Mark Blicavs announces ‘retirement’ after AFL rule changes

first_imgThe AFL has outlawed the ‘third-man up’ at ruck contests with Blicavs recording 154 hitouts in that role last season – the most by far in the AFL.”Officially announcing my retirement from the game effective immediately #threesacrowd @seekjobs,” Blicavs tweeted.Jokes aside, one of Blicavs most important roles for the team is to win hitouts as the third man.It will be interesting to see whether his usefulness to the team next season declines after the introduction of the rule.last_img read more

#JaVotes2016: Comrades are already celebrating in St Thomas West

first_imgMarsha Francis, the People’s National Party’s (PNP) candidate vying for the western St Thomas seat, is feeling pretty confident about her chances. According to her, the comrades are already celebrating and as a daughter of the soil, she is confident that she will be victorious.  Francis, who was made aware of the low voter turnout, says that she knows for sure that the comrades came out to vote. “Especially in my division! Comrades definitely showed their support.  I believe that the constituency is depressed and as a daughter of the soil I have experienced it too. People are unsatisfied with level of representation so it’s time to move on,” she said. Francis told reporters that she sees herself as a hard worker who is ready to rebuild her constituency.last_img read more

Bayern back on top

first_imgBERLIN, Germany (AP): It was far from convincing but Bayern Munich did enough to return to the top of the Bundesliga on goal difference with a 3-1 win at Mainz yesterday. Robert Lewandowski scored two goals against his favourite Bundesliga opponents with Arjen Robben grabbing the other as Bayern joined promoted Leipzig on 30 points. The defending champions are three goals better off before Leipzig’s game at home against Schalke today. “I’ll be relatively relaxed watching the game,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. “I mean, it’s up to Bayern. If we keep delivering then we’ve every chance of being Bundesliga champions.” Rummenigge’s side suffered an early setback when Jhon Cordoba fired Mainz ahead in the fourth minute. The Colombian easily eluded Javi Martinez’ weak challenge and fired beyond the despairing Manuel Neuer inside the far post. Lewandowski equalised just minutes later, however. Robben set him up with a simple pass after Philipp Lahm broke up an attack with a finely timed challenge on Yunus Malli to start a counter. “You can see that he got me first and then the ball,” said Malli, unhappy that the referee waved play on. Mainz continued attacking and was enjoying the lion’s share of possession but Robben made the difference. The unmarked Dutch winger headed Bayern in front in the 21st, when Thomas Mueller chased down Franck Ribery’s wayward cross and produced a fine cross.last_img read more

