We are underdogs, but we are ready – Reynolds

first_imgThey are one step away from lifting the title and are quite familiar with the venue, but head coach of the Wolmer’s Boys School Vassell Reynolds, says his team will step into today’s ISSA/FLOW Super Cup finale as underdogs. Wolmer’s will come up against the offensive machine that is Cornwall College at Sabina Park in a 6 p.m. kick-off, on a turf that might as well have been the Maroon and Gold’s backyard given their successes there. Wolmer’s, one of the more consistent teams in the island particularly in knockout competition, will face a stern test in Cornwall College, who are unbeaten after 16 games. “The fact that most people don’t expect us to win, we will be a little bit more relaxed and comfortable. I want my boys to feel that way, and play freely,” underlined Reynolds as he looked forward to today’s contest. “Possibly 10 percent of the public expects Wolmer’s to win, but we are gearing up to use that as a motivating tool and we relish that, to perform under the under-dog status banner,” he told The Gleaner. “Ninety per cent of the public will expect Cornwall to steam roll us but we are not daunted, we are just confident and privileged to go out there and perform against a very good Cornwall College team,” he added. Reynolds is adamant his charges will not allow Cornwall to take the game to them, dismissing any notion his team will play boring football. “It won’t be any boring football, sometimes to grind out a result you have to do what you have to do, and we will do whatever is necessary to win important games,” Vassell noted. “We have to take our chances, I am certain that the sort of fire-power they have in terms of the number of goals they have scored, we have to defend well. Reynolds will have a fully fit and focused roster of players today and ready to rotate properly for extra-time or penalties. He contends there will be room for error, and while Wolmer’s have not scored big in the campaign, they will be hard to score on. “We are positive that we are capable of winning the game, the guys will have to come out and play to the best of their ability. Tomorrow’s performance will have to be our best for the season so far,” Reynolds warned.last_img read more

Banal satisfied with rookie picks as Marinerong Pilipino looks for fresh legs

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone With school-based teams already filling up their rosters with varsity players, AMA, Marinerong Pilipino, and newcomer Mila’s Lechon were given the luxury of picking the best talent from the aspirants pool in the first four rounds of the 2017 PBA D-League Draft.Surprisingly, Fil-foreign players were first players plucked as Owen Graham went to the Titans while the Skippers got Kyle Toth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThus Banal still was able to pluck the high-scoring Pasaol from the pool as he got one of the most sought after prospects with the UE super scorer.Aside from Pasaol, Marinerong Pilipino also got La Salle big man Abu Tratter and Ateneo forward Vince Tolentino from the draft to team up with holdovers Achie Iñigo, Renzo Subido, John Lopez, and Mark Isip. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Only 8 teams advance to quarterfinals as PBA tweaks format for PH Cup PBA IMAGESEven Marinerong Pilipino coach Koy Banal was surprised that he was still able to get his hands on highly touted prospect Alvin Pasaol as late as the second round.“We thought he’s going to be the top pick for AMA, but everything happens for a reason,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Banal was satisfied to be able to get collegiate standouts with the the first conference of the developmental league dominated by school-based teams.“We’re facing collegiate teams, so we needed young legs who would be able to keep up with our opponents who has young legs also,” said Banal.“The important thing is the chemistry. All of them are good picks and can contribute anytime in any given game in our team. We’re just hoping that we build a good chemistry.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Debbah Sets to Make History Sunday

