first_imgDERRY football legend Joe Brolly has painted a horrific picture of the modern game, describing players as ‘slaves’ and slamming the professionalism creeping into the national game.“The players are little more now than indentured slaves,” he told the ‘Off The Ball’ programme on Newstalk last night.“We’ve imported professional practices into a sport that is community based. The boards are complicit in this. “The winter training ban, which is the hierarchy’s only attempt to deal with the problem, is just laughable. It’s lip service.“We’ve a real problem on our hands because we’ve got all these young lads between 20 and 30 drifting between scholarship to scholarship. They’re not able to work full-time, they’re not able to build careers.“Managers are coming in and wringing every last drop out of them. The ethos we’ve allowed to develop is win at all cost.“We went through the Derry team, the Donegal team, the Armagh team and almost 90pc of the lads are students. Most of lads do not have careers. They drift from a wee coaching job here to a wee coaching job there. Their life has to be put on hold. “You look at Aaron Kernan, he has a wife and a child and he’s trying to build a career now. One of the great footballers in Ulster has walked away. A lot of the big stars of Ulster football are unemployed.”Brolly claimed county boards and the Gaelic Players Association have been part of the problem.“The GPA are a big part of the problem now. The GPA trumpet the welfare work that it does and to an extent that is good, any highlighting of mental health issues are important, but in terms of real welfare, the playing game at county level is unhealthy,” said Brolly.“Players are spending a lot of time doing very little between training sessions and wasting valuable years of their lives. That’s the real concern.”The Dungiven man said the county fixtures – right through to All-Ireland – should be done and dusted by June. “The urgent thing that needs to be done is to re-balance the fixtures,” he said.“The National League should start in January and finish in March, the Championship should start in April and finish at the end of June.“Then you have got June to December for the clubs. That would be a bold statement but it’s what we need.“It’ll set out a basis for the restoration of the GAA.” JOE BROLLY SLAMS ‘SLAVERY’ OF MODERN COUNTY FOOTBALL was last modified: January 7th, 2015 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:JOE BROLLYNewstalkoff the balllast_img read more


first_imgGleneany House Hotel in Letterkenny which has opened to students. Pic by Northwest Newpix.Students worrying about getting accommodation in Letterkenny have been offered the perfect solution – after a hotel offered them cut-price rooms with all the mod-cons.Gleneany House on the town’s Port Road was once a leading 24 bedroom hotel with a bar and very busy restaurant.The hotel, which was owned by the kelly family, closed in 2011 but has opened again offering students at Letterkenny Institute of Technology their own rooms. As well as en-suite bedrooms, the hotel offers students wi-fi to each room, cable television, central heating, dishwasher, microwaves, parking, 24 hour security and even has its own student restaurant.The hotel is just a two minute walk from the college.Letting agent for the hotel rooms, Manus McGroddy, said there has been a huge interest in the student hotel.“I went to college in Dublin many years ago and we certainly didn’t have accommodation like this. “We have put a lot of thought and effort into this because there is a severe accommodation crisis in the town.“If Carlsberg could do student accommodation then this would be it. We’re offering Carlsberg accommodation at Ryanair prices,” he said.Rooms at the student hotel start at €60 a week and Manus says they are filling up fast.“To be honest, we’re down to our last few. It really does tick all the boxes. The hotel was sitting vacant but it was given an overhaul and it is ready for the students now.”Manus said the only thing that was missing was a free bar! “Unfortunately we aren’t going that far but there is plenty of great bars in Letterkenny – not that students would get much time to socialise when they are studying so hard,” said Manus.IF CARLSBERG DID STUDENT ACCOMMODATION……HOTEL RE-OPENS WITH ALL MOD CONS! was last modified: August 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kitunga Alumni defeat FUFA FM to win Kabira Football Tournament

first_imgKitunga Alumni lifting their Trophy with Kabira Country Club General Manager Rakesh Hurrychurn on Sunday. (Photo Abraham Mutalyebwa)KAMPALA – Kitunga Alumni emerged the winners of the Kabira football tournament second edition after defeating FUFA FM 3-2, on penalties in the finals played on Sunday.The one – day tournament sponsored by Hisense is geared towards promoting soccer and networking among corporate bodies and has become one of the most sought after annual football competitions in Kampala.Over 20 teams participated in this year’s edition.The Results:Quarter finals.FUFA FM 1-0 Macos LegendsDreamchasers 2-0 Katon ManufacturersSteady Unik 0-1 Kitunga AlumniYoung Treps 0-1 Kingin Fham FCSemifinals.Kitunga Alumini 2-1 Kingin Fham *PenaltiesFUFA FM 2-0 Dream ChasersLosers Match.Dream Chasers Vs Kingin Fham (3:4) PenaltiesFinals.Kitunga Alumni Vs FUFA FM (3:2) Penalties Best Players.-Innocent Atiku (Dream Chasers) – top Scorer 5 goals-Ahereza Oba (MVP)   Kitunga AlumniPrizes.– Kitunga Alumni   UGX 1M (Winner)– FUFA FM   UGX 500,000 (1st Runner Up)–  Kingin Fham UGX 300,000(2nd Runner Up)The first Edition of the Kabira football tournament was won by Prozone team comprised of former Professionals that included Hassan Mubiru, Hakim Magumba Nestroy Kizito ,Mujib Kasule among others.Comments Tags: FUFA FMKabira football tournamentKitunga Alumnilast_img read more

