In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgcompetitionsDefending champions Jamalco are kings of Business House cricket once again,having beaten W.B. Foundation by six wickets in the recent Western Sports/Reggae Jammin 50-over final at the Red Stripe Oval to retain the trophy.Jamalco, with exciting young players such as Pete Salmon and Tino Osbourne in their line-up, dismissed W.B. Foundation for 100 in 36 overs. Errol Thomas took four wickets for 11 runs as JDF Senior Cup player Rasheed Ottar top-scored with 43.Jamalco replied with 103 for four as Thomas capped a fine all-round performance with 44.Earlier, Jamalco defeated NHT in the limited overs KO final at the Red Stripe Oval to retain the first of their two titles. The team is captained by all-rounder Kirk Gordon.Lamey’s hat-trick leads Scotia to Champion of Champions titleA hat-trick by former national striker Kevin Lamey piloted league champions Scotiabank to a resounding 6-0 win over KO champions NCB in the Western Sports/JNBS Norman Goodison Inter-Bank Champion of Champions final at Winchester Park, St George’s College, last Sunday.Lamey opened the scoring in the 19th minute, having latched on to a cross from Kenroy Howell and shot past goalkeeper Levor Williams.The former Waterhouse striker made it 2 – just two minutes later – and completed the hat-trick early in the second half, while the rout continued with Howell scoring in the 75th minute, Kemar Cummings in the 86th and Raymond Williamson joined the party a minute later. Lamey capped the Man of the Match Award.Spit Fyah, Classic finalRed-hot Spit Fyah go into the Jamaica Domino Council Association final full of confidence as they face arch-rivals Caribbean Classic at Portmore HEART College of Construction Services in Portmore tomorrow, starting at 11 a.m.Spit Fyah, captained by Javlin James, the former captain of multiple champions Caribbean Classic, have beaten Classic twice this season; once in League action and the other in the mid-season final. The Classic team is captained by Rupert Pryce.In semi-final action, last Sunday. Spit Fyah turned back Waterhouse United 300-253, while Caribbean Classic trampled Giants 300-196.Braeton outshoot Edgewater 4-3Braeton United outshot Edgewater 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller as action got under way in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Knock-out football competition last Sunday.In other games, Racing United eliminated Daytona 1-0, Cedar Grove had a similar 1-0 win over Waterford, while Cumberland booted out Southborough 7-6 on penalties after regulation and extra time couldn’t break the 2-2 deadlock.Portmore Division Two League returnsThe York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League returns with four matches between today and tomorrow.At Racing Field today, newcomers Portmore United’s Under-20 squad take on Racing United at 3 p.m. There is a scheduled double-header at the Cedar Grove Sports Complex. At 1 p.m. Braeton United oppose Daytona and at 3 p.m. Cedar Grove tackle Southborough.The league had been paused to facilitate the knockout competition.South East St Catherine Netball LeagueThe constituency of South East St Catherine (SES) is again buzzing after the launch of a netball league, which is a collaborative effort between the member of parliament for SES and the Social Development Commission.In recent games, Westchester humbled Pro-Santos A 27-6 and Pro-Santos B rolled over Express All-Stars 18-8. Games continue today and tomorrow.Lincoln ‘Happy’ Sutherland KOThe St Catherine FA Lincoln ‘Happy’ Sutherland Knockout football competition’s first round continues today with five matches. Dunbeholden host Watson Grove in an all-Portmore clash at Dunbeholden, Portsmouth welcome De La Vega City at Portsmouth Primary, Christian Pen entertain Hellshire United at Christian Pen; Royal Lakes await East Portmore Portals at Lime Tree Oval and McCooks Pen battle Bodles at McCooks Pen. All games begin at 3 p.m.Rivoli United are the defending champions for the competition, which was launched on Thursday night. The competition is named in honour of ‘Happy’ Sutherland, a former president of the St Catherine Football Association. Passagefort United wins fifth titlePassagefort United retained their title – their fifth overall – in the final of the Colin Fagan-sponsored South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League, at Edgewater Community Centre, last Sunday. Passagefort defeated arch-rivals Ken’s Wildflower 250-233 in an exciting encounter.Passagefort, which led by 21 points (127-106) at half-time, survived a couple of mini runs by their opponents in second-half action before cruising to victory in the latter stages of the match. At the end of the match, Member of Parliament for South East St Catherine, Fagan, handed over the winners’ trophy and a cheque for $60,000.Second-place Ken’s Wildflower pocketed $30,000, third-place Waterford $15,000; while fourth-place Westchester Rising Stars collected $10,000.Fagan said the competition affords him a forum where he can speak one-on-one with some members of his constituency. He also said that persons from different social and political backgrounds are able to interact thus unearthing lasting friendshipsRed Stripe pooltourney on todayRed Stripe will this weekend sponsor the two-day Ultimate B & C class (Handicap) pool tournament at the Hot Shots Sports Bar and Grill, 120 Constant Spring Road, today and tomorrow, starting at 4:00 p.m. on both days.The tournament offers a first prize of $50,000 and trophy, second $16,000 and trophy, third $8,000 and trophy and fourth $4,000.Players finishing from fifth to eighth place will each receive $2,500 and from ninth to 16th place, $1,500.Registration and the draw close today at 3:00 p.m. Entry fee is $1,800 male, $1,200 for female players, and late entry for men $2,000. One re-entry will be allowed, conditions apply. Contact Leslie ‘Toothpick’ Puranda at 279-4543.Jamalco dominate BH cricketlast_img read more

