Taumalolo on Warriors denial

first_imgPhoto by: IAN HITCHCOCK/GETTY IMAGES (Jason Taumalolo signed a 10-year deal with the Cowboys earlier this year worth a reported $10 million). The Warriors have long been keen to lure Taumalolo back to his homeland.In 2015, they offered him a $2 million contract only for the 24-year-old lock to re-sign with North Queensland for less money, that ultimately paid off for Taumalolo as the Cowboys won their maiden premiership that season.Earlier this year, the Warriors again came calling with another hugely tempting offer which, combined with the chance to be around family, almost had Taumalolo packing his bags.But having developed him into the best forward in the NRL, the Cowboys were desperate to retain the 2016 Dally M Medal co-winner and countered with an unprecedented 10-year deal worth a reported $10 million.Taumalolo admitted that the long-term security was too good to refuse but added that the Cowboys’ culture and his desire to finish his career as a one-club man also played a big part in his decision to turn down the Warriors.”They (Warriors) wanted me to come home,” Taumalolo told Australia’s Courier Mail.”A lot of my family is based in New Zealand and I was born there. At the time it was a tough decision to make.”Obviously money came into play. We all know footy players only play for so long in their careers. Money eventually comes into play.”But when it came down to it, I thought I could be better with my footy and play consistently and I saw where the club was heading over here, I realised I definitely enjoy where I was and how I was playing footy.”I didn’t want to change that.”Born in Auckland and with 10 tests for the Kiwis, the idea of returning to his roots appealed to Taumalolo.But he also classifies Townsville as home, having moved to the city with his parents at age 14 when he first linked up with the Cowboys. Ten years on, Taumalolo now finds himself as one of their most important players, particularly with halfback Johnathan Thurston and prop Matt Scott nursing season-ending injuries.The leading metre-eater in the NRL, Taumalolo has averaged more than 200m per game as the Cowboys have shrugged off those losses to sit in sixth place, well in the hunt for the top four.But in an ominous sign for the Warriors, Taumalolo is hoping to go up another gear for the run home to the finals.”I’ve been a bit dusty after having a week off but the body is ready for the last part of the season,” he told the Courier Mail.”I don’t feel too much pressure; it’s more I’ve got to step up a bit. I’ve got guys around me who help me. It’s great to have guys like that play around me and make my job easier.”The Cowboys host the 11th-placed Warriors in Townsville on Saturday night.last_img read more

