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first_img‘Messi ban unfair, irregular’ BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Lionel Messi’s four-match ban in World Cup qualifying was unfair and irregular, the new president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) claimed. Claudio Tapia, elected on Wednesday, also said Messi was banned from four of Argentina’s last five qualifiers because AFA had lost its influence at FIFA. Messi was banned on Tuesday by FIFA for verbally abusing an assistant referee in a qualifier against Chile last week. Argentina, lying fifth and out of the automatic qualifying spots in the South American standings, is expected to struggle without their best player. “(Messi’s ban) is not fair and it doesn’t abide by the rules,” Tapia said. Neuer out with foot injury MUNICH (AP) Bayern Munich will have to do without goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for two games because of a foot injury. The 31-year-old Germany goalkeeper injured his left foot in training on Wednesday. Club doctor Markus Walther performed a small operation, and the club said yesterday that it “went optimally”. Neuer, who already missed Germany’s recent games against England and Azerbaijan because of calf problems, will miss Bayern’s league games against Augsburg tomorrow and Hoffenheim on Tuesday. Neuer received support from Real Madrid midfielder and former Bayern teammate Toni Kroos, who also had his eye on the upcoming Champions League quarter-final between the sides. “Get well. But take your time.,” Kroos wrote on Twitter. Everton’s Funes Mori out for season LIVERPOOL, England (AP) Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori is set to miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury, dealing another blow to the Premier League team’s defence. Everton say the centre back “suffered a torn meniscus” while playing for Argentina against Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. The club says Funes Mori will discuss surgical options next week and “is likely to be out of action for the rest of the campaign”. Right back Seamus Coleman sustained a broken leg while playing for Ireland on Friday. Everton are seventh in the Premier League after seven wins in their last 10 games. The team is six points behind fourth-place Liverpool, who host Everton in the Merseyside derby tomorrow.last_img read more

Senior Flyers and Rangers to renew rivalry at North Peace Arena

first_imgThe Flyers also hold another victory over the Rangers, although that contest was in the pre-season.Fort St. John enters the contest with a record of 5-1-0 early in the season. The Rangers have a strong mark of their own at 6-2-0.After tonight’s game the Flyers will be in Grande Prairie on Thursday night for a tilt against the Athletics.- Advertisement -Opening faceoff this evening is at 8:30.last_img

Predators prepare for regular season after tournament in Calgary

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC LB Energy Predators Female Midget team returned home after a tough tournament in Calgary.In the opening game of the tournament, the Predators lost 3-1 to Lloydminster. Jordyn Larson supplied the lone goal for the Predators with Madison Fell picking up the helper. Game Two and Three saw them play both Calgary Fire teams in which they would be defeated 9-1 and 9-0. The final game of the weekend was versus Lethbridge, which the Predators lost 8-0.Though the girls lost all four games, they were playing teams that were a tier above them. Head Coach Rob Larson said the girls battled hard, in their first games of the season. “Even though we didn’t win, we were in every game,” said Larson.- Advertisement -The Predators are now preparing for their home opener against the Williams Lake Timberwolves. The first of two games takes place at the North Peace Arena on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Puck drop for Game Two is 9:00 a.m. at the Pomeroy Events Centre on Sunday.last_img read more

