Voodoo Priest to Curse Germany against Brazil

first_imgWhoever thought Ghanaian Fetish Priest Kwaku Bonsam was a mad man when he credited a Ronaldo injury to the powers of his Ghanaian god must be amuzed with the latest news coming out of Brazil.Just after Priest Bonsam took credit for Ronaldo’s injury, the Portuguese recovered enough to even score his country’s second goal in their 2-1 victory against the Black Stars.But then it is interesting that wherever Africans are resided, whether in the jungles of South America or the Amazon of Brazil, the distance hardly matters. In African communities, many of the diseases that Western medicine has cured are still attributed to witchcraft on the part of relatives.The latest information from Brazil is that as Germany prepares to take on host, Brazil in their semi-final match in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a local voodoo priest, Helio Sillman, has announced he has been working to curse the Germans so that his country, Brazil can xxzxzqwin the encounter today in Belo Horizonte.Sillman, according to a report by the AFP is against one of the leading scorers on the German team. AFP also reported that Sillman has performed his ritual before every game that Brazil has played so far.”I’ll take their top player and bind his legs so he can’t run on the pitch,” said Sillman, referring to the voodoo doll of an undisclosed German player that will be cursed in a ceremony before the game.In his shop ‘World of Orixas’ in the northern neighborhood of Madureira, Sillman carries out a ritual before each Selecao game.Using a small football pitch-shaped box as his alter, he puts inside lit candles in the colors of the opposing team and the voodoo doll of their most important player.Interestingly, it is worth noting that Sillman’s work didn’t protect Neymar from suffering a back injury against Colombia.Additionally, Sillman’s target in the Colombia game, James Rodriguez, scored a goal and was one of the game’s key players in the World Cup quarter-final, even if Brazil managed to pull off the victory.The other semi-final match is tomorrow between Netherlands and Argentina in Sao Paolo at Arena de Sao Paolo. The two losers will clash on July 12 in Brasília at the Estado Nacional before the winners will clash on July 13 in Brasilia at the Maracana Stadium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Security officer, 2 others charged, remanded

first_imgThe three suspects who were allegedly involved in the brazen Ramada Princess Hotel Casino robbery andAndre Blackmanshoot-out were remanded to prison after appearing in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Wayne Griffith, 29, a vendor, Julius Stewart, 30, and Andre Blackman, 35, the security guard attached to the security firm owned by the Virtual complainants were not required to plea to the indictable charge which stated that on April 29 at Providence, East Bank Demerara, being armed with guns, they robbed Daniel Ronald and Alfia Ramadar of $8.5 million.According to Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones, the files for the case are still to be completed. He objected to bail based on the gravity of the charge and its stiff penalty and the fact that weapons were used to carry out the crime.The prosecutor added that further charges are to be laid against the men, including attempted murder.Attorney George Thomas in his submissions to the court said Griffith and Blackman were physically abused while they were being held in the Providence Police Station. He also claimed that the men were denied the right to seek medical attention.Thomas also told the court his client Blackman hasn’t made any written nor oral statements to the police. He requested reasonable bail be granted.Two of the suspects are also said to have similar matters in court. His submissions were overruled by Magistrate McLennan and the three men were remanded to prison.The case will continue on May 20.last_img read more

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No feasibility study, consultations carried out for delayed Mabaruma solar farm – Chairman

first_img– as GEA says project to be complete by this year endIt was supposed to have been commissioned since last year, but with its completion date revised to 2019, questions are being raised over how well planned and effective the Mabaruma solar farm will be.Region One Chairman Brentnol AshleyAn image of the solar farmIn an interview with Guyana Times, Region One Chairman Brentnol Ashley noted that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is unaware of any feasibility study having been done for the project, nor could he recall any substantive consultations with the community on the project.“A team would have visited my office as Regional Chairman and they would have related that they are there to seek the support of the RDC for the land space to construct the farm, because a farm was placed in the budget and an allocation was approved. So they asked for support in that manner, which we supported fully.”“Thereafter, there was no proper feedback or updates on what was happening at the farm, at the level of the RDC. It should have been commissioned since last year. But every time we’re hearing, in the next three months, in the next six months. And there’s no proper information being provided in writing or orally to the RDC.”While questions remain over exactly how the project was conceived, Ashley noted that from his enquiries, the project also has technical issues. According to the Chairman, there are challenges that include the storing of the solar energy, among other things.“We know they have a serious problem with compatibility. We are aware because the generator sets we have, were not constructed to deal with the eventuality of having such a project on board. We’re grateful for the project, but we’re concerned that hundreds of millions would have been spent but it will not provide the services it should to the people.”“Whatever project is being done by Government, any entity within a particular region, the RDC should receive a copy of the contractual agreement and the bills of quantity of that particular project, so we can help in the monitoring of that particular project while its being done. But we don’t have any such documentation. We’re at a loss when it comes to that.”Meanwhile, Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) head, Dr Mahender Sharma, who was at the time speaking at the Turkeyen and Tain talks, revealed that the project is expected to come on stream by this year end.“By the end of this year we would have installed more than five megawatts of new solar, on the rooftops of Government buildings and some hinterland locations and one of our first solar farms in Mabaruma.”However, Sharma alluded to the technical challenges that can be faced when looking to harness solar energy.“Five megawatts is a huge number in just a few years. But what’s wrong with solar? It’s not continuous. You engineers will tell you it’s not dispatchable. Its only there for a few hours and to capture it requires quote a bit of technology. You have to find a way to store it. And batteries are a big problem. They are still very expensive.”last_img read more

