Western Bureau: Anglers will this evening hang up their fishing rods after three days at sea as the curtain will come down on the 54th staging of the Montego Bay International Marlin Tournament on at the Montego Bay Yacht Club. The popular tournament, which is being contested by a record 41 vessels, started on Wednesday and from all indications, events should reach fever pitch today as the anglers compete for the top places. When The Gleaner visited the docks yesterday, the tournament was in full swing and according to tournament director, Robert ‘Bobby’ Stewart, while the second day was a “tad dawdling” when compared to the opening day, he is confident that today will chock-full of excitement. “Today (Thursday) is a bit slower yes, but tomorrow (Friday) I believe we will step up again like on the first day with higher catch rates,” said Stewart. Today will also feature the awards and prize giving ceremony, which will be addressed by Montego Bay Mayor, councillor Glendon Harris. A fireworks display will follow. On Wednesday’s opening day, the tournament yielded a record catch of 17 Blue Marlins, which had Stewart quite elated. “Not only was it a record turnout of boats but 17 Marlins on the first day is a record for us,” said Stewart. “Once caught, they were released under the competition’s current rules enacted two years ago.” “There was lots of excitement on the water and on the docks afterwards, everybody celebrated,” said Stewart. Last year, a record breaking 27 boats competed, where on average 10 Blue Marlins were caught per day. This exceeded the catch rate of other notable tournaments in the region.
8:40 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Rivoli United at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex Yesterday’s Results Humble Lion FC maintained fourth spot in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) when they edged Tivoli Gardens 2-1 at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. Ricardo Campbell scored in the 45th minute and Levaughn ‘Country’ Williams (90th) for the winners, while Rodico Wellington netted a penalty in the 56th minute for the losers. Humble Lion pressured Tivoli from early and went in front on the stroke of half-time when Campbell moved from defence and scored from a corner kick. In the second half, Tivoli looked better and earned a penalty which was well taken by Wellington, which beat Humble Lion goalkeeper Kadeem Davis for the equaliser. However, Humble Lion, after going close to scoring on several occasions, then found the winning goal in the last-minute when Williams slotted past Davin Watkins in goal for the home side. With the victory, Humble Lion advanced to 39 points, two ahead of UWI FC, in the race for a top four finish. Montego Bay United lead the 12-team league on 54 points, ahead of defending champions Arnett Gardens (49) and Portmore (47). Coach of Humble Lion, Vassell Reynolds, was pleased with the result and performance of his team. “It was a very good fight from the team, a lot of energy from the players,” Reynolds told The Gleaner in a post-match interview. “We wanted to be on the front foot and did that. We fought and got the winning goal in the last minute. We have been doing well in the last couple of games, and still fighting for a top four finish,” he also said. Reynolds praised Williams for coming back from injuries and scoring in the last two games. “Levaughn Williams has been working hard and has scored in the last two games after coming back from several injuries,” he disclosed. Meanwhile, Tivoli’s manager, Brian Rose, said his team lacked fighting spirit. “We got complacent after winning back-to-back games and now we’ve lost two straight. We need to get back to winning ways,” Rose said. Today’s game Portmore United 1 Harbour View 1 UWI FC 5 Boys’ Town 1 Tivoli Gardens 1 Humble Lion 2 Cavalier SC 2 Waterhouse 2
Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) continued its churning out of tournaments each week with ANSA McAL via its Heineken Beer brand coming on board as sponsors of this Saturday’s Invitational Open.LGC President Aleem Hussain and ANSA McAL PRO Darshanie Yusuf during the handing over of the sponsorship cheque on Thursday (Clifton Ross photo)The simple ceremony was held at ANSA McAL’s head office, Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Thursday afternoon, when LGC President Aleem Hussain and the company’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Darshanie Yusuf officially launched the tournament.Hussain said it was great to have the continued support of the beverage giant, sponsors of golf for the past five years, as it continuously sought to boost golf in Guyana. He noted that the company has, over the years, played an integral role, which has made golf as critical to sports today as it has ever been over the years.Hussain said that the recent string of sponsors has been playing a key role in golf’s upward movement since 2018 began. He said that apart from Saturday’s event, the company was set to help play a key role in the development of young golfers.Yusuf, on behalf of the sponsor, pointed out that the progression of the LGC as well as its newly-refurbished greens which have been allowing play right through the rainy season were added reasons for them staying on board with the sport.She noted that the relationship between the two entities has been amazing over the past few years and they were optimistic that this weekend’s event would be another mega success for fans and players.Fans, meanwhile, will be eligible for prizes while golfers will be vying for various spoils, including best gross, and nearest to the pin among others, with tee-off time set for 12:30h.
Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has condemned the Government’s covert attempts to force the closure of small schools in communities across Co Donegal and in Gaeltacht schools in particular.Fianna Fáil will tonight move a Dáil motion exposing and objecting to the sweeping cuts and threatened amalgamations that will result in many communities losing their local school.Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “Minister Quinn’s attack on small schools is entirely in keeping with the Government’s agenda of targeting the most vulnerable communities for the bulk of cutbacks in Budget 2012. Despite claims to the contrary, the Minister has chosen to single out disadvantaged schools, smaller schools, minority faith schools, gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht schools for the most severe cuts this year. “This is deeply unfair and will have profound social and economic consequences for smaller communities and gaeltacht communities in particular.“The Minister is targeting schools with less than 5 teachers, which comprises 47% of the 3,200 primary schools in the State.“However you look at it, it means that the children in almost half of our primary schools are facing a significant increase in class sizes from next year. It is a blunt instrument that forces cuts based on numbers alone, without any consideration of a school’s ethos, the geography of an area or the impact on the community of removing such a key amenity.”And the Senator claimed: “There is no doubt that Ruairí Quinn’s plan will result in the decimation of gaelscoileanna, Church of Ireland schools and minority faith schools. Co Donegal will be particularly badly hit, with a higher proportion of schools facing severe cuts. Gaeltacht schools are facing the most severe cuts, as 70% of them currently have 4 teachers or less. In order to qualify for 4 teachers under the present system, Gaeltacht schools are required to have 76 pupils to qualify for 4 teachers. This will now be increased by Ruairí Quinn to 83 pupils. “Instead of taking the time to consult with communities, parents and teachers, Minister Quinn is threatening sweeping cuts with no consideration to particular cases. The threat of amalgamations has caused so much fear that we now risk a situation where parents will, in good faith, choose not to send their children to a smaller school for fear it will soon be closed.“The local school is at the very heart of smaller communities around the country. The Fianna Fáil motion tonight will call on the Government to recognise this, and to protect existing 1, 2, 3 and 4 teacher schools in the long-term interests of education in this country. I am appealing to Fine Gael and Labour TDs to think carefully about what is in the best interests of the communities they represent before voting on this motion.”LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comGOVERNMENT ‘TARGETING DONEGAL GAELTACHT & PROTESTANT SCHOOLS’ FOR CLOSURE – SENATOR was last modified: January 31st, 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)
MET EIREANN has issued a Yellow Alert weather warning for Donegal this evening.Winds with gusts of up to 100km/hr will pound the county, says the forecaster.There is a wind warning for all 26 counties. “South to southeast winds will reach mean speeds 45 to 65 km/hr, gusts to 80 or 90 km/hr this (Monday) afternoon and evening in exposed regions,” said Met Eireann“Tonight southerly winds veering westerly will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/hr, gusts 90 to 100 km/hr, highest values in exposed coastal regions.”The warning will continue until 7pm tomorrow evening.STATUS YELLOW Wind Warning for Munster, Leinster, Connacht, Donegal, Monaghan and CavanSouth to Southeast winds will reach mean speeds 45 to 65 km/hr, gusts to 80 or 90 km/hr this afternoon and evening in exposed regions.Tonight and on Tuesday: Southerly winds veering Westerly will reach mean speeds 50 to 65 km/hr, gusts 90 to 100 km/hr, highest values in exposed coastal regions.Issued:Monday 24 February 2014 06:00Valid:Monday 24 February 2014 12:00 to Tuesday 25 February 2014 19:00 STATUS YELLOW – Weather Alert – Be AwareThe concept behind YELLOW level weather alerts is to notify those who are at risk because of their location and/or activity, and to allow them to take preventative action. It is implicit that YELLOW level weather alerts are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population, but only to those exposed to risk by nature of their location and/or activity.100KM/HR WINDS ON THE WAY IN NEW MET EIREANN WEATHER WARNING was last modified: February 24th, 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:donegalweather warning
