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Limerick hospitality sector wants cuts to business costs

first_imgEmail TAGSbusinesshospitalityLimerick City and CountyNews Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Facebook Previous articleLimerick Hurling Team of the Decade: Left Corner ForwardNext articleNew University of Limerick Foundation CEO and UL Vice President Development appointed Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. WhatsApp Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Linkedincenter_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Irish Hotels Federation Shannon branch chairman Dermot Kelly.THE GOVERNMENT has to cut the costs that are restricting business, according to Limerick hoteliers and guesthouse owners, who have reported mixed fortunes for 2019, according to the latest industry barometer from the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF).The report states that business sentiment amongst hotel and guesthouse owners across the country is continuing to fall with just over a third (35 per cent) reporting a positive outlook for 2020, as the uncertainty over Brexit and the high cost of doing business take their toll and overseas visitor growth continues to slow down.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office reveal a 1.5 per cent  increase in overseas visitors to the end of November, compared to a 5.5 per cent increase for the eleven months to end of November 2018.While almost half of hoteliers (48 per cent) reported an increase in business for the year, just slightly fewer (44 per cent) reported a fall.However, the UK market continues to decline. Seven in ten hoteliers saw a drop in business from Great Britain this year, while over half reported a fall in business levels from Northern Ireland.IHF Shannon branch chairman Dermot Kelly said the Government must put more supports in place to assist tourism businesses.“We continue to face high costs in doing business, which have been compounded by the Government’s decision to increase the tourism VAT in last year’s Budget.  The threat to businesses posed by escalating insurances costs is well documented. Our members are also reporting significant pressure from rising local authority rates.“The Government has to do more to tackle the costs that are stifling businesses. Tourism is a highly competitive business and these costs are making us less attractive as a destination. Decisive action is needed now to mitigate the impact this will have on tourism, especially the regions,” Mr Kelly declared.“Irish tourism has been one of the great success stories of the economy in recent years, supporting 270,000 jobs and promoting balanced regional growth across the country. With 70 per cent of these jobs outside Dublin, it is a major contributor to rural economies, and regional tourism is most likely to be hardest hit by Brexit and falls in visitor numbers.Here in Limerick the tourism and hospitality sector supports 11,500 jobs and contributes some €327 million to the local economy every year,” he said. Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Limerick on Covid watch list Advertisement BusinessNewsLimerick hospitality sector wants cuts to business costsBy Bernie English – January 4, 2020 392 last_img read more

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African Champion, Cameroon, Fails to Progress to Semis

first_imgFIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP*Germany tops Group B, to meet Mexico in second S’final Thursday African champion, Cameroon, failed to make the cut to the semi final of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia as the Vincent Aboubakar led Indomitable Lions lost their last Group B game 3-1 to Germany at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi yesterday. Germany finished top of the Group on seven points followed by Chile who played 1-1 with Australia. Chile is to play European champion Portugal in the first semi final on Wednesday while Germany takes on Mexico the next day.Cameroon is left to play for classification before returning to Yaounde to begin their preparation for the trip to Uyo to play the Super Eagles in the double headed Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier in August.After a goalless first half, highlighted by a superb save from Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Die Mannschaft eventually found the breakthrough thanks to Kerem Demirbay, who scored his first goal for Germany with a thunderbolt finish 25 yards from goal after captain Julian Draxler played him through with a neat flick.The Cameroonians were reduced to ten men in the 64th minute when, after a Video Assistant Referee review, Ernest Mabouka was sent off for a late challenge on Emre Can.Werner then gave Germany a two-goal cushion with a diving header, his first goal at senior international level, from Joshua Kimmich’s cross on the right wing.Vincent Aboubakar found the net with a glancing header with ten minutes remaining, but Werner restored Germany’s two-goal lead, ensuring their first-place position in the group and becoming the first German to score two goals in a single Confederations Cup match with his close-range, accurate finish.The victory means that Joachim Low’s side will stay in Sochi for their semi-final against Mexico on June 29. The Budweiser Man of the Match award went to RasenBallsport Leipzig forward Timo Werner. He was finally rewarded for his fine performances in the Bundesliga last season, where he was the top-scoring German in the league.Werner scored his first goals for the senior national team and made history in the process by becoming