Munster secure home advantage in European knock out stage

first_imgLeinster and Munster will both be at home against European heavyweights after the Champions Cup quarter-final pairings were confirmed.Munster will play host to three-time champions Toulon after they secured the bonus point they needed in yesterday’s win over Wasps.Defending champions Saracens snuck into the knockout stage as eighth seeds, and they’ll take on Leinster in a mouthwatering quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium. The other quarter-finals sees Scarlets face La Rochelle and Clermont take on Racing, with the two Irish provinces not able to meet until the final.Ulster’s European campaign came to an end after a poor 26-7 loss away to Wasps, in a game where a win would have seen them reach the knockout stage.last_img

FIFA confirms 2022 World Cup final date in Qatar

first_imgThe much-maligned winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022 will be staged between November 21 to December 18, according to media reports.FIFA president Sepp Blatter was set to hold a press conference at the Executive Committee meeting in Zurich, but the meeting was cancelled at the last minute.The world governing body had already signed off a date change to winter avoid the heat in Qatar in June and July, while the tournament length was also reduced to 28 days instead of the usual 32.A FIFA task force, led by Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, had recommended the tournament should be held in November and December as a clash with the Winter Olympics in the following January, would also be undesirable.Around 170 media had been accredited for the news conference in Zurich and were only told of the press conference cancellation five minutes before it was due to start.It followed a FIFA executive committee on Friday morning where a number of decisions were taken. These included moving the venue of the next meeting from Japan to Zurich – almost certainly because Japan has an extradition treaty with the United States and Blatter and several other officials are fearful of possible arrest. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Play-off and play-out volleyball matches during the weekend

first_imgVolleyball players from the team of OK ”Student” will play against the team from Lukavac in the first round of the League, in the play-out. The match will be played on the 2nd of March in Pekija at 15:30 p.m. The team from Pale is a favorite in this match. The second match of the play-out session will be played between the teams of Modrića and Čapljina.After playing all matches and winning the seventh place in the ranks of the Premier League, the volleyball players of ”Student” will take their maximum of nine points to the play-out competition.The pairs that will play in the quarter finals of the play-off are the team of Domaljevac against Mladost and the team Napredak against the team Gacko.Based on their placement the volleyball players from Kakanj and Jedinstvo are going directly to the semi-finals.last_img read more

Steelers get dose of their own medicine, now must face fired up Bengals

first_imgBEAR HUG—Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker (39) is tackled by Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Roach (53), defensive end Alex Brown (96) and linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer in the first quarter in Chicago. Pittsburgh had two opportunities to win the game but normally reliable kicker Jeff Reed missed two relatively easy kicks, which set up the Bears final drive in which they took all the time off the clock and finally kicked a field goal with just 11 seconds left. This will be a tactic for most teams in the future, to run time off the clock when they have the lead to stop the Steelers from having any chance of coming back late in the fourth quarter to win the game.One good thing did come from the defeat, and that was the running game. Willie Parker had 47 yards on 14 carries and looked impressive on most of his runs. Rashard Mendenhall had 39 yards on just 3 carries. For some reason he didn’t play that much. The Steelers outrushed the Bears 103 to 43, which was a far cry from the 36 yards they got against the Tennessee Titans.The aerial attack as usual was impressive with Roethlisberger battling the Bears’ new gunslinger Jay Cutler. Ben was 23 of 35 for 221 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Cutler was 27 of 38 for 236 yards with 2 touchdowns. Again Ben distributed the ball pretty evenly with Hines Ward catching 6 for 57 yards, Santonio Holmes 5 for 83 yards and Heath Miller 3 for 24 yards. However, he needs to find his running backs out of the backfield more and his third receiver. Someone has to step up and take Nate Washington’s place as the third receiver.The Bengals upset the highly rated Packers with Carson Palmer outdueling Aaron Rodgers for a 31-24 hard fought victory. There goes that easy win we thought we had coming with the Bengals. Palmer was 15 of 23 for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns. But he was not a one man gang, Cedric Benson ran all over the highly rated Packers defense for 141 yards on 29 carries. The Bengals defense got into the act harassing Rodgers all around the field with Antwan Odom sacking him five times. Rookie Ray Maugluga was also impressive with one sack and two forced fumbles. If Cincinnati had not kept shooting themselves in the foot with 13 penalties for more than 100 yards it may have been a lopsided game.They appear to finally have put it all together, passing, running and defense. But this remains to be seen against the Steelers.The other two teams in the Steelers division did as was expected. The Baltimore Ravens, behind a last minute game saving tackle by none other than Ray Lewis, beat the explosive San Diego Chargers 31-26 to stay undefeated at 2-0. Phillip Rivers had the best game of his career going 25 of 45 for 436 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. However, Joe Flacco continued to be impressive, going 17 of 26 for 190 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception, once again proving that the only stat that matters is the win.The Cleveland Browns are still looking for their first win as they lost to the Denver Broncos 27-6 for a 0-2 start.One thing to watch out for in Tennessee, the Titans are 0-2 after losing to the Houston 34-31. If they lose their next game do they go back to Vince Young, who’s wasting his talent setting on the bench? The Steelers got a dose of what they had been dishing out last week when the Chicago Bears handed them a 17-14 defeat in the final seconds of the game. Now they must bounce back against their always tough rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, who are coming off an upset win over the Green Bay Packers. The Steelers jumped off as though they were going to rout the Windy City team, after one impressive drive ended with a score and Pittsburgh going up 7-0. Once they got the ball back they marched down the field again, but a Ben Roethlisberger interception ended the drive and ended their momentum. It was all downhill from there with both teams looking fairly good between the 20s but neither taking it in for the score.last_img read more

