We watch sports to see who wins and loses, but also to be inspired – and 2016 offered plenty of examples of the latter, from a touching moment between two strangers on the Olympic track to a little boy from a war-torn land who met his favourite soccer player to a warm ovation fuelled by empathy for a visiting National Hockey League goalie.Moments and feelings that will be recalled more vividly than any numbers on a result sheet or etched in bright lights on a scoreboard.There were athletes and coaches whose stories touched us, as well as folks connected to the sports world who contributed their own uplifting vignettes.One example: When sideline reporter Craig Sager died from leukaemia this month, there were heartfelt tributes tinged with sadness, of course, but also remembrances that spread the positive message he offered as he continued to cover the NBA and college basketball despite his illness.”Man, life is too beautiful, too wonderful. There’s just too many things,” Sager said in August. “It’s not just you. It’s your family and kids and all. Fight. Fight until the end. Fight as hard as you can.”Some inspiring sports moments during the past year:LENDING A HANDDuring a qualifying heat for the 5,000 metres at the Rio Games, Abbey D’Agostino of the United States and Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand got their feet tangled, sending both sprawling. D’Agostino got up and, instead of trying to get herself back into the race, crouched down, helped Hamblin rise, and whispered: “Get up. We have to finish this.” It turned out that both were injured – D’Agostino could barely move by the race’s end and needed a wheelchair – but they crossed the line. Then they hugged. Longtime friends? Hardly. “That girl is the Olympic spirit, right there,” Hamblin said. “I’ve never met her before. Like, I never met this girl before. And isn’t that just so amazing? Such an amazing woman.” Even Olympic officials were moved by the episode, awarding both runners berths in the final.MEETING MESSIFirst, Murtaza Ahmadi, a 5-year-old from Afghanistan, was photographed wearing a plastic bag fashioned into a makeshift Lionel Messi uniform – blue and white stripes, like Argentina’s national team; Messi’s name and number written in black marker. The image became an Internet sensation. Later, Murtaza got to walk with Messi onto the field before an exhibition game. When it was time for the kickoff, Murtaza did not want to leave his new pal’s side.SALUTING AN OPPONENTIt takes something special for supporters of one team to salute a player for an opponent team that won a game, and that’s what happened early in the NHL season in Edmonton. The Oilers’ fans gave Senators goalie Craig Anderson a standing ovation after he made 37 saves for a shutout in Ottawa’s 2-0 victory over Edmonton – his first start since learning that his wife had been diagnosed with cancer.°SI SE PUEDE!Vibrant chants of “si se puede” resonated around Rio’s main tennis stadium as Puerto Rico’s unseeded Monica Puig beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber – who would win two Grand Slam titles in 2016 and take over the No. 1 ranking – to become her island’s first gold medalist in any Olympic sport. As the Puerto Rican anthem echoed around an Olympic arena and spectators belted out the lyrics, Puig was unable to join in for one simple reason: too many tears. “If I would’ve stopped crying,” Puig said, “I probably would have started singing.”GO, CUBS, GOThe Chicago Cubs’ first World Series championship in more than a century was a big deal to many long-suffering fans – and provided a way for some to reconnect spiritually with lost loved ones who never got to see Wrigleyville turn into Titletown. Wayne Williams kept a pledge he and his father made to each other and shared a moment they’d both been waiting for all their lives. Williams drove from North Carolina to his father’s gravesite in Indiana to listen on the radio “together” as the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7.BREAKING RECORDS AFTER CANCERUniversity of Pittsburgh running back James Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015, went through more than five months of draining treatment, then returned to college football this year and wound up breaking Atlantic Coast Conference records for career touchdowns and running TDs. Now he’s headed to the NFL.
Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPetron laid to rest the ghost of a painful defeat with a gutsy stand when it mattered the most.Refusing to wilt under pressure from a determined foe, Petron hammered out a 25-19, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18 victory over F2 Logistics Saturday to bag the Chooks To Go-PSL Grand Prix crown at Smart Araneta Coliseum, ensuring no repeat of the fall that was always at the back of their minds.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “I felt very scared that it might happen again; that’s the truth,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos in Filipino.“It” was the collapse the Blaze Spikers suffered in last season’s edition of this tournament, where they came to within a whiff of the crown only to crumble amid a gutsy rally by the Cargo Movers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAlthough F2 Logistics tried to repeat that dramatic rally, Petron would have none of it this time around.“We had a serious talk with the coaches and players; we had a little vow to each other and in the end it’s fate,” added delos Santos. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC GALLERY: Petron gets back at F2 Logistics for PSL championship Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments LATEST STORIES Remy Palma added 10 points for Petron.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Petron captured its fourth title in the league as imports Katherine Bell and Lindsay Stalzer came out firing from the start. But more importantly, the Blaze Spikers regained the upper hand in their budding rivalry with the Cargo Movers, which has been raging the past three straight conferences.The Cargo Movers came alive after falling behind by two sets, but Bell, Stalzer and the rest of the Blaze Spikers started hard in the fourth set to set the tone for the title-clincher.“We had a great series. There were some rough times but it was a fun, fun finals,” said Bell, who finished with 28 points.Stalzer wound up winning the conference MVP trophy.“Tonight I don’t feel like I deserve it, my team deserves that honor,” said Stalzer, who fired 24 points.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’
Following grave concerns for the safety of workers and residents within the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) compound and its environs after recent incidents of elevated mercury emission in said compound, a team to review the operations of the company’s laboratory was recommended by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.Dr David SinghThat team has now been appointed to examine and report on all aspects of the functionality of the Guyana Gold Board’s laboratory, and to make recommendations for its efficient, secure, and environmentally safe operations, including its relocation.Headed by Dr David Singh, Executive Director of Conservation International, the appointed Committee, which includes a retired Assistant Police Commissioner and members from both the GGMC and Gold Board, has been also tasked with examining a secure site for the relocation of the said laboratory.They will commence work on April 18 and are expected to give a detailed report of their findings within a one-month period.An Air Quality Monitoring study, which was conducted by Kaizen Environmental Service Limited, showed that the mercury level in GGMC’s compound was in keeping with the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.Despite the finding, however, Minister Trotman made the recommendation for the lab to be reviewed by an expert team.This decision was made by the Minister, who said that the “health and safety of persons utilising the compound, primarily the workers, are of paramount importance”.As such, he proposed “an expert’s review for the functions of the Gold Board’s lab to see how it could be made to better function, where it should be situated, what scientific and other methodology should be used and deployed to ensure that safety comes first for both the workers in the lab and those who are around the lab.”Mercury is used to purify gold from ore in a process called amalgamation. The laboratory is used to burn amalgam mixture to rid the gold of mercury.This process can be very dangerous and lead to significant mercury exposure and health risks.
Protestors representing three separate causes are now questioning the true meaning of democracy – as are some Parliamentarians – after the Police imposed restrictions on their picketing exercise on Monday.Stakeholders against the closure of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) estates, those against the imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on private education, and those against the ban on used tyres, turned up to stage a peaceful picketing exercise directly outside of Parliament Building – in clear view of the sitting Members of Parliament – but were prohibited from so doing. Instead, they were made to remain behind the barricades erected at the eastern and western ends of the Parliament Square, even though they were not noisy. Consequently, in their bid to get the attention of Government ministers to their concerns, they had to resort to waving the placards they were carrying.Dr Frank Anthony, a Member of Parliament (MP) for over ten years, said he had never previously witnessed a situation in which disgruntled taxpayers were banned from protesting outside of Parliament Building.