WHY I’M CALLING OUT CONOR McGREGOR – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY

first_imgWalshyHe’s a brave man our Paddy Walsh. He’s only gone and called out Conor McGregor. Having once swatted two bluebottles in the one day in the old People’s Press office on the Port Road in Letterkenny, he comes with a bit of a reputation. But calling out The Notorious One – he’s asking to get his ass whooped!MIXING IT BUT I STILL DON’T GET IT!A few complaints flowing in this way about the column’s failure to mention one Conor McGregor. Massive in the States by all accounts – they’re even hailing him as the Muhammad Ali of the MMA – and a sporting hero to the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger who has promised to be at his next fight.Big over here too so much so that fans are already booking flights and tickets for the title fight which is scheduled to go ahead in Las Vegas in the summer. They reckon McGregor will be a multi-millionaire within the space of a few years.Paddy Walsh says Conor McGregor doesn’t scare him. We’re sure Conor is petrified!They call him ‘The Notorious” and he’s got a T.V. series to prove it. All in all something to be shouting from the rooftops and writing about in a sports column.But I ain’t got it yet. Not McGregor himself but the actual discipline he fights in. I can take one martial art at a time but a mixed version? I’m struggling with it just as I imagine I would be if I was in the arena with the Irishman. It’s the toughest of sports to be sure but as for cheering him, or other like minded mixed martial arters, in front of the television, I’m some way off from that scenario.Even if it’s still head and shoulders above curling and indoor bowling.SIX NATIONS; UNDER 20’S; AND A TIDY NUMBER EIGHTWhile the rugby focus will be turning to the Six Nations in the next week, spare some of that attention for the Ireland under-20 squad and their participation in the RBS Junior Championship and particularly one Stephen McVeigh.The number eight, who plays with Buccaneers R.F.C. in Athlone, boasts the strongest of Donegal links and after already having turned out with the Irish under-19 team, looks as close to certain as it’s possible to be to represent his country at full international level. Son of Frances Jackson from Ballybofey, and the late Derek McVeigh, who was born and brought up in Church Street in Letterkenny, Stephen has been earning the proverbial rave reviews following his performances for the Westmeath team and his appearances for the under-19 team.He’s a former student at Clongowes Wood College and was on the side that reached the Leinster Schools Senior Cup Final last season. Apart from his ability on the rugby pitch, he also apparently shows up well on the Gaelic fields where he has played with Tubberclair.Indeed, his Twitter account would not alone suggest the keenest of interest in Gaelic football but also a handful of supporting references to the county of his parents’ birth – ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ and ‘Up Donegal’ being passed on to his social media followers in recent times.Those under-20 matches involving Ireland in the Six Nations tournament generally get decent television coverage so look out for the young man with the number eight on his green shirt. He may be the nearest to a current Donegal rugby international we’ll get for the foreseeable future.RORY STARTS THE ENGINERory GallagherNever mind that thumping defeat at Owenbeg in the opening fixture of the Dr. McKenna Cup – this weekend’s Donegal/Derry clash represents an altogether different ball game and one which should generate a greater interest level among both sets of fans.Local rivalry, not to mention a couple of Allianz National League points, is at stake when the teams take to the field at MacCumhaill Park on Saturday night. And it’s from here on in that Rory Gallagher and his background unit might feel the pressure that the successful McGuinness era has left behind.Four years to claim an All-Ireland Senior Championship crowd and three Ulster Senior titles? Yeah, no pressure. Not that Gallagher strikes me as the sort to endure sleepless nights when it comes to maintaining the good fortunes of a Donegal panel on which he will undoubtedly leave his own mark.Thanks to the McKenna Cup, he’s also had the opportunity to have a look at some of the younger flock emerging from the local club scene (not too long ago that our county players had the reputation of emerging from too many clubs in the shape of the ones that go thump in the night and suffered accordingly on the field of play; I’ve no doubt that the new bainisteoir will instill the same measure of discipline into the current squad as his predecessor did to prevent a step back into those occasionally sozzled times).It will, of course, be too early to judge the Fermanagh native on this weekend’s performance alone or indeed the following week’s trek to Croke Park for another crack at the Dubs but by the end of the League campaign we should have some idea of what to expect from the Rory Gallagher era.His new charges to overcome the team led by the man who propelled Donegal to a 2007 league title and could have gone further had he, Brian McIver, remained on at the time.THE CUP THAT CHEERS – AND JEERSSome collection of online sneering, sniggering and sniding between Friday night and Saturday morning. The teams had hardly got back into the dressing-room at the Abbey Road stadium when it all kicked off. United humiliated. United shamed. A side made up of multi-million euro worth of talent made to look very ordinary at the hands, and feet, of a League One outfit. And quite apart from the glee of the A.B.U.’s, there must have been particular satisfaction for the supporters of, say, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur as they anticipated advances into the next round of the F.A. Cup with home ties against teams they’d expect to dispose of reasonably comfortably.But the online barbs were only hotting up. Oh football, you mad, crazy game you, you still throw them up – and out – just when we’re not anticipating