The Saints are coming What a time to be alive for Dragons fans. Saturday’s 42-10 win over the Panthers sent shockwaves through the competition and forced rugby league scribes to update their record books. The 32-point win eclipsed their previous biggest wins over Penrith (42-14 in 2001 and 38-10 in 2009), while Gareth Widdop’s 22-point haul equalled the club record for most points in a game, tying Amos Roberts’s effort from 2000 and Jamie Soward’s day out against Canberra in 2007.Hat-trick heroeThere was another reason to celebrate for fans of the Red V when Joel Thompson crossed for his first hat-trick at NRL level. It took 152 games for the Ken Stephen medallist to notch a treble in first grade, while Rabbitohs winger Bryson Goodwin had to wait until his 154th with a three-try haul against the Tigers on Friday night. Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell made his move to the three-quarter line look easy with a hat-trick in game 25, while David Fusitu’a’s first-half treble took his tally to seven tries from his last two games against Newcastle. Streaks stay alive while hoodoos finally snappedThe Storm made it 15 Round 1 wins in a row (they lost their season opener in 2004 but had a Round 1 bye) with a gutsy 12-6 victory over the Bulldogs that snapped a six-game losing streak against the blue and whites. The Raiders lost their ninth game on the trot in Townsville, while the Warriors won their first Round 1 match since 2009. The Eels have a disastrous record against the Sea Eagles but Sunday’s win was their sixth in a row against Manly, a new club record.Life of BrianBrian Kelly will remember his NRL debut for many reasons – namely because he grabbed the opening try of the game – but we also learnt that he became the first ‘Brian’ to play in the NRL since Brian Carney played for the Knights in 2006. What’s more, the Brian brothers (they’re not actually related) both scored in Round 1 at home against the Eels.Golden start to the seasonNorth Queensland’s dramatic golden point win over Canberra was the fifth time a Round 1 game had gone to extra time. The Storm and Dragons were the first teams to do it in 2009, while the Dragons and Tigers both kicked winning field goals in 2012. Melbourne did it again in 2014 with a Cameron Smith one-pointer enough to sink the Sea Eagles 23-22. The Cowboys’ win was the second-straight regular-season golden point game to finish 20-16 after the Bulldogs downed Manly by the same scoreline in Round 23 last year. They play the Broncos this Friday night, and having finished all square after 80 minutes in three of their previous four meetings, you’d be foolish to rule out another golden point thriller. Race to 2000 continuesHow special would it have been for legends Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston to reach 2000 points in Round 1? Alas, they both fell just short, but the pair should get there this week. The Storm skipper needs three more points to become the first forward to score 2000 points, while he and Thurston will become the first Queenslanders to reach the milestone if JT scores a point against Brisbane. Both play on Friday night, but thanks to New Zealand’s time zone, Smith will be favoured to sneak past his Maroons and Kangaroos teammate. Unwanted record for unlucky KnightsNewcastle’s heartbreaking loss in Auckland stretched their winless run to 19 games. Another defeat on Saturday against the Titans would make it 20 on the trot and will see them join Newtown in equal fifth place for most consecutive losses.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has run out of his best player and top scorer, Marcus Rashford, and both the Norwegian and the club are clear that they have to go to the market to replace the English attacker who will be off six weeks.The Daily Mirror places five possible substitutes in which Manchester United would be interested in a transfer or transfer until the end of the season. They are Edinson Cavani, Olivier Giroud, Krysztof Piatek, Fernando Llorente and Paco Alcácer. None of the five are going through their best moment in their respective clubs. The Uruguayan has spent several weeks inactive because of the injuries although he is the scorer who offers more guarantees on the list. Also the most requested with Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea and even Tottenham after him. Chelsea takes Olivier Giroud for granted and United considers the French as another of his options according to this newspaper. The striker wants minutes to earn a spot on the Deschamps list in Euro 2020 and in Old Trafford they need a striker. Inter also appears as a probable destination.It is precisely from Italy that the following two alternatives could arrive, Piatek or Fernando Llorente. The Polish does not just fit in Milan and the arrival of Ibrahimovic makes it difficult for him to enjoy minutes. On the one of Napoli, the United considers that Llorente would adapt again perfectly to a League that already knows well.Finally, Paco Alcácer is also on the list of intended. The English press places Spanish as an option for which Valencia would also have asked Borussia Dortmund.