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Shando Goddard takes 2013 Lone Wolf Open in two hole playoff

first_imgGoddard shot a 75 on Saturday, and a solid 70 on Sunday to force the playoff, while Eggers shot 74, and 71 over the weekend. Spencer Gardner took third place with his 151 (75, 76).Troy Knight finished fourth. He scored 152 over the weekend (78, 74), Rich Hosker also shot a 152 (76, 76), while Stefan Brandmann finished sixth with his 157 (83, 74).Burke Lauder shot 158 (82, 76) for seventh place, John Telford took eighth place with a 159 (70, 80), ninth went to Lee Hunt with a 160 (80, 80), and rounding out the top 10 finishers was Chris Ramstead as he shot a 160 as well (77, 83).- Advertisement –last_img

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RESULTS AND PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE LIFFORD 5K

first_imgThe first three women finishers at the Lifford 5k Road Race were l./r.: Jackie Mc Ginley of Spartans 2nd, Natasha Adams of Lifford AC 1st and Catherine Doohan of Finn Valley 3rd Pic GARY FOYTHERE was a super-fast 5k hosted by Lifford AC in the town last night, with no less than seven runners finishing with 15-minute times.Freddie Eron from Derry won the race in 15:17. Foyle Valley’s Keith Shields was runner-up with Finn Valley’s Gerard Gallagher in third place.All the results are below:   PlaceNameTeamBib NoCategoryTimeMile Pace1Freddie EronCity of Derry Spartans AC135MO15:17.794:56/M2Keith ShieldsFoyle Valley AC170MO15:20.644:57/M3Gerard GallagherFinn Valley AC44MO15:37.035:02/M4Gary SlevinCity of Derry Spartans AC159MO15:48.395:06/M5Pauric McKinneyInishowen AC22M4515:52.035:07/M6Colin RobertsCity of Derry Spartans AC134M4015:58.395:09/M7Patrick Hynes FoyFinn Valley AC154MO15:58.905:09/M8Aidan Callaghan24/7 Triathlon Club205MO16:05.715:11/M9James BrownCity of Derry Spartans AC158M4016:07.245:12/M10Chris McGuinnessFoyle Valley AC133MO16:08.185:12/M11Sean McGettiganFinn Valley AC173MO16:25.655:18/M12Pierce McCullaghSperrin Harriers AC1MO16:51.855:26/M13Daniel HanniganLifford AC216MO16:52.865:26/M14Conor DohertyCity of Derry Spartans AC255MJ16:56.285:28/M15Kieran CrawfordLetterkenny AC238MO17:00.755:29/M16Shane Ward190MO17:08.165:32/M17Frank Chaney79M4517:10.685:32/M18Noel DiverRosses AC10MO17:27.025:38/M19Brian CrossanLK Kickboxing194MO17:29.545:38/M20Gerard BogleUHC63M4517:29.785:38/M21James CrossanLifford AC261MO17:31.295:39/M22Michael MurphyCity of Derry Spartans AC197MO17:35.305:40/M23Bill DuncanLifford AC169M4517:36.085:41/M24Natasha AdamsLifford AC56FO17:38.045:41/M25Paddy McDaidLetterkenny AC126MO17:38.775:41/M26Liam DohertyCranford AC156MO17:40.805:42/M27Liam Murray111MO17:43.215:43/M28Raymond BirchLetterkenny AC76MO17:47.175:44/M29Paul SlavinFoyle Valley AC198MO17:56.815:47/M30Gareth KerriganMilford AC157MO17:58.035:48/M31Gerry McMonagleLetterkenny AC153M5018:00.465:48/M32Marcus McClintockLetterkenny AC183M4018:01.825:49/M33Paul Doherty24/7 Triathlon Club206MO18:03.095:49/M34John Matthews26.2 RRC14M4018:05.255:50/M35Barry Coyle87MO18:12.435:52/M36PJ BoyceCranford AC270M4018:15.735:53/M37Niall BarryLetterkenny AC180MO18:16.595:54/M38John O’Doherty187MO18:25.725:56/M39Hugh DuffyCranford AC188MO18:26.125:57/M40Darren WallaceFoyle Valley AC182MO18:29.565:58/M41Declan McCarthyCity