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2020-05-26

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In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgsemi-finals this afternoonKnockout champions Petrojam secured the fourth and final semi-final spot in division one of the KSAFA/Western Sports Business House Football Competition on Tuesday with a 3-0 victory over lowly placed UWI at Mona.The Lennie Hyde-coached Petrojam advanced at the expense of The Gleaner Company with 20 points, thanks to goals from Leon Strickland, Andrew Christie and Jarron Richards.They joined Grace Kennedy, defending champions Metrodade and Scotiabank in today’s semis. Petrojam will meet Metrodade in one semi-final at Winchester Park, starting a 3:30 p.m., while Scotiabank will take on Grace Kennedy at Barbican, also at 3:30 p.m.In the division two semi-finals, the unbeaten Peak Bottling are up against National Commercial Bank at Winchester Park today at 1:30 p.m., while it will be Sagicor vs ATL in the first match at Barbican, starting at 1:30 p.m.Ken’s Wildflower wins nail-biterKen’s Wildflower enhanced their chances of advancing to the semi-finals of the South East St Catherine Domino League, which is sponsored by Member of Parliament Colin Fagan, after a close 250-246 countdown win over Westmeade Rising Stars last Sunday. The win propelled Ken’s Wildflower to 14 points, tying them at fourth place alongside Waterford United, who were idle this round.In other games, leaders Passagefort United (24 points) won their sixth match in a row, as they turned back Cumberland 250-237 and second-place Garveymeade (17 points), and crushed last-place Portsmouth 250-197.Games on tomorrow (home teams named first): Garveymeade vs Waterford, Westmeade Rising Stars vs Passagefort United and Ken’s Wildflower vs Cumberland. All games begin at 1 p.m.PE teachers BH football called to meetingThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), in association with the Portmore Primary Schools Sports Association, has called a meeting for Tuesday, September 15, at the Kensington Primary School at 11 a.m., to update physical education (PE) teachers and schools for the upcoming INSPORTS Portmore Primary football and netball competitions slated to begin next month. The closing date for both competitions is Wednesday, September 30.Last year, Portsmouth won both titles and the stage is set for another intriguing season. INSPORTS sports officers for Portmore, Andrea Hanson and Judith Thomas, will host the meeting.Classic, Spit Fyah in mid-season battleArch-rivals Caribbean Classic (32 points), the league leaders and Spit Fyah (29 points), will meet in the mid-season final of the Jamaica Domino Council Association domino league on Sunday, September 20. The venue for the match is yet to be announced.Multiple champions Caribbean Classic, the most celebrated team in Portmore, warmed up for the mid-season title as they thumped Feluchi Strikers 300-202, while Spit Fyah, just formed a couple seasons ago by former Classic captain, Javlin James, outlasted Naggo Head 300-283.In other games, third-place Eradication (29 points) defeated Ten to Ten 300-263, fourth-place Waterhouse United (25 points) beat Highlight Strikers 300-241, sixth-place Exceptional International (24 points) whipped Tamarind Tree 300-262, Giants trampled Memory Lane 300-262, Right Stuff defeated Spring Village 300-257, and Small Axe cut down Sour Sop Tree300-289.George Leecenter_img Memorial 5KSchools in Portmore are being encouraged to participate in the second staging of the George Lee Memorial 5.8 km Run/Walk, which will take place on Sunday, September 27, starting at the Portmore HEART College of Construction Services in Portsmouth, St Catherine.Aneita Lee, chairperson for the George Lee Foundation, is making the call for schools to make use of the opportunity. Lee is the widow of former Portmore mayor, the late George Lee.”Whether the competitor is a track athlete, football, or netball player, this is an event for you for stamina, fitness and wholesome fun,” she said.She also added that there are special prizes for senior citizens who finish atop their categories, noting that “Portmore has joined the rest of Jamaica as being health-conscious and exercise is known to do wonders to the human body when done inmoderation”.Warm-up is at 6:15 a.m., and the race will begin at 6:30 a.m. Proceeds of the event will go to a children’s scholarship/grant fund and a senior citizens’ recreational centre. Contributions are as follows: $1,000 per individual entry and $800 each for a group of 10.Lee pointed out that George was instrumental in Portmore becoming a Municipality. He was the first directly elected mayor of Portmore and the only man to serve as mayor twice.Dover Lawrence, who represented Sun City Radio and Dana Thomas of Bridgeport High School, were last year’s male and female winners, respectively.Top Hill win Jamalco Football LeagueTop Hill defeated Napoli 1-0 to be crowned the 2015 Jamalco Football League champions, at the Wembley Excellence Centre last weekend.Top Hill, who last won the title in 2011, secured the championship when Andrew ‘Joycie’ Issacs netted the lone goal of the game in the 15th minute. The goal developed from a free kick, which the Napoli custodian failed to collect and Isaacs was there to score from the rebound.The youthful Napoli team tried to pull one back. However, solid defending, mixed with counter-attacks from Top Hill, prevented their success.The competition ended with a total of 118 goals being scored at an average of 3.06 goals per game.Savannah’s Huggart ‘Sweetie’ Nugent with seven goals won the Golden Boot Award.Finalists confirmed in Peter Bunting netballBoth finalists in the junior and senior netball leagues sponsored by central Manchester’s Member of Parliament Peter Bunting were confirmed following last weekend’s semi-finals.At the Manchester High courts, Albion United and Newleigh All Stars secured their berth in contrasting fashion.Albion, the runners-up from the preliminary zone, created an upset after outscoring the previously unbeaten Comfort 13-11. The second final proved a predictable victory for the unbeaten Newleigh All Stars, who won 25-5 over Broadleaf Gators.The senior finalists will be Bombay and Williamsfield. Bombay were 27-11 winners over Woodlawn Phoenix while Williamsfield got the better of Mandeville All Stars 21-16.Manchester FA to hold AGMThe incumbent president for the last three terms, Dalton Wint, seeks re-election as the Manchester Football Association hosts its annual general meeting tomorrow at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority office on Caledonia Road in Mandeville.Wint also serves as the South Central Confederation general secretary. Quite noticeably, the top brass of that body was present at the recent 2015 season Manchester awards ceremony, including chairman Michael Ricketts and senior member Peter Reid, president of the St Catherine FA. Wint, in his address at the awards, outlined the introduction of youth competitions spanning Under-13, 15 and 17 as the key components of his tenure.last_img read more

