first_imgDear Editor,FIFA World Cup Soccer 2018 has just come to a close, and I am sure it will be memorable for the many fans that were glued to their television sets. We have witnessed many disappointments, and the one that blew me away was when Team Germany was eliminated and didn’t make it to the last 16.Having read many reports via international newscasts, and reading the many reports on social media, I was elated to read that no player failed a drugs test at the FIFA WCS 2018. Most memorable for me… Apparently, it’s catching on that it’s not worth the risk. Not sure if WADA International was assigned to conduct the testing, or whether FIFA had another agency contracted, but no negative result was detected, and hats off to whichever agency was responsible for the testing.Team France played impressively, and deserved the win. However, my hopes were crashed, because I expected Team Belgium and Team Croatia to battle it out for the championships. Matters not what any group is protesting about, I will never support any group which invades play at any sport event to be heard. Sports events are not grounds to take your message. Yes, you can protest outside the venue, which is okay by me.I observed on social media forums that persons were advertising a message that reads ‘Africa has won the world Cup.’..Un-believable to read such a message.The World Cup was won by a country (France), and Africa is a continent. I respect the fact that players on Team France originated from countries in the African Continent, but, at the end of the day, I will put my head on a block and say that their respective passports read ‘French’ as their nationality. It’s common sense that players would have given up their rights to the country of their birth and been granted citizenship by the French Government.Perhaps some might have being born to parents residing in France, who migrated from their respective African country.I honestly doubt that any player was placed at gunpoint or had been forced to accept French citizenship. They made a choice, and it allowed them to represent the flag of their adopted home country. Perhaps their countries of birth could never provide or pave the way for a soccer career, and by switching flags, it was probably the best decision, which made them world famous and wealthy to some extent.Yours faithfully,T. Pembertonlast_img read more

first_imgThe Trackers and Thunder have already played each other twice this year. The Trackers won both meetings by scores of 5-3, and 7-4.After this weekend’s pair of games, the Trackers will play host to the Peace River Royals on November 21.The team enters the weekend with a record of 4-5-1.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgMiddlesbrough have confirmed a proposed move for Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes has collapsed over personal terms.Aitor Karanka’s Sky Bet Championship side had a reported £11million bid for Rovers’ Scotland international accepted on Friday night and he was left out of Paul Lambert’s squad at Oxford on Saturday.However, the move has hit the rocks following discussions between Boro and Rhodes.A short club statement posted on Middlesbrough’s official website read: “The club can confirm that we have held talks with Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes over the weekend but have failed to agree terms.”Middlesbrough have been chasing the 25-year-old since the summer and Blackburn initially rejected their advances, with the player telling ESPN in July that he was “unhappy” at not having the opportunity to discuss terms with them.He got that chance this weekend, but Rhodes revealed to Sky Sports News HQ that he was “baffled and disappointed” that Boro had pulled the plug.“I’ll knuckle down and get my work head back on at Blackburn,” he added. “It’s a great club.”Should Rhodes stay at Blackburn beyond Monday’s deadline, he could be in the squad to face Middlesbrough at the Riverside on Saturday.Speaking after Saturday’s FA Cup win at Oxford, Rovers boss Lambert revealed Rhodes had informed him he wanted to leave and that he was surprised his club did not accept Hull’s offer 18 months ago when Gary Bowyer was in charge.“The lad came and saw me, he wanted to go, and to be honest I thought the club should have taken the offer the summer before,” Lambert said.