Joe Brolly to be thrown into the chilly Swilly!

first_imgThere’s still time to register to get ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ at the Special Olympics Polar Plunge in Rathmullan this Saturday, December 7th.And if you’re the top fundraiser, you’ll get to throw GAA Pundit Joe Brolly into the ‘Chilly Swilly’.You’ll also get to see Late Late Toy Show superstar, Rathmullan’s ‘Little Drummer Boy’, Finlay Sheridan (7) playing live with his dad Daniel and big brother Evan in their family band ’My Generation.’ Last year, Rathmullan (with a population of only 550) raised the largest amount of money out of every Polar Plunge across the island of Ireland beating Dublin, Cork and other big town efforts with a total tally of €12,038.17 euros.As a treat for doing Rathmullan proud on the Toy Show, young Finlay will be joining ‘his heroes’ from the local Gardai as their mascot wearing his very own Garda outfit and hat, to drum the guards down to their Polar Plunge.Plus the new Irish Naval Vessel, LÉ George Bernard Shaw, will be alongside Rathmullan Pier and open to the public for visit on Saturday between 1pm and 4pm and on Sunday between 2pm and 4pm.Last year’s Polar Plunge winners, Little Angels School from Letterkenny, will be defending their title. Will they be outdone? Free pizza from Scarpellos and hot drinks for all competitors.12.30pm – Registration at the sailing compound2pm – Santa arrives on the R118 Coastguard helicopter2.30pm SHARP – Brrrave Polar Plungers jump in the Chilly Swilly.To sign up, go to www.specialolympics.ie/polarplunge Meanwhile Bear Chills, the Polar Plunge mascot, has been out and about campaigning to get more plungers in the Swilly than last year.He even met Joe McHugh on his travels, but unfortunately (or fortunately) for Joe, he’s not able to join in on Saturday.smartBear Chills then boarded the local link bus in his efforts to drum up support, and even surprised the Women on the Move in Ray Community Centre when he joined in their exercise class.smartAnd after a walk down Rathmullan Beach, he joined in young Ruadhan’s 8th birthday party and had great craic. Now in its fifth year, the Polar Plunge fundraiser is a great community event and this year will be even better than before. Every day, the athletes of Special Olympics Ulster step up to meet the challenges of the sport that they love and do so with a smile.Special Olympics Ireland provides sporting opportunities for nearly 8,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities across 313 clubs all over Ireland.Some 2,000 athletes are registered with Special Olympics Ulster, with plans to recruit 100 new athletes per year.Special Olympics Ulster currently has a network of 63 clubs..Special Olympics Ulster’s work is supported by a network of 5,855 volunteers, with  plans to recruit and train 150 new volunteers each year.Joe Brolly to be thrown into the chilly Swilly! was last modified: December 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:FReezin for a ReasonJOE BROLLYPolar PlungeRathmullanspecial olympics irelandSwillylast_img read more

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Ghana flies the flag for Africa