The World Bank: A Friend in Need and in Deed

first_imgWorld Bank Group (WBG) President Jim Yong Kim paid an emergency visit with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday, to reassure her, the Liberian government and people of the Bank’s determination to help redress the drastic economic downturn which the deadly Ebola virus has caused the nation.President Kim stressed that in addition to the US$200 million  and other resources which the Bank had already provided in the anti-Ebola battle, it will continue to support Liberia until the virus is decisively  defeated.  But, he declared, “We don’t need to wait to get to zero to start working on the economic recovery.”Then President Kim told President Sirleaf pointedly the purpose of his emergency visit: “Our second area of support is agricultural production.  Agriculture is a key pillar of the Liberian economy and we are concerned that agricultural production has dropped as a result of the epidemic.”In the spirit of a true and trusted friend, President Kim added: We will help Liberian farmers recover from this crisis.  We must make sure that the Ebola outbreak is not followed by a food insecurity crisis.”What more can one ask of a friend who comes to see and help another while he or she is sick, but looks beyond the sickness to help the patient become firmly reestablished in the post-recovery period?In addition to helping Liberia improve its agricultural production, President Kim told President Sirleaf that the WGB was poised to assist in improving selected infrastructure “that are critical for economic competitiveness.”  This includes access to electricity and road and bridge construction that connects   farmers to markets.We sincerely thank President Kim for coming personally, not through a mission, to deliver this magnificent message of hope.  Liberia can thank its lucky stars that this first independent African Republic was present when the Bretton Woods institutions—the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others—were created following the establishment of the United Nations in 1945.  President Sirleaf recalled that the Bank has been engaged with Liberia since the early 1960s and has played a pivotal role in the country’s post-war reconstruction.Now that we have been reassured of the commitment and support of the world’s preeminent financial institution in our post-Ebola recovery, what, may we ask, can Liberia and Liberians do for themselves?For this newspaper has constantly cautioned in its editorials that all the external help we are given will amount to nothing if we do not help ourselves.What do we mean?  We think it is not an accident that World Bank President Kim first touched on AGRICULTURE in the several development initiatives he outlined to help Liberia rebuild her Ebola- devastated economy.Let us quickly be reminded that Liberian agriculture declined long before Ebola.  This newspaper which has,  since its founding in 1981 and until now, carried a weekly  Agriculture column, has for sometime now been calling attention to Liberia’s  agricultural decline.  We recently carried an alarming report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which stated that there was serious food insecurity in Liberia.  Most particularly, FAO said that even the nation’s leading breadbasket, Lofa  County, was suffering from food insecurity!We made an editorial comment on that, too, but never heard a word from Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth.  She treated the FAO report with the benign neglect with which she has treated the entire agricultural sector in Liberia.   When she met a Daily Observer editorial team several years ago, she described as “untrue” a complaint relayed to her from the people of Todee that they had not seen an agricultural  extension agent in 15 years.  Yet, where are the extension agents.  All we see is pickups—given by some donor(s) carrying agricultural slogans.  We don’t even grow coffee anymore; and our cocoa production is down, down, down.  So are other tree crops, such as citrus—grape fruit, lime, oranges and tangerine.Even the rubber farmers are complaining.  The government, through the Central Bank, has pumped into commercial banks US$5 million to help farmers deal with the downturn in the world rubber price, to keep their farms open.  Does Agriculture Minister know that most of the farmers still do not have access to those funds.  Does she even care?We think that if President Sirleaf truly appreciates the agricultural help which  President Kim is offering to boost Liberian agriculture, she should find a new Agriculture Minister who can DO something in this vital, crucial, critical, indeed ALL-IMPORTANT sector of our economy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Activists re-create Ugandan refugee crisis

first_imgJulie Evans, 24, of Lake Forest was taping up her cardboard hut Saturday and talking about the documentary “Invisible Children” that started this movement. “I was so fired up after I saw that movie, I wanted to yell from the housetops,” said Evans. The 2003 documentary about child soldiers in northern Uganda was made by three then-college students. Since then, Invisible Children has become a nonprofit group that has sprouted branch groups in high schools and universities and even piqued the interest of talk show host Oprah Winfrey. Evans said the perception of her generation as selfish and apathetic might have been true at one time but things are changing. “We’ve become a generation that cares. We’re out there trying to do things,” said Evans. “You look out at this crowd … no, this generation is not apathetic.” The crisis in northern Uganda has in some ways become what the Free Tibet movement was in the generation prior – a far-away cause energizing a population both young and passionate. On Saturday, the participants – dressed in T-shirts with the “Displace Me” logo of a red X – painted slogans of peace and unity all over their symbolic huts. “Every war has an end” and “They are displaced so we are displaced” were written across several makeshift tents. Unlike other past movements however, this one has the advantage of new technologies to spread the word quick and far. On Saturday, filmmakers documented the events in all 15 cities with the intention of making a short film for the Invisible Children Web site. Many admitted that their school groups were formed because of seeing videos and postings on MySpace. But the thousands who showed up Saturday weren’t enough to convince Alex Shrove, 17, of San Diego that her peers were globally aware. Shrove gives her generation a harsh indictment, saying that the thousands who descended on Pomona is just a fraction of others in her age group who remain indifferent. “People are consumed with MySpace and AIM,” said Shrove, referring to the AOL instant messaging service. “They don’t know what’s going on in their own country let alone genocides in other countries. I want to show that I’m not one of those teenagers.” (909) 483-9376160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: “Displace Me” Camp POMONA – They came in droves. Teens carrying stacks of cardboard with sleeping bags slung over shoulders, their faces slightly sunburnt with peace signs painted on their cheeks. There are so many words to describe the generation that this massive group of young people, who gathered at Fairplex in Pomona on Saturday, belongs to. YouTube, iPod and MySpace are just a few. But this weekend, another word joins that list – activist. A crowd estimated at 10,000 took part in a nationwide simulated displacement event to raise awareness of the crisis caused by the civil war in northern Uganda. Billed as “Displace Me,” the event started Saturday afternoon and continued into Sunday morning. The group, mostly high school and college students, put up cardboard huts on a Fairplex field, symbolizing the refugee camps that Ugandans have been forced into as a result of a war between the Ugandan government and the Lord’s Resistance Army. Pomona was one of 15 cities, including Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., that held the overnight event. last_img read more


