While some might consider local field hockey to be in a dormant state, new Jamaica Hockey Federation president Fabian Stewart wants to establish strong and consistent governance to elevate the sport’s profile nationally.Stewart was a national junior and senior field hockey representative and coach, serving at the national, club and collegiate levels.According to the new President, the sport needs “realism and optimism going forward”.”It is very important that we establish stronger and consistent governance of the hockey federation; we can’t operate outside of good government structures,” he pointed out.Stewart outlined that the country’s male and female ranking internationally, which are around the high 50s and 60s, respectively, should be improved.”We know that most sports are driven by the success of the senior national team, so we want to set up the sport that it allows for success at the higher level,” he continued.The local hockey federation, based on its constitution, is run by committees and professionals. Stewart wants to be proactive, and make the organisation self-reliant.”We have to try to generate as much revenue as possible, look at revenue opportunities as we are one of the few associations that have a home ground,” he told The Gleaner in an interview.”We are definitely looking to maximise revenue from events held there, using it as an entertainment centre, and trying to benefit from the use of the facility for some revenue,” Stewart underlined.He wants investment in local talents at the high-school league level, and improvement in the quality of coaching.Stewart was unopposed as a presidential candidate, and will lead the local body over the next two years.The Jamaica Hockey Federation’s leadership is completed by Dave Lemard, who will serve as honorary treasurer, and directors Carlton Campbell and Michelle Thomas, respectively.Stewart will look to bring his extensive experience in management to his new role. He arrives with more than 18 years experience at the senior level in business development and operational management at JAMPRO; the High Commission of Canada; FIMI Investment Jamaica Ltd (FIMI Group); ASAPH Promotion and Distribution Ltd.
– says it shows how desperate Govt isOne day after former Housing Minister and Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Irfaan Ali was arrested at his residence and slapped with 19 politically trumped-up charges, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says he would not put it pass the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) majority coalition Government to be monitoring them.Ali was arrested sometime after 04:00h on Wednesday by a vanload of ranks and taken to the Guyana Police Force’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) Headquarter, where the charges were instituted against him. He was subsequently arraigned but the former Housing Minister was placed on self-bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he made his appearance at the GeorgetownOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoMagistrates’ Courts.On Wednesday, Attorney General Anil Nandlall told reporters outside SOCU that they believe they are being watched.“A number of us are under surveillance… [and] we know that our phones are tapped. This has been going on for quite a while,” Nandlall stated, as he questioned how the ranks knew where to find the former Housing Minister, who was picked up from a residence in Georgetown and not his publicly-known Leonora, West Coast Demerara, home.During his weekly press briefing at his Church Street, Georgetown office on Thursday, Jagdeo disclosed that he was told by Nandlall that the officers at SOCU were heard saying that they wanted to catch Ali before he went to exercise, hence they turned up at his residence in the wee hours of the morning.“I found out that [Ali] does go to exercise [that early] so it meant that they must have been watching him, that they must have been watching his behaviour and patterns and so on to know to show up there early in the morning… This is pretty dangerous… [but] knowing this Government, I would not put it past them to have a unit watching everybody in the [People’s Progressive Party] PPP and another set watching and another set watching their own MPs too because they’re worried about the no-confidence vote. So they’re probably watching everyone,” the Opposition Leader posited.Jagdeo also disclosed that during the recent Government campaigning period, there were special branch operatives at all of the meetings he attended toPPP MP Irfaan Aliaddress. This, he asserted, is a not just another act of oppression but also a high level of desperation being displayed by the coalition after they got a rude awakening with the results of the recently concluded Local Government Elections, which the PPP won most of seats at critical municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils, as well as the pending no-confidence motion brought on by the Opposition.“If they can show up surreptitiously by stealth in the night, they can do anything too. That is what people keep saying to me because they’re desperate to hang on to power. They can try to get one of our members locked up or anything happens, god forbids, to one of our members so that they don’t show up for the no-confidence vote. And now they’re even worried about the Appropriation Bill that it could be voted against. So I will not put anything past APNU,” he contended.According to the Opposition Leader, every time the officer at SOCU needed the former Housing Minister, he had gone in – and not just him, but any PPP member.“You know they can call you in and people would have gone in. But to show up at this home at 4am, they wanted to send a message. This is the vindictive nature of the Government to go and arrest him at 4am in the morning. He could have easily gone there any time during the day, they could have said show up there for 7am or 8am but they had to make that point,” Jagdeo stated, adding that they may also even be tapping their phones. Nevertheless, the Opposition Leader told reporters that his party will remain steadfast and will not succumbed to their pressure, bullying or oppressive tactic. On this note, he assured that Ali will remain Chairman of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC).“If we succumbed to these issues, we wouldn’t have people in Parliament. We would have had to take out four or five people already, and I think that’s the plan of APNU. I’ve heard that they are even trying to influence our selection of candidates. But it’s not APNU who’s going to select our candidates or anyone else. It’s the PPP who’d select the candidates and we will ensure that whoever that candidate is they will carry out and fulfil every promise we made to the people of this country, we will reverse a lot of these hardship policies…” Jagdeo posited.The 38-year-old executive member of the PPP, has been touted as one of the front contenders for the Party’s leadership.
