Carlos defers credit to teammates after taking over for UP

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It wouldn’t have been possible if Carlos didn’t light up in the decisive set for the Lady Maroons.Carlos, however, was quick to deflect the praise for herself and instead shared the limelight with her teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I won’t be able to get those spikes if it weren’t for my teammates, they were the ones who made the sets and, really, I won’t be able to do it without them,” said Carlos in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.UP looked at a 14-13 deficit late in the fifth set before Carlos worked her heart out. View comments 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 MOST READ Carlos first hit her spike off Mary Joy Dacoron to tie the fifth set at 14-14 before replicating the same move for UP’s 15-14 lead.“I didn’t take charge in the fifth set, we took charge in the fifth set,” said Carlos who finished with 22 points. “We wouldn’t have won in this match if we didn’t want to win this match. We really had to own this match.”“When it comes to the fifth set everyone’s on the same playing field, and it will come down to who has the bigger heart and coach [Godfrey Okumu] told us that this was our day and we had to take it.”ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Diana Carlos came out to be University of the Philippines’ designated closer against Adamson University in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Maroons ground it out in five sets against the Lady Maroons and came away with a hard-fought 25-18, 14-25, 25-19, 21-25, 16-14 victory to bump their record to 3-5.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Road Warriors outlast Hotshots in wild semis opener GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingslast_img read more

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IS EBOLA A CURSE FROM GOD OR A NATURAL DISASTER? (PART FOUR): HUMAN RESPONSIBILITY

first_imgThe focus of this fourth article of the series centered on the question of whether Ebola is a curse or a natural or man-made virus is on the role of human responsibility in Ebola prevention and care.  How much responsibility is required of man in steering his affairs and in caring for the environment? How does human responsibility fit in with divine providence and divine powers available to believers? Is having implicit trust in God contrary to doing what one is able to do? Should we have total confidence in God and at the same time take preventive measures stipulated by health experts? Let us examine in some detail below. The third article on divine providence highlighted the following main point:Providence then is the belief that God never leaves us alone for a moment but that he can use the bad things that happen to us (caused by ourselves or others) to refine our character and fulfill his purposes. This does not in any way excuse human responsibility. People will suffer the consequences of their actions but that God can bring some good out of those actions.Some believers wrongly think that human responsibility and divine support are incompatible. No, they are mistaken. The premise of this fourth article is that divine help and human efforts go hand in hand. We should not choose between the two. We make judicious use of both. Right from the beginning of creation God gave man privileges and responsibilities. He created man in his image and likeness and blessed him with reason, memory, freedom, creativity, and put him in charge of the Garden of Eden. He commanded man to cultivate and care for the soil. In other words man was made a caretaker of the earth to look after it and to enjoy some of its fruits (Genesis 1 and 2).Jesus himself teaches us: “To whom much is given, much will be required” (Luke 12:48).So every human being is blessed with creativity (reason), freewill, and has access to some possessions and potentials generally to make use of in order to make life better for self and others.This brings us to the Ebola crisis. It poses a serious challenge to our way of life and very existence leaving aside the arguments about whatever its source is and whoever is responsible. We all (the affected countries and the international community) must face the challenge head on. Thanks be to God and the international community that lots of support are coming in now. The health experts and our leaders agree that the best scenario is containment and care for those who have already fallen victims.The biggest challenge and gap in this fight against Ebola, at least in Liberia, is to break the chain of transmission. We seem to be losing the fight as the rate of infection is increasing rapidly. To break the chain in transmission requires the involvement of everyone—especially individuals and communities. The outsiders can help with the building of more treatment centers, movement of equipment and medicines, lots of experts and preventive materials but the behavior change that is required has to be taught and effected by communities.Communities and individuals must use a lot of common sense and advice from the health workers to prevent themselves and help their neighbors do so. In this wise community leadership structure should be actively involved with every effort to fight and defeat Ebola. The National Taskforce is to decentralize by heavily involving the communities by sharing authority, resources, expertise and experience. The health workers who are in the frontline of this war must be given adequate support in every way: protective gears, compensation and insurance in case the worse happens. Efforts must also be put into taking care of illnesses and medical needs other than Ebola.Churches and mosques are encouraged to get involved with effecting behavior change. They and the communities they live in can help educate and create isolation centers using schools, homes and other vacant buildings and to ensure that those who are isolated in centers and in their homes are given basic necessities and counseling without physical contacts. The message must get through that isolation/quarantine is to help those affected and the larger society and not to hurt anyone. To successfully fight Ebola we all need lots of prayer and earnest and honest efforts on everyone’s part. It cannot be either prayer or work. We need both.Martin Luther King, Jr. once noted that to depend on our works and our works alone without any reference to God is atheism. Conversely, to sit and do nothing and expect God to do everything for us is not faith but presumption. Christianity is both trust in God and hard work. St. Augustine of Hippo put it like this: “Without God we cannot. Without us God will not”. In other words apart from God we can nothing. But though God can do without us, yet he has chosen to work through us mortals.