Put an end to scavenging – Irwin’s Humphrey wants ISSA to stop big name teams from ‘buying’ top players

first_img Rules needed WESTERN BUREAU: Straight-talking Dwaine Humphrey, the assistant football coach at Irwin High School, has taken the establishment to task for allowing what he calls the predatory habit of some schools scavenging better players from less recognised institutions to boost their chances of winning the daCosta Cup. Humphrey told The Gleaner that the practice has left several schools with little chance of ever competing on a level playing field. “I am extremely angry because these so-called top coaches and schools for whom they work are given credit for work they have not done,” he said. “How many of these coaches really can boast of taking a player from scratch and making that player a top potential? Not many can. It is the coaches who groomed these players and taught them the basics who should be given credit, and as soon as that player becomes an asset to the school, big-name coaches scavenge them away,” said Humphrey. Irwin High, known as the Group A beating stick, were put to the sword in an 8-1 mauling by Cornwall College on Saturday’s opening day and then soundly thrashed 4-1 by St James High on Tuesday. They, according to the no-nonsense coach, number among such victims and he wants the body that governs local schoolboy football, the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA), to put an end to the practice. He said scouting is a natural part of most sporting disciplines but added that some order must be there for the rule, noting that the practice of ‘buying’ a player is shadowing what occurs in the professional football world. “I may come across as a sore loser, but that’s far from the truth. I believe in giving youngsters a fair chance. Small schools with limited resources cannot do that because they are always being scavenged,” Humphrey said. “It’s like small, unrecognised coaches and small schools are employed to these big-name coaches and their schools. ISSA needs to take a long look at it because it cannot be fair to some schools,” argued Humphrey. In addition to the players’ ability, schools from which they are ‘bought’ also lose a student who could help bring the school’s average up. “When you scavenge, or as they ‘buy’ a player, they are not just taking a footballer, they are taking away a student. How then can that be fair to these schools. What chance will that school have of becoming one of those A-Class institutions? “They are swiping the most academically inclined players also, which cannot benefit the small schools such as the Irwins and the Anchovys,” the coach said. He noted that until schoolboy football goes professional, which, under certain statutes, will never be the case, ISSA must come up with a concrete plan to at least limit the practice to give small-name schools a chance to succeed not just in football, but through academics as well.last_img read more

Russell fires Islamabad into final

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): All-rounder Andre Russell grabbed three wickets to help fire Islamabad United into the final of the Pakistan Super League, with a 50-run victory over Darren Sammy’s Peshawar Zalmi’s in yesterday’s last semi-final. United posted 176 for three off 20 overs after being sent in at the Dubai International Stadium and then restricted Zalmi to 126 all out of 18 overs to book their spot in the championship game against Quetta Gladiators tomorrow. Seamer Russell picked up three for 37 from his four overs, including the wicket of captain Shahid Afridi, who smashed a 17-ball 38 with two fours and four sixes. Left-arm spinner Imran Khalid was the best bowler with four for 20, while opener Kamran Akmal stroked the top score of 45 from 32 deliveries. Sammy made nine from eight balls with two fours before he was fifth out at 80 for five in the 13th over. Earlier, opener Sharjeel Khan smashed 117 off 62 deliveries to propel United’s innings. He put on 108 for the first wicket with Barbados and West Indies right-hander, Dwayne Smith, who made a painstaking 19 off 37 balls. On Saturday, in contrast, Smith hit an unbeaten 50 from 48 deliveries to help United post a nine-wicket victory over Karachi Kings.last_img read more