first_imgA book chronicling the history of soccer in the Kilmacrennan area over the last century will be launched on Friday next, August 31st, in the Anglers Haven at 8pm.‘Kilmacrennan FC – an illustrated history’ is a 344 page hard-back publication that has been compiled by Kilmacrennan Celtic FC’s Trevor Gorman and is the culmination of 18 months of research.Speaking about the book – it’s in full colour and contains 556 photos – Trevor explained that the club received 75 per cent funding from the Donegal Local Development Company for the project. “I got a great deal of help from a number of people – Tony Gorman, Hugo McDaid, Paddy McMenamin, James Doherty, Mairead Shields, Oran Doherty and Gavin Gorman all made vital contributions. 500 books have been printed and at this stage we are all looking forward to the launch,” Trevor commented.“The stories told in the book by the people of Kilmacrennan help recreate the special moments of a club which has some of the most devoted and proud people in football. Each section reflects the triumphs and disasters in the long history of football in our village. Some recall thumping victories, where individual players rose gloriously to the occasion and others remind us of the brittle fragility of junior football. Matches are memorable for goals, major incident, end to end free flowing football, or sometimes simply a special occasion like the 1953 youth cup final in Swilly Park,” he added.Describing the book a unique collection of memorable and evocative photographs, Trevor said its primary aim is to bring to life the memories of the history of one of Donegal’s most cherished football clubs.“Much has happened in the last century –  too much to record fully in the book. To give our story meaning we must seek out land marks, find moments to explain much in a short space of time. Players such as Murray, Strain, Burke and Grant, the famous 1996 Downtown cup final, the pursuit of our first Donegal Premier League title and the white hot excitement as the women toured the country in search of national cup silverware are all treasured memories of the ‘Kilmac’ faithful. ” Trevor continued: “The stories surrounding these games have been compiled through research from old newspapers, from talking to older supporters and former players and delving into the few other books written about the club and its history. It has been a privilege to bring together the special memories of a football club so rich in tradition.“In recent years I have my own recollections as a coach, a player and a supporter which go back to the early 90’s. However, organised football in Kilmacrennan dates back to 1922 when Johnnie Gorman, the great grandfather of the club we know today, and his original pioneers , organised a ‘footballers ball’ to fund the running of a cup competition in Kilmacrennan and also to enter a team to compete in other local summer cups at a time when there was no league football and cup was king.”He added: “I hope all Kilmac fans and football lovers in general will enjoy reading of the elation, despair, celebration and heartbreak in the fortunes of all our teams over the years, have a greater understanding of the history of this great club, and what makes it tick.”STUNNING BOOK ON 100 YEARS OF KILMACRENNAN SOCCER SET TO MAKE DEBUT was last modified: August 23rd, 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:STUNNING BOOK ON 100 YEARS OF KILMACRENNAN SOCCER SET TO MAKE DEBUTlast_img read more


