first_imgThe Junior Football Ferns have scored 59 unanswered goals in big wins against Tonga, New Caledonia and Vanuatu at the Oceania Championship in Nuku’alofa, and have a maximum nine points with one match remaining.Samoa will move to seven points if they can beat Vanuatu this afternoon, which would set up a final round decider against New Zealand, who have a bye today.However a draw would leave them four points adrift of the leaders, gifting the title to New Zealand.Vanuatu coach Joel Rarua has the task of picking his team up following their 18-0 drubbing at the hands of New Zealand.”We will try to work more on how we keep possession in the game and how we attack. We understand the game against Samoa will be hard for us, the players are looking forward to it though and we just have to make sure we improve against them.”Meanwhile Tonga is targeting a first win against bottom team New Caledonia.The hosts were beaten 15-0 by New Zealand in their first match at the tournament and drew 3-3 with Samoa in their second game.Their opponents have leaked 36 goals in three games and coach Penateti Feke believes her team is getting better with every game and is a good chance for a first win.”Tonga is competitive. They managed to progress after every game so I’m hoping to see more of what they have with some more [games].last_img read more

first_imgDid you expect a season as complicated as this?We face the season with optimism despite the difficulties. This is making us a stronger and more united team. And it’s nice to overcome all that together. When you consider a season you know that there are always ups and downs with good times and others not so much. That is part of football.After the click of losing the promotion against Deportivo, that communion with the fans predicted another less tortuous path.The fans since that day support us more. It is an honor and pleasure to feel your support despite the difficulties. It is to be thankful. The fans are with the team. Despite the adverse circumstances, he has continued to show his support and affection for both players and coaches. Rarely has something like this been seen.It is a source of pride for both us and the fans because the fact of being united has a positive impact on the team. It makes us better soccer players. They see that we strive and give our faces for them.Is there fear of descent?We do not think about the descent. At least I. We think about improving and working every day and that way we will try to get as many points as possible.When there are difficulties, the quarry always appears to the rescue. All a saving heritage.Good sign that Málaga works well in the quarry. There is a good level. They go out and face. It strengthens us and puts the batteries.What do you think about Antoñín?Very good player! It is fast, overflows and has audacity. That is what an attacking player is asked for. He is helping with some goals to the team. We want to keep it that way.Hugo Vallejo leaves nothing less than Real Madrid. It’s so good?I have always liked it a lot. We have trained together since last season and the kid has very good conditions. That he does very well because he is a great player.Which is the canterano that has surprised you the most?Hicham It seems to me a player that overflows easily. It has a twist, a change of pace … it is very difficult to catch it in training. It has a lot of repertoire. Fast and versatile Very good.What is sometimes put left-handed is a nuisance?I always try to help the team in any position. As if they have to put me forward! I always try to comply with the coach’s orders.Always central?In juveniles it was far left. Now central.Last year at this time the Ausburg wanted to sign him. It offered 4.5 million euros. He remembers?I remember. It was in the previous winter market. I decided to stay here. And the truth is that I am happy.Did they talk to you?There were contacts. My ‘rep’ told me they were interested and wanted to do it soon. I told him that my decision was to stay and the truth is that I don’t regret it. I wanted to stay in Malaga and that’s it. I don’t regret it.Another that loved him was Granada (he has finally signed Vallejo). There is Diego Martínez.Diego Martínez is a coach who has marked a before and after in my career because he bet on me very strong in Sevilla Atlético. We did two great seasons with him and learned a lot. I wish him well. He is a great coach. It covers a lot about the game and interprets everything very well. He is a very intelligent person. Whenever a team loves you it is a compliment. But I am focused on Malaga. Very hard all this has happened with Victor.I imagine it is a difficult situation. And being a public person has had an impact.Many differences between Victor and Pellicer?They are two good trainers. I have been with both very comfortable. They are similar because they make you feel comfortable.And Pellicer? Will you stay until the end of the season?The costumes have welcomed him from the first day. We feel comfortable and he with us. If it will stay? There I do not decide but the leaders. He is doing a good job. He is very qualified because he does his job very