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Serena seeks to cap comeback year with Grand Slam No. 24

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal 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 She’s rebounded with the Miami Open title in March and a trip to the French Open final and the final in Montreal — losing both to Halep.“I just hope to keep going forward, have some more success,” Stephens said.Kerber will be aiming to expunge the memory of a first-round exit last year.The Wimbledon champion has reached at least the quarters of each Slam this year and looks again like the player who won two majors in 2016 — including the US Open. MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? It was another instance of personal matters intruding on the tennis court in a way they never have before, with Williams opening up about her struggles with post-partum emotions since the birth of daughter Olympia last September, and wrestled with feelings of inadequacy that many new mothers experience.“I have been through a lot of stuff in my life, but I have never been through this,” Williams said.And then there’s her game, worryingly inconsistent in six tournaments so far this year — including the French Open where she withdrew before the fourth round with a pectoral injury.“Basically, my whole game needs to improve,” Williams said, although she wasn’t stepping up the pressure on herself in her last chance to avoid her first season since 2011 without a Grand Slam singles title.“I feel like I have to be nice to myself,” Williams said. “I have to just be happy, continue to work hard. I’ve been working incredibly hard. I feel like it will for sure pay off eventually.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next She could also join Court, Evonne Goolagong and Kim Clijsters as the only mothers to win Grand Slam singles titles, but since an impressive run to the Wimbledon final — where she fell to Angelique Kerber — Williams has endured a lackluster buildup to the hardcourt showpiece in Flushing Meadows.“I’m still at the very beginning, this is a long comeback,” she defiantly told reporters after a second-round loss to Petra Kvitova — winner of five titles this year — in Cincinnati.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’She had shrugged off an even bigger disappointment two weeks earlier — a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Johanna Konta in San Jose that was the most lopsided defeat of her career.Williams later revealed she had learned shortly before that match that the man convicted of killing her sister Yetunde Price in 2003 had been released on parole, something she “couldn’t shake out of her mind”. FILE – Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her match against Johanna Konta of Great Britain during Day 2 of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic at Spartan Tennis Complex on July 31, 2018 in San Jose, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPSerena Williams, riding an emotional rollercoaster as she adapts to juggling tennis and motherhood, seeks to end 2018 on a high with a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at the US Open.The US great counts six US Open victories among her 23 Slams and with one more would match Australian Margaret Court’s record for most major singles titles.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Halep in formAwarded the 17th seeding, nine spots above her world ranking, Williams nevertheless faces a tough early road with a potential third-round clash with her sister Venus and a possible fourth-rounder against world number one and top seed Simona Halep.Halep arrives at Flushing Meadows buoyed not only by her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros but by an impressive hardcourt campaign that included a victory in Montreal followed by a runner-up finish in Cincinnati. The Romanian has reached six finals this year, displaying a new maturity on the court.“Now she’s understanding what the problems are, when she gets a little bit emotional how many points in a row she’s losing because of that,” Halep’s coach Darren Cahill said.Halep herself says that with her French Open victory, “Inside myself, something changed.“I’m more relaxed. I feel thankful for everything I achieved. After French Open, I really started to believe that I’m a real No. 1.”World number two Caroline Wozniacki arrives in New York amid injury uncertainty, having withdrawn from Washington with a right leg injury and then retired with a left knee injury from her second-round match in Cincy — where she also played with a shoulder strapped.Sloane Stephens, the world number three, will be in unfamiliar territory as she defends her first major title. A third final in the last five Grand Slams appears to be within her reach, but she too could face an early hurdle with former world number one Victoria Azarenka a possible third-round foe.Stephens endured a swift slide after her US Open triumph, losing eight straight matches. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Juve win on Ronaldo’s home debut, Ancelotti’s Napoli edge Milanlast_img read more

