Galway United Announce New Signings

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Galway man Stephen Folan has returned to the City following a career with Newcastle before moving to Sligo Rovers, Cork City and Limerick FC. Speaking to Mike Rafferty. Folan said that he was really looking forward to his first game this season at Eamon Deacy Park.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Aganovic, who has played football in his home country of Sweden was impressed with the set up at Eamon Deacy Park when he spoke to Mike Rafferty this afternoon.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It was also announced this afternoon that Alex Byrne will extend his stay with the club. The dynamic midfielder is recovering from major surgery in the off-season and it is hoped that Byrne will make a return in March. The 20-year-old made 28 appearances for Galway United in 2015 before his season was cut short by injury.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Mike Rafferty gave his thoughts while Speaking to John on Newsbreak Sport this afternoon. Galway United have unveiled their new signings at a special press briefing held in the Connacht Hotel this afternoon. Stephen Folan and Armin Aganovic are the latest signings to be made by the club who play St Patrick’s Athletic in their opening game of the new Premier Division Season at Richmond Park on Friday March the 4th.last_img read more

AEK and APOEL ready for top of the table showdown

first_imgALL eyes will be on Sunday’s top of the table clash between AEK and APOEL at the GSZ stadium in Larnaca which could go a long way in deciding the eventual champion for the season. In the relegation scrap, Ethnikos Achnas seem doomed unless they can stage a remarkable comeback, beginning this Sunday against Doxa.More than 5,000 AEK supporters are expected to turn up for the crunch clash against APOEL where a win will see their team overtake the defending champions at the top of the table courtesy of their superior head-to-head recordAEK coach Tomas Christiansen could not stress enough the importance of Sundays fixture, describing it as a ‘final’ in his pre-game press conference, while striker Alves urged all AEK fans to show up at the ground.Christiansen has an almost full squad to choose from and is expected to reunite the defensive partnership of Catala and Murillio, the latter having regained match fitness following a lengthy injury. It will also be the first time that AEK’s winter signing Trickovski will come up against the team where he enjoyed the biggest successes, culminating in the memorable Champions League quarter-final run in 2012.A win for APOEL will give them a six-point advantage over AEK and will put them a step closer to their fourth consecutive championship.APOEL coach Temur Ketsbaia is sweating over the fitness of defender Carlao, a vital cog in the league’s meanest backline. The odds are against the Brazilian and shoul he fail to recover in time Alexandrou is the likely candidate to take his place in an otherwise unchanged team.All three teams below the leaders, Apollon, Omonia and Anorthosis, are battling it out for the remaining European slot, and with just one point separating them a rousing finish is expected. Apollon, who have improved considerably in their last few games will be favourites to overcome Anorthosis in Limassol.With all but one player at his disposal, coach Pedro Emmanuel may ring a few changes but is still expected to maintain a 4-4-2 formation – something that proved so successful in the first two playoff games. The Famagusta team have lost both of their opening playoff matches, and a third will hamper their chances of a top-three finish.Coach Zoran Milinkovic knows that he has to sort out his attack if he is to get anything out of the game. Anorthosis have only managed to score against relegated Enosis in their last four games. In the final top-tier game Omonia are away to Nea Salamina, with Bebe being added to the already long list of injured players for the Nicosia team.Nea Salamina, out of the running for a European slot as they trail to the team above them by 19 point,s have only pride to play for.In the bottom group, Ethnikos Achnas need all three points against Doxa Katokopias to have any hope of retaining their first division status.On the other hand Doxa, who up until recently enjoyed a mid-table position, will want to avoid defeat at all costs as they will be just three points above Ethnikos should they lose. In the final two games, Ermis Aradippou entertain the much improved and unbeaten in the last four games Paphos FC, while the two teams that appear to be safe from relegation, AEL and Aris, meet at the Tsirion in Limassol.Championship GroupSaturday: Apollon vs Anorthosis, Nea Salamina vs Omonia (18.00)Sunday: APOEL vs AEK (18.00)Relegation GroupSunday: Ermis vs Paphos FC, AEL vs Aris, Ethnikos vs Doxa (all at 16.00)last_img read more

