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Over 80 skaters expected at B.C. Long Track Championships

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 80 speed skaters from the province including some from the Fort St. John Elks will be on the ice at the Pomeroy Sport Centre Saturday and Sunday to take part in the B.C. Long Track Championship. At stake is an opportunity to represent Team B.C. at the Canadian Age Class Long Track Championship in Quebec next month.Thirteen clubs will be sending skaters to the event with the action starting Saturday morning at 9:15 with 100 metre races. Those on the ice will be competing in a number of distances including the 200, 500, 1,000, 1,500, and 3,000 metre. Relay races will also take place throughout. The last race on the schedule is slated to start at 2:50 p.m. on Sunday. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Local accessibility advocate finally gets her award

first_imgSlater says she is feeling better and she is getting routine check-ups on her leg. She says when her award finally arrived on Sunday night, she couldn’t put it down. Visit http://coastmentalhealth.com/courage-2009.html to view Slater’s full story. She was born with Spina Bifida, which affects the spinal cord. It didn’t take full effect until she was in her 30’s. After undergoing many surgeries, Slater was faced with the reality of using a wheelchair to maintain her mobility. She says since then, she wants to help people in similar situations in a way a medical professional can’t. Lori currently holds eight volunteer positions, including advocating for better accessibility within the city. Slater says her husband threw a surprise party for her on the day she was supposed to accept her award. [asset|aid=1334|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d4029761cda6a2a4fc91af32b7e0dab4-Slater 2_2_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Fort St. John’s Lori Slater can finally show off her Courage to Come Back Award, though she missed being honoured at the Awards Ceremony. Slater was unanimously chosen out of 90 applicants for the Award, from the Coast Foundation Society, but was hospitalized just before she was set to leave for the ceremony, on April 30th in Vancouver.Slater won the award in the Medical Category, becoming the first person from Fort St. John honoured by the Society. – Advertisement -On April 17th, however, she learned she had a blood clot in her leg. As a result, Slater’s daughter and son-in-law went to Vancouver to accept the award on her behalf. [asset|aid=1333|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=dc87dc10ba617fd7cb86b8dcd3dfb301-Slater 1_2_Pub.mp3] Slater was nominated for the award by the Rick Hansen Foundation, which sent a letter detailing her difficult past.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Arsenal dumped out of FA Cup by Nottingham

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal players react after their FA Cup loss to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round on January 7, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 7- FA Cup holders Arsenal were sensationally dumped out of the competition by Nottingham Forest on Sunday, joining Leeds United as big-name casualties on a day of shocks.Championship side Forest revived memories of their glory years under Brian Clough, putting 13-times winners Arsenal to the sword in an incident-packed win at the City Ground. Eric Lichaj opened the scoring for the home side but Per Mertesacker equalised just three minutes later.However, Forest continued to probe an inexperienced Arsenal line-up and got their reward just before half-time when Lichaj volleyed in spectacularly from the edge of the box.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, serving a touchline ban, was forced to watch powerless from the stands as Rob Holding conceded a penalty that Ben Brereton converted to stretch home side’s lead to 3-1.Danny Welbeck gave Arsenal hope with just over 10 minutes to go but Kieran Dowell netted from the penalty spot again to seal a 4-2 win for the second-tier side over the Premier League visitors.In the early kick-off, on-loan forward Shawn McCoulsky headed in a dramatic 89th-minute winner for Welsh club Newport to seal a 2-1 victory against 1972 Cup winners Leeds.Leeds had taken an early lead at Rodney Parade when Gaetano Berardi’s deflected long-range shot found the net.But Newport, currently 11th in League Two — the fourth tier of the English game — levelled 14 minutes from time when Leeds defender Conor Shaughnessy sliced into his own net.Infused with fresh belief in front of a passionate Welsh crowd, Newport pressed for a winner, and with a minute to go on-loan substitute McCoulsky rose highest at a corner to head in the decisive goal and send the stadium into raptures.Much-changed Leeds were then reduced to 10 men when substitute Samuel Saiz was immediately sent off over an off-the-ball incident.“This is much better beating Championship teams like Leeds,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I don’t want to be winning relegation battles, I want to be winning FA Cup ties and climbing the table.”It is another miserable result in the FA Cup for Leeds, who crashed out in the fourth round last year to non-league Sutton United.– Hart saves –West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart goes down to make a save duing his side’s FA CUp match on January 7, 2017. PHOTO/DailyMailWest Ham had goalkeeper Joe Hart to thank for keeping them in the Cup with a 0-0 draw after an uninspired performance against Shrewsbury Town of the third tier.The England goalkeeper, returning to the club where he started his career, was handed a cap from the crowd as he battled against the slanting winter sun.He made a fine save from Mat Sadler with about 10 minutes to go until the interval and repeated the trick against Alex Rodman to keep the score at 0-0.The League One high-fliers continued to take the game to David Moyes’s team in the second half but there were few clear-cut opportunities for either side.Shrewsbury’s Jon Nolan had a golden chance to seal a dramatic victory in the dying minutes of normal time but blazed over and the two sides will meet again at the London Stadium.“The players are a little bit deflated almost,” said Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst.“But we have a replay to look forward to,” he added. “We know it will be tough. They will be at home, more comfortable in their own stadium.”At Wembley, Harry Kane broke the deadlock against AFC Wimbledon with just under half an hour to go before Kane again and Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 to put the game beyond the reach of the visitors.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Exclusive – Shadow sports minister calls for FA to ‘take action’ to prevent Ched Evans return