0Shares0000Net gains: Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger attends a training session on Wednesday © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON COLNEY, United Kingdom, Apr 5 – Arsene Wenger insisted he was unconcerned by the size of recent Arsenal home crowds as he admitted “you earn from your performances what you have and what you get”.The Gunners are sixth in the Premier League table, a huge 13 points adrift of the fourth and last automatic European Champions League place on offer to English clubs. Arsenal, however, could still qualify for next season’s edition of the elite tournament if they win the second-tier Europa League.Thursday sees the north London club at home to CSKA Moscow in the first leg of a Europa League quarter-final.Concerns remain, though, as to whether they will be roared on by a capacity crowd of some 60,000.Many Gunners fans depair of the club’s prospects under the long-serving Wenger, who has been Arsenal’s manager since September 1996.Despite not having won the Premier League title since 2004 and failing to qualify for this season’s Champions League, veteran French boss Wenger was still given a new two-year deal last season.Thousands of empty seats have been a feature of Arsenal home games during the current campaign.There was some sympathy when club officials cited snow as the reason behind a poor attendance for last month’s league game against champions-elect Manchester City — who only days earlier had beaten the Gunners 3-0 in the League Cup final at Wembley.– ‘Nothing is granted’ –Arsenal though invited ridicule by blaming low crowds for recent games against Watford and Stoke on Mother’s Day and Easter respectively.“I think the crowd, when something is at stake, is always there and behind us,” Wenger said Wednesday.“Let’s not go overboard. We played the final at Wembley and it was half full will Arsenal people and half full with City people, so I don’t think Arsenal has a problem with its support.“It’s just that Arsenal fans are disappointed that we don’t go for anything strong in the Premier League and that is what happens.”The 68-year-old added: “Nothing is granted in this job. You earn from your performances what you have and what you get.“I have been here over 20 years –- one thing you cannot complain about is the support.“The target for us is not to count the fans in the stand. The target for us is to focus on our performance and win the game and accept the public judgement.”However, he also said: “I’m always concerned when our stadium is not completely full but I don’t think that will be a problem tomorrow (Thursday).“For us tomorrow it’s about our performance and our crowd will be behind us.”The Europa League, formerly the UEFA Cup. has often been seen as a ‘poor relation’ compared to the Champions League.Nevertheless, Wenger said: “I believe the level of the Europa League has gone up.“If you look at the teams who were involved and even some teams who went out like Dortmund, it is more difficult than ever before — especially as there is more focus on it as well since you had a place for the Champions League.”Wenger has yet to win a major European trophy with Arsenal, although they were beaten on penalties in the 2000 UEFA Cup final and lost to Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final.Asked what it would mean to win the Europa League, he said: “We are in the quarter-final, let’s be realistic, it is a long way to go.”As for when he’d “start to smell the trophy”, a smiling Wenger replied: “When you are 3-0 up in the final and there are five minutes to go.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Juventus chief Giuseppe Marotta admits clubs interested in Paul Pogba, believed to be Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United, are prepared to pay between £50m and £55m in the summer. (Daily Express)Filipe Luis could be offered a quick return to Atlético Madrid with the Spanish club monitoring his situation at Chelsea. The left-back joined the Blues for £16million from Atlético last summer, but has struggled to displace Cesar Azpilicueta in manager Jose Mourinho’s first-choice team. (Daily Telegraph)Paulo Dybala, who has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, could leave Palermo this summer, admits club president Maurizio Zamparini, but it might be for more than the €40m he originally quoted. (Daily Express)Crystal Palace are planning an audacious effort to sign Chelsea striker Loic Remy. (Daily Star)Winger Andrew Ayew will leave Marseille’s Velodrome at the end of the current campaign as interest in the club continues – Newcastle are said to be interested in the Ghana star. (Newcastle Chronicle)Former Newcastle and Cardiff striker Michael Chopra is training with Port Vale ahead of a potential deal. (Daily Mail)Dick Advocaat, the former Rangers and Netherlands boss, is in negotiations to become Sunderland’s ‘fire fighter’ for