Lealiifano rescues Ulster

first_imgAshton Hewitt’s second try of the game three minutes from time looked to be decisive in a thriller at Rodney Parade, but Ulster refused to accept defeat.Lealiifano had the final say, the fly-half going over right at the end for a try which he was unable to convert, ensuring it was honours even to leave Ulster four points behind Conference B leaders the Scarlets.Ulster led 27-15 with only 14 minutes to play after Craig Gilroy helped himself to a double, but three tries in the space of 11 minutes from Liam Belcher, Angus O’Brien and Hewitt turned the game in the Dragons’ favour until Lealiifano struck.Glasgow have now won 10 out of 10 in the competition after seeing off the Blues 40-16 at Scotstoun.The runaway Conference A leaders scored six tries in a one-sided encounter and were given a big helping hand by Taufa’ao Filise, red-carded only 29 minutes in for a dangerous high tackle on George Turner.Sam Johnson and Alex Dunbar went over in the first half, with Ruaridh Jackson, Samuela Vunisa, Leo Sarto and Nikola Matawalu scoring five-pointers in the second as the Warriors claimed another bonus-point win.Southern Kings’ wait for a first win in the competition goes on after Sam Hidalgo-Clyne came off the bench to score a second-half hat-trick in Edinburgh’s 48-21 success at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Photo Getty Images. Caption: Christian Lealiifano is on loan at Ulster from Brumbieslast_img read more

Franklyn Rose ordeal!

first_imgUpon return to Jamaica by way of deportation, former West Indies paceman, Franklyn Rose, is claiming racial injustice and wrongful deportation and recounted his story “for public information on racial profiling predominantly in a Caucasian environment”.Speaking in an interview via the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), the Jamaican shared: “I need to let people know what really happened. I am disappointed in the New Zealand immigration system. I am very disappointed,” he said of being locked up abroad and then deported.Rose’s attorney is currently pursuing the matter, and the former cricketer wants Jamaicans to understand he was not a lawbreaker.”I want people to understand my side of the story, to set the record straight,” Rose said.Rose entered a professional contract with New Zealand Cricket playing and coaching at the club level in 2010. He played two years at that level before his contract ended. Rose said he had high hopes of retaining a new contract, but it was not to be.He said that in 2012, he was victim of a traumatic racial assault.According to the Jamaican, four Caucasian men used racially discriminatory words while attacking him in an attempt to steal his car.THEY BEAT ME”They beat me down. One (guy) missed my head and chopped me on the hand,” said Rose, who was subsequently admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at hospital for three days before being released, according to him, prematurely.”The nurses kicked me out; (they) said they needed to care for other patients. After a day my friend had to take me back to the hospital. I was having some serious pains. The doctors told me I had a blood clot in my lungs and I had nerve damage in my hand,” said Rose.The former cricketer said there was no arrest related to his assault, even though the incident was reported to the police.”I reported the incident to the police, but because of the colour of my skin, they thought I was in a gang or something.”By the time he got kicked out of hospital, Rose’s cricket career was virtually over and he was on his own to pay the medical bills.”They thought that I was addicted to drugs or pain medication or something. They knew I was sick, though, that I had a blood clot. I ended up going to a private hospital instead,” he outlined, adding that he felt that his rejection was influenced by his race.Rose added that the private hospital fees were as high at US$1,500 per day, which he paid out of pocket. He was discharged after a week.He explained that the severity of his health condition and the fact that he had to be taking medication disallowed him from flying back home to Jamaica.Thus, he stayed in New Zealand for another two years while seeing various health specialists weekly to assist with his recovery.”I was prescribed very strong medication Warfarin. That’s a blood thinner. I also had internal bleeding in my brain; that meant more hospital fees and medication, and I was advised by the doctors that I could not travel by air,” he stressed.Rose admitted that it was depressing not being able to play cricket.”One morning, the police came knocking on my door. They questioned me about my immigration status and asked for my medical documents. I told them everything and gave them all my documents,” Rose said.”They put me on a reporting order. I had to report to the police station every Wednesday at 9 a.m. I did that religiously,” he said.Rose stressed that everything seemed well until eight weeks ago when the police came to his house at 6 a.m. and “dragged me out”.ALLEGED RAPERose said, to his dismay, he was told that he was under investigation for an alleged rape incident.”I was so confused. I know that it was a lie and they treated me like I was nothing.”Rose said he was advised that, irrespective of his medical condition, he would be deported because of his overstay.Rose added that while in court, the judge advised him there were no flights available for his deportation.”They threw me in prison for 10 days, among murderers, rapists and other convicts. It was crazy; I know I didn’t belong there.” Rose said.”I couldn’t get to use the shower. I couldn’t brush my teeth for 10 days and I didn’t even get my medication until after eight days of being locked up. I could have died in that cell. I was so depressed.”Rose recalled: “I was finally given shower privileges, but no one told me that each shower lasted for only five minutes. They cut off the water while I was soaped up. I had to wash off myself with the water from the toilet.”After spending 38 days in prison, he said he was taken out of his cell and escorted to the airport.”They put me in one of those prison trucks. They treated me like a criminal.”He was then seated at the back of the plane and placed under high security.He added that he is looking forward to full recovery, while enabling him to make a contribution to cricket.last_img read more

