Remarks at the High-level Event Financing the 2030 Agenda – the Role of the…

first_imgUN Secretary General, António Guterres (credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider)By The UN Secretary-GeneralNew York, 18 September 2017[as delivered]Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,It is an enormous pleasure to be with you today starting our – I would say – “difficult week,” in which I will do everything possible to make sure that we take advantage of this fantastic gathering of decision makers from all over the world to really give a strong impulse also to the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.We know that globalization has brought extraordinary benefits. Yet it is also clear that it remains fundamentally unequal and ultimately unsustainable.Many people around the world are mired in extreme poverty. Unacceptable inequalities persist.We see the gap between globalization’s potential and unequal gains reflected in peoples’ fears, anxieties and outright anger.The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint for building an inclusive, sustainable fair globalization and overcoming the resistance that still exists in so many parts of the world.Finance is pivotal for success.The Addis Ababa Action Agenda highlights the importance of being innovative when it comes to leveraging resources and financing for development.This includes tax reform by developing countries themselves – but also international efforts to fight tax evasion, money laundering and the illicit financial flows that have depleted domestic resource bases.I am convinced that today there is more money leaving a continent like Africa due to money laundering and tax evasion and illicit financial flows than the money that goes in through official development aid, and this is a common responsibility of the international community.It means donors upholding commitments to Official Development Assistance. And it means helping developing countries attract innovative finance and gain greater access to financial markets and private investment.In addition, the world generates trillions in savings every year. But today, almost US$50 trillion of citizens’ savings are earning low or negative financial returns, instead of flowing to finance the 2030 Agenda that will generate inclusive, sustainable growth.Set against the imperatives underlying the 2030 Agenda, today’s global financial system, which manages some US$300 trillion in financial assets on our collective behalf, is simply not fit for purpose.Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,We know the world has the resources to deliver the 2030 Agenda. We must get these resources to where they are needed most. Building on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, we are taking forward a three-part strategy for enhancing UN support to financing the 2030 Agenda.First, I will lead the UN system in an effort to ensure that the objectives of the Agenda are fully reflected in international economic and financial policies that impact the mobilization of financing.We will enhance our work with key inter-governmental platforms such as the G20, including shared efforts to address illicit financial flows.Second, we are reforming the UN development system to strengthen UN country teams. We want to support countries in brokering partnerships for innovative finance, better leverage resources for sustainable development, and create the conditions to attract and manage financial investments and private sector investments.Third, I will champion key international initiatives that can harness large-scale changes in financing and financial system development, such as in the fields of digitalization and climate finance and in cooperating with major investment initiatives.Excellencies.Ladies and Gentlemen,We can do more.Financing requires a long-term effort, but our strategy envisages some key, short and medium term results. That is why I plan to host a Finance Summit in New York in September, 2018, to review progress across key international platforms, and progress domestically by Member States.The choices we make on finance will be critical.We can choose to bemoan the lack of financing for the 2030 Agenda in a world awash with so much unproductive and unrewarding finance. Or we can grasp the opportunity to reshape finance according to our urgent, collective needs.The choice seems clear. Let us invest in the 2030 Agenda and finance a better world for all.Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Boakai or Weah: NEC Declares Nov. 7 Runoff Campaign Open

