Blow for The Harps as key defender transfers to Dublin club

first_img The Harps have been dealt a blow ahead of the 2018 season and their bid to return to the senior ranks with highly-regarded defender Pakie Flynn transferring to Dublin club Oliver Plunketts.Flynn, who represented Laois at underage level and played against Kilkenny in the 2012 Leinster U-21 final, has been a regular for the club in defence over the last number of years.He was full-back right throughout last year’s league and championship campaign which ended when they were beaten by Ballyfin Gaels in the SHC ‘A’ semi-final. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Facebook Council By Steven Miller – 17th February 2018 WhatsApp Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, February 17, 2018Next articleFirst ever Football For All tournament set for Portlaoise Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Rugby Twitter TAGSLaois SHC ‘A’Pakie FlynnThe Harps center_img Pinterest Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining In their first year since being relegated out of senior The Harps bucked the trend of recently demoted sides by failing to win instant promotion.They recently appointed former player Fintan Deegan as their manager after he stepped down from his role with Ballyfin, whom he guided to SHC honours last year.But competition is expected to be fierce in the grade this year with Portlaoise relegated from senior, last year’s beaten finalists Colt Gaels and Rosenallis all strong contenders.Oliver Plunketts, who Flynn is transferring to, play in the Dublin Senior ‘B’ hurling championship (the second tier) and reached the quarter-final last year where they were beaten by Parnells.  They play in Division 2 of the Adult Hurling League.SEE ALSO – WATCH: Internet sensations ‘The 2 Johnnies’ are coming to Laois for huge Macra fundraiser Blow for The Harps as key defender transfers to Dublin club WhatsApp Twitter Community Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Home Sport GAA Blow for The Harps as key defender transfers to Dublin club SportGAAHurling Pinterestlast_img read more

MoJ reveals fixed cost levels for two-year pilot

first_imgLawyers will be limited to £80,000 overall costs if they choose to take part in the fixed fees pilot scheme beginning next week. The voluntary capped costs pilot runs from Monday for two years for cases valued up to £250,000 in certain business and property courts. The Gazette revealed last month that the Ministry of Justice had drawn up plans for the scheme. It has now issued a practice direction setting out the rules and limits.  Under the scheme, not more than 21 days after the conclusion of the trial, parties will produce a schedule of costs by reference to various stages of the litigation, which will be assessed summarily by the court.  A cap applies to each stage, together with the overall £80,000 limit, which excludes VAT, court fees, wasted costs and costs of enforcement.  Pre-action costs are set at £10,000, disclosure is fixed at £6,000 and trial and judgment are subject to a maximum of £20,000. The MoJ wants to streamline the procedures of the pilot courts, lower the costs of litigation, increase the certainty of costs exposure and speed up resolution of claims. Hosted by the London Circuit Commercial Court and the business and property courts in the Manchester District Registry and Leeds District Registry, the pilot is open to any case worth less than £250,000 where the trial lasts no more than two days. Cases will not be eligible if they involve allegations of fraud, are likely to require extensive disclosure or witness evidence, or if they involve numerous issues and parties. Claimants may start their claim on the capped costs list, or can agree to transfer to the list. Defendants may object at the outset to the case being part of the pilot. Statements of case will be limited in length and must be accompanied by the relevant documents, with no costs management processes envisaged. Witness statements will also be limited and parties will be expected to call on no more than two expert witnesses. The trial must be held no more than eight months after the case management conference. The MoJ has confirmed the pilot will be evaluated by Paul McMahon, assistant professor at LSE, with Mr Justice Waksman (London), HHJ Jonathan Klein (Leeds) and HHJ Richard Pearce (Manchester) the lead judges.last_img read more

