Pelicans fly to top of RSPL

first_imgThe University of the West Indies moved to the top of the table in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) when they edged struggling Jamalco FC 1-0 at the UWI Bowl in Mona yesterday.The tertiary institution team are on 46 points courtesy of a goal by Anthony Greenland in the 37th minute.Jamalco had the better chances but were let down by faulty shooting. The promoted team had a glorious chance to level the score, but their captain Shauntel Mundel, kicked a penalty that was saved by UWI’s custodian, Amal Knight, in the second half.Coach of UWI FC Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle said that his team came into the game to win in order to take control of the points table.”We are one step closer to the dream of finishing in the top two for an automatic semi-final spot. We were fully aware that a win would put us on top as sole leader,” Gayle told The Gleaner.”We did not play slick today as the team dug deep and secured full points. We plan to play better in coming games,” he added.Jamalco remained on 23 points and slipped into the relegation zone, and it is a concern for coach Rayon Johnson.”We have to be worried at this time based on our position in the table. We played well today, but finishing has been plaguing us,” he said.In another result, Humble Lion moved into second position on 45 points, following a 2-0 win against seventh-place Reno FC at the Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon.Maverley-Hughenden inched out of the relegation zone after a 0-0 draw against Portmore United at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.Yesterday’s resultsPortmore United 0 Maverley-Hughenden 0UWI FC 1 Jamalco FC 0Humble Lion 2 Reno FC 0Today’s game8 p.m. – Harbour View FC vs Boys’ Town FC at Harbour View Stadiumlast_img read more

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Liberia Loses Over US$12M

first_imgLiberia’s Finance Minister Amara Konneh has disclosed that the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia and other countries within the Mano River Union (MRU) region has already cost the country’s economy US$12 million between April and June alone. This amount represents about two percent of the country’s fiscal budget – and the disease is still spreading. This means that Liberia would have to revise down its projected gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 5.9 percent by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as reported by our business desk last week. Minister Konneh didn’t, however, say how much the economy would lose in the months of July and August, which witnessed increased in the spread of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. He is quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying that the Liberian government is scrambling for a response to the crisis. “We are scrambling for a response to this crisis … If it is not contained it will have serious consequences for our economy,” Konneh told Reuters. Liberia’s economy is being hurt as a result of massive slowdown in cross-border trade as the country’s military has been deployed at key border points connecting Sierra Leone and Guinea to enforce a 90-day State of Emergency. The local economy is also hurt by the Ebola outbreak as many consumers hold back spending thereby forcing certain businesses to suspend operations or operate for half day. Daily newspaper sales have dwindled as print media houses report large numbers of returns. The manager of one of the local dailies told our business desk over the weekend that he is considering reducing the quantity of papers he prints. “This paper is not being sold because government offices have urged most of their ‘non-essential staff’ to stay home and these people are our customers,” he said on condition of anonymity. Like the media houses, most local businesses are becoming worried about paying their taxes at the end of the month. For cross border traders business environment is bad as their movement has been restricted in a bid to contain the Ebola virus.     Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, who are experiencing the deadliest outbreak of the Ebola epidemic, are among the world’s poorest countries at the bottom of global development indexes. These countries have shown signs of leaving behind brutal wars and leaping into Africa’s economic boom – before the outbreak of the lethal Ebola epidemic.As the world’s biggest outbreak ravages the populations of these small states from West Africa’s Mano River Region, their resource-dependent economies are reeling from the impact.With the death toll more than 980, Ebola is hitting tourism, reducing travel and trade, and slowing farming and mining, delivering body blows to what had been buoyant GDP growth driven by increasing foreign investment, officials said.”A common feature of these three countries is they’re all fragile states,” Makhtar Diop, the World Bank’s vice president for Africa, said on a call with reporters.”It means that they’re countries that need more support from the international community in normal times … And this external shock that they’re currently facing, this crisis, is taking them even further back,” Diop said.”You have to divert resources. You have to divert energy. So you are slowing down the other aspects of real economic development just to fight a disease that erupted out of nowhere,” Konneh stated.An initial World Bank-IMF impact assessment for Guinea, where the outbreak started in a remote forest region and has killed over 350 people, projects the bauxite exporter’s GDP growth falling from 4.5 percent to 3.5 percent.The World Bank and African Development Bank have committed US$260 million to help the three worst-affected countries.Fleeing Farmers, Falling RevenuesThe World Bank said agriculture had been hit in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia as rural workers fled farming areas in the affected zones, where some Ebola patients have been shunning medical treatment and hiding away in their villages.Liberia’s Finance Minister Konneh observed a slowdown in farming and transport and reduced activity at popular markets could push up prices of essential food items and other goods.”We’re watching inflation. So far it’s not been bad but we’re worried about the Lofa food belt where people are quarantined and major markets closed. We expect hoarding by people in urban areas that could drive food prices up,” he said.In Monrovia, residents said the Ebola emergency, and the fear and suspicion it has generated, was disrupting daily life, affecting everything from street hawking to taxi fares.Due to the fear of contagion from close contact – Ebola is spread by contact with the bodily fluids of infected humans or animals – taxis were now only taking three passengers in the back instead of the previous four, and this had pushed fares up.Konneh said the government would prevent price-gouging.Some major airlines such as British Airways and Emirates have halted flights to affected countries, and expatriates there are fleeing the Ebola risk, government officials said, adding this reduced consumption and revenues.”We’ve seen international workers leaving the country in numbers,” Minister Konneh said.Appeal to Investors to StayMost major foreign companies operating in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are reportedly responding cautiously, reducing staff movements and adopting precautionary health measures. There are reports that some foreign companies have begun evacuating their expatriate staff from Liberia.The World Bank warned that if the evacuation of skilled expatriate staff continued, there would be a “sizable decline in production” from mining operations in the affected region.The two big iron ore miners in Liberia, Arcelor Mittal and China Union, are still operating, Konneh said.”We are trying to ensure we put in place health protocols in mining areas,” he added.Canadian Overseas Petroleum, a partner with oil major ExxonMobil in offshore exploration in Liberia, however, announced recently that it was pushing back the start of drilling.ExxonMobil declined to comment on personnel but said safety was a top priority. “Our Monrovia office remains open,” the company told Reuters.Liberian and Sierra Leonean officials have appealed to major investors not to abandon their countries because of Ebola.”My message is: ‘Don’t leave the country. Stay with us – let’s fight this together’,” said Konneh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Government Urged to Teach HIV&AIDS in Schools