Follow the Trace | JFF should learn from Butler

first_imgThe emergence of young Jamaican footballer Leon Bailey on the world stage and the ensuing controversy it has sparked in local football circles is a clear index of exactly what is wrong with Jamaica’s football. Bailey’s haphazard journey was plotted and piloted by his eccentric guardian, mentor and manager, Craig Butler, who is currently sparing no punches for the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), especially as young Bailey continues to grab the attention of some of the big clubs in Europe. Butler’s eccentricity aside, his intent, his commitment, his belief and his conviction to create opportunities for his young players have begun to bear fruit, with Bailey’s coming to age as a genuine star of the modern game. The timing of the 19-year-old’s emergence is a slap in the face of the failed philosophy by the JFF, for its perennial scouting of England-born players to represent the national team, instead of a structured plan of development of our young local-based player core. National coaches and scouts never had Bailey. The seemingly inherent prejudice against local-born and bred players probably denied them the qualities that the top clubs in Europe are now going after. The widespread myopia infecting local football authorities may have contributed to blocking the recognition of Bailey’s sublime skills, his frightening pace, his passion, desire and competitiveness, qualities attributed to him by several scouts and managers across Europe, including former Dutch international and one-time coach of Ajax Amsterdam, Frank De Boer. Such scant regard is symptomatic of a wider short-sightedness, rooted in an inherent lack of belief and lack of faith in the quality of young Jamaican players. That same narrowness of thought has evolved into a severe myopia that has seen many talented, young, Jamaican players dispatched into obscurity over the years. The misguided and now discredited extremity of chasing countless mediocre England-born and based players with questionable commitment to Jamaica has stifled the development and emergence of an entire generation of Jamaica-born players. Fortunately, Bailey was rescued from this cycle by the vision of Butler via his Phoenix Academy. Say what you want about Butler, the fact of the matter is that he dared to have a vision and he dared to venture outside the box in pursuit of that vision. What he did was not rocket science or a reinvention of the wheel, it was a simple and basic fundamental of sport; he invested his entire life in the unearthing and development of young players, proceeding to develop strategic networks and working relationships with some European clubs If Bailey achieves anything near his highly touted potential as a player, then Butler would be better able to upgrade and intensify his operation. We should all wish him more success. As difficult as it must be, the leadership of the JFF should at least look at what Butler is doing and hopefully they will learn at least the most basic of lessons: that football development is all about investment in young players. A word to the wise is sufficient.last_img read more

Tourist on visiting cruise ship robbed

first_imgOne of the 77 tourists who arrived in Guyana on the MS Serenissima was robbed of his belongings in the wee hours of Saturday morning at Lombard Street, Georgetown.Based on reports, 40-year-old Neil Horrocks reportedly arrived at Lombard Street, Georgetown, in a taxi at about 01:00h after leaving a popular Main Street, Georgetown, nightspot.After he exited the taxi, he was pounced on by two men who demanded that he hand over his valuables. The perpetrators made their escape with a quantity of cash and the tourist’s credit card.During the encounter, Horrocks received injuries about his body and was treated by a doctor on board the MS Serenissima. A report was filed to the police.The vessel arrived in Guyana on Friday morning and was docked at the Guyana National Shipping Corporation’s (GNSC) port. There are 77 travellers and over 50 crew members on board.Earlier last year, the Chief Constable, Andrew Foo had labelled the Stabroek Market and its immediate surroundings as one of two criminal hotspots for petty thieves who linger and rob persons.“There’s a trend emerging where I would say what in terms to be ‘soft targets’. They tend to look at persons who may be possibly foreigners or tourists because in most cases, when they’re robbed, some don’t make official or formal police reports.They tend to just leave the country,” he was quoted as saying.last_img read more

