LONDON (AP):From Serena Williams’ near Grand Slam in tennis to Japan’s shock defeat of South Africa in the Rugby World Cup and Barcelona’s dominance on the football pitch, there was much to admire in international sports this year.But much of it was spent dwelling on scandal – from widespread allegations of bribery and corruption at FIFA to systemic doping and cover-up in athletics.Football officialdom endured a shameful year.Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president since 1998, and Michel Platini, European football’s top official, were banned from all football-related activity for eight years for a FIFA payment of about $2 million to Platini in 2011. The payment was judged by FIFA’s ethics commission to be a conflict of interest and disloyal to the world body. Both deny wrongdoing and will appeal the decision.And in athletics, Russia’s federation was suspended after it was accused of operating a state-sponsored doping program. The suspension could keep Russia out of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.Athletics had its more inspiring moments, Usain Bolt in many of them. A lunge to the line saw him see off Justin Gatlin in the 100 metres at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing – the scene of perhaps his greatest achievements in the 2008 Olympics.Golf got its own new superstar this year, too. Jordan Spieth won the first two majors, and just fell short in the other two.It was also a big year for Australia and New Zealand. The neighbours contested the finals of both the cricket and rugby World Cups. Australia won the former to claim their fifth Cricket World Cup while New Zealand got revenge when they became the first team to successfully defend the Rugby World Cup.Here are some notable moments in sports this year, as captured by photographers from The Associated Press.
Sen. Johnson, with his vice standard bearer, addresses supporters in Ganta, Nimba County Will revisit Harry Greaves and Michael Allison murders, if elected President of LiberiaThe political leader of the opposition Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), Senator Prince Y. Johnson (PYJ), has vowed to deliver justice to all Liberians if he is elected President at the October 10 polls.On his arrival in Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County last weekend, Sen. Johnson said his administration will dispense justice and anyone found guilty of the arbitrary killing of a fellow human will face the full weight of the law, including being hanged, to serve as a deterrent.“There is no room for ritualistic killers, because we will send to court anyone accused of the act and if found guilty, that person will bear the full punishment by hanging,” he told his supporters to a round of applause.Sen. Johnson blamed the government for not doing enough about the mysterious death of Harry Greaves, former managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Corporation, who was found dead at a beach in Monrovia. He promised that if elected, his government will revisit the case to ensure that justice is done.“How can the body of a man who got drowned around the ELWA-Robertsfield Highway appear on shore in Monrovia when the sea wave should have carried the remains toward Marshall in the South?” he asked.“Up to present, nobody has been arrested, not even the driver or the hotel management where Mr. Greaves had reportedly gone to attend a meeting.”Johnson vowed to also revisit the death of Attorney Michael Allison, a whistle blower who died under similar circumstances as Greaves, including his body being found on the beach.Sen Johnson arriving in SanniquellieSen. Johnson, who was triumphantly received upon arrival on Friday, explained how his government will handle the country’s resources for the betterment of the entire citizenry.He said there is no need for Liberia to depend on donor money before implementing any development project “because the country is rich in natural resources, but it has been mishandled by past leaders who caused the country to rely on foreign aid.”Despite criticisms from opponents, Sen. Johnson and his entourage locked down Ganta with thousands of his supporters taking over the central part of the city where they had gathered to receive him.Johnson also talked about cracking down on corruption and bringing any would be perpetrator to justice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Fort St. John man is dead following a motorcycle accident near Olds, Alberta.On Friday July 2nd at 1:40pm, Olds RCMP were dispatched to a single vehicle collision involving a motorcycle on Highway 27, approximately 13.5 miles east of Olds.Larry Darrell Kientz of Fort St. John was traveling eastbound along Highway 27 and was operating a 2000 Honda Valkyrie Touring Motorcycle. While descending down a steep hill at Range Road 27.4 into a coulee, he hit a marked bump about 1/2 way down the hill. After hitting the bump, Kientz lost control of his motorcycle.- Advertisement -As a result of the investigation, alcohol and speed were determined not to be contributing factors in the collision. The driver was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, however it was not approved by safety standards.
