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first_imgSharapova on Russia’s provisional Olympic team for Rio MOSCOW (AP) Russia has included Maria Sharapova on a preliminary team for the Olympic tennis tournament in August despite her provisional suspension for failing a drug test. Sharapova has been suspended since March after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open in January, but the Russian Tennis Federation hopes she could be cleared in time to play in Rio de Janeiro. Federation president Shamil Tarpishchev tells the Tass news agency that Sharapova was on a preliminary squad list, “but if she isn’t able to compete, then the next-highest player on the ranking list will go into the team.” Russia can send up to four players for the women’s singles tournament but currently has seven players in the world’s top 56, the cut-off point for qualifying for the Olympics. Man United mum on Mourinho reports MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester United is not commenting on a report that Jose Mourinho has signed a contract to become the club’s new manager. British broadcaster Sky Sports said yesterday that Mourinho has been appointed by United. The club hasn’t announced the deal. Former United defender Rio Ferdinand posted on Facebook his “congratulations to Jose on being announced manager of the biggest club in the world!” Louis van Gaal was fired as United manager on Monday, and Mourinho’s representative and United have held talks this week. Sturridge injured again, Rashford set for England debut GATESHEAD, England (AP): England striker Daniel Sturridge has picked up another injury, potentially affecting his chances of being selected for the European Championship. England manager Roy Hodgson said yesterday that Sturridge has a calf injury that has prevented him from training and is a doubt to play in the warm-up match against Australia today. Hodgson has until Tuesday to finalise his 23-man squad for the tournament in France. England’s first game at Euro 2016 is against Russia on June 11 in Group B. Sturridge has been beset by injury problems in recent years. His latest injury increases the possibility of 18-year-old Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford’s fairy-tale season being extended to include the Euros. Hodgson said yesterday that Rashford will make his debut against Australia in Sunderland as a starter if Sturridge isn’t fit. Rashford only made his United debut in February. Coyle out as coach of the Houston Dynamo HOUSTON (AP): Owen Coyle is out as coach of the Houston Dynamo. The Major League Soccer team said Wednesday that it parted ways with Owen Coyle by mutual agreement. Assistant coaches Wade Barrett, Paul Caffrey and Paul Rogers will oversee the team tomorrow in Houston’s game at Vancouver. Assistant coach Sandy Stewart also left the team. “It is unfortunate that we were unable to achieve the goals we set forth together and that we find ourselves mutually parting ways as a result of many professional and personal circumstances,” Dynamo President Chris Canetti said. “Without a doubt, Owen brought many great qualities to the club. Coyle, a former player and coach in his native Scotland and England, was in his second season. “I asked Chris if I could speak with him today and I explained to him the challenge of being away from my family and how we all want the best for Houston Dynamo,” Coyle said statement released by the team. “We have a brilliant club, and I have no doubt success is just around the corner.”last_img read more

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‘We want to play’

first_imgThough grieving the sudden loss of captain Dominic James, 20-time ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup champions, St George’s College, want to honour their fallen star by returning to not just play, but defeat Excelsior High School tomorrow. James, who died just shy of his 19th birthday – September 26 – was representing his school during a Manning Cup football game against Excelsior High School at Stadium East on Tuesday. He collapsed within five minutes after the game started and was later pronounced dead at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Speaking in a touching tribute at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston yesterday, St George’s Coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell said: “Don’t feel sorry for us, pray for us. We will make it, we will be strong.” The player was affectionately referred to as ‘Alessandro’, his middle name, by Bell. “I understand that there is a meeting today to decide not whether Manning Cup will go on. It will go on, but whether the game will be played this Friday,” Bell said. “We want to play, his father and mother is not here. Obviously, it was difficult for them. I spoke to them this morning and asked them what would Dominic want. They said, ‘We want you to play’,” Bell continued. BIG IMPACT The long-time coach said it was an easy choice promoting the deceased to captain of the team this year. James had only transferred to St George’s College last year from Jamaica College and had made a big impact on the Light Blues Manning Cup team. “Every single year at the start of training, I name about five captains, and I tell them we will see who the leader is. It was easy this year. Ian Forbes, the team manager of Jamaica College, thank you for sending him down to us. He was a blessing. St George’s turned around and beat you last season and Dominic scored,” Bell reflected. The coach said thanks to all the schools who came down to pay their respects – Kingston College, Holy Trinity, Wolmer’s Boys’, Excelsior High and Calabar High. “All the schools, good to see you. We want to beat you so badly, and we pray God will give us the strength to perform to the best of our ability, and whatever happens after that, we will see,” continued Bell. “I have to say thanks to Excelsior. They came to beat us, they were playing hard to beat us, but when it happened, they hugged us, they cried with us, they prayed with us. We thank you so very much,” Bell shared. “We want to play. It doesn’t matter if we win or lose. It is not just about winning the competition, but one of the reasons we want to play is because we are St George’s College, we are strong, and yes, we will cry,” noted Bell, while calling for support for the former captain’s parents. “Dominic is an only child. I cannot imagine what his mother and father are going through right now. Let us be strong for them as we grieve,” stressed Bell. – S.F.last_img read more

