Holmwood Technical High, the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association rural senior champions, will be seeking their eighth all-island title today when the 2015 season comes to an end today with the national finals at Clarendon Park in May Pen. Action starts at 1 p.m. with the junior final between Denbigh and Gaynstead. The senior final will follow between Holmwood and Camperdown, the urban champions. It should be an epic encounter between seven-time Holmwood and Camperdown. Holmwood will start favourites after they scored a one-sided win over Titchfield High in the rural finals. Camperdown, on the other hand, were pushed to extra-time by St Hugh’s. Both coaches are upbeat going into today’s encounter. “We do not expect anything less than a victory,” Holmwood’s coach, Carlene Graham-Powell, said. She added: “Our girls play hard every time they take the court, and I expect another good game from them, and I have no doubt that they will be victorious today.” Goal shooter Tracyann Francis of Holmwood was outstanding in the rural senior final and will be a key player for Holmwood today. A majority of the Camperdown players have been playing together for the past five years and four have represented the country at the junior level. Coach Wayne Stewart thinks this is a plus for his team. “We did not see Holmwood on Tuesday … but our girls are ready for the occasion. They have played together for a number of years and have gelled well, and we are confident that Camperdown will win their first all-island title,” Stewart said. Goal shooter Idara McCarthy and goal attack Ramona Lawrence will be key players for Camperdown. Denbigh will be appearing in the junior final for a third straight final, and after losing back to back to Queen’s, they will be hoping to win against first-time finalists Gaynstead. “Our team is a very young one … but I expect them to win and make up for their disappointment in the past two years where they lost to Queen’s,” said Janice Walker, coach of Denbigh. Sports coordinator Derrick Brown of Gaynstead is also looking forward to a victory for his girls. “The girls are very confident and I have no doubt in my mind that they will win. As long as they stay focused and follow instructions, they should go all the way,” said Brown.
Police ranks and residents in the surrounding environs of the West Coast Demerara village of Leonora will bePolice Commissioner Seelall Persaud inspects the Computer Training Centreafforded the opportunity to gain knowledge on the use of technology. On Wednesday, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud formally opened a Computer Training Centre located at the Leonora Police Station.The Commissioner was accompanied by senior Police ranks as they inspected the nine computer stations available for use. Persaud was at the time in attendance at an awards ceremony which honoured Police ranks in D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo).Lecturer at the Centre, Corporal Veronica Wilson told Guyana Times that students are currently enrolled in training programmes.“We are currently having a six weeks training programme for students… It is opened to persons of the community as well as Police ranks,” Corporal Wilson pointed out.She further explained that services will be offered between the hours of 16:00h-18:00h – Monday, Wednesday and Friday.The project was spearheaded by Division Commander Stephen Mansell, who was said to have solicited the support from the business community in the Division to ensure the centre’s completion. The Computer Centre was first commissioned on February 15.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Yukon Midget Trackers held their Annual Awards Night on Wednesday.The Trackers were first in the Bouchier Division for the second year in a row, and third overall in the NAHL.The Trackers also managed to set two new team records for most points in a season with 48 points and fewest goals allowed in a season.The Trackers also managed to tie their team record for most wins within a season.Here are the results from the night:MVP: Connor KindratTop Forwards: Devan Minard & Noah LangTop Scorer: Kurtis LeeTop D Man: Connor KindratRookie of the Year: Landon HattonUnsung Hero: Tyler TurnerTop Defensive Forward: Nick LoewenMost Dedicated: Duncan RossMost Inspirational: Cayden FrenetteProvincial MVP’s: Tyler McArthur & Logan Kimmi Bronze medal- Tim Jardine Memorial in Delta, BCGold medal- IHA Mid Season Classic Calgary, AlbertaGold medal- Midget Tier 1 BC Provincial Championships- Advertisement –
Glen Johnson may be looking over his shoulder for his place in the England squad, according to Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier, who believes Nathaniel Clyne deserves a chance after impressing during the international break.The Saints youngster was handed his senior Three Lions debut in the weekend’s 3-1 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Slovenia, and kept his place for Tuesday’s Home Nations derby win over Scotland.Liverpool right-back Johnson, meanwhile, has struggled for form in recent months and was dropped from Roy Hodgson’s squad for the two matches.Many have questioned the 54-cap defender’s future in the team, and, with Clyne also starring for a high-flying Southampton side which currently sit second in the Premier League table, Le Tissier has called for the 23-year-old to get the nod.“I thought Nathaniel’s call-up was a little late in coming to be honest,” the former England international told Kick Off.“He’s been excellent ever since he joined Southampton, and was very good for Crystal Palace before that too.“I think he probably deserved a place in the England squad before he eventually got it, but he’s taken his chance brilliantly.“In his first two games this week, it looked like he’d been playing international football for years.“I think Glen Johnson might have watched the matches and thought, ‘I might have a problem getting back in the team here.’”