first_imgChairman Korkoya Will it be George Manneh Weah or Joseph Nyuma Boakai as the next President of Liberia?It is a complex question that will be determined by Liberian voters across the country as they head to the polls in a runoff of the Presidential Electoral scheduled for November 7, as officially announced yesterday by the National Elections Commission (NEC) yesterday in Monrovia.Weah, former world soccer star and now Senator of Montserrado County, has collected 596,037 votes or 38.4 percent of the 1,641,922 total valid votes, while Boakai found his way to the runoff by collecting 446,716 votes or 28.8 percent.The runoff has become necessary because none of the 20 presidential candidates succeeded in acquiring 50 percent plus 1 vote as required by the new Elections Law to secure a one-round victory. Now, these top two presidential contenders will make their case to the Liberian electorate, who will finally decide who gets to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose official position as president ends on January 16, 2018.The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) standard bearer, George M. Weah, is contesting for the presidency for the second time. His first attempt was in 2005. In 2011 he surrendered his position of standard bearer of the Congress for Democratic Change (also CDC) to Cllr. Winston A. Tubman and became the running mate. Mr. Tubman had come to the Congress from the defunct National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL), where he ran as standard bearer in 2005.With CDC, Tubman won the first round in a simple majority, but could not accumulate the required 50 percent plus one vote. The party decided to boycott the runoff.As a result, incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had an easy ride to win the runoff.The 2005 and 2011 elections campaign messages against the CDC ticket were that Weah had no better educational foundation let alone experience and political savvy to lead the country.It gave the ruling UP an edge in both campaigns and, of course, Weah went ahead to admit on the Truth Breakfast Show in 2005 that he did not graduate from high school. He said he was nonetheless passionate to serve his fellow compatriots as president.Has Anything Changed?The CDC’s standard bearer took the challenge and traveled to the United States and enrolled at DeVry University.The United States-based DeVry University offers both campus and online degrees, including undergraduate and graduate level. It also allows students to prepare to tackle the challenges of the modern workplace and make an impact in a chosen field. According to its website, it is an accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), signaling that DeVry meets key standards used to evaluate colleges for their focus on quality, student support, transferability of credits and more.However, the information said for three years Weah did courses to brush up before venturing to take his university degrees. He is presently reported to have achieved a Business Administration degree.Despite his reported achievement, there has been a lot of interest in what many see as his challenge in articulating standard English, which his supporters don’t think is absolutely necessary for a President.Many of his opponents have worried that a Weah government could create problems as he would be compelled to interact and speak at major functions at the ECOWAS, United Nations, African Union (AU), Mano River Union, among other bodies that could expose his unpreparedness to address pertinent issues that affect the sub-region and the world.Testing his political strength once more was in 2014 when he contested and won the Montserrado County senatorial seat against his closest rival, Robert Sirleaf, son of his archrival, President  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Should Boakai be considered?His 42 years in public service as a director, minister and several other positions before his current post of Vice President now, in conclusion, has given him more experience and courage to assume the role as a president if he wins the runoff. Many of his supporters have said Boakai is dependable and with his experience as twelve years as vice president, he could do things differently from his boss President Sirleaf.Though many of his opponents, particularly those who are not comfortable with the Unity Party going for a third term, insist Boakai cannot offer much more than what was promised by President Sirleaf and not delivered in the last twelve years.The electorate now faces a quandary. They are confronted with a thorny issue: Boakai or Weah?While many people blame Boakai for what they see as the lapses of the Unity Party under President Sirleaf, others see in him, comparing him with Weah as an erudite statesman capable of handling the issues of the country aright. Hence, many think it is a situation that voters should take into consideration in the runoff.Another issue being held against Boakai is the statement attributed to him that the Unity Party government “squandered lots of opportunities.” Though Boakai did not offer an explanation about the “opportunities squandered” his partisans say he could do things differently, as his famous slogan, says “Think Liberia, Love Liberia, Build Liberia.”Who supports who?Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine of Liberty Party (LP), Senator Prince Y. Johnson of the Movement for Democracy and Reconciliation (MDR) and Alexander B. Cummings of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) among 20 registered political parties are expected to support either of the two runoff contenders.Their support to either side, coupled with influencing the decisions of their followers will be a major factor in determining who replaces President Sirleaf.The number of total invalid votes as announced by Korkoya is 88,574, while the valid votes accounted for 1,553,348. He declared campaign open as of the time of the announcement of the results yesterday (October 19) and said it will end at 11:59 p.m. on November 5, 2017.So as the countdown to the final determination of who becomes Liberia’s 24th President continues, the UP and the CDC are trying to secure alliances with other political institutions and voters, in anticipation of the day that would become part of the country’s history for many years to come.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Berbice man jailed for 4 years, fined $27M for ganja possession

first_imgThirty-five-year-old Jairam Lalman, of Fort Ordnance, Housing Scheme, East Canje, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), who was busted with over 100 pounds of marijuana in his car trunk, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment and fined $27 million.Jairam LalmandLalman appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday and admitted that on December 2, 2019, at Mandela Avenue, Greater Georgetown, he had in his possession 46 kilograms/59 grams of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.Facts presented by Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor Narissa Leander stated that on the day in question, drug enforcement ranks, acting on information, intercepted motor car PFF 3516, which was driven by the defendant in the vicinity of the Botanical Gardens.The large amount of ganja found in the car trunkA search was carried out and the narcotics were discovered. He was arrested and the charge was instituted.The court heard that Lalman told the ranks that he received a call from his cousin, “Truck”, to do some work. As such, he borrowed his brother’s car and travelled to Abary (Region Five) where he met two men who handed over the narcotics to him.The Prosecutor stated that Lalman then returned to Georgetown where he met with his cousin and was instructed to follow his vehicle; however, he was intercepted by CANU ranks and arrested.last_img read more

