Wallabies great Shehadie dies

first_imgFormer Wallabies skipper Shehadie represented his county on 114 occasions and took part in 30 Tests, before assuming the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) presidency in 1980 and acting as a driving force behind the inaugural World Cup.He was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2011 in recognition of his impact on the sport, both on and off the field.”Today we mourn the loss of a great player, a great leader and visionary and a true gentleman, whose legacy to rugby fans around the world is the Rugby World Cup,” a statement from World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont read.World Rugby mourns the sad passing of Nicholas Shehadie #WorldRugbyHOF inductee #32 & Vernon Pugh award winner from 2008. A legend on and off the pitchpic.twitter.com/9XmHStkLjN— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) February 12, 2018″Sir Nicholas was an outstanding administrator, whose passion and determination was the driving force behind his enormous contribution to the global and domestic game at what was a pivotal time for the sport.”The thoughts of the global rugby family are with his family, friends and the Australian rugby community at this difficult time.”Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne said: “Not only have we lost one of our great Wallaby captains, we have lost a truly great Australian. His was an extraordinary life.”Sir Nicholas is one of the most revered figures in our game across the globe. He was a born leader, a gifted athlete, and an outstanding administrator who was instrumental in shaping the game both nationally and internationally through his various roles in rugby.”He was the first player to play over 100 matches for Australia, including 30 Test matches, but he was a man that transcended the game and is admired equally for his career in public life following his twelve years of international rugby.”Sad day for Australia with the passing of one of the greatest wallabies to play the game in Sir Nicholas Shehadie.. my condolences to Mick & the family— Quade Cooper (@QuadeCooper) February 12, 2018 Photo Getty Images. Caption: Wallabies great Nicholas Shehadie (centre)last_img read more

Arnett can punish lowly Waterhouse

first_imgPoints standingTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsMoBay United 18 9 7 2 29 11 18 34Portmore 18 10 4 4 19 14 5 34Arnett 18 10 2 6 27 15 12 32Humble Lion FC 18 7 7 4 14 12 2 28H.View 18 6 7 5 18 18 0 25Boys’ Town 18 7 4 7 21 23 -2 25Reno 18 5 8 5 17 19 -2 23UWI FC 18 6 4 8 17 25 -8 22Tivoli 18 5 4 9 23 26 -3 19Cavalier 18 4 6 8 11 18 -7 18Rivoli 18 4 5 9 19 25 -6 17Waterhouse 18 3 6 9 17 26 -9 15 After a short break for the holidays, the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) will resume today with five quality matches and another of equal importance tomorrow.Promoted team Portmore United, who trail leaders Montego Bay United on goal difference, will have the opportunity to overtake the St James-based team for, at least, 24 hours if they get the better of visitors Reno at Juici Park in Clarendon. Mid-table Boys’ Town will play away to the struggling Cavalier SC at Stadium East while relegation-threatened Rivoli United will host the improving Harbour View at the Prison Oval.Eighth-placed UWI FC have been steadily showing that they belong among the big boys, and a victory over fourth-placed Humble Lion will make believers of others besides their growing band of fans, but, perhaps, the most interest will be in the Arnett Gardens-Waterhouse match at Drewsland. The Drewsland-based team has experienced the greatest reversal of form of all the teams in the League and are now looking to their third coach for the season, Paul Young, to deliver them from their sorry position.No wins yetIn their two matches under Young’s guidance so far, Waterhouse have played to two draws, scored six goals while conceding six. The second was a 4-4 draw with Cavalier FC, where the score resembled an incomplete set of a tennis match. While it was good that Waterhouse scored goals, Kenroy Howell scoring three, it also showed that they are very porous as Cavalier have struggled all season to find the back of the net and had only scored seven from their previous seven games.The above situation could be very inviting to defending champions Arnett Gardens.”Despite their poor showing when Waterhouse play against Arnett Gardens, they usually come with their best effort,” said Arnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite, perhaps masking his excitement at the prospect of facing them.”They have a good coach in Paul Young and, under his charge, they have played two games and have drawn both. They also scored six goals and conceded six, so they have positives in terms of the goals that they have scored, but they have negatives in terms of the goals they have conceded, so we will see,” added the analytical Waite.Young is hoping he can move the team to safety and possibly a semi-final place.”The effort is there at training every day. The attitude is good and the team spirit is good, so I am looking to good things on Sunday,” Young told The Gleaner last Thursday at the Red Stripe Premier League’s weekly press briefing at Red Stripe.However, if they are able to get their act together on the field, they may have a good chance to surprise the defending champions as they will be without two of their key players in defensive rock, captain O’Neil ‘Bigga’ Thompson and midfielder Renae Lloyd. With Thompson out of the backline, Jermain Anderson, Howell, and company may have a greater chance of advancing on goal.At the other end, the home team will have to pay great attention to their former player, Kemal Malcolm, who is having his best Premier League season so far with nine goals to be third on the goal scoring table. With Rohan Amos looking way past his best and Nicholi Finlayson looking casual at best, that combination could be easing pickings for Malcolm and the rejuvenated Leon Strickland, also a former Waterhouse player. Both could be aiming to show Waterhouse what they are missing.Today’s Games:5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Boys’ Town – Stadium East3 p.m.: Portmore United vs Reno – Juici Park, Clarendon3 p.m.: Rivoli United vs Harbour View – Prison Oval3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Humble Lion – UWI Bowl, Mona6 p.m.: Waterhouse vs Arnett Gardens – Drewsland StadiumTomorrow’s game:8:40 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Tivoli Gardens – Montego Bay Sports Complexlast_img read more