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Finance Asked to Help Private Schools Reduce Tuition

first_imgThe Ministry of Education (MOE) says its decision to reopen schools in February for Academic Year 2015 remains irreversible despite the outcry of parents across the country.George Wou, Administrative Assistant to Deputy Education Minister for Instruction Hawa Goll-Kochi, told newsmen Monday in an interview at his Third Street office that plans were being finalized by the Ministry to reopen schools throughout the country.He indicated that the MOE has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Finance that would help privately- owned schools to reduce fees to enable parents to afford sending their children to school.He acknowledged that “the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country imposed hardships on the parents, thus making it difficult for many of them to be able to meet up with fees charged by private schools.”Regarding the concern from many quarters about the deplorable condition of many public schools, lack of adequate seating, toilets and other amenities, Mr. Wou said the Government of Liberia has committed US$2.2 million dollars for the purchase of armchairs and the renovation of public schools to ensure the smooth conduct of classes following the long closure of schools.With the question of managing the Ebola risk in mind, the MOE official disclosed that UNICEF had agreed to supply anti-Ebola materials to all campuses of the 5,800 public and private schools in Liberia to ensure the safety of students during school hours.Wou said thermometers, detergents, faucet buckets for hand washing, as well as other Ebola preventive materials would be supplied to the various schools around the country.“We have put into place mechanism for the reopening of schools. With the decline of Ebola cases throughout Liberia, children should now be in school,” declared Mr. Wou.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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Solid weekend for Knights of Columbus Flyers

first_imgIt was a successful weekend for the Knights of Columbus Flyers.The Bantam Tier 2 team was successful in winning both All Peace games on Saturday and Sunday, despite being short benched due to injury and sickness.- Advertisement -On Saturday, The Flyers took a 3-0 lead in the first period, with goals coming from Ricky Bateman, Brittany Bakstad and Jeff Heber. Unfortunately, the Flyers failed to score again in the second and third periods. Despite Spirit River making it 3-2, some solid goaltending from Flyer’s goalie Lane Delfs helped the flyers secure the victory.Sunday saw the same positive results for the Flyers. The Flyers were able to beat Peace River 5-3, in a back and forth offensive game. Despite the Flyers issues with penalties, solid goaltending from Sean Gjernes provided The Knights of Columbus Flyers with the win, along with some clutch scoring from Kanye Shallow and Ryan Good.The Flyers will play their next All Peace game on Jan. 2, in Dawson Creek.last_img read more

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Divock Origi insists he could return for Liverpool before the end of the season

