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Roscommon and District League Pay Tribute to Ray Kirrane and Johnny Riddell RIP

first_imgWith the passing of Ray Kirrane and Johnny Riddell the Roscommon and District League lost two of its best known and loved people in the course of a week. Both Johnnie and Ray played a big part in the success of the League particularly during its early years. Ray Kirrane started playing in goals for his native and forever loved Castlerea Celtic back in the sixties before the formation of the Roscommon and District League. He played a big part in the formation of the very successful Roscommon and District league in 1970 and was a Referee, Chairman, Committee Member and President in the intervening years. He had an absolute love affair with the game and was one of the great characters of the game and was known and loved by people from all over the Country. Very seldom does a group of footballing people meet in Roscommon East Galway area without Ray Kirrane’s name being mentioned.Johnny Riddell and Ray Kirrane were really close friends and many the hours they spent chatting together with a love of the game and the Roscommon and District League a common bond.As a young man Johnnie played for Ballinasloe Town but it was as a Referee he was known all over Connacht. He was a top class Referee in the Roscommon and District League for over thirty years. His common sense approach made him a first choice Referee all over the province. His warm personality endeared him to everyone and when you met Johnnie in his native Ballinasloe time seemed to fly as all the recent games and incidents were discussed.Rather unusually Johnny never drove a car but his patient wife Betty drove him to all the games and she was as well known and loved as Johnny.The Roscommon and District League would like to extend their sympathy to the Kirrane and Riddell family.To Ray’s wife Mary and their sons and extended family we extend our deepest sympathy. To Betty Riddell and their Sons, Daughters and extended family we also extend our deepest sympathy.Heaven will never be the same again.May they rest in peaceprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Nelson curler earns third trip to Provincials

first_imgThompson represented BC at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts and also competed in the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials for a chance to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.This is Small’s third Provincial qualification this season as he already qualified for the 2020 BC Men’s Provincial Championship in January with a Men’s team out of Penticton as well as his Mixed Doubles team with Nelson local Kristina Little was successful in qualifying for the 2020 BC Mixed Doubles Provincial Championship that takes place next week in Hope. Nathan Small of Nelson recently earned another spot at a provincial qualifying tournament.Small, competing on a rink based in Kelowna, successfully earned a spot at the BC Provincial Mixed Curing finals in Abbotsford at the beginning of April.The Sebastien Robillard rink from Maple Ridge earned a spot at the upcoming tournament. The team consists of Robillard, third Karla Thompson, and lead Amanda Guido, the latter two members from Kamloops.last_img read more

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Southland Conference, KP Sports Form Partnership

first_imgAbout KP SportsKP Sports, one of the fastest growing collegiate sponsorship, ticket sales, event marketing and consulting companies, has created highly successful partnerships with NCAA Intercollegiate Athletic programs, conferences and other sports clients. KP Sports’ unique model for delivering results is based on being a true extension of its partner’s vision and goals. KP Sports delivers outstanding revenue results by providing unique and valuable investment opportunities that are focused on building long term relationships with its corporate partners and clients. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and KP Sports and Entertainment, LLC have reached a multi-year partnership agreement in which KP Sports will serve as the exclusive sales and marketing representative for the Southland Conference. “The Southland Conference is excited to partner with KP Sports as our exclusive sponsorship sales and marketing representative,” Southland commissioner Tom Burnett said. “KP Sports has proven itself as a successful entity in collegiate athletics marketplace, and within the Southland Conference, and we look forward to growing our sponsorship and marketing opportunities in the years to come.” About the Southland ConferenceHaving commemorated its 50th anniversary in 2013, the Southland Conference is now in its sixth decade as a dynamic and respected consortium of 13 member universities in three states. Beginning with a historic meeting of five institutions in Dallas on March 15, 1963, the Southland Conference set on an extraordinary course that has proven successful well into its half century of existence. Current Southland member institutions include Abilene Christian University, the University of Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist University, the University of the Incarnate Word, Lamar University, McNeese State University, and the University of New Orleans, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Sam Houston State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.center_img  “We are excited to join commissioner Tom Burnett and his executive team of highly skilled professionals in enhancing and building upon the tremendous amount of success the Southland Conference has enjoyed over the past several years in creating a unique and valuable brand for its members and corporate partners,” Kerry Perry, president of KP Sports, said. KP Sports provides sales and marketing representation for several collegiate sports properties nationally including Southland Conference member institutions, McNeese State and Nicholls.last_img read more