President Motlanthe’s new cabinet

first_imgSouth Africa’s Houses of Parliament. (Image: South African Tourism) South African President Kgalema Motlanthe. (Image: Passia)Mary AlexanderKgalema Motlanthe was sworn in as South Africa’s third post-apartheid president yesterday, after receiving 269 of the 360 votes cast by members of parliament. The opposition Democratic Alliance’s candidate Joe Seremane received 50 votes, while 41 ballots were spoiled. Former speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete was appointed deputy president.Motlanthe then announced his new cabinet, with 10 ministers appointed to new posts. Significantly, Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel was reappointed to his position following his resignation on Tuesday. Manuel’s retention is seen as a clear indication that the new administration has no plans to change its economic policies.Grabbing more headlines was the replacement of controversial former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang with Barbara Hogan, with the former being appointed minister in the presidency. Tshabalala-Msimang has been widely slammed for her failure to adequately respond to South Africa’s HIV/Aids pandemic, while Hogan has been an outspoken critic of the health ministry’s policies on the disease. Hogan is also said to be a close confidante of Motlanthe.In his first speech to parliament as president, Motlanthe gave the assurance that his administration would not deviate from existing ANC policies.“The policies of this government are clear,” he said.“They are based on the 2004 Manifesto of the African National Congress, enhanced by the decisions of both the ANC’s Policy Conference as well as its 52nd National Conference held in Polokwane in December 2007.“Mine is not the desire to deviate from what is working. It is not for me to reinvent policy. Nor do I intend to reshape either Cabinet or the public service.“We will not allow that the work of government be interrupted. We will not allow the stability of our democratic order to be compromised.”Motlanthe’s election comes after former president Thabo Mbeki resigned on Sunday 21 September, following a request by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) that he do so the day before. The new president will lead the South Africa until the next elections, scheduled for April 2009.The 10 new Cabinet ministers are:Defence: Charles NqakulaJustice and Constitutional Development: Enver SurtyHealth: Barbara HoganSafety and Security: Nathi MthethwaPublic Enterprises: Brigitte MabandlaPublic Works: Geoff DoidgeIntelligence: Siyabonga CweleThe Presidency: Manto Tshabalala-MsimangProvincial and Local Government: Sicelo ShicekaPublic Service and Administration: Richard BaloyiThose who retained their positions are:Finance: Trevor ManuelSocial Development: Zola SkweyiyaEducation: Naledi PandorLabour: Membathisi MdladlanaCorrectional Services: Ngconde BalfourHousing: Lindiwe SisuluArts and Culture: Pallo JordanSport and Recreation: Makhenkesi StofileEnvironmental Affairs and Tourism: Marthinus van SchalkwykWater Affairs and Forestry: Lindiwe HendricksMinerals and Energy: Buyelwa SonjicaHome Affairs: Noziviwe Mapisa-NqakulaForeign Affairs: Nkosazana-Dlamini ZumaTransport: Jeff RadebeCommunications: Ivy Matsepe-CasaburriTrade and Industry: Mandisi MphalwaScience and Technology: Mosibudi MangenaAgriculture and Land Affairs: Lulu XingwanaDo you have queries or comments about his article? Email Mary Alexander at articlesMotlanthe to be acting presidentMbeki resigns as SA presidentGovernment in South AfricaSouth Africa’s ConstitutionSouth Africa’s political partiesUseful linksPresidency of South Africa Parliament of South AfricaSouth African Government Onlinelast_img read more

ScienceShot: What Killed Larsen B?

