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Scorpions skipper highlights Sabina drainage

first_img POCKETS OF WATER According to the 34-year-old, who was appointed to lead the team at the start of the season, since preseason, preparation started in August, there had been pockets of water on the surface of the field whenever it rained and this was due to improper drainage. This, he said, was subsequently discussed and it was widely believed that if there were to be heavy rain before or during matches, it could seriously affect the outcome. “There were signs during preseason during preparations that if it rained heavily, there could be problems,” Miller outlined. “It, therefore, comes as little surprise to us that since the Windwards game, there has been lengthy delays whenever there is a downpour. “I don’t know where it has gone wrong, as last year, we had rain and we did not have these sort of long delays.” He continued: “I don’t know if it is the football that has been playing at the ground. I cannot say as I am not a professional in that area.” Meanwhile, the Jamaica Cricket Association, who, along with Kingston Cricket Club, through Sabina Park Holdings, owns the venue, said it was aware that there could be a drainage problem. However, according to O’Neil Cruickshank, the operations manager of the JCA, there has been no official assessment of the problem. “There is an acknowledgement that there could be a problem with the drainage system, but we cannot say what it is as that is a technical matter,” stated Cruickshank. “All we can say is that we have been having delays during games and we have had situations like this before where we have had heavy, heavy showers and in 20 to 30 minutes we are playing.” It was also outlined by Cruickshank that in light of the developments, an assessment report is to be done with plans to address the situation from a technical point of view during upcoming breaks in the season. Play is now scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. over the next three days of the match to make up for some of the time lost. Jamaica Scorpions captain Nikita Miller believes play could have taken place on yesterday’s first day of their rain-affected third-round Digicel Regional Four-day Championship fixture against leaders Barbados Pride at Sabina Park if the venue had a better drainage system. Play was called off at approximately 2:30 p.m. when the umpires ruled that the ground was unfit for play due to overnight and early morning rain. However, as was the case in the second-round clash between the Jamaica and Windwards Volcanoes last weekend at the venue, where rain prevented play for most of the first day, many felt that had the venue’s waterdrainage system been working properly, there could have been play. “I think the maintenance of the ground needs some urgent work,” said Miller when asked to assess the premature end to day one. “You cannot do anything about the rain, but what you can do is to get your ground ready, and I don’t think our ground is that ready.”last_img read more

Independence float parade to move off from Stabroek Square

first_imgThe Jubilee Float Parade set for Independence Day has seen a modification to its route as the National Commemoration Commission has announced that floats taking part in the event will now assemble at the Stabroek Market Square as opposed to Church Street.The Commission had sent out the advisory notifying those who are set to have their costume bands feature at the float parade that they will now be required to gather at the Stabroek Market Square after which the floats will move off East along Brickdam into the D’Urban Park.This is opposed to the recently adjusted route where costumes bands were assembling at the usual junction of Church and Camp Streets, after which they would’ve proceeded west along Church Street to Avenue of the Republic, south into Brickdam and then east along Brickdam, into D’Urban Park.Nonetheless, the provisions remain the same as it relates to students from schools along the route being relocated to other centres to sit their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) on Independence Day.This float parade is anticipated to be the largest ever as it marks Guyana’s 50th anniversary as an independent nation.As a result of placing emphasis on this celebration, the usual Republic Day Float Parade had been postponed.Thus far, it has been reported that a number of ministries and private and public organisations, have gotten on board in having their floats be part of the grand celebration. With just two days to go, final touches are being made to the floats to have them ready for the road.Overseas support has been flowing as a number of persons from the Diaspora as well as tourists are flying into Guyana to be part of the monumental event. A number of activities to observe the celebration have occurred, but most persons are anticipating the Jubilee Float Parade set for Thursday.last_img read more

