Indy 500 plan for spectators during pandemic shows it’s possible to move too fast in auto racing

first_imgThe Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a big place. It’s large enough to accommodate a golf course, the world’s most famous oval race track and, on a good day for the Indy 500, more than 400,000 spectators.There will be nowhere near that many in attendance for the 2020 event, but there likely will be far more than anyone who has lived through the past three months might have guessed. IMS plans to open the stands to 50 percent capacity for the Aug. 23 Indianapolis 500 became clear in a letter to ticket holders made public Friday. The race, conducted for more than a century around Memorial Day weekend, will be delayed nearly three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.MORE: What you need to know about 2020 Indy 500Whereas spectator sports in Europe have been played without spectators since Germany’s Bundesliga returned in May, and both the PGA Tour and NASCAR have competed without in-person audiences, the Speedway apparently plans to have roughly 125,000 people in the stands for this year’s 500.This plan is, to say the least, ambitious.Nah, that’s just being nice.It’s absurd.The state of Indiana only contains two cities with populations larger than 125,000, and neither of those is squeezed into an area of just 560 acres. NASCAR’s design to allow fans for a July 15 all-star race at Bristol Speedway in Tennessee includes spacing 30,000 around a track that holds 162,000. When Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith spoke in May, he discussed possibly including just 22,000 spectators at Ohio Stadium, which holds 104,944.There have been a lot of histrionics in sports media about the feasibility of returning to competitive sport in the United States while incidents of coronavirus continue to spike in various parts of the country. Some suggested the PGA Tour shut down because a few caddies tested positive this week. And radio host Daryl Ruiter tweeted this when it was announced that an event as meaningless as Pro Football’s Hall of Fame Game — the Hall of Fame Game! — was canceled.Opens Twitter. Sees Hall of Fame game cancelled, enshrinement postponed.See you all in 2021.— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) June 25, 2020Maybe he was kidding. Professional sports can, and will, be conducted safely in the U.S. In fact, they already are, as NASCAR has shown since resuming its racing schedule May 17 at Darlington. There has been nothing to indicate, however, that allowing large gatherings is a prudent decision. Which is why Broadway is dark, rock stars aren’t on tour and the NWSL is starting its 2020 season this weekend without audiences in place.IMS president Doug Boles told ticket holders the intent is to accommodate about half of their tickets “in or near your current seating location.” Those who would like to keep more than half their tickets may be permitted but could have to move elsewhere in the stands.“We’re committed to running the Indy 500 on Sunday, Aug. 23 and will welcome fans to the world’s greatest racing venue,” Boles said in an IMS release. “We will be limiting attendance to approximately 50 percent of venue capacity, and we are also finalizing a number of additional carefully considered health and safety measures. We’ll unveil the specific details of our comprehensive plan in the coming weeks.”That plan already includes this, according to the release: “Individuals in high-risk groups are encouraged to consider staying home and returning in 2021.”MORE: May without Indy 500 was “weird as weird can be”The 500 typically is a massive event in its city: concerts, a parade, the popular qualifying runs and usually an accompany road race that is conducted within the Speedway grounds and partly on the track. Losing it would be a blow. Which is why it always seemed likely the race would go on.And because the track is so vast, it also seemed tenable to accommodate audiences of moderate size. It would be a blow to those excluded who have made the 500 such an important part of their annual schedule. But there have been many greater sacrifices made by Americans because of this pandemic. Opening to 50 percent capacity, though, seems a needless exercise in hubris. We have seen what a similar approach has wrought on a larger scale in such states as Arizona, Texas and Florida. Indiana has not been overwhelmed by the coronavirus, but never has it been entirely suppressed. The state has had 60 percent more cases per capita than neighboring Ohio, and 63 percent more deaths.Speed usually is the entire point in Indy Car racing.This time, though, things are moving too fast.last_img read more