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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Ondiek last minute winner lifts Gor in CAF CL

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia midfielder Bernard Ondiek celebrates his last minute winner against Malawi’s Nyasa Big Bullets in a CAF Champions League preliminary round match at the Kasarani Stadium on November 28, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 28 – Bernard Ondiek stepped off the bench to score the winner in added time as Kenyan champions Gor Mahia beat Malawi’s Nyasa Big Bullets 1-0 in the first leg of the CAF Champions League preliminary round at the Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday evening.Having progressed into the first round from last season where they lost to eventual champions Esperance, Gor were eager to start well to keep their dream of making the group stages alive. They were frustrated by the visitors who defended with gusto, but Ondiek thumped home the winner in the third minute of added time.Stand in coach Zedekiah Otieno handed a debut to new signing Erisa Ssekisambu with the Ugandan starting in attack alongside Jacques Tuyisenge while the returning Kenneth Muguna played the creative role behind them.Shafik Batambuze also slotted in straight to left back with Peter Odhiambo trusted between the sticks ahead of the experienced Boniface Oluoch.It was a very tense start to the match, both sides choosing to keep their guns to themselves and none showing attacking potent.Gor were dealt a massive blow 12 minutes into the match when their star striker Tuyisenge limped out injured and was replaced by Samuel Onyango.Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge limps out injured during their CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg tie against alawi’s Nyasa Big Bullets’ at the Kasarani Stadium on November 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluK’Ogalo had their first opportunity at goal on the quarter hour mark when a corner floated in by Batambuze found Harun Shakava at the edge of the box, but the skipper’s effort with a volley was not successful, the ball going over.It remained a tactical battle between the two sides, none executing a shot on target for the entire opening half hour of the game.In the 32nd minute, Bullets had their first effort at goal when McPhallen Ngwira let off a shot from distance but it deflected off Harun Shakava’s back and went behind for a corner.Ten minutes later, Muguna had a half chance for Gor when he dribbled in from the left, finding some comfortable shooting space but his eventual shot went high and wide.A minute to halftime, Gor had their first effort on target when Muguna’s cheeky dink from the edge of the area found a running Ssekisambu, but the Ugandan’s effort to head the ball over the keeper was futile.In the second half, Gor stepped up and thought they had scored eight minutes in when Onyango buried home from the six yard box off a Muguna freekick but the second assistant referee’s flag was up for offside.Gor Mahia defender Philemon Otieno is tackled by Nyasa Big Bullets’ McPhallen Ngwira during their CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg tie at the Kasarani Stadium on November 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTen minutes later, they had another chance when Odhiambo was teed up by Humphrey Mieno on the right but his eventual low shot went just wide off target.Zico made his first change, Ssekisambu coming off for Francis Mustafa, a clear bid to add some legs into attack.Gor kept the pressure and had another chance with quarter of an hour left when Onyango tried to rifle a shot from distance but it went straight into the goalkeeper’s palms.Sensing that pressure was building on their end, the visitors resorted to running down the clock going down at every opportunity, the Gor players growing frustrated every minute.With a sense of urgency creeping in as the clock ricked away, the home side increased their attacks, but one could change the color of the scoreline.However, when it looked headed for a draw, Ondiek picked up the ball inside the box to thump home after being put through by Mieno0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Harlow collects ace, low scores with hybrid club

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Harlow also used the handy stick to score his fourth lifetime ace last April at Upland’s 160-yard second hole. “It’s an Adams Number Four,” Harlow says “I think I’ve finally mastered it. I hit it like an 8-iron, down and hard.” Harlow continues to live in Ontario, where he was born and attended Chaffey High School and Chaffey College. His antique golf shop in the Pomona mall flourished as a mecca for club collectors for more than 15 years. It remained so until Harlow moved the display to Temecula 14 months ago. “Now, it’s part of the Chaparral Antique Mall on Old Town’s Sixth and Front streets,” said Harlow, who began collecting clubs 45 years ago. “My wife and I are there about once a week. “My favorite clubs are sentimental: from a 1925 Wilson Aim-Rite set that my dad (Harry) passed on to me. There’s a putter, driving iron, mashie and a mashie-niblick.” Bob