January 20


first_imgARSENAL (4-2-3-1)OSPINA, BELLERIN, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL,ELNENY, COQUELIN,SANCHEZ, OZIL, IWOBI, WELBECKMBOKANI, NAISMITH,BRADY, O’NEIL, HOWSON, JARVIS, OLSSON, MARTIN, BENNETT, WISDOM, RUDDYNORWICH (4-4-1-1)Arsenal return to the Emirates Stadium in fourth place in the Barclays Premier League after being held to a goalless draw by one of the relegation-threatened sides, Sunderland.That point enabled Sunderland to move out of the bottom three, leap-frogging Norwich City, who arrive in North London desperate for points to retain their top-flight status.Sunderland and Norwich are level on 31 points, but they have a game in hand on Newcastle United, who are on 30 points and currently 19th in the table.Having beaten West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle, Norwich were on a roll. But they have lost their last two, at Crystal Palace and at home to Sunderland and face the Gunners, having lost 11 of their last 13 away games.However, when they met Arsenal at Carrow Road last November, they earned a valuable draw with Lewis Grabban – now at Bournemouth – ruling out Mesut Ozil’s early goal.This fixture tends to produce goals. Six of the seven Premier League meetings at Arsenal have produced at least four goals and a total of 32. Norwich’s only Premier League win there was in August 1992 when they won 4-2 in the inaugural weekend of the competition. Since then, they have drawn two and lost four.Arsenal are unbeaten in seven league games but can no longer win the title and need to win to boost their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. Jack Wilshere made his first appearance of the season as a late substitute following a season out with a leg injury. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky are out while they test Santi Cazorla, Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Flamini.Norwich, meanwhile, check on Russell Martin and Andre Wisdom while Timm Klose and Alexander Tettey are out.last_img read more

January 20

Familiar foes, same venue – STETHS, Lennon clash again

first_img FIFTH FINAL A win today for STETHS would land them in a fifth successive daCosta Cup final, but it would mean much more if they stop Lennon of all the other teams from advancing. “We have the players to do the job. We lost the knockout title to them, but we will not surrender the daCosta Cup. We gave ourselves a target, a mission, which is to defend our crown. We are just two games away from doing so,” added Wedderburn. Without top scorer Jovoney Brown (foot injury), it will be up to the likes of Glendo Gopaul, Alex Thompson, Demar James and Chris-Andrew Dixon to deliver. Meanwhile, for Lennon, it’s a simple equation. Keep James, Thompson and Dixon quiet, play hard and compact in defence, and take their chances. Last year, Lennon fell at this stage, but buoyed by their recent success, it is expected they will be up for this semi-final. “We are hoping to defeat STETHS again and take our place in the final. I believe we can do it for our school and the community,” said captain Fitzroy Cummings. Lennon’s head coach Merron Gordon is confident his team can deliver another stinging loss on STETHS, but warned his players about being complacent. “We have STETHS to deal with for a place in the final. I can tell you, we are prepared for it. Lifting the KO trophy was a great taste of victory. Now we want the big one,” Gordon reasoned. The reliable Cummings, Kwesi Watts, Tavis Grant and the brilliant goalkeeping of Tyrone Mullings make this Lennon team formidable opponents. WESTERN BUREAU: Losing the Ben Francis Knockout (KO) title stung hard, but the sting may just be what defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) needed to keep their minds firmly focused on holding on to the prized ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup. However, Lennon, still high after stopping the STETHS knockout juggernaut reaching a record seven-straight, will, no doubt, have something to say about it when the two meet in what is expected to be another tense affair in this afternoon’s 2016 daCosta Cup schoolboy football semi-final. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. at Manchester High School. This is a competition that the STETHS players and, indeed, their coach Omar Wedderburn will admit, is the big one, and they will be ready and waiting to deny Lennon any chance of denying them a return to championship game. “All my players are up and ready. This is why we play the game of football. I made no bones about how significantly important this daCosta Cup title is to us. We are going out there to win and move into the final,” said Wedderburn in his characteristically confident tone.last_img read more