of Derry Spartans AC12M5018:31.815:58/M42Patrick PenroseFinn Valley AC249MJ18:35.376:00/M43Dermot ConnollyCity of Derry Spartans AC168M5018:36.386:00/M44Kevin HarkinLifford AC204MO18:37.406:00/M45Richard McCarthyTír Chónaill AC13M5018:39.486:01/M46Gary GallagherLifford AC229MO18:39.816:01/M47Colin McNallyDundee Hawkhill Harriers36M4018:43.046:02/M48Darren Price55MO18:43.336:02/M49Gerard Devine211MO18:44.076:03/M50Ciaran O’DonnellLetterkenny AC178M4018:45.446:03/M51Peter LilburnCity of Derry Spartans AC29M5518:53.136:05/M52Kevin McMenaminLifford AC32MO18:57.306:07/M53Jack McBrideFinn Valley AC259MJ19:11.586:11/M54David GordonLetterkenny AC202MJ19:11.866:11/M55Paddy Donaghey160M5519:13.946:12/M56Paddy WardLetterkenny AC132M5519:16.226:13/M57Kealan McDermott172MJ19:17.356:13/M58Warren BlackburnConvoy236MO19:17.466:13/M59Mark ConnollyFinn Valley AC140M5019:19.216:14/M60Michael PenroseFinn Valley AC163M4519:24.076:15/M61Barry McLaughlin272MJ19:24.906:15/M62Kieran CoyleOlympian AC25M4019:28.146:17/M63Martin DunleavyFoyle Valley AC196M4519:30.896:17/M64Tony GallagherFinn Valley AC143M4519:31.496:18/M65Brian BradleyGortin167M4519:37.216:20/M66Jackie McGinleyCity of Derry Spartans AC148F4019:37.256:20/M67Aron Cole141M4019:37.946:20/M68Catherine DooherFinn Valley AC171FO19:38.266:20/M69Curly Coyle257MO19:39.296:20/M70Kevin TonerLetterkenny AC46M6019:40.066:21/M71Thomas Mullen JnrLifford AC100MJ19:41.986:21/M72Paul CosgroveLetterkenny AC162M4519:43.996:22/M73Seamus Nallen234MO19:48.866:23/M74Michael CollinsInishowen AC89M4519:49.876:24/M75Charlie SweeneyLetterkenny AC215MO19:51.956:24/M76Charlie O’DonnellLetterkenny AC207MO19:54.956:25/M77Noeleen PorterFinn Valley AC200F4519:59.926:27/M78Joe CarlinFinn Valley AC174M4519:59.986:27/M79Conor Gallagher96MO20:00.636:27/M80Cathal Morrison210M4020:03.026:28/M81Malcolm McCauslandLifford AC127M5520:03.636:28/M82Michael GallagherFoyle Valley AC35M5020:08.166:30/M83Marty ForkerRosses AC115M4020:13.736:31/M84Stephen BurnsLifford AC37MO20:19.956:33/M85Gerard MullenLetterkenny AC179M4020:24.456:35/M86Alan Catterson244M4020:24.626:35/M87Sean O’LearyFinn Valley AC59M5020:25.406:35/M88Richard RaymondLetterkenny AC161M5520:26.216:35/M89Christopher McNulty228MO20:31.376:37/M90Jason Ward137MO20:32.976:37/M91Michael McNulty139M4020:36.576:39/M92Hugh Ferry116MO20:40.386:40/M93Paddy GallagherLifford AC122M4020:43.176:41/M94Paul Mayse268MO20:48.186:43/M95Marie BoyleLetterkenny AC151FO20:49.346:43/M96Josh Ward146MO20:49.946:43/M97Kathleen McNultyFinn Valley AC209FO20:54.646:45/M98Declan CarlinFinn Valley AC23M4020:55.696:45/M99Catherine Gibbons145FO20:57.626:45/M100Noreen BonnerFinn Valley AC31F5520:58.956:46/M101Michael Murphy245MO21:00.136:46/M102Gabriel O’Leary256MO21:00.626:46/M103Patrick Brennan252MO21:05.926:48/M104Jane McGinleyLetterkenny AC150FO21:09.656:49/M105Declan McHugh27MO21:13.106:51/M106Ciara FraserCity of Derry Spartans AC144FO21:14.376:51/M107Noel Kilpatrick88MO21:22.316:54/M108Charlene McIntyre138FO21:22.906:54/M109Wilson CraigLifford AC213MJ21:23.286:54/M110Paula McGillowayCity of Derry Spartans AC147F4521:25.216:55/M111Hugh GallagherLetterkenny AC152M5521:25.666:55/M112Fionntan MooreLifford AC75MJ21:27.926:55/M113Laura Lee PenroseFinn Valley AC250FJ21:28.946:55/M114Janeen LeeseCity of Derry Spartans