Harlow, a life-long Ontario resident, may be the valley’s 1925 hickory-shaft expert, but give him a new-fangled hybrid “rescue” club when he’s out to play his best golf. At 82, Harlow says his goal this year is to shoot his age, preferably at Upland Hills Country Club, and preferably with his new, all-purpose hybrid club. I called Harlow recently to find out whether he can match his age again – as he has many times in the past. After 68 years of trudging around golf courses (starting at age 14), was he ready? “Definitely, especially with my new club,” he replied. “I shot an 84 with it a few weeks ago, but the game is unpredictable. Some days, it’s hard for me to break 100.” center_img Harlow plays once or twice a week, usually at Upland Hills with other senior straight-shooters, and sometimes with his long-hitting grandson, Jeff Harlow, who coaches baseball at Chaffey College. “I hit my drives about 180,” said Bob Harlow. “Forty or 50 yards shorter than the old days, and 100 yards short of Jeff.” He likes to hear stories about old clubs, and is happy to offer help to folks who bring in their memorabilia. “One myth is that just because a club has a wooden shaft it’s valuable,” he said. “It may be worth a few dollars or a couple of thousand, but it’s fun to find out. I can help.” Harlow can be reached at (909) 984-5221. In the meantime, Harlow’s trusty hybrid replaces his regular 4-iron. “It’s 21 degrees and goes 160 yards,” he says with a laugh. “Perfect for another ace and maybe an 82.” The sixth annual Jack Kramer Junior Christmas Tournament, played recently at Los Serranos North and starring some 40 young players, took on a true international flavor. Twelve golf students from Korea, all enrolled in the David Ledbetter Academy, arrived here over the holidays and played in the event directed by Richard Dorame, Los Serranos assistant pro. “We were pleased to have the Korean students, all good players, in our tournament,” said Dorame. “I believe this was the only tournament they played in during their stay in the U.S.” Greg Bumstead, 16, of Chino Hills, won the 16-17 age flight when he shot a 77 (39-38) in the recent outing. Two visiting 16-year-old Korean girls, Kyuri Kim and Youn ju Yu, each shot 79 to finish second and third. Jessie Morton, 15, of Diamond Bar, the 2004 Jack Kramer champion, won the 14-15 flight with a 66 for 17 holes as play was ended because of darkness. Niko Tibayan, 15, of Diamond Bar, was second with 68, and Diamond Bar’s Ty Ondatje, as well as John Gaynor of Chino Hills both posted 80. Gavin Duarte of Diamond Bar fired a 63 for 15 holes to win the 12-13 age flight. Jared Hovsepian, Pomona, was second with 70; and Michelle Piyapatra of Chino Hills finished with a 72. Chino’s Arinda Bhanaraksa won the 11-and-under flight with a 37 for nine holes. Sahith Theegala, 8, a native of India now living in Chino Hills, finished second with a 38. Korea’s Sang in Kang, was third with a 41. One of my favorite charities, the City of Hope, is the beneficiary of every tournament promoted by FOLGA (Friends of Luso Golf Association). Frank Gaspar of Ontario won the December FOLGA tournament at San Dimas Canyon Golf Course with a gross 77. Joe Toledo of Chino was second with an 86. The association plays its next tournament on Jan. 29 at Cresta Verde Golf Club in Corona. Toledo, association director, reports that a check from the tournament will be presented on the 18th green to Joanne Ling, director of Development for the City of Hope. For information, call Toledo at 909-957-4267 or sign in at www.lusogolf.org. Stu Gornbein, boys and girls golf coach at Claremont High School, has declared he will retire in June. “I’m definitely leaving after the golf season,” Gornbein said recently. “After all, this is my 38th year of teaching.” Before he calls it a day, however, Gornbein eagerly looks forward to 2006 and one of his best teams ever. “Let’s say, we’ll be very, very strong,” says Gornbein, who will mark his 33rd year of coaching boys golf at Claremont. Three key players will lead the team. They are seniors Chanin Pornbida and Matt Peich, and sophomore Bodin Banakasra. “They all won junior tournaments last summer,” the coach said. Meanwhile, Gornbein has completed radiation sessions in his two-year cancer treatment program and says his health is at least satisfactory. “It’s odd,” he said. “I always feel better during the golf season.” Reflections on 2005: The best pressure round in the area last year had to be Kenny Murray’s 8-under-par 66 at the ultra-long Los Serranos South on the opening day of the 2005 Inland Valley Amateur Championship. Murray went on to shoot a 74 on the second day at Marshall Canyon to win the title with a 140 total. That “Route 66” set a record for Inland Valley Amateur rounds played at the Los Serranos course. And there was the 6-under-par 68 that Los Serranos teaching pro Johnny Powell also shot at the 7,200-yard South Course last October. Murray is 30-years-old. Powell, who is 75, was seven strokes under his age. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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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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VICTORIOUS MULLAGHDUFF BAND ARRIVE HOME WITH FLEADH TITLE

first_imgThe victorious Mullaghduff bandThe Mullachdubh Fife and Drum band have won their eight senior All Ireland flute band section in a row at Fleadh Cheoil na h-eireann.Yesterdays competiton was a tight affair against Rosses neighbours Mahery, but experience of competition saw Mullaaghdubh through in the end.The band show off their cupThere was great celebration with the band on the victory parade down through the Bogside to the Guildhall Square and later when they returned to homebase in Mullaghdubh,where the strong home support cheered them as the paraded from Calhame to The Schoolhouse in Mullaghdubh. After a great rendition of their winning ensamble, the cheers of delight could be heard far and wide. A big night celebration took place in the village afterwards!There was a wee bit of sadness was that Band leader Noreen Boyle had her last outing as band leader yesterday and what a way to go becoming An All Ireland champion again.Noreen is off to the middle east to take up a teaching position in Abu Dhabi.The band and the entire community wishes her well as she will be a hard act to follow as our leader. Adh mór Noreen agus Mullachdubh Abú! VICTORIOUS MULLAGHDUFF BAND ARRIVE HOME WITH FLEADH TITLE was last modified: August 19th, 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:All Ireland winnersDerryFleadhMullaghduff Fife and Drum Bandlast_img read more