“Jordan has been excellent for Blackburn, but the money is too good to turn down. The investment will help, the club has got to rebuild. We need a stronger team to be able to get out of this league.”Rhodes moved to Blackburn in a club-record £8million deal from Huddersfield in the summer of 2012 and he has scored 85 goals in three-and-a-half seasons for them. 1 Jordan Rhodes last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSince joining Cannon Design in 2006, Balzli has worked on the Los Angeles Mission College Health & PE Fitness Center under an accelerated design schedule to achieve approvals through the California Division of the State Architect. He continues as a construction administrator on the project, which is pursuing LEED silver certification. Balzli also worked in collaboration with the Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design on the Museum of Tolerance. Union Bank of California, N.A., has named John N. Sinnema vice president and manager of the Toluca Lake branch at 3900 W. Alameda Ave. He reports to Senior Vice President John Stephan, who oversees 20 branches in the Los Angeles area. Sinnema is responsible for managing the overall performance and growth of the Toluca Lake branch. Sinnema began his career in the banking industry in 2002 as a senior staffing specialist with Union Bank. A year later, he joined the bank’s management-training program and became branch manager of the Atwater branch. Prior to this appointment, he managed the Westwood branch. Based in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corp. is a bank holding company with assets of $54.3 billion. Dan Miron has been named executive vice president, worldwide supply chain management, and Richard Siao has been named senior vice president, sales planning and operations, for Warner Home Video. In his new post, Miron will oversee Warner Home Video’s worldwide supply chain strategy and process, which includes mastering and preproduction, procurement of manufacturing and distribution services and integrating new home-entertainment business models into the existing supply chain. In his new role, Siao will continue to lead Warner Home Video’s sales planning group while taking on operations. Cannon Design, a nationally ranked architectural, engineering and planning firm, has named James Balzli, AIA, to the position of associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Southern California Veterinary Hospital of Woodland Hills has again received accreditation after a comprehensive evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association. The evaluation includes a quality assessment review of the hospital’s facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health-care management. Only 15 percent of all small-animal veterinary practices in the U.S. have achieved accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. Southern California Veterinary Hospital, at 5421 Topanga Canyon Blvd., has been an accredited practice member of the association since 1970 and can be reached online at GIVING BACK… Last week, we shared stories about local businesses, big and small, that gave back during the holidays. We invited you to share your good will. Here are a few examples: Inga Colbert, owner/director of Bikram Yoga in South Pasadena, e-mailed that for the past two years, she has been holding a sale in which all the students who bring in a toy receive 10 percent off any package. All the toys go to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. The students and staff at Northridge Middle School conducted a canned food drive in December. More than 1,300 cans of food and other nonperishable food items were collected and donated to the West Valley Food Pantry. The drive was organized and led by the eighth-grade council. Opening a new business, got a hot tip or a big promotion? If so, we want to hear about it. E-mail your news to and be sure to include your name and phone number.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgA Donegal pensioner, famous for running a shebeen bar with his Polish girlfriend, has appeared in court in a battle over a Roll Royce car.Patsy Brogan appears in court after the dispute over the Rolls Royce car was settled yesterday. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Patsy Brogan, 78, appeared at Glenties District Court yesterday after settling an action with a woman over the disputed car. Brogan, who has had several long-running prosecutions over the Bog Hotel, near Frosses, is to be paid €1,450.The court heard that Bernadette Diver had agreed to pay him back money he gave her for a run-down 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit.The Irish Independent report the car had belonged to her late husband Hugh Diver, who died in a tree-cutting accident in Ardara, in 2010.Mr Diver was one of three men arrested and released without charge after a bomb was found at a telecoms mast in Ardara in November 1996. He later gave evidence to the Morris Tribunal, which was investigating allegations of corruption in Donegal.Mr Brogan said Mr Diver had been a regular at the Bog Hotel.The dispute with Mrs Diver arose last February, when Mr Brogan claimed she had offered to sell him the car as she needed the money. He said he gave €1,500 to Mrs Diver and he was given the keys and the car’s registration documents.However, when he hired a specialist Rolls Royce mechanic to check the car, Mr Brogan claimed Mrs Diver, of Meentanadea, Ardara, refused to allow the engineer to examine itHe complained to gardaí but when no criminal inquiry was launched, he took the civil case to the local district court.Mrs Diver had originally disputed the claims but at Glenties District Court her solicitor Moya O’Donnell told Judge Paul Kelly that she agreed to return €1,450 to Mr Brogan.The pensioner, who was representing himself, had the decision explained to him by the judge. He adjourned the case to allow payment to be returned. Mr Brogan agreed he would hand back the keys to the Rolls Royce and the registration documents on receipt of the money.Mr Brogan told the Irish Independent after the case: “I just want to get on with my life now.