Pestano now in elite Regional 50-Over ranks

first_imgBy Clifton RossAfter his match-winning hat-trick against Regional Super50 hosts Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Guyanese speedster Clinton Pestano has joined an elite group of bowlers who achieved a hat trick during the 42-year history of 50-Over cricket.Pestano created his own bit of history when he became only the second seamer behind Kieron Pollard to achieve a hat trick. Ironically, one of his hat-trick victims was Pollard. Pestano is the 5th overall bowler to accomplish the phenomenon.Clinton PestanoWith 10 wickets to his name in this competition, the 25-year-old is one of the leading fast-bowling wicket-takers. Currently placed 4th on the list, Pestano is closely trailing his teammate, spinner Ramaal Lewis, who has 11 wickets.The Berbician Pestano accounted for the big scalps of top-scorer Lendl Simmons, who hit 70 with six fours and three maximums; along with the experienced duo of all-rounders Keiron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, who were both out caught for ducks as Guyana broke the Red Force’s win streak to inflict on them a 75-run thrashing in their own backyard.Of those who sit in that elite bowling company from various times in 50-Over history, some have gone on to represent the West Indies, and this is a credit to the class the Guyanese fast-bowler now enjoys.Ex- Trinidad & Tobago/West Indies spinner Rajindra Dhanraj earned his honours versus Guyana at the legendary Bourda Oval back in 1996. The “Googly” specialist played 4 Tests and 4 One Day Internationals (ODI) during a period in the 90s; ending with 18 wickets in total from both formats.Dhanraj got rid of the Guyana big three in ex-Windies Captains Ramnaresh Sarwan and all-rounder Roger Harper and batsman Kenneth Wong. Pollard, who now features as both hero and villain, should feel honoured as he, too, got to bowling fame by dismantling the Leeward Islands at the same Bourda Oval in 2008.The medium-pacer, who occasionally bowls light spells these days, whether it be international or franchise cricket, was more lethal in his younger days of Regional cricket. His victims were veteran all-rounder Wilden Cornwall; current Leeward Islands Hurricanes skipper Devon Thomas, and his teammate, Hurricanes batsman Justin Athanaze.Rajindra DhanrajAnthony Martin, the Antiguan leg-break spinner who played 9 One Day Internationals (ODI) and one T20 International for the West Indies in 2011, dismantled the Windward Islands at Sabina Park in Jamaica in the 2010 season. He snared the wickets of batsman Lyndon James, ex-Windies spinner who currently plays for the Windward Volcanoes Shane Shillingford, and pacer Mervin Matthew.Mystery spinner turned opening-batsman Sunil Narine was the last bowler to achieve the feat against the Windward Islands Hurricanes, who went on to win the title last season. Narine’s battleground was the Three W’s Oval, and his fatalities were Volcanoes batsman Kavem Hodge, pacer Delorn Johnson and Windies ODI specialist bowler Kesrick William.With 5 five rounds left before the semi-finals, Pestano could easily end as the leading wicket-taker should he continue his venomous bowling form. Group ‘A’ table-leaders Guyana, with 20 points, are seeking to lift the title after more than a decade, and will be keen on going into the latter part of the championships with as many points and as much confidence as they can muster from the remaining matches.last_img read more

Donegal Dynamo through to semi-final of nationwide talent search

first_imgOver the past few years Dylan Murray from Burtonport has stunned fans with amazing tricks and illusions that are seemingly unexplainable.This weekend he will make the trip down to Dublin for the semi-final of Ireland’s Talent Search.Dylan, the reigning winner of Derry’s Got Talent, sailed through the video stage and is now set for an audition, which will take place tomorrow at Wynn’s Hotel in Dublin. If he makes it through, he goes straight to the Grand Final in the lavish Hilton Hotel in November. Speaking about the semi-final, Dylan says; “I’m really excited but a bit nervous. I haven’t practiced too much for it yet. I like to run over it the day before the show. I have some really good new stuff I think I’m going to showcase! I always practice on my own; I always go with my own feeling.”As all of the other competitors are singers, Dylan will stand out and really wow the judges.“I have a few new tricks put together, I think I’m going to do two card tricks, along with psychological magic.”As part of his performance, Dylan will do a trick involving psychological magic and then save a huge prediction if he gets through to the final. Speaking about how he invents his astounding tricks, he said; “It just takes a lot of patience and thinking outside of the box to create new things”.We’re positive there are many huge things to come for this illusionist extraordinaire!To keep up with Dylan and to check out some of his other illusions you can find him on Facebook.Good luck to Dylan from all at Donegal Daily!Donegal Dynamo through to semi-final of nationwide talent search was last modified: October 8th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegaldublinDylan Murrayillusionsirelands talent searchMagicianyoung magicianlast_img read more


