Asafa Powell, the former holder of the 100 metres world record, believes that it will be hard to break the world sprint marks held by his illustrious Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt.Powell, who was speaking last week in India, says Bolt’s third lowering of the 100-metre record – to 9.58 seconds – was a great race. His opinion concurs with the view expressed early this year by another former world record holder, Donovan Bailey of Canada,”It will be very difficult to break these two records,” offered the 33-year-old Powell. Like the world record for 200 metres, Bolt set the current 100 metres standard at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany, with Powell getting third place.”I was pretty much the best starter in the world and he was already ahead of me at the start,” Powell recalled.Contrary to the general perception of the tall man from Trelawny being slow from the blocks, Bolt led the field from the very first step. He clocked 6.31 seconds at the 60-metre mark, which is superior to the world indoor record for 60 metres of 6.39.”So, he had a great race,” he said admiringly. “It’s going to be very hard for someone to come and match that run,” he stated.Powell set the world record at 9.77 seconds in 2005, equalled it twice before trimming it to 9.74 in 2007. Bolt accelerated that to 9.72 seconds before the 2008 Olympics and won the gold medal there with a miraculous run of 9.69 seconds.RECORDS LIKELY TO STAND”I would say it is likely to stand for a very long time,” he concluded of the 9.58 clocking. He did allow that the 100m record was slightly more vulnerable. “I feel the 9.58 is more likely to be broken,” he continued.The all-time performance list has the joint second-fastest 100-metre men alive, Jamaica’s Yohan Blake and American Tyson Gay, tied at 9.69 seconds while Blake’s personal best at 200 metres of 19.26 is closer to the Bolt world record of 19.19 seconds. Though Powell has a 200-metre personal best of 19.90 seconds and qualified for the 2004 200-metre Olympic final, he thinks Bolt’s world record in the curved sprint is astounding. “19.19secs in 200m is ridiculous,” Powell said.Earlier in the year, Bailey, the Olympic 100-metre champion in 1996, said the world records will stand for a long time. Bailey, who set a world record to win his Olympic gold medal, said: “Bolt has set the current bar high for sprinters and someone will be along to break his records in the far, far future.”
By Andrew CarmichaelThe Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher of the New Amsterdam Multilateral Secondary School in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) have been removed from their posts by the Education Ministry after over a dozen teachers sought transfers to other school after failure on the part of the authorities there to address allegations of racism and mismanagement at the school.In their letters or transfer requests, the teachers all sighted racial tension. TheyActing PrincipalNarine Ddatt Dhanrajhad all claimed that the situation at the school had made the working environment uncomfortable among themselves and also the students.Back 2016, the Region Six Regional Democratic Council had recommended having either the Principal Narine Ddatt Dhanraj or the acting deputy head Shondell Phillips removed from the premier secondary learning facility in the region.The school is run by a Board and despite several calls at the regional level for the duo’s removal, no action was taken.After the life of that Board came to an end came April 2017, the canteen management arrangements were changed allowing certain teachers access to the funds and control of the school canteen. It had been reported that there was a lot of unauthorised spending and mismanagement of the school’s funds which later led to segregation in the school.Results from the Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) showed a downward trend as the New Amsterdam Multilateral School has been losing its premier standing. The year 2014 was the last year the New Amsterdam Multilateral School topped the region from a percentage standpoint.As a result, earlier this month, the Education Ministry took a decision to remove both Dhanraj and Phillips in an effort to save the school as the Regional Education Committee had also been reporting that the school has been reporting increasing numbers of social problems.In January, a letter was issued to Phillips stating that she was being sent to the Vrymens Erven Secondary. After the letter was issued, there was political interference and the letter was recalled. But even before the letter was recalled,Acting Deputy head Shondell Phillipsother teachers began signalling their reluctance to work with Dhanraj by applying for their own transfers.Meanwhile, as from the new school year, Dhanraj will take up an appointment at the Central Corentyne Secondary at Bushlot, Corentyne while Phillips will go to the Vrymens Erven Secondary in New Amsterdam.Dhanraj who was acting at the school’s Principal for more than a decade, will not be heading the Central Corentyne Secondary.Phillips, whose substantive position is head of department, will head the English Department at the Vrymens Erven Secondary.Region Six Chairman David Armogan noted that the Regional Administration and the Education Ministry were forced to conduct an investigation which revealed there is a management problem and division at the New Amsterdam Multilateral School. “It is clear that the head teacher cannot manage the school because there seems to be some level of animosity or division between himself and the deputy which is tearing the school apart; one side is with the head teacher and another side is with the deputy and that is reflecting on the behavior of the students as well. We have seen a turn for the worst in terms of discipline at that school.”Meanwhile, the Chairman noted that President of the Guyana Teachers’ Union, Mark Lyte was offered the job as principal of the New Amsterdam Multilateral School but has refused.The vacancy will have to be advertised, Armogan said.