Whyte dreams of leading Petersfield FC to glory

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Petersfield FC central midfielder Akeem Whyte thinks his team has the necessary pieces to put together a strong run for the Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League title.Petersfield, who defeated defending champions Savannah SC 2-1 in Sunday’s fourth-round match, are in a three-way tie for the lead in Zone One, with nine points, the same as Salt Marsh and Granville FC.The former Petersfield High School daCosta Cup standout has been asked to lead the team. He said so far, it has been a good learning experience.”We are currently second in the zone and are feeling confident. We always play to win, so a victory is always important to us,” Whyte said.At 19, Whyte is the league’s youngest captain, and though aware of the tremendous amount of pressure the role brings, he admits to enjoying the challenge.”I am still a very young man. I graduated school last year, but I know I am able to bring the team to the level of success we crave,” he said.Whyte was clearly a calming influence in his team’s win over Savannah on Sunday, and the attack-minded midfielder is hoping to make a mark with Petersfield, as they go in search of a first Super League crown and a chance to qualify to the Red Stripe Premier League.Petersfield striker Romario Whyte (no relation to Akeem), another of the team’s young guns, notched a double in the win.Whyte opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the seventh minute and added his second in the 46th. He could have had the league’s first hat-trick of the season, but his effort from close range was blocked on the line by a defender, to keep the score at 2-0 at half-time.Leaton Galloway scored the only goal in a stronger second-half performance from Savannah, which remain grounded on a single point and last in the zone after four matches played.Beaches Negril, in only their second year in the League, are out front in Zone Two, following their 2-1 win over Village United at Llandilo for seven points from four matches.Lucea FC were defeated 2-0 by Granville and remain winless in the league, while their victors held on to third in Group One, with that result and Clark’s Town, the Trelawny champions, edged Sandals Whitehouse 1-0 at Cedric Titus High School.last_img read more