2 Negrense boxers bow to Japanese foes

first_imgOliveros, who is from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, absorbed a fourth round technical knockout defeat at the hands of former WBA world interim flyweight champion Koki Eto.Eto has been dominant since the opening bell as he scored several knockdowns on Oliveros before the referee decided to step in midway in the fourth round.With the loss, the 23-year-old Oliveros saw his boxing slate slid down to 9-5-1 win-loss-draw, with four knockout wins, while the 30-year-old Eto increased his record to 24-4-1 with 19 stoppage wins./PN Roldan Aldea – a native of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental – lost to Japanese boxer Kenichi Ogawa on Saturday evening at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. NEGRENSE boxers Roldan Aldea and Romel Oliveros were not fortunate in their overseas bouts following their heartbreaking defeats to Japanese foes on Saturday evening at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.Aldea – a native of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental – was handed a unanimous decision to veteran Kenichi Ogawa, a former IBF world super featherweight championship challenger.Aldea tried his best to keep in step with his experienced opponent but Ogawa pounded on the loopholes on the defense of the Negrense fighter for a one-sided verdict from the judges.The 24-year-old Aldea dropped his record to 12-7-1 win-loss-draw, including six stoppage wins. Ogawa, meanwhile, improved his slate to 23-1-0 card, with 17 knockout wins.last_img read more

Warner found in default by US judge

first_imgNEW YORK, United States (CMC): A United States (US) district judge has found former FIFA vice-president Austin ‘Jack’ Warner in default in a US$20-million (J$2.6 billion) lawsuit brought against him by Concacaf.Judge William F. Kuntz entered judgement against Warner, who is facing extradition to the US in a separate criminal case, today.Warner, who is also the former president of the North American football confederation, is accused of taking millions in bribes and kickbacks. It is alleged that Warner and fellow former FIFA official Chuck Blazer made a fortune through embezzlement.Warner never responded to the lawsuit by Concacaf after he was served with it in October 2017. Kuntz granted Concacaf’s motion for default judgement against Warner, with no opposition, as he was unrepresented in court.The lawsuit, filed in April 2017, mirrored allegations in the US indictment that resulted in charges against several top football officials.“There can be no doubt that Warner and Blazer victimised Concacaf, stealing and defrauding it out of tens of millions of [US] dollars in brazen acts of corruption for their own personal benefit at the expense of the entire Concacaf region,” the suit said.It also sought US$20 million in compensatory damages and unspecified punitive damages. It includes the cost of the Centre of Excellence, which is also the focus of a separate claim in the local courts. BANNED FOR LIFE Warner has already been banned from FIFA for life.In Trinidad and Tobago, Concacaf filed yet another lawsuit against Warner in his personal capacity and as a partner in the firm Dr Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence; the centre itself; Renraw Investments and CCAN and Company, also in its personal capacity as partners in the centre; Warner’s wife, Maureen; and accountant Kenny Rampersad and his company.That lawsuit, being heard by Justice Robin Mohammed, seeks compensation for the misappropriation of funds with respect to the ownership and use of the Centre of Excellence complex in Macoya.last_img read more