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Donegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures

first_imgREPORTSSaturday 19th November 2016Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionArranmore United P Orchard F.C. P( Match Postponed – No Report )Drumbar F.C. 2 Strand Rovers 2The opening half was littered with chances for the home side created by some creative play in midfield from Caolan Loughney and Stanley Hammond. The chances fell to Ray Balgoun, Aiden Cassidy and Kevin Martin but the efforts of the Strand goalie and the woodwork denied Drumbar. The conversion of chances rate was at 100% for the visitors as Paddy Glackin converted the visitor’s only sniff at goals in the opening half.The second half continued as the 1st had left off but the home side were finding it harder to create as many chances and the visitors sought to protect their lead. It looked like it would be another one of those days as the final 10 minutes approached but Ray Balogun found another gear in the Drumbar attack by converting a rebound through many defensive legs from inside the box. It ended at 2-2 and both teams will feel they could have won it on the day. Dunlewey Celtic 2 Fintown Harps AFC 2A cold afternoon in Glentornan and a good battle between two good sides. The first half saw Fintown start sharper but Dunlewey fought their way back into the game. Daniel Cannon pulled off a good save tipping away a good strike from 30 yards out. Fintown then took the lead with a powerful strike from Keelan Mc Monagle into the top corner. Dunlewey pulled one back when Shaun Mc Cafferty broke through the defence and latched onto a through ball and very calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner. Fintown went on the front foot again and went back into the lead with Odhran McDevitt providing the finish this time. Shaun Mc Cafferty then capitalised on a loose ball in the box to pull things level just before half time. In the second half both sides had chances to win it and particularly Fintown when they were unlucky not to score only for the upright to keep the ball out. The game ended all square in a hard fought game between two attacking sides. A strong team performance from Fintown. Paul Coll provided a very solid performance in the middle of the park, and Shaun Mc Cafferty doing the business up top.Saturday Reserve DivisionSt. Catherines Reserves 4 Glenree United Reserves 0Glenree were only able to field 10 men but defended bravely in the first half to keep the score at 0-0 after 45minutes. Cathal Mc Ginley playing centre half for the visitors kept his side very well organised but eventually the pressure told on his defence and after a long scrap in the box Charlie Boyle poked home on 60minutes. This gave the home side confidence and they began to pass the ball better. Conor Knox flew up the line and continued into the box and beat the keeper at his near post to make it 2-0. Brandon Mc Ginley then latched onto a super through ball from Eamonn Bonner and slotted comfortably home for number three on 80minutes. John Joe Mc Ginley capped off a good second half performance from the saints when he struck a powerful shot passed the Glenree keeper on 85minutes. Best for St. Catherines was Conor Knox and Cathal Mc Ginley was best for the visitorsDonegal Town Reserves P Milford United Reserves P( Match Postponed – No Report )Glenea United Reserves 5 Erne Wanderers Reserves 2Glenea completed the first half of their league programme with a well-deserved victory over Erne. In a close fought opening quarter both sides were looking to create chances but were unable to put either keeper under pressure. The home side eventually took the lead on 27 minutes when, after good play between Conor Mc Clafferty and Martin Maguire, the ball reached Martin Ferry and he fired home from the edge of the box. Glenea extended their lead on 36 minutes when Chris Cannon picked up a loose ball 25 yards out and his long range effort flew into the net. Glenea almost got a third on 40 minutes when Martin Ferry got free but saw his chip over the keeper come back off the bar. In the 2nd half the home side started strongly and on 57 minutes extended their lead when Ciaran McFadden got down the left and his pull back found Martin Ferry who hammered the ball in at the near post. Glenea added a 4th on 70 minutes when Aodhan Ferry’s strike on goal was saved but Conor Mc Clafferty was on hand to knock in the rebound. Erne pulled goal back on 75 minutes when Michael Mc Gahan got through the home defence and slotted home. Glenea regained their 4 goal advantage on 80 minutes when Aodhan Ferry, after a good run, saw his effort saved but Michael Mc Clafferty reacted quickest to slot home. Erne completed the scoring on 90 minutes when Aron Farren scored from close range. Best for Glenea were Sean Coll, Chris Cannon and Aodhan Ferry while it was team effort from Erne Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves P Keadue Rovers Reserves P( Match Postponed – No Report )Sunday 20th November 2016Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionConvoy Arsenal 2 Kildrum Tigers 3( No Report Submitted )Drumoghill F.C. 3 Rathmullan Celtic 1Champions Drumoghill maintained their unbeaten start to the defence of their title with this hard earned victory over an impressive Rathmullan Celtic. The final scoreline may suggest that this was a comfortable victory