PNG goes down by 1 to Fiji

first_imgThey lost 5-4 in day 2 of hockey matches.It was a match that saw both teams go neck to neck at each other as the more experienced hockey women’s teams showed how the sport is really played.It was a disappointing loss for PNG despite going down by one point to Fiji 5-4.First period of the match saw the competition’s leading scorer, Fiji’s number 10 Tiara Dutta open the scoring which later saw PNG’s Caroline Mulina respond, levelling the score.Close encounters by both teams saw the scores remain the same till the second period when Fiji through captain Catherine Thaggard found the box as shec scored her 5th goal since day 1 of hockey began yesterday.PNG’s Jessica Kevan responded with a second goal to PNG leaving both teams tied at 2 all before the last two minute break.Good guarding by PNG goalie Rosemary Miria prevented what could have been a spurt for Fiji in goals in the last period blocking off a good number of shots from the Fijian ladies.Fiji again opened the last 15 minutes with a goal from Lala Ravatu as PNG’s Miria was yet again put to the test to defend her goal line from the fierce Fijian attack.PNG captain Terry Kiapin gracefully dribbled the ball into the Fijian territory where she managed to score, claiming her second goal in the competition at 3 points all.Competition leading scorer Tiara Dutta again attacked the PNG goal mouth where she managed to get the ball past Miria, taking Fiji to the front 4-3.Fiji’s Lala Ravatu managed to get her second goal extending their lead further to 5-3.Pressure started to build up amongst the PNG girls as they were down by 2 in the last period, Kari Raurela managed to get the ball past the Fijian goalie reducing the gap to 5-4.Last minute attempts to secure another goal from Fiji failed as the hooter went off ending the match at 5-4, a disappointing loss yet a strong match between the top hockey countries.last_img read more

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Africa Poised to be Self-Reliant

first_imgIn an effort to make Africa self-reliant in terms of food and rid the continent of its endemic poverty, Heads of State and Government attending the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will today, Thursday, January 30, launch 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security.The AU leaders will launch the themed year in a bid to bring hope to poverty-stricken Africans who go to bed hungry every day; even though their continent is home to an abundance of wealth that— when properly managed by their leaders— could make them self-sufficient.The summit will run from January 30 to 31, 2014.The event will also mark the tenth year since the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program; a program that was adopted by African leaders and partners to liberate the continents inhabitants from Poverty and Hunger.To bring this dream to fruition African leaders agreed to allot at least ten percent of the national budget to the improvement of agriculture activities and food security in their respective countries, though this is yet to be adhered to by many.According to the Executive Mansion, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf departed the country on Tuesday for Addis-Ababa to take part in this historic event at the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU.Items on the agenda for consideration include the report of activities of the AU Peace and Security Council and the state of peace and security in Africa, as well as the activities of the Panel of the Wise alongside the renewal of its membership. The AU leaders will also discuss the report on the assessment of the African Standby Force and the operationalization of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises, as well as launch the final report of the High-Level Panel on Fragile States. Additionally, the Summit will consider the report of President Sirleaf, in her capacity as Chairperson of the High-Level Committee on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, on the proposed draft African Common Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Yet another report to be reviewed is the outcome document of the African regional consultative meeting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will serve as inputs to the African Common Position. “On the heels of the AU Summit, President Sirleaf will hold bilateral meetings with representatives of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN Environment Program and the European Union (EU), among others,” the Mansion said through a press release. Meanwhile, Africans have for far too long lived in abject poverty and been plagued with numerous diseases inspite of its abundance of natural resources. Among these resources are its large virgin rain forests and ideal varieties of soil capable of boosting agricultural activities on the continent.It is often said by political and economic pundits that the continents main problem has always been its lack of patriotic and visionary leaders who have failed and continue to fail millions of Africans by not properly managing the numerous natural resources the continent is endowed with.They say that for far too long the continent has been reliant on external support through aid and donations from donors as African leaders plunder its wealth.Bad governance and corruption are the chief causes of civil unrest on the continent and have become the order of the day. Statistics show that over 70 percent of Africans live on less than one United States dollar a day, a stark contrast to the lavish amounts many of the continents government officials are paid.The designation of this year as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security is a laudable one and if political will and support are injected, it may be the beginning of releasing Africans from the burden of poverty.While President Sirleaf is away from the country, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon. Morris Dukuly, will chair the Cabinet in consultation with Vice President, Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Isco nets hat-trick as Spain hit Argentina for six

