T&T legend calls for more commitment

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Outstanding former Trinidad and Tobago striker, Stern John, has questioned the commitment of the current national players, and has urged them to lift their professionalism if the country is to quality for the next year’s World Cup in Russia.The 40-year-old, who scored 70 goals in over 100 appearances for T&T, said despite the fiasco surrounding the vacant coaching role, players needed to take personal responsibility for their performances and display the pride required at the national level.”The players need to have a look at themselves as well and have some personal pride and put everything behind their backs and just get on with the game,” the former Birmingham City and Coventry frontman told the Newsday newspaper here.T&T have endured a run of recent poor results which has led to the departure of two coaches in the space of seven weeks.First, T&T failed to make the finals of the Caribbean Cup and then made a terrible start to the CONCACAF qualifying final round for the 2018 World Cup when they lost their opening matches to Costa Rica and Honduras last November.The results cost long-time coach Stephen Hart his job but his replacement, Belgian Saintfiet, resigned after just five weeks and four games in charge, after T&T failed to reach a critical qualification playoff for the prestigious CONCACAF Gold Cup.Describing the current situation as a “shambles”, John placed the burden of responsibility on the players to turn things around.”The players now they [are] not that passionate about the game and they don’t really understand the importance of Trinidad and Tobago getting to another World Cup,” he lamented.T&T currently languish one from bottom of the CONCACAF final round standings without a point but will need to regroup quickly as they face Panama and Mexico in their next two qualifiers in late March.last_img read more

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New Hope Academy Envisions Tech, Vocational Education

first_imgMr. Roosevelt Woods (sunglasses) pose with (Front L/R) Barnabas Kortee, King NHA, Miss Evenna Bishop, Queen NHA, & Shela Kamara, African Custom Queen NHA.Back roll personalities include Mrs. Rita Arkoi, Proprietress, Mr. Wolobah Dennis, Board Member NHA, Mr. Augustine Arkoi, Proprietor NHA & Rev. Victor Cheady, Principal.FIND Boss urges GoL to provide subsidies to schoolsThe Executive Director of the Foundation for International Dignity (FIND), Roosevelt Woods, has called on the Government of Liberia to increase budget allotment for education and provide much-needed subsidies to private schools across the country.Serving recently as the keynote speaker at the 23rd anniversary of New Hope Academy on Peace Island in Paynesville, Monrovia, Mr. Woods indicated that increased budgetary allotment to the nation’s education sector will not only help to create a good learning environment for students but enable the government to provide better salaries and incentives for public school teachers.He also underscored the need for a review of Liberia’s education curriculum aimed at not only incorporating civic and voter education but ensuring effective monitoring and compliance to academic regulations by both public and private schools.On the theme: “Reviving the Educational Sector for a Better Liberia,” Mr. Woods cautioned teachers and other school administrators to instill good morals and academic values into the minds of students and called on parents to regularly monitor the academic performances of their children in school.Mr. Woods also urged students to strive for quality education and to minimize spending their time on discussing and debating minor issues on social media.In recent years, the New Hope Academy has been fulfilling its commitment to advancing gender equality in the ratio of male and female students who are graduating from secondary school by proving that when given the opportunity, girls can excel on an equal basis with boys.For instance, all twenty-six 12th graders (14 females & 12 males) of the New Hope Academy who wrote the 2016/2017 senior high school examinations administered by the West African Examination Council were successful.According to Mr. Augustine S. Arkoi, the school’s founder and proprietor, the school started in 1995 as a community recreation center in a makeshift building, teaching only martial arts and life skills to about 40 community based adolescent youth during the heat of the Liberian civil war.Rev. Arkoi asserted “The shocking discovery that majority of the youths had never sat in any classroom, prompted him to acquire an official permit from the Ministry of Education, thus transforming the re-creation center into a formal academic school to provide scholarships and affordable learning opportunity to all, particularly disadvantaged out-of-school youths.Mr. Arkoi who is also the founder of the Better Future Foundation (BFF) disclosed that girls’ education, retention in school, leadership, and issues of their sexual reproductive health are at the core of the learning programs of New Hope Academy. “Currently, the school is witnessing an increment in girls’ enrollment over the boys in all of its classrooms,” he said.Recent statistics of the school for 2014/2015 school year indicate that out of a total enrollment of 338, there was a ratio of 179 girls to 159 boys. Similarly, for the 2015/2016 school year, out an of enrollment 342, the girls outnumbered the boys 173  to 169. The current school enrollment again records 218 girls to 198 boys.The theme of this year’s anniversary was “Enhancing education through social integration.” The gala activities started on May 14 and coincided with the observance of Liberia’s 54th National Unification Day.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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Ronaldinho set for New York move

