GAA: DONEGAL LADIES GAA ROUND-UP

first_imgBY PADDY COLLWell done to Kenny Griffin and Dave MCLaughlin on Saturday last in RedHughes when they overcame Armagh to reach the Ulster final where theymeet Tyrone in the Ulster Final at U16’s.Once again lads well done.Sorry was unable to attend due to an obituary in the family.The Senior ladies met Monaghan in Clones in the Ulster Final.Whileplayers and management may not have been pleased with the result theymet a class  side who used one touch passing to perfection.The playersboth starting and reserves brought on by Monaghan were at a differentlevel in almost every position.Once again Geraldine Mc Lauglin scored all Donegal’s scores 1-7,except one and Karen Guthrie scored the other point. Michael Naughton was short eleven of last years panel and most of thegirls were on the Minor panel this year with many having done theirleaving.He was forced on the day to play a seventeen girl from Convoyin goal and she adapted vey well having had to kick the ball out atleast eighty times which was an ordeal for one so young.Next year they will have an additional year’s experience behind themand hopefully some of those in USA and Canada and Europe will be backand playing.Girls we are all proud of you as you never stopped trying even thoughthe game as a contest was virtually over after twenty minutes with theopposition 4-7 to 0-2 ahead.the score at half time was Monaghan 5-13                    Donegal 0-4. The visitors played better in the second half though Monaghan to anextent lowered their intensity and scored twelve points to our 1-4.We can now concentrate on club football for the rest of summer exceptthe U16 panel whom we all hope will advance to the All Ireland semiFinals at the minimum with some great future players in the panel—Paddy CollGAA: DONEGAL LADIES GAA ROUND-UP was last modified: July 17th, 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:GAA: DONEGAL LADIES GAA ROUND-UPlast_img read more

FNB pours R40-million into local football

first_imgFNB is contributing in developingSouth Africa’s future football stars. FNB’s Derek Carstens, right, handingover an R18-million cheque to Safa. Legends Kalusha Bwalya and LucasRadebe are programme ambassadors.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Mphilo DlaminiCorporate CommunicationsFNB+27 11 371 8381Bongani NkosiFirst National Bank, one of South Africa’s four major banks, will invest R40-million (US$5.8-million) in developing the country’s young footballers over the next few years.The bank will sponsor the national under-17 boys and girls teams, as well as school football tournaments. It’s already built four pitches in as many communities, and another will be finished in 2011.FNB’s investment was announced to the media on 9 December in Nasrec, Johannesburg. It is part of the bank’s legacy programme following the recent 2010 Fifa World Cup, into which it pumped R30-million ($4.3-million).“We’re happy to announce this, especially at a time when I can assure you that things are not easy in corporate South Africa,” said FNB brand director Derek Carstens.The government and the South African Football Association (Safa) praised the bank for its pledge.The biggest chunk of the sponsorship will go to the under 17-boys and girls teams, respectively known as Amajimbos and Abantwana. FNB has already channelled R18-million ($2.6-million) into these teams, which are eyeing spots in the next Fifa World Cups for their age group.“The key objective we’ve set ourselves is that Amajimbos and Abantwana qualify for the World Cup in 2012 and 2013,” Carstens said.FNB has been involved with the Amajimbos for a number of years now, but the Abantwana sponsorship is a new venture. “We look at male and female sports as equally important,” he added.Bringing the Beautiful Game back to schoolsThe FNB Festivals are tipped to become the next biggest fad in school football. A total of 162 schools will participate in the inaugural event in 2011, after which it will become an annual fixture.Twenty schools will battle it out in the Lucas Radebe Tribute Festival, which is the Soweto leg of the competition in south-west Johannesburg. St Davids Marist in Sandton, also in Johannesburg, will see 42 schools slugging it out for glory.Grey College in Bloemfontein will host 20 schools, while a further 32 schools will use Durban’s Kloof High School as their battlefield. Victoria Park and Benoni High, schools located in Port Elizabeth and east of Johannesburg respectively, will each host 16 school teams.The schools competition is viewed as a great way to get pupils back into the swing of the Beautiful Game. Local football experts agree that the sport has long lost its ground in both urban and rural schools, which has impacted negatively on talent development. This is blamed for the current under-performance of national squads.“Our football in schools, I must say, is dead,” said Serame Letsoaka, Safa’s technical director. “This is where we tapped in for talent.“Thank you FNB for creating this opportunity to go back to schools.”R15-million on turfsThe bank channelled about R15-million ($2.2-million) into the development of football pitches before the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The pitches were created in Thohoyandou in Limpopo, Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, Mthatha in the Eastern Cape and George in the Western Cape.A pitch in Kimberley, Northern Cape, will be completed by June in 2011, the bank said.Community leagues will play their matches here, and may also host touring international junior teams. “We’re looking at teams like Boca Juniors of Argentina to bring their under-17s to play at the turfs,” said Carstens.Carstens said they have partnered with local municipalities in the areas to maintain the grounds.Coaches will be groomed for all the venues. Letsoaka, a coach himself, is excited about coaching clinics that will be run at the pitches. “We have been saying, let’s produce developmental coaches. These are the areas where we’ll develop coaches,” he said.Lucas Radebe, the former Bafana and Leeds United captain, has been appointed the ambassador of FNB’s legacy programme and he’ll oversee activities on the pitches.Intensifying Soccer Classic ClashesThe bank’s Soccer Classic Clashes competition, which was launched in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, in 2007, will also be extended. Starting in 2011, there will be far more venues and matches than in previous years, according to FNB.Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula said: “This legacy programme will impact on thousands of lives. A number of Bafana Bafana and Banyana Banyana (national male and female teams) will be drawn from this programme.”last_img read more

