Setién: “For many the result is enough, but I have come here thinking about something else”

first_img“I am quite emotional. It is true that I try to turn things around, analyze them, but surely between what dictates reality or the heart, I will most likely let myself be carried away by the heart.” Passion“I’m still a footballer, I feel the same passion to play, and I would have liked to always be on the other side. I still have my team of veterans on the beach and I have my friends, my pachangas. I have a huge fear of being injured and not being able to playing again, is what I really like. ” Game philosophy“A person of convictions can give a certain profile of arrogance, because that is the only thing that is worth it, and it is not so. My convictions come because the football that I liked is the one that I try to instill. I have always felt what I felt in the schoolyard: I wanted the ball, I didn’t want to run after it, I enjoyed it when I had it and that’s what has always guided my life, it’s what I know and I’m sure 99% of football players feel that way What happens is that the coaches then change the players, we demand, the professional world is like that … “. Chess“A manager of Atlético brought me a board to play games against the machine. Chess hooks, I knew I had limits. But I do think it is a game that helped me catch that break, get away from the impulses … and there are certain similarities between the tactics, the balance that has to be in the field between the players and the pieces of the board … you have to be there to attack and also to defend. It sure has helped me. “ Quique Setién is eager to debut on the Camp Nou bench. The 61-year-old Cantabrian coach is excited as a rookie at the possibility of leading Barcelona. In his first interview, granted to the club channel, Setién offered the lines of his new project. Arrival“Everything has been so fast that I still have a hard time assimilating many things. When I woke up I had to realize that I am the new coach of Barça. It can’t be! The day of the presentation has been wonderful, one of the happiest of my life, I have about 600 messages on my mobile, a lot, I can not attend to all. ” Play good“There are many people who believe that playing well is something else: being clothed, that they do not create occasions and that you can catch them against one. For many that is enough, the result. I respect it, I would miss more, but I have come here thinking the other way. I always like my team to play well, it’s the only way I can go home satisfied. I will be satisfied by the three points if we win 1-0 without deserving it for the people, but I will go to house of bad milk, because what you need is to feel good, to do things well. If you do things well you will have a better chance of winning. ” Personalitylast_img read more

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NIS increases funeral grants, minimum pension

first_imgFuneral grants are among increases announced by the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) effective from January 01, 2018.The Funeral Grant was increased from $40,398 to $44,438; and as it relates to the increase in minimum payments for Old Age and Invalidity pensions, those provisions have been increased from $27,500 to $30,000 per month.The NIS stated in an advertisement that all pensions that are above the minimum payable rate would be increased by two per cent.NIS Headquarters at Brickdam, GeorgetownThe monthly insurable earning ceiling has also increased from $220,000 to $240,000 per month, while the weekly insurable earning ceiling will be increased from $50,769 per week to $55,385 per week.The insurable earning ceiling is the upper limit on earnings that attract NIS contributions.In 2017, increase in insurable earning ceiling went from $200,000 to $220,000 per month, and from $46,154 to $50,769 per week.Additionally, the minimum insurable earning ceiling for self-employed persons contributing to the National Insurance Scheme has been increased from $62,400 to $68,750 per month.The minimum rate for old age and invalidity pensions has also been increased from $25,000 to $27,500 per month, and the amount of funeral grant has been increased from $36,725 to $40,398.last_img read more

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Chetwynd Vandalism and Break Enter & Attempted Theft

first_imgThe Chetwynd RCMP is seeking public assistance, as it investigates two cases of vandalism, and a break, enter and attempted theft. The latter occurred early Tuesday morning at the Redimix Enteroute in the South Peace community, where an employee reportedly interrupted a suspect trying to steal a company work truck.- Advertisement -Police are now looking for a Caucasian male believed to be about 50 years old, who fled the scene on foot.They’re also looking for those responsible for extensive damage at two Chetwynd parks.It’s believed forced entry to the washrooms at Cedar and Rotary Parks occurred, in the early morning hours of last Friday and Saturday.The Chetywnd RCMP detachment number is 250-788-9221.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Massive spending bill faces Bush veto