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Busy year ahead for PH football

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Azkals are also seeing action in the AFF Suzuki Cup late in 2018.Araneta said that P15 million will be allotted for the Malditas, who will vie in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan in April.“It will be a busy year for us next year,” said Araneta. “We’re hoping to raise more funds for our programs.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The budget proposal was approved during the PFF Congress at L’Fisher Hotel here over the weekend.The bulk of the budget, Araneta said, would go to the technical department, which covers grassroots and age-group teams, and the national teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe construction of a new football center inside the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite, was also included in the budget along with the installation of the floodlights for the PFF National Training Center field.For their international campaigns, the Azkals will need P58 million as they try to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in March. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc BACOLOD CITY—Bracing for a busy year ahead, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has approved a P167 million budget for projects and programs for 2018, when the men and women’s national teams play in big international tournaments.PFF president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta said that while the federation will continue receiving subsidy from the International Football Federation (Fifa), Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Asean Football Federation (AFF), it would still need to raise about P32 million from other sources to meet the budgetary requirements.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Ramsay hands Ceres fitting farewell gift Read Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

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Patterson claims ignorance of coalition financier’s connection

first_imgNew Demerara River crossing…despite meeting ALL affected property owners to be paid off by GovtPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has claimed ignorance on whether a coalition financier stands to benefit from millions of dollars as a result of the chosen location for the construction of the new Demerara River crossing spanning Houston and Versailles.Patterson met with members of the local media corps on Thursday for an Alliance For Change (AFC) press engagement, during which he claimed that the Ministry has had meetings with the property owners and residents of all of the seven locations examined.Despite this acknowledgement, the Public Infrastructure Minister claimed that he did not know whether coalition financier Stanley Ming did, in fact, owned the property on the western bank of the Demerara River at Versailles.Minister Patterson was at the time responding to concerns raised by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who said the previous day it was “miraculous” and “not coincidental” that the very location that had been identified by Ming in 2015 for the erection of the new river crossing had been chosen by the Government.Stanley MingOpposition Leader, Bharrat JagdeoPublic Infrastructure Minister David PattersonAccording to Patterson, Government will have to acquire properties on the eastern bank of the River and had identified a plot of land owned by Muneshwar’s, in addition those bearing a nursery school and two private dwellings.Despite acknowledging meetings with those to be impacted by the new bridge at Versailles, Patterson told media operatives he was unaware that the coalition financier owned the property.Jagdeo was adamant it was no coincidence that Ming, a senior member of the Reform component of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), now stood to benefit from possibly hundreds of millions of dollars.The Opposition Leader, during his media engagement, used the occasion to draw reference to a plan that had been devised by Ming in 2015, which had concluded that the best location for the new bridge was between Versailles and Houston.Jagdeo surmised that Ming’s suggestion was made without the aid of a feasibility study and juxtaposed his then suggestion, with the recommendation in the feasibility study which ‘miraculously’ chose that location as the best option for the bridge. This despite the conclusion of any environmental and other social impact studies being conducted on the identified alternative locations.According to the former President, Ming now stands to benefit from huge sums of money, since the land at the Versailles end of the proposed bridge belongs to him and Government will have to pay him to acquire the land.Patterson insists, however, that the proposed bridge location was in fact known to the Opposition Leader, since studies that had been conducted under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration had identified it as a possible site.Jagdeo had, on Wednesday, told media operatives that he consulted with the then Public Works Minister Robeson Benn, who had indicated to him that the PPP/C Administration had seen an area closer to the existing bridge as a viable option.Patterson was also questioned on the proposed acquisition of lands by the State for the construction of the new bridge. While refusing to divulge the Ministry’s request of the Finance Minister for funding to begin the project in the 2018 budget, slated to be presented before the end of the year, Patterson did divulge that monies for the acquisition of property and for the construction of the approach road network would be included in the 2018 Budget.Patterson also used the opportunity to deny that there was any secretive arrangement in pursuing the project, as was first raised by this publication in its Wednesday edition, which pointed to a non-disclosure agreement that would have to be inked by contractors looking to be prequalified.He said this non-disclosure agreement only applied to ‘proprietary information’ supplied by the contractors to the Government.The Minister did not address any of the other prohibitive conditions implied in the request for contractors to be prequalified.This publication had highlighted that under the arrangement Government was looking to pursue with contractors, in addition to the non-disclosure agreement, bidders will be forced to waive a number of rights.These include the right to protest if a bidder believes an unqualified or undeserving contractor was given the nod ahead of everyone else.Ensuring the Government is protected from any further lawsuits from aggrieved companies, the invitation for prequalification bars bidders from taking legal action against the State regarding the selection procedure, evaluation and the final decision for the tender.It adds that “by participating in this procedure, you (bidder) accept and acknowledge the aforementioned and waive all rights in connection therewith, including the right to protest against the decision for the shortlist and the selection of the preferred bidder, to claim damages against the Employer, its director or any of its affiliates and advisors”. Additionally, the bridge designs which firms submit cannot be considered the firms’ property. The invitation states that bidders waive their right to ownership of all information and designs they provide in the prequalification and bidding period.Firms also waive the right to any payment or compensation of costs they would have incurred in tendering, no matter the outcome of the process. As if that is not enough, companies can have their bids refused without any reason having to be provided.According to the Ministry’s invitation to prequalification, “The Employer reserves the right, at its sole discretion and without stating any reason, at any time and in any respect, not to award a contract following the tendering, or to terminate the prequalification and/or tender procedure.”last_img read more

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British advisor to SOCU fired

first_img…after setting up business with Govt official in Guyana…UK Govt unaware of consultant’s businessBritish advisor to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Sam Sittlington, was on Thursday fired after it was revealed that he has set up a private fraud company in Guyana, which is a conflict of interest with his current role as consultant.Sittlington was hired by the United Kingdom (UK) Government. On Thursday, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn said, “In light of information about Dr Sam Sittlington’s private business interests, his contract in Guyana has been terminated with immediate effect.”Guyana Times understands that the British High Commission in Guyana was unaware of Sittlington’s decision to establish a business locally until the local media broke the story. It was after this revelation that the UK Government fired the Ireland-based fraud expert.Reports are Sittlington, who is the Director of the UK-based ‘The Fraud Company Ltd’, last year registered a branch of his company here, which deals with fraud, corruption, money laundering and other white collar-related matters. This newspaper understands that Sittlington has allegedly partnered with a senior Government official locally to establish the business.According to filed documents seen by this publication, the local company, The Fraud Company (Guyana) Inc, was incorporated under the Companies Act of Guyana on September 25, 2018, with Sittlington as the Director and Orisa Branche as the Secretary. Both signed consenting forms to the positions last August.Moreover, the documents state that the local investigative firm is authorised to issue one million shares at $1 each.Efforts by Guyana Times to contact Government officials about whether the David Granger-led Administration knew of the Irish consultant’s private business prior to Thursday proved futile.Minister of State Joseph Harmon only confirmed that Sittlington’s service was terminated by the British High Commission.The British Government had sponsored the Irish financial investigation expert as an advisor to SOCU back in 2016. He had returned to the UK the following year after completing two short stints here, spending a total of 14 weeks.British fraud expert,Sam SittlingtonHowever, Dr Sittlington had come in for much criticism during his stint in Guyana after it was revealed that he, along with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and other top officials of SOCU, including Director Sydney James, had converge at a popular night spot in the city to “sip wine”, in what was described as a “celebratory atmosphere”.That “celebration” was held shortly after SOCU had questioned several former prominent Government officials over the purchase of lands at Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara, popularly known as “Pradoville II”.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Opposition had said that Sittlington was going beyond his advisory role and taking on executive functions, pointing out that he was going on operations such as raids and arrests. The British Advisor was with the team of SOCU ranks who had visited Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s Church Street, Georgetown, office back in March 2018 to escort him to SOCU for questioning.Jagdeo had subsequently called for an investigation to be launched into the “celebration”. He had questioned the motive behind the gathering, not “to drink wine immediately after arrests were made, warrants a full fledge investigation.”Furthermore, the “celebration” controversy was also on the heels of resounding cries that the executive has been giving orders to SOCU to attack former Government officials as part of its witch-hunting exercise.Despite the objections of the main parliamentary opposition, the British expert, nevertheless, returned in January 2018 as a financial investigation mentor an advisor to SOCU. This last assignment would have lasted until March 2020.last_img read more