first_imgRonaldinho is set to follow in the footsteps of Thierry Henry and join New York Red Bulls.The former Ballon d’Or winner has been linked with a host of clubs this summer, including QPR, after being released by Atletico Minerio.However, according to Marca, New York Red Bulls are now in pole position to sign the Brazilian after meeting with his representatives.The move would see the 34-year-old reunited with former Barcelona team-mate Henry, who joined the MLS side in 2010.It is expected that Ronaldinho will confirm his new club at the start of next week. Ronaldinho in action for Atletico Minerio 1last_img

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AC Milan turn to former Blackburn striker as Diego Costa alternative

first_img1 Nikola Kalinic is wanted by Inter Milan AC Milan have turned their attentions to Nikola Kalinic after being priced out of moves for Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Manchester United target Andrea Belotti.The Rossoneri are desperate to land a big-name forward this summer after a miserable season in front of goal.Milan managed just 57 goals in Serie A, which was by far the lowest in the top nine of the table with only one player, Carlos Bacca, reaching double figures in the league.Costa is set to leave Chelsea this summer after revealing that manager Antonio Conte has told him he is no longer needed.Milan had emerged as a potential destination but reports in Italy have suggested that he will be far too pricey for the San Siro club.Similarly, Torino hotshot Belotti has been linked but any move for him is likely to cost close to £100m as his current £87m release clause only applies to clubs outside Italy.Now the Gazzetta dello Sport have revealed that Kalinic – who spent a spell at Blackburn earlier in his career – is the latest man in Milan’s sights as a low-cost alternative and talks regarding a move have begun.last_img read more

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FINN HARPS GO BACK TO SCHOOL WITH UNIQUE INITIATIVE

first_imgThe Minister of Sport and Tourism Michael Ring TD officially launched the new Finn Harps Schools programme at the Balor Theatre on Thursday, and described the project as “a wonderful initiative.”Finn Harps players, coaches and staff will work alongside 30 participating schools across the County on a comprehensive two year programme, where schoolchildren will enjoy a variety of sporting and community activities. The launch was hosted by Finn Harps Secretary and Community Officer John Campbell and was attended by Minister for Sport and Tourism Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Gaelteacht affairs Mr Dinny McGinley TD, Donegal Mayor Cllr Noel McBride, Airtricity League Director Fran Gavin of the FAI and Finn Harps Chairman Joey O’Leary.Minister Michael Ring said: “I believe this is the most wide ranging community programme to be developed by a senior football club in the whole Country, so its gives me great pleasure to be here for the official launch. I am delighted to see Finn Harps and local Schools working together to develop a unique and innovative project which will bring educational, social and sporting benefits to schoolchildren in Donegal.”Minister Ring also spoke of “the exciting sporting and economic opportunities” the new Stadium project will bring to the North West.Airtricity League Director Fran Gavin complimented John Campbell and Finn Harps on their dedication to working in partnership with Donegal Schools. “The FAI have been continually impressed with the range of community projects Finn Harps bring into Donegal, and we often cite Finn Harps as an example of what can be achieved when we are talking to other senior Clubs in the League,” he said.Mr Gavin also made himself very popular in the Balor with a “one for everyone in the audience” moment by inviting the attending Schools to be the FAI’s guests at the forthcoming Ireland v Czech Republic game in the Aviva Stadium!Project Manager for Finn Harps Schools programme John Campbell said “Finn Harps are delighted that we are working in these thirty schools throughout Donegal where in total 5294 children are registered.“All the Finn Harps personnel involved in the Project will be either qualified coaches or Harps Players from the first team Squad. We look forward to working with the Schools involved and we thank all the schools who applied to enter the programme.“We also are looking forward to working with Ulster Senior League, Donegal League and Inishowen League clubs in developing a strategy to bring expert coaching into Donegal Schools. It is an exciting project for us here at Finn Harps and all of us are looking forward to the challenge and opportunities that this programme presents,” he added.Donegal Mayor Cllr Noel McBride said: “I was very happy when I heard Finn Harps were launching this project because the club has shown they can use their profile to make a very positive contribution to public life in Donegal. “For example over the past couple of years I have been very impressed with how Finn Harps have worked with Donegal Road Safety, teachers, parents and school children to help increase awareness surrounding road safety issues within the County. I look forward to helping Finn Harps and the schools further develop the initiative in the near future,” he said.Minister of State for Gaelteacht Affairs Dinny McGinley spoke passionately about the dedication Teachers bring to their communities:“I would like to congratulate Finn Harps on the launch of this exciting initiative which will support the tremendous work done by Teachers across the County.” Minister McGinley also expressed his delight that Finn Harps are introducing the programme through the medium of Irish to gaelteacht areas in Donegal.Finn Harps Chairman Joey O’Leary thanked those who attended and paid tribute to Club Volunteers and Players. “I would like to thank John Campbell, the Finn Harps players and our club volunteers for making this ambitious programme a reality. We are delighted to have Minister Ring and Fran Gavin here for the launch as we are also liaising with both the government and the FAI on an ongoing basis, regarding the new stadium project. I would also like to thank all the participating schools, teachers and schoolchildren for their commitment to the programme and everyone at the club is looking forward to making the project a huge success.”Finn Harps thanked its project partners Donegal County Council, Donegal Road Safety, Donegal Sports partnership, Anti Racism Ireland, the FAI, the participating schools and junior clubs.FINN HARPS GO BACK TO SCHOOL WITH UNIQUE INITIATIVE was last modified: February 10th, 2012 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:finn harpsMinister Michael Ringschools programmelast_img read more