first_imgIn early 2002, a 200-meter-thick, Rhode Island–sized floating mass of ice attached to the Antarctic Peninsula unexpectedly shattered and floated away in a matter of weeks. While researchers quickly linked the breakup to lakes of meltwater that had accumulated on the so-called Larsen B ice shelf’s upper surface and then wedged apart deep crevasses, they hadn’t come up with a convincing explanation for what triggered the collapse. Now, a new analysis in Geophysical Research Letters suggests that the sudden drainage of one or more of those lakes, and not merely their presence, set off the disintegration. The team’s analyses show that when a meltwater lake drains through the ice sheet into the underlying sea, the ice nearby, suddenly relieved of the water’s weight, springs upward. That changes the patterns of stress in the ice, which ripple across the ice shelf and can cause nearby lakes to drain, setting up a chain reaction by which the entire lake-ridden portion of the ice shelf can splinter. Just before the collapse and its aftermath (shown as icebergs were dispersing on 7 March 2002), satellite images showed more than 2700 meltwater lakes on Larsen B’s surface. All of those lakes mysteriously and simultaneously drained just before the breakup commenced—a possible warning sign for future ice shelf collapses, the team contends.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Australia A thump South Africa A by 108 runs

first_imgSouth Africa A’s batting crumbled under pressure as Australia A pulled off a massive 108-run victory in the ongoing 50-over tri-series at the M.A. Chidambaram stadium here on Wednesday.Chasing Australia A’s 272, South Africa A team kept losing wickets at regular intervals and could only manage 164 in 37.1 overs.Heading into the rescheduled fifth encounter of the series which also involves India A, South Africa A fielded a strong unit as most of the players barring Quinton de Kock regained full fitness after a food poisoning incident in the last match.South Africa A skipper Dean Elgar top scored for his side with 64, but it wasn’t enough. Australia A’s Ashton Agar (3/41) and leg-spinner Cameron Boyce (3/48) took three wickets each. With the loss South Africa A are out of the tournament.South Africa A did not recover from the early jolt as Agar and Boyce kept them on a tight leash. Only skipper Elgar fought back with a few hefty blows en route to his 64, but then fell attempting a slog-sweep.Khaya Zondo tried hard with a knock of 47, but once he got out the lower order failed to deliver with the last four batsmen contributing just two runs with their willow.Earlier, Australia A posted a strong total of 27 runs riding on the century (130) captain Matthew Wade made. Wade was well supported by Peter Handscomb (52).Pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe returned with figures of 3/50 from his nine overs as Australia lost their last five wickets for 70 runs, ending with 272 in 47.2 overs.Brief scores:advertisementAustralia A 272 all out (Matthew Wade 130, Peter Handscomb 52; Lonwabo Tsotsobe 3/50) vs South Africa A 164 all out (Dean Elgar 64; Ashton Agar 3/41, Cameron Boyce 3/48)last_img read more

Roland-Jones hat-trick gives Middlesex County Championship title

first_imgOne of the most thrilling climaxes to an English County Championship saw Middlesex prevail in a three-way fight for the title on the final day of the season, denying Australian Jason Gillespie a third straight crown to end his spell as Yorkshire coach.Toby Roland-Jones completed a hat-trick to clinch Middlesex a 61-run victory over Yorkshire in a winner-takes-all match at Lord’s on Friday. Set 240 to win off 40 overs following a Middlesex declaration, Yorkshire was dismissed for 178 off 35.2 overs as late-afternoon shadows fell at the Home of Cricket.Middlesex finished the 16-game season unbeaten and became English champions for the first time since 1993. Somerset would have won a first title in its history had the Middlesex-Yorkshire game finished as a draw, and all three possible results were realistically on with half an hour left at Lord’s.Having seen their team clinch victory in its final game on Thursday, Somerset’s supporters watched from the County Ground in Taunton as their title rivals conspired to ensure the championship would likely be decided at Lord’s.”We bounced some ideas around about what’s a reasonable chase,” Gillespie said, about the negotiations between Middlesex and Yorkshire regarding the size of Yorkshire’s final-day target. “There was toing and froing, all sorts of numbers being thrown around there … It was a fantastic afternoon of cricket.”Gillespie is returning Down Under to be with his family and continue his coaching role at Adelaide Strikers in Australia’s Big Bash.The former Australia paceman took over as Yorkshire coach in 2011, leading the team out of the second division and to back-to-back English titles to extend its national-record haul to 33.advertisementHe came within a whisker of a third, only for Roland-Jones to finish Yorkshire with three wickets from his final three balls, completing his 10-wicket haul in the process.”I think I’ve lost about three years of my life,” said Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser, a former England bowler who was in the last Middlesex team to win the county championship title.last_img read more