Minor premiers not getting too excited

first_imgFollowing last weekend’s big win over PRK Mendi Muruks 28-4 in Lae, Tigers finished on top of the table with 24 points.Second on the ladder of the top eight was TNA Simbu Lions, followed by Agmark Rabaul Gurias, Kemele Hela  Wigmen, Muruks, Bintangor Goroka Lahanis, Wamp Nga Mt Hagen Eagles, and Whagi Tumbe.Coach Stanley Tepend said becoming  minor premiers was a milestone achieved,  especially to do that the second time in a row however the boys still have a big challenge ahead going into the finals. He said the boys will undergo a full week of training to work on weaknesses in certain areas.Tepend commended every player for sticking to the game plan and preventing  the opponents from scoring any points in the second half.Captain Sydney Fred was full of praise for the boys for taking control of the game during the bad weather on Sunday.”It was one of the games we had to get over. We have to stay focused and move forward from here,” said Fred.Tigers will take on Agmark Gurias in the first qualifying final this Sunday in Lae.last_img read more

“FAMILY” for National Park on Saturday

first_imgOver the past years, 704 Sport Bar, Club and Sky Lounge has been hosting concept parties and would have featured several artistes ranging from soca to chutney and dancehall. This time around, and in light of the holiday weekend, the entity has decided to spread its wings.On Saturday evening, the establishment will host a party titled “FAMILY” and will feature Jamaican dancehall artiste, Popcaan and a surprise artiste of Jamaica. Apart from the live performances by Popcaan and his band, there are several deejays that will add to the excitement.These include Tallest and Fifty out of 704 Bar; Deejay P-Star and Perry West out of Trinidad and Tobago; Deejay Puffy, Garwin and Seen up along with Magnum, Gully Ras and Selector Diamond.Advance tickets for the event were sold at $2000 each but if you missed that train, tickets are now available at $3000 and can be collected at ALL Churches Chicken locations; Chetsons, Garage, La Rose Boutique, West Vibes at Vreed-en-Hoop and Sherriff Major in Linden.Gates to the event open at 20:30h, with Popcaan expected to perform at 00:30h. Crown Vibes will be providing sound and lighting for this epic event. Apart from this event, the entity also has its regular concept parties; one of such is “Stitchy on the Roof” on Sundays and “Small Friday” on Thursday evenings.last_img read more

