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Flying Fijians challenged to reach new level

first_imgThe Flying Fijians won their third straight Pacific Nations Cup title in July and secured the Oceania One berth for the 2019 World Cup, putting them in Pool D alongside Australia, Wales, Georgia and a qualifier.The ninth-ranked Fijians also chalked up major victories on home soil against Six Nations duo Italy and Scotland but McKee is wanting to see that form replicated on the road.”We set ourselves a good high benchmark across those tests earlier in the year but the important thing now is to step up to another level in November,” he said.”Our medium-term to long-term ambition is our Rugby World Cup campaign and to be successful in 2019 we have to improve on each assembly we have and make the most of all the time we have together.”Fiji open their tour against 14th-ranked Italy in Catania before taking on Ireland in Dublin and closing out their tour against Canada in Montpellier.”For us I think it’s very good for us to start against Italy,” said McKee.”We know they’ll be a big challenge to play them in Italy – they’ll be a tough opposition for us there and they’ll be hurting a little bit, coming off our close win in Suva earlier in the year.”I think for our players they can approach the November tour with some confidence, knowing that we’ve been successful against Italy earlier in the year, that we can really take them on in that first game and I’s hope that with our pre-tour camp and our preparation for the Italian game, with a successful performance there we can carry some momentum towards Ireland.”We want to test ourselves against the best and in the past 12 months Ireland have beaten both the top two teams in New Zealand and England, so Ireland are going to be a true measure of how our progress is going.” Photo: Supplied Flying Fijians rugby coach John McKeelast_img read more

Coaches bash bleaching

first_imgEven though most schools have implemented rules and regulations to curb the bleaching phenomenon such as banning offending student-athletes from school representation, it is still a problem they have to deal with continuously.The extend of bleaching was evident in the recent schoolboy season with a majority of the participating schools’ teams featuring players who engage in skin bleaching.Star striker for daCosta Cup champions Cornwall College Jourdain Fletcher was probably the most recognisable student-athlete, with a toned skin throughout this season. His speed, skills, and goals were as eye-catching as his discoloured face, but coach Dr Dean Weatherly explained that students bleach ardently during holidays, so when they return to school, it takes some time for their original colour to return.”When he (Fletcher) came in the summer (camp), he had stopped, but I saw it creeping in towards the end of the season when it was coming around to Christmas. So up to that point, I mentioned it to him. But over the holidays, it seems he intensified his use of the product, so now he looks white,” Weatherly declared. “It’s not that we don’t try to prevent it, but when they are out of school for three to four weeks, we can do nothing.”Excelsior’s female football coach, Xavier Gilbert, believes the females’ admiration for the bleaching practice has strengthened the males’ love for the habit. He also feels that it’s the parents who should take the lead in stopping their children from altering their skin tone.”They (boys) do it because the females like it, and once females like it, it is going to be difficult to stop. Females, in general, like when males behave like gangsters, so if youngsters behave that way and females are attracted to them, then they are going to continue to behave that way and wear tight pants and bleach,” Gilbert said.”But the parenting is a big part of it, but when you send to call the parents, you understand why the kids do it because the parent bleach, too,” he added.Weatherly agrees.”We should start educating parents first and see how it goes. All schools should implement rules to prevent it from happening. If parents won’t put a stop to it, the school has to enforce the rule,” he reasoned.”It would be nice if posters and notices are put up to show how harmful it can be, just like how they educate about teenage pregnancy and drugs so they know the harmful effects,” Gilbert added.livingston.scott@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Waramadong to establish Community Policing Group

