The Proposed US$2.5B Mineral Swap, Driven by Desperation or Exasperation or Both?

first_imgThe September 11 Ministry of Information Press conference announcement by Finance Minister Samuel Tweah revealing that the Government of Liberia (GoL) has recently entered an agreement with a Chinese company to swap the country’s mineral resources for an amount of US$2.5 billion is, to say the least, is most disturbing. The announced deal has left the public wondering whether such is being driven by exasperation or by desperation.Minister Tweah declared: “Let me be very clear on it, this is not a loan. It is an investment facility; a framework enters into between the China Road and Bridge Corporation and the Government of Liberia under the FOCAC arrangement to unveil $US2.5 billion for financing the country development over the next five years.” The Minister furthered, “No restriction, all the natural resources,” he said of the planned assessment. “The feasibility study will determine the viability of the project.”The Minister also disclosed that agents from the firm will arrive in the country in the next few months to conduct an assessment on Liberia’s various natural resources.The Miriam Webster Dictionary defines exasperation as having or showing feelings of irritation or annoyance. On the other hand, desperation is defined as loss of hope and surrender to despair or a state of hopelessness leading to rashness.Perhaps Minister Tweah, having earlier made stentorious boasts about the Eton and EBOMAF proposed loan arrangements which would have made possible, implementation of a multibillion-dollar road project in the southeast region. Critical media coverage of those developments at the time and the fizzling out of the loan deals appeared to have exasperated the Minister as he spared no quarters blaming the media and lambasting his critics for casting aspersion on the entire deal, which may have very well led to its very short shelf-life.This newspaper recalls that the matter which, at the time, received more than adequate media coverage unquestionably served to raise public hopes and expectations of what was being portrayed as the beginning of a new and prosperous beginning for residents of that part of the country. The rather unprecedented speed with which the deal was passed by both Houses of the Legislature left the public with a distinct but mistaken impression that the money was already here.Later, the loan deal would fall flat on its face and officials, out of embarrassment, would resort to hurling accusations against those described ‘detractors’ for its failure. Faced with the embarrassment of having to admit to failure or error of judgment, desperation apparently has set in.And such desperation for money appears to be the main driver of this newly proposed mineral swap. From all indications this newly proposed deal smacks of a virtual surrender of the country’s entire unexploited mineral wealth to a Chinese company for “peanuts” from which only cronies of the Minister and of President Weah will stand to benefit.According to information contained in official Ministry of Mines reports including the 1980 Planning and Development Atlas, minerals of commercial value occurring in Liberia include barite, copper, lead, zinc, nickel, tin, uranium  and aluminum. Other minerals include gold, diamond, bauxite, clay, kyanite, phosphate, iron ore, nickel, palladium, platinum, silica sand and not forgetting oil and natural gas.Liberia’s gold reserves are for instance estimated at 3 million ounces. At a current market price of US$1,209.00 per ounce, three million ounces of gold is worth placed at 3.627 billion dollars. Without even including other minerals such as iron ore with reserves estimated at between 2 to 5 billion metric tons of iron ore.Thus, it appears inconceivable that Finance Minister Tweah, an economist by training, would float the outlandish idea of swapping the country’s mineral wealth worth several billions in exchange for a paltry amount 2.5 billion dollars. In the opinion of this newspaper, this is a non-starter and is tantamount to a complete sellout of the interests of the Liberian nation and people.According to World Bank Policy Research Paper 6089 entitled: “Investing Mineral Wealth in Development Assets Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone” (Authors: Daniel Boakye, Sébastien Dessus, Yusuf Foday, Felix Oppong), a recent assessment of the mining sector showed that there are still gaps with respect to the government’s readiness to harness the full potential of the prospective mineral boom in Liberia.The report furthers add that the “legal, regulatory and fiscal framework of the mining sector suffer from several shortcomings, including (i) a lack of harmonization in tax regime (sign-off bonuses, royalties, community tax and corporate are subject of negotiations); (ii) no progressivity in the tax regime (no windfall tax, hence no possibility to capture rent during booms and protects activity during busts), (iii) a weak institutional capacity to audit mining activities and ensure compliance with regulatory and fiscal regimes, including with the Kimberley Process for diamonds”.Moreover, according to the report, “in Liberia, and possibly Sierra Leone, the capacity of the government to manage and implement investment programs is very limited, and the size of public investment plans small compared with that of foreign investors in mineral sectors”.From all indications, and given all the above, this newspaper remains convinced that this newly proposed deal does not augur well for the future of Liberia and the Daily Observer, like the public is also left to wonder whether this idea is being driven by exasperation induced by the vacillation of the proposed lenders that have led to the petering out of the Eton-EBOMAF loan deal or whether it is being driven by desperation to make good on promises which were not well thought through enough to have enhanced successful actualization.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL AND IRELAND MUST GET SPECIAL TREATMENT AFTER BREXIT – MEP HARKIN

first_imgMarian Harkin, MEPThe Leave vote in the UK referendum poses a significant challenge to the Irish government and to the European Project.This was the response of North-West Independent MEP Marian Harkin when she called for the government to immediately assess the result and take steps to reassure citizens and Irish business by engaging immediately with the British government on matters of common interest.“This result is a reflection of the failure of the EU to convince the citizens of the UK that they benefit from EU membership but it also reflects voter disenchantment with the main political parties”, she said. The close economic relationship between Ireland and the UK required that the EU should have special regard from that connection in any decisions taken as negotiations on leaving develop, she said.“The vote to leave poses a major challenge to Ireland’s economy as it emerges from the trauma of recent years and the EU owes Ireland special consideration in any conditions governing the exit of the UK”, she said.In particular there could be no change to the free movement of people within Ireland and o reinstatement of border, controls which would adversely affect economies on both sides of the border, Marian Harkin stressed.DONEGAL AND IRELAND MUST GET SPECIAL TREATMENT AFTER BREXIT – MEP HARKIN was last modified: June 24th, 2016 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)last_img read more

