APNU/AFC Govt takes 1 year to issue 1 Amerindian land title

first_img… Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister calls it worryingThe coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration is woefully behind schedule when it comes to the Amerindian Land titling project.Former Amerindian Affairs Minister Pauline SukhaiIndigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney AllicockIndigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, made the disclosure on Wednesday when he appeared before the Standing Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Natural Resources, chaired by People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) member, Odinga Lumumba.In fact, Allicock, who also holds the Ministerial portfolio for Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, told the Committee that the situation was very worrying and cause for concern.The work of the Ministry is lagging so far behind that the APNU/AFC Administration has only been able to complete the land titling process for one community during the one year it has been in office.He said that of the 68 communities that had been earmarked for land titling to be completed, only 18 have been completed and this was accomplished since the most of the preliminary works for those villages would have already been completed by the previous Government.Minister Allicock said the situation “is now a worry for all of us.”According to Allicock, the delays were in large part due to the need for ‘Free, Prior and informed Consent’ on the part of the communities before the process could be completed.Former Minister with responsibility for the sector, Pauline Sukhai, chided Minister Allicock over the substantial delays in the land titling project and said Government would have failed to deliver to the Amerindian people on their commitment to once and for all bring closure to outstanding land issues.Sukhai told the Committee, like the Minister, she too was concerned over the inordinately long delays.The former Minister, at one point in time, was upbraided by the Committee Chairperson, since Sukhai accused the Vice President of being untruthful to the Committee. The answers provided by the technical persons, seemed to point to logistics being one of the main problems for the delays in the land titling project, instead of the reasons proffered by Minister Allicock.Committee Chair, Lumumba used the opportunity to suggest to Allicock that since the project had been suffering from such extended delays, an extension may have to be requested from Parliament.Allicock in turn informed the Committee that the Ministry is currently in discussion with its donor partner, the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) and will soon be approaching the National Assembly for an extension for the project.Allicock told the Committee members that among the issues affecting the process, relates to overlapping issues with mining blocks and forestry operations which led Lumumba to suggest the formation of a mutually agreeable body between stakeholders in an effort to resolve outstanding issues, since a judicial recourse would see the matters being tied up in the courts for years.There was also the suggestion that one of the primary reasons for the lengthy delays in the land titling, had to do with the fact that the Ministry was in fact investigating the works undertaken by the previous Administration, instead of forging ahead with the project at hand.This was denied by the Minister’s technical advisors, who instead suggested that the work done by the previous Administration was in fact taken on board by the current Administration.Not satisfied with the answers being presented to the Committee by Minister Allicock and team, at least one Opposition member opted to walk out of the Committee meeting and could be overheard calling the exercise a waste of time.Opposition PPP/C Committee Member Neendkumar, took umbrage to the fact that Minister Allicock’s answers seemingly contradicts answers provided by members of the technical team.Meanwhile, Sukhai, in an invited comment, told Guyana Times following the end of the session, that she was not at all fully satisfied with the pace with which the land titling project was continuing and in fact suggested that this has occurred because the current Administration had fired the entire unit that held responsibility for the project under the previous Administration.According to Sukhai, it is disappointing that the Administration was gearing to host another National Toshaos Conference and would have been unable to complete any substantial work with respect to land titling.She is adamant that the PPP/C Administration, while in office, had left a solid platform for the coalition Government to build on.“But of course when you are going to remove the entire technical team, obviously you will have a second gestation period,” Sukhai posited.The removal of persons from that unit, according to Sukhai, inherently resulted in the loss of institutional capacity and technical knowledge in the area.She acknowledged that while this move, on the part of the Administration, cannot be considered as the primary reason for the substantial delay in the project, it is certainly one of the key reasons.Sukhai suggested too that the Ministry might have been preoccupied in revisiting works which the current Administration would have believed was not done up to standard.last_img read more

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What to Expect from FIFA World Cup’s Last 4

first_imgWhoever said there is magic in football was apparently right. If not, how come 32 nations began the race and it is now left with four to determine who eventually captures the most coveted soccer cup in the world?Last week Argentina, Netherlands, Brazil and Germany took their chances further afield.Germany edged out France, Argentina denied Belgium the opportunity, Brazil took out Colombia and Netherlands got the scare of their lives when minnows Costa Rica took them to regulation time only to succumb during penalty shootouts to bow out.Brazil — Will go against Germany on July 8 and it is possible that the Brazilians would put their striking cylinders on but winning narrowly against Colombia should give the Brazilians another opportunity to make it to the finals on July 13th.Germany — Lothar Matthaus who lifted the most precious trophy in 1990 as captain of the German team is aware that Germany has reached the semi-finals for the fourth time in succession and may be keen to go all the way. Against Algeria, the team was sloppy but it would seem that Germany picks up their game one at a time. Against Brazil is quite another story and many are waiting to celebrate.Netherlands — Their luck came against Mexico and got scared by minnows Costa Rica, surviving on penalties. Arjen Robben and his team-mates should know by now that this is the time to shine. Against Messi, the Dutch can no longer allow situations to take them by, and Louis Van Gaal can find a way to ensure a chance for the finals.Argentina — Put up some performance against Belgium but playing against Netherlands should remind Messi and co that they have work to do. Against Belgium, Messi could not drive home a begging chance, but the Dutch cannot be tempted with such chances and Angel Di Maria and Pablo Zabalet will need more support for the finals on July 13.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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SOCU Head testifies as GBTI Directors’ case continues