it.Last week, I mentioned here the tidy 17,000 euro picked up by a punter at Ladbroke’s in Letterkenny when he correctly predicted the outcomes of eleven matches between the English Premiership and the Football League. So what odds would have been available on a treble involving Bradford overcoming Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after being two nil down; Middlesborough not alone holding City at one end of the Ethiad Stadium but scoring twice themselves while they were at it; and rock bottom Premier League strugglers, Leicester City, netting twice in the final seven minutes to dismiss the Spurs from the Cup at White Hart Lane?Well, one particular Dublin punter found out to some extent – he, or she, placed a 15 euro treble on Bradford, ‘Boro, and Leicester to win and arrived home with 25,740 euro in their back pocket.I say to some extent because you’d be quite sure that the same punter would have been later questioning their own judgement in only slapping a fiver on it when had they doubled or trebled the stake they could have won enough to bail out a Greek island.On the football itself, Dubliner, Mark Yeates, netted the fourth goal for Bradford taking advantage of a neat slip-through by Jon Stead. Funnily enough, a few weeks ago, I had seen the latter scoring on the Football League Show and wondered just how many clubs he has gone through in his career? Nine is the answer as it happens but few moments to match that of last Saturday when he scored once, had a direct say in two of the other goals and generally caused havoc for Jose’s men.What a weekend in the F.A. Cup. And then there was the Derryman racing through to get in a well struck shot on goal only for a Lifford man to brilliantly claw it around the upright? Eunan O’Kane up against Shay Given, Bournemouth against Aston Villa, but it’s the Donegal representative who has gone through to the next round and getting in some much needed match practice at the same time.SPORTS STAR AWARDSA word of loud praise for the organisers of the Donegal Sports Star Awards which takes place in Letterkenny this Friday night.The awardees will be well received and rightly so. They, whoever they may be, have come through a year of hard slog and dedication to their sport and will reap the rewards – this time away from their chosen arenas. Indeed the same goes for all the nominees who have been given due recognition as a result of their efforts.I was at last year’s awards ceremony in the Mount Errigal Hotel and the work that is put into organizing, not just the night but the whole thing – a series of meetings that stretch back months – can only be admired.They deserve some awards of their own for ensuring that the achievements of our sporting participants don’t go unrecognized at the end of the year.STEVIE WONDEROccasionally a weekend morning can find me at an athletics meeting (though only to watch, not to participate which, as anyone who may have seen me puffing my way down the street – or even down the hallway – is probably self-explanatory) and such was the case on Sunday week last when I was enjoying an open competition – our thirteen year old was running in it – hosted by Olympian A.C. at the Templemore Sports Complex.And there I got chatting to a man who, it turned out, had more than a passing acquaintance with sport in Donegal, and, more specifically, soccer. He was recalling his spell with Finn Harps back in the early days of the club and his regular forays into the old summer cup competitions in this county. Lining out with the likes of Swilly Rovers and Lagan Harps and remembering playing alongside, or against, Joe Logan, Eunan ‘Busty’ Blake, and Richie Kelly and many others besides. Recalling, too, Patsy McGown and Bobby Toland and other great characters of the era.A native of Killea – also Richie Kelly country – he has been resident in Derry City for many a long year where he, sometimes, runs into the great Brendan Bradley – “a real gentleman” – out for his constitutional.And his name? Stevie Wilkinson, a character himself, and one to whom I could have spent a couple of hours listening to had the sprint events not to be about to get underway and had he not to head away in any case. Some, out there, of an older vintage will no doubt remember him.NINETY MINUTES AND NINETY DEGREESAs part of the ‘Save the Church Lane’ campaign in Letterkenny, they’re holding what’s being called a ‘Mood Wall’ tomorrow night which will help generates ideas for the Cathedral Quarter Project and prompt a few journeys down memory (Church) Lane.Not too many will know this but a piece of true sporting history was made in that very same quarter a few decades back. For it was here that surely the world’s only right-angled soccer pitch was located.It was in Danny Caddye’s garage grounds where a few of us would assemble every so often for a three or four-a-side game with one goalmouth situated on a ninety degree angle from the other, adding a whole new meaning to the term ‘taking a corner’. And there we performed as happy as the long summer evenings would permit even if there is one particularly painful memory from it.That came when yours truly attempted to head clear from one of the’ goalmouths’ – an open garage door – missing the ball completely but not the upper frame of the entrance where head collided fiercely with wooden frame and wooden frame won by a knockout. Well, not quite a knockout but close and one hell of a throbbing headache for a few days afterwards.Ah, those were the daze.NEW FIRMHard to believe but Celtic and Rangers are shaping up for their first ninety minute encounter in over three years this weekend. And when you think they used to meet nearly every other weekend.Anyway, I asked Ben at work what did he think of football in Scotland?“I think it would be a great idea,” he replies.Celtic to win and Rangers to ask for all the gate receipts.WHY I’M CALLING OUT CONOR McGREGOR – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: January 28th, 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:Donegal Dailysports columnWalshy on Wednesdaylast_img read more