first_imgDespite the many challenges faced by advocacy groups championing the rights of people living with HIV, the response remains strong throughout the country with a call from the Lutheran Church in Liberia’s (LCL) HIV and AIDS program Advocacy officer for lessons on HIV and AIDS to be taught from elementary to high school levels in Liberia.According to the LCL HIV and AIDS Program Advocacy officer, Batie Nah, “This move would help the younger generation build the campaign against HIV and AIDS while making them aware of the harmful effect it has on the Liberian society.” Mr. Nah made his assertion over the weekend in an exclusive interview with journalists.He stressed that there was a need for more awareness in schools, offices and communities where there are people living with the virus. “We need more education in every corner of our society to help reduce the spread of HIV in Liberia,” he added.He said if the next generation is sensitized about HIV and AIDS issues, Liberia would reach its goal of a zero infection rate soon; and stigma and discrimination against people living with the virus would reduce.The LCL HIV and AIDS Advocacy and IEC Officer called on the Liberian government to take this move seriously in order to save the country’s younger generation; adding: “Half of our population consists of young people, so we have to move the campaign to another level.”Commenting on the issue of stigma and discrimination, he indicated that Liberia is yet to have a stigma and discrimination free atmosphere, thus causing a lot of problems in the disclosure of HIV positive status.“Most families neglect their relatives and loved ones because of their HIV status, this is making them feel isolated from society,” he disclosed.Nah maintained that most people are not willing to accept their status, thereby causing more harm than good for the national HIV and AIDS in the country.According to him, acceptance of status and adherence to treatment would help reduce the spread of the virus and prolong life span of the infected, noting that this can only happen in a stigma and discrimination free society.He further noted that the rate of stigma and discrimination in rural Liberia is higher than that of Monrovia and its environs; he further stressed that the rural parts of the country are being cut off from more awareness on the issues of stigma and discrimination.Mr. Nah said the LCL HIV and AIDS Program has expanded in order to reach rural dwellers on this epidemic, and is also collaborating with various community-based groups to enhance the awareness campaign.He cautioned Liberians to accept their family members infected with HIV to encourage them and give them hope.The 13th Street stationed Lutheran Church in Liberia HIV and AIDS program was established over eight years ago and provides voluntary testing and counseling for people living with the virus as well as people whose families are infected.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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`Gilded Age’ on view at mansion