Transportation Master Plan: A look at the City’s Road Network

first_imgA draft Transportation Master Plan (TMP) was created to address the growing needs of the City, and provide safe and efficient transportation infrastructure over the next 20 years.The TMP outlines a variety of projects that will improve traffic flow in and around the City. Revitalization of the Downtown area and creating minor collector routes through the City, will make the City more accessible, and prevent congestion at the same time.The downtown routes of 100 Street and 100 Avenue are prime examples of roads recommended for change. Currently these are arterial roads, which in the past were widened to accommodate the City’s growing traffic needs. The result of that is a downtown that is focussed on vehicles, rather than an inviting area with character.- Advertisement -A main recommendation of the TMP is to redesign both roads to a new three-lane configuration, with one through lane in each direction and a centre left-turn lane. There would still be parallel parking on both sides of the streets, and the extra room gained by narrowing the paved road would be reallocated to wider sidewalks and other public uses. The combined projected cost of redeveloping 100 St., and 100 Ave., is $12,130,000.At the same time as the TMP recommends a reduction in lanes through the downtown, it also recommends upgrading the section of 100 St. from 110 Avenue to the North By-pass Road to be upgraded to a four-lane segment. This segment is one of the connections where it is believed it will see increasing volumes due to future development in the northwest quadrant of the City. This upgrade is projected to cost $11,240,000.To make up for the reduced roadway capacity of the downtown redesign, the TMP suggests developing the minor collector route of 97 Avenue as an east-west downtown by-pass route. The route was chosen because it avoids many of the established residential areas north of 100 Ave., but is close enough to 100 Ave., to function as a by-pass route. Upgrading this road, from 96 St. to 108 St., is projected to cost $1,850,000.Advertisement Also in the downtown core, the TMP recommends improving the transit centre, located at the North Peace Cultural Centre on 100 Street. If the right-turn exit from the Cultural Centre parking lot were removed, the parking for buses would be almost doubled, making it much more attractive for people waiting for transit.While changes to the downtown core are but a small part of the projected $66.6 million in improvements recommended by the TMP, the City has previously identified the downtown as a key area for change in the community.Here is the full report:last_img read more

DDTV: THE MOMENT RORY THOUGHT SENEGAL JIMMY HAD SWITCHED TO MAYO

first_imgDDTV: Remember this?Filmed on location in Lanzarote just before last year’s All-Ireland Final.And it could have been filmed last night!The nightmare where singer Rory Gallagher thought best pal Senegal Jimmy had switched allegiances from Donegal to Mayo. How could he?Click Play to Watch DDTV: THE MOMENT RORY THOUGHT SENEGAL JIMMY HAD SWITCHED TO MAYO was last modified: August 4th, 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:Donegal GAALanzaroteMayorory and the islandRory GallagherSenegal Jimmylast_img read more

LATE DRAMA IN CORK, EDDIE DAVIS REMEMBERED AND DONEGAL OFF TO CROKER – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY

