Maverley hold Waterhouse

first_imgNeighbouring communities Maverley-Hughenden and Waterhouse FC battled to a 1-1 draw in their first meeting in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the Waterhouse Stadium yesterday. Phillip Peddie handed Maverley-Hughenden the lead when he slotted into an unprotected goal in the 10th minute. However, Waterhouse fought back and got the equaliser from substitute Kemar Beckford in the 54th minute. The point lifted Maverley-Hughenden to nine from eight games while Waterhouse moved to seven points in the 12-team league. The visitors, with their massive support as they made the short trek over, celebrated early when Peddie benefited from a play created by striker Nicholas Scott. The latter beat Waterhouse goalkeeper George Brown and the ball fell kindly to Peddie. Beckford came off the bench and scored shortly after he entered the pitch. THIRD GOAL UWI FC 4 Boys’ Town 0 Waterhouse 1 Maverley-Hughenden 1 Jamalco 1 Tivoli Gardens 2 Portmore United 1 FC Reno 1 Yesterday’s results Peddie, who was scoring his third goal in the last three consecutive games, was happy that his team did not lose to their neighbours. “We are getting there as a team. We did not win today but it is on the road, so we picked up a good point,” Peddie, who missed his team’s first three games and the pre-season because he was away in the United States, told The Gleaner. Maverley-Hughenden’s head coach, Lijyasu Simms, expressed disappointment in his team’s sixth draw in eight games. “I am disappointed as we deserved three points today. We are creating chances but not putting them away,” Simms said after the game. Waterhouse’s coach, Michael Francis, was satisfied with the result. “We played a disciplined game and stayed behind the ball. It’s important that we did not lose,” said Francis. The game between Montego Bay United and Arnett Gardens, which was scheduled for Wes Pow Park in St James, was postponed due to a waterlogged field. “The new match date will be communicated,” a release from the Professional Football Association of Jamaica stated.last_img read more

FDA Manager Reveals Plan for Forestry Improvement

first_imgForestry Development Authority (FDA) Managing Director, Harrison Karnwea, has assured the European Union and other partners that strategies are being devised to improve the forestry sector in order to bring the expectations of partners to reality.Mr. Karnwea made the statement at the Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) meeting held recently in Monrovia and attended by the Head of European Union, Tiina Intelmann, representatives of the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), Ministries of Finance, Agriculture, Justice, the Liberia Revenue Authority, civil society, private sector and key development partners.Mr. Karnwea spelled out his vision to have a well trained, equipped and operational FDA to sustainably manage the forest resource. The FDA vision includes generating revenue from timber and non-timber resources and ecosystem services as well as legally produced timber and finished and semi-finished timber products.Thirty percent of Liberia´s forests, said Karnwea, will be held under conservation status, especially in the Sapo-Tai biodiversity corridor. FDA will also improve the agricultural sector in collaboration with partners to reduce its impact on forests and halt the expansion of the savannah in the north of the country.As part of the vision, Mr. Karnwea said he would also transform FDA into a self-sustaining institution to serve as a catalyst of national development that takes over the services currently provided by SGS and other partners in the end of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) implementation process.Earlier, Madam Tiina Intelmann described 2015 as a crucial year for the global community and the planet, noting that a series of international conferences will agree on financing for development, sustainable development and climate change goals for the next 15 years. The FLEGT VPA between the EU and Liberia could make an important contribution to the joint efforts to tackle climate change.She said deforestation and land use change are the main source of Greenhouse gas emissions in Liberia, but added that good forest governance and law enforcement are critical to the success of efforts to halt deforestation and forest degradation.The objective of the meeting was to jointly review the implementation of the Liberia-EU VPA, take stock of the effects of Ebola on activities and agree on the priorities for 2015. The VPA aims to put in place systems to ensure the legality of Liberia’s timber production and to strengthen forest sector governance. This process expected to last for several years, will promote legal forestry, leading to more sustainable forest management, increased long term revenues for communities and the Government, investment and job creation. The EU has similar agreements with Ghana, the Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Indonesia, and the Central African Republic and is negotiating with 9 other countries.Among the issues discussed were the key milestones in the development of the timber legality assurance system, further reinforcement of the legal framework and law enforcement as well as recent developments and challenges in the sector, including community forestry management agreements and transfer of timber revenues to communities. Both Liberia and the EU were happy to acknowledge that the Ebola crisis has not derailed the VPA process, although they acknowledged that it has caused significant delays.Members of the Joint Implementation Unit chaired by Sister Mary Laurene Browne were pleased to see that all stakeholders and support projects have fully remobilized.They also expressed hope that the VPA implementation quickly returns to full speed and that some lost time be caught up. Participants also discussed the synergies between the VPA process and the Liberia-Norway letter of intent on “Cooperation on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) and developing Liberia’s agriculture sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana accuses EU of discrimination on visa-free travel decision