Forget the 405

first_imgThere is no money to stop gangs, fix streets, sweep streets. How come they can come up with this kind of raise for the school board? – Joe Pinoy Lozano Mission Hills Cop stress Re “Coping with cop stress” (Feb. 18): While a trainee at Rio Hondo Police Academy, I don’t recall any training on suicide, depression or things of that nature. No one asked, “How are you gonna feel after you shoot someone or get shot?” I remember being advised to stay in shape after we left the academy for the physical confrontation that was sure to come – the moment of truth, as it were. But there was no training on the mental or emotional side, which affects officers in their careers, or on how to handle stress. Maybe the instructors felt that what we don’t know will not hurt us. – Mike Mathis Canyon Country Not the first time Re “Bush lying – again” (Your Opinions, Feb. 20): What if some Middle East “lethal weapons” fabricator is lying – again? The prewar’s most notorious Iraqi liar about weapons of mass destruction, “Curveball,” has seemingly gotten away with it unscathed, so why wouldn’t some would-be Iranian counterpart think that the same free ride would happen to him if his own perfidious prevarications about – you got it – Iran’s weapon development and distribution patterns started Bush hellbent down the “Let’s invade another Mideast country” path as a consequence? – Harvey Pearson Los Feliz A good shave Re “Meltdown in the Valley” (Feb. 20): Britney’s recent haircut/shaving may be just that. For a cosmetologist, it is not so odd to hear clients complain of wanting to shave their heads out of frustration over their current hairstyle. Also, what people may not know is that Britney was wearing hair extensions, and for anyone who has ever worn extensions, they can become monotonous and painful over time. This may be a manifestation of a new beginning for Britney. Sometimes a good shave can be liberating. – Valerie Jackson Pasadena You asked for it If I have to look at or hear about Britney Spears or Anna Nicole Smith one more time, I am joining the Taliban (just kidding). But, seriously, with all the world problems and serious stories that don’t get coverage, why are we seeing narcissistic bimbos? They are rich, spoiled brats who don’t deserve our sympathy. And why are we seeing them? Because we ask for it, America. Wonder why the rest of the world hates us. People are starving to death, and we are contemplating whether to forgive Britney “Bimbo” Spears for not wearing panties. Grow up, America! – Craig S. Hawley Reseda160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Vice president Transit Coalition The domino effect Re “600% raise for LAUSD board?” (Feb. 20): OK, they want to pay the school board members $171,000 a year. That’s as much as our do-nothing City Council members get, so they will want to get a raise above that. Then the county supervisors will want one, too. When is this political welfare program going to stop? Where is this money going to come from? Take a guess – that’s right, from taxpayers. Re “Freeways run short of funds” (Feb. 20): Why are we wasting our breath on a solution that will get congested the moment it is built? What should be looked at is building a rail corridor as an alternative to the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass to get between the isolated islands of the San Fernando Valley, the Westside and Los Angeles International Airport. Imagine the Purple Line. Once it reaches UCLA/Westwood, it turns northward through the pass, reaching Sherman Oaks from Wilshire Boulevard in under eight minutes. Then this line continues through the growing Valley down Van Nuys Boulevard, finally giving the Valley the additional mass transit it needs instead of another Curitiba Busway. – Jerard Wright last_img read more