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid midfielder Isco scored a hat-trick as Spain thrashed Argentina © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Mar 28 – Spain blew Argentina away on Tuesday but coach Julen Lopetegui insists they can take nothing for granted at this summer’s World Cup.A 6-1 demolition, which included an Isco hat-trick at the Wanda Metropolitano, underlined Spain’s credentials as one of the tournament favourites in Russia, while exposing Argentina, who were without the injured Lionel Messi. Diego Costa was back in Spain’s starting line-up for the first time in eight international matches and he marked his return with the opening goal.Isco then scored twice either side of what proved to be no more than a consolation from Argentina’s Nicolas Otamendi, before Thiago Alcantara, substitute Iago Aspas and Isco’s third completed the rout.“I am very satisfied with a win against the finalists of the previous World Cup,” Lopetegui said. “It is an opponent that has a fantastic history, but nothing else, it does not change anything, we have to start the World Cup with zero points (in the group stage).”As irresistable as Spain were going forward, Argentina were lamentable at the back and coach Jorge Sampaoli will have questions to answer with the World Cup less than three months away.“I have to take responsibility,” Sampaoli said.He might cling to the hope of Messi, whose hamstring strain meant he was not even in the squad, instead left to watch on from the stands.“Leo trained with us, he had a very good week of workouts but still had some discomfort in his leg,” Sampaoli said.Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria were also out injured but Argentina’s problem was less creating chances than containing Spain’s as Costa, Isco and Marco Asensio simply proved too quick to catch.Asensio is likely still to give way to David Silva but Costa showed he is ready to be Spain’s main striker, this game completing his reintegration after an autumn disrupted by his Chelsea departure.– Harrowing night for Argentina –Argentinian frustrations at conceding six goals boiled over late on © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSIt was a harrowing night for Argentina but perhaps not a good one either for Alvaro Morata. Costa’s goal, coming before Aspas entered as a substitute to score one and set up two more, meant the Chelsea forward was hardly missed.“We decided to put Diego in, we thought it was what we needed,” Lopetegui said. “In the second half, Diego had a problem and we wanted to see Iago. They will both be full of confidence, along with all the players that come with us.”The victory also means Spain have now scored in all their 18 games under Lopetegui, a new record for a Spanish coach.Without Messi, Gonzalo Higuain was the visitors’ principle threat up front, with Ever Banega, Maximiliano Meza and Giovani Lo Celso given the chance to impress behind him in a 4-2-3-1 formation.For Spain, Lopetegui adopted a 4-3-3, with Isco and Asensio either side of Costa, and Thiago, Andres Iniesta and Koke again forming an attacking midfield trio.In a week where the Catalan crisis continued to dominate the Spanish headlines, Barcelona’s Gerard Pique was whistled by the home fans whenever he received possession.There were applauds too from some sections of the crowd and the jeers were temporarily drowned out by cheers when a thundering Pique tackle prevented a threatening Argentina break.For the first goal, Costa put his body where others might not, bundling the ball in between the leaping Fabricio Bustos and goalkeeper Sergio Romero, the latter forced off as a result and replaced by Willy Caballero.Cabellero was then at fault for Spain’s second, as his poor clearance landed at the feet of Thiago. Three passes later, the last from Asensio, allowed Isco to sidefoot home.Argentina pulled one back before half-time when Otamendi headed in Banega’s cross but their defence would only keep them competitive for so long.With Costa substituted, Aspas made an instant impact, setting up Isco and then Thiago, before scoring himself after De Gea’s long pass.Isco guided into the corner for his hat-trick in the 74th minute. Argentina looked relieved when the final whistle blew.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Ronaldo off the mark as Juventus maintain 100% record