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INISHOWEN FOOTBALL: INISHOWEN ENGINEERING RESERVE PREMIER DIVISION REPORTS

first_imgInishowen Engineering Reserve Premier Division ReportsSea Rovers 2-3 Culdaff Res  Reversed to Culdaff rovers almost got their first points of the season but succumbed to two goals in the last five minutes.Rovers topok the lead on 3 minutes after Michael McColgan fed Shane Diver on the right hand side of the area and from sixteen yards he fired a superb chip over Stephen Gray in the home goal.Culdaff replied and got back on terms on 11 minutes when Paddy McColgan’s corner was flicked home by the head of Michael McLaughlin at the near post.Culdaff then went close on 33 minutes when Declan Noone unleashed a twenty five yards effort which flew just past Dean Mclaughlin’s post.Rovers started the second period well and twice in the opening five minutes Diver had efforts well saved by Gray in the Culdaff goal.Culdaff replied and following a corner Michael Mclaughlin headed over when unmarked. Rovers then forced a corner and when Gray punched clear the ball was swept home by Gavin Loftus from ten yards to regain the lead.McColgan then fired over for Culdaff before at the other end a powerful Gerard Crossan free kick was well tipped over by Gray.Culdaff spurned a great chance after a McColgan free fell to substitute Noel Mclaughlin but he steered the ball wide from six yards.Rovers then spurned a good chance to increase their lead after a deep corner fell to Michael McColgan who some how failed to connect at the back post.Culdaff drove forward in the last ten minutes and when a free kick broke to Martin McGrenaghan he blazed wide from point blank range.They got back on terms when after a scramble developed from a corner substitute Terence McLaughlin bundled the ball home at the second attempt.Then on the stroke of full time a McColgan corner found McGrenaghan and he powered a tremendous header to the top corner. Glengad Res 1-3 Aileach Res  Switched to lakeside Aileach took full advantage and started the game much the better.They got a dream start on 3 minutes when Liam Burke collected a poor clearance a drilled a shot in which Michael McLaughlin got a hand to but could not prevent trickling over the line.On 10 minutes Georgie Kelly converted a penalty awarded after Burke was upended to double the home side’s lead.Glengad replied and when Gary Kelly released Niall McLaughlin with a ball over the top he fired just wide.Aileach responded with Burke breaking clear to shoot past McLaughlin but also just past the post.The visitors then had two chances but firstly Gary Kelly when clear fired straight at David McGeady before the same player was denied by a superb James Wallce tackle.On the stroke of half time Aileach made it three nil when Stephen Doherty capitalised on a defensive error to blast to the roof of the net.Aileach started the second half well with Wallace seeing a volley from a short corner saved by the legs of McLaughlin before George Kelly had an effort clip the outside of the post.Glengad raised the tempo and Niall Mclaughlin twice headed over when well placed within minutes of each other.They got a consolation on 87 minutes when Stephen Doherty released Gary Kelly and he drilled the ball low under the advancing McGeady.Inishowen Engineering Reserve Premier DivisionPPtsGlengad918Aileach616Culdaff815QPS613Cockhill710Clonmany89Carn85Sea Rovers80   INISHOWEN FOOTBALL: INISHOWEN ENGINEERING RESERVE PREMIER DIVISION REPORTS was last modified: January 20th, 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:INISHOWEN FOOTBALL: INISHOWEN ENGINEERING RESERVE PREMIER DIVISION REPORTSlast_img read more