the rest of the season – but West Ham chief Sam Allardyce is the Black Cats No.1 long term choice. (Daily Mirror)But Derby manager Steve McClaren is the club’s choice to succeed Gus Poyet, according to other reports. (The Guardian)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Exclusive – Sunderland players must take blame for Poyet’s sacking, claims former Black CatLiverpool set to loan ‘next Raheem Sterling’ to Championship side WiganPaul Pogba latest! Juventus chief bullish over Frenchman’s future despite €80m interest Reports – Inter Milan consider sale of Arsenal, Man United and Everton targetArsenal target ‘proud’ to be linked with Barcelona moveSerie A hitman’s agent denies Tottenham contact as Juventus weigh up moveAgent of Newcastle strike star quashes exit rumours
2. Will someone fill the boots of Zlatan Ibrahimovic? – Even if Ibrahimovic signs an extension with his one-year deal expiring at the end of June, Mourinho may be eyeing another centre forward regardless. The 35-year-old has been sidelined since April with a serious knee injury, so any possible contract aside, he is almost certain to miss the start of next season. Mourinho has turned to Marcus Rashford, but the 19-year-old will struggle to lead the line in all competitions. Add the likely departure of Wayne Rooney and the reluctance to play Anthony Martial centrally, and Uniteds options up top are limited. So who could come in? A number of options are being reported with Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti all mentioned. 5 1. Will David De Gea be replaced? – Real Madrids interest in De Gea continues to be reported, suggesting there could be, as there was with Paul Pogba, truth to the speculation. If so, replacing him could be the most time-consuming of challenges for Mourinho this summer. Sergio Romero is an excellent reserve goalkeeper arguably the best backup option in the Premier League but he wont be Mourinhos first choice. The rumours that Manchester City will break the record fee for a goalkeeper by signing Benficas Ederson Moraes will have alerted United. They may have to spend a significant amount to sign someone capable of filling De Geas gloves. Then theres the task of settling a defence with a new number one, which will take time perhaps time that the Red Devils dont have in their bid to return to the top. 4. Will Mourinho make moves for new full-backs? – Rotation has been key to Mourinho in his first season at the Theatre of Dreams. While they will make the jump from Europa to Champions League football next season, shifting their mid-week schedule, the United manager may stick with his policy of making full use of his squad. This means the full-back position needs addressing. Antonio Valencia has been excellent, but hes the only player in this role Mourinho seems to place complete trust in. Luke Shaw hasnt impressed his boss, while the likes of Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and Ashley Young are not the long-term answer. Earlier this month Mourinho said vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been given a wish list of four players wanted this summer and two of those could well be full-backs. 5 5 5 5. How will the exit of Wayne Rooney be managed? – Rooney might no longer be as influential on the pitch, but his presence will still be felt behind the scenes. Mourinho a great admirer of keeping experienced heads, but Rooneys recent failure to make Gareth Southgates England squad is likely to be a driving force in his decision to leave, particularly as he still holds his countrys captaincy. In terms of football ability, Mourinho should have little problem in adapting without Rooney. But others will have to step up in the dressing room and it would be unsurprising if Mourinho looks for experienced players in the summer market. With two trophies added to the cabinet, it’s difficult to judge Manchester United’s season as being a success or not.But, either way, manager Jose Mourinho has to make improvements with Premier League and Champions League targets to meet next term.The summer transfer window will therefore be of great importance, but what really needs addressing?Here, talkSPORT.com has listed the most pressing questions Mourinho needs to answer in the coming months. Scroll through the gallery above to check them out. 5 3. Who will their marquee summer signing be? – Despite their fall from grace since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, United havent struggled to lure the biggest names to Old Trafford and the next few months will be no different. Last summer saw the club break the world transfer record by signing Paul Pogba, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly joined. Theres little doubt, then, that more will follow for the 2017/18 season. Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Andrea Belotti have been linked a trio that would certainly worry their rivals.
