by Mike FitzpatrickAP Sports WriterNEW YORK (AP) – There was a time when MVP awards were practically passed around the Pittsburgh clubhouse, from one generation to the next.Dick Groat and Roberto Clemente in the 1960s. Dave Parker and Willie Stargell in the late ’70s. Barry Bonds twice in the early ’90s.And now, Andrew McCutchen appears poised to pick up that torch.The dynamic center fielder was the centerpiece of a long-awaited turnaround for the Pirates, back in the playoffs for the first time in 21 years. Pittsburgh’s charming revival after 20 straight losing records, the longest drought in any of the four major pro sports, has been the feel-good story of this baseball season.So if McCutchen’s statistics weren’t quite enough to warrant Most Valuable Player honors in the National League, the warm-and-fuzzy sentiment might have pushed him over the top.His performance alone was plenty – especially when defense and baserunning get factored in as much as they should.Hardly a clear-cut choice, though.McCutchen has legitimate challengers in Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Maybe even Cardinals leadoff man Matt Carpenter, too.Together they evoke all the classic questions when it comes to MVP debates.Goldschmidt is the slugger with prodigious power numbers for a .500 team. Should he beat out worthy candidates headed to the postseason? Is it fair to downgrade him simply because his teammates didn’t provide enough help?“Goldschmidt’s probably more deserving than anybody if they were winning,” Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. “But then you have to weigh, is he that much better than anybody else?”Goldschmidt led the league in RBIs (125), slugging percentage (.551), total bases (332) and OPS (.952). He shared the home run title with 36 and finished tied for third in runs (103). He even stole 15 bases and supplied a steady glove.“This guy’s been a one-man wrecking crew at times for them,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “How many games has he won in the ninth?”But there’s no getting around it: MVP voters from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America tend to lean toward playoff participants.Kershaw dominated on the mound for the NL West champions, compiling the lowest ERA (1.83) for a major league pitcher in 13 years. He started 33 of 162 games, however, so could he possibly do enough to outdistance the best everyday players?Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander won the AL MVP award two years ago, but no NL pitcher has won since Bob Gibson in 1968.Molina’s contributions to the Cardinals, who had the NL’s top record at 97-65, are more difficult to quantify. He had an excellent season at the plate – a .359 on-base percentage with 12 homers, 44 doubles and 80 RBIs in 136 games – but it’s his presence behind the dish that makes him a serious contender.Almost universally regarded as the game’s best defensive catcher, Molina did a masterful job handling St. Louis’ young pitching staff. He shuts down opponents’ running games with his rocket arm and textbook technique.So how do you attach a specific value to all that?Kershaw led the NL in WAR (Wins Above Replacement) this season, according to baseball-reference.com. McCutchen was tied for second, Goldschmidt was fifth and Carpenter tied for sixth.Molina was not in the top 10. Still, he has vocal supporters.“I like Molina, and this is just because I know what he does defensively, how he runs their pitching staff,” Roenicke said. “I know what he saves those guys in runs behind the plate. No other position can do as much defensively as he does.”The biggest argument against McCutchen lies in his power numbers: 21 homers and 84 RBIs. But he makes up for that with Gold Glove defense, brilliant baserunning (27 steals, 97 runs) and a .912 OPS in 157 games.Third in MVP balloting last year, McCutchen didn’t lead the league in any of the major offensive categories this season – but he ranked among the top six or seven in most of them. His all-around play is what makes him the MVP.“It’s going to be one of the tougher calls,” Bochy said.We’ll go with warm and fuzzy.___A look at the other big awards:AL MVP: A two-man race all year, even though Mike Trout had another amazing season for the disappointing Angels. Baltimore bopper Chris Davis led the league in homers (53) and RBIs (138), preventing a repeat Triple Crown for Miguel Cabrera. But the Detroit slugger deserves his second consecutive MVP after playing through several injuries to post the highest OPS in the majors (1.078) and lead his team to its third straight AL Central crown. “They’re neck and neck,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said.NL Cy Young: Kershaw takes home his second prize in three years.AL Cy Young: Max Scherzer, hands down. He went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts for Detroit.NL Rookie of the Year: What a freshman class! The bumper crop included pitchers Shelby Miller (Cardinals), Hyun-Jin Ryu (Dodgers) and Julio Teheran (Braves) to go along with Los Angeles outfielder Yasiel Puig, Atlanta slugger Evan Gattis and more.“There’s better rookies this year I think than I’ve ever seen,” Roenicke said. “Some of these pitchers coming up and doing what they’re doing their first year … these guys are unbelievable.”At the top of the heap, however, was Miami right-hander Jose Fernandez. He finished second in the majors in ERA (2.19) and went 12-6 for a team that lost 100 games and scored 85 fewer runs than any other club in the big leagues.AL Rookie of the Year: Not nearly as deep a field as in the National League. Rays outfielder Wil Myers gets the nod.NL Manager of the Year: Clint Hurdle of the Pirates gets rewarded for a patient rebuilding job, beating out Atlanta’s Fredi Gonzalez.AL Manager of the Year: Bob Melvin in Oakland, last year’s winner, remains the game’s most underrated skipper. But it’s impossible to overlook the turnaround Terry Francona produced in his first season with playoff-bound Cleveland.___AP freelance writer Ian Harrison in Toronto contributed to this report. Andrew McCutchen watches his single off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
…some businesses complain of double standardPublic Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanMembers of the Private Sector have accused ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) of unfairly administering the 2am curfew which enforces a legal stipulation that bars, night clubs and other places of entertainment must close off by 02:00h.This concern was highlighted during a Police press conference at the Force’s headquarters in Eve Leary, where Junior Vice President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Timothy Tucker questioned the Police’s rationale when undertaking measures to ensure that the curfew is enforced. He added that many GCCI members feel that there is a double standard where enforcement is concerned.“The observation of some of the members is that it’s not being done across the board; they feel there’s a double standard – that their bars are being shut down while others are not being shut down just outside of Georgetown,” Tucker revealed.A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander Marlon Chapman who has responsibility for the Georgetown area, related that the curfew is an ‘across the board’ stipulation. Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine also responded to the complaints, cautioning that the 2AM curfew, for the moment, remains intact. Ramnarine, however, acknowledged receipt of the “concerns” raised over the conduct of Police in terms of “consistency” when administering the curfew.Acting Top Cop, David RamnarineThe acting Top Cop further informed Private Sector operatives that the curfew does not give business operators the right to continue to 2AM if there is a report of noise nuisance, even if that report is made at 23:00h. The acting Commissioner stressed that once there is no complaint of noise nuisance, traffic congestion or crime committed at the establishment, nights spots can operate until the cut off time.