A reminder at halftime. Two big runs in the third quarter. That was all it took for San Miguel Beer to show it was in a different talent level from Columbian Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Columbian stayed within reach, 88-82, before the Beermen uncorked the killing run. Lassiter had a triple, Reid completed two three-point plays and Christian Standhardinger had five straight points to highlight that breakaway, which gave the Beermen a 107-84 spread.That was all San Miguel needed to bounce back from a shock defeat to Blackwater, a game where Reid criticized the team for not taking their foes seriously.Santos finished with 29 points on 7-of-13 shooting from beyond the arc, Lassiter had 28 built around 6 triples out of 12 attempts and Standhardinger added 21 as the trio almost made everybody overlook Reid’s triple-double performance of 16 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists.But even as the Beermen tied the record of TNT in three-point shots made in a game, Austria was not completely satisfied.“I’m happy we won,” said the six-time champion coach. “But I’m not happy with our defense. It’s a good thing our offense was really good otherwise we would have trailed bigger in the second quarter.” ADVERTISEMENT Knocking down a record-tying 23 triples, the Beermen reduced the Dyip to a pile of junk with a 143-119 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After a defensively lackluster first half where they left themselves open to another upset, the Beermen came up firing in the third, outscoring the Dyip, 43-18, to put the game away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“That’s the turning point,” said coach Leo Austria of the third quarter. “At the half, I told them that we need to step up our defense.”San Miguel manufactured enough stops to string its first run: Chris Ross and Arwind Santos had a triple each to sandwich misses by the Dyip before Marcio Lassiter fed a streaking AZ Reid off a Jerramy King miss as the Beermen peeled away from a deadlock at 73 and took an 81-73 spread at the top of the third. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Bong Ravena promoted to TNT head coach Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title In the nightcap, Blackwater stayed undefeated with a 124-118 overtime victory over Barangay Ginebra to keep the solo lead in the tournament. —FRANCIS T. J. OCHOASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
– Advertisement – By Wynfred RussellThe dry season is in full swing. But the heat being generated is not coming from the blazing sun above but from the activism around the December 30 demonstration. The Liberia protest movement is not deescalating – nor will it. Having launched on June 7, 2019, this multi-thousand-person the movement has continued to win a groundswell of support from the homeland and from abroad.This is because of protest organizers, the Council of Patriots believe this is their last chance to “save the state” from a grossly incompetent bunch of corrupt officials and expand the scope of accountable democracy in Liberia.Yet, despite the enormous, peaceful demonstration in June, along with many smaller spontaneous protests that have shut down parts of the city and engaged in battles with police, President George Weah and his administration have largely remained unmoved.This dynamic is hard for many of us in elected positions in the West to understand. If these protests were being held in a truly democratic society, considering the potential of it running amok, the government would likely seek to enter into a negotiation with the protesters, knowing that compromise and bargaining are core strategies for deescalating tensions. It is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.However, a dialogue between both sides has not happened in Liberia and may never happen. During multiple public appearances, no government official neither President Weah has engaged the protesters or responded to their key demands, including the dismissal of finance minister Samuel Tweah.It raises two fundamental questions – why is the December 30 “Step Down Campaign” gaining momentum, and what will Weah, or his administration, eventually do in response?The movement also appears to be gaining solidarity, despite threats from certain elements in the government to arrest some of the organizers under the pretext that any protest that calls on the president to “step down” is treasonous. I have spoken to a few Liberians who believe the lack of traction on dialogue reflects the extent to which Liberia is run by highly incompetent people. And this, in turn, affirms the need to continue with the “Weah Step Down” mass rally.The response from the government in Monrovia should not be the intensification of police mobilization against protesters, or God forbid, unleash the army. The demonstration should not be allowed to escalate without a plausible scenario for resolution; the situation on the ground is becoming tense. Neither side seems likely to compromise, and the government may decide it has no option but outright repression. That will be a mistake. Any arrests of organizers or peaceful demonstrators exercising their constitutional rights to free speech and assembly could turn into chaos and aggravate the situation; sadly, some with nefarious motives may see it as an opportunity to create mayhem.Many say the situation is an eerie echo of the “Rice Riots of 1979,” when the Tolbert administration “overreacted” to a ‘peaceful demonstration’ against the proposed increase in the price of rice which led to scores of deaths and widespread looting. Liberia cannot afford such chaos and destruction now.No one knows what will happen in Monrovia on December 30 – not