Ethno-local identity – Part 2

first_imgIn my first part of analysing ethno-local identity, I argued that historical isolation on the plantations, the nationalisation of culture based on all of us are one, and the dictatorial policies of the then PNC have led to the creation and persistence of Indian ethno-local identity in Guyana.I will add that the policies of the PPP have also led to ethno-local identity. The PPP has done very little with regards to moving Indians from their insular rural domain into the public and private sector.In this column, I will examine the positives and negatives of ethno-local identity. To many rural Indians, an ethno-Indian local identity is based on an elastic form of Hinduism which they consider to be sacred and pure. This identity does not only maintain certain aspects of custom and culture, Holi and Diwali, for example, but also provide strong personal and communal support to deal with human social ills like alcoholism, suicide, domestic aggression and abuse, particularly since these communities are generally without sound supporting networks and plagued by poverty and other forms of dissonance.Rural Indian communities have developed impressive survival mechanisms by themselves for themselves. Instead of going to a modern medical doctor, for example, for certain illnesses, they choose the nontraditional medical practice of the “massage man” in their community to treat nara, belly pain.The flipside of the above positives, however, is that ethno-local identity also reflects a sense of parochialism and insularity, which has given rise to internal and external problems. Internally, traditional roles within the family and community are questioned. Sons challenge the authority of fathers while daughters-in-law question their subservient roles in the family.Subsequently, effective social integration from the inside is not always well as family, community, society are torn apart by the struggle for power and equality. It is not uncommon to see family members not speaking to each other for long periods, and in some cases, a lifetime, because of an argument.Indians themselves are separated and even torn apart by their different identifications. Some urban Indians simply despise ethno-local Indian identity and see it as backward and barnacled to old customs that are inconsistent with the more influential Creole identity.To illustrate, consider the following, which might be difficult for some to digest. After the post-2015 general election in Guyana in which the predominant Indian PPP lost to the APNU/AFC coalition, local Indians who retained their loyalty to the PPP were referred to as: “dem coolie stupid,” “dem coolie na want change,” “dem coolie think dem a live in India.” What these remarks highlight is an internal ethnic identity difference within Indians in Guyana.While urban Indians have identified mainly with the national identity of their country, rural Indians with local identity see such aspirations as straying from one’s roots. Rural Indians see themselves as proud icons of Indian cultural resilience in a foreign land, particularly with regard to rejecting Westernisation and Creolisation.To be sure, however, some urban Indians as well as rural Indians embrace a hybrid identity that combines elements of both identities. It is not surprising to find an urban Hindu magistrate upholding Western law in courts or a rural Indian exposing his children to Western mannerisms and education.Externally, Indian local identity is perceived by the Creole society as unsupportive of the national culture or national consciousness, which is based on nationality rather than ethnicity. As a result, ethno-local identity can be marginalised from the national consciousness but at the local level share an interlocking interdependence with communities different from the Indians’ own. For instance, local Indians tend to seek out Westernised Indians as well as Africans for help in matters relating to Western institutions such school and court proceedings. In some ways, and even though, local Indian identity is insular, it is not always isolated.By and large, identity by its very nature is consensual, conflictual, and relational. If ethno-local Indians do not have any meaningful relationship with other ethnic groups, it is implicitly relational since there is no relation.Philosophy aside, what is more at stake is what will become of ethno-local identity in the future. Predicting the future is always a risky endeavour but we can say if inequities in the global system as well as political, economic, and social instabilities and tensions within the nation-state of Guyana continue, which arguably will, then ethno-local identity may disappear altogether like other localised culture in the global south.Equally worrying is that unlike ethno-national identity, ethno-local identity has never been at the forefront of plans, policies and programmes of the nation-state of Guyana.(send comments to: read more

FIFA president ‘disappointed’ by empty stands at Koreas qualifier

first_img“I was looking forward to seeing a full stadium for such a historic match but was disappointed to see there were no fans in the stands,” he said in an interview published on the FIFA website.“We were surprised by this and by several issues related to its live broadcast and problems with visas and access for foreign journalists.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4No foreign media were at the game — the first competitive men’s match to be played in Pyongyang between the two sides, whose countries are still technically at war.Frustrated South Korean fans who were not permitted to travel to the game will have to wait days to see it on television after officials bring back a DVD recording. LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images “For us, freedom of the press and freedom of speech are obviously paramount, but on the other hand it would be naive to think we can change the world from one minute to the next,” Infantino said.The match comes in the wake of a series of North Korean missile tests that raised tensions in the region, and after the breakdown of talks with the US over Pyongyang’s weapons programs.It is a far cry from the cross-border warmth of last year, when South Korean President Moon Jae-in seized on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to broker the Pyongyang-Washington discussion process.The only simple way to follow the match, which the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) had billed as “one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures” for years, was a limited online text commentary posted on the FIFA and AFC websites.Meanwhile, North Korean state media did not offer much in the way of colorful description in its report on the match.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist In this photo provided by the Korea Football Association, South and North Korean, wearing red uniforms, players play during their Asian zone Group H qualifying soccer match for the 2022 World Cup at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. South Korea soccer officials say they can’t see a telecast of the historic World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang between their national team and North Korea, and think the game was proceeding at an empty Kim Il Sung Stadium. (The Korea Football Association via AP)FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he was “disappointed” after attending a historic but bizarre World Cup qualifier between North and South Korea that had empty stands and no live broadcast.The rare match in the North Korean capital ended 0-0 on Tuesday, with Infantino one of the few people allowed to see the surreal game play out at Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdowncenter_img Aldin Ayo mum on Rhenz Abando benching in UST win over UP “The game of attacks and counterattacks ended in a draw,” summarized the official Korean Central News Agency in a two-line dispatch.Infantino said he and his team had raised questions of free press and speech with North Korea’s football association.“We will certainly keep pushing so that football can have a positive influence in (North) Korea… and other countries around the world,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption View comments LATEST STORIES Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Kenya to face Spain in Challenge Trophy at London 7s

