Russell a ‘priority’ for Thunder

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Sydney Thunder are desperate to tie West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell to a new contract before the Big Bash season ends, after the player’s massive impact with the franchise during the current campaign.The 27-year-old, a lively seamer and a devastating lower order batsman, has been one of Thunder’s best players and has also found himself immensely popular with franchise fans. Such has been Russell’s impact that the Thunder’s general manager, Nick Cummins, said they planned to make his contract renewal “priority” as they begin to plan for next season.”Of the guys that are off contract he’s “our priority. We’re already in discussions and we’re hoping to have something done before the season ends,” Cummins said. “He’s definitely a priority, we couldn’t have asked anything more from him.”Russell has delivered for Sydney in style this season. He has a league-leading 13 wickets and had produced a couple of cameos at a strike rate of 181. The Jamaican is also a brilliant fielder, taking three catches.His interaction with Sydney fans has been fantastic and Cummins said the franchise wanted to move quickly to ward off any other attempts by rivals to secure Russell’s services next season.”I’d imagine there’s other teams wanting to recruit Andre. He can do everything with bat, ball and in the field,” Cummins noted.”At the same time he was available to be signed last year and Thunder was the team that saw that and hopefully he sees we were the ones who backed him . . . who stood behind him.”He is one of those players who plays the way we’d all love to and I think the way he goes about his cricket is why he’s so popular. He’s explosive, dynamic and spectacular.”Russell has morphed into a T20 specialist in recent years, campaigning in all the major leagues across the globe.Last year, he played in the Indian Premier League, the Caribbean Premier League, the South African Ram Slam and the Bangladesh Premier League.He is set to play in the inaugural Pakistan Super League next month.last_img read more

JAAA president weighs in on athlete transfers

first_img no objection Gayle told The Gleaner that himself and Blake had lengthy discussions with the three athletes and were convinced that they were not being coerced into making the move. It is expected that the trio, who are members of the Stephen Francis-led MVP Track Club will continue to train in Jamaica. Under the IAAF rule 5.4, athletes are allowed to compete for another country after sitting out a period of 12 months once there is no objection from their original federation. If there is an objection, the athletes would then need to wait for three years before representing their new country. Williams, who is approaching her 30th birthday, won silver medals in the 400m at the 2008 Olympic Games as well as the 2009 World Championships. She last represented Jamaica in the IAAF World Relays earlier this year. Brown, who on Monday celebrated his 23rd birthday, has a 100m personal best of 9.93 seconds finishing second in the 100m at the World University Games earlier this month. Fisher, also 23, recently joined the sub-10 seconds club running 9.94 seconds in Madrid. All three should be eligible to represent Bahrain at next Summer’s Olympic Games. Bahrain, like Qatar, has been involved in recruiting athletes over the years – particularly Kenyan distance runners. At least 40 athletes have switched allegiances, encouraged by lucrative deals from the oil rich Gulf States. There have been reported cases where athletes, who have switched to these countries have received, in some instances up to US$5,000 a month for life and additional bonuses for records. The ‘transfer’ of Jamaican athletes Shericka Williams, Kemarley Brown and Andrew Fisher to Bahrain is still being processed, but while he isn’t too concerned, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) boss Dr Warren Blake admits that a trend seems to be developing. He was also quick to point out that the JAAA does not stand to benefit financially from any athlete switching allegiance to another country, as this is prohibited under IAAF regulations. Blake the JAAA president along with general secretary Garth Gayle have both confirmed that the athletes’ requests are being processed after the trio had written to the organisation expressing their desire to represent the Middle East archipelago over a month ago. If confirmed, this will not represent the first time that a Jamaican athlete has renounced their citizenship to represent another country with well known names such as Merlene Ottey (Slovenia) and the US-born quarter-miler Brandon Simpson, who went on to compete for Bahrain as well as Jacques Harvey, who recently committed to Turkey all coming to mind. This will, however, represent the first time that multiple athletes have made a request at once and Blake, while admitting that Jamaica has also benefited from athletes switching allegiance, it could be a developing trend that Jamaican athletes are now considering more seriously to benefit from the financial aspects of transferring allegiances. “Without any evidence to suggest (trend); it’s more of a developing trend as opposed to being a trend,” Blake told The Gleaner. “Athletes have always been switching allegiances and we have also benefited from it up to recently with steeplechaser Aisha Praught, who was born in the US and has decided to represent Jamaica.” It should be noted, however, that Praught was born to a Jamaican father.last_img read more

