Pukki wins Player of the Month award

first_imgRelatedPosts Newcastle linked with Jordon Ibe De Bruyne wins Premier League Player of the Season Manchester City not perfect against Lyon, Guardiola says Norwich’s Teemu Pukki has been rewarded for his fantastic start to the season by winning the PFA Premier League Player of the Month award for August. Pukki has scored a remarkable five goals from just four Premier League games following Norwich’s promotion from the Championship. The Finland international scored a brilliant hat-trick against Newcastle, while also netting against Premier League giants Liverpool and Chelsea. He beat Manchester City duo Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, Mason Mount, Ashley Barnes and Tyrone Mings to the award. The 29-year-old, who finished top scorer with 29 goals in the Championship last season, will be hoping to continue his fine form after the international break. However, he faces an extremely tough task as the Canaries take on reigning Premier League champions City at Carrow Road on September 14.Tags: kevin de bruyneMason MountNewcastlePFA League Player of the MonthTeemu Pukkilast_img

THANKS FOR BEING YOU, MANUS

first_imgI didn’t know Manus Kelly the rally driver.Unlike so many other people across Donegal, I wasn’t brought up on rallying.But I did know Manus Kelly the man. Perhaps not as well as so many others who mourned his utterly tragic loss last week.But I knew Manus to stop and chat to and have a laugh with. And you always had a laugh with Manus.The last time I spoke to him was a couple of days before he died doing one of the things in life he loved doing.I was in Italy on holiday with my family and he was making the final preparations for this year’s rally. But he wasn’t calling in his own interest but in the interest of others.He wanted me to put in a press release on Donegal Daily urging people to be safe around rally time and to drive carefully and to think of others.I told him I was on holiday but I’d get it sorted through the office for him.He called me a bollox and said something about me being on another holiday and that was the last time we spoke.On Sunday afternoon last I sat down in a bar on a campsite in Italy surrounded by Cavan fans waiting for the Ulster Final to start. I check the Donegal Daily site and noticed that three stages of the rally had been cancelled because of an “incident.”Before I could even check to see what had happened my 15-year-old son showed me a snapchat from one of his friends which simply said ‘RIP Manus.’I just muttered to him that the fella who posted that should be ashamed of himself as I dismissed it out of hand.My phone started to vibrate then to Whats App messages and texts and I knew then that something was dreadfully wrong. I went to my wife who was down beside a lake swimming and getting ready to come up to join us to watch the game.She turned to me and was on her mobile phone and I knew by the look on her face that it was true.I watched the game and thought of the likes of Michael Murphy and Aidy Glackin and if they knew about Manus before they took to the pitch.In truth, I didn’t really watch the game but just thought about Manus and his family, about his wife Bernie and his mother and father Donal and Jackie.I ultimately thought of his kids. Only last week I sat having a cup of coffee in Tobins in Letterkenny and Manus and Bernie’s two eldest sons Mandy and Charlie were in having a sandwich.I know them both through our local Glenswilly GAA club. Two mischevious lads who you wouldn’t change for the world.They laughed at each other and as they ran out the door I had to call out after young Mandy that he had forgotten his coat. He thanked me and away they went.Manus would have just thrown his eyes up to heaven and laughed at the two lads and muttered something like “they’re some bucks.”I’m dreading meeting the Kelly family as much as I want to tell them how sorry I am for the loss of Manus and to apologise for not being at Manus’ funeral and wake.Decent people. No-nonsense people. Community people. People people.We came back from holiday on Saturday night and we headed down to Manus’ grave to say a prayer and to pay our respects.Pictures of him on the grave amidst fresh floral tributes with poignant messages from family members.For some unknown reason which I am ashamed of I became angry with Manus for being behind the steering wheel of that car.But deep down I know he loved it like all the other things in life he loved including Bernie and the kids, his family, his work and his community.I turned from his graveside and looked across the skyline above the graves at Conwal towards Bomany which had turned an unforgiving black with rain-swollen clouds.I have only black thoughts when I think of Manus and how, like so many others, we didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to him.I’m trying to think of the many, many happier times when he made me laugh be it down in his café, out on the sideline in the park at Glenswilly or just a casual meeting on the street.It’s difficult but we have to try.To eventually smile and remember Manus with fondness in the passing of time rather than to think about his sad and sudden passing is what his legacy should be.Thanks for being you, Manus.SM.THANKS FOR BEING YOU, MANUS was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 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:donegalglenswillyManus Kellyrallytributelast_img