AC104FO21:29.386:56/M115Ita KellyOmagh Harriers AC103F4021:31.256:56/M116Shane Keaveney230MO21:40.716:59/M117Anthony Murray112M6021:41.617:00/M118Leoni CookeLifford AC175FO21:42.237:00/M119Sharon BlackLetterkenny AC62FO21:42.587:00/M120Liam GordonLetterkenny AC203MO21:44.547:01/M121Owen J CoyleRosses AC67M5521:50.527:03/M122Mary HippsleyFinn Valley AC58F4521:53.267:04/M123Colm Og McSorley11MO21:59.387:05/M124Eugene McGinley219M4522:16.297:11/M125Camilla McGranaghanCity of Derry Spartans AC201FO22:18.997:12/M126Shannon CraigLifford AC212FJ22:25.207:14/M127Marie HarperFinn Valley AC91FO22:28.227:15/M128James McCauley227MO22:31.917:16/M129Conor Foley7MO22:33.027:16/M130Philip Browne82MO22:40.087:19/M131Darren McCreary81MO22:42.637:19/M132Eugene McGinley20M4522:42.797:19/M133Sean McMenaminFinn Valley AC208M5022:43.857:20/M134Stephen McPhilemy267M5022:45.117:20/M135Danny BurnsLifford AC42M6022:45.387:20/M136Jackie HarveyTír Chónaill AC155F5022:48.047:21/M137Keiron Tourish71M4522:50.877:22/M138Liam HarteLifford AC77M5022:53.227:23/M139Shaun O’Donnell218M5022:58.117:25/M140Ciaran DohertyUHC64MO22:59.147:25/M141Iggy Houston86M4523:01.247:25/M142Chris Ashmore118M4523:02.537:26/M143Gloria DonagheyFinn Valley AC224F5023:03.407:26/M144Catherine HribarCity of Derry Spartans AC181FO23:11.707:29/M145Joe McNulty84M4023:12.957:29/M146Seamus Byrne231MO23:19.867:31/M147Eimear Gallen21FO23:20.367:32/M148Brigeen CanavanCity of Derry Spartans AC19F4523:21.747:32/M149Samantha WilkinsonFinn Valley AC262F4023:22.767:32/M150Grainne KearnsCity of Derry Spartans AC149FO23:24.097:33/M151Brendan McElhinney237MO23:25.317:33/M152John McDermott123MO23:26.917:34/M153Evelyn McGeehinFinn Valley AC226F4523:28.957:34/M154Manus QuinnLifford AC248M5023:29.307:35/M155Declan McCallionLifford AC49M4523:34.297:36/M156Joe GallenLifford AC73M5523:34.357:36/M157Caroline McCurdyLifford AC166F4023:46.327:40/M158Paul McCrory243M4523:53.137:42/M159Sinead KennyFinn Valley AC33FO23:54.767:43/M160Darren McGillion97MO23:55.647:43/M161Roisin LogueLifford AC106FO23:55.727:43/M162Damien Moore74M4024:00.167:45/M163Arlene McDermott101FO24:01.927:45/M164Rosemarie DevenneyLifford AC239FO24:02.657:45/M165Carmel HoynesLifford AC52F4024:03.627:45/M166Rachel Crossan193FO24:04.697:46/M167Gerry Dunnion258MO24:09.757:47/M168Andy StewartLetterkenny AC131MO24:12.437:48/M169Barry Tinney235MO24:17.447:50/M170Paddy TourishLifford AC136M5024:21.447:51/M171Sharon HamiltonFinn Valley AC189FO24:29.177:54/M172Liam DalyLifford AC54M5024:30.267:54/M173Madeline PenroseFinn Valley AC164FO24:32.537:55/M174David Payne142MO24:33.637:55/M175Lorraine McCreary80FO24:38.187:57/M176Carl HoustonCastlefinn Running Club93M4524:40.827:57/M177Adrian Devine38MO24:42.627:58/M178Mark Browne184MJ24:50.128:01/M179Orla Nallen233FO24:50.348:01/M180John CraigLifford AC214MO25:00.758:04/M181Mark Gildea241MO25:01.418:04/M182Bernie McMenaminFinn Valley AC271FO25:03.598:05/M183Eilish McClafferty185FO25:04.798:05/M184Eithne Cox186FO25:09.578:07/M185Francesca Patton240FO25:13.528:08/M186Anthea HegartyLifford AC57FO25:16.928:09/M187Alison Stoddart78FO25:19.608:10/M188Gary Porter225M4525:21.118:11/M189Fintan O’HaganCastlefinn Running Club114M4025:22.308:11/M190Ursula CoyleLifford AC90F4525:26.648:12/M191Damian Doherty253MO25:27.998:13/M192Barry DuffyFinn