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2020-01-20

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Less than 10% of Ganta Students Passed WAEC

first_imgThe Ganta School System is said to have performed poorly in the 2016 West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) exams, with a dismal 133 of 1,588 (8.4 percent) 12th graders passing the exams.District Education Officer (DEO) Lynor Martor put the blame on complacency of teachers who are not committed to their duties “because they lacked enhanced learning.”He said most of the public school teachers whose students failed are in the habit of roaming from school to school in order to make money, instead of putting in more time in their respective school assignments. “The failure cannot be put on one factor; and the Liberian government also shares responsibility. The J. W. Pearson, with the highest number of students, does not have a laboratory; and the Ganta Public School, that has a laboratory, does not have the needed equipment,” he said.Mr. Martor, who took over as DEO of the Ganta School District over a year ago, observed that 60 percent of teachers do not have lesson plans and some have plans that are outdated.He explained that some proprietors build schools for profit, not to educate students, as they employ unqualified teachers.There are 15 senior high schools in Ganta – 12 private and three public.DEO Martor said, “Among the 15 senior high schools, J. W. Pearson (government) sent 412 students and out of the number, only three passed; St. Lawrence (Catholic) sent out 206 students and 60 passed; the Ganta United Methodist School sent out 183 students and 31 passed.”DEO Martor said he has started to reshuffle school administrators by replacing some of the weak principals with those who are qualified.“Every teacher will put in his or her allotted time per day by the Ministry of Education, which is at least 6 hours, totaling 40 hours a week,” he said.He added: “This year I will spend two days in the office and the balance three days will be spent on the field to ensure that this kind of mass failure is not repeated.”There is growing concern among parents amid to the mass failures among 12th graders in Ganta schools. The Ganta School System is reported to have lots of unqualified teachers.Meanwhile, the Vice Principal of Karn High School in Karnplay, Joseph Karn, has praised students of Karnplay for doing well in the WAEC exams.He told the Daily Observer that of the 247 Karn High students, 241 (97.6%) passed; while 97 out of 97 students from the Karnplay Inland Academy successfully passed their exams.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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2020-01-14

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Liberia Consultations for ECOWAS Post-2020 Vision and Strategic Frameworks Underway