“We saw Guardiola’s plan, there are things that can help us”

first_imgGuardiola: “I didn’t go to see Guardiola, I went to see Madrid. We were drawing conclusions, we had the opportunity to speak. We saw Guardiola’s plan to win the game, there are things that I will not manifest. There are things that the City did that may come in handy and there are others that we are not interested in or that we cannot develop. That was the conversation about the game. ” League Options: “It can be an important day. A victory means an important advantage but I don’t know if it would be enough. The reality is that I don’t trust the dynamics, in these games the past is forgotten and the present prevails. The points and the situation in the table are almost forgotten. It’s a Classic, the two teams always want to win regardless of each other’s situation. ”Jordi Alba: “It’s pretty good, the feelings are positive. The only thing is to decide if it will start or not. We will see the feelings you have tomorrow. It is one more day. He is confident and we will see what we do. ”Four midfielders or trident: “The plan we have planned is the one we will carry out, I will not tell you. We will not give clues to the rival. We will not give up in any case to go for the match. If we have alternatives, we will see how events unfold. ”last_img read more

Over 10K Students in 6 Counties Sit WASSCE

first_imgTen thousand four hundred and forty-nine candidates, who registered for this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), began writing the test yesterday in six of the 15 counties, John Y. Gayvolor Sr., head of WAEC National Office in Monrovia has confirmed.The six counties where the students registered are Bomi, Bong, Margibi, Nimba, Grand Bassa and Montserrado.Of the number of candidates, Mr. Gayvolor said 5,397 are males and the remaining 5,052 females.He said the large turnout led the West African Examination Council (WAEC) Monrovia National Office to train and hire 348 proctors to monitor the students taking the exams.“Seventy-six schools presented candidates for this third phase of the pilot test. This is an opportunity for the students to take advantage of because government committed to underwrite the cost of the exams during its pilot period,” Mr. Gayvolor said.After this third and final pilot exam, each registered candidate will be required to underwrite the cost on their own without government intervention.WASSCE, according to its website, is a standardized test in West Africa administered by the WAEC. It is only offered to candidates residing in Anglophone West African countries, now joined by Liberia, whose students are writing the test in its pilot phase for the third time consecutively. This examination is made for all private and public schools in West Africa.WASSCE is the academic school-leaving qualification awarded upon successful completion of the exams.Mr. Gayvolor called on the candidates to approach the exams with courage and without fear, saying, “They were the same history curriculum they studied in Liberia that the questions are drawn from.“We anticipate the best from our students who will score A’s in all eight subjects,” Mr. Gayvolor asserted.He said his office expects no stumbling blocks for the students, noting, “We look forward to our students becoming excellent award winners, and to achieve that margin, the students are required to attempt all the eight subjects, which are the minimum required subjects.”Meanwhile, the exam began in the six counties yesterday with the students sitting for both the multiple and essay questions for History.Shortly after the exam, some of the students, particularly those at the Tubman High School Campus in Sinkor were optimistic that although it was just the first test, they expect nothing less than 90 to 100 percent pass from this year’s exam.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Barber on $35,000 bail for threatening language, damage to property