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Ribery slaps TV pundit after Bayern defeat

first_img0Shares0000Franck Ribery allegedly slapped television pundit Patrick Guillou following Bayern Munich’s 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Nov 12 – Former France international Franck Ribery allegedly slapped French television pundit Patrick Guillou after Bayern Munich’s 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, Bild newspaper reported on Sunday.Saturday’s loss at the Signal Iduna Park left the German champions struggling in fifth place in the table, seven points behind unbeaten Dortmund who sit at the top of the Bundesliga. Bild quoted witnesses saying the row took place between Ribery and Guillou, who works for the BeIN Sport channel, on Bayern’s team bus following the match.The accounts say 35-year-old Ribery hit Guillou three times in the face before pushing him in his chest.The paper said Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed the incident.“Franck Ribery informed us of an altercation with his countryman Patrick Guillou, whom he has known for many years. We have agreed to meet in person to discuss how to put this affair to bed,” he said.The tabloid said Ribery, who is yet to score in 15 games this season, was angered by Guillou’s negative comments during the match.Ribery’s wife Wahiba had sent the winger a message on Instagram saying Guillou was “very tiring and useless”.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Softball Announces Schedule Changes for this Week due to Weather Forecast

first_imgDrake and SIU will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 12 p.m. Following Saturday’s two games, the teams will play a single game Sunday at 11 a.m. There will be no Valley on ESPN3broadcasts for the series, but live stats will be available at www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com. Print Friendly Version Wednesday’s scheduled contest at Iowa State has been postponed with makeup details to be announced at a later date. Drake’s weekend Missouri Valley Conference series, April 7-8, versus Southern Illinois will move from Buel Field in Des Moines to Charlotte West Stadium in Carbondale, Ill. DES MOINES, Iowa – Due to cold temperatures and inclement weather forecasted for this week in central Iowa, the Drake University softball team today announced several changes to its schedule this week.last_img read more

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Barcelona derby highlights La Liga week 29

