Francis tipped for Sunshine Girls job

first_img Meanwhile, the Sunshine Girls have been without a head coach since Minneth Reynolds ended her contract with NJ one year before its expiration, following a surprising series win over arch-rivals England. Reynolds had led the team to a 2-1 victory over England, which followed a 0-3 loss to New Zealand, but said she believed it was time for her to step aside and give the opportunity to another individual. “I think I needed a … break. I have been in the programme since 2005, and I think its’ time for someone else. There is no regret; I have done my time,” Reynolds said. Francis has received support from several quarters of the netball fraternity, with top local coach Winston Nevers pointing to the former player as his ideal candidate for the job. “I think Netball Jamaica should look at Connie Francis because she is the best person now to handle the programme. I think she is ready for the job and she can also get the best out of these players,” Nevers told The Gleaner. Francis represented Jamaica at five World Championships. After coaching Jamaica to the bronze in 2007, Francis was relieved of her duties ahead of the 2011 World Championships. She then had a stint with the St Lucia national team. WITHOUT HEAD COACH Former national player and coach Connie Francis is being heavily tipped to become the next head coach of Jamaica’s national senior netball team, the Sunshine Girls. Netball Jamaica (NJ) is set to meet next Thursday, at which point instructions are expected to be handed down to its technical committee to officially identify and engage a new coach. However, The Gleaner has been reliably informed by sources close to the situation that Francis is the clear favourite to land the job. The vastly experienced Francis, who recently led Jamaica at the FAST5 Netball World Series in New Zealand, would be returning for her second stint as the Sunshine Girls head coach. Francis, who represented Waulgrovians during her playing career, led the Sunshine Girls to a bronze medal at the World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2007. The tough-talking tactician also guided the Jamaicans to the bronze medal at the inaugural FastNet Championships in 2008. Efforts to gauge Francis’ interest in the post proved futile as she could not be reached for comment yesterday.last_img read more

Neymar gets goal, yellow card for diving as Brazil romps 5-0

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “So we leave here with our heads held high” Neymar said. “It was very good to see everybody grow as a team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown ‘Swollen’ ankle forces Slaughter to miss PH game vs Iran MOST READ The crowd was less than half the 67,619 who attended the Selecao’s previous appearance at FedEx Field, against the U.S. in 2012.Richarlison got his first two international goals, and Phillipe Coutinho also scored for Brazil.Neymar converted a penalty kick in the fourth minute after Richarlison was taken down. With 59 goals in 92 international appearances, Neymar is third in Brazilian history behind Pele (77) and Ronaldo (62). Neymar has now equaled Pele in appearances.Neymar dribbled past two defenders in the 16th minute before laying off a pass to Richarlison, who one-timed a shot from the edge of a penalty area in his second international appearance.Neymar hit the crossbar in the 22nd minute, Coutinho scored from Neymar’s squaring pass in the 30th minute and Richarlison got his second goal in the 50th when he pounced on a loose ball. Neymar’s corner kick in the 90th minute was headed in by Marquinhos.ADVERTISEMENT Brazil forward Neymar, right, dribbles the ball around El Salvador midfielder Gilberto Baires in the first half of a soccer match, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)LANDOVER, Md. — Neymar earned a yellow card for yet another dive.He had already converted a penalty kick and assisted on two goals when he took on defender Bryan Tamacas in the 44th minute of Brazil’s 5-0 rout of El Salvador on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil With a slight touch with his right foot, Neymar pushed the ball to his left just past Tamacas, who looked to have gotten a bit of the forward right leg. Neymar fell to the ground.Jair Marrufo, one of the American referees at this year’s World Cup, gave Neymar an immediate yellow card after the minimal contact.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNeymar converted a penalty kick for the second straight game and assisted on three goals before a crowd of 28,511 at FedEx Field.“We know we suffered after the World Cup, myself in particular, so to be back with the team is an honor,” Neymar said through an interpreter. “And to be back winning, making goals, and helping my squad mates in the best way possible.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Cuddling dictatorship