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Fancy doing a fun duathlon and getting Aidan to Hawaii?

first_imgAs many may know, Aidan Callaghan completed his first 1/2 Ironman race earlier this year and then went on to compete in the UK full Ironman a few weeks ago. With Aidans performance in Bolton, he qualifed for the Ironman World Championships which take place each year in Kona, Hawaii.It is not every year that a local athlete qualifies for such an event. With this in mind the 24/7 Triathlon Club in Letterkenny are organising a fund raising duathlon to help with the expenses incurred for this event.The event takes place tomorrow, Sunday 11th September 2016.Please note this is a fun event and you do not have to have a triathlon license to take part.Sprint Distance3.2km run – 16km Bike – 3.2km run Saturday 10th September 2016Registration Opens – 5:30pm – 7pm – Aura Leisure Centre (beat the queues on Sunday morning and register on Saturday evening)SundayRegistration Opens – 7:30am – 8:30am – Aura Leisure CentreTransition Opens – 7:30am – O’Donnell ParkTransition Closes – 8:40am – O’Donnell ParkRace Briefing – 8:45am – O’Donnell ParkRace Start – 9am – O’Donnell ParkPresentations – 12noon – Aura Leisure CentreThere will be refreshments served after the race in Aura Leisure Centre.Fancy doing a fun duathlon and getting Aidan to Hawaii? was last modified: September 10th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Don’t hold your breath for Bonds

first_img Guess again, wishful thinker. While Bonds has been holed up with his personal doctor and personal trainer and personal stretcher and personal photographer and personal public relations staff all season, the steroids scandal continued to explode and take down star Rafael Palmeiro. Now, chemically assisted or not, Bonds is an absolutely marvelous player. But even His Holiness might need to trot around the bases a couple of times before deciding after a year off that his knee – operated on three times in seven months – was healthy and sound. So Tuesday comes, and Bonds is not activated. He’s not talking, either, but it was a Tuesday. He does take extra batting practice, flags some balls and gingerly runs the bases a few times. His manager, Felipe Alou, went out to take in the early workout. “I was trying to learn something,” Alou said. Apparently, Alou hasn’t figured out how to surf the net and learn how Bonds is feeling on his personal Web site. He took the rare opportunity to watch Bonds in person. “I learned his swing is intact,” Alou said. “His strength, his hand-eye coordination is intact. “The bat is ready. The other stuff, I don’t want to get into.” Today the Giants plan to up the ante by letting him hit in a simulated game. Check ESPN for live coverage. People are still guessing he could be activated Thursday or Friday. All this time off, and there oddly feels a rush to activate him the last few weeks of the season. The Giants would do this regardless of the situation – they do need to sell season tickets for next season – but their bizarre return to the National League West race adds credence to Bonds’ return. “There’s a methodical way of doing this,” said Brian Sabean, the Giants’ general manager. “But it might be sudden impact. It might be much sooner than you think.” The Giants were unloading players and bringing up youngsters to check out in September only a few weeks ago, but after six consecutive victories, they find themselves chasing down the Padres in the National League West. Bonds could make a difference down the stretch. Bonds, the cavalry to the rescue! “We’ve waited a long time,” Alou said. “We can wait another day or two or three.” Rest assured America will be counting the days, just absolutely breathless. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 If you were even remotely entertaining the thought that baseball’s fascination with its bloated banger had dissipated in his absence, then you were not paying attention to all the attention Bonds has received the past two days for essentially taking some batting practice. Bonds worked through his entourage to finally join his teammates for the first time in almost three months Monday and the circus was immediately back in town. Media, club officials, fans – just all on bated breath, awaiting the next move by Bonds. Oooh, look he’s stretching. He’s running like a regular person. He’s actually swinging a bat! There’s three weeks left in the season, Bonds hasn’t played in a year and suddenly everyone is all gaga to thrust him back into the lineup after his first trip to the ballpark since June? ESPN was just beside itself, leading the overeager parade by writing on its Web site that after Bonds’ BP at Dodger Stadium on Monday he would actually play Tuesday. center_img And the baseball world was … breathless. Fed up with Barry “Puffy” Bonds? Just all giddy to have played the baseball season without him? Just wish he’d take his arrogance and goofy knee and mystery flaxseed oil and 703 home runs and tussles with teammates and just stay away forever? Consider him as passe as the doubleheader? last_img read more