January 12

National Youth Policy implementation still in preparation stage

first_imgWhile the Department of Youth has been planning works since the passing of the National Youth Policy in Parliament in 2016, the implementation of the policy is still in its preparation stage.This is according to Director of Youth, Melissa Carmichael, who at a recent Social Cohesion Ministry engagement said, “We’re still in the process of preparing the implementation plan for the policy.”Carmichael noted that consultations will be held with various youth organisations, with the aim of putting the implementation plan together.“The Department of Youth after the National Youth Policy was passed would have put together our programme for 2018 as well as 2017 based on directives from the youth policy. Whatever it contains, the various aspects of youth and youth development that it contains we would have taken that into consideration while planning our work plan for 2017 as well as 2018… so as it relates to implementing what is there, the Department of Youth has been doing that but we are still in the process of preparing the implementation plan,” the Director of Youth disclosed.That plan, however is expected to be put together before the end of June or September.“As a department, we would have discussed at various levels the fact that an implementation plan needs to be put into place and we are preparing sometime in this year to have consultations with various youth organisations with regards to putting that together… so sometime before the end of this quarter maybe next quarter we should start working on that crafting the plan” Carmichael said. The National Youth Policy is premised on improving the social, emotional and cultural skills of young people, producing a productive and enterprising youth workforce, developing quality education and market-oriented skills, encouraging leadership, participation and representation and promoting good health, security and safety.The policy caters for development of a National Youth Empowerment Action Plan which will include comprehensive and strategic programmes and projects being implemented.last_img read more

January 12

The Carbon Tax is Here

first_imgDrivers in British Columbia will have to pay more at the pumps starting today.The B-C government’s controversial carbon tax plan goes into effect this morning, and motorists in the province may soon be paying the highest gas prices in the country.The plan will be phased in over five years to allow drivers to understand that there’s a cost associated with generating greenhouse gases.- Advertisement -The tax works out to an extra 2.4 cents a litre on gas, rising to 7.24 cents per litre by 2012.British Columbians already pay a 3.5-cent-per-litre gasoline tax to help pay for transportation projects.The tax is being billed as revenue neutral, meaning the government will not use money generated from the tax to fill its coffers.Advertisement The tax is expected to bring in more than a billion dollars in revenue that will be returned through income and business tax breaksThe plan isn’t popular with drivers, but Premier Gordon Campbell says his government has come up with the most aggressive green plan in North America.last_img read more

