Money dispute may have blown Olympic hopes

first_imgHead coach of Jamaica’s Under-23 men’s football team, Miguel Coley, noted that off-the-field issues may have disrupted the team and its focus, as they ultimately lost the opportunity to advance in the Olympic qualification at the weekend.The team left the island last week full of confidence in making it to the final round of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers. However, needing to win their semi-final against Cuba to guarantee themselves one of the two spots in the CONCACAF final round, the team lost 2-1.They rallied to win the third-place match against St Vincent and the Grenadines 3-2, but by then it was too little, too late.One source revealed that the players were involved in a money dispute, which may have affected their performance. The source revealed that the players’ per diem was reduced from their first-round travels to St Lucia in June, causing the dispute a day before the Cuba game.represent with prideColey said it affected their mindset.”We are always going to have situations, but there are situations you don’t want before the day of a game, as it is always difficult to get back the mindset to go out and represent your country,” Coley admitted.”We have to channel these players in the right way and let them know their country is more than anything and the pride and passion to represent your country need to be looked at at all levels, so when players come in, they know how to wear the national colours with pride,” he commented.”This tournament wasn’t about money; it was an opportunity for them (players) to earn more money if they had gone to CONCACAF (final round) or the Olympics. So it is not an immediate gratification, it’s what is there for the future, and this is unacceptable and we have to move on from here,” he stated.Coley said he hopes a system will be put in place to prevent a recurrence.”I had to get into their heads and let them see the importance of representing their country and what they can achieve in the future,” he pointed out. “But whatever issue there is, it is good to put it on the table very early.”It was unacceptable from young aspiring players, and we don’t want this trend to continue,” said Coley.- L.S.last_img read more


Depleted Bolts get boost from Canaleta, new additions

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNo Ranidel de Ocampo meant no problem for Meralco when it made its season debut on Friday against Blackwater.Without the 36-year-old gunner as well as hardworking Cliff Hodge, the Bolts held their own to beat the Elite, 103-98, and start their campaign in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup on a high.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense ROS rookie Nambatac got a lot of advice from Yap in PBA debut Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ “I’m still not 100 percent, but I can feel that it’s slowly healing. I can force it now and I have moved past its limit. I’m trying to stretch the scar tissue so that I can know if it can endure the tough movements. I think I can play in January,” he said.“We can’t deny that we’re a stronger team. But all of the teams have also improved, so we’ll find a way,” he said. “I know that once I return, we’ll be ready to contend for the title.”Meralco faces defending champion San Miguel next on December 27 at Ynares Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson And for de Ocampo, a huge chunk of the credit should be given to Meralco’s offseason acquisitions.“The reason why KG (Cañaleta), (Mac) Baracael, and Jason Ballesteros are there is to help us. Everyone here help each other and I believe they are good additions for us,” he said as he watched his team start the all-Filipino conference with a victory for the first time in three years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCañaleta made his former team pay for letting him go, firing on all cylinders and drilling five treys to finish with a game-high 25 points. Baracael and Ballesteros also contributed and blended perfectly with holdovers Jared Dillinger, Reynel Hugnatan, and Bryan Faundo upfront.Those performances just make de Ocampo more excited to return to the court as he recovers from an injury he incurred in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals as he targets the next month as his return to the hardcourt. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more