first_img0Shares0000Kenya Sevens before a past World Series matchNAIROBI, Kenya, June 2 – Kenya has been relegated to the Challenge Trophy after succumbing 38-12 to England in their final Pool C match at the penultimate round of the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series in London 7s.Shujaa will now lock horns with Spain in the quarter-finals on Sunday as they seek to pick the eight points available. Kenya had held Mike Friday’s USA 19-19 in their opener before beating France 24-21 needing to beat England to head to the Main Cup quarters.The first match against USA saw the team trail from a 14-0 at half time to end it at 19-19. William Ambaka dummied the Eagles defense and sprinted for the try box landing Shujaa’s first try. Collins Injera landed a brace in the last four minutes of the match. In between Injera’s tries, Danny Barrett dotted down his side’s third try.Shujaa then registered their first win as they beat France 24-21.  Leading 19-7 at Half time with tries from Collins Injera, William Ambaka and Billy Odhiambo, Shujaa survived a narrow scare from France who rallied themselves in the second half.Stephen Parez landed his brace that was quickly followed by a Steeve Barry converted try taking the 21-19 lead.An infringement by France deep in Kenya’s half proved costly as Collins Injera sprinted down almost 70 meters to land Shujaa’s last try in this game handing them the last minute win.The last pool match of the day saw hosts, England, dominate in all areas. Nelson Oyoo played in Ambaka who landed Shujaa’s first try with Eden converting.England quickly responded off the restart as Oliver Lindsay-Hague raced down the opponents half and scored his try leveling the scores to 7 all.With two minutes to spare in the first half, England added an extra 10 points off tries from Dan Norton and Mike Ellery. Half time scores read 17-7.Second half was a full England show as they landed three tries through Oliver Lindsay-Hague and Mike Ellery both of whom landed their second tries each in the match before Charlie Hayter scored the sixth try for the hosts.Shujaa was last to land a try in the match as Erick Ombasa went over the whitewash as the hooter went.Shujaa will play Spain at 11:52am in the second Challenge Trophy Quarter Final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Freezing rain warning issued for the B.C. Peace and Northwest Alberta

first_imgFreezing rain will fall late this afternoon and evening over portions of the B.C. Peace River district as warm air overrides the sub-zero surface air. The threat of freezing rain will diminish this evening as temperatures rise above freezing and the area of precipitation moves into Alberta.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #BCStorm.10:31 AM MST Saturday 17 November 2018Freezing rain warning in effect for:Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has now issued a freezing rain warning for the B.C. Peace and most of Northwest Alberta.Freezing rain will fall late this afternoon and evening over portions of the B.C. Peace River district as warm air overrides the sub-zero surface air. The threat of freezing rain will diminish this evening as temperatures rise above freezing and the area of precipitation moves into Alberta.Before you head on out on local highways, make sure to check for the latest road conditions in B.C.  For Alberta highway conditions, visit Advertisement -Here is the warning for the B.C. Peace:9:48 AM PST Saturday 17 November 2018Freezing rain warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverFreezing rain is expected or occurring.Advertisement Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and DemmittCo. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and WembleyCo. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La GlaceM.D. of Greenview near DeBoltM.D. of Greenview near Little SmokyM.D. of Greenview near O’Brien Prov. Park and Big Mtn CreekM.D. of Greenview near Sturgeon LakeM.D. of Greenview near Valleyview and New Fish CreekM.D. of Greenview near Wapiti and Shuttler Flats Rec. AreaFreezing rain is expected or occurring.An area of freezing rain will develop over the British Columbia Peace River district this afternoon before moving into Alberta early this evening. This freezing rain is forecast to impact communities between Rainbow Lake and Hinton before moving to the southeast tonight. Freezing rain warnings may be expanded as the system develops.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #ABStorm.Advertisementlast_img read more

