This is the first of six games to be played by each team as the Telikom National Soccer League moves into the championships stage.With the transfer windows open this week, Rapatona is looking to pouch players from other franchise to boost their campaign.Top team Hekari is a class act with quality players, finishing on top and unbeaten in the confederate round robin stage of the competition.Hekari boasts top national players David Muta, Koriak Upaiga, Wira Wama and rising stars in the likes of Emmanuel Simon, Otto Kusunan, Papalau Awele and Ismael Pole at the goal mouth.But a little push and shove in the right places may force them out of their comfort zone.Rapatona certainly will push the referee’s temperament to reach for his pocket in what is expected to be a dicey clash.The match kicks off at 2pm and is certain to entertain the followers in the nation’s capital and we can expect some heat on and off the field.Top team in this champion’s league will be the minor premier and scores a place in the TNSL 2015-2016 season grand final and also qualifies for the OFC Champions League.The third and fourth placing will not be played but the teams will be awarded the prize money as per the national league point’s ladder.
Come Wednesday, the eyes of the cricketing world will be on Galle, where a new-look West Indies will begin their two-match battle against a new-look Sri Lanka with a lot of hope but with a little sparkle in the eyes of both sets of players.It was never always like this, however, certainly not when the West Indies were in their pomp, when they boasted players like Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, and the fearsome four, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, and Colin Croft.Although they were never the world champions, despite winning the World Cup once, it was, for Sri Lanka, also not so in the days when they paraded batsmen of the class of Aravinda de Silva, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, and Mahela Jayawardene, pacers like Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Zoysa, and Lasith Malinga, and a spinner like Muttiah Muralitharan.The West Indies, as good as they may have been, or were, have a score to settle. In the vital statistics, they trail Sri Lanka.In nine Test matches, the West Indies have never won in Sri Lanka, and in a total of 15 Test matches, the West Indies have won only three to Sri Lanka’s six.The good ol’ daysIn the early days of the contest, and in spite of their slide after dominating the world, the West Indies were good enough, in short series, to win a Test match and to take the honours.In 2001, however, and in 2005, Sri Lanka, led by Vaas and Muralitharan, ambushed the West Indies in Sri Lanka and won every Test match, beating the West Indies 3-0 and 2-0 in fine style.In 2001, batting star Brian Lara fought gallantly, but his 688 runs in six innings, for an average of 114.66, and three centuries, including twin centuries of 221 and 130, were almost covered in the rubble of the West Indies disaster.The question today is simply this: Who will win? Will it be Sri Lanka or will it will be the West Indies?On Wednesday, the two teams come face to face with almost similar problems, one with a new captain in Jason Holder, one with an almost new captain in Angelo Mathews, both teams with some new players, and both captains will be hoping and praying that their young hopefuls will become their young guns.For Sri Lanka, the best of their batting is gone. Tillakaratne Dilshan, the attacking opening batsman with a thirst for runs, has called it quits, and so too have Sangakkara, the left-handed stylist who scores his runs with ease and grace, and Jayawardene, the man who sometimes looks as if he was born to bat.Those three were the body and soul of Sri Lanka’s batting and, without a doubt, they will be missed.With Dushmantha Chameera and Mathews in the line-up and batting well, however, with Kaushal Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, and Dimiuth Karunaratne fighting positions, with 20-year-old Kusal Mendis or Dinesh Chandimal likely to keep wicket, Sri Lanka’s batting may not be so short, especially playing at home.Sri Lanka’s strength, however, promises to be their bowling.With left-arm spinner Rangana Herath bowling well, a lot is expected of him, so too Tharindu Kaushal, a relatively inexperienced off-spinner who has been barred from bowling the doosra, but who is so good that he is expected play and also to do well.Sri Lanka will miss the arrow-like fast bowling of Malinga, but they also possess a good crop of swing bowlers who could make life difficult for the West Indies batsmen.Shaminda Eranga is injured and will be out, but any two of Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, and Suranga Lakmal, plus all-rounder Mathews and the pair of spinners, Herath and Kaushal, could be dangerous, especially at Galle.Heavy burdenFor the West Indies, a lot will depend on Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Kraigg Brathwaite, and Jermaine Blackwood, plus wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin and all-rounder Holder to post good totals with the wicket-taking responsibilities resting on the shoulders of Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach, Holder, and right-arm leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.It takes 11 players to do battle, however, and the other two who could also join the action are batsmen Rajendra Chandrika or Shai Hope, and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel.Maybe, however, in an effort to add a little punch to the batting while assisting the main bowlers, and to make the fielding that much better, the hard-hitting all-rounder Carlos Braithwaite could replace Gabriel in a bid to field a team with enough batting and enough bowling to try and win a Test match.Recently, Sri Lanka lost 2-1 at home to Pakistan and to India, and the West Indies drew 1-1 with England and lost 2-0 to Australia, also at home. The prospects, therefore, are nicely balanced and even.The West Indies, however, have a good chance of winning for the first time in Sri Lanka, providing the players concentrate on the job at hand and do not allow the absence of coach Phil Simmons to affect them negatively, providing Braithwaite does not bat forever without scoring, providing Roach, Taylor, or Bishoo do not break down, and once captain Holder lives up to the great expectations.In spite of the slow reputation of the pitches, the pace of Taylor and Roach, and the bounce of Holder, could make the difference.