first_imgForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge has expressed his disappointment over the approach taken by representatives of the European Union in dealing with Guyana being left out from those Caribbean countries that have been granted visa-free entry status to the 26 countries in Europe that fall under the Schengen Area.Back in 2015, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines joined Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados and St Kitts and Nevis as Caribbean countries granted visa-free travel to Schengen Member States and associated countries.According to Minister Greenidge, this issue was a strong point made on Monday during the Sixth Round of EU-Guyana Political Dialogue under the framework of Article 8 of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)-EU Cotonou Agreement.“We have expressed concern, if not alarm, about the treatment of Guyanese asForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidgeregards the visa-free entry into Schengen … We believe this was discrimination,” the Minister posited during a press conference at the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday.Moreover, he outlined that the EU has not put forward any reasons why Guyana was not given the same visa-free travel status.“As a matter of fact, as far as we can see from the criteria they used, Guyana falls squarely amongst those countries that don’t pose a risk and, therefore, it shouldn’t be treated differently,” the Foreign Affairs Minister asserted.On this note, Greenidge further expressed his dissatisfaction over the approach adopted in addressing the issue.“We heard from Miss [Federica] Mogherini, who is the High Representative of Foreign Affairs and the Vice President of the European Council, that they are not now going to look at Guyana until a new council comes into office. In other words, [they’re] kicking it down the road or kicking it into the tall grass, depending on how you look at it, which makes us extremely unhappy,” the Foreign Affairs Minister noted.The 26 countries under the Schengen Area are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.Meanwhile, the Foreign Affairs Minister also disclosed that during Monday’s meeting with the EU delegation, other consular matters were raised.According to Greenidge, the EU is seeking the treatment of its mission here as an international agency as oppose to a foreign state as currently obtains.“They are seeking additional concessions as regards treatment in that regard. We’ve indicated to them that we hear them, but we’re still looking at that matter,” Greenidge said.As part of the Sixth Round of EU-Guyana Political Dialogue, which was headed by EU Ambassador Jernej Videti? and Ambassadors of the United Kingdom, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden, the delegation is having talks with the various Government Ministries and key agencies.The objectives of the Dialogue are to exchange information to foster mutual understanding and to facilitate the establishment of agreed priorities and shared agendas, in particular by recognising the existing links between the different aspects of the relations between the parties and the various areas of cooperation as laid down in the Cotonou Agreement.last_img read more