Berkane slow Gor’s Confed Cup fairy-tale run

first_imgComing into the tie, Gor had an imperious run at home in continental football having lost or drawn none this season, but they could not sustain the momentum against the Moroccans.A congested fixture that saw them play four games in nine days and the players’ go slow on Saturday saw the reigning Kenyan champions’ preparedness for the game hugely punctured.Berkane opened the scoring in the 24th minute when Dayo connected from an Omar Namsaoui freekick inside the box unmarked. Geoffrey Ochieng had given away a cheap freekick and the home side was duly punished for the complacency.Gor Mahia’s Francis Mustafa attempts to go past RS Berkane’s Omar Namsaoui during their CAF Confederations Cup quarter final tie at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on April 7, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaGor seemed to wake up just after conceding. In the opening exchanges of the game, they had struggled to create anything meaningful infront of goal and were often careless on possession.Two minutes after going down Gor were presented with an opportunity when a short corner floated into the area by Kenneth Muguna was parried into Charles Momanyi’s path, but he took a signature centre back’s finishing volleying the ball over from insider the box.In the 30th minute, a good change of play from skipper Oliech found Francis Kahata on the right with the midfielder cutting into the edge of the box on his favorite left foot before curling a beauty which keeper Abdelaali M’hamdi smothered over the bar.With the crowd raising their decibels, Gor were charged and had a flurry of chances with Berkane having their keeper M’hamdi to thank.Gor won a corner just a minute after Kahata’s chance, the ball landing on Boniface Omondi but his shot after taking a deflection inside the box was turned away by the keeper with the defense scrambling the ball away.Gor Mahia’s Lawrence Juma passes the ball under pressure from RS Berkane’s Amine El Kess during their CAF Confederations Cup quarter final tie at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on April 7, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAlmost immediately, another attack bore a corner for K’Ogalo and M’hamdi once again produced a superb save, tipping Charles Momanyi’s header away for another corner that was well defended this time round.Gor had pushed upfield trying to open up the Berkane defense but the Moroccans almost broke 2-0 up on the counter in the 36th minute when Namsaoui’s brilliant cross from the right found Kodjo Laba unmarked at the edge of the six yard box but his header went just over.Namsaoui once again created another brilliant opportunity for Berkane in the 42nd minute but it took a brilliant save from Fredrick Odhiambo to deny Bakre el Helali who had been sent through with a defense splitting through pass by the right back.On the turn, Omondi had a chance for Gor when Oliech put him through and a brilliant first touch opened up shooting space, but his effort went inches wide.Gor started the second half with an intention of going for the kill and 10 minutes in Omondi had a chance when he cited some good space ahead of him for a shot but his effort went over the bar.Gor Mahia’s Kenneth Muguna goes down under pressure from RS Berkane’s Amine El Kess during their CAF Confederations Cup quarter final tie at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on April 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluGor assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno, standing in for the suspended Hassan Oktay threw in his first change, Francis Mustafa coming off for Nicholas Kipkurui, much to the applause of the fans who had yearned for an attacking change.But, instead of putting up their bid for an equalizer, Gor found themselves 2-0 down when El Helali easily turned away from Philemon Otieno off an Namsaoui cross before slotting the ball into the top left corner.It was like a catastrophic stab on the belly for the Kenyan champions.They tried to cut down the deficit with Muguna attempting a curling effort from a freekick but it was easily picked out by the keeper.Zico made the second change, bringing off Omondi for Samuel Onyango, a decision that caused acrimony among the fans with one running across the width of the pitch after jumping off the stands to violently scream at the tactician before he was whisked away by police.He made another change, the heavily marked Oliech coming off for Erisa Ssekisambu. But, the Kenyan side’s attempt all came to futility as Berkane held off for the win to put one foot into the semi-finals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000RS Berkane players celebrate one of their goals against Gor Mahia during their CAF Confederations Cup quarter final tie at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on April 7, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 8 – Goals in either half from Issoufou Dayo and Bakre El Helali saw Moroccan side RS Berkane beat Gor Mahia 2-0 at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani to slow down the Kenyan champions’ fairy tale in the CAF Confederation Cup.Gor will now have a mountain to climb in the return leg of the quarter final in Berkane next week as they now need a win of three clear goals away from home to progress.last_img read more

Barton on Drive: ‘Who’s improved dramatically – Neymar or Justin Bieber?!’

first_imgJoey Barton has spoken about his comparison between world-famous stars Justin Bieber and Barcelona’s Neymar.The Burnley midfielder famously tweeted in 2013: ‘Neymar is the Justin Bieber of football. Brilliant on the old You Tube. Cat p*** in reality.’But Brazilian star Neymar has stepped up his performances in the last 12 months, coming third in January’s Ballon d’Or ceremony, behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.The 24-year-old is now a key part of the Blaugrana’s dangerous ‘MSN’ front three and has 23 goals in 35 appearances for club and country this term.Similarly, Canadian pop star Bieber has also gained fans in the last 12 months following the release of his new album.When asked about his comments nearly three years on, Barton told Drive: “Who’s improved dramatically – Neymar or Bieber?! There’s an argument for both.“He’s definitely improved, Neymar, without a shadow of a doubt. He’s got better.“If you take into context what I said: I was saying not at the level of Messi or Ronaldo. I don’t think anybody who is of sane mind would say that he is.“Obviously, as I have a habit of doing, I just try to make fun of situations and obviously the Justin Bieber-Neymar call was a bit tongue in cheek.“Do I think he is capable of getting to that level? Well he is certainly improving, but will he be better than Messi in time? No I don’t [think so] is the honest answer.“I also said something similar about Alexis Sanchez when he signed for Arsenal, about him being slightly inconsistent and whilst everyone was getting carried away with him I didn’t think he would be the piece in the jigsaw that took Arsenal on to be league champions – ironically this season they have a good chance of doing that.”last_img read more


