Dr Paul Wright: Sunshine Girls need proper coaching

first_imgJamaica finished fourth at the Netball World Cup. Sixteen teams participated. After months of intensive training, improved nutrition packages, foreign coaching etc., Jamaica finished fourth. The good book reports that Jesus told Lazarus to come forth. I am confident that this should not be interpreted as a directive to the Sunshine Girls in international competition. Besides, he is reported to have said ‘forth’, not fourth. Sometimes third, most times fourth, has been the mantra of our Sunshine Girls for too long. I maintain that our Girls are much, much better than fourth out of 16. Our Girls deserve better. I am hoping that after the hype and promises of the leaders of the team before departure, decency will prevail and resignations offered. We started every match in this tournament the same way, outplaying and outscoring our opponents, then they make tactical adjustments, we don’t, and we lose. In the third-place play-off against England – who we beat for bronze medal in the last Commonwealth Games in Scotland – Jamaica finished the first quarter five goals ahead of their English opponents. England never panicked. After the defeat in the Commonwealth Games, they changed coach, who immediately began concentrating on the defensive aspect of their game. Thus, the act of falling behind to Jamaica in the first quarter meant that tactics and personnel needed adjustment. Experienced defender Sonia Mkoloma was inserted (her acrobatic interceptions defied gravity) and wing defender Serena Guthrie adjusted her style, cutting off looping balls to our ace shooters, resulting in a humiliating exit for our Girls, beaten by a whopping 22 goals. The advocates of mediocrity, who seem to revel in the fact that the Sunshine Girls are the highest ranked Jamaican team in international competition, are doing our girls a great disservice. We are better than sometimes third, most times fourth. All these girls need is proper coaching. As the start of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China, gets closer, the awful spectre of doping with impunity by elite athletes continues to grab headlines. I repeat the fact that the best weapon against doping in sports now seems to be confessions and leaks. The defenders of elite dopers seem to have a morbid fear of “bringing the sport into disrepute”, and will do everything in their power to hide information, quite oblivious to the fact that this lack of transparency only serves to provide incentive to dopers. At the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, a group of university professionals got permission from the World Anti Doping Association (WADA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to interview 1,800 of the athletes at the Championships. They discovered that an astonishing 29-34 per cent of the athletes confessed to violating the rules of doping in the previous 12 months. This information could have alerted national anti-doping agencies to add ‘target testing’ to their regime, thus increasing the possibility (however, remote that might be) of unmasking elite cheaters. Transparency is the key to good governance and ought not to be feared by those who have nothing to hide.last_img read more

Double standards on corruption

first_imgDear Editor,In the last decade of the PPP’s administration there was a heighten drive for transparency, accountability, good governance and adherence to rule of law in Guyana. The Government and those deemed connected to the administration were constantly being skewered in the news and visas of the former were being revoked as a matter of routine. Media houses exhibited great power and the diplomatic community was very assertive in its stance against corruption.The charge in the local media was led by numerous accountability, governance and constitutional experts. The Government faced accusations left, right and center about corruption, financial mismanagement – particularly as it concerned the consolidated fund, conflict of interest and nepotism. Even those in the capitalist private sector were beginning to feel guilty about making profits. Around the same time the PNC had managed to re-invent itself despite its own history of corruption and election rigging. Soon after the coalition got into office it immediately launched over 50 forensic audits, COIs and Enquiries costing hundreds of millions. Several of those audits were awarded, without tender no less, to auditors who had been staunch PPP critics. Notwithstanding, nothing of substance came from the audits which means PPP was effectively thrown out of office on a fake trumped up charge.In a similar vein to the sole sourcing of the auditors, the APNU/AFC coalition very early on recruited and thereby neutralized many of the former advocates of good governance. These folks are now busy promoting and defending corruption, bad governance, nepotism, blatant conflict of interest and violation of the constitution. Others have gone silent perhaps ashamed of what they have birthed. The result is a media today which has lost its zest for transparency and accountability giving meaning to the old adage, “monkey know which limb to jump pon.” But while the actions of the former transparency advocates can be explained by the fact that many are really propagandists, the withdrawal of the diplomatic community from the corruption issue raises a major question.There is no doubt that corruption has risen to astronomical levels since this Government has risen to power. For example, there is the Durban Park project, the never ending airport and road projects – where more is spent for less, pharmagate scandals, land and concessions giveaways to politicians and friends – deals which were made while the Government under caretaker status, the scandalous 99 year parking meter contract, GECOM radios deal, the fritter on overpriced Drones – announced only two days ago and the most egregious of them all: the incomparable US billions oil giveaway for a measly 2% and the secret stash/ pittance of a bonus. On top of all that the Government continues to occupy office illegally one year after it easy defeated in a No Confidence Motion. Then there is GECOM, a study in deception, seemingly doing all it can to facilitate this caretaker Government remaining in office indefinitely by delaying and preventing free and fair elections. Suddenly it is clear that there is one standard for the PPP and another for APNU/AFC. And that accusation could be leveled against the diplomatic community as well. Why is the diplomatic community which was so assertive against corruption and keen on rule of law, so quiet in the face of all these violations? The answer to that question is perhaps most troubling. It perhaps also explains the arrogance and disdain of this caretaker Government and GECOM for the Guyanese people.Sincerely,Ravi Ramlast_img read more

