Sunshine Girls Shanice Beckford and Nicole Dixon have secured historic deals to play for Team Northumbria in the Netball SuperLeague (NSL) – the elite netball competition in England and Wales.The league, which runs from January to May, features seven teams from England and one from Wales, and the teams are comprised of players from around the world, including Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, England, Grenada, Uganda, South Africa, Wales, Namibia and Scotland.Beckford, a student of the University of Technology (UTech) and Dixon, who attends The Mico University College, will be the first Jamaicans to play in the league.Matches in the league are regularly shown on TV through the sports broadcaster Sky Sports, thanks to a major television deal signed in 2006.”It’s overwhelming to be part of the Northumbria team and get the chance to compete in the NSL,” said Dixon, who plays wing attack. “All I can say is that hard work does pay off and whatever anyone wants to be in life or achieve in life, it can be done with hard work and determination.initial contact”It was, and still is, a ‘wow’ moment for me, knowing I’ve done so well in my career, that Northumbria is my next destination,” added Dixon. “I am so excited to be on my way to join the other players, and I can say confidently that I am ready to go beyond my best.”Beckford said she was humbled by her selection.”It’s an honour to be joining TN and to be playing in the NSL. I’m so excited. I just can’t wait to jump on a plane and join the guys in Newcastle,” she said.The signing of Dixon and Beckford is the end result of months of hard work by Northumbria University’s High Performance Sport Manager, Katy Storie. The former England Rugby Union star flew to Sydney on a World Cup recruitment mission. There, Storie had final discussions with Jamaica’s netball chiefs after the initial contact made in June.ideal platform”To have players that have had international experience at the highest level will always enhance a team. Jamaica is ranked fourth in the world and we will encourage Shanice and Nicole to bring their own flair to add to our game,” said TeAroha Keenan, TN’s Head of Performance Netball.”I am very pleased to have them both included in our roster for Team Northumbria NSL 2016.”Netball Jamaica sees the NSL as an ideal platform to blood its senior internationals, with more players set to follow Beckford and Dixon next season.”Having impressed during their high-school and Under-21 careers, through to the Netball World Cup in Sydney, the move to TN was a natural step in the development of their careers,” said Netball Jamaica President Marva Bernard.”Their association with TN will see them exposed to high-level netball on a weekly basis and this will undoubtedly add immense value to them, both as individual players and to the Netball Jamaica senior programme,” Bernardcontinued.”Shanice and Nicole are expected to blaze a trail for others to follow in years to come, and we’d like to wish them all the best and every success ahead of the new NSL season.”
Time ran out for an unidentified motorcyclist who many said was coming from church yesterday when he was crushed to death by a truck belonging to Libra Sanitation.The incident took place near the Fish Market in Sinkor, Monrovia, holding up the already congested traffic for several hours. The man met his horrific death in the accident that left him almost unrecognizable with one side of his face smashed. Many said the victim, wearing a white shirt, khaki pants and matching shoes, could not have been a (commercial) motorbike rider because he was well-dressed and could have been coming from church.Police on the scene had the remains covered with a white cloth as eye-witnesses lamented over the tragedy.Police investigators did not speak to the Daily Observer and kept eye-witnesses anxious to see the body a distance from the scene.The Libra Sanitation truck, bearing license plate number LBC50104, allegedly ran over the victim, who died shortly after he was struck down, an eyewitness to the accident remarked.Until the police took the body way, there was no sign of anyone arriving on the scene to identify the victim, but a group of young men, who showed up later expressed anger at the driver of the truck.“You’re lucky. We would have killed you,” one threatened and another made an attempt to open the passenger side of the truck.Many complained that drivers of large trucks have no respect for drivers of smaller vehicles and motor bike riders.“Sometimes drivers of big vehicles can drive so close to you that your only choice is to get off the main road with your small vehicle or with your motorbike,” an eyewitness said.The accident caused traffic in the area to come to a standstill, with drivers who did not know the reason for the delay expressing frustration with the slow pace of getting through.Many people on the scene expressed regret about the accident and the loss of life.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The betting firm will have several user-friendly initiatives such as Betmaster news, a weekly newsletter that the firm will be making available every week both online and published inside one of the leading newspapers on Saturdays.The publication will offer advice, detailed analysis, statistics and betting tips on all major leagues that will allow Kenyans to make informed decisions when betting.Betmaster new markets director, Thanos Marinos noted that Africa has become a hub for a lot of foreign investments contributing favorably to economic development and Kenya is one of the 3 largest betting markets in Africa.“Our business will be guided by our ethos of innovativeness and responsible betting. Betmaster Kenya market is launching in tandem with Betmaster Mozambique so all of us, from the shareholders to the management and the customer service employees, are very excited and proud to see our brand positioned strongly in Africa,” Marinos said during the company’s launch.He also disclosed that the company will look to expand its wings to DRC and Uganda.The main drive for the company is to ensure that their clients get a safe and trusted environment where they can place their bets and win via their website betmaster.co.ke and sms-based betting options.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The company hinges on the campaign of responsible betting and offers a unique user friendly platform for passionate sport fans.NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 16 – Russian company Betmaster is the latest entrant into the lucrative Kenyan market, launching in Nairobi as its first African home with plans of expanding to Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania and Ghana.The company hinges on the campaign of responsible betting and offers a unique user friendly platform for passionate sport fans.