January 11

Treasure planet: Possible habitable world discovered

first_imgWASHINGTON – European astronomers have found the most Earth-like planet outside our solar system, and here’s what it might be like to live there: The “sun” wouldn’t burn brightly. It would hang close, large and red in the sky, glowing faintly like a charcoal ember. And it probably would never set if you lived on the sunny side of the planet. You could have a birthday party every 13 days because that’s how fast this new planet circles its sunlike star. But watch the cake – you’d weigh a whole lot more than you do on Earth. You might be able to keep your current wardrobe. The temperature in this alien setting will likely be a lot like Earth’s – not too hot, not too cold. Alan Boss, who works at the Carnegie Institution of Washington where a U.S. team of astronomers competed in the hunt for an Earth-like planet, called it “a major milestone in this business.” The planet was discovered by the European Southern Observatory’s telescope in La Silla, Chile, which has a special instrument that splits light to find wobbles in different wave lengths. Those wobbles can reveal the existence of other worlds. What they revealed is a planet circling the red dwarf star Gliese 581. Red dwarfs are low-energy, tiny stars that give off dim red light and last longer than stars like our sun. Until a few years ago, astronomers didn’t consider these stars as possible hosts of planets that might sustain life. Shedding new light The discovery of the new planet, named 581 c, is sure to fuel studies of planets circling similar dim stars. About 80 percent of the stars near Earth are red dwarfs. The new planet is about five times heavier than Earth, and gravity there would be 1.6 times as strong as Earth’s. Its discoverers aren’t certain whether it is rocky like Earth or if it’s a frozen ice ball with liquid water on the surface. If it is rocky like Earth, which is what the prevailing theory proposes, it has a diameter about 1 times bigger than our planet. If it is an ice ball, as Mayor suggests, it would be even bigger. Based on theory, 581 c should have an atmosphere, but what’s in that atmosphere is still a mystery and if it’s too thick that could make the planet’s surface temperature too hot, Mayor said. However, the research team believes the average temperature to be somewhere between 32 and 104 degrees and that set off celebrations among astronomers. Until now, all 220 planets astronomers have found outside our solar system have had the “Goldilocks problem.” They’ve been too hot, too cold or just plain too big and gaseous, like uninhabitable Jupiter. Looking for liquid The new planet seems just right – or at least that’s what scientists think. “This could be very important,” said NASA astrobiology expert Chris McKay, who was not part of the discovery team. “It doesn’t mean there is life, but it means it’s an Earth-like planet in terms of potential habitability.” Eventually astronomers will rack up discoveries of dozens, maybe even hundreds of planets considered habitable, the astronomers said. But this one – simply called “c” by its discoverers when they talk among themselves – will go down in cosmic history as No. 1. Besides having the right temperature, the new planet is probably full of liquid water, hypothesizes Stephane Udry, the discovery team’s lead author and another Geneva astronomer. But that is based on theory about how planets form, not on any evidence, he said. “Liquid water is critical to life as we know it,” co-author Xavier Delfosse of Grenoble University in France said in a statement. “Because of its temperature and relative proximity, this planet will most probably be a very important target of the future space missions dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life. On the treasure map of the universe, one would be tempted to mark this planet with an X.” Other astronomers cautioned it’s too early to tell whether there is water. “You need more work to say it’s got water or it doesn’t have water,” said retired NASA astronomer Steve Maran, press officer for the American Astronomical Society. “You wouldn’t send a crew there assuming that when you get there, they’ll have enough water to get back.” The new planet’s star system is a mere 20.5 light years away, making Gliese 581 one of the 100 closest stars to Earth. It’s so dim, you can’t see it without a telescope, but it’s somewhere in the constellation Libra, which is low in the southeastern sky during the midevening in the Northern Hemisphere. Even so, Maran noted, “We don’t know how to get to those places in a human lifetime.” Getting more sun But, oh, the view, if you could. The planet is 14 times closer to the star it orbits. Udry figures the red dwarf star would hang in the sky at a size 20 times larger than our moon. And it’s likely, but still not known, that the planet doesn’t rotate, so one side would always be sunlit and the other dark. Two teams of astronomers, one in Europe and one in the United States, have been racing to be the first to find a planet like 581 c outside the solar system. The European team looked at 100 different stars, using a tool called HARPS (High Accuracy Radial Velocity for Planetary Searcher), to find this one planet, said Xavier Bonfils of the Lisbon Observatory, one of the co-discoverers. Much of the effort to find Earth-like planets has focused on stars like our sun with the challenge being to find a planet the right distance from the star it orbits. About 90 percent of the time, the European telescope focused its search more on sunlike stars, Udry said. A few weeks before the European discovery earlier this month, a scientific paper in the journal Astrobiology theorized that red dwarf stars were good candidates. “Now we have the possibility to find many more,” Bonfils said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And that “just right” temperature is one key reason astronomers think this planet could conceivably house life outside our solar system. It’s also as close to Earth-size as telescopes have ever spotted. Both elements make it the first potentially habitable planet besides Earth or Mars. Astronomers who announced the discovery of the new planet Tuesday says this puts them closer to answering the cosmic question: Are we alone? “It’s a significant step on the way to finding possible life in the universe,” said University of Geneva astronomer Michel Mayor, one of 11 European scientists on the team that found the new body. “It’s a nice discovery. We still have a lot of questions.” There’s still a lot that is unknown about the new planet, which could be deemed inhospitable to life once more is learned about it. But as galaxies go, it’s practically a neighbor. At only 120 trillion miles away, the red dwarf star that this planet circles is one of the 100 closest to Earth. The results of the discovery have not been published but have been submitted to the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics. last_img read more