first_imgThe Letterkenny Rovers team which faced Ringmahon in Cork last week.LATE DRAMA IN CORK BUT ROVERS STILL IN SIGHT OF THE AVIVA When does a draw feel like a victory and a defeat all in the one game? For Letterkenny Rovers, seconds away last Sunday from an appearance at the Aviva Stadium in the F.A.I. Intermediate Cup Final, it can truly only have felt like a loss when Ringmahon Rangers snatched the cruelest – though not obviously to them – of equalizers with time entering the point of no return.The reaction in both camps couldn’t have been more of a contrast – the Cork side celebrating like they had won the Cup itself, the visitors like they’d just been told their bus has broken down and they’d have to carry it all the way home.Ireland international, David Meyler, a native of Cork, had tweeted a good luck message to Rangers before kick-off – but had he been watching the opening forty-five minutes he would surely have feared something like the tanking his own Hull City side suffered at the hands of Derby County in the Championship last night.Rovers had survived a second half pressure cooker having dominated for long spells of that opening period and looked like they were heading for the plush surroundings of the Aviva on May 14th until Roy Kenny’s deflected effort give the home side that late, late lifeline. Long before that Stevie Okakpu’s 13th minute strike had given Rovers the lead and they could, and should, have added to it before the interval. Had they done so, Ringmahon would have been left marking Kenny’s goal as mere consolation – as it is they are still in the Cup and still within sight of the Final.But then, so too are Eamon McConigley’s team. And that’s what he will no doubt be drilling into his charges before they take the field at Leckview on Sunday week for the replay (seemingly it will come up against the Scottish Cup semi-final clash between Celtic and Rangers but, come on local football fans, get your priorities right).Before that, however, another away trip and another competition. Portmarnock and the first round of the F.A.I. Senior Cup this Sunday. If they can replicate the opening half performance from last weekend there’s no reason why Rovers can’t progress in this one and deposit their name in the hat for the next round draw.An interesting couple of weekends ahead and hopefully a date with destiny on May 14th.DERRY EXHIBITION REMEMBERS EDDIE (AND A HOST OF DONEGAL FACES)Up front we had Cullen and McCollum. And at the back, Duffy and myself. To be honest, Cullen had to be where he was given that he was the driving force behind the whole venture. The man behind the steering wheel and steering it in the direction of Derry last Sunday afternoon and specifically the Pilot’s Row Centre in Rossville Street.We didn’t know who would be featuring in the Derry line-up but what we did know was that they’d be inspired and motivated by the late and legendary Eddie Davis who passed away on August 27th last year at the age of ninety-six but left behind a treasure trove of images and memorabilia. If you haven’t already made it into the Maiden City for the special exhibition depicting the life and times of one of the North-West’s best known sporting personalities, then try and make it along before it closes at the end of the week.The best footballer on this island never to have won an international cap, he went on to prove a supreme talent scout in the game and an organizer bar none.The quartet who departed Ramelton (Danny Cullen and Joe Duffy) and Letterkenny (Johnny McCollum and yours truly) did so for the official opening of the exhibition – heck, we even got a formal welcome from Sean Davis, son of the legend, and well known himself in soccer circles in Donegal.Ah sure, it’ll just be for “Derry wans”, I can hear some of you out there declare. Not so – Donegal features prominently in the range of photographs and other material faithfully collected for the display (“we only have a quarter of it on show, the rest is lying in suitcases,” Sean maintained). There’s one of the classiest midfield players ever to emerge from this county, John McElwaine, signing for Bradford from Fanad United, the photograph also featuring Fanad stalwarts, Fr. Mick Sweeney and Joe McCrory, along with the man who made it all happen, E.D. (Sean reminds us that he also has a photograph of Michael McHugh from Ramelton, preparing to put pen to paper for the Yorkshire side which will join the numerous other images on the exhibition walls before the week is out).And there’s Eddie congratulating Shay Given before the Lifford man joined up with Newcastle United. And the Buncrana Hearts pairing of Terry Gallagher and Mickey ‘The Lough’ McLaughlin, about to sign for Northampton Town, with the trio of Pat Crerand, the then manager of the English League side (1976-1977), the Buncrana Hearts boss at the time, Conal Diver, and, of course, the larger than life, Eddie Davis.Buncrana Hearts. Hosts of one of the most famous games in North-West history – a charity challenge match involving an All-Stars team against an International Select where the likes of the great Pat Jennings and a host of others broke attendance records – German goalkeeper, Bert Trautmann, who broke more than a record when he somehow played on between the posts for Manchester City in the 1956 F.A. Cup Final win over Birmingham City, despite having suffered a fractured neck. And eight years later he, and an impressive line-up of stars, were in Buncrana, and all thanks to the initiative and contacts of that man, Davis.Over 30,000 turned up for the match at Maginn Park on that memorable July day in 1964, the town bursting at the proverbial seams.Marie McCallion, taking a special interest in the exhibition, remembers it well. She was helping out at the family’s public house business in her native Buncrana.