first_imgDear Editor,Sometimes, dreadful things that defy all logic unfolds realistically in front of our eyes so easily that it appears unbelievable. Like an accident, it all seems unreal until it’s over and the full impact is felt – if you are still lucky enough to be alive to feel it.I watch this illegal President and his illegal bunch of Government officials tour this country amidst protest after protest by thousands of dissatisfied citizens. Amidst condemnation after condemnation from local and international bodies and even growing dissatisfaction and uneasiness now from its own law-abiding supporters (a lot of whom are resigning, defecting or simply disassociating themselves with the party). The illegal President and his Ministers are all making announcements and statements in the media as if its business as usual…I was fully in support of Mr Jagdeo when he said in his press conference soon after the GECOM announcement that our President has “tripped” – that he is not mentally fit and proper to be a leader. Totally true! However, when you put it all in perspective, the entire APNU/AFC Administration is mentally unfit. It just defies logic that all these people can brave all of this shame and still actually continue to do illegal outreaches and tell all these lies. Mr Jagdeo and his team are always urging the citizens of this country to rebuke this dictatorship and rightfully so. No sane person would like to revisit the horrifying days of tyrannical PNC rule. It is very encouraging to see this momentous movement countrywide repelling this looming dictatorship so fiercely.However, it is equally disturbing to see some hardcore supporters still “cuddling” dictatorship. I have noticed many illegal Ministers appearing on various shows, being addressed with legal titles by the, well, actually very small number of hosts. Simona Brooms recently appeared on a show and she was treated like someone decent! I looked at the show with total disgust at how bias it was. They both, however, totally avoided the serious issues of the No-Confidence Motion and what followed up to the point of the Government now “ruling” in an illegal capacity. The show skirted on whimsy issues and mostly “woman talk” nothing genuine, intellectual or inspiring.I am totally appalled by this small number of people who support this dictatorship. I fully respect the supporters of the APNU/AFC and any other party, because Guyana is supposed to be a democratic country where people are free to believe, marry, worship and support who they choose. However, that very freedom and democracy can be taken away from us in a blink if we condone this dictatorship and give it roots, this should resonate within the entire nation. People in power are entitled to make mistakes or be carried away by power, but we are not helping them or the country if we condone it. Because the mistakes of a President or his Administration affect the entire country. We could make them better if we condemn and point out these things in a firm and supportive way. The now illegal President and his Administration had the fair chance to make a change for the better of this country, but they all got power-drunk and were made to believe by their hardcore supporters that they are invincible. Well “they had their six” and now the masses are speaking out very loudly and the needs of the many definitely outweigh the needs of the few in this dramatic situation. The people will always hold the power..not the people in power.I am totally embedded with the struggle for freedom and democracy in Guyana.Sincerely,Shane Lindielast_img read more

Ecobank to Host First Africa Best Practices Forum in Togo

first_imgEcobank Transnational Incorporated, parent company of the Ecobank Group, will make its Pan-African Centre a state of the art conference facility at its modern headquarters complex in the Togolese capital, Lome, available as the venue for the first Africa Best Practices Forum this week.The forum organizers, recruitment agency AfricSearch and Ellipse Communications, expect approximately 200 decision-makers from the public and private sector to take part in the forum.The forum will be held February 26 and 27, and will focus on improving the business framework in Africa, a statement issued on Wednesday has said.Specific topics to form part of the agenda will include legal and administrative reform, government modernization, and how best to create an environment favorable to private sector development.Participants will also draw on best practices from other parts of the world, the bank’s statement added.Besides Ecobank, other supporting institutions to the forum are the World Bank, and the Lome-based West African Development Bank.The Ecobank Group is one of Africa’s largest private sector employers.Since its inception in 1985, it has expanded thereby becoming the bank with the largest geographical footprint in Africa, which is employing some 20,000 people in over 1,200 branches, said the statement.Forum participants are expected to include West African Development Bank President Christian Adovelande; World Bank Country Manager for Togo Hervé Assah; and Executive Director of the think-tank African Futures Institute, Alioune Sall.Others are Singapore Business Federation Director Cody Lee; African Guarantee Fund CEO Felix Bikpo; Afreximbank President Jean-Louis Ekra; as well as former Senegalese Finance Minister, Amadou Kane, and Africa Director of Total Supply & Marketing, Momar Nguer.Other delegates are also expected to come from Morocco, Rwanda and Singapore.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President grants 2 months’ extension