“It is the first time that I am seeing that people are not allowed to come out and do a peaceful picketing… These people are here to get the Government’s attention, and they are being prevented from doing peaceful protests to bring this to the Government’s attention. I think something is really wrong with our democracy,” he declared.Positing that the people have a right to have their voices heard, Dr Anthony has sympathised with the people for the way they have been treated.He was one of a number of Opposition MPs who came out from Parliament Buildings to join the protestors.Motivated, some bold protestors forced their way through the barricades and joined their representatives, to walk in circles outside of Parliament. And in an attempt to control the situation, police succeeded in pushing only three protestors back behind the barricades.Jonathan Yearwood – a student protesting the education tax – could not believe his eyes, as he also questioned whether or not he was living in a democratic nation.“We, the people who would like to protest things happening in our country, have not been allowed to come directly in front of Parliament. We’ve been banished to the western end of Parliament, where we can’t see any of the Parliamentarians driving in. They are ‘winded’ up in their tinted glass vehicles; they pretend not to see you, you can’t get close to them. Is this the kind of democracy we asked for? We should be able to be in touch with our Parliamentarians whenever there is Parliament,” he vented.Yearwood said the protesters received a phone call from the police on Monday, notifying that the planned protest had not been given police permission.“Since when do we need Police permission to protest in front of Parliament on the day the Parliament is taking place? They said we are free to protest any other day, but not on the day Parliament is taking place. How stupid is that?”“Why would we come and protest an empty building, when nobody is inside there? We need to protest when the Parliament is going on, when the Parliamentarians are here, so they could come and see what we are protesting about. This is absolutely ridiculous from our Government, who is saying that they are going to be free and fair and that everybody is supposed to have a good life. Well, this is certainly not it,” the protestor said.SecurityThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) closed a number of roads and relocated several bus parks to facilitate the sitting of the National Assembly today. More than 10 main roads – including sections of Regent Street, Hadfield Street, Durban Street, Water Street and Smyth Street – were closed off to vehicular traffic. The route 32 minibus park was moved to High Street, while the route 42 minibus park was moved to Water Street, Georgetown.Police Public Relations Officer Jairam Ramlakhan told Guyana Times this would be a permanent arrangement for every parliamentary session, in order to ensure there is no threat to security.This arrangement has, however, caused major inconvenience to the travelling public, stemming from heavy traffic jams.ProtestsPersons have vented their frustrations at decisions made by this Government seemingly without any consultations with the industry players. As was ventilated previously, stakeholders in the used tyre industry want Government to reverse its decision to ban the used product. Industry player Mustaak Mohammed explained that it would cost roughly $18M to import a barrel of new tyres, whereas it would cost only $7M for the same quantity of used tyres.He argued that a significant portion of the populace would not be able to afford the prices of new tyres, nor would businesses survive, as they would not make a profitable return.Sugar workers and other concerned stakeholders have protested Government’s decisions regarding this industry, particularly its decision to close the various estates. And although represented by a few persons, stakeholders have again called for the removal of VAT on private education.
Photo: The students and chaperones just before leaving for the Canada Wide Science Fair – SubmittedBy Energeticcity.ca StaffFive students from the North Peace competed in the Canada Wide Science Fair.- Advertisement -The Fair was held in Peterborough Ontario last week. Sarah Gullason, Dylan Kassian, Kevala Van Volkenburg and Meagan Haugen-Koechl each won a Bronze and $300 each. Victoria Rae didn’t win an award but represented the region well.On top of the science fair, the students had opportunities to carve soapstone, go spelunking, and meet lots of other kids. The students and their chaperones will arrive back in Fort St. John this weekend.