first_imgWhatever power stars in the heavens have over hawks that roam about in the heavens will be determined on Sunday when Liberia’s Lone Star welcomes their Togolese counterparts in a crucial Nations Cup decider at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.The Togolese national soccer team is known as Sparrow Hawks and of course the national team’s known as the Lone Star. This, in every sense, is a battle in the air; and whether a lone star can tame sparrow hawks, an expected grueling 90 minutes total soccer will have to reveal.National team head coach James Salinsa Debbah stands at a threshold of history: for as player he led his side against the Togolese and now as a coach he is leading his boys against another group of Togolese soccer players, with the incredible Emmanuel Adebayor in their midst.But who is afraid of Adebayor? We simply respect him for his exploits in Europe and coming face to face in a crucial decider that could determine the chances of both contenders as to who gains the upper hand for the Gabon 2017 African Nations Cup, puts the game on a contentious level.Liberia, struggling to give its national soccer a new day is at the hallmark of history, with Togo standing in their way, will accept nothing better than victory.And what about the Togolese? Clearly, while victory for Liberia on Sunday will frustrate their chances, since there is the likelihood of Tunisia sweeping by Togo (Tunisia has two outstanding games against Djibouti and Liberia at home), the Togolese are at a difficult crossroad.In their encounter, the Togolese came from 1-0 down to defeat Liberia 2-1, but that Liberia could take the lead in Lome is in a sense a great worry to Togolese Claude de Roy. Like his nature, the Frenchman will still insist that there is a chance for his boys and might have done his homework, with tactical fitness to complement his efforts, but I am sure that even Togolese nationals at home are hopefully convinced that their side can pull through.And because Coach Debbah is aware of the history that he is about to make, he would not allow things to pass him by.Though Sunday’s decider is reminiscent of the World Cup encounter with Togo’s neighbor, Ghana, in 2002, when the unfortunate 2-1 result against Liberia brought the downfall of Liberia’s football developmentl; the current corps of players cannot allow that to repeat.True, there is evidence that Coach James Debbah is set to make history and the Liberian people are behind him, but it would be a history that he would not win on a silver platter, judging from Togo’s readiness to make an attempt to prove that they are not mere pushovers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Caricom supports juridical settlement

first_imgVenezuela’s claim to Guyana’s territoryCaribbean Community (Caricom) Heads of Government have again taken a tough position as it stands in support of a juridical settlement for a peaceful resolution of Venezuela’s claim on Guyana’s territory.President David Granger, during the closing press conference of the 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of Caricom at the Pegasus Hotel, on Wednesday night said “This conference was an iteration of Caribbean solidarity… Caricom gave its support to Guyana’s demand that the matter be settled peacefully through a juridical process… The community stands united behind Guyana… We hope that by the time the United Nations [UN] Secretary General demits office at the end of this year, we would have had information confirming that we are going to court to settle this long standing dispute that has affected us for the last 50 years.”Caricom in supporting a juridical settlement via the office of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, acknowledged in its communiqué, which was issued at the close of the Heads of Government meeting, that a resolution would not only serve the interests of Guyana but also Caricom, as this is a regional issue.It states in the communiqué that Caricom “signalled their full confidence in the Secretary General to exercise urgently his authority under the 1966 Geneva Agreement for a choice of options that would bring the controversy to a definitive and judicious conclusion that would be beneficial not only to Guyana but the Caribbean Community as a whole.”President Granger credited Caricom’s united stance for forcing Venezuela to rescind Decree 1.787 issued on May 26, 2015, which extended its maritime zone into the maritime space of many Caricom states. However, that Decree was soon replaced by Decree 1.859 on July 7, 2015.Both Decrees, Guyana Times understands, not only threatens the territorial integrity of large areas of Guyana’s sea and land space but also sea space in the Exclusive Economic zones of Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and other countries in the eastern Caribbean.Recognising that their economic zone is included in the area described in Decree 1.859, Suriname’s President has engaged the Guyanese Head of State to determine how the two countries can work together with Caricom to bring a peaceful resolution to the issue.“Of course we have to look at the border situation with Venezuela and that we stay in line as good neighbours because a lot of countries of the Caribbean are affected by this Decree. We had sent an official note already but we had the time to discuss this with the [CARICOM] Heads so what we wanted to do is to ask His Excellency Granger if we can put our heads together and address this matter for a few of our sister Caribbean States and especially for Suriname and Guyana,” President Bouterse told the media following the meeting.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, who was also present at the meeting between the Guyana and Suriname Head of States, noted that it was Guyana at the 2015 Heads of Government meeting that brought it to the attention of Caricom leaders that Venezuela’s claim was not just a Guyana problem. He noted that it was at that time that Suriname indicated that it had already written to Venezuela on the matter of their sea space, which was included in Decree 1.859.The Minister said the two countries are now exploring how they can work together to ensure a peaceful resolution to the matter.“A route to dealing with the border challenges has been identified… that can take us further and further away from a confrontation or conflictual resolution of the problem. That is what we want and in a sense that is what Suriname raised; the issue of trying to find a way forward that will avoid conflict and I am happy that they took that approach… The route starts with first recognising that you have common bilateral goals and interests. The two countries… [a] set of people with fairly common history and with resources that they can work with to exploit and if they don’t do that, they will find themselves both poor and both losing the synergy of having combined intellect, combined human resources and so forth,” The Foreign Minister said.While Venezuela’s Decree 1.859 is in conflict with the established United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and could have been resolved using the set guidelines and rules therein, Venezuela has not signed or acceded to that Convention, though it maintains observer status.Article 15 of the Convention states that “Where the coasts of two States are opposite or adjacent to each other, neither of the two States is entitled, failing agreement between them to the contrary, to extend its territorial sea beyond the median line every point of which is equidistant from the nearest points on the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial seas of each of the two States is measured.”last_img read more