first_img0Shares0000Double delight: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goals for Juventus in a 2-1 over Sassuolo in Turin © AFP / Miguel MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Sep 17 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first competitive goals for Juventus on Sunday, with a second-half double that ensured a 2-1 win over Sassuolo to make it four victories from as many Serie A games.But there was controversy in Turin as Juventus winger Douglas Costa was sent off late on after being caught on camera spitting at Sassuolo’s Federico Di Francesco. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, who arrived amid great pomp and ceremony following a 100-million-euro ($117 million) deal from Real Madrid, tapped in from barely a yard out after a goalmouth scramble on 50 minutes.The 33-year-old added a second 15 minutes later following a counter-attack orchestrated by Emre Can as the defending seven-time Italian champions moved three points clear of Napoli.“I’m happy. I worked hard and I knew that the goals would come,” said Ronaldo.“I thank my teammates who really helped me and allowed me to adapt to Italian football.”Ronaldo — Real Madrid’s record all-time goalscorer — showed his frustration, however, kicking the post as he missed two more chances.“This is football. The important thing is that the team wins. I was a little tense with all the talk after my move from Real Madrid and not scoring, so there were a lot of expectations, but I thank my teammates for supporting me throughout.”Senegalese striker Khouma Babacar headed in a consolation goal for Sassuolo in injury-time as the side from Modena fell to their first defeat of the season.Costa later apologised for his late red card for elbowing and spitting at Di Francesco — the 24-year-old son of Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco.“Over the top reaction” – Brazilian Douglas Costa apologises for spitting at Federico Di Francesco. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLO“I would like to apologise to all the Juventus fans for my wrong reaction during today’s game,” wrote Costa on Instagram.“I also apologise to my teammates, who are always by my side, in good and bad times. It was ugly, I am aware of that and I apologise to everyone for that.“I want to make clear that this isolated conduct has nothing to do with what I’ve shown throughout my career.”Juventus are the only unbeaten side after Napoli inflicted a first loss on Fiorentina on Saturday with a 1-0 win ahead of next week’s Champions League trip to Red Star Belgrade.Sassuolo are third with seven points.Bolstered by five-time winner Ronaldo, Juventus begin their quest for a first Champions League title since 1996 at Valencia on Wednesday.“The Champions League is my favourite tournament,” said Ronaldo, who scored 15 goals in the tournament last season. “It’s a very difficult group, we know that we can do well and Juve must focus on being the best.”– Roma, Milan held –Roma’s confidence was dented ahead of their daunting midweek trip to Champions League holders Real Madrid, as bottom club Chievo came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw at the Stadio Olimpico.Stephan El Shaarawy and Bryan Cristante put Roma, who lost to AC Milan before the international break, firmly in command at half-time.But Chievo, beaten 6-1 by Fiorentina last time out and on minus points after being deducted three points by the Italian football federation for false accounting, battled back in the second half.Valter Birsa pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute, with Polish striker Mariusz Stepinski sealing a point for the club from Verona seven minutes from time.“This was a game we had under control, we should have killed it off. This can’t happen against Real,” said Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco.Gonzalo Higuain scored his first goal for AC Milan to rescue a point in Cagliari. © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOThe Roma coach added: “We’ll be going out to challenge Real Madrid on Wednesday. We mustn’t lose our heads, even if these results destabilise us.”Roma are ninth with five points from four games — already seven points adrift of Juventus — and also behind city rivals Lazio who won at Empoli with Marco Parolo scoring the only goal.On-loan Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain scored his first goal for AC Milan on 55 minutes to snatch a 1-1 draw at Cagliari, after Joao Pedro had opened the scoring for the hosts in just the fourth minute.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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SHOCK AS FAMILY SUPERMARKET GOES INTO RECEIVERSHIP

first_imgGormley’s Centra has gone into receivership.The future of one of Letterkenny’s best-known family supermarkets hangs in the balance.More than 30 jobs could be lost amidst fears that Gormley’s Centra could close.The store, owned by John Gormley, has now gone into receivership. Wholesale supplier Musgrave moved into the store yesterday and removed a considerable volume of stock – mostly from the shop’s off-license.Local Sinn Fein county councillor Gerry McMonagle said he was hopeful some resolution could be found to save the jobs at the store.“There is still stock o the shelves and the staff still want to work.“This store and its owners have been very god employers over the years and I hope people will continue to support it,” he said. The owner of the store has yet to make any comment on the development.Mr Gormley and his wife started the business more than 30 years ago in a smaller shop nearby.During that time he has invested considerable money including the purchase of four houses for more than a reported €1M to allow for the development of a car park for his customers. SHOCK AS FAMILY SUPERMARKET GOES INTO RECEIVERSHIP was last modified: February 20th, 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)last_img read more