Parents, think before you take pre-teens to R-rated movies

first_imgDear Editor,A few weeks ago, my husband and I had a movie date-night after more than 2 years! We left our son with his grandparents, who loved nothing better, and headed to the Caribbean Cinemas at the Giftland Mall to see a movie we both wanted to see — the then new John Wick: Parabellum. We chose this theatre since proceedings start at an earlier time of 6 pm, as opposed to Movie Towne which starts at 8 pm.Upon entering the movie theatre, we were surrounded by children, who also made their way into the theatre pointed out to us by the attendant. We were seated amidst rows of children who were excitedly talking. At that stage, my husband had to confirm with two adults seated next to us if they were there also to see John Wick, or if we were in the wrong theatre, because of the strikingly young audience; but, alas, it was the right theatre.I understand that, ultimately, the choice is up to parents as to what they deem okay for their child; but seriously, I cannot fathom taking little children or pre-teens to R-Rated movies. I’m not suggesting parents should read every review on movies or anything. But sheesh, the ratings system has done an invaluable service! So, for example, if maybe you see a comic book movie is rated R instead of the customary PG-13, you should look into why that is so. And maybe if you poke around a little bit and find that it’s filled with imagery that could make little children horrified, cry or scared, just maybe, parents shouldn’t take them there….In any event, that evening, as the lights dimmed and the pre-reviews of other equally rated movies started, all with explicit content, I assumed that the parents would have then perhaps realised what type of movie it was and exit with their children, but this was not so. To my horror, everyone remained seated, and the graphic, violent adult movie started. There were many, many times when I myself had to bury my head into my husband’s shoulder until scenes passed because of the brutal violence. The theatre was void of any children’s voices once it started. I am still now, a few weeks later, wondering what nightmares/ trauma that movie caused to the young minds of our country.I’m not a prude when it comes to rated movies. I recall when I myself was a teenager and in high school, when my parents were with me and my siblings as they introduced us to what was then rated “adult” movies: Back to the Future and ET at the Universal Studios in Orlando. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life. But seriously, how young is too young?Taking a child maybe under 13 to see John Wick is borderline parental malpractice! This is a movie which is a brutally violent, bloody thriller focusing on an assassin. There’s a very high body count: characters are shot, maimed, stabbed, beaten, threatened, killed with firearms at close range, blown to bits in an explosion, strangled with bare hands…. There’s lots of profanity, a fair amount of drinking, pot-smoking and more. And especially because so much of the violence is depicted in this cool, glamourous way…. And to say nothing of what it’s teaching our children about the lengths to avenge a puppy!I am terribly disappointed in Caribbean cinemas for, in the first place, selling a children’s ticket to such a movie. Even if it were an oversight, the attendants outside the theatre could have also screened and realised it was not appropriate, and advise parents. Something needs to be done concerning the censorship, since it is my view — and shared by many of my friends and colleagues with whom I expressed this concern — that taking children to see a film like this is borderline child abuse.Children under thirteen should be denied entry to these R-rated movies, even if in the company of an adult. The rating is in place for a reason: violence or sex scenes that are inappropriate for that age group. They do not understand that it is a movie, and may act out inappropriately. These movies are for older age brackets that can better understand the content. These films can even be disturbing at times to certain adults. I hope that Caribbean cinemas can pay attention to this, and address future movies, especially since the school holidays have just started and our Guyanese children will be wanting activities and movies to see.Sincerely,Mommy Vlast_img read more

Corruption Risks in Education Sector ‘Grave’

first_imgThe Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) yesterday launched the corruption risks report in the education sector in Liberia.The report was launched by the Acting Chairperson of the LACC, Cllr. J. Augustine Toe at the head office of the Commission in Monrovia. The report, titled “Mapping of Corruption Risks in the Education Sector in Liberia” was funded by the UNDP.The report highlights the serious nature of corruption in the education sector in Liberia, especially Montserrado County where the study was done.The study revealed that 36 percent of students pay bribes for grades, while 27 percent pay bribes for promotion to higher grades and 23 percent pay bribes for exams.Cllr. Toe described the report as ‘grave’ and noted that it should serve as a wake-up call to policymakers in the country to provide more resources in support of education.Also speaking at the ceremony, a Consultant at the Ministry of Education, Madam Olivia Shannon assured the LACC of the Ministry’s cooperation and support in the implementation of recommendations in the report.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MYS Lauds Messengers of Peace for Youth Empowerment

