Wright, Perry set sights on Olympics

first_imgVOLLEYBALL: Jamaica’s female beach volleyballer, Kai Wright, said their fifth place finish at the Norceca Beach Volleyball tour in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on the weekend resulted from their passion and determination and believes she and partner, Danielle Perry, will make it to Rio this summer. Wright noted that Perry lives abroad so regular practice is not possible and tournament like these play an important role in their preparation. However, the main reason they went to the Dominica Republic was to gain experience and practice. “The main purpose was to prepare for the third round of Olympic qualifiers, get selected for the Pan Am Games, get practice, see other teams and get some experience going into the third round. “The tournament was very challenging. Every team played us competitively because we were the underdogs. Nobody expected anything from us, much less to get a big placing, so they came at us really hard. But we played real hard, worked together and achieved fifth place and it shows the passion we have for the sport,” said Wright. “My partner is from Florida so we don’t get to practice together much, but she is very passionate, she is very determined, she goes hard and plays really hard, she is very motivating, so I have a tremendous partner. Over the weekend we learnt a lot about each other playing wise and we are just working as a team,” she told The Gleaner. She thinks they are strong enough to seriously compete for a spot in the Rio Olympics when they travel to the Casova Women’s Beach Volleyball Olympic third round qualifiers in El Salvador next week. “The more we go and represent and play the more the results are coming, it means our performance is getting better every time and that is what we aim to achieve,” she surmised. “We are very prepared, we have camp where the overseas players come down and we train every day, two times for the day. Hopefully we’ll go to the third round and be ready mentally and physically and I am very confident we can reach the Olympics,” said Wright. “We have one week before we leave for the third round and we’re looking to qualify and put Jamaica on top. We want to pave the way for the younger volleyball players, so we will work hard, play hard and qualify for the Olympics,” she promised.last_img read more

Man who made 115 calls to rival on same day complained he was threatened

first_imgA man who RECEIVED a staggering 115 antagonising phonecalls in just one day has appeared in court charged with threatening and abusing the man who called him.Sean Gallagher made the calls to Joe Craig, a man whom he had fallen out with following a row over a local football team. When Craig reacted and went into a rage after Gallagher’s constant calls, Gallagher recorded the calls and accused Craig of threatening him and using racial language.Gallagher made the complaints to Gardai who charged Craig with making calls of a threatening, insulting and racial nature.Father-of-one Craig, aged 39, of Ard O’Donnell, Letterkenny, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal.Detective Garda Darren Carter said that on October 7 last year, Gallagher called Craig 115 times on the same day.However, he also revealed that Gallagher had made calls to Craig on many other dates adding that the communication was “very much one-way traffic.”He handed in typed transcipts from two of the telephone calls to Judge Paul Kelly who read them in detail.Detective Carter said that Craig admits that he flipped out and that his comments were borne out of frustration.Although the specific detail of the comments was not revealed, Garda Carter said that Mr Gallagher’s wife in an African woman and said some of the comments were racial towards her.Judge Kelly said he could understand why Craig may have reacted to Gallagher but he should not have directed any comments towards Mr Gallagher’s wife.“I’m not going to repeat them (the comments) but they are off the scale. They seem to relate to someone else and not just the complainant. They appear to be about the complainant’s wife. Whatever grievance he had with the complainant – talking about wife is completely unacceptable,” he said.Detective Carter said he had ordered both men not to contact each other having served them both with anti-social behaviour orders and it appeared they had listened to him.He added that he accepted that Mr Craig’s buttons “had been pressed” and he knows he should not have reacted.The accused man’s solicitor, Mr Kieran Dillon, said there was a lot of provocation on behalf of Mr Gallagher in that he made 115 calls to his client in just one day.“There was massive provocation and my client is human. This wasn’t just a once-off, there were multiple calls and my client was able to restrain himself but on this occasion, he could not,” said Mr Dillon.Judge Kelly said he was ordering Craig to keep the peace.“In view of the background outlined comprehensively by Garda Carter and in no small part in Garda Carter’s view that it is at an end I will deal with a peace bond,” he said.Man who made 115 calls to rival on same day complained he was threatened was last modified: September 24th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abuseCallscourtdonegalJoe Craigletterkennyracialsean gallagherlast_img read more

SWILLY ROVERS BOYS GET READY FOR CUP ACTION!