18 fantastic pictures from British football in the 80s

first_img Trevor Francis at home in Italy 18 Ryan Giggs the schoolboy John Barnes liked his shorts to be short! Some light reading for Tottenham’s Glenn Hoddle 18 Diego Maradona donning a Spurs kit for Ossie Ardiles’ testimonial at White Hart Lane 18 Chas & Dave at White Hart Lane with Keith Burkinshaw in 1984 18 Peter Taylor and Brian Clough, a very successful combo – Brian Clough, Man City players celebrate in the team bath after earning promotion to Division One getty Yes, that’s Aston Villa with the European Cup 18 18 18 Vinnie Jones with the 1988 FA Cup after Wimbledon beat Liverpool 18 18 18 Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas in classic 80s pose – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more great pictures from British football in the 1980s 18 Merry Christmas!Pass the time until dinner by checking out these retro pics. Charlie Nicholas and Ian Rush Bob Paisely salutes the Liverpool fans having won the league for final time as manager 18 Mark Hughes poses in Bayern Munich colours Kevin Keegan with the dogs 18 18 18 18 Paul Allen was an FA Cup winner at the age of 17 Mark Hughes and Gary Lineker, two of Britain’s finest strikers in the 80s, in Barcelona colours – Lineker had a significantly better time in Catalonia than Hughes getty Man United player Alan Brazil 18 18last_img read more

Chelsea considering summer move for £22m-rated Barcelona star

first_imgChelsea are considering a bid for out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan.The Turkey international, who only signed for Barca last summer, is set to leave the Nou Camp after being told by manager Luis Enrique that he is surplus to requirements.Arsenal were thought to be lining up a bid for Turan, having expressed an interest in him before he signed for Barca, but they have no need for another holding midfielder following the capture of Granit Xhaka.According to Sport, Chelsea are planning to make contact with the Catalan club to see how much the 29-year-old will cost before deciding on whether to lodge a bid. However, it is understood that Barca will accept a fee of around £22million.Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are also interested in bringing Turan back to his homeland but for the moment it appears that Chelsea are leading the chase to land him. 1 Arda Turan is expected to leave Barcelona this summer last_img read more

Meet the Donegal finalists in Ireland’s Talent Search

first_imgThe grand final for Ireland’s Talent Search is set to take place tomorrow evening at the lavish Hilton Hotel in Dublin.The winner of the prestigious competition will walk away with €2,000 and an appearance on national television.Donegal will be very well represented in the final with magician Dylan Murray, and vocalists Lauren Friel-Gormley and Frankie taking part.  Magician Dylan Murray astounding judges with his highly skilled sleight of hand tricks and illusions. Dylan, the reigning winner of Derry’s Got Talent, said “I have a few new tricks put together, I think I’m going to do two card tricks, along with psychological magic.”As part of his semi-final performance, Dylan performed a trick involving psychological magic and has a huge prediction up his sleeve to reveal in the final.“The judges loved my audition, they were amazed. It’s a celebrity panel of judges for the final! I have something big planned for it. Roll on the final! I’m really excited for it!”  11 year old Lauren Friel Gormley, who is a pupil at St. Mary’s National School in Ramelton, made it through to the final after wowwing judges with her unbelievable vocal skills.Lauren Friel Gormley Letterkenny lady Frankie is also through to the final of Ireland’s Talent Search, as well as Teenstars Ireland’s prestigious singing competition! She is planning on singing Fight Song by Rachel Platten and Dog Days are Over by Florence and The Machine.A busy girl, Frankie is also currently working very hard to perfect her Irish dancing for the Ulster Championship this weekend, and then must set her sights on focusing on her Jiu Jitsu grades next month.Frankie Good luck to all involved tomorrow!Meet the Donegal finalists in Ireland’s Talent Search was last modified: November 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Dylan Murrayfrankieirelands talent searchlauren friel gormleylast_img read more