first_imgA showdown in Barclay Street, Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara has landed several persons in court for various offences against public order.Twenty-eight-year-old Mahendra Seebarat of La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara, appeared at the Wales Magistrate’s Court late last week and was released on ,000 bail after he entered pleas of not guilty to threatening language and damage to property charges.Police said that on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Goed Fortuin, Seebarat made use of threatening language against Zameena Hamid and damaged a mesh barrier belonging to Chandra Armin, a housewife. Both individuals reside at 86 Barclay Street. The defendant was released on ,000 bail for the charges.Meanwhile, Armin, 49, who suffered damage to her property, was counter-charged, having been accused of verbally abusing Seebarat at Goed Fortuin. She was released on self-bail on the abusive language charge. Both parties will return to the Wales court on January 5 for report.last_img read more

5 homeless following La Jalousie fire

first_img…GPL slammed for inaction to reports of faulty transformerA family of five is now homeless after their residence at Lot 31 La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara went up in flames on Sunday morning.The La Jalousie home engulfed in flamesThe fire was reportedly caused by a faulty transformer that had been located in close proximity to the now gutted building. This newspaper was told that at about 10:00hrs on Sunday, sparks were seen emanating from a nearby electric pole, and a massive inferno quickly erupted.Sixty-one-year-old Parbattie Baldeo and her two grandchildren were then at home, but were forced to abandon the burning house, leaving behind all of their belongings to perish.Baldeo’s son, Dooknauth Kalicharran, and his wife, Radika Prem, were the other occupants of the now destroyed home.The remains of the gutted La Jalousie homeSpeaking to media operatives, Kalicharran indicated that their losses amount to a value of about $30 million.Guyana Times, meanwhile, understands that several reports had been filed at the Guyana Power and Light entity (GPL) regarding a faulty transformer which had been severely leaking for some months now.Another La Jalousie family was just last month rendered homeless by the similar circumstance of GPL allegedly not responding to complaints in a timely manner. Despite numerous reports to GPL, a mother of two was forced to gather her children and evacuate their burning home after fire quickly spread throughout the building at Lot 12, La Jalousie, WCD.This was after the house was allegedly set alight by sparks emanating from faulty electric wires attached to the building.GPL has again come in for much criticism given that in both of these cases persons have lamented that action from the electricity company could have averted the disaster which had led to the two families being left homeless. Efforts to contract personnel from GPL on the issue have proven futile.last_img read more

Flyers return home from Stony Plain

first_imgAfter Sunday’s game, coach Adam Brash joined Jon Zacks in the booth at the Centennial Arena, to talk about how the weekend went, what he wanted to get out of it, and what the team achieved.Click below to listen to that interview (runs 3:30) [asset|aid=598|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=afaf7079579f622ea12632dbca0b28db-Brash-theWeekend_1_Pub.mp3] The Flyers are back in Fort St. John after a long bus ride home from Stony Plain.The Flyers faced the Chinook Hockey League’s Eagles for a two-game exhibition series over the weekend, and are calling the trip a big success.It began with the Flyers winning 6-5 in a shootout on Saturday night, and concluded with Stony Plain winning 4-2 on Sunday afternoon.- Advertisement -Fatigue certainly became a factor in the second game, with the Flyers having only 4 regular defensemen making the trip. A couple of times, Todd Alexander dropped back to help out on the blue line, but for the most part, the 4 D-men (Brett and Tyler Loney, Luke Middleton, and Mike Shipton) held the fort. Brett Loney was singled out for his excellent play, while Luke Middleton had a fantastic series. The Flyers have now proven they will be able to compete with Stony Plain (should they represent Alberta in the MacKenzie Cup), and can look forward to getting stronger, as their conditioning improves, and Arlo Hadland, Bryan Lewis, and Kip Noble return to the defensive corps, and Tyler Brough and Adam Loncan jump in up front.Forward Ryan Carter, and goalie Chad Vizzutti did join the team for the series, with Carter scoring the Flyers first goal in both games, and Vizzutti playing well in Sunday’s loss. Both are expected to join sporadically over the season, and for this year’s AAA playoff action.Advertisementlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA EARN EXCELLENT LEAGUE VICTORY OVER URRIS

