Podolski returns to Cologne, but not as a player …

first_imgThe German Lukas Podolski will return to Cologne, a club that saw him grow as a footballer but not as a player, the German first division club said Tuesday.The Colony explained that they will jointly elaborate a concept that contemplates a function for “Poldi” within the institution yet to be specified. “A short-term cooperation was agreed, as well as the incorporation of Lukas into the club after his career ends,” the club said.“Lukas is an idol for a whole generation of Cologne fans and you will always find an open door in the club,” said the president of the institution, Werner Wolf. “We would like to take advantage of his love for the Colony and at the same time accompany Lukas in the very personal and important steps in his transition from the active career to the later era.” Podolski, 34, was enthusiastic. “I am looking forward to planning how I can support Cologne in the future. Cologne is, was and continues to be my home and Cologne is my club, “said the German, who joined Cologne at age 10 and played in the first team in the 2003-2006 and 2010-2012 seasons.The international was crowned world champion in Brazil 2014 and defended in 130 matches the shirt of Germany. He also had seasons at Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Inter Milan, Galatasaray and Vissel Kobe of Japan. A return to Turkey is being considered as a player, since he has had conversations with the Antalyaspor club.last_img read more

IAAF blocks Carter! – No replacement for injured Bailey-Cole

first_img RIGHT TO SUBSTITUTE BEIJING, China: It has been confirmed that Jamaica will only be allowed to enter three sprinters in the men’s 100m after Nesta Carter’s submission as a replacement for the injured Kemar Bailey-Cole was rejected by the IAAF technical delegate at the IAAF World Championships. It’s a decision that has left members of Jamaica’s management team scraping for answers after what was expected to be a straight-forward adjustment failed to materialise. The Jamaicans had hoped that Carter, who finished fourth at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships, would be allowed to join wild-card entrant Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Nickel Ashmeade in the men’s 100m after Bailey-Cole suffered a hamstring injury during a pre-championships camp in Tottori, Japan. However, JAAA general secretary and newly elected member of the IAAF’s Technical Committee, Garth Gayle, told Jamaican journalists that the IAAF would not allow Carter to be substituted into the field, noting at the time that no clear reasons were given for their decision. Jamaica were allowed four entrants, given Usain Bolt’s wild-card entry as defending World champion. “Jamaica has exercised its franchise as any of the 216 federation. We entered in the 100m the three individual competitors plus the wild card making it four,” Gayle said. “We were seeking to make a substitution, not an addition, from our roster for an injured athlete and this is done within the guidelines of the competition,” added Gayle. “The IAAF has denied Jamaica its right for a substitution according to the IAAF rules and I find that difficult to accept and I have been vigorously seeking an answer. “The response has not been pleasing and is not within the spirit of the competition, where a country is now being denied one of their legitimate entries when we are seeking simply a substitution,” said Gayle. “All I was told is that the technical delegate has ruled on the matter and that is unacceptable, and in this day and age, we cannot understand why it is that a proper answer cannot be given,” Gayle said. Gayle would later state: “The news isn’t positive,” when an update was sought on Carter’s situation. Team manager Ludlow Watts said he was surprised and confused by the decision, given that the rules allow for adjustments to be made before 24 hours of the competition. He also noted that all efforts were being made up to late yesterday to get answers from the IAAF. The Gleaner has not been able to confirm whether Carter’s entry was submitted within the specified time frame or if there were any other issues with his entry. At the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Carter was allowed to be added to the team after Asafa Powell was forced to withdraw due to injury. andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Trickery: Spying, number switches by Sweden and South Korea