Gov’t to Revisit Cremation

first_imgGovernment is searching for an appropriate burial site in Monrovia for Ebola victims, Mr. James Dorbor Jallah the head for Logistics of the Incidence Management System at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH&SW), has disclosed.Speaking recently during the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism regular Ebola press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Mr. Jallah said a special burial process is being designed to provide families the opportunity to attend the funerals of their loved ones under a protocol which would keep them safe from the deadly Ebola virus.Mr. Jallah explained that many family members of Ebola victims are still not happy with the cremation of their loved ones.“The Incidence Management System of the MOH&SW with support from local and international partners, are in the concluding stage of identifying a place suitable for the burial of Ebola victims. This (cremation) is not a culture of Liberia and (not to the) happiness of anyone, but we will overcome the situation soon,” Jallah assured.The Assistant Health Minister for Statistics and Head of Contact Tracing of the Incidence Management System, Chea Sanford Wesseh, also told reporters that the issue of cremation leads to fear causing some of those infected with the virus to evade tracking by relocating themselves.According to Mr. Wesseh, “They are troubled by cremation and are leaving for other counties were they will receive a burial. This is because cremation is taking place only in Montserrado,” he explained, adding that eluding cremation was also contributing to the spread of the virus to other places, especially the rural areas across the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

30 year old murder near Chetwynd still unsolved

first_imgTheir bodies were found on an isolated road 32 kilometres south of Chetwynd. They had been last seen hitchhiking near Dawson Creek, and none of their personal items have since been recovered. North District Media Relations Officer Constable Lesley Smith says their murder files remain open and are seeking new information about the case. “Chetwynd RCMP and the North District Major Crime Unit continue to investigate the murder of Bernd and Andrea,” she says. “The person responsible for their murder is still at large and police are making every effort to bring justice to this heinous crime.” – Advertisement -When the investigation first started, a suspect and vehicle were proven to have a connection to the case. A male driving a 1960’s Chevrolet pick up bought gas on October 4th and 5th, 1983 in Prince George, Quesnel, McLeese Lake, Lac La Hache and 100 Mile House. The driver was described as Caucasian, approximately 40 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 190 pounds, with straight collar-length brown hair and a medium to dark complexion. He reportedly walked with slumped shoulders and wore a long-sleeved green shirt, possibly the same color pants or blue jeans, a dark coloured hunter-style cap with fold-up ear flaps and a vest. Anyone with information about missing property listed below, the suspect or suspect vehicle is asked to contact the Chetwynd RCMP at 250-788-9221 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.Advertisement Property belonging to Bernd Goericke:German passport No. D3900872.German drivers licence No. 146777.International drivers licence No. 2151383.“LOWE” back-pack, green in color with black bottom. (Has hole 10 cm from bottom with an “Eidelweiss” flower patch.)Blue nylon mummy type sleeping bag .Green Army type jacket with zipper.Pocket type German/English dictionary.Small circular propane type camping stove.Daily diary written in German.Orange cotton jacket with pile exterior.White T-shirt with printing “Snowden mouldings for better penetration, the current axe”.Brown guitar, make unknown, contained in a brown vinyl type bag.Pair of hiking boots, make unknown.Igloo type green coloured tent with exterior frame.Property belonging to Andrea Scherps:German passport No. S4114020.I.D. card No. 04367598.German drivers licence No. 66177.International drivers licence No. 3783.Blue “LOWE” back-pack.Blue nylon mummy type sleeping bag.Canon AEl camera with lens ser. 1330139.Ladies brown leather purse.Sleeping bag liner made of old linen sheets sewn together, white with pale red, green and blue stripes.Ladies digital watch, make unknown.Blue cotton jacket with pile exterior.Pair of red canvas shoes.Pair of brown leather shoes.Pair of hiking boots.Pair of roman type sandals.Blue jeans.Red short sleeved dress with brass rivets.Necklace and Oval broach (1 cm) engraved with leaves.Black and purple cotton skirt with silver sparkleswhite and green tank toplast_img read more