Racial fliers found outside courtroom

first_imgLANCASTER – Racially-tinged fliers were found Wednesday outside Lancaster Juvenile Court, the day a Palmdale youth imprisoned in a fatal baseball bat attack was scheduled to be resentenced on a reduced charge. The cryptic fliers, written in black marker and printed on colored paper, were strewn on the ground and were on tables and benches. They made references to the “ghetto” and “white trash” and were signed off with “Baseball Bat.” “It’s pretty pathetic. It really is,” Juvenile Court Judge Richard Naranjo said. “I can’t tell from the grammar what exactly they are trying to do here, except maybe instigate bad feelings and cause problems.” Resentencing was set for Greg Harris Jr., 15, whose murder conviction for killing 15-year-old Jeremy Rourke was reduced to voluntary manslaughter. A state appeals court in January threw out the second-degree murder conviction and ordered Harris be resentenced on the lesser charge. Harris is black and Rourke was white. Harris was sentenced in July 2005 to the California Youth Authority until he is 25. The sentencing hearing was postponed because Harris’ new attorney had not received the entire case file. The courtroom was filled with family members from both sides. Rourke’s father, Brian Rourke, said he was offended by the fliers. “I think it was tacky, whoever did it. Stuff like that shouldn’t be tolerated,” Brian Rourke said after the hearing. “To me the way it was written, signing it a, `Baseball Bat,’ having a lack of respect for my son and everything else, the whole thing was offensive.” The appellate court found that Harris, 13 at the time, did not harbor an intent to kill. The appellate decision noted Naranjo’s statement about Harris’ emotional state – that he was upset, angered and “in the heat of passion.” Rourke, a Highland High School freshman described by family and friends as an avid athlete who enjoyed being a junior umpire, died within hours of being hit in the head April 12, 2005, at the Palmdale PONY League baseball complex, where he was a spectator. While they stood in line at the snack bar, Rourke teased Harris about losing a game and pushed him, witnesses said. Harris hit Rourke in the knee with an aluminum bat, then seconds later hit him on the neck, severing an artery. The maximum penalty for voluntary manslaughter is 11 years. Second-degree murder carries a term of 15 years to life. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Marco Silva ‘respects’ negative reaction from Everton fans towards him

first_imgEverton’s majority owner Farhad Moshiri has already sacked Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce since assuming control of the club in February 2016.And some Everton fans joined Norwich supporters singing ‘sacked in the morning’ to Silva in the latter stages of the game.Toffees boss Silva, whose side are 15th in the table, said: “I respect all the reaction.“But we have the confidence and we have to keep working hard to change because we came from good results before (three wins and a draw in the last five matches in all competitions).“We are trying to look for some consistency as a team and the last few results we did that but we didn’t have the right performance to get the points.“We have to keep working hard and avoid the type of mistakes we made this.“If something goes against us in the game we have to show enough quality and be calm enough to take the right decisions. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule rookie error Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship PEP TALK Marco Silva insists he ‘respects’ the negative reaction from Everton fans towards him following Saturday’s shock 2-0 defeat to Norwich on Saturday.The Toffees suffered their seventh defeat in 13 Premier League games thanks to second-half goals from Todd Cantwell and Dennis Srbeny at Goodison Park. statement update targets LATEST Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti latest Some Everton fans have turned on Marco Silva “It is just myself and the players on the pitch who can solve that.“My job is to analyse why this has happened again. I am concerned about what has happened on the pitch and what I can control is the situation and show my players why these things happened.”It is not getting any easier for Silva and Everton, who face Liverpool, Leicester twice, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Man City in their next nine matches. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff appointed Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 1 on target stalemate LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Getty Images – Getty last_img read more