first_imgGirona vs Athletic BilbaoEstadio Municipal de Montilivi, GironaFriday, 29-03-2019 @11pmLa Liga returns this Friday with a clash between Girona and Athletic Bilbao at Montilivi. Both sides are in pretty good form heading into this one. Victory for the visitors would propel them into serious European contention. Girona meanwhile will be able to start planning for a third season in the top flight if they can claim all the points here.They’ve picked up some key wins in recent weeks over struggling teams to ensure they’ve moved clear of the relegation scrap. They’ve already recorded victories at Rayo Vallecano and Leganes this month and it should be a fairly comfortable end to the season for Eusebio’s side. However the coach may feel under some pressure now with Pablo Machin having been let go by Sevilla. Many Girona fans would love to see him return in the summer and we have seen a host of coaches return to former jobs in Spain already this year.Gaizka Garitano won’t be fretting over his future. He has done an excellent job since taking over in Bilbao in the autumn. Athletic had just one win to their name at that point and were looking in considerable relegation trouble. Garitano has now been in charge for exactly the same number of games as his predecessor Eduardo Berizzo but he has managed to collected 7 league victories to the Argentine’s 1 to fire Athletic up the table.This game promises to be very even and the odds reflect that with the bookies struggling to decide on a favourite. It’s certainly hard to see Girona winning it when you consider their awful home record over the past year or so. They’ve won just 2 of their last 19 home league games which is a dreadful run for any side to have, although they have at least managed to get draws from 5 of the last 8. They’d be in a huge mess were it not for their impressive away form.Athletic have also been drawing plenty this season. 46% of their league fixtures have ended level and only Valencia have a higher draw ratio. That has come down a bit since the change in coach but they do lack a bit of cutting edge at times and when Inaki Williams isn’t firing, they are a bit light up front with few back-up options of the desired quality.Getafe vs LeganesColiseum Alfonso Perez, Getafe Saturday, 30-03-2019 @3pmWhile the big Madrid derby may generate much more buzz, Getafe and Leganes have arguably a more bitter rivalry admittedly on a much smaller scale. Just three miles separates the two clubs on the southern fringes of Madrid and this will be only the fourth time the clubs have met in the top flight so it’s a big deal for both camps.Leganes are yet to record a top flight victory over their rivals and they will be even bigger underdogs here than in any of the previous three clashes. Even so they are having a pretty good season overall and boast an 8 point cushion on the relegation zone heading into this weekend. For a team that was among the three pre-season favourites to go down, they’ve done very well.Getafe are also outperforming even their most optimistic of pre-season expectations. They ground out a hard-fought 0-0 draw at the Mestalla before the international break to hold onto 4th place and maintain a decent cushion on their most likely rivals for it. Clearly local pride is a factor here but they will also be desperate for three points with Champions League qualification looking an increasing possibility.Overall, all the value looks to lie with the home team here. Getafe have won 9 of their last 10 home matches in all competitions, an outstanding return that has helped propel them up La Liga. The only slip-up came against leaders Barcelona and they’ve been confidently dispatching mid-table and bottom half sides at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.Leganes meanwhile have also done well at home but they’ve been much less convincing travellers. They’ve lost 5 of their last 6 away in all competitions. They also have the joint worst away record in La Liga with just 0.64 points per game on the road this term and they won’t make the short trip full of confidence.The sides player a similar style of football in that they are very direct for Spanish teams. However Getafe have much more variety to their game and they are not only solid defensively but starting to score a decent amount of goals. Indeed only 5 sides have scored more than them in La Liga this term while only 2 have conceded fewer.Barcelona vs EspanyolEstadio Camp Nou, BarcelonaSaturday, 30-03-2019 @6:15pmIt’s Barcelona derby day this Saturday at Camp Nou as one of the most uneven big city rivalries in European football plays out again. Espanyol have a dreadful record against Barca and they are aiming for a first league win over them in more than a decade here. Ernesto Valverde’s side though will be determined to put three more points on the board as they edge closer to another title.The priority now for Barcelona will be to win that as quickly as possible or at least put themselves in a virtually unassailable position by the time their Champions League trip to Old Trafford comes around. They have 3 league games to play before them with tricky games away to Villarreal in midweek and at home to Atletico Madrid immediately following this. Valverde is likely to shuffle his pack across the period to ensure players are fresh for Manchester.Espanyol meanwhile have 34 points and are on course