Roos dim Gulls’ finals hopes

first_imgBy David Nagel The same five teams will play finals for the third consecutive year after Officer ended Tooradin’s dreams…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Mayor Of Galway City To Honour Galway’s Special Olympics Athletes

first_imgMayor of Galway City Niall McNeilis will host a special reception tomorrow evening in the Galmont Hotel in Galway to honour the athletes who represented Galway in the Special Olympics Ireland Games last month. 167 Athletes represented Galway in those games that were held in Dublin with a multitude of medals coming home after some outstanding competition. It will be Mayor McNeilis first Mayoral reception since taking officeMayor McNeilis spoke to John Mulligan and he told John that it will be an honour to host these athletes…Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/NIALL%20MCNEILIS%20FEATURE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Mayor’s Reception begins at 6pm in the Galmontprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Injera: ‘We will up our game’

first_img“We have learnt our mistakes despite it being a challenging season. We are heading to the last two legs with one mission and that’s to finish the season on a high“It will not be easy in Glasgow because we will be meeting strong teams who already know how we play since they have beaten us in the season, so it’s a tough Pool but we will try our best and aim for the Cup if possible,”Injera told Capital Sport before departing for the eighth round of World Series.Head coach Paul Treu, is beginning to feel the pressure after a string of poor results that saw him set a target of leading his charges to the first semi-final since he took charge last November.But question marks about his ability to deliver the Olympics medal he was hired to win at the Rio 2016 Games remain since the team is yet to execute his tactics almost a full season into his tenure.The South African has lacked consistency and firepower they enjoyed last season where they reached five semis and came close to lift the Wellington 7s Main Cup only losing to England 24-19 in sudden death under Englishman Mike Friday.His reign has not been a complete disaster since the team has reached four quarter-finals in Gold Coast, Dubai, Port Elizabeth and Tokyo 7s although it’s an illustration of how high the bar has been set for the two-time Rugby Sevens World Cup semi finalists that those performances have been met with disquiet .At this stage last season the team that is placed ninth with 60 points had accumulated 77, leaving the former Blitzbokke tactician with the challenge to steer Shujaa rousing performances in the last two legs to starve off the simmering criticism.Treu will be looking to bounce back in Glasgow, coming from lifting the Shield in Hong Kong, as he picks up his broken pieces despite the team affected by injuries where they will miss four of their key players, skipper Andrew Amonde who is ruled out for eight weeks with arm injury.Also joining the list are Mwamba’s Dan Sikuta who picked a knock in Hong Kong, back Oscar Ouma who is out due to family commitment, Lunch Bar Quins Maxwell Theuri who debuted in the last two legs in Japan and Hong Kong and Philip Wamae, who is the latest blow after picking injury during training.Forced changeThis forced Treu to make latest change in the squad, calling veteran Humphrey Kayange who is based in United Kingdom to team up with half fly Felix Ayange, winger Michael Wanjala and forward Tony Owuor.Kenya will kick-off her campaign with Wales who beat them 10-7 in Hong Kong at 12:52PM local time setting up an opportunity for Treu to revenge but a slip will as well see Wales leap frog them in the standings.Wales’s injury woes this season has left them in a tight spot but coach Gareth Williams, will be banking on key players like Lee Williams and Adam Thomas to put in big shifts and capitalize on the ‘home’ support and lack of travel in these final two tournaments.Shujaa will then square it out with Tokyo 7s winners Fiji at 3:36pm local time (+3GMT), hoping to end their poor run against the Islanders who are third on the log.Fiji head coach Ben Ryan, has made three changes from the side that played in Hong Kong with Viliame Mata, Leo Naikasau and Semi Kunitani replacing Setefano Cakau, Joeli Lutumailagi and Samu Saqiqa. Pio Tuwai and the season’s leading try scorer with 40, Samisoni Viriviri, are all included in the squad.Fiji will be looking to continue with their consistency that has seen them improve in conditioning, going ahead to win Cup twice in Dubai and Japan.Kenya will then round up their group match with a tricky encounter against Argentina who are one place above them in the table by a point at 7:09pm.The Los Pumas had hit four successive Cup quarter finals just like Kenya before stumbling at the last two hurdles in Tokyo and Hong Kong, where they reached the Shield and Bowl competitions.Their slip-up is not likely to last for long and their presence at this pool with Kenya, makes the group of death.After Glasgow 7s, Kenya will head to London a week later for the ninth and final round of 2013/14 season HSBC Sevens World Series that will run on the weekend of May 10 and 11 at Twickenham Stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, May 1 – Kenya 7s stand-in captain, Collins Injera, is upbeat they will up their game and finish the 2013/14 season on a high when in the penultimate HSBC Sevens World Series in Scotland this weekend at Scotstoun Stadium.The country’s record try scorer who is currently third on the all time list with 183, however, disclosed it will be an uphill task since they are drawn in a tricky Pool C where they will open with Wales before taking on Tokyo 7s champions Fiji and wrapping up their preliminary stage with Argentina.last_img read more