first_imgShadow sports minister Clive Efford has told talkSPORT the Football Association should “step in and take action” against convicted rapist Ched Evans’ proposed return to football.The owner of League One side Oldham Athletic, Simon Corney, confirmed on Wednesday there is an ”80 per cent” chance of the club signing the striker, who he believes ”has served his time”.Evans was released from prison in October after serving half of a five-year sentence.Corney said the decision to give the 26-year-old Wales international a route back into football had been agreed unanimously by all six members of the Oldham board, despite vocal opposition and sponsors severing ties with the Latics.And Efford has urged to governing body to intervene, insisting the wider implications of Evans’ return means the decision should not be Oldham’s to take.He told Drivetime: “I really do think, as much as I admire Greg Dyke, the FA have been completely silent on this.“They should have been stepping in to take some action, to say ‘rape is beyond the pale and we are not going to allow anyone who has been convicted of this crime to play football.’“This is such a serious crime and there are all sorts of issues, from the impressionable young boys who will watch the player, to the inclusion of young women in the game, and I think this decision sends out a really poor message about football.“It’s not good enough that big issues like this are determined by directors of football clubs rather than the governing body.“Directors of football clubs have other pressures on them which impact their decision, such as the financial pressures on the club and the need to stay in their division.“But those factors really shouldn’t come into this, they’re not in the wider interests of football and there is a moral issue here that needs to be considered, and that’s where the governing body should step in.“Personally, I wouldn’t let him [Evans] straight back into the game this early on.“At this moment in time, he’s a convicted rapist and still has part of his sentence to serve, albeit on parole, and I just don’t think it’s the right message for football to send that they welcome this young man back.“It’s such a bigger issue than just one club making a decision about what is in its best short-term interests, I think it’s a matter for the governing body, I passionately think that and I’m frustrated, I’ve written to the FA today to say I think they should have stepped in to deal with this.“I think the governing body are really neglecting their duties with this and I feel they have something to answer for.”Oldham have previously given a second chance to footballers convicted of criminal offences. In 2007, they signed Lee Hughes after his release following a jail term for causing death by dangerous driving.last_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL: TIR CONAILL HARPS GLASGOW DANCE FOR DONEGAL HOSPICE

first_imgMaurice Friel, Club chairman of Tir Conaill Harps was delighted at both the local and travelling support who came along to support Donegal hospice and a local hospice in Glasgow.Said Maurice: “Thanks to all our musicians and to the Caroline Greene school of Irish dancing for their fantastic display -it was a great night.”Here are some pictures from the night: PICTURE SPECIAL: TIR CONAILL HARPS GLASGOW DANCE FOR DONEGAL HOSPICE was last modified: March 1st, 2016 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:donegalGlasgowhospice dancetir conaill harpslast_img read more

