Chasing history! – Portmore hunting RSPL record

first_imgNever in the history of Jamaica’s football has a promoted team rose from the lower league to the summit of top-flight football in successive seasons.However, former winners Portmore United are hoping to rewrite the record book as they prepare to take on Humble Lion in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) semi-finals, starting tomorrow, and coach Jeffrey Hewitt said it would be “special” to accomplish such a feat.Portmore were relegated from the Premier League in the 2013/2014 season, but after battling their way back to local football’s premier competition last year, no one expected the season the St Catherine side has delivered.They topped the preliminary standings on points to take the $1-million prize and Hewitt said winning the play-offs would be the added bonus.”Definitely, it would be something special (to come straight up and win the league), but our objective is not really based on that. Our intention is to make sure we are champions of the league, but that (coming up and winning) would definitely add to it,” he said.Hewitt said that prior to the start of the season, they were confident of doing well on their return, however, as the team performed above expectations, he said their objectives also changed.EXPECTATIONS SURPASSED”We surpassed it (expectation) and our objectives changed along the way. Coming into the season, we played some practise games against Premier League teams and, based on what we saw, we knew, for a fact, we were going to finish high up the table, but as the season progressed, we realised we could push further and we kept pushing and, hopefully, at the end of the season, we will be on top.”We have been putting in a lot of work, and it’s definitely about the backroom staff. We have been working very hard with this team and credit must go to (technical) director (Andre) Waugh who set the programme. He knows what he’s about and what he wants and the guys have fallen in line and as it is we are getting there,” he continued.To achieve this dream, Portmore must first get by arch-rivals Humble Lion in their two-leg semi-final and Hewitt claim things are looking good for them as they head into tomorrow’s first-leg clash at Effortville.”Finishing on top of the league ahead of Arnett Gardens, Montego Bay is a good feeling. We are really proud of what we have achieves so far and our ambition is to go all the way. The job is not yet done, we just have to keep on working, as our focus is on getting through these two semi-final games and try to advance to the final.last_img read more

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Coach Kobe: Bryant shares philosophies on how to reach kids

first_imgHe referenced a conversation with fantasy novelist George R.R. Martin, whose books are the basis for “Game of Thrones,” in explaining his coaching philosophy. He said he asked Martin why the parents of his heroes always had to die. Martin’s response: “They either have to die or be a part of the problem.”“It’s a terrible analogy, but bear with me,” Bryant said. “As parents of young athletes and coaches, if we are constantly providing the answer for them, they will not be able to problem-solve on their own. Give them the tools to go out and finish.”The daylong event at the Newseum spotlighted persistent problems in American youth sports: Athletes specialize in a single sport too early, which can lead to burnout and hinder the development of diverse athletic skills; and organized sports can be inaccessible to low-income Americans because families have to pay for their kids to play.By contrast, speakers at Tuesday’s forums included the former head of the Norwegian Olympic Committee and a top official with the French soccer federation, both of whom emphasized the importance of government funding that breaks down barriers to participation.“It’s a right for all children and all youth in Norway to take part in sport,” said Inge Andersen, the Norwegian official. “It’s more or less free to participate in sport from when you are a little kid.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Butler to join Wolves in opener at Spurs, despite asking out Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Sometimes the most important thing to do is to just observe,” Bryant said. “You just watch and then you can guide.”Bryant’s partnership with the Aspen Institute, a nonprofit that seeks to address global problems through gatherings of experts and intellectuals, is a natural outgrowth of his diverse post-basketball interests, which include filmmaking and a series of novels. Earlier this year he won an Oscar for “Dear Basketball,” an animated short film based on the open letter he wrote to announce his retirement from the NBA. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Former NBA basketball all-star Kobe Bryant reacts as he moderates a panel about youth sports during the Aspen Institute’s Project Play Summit, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — Call him Coach Kobe.Kobe Bryant sounded just as passionate about coaching his daughter’s middle-school basketball team as he was about playing for the Los Angeles Lakers under Phil Jackson as he held court about his coaching philosophies and the state of youth sports on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT It’s hard to argue with the recent results in those two countries: Norway, a nation of 5 million, led the world with 39 medals at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; and France won the World Cup while the United States, with more than four times the population, failed to qualify.Bryant, too, was exposed to the European model of youth sports while spending much of his childhood in Italy. He said playing soccer helped him develop a better understanding of basketball’s complexities because it showed him how ball movement between two players can open an opportunity for a third.Before he shared his thoughts on coaching, Bryant also hosted a panel with young athletes in which he asked them what they’ve learned from sports and how they cope with setbacks, including losses or injuries.For coaches, he said a hands-off approach can have unexpected benefits.“Sports has become very structured, which is also concerning,” he said. “We don’t have time to bring that imagination out. It’s a really big concern. In practice at least once a week, the first 20 minutes of practice, I have just imagination play.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