Tokyo Olympics begin search for 80,000 unpaid volunteers

first_imgEarlier this month during a visit of International Olympic Committee inspectors, a Japanese reporter told IOC member John Coates that complaints about the Olympic volunteer system were surfacing, particularly in Japanese social media.“They are hinting that it is similar to forced labor,” the reporter said.“Volunteers are volunteers,” Coates replied. “And they don’t have to apply if they don’t want to.”A review of the volunteer system several years ago by the Associated Press indicated using unpaid volunteers saved the IOC and local organizers about $100 million — perhaps more.The IOC generates almost $6 billion of revenue over a four-year Olympic cycle. The IOC says about 90 percent of the money goes back to national Olympic bodies, sports federations and local organizers.ADVERTISEMENT Olympics volunteers are unpaid and typically must provide their own lodging, but they are given uniforms and free meals on the days they work.The volunteer program has been a staple of the Olympics. Many volunteers relish the behind-the-scenes work, and many return to do it several times. But the program also has detractors. At every Olympics, volunteers sign up, get the uniforms, and then don’t show up for work — or complain about being unpaid even though agreeing to those terms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Rio de Janeiro Olympics two years ago had problems finding volunteers, particularly among the poor and working class who could not afford to work for free.“Volunteers will be an essential part of the games’ success in a variety of roles at competition venues and at the athletes’ village,” Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said in a statement. With NCAA Final 4 shot within reach, Lim’s Altas embracing the chance Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Flyers to recruit volunteers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are pictured as they are distributed to passersby at a station in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. Tokyo Olympic organizers have begun their search for 80,000 unpaid volunteers to staff many of the venues when the Olympics and Paralympics open in just under two years. (Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic organizers began their search Wednesday for 80,000 unpaid volunteers to staff many of the venues when the Olympics and Paralympics open in just under two years.The closing date for applications will be in December, although Tokyo 2020 organizers say they have not set a specific date.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ “The economics of it necessitates having to have volunteers,” Coates said. “They get trained, they get their uniforms. They are part of something very exciting.”Coates defended the model and said “I don’t think there’s a case for paying volunteers.”IOC members like Coates receive per diems of between $450 to $900 when they are on Olympic business, and other generous perks like paid lodging at top hotels.IOC President Thomas Bach gets no salary but receives an allowance of about $250,000 per year as a “volunteer” president.The Tokyo metropolitan government is also running a separate volunteer program to help steer tourists during the Olympics. It is reported to be seeking about 30,000 volunteers.___Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View commentslast_img read more


Robinson says Perez deserved to play in Game 1: ‘CJ did not do anything wrong’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “I’m happy with the way we bounced back. I told the players not to look at the score and just keep on playing and I like what I saw. There’s still a fight in us and we’re excited for Game 2,” he said.“San Beda beat us. I don’t wanna take away the credit from San Beda because they really played well but it could’ve been the other way around if we had our best player on the team.”Game 2 is on Monday with Lyceum having Perez back in its lineup.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Travis posts triple-double, Hotshots eliminate Elite to enter semis Topex Robinson. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum coach Topex Robinson couldn’t hide his frustrations over the suspension of his star foward CJ Perez, who missed Game 1 of the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball Finals on Tuesday.Perez was slapped with a one-game suspension after failing to notify the NCAA that he had applied for this year’s PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We lost by 13 points. CJ is averaging around 18. Again, this is the finals and we offer no excuse but I don’t know what to say about it,” said Robinson after the Pirates’ 73-60 loss to the San Beda Red Lions. “But again, we have a game to play. As much as we wanna cry about it, there are more important things than to dwell on what happened. “The reason it’s painful for us is CJ didn’t do anything wrong. It’s not like he played in other leagues outside of the NCAA. If he had played in other leagues and got caught I would accept that,” Robinson added. “But the kid didn’t do anything wrong. I mean, it could’ve been a better finals. You want your best player in the game and he deserves to be there. That’s just the way I feel. I’m speaking here not as a coach of LPU but as a father to CJ.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPerez is averaging a league-best 18.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.3 steals per game this season and Lyceum needed every bit of him against the defending champions, who jumped to an early double-digit lead that swelled to 27 points in the fourth quarter.Despite the loss, Robinson still commended his team for mounting a big rally late in the final frame that cut the deficit to just 10.last_img read more