Hero Caribbean Premier League 2018…Current CPL champs Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) will tonight slug it out with a spirited St Kitts and Nevis Patriots side to determine who will sit on the sidelines and who advances to battle the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) for the Hero CPL 2018 Championship.Chris GayleDespite having the advantage of playing at home, the TKR will be mentally shaken, having suffered back-to-back losses to the Warriors a few nights ago, the most recent being in a thrilling 2-wicket encounter. Considering that the TKR had this season lost one of their encounters to the Patriots before rebounding with a win, it is reasonable to surmise that their nerves might just be a little jagged going into this encounter.The Patriots had replicated a similar result at Providence when they stunned the Jamaica Tallawahs the very next night by the same two-wicket margin. While Sohail Tanvir smashed the winning runs for a six, Ben Cutting did the same as he muscled a big six to seal a win for his team; thus setting up a juicy contest.Anton Devcich was the hero with a blazing half-century, while the Patriots’ top-order, including skipper Chris Gayle, Fabian Allen, Evin Lewis and others, were among the prominent scorers.Darren BravoTKR have the advantage and the drive, given they are defending champs; and after their two losses, will have one more chance to prove their might.Much will revolve around their batting, due to their contributions to date. Colin Munro, the leading run-scorer, will need to rebound after not making any significant scores in the last two games. So, too, would his countryman Brendon McCullum, who also failed. If the Kiwis click, TKR could post a huge total, or chase one.Veteran Denesh Ramdin is a big-match player, and given his form, he could play a big role in the middle along with Darren Bravo. The left-hander was in amazing form early on, but has since been playing more of an anchor role. A return to his backyard in a change of venue could reignite his fire.South African Colin Ingram looked decent in Guyana, but his reputation as a big player and a power-hitter will be tested on Friday night. Skipper Dwayne Bravo will also need to polish his game in both departments, and could also come to the party playing at home.Ben CuttingThe bowlers will most likely be Ali Khan, Sunil Narine, Kharry Pierre, Kevon Cooper and possibly all-rounder Javon Searles. All the TKR bowlers, especially Khan and Pierre, have been match-winners throughout the tourney, and could prove a pride of lions in a big game such as this.Gayle’s men have been good with the ball, but their last performance saw the Tallawahs rack up 191, punishing a quality bowling attack. Cutting will be the X-factor, and as a consistent wicket-taker this season, he could play another huge role; while pacer Sheldon Cotterell, Carlos Brathwaite and possibly spinner Hayden Walsh Jr could account for the options.Colin MunroWith much to play for, both teams will be coming out with guns blazing. TKR will not want to choke in their backyard and ruin their third shot at a place in the finals, while a loss will certainly dethrone them. The Patriots, meanwhile, would want to keep their fire going and knock out the champs as they push closer to the finals.The action is expected to bowl off from 20:00h. The Hero CPL 2018 final match is due to be played at the ground in Tarouba, St Kitts and Nevis.
Democrats vowed in January to force an end to the war, and nowhere is the shift in sentiment more evident than among the party’s presidential contenders in the Senate. For the first time, Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York, Barack Obama of Illinois and Joe Biden of Delaware joined Sen. Chris Dodd in lending support to the notion of setting a date to end U.S. participation in the war. Clinton, the Democrats’ presidential front-runner in most early polls, has adamantly opposed setting a date for a troop withdrawal, and she gave conflicting answers during the day when asked whether her vote signified support for a cutoff in funds. “I’m not going to speculate on what I’ll be voting on in the future,” she said at midday. But a few hours later she said: “I support the … bill. That’s what this vote … was all about.” Other Democrats were unmistakably clear. “How many more soldiers do we have to bury? How many more do we have to bring into our military and veterans hospitals? How many more thousands of innocent Iraqis have to die before we finally accept our responsibility to bring this war to an end?” asked Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois. Republicans voted unanimously against the measure, and several judged it harshly. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the GOP leader, said it fixed a “surrender date” for the United States. There were 28 Democrats in favor of advancing the bill, and 19 opposed. “An arbitrary cutoff date would take away an important negotiating tool,” said Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia, a Democratic critic of the war elected to his first term last November. He noted that the administration had recently taken steps to engage Iran in diplomacy in hopes of easing the sectarian violence in neighboring Iraq. The vote occurred as Congress pursued multiple objectives in connection with a war that has claimed the lives of more than 3,400 U.S. troops. Congressional leaders hope to send Bush legislation by the end of next week providing more than $90 billion to pay for the war through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, and at least part of the reason for the day’s events was to give lawmakers an outlet for their