College football: Dancy, Robertson help La. Tech win on road

first_imgPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Robertson’s 36-yard interception return for a score with 10:23 to play in the first quarter gave the Bulldogs a 14-7 advantage, a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the day. Robertson stepped in front of a Darius Wade pass and raced untouched down the sideline for the score.  The Bulldog offense made the most of the defenses stop. Tech took only four plays to drive 94 yards as Dancy took a pitch off the left side for an eight-yard TD run. The highlight of the drive outside of the score was a 75-yard run up the middle by Justin Henderson, a play that took the ball inside the Falcons red zone.  “I was proud of the way we competed,” said Tech head coach Skip Holtz. “We talked at half about the number of lost yardage plays we had in the first half. We stopped ourselves. We cleaned things up and put drives together and put points on the board. We talked about competing for 60 minutes. It was a close game at the half and we came out in the second half and finished the game. A lot of guys got to play tonight. It was a team win.” Robertson led all Bulldog defenders with 10 tackles, including two tackles for loss, while James Jackson and L’Jarius Sneed each registered nine stops.  After allowing a touchdown on Bowling Green’s first offensive possession of the game, the Bulldog defense stood tall for the remainder of the game, including come up with four fourth down stops — two inside its own five yard line with the game still in doubt.  With Tech leading by a touchdown in the second quarter, Bowling Green marched down to the Bulldogs three yard line. But on a fourth down and three from the three-yard line, the Bulldogs sniffed out a trick play, forcing a three yard loss and getting the football back for its offense. The Tech defense held Wade to just 18-of-38 passes for 171 yards while limiting the Falcons to only 290 total yards of offense. Bowling Green rushed 47 times for just 119 yards in the contest. center_img BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Jaqwis Dancy rushed for two touchdowns and Amik Robertson led a solid defensive effort with a pick six as the Bulldogs defeated Bowling Green 35-7 Saturday afternoon at Doyt Perry Stadium. “I’m excited about the way our defense played in the red zone,” said Holtz. “Last year we weren’t very good defensively in the red zone. It keeps points off the board. We bent but we didn’t break. I thought we did a really nice job. We got quality play out of our linebackers and safeties. Outside of the first (series) of the game on the bubble screen, I thought we took away their big plays. Our guys played physically.” Smith was solid behind center, completing 19-of-26 passes for 267 yards and two scores. Adrian Hardy led Tech with six catches for 95 yards while Harris added five catches for 64 yards and the one score.  Tech (2-1) will open up Conference USA action Friday night at 7 p.m. when they host FIU at Joe Aillet Stadium for the annual Red Out and Military Appreciation Game. Tickets can be purchased by calling 318-257-3631 or going to After a scoreless fourth quarter, Tech added a pair of TDs in the final stanza. Dancy scored on a two-yard plunge with 14:49 to play in the game while Smith found Harris from 27 yards out with just over 10 minutes remaining.        Malcolm Butler, Louisiana Tech Associate Athletic Director/Communications; featured photo by Darrell Jameslast_img read more

Everton player fancies move to rediscover ‘mojo’, offer being considered by…

first_imgNiasse has been sent out on loan to Cardiff City for the second half of the season but the Senegalese striker has yet to score for Neil Warnock’s side.According to Aksam, Besiktas are following Niasse’s situation very closely as they may make a loan offer with Everton at the end of the season.It seems the former Lokomotiv Moscow striker is not part of Marco Silva’s long term plans and there’s a good chance he can finally make a return to Turkey.Niasse, who played for Akhisarspor back in the 2013/14 season, has been constantly linked with a move to the Turkish Super Lig in recent transfer windows.Besiktas were reportedly interested in signing the player last summer.The 29-year old is under contract at Everton until June Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50Undo Aksam report Everton attacker Oumar Niasse thinks he can rediscover his ‘mojo’ if he signs for Besiktas this summer and that he’s interested in joining the Turkish club.last_img read more

Ref Russell Mora’s verdict was unfair- Moses Foh Amoaning

first_imgFormer Ghana Boxing Authority Chairman, Moses Foh Amoaning has lashed out at Referee Russell Mora for his biased officiating against Joseph Agbeko, describing the referee’s performance as a stain on the whole profession which must be condemned in the strongest terms.Abner Mares won the IBF bantamweight championship Sunday morning, beating Joseph Agbeko by a controversial majority decision.Many have described Referee Russell Mora’s performance as one of the worse in the history of the sport as he showed total bias in favour of Abner Mares.Mares won a majority decision as two judges gave him the fight at 115 to 111, with ringside judge C.J. Ross drawing it at 113 for both men.Agbeko demanded an immediate rematch.But Moses Foh Amoaning told Asempa Sports that Mora’s performance on Saturday did not speak well of his skills as a referee, stressing that the referee should be ashamed of himself. According to him, Agbeko did not deserve to lose the bout but due to the shameful refereeing he lost it and backed Agbeko’s call for an immediate rematch to redeem his image.last_img read more