first_imgMark McHugh: Remember O’Donnell Park?BY PADDY WALSH: ROWING TO RIO – SINEAD GETS HER OAR IN FOR THE OLYMPICSClose to every day around the streets of Letterkenny, I’ll spot either Teresa or Michael Jennings out for their constitutionals. Not for them a short walk to the shop for the morning paper – they usually put in a lot more mileage than that – in their never ceasing fitness regime.But there’ll be an extra spring in their step these days as they reflect on the outstanding  achievement of daughter, Sinead, who, at the age of 38, will be competing for Ireland in the Olympic Games in Rio next year. After missing out on making the ‘A’ Final at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette in France, Sinead and her Dublin team-mate, Claire Lambe, finished third in the Lightweight Women’s Double Skulls ‘B’ Final to ensure qualification for Brazil. Party time, though knowing the Jennings family, the celebrations will have been low-key and the focus will continue to be on training. It has been a long road for the affable Letterkenny woman and one that saw her change sports back in the build-up to the London Olympics as she bid to qualify for the 2012 Games in cycling.Her blog from the time highlighted the sacrifices made – her daughter, Clodagh, had only recently come into the world – and the doubts that existed. “The question of whether I was good enough loomed large. Am I going to make it, is this all wasted effort?,” she wrote in August 2011. With time the doubts evaporated but she admitted it had been a gradual process.Sinead finished a mere 0.32 seconds outside the four minute mark in the National Track Championships which was, she pointed out, a watershed on the outdoor track. “It is by these small margins that Olympics are won and lost and from now to London I will be fighting to shave off every millisecond,” she blogged in September of that year.She recalled doing three to four hours around the hills of Letterkenny – no better place for demanding hill climbs and descents  – and the efforts that had left her spent. London, as it happened, didn’t materialise for her but it is now all systems go for Rio after reverting back to the sport in which she had excelled earlier in her sporting career. Excelled? Gold at the World Championships in Lucerne in 2001; bronze in Zagreb the previous year; and silver in Linz in 2008 – much more than excelled obviously. Her sister, Catriona, did compete in the marathon in London 2012 while Sinead’s husband, Sam, has been a participant on two occasions at Olympic level.A family that continues to go places – generally to the Olympic Games by the sound of it.Give a congratulatory nod to Teresa and Michael if you see them out on the road one of these days. As I say, you’ll know them easily as they’ll be the ones with a definite extra spring in their steps.RUB OF THE BLUE?Were I in Ollie Horgan’s size whatevers, I’m not sure if I’d be as calm or as reasoned in summing up the disallowed goal that denied Finn Harps the full quota of points and allowed bottom of the table, Waterford United, take one away from Ballybofey on Saturday night. Insisting that these things tended to balance themselves out in a season, the Harps boss maintained after the game: “Maybe you get those decisions in other games and they even out. Hopefully we might get the rub of the green between now and the end of the season to make up for that.”All well and good if you DO get such a decision going in your favour but what if you don’t and you end up losing out on automatic promotion by a point when had Damian McNulty’s headed “goal” (linesman, Alan Dunne’s inverted commas, not mine) gone in you would have been oiling the wheels for a crack at the Premier League next season?I’ve watched the video play-back half a dozen times and it’s clear that McNulty came in from an ONSIDE position when he powered his header to the net. And not long afterwards, Raymond Foy was clearly taken down on the edge of the box but was booked for a dive by referee Matthews.Two key moments that went against Harps on this occasion from a match they should have won and, let’s face it, should not have had to rely on disputed decisions to help them get there. Meanwhile, a couple of positives from the game apart from the performances of the likes of Ciaran Coll and Tony McNamee. Great to see big Stephen Parkhouse back at Finn Park as a special guest. Formed a significant partnership with Conor Gethins in the Harps front-line back in the day and was given a warm cead mile failte.And a note of praise to that small band of Harps supporters in the stand who continued to chant the team’s praises even after the full-time whistle clouding over the disappointment of the goal-less draw. It can only have impressed the familiar figure standing nearby them, one