first_img25 June 2010An interesting phenomenon at play in the 2010 Fifa World Cup – something that visitors from outside the continent will have noticed – is that Africans support not only their home teams, but all African teams. All that support will be now be behind Ghana, as the only African team to progress beyond the group stage of the tournament.There is still an outside chance that Cote D’Ivoire could join them in the last 16 – but no one is holding their breath. Didier Drogba’s men, who face North Korea in their final Group G match on Friday, need a couple of scenarios to stay in the World Cup. They need Brazil to beat Portugal, and also need to make up a goal difference of minus-9 to the Portuguese. That’s a big ask.Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Danny Jordaan, CEO of the Local Organising Committee, have often referred to the 2010 finals as “Africa’s World Cup”, and their words are borne out by the support of Africans for one another.Ghana now carry the hopes of a continent.Fine pedigreeDespite a fine pedigree, Ghana had surprisingly not played in a Fifa World Cup prior to Germany 2006. Their record in Africa until that point had been excellent: they won the African Nations Cup in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982, and finished runners0up in 1968, 1970 and 1992.This year, too, they finished runners-up in Africa’s most prestigious competition. Yet World Cup success eluded the Black Stars.Back in 2006, in their first finals, they made a decent impact, finishing second in Group E to eventual champions Italy, which qualified them for the round of 16. There, however, the experience of Brazil, under coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, proved too much, and they went down 3-0.South Africa 2010This time around in South Africa, Ghana, playing in Group D, opened their challenge with a deserved, shock 1-0 defeat of highly-regarded Serbia. In their next outing, Australia were reduced to 10 men, but produced a gritty performance to hold the Black Stars to a 1-1 draw.In their final game, Ghana lost 1-0 to Germany. It was an end-to-end contest that could have gone either way, but was settled by a super strike by German midfielder Mesut Özil.Despite the defeat, the Ghanains had done enough to advance to the next round as second-place finishers in the group behind the Germans.What is interesting about Ghana and Germany is the strength coming through from their youth ranks. Germany won the European under-21 Championships in 2009, while Ghana won the Fifa under-20 World Cup last year. Both teams have players from those title-winning teams in action in South Africa.Cameroon’s 1990 runNow, with the round of 16 only days away, the hopes of Africa rest on the Black Stars as the host continent waits for a team to match Cameroon’s run to the World Cup quarterfinals in 1990, where the Indomitable Lions very nearly toppled England, losing 3-2 after extra time.Before the start of South Africa 2010, hopes had been high that African teams would make a big impact on the tournament on home soil, but those hopes have one by one been dashed in the group stages – which, interestingly, have been dominated by South American teams. Many European teams, like Africa’s representatives, have struggled to make an impact.South Africa’s exitDespite a giant showing in Group A, hosts South Africa failed to progress after one bad game against Uruguay, which Bafana Bafana lost 3-0.In the home side’s other matches, they drew 1-1 with Mexico and beat France 2-1. Ultimately, Bafana lost out to Mexico on a place in the next round on goal difference.In Group B, Nigeria gave Argentina – one of the form teams in the group stages of the event – a good game before going down 1-0. They were reduced to 10 men after 33 minutes against Greece and went on to lose 2-1, while they played to a 2-2 draw with South Korea in their final outing. With two losses, they finished bottom of their group.Tightest groupAlgeria, in Group C, lost 1-0 to Slovenia, held England to a goalless draw, and fell 1-0 to the United States. Competition in the group was the tightest of any in the World Cup finals.Cameroon suffered a surprisingly poor tournament, finishing bottom of Group E after losses in all three of their matches: they were beaten 1-0 by Japan, 2-1 by Denmark, and 2-1 by the Netherlands – not a train smash by any stretch of the imagination, but three losses nonetheless.Behind the Black StarsSo, barring a miracle in Cote D’Ivoire’s match on Friday, Africa’s support is firmly behind the Black Stars of Ghana. A top showing by an African team in the continent’s first hosting of the World Cup would be widely welcomed.And, to steal a World Cup phrase: “Ke Nako”, it is time (for Africa to shine).Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Online mag launched for SA rugby fans

first_img9 May 2014 The South African Rugby Union (Saru) launched a new digital magazine titled “Springbok” on Friday. The website utilises social media to reach out to fans of South African rugby. “Springbok” is free online at http://www.springbokmagazine.com and will be distributed through Saru’s existing and social media channels on Facebook and Twitter, as well as via e-mail to all members of the Springbok Supporters’ Club. This means more than 1-million online fans of South African rugby will have direct access to the new magazine, with the sharing component of social media making the possible footprint of the magazine much larger.‘We are constantly looking at improving’ “We are constantly looking at improving the way we interact with supporters of the Springboks and our other national teams,” Saru CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement. “I am sure the magazine will bring supporters even closer to their heroes and rising stars in our national teams, as well as into other Saru activities, such as our very successful museum, The Springbok Experience, the Cell C Community Cup and the work of our High Performance and development departments,” he added.First issue The first issue contains an interview with Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, where he looks ahead to the forthcoming test season, as well as features on the Junior Springboks, the Springbok Sevens and Women’s teams, the Springbok Experience, and a look back at the second edition of the Cell C Community Cup. “Springbok” will be released on the first Friday of every month and its back-end technology means it loads quickly and is small in data size. Because of the page design it is not formatted for smartphones. However, regular updates will be posted on Facebook (Springboks) and Twitter (@bokrugby). SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Heartbreak and disbelief as Andy Murray announces retirement