the first player for Germany to score twice in a Confederations Cup match. In the other game of the evening,Chile reached the semi-finals after coming from behind to draw 1-1 against Australia in front of 33,639 fans in Moscow.James Troisi had Robbie Kruse partly to thank for the opener. The No10 stole possession from the Chileans around the halfway line before persevering with the ball. His cross-shot found its way to Troisi, who lofted the ball delightfully over Claudio Bravo.Trent Sainsbury then had a huge chance to increase the lead to 2-0, a margin of victory that would have seen Ange Postecoglou’s side through, but the central defender blazed over after being teed up by Tim Cahill.After the break, Australia remained in the ascendancy, but were punished for not converting their chances. Substitute Martin Rodriguez finished from close range to level matters.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Clippers know finally beating Warriors is top obstacle

first_imgTo get past the Golden State Warriors and their All-Star-laced starting lineup (Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green), the Clippers will undoubtedly have to be close to perfect, and without Chris Paul playing, close might not even be good enough.“We need to beat them at some point. For us, we realize our margin for error is small right now against anybody. Against them, it’s even smaller. It’s miniscule,” Clippers guard J.J. Redick said. “We have to be great in terms of taking care of the ball and getting back on defense. Our coverages, when we switch, we have to be great in our switches. We have to be great in our scrambles. They just make you pay anytime you make a mistake so we have to have as few mistakes as possible.”The Warriors’ talent — Rivers called their starting lineup “ridiculous” — could ultimately be a motivator for the Clippers when it comes to acquiring a major piece, like New York forward Carmelo Anthony.While only one Clipper will play in this year’s All-Star Game, a lineup of Anthony, Paul, Redick, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan would, on paper, come close to matching the Warriors’ talent.Doc Rivers, the Clippers’ head coach and president of basketball operations, didn’t have much to say about those rumors Friday, but he again made something clear. PLAYA VISTA — Twenty-seven days. Three chances. One massive obstacle.The Clippers haven’t beaten the Golden State Warriors since Dec. 24, 2014 — a seven-game stretch that’ll have lasted 764 days when the teams meet again Saturday evening in Oakland.And, over the next month, they’ll have three chances at the NBA’s best team, needing a win to prove they can topple their biggest rivals.“I think the main thing with us is we’ve wanted to beat them so bad that we forced it every time,” Clippers guard Austin Rivers said. “We want to beat them so bad, that every time we play them, we force it, and they know it and they use it to their advantage and they beat us — every single time.” The Clippers aren’t playing this season to make an appearance to the Western Conference finals — a round they’ve never reached in franchise history. No, the goals are to win a title, and that means beating the Warriors, forcing the Clippers to view their success against Golden State’s.“It’s the same thing,” Doc Rivers said. “Whatever helps us win it is what you’re going to do.”Internally, though, the Clippers must be debating the urgency for a roster overhaul.The team, after all, started the year healthy and won 14 of their first 16 games. And just like the Clippers need to beat Golden State at some point this year, the team “needed” to defeat the defending NBA champs this season. And, in their only game thus far, the Clippers beat LeBron James and the Cavaliers by 19.They got past that mental barrier; now it’s the Warriors.And Chris Paul or not, the Clippers feel like they have to win.“Yeah, I think we do (have to beat the Warriors this year). And I think we’ve got a lot of cracks at it still,” Doc Rivers said. “But, yeah.”A Rivers runs through the rumor millIf the Clippers and Knicks strike a deal for Anthony, Austin Rivers’ time in a Clippers uniform will almost certainly come to an end. Still, he’s not sweating it quite yet.Rivers saw the trade reports after Thursday’s practice.“I think it’s funny in some aspects, whether you know it’s true or you don’t know. And, I don’t know,” he said. “I think I know, but if I get packed and sent on a plane tomorrow, we’ll see. It’s funny because you don’t really have an answer for it.”Rivers said he’s not spoken to anyone in the Clippers front office or with his agent, Andy Miller, about the possibility of being sent to New York.And don’t think his father-son relationship with the Clippers’ top basketball decision-maker gives him an extra insight. It doesn’t.“I don’t have any idea. When they brought in players this summer, they didn’t tell me,” Austin Rivers said. “If I got traded, I don’t know how it would work. I could see him just calling me into his office … that’s kind of what our relationship is. People might not believe that, but it’s kind of what it is.”He didn’t seem too stressed about the prospect of being dealt, and if it happens, being traded for a future Hall of Famer isn’t the worst way to be sent out of town.“When I saw it was like, ‘Oh wow,’” he said. “It’s flattering in some ways.”NotesFollowing Friday’s practice, DeAndre Jordan was scheduled to fly to Texas to attend a funeral. Jordan is expected to meet the team Saturday in San Francisco prior to their game with the Warriors. … Former Warrior Marreese Speights hasn’t hesitated to share how the Warriors viewed the Clippers in past meetings. “Mo tells us some of the inside secrets,” Austin Rivers said. “… He just says their mindset versus us. Little things like that that’s not going to like give us the inside scoop on how to stop their offense or nothing like that, but just seeing how they felt toward us is crazy.” … Doc Rivers continues to battle the sickness that kept him from coaching against Philadelphia on Tuesday, but he said he’s starting to feel a little better. “I’m getting there,” he said. “Still going through (it), but it’ll get better.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Tiger Woods returns to Tour Championship with share of lead