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McMONAGLE CRITICISES PROPOSED PRIVATISATION OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

first_imgLetterkenny Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Mc Monagle has strongly criticised the proposal by Minister Phil Hogan to tender out Local Community Development Programmes for 2015.Cllr Gerry McMonagleUp until now the programme has been delivered on a not for profit basis by local development companies.Cllr Mc Monagle said that if the LCDP is put out to tender, the fear is that it will lead to a race to the bottom with private companies seeking to undermine pay and conditions with a view to winning tenders and boosting profits. “It will also impact upon the effective delivery of the local services currently run by local development companies.“Donegal has already been heavily hit by cutbacks to Community Development Projects. We have lost a number of Community Development Projects this past three years due to funding cutbacks.“Those that are still operating are working on shoe string budgets and are only keeping their doors open due to the fantastic effort of volunteers and FÁS workers,” he said.He added that privatisation is not the way forward, it will only lead to a further erosion of Community Development. “I have no doubt it will harm the spirit of Community Development and lead to a decrease in services currently being provided by Local Community Development Projects across the County.“I have raised this issue with Sinn Feins Environment Spokesperson Brian Stanley TD, I have requested that he raise this issue in the Dáil next week. It is vital that this move is stopped in the interests of both community workers and those who benefit from the services which they currently deliver.” McMONAGLE CRITICISES PROPOSED PRIVATISATION OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME was last modified: April 24th, 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)last_img read more

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Spurs, Arsenal and Man United in three-way FIGHT for Turkish free-kick master

first_img1 Hakan Calhanoglu Tottenham have joined Arsenal and Manchester United in the race for Turkish free-kick specialist Hakan Calhanoglu, according to reports in Germany.Arsenal and United hold a long-standing interest in the Bayer Leverkusen man, who has scored 11 times in 64 Bundesliga appearances since joining the club in 2014.And now Bild has reported that Spurs have become the third club vying to bring Calhanoglu to the Premier League this summer.However Leverkusen will not let him leave on the cheap with the 22-year-old Turkey international under contract until 2019.The German club paid Hamburg £12.35million to land him two years ago and it has been suggested that they would not entertain the idea of selling him for any less than £21m.last_img read more

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Watch Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus nutmeg his own mother with fun size ball

first_img The 20-year-old has scored ten goals for the Cityzens this season Brazil is regarded as the nation that lives and breathes football the most and this video proves no different. Manchester City and Brazil footballer Gabriel Jesus showed he does not stop playing after posting a funny video on Instagram where he nutmegged his mum multiple times as she charged round the house trying to tackle him. It’s fair to say the forward had too much quality but his mum made a valiant effort. Jesus has settled into English football very well since signing for Pep Guardiola’s side in August 2016, scoring 15 goals in 26 appearances. Take a look of the showdown between Jesus and his mum below… 1last_img read more

