EAMON MCGEE: “IT’S TIME TO MAKE THE CHAMPIONSHIP A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR ALL TEAMS”

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first_imgEamon McGee has called on the GAA to revise and re-structure the championship series.Donegal defender Eamon McGee has called on the GAA to revise their championship structure and make the All-Ireland series more balanced for all counties involved.Ulster is without doubt the most competitive province in Ireland, and has traditionally always been the most competitive.Armagh, Tyrone and Donegal have all captured All-Ireland titles over the last twelve years, but they all had had to first come through a bruising championship in Ulster. Donegal stalwart McGee reckons Ulster teams are at a massive disadvantage due to the competitiveness of the Ulster Championship, and as a result other counties in Ireland have a big advantage over northern teams.Donegal face Tyrone in a preliminary fixture in Ulster in May, and if they overcome that Rory Gallagher’s side will have to face Armagh who they narrowly defeated in the All-Ireland series last year in the quarter-final of the Ulster Championship.If they manage to overcome Armagh, they then have to overcome the winners of Derry and Down just to reach the Ulster Final.McGee has said the time has now come for the whole championship format to be revised and re-structured. McGee told The Irish News, ” think they should take a look at the championship system.“Ulster teams have to be at full throttle from the start of the season and there is not a chance of a gradual build-up.“We will be going flat out from the first game and this is just not right.“Kerry, Dublin or Mayo don’t have to go through the same rigours as the rest of us and certain teams are kept apart.“So in Ulster we are not on the same level playing field as the rest of the country so it is time something was done about this inequality. McGee and the majority off the Donegal side that featured in September’s All-Ireland defeat to Kerry are being rested for the Dr McKenna Cup.Rory Gallagher is using the competition to try and unearth some future talents for the forthcoming season.An experimental Donegal side was comfortably beaten by Derry at Owenbeg on Sunday.Donegal face Queen’s University Belfast in the second game of the competition this Sunday at Mac Cumhaill Park. (2pm throw-in) EAMON MCGEE: “IT’S TIME TO MAKE THE CHAMPIONSHIP A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR ALL TEAMS” was last modified: January 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:All-Ireland serieschampionshipdonegalEamon McGeeGAAHome-page SportnewsRe-structuredRevisedlast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle winger Matt Ritchie: Press never give us break

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first_imgNewcastle winger Matt Ritchie: Press never give us breakby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has hit out at the negativity of the media.The Scot admits he grows tired over the comparisons with past teams.Ritchie told the Evening Chronicle: “People talk about Newcastle’s history in the Premier League and it’s in a negative aspect.”The Press the other week said we hadn’t won on a Monday for such a long time, then we won at Burnley and the next week it was we hadn’t won a midweek game!”I was like: ‘Give us a break’.”The players don’t look into that, we focus on the next game being the biggest game.”We recover and prepare for Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23 days agoInter Milan attacker Barella: We proved our character at Barcelona

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first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan attacker Barella: We proved our character at Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan attacker Nicolò Barella says they can leave Barcelona with their heads held high.Inter lost their Champions League tie 2-1, despite taking a third minute lead through Lautaro Martinez. Barca eventually winning via a Luis Suarez brace.Barella said, “We came here to play, the Coach told us that, and we wanted to win. We tried to fight back after the equaliser and conceded at the other end.“It’s disappointing, but we have another big game coming up and will start to focus on that.“We proved our character and put in a strong performance, but it’s always disappointing when we leave with no points. We are Inter, we’ve got Conte on the bench, so we want to win every game.” last_img read more

16 days agoRichards has dig at Man City kids: Only Foden has right attitude

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Richards has dig at Man City kids: Only Foden has right attitudeby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City defender Micah Richards believes Phil Foden is a class apart from the other promising youngsters at the club.City now possess one of the best youth teams in the country and Foden is the shining light of the club’s academy.”Phil Foden is an exceptional talent,” he told the Gloved podcast.”He is going to get games.”Whereas some of the young players are just happy to say they play for Man City.”They’ve got pictures on Instagram, they’ve got the nicest cars and they’re earning good money.”No disrespect to them, but they think they’ve made it already.”It’s only really Foden who’s probably going to get a chance within the current squad because he’s the only one who is showing the signs that he could play at that level.” last_img read more