Colm McFadden. And as St. Michael’s and Donegal supporters will tell you, there is only one.THE WALTERS PERSPECTIVEJon Walters. Hero. Not simply for the goal that earned the Republic the three points against Georgia on Monday night. Or for the typically energetic performance the bustling striker put in as he invariably always do in a green shirt or that of his club side, Stoke City.You’ll have heard about West Bromwich’s Saido Berahino and his recent row with the club over the failure to allow him move on to Tottenham Hotspur during the transfer window. It got particularly nasty and has only now calmed down with the striker returning to training at The Hawthorns having insisted that he would never play for the club again.Walters also slapped in a transfer request as he attempted to force a move through to Norwich City. True, not nice to hear if you’re a Stoke fan and the twitter feed was full of some vicious reaction to the Irish striker’s demand. The transfer didn’t happen and he’ll continue to turn out for Mark Hughes team and the whole thing will probably be forgotten before long if he puts in his usual ninety-minute shift of all-out endeavour during the remainder of the season.But not for Walters a slap at Stoke and any insistence that he wouldn’t ever play for the club again. Instead a touch of humour as he tweeted: “Helicopter away for the year…sorry LVG it’s not happening.”But it was his pre-recorded interview prior to the match with Georgia that caught the ear. And indeed his post match comments.In both, Walters claimed that he was hugely fortunate to be playing football and receiving a significant wage for doing so. Hugely fortunate in all aspects of a comfortable lifestyle when, as he pointed out, the headlines in the media of recent times were all to do with people who are much less fortunate that him. Much, much less.The refugee crisis had put it all into perspective for him, he pointed out.Perspective. Not something those of us with a passion for sport and those of us who leaped out of our seats when Walters netted against Georgia always take on board.But something that Jon Walters obviously genuinely believes in – an image of the body of a three year old boy lying on a beach not easy to leave your mind even when you’re negotiating a career move.Mark EnglishMARKED MAN?Every time Mark English reaches another goal in his pursuit of greatness on the athletic tracks of the world, I cannot help but reflect on the recent claim by R.T.E. pundit, Jerry Kiernan, namely that the Letterkenny man had shown no improvement in his chosen sport over the past two years.He continued that path of no improvement by posting a time of 1:15:71 in the 600 metres at the Flame Games in Amsterdam at the weekend – finishing second behind Kenya’s Alfred Kipketer and setting a new Irish record for the distance in the process.That’s hot on the heels of attaining the qualification mark for the 2016 Olympics and helping to set a new Irish record by the men’s relay team at the World Championships in China. And no doubt when he takes out that silver medal from the European Indoor Championships and his bronze at the European Championships last year, he, too, must reflect on that lack of progress pointed to by Mr. Kiernan.Just where did it all go wrong?BOOST FOR LETTERKENNY  R.F.C. TRIOIt’s a bit early to be talking future international material for the trio of young Letterkenny rugby players who lined out with the Ulster under-18 team in their match with Connacht at the weekend but you have to say they’ve the ability to take their careers further if they can continue the progress that saw them earn that call-up.All three, Peter Scott, Daniel Faulkner and Joe Dunleavy, started for the Province in Magherafelt on Saturday and duly impressed in their respective roles in full-back, inside centre and wing forward.I’ve seen them in all action at various times and they certainly have the pedigree to add to their Ulster appearances and – well – who knows…?The Letterkenny trio were all involved in the Ulster try in the 15-9 defeat to Connacht with Scott going over for the score after being set by his two team-mates.A boost not just for the players but for the club who have produced some quality players over the years from under-age level.PUNISHMENT SHOWN THE RED CARDTime was that the Marx Brothers provided the greatest farce this side of the moon until along came the G.A.A. authorities to show them how it’s really done.Diarmuid Connolly may not have looked as if he was on the field of play on Saturday but he was and the only question to be asked is how? How was his ban overturned in the early hours of the morning of the semi-final replay when it appeared cut and dried that he would not be lining out that afternoon for Dublin following that well documented striking