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Roscommon v Donegal: Five talking points from Dr Hyde Park

first_imgDonegal bagged their first win of 2017 on Sunday as Eoin McHugh’s point in added time secured a precious victory over Roscommon.At the newly-blessed Dr Hyde Park, where Roscommon were returning after a year of redevelopment works, McHugh’s point gave Donegal a 0-16 to 2-9 win.Chris McNulty, of Donegal Sport Hub, examines five talking points… Murphy will take lead role at midfieldIt seems as if the debate on Michael Murphy’s positioning on the field will be endless, but given the dearth of bluechip options in the engine room, the Glenswilly man appears likely to lead the way from midfield.Pictured above is Michael Murphy setting Donegal off on an attack. Picture by Máirtín Mac CrábhagáinThe departures of Rory Kavanagh, Christy Toye, Leo McLoone and Odhrán Mac Niallais and the injury that is preventing Neil Gallagher from lining out mean that Gallagher has been forced to deploy his skipper at centrefield.It’s not that Donegal are in anyway short or devoid of options here but, as Murphy showed on Sunday, he’s a class apart. Gallagher described his captain as a ‘colossus’ in the wake of Sunday’s game when Murphy pulled Donegal through a tight contest.As so often in the past, others may have beat the drum at times, but it was Murphy who was calling the tune.A shame, it may be, that a man with his edge-of-the-square presence can’t line out at 14 all the time, but needs must and his talents are such that Donegal can flourish with Murphy playing the quarter-back’s role. Donegal must tighten upA week after conceding 2-17 against Kerry, Donegal shipped 2-9 on Sunday at Dr Hyde Park. But for Mark Anthony McGinley making a brilliant save to deny Ronan Stack late in the game, Donegal would’ve been breached – and beaten – another time.The manner of the first Roscommon goal, when McGinley’s attempted kick-out to Mark McHugh was intecepted by Ciaran Murtagh, who applied the finish, will have left goalkeeper and manager tearing hair from their scalps. Although Donegal did shoot back to win, via Eoin McHugh’s point in added-time, they might well have left Roscommon town cursing their concessions again – and, in time, it will be something that Gallagher and his management team will aim to address. O’Reilly set to come of age and shineStartling as it may be, Martin O’Reilly is now in his sixth year as a Donegal senior football. He often had a frustrating time of it after being ushered into the squad by Jim McGuinness in the winter of 2011.Injury didn’t help in the early days and upon getting the manager’s job, Rory Gallagher dispatched the Sean MacCumhaills man to train with the under-21s, in a bid to improve his all-round game.A man with a real hurler’s heart, O’Reilly has showed good promise previously, but last summer he delivered a big display in the Ulster semi-final replay win over Monaghan. He kicked two points on a day when he was charged with marking Karl O’Connell, who had been the pick of Monaghan’s bunch in the drawn encounter. O’Reilly got on the scoresheet against Kerry and an intelligent, decisive run won the penalty netted by Michael Murphy. On Sunday, he shone again, scoring three points and looks to be a man now ready to play a lead role A win was vital on so many levelsDonegal needed to win on Sunday or they’d already be having their toes tagged for the relegation morgue.Three wins is the accepted minimum for survival. Last year, Donegal reached a League semi-final with three wins while Cork were relegated on the same number of points.Roscommon now have two defeats from two while victory was vital to boost Donegal’s survival hopes.Winning away from home, too, was a big fillip for a Donegal side that had won only three times in their last 21 games away from home.And for a new squad emerging, winning in Division 1 could do wonders for collective confidence. Dubs next – and sparks could flyThere will be all sorts of sub-plots abounding when the Dubs roll into Sean MacCumhaill Park on February 26.On their last visit to the Finnside venue, in 2013, Dublin bagged a late draw and Paul Mannion’s point relegated Donegal.The day is remembered, though, for the subsequent public spat after it emerged that Donegal forward Patrick McBrearty had been bitten by a Dublin player.A three-game ban was proposed for Dublin player Kevin O’Brien, but he was subsequently cleared by the Central Competitions Controls Committee (CCCC).A year-and-a-bit later Donegal caused one of the great GAA upsets when they lowered Dublin’s colours in a gripping All-Ireland semi-final in 2014.Dublin are unbeaten in their last 31 League and Championship games since March 2015, while Donegal will be out to preserve a 15-game unblemished streak in Ballybofey.This game certainly won’t go under the radar.Roscommon v Donegal: Five talking points from Dr Hyde Park was last modified: February 14th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:donegalMartin O’ReillyMichael MurphyRory Gallagherroscommonlast_img read more