first_imgWASHINGTON – The White House on Saturday threatened to veto a massive spending bill being assembled by congressional Democrats, saying it’s unacceptable to add billions of dollars to domestic programs. The White House has not seen details of the $500 billion-plus measure – which senior Democrats are constructing behind closed doors – but reacted to it based on media accounts. The bill contains $11 billion above President Bush’s February budget, awarding the money to domestic programs such as education and health research. It also may contain several billion dollars in “emergency” funding for border security, foreign aid, drought relief and a food program for women and children. The budget increases come on top of $5 billion awarded last month for disaster relief and Louisiana’s “Road Home” housing program for victims of Hurricane Katrina. “Congressional Democrats understand the need to fund critical priorities at home while we also correct the disastrous course the White House has set at home and abroad,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Saturday in a joint statement. “This war already costs taxpayers $12 billion a month…. The last thing this administration should do is preach about responsible management.” Democrats are signaling they are willing to give Bush a portion of the war funding on terms the White House can accept. Republicans say $70 billion would be a sufficient “bridge fund” for the Pentagon. The House is slated to take up the massive bill on Tuesday, a day after it is to be publicly released. The House bill would not contain Iraq funding, though it would likely provide about $30 billion for Afghanistan and some domestic military needs. The Senate would add $40 billion or so for Iraq.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“This so-called compromise would result in more excess spending than even the Democrats’ original budget included,” said White House Budget chief Jim Nussle. “This is not fiscally responsible.” The White House statement came after The Washington Post reported Saturday that the Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, supports the idea of allowing domestic spending increases if Democrats support $70 billion or so in war funding. McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said the account was off the mark and McConnell issued a statement saying the “`deal’ described in today’s press reports remains unacceptable to congressional Republicans.” There is a divide between House conservatives seeking to repair the GOP’s bruised reputation on fiscal discipline and Senate veterans such as McConnell, who is eager to see an omnibus spending bill pass before the end of the year. House leaders have been pressing Bush to reject any bill that would bring so-called discretionary spending – the one-third of the federal budget passed each year by Congress – above $933 billion. The Democratic measure would roll together 11 spending bills funding every Cabinet agency except the Defense Department, whose $459 billion budget bill passed last month. The $11 billion increase pushed by Democrats would split the difference between the increases contained in Democrats’ original spending bills and the level sought by Bush. The difference between Bush and Democrats amounts to only about 2 percentage points and is dwarfed by Bush’s $196 billion request for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. But Bush has adopted a hard line, and his veto pen gives him great leverage, especially as Congress races to complete its work and adjourn for the year. last_img
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Life begins after 40 (years service) for well-known council official Eunan!

first_imgAfter 40 years service well known Letterkenny man Eunan Kelly retired from Donegal County Council on Friday last.Eunan was the Area Manager for Housing and Corporate Services in the Letterkenny Municipal District since 2011 and worked in a number of Council Services throughout his career including Sanitary Services, Human Resources and Environment.Staff, management and elected members gathered at a special event in Letterkenny Public Service Centre on Friday afternoon to honour the contribution that Eunan made during his career with the Council and to wish him, his wife Jenny and his family every health and happiness in his retirement. Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle and Mayor of Letterkenny MD Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh spoke at the event as did the Chief Executive Seamus Neely, Director of Service Liam Ward, Divisional Manager Patsy Lafferty and Mary Maguire from St. Colmcille’s Hostel in Letterkenny.Eunan’s caring nature, his integrity and his relentless quest to always do the right thing for the people he was supporting was highlighted by the speakers as was his outstanding contribution to the organisation during a period of unprecedented change in the last two decades.Eunan Kelly with his colleaguesIn his own address, Eunan recalled his early years in the Council when he first joined the workforce in June 1978 and how the world has changed in the intervening years.He paid tribute to his colleagues both past and present and to the work done by the Council and in particular by his own team in Housing and Corporate Services in the Letterkenny MD. He acknowledged the positive working relationship with outside bodies including An Garda Síochána, the HSE and St. Colmcille’s Hostel and also his longstanding involvement with Ballyshannon Leisure Centre and the Earagail Arts Festival.Eunan thanked everyone who attended Friday’s event and all those who had sent their good wishes over the last few weeks. He is looking forward to the next chapter of his life and will no doubt be sorely missed by all his colleagues in the Council.Pictured at his retirement party in Letterkenny Public Service Centre on Friday 1 June is Eunan Kelly with (seated) Agnes Devenney, Jenny Kelly, Ann Marie Collum, Claire Boyle, (back row) Patsy Lafferty, Eugene Bonner and Eugene Devenney.    Life begins after 40 (years service) for well-known council official Eunan! was last modified: June 10th, 2018 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 County CouncilEunan Kellyretirementlast_img read more

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DONE DEAL! Man United and Spurs miss out as attacking target seals Germany move