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O’DONNELL INSPIRES TERMON LADIES TO REACH ULSTER FINAL

first_imgBrynsford Co Down 1–8 Termon 5–5Maureen O’Donnell turned in a five star display to push Termon over the line in a bruising encounter at Brynsford last night. This was a game that had everything, three sending offs, terrific play, great goals and a backdrop of the Mourne mountains that hung like a post card setting to the town end of the Brynsford grounds.Termon got off to the perfect start when Eimer Gallagher fed Geraldine Mc Laughlin for a point from the throw-in. Maureen O Donnell was in the thick of the action in the opening minutes and this fact was noted by the Brynsford defence.O’Donnell was the subject of close attention and it was no surprise that Brynsford Claren Owens was sin binned after five minutes for a dangerous tackle on O Donnell.Termon who went in at the break 2–4 1–5 ahead courtesy of 1–2 from Geraldine Mc Laughlin and a goal and a point from o Donnell, with Roisin Friel completing the first half scoring. This half did not end kindly for Termon as Dara Kelly has been sin binned moments earlier following a robust exchange with Emma Joyce in the Brynsford goals. On the resumption o Donnell opened Termons account with a point. Play swung from end to end before Dara Kelly rejoined proceedings as her ten minutes sin binning had overlapped halftime. Kelly’s worth was very evident to Termon as she was just on the field of play and she had scored a goal. Better was to come as moments later she put the icing on the cake with a second super strike.O Donnell added a second individual goal and a last minute point to send Termon in the Ulster final against old rival Donaghmoyne the Monaghan champions next Sunday.This was a game that the backline as a unit from Laura Gallagher out won for Termon. All be it Roisin Mc Cafferty after a shaky start combined with Emer Gallagher to curb Brynsford midfield partnership of Clara Fitzpatrick and Sinead Murphy. These two are the current Down midfieders.In the forward line Geraldine McLaughlin, Aisling Ryan and sweeper Marie Carr shone. Roisin Friel in the opening period kept Termon in this game while Dara Kelly showed what a powerful performer she can be. Maureen o Donnell who’s age is given on the match programme as thirty something rolled back the years to give a powerful display of top class football in the foothill of the mourne mountains to send Termon into the Ulster final.Final score Brynsford 1–8 Termon 5–5O’DONNELL INSPIRES TERMON LADIES TO REACH ULSTER FINAL was last modified: October 28th, 2012 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:GAAMaueren O’DonnellTermon ladiesvictorylast_img read more

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DID ‘FRIENDS’ STAR MATT REALLY SNUB MURPHY AND LACEY?!

first_imgA certain umpire may not have been ‘Friends’ with many Donegal supporters after the final whistle blew at Clones on Sunday last.It must be Joey (Matt LeBlanc!)But a certain other ‘Friend’ may have ben closer than Donegal supporters knew.An amazing Matt LeBlanc lookalike was pictured in the crowd with a Monaghan jersey on – or was it actually Matt? The amazing snap was captured by Tiarnan Millar.It may not be as crazy as many might think considering Sex and The City star Sarah Jessica Parker is spotted going for milk and brad every second morning throughout the summer months in Kilcar.DID ‘FRIENDS’ STAR MATT REALLY SNUB MURPHY AND LACEY?! was last modified: July 21st, 2015 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:ClonesdonegalFriendsJoeyMatt LeBlacMonaghanlast_img read more

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Chhattisgarh election | Widows of slain politicians in Dantewada by-election face-off

first_imgThe Dantewada Assembly by-election in Chhattisgarh is headed towards an emotionally charged battle with both the Congress and the BJP fielding widows of regional stalwarts slain by Maoists on separate occasions. The contest, to be held on September 23, became imminent after BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi was killed in a Maoist attack while on the stump in April, two days before the Lok Sabha election in Bastar, where he held ground as the lone BJP MLAs amid 11 Congressmen. Now, riding high on sentiment, his wife, Ojaswi Mandavi, has resolved to “carry forward her husband’s political legacy” and taken on former MLA Devti Karma, widowed after former Leader of the Opposition Mahendra Karma was killed in 2013.With both the parties locked in a see-saw battle for the seat, Mr. Karma won it in 2003, the first contest after the State was carved, while Mr. Mandavi wrested it the next election. In 2013, the seat wound up in the Congress kitty, after an emotionally high-strung battle went in Ms. Karma’s favour, who garnered sympathy votes. Yet in 2018, Mr. Mandavi snatched it back with a margin 2,172 votes. The stakes are high for the BJP, scrambling to gain a toehold in the Maoist-hit region, which went against the wind to pick a Congressman in the Lok Sabha election, when the BJP won nine of the 11 seats in the State. Having faced a drubbing in the Lok Sabha election months after winning 68 of the 90 Assembly seats, the Congress is looking to cement the party’s grip over the region. “The Congress is dependant on leaders from Bastar region like Minister Kawasi Lakhma and State Congress chief Mohan Markam,” said State Congress spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi. “The BJP is trying to make an emotional appeal to voters. But, let’s be clear, while Mr. Karma was killed despite requests for adequate security cover for him, Mr. Mandavi broke the security protocol and was killed.” Claim rubbishedState BJP spokesperson Sanjay Shrivastava meanwhile rubbished the Congress claim that several BJP workers had switched over. “They have already lost the election and are trying hard to conjure up a negative perception against us.”last_img read more