Former AG blasts Govt attempts to spin CCJ ruling

first_img-says full page ad showing what orders Court refused ‘deceptive’-questions quality of legal advice being received by PresidentA full-page advertisement taken out by the Attorney General’s Chambers and appearing in sections of the media on Sunday has been denounced by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall as a transparent attempt to misinform the public about what happened at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).President David GrangerAttorney General Basil WilliamsFormer AG Anil NandlallPart of the advertisement taken out by the AG ChambersThe advertisement, titled “What PPP/C applied to the CCJ for vs what the CCJ ruled”, compares the various consequential orders the PPP had requested from the CCJ on the No Confidence Motion cases, including a prayer that the CCJ order elections be held by September 18, and various snippets of the regional court’s ruling.Nandlall noted that the AG used “politically convenient and selective” parts of the judgements out of context in order to suit the Government’s agenda and justify their ignoring the intent of the CCJ ruling.“The clear objective of this advertisement is to demonstrate that the specific orders sought by the Leader of the Opposition and Zulfikar Mustapha were refused by the CCJ. However, the author deceptively omits the parts of the judgements which say emphatically that those orders were not granted because the Constitution itself specifically and adequately provides for what must happen when a No-Confidence Motion is passed in the National Assembly.“Further, the advertisement also deceptively omits to inform the public of the reliefs which the Attorney- General & his bandwagon sought at the CCJ, and that none (was) granted,” Nandlall said.“It is clear that the author wishes to portray that because the specific orders prayed for were refused, then the judgements of the CCJ can be ignored by the Government,” he declared.The Government had, among other things, sought for the regional court to grant an order that would allow the President, Prime Minister, Ministers and Cabinet to remain in office until a new President is sworn in after elections are held. In their submissions, the Government side had cited Article 106 (7) of the Constitution to defend this position. The CCJ did not grant this order.In describing the Government’s advertisement, Nandlall used the analogy of a domestic violence victim approaching the court for a restraining order against her husband, only for the Magistrate to refuse to grant it because actual bodily harm is already a crime, and for the husband to then believe he can continue his assault because a restraining order was not granted.“There is no other way of describing such line of reasoning other than to say that it is an expression of unparalleled dunce-ness,” Nandlall wrote. “This type of reasoning characterises the quality of legal advice the President receives, which has now culminated with the President convincing himself that the CCJ judgement has conferred upon him a right to submit names to the Leader of the Opposition, which must (then be) included in the final list of six names to be submitted to the President for the appointment of a Chairman of GECOM.“In other words, the President is insisting upon submitting names to himself for appointment by him. The very thing he did in respect of the appointment of Justice Patterson, which the CCJ ruled was flawed and in contravention of Article 161 (2) of the Constitution,” Nandlall added.What the CCJ actually saidWhen CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders, read the court’s final ruling on the matter during the consequential hearing on July 12, he had said that when the No Confidence Motion was passed on December 21, 2019, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) states: “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”“Upon the passage of a vote of no confidence, the Article requires the resignation of the Cabinet, including the President. The Article goes on to state, among other things, that ‘notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office, and that an election shall be held within three months or such longer period as the National Assembly shall, by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly, determine’,” Justice Saunders had told the court, during which time Attorney General Basil Williams had personally been in attendance in the Trinidad-based courtroom.Further, the CCJ President had noted that with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) also responsible for the conduct of elections, it therefore means that the elections body also “must abide by the provisions of the Constitution.”He had gone on to point out that elections should have been held on March 21, 2019 following the December passage of the Opposition- sponsored motion, but that process was on “pause” pending legal proceedings.That process, Saunders had added, was no longer on pause following the court’s June 18, 2019 ruling which upheld the validity of the No Confidence Motion, and thus the need for fresh elections had been triggered.This means that General and Regional Elections would have to be held on or before September 18, 2019 to be consistent with the three months’ constitutional deadline.When it comes to the CCJ’s failure to issue consequential orders setting an election date, Saunders had said that it was not the regional court’s role to do so; but rather, this must be up to the politicians in Guyana, whom the court trusted would act responsibly.The parliamentary Opposition has so far accused the Government of holding on to power illegally, and doing anything but acting responsibly.last_img read more