DDTV: DONEGAL V CORK VIDEO PREVIEW WITH PLAYER AND MANAGER INTERVIEWS

first_imgDDTV: IT’S Donegal’s biggest game in, er, a year! That’s how good things have become for our senior footballers as they set out for Croke Park today and the All-Ireland semi-final clash with Cork.Last year we fell at this hurdle to Dublin.And Cork are the firm favourites to progress.But Donegal are brighter and better than 2011 – and the whole county is relishing this clash. Here’s another chance to find out what the players and manager Jim McGuinness thinks in this excellent video preview from jacksonsmediatv. DDTV: DONEGAL V CORK VIDEO PREVIEW WITH PLAYER AND MANAGER INTERVIEWS was last modified: August 26th, 2012 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 (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)last_img read more

FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTS

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTSDowntown Cup Group ACranford United Reserves 2 Erne Wanderers 7 Erne started off strong with a strong wind in their favour and they went ahead with a header from Ryan O’ Brien. Cranford then came into the game but couldn’t get an equaliser. Erne started the second half on top and scored a second through David Gowan. Cranford got back into the game when Johnny Wilhare scored from the edge of the box. Cranford had a number of chances to equalise but Erne struck twice on the break through Ryan O’ Brien and Michael Ward. Andrew Kelly pulled another back for Cranford with a neat finish. Conor Shiels then hit the crossbar for Cranford. With Cranford chasing the game they got caught with late goals through David Gowan, Michael Ward and Dermot Slavin.Milford United Reserves 1 Glenea United Reserves 2Glenea booked their passage through to the quarter finals with a hard fought win in Moyle View. Glenea playing with the wind at their back pinned Milford in their own half for the first 20minutes. Their 1st goal came from a long clearance which found Lee O’ Brien who beat the defender and coolly slotted home. Milford came back into the game and had a few chances before Lee Burke found the back of the net after a goal mouth scramble in the 35th minute. The second half was only a few minutes old when Glenea got their second. Milford threw everything they had at Glenea for the rest of the match but were unable to find the equaliser. Downtown Cup Group BFintown Harps AFC 3 Keadue Rovers Reserves 2This game took place in wet conditions at Pairc Acla in Fintown. In the first half both teams found it hard to put scores on the board. Then in the last minute of first half Fintown were awarded a penalty. Daragh made no mistake in putting the Harps in front just before the half time whistle.In the Second half Keadue Rovers started best. In the opening stages Cathal Duggan saw a gap in the Fintown defence and he had a pop at goal, making it all level at Pairc Acla. Fintown pushed hard to get regain the advantage and finally got what they deserved with Brian Delaney scoring two great goals in two minutes. Keadue answered with a goal from Dara Hanlon and they pushed hard to get the equaliser but it wasn’t to be.Solid team performances by both teams. Referee: Andrew MullanDowntown Cup Group C Gweedore United Reserves 3 Glenree United Reserves 2This game played in difficult weather conditions saw the home side claim the three points after a hard battle with the Carrigart men. It was the Gweedore side who started the brightest against the strong wind and they made good early chances for Sean Paul Mc Mahon and Stephen O Donnell. The home side took the lead in the 19th minute when good work from Sean Paul Mc Mahon was well finished past Ian Mc Elhinney by Stephen O’ Donnell. In the 28th minute Glenree equalised when a well delivered corner from Eoin Mc Laughlin was headed into the net by Carl Mc Elhinney and the score remained one apiece until half-time. The home side with the aid of the strong wind in the second half went into the lead in the 49th minute when a clearance from a corner fell to Ciaran Gillespie who drove it into the back of the net from 18 yards to make it 2-1. Glenree however fought hard and both sides had good chances in the remainder of the half. It was the visitors who once again came from behind in the 72nd minute when Matthew Coyle was pulled down in the box and Eric Roberts scored the resulting penalty. It was end to end football in the last fifteen minutes. The home side scored the winner in the 84th minute when a good pass from Ciaran Gillespie fell to Sean Paul Mc Mahon who made no mistake and drove past Mc Elhinney to make it 3-2. Eric Roberts and Carl Mc Elhinney played well for Glenree while Sean Paul Mc Mahon, Hugh Martin Curran and Ryan Duggan excelled for Gweedore United.Referee: James Malseed.Downtown Cup Group D Mulroy Celtic 1 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 1Played in terrible conditions at Tri-a-Loch the game blew from one end to the other with both teams struggling to get their foot in the ball. Mulroy decided to go with the gale force win in the first half but it didn’t seem to help them as most through balls seemed to finish up over the end line. Former Finn Harps player Paddy Mc Grenaghan started in centre midfield for the home side and he proved to be the one shining light in