Cabinet shuffle coming on Monday after Brison quits Trudeau says

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first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will shuffle his cabinet Monday to deal with the resignation of Treasury Board President Scott Brison.The longtime Nova Scotia MP announced Thursday morning that he won’t seek re-election this fall because he wants to spend more time with his family.He’ll said he’ll quit the cabinet before then because the government is best served by ministers who are running again.Brison has been the face of the Liberal government in Nova Scotia, where the party won every seat in 2015.But he’s also been close to the story of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who’s facing a trial for breach of trust related to allegations he leaked secrets to promote a navy shipbuilding contract.Norman’s case is to go to trial late this summer, just as the campaign for the Oct. 21 election is getting underway.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

No national tracking system in place as numbers of Indigenous women who

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first_imgAshley Brandson, Martha Troian APTN News When the RCMP announced in 2014 that they had compiled a list of 1,181 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, it marked the first time such a comprehensive police report dedicated to the tragedy had ever been completed.Almost 5 years later, the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has only continued to climb but there are no plans for another study.“I think this country is not fully acknowledging what is going on to do with Indigenous women and girls,” said Sheila North, an advocate and a former grand chief of a Manitoba political organization.“There should be a way to keep track of what’s going on because the longer that we deny the truth, the longer it’s going to take to fix what’s going on.”Despite this, it’s unlikely that another major statistical report dealing with the tragedy will be conducted, let alone an active database to track every case.RCMP report a ‘special project’Initiated in 2013 by the RCMP, the national police service worked in conjunction with 300 policing agencies and Statistics Canada to create the report, ‘‘Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Operational Overview.’The report revealed 1,017 homicide victims and 164 missing Indigenous women and girls spanning from 1980 to 2012.It also showed that Indigenous women and girls were more prone to violent deaths compared to non-Indigenous women, and similar to other female homicides, most victims knew their perpetrators and most homicides were committed by men.Read: 1,186 murdered and missing women over past 30 years: RCMP(Janice Armstrong, the RCMP’s deputy commissioner for contract and Aboriginal policing announcing the RCMP-led report in May 2014)It was seen as a ground breaking report and garnered national attention.However, in an email statement Cpl. Caroline Duval with the RCMP National Communications Services wrote, “The 2014 Overview was a special project” and that “The RCMP is not mandated nor funded to conduct statistical research of this kind” and stated further data on homicides of Indigenous women to consult Statistics Canada.(Lorilee Francis is just one case from the RCMP’s Canada’s Missing site. Francis was 23 years old when she went missing from Grand Prairie, Alta., in October 2007. Photo: Canadasmissing.ca)As for Statistics Canada there are no immediate plans to undertake another study with the RCMP or any other enforcement agency, according to communications officer Fabrice Mosseray.Definitive number difficult to determineBetty Rourke, a family member who lost both her daughter and sister to murder, thinks the RCMP and other policing agencies should invest in another major report.(Betty Rourke in her Selkirk, Manitoba home. Rourke said her daughter Jennifer McPherson was the sweetest thing and would never say anything bad about anybody. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN)“They’re the ones that get the case, they’re the ones that are called immediately. If they have funds for anything else, why can’t they have funds for this?” said Rourke.“We need to remember these women and girls, we can’t forget them.”Rourke also feels it’s important to know the precise number of cases.Francyn Joe, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada believes the number of cases was always higher than the RCMP count.In an email statement Joe wrote, “They say a lot of crime goes unreported, Indigenous identity may be unknown and historically cases weren’t always taken seriously by police.”Though the organization once researched and maintained a database of cases in its Sister in Spirit initiative, Joe confirmed that’s no longer the case.An inquiry, yet no one keeping trackThe national inquiry into missing and murdered women and girls cannot provide a clear number either.“It’s difficult to come to a definitive number of MMIWG in Canada, as police services across the country have different methods of identifying who’s Indigenous, or who is murdered and missing,” said communications lead Catherine Kloczkowski.(Commissioners at the institutional hearings on police policies and practices in June 2018 in Regina, Saskatchewan)After years of not being on former Conservative leader Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s radar, in December 2015 the Liberal government finally launched a national inquiry.Led by four commissioners, the inquiry has gathered more than 2,300 statements from family members and survivors of violence since March 2017.(The AFN asserts we need better data collection and analysis when it comes to violence against Indigenous women and girls)The Assembly of First Nations are also not maintaining a national database.In an email statement National Chief Perry Bellegarde with the Assembly of First Nations wrote, “Law enforcement agencies across the country must develop coordinated and reliable methods of data collection respectful of women, girls, LGBTQ2S and all First Nations.”Outside the RCMP numbers, many advocates have suggested the number can be as high as 3,000 to 4,000 cases.MMIWG Inquiry report due next monthIn April, the inquiry will be releasing its long-awaited final report.In November 2017, the inquiry released its interim report citing a national police task force to be able to reopen cases especially for family members who might feel dissatisfied with the level of investigation into their loved one’s case.Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba is just one community grappling not only from multiple cases, APTN confirmed 20 cases in total, but with many family members who have expressed police failure.Read: First Nation counts nearly two dozen missing and murdered women(Danielle Twoheart, 26, died after falling from a three-story balcony in the Caribbean in February 2019. Photo courtesy: Holly Twoheart)The latest case from Sagkeeng is that of Danielle Twoheart, a young Indigenous mother of two who died after falling from a balcony at an all-inclusive Dominican Republic resort.Based on a police report shared with the family, it was mentioned that Twoheart’s death was an accident, something the family disagrees with.Read: Grieving mother believes daughter’s death at Caribbean resort suspicious.“I hope that there is some glaring, obvious recommendations on how we can move forward,” said Sheila North about the inquiry’s upcoming final report.“What I would like to see come out of the report is that we, as a nation, find a way so that Indigenous women and girls are safe, and that they’re independent and self-sustaining.”news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Emotional Jean Coutu says farewell after shareholders approve sale to Metro

