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Rugby coaches level up in Las Vegas

first_imgTwo of Jamaica’s budding Rugby Union coaches will return to the island today from Las Vegas, Nevada, where they went to gain level-two certification for coaching Rugby Sevens.National Men’s Under-19 coach Huntley Anderson and Jamaica Senior Women’s team coach Lisa Fraser are the duo who had made the trip as the Jamaica Rugby Football Union (JRFU) makes plans ahead of its men’s and women’s senior teams participation in the 2017 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens tournament from April 7-9.Anderson and Fraser travelled with the intention of improving on game analysis for player development and functional roles; tactical and technical development of senior and national teams, especially those that are on the world circuit, as Jamaica is looking to become a permanent member.”This sevens level two will further allow me to target player development in the Under-19 age group, producing better players for the senior pool, which is needed,” Anderson told The Gleaner. “The experience that I’ve gained from level one, and will gain from level two, shows me that even though I’m tactically qualified, I still have a long way to go.””I feel very honoured to be selected to represent Jamaica and the women (in the Jamaican Rugby Union),” Fraser said.Fraser, who was also the Rugby Sportswoman of the year for 2016, said she intends to share what she has learnt from the clinic with other local coaches, so that the sport can continue to grow in schools and clubs islandwide.”I plan to impart the knowledge I expect to gain not just to players, but also to other coaches. Two of the ways in which I will be doing that is through training sessions and also workshops, which will be done across the entire island. It will not be passed on to one set of people, but also newcomers and those who have been involved for a long time. We’ll be sharing all that knowledge with everyone on our return,” she said.last_img read more

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Dismembered body of farmer found on Linden Highway

first_imgpolice in ‘E’ Division (Linden-Kwakwani) are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a farmer of Adventure Village, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, whose dismembered body was discovered in the wee hours of Monday along the highway in the vicinity of Adventure.Dead is Phillip Viveirous, 41.While information surrounding the death is sketchy, Police suspect that he may have been run over by several vehicles.The discovery was made at approximately 05:20hr by a passer-by and an unidentified caller alerted the Police of the discovery.The body of the deceased, which was later identified by his mother, is at the Wismar mortuary at Linden, awaiting post-mortem examination, which is expected to be done on Thursday.The mother of the deceased reportedly told investigators that her son left his home at about 02:00h on Monday for his farm at Adventure, and had been consuming alcohol before he left.Investigators suspect that he might have fallen asleep along the roadway and was ran over.Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

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NEBC Midget Predators to play in Williams Lake this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Midget Predators are on the road to Williams Lake this weekend for a handful of games.Tonight, Friday, October 18, the Predators will be taking on Kamloops in the first game of the weekend series. Puck drop is 7:15 p.m.Then tomorrow, Saturday, the Predators will be playing against Williams Lake with the game starting at 11:15 a.m.- Advertisement -To finish off the weekend series, on Saturday evening, the Predators will be taking on Vanderhoof in the final at 5:45 p.m.All games will be played at the Caribou Memorial Complex in Williams Lake.last_img read more

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Newcastle outcast to join Nice

first_img Hatem Ben Arfa Hatem Ben Arfa is set to depart Newcastle and return to France after Nice announced a deal had been agreed in principle.The forward has been left in limbo after the failure of a loan spell with Hull, with Tigers boss Steve Bruce cutting short his stay at the KC Stadium but Newcastle unwilling to reintegrate him into their squad.But he has been offered a lifeline after a Nice statement announced: “OGC Nice have reached an agreement in principle with Hatem Ben Arfa. The France international will have a medical on Monday prior to signing with Le Gym.” 1last_img read more