January 10

Teammates told me never to shoot, jokes Wanyama

first_img“I have had several shots at goal since I returned and some of the lads were not happy and they said that I should not be shooting again but i said to myself that I would continue shooting and one day it will get into the back of the net and that day was today,” Wanyama joked speaking to Spurs’ official TV stream after the game.The sentiments were shared by striker Harry Kane who was at the centre of the game, missing a penalty and scoring a late one as he joined an elite list of Premier League players to reach 100 league goals.“He’s proved us wrong! He had a few shots recently and they have all gone to the corner flag and we told him not to shoot. But fair play to him he stuck it for us today and he pulled us one of the best strikes I have seen. I probably haven’t seen a better one in my career to be fair,” the English forward who described the goal as a ‘wonder strike’ further opined.Harry Kane wheels away in celebrating his goal against Liverpool on February 4, 2018 with Victor Wanyama in the background. PHOTO/Daily MailWanyama has had a slow return to the Spurs first team since fully recovering from a knee injury that put him out for a period of four months and is yet to be in the starting 11 for a Premier League match.The midfield workhorse said he was delighted to play a positive role for the side, adding that getting a point away to Liverpool is no mean task.“I thought in the second half we played much better. We had a feeling we would score but unfortunately we didn’t until I came on and I got a goal. Sometimes it’s difficult; you can shoot and don’t score. I am happy I scored today to help the team,”“It is a difficult place to come because they always give us a tough time but today we got better and showed what we can do and I think we deserved to win today,” the midfielder further stated.The result sees Spurs remain at fifth on the English Premier League table, four ahead of North London rivals Arsenal who they face on Saturday in Wembley.Before then, Spurs will take on League Two side Newport County in the FA Cup on Wednesday and Wanyama might start the match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Victor Wanyama wheels away in celebrating his goal against Liverpool on February 4, 2018.NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 5- Harambee Stars captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama has disclosed in the aftermath of his wonder-strike against Liverpool on Sunday, that his teammates had told him never to shoot again after some below per efforts.Wanyama came on for Moussa Dembele in the 79th minute of Spurs’ 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield and with barely two minutes on the pitch struck a worldie from almost 25 yards out to pull his side level at 1-1.last_img read more

January 6

Liverpool’s Salah scoops PFA award for March

first_imgSalah is winning the award for the fourth time this season having won it in November, December and February.The Egyptian has had a brilliant season netting 38 goals for Liverpool in all competitions and also leads Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane in the race for the top goal scorer award.The 25-year-old is the Premier League’s top scorer with 29 goals, five more than Kane in second place.Salah did not play in Liverpool’s goalless draw against Everton over the weekend having suffered an injury in last week Champions League 3-0 win over Manchester City, where he scored the first goal.However, his manager Jurgen Klopp is optimistic the Egyptian will be fit to play in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed SalahLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 9- Mohamed Salah was on Monday named as the PFA Player of the Month for March after scoring six goals in four matches for Liverpool. His six goals in four matches came against Newcastle United, Manchester United, Watford and Crystal Palace.last_img read more

December 29

Donegal sees drop in number of overseas tourists visiting the ‘Coolest Place’

first_imgDonegal was the 10th most-visited county in Ireland by overseas tourists in 2017, according to new figures from Failte Ireland and CSO. Some 255,000 foreign tourists checked out the ‘Coolest Place’ last year and spent €82 million during their stay.However, the figure is a fall of 28,000 visitors from 2016, when 283,000 overseas travellers made Donegal their destination and spent €90 million. Overseas tourist visits to Ireland grew by 3.2% to 9 million in 2017, making it a record-breaking year for tourism nationally. Visitors spent a combined €4.9 billion during their visits.Irish residents took 9.6 million trips within Ireland and spent €1.9 billion last year. Domestic visitors took 376,000 trips to Donegal in 2017, spending €96 million on their travels.The number of local visitors is up by 2,000 from 2016, when 374,000 Irish residents’ trips were made to Donegal, spending  €99.9million.The number one fee-charging attraction in Co. Donegal was Glenveagh Castle and Grounds, with 211,000 visitors exploring the national park in 2017. Malin Head Viewing Point and the Sliabh Liag Cliffs were Donegal’s top free attractions, attracting 172,329 and 164,546 visitors respectively.Overseas tourists from Britain to Ireland have fallen by 5.1% in the last year, while other markets continue to grow. Mainland Europe recorded growth of 5%. North American visitor numbers increased by 16.1%, with the long haul markets increasing by 14.2% in 2017.Donegal sees drop in number of overseas tourists visiting the ‘Coolest Place’ was last modified: August 22nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Failte Irelandtourismlast_img read more