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThere also will be a feather tree, which was the first kind of artificial tree developed by the Germans to stem the deforestation of pine forests due to the popularity of Christmas trees, Bovard said. “Then we have what we call the white tree, which is a highly stylish version where everything – ornaments, candles and the wrapping on presents – was all white. This was a real stylish thing during the Victorian and Edwardian era,” Bovard said. Visitors also will learn about the presents, creche, dining table settings and entertainments of the period, as well as the development of wrapping paper. The Finnish Consulate office will be open, too, so visitors can see traditional Finnish decorations. “This really makes you feel like you’re walking back in time 100 years,” Bovard said. “It’s so gracious. You can imagine yourself in a sweeping long skirt coming up this gorgeous walkway, seeing this incredible architectural jewel and then walking in and seeing this massive Christmas tree and the beautiful foyer with greenery, the beading and Christmas carols playing. It’s magical.” Bovard is looking forward to the layers of greenery, flowers and beads in the dining room and foyer and along the grand staircase. They have been put together with the help of nearly 100 volunteers in collaboration with designs from local florist Mary Falkingham. Tour docents will spread some additional joy by sharing letters written by East Coast visitors to Fenyes Mansion during the holidays. An optional tea at the Raymond Restaurant will be offered after the tour. The tea will continues the historic theme. The building was originally the cottage of the caretaker for the Raymond Hotel and, according to Bovard, is the only place left from its time. Today the space is known for its cuisine. “Don’t come full already because it’s absolutely scrumptious,” she advised. The goodies may make visitors feel a bit guilty, but they can rest easier knowing that a portion of the restaurant bill will be donated to the Pasadena Museum of History. Advance payment is required for the tour, while payment for the tea can be made at the door. Reservations are required for both. michelle.mills@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2128160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – The Pasadena Museum of History has decked the halls of its Fenyes Mansion for a special event. The “Gilded Age Holiday in the Mansion” on Thursdays – from Dec. 6 through Dec. 27 – will feature a tour followed by a tea at the Raymond Restaurant. “They are going to see the dining room, which has indigenous materials that were utilized in the decor of the Southern California region, as opposed to trying to replicate things you might see if you lived in Boston or New York or Seattle or London,” said Jeannette Bovard, the museum’s media consultant. Table top trees were very popular during the Edwardian period, so visitors will see trees traditionally lighted with old fashioned bulbs, as well as unlit candles. last_img read more

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THE DAY SAM GOT THE ‘MAX’ FROM MULROY COLLEGE!

first_imgMulroy College in Milford welcomed a very special guest to the school yesterday.Sam Maguire along with Donegal video analyst Maxi Curran and player Martin McElhinney were treated as VIPs when they arrived at the school. Principal Ms Fiona Temple said she was very grateful former pupil Maxi had arranged the visit.THE DAY SAM GOT THE ‘MAX’ FROM MULROY COLLEGE! was last modified: November 13th, 2012 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:donegalMaxi CurranMilfordMulroy CollegeSam Maguirelast_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: LETTERKENNY LADIES CLUB NOTES

first_imgWell done Bridie Gildea and Kay Kelly for winning the Daily Mail competition on Saturday. The winning ladies go forward to represent Letterkenny in this competition which has always been popular with our club members. The draw for the first round will take place in early February when Kay and Bridie will find out which club they meet. Good luck to you both.Weather permitting, the annual Drive-In will take place on Sunday 3rd February when Lady Captain Sandra, Mr. Captain Henry and Mr. President Barry will take their first official drives of their year in office and will launch us into our Centenary golfing season. Entries and draw will take place at 10am while you enjoy refreshments (supplied by the lovely ladies) and the drive-in will commence at 11am. Even if you are not playing because you can’t, you don’t or because you think you shouldn’t (its for everyone – so don’t think that!) – come along and support. Entry fee for the golf competition includes a plate of food in the bar afterwards so come and enjoy.Don’t forget that annual subscriptions are now due and that all members who supplied an email address will have received their bills by this method of distribution. Please contact Dermot Condon should you have any queries regarding subscriptions and don’t forget that there is a free draw for those members who have signed up before the end of January – you could win your 2014 subscription. The popular Bingo afternoon is organised for Sunday 24th February so keep that date free. Quack, quack.Used mobile phones are still needed to get us to the magic number of 250 so that we can get a defibrillator for the club so if you have any lying around, please leave them into the collection box in the front hall.And the really good news is that your diligent ladies PRO won the Irish Cancer Society’s hamper in the pro shop – yum, yum!!Don’t forget the book club, the Friday night quiz and Wednesday night cards – we are a very active club…..   GOLF NEWS: LETTERKENNY LADIES CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Ladies Golf Club noteslast_img read more