Joseph Saye Guanue

first_imgHenry Mamulu is a Liberian writer, comedian and creator of the movie, “Imported Bride” By Henry M. Mamulu, student and eye witness.One of the things I am accused of is that I seem to never want to grow up. “A Long Summer Running.” It is a strength, not a weakness. But in a city like Me, Myself and I, where we begin to be big boys as soon as we put on long pants and girls become women long before their tay-tay can grow, that strength can keep you unemployed.You see, it is about appearances. Appearing to be doing something instead of actually doing it is what is important in Me, Myself and I.I remember the names of my first grade classmates at Saint Patrick’s Elementary in 1961-62 more keenly than I remember my 12th Grade classmates at Saint Patrick’s High School. Perhaps it was because we were the first generation of students who were vaccinated with the new, shining, gun-like instrument introduced by Public Health at the end of 1961. It replaced the straight pin that they stuck me with 22 times in 1960-1961. Believe me, I counted. That straight pin made one helliber sore on my arm that I can never forget. And the fever! You remember the scar it left?Or perhaps I remember all those boys from 1961 and ‘62 because they introduced me to ‘Mame Open Wide, Put the Pepper’. Or it could be because we all were traumatized by drilling in Pupu Platoon and booting (my man, we could not say ‘butt’ in our house, you said ‘hind’) on ourselves or it could be because of Joseph Saye Guanu, The Terrorist.The Principal of Saint Patrick’s Elementary was Father John O’Donavan. I don’t remember much except that he introduced Nonfat Dry Milk to the school which became the stimulus behind Pupu Platoon. Occasionally, he gave us chocolates that I want to believe was provided also by the Americans. Back then, every good thing that became bad for us apparently came from America as opposed to China and India these days.Two Liberian Teachers ran the school, John Tweh whom we called “Teacher Tweh” or “Chay Pay Chay” and Joseph Saye Guanue, “Teacher Guanu”.During those early years, even in Kru Boys School, as Saint Patrick’s Elementary was dubbed, we did not have or know any Krahn students — or rather no one identified himself as such. The warriors that we feared were the Grebo warriors. The tribe most respected by the Monrovia establishment, the Kru tribe.It was not until that other do-nothing President Tubman built Zwedru Multilateral and Teacher Chay Pay Chay went to teach there that we started to suspect that he really was not Kru.As the girls can say on the movie set, “the secret leaked out” in 1980.  John Tweh became Krahn, as did Edwin Zeelee; Salee Diggs became Salee Thompson and G. Alvin Jones who lived with Father E. George King became Gao Jones. So here we got one Teacher who was Krahn and the other Gio. Things that make you go Hmmm!!Both Teacher Chay Pay Chay and Teacher Guanue beat us like slaves on the plantation. Instead of Kru Boy School, Saint Patrick’s Elementary should be remembered as “my slave years” or “six years a slave”.  You see they had permission to discipline us as they saw fit. They were instructed to prepare us for the future.It was my Congo Mammie, Teacher Ora Dennis who married the Madinka man Teacher Moses Mamulu and had Vivian, Judy, Maggie, Boikai and Mr. Red Head Henry, who brought the damned rattan to school and gave it to Tweh and Guanue. Then when the “heathen raged and imagined a vain thing,” they said “the tender mercy of the heathen is…” However, I got to gave it to Teacher Chay Pay Chay . Every Friday he took us into the church (away from the trauma) and taught us songs, songs I remember today.Later on during the war they say one man was cutting another man’s neck and telling him none-mind-yah, as he cut his neck from the back.Teacher Guanue on the other hand never sang or smiled for that matter and seemed to take it all personally. I was made to feel that his only joy came from brutalizing us, but particularly the Congo children even though he actually was an equal opportunity sadist.Teacher Guanue was handsome, neat and very sharp. He was articulate and that was inspiring in itself. John Tweh was light-skinned, had a big nose and small beady eyes. He appeared to have a secret and was not going to tell. Teacher Guanue, on the other hand, had nothing to hide. He was in your face or flesh all the time.Here are the names of the brave warriors who scuffered (that’s a Congo term) as opposed to suffered at the hands of the “raging heathens who imagined a vain thing”.  In previous writings we described a heathen as not an indigenous, but a person so bent on carrying out his agenda he had no place for a compromise.Crispin Jones, Michael Itoka, Julius Weeks (son of Rocheforte who got pulled out of the school after being Guanuerized by Teacher Guanue), Michael Wilson, Phillip Cummings, Robert Cole, Augustine Myers (Sapkah Myers’ big brother), Anthony Gray, Ralph and Anthony Taplah, Eric and Samuel Davies, Nathaniel “solo Baby” Brownell, Alexander Montgomery (his father had tailor shop in front of Heinz and Maria), Mozart Bernard (pronounced Musa), Hans Massaquoi,  Christopher Sirleaf, Harry Gargar, Sylvester Blibo, Wibur Kesselly, George Morris, Gregory Johnson, James Sirleaf, Ian Yhap (got rescued when he was sent to Ricks), Gerald Richards’ big brother, Hamilton Jones, Reynold Stubblefield (could play football) and Pickney King. I kept Pickney for last because Joseph Saye Guanue beat that child unmercifully. It seemed as if Pickney was the embodiment of all Saye hated about the Congo people