Appeal Court dismisses AG’s case

first_img2010 Judicial Review Act– to pay respondent $150,000′The State was on Thursday ordered to pay $150,000 in court costs by the Appeal Court following Attorney General Basil Williams’s unsuccessful bid to continue refusing to comply with the order of acting Chief Justice Roxane George that the AG must bring the Judicial Review Act (JRA) into force.The Appeal Court’s decision was handed down by Justice Rafiq Khan, who dismissed an application that Williams filed to stay the execution of Justice George’s decision, which compelled the AG to enforce the Act by July 31, 2018.Applicants Solicitor General Kym Kyte and Deputy Solicitor General Debra KumarAttorney Anil Nandlallappeared for the State while Attorney Anil Nandlall was the respondent. After Justice Khan’s decision was announced, Nandlall explained that if Williams continued to refuse to comply with the acting Chief Justice’s order, contempt of court proceedings would be filed against the AG.According to the facts of the case, the National Assembly passed the Bill and it was assented to by the then President Bharrat Jagdeo since 2010. However, it was posited that the then Government never operationalised the Act, because the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) were not put into effect. The CPR came into effect in 2017, but the JRA was still not implemented by the current AG.Former Attorney General Nandlall had moved to the court to determine: whether the Minister had discretion to bring into force the JRA after the promulgation of CPR, whether the Minister had a duty to issue the order to bring into force the JRA, and whether the Court can compel the Minister to fulfil his duty.In December 2017, the acting Chief Justice had granted an Order Rue Nisi of Mandamus, directing Williams to show cause why the said Order Nisi should not be made absolute. Williams later mounted an appeal on June 13, 2018, having noted that there were serious issues regarding “judicial interference” with the powers of the Executive and the Court by the May 28, 2018 decision. He contended that the Judiciary attempted to govern from the bench and to usurp theAttorney General Basil Williamspower which was explicitly vested in the Legal Affairs Minister which he said was in breach of the doctrine of the separation of powers.In Williams’s appeal, which Justice Khan has rejected, he had outlined that acting Chief Justice George had “committed a specific illegality when by her ruling she purported to dictate to the Minister of Legal Affairs her own timelines to bring the Judicial Review Act into force in contravention of the doctrine of separation of powers and as such, exercised his discretion”.In addition, the appeal posited that the acting CJ committed a specific illegality when she failed to apply the overriding objective of the new CPR to deal with cases in the interest of the parties just and when she ruled that the applicant/appellant had breached a duty by not bringing the JRA into force.In his decision, Justice Khan reasoned that while there was separation of powers, the three arms of Government do not exist in separate bubbles. He highlighted that when Bills are passed in Parliament and are assented to, they become part of Guyana’s laws. The Appellate Judge noted that the JRA would seek to modernise the “archaic” Crown Office system and harmonise it with systems and procedures of the Caribbean Community (Caricom).The Court explained that it would be sensible to explain that the JRA was not enforced owing to CPR not being in place, but this was no longer the case. Justice Khan also observed that the applicant, the AG, did not explain how he would have suffered “irreversible hardship” if a stay was not granted. The Judge surmised in the case disposal that the applicant did not satisfy the Court that his appeal has any reasonable prospect of success.last_img read more


‘A man you can trust’: Koscielny sends World Cup best to France

first_img“He’s a man on whom you can count and I told him that if he wants to he’s more than welcome to pay us a visit,” said Deschamps.“It was a good idea and I’ve shown the letter to the players. There’s everything in there from a man who knows what an international tournament calls for,” said Deschamps.The French Football Federation have made what Koscielny said in the letter public.“The main thing is to get along with each other, all together, players and staff,” he wrote.“Everyone has to fight and go the extra yard for his teammates, team spirit is key.”“The whole nation is behind you and will cheer you on. This support, energy, pride and passion will carry you just as it did in Euro 2016,” said Koscielny, who was part of the France side that lost the final to Portugal.“This year, I’ll be on my sofa, watching on the TV and I’ll be your No.1 fan,” promised the player.The news cast an even poorer light on the 23-year-old Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who refused to be a World Cup standby player as the France squad assembled at their Clairefontaine training centre.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s injured defender Laurent Koscielny has sent a letter of encouragement to the France World Cup squad © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSCLAIREFONTAINE-EN-YVELINES, France, May 23 – Ruled out of the World Cup with a ruptured Achilles tendon, Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has written a letter of encouragement to the France squad, national coach Didier Deschamps said on Wednesday.The 32-year-old, who has 50 France caps, was stretchered out of Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid two weeks ago.last_img read more