THEATRE FORCED TO CLOSE FOR A MONTH TO FIX LEAKY ROOF

first_imgLetterkenny’s popular An Grianan Theatre is to close to the public for a month to allow vital upgrade works to take place.A Grianan Theatre in LetterkennyThe Tirconail Tribune reports that remedial works on the roof are due to begin at the start of April and will take around seven weeks to complete.During that period the theatre will be closed to the public for a period of four weeks and it will also be closed to staff for a fortnight. The 383 seat theatre, which opened in October 1999, has had a roofing problem for some considerable time.A contractor has now being appointed and the Council said they’ve ‘identified the problem with the roof after significant investigation’.The theatre building will be closed to the public for the first four weeks in April, reopening for the hit dieting comedy ‘Weighing In’ on Wednesday 29th April.Director of An Grianan Theatre, Patricia McBride, explained that the works have been planned for a while. “The important thing has been to find a time which will minimise the disruption to those who come to shows, the companies who put on the shows, and to our own staff. After extensive investigation work the problem was identified, the tender to do the remedial work was advertised last August and the Contractor has been appointed but obviously you aren’t going to start work on the roof in the middle of Winter so April is the first reasonable time available to us.“While the leak has meant there has been some minor inconvenience to the people working here corrective work has meant that all our shows have gone ahead as normal, and will continue to do so right up until April. Which means that yes, the new Conal Gallen show ‘A Bit on The Sunny Side’ will definitely go ahead on the 27th & 28th March!’.Daithi Ramsay, Marketing Manager, added ‘There’s no extended holidays for the staff, we’ll be back in after the Easter fortnight, selling tickets on the phone and online and getting prepared for the incoming shows. We’ll also have our production of ‘Frank Pig Says Hello’ on an extensive nationwide tour at that time so we’ll be very busy with that.”However Paddy O’Connor said it did not need rocket science to identify the fact that the roof has been leaking badly for the past three years and the remedial works, while most welcome are long overdue.Mr. O’Conner, who was one of the leading campaigners for a theatre in Letterkenny, said he was thrilled that the theatre’s roofing problems are finally going to be sorted. He said: “As we reach a significant milestone in the life of An Grianan and prepare to welcome our one millionth customer it is very reassuring the roofing problems at our new theatre are finally going to be addressed.The future of the theatre building is now secure so let’s work on bringing shows to Letterkenny that will pack the auditorium,” added Mr. O’Connor.THEATRE FORCED TO CLOSE FOR A MONTH TO FIX LEAKY ROOF was last modified: January 15th, 2015 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:An Grianan TheatredonegalleakletterkennyPaddy O’ConnorROOFlast_img read more

Everton 1-0 Watford: Ross Barkley hits back at Ronald Koeman to secure win

first_img1 The clock may be ticking for Ross Barkley at Everton but the midfielder’s timely intervention ensured a winning end to their season at Goodison Park as Watford were beaten 1-0.Manager Ronald Koeman has warned the 23-year-old he has until next weekend to tell the club whether he will be signing the contract extension on offer or be sold in the summer.Whether the situation at his boyhood club is weighing heavy only the player himself can say, but after a nondescript 56 minutes he produced an impressive winner from distance – his fifth Premier League goal of the season, ending a 12-match drought.If that is Goodison’s final memory of Barkley in a blue shirt it will be a fitting one but there would no doubt be greater feelings of loss that one of their most promising academy graduates failed to realise his full potential at his spiritual home.While there remains another week of speculation about Barkley’s future there was also uncertainty over whether the famous old ground has also seen the last of striker Romelu Lukaku.The Premier League’s top scorer has two years left on his contract but has told the club he will not sign the extension on offer and he has already been linked with a host of clubs.His display against a doughty Watford side playing for the point which would mathematically guarantee top-flight safety may have posed a few more questions for those suitors but they are unlikely to be deterred from making a bid in the summer.The Belgian’s one moment of note came midway through the second half when he should probably have been awarded a penalty as a result of Daryl Janmaat’s tackle when Heurelho Gomes could only parry Kevin Mirallas’ shot.Mirallas, who admitted in the announcement of his new three-year contract just before kick-off he needed to be more consistent, was frustratingly inconsistent as Watford smothered Everton to the extent that often the hosts just passed sideways or backwards.Equally Lukaku and Barkley, with whom there is arguably greater responsibility, produced little inspirational spark.Barkley had one early shot parried by Gomes but the sight of him flat on his back after slipping and planting a long-range shot halfway up the Park End was not the enduring image he wanted to leave Goodison with this season.Gomes was the busier of the two goalkeepers, stopping a close-range Phil Jagielka effort and a Tom Davies attempt from distance.Watford’s physical superiority gives them an advantage at set-pieces with Adrian Mariappa heading over a corner and Stefano Okaka out-muscling the defence to flash a low shot just wide of a post.Koeman made a positive change at the break, sending on forward Enner Valencia for Mason Holgate and moving Davies, probably Everton’s most proactive player, to right-back.Troy Deeney squandered the best chance of the game when he side-footed wide after Everton were caught in possession deep in their own half before Barkley finally delivered on the expectations a demanding Goodison had placed on him.Given far too much space to receive Davies’ pass, the England midfielder advanced before hitting a low, dipping shot which Gomes may have got to had he not taken a step to his left as it was struck.Barkley eventually departed to a standing ovation with 10 minutes to go. Fans at Goodison will hope it is not the last they have seen of him. The Toffees midfielder put contract talk to one side to help his team last_img read more