first_imgNational Schoolboys Cup Quarter-FinalThe Swilly Rovers U-16 side is now just 90 minutes away from a place in the national semi-finals of the Schoolboys Cup. A win for Jim McCahill’s side this Sunday over Tubbercurry in Ramelton (kick-off 2.00) will see Swilly into the last four of this prestigious competition with the bonus of home advantage for that game as well.Confirmation that the game was going ahead only came through on Wednesday morning from the FAI after Tubbercurry had initially sought a postponement of Sunday’s match. “We were caught a little bit by surprise on Wednesday morning with the news from the FAI because we thought the game was not going ahead on Sunday. But at the same time we are ready to go” McCahill said.Swilly are boosted by the news that their international underage player Jordan Toland has recently returned to training after a long lay-off with injury. Tolan has not featured in the current cup run to date.It’s the biggest underage match in Ramelton for some years and the home side should go into the game with some confidence after a couple of excellent 2-1 victories in the previous two rounds over Broadford (Dublin) and Arklow Town (Wicklow) respectively.“Hopefully it will be a great day for the Swilly Rovers Club and this is certainly the biggest game of the boys careers so far” McCahill said. The players have put in a huge effort all season and so also has the backroom team including Kieran ‘Freddie’ Boyle, Seanie Mooney, Denis McHugh and Joe McLaughlin.All roads lead to Swilly Park on Sunday and a big crowd expected to cheer on the U-16s. The game kicks-off at 2.00.   The Swilly panel for Sunday includes – Caolan Bolton, Dominick Hull, Nathan McElwaine, Dylan Quinn, Kyle Burke, James McCahill, Dylan Hegarty, Pauric Ferry, Brandon Toye, Darragh Black, Ronan Curtis, Conor McLaughlin, Vincent Pyper, Adam Serrena, Shay Durning, Oran Coll, Gavin Grier, Jordan Toland, Shane Coyle, Jason McCahill, Duncan Patterson, Nisha Cullen, Finnian Ferry.    SWILLY ROVERS BOYS GET READY FOR CUP ACTION! was last modified: March 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SWILLY ROVERS BOYS GET READY FOR CUP ACTION!last_img read more

ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP: DONEGAL IN CONTROL AT HALF TIME – DONEGAL 1-6 DERRY 0-4

first_imgDonegal are in control at MacCumhaill Park showing plenty of determination in the opening half of this Ulster Championship quarter final.The game is being played in very slippy conditions with both sides finding it difficult to control the ball.However it’s Donegal who are having the better of the exchanges with the Donegal half-back line proving particularly effective. Donegal could be further ahead but for a habit of overplaying the ball in attack in the last third of the pitch.Mark McHugh, Colm McFadden and Paddy McBrearty have been working hard up front as has Karl Lacey who is doing a terrific job on Derry’s dangerman Paddy Bradley.Despite being in control, Donegal were still only 0-4 to 0-2 after 25 minutes played with Derry’s defence working very hard.Leo McLoone scored a fine point to make it 0-5 to 0-2 after 26 minutes. Three minutes later Paddy Bradley pulled a point back after Frank McGlynn fouled Lynn.Donegal made a vital break on the half hour mark when Colm McFadden broke through on the left wing and cut in.He was eventually dispossessed but the ball fell to Leo McLoone who hit the back of the net from close range to make it 1-5 to 0-3.Paddy Bradley pulled another point back after a foul with a fine long range kick.Donegal continued to work hard up until the break and Michael Murphy put his name on the scoresheet with a free just before the break. Donegal should be further ahead but they look solid as the teams go in with Donegal leading 1-6 to 0-4.ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP: DONEGAL IN CONTROL AT HALF TIME – DONEGAL 1-6 DERRY 0-4 was last modified: June 17th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