Group stays grounded in the world of fashion

first_imgAbout a dozen people – not just models but also photographers and agents and others in the industry – gather in a circle of maroon chairs in the simple worship space of Calvary Chapel Miami Beach. They sing hymns, read from bright blue paperback Bibles and share their struggles of remaining Christian in the fashion business. Most come dressed casually in jeans and T-shirts. They are as young as 17, and hail from all parts of the country during the peak season for modeling work. They bow their heads in prayer. Many talk about their boundaries – refusing to do overtly sexual advertisements, or those for alcohol and cigarettes. They also talk about resisting a professional culture they feel often encourages rampant partying and sex. “There’s a lot of pressure to do the alcohol ad or get in your underwear or do whatever publication you don’t want to do. But we don’t need to bow down in order to be blessed in what we do,” said Roman Watson, a 29-year-old model who has done work for Ralph Lauren, Nike and Macy’s. “I want to encourage everyone to be a Christian first and a model second.” Watson said models are often afraid to reveal their moral boundaries on shoots, for fear that it could end their careers. But he urged those gathered at Models for Christ to follow their hearts and they would ultimately be rewarded with work. MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The bodies at this Saturday night gathering are sculpted, the locks of hair full and wavy, the faces made for the covers of magazines. Such physical perfection is a South Beach staple, on its sun-kissed shoreline and in its velvet-roped dance clubs. But these young men and women are not here to find a weekend hookup or to imbibe a $15 drink. They’re here for God. Since its 1984 founding in New York, Models for Christ has sought to bring faith to fashion – spirituality to an industry that puts a premium on sex appeal. The nondenominational organization has since expanded to 19 other major fashion centers, including Los Angeles, London, Paris, Milan and Tokyo – and hundreds participate. “This work can lead anyone away from the Lord,” said Jeremiah Johnson, a former model who heads the group’s Miami Beach chapter. “But it doesn’t have to.” Jeff and Laura Calenberg were both models when they founded Models for Christ with a small group of participants. Jeff Calenberg said he wanted to not only provide a place for Christians in the industry to gather, but also provide an example for those not living a necessarily spiritual life. “The business has a lot of darkness in it,” said Calenberg, now a fashion photographer. “And as a believer in Christ, we are seeking to maintain the light within us as well as shine toward others.” At the recent Models for Christ meeting, Heather Funk, a 34-year-old fashion photographer based in Miami, told her own story of club-hopping, and drug and alcohol abuse. She tried to change her life numerous times – she even remembers showing up at church on a Sunday morning smelling of vodka. But she said she was surrounded by others who made it very easy to slip back into her partying life. Funk eventually did become a Christian. She doesn’t credit Models for Christ with her conversion, but she said it has been valuable because it allows her to gather with others from similar lifestyles who are trying to follow God. “The fashion industry, there’s so many extremes in it. The models are extremely beautiful, extremely skinny, make tons of money,” she said. “It may seem an unlikely place to find God, but really it’s not.”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

Mane lifts Senegal in bruising Uganda battle

first_imgMane later missed a penalty — the second time he has fluffed a spot-kick in as many matches — but his three-goal tally from three matches moved him ahead of 11 scorers with two each.In the quarter-finals, Senegal will face fellow west Africans Benin, who stunned Morocco earlier, winning a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw following extra time.A fiery start at the Cairo International Stadium to the second last-16 match saw two Ugandans and one Senegalese yellow-carded within 10 minutes of the kick-off.Uganda captain and goalkeeper Denis Onyango was first to be booked after racing off his line and fouling Ismaila Sarr, who needed lengthy treatment.Giant Uganda forward Emmanuel Okwi was the next offender with his elbow brushing the face of Senegal centre-back and captain Cheikhou Kouyate.Senegal midfielder Papa Ndiaye then went into the book of the referee for deliberately pushing a Ugandan so hard he tumbled off the pitch.As tempers cooled, Senegal scored through Mane, who shared the Premier League Golden Boot last season with Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.A Ugandan pass was intercepted and two quick, slick passes sent Mane clear to fire left-footed past Onyango, one of the top goalkeepers in Africa.– Blatant foul –On 18 minutes, Uganda lost centre-back Hassan Wasswa after he injured his left hamstring and Timothy Awany took his place.Midfielder Khalid Aucho became the third Ugandan to be yellow-carded, for a blatant foul, and Okwi was lucky to escape a second caution and a red card later in the half.There were more cards than goal attempts on target in the opening 45 minutes, which ended with Senegal comfortably retaining a one-goal advantage.The match not only lacked goalmouth excitement, but also atmosphere with a crowd of just a few thousand dotted around the 75,000 stadium, where the final will be played on July 19.Scorching heat, costly tickets and a lack of interest by Egyptians in teams other than their own Pharaohs are some of the reasons for the poor attendances.Senegal had a great chance to double their lead when Mane was fouled by Onyango, but the Liverpool star failed to convert the penalty, a fate he also suffered against Kenya.He aimed for the right corner, but Onyango guessed correctly and made a brilliant two-hand save to keep the Cranes in the match.Senegal centre-back and Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly was the fifth player to be booked as an intensely physical encounter entered the final quarter.As free-kicks were continually conceded, Uganda had several opportunities to equalise and came close on 80 minutes when goalkeeper Alfred Gomis pushed away an Allan Kateregga effort.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango fouls Senegal forward Sadio Mane, whose penalty kick was saved in an Africa Cup of Nations last-16 match in Cairo © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 6 – Sadio Mane became the leading scorer in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Friday when he scored the goal that gave Senegal a 1-0 win over Uganda in a feisty last-16 clash.The Liverpool star struck on 15 minutes with a close-range shot after a passing move carved open the Ugandan defence in Cairo.last_img read more