first_imgMOST READ Woods played one of his best rounds of the year in his return to the FedEx Cup finale and caused the biggest cheer of a sun-baked Thursday afternoon by making an eagle putt from just over 25 feet on the par-5 18th for a 5-under 65 and a share of the lead with Rickie Fowler.It was the second time in as many FedEx Cup playoff events that Woods was tied for the 18-hole lead. He shot a 62 at Aronimink in the opening round of the BMW Championship two weeks ago on a rain-soaked course that allowed just about everyone to go low.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 ChrissThis felt even better on a dry, tougher East Lake course.“This was by far better than the 62 at Aronimink,” Woods said. “Conditions were soft there. This, it’s hard to get the ball closer. If you drive the ball in the rough, you know you can’t get the ball close. You just can’t control it.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “It would enhance the year,” he said.Woods still has 54 holes remaining. Two weeks ago, he went from a share of the first-round lead to five shots behind on a course where attacking flags on soft greens was the only option for low scoring.This was more about precision, and Woods felt in total control. He opened with a three-putt bogey from 25 feet, and he twice ran birdie attempts farther beyond the hole than he would have liked. But after making birdie putts from 25 feet on No. 5 and from 15 feet on No. 6, he figured out the speed of the greens and was on his way.“I hit so many quality shots all day, whether it was tee-to-green or it was putts,” Woods said. “I didn’t really mishit a single shot today. The only shot I can honestly say that I necked pretty bad was the tee shot at 17. Hit a 3-wood there, and with an iron, I probably would have shanked it. But ended up in the fairway and made par.”Woods will play in the final group Friday with Fowler, who has seen plenty of him at home in Florida in the months before Woods returned to golf. He had finished his round and was doing interviews when he heard the head-turning roar of Woods making eagle.They will be teammates next week at the Ryder Cup. Fowler has other objectives at East Lake.“The biggest win for him is just staying healthy and being out here all year consistently,” Fowler said. “Definitely happy for him. It’s obviously great for our sport. It’s great to have him as part of the team next week. We hope he continues to play well. I just want to play a little bit better and beat him.”Sixteen players in the 30-man field broke par on a hot afternoon with only a light breeze, and Thursday was all about staying in the game, especially as it relates to the chase for the FedEx Cup.Bryson DeChambeau, the No. 1 seed after the points were reset, had to birdie two of the last three holes for a 71. For someone like Woods or Fowler to win the FedEx Cup, they would need the top five seeds to falter.Rose and Thomas didn’t go along with that with strong opening rounds. Finau overcame a pair of early bogeys for his 67. The key for Woods could be Friday. Only once this year, at the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook, has he stayed consistently in the thick of it all tournament. He figures to have plenty of support. Houses along the side streets outside East Lake, and even one funeral home, offered parking and their yards were packed. It hasn’t been like that in several years.“I hadn’t played this tournament in five years, and some of the people said they haven’t been out here in five years,” Woods said. “That’s kind of nice that they’re coming out and supporting this event and supporting me, as well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tiger Woods reacts as he makes a eagle putt on the 18th green during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA — The crowd at East Lake was larger and louder than it has been in five years, which was the last time Tiger Woods was at the Tour Championship.It was no coincidence.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Fowler, who missed two playoff events recovering from an injury to his right oblique, putted for birdie on all but two holes for his 65 as he tries to avoid ending the season without winning.Justin Rose, in his debut as the No. 1 player in the world, got up-and-down from the bunker for birdie on the 18th for a 66 and was tied with Gary Woodland. Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Tony Finau, all of whom will be in France next week for the Ryder Cup, were another shot behind.Woods already considers this a successful year just by making into the 30-man field at East Lake for the FedEx Cup finale, where everyone has a mathematical shot at capturing the $10 million bonus. He started the season in January after a fourth back surgery that limited him to only 16 PGA Tour events in the previous four seasons.“To be able to play golf again and to earn my way back to this level is something that I was hoping I would do at the beginning of the year, but I didn’t know,” Woods said. “And I’ve done it?”What would winning mean in this comeback?ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Only in New York: McGregor takes shots, swigs ’em in returncenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE RESULTS, REPORTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDonegal Junior LeagueSunday Reports Brian McCormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 1 St. Catherines 6Brain Dorrian’s St Catherine’s delivered a 6-1 defeat to the Premier Division champions Rathmullan Celtic in emphatic fashion at the Flagpole Field to make it two wins from two following their seven goal victory over Lifford Celtic last week. Dorrian’s Saints took an early lead after just three minutes when Shane O’Rourke finished after Shane Molloy’s strike was blocked by Hoops goalkeeper Sean Black. Their advantage was doubled after 10 minutes with the mercurial striker Jason Noctor scoring with a diving header from Molly’s floated free kick into the area. After 24 minutes O’Rourke had his shot blocked by Hoops’ keeper Black but Molloy was on hand to finish the rebound with a low shot into the bottom corner. The only highlight for the Hoops on a dismal afternoon came on the half hour mark when Dara Patton headed down a long kick out from Black to Chris McBride who neatly laid off the ball to Patton who struck a venomous strike from 25 yards into the top corner in what would be their only positive move all afternoon. The Saints however took a three goal advantage in at half time when talismanic striker Noctor was fouled in the area by keeper Black with the resulting penalty converted by the sharpshooter to make it 4-1 on 42 minutes. In the second half David Connell floated a corner into the area where O’Rourke had a free header to score from six yards out. The Saints confounded the Hoops to their worst home defeat when John Enright lofted a long ball to David Conwell on the left wing. The winger crossed to the unmarked Molloy for an easy tap in from 10 yards out to complete a fine performance for Dorrian’s troops. Referee: Gerry GallagherGlenea United 6 Cranford United 1 Glenea picked up their opening points of the season with a hard earned victory over Cranford. In the opening period both sides tried hard to get control of the game with neither side creating any clear chances. Glenea opened the scoring on 35 minutes when Kevin McFadden found Ryan McFadden who slotted the ball home from a tight angle. Glenea extended their lead right on half time when Darren Mc Geever’s cross from the left wasn’t dealt with properly by the visiting defence and Michael Barry was on hand to force the ball home. In the 2nd half the home side started strongly and added a third goal on 50 minutes when Dean Gallagher took advantage of hesitation by the keeper and rolled the ball home. Glenea got their 4th goal on 65 minutes through Dean Gallagher when he was played in Kevin Mulhern. Gavin Mc Glanaghey almost increased the home sides lead but he saw his chipped effort come back off the bar. Cranford pulled a goal back on 75 minutes when Kyle Black scored with a fine effort from 25 yards out. Glenea added two more goals in the last few minutes through Ryan McFadden and Michael Barry. Best for Glenea were John Harley, Kevin Mulhern and Ryan McFadden, while Kyle Black was always a danger for Cranford. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh.Watson Hire Division OneCastlefin Celtic 6 Curragh Athletic 0An opening period filled with chances for both teams and numerous near misses didn’t indicate the eventual outcome of this local derby at Park View on Sunday. It wasn’t until the 20th minute that Castlefin managed to find a breakthrough. It was Barry Tourish who found the net when he converted a rebound and four minutes later, not to be outdone, his brother Ronan made it two. That is how it remained until the interval. With Curragh giving as good as they got they will have been disappointed to concede a 3rd goal on 57 minutes. That disappointment can be tempered somewhat by the knowledge that very few goalkeepers in world football would have got anywhere near Ian Ward’s thunderous strike. JP Malley scored at the front post to extend the lead to four and further goals from Ronan Tourish and Damien Doherty in the closing minutes completed the scoring. Curragh battled gamely throughout and probably didn’t deserve to be beaten by such a margin on the day. Both keepers did well on occasions when tested and O’ Brien could do little about at least five of the six goals. An entertaining match played in a sporting manner Referee: Paddy DuffyDunkineely Celtic 0 Kilmacrennan Celtic 2Kilmacrennan delivered a composed performance at Darney Park and went away with all three points. The opening exchanges were fairly even with both teams playing good football without creating any clear cut chances. The first real chance came on 20 minutes when Timmy Bourke was put through but Pauric Connaghan got back to make a great tackle on the six yard line. Kilmacrennan kept pressing and Michael Mc Laughlin had a shot from the edge of the area saved on 23 minutes. Dunkineely’s first chance came on 26 minutes when Adrian Nesbitt shot over following a free from Andrew Mackey. Both teams continued to look for openings and Darren Toland for Kilmacrennan and Paul Murrin for Dunkineely had efforts narrowly wide. The second half saw the same pattern as the first with Kilmacrennan having a lot of possession and Dunkineely relying on quick breaks. The deadlock was broken on 55 minutes when Kilmacrennan were awarded a free on the edge of the box and Kevin Mc Menamin