first_imgMessengers of Peace Cohort of Peace Writers and partners pose for a photo with finalists of the 5th edition of the 2019 Youth Peace Dialogue Writing Competition in Monrovia-As MOP awards 5th winner of Youth Peace Dialogue Writing CompetitionThe Deputy Youth and Sports (MYS) Minister for Youth Empowerment, Isaac Doe, has lauded Messengers of Peace-Liberia Incorporated (MOP) for its continuous quest to empower the young people.Mr. Doe made the remarks yesterday when he presented a cash prize and certificates to the winners of the 2019 Youth Peace Dialogue Writing Competition held at the offices of (MOP) in Monrovia, under the theme: “Sustainable Peace in Liberia: The Role of Youth in Negotiating and Implementing Agreements.”This month’s finalists included first place winner, Timothy Robertson, 2nd place winner Abudu Kamara and third place winner Abdullah Sonnie.  Robinson is the fifth recipient of the writing prize in the Cohort of Peace Writers of MOP.Mr. Doe said the empowerment of young people remains cardinal and the administration of President George M. Weah must be praised for the opportunities given to young people to serve in top positions in government.Mr. Doe said the Liberian leader believes in the empowerment of young people and will continue to give them the opportunity to serve in higher positions. “Young people need to change the path of Liberia’s past. Today, young people are taking over the country and it’s only left with them to change things that are wrong in the past. Weah’s presidency has placed young people in top positions in government and continues to empower more,” Mr. Doe said.Deputy Youth and Sports (MYS) Minister for Youth Empowerment, Isaac Doe (right), presents a certificate to Timothy P. Robinson (left) who took first place in the latest edition of the 2019 Youth Peace Dialogue Writing CompetitionIngel Clay, Coordinator of Cohort of Peace Writers, MOP, said the program is intended to allow young people to proffer their ideas on maintaining Liberia’s peace through writing.“This is not just to give LD$10,000 out to our winner, but to also encourage you for the promotion of peace. The program was established by a group of young people who believe or are interested in the sustainability of our peace,” said Ms. Clay, who was the first recipient of the award.Bill Gbafore, MOP’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, lauded their supporters, including Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS), the Liberian Observer Corporation and the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), for enormous contribution to youth development. Mr. Gbafore said the initiative is also intended to harness the minds of the young people by expressing themselves through writing.“Interestingly, the winner of every month is recruited into the Cohort of Peace Writers and stands the chance to benefit more, including contributing to MOP’s weekly column in the Daily Observer. The winner also benefits from programs offered by MOP,” Mr. Gbafore said.  Lisa Lumeh, who proxied for the Liberian Observer Corporation Managing Director, Bai S. G. Best, reassured the audience and Messengers Of Peace the media institution’s commitment to supporting the program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FC Barcelona, Iniesta urge dialogue in Catalonia crisis

first_img0Shares0000Spain’s captain Andres Iniesta called for dialogue to resolve Catalonia crisis in a Facebook message on October 5, 2017 © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSBarcelona, Spain, Oct 5 – Barcelona Football Club and their captain Andres Iniesta on Thursday urged dialogue to resolve a volatile political crisis over Catalonia’s drive for independence.“I have never before publicly commented on situations that are so complex and involve such diverse emotions, but this situation we are experiencing is exceptional,” the 33-year-old midfielder wrote in a Facebook message. “One thing I know for sure: before we do any more harm, those who are responsible for all this must hold dialogue. Do it for all of us. We deserve to live in peace.”Iniesta was the hero of Spain’s 2010 World Cup final victory over the Netherlands, scoring his side’s dramatic late goal in a 1-0 win after extra time.He was born in the central Spanish region of Castilla-La Mancha but joined FC Barcelona when he was 12 years old.Tensions mounted between Catalonia and Madrid this week after Catalans went ahead with a banned independence referendum last Sunday that was marred by police violence.The government has refused calls for mediation in the dispute and Catalan leaders have threatened to declare independence in days.The football club, one of the biggest in the world and a strong symbol of Catalan identity, called for “dialogue and respect” in a separate statement.“FC Barcelona, as one of the country’s best-known entities, demands that a process of dialogue and negotiation be launched to find political solutions to the situation Catalonia is experiencing,” it said.It added that the process should be carried out “with the utmost respect for the will of the Catalan people to decide their future”.Iniesta’s Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique, a Catalan native and another Spain World Cup hero, was jeered by fans at training this week for supporting the independence referendum.He insisted he would keep playing for Spain until he retires from international football after next year’s World Cup.Spain captain Sergio Ramos on Thursday risked creating tensions with his national teammates over Catalonia when he praised the Spanish king’s TV address over the crisis.King Felipe VI’s speech Tuesday dismayed many Catalans as he described the separatist ambitions as “illegal” and made no mention of those hurt in police violence when they tried to vote in the banned weekend referendum.Real Madrid veteran Ramos said he believed the king’s address had been “necessary for all Spanish people” and described it as “impeccable”.“I take my hat off to him,” Ramos said at a press conference on the eve of his country’s World Cup qualifier against Albania.Ramos suggested last week Pique should keep his opinions to himself if he did not want to be booed, but on Thursday he insisted that the Catalonia crisis had not eroded team spirit in the national camp.“We have an excellent relationship despite our different characters and different ways of thinking,” Ramos said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man United boss Van Gaal produces dossier to hit back at Allardyce’s long-ball claims