Popular Convoy man had heart attack in bath and drowned

first_imgA man who had been rumoured to have taken his own life drowned in his bath after suffering a heart attack.Manus Harkin, from Longlands, Convoy, was found dead at his home on August 20th last year. The well-known and popular 65-year-old had recently been in hospital before his death.An inquest into his death heard how his friend Kenneth Gillespie had called to his home and found him lying on his sofa.He told the inquest at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court how Manus sad he was badly depressed and had an unsettled feeling.However, he planned to go and see his doctor the following day.Brian Lynch told the court that on August 20th last year he met a sister of Manus’ at a local shop in Convoy and she said she hadn’t seen Manus.He went to his home and arrived at about 8.20am and found the back door open.He could not find Manus but eventually checked in the toilet and found Manus lying face down in the bath.The water was still luke-warm but Mr Lynch said he knew that Manus was dead.Garda Tom McNally arrived and Mr Lynch identified his close friend Manus to the Garda.Mr Harkin’s remains were removed to Letterkenny University Hospital where an autopsy was carried out.Pathologist Dr Jerry O’Dowd said a post mortem carried out on Manus showed he had moderate to severe heart disease.He said his findings were that he quite likely suffered a heart attack and collapsed in the bath with his head under the water.He added that even if Mr Harkin had not been in the bath then he may not have survived because of the level of heart disease.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley said there had been a lot of rumour and suspicion locally about how Manus had died.He asked family members if they had any questions.One family member said the family did not realise until the inquest that Mr Harkin had been found face-down in the bath.Dr McCauley said it was good that the full facts had now ben made known from the inquest.He said that the cause of death was drowning as a result of acute coronary deficiency and that Mr Harkin died from natural causes.He added “I’d like t pass on my sympathies to the family. Manus was a wonderful man who was much-loved in Convoy.”Garda Sgt Jim Collins also expressed his sympathy on behalf of An Garda Siochana to the extended Harki family who were present.Popular Convoy man had heart attack in bath and drowned was last modified: October 11th, 2019 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:bathconvoydrwonedHeart attackinquestManus Harkinlast_img read more

CELTIC END INTEREST IN SIGNING SHAY GIVEN

first_imgHOOPS MANAGER Neil Lennon has formally told Man City that Celtic are unable to take Lifford goalie Shay Given to Parkhead.The Board at Celtic felt they couldn’t meet Shay’s huge wages – and City have refused to subsidise them.However it’s understood Arsenal -beaten by a fluke goal by Manchester United at Old Trafford last night – are still interested in securing the Donegal man’s services. Given has formally told City he wants out of Eastlands next month when the January transfer window opens.CELTIC END INTEREST IN SIGNING SHAY GIVEN was last modified: December 13th, 2010 by gregShare 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