Newcastle fans have found a way to infuriate Mike Ashley – and it’s genius

first_img 3 Newcastle fans have been urging others to boycott the sportwear giant for years over Ashley’s ownership.Some have even accused Ashley of misleading fans and ‘stealing’ club revenue by apparently turning the official club shop at St James’ Park into a Sports Direct store, with some taking their grievance to Newcastle City Council. Newcastle United fans have come up with a genius way to infuriate chairman Mike Ashley.The Toon army have fiercely protested against the retail giant’s ownership, incensed over his lack of spending in the transfer market and accusing him of ‘killing’ their beloved Magpies. This link is fully operational and appears to annoy Mike Ashley. Why not RT it and annoy him some more #AshleyOut #IfRafaGoesWeGo— Michael Martin (@tfMichael1892) August 7, 2018 Magpies supporters yearn to compete for silverware again and, with Champions League winner Rafael Benitez in charge, many supporters believe they have the perfect coach to do just that.And yet the manager has been faced with frustration after frustration since his appointment in 2016, as he finds himself restricted by the lack of funds being made available to him.Newcastle were an exception to the rule in a big-spending summer transfer window in the Premier League.Of all the top flight clubs in England, 11 of them broke their transfer record this summer.Meanwhile, the Magpies’ record transfer fee remains the £16million they paid to sign Michael Owen from Real Madrid in 2005 – and that was before Ashley was in charge. And it appears enough is enough for Newcastle fans, who have found a new way to display their loathing for Ashley – by sabotaging his billion-pound business.Supporters are sharing a website – – which encourages people to find alternative shops to purchase sportswear, rather than Ashley-owned Sports Direct. 3 3 Discussions about the “Official Club Shop” at #NUFC and whether or not it’s just a rebranded SD store. We’ve been sent this response from Newcastle City Council from someone asking if this is the case and whether it’s misleading fans. #IfRafaGoesWeGo #UnitedAgainstAshley— If Rafa Goes We Go (@IfRafaGoesWeGo) August 16, 2018last_img read more

Not sure i will stay Express head coach, Shafic Bisaso

first_img Tags: Alfred LekuAzam UPLExpress FCshafic bisasotop Bosaso is not sure he will still be at Express come next seasonExpress lived it so late, until the final day of the season in order to secure their status as a Uganda Premier League team next season.Striker Alfred Leku scored the only goal of the game as the Red Eagles defeated then relegation rivals Masavu FC 1-0 at the Fisheries Institute Grounds in Bugonga on Friday.Speaking about the game and whole season, head coach Shafic Bisaso highlighted the fact that such a situation Express found them selves in, should be avoided in future.“I am so delighted that we have finally beat off relegation and stayed in the top tier.“Today is not about me but about Express FC, one of the traditional big teams in the country.“We want into the Masavu game wanting to win and God has enabled us achieve exactly that.“It is such a pity that we put out selves in the situation but happy we have overcome it our selves.“When you look at the football we have played while in the drop zone, i don’t think it was that bad but to avoid such a situation in future, a lot has to improve a lot in different sectors.“We were in a situation where we had no quality players and the good ones we had, couldn’t hold into them.“The foundation and feeder under age groups need to be improved so as not only Express but all top tier teams have a good academy from which to pick and develop young talent.Bisaso wants an improvement in development of football structuresOn what he told the players at half time, knowing that Proline was leading one the other game which meant that the Red Eagles required three clear goals to stay up.“I want into the dressing room and reminded them for whom they played for.“I emphasised that Express is a huge team and could not be relegated but above all, told them not to concede as it would make matter more complicated.On striker Alfred Leku, who had not scored all season but started the most important game in the clubs’ history.“Leku is not that clinical a striker that he would give you a goal week in and out.“But he is the sort of player who has a big mentality and is not easily intimidated by pressure.“I put him in from the start because i believe he is one player who can dig you out of a hole and that is exactly what he did, scoring the goal that kept us up.On his general assessment I how the league has unfolded.“It has been one of the most competitive seasons in the history of Ugandan football.“The trophy was won in the very last day and no one had been relegated till final whistle.“When you look at the teams, each had the capacity to win games especially at home.“I would attribute that to the fact that everyone prepared well before and during the season.“If that continues, a are poised for greater things in future as a country but like i said earlier, the foundation at every club should be strong.On Express’s season:“We put our selves in a dangerous situation that suggested that we would be fighting relegation all season.“It should not be happening but to avoid it, a must learn from our mistakes throughout the season so as in future, they are not repeated.On his future at the club, the former Soana coach had this to say.“I am not certain that i will be Express coach next season because a lot has to be considered but everyone will all know the truth very soon.Express ended the season in 13th position out of the 16 team league table.With a tally of 31 points, they finished two points above UPDF who lost 4-1 to eventual champions Vipers, despite taking the lead early in the first half.Proline who surrendered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at home to URA finished second bottom with 28 points, two ahead of Masavu.Vipers won their first league title in three years while KCCA FC who had won the last two championships finished second after drawing 2-2 in their final game away to Police.The teams from Big league that will replace the three relegated will be Ndejje University, Nyamityobora FC and Paidah Black Angles.Comments last_img read more