the first half showing his worth when he beat three players on the edge of the 18 yard box and unleashed an unstoppable shot across the keeper into the bottom corner. Castlefin in the second half with the wind at their backs threatened on a few occasions. They got their reward when a cross from the left was well finished from a header. Both teams had half chances to snatch a winner but the game remained all square and both teams were glad to hear the final whistle. Battling performance from both teams.Watson Hire Division OneCappry Rovers 8 Arranmore United 1Cappry Rovers’ Kyle Lafferty set a new club record when he became the first player to score six goals in a game when the home team put eight past the Islanders in atrocious conditions of snow, sleet, hail, thunder and lightning at Cappry Park.Lafferty opened the scoring in the eleventh minute with a header off the post following a cross from Kevin Mc Glynn.Darren O’ Leary got Cappry’s second in the seventeenth minute with a header following a corner.The Islanders came close a few times but the Cappry defence held firm.Lafferty got his second and Cappry’s third in the forty third minute with a low shot to the bottom right hand corner of the net.Cappry kept the pressure on the visitors in the second half and Lafferty completed his hat-trick with Cappry’s fourth in the fifty second minute when he headed to the roof of the net.Lafferty got his fourth goal and Cappry’s fifth on the hour mark when he outpaced the Arranmore defence to slide the ball past the advancing keeper.Cappry got their sixth goal in the sixty seventh minute when Lafferty received a cross from Brendan Mc Laughlin and blasted the ball to the net from twelve yards for his fifth goal and a new club record.Brendan Mc Laughlin got on the score sheet in the seventy fifth minute when he beat the defence and drove the ball to the net from ten yards.Lafferty got his sixth and Cappry’s eighth goal in the eighty fourth minute after he beat the offside trap to score from close range.Shane Elliott got a consolation goal in the eighty eighth minute for the Islanders when he scored from close range following a goal mouth scramble.Six goal hero Kyle Lafferty was best for Cappry.Team Performance with Paul Mc Garvey outstanding for the Islanders.Referee: Liam Farren.Cranford United 6 Drumoghill FC 2This game was switched from Cranford to Tri-a-Lough in Fanad andprovided a bag full of goals and entertainment. Drumoghill opened thescoring in the 10th minute when Richard Moore curled home from theedge of the area. Cranford hit back almost immediately when PhilipBuchanan scored from the penalty spot after Danny McBride was fouledin the area. Moore put Drumoghill ahead again on 20 minutes with a peachfrom all of 25 yards into the bottom corner. However their lead didn’tlast long as Buchanan tapped home after great work between ChrisDuffy and Brian McVeigh. Before half-time Cranford took the lead whenBrian McVeigh and Danny McBride combined for the latter to score witha superb finish.The second half began with both teams battling hard but with no clearchances being created. On 65 minutes Cranford extended their lead whenShaun Mc Elwaine’s through ball was returned across by Buchanan and BrendanGiles volleyed home from 10 yards out. 4-2 became 5-2 when Buchanantucked home a Chris Carr pass and Cranford got their 6th goal whenMc Elwaine headed home a Conor Shields corner. Seamus Carr, ArthurLynch and Chris Duffy were excellent for Cranford, with Liam O’DonnellDrumoghill’s best. Referee: Vincent Mc Laughlin.Ballybofey United 2 Donegal Town 1Ballybofey United recorded an important victory over Donegal Town on Sunday afternoon as the league enters it’s latter stages. Eoin Mc Auley had Ballybofey’s first effort at goal but Dermott Mc Cafferty smothered his shot. Joe Mc Intyre then cut in from the left wing before unleashing a fierce shot that Chris Patton in the home net did well to hold. With fifteen minutes on the watch Conor Doherty played a pass to Michael Lynch who slid the ball between two Donegal Town defenders for Alan Patton to run on to and he placed the ball between Mc Cafferty and his left hand post. Ballybofey United then doubled their lead when they executed the move of the match. Gavin Doherty did well to win the ball wide on the left before sending a pinpoint cross to the head of Chris Breen who glanced the ball into the path of John Gregg who volleyed the ball into the roof of the net from ten yards. Donegal Town had the lion’s share of possession in the second half aided by a strong breeze. Despite this Ballybofey defended well and could have extended their lead on a few occasions. JP Byrne set up a grandstand finish when he reacted quickest to a loose ball in the Ballybofey penalty area leaving the minimum between the sides but the home side held out . Credit to both sets of players for an entertaining open match in very difficult conditions. Referee: Paddy DuffyCT Ball Division TwoDrumbar United 0 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 4AWAITING REPORTWhitestrand United 5 Copany Rovers 1Whitestrand returned to winning ways with a convincing 5-1 win over Copany . The turning point in the game came late in the first half when the superb James Gallagher broke through and was fouled by the keeper. The referee had