first_imgParticipants at the National Stakeholders Consultative Workshop on post-2020 Vision and strategic frameworks in Ganta City, Nimba County, LiberiaIn compliance with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) instructions to the Member States for the holding of two National Stakeholders Consultative Workshops on post-2020 Vision and strategic frameworks, Liberia successfully concluded its first phase in Ganta, Nimba County.The event, which ended on Friday, November 22, was hosted under the theme, “Ideas for a Peaceful, Borderless and Prosperous Region.” During the interactive and inclusive event, participants from government, political parties, youths, women, civil society organizations, academics, NGOs, trade unions, the media, defense and security forces, private sector, religious and traditional organizations, were engaged in the consultations. Upon invitation, the Mayor and other officials from the border City of Diécké in Guinea, including defense and security personnel, participated in the opening ceremony. A statement quoting ECOWAS’ National Office at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in Monrovia, said the workshop was conducted through Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), a method that deliberated on eight key thematic arrears, including human capital, economy, social structures, governance, peace and security, environment, technological innovations and cross-border challenges, issues which are deemed vital to West Africa. ECOWAS was established in May 1975 through the Treaty of Lagos with the original intents such as economic initiatives, which would foster economic and political cooperation among member states with the sole objective to improve the living conditions of the people and, at the same time, ensure economic growth, fast track development and truly integrate West Africa. But over the years, when confronted with many persistent unfavorable challenges, ECOWAS needed to adopt strategies that would keep the organization on an even keel, bearing in mind the possible negative impact these challenges could have on its visibility, including the survival of the people. For this to become a reality and meaningful, it would require a higher degree of commitment and political will amongst the leaders of West Africa. Mindful of this, the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, which is the highest decision-making body, adopted the ECOWAS Vision 2020 in June 2007 as the vehicle to transform West Africa into a borderless, peaceful and prosperous region by 2020. Three years later, in 2010, ECOWAS adopted the below five-pillar long-term vision for West Africa which is nearing its expiration come 2020. Over the last ten (10) years, this vision has provided the strategic orientation for the design and implementation of policies, programs, projects and activities of the regional body. Now on the eve of the 2020 deadline and considering the many persistent challenges including competing priorities that have overwhelmed ECOWAS in the past and are still visible today, the biggest question now is: was vision 2020 really achievable in the wake of multiple conflicts that over-showed and undermined ECOWAS’ ability to effectively and efficiently deliver what should have been done, that was not done at all in the face of these serious economic and political hiccups? With just about four weeks to the year 2020, concrete efforts aimed at creating “a borderless, peaceful, prosperous and coherent region, built on good governance, where people can access and exploit its enormous resources through the creation of opportunities for sustainable development and environmental preservation,” will be key to any new transformation agenda that will be developed for West Africa with the overall objective of positively impacting the lives of its citizens including those residing within its borders. Cognizant of this, ECOWAS leaders have reached a consensus that urgent and strategic strategies and programs must be developed and implemented to respond effectively to the needs of West Africans including the development of the region. Consequently, a doable Roadmap has been established for the preparation of the ECOWAS Post 2020 Vision Agenda which has as its flagship activities, the conduct of two National Stakeholders Consultations in all Member States to be implemented by their respective National Offices in collaboration with the Office of the ECOWAS Ambassador and planning experts. Not only that, the consultations must ensure that the post-2020 Vision reflects the “needs and aspirations” of the citizenry. To achieve this, it is imperative that the ECOWAS National Offices bring the people together in a “Focus Group Discussions” (FGDs) forum to gather their views, experiences, opinions and share ideas on three fundamental areas: achievements of ECOWAS during the implementation of the ECOWAS VISION 2020; new development challenges in the Region that need to be addressed in the post-2020 Vision blueprint; and Long term aspirations for the Region in terms of the “West Africa they want to see” in the next 25 to 50 years. According to the ECOWAS’ National Office at the MFDP, the leaders of the region are ready, the political will to empower the people themselves to participate in a National Consultative self-determination process is unquestionable and commendable. This time around, the statement added, allowing them to lead in reviewing and revising the 2020 Transformation Agenda will certainly serve as a strategic direction for achieving sustainable development which would greatly impact their lives. Given the success of the first phase of the National Consultative Workshops, the full implementation of the second and final phase, scheduled for December 12th and 13th 2019 at the Bo Waterside Border point, Grand Cape Mount County is imperative. The outcomes from these two events will then be summarized and formulated as Liberia’s position in the new ECOWAS life-changing document. Thereafter, the Government of Liberia will submit same to the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for further actions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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2020-01-14