first_imgResidents of Waramadong, in Region Seven, will soon establish a Community Policing Group (CPG). The decision was taken during an interactive meeting between Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan and residents.The issue of illegal activities in the community was raised by residents. Following discussions, Minister Ramjattan assured that assistance will be provided to the villagers who decided to form the CPG.Villager Bendrel Thomas noted that the CPG would be able to curtail any negative behaviour that may be attempted by young persons exposed to negative influences. He was supported by another resident, Curtis Isaacs, who pointed to the fact that while the community is not affected by serious crime, there still needs to be regulation of any acts of vandalism among others.According to the Department of Public Information, Ramjattan further gave his assurance that within a week, an official will visit the community to organise the group. He also urged young people to get involved and be a part of the policing group.“We will have to send down the administrator for the Community Policing Group and we will form one… I want you to get some of the young men that you have here, and women too, that may wish to join the Police Force,” the Minister encouraged.Earlier this year, at the rollout of activities for the 43rd anniversary of the establishment of CPGs in Guyana, Minister Ramjattan said the country’s borders are now strengthened with the formation of CPGs in the hinterland regions. These include Regions One, Seven, and Nine.In Region One, there is a total of 189 CPGs with 62 in Region Seven and an additional 15 in Region Nine. The Public Security Minister also highlighted that the CPGs have been receiving assistance from international bodies which have proven to be fruitful.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan addressing residents during the community meetingResidents of Waramadong during the community meetinglast_img read more

Former Oasis star Gallagher on Pellegrini, Bony and Man City’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona

first_imgHuge Manchester City fan Noel Gallagher joined the Sports Bar to discuss the latest news from the Etihad.The Blues were downed 2-1 by Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 first leg clash on Tuesday, and face a huge battle in the Nou Camp to extend their time in the competition.Gallagher discusses the loss, along with Wilfried Bony and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s appearance on Goals on Sunday.Listen again to Noel Gallagher’s interview with the Sports Bar and leave your comments below…last_img

England Euro 2016 squad: Barkley and Rashford IN, Drinkwater and Townsend OUT

first_imgRoy Hodgson has included Marcus Rashford and Daniel Sturridge in his England squad for this summer’s European Championship, with Andros Townsend and Danny Drinkwater the men to miss out.The Three Lions boss had to cut three players from his provisional 26-man squad by Tuesday evening.Hodgson had already confirmed Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph would not travel to France after picking up an injury.Now, following a two-week training camp and friendly games against Turkey and Australia, he has also decided to omit Drinkwater and Townsend.Manchester United starlet Rashford is one of five strikers named in the travelling party – continuing the 18-year-old’s stunning rise.Rashford only made his professional debut in February but has made a stunning impact for United and netted on his international debut against Australia last Friday.Hodgson has also included Sturridge despite concerns over the Liverpool forward’s fitness.Sturridge has missed the past two friendly games with a groin problem but resumed training on Monday and is deemed a gamble worth taking.Ross Barkley’s place had appeared to be under threat after a disappointing end to the season with Everton and a below-par cameo performance against Australia.But the 22-year-old has been preferred to defensive-minded Leicester star Drinkwater and is one of several central midfield options, along with fit-again duo Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson.With Hodgson opting to take an abundance of central midfielders – and five strikers – Newcastle winger Townsend also misses out.England face Portugal in their last warm-up match on Thursday before heading to France to kick off their Euro 2016 campaign.The Three Lions are in Group B and will take on Russia in their opening game on June 11, before facing Wales on June 16 and Slovakia on 20 June.England’s 23-man squad for Euro 2016:Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley).Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United). Ross Barkley, Andros Townsend, Danny Drinkwater, John Stones and Marcus Rashford 1last_img read more

