Draws Announced For 2020 Brooks County Senior and Intermediate Hurling Championships

first_imgThe Draws For the 2020 Brooks County senior and Intermediate Hurling Championships have taken place in the Lough Rea Hotel and Spa in Loughrea. Present was Paul Bellew, Chairman, Galway Hurling Committee, Liam Brady of Brooks and Galway Senior Hurling Manager Shane O’Neill. Three have four teams, one has three.In Group AKiltormerAbbeyknockmoyCastlegarSylaneIn Group BCarnmoreAn SpideálKilconieronAthenryIn Group CKillimorRahoon/NewcastleTurloughmoreAnnaghdownIn Group DKilbeacantyMeelick/EyrecourtMoycullenFirst Round Games will be 1 v 2 and 3 v 4. In the case of Group D, it will be 1 v 2 with Moycullen getting a bye.That was followed by the Draw for the Brooks County senior B Hurling ChampionshipThree Groups of Four Teams was drawn and was drawn as follows…Group OneKinvaraBallinderreenCraughwellGortGroup TwoKillimordalyArdrahanAthenryBeaghGroup ThreeMullaghKilnadeema/LeitrimAhascragh/FohenaghPadraig PearsesFinally, The Draw for the Brooks County Senior A Hurling ChampionshipThree Groups of Four Teams were drawnGroup OneTynagh – Abbey/DuniryCappataggleLoughreaTommie LarkinsGroup TwoTurloughmoreLiam MellowsClarinbridgeOranmore/MareeGroup ThreeSarsfieldsPortumnaCastlegarSt ThomasFirst Round of games in the Senior B and Senior A Championships will be 1 v 2 and 3 v 4.Second Round of games will be 4 v 1 and 2 v 3 and Third Round of games will be 1 v 3 and 2 v 4. Pictured at the draw for the 2020 Brooks County Senior and Intermediate Hurling Championships. (L-R) Paul Bellew, Hurling Committee Chairman, Sean Walsh, Galway Bay FM Sport, Shane O’Neill, Galway Senior Hurling Manager. Sean Walsh speaking to Galway manager Shane O’Neill at the draw for the 2020 Brooks County Senior and Intermediate Hurling Championshipsprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Brooks Intermediate Championship Draw was first up and drawn by Shane O’Neill.There will be four groups in the Intermediate Championships.last_img read more

Four of six groups may back Platini for FIFA president

first_imgFour out of six continental soccer confederations would back Michel Platini, head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, to lead the sport’s world governing body FIFA should he stand, a source close to UEFA said on Monday.However, a UEFA spokesman said Frenchman Platini had not yet decided whether to run in a Feb 26 election to replace Sepp Blatter, who announced in June he was resigning, as a corruption scandal engulfed FIFA.The confederations themselves were not available to comment on whether they would be able to persuade their members to vote for Platini. Each of FIFA’s 209 member associations has one vote at the presidential elections. As voting is secret, they have no way in practice of enforcing a block vote.Platini, a former French international regarded as one of the most gifted players of his generation, was repeatedly promised support at meetings with confederation representatives held into Sunday night at a hotel in Zurich, the source said.“The UEFA president is very happy with his current role as leader of European soccer’s governing body,” UEFA’s head of communications Pedro Pinto told reporters.“He’s been very pleased and touched by the words of support he has received here in Zurich over the last couple of days.United States prosecutors threw FIFA into turmoil in May by indicting 14 sports marketing executives and soccer officials, including a number from soccer’s governing body. Seven were arrested in a dawn raid on a Zurich hotel.Pinto said Platini, elected for a third term as UEFA president in March, would consider his position in the near future and would announce his intentions when he was ready.“He’s pleased that many people see him as someone who could lead FIFA into a new period, with a new image, an image of transparency and good governance.”At the FIFA presidential election in May, a number of UEFA’s own member associations voted for Blatter despite Platini having urged them to vote for challenger Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein.Blatter was elected for a fifth term at the congress in May but announced on June 2 that he would step down as a corruption scandal broke around FIFA. He himself has not been accused of any wrongdoing.As well as UEFA, the continental confederations representing South America (Conmebol), North and Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), and Asia (AFC) have all reportedly told Platini they would back his candidacy for FIFA president.The other two confederations are Africa’s CAF and Oceania’s OFC.Platini was once considered Blatter’s protege and a natural successor to the 79-year-old Swiss. The two have become rivals in the last year, however, and Platini urged Blatter not to stand for a fifth term in May.last_img read more