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: PBA Q&A with Blackwater rookie Paul Desiderio “Unreal results in a brutal era. Nothing but respect here. I hope he can finish strong and healthy,” he said.Murray’s failure to recover from a long-term hip injury has put his dream to win next week’s Australian Open almost beyond reach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSuch is the level of pain that there is speculation he may not be able to go the distance, much less set up a dream farewell at Wimbledon this July.Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro — who fell short against Murray in a memorable 2016 Olympic gold medal game — urged him not to throw in the towel. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “Your greatest impact on the world may be yet to come. Your voice for equality will inspire future generations.”That sentiment was echoed by Belgian four-time major winner Kim Clijsters, who like many could not help but be moved by Murray’s emotional announcement.“My heart breaks listening to @andy_murray during his press conference,” she tweeted.It is in his native Britain that the announcement will be perhaps most keenly felt.Murray’s status as the greatest British male player in several generations meant he carried the expectations of a nation onto the court. By meeting them, his impact transcended tennis.Many hoped he can muster the strength and fitness to return to the All England Club — where he twice won in fairytale fashion — for a career finale.“He deserves his moment to say goodbye at Wimbledon. He’s too important to Great Britain and Wimbledon history to not have it,” said Roddick.“He just needs to play any match for the goodbye he deserves.”US Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish pointed to Murray’s famous determination, which helped him compete against stronger and more skilled players.“The @andy_murray that I know will absolutely make it to Wimbledon to play his final tournament,” he tweeted. “Not many with more heart, effort in the history of the game. Was always a pleasure to share the court pal.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Andy, just watched your conference. Please don’t stop trying. Keep fighting,” he wrote.“I can imagine your pain and sadness. I hope you can overcome this. You deserve to retire on your own terms, whenever that happens. We love you @andy_murray and we want to see you happy and doing well.”The sentiment was echoed by tennis’ women stars, who Murray championed — famously rebuking a journalist for glossing over American greats like Serena Williams arguing for equal billing on the centre courts.Indian star Sania Mirza dubbed him her “foreverfavourite” and a “#foreverachampion”.Legend Billie Jean King declared him a “champion on and off the court”.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Britain’s Andy Murray reacts as he leaves a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A tearful Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of a hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)Tennis ace Andy Murray’s tearful announcement Friday that he’ll be forced to retire this year prompted a volley of tributes to the man, fond recollections of a historic career and encouragement to serve up a fitting farewell.American star Andy Roddick led the tributes to the former world number one, describing his 11-time opponent as an “absolute legend” who is on the “short list of best tacticians” in the history of the sport.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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8th Edition Rules Update

first_imgIn January 2019 the Touch Football Australia (TFA) membership were advised of a review of the 7th Edition Playing Rules which was being undertaken by TFA.TFA has identified a further review is necessary to make slight alterations to the proposed 8th Edition Rules. The intention is to introduce the new rules into all competitions as of 1 January 2020. This will allow the update of all educational resources required for the effective roll out of the 8th Edition TFA Playing Rules.Please note that until such time as these rules have been endorsed and adequate education implemented, they should not be adopted into competitions and/or events unless approved by TFA.If you would like to seek permission to trial the proposed 8th Edition Playing Rules, please contact James Sharp via email at [email protected] more here.last_img read more

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2019 NYC & NSC Final Placings and Award Winners

first_imgCheck out below to see all the Final Standings from the 2019 National Youth Championships and National Schools Cup!With over 8,000 action shots including Plate Winners and MVP’s check out the Image Gallery thanks to NRL Imagery by clicking HERE2019 National Youth Championships18 BoysNSW Combined High Schools defeated QSST Fire 6 – 5Player of the SeriesFlynn Kelso (QSST)Player of the FinalsLiam Robinson (NSWCHS)Final StandingsNSW Combined High SchoolsQSST FireNSWTA DevelopmentSouth Queensland SharksNSW Combined Independent SchoolsCQ BullsNSW Combined Catholic CollegesNQ Tropical CyclonesSWQ SwansSunshine Coast PineapplesHunter Western HornetsBrisbane CobrasWestern TigersACT RaidersVictoria StormTasmaniaNT DevilsSA RoostersNew Zealand Under 16s18 GirlsSouth Queensland Sharks defeated QSST Fire 6 – 5Player of the SeriesLeesa Mi Mi (Brisbane City Cobras)Player of the FinalsAbby King (South Queensland Sharks)Final StandingsSouth Queensland SharksQSST FireBrisbane CobrasNSW Combined High SchoolsNSW Combined Independent SchoolsNSWTA DevelopmentNSW Combined Catholic CollegesSWQ SwansSunshine Coast PineapplesHunter Western HornetsNQ Tropical CyclonesWestern TigersVictoria StormACT RaidersSA RoostersNT DevilsTasmaniaNew Zealand Under 16sClick HERE for the full 2019 National Youth Championships Final Positions2019 National Schools CupYear 9/10 BoysOrmeau Woods defeated St Edwards College 8 – 3Player of the FinalsJai Charlton (Ormeau Woods)Final StandingsOrmeau Woods State High SchoolSt Edward’s CollegeTomaree High SchoolCavendish Road State High SchoolNorthern Beaches Secondary CollegeClevelandYear 9/10 GirlsThe Cathedral College defeated St Margaret Mary’s College 6 – 4Player of the FinalsKaliah Bob (The Cathedral College)Final StandingsThe Cathedral CollegeSt Margaret Mary’s CollegeMiami State High SchoolPalm Beach Currumbin RedsNorthern Beaches Secondary CollegeMonte Sant Angelo Mercy CollegeFairholme CollegeClevelandCavendish Road State High SchoolHoly Spirit CollegeRochedale State High SchoolSt Joseph’s Regional CollegeYear 7/8 BoysStretton State College defeated Mercy College 10 – 4Player of the FinalsKayliss Brown – Stretton State CollegeFinal StandingsStretton State CollegeMercy CollegeOrmeau Woods State High SchoolRochedale State High SchoolSt Andrew’s Anglican CollegeYear 7/8 GirlsThe Cathedral College defeated Cleveland 7 – 4Player of the FinalsOlivia Jenkins (The Cathedral College)Final StandingsThe Cathedral CollegeClevelandPalm Beach Currumbin State High SchoolAll HallowsCavendish RoadMiami State High SchoolRochedale State High SchoolSt Andrew’s Anglican CollegeClick HERE for the full 2019 National Schools Cup Final Positionslast_img read more