even back then and he was going to snuff it out before it grew any stronger.Pickney lived on Newport Street across from the Group of Seventy-Seven and next to Total Gas Station. His father Pickney King Sr. drove an old truck. He was a farmer and did not work in government at this time. Perhaps he was rich but it did not show. He had sent his sons Pickney and Derrick to England and they returned to Monrovia by 1960 or so. In those days it rained for two weeks straight and there was nothing, absolutely nothing to keep one dry going to or coming from school, except maybe a car.Well Mr. King had his old truck and Pickney had come from England. Coupled with the fact he was not really good at history, which was Saye Guanue’s area and spelling, could also be the reasons WHY Teacher Guanue’s apparent quest to exterminate, purge and rid Liberia once and for all of the Congo menace represented by Pickney, it would seem.One week the rains just poured and poured. By Friday everybody in first grade had fresh cold and their book bags were soaking wet. We saw Teacher Guanue’s shadow come down the hall. John Tweh had just left after taking his pound of flesh and now entered the Main Bad Man in the show, Teacher Guanue.  The guy was bad like a war show.It was like the end of days. I remembered clearly the wailing and gnashing of teeth. Every breath one took produced a fresh snot bubble. As we inhaled, snot bubbles went in and as we exhaled, snot bubbles came out. We whimpered and silently called out for our Pa to come help us. We were at Kru Boy School and the slave masters owned us, lock stock and barrel.So by Thursday we were wet like drowning rats and sick like cats left out in the rain. Those days no one stayed home because they had cold. What one did was share it with your class mates. So there we were, every nose running green snot and entered Pickney Jr. King. My man took off his rain boots and it smelled like something had died in it. We knew that was cause for a beating but Jr. King did not.Teacher Guanue was making one of his scary rounds and smelled the funk. He asked “what’s stinking in here?” Who was fool to answer, Jr. King! “That my boots,” the slave replied to the slave master, Simon Legre, you know the character from Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Simon Legre Guanue responded with a nasty slap. Jr. King did not cry but got off the floor looking bewildered as to the reason for the whack. Jr. said again “but that my boots!!” And that’s what sent Joseph Simon Legre Guanue over the top.That man started whipping Pickney in front of us. Some students peepeed, some cried, all made snort bubbles but were all petrified into immobility.When they say dying man strong, that not lie. Jr. King broke away and jumped out the window. He ran as if chased by the hounds from hell straight down Newport Street to his Pa house. The green snot, now mixed with the blood and looked like Monrovia Rock when it now melt, was all over his shirt. As for us and Joseph Saye Simon Legre Guanue we all knew there was going to be retributions. Mr. King Sr. had the reputation of being one of those “Razor Bottom My Shoe” Congos who also was a gun-toting, all-night-hell-raising of a fellow. The stage was set for the preamble of the Civil War.Through the eyes of faith — wait now, when your Pastor says it you can believe oh but now you want to question my faith? I saw everyone in that class get up at three thirty (who could sleep) for the show about to unfold at Kru Boy School. Me-pah, Six o’clock I was out the door and ran on barracks road pass ATS, heading for Kru Boy School. I got there and my first-grade class was already assembled for the Pledge of Allegiance.Then we heard Old Man King’s “duazeh” (“old car” another Congo term) coming. Teacher Guanue swallowed his first spit. Old Man King drove in front of Saint Patrick’s Elementary and true to his reputation jumped out the car before it hit full stop. He was on Teacher Guanue like a leopard on a hapless deer. First grade exploded into cheers as Teacher Guanue’s whipping at the hands of Pickney King Sr. began. Father O’Donavan ran around like his gown was on fire trying to restore order but we cheered our Champion Pickney Mohammed Ali King on. Teacher Guanue was rescued by Teacher James Bernard another whipper who whipped me until my back got purple. I went home and Sis. Ora wanted to whip me again. When they took off my shirt and saw my red back all purple she broke down and cried.Well, order was restored, our liberator at least for one day got back into his truck and we went to class.That night no one in First Grade did his homework. It was Thursday. So, Friday we got homework again and no one did anything for the weekend. Monday, we got to school and Fr. O ‘Donavan had arranged a program and had the Nuns from the Convent there also. If Kru Boy School had order, then Convent with Clara Doe, Clara Tunney, Judith Mamulu, Olga Hash, and Sonia Burrows would have had order too. First Grade was marched up on stage and whipped for not doing homework. A public execution of sorts. So, come 1980 and they played “we want to know who owned the land”, I smiled. Joseph Saye Guanue had already prepared me for the reality of the day. Therefore, I want to thank him and Teacher Chay Pay Chay for the good work that they did preparing us for the brave, new future of Liberia.Happy 26 and I hope and pray that we get our independence someday!!!Thanks, Sirs!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Reports – Blow for Man United? Fiorentina place Red Devils target top of their summer wishlist