Murray to make competitive return at Queen’s Club

first_imgBritain’s former world number one Andy Murray will make his return from hip surgery at the Queen’s Club tournament next week where he will face Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the first round.Organisers announced his inclusion on Saturday ahead of the draw for the tournament which has the strongest lineup in its 128-year history with 15 of the world’s top 30 taking part.Murray, who has been sidelined for almost a year since playing at Wimbledon last July, came through a practice session in London on Friday.The 31-year-old three-time Grand Slam champion said he first felt the injury in his right hip during the French Open semi-final against Stan Wawrinka in June 2017 and withdrew from the U.S. Open two days before the start of the tournament in August.He took the rest of the year off and, after failing to regain his fitness in time for this year’s Australian Open, had an operation in Melbourne on Jan. 8.This year’s Wimbledon Championships begins on July 2.last_img read more

Cry, the Beloved Country

first_imgGuyana is once again being pushed down the path of societal disintegration because of the politics practised by the PNC. It set this centrifugal process in motion in 1955 when its founder, Forbes Burnham, split the nationalist movement represented by the PPP and exploited racial sentiments to mobilise African Guyanese under its banner. External forces used the fissure created to precipitate ethnic conflict that boiled over into murderous open warfare, leaving scars that still have not healed more than half a century later.And it is this experience of internecine warfare between the major ethnic groups that distinguishes us from other similar plural societies, such as Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname. While there are the dynamics of ethnic competition in electoral politics, in which the processes of group comparison and group legitimacy are fundamentally similar, there is in those societies a Maginot Line against violence that has not been crossed. In our country, there was only a lull between 1964 and 1992, occasioned by the PNC’s rigging of elections to guarantee its hold on power.There was hope that the privations brought down by the PNC upon the entire nation during those years would have impressed upon its supporters the folly of reflexively voting along ethnic lines. But in 1992, it received the same percentage of votes as in 1964, which had been widely regarded as an ethnic census because of the polarisation due to the ethnic conflict, even though there was an alternative non-PPP vehicle in the WPA. The 1992 voting results emphasised the strength of ethnic voting in Guyana.After the PNC lost the 1997 elections, however, the violence unleashed in the 1960s Pandora Box returned with intensified force in a new form that further scarred the body politic. It started with PNC street protests that escalated into open violence, when roving mobs assaulted Indian Guyanese axiomatically dubbed as “PPP supporters”. A CARICOM intervention led to the PPP’s term of office being truncated by two years and a host of constitutional amendments enacted, which gave significant parliamentary powers to the Opposition, then the PNC.The elections of 2001 were again won by the PPP, and this unleashed another round of arson, kidnappings and murders. Matters took an ominous turn for the country’s fortunes when a violent gang with a core of five hardened criminals entered the fray, overtly asserting they were “African Freedom Fighters”. They ensconced themselves in the village of Buxton, which was transformed virtually into “a state within the state”.This would further widen the fissures in the country, as the killings were invariably ethnically directed; with the exception of Policemen, who were targeted for protecting the “PPP state”. The violence escalated exponentially when criminal gangs associated with the drug trade entered the fray and turned the country into a killing field reminiscent of the “garrison killings” of Jamaica. Between 1998 and 2008, when the last gangs were exterminated in a bloody shoot-out with the Police, hundreds of innocent “civilians” on both sides of the “divide” were killed.It is against this background of violence unleashed in Guyana in the wake of PNC’s dissatisfaction with elections’ results that we have to evaluate AG Basil Williams’s utterances about the PPP at the AmCham-sponsored panel discussion on elections: “They are willing to go to the election with an anyhow list. They are ready for their properties and all these things to be subjected to those same post-election type of violence that we had in the past. I don’t want to say, ‘Well, y’all go, go to the election’, because the consequences would be dire”.Back in May 2019, Williams had also warned about “unrest” that might follow in Guyana if the CCJ ruled against the Government in the three consolidated cases related to the challenge to the validity of the No-Confidence Motion passed on December 21, 2018.Those utterances are nothing more than threats that would inevitably take our country further down the precipice of destruction.Who will listen to the cry of our beloved country?last_img read more

