20 01 20

first_imgHis best time ever is 12.94 seconds. It’s also the best time recorded by a Jamaican in the 110m hurdles, but if he has his way, Olympic and World Championships medallist Hansle Parchment will be making some adjustments to that record in the coming months. It’s one of his key ambitions, along with a gold medal, as he floors the pedal towards a new season, with the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro drawing ever closer. Parchment rose from what seemed a lost season at one point to clock 13.03 seconds for second place behind Russian Sergey Shubenkov in the final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing last August. He simply seems to have a knack for turning up when it matters. Like in London at the 2012 Olympic Games where, out of nowhere, he dropped a then-national record of 13.12 to win a surprise bronze medal, becoming the first Jamaican medallist in the event at this level. His 12.94 was the only bright spark during a miserable year, last year, when injuries and uncertainty were best exhibited in his disappointing fifth-place finish at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. It looked like it was going to be another year of ‘What ifs’ for the 25-year-old from Cashew Bush in St Thomas, when, boom, 13.08 at the National Senior Championships showed he was ready before his Beijing run and confirmed his immense ability! Still, Parchment, though pleased with his medal loot to date, is looking to add something a little shinier to his bounty and is hoping that an encouraging start to his background preparations will bring him closer to his aim of lifting Jamaican sprint hurdles to mind-boggling heights in quite the same way another towering Jamaican did in the straight sprints. “My preparations for the coming season have been much better than previous seasons. I have been feeling good so far. My background training has been going pretty well and even my coach is impressed with the work that is being put in at the moment, so I’m quite pleased, and I feel if we can continue like this, we will have a very good season,” Parchment told The Gleaner during a recent sit-down. “I’m looking forward to just going out there and creating a storm in the hurdles. I feel that If I can do what I have in mind, I can somewhat change the view of hurdling worldwide in Jamaica,” added Parchment. “We have a lot of youngsters coming up right now who are doing really well like Jaheel Hyde, Micahel O’Hara, and Omar McLeod, so I am really looking forward to Jamaica on a whole taking charge in hurdling.” Taking charge, for Parchment, also involves taking down his current personal best. He won’t share the time he has in mind, but it’s there as a constant reminder and source of motivation in the back of his head, on a Post-it on his refrigerator and in a note on his cell phone. He wants to go fast in 2016 – really fast. “I have some time objectives. I’m sure my coach (Fitz Coleman) has time objectives in his head as well. I have scribbled it down. I think about it every day: ‘How am I going to get to this time? How much work I need to put in to get there?’ Parchment shared. “I won’t tell you the time right now, but it’s my personal goal, and I am aiming for that.” Perhaps 12.80 seconds? After all, it is the world record. A wry smile was followed by a telling: “I want to do special things, amazing things.” There’s hardly a bigger stage than the Olympic Games. All things being equal, he will be heading to Rio next year with one eye on the top of the medal podium and another on the clock.last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgBC residents are again being reminded there will be some changes when homeowners get their property assessments from the provincial assessment agency this year.The notices will list a property’s market value, for both July 2008 and, July 2007, with the lower of the two values being used, as the official number for 2009.The move follows an announcement by Premier Campbell last November, that the government would freeze property assessments at 2007 levels, to help people cope with turbulent housing prices.Mr. Campbell also promised to bring in a measure, which would allow homeowners to temporarily defer paying their property taxes. – Advertisement –last_img