SURGE IN DONEGAL BURGLARIES PROVES NEED FOR MORE GARDAI – MCCONALOGUE

first_imgThe surge in burglaries in the Northern Garda Region this year emphasises the need to protect community garda resources, according to Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue.According to the latest CSO crime statistics, there was an 18.3% increase in burglaries in the Northern Region in the year to the end of June. The Northern region includes Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth.Deputy McConalogue has expressed serious concern at the increase and says now is not the time for the Justice Minister Alan Shatter to close and downgrade garda stations in the border region. “There were 2,565 burglaries in this region to the end of June. That’s 2,565 ordinary families and individuals in this area who had their homes or business targeted by criminals,” explained Deputy McConalogue.“It is further evidence of the fact that ordinary people in communities across Donegal are being victimised by criminals every day.“These figures further highlight the absurdity of Minister Shatter’s policy of closing and downgrading garda stations across the country. The Minister has already shut down 39 garda stations this year and downgraded dozens more.“People in isolated communities across Co Donegal, and older people in particular, are feeling increasingly vulnerable in their homes. They need the safety and reassurance of a visible garda presence in their area,” he said. He added that he commend the work of the gardaí involved in Operation Fiacla, targeting criminal gangs involved in burglary.“They must be given every support necessary to protect homes and businesses across the North West. I am also urging Minister Shatter to pull back from his dangerous policy of reducing the visible garda presence in our communities.”SURGE IN DONEGAL BURGLARIES PROVES NEED FOR MORE GARDAI – MCCONALOGUE was last modified: October 2nd, 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:burglariesdonegalGardailast_img read more

‘WE’LL SPEND €35M ON NEW KILLYBEGS PLANT’ – KFO

first_imgThe Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) and its Norwegian partner Biomarine Science Technology (BST) will invest €35M to develop the world’s largest bio-marine ingredients facility in Killybegs, the organisations said.Donegal Daily revealed last night that the project will result in the creation of up to 50 jobs during the construction phase and a further 70 direct and indirect jobs when it intends to go into full production in 2016.The highly innovative new facility will be used to extract high-end proteins, oils and calcium from fish for use as food ingredients. These include valuable marine proteins as well as lipids, which are naturally occurring molecules and fat-soluble vitamins. The proposed plant also has the potential to produce supplements for athletes thereby deriving optimal advantage of the health benefits of fish.“This proposed new facility can become a game-changer in the seafood sector positioning Killybegs and Ireland as a global leader in supply and research around new products and benefits from protein, oils and calcium associated with the sea”, said Sean O’Donoghue, Chief Executive of the KFO.“With increasing food ingredient prices and a shortage of quality protein in the market, there is a significant opening in the market for the output which this new venture can deliver. The increased focus on health and rising demand for foodstuffs high in healthy content has led to rapid growth in the health and sports nutrition market. We have already met with leading food producers in Europe and the USA who are extremely supportive of the venture and enthusiastic about entering into supply contracts with it.”A new joint venture company, Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland Ltd (BII), has been formed to promote the proposed new facility which represents a new departure for the marine sector in Donegal. “The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation is committed to developing and advancing any sea fisheries issues of relevance to its members”, continued Mr O’Donoghue.“Diversification and the establishment of new high-value activities such as this, is a key part of our remit. By forging an alliance with BST we are partnering with a firm with many years of experience in pharmaceutical, marine biotech and international commodity business. BST has a long experience in this area and has the technical expertise to enable production of valuable fractions from marine species – including clean fish oil.”A site has been identified for the proposed new facility subject to planning permission and state aid. The plant will have the capacity to process up to 50,000 tonnes or raw material annually. While boarfish will be the primary source of raw material, the facility will also be able to utilise other species such as blue whiting. Boarfish is only used for fishmeal purposes at present and the proposed new facility will therefore help transform a low value element of the current catch into a significant revenue earner for the industry.The project supports the objectives set out under the Government’s Food Harvest 2020 report and the BIM 2013-2017 strategy for the industry which places a specific focus on developing product options from species such as blue whiting and boarfish as well as making a commitment to supporting the establishment of new firms in the sector.Food Harvest 2020 places a specific emphasis on the development of innovative, consumer oriented seafood products as well as on marine biotechnology development and marine functional foods. “We are delighted to be able to support these national objectives and we are also grateful for the tremendous support we have received from both Enterprise Ireland and BIM in bringing this exciting project to this stage”, Mr O’Donoghue concluded.“We are now looking forward to moving ahead with construction subject to planning permission as well as state aid, thereby bringing badly needed jobs to Killybegs and the North West.‘WE’LL SPEND €35M ON NEW KILLYBEGS PLANT’ – KFO was last modified: April 2nd, 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)last_img read more