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The flaw that may cost Brendan Rodgers his job at Liverpool…

first_img 2 Brendan Rodgers and Raheem Sterling Five games without a win in all competitions. An uninspiring home draw against Norwich on Sunday. Brendan Rodgers is feeling the heat again at Liverpool.The Ulsterman, now in his fourth season in the Anfield hot seat, is facing increasing scrutiny by the week after a de facto vote of confidence from the club’s board in the summer following their uninspiring finish to last season.Rodgers has signed 31 players in his time on Merseyside totalling nearly £300m, but if anything the Reds are now more disillusioned in terms of style than they were when he succeeded the calamitous Kenny Dalglish reign in June 2012.A recurring criticism of the 42-year-old is his tendency to field players out of position; a fault which ultimately saw their prized asset and most talented player – Raheem Sterling – leave for Manchester City in the summer.Sterling, a European Golden Boy winner in December 2014, became the fall guy for Rodgers, who exploited his versatility to deploy him in a multitude of different positions last season – including as an auxillary striker and a right wing back.Lazar Markovic is another who fell victim to Rodgers’s bizarre approach, with the Serbian winger also utilised mainly as a right wing back which negated his dribbling ability in the final third. getty center_img In Rodgers’ three years at the helm, Liverpool have signed just two out-and-out wingers – Oussama Saidi and Markovic – both of whom are no longer with the club. The latter’s departure to Fenerbahce, albeit on loan, is baffling considering Jordon Ibe is now the only recognised winger at the club.Bearing in mind Rodgers finished last season and began this one with the Reds playing 4-3-3, traditional wide men, you’d think, would be a necessity.Instead, he has asked the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and new boys Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings to play out wide in a counterintuitive move completely detrimental to those individuals and the team dynamic as a whole.The 3-1 defeat to Manchester United illustrated this problem in a nutshell. Firmino and Ings, one an attacking number 10 and the other a striker, were deployed on the wings behind lone forward Christian Benteke. The setup meant both players’ own strengths were stifled, while they were equally unable to get up in support of the frequently isolated Benteke.Reds supporters will be hoping Firmino doesn’t endure the same fate as Markovic, but the early indications suggest Rodgers is struggling to find a formation that accommodates the Brazilian star in his desired position.Up until the draw with the Canaries, Rodgers had persisted with Dejan Lovren, one of his signings, at centre half ahead of Mamadou Sakho, a committee purchase, and preferred youngster Joe Gomez to Alberto Moreno at left back.The inclusion of Sakho and Moreno against Norwich may have finally enlightened the Irishman to their individual strengths as both made a case for regular starting berths. Moreno, in particular, excelled, and while Gomez has impressed in his debut Premier League campaign, the Spaniard is more suited to that role.Sakho too brought a better balance to the outfit, which will only anger the Anfield faithful more about his continued banishment from the starting eleven while the error-prone Lovren flatters to deceive.The duo, in their favoured positions, were ultimately two of the Liverpool’s best performers. Despite the result, there were encouraging signs as the Reds’ creativity returned after a worrying hiatus against West Ham and United.The concern for Liverpool is Rodgers is unlikely to build on this constructive feedback. His team are far more suited to the 3-4-3, that worked well for periods last season, than a 4-3-3 which he seems so insistent on practicing, but he appears reticent to abandon his vision.Rodgers has a hugely talented squad at his disposal, but his penchant to experiment is shackling his players and may ultimately cost him his job. 2last_img read more

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SOCIAL WORK IN CRISIS WITH CHILDREN HIT, SAYS DONEGAL TD

first_imgThe Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has admitted to Fianna Fáil’s Charlie McConalogue that she has no plan on achieving a certain level of front-line social workers within the health service this year.Deputy McConalgoue, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children, questioned Minister Fitzgerald in the Dáil today about the impending crisis in the social work service. He pointed to the latest HSE figures revealing that 71 front-line social workers are due to retire by the end of this month, and the fact that the Government failed to have an extra 60 social workers in place by the end of last year as recommended by the Ryan Report.Speaking afterwards Deputy McConalogue said: “Instead of taking a step forward on this, we now appear to be taking a step back. Not only did Minister Fitzgerald fail to deliver on the commitment made in the wake of the Ryan report to deliver 60 extra social workers in 2011, she is now washing her hands of the responsibility to tackle major gaps in the service as result of large scale retirements by the end of this month. “This is deeply worrying. The Ryan Report recognised that social workers are the front-line when it comes to supporting vulnerable children and families in the community. It said gaps in the service need to be filled as a matter of priority if we are to improve child protection in this country. The report recommended that 200 extra posts be filled in 2010 and a further 60 in 2011. The previous Government delivered the extra 200 as required, but just 10 of the additional 60 were in place by the end of 2011.“This is now compounded by the fact that a further 71 posts will be left vacant by the end of this month as a result of retirements. Today, Minister Fitzgerald shrugged responsibility for this, claiming it’s up to the HSE and ‘management locally’ to deal with.“I am shocked by the Minister’s casual attitude to what is a fundamental service for vulnerable children. It is not good enough to pass the buck on this one. Why have Fine Gael and Labour created a Department of Children if the Minister in charge won’t take responsibility for a front-line child protection service?“I am appealing to Minister Fitzgerald to take responsibility for this and set out a comprehensive plan to deal with gaps in the social work service. As we have learned from painful experiences in the past, putting off problems within the child protection services can be deeply damaging,” said Deputy McConalogue.  SOCIAL WORK IN CRISIS WITH CHILDREN HIT, SAYS DONEGAL TD was last modified: February 14th, 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:deputy charlie mcconalogueSAYS DONEGAL TDSOCIAL WORK IN CRISIS WITH CHILDREN HITlast_img read more