first_imgSpecial Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) Head, Sydney James on Thursday testified before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan as the trial continued of eight Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Directors accused of not complying with a court order to produce financial records. The Directors are charged with failing to comply with a court order requesting documents to facilitate an investigation into the US$500 million Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) fraud case – a charge they all deny.On Thursday, it was revealed that James gave instructions with respect to filing charges against GBTI’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) based on advice given by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) after the Bank failed to hand over the documents.SOCU Head, Sydney JamesHowever, James explained that he was at SOCU Headquarters when an envelope was delivered by a representative of GBTI; subsequently, the documents covered by the production order were delivered to him on August 7 and 8, 2017.The matter was adjourned until February 12, 2018.Several former senior officials of the GRDB have been charged in the ongoing probe into money transfers in the hundreds of millions of dollars to a prominent Essequibo rice farmer.But as a result of the Bank’s refusal to provide information requested by SOCU, the Unit approached the High Court seeking a production order, which was issued by acting Chief Justice Roxane George.The order, served by a marshal of the High Court, compelled GBTI to provide all information requested by SOCU on the GRDB officials.After the Bank subsequently refused to hand over the records, its Directors were jointly charged with failing to comply with the order to produce certain named documents within seven days, to SOCU’s Head.GBTI later made an application before the acting Chief Justice to be relieved from the production of the documents on the grounds that they have either been destroyed by the applicant after the applicant’s retention period had expired, or they have been lost and cannot be found despite diligent efforts to find them.The Bank failed in its bid to be relieved from producing the documents.last_img read more

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Premier League big guns reload as transfer arms race heats up

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City have embarked on an historically lavish spending spree, including paying £52 million for Monaco’s French International Benjamin Mendy in a world record deal for a defender © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFELONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 26 – Premier League spending looks certain to shatter all previous records before the current transfer window closes as England’s superpowers reload in an increasingly frenzied arms race.Fuelled by lucrative television contracts, currently worth around £8.3 billion ($10.8bn, 9.3bn euros) and unprecedented revenue streams at home and overseas, the 20 Premier League teams have spent like never before in the weeks since the summer transfer window opened. Already close to £800 million has been paid for new players, with the single window record spend of £1.2 billion well within reach with over a month before the market closes.Determined to make amends for last season’s surprisingly lacklustre debut campaign in the Premier League, which saw Manchester City finish 15 points behind champions Chelsea, Pep Guardiola has played a key role in driving the market sky high.City boss Guardiola, backed by his club’s Abu Dhabi-based billionaire owners, has embarked on an historically lavish spending spree, including paying £52 million for Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy in a world record deal for a defender on Monday.Manchester City completed the signing of Real Madrid’s defender Danilo on July 23, 2017 © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMendy’s arrival came just days after the £26.5 million capture of Danilo from Real Madrid.England right-back Kyle Walker cost City £50 million from Tottenham as Guardiola took just 10 days to spend £128 million on three full-backs.A £42 million offer persuaded Monaco to sell Bernardo Silva to City, while Douglas Luiz moved to Eastlands from Vasco Da Gama for £10 million.Throw in Guardiola’s £34 million swoop for Benfica goalkeeper Ederson and the Spaniard has already splashed out £215 million.That eclipsed the record spending total for a British club in a single transfer period, racing past the £168 million mark which, not surprisingly, was also set by Guardiola last season.City seem certain to shatter the £221.5 million forked out by Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 – which stands as the biggest outlay in one transfer window.Guardiola would love to land £50 million-rated Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, who is refusing to extend a contract that expires in 12 months’ time, by the time the Premier League begins on August 11.– Astronomical –Keen not to be left behind by City, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been pressuring Blues owner Roman Abramovich to back his demand for major investment ahead of his side’s return to the Champions League after a one-year absence.Premier League champions Chelsea completed the signing of Real Madrid’s striker Alvaro Morata on a five-year-deal on July 21, 2017, in a deal reported to be worth up to $92.2 million © AFP/File / ROSLAN RAHMANSo far, Chelsea have spent over £120 million, with their headline deals a £58 million move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and a £34 million swoop for Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko.Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had to pay a British record £75 million to beat his old club Chelsea to the signature of Everton’s Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku.That deal, following the £31 million signing of Benfica’s Victor Lindelof, moved United over the £100 million mark.Arsene Wenger’s decision to extend his 21-year reign at Arsenal after a turbulent season has persuaded Gunners owner Stan Kroenke to sanction the club record £52 million signing of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.Liverpool also broke their transfer record, paying £37 million for Roma winger Mohamed Salah.And, in a perfect encapsulation of the Premier League’s spending power, even Everton, notoriously careful with their finances in the past, have paid over £90 million as they lured Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford among others to Goodison Park.Newly promoted Huddersfield and Newcastle have both spent over £30 million already, while only Tottenham and Stoke have yet to get the chequebook out.While some look at the astronomical fees being paid and wonder if the desire of English clubs to flex their financial muscles could one day prove fatal for some of the less historically successful teams, the Premier League’s executive chairman Richard Scudamore insists the spree remains sustainable.“Profitability is improving. The most important thing is player costs as a percentage of turnover,” Scudamore said last week.“We’re down in the early 60 percents and we were much higher 10 years ago. Sixty per cent of turnover spent on player costs is actually very manageable.”Scudamore’s message is carry on spending and there’s little doubt his league will rise to the challenge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Row on social media ended up in woman assaulting classmate