struck it beautifully to the top left corner. Kilmacrennan doubled their lead on 58 minutes when a long ball over the top caught the home defence out and Michael Mc Laughlin ran on to score from close range. After this Dunkineely started to put more pressure on the visitors and created a number of good chances but Kilmacrennan held on for the victory and will be well pleased with their days work. Best for Dunkineely were Damien Quigley and Emmet Kennedy while Michael Mc Laughlin was Kilmacrennan’s star performer. Referee: John Coyle Gweedore United 0 Keadue Rovers 0This local derby played at Carrickboyle in excellent conditions saw a share of the spoils in an entertaining encounter. The home side had chances in the opening half through Ciaran Mc Fadden in the 17th and 21st minutes however both efforts went just wide. On the half hour mark Odhran Molloy had his close range shot excellently saved by Ben Boyle in the Keadue nets. Keadue had a number of half chances through Luke Neilly, Donal Rodgers and Daniel Bonner but didn’t really trouble the United goal. In the second half Keadue got off to a good start putting the home defence under pressure early on but again didn’t really trouble the United keeper. The home side had a number of chances through Michael Connolly and Ciaran Mc Fadden however it was one of those days where neither side could break the deadlock. In a game where both defences stood strong and a draw was probably a fair result. Aidan Gillespie and Shaun Mc Monagle impressed for Keadue with a good team performance from United on the day. Referee: Brian O’ Kane.CT Ball Division TwoDeele Harps 1 Raphoe Town 3 Deele welcomed neighbours Raphoe Town to The Athletic Grounds on a glorious day for football. Both sides cancelled each other out in the early exchanges. Raphoe took the lead in 30th minute when Stephen Conaghan hooked the ball home from 6 yards following a corner. Raphoe should have increased their lead two minutes later but Jamie Gallagher headed wide with the goal at his mercy. Gavin Gallagher then produced a shot which was pushed around the post by Michael Curran. On the stroke of half time Reece Laird headed wide while unchallenged in the box. The second half was frantic with Willie Curran producing two top class saves denying Reece Laird on both occasions. In the 55th minute a knock down fell to Emmet Kelly running from midfield unmarked to slot home. Deele responded in 68th minute when Shane Gallagher scored a direct free kick to reduce the deficit. Deele pushed for an equaliser but ultimately left gaps at the back and in the 80th minute Reece Laird punished some poor defending after Christy Bogle headed down to him. Shane Gallagher and the young Kevin Lynch were best for Deele against a team performance from Raphoe. Referee: Patrick Martin.Eany Celtic 2 Bonagee United 4Eany Celtic welcomed Bonagee United for their first home league game of the season. Paul Mc Groarty opened the scoring from the spot putting Eany one up early in the first half. Bonagee replied when Aidan McLaughlin scored to bring the sides level. The teams went in at the break it level. Darren Ashbourne put Bonagee ahead soon after the restart and midway through the second half Bonagee score two goals in quick succession pulling well clear at 1-4. Eany showed spirit and after personnel changes scored when Mark Ward took his chance with a great assist from Dylan Mc Brearty. The game finished 2-4 with Bonagee United winners on the day.FAI Junior CupGlenree United 0 Milford United 2In this tightly contested cup game it was the visitors who left Glenree Park victorious. Glenree had the first good opportunity to take a lead when they were awarded a penalty in the 20th minute only to watch it hit both uprights and bounce out. Ten minutes later Gary Merritt opened the scoring when he cooly slotted the ball into the top corner. Both teams battled hard throughout the game with Milford creating the more chances but the Glenree defence were standing strong as well as the Milford defence who were tough to breach. Joey Cullen made it two nil with twenty minutes left when he headed into the bottom corner after a great cross from the right back. Glenree almost got a consolation goal in the last few minutes only to see the ball strike the crossbar. Referee: Mick LanganCappry Rovers 0 Whitestrand United 0( Whitestrand United won 5-4 on penalties )Cappry Rovers and Whitestrand United played out a scoreless draw in an entertaining F.A.I. Junior Cup game played in perfect conditions at Cappry Park. Cappry had numerous chances in the first half but couldn’t finish due to a few misses, good defending and the good goalkeeping of Paddy Kelly in the visitors goal. In the second half chances were few and far between also the same in extra time. Extra time produced little of note either so the tie went to penalties. Whitestrand United prevailed to go through to the next round of this season’s Cup. A Team Performance from Cappry Rovers. Paul Lynch, S.P. Gallagher and Paddy Kelly were best for Whitestrand United. Referee: Paddy Melaugh.Saturday ReportsOld Orchard Saturday Division OneErne Wanderers 2 Orchard F.C. 1Erne hosted Orchard on Friday night under the lights at the Lakeside Centre in perfect conditions. The visitors had a dream start when Erne got caught on the break. John Boyle got in behind the defence and rounded the keeper to tap into an empty net with three minutes on the clock. The home team were rattled but then settled and started to get their passing game together. Michael Ward fired them level on twenty minutes with a rocket into the roof of the net. Erne were really rampant at this