NCS Basketball Playoff Preview: Twelve local teams in action on Wednesday

first_imgEureka >> A total of 12 Humboldt County high school prep basketball teams will in action tonight as the California Interscholastic Federation North Coast Section playoffs get underway.Six boys teams and six girls teams will be playing across three divisions, with four teams competing in front of a home crowd in the first round.Here’s a quick rundown of tonight’s playoff games.Boys games (seeds in parentheses)(13) Fortuna at (4) University Prep, 5 p.m. >> The Huskies face a tough task as …last_img

Africa ‘to target 80% online by 2020’

first_img8 June 2012A medium-term target of 80% internet connectivity across Africa by 2020 has been set, Communications Minister Dina Pule told delegates at the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Indaba in Cape Town on Thursday.“In this connected future, all of Africa’s major cities, towns and villages will be connected to affordable internet, thereby facilitating the continent’s mass entry into the knowledge and information economy,” Pule said in her closing speech.Inter-ministerial meetings held during the indaba yielded a resolution to engage with the rest of Africa on the ICT journey.The support of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in their plans to update regulations would also be provided, Pule said. “[It] should help developing countries to benefit from the frameworks for interconnections and roaming in the telecommunications market.”A team was being set up to monitor the progress and implementation of resolutions made at the indaba, and feedback would be shared with other African countries. Regional and continental organisations would interact with countries which were not represented at the indaba.Pule said that delivering broadband access to every African citizen would accelerate the attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals.“Our work will also assist us in identifying and closing the skills gap within our countries.”The benefit of such an approach would be Africa creating its own technologies instead of just being a consumer for them, she said.It was the government’s role, within the information and communications sector, to act as a regulator.”We never abdicate that responsibility to anyone,” said Pule.Working with the private sector and entrepreneurs – especially the youth – could provide further opportunities, though.Sustainable jobs, some of which might not exist today, could also be created if large and small to medium businesses were allowed the space to innovate.“This will help us close the gap between policymakers and the entrepreneurs who are crucial in the creation of jobs,” she said.Expansion of the mobile application industry served as an example of a job creation area which did not exist three years ago, Pule said. “Now it employs millions of people and is making the lives of many easier.”Sapalast_img

Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag nominated for ICC’s all-time greatest Test team