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Neymar out until at least May 17, eyes ‘dream’ World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Brazilian superstar Neymar out of action until at least May 17 © AFP / Nelson ALMEIDASAO PAULO, Brazil, Apr 17 – Brazilian superstar Neymar said Tuesday that he won’t be back playing at least until the second half of May, when he is scheduled to have his final medical exam following foot surgery.“There isn’t an exact date yet. I have the last exam, if I’m not mistaken, I’m not sure, on May 17,” the Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward told a press conference in Sao Paulo. “I’ll be cleared to play. Then I’ll see, it depends on how things develop, it depends on my next exams…. It has not been decided,” he said.The timing leaves the world’s most expensive footballer in a tight race to feature again for PSG with the freshly crowned French champion’s season ending on May 19 with a game against Caen.However, his prospects for starring in Brazil’s much fancied side at the World Cup in Russia, which runs from June 14 to July 15, look much better. Brazil open their campaign on June 17 against Switzerland in Rostov.“I hope I won’t watch the World Cup on TV,” Neymar joked, calling the tournament a “dream”.“I will have enough time to prepare,” he said at the press conference, where he walked with crutches and his foot immobilized in a medical boot. “It’s evolving well.”With the enforced rest period Neymar added, “I will arrive better than I was before.”Neymar, 26, broke a bone in his right foot on February 25 in a Ligue 1 game against Marseille, before returning to his home country for surgery and rehabilitation.Brazil’s national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, performed surgery on March 3 and then estimated that Neymar would be out for “two-and-a-half to three months”.In his absence, PSG were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid in the last 16 in March.Brazil will also face Costa Rica and Serbia in their group, as they target winning a sixth World Cup, four years after the nightmare of their 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals on home soil in 2014.For now, Neymar said he spends much of his time playing poker, his “favorite pastime,” and “playing video games and going on the computer”.Not that he enjoys the couch potato experience much.“There are doubts, of course. I feel them too. But it’s normal for a guy who ended up injured. This was the first surgery in my career,” he said. “It’s really hard seeing my team score and becoming champions without me being with them.”“Still, I am more rested,” he said. “We have to look on the bright side.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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BEBHINN’S SHORT FILM WINS TOP AWARD AT GATHERING FUNCTION

first_imgA young Donegal Town student has scooped a major award for her short film in a competition organised in conjunction with The Gathering.Bebhinn Naughton’s short film Hearts Like Mountains, blew away judges in Dublin this week.The film was presented with the Best Short Film Award on the night. Students had been asked to do a short promotional video about their area to appeal to people coming to visit.Bebhinn pulled out all the stops  and had a number of well-knwon faces in her video including GAA star Karl Lacey and personality Noel Cunningham.Bebhinn, a student at the Abbey Vocational School, was accompanied to Dublin by her parents and brother.  BEBHINN’S SHORT FILM WINS TOP AWARD AT GATHERING FUNCTION was last modified: March 23rd, 2013 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:Bebhinn NaughtonfilmThe Gatheringlast_img read more