McElhinneys employee crowned as Manager of the Year 2018

first_imgMcElhinneys Business and Sales Manager Sandra Devenney has been honoured with the overall Manager of the Year Award at the Retail Excellence 2018 Awards.Sandra received her prize at an awards ceremony in Killarney on Saturday which celebrated the best of Irish retail.The Lifford woman was joined by proud colleagues on the night, and is this week attributing her success to her team at the Ballybofey Department Store. Hard work and passion brought the Lifford woman to where she is today. They are also the qualities that inspired the judges to choose her as the overall winner.Sandra told Donegal Woman how good people skills, being supportive of staff and being passionate about her work are the key elements of being a good leader.As Business Development and Senior Sales Manager, Sandra oversees the work of managers in all other McElhinneys departments. There are almost 200 staff at McElhinneys, Ireland’s last remaining independent department store.Managing such a large staff force requires special business skills and people skills, Sandra explained: “Our job collectively is to improve sales, looking at ways of driving footfall into the store, bringing in the teams onboard, being there for them and supporting them.“My number one skill would be people. I’m obsessed with the customers and the people who work with them.“The biggest attribute of being a leader is having the team believe in you. You are not asking them to do something unrealistic that you wouldn’t do yourself. You need to be a support for them.“That’s been my secret – I care so much about that team. Each and every one of them.”Sandra added: “There are many days that my job is supporting someone who is going through a hard time. You’ll often find me taking someone for coffee who might be feeling down or going through something in their personal life. “We spent more time with the people we work with than we do our families, so it is important to support them.”Sandra says she learned her strong leadership skills from owner John McElhinney. She started off on the shop floor in sales and her role remains floor-based, where she works closely with General Manager Martin.Sandra Devenney, Business and Sales Manager and Martin McElhinney, General ManagerMartin and Angela McElhinney at the Irish Retail Industry Awards 2017Sandra has been with McElhinneys full-time for over three years and believes all her past experiences led her to her ideal role.She worked for 11 years as an air hostess and was a cosmetics area manager before becoming the McElhinneys Womenswear Manager in 2014. She quickly took over as Bridal manager before getting the Sales and Business Manager role. “I believe all my past jobs brought me back to this place, where I should be,” Sandra said.Elizabeth Barnett- Womenswear buyer and Elizabeth Barnett- Womenswear buyer at the Irish Retail Industry Awards 2017The past few years having been an exciting time of development for the shop. Managers have upskilled to new styles of training, a new sales formula was created and the team launched their own mission and values to uphold.This week Sandra is looking forward to the true beginning of the busy Christmas season, which kicks off after the window unveiling on Sunday, 19th November.“You always see the excitement in the team at Christmas. The minute the window lifts the energy rises. Retail can be tiring and taxing at Christmas, but we are always ready to put in the extra hours and extra effort.”Brian Kelly – Menswear Manager, Angela Laffery, – Customer Service and Reception Manager, Breda Bonner – Bistro Manager, Richard Crawford – Bridal Manager.The Retail Excellence judges saw that Sandra went the extra mile as a manager. She talks about the award modestly and is keen to point out that it was a team effort.Today (Monday) is her day off, but she plans to bring the trophy into the store to celebrate with everyone who was not at the gala awards night in Killarney on Saturday.“I’m so passionate about John, the family and the people, and that is what the judges said stood out. That’s what I’m about. It’s not about my own self-gain,” she said.Annette Diver – Promise/Shoes Manager, Sandra Devenney – Business and Sales Manager, Sarah Scott – Womenswear ManagerSandra was the only woman out of the five shortlisted managers for 2018. She sees the victory as an achievement for all women in business.Sandra recalled how her proud daughter Lily had an important take on her award: “Lily told me: ‘I’m happy you won, but I’m even happier that a woman won’.”Sandra says: “Women are fighting for their place these days and it’s brilliant that women have a voice.“I didn’t go to university, my career was sheer hard work and fighting for my place.“I think it’s great that my daughter sees you can work really hard and still get places.”McElhinneys employee crowned as Manager of the Year 2018 was last modified: November 13th, 2017 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:MCELHINNEYSsandra devenneylast_img read more


GAA NEWS: SO WHO WILL BE GLENTIES MAYOR?

