Boston Marathon Cancelled for First Time in 124-Year History, Goes Virtual

first_imgOrganizers canceled the Boston Marathon on Thursday for the first time in its 124-year history, in order to follow the social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak.The event has been conducted through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and even the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.It typically draws 30,000 participants, and had already been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14.Instead, participants will take part in a virtual event in which they will verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own, to receive their finisher’s medal.“It became clear as this crisis developed that Sept. 14 was less and less plausible,” Mayor Marty Walsh said at a news conference outside City Hall, where runners traditionally gather for a pre-race pasta dinner. “This is a challenge, but meeting tough challenges is what the Boston Marathon is all about,” Walsh continued, referencing the response to the finish line bombings that occurred seven years ago. “It’s a symbol of our city’s and our commonwealth’s resilience. So it’s incumbent upon all of us to dig deep, like a marathon runner, like we did in 2013, and keep that spirit alive.”Up to one-million people routinely line up along the course track.“There’s no way to hold this usual race format without bringing large numbers of people into close proximity,” Walsh said. “While our goal and our hope was to make progress in containing the virus and recovering our economy, this kind of event would not be responsible or realistic on Sept. 14 or any time this year.”The Boston Marathon, which is the longest-running annual marathon in the world, began in 1897.Qualifying times for this year’s race will be eligible for the 2021 Boston Marathon, which is scheduled to take place on April 19. The 125th anniversary race is scheduled for April 18, 2022.last_img read more

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Just Sayin’… The greatest NBA players?

first_imgLeBron James started a BIG controversy that has lingered on about the greatest NBA players. Who should be on Mount Rushmore? Well, being a sports guy dating back to the dark ages and especially pro basketball, I have to add my 2 cents worth.First I say anything dealing with basketball must be five not four.LeBron’s four were Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. I’m surprised he had Oscar in that most young people when they select the greatest never deal with history, only the players they’ve seen. He also stated that some place would have to be made for him in the future, possibly as the fifth guy.Ulish CarterSince these statements just about every sports show and newspaper columnist has talked about it and selected their greatest. Well, here is mine.When you talk about greatest NBA players you must start with Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlin.Any selections that don’t include these two on it are suspect, a fraud. I know every modern day fan will say Michael Jordan is the greatest to ever play the game; I say that the greatest starts with these two then Michael along with Magic Johnson, and Oscar.Why Russell and Chamberlain? Russell in an era when there were few to no Blacks in major college or professional sports, especially basketball led San Francisco University to two consecutive NCAA championships, going undefeated both seasons. Then he entered the NBA, and led a good team that had never won an NBA championship in its history. They had never appeared in a championship game, he led them to 11 championships in 13 years. And that would have been 12 in 13 season if he had not gotten hurt in the playoffs during his second season. He was the greatest defensive player in the history of the game and averaged 22 rebounds per game for his career, when most players would be glad to get 22 in one game.Wilt was the greatest offensive player the game has ever known, and that includes Jordan. I would also go as far as to say he was probably the second greatest defensive player the game has known. He scored 100 points in one game, average 50 points and 22 rebounds for an entire season. He even led the league in assists one season, which has never been done by a center.And oh, by the way he averaged 22 rebounds for his entire career, putting him and Russell way, way, way out front in that category.The only reason I put him behind Russell is he only had two championships, but that was mostly because he played during the Russell era. Just ask Jerry West and Elgin Baylor about that frustration. They lost to Russell led teams year in and year out.So after Russell and Chamberlain we can talk about other players. Jordan comes out a shade ahead of Magic, Baylor and Robertson. Why? Six championships compared to Baylor, none; and Robertson two.You say what about Magic?I rate Michael and Magic even. Magic has five titles, but he took his team to nine championship series, winning five while losing four. There was five years Michael never made the big dance and not until Scotty Pippen developed was he able to get past the Boston Celtics, and Detroit Pistons.I think Magic was the most exciting player to watch other than Julius Erving during his prime. But Michael was a close third. What about Dr. J?Who would that fifth player be? Well not LeBron, he has five to 10 more years left. I think he will be among the five best if he continues to play at the level he’s playing for the next five years.So who would my fifth player be? That’s a tough question. Oscar, Elgin, Jerry West, Larry Bird, George Mikans, Dr. J, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar all are worthy. Baylor consistently averaged over 30 points and 12 rebounds while standing at only 6-5. Oscar averaged over 30 points, over 10 rebounds, and 10 assists per game, no one has ever done that, including Michael. Bird led a great Celtic team to three championships. And West along with Bird, and Rick Barry is the greatest pure shooters in history. But who would be that fifth player?I will have to go with Kareem barely over Oscar. Kareem won three consecutive NCAA championships losing only two games in three years, then six NBA championships, while becoming the NBA all time scoring leader.So Mr. James, you have your work cut out for you if you have any plans of being carved on Mt. Rushmore after the end of your career.For those of you who have been living on another planet, Mt. Rushmore has four U. S. Presidents carved in it.(Ulish Carter is the managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier.)last_img read more