GAA news: Glenswilly face Bundoran in vital championship clash

first_imgGlenswilly GAA notesSeniors face Bundoran in vital Championship clashCongratulations to the Senior men on their championship win against Dungloe on Sunday last. This Sunday 4th September, it’s the last game of the group stages of the Michael Murphy Sports club Championship. The club is seeking all supporters to make a day of it and travel in numbers to Bundoran for the game. Please note the earlier throw in times below. Reserves Bundoran v Glenswilly Reserves at 12.30pmSeniors – Bundoran vs Glenswilly at 2pm in Bundoran.The club would like to sincerely thank the Dungloe team physio Dr Darragh McEniff and student nurse Lauren Ogelsby for all their help and professionalism during last Sunday’s reserve game and we wish Lee Crerand a speedy recovery.Ladies LeagueThe Glenswilly ladies face Fanad Gaels in a repeat of last weekend’s championship final. After an epic battle Fanad just pipped Glenswilly and we congratulate them. The ladies of the Glen will be look for revenge when the teams meet this Sunday at 11am. U13 Boys game – Can all supporters and parents please park around the pitch for this game and not on the car park due to Bingo traffic.Games are : Glenswilly Development team v Naomh Colmcille at 6pm Wed 31st AugustGlenswilly A v Downings at 7pm Wed 31st AugustU13 boys games next SundayGlenswilly A v Muff in Muff at 12noon on Sunday 4th SeptGlenswilly Development team v McCools B team at 12 noon Sunday 11th Sept in GlenswillyU11s play St Eunans on Saturday 3rd Sept at 11am in O Donnell ParkAnyone interested in an All Ireland Football Final tickets can they please email before the 2pm 9th Sept. Must be an adult member of the club to apply. Lotto winnerThe winner of last week’s club lotto was Paddy Ronaghan who matched three numbers. The winning numbers were 16, 19, 22 and 23. Please continue to do the club lotto as it is a real source of revenue for the club. Lotto tickets are available in most local outlets.BingoBingo continues in the clubhouse each and every Wednesday starting at 9pm sharp with more than €2,000 in prizemoney. NotesAnybody with anything for the notes can send them to before Monday night. Thank you.GAA news: Glenswilly face Bundoran in vital championship clash was last modified: August 31st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGlenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

My Donegal… with activist Julie Voss!

first_imgJulie was born in Liverpool and after travelling the world in 1990, she settled in Donegal Town. A mum of two, Julie is married to Jack who is an Aikido teacher with the highest grade in Ireland!Julie works with Lifestart, a child development programme for parents of under 3s in South Donegal, and she runs Parentstop one day a week in Donegal Town. A busy woman, Julie loves to travel and enjoys walking, yoga, and doing all she can to assist those in need by organising charity events.With the help of her daughter, Leela, she established the charity ‘Share the Warmth’ which invites people to knit hats, scarves, or even squares to share with people living on the street or in cold accommodation to keep cosey in the winter months. Julie was recently involved in the hugely succesful Red & Purple Walk which raised much needed funds for the refurbishment of Donegal Hospital.Speaking about the hospital, she said; “Our vision is to create a home from home environment which offers comfort and pleasant surroundings for the patients and their family and friends.”This is Julie’s Donegal…(1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?I have to say the Fanad peninsula. The scenery is breath taking(2 )If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The weather! Or more facilities for recreational purposes.(3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?I don’t think I actually look up to anyone, but if you ask me who I admire in Donegal I’d have to say Clive Alcorn for what he’s achieved in building up Tropical World in Letterkenny.(4) Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Ooh that’s difficult. As I’m not the least bit interested in country music or soccer so that’s a tough choice. I’ll say Daniel O’Donnell though as he does a lot of charity work.