first_imgFINN HARPS manager Peter Hutton has tonight insisted he wasn’t attacking the Board of the club when he bemoaned the lack of resources for the Ballybofey outfit.In a lengthy statement on the football club’s official website, the Harps boss said he didn’t want comments made after Friday’s game with Mervue taken out of contest.Here is his statement in full: It has come to my attention that comments made by myself following the recent Mervue game have been attributed in some way to me inferring that the Board is in some way to blame for our poor league campaign. This is certainly not my point of view and I would like to clarify my comments which I accept, could have been articulated much better.First and foremost, our league campaign has unquestionably been very poor after our early season promise, and for that I take sole responsibility.I am employed as the manager of this football club and I will not blame anyone else for this, while yes, there have been contributing factors but overall there are no excuses. I have certainly learned a great deal in my first season managing a senior club and no doubt will continue to learn every day. I more than anyone have a huge respect for the chairman, the board, and the volunteers of this club who give huge time and commitment.My comments were intended to highlight that I strongly feel we need a fresh impetus and investment to move the club forward to the next level. If the club is serious about promotion then the current board needs help, support and investment in order to have a realistic chance of obtaining that goal. When I refer to investment for the club I meant investment in the infrastructures of the club, not just on the playing budget. There is an ever increasing amount of administration, information gathering and co-ordination required if we are to continue to upgrade the footballing operations here. Structures like strength and conditioning, sports nutrition and video analysis are considered as a necessity for modern football. These are all elements I introduced prior to the season and I believe they certainly helped, but due to a lack of finance the club had to end these early in the season. This was extremely frustrating for all concerned but unavoidable due to the sustainability of the club naturally taking precedence. These components are now all essential requirements of a progressive club and help set a professional approach and mindset, but they obviously cost money. The sustainability of the club is and always should be paramount and nobody disputes that, but what I’ll reiterate is that I believe that if, as a club, we are serious about promotion then investment is required both on and off the field. We cannot undertake a promotion push without the proper investment that ensures both the challenge is viable but also that it isn’t in jeopardy of ruining the club financially. If the latter however isn’t a viable option then we should look to investing in our youth and provide them with the proper tools and platform to become top quality young players with a totally professional mindset.  We all know the huge potential the club has and if we can encourage more people to support the board and the club we can have a very exciting future. I fully appreciate the work that goes into running this club and experience this daily at first hand. In regard to the footballing aspect of the club I understand the supporters’ frustrations and disappointment this season but I can assure you no one is as disappointed as me and the players. I am more than happy to meet with any supporter or supporters who wish to discuss the future direction of our football operation. HARPS MANAGER HUTTON: ‘I WASN’T ATTACKING BOARD’ was last modified: September 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:finn harpsPeter Huttonstatementlast_img read more


first_imgThere is shock in Letterkenny following the sudden death of a local woman who kept a vigil at her brother’s bed when he was involved in a savage attack which left him fighting for his life.Claire Mythen, 44, was found dead in her home at Leck Cottages near Oldtown and will be buried after funeral mass later today.Ms Mythen kept a vigil at her brother Paul’s bed in February after he was attacked with a hammer in a flat in Derry. Mr Mythen, 39, suffered severe head injuries and is still recovering from his ordeal.Another man, Paddy Harkin, was killed in the same attack which happened at Bayview Terrace.POPULAR FIGUREMs Mythen, who was a well-known and popular figure in Letterkenny, remained at her only brother’s side for weeks as he battled to recover. A friend of the dead woman said everyone was in shock at her sudden passing.“Nobody can believe Claire is gone – it was just so sudden.“She was a tower of strength to Paul in helping him to recover. But that’s what she was like. She always put other people first.“Everyone is numb and can’t believe it. It’s just so sad. She had her whole life ahead of her and now she’s gone,” said the friend.Ends SHOCK AT DEATH OF LETTERKENNY WOMAN WHO KEPT VIGIL WITH BROTHER AFTER ATTACK was last modified: June 30th, 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:Claire MythenPaul Mythenlast_img read more