Donegal’s Dr McKenna Cup clash with Fermanagh has been postponed.*Official Announcement* The Dr McKenna Cup match between Donegal and Fermanagh which was scheduled to be played later this evening at Mac Cumhaill Park has been postponed due to an unplayable pitch.Ulster Council Officials conducted a pitch inspection at 10am and again at noon and they deemed the playing surface in Ballybofey unplayable.Mac Cumhaill Park is covered in a blanket of snow following two days of heavy snow in the county. It is not yet known when the rearranged game will take place, but it is expected that the game will now take place at some stage this weekend.Donegal need to beat Fermanagh in order to progress to the knock-out stages of the Dr McKenna Cup competition.We’ll have more on the details of the rearranged fixtures when the information on the match emerges. DR MCKENNA CUP: DONEGAL VERSUS FERMANAGH POSTPONED DUE TO UNPLAYABLE PITCH was last modified: January 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalFermanaghGAAnewsRory GallaghersnowSportUnplayable pitch
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho fully expects Wednesday’s opponents Leicester City to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.The Foxes have climbed to 17th place in the table – one place and one point above the relegation zone – after four consecutive victories.Chelsea, who can move move to within one win of clinching the title with victory at the King Power Stadium, edged a close game 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in August.But they could easily have trailed at the interval and Mourinho has also been impressed by City in the last few games.“I was surprised by their position,” Mourinho said. “I played them earlier in the season and I could feel that they were a good team.“I will not be surprised when they keep the division. They are playing well.“They have options for every position. They have to play at home against teams in the same area as they are.“The game against Chelsea is an extra game. So I think their situation is very good.”When asked about Leicester’s standout player, Mourinho picked Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso – a player who he won the Treble with while Inter Milan boss.“He is phenomenal,” Mourinho said. “He was part of my Golden Team. He is a player who means a lot to me.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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The protest over higher milk procurement prices for farmers, launched by MP Raju Shetti’s Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) entered its second day on Tuesday, affecting Pune city.A few milk tankers entered Mumbai from western Maharashtra under heavy police escort, but Pune city felt the pinch 48 hours after the blockade was launched Sunday midnight. Overall, fresh milk procurement figures across western Maharashtra saw a precarious dip, with Pune region managing barely 15% of its average daily procurement of nearly 70 lakh litres. At several points, SSS workers were seen blocking tankers and vans entering Pune. “We achieved our distribution target (4 lakh litres) today in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad owing to the police shield but our collection rate has fallen by 40%. While the picture for the next 24 hours is unclear, the intensification of the agitation is bound to cause distribution problems,” said Shrikrishna Chitale, partner, Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale.Despite police protection, dairy owners fear that the city could soon face a full-blown crisis unless the impasse between the SSS and the State government was resolved soon.The protest received overwhelming support across Kolhapur and Sangli districts – the epicenter of the SSS agitation.Sources at the Chitale Dairy in Bhilwadi in Sangli said that the agitation had nearly brought milk procurement operations in the district to a standstill, while Gokul Dairy officials suspended procurement operations in Kolhapur.Meanwhile, Activists damaged seven tankers in Udgaon, a group of farmers bathed themselves in milk in Shirdhon village in Kolhapur and milk flowed on streets in the Marathwada region. In Pali in Beed district, a tanker with a capacity of 20,000 litres was emptied, while in Pasodi village buckets were emptied.An ‘Amul’ milk tanker was turned back in Palghar district by SSS activists, led by Mr. Shetti himself who camped along the Maharashtra-Gujarat border during the day.“We have allowed no tanker along Ahmedabad highway to enter Mumbai. The SSS has always been friendly with Amul but we will oppose them tooth and nail if they try to meddle with the agitation,” Mr. Shetti said.Mr. Shetti also dismissed Dairy Development Minister Mahadev Jankar’s calls for negotiation, saying no formal invitation had been sent by the government.Dismissing Dairy Development Minister Mahadev Jankar’s calls for negotiation, Mr. Shetti said that he had not received any formal invitation from the government on the issue.On the incidents of tanker vandalism and wastage of milk on part of his activists, Mr. Shetti said: “I am not for violence. But these incidents are taking place because in spite of excess production, the State government is procuring milk from neighbouring states. This agitation is the legitimate anger of milk farmers across Maharashtra, not merely that of the SSS.”Mr. Shetti denied that the agitation was a ploy to stay politically relevant before the 2019 Parliamentary and Assembly elections. “I have no political ambition behind launching this agitation…There is no question of me returning to the NDA fold. I have severed ties with BJP precisely because of its apathy towards farmers…,” he said.