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ST PATRICK’S EVE AND ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS AT VOODOO VENUE – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgVoodoo Venue turned GREEN for its St Patrick’s Day celebrations and the venue was rocking over the last couple of nights.Voodoo Venue is the undoubtedly the best clubbing spot in the North-West and consistently provides top-class entertainment every night.It kicked things off on St Patrick’s Eve has it’s now been known and the place was jammed. That trend continued for the entire day on St Patrick’s Day and a fantastic night was had by everybody.If you’re face is circled above then you’ve won FREE entry for FOUR and a FREE bottle of Champagne.Contact Voodoo via Facebook now and claim your prize. 🙂ST PATRICK’S EVE AND ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS AT VOODOO VENUE – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: March 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewspicture specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

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Champions League: Match-day six-day two pits Spurs away to Bayern

first_img Tags: Atalantachampions leagueDinamo ZagrebMan City Shakhter Donetsk vs AtalantaOblasny SportKomplex, KharkivWednesday, 11-12-2019 @8:55pmReferee: Felix Zwayer (Ger)Shakhtar Donetsk have been in fine form lately and now host Atalanta hoping to confirm it with a ticket to the Champions League knockout stages, sitting 2nd after five games played with both Dinamo Zagreb and the Italian rivals breathing down their necks ahead of the decision day.Miners beat Olimpik Donetsk (3-0) on Friday and built on their seven-match unbeaten run, where they also held Dinamo Zagreb (3-3) and Man City (1-1) to exciting draws on the road. Luis Castro will now want to capitalize and we expect his men very motivated to do so, with rock-solid home records to build on as well.However, Atalanta come into the match in a great mood as well, having finally gained consistency and connecting a three-match winning streak across competitions since late November. They beat Dinamo (2-0) at San Siro and came within points of a top 2 spot, which will have them just as confident now.La Dea beat Brescia (0-3) and Hellas Verona (3-2) in two high-scoring Serie A clashes since then as well, with goals coming from all directions. They have struggled for great consistency on the road through most part of the campaign but still kept scoring goals, which promises a great challenge at Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist.Shakhtar bagged four wins and three draws in their last seven outings across competitions. Atalanta beat Hellas Verona (3-2) to extend their three-match winning streak. Miners snatched the points in Italy as they beat Atalanta (1-2) with a last-gasp winner from Manor SolomonDinamo Zagreb vs Man CityStadion Maksimir, ZagrebWednesday, 11-12-2019 @8:55pmReferee: Carlos Del Cerro (Spa)John Stones has been ruled out of Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday. The England defender did not train with the squad on Tuesday morning and was not included in the squad to travel to Croatia later in the day. Youngsters Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood-Bellis have joined Nicolas Otamendi, now City’s only fit senior central defender, in the squad.The hosts only have one injury concern in the shape of Sandro Kulenovic, who is not expected to return to action from a broken foot until next month.This will be only the second competitive meeting between Dinamo Zagreb and Manchester City, after the Citizens won the first 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium in October. Dinamo Zagreb have only won one of their five Champions League meetings with English sides (D1 L3), a 2-1 win at home to Arsenal in September 2015. Manchester City have lost just one of their last 14 Champions League matches (W10 D3 L1), losing away to Spurs in last season’s quarter-final (1st leg). Man City will finish top of their group for the fourth time in their last five participations in the Champions League, including in each of the last three seasons. After finishing 1st in their group in those campaigns, the Citizens reached at least the quarter-final stage on each previous occasion. Dinamo Zagreb have picked up five points in this season’s Champions League – only in 1998-99 (8 pts) have they won more in a single group stage in the competition (incl. group stage 1st). They have never made the knockout stage of the Champions League.PSG vs GalatasaryParc des Princes, ParisWednesday, 11-12-2019 @11pmReferee: Istvan Kovacs (Rom)Galatasaray need to turn the form book upside down if they are to extend their European campaign into the new year by finishing third in the Champions League Group A table.The Turkish league title-holders must beat Paris Saint-Germain in their own backyard and hope Club Brugge fail to win at home to Real Madrid if they are to parachute into the last 32 of the Europa League.But given how solid PSG have been this term, it looks an extremely difficult task. France’s dominant football club of the current era won their first four Champions League games of the season and then hit back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away to Real Madrid to ensure they will win this group.The one thing that gives Galatasaray hope