Trevor Ariza has 25 points, Rockets beat Nuggets

first_imgMOST READ Denver scored a season-low 17 points in the first quarter while allowing a season-high 75 first-half points. Denver’s bench was outscored 41-35, led by nine points each from Juancho Hernangomez, Mason Plumlee and Malik Beasley. Harris had 13 points and four steals.Houston recalled rookie C Zhou Qi from Rio Grande Valley after he had 18 points and four blocks on Tuesday night for the G League affiliate. Briante Weber, who is averaging 17.9 points, 7.0 assists and 6.1 rebounds for Rio Grande Valley this season, was also recalled.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Knicks outscore Raptors 41-10 in 3rd en route to victory OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, left, dribbles past Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON, Texas—Trevor Ariza had a season-high 25 points in the Houston Rockets’ 125-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.Ariza was 7 of 10 from 3-point range. Chris Paul had 23 points and 12 assists, and James Harden added 21 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in limited action.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Rockets have won nine of last 10 games, and beat Denver for the fifth straight time after sweeping the series 4-0 last season.Houston led 75-40 at the half, the Rockets’ largest halftime lead of the season.In a scary moment for Denver midway through the second quarter, Nikola Jokic fell to the ground following a tipped layup after suffering a non-contact injury. He limped off the court to the locker room but returned later in the quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneWill Barton led Denver with 20 points. Jokic had 17, and Gary Harris added 13.Denver played its second game without Paul Millsap. He sustained a left wrist injury Sunday in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and is out indefinitely. Starting in his place, Wilson Chandler returned to action after missing a victory Monday night at Sacramento with back pain.Houston played without starting power forward Ryan Anderson (illness) and reserve guard Eric Gordon (right calf tightness). P.J. Tucker started in Anderson’s place, while Luc Mbah a Moute scored 13 points in 26 minutes behind Paul. 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Asian Games: PH’s Danny Caluag settles for BMX bronze

first_imgAsian Games marathon winner accused of pushing rival Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indonesia’s I Gusti Bagus Saputra won the silver medal when he registered 34.314 seconds.Caluag had a strong start in the competition after he finished second in Heat 1 just behind Nagasako.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’In the women’s division, Sienna Fines wound up in fifth in the medal round with a time of 43.663 seconds, 4.020 seconds slower than gold medalist Zhang Yaru of China who tallied 39.643 seconds.The Philippines now has seven bronzes and one gold, which was courtesy of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz. FILE – Philippine team BMX ride Sienna Elaine Feinnes, Daniel Caluag and his brother Christopher John Caluag.Danny Caluag failed to defend his title but still came away with a bronze medal in the men’s division of the Cycling BMX competition in the 2018 Asian Games Saturday at Pulo Mas International BMX Center in Jakarta, Indonesia.Caluag, the Philippines’ lone gold medalist in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, clocked 35.842 seconds for the third place finish more than two seconds slower than Japan’s Yoshitaku Nagasako, who completed the course in 33.669 seconds for the gold.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparclast_img read more