Sleep habits a challenge for parents

first_imgSome kids are great sleepers, then they hit a milestone and their sleep falls apart, says Jodi Mindell, author of Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep (HarperCollins, 2005). To calm the nightly ruckus, make each evening dull. Don’t give up or give in. After good-night kisses, switch into “night-time mode,” suggests Dawnn Whittaker, a sleep consultant who is the mother of a 10 month-old daughter and a 3-year-old son. Whittaker, too, has dealt with the problem of excuses, excuses, excuses before bed. Her solution: Put the baby to bed 30 to 45minutes before the older sibling, preferably by 7 p.m., so the baby is fast asleep before the toddler’s routine begins. Have some quality time to wind down with the older child. Read a book or two, snuggle and talk about the day. Have the older child go potty before she goes to bed. Make sure that all other needs such as hunger and thirst are met before she goes to bed, so she doesn’t have any excuses. “It’s really important that you don’t give in. It is OK for a child to have water available in the room should they need it,” Whittaker says. Put a potty in her bedroom with a box of tissues or wipes and a night light. If she needs to go to the bathroom during the night, she can do this herself with minimal fuss. “After you have said good night and had kisses, leave and switch into nighttime mode,” she says. It’s OK for the toddler to look at a few books alone once you have left. But if the child gets out of bed, the books should be taken away. If the child leaves the room, she should be taken straight back by the hand. Don’t say anything except good night. Put her back into bed and then leave. Do this three times if needed. On the fourth attempt, put the toddler back to bed and sit in the doorway. Refrain from making eye contact and don’t say anything. If the child gets out of bed, then put her back to bed. Stay until the child is asleep. Whittaker, who lives in a Vancouver suburb, has a sleep-consulting Web site at Also, be sure nap times do not sabotage early bedtimes. Sleep consultants Jill Spivack and Jennifer Waldburger of Los Angeles say a rule of thumb for 1- to 2-year-olds is they need to be awake 3 to 31/2 hours between their last nap and bedtime. The women are co-authors of The Sleepeasy Solution: The Exhausted Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Child to Sleep from Birth through Age 5 (HCI, 2007) and an accompanying DVD. For more information, their Web site is If a child takes more than about 15 minutes to tumble off to sleep, she’s usually either not tired enough for bed or overtired, says Mindell, associate director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. When a child is too tired, it’s actually harder for her to relax and fall asleep. Children get less sleep during a 24-hour period than sleep experts recommend. The National Sleep Foundation says: Babies 3 to 11 months should get 14 to 15 hours. Children age 1 to 3 need about 12 to 14 hours. Preschoolers age 3 to 5 need 11 to 13 hours. Kids ages 5 to 12 need 10 to 11 hours. Teenagers need about nine hours. Can you help? Here’s another concern from a parent who needs help: “My 3-year-old daughter has run away from me several times, and she has even tried to break out of the gate at her day-care center. Now I’m afraid to take her places for fear she will dash off.” – A MOTHER IN DAVIDSON, N.C. Betsy Flagler is a syndicated writer specializing in family issues. If you have tips, or questions of your own, call the toll-free Child Life hotline any time at 800-827-1092. Or write to Betsy Flagler, P.O. Box 4270, Davidson, N.C., 28036. E-mail can be sent to local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Question: “I have a 27- month-old and a 9-month-old. The big sister moved to her big-girl bed about a month ago, then soon decided she wanted to start potty-training. Lately, the older one has been getting out of bed. One excuse is she needs to go potty. It is exhausting me every night, especially because the baby has started protesting bedtime too!” – A MOTHER IN ATLANTA Answer: The arrival of a sibling, the switch to a big-girl bed and potty-training add up to lots of changes at once for a child not yet 3. Even one developmental milestone such as a baby learning to walk can interfere with sleep habits, child development experts say. last_img read more