for another unremarkable but safe bottom half league finish. They’ve only lost 1 of their last 7 in all competitions so they take reasonable form into this game. However that defeat did come in their most recent match, at home to Sevilla.They were hammered 4-0 at home by Barcelona earlier in the season and this might not go a great deal better. Luis Suarez and Leo Messi both picked up minor knocks over the international break but are training again and are both expected to play. They were both outstanding last time out as Barca hammered Betis 4-1 away with the duo contributing all the goals. On that kind of form, they could really tear into this Espanyol side.The visitors are also struggling with a few injuries and the absence of central midfielder Sergi Darder to suspension is also significant in a game like this. They may have recovered from their mid-season slump but they don’t inspire a lot of confidence and with a record of just 3 wins and 10 defeats from their last 17 in La Liga, it’s hard to see any reason why this match will go any better than any of their recent derbies at Camp Nou.Celta Vigo vs VillarealAbanca-Balaidos, VigoSaturday, 30-03-2019 @8:30pmThis is a massive game at the bottom end of La Liga. It features two sides who wouldn’t have expected a relegation battle this season but find themselves in one nonetheless. Celta Vigo are 18th and 4 points shy of Villarreal, the side directly above the drop-zone, heading into this Saturday’s showdown in Galicia.Celta Vigo have a former Villarreal boss at the helm. Fran Escriba was appointed earlier in the month but is yet to collect a point from his two games in charge. As a result, Celta find themselves with just 1 win and only 5 points from their last 13 games in La Liga. No other side has such a poor record and it’s absolutely vital that they turn a corner here and at the very least get something from this match.Ideally they really need to start picking up wins but it won’t be easy against a revitalised Villarreal. The Yellow Submarine have reeled off 4 straight wins in all competitions and their decision to re-appoint Javi Calleja now looks pretty inspired. They’ve used their excellent Europa League form as something of a platform and they picked up two vital wins over fellow bottom half sides before the international break seeing off Levante and Rayo.That has given them a cushion on the drop-zone for the first time in months and they could take a huge leap towards safety by winning this match. Suddenly the pressure is off to some extent and that should help them. There is still plenty of quality in this Villarreal side and significantly summer signings Gerard Moreno and Karl Toko Ekambi have started firing in a few goals up front which has made a big difference.Celta have been missing Iago Aspas badly but should have their talisman back here. Whether he is fit enough to play 90 minutes is more doubtful and Escriba may be cautious with that given Celta have another huge game in midweek away to bottom club Huesca. They have gone 4 games without scoring heading into this though and they can’t expect Aspas to single-handedly fire them to safety.Deportivo Alaves vs Atletico MadridEstadio de Mendizorroza, Vitoria-GastiezSaturday, 30-03-2019 @10:45pmAtletico Madrid are likely tobe 13 points behind Barcelona by the time this match kicks off. They travel to Camp Nou next weekend in La Liga and if they are to stand any chance of remaining in the title race, they have to make real ground over the next week with 3 matches in total. This Saturday’s trip to Alaves won’t be easy though with the Basques making a surprise push for Champions League qualification.March has been a pretty desperate month for Atletico Madrid supporters. They’ve seen their team knocked out of the Champions League and fall all but out of the title race with a 2-0 defeat in Bilbao last time out. They’ve also had to deal with fresh transfer speculation over the future of Antoine Griezmann, while Lucas Hernandez’s summer move to Bayern was finally confirmed this week, ensuring they will be without at least one of their brightest young stars next season.Alaves meanwhile are basking in the glory of one of their best ever top flight seasons. They are currently 5th heading into this weekend which marks the start of a busy period as La Liga nears its conclusion. They head into this match unbeaten in 6 games and at the very least will see Europa League qualification as a genuine possibility.Overall, they look well capable of getting a result here. They’ve already beaten Real Madrid at home this season and they take confidence into this with 7 points from their last 3 league outings. At home, they are always tough to beat and they’ve only suffered one home league defeat all season, bizarrely against 2nd bottom Rayo Vallecano. They are clearly a team that relishes the underdog tag and given their excellent home record, Atletico look very short with the bookies for the win here.The visitors are also missing Rodri to suspension. The holding midfielder has been one of the few bright lights this season for Atleti and will be a big miss here. Atleti’s away record has improved but a 36% away win ratio in La Liga this term is still poor for a side of their considerable talent. They average just 1.14 goals per game away which is putting a lot of strain on their defence.Levante vs EibarEstadio Ciudad de