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Ndombele shines as Aurier ends awful display with red card against Saints

first_imgHUGO LLORIS was forced to make up for his embarrassing blunder that allowed Danny Ings to equalise, by pulling off a string of fine second half saves.Tanguy Ndombele, who had his best game in a Spurs jersey since signing in the summer, opened the scoring but a shocking attempt to Cryuff turn his way out of trouble by Lloris gifted the Saints a leveller.3 Tanguy Ndombele was the star of the show for Spurs against SouthamptonCredit: Getty – ContributorStriker Harry Kane saved his skipper’s blushes after firing in what turned out to be the winner when he latched on to the ball in the box and smashed home.Here Jack Figg rates the performances of Mauricio Pochettino’s men.Hugo Lloris – 6Made a calamitous mistakes attempting a Cryuff turn having received a back pass from Alderweireld, and after missing the ball completely Danny Ings tapped home for 1-0.Pulled off two marvelous saves to prevent Ward-Prowse and Yoshida equalsing.Danny Rose – 6Struggled to close the distance down to prevent crosses coming in but bombed down Spurs’ left side well to create chances of his own.Toby Alderweireld – 7Tasked with marking Ings the Belgain was rarely beaten in one on one battles in the air or fighting for the ball. Clipped some good passes over the Saints backline early on.Jan Vertonghen – 7Disciplined display by the Belgium international. Made some important interceptions while deployed as the deeper centre-back.Serge Aurier – 2Awful day for the right-back, red carded four minutes after going in the book. Two fouls to prevent Boufal from advancing on the left wing saw Aurier sent off.Harry Winks – 6Played the deep lying role other side of Sissoko and Ndombele and looked to break play up regularly. Not involved on the ball as much after Spurs went down to ten.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one Moussa Sissoko – 7Started bright on the ball driving with possession but lacked the ability to find a killer pass despite pushing Spurs up. Covered well at right-back after Aurier was sent off.Tanguy Ndombele – 8Excellent start to the game, confident driving with the ball and pulled off some smart flicks to keep the pace of the attack. Took his goal well reacting fast to get a shot off with limited space.Christian Eriksen – 4Didn’t set the game alight like he can, didn’t look urgent to get on the ball and make a difference and only looked effective from set plays.Son Heung-min – 5Found himself drifting out to the left throughout the first half but was shy of getting behind the Saints backline and threatening with his pace and finishing ability.Harry Kane – 7Took Spurs’ winner expertly smashing the ball past Gunn with quick reactions. Put himself between the Saints centre-half offering to hold up play well.3 Serge Aurier was sent off by referee Graham Scott in the 31st minuteCredit: AFP or licensorsMOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutSUBSErik Lamela – 6Showed energy to help Spurs make up for their one man disadvantage. Was particularly comfortable weaving in and out from the left wing.Eric Dier – 6Brought on to provide help for Winks in defensive midfield the England international pressed Southamoton on the ball in a period where his team-mates were on tired legs.Victor Wanyama – 5Replaced Winks at the death but wasn’t given any time to make a difference.3 Hugo Lloris has now made nine errors leading to goals in the Prem since the start of the 2016/17 seasonCredit: ReutersMan Utd ready to move for unsettled Mauricio Pochettino and £32m buyout would be a bargainlast_img read more