“I cursed the man who organized it,” she recalls with a smile. And might have been able to do so in person when she, in later years, married his son, Sean!One particular wall of the exhibition space is devoted to that historic match when even Eamonn Andrews, presenter of ‘This is Your Life’, made an appearance along with his spouse (or ‘This is Your Wife’ as she might have been known).The exhibition features a gallery of photographs and signed letters from some of football’s greatest managers including Alex Ferguson who had been invited along to last Sunday’s opening but was unable to attend due to other commitments. “Thank you for your letter. I remember your dad from our visit to Derry back in 1999. Seems a long time ago…,” the former Manchester United boss wrote, in apologizing for his non-attendance.Fellow managerial legends including Bill Shankly and Alf Ramsay also feature in words and pictures along with several of the greatest players in the history of the game, George Best, Pat Jennings, and – er – Felix Healy.There’s a section devoted to boxing with a few Letterkenny faces on show and there’s a toast (including Marmalade) to Eddie’s other passion in life – apart from his family – music and the showbands. And images of his faithful and annual pilgrimages to Lourdes.My old friend and former newspaper colleague, Eamonn Davis, was, of course, also present and proudly ready to share anecdotes of his dad along with the rest of the family. There too, former Manchester City captain, Jobby Crossan, and a couple of ex-Finn Harps player, Declan McDowell and Harry Sharkey. And the man who shared the Donegal quartet’s company for a cup of tea afterwards, that character of all characters, Don O’Doherty (which when you think we had Joe Duffy there, too, made for some sharp and quick witted exchanges over the table).“Lovely memories”, Jennifer Keirns from Letterkenny wrote in the visitors book.Get along and share in some of them yourselves.GROUND FOR OPTIMISM?So there I was – the only being at Finn Park last weekend with not another soul in sight. And yes,, it has to be stressed, the ground totally unplayable. You just couldn’t have sent two teams out to perform on it and, to be brutally honest, I think it’s going to be some time yet before we’ll see any action on it.That’s Finn Park 2, I’m talking about. Finn Harps new ground currently under construction just off the Railway Road in Stranorlar.It looks impressive. The construction of the main stand having taken shape and a sky high crane in place on the site. Looking at it, Harps fans would be feeling a real sense of anticipation at the visible signs of progress.But we’ve been here before. In 2014 when similar development could be reported and the outline of the 6,800 capacity stadium was showing signs of progress.Back then there had been hopes that 2016 would see the new ground open for business but it appears we’re still some way off that.For a part-time club –even one now operating in the Premier League – finances, or the lack of them, was always going to place a variety of stumbling blocks in the building work.Consequently progress at the new stadium has been virtually at a snail’s crawl over the past couple of years – and the term ‘currently under construction’ does not strictly apply.In December last, Harps Infrastructure Coordinator, Trevor Gordon, indicated that the club was anticipating a major funding allocation early in the new year to enable work to restart with the builder committed to getting back on site as soon as the Departmental funding was received.Hopefully that will pitch up sooner rather than much later but, meanwhile, there are those old traditionalists among us who still savour that walk down Navenny Street or, in latter years, along the Chestnut Road, and will feel a real sense of regret when the turnstiles are closed for the last time at the original Finn Park.Rain stopped play or, rather, prevented play from even starting in Ballybofey last Friday night but at least St. Patrick’s Athletic were informed in good time (unlike the footballers of Dublin and their supporters who learned that their scheduled fixture at Dr Hyde Park had been switched to Carrick-on-Shannon less than five hours before the throw-in on Sunday).Harps will now meet Pat’s next Monday night but before that they face the trip to Terryland Park on Friday. While it was always on the cards that Harps would lose at Dundalk and duly did, the game in Galway is one I would be equally fearful of – United sitting in fifth spot with a decent tally of ten points and already having impressed in most of their games.Tommy Dunne has assembled a good squad and if Harps come away with even a point it will have been hard earned and a result to take plenty of comfort in.Meanwhile, Harps have appealed to the public for financial backing as they launch a fund-raising draw. Facing two away games in succession in Cork and Wexford this month, they’ll need every euro they can generate.It’s not just points that will be required to keep the Donegal side in the Premier Division.HOW TO LOSE AND STILL MAKE A SEMI-FINALFour defeats on the bounce but still Donegal find themselves in the semi-finals of