Alli ended a 15-game goal drought when he scored in the 4-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday and has been given a glowing endorsement by his boss.Pochettino said there is no other player in the world at Alli’s age who can match his achievements, despite the rival claims of the likes of Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Marcus Rashford.“When you compare him, Dele Alli, 21 years old, with all the players in the world, not only in Europe, in the world, I think he is the best,” the Argentine said.“In his age, in his form, assists and everything. But, and I don’t understand why, there is still that feeling (to criticise him). For me, Dele Alli, for his age, is the best. That’s it.“Tell me one better than him, a 21-year-old, all that he achieves. Tell me one. A current player. Maybe you can find similar or better than him?”While Alli’s displays have come under scrutiny from fans and the media, Pochettino said his opinion is the one that matters most“I promise you, I am the most critical person with my players,” said the Spurs boss. “But it is difficult to criticise Dele.“The most important for him is us, if we criticise him. If we are not happy with him, that is what is important for him and we never criticise him.”It is not clear whether Alli will feature in Tottenham’s FA Cup tie at Swansea on Saturday.The midfielder was suffering with a tight groin after last week’s win but is fit and has been named in England’s squad for friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.“He played a lot of games, international games,” Pochettino said. “Now, we will see for Saturday because in the end, he’s going to play for the national team, and they are not machines.”Kane has suffered lateral ligament damage in his right ankle and is expected to return to training next month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 16 – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Dele Alli as the best young player in the world as he rejigs his side to cope with the absence of the injured Harry Kane.The 21-year-old Alli has been criticised for some inconsistent performances this season for a Spurs side chasing a top-four spot in the Premier League and in FA Cup quarter-final action this weekend.
Adding to the pressure, Spain’s National Transplant Organisation (ONT) said Thursday it had joined prosecutors in asking that the investigation be reopened, even if it conducted its own probe and concluded the 2012 transplant was lawful.It said it called “for all aspects of Mr. Abidal’s transplant to be clarified once and for all.”The fresh twists in the case come after online newspaper El Confidencial reported in July that wiretaps from a probe into corruption involving then-Barcelona president Sandro Rosell indicated the club may have illegally procured Abidal’s transplant, which took place in April 2012.Abidal, who is now Barcelona’s sporting director, maintains that his cousin Gerard Armand was the donor.The club and Barcelona’s Hospital Clinic which carried out the transplant, also denied any irregularities in Abidal’s transplant.In an interview with French newspaper La Depeche du Midi in July, Armand, who lives in France, was adamant there had been nothing untoward.He said that he was approached by Abidal’s wife after the liver tumour was discovered in 2011.“I didn’t think about it, it was a good, normal action that anyone would do to help a sick relative,” he said, denying he had received money from FC Barcelona for it.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The news of the medical probe comes in light of Barcelona-based prosecutors asking to reopen an investigation into allegations that FC Barcelona illegally bought a liver transplant for cancer-stricken ex-player Eric Abidal © AFP / Valery HACHEMADRID, Spain, Aug 30 – Prosecutors have asked a judge to issue a European warrant ordering Eric Abidal’s cousin to take a probe to prove he donated part of his liver to the former FC Barcelona player, a spokesman for the prosecutors said Thursday.The news comes one month after the Barcelona-based prosecutors asked for an investigation into allegations the football club illegally bought a liver transplant for their cancer-stricken ex-player be reopened after a court filed the case for lack of evidence.