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Armed Robbers Attack Bardnersville Township

first_imgArmed robbers early last Thursday morning attacked Gaye Dukpaye Community in Bardnersville Township, injuring an 18 year-old man and making away with several valuables plus cash. The incident occurred around 2 a.m. in Josiah Estate situated on the fringes of the Bardnersville Housing Estate and adjacent to the Bardnersville Cemetery.The alleged robbers, who were said to be ten in number, fired three rounds from a single barrel gun before breaking into two houses and making away with valuables before police arrived. The wounded were taken to hospital as police launched an investigation, frightened residents said. They broke into the home of Mr. Naisehkar Glauseay, the Quality Assurance Manager at Liberia Revenue Authority (currently on leave in Kenya) before extending their mission to his next door neighbor, Thomas Wesseh Sullie, who has been suffering from hypertension for the last several years. “I’m glad that nothing happened to me,” he said.The robbers looted a large flat screen TV, a lap top, clothes and other valuables from the Glauseay house and took an unspecified amount of cash in Liberian and United States dollars from Wesseh’s home, before injuring his 18-year-old son, Thomas Wesseh Sullie, Jr on his chest with a machete. Sullie, Jr is a senior at the Canterbury Episcopal High School in Bardnersville.“They did not really come to us,” Wesseh explained. “They came to Mr. Glauseay’s house, but because we were shouting rogue, rogue, they got angry and attacked us.”Wesseh said the robbers broke into his house through the back door. “They took away the school’s money my wife brought home because she is the registrar at Watt Daycare School in Bardnersville. Then, they cut my son on the right side of his chest.” T-Wee, as Wesseh is popularly called, is a former Executive Mansion employee who was downsized and later suffered a stroke in the aftermath almost a decade ago. He has not fully recovered. He said one of the attackers recognized him. “The Papay is sick. Let us leave him and go,” he quoted one of the robbers as saying.“I thank God that we did not lose a life. These guys were armed with single barrel guns. We need to reactivate the vigilante group to protect ourselves like we have done in the past,” advised T-Wee.Meanwhile Glauseay in a telephone conversation from Nairobi, Kenya, said “I hope the attack did not target me. Because they came directly to me, according to information and that alone is worrisome. I am equally horrified like the rest of my neighbors.”Police, who are reportedly investigating the incident, took away three empty single barrel shells and a statement from victims and community members. The community chair, Benedict N. Broplen, said they are particularly angry with the LNP which failed to come to their rescue in time, when called upon.Community residents are said to be in extreme fear. Besides petty theft, no incident of armed robbery has occurred in the Gaye Dukpaye Community for the last 25 years, residents said. “The whole community is scared and discussing the situation. This kind of thing has never happened here before,” Wilvena G. Dweh, a student journalist said.“I’m shocked and worried,” said community vice chairperson Col. Elizabeth Harmon of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization.Chairman Broplen said he will call a general meeting to galvanize the community youth to reorganize the community night watch team.“We have to get on our feet to protect our community,” Abbas J. Gbollie, the community youth chair added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Dortmund hit out at Wenger over Aubameyang

first_img0Shares0000Dortmund dropped star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, pictured here, from the squad for their Bundesliga match against Stuttgart on November 17, 2017DORTMUND, Germany, Jan 19- Borussia Dortmund have taken a swipe at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for suggesting that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would flourish at the Emirates Stadium.The Gabon international has been linked with a move away from Signal Iduna Park once more with the advent of the January transfer window and is rumoured to be on he Gunners’ radar. Wenger confirmed on Thursday that Alexis Sanchez is close to joining Manchester United in deal that would see Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the opposite direction, and he refused to rule out a move for Aubameyang this month but said “nothing else is close”.His comments have not gone down well with Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc, who feels the Frenchman would be better served focusing his efforts on turning around a five-match winless run.“We think it’s disrespectful to talk like this about other players. There is no contact with Arsenal,” insisted Zorc.“We assume that Mr Wenger has enough to do with the performance of his own players.”The 28-year-old striker has scored 20 goals in all competitions for Peter Stoger’s side this season, but missed the goalless draw with Wolfsburg on Sunday for disciplinary reasons.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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COUNCIL HONOURS DONEGAL WOMAN MADE LORD PROVOST OF GLASGOW