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City seeks bids for interior work

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Problems started about four years ago, when staff members complained the building was musty and had bad ventilation. “When we started doing improvements, we found there was considerably more mold that we anticipated,” Vivanco said. An environmental specialist was hired to remove the mold. No health complaints were linked to the problem, she said. Typically, staffers hosed down the tile walls for routine cleanup, but some minor excavation work later found the drainage was faulty and the water wasn’t being piped away. The city has budgeted $325 for repairs and is now accepting bids from contractors to repair the interior. The Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club, which has its headquarters in the park adjacent to the pool, had to refurbish its building because of a chronic mold problem. NEWHALL – The city is collecting bids to redo the interior of the aquatics building at Newhall Park where a persistent problem with mold was linked to poor drainage. Officials hope the repairs on the 3,300-square-foot building will be finished in time for the summer swim season, Sarona Vivanco, a management analyst for Santa Clarita, said Wednesday. “You would go in there and it just kind of smelled musty,” Vivanco said. “There was no visible mold, but once they removed the drywall, there it was.” Built in 1991, the facility has a locker room and showers to serve the park pool, also refurbished at the time. last_img read more

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REVEALED: EUROPEAN COMMISSION LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL

first_imgEnda CraigTHE European Commission has launched an investigation into Donegal County Council, it has been confirmed today.Residents in Carnagarve – between Moville and Greencastle – have had two complaints against the council accepted by the Commission. The Campaign for a Clean Estuary Group is furious at a U-turn by the council 20 years ago which moved a proposed sewage treatment plant and an outflow pipe inside the Foyle Estuary.The councillors had originally voted to locate it 5kms further north so that treated sewage would go into the Atlantic.Group spokesman Enda Craig told Donegal Daily today that the commission is investigating at least two alleged breaches of European law.One relates to the environmental impact of the treated sewage – and untreated sewage in the event of a storm – on shellfish and the environment of Lough Foyle.He said the Commission is also alleging that the government and the council are in breach of an international law on justice.“We believe that Ireland is in breach of the Aarhus Convention, which Ireland has signed up to, and that covers cases where someone or an organisation cannot get justice due to costs,” said Enda Craig today.He said that after the residents lost a High Court case against Donegal County Council and An Bord Pleanala last year, they were told they could not afford to take the case to the Supreme Court.“This issue has dogged the people of this area since 1989. Donegal County Councillors voted to put this outflow pipe into the Altantic but for reasons as yet unexplained this was moved to Carnagarve, an area that was never even included in any of the original proposals,” he said.“Donegal County Council has spent countless millions on this and not a single pipe has been laid.“Irish Water will now also be part of this case because of the transfer of water services from the council to them.“We are absolutely delighted that the European Commission has accepted our complaint and has launched an investigation into the whole issue, going right back until 1989.”The row over the proposed plant has raised concerns on both sides of the Border.An organisation called the Crown Estate – which represents the British government – claims ownership of the whole of Lough Foyle.According to Mr Craig, so far Donegal County Council has not applied for a discharge license for the scheme.The European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment confirmed it has launched an investigation.REVEALED: EUROPEAN COMMISSION LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL was last modified: January 15th, 2014 by John2Share 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:CarnagarveDonegal County Councilenda craigIrish WaterLough Foylelast_img read more

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