here is that their matches against PSG have traditionally been low-scoring (see stats above) and that has also been the case in most of the games this season contested by Fatih Terim’s side.However, one exception, which will be a cause for concern here, is that they lost 6-0 away to Real Madrid last month when they were three goals down after just 14 minutes.That does look an aberration though, so we are backing the Istanbul club to be much more like their usually defensively robust selves here even though they will probably be defeated.PSG already come into the game assured of finishing in top spot but will want to end the group phase in unbeaten fashion. PSG have won their last 5 home matches and all of said victories have been to nil. A win could see Galatasaray salvage a place in the Europa League, but they’d still be dependent on what Club Brugge do at home to Real Madrid. A win for the Turkish outfit doesn’t look particularly likely anyway, given they’ve won just 1 of their last 7 games on the road.Club Brugge vs Real MadridJan Breydelstadion, BruggeWednesday, 11-12-2019 @11pmReferee: Tobias Stieler (Ger)Club Brugge arrive knowing they cannot make it into the last 16 of the competition but a win would ensure they drop into the Europa League. However, without victory in their last five Champions League home group games, that’s not something that looks likely. Real Madrid already know they will finish second in the group, regardless of the result in Belgium. Nonetheless, now unbeaten in nine games, of which they’ve won seven, Real will want to keep their good form going.Though they’ve not won a game in the group, Club Brugge have probably done about as well as they could reasonably be expected to. A draw away at Real themselves and the share of the spoils with Galatasaray twice doesn’t make for terrible reading but the Belgians are still a long way off being fully competitive at this level.With Galatasaray expected to lose at PSG, Brugge should drop into the Europa League no matter what happens in this game but winning it is the only way they can be sure. Nonetheless, without a win in five straight Champions League home group games, that’s not something that looks too likely and there can be no doubting the hosts are big underdogs in the clash.Meanwhile, already guaranteed to progress into the last 16 via a second place finish, there’s little pressure on Wednesday’s game for Real Madrid. As such, the Spaniards could be tempted to rest some of their key players but with the immense quality they have, whatever team is fielded will be a strong one.Zinedine Zidane had been coming under pressure earlier on in the season but Real’s form has notably improved in recent weeks and the visitors have real momentum behind them now. Indeed, Real are unbeaten in nine matches, winning seven times in the process and level on points with Barcelona in La Liga. Things are looking good across all fronts.Bayern Munich vs Tottenham HotspurAllianz Arena, MunichWednesday, 11-12-2019 @11pmReferee: Gianluca Rocchi (Ita)Bayern Munich temporary manager Hans-Dieter Flick will be without Michael Cuisance after the midfielder sustained an injury in training. Corentin Tolisso (thigh) and Jerome Boateng (stubbed toe) are both expected to be declared fit despite being taken off injured during the weekend defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach.Tottenham have left Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier at home for the game in Munich. With both teams already qualified, Jose Mourinho has rested the four players for the dead rubber as he gives fringe players a chance. Hugo Lloris, Ben Davies, Erik Lamela, Harry Winks, Michel Vorm and Tanguy Ndombele are all injured and also stay in London.Bayern Munich have only lost one of their five previous meetings with Tottenham in all competitions (W3 D1), scoring 13 goals in those five games – over half of which came in their 7-2 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in October this season. This will be Tottenham’s first visit to Bayern in any competition since November 1983 in the UEFA Cup last 16; they have lost both of their two away games against them in all competitions by an aggregate 5-1 scoreline. Bayern Munich’s 7-2 win in their last meeting with Spurs was one of only two occasions an English side has conceded 7+ goals in a single match in any European competition, along with Spurs’ 8-0 loss at 1. FC Köln in the Intertoto Cup in July 1995. Spurs are looking to win consecutive away UEFA Champions League matches for the very first time, having won 4-0 at Crvena Zvezda on MD4. Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski has scored 10 UEFA Champions League goals in this season’s group stage, including a brace against Spurs on MD2. The record for goals in the group stage of a single campaign is held by Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 11 in 2015-16 for Real Madrid. Both Bayern and Spurs have different managers from their previous meeting on MD2, with Niko Kovac and Mauricio Pochettino departing respectively. It’s the first time a fixture has seen both teams have different managers in each game since 2017-18, when Bayern Munich and Anderlecht changed managers between fixtures.Olympiakos vs Crevna ZvezdaStadio Georgios Karaiskaki, PireausWednesday, 11-12-2019 @11pmReferee: Daniele Orsato (Ita)Crvena Zvezda and Olympiacos have scored less goals combined than both Bayern and Tottenham individually in Group B. Neither side has any chance of making it through to the knockout rounds. Olympiacos have conceded an average of 2.8 goals per game in this group. Crvena Zvezda have conceded an average of 3.8It was always going to be an uphill battle for Olympiacos, who at times have performed credibly. The Greek outfit will be disappointed not to have done slightly better, but by winning this home match they can still secure a place in the Europa League knockout rounds, so they’ve still got something to play for.Overall, Olympiacos have been too easy to get at, though they have often made their presence felt offensively, scoring in four out of five, notching a respectable total of seven goals.In the reverse fixture, the Greeks came unstuck, losing by three goals to one, though they’ll certainly fancy themselves to do better at home. After all, they drew with Spurs at this venue, scoring twice in the process, while they also scored twice when losing narrowly (2-3) against Bayern.Crvena Zvezda have also struggled to compete in a group with the likes of Spurs and Bayern. Defensively, it’s fair to say that the Serbians have been the worst team in the group. They’ve conceded no less than 19 goals and are without a clean sheet. They’ve also shipped two or more in four out of five.When they met Olympiacos on home soil, Crvena did come out on top but they do tend to be a side that is aided massively by home advantage, as their efforts on the road suggest. Away from home, Crvena lost against both Bayern and Spurs, conceding eight in the process and scoring none. Olympiacos competed much better when playing away from home against the big boys.Atletico Madrid vs Lokomotiv MoscowEstadio Wanda Metropolitano, MadridWednesday, 11-12-2019 @11pmReferee: Viktor Kassai (Hun)Atletico need to win to ensure that they make it through to the knockout rounds. A draw may be enough for the hosts, though that would depend on what Leverkusen do. With four goals to their name, Lokomotiv Moscow are the lowest scorers in this group. Lokomotiv have conceded more than each of their three Group D rivals, shipping nine in five.After five matches, Diego Simeone’s men, who’ve made a habit of reaching the final of this competition in recent years, would’ve expected to be qualified for the knockouts by this point, but they, unfortunately, come into match-day six without a guaranteed passage.What is fortunate for the hosts is that their fate is entirely in their own hands. Win and they’re through to the last-16. Recent matches against both Leverkusen and Juventus didn’t go to plan, but Atleti did record a rather convincing victory in the reverse of this fixture, winning by two goals to nil, so they should fancy themselves to do the business on Wednesday. Moreover, they’re unbeaten at this venue in the UCL since 2017, winning six out of eight, keeping an impressive five clean sheets.As far as the visitors are concerned things haven’t gone to plan. Being drawn with Atletico, Juventus and Leverkusen probably meant that the Russians came into the group without much confidence, though they would’ve wanted to put up more of a fight than they have.At both ends of the pitch, Lokomotiv have struggled to get going. They’ve scored less than a goal per game, while they’ve shipped nine, conceding two or more in four out of five. They’re yet to receive a real hammering, but that doesn’t really matter as their lack of attacking power has done the damage.In the reverse of this fixture, Lokomotiv were unable to land a serious blow, as they failed to score and registered just three shots on target.Bayer Leverkusen vs JuventusBayArena, LeverkusenWednesday, 11-12-2019 @11pmReferee: Benoit Bastien (Fre)Bayer Leverkusen have been in fine form lately and host Juventus on the back of a lengthy unbeaten streak, where they earned five wins and a draw in six outings across competitions since early November. They now sit just a point behind 2nd placed Atletico Madrid in Group D and hope to make this a late challenge for a ticket to the knockout stages.Die Werkself beat Atleti (2-1) in early November and built on it with a 0-2 win at Lokomotiv Moscow, as well as ten points in four Bundesliga outings despite a tough schedule. They now boast great team spirits and we expect them very motivated to impress in front of the home fans once again.Juventus have, on the other hand, secured the top spot with 13 points earned in five outings, bagging four wins and only seeing the streak interrupted in a thriller 2-2 draw in Madrid. They have lost on their consistency lately, though, and this could be more worrying for Maurizio Sarri at this point.Bianconeri have seen Sassuolo (2-2) snatch a point at Allianz Stadium in early December and struggled to bounce on their trip to Lazio, seeing a 3-1 loss at Lazio despite taking a lead through Cristiano Ronaldo. They have been conceding goals away from home on the regular and will now need more if they’re to finish the Group stage unbeaten.Bayer Leverkusen bagged five wins and a draw in their last six outings. Juventus saw two disappointing Serie A outings in December, as Sassuolo (2-2) snatched a point and Lazio (3-1) bagged all three. Juve bagged a 3-0 home win over the German rivals in October, as Gonzalo Higuain, Federico Bernardeschi, and Cristiano Ronaldo all made it on the score sheet.Comments last_img read more