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WATCH: Liverpool Champions League winner scores backheel for new club

first_img WATCH: Former Liverpool hero Luis Garcia nets his first Central Coast Mariners goal with a cheeky backheel Luis Garcia has made quite an impact with his new team in Australia. The former Liverpool midfielder scored and assisted twice in the Central Coast Mariners’ 3-1 win over Wellington Phoenix. Garcia set up new team-mates Storm Roux and Mitch Austin after opening the scoring. On just his second appearance, the 37-year-old coolly dispatched past Glen Moss with a cool backheel. See below! 1last_img read more

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2019-12-30

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Get up off the sofa and catch a brilliant new film at Eclipse Cinemas

first_imgEclipse Cinemas Lifford Strabane are open every day during the Christmas Holidays until Monday 9th Jan. Call in and catch a film and relax in one of their stadium studios with American Rocker style seats.Kids Club Daily Tickets €1.80 New Films This WeekMonster TrucksA high school senior teams up with a strange creature who is able to control cars.Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend. Newcomer Lucas Till heads up this thrilling new family action film from the director of Ice Age and the writer of Jurassic World.Why Him?Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and Spider-Man’s James Franco go to war in this raucous comedy.Straight-laced father Ned Fleming (Cranston) is devoted to his daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch). But his love is about to hit a major obstacle when he comes face to face with her foul-mouthed, tattooed boyfriend Laird (James Franco), a wildly unpredictable individual who’s made millions through his internet business. Needless to say, Ned is appalled. With Laird looking to claim Stephanie’s hand in marriage, the fight is on between the uptight father and his prospective son in law – let battle commence!Having delivered an unforgettable performance in TV sensation Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston now returns to his Malcolm in the Middle comedy roots opposite an outrageous James Franco in this gag-filled comedy. Another award-winning TV comedy star, Will and Grace’s Megan Mullally, plays Ned’s wife Barb.Collateral BeautyAn outstanding cast of A-listers star in this moving drama from the director of The Devil Wears Prada. Successful New York ad executive Howard (Will Smith) is bereft and disconsolate after the death of his daughter. In deep despair, he’s no longer able to reach out to his close friends Whit (Edward Norton), Simon (Michael Pena) and Claire (Kate Winslet) but instead has taken to writing letters directly addressed to the concepts of love, time and death. Astonishingly, he is then visited by human embodiments of each (in the form of actors Keira Knightley, Jacob Latimore and Helen Mirren), his cry for help having set in motion a story of redemption that has wide-reaching consequences for everyone.Led by Suicide Squad megastar Will Smith, this uplifting and bittersweet story of one man’s personal salvation draws on a pool of fine actors to bring its story to life.Check out all our listings @ www.eclipsecinemas.comLoyalty CardsGet yours today Fifty Shades Darker – 10th Feb 2017Tickets On Sale – Book yours herehttps://liffordcp.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=LIFFORDCP&p=details&eventCode=24635Get up off the sofa and catch a brilliant new film at Eclipse Cinemas was last modified: December 28th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:eclipse cinema lifford strabaneEntertainmentmovieslast_img read more