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10 months agoBologna coach Inzaghi: Emotional facing Ancelotti

first_imgBologna coach Inzaghi: Emotional facing Ancelottiby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBologna coach Filippo Inzaghi is looking forward to facing Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli.Inzaghi played for Ancelotti at AC Milan.”Facing Carlo will be really emotional,” Inzaghi said in his pre-match Press conference.“He’s a great man and we have a strong and emotional bond. We’ve always had a wonderful relationship.“However, I hope I can make him feel sad, after all the joy I brought him throughout my career…” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Pops Montreal man who founded organization to help the homeless dies

first_imgMONTREAL – A Montreal man known affectionately as “Pops” and who founded an organization that helps the homeless has died at the age of 89.The group, called “Dans La Rue,” says Emmett Johns died overnight Saturday night.Johns, who was born in Montreal in April 1928, wanted to be a missionary in his youth.He was a priest for several years and served as chaplain at the Douglas Hospital, a psychiatric institution.In 1988, he founded “Le Bon Dieu dans la rue,” which eventually became ”Dans La Rue.”He was named to the Order of Canada in 1999.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante took to Twitter to praise Johns.“I am sad to hear about Pops’ death,” Plante said. “A Montreal giant… has just left us.“My thoughts are with his family and friends and all those he helped over the years. Thanks for everything.”last_img read more

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Coutinho flourishing in Neymars shadow Roberto Carlos says

first_imgRoberto Carlos recently admitted Philippe Coutinho is blooming, even though he is still under Neymar’s shadow, and might prove a key player for Brazil in the World Cup.Despite the fact that the Barcelona star scored twice in Brazil’s three games in Russia and Neymar did so only once, Neymar is still under the spotlight of the global media.Roberto Carlos, who won the World Cup in 2002, thinks if that continues, Coutinho can easily keep up the good work and even step out of the shadow.“Philippe is in a very good moment, in Barcelona and in the Brazilian team,” Carlos said, according to Sportskeeda.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“He’s a very important player for Brazil, because the pressure is all on Neymar, then Coutinho shows up. The Brazilian team have a very strong chance to win this World Cup.”“Neymar is gettting better. He’s relaxed. He’s recovered well from his injury. He’s a very important player for Brazil. He is very calm, that is the most important thing. When he is calm I know that he can offer much more.”He also went on to advise the Brazilians to not underestimate Mexico and there is no easy games from the upcoming ones as well.last_img read more

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Deputy House Speaker urges PNP Administration to get economy moving

first_img Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:economy, house of assembly, josephine connolly, pnp Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Oct 2015 – The PNP Administration was called on to move faster and get the economy back on its feet by Deputy House Speaker and At Large Member from the PDM, Hon Josephine Connolly. During a very brief opening contribution in the House of Assembly last week, Connolly said it was concerning to her that so many residents still appear to be in financial crisis. “And when I checked the notice board Mr. Speaker, there is a list of 54 people who are about to lose their houses, 54. Mr. Speaker I have it in my hand, I can lay it on the table. But Mr. Speaker I say this to say that I think it is something that our government needs to look into and it is my hope that they speed up the process in getting this economy going so that our people can get jobs and pay their bills and so that they can have a comfortable life.” Reports to Magnetic Media mirror some social media remarks that, financially, it is still tough for many in the Turks and Caicos and that many people are uprooting and moving out of the country with a popular new home destination being, the UK. TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memeslast_img read more

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