the Allianz National League. Bizarre is one word for it and the other word for it is, well, also bizarre.The celebrations at the end of their game in Castleblaney on Sunday were mainly conducted in the Monaghan camp – saved from relegation thanks to corner-back. Colin Walshe’s injury time point and other results going their – and, as it happens – Donegal’s way.It was far from a poor Donegal display but it nevertheless represented another defeat and one that will hardly have supporters eagerly anticipating the semi-final clash with the Dubs.How they could do with some of the zip that saw the Donegal women’s team record their sixth win in a row at the weekend – a comprehensive dismantling of Kildare on a scoreline of 4-18 to 0-6. Now there’s a run you’d want to embark on to maintain momentum.That three match winning streak for Rory Gallagher’s male equivalents at the outset of the N.L. campaign seems a long way off and the confidence that such a run can instil has surely left the building.But you always feel this team has the makings of a quality performance in it and what better side than the All-Ireland champions to conjure it up against.CLAUDIO’S CAVALIER’SIn the normal course of a season, we would – Arsenal fans excepted, of course – probably be happy enough for an entertaining side like Tottenham Hotspur to go on and claim a first Premiership title.But this has been far from a normal season and while the likes of some of my old journalistic colleagues such as Diarmaid Doherty, Liam Porter, Charlie Collins and Brian McDaid (all Spurs men to the back bone) won’t be agreeing, the rest of us will be more than delighted if Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City go on to clinch the most unlikely top flight success in league history.For those of us who have bitten finger nails to near obsolete as we endured the agonies of our teams coming in sight of a Premiership title win (look away now, Liverpool fans) in the final few weeks of a season, we have an idea of what Leicester supporters are currently going through.But this is no elite club with money to burn as has been the case for most such title triumphs – this, as has been pointed out on more than one occasion this campaign, is a team that last year were dead certs for relegation at this very stage of the season only to mount an incredible escape to survival under then boss, Nigel Pearson.Seven points behind at the very basement they were then. And now look at them. Seven points clear at the top of the table and going for glory and some of us as nervous for them as we ever were for our own lot.But those 1-0 wins don’t make it any easier. And the problem with them is that one slip or one moment of brilliance can turn 1-0 into 1-1 and two points down the tube. Or worse.And remember the 1995/1996 campaign – Newcastle United a seemingly unassailable twelve points clear at Christmas only to be pegged back by Manchester United and go on to lose it on the final day of the season?United will be involved again this year but only when facing both Leicester and Spurs – the latter next Sunday at White Hart Lane on the same day the Foxes travel to meet relegation threatened Sunderland.Me? I’m still afraid they’ll blow it but even then it will be a story worth a Hollywood film except you wouldn’t want Hollywood to make it.A LESSON LARNEDWell, that’ll Larne me. Last week this column previewed a match involving the Letterkenny R.F.C. under-18’s who were scheduled to play a Cup match at Dave Gallaher Park. The piece was headlined ‘This Saturday – Honestly’ after I had mistakenly previewed the fixture the week prior to that for the previous Saturday.With me so far? Unfortunately, the match against Larne didn’t go ahead last weekend either so that’s two weeks running I’ve been left with some free range egg on the face. This time, however, I’m accepting no blame – Larne having declined to travel for the fixture and Letterkenny consequently winning through to a quarter-final place automatically.Where they’ll come up against Ballyclare at the Glebe this Saturday (11.a.m.).A few weeks back, the Letterkenny lads beat their Antrim opponents 27-0 at the same venue in a league clash which wasn’t as one-sided as the scoreline might suggest.They’ll be out for revenge and all points to an intriguing Cup game. But given my record for the past fortnight, check first before you go along.FRIEND OF ANN HAS STAND NAMED AFTER HIMNo sooner had we mentioned Letterkenny native, Ann Marchard’s connections with Bobby Charlton in last week’s column than they go and name a stand in his honour at Old Trafford.Just in case you missed it, our Ann (nee Kelly) back in the sixties when she used to do a school run in Manchester where she then resided, occasionally shared a coffee with a fellow parent as they kicked in some time – a parent who looked vaguely familiar to her until one day she enquired as to his profession and when he answered, realised that she had been engaging in conversation with the great United midfield maestro himself.And now they’ve gone and named a stand after him just to make up for it.The power of this column knows no bounds.COLD TIPSShane Lowry for the Masters and Holywell for the Grand National. Just don’t remember where you read it first…..LATE DRAMA IN CORK, EDDIE DAVIS REMEMBERED AND DONEGAL OFF TO CROKER – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: April 6th, 2016 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:columnnewsPaddy WalshSportWednesdaylast_img read more