first_imgSouth Korea’s Son Heung-min sits as he arrives for South Korea’s official training on the eve of the group F match between Sweden and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Sweden coach Janne Andersson makes no bones about spying on South Korea’s training sessions ahead of their game at the World Cup.The South Koreans responded by swapping players’ numbers around to confuse the Swedish “spy” because, in the words of coach Shin Tae-yong, “it’s very difficult for westerners to distinguish between Asians.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Surveillance and misdirection has been a big part of the buildup to the Group F game in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday.That’s because both teams probably recognize how crucial their opener is with tougher tests later in group play in Russia against defending champion Germany and Mexico.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAndersson apologized to the South Koreans on Sunday over an incident at South Korea’s pre-World Cup training camp in Austria, where a member of the Swedish coaching staff got into a closed Korean training session and was told to leave. The Swedish staffer thought the training session was open, Andersson said, and left when asked.He still tried to gather as much information on the Korean drills as he could. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sol Mercado thinks Paul Lee elbow not on purpose, hopes injury just a bruise Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial South Korea’s response to the Swedish “spy”, as Shin referred to him, was to change the numbers the players wore in their warmup games.Shin’s reasoning behind that was that although South Korea has Tottenham forward Son Heung-min, many of the players play in the Asian leagues and aren’t well-known worldwide. So, swapping numbers will make sure the Swedes can’t easily identify a player by number.“We wanted to confuse the Swedish team. Yes, that’s why we did that,” Shin said. “We heard that there was a Swedish spy.”Asked if he had more “hidden tricks” for the game, Sweden’s Andersson responded: “Hidden tricks are only hidden tricks if they are hidden.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “He watched from more of a distance as a result,” Andersson said.Andersson didn’t comment on allegations that the Swedish staffer in question, Lars Jacobsson, rented a house across the road from the Korean training ground in Austria so he could watch them work out.He did say Sweden analyzes every opponent — mostly by watching their games — and it’s fairly routine, but “it’s very important that we show respect for opponents, always and in every way. If it has been perceived in another way, we apologize.”He needn’t have worried too much about apologizing as South Korea’s Shin recognized that at the World Cup, every team will try and get an edge.“You always want to know about the opponent,” Shin said through a translator. “That’s something that we do as part of the staff. I don’t think that that’s bad. We have to understand our opponents. So that’s part of the job that we do.”ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Finance Minister Condemns Critics

first_imgThe Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, has condemned critics of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration, who insinuate that her government is not working in the interest of the Liberian people.Minister Konneh was speaking yesterday at a program marking the dedication of 52 housing units constructed by the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Marshall City, Lower Margibi County.He took serious exception to the continuous criticisms from the public about the government.He regretted that some people have criticized the government for doing little or nothing to improve the living conditions of Liberians despite the hard work by the government to develop the country.“While we are working hard to develop the country, there are people who enjoy undermining the government’s efforts through statements that do not represent any truth,” he said. Minister Konneh said ‘for nothing’ criticisms heaped on the government would not change anything, “because there are many ongoing projects that are implemented by government to the delight of citizens.”He said opposition politicians have failed to understand that this government is committed to transforming the living conditions of Liberians.Minister Konneh however regretted that some Liberians would rather listen to such critics who are determined to seek the country’s downfall, forgetting that only Liberians can rebuild their own country.“This government,” he said, “doesn’t give money to individuals, but builds citizen capacity as evidenced by the dedication of the Marshall project, and other projects like the Caldwell Bridge, the Duport Road round-about, etc.” Meanwhile Minister Konneh noted that US$2 million has been placed in the 2015/2016 Fiscal Budget for the construction of additional low cost housing units.Also speaking President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the dedication of the 52 housing units as a “dream come true” for the government and people of Liberia.She reminded Liberians that it is not what the government can do for the citizens, but what the citizens can do to encourage the government to build the country.She later presented keys to five of the 22 owners of the new homes and pledged her government’s commitment to provide safe drinking water and electricity to the housing estates.She called on the management of NHA to construct more housing units in the country for low income earners. Each of the housing units, NHA Deputy Managing Director for Administration, Prince A. Wreh, said contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and back and front porches at the cost of US$20,000.He said a mortgage system has been designed to provide homeowners a ten year payment plan.He added that the essence of constructing the housing units is to provide an enabling environment where citizens who are not privileged to own homes can have affordable houses on their own through the National Housing Authority.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local curling sheets open for free public use