first_imgA man has appeared in court in connection with a robbery at Harkin’s shop in Muff last month.Lee McLaughlin, 15 Station Road, Carndonagh is charged with committing a robbery at Harkin’s on Friday, June 5 last. He is also facing two separate counts of assault.Carndonagh District Court heard that McLaughlin was charged in the early hours of last Saturday morning and brought before a special sitting of Sligo District Court later that day. Inspector David Murphy told Judge Paul Kelly that he was seeking an adjournment to ‘allow further investigations to take place’.He said the alleged matters require ‘full investigation’.Judge Kelly adjourned the case against Mr. McLaughlin until October 20 next.MAN CHARGED WITH ROBBERY AT SHOP was last modified: July 23rd, 2015 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:InishowenLee McLaughlinmuffrobberylast_img read more


first_imgTermon  6–14  Glenfin  0–7COUNTY star Geraldine  Mc Laughlin produced  a  five  star  display  to  earn Termon  three  consecutive Donegal  Gaeltachta  titles  at  a  sun  drenched  Magheragallon today (Sunday).Mc  Laughlin  who  started  at  centre half  covered every  inch   on  the  famous Gaoth Dobhair  grounds , ably supported by Roisin Mc Cafferty  and  Emer  Gallagher. Termon  give Glenfin  a lesson  in clinical finishing.Karen  Guthrie, Grannie  Huston, Marie  Herron put in  a  wonderful  hour  for Glenfin but  it  was  to  be  Termon’s  day  and  as  Mc  Laughlin  may  have  been  the  star  in scoring, the Mc Cafferty’s and  Dara  Kelly  for  Termon all  played a  big  part  in this victory. LADIES GAA: TERMON MAKE IT THREE-IN-A-ROW IN GAELTACHT FINAL was last modified: May 6th, 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:LADIES GAA: TERMON MAKE IT THREE-IN-A-ROW IN GAELTACHT FINALlast_img read more


first_imgOur men’s team had no game last weekend. On Sunday they face Castlefin Celtic in a big relegation battle.Our U/16’s played Bonagee utd in the Final of the Europa cup in Finn Park on Saturday. They took an early lead through a superb lob from Shea Mc Daid. Unfortunately they faded in the second half and a superb long range strike from Dylan Mc Crory won the cup for Bonagee.Well done to the lads on reaching the final. On the day Ryan Lockhart, Odhrain Mc Ginley and Caolain Murray were our best players. Our u/14’s lost 5-0 to Mulroy Academy despite a great performance from Bryan Coyle.Our u/12’s beat Illistrin 2-1 on Wednesdy with Jack Parke scoring twice. Tiernan Browne was our best player. On Saturday, despite a great team effort, they lost to a last minute goal away to Mulroy Academy.Congratulations to John and Olive Dill who celebrated their ruby anniversary. Welcome home to Dessie Gibson who recently underwent heart surgery.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 2,13,15 and 19. Five people had two numbers. Karol Mc Ginley was drwn out and won E50. Next weeks jackpot is a massive €4,000.  SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS FC CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 8th, 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:Lagan Harps FC noteslast_img read more