Thieves have stooped to a new low after stealing the pillars from the front of a church.The incident happened at the weekend when thieves targeted St.Lugadius’ Church in Clonleigh in Lifford.Locals spotted people acting suspiciously on Friday evening and feared they were planning to steal headstones. Upon further investigation they discovered that sandstone pillar tops had been removed from the Church of Ireland building and were lying on the ground.Rev John Hay, the Dean of Raphoe, called Gardai who carried out extra patrols in the area.However when the church was visited a number of hours later around 10pm, the 200 year old pillar-tops had vanished.Dean of Raphoe, Rev Hay said local people are shocked and annoyed that the pillar-tops have been stolen. “To think that they have been there for 200 years and not been touched and now they are simply gone is just so annoying.“Why would people steal so low as to do something like this? I know we are living in touch times but I would ask to ask myself if these people are not desperate but just bad,” he said.The pillar-tops are 2’6” square and are made of sandstone.Rev Hay has appealed to anybody who may have been offered the items for sale to contact the Gardai immediately.“This was organised and planned and perhaps they were stolen to order. “There is a large mark on the wall and ground where they were taken down and then put into some kind of vehicle.“I would appeal to anybody who may have been offered these pillar-tops to do the right thing and contact the Gardai,” he said.Gardai have confirmed the incident is being investigated and have appealed for witnesses.Ends SHOCK AS THIEVES STEAL PILLARS FROM FRONT OF CHURCH was last modified: July 26th, 2011 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:Liffordpillars stolenRev John HaySt Lugadius
TEA DANCESThe Family Resource Centre has been contacted by a number of people regarding the running of morning time tea dances as a social outlet. Therefore, the Centre would like to hear if there is sufficient interest for such a pursuit. We would also like to hear from anyone willing to help out, provide suitable live music or donate/loan CDs or records. If there is enough interest it is likely that the tea dances will start in early June and on a Thursday morning from 11am-1pm. For further information and to register your interest please contact the Family Resource Centre on 074 9145796. ASISTFor each of the past 3 years the Family Resource Centre has hosted the ASIST Suicide Awareness Training and again in 2012 we are proposing to host the training. The training which is for 2 full days is for parents, caregivers, youth workers, volunteers, teachers, sport coaches and anyone living or working in the community who wish to feel more competent, confident and comfortable in reducing the risk of suicide. The ASIST training is planned for Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th June. For further information or to book a place, please contact 0749145796. Safe TALK TrainingThe Family Resource Centre is proposing to host the safe TALK training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called ‘suicide alertness’. The half-day training is suitable for everyone who wants to help prevent suicide and is prepared to become ‘suicide alert’.For further information or to book a place on the training programme please contact 0749145796.WEEKLY EMPLOYMENT LISTRaphoe Family Resource Centre receives an updated weekly employment list and if you are interested in receiving this list please contact 074 9145796 or call into the Centre for more details.COUNSELLING SERVICESRaphoe Family Resource Centre offers a free and confidential weekly counselling service to the general public. This person-centred service is for those experiencing Bereavement/Loss, Separation, Abuse, Mental Health Difficulties and issues around sexuality. The service operates on an appointment basis only.Please contact 086 3601718 after 7.00 p.m. RAPHOE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMESTuesday: 3rd & 4th class 3.00-4.00pm5th & 6th class 4.00-5.00pmWednesday: Junior & Senior Infants 2.00-3.00pm 1st & 2nd class 3.00-4.15pmYouth Café 1st -3rd Year 7.15-9.00pmThursday: Junior & Senior Infants 2.00-3.00pm1st & 2nd class 3.00-4.15pmYouth Café Transition, 4th & 5th Year 7.00-9.00pmRegistration forms are available at the Family Resource Centre for all the above activities/programmes.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a friendly baby and toddler group situated in Raphoe Family Resource Centre. We are open every Wednesday morning from10.30 – 12 noon. Little Smiles with Big Dreams is a group that focus on fun for the kids and the opportunity for parents, grandparents and extended family to have discussions with other adults. It is a great way to introduce your child to a social environment while you can discuss parenting tips with others. There is no charge but your kiddies will enjoy playing with all our lovely toys, having messy play, singing and dancing and a light lunch is provided.BOXING CLUBThe winner of the Manchester United signed football jersey was Michael McConnell, Broadlea, Raphoe and everyone at the Raphoe club would like to sincerely thank everyone who bought tickets for this fundraising event and to all club sponsors and everyone who continue to financially support the club throughout the season.The Raphoe club is now closed for the summer break and will re-open in mid August when all new and former members