first_imgCllr. Sadie Docherty a woman with strong family roots in West Donegal, who holds the prestigious role of Lord Provost of Glasgow, is to be honoured with a Civic Reception at Donegal County Council in Lifford on Tuesday next.She is only the fourth woman in history to hold the position of Lord Provost of Glasgow since the year 1450. The Lord Provost is also Lord-Lieutenant of Glasgow, and therefore the Queen’s official representative in the City. In this capacity, the Lord Provost hosts visits by all members of the Royal Family to Glasgow, and events relating to the armed forcesCllr. Sadie Docherty, whose father came from Carrickataskin in Gweedore and immigrated to Scotland in the mid 1950’s, was first elected as a Labour Councillor in 2007. She has made a strong impact on the city with over a half a million residents and retained her seat in the recent local elections. Speaking of her Donegal connections the Lord Provost has said ‘I am proud of my Donegal lineage. Both my parents and grandparents are from Gweedore which is a wonderful part of the world and my husband, Willie and I remain regular visitors.’The Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jnr is delighted to be in a position to honour the Lord Provost on this occasion.“Cllr Sadie Docherty is a wonderful ambassador for Donegal and is always positive and proud of her connections to our county. She has been to the fore in promoting and supporting Donegal and its reputation in this the year of the Irish Gathering.“This is a great opportunity for us to recognise the achievements of Cllr Docherty and to acknowledge our appreciation and thanks for helping to promote our county and reputation across the water”. Cllr. Sadie Docherty will be honoured at a civic reception in the County House Lifford, on Tuesday 7 May at 3.00pm. This Civic Reception will be hosted by the Mayor Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jnr and the members of Donegal County Council. COUNCIL HONOURS DONEGAL WOMAN MADE LORD PROVOST OF GLASGOW was last modified: May 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:civic receptionCLLR SADIE DOHERTYLORD PROVOSTlast_img read more