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SPORT-FIGO-FIFA 3 L(SPB6)

first_img“For me, Barcelona, Bayern, Real Madrid are the “For me, Barcelona, Bayern, Real Madrid are the favourites to win the Champions League because they are the clubs who have more experience and more history in these competitions. “Sometimes, in some games, these things help you overcome certain moments or to pass a knockout stage. Anything can happen but they are the best teams in the competition right now. There can be a surprise but my favourites are these teams because of these reasons.” Figo said if investors come forward, he was willing to open football academies in India. “Im looking for investors. If someone wants to open academies, I?m glad of course. But no, jokes aside, of course you have to try to build conditions for the kids to have the opportunities in their lives if they love to play football.”Ive just arrived in India, but in the past 2 years Ive opened a few academies in China. Since then we?ve grown really fast..in 14 cities. Right now we have 40 Portuguese coaches in the different cities. So anything can happen.” PTI SSR NRB AH CM PTPlast_img read more

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Double departure of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq hands Pakistan a testing transition

first_imgAs Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq head off into the sunset after long and illustrious careers, Pakistan begins a tricky period of transition looking for a new wave of players ready to fill a huge void left by the retired batting greats.In a fitting finale, Younis, Pakistan’s most prolific Test run-scorer, and Misbah, the country’s most successful captain, bowed out together in a blaze of glory on Sunday with the team celebrating a first-ever series triumph in the Caribbean.The thrilling 101-run victory in Dominica sealed a 2-1 win over West Indies and was Pakistan’s 26th under the 42-year-old Misbah, who also led the side to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) world Test rankings last year.Since his 2001 Test debut in New Zealand, Misbah accumulated 5,222 runs in 75 matches at an average higher than 46.Admired for his unflappable temperament in a dressing room replete with mercurial talent, Misbah was handed the Test captaincy after a 2010 spot-fixing scandal in England led to the expulsion of his predecessor Salman Butt.ICC chief executive David Richardson was among those to pay a glowing tribute to the consistent right-hander.”Misbah has been the bedrock of many a Pakistan innings, time and time again extricating his team from difficult situations with a terrific temperament,” the former South Africa wicketkeeper said.”He knew how to graft for his runs but could also be inventive and score at a brisk pace, as was evident during his impressive 56-ball century against Australia in 2014 in Abu Dhabi, which equalled Viv Richards’s world record.advertisement”He was a leader who took charge at a difficult time…He was a true sportsman and role model.”If Misbah represented the voice of reason in both the dressing room and out on the field, Younis let his bat do the talking and is currently the only Pakistani to have joined the coveted 10,000 Test-run club.GREAT SERVANTSThe former captain, who led Pakistan to the World Twenty20 title in 2009, tallied 10,099 runs in 118 Tests, embellishing his legacy with 34 hundreds at an average of more than 52.Together they were the pillars of Pakistan’s batting lineup for over a decade and it could take many years for the country to find anyone capable of matching their feats.Pakistan’s situation mirrors the dilemma South Asian rivals Sri Lanka faced when batting mainstays Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene ended their international careers two years ago.”I was really sad when Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene left the Sri Lankan team together. Look at their team now, they are in such disarray,” former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir told the Express Tribune.”Likewise, both of these batsmen leaving together could cause problems for Pakistan’s test team. However, they have been great servants to the country.”Pakistan have coped with their absence in the shorter formats since 2015 but the challenge of white-ball cricket is completely different to the patience and technique required in the red-ball arena.”The onus is now on the likes of Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed to step up and fill the void,” Misbah told Cricket Australia’s website in an interview last month.”When two Pakistan greats Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf left the scene, Younis and I tried to fill that gap. Azhar and Asad have developed in the meantime and now they are at a stage to replace us.”We need Azhar and Asad to take ownership of the test side…Every team goes though transition periods and Pakistan is no different.”last_img read more

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