Shoaib AkhtarImran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar’s 17-year-old cousin, takes a break after a tiring match at the Railway cricket ground close to the home of the town’s most famous cricketer. Khan and other boys play cricket only when Pakistan plays a match in the World Cup. That is their way of expressing solidarity with Shahid Afridi and the men in green. And whenever 36-year-old Akhtar, nicknamed Rawalpindi Express, takes a wicket, someone screams to convey the news from an adjacent building. An instant roar goes up on the ground.Khan rushes home to switch from live cricket to watch a match he loves: Akhtar’s fearsome spell of five for 21 against Australia in Colombo in 2002. “The world will miss one of its best fastestbowlers,” says Khan, in shock over Akhtar’s decision to retire from first-class cricket.Akhtar announced his decision on March 17 at an emotional gathering in Colombo where he delivered an impromptu farewell speech. He was instantly hugged by his teammates. The news spread fast, prompting many to react. Among them was Australian skipper Ricky Ponting who called him the fastest he has faced in international cricket. “I had some great duels over the years. He was express pace, a very very good bowler,” Ponting told a press conference in Colombo. Former Pakistan captain, Rashid Latif, agrees: “He was among the most glamourous cricketers of all time. The only worry for me was his pace.” Pakistani cricketer, Aamer Sohail, simply says it would be “difficult for Pakistan to find a replacement.”advertisementThe Railway cricket ground is Akhtar’s breeding ground. He played cricket here as a schoolboy and impressed many with his incredible swinging yorkers at high speed. He routinely practised here even after becoming a superstar. “We are honoured to play at this ground,” says Akram, 16, whose house is a yard away from Akhtar’s home. He is not interested in any debate on whether Akhtar is actually the world’s fastest bowler. “He is, for me.” He reminds everyone that the cricketer still holds the world record of bowling at 100 miles per hour.Akhtar has taken 178 test and 241 odi wickets, his average in both forms is the fourth-best for any Pakistani bowler who has taken more than 150 wickets. But his Test strike rate of 45.7 is second only to Waqar Younis’s 43.4. In this town, he has the unflinching loyalty of both the young and the old. Eleven-year-old Hamza, an aspiring fast bowler, is sure of Pakistan winning the World Cup only because they have Akhtar on their side.A pall of gloom hangs over his home where uncle Mohammad Bashir, a retired Army officer, smells a conspiracy against his nephew. “He is not even married. He could have easily served Pakistan for anotherfive years. I do not think he can make such a stupid decision unless, of course, he was forced to do it,” Bashir told India Today.Standing nearby is Mohammad Tahir, who coached Akhtar for five years when he started playing cricket at the national level. He also believes that some hidden forces are coercing Akhtar to retire from international cricket. “See his fitness levels, he is fit. So please do not push him out of the side,” says Tahir who blames the “mafia” in the Pakistan Cricket Board for destroying Akhtar’s life.Raja Mohammad Ali and Raja Majid Hussein, who have played club cricket with Akhtar for years, were surprised to hear about Akhtar’s retirement from international cricket. “Akhtar wished to serve Pakistan cricket for three more years even after the World Cup. We talked a week before he left for Dhaka. What made him change his mind,” wonders Hussein.Peer Mohi-ud-Deen, imam of a mosque situated in the neighbourhood, joins the discussion. He also wants Akhtar to change his decision. “We want to see you in hot pursuit of wickets,” says the imam, a die-hard Akhtar fan. Thirty-six is no age to retire. “The Indian team is struggling with fitness. They have not sacked the whole team,” argues Mohi-ud-Deen. Now that’s a thought.