DONEGAL IS STEEPED IN TALENT SAYS COUNTY’S FOOD AMBASSADOR

first_imgDonegal is steeped in talent in the food sector and with some of the best produce the country has to offer, it’s only a matter of time before people begin to realise it.Gary, right, preparing some food with Donegal’s Community Chef Brian McDermott at the Taste of Donegal Food Festival.That’s according to the county’s Food Ambassador Gary O’Hanlon who is head chef at Viewmount Country House in Co. Longford and winner of the ‘Best Chef’ award for Leinster in the Irish Restaurant Awards in 2013.O’Hanlon was in Donegal at the weekend for the ‘A Taste of Donegal Food Festival’ when an estimated 35,000 visitors got a brief glimpse of the ongoing development of the food-sector in the county. Over 100 exhibitors made use of the opportunity to showcase their products to the huge audience and according to the county’s Food Ambassador to have a festival of such magnitude in Donegal is an indication of the growing importance of the food sector here.“To have a festival of this magnitude in Donegal is huge, I go to them all over the country, but this is fantastic for Donegal.“In conjunction with the whole Food Coast and Food Strategy it’s giving all these producers that we keep trying to get out there into market, a big platform in their own county to see exactly how successful they can be.”Carl Diver of Irish Natural Honey is one such producer. They launched their product ‘Active Irish Honey’ at the ‘A Taste of Donegal’ food festival last weekend and with huge interest from the public he was full of praise for the County Enterprise Board and The Food Coast for the help they had received in getting off the ground.Joe Doherty of Inishowen Country Kitchen described the support from The Food Coast as core to their success.“They have worked with us and invested in us and put in support systems to help us get our product into places like Tesco”Declan McConnellogue of The Haven Smokehouse in Carrigart, another new Donegal food business described the artisan food course organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board as having been invaluable and similar sentiments were echoed time and again by food businesses exhibiting last weekend.The county’s Food Ambassador, Gary O’Hanlon, said he is delighted that there is such investment now in food in Donegal. “We are going into our second year now with the whole Food Coast and Food Strategy and Eve Anne McCarron has come on board, it is really starting to drive it.“That’s just a whole department now within the County Enterprise Board and I tip my hat to them for investing and focusing upon food sector within the county.“At this stage we are starting to see more and more products developed and to see more and more businesses now come out the other end of it.“Just look for instance at the O’Rourke brothers, Enda and Gavin, they have years of experience between the two of them and even they needed the help. Even chefs of that level and calibre still need the help and the County Enterprise Board is there, all the people are there now within the whole food strategy to drive that on.” Community Chef Brian McDermott said he felt there is something happening and changing now in the county in terms of the food industry.“There is a real unity now in Donegal, I have to pay tribute to the agencies and to the Good Food Initiative from the Enterprise Board. Everyone has got behind this now collectively, the chefs, the producers and we are showcasing now on platforms like the Taste of Donegal Food Festival.“More importantly we needed that opportunity to do that. Maybe there’s a modesty around in Donegal in general but we are coming together and starting to shout and rightly so because we have some of the best produce this country has to offer.”That assertion is one shared by Gary O’Hanlon who says the Good Food Initiative and The Food Coast will lead to fantastic food opportunities for businesses here.“Donegal is steeped in talent, we have some of the best up and coming talents, we have some of the best chefs in Ireland – if not the best chefs in Ireland, we have some of the best food in the country bar none but no one has been shouting about it enough.“All we’ve given them now with the whole food strategy is a medium for their product, and that can only be positive for the whole county,” he concluded.DONEGAL IS STEEPED IN TALENT SAYS COUNTY’S FOOD AMBASSADOR was last modified: August 29th, 2013 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:Gary O’HanlonTaste of Donegallast_img read more