“We have asked the Divisional Commanders to ensure that this is enforced and it’s not a case where we are flexible with people and we are arbitrarily or unilaterally flouting an order of the Minister,” Ramnarine expressed.The Police were also told that some night spot operators are under the impression that the curfew is for Georgetown only but the Minister’s order was that all such operations must close by 02:00h. Public relations veteran Christopher “Kit” Nascimento identified a few night spots which are open beyond hours and he called on senior Police ranks to ensure that the law is evenly distributed.There has been much criticism as well as some praise for Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan’s decision in July 2015 to enforce the curfew that was already on the law books. In March, he even suggested that the curfew could be brought forward to as early as midnight, based on his interactions with some stakeholder groups.In the past, the Minister threatened to revoke or suspend the licences of businesses which did not comply with the enforcement. However, concessions were given at certain intervals for night establishments to operate at later hours, but this was only for holiday periods, especially during December. Minister Ramjattan has argued that the curfew was part of his crime-fighting strategy.Of recent, Police conduct has come in for scrutiny and in late October reports surfaced that a Police Corporal was being investigated for allegedly taking a $1 million bribe from a businessman to raid a fellow strip club. (Shemuel Fanfair)
A duo, who are known to the court, were remanded to prison on Wednesday, for a breaking and entering and larceny.Dexter Forde & Alfred SinghTwenty-five-year Dexter Forde and Alfred Singh, 28, both of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.It is alleged that between August 10 and August 11, 2019 at West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, they broke and entered the home of Natasha David and stole $860,000 worth of articles, property of same.Police Prosecutor Traceyann Gittens, who presented the facts to the court stated that on August 10, 2019 the woman secured her home at about 23:30h and retired to bed. The woman was awakened by a noise at about 05:00h and observed her house ransacked and articles missing.The matter was then reported and upon reviewing CCTV footage, the investigating ranks saw the defendants breaking into the woman’s home. Further investigation was carried out and the men were arrested and charged with the offence.The court further heard that Forde was recently released on bail for a similar matter and it was while out on bail he committed this new crime. Hence, prosecutor Gittens asked that both men be remanded to prison.Magistrate Daly, after listening to the facts, remanded the men until September 11.
Government officials among others Tourism CS Najib Balala, Gender and Youth’s Margaret Kobia Sports’ Rashid Echesa and his PS Kirimi Kaberia take selfies on the plane ferrying the World Cup during its tour of Kenya on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaSo special is this trophy that no matter how high ranking you are in the government, your fingerprints will never get close to the trophy. Not even the world’s best players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are allowed to touch it.Tourism CS Najib Balala and his Sports’ counterpart Rashid Echesa pose with the FIFA World Cup during its tour of Kenya on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe prestige of laying hands on the trophy is only left to sitting Heads of State and precious winners. Kenya having never even come close to playing in the event, only President Uhuru Kenyatta was allowed to lay his hands on the prestigious piece of silverware.Security officers carry in the FIFA World Cup trophy into State House during its tour of Kenya on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAfter a short ceremony at the airport, the trophy headed to the House on the Hill where despite a delay of close to three hours, the ceremony got underway in a bit of glitz.A seven-a-side exhibition game pitting Bunge FC against a combined team from the Copa Coca-Cola tournament provided the appetizer to the greater event, the game ending in a 1-1 draw.Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen vies for the ball with a player from the Copa Coca-Cola combined team during an exhibition match at State House when the FIFA World Cup trophy was hosted by the President on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaElgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen might have scored Bunge’s lone goal, but it was Kieni legislator Kanini Kega who stole the show.Kega was the team’s goalkeeper and made several superb saves, including a penalty to ensure the waheshimiwas were not embarrassed by the budding stars.President Uhuru Kenyatta exchanges pleasantries with players from the Copa Coca-Cola combined team during an exhibition match at State House against Bunge FC when the FIFA World Cup trophy was hosted by the President on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaOthers who were part of the team included Machakos’ Victor Munyaka, Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama who is a former national team volleyball player as well as Football Kenya Federation National Executive member David Gikaria, also the Nakuru town East MP.The President got the opportunity to interact with the trophy even as he urged Kenya’s Harambee Stars to qualify for the event held once in four years.President Uhuru Kenyatta admires the FIFA World Cup trophy when it was hosted at State House on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaPupils from across several primary schools who had attended the event also got the opportunity to have photo-ops with the Head of State, a once in a while opportunity.On this day, the President, clad in a simple Coca-Cola branded tee-shirt was eased out and mingled freely with the crowd.President Uhuru Kenyatta takes a penalty against Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi during the FIFA World Cup trophy hosting ceremony at State House on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThere were some more moments of cheer when the President took, and scored, a penalty against Harambee Stars’ CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup winning keeper Patrick Matasi.Matasi saved three penalties during the win against Zanzibar last December but on this occasion, he failed to land in a save against the country’s Commander in Chief.President Kenyatta was definitely pleased with his achievement and almost fell into doing a ‘dab celebration’… or probably trying a #WakandaForever kinda thing.President Uhuru Kenyatta shares a joke with Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa during the FIFA World Cup trophy hosting ceremony at State House on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe trophy will now be hosted for a public viewing ceremony at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre on Tuesday before heading to Maputo, Mozambique in the evening.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Traditional dancers welcome the FIFA World Cup at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport during its tour of Kenya on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26- At about 11:02am, the aircraft carrying the most coveted trophy in the world of football, the 18-carat, 6.1kg FIFA World Cup trophy touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi from Addis Ababa Ethiopia.The plane carrying the FIFA World Cup trophy taxies at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as it arrived for its two-day tour of Kenya on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaWelcomed by a ceremonial water canon treatment, accorded to aircraft only on special occasions, the trophy was received by a host of dignitaries led by three Cabinet Secretaries; Sports’ Rashid Echesa, Tourism’s Najib Balala as well as Youth and Gender’s Margaret Kobia.