“Hugh (Diver) was a regular at the Bog Hotel and a good friend. I agreed to buy the Rolls Royce.“I never really wanted the car; I thought it might look good parked up outside the hotel and that’s what I was thinking,” he said.In 2011, Mr Brogan was convicted under the 1924 Intoxicating Liquor Act at Donegal District Court and fined €50 for keeping alcohol for sale.He said he and his girlfriend, Daria Weiske (35), were still “in love” adding: “She works during the week in Dublin but we still get to spend weekends together.”Local people say there has been no activity at the Bog Hotel for several months. It’s understood garda checks on the premises in recent times have not found anyone other than Mr Brogan and his girlfriend there.OWNER OF THE ‘BOG HOTEL’ AGREES TO GIVE BACK ROLLS ROYCE AFTER COURT DISPUTE was last modified: February 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bog HotelcourtdonegalGardaiHugh DiverPatsy BroganROLLS ROYCElast_img read more

first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes:AGM:The following were elected at the clubs AGM onto the 2015 committee. The key positions are: President: Paddy BurkeChairman: Tom MohanVice-Chair: Maurice CarrSecretary: Michael Mullen Ass-Sec: Stephen McLoughlinPRO: Seamus HarleyAss-PRO: Stevie KeaneYouth Officer: Vincent HealeyCounty Board Delegates: Dennis Boye & Maurice Carr Registar: Stephen McLoughlinThe club did not elect a treasurer but have a treasury committee (S McLoughlin, T Mohan, Maurice Carr, Dennis Boyle, Eddie Doyle)Race Night:The club will be holding a fundraising race night at the Three Wishes pub in North Harrow on Saturday 21st March. More details can he obtained from Secretary Stephen McLoughlin.Niall Erskine:Huge congrats to former member Niall Erskine on being elected a trustee of the GAA at its annual congress in Cavan last weekend. It is no surprise to the club or anyone that knows Niall whose commitment and enthusiasm has no barriers. He continues to climb the Gaa ladder at Croke park and who knows what lies ahead!!Charity Cycle:The club have organised a charity bike ride from 8th -12th September which will cover 7 of the 9 Ulster counties over 300 miles. If anybody is interested and up to the challenge please contact Stocker on 07788 723922 for more details.St Patricks Day Celebrations at Greenford – Tuesday 17th MarchCelebrations will be taking place at the TCG Clubhouse on St Patricks Day, come along with your families and join us after school or work. Live coverage of the GAA games, enjoy Bacon and Cabbage or a dish from the new bar food menu. All welcomeLottery:Lotto results for 26/02/15 jackpot £3,000Numbers drawn 1-2-6-12, No jackpot winners, £25 lucky dip winners, Jim Cunningham C/o Three Wishes, Michael & Mary, c/o Cunningham Arms, Tom Mohan, Eddie Carr, C/o TCG.Lotto results for 05/03/2015 Jackpot £3,000, £25 lucky dip winners, Tom O’Connor, c/o TCG, Denise Boyle, c/o TCG, Ted 7 Pat, c/o Conningham Arms, Steve McLoughlin, c/o TCG.This week’s draw takes place on Thursday 12th March with a £3,000 jackpot.Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comGAA NEWS: PADDY BURKE NAMED AS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF TIR CHONAILL GAELS FOLLOWING AGM was last modified: March 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANoticesSportTir Chonaill Gaelslast_img read more

first_imgIt was a disappointing day in Ballybofey last Sunday as our seniors were defeated by Naomh Conaill 4-10 to 0-10 in the Senior Championship Semi Final, things did just not go to plan on the day so hard luck to the lads who now face St Eunans in Division 1 on Saturday with reserves on at 4pm and senior at 5:30pm in O’Donnell Park. Thanks to all the supporters who made the trip to the match on Sunday it was a great turnout.Underage Our Under 13s had a great 2-11 to 1-10 away win at Naomh Columba on Friday evening and were due to play Naomh Brid on Saturday but no referee was available.Ten Week Development DrawOur annual Ten Week Development Draw starts on Sunday October 25th with €25,000 in prizes over the ten weeks, tickets will be on sale locally or you can buy online via the club website.Scor Na Nog Scor Na Nog is due to take place in the coming weeks. It would be lovely to see as many young people as possible taking part this year to represent their club. If anyone would like to give a helping hand to organise the event your help would be greatly appreciated. The following acts are needed: Solo Singer, Ballad Group, Instrumental Group, Storyteller, Set and Ballad Dancers and Quiz Team. Call or text Honora: 087-7925603Club AppWe are up to 190 members on our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €4,900 this week’s numbers were:  3, 5, 9 and 30 winners were: €50 Teresa Dolan (Kilcar) €30 Irene Carr (Drimnafinagle) and €20 Maureen Molloy (Meentakerraghan).  