMarcus Russell. Addai leads the SEC with 107.4 yards rushing per game. center_img No. 16 Auburn travels to Baton Rouge, La., to play No. 7 LSU tonight in a matchup of the last two SEC champions. After losing its opener to Georgia Tech, Auburn has bounced back with five easy wins. But those victories were against mediocre competition, and Auburn understands it’s still an unknown commodity. last_img read more


first_imgIt’s always any occasion which creates debate and this year promises to be no different.Jason Quigley must be a contender for this year’s awards!Nominations are now being taken for the 38th Donegal Sports Star Awards.Nominations can be done online from the nominations page and emailed to or by completing a simple nomination form, which can be downloaded and posted to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton. Those not using on-line can simply post their nominations to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton. A brief summary only of achievements will suffice. Pictorial and DVD footage is also required. For further details visit Hall of Fame winner has already been chosen by the committee therefore no nominations will be accepted in this category.The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 29th. The Donegal Sports Star Awards presentation function takes place on Friday, January 31st in the Mount Errigal Hotel.  THE COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR THE 38TH DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS was last modified: November 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSNOMINATIONSlast_img read more