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Bundoran mourns as popular publican passes away

first_imgThere has been widespread sadness in Donegal today after the passing of Nan Brennan in Bundoran. Nan passed away today, aged 80.Nan’s remains will arrive at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church tomorrow, Monday evening, at 7 pm. Her funeral will take place on Tuesday at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in Finner cemetery.Nan ran Brennan’s Criterion Bar along with her sister Patricia.Brennan’s Bar opened its doors on St Patrick’s Day in 1900 and has since been a go-to destination for locals, tourists and surfers.Earlier this year Brennan’s fronted the Hop House 13 ad series – with the sisters being picked for the campaign as the bar has been at the heart of Bundoran life for decades. Deepest condolences to Nan’s family and friends at this difficult time.Bundoran mourns as popular publican passes away was last modified: August 15th, 2017 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:BRENNANSbundorancriterion barnan brennanlast_img read more

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African farmers land juicy deal

first_imgMangoes and passion fruit produced bysmall-scale farmers in Kenya and Ugandawill now be used to manufacture fruit juicefor Coca-Cola. Small-scale fruit farmers in Uganda and Kenya will soon be able to start making good money from their produce, thanks to a multimillion-dollar deal that will see them supply Coca-Cola.The beverage giant has joined NGO TechnoServe and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to form a partnership that will help more than 50 000 small farmers in Uganda and Kenya increase their output and generate a sizeable income.The three organisations have invested a combined amount of R87.5-million (US$11.5-million) to sustain the initiative over the next four years. The new partnership was launched in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, on 20 January.Coca-Cola will use mango and passion fruit from the two East African countries to make new fruit juice products for local markets. “This partnership is a great example of sustainability,” Coca-Cola’s East and Central Africa business unit president Nathan Kalumbu said in a statement.“By partnering with tens of thousands of local farmers we can help increase their incomes while meeting our needs for locally sourced fruit, benefiting both the community and our business,” Kalumbu added.Coca-Cola plans to replicate the project in other parts of the world to grow its fruit juice range. One such product in the range, Minute Maid, has already become a global hit. The company, together with one of its bottling partners, invested about R30.4-million ($4-million) in the scheme.Growing fruit juice demandThe beverage company said there’s an increasing demand for fruit juice both in East Africa and across the world, and therefore a critical need to increase production. As part of the deal the small farmers will be supplied with tools to help them increase their productivity.TechnoServe, one of the leading NGOs that help communities grow their own enterprises, will work closely with the governments of Kenya and Uganda as a hands-on partner in the implementation phase.It will also teach the farmers how to increase yields and improve quality, and help them gain access to the donor funds.“We are honoured to be a part of this innovative collaboration as it represents a significant step forward for private sector development in Africa,” said TechnoServe president and CEO Bruce McNamer.“This investment will drive momentum toward reducing poverty across Africa by helping entrepreneurial farmers connect to markets and get the support they need.”The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which donated R57-million ($7.5-million), said the initiative is very important in the global drive to reduce poverty among poor communities.“Empowering small farmers to increase productivity, improve crop quality and access reliable markets is critical to addressing global hunger and poverty,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the foundation’s Global Development Program.“Partnerships like this provide farmers with the tools and resources that can help revitalise African agriculture and increase opportunities for small farmers so they build better lives for themselves and their families,” Burwell said.The foundation, formed by Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, has channelled more than R10.6-billion ($1.4-billion) into to agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, Burwell said. The grants are aimed at strengthening the entire agricultural value chain – from seeds and soil to farm management and market access – to sustain long-term hunger and poverty initiatives.last_img read more

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