first_imgThis town will have a new ruler on Friday!There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The numbers drawn were 7, 10, 21 and 22. Two prizes of €50 went to Rose Molloy Mill Road and Grace Boyle Glen Road. Next weeks jackpot is €5,000.The November draw in the 200 plus club took place last Tuesday night at the Community centre bingo. 1st prize €500 DaraghGallagher Ard Patrick. 5 prizes of €100 each Alexandra Kelch The Wood, Zita Mc Closkey Main Street, Annmarie Brennan Ardara, David Hennigan Ardara and John Browne Meenalaragan.Congratulations to the Donegal vocational school on retaining the Ulster title after they defeated Cavan 3-13 to 1-13 last Wednesday night. Naomh Conaill was represented by Seosamh Mc Kelvey manager, mentor Martin Regan and Ethan O’Donnell and Kevin Mc Gettigan players. Well done boys. The clubs AGM will take place this Friday night 6th December at 7.30pm in the Community Centre .The clubs minor board AGM took place last Friday night in the clubhouse.The following managers were appointed for 2014 U8 Pat Ward , U10 Martin Doherty ,U12 Martin Shankey Smith, U14 TBC, U16 Martin Regan and minors Damien Craig.Congratulations to Ian Molloy who received a referee’s award at the Ulster GAA Presidents awards dinner last Friday night in the Hillgrove hotel.This Friday night the Mayor of Glenties will be announced in Keeney’s Bar at 10.30pm. A huge effort was put in by the four candidates so come along and show your support.  GAA NEWS: SO WHO WILL BE GLENTIES MAYOR? was last modified: December 5th, 2013 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:glenties club newslast_img read more