The World Cup remains a blot on football’s greatest curriculum

first_img Lionel Messi leaves Kazan without revealing Argentina future 30/06/2018 Ivan San Antonio @sanantheone El Mundial, un borrón en el currículum de Messi A STRANGE BODY  Russia could have seen the last of Lionel Messi in international football. Qatar 2022 is slowly appearing on the horizon and the No.10 will be 35 then. Predicting his evolution is as difficult as thinking that, even if he does play it, something will have changed for him to have a chance to win his first World Cup. Bloody World Cup! What a grotesque way to dirty the greatest curriculum in the game!  Messi, Catalan in Argentina and Argentina in Catalonia, left the pithc at the Kazan Arena with the same face as always, the same one he wore in Germany, South Africa and Brazil. Leo was the youngest Argentina player in 2006, he fought for his place, he earned the captain’s armband, runs everything and should be made to feel at home.  But not. He never felt like he was at home. Messi has never noticed the warmth that he receives at Camp Nou, nor complicity on the pitch from those that have grown along with him. Not once has he flowed in the Argentina shirt as he does in the Barcelona strip. The 10 on his back, the armband or the Argentine passport don’t mean anything. They don’t add anything. The biggest love stories aren’t built on material gifts.  RELATED STORIES Coach Jorge Sampaoli changed his system for the umpteenth time against France. And he could change it as many times as Argentina play games with Messi. There won’t be any improvement. The victories are circumstantial, the same as the losses. The problem is not the set up, nor the players selected. To find the reason why Leo looks like he’s in a strange body when playing for Argentina, you have to rewind 18 years, back to when he was 13, when his destiny changed and football took him to Barcelona. That day, everything changed and Barça’s success would be balanced by Argentina’s failings. Because both things are intimately connected.  LAST WORLD CUP? IN SPORT.ES Upd. on 02/07/2018 at 18:07 CEST How many knocks of this stature is one person — who since he was young has been obliged to win a World Cup — capable of taking? Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, where football is a religion, but he became a man in Barcelona. It was also surrounded by the Mediterranean that he was crowned as the best player in the history of the game, a symbolic prize which is only argued about where he was born. And all because of a tournament that is played every four years, a tournament that is whimsical and unpredictable. The hell Messi has to go through every four years is all because of Diego Maradona and his two goals against England in 1986. Bloody World Cup!  Messi at his most human as Argentina crash out of World Cuplast_img read more

Sculpting for laughs

first_imgBy Rowan Forster  For award winning artist Graham Dean, his inspiration is simple: make people laugh. The recent Pakenham Art…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Ireland West Duathlon Series Launched