Berry Donates US$20K Worth of Medical Supplies to JFKMC

first_imgMr. Berry with Dama Yekeson-Koffa, JFK acting deputy director for administration, and others who received the donation Rufus S. Berry II has donated over US$20,000 valued of medical supplies to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFKMC), commonly referred to as JFK, to help support the hospital and the “pro-poor agenda” of President George M Weah.At the donation program yesterday, Mr. Berry said he strongly believe that the new leadership of JFK has the passion, energy and desire to transform the hospital, but requires the support of every well-meaning Liberians.The items donated include blood collection vacutainer tubes, patients’ hospital gowns, sodium chloride injection, standard earloop face mask, sterile polysoprene – powder free surgical gloves with nitrile coating, and sample collection kit.Others are protective Face Masks, high fluid resistant surgical mask with face shield, DuPont personal protection outfit, non-adherent pad, IV set, syringe adapter infusion set, microbore tubing segment,  vented / Nonvented, isolation gowns,  BD Vacutainer- Blood Transfer Device, and powder free nitrile exam gloves.Berry with JFK officials at the delivery of the donated medical supplies“All Liberians have to come together and work as a team to transform Liberia. I’m impressed to come and give all these life-saving medical supplies, because it would be my brother or sister or someone else that would be in need of these materials,” Mr. Berry noted.According to Berry, Liberia does not need strangers to help in addressing some of the challenges or problems facing the country, and hope that everyone will continue to support each other and the country at large.“We have a new government and the best way to address some of the problems is to work together. We have your back JFK. Liberians need to come together to give back to our country. This is my way of telling the new administration of JFK that they have our support,” Mr. Berry said.As head of the Liberian community organization in California in 2004, Mr. Berry said, “We raised USD$100,000 valued of medical supplies and delivered it to the JFK.”According to him, he also raised USD$20,000 worth of personal protective equipment (PPE), which was shipped by Delta Airlines free and delivered to then Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.Commenting on the cleanness of the hospital, Mr. Berry said, “Everyone expects to see the hospital’s environment or place clean.  Today, I can see that the leadership has the vision to transform the hospital.  This place has been dirty for a very long time, but the new management has decided to first clean the place before starting the healing or treatment process.”In response, Dama Yekeson-Koffa, JFK acting deputy director for administration, said she was overwhelmed with the donation.“We have been having unbelievable responses from requests put out there. We had an amazing past weekend of love. We had some dedicated employees that came out for three days working to ensure that the hospital is cleaned,” Mrs. Yekeson-Koffa said.With the support of every Liberian, Mrs. Yekeson-Koffa said, the new team will continue to work to make the JFK the place of first choice in the country for all Liberians in terms of quality service to the people.“We have a very desperate need for these materials and fortunate for us, Mr. Berry brought in a very huge quantity. We are very grateful for the opportunity to receive these medical supplies,” Yekeson-Koffa said.Mrs. Yekeson-Koffa said the donation will directly impact the patients significantly, adding: “Upon taking the position at the JFK, Mr. Berry immediately called to talk about his plan for the hospital and today, we have the opportunity to receive some good materials.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Importing Chancellor can destabilise Judiciary – former AFC Executive

first_imgAttempts by President David Granger to advance an overseas candidate to the position of Chancellor of the Judiciary, ahead of the acting Guyanese appointee, continue to be condemned with former Alliance For Change (AFC) Executive Sasenarine Singh, who is calling the move an attempt to wreak havoc on the Judiciary.Acting Chancellor Yonette Cummings-EdwardsSingh, in an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday, expressed disappointment with the move to advance the Belize Chief Justice, considering the stellar service acting Chancellor Yonette Cummings-Edwards and acting Chief Justice Roxane George have provided throughout their judicial careers and in their respective positions.“When President Granger chose Roxane George and Yonette [Cummings-]Edwards, initially to act, it was a sound decision. It made sense to (have them) act in the positions to test their capabilities. Both of them have built up a reputation of being fair Judges. Their judgements over their (career) come across as embracing the law and ignoring emotional and political sentiment, which is exactly where we ought to take the Judiciary. With the Legislature being so subservient to the Executive, the only independent voice is the Judiciary.”Acting Chief Justice Roxane GeorgeHe added that now that the nation has seen their capabilities, it is only right to appoint both women to the substantial posts.“They’ve been fair. They’ve been transparent. They’ve been accountable. Their judgements make sense. Thus, the importation of Justice (Kenneth) Benjamin is a sign of bad faith (since) Justice Cummings-Edwards and Justice George have proven themselves credible. It’s childish and nothing but a PR gimmick to seek to impose an external Judge as Chancellor when already the holder of the office is doing such an excellent job.”After having been given the names of Justice Benjamin (nominee for Chancellor) and Justice Cummings-Edwards (nominee for Chief Justice), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, in a letter issued last Wednesday, rejected the nominees.He cited Article 127 (1) of the Constitution of the Guyana and contended that he is “unable to offer his agreement” to the top two judicial posts. Jagdeo subsequently indicated to reporters on Thursday last that he is not interested in rating the various nominees; or in dragging their names through the mud, when asked for his reasons.On Saturday, Singh suggested that the best way forward for the President may be to simply put forward the names of Justice Roxane George and Yonette Cummings-Edwards to the Opposition Leader, so that they can be confirmed in their respective roles. He urged the Government against creating a precedent of working outside the Constitution.“We should never dare play petty politics on the Judiciary. Our image is dented. We need to preserve the professionalism of the Judiciary. I’m disappointed in Mr Granger failing to respect the eminence of the Judiciary. Justice Benjamin cannot be compared to these ladies… he doesn’t have the local awareness of (Guyana’s) jurisprudence like them.”The former AFC Executive also expressed fears that once up and coming judicial officers see that appointments to the top spot are not necessarily merit based; this can cause individuals to lose their motivation… and their moral compass.“It will get people to start thinking short-term. Which means when people get into a position of a judgeship, they will not see the potential for judicial progression. And if people know they will be stifled at base level and there’s no room for professional development, it can lead to corruption in the Judiciary.”Justice Cummings-Edwards had previously served in the post of acting Chief Justice before being promoted to her current post in an acting capacity. Once she is confirmed as substantive Chief Justice, it means that her current successor, acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, will be removed. It is not clear in what capacity Justice George will serve should Government move ahead with the appointments as was indicated by Minister of State Joseph Harmon.last_img read more