Harry Kane scored six World Cup goals to become England’s first Golden Boot winner since 1986.Having hit a hat-trick against Panama and two against Tunisia in the group stage, he added to his tally in the dramatic victory over Colombia in the last 16. However, he lists the 1986 World Cup as his best and the hat-trick v Poland, which preceded his move from Goodison to Camp Nou.“I’d gone five or six games without scoring for England, so I was under a bit of pressure, especially as the World Cup was such a big tournament,” he told FIFA.com.With his treble, Lineker opened the floodgates as he scored twice more against Paraguay in England’s next match, then added a consolation in the 2-1 defeat to a Diego Maradona-inspired Argentina.Even before Kane was showcasing his prowess on the world stage in Russia, Europe’s heavyweights had been circling.During the tournament, former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas couldn’t resist a cheeky dig at Spurs: “Harry Kane is probably the best striker in the Premier League,” he told BBC Sport ahead of England’s win against Panama while trying to contain a smile. “I think he’s now ready to go to a proper big club!”Joking aside, Real Madrid are understood to be tracking him and former Bernabeu president Ramon Calderon even told The Sun as much in April.“The objective for Real Madrid, no doubt, is Kane,” he said.“If they want a player for the next five or six years they are going to go for Kane but [Spurs chairman Daniel] Levy is going to ask a fortune for him.”And Levy has already said the club will not sell anyone they don’t want to ahead of the move into the new stadium, with Kane penning a new deal in June meaning interested clubs will have to break the bank to land him. Barcelona paid £2.8m for Gary Lineker There is no suggestion he wants to leave either. “It’s been fantastic to consistently get in the Champions League so I’m really excited to have another go at that, and with the Premier League and FA Cup, we’ll look to go as far as we can,” he said upon signing his new deal.Still, if he keeps going at the rate he is, it obviously becomes harder for Tottenham to keep him even if they are moving in the right direction.Lineker’s life changed after his exploits in 1986 and he even won his old man some money, as Lineker senior placed a bet on his son finishing top scorer ahead of the tournament at odds of 14-1. 4 4 The last time England had such a prolific World Cup marksman was when Gary Lineker took home the Golden Tan – sorry, boot – in the Mexico heat, which landed him a £2.8million transfer to Barcelona as a result.Former striker Lineker is seemingly best remembered for his Italia ‘90 exploits where he equalised against West Germany in the semi-final, gestured to the bench when Gazza broke down and even had the bottle to score three penalties (two against Cameroon, one in the semi-final shoot-out). 4 Harry Kane has scored 108 goals in 153 Premier League games 4 Lineker scored six goals at Mexico ’86 Harry Kane has scored six goals at the World Cup “I looked at him like he was a madman,” Lineker said. “[The World Cup] was a great experience overall, despite how we went out,” he added.“Winning the Golden Boot was year zero for me. Life changed. And my dad won some cash, so he was pleased, too!”Hopefully Mr Kane was able to bung a few quid on Harry before the tournament began.
FOUR MEMBERS of a fishing trawler crew are safe tonight after their vessel caught fire off Tory Island this afternoon.The trawler was helped by the crew of the Arranmore lifeboat and the Coastguard helicopter from Sligo.A fire in the engine room of the boat, the Handa Isle based at Magheroarty, was extinguished and all four crew were able to travel back to Burtonport tonight – under tow from the lifeboat. Cllr David Alcorn said: “Thank God everyone is safe.”Nora Flanagan, from the Arranmore Lifeboat, said: “Thank God everyone is safe and accounted for.“The trawler fishes out of Bunbeg and got into difficulties 4.5 miles west of Tory. The lifeboat crew was able to establish that the fire could be contained and between them and the Sligo rescue helicopter, the fire was put out.“The fishing trawler was towed back to Burtonport with the crew still aboard and arrived at 7.30pm. We had a fire crew on strandby on shore just to check over the boat. “Everyone is delighted that this emergency call has had a happy ending.”*Pictures by kind permission of Eoin McGarvey Photography.EndsUPDATED: TRAWLER CREW SAFE AFTER FIRE OFF TORY ISLAND was last modified: September 9th, 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)
DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSSUNDAY Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic 1 Glenea United 0This was a hard fought battle between two teams with title aspirations. The only goal of the game came late in the second half. Paddy Sumner of Lifford Celtic got the important strike. This was a very entertaining game but Glenea failed to put the ball pass Lifford’s keeper Paul Given.Best for Glenea United: Darren Mc Geever, Paddy Boyle & Liam Sweeney. Best for Lifford Celtic: Johnny Mahon & Marcus McDonald.Cranford United 1 St. Catherines 1Cranford opened their first season back in the Premier Division with a home drawagainst St Catherine’s. After a well contested game both sides were probably happy with a point to get their respective seasons off the mark. Cranford had a couple of half chances in the first half when Kyle Black and Marty McBride went close and the lively Conor O’ Rourke was unlucky for the Killybegs men. The second half was more of same with the game flowing from end to end. On 70 minutes Conor O’ Rourke finally broke the deadlock with a header from closerange. Cranford responded well and Philip Buchanan crossed for Kyle Black to tap home at the back post to make it one each. There were no real clear cut chances in the last ten minutes as the game petered out. Conor O’ Rourke was best for the fishermen with Philip Buchanan and Arthur Lynch the pick of the home side. Referee: Ronan Floyd.Milford United 5 Kilmacrennan Celtic 3Milford won this local derby with a good solid performance in a game that they dominated for long periods. Milford scored from a corner after 15 minutes when Johnny Gallagher deflected the ball into his own net. Darren McLaughlin then scored 5 minutes later from 18 yards. Before half time it was two one as Paul Shields deflected the ball in to his own net. It took Milford one minute to score in the second half with PJ Hagan finishing well from a Ciaran Mc Ginley through ball. Milford began to dominate scoring twice through Joey Cullen and Darren McLaughlin to lead by five goals to one. Kilmacrennan scored twice to start a mini revival. The first a 25 yard cracker from Kevin McMenamin and then Michael McLaughlin scored from the penalty spot. Milford held out for a well deserved three points. Good team performance by Milford. Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle.Donegal Town 3 Gweedore Celtic 3 Donegal Town got life in the Premier Division underway with a 3-3 draw against Gweedore Celtic. Last season’s Division One winners went behind on twenty minutes when a Chris Porter free was deflected home of a Donegal defender. Donegal then grew into the game and got a well deserved equaliser when Declan Brown scored. Gweedore found themselves back in front right on half time when Eamonn Mc Gee scored after some poor Donegal defending. After the restart Donegal got right back in it as a perfectly slid through ball from Paul Gerard Duncan split the Gweedore defence and debutant Hugh Mc Partland dispatched a shot to the corner of the net. Colin Ferry put the Gweedore men back in front with twenty minutes remaining.. Donegal attacked in numbers in search of an equaliser and forced several corners. The equaliser came when Donegal’s talisman JP Byrne rose highest at the back post to head home a Ciaran O’Reilly corner. Best for Donegal Town were Paul Gerard Duncan and Hugh Mc Partland. Solid team performance from Gweedore Celtic.Curragh Athletic 1 Rathmullan Celtic 2Played in glorious weather conditions on a perfect surface it was Curragh Athletic who made the early breakthrough with a fine goal. Calvin Bradley found Dan O’ Brien who went past his marker and found John Mc Laughlin in space just inside the box and he made no mistake, drilling the ball home on nine minutes. Rathmullan came more into the game and were rewarded for their efforts on twenty two minutes when Eamon Sheridan fired home a penalty after he was adjudged to have been fouled. The away side then went in front on thirty nine minutes when a long throw-in seemed to evade everyone and ended up in the net. Calvin Bradley and Eamon Sheridan then had good attempts on goal as the first half ended. Curragh started the second half with John Mc Laughlin missing a golden opportunity on forty nine minutes after Calvin Bradley saw his shot go just wide. Mc Laughlin then had another good opportunity however as the half wore on it become evident that those missed chances could cost Curragh dearly and so they did. It got worse for Curragh on seventy minutes when Calvin Bradley saw red and although Curragh did try to come back Rathmullan saw out the match aided by the extra man. Rathmullan were best served by the Sheridan Brothers and Patrick Patton while Curragh had Garth Gallagher and the hard working O’ Brien and Mc Laughlin always looking sharp. Referee: Mick LaganWatson Hire Division OneBonagee United 1 Cappry Rovers 2Bonagee should have taken the lead on ten minutes when they were awarded a penalty after Kevin Doran was brought down in the box. Unfortunately Oran Grant sent the spot kick over the bar. On twelve minutes Cappry’s Benny Mc Laughlin saw his shot from twelve yards well saved by Carr in the home goal. Bonagee took the lead on twenty minutes after good work down the left by Marcus Oliver. He crossed to Lee Mc Monagle who hammered home from ten yards. Carr in the home goal had two good saves from Alan Patton and Brian Lafferty on thirty and thirty five minutes. Brendan O’ Meara in the Cappry goal made a super save from Darren Ashmore from the edge of the box on forty three minutes. Cappry levelled the game on the hour when Benny Mc Laughlin fired home from ten yards. Bonagee came close on seventy minutes when a cross from the right by Lee Mc Monagle found Carl Doogan and his header was pushed over the bar O’ Meara. Cappry took the lead on eighty minutes. A Bonagee defender’s attempted clearance struck Alan Patton and ended up in the back of the Bonagee net. Team efforts from both sides. Referee: Paddy Melaugh.Eany Celtic 0 Drumoghill F.C. 7Drumoghill had an easy opening to the new League season against an understrength Eany Celtic. They by three at half time with Liam O’ Donnell getting a hat-trick . O’ Donnell was on the mark again early in the second half. Shea Mc Daid, Michael Lynch and Kevin Kelly completed the scoring for the men from “The Moss”.Dunkineely Celtic 2 Castlefin Celtic 4Castlefin will be very happy to have left Darney Park with all three points after coming from two goals behind to record a fine victory. Dunkineely started very brightly and took the lead after only three minutes when a Peter Alvey cross was headed by Adrian Ward into the path of Cian Kennedy who scored from close range. Castlefin kept playing their passing game and came close on seven minutes when a JP Malley shot was well saved by John Mc Mullin. Dunkineely doubled their lead on 22 minutes when a cross from Adrian Nesbitt was fumbled by the Castlefin keeper and Cian Kennedy was on hand to tap home. Castlefin kept working hard and got a goal back on the half hour mark when a through ball from Ronan Tourish was lobbed over the keeper by JP Mailey.Castlefin started the second half at a high tempo and had a corner cleared off the line on 55 minutes. They equalised on 67 minutes with a carbon copy of their first goal. Ronan Tourish again the provider and Malley with the finish. Castlefin were now well on top and took the lead on 82 minutes when Malley completed his hat-trick when he connected well with a cross from the right. They completed the scoring on 87 minutes when Ronan Tourish broke through the middle to finish well from 10 yards.Best for Dunkineely were Declan Murrin and Adrian Ward while Ronan Tourish and JP Malley were best for Castlefin.Before the game a minutes silence was observed in memory of Conor Boyle who passed away in England during the week. Conor was a grand nephew of Dunkineely Celtic Chairman Gerry Rodgers.Lagan Harps 4 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2Lagan got their league season off to a good start with a win over a strong Kerrykeel side. Kerrykeel took the lead on 8 minutes when Mark Friel fired home after Tony Blake could only parry away Paddy Mc Grenaghan’s shot. Lagan equalised on ten