But United manager Mourinho is embroiled in a clash of egos with France midfielder Pogba that threatens to derail his side’s season.Mourinho and Pogba were filmed in a heated discussion at United’s training ground on Wednesday, just 24 hours after the World Cup winner was told he would no longer be the team’s vice-captain.The volatile Pogba reportedly infuriated Mourinho by making it clear he wants to join Barcelona and poured fuel on the fire when he criticised the manager’s cautious tactics in last weekend’s draw with Wolves.With United players said to be taking sides on the row, Mourinho is facing a toxic situation that could divide the club.There was further woe for Mourinho on Tuesday as United, with the rested Pogba watching from the stands, were dumped out of the League Cup third round in an embarrassing defeat against second tier Derby.United are already eight points behind Liverpool and can ill-afford another setback in an already traumatic campaign.Against that tense backdrop, the announcement of United’s team-sheet at West Ham on Saturday will be eagerly awaited to see whether Pogba will be recalled or be consigned to exile.Regardless of Pogba’s presence, United must raise their effort levels, according to their veteran defender Ashley Young.“I think they had more intensity than we did,” Young said of the Derby defeat.“You have to show that intensity and go further than the opposition. We didn’t do that and I think we got punished.”Once the latest chapter of Mourinho’s row with Pogba is out of the way in east London, all eyes will turn to the west side of the capital where Chelsea star Hazard plans to aims repeat his midweek heroics against Liverpool.Belgium playmaker Hazard came off the bench to knock Liverpool out of the League Cup with a superb solo strike at Anfield on Wednesday.Chelsea’s Eden Hazard celebrates his wonder goal against Liverpool © AFP / Paul ELLISHazard’s stunning late goal capped Chelsea’s come from behind 2-1 victory, making them the first team to stop Liverpool winning this season.That drama finale set the stage for Saturday’s rematch at the Bridge, where Liverpool will put their six-match winning run in the league on the line against unbeaten Chelsea, who are two points behind in third place.If Chelsea are to deal another blow to the Reds, they will surely need another memorable contribution from Hazard.With five goals in his first six league games, Hazard has started the season in fine form, prompting Chelsea team-mate Ross Barkley to hail him as the world’s best.Asked if Hazard compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Barkley said: “They are probably a lot more selfish than Eden is. He is not a selfish player.“He is establishing himself in the top three players in the world now, and at the minute, he’s probably the best player in the world.”Liverpool have failed to win their last four meetings with Chelsea and a victory over Maurizio Sarri’s team would be a major statement of intent as they chase a first English title since 1990.Like Sarri, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made eight changes in the League Cup tie, but insisted it was still a valuable lesson ahead of the more important match this weekend.“We know much more what will happen on Saturday because we’ve seen it before so we will use the two days to prepare,” Klopp said.“We can do better and now we know more. I think we were well prepared but the game will help massively.”Fixtures (5pm unless stated)SaturdayArsenal v Watford, Chelsea v Liverpool (7:30pm), Huddersfield v Tottenham, Everton v Fulham, Manchester City v Brighton, Newcastle v Leicester, West Ham v Manchester United (2:30pm), Wolves v SouthamptonSundayCardiff v Burnley (6pm)MondayBournemouth v Crystal Palace (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba are at the centre of a clash of the egos © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 28 – Jose Mourinho’s astonishing feud with Paul Pogba will take another twist when Manchester United’s warring duo head to West Ham, while Chelsea’s Eden Hazard bids to inflict more misery on Liverpool.On any other weekend, the showdown between Premier League leaders Liverpool and title rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge would be the centre of attention.
THE knives are out again for Donegal chef Conrad Gallagher amid new claims he didn’t pay staff at a New York restaurant.The Letterkenny culinary king has been trying to carve out a new career in the States, but faces being thrown out of America if he loses a court case against him.His venture in the Big Apple was so bad, that one newspaper critic refused to give it any stars in a rating from one to five. Last week Gallagher set up yet another new venture in Orange County, California, offering five-star catering services to clients. He has had rave reviews there already, one blogger writing the Donegal man’s food was “better than anything I’ve ever tasted in the USA.”However a lawyer representing former staff at ‘The Purple Fig’ – which went bust 14 months ago in Manhattan – claims he’s been unable to track down Gallagher to serve him with court papers.Robert Wisniewski is representing 40 former staff; they say they were paid below the minimum wage, but never they never received salaries or tips.