La Liga leaders FC Barcelona still searching for top gear

first_imgBarcelona may be flying high at the top of La Liga with 11 wins from 13 games, but there is a tangible feeling they need to take an extra step forward under coach Ernesto Valverde to emulate the great sides of recent years.On Saturday the Catalans host Celta Vigo, against whom they served up some of their most irresistible displays of the past two years, which Valverde needs to replicate to truly win over the Nou Camp faithful.Barca hammered Celta 6-1 in 2016 and 5-0 last season with glitzy displays from front three Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. But that attacking flair has been somewhat lacking since Brazilian striker Neymar joined Paris St Germain.Messi may be the Spanish league’s top scorer with 12 goals, but Suarez has badly underperformed, struggling for fitness after rushing back from a knee injury in September and forced to play in the wide areas previously patrolled by Neymar.”In general we have controlled every game. But before, with Neymar, we were more unpredictable and we used to put on more of a show,” midfielder Ivan Rakitic told newspaper Mundo Deportivo on Wednesday.”We have changed everything with the change of system. We’ve gained more balance and unity but we need to improve in killing games off early.”Barcelona had played with a 4-3-3 formation under Luis Enrique but have since switched to Valverde’s preferred 4-4-2.”We will entertain fans in some games more than others but in general we’re doing very well and that verve we had before will come sooner or later,” Rakitic added.advertisementBarca lead the standings by four points after drawing 1-1 at nearest challengers Valencia last Sunday, which cut their advantage over Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid to eight points.They have more points and goals at this stage of the season than the past three under Enrique but have been reliant on Messi, who has scored more than a third of their league goals, and on some vital saves from goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Valverde has faced questions over his approach, including accusations that Barcelona have become boring, but midfielder Denis Suarez laughed off such criticism.”If Barca are boring people while being top of the league, group winners in the Champions League, scoring a lot and conceding few, then I don’t know what to say,” he said.”We’ve had a big change after getting a new coach and losing one of our best players, but we’ve managed very well.”Elsewhere on Saturday, champions Real Madrid visit Athletic Bilbao, reeling from a shock King’s Cup defeat to third division Formentera, while Atletico Madrid host Real Sociedad and Valencia travel to Getafe.last_img read more

Injured Foyth out until September

first_imgTottenham defender Juan Foyth is set to be sidelined until September due to an ankle ligament injury.The centre-back sustained the problem during the Audi Cup pre-season match with Bayern Munich last month, with manager Mauricio Pochettino admitting at the time that the player was in some pain.Subsequent tests have revealed Foyth has damaged the lateral ligament in his left ankle and is not due to resume first-team duties until next month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The 21-year-old is suspended for Spurs’ first two Premier League games of the season against Aston Villa and Manchester City following his red card against Bournemouth at the tail end of the 2018-19 season.He is unlikely to be fit for the home game against Newcastle United on August 25 or the north London derby with Arsenal on September 1.The Argentine made 17 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham last season – his maiden campaign as a first-team player. However, Foyth’s performances received mixed reviews from fans.In particular, the showing against Wolverhampton Wanderers in November and his dismal display against Bournemouth in May when he was sent off.The defender is expected to play a bigger role in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans for the upcoming season following the departure of Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid. While Foyth is predominantly a centre-back, many believe the 21-year-old will also act as cover for Serge Aurier.However, Foyth’s injury means Pochettino has no back up for the Ivory Coast International and could be forced to delve into the market for a replacement right-back.Foyth has also earned seven caps for Argentina and was part of this summer’s Copa America squad, who finished third, which delayed his return to Tottenham this summer.Spurs kick the season off against newly promoted Villa on Saturday and will be hoping to take three points from the West Midlands side.To date, Spurs have added Jack Clarke and Tanguy Ndombele this summer, with the former heading back to Leeds United on loan.The north London side are also being linked with Foyth’s fellow Argentine Giovani Lo Celso from Spanish side Real Betis. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Governor General to Visit Nova Scotia Next Week

first_imgGov. Gen. Julie Payette will make her first official visit to Nova Scotia from June 26 to 27. The two-day visit to Halifax, Dartmouth and Lunenburg, will highlight innovation and technology, and she will also meet with young people and organizations. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I welcome the Governor General to our province,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We are delighted to have her visit and to have an opportunity to share some of the wonderful experiences Nova Scotia has to offer.” Premier McNeil will join the Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc, to greet Gov. Gen. Payette at an official ceremony at Government House in Halifax. Upon arrival at Government House, she will receive military honours, including a 50-person guard of honour, the Viceregal Salute and a 21-gun salute from the Maritime Forces Atlantic, 5th Canadian Division and the National Band of the Naval Reserve. Later that morning, the Governor General will visit the Discovery Centre in Halifax and participate in a discussion on space with elementary students. The Discovery Centre is an interactive science museum that promotes hands-on science that is fun and accessible for people of all ages. In the afternoon, the Governor General will travel to Lunenburg to sail around the harbor on Bluenose II and meet with the captain and crew. Following the sail, she will attend a reception highlighting Nova Scotia’s seafaring heritage at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Other highlights of the Governor General’s visit include a tour of a Canadian Coast Guard Vessel in Dartmouth, a visit to 12 Wing Shearwater and participation in the opening ceremony of the 40th edition of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. The official itinerary for the visit can be found at . For more information on the Governor General, visit .last_img read more