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WATCH! Ballon d’Or finalists Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo’s top ten goals last season

first_imgRONALDO: MESSI: 1 The Ballon d’Or shortlist was revealed on Monday – and it was no surprise to see Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo make up the contenders.Neymar and Messi have been in great form for Barcelona for the past year, while Ronaldo continued to astound for Real Madrid despite a difficult year for the club.Check out the trio’s recent highlights and let us know who you think should walk away with the 2015 Ballon d’Or prize…NEYMAR: Ballon d’Or nominees Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar last_img

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NCAA volleyball: Arellano storms back, survives Perpetual

first_imgView comments PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives LATEST STORIES Maria Tripoli had 20 points while Cindy Imbo added 19 for the Lady Altas, whose lead over fourth-running San Sebastian in the standings is now just half a game after falling to 4-2.Perpetual Help shot itself in the foot with 43 errors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH PBA suspends Camson, Almazan, Miranda MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I just told them to play with heart,” Prado said in Filipino. “The games become more important as the season goes so we have to treat every game like there’s no tomorrow. It’s now or never.”After a tough first four sets, defending champion Arellano showed its composure and raced to a 10-1 start in the deciding fifth set.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte 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 SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University survived its toughest test yet, climbing back from two sets down to beat University of Perpetual Help, 22-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-5, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Chiefs leaned on their trio of Jovielyn Prado, Andrea Marzan and Regine Arocha, who combined for 50 points.ADVERTISEMENT “We played so bad in the first two sets so I made adjustments beginning the third set and things started to click,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier in Filipino after steering his squad to its 18th consecutive win dating back to last season.Prado scored 20 points with four blocks while Marzan and Arocha scored16 and 14 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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Zola: Morata must deal with Chelsea pressure

first_imgAlvaro Morata must embrace the weight of expectation at Chelsea as the misfiring forward continues to struggle, according to Gianfranco Zola.Morata has only managed five goals in the Premier League this season and seven in all competitions amid links with Sevilla and AC Milan.Chelsea spent around £60 million to prise Morata from Real Madrid in 2017 but the Spain international has struggled for goals and confidence after a promising start to life at Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! With doubts over Morata’s future in London, assistant coach Zola said the 26-year-old has to deal with the pressure at Chelsea.”It should be a motivational thing,” said Zola. “You are at Chelsea, you are not playing for Southampton or Brighton with all due respect to those clubs.”People expect a lot from the number nine at Chelsea. They expect a lot of goals and good performances. This is normal, he has to get used to it.”If he goes to another big club it’ll be the same – there is no way you can avoid your responsibilities.”It’s part of your job and if you can handle that then the better you’re going to be.”Zola added: “Technically Morata – and this is the reason we invested a lot in him this year – we thought he was the perfect number nine for us.”Maurizio [Sarri] has always said that. Technically without doubt he is one of the best in this position.”I think he has to improve a little bit tactically because nowadays with the type of football, football is so organised you need to get better tactically, your ability is not enough.”In my opinion he needs to improve on this. He’s been working on that, he has a good attitude. He feels that he doesn’t score enough and he feels a lot of responsibilities for that.”But he has to learn to put everything behind because these are only burdens that you take on the pitch and they don’t help you to perform better.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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CP Rail reports lower profits as Teamsters IBEW serve 72hour strike notice