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Falcarragh Parkrun to host annual big breakfast on Saturday

first_imgThe Falcarragh Parkrun will hold its Annual Big Breakfast this Saturday the 15th of July at Ballyconnell. A spokesperson says “We would like to invite all our community and all our visitors to this event. If you use the paths in Ballyconnell during the week and would like to show your appreciation for the work that has been done, come along this Saturday.“This year our 5k Run and Walk has been included in the Falcarragh Festival programme. “We would like to wish the Festival every success and thank them for including the Parkrun in their programme.”Falcarragh Parkrun to host annual big breakfast on Saturday was last modified: July 9th, 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:Ballyconnellbig breakfastfalcarragh parkrunlast_img read more

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DONEGAL ENCOURAGED TO GET ACTIVE IN JUNE!

first_imgFollowing on from the success of the Active Donegal 2012 with over 250 events it’s now time to once again celebrate all that is positive about sport.All of Donegal are most welcome to take part in the biggest sporting participation programme of the calendar year.In 2012 approximately 5,000 people of all ages and abilities walked, jogged, swam, cycled, played games, rowed, sailed, canoed, pushed, pulled, rolled, jumped, skipped, and fished during June 2012 Active Donegal month – Just Try It! We want to surpass last years Active Donegal month with more events, more challenges to allow more people to take part in sport and physical activity and get the benefits of the Just Try It campaign.Through the Active Donegal Campaign during the month of June 2013 we want the people of Donegal to ‘Just Try It’ , come out and take part in some type of physical event in your community either in one of our organised community or sports events or as a group of friends going for a walk or cycle .The campaign is for everyone and will also be an opportunity for local communities and sports clubs to highlight and promote their own sports and clubs to the general public which could be a useful platform for getting additional volunteers.The launch of the programme on June 2nd next, will also coincide with launch of our new website www.activedonegal.com which we know will also be a valuable support to promoting our campaign. We would encourage all agencies to send a representative and to take their organisation pull up sign as we want the launch to reflect a multiagency approach.  DONEGAL ENCOURAGED TO GET ACTIVE IN JUNE! was last modified: April 25th, 2013 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:Active Donegallast_img read more

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CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW: HOLDERS EUNAN’S GET GLENSWILLY IN LAST EIGHT

first_imgTHE quarter-final draw of the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta Senior Football Championship will feature a re-run of last year’s final with holders St Eunan’s drawn to play Glenswilly in the last eight.Kilcar take on Four Masters, favourites St Michael’s will play Malin and Naomh Conaill will take on Termon.Quarter Finals of the SFC Kilcar v Four MastersSt Michael’s v MalinGlenswilly v St Eunan’sNaomh Conaill v Termon The relegation play-offsKillybegs v Sean MacCumhaill’sArdara v CloughaneelyReservesArdara v Naomh Muire Glenswilly v St Eunan’sSt Michael’s v Four MastersKilcar v Gaoth DobhairIntermediate Football Championship Gaeil Fhanáda v Naomh ColumbaBundoran v Naomh BrídAodh Ruadh v MilfordCarn v Naomh ColmcilleAll the games will be played on Saturday September 12 and Sunday September 13.CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW: HOLDERS EUNAN’S GET GLENSWILLY IN LAST EIGHT was last modified: August 31st, 2015 by John2Share 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:Aodh RuadhCarndonaghchampionship drawdonegalMalinMilfordN ConaillN MuireNAOMH COLUMBASFCSt EunansSt MichaelsTermonlast_img read more