stage. Orchard were always a threat on the break with Bonner up front keeping the hosts rearguard on its’ toes. Erne’s second goal came on the half hour when Mulligan turned and hit a 40 yard pass over the top for David Dolan to chase. He was tackled by the outrushing keeper and the ball broke to Ward who found the top corner from an acute angle. Ward nearly completed his the hat-trick on 35 minutes when the ball fell at his feet 30 yards out and he bent a shot goalwards but the keeper touched it onto the crossbar. Niall Bonner then did well when he picked the ball up and ran at the Erne backline but O’ Brien produced a really good save. The second half produced little of note with Erne always on top but unable to extend their lead. A really good game from two fully committed teams with the evergreen Michael Ward best for Erne and a good team performance from Orchard. Referee: Andrew Mullin.St. Catherines Reserves 4 Fintown Harps AFC 3St Catherine’s opened their season with a tricky fixture against Fintown Harps. St Catherine’s started well and dominated play for the first twenty minutes. Saints’ Gene Lett opened the scoring with a header from a Stephen Leslie corner. Fintown came more into the game and started to control midfield. Darragh Gallagher equalised for Fintown on 32minutes when he broke the offside trap and finished to the corner of the net. On 38minutes Fintown broke quickly and Aaron Thompson put Fintown into the lead. In the 74th minute Gene Lett got his second of the game with another header from a corner. Fintown went back into the lead almost from the kick off. St Catherine’s pushed hard to find an equaliser and in the 87th minute got their reward when Gerry Mc Cabe turned inside a defender and poked the ball home. St. Catherines got a winner on 90 minutes when Stephen Muirhead crossed and the ball to John Joe McGinley and his shot flew past the Fintown keeper. Best for St Catherine’s were Stephen Muirhead, Gene Lett and Declan Mc Loughlin. Gary McHugh was best for Fintown. Referee: George Clinton.Donegal Town Reserves 4 Arranmore United 2The two newly promoted sides did battle at the Hospital Field on Saturday afternoon. Both teams started cautiously but it wasn’t long until Donegal took the lead. Nathan Ward delivered a fantastic cross which was headed home by Adrian Ward. It wasn’t long until Donegal got their second. A Ciaran O’ Reilly corner was met with a solid header into the top corner by Donegal veteran Joe Lafferty. The Islanders’ Daniel O’ Donnell, who was having an excellent game in the centre of mid-field, fired the ball home from 20 yards to reduce the deficit. Gary Herron then scored for Donegal with a 35 yard wonder strike. Into the second half and again Donegal Town started strong. Donegal’s Nathan Ward always looked tricky and dangerous and new boy Jamie White was assured and confident with the ball at feet. Arranmore got one back when Danny Rodgers capitalised on some loose defending from Donegal. Aidan Mc Fadden wrapped the game up for Donegal in the last few minutes when he walked the ball into the net. Referee: Barry HunterGlenea United Reserves 2 Glencar Celtic 5Defending Champions Glencar Celtic have started the season in determined mood, to retain their title the goal, and on Saturday in Glasserchoo they netted five times against a youthful Glenea United Reserves. Two goals from Mickey Molloy and one apiece from Jason Doherty, Stephen Browne and Stephen Toye brought their season tally to eleven after two games and this form was too hot for the Tom Coll led United to handle. Jason Mc Gee and Dean Mc Carry did respond for Glenea but this side is a work in progress for Coll who has switched roles with Tommy Mc Fadden this season as the club start rebuilding with many of the recent Saturday side moving to the Sunday ranks.Glenree United Reserves 2 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 4Castlefin took all three points from this match due to them being able to take their chances with Glenree squandering too many. Kieran Brennan gave Castlefin the lead. Glenree equalised after a minute when neat footwork from Dylan McBride set up Vinny to side foot past the keeper. Owen Patterson made it 2-1 to Castlefin before Ronin Carlin equalised before halftime. In the second half Glenree had chances to take the lead but Gary Heally again put Castlefin ahead. Glenree pressed but Castlefin where the better team in the second half and Darragh Redmond made the points safe for Castlefin after slotting home a rebound off the keeper. Referee: Michael Mc FaddenGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDrumoghill F.C. Reserves 0 Milford United Reserves 3Goals from Ciaran Blaney, Damien Casey and Jonathan Sweeney in the first half were enough to see off a youthful Drumoghill team. Milford started well and we’re ahead after fifteen minutes when Ciaran Blaney rounded the defender and chipped the ball over the keeper. Blaney combined well with Sweeney on 25 minutes to send Damien Casey through and he made no mistake with a well placed shot. With half time looming Jonathan Sweeney rounded two defenders before beating the keeper. Drumoghill did play some great football in the second half and had a number of shots on goal only to find Damien Crossan in fine form in the Milford goals. Good team performance from Drumoghill with Crossan and Sweeney in fine form for MilfordKeadue Rovers Reserves 3 Cranford United Reserves 0Keadue Reserves got their first victory of the season at Central Park on an ideal day for football. After a scrappy opening ten minutes Keadue’s Ryan Greene put them one up with a good free kick. Cranford came more