first_imgCALGARY – Severe winter weather that left grain farmers complaining about poor rail service is being blamed for disappointing first-quarter earnings at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. as it deals with the potential for further disruption amid a possible strike this weekend.The company, which was handed 72-hour strike notices Wednesday by two unions representing about 3,400 of its workers, reported after markets closed that it earned $348 million in the first three months of the year, down from $431 million a year ago, despite a four per cent increase in revenue to $1.66 billion.Reported diluted earnings per share were $2.41, an 18 per cent decrease from $2.93 a year earlier, and short of analyst expectations of $2.64 according to Thomson Reuters.“The results we’ve just issued represent a very challenging quarter on the operating side with extreme cold temperatures and record snowfall,” CEO Keith Creel said on a conference call, adding the issues were compounded by supply chain constraints and increasing demand in some territories.On the labour dispute, Creel said he spoke with federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu and Transport Minister Marc Garneau on Wednesday morning and said they are hopeful a deal can be worked out to prevent a work stoppage that would hurt Canada’s economy.“I’m remaining open-minded and optimistic as well but I also have to be a realist and we have to plan with our customers to make sure they have contingency plans,” he said.“I hope that we do not have to execute our’s or their’s but certainly we’re taking steps as if we will.”The railroad is seeking a fair and balanced contract with its workers, he said, adding CP Rail won’t sign a “bad short-term deal.”Commodity shippers fear further disruptions in getting their products to market if the strikes go ahead.“A strike would just be another nail in the coffin of another really bad year for shipping,” said Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.“All winter, the railways were only delivering about 40 per cent of the cars that were requested for shipping grain so there’s a tremendous backlog of grain in the system right now.”He said some farmers are running short of cash because their crops aren’t being sold, adding the glut from a near-record crop last summer could last until next fall and cause problems with this year’s crop sales.Rail shipping of grain has been better recently, but still not satisfactory, with shippers reporting Canadian National Railway supplied cars for 83 per cent of demand while CP Rail rated 53 per cent in the week of April 2-8, said Greg Northey, director of industry relations with Pulse Canada, a member of the Ag Transport Coalition.A CP Rail work stoppage would also be “extremely detrimental” to the member companies of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada who rely on rail to ship about 80 per cent of their products, CEO Bob Masterson said in an open letter to Hajdu.Hajdu said in a statement Wednesday she is calling on the unions and CP Rail to negotiate in good faith and arrive at an agreement.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said earlier this week the government is watching the situation because of its implications for grain and other commodity movements, but remains hopeful the bargaining process will result in a solution.Both the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, representing about 3,000 CP Rail engineers and conductors, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, with about 365 signal and communications workers, cite a lack of progress at the bargaining table in issuing the strike notices.Absent a negotiated settlement, the unions say their workers will walk out at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.CP Rail said it presented the Teamsters with new three- and five-year agreement options on Monday and planned to present the IBEW with three- and five-year options on Wednesday.The Teamsters union reached a tentative deal with CN Rail last month for a new contract for about 1,700 workers. CN’s IBEW members ratified an agreement in April 2017.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:CP, TSX:CNR)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had inaccurate information about CN Rail’s IBEW contract.last_img read more

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Anil Sharma resigns from Himachal BJP cabinet; CM Thakur accepts resignation

first_imgShimla: Faced with tremendous pressures, Himachal Pradesh Power and Multi-Purpose Projects (MPP) Anil Sharma on Friday resigned from the cabinet but asserted that he will continue to serve as a member of the state assembly.”I have sent my resignation to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur this morning,” he told the Millennium Post, minutes after his resignation was delivered at Chief Minister’s office. The Chief Minister, who was campaigning in Mandi, confirmed about Sharma’s resignation that has been accepted. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The minister had been facing pressures from the BJP to make his position clear after his son Ashray Sharma, along with grandfather Sukh Ram (former telecom minister) had joined the Congress and also got the ticket to contest Mandi parliamentary election against sitting BJP MP Ram Swaroop Sharma. When asked about circumstances leading to his resignation, Sharma said, “I have been facing a serious dilemma after my son and father had joined the Congress. Though I had made my position clear to the Chief Minister the kind of statements and cheap remarks being made about me and my family left me very much hurt.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt’s now clear that Sukh Ram’s ambition to see his grandson Ashray Sharma rising has cost his son Anil Sharma dear. Sharma had joined the BJP in 2017 just before the assembly polls. Earlier, he was a cabinet minister in the Congress government. Ashray was instrumental in his entry to the BJP but now a reason for his exit too. The outgoing minister said on Thursday that the Chief Minister was in his constituency and tried to ridicule him publicly. This has hurt him and compelled to call it a day. He said, “I had no plans to make a political career when I contested by the first election in 1993. But my son definitely has an aptitude and interest to keep the legacy of his grandfather alive. I have decided not to stand by him. My status as a minister is not something bigger than the son’s career.” Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday mounted a fresh attack against Sharma. “You, despite being in my cabinet, kept contacting people to mobilise against BJP candidate. You even challenge the Chief Minister’s status saying it’s easy to be CM or MLA but impossible to be a leader. And, all these months your father (Pt Sukh Ram) frequently kept asking choicest portfolios to Anil Sharma and a Rajya Sabha seat to Ashray (grandson). What are you people (family) up to? I have so many secrets to tell as this family been a political opportunist.” When asked whether he will campaign for his son, Sharma said no in affirmative. “I will neither campaign for the Congress (i.e. his son) nor for the BJP,” he added. About Mandi seat, he said, “Wait and watch. It’s going to be a close finish. Ram Swaroop Sharma should not take shelter behind the Chief Minister if he wants to fight a battle. Let it be Ram Swaroop Sharma vs Ashray fight, not Jai Ram vs Ashray.”last_img read more