DONEGAL PUNISH LAOIS WITH IMPRESSIVE SECOND HALF DISPLAY

first_imgAn impressive second-half display by Donegal got their league campaign off to the perfect start against Laoise in Portlaoise this afternoon.McFadden – netted a vital goal.A combination of the old and the new with impressive displays from veteran Christy Toye and Odhran MacNiallais saw Donegal come out on top on a scoreline of 2-19 to 1-9.Despite being tipped by many to be relegated from Division Two, Laois battled well in the first half and went in at the break just four points behind on a score of 1-06 to 0-5. But Colm McFadden set the tone for the second half with a superb goal just a minute after the restart to put Donegal in the mood for score after score.First-half scores from Michael Murphy, Brick Molloy, Anthony Thompson, Christy Toye and a well-worked goal rounded off by Odhran Mac Niallais steadied the ship for Jim McGuinness’ side.Frank McGlynn may have added to Mac Niallais’ goal but for a fine save from Graham Brody.Evan O’Carroll should have netted for Laois after he rounded Paul Durcan but blazed over the bar with the open net at his mercy. With players of the quality of Ross Munnelly in their squad, Laois could have been forgiven for thinking they could have snatched two points with a big second half displayBut it was Donegal who put the foot down in the second half with McFadden setting the tone.Some great kicking from the Creeslough man again and also his namesake Hugh McFadden, making his debut, left Laois chasing their tails.Paddy McBrearty, Martin McElhinney and Mark McHugh chipped in with further points for Donegal as they piled the pressure on Laois right up until the final whistle.It’s way too early to be talking about promotion despite the favourites tag. But Jim McGuinness and his new backroom team will be happy with how their team found their stride and punished their opponents with such a direct brand of football.DONEGAL PUNISH LAOIS WITH IMPRESSIVE SECOND HALF DISPLAY was last modified: February 2nd, 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:Division TwodonegalLaoislast_img read more

NBC to stop NASCAR coverage

first_img NBC currently splits half of NASCAR’s 36-race schedule with Fox as part of a six-year, $2.8 billion deal that began in 2001. The contract expires at the end of next season and NBC informed NASCAR last week that it didn’t want to extend the relationship because the value the network put on the package was far less than the asking price. Chip Ganassi has softened his stance regarding driver Jamie McMurray, who wants out of his contract so he can drive for Roush Racing. McMurray signed a contract in July to drive for Roush beginning in 2007, hoping that the early announcement would force Ganassi to let him leave at the end of this year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week NBC won’t extend its contract with NASCAR beyond the 2006 season, a person involved in the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday. ABC/ESPN are expected to replace NBC as one of NASCAR’s television partners, according to a television executive who declined to be identified because the deal wasn’t complete. Sharapova upset Maria Sharapova’s homeland pro tournament debut ended badly Friday when she lost in the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow to Dinara Safina, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5. The world’s top-ranked player trailed 1-5 in the third set and saved a match point in the seventh game against Safina. She rallied to 5-5 and saved another match point on her serve in the 12th game before a wide shot ended the contest. Sharapova struggled to even make it to the quarters. She trailed Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany 1-6, 2-4 Wednesday before Groenefeld withdrew with an ankle injury. Czech teenager Nicole Vaidisova routed former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez 6-3, 6-0 to advance to the Thailand Open semifinals in Bangkok. A’s keep Macha Ken Macha has a new job: His old one. Out last week after three seasons managing the Oakland Athletics, he called general manager Billy Beane one last time to say thanks and wound up Friday with a three-year deal to return. Macha and Beane didn’t talk after the A’s announced negotiations on an extension broke down Oct. 5. Macha now acknowledges the two sides probably should have waited a week after an emotional season to begin the discussions. First base coach Davey Lopes and third base coach Ron Picciolo won’t be back with the San Diego Padres next season. The Padres will not renew the contracts of Lopes, Picciolo and advance scout Jeff Gardner. Camille Johnston has been hired by the Dodgers as senior vice president of communications. In addition, the Dodgers dismissed John Olguin from his position as vice president of public relations, Chris Gutierrez as baseball information coordinator and Paul Gomez as broadcasting publications supervisor. LeBron leaves hospital Cavaliers All-Star forward LeBron James was released from the hospital Friday following a two-night stay because of a virus that caused severe pain in his chest. James was hospitalized Wednesday for what the team initially called a strained pectoral muscle. Philadelphia forward Michael Bradley will miss four to six weeks after having surgery Friday to repair torn cartilage in his knee. Rookie forward Ike Diogu learned he’ll miss the rest of Golden State’s exhibition schedule with a broken left hand. Diogu will be out at least three weeks. Bruschi may return New England linebacker Tedy Bruschi is working toward a return to the Patriots this season, not next thanks to a faster-than-expected recovery from the stroke that sent him to the emergency room just days after playing in his first Pro Bowl. Several obstacles remain: Bruschi has received favorable reports from doctors but not final medical clearance, and others involved in the decision including the team’s lawyers and Bruschi’s family have not signed off on it. Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is angry and embarrassed over accounts of drunkenness and sexual misbehavior by his players on a charter cruise, and said Friday the team will now have a conduct code. Briefly An influential Jesuit magazine close to the Vatican condemned pro boxing as a “legalized form of attempted murder.” The article in Civilta Cattolica, titled “The Immorality of Professional Boxing,” compared the sport to the bloody gladiator contests in ancient Rome. The University of Illinois has appealed an NCAA ruling that could bar the school from hosting championship events at its Urbana-Champaign campus because of the school’s nickname and mascot. The long-expected appeal accuses the NCAA of unfairly characterizing the “Illini’ and “Fighting Illini’ nicknames. 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