first_imgThe Curling Club’s doors are open all day for curlers to hit the ice, with the free program ending at 7 p.m. daily.Curlers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to take advantage of this unique opportunity; all that is required is a clean pair of shoes as to not damage the recently flooded sheets of ice.Those taking advantage of the open ice do not need to worry about finding equipment either, as the rink will provide all the necessary gear needed to curl.- Advertisement -The open ice also a great opportunity for teams competing in the upcoming curling leagues to hold a few practices, especially for new teams in the league.The local curling leagues start up next week, and registration is still open for teams looking to compete this year.Also taking place at the Fort St. John Curling Rink will be Beginner and Advanced Curling Clinics, with the beginner clinic taking place Saturday, October 6 and the advanced clinic on Sunday, October 7.Advertisement Registration is open for both clinics and there are still spots available if interested in registering. Both clinics cost $40 each.For more information on the Curling Club leagues or programs, call 250-785-2037.last_img read more

OGC Staff Help Find Missing Person

first_imgPhoto: (left to right) Inspector Keith Redl Fort St. John RCMP, Mike Burzek OGC, Kelly Harrison Harrison Energy, Annette Block OGC, Shelly Calder OGC, Alex Ferguson Commissioner and CEO of the OGC and Minister Responsible for OGC and MLA for the region Richard NeufeldThe RCMP and Minister Neufeld recognized 3 Oil and Gas Commission staff members for their help in locating a missing man. On June 10th, an experienced back country camper called the RCMP after being lost in the bush Southwest of Dawson Creek.- Advertisement -The missing person had planned on spending several days in the bush but after 12 days of camping and 2 run-ins with bears the man got lost and disoriented and had lost all of his gear. He spent 4 days in the bush with very little equipment and surviving on whatever he could find.He was finally able to find a number on a tree in a cutline by Alces Creek.Inspector Keith Redl with the Fort St. John RCMP explains what happened next. [asset|aid=133|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Inspector Redl – Missing Man found by OGC_1_Pub.mp3] This morning the RCMP and Minster Neufeld recognized the contribution of OGC staff members Annette Block, Mike Burzek and Shelley Calder, and Kelly and Steve Harrison of Harrison Energy Group.last_img read more

US knocked out of World Cup after Trinidad defeat

first_imgUS star Christian Pulisic pulled a goal back in the second half, but the increasingly desperate Americans were unable to find another to rescue their hopes.Their exit was confirmed by results in Tuesday’s other CONCACAF qualifiers, where Panama booked their place at the World Cup for the first time with a 2-1 win over Costa Rica in Panama City.Honduras then snatched fourth place in the table with a 3-2 win over Mexico, who had already qualified.The Hondurans will now face Australia in a two-legged playoff next month for a place in the finals.But the shock of the night was without a doubt the US failure at the final hurdle.Players of the United States listen to their national anthem before the start of their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match against Trinidad and Tobago, in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago © AFP / Luis ACOSTABruce Arena’s side had needed only a draw at the Ato Boldon Stadium to be virtually certain of securing at least a playoff spot.After thrashing Panama 4-0 last Friday, the Americans had arrived in the Caribbean confident of securing the result needed to extend a proud record of qualifying for every World Cup since 1990.Yet it started to go wrong for Arena’s men after 17 minutes when Gonzalez’s sliced clearance looped high and over the stranded Tim Howard to put Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 up.It got worse just after the half-hour mark when Alvin Jones produced a goal out of nothing to double the home side’s lead.Gathering the ball on the right flank, roughly 35 yards from goal, Jones let fly with a ferocious shot which flew past Howard to make it 2-0.Pulisic then gave the US hope with a deflected shot soon after half-time to make it 2-1.As the changing scores in the other games began to filter through to the American ranks, the US became increasingly desperate.But despite the desperation, Trinidad and Tobago held firm for a famous win that is likely to trigger a prolonged inquest in US soccer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Trinidad and Tobago’s Daneil Cyrus (L) and USA’s Bobby Wood vie for the ball during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago, on October 10, 2017 © AFP / Abraham DiazCOUVA, Trinidad and Tobago, Oct 11 – The United States failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 on Tuesday, crashing to a shock 2-1 defeat against already-eliminated Trinidad and Tobago.In a result that will be viewed as a catastrophe for soccer in the United States, Trinidad took all three points via an Omar Gonzalez own goal and a superb strike from Alvin Jones.last_img read more