first_imgA young woman who assaulted another woman after a fall-out on social media has been ordered to pay a donation to St Vincent de Paul.Chloe Dwyer, 19, appeared at Letterkenny District Court. The court heard that Ms Dwyer, a mother of one, assaulted the other woman at Lower Main Street in Letterkenny, on March 23rd, 2016.Solicitor for Ms Dwyer, Kieran Dillon, told the court that “it was a social media situation and thongs flared up.”The two young women were known to eachother as they had been in the same class at school.The nature of the victim’s injuries were not revealed in court.Mr Dillon said his client had turned a corner and was about to start work in a local clothing store and was also planning to return to education.Judge Paul Kelly asked Mr Dillon if his client, from Rossuiligh, Oldtown, Letterkenny, has indicated she has any remorse.He said she was willing to comply with the court and Judge Kelly ordered Ms Dwyer to make a donation of €150 to Vincent de Paul.“If she pays that I will strike out the matter,” added the Judge.Row on social media ended up in woman assaulting classmate was last modified: July 11th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:argumentassaultcourtdonegalrowsocial medialast_img read more

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‘LOTTO, LOTTO’ THINGS HAPPENING AT LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB THIS WEEKEND

first_imgAt a time when other golf clubs would be “winding down” at the end of their golfing season, Letterkenny Golf & Social Club is as busy as ever, especially on this Halloween Weekend, when two main events will take place on Saturday 1st November.On the fundraising side, the club are pleased to announce the launch of their weekly LOTTO, which will guarantee the winner a minimum of €1,000 jackpot.There will also be a weekly “lucky dip” draw for two winners, [on lotto night] which will pay the two lucky lotto members €50 each. Letterkenny Golf Club Captain, Tom Mc Donagh, on behalf of the fundraising committee told Donegal Daily, “We have just launched a new Online Lotto in order to raise funds for the ongoing maintenance and further development of our course.“As you know we have made a significant investment in our facilities over the past few years and we now have a much improved course which ranks as one of the best parkland courses in the country.“However there is a need for ongoing expenditure on the course not just to maintain it at its present standard but to carry out further improvements on a gradual basis, as our finances allow.“We have historically depended on fund raising activities such as the 300 Club and special events like the “White Collar Boxing” in 2013 to supplement our income from Subscriptions, Competition Fees and Sponsorship. “Such fund raising activities have been very helpful to the club but they do have a relatively short life span before they become ineffective.“Going forward we see this new Lotto as our primary source of fundraising if we get the usual strong support from our members, their friends and ,indeed, the general public at large who have always supported the golf club.“The lotto, which is priced at a modest €2 per line per draw, is within reach and achievable for most people.“This new Lotto has been launched via the internet. This allows players to participate no matter where in the world they may be at any time.“It also allows our Lotto players to have full control from their own home or from their smartphone. “We would ask everyone to play our Lotto for the future security of the club.The official LOTTO LAUNCH will take place on this Saturday night 1st, with music from Gerry in the clubhouse social bar.The first weekly draw will take place on Wednesday 5th November 2014.The opening jackpot is €1000 with two lucky dip prizes of €50 each. Players may “buy” as many weeks as they wish, with free weeks allowed for multiple buys.On the hospitality side, Letterkenny Golf Club are pleased and honoured to host the AUDI IRELAND OPEN WEEKEND DONEGAL 2014.Audi Ireland will be bringing their full fleet of vehicles to the club car park on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd November, where members of the public can come and see for themselves the full range of cars, from the A3 to the A8, the Q range, 3,5,& 7 and the all new and exciting Audi TTExperience tomorrow, today is the new Audi punchline, and you can discover your 2015 Audi during this Future Now Sales Event.Why not come along and “view the future” with all the Audi ranges including the family car, the quattro, the hatchback, the saloon, the e-tron, the sportsback, the coupé, cabriolet and the most impressive Audi TT.Enjoy the reception of tea/coffee, scones etc. and chat to the knowledgeable team from AUDI IRELAND.On the course, the club are holding a 3 day bonanza of golf, generously sponsored by Audi Ireland.Friday 31st October, Halloween Day, will tee-off with an Open singles stableford, followed by an Open singles stableford on Saturday 1st and again on Sunday 2nd, an Open singles stableford.On this Thursday night, 30th Oct., Brown’s on the Green have introduced their Thursday night winter special, served in the bar from 5pm-9pm, which includes a 7oz Rib Eye Steak, served with smoked potato chips ,tomato chutney, rocket salad and a side order of choice for only €24.95 for two persons.Make your Halloween weekend one to remember!‘LOTTO, LOTTO’ THINGS HAPPENING AT LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB THIS WEEKEND was last modified: October 31st, 2014 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:BarnhillgolfletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more