first_imgLiverpool forward Divock Origi has not given up hope of returning from an ankle injury before the end of the season.The 21-year-old Belgian was forced off during the second half of the 4-0 win over Everton at Anfield on April 20, having earlier scored what was his fifth goal in five appearances.Origi is confident his rehabilitation is progressing well, and can see himself back in action ahead of the end of the campaign.“It’s progressing well. It’s been 10 days now, so I try and improve every day and make steps, we just try and [ensure that] I’m back as quick as possible,” Origi said on the club’s official website, www.Liverpoolfc.com.“For example, yesterday and today I feel a big difference, with these injuries it can evolve everyday and we put in a lot of work.“I come into (training) very early and I leave in the evening, so we (work) a lot of hours, but I think that’s necessary because I want to come back as soon as possible.”Origi has not given up on playing again for the Reds this season. He added: “Of course, I believe in it.“My goal is to come back as soon as possible and I just want to go back on the pitch. I think it’s possible, but you never know.”Origi has become a popular player with Liverpool supporters, and is determined to prove their faith justified.“When you get a lot of love you’re grateful and you try to repay this,” he added.“It makes me work so hard, it gives me energy to work hard on my rehab and give everything to be back on the pitch and help the group.“I just hope that things will go quite fast.“I always want to be on the pitch and now these games that are coming are important and everybody wants to take part in them.“Sometimes that’s life, you have injuries, but I’m using this time to make myself stronger always and [to become] fresh mentally, and I hope I come back strong.” 1 Divock Origi was forced off during the second half of the 4-0 win over Everton last_img read more

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Heated debate may arise from tolerance plan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “Personally, you can’t mandate tolerance,” she said. “You can’t tell people what they should or should not tolerate, but you can tell them that everyone deserves to be treated respectfully.” Before moving forward with the program, Kurachi will ask the district to define tolerance and, specifically, toward whom. “I’m not sure all the board members are on the same page,” she said. “Before staff goes further, we need to have a clarification.” Bill Waxman, the Simi Valley Unified School District’s director of secondary education, said administrators are researching programs, including costs, and identifying those compatible with the district’s needs. He said he doesn’t know whether it will include sexual orientation or whether it will get into specifics. The objective is to teach students about respect and learn ways to solve conflicts. The final decision is up to the five-member board. SIMI VALLEY – In what could become a source of heated debate, a local school board member wants to establish a tolerance and anti-discrimination program in secondary schools for all students, possibly including those of various sexual orientations. School board President Debbie Sandland said the goal is to provide a safe learning environment for all students despite their race, religion or language. “I’m trying to accomplish respect for all people in our school campuses and give people the tools to respect the diversity of our population to ensure all people are treated fairly,” said Sandland, a registered nurse. Fellow board member Carla Kurachi countered that such programs are known to push a nontraditional family, pro-homosexual agenda, which is not in line with the religious community. The issue first came up last year after an altercation at Royal High School that led to the suspension of 20 students. The fight was believed to be race-related. At the time, the school board agreed to implement a tolerance program. “Not all people are alike,” Sandland said. “When we’re dealing with behavior issues or conflicts, it takes away from the education process. “The board agreed that this is a program they’d be interested in looking at. You can’t teach kids to be homosexuals. That’s not something I even thought.” Norm Walker, a former school board member who leans politically to the right, said tolerance training becomes more of a social program to promote a particular point of view. “I object to that,” said Walker, a pastor who served on the board from 1994 to 2002. “I don’t like schools to become a battleground for social issues. “The homosexual lifestyle conflicts with the family life. My concern is that it really is a facade for attempting to teach an alternate lifestyle that neither the parents or community at large would be supportive of.” All human beings deserve to be treated fairly, he said. However, schools ought to be more concerned with the education of students, including raising academic test scores and improving graduation rates, and not focus on social agendas. Benjamin Stilp, executive director of the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance, an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, said schools that don’t protect all students can be held liable. There are approximately 40,000 lesbian and gay adults living in the county, he said. “I always find it bitterly ironic that when concerned parents get involved, they are referred to as PTA members,” he said. “When someone gets involved and wants to advocate on behalf of lesbians and gays and other students’ safety, they are accused of having a radical homosexual agenda. “Shouldn’t schools be safe for all children, and why would anyone want to single out gay students for abuse?” The Rev. Lou Sheldon, chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Traditional Values Coalition, said any program that sends the message that homosexuality is normal is not tolerant to the Christian point of view. “We certainly believe you need to teach diversity and tolerance in terms of race and color, ethnicity and religion,” he said. “We do not believe that homosexuality should be included in diversity.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 angie.valencia@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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HURLING: ST EUNAN’S SECURE SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OVER SETANTA

