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first_img “I want to focus on seeing where we can go with scholarships and the development, not only in shooting, but in making them better men and women, the discipline, and focus from this sport makes better people, and that is what I am gonna focus on,” he continued. Azan, who is a national coach and president of the Jamaica Skeet Club, says his future plans also include working to expand the sport internationally. “I am also going to see how I can help to expand the sport under sports tourism. That is my goal,” Azan said. He also credited a supportive management team and other stakeholders for their work in growing the sport. ” I selected the team four years ago because I wanted people that I could work with, people who would give us support, and we’ve worked extremely well as a group, and everybody played a big part,” Azan added. He was speaking to the media at last Sunday’s NCB Capital Markets Sporting Clay, at the Knolford Polo Ranch in St Catherine. It attracted a record participation of 170 shooters in terms of the number of girls, beginners and other categories of shooters. It is said to be Azan’s last event as Jamaica Skeet Club president. While signalling a choice to demit office soon, Khaleel Azan, Jamaica Skeet Club president, wants to continue working with upcoming shooters, while helping to market Jamaica as a sporting clays sports tourism destination. Azan is in what he calls a final phase of his four-year term as the association president. He is credited by some for aiding the growth of clay shooting, attracting much corporate sponsorship of local tournaments and strengthening the junior programme. “I am going to give up the presidency because after four years, you get tired and you get burnt out, but I am going to focu s on my juniors, number one,” Azan said. BETTER PEOPLElast_img read more

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first_imgA couple of members of the Flyers were also recognized by the North Peace Hockey League for their efforts this season. Adam Horst is the winner of the Best Centre Award. Horst deposited 25 goals, and 26 assists this season and his point total is 20 points better than the second player on the squad. Horst is the second Flyer to win the award after David Alexander won it in 2009-2010.Former Fort St. John Huskies member Robbie Sidhu is the Rookie of the Year in the NPHL. Sidhu netted 11 goals and 12 assists and had three power play goals. Sidhu is the second Flyer to win the Rookie of the Year award. Jeff Shipton first accomplished the feat in the 2008-2009 season.Below is the schedule for the Flyers opening round series with the Spirit River Rangers: – Advertisement -Game 1           Tuesday, Feb. 11           SR Rangers at FSJ Flyers8:30pmGame 2           Thursday, Feb. 13          FSJ Flyers at SR Rangers8:30pmGame 3           Sunday Feb. 16              SR Rangers at FSJ Flyers7:30pm (note time)Game 4           Tuesday, Feb. 18           FSJ Flyers at SR Rangers8:30pm*Game 5          Thursday, Feb. 20          SR Rangers at FSJ Flyers8:30pm*Game 6          Saturday, Feb. 22           FSJ Flyers at SR Rangers8:30pm*Game 7          Tuesday, Feb. 25           SR Rangers at FSJ Flyers8:30pm(*) if necessarylast_img read more

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first_imgPaula Abdul echoed that sentiment, telling Edwards she should have “more fun” onstage. Dodging viewer elimination was Chris Richardson, who had the next-lowest vote tally. Richardson, 22, of Chesapeake, Va., had impressed judges with his smooth take on “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying.” Cowell called it his “best performance so far,” while Abdul praised him as “charming and sexy.” Wednesday’s show also featured performances by this week’s guest coaches: Peter Noone, who fronted the 1960s British rock band Herman’s Hermits, and singer-songwriter Lulu. North Hollywood resident Brandon Rogers got the boot last week. In its sixth season, “American Idol” continues to dominate the ratings. It has attracted 26 million to 37million viewers per telecast this season. Is “American Idol” for real? In a surprise, Stephanie Edwards – one of this season’s best singers – was voted off the top-rated talent contest on Wednesday, while weak and sometimes unwatchable performers Sanjaya Malakar and Haley Scarnato were allowed to stay. The untimely departure of Edwards, 19, of Savannah, Ga., narrowed the number of “Idol” contestants to 10. The winner will be chosen in May. Simon Cowell said on Tuesday’s show that Edwards’ rendition of Dusty Springfield’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” lacked the edginess and youthful energy that she brought to her previous performances. last_img read more

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first_imgThe 31-year-old’s 13-year England era featured glorious highs and shattering lows and left him as one of his country’s most polarising figures.From the boy who grew up on the rough Liverpool streets of Croxteth to the man who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League with Manchester United, Rooney’s rise remains almost too perfect to be true and the England chapter of his tale is well worth reliving.Rooney is England’s all-time leading scorer with 53 goals, more than Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Jimmy Greaves could muster, while his 119 appearances make him his country’s most capped out-field player ahead of the likes of Bobby Moore and David Beckham.The only blemish is his failure to transform England into a global force, but even Barcelona icon Lionel Messi has found replicating his sublime