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2019-12-28

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GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgThe Seniors defeated Dungloe to reach their first county final since 2009. Well done to Brendan, Eamon, Michael and all the players, Lee McMonagle with 2 and Mark McGowan got the goals as the lads won by 3-06 to 0-06. The opposition will be the same as in 2009 after N. Conaill defeated Four Masters on Sunday. The final will take place on Nov. 4th.The Reserves have reached the semi-final stage of their Championship after a good win over Killybegs on Saturday and they will now meet Cloughaneely in Termon this Saturday (Oct. 27th) at 4:30pm for a place in the decider.The Minor Girls defeated Four Masters by 4-06 to 2-02 to reach the county final where they will take on St. Michael’s in a repeat of the U16 Final from two years ago. The U13 Boys had a hard fought win over MacCumhaills in the Northern Board Final on Saturday in Ballybofey and now meet either N. Conaill or Ardara in the county semi-final, possibly this Sunday.U12 Girls football training continues in the Convent Gym at 6pm on Wednesday’s but will take a break next week Oct. 31st) for Halloween and return on Nov. 7th. It is followed by U10 & U12 Girls Campogie from 7pm – 8pm. Cost is €2 per child.The U13 hurlers defeated the Letterkenny Gaels to reach the final of division two of the Northwest league. They met Banagher of Derry in the final but conceded some early scores which despite a good second half performance ultimately proved the difference. Nevertheless this team can be proud of their display with Banagher being the only team to defeat them throughout the competition. There was a great night of success for the Scór na nÓg participants in Glenfin on Friday night with all four participating sections reaching next months county finals.The Sunday Morning Academy Presentation takes place in Arena 7 next Thursday, November 1st from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Cost is €5 per head. The Academy has now finished until next Spring.The AGM is scheduled for Sunday, November 25th at 2pm in the Clubhouse. If you know of anyone that requires notification by post, please send their name and details to Charlie McAteer asap on 087-2668633 or to charlesmaca@eircom.net.The Minor Board AGM is scheduled for Thursday, December 6th at 7pm in the Clubhouse.We extend our sympathies to the O’Donnell family, Ard O’Donnell on their bereavement.GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: October 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:GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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2019-12-27

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Mbappe starts: Netherlands v France: Nations League preview and confirmed teams

first_imgA win will also allow the Dutch to relegate bitter rivals Germany ahead of their Gelsenkirchen showdown on Monday.However, a draw will still put the Netherlands in a very good position due to the superior head-to-head record and goal difference over Joachim Low’s men.What the managers are sayingRonald Koeman (Netherlands): “France plays very compact, which is one of the reasons why they have become world champions.“We want to dominate the game, but they have a few players with lots of individual qualities. They have a lot of speed up front, so their biggest asset is the counter-attack. That is why it will probably be more difficult tomorrow than in Paris.” Latest Football News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 huge blow Ronald Koeman’s side will top the group with victory tonight and a win in Germany on Monday MONEY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED Didier Deschamps (France): “(Qualification) depends on us, through tomorrow’s result which should see us ensure first place in the group. We know what we have to do.“Even if a draw is enough for us, we will play this match with the ambition and the goal of winning it.”Where you can listenFull commentary of Netherlands vs France will be available on talkSPORT 2. Click here for the Netherlands v France live streamConfirmed line-upsNetherlands: Cillessen; Dumfries, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind; Wijnaldum, De Roon, De Jong; Bergwijn, Babel, DepayFrance: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Digne; Kante, N’zonzi; Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi; Giroud REVEALED 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade center_img France can book their place in the finals of the UEFA Nations League when they lock horns with the Netherlands in Rotterdam – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT 2 at 7:45pm.In order to achieve that, the world champions only require a point but the Dutch will not lie down for the French as they have a chance of beating their opponents to the top of the group. BEST OF France ran out 2-1 winners when the two sides met in the Stade de France in September no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

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2019-12-26

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DONEGAL PARENTS ANGRY AT DISNEY MOVIE