first_imgDonegal Senior Hurling ChampionshipSetanta 0-7St. Eunan’s 1-10 St. Eunan’s scored a significant win in the Donegal SHC over last year’s finalists Setanta at the Crossroads. Given the very wet conditions from the outset, scores were always going to be at a premium. The first half was a low scoring affair. An early Colm Breathnach free for the away team was cancelled out by two strikes from Kevin Campbell and Bernard O’Brien. A free on 17 minutes and a fine point from play from Seán McVeigh edged St. Eunan’s in front, but a late 65 by Campbell left the teams level at half-time, 0-3 each. On the restart McVeigh and Campbell exchanged points before a long range free by Campbell on 39 minutes gave Setanta the lead. Playing with the wind advantage, however, St. Eunan’s gradually took control. With Conor O’Donnell, Adie Gaffey, Colm Flood and Seán McVeigh dominating affairs around the middle of the field there was constant pressure on the home defence, where Shane Gallen and Mark Callaghan were outstanding. Points from Conor McVeigh, Sean McVeigh and a Eugene Organ free put the visitors two points in front with ten minutes left. A Campbell free on 52 minutes was cancelled out by the game’s standout performer Conor O’Donnell, who won a puck out on his own half back line and finished off the move after an exchange of passes. The home team kept coming back and another Campbell free set up a tense finish. In the last three minutes, two further McVeigh frees opened up a three point gap. The Letterkenny team finally sealed victory with a goal in the final moments, when a Conor Parke shot found the roof of the net.Both teams go forward to the next match in the SHC round robin, with Setanta away to Burt and St. Eunan’s facing Mac Cumhaills. Setanta: Dean McDevitt, Brendan Tourish, Simon McMenamin, Mark Callaghan, Michael McGhee, Shane Gallen, Justin Browne, Richard Kee, Callum Waide, Colm Melaugh, Kevin Campbell (0-6, 0-5 frees), Bernard Lafferty, Bernard O’Brien (0-1), Niall Ewing, Conor Gallen. Subs: Michael Dullaghan, Christopher Bonner, Ryan Duffy, Paul Kelly, Shane Flynn, Justin McBride, Seán Anderson, Gregory O’Leary, Curtis McBride.St. Eunan’s: James Connors, Shane O’Connor, Eunan O’Donnell, Francis Lennon, Stephen Doherty, Adie Gaffey, Conor O’Donnell (0-1), Colm Flood, Seán McVeigh (0-6, 0-4 frees), Neil Darragh, Conor McVeigh (0-1), Eugene Organ (0-1 free), Conor O’Grady, Colm Breathnach (0-1 free), Lee Scanlon. Subs: Conor Parke (30 mins), John Ireland (45 mins), Aaron O’Connell (48 mins), Dara Kerrane, Eoin Friel, Caoimhín Lennon, Eoin Scanlon, David Ireland, John McIntyre, Paddy Flood, David McHale.HURLING: ST EUNAN’S SECURE SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OVER SETANTA was last modified: July 27th, 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:2014CrossroadsdonegalHURLINGSenior Hurling ChampionshipSETANTASt Eunanslast_img read more

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Lampard’s Derby earn Carabao Cup win over Mourinho’s Man United

first_imgAnd it got even better for Derby when Marriott headed the ball in after Mount forced a good save from Romero’s replacement Lee Grant.But Marouane Fellaini, so often the emergency package Mourinho deploys when United need a goal got an equaliser in stoppage time when he powerfully headed Diogo Dalot’s inviting cross to take the game to penalties.Both sets of players showed great composure from the spot until Scott Carson saved Jones’ kick from twelve yards to give the Rams a spot in the next round. 4 Mourinho consoled Jones after the game Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won gameday cracker Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland boost 4 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Manchester United are out of the Carabao Cup after being beaten 8-7 on penalties by Championship side Derby County.The game went straight to a shootout after finishing 2-2 in normal time and it was Phil Jones’ faulty spot-kick that ensured Frank Lampard got one over on his former boss Jose Mourinho as the problems at United pile up and up. Manchester United fans slate Romelu Lukaku’s display during Carabao Cup tie v DerbyLampard’s side controlled the tempo of the game in the second-half and should have equalised on 52 minutes but Wilson was unable to properly get the ball out of his feet.Wilson’s next strike was sweet as anything, however.The forward, on loan from United’s fierce rivals Liverpool, scored a wonderful 30-yard free-kick as the ball swerved brilliantly beyond Romero’s reach – a goal that satisfied many Liverpool fans.Things got from bad to worse for the Premier League side when Romero was sent off for handling the ball outside the box as a Carabao Cup giant killing looked more likely. IN DEMAND silverware Latest Manchester United Newscenter_img RANKED Earlier, goals from Harry Wilson and Jack Marriott had seemingly put the Rams on course for a 2-1 win after Juan Mata gave the Red Devils an early lead.But Marouane Fellaini’s stoppage-time header appeared to have spared Mourinho’s blushes.It was all in vein as Derby came again to earn the famous victory via a nail-biting shootout. REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? This is Lampard’s finest moment as a manager so far Wilson’s strike was something to savour 4 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT deals Lukaku could have put the tie to bed in the first-half 4 United’s build up to the third round tie was disrupted by reports of another training ground bust-up between Mourinho and record signing Paul Pogba, where the Portuguese apparently announced the midfielder would never captain the team again.However, the hosts came racing out the blocks and took the lead inside three minutes when Mata slotted the ball home after brilliant work by Anthony Martial.Derby were not too discouraged however, and were nearly level almost instantly when Mason Mount’s teasing through ball was met by Mason Bennett who shot straight at Sergio Romero from point-blank range.Romelu Lukaku was then guilty of missing a couple of really good chances as United went into the break a goal to the good. REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