Meyiwa murder riddle deepens

first_img0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, October 28- It wasn’t a hit, say police. But Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa’s death might not be the result of a botched robbery either.Late on Monday, as shock over the murder of Meyiwa continued, a massive police investigation was under way. Meyiwa’s killers are now the most wanted men in the country.A multi-disciplinary police task team is hunting them, and the SAPS’s reward for information was raised to R250 000.The police team involves national and provincial investigators, and includes Captain Chris Mangena, the ballistics expert who worked on the case against Oscar Pistorius.Forensic experts are compiling identikits of the shooters, and crime intelligence is looking for the cellphone stolen from the house.Meyiwa was shot dead while visiting his on-off-again girlfriend, songbird Kelly Khumalo, at her home in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, on Sunday night. His killers then fled with the cellphone.Goalkeeper Meyiwa, 27, was also captain of Orlando Pirates.He had earlier been at a birthday party for Pirates teammate Rooi Mahamutsa, but left with a friend to go to Khumalo’s house.Despite immediate speculation on social networks of a hit connected to Meyiwa’s messy private life – the spats between his wife and Khumalo have often made headlines – police management said there was nothing to suggest this.“There is no evidence that this was a contract killing. We continue to investigate all angles and we will be guided by the investigation,” said General Norman Taioe, of the Gauteng police.The official story is that it was a botched break-in by three men.National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega said that, according to reports, two people had entered the house while a third man waited outside.Phiyega said two of the attackers were in their late twenties and the other was dark and slender with dreadlocks.Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, who arrived at the house shortly after the shooting, said the family had told her they were all held up at gunpoint by the men, who demanded money, phones and valuables.Nkosi-Malobane said the family had told her that the gunman was pointing his gun at the terrified Khumalo when Meyiwa stood up, apparently with the hope of protecting her.However, he was shot in the back. The men took Khumalo’s phone and fled, disappearing into the night.“The guys thought he was resisting when they saw him get up to protect Kelly and they shot him from the back,” Nkosi-Malobane said.Later it was reported that Meyiwa was moving towards the door when the shots were fired.“Senzo and his friends were leaving when the two entered the house. One of the attackers bumped into the first friend and a scuffle ensued,” said Taioe, according to Sapa.A source close to the investigations said the forensic team were at the house to determine the distance the shots were fired from.“It seemed as if two shots were fired inside the house and one outside. They were there to establish how the bullet hit Senzo,” said the source.Phiyega called for help from the public.“We are appealing sincerely to the community to assist with information. We believe that someone, somewhere, somehow knows something about this crime.“We appeal that the person (with information) comes forward so we can do justice to the case. Anyone with information can call 0800 10111 or SMS our crime line on 32211,” said Phiyega.However, the police have not ruled out the possibility that it may not have been a robbery.This emerged after an Instagram message, as well as an independent person who called the Crimestop line, suggested there was more to the shooting than meets the eye.The post on Instagram claimed that Khumalo’s sister Zandile had been fighting with her boyfriend when Meyiwa tried to intervene, but the boyfriend allegedly shot him.Gauteng head of detectives Major-General Tebello Mosikili confirmed that police IT experts were looking into that message and were trying to get hold of the person who posted it.Mosikili, who heads the team investigating the shooting, said they were taking this allegation seriously because there had also been a call to the Crimestop line in which someone alleged that Meyiwa did not die during a robbery. Mosikili said she did not yet know whether the person who posted the Instagram message was the one who had called.“The team is now running with that information. Everything that is coming in now is taken seriously. We are working very hard on this and need to eliminate all allegations,” said Mosikili.-By IOLnews.co.za0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Everton line-up v Lille: Barkley to continue leading Toffees resurgence?