Well done to David and the county team on their victory over Kerry in the All-Ireland Quarter Final on Sunday. Best of luck in the semi against Cork.The club are unsure as to whether Championship will be going ahead at time of going to print but any match will be advertised locally during the week.Murvagh Golf Course is the place to be this coming Friday for the clubs Golf Classic in conjunction with Herron’s Auto the main event sponsors. A car will be up for grabs for the lucky person who manages to get a Hole-In-One on the 13th Hole. Teams of 4 €120 and to reserve tee times contact 074 9734054. Our u21’s are in championship action against Carndonagh in the u21B quarter final on Tuesday 14th August in Convoy at 7.30pm. Lets get out and give the lads some support.GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 7th, 2012 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:NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES
Naomh Colmcille GAA News:The seniors and reserves have fixtures against Burt scheduled for Monday (6th) at 1:30 (reserves) and 3:00 (seniors).The U16s lost out to Buncrana on Friday evening. The U12s took on two teams each from Steelstown and Doire Trasna on Saturday, with successful outcomes in all four matches. Well done to everyone concerned,Time is running out to get club registration sorted. If you think you’ll be looking for Donegal tickets for the Championship you’ll need to become a member. Registrations are now open to all senior players (€50), junior players (€10), adult members (€25) and families (€50). Contact Mark Ferry (087 9154559). There are a limited number of season tickets now available for free entry to all adult Donegal club league and championship matches (excluding Naomh Colmcille home games). €30 for the ticket or €50 for the ticket and Donegal club gear. Contact Alison Ferry.The club will be holding a Come Dine with Me event on Saturday April 11th. Contact Alison Ferry (0879154559) if you’re interested in hosting. There will be a social night at the clubhouse to round off the event.Naomh Colmcille CLG’s child welfare officer for 2015 is Breda Friel. If you or child have any issues through out year with coaches or bullying or other child issues please feel free to contact Breda on 0876393503 and she will try and address the issue. Everyone involved in coaching or helping out at underage level needs to have completed the child protection/awareness course. If you have not completed this course previously, please contact Breda ASAP to get numbers for a course in the coming weeks.The club is now registered for the Lucozade ‘Kit Out’ promotion. Codes are printed on promotional bottles under the plastic wrapper – please note these codes so they can be entered online on behalf of the club to try and collect gear or equipment.The club is again registered for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme so please start collecting the vouchers on behalf of the club.Well done to Willie Gillespie, Daniel Clarke and their Donegal U21 team-mates on their tremendous victory over Monaghan in the Ulster Championship semi-final last Wednesday. The lads now face Tyrone in the final at Celtic Park (Derry) on Wednesday at 8:00 pm. Best of luck lads.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc. Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors / Reserves. Training on Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th at 7:15 pm. Bring boots and runners. Check the Facebook page for latest update. Minors. Training Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th (with reserves). See Facebook page for latest update.U16s. Matches scheduled against Glenswilly (Tuesday) and Downings (Friday). Check the Facebook page for latest update.U14s. Training Monday (6th) at 6:30 pm. All new and returning players welcome.U12s. Training next Friday (10th) at 7:00 pm. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U10s. Training next Friday (10th) at 6:30 pm. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U8s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Girls. U12/U14 training. See Facebook page for latest update.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers will be included in next week’s notes.Naomh Colmcille CLG are in need of more lotto sellers. The lotto is the bread and butter of our club. If you don’t drive we can set up on a team with a driver. Please contact Breda Friel (0876393503) if anyone is willing to help. Thanks.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE U12’S WIN GAA BLITZ IN DERRY was last modified: April 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSport
We recently pictured the fantastic work of local photographer John Rafferty. The reaction to John’s photos has been so amazing that we decided we had to feature another of his works.The above photo shows a picture of Tullyillion which was taken last Sunday night.We’re sure you’ll agree it’s the kind of picture that would take its place on any wall in any gallery.But alas John decided donegaldaily was where he wanted it to feature. If you have any pictures you would like to see on donegaldaily.com, then simply send them to firstname.lastname@example.orgEndsTULLYILLION BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON was last modified: April 20th, 2011 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:John RaffertyTullyillion
Donegal has been awarded an extra Blue Flag for its beaches.The county now has 13 such beaches which have to reach high standards for visitors.This is the highest in the country alongside Kerry and Mayo. The county had 12 flags last year and now Downings has been added to that list.Mayor of Donegal Noel McBride said he was delighted with the news.“I hope we can add even more Donegal beaches to that in the future.“I am particularly proud that the latest beach to get the Blue Flag status is Downings which is in my constituency,” he said. DONEGAL NOW HAS MOST BLUE FLAG BEACHES IN THE COUNTRY was last modified: June 7th, 2012 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:Blue FlagdonegalDownings
CHLOE and Sam Magee have won the Hellas Open mixed doubles title in Greece.The sister and brother from Raphoe beat Blagovest Kisyov and Dimitria Popstoikova of Bulgaria 21-14 21-10 in today’s final.Ireland’s No1 duo defeated Germany’s Marvin Emil Seidel and Linda Efler in Saturday’s semi-final. Chloe also reached the singles final but was unable to land a unique double having lost 21-13 21-13 to Linda Zetchiri of Bulgaria. CHLOE AND SAM MAGEE WIN MIXED DOUBLES TITLE was last modified: May 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Championschloe mageeGreeceHellas OpenSam Magee