Past The Finishing PostTrack: Dirt : GoodRace 1 1300 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO – (NW4)*1. #3 ANOTHER FURY WHenry 54.02. #2 DR. BANNER JJackson 56.0 3-1/4L3. #6 STORMING OWhite 52.0 4-1/2L4. #7 HOLOGRAM SHADOW RMitchell 54.0 1/2LLate scratch : #5 ZACKONTHEATTACKWIN: $82.00Final Time : 1:19.3 Splits : 23.1, 46.1, 1:12.1,Winner : 4yo gr filly – HE’STHEREALTHING – RAGING FURYTrainer : FITZROY GLISPIE Owner : FITZROY GLISPIEBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $129.00 Ex: $219.00Trifecta: $1,780.00Race 2 1200 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. #6 ICE PRINCESS OEdwards2 50.02. #5 QUEENOFSAINTROSE JErwin 53.0 10L3. #3 WICKED TUFF OWalker 56.0 2L4. #1 GOFORHOME HPottinger2 51.0 5-1/2LLate scratch : #4 HOLY LIGHTWIN: $81.00PLACE: $63.00, $67.00, $91.00Final Time : 1:15.1 Splits : 23.2, 47.0Winner : 5yo ch filly – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – PREMIER SOLUTIONTrainer : ERROL WAUGH Owner : INTEL DIPLOBred by JOAN BONNERQu: $136.00 Ex: $155.00D/E: $129.00Superfecta: $536.00Race 3 1820 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. #5 PROUD OF NUCLEAR RHalledeen 56.02. #3 SUBBIE BebHarvey2 53.5 2L3. #1 ROGAMMA OEdwards2 52.0 5-1/2L4. #2 GENERAL REPORT OWhite 52.0 NeckWIN: $165.00PLACE: $115.00, $230.00, $155.00Final Time : 1:58.3 Splits : 27.1, 51.4, 1:16.3, 1:43.3Winner : 3yo b colt – NUCLEAR WAYNE – MAKIN ME PROUDTrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : MICHROSBred by MICHAEL BERNARDQu: $429.00 Ex: $524.00D/E: $227.00Superfecta: $2,832.00Rolling Triple: $469.00Race 4 1300 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)*1. #1 LORD EQUUS SEllis 54.02. #7 LITTLE BIG HORN OScott4 51.0 1-3/4L3. #8 ZEPHYR BebHarvey2 53.0 3/4L4. #9 MY COMPANION OWalker 56.0 Sh.HeadWIN: $115.00PLACE: $60.00, $86.00, $70.00Final Time : 1:19.0 Splits : 23.1, 46.3, 1:11.3,Winner : 4yo b colt – IMAGE MAKER – DANCINWITHTHESTARSTrainer : PATRICK FONG Owner : SUPERKIDS RACING STABLESBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Qu: $990.00 Ex: $1,596.00D/E: $299.00Superfecta: $3,736.00Rolling Triple: $512.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st-3rd SINCE OCT. 251. #7 BALA BAD GAL LINKS SBlake 52.02. #5 VALLEY OF QUEENS NBerger4 46.0 3L3. #4 WINIT JPatterson2 53.0 1-3/4L4. #3 ON THE DOUBLE KRobinson 55.0 4-1/2LDNF #6 SIR ROLAND OBennett 56.0WIN: $569.00PLACE: $179.00, $140.00, $120.00Final Time : 1:03.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.3Winner : 5yo ch filly – TRADITIONAL – VICTORIATrainer : CONROY TULLOCH Owner : EWART BROWNBred by NEWTON & TREVOR BARNESQu: $1,470.00 Ex: $3,814.00D/E: $2,155.00Trifecta: $59,180.00Rolling Triple: $8,214.00Race 6 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT – FILLIES*1. #12 LIGHTNING LILY ISpence 53.02. #9 LAWS OF THE CODE OWhite 53.0 1/2L3. #10 TOOT THE BLUES DaneNelson 53.0 4-1/2L4. #8 BIG SHOW OMullings 53.0 3/4L5. #6 SIMPLY OUTRAGEOUS JErwin 55.0 3/4LLate scratch : #5 ADORING LADYWIN: $127.00PLACE: $90.00, $125.00, $126.00Final Time : 1:06.4 Splits : 23.1, 46.3Winner : 3yo b filly – STORM CRAFT – RHYTHM OF MY HEARTTrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : LAKELAND FARMS LTD.Bred by LAKELAND FARMS LTD.Qu: $527.00 Ex: $700.00D/E: $1,498.00 (7-5) $425.00Trifecta: $931.00Hi-5: $5,416.50Rolling Triple: $4,684.00Super-6: $7,686.20KING’S PLATERace 7 1500 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE1. #2 PINELOPE JPatterson2 48.02. #1 AWESOME DESTINY DDawkins2 49.5 1-1/2L3. #5 BLUE DIXIE AChatrie 53.0 1-1/4L4. #8 PERFECT NEIGHBOUR JErwin 57.0 1-3/4LWIN: $240.00PLACE: $81.00, $88.00, $136.00Final Time : 1:31.0 Splits : 24.4, 47.2, 1:11.1,Winner : 4yo b filly – PORTO SANTO – BLACK THATCHTrainer : PATRICK FONG Owner : SUPERKIDS RACING STABLESBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $712.00 Ex: $1,219.00D/E: $989.00Superfecta: $6,517.00Rolling Triple: $5,302.00Pick-4: $31,808.00HOT LINE STAKESRace 8 1200 M (Purse $1,100,000) NB3-Y-O RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II(NW2) – FILLIES(Sponsored by Front Runner)1. #3 RUNALLDAY LSteadman2 55.02. #4 LADY FAYE SEllis 57.0 4L*3. #9 FORT KNOX RHalledeen 57.0 Neck4. #8 THORNHILL MISS RLahoe 57.0 Sh.HeadWIN: $95.00PLACE: $57.00, $76.00, $79.00Final Time : 1:12.3 Splits : 22.4, 45.2Winner : 3yo b filly – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – RACEETrainer: ANTHONY NUNES Owner : STEPHAN NARINESINGHBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $665.00 Ex: $497.00D/E: $947.00Superfecta: $1,474.00Rolling Triple: $1,668.00Race 9 1200 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO – (NW3)*1. #6 LUCKY NINE DaneNelson 55.02. #10 BIG MACHINE LINKS ARobles 55.0 Neck3. #3 FIFTYONESTORM AndreePowell3 55.0 Neck4. #9 ST. BERNARD JJackson 54.0 1-1/2L5. #2 MINNIFFIA JPatterson2 54.0 3/4LWIN: $129.00PLACE: $77.00, $90.00, $243.00Final Time : 1:14.