first_imgSign up for the full series at Marrey bikes ONLY, Watson’s lane Ballinrobe and receive a Marrey bikes bottle and discount on full series but ONLY during the months of November and December.Information on each eventLand of the Giants Duathlon (Claremorris ) December 28th This Christmas event attracts people from near and far due to the time of year with people returning home for the festive season. It’s also a great opportunity to catch up with old friends while burning up unwanted festive calories.The event starts in the heart of Claremorris town with a 5k run that takes participants out to Mc Mahon Park where they run around in the safe environment of the beautiful Land of the Giants walkway.Stage 2 is an 18k cycle taking in the undulating roads of Mayfields and Carramore before returning via the Ballinrobe road.Stage 3 is a 2k run around Clare Lake, then back to the finish line at the Square.Prizes for the top 3 overall and age category prizes, there are always plenty of spot prizes up for grabs at prize giving.Early bird closes on November 30thEntry here – Land of The Giants Castlebar Duathlon March 19th With a new course using the greenway to Turlough and with the cycle based out around the Park/ Pontoon area this is a great course to test your fitness, as it’s a bit longer than usual Duathlon courses.Anyone looking to participate in the All Ireland Duathlon championship should be using this event to hone their form.The 5k run starts at Springfield using the new Greenway before returning to Transition via the Turlough road.The 29k cycle takes in Turlough village before going off on a loop that hugs Lough Conn returning via the Pontoon road.The last 5k run will be an out and back on the Greenway  5k.Prizes for the top 3 overall and age category prizes, there is always plenty of spot prizes up for grabs so make sure to attend the prize giving.Early bird closes on January 14thEntry Here – Castlebar Duathlonprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Ashford Duathlon March 5thBased in the picturesque village of Cong, this event features a 5Km run, 20Km cycle, 2Km.The mixed terrain run course is flat and based in and around the grounds of the stunning Ashford Castle and Cong Woods.The undulating out-and-back cycle route takes you along the shores of Lough Corrib.The distances make the event suitable for all abilities, so if you’re training for Gaelforce or just fancy a challenge in magnificent surroundings this is the Duathlon for you it’s also part of the new Ireland West Duathlon Series one of the events on Triathlon Ireland National Duathlon Series.Entry on The Ireland West Duathlon Series expects to draw serious motivation from fitness groups, sports clubs and the corporate sector for a 5 race series held in various venues around North Galway and Mayo. Tri Lakes Knockma Duathlon Castlehackett January 30th The first 5km run is a circular route of the iconic Knockma hill. The terrain has a mix of tar macadam and solid forest trail surface with beautiful scenery throughout. The first 2km are uphill with a 1km level section on top followed by a technical downhill decent into transition.The Bike course is undulating on tar macadam surface. Competitors will exit transition and turn left onto the main road. There is a short climb at 1.5km and the course veers left at 3.5kms just past Caherlistrane GAA grounds where the competitors will have parked and registered in the morning. The course takes a left at 5.0km followed by a straight run to a sharp left at 9.8kms. A slight incline starts another straight stretch with a slight drag at 14.5kms and a decline to a left at 17.5kms back towards transition with a left turn into transition.The final 2.6km run is a flat circular route with a mix of macadam, surfaced trail and solid forest trail. The finish of the race is 20 metres from the transition area so bike pickup is very convenient.Trail runners are recommend but not essential. Ballinrobe Duathlon February 13th Now in its 7th year this Duathlon has attracted huge numbers the last few years and is pefect as an early season Goal, the flat fast course is suitable to all abilities and many people use it as a bench marker to test their form.Starting at the top Bridge St, participants have a lovely fast downhill then turning  right for a pan flat 5k route around Clongowla before returning  to Transition at Abbey st.The 18k cycle is a triangle shape loop that is flat and if not too windy can be very fast.The final 3.5k run is a little bit technical as the Bowers walk has to be negotiated before finishing at Abbey St.Prizes for the top 3 overall and the usual age category prizes, there are always plenty of spot prizes up for grabs  so make sure to attend the prize giving.Early bird closes on January 2nd 2016.Entry Here This event is sanctioned by the governing body for triathlons and related events in Ireland, Triathlon Ireland (TI).  Non TI members will One Day Licence is required to participate. If you’re not a member of Tri Ireland you’ll need to get a ODL from event will be chip timed by Red Tag timing. Free parking is available in Caherlistrane GAA pitch 3km away and limited parking at the race start. Showers and changing facilities are available after the race at Caherlistrane GAA Club House. It’s open to everyone, regardless of fitness ability with experienced Tri-athletes and people new to endurance sports willing to sign up.Mayo Road safety will be promoting the 1.5m – sharing the road with cyclists- drive less live longer- keep active campaign.Duathlon is a great sport as it involves running and cycling, to be good at it you have to be an all rounder, the crossover in fitness for the likes of Triathlon or Adventure racing is incredible and there are huge gains to be made in other sports as well.This Series is unique to the West of Ireland and over the Winter/Spring months it will be a great way to keep fit while measuring your progress from event to event, the few weeks between events allows amble time to train on your weak areas so that there is no burnout from over competing.The Series is spread over 3 months with five dates; each event the distance or terrain gets harder withthe aim is to build race fitness so that you are at peak performance for the Duathlon National age category Championship in early April or if your motivation is the Triathlon or Adventure race season. The first event is the Land of the Giants Duathlon Claremorris on December 28th, Tri Lakes Knockma, Caherlistrane January 30th, Ballinrobe February 13th, Ashford Cong Duathlon March 5th and finishes in Castlebar with Castlebar Adventure Duathlon on March 19th.Each event will have its own prize fund and the overall IWDS series will have prizes for top ten overall based on results over the 5 events. We will also have a most improved Male and Female athlete in addition to the usual category prizes. There will also be a corporate company trophy which will be unique to our series.A team prize for the most improved squad will also be presented and should keep fitness trainers and gym instructors on their toes.To cater for both codes we also have a relay section (Runner/ Biker).Check or for entry details, each event also has its own Facebook page. Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe are sponsoring the series and will link up with Tri Lakes and Cunga Triathlon clubs; while Raceface event’s organizer will pull this series together.last_img read more