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FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTSOld Orchard Inn Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 1 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3 Kilmacrennan hosted Castlefin on Saturday afternoon at Lurgy Park. A quiet first half ended 0-0, chances were very limited for both teams. Castlefin got the first goal of the match just 5 minutes into the second half when John Mc Granaghan headed in from a well worked free kick. Kilmacrennan applied some pressure and got their reward after an hour. Paul Mc Eldowney rose well at the back post to head in Steve McElwaine’s corner. The game opened up after this with both teams creating chances. Mark Lafferty struck for Castlefin with 5 minutes to go with a good finish from the edge of the box. Kilmacrennan were pushing, trying to get a late equaliser, but were dealt another blow in the last minute when Mark Lafferty tucked in a rebound after a brave save from Kilmacrennan keeper Damien Crossan.Best for Kilmacrennan: Jimmy Mc Elwaine. Good team performance from Castlefin.Fintown Harps AFC 1 Glenea United Reserves 1This game took place at Pairc Acla in Fintown. In perfect playing conditions the Harps took the lead on the 10th minute when Stephen Molloy crossed a ball in from the right wing and it slipped into the back of the net. Fintown continued to create scoring opportunities but were unsuccessful. Then with Two minutes left on the clock Glenea came within inches of making it all level but JP Breslin did very well to clear it off the line. The second half started well for the Glenea men. They got the equaliser in the 10th minute of the second half when the ball came to Tommy Rodgers, after good team work, and he smashed it into the Fintown goal. In the 25th minute of the second half Fintown were awarded a penalty from a handball in the box. Daragh Gallagher stood up to the ball but sent it to the left and wide. The Harps pushed hard at the end to get a winner but to no avail. The game finished all level in Fintown.Team performance by both teams. Referee : Barry HunterMulroy Celtic 2 Glencar Celtic 4The home side went into this really needing the win after slipping down the league after a poor run of results, however it was the away side that left Tri a Loch with all three points. They achieved their victory mainly because they were superior throughout. It was Mulroy who broke the deadlock from the spot after Griffin ghosted past three defenders only for the last man to take him down inside the box, he got up to dispatch the penalty himself. Glencar produced numerous chances but couldn’t get past the home net minder. Glencar equalized when they broke from a Mulroy corner and their centre forward dispatched the ball well with a diving header. The second goal followed soon after when a corner was whipped in which wasn’t dealt with and the ball ended up in the back of the net. Mulroy attempted to rally but two more mistakes killed the game off. Glencar’s forwards never gave the home defence a seconds peace all day, Mulroy got a glimmer of hope when Sonic unleashed a dipping shot from outside the box which flashed in off the bar. Their optimism was short lived as another defensive slip let the away side in again for another fine finish. Paul Sonic Coyle impressed for the home side, the spine of Glencar were very effective.Glencar Inn Division Two Donegal Town Reserves 1 Glenree United Reserves 0Downtown Cup Group ATullyvinney Rovers 1 Erne Wanderers 9Tullyvinney entertained high flying Erne Wanderers w3ho opened their scoring account in the second minute of the game when goal machine Sticky Ward finished off a fine move with a fierce shot from twelve yards out. Tullyvinney’s young and inexperienced side then settled but Erne kept them on the back foot for the first fifteen minutes with Adam Gardiner and Martin Alexander having a couple of chances but failing to register. In the twenty-second minute Dermot Slevin unleashed a fierce shot which was parried by the Tullyvinney keeper Thomas McBride unfortunately into the path of the inrushing Eamon Cleary. In the thirtieth minute Eamon Cleary registered Erne’s third goal after a fine passing move down the right hand side. Johnny Corcoran scored Tullyvinney’s only goal in the thirty-ninth minute with a well placed shot from twenty-five yards into the top corner of the net. The score at half- time was 3-1. In the second half despite hard work by Tullyvinney they couldn’t handle the experienced Erne Wanderers outfit with Sticky Ward registering four more goals one of which was a spectacular overhead kick from the edge of the eighteen yard box. Diarmuid Spratt rounded off a fine performance in the seventy-first minute when he scored and David Dolan put the icing on the cake for the Erne