first_imgLindo Creek CoIPresident David Granger has responded to a request for additional time to wrap up the work of the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI), and has granted its Commissioner, retired Justice Donald Trotman, a two-month extension to present his findings.The work of the CoI was expected to be finished on April 30, but a late start among other administrative hiccups has made it necessary for an extension of time to be sought.The Commission, in a statement, said all public hearings, interviews and outreaches will be concluded on May 15. It added that submissions of memoranda and letters, and receipt of information from interested persons can be communicated to the Commission of Inquiry’s Secretariat, Department of Public Service, Ministry of the Presidency located at Lot 146 Waterloo Street, Georgetown.During an earlier interview, Justice Trotman said the 10-year time lapse poses a disadvantage to the Commission, since some important persons may have died or emigrated.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp being operated by Leonard Arokium.The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what the coalition Government has said would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002. The CoI was established to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the killing of eight miners, and to report its findings and recommendations to President David Granger.last_img read more

Former England boss says the Three Lions should ‘give up’ if they do not win Euro 2016

first_imgFormer Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp told talkSPORT that England “ought to give up” if they do not win Euro 2016.The 67-year-old claimed the Three Lions will have their best opportunity to win a major tournament in France, due to all the emerging talent within the national setup.Redknapp told Drivetime: “England has got three or four young players emerging now in time for Euro 2016. Roy [Hodgson] will have a team that can really compete.“I would be disappointed if we don’t at least get to the semi-finals and then I could see us having a real go at winning it.“[Raheem] Sterling is a fantastic talent, [Daniel] Sturridge, [Harry] Kane, and [Ross]Barkley who is a fantastic player in my opinion, a real talent. He is a player I would like to see push on now.“We’re full of good full-backs. Kyle Walker has got fit now. The boy Nathanial Clyne has pace at full-back and I can see Danny Rose pushing into the squad.“There are some really talented players and Roy’s squad for the Euros is going to the best we’ve had for some time.“If we don’t win that we ought to give up because it’s the best opportunity we’re going to have. It’s a really good group at the moment.”last_img read more