Five things we learned from the El Classico

first_imgBarca, already crowned champions, remain 15 points ahead of Real in the table but this clash was about more than just points.Here, we look at five things we learned from a controversial contest.No such thing as a dead ClasicoIf Sunday’s match proved anything, it is that the Clasico always means something.Eight yellow cards and one red pointed to the heat in the game, which fizzed throughout and briefly erupted during five bad-tempered minutes at the end of the first half.Without the usual relevance to the league table, and with their differing fates in La Liga and the Champions League, this match came down to a basic need to prove one team was better than the other.Barca will claim Real scraped a draw against opponents down to 10 men for half of the match while Real will say they were without their star player for the same time, and perhaps longer at full fitness.And that is not to mention the many grievances against the referee, from both sides, that could have swung the result. In the end, the debate was left open.Ronaldo makes Real sweatReal Madrid face an anxious wait to see if Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for the Champions League final © AFP / Josep LAGOZinedine Zidane’s nightmare, far more than a defeat at Camp Nou, would surely have been to lose Cristiano Ronaldo to injury less than three weeks before the Champions League final.Real now face an anxious wait to discover the extent of the damage, with tests due to be carried out on Monday.After the match, Zidane reported that Ronaldo had said it was only a “small problem” but in the same breath admitted the striker was a “little bit worried” by the swelling.The hope will be that Ronaldo played on for 31 minutes after his collision with Gerard Pique because the damage was not significant, rather than made it worse to avoid sitting out a Clasico.Either way, the Portugese will now endure the unwanted attention that comes with sustaining an injury so close to a crunch game. Liverpool will watch with interest.Barca showing their champion coloursPerhaps if there was a match to demonstrate all the attributes that pushed Barcelona to a domestic double, this was it.There was the individual brilliance of Messi, who steered the momentum by putting his side ahead with a superb solo effort in the second half.There was the important save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who denied Ronaldo early on.There was the grit and resilience instilled by Ernesto Valverde, as Barca played for 45 minutes a man down but still eked out a draw. There was the standing ovation for Andres Iniesta and valuable opener from Luis Suarez.There was also a little bit of luck, as Real were denied a clear penalty late on when Jordi Alba booted Marcelo.This was Barca, not always at their mesmerising best, but gutsy and, in the league at least, unbeatable.Bale makes his caseGareth Bale could be heading for the exit in Madrid © AFP / LLUIS GENEGareth Bale had the last word and he will hope Zidane was listening.After being left on the bench for both semi-final legs against Bayern Munich, and taken off at half-time against Juventus, Bale is most likely to start the Champions League final against Liverpool as a substitute.He has three more games to change Zidane’s mind and this was a decent start, his goal, a left-footed curler into the top corner, reminiscent of the forward at his sensational best.But it was not all plain-sailing for Bale, who was lucky not to be sent off for thrusting his studs into Samuel Umtiti’s calf and, for large spells, was a bit of a bystander out wide.This was Bale’s 15th goal in 24 games this year, an impressive record, but perhaps Zidane was left still wanting more.VAR will add accuracy, but at what cost?This would have been a fascinating test-case for VAR, a match that was ultimately decided by poor refereeing decisions but defined by its fluency, tempo and aggression.La Liga will introduce video technology next season and Zidane, rather pointedly, said: “Then we’ll see how a match like this turns out.”But the bad calls hindered both teams. VAR might have ensured Real were awarded a late penalty, Bale was sent off, Suarez penalised before Messi’s goal and a second Suarez goal, ruled out for offside, stood.But would the game have been better for it? Perhaps more accurate, but the stoppages would also have killed its rhythm.This match showed why VAR can be valuable but cannot be intrusive.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi bagged his league-leading 33rd goal of the campaign as Barca stayed on course for a historic unbeaten season © AFP / Josep LAGOMADRID, Spain, May 7 – Barcelona emerged from a thrilling Clasico the more satisfied on Sunday as the 10-man Catalans edged closer to a first unbeaten La Liga season following a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid.Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergi Roberto both missed the second half at Camp Nou, the first injured, the second sent off, as Gareth Bale’s late strike rescued Real a point. Lionel Messi had given Barca the lead after early goals from Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.last_img read more