first_imgBuncrana GAA NotesSenior FootballBoth the Seniors and Reserves did really well this week with both teams winning their League matches against gallant Urris teams at the Scarvey. The Reserves were convincing winners scoring 5-7 to 1-11 but it was a tighter affair for the Seniors at 4-8 to 3-9.Senior TrainingSeniors & Minors Hurling training is on Wednesdays at 7.00pm. All players are urged to make every effort to attend.Seniors, Reserves, U-18, & U21 Football training is on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New players always welcome! Cursa GaeilgeNot too late to join up for our Beginners Irish Conversation Classes Tuesday nights in the Scarvey 7 – 8.30 pm. Please note this course is for beginners only or those who haven’t spoken Irish in many years. Participants will be awarded with An Fáinne or Cúpla Focal pins as recognition of their levels of spoken Irish at the end of this 20 week course. The course costs €40 and all proceeds go towards the Club Development Fund. Fáilte roimh achan duineUnder Age ReportsGreat win for U13 Girls in today’s semi 11- 6 to 3 pts Buncrana v St Michaels. This had to be the best team performance by any Buncrana team this year! Very talented individually but more importantly how they played as a collective unit. Great team in the making and let’s hope as many as possible stick with it and progress to the Seniors. The final will be this weekend and details will be announced later but any support there will be greatly appreciated.Leadon Timber Framed Ulster Minor Hurling Tournament 2014Sun 26th Oct Shield S-Finals12:30pm Eoghan Ruadh Dungannon (Tyrone) vs. Winner of Shield Q-Final2:00pm Cuchulainns (Armagh) vs. Buncrana (Donegal) Sun 9th Nov Shield Final1:00pm Winner of Shield S-Final 1. vs. Winner of Shield S-Final 2.Sun 16th Nov Cup S-Finals12:30pm Liatriom (Down) vs. Shield Winners2:00pm Winners (Derry) vs. O’Donovan Rossa (Antrim)Sun 30th Nov Cup Final1:00pm Winner of Cup S-Final 1. vs. Winner of Cup S-Final 2.Scór na nÓg – CLG Dhún na nGallThe dates and venues for the three semi finals and the county final of Scór na nÓg have been announced.Saturday 8th November 2014 – Gleann FhinneFriday 14th November 2014 – Inis Eoghain – Venue in Inis Eoghain to be confirmedSaturday 15th November 2014 – Baile na nGalloglachCounty final – Friday 21st November 2014 – Na Ceithre Máistrí in the St John Bosco Centre, Donegal Town.Under Age TrainingU8 & U10 hurling training is on Sundays 11-12 as usual. Newcomers always welcome.Under 16 Girls will train on Tuesday’s 6–7pm at the ScarveyGirls under 12, 13 and 14 girls are training on Monday from 7pm -8pm.Halloween DanceThe club is hosting a Halloween in the Plaza, Buncrana on Sunday 26th October. Headline act is the hugely popular David Craig band who will be on stage from 12am till late. Getting the crowd warmed up earlier will be a Ceili and Old Time Dance with music by Martin Duggan from 9pm-12am. Tickets are €10 each and can be bought from any committee member. This will be our main fundraiser for the year and all proceeds go to our Underage Development Fund so please support if you can.Suicide PreventionSuicide Prevention is everyone’s business. The HSE, in partnership with Donegal GAA and other organisations is developing a Suicide Prevention Action Plan for County Donegal, working with the National Office for Suicide Prevention.We want as many people as possible to have their say about what should be included in the plan. You can print off and complete the questionnaire from our FB page or answer the questions online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/donegalsuicidepreventionClub Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Jim at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Jim at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa, or visit our website www.buncranagaa.com.GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA EARN EXCELLENT LEAGUE VICTORY OVER URRIS was last modified: October 20th, 2014 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:buncranaGAANoticesSportlast_img read more