Urey Slams Boakai’s Endorsements

first_imgUrey: “Boakai’s endorsements will not shake us.”(Photo: Nick N. Seebeh)Benoni Urey, political leader of the opposition All Liberian Party (ALP), lambasted over the weekend the endorsement of Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai’s presidential bid by 19 Senators and 31 Representatives who claim that among the presidential candidates, the VP is the most competent and qualified to lead the country.  Urey referred to the endorsements as “insignificant ventures.”Speaking at the launch of a grassroots political group, the National Association for the Masses in Support of Urey’s Presidency (NAMSUP) at Joe Bar sports pitch in Paynesville, the businessman turned politician said that under no condition will the Unity Party get another chance to lead the country.“We are not moved by the failed lawmakers’ endorsements of the Vice President, neither by any other group of citizens across the country. All I can say and will continue to say even up to election is that Liberians are not stupid to allow the continuity of a political institution that has impoverished them more in the course of 12 years than any other regime in our country’s history,” Urey said.He said VP Boakai and his supporters should keep dreaming on ascending to the presidency, and that victory is certain for his party.“Let them continue to catch their so called big fishes. We don’t need them. All we know now is that the common people in the villages and towns across the country are in their numbers understanding our message, which calls for the removal from public office of all UP officials after October 10,” he said.Mr. Urey also claimed that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is manipulating the electoral process by spending tax payers’ money to break down strong opposition coalitions. He, however, did not give details of his claim against the President.“We are making our points clear now. The President is not interested in seeing the process having its own level playing field. She must stop if she so cherishes the peace she is boasting of everyday or things might not be good for us,” he said.The ALP political leader said VP Boakai, who he described as “ too old,” lacks any new idea to usher in change.“He is now 74 years old and is concluding his second term in office as Vice President of our beloved country, but cannot boast of any advice he has given to Madam Sirleaf that helped in curtailing the rampant corruption and other vices,” he noted.He called on his new political group, NAMSUP, to get ready for a nationwide tour in order to campaign and win votes to unseat the UP led government.Also speaking, tough talking political commentator Henry P. Costa said it is time for Liberians to wheel the change by themselves.“Now is the moment for us to prove to the world that we are not blind and insensitive to the ordeals we are going through as a nation. We have to stand up and vote for a change that will transform our lives, the lives of our children and those of generations unborn,” he said, calling Urey the God-sent messiah who is prepared to bring the needed change.“The first Article of our Constitution reads that ‘All power is inherent in the people’ and it is their free will that institutes government and if that government fails to benefit them, it is their social responsibility to change that government through constitutional means,” Costa said.He said the benefits the Constitution talks about are citizens receiving from their government good and affordable healthcare delivery systems, better learning institutions for both vocational and academic education, equal justice for all, and jobs, among others.“Now, can anyone here tell me that we have benefited satisfactorily from the UP led government? I am sure no one here can give ‘yes’ for an answer to this question. And it is because of this reason we should vote for Urey, the farmer who is always on the ground, regardless of how difficult the times might be,” he said.“Some of you get angry when I talk the way I talk on the radio about this government, but I am not moved by your mixed reactions,” said Costa, who is the host of the show.“As a good citizen I know that President Sirleaf and her followers are hurting our country more than doing us any good,” he said, adding that no one who is corrupt and refuses to change deserves any respect from society.“If you know anything about the Social Contract Theory you will not oppose anyone who speaks against the wickedness of a leadership such as this UP led government,” Costa stated.He said President Sirleaf did not rest at any point in time to speak against corruption, nepotism and several other societal ills when Tolbert and Doe were presidents, but has sharply fallen short of doing any better than either of the two presidents since she came to power almost 12 years ago.“I have no apology for the president or her followers who have hurt over 90 percent our people nationwide by signing many bogus contracts with foreign companies and denying all of us our constitutional rights to equally benefit,” he said.Costa is a representative aspirant in Montserrado District #6, which he believes he will win with no hindrance.The head of NAMSUP, Darius Cole, said his group presently has a membership of 2,000 people in over ten communities around Monrovia, and he is working to win tens of thousands more for Urey to become president.Mr. Cole said his group came into existence in November last year but waited for the right time, which he considers now, to disclose to the ALP political leader their plans to campaign for his presidency.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Holders Sharks to face KCB in FKF Shield semi