minutes when Drew Connolly crossed and Eunan Diver headed home. Lagan were then dealt a blow when Eunan Diver went off injured. Lagan kept their composure and took the lead on twenty five minutes when Ross Hamlyn’s cross was driven home by Bryan Kelly. Kerrykeel pushed hard for an equaliser at the start of the second half but Lagan extended their lead on fifty five minutes. Shane Kelly sent over a cross and Jay Dee Olawiye finished superbly from the edge of the area. Kerrykeel continued to dominate possession but some wasteful finishing and dogged defending by the Lagan back four kept them at bay. Lagan got the decisive goal on eighty minutes when Drew Connolly pulled the ball back to James Gillen who hit a stunning shot in off the post. Kerrykeel kept up the pressure and grabbed a second in injury time when Mark Friel’s cross was driven home at the back post by Jonathan Friel. For Lagan it was a great win after some poor results, with the young side showing great character. Best for Lagan were Ciaran Diver, Paul Rodgers and Jay Dee Olawiye. For Kerrykeel Mark Friel, Paddy Mc Grenaghan and Patrick Mc Conigley were best. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh.CT Ball Division TwoDeele Harps 0 Copany Rovers 0Deele Harps and Copany Rovers, two teams who showed well during the Brian Mc Cormick Cup Group stages, played out a scoreless draw at the Athletic Grounds in Lifford on Sunday. Back in Sunday football after an absence of a few seasons, the home side were unable to breach the Copany defence. Copany will be hard to beat this season and an opening day point isn’t the worst of returns from a venue where many fancied teams have fallen through the years.Ballybofey United 2 Letterbarrow Celtic 4An Eoin Mc Hugh hat-trick secured all three points for Letterbarrow Celtic when they visited Ballybofey United on Sunday. Letterbarrow took the lead through Mc Hugh before the home side equalised through Noel Quinn. Two more from Mc Hugh gave the visitors a healthy half time advantage. Ballybofey United’s experienced John Gregg was unlucky to see his wayward clearance from thirty yards end up in his own net. Gregg then completed the scoring when he registered at the other end reducing the deficit to two. Despite having numerous chances Ballybofey couldn’t get back into the game. Man of the Match: Eoin Mc Hugh. Referee: Paul DohertyDunlewy Celtic 3 Raphoe Town 1On a wonderful day in Dunlewey it was the Raphoe men who started the brightest. They went in front when Ryan Mc Cullagh broke through the home defence to knock past Cathal Gillespie in the Dunlewey goals. The home side settled and came close through John Cannon but it took until the stroke of half time for the home side to get on level terms when Liam McMullen rose highest to head home a Christy Cannon cross. Kieran Mc Geady gave the home side the lead shortly after coming on as a substitute. The home side continued to pressure the visitors and got their third when Liam McMullen once again rose highest to head home a Daniel Cannon cross. The Raphoe men never gave up and were unlucky not to get one back through Lee Smith but Cathal Gillespie saved well. Best for Dunlewey Kieran Mc Geady, Liam McMullen and Daniel Cannon.Team performance from RaphoeConvoy Arsenal 1 Whitestrand United 2Convoy started brightly, kept hold of possession well and created a few half chances in the first 50 minutes. Whitestrand started to come into the game after this and forced a number of free kicks and corners. The deadlock was broken in the 65th minute after a through ball sent Calvin Mc Gowan clear and he stroked it past Lee Boyd in the Convoy goal. It took Whitestrand only four minutes to double their lead. It was a carbon copy move with Jerome Burke putting the finishing touch to it this time. Convoy settled down again after this. Their determination reaped rewards in the 81st minute when Michael Melaugh curled in a goal from the edge of the box. The Whitestrand keeper made a great save from Keelan Gillan near the end to help his team hold out for the win. Best for Convoy: Jonny Kees, best for Whitestrand: Jerome Burke. Referee: Michael MulhernDrumbar F.C. 0 Glenree United 1This was a closely fought contest between Drumbar and Glenree United. Both sides took time to get going but Drumbar dominated most of the first half exchanges and looked the most likely to score. The second half started similarly however on 75minutes Glenree’s number 9 rose highest for a free kick to nod past the Drumbar keeper. After this Glenree dominated the last ten minutes and held out for three well earned points.Best for Drumbar were: Shane Browne, Mark Butler and Owen Harron. Glenree were strong from one to eleven.SATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division OneSt. Catherines Reserves 2 Glenea United Reserves 1St. Catherines played host to Glenea in a tight encounter in Emerald Park. Glenea started the brighter and on twenty five minutes scored through Eddie Muldowney after a goal mouth scramble. Both teams had chances in the first half but Glenea went in at half time leading by one goal to nil. St. Catherines got on the scoresheet on fifty eight minutes when Brian Smith converted a penalty after Paul Mc Fadden was pulled down in the box. On sixty five minutes the Saints scored again when an Eamonn Bonner shot cannoned of a Glenea defender and found its way to the net. Glenea pushed hard for the equaliser but couldn’t break down a stubborn Saints defence. Good team performance from Glenea while best for St Catherines was Evan Broderick.Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3 Orchard F.C. 1Park View provided the stage for this keenly contested match on Saturday afternoon. Orchard started well and TJ Duffy had to clear from the Castlefin goal line in the opening minutes. The home side took the lead on twelve minutes when Brian Dooher did well to convert Marcus Curran’s cross. Castlefin retained this lead until the interval. After the restart James Mc Menamin doubled their advantage when he drilled home from close range. This goal came after the home side had been denied on three occasions by Orchard netminder Thomas Mc Laughlin who was having a fine game. Orchard pulled a goal back on eighty six minutes when Niall Bonner scored. Paddy Dooher completed the scoring just before the full time whistle sounded. Best for Castlefin: TJ Duffy. Best for Orchard: Thomas Mc Laughlin. Referee: Seamus Mc Groary.Glencar Celtic 2 Mulroy Celtic 0Glencar started brightest at the Flag Pole Field. Pajo Rafferty went close to opening the scoring on two occasions. Joe Baker then rattled the Mulroy crossbar. Glencar’s hard work eventually paid off early in the second half when Paddy Collins crossed for Joe Baker to rise highest and head home. Baker then added his and Glencar’s second as the match entered it’s closing stages. Best for Glencar: Garvan Grieve and Mark Graham. Good team effort from Mulroy.Erne Wanderers 0 Fintown Harps AFC 1Last season’s Downtown Cup finalists renewed acquaintances at the Lakeside Centre on Saturday. The opening exchanges produced little by way of clear cut chances. Stephen Curneen thought he had given Erne the lead when he clinically finished a move involving Mark Dorrian and Diarmuid Spratt. His celebrations were short lived however as the referee had already blown for a penalty in the build up to the goal. Dermott Slevin took the spot kick but sent the ball the wrong side of the post. Then to compound the home side’s misery Aaron Thompson put the visitors ahead when he intercepted Jamie Cassidy’s back-pass to Karl O’ Brien. Despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession for the remainder of the match Erne couldn’t find an equaliser. As it turned out the home side fell to their first home reversal in two seasons. Best for Wanderers: Spratt and Travers. Best for Harps: Eugene Molloy. Referee: Andrew Mc MullinGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoGlenree United Reserves 0 Arranmore United 1On a perfect afternoon for a match it was the home side who started stronger. In the tenth minute Robert Moore watched his well hit shot come back off the post. Karl Mc Elhinney then stung the palms of the away keeper who did well to save. Arranmore then had a few shots from outside the penalty area that didn’t trouble the home keeper. It remained scoreless until the interval. In the 70th minute Damien Nelis brought a great save from the Arranmore keeper. With time running out Thomas O’ Reilly lobbed the ball to Denis Gallagher who toe poked past the Glenree keeper. The goal was enough to give the visitors the three points from a sporting encounter which saw both teams perform well. Referee: Gerry RoddenMilford United Reserves 1 Donegal Town Reserves 3Donegal Town went away with the three points from this match at Moyle View. Neither side created many opportunities but on the half hour mark Donegal got their first. A free kick from the edge of the box afforded Donegal a free header and David Bustard tapped in the rebound. Milford went further behind in the sixtieth minute when they were caught in possession and David Harran raced clear to slot home. Milford pushed hard and got a scrappy consolation goal through Christy Mc Cafferty. Ciarán Reilly rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot after David Harran was caught late.Gweedore United Reserves 7 Curragh Athletic Reserves 2Gweedore United F.C. continued their great start to the new season in this match against the Killygordon outfit at Carrickboyle. The game started brightly with both sides creating chances in the opening quarter of the game. It was Curragh who went into the lead in the 18th minute when a good cross from Martin Mc Laughlin was well finished by Gary Heeney. Gweedore were back on level terms three minutes later when Sean Paul Mc Mahon made a good run and finished well past Thomas Mc Bride. Two minutes later the home side went in front when Mc Mahon’s well hit free kick was headed into the net by Stephen O’ Donnell. Gweedore began to dominate the play and on 30 minutes made it 3-1 with Sean Paul Mc Mahon again on the mark following good play by Noel Diver and Brian Gallagher. In the 36th minute O’ Donnell got his second and United’s 4th when he again headed into the net from close range following a good cross from Mc Mahon. In the 43rd minute Mc Mahon completed his hat-trick to make it 5-1 at half time. In the second half Curragh tried to pull one back with good efforts from Justin Mc Bride and Gary Heeney however the home defence and keeper stood firm. In the 61st minute Hugh Martin Curran made it 6-1 when he hit a good free kick from 35 yards into the bottom corner leaving Mc Bride in the Curragh nets with no chance. Curragh who continued to look for their 2nd got a goal in the 77th minute when Johnny Mc Bride’s corner was well converted. Joe Coyle got a 7th for United in the 86th minute following a good cross from Stephen O’ Donnell. It was an excellent team performance from United with Gary Heeney excelling for Curragh on the day.Referee: Barry Hunter.Cranford United Reserves 1 Tullyvinney Rovers 1Tullyvinney started well putting a lot of pressure on the Cranford defence and this paid off when Daithi Gardiner latched onto a through ball and finished well giving Tullyvinney the lead. The second half saw Cranford push hard for an equaliser. Dale Mc Fadden cut in from the left wing, leaving two players for dead, and slotted the ball into the corner from twenty yards to make in one each. With time running out both teams pushed for a winner but neither could find the net. A good team effort from Cranford with Daithi Gardiner best for Tullyvinney.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURES SATURDAY 28-09-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Glenea United ReservesFintown Harps AFC v St. Catherines ReservesMulroy Celtic v Erne WanderersOrchard F.C. v Ramelton MarinersGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoArranmore United v Gweedore United Reserves (K.O. 1 p.m.)Donegal Town Reserves v Strand RoversTullyvinney Rovers v Milford United ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves v Cranford United ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves v Glenree United ReservesSUNDAY 29-09 2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division Glenea United v Cranford UnitedRathmullan Celtic v Lifford CelticGweedore Celtic v Curragh AthleticKilmacrennan Celtic v Donegal TownSt. Catherines v Milford UnitedWatson Hire Division OneGweedore United v Bonagee UnitedKerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Keadue RoversCastlefin Celtic v Lagan HarpsDrumoghill F.C. v Dunkineely CelticCT Ball Division TwoCopany Rovers v Ballybofey UnitedGlenree United v Deele HarpsWhitestrand United v Drumbar F.C.Raphoe Town v Convoy ArsenalSOCCER: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: September 22nd, 2013 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:Donegal Junior LeagueMatch ReportsResults