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.0Winner : 4yo b colt – STORM CRAFT – SKIPPING SUETrainer : GARY GRIFFITHS Owner : ROBERT LEEBred by ROBERT LEEQu: $261.00 Ex: $535.00D/E: $212.00Trifecta: $1,371.00Hi-5: $18,897.00Rolling Triple: $3,883.00PlacePot 8: $15,947.00SIR HOWARD STAKESRace 10 1200 M (Purse $1,100,000) NB3-Y-O RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II(NW2) – C&G(Sponsored by Front Runner)1. #4 DON CHASSIS SEllis 57.0*2. #2 LOOSE CANNON OWalker 57.0 2-1/2L3. #11 SUPERBOLT BebHarvey2 52.0 2-1/2L4. #5 SILENCE RMitchell 57.0 2-1/2L5. #7 ICTUS LSteadman2 55.0 3/4LWIN: $590.00PLACE: $215.00, $64.00, $201.00Final Time : 1:12.3 Splits : 23.2, 46.0Winner : 3yo ch colt – PERFORMING MAGIC – FEMME DOREETrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : SUPERKIDS RACING STABLESBred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD.Qu: $416.00 Ex: $1,431.00D/E: $2,116.00Trifecta: $42,690.00Hi-5: $152,578.00Rolling Triple: $4,868.00Race 11 1000 M (R) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #1 KANALOA LSteadman2 54.02. #2 BURNING EXIT JJackson 54.0 Neck*3. #3 FLYING MACHINE DaneNelson 54.0 Sh.Head4. #11 SEEKING THE DAWN ARobles 56.0 Neck5. #10 LADY CARMEN SBlake 51.0 3-3/4L6. #13 OCEAN SEEKER RHalledeen 54.0 1-1/4LWIN: $1,726.00PLACE: $482.00, $119.00, $93.00Final Time : 0:59.4 Splits : 22.4, 45.4, ,Winner : 4yo colt – BURNING MARQUE – VERITYTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : ALEXANDER HAMILTONBred by ALEXANDER HAMILTONQu: $2,799.00 Ex: $15,694.00D/E: $24,915.00Trifecta: $5,390.00Hi-5 carry-over : $127,265.45Rolling Triple: $53,725.00Pick-4 : $170,288.00 (4/4)Super-6: $2,218,870.80 (6/6)Pick-9: $3,257.00 (7/9) $78.50 (6/9)Carry-over : $1,319,747.10
The Government of Liberia, through the Liberia National Police and the Justice system, has ordered the closure of all beaches until Liberia is declared free of Ebola Virus disease in the country.“The Liberia National Police with the consent of the Ministry of Justice, would like to inform the general public that pursuant to the power and authority granted the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare under chapter 30 of the Executive Law, Title 12, Liberia Code of Laws Revised (1972) and Part ll, Chapter 11,13,14,17, and Part V, Chapter 52 of the Public Health Law, Title 33, Liberia Code of Laws Revised (1972), all beaches are to be closed on November 29, 30 and onward,” Ssaid Director of Police, Christopher Massaquoi.The LNP Director made the disclosure last Friday following the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism press conference in Monrovia.According to Director Massaquoi, the measure is in line with the government of Liberia’s Anti-Ebola Regulation acknowledging that bodily contacts between persons provide a direct mode for the transmission of the EVD. Therefore, all public rallies during the campaign and elections period, including beaches, except for political rallies during the campaign and elections period, are hereby prohibited until the government of Liberia is declared EVD-free.“Notwithstanding all political rallies shall be held only in keeping with the guidelines and regulations of the National Elections Commission and the measures put in place by the Liberian government. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this regulation, shall upon conviction be liable to a fine or imprisonment as provided under the Public Health Law through the police and the Ministry of Justice,” he warned.The LNP Boss asserted that there will be a robust enforcement of the banning order and any beach owner and/or individuals who violate the order will be arrested and forwarded to court for prosecution. “The police will not entertain any protest against the banning order,” he said, “and will deal very effectively with any individual or group of individuals who may choose to use any violent means to resist the execution of the banning order.”He called on all Liberians to adhere strictly to the government’s pronouncement. All LNP personnel, including ERU and PSU officers, have been instructed to enforce the order within the entire Republic.Meanwhile, the LNP Boss assured all candidates and their supporters across Liberia that the police are ready to provide protection and security for all candidates and supporters accordingly.He however warned candidates and supporters against violation of the rules governing both the campaign and election processes bordering on the violation of the rights of other candidates, supporters and citizens. He said violators will be brought to the attention of the police who, in conjunction with the National Elections Commission (NEC), will seek remedy to such complaints.“I wish to restate that the police are prepared to provide full security protection for all candidates and their supporters in the senatorial race without discrimination or favor. We therefore, encourage everyone to go about their campaign programs in the most orderly and disciplined manner so as to maintain the peace and have an orderly and successful campaign for the December 16, 2014 senatorial election.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Residents of the Palms Geriatric Home on Brickdam were on Friday engaged in dance aerobics classes which were organised to foster fitness and improve their general well-being.The programme was held in collaboration with the Social Protection Ministry and Fitness Paradise Gym to encourage good physical health.Social Services Department Deputy Director Abiki Samuels highlighted that the Ministry recognised the importance of physical activities in leading healthy lifestyles and as such, the seniors would benefit from these workout sessions.Samuels stated, “As our loved ones become older, it always becomes a bit more difficult for them to keep up a healthy and active lifestyle. Their memory fails, they fall easily, and have difficulty working and maintaining their balance. There is a noticeable difference in their mental and physical wellbeing.“Research has shown that through different types of physical exercise, dancing and aerobic training, both increases the area of the brain that declines with age. In comparison, it was only dancing that leads to a noticeable behavioural change in terms of improved balance and reduced risk of dementia,” she added.It was also related that the staff of the Geriatric Home would be somewhat relieved, since the independence of the residents would increase if they continue their dance sessions. They would also be able to keep up with their daily routines more easily.Throughout the programme, trainers will visit the centre to work with the residentsTrainers engaging the seniors of the Geriatric Home in a dance routinein various aspects of dance aerobics training where choreographed dance numbers would be produced by the dance instructors.Meanwhile, an insight into the planned activities was given by the Manager of Fitness Paradise Gym, Dian Sinclair, who is also the mastermind behind the ideas for this project.“What the dance classes are is an instructor will come to choreograph a dance session to suit your needs, because it’s important that the instructor reaches out to you and where you are at. [It] will not only help you physically to feel better, but will also help you mentally and emotionally.”She noted that the senior citizens would be engaged in such activities at the gym and this initiative would now allow for them to reach a wider spectrum.“What I have seen in those classes have motivated me to try to reach out to see institutions where we can give back to the people and somehow change their lives in some small way,” Sinclair said.The seniors were encouraged to participate in these exercises every week which can improve cognitive and physical function.