It’s not coming home! Croatia beat England to reach World Cup final

first_imgKieran Trippier’s magnificent early free-kick had seemingly set England on course to reach their first final since they lifted the trophy on home soil back in 1966.But it wasn’t to be, as Croatia came roaring back in the second half and equalised through Ivan Perisic before somehow finding the energy to win despite being taken to extra time for the third time in 10 days.The biggest winners of the night could well be France, who have had an extra day’s rest for Sunday’s final after edging out Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday.That will not matter too much right now for Croatia, who are the smallest nation to make it to the final since Uruguay back in 1950.England had been the ones hoping to make history, in what was their first appearance in the semi-finals in 28 years.Then they were beaten on penalties by West Germany. Having ended their famous penalty curse by beating Colombia in a shootout in the last 16, they might have fancied repeating here.But Croatia, having won on penalties against Denmark and Russia in the last two rounds, saw the game out, dousing the World Cup dream of Gareth Southgate’s side that had gone from the improbable to the possible over the last month in Russia.Southgate stuck with the same starting line-up as that which eased past Sweden in the quarter-finals, while Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic replaced Andrej Kramaric in the Croatian line-up.– England’s dream start –Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring his team’s winner against England in the World Cup semi-finalsThey were looking to the inspirational Luke Modric to control the game, but instead it was he who gave away the early free-kick from which Trippier put England ahead.It was a fantastic curling effort from 25 yards from the Tottenham Hotspur full-back, and England’s first goal direct from a free-kick at the World Cup since David Beckham against Ecuador in 2006.England could not have imagined a better start.Croatia were stunned, and Ivan Rakitic, usually so accomplished, was especially off his game.Zlatko Dalic’s side did gradually grow into the contest, but they could still be relieved to go in at half-time only one goal down, especially as Harry Kane was denied by a combination of goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and the woodwork on the half-hour mark.Croatia hung on and it was to their immense credit that they turned the tide after the break in what developed into an epic encounter.Shooting towards the end of the Luzhniki Stadium where most of their fans were gathered, they equalised in the 68th minute, as Sime Vrsaljko crossed from the right and Perisic stole in front of the stooping Kyle Walker to score with his left foot.Having looked so comfortable earlier, England’s young side were rattled, and they were lucky not to go behind soon after as Perisic sent a low shot across Jordan Pickford and off the far post.Unable to get the second goal while they were on top, Croatia were forced into extra time again.Vrsaljko cleared a John Stones header away from in front of the line, but England had Pickford to thank for a brilliant save as Mandzukic connected with a devilish Perisic cross.It was a wonder the Juventus forward did not break a limb as Pickford crunched into him.He managed to carry on after treatment, and he was on hand to sweep the ball low past Pickford after Perisic’s header back into the area caught the England defence on the hop to finally decide a brilliant contest.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Croatian players rush to congratulate the match-winner Mandzukic as they head to their first ever World Cup final. Photo/COURTESYMOSCOW, Russia, July 11 – Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal deep in extra time as Croatia beat England 2-1 in an utterly gripping World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday to set up a final date with France.The Juventus forward netted in the 109th minute to complete a remarkable comeback from a shattered Croatian team and take the small nation of little more than four million people into the World Cup final for the first time in their short history.last_img read more