first_imgThe team at Henry McGinley & Sons inspect their work on the ‘Reflect Yourself’ Art installation, which was completed as part of a project for the St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin.Milford based company Henry McGinley & Sons have just completed a project for the St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin.The installation, entitled Reflect Yourself, was unveiled in the gardens outside the Coach House at Dublin Castle during the St Patrick’s Day Festival. The team at Henry McGinley & Sons worked on fabricating the finished piece, which is 4.5m tall.Created by Barry Sheehan, Head of Design at the Dublin Institute of Technology, the project was designed and detailed by Milford native, James McGinley who works in Dublin for Garland Consultancy. James is the eldest son of Henry and Elizabeth McGinley. Others involved in the project include furniture design students, Richard May and Tomas Barisauskas. Reflect Yourself is a thought-provoking, outdoor installation that explores what specifically prevents us from reflecting on the past or wondering about the future. The project was chosen through an artist submission process to celebrate the year of Irish Design 2015.The project was commissioned after St. Patrick’s Festival and ID2015 came together to re-imagine public spaces in Dublin. Taking the present, and specifically the 2015 Parade theme ‘Celebrate Now’ as inspiration, this exciting collaboration aims to get people to stop and take a moment out of their busy day to think about the city differently.Commenting on the piece, creator Barry Sheehan said: “The theme of this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival is ‘Celebrate Now’ and when we were asked to design an installation, I wondered what would do that? What specifically prevents us from reflecting on the past, or wondering about the future? A mirror.“Reflecting only the here and now, a mirror gives us a snapshot in time. With this installation, we’re creating angled mirrors, with coloured translucent Perspex, so the views change, with unexpected vistas, suffused with light. What’s been particularly great about this project is getting the students working as a team. “DIT doesn’t exist in a vacuum and it’s great to have the students working with partners from industry like Garland Consultancy and Henry McGinley & Sons. Any architect will tell you that getting an idea is easy – but turning it into reality is a long and complex process!”Adding to this, James McGinley said Henry McGinley & Sons is delighted to be involved in the ‘Reflect Yourself’ project and it was wonderful to watch it come to life.“It’s a beautiful piece of work and anyone visiting Dublin from Donegal can check out the installation for themselves in the gardens outside the Coach House at Dublin Castle this week. The piece will then be paraded around the city over the next few months”.Henry McGinley & Sons recently celebrated 22 years in business and is one of the leading suppliers of structural steel and roofing systems in the northwest of Ireland. The company has built a strong reputation for delivering quality solutions to clients across the construction sector. For further information on Henry McGinley & Sons, visit www.henrymcginley.ieDONEGAL COMPANY CREATES UNIQUE ART INSTALLATION FOR ST PATRICK’S FESTIVAL was last modified: March 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool player ratings: How Jurgen Klopp’s men fared in victory at West Ham

