Defending champ San Beda trips Benilde, forges Final duel vs Ateneo

first_imgChristopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Ateneo muscled its way past Far Eastern U in a defensive battle, leaning on a huge shot from Isaac Go to trigger a big endgame run for a 50-38 victory in the first Final Four duel.Later in the night, San Beda outlasted St. Benilde, 78-71, to keep its title-retention bid afloat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe two teams tangle for the crown on Saturday.Needing to protect a 74-71 lead down the stretch, the Red Lions made four free throws in the final 20.8 seconds remaining to seal the victory. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Khan wants bout vs ‘favored’ Pacquiao Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIEScenter_img It will be defending champion San Beda going up against an overseas-sharpened Ateneo for the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup crown after both squads bumped off their semifinal rivals Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “The boys did a good job today and hopefully we are going to be ready for Ateneo (on Saturday),” San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez said.In a game where buckets were tough to find, Go drained a triple with 7:19 to play as Ateneo tore away from a deadlock at 31 to grab a 50-36 cushion.“The players gathered themselves at halftime and played our normal system in the second half,” Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said.Ateneo last made the title series of this tournament in 2011.Up 54-53 entering fourth frame, San Beda unloaded a quick 12-5 spurt to build some cushion, 66-58, 4:12 to play.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Foreign players Donald Tankoua and Toba Eugene had 14 points apiece for San Beda.Justin Gutang led the Blazers with 22 markersThe Tamaraws were in control in the first half, leading by as many as nine points, 18-9. But the Blue Eagles used a 12-4 run to close the gap at the break, 22-21.Ateneo again flaunted its balanced offense with seven players producing at least five points, led by Thirdy Ravena’s seven. Angelo Kouame added just six points but grabbed 15 boards.It was another bitter loss for FEU at the hands of a familiar tormentor—and a familiar assassin.The Tamaraws looked ripe for an upset in the UAAP Final Four last season before Go buried a clutch triple that doomed FEU and greased Ateneo’s path to the Finals.Ateneo eventually won the title over fierce rival La Salle.Prince Orizu had 11 for FEU on a 5-for-13 shooting clip.Ateneo was coming off a thrilling quarterfinal victory over Letran, 74-72, despite being travel-weary from an overseas training trip.Matt Nieto, who scored the last two points against the Knights in the quarters, said Ateneo’s deep bench allowed key Blue Eagles to get a breather during the game. —WITH A REPORT FROM IVAN RUIZ L. SUING View commentslast_img read more

True Story: ‘See What My People Did to Me’