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SHOCK AS SHEEP ALLOWED TO ROT IN STREAM FOR TWO WEEKS

first_imgA dead sheep has been allowed to rot in a stream in Letterkenny for the past two weeks.The carcass of the dead sheep rots away in the stream.A member of the public contacted Donegal Daily to say they spotted the sheep dumped in the stream at the IDA Business Park on April 8th.However despite contacting the county council, the person claims the carcass of the dead animal is still there. The person, who asked not to be named, said the stream is often used by children to play in.“On the 8th April, I called the County Council to report a dead sheep being dumped in a stream in the IDA Business Park in Letterkenny. “A council person took my report & assured me that the report would be given to the Litter Warden and I would be contacted as to the location of this carcass.“As of today (23rd April), the sheep carcass is still in the upper part of the stream in the Business Park. I made another call to the County Council office this morning and an official assured me again that someone would be in contact with me. I am still waiting,” claimed the person.Donegal Daily has passed on the person’s complaint to Donegal County Council and we are awaiting a reply.   SHOCK AS SHEEP ALLOWED TO ROT IN STREAM FOR TWO WEEKS was last modified: April 23rd, 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:carcassdonegalDonegal County Councilrotsheeplast_img read more

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DANIEL O’DONNELL TO PLAY FUNDRAISING CONCERT FOR DUNGLOE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

first_imgDungloe Community Hospital, in partnership with lead sponsor Randox Teoranta, is delighted to announce a fundraising extravaganza featuring a one-off performance by Daniel O’Donnell and special guests. Country Music Sunday will take place on 17 May 2015, featuring an exclusive two-hour concert by world-renowned country music star Daniel O’Donnell and his band.In what promises to be a great day out for all the family, Country Music Sunday will include a host of activities, with arts and craft stalls, BBQ, bouncy castles and other events for children. Daniel O’Donnell, whose mother Julia sadly passed away at the Dungloe Community Hospital last year, is taking time out of an 18 month break to perform at the exclusive concert.This will be the country music star’s only concert anywhere in the world in 2015 and tickets are already in big demand from right across the globe.Dungloe Community Hospital provides a vital service to the Dungloe and Rosses community, caring for sick and infirm patients.At the heart of the community hospital is the palliative care suite which provides vital end-of-life care for terminally ill patients, and support for their families throughout the highly emotional time. The purpose of the fundraiser is to refurbish the palliative care centre, to upgrade medical equipment and refurbish bedrooms, bathrooms and common-room areas.Patrick Boyle/Thomas Costello of the organising committee, said, “When terminally ill patients come to the palliative care suite, it’s important to make every moment they have left with their families memorable ones.“We want to make sure that patients receive the best possible medical care, situated in uplifting and peaceful surroundings, to ensure their last days are the best we can possibly make them.”Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing Director of event sponsor Randox Teoranta, said, “As a company whose raison d’etre is to improve health globally, we are delighted to be part of this important fundraising event and to support the local community.“The Dungloe Community Hospital is a critical community asset and it deserves all our support.” Tickets for Country Music Sunday cost €20 (free for children) and can be obtained from:Ticketmaster U.K. 0333 321 9996 Ticketmaster Ireland 0818 719300Throughout Donegal tickets are available from the following outlets.Eurosaver, Donegal Towm 074 9725728 Mr G Discount Store, Ballybofey 074 9132393 Dry Arch Filling Station, Letterkenny 074 9113335 Bayveiw Bar, Dungloe 074 9561682 Supervalu, Dungloe 074 9521006 Thomas Costello TC Promotions 087 8608776 Jean’s Country Music Store, Omagh 028 82252150The demand for tickets is already hotting up and organisers are urging all Country Music fans to buy their ticket while they still can!DANIEL O’DONNELL TO PLAY FUNDRAISING CONCERT FOR DUNGLOE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL was last modified: March 26th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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Road deaths drop to a record low over the last 10 years, RSA say