first_img1 Bruma Manchester United and Tottenham target Bruma has snubbed interest from the Premier League to sign a five-year deal at RB Leipzig.With his contract at Galatasaray nearing an end, the exciting winger was expected to leave this summer.United and Spurs, who both play with a three-pronged attack, had been heavily linked with a man who can operate down either flank or centrally.But they will have to look elsewhere for more options out wide after Bundesliga surprise package Leipzig nipped in to land the 22-year-old.The club’s sporting director Ralf Rangnick told their official website: “With his footballing abilities and his physical prowess he perfectly fits our style.“He’s pacy, has a strong technique and a superb drive towards goal. We are glad to have purchased a player with such talent.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTS SUNDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division Cranford United 0 Glenea United 1Glenea left Cranford with all three points but it was a lucky escape for the title challengers as the winner came against the run of play with just seven minutes remaining. In a tightly contested first half chances were at a premium with Marty McBride and Shaun Mc Elwaine having efforts for Cranford and Kevin Mulhern and Ryan Mc Fadden for Glenea. The second half saw Cranford mostly on the front foot and they were unlucky to have two penalty shouts turned down when Kyle Black and then Philip Buchanan went to ground in the area. Glenea scored the goal which turned out to be the winner in the 83rd minute when a Denis Boyle deflected shot hit the net off the crossbar. Cranford still had time to see a Seamus Friel shot brilliantly tipped over by Joe Coll. Best for Glenea were Joe Coll and Sean Maguire with Seamus Mc Laughlin and Ryan Mc Gonagle best for Cranford. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh.Lifford Celtic 3 Rathmullan Celtic 1Played in heavy conditions, Lifford settled quickest and went one ahead on 5 minutes thanks to a Stuart Carlin volley from 30 yards. Rathmullan cleared from a corner only for the full back to rifle the ball to the bottom corner. Lifford doubled their advantage soon after when Johnny Robb headed to the bottom corner following a cross from Alan Gethins on 15 minutes. As the half wore on Rathmullan got their reward when Oisin Mc Menamin headed home following a goalmouth scramble from a corner kick on the stroke of half time. The second half was a more even affair with both defence’s coming out on top resulting in very few clear cut chances for either team. Dara Patton almost equalised for Rathmullan from point blank range but Lee White was equal to the task. From the resulting kick-out Lifford wrapped up the three points when Mark Neeson was on hand to lob Ian Strain from 20 yards in the 85th minute. Team performances from both sides in what was a spirited game played in poor conditions.Curragh Athletic 3 Gweedore Celtic 1Curragh gained their first points of the season thanks to a very good performance and three well taken goals from Dan O Brien (2) and Shane Barclay. Playing against Gaeltacht club Gweedore Celtic, the home team deserved their victory and although they had to defend in numbers in the last ten minutes, they fully deserved the victory. The first half saw both keepers keep out certain goals, with Mickey Mc Kelvey tipping over a thunderbolt from Marcus Oliver before Roy Duffy produced the save of the match palming a point blank header against the bar. On thirty one minutes Shane Barclay shot wide as Curragh began to dominate and they deservedly went in front when forward Dan O’ Brien was put through on goal by Marcus Oliver and his delightful chip beat keeper Mickey Mc Kelvey to put Curragh one up at the break. The second half continued well for Curragh who then doubled their lead on forty nine minutes when Shane Barclay produced a brilliant individual goal beating three players before also chipping the ball over the advancing Mc Kelvey. Both teams then played some good football with Gweedore always looking to push forward and Curragh looking dangerous on the break. The Gaeltacht team did pull a goal back following a corner with Kieran Ferry netting on sixty five minutes but Dan O’ Brien wrapped up all three points on eighty one minutes when he rounded the keeper and scored from a very tight angle. Best for Curragh were Roy Duffy, Mickey O Brien, Neil Lloyd, Alan Boal and Dan O’ Brien along with youngsters Justin Mc Bride and Dillon Irwin. Best for Gweedore Celtic were Kieran Ferry and Mickey Mc Kelvey. Referee: Marty QuinnDonegal Town 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic 2It was honours even at the Hospital Field as Donegal Town and Kilmacrennan Celtic played out an entertaining two all draw. The first half was a quiet affair with both sides cancelling each other out and there were very little in the way of clear cut chances. The game sprang to life in the last half hour when Benny Byrne put the home side in front, finishing from close range. Kilmacrennan responded well and got an equaliser when Steven Mc Elwaine slotted the ball home. The home side then pressed in search of a winning goal and an excellent strike from Clint Walsh looked like it had sealed the three points for the home side. Kilmacrennan had different ideas and ensured they left with a point when Michael McLaughlin slipped through the defence to slot the ball under the town ‘keeper Dermot Mc Cafferty. Both sides pushed for a winner late on but the game ended all square. Good team performances from both sides. Milford United 1 St. Catherines 4Milford were beat by a harder working St. Catherines’ team who scored at vital times . The visitors took the lead on twenty minutes through Shane Molloy and Jamie Heaney equalised a minute later driving home a ball from a corner. The Killybegs men took the lead on the stroke of half time with a well worked team goal. Milford had a great chance on 60 minutes when Joey Cullen shot wide at back post and St. Catherines went up the field on the break an Daniel Breslin tapped home for a three one lead. Milford pushed to get back in to game but never created any clear cut chances. Killybegs scored a fourth in the final minutes through O’ Rourke.. Best for St. Catherines were Shane Molloy and Daniel Breslin. Best for Milford were Caolan Mc Gettigan, PJ Hagan and Pauric FerryWatson Hire Division OneBonagee United 1 Gweedore United 1 Mark Hunter came close on seven minutes for the home side, after a good through ball from Garry Patton, but his strike went just wide of the post. Bonagee took the lead on twelve minutes when Noel O’ Donnell fired home from ten yards after a Reece short cross from the left. Paul Doohan had a free kick from twenty five yards well saved by Carr in the home goal. Owen Doohan came close for the visitors on thirty five minutes but his header from six yards went over the crossbar. Gweedore started the second have a lot sharper and efforts from Michael Connolly and Ken Sweeney were just wide of the home goal. Gweedore levelled the match on fifty seven minutes when a free kick from twenty five yards from James Boyle found the top right corner of the net. Both teams had chances, for Coyle and Short for the home team and Michael Connelly and Ciaran Mc Fadden for the visitors. Both defences cancelled each other out and a draw on the day was a fair result. Referee: Kevin Logue.Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 5 Keadue Rovers 0The ‘71 got back to winning ways with a good win over a young Keadue side, the score-line not reflecting a good performance from the Dungloe men. Kerrykeel started well with Paddy Mc Grenaghan and Cathal Martin doing well in midfield and their first chance fell to Niall Doherty but his effort was well saved by Donal Boyle. Keadue had a goal ruled out for off-side on ten minutes and again went close on eighteen minutes with Ryan Green’s effort going wide. The ‘71 went in front on thirty five minutes when a great Aidan Mc Ateer cross was met by Johnny Nanny and he fired home from eighteen yards.Kerrykeel had a great start to the second half when Seimie Coshia Friel found room in the box and cooly shot home. The points were made safe on fifty eight minutes when Paddy Mc Grenaghan played in Niall Doherty and he brilliantly rounded the keeper and hit the bottom corner. Keadue, to their credit, never stopped but found Marty Mc Ateer, Patrick Mc Conigley and Aidan Mc Ateer a hindrance in defence. Paddy Mc Grenaghan made it four on seventy five minutes, this time Mark Friel set him up and he drove home from ten yards. Mark Friel rounded off the scoring on eighty eight minutes when he broke clear down the right and beat two defenders before striking from ten yards to beat Boyle. A good win for the ‘71 which keeps them in the promotion race.Best for Kerrykeel ‘71: Cathal Martin, Seimie Friel, Patrick Mc ConigleyBest for Keadue: Ryan GreenReferee: Victor RaineyLagan Harps 2 Castlefin Celtic 3Lagan will wonder how they came away with no points from a game they dominated for long periods. They started strongly but passed up some great chances early on. Austin Mallon went closest but young Anthony O’Hagan pushed it round the post. They paid for this when Castlefin took the lead on twenty five minutes. PJ Mc Menamin scored with a freekick from thirty yards. They doubled their lead when they were awarded a penalty on thirty eight minutes. Ronan Tourish converting the kick. Lagan got a lifeline when Ruairi Crawford’s cross was turned in by a Castlefin defender. Lagan pressed for most of the second half but between good defending and poor finishing they couldn’t get the equaliser. Castlefin grabbed a third on eighty five minutes when Ronan Tourish pounced to score from close range. Lagan grabbed a second when they were awarded a penalty and Eunan Diver converted. Despite a late flurry Castlefin held on for three hard won points. Best for Lagan were Ronan Lennon, Ruairi Crawford, Oisin Kelly and Eunan Diver. For Castlefin Aaron and Anthony O’Hagan, Ronan Tourish and Simon Mc Glinchey did well. Referee: Ed Moore.Dunkineely Celtic 2 Drumoghill F.C. 4Played in perfect conditions at Darney Park this was a very competitive and entertaining contest. Dunkineely had the first strike on goal in the opening minute when Cian Kennedy shot narrowly wide following a long throw. Liam O’ Donnell had Drumoghill’s fist effort on 10 minutes which was just over the bar. Drumoghill took the lead on 28 minutes when Kevin Kelly scored with a direct free kick from the edge of the box. Dunkineely’s reply was instant. From the kick off they forced a corner and in the resulting scramble the referee awarded a penalty for a foul on Martin Cunningham. Adrian Nesbitt scored the penalty. Drumoghill continued to press and had a shot cleared off the line by Declan Murrin. On 40 minutes they drew level when they were awarded a penalty. The keeper saved the first attempt, but the referee ordered it to be retaken for encroachment by Dunkineely. Liam O’ Donnell scored at the second attempt but once again the referee ordered it to be retaken for encroachment by Drumoghill. Liam O’ Donnell put the third attempt away to level the score.The second half was a close affair with both sides having half chances without really testing either keeper. Drumoghill took the lead on 75 minutes. With the home team expecting a whistle for a foul Damien Crossan fired in a long range shot which flew into the top corner. They scored their fourth to seal the victory on 78 minutes when David O’ Connell headed home a free.Referee: Martin Mc AnnenyEany Celtic 0 Cappry Rovers 7Cappry Rovers secured all three points at Eany Park but it wasn’t till early in the second half that a fortunate goal from Dylan Ramsey got them on the scoresheet. The first half ended 0-0 with Cappry dominant but a defiant Eany also had chances fall to Pauric McHugh and Barry Rose. Following Ramsey’s goal in the 50th minute further goals in a twenty minute spell from Brian Lafferty, Dylan Ramsey and Michael Lafferty saw the visitors break Eany’s resolve. It wasn’t till late on in the game that the other goals from Mark Griffin and Kyle Lafferty completed the Cappry performance. Team performances from both sides. Referee: Marty Mc GarrigleCT Ball Division TwoCopany Rovers 2 Deele Harps 1Copany Rovers entertained Deele Harps at Ballykillone Park for what proved to be a closely contested game. Copany opened the scoring in the 28th minute with a good passing move up the right wing which found its way to Glenn Harron who neatly slotted it home. David Graham made it two nil in the 37th minute. It remained like that until half time. Deele Harps started the second half strongly. Their pressure paid off when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box which Darragh Kelly slotted home via a deflection. Copany started to up their game and were unlucky on numerous occasions, hitting the woodwork twice. The game ended in a well deserved win for Copany Rovers. Good team performances from both sides.Letterbarrow Celtic 1 Ballybofey United 1Letterbarrow Celtic came from behind to claim a share of the spoils from their home match with Ballybofey United on Sunday afternoon at Tymeen. The Twin Towns outfit took the lead on fifteen minutes when David White scored. After that both sides had numerous chances but neither could add to the score-board. Letterbarrow got their equaliser ten minutes into the second half when Paul Murrin registered and that completed the scoring in this CT Ball Division Two match. A minutes silence was impeccably observed before the match in memory of Kara Mc Cole. Referee: Seamus Mc GroaryRaphoe Town 2 Dunlewy Celtic 1It took Raphoe a while to get into this game as the first 25 minutes went by without any goal mouth action. Raphoe sprung to life when a fine move involving David Craig and Jamie Gallagher who set up Gavin Mc Brearty to slot home with a fine finish. Raphoe stayed on top after this and went two up just after half time when Jamie Gallagher was on hand to slam home a rebound after a fine effort from Seamus Bogle was saved by the Dunlewey keeper. Raphoe should have made it three but Gallagher and Craig where both denied by some last ditch