first_imgPrince Teah is 22 years old. He still remembers that he left school a long time ago. He also remembers his school: Jewel Howard Taylor Elementary School in New Kru Town.“I was a little boy,” he says in an interview yesterday at the New Kru Town residence he shares with his older brother, Sam. “When my parents died, my schooling also died.”Since then, Teah says he has simply lived on his own, and getting used to life on the streets. “I worked hard to survive,” he says, which was confirmed by a Nigerian businessman, Oga, who operates a restaurant near Point 4, on Bushrod Island, Monrovia.“Prince has been a hard worker,” admits Oga, “but I don’t know him to engage in something like stealing.”But on the morning of Thursday, January 28, Prince had walked a lady friend to her home in Caldwell.“It was about 2 a.m.,” he says, “and I walked this girl to Caldwell beyond the new bridge.” He explains that he didn’t encounter anyone on the street on the way to the young lady’s house.“I was coming back from Caldwell,” he says, and “when I crossed over the bridge, several young men rushed on me.”The men, he says, “were armed with cutlasses and clubs. They asked me what I was doing there at that time of the morning.“I told them about the girl I escorted to her house, but the men said I was lying and immediately they began to assault me with the clubs and the cutlasses.”Prince, whose parents Helena Koffa and Samson Weah died when he was about four years old, said the next 20 minutes were the most horrifying moments of his life.And as he tells it, it’s like a movie scene, with directors and actors, and the crowd watching as the cameras rolled.“The men began to cut me with the cutlasses, and they took me near the Stockton Creek,” he said as he recalls ‘the night of all nights’ in his short life.“Then I heard them tell me to put my hand on a table and I felt some hands grabbing my left hand and putting it on the table,” Prince explains. Since the tragic event happened more than one month ago, his emotions have deserted him; he doesn’t even cry anymore.“They used the cutlass to cut off all five of my fingers on my left hand, that is after they cut my back, and I was bleeding,” Prince points out. “I am not a foreigner, and they did not catch me stealing or doing anything out of the way. They did not understand and refused to accept my explanation that I was simply passing through to go to New Kru Town. I am a Liberian and they are Liberians, but see what they did to me?”Prince says the men decided to cut off the fingers of his right hand, and continued by methodically beating the fingers on his left hand.“It was after that that they cut off a piece of my index finger,” he says. “My cries and tears and protest did not mean anything to these people.”By now, Prince says, although he was bleeding all over, his abductors were not finished with him yet.“They also cut my knees with the cutlass. And having satisfied themselves by the injuries they have inflicted on me, they threw me into an unfinished house,” Prince says.“I knew I was dead. I was thrown away by my captors like a criminal who has been locked up and the keys thrown away.“I regained consciousness and began to piece together the events of the last couple of minutes and then the reality set in. I began to understand where I was and what had happened to me.“I thought about my mother, my father and brother, Sam, and my older sister, Juah…without any one to come to my rescue, and helpless as a result of losing too much blood, I slept and awoke around 7p.m.” It was then that people in the area began to take notice of him, and many rushed to where he lay to investigate.By then he was regaining some strength. In the crowd, he spotted a friend, a motorbike rider.“I told him to go to my brother in Borbor Garage in New Kru Town and tell him what has happened to me.”His brother Sam and other family members then rushed to the scene and took him to the JFK Medical Center.“Doctors there received me and began to find a way to reattach my broken bones and fingers that had been violently severed.“They also rejoined my knees; and after one month, I am able to walk, but as you can see, my left hand is useless to me,” Prince says, making a demonstration of how useless his hand has become.Since then, Prince often asks himself, “Why do I always stay so late in the street?”“I grew up in the street because when my parents died, I never had much help from older relatives.“I have some uncles, but they are unable to support me, except my brother Sam that I am living with,” he said.When asked: “Did your brother not ever talk to you about the dangers in staying out too late?” He smiled and said: “No.”Prince regrets his situation and did not know what would have happened if the situation was reversed.“The people who did it to me did not catch me stealing; they did not catch me hiding behind windows, or anything of that sort. I thought since they did not believe what I told them, they would keep me and verify the information.“I regret being a Liberian since there is absolute lack of respect for human life here. Imagine anyone going through such a situation,” Prince said betraying no emotion. He appears to have some confidence, but he could not be specific about it.However, he admits his life is over. “How do I live?” is a question that our reporter, tears in his eyes, could not answer.Prince told the Daily Observer that though his life, to some extent, is over, “I don’t want another Liberian to go through such a painful experience again.”He suggests that Chris Massaquoi, director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), should look at his story and let police officers supervise community watch teams that have mushroomed in the country.“I know their intent is good,” Prince says, “but they must listen and respect life and allow procedure. They must also turn over anyone that they consider suspicious to police officers so that the law can take its course, if necessary.”Looking at the stump on his left hand, Prince admits in a low voice, “I’m a victim.” Prince’s agony mirrors those of thousands of Liberian youths who are left without parental direction and who simply live on the streets.When asked: “Do you think Liberia your country has failed to protect you? Can you blame your parents?”Prince admits, “Yes, my country has failed me; but for my parents, they did not live to see me grow or help me grow so I cannot say anything bad about their absence.”Teachers at the Jewel Howard Taylor Elementary School remember Prince as a little boy with a mischievous smile. “He used to come to school every day. Some time later, he stopped coming,” says a former instructor.“Without intervention, Prince and thousands like him end up the same way,” he says. “This is a tragic situation without hope for young people who are left to fend for themselves.”Residents of Borbor Garage in New Kru Town regret Prince’s experience. “We need to change our behavior and stop accusing people and taking the law into our own hands,” one said.Another says, “I think police officers are supposed to be in strategic positions in this country?” Officers at the LNP headquarters in Monrovia would not comment on the story, but expressed regret of Prince’s experience.“So that it does not happen again,” Prince says, “police officers should ensure that Caldwell is cleaned of people who have no remorse for doing wrong.”For now Prince wants humanitarian organizations or any government agency to come to his aid to help him prepare for a meaningful life.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dawson Creek resident wins 6 gold medals

first_imgO’Reilly won all her gold medals in the 65-69 age group in the 50m butterfly, the 200m freestyle, the 100m freestyle, the 50m freestyle, the 25m butterfly and the 25m freestyle.O’Reilly wasn’t the only person from the South Peace to pick up medals.  Tumbler Ridge residents Bernie Lehmann, Glenn Miller, Martha Kennedy, Colleen Gies and Lloyd Hanberg each won medals in golf.Close to 80 athletes from all over the Peace River-Liard region participated in the event held this past weekend in the West Kootenays.  In total Peace River-Liard athletes brought home 18 medals from the games.  The 2012 B.C. Senior Games will be held in Burnaby.- Advertisement –last_img

Local non-medical cannabis retail owners remain in limbo

first_imgThe Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch is currently processing more than 400 cannabis retail store licence applications throughout the province.Application requirements are detailed and robust in the interest of due diligence and public safety.Government can’t comment on information related to specific non-medical cannabis retail store applications as any interaction between the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch and an applicant is private. This protects the applicant’s business decision making.Retail cannabis applications have been following a standard process since cannabis legalization. Applications are placed in the queue as they are received by the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.There are many factors that can affect application timelines. These include: applicants submitting all required and correct documentation and the complexity of the corporate structure. Applications containing correct information and documentation are prioritized over those with outstanding documentation.Applicants are contacted as soon as there are updates to communicate or information that applicants need to know.There is no link between the LCRB’s approval process for cannabis retail store licenses and cannabis-related job fairs.To read more on the Job Fair; CLICK HERE- Advertisement – FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Three privately owned non-medical cannabis retail owners in Fort St. John continue to wait as it has been almost a year since starting the process of opening shop.On July 9, 2019, the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch will be holding a job fair in Fort St. John to recruit prospective employees for its B.C. Cannabis Store.One of the local private company owners shares their frustration of being in limbo holding up the financial end of the business, by the cost of the application and covering a lease on an empty building with no answers as to the future of approval to start renovations and hire employees.With non-medical cannabis retail stores open in Pouce Coupe, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek, it is unclear of the hold up of the Fort St. John locations applications.The Ministry of Attorney General’s response as to why applications could be held up is as follows;last_img read more