for the home side but it was anything but. The game was in the balance right up until Pajo Rafferty’s brilliant strike from an 89th minute counter attack. Rathmullan threw everything at Drumoghill during the final 10 minutes in search of an equaliser but were finally undone when Chris Malseed and Liam O’Donnell combined to send Rafferty clear and the striker was cool and composed to lob the ball over Sean Black and finally seal the deal for the reds. This was an even affair throughout, but Drumoghill had the killer instinct on the day and that was ultimately the difference between the sides. The first half was high on quality with both teams passing the ball quickly and with intent. Chris Malseed opened the scoring for reds on 18 minutes when he evaded the challenges of David Fisher and Shaun Patton to drive the ball beyond Black. The lead though was short lived with full back David Millar heading past McCauley a few minutes later to leave the scores level at the break.The second half was end to end as both teams went in search for the goal that looked likely to be decisive. Chances were in limited supply though between with both defences looking solid. JP Doran, in particular, was superb for the visitors and made countless last minute tackles to counter the threat of a dangerous Drumoghill attack. Not even he though could do anything to prevent Drumoghill taking the lead on 66 minutes. The impressive Malseed sent Liam O’Donnell through on the inside right channel and his cross found Ritchie Moore who made no mistake from 18 yards. Darragh Patton came closest to equalising for Rathmullan when his 30 yard free kick came back off the crossbar although Eoin Sheridan will be disappointed not to have equalised from the rebound. It just wasn’t going to be Rathmullan’s afternoon, a fact that was confirmed when Rafferty raced away to make it 3-1 in the dying moments and secure another three points for the reds. Referee: Mick Lagan.Glenea United 2 Lagan Harps 2The home side started brightly and went close on a couple of occasions to opening the scoring. They had to wait however until the 30th minute when the visiting defence failed to deal with Eamonn Cannon’s in swinging free-kick and Dean Mc Carry was able to force the ball home from close range. Glenea continued to press and forced the Lagan keeper into a couple of good saves. Lagan almost equalised on 40 minutes when a quick break down the right by Gavin Mc Glanaghey saw his cross just headed wide. Lagan got level on 43 minutes when a long ball found Gavin Mc Glanaghey and he slotted home from a tight angle. In the 2nd half Glenea started well and regained the lead on 60 minutes when Eamonn Cannon’s through ball found Ciaran Mc Geady and he slotted home from close range. Glenea almost extended their lead when a Ciaran McFadden effort came back off the bar. Lagan were then thrown a lifeline on 85 minutes when they were awarded a penalty which they converted. Both sides, in the closing minutes, had chances to take all three points but failed to convert them. Team efforts from both sides. Referee: Kevin LogueKilmacrennan Celtic P Milford United P( Match Postponed – No Report ) Castlefin Celtic 1 St. Catherines 1Castlefin and St.Catherines played out a hard fought draw in Parkview on Sunday. In a game with few chances a draw was a fair outcome. In the first half the visitors looked dangerous on the break and Brendan Maguire blazed over after he found space on the left. The hosts created a decent chance of their own when JP Malley went close after a Emmet White through ball. The hosts started the brighter in the second half and in the 60th minute they took the lead when White played Ronan Tourish down the right. He squared to Malley who smashed home. Malley had a chance to double the lead five minutes later but he blazed over from close range. In the 80th minute St Catherines drew level when Dan Breslin poked home after a cross from the right. Castlefin had a chance to win it when White hit the outside of the post in the 85th minute after a Stephen Roulston cross from the left. Referee: Paddy Duffy. Best for Castlefin: Peter Bryson and Simon Mc Glinchey. Best for St.Catherines: Michael MullinTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneBonagee United 5 Erne Wanderers 1The visitors came close on seven minutes when a cross into the box from the right was headed over from ten yards by Marty Dorrian. The home side took the lead on seventeen minutes when Lee Mc Monagle squared the ball to Shane Kelly just outside the box and his cross was hammered home by the incoming Gareth Temple from ten yards. Bonagee got their second on the stroke of half time when Paddy Mc Gowan hammered home a free kick from twenty five yards. Erne had great chances on forty seven and fifty minutes fall to Seamus Kane only for his shots to go wide for a corner and from the corner the ball broke to Marty Dorrian who shot over from six yards. The home team got their third on the hour when a great through ball from Shane Kelly found Lee Mc Monagle who rounded the keeper on the edge of the box and shot home. Two minutes later Paddy Mc Gowan got his second for the home side when he saw the keeper off his line and his strike from thirty yards flew into the top corner of the net. Erne kept pressing and strikes on goal from David Dorrian and Seamus Kane were well saved by Carr in the home goal. Conor Temple got the fifth for Bonagee on eighty minutes. Team effort by both sides. Referee: Martin Mc Anenny.Keadue Rovers 6 Glenree United 0Keadue Rovers made it two league wins in a row to continue their decent form of recent weeks with this convincing win over Glenree at Central Park. It was decent conditions for football despite lots of rain in the lead up to the match. The home side were quick to settle and in the first ten minutes had three good chances falling to Sean Yank Boyle and Corey Gallagher. Glenree had their first chances after ten minutes following a goalmouth scramble their effort went just over the bar. Keadue took the lead