first_img Matteo Darmian in action for Torino Fiorentina have placed Manchester United target Matteo Darmian at the top of their summer shopping list, according to reports in Italy.The 25-year-old is currently impressing for Torino after starring for Italy at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil.Numerous clubs were linked with a move during the recent January window, including Tottenham and Napoli.Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is also reportedly a huge fan of the right back and it is thought the 20-time English champions will move for him in the summer.However, according to La Nazione, Fiorentina have made Darmain their number one summer transfer target.Torino are reluctant to part with the defender though and will only sell their prized asset if clubs table bids of over £15m. 1last_img read more

‘We’ll buy a team for the rematch!’ Klopp relaxed about Liverpool fixture congestion

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp shrugged off the prospect of having to play yet another match after a goalless draw at home to West Ham meant an FA Cup fourth-round replay.A ninth match in 29 days forced the Reds boss, who is still managing a number of injuries, to make wholesale changes to his side but the younger players he brought in acquitted themselves well and should probably have won the game.As it is they will have to go to Upton Park the week after next, meaning they have lost the chance of a much-needed break with a seventh successive midweek now pencilled in.“There is nothing to say. It is how it is. I think the most important thing is everyone could see our line-up was not disrespectful to the FA Cup,” said Klopp.“It was the other way around. We thought this was the best chance for us to go through.“They have not played together often but this young team did really well.“We had a good structure. We had chances. We should have scored in one of the other situations. At the end it is a draw. Now we play again.“We have another game against Everton we have to find a place for (it has been moved because of Liverpool’s place in the Capital One Cup final).“With all the things we did until now the only things we have created are next games.”Klopp was asked whether the extra games would affect what business he does before Monday’s closing of the transfer window.“We buy a team for the rematch? Ten players or 11?” he joked.“It should not be the reason, one game more.“We could rest the team [who played against] Stoke so we will have fresh legs against Leicester (on Tuesday). That is good news.“It doesn’t feel brilliant in this moment but when we go to West Ham we will have the chance to go again into the next round.“Hopefully one of the players will come back from injuries in the next few weeks.”last_img read more