At Donegal Daily we allow our figures to do the talking.And once again our figures prove that we are by far the most popular online news outlet across Donegal and the North-West.They’re not our figures but rather the figures officially released by a ‘small’ company known as Google. And whether you access us on your mobile phone, tablet or laptop, the numbers are still rising.The latest stats from the online giant search engine reveals that Donegal Daily has been used by an incredible 2,868,920 people this year.During those searches on the Donegal Daily site, an equally incredible 32,854,080 pages have been viewed on our site.Broken down that means that the number of times Donegal Daily stories have been viewed in the past year is, wait for it, 16,830,822. Yes, that’s sixteen million, eight hundred and thirty thousand, eight hundred and twenty-two! Phew. That’s an incredible number we are proud of considering we received just 47 hits on our site when we started six years ago.Those figures are a testament to you our readers who continue to log on daily in massive numbers because Donegal Daily is your site.Yes, we believe in covering all the major breaking news stories as they happen across our wonderful county which has rightly been named the coolest place on the planet by National Geographic.You know if something happens in any of our towns or villages that readers should know about, it will be on Donegal Daily in a matter of minutes.But we also believe that no story is too small if it matters to or helps our loyal readers. That’s why we’ll continue to help readers find their lost dogs or cats or will highlight a small charity event.We would also like to thank our advertisers without whom the past six years would not have been possible.Six years ago when we launched, the concept of digital advertising was a very new one but today business people realise that if you are not advertising your events or your products online then you are missing the biggest shop window in the world.Our recruitment section has been a massive part of our success of late. It’s great to see more and more companies advertising jobs with us which is a real sign that our economy is getting back on its feet.People know that when they advertise a position with Donegal Daily, be it a shop assistant, a bricklayer or an accountant, we will get them the right position for that post.Our 50,000 daily readers or their friends will ensure that!Living in Donegal, many of us forget about how many people also like to catch up with events from our county from across the world.Be it Australia or Austria, London or Lisbon, thousands of our diaspora around the globe continue to use Donegal Daily each day.And we are so proud of being able to provide that service for all these Donegal people – be they first generation or fifth generation.We plan to expand our services in the New Year as we continue to bring readers different aspects of Donegal life.We already offer different aspects of life with our associated sites Donegal Woman and Donegal Sporthub which are also incredibly popular with our readers.So we only ask you one thing.Keep logging on to Donegal Daily, Donegal Woman and Donegal Sporthub and we will continue to bring you all the latest news, trends, fashion, sport and lifestyle all for FREE!Why Donegal Daily’s numbers are still adding up….! was last modified: October 31st, 2017 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 DailyDonegal SporthubDonegal WomanGoogleonlinestats
Donegal County Councillor Gary Doherty has today severely criticised the Government for not including St Mary’s National School, Stranorlar in its six year Capital Plan.Cllr Gary DohertyThe school has previously received site and planning permission for a new building and it had been hoped that funding would be earmarked for construction to begin during the term of the next Government but this has not materialised.Speaking today, Sinn Fein’s Cllr Doherty said “I was extremely dissapponted to learn that St Marys N.S., Stranorlar was not included in the the five year Capital Programme. It should be painfully clear to all stakeholders that this school should be top of any funding and building programme which comes online but unfortunately that has not been the case.” He continued “St Mary’s is the biggest National School in the Finn Valley and one of the biggest in the County. It has seen enrolment figures increase year on year, including an intake of 70 Junior Infants this year. At present, 170 children in the school are in prefabricated accommodation, and only four of the twelve permanent classrooms have toilets or running water. That is a situation that cannot be allowed to continue, and it is inexplicable that this Government has ignored these figures when compiling the new Capital Plan.“The Capital Plan includes a figure of €3 Billion explicitly earmarked for a school building programme. Parents in the Twin Towns deserve answers as to why their school was not included.”UPROAR AS STRANORLAR SCHOOL IS SNUBBED BY GOVERNMENT was last modified: October 7th, 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)