Applications will be accepted until Monday and are available in the Community Services Office in City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd. Teen volunteers must attend a meeting at 7p.m. Wednesday in City Hall council chambers. For information, call (661) 286-4165. SANTA CLARITA – The city is recruiting youths to volunteer later this month at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. Eleven- to 14-year-olds can work at the Gold Rush Food Court and get school credit for community service hours. There also are plenty of jobs for those 15 and up. The festival will be held April28 and29 at Melody Ranch in Placerita Canyon and at other locations. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea (centre) saves a shot from Liverpool’s Cameroonian defender Joel Matip during their English Premier League match at Anfield in Liverpool on October 14, 2017LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Oct 14 – Manchester United ceded the initiative in the Premier League title race after drawing 0-0 with arch foes Liverpool in a drab game at Anfield on Saturday.Despite his side having previously matched leaders Manchester City stride for stride, United manager Jose Mourinho resorted to familiar spoiling tactics that meant his team registered just one shot on target. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have now won just once in eight matches, but this was a brighter showing on a balmy Merseyside afternoon, with Joel Matip and Emre Can going close either side of half-time.“I was waiting for Jurgen to change,” Mourinho said by way of explanation.“I was waiting for him to bring on (Daniel) Sturridge or (Dominic) Solanke and keep his attacking players, but he changed player by player and kept the strong midfield.“That midfield today was stronger than my midfield. I had (Ander) Herrera and (Nemanja) Matic and nobody on the bench to make it different.“The second half was a bit of chess, but my opponent didn’t open the door for me to win the game.”The second successive goalless draw between the teams at Anfield preserved United’s seven-point advantage over Liverpool in the table.The result meant United fell short of setting their best ever points tally after eight games of a Premier League campaign, although they have now gone seven games without defeat against their eternal rivals.It was not the celebration Klopp would have wanted on the second anniversary of his appointment as Liverpool manager and he currently has only one more point than his predecessor Brendan Rodgers had at the moment he was sacked.“Manchester United came here for a point and got it,” said Klopp, who was missing key forward Sadio Mane through injury.“For sure you could not play this way at Liverpool, but it’s OK for Manchester United.”– Dazzling De Gea –Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (left) vies with Manchester United’s Phil Jones during their English Premier League match at Anfield in Liverpool on October 14, 2017© AFP/File Paul ELLISKlopp felt United striker Romelu Lukaku could have been shown a red card after catching the prone Dejan Lovren in the face with his boot in a first-half tussle, although replays suggested the contact was accidental.He also said Philippe Coutinho should have been awarded a penalty after being tripped by Ander Herrera on the edge of the United box in the second half.“I felt the referee should have given us a penalty,” Klopp said.“Then, maybe, it was a red card with the Lukaku and Lovren situation. Two situations, with different outcomes producing maybe a different result.”Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish was present at Anfield for the inauguration of the stand that now bears his name and with United retreating from kick-off, he saw his team have plenty of the ball.United’s shackling of Liverpool’s front three meant Georginio Wijnaldum found himself with space to attack and he tested visiting goalkeeper David de Gea twice in the first 15 minutes.It took a dazzling stop from De Gea to keep the scoreline blank in the 34th minute, the Spaniard jutting out his left foot to block Matip’s close-range volley from Roberto Firmino’s cross.After pinching the ball off Coutinho’s toes, Mohamed Salah thrashed the rebound wide of the left-hand post.Obliged to plough a lone furrow up front for United, Lukaku endured a frustrating first half and should have been booked for cleaning out Joe Gomez with a late challenge.But he almost put United ahead against the run of play following a slick exchange involving Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, only for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to parry.Liverpool procured their second big chance 11 minutes into the second half when Joe Gomez’s cross from the right fell invitingly for Can, who could do no better than hoist a volley into the Kop from six yards out.Liverpool fashioned two last openings in stoppage time, but after leaping to meet corners from substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, neither Lovren nor Matip could keep their headers down.