of Lee Keegan in the first game?That surely should have been it but the appeal process opens up all sorts of potential avenues for perpetrators, not to mention cans of worms, and at around 2 o’clock in the morning, Connolly was cleared to play and it was the punishment itself that was sidelined.And yes, there could indeed have been a number of other players from both Dublin and Mayo missing out had the entire process been given its head. But the point is that arguably Dublin’s best player – best in the country many would say – was given the green light by the Disputes Resolution Authority after the one match ban had been initially upheld by the G.A.A. Central Hearings Committee and the Central Appeals Committee.Not the first time the Dublin All-Star received clearance to play in a big game after a red card offence. Connolly was involved in an altercation with Donegal’s Marty Boyle a few years ago but on that occasion, his ban was lifted on a technicality.No such technicality this time out – only an appeals process that would appear to be flawed to the back bone.Moral of the story: a ban imposed by the G.A.A. isn’t worth the flimsy paper it’s written on.Or as Groucho Marx put it: “These are my principles and if you don’t like them…well, I have others.”GIVE US BACK THE HILLNothing, even the inclusion of Diarmuid Connolly, should or can take away from the fact that Dublin fully deserved their win on Saturday. Once Bernard Brogan rattled in their first goal with over fifty-five minutes gone to bring the scores level, there was really only going to be one team facing Kerry on Sunday week.Even when Cillian O’Connor had somehow managed to knock the ball to the net while off-balance to put Mayo four points to the good, there was still this feeling that the Dubs had a gear to go up and up it went.And so the Foxford curse continues to hang heavily over the men from Enda Kenny’s county and wouldn’t you think a man in his position would be able to pull a few strings and get the thing lifted? And you wonder do any or all of the players in those Mayo squads go into the business end of the All-Ireland Championship, as they have done over the past few years, with that old story of the angry priest imposing that curse because the returning All-Ireland winners of 1951 failed to give due respect at the funeral of a local dignitary.I know they’ve all probably dismissed it in their minds as a load of old stuff that cattle deposit but, still, lingering there in the dark recesses might just be the doubts whenever each years passes and Sam refuses to come in within an asses roar of Foxford or anywhere else in Kenny’s kingdom.Credit, though, to the Dubs who showed that they didn’t need to exert to physicality to overcome the Mayomen and as the game wore into its later stages, the chant from The Hill was becoming more confident with each passing second and ball.Ah yes, The Hill. Packed as it always is on these occasions with the familiar blue – a sight that may gladden the hearts of Dublin supporters but still ranks as a serious bone of contention to this mind. Every time the Dubs play at Croker, there they are – filling up every corner of it and consequently starting every game with a distinct psychological advantage. What kind of boost must it give to any Dublin team when they take to the field and why indeed in the first place was it designated as a Dubs only terrace (back in the nineties their supporters objected seriously to plans for an all-seater  arrangement in the old Nally stand and their views were upheld)?And there was the rest of us believing that Croke Park belonged to every footballing and hurling county in the country. Dream on, culchies, would appear to be the message from the  current occupants of The Hill.FAIR POINTMark McHugh reckons he’d have preferred watching Fair City than the Republic of Ireland game with Georgia.Not sure which of them should feel insulted more –  the R.T.E. series or Martin O’Neill’s management style but it was probably both.Believe me, Mark, I felt the same way when I was watching most of the game. Just as I did when I stood through the National League outing between Donegal and Monaghan at O’Donnell Park back in March.Hell (and it was), I would have almost watched ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ if I could have got that hour of my life back again.WAYNE’S WORLDSo Wayne Rooney has surpassed Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 international goals for his country?Only seventeen more and he’ll reach Robbie Keane’s current total….PADDY WALSH ON WEDNESDAY: ROWING TO RIO, HARPS’ BLUES AND TAKING BACK THE HILL was last modified: September 9th, 2015 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:mark englishMark McHughPaddy Walshpaddy walsjsinead jenningslast_img read more

