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POM cricket completes week 9 of comp

first_imgIn the men’s premier division, Dulux United are sitting in first place on 36 competition points from 6 wins, no losses and 1 bye.The top 5:Dulux United (36), Pacific MMI Coasters (30), Pure Water Raukele (24), Badili Hardware Wanderers (24) and Hoods (18).The U19 men’s division ladder sees Badili Hardware Wanderers on top with 24 points. This comes off 5 wins and 1 loss by forfeit.The top 5:Badili Hardware Wanderers (24), IBS Poreporena (18), Dulux United (18), Pacific MMI Coasters (18) and Pure Water Raukele (12). Badili Hardware Wanderers are also leaders in the men’s reserve division.The top 5:Badili Hardware Wanderers (36), JND Imanakone (36), IBS Poreporena (30), Hoods (30) and Dulux United (18).The women’s division is being led by Dulux United who have racked up 36 points from 6 wins and 1 loss.The top 5:Dulux United (36), Hoods (36), Pacific MMI Coasters (36), IBS Poreporena (24) and Badili Hardware Wanderers (18).last_img read more

Ulster Senior League unveil new sponsorship agreement

first_imgThe Ulster Senior League has agreed a new sponsorship deal and will be known as the Ulster Senior League for the 2019/20 season.The new sponsorship deal was agreed recently in time for the kick off of the new season.The Ulster Senior League will get underway in early September following the group phase of the Donegal News USL League Cup. “We are delighted to welcome on board as the new title sponsor of the Ulster Senior League,” said USL Secretary Niall Callaghan.“Brian McCormick and the team at Brian McCormick Sports and Leisure and have been strong supporters of the Ulster Senior League over the years.“The USL is delighted to have a long-standing and successful business associated with the League as the sponsor.” succeeds the Four Lanterns as the sponsors of the Ulster Senior League. Mr Callaghan said: “The USL was indebted to the support of the Four Lanterns, who were sponsors from the very first running of the League in 1986. The Grimes family, from day one, backed the League and we were lucky to have such a long-term relationship.“We are looking forward to forging a long partnership with as we believe their support is an indicator of the support for intermediate football in Donegal.”Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure was established in 1995 and the store has been a fixture on Letterkenny Main Street offers a unique team wear range of clothing for all leading brands, ensuring clubs can be kited out with quality team wear. have their own embroidery and printing service in-store to ensure swift production of orders.“We are privileged to come on board as the new sponsors of the Ulster Senior League,” said Brian McCormick. “The Ulster Senior League offers a fantastic standard of football for young players locally. Clubs and the USL Inter-provincial team are now regularly competing at the top level, which proves the standard of the game.“We are looking forward to working in partnership with the Ulster Senior League and wish the teams and players all the best for the new season.”The fixtures for the 2019/20 Ulster Senior League will be released in due course.Ulster Senior League unveil new sponsorship agreement was last modified: August 21st, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Celtic beat Aberdeen 4-1 to go top of the Scottish Premiership