Valley AC260M4025:50.918:20/M193Stephen Roarty246MO25:54.788:21/M194Thomas MullenLifford AC98MO25:56.928:22/M195Sharon CarlinLifford AC48F4026:00.678:23/M196Paul Gallagher124MO26:06.438:25/M197Rhonda PorterLifford AC221FO26:32.638:34/M198Julie Devine69F4026:34.108:34/M199Sinead Donaghey68F4026:34.148:34/M200Cora HarveyFinn Valley AC24FO26:40.868:36/M201Mary MullenLifford AC99FO26:42.148:37/M202Eileen Morning232F4026:43.458:37/M203Paula JansenFinn Valley AC15FO26:52.428:40/M204Colin Boyle105M4026:59.628:42/M205Roisin KerriganLifford AC41FO27:04.808:44/M206Emma BatesFinn Valley AC192FO27:09.188:45/M207Jimmy Gildea242M4027:14.828:47/M208Emma McLaughlin110FO27:22.568:50/M209Sean Doherty130M4027:26.018:51/M210Martin CrawfordUHC66MO27:35.878:54/M211Kevin LynchLifford AC121M5027:36.938:54/M212Ian Crawford254MO27:40.218:55/M213Tommy McHughLifford AC129M5527:53.489:00/M214Darren Gallagher30MO28:05.029:04/M215Marie GallagherFinn Valley AC220FO28:13.519:06/M216Linda Macbeth217FO28:20.569:08/M217Nicola KeeFinn Valley AC263FO28:21.949:09/M218Karen Petterson109F5028:35.959:13/M219Gerry CrawfordLifford AC28M5528:48.899:17/M220Anne LynchLifford AC120F5028:57.219:20/M221David Devlin4M4029:05.479:23/M222Donna McCrory108FO29:14.889:26/M223Clement ClarkeLifford AC251M5529:16.799:26/M224Rosemary BoggsLifford AC94F5029:19.929:27/M225Karen Porter222FO29:23.679:29/M226David Montieth266MO29:26.209:30/M227Berni Campbell16FO29:32.009:32/M228Laura McNamee223FO29:37.049:33/M229James Campbell17M4529:41.029:35/M230Joleen McHugh70FO29:55.559:39/M231Michael McHale5MO29:59.199:40/M232Michelle HoustonLifford AC95FO30:37.479:53/M233Ann Graham107FO30:37.669:53/M234Michelle RouseLifford AC8FO31:10.5910:03/M235Elaine McGinleyLifford AC191F4031:10.6110:03/M236Catherine MortimerLifford AC269FO31:17.7210:05/M237Majella Quigley176F4031:23.8710:07/M238Joseph Neeson177M4531:24.3510:08/M239Linda Lafferty265FO31:42.3410:14/M240Janine Sayers264FO31:43.7010:14/M241Grainne RiceLifford AC39F4032:48.2010:35/M242Lean Lynch6FO33:16.9210:44/M243Martina LynchLifford AC53F4033:59.0910:58/M244Una Gallagher247FO34:21.7911:05/M245Betty BurnsLifford AC43F6034:35.9711:09/M246Joan ColhounLifford AC165F5034:42.8211:12/M247Jennifer GallagherLifford AC40FO34:54.8511:15/M248Joan McHughLifford AC128F5040:35.0413:05/M249Joseph McCarthyFoyle Valley AC125M5041:16.5913:19/M The first three men home in the Lifford 5k Road Race on Friday evening were l./r.: Keith Shiels of Foyle Valley2nd, Freddie Keron Sittak of Kenya1st and Gerard Gallagher of Finn Valley 3rd PIC GARY FOY   Spartans AC from Derry who took part in the Lifford 5k Road Race Pic GARY FOYMembers of Finn Valley AC who took part in the Lifford 5k Road Race on Friday evening – Pic GARY FOYLetterkenny AC runners who competed in the Lifford 5k Road Race PIC GARY FOYPauric Mc Kinney, Patrick Heinz-Foy and Dean Toland are among this group at the start of the Lifford 5K – GARY FOY PICTURES         RESULTS AND PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE LIFFORD 5K was last modified: June 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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 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SOCCER: FANAD AND THE TIGERS IN THRILLING ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE WINS