Newcastle table £10.5million bid for ‘new Sadio Mane’

first_imgPremier League newcomers Newcastle United have made an offer in the region of £10.5m for Metz winger Ismaila Sarr.The 19-year-old enjoyed a successful season in the French top-flight, scoring five times in 33 appearances, as Metz comfortably avoided relegation.Watford and Lille are also reportedly interested in the player but, according to France Football, Newcastle have set the ball rolling with an opening offer of around £10.5m.Metz are hoping to receive closer to £12m for the Senegal international – who has been dubbed the ‘new Sadio Mane’ – and are aware of the interest in their star asset.Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is keen to get business done early in the window, with the Magpies embarking on their return to the Premier League. Rafa Benitez is keen to sign Ismaila Sarr 1last_img read more

DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS, FIXTURES AND TOP SCORERS

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTS SUNDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionMilford United 2 Lifford Celtic 1Milford overcame reigning champions Lifford Celtic at Tri a Lough in a keenly contested affair. Milford played well in the first half despite having a few scares from counter attacks by the visitors. Paul Shields headed home a super free kick delivery by Gary Merritt on twenty minutes. Merritt then reacted quickest to a Joey Cullen header, which was saved, and he neatly scored in bottom corner. On the stroke of half time PJ Hagan hit the post with Lee White well beaten in the Lifford nets. Lifford pushed hard to get back into the game but Milford defended well and worked hard to preserve their lead. Lifford got one back on eighty nine minutes when Caolan Mc Gettigan and Paul Shields collided in the box, Mc Gettigan pushing the ball into his own net. Milford held on for a good win. Kilmacrennan Celtic 1 Cranford United 0Kilmac pick up three valuable points from this local derby which was played at the Flagpole in Rathmullan. Kilmac started well with Michael McLaughlin proving a handful down the left wing. Timmy Burke rolled back the years on ten minutes when he turned a few Cranford defenders inside out but his shot was well saved by Enda McHugh. Kyle Black started coming into the game midway through the first half and supplied a tempting cross for Phil Buchannan but the big front man was inches from latching onto the cross. The second half saw Cranford almost scoring within the first few minutes, from an Arty Lynch header. Michael McLaughlin turned his back on the effort and luckily it struck his back. The Cranford onslaught continued but they were dealt a sucker punch when Aidan Friel broke from his own half and blasted home from ten yards. The remainder of the game saw chances for both sides but Kilmac held on for a priceless win. Team efforts from both. Referee: Packie CollGweedore Celtic 1 Glenea United 0For the second successive wee, a Chris Porter strike sealed victory for the home side. As expected in a local derby match this was a closely contested encounter. Glenea United had a chance on twenty minutes when a free into the box wasn’t dealt with but Glenea couldn’t apply the finish. Gweedore started the second half brightly and should have taken the lead on fifty minutes but, in a goal mouth scramble, Chris Porter’s shot hit the outside of the post. He atoned for the miss five minutes later when his strike from the edge of the box gave the keeper no chance. Glenea pushed to get back into the game and Kevin Mulhern’s header was just over the bar. On eighty minutes Tommy Diver had a chance to finish the game but his shot rolled past the far post. Glenea piled on the pressure but the home defence stood firm and held on for all three points. Best for Gweedore were David McGee and Johnny Mc Ginty. A team performance for Glenea. Referee: Marty Mc GarrigleSt. Catherines 1 Rathmullan Celtic 2This game was on an edge from start to finish with very little given away by either team. It was the visitors who took the lead when Shay Coyle ‘s header from a free kick found the net on thirty five minutes. Half chances fell to both sides but Rathmullan went in at half time a goal to the good. ‘The Saints’ came out for the second half and pressed with every attack to get the equaliser as Rathmullan played a counter attacking game. On seventy minutes Saints’ sub Stephen Gildea popped up to strike a half volley through a crowded defence to the back of the net. Decisions, tackles and chances came hard and fast for the last twenty minutes with every man giving all they had to clinch the winner and that winner came on eighty five minutes when Paddy Sheridan’s free kick from the edge of the box nestled in The Saints’ net. Team performance from both sides. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh. Curragh Athletic 2 Donegal Town 1In this reversed match the visitors went away with the three points, coming from a goal down to secure a second win of the season. The game was preceded by a minutes silence for the late John Slevin who passed away at the weekend. Donegal took the lead on the half hour mark when Benny Byrne hammered home a left footed half-volley after great work out wide from David Harron. Curragh fought back well after the restart and equalised when Shane Barclay prodded home from inside the area. The visitors then took the lead when Ryan Harkin finished off a great team move with twenty minutes to go. The home side fought hard for an equaliser and created several good opportunities but were unable to convert and in the end the visitors left with the three points. Good team performances from both teams.Watson Hire Division OneKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2 Castlefin Celtic 2 Kerrykeel and Castlefin played out a cracker of a game on what was a great day for football but the home side will wonder how they didn’t collect all three points. The away side started better and caught Kerrykeel cold on six minutes. J.P. Mailey played in Mark Carlin and he finished well. This brought Kerrykeel to life and they pinned Castlefin back for the remainder of the half. Davitt Walsh had a good finish ruled out for off-side on eighteen minutes but it was he who set up the Kerrykeel goal, playing in Kevin Loughrey who crossed for Johnny Friel to head home. The second half saw Kerrykeel again forcing Castlefin back and on sixty minutes they thought they had gone in front, but again Mark Friel was ruled off-side. Castlefin subsequently had a good spell for ten minutes and were unlucky not to get a penalty on sixty five minutes. They went in front on seventy minutes when a great corner was headed home by Conor Carlin. Kerrykeel threw everything into the game for the final twenty minutes hitting the post three times with efforts from Cathal Martin and Paddy Mc Grenaghan forcing the away keeper to make fine saves. The ‘71 levelled on eighty five minutes when Aidan Mc Ateer crossed for Niall Doherty to power a header home from six yards. Kerrykeel went looking for the winner and again hit the post on ninety minutes, Marty Mc Ateer with a great strike from the edge of the box. Castlefin were reduced to ten men in injury time when Carlin saw red.Best for the ‘71: Seimie Coshia, Aidan Mc Ateer and Kevin Loughrey. Team effort from Castlefin. Referee: Mick LaganGweedore United 3 Drumoghill F.C. 1This game played in good conditions at Carrickboyle on a nice afternoon saw the home side claim a good three points from Drumoghill who lead the league table at the present time. The visitors got off to the best possible start when they scored in the first minute. The home side responded well and had good chances through Michael Connolly and Ciaran Mc Fadden well saved by Gregg Regan in the visitors net. United were back on level terms in the 12th minute when Shane O’ Donnell’s excellent pass was neatly finished by Ciaran Mc Fadden to make it 1-1. Drumoghill could have went ahead two minutes later when a good free kick from Kevin Kelly was headed just over by Joe English. The home side saw good chances fall to Lee and Eugene Ferry however the score remained 1-1 until half time. In the second half United continued to press and their good play paid off in the 65th minute when a well hit left foot shot by Eugene Noel Ferry went into the bottom right corner of Regan’s net. The visitors tried to break down a well organised United side with Liam O’ Donnell being kept at bay by Frank Mc Gee. The home side secured the three points in the 89th minute when a good through ball from Francis Gallagher was again finished by Ciaran Mc Fadden to make it 3-1. Kevin Kelly and Chris O’ Donnell played well for Drumoghill and it was an excellent team performance throughout from United. Referee: Gerry Rodden.Bonagee United 7 Eany Celtic 1Bonagee stayed clear of the relegation zone with this comprehensive victory over Eany. The first half was one of few chances and the opening goal did not arrive until the 43rd minute when Darren Coyle beat the offside trap to have an effort parried by the Eany keeper but Mark Hunter was on hand to steer the ball home from six yards. They doubled their advantage one minute later, this time Hunter’s long ball was misjudged by the Eany keeper and Coyle had the easy task of tapping home from ten yards. Goal number three arrived in the 59th minute. Hunter again turned provider for Coyle, this time his cross from the right was blasted home between keeper and post by the Bonagee frontman. Eany got a glimmer of hope when their number seven scored from distance in the 61st minute, but it was all in vain, Bonagee turned the screw after that when they scored another four without reply. Goal number four for the home team was scored in the 65th minute. A free swung into the box by Hunter was powerfully met at the back post by Conor Sweeney. Midfielder Odhran Grant added his name to the list of scorers in the 72nd minute when he unleashed a shot from 20 yards that left the keeper with no chance and with Coyle adding two more late in the game it was the Bonagee side who triumphed. Team performances from both sides.Keadue Rovers 3 Dunkineely Celtic 1Keadue Rovers got a vital victory against Dunkineely Celtic in this game at Central Park. The home side made the brighter start and Mark Boyle went close at the far post on three minutes. Dunkineely took the lead on eight minutes when Andrew Mackey reacted well to a through ball and lobbed the advancing keeper. Keadue fought back and were level within a few minutes. A free kick from the right was headed out as far as Mark Boyle who volleyed to the top corner of the net. The home side should then have taken the lead, their best chance falling to Ryan Greene whose shot was well saved by the Dunkineely keeper. The remainder of the first half was fairly scrappy overall with neither side able to assume control. Into the second half and Keadue went ahead within a few minutes of the re-start. A ball through to Ryan Greene was well controlled and he flicked it into the path of Sean ‘Yank’ Boyle who made no mistake, coolly slotting past the keeper. At this stage Keadue turned up the pressure with Ryan Greene showing well. It was Greene’s move on fifty eight minutes that lead to a penalty being conceded by the