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SPEED CAMERA BLITZ ACROSS COUNTY AS GARDAI GUARD QUEEN IN DUBLIN

first_imgEVERY available speed camera van has been deployed in Co Donegal today – as three-quarters of the county’s Gardai are on duty in Dublin to protect Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.Donegaldaily.com has learned the strategy was ordered for the rest of this week during the royal visit.So far our readers have reported the GoSafe speed vans – which are operated by a civilian-staffed private company – at Ballyshannon, Illistrin, Letterkenny, Buncrana, Burt, Gaoth Dobhair and just outside Donegal Town. A senior garda admitted: “With so many of our people on duty for the visits of the queen and President Obama, we don’t want people to think it’s a free for all on our roads.“The speed detection cameras are out in force with extra available shift being used.”The senior garda also issued a warning to businesses and homeowners, telling them to be extra vigilant for the rest of the week as criminal gangs may try to take advantage of the royal visit to launch a crime blitz.“There is no doubt that there are criminals who think they can take advantage of fewer gardai on duty in the county this week,” said the senior garda. “They are very much mistaken if they think that; however I would ask members of the public to be extra vigilant this week and early next week.“Business people also need to be extra vigilant, checking and double checking their security systems.”The British Queen arrived at Casement Aerodrome in Dublin at 11.55am.There were a number of bomb alerts today, with one viable device found in Maynooth.A controlled explosion was also carried out on a suspect package on Dublin’s light railway system the Luas today but it was found to be a false alarm, as was another suspect package found in the city on yesterday. And there is traffic disruption in parts of Derry today because of alerts.SPEED CAMERA BLITZ ACROSS COUNTY AS GARDAI GUARD QUEEN IN DUBLIN was last modified: May 17th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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JOBS: DONEGAL PROJECT OFFICER FOR THE BUSINESS BOOT CAMP PROGRAMME

first_imgJob Vacancy – Donegal Project OfficerRECRUITMENT OF A DONEGAL PROJECT OFFICER FOR THE BUSINESS BOOT CAMP PROGRAMMEWorking alongside a small professional programme management team this is an ideal opportunity for the right individual to help Enterprise Northern Ireland and its partners to deliver the exciting Business Boot Camp programme (Start & Grow) successfully across County Donegal.  The position will be a Fixed Term Contract from date of appointment to 31 March 2015. Please make contact with Enterprise NI Communications Officer Jennifer Taylor atJennifer.Taylor@enterpriseni.com or 004428 7776 3555, if you wish to receive an application form along with detailed Job Description and Person Specification.Please note, Secondments will be considered.  Closing Date for Applications is 12.00pm on Tuesday 11th December 2012. Enterprise NI is an Equal Opportunity Employer The Business Boot Camp programme is funded under the European Regional Development Fund through the European INTERREG IVA Structural Funds Programme.  JOBS: DONEGAL PROJECT OFFICER FOR THE BUSINESS BOOT CAMP PROGRAMME was last modified: December 4th, 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:JOBS: DONEGAL PROJECT OFFICER FOR THE BUSINESS BOOT CAMP PROGRAMMElast_img read more

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GARDAÍ HUNT ARMED GANG AFTER ATTEMPTED ROBBERY

first_imgGARDAI and their colleagues in the PSNI are hunting an armed gang behind the attempted robbery of a County Donegal petrol station.Members of the armed Garda regional response unit have been placed on high alert as a result of the incident.At least three men – armed with a gun and a sledge hammer – attempted to rob the Texaco Filling Station in Bridgend on Sunday morning. However they fled in a white van when other motorists arrived at the scene.It’s understood Gardaí have liaised closely with the PSNI in their bid to identify the gang.It is the latest terrifying incident of crime in east Donegal in recent weeks and follows burglaries against many local elderly people – and the theft of guns from a house in Rooskey last week.Gardaí have been working overtime to solve the crimes, especially the attacks on pensioners which left six of them terrified. A number of people have been interviewed but no arrests have been made. GARDAÍ HUNT ARMED GANG AFTER ATTEMPTED ROBBERY was last modified: March 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:bridgendcrimedonegalGardairobberylast_img read more

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