Valencia, ValenciaSunday, 31-03-2019 @1pmTwo sides who  haven’t been in totally convincing form meet this Sunday as Levante take on Eibar in Valencia. The hosts are in a little bit of peril now but three points would still ease them away from the thick of the relegation battle. Eibar are in the middle part of La Liga and look destined to finish there with a European push perhaps beyond them now.Levante come into this game with just 1 point from their last 4 matches in La Liga. That came courtesy of a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad last time out. They have been quite inconsistent this season overall with just 2 goals in their last 4 matches having netted 4 in the game prior to that away to Celta Vigo. They have a 6 point cushion on the drop-zone but could use another couple of victories to ensure they get over the line and are in the top flight again next term.Victory here and Eibar can be very confident that they will be in the Primera Division for the 6th straight season next term. That in itself is extraordinary. They have actually bettered their previous season’s finishing position in every year since 2012 when they were a Segunda B outfit and they will be targeting 8th or higher this term to keep that run going although it won’t be easy.The bookies make Eibar the slight favourites. That’s a bit surprising given they’ve only won one away league game all season. That was back in October and since then they’ve drawn 56% of their road games in La Liga. 8 of their last 14 league games overall have also finished level and that has prevented them from really mounting a European push but has at least kept the points ticking over.That is all Levante really need to do now to ensure they avoid the drop. They’d be content to average a point per game from here on in which would take them past the magic 40 figure which should certainly be enough to stay up. They’ve not been brilliant at home this term with only a 31% home win ratio and in some respects they are more suited to playing on the road when they can use their pace on the break.Rayo Vallecano vs Real BetisStadio de Vallecas, MadridSunday, 31-03-2019 @3pmLa Liga has given in to fan pressure and has decided to scrap Monday night games which has created a new time-slot on Sunday afternoons. This is the first match to take place in it and it sees Rayo Vallecano under new management take on Real Betis in Madrid. The hosts desperately need a win as they try to mount a dramatic late escape.Rayo have lost all of their last 7 matches in La Liga. That led the club to reluctantly sack Michel, a legendary figure at the club but one whose position has looked under threat for much of the season. The worry may be that they’ve left it too late to make the switch with Rayo now 6 points from safety. The new man is former Rayo boss Paco Jemez. He was in charge of the club between 2012 and 2016 and did a great job of keeping them in the top flight for 3 seasons before they finally went down in the final year.Real Betis have also been linked with making a coaching switch with Quique Setien not the most popular man with sections of the club’s fanbase. That’s a bit harsh given they achieved an impressive European qualification last term and are very much in the frame for a repeat this term despite the distractions of two decent cup runs. They can concentrate on La Liga having been knocked out of both cups and that may aid their chances of securing Europa League football again.This promises to be a lively enough game and we should see plenty of goalmouth action. That has generally been the way of things for Rayo at home this term. 71% of their matches in Vallecas have produced over 2.5 goals while 79% have seen both teams score. The return of Paco Jemez, a very attack-minded coach is unlikely to change that and with draws not much use, we can expect Rayo to be positive over the remainder of the campaign.Betis matches this season have been lower scoring than last but that has largely been the result of teams defending deep against them, something they’ve struggled to break down. Rayo are likely to come onto them and that could create an end-to-end game which makes a relatively high scoring match look a distinct possibility.Sevilla vs ValenciaEstadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, SevilleSunday, 31-03-2019 @5:15pmThis Sunday’s clash in La Liga sees two clubs with Champions League ambitions meet as Sevilla take on Valencia at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. It’s a significant game in the race for 4th but both sides have ground to make up on Getafe, the current occupiers of that position. The Andalusians are currently 3 points ahead of Valencia so the visitors really need to get something from this fixture.Valencia do at least have two potential paths into next season’s Champions League. They will be favourites to win their Europa League Quarter-Final against regional rivals Villarreal but there is some fierce competition that could lie ahead so the league may still be their easiest option. They suffered a blow last time out though as they were held to a 0-0 home draw by Getafe.Sevilla meanwhile boosted their European hopes by winning 1-0 at Espanyol. They are back under the guidance of Joaquín Caparrós. He did a good job of guiding them to 7th in a caretaker capacity at the end of last term and has been given a similar