Sheep shearing champion Aaron Magee brings the gold back to Donegal

first_imgAaron Magee has brought the gold back to Donegal after competing in the sheep shearing competition at the prestigious Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh. Raphoe man Aaron took part in the huge event which attracts shearers from across Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.He explained to Donegal Daily that his father Mark Magee has been sheep shearing for 25 years, and taught Aaron when he was just 14, 4 years ago. Against 32 of the world’s top shearers, Aaron battled it out by shearing 3 sheep in the heat and 4 in the semi-final.In the final, Aaron battled it out and sheared four sheep in four and a half minutes in the junior category while his dad competed in the open category.Aaron came in first place and is absolutely ecstatic about the result.Aaron explained that it all comes down to ‘shear’ luck and practice, as you’re judged on speed and cleanliness of the shear. Living on a sheep farm, Aaron gets plenty of practice before his competitions.A busy man, Aaron has also recently competed in the All-Ireland Sheep Shearing competition and won that too! Dad Mark has also competed for Ireland in the Six Nations Team.Sheep shearing champion Aaron Magee brings the gold back to Donegal was last modified: June 30th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:aaron mageeEdinburghRaphoeROYAL HIGHLAND SHOWsheep shearinglast_img read more

Michael McGrath fund passes €90K as he prepares to fly to Austria

first_imgThe Michael McGrath fund has surpassed the €90,000 mark after just four days of fundraising on his Go Fund Me page.The public’s response has been nothing short of magnificent for the 40-year-old who has been diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer.The married father of one from Letterkenny is pinning his hopes on groundbreaking Immunotherapy treatment which costs €150,000. Michael, a teacher based in Dublin, will fly to Vienna tomorrow with sisters Mary and Bernadette for his first round of treatment which will last for two weeks.A fundraising committee was last night set up in a bid to ensure the remainder of the money needed is raised.If you want to contribute to Michael’s fund please see McGrath fund passes €90K as he prepares to fly to Austria was last modified: December 8th, 2017 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:Donegal. cancerfundraisingmichael mcgrathViennalast_img read more

Half-time: Fulham 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1

first_imgFulham trailed at the break to a well-worked 10th-minute goal by Fernando Forestieri.The Italian striker swept a low right-footed shot in off the far post after fine build-up play around the edge of the box involving Barry Bannan and Gary Hooper.Fulham had started brightly but were left shaken by the goal and struggled to get going in the final third.Their best chance of the half came from a Stefan Johansen corner, but Kevin McDonald sent a powerful header over the bar.Fulham were fortunate to survive when Gary Hooper slid the ball past the far post with just the keeper to beat, before Forestieri slashed an effort wide.Whites boss Slavisa Jokanovic selected the same team for the third game in a row, having beaten Huddersfield and Brentford.Fulham: Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Sigurdsson, Malone; Johansen, McDonald; Cairney, Aluko, Piazon; Martin.Subs: Bettinelli, Odoi, Ream, Sessegnon, Parker, Ayite, Smith.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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