will be very welcome.The work on the clubs new dressing rooms, showers and toilets is now at an advanced stage and local contractor Mike Kelly (Sheercloon Developments) hopes to have all the work completed for the beginning of the new season. The boxers and officials at Raphoe boxing club would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the wife and family of the late Frank Conlon. Frank was very generous towards the local boxing club over the years and he travelled with the Raphoe boxing team to New York back in 1998. May he rest in peace.RUNNING GROUPA new running group is starting in Raphoe every Monday, meeting at Royal and Prior school car park at 7 pm.This group is suitable for beginners and intermediate runners. €3 per person per session. For more information contact Gerard mc Granaghan at 0862117980.Retirement of Nurse Anne WauchopeThe community of Raphoe recently bade a sad farewell to its diligent and considerate Community Nurse, Anne Wauchope, who has retired after 32 years of caring. Anne, a native of Raphoe and who attended school locally might never have imagined in her student days that she would one day be back in her own community as a Nurse.Anne joined the Community Nursing Service in the early 1970s as a newly qualified Midwife. During that time she worked with many fine health care professionals, including two from the ‘old school’- the late Dr. Quinn of Raphoe and the late Dr. Coyne of Lifford. She would have acquired a lot of knowledge from those two esteemed doctors at a time when the modern technology of today wasn’t as prevalent.In those early days Anne would have carried out her caring duties over and above the call of duty, a dedicated approach that remained with her over many years until her recent retirement.Anne was and is a dedicated mother to five daughters, three of whom are now qualified doctors, obviously influenced and guided by their mother’s caring qualities.The communities of Raphoe and the surrounding districts will certainly miss her sensitive, understanding and friendly manner and her commitment to treating each and every patient with dignity and respect. Anne joins her colleague Community Nurse Ann Gallagher, Lifford who also retired recently.Anne is enjoying her retirement with her husband Thomas although she will be keeping busy acquiring new skills as a farmer! She will no doubt also involve herself in community activities and has already committed herself to supporting Raphoe Meals-on-Wheels as well as with the Lifford Community Hospital Patients Comfort Fund.BOXERCISEMixed Boxercise Fitness Class @ Cathedral Hall, Raphoe. Thurs 6-7pm. Suitable for all fitness levels and age groups (16+). Female Instructor. Excellent all over body workout, which burns between 400-900 cals in one hr session? More info @ 086 3238437.OAKFIELD PARKThe gardens at Oakfield Park will be open again for the summer from Wed 2nd May. As always the trains will be running every weekend. The gardens are open from 12 – 6pm, Wednesdays to Sundays. Come along with the family & friends and bring a picnic. Maybe you’ll meet our new Black Swans on the lower lake! See the website, find us on facebook or call our enquiry number 9173068 for more info.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:Raphoe Friday Seniors Club meets every Friday in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome.TEEN TOURS SUMMER PROGRAMME NOW TAKING BOOKINGS:Day 1- Team Building out door pursuits to allow teens to get to know each otherDay 2- Rockhill Holiday Park-Teens will do the following: Forest Challenge getting mucky through obstacle course, Archery/ Sumo Suits, Water sports, games and FoodDay 3- Bowling/Cinema – An evening of fun and games with prizes and food includedDay 4 – Funtasia Bettystown Co Drogheda – Splash, soak, slide in the water park for 2 hrs/ Challenge the aerial adventure course 60m long by 15m high and Bowling/crazy golf/roller-skating and FoodYou won’t find a better value package for teens anywhere: This package totals 30 hrs of Fun costing you less than €4.20 per hour for your teen to have a summer adventure to remember. Book on line today/ Payment by instalments also available. Check out www.teentours.eu for more information.SELF MANAGEMENT COURSEThe HSE is providing a self management course for people with long term conditions and Carers of people with long term conditions that promotes self care. Self care means looking after yourself and your general health so that you can manage your life and not just your condition. The course is free of charge and is run over six weekly sessions, each lasting 2 ½ hours. Courses are being provided across the county. If you would like some more information on this course or would like to book a place on a course, you can contact the HSE Consumer Services Department on 9189016 or email email@example.com. All enquiries are welcome.GLENMAQUIN NATIONAL SCHOOLIt’s still not too late to enroll at Glenmaquin NS!We are a 2 teacher school with one part-time Teaching Assistant and one part-time Learning Support Teacher. We are located conveniently to Raphoe, Convoy (3.5miles) and Letterkenny.As we are a small school, all our children get great individual attention alongside the ability to take advantage of lots of trips, e.g. theatre, workshops, libraries, cooking, gardening, crafts and lots more! These trips are all funded through the schools various fundraising activities e.g. Christmas Bazaar.Please call into the school for a brochure or call 074 9147599 to arrange a visit with Debbie Browne our Principal or Sandra Curran Deputy Principal. We are very much a community based school and welcome children of all faiths or none.RAPHOE PEOPLE NEWSLETTERCommunity News or Items of Interest for the “Raphoe People” may be emailed to Harriet at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Lisa at email@example.com Thank You.Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org every Thursday to meet the print deadlineLOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE NOTES was last modified: May 18th, 2012 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:RAPHOE LOCAL NEWS