first_imgOne of Donegal’s biggest charity cycles takes place on April 27th from Killybegs to Letterkenny.The annual sponsored 70 km cycle will go from the School of Tourism Killybegs to the Letterkenny Institute of Technology. There is an open invitation for anyone to take part and it’s a great opportunity to get the legs going and raise some money for charity.The cycle will begin from the School of Tourism at 11 am.Transportation from Letterkenny for bikes and participants will be available on the day, leaving LYIT car park at 9 am sharp.Money will be raised to support the Alzheimer Society (Donegal) and the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team. For more information and a sponsorship card please contact maeve.carr@lyit.ie or Una on 087 6204160.  GET YOUR ‘SPOKE’ IN FOR CHARITY CYCLE! was last modified: March 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHARITY CYCLELYITSchool of Tourismlast_img read more

Ballyshannon man charged in connection with drugs seizure in Co Louth

first_imgA Donegal man and two Polish men have appeared in court in Drogheda charged with drugs offences.They are charged with being in possession of cocaine and cannabis herb for sale or supply. The three appeared in connection with a major drugs seizure in Co. Louth last weekend.LMFM report that 41-year-old Ciaran Lawn from Ballyshannon, as well as 33-year-olds Daniel Krynicki and Alexandra Leszkiewicz – both Polish nationals living in Leixlip, Co. Kildare – appeared before Drogheda District Court this morning.They are charged with being in possession of cocaine and cannabis herb for sale or supply on the N33 at Drumgoolestown, near Ardee last Sunday.The court heard that Mr. Krynicki replied “I didn’t know it was cocaine, I would never sell anything like that” when one of the charges were put to him.Legal aid was granted for all of the accused as were two Polish interpreters.All three were remanded in custody to appear before Drogheda District Court again on Friday.Ballyshannon man charged in connection with drugs seizure in Co Louth was last modified: December 17th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A Letterkenny woman who was sexually abused over seven years by her Irish dancing teacher has won the right to have her abuser named.Earlier this week, Dana Doherty was awarded €400,000 after the court found she had been sexually abused by dance teacher Michael Quigley of Barnhill Park, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.Mr Quigley had tried to prevent the publication of his name pending an appeal. However, Mr Justice Sean Ryan said there was no reason to withhold publication of his name if the victim did not want her identity protected.A short stay was granted this morning while Mr Quigley applied to the Supreme Court on the publication issue. That application to the Supreme Court was unsuccessful.His lawyers had argued that his name should not be published before the outcome of a Supreme Court appeal as irreparable damage would be done to Mr Quigley and his family.The court was told there was nothing to prevent Mr Quigley being named in a previous criminal trial in which the jury failed to agree on a verdict. Mr Justice Ryan said he had found Ms Doherty’s evidence to be credible and cogent.He found that Mr Quigley had abused her over a number of years and had also interfered with two other witnesses who gave evidence against him in the case.However, he agreed to place a stay on the compensation order pending an appeal to the Supreme Court on what Mr Quigley’s lawyers said was an important legal point regarding delay in taking the case.However, an immediate partial payment of €50,000 should be made, he said.Counsel for Mr Quigley had earlier told the court he was a retired man of no means and no money. Lawyers for Ms Doherty said the reason for this was because he had transferred two houses into the sole name of his wife in recent years.Ms Doherty, who is now 41, had taken a civil action against her former dance teacher over the abuse, which happened between 1982 and 1989 when she was between 12 and 19 years old.He denied all the allegations and his lawyers argued that she should be prevented from taking the action because of the delay in bringing proceedings.However, Mr Justice Ryan found she should not be prevented from taking the action. He ruled she had suffered a severe psychological injury as a result of the abuse, which had affected her ability to take the case.The court had heard that she is suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder.It is believed to be the first time this issue has ever been fought and decided in court.In making the award, the judge said it was difficult to overstate the profound and lasting effects of prolonged sexual abuse on a person whose childhood was blighted by this conduct.IRISH DANCE TEACHER NAMED IN DONEGAL SEX ABUSE CASE was last modified: July 9th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more