first_imgBatting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and opener Virender Sehwag are among the list of players nominated for an online poll to select the greatest team of all-time on the occasion of Test cricket’s 2,000th match. The historic match will take place between India and England at Lord’s from July 21 to 25, and the ICC has called on supporters from across the globe to select the greatest team of all-time. While Sehwag has found a place in the list of openers, which also has the likes of former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar, Tendulkar has been short-listed for the middle-order batsman’s slot. However, no Indian player has found a place in the shortlist for the slot of wicketkeepers and fast bowlers, while the 1983 World Cup winning Indian team captain Kapil Dev is in the reckoning as an all-rounder. Legendary Bishan Singh Bedi and Anil Kumble have been shortlisted for the spinner’s role in the dream team. Sir Donald Bradman and West Indian great Viv Richards are in the fray for the middle-order’s slot, while attacking wicketkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist is pitted against South Africa’s Mark Boucher for the stumper’s position. Legendary West Indian pacers Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding and Pakistani great Wasim Akram have been shortlisted in the bowler’s category along side champion spinner Shane Warne. The ICC’s website is seeking votes from the fans and cricket lovers across the world to pick the dream Test team from a shortlist of 60 players split into five categories. The fans will be asked to pick two opening batsmen, three middle-order batsmen, a wicketkeeper, three fast bowlers and one spinner. The public vote on ICC’s website closes in two days’ time with results set to be announced the week before the 2,000th Test. “With the 2,000th Test coming up it is appropriate to remember some of the great players through the ages that have thrilled audiences and inspired us all,” ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement. “With so many legends of the game to choose from, it is a very difficult task and I’m sure one that will lead to plenty of fond recollection and great debate. “Test cricket is the pinnacle format of our great sport and it is important we continue to protect and promote it so that it grows even stronger over the next 2,000 matches.” The shortlist for Dream Team Opening batsmen: Geoffrey Boycott, Sunil Gavaskar, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Jack Hobbs, Len Hutton, Hanif Mohammad, Virender Sehwag, Herbert Sutcliffe, Victor Trumper. Middle-order batsmen: Don Bradman, Greg Chappell, Wally Hammond, George Headley, Brian Lara, Javed Miandad, Graeme Pollock, Ricky Ponting, Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar. All-rounder: Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Aubrey Faulkner, Richard Hadlee, Jacques Kallis, Imran Khan, Keith Miller, Wilfred Rhodes, Gary Sobers, Frank Worrell. Wicketkeepers: Les Ames, Mark Boucher, Jeff Dujon, Godfrey Evans, Andy Flower, Adam Gilchrist, Alan Knott, Rod Marsh, Clyde Walcott, Wasim Bari. Fast bowlers: Curtley Ambrose, Sydney Barnes, Michael Holding, Dennis Lillee, Ray Lindwall, Malcolm Marshall, Glenn McGrath, Fred Trueman, Courtney Walsh, Wasim Akram. Spinners: Bishen Bedi, Richie Benaud, Lance Gibbs, Clarrie Grimmett, Jim Laker, Anil Kumble, Muttiah Muralidaran, Bill O’Reilly, Derek Underwood, Shane Warne.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img

Special Back to School Visit for Mount Olivet Boys’ Home

first_imgStory Highlights The JIS team is scheduled to make another visit to the home during the Christmas season The JIS team on August 25 fellowshiped with the boys at the Mount Olivet United Church The boys received packages of shoes, books, uniforms, bags and stationery from sponsors The back-to-school period saw the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) making its second visit of the year to the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Walderston Manchester.In celebration of the agency’s 50th Anniversary, the JIS team on August 25 fellowshiped with the boys at the Mount Olivet United Church.“I think it was a good move and the boys and staff enjoyed it…it was a good experience sharing with them in the worship service and they think it enhanced it,” said Senior Duty Officer and Staff Representative at the Home, Jeffect Watson.He added that, “I think the JIS should put this into practice some more. The church service was a wise move for the JIS as it shows you’re willing to share with the boys holistically, and not just about have fun with them. It was a blessing to have the team.”Members of the JIS team also expressed their views on the Sunday visit, which saw the boys taking part in the service by reading the scripture, singing and ushering.Telephone Operator at the JIS, Hazel Christie told JIS News that, “Going on a Sunday for a change was good. It was good to fellowship with the boys.”After the church service, the boys were refreshed with snacks as well as packages of shoes, books, uniforms, bags and stationery from sponsors that have supported the home over the three years since it was adopted by the JIS. Sponsors include: Juici Patties, Novelty Trading Company Limited, Sammy’s, Mega Mart, and YB Afraid who have also adopted the Home and collaborates with the JIS.Corporate Services Officer at the JIS, Njrie Brown is happy about the JIS’ involvement at the home. “It is a good idea to give back to the society. I think the boys need some love especially at this time of year, and some of them don’t really have any family, so it’s good that we’re there giving them support.”Staff members also expressed the fulfilment they get from seeing the smiles on the faces of the boys.“I keep going to the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home because of the joy I see on the boys’ faces whenever we go. Whenever they see the bus coming you can see them waving and just greeting us on our way in and on our way out, and I’m happy for that. I’m happy that we can bring joy to the faces of the young boys. I feel good about that,” Human Resource Officer, Diane Dawkins said.The JIS team is scheduled to make another visit to the home during the Christmas season.last_img