task this time around following the sacking of Pablo Machin.There looks to be value in backing Valencia to get something from this match. They are now unbeaten in 15 games overall, an excellent run particularly when you consider how many competitions they’ve had to juggle. The international break has at least allowed some of their players to rest up for the run-in although the likes of Dani Parejo and Rodrigo started for Spain at the Mestalla last weekend in Euro 2020 qualifying.Sevilla have played even more matches than Valencia due to their early start in Europe. They really have started to look jaded and it was a bit of a surprise to see them win last time out, just days after a damaging Europa League exit that led to the dismissal of their coach. Caparrós is a safe pair of hands but there are weaknesses in this side and it’s hard to fancy them to get the win against an in-form Valencia outfit that has perhaps slightly more all-round quality.Real Valladolid vs Real SociedadEstadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla, ValladolidSunday, 31-03-2019 @7:30pmThis Sunday’s clash sees Real Valladolid hoping to complete a league double over Real Sociedad. They picked up a vital three points last time out to boost their survival prospects and could really open up an advantage on the bottom three if they can win this one. La Real meanwhile are hovering in the middle of La Liga and would move closer to the European battle with a win.The international break came at a pretty good time for them. Sociedad were suffering with some injuries to key men that left them short on options throughout the team. That contributed to a run of just 2 points from 4 league games that has seen them drift out of Champions League contention. They could do with three points here if they are to get their European push back on track.Valladolid’s sole ambition this season was always going to be survival and they will be happy enough with their current position. They ended a 4 game losing streak last time out by winning 2-1 at Eibar to move them 4 points clear of the drop-zone. However they are still the team that the bottom three will all have their sights on and their battle for survival may well go to the wire.The bookies make the home team the favourites here but there’s reason to doubt that. Valladolid are the lowest scorers in La Liga with only 0.82 goals per game. They’ve also been pretty poor at home all season, winning just 3 times and taking only 12 points, the joint worst tally in the division. Therefore they do little to justify their status as favourites here and they’ve only won 1 of their last 9 at home in La Liga.That should offer the visitors plenty of hope and Real Sociedad have tended to be better away in any case. They average 1.36 points per game away this term compared to just 1.29 overall. They are also hoping to have Willian Jose back here which is also very significant. They’ve been playing with Sandro up top, but the former Everton man has failed to score a league goal since May 2017 which is a shocking record when you consider he has had 3 different clubs over that period.Real Madrid vs HuescaEstadio Santiago Bernabeu, MadridSunday, 31-03-2019 @9:45pmThe late game this Sunday in La Liga comes from the Bernabeu where minnows Huesca make their first ever league visit with an improbable escape act looking increasingly unlikely. They’ll be huge underdogs against Real who will be out to make it two wins from two since the return of Zinedine Zidane.They won their first match back under the Frenchman by beating Celta Vigo 2-0 at the Bernabeu last time out. Gareth Bale and Isco both started and both scored as Zinedine Zidane rang the changes from the desperate final weeks of the Santi Solari regime. Marcelo and Keylor Navas also returned as Zidane put his faith in the players that delivered so much success for him on the continent during his first stint.Real Madrid were actually a little bit lucky to win 1-0 at Huesca earlier this term but this ought to be slightly more comfortable. Huesca had been making a decent fight of their survival battle but a 3-1 home defeat to Alaves last time out coupled with other results leaves them in a bit of a mess again. They are 7 points from safety heading into this match-day.With key games against Celta Vigo and Levante to come this week, Huesca may be tempted to rest a few players here and save them for those much more winnable fixtures. They are likely to defend pretty deep and it’s hard to see them really causing many problems for Real Madrid.Their average of 0.64 points per away game is the joint worst record in the division. Meanwhile for all their problems, Real Madrid have actually been pretty good defensively at home this season. They’ve a 64% home clean sheet ratio at the Bernabeu in La Liga and given that, backing Real Madrid to Win to Nil looks good here.Zidane may use this period to assess his squad again and decide who he wants to take forward next term. While there is nothing really at stake for them in La Liga, motivation shouldn’t be lacking for any of the players. Even players who may in all likelihood be heading for a summer exit, will be hoping to attract new employers by playing well.They shouldn’t really have any trouble winning this match.BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments Tags: Shaban LubegaSpanish La Ligatoplast_img read more