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The stunning Golden PheasantWhen this rather exotic bird flew into Alister Gourley’s garden, he knew it probably was’t from around these parts.Alister, who lives at Oran Hill in the Mountain Top area of Letterkenny, immediately called Alcorn’s Tropical World thinking it was one of theirs.Alas, they called to Alister’s home, but simply couldn’t catch the creature.It flew off and could still be on the loose in Letterkenny. Alister contacted Donegal Daily and we connected our friend Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland.Niall revealed the bird is not from Letterkenny or even Ireland for that matter but has its origins in far-flung China.The bird in question is a male Golden Pheasant and Niall guessed it had probably escaped from captivity locally.We still don’t know who owns the bird but if you come across it, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to reunite it with its owner. STUNNING BIRD HAS LETTERKENNY RESIDENTS IN A FLAP! was last modified: March 16th, 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) Tags:birddonegalGolden Pheasantletterkenny
A CO Donegal teenager has realised his ambition – playing with favourite team Manchester United in a soccer tournament in Brazil.Letterkenny lad Ryan McConnell has played several games for the English side in Brazil at the the U-17 Future Championship.The boy from from Old Town played in three games for United in the tournament this week. Teenagers from some of the world’s top clubs are playing there.The former Letterkenny Rovers star signed for United in October when he turned 16 last October.Now 17 years-old, the former Glencar Schoolboys defender has been offered a three-year deal with the club with senior team boss Alex Ferguson being kept up to date on his progress. LETTERKENNY LAD REALISES DREAM WITH MAN UNITED was last modified: December 15th, 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 new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyman unitedryan mccconnell
As debate heightens over reforming the Los Angeles Unified School District, a Rand researcher released a report Thursday outlining various proposals to change how the public school system is run. Catherine Augustine told members of the Commission on LAUSD Governance that each proposal has pros and cons and that she was not recommending any single proposal for adoption. The company is scheduled to provide a more detailed study next month. In a joint statement, Council President Alex Padilla and Councilman Jose Huizar, who created the commission, said the Rand presentation helped open the dialogue over the school district’s operation. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has been campaigning for mayoral control of the district, said he will review the Rand report, but was unsure whether it would change his position. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I am open to any proposal, but I think in the end we will need a system with one person in charge,” Villaraigosa said. “I will continue to collaborate with all the folks involved and, ultimately, I am going to have to convince a majority of people to go along with whatever we finally come up with.” Rand said mayoral control could lead to better use of citywide resources and greater flexibility in contract negotiations, but that it risks alienating the areas of the district that are not part of the city of Los Angeles. The report also found only negatives in giving a mayor partial control, saying it has failed in other jurisdictions. The report said the commission should look at what makes districts succeed, such as teacher quality, parental involvement and safety. In addition, it said successful districts tend to have clear policies with high expectations for teachers and students while not micromanaging individual schools. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 email@example.com