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first_imgMONTREAL – Jean Coutu fought back tears as he bid adieu to shareholders Wednesday after they approved the sale of the pharmacy chain he founded to Metro Inc. in a move that could pave the way for expansion beyond Quebec.“I gave my all, my best, in business and my profession,” the company founder said before choking up.Coutu, 90, said he will now devote his time and energy to helping the poor through a foundation established with his wife and family.The Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation, which has around $500 million in assets, has long helped projects to aid the poor, women, child abuse and fighting drug addiction.Coutu, who founded the pharmacy chain in 1969, said watching the network join another retailer was a bit like a mother watching her youngest child leave home.“You’re glad because you hope they’ll be a success but at the same time you feel a little sorrow,” he told reporters.A near-unanimous 99.9 per cent of votes cast sanctioned the $4.5-billion transaction, well above the two-thirds requirement.Shareholders of Jean Coutu (TSX:PJC.A) are being offered a combination of cash and stock worth about $24.50 per share. The Jean Coutu Group will appoint two members to Metro’s (TSX:MRU) board of directors.The deal announced nearly two months ago still requires Competition Bureau approval and is expected to close by March.Quebec’s second-largest pharmacy network, including Jean Coutu and Brunet, will operate as a separate division of the Metro, headed by Francois Coutu, son of the company founder.Francois Coutu expects the combination will open opportunities to expand in Ontario where Jean Coutu has just eight stores.“That is something we think we can exploit more than what we have done so far,” he said.But Coutu said the first step is to merge the pharmacy operations in Quebec and then see how the growth will extend to neighbouring provinces.Jean Coutu and Metro had casually discussed a deal for more than seven years, but only entered into detailed negotiations last spring.The vote Wednesday was all but a foregone conclusion since the Coutu family and affiliated entities which held 93 per cent of the voting rights, along with company directors and senior officers, agreed to vote in favour of the deal.The food and pharmacy industries have faced intensifying competition from other food retailers, Wal-Mart, Costco and Amazon’s entry in the grocery space with its purchase of Whole Foods.The proposed merger follows Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s (TSX:L) deal in 2014 to acquire Shoppers Drug Mart, which operates as Pharmaprix in Quebec.last_img read more