unhappiness. Several Republicans, led by Sen. John Warner of Virginia, proposed legislation that threatened a reduction in reconstruction funds if the Iraqi government fails to make progress toward a series of military and political goals, and provides for outside experts to report to lawmakers on the subject. “The Iraqi government, it strikes me, needs to understand that they’re running out of time to get their part of the job done,” said McConnell. But the same proposal would have given Bush authority to waive the requirement for Iraqi progress, and it drew objections from Democrats as a result. “It’s is really very tepid, very weak,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In the end, the vote was 52-44, more than a majority but less than the 60 needed to advance under the rules in effect. While Feingold’s attempt to cut off funds is likely to recede into the background, at least for the time being, the suggestion that the Iraqis be held to account for their promises to foster democracy and strengthen their own military has wide currency within Congress. Bush, too, has said he is willing to accept so-called benchmarks within legislation that provides the funds the Pentagon needs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Anti-war Democrats in the Senate failed in an attempt to cut off funds for the Iraq war Wednesday, a lopsided bipartisan vote that masked growing impatience within both political parties over President George W. Bush’s handling of the four-year conflict. The 67-29 vote against the measure left it far short of the 60 needed to advance. More than half of the Senate’s Democrats supported the move, exposing divisions within the party but also marking a growth in anti-war sentiment from last summer, when only a dozen members of the rank and file backed a troop-withdrawal deadline. “It was considered absolute heresy four months ago” to stop the war, said Sen. Russell Feingold of Wisconsin, author of the measure to cut off funds for most military operations after March 31, 2008. Ironically, the vote also cleared the way for the Democratic-controlled Congress to bow to Bush’s wishes and approve a war-funding bill next week stripped of the type of restrictions that drew his veto earlier this spring.
Rodney Marsh fears Queens Park Rangers could be heading for relegation under Harry Redknapp this season.According to Marsh, his former club have not recruited well enough after winning promotion and are short on quality in all areas.The crushing defeat to Manchester United on Sunday was the second successive away game QPR have been hit for four.Speaking on Extra Time after the Old Trafford mauling, Marsh said. “I really fear that if they carry on playing that way then QPR could become a yo-yo team.“At the start of the season I thought they had enough to stay up but in those two games against Spurs and Man United they looked dreadful.“They look like a team that is short all over the pitch.”And Marsh admits he is unsure whether Redknapp can turn their fortunes around, despite rating the 67-year-old as a top manager.“I’ve been a friend of Harry Redknapp’s for 25 years, going back to when he was a player at West Ham. I always give him the benefit of the doubt in any situation because it wasn’t that long ago when he was taking Spurs from bottom to fourth place,” continued the ex-England international.“He clearly is a man that knows the game, he knows his football, and I think he is a terrific manager. But the big question is, can he get the best out of this group of players?“It seems to me that the answer, in the short term at least, is ‘no’. I’m looking at some of the QPR players and they look like a bunch of rag tag players that have been thrown together in a team. They don’t look like they know what they are doing, to be honest.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa should be enjoying a deserved celebration this weekend of his “historic” victory in securing the mandate to reform some Los Angeles schools. It wasn’t quite the whole-district takeover he envisioned in the 2005 mayoral campaign. But it was, at long last, a significant though tiny step toward reforming the Los Angeles Unified School District. On Tuesday, a majority of parents and teachers at seven of the LAUSD’s worst-performing schools endorsed his plan to have the mayor’s nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools start managing them beginning next academic year. What’s surprising is that not all the parents and teachers voted for the proposal. Granted, the plans are somewhat vague at this point. But these seven schools in Watts and Boyle Heights are among the most troubled in the district. It’s unlikely the partnership could make things any worse. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIndeed, there’s vast potential for them to improve. With attention and millions of dollars, the mayor’s foundation offers the possibility of more resources and support to help these schools educate some of the poorest and most at-risk kids in Los Angeles. While this action offers hope to these schools, it’s disheartening to realize that they represent just a tiny fraction of the massive district – less than 1percent of the schools. Now the onus is on the mayor to make sure the parents and teachers who put their faith in this experiment are justified. For the sake of the other 99.5percent of LAUSD schools, this reform effort must be successful. If it is, parents and teachers at other campuses will start clamoring to be part of this education revolution, and the vast bureaucracy will have no other option but to acquiesce. So enjoy the champagne this weekend, Mr. Mayor, because starting tomorrow, the real work begins.