visitors. Sean ‘Yank’ Boyle slotted home to give Keadue a two goal cushion. Dunkineely pressed hard for the last twenty minutes but couldn’t reduce the deficit. A vital victory for the home team for whom Sean Yank Boyle, Ryan Greene and Mark Boyle were impressive. A good team effort from Dunkineely. Referee: Liam Farren.CT Ball Division TwoBallybofey United 0 Deele Harps 1Deele Harps visited Ballybofey United on Sunday afternoon and returned to Lifford with all three points in the bag. There was little to choose between these two sides throughout this entire match with a single goal deciding the issue. Adrian Gallagher got the important goal for the visitors when he took advantage of a mix-up in the home defence on thirty minutes. They almost doubled their advantage as half time loomed when a free kick crashed off the Ballybofey crossbar. The second half failed to produce any further goals with both teams creating but a few half chances each. Best for Ballybofey United was Ryan Duffy while Deele Harps’ best performer on the day was Christopher Roulston. Referee: Seamus Mc GroryConvoy Arsenal 2 Glenree United 2It was a point each for the sides after a hard fought encounter at Orchard Park in Convoy.The home side started brightly and almost took the lead in the second minute after some neat football but it was Glenree who then took the lead when a ball down the right wing was crossed for John Doherty to head home after five minutes. This spurred Convoy on and they put Glenree’s goal under a lot of pressure. Glenree held firm until the 20th minute when Ryan Carlin finished off a sweeping Convoy move. Convoy went on to have a lot of possession for the remainder of the first half without getting a second while Glenree still looked dangerous on the counter.The first five minutes of the second half started at a frantic pace and the play was pretty much end to end until Convoy started to stamp their authority on the game again.Convoy wasted a few good chances but finally got the ball in the net for the second time on the hour mark. This time it was Darren Harvey who finished it off. All Convoy’s hard work was undone in the 65th minute when a Glenree free kick caused panic in the Convoy box and led to a penalty being awarded for handball. Martin Mc Laughlin put the keeper the wrong way to level the scores. The last twenty five minutes were backs against the wall for Glenree as Convoy threw everything at them searching for the winner. But the game ended all square after great team efforts from both sides. Referee: Victor FisherDunlewy Celtic 2 Whitestrand United 3A calm day in Dunlewy, not what was forecast, saw five goals shared between Celtic and Whitestrand United. The visitors squandered a few early chances before James Gallagher put them in front after a corner kick. It was still one nil at the break. Dunlewy drew level straight after the interval when Kieran Mc Geady’s wicket cross was turned into his own net by a Whitestrand defender. Daniel Cannon then put the hosts ahead when he drove a rocket to the Whitestrand net five minutes later. Michael Sweeney’s shot then took a deflection off a Dunlewy defender to level the scores. The visitors secured the three points when a James Gallagher shot was well saved by Cathal Gillespie but Michael Sweeney reacted quickest to converted the rebound. Team performances from both teamsRaphoe Town 5 Letterbarrow Celtic 0The Game started evenly enough with both sides beginning strongly. Letterbarrow soon began to struggle as the wind against them grew in strength. This encouraged Raphoe to attack Letterbarrow’s defence. Patrick Gallagher neatly finished a penalty in the 20th minute to put Raphoe ahead. Stephen Craig was the most alert player on the pitch when he tapped the ball home to put the away side two up after a superb free kick came back off the crossbar. Letterbarrow’s troubles continue when Barry Jordan was sent off after a second bookable offence. The second half began as the first finished with David Craig putting Raphoe three up. To make matters worse for Letterbarrow Liam Reynolds also got sent off after taking down a player in the penalty area. Patrick Gallagher scored his second penalty to finish off the home side. Letterbarrow battled well with nine players however in the 90th minute their steam ran out with Raphoe scoring their fifth through Gary Mc Brearty. Referee: Andrew MullinDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSWEDNESDAYDowntown CupCurragh Athletic Reserves 1 Fintown Harps AFC 3Fintown scored in the in the 24th minute through a header from John Molloy. Gary Heaney went close with a header from a Shane Elliott cross as Curragh tried to get back on level terms. Fintown doubled their lead in the 60th minute when an Aaron Thompson strike beat the Curragh keeper. Curragh then scored in the 62nd minute when good work from Justin mc bride set up Shane Elliott. Fintown completed the scoring in the 85th minute with a Brian Delaney strike to finish the game off as a contest. Best for Curragh was Dylan Irwin. A team effort from Fintown Harps.SATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division OneErne Wanderers 0 Glenea United Reserves 3Erne Wanderers hosted Glenea United in absolutely atrocious conditions at the Lakeside Centre on Saturday. It was the away side who claimed all three points as they proved more clinical on the day. With United winning the toss and opting to play against the wind in the first half it was Erne who had all the possession but really struggled to cut open the away defence. They should have opened the scoring after 5 minutes however when a kick out landed all the way into the away teams