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TOP DONEGAL RESTAURANT FOR SALE…FOR HALF A MILLION EURO

first_imgONE of Donegal’s most respected restaurants has gone on the open market.Heron’s Cove is an award-winning four star guesthouse and restaurant property and has an asking price of  €500,000.Built in 2002, it is located close to the famous surfer’s beach in Rossnowlagh, near Creevy Pier. A member of the prestigious Irish Country Hotels group, Heron’s Cove established itself as one of Donegal’s premier restaurants during the last nine years.Its 3.5 acre site enjoys a high-profile roadside location on the main Ballyshannon — Rossnowlagh road.Accommodation includes 10 en suite bedrooms, a 60-seater restaurant, a 20-seater bistro bar and a fully equipped catering kitchen.If you have a million to spare, take a look at http://www.heronscove.ie/. TOP DONEGAL RESTAURANT FOR SALE…FOR HALF A MILLION EURO was last modified: June 8th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Co DonegalHeron’s CoveRossnowlaghlast_img read more

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DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL YOUR REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTS SUNDAYKnockalla CupRathmullan Celtic 1 Glenea United 2Rathmullan Celtic bowed out of the Knockalla Caravans Cup after a closely fought encounter against their bitter rivals from the Premier League, Glenea United, with two second half goals for the Glasserchoo outfit cancelling out Ryan Connolly’s first half wonder goal for the Seasiders.The Glasserchoo outfit started brighter in the opening moments of the game but it was the Hoops who got off to the perfect start after 20 minutes when Chippie Barrett played an incisive defence splitting pass from the centre of to the park to Ryan Connolly who controlled the pass superbly before executing an exquisite chip over the keeper. There were chances for both sides as the first half unfolded but the one goal advantage stood for the Hoops before the famous half time soup from Adrian Gallen.In a typical cup clash, chances were few and far between for both sides as a stalemate in the midfield unfolded, but the visitors came right back into contention when they were awarded a free kick on 67 minutes from 25 yards out. Paddy Sweeney unleashed an unstoppable strike into the top corner which gave keeper Mark Walshe no chance much to the delight of the vociferous travelling support from Falcarragh.Tom Coll’s visitors almost immediately took the lead when Sweeney hit a thunderous strike from the edge of the area that drew a world class finger tip save from Walshe. Glenea took the lead on 75 minutes when an opportunistic lob from defence fell to Sweeney up front and the striker spotted Walshe off his line and flighted the ball into the net much to the disappointment of the keeper and home faithful. The Seasiders pressed for that elusive equaliser with Dara Patton denied by a superlative save from Sean Gallagher in goals after the striker unleashed a venomous strike from the edge of the area on 81 minutes which seemed destined for the bottom corner but for Gallagher’s fine reflex save around the post.Sweeney and Gallagher impressed from Coll’s Glenea side while an under strength Hoops side accounted well for themselves as they look forward to a two week break which gives time for the squad to return to full strength ahead for the mouth watering derby clash at home to noisy neighbours Milford United in the top flight of the Donegal League. Referee: Marty Mc GarrigleCootehill Harps 3 Milford United 4Milford United travelled to Cootehill and returned with their Knockalla Cup ambitions intact. The Moyle View men went two ahead in the first ten minutes of the match, Gary Merritt and PJ Hagan finding the net. Cootehill fought back and by the half hour mark were on level terms. On forty minutes Ciaran Mc Ginley scored to give Milford the lead going in at the interval. PJ Hagan got his second and Milford’s fourth ten minutes into the second half. The hosts never said died and fought to the finish. They pulled another goal back on eighty minutes but a mighty effort from the Donegal Junior League side saw them return from Cavan victorious. Drumkeen United 4 Lifford Celtic 0Current Donegal Junior League Premier Division Champions Lifford Celtic travelled to play Ulster Senior League outfit Drumkeen United on Sunday afternoon in the Knockalla Cup. The border town team were without a number of regulars for various reasons and found the St. Patrick’s Park men hard to handle. Lee White was by far the busier of the netminders on the field and had to make a number of early saves to keep his side in the match. Drumkeen broke the deadlock midway through the first half when Ronan Coyle volleyed home. They added another three without reply to put their name in the hat for the next round draw. Lifford Celtic will now have to focus on their remaining league matches as they defend their Premier Division crown.SUNDAYWatson Hire Division One Lagan Harps 3 Gweedore United 1Lagan improved their chances of escaping relegation with their best performance of the season in a game reversed to Gweedore. Gweedore United started well and took the lead when Conor Harley did well to parry Ciaran Mc Fadden’s shot but Francis Gallagher fired home the rebound. Gweedore continued to threaten but Lagan equalised on twenty four minutes when Eunan Diver put Austin Marron through and he lobbed the advancing keeper. Gweedore continued to press with Shane O’Donnell pulling the strings in midfield but Lagan always looked dangerous on the counter attack. Lagan took the lead on thirty minutes when Travis Crawford won a tackle and found James Gillen who put Ross Hamlyn through to score. Lagan had a chance to extend their lead before the break when they had a two on one situation but Ross Hamlyn shot over. Gweedore started strong in the second half however Lagan extended their lead on forty seven minutes when Austin Marron scored from outside the area. Gweedore dominated the remainder of the game but the Lagan goal survived. Conor Harley pulled off a number of fine saves as the pressure mounted and Lagan held on for three vital points. In an all round team performance Ronan Lennon, Ruairi Crawford, Austin Marron and Gio Peoples excelled. For Gweedore Shane O’Donnell, Ciaran Mc Fadden and Francis Gallagher were best. Referee: Paddy Duffy.Dunkineely Celtic 2 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0Dunkineely gained three valuable points in their push for promotion in a very entertaining game against Kerrykeel. Despite being reduced to ten men after only ten minutes Kerrykeel put in a fine display of passing football but failed to break down a well organised home defence. Dunkineely had the better chances in the early part of the game and took the lead on thirty minutes. Andrew Mackey picked up the ball in midfield and ran through the middle of the visiting defence and fired in a great shot from 25 yards which crashed off the post. Peter Alvey was on hand to tap home the rebound from eight yards. The same pair combined two minutes later but on this occasion Alvey’s shot was blocked away for a corner. Kerrykeel’s first effort on goal saw a great shot from 25 yards turned around the post for a corner. Despite a large amount of possession