The funeral takes place today of a Drumkeen man killed in tragic circumstances.Norman Frizzell died on Thursday afternoon while cutting trees close to his home.An investigation is being carried out into how the father of five died. It is thought he may have suffered a blow either from the machinery he was using or from a falling piece of tree.The death of the well-known and hugely respected mechanic has sent shockwaves through the local community.Mr Frizzell, who was 66, will be buried after funeral service at Convoy Reformed Presbyterian Church at 2pm.He is survived his loving wife Sheila, son Mark, daughters Norma, Caroline, Ruth and Daphne, son-in-law Blane, daughter-in-law Denise, grandson Dylan, brother Robin and his wife Heather and the wider family circle. FUNERAL TODAY OF TRAGIC DRUMKEEN MAN was last modified: December 29th, 2012 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:accidentDrumkeenfuneralNorman Frizzell
Last March, scientists publishing in Geology falsified the so-called “Permian Extinction,” calling it a “non-event.” (see 03/09/2009). Not only was there no smoking gun of a catastrophe in the rocks, the scientists said that the “claims of rapid vertebrate recovery… also must be called into question.” Our commentary at the time wondered how long it would take for other scientists to recognize the falsification. Well, now it’s almost a year later, and some are still speaking of the Permian Extinction as if they didn’t hear the news. A report in Science Daily today compares alligator breathing systems to those of birds, but the scientist involved said that “The real importance of this air-flow discovery in gators is it may explain the turnover in fauna between the Permian and the Triassic,” speaking of “The Great Dying” or “the Permian-Triassic extinction” as undisputed fact. From this we can deduce the Law of Inertia for Falsified Theories: a notion in motion tends to stay in motion. C. G. Farmer at the University of Utah made a big point about her gators. She has apparently shown that air moves through an alligator’s lungs in one direction, as it does in birds. What the lungs of living alligators implies about the state of world ecology 251 million years ago seems moot. But Farmer reinforced the Law of Inertia for Falsified Theories with another gaffe: she said, “It was not until the die-off of the large dinosaurs 65 million years ago that mammals made a comeback and started occupying body sizes larger than an opossum.” That notion was also falsified by the discovery of The Mammal that Ate Dinosaurs for Breakfast (01/12/2005), about which Nature commented, “Discoveries of large, carnivorous mammals from the Cretaceous challenge the long-held view that primitive mammals were small and uninteresting.” From these two data points, we can begin to quantify the Law of Inertia for Falsified Theories. The deceleration of a notion in motion under the opposing force of falsification is undetectable in at least two notions per press release per five years.Scientists are only human. They can’t know everything and keep up with everything. Like most of us, they appeal to commonly-held notions that may be false. That’s why you shouldn’t trust them, but examine the evidence.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Describing State-level alliances “an important factor” for the Lok Sabha elections, National Conference president and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said Governor’s rule “is an autocratic rule and there is no substitute to a popular elected government”. “An elected government would be able to deliver in a better way. The Governor’s or President’s Rule should come to an end and elections be held as soon as possible,” said Dr. Abdullah. He said States will hold the key in alliance formations in the (Lok Sabha) elections. “Alliances will be mostly in the States and they will produce results for Parliament. And that will make the difference. At some places there will be stronger alliance and at others there will be mix alliances, but the States will be important factor,” he said.Two PDP leaders join NCIn a major boost to NC’s electoral prospectus, two senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders, Peer Muhammad Hussain and Syed Basharat Bukhari, joined the party formally at Dr. Abdullah’s residence after weeks of negotiations. “Mehbooba Mufti [PDP president] has grown in politics and it’s difficult to match her flight of imagination. As a mark of respect, I quit the party. I have stood for J&K’s interests and would continue to do so,” said two-time PDP MLA Mr. Bukhari, who served as Law and Revenue Minister during the recent PDP-BJP rule. Mr. Hussain, vice-chairman of the J&K Waqf Board, said: “The PDP didn’t respect the mandate of the people by aligning itself with the BJP. We had sought votes to keep the BJP away”.