Average price of Premier League kits soars over £100

first_imgFans have taken to social media to complain about rising kit prices, yet the Football Supporters’ Federation maintain it is far from one of the most popular criticisms raised by fans.A spokesman said: “The cost of kits can add up, especially if you have kids, and it would make sense for manufacturers to add a “use by” date.“That way supporters or parents know exactly what they’re getting and can make a decision as to whether the price tag is worth it.“However, kits aren’t an essential item in the way that tickets are, so this isn’t an issue that a lot of fans approach the FSF to campaign on.” who plays? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? highlights How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence smart causal How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS gameday NEW ERA The average price of a replica Premier League kit has soared over £100 for the first time after Manchester United revealed their latest new season look on Tuesday.United’s new strip tops the price charts at £116.85 based on a basic adult short-sleeved shirt, shorts and socks – while their fully printed “authentic” kit – the same one worn by players on matchdays – comes in at £192.85.center_img ALTERED predicted possible xi 1 Rooted in 🔴👕🔴⁰Our new @adidasfootball home kit, inspired by our origins. 🚃⁰Get yours now: https://t.co/kcB44JjShY #HereToCreate #MUFC pic.twitter.com/ZcHXeTUo7J— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 17, 2018While the average cost of a basic top-flight kit this season comes in at £94.08 – with Newcastle and Tottenham still to declare – it breaks the £100 barrier when additions such as numbers and names are applied.Southampton’s “UA match shirt” is the costliest stand-alone of the lot, coming in at a total of £118 when names, numbers and badges are added.Burnley’s new strip represents the best value in the Premier League, coming in at a total of £75 – with the shirt alone costing £45.The Clarets said in a statement: “Burnley Football Club prides itself on being a community club and our commitment to keeping prices as low as possible reflects this.”The statement continued; “We have some of the cheapest season ticket prices in the Premier League and one of the cheapest matchday programmes, so the kit is just another way of hopefully giving something back to our loyal fan base.” Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Arsenal’s kit won’t come cheap How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decadelast_img read more


first_imgA young Co Donegal girl is understood to be in a stable condition after a ‘drinking party’ in Strabane left a number of youths in hospital.The teenager, from the outskirts of Letterkenny, is to be discharged today.It follows a drinking party at Strabane Golf Course involving more than 60 youths. Paramedics had to attend the scene of the party after a number of young people took ill.The Donegal girl was found unconscious and was treated at the scene and then hospitalised. DONEGAL GIRL AMONG THOSE HOSPITALISED AFTER STRABANE BOOZE PARTY was last modified: March 18th, 2014 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:drinkletterkennystrabanelast_img read more

Public appeal for information following Donegal hit and run

first_imgA member of the public has appealed for witnesses following a hit and run incident this morning (Weds) on the N15 in Donegal. Shaun McBrearty was driving his Silver Kia Cee’d on Wednesday morning sometime between 08:35 and 08:45 towards Stranorlar when a ‘smaller silver car’ driving in the opposite direction towards Killygordon struck his vehicle.It is understood that the car failed to stop following the incident, making off from the scene. Gardaí have since been alerted about the incident.However, Mr McBrearty has launched his own appeal for information.He said:  If anyone was in this area at the time and they can recall anything – or if they have a DASH CAM in their vehicle, can they please contact the Garda station in Ballybofey on 0749137740 or Letterkenny Garda station on 0749167100.“In addition, I would appeal to any businesses in the Killygordon area who would have CCTV footage from in and around this time this morning (Wednesday). “The other vehicle was a small, silver car – similar to an Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Megane or possibly even a small Volkswagen – but I am not sure of the exact make/model of the vehicle as the accident happened on a corner,” he added.“The other vehicle will be missing the driver-side wing mirror and the driver-side of the vehicle will have various scrapes, scratches and dents the full length of the vehicle.“If anyone can help in any way, it would be very much appreciated. My own vehicle has sustained substantial damage and I would like to try and identify the other vehicle that was involved in the accident.”Public appeal for information following Donegal hit and run was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Aputure Releases the 300D II — with Lantern Attachment