first_imgLiverpool look on course for a top-four finish after their 4-0 victory at West Ham.Jurgen Klopp’s side enjoyed their first visit to the London Stadium, scoring three in the second-half.Daniel Sturridge, back in the side for his first start since January, opened the scoring after coolly rounding Adrian.Philippe Coutinho stole the show, netting twice, before Divock Origi completed the scoring and move them back up to third with one game remaining.See how talkSPORT scored the players’ performances by clicking the right arrow, above… Midfield: Emre Can – 7 – He grew into the game and did brilliantly in the centre of midfield as Liverpool were without the likes of Lucas Leiva and Jordan Henderson. Forward: Divock Origi – 6 – Netted the final goal to cap off an improved second-half performance after a disappointing first 45. Poor decision making at times and wasteful in the final third as he started his seventh match in a row for the Reds. 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Right-back: Nathaniel Clyne – 7 – After a disappointing couple of games, the England defender put in a good shift. 11 11 Centre-back: Dejan Lovren – 7 – An overall solid game from the Croatian to see out the clean sheet. Midfield: Adam Lallana – 7 – His first start for the club since March and how they have missed him. The England international has had a brilliant season, displaying excellent creativity and endeavour in midfield and attack. Forward: Philippe Coutinho – 9 – A man of the match performance from the Brazilian. He had the licence to roam, showed his importance to the team and stepped up when it mattered. He set up Sturridge for the opener before netting two superb goals to put him on 13 for the season. Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet – 7 – click the right arrow, above, to see how Liverpool players performed v West Ham… – Another good performance from the Belgian, made some key saves when called upon and dominated his box from set pieces. Forward: Daniel Sturridge – 8 – A breath of fresh air after making his first start since January. His movement and positivity troubled West Ham’s back line and he took his goal brilliantly, showing composure to round Adrian before slotting into an empty net. Left-back: James Milner – 6 – Poor in the first half but as West Ham collapsed in the second half, the 31-year-old had the licence to attack more. Midfield: Georginio Wijnaldum – 7 – Like many players, the Dutchman was much improved in the second half, registering two assists. He very nearly scored a goal of the season contender as his dipping volley hit the bar before Philippe Coutinho’s first. As always, the former Newcastle man provided Liverpool’s midfield with energy. Centre-back: Joel Matip – 7 – Made a key interception in the run up to Sturridge’s opener. A solid game overall from the Cameroonian as we have come to expect. last_img read more

DDTV: Donegal Derry Vipers crowned Champions of American Football League!

first_imgIn what was touted to be the closest IAFL2 final ever and with both teams meeting with an unblemished record of 6-0 it was always expected to go down to the wire… and it did exactly that.With 26 seconds of play left, the Vipers made a game-winning touchdown!  The two teams squared off in Westsmantown Youth RFC in Dublin, in the prestige game in IAFL2, having dispatched the other teams in the division all season. It was the perfect final and it was much debated as to who would be victorious.The Vipers opened the game well and after a strong Vipers drive which utilised its Running-Backs Derm Brown and Cathal Curran the Vipers scored first. A 20 yard pass from QB Daniel Mullan to Wide Receiver Ryan Brolly set the tone for what would be the most fiercely fought game in IAFL2 history. (Vipers 6 – 0 Eagles)Donegal Derry VipersThe Eagles fought back almost immediate when Craig Broome opened The Eagles scoring with a TD and with the converted kick by Terry Carey The Eagles were 1 point ahead. Talented young QB Sam Doran then went on a mazy run and scored again for the Wexford men. Careys PAT was converted (Vipers 6 – 14 Eagles) The EaglesIn a game that would see the lead change hands several time The Vipers fought back and with another terrific combination from QB Mullan and WR Brolly, the Vipers made it a one point game.The two teams had matched each other blow for blow and both defenses had their moments. It was a brutal game that saw tough tackling Vipers Line-backers, Niall Lyons and Kyle McAneny, attended to by medical staff before patching themselves up and returning to the field. The Vipers lost the impressive back field paring of Derm Brown and Cathal Curran during the half and with injuries on both sides, the game was turning into a war.Huge tackles by both teams including outstanding stops by Paddy Maguire, Eamonn Quinn and Corey McKenna for The Vipers saw the game tighten up as both defensive outfits worked tremendously hard to stop both the pass and the run game. But before the half ended there would be two more scores. FB Liam McLaughlin ran in a TD from 1 yard out to put the Eagles up by 8, which was closely followed by a Vipers TD from QB Mullan who ran it in just before the half ended. (Vipers 19 – 21 Eagles)Half time was filled with tension as both teams joined the sidelines. A rousing speech from the Head Coach Jason Brock and the injured RB Curran settled nerves for The Vipers as they prepared to go again. The Vipers defense came out swinging and stopped The Eagles quickly with some excellent work and key tackles from Pete Farrell, Chris Moran and Richard Meenan.The Vipers offense had the ball again and with the strong running power of Tight-Ends Chris Tinney and Thomas Comiskey The Vipers marched up the field. Centre Barry o’Kane set the pace for the Red & Gold and flanked by his Offensive linemen allowed QB Mullan to play his game. Mullan ran in his 2nd TD of the game and The Vipers regained the lead as Kicker Gary Mellys PAT put The Vipers up by 5 (Vipers 26 – 21 Eagles)The game was close as both teams bedded in for the most of the 3rd and 4th quarter. A missed FG by The Eagles and a fumble recovery by Vipers defensive Lineman David Holden meant that with just 3 mins left on the clock The Vipers were in the driving seat. But The Eagles had other ideas.After marching down the field, a 3 yard pass by Eagles QB Sam Doran saw Darren Greene catch the ball and send The Eagles sideline wild. Kicker Carey caught a play action pass from Doran for a 2 point conversion and with just 2 mins left on the clock The Vipers were down by 3. (Vipers 26 – 29 Eagles) As the Red & Gold offense entered the field the tension was audible. Having never been behind in a game all season they were now 3 points down with less and 2 minutes to go against a team who, also had never lost a game. If they could get within field goal range they could tie the game and send it into Over-Time but a touchdown would surely seal the win.A short drive with some intelligent plays to the sideline saw The Vipers reach FG range with around 50 secs on the clock, the clock continued to count down as The Vipers offensive huddle broke for 1 last time this season and as the offensive line held back a defensive onslaught Mullan was able to launch the ball to Brolly and in double coverage the wide receiver leaped in the air to catch the ball in The Eagles EndZone.Melly again scored the PAT and with just 20 seconds left the Vipers took the lead. The clock ran down and as the Eagles received the ball from Kick off the whistle blew.The Donegal Derry Vipers were IAFL2 Champions with a 33 – 29 win over The Wexford Eagles. It is a final being talk about across Ireland, but the Championship belongs to The Donegal Derry Vipers. Words by Shaun McGroryPhotography by Dean CullenDDTV: Donegal Derry Vipers crowned Champions of American Football League! was last modified: August 30th, 2016 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:American FootballDonegal-Derry Vipersiafl2the eagleslast_img read more