Trade agreement in place with Japan

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. agriculture celebrated a U.S. trade agreement with Japan that, once implemented, will place it back on a level playing field with international competitors in one of its most important export markets. The agreement was announced at the G7 summit in France during a press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.“We thank the Trump administration for negotiating a trade agreement with Japan, a market that represented 25 percent of total U.S. pork exports last year,” said David Herring, a pork producer from Lillington, N.C. and president of the National Pork Producers Council. “We look forward to rapid implementation of the agreement as international competitors are currently taking U.S. pork market share through more favorable access.”Dr. Dermot Hayes, an economist at Iowa State University, estimates exports to Japan will grow from $1.6 billion in 2018 to more than $2.2 billion over the next 15 years as a result of the United States pork industry getting market access in Japan as favorable as its competitors.U.S. pork is highly dependent on exports, shipping more than 25 percent of total production to foreign markets. Other NPPC trade priorities include ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement, which preserves zero-tariff pork trade in North America, and resolving trade disputes with China that will enable U.S. pork producers to capitalize on an unprecedented sales opportunity with the world’s largest pork-consuming nation.“The United States produces the safest, highest-quality and most affordable pork in the world,” Herring said. “It is the preference of many Japanese customers and we look forward to competing on a level playing field again.”last_img read more

WATCH: Conor McGregor named EA Sports UFC cover athlete for 2nd time

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The sports arm of video game developer Electronic Arts confirmed the designation through a teaser of the upcoming game—which looks as realistic as it has ever been.“EA SPORTS UFC 3 introduces a new generation of fighting for fight fans powered by Real Player Motion (RPM) Tech, a revolutionary new gameplay animation technology that delivers the most fluid and responsive motion in EA SPORTS UFC history,” the company said in a press release, as relayed by MMA Fighting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe game will also feature a new career mode called the “G.O.A.T.,” which allows players to promote upcoming fights, create heated rivalries and pave their way to become the “Greatest of All Time.”“Two belts, two covers—EA SPORTS got it right again,” McGregor said in the release, referring to himself, who claimed both the UFC Lightweight and Featherweight titles last year. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next #KicksStalker: ‘Long Live The King’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “It’s an honor to be on the cover and I can’t wait to play the game.”The game will be available on both Xbox One and Playstation 4 platforms in February 2018. /raRELATED STORY:Conor McGregor apologizes for homophobic slurADVERTISEMENT UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor remains as the poster boy of mixed martial arts as he is once again the face of the EA Sports UFC 3 video game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

15 days agoReal Madrid captain Ramos open to playing for Spain in Olympics

first_imgReal Madrid captain Ramos open to playing for Spain in Olympicsby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos admits he’d be open to playing for Spain in the 2020 Olympics.Spain have never usually opted for such veteran players to make up their Olympic squads, but this seems to be something Ramos is really keen on.El Mundo reports that this would be a dream for the centre-back.”If the chance to go to Tokyo comes up, it would be tremendously exciting for him,” is the view of those close to the player.Spain have already qualified thanks to the Under-21s’ performances at this summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship and each competing nation is permitted to include three over-23s in their Olympic squad. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more