Australia to create its own space agency for economic boost

first_imgCANBERRA, Australia – Australia announced on Monday it will create its own space agency to increase its share of the $330 billion space economy.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the agency would be part of Australia’s development of an innovation and science economy. But the government has provided few specifics.“It’s a small agency to co-ordinate and lead,” Turnbull told reporters. “The space sector, of course, is one of enormous potential.”Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Michaelia Cash said the agency’s charter would be developed by the end of March.“The global space industry is growing rapidly and it’s crucial that Australia is part of this growth,” Cash said in a statement.“A national space agency will ensure we have a strategic long-term plan that supports the development and application of space technologies and grows our domestic space industry,” she added.The opposition Labor Party said such an agency was needed to increase Australia’s share of a global space economy from less than 1 per cent of what the government estimates is worth $330 billion.Labour said Australia and Iceland were the only countries in the 35-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that do not have a space agency.Australia in 1967 became one of the first countries to launch a satellite and images of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon were transmitted by NASA’s Honeysuckle Creek tracking station in Australia.But successive governments have baulked at establishing a space agency because of cost. The government has yet to announce how much it will invest in the new agency.last_img

Price tag in for potential 2026 Calgary Olympic bid

first_imgCALGARY — A draft plan for Calgary to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games states the total cost will be approximately $5.23 billion.The bid corporation Calgary 2026 says the required public investment from taxpayers — the city, province and country — would be about $3 billion.The #Calgary2026 Hosting Plan is now publicly available. We are doing our due diligence to review the plan to make sure #yyccc & citizens have info about the costs, benefits, opportunities & risks of hosting in #yyc. To view their Hosting Plan, visit https://t.co/EVLyDsrDQu— City of Calgary (@cityofcalgary) September 11, 2018The remainder will be paid for privately via ticket sales, corporate sponsorship and a contribution from the International Olympic Committee in cash and services.Olympic Bid Corporation Chair Mary Moran says these games will be very different from the ones we witnessed in Calgary back in 88 #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) September 11, 2018The calculations presented were in today’s dollars and did not include the potential rate of inflation over the next eight years, which Calgary 2026 estimates will be 2.25 per cent annually.A new fieldhouse, which has long been a priority for Calgary, and a mid-size arena seating up to 6,000 were the only new venues proposed in the plan, although a curling venue has yet to be identified.They’ve grouped the venues into clusters – they’re showing a map – there’s one around Winsport, there’s a Foothills cluster and one around Stampede Park – part of the concept to make it easier for spectators and organizers alike #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) September 11, 2018Existing facilities from the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary and Canmore, Alta., as well as the ski jump in Whistler, B.C., from the 2010 Games would be used again in 2026.They’ve had conversations with Canmore – which they say could become the Paralympic host – they add they are very excited about the possibility #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) September 11, 2018 The plebiscite is just for the city of Calgary – Canmore Town Council would have a vote on November 6. Moran says they are viewing them as equal partners and they’ve been in conversations with them and they’re comfortable with where that is – they anticipate a positive vote #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) September 11, 2018Edmonton is under consideration as a possible site for curling.The economic impact on Alberta’s gross domestic product was estimated at $2 billion.“This is the one initiative that will put people back to work right away,” Calgary 2026 chief executive officer Mary Moran said. “It will leave us with legacy infrastructure we can use for generations to come.“It allows us to showcase the great culture, sport, environmental and social expertise we have here in the community.”They’re anticipating 70 per cent of tickets to events will be affordable – sponsors would pay extra for their tickets so they would be motivated to come out. #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) September 11, 2018Calgary has not yet committed to submitting a bid for the 2026 Winter Games. City council has reserved the right to pull the plug on the process at any time.A plebiscite asking Calgarians if they want to host the 2026 Winter Games is scheduled for Nov. 13, although the vote would be cancelled if council bails on a bid.Nenshi says city has seen from all political parties a commitment to this plebiscite #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) September 11, 2018The IOC’s deadline to submit a bid is January. IOC members will vote on a host city in September 2019.A Calgary Bid Exploration Committee pegged the price of the 2026 Games at $4.6 billion in June 2017.By comparison, the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler cost roughly $7.7 billion.Calgary’s draft plan proposes spending just over $500 million on upgrading and improving McMahon Stadium, Scotiabank Saddledome, the Olympic Oval, Canmore Nordic Centre, the sliding track and ski hill at WinSport and the alpine ski hill at Nakiska.The plan does not include a new NHL-sized arena.The city and Calgary Sports and Entertainment — owners of the NHL’s Calgary Flames — have been in a stalemate for several months over who should pay how much for a new arena.“The timing of confirmation of this project may not meet our bid deadlines,” the draft hosting plan concept stated.“Should this facility move forward, it would result in a significant strengthening of the hosting plan and afford more opportunities for spectator participation.”The security budget is $610 million, which is less than the $900 million required in Vancouver and Whistler.last_img