first_imgThere has been a drop in the number of deaths on Irish roads over the last 10 years, according to the Road Safety Authority (RSA).Ireland’s first road safety strategy was introduced in 1998 and during the same year, 458 deaths occurred on Irish roads, compared to 146 in 2018 – a 68% reduction.The number is the lowest annual figure for road deaths since records began in 1959. In 2018, there was a 4 per cent drop in road fatalities showing a continued improvement in Ireland’s road safety performance.An Garda Síochána said the 149 people lost their lives as a result of 142 fatal crashes, compared to 156 lives lost in 141 fatal crashes in 2017.The RSA’s international conference in Dublin will be the precursor to the development of the next Government Road Safety Strategy that will run from 2021 until 2030.However, RSA chief executive, Moyagh Murdock, said a small number of people continue to break the law and do not care about getting caught. “Reducing fatalities on our roads is not getting any easier,” she said.“As we take steps to develop the new strategy we need to consider all the factors at play in the coming years such as emerging technologies and new killer behaviours.”Road deaths drop to a record low over the last 10 years, RSA say was last modified: June 14th, 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)last_img read more

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Action & reaction: Hiddink explains substitution, QPR boss angry, Bees ‘in trouble’, Swift axed

first_imgA recap of the action during a weekend when none of the west London sides won. Chelsea, Fulham and QPR all drew, while Brentford’s home defeat by Blackburn leaves them looking over their shoulders.Cesc Fabregas scored twice, including a late penalty, to rescue a drawChelsea 2 West Ham 2 Match report  Hiddink reaction  Player ratings Action: A late penalty from Cesc Fabregas prevented a first league defeat for Guus Hiddink and slowed West Ham’s hunt for a Champions League place.Reaction: Afterwards, Blues boss Hiddink insisted a European place was still not beyond Chelsea and believes they should embrace a possible Europa League campaign.He also explained why he brought on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and not Alexandre Pato, to try and change the game.Meanwhile, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was furious at the penalty award, insisting contact was made outside the box.Blues’ man of the match: Fabregas was the star performer with his two goals – click here to see how we rated the players.Marcus Bettinelli returned against BirminghamBirmingham 1 Fulham 1Match report  Action: Marcus Bettinelli returned for Fulham and helped them pick up a point in their battle against relegation.Dean Smith’s side have been dragged into a relegation battleBrentford 0 Blackburn 1 Match report  Smith reaction  Action: Shane Duffy scored a late winner for 10-man Blackburn and condemned struggling Brentford to fourth straight Championship defeat.Reaction: Bees boss Dean Smith admitted his side are “in trouble” at the wrong end of the table and said his players were “fragile”.He also confirmed that on-loan Chelsea midfielder John Swift was dropped from the matchday squad after causing anger with a social media post.QPR couldn’t hold out for their first win at Preston in 36 years.Preston 1 QPR 1Match report  Hasselbaink reaction  Player ratings   Action: An injury-time equaliser denied QPR a third consecutive victory – and what would have been the club’s first win at Deepdale since 1980.Reaction: Rangers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was furious that Preston’s Tom Clarke was not sent off before the home side eventually equalised.R’s man of the match: Junior Hoilett was the stand-out performer, but there were many notable displays. Click here to see how we think the QPR players fared.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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