into it by twenty minutes and should’ve been level. Keadue took a solid grip by the half hour creating a few openings through Cathal Duggan, Daniel McHugh and Ryan O’Donnell. On the stroke of half time Cathal Duggan’s cross was tapped home by Aidan Gillespie to put Keadue into a commanding position. Keadue controlled from the start of the second half and could’ve gone further ahead on 55 minutes when Daniel Bonner put a free header wide. To their credit Cranford kept going and forced a few saves from Keadue’s keeper. The game was over as a contest on 67 minutes when great work by Ryan O’Donnell and Jack O’Brien led to Daniel Bonner tapping in at the far post. Cranford were depleted by a few late injuries as the game petered out. A good win for Keadue for whom Ryan O’Donnell, Eoin Redmond and Daniel McHugh were impressive while it was a good team effort from Cranford. Referee : Martin Coll.Mulroy Celtic 4 Strand Rovers 3Strand raced into a three goal lead inside twenty minutes with goals through Paddy Glackin, Mark Ward and an OG, the second a brilliantly worked goal, a crossed whipped into the area and finished expertly. In truth Mulroy’s defence were all at sea until the half hour mark and only for young Paul O’ Connor it could’ve been a cricket score. Michael Sweeney pulled a goal back when he fired home from close range, 1-3 at half time. The home side started the second half with a spring in their step and pulled another goal back again through the very impressive Sweeney. The equaliser came when Paul Coyle scored with a shot into the top corner. The winner came in strange fashion when a Strand defender under pressure put the ball in his own net from thirty yards. The away side could’ve been forgiven for throwing in the towel but they were very unlucky not to make it four each after been gifted two chances by the home defence, O’ Connor keeping his side in it. Michael Sweeney, Paul O’ Connor were immense throughout and a strong team performance from Strand.FAI Junior CupRamelton Mariners 6 Drumbar F.C. 1Mariners came out on top in this 1st Round Junior Cup game and kept up their early season impressive form. Played in Drumbar it was the Mariners who took the lead when Peter Brannigan slotted home after three minutes from an Anthony Fisher cross. In the sixteenth minute David Fisher increased the lead with a well taken goal and the same player put them further ahead four minutes later with another fine finish. On thirty one minutes it was 4-0 with another Peter Brannigan goal. Drumbar pulled a goal back two minutes later through a well taken penalty. The second half was a quieter affair with both teams cancelling each other out for long periods. There was one additional goal for the Mariners after fifty five minutes when a fine diving header from Alan Blarney found the top corner of the net. Referee: Brian O’ KaneResultsOld Orchard Saturday Division OneErne Wanderers 2 v 1 Orchard F.C.St. Catherines Reserves 4 v 3 Fintown Harps AFCDonegal Town Reserves 4 v 2 Arranmore UnitedGlenea United Reserves 2 v 5 Glencar CelticGlenree United Reserves 2 v 4 Castlefin Celtic ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDrumoghill F.C. Reserves 0 v 3 Milford United ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves 3 v 0 Cranford United ReservesMulroy Celtic 4 v 3 Strand RoversFAI Junior CupRamelton Mariners 6 v 1 Drumbar F.C.Brian McCormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 1 v 6 St. CatherinesLifford Celtic P v P Gweedore CelticGlenea United 6 v 1 Cranford UnitedWatson Hire Division OneCastlefin Celtic 6 v 0 Curragh AthleticDunkineely Celtic 0 v 2 Kilmacrennan CelticGweedore United 0 v 0 Keadue RoversCT Ball Division TwoDeele Harps 1 v 3 Raphoe TownEany Celtic 2 v 4 Bonagee UnitedFAI Junior CupGlenree United 0 v 2 Milford UnitedCopany Rovers 3 v 0 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Cappry Rovers 0 v 0 Whitestrand United( Whitestrand United won 5-4 on penalties )The League have no fixtures for next weekend as they have cancelled all games to allow everyone the opportunity to attend or watch the All Ireland Finals. The League through your pages would like to wish Declan, Jim, the players and everyone connected with the two teams all the best as the strive to win “The Double”. We also wish everyone a safe trip to the games and for those not travelling we hope you enjoy the match wherever you are watching from.DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE RESULTS, REPORTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: September 14th, 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

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Redwoods falls to De Anza

first_imgCollege of the Redwoods football came up short on the road against Pacific 7 Conference rival De Anza, falling 42-34 Saturday afternoon in Cupertino.“I can’t fault our effort today at all,” Redwoods head coach Frank Borba said. “We missed on some big play opportunities and allowed some big plays by them.”Redwoods (1-1, 2-3) trailed 35-34 late in the fourth quarter to De Anza (1-0, 3-1) and it appeared that the home team had the game in hand, needing to just take a knee a few times to run out …last_img

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To and from OR Tambo Airport