LADIES FOOTBALL: ST EUNAN’S, BUNCRANA AND MacCUMHAILLS LIFT U13 COUNTY TITLES

first_imgSt Eunan’s captain Katherine Kelly collects the A Championship U13 title from Dermott Foy todayMORE than 300 people turned up today for a festival of ladies football as the 2014 U13 County Championship reached its climax at superb facilities at Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny.Three county titles were up for grabs; and the huge number of spectators who filed through the gates of the county’s newest secondary school was a testament to the future of ladies football in the county.First match of the day saw the County C Championship decider between MacCumhaills and Glenswilly. The Twin Towns girls just had a wee bit too much for the girls from the Glen, but Glenswilly can take great heart from the growing number of young girls taking up the sport. A great achievement for MacCumhaills and an equally good achievement for Glenswilly in reaching the county final.The County B Championship Final between Naomh Muire and Buncrana was not for the faint-hearted and was a cracking end-to-end game.In the end Buncrana won it by a single point. Great credit again to mentors and players in both clubs who are working so hard for the ladies game at this level. Many congratulations to Buncrana who took the B Championship trophy home to Inishowen tonight.The A County Championship final was a clash between two sides who drew in the league rounds – Moville and St Eunan’s. St Eunan’s started brightly and went in at half time nine points to the good; Moville came storming back in the second half and began to close the gap.But the Eunan’s girls kept pushing forward and with goals from Aoife McCarron (2), Claire Doherty (2) Niamh Walsh and Niamh Harkin the Letterkenny girls maintained the nine point lead to the end.The Moville club – rapidly becoming the benchmark for underage girls football in the county – can be proud of reaching yet another county final and there should be no disappointment among their players who gave their all today, with some of them already having U16 and Minor titles to their names this year.So commiserations to the runners-up today: Glenswilly, Naomh Muire and Moville.And congratulations to: MacCumhaills, Buncrana and St Eunan’s. MacCumhaills: County C Champions 2014County B Champions 2014 BuncranaCounty A U13 Champions St Eunan’sLADIES FOOTBALL: ST EUNAN’S, BUNCRANA AND MacCUMHAILLS LIFT U13 COUNTY TITLES was last modified: November 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:buncranachampionshipglenswillyLeaguemovilleN MuireSt EunansU13 titleslast_img read more

How can Raiders succeed without a pass rush? Win over Colts showed it can be done

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Considering the Raiders didn’t have an interception all season and a year ago gave up 467 points, safety Erik Harris can be forgiven for thinking he was in a dream world.“It was kind of surreal . . . kind of weird,” Harris said after the Raiders beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-24 Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. “There was no one in front of me. I thought, `Is this real life?’ “Yes, it was, and Harris’ … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img