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Manchester United to stick with David de Gea as Sergio Romero suffers knee injury

first_imgManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will keep his place in the team for Sunday’s Premier League game at Huddersfield Town despite a series of errors in recent weeks, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday.De Gea has made a slew of recent errors, including one that allowed Chelsea to equalise in last Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw that dented sixth-placed United’s chances of a top-four finish.Solskjaer has not expressed any doubts about his first-choice goalkeeper, but an injury to De Gea’s back-up Sergio Romero has made the decision to keep him in the team easier.”Sergio was injured yesterday so he didn’t train. He tweaked his knee. David’s been training well this week and will play,” Solskjaer told a news conference.”He’s has been fantastic this season. Towards the end he’s been in headlines for the wrong reasons but he has to deal with that. The goalkeeping department has experienced better times than just now but David is ready for Sunday.”Solskjaer shifted the focus to the other end of the pitch where United have struggled to find the net in recent games.”We haven’t scored enough, but that happens. When I came in we were very efficient and David was unbelievable at the other end,” the Norwegian added.”Now that fortune has changed a little bit and the margins have gone against us. As a striker and goalkeeper you’re always facing little margins and we’ve been working on creating chances and scoring.”United have already begun planning for next season and Solskjaer said the club had to be prepared to face the prospect of not qualifying for the Champions League.advertisement”In long-term planning we have to think about being in the Champions League next year and the fact we might not be,” Solskjaer added.”You would be surprised how many players’ agents have been telling us their players would love to be a part of United in the future.”That is the lure and the potential and size of the club and we will get back to the good days.”Also Read | Harry Kane invites dancing Tottenham Hotspur fan to be mascot in season finalelast_img read more

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Harvard Lampoon Skewers National Geographic Then Gives Them Free Ad

first_imgThe Harvard Lampoon—the humor magazine known for its famous alumni (Conan O’Brien, John Updike et al) and occasional full-on parodies of national magazines—has completed work on its latest victim: National Geographic.With explicit content befitting of a Friars Club Roast, the Lampoon is set to publish a version of National Geographic featuring Paris Hilton—its honorary 2008 member—on the cover.The 100-page issue, hitting newsstands on April 1, carries just 10 ad pages, including a full-page congratulatory ad for National Geographic that reads: “Some people mock the world… Others explore it.” The magazine, published five times per year, is distributed free to 15,000 Harvard undergraduates and alumni and 30,000 subscribers. According to a Lampoon spokesperson, the parody’s print run has more doubled from approximately 100,000 in 2005 (for the Lampoon’s Premiere parody) to 225,000 for the National Geographic spoof.last_img read more