DONEGAL GIRLS HOPING TO ‘BOWL’ COMPETITION OVER WITH NEW PRODUCT

first_imgA group of Loreto girls from Letterkenny are hoping to flush out all competition with their unique school product. Five innovative young students from Loreto Convent Letterkenny have recently began to make and sell their own unique product ‘Royal Flush’.It is an all natural, luxury scented cleaning product for toilets. They believe it would be fantastic for when you would be expecting visitors. You simply pop one in the toilet after use and flushing. Around twenty to forty minutes later you will be able to smell your chosen scent until after the reuse. As it’s an all natural product it will not stain or damage your toilet.There are five scents to chose from, Hollyberry, Eucalyptus, Orange, Spice and Lavender. The Royal Flush colours are matched to each scent. One jar of any scent costs €3.50 but you can buy two jars for €6.Royal Flush will be available to purchase in Magees Chemist and Donegal Tile Centre. You can also order your own jar on facebook @ Royal flushThe girls spend lunchtimes and spend time after school in the science labatory carefully making and testing out their product. They start by putting all the dry ingredients in the bowl and then they add the liquids and oils drop by drop. They then make the mould and put them in the jar. The product has become popular with a number of people already and the girls hope to catch the eyes of many more in the coming weeks. The girls look forward to entering competitions and gaining business experience.‘’We have learnt that hard work is followed by success’’.  DONEGAL GIRLS HOPING TO ‘BOWL’ COMPETITION OVER WITH NEW PRODUCT was last modified: February 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:donegalletterkennyLORETO CONVENTRoyal Flushlast_img read more

Arsenal to complete signing of Borussia Dortmund star ‘next week’, claim reports

first_img Sokratis Papastathopoulos is reportedly on his way to the Emirates Stadium Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc revealed on Wednesday that the Gunners are closing in on a deal for the defender.And, according to Press Association Sport, the Greek is expected to put the finishing touches to a deal, reported to be in the region of €20million (£18million), which will see him head to north London next week.The Gunners are also said to be working on a deal for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, away on World Cup duty with Uruguay, as Emery looks to bolster the squad he inherited from Arsene Wenger this summer. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST targets RANKED Arsenal are set to complete the £18million transfer of Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos next week, according to reports. moving on center_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 1 IN DEMAND The 30-year-old Greek centre-back has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer after he ‘snubbed’ Manchester United.New Gunners manager Unai Emery has already signed Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus and goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.And it appears Sokratis is set to become the third new summer arrival at Arsenal.last_img read more

A great start, but Pochettino says he feels ‘worst’ in five years at the club

first_img OFF no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 3 Mauricio Pochettino claims this season has seen him experience his “worst feeling” as Tottenham manager even though this is the club’s best ever start to a Premier League season.Spurs have 21 points from their opening nine games and a victory over Manchester City at Wembley on Monday night would see them go above Pep Guardiola’s men. “Sometimes people expect that we should be winning or we must win titles when the circumstances are not ideal.“Everything is not perfect but we are in a circumstance and a project that is completely different to another club, at the moment.“But maybe when we arrive to the new stadium in the future, we will be in the same project, or we are going to act the same as other teams are acting like Liverpool, City, United, Chelsea and Arsenal.”Pochettino confident Wembley pitch will be playable for Manchester City clash Spurs can rise to third with a victory over the Citizens Latest Tottenham Hotspur News “The circumstance that happened in the last years, I think the club is not focused completely in winning titles or winning games,” he said.“We have a lot of focus and you know very well when you are competing with sides like we are in Champions League and Premier League, the most important thing is to fight in the same conditions as others.“Today, we spend a lot of energy in many things. One is to win games, but the club need to be all focused in trying to win titles.“Because today we need to fix other problems and different circumstances that happen that don’t help the team or the club to only be focused on winning titles. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Pochettino admits his side will not be able to challenge City until they move into their new stadium REVEALED REVEALED center_img What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas “This season, my feeling is the worst.“I don’t know, it’s so difficult to explain because many things happen, I am disappointed we are still waiting for the new stadium when the expectation was to be there at the beginning of the season.“I don’t know, many things happened in the summer, many things that make myself not in my best mood or best humour.“I know I always have a good relationship with the media but my feeling is not the best feeling, I had better feeling in previous seasons.”As well as Spurs have done in the league this season, Pochettino accepts they are unlikely to be able to challenge the likes of City until they are in their new stadium. Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ 3 punished 3 Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January But it has been a difficult time for Pochettino as Tottenham’s new stadium is facing ongoing construction delays with the club announcing on Friday the rest of their 2018 home games will be at the national stadium.The boss suffered more frustration as Spurs became the first club in Premier League history not to sign anyone during the summer transfer window, something that was hardly ideal given nine of their World Cup players did not report back until five days before the new season began.They are on the brink of a Champions League exit after picking up just one point from their opening three group games but their domestic form has been good.Pochettino admits his mood has been “the worst”.“The season so far, it’s strange because my feeling is the worst feeling I’ve had in the five years that I’ve been here,” he said. “It’s the worst. My feeling, but it’s the best start ever for the club in the Premier League. It’s strange, no? Despite their great start to the league season, their prospects of reaching the Champions League last 16 are looking bleak targets Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker last_img read more