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province has announced that it is introducing changes to real estate to better protect British Columbians and combat money laundering.According to the Government, residents can now buy and sell their homes with renewed confidence and protection as the B.C. Financial Services Authority takes its first steps toward becoming the single regulator for real estate.Minister of Finance, Carole James, says the new legislation will give people the assurance they deserve while continuing to create world-leading protection against money laundering and other criminal activity in the province’s real estate sector.- Advertisement -Creating a single regulator was one of the central recommendations from Dan Perrin’s Real Estate Regulatory Structure Review in September 2018 and was echoed in the Expert Panel on Money Laundering Report in May 2019.For more information, you can visit bcfsa.ca.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard 1 Crystal Palace once again proved the party poopers for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard as the Eagles came from a goal down to win 3-1 in the Reds skipper’s final game at Anfield.It all looked to be going so well for the home side as Adam Lallana capped off a battling run with a wonderful finish to open the scoring after a dominant start.But Jason Puncheon dampened the mood at an effervescent Anfield with an equaliser before the break, beating Simon Mignolet with a fine free-kick.Build up to the game was dominated by all things Gerrard, as former and current team-mates and fans all waxed lyrical about their long-term leader, but he failed to lead Liverpool victory against the plucky Palace.Alan Pardew’s men ruined the Merseyside outfit’s Premier League title hopes with a stunning comeback at the end of last season, and they repeated the feat again as Wilfried Zaha scored within a minute of his second-half introduction to put the visitors in front.And the three points were sealed as Glenn Murray slotted in on the rebound from his saved stoppage-time penalty to spoil Gerrard’s day.After a tame start in which Liverpool dominated but failed to really threaten, the Reds finally took the initiative as Lallana latched onto a ball over the top, held off a challenge from Scott Dann and finished with aplomb into the top corner.The England midfielder sprinted straight to Gerrard in his celebration, but the Reds were forced to put in a shift for the remainder of the half as the Eagles responded well.Several chances came and went for the visitors, with Joe Ledley and Korean international Chung-Yong Lee firing warning shots narrowly over from decent positions.The likes of Lee and Yannick Bolasie were stretching Liverpool’s back-four with some darting runs, and the latter proved too quick for Emre Can, whose clumsy challenge led to Palace’s leveller.The German entered the referee’s book with a mistimed sliding tackle right on the edge of the box, and Puncheon was soon celebrating a newly-signed Palace deal with a wonderful free-kick, his second in a row after scoring in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.Palace ended the half on top and they continued pile forward after the break, but Lee really should have done better when presented with a great chance to fire his side in front, the South Korean sliding horribly wide after a flowing move from the visitors.Coutinho then arrowed a powerful drive just over the bar as Liverpool rallied, but Palace soon found the net again to take a deserved lead, substitute Zaha tapping in at the far post with his first touch of the match.There was a sniff of offside from Bolasie’s whipped cross from the right flank, but, much to the Liverpool back-four’s frustration, the linesman’s flag stayed down.Bolasie was running the Reds’ defence ragged with his pace, strength and dogged determination, and the Congo international was inches away from what would have been a deserved goal moments later, only for his swivel and strike from inside the box to clatter the crossbar.It was a disappointing display from Liverpool, with star men Raheem Sterling and Coutinho struggling to make an impact against the dogged visitors.Gerrard was also quiet but it seemed the headlines where already written when the skipper stepped forward for a free-kick from a dangerous position, but he failed to hit the target, sending his effort harmlessly over the bar.The damage was already done by Palace and, in truth, there seemed no way back for the Reds in the closing stages, and the result was sealed in stoppage-time when Murray netted from the second attempt from the spot.Replays showed Lucas’ foul on Zaha actually occurred outside the box, but the despondent home side didn’t appeal as the full-time whistle soon signalled defeat.It wasn’t the Hollywood ending Gerrard would have wanted, but that didn’t stop the Anfield faithful from giving him a fitting send off as choruses of ‘Steve Gerrard, Gerrard’ sounded around the stands, and not for the last time.