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Harry Potter Wizards Unite is great till you start paying for it

first_img Comments More on Wizards Unite Dismissing a Confoundable to collect a Foundable. Screenshot Clifford Colby/CNET I love almost everything about playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. In terms of animation, storyline and gameplay, it beats the sensation that was Pokemon Go every way but one. The game, codeveloped Niantic and WB Games, feels much richer, with more items to interact with and collect — wizards, magical potions and ye olde Inn. But after days of playing Wizards Unite, one fatal flaw became apparent. It’s too easy to cap all your free storage space when interacting with All the Things from this wild and wonderful world, not without paying for more at multiple steps along the way. I can’t free up space by using ingredients to brew potions because I lack required ingredients. And I can’t gather the necessary ingredients because I have no free space to store them. I can delete items to free up space, of course, and I can buy vault extensions to expand my capacity for $5 (you get 10 more spots for “spell energy”), but something feels off with the balance of the wizarding game, if playing for a handful of hours pushes me to make purchases to keep playing.I’m not against buying items. I’ve upgraded my bag and bought Pokeballs in Pokemon Go. I’ve purchased key lockers in Ingress too. And I don’t mind managing my inventory by ruthless pruning items to stay under a cap. But the range Harry Potter: Wizard Unite gives you to play before paying feels much smaller than in Pokemon Go and Ingress, Niantic’s first two games. News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime 17 Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Go That other Harry Potter gamehpwucappedI’ve run out of space. Screenshot Clifford Colby/CNET To be fair, microtransactions are often an issue with free-to-play games, with developers looking to find the right balance between letting gamers play and making money from their game. For example, the first Harry Potter mobile game — Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery — upset a lot of players when it launched with a “cash-hungry model” that turned off a lot of players.The Wizards Unite store, named Diagon Alley, offers everything from an Anti-Calamity Kit for $4.99 to Vault Extenders, starting at $2. Still, gaming wizards are willing to pay. According to market research firm SensorTower, over its first weekend, nearly 3 million players installed Harry Potter: Wizards Unite on iOS and Android devices and spent $1.1 million. In comparison, SensorTower noted, 24 million players installed Pokemon Go during its first four days, racking up $28 million in player spending.  The firm projects the wizarding game will earn $10 million in its first 30 days. Pokemon Go collected $206 million in its first 30 days.Time to pay?Is the game interesting enough that I’ll pay to play? I’m not sure yet. For me, the richness of the game may work against it. I don’t really want to spend my time managing items and Foundables and Portkeys when I’d rather be doing what the game does best: playing.Originally published June 28, 2019.Update, June 29, July 3, July 4, 2019. Pokemon Go Harry Pottercenter_img Harry Potter: Wizards Unite: How to play the magical game available in nearly 150 countries Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is Pokemon Go with magic wands Harry Potter: Wizards Unite brings in $1M on opening weekend How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one Share your voice Tags Mobile Pokemon Golast_img read more

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DemandSupply Mismatch Electricians Earn as Much as Desktop Engineers