10 01 20

first_imgAlex Iwobi added a second early in the second half, with a cheeky backheel from Alexis Sanchez for the assist, to effectively put the match to bed before the hour mark, as the Seagulls were unable to find much on the counterattack.The Gunners were passing it around nicely in the opening stages, and Alexandre Lacazette hit the post within the first couple of minutes, thumping a half-volley from long range when the ball sat up nicely for him.Arsenal opened the scoring in the 17th minutes through Nacho Monreal, finally burying the ball in the back of the net after a string of four or five close chances. A free-kick opportunity saw the Seagulls clear off their line straight to Hector Bellerin, whose shot was parried as far as his fellow Spaniard. Monreal then smacked it home for just his second Premier League goal.Albion hit the woodwork themselves not long after conceding, working a clever free kick to give Solomon March a shooting opportunity, and his effort cannoned off the post before  Lewis Dunk slashed wide on the rebound.Alex Iwobi doubled Arsenal’s lead 10 minutes into the second half, supplying an emphatic finish after Alexis Sanchez had cleverly back-heeled the ball into space for the Nigerian to run onto.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nacho Monreal jumps for joy after scoring Arsenal’s opener. Photo/D/MLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 1 – Arsenal always looked comfortable en route to a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.Nacho Monreal scrambled home the opener 16 minutes in, but there could have been more first-half goals after numerous chances that included Alexandre Lacazette and Solomon March hitting the woodwork.last_img read more

6 01 20

first_imgChelsea will re-sign Didier Drogba on a one-year deal, talkSPORT understands.The Ivory Coast forward left Stamford Bridge for Turkish side Galatasaray, following their Champions League victory in 2013.But Jose Mourinho has decided to take the legendary striker back to west London, as he looks to improve his attacking options.Fernando Torres has struggled to settle at the Blues, and, following Samuel Eto’o’s departure, much is expected of new signing Diego Costa.Drogba is understood to have agreed a one-year deal at Chelsea, and will be welcomed back with open arms by the Stamford Bridge faithful.Serie A side Juventus also offered Drogba a two-year deal but the hitman has decided to return to his spiritual home. Didier Drogba in action for Ivory Coast 1last_img

3 01 20

first_img Rogerio Ceni 1 Some goalkeepers are run of the mill. You know what you’re getting. There’s no mucking about. They keep it simple.Rogerio Ceni is not one of those ‘keepers.The 42-year-old, who won 12 senior international caps for Brazil, has been doing things out of the ordinary for Sao Paulo since 1993.Shot stopping is one of his strenghts, but it’s not what he’s going to be remembered for.On Wednesday night he stepped up to slot home a penalty and help his side claim a crucial 3-2 win over Santos.Cool. As. You. Like.It was the 128th goal of his illustrious career, and with it he deservedly moved into the top 10 all-time goalscorers list of Brazil’s most successful club.What’s that you say? Anyone can take penalties? They’re only half a goal? They don’t really count? No wonder he’s scored so many? Well, feast you eyes on this.He can do far more than merely dispatch spot kicks. He’s a set-piece specialist.last_img read more

29 12 19

first_imgPaul Pogba’s agent has suggested the France international could opt to remain with Serie A champions Juventus despite continued speculation linking him with a return to Manchester United.Mino Raiola, who represents the 23-year-old midfielder, has revealed Juve are willing to offer Pogba fresh terms in a bid to stave off interest from across the continent.Pogba’s future could soon be decided after his international commitments with France ended following the Euro 2016 final on Sunday, though Raiola insists his client is open to the possibility of staying in Turin, where he is currently contracted to remain until 2019.The midfielder moved to Juve in 2012 on a free transfer from United and has helped his current club win the Italian title in each of the four campaigns he has been with them.“There is a lot of talk about Paul’s future, but maybe he will not leave Juventus,” Raiola told The Times.“He is in no rush to leave, and Juventus do not want him to go. They want him to renew his contract.“Paul is not desperate to move. We are very happy at Juventus and they are a club that want to keep their star players.”Talk of a possible world-record transfer back to Old Trafford has been circulating while Pogba has been representing his country at the Euros this summer.New United boss Jose Mourinho has already completed the signings of defender Eric Bailly, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the Portuguese recently stated his desire to wrap up his transfer business swiftly. Paul Pogba: The 23-year-old has been linked with an Old Trafford return 1last_img read more