“It is our belief that due to his failure to pay his debts, he has deliberately gone off the grid,” said the lawyer, who was able to serve some of the papers in California two weeks ago.They are also suing Paul Hurley, another Irishman involved in the venture.Former worker Nick Robinson claims in a statement that when he asked Gallagher for payment, he was told to speak to Hurley, but when he spoke to Hurley he was told to speak with Gallagher.The Donegal man has left a trail of debts behind him from several ventures in recent years.After being declared bankrupt in South Africa in 2009, he returned to Ireland to star in TV3’s Head Chef show.But he left suppliers and staff without money when restaurant ventures in Sligo and Dublin went bust.The Purple Fig in New York was slated by the critics, with New York Post food writer Steve Cuozzo describing Gallagher as a “cut-price Gordon Ramsay.”Cuozzo was scathing in his review – giving it No Stars.And he also found that he had to pay cash – because the restaurant’s credit card facility wasn’t working.The same thing happened in Gallagher’s last ‘cash only’ Dublin restaurant.You can read Cuozzo’s review here http://nypost.com/2012/08/01/fig-get-about-eating-here/If Gallagher has to appear at a civil case in New York and loses, he could lose his working visa and be chucked out of America.DONEGAL CHEF CONRAD GALLAGHER FACING NEW YORK TRIAL OVER UNPAID WAGES was last modified: February 10th, 2014 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:Conrad Gallaghercourt actiondonegalletterkennyRobert WisniewskiSteve Cuozzo
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I thought about it,” Springfield says, “and it seemed like it was too good an opportunity to miss.” Springfield is set to be in about a dozen episodes of the soap and made his first appearance Friday. He’ll save the singing for his tour dates in Japan this month and in the U.S. next year. – Associated Press For singer Rick Springfield, it’s a little strange to be back on his old soap-opera stomping grounds. “I don’t know if there has ever been a character that reappeared after 23 years,” he says. Springfield is back as Dr. Noah Drake on “General Hospital,” a role he first played in the early 1980s when his hit song “Jessie’s Girl” was a radio staple. The singer-actor was looking for innovative ways to promote his new album, “The Day After Yesterday,” and started pursuing guest appearances on several soaps. “General Hospital” liked the idea of his return but asked him to leave the band at home. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Okello has been called up for the Regional Tour and U23Sunday 4th November 2018: Regional Tour match at Bukalasa Agricultural Institute ground in Luweero -Buganda Select vs Uganda U23Monday 5th November 2018: Uganda U23 (entire Squad of 34 players for double training sessions at Lugogo starting 9am)Uganda Cranes Head coach Sebastian Desabre on Wednesday released a squad of 18 players to take on Buganda Select in the Regional Tour match on Sunday 4thNovember 2018 at Bukalasa Agricultural Institute ground in Luweero.The Squad has only players featuring in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.Key among the call-up is KCCA teenager Allan Okello who has featured prominently for the U20 National team.Okello was involved in the recent AFCON U20 qualifiers in which Uganda lost to Cameroon in the second round.The attacking midfielder was also summoned to the senior team that was preparing to take on Lesotho at the start of this month but was later dropped.On the 18 man list, he is joined by league top scorer Joel Madondo who plays for Kirinya JSS.Madondo has hit the ground running this season, topping the scoring chats with six goals in five game, three more than his closet rival-Nelson Ssenkatuka of Bright Stars.According to the programme, the 18 man Squad will join another set of players to start training on Monday 5th November in preparation for the AFCON U23 Qualifiers.The Squad for Regional Tour to Luweero on Sunday 4th November 2018:Tom Ikara (KCCA FC), Saidi Keni (Proline FC), Musitafa Mujuzi (Proline Fc), Hassan Musana (KCCA FC), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA FC), Ronald Kigongo (URA FC), Paul Patrick Mbowa (URA FC), Geofrey Wasswa(Vipers SC), Lawrence Bukenya (KCCA FC), Bashir Asiku (Vipers SC), Abel Michael Eturude (Onduparaka FC), Shafik Kuchi Kagimu (URA FC), Allan Okello (KCCA FC), Obuya Pius (Maroons FC), David Owori (S C Villa), Joel Madondo ( K-Jinja SS), Steven Desse Mukwala (Vipers SC), Vicent Zziwa (K-Jinja SS)U-23 Squad players for double training sessions on Monday 5th November 2018 at Lugogo: This group will be joined by the 18 players. Edward Kasibante (Kataka FC), Mathias Muwanga (Express FC), Derrick Ngobi (Bright Stars FC), Alex Komakech (Nyamityobora FC), Rashid Toha (Onduparaka FC), Moses Sseruyidde (URA FC), Julius Poloto (KCCA FC), Wani Ivan (Maroons FC), Richard Matovu (BUL FC), Joseph Junior Ssemujju (Sc Villa ), Nichoals Kagaba (Onduparaka FC), Brian Kalumba (Vipers Sc), Nelson Senkatuka (Bright Stars FC), Ezekiel Duncan Seninde (Vipers SC), Allan Kayiwa (Tooro United FC), Nicholas Kasozi (KCCAFC)Comments Tags: allan okelloJoel Madondo