first_imgDONEGAL members of The Cleft Lip & Palate Association of Ireland are warning parents of children affected by Cleft to be prepared for the release of the Disney film ‘Lone Ranger’.Disney describes the villain of the movie whose facial scar is recognisable as resulting from Cleft Lip as “a ruthless outlaw whose terribly scarred face is a perfect reflection of the bottomless pit that passes for his soul.”Lego has brought out a range of toys to accompany the movie and includes the character complete with cleft lip. According to Georgina Wade, Chair of CLAPAI: “The issue is not that a movie character has a cleft lip or that Lego have duplicated the cleft. The issue is the deliberate negative association of a cleft. The ideology and wording are extremely offensive to people living with cleft and their family and friends.“There is no doubt that this is what the movie sets out to do. William Fichner the actor who plays the villain says when asked about acting under the make up: ‘You know, I have the prosthetic broken nose, the whole cleft lip …’“This association of a cleft lip with evil may lead to bullying, mocking and an expectation that children with a cleft should be the bad guys in playground games. These children are already vulnerable due to their facial condition. They encounter enough medical and psychological challenges in everyday life without this” said Georgina Wade.Cleft is one of the commonest congenital facial conditions worldwide. In Ireland there are 100 to 120 babies born with a cleft annually. Therefore this affects a sizable number of people in Ireland. This unnecessary portrayal implants an incorrect psychological connection between cleft and evil. As this film is rated 12a it will undoubtedly leave a negative impression on young minds. A statement from CLAPAI said: “We are advising parents to be ready for questions from their children and to prepare their children for potentially difficult situations when at play. We also want to pre-warn teenagers and adults about the content of the movie so that they may choose to avoid it.“The association of evil with a facial birth defect has already caused great upset abroad among people who have seen the movie as well in Ireland where people have seen the pictures and the merchandise. It is particularly difficult because Disney and Lego are in the heart of children’s childhoods and are trusted ‘friends’ to families.” We do not live in Disney’s fantasy world. This is causing real hurt to real people.” DONEGAL PARENTS ANGRY AT DISNEY MOVIE was last modified: August 17th, 2013 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:DONEGAL PARENTS ANGRY AT DISNEY MOVIElast_img read more

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2019-12-25

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DONEGAL COMMUNITY IN AUSTRALIA IN SHOCK AFTER PAL KILLED IN TAXI INCIDENT

first_imgTHE DONEGAL ex-pat community in Western Australia is in shock after the death of a friend in a taxi incident.A taxi driver is to face a court next month in Perth over the death of a a Co Down man earlier today when he fell from a moving cab.Ryan Doyle, from Leitrim, outside Castlewellan, was killed following an incident on a road in Perth. He was well-known among the Irish community with several friends from Donegal posting tributes on social media sites today. According to local media, Ryan died after falling from a vehicle in the early hours of Monday morning in the Belmont area.He was taken to a hospital in Perth but was pronouned dead a short time later.Police were called to Leake Street about 3am where the passenger, a 25-year-old man, was lying on the road with life threatening injuries.After interviewing the 26-year-old Kenwick taxi driver, police this afternoon charged him with dangerous driving occasioning death, failing to stop and render assistance and failing to report. It is believed the taxi driver had picked up the man and another man at Crown Casino, Burswood, and taken them the short journey to Belmont.Police will allege there was a dispute between the victim and the driver over the fare.The driver then allegedly accelerated as the man was exiting the taxi, causing the man to be knocked to the ground and receive fatal injuries.Officers and forensic police attended the crash site today to piece together the events which led to the passenger’s death.The taxi driver will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on December 18 and if convicted faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment. Mr Doyle was a keen GAA player for the local team in Leitrim and had gone to Australia two years ago to find work.He was living in the country along with his two brothers Roland and Kevin.Parish Priest Father Peter McNeill said he has just been to see the family in their home village.“They are totally in shock, devastation and loss,” said the priest. “The number of people who have been with them since this news came through has been huge, and we will be gathering in the local church tomorrow evening for a mass.”The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin are providing consular assistance to Mr Doyle’s family.A memorial service will be held in the village for him on Tuesday evening.It is expected to be a week before he will be repatriated to Ireland.Sinn Fein councillor Paul Gribben, who knows the family, said: “It’s overall shock, right throughout the community.“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this time and also to his two brothers who are out in Australia with Ryan at this minute in time.“It was a big blow to the area.”DONEGAL COMMUNITY IN AUSTRALIA IN SHOCK AFTER PAL KILLED IN TAXI INCIDENT was last modified: November 19th, 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:DONEGAL COMMUNITY IN AUSTRALIA IN SHOCK AFTER PAL KILLED IN TAXI INCIDENTlast_img read more

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