first_img0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks keeper Gad Mathews celebrates with his trainer after saving two penalties against Bungoma Superstars to see Sharks go through to the FKF Shield semis on April 21, 2019. PHOTO/Kariobangi SharksNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 21 – Defending champions Kariobangi Sharks survived a scare from third tier side Bungoma Super Stars to win 4-2 on post-match penalties and progress to the semi-final of the Football Kenya Federation Shield.Sharks, who make it to a fourth consecutive final, will now face KCB in the last eight with the bankers having earlier on dismissed National Super League side Bidco United 4-1. Meanwhile, Bandari will face off with fellowCoastal region side SS Assad in the other semi after both also won their respective quarter final duels on Saturday.Bungoma had put up a giant killing spree knocking out former champions Sofapaka and AFC Leopards on their way to the quarter final and were on the way for another memorable victory before Eric Kapaito spared Sharks the blushes with a late equalizer.Iddi Wasike had given Bungoma a 78th minute lead before Kapaito, the reigning KPL player of the year stepped up tp restore parity at the stroke of 90 minutes.On penalties, keeper Gad Mathews saved twice to see his side remain on course for a second piece of silverware this season.In the early kick off, a goal apiece by Michael Kibwage, Bolton Omwenga, Victor Omondi, and Kennedy Owino saw KCB stroll to a 4-1 win. Dinken Mwema scored Bidco United’s consolation.The SportPesa Shield defending champions then went on to win it 4-2 in post-match penalties.The semi-finals will be played on May 12 with the final scheduled for June 1.Quarterfinal ResultsSS Assad 2-1 Congo Boys (Mbaraki Sports Ground)Bandari 4-1 Western Stima (Mbaraki Sports Club)Sunday, April 21, 2019KCB 4-1 Bidco United (Machakos Stadium)Kariobangi Sharks 1(4)-1(2) Bungoma Superstars (Machakos Stadium)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