Chelsea edge five-goal thriller over Arsenal

first_img0Shares0000Up and running: Alvaro Morata scored his first goal of the season for Chelsea© AFP Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, AUG 18 –  Eden Hazard came off the bench to provide the winner for Marcos Alonso as Chelsea edged a thrilling London derby 3-2 over Arsenal on Saturday to condemn new Arsenal boss Unai Emery to a second consecutive defeat.Contrastingly, Chelsea sit top of the embryonic Premier League table thanks to a perfect start under Maurizio Sarri, but made life difficult for themselves after racing into a 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes through Pedro Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata. Arsenal were level by half-time as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi netted.Yet the Gunners were left to rue wasting a host of other glorious chances before Hazard provided the inspiration in his cameo appearance to swing an enthralling encounter Chelsea’s way.Chelsea cruised to victory at Huddersfield, whilst Arsenal were outclassed by champions Manchester City on the opening weekend of the season.But given the chasm in quality between their opponents this promised to be a much truer test of where both sides stand in their bid to get back into the top four after missing out on the Champions League this season.And it didn’t disappoint as a thrilling 90 minutes gave both coaches plenty of cause for optimism, but also demonstrated defensive frailties that are likely to prevent a serious title challenge from either side.– Jorginho key –Chelsea beat City to the signing of Jorginho to reunite the Italian international with Sarri after three seasons together at Napoli and is already becoming key to Sarri’s change of system at Stamford Bridge.He opened up the Arsenal defence to open the scoring with one pass into Alonso, whose cross was turned into the bottom corner by Pedro.Despite being outplayed for most of the opening period, Arsenal could easily have scored seven times before the break but for some woeful finishing.Mesut Ozil flashed a great chance wide seconds before Chelsea’s opener and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then skied over with the goal at his mercy and the chance to level.Seconds later, Arsenal trailed 2-0 as Morata raced onto a long ball over the top and turned inside Shkodran Mustafi before firing home his first goal of the season.– Arsenal rue finishing –© AFPHit and miss: Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored but also missed a huge chance at Stamford Bridge© AFP Glyn KIRKMkhitaryan followed Aubameyang’s example by somehow also blazing over an almost identical chance from close range.The Armenian made amends to spark Arsenal’s fightback eight minutes before the break, though, with a fiercely struck low shot that had too much power for the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga.If Kepa could have been questioned for the first goal he has conceded in English football after an 80 million euro move from Athletic Bilbao, he was helpless as Arsenal equalised four minutes later when Iwobi smashed home Mkhitaryan’s cross.There was still time for Aubameyang and Iwobi to pass up another two great chances as Arsenal ended the half on top.© AFPDifference maker: Eden Hazard came off the bench to set up Chelsea’s winner© AFP Glyn KIRKBoth sides tightened up after the break as Emery introduced tough-tackling Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreria.But there were still chances at either end as Petr Cech turned Ross Barkley’s low effort behind before Aubameyang was unfortunate to be wrongly flagged offside when he did finally find the net.Sarri believes Hazard isn’t yet ready for 90 minutes after his exertions with Belgium at the World Cup.But he still proved a match winner by easing past Hector Bellerin before providing a low cross for Alonso to sweep home 10 minutes from time.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man Utd blow another lead to lose ground ahead of Mourinho’s return

first_imgBut a week after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men surrendered a late lead to draw 3-3 with Sheffield United, they did not learn their lesson as Tyrone Mings secured a deserved point for Villa.The loss of those four points has cost United the chance to climb up to fifth in the table.Instead they lie down in ninth and trail two points behind a revitalised Tottenham, who visit Old Trafford on Wednesday with new boss Jose Mourinho eying revenge against the club that sacked him 11 months ago.“I wouldn’t be sat here talking about us sitting fifth if we had got that goal extra,” said Solskjaer.“The league table at this point is not the biggest concern, it’s so tight. I just need to make sure we get performances and get three or four performances and results after each other.“What I can say is so far we have had the lead in so many games and haven’t been able to win those games. Six or seven times we have been up and we should be better at seeing these games into wins.”First, United themselves had to come from behind after a superb 11th-minute opener from Grealish, who has scored three league goals and made four assists this season.Anwar El Ghazi burst down the right wing before crossing through the United area for Grealish to gather the ball on the left-hand side and take advantage of Andreas Pereira’s decision to back off by curling a precise shot into the top corner of David de Gea’s goal.“It was a super goal but that’s what I’ve come to expect from him,” said Villa manager Dean Smith. “I thought the first 30 minutes he was running the game.“But then he missed a chance he would have scored 99 times out of 100 and they go up the other end and score.”That miss, just after the hour, saw Grealish slide in six yards out and shoot wide from a Trezeguet cross, although, by that stage, United had drawn level just before half-time.Fred and Juan Mata moved a short corner onto Pereira, whose hanging cross towards the far post was headed off the post by Rashford and the ball ricocheted in via Heaton.It was from another corner that United took the lead. Fred swung over a cross which took an unkind deflection off the head of Douglas Luiz, moving the ball onto the far post where Lindelof sent a powerful header flying past Heaton.If Villa’s confidence was dented, they did not show it and took just two minutes to equalise when Matt Targett played an accurate cross onto the six-yard line where Mings was able to volley past the helpless De Gea.United appealed for offside but VAR showed that Brandon Williams had clearly played the England defender on.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Anthony Martial holds his head as Manchester United drew 2-2 with Aston Villa © AFP / Oli SCARFFManchester, United Kingdom, Dec 1 – Manchester United threw away a second-half lead to remain eight points outside the Premier League’s top four with a 2-2 draw at home to Aston Villa on Sunday.Jack Grealish put Villa in front with a superb solo effort, but United levelled before the break when Marcus Rashford’s header hit the post and came off Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton into his own net before Victor Lindelof then headed the hosts in front.last_img read more