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PETROL WARS AS TESCO APPLY FOR FILLING STATION

first_imgLETTERKENNY’S TESCO store has applied for planning permission for a new petrol station in Letterkenny.The four-island station would be located at the former Tinneys coal depot if permission is granted.Local businessman Eddie Tobin, who already owns a nearby filling station, had previously objected to plans for a new junction on the Port Road site, claiming it would hit traffic in the area. The application comes just a month after Tony Kelly received planning permission for a petrol station at Paddy Harte Road, close to Century Cinemas.PETROL WARS AS TESCO APPLY FOR FILLING STATION was last modified: October 3rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:tesco letterkennylast_img read more

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DONEGAL PRIEST CAUGHT SPYING IN TOILETS IS PROMOTED

first_imgA Donegal priest who was banned from a shopping centre after he was caught spying on people in a men’s toilet has been given a promotion.Fr Patrick McGarvey was appointed parish priest of Fanad, Co Donegal, by Bishop of Raphoe Philip Boyce a number of weeks ago.The elevation took place at a special Mass at St Mary’s in Fanavolty last month where Fr McGarvey was surrounded by his family.. Fr McGarvey was caught by undercover police at the Foyleside shopping centre in Derry in August 2004 watching people go to the public toilets there.Police officers had carried out an investigation after complaints from members of the publicThe priest was charged with indecency according to the Belfast Telegraph.In June 2005 he pleaded guilty and was given a two-year conditional discharge. DONEGAL PRIEST CAUGHT SPYING IN TOILETS IS PROMOTED was last modified: November 29th, 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:FanadFoyleside Shopping CentreFr Patrick McGarveylast_img read more

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EVEN THE SUN COMES OUT FOR THE MARTELLO ADVENTURE EVENT!

first_imgCrohey Head outside Dungloe was the backdrop for the 2012 Martello Adventure event which attracted a great field of local and visitor participants. The facilities at the Maghery Community Centre are second to none with changing areas, sports field, indoor hall and canteen facilities, ideal for hosting all types of events, that coupled with the fine weather and the stunning scenery made for a very enjoyable event.In a real test of endurance the adult event provided a 5k run, 20k cycle and a 300meters of water obstacle and while it may seem short it did use the local terrain especially in the cycle event which used the narrow and steep climbs around crohey head .First man across the line was Peter Mc Gee in a time of 1.16.22 followed by Adrian Ward in 1.16.40 with Noel Diver third in a time of 1.17.34. Marie Boyle was first lady home in a brilliant time of 1.22.19 followed by Aine O Callaghan at 1.29.27. John Wallace, Stephen Glackin and Christopher Mc Shea won the team event.In the junior sections Dylan Sweeney, Oisin Bonner and Seamus Sweeney were first three home in the under 12 section with the Corrigan brothers and Ellie Mc Donnell were home first in the under 16 event. Former International goalkeeper Packie Bonner was on hand to present the prizes to the winners. The organsiers would like to thank Harnett Hayes solicitors, Super Value Dungloe, Mc Shane Fruit, First Aid Plus all the stewards and helpers for the great support, Special word of thanks to the committee of the Maghery Community Centre who provided the post event refreshments.No: Name: Time: Category:1 86 Peter Mc Gee 1:16.22 Gents2 96 Adrian Ward 1:16.40 Gents3 103 Noel Diver 1:17.34 Gents4 83 Paul Mc Closkey 1:18.18 Gents (V)5 84 Gary Gillespie 1:19.15 Gents 6 90 Noel Mc Bride 1:21:14 Gents7 71 Marie Boyle 1:22.19 Ladies (V)8 104 Denis Bonner 1:22.19 Gents9 105 Doalty Boyle 1:23.13 Gents 10 145/117/119 John Wallace, Stephen Glackin, Christopher Mc Shea 1:24.08 Team11 118 Adrian Sweeney 1:24.50 Gents12 74 Brendan Mc Garvey 1:25.59 Gents13 112 Raymond Sweeney 1:26.25 Gents14 78 Mark Doherty 1:26.55 Gents15 69 Seamus Morrison 1:27.08 Gents (V)16 98 Owen Coyle 1:27.27 Gents17 94/95 Basil Malone, Michael Duddy 1:27.57 Team18 100 Patrick Mc Glynn 1:28.28 Gents (V)19 113 Marty Doherty 1:28.30 Gents (V)20 102 Mark Sweeney 1:28.39 Gents21 80 Damien Brennan 1:28.57 Gents22 111/110 Trio Mc Gonagle, Stephen Rodgers 1:29.15 Team23 93 Aine Malone 1:29.27 Ladies24 107/106 Zaria Boyle, Tony Boyle 1:29.57 Team25 116 Ciaran Mc Elwaine 1:30.37 Gents (V)26 99 Francis Doherty 1:30.42 Gents27 82 Pat O’Donnell 1:30.49 Gents28 87 Claire Quinn 1:33.23 Ladies (V)29 101 Paul Nash 1:34.21 Gents (V)30 79 Conor Hanlon 1:34.42 Gents31 56 Helen Doherty 1:34:56 Ladies32 47/48/49 Sinead Diver, Tom Somerville, Eimear Boyle 1:35.06 Team33 97 Brendan Mc Gee 1:35.21 Gents34 89 Charles O’Donnell 1:35.28 GentsEVEN THE SUN COMES OUT FOR THE MARTELLO ADVENTURE EVENT! was last modified: August 7th, 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)last_img read more