Man who terrorised ex-partner sent a phone by taxi from prison to intimidate her

first_imgA prisoner sent a phone by taxi to his partner’s home so he could intimidate her.Vincent McDonagh refused to accept his relationship with his ex-partner Donna Flanagan was over. The 25-year-old bombarded her with phonecalls and called to her home despite being barred from it.McDonagh, aged 25, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court in Donegal charged with burglary and making threats to damage property.McDonagh, who has three children with Ms Flanagan, was caught by Gardai after breaking into his ex-partner’s home at Forest Park, Killygordan on March 10th last.He kicked in her back door, smashed her phone and then struck her with a brush.As she tried to phone Gardai he told her “I’m going to kill you and I don’t care who hears you”He was arrested by Gardai but a few weeks later on May 17th, McDonagh burgled Ms. Flanagan’s home again.He persuaded his young son to open a door and gained access to the house and again terrorised his ex-partner.He was then found hiding in the attic of the house when Gardai arrived.Garda Gerard McCready said McDonagh constantly called Ms Flanagan and these calls were all logged and that he felt that McDonagh was intimidating his ex-partner to withdraw the charges against him.Garda Ciaran McDonagh said on another occasion, McDonagh had sent a phone from Castlerea Prison by taxi with another individual so he could speak to his ex-partner.A victim impact statement revealed how Ms Flanagan suffered panic attacksShe claimed that McDonagh, who is originally from Kilkenny, had sent family and friends to her home trying to get her to withdraw the charges and that she was terrified McDonagh would get out of prison and again break into her home.Barrister for the accused Peter Nolan told the court that it was a fact that Ms Flanagan and the couple’s three children had visited his client in prison.However, Judge John Aylmer said he did not accept that Ms Flanagan was sending mixed messages to her ex-partner by visiting him in prison.“I take that with a pinch of salt. She was in a position that she has three children which Mr. McDonagh is the father of. She can only be commended for her attitude,” said Judge Aylmer.He sentenced McDonagh to a total of 10 months in prison for burglary but backdated it to May when the accused was put into custody and also took the threat to damage property into consideration.Man who terrorised ex-partner sent a phone by taxi from prison to intimidate her was last modified: December 16th, 2017 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:courtGardaiphoneVincent McDonaghlast_img read more

Irma’s rains moving north

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AccuWeather reports a fter blasting the Florida Peninsula over the weekend, Irma will track inland across the southeastern U.S., threatening flooding, damaging winds and severe weather over a large area.Irma will put many lives at risk well inland from the coast. Residents in northern Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina should anticipate severe impacts from Irma.Irma will continue to travel inland across northern Florida, Georgia and Alabama into Tuesday, continuing to weaken in the process. Wind gusts of 60 to 80 mph will spread from Florida to southern Georgia and southeastern Alabama Monday.“The tropical-storm-force winds should expand outward, especially on the east side, to over 300 miles on Monday,” said AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.Occasional gusts between 40 and 60 mph will be felt across eastern Tennessee, northern Alabama and Georgia, including the cities of Atlanta; Knoxville, Tennessee; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; and Augusta, South Carolina.Wind of this magnitude can down trees and power lines and cause damage to weak structures. People could face power outages, some of which may be lengthy. Now is the time to make sure flashlights are in working order and stock up on extra batteries.Downed trees can also lead to road hazards for motorists. Alternative routes may need to be taken for those who must travel.Irma’s winds will cause water to pile up along the northern Florida, Georgia and Carolina coasts through Monday, inundating coastal communities with several feet of water, including Jacksonville, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; and Charleston, South Carolina.Irma will dissipate to a tropical depression and eventually a tropical rainstorm over Alabama and Tennessee.While widespread damaging winds will become less of a concern farther inland, the threat for flooding will mount as Irma’s rain expands.Irma will bring a heavy swath of rain that will trigger urban and river flooding across the Southeast and into the Tennessee Valley through the middle of the week.A widespread 2 to 4 inches of rain can fall, with locally higher amounts.Heavy rain will bring an increased risk for flash flooding and mudslides across the southern Appalachians as Irma’s moisture surges into the mountains.Small streams and rivers could overflow out of their banks and flood neighboring land and homes. Motorists will need to watch out for road washouts.“What is left of Irma is expected to slow down and perhaps stall for a time in Tennessee and Kentucky,” Kottlowski said. This amount of rain will loosen the soil and will make it easier for wind gusts to topple trees in some areas.In addition to heavy rain, some areas will have to worry about quick tornado spin-ups within Irma’s outer rain bands to the northeast of the storm’s center.“These short-lived tornadoes will continue to develop across parts of South Carolina and Georgia on Monday,” Kottlowski said.These type of tornadoes are especially dangerous due to their quick formation and dissipation. Residents will need to quickly take shelter should one form in the area. Heed all severe storm and tornado-related warnings.During the second half of the week, Irma’s rain will spread northeastward into the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic.last_img read more