defending but credit to the away side they kept going and got a goal back after a great run by Mc Geady, beating four men and finishing well. Raphoe had to withstand some late pressure but held out and claimed a vital win. Stephen Craig, Seamus Bogle and Finbar Allen were best for Raphoe and a good team effort from a determined Dunlewy.Whitestrand United 2 Convoy Arsenal 1On a cold fresh day Whitestrand United took on Convoy Arsenal at Whitestrand Park. The match started with both teams being evenly matched and not many chances coming for either team. As the match progressed Convoy began to take control of the game and Whitestrand were second best for large parts of the early stages. The Whitestrand keeper kept his team in it with two superb saves as Convoy pressed for the opening goal. Then against the run of play Anthony Fisher seized upon a hopeful ball forward and he squared it to Paul Lynch who struck for goal. The Convoy keeper saved but was unable to keep out Michael Sweeney’s rebound conversion. That goal came against the run of play but it spurred “The Strand” on to score a second when James Gallagher hit a cross come shot which crossed the line in the 36th minute. The game was stop start as the referee gave a lot of free’s. This led to Convoy getting a goal back when Luke Harkin’s free found the bottom corner on 38 minutes. The referee then blew for half time with the game poised at 2-1.The second half was quite bad tempered with a few yellow cards and again a lot of free kicks. The game was much more evenly balanced with Michael Sweeney in particular having a few chances, which were saved by the Convoy keeper. Sean Gallagher hit a good strike from range, which went narrowly over the bar. As the match wore on Whitestrand seemed content to hold on for the victory, which was exactly what happened as late Convoy pressure led to nothing and the game ended 2-1. Best for the Whitestrand were Eamon Martin and Sean McFadden and it was a good overall team performance from Convoy.Glenree United 4 Drumbar F.C. 2On a bitterly cold but day on the banks of Sheephaven Bay it was JJ Mc Gettigan’s Red Shirts of Glenree who finished off a hard battle in style. The visitors got off to a good start when Brogan, their number ten, shot on goal and a Glenree defender deflected the ball to wrong foot his keeper on 10 minutes. Glenree responded positively with great work from Paul Coyle to assist Andrew Kelly who scored on 12 minutes. The visitors seemed to have the rub of the green on the day and Brogan again notched, this time a good effort top corner.And so the half finished with Drumbar having the advantage.A more positive approach to the game from United in the second half saw them equalise on 46 minutes through Paul Coyle. Then a masterclass of a dead ball free kick from Danny Langan saw the ball hit top corner. The final minutes were played out cagey enough and it was Danny Langan again who scored from an acute angle to tie up the affair.A good battling performance from Drumbar with John Cunningham and Danny Langan having a good game for the Carrigart men. Referee: Gerry RoddenDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSSATURDAYDowntown CupDonegal Town Reserves 3 Curragh Athletic Reserves 1Donegal finished off their Downtown Cup campaign with a 3-1victory over a Curragh Athletic. In a game played at a frantic pace it was Curragh who played the better football and created some good scoring chances in the opening stages. Donegal then settled into the game and took the lead when Joe Lafferty powered home a Ciaran O’Reilly corner. Donegal doubled their lead on the stroke of half time when Alex Mc Nelis pounced on confusion in the Curragh defence to put the home side two up at the break.Donegal came out strong for the second half and dominated the early stages with David Bustard and Paul Gerard Duncan both going close. Curragh remained a threat but where thwarted by some last ditch Donegal defending. The victory was sealed with twenty minutes left on the clock when Ciaran McGinley got the goal his performance deserved, running through to round the ‘keeper and slot the ball home. Curragh kept playing away and got a consolation goal when Dan O’Brien finished well inside the area. An entertaining game overall with good team displays from both sides.Erne Wanderers 2 Glencar Celtic 3Erne Wanderers hosted Glencar Celtic in this “Winner Take All” encounter in the Downtown Cup on Saturday. It was the visitors who came out on top in a very entertaining game which saw a host of chances for both teams. Erne got off to the perfect start and scored after only two minutes when Diarmuid Spratt found the net after a centre from Alan Russell fell to his feet, via a miscued effort from Michael McNeely, and he blasted into the roof of the net. Celtic levelled on twenty minutes when Pajo Rafferty broke into the box and went down under a rash challenge from Cassidy. Rafferty finished the penalty straight down the middle. Wanderers took the lead again on thirty minutes when Spratt broke the offside trap and rounded the keeper and centred for David Dolan to find the bottom corner from ten yards. Erne were now on top and had another three good chances to extend their lead but to no avail. At the other end Pajo was keeping the Erne backline on their toes and created three or four good chances that went abegging. The second half started with Glencar fast out of the blocks and they hit the post inside a minute. With Spratt causing problems for the Celtic defence Erne were still a threat on the counter attack and had two or three half chances but no end product. Glencar thought they levelled on the hour mark but it was ruled out for a marginal offside. The leveller came on seventy minutes when Erne went to sleep from a throw in and the centre was tapped in at the back post by Pajo from two yards. Erne pushed hard for a winner in the last quarter but Glencar were a serious threat on the break and thats what happened on eighty four minutes when an Erne shot from the edge of the box was blocked and the ball fell to a grey shirt and a long ball over the top found Pajo who raced clear and found the top corner from twenty yards with a left foot drive. This floored Wanderers and although they threw everything at Celtic in the last few minutes Celtic held firm. A great game between two fully committed teams with both teams looking like scoring every time they attacked. Best for Erne were Spratt and O’ Brien in nets with Pajo Rafferty the pick of the visitors. Referee: Andrew Mullin.Tullyvinney Rovers 2 Ramelton Mariners 2This Group B match pitted two teams together who have struggled to find any form in this season’s Cup competition. With both sides having lost their opening three matches in the group it was a credit to the players who played out an entertaining encounter. At the end a draw was probably a fair result and it means that neither side have finished the group stage without registering a point on the table. No doubt both sides will have better fortunes in the League.Referee: Barry HunterOrchard F.C. 3 Glenree United Reserves 3Orchard F.C. took