first_imgEngineer Draftsman17,53025,98039,120 Experience0-2 years2-5 years5-8 years Desktop Engineer14,70018,95029,700 Can an electrician earn as much as an engineer? This may come as a surprise, but the answer is yes! Salary statistics by staffing solutions company Team Lease suggests that a desktop engineer, who stands at the lowest rank in the tech sector, may be earning almost as much as an electrician outside. (See table)The firm has compiled a comprehensive overview of the labour market comprising jobs, salaries and skills in nine major cities across India. A Team Lease spokesperson said that because the infrastructure sector is on the verge of a boom, the demand for small-scale workers has grown like never before. “In the past 6-7 years that we have been studying salary patterns, the monthly incomes of electricians, plumbers and welders have only risen. On the other hand, entry-level salaries of engineers, especially IT engineers, have remained more or less the same,” The Times of India quoted Rituparna Chakraborthy, co-founder and senior VP of Team Lease Services.While IT professionals are aplenty, it is these skilled labourers that are much in demand but not as many when it comes to suppy. This demand-supply deficit has caused their salaries to notch up.”Of the 10 electricians required in the industry, we are finding it difficult to get even two. A large infrastructure company recently told us that if we could bring them one lakh welders, fitters, plumbers and electricians, the company would be happy to employ them. That’s the kind of demand for these workers,” Rituparna added.ExperienceExperience0-2 years0-2 years2-5 years2-5 years5-8 years5-8 yearsExperienceElectrician0-2 years11,2802-5 years15,5005-8 years26,400ExperienceDesktop Engineer0-2 years14,7002-5 years18,9505-8 years29,700ExperienceEngineer Draftsman0-2 years17,5302-5 years25,9805-8 years39,120ExperienceMechanic0-2 years9,5002-5 years12,0005-8 years18,840ExperienceIT Engineer0-2 years17,5002-5 years26,7005-8 years37,600 IT Engineer17,50026,70037,600center_img Electrician11,28015,50026,400 Mechanic9,50012,00018,840 Source: Team LeaseHindustan Construction Company (HCC) expects the demand for labour to increase even more in the coming years. Human resource firm Ranstand India’s CEO, Moorthy Uppaluri opines that rise in education levels across all strata of society has led to higher aspirations thus reducing the number of people opting for skilled labour jobs.last_img read more

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Boko Haram attack on funeral kills 65

first_imgSmoldering ashes and charred items are seen on the ground in Budu near Maiduguri on 28 July 2019, after the latest attack by Boko Haram fighters on a funeral in northeast Nigeria has left 65 people dead. Photo: AFPAn attack this weekend by Boko Haram fighters on a funeral in northeast Nigeria has left 65 people dead, almost triple the initial toll, a local official said Sunday.Dozens more bodies were discovered following the assault Saturday by gunmen on a village close to the regional capital Maiduguri.”It is 65 people dead and 10 injured,” local government chairman Muhammed Bulama said.Bulama said more than 20 people died in the initial attack on a funeral gathering. Dozens more were killed as they tried to chase after the jihadists.The leader of a local anti-Boko Haram militia confirmed the death toll, while giving a slightly different account of the attack.Bunu Bukar Mustapha told AFP 23 people were killed as they returned from the funeral and “the remaining 42 were killed when they pursued the terrorists”.AFP journalists at the scene saw houses burnt in the attack. Relatives collected the bodies of those slain for burial.Bulama said he thought the latest attack was in retaliation for the killing two weeks ago of 11 Boko Haram fighters by local residents when the jihadists approached their village. The residents also captured 10 automatic rifles.Boko Haram fighters have repeatedly attacked the surrounding Nganzai district.In September last year, the group killed eight people and stole livestock in two villages in the area after residents tried to stop them from taking their animals.Boko Haram has waged a decade-long campaign of violence in northeast Nigeria that has killed around 27,000 people and displaced more than two million.There are persistent attacks despite repeated claims from the Nigerian government that it has broken the insurgency.The jihadists have splintered between the Boko Haram faction loyal to historic leader Abubakar Shekau and an affiliate of the Islamic State group.Shekau’s group tends to hit softer targets including civilians, while the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has since last year ratcheted up its campaign against the Nigerian military.In June, 30 people were killed by a triple suicide bombing targeting football fans in Konduga, 38 kilometres (24 miles) from Maiduguri. The attack had the hallmarks of Shekau’s faction.Late Thursday, the group attacked a camp for displaced people outside the state capital, killing two residents and looting food supplies after burning a nearby military base.Communities have increasingly turned to self-defence groups to protect themselves against the jihadist attacks.Vigilantes and local hunters have taken up arms to safeguard local residents amid widespread complaints that the military does not do enough to defend them.last_img read more

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