no choice but to point to the spot and then to add to Copany’s woes he produced a red card. Joint manager Paul Lynch stepped forward and saw his penalty saved but he rolled the rebound into an empty net . Lynch’s miss was the 3rd penalty miss in two games for the strand . The second goal wasn’t long in coming with Eamon Martin finishing off a lovely move after a magnificent reverse ball from James Gallagher . Jamsey then got a well deserved goal to put the result beyond any doubt, converting a fine cross from McGowan . Copany to their credit fought to the end and pulled a goal back to make it 3-1. Michael Sweeney then restored the three goal cushion with a composed finish on what was a frustrating afternoon for the Fanad man. Kevin Loughrey scored a fifth late on.Best for Whitestrand: James Gallagher and SP Gallagher Referee: Ed MooreGlenree United 2 Letterbarrow Celtic 0This Division Two encounter between Two old rivals saw the Sheephaven Bay men edge out a Two nil win in what was payback for a defeat on the opening day of the season.James Mc Grory’s men started brightly and their style of play created a few chances but they were easily dealt with by the Glenree rearguard.An on-form Daryl Gibson in the home goals was commanding the 18yard box and his kick outs were finding his team mates every time. This solidified Glenree’s tactics and the creative flair of Andy Logue and Daniel Mc Groddy help their team unlock Celtic’s defence only to be denied by the visiting keeper.As the half wore on the wind died down and Glenree maintained their offensive.The half time Jaffa Cakes eased both teams into a more open 2nd half game but it was the introduction of Owen “quick feet” McLaughlin who made and intuitive run and picked up a cheeky Damien Coyle back heel to slot home Glenree’s first on 50minutes.Glenree then settled but they found the Letterbarrow numbers 9 and 7 a handful at times and they kept everyone on their toes.The second goal came on 65minutes when Damien Coyle pulled the trigger from 20 yards and the keeper got his fingertips to it for Danny Langan to fire home the rebound from 5 yards.Young Langan presented Letterbarrow with a lot of headaches on the day and he shares the man of the match award with the midfield maestro Andy Logue.A stern performance from Celtic and another positive footballing performance from JJ Mc Gettigan’s men in Red. Referee: Victor Rainey.Ulster Junior CupMilford United 4 Gleneely Colts 0Milford reached the last eight of the Ulster junior cup with a comprehensive win over Inishowen side Gleneely. Milford had a few chances with PJ Hagan hitting the crossbar and Anthony Mc Paul and Ciaran McGinley missing great chances. Milford took the lead when a defender deflected a PJ Hagan corner in to his own net. Milford made it two when Ciaran McGinley raced from the half-way line to slot home. Substitute Gareth Kerrigan finished an Anthony Mc Paul cross to make it three. Joey Cullen finished the scoring when he ran on to a Peter Doherty flick to to produce a great finish. Best for Milford was Anthony Mc PaulKilmacrennan Celtic 3 Glengad F.C. 2Kilmacrennan find themselves advancing into the next round of the Ulster Cup following a hard fought game against a youthful Glengad side.The hosts started brightly and could have been ahead in the first five minutes when the visitors appeared to be unable to handle the physicality of Kilmacrennan from set pieces. Glengad soon got into their stride and had Kilmac on the back foot for large parts of the first half. The opening goal came in fortuitous circumstances however. Kilmac defender Kieran Gorman attempted to clear a Glengad corner but the ball cruelly found itself in the back of the Kilmac goal with thirty five minutes played.Glengad started the second half just as they finished the first half. The visitors had a few good chances to extend their lead in the opening ten minutes but were denied by Kilmac’s Mark Gallagher. The visitors were not to be denied on the hour mark however when Terence Doherty managed to get himself free and coolly converted from ten yards. The home side reacted quickly and grabbed a goal back five minutes later when the visitors failed to clear a Michael McLaughlin corner. The ball broke to Timmy Burke who volleyed home from the edge of the box and his shot somehow managed to go through a host of Glengad defenders and into the back of the net. This appeared to halt the momentum in the Glengad play and moments later they conceded from another set piece. The Glengad goalkeeper failed to deal with a Timmy Burke corner kick. The ball broke kindly to Eddie Doherty who made no mistake from close range. With twenty minutes remaining Glengad began to start controlling the game again and had the hosts on the back foot for most of the remaining time. However with two minutes remaining Kilmac won themselves another corner kick. Again the visitors failed to deal with the physicality of the host side and Caolan Kelly struck with the winner.Team efforts from both sides.Referee: Paddy MartinFOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTS was last modified: January 27th, 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 (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:FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTSlast_img read more