Poll: Who is Manchester United’s best ever number seven?

first_img1 Former Man United star Cristiano Ronaldo After winger and new No.7 Memphis Depay claimed two goals and one assist in Tuesday’s Champions League victory over Brugge, the Drive lads want your thoughts on the club’s legendary shirt.last_img


first_imgThe 10th annual Buncrana 5km Road Race and Fun Run takes place tomorrow, May 29th. As ever, sponsored by Sean Furey Insurances of Buncrana and Carndonagh, the 2013 edition of the event promises to be as popular as ever with club runners and recreational athletes alike. Over the last nine years, the race has become a highlight in the Northwest racing calendar due to the proven fast course and the excellent organisation.This race is the poster event of the popular Furey Insurances 5k Series which this year comprises four races held between Derry and Inis Eoghain.The series kicked off in April at the Bay Road in Derry, a race that incorporated the Northern Ireland 5k Championships and was won in fine style by City of Derry Spartans’ Declan Reed who just edged Foyle Valley’s Scott Rankin and led the Spartans to a comprehensive team victory, where the Spartans filled eight of the top ten placings.The women’s race at the Bay Road was also won by Spartan’s Catherine Whoriskey with a new PB (Personal Best) of 18m 18s but the female Spartans lost their team crown to a very strong Omagh Harriers trio. However, that was then and the Buncrana 5k has proven itself to be a much tougher animal in the past with levels of competition usually higher that any of the other Furey Series races. The male team race last year was won by a very strong Foyle Valley AC quartet who surprised everybody but themselves by lifting the Sean Furey Insurances perpetual shield for the first time.Over the previous eight editions of the race, either City of Derry or Letterkenny AC had been dominant but in 2012 they were relegated to 2nd and 3rd respectively by the the purple vests. The Foyle Valley boys have been running very well so far in 2013 and will need to continue to do so if they are to retain their team title when they themselves are now the target!Other NW clubs who could potentially feature include Inishowen AC, led by the evergreen and former three time winner Pauric McKinney, along with Omagh Harriers, Springwell AC, Tir Connall AC and Finn Valley AC.The Spartan ladies had a comprehensive victory in last year’s team race with Foyle Valley and Inishowen AC in 2nd and 3rd. However, this year they will be without the 2012 individual winner Marina Campbell as she is on the injury list but have strength in depth and will be keen to seek revenge on the Omagh girls after the Bay Road. The race is by no means only between these two though, with potentially strong squads from Finn Valley, Springwell, Inishowen, Foyle valley and Letterkenny who, if they turn out, will all have something to say about the team title. As in the male event, clubs from further afield often seem to find the midweek journey too far but if some of the Belfast clubs like St Malachys, North Belfast Harriers or Annadale Striders make the trip then you are sure to see some fireworks.The individual race has always been one of the highest quality in Ulster with a sub 15 min clocking often required to seal the win. St Malachy’s duo of Kevin Seaward (14.44 – 2007) and Joe McAllister (14.40 – 2010), along with Letterkenny’s Ciaran Doherty (14.59 – 2011) are members of that elite club and indeed McAllister’s record stands as the Irish Record for the course. In 2012 the Buncrana public were treated to a little demonstration of the East African dominance when Kenyan Runner Freddie Keron Sittuk- who was staying with former winner Greg Roberts- posted 14 mins 18 sec to win, some 48 seconds ahead of second placer Scott Rankin who was himself very close with 15.06. The organisers have deemed Freddie’s time to be an all-comers record for the course and continue to offer €100 bonus to anyone who can break either record. In addition they offer €200 to anyone who can break 14 mins! So far this year, local runners Rankin, Reed and City of Derry’s Richard Johnsto!n have all been sub 15 on different courses so if the weather is decent they may repeat the feat in Buncrana and indeed could challenge McAllister’s record. Kenyan Freddie Sittuk is also in the country at the moment and has indicated that he’ll be back to have a crack at the all-comers record or indeed at the astounding 14 minute barrier which is worth noting would mean having to run each mile at 4 mins 30 sec pace! Others to watch out for include Foyle Valley’s Keith Shields who seems to be setting PBs every time he races recently, along with Spartan Connor Bradley who has run sub 15 minutes on many occasions. The ladies course record is no less impressive. Letterkenny AC’s