(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Standing up for their rights and voting no in referendums for the Fiscal Treaty and both Lisbon Treaties! (6) What has been the biggest compliment you’ve ever received?From a relative who told me they call me Pollyanna (a character in a book) as she said I have a great outlook on life and I always look for the positiveFun-loving Pollyanna as played by Hayley Mills in the Disney adaption of the Eleanor H. Porter novel(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Kelp powder from Carrick. It’s full of nutrients and iodine which is important for us mature ladies.(8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?I’m not really sure who represents us around the world but I would nominate Mary and Ernan McGettigan for being great ambassadors for Donegal all round Ireland.They lead the committees who organise the Food Festival, Summer Festival and a Taste of Christmas a in Donegal Town and all these festivals bring people from all over Ireland. The Food Festival actually brings people from all over Europe and America. I suppose they actually could be our greatest ambassadors around the world.(9) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Definitely Clive Alcorn from Alcorn’s Garden Centre in Letterkenny. He’s responsible for Tropical World and has ploughed money into it every year to create a really awesome animal sanctuary.His love of the animals and his passion and enthusiasm is so refreshing. He really is creating his own dream and he has a great bunch working with him.(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Again, I’m not into sport really but I do like Seamie Coleman as he’s a great footballer and a really nice person. My dad would disown me for that as he was a staunch Liverpool supporter!(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?I’ll have to choose somewhere in Donegal Town as I live there. You can’t get a better Indian than Chandpur in Donegal Town.(12) Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Another hard choice, but probably basking sharks. They’re a bit more lovable than sharp clawed, razor beaked eagles!(13) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Sure, it’s grand”!(14) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?The limited opportunities here. I think it’s really sad that people, particularly young people, have to leave their homes to be able to fulfil their dreams.(15) What is your favourite Donegal food?I’m vegetarian so we don’t really get much choice in restaurants. Donegal don’t really have a “special” or “traditional” food when it comes to vegetarianism!(16) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Probably the time keeping! Also, the lack of awareness that some drivers have for other people on the road.(17) Do you have a favourite local band?Yeah, can I have 2? Humble earthworms and Serial Twin!(18) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?I would create a Barefoot Park in Ards Forest Park. I recently experienced one in the Black Forest, Germany. It was 2.5 kms of all different underfoot material eg mud, sand, nails heads, broken sea glass, bark, pine cones etc and it was an awesome experience and really made you aware of what you were walking on. It’s something that can be enjoyed by all ages and in all weathers.(19) What is your favourite part about being organising a charity event?I have to say the amazing support from the local people. We were blown away by the generosity and positive feedback we got from everyone and by the amount of people who turned up for the walk in Purple and Red. Such a great community.(20) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Again, the awesome community spirit. When Donegal people like what you’re doing, they give 100 per cent support.Julie with her friends during the Purple & Red fundraising weekend earlier this monthHow to donate to Julie’s initiative to improve Donegal Hospital:If anyone would still like to donate, you can make cheques to “Purple and Red Ladies”.Or pay straight into bank with the following details:IBAN IE57AIBK93730428899074BIC AIBKIE2DJulie asks that you put your name in the reference so they can thank those who have donated.My Donegal… with activist Julie Voss! was last modified: September 28th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea v West Brom: Fabregas starts