WATCH: Man Utd and Arsenal target shines in Copa America opener

first_img1 You can be excused for missing this one.After all, the Copa America kicked off in the dead of night (European time), when most of us were probably dreaming about that Friday feeling.While the UK was catching some z’s, tournament hosts Chile eased past a tricky Ecuador side courtesy of a 2-0 scoreline and one of Europe’s most in-demand midfielders opened his account from the spot.Arturo Vidal, who is reportedly a target of both Manchester United and Arsenal, smashed home a penalty to give his side the lead before his Juventus team mate Eduardo Vargas slotted home a second.Arsene Wenger or Louis van Gaal could soon be benefitting from composure like this… Arturo Vidal last_img

SOCCER: STEPHEN DOHERTY’S COMPLETE WEEKEND RESULTS ROUND-UP

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTS WEEKENDING SUNDAY 08-04-12SATURDAY LEAGUE WILLIE DUFFY DIVISION ONEDunfanaghy Town FC  2-4  Erne WanderersGlencar Celtic  7-1  Milford United ReservesGweedore Celtic Reserves  0-1  Castlefin Celtic GLENCAR INN DIVISION TWO Deele Harps  2-3 Fintown HarpsDonegal Town Reserves  0-2  Glenea United ReservesGlenree United  2-3  Cranford FC ReservesRamelton Mariners 1-1 Downtown United Tullyvinney Rovers  1-3 Mulroy CelticSUNDAY LEAGUE BRIAN MCCORMICK SPORTS PREMIER LEAGUEDrumoghill FC  1-3  Gweedore Celtic (Drumoghill relegated)Dunkineely Celtic  3-0  Kilmacrennan CelticGlenea United  8-0  Lagan HarpsMilford United  3-0  Lifford CelticMILFORD INN DIVISION ONECurragh Athletic  1-6  Rathmullan Celtic——————————————————————————————————-ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUERESULTS WEEKENDING SUNDAY 08-04-12LEAGUE CUPGROUP ABonagee United  1-1  Drumkeen UnitedCockhill Celtic  2-3  Kildrum TigersGROUP BSwilly Rovers  P-P  Letterkenny RoversBuncranna Hearts  1-5  Fanad United ——————————————————————————————————-INISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUERESULTS WEEKENDING SUNDAY 08-04-12 GOOD FRIDAY RESULTSCREDIT UNION CUPMoville  8-0  Moville ReservesJACKIE CROSSAN PREMIER DIVISIONCarn FC  7-3  GreencastleSTRAND HOTEL FIRST DIVISIONBuncranna 0-1 GleneelyKNOCKALLA CARAVANS CUPAileach  0-1  ClonmanySATURDAY RESULTSINISHOWEN ENGINEERING RESERVE FIRST DIVISIONGleneely Res  0-3  Cockhill ColtsHANNON & GREENE sponsored Fr. O’GARA CUPAileach Reserves  0-1  Culdaff FCGlengad Reserves  1-2  Illies FCSUNDAY RESULTSJACKIE CROSSAN PREMIER DIVISIONGlengad  2-3  Carn FCSTRAND HOTEL FIRST DIVISIONDunree  1-3  Gleneely   SOCCER: STEPHEN DOHERTY’S COMPLETE WEEKEND RESULTS ROUND-UP was last modified: April 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal soocer resultsSOCCER: STEPHEN DOHERTY’S COMPLETE WEEKEND RESULTS ROUND-UPlast_img read more