Lotto Plus numbers 11, 18, 21 and 24 there was no winner. BingoThere was no winner of our Club Bingo so next week’s Jackpot is now €5,500 on 45 numbers. This Sunday’s winners were €190 Elsie McMorrow €150 Breege McCallig, Mairead Cunningham, €120Catherine Johnston, €100 Kathleen Carr, €70 Bernard Shovlin, Margaret McGinley, Delia Hegarty and Brid McGuinness.For the latest news visit our website you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at and @KilcarGAAGAA NEWS: KILCAR U13’S EARN SUPERB WIN OVER NAOMH COLUMBA was last modified: September 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportlast_img read more

first_imgThe Eureka Loggers showed why they are the hottest team on the North Coast on Saturday, shutting out the McKinleyville Panthers 4-0 in the Charlie Lakin Memorial Tournament championship game at the Arcata Sports Complex.The shutout win was the second in three days at the tournament for the Loggers, who have now won 11 of their past 13 games and have likely secured a home playoff game in the process.More importantly for a team that has played a tougher schedule than any other Division-III …last_img read more

first_img10 September 2013British Universities and Science Minister David Willetts will be touching down on Wednesday on a new all-weather landing strip in the Karoo, where South Africa is building the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope, a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).The SKA, the first large-scale global research infrastructure project ever to be co-hosted in Africa, will be the world’s largest radio telescope.The MeerKAT, with a further 190 antennas to be built on the same site, will make up the first phase of the mid-frequency component of the SKA. The second phase will see further mid-frequency antennas constructed across South Africa and in eight African SKA partner countries.Complementary components of the SKA will be located in co-host country Australia.Willetts, South African Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom, other UK and SA government officials and SKA South Africa project staff will be on the first aircraft to touch down on the new landing strip on Wednesday.The UK, a major player in the global SKA project, is host to the head office of the SKA Organisation, located at the Jodrell Bank Observatory near Manchester.“It is a pleasure to see our South African SKA colleagues hosting Minister Willetts at one of the telescope sites, a few months after the minister inaugurated the SKA headquarters in the UK”, Professor Philip Diamond, director-general of the SKA Organisation, said in a statement on Tuesday.South Africa and the UK are already collaborating extensively in the field of radio astronomy, with 25 research organisations and 88 scientists from the UK – including 16 from Oxford University and 11 from Manchester University – directly involved in the large survey teams that will use the MeerKAT telescope for research during its first five years of operation.“The SKA is an extremely exciting project,” Willetts said on Tuesday. “From how the first stars and galaxies formed to the nature of gravity, their work will vastly increase our understanding of the universe.“I look forward to the UK and South African scientific communities working closely together as they harness Big Data, one of the eight great technologies of the future, to explore some of the most fundamental problems in astronomy.”Willetts said the SKA was one of the UK’s top priority astronomy projects, adding that the British government was planning to invest £19-million (R305-million) in the design phase of the project.On Wednesday Willetts, along with the rest of the British and South African delegation, will get a close-up view of the progress made on the MeerKAT infrastructure, including the KAT-7 pathfinder telescope, the new airstrip and roads, and specialised buildings and sheds where the MeerKAT antennas will be manufactured and integrated.Professor Justin Jonas, associate director for science and engineering at SKA South Africa, said the new landing strip would make life easier and safer for the engineers and scientists now frequently visiting the SKA site in the Karoo.“The site is located about 700km from Cape Town, where our science, engineering and commissioning teams are based, and about 1 000km from Johannesburg, where our infrastructure engineering team is based,” Jonas said.SAinfo reporter and SKA South Africalast_img read more