4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: RESULTS, REPORTS AND TABLE

first_img4 Lanterns USL Results & Reports 11.05.14ResultsDrumkeen Utd   3   3   Swilly Rovers Fanad Utd.   1   4   Cockhill CelticDerry City Res.   2   0   Bonagee Utd.Letterkenny Rovers   Finn Harps Res. ReportsAll Square in DrumkeenDrumkeen Utd. 3Swilly Rovers 3Swilly Rovers were the visitors to St Patricks Park for this Thursday evening game. Before the match started a minutes silence was observed in memory of the late Willie Mc Laughlin who sadly passed away last week. The game got off to a lively start with four goals in the first half hour, Drumkeen went ahead after five minutes when Eunan Kelly headed home a Darren Cassidy corner. This was Drumkeen’s second corner and, by that stage Swilly had also won a free kick and corner which were both taken by Laurence Toland and both easy for Paul McAuley to deal with, The home team then had a couple of more chances with Conor Carlin and Ronan Coyle both shooting wide. Swilly were level after twelve minutes. Laurence Toland went down under a challenge from Ryan Gildea and referee Paul Duddy awarded a penalty. Calvin Mooney took the spot kick which hit the cross bar and bounced down into the net. Shortly after that at the other end, Carlin had an effort saved by John Roulstone. Swilly then took the lead after Twenty minutes, Paul McAuley took a free kick which had been awarded for offside and unfortunately for him his free went straight to Calvin Mooney who fired it home for his second goal of the game. Mooney grabbed his third goal on the half hour after he was played in by the impressive Laurence Toland. The play was switching from end to end and Gary Patton headed over at the other end, Drumkeen finished the half strongly forcing Swilly to concede several corners.They started the second half in the same fashion and had efforts from Carlin and Cassidy which both went over the bar and Darren McCready forced a save from Roulstone. All their pressure paid off in the 52nd minute when Gary Patton pulled a goal back when he scored from 12 yards after the ball had been laid back to him. Swilly who had been very lively in the first half seemed to run out of steam in the second half and Drumkeen had the best of the last half hour although Laurence Toland did have an effort that went wide on 75 minutes. With 15 minutes left Mickey Rogers had used up all his 3 allowed substitutes. One of those who came on was Gavin Reilly and he was involved in the equaliser with less than 10 minutes remaining he surged forward and passed it to Gary Patton on the right wing, Patton’s cross found Conor Carlin who slotted it home for the equaliser. That set it up nicely for the last few minutes but neither side could find a fourth goal to claim the three points. Paul Duddy blew the final whistle and both teams had to settle for a point. This wasn’t really a three all thriller but it was a good enough game to watch. Both managers will probably be disappointed with the result as a point was not much use to either team in their quest to close the gap on Cockhill, The games don’t get any easier for Drumkeen as their next one is away to Cockhill. DRUMKEEN- Paul McCauley, Mickey Carrol, Benny Bonner, Ryan Gildea, Eunan Kelly, Philip Whyte, Darren Cassidy, Darren McCready, Conor Carlin, Ronan Coyle, Gary Patton. SUBS -David Shovlin on for Whyte 63mins, Brian Mc Grory on for Bonner 63mins,Gavin Reilly on for Gildea 70 mins, Peter Mc Namee, Justin Deasley,SWILLY- John Roulstone, Darren Dunworth, Gareth Colhoun, Marty Boyce, Dylan Hegarty, Ryan Shields, Jordan Toland, Marty Mc Daid, Michael Mc Hugh, Laurence Toland, Calvin Mooney, SUBS- Ryan Mc Daid on for Ryan Shields, Cathal Diver on for Mc Hugh 80 mins, David Aina, Mark Wilson.Champions Collect another 3 PointsFanad Utd. 1 Cockhill Celtic 4League leaders Cockhill Celtic overcame 10 man Fanad United in an entertaining game at Traigh-a-Loch. The visitors started the stronger and took the lead in the 10th minute. Garbhan Friel latched on to a long ball before cutting inside Declan Sweeney and powering his shot into the far corner of the net. The goal seemed to spark Fanad into life and they started to apply pressure themselves. This pressure paid off in the 20th minute when Oisin Hasset broke through the defence only to be taken down by Gavin Cullen. Cullen was certainly lucky to only receive a yellow card for the incident as Hasset was through on goal. Brian McVeigh subsequently gave Cullen no chance with his penalty. Fanad had young keeper Shane Graham to thank for keeping the scores level at the break when he made 2 excellent saves in the 32nd and 35th minute. First from a Malachy McDermott shot and then from a Mark Moran shot.The second half started in a similar fashion with Cockhill having most of the possession while not creating any clear cut chances. The game changed in the 60th minute when James McCahill was adjudged to have fouled Mark Moran in the box. McCahill was then shown a straight red card for arguing about the decision. Garbhan Friel made no mistake with the penalty sending Graham the wrong way. 5 minutes later Friel should have completed his hat-trick only to see his shot blocked on the line by Declan Sweeney. A minute later Glenn McNulty blocked Gerry Gill’s shot on the line. Cockhill increased their lead in the 79th minute when James Bradley finished to the net after Graham had saved Friel’s shot. Garbhan Friel wasn’t to be denied his hat-trick though and in the 