area and David Dolan, with only the keeper to beat, somehow screwed it wide. With the game littered with goal kicks and throw-ins it was not pretty to watch. It remained scoreless until the interval. The second half was hardly two minutes old when Glenea took the lead. Dean Gallagher intercepted a ball from Wanderers backline and shot from 25 yards into the top corner. Erne got going again and created a couple of chances but their finishing let them down. Glenea got number two on the hour mark when Erne failed to clear a corner and Shane Penrose found the back of the net. Erne threatened on few occasions but couldn’t hit the net and were caught out on the break in the last minute when Connor McGee chipped the keeper from 18 yards. A poor day at the office for the understrength champions with no real stand out performer’s and the Glenea keeper was their best on the day. Referee: Michael Mulhern.Ramelton Mariners 1 Mulroy Celtic 1(No Report Available)Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers 1 Strand Rovers 2This match was switched to Maghery. Strand had the better of the first twenty minutes and were rewarded in the twenty fifth when Jonathan Stewart scored a superb goal. After retaining their lead until the interval Strand went further in front through Brendan Glackin who registered on fifty minutes just when Tullyvinney were getting a foothold in the game. The visitors persisted in the ever worsening conditions and pulled a goal back on seventy minutes when Stephen Sweeney scored. Strand held out for the final twenty minutes and by doing so recorded their first ever victory since joining the Donegal Junior League at the start of the current season. Best for Tullyvinney were Adam Gardener and Ronata while best for Strand was Jonathon Stewart, Paddy Glackin, Brendan Brennan and Brendan Glackin.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSWEDNESDAY 29-01-2014Downtown CupCurragh Athletic Reserves 1 v 3 Fintown Harps AFCSATURDAY 01-02-2014Old Orchard Saturday Division OneErne Wanderers 0 v 3 Glenea United ReservesRamelton Mariners 1 v 1 Mulroy CelticGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers 1 v 2 Strand RoversKeadue Rovers Reserve P v P Donegal Town ReservesGlenree United Reserves P v P Gweedore United ReservesSUNDAY 02-02-2014Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionMilford United 2 v 1 Lifford CelticKilmacrennan Celtic 1 v 0 Cranford UnitedGweedore Celtic 1 v 0 Glenea UnitedSt. Catherines 1 v 2 Rathmullan CelticCurragh Athletic 2 v 1 Donegal TownWatson Hire Division OneKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2 v 2 Castlefin CelticGweedore United 3 v 1 Drumoghill F.C.Bonagee United 7 v 1 Eany CelticKeadue Rovers 3 v 1 Dunkineely CelticLagan Harps P v P Cappry RoversCT Ball Division TwoBallybofey United 0 v 1 Deele HarpsDrumbar F.C. P v P Copany RoversConvoy Arsenal 2 v 2 Glenree UnitedDunlewy Celtic 2 v 3 Whitestrand UnitedRaphoe Town 5 v 0 Letterbarrow CelticDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUETOP SCORERSBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionEoin Sheridan Rathmullan Celtic 7Ryan Carlin Curragh Athletic 6Ryan Mc Fadden Glenea United 6Kyle Black Cranford United 6Joey Cullen Milford United 6Gary Merritt Milford United 6Jason Noctor St. Catherines 5Eamonn Sheridan Rathmullan Celtic 5Oisin Mc Menamin Rathmullan Celtic 5Watson Hire Division OneJonathan Friel Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 15Liam O’ Donnell Drumoghill F.C. 13Andrew Mackey Dunkineely Celtic 12J.P. Malley Castlefin Celtic 11Mark Friel Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 10Adrian Nesbitt Dunkineely Celtic 9Michael Connolly Gweedore United 8Paddy Mc Grenaghan Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 8Ciaran Mc Fadden Gweedore United 7CT Ball Division TwoShane Gallagher Deele Harps 9Paul Lynch Whitestrand United 7Michael Sweeney Whitestrand United 6Padraig Rooney Copany Rovers 5Ciaran Mc Geady Dunlewy Celtic 5John Cannon Dunlewy Celtic 5David Langan Glenree United 5Andrew Kelly Glenree United 5Old Orchard Saturday Division OnePaddy Rafferty Glencar Celtic 11Niall Bonner Orchard F.C. 6David Dolan Erne Wanderers 6Christopher Mc Glynn Fintown Harps 5Darragh Gallagher Fintown Harps 5Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDavid Bustard Donegal Town Res. 10Gavin Mc Glanaghey Arranmore United 9Damien Nelis Glenree United Res. 9Sean Paul Mc Mahon Gweedore United Res. 9Adrian Hanlon Keadue Rovers Res. 7DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 08-02-2014 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneMulroy Celtic v St. Catherines ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Fintown Harps AFCOrchard F.C. v Glenea United ReservesRamelton Mariners v Glencar CelticGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoStrand Rovers v Donegal Town ReservesMilford United Reserves v Tullyvinney RoversCranford United Reserves v Curragh Athletic ReservesGlenree United Reserves v Keadue Rovers ReservesSUNDAY 09-02-2014 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic v Gweedore CelticGlenea United v Kilmacrennan CelticCranford United v Milford UnitedLifford Celtic v Donegal TownCurragh Athletic v St. CatherinesWatson Hire Division OneCappry Rovers v Gweedore UnitedEany Celtic v Dunkineely CelticLagan Harps v Keadue RoversCT Ball Division TwoWhitestrand United v Deele HarpsGlenree United v Ballybofey UnitedLetterbarrow Celtic v Copany RoversRaphoe Town v Drumbar F.C.DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS, FIXTURES AND TOP SCORERS was last modified: February 2nd, 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