side when he scored in the eighty-ninth minute. Gallant team performance from Tullyvinney but outstanding for Erne were Sticky Ward and Dermot Slevin.Referee: Michael MulhernMilford United Reserves 1 Cranford United Reserves 2Milford had to travel again for this home fixture to Cranford Park and came home empty handed. Cranford opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Dale McFadden shot low to the corner from 10 yards after a poor clearance. Milford applied the pressure for the rest of the half but weren’t able to turn possession into goals. The second half continued with Milford on the attack but found Barney Logue in the Cranford nets in fine form. The equaliser came with 20 minutes remaining when Jason Mc Conigley tucked the ball away after another goal mouth scramble. With Milford pressing for the winner they were caught on the counterattack with a well taken goal from Johnny Wilhare who beat the keeper from 30 yards to seal the points for Cranford.Downtown Cup Group C Ramelton Mariners 0 Deele Harps 1Gweedore United Reserves 2 Downtown United 1This game played at Carrickboyle in good conditions saw the home side claim their second consecutive win in the cup thanks to good finishes from Sean Paul Mc Mahon and Stephen O’ Donnell. The game started with the hosts coming close after just two minutes however Downtown scrambled the ball clear. The visitors began to settle well and went close on 8 minutes however Johnny Gallagher saved well from Niall Bonner. In the 20th minute the home side went in front when a long pass fell to Sean Paul Mc Mahon who shot well past the Downtown Keeper to make it 1-0. Downtown went at United following that goal and saw good efforts from Niall Bonner and Gio Peoples test Gallagher in the United net. The visitors equalised in the 38th minute when a well delivered corner from Bonner was headed into the back of the net by Sean Sweeney. Downtown thought they went ahead in the 44th minute when Sweeney shot well, however the ball was cleared off the line by Ryan Duggan and it remained 1-1 until half time. The second half saw Downtown win a lot of the possession however they didn’t pose any danger in the final third thanks to a well organised Gweedore defence. The home side got the winner in the 82nd minute when Stephen O’ Donnell finished well from 20 yards following a good pass from his brother Aodh. Sean Sweeney and Niall Bonner played well for Downtown and it was a good spirited team performance from the Carrickboyle men.Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLagan Harps 2 Glenea United 2In a reversed to Glasserchoo it was the home side that started the brightest and took a two goal lead through goals from Michael Barry and Ryan McFadden. Lagan pulled a goal back through Declan Sweeney. In the 2nd half Lagan equalized through Kevin McHugh. Glenea pushed hard for a winner but were unable get it. Best for Glena were John Harley and Ryan McFadden, while it was a team effort from Lagan Harps.Rathmullan Celtic 3 Castlefin Celtic 1The Seasiders got off to a sensational start after five minutes when a cross was headed down by Eamonn Sheridan to his cousin Oisin McMenamin, who unleashed an unstoppable volley into the bottom corner of the net. The hosts doubled their advantage on 18 minutes when Aaron Mc Clafferty flicked the ball in to full back Paddy Sheridan who drilled his strike into the bottom corner. The Hoops put the game beyond doubt in the 28th minute when McMenamin crossed into midfield maestro Eoin Sheridan who wrapped up a much needed win for the Hoops with a calm finish inside the area much to the jubilation of the rain-soaked Seaside faithful.The second half saw the visitors, to their credit, up the ante and challenge Curran’s charges with a more positive outlook and some attacking football. Castlefin were finally rewarded for their rich vein of form in the second period when Tourish found the back of the net in the 83rd minute to reduce the deficit with a fine finish from inside the area.Referee: Joe McHughDunkineely Celtic 2 Gweedore Celtic 3In a reversed fixture played at An Screaban, there was late drama as Gweedore edged out Dunkineely. The home team were on top in the early stages and after fourteen minutes went ahead when Jamie Boyle’s ball from the end line eluded the keeper and ended up in the back of the net. The lead was doubled five minutes later when Ownie Mc Garvey’s shot took a deflection and rolled into the net.Ten minutes into the second half Dunkineely were back in the game when Adrian Nesbitt finished off a good move. As the game moved into the last twenty minutes Ronan Boyle levelled when he shot home following a corner.The home side pushed for the winner and during a goalmouth scramble Tomas Diver fired home from close range Best for Gweedore was Danny Curran. A team