first_imgUSL Results & Reports 13.08.13Fanad Utd. 4Swilly Rovers 3 After a long delay to the start of the match due to a referee’s mix-up the fans that hung around for this game were not to be disappointed with goals galore. The first half was a close enough encountered but Fanad led 2-0 at half time mainly due to the fact that they took their chances while Swilly failed to. Brian McVeigh scored a wonderful free kick on 35 minutes to put Fanad one up and this was soon followed by a second as Conor Mathewson played a ball over the top for Aiden Sweeney to run onto and rounded the keeper and finish coolly into an empty net. Half time 2-0. The second half burst into life as within 10 minutes of the restart the ever-lively David Edwards finished from close range following a scramble in the box. But Swilly went straight up the pitch from the restart to get one back through Laurence Toland who finished following a mix up in the home sides defense. Swilly soon found themselves right back in the game as Blain Curtis got a quick second for them. However Fanad seemed to kill the game soon after as Kyle Burke scored with his first touch of the game, finished off a move involving Mathewson, Edwards and Hassett. Swilly however fought back again and Liam O’Donnell was on hand to finish at the back post following a cross from the right. The game was looking like it was destined to end in a draw and Swilly almost got the equalizer in the last minute as Fanad gave away an indirect free kick inside the penalty box but the home defense managed to see it out to the end to win 4-3. Another result for this young Fanad side that started the game with a team of an average age of seventeen and a half years of age and finished it with a team of an average of just seventeen which goes to show you can win games with youth.Best of the visitors were L. Toland and J. Toland with McVeigh, Hassett and Edwards tireless for Fanad who also had a colossal game from Ryan McGonigle at the centre of the home sides defense.Fanad Utd.: S. Daffan, M. McBride, R. McGonigle, G. McNulty, J.McBride, K. Ryan, A. Sweeney, O. Hassett, B.McVeigh, C. Matthewson, D. Edwards, Subs, O. Shiels for M. Mcbride, K. Burke for K. Ryan and K. McElwaine for J. McBride. Swilly Rovers: Bolton, Ferry, Fisher, Hegarty, O’Donnell, J. Toland, R. Toland, L. Toland, Curtis, B.Curtis, K. Black. Subs, Dunsworth, L. O’ Donnell and McCahillRef C. McLaughlinLetterkenny Rovers 1Kildrum Tigers 2Russell Porter and Darren Cassidy netted the goals that earned Kildrum Tigers a narrow, but deserved win over Letterkenny Rovers. The Tigers struck twice inside the opening 25 minutes, but couldn’t put the game beyond Rovers’ reach. They might have been left to rue a series of missed opportunities with Rovers given a lifeline when Darren McElwaine netted a 64th minute penalty, but the hosts couldn’t find a second way through despite strong late pressure. Kildrum got a golden start when Cassidy’s teasing free kick from the right flank was headed home by Porter in the third minute. Roles reversed when Porter turned provider for their second on 25 minutes. His diagonal ball over the top played in Cassidy and he drilled a fine effort across Jason Quinn and into the far corner. New signing Kevin Barr, Barry O’Donnell and Paddy McLaughlin all had chances for Kildrum, but Maurice Toland’s side couldn’t kill the tie off. Rovers weren’t without chances, but were restricted to half-openings in the first period, the best chance falling to McElwaine whose first-time effort was saved by Michael Lynch’s legs. Neil Lloyd hit the post early in the second half, but the ex-Finn Harps man had to leave the action early after landing heavily in the 67th minute. That meant that Kildrum played the final 23 minutes with ten men. Three minutes earlier, Rovers had got a way back into it when McElwaine drilled home a penalty won by Oisin McMenamin. Rovers sensed a way back in, but despite having a series of set pieces in advanced positions they couldn’t breach Lynch a second time.Letterkenny Rovers: Quinn; K.Gorman, Minnock, Kelly, O’Donnell; McMacken, Malseed, Neeson, McGrath; McMenamin, McElwaine. Subs: Doherty for Gorman (53 mins), Gallagher for McGrath (53 mins), McPherson for O’Donnell (90 mins). Kildrum Tigers: Lynch; O’Donnell, McGinty, McLaughlin, Coll; Lloyd, Bovaird, Porter, Cassidy; Barr, Tourish. Subs: G.Crossan for Coll (58 mins), Doherty for Tourish (66 mins).Referee: C. McLaughlin.SOCCER: FANAD AND THE TIGERS IN THRILLING ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE WINS was last modified: August 14th, 2013 by John2Share 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:SOCCER: FANAD AND THE TIGERS IN THRILLING ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE WINSlast_img read more