5,600 Donegal commuters travelling across the border each day

first_imgThe Central Statistics Office have revealed that almost 3 million people commute to work, school, or college daily.The report, drawn from Census 2016, shows that 2,962,550 people commute, with 1,875,773 of these going to work.The CSO said that 9,336 people crossed the border for work and school, a decrease of 2.1 per cent on the 2011 figure of 9,536. Most of these (three-quarters) were going to work (7,037), while 10% were students (2,299). Donegal accounted for the largest number of cross border commuters, with 5,600 commuters, 76% of whom travelled to Co. Derry.The most frequent destination of commuters across the border region was Co. Derry with over 4,320 commuters who stated this as their commuting destination. Just over 1,200 commuters travelled to County Tyrone, with just over a 1,000 travelling to County Armagh.Source: CSOLetterkenny was the busiest town for commuters, with 5,036 people commuting to Letterkenny each day. 1,823 people living in Letterkenny left each day to work elsewhere.They say that there has been a large increase in the use of buses and trains (up 22% and 19.7% respectively), with cycling to working rising by 43% since 2011. Over 42% of rural secondary students were reliant on the bus to get to school, compared to nearly 1 in 5 urban students. Nationally 1,229,966 people either drove or were passengers in a car, and in rural areas 7 out of 10 people used a car to commute.Commuting times rose in every county and the national average commuting time in April 2016 was 28.2 minutes, up from 26.6 minutes in 2011.Commenting, Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician said: “This report presents detailed statistics on and analysis of the commuting patterns of workers and students in April 2016. It examines how we travel to work, school and college; the times we leave to get there and the length of time we spend commuting. It is particularly timely as we move into Autumn and the return of students to schools and colleges across the country.”5,600 Donegal commuters travelling across the border each day was last modified: September 3rd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:commuterscross-BorderCSODerryNOrthern Irelandlast_img read more

Celtic manager Brendan Rogers confirmed for major fundraiser in Donegal

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rogers is coming to Donegal for a fundraising dinner in March 2018, it has been confirmed.Rogers will attend a function on March 25 at the Silver Tassie Hotel.The Association of Donegal Celtic Supporters Clubs has secured Rogers for the daty, which will raise funds for the Celtic FC Foundation’s Ability Counts programme. “It will be an honour to attend the dinner in Donegal and I would like to thank Celtic FC Foundation and the Association of Donegal Celtic Supporters’ Clubs for all their efforts in bringing this event together,” Rogers said.“It is great to see such great work being done by our Foundation. I know the success of the Ability Counts project is something we are very proud of and it’s fantastic that such a successful programme will now be delivered and developed in Ireland, to make a positive difference to the lives of some very deserving young people.“Celtic is very fortunate to have such a wonderful supporter base in Donegal and I look forward to a fantastic night with our fans on March 25.”Tickets are priced at€60/£55 per person but those who book a table of 12 will pay for 11 places and receive one for free (€660/£605). Tickets can be booked through Celtic FC Foundation – 0141 551 4321 or cfcfoundation@celticfc.co.uk – or the Association of Donegal Celtic Supporters’ Clubs – Donie McIntyre 086 8122091 or Denis O’Donnell 085 1743866. Hoards of Celtic supporters travel to Glasgow and beyond every week to support the Hoops.Denis O’Donnell said:  “We are extremely proud and privileged to be associated with Celtic FC Foundation in the promotion and organisation of this very special event in the nationally and internationally acclaimed Silver Tassie Hotel and Restaurant in Letterkenny.“Since its very inception, the institution that is Celtic Football Club has been steeped in the principle of hope and charity for those less privileged, and from the hungry children of Glasgow’s East End in the 1880s to the destitute and desperate Syrian refugees of more recent times, countless thousands have benefited from the club’s concern and the generosity of each and every generation of Celtic supporters.“In order to enhance and expand what Founding Father Brother Walfrid termed ‘the great work’, Celtic FC Foundation was established and the wonderful people who work there have brought the club’s charitable efforts to a whole new level and expanded it on a truly global scale.“All Celtic supporters are justifiably proud of their efforts and we are delighted to have this opportunity to display, in a practical and meaningful way, our support and encouragement going forward. “We are particularly excited by the fact that the proceeds from this event are to be used to support the development, in Ireland, of the Foundation’s award winning Ability Counts project which has the potential for life-changing improvement for so many individuals and families affected by Autism and Down’s Syndrome.“It will, of course, be a singular honour for us in the North West to give a ‘Cead Mile Failte’ to our favourite Antrim man – the legendary and record-breaking Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers. Indeed, it demonstrates the great importance the Celtic Family places on its charitable efforts that an individual of his standing would take the time out from his busy schedule to support the event.“We look forward with great anticipation to his company on this auspicious occasion and we invite all Celtic supporters to join us for what promises to be an unforgettable night.”Celtic manager Brendan Rogers confirmed for major fundraiser in Donegal was last modified: December 16th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Brendan RogersCelticCeltic FoundationDenis O’Donnelllast_img read more