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Football beat

first_img Reseda running back Larry Looney is quietly putting together a fine season – he’s on pace to reach the 1,000-yard plateau. Looney, a returning All-City selection, has been instrumental for the Regents, rushing for 287 yards in victories over Hamilton of Los Angeles and San Fernando following an 0-4 start. Another 100-yard game Friday against Monroe of North Hills could push Reseda to 2-0 in the Valley Mission League heading into next week’s game against Sylmar. POTENTIAL UPSET TOP 20 Team, Rec., Pvs. 1. Notre Dame 6-0 1 2. Valencia 5-1 2 3. Taft 6-0 3 4. Oaks Christian 5-0 4 5. St. Francis 6-0 6 6. Hart 5-1 5 7. Moorpark 4-2 7 8. Newbury Park 5-1 8 9. Simi Valley 5-1 9 10. Canyon 5-1 10 11. Birmingham 2-4 11 12. Sylmar 6-0 12 13. Thousand Oaks 5-1 13 14. Agoura 4-2 14 15. Crespi 3-3 15 16. Antelope Valley 4-2 16 17. Lancaster 6-1 18 18. Royal 3-3 17 19. Chaminade 5-1 19 20. Kennedy 6-0 20 SMALL SCHOOLS TOP 10 Team, Rec., Pvs. 1. Oaks Christian 5-0 1 2. Grace Brethren 4-2 4 3. Campbell Hall 5-1 3 4. Oak Park 2-3 2 5. Village Christian 4-2 5 6. Vasquez 6-0 6 7. Rosamond 4-2 7 8. Mojave 2-3 8 9. L.A. Baptist 3-1-1 9 10. Malibu 3-3 NR POTENTIAL HERO AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week These are desperate times at Westlake. After finishing first or second in the Marmonte League from 1999 to 2003, the Warriors are in danger of missing the Southern Section Div. IV playoffs for a second consecutive season after opening league play 0-3. Westlake must win its last four games, beginning Friday against visiting Agoura, to keep alive its postseason chances. Maybe coach Jim Benkert can conjure up some of the magic from last year’s thriller, which Westlake won 30-27, returning a kickoff for a touchdown on the game’s final play. GAME OF THE WEEK Birmingham at Taft, Friday, 7 p.m. On paper, the annual showdown between West Valley League powers doesn’t appear as competitive as usual, but No. 11 Birmingham of Lake Balboa’s 2-4 record is misleading. The Patriots’ opponents are 25-11 – and that includes 1-5 El Camino Real of Woodland Hills – so they aren’t likely to be intimidated by the lofty numbers Taft of Woodland Hills keeps putting up. The Toreadors have outscored their past five opponents by an average of 45 points, and they’re thinking about revenge after being eliminated from the City Section playoffs last season by Birmingham. THEY SAID IT center_img “We’ve been practicing for Birmingham this whole week. We didn’t practice for (Granada Hills). We’ve had two weeks to get ready for Birmingham.” – Taft running back Andre Harris following the Toreadors’ 64-15 rout of Granada Hills, their final tuneup before Friday’s West Valley League showdown with rival Birmingham. WHO’S HOT Entering the season’s seventh week, seven area teams remain undefeated. Who has the best shot of running the table and finishing the regular season with a perfect record? 1. Oaks Christian (5-0) The Lions, from Westlake Village, on Friday will face athletic Palmdale, which could mean their first-string offense might have to play three quarters. Barring some monumental misfortune, a 9-0 season is expected. 2. Sylmar (6-0) The Spartans’ closest game has been 21 points. If they get past scrappy Kennedy of Granada Hills on Friday, it should be smooth sailing in the Valley Mission League the rest of the way. Even at 10-0, strength of schedule could hurt Sylmar when City Section playoff pairings are determined. 3. Notre Dame (6-0) The Knights, from Sherman Oaks, have won 28 consecutive games, and that streak likely will reach 30 before a Nov. 4 showdown for the Mission League title at St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge. St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs, the last team to beat the Knights, will provide a challenge Friday, but 10-0 is within reach. 4. Taft (6-0) The Toreadors, from Woodland Hills, won their final nine regular-season games last year following a season-opening loss to Crenshaw of Los Angeles. A perfect regular season this year depends on the outcome of Friday’s game against Birmingham of Lake Balboa, which eliminated the Toreadors in last year’s City Section playoffs. A Taft victory Friday could mean the No. 1 seed for the City playoffs. 5. St. Francis (6-0) The Golden Knights face a serious challenge Oct. 28 at Chaminade of West Hills, which has given St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge trouble in the past. A victory likely sets up a Week 9 showdown against Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, with the winner capturing the Mission League title. 6. Kennedy (6-0) The Cougars can make a big statement with a victory Friday over Sylmar, one of three other unbeaten teams remaining in the City Section. Kennedy of Granada Hills would still need to get past San Fernando in a Nov. 10 finale to hit perfection. 