first_imgFollowing an early attempt by Burns which flew high and wide, Celtic took control, showing no signs of fatigue from the midweek trip to Israel.In the 11th minute Rogic crashed a left-footed drive off the crossbar with Anthony O’Connor’s mis-kicked clearance from the rebound gratefully gathered by Joe Lewis.However, the Dons goalkeeper was not so lucky two minutes later when Griffiths slipped the ball through the legs of Pittodrie midfielder Kenny McLean before unleashing a vicious left-footed drive from 25 yards which flew in off the post.The Scotland striker then ran the length the park to hold up a t-shirt with ‘RIP Kieran’ on it, in tribute to teenage Celtic fan Kieran McDade who died while training with his local team in Coatbridge last week.The home side grew in confidence and Forrest missed the target from a Sinclair cut-back when it looked a certain goal.In a rare attack the visitors levelled.Former Celt Niall McGinn slipped past right-back Mikael Lustig near the by-line and when his cross was cut out by defender Kolo Toure, Rooney reacted quickly to turn and curl the ball into the far corner past De Vries.The goal surprised the home side but three minutes from the break Rogic picked out Forrest inside the box and the Scotland international, with the outside of his right foot, sent the ball hurtling past Lewis.With the last kick of the half Griffiths came close with a low drive and eight minutes after the break Sinclair’s goal-bound drive was deflected by Taylor for a corner which was desperately scrambled clear.Celtic finished strongly and in the 87th minute Reynolds, booked minutes earlier for a foul on Rogic, bundled Sinclair to the ground as he went through on goal with referee Bobby Madden sending him packing.The Hoops winger forward drove in the penalty before Rogic put the icing on the cake with a 20-yard drive in the 90th minute. Celtic rounded up a fine week sitting top of the Scottish Premiership with a convincing 4-1 win over Aberdeen at Parkhead.Hoops hit-man Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a storming 20-yard shot before striker Adam Rooney levelled in the 33rd minute in a rare Dons attack.Midfielder James Forrest, however, restored Celtic’s lead in the 42nd minute and with three minutes remaining Scott Sinclair grabbed the third with a penalty with Dons defender Mark Reynolds sent off for picking up a second yellow card after bringing him down, before midfielder Tom Rogic added the last-gasp fourth.Brendan Rodgers’ side went into the game on a high after qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in three years with a 5-4 aggregate win over Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night before drawing Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach in their section. After the international break, Celtic will host Rangers for the first time in four years – the Hoops leapfrogged the Ibrox men at the top by a point and with a game in hand – before travelling to the Nou Camp for the first of their Group C games.It is exciting times at Celtic Park.Rodgers dropped goalkeeper Craig Gordon and gave a debut to 35-year-old Dorus de Vries who recently signed a two-year deal from Nottingham Forest, having worked with the Hoops boss at Swansea.Defender Erik Sviatchenko and midfielder Rogic came in to the starting line-up at the expense of Saidy Janko and Callum McGregor. Defender Ash Taylor and striker Wes Burns returned to the Dons side with Miles Storey on the bench and Peter Pawlett out with a groin strain.last_img read more

Dunfermline call for end to escalating abuse from fans

first_img“It is both regrettable and, for me, very disappointing, that I have to issue this statement on behalf of the DAFC board – particularly as it relates only to a very, very small minority of our supporters,” he said. “Sadly, these so-called “supporters” are not only becoming increasingly divisive and seriously undermining the tremendous good work done by the majority within our fan base but have now crossed the line into the area of conduct which is wholly unacceptable. “The club owes a duty of care to its employees, volunteers and other supporters and we need to ensure that this behaviour stops.”McArthur detailed the abuse of players and staff, saying: “Sadly, there has been a number of recent instances where several of our own players, the manager, the coaching staff and the directors have been routinely abused by our own supporters. It has also now spread to abusing our families too. The behaviour of a handful of people in the Dunfermline end at Firhill on Saturday was nothing less than disgraceful – and a huge embarrassment to the club. Again, I reiterate it was only a minority.“As a football player, receiving stick (unless it oversteps the mark as we saw last season and elsewhere in recent weeks) from the opposition’s fans is usually a back-handed compliment, as it means that you are seen as a threat. However, receiving continued and concerted abuse from your own supporters is counterproductive and completely unacceptable and this victimisation and bullying will not be tolerated. “A few weeks ago the family of one of our players was sent an abusive video message by a “supporter” during a match. His family managed to prevent the player from seeing it, but nevertheless his family have seen it, and have questioned whether he should remain at our club. If his family had not deleted the video, this would now be an ongoing matter for Police Scotland.“On Saturday, there were various unsavoury incidents reported (including a steward being taken to hospital) but the worst was when the girlfriend and the sister of one of our players targeted as they left Firhill, with younger male supporters verbally abusing them in their faces, with one of them having to be physically restrained from getting to the girls. “These latest incidents follow previous instances of our office staff being intimidated and insulted, the Ticket Office and Shop staff (and volunteers) being abused and our young Ball Boys/Girls also being insulted. In addition, as a footnote, at two of our recent home games some “fans” thought it would be really clever to plug the drains in the toilet sinks in Legends, with paper towels, and leave the water taps on, so that it flooded downstairs to our newly refurbished lounges and reception area. A window at our reception area was also kicked in after a home game.”The chairman said that the “culture” of unacceptable behaviour had to be eradicated through a combination of peer pressure, robust stewarding and education, but did not rule out harsher steps if necessary.He said: “The rules relating to Unacceptable Conduct are very well known and understood. Anyone behaving in such a manner will be ejected from East End Park, as it will not be tolerated. Where the behaviour warrants it, the club will not hesitate to involve Police Scotland. “I am genuinely sorry for our true supporters that they have to read about, and suffer the consequences of, the behaviour of a minority, and I certainly would not tar them with the same brush.” Dunfermline Athletic chairman Ross McArthur has called for an end to abuse from a minority of fans, saying that the behaviour from those supporters is unacceptable and crosses a line.McArthur says that players, board members, staff, family members and even the club’s ball boys and girls have suffered in recent weeks as an element of the club’s fanbase have acted in an intimidating and abusive manner.He also alleges that a video sent to the family of one player was potentially criminal in nature and would have been shown to the police had it not been deleted.The chairman made his comments in a lengthy statement on the club’s website, where he revealed that vandals had also flooded the toilets in the club’s bar. McArthur stressed that only a small minority of fans had been involved in the escalating abuse but said that strong measures would be taken, including stadium bans and police involvement.last_img read more