How Danny Ings’ stats compare to Mario Balotelli

first_imgIt was a “thanks, but no thanks, Moyesy” from Danny Ings, who appears now to have his heart set on joining Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.This season the Burnley striker has been courted by the Reds, Tottenham and Real Sociedad manager David Moyes, but it is Anfield the 22-year-old has his heart set on, and he has a chance to impress on Merseyside when the Clarets travel their tonight.Rodgers has Rickie Lambert, Daniel Sturridge, Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli as options up front, the latter of whom cost the club £16m in the summer.So how does he compare to Ings, who will be a free agent in the summer? 2 2 Will Danny Ings replace Mario Balotelli at Liverpool? Ings is a man in form at the minute and has scored five goals in his last nine games – is he who Liverpool need in their attack?last_img read more

DDTV: WATCH YOUNG LETTERKENNY GAA STARS HAVE A ‘DREAM DAY OUT’!

first_imgA group of Letterkenny Gaels Camogs and hurlers have been treated to the trip of a lifetime at GAA headquarters. The group gathered at Kelly’s Centra at the Mountain Top in the early hours of the morning to make their way to Croke Park for the Centra sponsored “Dream Day Out”Upon arrival at ‘Headquarters’ the children were greeted by ‘King’ Henry Shefflin in the Cusack Stand dressing rooms and were then brought out through the tunnel on to the lush green grass of the iconic stadium. Here the children were coached in the skills of hurling and camogie for over an hour by some of Irelands finest hurlers.After the skills session the kids were ushered up into the Cusack Stand Corporate Suite to sample Croke Park’s finest cuisine and to chill out. Here they also got a chance to get their pictures taken with the Liam Mc Carthy Cup.When lunch was finished the children had an hour to spend in the ‘Fun Zone’.This was followed by a behind the scenes Stadium Tour. A wonderful day was had by all and the children will have life long memories that they will treasure.Letterkenny Gaels would like to say a special thank you to Mairtin Kelly and the staff at Kellys Centra Mountain Top for their generosity and support for this event.Simply click on the video to see how the boys and girls got on.DDTV: WATCH YOUNG LETTERKENNY GAA STARS HAVE A ‘DREAM DAY OUT’! was last modified: November 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Croke ParkdonegalLetterkenny Gaelslast_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: EURO COLLAPSES AGAINST STERLING

first_imgTHE EURO is tumbling on the markets tonight as the Greek debt crisis hits the currency.This could be good news for retailers in Co Donegal who want to stop shoppers heading north this Christmas.It is however bad news for workers paid in sterling as their take-home pay takes a battering. The euro fell against sterling, hitting the lowest since October 4th, leaving September’s low of 85.31 pence as the nearest support. A short time ago it was trading at 85.81. A break below this level would take the euro to its lowest since March.(It means the pound is now worth €1.16.53c).“I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw the September low broken, and then we have the psychologically important level of 85 (pence) to target,” said Audrey Childe-Freeman, EMEA head of currency strategy at JP Morgan private bank in an interview with Reuters.“The uncertainty as to whether there will be a (Greek) referendum or not is leaving the euro highly vulnerable.” BREAKING NEWS: EURO COLLAPSES AGAINST STERLING was last modified: November 1st, 2011 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:donegaldailyeuro sterling newslast_img read more