well.Luis Hernández is in marshal plan.Luis is always fine. It is very good central. I like very much. It is a pleasure to play with him.And Juande? Another canterano that has been released with the first team or that is also central.I knew him from the workouts. He always does well. Serious, correct and well placed. I also know him from the University, he goes to my class,What are you studying?Psychology. We enjoy in the classes.And do people recognize you in class? Do they give him a lot of charcoal?I am one more and I try to go to my ball and make friends and enjoy what is important about the classes. Many times people don’t realize that I play football because they consider me a normal kid.What does it take to be a good psychologist?Have a feeling with people and know how to connect with them well, try to listen actively and understand their problems, what happens and try to help. But really, not with empty words. Understand the problem and help in some way.Let’s talk about Mirandés, tomorrow’s rival.They won 0-3 in Girona to one of the best teams in the category. That says a lot about them. We will have to take it as a very serious rival. I agreed with Matheus, the striker, in the Granada branch (Recreativo de Granada in 2015-16). We already had a complicated game there.How is life in Valencia doing for his countryman and friend of Chiclana Manu Vallejo?I think it’s fine, enjoying minutes. He’s doing fine. It has potential and being in Valencia already has reason to be proud.How do you see about Cádiz, which has ceased to be a leader?This is the Second B. It is very difficult to always be at the same level. Teams that are looser reinforce.Malaga is the least thrashed of Second.It makes us happy. But you have to improve many aspects, generate more goals.Do you think that Malaga can aspire to something more than permanence?It always points high. But the situation is complicated and we have to gradually emerge from these positions. I always say. Any match is three points, no matter what rival it is.A second footballer who has surprised you?I really like Luis Suarez, the one from Zaragoza. I think it’s a very powerful forward. It catches my attention a lot.And the race for promotion, how do you see it? Does the economic potential that Almeria is developing in this tremendous season catch your attention?I don’t know why, but I would say that Zaragoza is going to be up. Almeria is having a very good season, scores many goals and is very solid.Good luck.Thank you.Assigned in U21 with CeladesDiego González signed for Málaga in the 2017-18 season. The Costa del Sol team paid Seville two million euros, with the Sánchez Pizjuán entity reserving a purchase option for five million euros in the first three campaigns. Diego, who still has a year of commitment in force, was a member of the U21 National Team at the stage of the Valencia coach, Albert Celades.last_img read more

first_imgAs a means of empowering young people of Nimba for self-sustainability, a local NGO—Kpodo Rural Development Foundation (KRUDF), has begun training 70 youth in Bahn, Nimba County.The director of KRUDF, Mr. Joseph Menlor, explains that his organization is committed to the training of young people of Zoe Geh District.He said Zoe Geh with over 120,000 population doesn’t have any vocation training opportunity for its youth thus leaving most of the youth without skills with most of them now been turned into motorcyclists.He said, KRUDF believes in union in diversity and therefore seeks to empower the young people so they can be self-reliant.The 10-month training program, which was formally launched on May 15, covered four courses including electricity, masonry, agriculture and building trade. It is funded by the Norwegian Refugee Council and Swedish International Development Aid/SIDA.The orator at the commencement program of the graduates, Mr. Horace Yansine, stressed on the important and role of private sector in our community of which he said reduction of poverty and unemployment had been left with ordinary business people and even farmers.Mr. Yansine maintained that private sector serves as agent of change in our society and urged them to be fair and accountable, transparent and go against self-greed.He urged young people to be focused so as to contribute positively to the development of their community, the county and the country at-large.“Be serious in what you are learning and encourage your friend to join you in the training,” said Bahn City Mayor, Angie Dopoe.Meanwhile, KRUDF Director Menlor called on the government and philanthropists for support so they expand the program.He said his organization has decided to embark the construction of a building, which will house the vocational wing of the program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAllen’s military awards and decorations include a Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and a Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Army officials said. Also killed in the incident were Sgt. Ed Santini, 25, of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico; Pfc. William N. Davis, 26, of Adrian, Mich; and Pfc. John F. Landry