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Ex-IAF pilot’s wife murder: Police search for car which entered society

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police had questioned four to five persons including the family members of former IAF wing commander’s wife who was found dead at her house in Dwarka’s Sector-7 area.Police said that they are trying to trace a car in the case and they also suspect that the deceased might have been made unconscious and then killed. Investigators told Millennium Post that apart from robbery, different angles being probed. “We are tracing a car in the case which had entered the society. The number plate of the vehicle is not clear. Phone records being scanned in the case,” said the Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesinvestigator. “More than three teams closely working in the case. Some new facts came which is being investigated,” he added. Police sources further said that they are investigating whether the deceased Meenu Jain might have been unconscious when the accused killed her. “There are several things which are being checked,” added source. Police are also finding a cell phone which is currently off. A 52-year-old wife of a former IAF wing commander was found dead at her house in Dwarka, police said on Saturday. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe deceased has been identified as Neenu Jain. Neenu’s husband is a retired Indian Air Force wing commander and currently working as a commercial pilot with IndiGo. The couple has a son and a daughter. The son, who works in an MNC in Noida, visits his parents on weekends while the daughter is a doctor in Goa, police said. “The investigation is taken up by the team and we have already collected the CCTV from the society,” said a senior Police officer. The father of the deceased called her on Friday evening but she did not receive the phone. Thereafter, her father and brother came to see her at her flat in Air Force Naval officers Enclave in Dwarka Sector-7 but noticed that the gate of the house was locked from outside. Unable to get the door opened and suspecting something amiss, the duo then entered the house from her neighbour’s side. As they entered the house they saw Meenu Jain lying on the floor unconscious. A mobile phone, some cash and jewellery was found missing from the house, following which a case under sections 302 (murder) and 392 (robbery) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered and investigation initiated, police said.last_img read more

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Lessons from Tehri

first_imgSustainable approaches for urban water sanitation have gained firmer voices and more spaces for implementation in recent years. But some issues in our water management systems persist. One of them is the excessive dependence on water supply. Most urban areas have resorted to importing water from further and further away. Many large Indian cities have to source water from long distances, ranging between 50 and 200 kilometres due to exhaustion of remaining sources or pollution in nearby ones. Also Read – A special kind of bondAlong with an increased cost of raw water and losses due to leakage, such methods are ecologically unsustainable. The example of Tehri dam highlights this clearly. Popularised in national imagery as the tallest dam in Asia and as a technological feat, the dam supplies water to Delhi, situated about 300 km away. At 260.5 metres, the structure was built upon the waters of the Bhagirathi and Bhilangana tributaries of the Ganga. The river has been embedded in the cultural cosmology and livelihoods of the local population. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe Tehri jheel (lake), which formed as a result of this dam, submerged nearly 55 square kms of the fertile river valley. In Garhwal, where over 70 per cent population depends on agriculture for livelihood and only 12 per cent land can be used for cultivation, this proved to be calamitous. Even before the dam began functioning in 2006, it had submerged the town of Tehri and affected close to 125 villages. This led to the displacement of over 1 lakh people. But the sequence of such displacements continues due to silting and landslides along the reservoir’s periphery. The region is situated along the highly active Lower Himalayan fault line, where earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.5 or greater are highly probable. A study carried out by the National Geophysical Research Institute in 2012 found smaller earthquakes in a radius of 20 km linked to changes in reservoir levels at the Tehri dam. These added to the already existing menace of landslides which were common in the area due to deforestation and incessant constructions. There are several Tehris in the pipeline. To avoid this we must encourage knowledge which leads away from incessant supply of water. India’s future water needs stand compromised due to overdependence on conventional water supply and consumption frameworks. This demands a renewed focus on an inclusive approach towards urban water management. So, when the water gushes out of our taps next time, let’s be aware of its journey. (Saakshi Joshi is a Senior Research Associate with the Urban Water-Waste Management Unit, CSE. Her current work includes capacity building and policy research for urban water and sanitation management. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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