85th minute he finished into the bottom corner after Graham had made another good save. In the end Cockhill’s vast experience told but Fanad will point to the fact that Cullen could have been sent off earlier in the game and that might have affected the outcome. Best for Fanad were Shane Graham, Glenn McNulty and Declan Sweeney. Best for Cockhill were Mark Moran, Gerry Gill and Garbhan Friel.Fanad United: Shane Graham, Conor McGonigle (Keelin McElwaine 72), Daire McDaid, Kevin Murray, Declan Sweeney (Shay Durning 85), Glenn McNulty, James McCahill, Jordan McBride, Adam Serrinha, Oisin Hasset ( Conor Matthewson 77), Brian McVeighCockhill Celtic: Gavin Cullen, Kieran McLaughlin, Peter Doherty, Johnny Halvin, William O’Connor, Derek Doherty (Aidan O’Donnell 77), James Bradley, Malachy McDermott (Michael Noone 50), Mark Moran, Garbhan Friel (Gerard McLaughlin 85), Gerry GillRef: P CollLetterkenny Beat Harps to go 3rdLetterkenny Rovers 3Finn Harps Res. 1Letterkenny Rovers title ambitions remain on track following a hard earned 3-1 victory against a strong Finn Harps eleven at Leckview Park on Sunday afternoon.It was the home side who made a cracking start to the game netting twice in the opening 7 minutes. The game was barely 2 mins old when Chris Flanagan was robbed of possession by Oisin McMenamin down the left hand side. McMenamin powered into the box before crossing to the far post to the in rushing Kenny Doran and he got the final touch from 3 yards out despite the close attention of a Harps defender.In an exciting start Harps could have equalised just a minute later when Jason Quinn had to be at his best to deny Dean McConnell whose header was superbly tipped over by the young net minder. Rovers had Harps reeling yet again after only 7 minutes. The lively Kenny Doran did well to nip in and win the ball before being fouled by Aaron Scanlon. Doran got injured in the impact and had to be substituted 4 minutes later. Former Harps player Johnathan Minnock stepped up and scored the free from 18 yards catching Conor Winn out at the near post.The visitors did boss the rest of the first half with Matty Henry and Graham Fisher dominating midfield and would have caught the eye of the watching Harps management duo of Ollie Horgan and James Gallagher. After good efforts by Micheal Doherty and Darragh Black it was Henry who brought Harps back into the game. After some neat play involving Fisher, Black and Henry it was Henry with a sweet shot from outside the box which left keeper Quinn stranded in the Rovers goal. Packie Mailey was very commanding at centre half and Rovers created nothing more of note until the 43rd minute when Darren McElwaine had a header from substitute Matty Harkins cross just graze the topside of the crossbar with goalkeeper Conor Winn in no man’s land.The second half was a more even affair and with some dangerous set pieces Graham Fisher and Henry both went close with headers from superb deliveries by Micheal Doherty. Letterkenny came close on two occasions when Matty Harkins low shot was superbly tipped around the post by Winn on 64 minutes and a minute later Stevie Okakpo’s rasper of a shot was destined for the top corner only for Winn to show great athleticism to deny him. Lettterkenny brought on ex-Harps player Stephen O’Donnell on 70 minutes and it took no time at all for him to make an impact. His super cross from the right hand side following a quick throw in found the head of Matty Harkin who made no mistake from 5 yards out on 76 minutes. The game fizzled out after that and with Harps having no substitutes Letterkenny began to control proceedings although Micheal Doherty did force a quality save from Quinn with only 4 minutes left which could have made the game interesting if he had scoredNext up for Harps is a meeting with Derry on Tuesday night while Letterkenny are back at Leckview for a meeting with Fanad Utd on Wednesday.Letterkenny Rovers; Jason Quinn, Barry O’Donnell, Neil Lloyd, John Doherty, Johnathan Minnock, Glen Gallagher, Aaron O’Hagan, Stevie Okakpo, Kenny Doran, Darren McElwaine, Oisin McMenamin. Subs; Matty Harkin for Doran 11, Kevin McGrath for O’Donnell 45 Stephen O’Donnell for McElwaine 70.Finn Harps Reserves; Conor Winn, Christopher Flanagan, Aaron Scanlon, Packie Mailey, Graham Fisher, Matty Henry, Dean McConnell, Darragh Black, Conor McBride, Shane Buchanan, Micheal Doherty.Ref;Tommy McAreeDerry Keep Up the PressureDerry City Res. 2Bonagee Utd. 0Derry City Res. kept the pressure on league leaders Cockhill on Saturday afternoon in Buncrana after a hard fought 2 nil win over a good Bonagee outfit. Raymond Foy and Ryan Curran scored the goals that keep John Quigg’s team tucked in 3 points behind Cockhill with a game in hand as the league heads for the halfway stage.FixturesTuesday, May 13th at 7pmFinn Harps Res. v Derry City Res.   Ref. V. McLaughlinWednesday, May 14th at 7pmBonagee Utd. v Swilly Rovers Ref. P. DuddyCockhill Celtic v Drumkeen Utd. Ref. S. TonerLetterkenny Rovers v Fanad Utd. Ref. P. CollSunday, May 18th at 2pmBonagee Utd. v Cockhill Celtic Ref. T. McAreeDerry City Res. v Letterkenny Rovers Ref. S. TonerDrumkeen Utd. v Fanad Utd. Ref. V. McLaughlinSwilly Rovers v Finn Harps Res. Ref. P. Coll4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League Table 11.05.144 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: RESULTS, REPORTS AND TABLE was last modified: May 11th, 2014 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:Ulster Senior Leaguelast_img read more