FANTASTIC FEBRUARY – DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS REVIEW

first_imgThe county’s sporting stars produced a number of outstanding successes during the month of February that will surely bring onto the radar of the Donegal Sports Star Awards Committee come the end of the year.Reigning awards winners athlete Mark English and badminton star Chloe Magee were in fantastic form while boxer Michael Gallagher medaled at an international competition in Russia and there were world Tug-o-War titles for Clonmany.It was also a good month for martial arts with Samantha Weir, Sarah Jane Porter and Michael McCay among the individuals to excel there was also a national title for the Donegal darts team. It was a stunning start to the month for Donegal Sports Star Award winner Letterkenny athlete Mark English who, running with UCD, set a new indoor 800m record at the AAI Open Games in Athlone in a time of 1.46.82. Just four days later English produced another world class performance to win the 800m B race in the Stockholm International Grand Prix with a superb time of 1.47:69. And Mark rounded off a marvelous week by being named the Irish Independent Sports Star of the Week.There was also a good start to February for Milford man Brendan Boyce who was in great form coming home second the 3km walk at the AAI Open Games in Athlone. And Boyce also won a bronze medal at the National Indoor Athletics Championships in Athlone in the middle of the month. At the same championships Letterkenny AC’s Danny Mooney won a silver medal.There was also success for Tir Chonaill A.C. and UCD student Karl Griffin who won a silver medal at the National Indoor Athletics Championships in Athlone. Karl went onto to have a great victory over Irish 800m champion Niall Tuohy, (U.L/Ferybank A.C.) in a time of 1:50:47 at the Athlone International Stadium. Finn Valley ABC boxer Michael Gallagher won a bronze medal after defeating a Russian opponent in the semi-finals of a Multi-Nations tournament in Russa. However the 17-year-old Heavyweight failed in his bid to reach the final losing to another Russian opponent.At the start of February there was great success for Chloe and Sam Magee at the Irish Championship Finals in Dublin. Chloe won her eighth successive singles title defeating her niece Irish U-17 international Rachel Darragh in the decider at Baldoyle. She also won her seventh mixed title in the company of her brother Sam. Already there is a host of names in the frame here for nominations for the 2014 Donegal Sports Star Awards.Finn Valley athlete Sommer Lecky competed in the Scottish championships in Glasgow doing two P.B’s a 5-09 long jump for silver and a 1-63 m high jump to win the title. On the last Sunday of the month there was a hugely successful day for the Finn Valley Athletic Club at the Cross-County Championships in Dunboyne with the Intermediate Men’s team taking the national title for the fifth time while there was also gold for the Masters Women O-35s and O-50s.Gerald Gallagher finished third overall and the rest of the team was James Speight, Mark Hoy and Colin Watso. The four along with Kilmacrennan native Eoghan McGinley (Rathfarnham AC) and Dermot Brennan (Finn Valley) helped Donegal to the Inter-County title. Donna Evans, Kay Byrne, Catriona McGrenaghan and Catherine Dooher won the O-35 section. Byrne also won the O-50 category and the victorious FV team also included Nancy McNamee, Mary Bond, Noreen Bonner and Maire Therese Speight. There was further success for the county in Dunboyne as the Cranford U-17 girls and the Finn Valley U-15 boys also won team golds.The Donegal Darts team were crowned All-Ireland champions after thrashing Dublin 7-2 in the final. The squad included the 2013 Donegal Sports Star Darts Award winner Charlie Grant along with John Flood, Derek Quinn, Ger Porter, John Murray, Sean Wilson, Paddy Boyce, Mike Nulty, Clive Aiken, Martin McCloskey, Barry McBride, Junior Coyle, Paul Leech, Michael Leech, Francie Begley, PJ McLaughlin, Anthony Whoriskey and Noel O’Donnell.The awards kept rolling in for Jason Quigley as not surprisingly he was named ‘Boxer of the Year’ at the annual Donegal Boxing Board Awards in the Abbey Hotel. In the first two Sundays of February Donegal got off to the right start in their Division 2 league campaign as goals from Odhran MacNiallais and Colm Anthony McFadden helped Jim McGuinness’s side to a 2-19 to 1-9 win over Laois in Portlaoise. And it was a 1-16 to 0-12 victory over Galway in Salthill with McFadden grabbing the game’s only goal.In sharp contrast it was a disastrous start for the Donegal Senior Ladies who lost their opening three league fixtures of the new season against Laois away in Crettyard (2-18 to 3-05); All-Ireland champions Cork in Castlefin by 3-13 to 2-10 and at the same venue in the middle of the month new manager Maggie Foy saw her side go down to Tyrone on a score of 4-6 to 1-8. In the last week of February after just three league games in charge Foy stepped down from the position.PCC Falcarragh reached the Ulster Bank Arthurs Cup Final after defeating St.Patricks & St.Brigid’s Claudy at Celtic Park in Derry. Michael Langan was the star for PCC scoring 1-8 of his sides 2-9 tally to give the Falcarragh school a point win in the end with Claudy scoring 3-5.Donegal senior team panelist Hugh McFadden from Killybegs along Naomh Conaill players Ronan O’Donnell and Mark Gallagher and Michael Cannon of St. Michael’s were members of the St. Patrick’s Teaching College, Drumcondra team who won the Trench Cup Final in Belfast on Saturday with a 2-16 to 2-8 victory over Letterkenny IT. At the end of the month Donegal senior player Darach O’Connor turned in a man of the match performance as the Inishowen Colleges reached their first ever Ulster final after defeating Patrician College Carrickmacross in the McLarnon Cup in Garvaghey, Tyrone. O’Connor hit a personal tally of 3-6 as the Donegal boys won on a score of 4-10 to 2-13.There was disappointment for Michael Murphy, the McGee brothers and Mark McHugh as Ulster were well beaten by Connacht in the Inter-provincial final in Tuam on a score of 2-19 to 1-7. St Eunan’s College set up an all-Donegal McLarnon Cup final against Colaisti Inis Eoghain thanks to a 4-10 to 0-05 win over St Malachy’s College Belfast’s in Garvaghey, Co Tyrone with the goals coming from David Tyrell, Niall O’Donnell, Daire McDaid and Rory Carr.The Donegal hurlers made it back-to-back victories in Division 3A thanks to a 1-20 to 3-9 win over Longford with Lee Henderson scoring 13 points. The previous week at Fr. Tierney Park Ray Durack’s men had got their league campaign off to a winning start seeing of Fermanagh on a score of 2-19 to 1-13.There was a stunning 26 medal haul for the Samurai Uladh Club at the All-Ireland Judo Championships in Kilkenny. 16-year-old Muff girl Samantha Weir won three golds’ in the U-18, U-20 and Senior Women’s 76kg categories. There was also gold for Sarah Jane Porter who was celebrating her 12th birthday as she claimed the 33kg title. Michael McCay took gold in the 64kg U-18 category.On the seond Sunday in February the reigning 2013 Donegal Sports Star Motorsport Award winners Declan Boyle and Brian Boyle finished first in the Galway International rally in the opening round of the Irish Tarmac Championship to record their first ever international rally success. It was a great day for Donegal as Garry Jennings and Rory Kennedy, also in a Subaru, finished second while the Ford Focus of Frosses man Donagh Kelly claimed third place. Another crew from the county Declan Gallagher and Ryan Moore were the Galway National Rally winners. And there was a third title for Donegal competitors when Paul Creamer and Danny McCloskey took victory in the Galway Junior Rally.In the middle of the month Dungloe pool player Shaun Sharkey was in top form for the Irish team at the European Pool Championships in Malta helping his country to record impressive wins over Belgium, Northern Ireland and Morocco on the first day of the competition. Sharkey also featured as the Irish team defeated France.Despite scoring a try for her country Larissa Muldoon ended up on a losing Irish team in a Six Nations clash with England at Twickenham. Scrum-half Muldoon and