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Community celebrates re-opening of Glenevin Waterfall

first_imgThe beautiful natural Glenevin waterfall in Clonmany was officially reopened yesterday to the delight of the community.Access to the spectacular 40ft waterfall was blocked for more than nine months following the flash flooding in Inishowen on August 22nd 2017.The popular walkway to the waterfall was washed away, but thanks to a hard-working Glenevin Development Group, the path has been restored and can allow visitors once again. A special event was held at the foot of the waterfall on Sunday to celebrate the occasion. Mayor of Inishowen MD Martin Farren and Parish Priest Fr Brady were among those in attendance. The event was a proud moment for the development committee who banded together to raise funds and rebuild the area.The community took the opportunity to remember Doris Russo at the event, who passed away last August. The much-respected American native first developed an access route to the waterfall when she owned the Glen House B&B. A special plaque is placed at the waterfall in honour of her contribution.Locals and visitors have expressed their delight that the popular amenity is open once more, just in time for the summer and the expected influx of visitors to the area when the Irish Open commences in July.Featured image by Adam Rory Porter Photography Community celebrates re-opening of Glenevin Waterfall was last modified: June 20th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:clonmanyGlenevin WaterfallInishowentourismlast_img read more

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The Watford v Chelsea quiz

first_imgChelsea face Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday. How good is your knowledge of the history involving the two clubs? See how many of these five questions you can answer correctly. See also:Preview: Chelsea head to Watford looking to build on encouraging startWatford v Chelsea: five key battlesChelsea boss wary of two Watford dangermenFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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