DONEGAL SPORTS STAR REVIEW FOR APRIL – FINN HARPS ENJOY ANOTHER SUPER MONTH

first_imgDonegal Sports Star Awards April Review: The Donegal Sports Star Awards review of April achievements reveals a very good period for Finn Harps and manager Ollie Horgan who finished the month five points clear at the top of the League of Ireland First Division thanks to a 2-2 draw against UCD at the Belfield Bowl followed by three successive 1-0 wins over Athlone Town in Ballybofey, Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park and at home to Shelbourne. As well as a successful start to the season with Harps, Ollie Horgan also helped the Republic of Ireland Schoolboys to the International Centenary Shield title with a 1-0 win over England at the Sligo Showgrounds. Crana College goalkeeper Lee McCarron was also a member of the victorious squad. A variety of sports including athletics, boxing, badminton, hockey, motorsport, soccer and GAA enjoyed terrific successes in April. In motorcycling 17-year-old Kilmacrennan lad Caolan Irwin got his first UK podium finish finishing second at the British GP 450 Championships at Donnington on his Aprilia 450 RRV GP.On the Gaelic Games front the resurgence of the Donegal senior ladies side continued as Davy McLaughlin’s finished top of Division 2 following a 4-8 to 2-12 win over Cavan in a play-off decider at Irvinestown while the County Minor Boys made it back-to-back Ulster League titles with a fine 2-14 to 1-11 victory over Derry at Healy Park in Omagh.In athletics Finn Valley AC’s Aaron McGlynn made the qualifying time for the European Youth Olympic Games with a time of 49.97 in a 400m race in Cork while also achieving the qualifying time was his club colleague Sommer Lecky. In the middle of the month Letterkenny AC took home an impressive nine medals from the National Road Relay Championships in Raheny, Dublin, which included six silver and three bronze. Silvers went to the Women’s Masters team of Jane McGinley, Fiounuala Diver and Irene McFadden along with Senior Ladies Anne Marie McGlynn, Natasha Adams and Sinead Peoples. Ciaran Doherty, Ivan Toner and Sean McFadden took bronze in the Masters Men’s race.On the last night in April Jason Quigley’s unbeaten start to his professional boxing career continued as the 2013 Overall Donegal Sports Star Award winner recorded a second round knock-out win over Joshua Snyder at the Fantasy Springs in Idhio. California. The in-form Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan finished third at the Monaghan Stages Rally to remain leaders of the Triton Showers National Rally Championships and the Frosses man also drove to victory in the Maiden City Border Hopper Rally. A home win over North Down at the Royal & Prior secured the Raphoe senior hockey side promotion back to the Premier Division with one league game still left to play.On the last Saturday of the month there were celebrations for the Letterkenny U16s who won the Ulster Carpets Plate in Cookstown defeating Enniskillen RFC 17-15 in the final while in badminton the Donegal A U15 team retained the Ulster Inter-League Badminton Graham Cup in Lisburn. Lifford AC’s Brendan O’Donnell won the U17 Boys Hammer Throw at the Liverpool Throws and Jumps competition and in basketball Magh Ene College, Bundoran won the boys 1st Year Final of the Folens Donegal League. The Donegal U21s lost an Ulster Final for the third successive year going done by a single point on a score of 1-11 to 0-13 Tyrone at Celtic Park.After a very tough season there was a good ending to the league for the Donegal senior hurlers who will be playing in Division 2B again next year after winning the promotion/relegation play-off against Tyrone at Celtic Park by 2-16 to 2-12.At the start of April a late equalizer by Leitirmacaward’s Karl McHugh kept Plymouth Argyle in the final promotion play-off spot in League 2 in a 1-1 draw with leaders Burton Albion. The Inishowen Junior League booked their placein the semi-finals of the Oscar Traynor Cup with a 3-0 win over bogey side the AUL in Dublin. Derry City’s Barry McNamee won the March ‘Goal of the Month’ for his wonder strike against Drogheda Utd in a league game at the Brandywell while in the Donegal Junior League St. Catherine’s from Killybegs and Convoy Arsenal were crowned champions in the Premier and Second Divisions respectively.Donegal girls Roma McLaughlin and Zoe McGlynn were members of the Republic of Ireland U17 squad that defeated England and drew with both Holland and Hungry in Cork to qualify for the European Championship Finals. Shay Given was in goal for an Aston Villa side that booked their place in the FA Cup Final with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool at Wembley. But there was big disappointment for the Donegal lads in the Derry City U19 team who lost 3-2 to St. Patrick’s Athletic in the National League Final at Maginn Park. Aileach’s Georgie Kelly got the two Derry goals while also in the starting 11 were Michael Lynch (St. Johnston), Aidan McCauley (Moville), Jack Blake (Convoy), Chris Flanagan (Letterkenny) and Ronan Curtis (St. Johnston).Near the end of the month St. Eunan’s College reached the FAI First Year Schools All-Ireland Final after a fine 4-0 victory over Calasanctius College, Oranmore. Northwest Club Snooker players Sean Devenney and Ronan Whyte secured qualification to represent Ireland at the upcoming Celtic Challenge against Wales in Carlow in June. In swimming there was success for both St. Eunan’s College and Loreto Convent at the Ulster Grammar Schools Championships in Ballymena. Leon Vaughan took a silver in the 50m backstroke. The Senior Boys team of Caolan Vaughan (captain), Matthew Curran, Leon Vaughan and Jonathon Martin were also silver medal winners in both the Freestyle and Medley Relays. The Loreto Convent Girls team of Emma Harvey (captain), Emma Harvey, Ellen Doherty (captain) and Emma Tinney took bronze in both the 100m Freestyle and 100m Medley. For further information go to donegalsportsstarawards.ie or on Facebook.DONEGAL SPORTS STAR REVIEW FOR APRIL – FINN HARPS ENJOY ANOTHER SUPER MONTH was last modified: May 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AprilDONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSOllie HorganreviewSportlast_img read more


Minister McHugh pays tribute to finders of ancient gold artefacts

first_imgDonegal TD Joe McHugh has praised the finders of Bronze Age gold artefacts in the county.The prehistoric discovery has been handed over to the National Museum of Ireland after the finders reported it to officials yesterday, Tuesday June 26.“A discovery like this is so unique and precious. It is impossible to put a price on the value that it adds to our heritage,” Mr McHugh said. “The finders deserve huge credit and thanks for their openness and for wanting to ensure that these unique artefacts are preserved for the benefit of others.“This is the stuff of dreams and once again Donegal is being put on the map as one of the richest parts of the country for history and heritage.“I look forward to seeing the gold on display and maybe one day it will return to Donegal to be exhibited in the county.”“I understand experts from the National Museum travelled to the site where the artefacts were discovered and carried out a thorough investigation of the area for evidence of how and when the important artefacts were deposited. “I would like to thank them for their work.“It’s also important to note the work of staff at the Donegal County Museum for their assistance with this discovery.”Following their discovery, the artefacts were immediately removed from the site and transferred to The National Museum of Ireland.They will be put on display as soon as initial investigations are concluded.Minister McHugh pays tribute to finders of ancient gold artefacts was last modified: June 27th, 2018 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