Dunkineely could not add to their tally before the break.The second half followed the same pattern as the first with Kerrykeel playing a passing game but failing to break down the home defence. Paddy Mc Granaghan had a great effort from distance go narrowly wide on 65 minutes. Dunkineely doubled their lead on 73 minutes when following great work by Adrian Nesbitt and Jonathan Cassidy, Andrew Mackey crossed for Adrian Ward to finish from six yards. Dunkineely were reduced to ten men on 80 minutes and this gave Kerrykeel the impetus to push forward to try and get back into the game but despite their best efforts they could not make the breakthrough. Referee: Liam FarrenDrumoghill F.C. 4 Eany Celtic 0This match was switched to Ballyare as Drumoghill continued their quest for League glory. Having already defeated the Coolshannon men earlier this season they were favourites going into this match. Four goals without reply saw the men from “The Moss” capture three vital points in what is going to be a grandstand finish to the Watson Hire Division Two season. It sets up next week’s match against Cappry Rovers for a cup final atmosphere despite the fact that there is still a long way to go.CT Ball Division TwoDunlewy Celtic 0 Deele Harps 3In wonderful conditions at Glentornan Park the visitors took all three points with Darren Brown scoring a hat-trick. Solid team performances from both sides.Whitestrand United 2 Copany Rovers 5In the battle at the top Whitestrand United played Copany Rovers at Whitestrand Park. Tensions were high as both teams knew the importance of the match. However the deadlock was broken early when Pauric Rooney broke clear and calmly slotted past the advancing keeper. It was a start that rocked the hosts and things went from bad to worse when again a Copany player raced clear and David Graham found the back of the net. Whitestrand responded well to these early setbacks and got one back when James Gallagher was hauled down in the box and the referee gave a penalty. Paul Lynch stepped up and calmly slotted the penalty away. Whitestrand were pushing for an equaliser when disaster struck. A defensive mix-up let Pauric Rooney in to score and easy third. This was a huge blow as Whitestrand were pushing hard for an equaliser.The second half started, Whitestrand knowing they had to make a fast start in order to get anything from the match. However Copany weathered the early storm and clinched a crucial fourth when another defensive mix up let Pauric Rooney in and he was never going to miss his chance for the match ball. Copany then secured an emphatic win as Paul Clarke broke through and calmly scored a fifth. Michael Sweeney scored the consolation goal that he deserved late on in the game. Best for Copany was Pauric Rooney and best for Whitestrand were James Gallagher and Sean Paul Gallagher.Letterbarrow Celtic 6 Glenree United 1This match saw Letterbarrow claim all three points with a strong second half performance. The home side broke the deadline on thirty minutes when Kevin Mc Brearty won a tackle in midfield and ran through to slot the ball past the advancing keeper. Both sides had an opportunity to score before the break but the first half ended with the home side one up. Two minutes after the restart, Letterbarrow went two ahead when Shane Connelly scored a header from a James Mc Groary corner. Glenree fought back well and had a couple of good chances which were well saved by Kieran Gildea. Glenree were rewarded on sixty minutes when Oisin Langan scored from close range. However the home side responded well and five minutes later restored the two goal advantage when Paul Murrin slotted home from twelve yards. James Mc Groary made it 4-1 to Letterbarrow when he finished off a nice passing move down the left. Kevin Campbell scored a fifth after finding space in the box to slot home a Paul Murrin cross. Shane Connelly scored his second and the home side’s sixth when he powered home a corner from six yards on eighty five minutes.SATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division OneGlenea United Reserves 3 Fintown Harps AFC 1Glenea Reserves continued their unbeaten run with this hard earned victory over the Gaeltacht Lár men. Despite playing against the wind it was the home team that started the brightest with both Dean Gallagher and Martin Ferry going close to opening the scoring. However it was the away side that got the opening goal when Eoin Boyle picked up the ball on the right side of the penalty area and fired home. Glenea pushed hard to get back on level terms and were finally rewarded on 38 minutes when Dean Gallagher headed the ball into the path of Shane Ferry who slid the ball home. Glenea took the lead a couple of minutes later when, after good work by Shane Ferry down the right, Martin Ferry slotted home from 10 yards. Fintown pressed hard for an equaliser before half-time but were denied by a couple good saves from Ciaran Gallagher and also the crossbar.In the 2nd half the home side controlled the game for the opening period but were unable to add to their tally with Dean Gallagher seeing his header come back off the post. As the half progressed Fintown started to press for an equaliser but were unable to create a clear opening. Glenea extended their lead on 75 minutes when Lee O’ Brien crossed from the right and Dean Gallagher headed home at the back post.Best for Glenea were Shane Coll, Shane Ferry and Dean Gallagher while Aaron Thompson impressed for Fintown. Referee: Barry Hunter.Castlefin Celtic Reserves 1 Mulroy Celtic 2A slow start in Parkview saw both teams unable to settle and keep possession. Mulroy had a chance to break the deadlock after 10 minutes but their midfielder saw his flick in front of goal go narrowly wide of the post. Marcus Curran had Castlefin’s best chance few minutes later when his 20 yard shot was tipped over the bar.Castlefin started the second half the better with Keith Nelis and Paul Logue creating chances but failing to take them. Castlefin then took the lead on 56 minutes when JP Malley availed of the space he was given in the box to nip in front of the Mulroy defence and finish from 6 yards.Mulroy found an equaliser on 69 minutes when the Castlefin defence found themselves short and Mulroy took full advantage, Castlefin keeper Simon Mc Glinchey made a good initial save but Seamus Coyle finished the rebound. The goal gave Mulroy a new lease of life and they began to create more chances. Minutes later Mulroy took the lead when Gerry Friel lobbed the Castlefin keeper from the edge of the box. Castlefin pushed for an equaliser in the last ten minutes with good chances falling to Mark Lafferty and Gavin McNulty but the Mulroy defence stood firm to leave with all 3 points. Best for Castlefin: Gavin McNulty and Mark Lafferty. Best for Mulroy: Team Performance. Referee: Gerry Gallagher.Glencar Celtic 2 Orchard F.C. 0This derby game was played in good conditions at the Flagpole Rathmullan. Neither team really got going in the 1st half hour with only a few half chances but nothing clear cut. Glencar broke the deadlock after Paddy O’ Kane hoisted a free kick towards the back post and Martin Brogan met it to tap home. Orchard could have levelled the game before half time through Niall Bonner but a good save from Ray Mc Feely prevented the goal. It was much the same in the