her out-half partner Nora Stapleton both started in a game that the visitors lost 17-10 ending their hopes of second successive Six Nations and Grand Slam titles.Joint 2013 Rugby Donegal Sports Stars of the Year Stapleton and Muldoon had helped their country to a 14-6 opening win over Wales in Ashbourne.At the beginning of February the Inishowen Junior League reached the semi-finals of the Oscar Traynor Cup for the second consecutive year after a great 2-1 win over the Cork AUL on Leeside thanks to goals from Kieran McDaid and Nigel McMonagle.Swilly Rovers player Dylan Hegarty grabbed a late winner on his debut for the Republic of Ireland U-18 home based squad against Wales in an international friendly played in Waterford. The Irish won 3-2 with Milford lad Darragh Black (Finn Harps) also getting one of the goals. Also in the team were two other Finn Harps players Christopher Flanagan and Joe McIntyre.In the middle of the month Seamus Coleman played a starring role in Everton’s 3-1 FAI Cup win over Swansea at Goodison Park to secure a place in the quarter-finals against Arsenal. Carl McHugh’s last minute goal earned Bradford a 1-0 win over Port Vale.Letterkenny man Cillian Morrison was one of the goalscorers as UCD recorded a 2-0 win over IT Carlow to win the Umbro Colleges & Universities Premier League title for the fourth time in the competition’s eight year history. Also on the UCD side was Creeslough’s Mark Anthony McGinley who was the goalkeeper.Burnfoot native Paul McLaughlin was named as one of only four referees to be affiliated by FIFA. A Garda based in Monaghan, McLaughlin will now eligible to officiate in Europa and Champions League games along with international fixtures. On the last Sunday of February, Letterkenny Rovers booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FAI Youth Cup thanks to Gavin McDaid’s second half extra-time winner that gave Anthony Gorman’s side a 1-0 win over Ballybrack FC in Dublin.Dreams of a national title were dashed for the Letterkenny I.T. Ladies side who lost 3-0 to Waterford I.T. in Galway in the WSCAI Colleges Division 1 Final. However, there were celebrations for another Letterkenny woman Ciara Grant who scored the first goal in UCD’s 3-2 victory over Sligo IT in the WSCAI Colleges Premier Division Final. Termon woman Geraldine McLaughlin got both Sligo goals who also had Milford’s Caoimhe Barrett’s and Colleen Kearney (Clonmany) in their squad.The Donegal lifesaving team enjoyed a great weekend at the National Stillwater Championships in Limerick coming second place overall and winning four gold, two silver and 3 bronze medals into the bargain. Triona McMenamin from Letterkenny was first in the manikin tow and second in superlifesaver. Ayesha Garvey from Rossnowlagh was third in the superlifesaver for 13-16 age group. Talhia Britton from Rossnowlagh was third in the rescue medley. In the masters section Paddy Bond picked up a gold and a silver.It was a very good weekend for Inishowen at the World Indoor Tug-o-Ward Championships in Breaffy House, Mayo. The Clonmany B team won gold in the 600kg category with Cockhill taking bronze in this section. There was also gold in the Junior section for Clonmany in the 560kg category. Clonmany also took silvers in the 640kg section and in the 600kg U-23 final.In swimming Cian Ronney from Holy Family NS Ballyshannon won gold at the National Schools Finals in Dublin’s National Aquatic Centre. In secondary schools athletics Aaron McGlynn of Ballinamore VS won the Junior boys Ulster Schools Cross Country final in Mallusk. In the first week of February Mulroy College Milford were crowned All-Ireland B senior champions after a 3-0 win over Scoil Mhuire Ballymote (Sligo) in the decider at the Lakeside in Ballyshannon. Caoimhe Walsh had Mulroy a goal ahead at the break before Michelle Doherty’s scored twice in the second half to clinch a famous triumph for the Milford girls.FANTASTIC FEBRUARY – DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS REVIEW was last modified: March 14th, 2014 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 SPORTS STAR AWARDSlast_img read more