first_imgA decision by promoters of the Wild Atlantic Way and Donegal County Council to exclude any mention of Fanad’s iconic Seven Arches on their new information points has been attacked as short sighted and a complete cop-out.The Seven Arches located 1.5 miles north of Portsalon Pier are a series of towering sea caves, linked tunnels and a sea stack crafted out of millions of years of tidal wave, erosion and current patterns.The longest arch stretches for 300 feet while another one is one hundred and twenty feet long. Ironically due to problems with access, the Seven Arches have been ignored for many years and are no longer featured on travel websites and the startling omission is very evident on the Wild Atlantic Way publicity machine.Last weekend we made the journey on foot courtesy of a local farmer in Doaghcrabbin and no problems arose in relation to safety and related issues.Cllr. Ian McGarvey says the Council action in blacking out the Arches is wrong and he’s in contact with the them on a number of fronts.He said that it is imperative that the Council enters into negotiations to explore all avenues that might allow an existing pathway to be reopened and sign posted. Cllr. McGarvey said: “It is not good enough that a prized tourism asset such as the Seven Arches can be ignored by the authorities because of restricted access. In former times every one got to visit the place and the Council must take appropriate action to ensure that this gem of interest is fully restored for the public to visit.”The new information points for visitors at a number of key locations in Fanad have caused shock and consternation because there is not a single mention of one of Ireland’s most iconic sea caves near Portsalon on Lough Swilly. It is understood the decision to exclude any mention of the Seven Arches landmark has been made because of what is termed by the Council as ‘restricted access’.However the Tribune had no problem in reaching the location last weekend.The Portsalon Development Group has described the decision by the promoters of the Wild Atlantic Way as an insult to the Fanad community and a huge setback for all those trying to improve the tourism potential in this part of Donegal.Henry Callaghan told the Tribune that insofar as Fanad is concerned the decision is shocking and must be reversed in the best interests of those involved in the promotion of tourism. He said it is always an uphill battle to attract visitors to remote areas and the Seven Arches must be promoted as the real jewel on the Wild Atlantic Way in this area of Donegal. He added that it is beyond belief that visitors are passing close to the Arches but are not aware that they’ve just missed one of the most important places of interest in county Donegal.“Any promotion of Fanad must start and finish with the Seven Arches and it is our most important attraction provided it is fully developed and sign posted. And it is even more shocking that people are not allowed to visit the place and experience for themselves the effects of nature on the environment along our coastline,” he added.Along with Cllr. McGarvey he’s called on Donegal County Council to enter into all possible negotiations to ensure that the Seven Arches are fully opened up for next season and a campaign of information to highlight the importance of these sea caves.and back some fifty years ago a visit was a must with easy access and the experience of walking through the caves was regularly featured on photos and by travel writers world wide.The Arches are a series of fine caverns scooped out of the limestone rock by the action of the waves over millions of years. Standing inside one of the deep caves has been likened to being in a Gothic Cathedral with the sounds of the sea and nature adding to an experience that words can hardly ever describe.The site can be reached by sea and canoeists and kayakers are regular visitors.The largest cave has a narrow entrance and runs one hundred and thirty feet inland. Beyond this are the Seven Arches,” one of which, forming a grand entrance from the sea, one hundred yards long, divides into two. Beyond the left-hand cave is another, one hundred and twenty feet long. The right-hand cave is again divided into four beautiful caverns, through any one of which a passage may be made to the boulder strand, where another arch leads towards the north. ANGER AS FANAD LANDMARK LEFT OFF WILD ATLANTIC WAY INFO POINTS was last modified: September 24th, 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)Tags:FanadSeven ArchesWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: This video above shows the incredible elevated aerial shots of some stunning Sand Artistry in Donegal over the weekend.JJ McGettigan and his cousin Lionel Hemmerle created the stunning piece of art on Trá Mór Beach, Downings yesterday afternoon in glorious Donegal sunshine.To view the simply awesome images simply click play on the video above and enjoy!You won’t be disappointed!   DDTV: WOW! WATCH INCREDIBLE AERIAL FOOTAGE OF SAND ART IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 21st, 2016 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:DDTVdonegalDowningsJJ McGettigansand artlast_img read more


first_imgHave you ever wanted to drown a couple of bankers?!Ulster Bank in LetterkennyWell if you’re in Letterkenny this evening, you’ll get the perfect chance.Staff of Ulster Bank are generously taking part in the ultimate ice bucket challenge. The staff will actually be powerhosed down at Market Square at 6pm with all proceeds going to the Motor Neurone Association and h Donegal Hospice.Collection buckets are being placed throughout the branch throughout the day. NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO DROWN A COUPLE OF DONEGAL BANKERS! was last modified: September 5th, 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:donegalIce Bucket Challengeletterkennypowerhoseulster banklast_img read more


first_imgRory Gallagher has named his starting team to face Galway tomorrow night in the eagerly anticipated All-Ireland qualifier at Croke Park. Anthony Thompson comes in for his first start of the season and replaces the injured Karl Lacey.Thompson, is based in London and doesn’t train with the squad during the week but travels home every weekend to meet up with the squad. Thompson has been a pivotal figure in Donegal’s success over the years and will be relishing the opportunity to get back in the starting line-up.Other than Thompson, it’s the same side that faced Monaghan in the Ulster SFC final a fortnight ago.Gallagher has played down injury fears over captain Michael Murphy who was clearly struggling in the Ulster final.He said Murphy had suffered a knee injury just before the final but that it wasn’t serious and is fully fit for tomorrow’s clash with Kevin Walsh’s side at HQ. The Donegal team named to face Galway is:Paul Durcan; Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Eamon McGee; Ryan McHugh, Anthony Thompson, Frank McGlynn; Neil Gallagher, Martin McElhinney; Christy Toye, Odhrán Mac Niallais, Mark McHugh; Patrick McBrearty, Michael Murphy, Colm McFadden. ANTHONY THOMPSON IN FOR LACEY AS GALLAGHER NAMES SIDE TO FACE GALWAY was last modified: August 1st, 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:Home-page Sportnewslast_img read more