Heres an updated list of official candidates in this years municipal elections

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After the nomination period for next month’s municipal elections in B.C. officially opened one week ago, there have been a number of changes to the lists of candidates that have submitted their nomination papers in communities across Northeast B.C.According to CivicInfoBC, which operates as an information hub for all local governments in the province, candidates have officially submitted papers in five out of eight municipalities in Northeast B.C. Candidates have so far been posted by Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Pouce Coupe, Fort Nelson, and Tumbler Ridge while none have been posted yet in Taylor and Hudson’s Hope.As of 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, there are eight candidates running to become a councillor in Fort St. John, while mayor Lori Ackerman is still the only declared candidate for mayor. All current incumbent councillors with the lone exception of Trevor Bolin have filed their nomination papers, along with Becky Grimsrud, Tony Zabinsky, and Justin Jones. In Dawson Creek, incumbent mayor Dale Bumstead is still the only mayoral candidate that has submitted nomination papers.As for the rest of Council, incumbents Charlie Parslow, Shaely Wilbur, Cheryl Shuman, and Paul Gevatkoff are officially running for re-election along with newcomer Jerimy Earl.In Chetwynd, the list of candidates has grown to five: four for council and one for mayor. Councillor Alec Brownlee has officially submitted nomination papers to be elected as the District’s next mayor, while incumbent Merlin Nichols, who has been the District’s mayor since 2011, has not yet officially submitted his nomination. Incumbent councillors Rochelle Galbraith and Mel Deck are officially running for re-election, along with newcomers Jocelyn Disher and Janet Wark.Hudson’s Hope looks to be getting a new mayor as Dave Heiberg is the only candidate to have so far submitted paperwork. The District’s Chief Electoral Officer Tammy McKeon said that current mayor Gwen Johansson has verbally indicated that she will not be running for re-election.The race for District Council currently only has three official candidates: incumbents Kelly Miller and Mattias Gibbs, along with newcomer Val Pace.In the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, there are six candidates currently officially running, five of whom are incumbents. Incumbent councillors Kyle Andrews, Laurie Dolan, Lorraine Gerwing, and Danny Soles have submitted their nomination papers. Bill Streeper, who has served as mayor since 2008, is officially running for re-election. He faces a challenge from Gary Foster, who was elected to both Fort Nelson Village Council and the former Fort Nelson-Liard Regional District Board in 1999, serving for only that year.In Pouce Coupe, the list of candidates has dropped from four to three after councillor Andre Lavoie withdrew his bid so unseat Lorraine Michetti from the mayor’s chair. Meanwhile, incumbent councillor Barbara Smith is seeking re-election along with Donna White, who was elected to public office prior to 2014.So far, only two incumbents have submitted nomination papers in Taylor: mayor Rob Fraser and councillor Betty Ponto.Tumbler Ridge currently has the most number of officially-declared candidates in Northeast B.C.: four candidates for mayor and six candidates for council. Of the four mayoral candidates, only two previously served on District Council in the community: incumbent mayor Don McPherson and former councillor Jerrilyn Schembri. The two are joined by Garret Golhof and Keith Bertrand, neither of whom has been previously elected to public office.center_img Monty Hendrickson, Bernie Lehmann, Curtis Miedzinski, and Chris Norbury have thrown their hats in the ring to become councillors, along with incumbents Darryl Krakowka and Joanne Kirby.In the Peace River Regional District, the only official candidates so far are the four incumbent Electoral Area Directors: Karen Goodings, Brad Sperling, Leonard Hiebert, and Dan Rose.The nomination period officially closes at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14th.last_img