28 12 19

first_imgThe Goudie sisters from Raphoe who attended the Royal & Prior School Past Pupils Association 50th anniversary reunion at Harvey’s Point Hotel. Included are Olive, Pauline, Heather and Liz.The Past Pupils Association of the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School celebrated 50 years in existence on Saturday 21st May in Harvey’s Point Country Hotel, Lough Eske.The Association incorporates past pupils from the old Royal School in Raphoe, the Prior School in Lifford and the present Royal and Prior Comprehensive.Almost 200 people attended, including past pupils, friends and invited guests, some having travelled overseas to be present. Founding members John Carlin, cut the cake at the Royal & Prior School Past Pupils Association 50th anniversary reunion.The Association was founded in 1966 and three of the founding members were in attendance, Ms Roberta Campbell, (née Davidson), Mr John Carlin and Mrs Evelyn McCandless, (née Stewart) and all three did the honours of cutting the jubilee cake before proceedings got underway.Mr Lowry Craig, the fourth founding member, living in South Africa, was unable to attend but sent an email wishing the Association well, on their anniversary, and shared some wonderful memories that he had of days in the Old Royal School and of his time in Trinity College, Dublin.Hazel Brown (nee Buchanan), Ann Robinson (nee Buchanan), Jean Curran (Nee McElhinney) and Carol Porter (nee McKinney) at the Royal & Prior School Past Pupils Association 50th anniversary reunion.The President of the Association, Mr Aubrey Oliver, welcomed those present and Rev. Canon John Merrick said Grace before dinner.After dinner toasts were proposed by Dr Howard Welch, Principal of the Royal and Prior to the Past Pupils Association. Mr Aubrey Oliver responded on behalf of the Association and proposed a toast to the invited guests, (Mr Tom Galbraith, Armagh, Mr Keith MacLean, Dungannon, Mr Stephen Richmond, Portora and Mr Richard Johnson, RBAI). John Robinson, Drew Corry, Mitchell Patterson, Trevor Long and Tommy McKean at the Royal & Prior School Past Pupils Association 50th anniversary reunion.Then Mr Desmond West, former Principal of the school replied on behalf of the invited guests.Rev. Canon David Crooks shared memories of his schooldays in the Old Royal School and Ms Marian Thompson, (née Reilly) reminisced about her days in the Prior School in Lifford. Master of ceremonies was Mrs Jean Curran.Emily Boal (nee Patterson) Drew Corry, Malcolm Stewart andMemorabilia from all schools was on display. Mrs Jennifer Vance played the harp while people arrived and music was provided after the meal by “Jazz Gazette”. All present agreed that it was a wonderful evening and the organising committee would like to thank Donegal County Council, Fáilte Ireland, and IBP Insurance for their generous funding which ensured that the event was a huge success.Trevor Long, Geraldine West and Jillian Long at the Royal & Prior School Past Pupils Association 50th anniversary reunion.Marion and Ken Sayers at the Royal and Prior School Past Pupils Association 50th anniversary reunion.A GOLDEN ERA AT RAPHOE ROYAL AND PRIOR REMEMBERED was last modified: May 23rd, 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) Tags:donegalGolden JubileeRaphia Royal and Priorlast_img read more

27 12 19

first_imgCOUNTY star Patrick McBrearty came within an inch of sending club side Kilcar into the next round of the U-21 Ulster Championship.The teenager blasted a shot just wide in the dying minutes and the Donegal side went down by 1-12 to 1-10 against Dungiven in Belfast today.  GAA: KILCAR LOSE OUT TO CO DERRY MEN was last modified: February 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