second half with few chances being created by either side. Glencar struck late with possibly the move of the game. Ruairi Kelly won a tackle which fell to Garvan Grieve who fed Paddy Collins. Collins then beat a few players and played the ball to Stephen Browne who laid it off for Declan Scanlon to rattle home. Referee: Ed MooreGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoStrand Rovers 1 Curragh Athletic Reserves 2The home side started the better putting the Curragh defence under constant pressure. Good use of the wings resulted in a few good crosses and few near misses. The deadlock was broken when a ball fell to Strand’s Stephen Glackin who struck superbly into the back of Curragh’s net. Curragh levelled when a cross fell to Gary Heaney and he tucked the ball away from inside the box. The second half saw Strand push again with numerous missed opportunity s recorded. This remained the case up until the 60th minute when Gary Heaney tucked away another good strike. With time running out Strand pushed for an equaliser but Curragh held on for the points.Cranford United Reserves 2 Glenree United Reserves 1Cranford and Glenree played out a hard fought game on a heavy Cranford Park pitch. Glenree started the game the brighter and had some good chances through Karl Mc Elhinney and Mc Nelis. Lee Carr then went close after good work on the left, but his shot saved by the Glenree keeper. Glenree took the lead on 30 minutes from a good Karl Mc Elhinney header from a corner. Glenree went close again just on stroke of half time.Cranford started the second half on top and had good chances through Brendan Giles and John Mc Bride. Cranford equalised on 65 minutes when Mickey Buchannan finished well to the bottom corner. Chances fell to both teams before Cranford got the winner in the 80th minute when a Joe Gallagher free kick was saved and Chris Molloy reacted quickest to bury in the corner. Team effort from Glenree. Best for Cranford were Darren Lynch, Johnny Wilhare and John Mc Bride.Gweedore United Reserves 2 Keadue Rovers Reserves 2This game played in Gweedore ended in a share of the spoils after a tightly contested local derby. Both sides went at each other from the start however it was the visitors, who had a number of their senior team on display, who took the lead. Their goal came on 17 minutes when a Conor Green cross was headed in by Adam Neely. The game continued with both sides attacking and the home side got back on level terms just before half time when Brian Gallagher’s cross was tapped in by Hugh Martin Curran to make it 1-1 at the break. Keadue again took the lead when an Adrian Hanlon free kick was headed in by Conor Green to make it 2-1 in the 77th minute. Chances were few and far between however United got their deserved equaliser in the 88th minute when a free kick from Sean Paul Mc Mahon was headed in by Patrick Mc Fadden. A draw was probably a fair result on the day where both teams worked hard. Referee: Brian O Kane.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division OneGlenea United Reserves 3 v 1 Fintown Harps AFCCastlefin Celtic Reserves 1 v 2 Mulroy CelticErne Wanderers P v P Ramelton MarinersGlencar Celtic 2 v 0 Orchard F.C.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves P v P Arranmore UnitedStrand Rovers 1 v 2 Curragh Athletic ReservesCranford United Reserves 2 v 1 Glenree United ReservesGweedore United Reserves 2 v 2 Keadue Rovers ReservesSUNDAYKnockalla CupRathmullan Celtic 1 v 2 Glenea UnitedCootehill Harps 3 v 4 Milford UnitedDrumkeen United 4 v 0 Lifford CelticSUNDAYWatson Hire Division OneLagan Harps 3 v 1 Gweedore UnitedDunkineely Celtic 2 v 0 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Cappry Rovers P v P Bonagee UnitedDrumoghill F.C. 4 v 0 Eany CelticCT Ball Division TwoDunlewy Celtic 0 v 3 Deele HarpsRaphoe Town P v P Ballybofey UnitedWhitestrand United 2 v 5 Copany RoversLetterbarrow Celtic 6 v 1 Glenree UnitedConvoy Arsenal P v P Drumbar F.C.League table for Brian McCormick Sports Premier LeagueTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsRathmullan Celtic 14 9 2 3 34 17 17 30St Catherines FC 15 7 3 5 36 28 8 26Glenea United 14 7 3 4 23 11 12 25Milford United FC 14 7 4 3 31 20 11 24Lifford Celtic FC 12 6 3 3 19 14 5 21Gweedore Celtic 14 4 5 5 20 23 -3 17Cranford FC 14 3 6 5 19 23 -4 14Kilmacrennan Celtic FC 14 4 8 2 19 36 -17 14Donegal Town FC 15 2 7 6 23 31 -8 12Curragh Athletic FC 14 3 11 0 16 37 -21 9League table for Watson Hire Sunday Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsDrumoghill FC 14 10 3 1 36 15 21 31Cappry Rovers 11 8 0 3 37 12 25 27Kerrykeel 71 FC 15 8 4 3 48 28 20 27Dunkineely Celtic FC 14 8 6 0 36 35 1 24Castlefin Celtic 13 7 4 2 32 26 6 23Gweedore United FC 14 6 6 2 28 21 7 20Bonagee United FC 13 4 6 3 27 24 3 15Lagan Harps FC 15 4 8 3 26 40 -14 15Keadue Rovers FC 15 4 9 2 27 40 -13 14Eany Celtic FC 14 0 13 1 11 67 -56 1League table for CT Ball Sunday Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsWhitestrand United FC 15 10 3 2 36 17 19 32Copany Rovers FC 14 9 2 3 31 18 13 30Deele Harps FC 13 7 4 2 26 16 10 23Raphoe Town 13 7 5 1 28 18 10 22Convoy Arsenal FC 13 6 4 3 24 20 4 21Glenree United FC 14 5 6 3 24 32 -8 18Letterbarrow Celtic FC 15 5 8 2 25 37 -12 17Dunlewey Celtic 14 4 8 2 24 28 -4 14Ballybofey United FC 12 3 7 2 17 28 -11 11Drumbar FC 13 1 10 2 12 33 -21 5League table for Old Orchard Saturday Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsGlencar Celtic 10 9 1 0 30 7 23 27Glenea United 13 7 5 1 32 24 8 22St Catherines FC 11 7 3 1 22 18 4 22Erne Wanderers FC 10 7 3 0 24 13 11 21Fintown Harps AFC 11 6 3 2 23 17 6 20Castlefin Celtic Res 13 4 7 2 26 33 -7 14Mulroy Celtic 12 2 8 2 11 27 -16 8Orchard FC 10 2 7 1 14 27 -13 7Ramelton Mariners FC 10 1 8 1 13 29 -16 4League table for Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsArranmore United 11 10 1 0 25 6 19 30Donegal Town FC Res 12 7 1 4 31 21 10 25Gweedore United FC Res 11 7 3 1 31 20 11 22Keadue Rovers FC 12 5 4 3 32 26 6 18Glenree United FC Res 10 4 4 2 26 27 -1 14Cranford FC 13 3 6 4 26 32 -6 13Curragh Athletic FC 11 3 4 4 22 30 -8 13Tullyvinney Rovers 11 3 5 3 19 23 -4 12Strand Rovers FC 14 2 10 2 17 26 -9 8Milford United FC Res 11 1 7 3 16 34 -18 6DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 08-03-2014 K.O. 1p.m.Downtown Cup Quarter Finals – (Games Must Finish)Orchard F.C. v St. Catherines ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Glenree United ReservesArranmore United v Glenea United ReservesFintown Harps AFC v Glencar CelticSATURDAY 08-03-2014 K.O. 2p.m.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves v Tullyvinney RoversCranford United Reserves v Curragh Athletic ReservesDonegal Town Reserves v Gweedore United ReservesSUNDAY 09-03-2014 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionCranford United v Lifford CelticMilford United v Gweedore CelticWatson Hire Division OneBonagee United v Keadue RoversEany Celtic v Castlefin CelticDrumoghill F.C. v Cappry RoversGweedore United v Dunkineely CelticCT Ball Division TwoDrumbar F.C. v Copany RoversGlenree United v Ballybofey UnitedDunlewy Celtic v Convoy ArsenalDeele Harps v Raphoe TownDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL YOUR REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: March 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