7. Vasquez (6-0) The freelance Mustangs are a Cinderella story, playing six of nine games on the road. If Vasquez of Acton can get past a tough road test Friday at Boron, a showdown with Rio Hondo Prep of Arcadia in its Nov. 11 finale would be the final hurdle to an undefeated regular season. ‘E’ IS FOR EFFICIENCY Taft of Woodland Hills sophomore Exavier Johnson put himself in the company of some of the area’s great quarterbacks with his performance in Friday’s 64-15 West Valley League victory over Granada Hills. Johnson completed his final 14 passes against the Highlanders, finishing 16 of 17 for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson, who began his varsity career by completing only 9 of 24 attempts against Crenshaw of Los Angeles, can build on his streak when Taft plays host Friday to Birmingham of Lake Balboa. Seven consecutive completions to open the game would give him an area record. La Canada’s Paul Gagliardi completed 20 in a row against San Marino in 1978. Four of the next five area marks belong to Hart of Newhall quarterbacks. Tyler Lyon completed 19 consecutive passes last season against Burbank, Kyle Matter (1999) and Sean Norton (2003) had 18-completion stretches, and Jim Bonds – now St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge’s coach – hit on 16 straight against Alhambra in 1986. Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta’s Hudson Gossard completed 19 in a row against La Canada in 2001. According to Cal-Hi Sports, the state record belongs to Perry Klein, who completed 26 in a row with Palisades of Pacific Palisades in 1987. RAPID FIRE Cal-Hi Sports’ state record book contains the names of several Newbury Park quarterbacks. Keith Smith, Chris Czernek, Nick Czernek and Rudy Carpenter can be found in almost every single-season and career passing list. How Jordan LaSecla measures up won’t be certain until season’s end, but the Panthers senior added his name to the record books in Friday’s 36-35 overtime victory over Simi Valley. LaSecla completed 27 of 60 passes for 413 yards and five touchdowns, connecting with five receivers. His 60 pass attempts were the third-most in state history, tied with Marian of Imperial Beach’s Dan Kelley, who threw 60 in 1978. LaSecla is sandwiched between Carpenter (61) and Nick Czernek (59) in the state record book. Newbury Park QBs are responsible for six of the top 17 single-game attempt marks. Jason Sanborn, who played at Gunn of Palo Alto, holds the state record with 68 attempts in a 1990 game. LaSecla’s volume of passes hasn’t affected his accuracy – he has thrown just four interceptions (vs. 24 touchdowns) in 218 attempts. Last season, LaSecla was intercepted 15 times with 14 touchdowns in 340 attempts. BIG PLANS, LITTLE RETURN Granada Hills has a new turf field, but the Highlanders have had little to celebrate during the first two games at renovated John Elway Stadium. Granada Hills lost 23-0 to Kennedy of Granada Hills on Oct. 7, then were beaten 64-15 by Taft of Woodland Hills at last week’s homecoming game. Homecoming started festively enough. Pink smoke went off as four sky divers, including an Elvis impersonator, landed on the new field, which was installed under the leadership of Chris Davis, vice principal of athletics and special education. Davis said he started exploring the feasibility of upgrading Elway Stadium two years ago. When Granada Hills became a charter school, it gained more freedom in determining how to spend available funds. Davis received approval May 9 to have the $1.2 million Sprint Turf field installed. Still to come is an all-weather track, and more features will be added to the scoreboard. The completed project will be dedicated Nov. 10 before the regular-season finale against Cleveland of Reseda. All alumni, including the stadium’s namesake, are invited. Good thing Taft won’t be there. CONSISTENCY COUNTS With his 117-yard performance in a loss last week to Whittier Christian, Campbell Hall of North Hollywood senior Brandon Scott became the first area player this season to rush for 100 or more yards in six consecutive games. Scott, who scored a touchdown in the Vikings’ 20-19 setback, is one of three area players to gain 100 or more yards in every game they’ve played this season. Sylmar senior C.J. Gable, who rushed for 267 yards in the Spartans’ 77-0 victory over Van Nuys, has accomplished the feat in five consecutive games. Gable, the area’s leading rusher (1,079 yards), likely would have matched Scott’s success, but Sylmar didn’t play its Week 4 game against North Hollywood. La Canada junior Lavelle Peterson, who gained 113 yards in a 25-14 victory Friday over South Pasadena, has gone over the 100-yard mark in five straight games. Peterson was held out of La Canada’s Week 3 game against Gabrielino of San Gabriel with a sprained ankle. Eagle Rock’s V.J. Castanos, who rushed for 166 yards in the Eagles’ 37-29 victory over Marshall of Los Feliz, is among six area players with at least 100 yards in five of six games. Burroughs of Burbank’s Thomas Kyle, Rio Mesa of Oxnard’s Malachi Lewis, Royal of Simi Valley’s Curtis Marsh, Crespi of Encino’s Josh Morgan and Valencia’s Shane Vereen are the others. Lewis matched Gable’s output Friday, rushing for 267 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-28 victory over Hueneme of Oxnard. ALL SHAPES AND SIZES The similarities between St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge’s and