Weah, not his government, not the protest organizers. The fluid dynamism of the planned march is worrisome, nevertheless.The protesters are young, wired, but highly resilient, and motivated to fight for what they believe is the future of their country.The June protest unmasked the ineptitude and creeping dictatorial flirtations of the Liberian government when it responded by switching off the Internet and curtailing the free movement of protesters. The Weah administration is deeply underestimating the tenacity of the protesters and the enormous levels of support they have across all segments of society. They have vowed to not stop until a pathway for a less corrupt, competent, and a stronger democracy is on the table.I believe a dialogue to form a coalition government would avoid the December 30 demonstration and is the best way to end the stalemate between the government and the COP. As public officials, sometimes, doing business with repellent advocates may offend our moral sensibilities, but it is often the only way to achieve larger strategic aims.However, negotiating to go into a coalition with an ‘unpopular’ government has many dangerous traps. The government will have an upper hand; state machinery and the country’s resources are at its disposal. The leaders of the protest will only become junior partners; they may be in the office, but not in power. The trappings of power may corrupt the COP and the whole cause could be lost. Negotiations are not a realistic way to remove a democratically elected government in the absence of powerful opposition. There must be a carrot and a stick approach.Political defiance and non-violent protests are the best weapons against any corrupt administration. It is the most powerful means available for the marginalized masses to fight for their freedom.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Wynfred Russell
0Shares0000Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele (C), pictured stretching out at a team training session on December 9, 2017, has not played since tearing his hamstring at Getafe in September just three games into his Barca career © AFP/File / Josep LAGOBARCELONA, Spain, Dec 16 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insisted throwing the club’s record signing Ousmane Dembele back into action for next weekend’s Clasico at Real Madrid would be “premature”.Dembele hasn’t played since tearing his hamstring at Getafe on September 16, just three games into his Barca career following a 105-million-euro ($124 million) move that could rise to as much as 145 million from Borussia Dortmund. “We are staying with the same plan. We think he will be ready in January,” said Valverde on Saturday after Dembele returned to training this week.“Any other plan would be premature and run a risk.”Victory over Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday will open up an 11-point advantage for the Catalans over Madrid ahead of their trip to the capital next weekend, albeit Real would have a game in hand.However, Valverde refused to admit that Barca can deliver a knockout blow to Madrid’s chances of retaining the title with victory at the Bernabeu.“We don’t know what will happen, but our job is obviously to try and win both games,” added Valverde.“It doesn’t concern me that people speak so much about the Clasico before tomorrow’s game, but we won’t make that mistake.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Danny and Amanda O’Carroll with principal Anne Foxe and pupils.He’s normally dealing in dodgy goods or looking to make a quick pound.But Buster Brown has shown he also has a very soft and giving side.That’s because Buster, or the real-life actor behind him Danny O’Carroll, has come to the aid of a Donegal school after donating a trolley-full of laptop computers. Danny and wife Amanda made the presentation to the pupils of Lurgybrack National School outside Letterkenny this week.Their son Jamie is in first class at the 431 pupil school.‘Buster’ checks the computers are good quality!The school completed a large extension last April and the celebrity couple, stars of Mrs Brown’s Boys, decided they wanted to help.Principal Anne Foxe said Danny and Amanda simply came into her office and asked what they could do to make the school better. “There was no airs ad graces with them. They just came in and asked how they could help.“We went away and thought about it. Like every school we never stop trying to fundraise because that’s what all schools have to do.“We thought it would be nice to get some computers for the school and Danny and Amanda went away and got the computers.“It was so good of them. It was a lovely gesture and they never asked for anything in return.“They didn’t have to do it but they did and it has helped the school and the children so much,” said Principal Foxe. Dublin Danny, the son of Brendan O’Carroll, met Donegal woman Amanda (nee Woods) from Manorcunningham when he was performing in Letterkenny several years ago.Just minutes after meeting Amanda, Danny phoned his famous dad and said he had met his ‘Jenny.’The couple have two sons and they often donate to local charities.Danny even lines out with local soccer club Lagan Harps. BUSTER’S INCREDIBLE GIFT TO DONEGAL SCHOOLKIDS! was last modified: January 25th, 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:Buster BrowncomputersDanny O’CarrolldonationLurgybrack National SchoolMrs Brown’s Boys