first_img2013LeagueWinnersRoartySouth West Donegal Darts League2013 League FinalBig Francies 2 Roartys 5 Roartys completed the treble for the second year running with this 5-2 win over Big Francies. John McGinley/Kieran Carr opened their account with a 2-0 win over John D Gallagher/John Murphy with John finishing tops and Kieran finishing eighteens. Dermot McGuire/Antony Gallagher also won 2-0 by beating Mike Naulty/Antony Gallagher double five by Dermot and double ten by Antony were the game winners. Michael Naulty/Kieran Gallagher put Big Francies on the board with a 2-0 victory over JP Byrne/Michael Byrne double sixteen in the first and 118 in the second by Michael where the finishes.John McGinley put Roartys 3-1 up after a battle with John Murphy, Murphy won the first on double four, John Con also hit double four followed by a 75 outshot to go 2-1 up, Murphy took the game to a tie breaker with a 78 checkout and in the decider a double eighteen finish won it for the Roartys. Dermot McGuire had a 3-0 win over John Damien Gallagher to put Roartys 4-1 up double eight, tops and five were the doubles he took out. Michael Naulty got the Ardara sides second and last game of the night following his 3-1 win over Kieran Carr double tops and a 120 finish put him 2-0 up a double five finish got Kieran back in the match but a double ten finish won the match for Michael. Anthony Gallagher overcame Mike Naulty 3-1 to get the match winning point for Roartys double tops and a 180 in the first and a double eight in the second put him 2-0 up, Mike hit back with a double ten finish but the final darts of the league season where from Anthony as he hit tops to seal the treble. The remaining games were Michael Byrne v Kieran Gallagher and JP Byrne v Anthony Gallagher. 2013 B FinalGlenhead 4 O’Donnell’s 5O’Donnell’s are the B cup champions for the third time following this hard fought win over The Glenhead in the curtain raiser to the league final in The Cope House. Rory’s won the first two doubles with Andrew Gillespie/David Kennedy beating Jason Cunnea/Jamie McNern 2-0 with David finishing the two legs on double ten. Josie Gillespie/Jamesie Boyle beat Barr Carr and Ryan McNern 2-1, Josie finished double three and tops while Barry took out double seven in the first leg. Hugh Doherty/Kenneth Byrne had a 2-0 win over John Gallagher/Damien McBrearty double four and double two checkouts by Hugh put the Glenhead on the board.Andrew Gillespie had a hard fought win over Ryan McNern who came from 2-0 down in a very entertaining match, 118 and double eight checkouts put Andrew 2-0 the first in 15 darts up but 58 and double four checkouts forced a deciding match and Andrew took out on tops to win it, Ryan missed darts to tie up the match. Barry Carr won the next match for the Cashel side with a 3-1 win against Damien McBrearty, double six, eight and four where the checkouts for Barry while tops was Damien’s finish. On paper the next game was billed the match of the night and did not disappoint with John Gallagher beating Hugh Doherty 3-1, Hugh won the first with a 72 checkout but some great darts in the next legs won the match for Menchia, double eight, four and 97 checkouts and a 17 dart final leg put O’Donnell’s 4-2 up.Jason Cunnea started the Glenhead comeback with a 3-0 win over Josie Gillespie, two double two and a double ten finish sealed a steady performance by Jason. Jamie McNern set up a deciding match who he also had a 3-0 win his opponent was David Kennedy, double seven, two and tops where his finishes. In the winner takes all match Jamesie Boyle was the match winner with a 3-2 win against Kenneth Byrne in a match that could have went either way, Kenneth won the first leg on double fourteen, Boyle made it 1-1 with a double eight, a 180 helped Kenneth to win the third leg with Jamesie tying it up with a double fifteen followed by a double eight to seal the win for O’Donnell’s in a very entertaining match!2013 Season Stats:League Winners: Roartys Runners up: Big FranciesShield Winners: RoartysRunners up: Kilcar HouseCup Winners: Roartys Runners up: Cope HousePlayer of the Year: Michael Naulty (Big Francies)Highest Checkout (157): Anthony Gallagher (Roartys)Least Darts (12): Dermot McGuire (Roartys)Most 180’s (7): Andrew Gillespie (O’Donnell’s)Full list of player stats are on the website.Visit our website for more about our league on www.donegaldarts.comFollow us on Facebook @ South West Donegal Darts or on our new Twitter account @swddlPhotos:Roartys 2013 League WinnersO’Donnell’s 2013 B Cup WinnersGlenhead 2013 B Cup Runners upMost 180’s Andrew Gillespie (7) with league PRO James ByrneHighest check-out Antony Gallagher (157) with league treasurer Declan McGettiganLeast Darts Dermot McGuire (12) with league treasurer Declan McGettiganGLENHEAD TEAMO’DONNELL’S – B WINNERSDARTS: SOUTH WEST DARTS LEAGUE ROUND-UP – ROARTYS WIN 2013 LEAGUE FINAL was last modified: April 15th, 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:DARTS: SOUTH WEST DARTS LEAGUE ROUND-UP – ROARTYS WIN 2013 LEAGUE FINALlast_img read more