first_imgEverton face arguably their toughest test in the Europa League when they travel to Lille tonight, LIVE on talkSPORT from 6pm.The Toffees are in pole position to qualify from Group G with four points after two games and victory in France will put them within touching distance of the knockout stages.Everton have been taking the competition seriously and Ross Barkley, fresh from his impressive comeback appearance in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday, will be expected to provide the visitors’ main attacking threat.The England star made his first start of the season against the Villans and sparkled, leading Romelu Lukaku to proclaim the 20-year-old is the club’s best player and the Belgian striker will hope to profit from the midfielder’s fine passing once again as he leads the line in France.Roberto Martinez has opted to rest Steven Naismith and Leon Osman and with Kevin Mirallas still out, Aiden McGeady and Steven Pienaar are likely to fill the wide slots, feeding Lukaku up front.John Stones remains sidelined with an ankle injury meaning Antolin Alcaraz will continue to deputise, while Muhamed Besic is in line to start alongside James McCarthy in midfield.Everton’s likely line-up v Lille:Do you agree with Everton’s line-up? Comment below. Everton midfielder Ross Barkley 1last_img read more

Top journos hit back at Guardiola over ‘media want Liverpool to win title’ claims

first_imgBritain’s top football writers have hit back at Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola over his claims the nation’s media ‘desire’ for Liverpool to beat his team to the Premier League title this season.City beat Leicester City 1-0 on Monday night to jump back above the Reds to the top of the table.Guardiola’s men now just need to beat Brighton in their season finale on Sunday to be crowned champions for the second successive year. REVEALED tense Vincent Kompany scored a stunning goal against Leicester to secure City a vital victory Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars After the nerve-shredding clash, which saw captain Vincent Kompany smash in the winning goal from 30 yards, the Spanish boss couldn’t resist taking a shot at the press.Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “My feeling here is the media desire Liverpool to be champions.“We were seven points behind Liverpool, we could have been ten points had Liverpool beaten us here, but we never give up and have won 13 games in a row.”But a host of top writers joined talkSPORT host Jim White on Tuesday morning to respond to the City boss… and not one of them agreed with his view.Instead, they insisted the media only wish for drama and excitement in the title race, which there has been in spades this season. no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City John Cross, Daily Mirror: “I don’t agree with that at all. I do think there’s a feeling Liverpool would be an amazing story, the romance of having not won it for so long, and yet there is a fear among other football fans that we’ll never hear the end of it if they do win it this year.“My personal view is this is the best title race ever. It’s the best title race in Premier League history. Both teams are pushing boundaries, and the point tallies tell you that.“I’ll always support the best team and I think overall if Man City do go on to win they will have proved themselves the best team.”Matt Dickenson, The Times: “I can’t agree with Pep on that. I’m sure there are a few journalists with allegiances or a liking for Liverpool, but I think most journalists simply want drama.“I don’t wildly care who comes out on top on Sunday, I’d just love to see a few more twists and turns and make sure there’s some excitement on the day, that’s my main wish.” gameday cracker Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Pep Guardiola believes the press have been biased towards Liverpool this season ADVICE 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY 2 Laura Williamson, Daily Mail: “The suggestion the media want or expect Liverpool to win is definitely not right. What we want is the best story. Whether that is the romanticism of Liverpool winning it after so many years, or City doing it again for the second year in a row, I don’t think we’re really bothered, because it’s the best story.“We have got that, because of City’s relentlessness, their excellence, the way they’ve won match after match after match, and the fact the title is going right down to the wire and will be decided on the last day.“So actually, it’s not about Liverpool winning or Man City winning, it’s the story, and I think we’ve got that.”Listen back to the clip of the Jim White show, featuring writers from The Times, The Sun, Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, above…last_img read more