This October, Lámha are proud to present a weekend of events to celebrate World Mental Health Week and Social Inclusion week on the 8th and 9th of October in North West Donegal.PHEW! Positive Health and Emotional Wellbeing is a series of events aiming to create a movement of positive attitudes towards our own mental health, open dialogue to speak about mental ill health and help families and friends access information on the provision of services available in the community and accessible in the county.The weekend includes workshops, talks and demonstrations from Majella O’Donnell/Donegal Mind Wellness, Bill Vaughan/Mental Health Ireland, Susan McFeely/Shine, Joanne Lindsay Butler/OURganic Gardens, Iain Miller/Unique Ascent, Liam Donnelly/West Donegal Mental Health, Marian Maguire/Grow, Speakers from Jigsaw and Eamon McGee/former Donegal Player and Gaelic football Pundit. Events are happening in Aislann Rann na Feirste, Annagry Hall and CLG Naomh Muire Mullaghderg, on October 8th and 9th.Details available on Facebook page ‘Lámha: Life Affirming Mental Health Action’, and also on Facebook events ‘PHEW: Positive Health and Emotional Wellbeing’.For more information you can email firstname.lastname@example.orgCome along to this weekend and make a change for your own wellness and for the collective wellness of your community. All events are free and everyone is welcome. It takes a community to raise a child, but what does it take to raise a community?Every day we hear people lamenting the death of community spirit. Though people might blame economics, or maybe social media, in truth, Donegal is an exception, and community spirit is alive and well in the north west! When our neighbour gets sick we visit or send messages of support.When a family is grieving we gather together and offer a wall of comfort, a hot meal and a shoulder to cry on, and when times are good we rejoice and celebrate together.Our communities are alive and kicking, with and without economics or social media. But one thing is lacking, and that is our ability to talk about and offer support to those with mental ill health.Until recently mental ill health was an unspoken sickness. The word ‘mental’ made us think of institutions and draconian treatment methods. But thankfully the tides are changing, and increasingly we are opening our hearts to friends, or they to us.Celebrities like Bressie and our own Majella O’Donnell who have bravely spoken about their own issues have caused ripples in our silence and been the positive inspiration our communities need.However, we still need to embrace our own mental health. We need to realise it is not something to fix when broken, instead, it is something we should nurture when healthy.We should make care of our mental health a daily routine, part of our health check and something we talk about habitually to our family, friends and neighbours. “The world will be saved by western women” The Dalai Lama Lámha: LIFE AFFIRMING MENTAL HEALTH ACTION is the brainchild of two local mothers Linda Uí Ghallchóir (PHEW Coordinator and Mental Health Advocate) and Maria Coleman (Yoga Instructor ‘Comhcheol Arts and Wellness’).These ladies got together and decided it is time to build solid wellness foundations from the ‘bottom up’, within small communities.Their aim is to research the potential for community groups to positively advocate for mental wellness and to make training available to support mental-health awareness within grassroots initiatives.Lámha will also do workshops with children and adults aimed at building resilience and coping skills through yoga, art, mindfulness and music, as well as collaborate with established groups and charities working locally and nationally in the field of mental health.Lamha’s core mission is to ensure communities start building an open dialogue on positive mental health, and they believe Donegal, with its community focus, can become a county blazing a trail into a new dawn of individual and social wellness.Lámha plan wellness weekend for World Mental Health Week was last modified: October 4th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:lamhaMajella O’ DonnellMental Health Weekpositive mental health
Javier Mascherano – The tough tackling defensive midfielder has been transformed into a central defender since moving to Barcelona in 2010 but it was not an immediate switch of role. The Argentinian established himself as one of Europes most impressive tacklers under Rafa Benitez at Liverpool, and soon caught the eye of the Catalan giants. Joining arguably the greatest club side of all-time, Mascherano was not necessarily an obvious fit for free-flowing football. But a Champions League encounter against Arsenal, where a tackle on Nicklas Bendtner proved decisive, gave Mascherano and the coaching staff at the Camp Nou enough reason to believe he could be a success in Spain. Trophies soon followed, as Mascherano became a guaranteed starter in his new role. Robin van Persie – Arsene Wenger settled on the promising Dutch youngster as the natural heir to Dennis Bergkamps throne. The 20-year-old arrived in north London as a forward who was capable of playing on the wing, scoring six goals for Feyenoord in his final season in the Eredivise. Similar to his thinking with Henry, Wenger opted to play Van Persie in a more central role alternating as a striker and a number 10. But leading the line proved to be the Dutchmans best position, as he soon became an indispensible member of the Gunners starting XI, before being prized away by the lure of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United. Gareth Bale – Tottenham signed the exciting full-back from Southampton after the 17-year-old enjoyed a blistering breakthrough season at St Marys. The Welsh international endured a testing introduction to life in the Premier League, playing 24 games without tasting victory, before being linked with a loan-spell to Nottingham Forest. But Bale turned down the move and was eventually moved into a left-wing role by Harry Redknapp, following an injury to first-choice fullback Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Individual awards came Bales way, but it was Andre Villas-Boas arrival in north London in 2012 that catapulted the winger into one of the worlds most feared attacking