Bayern Munich will be without goalkeeper Manuel Neuer when the Bundesliga season gets under way with the champions’ first league match against Bayer Leverkusen on Friday, coach Carlo Ancelotti said.Germany keeper Neuer broke a bone in his foot in April and has since been working on his comeback but Friday’s league opener will come too soon, according to the Italian coach.”Manuel Neuer will not be playing tomorrow,” Ancelotti told reporters on Thursday. “We will not take any risks.”Bayern, the pre-season favourites, will launch their bid for a record-extending sixth straight Bundesliga title, having easily shaken off any domestic opposition in the past few seasons.But they will be without a string of injured players, including Jerome Boateng, Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez and new signing James Rodriguez among other when they take on Leverkusen.”We have injured players but that is not a big problem,” Ancelotti said.However, the coach, in his second season in Munich, will have David Alaba and Arjen Robben back as they have recovered from their injuries. “Both are in a good condition. But I will decide on the lineup tomorrow,” Ancelotti said.
Shillong Lajong held Gokulam Kerala FC to a 1-1 draw in their final home fixture of the I-League football tournament at the JLN Stadium in Shillong on Friday.The result means Lajong are still stranded at the bottom of the table with 11 points from 18 matches, whereas Gokulam have accumulated 14 points having played one game less.Gokulam drew the first blood through a stellar finish from Marcus Joseph in the 43rd minute before Samuel Lalmuanpia restored parity for the hosts in the 65th minute.Lajong started the game with two changes — goalkeeper Phurba Lachenpa had to be rested due to an injury sustained from the last game against Chennai City FC and was replaced by Neinthovilie Chalieu while Kynsailang Kharsong was replaced by Rakesh Pradhan.Full time: 1-1 #LAJGKFC #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/lLOzQhW7H3Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) February 22, 2019Gokulam, on the other hand, tweaked their team with four changes from the last match. Abhishek Das, Felipe De Castro, Arjun Jayaraj and Pritam Singh found their places in the starting eleven, replacing Deepak Kumar, Ralph Alfred, Suhair VP and L Haunhar.Gokulam began on an attacking note and the combination of Felipe De Castro along with Marcus kept on pressing hard and making attempts in short intervals.But full credit should go to Lajong’s defence, which ensured that the visitors do not get any clear chance to take an early lead in the game.Mahesh Singh #LAJGKFC #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/YsU4NiotuYHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) February 22, 2019Lajong, on the other hand, tried to attack through Mahesh Singh and Kitboklang Pale but were unable to create any threatening moves.advertisementThe lion’s share of possession, however, belonged to Gokulam as they were mostly dictating the game from the midfield.Gokulam’s efforts finally paid dividends when a wonderful cross from Arun Jayaraj to Marcus saw the latter finding the back of the net through an exquisite finish in the 43rd minute.The second half began with Gokulam pressing hard but an alert Lajong defence ensured the visitors do not get a chance to double their lead.Lajong continued their attacks on the counter and they finally got the reward when they earned a penalty after Mahesh was brought down by Daniel Addo inside the box after the hour-mark.Lalmuanpuia, thereafter, made no mistake in finding the much-needed equaliser for the red devils in the 65th minute.The game thereafter saw Lajong make a few attempts but were unable to find the breakthrough to win all three points to come out of the relegation zone.What would hurt Gokulam most is the marching orders given its to Brazilian midfielder Felipe Castro’s in the 81st minute.Gokulam still tried hard to breach the Lajong defence with 10 men but the young Reds stood tall to deny the visitors any further opportunity to score.Also Read | Delhi High Court rejects Minerva Punjab plea against AIFF over Real Kashmir game in Srinagar