December 28

Mahony urges end to hostility toward immigrants

first_img Mahony said he was concerned that “voices that are very much anti-immigrant, mostly in California and Los Angeles, are catching fire,” but didn’t name any particular group. On Tuesday, Mahony criticized the Minuteman Project and other anti-illegal-immigration groups, arguing that their efforts were misguided and wouldn’t solve national security issues. “The War on Terror isn’t going to be won through immigration restrictions,” he told the Los Angeles Times. Minuteman co-founder Jim Gilchrist accused Mahony on Wednesday of pandering to Hispanic immigrants, and said the cardinal’s stances encouraged illegal immigration. “Cardinal Mahony must be part of a lawless group,” said Gilchrist. “The church has no business messing in the rule of law.” Cardinal Roger M. Mahony called on Roman Catholics on Wednesday to embrace immigrants regardless of their legal status, criticizing what he said was increasing hostility toward the nation’s bulging undocumented population. The cardinal also said he would tell priests to defy any law enacted that would try to force churches and other organizations to determine the legality of immigrants before giving them assistance. Mahony, a longtime advocate of immigrant rights who oversees a racially diverse archdiocese of more than 4 million people, used Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season to urge Catholics to “make room” for immigrants. “Unless you are a Native American, everyone in here is the son or daughter of immigrants,” said Mahony, speaking during Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. As the illegal population balloons, now an estimated 11 million people, most of whom are Hispanic, the debate on how to deal with the phenomenon is intensifying. Anti-illegal-immigration groups regularly stage protests at day-labor sites where Hispanics wait for work, threatening to report employers who hire illegal immigrants. Immigration advocates have responded, staging counterprotests and organizing campaigns against legislation to crackdown on illegal immigrants. Mahony told those attending Mass on Wednesday that he was not in favor of “unfettered immigration,” but that the current system was inhumane and inefficient. Mahony said stringent laws and government bureaucracy meant immigrants were often separated up to 15 years from family members trying to immigrate. “We need reform that looks to family unification,” he said. “What we have now is broken and invites violation.” Reflecting positions of the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops, Mahony said reform had to include a guest-worker program and the legalization of undocumented immigrants. Mahony said the church’s stance was not political, but he made reference to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, which is slated to take up immigration reform this week. During an interview with Spanish-language press afterward, Mahony vowed to instruct priests to disobey any law requiring churches and other social organizations to ask immigrants for legal documentation before providing assistance. Such a provision was in the immigration bill passed by the House of Representatives in December. 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

December 27


first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. ClubThe €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 31 were Paddy Diver, Doonan and Eamonn Gorrell, 22 Ardeskin Heights. The numbers drawn were 8, 9, 13 & 24 with the jackpot now standing at €8,900.Coaching for the Under 14 Girls commences this Thursday evening February 16th from 5.15 pm to 6.30 pm on the All-Weather Training Pitch at Tir Conaill Park. Coaching is open to all girls born 1998 or 1999. Please contact team manager Michael Masterson (086) 8095521 if you require any further information. The Annual Dinner and Presentation of Club Awards for 2011 will take place this Saturday February 18th in Dom’s Pier 1 at 7.30 pm sharp. Tickets are on sale now priced at €20.00 from Sean Dunnion, Paul Timoney, Michael Martin and Maria Gorrell. Members are reminded that nominations for the Club Person of the Year 2011 award must be returned to Club Secretary, Eamonn Gorrell not later than 6.00 pm on Friday. The monthly meeting of Bord na nOg will take place next Monday night February 20th at 8.00 pm in the Abbey Hotel.GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 14th, 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:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more