first_imgFIRST year students at Loreto Community School in Milford next term will be “pioneers” the Taoiseach Enda Kenny told more than 700 pupils and staff yesterday.He was speaking as the school celebrated the success of 5th year pupil Shaun Sweeney when he won a €150,000 worth of computer equipment in a nationwide competition.The SmartClass initiative was run by Intel, the Educational Company of Ireland, and technology company Steljes. Representatives of all the companies were at the school yesterday to officially hand over the prize.“This Digital Curriculum Prize of €150,000 will make a huge difference not only to the 140 First Years, but to everyone in the school, to all their families, their teachers and the wider Milford community,” Mr Kenny told them.“This prize marks a new chapter in the long and already-proud history of this school. And, indeed, it marks a new departure for the companies involved.“I know that every one of the 140 children who will benefit, is excited about what this new means of learning will mean for them this year, and intrigued about the effect it will have on them and their learning in the years ahead. “It’s hard to imagine that the entire Junior Cert Curriculum is now loaded onto this tablet-style laptop.  No more struggling with mega-kilos of books. Your spines will thank the companies involved.“And I have every confidence that the opportunities given to you here in the e-notebooks, e-workbooks and other electronic learning and teaching resources, will impact powerfully on your thinking ability and your imaginative capacity.”Mr Kenny told the students that many of them would have jobs in the future which hadn’t been thought of yet.“What goes on in here in the heads and hearts of our children is what will make or break this country in the years and generations ahead,” said the Taoiseach.“It behoves all of us then to make sure we create the kind of environment that ensures that what goes on in here is the best, the deepest, the most original, often unusual but always sincere. “Our children are masters at technology. It’s about time that their facility with, and affinity for that technology was a critical part of their school life.”Mr Kenny said there are many students all over Ireland who would find that this new system of learning brings new joy to their school day, and perhaps new purpose, to what might be otherwise, a somewhat tedious school experience.“I note you have a meditation room here and I would urge you all to use it,” he said.“The world now is one of instant reaction. We’re always on, primed and expected to respond. But, equally, in that world, we must have time to reflect. Something that is true of us all, especially our politicians. “Your new e-curriculum will allow you to explore new worlds not alone in the crucial areas of maths and science but equally in  literature and the Arts. This technology will bring right into the classroom the recorded voices of writers such as Yeats and Joyce and TS Eliot.“I leave by saying well done Loreto Milford.  You must be proud of yourselves today. I know that your teachers, your school will help you to make the very most of what you have been given. But in the end it’s all down to you: your courage, your hard-work, your ambition.“These are the things we need for Ireland’s recovery.The qualities necessary for our better future in a better Europe true to the ideals of Schuman and Monnet.”‘A SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE’ – TAOISEACH PRAISES LORETO PUPILS was last modified: May 22nd, 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