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PETITION FOR NEGLECTED DONKEY REACHES 1,000 NAMES

first_imgMore than 1,000people have now signed a petition in honour of a donkey which died from neglect in Donegal recently.Bobby the donkey was found in a pitiful state in sheds close to Fanad Lighthouse recently.He was rescued and taken to the Raphoe Donkey Sanctuary but died a short time later. He had been left in mud and was also tramped on by bulls which had been put into the same shed.Another donkey which had been housed with Bobby is still missing.Animal-lovers launched an on-line petition to remember Bobby and to have a statue built close to Fanad Lighthouse to remind people that cruelty to animals is still a serious issue.The organisers of the campaign are now planning how the petition will be presented to Government. “It is wonderful to see how many good people in this world cared about one little donkey’s short and pitiful life.Please God that change will come and that people will not be allowed to ignore the basic needs of vulnerable and trusting animals,” said a spokesman. ‎ PETITION FOR NEGLECTED DONKEY REACHES 1,000 NAMES was last modified: January 21st, 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:Bobby the dnkeypetitionRaphoe Donkey Sanctuarylast_img read more

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DONEGAL STUDENT HELPS TEAM TOP WORLDWIDE TECHNOLOGY COMPETITION

first_imgLeft to Right: Donal McClean (Team Mentor from NUI Maynooth) Jack Gallagher, DC Grant and Matt McCann (Computer science students at NUI Maynooth)A Donegal student was part of a team who came third in a worldwide technology competition.Jack Gallagher, from Ballintra, and his student team from NUI Maynooth won third prize in the World Citizen Championship Category in the 2014 World Finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup in Seattle.The award was made in recognition of the development of their mobility app called “Access Earth”. The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. The Imagine Cup provides an opportunity for students to break new ground, solve tough problems facing the world today, and maybe even turn your ideas into a businessTeam Access Earth was among only 35 teams to be selected from a total of 170 semi-finalists from 72 different countries to compete in the finals.The team was nominated for the ‘global citizenship’ category, a category that recognises those who have demonstrated an innovative application of technology for social good.Access Earth allows people to make an informed decision on whether or not a building is wheelchair accessible by providing information on facilities including ramps and wheelchair accessible toilets alongside an overall building accessibility rating. It does this by harnessing the local knowledge of volunteer networks across the world to catalogue individual building’s mobility points.“Team Access Earth wants to make the world a more accessible place for everyone. Our app, Access Earth, is an app that provides information on a buildings accessibility for those with mobility impairments. We provide information about a place’s ramps, toilets, counters, and more, and we also provide a rating of that places accessibility. Using our app and volunteer network, we hope to bring this information to anyone who needs it, from elderly people to wheelchair users, and to their friends and family,” said the group. DONEGAL STUDENT HELPS TEAM TOP WORLDWIDE TECHNOLOGY COMPETITION was last modified: August 7th, 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:BallintraJack GallaghertMicrosoftNUI Maynoothlast_img read more

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