27 12 19

first_imgMILFORD celebrated their hugely successful season last night at the club’s annual dinner dance in the Mulroy Woods Hotel.Milford won promotion to Division 1 of the All-County Football League, winning the Division 2 League title and the club reached the final of the Intermediate Football Championship.A big crowd turned up to the dinner dance where the Under-21 Championship winning side of 1996 were honoured.Geraldine Diver was present last night to snap the action: Donegal Chairman Sean Dunnion presents Paula Cullen with the Gaelic for Mothers Award at the Annual Presentation in Mulroy Woods.Donegal Chairman Sean Dunnion presents Niamh Gallagher with Milfords Senior Ladies Player of the Year.Brendan Ward receives the Scor Appreciation Award from County Chairman Sean Dunnion at the Annual Awards Presentation in Mulroy Woods.County Chairman Sean Dunnion presents James Mc Ginley with a Club Referee Appreciation Award at Mulroy Woods.Donegal Chairman Sean Dunnion presents Donegal Minor Manager Shaun Paul Barrett with a framed photo on behalf of Milford GAA Club in recognition of his achievements with the Donegal Minor team of 2016.Milford Captain Paddy Peoples, Donegal Chairman Sean Dunnion and Milfords Senior Manager Danny O Donnell at the Annual Presentation night at the Mulroy Woods Hotel.Milford’s Gavin Grier receives the U21 player of the year from Donegal County Chairman Sean Dunnion at Mulroy Woods.Milford’s Reserve player of the year Caolan Bolton with Donegal Chairman Sean Dunnion.Donegal Chairman Sean Dunnion presents Darragh Black with Young Player of the Year Award at the Annual Club Presentation at Mulroy Woods.Donegal Chairman Sean Dunnion presents Cathal Mc Getitigan with Senior Player of the Year Award at the Milford presentation at Mulroy woods.Milford Chairman Pat Curley presents Aodh and Roisin Mc Cormick with Club Persons of the Year Award at the Mulroy Woods Hotel.Milford Club Secretary Tracey Peoples makes a presentation to Mairead Mc Goldrick at the Clubs Annnual Awards night at Mulroy Woods.Milfords Senior Player of the Year Cathal Mc Getitigan who scored a total of 9 goals and 115 points with his mother Brid at the Annual Clubs Presentation Night at Mulroy woods Hotel.Milford’s Kane, Shaun Paul and Luke Barrett with the League Cups and Minor Championship Cup at the Clubs Presentation night at Mulroy Woods.Picture special: Milford GAA club toast successful 2016 at annual dinner dance was last modified: December 29th, 2016 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) Tags:MilfordMILFORD GAA CLUBlast_img read more

25 12 19

first_imgShatter: Refusing to tell victims the results of investigationTWO Government departments have left victims of abuse here in Donegal ‘devastated’ after telling them: “We won’t tell you what really happened.”Paedophile Michael Ferry was allowed to continue to work as a school caretaker AFTER being found guilty of abusing one boy, and despite being placed on the sex offenders register in 2002.Victims in Gaoth Dobhair where Ferry operated for more than two decades after being kicked out of the priesthood were promised TWO investigations in 2011 after Ferry was jailed for 14 years for dozens of sickening crimes against young boys. A Garda investigation into Coláiste Cholmcille and its directors was given to the Director of Public Prosecutions. This week the DPP decided they had no case to answer. A report was given to Justice Minister Alan Shatter.A separate report was carried out by the HSE.Both departments say their findings will NOT be made public and Ferry’s victims won’t be allowed to see the reports.Derek Mulligan was abused before and AFTER Ferry’s 2002 conviction for abusing another young boy. The abuse of other boys continued AFTER 2006 when the first victim’s sister reported Ferry in the company of young school age students to Gardaí in Bunbeg.Gardai warned at least one college director that Ferry was on the sex offenders register and should not be in the company of children, in any circumstances.The DPP however has ruled that no-one did anything wrong.“The abuse of me could have stopped,” said Mr Mulligan.“When I waived my right to anonymity to speak out, it was to expose Ferry and what he had done. “We were promised loads of investigations and that we’d be told what was found out. Yesterday I found out that none of the reports will be published.“It has left Ferry’s victims including me absolutely devastated. Where is the justice in all of that?” he asked.The HSE and Department of Justice confirmed the reports would not be published.Michael Ferry, right, being taken into court in Donegal Town in December.People in Gaoth Dobhair – including relatives of the abused men – believe the real truth of the Michael Ferry case is being hidden from them. “Most people have a fair idea what went on, why it went on and who was involved in the cover-up,” said one relative.“This community is ready to explode. There’s a lot of anger and a lot that anger is because the most vulnerable amongst us have been let down yet again and nobody in power seems to give a damn.”Michael Ferry is serving a 14-year sentence. An extra 7 years handed down in court in December will run concurrently.CENSORED! HOW TWO GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAVE LEFT DONEGAL ABUSE VICTIMS IN THE DARK was last modified: March 27th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Alan ShatterMichael Ferrypaedophilelast_img read more