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‘I DON’T WANT TO BE A GALLANT LOSER AGAINST DUBLIN’ – GAA BOSS McGUINNESS

first_imgDonegal manager Jim McGuinness has said he will not accept coming out second best against Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final.Jim McGuinness is still hatching his plan for Dublin.The Glenties man set out his stall at a press conference in Letterkenny today.by Rachel McLaughlin With his captain Michael Murphy by his side, McGuinness spoke for 40 minutes about his thoughts on the clash against the current All-Ireland champions.He said the management team are in the midst of forming a game plan to see off Dublin and battle tactics are yet to be cemented.But McGuinness spoke with clarity and concentration when he said “I definitely don’t want to be associated with being a gallant loser.”The even better news coming form today’s press conference is that Karl Lacey has shown a remarkable recovery from injury which threatened his place in the starting line-up for the August 31st clash. McGuinness revealed Lacey, who damaged his hamstring in the match against Armagh, has made a good recovery.He trained this morning with the medical team and will be back to training with the Donegal squad on Tuesday night. McGuiness said that they had feared the worst, but Lacey’s recovery has been great and he has regained full strength.He added that his entire team are now focused on the job in hand and are in a much better position than they were last year.“We’re 70 minutes from the All-Ireland final, and we’ve got to try and do everything in our power to be in that final, and that’s the approach we’ll be taking to the game,” he said.Participation at training is at 93%, while it was at approx. 40% in 2013, he added. “We’ve a lot of work done, they (the players) have been very focused, and as we sit here today we have a fully-fit, healthy squad and we’re looking forward to the game.”Despite Donegal’s narrow win over Armagh in the quarter-final on the 9th of August, their performance was disappointing, McGuinness said. “We have levels and we have standards, and a lot of the things that we’re normally good at, we weren’t.”McGuiness put last week’s unimpressive performance down to unforced errors and poor decision making. However he maintained that the team have played to a consistently-high level throughout the rest of the season.The odds are firmly in Dublin’s favour, and McGuiness is all too aware of this. He gave a detailed analysis of the opposition’s game that proved just how much of a threat the Dublin team presents. “They’re very fit, they’re very strong, they’re well-organised and they’ve got their system now well down the track in terms of their development.”“You can see the patterns, you can what they’re doing and the support play and it’s really really impressive.”All things considered, McGuinness said that Donegal are happy with their level of athleticism and hope they can match Jim Gavin’s side.How he plans to avoid defeat, though, will not be revealed until the big day.‘I DON’T WANT TO BE A GALLANT LOSER AGAINST DUBLIN’ – GAA BOSS McGUINNESS was last modified: August 17th, 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:All-Ireland semi-finaldonegaldublinGAAJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