OLYMPIC BOXING COACH BILLY WALSH TO BE SPORTS STAR SPECIAL GUEST

first_imgThe hugely successful Irish Olympic boxing coach Billy Walsh is to be the special guest at the 37th Donegal Sports Star Awards function which takes place on Friday, January 25th in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Walsh was head coach to Olympic Silver Medalist John Joe Nevin and Bronze Medalist Michael Conlon in the London Summer Olympics. Walsh was also a key figure in Katie Taylor’s Olympic Gold success.The Wexford man has been head coach with the “High Performance Boxing Unit’ for a number of years and the return on that investment has been phenomenal with the Irish also picking up three medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Just last week his native County Council honoured him with the ‘Freedom of Wexford’. The Sports Star committee is delighted that Walsh has accepted the invitation to be their special guest and he follows a list of top names that have attended the Donegal County Council sponsored awards in recent years.They include RTE soccer correspondent Tony O’Donoghue; CEO of the Irish Sports Council and former athletic star John Treacy; boxing analyst Mick Dowling; ex-Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Packie Bonner; former GAA President and now Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly and RTE’s Northwest correspondent Eileen Magnier.This Friday, November 23rd is the deadline date for nominations for the Donegal Sports Star awards. Nominations can be done online from the nominations page and emailed to info@donegalsportsstarawards.ie or by completing a simple nomination form, which can be downloaded and posted to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton.Those not using on-line can simply post their nominations to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton For further details visit www.donegalsportsstarawards.ie.     OLYMPIC BOXING COACH BILLY WALSH TO BE SPORTS STAR SPECIAL GUEST was last modified: November 19th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Billy WalshboxingSports Star Awardslast_img read more

FOOTBALL: DEADLY HUNTER ON THE MARK FOR LAGAN AS THEY DEFEAT BONAGEE

first_imgLagan Harps FC:Our men’s team kept up their title challenge with a 4-0 home win over Bonagee Utd. A Mark Hunter hat trick and a goal from Kenny Doran sealed the points. The team have a free Sunday next week.Our u14’s kept their good run going with a 4-0 win over Convoy, Darragh Rodgers, Ciaran Quinn, Caoimhin Wheeler and Oran Enfield were the scorers.Our u12’s lost 1-0 in a keenly contested game v Fintown Harps.Our u9 and u8 teams travelled to lovely Leitrim to play Manor Rangers in a couple of friendlies. Thanks to the Manorhamilton club for their hospitality on the day. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 1,4,11 and 12. Four people had three numbers with Niamh Toner drawn out and winning e50. Next week’s jackpot is e6475.FOOTBALL: DEADLY HUNTER ON THE MARK FOR LAGAN AS THEY DEFEAT BONAGEE was last modified: March 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:Lagan Harps FCMark HuntersoccerSportlast_img read more