Hearings began yesterday in deportation case of alleged ISIS supporter arrested in

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first_imgHamdan was arrested in Fort St. John nearly three years ago, and was charged with four terrorism-related offences. He was acquitted of all charges in B.C. Supreme Court last fall, but continued to be detained by Immigration officials since he is not a Canadian citizen.Hamdan’s deportation hearing is scheduled to finish on May 16th. A separate hearing to revoke Hamdan’s refugee status took place last week, though the decision from that hearing has not been published. In the meantime, Hamdan remains in custody at the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre in Maple Ridge.Story courtesy Global BC: https://globalnews.ca/news/4147042/deportation-hearing-isis-supporter/?utm_source=980CKNW&utm_medium=Facebook VANCOUVER, B.C. — An RCMP officer took to the stand yesterday at a deportation hearing in Vancouver for a former Fort St. John resident who was acquitted of terrorism charges last year.According to Global News, Cst. Tarek Mokdad testified at the deportation hearing of Othman Ayed Hamdan Monday, saying that that he had found “clear support” by Hamdan for the so-called Islamic State in his online posts. Cst. Mokdad said that Hamdan’s Facebook posts were a “cause for concern” about whether Hamdan presents a danger to national security.“I found clear support for the Islamic State,” said Cst. Mokdad, who is a member of the RCMP’s national security division, while on the stand at the Immigration and Refugee Board hearing.last_img read more

Dairy Queens Miracle Treat Day August 8th 2019

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tomorrow, August 8th, 2019, is Dairy Queen’s Annual fundraising event, Miracle Treat Day.To participate in #MiracleTreatDayHead to Dairy Queen and purchase a BLIZZARD Treat and the net proceeds from each BLIZZARD go towards local Children’s Miracle Network Canada hospitals such as BC Children’s Hospital. To view social media, CLICK HERElast_img

Door is open for India to bring serious trade plan to table

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first_imgWashington: Observing that trade has been an area of frustration in bilateral ties, the US has said that the door is open if India is prepared to bring a serious proposal to the table to address the issues related to trade and market access.The US in November last year revoked duty-free concessions on import of at least 50 Indian products, mostly from handloom and agriculture sectors, reflecting the Trump administration’s tough stand on trade-related issues with New Delhi. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsA senior State Department official said Friday that the US is proud to be India’s largest export market and most important economic partner. “But we have struggled with regulatory issues that get in the way of the ease of doing business and market access for American companies and products,” said the official. “Trade has frankly been an area of frustration in the relationship, but the door is open if India is prepared to bring a serious proposal to the table,” he said. Despite intensive engagement with the Government of India for nearly a year, India did not assure the US that it would provide equitable and reasonable access to its market, which led to its termination from the Generalised System of Preferences programme, the official said. Also Read – Coking coal shipments rise 15 pc to 29 MT at 12 state-run ports in Apr-Sep”While we were pleased that the growing US exports to India, largely crude oil and LNG, led to a 7.1 per cent reduction in our bilateral goods trade deficit last year, many structural challenges in our trade relationship have yet to be resolved,” said the senior State Department official. During the just concluded visit of the Foreign Secretary, while the focus was on strategic, defence and regional issues, in particular Pakistan and Afghanistan, but the visiting diplomat is believed to have been conveyed that the ball is in India’s court on resolving the trade related issues. The US is understood to have told India that the Trump administration is willing to review its decision to revoke its GSP privileges to India, if New Delhi comes with a credible proposal to address the market access issues that America has been talking about for nearly a year. The GSP notification is still within the 60 days period, after which the benefits would formally be withdrawn, it is reliably learnt that the US has told India that it is not too late. But it is unlikely to happen, given that India is now into an election campaign mode, officials on both sides said. While India argues that it is difficult to take any policy decision at this point of time because of the elections and the model code of conduct, American points out that it has decided to take its decision on revoking GSP privileges only after it exhausted all its options with India. During talks with India, America is believed to have said that “there are creative ways of solving” all the trade related issues that addressed concerns of both the countries.last_img read more