performance by Dunkineely Referee: Ed MooreWatson Hire Division OneEany Celtic 0 Cappry Rovers 2The visitors went away from Inver with all three points following a hard battle. Both sides had chances in the first half but were unable to make the breakthrough. The teams were still scoreless at half time. Eany had the better of the exchanges at the start of the second half with Seamie Cannon going close on the hour. The breakthrough came in the 65th minute when Kyle Lafferty latched onto a ball played into the box. Eany went close to finding the equaliser on several occasions but were unable to score the elusive goal and Barney Lafferty got the second Cappry goal in injury time.CT Ball Division TwoCopany Rovers 1 Kerrykeel ’71 FC 6Kerrykeel underlined their title credentials with a large win over Copany in a match moved to the Lakeside Center, Ballyshannon. Mark Friel opened the scoring after 18 minutes and the same player netted on 25. Johnny Friel grabbed the third and fourth on 36 and 51 minutes, with Mark Friel completing his hat-trick on 55 minutes. Mark Friel grabbed his fourth on 72 minutes before Paul Clarke netted a late consolation for Copany after 80 minutes. Man of the match was Niall Doherty.Whitestrand United 3 Bonagee United 1Whitestrand were victorious in what was a superb game played in tricky conditions . The muddy pitch and the rain didn’t deter from what was a superb footballing spectacle . In what was really a must win game for the strand they got off to a magnificent start with Shaun Martin finishing superbly to get his first goal of the season . The first half was played at a high tempo throughout with both sides playing some beautiful football but it was Whitestrand that struck again on the stroke of half time. Calvin McGowan whipped in a great corner and Michael Sweeney finished clinically. Bonagee came out all guns blazing for the second half and got a goal back with 25 minutes remaining . The strand came under immense pressure but they were superb with the back four excellent throughout especially Ryan Mc Cleary who played with a maturity beyond his tender age. The strand struck the final and decisive blow thanks once again to the goal scoring machine Michael Sweeney. Sweeney ran onto a sublime through ball from Shauny Gallagher and finished at the second attempt. Whitestrand deserved the three points in what was a pulsating encounter from the first whistle to the last . The strand had heroic performers all over the field with Mc Cleary , Lynch and Sweeney providing a devastating spine to the promotion chasers.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD Old Orchard Inn Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 1 v 3 Castlefin Celtic ReservesFintown Harps AFC 1 v 1 Glenea United ReservesMulroy Celtic 2 v 4 Glencar CelticGlencar Inn Division TwoDonegal Town Reserves 1 v 0 Glenree United ReservesDowntown Cup Group ATullyvinney Rovers 1 v 9 Erne WanderersMilford United Reserves 1 v 2 Cranford United ReservesDowntown Cup Group CRamelton Mariners 0 v 1 Deele HarpsGweedore United Reserves 2 v 1 Downtown UnitedBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLagan Harps 2 v 2 Glenea UnitedMilford United P v P Kilmacrennan CelticRathmullan Celtic 3 v 1 Castlefin CelticDunkineely Celtic 2 v 3 Gweedore CelticWatson Hire Division OneRaphoe Town P v P Arranmore UnitedDrumoghill FC P v P Curragh AthleticKeadue Rovers P v P Ballybofey UnitedEany Celtic 0 v 2 Cappry RoversCranford United P v P Donegal TownCT Ball Division TwoCopany Rovers 1 v 6 Kerrykeel ’71 FCDunlewy Celtic P v P Drumbar UnitedLetterbarrow Celtic P v P Gweedore UnitedWhitestrand United 3 v 1 Bonagee UnitedDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE FIXTURESSATURDAY 16-2-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Inn Division OneGlencar Celtic v Fintown Harps AFCGlenea United Reserves v Ramelton MarinersCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Erne WanderersMulroy Celtic v Kilmacrennan Celtic ReservesGlencar Inn Division TwoKeadue Rovers Reserves v Downtown UnitedGlenree United Reserves v Cranford United ReservesDowntown Cup Group ATullyvinney Rovers v Milford United ReservesDowntown Cup Group CDeele Harps v Gweedore United ReservesFIXTURES SUNDAY 17-2-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionMilford United v Glenea UnitedGweedore Celtic v Kilmacrennan CelticCastlefin Celtic v St. CatherinesWatson Hire Division OneEany Celtic v Curragh AthleticKeadue Rovers v Drumoghill FCCranford United v Raphoe TownCT Ball Division TwoGweedore United v Convoy ArsenalBonagee United v Dunlewy CelticUlster Junior CupLifford Celtic v Greencastle FC (K.O. 1.30 p.m.)FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: February 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTSRESULTS AND FIXTURESlast_img read more