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The Final Whistle: Episode 7 – 13/12/2018

first_imgAs Rafael Cretaro leaves Sligo Rovers to join Finn Harps, we talk to the only Rovers player to make more appearances for the Bit O’ Red than the Tubbercurry native – Tony Fagan.New Charlotte Independence head coach Jim McGuinness fields the questions from the US Media stateside. We listen in…Plus: New Sligo GAA Chair Brendan Leonard on the road ahead for gaelic games in the county; John Treacy and Maura McCallion discuss the new Strategic Plan for sport in Sligo, which was published this week. play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat The Final Whistle: Episode 7 13/12/2018 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. The Final Whistle is broadcast every Thursday on Ocean FM from 8-9pm.Got a story? Text/WhatsApp 0833500530. Email sport@oceanfm.ie.last_img read more

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Zuma hands over District Six houses

first_img15 February 2011President Jacob Zuma has handed over 44 houses to residents in Cape Town’s historic District Six suburb, in an ongoing process to give proper housing to the victims of apartheid’s forced removals.Zuma, who attended the “Second Homecoming” ceremony on Friday, said that the handover was testimony that the government’s land reform and restitution process was “yielding results”.“District Six in Cape Town, like Sophiatown in Johannesburg, Umkhumbane (Cato Manor) in Durban, and Marabastad in Pretoria, bear the heart-wrenching scars of the apartheid system,” Zuma said. “We always promise and always come around to fulfil it . it has taken time, but we have come around to fulfil the promise . the time for healing has come.”Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel, Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti and Minster of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale were some of the government officials who attended the event.‘A life of dignity’Manuel, who grew up in the area, said that the restitution process should be speeded up. He said that the claimants wanted “a life of dignity” and that the government “should hurry up on District Six”.Nkwinti said that funds had been made available for phase two of the project, but that phase three “was a challenge”.He said that he had met Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and they had agreed that the people of District Six needed the cooperation between the national and provincial government.Applied ‘over 20 years ago’One of the beneficiaries, Yusuf Kader, 50, whose family was removed from the area when he was aged seven, said that coming back was a way of “restoring the dignity of our parents”.Getting a house there had not been easy, he said, indicating that he first applied for it over 20 years ago “and the papers got lost and we had to apply again in 1995”.Kader, who lives in Athlone, said that he expected to move into his three-bed-roomed house in the next three months.He said that the houses were being subsidised by the government and beneficiaries would pay between R190 000 and R250 000 depending on the size of the unit.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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South Africa’s fashion gold medallist