first_img1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hit back at Sam Allardyce’s claims his side are long-ball merchants – by producing a dossier full of statistics.The West Ham boss described the Dutchman’s team as “long-ball United” after they scraped a 1-1 draw at Upton Park on Sunday.But Van Gaal said Allardyce’s “interpretation” was incorrect and the former Holland coach produced a pamphlet filled with statistics at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday to support his stance.The statistics quoted in the A4 pamphlet, which were put together by Van Gaal’s analysts, claim West Ham sent a higher percentage of their long passes forward than United during the match.West Ham attempted 200 passes, according to the figures, and United 343.The pamphlet said 71.1 per cent of West Ham’s “long passes” – of over 25 metres – went forward whereas United’s percentage was just 49.9 per cent.Diagrams in the pamphlet claim to show United’s passes went sideways or diagonally, rather than forward.Van Gaal talks regularly about the fact that he wants his teams to play attractive football.He was clearly, therefore, annoyed at Allardyce’s comments and he had the pamphlet on his desk waiting when he fielded the first question about the West Ham boss’ jibe.“Because I expected this question, I have made an interpretation of the data for this game and then I have to say that it is not a good interpretation from Big Sam,” Van Gaal said.Van Gaal insisted his team only started launching balls forward after 6ft 4in Marouane Fellaini came on in the 76th minute of the draw in east London.“When you have 60 per cent ball possession do you think that you can do that with long balls?” Van Gaal added.“Yeah, long balls, in the width, to switch the play. You have to look at the data and then you will see that we did play long balls, but long balls wide, rather than to the striker.“A ball to the forward striker is mainly caused long-ball play.“It is not so difficult also to read that.“I am sorry, but we are playing ball possession play and after 70 minutes we did not succeed, in spite of many chances in the second half, then I changed my playing style.“Then, of course, with the quality of Fellaini we played more forward balls and we scored from that, so I think it was a very good decision of the manager.“But, when you see overall the long ball, and what is the percentage of that, then West Ham have played 71 per cent of the long balls to the forwards and we 49.”After reeling off the statistics, Van Gaal rose from his chair and handed the pamphlet to the reporter who asked the question about Allardyce.The United boss asked the journalist to analyse the last three pages, which contained diagrams which contained coloured arrows pointing in the direction of both team’s passes.“I give you this and you can see that the blue ones are the good ones because long balls are also very difficult, which is why I began with the explanation of ball possession,” the 63-year-old said.“When you have 60 per cent ball possession you cannot play long balls. So again, they did it 71 (per cent) and we 49, and I give it to you, you can copy it and then maybe you can go to Big Sam and he will get a good interpretation.” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal last_img read more