11 19. Diego Costa (centre forward) 4. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) 11. Pedro (right attack) 11 11 15. Victor Moses (right wing-back) 11 11 Chelsea will be going all out for a win over Middlesbrough tonight, with only six points needed to wrap up the Premier League title.Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat to West Ham United on Friday means the Blues can seal the league trophy before their closest rivals, who are next in action on Sunday, kick a ball again.Just Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion stand in Antonio Conte and his players’ way, so how might they line up to overcome the first hurdle to title glory?There are fitness doubts over David Luiz and N’Golo Kante, which could result in one or two changes against a Boro side who have to come away with three points from Stamford Bridge to avoid confirming an instant return to the Championship.So scroll through the gallery above to check out talkSPORT’s predicted Chelsea XI. 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) 11 10. Eden Hazard (left attack) 3. Marcos Alonso (left wing-back) – check out the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above, right 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (centre back) 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) 21. Nemanja Matic (centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 30. David Luiz (centre back)
REPORTSBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionDrumoghill F.C. 2 Kildrum Tigers 2 Christopher O’Donnell’s late header ensured Drumoghill salvaged a point from this pulsating clash at The Moss. Only time will tell how crucial this point will be when the final points are tallied at the end of the season, but it is a point that puts Drumoghill clear at the top of the table for now as well as ensuring that opponents Kildrum Tigers are kept at bay. For so long though it looked like Drumoghill would secure all 3 points after David O’Carroll’s brilliant volley put them ahead early in the second half. There seemed little danger as O’Carroll gained possession on the edge of the area but he swivelled and drove the ball into the top corner on the half volley. It would’ve been a goal worthy of winning any match but a late double strike from Gareth Colhoun looked like it might secure the points for the visitors as the game ebbed and flowed from end to end. Colhoun’s equaliser arrived on 81 minutes after a period of incessant Kildrum pressure, Drumoghill finally succumbing after Paul McCauley had saved from Shane McIntyre but could only look on in despair as Colhoun hammered home the equaliser. Colhoun then put his side ahead on 86 minutes after Damian Crossan had sent him clear to again give McCauley no chance in goal for Drumoghill. Sandwiched between Colhoun’s double strike though was a gilt edged opportunity for Chris Malseed to restore his side’s lead. After a brilliant one two between Richie Moore and Paddy Rafferty Malseed found himself clear on goal but Bovaird’s brilliant block ensured the scores remained level. Just as Kildrum were ready to celebrate a crucial win Drumoghill restored parity. It came from Benny Bonner’s deep corner in added on time and O’Donnell rose highest to somehow squeeze a header past Jonny Mc Ginty at the back post and level the scores. The goal sparked wild scenes for the home side as they celebrated what could be a vital point. A terrific game in which neither side deserved to lose. Referee: Joe Mc HughThe Saturday League CupDrumkeen United 4 Arranmore United 1Having lost both League games against the Islanders it was the Home Team who came out on top in this League Cup Semi Final at St Patrick’s Park on Saturday afternoon. It was very cold in Drumkeen and there was still a hint of snow in the air as this game kicked off. The first half was a tight enough affair with very little between the teams. Anthony Browne had an effort for Drumkeen which hit the crossbar and bounced down onto the line and into the arms of a grateful Arranmore goalkeeper. At the other end Gavin Mc Glanaghey had a shot which went just wide and so it remained scoreless at the break. Peter Brannigan fired the home team ahead early in the second half. Gavin Mc Glanaghey is always a goal threat for Arranmore and he equalised shortly afterwards when he got on the end of a ball over the top and finished well past keeper Michael Gibson. Drumkeen were dominating the second half and playing some nice football and it was no surprise when they took the lead. Aron Doherty got the goal when he got a great touch on a cross from the right wing. Anthony Browne got the third goal and it was no more than he deserved as his strong runs from midfield had been causing Arranmore problems throughout the game. Arranmore did a have couple more efforts from Gavin Mc Glanaghey but by and large the home defence were very solid and keeper Gibson was largely untroubled throughout the second half. Peter Mc Namee is always a good bet to score for Drumkeen and he added a fourth goal following a pass from Anthony Browne. This was a good all round team effort for Drumkeen but a special mention for Anthony Browne and Liam Mc Gill who were both excellent in midfield. A team effort for Arranmore who tried hard throughout but it was not to be for them as they found the home team too good on the day. Referee: Liam McLaughlin Orchard F.C. 1 Glencar Celtic 2Glencar Celtic defeated Orchard F.C. in the semi-final of the Saturday League Cup. Two Seany Houston goals saw Glencar come from behind after Micheal Doherty had given the Orchard men the lead at the Flagpole Field. Glencar will now play Drumkeen United in the Saturday League Cup Final on Saturday next at a time and venue to be confirmed.The Saturday League ShieldFintown Harps AFC 0 Mulroy Celtic 3Mulroy Celtic will play Drumbar F.C. in the inaugural Saturday League Shield Final. The Final will take place on Saturday next with the time and venue yet to be confirmed by the League. Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionCappry Rovers Reserves 3 Glenree United Reserves 0Cappry started the game well and had a few early chances. Glenree’s defence held them out until the 22nd minute when Conor Laverty scored following a through ball from Michael Lafferty. Cappry kept pressing for a 2nd but couldn’t find a second goal before half time. The home side made it 2-0 in the 57th minute when Conor Laverty scored a penalty. The home side made it 3-0 in the 80th minute when Ross Doherty scored. Two team performances.Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic 0 Drumoghill F.C. 5An understrength Kilmacrennan Celtic played host to league leaders Drumoghill on Sunday at Errigal College. Drumoghill dominated the full 90 minutes scoring the first of their five goals after just 3 minutes. They doubled their lead in the 7th minute before going 3 up in the 14th minute. Kilmacrennan’s goalkeeper was kept busy for the full game with shot after shot coming from Drumoghill. Kilmacrennan had a few chances but they had no luck. A penalty and an OG Completed the Drumoghill tally. Best for Kilmacrennan were: Jason Hegarty and Liam Mc Bride. Best for Drumoghill: Pajo RaffertyMilford United 1 Kildrum Tigers 1Milford and Kildrum shared the spoils at Moyle View Park in a tight game. In a game of 2 halves Milford should have led and we’re unlucky not to score. Milford pushed for a goal and it came with 15 minutes to go when Jonny Logue fired home from 10 yards. Kildrum played well in second half and scored through Jonny Mc Intyre with a tap in from 2 yards with 7minutes to go. Milford pushed again for the win and Kildrum should have scored only for poor finishing and good saves from Caolan Mc Gettigan. A draw was probably a fair result. Referee: Marty QuinnCastlefin Celtic 0 Glenea United 3Castlefin suffered a disappointing home defeat against a rampant Glenea side. In the opening exchanges Castlefin started the brighter and were unlucky not to take lead with chances falling to Barry Tourish and JP Malley. The visitors upped their game and were rewarded when Aodhan Ferry broke down the left and squared to Ciaran Mc Geady who tapped home with 42 minutes played. In the second half Glenea started where they left off and doubled their lead when Mc Geady broke clear and finished well after 55 minutes. The hosts pressed to cut the deficit but were caught on the break when Mc Geady picked up a loose to complete his hat-trick. Team performance from Castlefin. Best for Glenea: Ciaran Mc Geady. Referee: Mick Lagan St. Catherines 1 Rathmullan Celtic 1(No match report received)Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneDonegal Town 4 Lifford Celtic 2Donegal started this game the better of the two sides and dominated possession for the first twenty minutes. Despite Donegal’s bright start it was Lifford who opened the scoring against the run of play. Paul Martin’s fine strike left the Donegal keeper no chance. It wasn’t long until Donegal levelled the scoring. The Lifford defence struggled to deal with a Donegal corner kick and Danny Mc Garrigle fired the ball into the net from close range. David Graham put Donegal a goal ahead on the stroke of half time following a Joe McIntyre cross. Colin Carlin grabbed a goal for Lifford midway through the second half to level the scores for a second time. Donegal were soon back on top, this time through Joe McIntyre. McIntyre’s free kick from the edge of the box bounced awkwardly in front of the Lifford keeper and found the back of the net. Declan Browne secured all the points for Donegal late in the game. Benny Byrne headed a back post cross across the goal and Browne made no mistake heading home from close range.Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0 Lagan Harps 2Lagan Harps went into Sunday’s League encounter with Kerrykeel ’71 FC. knowing that a win would secure the Temple Domestic Appliances Division One title and with it would come promotion to the Premier Division. This would be a great achievement and the weight of expectancy seemed to burden Keith Hegarty’s men as they fumbled their way through the first half. Their best efforts were foiled by Shane Sandilands, the Kerrykeel goalkeeper. Five minutes into the second half they made the breakthrough when Kevin Kelly was fouled in the penalty area and up stepped Mark Hunter to despatch from twelve yards. Still Lagan found it difficult to settle and it wasn’t until Hunter added his second that Lagan relaxed and played a more fluent brand of football. Kerrykeel are to be commended for their efforts on the day, with Convoy Arsenal and Donegal Town also in the running for the League crown, they put up a good fight against their Manorcunningham based opponents. Referee: Ed Moore.Bonagee United 2 Convoy Arsenal 3Convoy came close on three minutes after a cross from Paul O’ Leary into the box fell to Anthony Bogle but he shot wide from ten yards. Bonagee took the lead on fifteen minutes when Chris Darby shot home from the edge of the box. Darren Harvey levelled for the visitors three minutes later when his free kick from twenty yards found the top corner of the net. The home side went ahead on twenty three minutes when a strike from outside the box by Eamon Cannon found the back of the net. Eunan Kelly made it two each on thirty nine minutes when Darren Harvey crossed from the right and he headed home from six yards. Convoy got the winner on eighty minutes after the ball fell to Garry Brolly after a goal mouth scramble and he shot home from six yards. Ciaran Mc Carron saw his strike from outside the box hit the bar for the home team on eighty six minutes. Marty Mc Elhinney saw his strike