the lead fifteen minutes into this game when Martin Sweeney chased down a back pass to the Glenree keeper, nicking it off him and scored easily. Five minutes later Orchard had a man sent off for an off the ball tangle in the Glenree eighteen yard box. Orchard went two up when Joe Mc Carron sent a through ball to Niall Bonner who slotted home.Glenree came out all guns blazing for the second half. They scored after ten minutes to reduce the deficit. They then equalised from the penalty spot to set up an interesting finish. With the momentum favouring the visitors they grabbed a lead goal with fifteen minutes remaining.Orchard looked to have slipped up but a great cross from Eddy Moore was finished off by Sean Sweeney to see the match finish in a draw.Mulroy Celtic 0 Gweedore United Reserves 2Gweedore United Reserves moved into third position in Group C of the Downtown Cup with this hard fought victory over Mulroy Celtic on Saturday. This match was played in near perfect conditions and both sides gave good accounts of themselves. The home side had numerous chances to score but they found the final ball elusive and failed to really test the visiting ‘keeper. Gweedore had Sean Paul Mc Mahon to thank as the hit-man weighed in with two goals to give his side the points. Best for Mulroy Celtic: Dougie and Barney. Best for Gweedore United Reserves: Sean Paul Mc Mahon. Referee: Charlie Crerand.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoArranmore United 2 Cranford United Reserves 0Arranmore took the points at home to Cranford United Reserves as they won by two goals to nil.Arranmore began well and were keeping possession with ease but with no cutting edge. Danny Rodgers went close from a corner as did Gavin Mc Glanaghy. The breakthrough came with thirty six minutes gone when Gavin Mc Glanaghy did brilliantly to turn in the box and his legs were taken from under him. Daniel O’ Donnell stepped up and placed the ball into the bottom corner.Cranford started the 2nd half the brighter going close from a long ball which was flicked on but their number 9 failed to connect from six yards.. Again the Cranford number 9 fired over when he found himself in front if goal. Danny Rodgers, Doalty Boyle and Gavin Mc Glanaghy all went close before great play between Daniel O’ Donnell and Mark Ward resulted in a through ball to Jamak, who had just come off the bench. He in turn squared for Chris Mc Glanaghy to finish into the bottom corner. Michael Mc Hugh and Gerard Diver were best for the home sideTeam performance from Cranford. Referee: Martin CollKeadue Rovers Reserves 5 Strand Rovers 2Keadue Rovers came out on top in this local derby played at Central Park on Saturday. Played in good conditions for the time of year it was the home side who started the brighter and created a number of half chances. Keadue took the lead on nine minutes when Damien Hanlon’s flicked header from a corner was flicked to the net by Ryan Greene. After that the home side were well in control producing a number of chances which fell to David Ward and also to Shaun “Yank” Boyle whose effort went off both posts but somehow stayed out. On twenty minutes Strand had their first effort on target, a good effort from Brendan Glackin which was well saved by Chris Mc Gonagle in the home nets. On twenty five minutes Keadue went two up when Ryan Greene grabbed his second from close range. Strand came more into it in the latter part of the first half and gained most possession while the home side were content to hit on the break. The second half started with Keadue to the fore. They created some good chances in the opening ten minutes with Ryan Greene and Luke Neely both going close. In the sixty fourth minute Ryan Greene completed his hat-trick by heading home from a corner. Strand made a few substitutions after this and one of them, Tommy Brennan, turned well on the edge of the area and from his shot which was saved, Brendan Glackin poked home the rebound. They gained confidence from this goal and started playing better. Keadue made the game safe on seventy five minutes when Shaun “Yank” Boyle scored. Strand kept battling and on seventy nine minutes they got their second. Chris Mc Gonagle and Tommy Brennan competed for a ball that ran loose to Brendan Glackin who got his and Strand’s second. Keadue completed the scoring in the eighty second minute when Ryan Greene ran onto a through ball and finished well under the keeper. Strand kept going and finished well forcing a few corners but they failed to trouble the home defence. A good victory for Keadue who move up the table and a decent performance from Strand.Best for Keadue were Adam Neely and Ryan Greene who capped a great display with 4 goals. Best for Strand were Adrian McGeehan and Brendan Glackin.Referee: Brian O’ Kane.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAYDowntown CupDonegal Town Reserves 3 v 1 Curragh Athletic ReservesErne Wanderers 2 v 3 Glencar CelticTullyvinney Rovers 2 v 2 Ramelton MarinersOrchard F.C. 3 v 3 Glenree United ReservesMulroy Celtic 0 v 2 Gweedore United ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoArranmore United 2 v 0 Cranford United ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves 5 v 2 Strand RoversSUNDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionCranford United 0 v 1 Glenea UnitedLifford Celtic 3 v 1 Rathmullan CelticCurragh Athletic 3 v 1 Gweedore CelticDonegal Town 2 v 2 Kilmacrennan CelticMilford United 1 v 4 St. CatherinesWatson Hire Division OneBonagee United 1 v 1 Gweedore UnitedKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 5 v 0 Keadue RoversLagan Harps 2 v 3 Castlefin CelticDunkineely Celtic 2 v 4 Drumoghill F.C.Eany Celtic 0 v 7 Cappry RoversCT Ball Division TwoCopany Rovers 2 v 1 Deele HarpsLetterbarrow Celtic 1 v 1 Ballybofey UnitedRaphoe Town 2 v 1 Dunlewy CelticWhitestrand United 2 v 1 Convoy ArsenalGlenree United 4 v 2 Drumbar F.C.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 25-01-2014 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneGlenea United Reserves v Castlefin Celtic ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves v Fintown Harps AFCErne Wanderers v Mulroy CelticOrchard F.C. v Ramelton MarinersGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoArranmore United v Glenree United Reserves (K.O. 1 p.m.)Donegal Town Reserves v Milford United ReservesSUNDAY 26-01-2014Ulster Junior Cup K.O. 1.30 p.m.Gweedore Celtic v Redcastle F.C.Milford United v Carndonagh F.C.Dunree United v Lifford CelticClonmany Shamrocks v Cranford UnitedGweedore United v Rathmullan CelticMoville Celtic v St. CatherinesGweedore United Reserves v Aileach F.C.Cockhill Celtic Youths v Whitestrand UnitedDrumbar Celtic v Moville CelticRaphoe Town v Cockhill Celtic YouthsWatson Hire Division One K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Cappry Rovers v Bonagee UnitedDrumoghill F.C. v Eany CelticCastlefin Celtic v Dunkineely CelticKerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Lagan HarpsDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: January 19th, 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