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World Cup spirit lives on in Youth Zones

first_img2 August 2010The energy and spirit of South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup is being harnessed for sustainable social development in Africa through the Youth Zones initiative, which combines football, computer literacy and life-skills training to create an enabling environment for young people in disadvantaged communities.Youth Zones is a joint initiative of the Foundation for a Safe South Africa (FSSA), the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC), the Embassy of the Netherlands and the Institute for Democracy in Africa (Idasa).In South Africa, the programme is already running in sites where the LOC built high-level synthetic football pitches, in Mamelodi, Evaton North and Cosmo City in Gauteng province; Upington in the Northern Cape; Somerset West and East in the Western Cape; Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga; Jane Furse in Limpopo province; and Mogwase in Rustenburg, North West province.It is also running in Umzimkhulu and Mutare in neighbouring Zimbabwe, and in Manica in Mozambique.Grass-roots capacity buildingThe programme aims to build the capacity of grass-root football teams by supporting them with football equipment, coaching and organisational growth.At the same time, the computer literacy component teaches youngsters how to use computers and provides them with internet, while the life-skills component teaches communication, conflict resolution, teamwork, responsibility, health and leadership.Overall, the programme aims to create enabling environments in which young people develop self-belief and the confidence they need to take risks and be creative.Each community is encouraged to launch three small “organic” projects of their own initiative. Projects already off the ground revolve around netball, gymnastics, culture, English literacy, entrepreneurship, and combating HIV/Aids.“The challenge is to prevent those who are born into victim circumstances from becoming offenders,” says project leader Roelf Meyer of the Foundation for a Safe South Africa. “Making choice available in these circumstances can transform lives away from crime to real and legitimate opportunity. We promote safety by proactively investing in society, by stopping crime before it happens.”Friendships form the foundationProject coordinator Schalk van Heerden says Youth Zones is “not about just kicking a ball. It’s about the social relations inherent in a team, the family dynamic that provides energy, support and accountability. That’s why we use football and even netball teams to learn and become change agents in their communities.”The approach, says Van Heerden, is built on a relational model, in which friendships form the foundation for sustainable actions and programmes.Once real-life friendships have been established and computer literacy is in place, the focus shifts to a virtual community, where besides Skype, Facebook and e-mail, participants interact on the www.youthzones.co.za website.One of the members of the youth website, Nelson Veremo, says they are encouraged to blog, upload photos, chat and to share stories of hope as well as failure.“Any person can join – boys, girls from any place,” says Veremo. “It’s very interesting knowing we are not alone in our struggles and dreams.”Doctor Mabila, of the Institute for Democracy in Africa (Idasa), says participants learn practical things from one another, and that the youngsters are proud to share their stories.Mabila says they are hoping that by the time the 2014 Fifa World Cup kicks off in Brazil, the Youth Zones network will be able to showcase South Africa’s shared humanity, mutual learning and care.Other organisations and companies backing the Youth Zones initiative include Torque IT, the Kelly Group, Microsoft, Convergence Partners, SAB, ABI, Khulisa, Fevertree and Heartlines.BuaNewslast_img read more