OATFIELD’S SWEET FACTORY FINALLY CLOSES WITH LOSS OF 17 JOBS

first_imgLetterkenny’s Oatfield sweet factory has finally closed today with the loss of 17 jobs.The announcement was made by the company’s owners Z Candy a short time ago.Local Letterkenny Chamber President John Watson said the news came as no surprise but was nonetheless a blow to the town. “The closure of Oatfields unfortunately does not come as a surprise and this announcement ends the speculation that has been around for a number of months about the future.“Oatfield Sweets is very much an institution in Letterkenny and part of the fabric of the Town that will be missed. The decision to move manufacturing to the base in the UK is very disappointing and a sign of the times as businesses continue to come under pressure to reduce costs.“At this time it is important that we think of the employees who have given many years to Oatfield and we offer any help we can to them. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Oatfield Sweets to the business life of Letterkenny and the support we as a Chamber have had from the company over the years.”The move has also been condemned by Labour Party Senator Jimmy Harte who said the owners could have done more to engage with the workers. “Oatfield Sweets are an iconic part of the area and have been employing workers for generations.“Many families have had long links with the company and the loss of 17 is a blow to the local economy“The McKinney family have been making swwets in Letterkenny for 85 years and the new owners Z Candy have now decided to discontinue the tradition which could have been avoided,” he said.He said he spoke to workers reps today who are saddened to get this news but it was something that they were expecting.“I have to say that the owners have been gradually winding down the plant and they have not been active in trying to engage with the local agencies to save the plant. “I would ask that they now give the workers their entitlements and I have spoken with Minister Joan Burton today to ask her assistance with any issues that the staff will require.“The workers in Oatfield have been dignified throughout this period and I hope that they will be looked after now,” he said.EndsOATFIELD’S SWEET FACTORY FINALLY CLOSES WITH LOSS OF 17 JOBS was last modified: April 28th, 2012 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

Couple heartbroken

first_imgWHITTIER – Kevin Long and Stephanie Meyer were supposed to spend New Year’s Eve walking down the aisle.They had invited 130 guests, reserved a Newport Beach church for their nuptials and rented a yacht in Newport Harbor for the reception.That was before Long was diagnosed with a serious heart condition that forced the Whittier couple to postpone their wedding.Now they are thousands of dollars in debt.“We are basically out about $10,000 so far – and we will have to plan it all over again,” said Meyer, 26.The $2,500 down payment they paid to a Newport Beach yacht charter company is gone – the company is refusing to return the money. They also paid a $160 down payment for use of the church and another $800 to book a photographer.And this is not counting the money they spent on invitations, programs, party favors, the wedding cake and everything else that goes into a big wedding.The couple met four years ago at a softball game. They clicked instantly. They got engaged in July 2004 and immediately set about planning their wedding.It took a lot of scrimping and saving and some help from their parents, but the couple – both of whom are graduates of La Serna High School – finally saved enough for their big Newport Beach wedding.Then, in November, Long, 24, came down with a virus. He began vomiting every day.“At first I thought I was just nervous about the wedding, but it turned out to be worse than that,” said Long.After several tests, a CT scan of his chest revealed he had fluid on the lungs. Soon, doctors discovered the virus had attacked his heart. He was admitted to the intensive care unit at Whittier Presbyterian Hospital.When Long was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy and the couple decided to postpone the wedding.“For now, we have his name on a heart transplant list and we are taking it one day at a time,” said Meyer.The couple has not given up on their big wedding. They’ve just changed the venue.“We have set a tentative date for May, but it won’t be on a yacht,” said Meyer. “We will just do it somewhere local.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want 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

Liverpool agree £10m Dempsey deal – report

first_imgFulham star Clint Dempsey is on the verge of completing a move to Liverpool after a £10m fee was agreed, according to the Daily Mail.It is claimed that Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers expects the deal to be completed within the next few days.Meanwhile, The Sun say Chelsea have had another bid for Victor Moses rejected by Wigan.Latics chairman Dave Whelan is said to have turned down a third offer from the Blues – believed to be £5m – for the former Crystal Palace forward.Whelan is quoted as saying: “They’ve made three bids and we’ve not accepted any. I don’t know if they’ll bid again but if they do we always listen.”The Guardian report that Chelsea are set to sign highly-rated Brazilian midfielder Oscar from Internacional for £25m.Related West London Sport story: Breakthrough for Chelsea in Oscar talksThe Daily Express suggest Chelsea will have further talks with Napoli striker Edinson Cavani’s agents over a £35m move, but the Uruguayan’s wage demands are apparently holding up the deal.The Mail say Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is hoping to beat his former club Chelsea to the signing of Porto striker Hulk.QPR are willing to subsidise a loan move for Joey Barton, according to the Daily Mirror.It is suggested that Blackburn want the midfielder but cannot afford his wages, so Rangers would be prepared to continue paying a large percentage of his salary.Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday have also been linked with Barton, who is suspended for the first 12 matches of the coming season.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more