on ninety minutes well saved by the Convoy keeper. Referee: Paddy Duffy.Cranford United 0 Raphoe Town 3Raphoe Town gained three points from this match against Cranford United but the outcome had no bearing on the league table on the last day of matches in the Division.RESULTSWednesday 13th April 2016Drumoghill F.C. 2 v 2 Kildrum TigersSaturday 16th April 2016The Saturday League CupDrumkeen United 4 v 1 Arranmore UnitedOrchard F.C. 1 v 2 Glencar CelticThe Saturday League ShieldFintown Harps AFC 0 v 3 Mulroy CelticGlencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionCappry Rovers Reserves 3 v O Glenree United ReservesSunday 17th April 2016Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic 0 v 5 Drumoghill F.C.Milford United 1 v 1 Kildrum TigersCastlefin Celtic 0 v 3 Glenea UnitedSt. Catherines 1 v 1 Rathmullan CelticTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneDonegal Town 4 v 2 Lifford CelticKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0 v 2 Lagan HarpsBonagee United 2 v 3 Convoy ArsenalCranford United 0 v 3 Raphoe TownFIXTURESFriday 22nd April 2016 K.O. 7 p.m.Brian Mc Cormick Cup Semi-FinalMilford United v St. Catherines @ Diamond Park, BallyareSaturday 23rd April 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)The Saturday League Cup FinalDrumkeen United v Glencar CelticThe Saturday League Shield FinalDrumbar F.C. v Mulroy CelticSunday 24th April 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKildrum Tigers v Gweedore CelticCappry Rovers v Drumoghill F.C.Brian Mc Cormick Cup Semi-FinalCastlefin Celtic v Glenea United @ Diamond Park, BallyareDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: April 18th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal League
Local election candidate Bert Galbraith, has urged farmers in the Stranorlar Electoral Area to seek assistance with their Single Farm Payment application, to ensure their applications are correct and they maximize their entitlements.Bert GalbraithThe Fine Gael candidate who is a beef and sheep farmer, said he is aware from personal experience and from speaking to other farmers, that they often lose sleep worrying about such form-filling and deadlines.“Spring time on the farm is a very busy time with sheep lambing, cows calving, slurry and fertiliser applications. Tillage farmers are getting land ready for sowing spring crops and planting potatoes. Farmers make do with very little sleep at this time of the year but we get great satisfaction from our work. “However, I know from personal experience and talking to other farmers that sleep is also lost worrying about all the administration associated with farming and the fear of farm inspections and penalties.”The local election candidate explained that the Single Farm Application has now commenced for 2014 with a deadline of May 15th and he urged farmers to be extremely careful with their applications.“This is the most important piece of paperwork in the farming year and one simple mistake can lead to a serious loss of single payment income. There is now the additional complication surrounding leased entitlements that might have to be transferred before the deadline to avoid losing them completely.”He said that he would now urge all farmers to contact their Agricultural Consultant or Advisor as soon as possible to make sure their SFP application is correct and their entitlements are maximised for 2014. “You should also be able of get a very close estimate of what your entitlement payment will be from 2014 through to 2019 under the new Basic Payment and Greening scheme and I would urge all farmers to get professional help with the Single Farm Application this year so that they can focus on what they do best – farming,” he concluded. ELECTION CANDIDATE GALBRAITH URGES FARMERS TO SEEK HELP WITH SINGLE FARM PAYMENT APPLICATIONS was last modified: March 26th, 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:Bert Galbraithsingle farm payment applications
Speech by former president FW de Klerk on 8 September 2010, Pestana Chelsea bridge hotel, london.“The legacy of the first African world cup – let’s make sure it’s just the beginning”.Six years ago the Fairy Godmother – in the guise of Sepp Blatter – waved a magic wand, and announced that South Africa had been chosen to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. For the first time in history, Africa – the Cinderella continent – had been chosen to host the world’s premier sporting event.Mind you, had it not been for a little legerdemain and the mysterious voting of the FIFA representative from Oceana, South Africa – and not Germany – would have hosted the preceding World Cup in 2006. President Nelson Mandela who had attended the announcement in 1999 with great expectations, remarked laconically “Ah well… there evidently were some aspects of the end game that we South Africans did not fully understand.”So, in the 2004 announcement, it was Africa’s turn. Sepp Blatter had all but promised that no more ugly first-world stepsisters would be permitted to jump the queue.From that moment the countdown started.Would South Africa be able to make the grade?Would an African country actually be able to deliver a top class world event?Would we be able to turn our third world pumpkins and mice into of the glittering stadiums, airports and infrastructure that the event would require?The world was skeptical. We heard again the old familiar choruses that precede all major global sporting events, wherever they are held: The stadiums would not be ready; security was inadequate; the infra-structure of airports, railways and roads would simply not be able to cope.The skepticism continued right until the eve of the event. In May this year YouGovStone, on behalf of SABMiller, carried out research among its network of influential people to establish their views on