threats in a central role. Real Madrid soon came calling with a world-record offer that proved too good to turn down. Players regularly reveal the position they played as a child is completely opposite to the role they occupy in the professional game.England boss Gareth Southgate has suggested that John Stones – a central defender – is a future option for the Three Lions as a holding midfielder.Professionals are often eager to move away from being viewed as a versatile player, who can play in many positions, rather than being a master of one.But should Stones impress in a new role against France on Tuesday night, could it be the start of something great for a player who has struggled for consistency in his regular position in defence?Here we look at 10 players who went on to enjoy great success in a new position – scroll through the gallery above to take a look. 10 10 10 Thierry Henry – Contrary to popular belief, the now SkySports pundit was used as a striker in his Monaco youth days. But as the Frenchman progressed to the first team, Arsene Wenger decided to utilise his compatriot on the flanks, with pace being his most obvious strength. And despite altering his position previously, Wenger reinstated Henry to his natural role of playing through the middle when the pair were reunited at Arsenal in 1999. And although it took time for Henry to be re-taught the art of striking, it proved to be a decisive moment for both club and player with Henry becoming the Gunners all-time leading scorer en route to securing two Premier League titles and three FA Cups. 10 Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid gave a clear indication of how much they rated a then 19-year-old Ramos, after handing the full-back an eight-year contract upon his £18.5million arrival from Sevilla. Clearly adept with the ball at his feet, Ramos thrived when given the opportunity to attack from his deep lying position with both club and country. But it was in 2011, when Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho decided to move Ramos to a more central role that the full talents of the Spaniard were allowed to shine. The Spanish giants soon started to establish themselves as a force at home and abroad, with Ramoss shift in position a catalyst for his sides recent rise to the top of European football. 10 Vincent Kompany – Arriving in 2008, Kompany joined Manchester City from Hamburg as a promising defensive midfielder. The Belgians £6million price tag soon became a bargain, following Roberto Mancinis decision to experiment with the versatile performer at the heart of his defence. Kompany went from strength to strength, becoming captain and leading the club to their first Premier League title in 2012. At the age of 26, Kompany was being mentioned as possibly the greatest defender of the modern era in England, possessing every attribute needed to thrive and provide further success for the Citizens. Despite suffering with injuries in recent years, Kompany continues to be a standout performer when he takes to the pitch. 10 10 10 Bastian Schweinsteiger – Starting out as a tricky left-winger, Schweinsteigers role has changed greatly over the years. Renowned for his dribbling skills and being a set-piece specialist, the German still caught the eye for Bayern Munich and for his country on the international stage. But it was Louis van Gaals decision to change Schweinsteiger into a holding midfielder that proved to be the making of one of footballs most technically gifted players. Combining a skillset of tackling, vision and the ability to dictate play, Schweinsteiger elevated himself into arguably Europes most complete midfielder for a number of years. Andrea Pirlo – The elegant Italian changed the way in which football fans believed a deep-lying midfielder should play. As was the way, a sides most creative player was used as high up the pitch as possible, which saw Pirlo occupy a number 10 role at Brescia. Inter Milan were suitably impressed and brought the midfielder to the San Siro, where he largely struggled and returned to Brescia for a loan spell, before thriving under manager Carlo Mazzone as a quarterback. AC Milan convinced their neighbours to allow Pirlo to swap his colours to red and black becoming one of footballs most famous what if? scenarios. Pirlo became an integral part of a Milan team that went on to win two Champions Leagues. Toni Kroos – The much-heralded Real Madrid holding midfielder was not always a cherished figure at previous clubs. After breaking into the Bayern Munich first team set-up at the age of 17, Kroos was sent out for an 18-month loan spell to Bundesliga rivals, Bayer Leverkusen. Upon his return, Kroos continued to be a bit-part player in Bavaria while operating as an attacking midfielder, who was capable of playing in a wider role. Jupp Heynckes arrival in 2011 marked a change in fortunes for Kroos, as he became more of a first team regular. Spanish giants Real Madrid capitalised on the German internationals contract situation, before seamlessly replacing the departed Xabi Alonso and becoming his sides anchor in midfield. 10 10 Gianluca Zambrotta – Back in 1999, Juventus believed they were signing Italys most promising right-winger. However, Marcello Lippi worked his new recruit into a dynamic fullback that was as equally capable of preventing opportunities as he was creating them. Comfortable on either side, Zambrotta possessed both the tactical intelligence and discipline to thrive in his new role with the Old Lady and the Azzurri. Enjoyed his greatest moment alongside Lippi at the 2006 World Cup after winning footballs biggest prize in the company of the man who reinvented him into the ultimate modern full-back.