on seventeen minutes when a penalty was awarded for handball and Corey Gallagher converted. Just four minutes later a free from just inside his own half saw Jack O’Brien float the ball straight to the corner of the net. Glenree again came out and did well creating a few openings of their own and the game was very open. Good chances again fell to Corey Gallagher. It was 3-0 to the home team on thirty seven minutes when good work from Sean Yank Boyle lead to Conor Greene firing home from close range. At the start of the second half the away side started the brighter without creating anything in chances and the game became a little scrappy for a while. Just before the hour mark Keadue upped the tempo and got their fourth when good work from Sean Yank Boyle let Conor Greene in with a low effort to the corner. Corey Gallagher made it five on sixty three minutes when he ran onto a ball over the top and put the ball through the keepers’ legs for a fine finish. Keadue completed their scoring on seventy five minutes when Conor Greene was on the end of a ball into the box slotting home from close range for a hat-trick. The last fifteen minutes saw Keadue hitting on the break while Glenree kept possession.A good team effort from Glenree while best for Keadue were Conor Greene, Corey Gallagher and Sean Yank Boyle. Referee: Liam Mc Conigley.Donegal Town 5 Gweedore United 1Donegal Town dominated the early play with several early chances. Donegal had a good chance to open the scoring following a free kick on 5 minutes but the ball flashed across the Gweedore goal with nobody able to get the vital touch. Daniel Mc Hugh also went close on 10 minutes for Donegal but he watched his shot pass narrowly wide. Donegal went ahead on 15 minutes when McHugh ran through and scored with a low shot that went under the Gweedore net minder’s body. Mc Hugh doubled the lead on 35 minutes when he slotted home after the Gweedore keeper parried a shot into his path. Gweedore applied the pressure and got one back early in the second half. A fine run by the Ciaran Mc Fadden who’s shot that beat the Donegal keeper. Donegal regained their two goal lead 3 minutes later when Stephen Curneen latched onto a through ball and finished well. Joe Mc Intyre went close shortly after for Donegal but shot into the side netting. Ben Sweeney made it 4-1 on 70 minutes with a fine goal. Mc Hugh went close to completing his his hat-trick with a direct free only to be denied by a good save. With just minutes remaining Donegal stretched their lead when sub Gary Ward put in a fine cross for Ted Bustard to head home to make it 5-1. Referee: Barry Hunter Cappry Rovers 3 Raphoe Town 2Cappry secured all three points in an entertaining game played in Cappry Park. Brendan Mc Laughlin opened the scoring for Cappry in the fourteenth minute when he scored with a shot past the diving keeper. Cappry scored again in the twenty sixth minute when Stephen Carr won the ball and he lifted it over the advancing keeper. Aaron Kelly made it three for Cappry in the forty second minute when he drilled a low shot to the corner of the net. Raphoe tried in vain in search of a goal but to no avail. Raphoe went on the attack in the second half in search of a quick goal and they were rewarded in the fifty sixth minute when they were awarded a penalty following an infringement and Ryan Mc Cullagh scored from the spot. Cappry created a few chances but couldn’t score. Raphoe reduced the deficit in the seventy fifth minute when D.J Kelly scored after he beat the offside trap to score from close range. Both sides created a few chances but they failed to score.Darren O’ Leary, Stephen Carr and Gerald Melaugh were best for Cappry. Seamus Bogle and David Craig were best for Raphoe. Referee: Paddy Martin.Deele Harps 0 Gweedore Celtic 5Deele welcomed table toppers Gweedore Celtic to The Athletic Grounds and their game plan went out the window as early as the 1st minute when a hopeful ball forward was headed back to the Deele keeper who caught the ball and was subsequently bundled over and Colm Ferry put the ball in the net. Both teams waited on the whistle for a free out. Referee Con McLaughlin much to the shock of both teams awarded the goal. Deele were playing the better football throughout and Jordan Duffy hit the bar and Brian Breslin had a strong penalty decision waved away but the Gweedore side took their chances following mistakes at the rear and further goals from Colm Ferry and Odhran Mac Niallais left it 3-0 the break. That’s how the game stayed until 85 minutes despite Deele’s constant pressure and Tom Mullan had two good chances but Sweeney done well in goals. Two late goals from Mac Niallais and Ferry made this into a freak result. Well done to Gweedore Celtic who deserved their win but Deele will feel they deserved more.CT Ball Division TwoWhitestrand United 5 Curragh Athletic 0On a cold frosty afternoon Whitestrand United took on Curragh Athletic at Mc Garvey Park. Whitestrand made a quick start when they capitalised on a kick out from Curragh and Kevin Loughrey scored after 3 minutes. Shane Mc Glade scored from a good cut back to make it two nil after a period of domination on 24 minutes. The third goal came from a good finish from Liam O’ Riordan. The fourth goal came when Matthew Gallagher hit a ball over the top and Mc Glade broke through to score his second of the game and left Whitestrand 4-0 up at half time.The second half started with Whitestrand on the front foot. The main talking point was when the Curragh midfielder went in hard on the Whitestrand player and caused a scuffle which resulted in a questionable call from the referee to send off two Whitestrand players and one Curragh player. The final goal came when Sean Martin headed home from a good cross. Best for Whitestrand were Martin Gallagher and Shane Mc GladeReferee: Dessie McLaughlinCranford United 1 Eany Celtic 4( No Report Submitted )Lifford Celtic 1 Letterbarrow Celtic 0Lifford Celtic 1 Letterbarrow 0Lifford had a great chance on 5 minutes when striker