the coming event. The results were, to say the very least, discouraging:Only 29% of those polled thought that the World Cup in South Africa would be a great success;58% expected that there would be problems with security;57% thought that there would be transport and logistics problems; and59% thought that the average South African would not benefit from the event.Most South Africans, on the other hand, had little doubt about our ability to hold a successful World Cup. After all, we had already hosted very successful Rugby and Cricket World Cups in 1995 and 2003. In 2009 – at the drop of a hat – we had been able to step into the breach and host India’s wildly popular 20/20 Cricket Competition after the security situation in India had made it necessary to move the event.The fact is that one of South Africa’s strengths is its ability to manage large projects. We have excellent – and highly competitive – civil engineering companies that successfully participate in and manage large projects all over the world.If anything, South Africans were a little too optimistic. One of our leading real estate companies provided advice to home owners on how they could convert their homes into B&Bs and make fortunes during the four weeks of the World Cup. As a result, hundreds of expectant homeowners built luxury guest suites and waited forlornly for bookings that never came. Small entrepreneurs seriously overestimated the number of visitors who would come to South Africa for the event.Restaurateurs geared up for a bumper season – but most were deeply disappointed: not only did international crowds not descend on their eateries, their regular South African customers also stayed away in droves because for a whole month they were glued to their TV screens watching soccer!Despite all this, Danny Jordaan, the Chairman of the local organizing committee, and his team made steady progress.Magnificent new stadiums were built – and old ones were renovated and refurbished.New highways and rapid transit systems were constructed.South Africa’s major airports were vastly expanded and modernized. After years of being cocooned in hoardings and scaffolds, Cape Town’s new international airport emerged just before the World Cup like a gigantic crystal butterfly.In our major cities large clocks counted down the days to the opening match on 11 June.Our leading companies jumped onto the bandwagon and helped to sweep up national support. Government, opposition, religious and civil society leaders embraced one another and exhorted the nation to make a success of the event. Unprecedented security arrangements were made and special courts were established to dispense swift justice to law-breakers.In the process, South Africans also learned that the FIFA fairy godmother was not motivated solely by altruism. She made it clear that she – and she alone – would choose Cinderella’s ball gown and accessories. Apparently unconcerned about any practical implications, Sepp Blatter insisted that the Cape Town Stadium should be built in Green Point – because he thought it would look pretty with Table Mountain as its backdrop. The City would rather have upgraded the existing Newlands Stadium – or built a new stadium at Culembourg, close to existing rail and road routes. However, FIFA was adamant that it would either be Green Point – or there would be no games in Cape Town at all.Most of the accessories – including the flags, vuvuzelas and even Zumi, the World Cup mascot, were manufactured in Asia. Companies that were not official FIFA sponsors were prohibited from displaying their wares or advertising anywhere near the games. Our stadiums were suddenly flooded with American Budweiser beer – a virtually unknown product – and our own excellent Castle Lager was nowhere in sight.Nevertheless, it worked.For a glorious month South Africans laid down the burden of our divided history and joined one another in a magnificent national festival.The noise of our divisive national debate – of the Julius Malemas and right wing extremists – was drowned out by the discordant but joyous blare of the Vuvuzela.The only colours that were important were the colours of the South African flag. Hundreds of thousands of South Africans festooned their cars, taxis and trucks with the national flag.Enterprising university students developed and marketed socks, emblazoned with the flags of participating nations, that fitted snuggly over car wing mirrors.We celebrated wildly when, against all expectations, Bafana Bafana drew against Mexico. We commiserated with one another when we lost to Uruguay and had to exit the competition. Nevertheless, despite our 83rd ranking we did quite well and performed better than many other countries – including France – that were much higher up the international ladder.Once we had been knocked out, South Africans switched their allegiance whole-heartedly and without reservation to Africa’s best remaining hope, Ghana. Black South Africans were surprised that nearly all whites identified with Africa – with Baghana, Baghana – rather than with England or some other European country.When Ghana sadly – and unluckily – left the fray, many black South Africans returned the compliment and supported Holland, because of its historic ties to many of their white compatriots. Such were the times and such was the spirit that animated our people for that magic month in the depth of the southern winter.But as with all fairy tales the clock struck twelve.Cinderella had to scurry down the palace steps, and confront again the harsh realities of our national life. The party was over. The bunting was removed. Our national attention shifted from the empty stadiums to the continuing poverty and inequality in which too many South Africans continue to live. The vuvuzelas were silent. Strident voices again began to dominate the national