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WEF Africa 2016: connecting Africa’s resources through digital transformation

first_imgWith Africa’s economy under pressure, the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, will look at how the continent’s technology industry can help overcome its challenges.Rwanda’s capital, Kigali will host this year’s WEF Africa. (Image: Flickr, Lori Howe)Africa’s positive economic outlook is under pressure – mainly due to adverse changes in the global economy – and is expected to remain just below 5% in 2016.As many countries in the region improve their investment climate and undertake macroeconomic policy reforms, foreign direct investment flows are expected to continue to grow, although at a slower pace.Low global prices for major commodity exports, currency devaluations and debt sustainability considerations, as well as geosecurity threats that have weakened growth in some countries underscore the urgent need for economic diversification for sustained inclusive growth.In this context, Africa’s leaders need to pursue new approaches to ignite structural transformation, particularly in the face of rapid technological changes that have the potential to create new industries and reduce inequality.Under the theme Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation, the 26th World Economic Forum on Africa, being held in Kigali, Rwanda, between 11-13 May, will bring together regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society.They will discuss digital economy catalysts that can drive radical structural transformation, strengthen public-private collaboration on key global and regional challenges, and agree on strategic actions that can deliver shared prosperity across the continent.Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, has dramatically transformed since the 1994 genocide. The country is emerging as a regional high-tech hub and boasts one of sub-Saharan Africa’s fastest GDP growth rates. It is one of the continent’s most competitive economies and a top reformer in improving the business environment.This remarkable progress showcases the country’s rapid evolution as a knowledge economy, powered by smart policies and investments. Nonetheless, further reforms and alliances are called for to accelerate development by leveraging digital transformation to expand socio-economic opportunities.South Africa will be sending a delegation to Kigali for the conference. Follow them on Twitter using #SAinKigali.last_img read more

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Lessons from the Second Successful Humble Bundle

first_imgTags:#start#tips Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts The Humble Bundle ended its second pay-what-you-want deal on Saturday. After running for just 11 days, the startup, newly backed by Y Combinator sold over $1.8 million in video games, outperforming the great success the first bundle had earlier this year. The Humble Bundle lets customers choose the price they wanted to pay – anything from a penny up – to download a package of 5 indie video games. And even though they could have paid just a cent, the average customer spent $7.83 to download the bundle. Some companies, in order to have their names listed as top contributors on the Humble Bundle site, paid several thousand dollars for the bundle. (And for those keeping score at home, Linux users again paid twice as much as Windows users – $13.76 to $6.67.) Making the Pay-What-You-Want Business Model WorkPay-what-you-want has become an interesting alternative business model online, with bands like Radiohead demonstrating that it can be an even more successful than traditional pricing. The key to success, however, may be the amount of attention you can generate for your campaign. Pay-what-you-want is often a trade-off between a making small number of full-price sales and a large number of sales at what’s likely a far lower price. One of the games in the bundle Machinarium, for example, normally sells for $20. But by being part of the Humble Bundle, certainly it sold many times more copies than normal. Of course, not everyone can generate quite the buzz of Radiohead or Humble Bundle for that matter, and a recent study pointed to another option for helping make pay-what-you-want endeavors successful: combine it with a voluntary payment to charity, and people then tend to give more. Indeed, Humble Bundle customers can flag some of the money to go towards charity – either Child’s Play or the EFF – and some of it towards a tip for the Humble Bundle itself. Venture Beat estimates that tip might’ve brought in around $90,000 for the startup’s tip jar. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Adding a BitTorrent OptionOne of the interesting decisions that the Humble Bundle made this year was to make the games available for download via BitTorrent. Bundle co-founder Jeffrey Rosen asked people why they pirated the Bundle, rather than purchasing it for a penny. Many responded that they simply wanted to be able to access the games via BitTorrent as, for example, they had a poor Internet connection and couldn’t sustain the download. So Rosen added BitTorrent to the download options. He notes, “The most common search term for the Humble Indie Bundle is ‘Humble Indie Bundle torrent’, so we hope that by supporting BitTorrent we can help convert at least some of the pirates into legitimate users, or at least give one less reason to pirate it.”With the pay-what-you-want pricing, the DRM-free content, and the embracing of BitTorrent, the Humble Bundle seem to be trailblazing a very different model for selling and distributing online content. What are your thoughts on their ability to make this work so well?last_img read more

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