Connolly was sent clear by Kevin Mc Brearty but a Letterbarrow defender got a last gasp challenge in before he could get the shot away. Lifford dominated the ball and created a few decent chances but a combination of great defending and poor finishing kept the game level. Letterbarrow were proving to be dangerous on the counter attack and Lifford’s defence were kept on their toes throughout. Half time 0-0. Lifford upped their game in the second half and were playing some great football, creating chances for Connolly, Mc Brearty, Gethins and Porter but somehow the ball wouldn’t go in for the home team. Mahon and Mc Brearty were in fine form in the middle of the park and eventually the breakthrough came when Mc Brearty opened up the Letterbarrow defence with a pass and Connolly raced clear to finish into the bottom corner. Lifford kept pressing and went close twice through Connolly and Gethins but the second goal just would not come on the day. The game finished 1-0 to Lifford for another valuable three points. Declan Lafferty and Mark Carlin were best for Lifford. Letterbarrow’s goalkeeper also had a fine day.Dunkineely Celtic P Drumkeen United P( Match Postponed – No Report )Copany Rovers 0 Ballybofey United 6( No Report Submitted )RESULTSSaturday 19th November 2016Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionArranmore United P v P Orchard F.C.Drumbar F.C. 2 v 2 Strand RoversDunlewey Celtic 2 v 2 Fintown Harps AFCSaturday Reserve DivisionSt. Catherines Reserves 4 v 0 Glenree United ReservesDonegal Town Reserves P v P Milford United ReservesGlenea United Reserves 5 v 2 Erne Wanderers ReservesKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves P v P Keadue Rovers ReservesSunday 20th November 2016Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionConvoy Arsenal 2 v 3 Kildrum TigersDrumoghill F.C. 3 v 1 Rathmullan CelticGlenea United 2 v 2 Lagan HarpsKilmacrennan Celtic P v P Milford UnitedCastlefin Celtic 1 v 1 St. CatherinesTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneBonagee United 5 v 1 Erne WanderersKeadue Rovers 6 v 0 Glenree UnitedDonegal Town 5 v 1 Gweedore UnitedCappry Rovers 3 v 2 Raphoe TownDeele Harps 0 v 5 Gweedore CelticCT Ball Division TwoWhitestrand United 5 v 0 Curragh AthleticCranford United 1 v 4 Eany CelticLifford Celtic 1 v 0 Letterbarrow CelticDunkineely Celtic P v P Drumkeen UnitedCopany Rovers 0 v 6 Ballybofey UnitedFIXTURESSaturday 26th November 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionFintown Harps AFC v Orchard F.C.Dunlewey Celtic v Drumbar F.C.Glencar Celtic v Strand RoversSaturday Reserve DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves v Cappry Rovers ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves v Donegal Town ReservesErne Wanderers Reserves v St. Catherines ReservesMilford United Reserves v Glenree United ReservesOscar Traynor TrophyInishowen League v Donegal Junior League ( 6.30 )Sunday 27th November 2016 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)FAI Junior CupKildrum Tigers v Erne Wanderers ( K.O. 1.30 )Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneRaphoe Town v Donegal TownGweedore United v Keadue RoversCappry Rovers v Glenree UnitedCT Ball Division TwoCopany Rovers v Lifford CelticBallybofey United v Cranford UnitedKerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Curragh AthleticEany Celtic v Whitestrand UnitedDonegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures was last modified: November 20th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Senkatuka stars as Bright Stars edge Paidah

first_img Tags: bright starsNelson SsenkatukaPaidha Black AngelsStarTimes Uganda Premier League Ssenkatuka (9) scores one of his first goals against Paidha on Saturday.Uganda Premier League 2018/19 (Match Day 30 Results)-Bright Stars 6-1 Paidha Black Angels-SC Villa 6-0 Nyamityobora-KCCA 6-1 Maroons-Mbarara City 2-0 Police‘Vipers 1-0 BUL-Onduparaka 0-0 Express-Kirinya-Jinja S.S 0-0 Ndejje University-Tooro United 0-0 URAAs the 2018/19 season climaxed, Bright Stars capatin Senkatuka showed he is class above the ordinary with five goals to his name in the 6-1 demolition of relegated Paidha Black Angels.The former KCCA and Proline forward scored the first goal after just 4 minutes into the game.He then added the others in the 8th, 24th, 56th and 64th minutes before James Angu sealed their comprehensive victory.Paidha Black Angels’ consolation was scored by Jackson Nsubuga.Senkatuka majestically smiled back home with the man of the match accolade and Shs 100,000 cash reward.Senkatuka completes the season with 16 goals, only three shy of league top scorer, Juma Balinya of Police.The massive win helped Bright Stars ascend two places to 8th on the 16 team log with 41 points, same as Kirinya-Jinja S.S but the former has a better goal difference.Comments last_img read more

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Robust Qantas ready to take on all comers

first_imgA robust Qantas says it is well-placed to weather the competitive aviation environment after posting a 25 per cent fall in half-yearly net profit due mainly to a one-off gain the previous year.The Australian carrier followed a record 2015-16 with a $515m net profit for the half year ending December 31, down from $688m the previous year.Qantas said the fall in statutory profit largely reflected the inclusion in last year’s result of the $A201m gain from the sale of its Sydney Airport terminal.The decrease in net profit was mirrored on the other side of the Tasman with rival Air New Zealand recording a 24.25 per cent drop in interim net profit to $NZ256m from $NZ338m  the previous year.The flying kangaroo posted an underlying pretax profit of $A852m,  7.5 per cent lower than the $A922m it posted in the same half the previous year but still the third best first half in its history.  The result was also slightly above the guidance the airline posted in October.Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the work done on the airline’s transformation program meant that it was it was delivering much better margins than many of its main competitors. For Qantas International, this meant a margin of 7.3 per cent compared to 4 per cent or less on the other big premium carriers in the region.“Everybody in the region is having bigger drops — 50 to 80 per cent —in their profitability,’’ he said. “The resilience of Qantas in this space is absolutely amazing because of the structure of our business and what we’ve done in transformation has given us that big advantage.”All parts of the Qantas group were profitable in the first half but earnings at the Qantas domestic and international operations were both down.Qantas domestic reported underlying earnings of $A371m, down $A16m, while the international arm posted earnings of $A208m, down $A62m. Revenue from the once vibrant resources sector was down $A50m, a fall that is expected to decrease to $30m in the second half and possibly flatten out in 2019.Earnings at the Jetstar group were up $A13m to a record $A275m while Qantas Loyalty recorded a result of $A181m, up$A5m.Revenue at the Australian carrier was down just 3.3 per cent to $A8.2 billion and Joyce described it as one of the best-performing airline groups in the world.“Our transformation program has built a strong, sustainable business that generates returns throughout the economic cycle,’’ he said.“Qantas and Jetstar’s domestic operations produced an outstanding result and Qantas Loyalty continued to thrive. It’s a combination that keeps delivering and sets us apart from our competitors.’“The international market is tough because of capacity growth and lower fares and Qantas International is not immune from those pressures. But the work we’ve done on removing costs and making the business more efficient means Qantas International is outperforming its peers in the region.“Our focus is to stay disciplined on capacity, keep downward pressure on costs and introduce game-changing improvements like the Dreamliner and high-speed wi-fi.’’The airline plans to boost group capacity by a modest 1-2 per cent in the second half and cut capacity on the domestic market by 2 per cent.But Joyce was optimistic about the prospects in both the domestic and international marketsHe said the resources sector was bottoming out and the buoyancy of the East Coast market in sectors such as financial services and construction had come through in the airline’s numbers.Group international capacity will rise 3 per cent due to previously announced changes, including services to Beijing and Japan, using the existing fleet to target the Asian market.While a spike in capacity on the kangaroo route between Australia and London had depressed yields, Joyce noted there was growth on markets such as Japan, the US and China.“But again, we’re happy and very comfortable with the Chinese growth because what’s happening in China is that there’s huge influx of Chinese tourists to Australia,’’ he said. “They’re travelling everywhere and our domestic business gets huge benefits associated with that.’’The efficiency drive will also continue with management targeting an annual average of $A400m in cost and revenue benefits from areas such as new aircraft and technology to keep the business sustainable.However, the group deferred the delivery of fuel-efficient Airbus A320 neos until fiscal 2019, saying it had other more immediate priorities for capital expenditure.  Officials denied this was in response to a similar move by Virgin Australia to delay delivery of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.Qantas did not give any profit guidance but said underlying fuel costs were expected to be no more than $A3.2 billion.The airline will pay a dividend of $A7 cents per share and is still undertaking a share buyback.last_img read more

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“Ag is cool!” winners announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced the winners of the 2017 “Agriculture is Cool!” visual arts contest. Ohio children enrolled in school or home schooled during the 2016-2017 academic year shared their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is “cool” for their chance to win a trip to the Ohio State Fair.Entries, which included photographs, drawings and paintings, were judged in four different age categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Twelve entries were selected as winners in their respective categories.K-2 Photography: Connor Best, Rayland, Jefferson County, age 6K-2 Drawing: Jack Mawhorr, Ashville, Pickaway County, age 6K-2 Painting: Luke Mautz, Chillicothe, Ross County, age 73-5 Photography: Aubree Topp, Botkins, Shelby County, age 103-5 Drawing: Isabell Rumbaugh, Deshler, Henry County, age 103-5 Drawing: Kami Anthony, Brilliant, Jefferson County, age 103-5 Painting: Avarie Lisi, Chillicothe, Ross County, age 116-8 Photography: Abby Breece, Alvada, Hancock County, age 126-8 Drawing: Brighid Donnelly, Youngstown, Mahoning County, 149-12 Drawing: Audrey Schroeder, Bryan, Williams County, age 149-12 Painting: Regan Draeger, Lindsey, Sandusky County, age 15Director’s Choice: Columbus School for Girls Form I, Columbus, Franklin County, age 7The winners were honored by Lt. Governor Taylor, Ohio Agriculture Director Daniels and Ohio State Fair Manager Virgil Strickler at a ceremony at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. During the ceremony, the Columbus School for Girls Form I Class was announced as the “Director’s Choice” winner, for their video “I Can’t Stop From Farming.”“Every year I’m impressed by the work and creativity of our ‘Ag is Cool!’ winners,” said Director Daniels. “These are the boys and girls who will become the men and women that grow, raise and process the food that feeds the world and we are proud to support and encourage them any way we can.”This year marks the seventh year of the art contest and the “Ag is Cool!” educational program that is featured at the Ohio State Fair, July 26-Aug. 6.last_img read more

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