first_imgTourists arriving at OR Tambo International Airport have the option of catching a shuttle bus, renting a car or taking a metered taxi to their hotel.A public transport information desk can be found on the public concourse in domestic arrivals. (Image: Sawubona)Brand South Africa ReporterTourists arriving at OR Tambo International Airport (formerly Johannesburg International) have the option of catching a shuttle bus, renting a car or taking a metered taxi to their hotel. A public transport information desk can be found on the public concourse in domestic arrivals.The airport is 21km from the city centre, or about a half-hour drive from most major parts of the city.The GautrainThe Gautrain, a rapid rail network, has a line from the airport to Sandton, from where you can change to catch another train to Johannesburg. Total travel time is around 25 minutes. Find the station one level below departures in the Central Terminal building.Gautrain: www.gautrain.co.zaHotel shuttle bus servicesMost of the big hotels operate their own shuttle bus services to and from the airport, which visitors are advised to make use of. Book your seat in advance when you make your room reservation to ensure that you are met at the airport. You can also make arrangements by calling your hotel on arrival.Minibus servicesMinibus services to various key parts of the city are also available, and are generally cheaper than taxis.Make sure you book one of the commercial services with kiosks inside the airport (in the arrivals hall). There are plenty of informal minibus services for hire at the airport, but their quality of service cannot be guaranteed.Car rentalCars are readily available for hire at the airport. But be warned: the spaghetti- like freeway interchanges between the airport and the city are not easily negotiated by novices, who are liable to get lost quickly.All the major car rental agencies serve OR Tambo, and you should have no problems finding a car to suit both your pocket and your required level of comfort and performance. The agencies’ kiosks are all to be found in the domestic arrivals public concourse, and a golf cart shuttle service operates to and from the parking areas.For rental company websites, see the box on the right.Meter taxisMetered taxis, recognisable by the yellow “taxi” lights on the car roofs, are available at the airport. While these are considerably more expensive than the bus services, they can drop you directly at the front door of your destination.Although locals tend to avoid metered taxis, foreigners may find this the quickest form of transport and the tariffs relatively affordable.Ignore the people offering you lifts inside the building – they’re unlicensed taxis who may end up charging you more. Head instead for the taxi rank, located just outside the arrivals area.The journey to the centre of Johannesburg should take 30 to 45 minutes. Check that the driver is familiar with your address, and insist they use the meter. Minibus taxis will transport larger groups of up to 12 passengers.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Desiderio hits last-second 3 as UP escapes UST

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lee finished with a game-high 20 points to lead UST while Steve Akomo had 15 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks before fouling out late. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Srisaket KOs Gonzalez in fourth to retain WBC title Marvin Lee almost gave UST the victory as he calmly hit a couple of free throws that gave the Growling Tigers a 73-71 lead with 5.3 seconds remaining.“Our objective for this season, exactly, is to generate excitement because the UP community is very passive when it comes to the basketball team,” said Maroons head coach Bo Perasol in Filipino. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“And we got to complete that objective and what a way to generate that excitement, especially with that last-second shot. I don’t know how Paul does that but during the huddle he called it, ‘we’re going to win, this shot will go in.’”Desiderio was off the mark all game long, going 1-of-10 from deep before his clutch basket, but he made it when it mattered most. He finished with a team-high 17 points while also grabbing nine boards. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES University of the Philippines guard Paul Desiderio shoots a jumper against University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Desiderio hit the game-winning triple and University of the Philippines escaped University of Santo Tomas, 74-73, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. Desiderio drained the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left as the Fighting Maroons salvaged the victory to start their campaign on an emphatic note.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Gowda wins silver in men’s discus throw

first_imgVikas Shive Gowda won India its third athletics medal as he bagged the silver in men’s discus throw in the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.India’s Vikas Shive Gowda shows his silver medal won in the discus event of the Commonwealth Games 2010 at the Jawaharlala Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Sudnay. Photo: PTIUS-based Gowda, who holds the national record of 64.96m, finished second with a throw of 63.69m, his season’s best, in front of a nearly 50,000 spectators on the fifth day of the athletics events at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.Australia’s Benn Harradine, the season’s leader among Commonwealth discus throwers, clinched gold by clearing a distance of 65.45m, while Carl Myerscough bagged the bronze with an effort of 60.64m.The weekend crowd, who packed all the stands except for the VIP Granstand at the 60,000 capacity showpiece stadium, cheered the 27-year-old Gowda in all his six attempts. He achieved his silver-winning throw in his second attempt.last_img read more

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