Terror target

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals More money could be spent to harden transportation targets, including LAX and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Leap said. The former 9-11 commission, now operating as the privately funded 9-11 Public Discourse Project, released a scathing report Monday criticizing the federal government’s response in the years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It evaluated the federal government’s implementation of 41 recommendations made by the commission in July 2004. The government received failing grades on five recommendations, including allocating homeland security funds with a risk-based system, providing adequate communication tools so first responders can communicate in a crisis and improving screening of airline passengers. “We’re frustrated, all of us – frustrated at the lack of urgency in addressing these various problems,” said former commission Chairman Thomas Kean, a Republican and former New Jersey governor. “We shouldn’t need another wake-up call. We believe that the terrorists will strike again. So does every responsible expert that we have talked to. And if they do, and these reforms that might have prevented such an attack have not been implemented, what will our excuse be?” Despite being one of the top three terrorist targets in the nation, Los Angeles does not receive nearly enough federal funding to protect the city against an attack, according to a report released Monday and interviews with local law enforcement officials. Los Angeles received less per-capita funding than Vermont, Wyoming and other low-risk areas in a funding system that leaves the area and the nation vulnerable, according to a follow-up report issued by the commission that investigated the 9-11 terrorist attacks. In 2005, Los Angeles County received $92 million in two federal grants – money shared among the Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Police Department and 16 other cities. “That is not nearly what we need,” said LAPD Cmdr. Mark Leap, head of the department’s Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau. “We need at least double that.” Officials from the Bush administration have blamed Congress for failing to enact the commission’s recommendations. “They are funding things based on old models, pre-9-11 models,” White House Counselor Dan Bartlett said Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “We think it’s important that homeland security dollars go to where the threats are.” In Los Angeles, law enforcement officials said they believe they are better prepared than many other cities. Their radio system allows police and firefighters to communicate in an emergency, but frequencies must be patched together to make it work, Leap said. California also has an efficient command structure used in all major incidents, one officials consider a model system. The commission said such a structure is lacking in many places, and that an efficient command structure would have helped in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Operation Archangel, the LAPD’s unit responsible for assessing critical infrastructure, is also considered a model system, but officials believe it could be expanded with more money. Even if the federal government does increase funding for Los Angeles, city officials would like to have more flexibility in how they can use the money. Federal funds cannot be used for staffing – which means the LAPD must take officers away from other units to beef up its counterterrorism division. The LAPD has submitted a $7 million funding request to the City Council for staffing of its counterterrorism bureau. “It’s a terrible issue,” Leap said. “Not only do I think homeland security grant money should be risk- and vulnerability-based, but it should give the local government the ability to fund full-time counterterrorism personnel, and it just doesn’t do that now.” In Sacramento on Monday, state officials held the first of several planned hearings into homeland security and emergency preparedness issues. The series of hearings, to continue through next year, will look into issues from terrorism to avian flu to flood preparedness. “These hearings are about ensuring that California has prepared adequate response measures to a major national disaster or a terrorist attack,” said Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Emergency Services and Homeland Security. “Statewide efforts will require extensive coordination between various governmental entities that are currently at different stages of readiness. It is important to understand what has been and what still needs to be done.” The state’s homeland security director, Matthew Bettenhausen, said he believes the state would receive better marks on coordination between agencies on terrorism issues than the federal government received in the commission’s report card. “We’ve avoided allowing some of those bureaucratic barriers to information exchange and information sharing to get in the way out here in California,” Bettenhausen said. “That’s one of the reasons why the governor has been committed to prevention being the No. 1 priority through our information threat assessment centers, both on the state and regional level.” He added that California “continues to be a high-risk state, with a wide variety of potential targets.” Because of its size and cultural diversity, he said, the state offers opportunities for terrorists to hide, recruit supporters and obtain logistical support for attacks. And the history of human and drug trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border makes it easier for terrorists to import people, equipment and even potential weapons of mass destruction. He also noted that the state has had success preventing terrorism, including a planned millennium attack on Los Angeles International Airport, and finding suspected terrorists in Lodi and L.A. The state has also been investigating the radicalizing and recruitment of inmates in state prisons, including Folsom, he said. One project the state has undertaken is developing a series of five threat assessment centers statewide, where officials from local, state and federal agencies can work together under one roof to share information and coordinate investigations. The centers, including one in Los Angeles, should be ready by 2007, Bettenhausen said. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gardaí attend scene of head-on crash between articulated lorry and car

first_imgA head-on road traffic collision occurred between an articulated truck and a car this morning.The collision happened at Tirhomin on the main Milford to Kerrykeel road.Three people have been hospitalised following the crash, two of which are believed to have been transferred to hospitals outside of Donegal for assessment and treatment. It is believed that the roof had to be cut from the car to access the casualties.The road has been closed since the collision. Diversions are in place, with traffic being directed via the Harry Blaney Bridge going into the Fanad Peninsula.Gardaí attend scene of head-on crash between articulated lorry and car was last modified: August 22nd, 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:crashKERRYKEELMilfordtirhominlast_img read more

Dieter’s NFL betting guide: In-depth analysis and picks of every Week 1 game

first_imgNot only do the Vikings play better at home, but they also return 10 of 11 defensive starters and are going … Each Friday morning, I’m going to post my bets for the week. You’ll get a spread pick on every game, as well as the best totals and money-line plays available at the time of publishing.All lines are via MyBookie.AG.Now let’s make some cash.Week One(0-0 on the season)Atlanta at Minnesota (-4)This might be underpriced for the Vikings, so get in if you can at minus-4.last_img

Will do whatever I can to help Unmukt, says St Stephen’s College Principal

first_imgSoftening his stand, St Stephen’s College Principal Valsan Thampu on Thursday said India’s Under-19 World Cup winning skipper Unmukt Chand will be taken care of.Unmukt was denied promotion to the second year of his Bachelor of Arts course by St Stephen’s as the young cricketer failed to accumulate the minimum attendance required by college. Speaking exclusively to Headlines Today, Thampu said Unmukt will be given a rousing reception at the college. “I will do whatever I can to help Unmukt,” he said. Vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Union Minister, Rajiv Shukla, had earlier said it was an internal matter of the college. He had appealed to St Stephen’s authorities to consider Unmukt as a special case. “I appeal to St Stephen’s to take a considerate view on Unmukt. But I understand that it is an internal matter. The college is autonomous. But I am making this appeal,” Shukla said.last_img read more