club form on the international scene harder than he might have imagined.Profile of Wayne Rooney, England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer, who is retiring from international football © AFP / Gal ROMAForever etched in the memory as the teak tough street-fighter who would crunch into a tackle with as much relish as he took from scoring with a 30-yard rocket, Rooney burst onto the England scene as a 17-year-old in 2003.His debut came in a 3-1 defeat against Australia at Upton Park and a first international goal followed against Macedonia.The sight of Rooney tormenting the Switzerland and Croatia defences in Euro 2004 promised a golden future for the player and his country, but foreshadowing the angst to come a broke bone in his foot proved fatal to Sven Goran Eriksson’s team as they lost to Portugal in the quarter-finals.Rooney went on to play in three World Cups and two further European Championships, showing boundless commitment to the England cause, even if his performances never hit the heights.– Agonising –At times that enthusiasm was to his detriment when he came back from injuries too quickly.He famously announced before the 2006 World Cup that “the big man is back” when he joined up with his England team-mates — only to flop as he played at less than 100 percent before being sent off for stamping on Portugal’s Ricardo Carvalho as Eriksson’s men suffered one of a series of agonising quarter-final exits.The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was supposed to be Rooney’s tournament after a fine campaign with United, but his most memorable contribution came at the end of a 0-0 draw against Algeria when he turned to the camera and criticised England supporters for booing their own side.England were dismal at the 2014 World Cup and his last tournament ended in misery when Roy Hodgson’s team were humiliated by Iceland at Euro 2016.Of Rooney’s seven goals at major tournaments, only one came at a World Cup, while four were when he was just 18.Captaining England 29 times, Rooney’s last appearance came in a win against Scotland in November.The great irony of Rooney’s decision to retire is it came at the moment when he looked capable of one last flourish after an impressive start for Everton following his close-season move back to his boyhood club.Southgate was convinced enough to offer him another chance.But Rooney, marching to his own drum until the end, preferred to focus on leading Everton to silverware instead.Few would deny that England’s loss is Everton’s gain.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wayne Rooney’s 13-year England era featured glorious highs and shattering lows and left him as one of his country’s most polarising figures © AFP/File / Ben STANSALL, Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – While Wayne Rooney will never silence the cynics who carp about his lack of silverware in an England shirt, the astonishing array of records set by the striker ensure his place as one of his country’s all-time greats.Rooney’s announcement of his retirement from the international stage on Wednesday brought the curtain down on an England career that began in a blaze of hyperbole and ended with the Everton star rejecting Gareth Southgate’s offer of a return to the fold.last_img read more

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first_imgFrench World Cup winner Nzonzi headed in his first goal for Roma since his move from Sevilla in the 36th minute, with Bosnian ace Dzeko following his midweek Champions League hat-trick against Viktoria Plzen by wrapping up the points five minutes from time.Roma are now ten points behind leaders Juventus — who have a maximum 24 points after eight games — and one point adrift of Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli who host Sassuolo on Sunday.“The main thing is we’re back winning,” said Dzeko.“It wasn’t an easy period but we worked our way through it, we have now won four games in a row heading into the international break and we have fixed things a bit.”Teenage defender Luca Pellegrini got his first Roma start, with midfielder Javier Pastore and centre-back Aleksandar Kolarov injured.Lorenzo Pellegrini sent a free-kick over for Nzonzi to get the opener with Empoli proving wasteful.Ismael Bennacer rattled the woodwork for the hosts after the break with Francesco Caputo blazing a penalty over the crossbar on 58 minutes after a Cengiz Under handball.But Dzeko grabbed the second, collecting a Stephan El Shaarawy through ball to fire into the roof of the net.Roma have now won their last four games over Frosinone, Lazio, Viktoria Plzen and Empoli, for a total of 14 goals with just one conceded.But Di Francesco insisted there was room for improvement.“We made a few too many mistakes and tended to switch off at times. That’s why I changed the system in the second half.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000World Cup winner Steven Nzonzi scored his first goal for Roma. © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMILAN, Italy, Oct 7 – Steven Nzonzi and Edin Dzeko scored in either half as resurgent Roma won their fourth consecutive game to move third in Serie A with a 2-0 win over promoted Empoli in Tuscany on Saturday.Eusebio Di Francesco’s side had slumped to ninth after a four-game winless streak, but jumped into the top three with a win over second-from-bottom Empoli.