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Matia Lule upbeat ahead of Zambia opener

first_imgThe team going through a bonding session after the last training. Courtesy photo.FOOTBALL–The Uganda U20 side, The Hippos, will kick-start their COSAFA U20 campaign today against 10-time record and defending champions Zambia at the Arthur Davies stadium in Kitwe, Zambia.The Hippos have a chance to revenge for thier 2015 U17 AFCON qualifiers loss to the Young Chipololpolo Boys who eliminated them over two legs but will equally be playing for a strong start in group A so as to better their chances of progressing to the knock out stage.Uganda is one of two sides that are competing as guests in the tournament with Egypt who will compete in group B being the other nation that was invited.Speaking after the last trainning session, U20 head coach Matia Lule highlighted the importance of getting all three points against Zambia today.“We are playing the record champions, the hosts and the defending champions so that should give you the motivation as a players and coach to want to win the game,” said Matia Lule.“Luckily for us, the players are in good shape and have been training superbly and when you see the level of focus of each and everyone, you just have to acknowledge the fact that they are all ready. The fact that Zambia beat us in the U17 a couple of years ago and that some of these players are were part of this game, it also serves as an extra motivation to want to beat them,” he added.“Am just hopeful that the boys can put up a good show and may be we can walk away with all three points come the sound of the final whistle.The Hippos were yesterday graced by the presence of former Cranes skipper Timothy Batabaire who commended FUFA on the fact that the young stars are now getting tournaments in which they can feature.“I would like to thank FUFA for their efforts in terms of trying to develop these players from a young age. Said the former SC Villa, Bloemfontein Celtics and Bidvest Wits defender,” Batabaire said.“We didn’t get the chance but luckily for these boys, the have got the chance of coming up through the ranks so as to reach the senior team which is a huge boost in anyone’s career. All i pray is that the coaches can work together to ensure that at least most of the reach the desired heights,” he added.The other group A game between Malawi and Swaziland will also be played today before the Cranes game.The Cranes starting team against Zambia today.Saidi Keni (G.K), Fred Okot, Mustapha Kizza, Geofrey Wasswa, Mustapha Mujjuzi, Abubakar Kasule, Julius Poloto, Frank Tumwesigye, Muhammed Shaban, Steven Mukwala, Pius ObuyaSubsAli Mwerusi (G.K), Eric Kibowa (G.K), Shafiq Kuchi Kagimu, Andrew Isiagi Okiring, Victor Matovu, Mujahid Ogama, Allan Okello, Hamisi Tibita, David OworiOfficialsHead coach: Mathias LuleAssistant Coach: James OdochGoalkeeping coach: Samuel KawalyaTeam manager: Sulait MakumbiTeam Doctor: Ivan SsewanyanaCOSAFA U20 ChampionshipsZambia Chipolopolo Young Stars vs Uganda HipposArthur Davies Stadium, Kitwe – Zambia6:30pmCommentslast_img read more

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