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NO LAST MINUTE RUSH IN DONEGAL TO PAY HOUSEHOLD TAX

first_imgJUST a few hundred householders in Co Donegal bothered to pay the €100 household tax today – despite the opening of several council offices.A number of peaceful pickets were held around the county, though most protestors had travelled to Dublin by bus earlier this morning.Anti-austerity protestors in Dungloe said it was “extremely quiet” all day with only a handful of people had turned up to pay the charge. The same was reported in Letterkenny, though council sources were trying to stress that 80% of people who are paying are doing so online.Environment Minister Phil Hogan – criticised by members of his own party over his handling of the crisis – said that if there was a “credible alternative” to the €100 household charge then it would have been pursued.“I have sought to protect the most vulnerable in society and have exempted large numbers of groups that are in greatest need,” he claimed.  NO LAST MINUTE RUSH IN DONEGAL TO PAY HOUSEHOLD TAX was last modified: March 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldaily.comNO LAST MINUTE RUSH IN DONEGAL TO PAY HOUSEHOLDlast_img read more

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LYIT MASTERS IN MARKETING IS CRACKING THE ‘EXPERIENCE’ NUT!

first_imgMichael Margey, Head of School of Business LYIT with Shane Magee, Operations Manager at Errigal Seafood and Sarah Meehan who works with Donegal Tourism. Photo Clive Wasson.It’s the old chestnut that has weighed down graduates over the years.You can’t get experience without a job and you can’t get a job without experience.But now the Letterkenny Institute of Technology is proving it may have just the solution. The LYIT’s postgraduate programmes in business have a strong track record for graduate employment and all include a mentored work placement.That means, the student not only gets to experience a real work environment but they can also bring genuine business expertise to the employer. It’s proven to be a real asset when it comes to offering employers that all-important experience.Furthermore the most recent LYIT Graduate Survey (2013) shows that having a postgraduate qualification gives a significant boost to securing employment, nearly double the level for undergraduate, where 79% of students on business postgraduate programmes secured employment.Michael Margey Head of School of Business explains, “It’s the old chestnut. Employers want a proven track record and graduates need to gain experience. When our graduates go out in the field and demonstrate the value they can bring to an organization, it’s a valuable exchange for both student and employer. In many cases there’s a connection between the companies that postgrads are placed with and students gaining employment. There’s no doubt that overall, the work placement is a huge boost to helping postgrads secure jobs.” He continues, “The MSc in Marketing Practice at the Business School is a 1 year full-time and 2 years part-time course which aims to grow complementary marketing competencies, alongside the graduate’s primary business skills. The curriculum reflects the skills’ deficits identified in the labour market and aims to equip graduates with essential tools to secure employment.” The most recent Forfas Future Skills Report (2014) points to the fact, marketing related skills are very much in demand for organizations to grow and win business, and are currently in short supply. Marketing plays a key role in driving trade and export performance, managing data and social media campaigns, and in driving the competitive consumer goods sector.Shane Magee is Operations Manager at Errigal Seafood, a successful Donegal company located in Carrick which exports shellfish to mainland Europe and as far away as South Korea and Japan. He studied the MSc in Marketing at LYIT and did work placement with Errigal.“The work experience you get on the course, money can’t buy.” He says, “You get the opportunity to put theory into practice and really understand how a company operates and understand the many challenges faced by companies operating in today’s challenging environment. So the result is, employers get a chance to see the value of marketing first hand and how it can benefit their company directly. It’s all about delivering results and showing what you can offer to the company, to make a job for yourself.”In addition he continues, “It’s a great advantage studying the postgrad in Marketing at LYIT since you build up a strong network of people including lecturers, who are a valuable resource, long after you’re finished. Marketing makes you understand the product and who buys it. The marketing audit you conduct whilst on placement covers many aspects of the company and gives you a grasp of its products, markets and customers. I have no doubt the work placement helped me secure the job with Errigal after my studies.”Shane says he feels he benefited much more by being placed with a local company. “Errigal Seafood celebrates 52 years in business this year, employing local people and sourcing a local product which has continuously adapted to supply new markets. That sort of longevity doesn’t happen by accident. There’s a very knowledgeable and committed team here, I am fortunate to have been able learn from them.”Sarah Meehan who works with Donegal Tourism delivering marketing, says the MSc helped to build her confidence. Sarah also mentors and trains micro-businesses in the North West and NI.“It’s a great investment of your time,” she says, “the MSc in Marketing at LYIT is a brilliant course, very practical, which suited me. You get a real glimpse of business issues and how to solve them. The work placement gives you a chance to apply what you’ve learned but also make yourself invaluable to the employer.”“I also believe the Masters has given me tremendous credibility. I can’t rate it highly enough and the lecturers are excellent and really tuned in. I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to pursue a career in marketing and business in general.” LYIT has also recently launched a new ‘Pushing Boundaries’ scholarship scheme which aims to increase access to higher education and postgraduate studies. LYIT is offering up to 30 Masters scholarships if you have the talent, the drive and the initiative to complete your studies. The scholarships have been designed for those students who are in receipt of no other form of financial assistance to study from a grant awarding body. To find out more about the MSc in Marketing Practice and the ‘Pushing Boundraries’ Scholarship scheme, visit lyit.ie, email michael.margey@lyit.ie or contact Rory McMorrow, School of Business Administrator 074 9186211.LYIT MASTERS IN MARKETING IS CRACKING THE ‘EXPERIENCE’ NUT! was last modified: July 8th, 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:donegalexperiencegraduatesLYITMarketinglast_img read more

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