On a cold and blustery Easter Sunday afternoon these two neighbours went into battle in front of a large crowd.Playing with the elements in the first half it was the visitors who started brightly with a point in the opening two minutes from young Ciar·n McCafferty following a great run and layoff from full back Brian Gillespie. Harry Harden then fired wide from the right hand wing as Naomh Muire pushed forward trying to make the most of the wind advantage.Dungloe, moving the ball quickly, opened their account on seven minutes with a point from the lively Adrain Hanlon. The hard working Paul ‘The Yank’ Boyle fired wide two minutes later as Naomh Muire looked to respond. The visiting defence were alert moments later when they thwarted a certain gaol with Dungloe having to recycle the ball resulting in a wide.Naomh Muire went on the attack again but notched their third wide as the half drew to a close. Then a quickly taken free put in the Dungloe midfielder to slot over an easy score to nudge Dungloe in front by a point.Some good play saw Naomh Muire finish the half stonger and they converted two free to go in at half time one point up. A fairly even match with scores being exchanged left the half time score, Dungloe 0-05 Naomh Muire 0-06.Playing with the breeze and the hill in the second half, the home team leveled things up inside the first three minutes with an Adrian Sweeney free. Owen Grant shot wide for Naomh Muire following a good move up the left hand side. Paul Boyle restored Naomh Muire’s lead minutes later with an excellent point from distance. Then the turning point of the game occurred when Naomh Muire had the chance to go two points up only for Shaun Boyle’s effort to come back off the post. Dungloe gained possession and broke quickly down the field where they fed Adrian Sweeney who laid it off to the corner forward who slotted it past Shaun Gallagher to push Dungloe two points ahead.Two frees from former county man Sweeney in the 13th and 15th minute extended the home team’s lead and he followed this up with a long range point from play to leave five points in it after 17 minutes. Naomh Muire introduced Hugh Martin for Darragh White and Shaun ‘The Yank’ Boyle for Ciar·n McCafferty shortly afterwards as they attempted to freshen things up. Adrian Sweeney, playing at full forward then scored another point from play before Ciar·n McGinely replied with a close range free. Naomh Muire enjoyed a spell of possession now but failed to convert it into scores. An off the ball incident in the 23rd minute saw referee Mickey Mulhern issue a straight red card to Dungloe’s Adrian Hanlon for striking.Naomh Muire mounted several good attacks as they went in search of gaols. Shaun ‘The Yank’ fired narrowly wide before a five man move saw P·draig McCafferty in on goal but the defence stood firm. Both teams exchanged points at the end as the time ran out.Teams and Scorers:Naomh Muire: 1. Shaun Gallagher, 2. Robert O’ Donnell, 3. Brian Gillespie, 4. Daniel Gallgher, 5. P·draig McCafferty, 6. Thomas Duffy, 7. Harry Harden (0-02), 8. Paul Boyle (0-02), 9. Owenie McGarvey, 10. Darragh White, 11. Tom McHugh, 12. Ciar·n McCafferty (0-01), 13. Shaun J Boyle (0-01), 14. Ciar·n McGinley (0-03), 15. Owen Grant Referee: Mickey MulhernGAA: DUNGLOE 1-11, NAOMH MUIRE 0-09 was last modified: March 31st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: DUNGLOE 1-11NAOMH MUIRE 0-09
Gaeil Fhánada News:Lotto results No jackpot winner. Numbers drawn were 07, 11, 12, 17, 19 bonus 05. €100 winner was Michéal O’Siadhail, Baile Láir , €50 winner Bridie Reilly, Ballymagowan. Next weeks jackpot €2,150. Wouldn’t that be a nice wee lift for Christmas! Come on support our wee club! If you’re not in you can’t win!Under ageNo underage training this Saturday. Training will resume on Saturday 16th January 2016 in Rossnakill @ 4.30pm. Happy Christmas to all the boys and girls, hope Santa is good to you all and happy Christmas to our coaches, parents and anyone who helped out with Bord na nÓg during 2015.U21 Championship Our Under 21s play Glenfin in the Semi-final of the U21B championship on Saturday at 12noon. in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny. Come out and give our boys as much support as possible.Gaeil Fhánada Club gear available now from Michael Murphy Sports! Get your orders in asap in time for Christmas. GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHANÁDA FACE GLENFIN IN U21 CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL was last modified: December 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAGaeil FhanadaSport
City and County Enterprise Boards (CEB) are to receive an additional €3.1m to fund job creation projects among start-ups and expanding businesses to the end of 2011 – with €120,000 for Donegal which could create 25 new jobs.Minister for Small Business John Perry, TD, announced the funding at the Small Business Advisory Forum, which is on top of the €15m already provided to CEBs in 2011.“If we are to get out of this crisis, it is crucial that we strive in every way possible to encourage the start-up and expanding businesses that will create the jobs of the future,” he said. This year, a number of CEBs have indicated that they would not have sufficient funding to respond to the needs of start-ups in their areas, and so the department sought to make savings in other areas to provide funding for these vital businesses.“As a result, we will be providing an additional €3.1m for start-up and expanding businesses. This funding will go to the 28 CEBs which are experiencing additional demand for their services, and will directly fund projects that will create over 400 jobs around the country,” Perry said.“It is very encouraging that 28 CEBs have sufficient demand from projects in their area to justify these requests, and this shows that the start-up spirit is alive and well in Ireland.”25 NEW JOBS IN ENTERPRISE BOARD BOOST FOR DONEGAL was last modified: September 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County Enterprise Boardenterprise board funding