former Olympian Maria McCambridge broke the record in 2010 running an excellent 16 mins and 7 seconds. Indeed, in that race, three time winner and former record holder, Finn Valley’s Therese Mc Gloin was also inside her old record running 16.35 for second place. In addition to McCambridge and Mc Gloin, other likely contenders include Lifford AC’s AnnMarie McGlynn , Letterkenny’s Foinnula Diver and Spartan Catherine Whoriskey.Despite all this talk of records and the fleet of foot, the main aim of this race and indeed of the series is to provide competition for all levels of runners and joggers. It doesn’t matter if you have just started jogging and have to take walk breaks every so often, you are more than welcome to Buncrana. The only thing that we ask is that you do attempt to run/jog the 5km. It doesn’t matter if you have to walk a bit in the middle but this is not a walking event. Also worth noting that due to Athletic Association of Ireland (AAI) rules, no athlete under 16 years of age will be allowed to compete.In addition to being part of the Furey Insurances 5k series, the race is also race 11 of the Donegal Athletics Board’s Summer Grand Prix series which this year comprises a staggering 50 races. Due to the huge number of events happening this year, the organisers of the Furey Insurances Series have decided to reduce the number of races from six to four. Along with the aforementioned Bay Road and Buncrana 5ks, Lisnagelvin (June 26th) and Balliniska (July 17th) complete the 2013 Furey Insurances 5K Series with competitors needing to complete three out of four races to be eligible for the series prizes.Event Details Wednesday 29th May 2013. Registration from 5.30pm at Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, adjacent to Buncrana Leisure Centre. Entry fee €10/£9stg, Chip timing in operation. Race starts at 7.30 sharp. Refreshments provided after in Scoil Mhuire. Showers available in Buncrana Leisure Centre. Pre-race entries can be emailed to — simply state your name, gender, age on race day and club! These must be received by 6pm on Tuesday the 28th May. Your race number can be picked up on the night when payment is made. Due to the large numbers expected please help us and yourselves by pre-entering! Any of those who intend to register on the night please get there early as we will be closing registration at 7.10pm sharp and don’t want to have to disappoint you. ThanksThe Sean Furey Insurances Buncrana 5k is organised by City of Derry Spartans AC in association with Scoil Mhuire Buncrana, Buncrana Leisure Centre and the help of the local community.This is an event for everyone regardless of what level of runner you think you are. No more excuses – too fast, too far, not far enough (?), I’ve no speed, I’ll be last! We have heard them all and refute them all. If you can cover three miles in training then you have a right to be there! If you have never tried a 5k or feel your PB is up for review then no better place to be.We organise everything except the weather! How you run is up to you!BUNCRANA 5K SET TO DRAW THE CROWDS was last modified: May 28th, 2013 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:Buncrana 5klast_img read more

Watford reportedly make £10m offer for Southampton midfielder

first_img ‘perfect fit” IN DEMAND Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Carroll explains why he wanted to fail Liverpool medical before £35m move Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder Ward-Prowse has created 19 goals in 167 Premier League games for Southampton heading off GOSSIP Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade on his way Watford have made a £10million offer for James Ward-Prowse.Manager Javi Gracia has made a late move to add depth to his Hornets squad ahead of transfer deadline day by targeting the Southampton midfielder just days before the new Premier League season begins. fear 1 three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing RANKED Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star LIVING THE DREAM Signing imminent? Man United target ‘on flight’ to England for talks with club REAL DEAL Watford are at home to Brighton on Saturday and Gracia will now wait to see if Mark Hughes, his opposite number, is willing to do business for the 23-year-old who has spent his whole career at St Mary’s.Ward-Prowse started more than half of Saints’ games in the Premier League last season but, according to SunSport, the manager will decide whether he is needed for the new season.Competing with the academy graduate in Southampton’s midfield are Mario Lemina and Oriol Romeu, although the ex-England Under-21 captain can also play on the right flank. Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out TRANSFER LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minaminolast_img read more