Tragic Inishowen couple Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy will be buried this morning following funeral mass.The late Kathleen and Jimmy Cuddity.Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend the funeral of the much-loved Carndonagh couple who were found dead in their home in Churchtown on Thursday morning last.Their remains have been reposing at the home of their son James since Sunday evening. The joint funeral mass will take place at 11m this morning at the Church of the Sacred Heart.The tragic couple’s other son, Julian, 42, has been charged with their murders.He will appear at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court tomorrow. TRAGIC INISHOWEN COUPLE TO BE BURIED THIS MORNING was last modified: October 28th, 2014 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:funeralJIMMY CUDDIHYKathleen Cuddihy
Did these evolutionists really think through their hypotheses?Politics in the genes: “Neither conscious decision-making or parental upbringing fully explain why some people lean left and others lean right,” researchers at the University of Nebraska said, according to Science Daily. “A mix of deep-seated psychology and physiological responses are at the core of political differences.” Why, then, do many people use their minds to consciously switch, like David Horowitz, a former near-communist radical who is now a conservative icon? The “researchers” might need to re-research their own biases and see if they are genetically determined as well.White lies promote civil society: “Lies can be good for society,” Sarah C. P. Williams announced on the AAAS feature Science Shot July 22. “The mathematical model, the authors admit, is a simplified version of reality; it assumes a constant rate of lies throughout time and among all the relationships a person has,” she said of a paper published by the Royal Society. “But the takeaway is clear, they say: Lies can be good for society.” Of course, then, we should all become suspicious whether Williams is pushing fibs in order to keep her readership intact – like the National Enquirer does.Testosterone and gender: Robert Cieri, a biology graduate student at Duke University, has figured out why art started to blossom 100,000 years after modern humans appeared: testosterone dropped, leading to gentler faces and more cooperation. Society began to bloom with art and culture as the men developed more feminine faces, he suggests (for example, see a 3-D ivory carving of a lion from Germany said to be 40,000 years old, reported on Science Daily). Cieri’s notion of gentle faces leading to art and culture got good press on PhysOrg, which shows him measuring brow ridges on a hominid skull. According to his hypothesis, brow ridges shrank as testosterone levels dropped. Males became less aggressive and more feminine-looking. A Cultural Revolution couldn’t be far behind. Inexplicably, it would take another 40,000 years for them to develop farming and civilization. Science Daily swallowed Cieri’s thesis whole, headlining, “Society bloomed with gentler personalities, more feminine faces: Technology boom 50,000 years ago correlated with less testosterone.”Cieri’s hypothesis hinges on testosterone, but other studies have shown that it’s a myth to link the hormone with male aggression—on the contrary, testosterone has been linked to fairness and honesty (12/09/09, 3/12/10, 1/24/14). In addition, Cieri had no way of actually measuring testosterone levels or their receptors in his survey of human skulls. Nor did he show a scientific link between testosterone and brow ridges (if they were related, one would expect males taking testosterone supplements these days to develop them). Presumably, the females also had brow ridges when the males did.He appears to be inserting his own 21st-century biases about what makes for a kinder, gentler face, then attributing his preferences to humans he could never interview in person. It’s a mystery why Duke University promoted this work as a “senior honors thesis“, or why Cultural Anthropology published it; perhaps because it weaves a fig leaf for an embarrassing problem in paleoanthropology:There are a lot of theories about why, after 150,000 years of existence, humans suddenly leapt forward in technology. Around 50,000 years ago, there is widespread evidence of producing bone and antler tools, heat-treated and flaked flint, projectile weapons, grindstones, fishing and birding equipment and a command of fire. Was this driven by a brain mutation, cooked foods, the advent of language or just population density?The Duke study argues that living together and cooperating put a premium on agreeableness and lowered aggression and that, in turn, led to changed faces and more cultural exchange.Aside from the fact that Cieri’s hypothesis is Lamarckian, the alternatives are clearly worse. Attributing civilization to a brain mutation, cooked food, crowding, and a miraculous “advent” of a complex behavior like language surely qualifies for an Ignobel Prize, and maybe even first place at the Bah! Festival.We regret seeing another young novitiate like Bobby Cieri welcomed into the Duke-dumb of King Charles. Cieri is learning the art of storytelling in the Kingdom of Imagination. Evolutionists learned well from Charlie. He hated Lamarckism but found it very useful when his own theory broke down.Political conservatives often complain that liberals get a pass in the media for scandals that would land a conservative in prison. A similar thing happens here: if Darwin skeptics were to offer “scientific” hypotheses this lame, this illogical, and this stupid, there would be hell to pay in the secular press. There would be no end of charges of pseudoscience, anti-science and religious agenda, and outcries if anything of the sort were to be taught in schools. It’s good press fodder, though, if it promotes the totalitarian regime of King Charles.The tiniest bit of reflection shows these hypotheses to be self-refuting. If political bias is in the genes, so is scientific bias: we can dismiss the first article as nonsense. If white lies are good, we have no reason to trust the second article. And if kinder, gentler faces produced an artistic society, why don’t rabbits have art? The stupidity of that third article is only topped by the alternatives