Sharks maul Wazito, AFC hit Sony in Awendo

first_imgAt the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, Tusker’s struggles this season continued as they lost 1-0 to soldiers Ulinzi Stars, the soldiers picking their second win this season.It was Sharks however who provided the day’s best entertainment, hitting Wazito on a day they had specially set as their own fan-day in a rain soaked Camp Toyoyo. They were aided by horrendous errors from the Wazito backline which gifted them easy goals.Kapaito had for himself a man of the match performance, not only scoring thrice but also setting up the opener for Duke Abuya.Sharks who had not won in their last three matches came into the tie hungry to write off their underachievement and showed their hunger from early on.They had their first opportunity at goal in the seventh minute when Kapaito cited Wazito keeper Eric Ogwade off his line, but his effort at volleying the ball first time into the net failed as the ball went wide.It remained to be a tactical battle in the first quarter of an hour, but while Frank Ouna’s Wazito was held back in their shape, Sharks were up hitting every ball up in attack.Wazito FC tactician Frank Ouna gestures instructions from the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Kariobangi Sharks at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on March 4, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaWazito’s structure finally collapsed with two quick fire goals in the 22nd and 24th minutes, all coming off errors. Kapaito stole the ball off Wazito defender Brian Odhiambo before poking it for Abuya who had the simple task of guiding the ball into an empty net.Two minutes later, they were 2-0 down this time keeper Ogwade gifting them with a goal. The shot stopper’s attempt at clearing the ball from the right fell on kapaito’s path and the attacker signed at the beginning of the season from Talanta took a first time aim at goal hitting the bull’s eye.Sharks should have been three up in the 27th minute but Abuya was selfish with the ball. The forward strode away on the left, and from a tight angle attempted to beat the keeper who saved the effort for a corner.The high pressing game insisted upon by Sharks coach William Muluya had proved a masterstroke as they won many balls off the Wazito backline but could not utilize with the chances.Wazito halved the deficit to carry some hopes of a comeback three minutes to the break when centre back Odhiambo rose highest inside the box to nod home a corner from Joakim Omollo.However, the error prone defender was pulled out at the beginning of the second half with coach Ouna moving off the five-man backline that had failed to work and in came forward Piston Mutamba.But even with the change of personnel and formation, Sharks continued to dominate.Wazito FC defender Kennedy Ayako vies for the ball with Kariobangi Sharks’ Duke Abuya during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on March 4, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaPatillah Omotto came close to adding Sharks’ third with a wonderful curling freekick from the edge of the box but the effort went inches over.On the hour mark though, it was 3-1 and a sucker punch to Wazito’s effort at a comeback. It was another horrendous performance from the keeper who was caught out with a shot from distance by Kapaito.The on-form forward almost nodded home another goal in the 68th minute but his header unmarked at the back post from a Michael Bodo cross went wide.But there was no stopping the steam-rolling Sharks train as Kapaito completed his hatrick with a glancing header at the near post off a Henry Juma cross from the right.Wazito had a late chance to finish off the game with some pride, but they wasted two chances, at a go, first Brian Oswe failing to beat John Oyemba one on one from a Joe Waithira cross with Omollo sending the rebound high into the sky.Wazito remain 14th on the standings with four points after five matches while Sharks rise all the way to fourth from 10th with eight points. 0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks players celebrate one of their goals in a Kenyan Premier League fixture against Wazito at the Camp Toyoyo ground on March 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4- Eric Kapaito struck a hatrick as Kariobangi Sharks picked their biggest win yet this season with an assured performance as they outclassed Premier League newbies Wazito 4-1 at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi on Sunday.Elsewhere, AFC Leopards picked their second win of the season with a 2-0 win away to Sony Sugar at the Awendo Stadium while in Thika, Mathare United failed in their bid to close down on leaders Gor Mahia, drawing 1-1 with Thika United. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Ham throw away lead against Astra Giurgiu, Southampton cruise to victory over Vitesse Arnhem – Europa League round-up

first_img1 Slaven Bilic West Ham’s suffered a setback in their bid to qualify for the Europa League group stages as they were held after leading 2-0 at home against Romania’s Astra Giurgiu.Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate had put the Hammers well in control of their third qualifying round tie, before James Collins became the third player to be sent off in five games under Slaven Bilic – he was also dismissed in the closing stages.The Romanian’s made the most of their numerical advantage as Fernando Boldrin thrashed home, before debutant Angelo Ogbonna scored an own goal with the match ending 2-2.The Hammers now face a tough test in the second leg in Romania on 6 August.Bilic had named a strong side, with Dimitri Payet shining for much of his debut.West Ham opened the scoring through Valencia after smart work by Payet, and Zarate’s solo effort doubled the hosts’ advantage before Collins was shown a second yellow card for hauling down Constantin Budescu.That dismissal meant the Wales defender became the third West Ham player to be sent off in this short Europa League journey, with both Diafra Sakho and James Tomkins in the stands still serving their respective bans.Worse still for Bilic, Valencia was carried off on a stretcher shortly after opening the scoring in his first competitive appearance of the season.The visitors gave themselves hope as Boldrin thrashed in a long-range effort off the underside of the crossbar with 20 minutes to go.The equaliser came in unfortunate fashion as Ogbonna hurled himself at a hopeful cross, only to divert the ball past a despairing dive from Adrian.More controversy came as Maiga’s claims for a last-gasp penalty was ignored and Bilic was sent from his technical area for his own complaintsMeanwhile, Southampton have one foot in the next round after a dream return to continental football, hitting three past Vitesse Arnhem – their first European win in nearly 34 years.Graziano Pelle opened the scoring with a right-foot shot after Sadio Mane’s through ball.Dusan Tadic converted a penalty to double the lead after Mane was tripped in the box shortly before half-time.Substitutes Shane Long and Juanmi combined late on as Long headed home inside the six-yard box to gift the Saints a comfortable 3-0 win.A sold-out St Mary’s witnessed Saints’ first European victory since overcoming Limerick in September 1981.Vitesse started well enough with Valeri Qazaishvili bursting past Maya Yoshida to hit a low, fizzing drive just wide of the far post.But the hosts ended an even first half on top and Pelle opened the scoring after latching onto Mane’s through ball and rifled a venomous strike into the top right-hand corner.Things got better before half-time as Mane was bundled over by Rochdi Achenteh in the box. Tadic stepped up for the resulting spot-kick, sending Room the wrong way.Vitesse became increasingly desperate to score as the second half wore on and debutant Stekelenburg had to be alert to thwart Rashica, but Long nodded home Juanmi’s clipped cross with six minutes remaining to seal a comprehensive victory for the Saints.Elsewhere, Kenny McLean scored a crucial away goal in Kazakhstan to maintain Aberdeen’s hope of reaching the Europa League play-off round.The Dons found themselves two down inside the first quarter against Kairat Almaty – Mikhail Bakaev fired the hosts ahead, before Bauyrzhan Islamkhan doubled the Kazakh side’s advantage with a stunning 30-yard strike.But McLean was on hand to fire home in the 69th minute. And the visitors survived some late scares to escape with a 2-1 deficit ahead of next Thursday’s second leg at Pittodrie.last_img read more