first_imgThe much-anticipated successor to the highly successful 300d LED light fixture, the 300d II comes jam-packed with all of the new features we were looking for in a powerful on-set light package.If you saw our post covering the announcement of both the 300d II and the lantern attachment during NAB week, you might know how excited we were to check it out in person. It checked off all of the items on our wishlist: more brightness, an attachable ballast, and even app control from their new Sidus app. The 300d II is available for purchase now, but before you go off and buy it, take a look at some of the new features.All-New Redesigned Control BoxOne of our biggest gripes with the original 300d was its convoluted power ballast system. There were two separate boxes — one for power, and one for the controls — and they were constantly just . . . in the way on set. But we have nothing to gripe about anymore. Aputure’s all-new control box is a marvel in the lighting world. There’s really nothing else like it out there right now. It uses a fanless design that utilizes heatsinks, which renders the box completely silent. The control box can also attach directly to a C-stand using the new quick-release tool, which makes organization a whole lot easier on set. If you’re shooting in an area without access to power, you’re in luck: you can power the 300d II with two V-Mount or Gold Mount batteries — or even with just one battery at half output. That’s pretty useful if you don’t have access to a generator.On top of all the other crazy-good ballast features, there are now built-in lighting FX that we’ve seen on Aputure’s other products, like the AL-MW, that include useful on-set effects such as “Paparazzi,” “Fireworks,” “Lightning,” “Faulty Bulb,” “TV,” “Pulse,” ” Strobe,” and “Explosion.”Sidus Link ControlWe’ve been absolutely psyched to find out more about Aputure’s new light-linking app Sidus, and it’s looking like we’ve got our first product that will feature connectivity to the software. Here’s what Aputure says about the connectivity features with the 300d II:Featuring all-new Bluetooth SIG mesh network technology, the 300d Mark II will also the first app-controllable Aputure lighting fixture. This technology will allow you to control a 300d Mark II from up to 400 meters away, by linking multiple lights up to 80 meters apart. Using the Sidus Link app, you’ll be able to access all of the functions of the control box, in addition to being able to save presets, finely tune and trigger additional lighting FX, as well as install firmware updates, all from your smartphone or tablet.Aputure has said that it will be making backwards-compatible attachments that can connect to your non-Sidus Aputure lighting gear to the app, but we’re just going to have to wait on that release.More Power and EfficiencyHaving more available power on set is always a good thing. The 300d II is 20 percent brighter than its predecessor. It also comes with Aputure’s brand-new, hyper-efficient, 55-degree reflector. After redesigning the shape and coating of the inside of the reflector, Aputure increased the output by more than three times, compared to the original 300d.Bonus: The Aputure LanternNow I’m not going to lie: I’ve been excited about this for a long time. I am a huge fan of using china balls on set, but they can be a nightmare to work with. The paper rips constantly, and they have the penchant to accidentally catch fire if exposed to too much light. The Aputure Lantern fixes that problem by providing ample soft lighting with just a quick attachment to your 300d II. It’s also a tension-based system that can fit in a small carrying case, which makes it incredibly portable and easy to access for run-and-gun filmmakers.One of the coolest features of the Lantern is the skirt attachment. It’s a black cloth that can direct and block your soft light toward your desired target. It’s great for lighting a table scene — or a single person in a crowd.Both the Aputure 300d II and the Lantern attachment are available for purchase on the Aputure website.All images via Aputure.Looking for more on film and video gear? Check out these articles.Sony Announces The A7R IV with a 61-megapixel SensorThe 5 Best Sliders to Pair with Mirrorless Video CamerasCanon Announces an Affordable Full-Frame 24-240mm All-in-one Zoom LensBuilding A Low Budget Handheld Rig For The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4KViltrox vs. Metabones: Speed Booster for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameralast_img read more