LETTERKENNY FACILITY WINS BEST TRAINING CENTRE IN IRELAND

first_imgNational Learning Network in Letterkenny has been named as the country’s ‘Best Training Centre’ at the National Service Users Executive (NSUE) annual awards.The award was presented by Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister of State, Mental Health, Disability and Older People, at an event in St Patrick’s University Hospital.The centre, located in Rossview Business Park, Letterkenny, won the award having scored the highest mark in its category in NSUE’s annual national survey. Over 1,500 people completed the survey which asked them to evaluate the mental health services that they receive. National Learning Network in Donegal is the first non-Health Service Executive (HSE) service to win an award in the history of the event.National Learning Network offers a range of rehabilitative and vocational training courses funded by the HSE and FÁS, which allow people who need extra supports the opportunity to gain the qualifications that they want in a way and at a pace that suits their needs.The courses, which receive national and international accreditation from organisations such as FETAC and ECDL, are taught by instructors who tailor their teaching methods to the individual needs of students depending on the challenges that they face.In the past year, more than 90 per cent of students who completed programmes with National Learning Network at centres throughout the country have progressed to employment or further training and education. Commenting on the award, Marie Kelly, Director of Training and Employment Services, Rehab Group, said “This is a great day, not only for our service in Letterkenny, but for the organisation as a whole. We are truly delighted to win this award.“It is a wonderful acknowledgement of the high standards of the training and education we provide by the people best placed to comment on them – the people who actually use our services every day. National Learning Network continually strives for excellence in all that we do and our centre in Letterkenny is a prime example of the commitment of our staff to go that extra mile for our students.”As part of its commitment to supporting mental health and in response to the mental health strategy A Vision for Change, five years ago National Learning Network introduced the WRAP programme to support people in its centres.WRAP, or Wellness Recovery Action Plan, is a self-management and recovery system developed by a group of people who had mental health difficulties and who were struggling to incorporate wellness tools and strategies into their lives. It aims to decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviours, increase personal empowerment, improve quality of life and assist people in achieving their own life goals and dreams.Representatives from National Learning Network will later this month travel to the United States to present their experience of using the WRAP mental health programme at a prestigious international conference, WRAP Around the World. National Learning Network has a proud track record of excellence in its service provision, most recently evidenced by its awarding of the coveted European Quality in Social Services Award for all of its services, the first organisation in Europe to gain this recognition.* About National Learning Network in DonegalNational Learning Network in Donegal currently caters for 62 learners in Letterkenny and provides the vocational programmes Employer-Based Training, IT and Business Studies and JobStart and the rehabilitative programmes Access, Advance and Prospects. The centre also provides courses to over 60 students in the following areas: ECDL, Healthcare Assistant Traineeship and Business Administration (due to start 25 Feb 2013) and has recently secured a contract to provide Transition Action Planning (TAP), a free support service for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or with an intellectual disability with autistic tendencies to facilitate their transition from school or children’s services to educational, rehabilitation and vocational services.LETTERKENNY FACILITY WINS BEST TRAINING CENTRE IN IRELAND was last modified: February 4th, 2013 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:letterkennyMinister Kathleen LynchNational Learning NetworkRossview Business Parklast_img read more