Taft of Woodland Hills’ football teams extends beyond unbeaten records. Both have relied on tremendous defenses – St. Francis has allowed 46 points and recorded 27 sacks, and Taft has given up 61 points and posted 22 sacks. Anthony Evans’ speed on the perimeter has created havoc in Taft foes’ backfields. Evans, at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, has an area-leading 10 sacks, plus 23 tackles and four fumble recoveries. St. Francis has benefited from the strength and agility of 6-3, 230-pound Alex Bonifer to disrupt opposing quarterbacks. Bonifer leads the Golden Knights with nine sacks and has 26 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Teammate Brian Lynch is third in the area with eight sacks. LEAGUE UPDATES Del Rey League Crespi of Encino’s D.J. Holt made the most of his touches in a 47-20 victory Saturday over Cathedral of Los Angeles. Holt caught three passes, all touchdowns, for 65 yards. Crespi quarterback Matt Wabby passed for 344 yards and four touchdowns, one to Josh Morgan, who rushed for two more scores. Morgan had five catches for 103 yards, and Cary Jensen-Madison had five for 143 yards. Foothill League Valencia quarterback Michael Herrick broke the state record for career completions and climbed to fifth on the state list for passing yardage in a 36-21 victory over Burroughs of Burbank. He also didn’t throw a touchdown pass, only the second time in 32 high school games that has occurred. He had found the end zone in 14 straight games since last year’s 33-3 loss to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. Oaks Christian of Westlake Village’s Jimmy Clausen has thrown for a touchdown in all 19 career starts. West Ranch High of Stevenson Ranch, a second-year school playing a mix of varsity and JV football games this season, claimed its first official varsity victory with a 36-0 win Saturday at Lakeside of Lake Elsinore. Tyler O’Brien rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries for the Wildcats. Canyon of Canyon Country last week held Burbank’s Marcus Hood, coming off consecutive 200-yard performances, to 69 yards and no touchdowns on 23 carries. The previous week, the Cowboys limited Crespi of Encino’s Josh Morgan, averaging 153 yards per game, to 53. In Week 4, South Torrance’s John Hokama and Davon Brown combined for 62 yards after they totaled 351 yards and five touchdowns the previous week. In Week 3, Simi Valley’s Devin Kelley, the Marmonte League’s second-leading rusher, ran for just 46. Golden League Six running backs went over 100 yards last week, led by Lancaster’s Tony Jackson (186 yards), who scored five first-half touchdowns in the Eagles’ 58-6 victory over Knight of Palmdale. Allan Mohan rushed for 130 yards and D’Andre Goodwin for 123 in Antelope Valley’s 28-20 victory over Highland of Palmdale. Dominic Blood (136) and David Coleman (130) combined for four touchdowns in Palmdale’s 55-24 win over Littlerock. Quartz Hill’s Mike Brandenburg had 137 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-14 romp over Golden Valley. Marmonte League Three of the state’s top eight quarterbacks – Newbury Park’s Jordan LaSecla, Agoura’s Dominick Huerta and Thousand Oaks’ Ryan Cloney – are from the Marmonte League, as are four of the top 25 receivers: Newbury Park’s Josh Baker and Jordan Cameron, Agoura’s J.T. Wright and Thousand Oaks’ Matt Luft. LaSecla leads the state in passing yards (1,995) and touchdowns (24), Baker is second in receiving yards (871), and Cameron is tied for the lead in receiving touchdowns (11). Mission League St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge last week beat St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs for the first time since 1961. St. Paul, which joined the league in 2002, had outscored St. Francis in the previous three meetings by 77 points. St. Francis’ Scott Stephens intercepted his state-leading eighth pass in the victory over St. Paul. Pacific League Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta, which began the season 0-5 for the first time since 1987, won its first game Friday with a 38-12 victory over Hoover of Glendale. It was the Falcons’ 10th consecutive win over the Tornadoes. Glendale’s offensive philosophy wasn’t difficult to figure out clear in last week’s 28-18 loss to Pasadena. The Nitros ran the ball 60 times and passed only twice. James Clay ran for 260 yards on 38 carries with two touchdowns. Rio Hondo League With starting quarterback T.J. Trumbo sidelined with back spasms, La Canada turned to its running game and special teams to defeat South Pasadena 25-14 on Friday. Lavelle Peterson rushed for 113 yards and accounted for 12 of the Spartans’ points on two touchdowns. David Hopkins took care of the other 13 points, scoring a touchdown, kicking two field goals and an extra point. Sunset Six League Verdugo Hills of Tujunga last week beat Grant of Van Nuys for the first time since 1999. The setback was only Grant’s second in its past 26 league games. Grant’s run of four consecutive league titles was halted last year with a 47-18 loss to North Hollywood. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR RETIRING DONEGAL SENATOR JIMMY HARTE