first_imgRISING STARS! YOUNG DONEGAL ATHLETES IN THE MEDALS AT CELTIC GAMESTHE next generation of Donegal athletes contributed handsomely to a Celtic Games youth team victory in Aberdeen Saturday over neighbours Scotland and Wales.Finn Valleys’ Fellan McGuigan, with a new personal best in the hammer at 67.39m struck gold.Kate McGowan from Donegal Town saw a victory and a gold performance plus a Celtic record of 11.67 in 80m hurdles into a -2.5 wind. And Valley’s John Kelly in the shot 16.51m  with his clubmate Dalton Mc Guigan and brother of Fellan taking the bronze in the steeple 2k 6.20.85.Well done and we look forward to many fine performances from these young hopefuls who are national age group champions in Ireland. ATHLETICS: NEXT GENERATION OF DONEGAL ATHLETES WIN GOLDS AT CELTC GAMES was last modified: August 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ATHLETICS: NEXT GENERATION OF DONEGAL ATHLETES WIN GOLDS AT CELTC GAMESlast_img read more


first_imgSenator Jimmy Harte has welcomed the publication of a draft Bill for reform of the US immigration system and the potential impact on Donegal people who have been looking for some positive news for years.The legislation – which was drafted over several months by a cross-party group of eight US Senators – includes provisions that would help resolve the plight of thousands of undocumented Irish people who are living illegally in the US.It also provides for future legal migration between Ireland and the US. Welcoming this news and it’s importance for undocumented Irish legislation, Senator Harte said “This Bill is a very positive development which, if adopted, would help to end the great hardship and uncertainty faced by undocumented Irish in the US and their families here in Donegal and throughout Ireland“The inclusion of a new provision to allow several thousand Irish citizens to legally avail of employment opportunities in the US every year is also particularly welcome.“Both of these issues have been a key focus of the visit to the US by Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore who met with political leaders in the US, particularly during his visit to Washington D.C. over St. Patrick’s Day when the issue was discussed with Secretary of State John Kerry and several other members of Congress. ” said Senator Harte.The Letterkenny Senator said he is conscious that the overall issues involved are complex and sensitive ones within the US political system and that much further debate is likely to be required before the final shape of any overall legislation becomes clear. “Talking to the Tanaiste this week I am gratified to learn that the bi-partisan group of US Senators who have spearheaded this historic initiative are liasing with our government with and other key stakeholders in Congress and throughout the Irish-American community.“This draft Senate Bill is another significant step towards an ultimate outcome that has been long-sought by generations of Irish migrants to the US and their families and many Donegal natives living in the US will be monitoring the progress,” he concluded.DRAFT US IMMIGRATION BILL IS WELCOME NEWS FOR DONEGAL PEOPLE – HARTE was last modified: April 19th, 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:Senator Jimmy HarteUS Draft Immigration Billlast_img read more