discourse.Nevertheless, during those four weeks we had successfully changed international perceptions of our country. It was clear from another survey carried out by YouGovStone on behalf of SABMiller in August 2010 that there had been a major and positive shift in attitudes toward South Africa. The survey revealed thatfully 72% believed that the World Cup would have a very positive or positive legacy for South Africa – compared to only the 29% of those polled before the event, who had thought it would be a success.54% thought that it would bring great benefits to South Africa.61% said that, as a result of the success of the World Cup, they thought that South Africa would be a good place to hold global events of all kinds.42% felt more positive about visiting South Africa as a tourist.Unfortunately, since then we South Africans have been attracting attention for all the wrong reasons. On the soccer field of international opinion we have been resolutely scoring one own goal after another.First came the Protection of Information Bill that would give government broad powers to classify virtually any information regarding its activities in the “national interest”. The effect would be to stop whistle-blowers and investigative journalists from trying to obtain and publish information on government corruption and inefficiency.Then came ANC proposals for the establishment of a Media Appeals Tribunal that would ensure “responsible” and “balanced” reporting by the press and that would lay down stiff penalties – including prison sentences – for recalcitrant journalists.This was followed by reports of a new system of land ownership which would cap the rights of South Africans to own freehold property and that would require all new foreign landowners to have local South African partners.During the past few weeks we have witnessed a protracted strike by relatively well-paid civil servants who are demanding salary increases twice the current rate of inflation. All this threatens to send the government deficit over 7% of GDP.Alas, the silly season continues. Julius Malema continues to bellow about the nationalization of the mines. President Zuma and the ANC – with a weather eye on international credit ratings – continue to insist that this is not their policy. The increasingly divergent factions within the ANC Alliance continue to circle one another, hurling insults, before the ANC’s important National General Council later this month.The situation is back to normal.Cinderella is back in the kitchen, sitting on the ash-heap. The FIFA fairy godmother has flown off to her next assignment in Brazil – weighed down by almost two hundred million dollars in profits. The Afro-pessimists have returned in strength, confident that South Africa’s World Cup success was just a flash in the pan.However, we South Africans have always been much more realistic than that.We did not expect that the World Cup would change the underlying realities of South Africa – and it did not.It did not have much impact on poverty and inequality.It did not resolve the issues of race and class that have dominated our national discourse for hundreds of years.It did not bring the scourges of AIDS and crime to an end.Anyone who expected such outcomes would really have to believe in fairy tales.However, by the same token, all these developments have not seriously undermined the strengths that made the World Cup success possible.We South Africans are remarkably resilient and have a wonderful ability to confound the pessimists. Most foreigners who have visited our shores since 1652 have confidently predicted that the country could not possibly work. But we have proved them wrong.Nobody in 1985 thought that we ourselves would be able to end apartheid and find a peaceful solution to the spiraling conflict in our society. Yet we did.After 1994 Afro-pessimists doubted that a black ANC government would possibly be able to run a sophisticated economy. But for sixteen years it has done so – and achieved uninterrupted economic growth for thirteen of those years until bankers in the northern hemisphere upset the global economic apple cart.I am confident that we will once again prove the pessimists wrong.I do not believe for a moment that the ANC will be successful with its current assault on the media. The Protection of Information Bill will be withdrawn or satisfactorily amended; and the Media Appeals Tribunal will be shelved.The current proposals relating to land tenure will wither in the light of national and international economic scrutiny. Our farmers, together with government, will hammer out a workable approach to land reform.The ANC will successfully resolve the divisions within its Alliance. Or even better, it will split and open the way to national politics based on social and economic policies rather than on race.And South Africa will retain the Rugby World Cup next year. Just you wait and see!The glorious weeks of the FIFA World Cup are receding further and further into our collective memory – but some things will remain,Including our ability to compete with the best in the world;Including the world-class infrastructure that was created for the event; andIncluding the natural beauty and the warmth and hospitality of our people that the World Cup has introduced to hundreds of millions of potential tourists.As we all know, Cinderella, in her headlong flight down the palace steps, left something of her magic behind in the form of the crystal slipper that was retrieved by Prince Charming. The FIFA World Cup left us with a similar magic legacy: it is the shining vision of the brilliant, multifaceted nation we can and will become.This, I believe, is the main legacy of the World Cup: it has shown us the nation that we can become if we all unite behind a worthy vision and work together in the spirit of June/July 2010.