first_imgCesc Fabregas starts for Chelsea against West Brom after recovering from a hamstring problem, while Willian is also in the side. Ramires is among the Blues substitutes, as is the fit-again Andre Schurrle.For Albion, Craig Gardner returns from suspension but Jonas Olsson and Sebastien Pocognoli are out injured.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Ramires, Schurrle, Drogba, Remy. West Brom: Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Lescott, Yacob, Baird, Gardner, Brunt, Dorrans, Sessegnon, Berahino.Subs: Myhill, Gamboa, McAuley, Morrison, Anichebe, Samaras, Ideye.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Giants set ugly season-high in blowout loss to Nationals

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — A day after hitting a season-high three home runs en route to a series-opening win, the Giants allowed a new 2019 high of four in a loss to the Washington Nationals.Giants starter Jeff Samardzija surrendered a pair of homers in the first inning before reliever Travis Bergen let a close game get out of hand late by giving up two in the seventh in a 9-6 loss. Despite forcing the Nationals to use each of their top relievers in a four-run ninth-inning, the Giants dug too deep of …last_img

Flood Relief Efforts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorThis article was originally posted at 12:57 p.m. CDT on Monday, March 25. It was updated with new information at 4:50 p.m. CDT on Monday, March 25.**LINCOLN, Neb. (DTN) — Farmers who lost grain in their bins during historic floods won’t see any kind of indemnity unless Congress includes it in a disaster package.More details about federal resources for flood victims are coming available as farmers and residents along the Missouri River wait for waters to recede to assess their damages.Recovery efforts could be hindered, though, because of expected rainfall, according to DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson. “The weather pattern is looking pretty wet for the Midwest from Interstate 80 south over the next week. Rainfall from Thursday through Saturday will total over one inch, and locally heavier.“This kind of rain will keep soils wet and could lead to renewed flooding. There is another storm system mid-to-late next week that could bring similar totals.“The only semi-favorable angle to the forecast for the next two weeks is that the Northern Plains and northern Midwest will be out of the heavier rain area. This should allow for some flood easing, along with easing the flooding from snowmelt, at least to some extent,” Anderson concluded.The Army Corps of Engineers on Monday said levees along the Missouri and Platte rivers have breaches in 54 locations. Roughly 350 miles of levees on the Missouri, Platte and Elkhorn rivers face extensive damage. The Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota will increase its releases from 24,000 cubic feet per second back to 30,000 cfs as snowpack continues to melt in North and South Dakota. The releases at 30,000 cfs could continue into April.Nebraska agricultural leaders met Monday afternoon with Greg Ibach, USDA undersecretary of marketing and regulatory affairs and formerly Nebraska’s long-time agriculture secretary. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts also highlighted flood relief efforts. The meeting went into a lot of detail about infrastructure challenges for the livestock and ethanol industries and direct disaster aid for livestock producers.One of the problems highlighted, however, is that grain farmers may have to rely on loans because USDA does not have an indemnity or disaster program for grain farmers who lost inventory on their farms.“We do not have any programs in place that cover privately stored grain,” Ibach said. He later noted, “That is something they need to be visiting with their congressional delegation about and make them aware of the kind of losses out there. The congressional delegation needs to know those aren’t covered by any current USDA programs, and perhaps it is something Congress will want to address.”Flood damage has resulted in significant grain losses for farmers with corn or soybeans in storage. Just in Fremont County, Iowa, alone farmers estimate they lost more than 390,000 bushels of just soybeans with total crop losses of roughly $7.3 million, according to the Iowa Soybean Association.“This flooding was higher than it was in 2011,” said Jeff Jorgenson, a Fremont County farmer and director for the Iowa Soybean Association. “When the Missouri crested March 19, it became a wait-and-see game. We’re holding our breath and assessing the severity of the long-term damage.”Before the floods occurred this month, Congress was already trying to pass a disaster package to deal with agricultural losses from Hurricanes Florence and Michael last fall. Lawmakers have already indicated they want to add assistance for Midwest farmers into that disaster bill.USDA encourages farmers and ranchers to contact their local Farm Service Agency offices to see what kind of resources are available to them. USDA stated it has an emergency loan program with up to $500,000 to help farmers recover from production and physical losses. The loan program is triggered by a federal disaster declaration, which President Donald Trump has approved for Iowa and Nebraska. The president approved Iowa’s disaster assistance on Saturday after approving Nebraska’s request on Thursday. (…)Officials in Missouri have declared a disaster for multiple Missouri River counties, but so far, a federal disaster has not yet been approved for those areas.Livestock owners who suffered fatalities because of the flooding may qualify for USDA’s Livestock Indemnity Program, which would pay producers for up to 75% of their market losses. This is available for beef cattle, dairy cattle, hogs, poultry and other forms of livestock. (…)Right now, the volume of cattle losses in Nebraska is unclear, but was initially pegged at $400 million. There are questions about how to show documentation for lost cattle, particularly calves that may not have been tagged or recorded. Ibach said USDA would be flexible with paperwork for producers, including using pregnancy checks, bank statements or other documents to show the cattle values on a ranch or feedyard.“We at USDA realize it’s not a perfect world, and this disaster makes it a more imperfect world when it comes to having documentation,” Ibach said.USDA also has opened grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acres in Nebraska. However, Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Nancy Johner said the window for haying and grazing is only until April 30, so she encouraged producers to take advantage of that haying opportunity now. Producers need to contact their local FSA office before moving cattle onto that CRP ground.The Emergency Conservation Program has also been opened up, allowing access to funds to prepare fencing or remove debris from fields.For individuals and small businesses, the disaster declaration opens up a 60-day window to file for assistance. For small businesses and homeowners, the presidential declaration opens up Small Business Administration loans. The first step is to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency at 800-621-3362, or go to the website, Nebraska, individual assistance under the presidential declaration is available right now to people in Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties. In Iowa, individual assistance is available to people in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona and Woodbury counties.Private disaster aid continues to pour into all three states in various ways, including farmers sending hay and feed to help producers with stranded livestock. The Nebraska National Guard has been air dropping bales of hay to livestock in parts of the state.The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) urges farmers to work with their insurance providers and take inventory of any damage. The department’s website,…, provides a list of resources for those impacted.In Nebraska, the University of Nebraska has set up a website to provide resources, including places to donate or volunteer:…Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more