Darwinian Phylogenetic Tools Are Mathematically Flawed

first_imgMany evolutionists use software tools to construct evolutionary trees from genetic data.  Two mathematicians have just reported in Science1 that several popular “tree-building” algorithms can give misleading results:Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithms play a critical role in the Bayesian approach to phylogenetic inference.  We present a theoretical analysis of the rate of convergence of many of the widely used Markov chains.  For N characters generated from a uniform mixture of two trees, we prove that the Markov chains take an exponentially long (in N) number of iterations to converge to the posterior distribution.  Nevertheless, the likelihood plots for sample runs of the Markov chains deceivingly suggest that the chains converge rapidly to a unique tree.  Our results rely on novel mathematical understanding of the log-likelihood function on the space of phylogenetic trees.  The practical implications of our work are that Bayesian MCMC methods can be misleading when the data are generated from a mixture of trees.  Thus, in cases of data containing potentially conflicting phylogenetic signals, phylogenetic reconstruction should be performed separately on each signal.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Will this workaround cure all problems, though?  Only for small data sets – maybe.  The more data, the more impossible the task becomes:For small trees one can hope to overcome the slow convergence by using multiple starting states.  However, mixtures coming from large trees may contain multiple species subsets where one tree has T1 as an induced subtree and the other has T2.  If there are k such subsets, then about 15k random starting points will be needed.  Thus if there are 10 disagreement subsets, then 1510 random starting points will be needed in order to sample from the posterior distribution.That’s over 576 billion.  Most tree-building programs try to take shortcuts around the computational hurdles, but these mathematicians are not sure that the heuristic algorithms used are successful in avoiding assumptions that could bias the results.  Their paper has proven one way the results can be misleading.  Are there others?In our setting, BMCMC [Bayesian Markov-Chain Monte Carlo] methods fail in a clearly demonstrable manner.  We expect that there is a more general class of mixtures where BMCMC methods fail in more subtle ways.  These subtle failures may occur for many real-world examples where the Markov chains quickly converge to some distribution other than the desired posterior distribution.  Users of BMCMC methods should ideally avoid mixture distributions that are known to produce degenerate behavior in various phylogenetic settings.  A good practice is to decompose the data into nonconflicting signals and perform phylogenetic reconstruction separately on each signal.  Our work highlights important unresolved questions: how to verify homogeneity of genomic data and what phylogenetic methods can efficiently deal with mixtures.Thus, they leave some potential gaping loopholes unexplored.1Mossel and Vigoda, “Phylogenetic MCMC Algorithms Are Misleading on Mixtures of Trees,” Science, Vol 309, Issue 5744, 2207-2209, 30 September 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1115493].What this seems to say is that the method might work on closely-related organisms, like species of snails, but the more you mix different types of organisms into a tree of common ancestry, the more the results of these popular methods will give misleading results.  Even with the closely-related trees, though, how can one be sure that the answers might “fail in more subtle ways”?  And how do we know that once the smaller trees are assembled, the algorithms won’t mislead horrendously in the final mix?    Most creationists would probably not have qualms about trees of closely-related “kinds” of animals, like cats for one, or dogs for another.  It is the Darwinian assumption that everything is phylogenetically related – cats, pine trees, bacteria, sharks, petunias, turtles, mushrooms, senators – that causes the controversies.    Evolutionists often showcase the printouts from these programs in their scientific papers to lend an air of computational legitimacy to their theories (see the fallacy of statistics).  Well, we warned you that evolutionists are bad at math (08/19/2005, 07/25/2002).  The only illustration in Darwin’s Origin of Species was a phylogenetic tree.  Since then, tree-building has become a favorite pastime around the Darwin Temple gamerooms (10/22/2001, 06/13/2003).  Impressive as the charts look to the uninformed, they hawk symbolism over substance.  This fits Hawkins Theory of Scientific Progress (right sidebar).    After reading this article, and the links to previous ones, how do you feel about that NSF Tree of Life project costing $12 million in tax dollars? (10/30/2002).  If you want a better Tree of Life, try God’s (search) – it’s free, it’s honest, and you don’t have to play Monte Carlo to find it.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Lightning Cooks Up Weird Science

first_imgGet a charge out of this headline from New Scientist.  A couple of scientists from University of Arizona studied fulgurites, the structures formed in sand by lightning strikes.  They found that they contain phosphites (oxidized phosphate molecules).  They theorized that lightning strikes could have provided phosphites which the primordial soup used to build RNA and DNA.  The way New Scientist put itLightning may have cooked dinner for early life.Early microbes may have relied on lightning to cook their dinner, say researchers.When lightning strikes sand or sediment, the path followed by the bolt can fuse into a glassy tube called a fulgurite.  A new analysis of these remnants suggests that lightning fries the nutrient phosphorus into a more digestible form.Today bacteria can get all the phosphites they want from steel corrosion, the article said.New Scientist seems determined to win Stupid Evolution Quote of the Year at all costs.  They’ll toss out any weird idea that comes along as long as it is something about evolution.  So now, lightning may not have only zapped life into being, it could have fed its new creations (see “Chef Charlie” in the 08/22/2005 commentary).  Our intelligently-designed dumbmeter was not made for this rate of farcical fatuous flapdoodle.  Their latest concoction would need another full serving of wit to be called half-witted.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more