first_imgJimmy was always a very capable and colourful politician. Here he is seen with Mrs Brown himself, Brendan O’Carroll.Tributes have been flowing in for retiring Senator Jimmy Harte.The Donegal politician, who suffered a serious head injury in a fall two years ago in Dublin, today announced his retirement from the Seanad.A by-election to replace Mr Harte is expected to take place in November. Tánaiste and Labour Leader Joan Burton TD today said “It is with sadness that I learned of Jimmy Harte’s resignation of his Seanad seat.“Jimmy has had an outstanding career as public representative for Letterkenny and Donegal.“He has made a significant contribution to the Seanad during his time there, bringing his background as a small-business owner to bear in his work.“Our thoughts have been with Jimmy and his family since his unfortunate accident in late 2013. I understand his recovery and rehabilitation is continuing and he is making a promising recovery. “On behalf of the Labour Party, I wish Jimmy, Mary and his family the very best for the future.”Former MEP Pat The Cop Gallagher said he was saddened to hear of Jimmy’s resignation.“I am sorry to learn of Jimmy Harte’s resignation from the Seanad,a decision which must be respected.Jimmy served with distinction as a member of Letterkenny Town Council,Donegal Co Council and Seanad Éireann.“He had all the necessary attributes to serve the people of his native Donegal as did his father Paddy before him having served as Councillor, Dáil Deputy and Minister. I hope Jimmy will continue to recover and enjoy life with his wife Mary and family. Le gach Dea ghuí.”TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR RETIRING DONEGAL SENATOR JIMMY HARTE 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:donegaljimmy harteletterkennySENATORlast_img read more

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