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000The Champions League trophy stands on display during the group stage draw ceremony © AFP/File / Valery HACHELjubljana, Slovenia, Sep 24 – The 2021 UEFA Champions League final will be played in Saint Petersburg, European football’s governing body announced on Tuesday.The venues for the next three finals were revealed at UEFA’s Executive Committee meeting in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, with Munich being awarded the 2022 showpiece and the 2023 final being given to Wembley. In awarding the venues for the next three years, UEFA have had to take into account not just the likely demand for match tickets but also the importance of hotel rooms and transport infrastructure.That means there are a limited number of cities around Europe capable of successfully staging a match of such magnitude.“The chosen venues have proper mobility, hotels and everything else. Where we have a problem, and probably will have a problem anywhere, is that sometimes hotels take advantage of the fact the Champions League final is in a certain city,” admitted UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin.“I am sure that if you check those three cities in half an hour you will see that hotel prices have already started to rise.“This is a problem but it is hard for us to influence. That is why we want to go to such big cities with so many hotels that in the end you can choose.”“Those venues are big cities, interesting cities, accessible for the fans and with very nice stadiums,” he added, although he said he “cannot do any promises for now” in terms of increasing ticket allocations for supporters.– Return to Russia –This season’s final will be played in Istanbul, before hosting is given to the 68,000-capacity Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg.The venue, complete with a retractable roof, was built ahead of the 2018 World Cup held in Russia. It hosted seven matches at that tournament, including France’s semi-final win over Belgium and will also host four games at Euro 2020.It will be the second Champions League final to be played in Russia after Manchester United beat Chelsea in Moscow to win the trophy in 2008.The 70,000-seat Allianz Arena in Munich is also a host venue for Euro 2020 and staged the 2012 Champions League final when Bayern Munich lost on penalties to Chelsea.The 2023 final will be the eighth to be held at Wembley, with the iconic 90,000-seat London venue also hosting the semi-finals and final of next year’s European Championship.Meanwhile, European football’s governing body also revealed that the 2021 Europa League final will be played in Seville, at Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.The Spanish city was chosen ahead of Georgian capital Tbilisi as the game returns to western Europe — after being staged in Baku last season, next year’s final will go to the Polish city of Gdansk.The 2021 UEFA Super Cup match — between the winners of the Champions League and Europa League — will be played in Belfast.UEFA said VAR, which made its Champions League debut in the last 16 last season, will be introduced to the Europa League for the knockout rounds this term.A third European club competition that is set to start in 2021 will be known as the UEFA Europa Conference League.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgTRADERS ACROSS THE county are attempting to remove giant icicles from their premises after a shopper was hit on the head in Letterkenny yesterday.At one stage a JCB was being used to remove the frozen droplets after a several other near-misses with shoppers during the day.Our picture – taken this afternoon – shows some icicles which are up to four feet long. The shopper who was hit on the Main Street did not suffer any serious injury – but it is yet another hazard that under-pressure retailers have to deal with during this hellish run up to Christmas.Traders in other towns were also attempting to clear icicles from their premises in case customers are injured.Donegal County Council’s Vincent Lynn asked people to be extra vigilant from icicles in the current climate.“One person has already had a lucky escape and we are asking people to be extra vigilant for falling icicles. “Already other counries have special covers to protect people from falling lumps of snow which we do not have in Ireland.“People should also be careful when the thaw does set in that they are not caugfht beneath this falling snow,” he said.The severe weather is continuinng tonight with snow showers in the north and west of the county and temperatures of -10C.Our roads are once again disastrous tonight and Gardai are appealing to people to slow down.BIG CHILL 2: GIANT ICICLE ALERT AS SHOPPER HIT ON THE HEAD AND TEMPERATURES HIT -15C was last modified: December 21st, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgAFTERNOON UPDATE: IT IS another numbingly cold day in Donegal – but shoppers are out in force this afternoon in a last-minute Christmas Eve dash.Retailers in all the major shopping towns are reporting brisk trade, although it isn’t as busy as it normally would be.Road conditions are particularly poor this morning in and around Ballybofey, Glenties, Cardonagh and Ardara. Gardai have said today that motorists should avoid the Barnesmore Gap if possible as overnight salting has failed the crack the ice. At 9am this morning temperatures of -15C are being recorded.Yesterday evening there were tailbacks in a number of towns, with delays reported in Buncrana, Letterkenny and Donegal Town.It is the same today – with some congestion around Letterkenny Shopping Centre, the retail park and on Main street.Retailers could do with the last minute boost – trade has been dreadful thanks to the shocking state of our roads in the past week. And they aren’t much better this morning as overnight temperatures recorded by donegaldaily.com sank to an incredible -16C.There are fears that the weather will hit