AN energy scheme which could create hundreds of jobs in Letterkenny has been stalled by EU officials because of a stand-off over cash.The REFIT scheme — backed by the Government and the EU — is intended to create jobs and meet targets for the use of renewable fuel in the generation of energy at a series of small power plants here.Farmers and companies running the plants are guaranteed a minimum price for green electricity they produce and are paid for the amount of energy generated per hour. But now it has emerged forestry agency Coillte is demanding those prices be increased. The semi-state company will benefit from higher prices because it would be the biggest supplier of fuel to run plants, as it controls 50pc of Irish forestry.But Brussels officials, who have to clear the proposals under state aid rules, are unhappy with the company’s demands and have put the scheme on ice until the Department of Energy redrafts the plans.It is understood Coillte wants up to 16c per kilowatt hour of energy generated — significantly higher than the 12c proposed for biomass energy.The scheme was supposed to be up and running this year but the Department of Energy has received correspondence from European officials in the past month highlighting their opposition to Coillte’s demands. Renewable energy companies say the hold-up is delaying the creation of thousands of jobs because they cannot access any funding until the scheme gets the green light from Europe.These would include construction, operational and transport jobs, said Alan Fox, owner of Shamrock Renewable Fuels who is ready to employ up to 300 staff through the scheme.The company has a biomass plant ready to go in Letterkenny – and another one in Meath.Mr Fox said: “We have already invested €4.5m in obtaining grid connections and planning permissions ahead of the scheme. As a manufacturer of biomass energy systems we are losing out in exports.”COILLTE STANCE WITH EUROPE PREVENTING CREATION OF DONEGAL JOBS- CLAIM was last modified: March 3rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
2013 Leo Molloy TournamentThe 2013 Leo Molloy darts singles tournament takes place this Saturday 20th April in Kilcar Village (Kilcar House, John Joes and O’Gara’s). Player’s registration in Kilcar House from 4pm and open draw to be made at 5pm SHARPPrizes: 1st: prize €500 + Perpetual Cup, 2nd prize: €200, 3rd & 4th: prize €100, 5-8th prize: €50 Entry Fee €10This is the thirteenth holding of this event and is always a day of top class darts action!!Past winners:2012 John Gallagher, 2010 JJ Dolan, 2009 Brendan Dolan, 2008 Brendan Dolan, 2007 Gerald Harvey, 2006 John Con McGinley, 2005 Martin McCloskey, 2004 Brendan Dolan, 2003 Brendan Dolan, 2002 Sean McGowan, 2001 Martin McCloskey, 2000 Martin McCloskey For further information contact: 087-2066513, 086-8361698 or 074-9738068 all welcome!DARTS: DETAILS RELEASED FOR THE 2013 LEO MOLLOY TOURNAMENT IN KILCAR was last modified: April 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DARTS: DETAILS RELEASED FOR THE 2013 LEO MOLLOY TOURNAMENT IN KILCAR
SHE’S back – and she’s got a boy in tow.Little Caela Carr (now aged six) from Cashelshanaghan, Letterkenny, is already an internet hit with her songs about Donegal. Now she’s joined forces with Ethan Barron, another six-year-old – for a new song in time for Valentine’s Day…..Happy Harmony!Click play to watch and enjoy.Filmed on location in Glenveagh National Park, Ramelton’s pier and Cup and Saucer, Rathmullan Beach, Milford Community Playground, Lurgybrack Open Farm, The Thatch Cottages, Kilmacrennan and of course, Home Sweet Home.– Available on i-tunes as Happy Harmony – Wild Atlantic Wains from February 14th 2016. DDTV: DONEGAL COUPLE (AGED 6!) RELEASE STUNNING VALENTINE’S SONG was last modified: February 8th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
In an effort to ease rush-hour traffic, the City Council’s Transportation Committee voted Thursday to create anti-gridlock zones where fines are doubled for stopping in peak-hour, no-parking lanes. If approved, drivers who park in the zones would face $140 tickets. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who heads the committee, initiated the ordinance to try to discourage illegal parking. She said she has heard complaints about drivers who stop, flip on their vehicle’s hazard lights and run in to a store for their morning coffee, backing up traffic. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“We should not live with oblivious or inconsiderate drivers who illegally park. There’s going to be zero tolerance for that,” Greuel said. The new ordinance would build on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s proposed “Tiger Teams” that would tow illegally parked cars on 14 Rapid bus corridors during rush hour. The city issues about 200,000 tickets a year to cars stopped in peak-hour, no-parking lanes. Greuel hopes the higher fines will cut the number of violations The City Attorney’s Office is drafting the ordinance. The Department of Transportation will evaluate and consult with neighborhoods on the best streets and times of day to include in the anti-gridlock measure. firstname.lastname@example.org