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Buncrana hurlers make history as they secure their first ever county u21 title

first_imgGAA NEWS: Buncrana secured their first county u21 hurling title on Sunday with a convincing win against rivals St Eunans in O Donnell park.The game started brightly for thr Scarvey men and they controlled most of the game.Tom Clare jnr had a game to remember with an impressive 1:5 , but it was his general play that would have pleased his father and manager Tom snr most. Early points from Oisin and Conor Grant along with 2 points from Conor o Rourke along with a rare James Doherty point kept the score board ticking alongIn Defence the Wilson brothers were simply brilliant,Patrick at no 3 and Daniel at no 6 where rock solid. Patricks only blemish was a goal that he deflected to the top corner past the injury stricken keeper Paul Tourish.Half time score 0:8to 1:4.The second half started with Buncrana tagged on early points and a goal from Tom Clare set the tone.A leg injury to Daniel Wilson saw young Pj mc Carron enter the fray and he put his shoulder to the wheel. St Eunans although they threatened only added one point during the enter second half.Fiachra mac Lochlainn was imense for 17 year old, but he was well supported by the robust Kevin Vaughan and James Doherty.Aedan Stokes bouyed by his recent inclusion in the county senior hurling panel was a tower of strenght and you can see the recent gym work is paying dividends.In midfield county players Paul Nelson (0:2)and Sam roe Doherty where tigerish and didnt let the cathedral town settle.Tom at center half forward was well supported by Dylan Duffy and Ben roe Doherty who chipped in with goal of the game , a 20 yard run beat at least 3 defenders and found back of the net.Captain Conor Grant placed at the edge of the square due to a recent illness chipped in with 2 points from play and tried hard throughout ,the aforementioned Conor o Rourke (0:2)enjoyed more freedom when he moved out the field.Enda o Rourke got an early second half run out an added to the threat of the powerful Buncrana forward line.The link play between young Oisin Grant(0:1) and Tom was a joy to watch, All in all it was a fantastic team performance and a very deseving win both sides were missing key players but placement of this comp so late in the year needs to be reviewed.Buncrana will only lose 2 players from the starting 15 and would like to build on this in next years senior championship.Buncrana hurlers make history as they secure their first ever county u21 title was last modified: November 29th, 2016 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:buncranaGAAhistorySportU21’slast_img read more