RESULTS FROM 5K BALLYBOFEY AT SEAN MCCUMHAILL PARK

first_imgRace No.                First Name           Surname               Club        Category419         christopher         Johnston               letterkenny         SM           15.26301         emmet mcgettingan       city of derry         sm           15.32 372         mark      hoy          finn valley            sm           15.33324         ivan        toner     letterkenny         sm           15.37314         mark      bonner fv              jm            15.5313         keith      shields foyle valley          sm           16.14 410         Ciaran   McBride                 letterkenny         JM            16.16315         ryan        porter   fv              jm            16.4435         noel        diver      rosses   sm           16.45360         mark      connolly                finn valley            m50        16.5312         jude        odonnell               letterkenny         sm           16.54 325         martin gormley                 letterkenny         m45        17.13411         Kevin     Kilkenny                letterkenny         JM            17.18363         pat          hegarty                  finn valley            m50        17.22342         Shane    McNulty                 finn valley            SM           17.25 403         Darren  McGowan             IND          SM           17.33358         kevin      connolly                lifford ac                sm           17.37375         colin       mcnulty                 finn valley            sm           17.54339         adrian   gillesie ind           sm           17.56366         michael                 penrose                 finn valley            m45        18.05327         noreen mcgettingan       letterkenny         sw            18.23381         oisin       gallen    finn valley            jm            18.33367         michael                 gallagher              finn valley            sm           18.45319         patrick                    mcglynn                 fv              sm           18.46317         raymond               doherty                  fv              m45        18.48359         maurice                 sharkey                  lifford ac                sm           18.56455         brendan                mcdyre                   ind           sm           19.05310         andy       scanlon                  fv              m45        19.08304         danny    mcgeehan            fv              jm            19.09452         annavoi                 cheeves                 ind           sm           19.21393         trevor    doherty                  ind           sm           19.27412         Colin      Mooney                 IND          sM           19.3404         Liam       Murray IND          SM           19.43433         joe           dunnion                 ind           sm           19.5386         kevin      maguire                 finn valley            sm           19.52432         paddy    clohessy                ind           sm           19.54389         mairead                anderson              finn valley            m40        19.56458         tony        gallagher              ind           m45        19.57354         james    morris   tirconnell             jm            20374         hugh       odonnell               ind           m45        20.01459         kieran   kelly       ind           m40        20.08311         seamus                  curran   fv              m50        20.12450         paul        wilkinson              ind           sm           20.17380         tom         kelly       cranford                m40        20.2376         johnny  ward      tirconnell             m50        20.21392         christopher         gallen    ind           sm           20.22340         cathal   harvey  ind                             20.23337         marie    boyle     ind           sw            20.33373         dwain    long        finn valley            sm           20.33364         colm       mctaggart            ind           sm           20.4382         paddy    hannigan              ind           m45        20.43417         Patsy     Doherty                 finn valley            M50        20.47330         cathal   mcgranaghan    ind           jm            20.48302         pauric   mcgeehan            fv              m40        20.49343         Kathleen               McNulty                 finn valley            SW           20.51395         garry      dunnion                 ind           sm           20.55453         john        lynch      ind           sm           20.56333         vera        haughey                tirconnell             w45        21378         Niall       Mulrine                  24/7 Triathlon Club         SM           21.01347         Barry      Duffy      tirconnell             M40        21.02461         mai         peoples                 ind           M45        21.1318         david     chaney gnd          m40        21.11351         darragh                  mcsorley               ind           sm           21.11370         paul        mcdevitt               tirconnell             m40        21.17338         michael                 mcmenamin       ind           m40        21.22402         Amanda                 Morrow                  finn valley            SW           21.29391         michael                 kerr         ind           sm           21.37336         gloria     donaghy                finn valley            w50        21.39400         jackie    harvey  finn valley            sw            21.42308         ailish     patton  fv              sw            21.47456         charmain              obrien   ind           sw            21.59332         sean       mc menamin      aghyaran              m50        22.02368         cathal   roarty    24/7 Triathlon   m45        22.08309         darren  collins   ind           sm           22.12399         maeve  mcgrath                 finn valley            w40        22.14328         ailish     bell         ind           w40        22.16326         rosaleen               doherty                  letterkenny         sw            22.18413         John       Grant     247 Triathlon     SM           22.4406         Declan  Rooney                   tirconnell             m40        22.56362         james    doherty                  ind           sm           23.05454         emily     bonner ind           sw            23.06329         jackie    harvey  tirconnell             w50        23.1341         Cronan Scanlon                  finn valley            SM           23.11202         PH            Bonner IND          SM           23.2420         Laura     Corbett                  letterkenny         W40       23.38335         brian      fennell  ind           m45        23.39316         brendan                irwin      ind           sm           23.49438         james    nash       finn valley            m40        23.53345         Sharon  Hamilton              finn valley            SW           23.54201         Joanne McNabb                 IND          SW           23.55305         aisling   mcgeehan            fv              sw            23.58303         evelyn   mcgeehan            fv              f40           24.06407         Gaby      McGlone               tirconnell             W40       24.07397         brian      oreilly   ind           m40        24.14353         grace     morris   tirconnell             jw             24.16396         deirdre                   mcguire                 ind           w40        24.24457         michelle                gallagher              ind           sw            24.25430         deirdre                   collins   finn valley            sw            24.3415         Denise  Gallagher             IND          W40       24.41355         martina                 mcgee   tirconnell             sw            24.44334         clare      gallagher              ind           sw            25.13416         Irene      Durkin   Tullaghan             SW           25.13451         samantha            wilkinson              ind           sw            25.16390         caroline                 mcguire                 finn valley            w40        25.18398         rosemary              bonner ind           sw            25.26414         Josie      Lawlor  IND          W45       25.26331         hugo       mcguire                 aghyaran              m50        25.27418         Stephen                 McPhilemy          ind           M50        25.3346         Ruth       Mc Crudden        IND          W40       25.5306         barry      irwin      ind           sm           26323         olivia     murphy                  tirconnell             w45        26.02385         dinese  harper  finn valley            w45        26.24431         catherine             collins   finn valley            sw            26.25369         tony        cummins               tirconnell             m50        26.31371         jane        mcdevitt               tirconnell             w40        26.34384         sinead  collins   finn valley            sw            26.35357         karina   campbell              ind           sw            26.44379         margaret              mcconnell            ind           sw            26.55387         sonya    boyle     ind           sw            27.06388         john        mcdaid                   ind           sm           27.09460         kevin      mchugh                  ind           m50        27.46344         Margaret              Doherty                 finn valley            W45       27.52383         siobnhan              byrne     finn valley            w50        28.11436         louise    collins   ind           sw            28.11408         Maeve Rooney                   tirconnell             Jw            28.52377         roisin     ward      tirconnell             jw             29.45401         Saoirse                   McDevitt               tirconnell             Jw            29.46394         aisling   doherty                  ind           sw            29.47409         Shannon                Rooney                   tirconnell             JM            31.25437         majella                  collins   ind           w40        32.16405         Eleanor                  Rooney                   tirconnell             W45       32.66348         Tara        Duffy      tirconnell             JW           34.09349         Aoife      McDevitt               tirconnell             Jw            35.47322         siobhan                 finigan  ind           sw            37.13350         lena        oreilly   ind           w45        37.31361         ann         dunnion                 ind           w50        42.16307         brendan                patton  fv              m50        Unknown320         ann         kelly       ind           w45        Unknown321         marie    morgan                  ind           w50        Unknown352         brenda morris   tirconnell             w50        Unknown356         dolores                  doherty                  ind           w40        Unknown365         conor     griffin     ind           jm            Unknown434         roisin     nidhuibhe            ind           sw            Unknown439         annemarie          mcgeehan            finn valley            w40        UnknownRESULTS FROM 5K BALLYBOFEY AT SEAN MCCUMHAILL PARK was last modified: September 2nd, 2011 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 (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 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Mbarara target second spot at home to Onduparaka FC