Jackson County, NC Selected as USA Today 2019 Winner for Fall Foliage

first_imgUSA Today has selected Jackson County as one of the top 10 destinations to visit for fall foliage. Nominated by a panel of industry experts and voted on by people from around the country, Jackson County was designated as winner of the category among an impressive pool of fall foliage destinations across the United States. All nominees were selected and subsequently voted on based on stunning fall colors presented in the destination and the unique leaf-peeping experiences available to visitors.Located in the Western North Carolina mountains, Jackson County, comprised of the towns of Cashiers, Sylva, Dillsboro and Cherokee, is less than a 3-hour drive from Atlanta and Charlotte. Jackson County, known for its stunning mountainside displays of autumn color, has long been heralded as a top leaf-peeping destination in the South. The area is uniquely positioned between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains, making it the perfect spot for vibrant autumn hues. Based on the elevation profile of the county, 2000-6000 ft. in elevation, Jackson County boasts one of the longest fall seasons in the Southeast. With the area’s numerous scenic hiking and biking trails, the highest number of named peaks in North Carolina, the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway and easy access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it’s no wonder that the area is fan favorite for leaf-chasers. While this award alone is a great honor for the area, the designation is given even more significance considering the other distinguished destinations in the roundup. Claiming the top spot over a list of prominent destinations from around the country, including northern Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, New York’s Catskills and Finger Lakes, Vermont’s Green Mountains, Washington state’s Okanagan Valley, and last year’s reigning champion, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, brings great pride to the Jackson County TDA and Jackson County’s residents.With fall projected to last into mid-November, visitors have more time to plan the perfect mountain, leaf-peeping getaway. Uncover the magic of Jackson County and experience all that these vibrant towns teeming with local flair have to offer. From shopping from local artisans; to dining at locally sourced, farm-to-table eateries; to sipping craft brews at one of six breweries that call Jackson County home; to fly fishing on the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail®, Jackson County has visitors covered!last_img read more