first_imgTeam South Africa will be walking out in style at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London, in a kit designed by Leigh Schubert. Athletes will walk out wearing a two-piece outfit, consisting of black tops with diagonal stripes in the colours of the South African flag, and black trousers. Criteria for the creation of the designs stipulated that the outfits must be proudly South African and comfortable. The designer launched her label “Leigh Schubert” in 2002. Her collections have been met with great acclaim at local and international fashion events. (Images: Leigh Schubert)MEDIA CONTACTS • Leigh Schubert   +27 31 572 6812 RELATED ARTICLES • Running into the history books • BMX – the cool factor • Shooting for gold • Trio aspires to retain Hector legacyWilma den HartighSouth Africa’s athletes will be walking out in style at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London, in a kit created by Durban designer Leigh Schubert.It was up to South Africans to decide which kit makes it onto the field, and the public voted overwhelmingly in favour of Schubert’s striking designs.The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) invited the public to vote for their favourite kit from a selection of six designs, shortlisted from more than 20 fashion houses and designers who submitted entries.The panel of judges consisted of celebrities such as retired soccer ace and Team South Africa ambassador Lucas Radebe; sporting television personalities Robert Marawa and Carol Tshabalala, and fashion expert Grant Blackbeard.The panel also sought the opinion of marathon runner Rene Kalmer and wheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole, who are both competing at the Olympics this year.Since Sascoc announced the winning designer, Schubert has become a household name just about overnight. At the opening ceremony, billions of people will also be watching South Africa’s athletes walk out wearing her designs.“One might be a well known name in fashion circles, but this is an opportunity for me to become known in South African homes by consumers who don’t necessarily go to fashion shows,” she says.“And it is nice to win a competition that people have judged. That makes me even more chuffed.”Meeting the briefCriteria for the creation of the designs stipulated that the outfits must be proudly South African and comfortable, and Schubert’s suggested kit met the brief.“I wanted the athletes to be proud of what they are wearing,” Schubert says.She now joins the ranks of other gold medallists of the fashion industry such as Stella McCartney, designer of the Olympic kit for team Great Britain; and Ralph Lauren, who fashioned the US team’s outfits. Another iconic designer, Giorgio Armani, created the Italian kit.Her competitors in the fashion race included prominent South African designers Colleen Eitzen, Craig Native, Gert Johan, Gina@Work and JJ Schoeman.As soon as Schubert received the invitation to submit her designs, she started researching previous opening ceremony outfits as she only had a few days to put the design boards together.“I wanted to try something new, yet ensure that it is comfortable and elegant,” she explains. “I did not want the athletes looking like farmers, air hostesses or as if they were about to play lawn bowls.”Athletes will walk out wearing a two-piece outfit, consisting of black tops with diagonal stripes in the colours of the South African flag, and black trousers. “The tops have been designed in such as way that one can see the full South African flag from all angles,” she says.“The kit is African, striking and has strong lines.”And when it comes to footwear, the designer quickly adds that the athletes will not be wearing plastic clog-like shoes known as Crocs, which have been worn once before. Instead, they will be wearing African-style Converse sneakers.“This adds a sense of humour to the kit and the sneakers also have a strong African edge,” she says. “They add a bit of cheekiness.”Top South African designerEven as a young designer, Schubert never doubted that she would have a career in the fashion industry. “I used to make clothes for my Barbies,” she says.Her mom recognised her talent and Schubert got her diploma in fashion when she was only 17 – even before she had a driver’s licence she was ready to get going at establishing a career.Schubert worked as a buyer for South Africa’s largest and fastest growing retail chain, Mr Price. She also became the youngest merchandiser for textile company Ninian & Lester.She’s an all-rounder in the industry, with experience ranging from commercial fashion and clothing retail to financial planning and range assorting, skills which contribute to her acute design sense. Her eye for commercial trends and what makes a viable design is what possibly made her kit stand out from the others.Schubert’s collections have been met with great acclaim at local and international fashion events, but for her, the public’s vote of confidence in her designs and skill is one of the biggest gains of the competition.  Schubert, who launched her label “Leigh Schubert” in 2002, was named one of South Africa’s hottest ten designers, according to Marie Claire magazine’s 2006 shopping directory.The magazine also listed her in its 2007 shopping directory of best South African designers, specifically noting Schubert’s use of texture and her timeless, sophisticated and feminine pieces.“My garments are quite classic, but interesting. I don’t do pretty and I have a hard core rock ‘n’ roll edge,” she says. “I like women to be powerful, in control and sexy.”Manufactured locallyTeam South Africa’s Olympic kit will be manufactured locally. Ahead of the Games in less than a month, Schubert is hard at work making all the tops for about 400 people, including the athletes, managers and anyone who is representing South Africa on the field during the opening ceremony. The manufacture of the trousers has been outsourced to another local supplier.last_img read more

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