North Korea Praises But Won’t Take Credit For Sony Hack

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cyber attacks#cybersecurity#malware#North Korea#Sony Following a major malware attack on Sony Entertainment Pictures, some security experts suspected North Korean involvement. Now the state has officially denied any involvement, although it said its supporters might have conducted the attack on their own.See also: FBI Warns Of Malicious Software Following Sony AttackOn Sunday, the North Korean government issued a statement through the official Korean Central News Agency in which it spoke approvingly of the hack but insisted the state didn’t instigate it. The official statement follows a previous denial issued last Wednesday by an anonymous North Korean diplomat in New York.“The hacking into the Sony Pictures might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers with the DPRK [North Korea] in response to its appeal,” the official statement reads. Many security experts have suspected North Korean involvement in the hack. Among other breaches, the attack led to the public leak of Sony’s unreleased film The Interview, a comedy satirizing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un that the state has denounced as “terrorism.” Korean-language malware was also used in the attack. The North Korean statement instead suggests the hack was a show of support for North Korea by the hacker group “Guardians of Peace,” which claimed responsibility for the attack. Joseph DeTrani, a former U.S. envoy to North Korea, told Reuters said North Korea has historically been truthful in claiming or declaiming responsibility for various attacks, although he added that the regime could have changed its policy.See also: The Real Lesson From Recent Cyberattacks—Let’s Break Up The NSA“The U.S. should also know that there are a great number of supporters and sympathizers with the DPRK [North Korea] all over the world as well as the ‘champions of peace’ who attacked the Sony Pictures,” the North Korean statement continued.The unprecedented hack has led to leaks of four unreleased Sony films and salary information of many employees and actors. The attackers aren’t done yet, and issued a new threat toward Sony employees and their families over the weekend, Recode reports. Image courtesy of Shutterstock Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… lauren orsini 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Maine ~ Personal Income Tax: Legislation Amends Military Retirement Pay Deductions, Calculation of Educational Opportunity Credit, and Other Provisions

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportMaine Gov. Paul LePage has signed legislation that makes several technical changes to the state’s personal income tax laws. Among other things, the legislation:– clarifies that the military retirement plan deductions apply to benefits received from service in the United States military;– repeals the deduction for certain dentists’ military pensions (applies retroactively to tax years beginning in 2016 and thereafter);– adjusts the method of calculating the educational opportunity credit by including credit hours earned for a graduate degrees in the proration factor (applies retroactively to tax years beginning in 2016 and thereafter);– repeals the penalty for falsifying itemized deductions and wages with respect to withholding allowances (applies retroactively to tax years beginning in 2016 and thereafter);– moves the statutory provisions governing the phase-out of Maine standard and itemized deductions (applies retroactively to tax years beginning in 2016 and thereafter); and– removes outdated statutory provisions.Provisions affecting sales and use taxes (TAXDAY, 2017/06/14, S.6) and property taxes (TAXDAY, 2017/06/14, S.4) are covered separately.L.D. 1570 (H.P. 1081), Laws 2017, 90 days after adjournment of the legislative session, applicable as notedlast_img read more

Questlove’s Qookoff Show Down

first_img?uestlove’s Qookoff Show Down Calling all ?uestlove fans! It’s time to get your inner chef on and to pull out your skillets and best recipes, ?uestlove wants his fans to throw down in a ”Qookoff”. The winner will get the chance to cook at a private dinner for the band and several special guests during The Roots Picnic on June 4th and possibly be a part of another potential Questlove-helmed food project coming to Philadelphia very soon. Here’s the deal on how to enter the Qookoff: First, create a 90 second or less video telling ?uestlove why you should be a part of the Qookoff. Make sure you stand out, this is sure to get a lot of entrees. Then, either send your video to  or tweet the video to @cook4quest by Friday, March 25th at 5 p.m. Of the submissions, five chefs will be chosen over the weekend to compete in a Top Chef style cooking competition on April 3rd here in Philadelphia at a secret location. The winner will have the opportunity to flex their culinary skills by preparing a dinner for The Roots and several special guests. Get ready, set, cook! Insider tip: For some added help in this challenge, check out what ?uestlove’s top Philly food picks are here. ?uestlove at the 2010 Roots Picnic(Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)last_img read more