first_imgA win on Wednesday will see Mbarara move into second on the standings (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueMbarara City vs Onduparaka FCKakyeka Stadium, MbararaWednesday, 20-02-2019 @4:30pmMBARARA – Mbarara City will be hoping they can continue their fine season when they host Onduparaka FC at the Kakyeka Stadium.In one of the three StarTimes Uganda Premier League games to be played on Wednesday afternoon, the Anole Lions will have second place high on the agenda even before the game kicks off.Currently seated third with 36 points, Mbarara have 36 points, two behind second placed Vipers and a win against the Caterpillars will see them climb temporarily second.However, it will not be a walk in the park as Onduparaka are desperate to rejuvenate their season.Sadiq Sempiji’s side are coming off a humiliating elimination from the Uganda Cup as they lost 2-1 away to Big League side Proline. Having topped the standings in the League earlier this season, Onduparaka now find themselves 6th, 17 points of the pace.If they fail to win away to Mbarara, they will have gone 8 league games without victory, a situation that spells disaster for the Arua based side.What they are saying ahead of the game:Baker Kasule, Mbarara City assistant head coach.“We are ready for the game. We got two red cards the last time we played Onduparaka but thankfully we got a point off them.“We are used to playing and winning at home so they (Onduparaka) and not we are under pressure. We know we have an upper hand going into the game and believe we will win.Sadiq Sempiji, Onduparaka FC head coach.“Mbarara are a strong side at home like most of the teams in the League.That is all because teams prepare well at home, you have to utilize your home advantage but that doesn’t mean we are tourists in Kakyeka because Mbarara are at home.Match Facts:This will be the fourth top flight meeting between the two sides eversince Mbarara returned to the top flight in 2017.In the first three, Mbarara is yet to lose a game to the Caterpillars (W1 D2).The first game between the two this season ended in a 0-0 draw at the Green Light Stadium in Arua.In the reverse fixture last season, Mbarara defeated Onduparaka 1-0 at Kakyeka.This fixture has seen only one goal in the last three meetings, the least goal tally between two sides in the top flight during that period.Mbarara go into the game unbeaten in any of their last 10 League games (W5 D5). The last time the Ankole Lions lost in the league was in the 3-1 loss away to police on 30-11-2018.At home, they are yet to taste defeat this season, winning 8 and drawing two of their first 10 games.For Onduparaka, they are currently in need of inspiration as they have won only one of their last 9 games in all competitions (D4 L4).Away from home, they have lost four of their last six games (W1 D1).The other games on Wednesday:-Ndejje University vs Tooro United @4:30pm-Bul FC vs SC Villa @4:30pmComments Tags: Baker KasuleMbarara Cityonduparaka fcSadiq SempijiStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetoplast_img read more

How To Reset Your Personal Algorithm For Success

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Because I travel frequently, I download a lot of content. Most of the content I keep on my smartphone is video content from YouTube, which I treat as audio content. When I am traveling, I almost always have my headphones on, so I can block out the noise and listen to something useful.YouTube (really Google) carefully monitors what you watch and updates its algorithm to bring you more of what you watch, or in my case, more of what I listen to. Watching or listening to five or six videos from the same source results in your recommendations filling up with more from that source, as well as similar content from other sources.Last week, I watched several videos about project management software, only to find my recommendations full of software reviews, most of them around project software. Because my behavior suggested that I am interested in software, the algorithm provided more of the same. Later in the week, I searched for Steely Dan, one of the most original sounding rock bands of all time, and one with no less than a dozen hits. The algorithm not only served up more Steely Dan but also other classic rock bands.If you search for partisan politics, the algorithm will show you more content designed to be politically divisive. A search for news will bring you a list of content to provoke you, news being highly sensationalized as a way to increase clicks and revenue. Paying attention to negative things brings you more of what’s negative. Paying attention to what is positive, optimistic, and empowering will bring you more of the same.All you have to do to reset the algorithm is search for something and watch (or listen to) a video.Hitting ResetAnd now, we are no longer talking about YouTube or Facebook or any of the social media companies whose business model depends on your sustained attention and the ability to serve you what they believe to be relevant ads.Instead, we’re now talking about your personal algorithm and the Drift. We’re talking about what beliefs and ideas you are willing to allow to infect you. Your mindset, your thoughts, and your beliefs are made up of what you consume.Your algorithm is even more powerful than the technology that now provides you with a content filter that confirms your existing biases. Your algorithm has been finely-tuned by external forces, mostly without either your knowledge or consent. The constant barrage from your parents, your schools, your friends and peers, your culture, and all you have consumed have shaped your beliefs, including your ideas about what makes a good life.You are, however, free to change the algorithm anytime you like. It is within your control, even if it requires intentionality and effort. The Drift doesn’t easily let you escape its hold.Reprogramming YourselfIf you are going to be programmed, then you should be the programmer. If you are going to be infected with certain ideas, thoughts, and beliefs, there is no reason not to seek out and choose the most positive, beneficial programming available to you, installing what has been proven to produce better outcomes and a better life.You have to stop paying attention to what is harmful if you want less negativity. If you desire more positivity, then you have to focus on what’s positive. As Earl Nightingale said, “We become what we think about most of the time, and that is the strangest secret,” which doesn’t strike me as strange at all. How could it be otherwise?What programs are you running? Whose programs are they?last_img read more

Akhilesh urges Governor to ‘wake up’ U.P. govt.

first_imgSamajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday urged Governor Ram Naik to “wake up” the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh to the spate of crimes in the State and the political violence faced by his party workers and supporters.Mr. Yadav asked Mr. Naik to direct the Yogi Adityanath government to bring under control the “jungleraj”, and said it was giving a free hand to criminals.The SP chief recalled that while his government was in power, Mr. Naik would refer to the number of Yadavs holding official posts and said that today not a single member of the community was a DM or an SP.“I just want to remind the Governor that he had always woken up the [SP] government on the issue of law and order. I want the Governor to wake this government up too,” Mr. Yadav told reporters after he submitted a memorandum to the Governor.“There is no district where SP workers and supporters were not targeted,” said Mr. Yadav, alleging that the State police followed “repressive policies” to victimise a “specific community.”There were some two dozen such incidents, he said.“Many innocents were killed in encounters,” he said in the memorandum.“Such a bad situation did not ever exist in the state.”last_img read more