Jr., 20, of Lowell, Mass. All four soldiers were posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Fort Bliss will be holding a memorial service for the four soldiers April 21. The soldiers were deployed overseas in late October to provide stability and security operations, Army officials said. (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A Palmdale man was among the four soldiers killed in combat Saturday in Baghdad, Defense Department officials said Tuesday. Sgt. John E. Allen, 25, and the three others died when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle. All four soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. Allen was a health care specialist who joined the Army in July 2001. Allen is survived by his wife, Army officials said. last_img read more

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show to discuss the latest news surrounding the Hammers.The east London club, currently fourth in the table, face champions Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime, and the 60-year-old claims his side will need to play like they did against Liverpool to get any sort of result.Allardyce went on to tell Alan Brazil and Danny Murphy about Enner Valencia’s goalscoring feats and discussed his own contract situation, saying: “It’s the same as last time, when I got West Ham promoted to the Premier League.“The board wanted to see how it went. I’m old enough now for it not to bother me.“In my younger days it would panic stations for me. I would be thinking, ‘what if they let me go?’“Now I’ve been there, seen it and done it.”last_img read more

first_imgManchester City defender Aleksander Kolarov has warned his team-mates they risk defeat in their derby clash with Man United if they do not give them the respect they deserve.There was been a power shift in the north west city last year as the Red Devils finished the season in seventh positions while Manuel Pellegrini’s men claimed the Premier League title.But, with a new manager, Louis van Gaal, at the helm and several new signings at Old Trafford, Kolarov believes they must not underestimate their opponents when they play each other on Sunday in a game which you can hear live on talkSPORT.“Manchester United are always [a threat],” the Serbian said. “They are a great club with a great history and if you don’t respect them a lot they are going to beat you.“Obviously they have changed a lot of players and they are progressing now. I think it’s important that we win the derby.”last_img read more

first_imgSACRAMENTO – He may be assured of his party’s nomination for re-election, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will find out next weekend how much he really has to do to win back the hearts and minds of the party’s faithful. The California Republican Party’s convention in San Jose presents a key opportunity for Schwarzenegger to quell a simmering revolt from angry conservatives who feel he has drifted too far to the middle since his special-election defeat in November. Conservatives are frustrated by several recent moves, including the hiring of Democrat Susan Kennedy as his chief of staff, his support for a minimum-wage hike and his proposal for a massive bond to finance $222 billion in infrastructure improvements. “The governor needs to articulate the principles that were behind what got him elected in the first place during the recall – lower taxes, smaller government and illegal immigration,” said Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, a conservative activist group. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The hiring of Kennedy, he added, has frustrated conservatives and represents an “abandonment of the principles behind the recall.” The CRA had considered asking the Republican Party to pull its endorsement of the governor, but backed off that plan after receiving promises that conservatives would get a chance to air their grievances at the convention. Two former party chairmen had also drafted a resolution calling for the GOP to withdraw its endorsement, but that is also expected to be put aside. With the governor facing no serious primary challenger, the resolution had been seen as a symbolic gesture significant more for the embarrassment factor than for its chance of passing. Nonetheless, it foreshadows the difficulty that Schwarzenegger will face in energizing the party’s hard-core volunteers during the fall campaign. Still, Schwarzenegger’s political advisers remain confident that the governor will retain the support of most party members. “I think some of this is blown out of proportion,” said Rob Stutzman, spokesman for the governor’s re-election effort. “You have a few vocal people who are speaking out and suggesting insanely stupid things to do. “Then there are some that are a little disgruntled on a few policy fronts – but they’ll also tell you the governor replaced the illegal car tax, (reformed) workers’ compensation, has upheld the death penalty. There’s a lot they’re very happy about as well.” Convention-goers will tackle the issues as they also take in a dinner banquet Friday with Schwarzenegger, a luncheon Saturday with state Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, and a keynote speech Saturday night by New York Gov. George Pataki. On Sunday, delegates will meet in general session to consider at least 22 resolutions on everything from pulling the governor’s endorsement and opposing a moratorium on the death penalty to limiting the state’s eminent domain power and rejecting an increase in the minimum wage. Several resolutions praise the governor, citing his new infrastructure program, success in helping the economy, strengthening of public safety and efforts on budget reform. The anti-endorsement resolution, authored by former party chairmen Michael Schroeder and John Herrington, says that Kennedy’s placement in such a key position has made it “impossible” for Republicans to work on political strategy with the Governor’s Office. It also says Kennedy’s appointment “has damaged Republican morale” and tells party members that the governor does not value the same principles and their years of service to the party. State party Chairman Duf Sundheim said the debate has been healthy for the party. “I think the discussion we’re having is a very constructive one,” Sundheim said. “I think it shows we are a diverse party that is capable of having differences of opinions, but I think you’ll see we’ll come out of the convention united.” McClintock, widely considered the party’s most prominent conservative voice, supported the governor in a letter to convention delegates, and his appeal was part of what convinced the CRA. Though McClintock, who is running for lieutenant governor, believes the party generally shouldn’t issue endorsements until after the primary, he argued withdrawing the endorsement now is the wrong move. McClintock said he disagrees with the governor’s hiring of Kennedy, but notes Schwarzenegger has accomplished many things that appeal to conservatives. And the Kennedy hiring, he said, is well within the governor’s prerogative, because it is she who is agreeing to abide by his beliefs, not the other way around. “It’s quite appropriate for the party to define its principles and to raise hell when its standard-bearers waver from those principles,” McClintock said. “But that is a very different thing from undermining the candidacies of Republicans like Schwarzenegger, who have done so much in concert with our principles, and shown enormous courage in doing so.” Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 The California Republican Party convention will be held Friday-Sunday at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. For more information, see The California Democratic Party convention will be April 28-30 at the Sacramento Convention Center. 160Want 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

first_imgAMAZING 12-year-old Holly Ward from Falcarragh has raised a staggering €4,662.79 for the Irish Cancer society after bravely shaving her hair off for the charity. Holly had her head shaved on the 22nd of February after deciding she wanted to raise as much money as she possible could for the Irish Cancer Society.Amazingly it’s not the first time she’s sacrificed her hair to raise money for charity. Holly had her ponytail chopped off to raise money for the Rapunzel Foundation which is a charity that helps children suffering from leukemiaShe raised €363.50 for the Rapunzel Foundation but was determined to raise more for the Irish Cancer Society and that’s why she took the drastic measure to shave all her hair off.Holly achieved her goal and raised a staggering €4,662.79 for the charity.Well done Holly on your fantastic gesture and fundraising initiative. 🙂 AMAZING DONEGAL GIRL RAISES €4,622.79 FOR IRISH CANCER SOCIETY was last modified: April 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:FeaturesHolly WardIrish Cancer SocietynewsShaved Headlast_img read more

first_imgDisability advocate Jennifer Doherty from Buncrana has begun a fundraising and awareness campaign to celebrate the freedom she gained with her first guide dog. Jennifer, who was born blind, had assistance from guide dog O.J. for more than seven years as she gained her independence in her 20s. After the sad passing of her companion last year, Jennifer has decided to raise funds to change someone else’s life with the gift of a guide dog.Jennifer has started a fundraising Facebook page called ‘OJ the Life Changer‘, with plans to host local events and raise €5,000 for Irish Guide Dogs to name a future puppy in his memory. The goal of the campaign is to ensure another person with impaired vision or autism will get the support to achieve all the possibilities that come their way. With OJ by her side, Jennifer was able to have the same experiences as her friends growing up – she moved out on her own, worked in Letterkenny, travelled, volunteered, and now runs her own business.This week Jennifer told about that many adventures she and O.J. shared and why she wanted to honour his service:“I wanted a guide dog for as long as I can remember. I got OJ in July 2007. I had just finished college and started working. My friends were becoming more independent and getting jobs but I didn’t have as much independence to get out and about on my own,” she said.Jennifer had been using a cane up to this point, but OJ gave her a renewed freedom to pursue her passions in work, education and volunteering. “I moved into my own house six years ago, that wouldn’t have been possible without him.