DONEGAL CANTER TO VICTORY OVER A FLAT DERRY SIDE

first_imgDonegal 2-13 Derry 0-9: Donegal cantered to an easy win against Derry at MacCumhaill Park this afternoon.Donegal dismantled a poor Derry side with a fine team performance that was probably over as a contest at half-time.Tyrone will be a completely different task in the semi-final at Clones but Jim McGuinness can be more than happy with the development of his squad. All over the pitch his team showed the appetite for a fight with fine performances from defence to attack.The game was played in very slippy conditions with both sides finding it difficult to control the ball.However Donegal had 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. 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 looked solid as the teams went in with Donegal leading 1-6 to 0-4. Derry needed to liven things up from the restart but failed to do so.They looked flat and allowed Donegal to cut through their midfield as Derry packed their defence.After seven minutes of the restart Donegal’s hard work paid off.Having hunted in a pack to close down a Derry attack, Donegal broke up the field and they eventually found McFadden who drilled the ball home to make it 2-7 to 0-4.Derry looked to change things and brought off Enda Lynn, who impressed early on, to be replaced by Patsy Bradley.Paddy Bradley got his fourth point a short time later for Derry in what was his fourth converted free kick.Murphy popped over another free as Derry resorted to jersey pulling which didn’t escape the referee.David Walsh, who enjoyed a fine game, finished a fine move for Donegal with a direct point in the 51st minute to make it 2-9 to 0-5.Even big Neil Gallagher, not exactly known for his scoring prowess, took a point when he latched onto a lovely flick-on from Buncrana player Ryan Bradley.With ten minutes still to go Derry fans voted with their feet when many began to leave the ground.Ryan Bradley capped off a super performance with a point in the 60th minutes.Paddy McBrearty almost got an ‘A’ after just completing his Leaving Cert when his shot came back off the upright in the 63rd minute.Things couldn’t get worse form Derry when Donegal goalkeeper pulled of a terrific reflex save from Michael Lynch with five minutes to go.Stephen Griffin and Dermot Molloy came on for McFadden and McLoone to shake things up for Donegal with a few minutes to play.Glenfin’s Frank McGlynn was named man of the match but it could have been any one of half a dozen Donegal players including Ryan Bradley, Mark McHugh, Patrick McBrearty and Leo McLoone amongst others.DONEGAL CANTER TO VICTORY OVER A FLAT DERRY SIDE was last modified: June 16th, 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

VOODOO VENUE PICTURE SPECIAL: HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE

first_imgVoodoo Venue is Donegal’s No.1 clubbing venue, attracting revellers from all over the North-West to the nightclub every weekend.Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Voodoo Venue presents top class entertainment and excellent drink promotions to their ever growing mass of customers.Every week Voodoo Venue in conjunction with Donegal Daily gives one lucky reader the chance to win free entry for four and a bottle of champagne. If you’ve been snapped by the house photographer, then you’re in with a chance of winning.Check out the snaps above and if your face is circled then you’ve won the prize.Contact Voodoo via Facebook to claim your prize.   VOODOO VENUE PICTURE SPECIAL: HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE was last modified: July 14th, 2014 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewspicture specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

Emirates to fly ‘superjumbo’ to Joburg

first_imgThe airline’s financial results for 2010/11 show total passenger growth for South Africa having risen by 12% over the previous financial year, while overall revenue from the South African market also rose sharply by 34%. Emirates Airlines is to use its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft on a daily service between Dubai and Johannesburg from 1 October onwards, to cater for the increasing number of South African travellers flying with the airline. Emirates becomes the second airline to use the A380 “superjumbo” on flights to South Africa, following on Air France’s use of the plane between Paris and Johannesburg. “By launching the aircraft to Johannesburg, we are further underlining our commitment to serving South Africa and we anticipate very strong demand from leisure and business travellers keen to experience its unique features and unparalleled levels of comfort in the air.” “The very positive trends we have witnessed over the last 12 months will only be boosted by the arrival of our flagship A380 aircraft, which has set a new benchmark for air travel.” Emirates Airlines currently operates three daily flights to Johannesburg, a double-daily service to Cape Town and a daily service to Durban. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The 489-seat Emirates A380 offers 14 private first class suites, 76 lie-flat beds in business class and 399 seats in economy class. First class passengers have access to two onboard shower spas, while all premium passengers on the upper deck can socialise in the onboard lounge. 16 May 2011 “We have enjoyed a successful partnership with South Africa since launching services in 1995, and now connect our Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban gateways to our vast global network through 42 non-stop flights each week to Dubai,” Emirates Airline president Tim Clark said in a statement this week. “Our A380 demonstrates the future of aviation – both in terms of passenger experience and environmental sensitivity,” Clark said. ‘The future of aviation’ The A380 service will operate daily as EK 761, departing Dubai at 2.40pm (local time) and arriving at OR Tambo International Airport at 10.50am (local). The return flight, EK762, departs Johannesburg at 2.10pm (local) and arrives in Dubai at 12.10am (local) the following day.last_img read more