Storefront combines holiday needs

first_img Most of the toys on the shelves came from a Christmas In July event at Mountasia at which more than 1,000 toys were collected. Community members will have an opportunity to make their donations at the toy-drive kickoff Thursday night, when the sheriff’s custody bus will be parked in front of Power Honda on Magic Mountain Parkway. Vouchers are available at the Food Pantry, 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall; Single Mothers Outreach, 18333 Dolan Way No. 208, Canyon Country; the Domestic Violence Center, 23630 San Fernando Road, Suite C, Newhall; and the Community Center, 24406 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Hours for the storefront at 23920 Valencia Blvd., Suite 100, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 10 and 17 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 11 and 18. Gifts and toys can be donated at the sheriff’s station at 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway or left in various collection boxes scattered throughout the community. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “The Sheriff’s Department has been doing this for 16 years,” said Deputy and Head Elf Gerry McCorkle. “People would drop off toys at the station and we’d store them wherever we could find a nook or cranny.” The storefront solves both storage and delivery dilemmas. Parents register at one of the four nonprofit organizations, which combine data in an effort to make distribution more equitable. Those with vouchers will be allowed to choose up to three toys for each child in their family. Organizers are also asking for a $1 donation per toy from recipients in an attempt to “pay it forward” and support future storefronts. “Last year, we delivered 500 bags of toys,” McCorkle said, surveying the shelves full of toys. “We still need things for infants and teenagers; that’s always the age groups where we’re short.” Belinda Crawford, executive director of the Food Pantry, said the rising number of people coming to the pantry might cause a boost in voucher requests as well. VALENCIA – Santa’s got a new workshop at City Hall this year. The Santa Clarita Valley Holiday Storefront in Suite 100 – the former Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce – blends resources and information with the goal of making holiday magic for families in need. The storefront is a combined effort of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Santa Clarita Valley station, the city of Santa Clarita, the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, Single Mothers Outreach and the local Domestic Violence Center. With a Christmas tree towering in the foyer and office windows painted with snowmen and stockings, ornaments hang from the ceiling and shelves are loaded with dolls, tea sets, art kits, models, trucks, footballs, board games, action figures and coloring books – toys all donated by local residents or companies. last_img read more

New maternity visiting policy allowing partners, grandparents and siblings only

first_imgThe Maternity Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital is introducing new policies to reduce the number of visitors allowed in the ward. The changes, which are based on feedback from new mothers, will see reduced family visiting times and a restriction on who can visit.Partners will be welcome between 11am and 8.30pm daily. Apart from partners, the only other visitors allowed will be grandparents and siblings of the newborn who may visit between 6.30pm and 8.30pm in the evening. Speaking of the change, Evelyn Smith, Director of Midwifery at the hospital said, “We sought feedback from new mothers on our visiting policy and the overwhelming message was that there were too many visitors during their hospital stay and there was little time for the new parents to spend time together with their new baby.”Ms Smith said that only allowing partners in the daytime and afternoons will allow time for rest and establishing a routine with the baby.“We are asking for the public to help us maintain a restful and comfortable environment for mothers and babies while they are in the Maternity Unit and to co-operate with the new visiting times. I would like to thank all the mothers who participated in the feedback for their insights and recommendations,” Ms Smith added.   New maternity visiting policy allowing partners, grandparents and siblings only was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny University Hospitalluhmaternitylast_img read more

Finn Valley motorists warned about N15 delays as roadworks planned

first_imgMotorists have been warned to expect some delays after Donegal County Council announced it is to carry out drainage roadworks in the heart of the N15. The council have been urged motorists to allow extra travel time for their journey’s as essential drainage works commences between Stranorlar and Killygordon from tomorrow (Weds).From Wednesday 5th November, a traffic light control system will be placed between the two Finn Valley areas. This is expected to last two days until Friday, November 7th.Traffic lights will be in place daily from 8.45am-4.30pm.Finn Valley motorists warned about N15 delays as roadworks planned was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:ballybofey-stranorlarfinn valleyKillygordonroadworkslast_img read more