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GARDA CUTS STARTING TO HIT DONEGAL CRIME VICTIMS – TD

first_imgCUTS to Garda resources are beginning to hit victims of crime here in Co Donegal, a local TD claimed today.Donegal North East TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has expressed his concern about Garda response times to recent incidents of crime in Inishowen.He is concerned that despite assurances received from the Minister for Justice and senior Gardaí, cutbacks to Garda resources are now having an impact. Deputy Mac Lochlainn: “Over recent days, I feel that Garda response times to a number of incidents including the theft of sheep in a number of locations and fireworks being thrown at a family home have been unacceptable.“When the victims of these crimes reported what had happened to Gardaí, they were told that it would be at least 24 hours before they would have the matters investigated and statements taken.“I have made my concerns about this clear to local senior Gardaí and I have decided to speak out about this publicly because I am convinced that Government cutbacks are now impacting on the level of service to the public. I want to be very clear. I do not criticise local Gardaí who are doing their best with the resources and personnel they have available. Indeed the people who have spoken to me do not blame local Gardaí either. But we cannot ignore slow response times that may give a green light to criminals to continue with their activities.“The partnership between the local community and Gardaí is vital to tackling crime. If slow response times to crime were to become the norm, then that partnership would be very much undermined and confidence in our policing service will fall. I will not stand by and quietly alllow that to happen”  GARDA CUTS STARTING TO HIT DONEGAL CRIME VICTIMS – TD was last modified: June 18th, 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)last_img read more

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Probing CalPERS pensions

first_imgAs concern grows throughout California about the bills for public retirees’ pensions and benefits, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office is researching what the total tab will be, officials said Monday. The Daily News recently reported that taxpayers statewide are on the hook for at least $110 billion in the years to come for public retiree pensions, health care and workers’ compensation costs. Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, said it’s very important that the nonpartisan LAO, one of the most respected agencies in Sacramento, turn its attention to these debts. “These tens of billions or hundreds of billions of dollars in unfunded pension liabilities we are passing onto our children and grandchildren are going to severely impact California’s future,” Richman said in a phone interview. “This is something that requires governments to start thinking about this topic in a way they haven’t previously,” Dickerson said. “Local governments are already engaged in understanding what this will mean and a number are already hiring actuaries to perform valuations of their liabilities.” Public employee pensions in California – the richest in the nation – have become so generous that some workers can retire at age 50 with more than 100 percent of their final year’s salary; thousands of public employees statewide earn annual pensions exceeding $100,000. Last month, Fritz, now a Citrus Heights certified public accountant, claimed that state pension officials gave misleading information to local governments statewide that led to huge increases in pensions for public employees. She alleged that changes in GASB guidelines a decade ago set the stage for California’s ballooning pension liabilities by allowing officials to obscure the long-term costs. Although elected officials ultimately approve pension increases, Fritz maintained their decisions were influenced by projections prepared by CalPERS actuaries. Those projections are not audited by independent third parties to ensure they are prepared in accordance with governmental accounting standards, that payroll data is accurate and that actuaries adopt rational funding policies that are free from political influence, Fritz said. Richman is considering requesting a state audit of CalPERS to “bring to light some of the fundamental issues surrounding CalPERS operations and liabilities,” said Daniel P. Ellissier, Richman’s chief of staff. “Like any public institution or any publicly traded company, an independent audit of the entity is very important in conveying financial transparency,” Richman said. “I do think it’s very important that an independent audit of CalPERS is done in order for the public to have a complete understanding.” Edward Fong, a CalPERS spokesman, said CalPERS’ financial statements were independently audited every year and submitted to the Legislature. “They are also available on our Web site for public review,” Fong said. Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said he supports an audit of CalPERS. “If they are actively soliciting local governments or the state government to increase benefits then that is not a proper function of CalPERS,” Coupal said. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They are going to impact our ability to invest in education, higher education, infrastructure and affect our ability to compete in a global economy.” Marcia Fritz, a former CalPERS consultant who has worked on pension reform proposals with Richman, predicted the debts would ultimately hurt the state’s bond ratings. “One thing agencies didn’t anticipate or put into their formulas when they reduced retirement ages in 1999 was that they were also going to be increasing post-retirement health benefit costs,” Fritz said. “California will be hit hardest of any other state because of this.” Jason F. Dickerson, a senior fiscal and policy analyst, said the LAO is conducting its own survey of the liabilities. New Governmental Accounting Standards Board guidelines that take effect next year require public agencies to list their unfunded liabilities in their annual financial statements. last_img read more

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