suggested: the idea that civilization resulted from “a brain mutation, cooked foods, the advent of language or just population density.” Anything but intelligent design!Critical thinkers should note the use of the word “theories” in the quote above: “There are a lot of theories about why, after 150,000 years of existence, humans suddenly leapt forward in technology.” A common evolutionary comeback to the creationist argument that “evolution is just a theory” (an argument we do not recommend, because of its ambiguity) is that theories in science are well-tested and well-founded, as solid as facts. Not according to this quote! They use the word “theories” for stupid suggestions that have failed the test of time (otherwise Cieri’s hypothesis would not have been entertained at all, well-tested theories being already available). Remember that quote and use it the next time an evolutionist claims a theory is like a fact. “Oh, so you believe your intelligence resulted from a brain mutation or cooked food? Those are Darwinian theories.”Where are the philosophers of science? They are as quiet as the so-called “moderate Muslims” who say nothing as their extremist brethren fire rockets on civilian cities. Anyone who respects science and reason should condemn as utterly ridiculous and harmful the notion of a brain mutation—a genetic mistake—causing art and civilization. If cooked food is responsible (another Lamarckian idea), why are vegetarians who eat raw veggies good artists? If crowds produce artistic civilizations (another Lamarckian idea), let’s just pack people together and watch them civilize; instead, they will most likely form mobs and fight each other to death with any artwork lying around. And what is this “advent of language” about? How did that happen? Was it a miracle? We should protest the Darwinians who use words as humanist shields behind which to lob their destructive theories against innocent readers. (Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One month after joining the team at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, Grant Fair attended his very first Ohio FFA State Convention. Surrounded by students in a sea of blue corduroy jackets gave him the feeling that he was becoming a part of something huge and camp was a key player in it — a memory he still holds close to his heart even as his time at Camp Muskingum comes to an end.“I’m beyond thankful for my time at camp,” said Grant Fair, previous Project Reach Director at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum. “Now it is time for a new adventure. We’re headed to Glen Rose, Texas.”At the end of January, he and his wife, Kim Fair and their five-month-old daughter, Cleo Fair packed up their lives in Carrollton, Ohio to make the 1,200-mile trip halfway across the country. The reason for their big move is a new opportunity for their family.“Kim begins a new role as the Program Director at Glen Lake Camp and Christian Retreat Center in February,” Grant said. “I’ll be taking some time to stay at home and raise our daughter while Kim starts in her new position. Eventually I’ll enroll in classes again at a university in Texas.”As Program Director, Kim’s responsibilities at Glen Lake Camp will include hiring, supervising and leading 80 seasonal staff members throughout the summer. Additionally, she will develop Bible study curriculum for the camp’s summer programs. Prior to her new position, Kim was the Director at Camp Aldersgate (located up the road from Camp Muskingum) and worked at Camp Muskingum as the Office Administrator this past summer.Both Grant and Kim have always shared a love for working at camps.“I worked at my very first summer camp in 2004 at Camp Wanake in Beach City, Ohio.” Grant said. “It was a powerful summer for me. I didn’t know anything about camps before that experience and I never realized it was something I could continue to do for a living.”It was only four years later that he found himself working at a camp again, but this time it was at a camp that would eventually become his home. He got his start working with Nature’s Classroom, the camp’s residential outdoor education program that serves elementary and middle school students during the spring and fall seasons.“My first experience working at Camp Muskingum began in 2008 as a staff member for two seasons with Nature’s Classroom,” Grant said. “I started full-time at Camp Muskingum as Project Reach Director in 2010. I haven’t looked back since.”As Project Reach Director, his primary responsibility was the upkeep, staffing and facilitation of the high ropes course, low ropes course and the paintball program. His secondary responsibilities included the supervising and programming of summer camp and overseeing camp’s summer staff members.Although a big piece of his job was leading workshops and helping teach others, he saw every moment as an opportunity to never stop learning.“I’ve taken away so much from my time spent at camp,” Grant said. “I’ve gained confidence in my ability to think on my toes and handle stressful situations and I’ve learned how to become a supervisor of people. I’ve also learned to not take myself too seriously. There are definitely things in life we need to be serious about, but for everything else — ‘man, lighten up!’”With new changes and additions right around the corner at camp, Grant is looking forward to cheer on camp’s growth all the way from Texas.“The introduction of the Discovery Center is such a new time in Camp Muskingum’s history,” he said. “Oh my gosh, the staff that is there now is more than capable in handling this exciting transition. They will take camp in a new direction and enhance the program.”Grant is not only thankful to have worked with the staff at Camp Muskingum, but also the thousands of students he has interacted with over the last decade years.“If I could leave any bit of encouragement for students who go to camp, I would tell them to be the person they want themselves to be,” he said. “At camp you don’t have to stick to the status quo or conform to be who your friends say you have to be. You are the most pure form of you when you’re at camp and there is absolutely nothing in this world that says you can’t be you anywhere you go.”The Ohio FFA Association thanks the Fair family for their work and support at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum and wish them the best of luck as they depart on their new adventure.