Christmas religious services as people throughout the county attend services tonight and tomorrow.The bad news is that more snow could fall over Donegal on Christmas Day tomorrow before the thaw arrives late on Sunday.Donegaldaily will keep you posted throughout the festive period.DESPITE THE BIG CHILL AND DODGY ROADS, CHRISTMAS EVE SHOPPERS HIT THE STREETS was last modified: December 24th, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgTHE BRITISH investigators who brought crooked criminal Francois de Dietrich to justice are appealing for conned victims to come forward.The Financial Services Authority in the UK has issued a public statement requesting investors to come forward. Donegaldaily understands that this is now the only way people who did give him cash will get their money back.In the statement, the FSA said: “We would like investors who had dealings with Francois de Dietrich or ETIC Solutions Ltd to contact us to provide details of their transactions.“This comes after we obtained a court order freezing their assets and requiring de Dietrich to provide certain information, which he has failed to comply with.“We obtained an order from the High Court in Northern Ireland against de Dietrich and ETIC Solutions Ltd (ETIC) on 27 October 2010, restraining any potential unauthorised activity and freezing ETIC’s and de Dietrich’s assets up to the value of £20.2m. “On 28 January 2011, de Dietrich was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for contempt of court after he failed to disclose the whereabouts of his overseas assets as required by the terms of the High Court order, or respond to our requests for further information.”The statement went on: “Both de Dietrich and ETIC are believed to have been behind an unauthorised investment scheme.“The court order was taken out to preserve the funds and other assets held by de Dietrich and/or ETIC until the court decides whether he has broken the law. The court will also decide how much money, if any, should be returned to investors and other creditors.“Meanwhile, we are continuing our investigation into the activities of de Dietrich and ETIC.”The FSA also provided some answers to investors on whether or not they will get their money backOn this issue, the organisation said: “With the court orders in place, de Dietrich and ETIC may not accept money from, or pay money to, any person as part of the ETIC business. This includes a restriction on paying out funds to investors. “If you paid money to de Dietrich and/or ETIC and they did not have our authorisation to offer financial services, you will not be able to take a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service or have access to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.”The statement went on: “We need to identify all investors, so if you have not had contact with us about this matter you should call our Contact Centre on 00 44 845 606 1234 or email consumer.queries@fsa.gov.uk. It will help us with this case if you provide your full name, a phone number, postal and email addresses.“Be aware that we are subject to strict statutory obligations of confidentiality, which mean we can only provide certain information to third parties. However, we will provide further updates on this case as soon as possible.”De Dietrich ran a dodgy get-rich-quick scheme – taking millions of euro from 200 investors in Donegal. The scheme was a fraud, designed to con people out of their cash.The Ballybofey businessman has fled Ireland and is now on-the-run from cops throughout Europe.He is believed to be in hiding in Estonia.FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: REGULATORS APPEAL FOR VICTIMS TO CONTACT THEM was last modified: March 2nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgSpeaking in the Dáil after the Minister for Finance announced that there is to be a further €24 billion pumped into the defunct banking system Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said that it is the ordinary people who are suffering for the failings of Government to deal with bank debt.The Donegal South West TD fumed: “It beggars believe that this so-called alternative Government is to pump another €24 billion into the defunct banking system.“This open-ended commitment to cover bank losses plainly exceeds the fiscal capacity of the state. The losses of the banking sector have become the losses of the taxpayer. Bank debt has become sovereign debt. And that is the problem and it is the ordinary citizens who are suffering for these failings. “The reality is that this Government is continuing on with the reckless policies of the previous Fianna Fáil Government. Like Fianna Fáil they have placed more priority on bailing out bank bondholders than bailing out ordinary people trying to make ends meet.”Mr Doherty said ordinary people will suffer as a result of the move.He told Dail: “Hundreds of thousands of people are fighting for their survival. Nearly half a million people are unemployed. 50,000 of our young people are leaving our shores each year. A growing number of people face eviction. Families struggle to feed their children and provide warmth. These are the people Fine Gael and Labour want to foot the bill for the banks.“The Government has not acted in the interests of the people today; it has acted purely in the interest of the banks. “There should be no choice: you need to impose aggressive burden sharing on unguaranteed bonds. You need to go after bondholders.”more to followBANKS CRISIS: GOVERNMENT IS WASTING ANOTHER €24 BILLION – DOHERTY was last modified: March 31st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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