“With OJ, I was able to move to a new job in Letterkenny, do volunteering and do courses, even if none of my friends or family were going along. When you have a dog you’re not alone,” she said.O.J.OJ was a companion to Jennifer that also opened doors for new friendships.“He was an ice-breaker. People would come up talk to me because he was there and he’d be the first topic of conversation,” she said.After seven years together, OJ retired and was fortunate that Jennifer’s parents were able to keep him. Jennifer said: “It was ideal that we didn’t have to give him away. Sybil took over from O.J. and has allowed me to have the same independence. She’s a lively golden retriever, a very different character.”Jennifer and SybilJennifer made the difficult decision to put O.J. to sleep in July 2017, and is now hoping his memory will live on with another pup in training. She is aiming to raise €5,000 this year to support the care of a future puppy and have it named after her first ‘life changer’.Each litter of pups that are born to be Guide Dogs or Assistance Dogs are given names starting with the same letter of the alphabet. All of O.J.’s siblings had names beginning with ‘O’, and there has never been another O.J. since.Jennifer said: “They are guessing that the new O.J. will be born later this year. I’m just hoping it’s a boy! The puppy will be raised by a volunteer before it does its training, so I’m hoping to meet it in Cork and present the cheque with my fundraising total.” “There is a chance the pup will be better suited as an Assistance Dog for a child with autism, depending on their temperament. I’m aiming to raise awareness for all types of support dogs.”This day 10 years ago I met OJ for the first time, and my life changed for the better. Thanks @Irishguidedogs for everything you do— Jennifer Doherty (@OJdoherty) June 22, 2017Jennifer runs her own transcribing business (JD Audio Transcription) and volunteers with Foroige. She often gives talks about life with a disability and creates awareness of guide dogs in local schools.No stranger to fundraising, Jennifer took on a high-flying challenge by piloting a plane in 2014 to raise money for the Donegal Centre for Independent Living. The motivated young woman has been fundraising for Irish Guide Dogs since 2003 and raised €30,000 up to this point. It costs €38,000 to raise a guide dog from birth and support it during its working life.“I have had a dog for ten years, when you have one and see the difference it makes you want to give back for it,” she said.Watch this space for fun local events to raise fund for the next O.J. Jennifer is planning a variety of events in the Buncrana area – from quizzes to school events and talks to coffee mornings and something for dog lovers. She has a busy few months ahead but is looking forward to creating more awareness for heroes like O.J.Follow on Facebook to keep up to date with Jennifer’s fundraisers.If you would like to learn more about Irish Guide Dogs or donate, visit guidedogs.ieBeloved guide dog inspires Donegal woman to give back was last modified: January 26th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:DISABILITY AWARENESSirish guide dogsJennifer Dohertylast_img read more

first_img Getty Images The ex-England boss says Pogba would have been given the boot already if Fergie was in charge… Sam Allardyce believes Manchester United should let Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford if the opportunity comes to sell him on deadline day.The World Cup-winning midfielder has been linked with a stunning late move to Barcelona, with his agent Mino Raiola reportedly keen to get him out of Premier League club. With the transfer deadline rapidly approaching – the summer window closes at 5pm on Thursday – it seems highly unlikely United will allow their £89million record signing to leave without a top class replacement coming in.But, stranger things have happened in the world of football.READ MORE: ‘I would get Paul Pogba out the door’, says talkSPORT presenterAnd with reports claiming Pogba is open to leaving Old Trafford following his not-so-secret falling out with Jose Mourinho, Allardyce has just two words for United chiefs:“Sell him,” the former England manager told Alan Brazil on Thursday’s Sports Breakfast.“I don’t think he’s a dressing room boy.“The only trouble with today is getting in a replacement, letting a player of that size go without any replacements of high quality.“But, if the reports in the papers are true and whether it’s him or his agent or a bit of both, Sir Alex Ferguson would have just said, ‘see you later’.“He would have done that. There’s nobody bigger than Man United.”center_img 1 “Sell him!” 👀Sam Allardyce explains why #MUFC should let Paul Pogba leave the club if the opportunity arises during #DeadlineDay 🔁— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) August 9, 2018last_img read more