India beat Pakistan to win sixth straight Women’s Asia Cup

first_imgThe Indian women’s team edged out rivals Pakistan by 17 runs in the final to clinch the 2016 Women’s Asia Cup T20 title.After winning the toss, the Indian team opted to bat first at the Asian Institute of Technology Ground in Bangkok.Star opener Mithali Raj set the tone for the match, hitting few boundaries early on. Wickets kept falling on the other end but the right-hander held the innings from one end and kept the scoreboard ticking.Mithali notched up her ninth T20I half century as India posted 121 in the title match for Pakistan to chase.Congratulations Girls on beating Pakistan in the Women’s #AsiaCup .The Girls played really well.No Mauka for the opposition.; Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 4, 2016In reply, Pakistan women’s team started brightly with Ayehsa Zafar and Zaveria Khan taking the attack to India.Jhulan Goswami broke the crucial stand between the openers by removing Ayesha and proved to the turning point of the match.Captain Bismah Maroof provided some resistance in the middle order but India kept picking up wickets at regular intervals to keep the scoring rate down.In the end the target proved to be too much for Pakistan as they could only muster 104/6 runs in the allotted 20 overs.As many as five Indian bowlers ended up picking wickets, with Ekta Bisht being the pick of the lot with figures of 2/22.Mithali Raj was adjudged the player of the match as well as the player of the series for her supreme show throughout the tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

Chittagong Test pitch rated below average by International Cricket Council

first_imgThe International Cricket Council has rated the pitch used in the Chittagong Test as “below average” following the high-scoring draw between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.The Chittagong Test pitch has been rated as “below average” by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following the high-scoring draw in the opening Test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.The pitch has also received one demerit point according to the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process.The demerit point will remain active for a rolling five-year period and if during this five-year period the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium reaches the threshold of five demerit points, then it will be suspended from staging any international cricket for 12 months.David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, whose report has been forwarded to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, said, “The pitch provided no seam movement to the fast bowlers with the new ball and also lacked carry and bounce throughout the match. The pitch did offer occasional slow turn for the spinners early on, but it did not deteriorate as much as would have been expected as the match progressed, resulting in a pitch that too heavily favoured the batsmen across the five days.”Five centuries and six half-centuries were scored in the match which saw Bangladesh posting 513 and 307 for five, and Sri Lanka amassing a colossal 713 for nine declared in their only innings.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde relieved to defeat Celta Vigo

first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde relieved to defeat Celta Vigoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admitted some relief after their 2-0 win over Celta Vigo.Valverde says he is looking forward to the break that is to come and he wants his team to keep winning in 2019.”We broke their defensive line well in the first half,” he said after the match.”They wanted to reduce the space inside, but the room was behind their defence and that’s where the first goal came from.”In the second half we were more tired, we didn’t have the ball as much and we wanted to play very fast.”Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi’s incredible chemistry was on show again as the pair combined for another goal.”Alba and Messi understand each other perfectly and it keeps on working,” he said. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoWolves boss Nuno hails ‘fantastic’ victory over Spurs

first_imgWolves boss Nuno hails ‘fantastic’ victory over Spursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham were shocked 3-1 at Wembley by Wolves on Saturday.Harry Kane celebrated his MBE award by belting in the opener in the first half, but Willy Boly headed Wolves level in the 72nd minute before Raul Jimenez slotted them ahead seven minutes from time.As Spurs desperately searched for an equaliser, Helder Costa broke away to struck the deadly blow three minutes before the end.Wolves boss Nuno said, “It was fantastic. We are very happy. We played a very good game in the second half, but even in the first half we were organised. Tottenham have a lot of qualities, they have talent, they have ability which creates a lot of problems, so we had to stay with them, stay balanced.“In the first half I felt we stayed in the game, but the game changed in the second half, in our favour. We had the ball more, and when we have the ball more we can manage the game better.“We had possession, we had chances, we had goals, and the boys worked very hard, were very organised against a very good Tottenham side.“We had a lot of belief after the equaliser, but we cannot rely [on one goal], we want more, we want to improve, I would have said a draw was a good result, but I cannot control the emotions of the boys if they see space in front of them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Minister Emphasises Importance of Sound Pension Governance

first_img Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, has emphasised the importance of sound pension governance in safeguarding the interest of persons saving for retirement.Speaking at NCB Insurance Company (NCBIC) Limited’s pension seminar, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on May 29, the Minister said pension schemes are pivotal in facilitating the seamless transition from employment to retirement, adding that the funds accumulated can also influence the capital markets of the economies in which they are invested.The Minister argued that the extent to which pension funds impact the lives of beneficiaries and economies, “the governance framework must be a key consideration for trustees, managers and anyone who has responsibility for any aspect of their company’s pension commitments.”Mrs. Williams pointed out that sound pension plan governance facilitates well- informed decisions that meet the requisite prudency standard, as stipulated by law, while helping to minimise financial risks.She contended that these safeguards are key elements for the sustainability and longevity of any financial sector, of which the pension industry is a part.Mrs. Williams said the Government has, in this regard, ensured that the principles of the local pension industry’s effective governance, characterised by accountability, openness, responsiveness and transparency, are being exercised by the Financial Services Commission (FSC).She pointed out that the FSC is mandated to regulate and supervise the industry, noting that the Commission’s remit includes: approval and registration of superannuation funds, retirement schemes, trustees and responsible officers as well as licensing of administrators and investment managers.In this regard, the Minister said the FSC’s oversight is essential in protecting pension beneficiaries, and pivotal in directly supporting a robust and unwavering industry, adding that the Commissioner is also charged with promoting compliance with the provisions of the Pensions Act and its attendant regulations.Mrs. Williams said that effecting sound governance and adherence to the law is not solely the FSC’s responsibility, noting that it also lies with the trustees, their agents, administrators and investment managers.“It is therefore vital that these parties operate in an ethical manner by faithfully discharging their fiduciary and other responsibilities. Trustees must, therefore, keep beneficiaries up to date about their benefits and not withhold any information. Additionally, it requires an enabling environment in which pertinent information is effectively issued and people can respond in an unconstrained and truthful manner,” she said.In this regard, Mrs. Williams lauded NCBIC’s management on its pension scheme arrangement, noting that they can “attest to operating with good governance.”The Minister said NCBIC has steered its pension funds in the “right direction” and, in so doing, has been bestowed with accolades.These, Mrs. Williams pointed out, include: the 2010 and 2011 World Finance Global Pension Funds Award, and Best Pension Funds in the Caribbean from 2015 to 2017.In his remarks, NCBIC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Vernon James, also underscored the importance of pension funds in retirement planning, adding that it as against this background that Tuesday’s seminar was staged.“It is no secret that proper preparation for pension is vital. We, therefore, see the need to (continuously) highlight the importance of preparing and making wise decisions for retirement,” he said.Mr. James lauded the Government on its decision to reform the laws and introduce new policies to improve the industry’s governance framework and arrangements through legislation.These, he reiterated, are the Pensions (Public Service) Act 2017, and Constitution (Amendment) (Establishment Fund) (Payment of Pensions) Act 2017, which will mandate pensionable public service officers to contribute five per cent of their salaries towards a pension.The Pensions (Public Service) Act 2017 aims to establish a segregated fund for contributions and gradually increase the retirement age to 65.The Constitution Amendment Establishment Fund (Payment of Pensions) Act, 2017 seeks to amend the Constitution to provide for the payment of pensions, gratuities and allowances out of the pension fund.“These two Bills seek to provide an improved pension system for workers… and we are pleased about the direction of this reform,” Mr. James said.The seminar was held under the theme: ‘Governance for Pension Funds – a Jamaican Perspective’. The Minister argued that the extent to which pension funds impact the lives of beneficiaries and economies, “the governance framework must be a key consideration for trustees, managers and anyone who has responsibility for any aspect of their company’s pension commitments.” Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, has emphasised the importance of sound pension governance in safeguarding the interest of persons saving for retirement. Speaking at NCB Insurance Company (NCBIC) Limited’s pension seminar, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on May 29, the Minister said pension schemes are pivotal in facilitating the seamless transition from employment to retirement, adding that the funds accumulated can also influence the capital markets of the economies in which they are invested.last_img read more