Silver a bonus – Knight-Wisdom

first_img REALLY HAPPY “It (silver medal) means the world to me. The focus was to qualify for the Olympic Games. I never expected that to translate to a World silver medal, so I’m really happy about that,” Knight-Wisdom told The Gleaner from Brazil yesterday. Knight-Wisdom returned to log 459.25 points in the final, to finish behind gold-medal winner Rommel Pacheco (Mexico), who scored 504.40 points, with the United States’ Kristian Ipsen tallying 362.05 points. “The qualifying spot was what I was aiming for, and once that was over, I was a lot more relaxed and so everything after that was a bonus. I was very relaxed going into the semi-finals and even more so in the final,” said Knight-Wisdom. Still, the youngster isn’t getting ahead of himself and is expecting the competition to be far tougher when the Olympics begin. He is, however, also hoping for improvement as he prepares to take on the world in Rio. “At the Olympic Games everyone will be at their peak and it will of course feature other divers that didn’t compete in this event, so it will probably be a harder competition. But I am also looking forward to getting even better as well,” Knight-Wisdom said. The Leeds-born diver booked his spot at the Olympic Games after finishing 17th in the preliminary round with a score of 397.90 points. andre.lowe@gleanerjm.com Jamaica’s Olympics-bound diver Yona Knight-Wisdom says winning the three-metre springboard silver medal at the FINA Diving World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was a welcome bonus after his historic qualification to the Olympic Games. Knight-Wisdom scored 427.40 points in Monday’s semi-final to finish 11th in the 18-man field, before surprising the competition in the medal round of the competition, which was being used as a Rio 2016 test event at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center. The 20-year-old Britain-born diver pointed to his approach in the later rounds, noting that he was much more relaxed going into the semi-finals and final after already meeting his main objective of becoming Jamaica’s first Olympic qualifier in a diving event.last_img read more

Money changer killed during robbery on High Street

first_imgGunmen on Tuesday morning carried out a daring daylight robbery in front of the Ashmins building on High Street, Georgetown, which left a 57-year-old money changer dead.Dead is Prince Philip Alleyne of Lot 88 Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara, who succumbed to his injuries at about 11:00h at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Reports are Alleyne, who operates as a money changer on America Street, Georgetown, was parking his car, PMM 9512, at the Ashmins building on High Street, Georgetown, when the gunmen struck.The two gunmen rode up to the now dead man on a motorcycle just as he was about to exit his motorcar.The men, according to an eyewitness, grabbed Alleyne and demanded that he hand over his valuables. However, when the victim refused and attempted to fight them off, one of the gunmen shot him to his head. They then grabbed the man’s bag which contained cash and his licensed firearm. The men made good their escape as the money changer was left lying on the road. Realising what occurred, a large crowd gathered at the scene and Alleyne was picked up and rushed to the GPHC.The area where Prince Alleyne was shot and killedAccording to one eyewitness, she was plying her trade a short distance from where the shooting occurred when she heard a single gunshot.The woman noted that she and others began running in the direction of the shot when she saw several persons surrounding someone who was lying on the road.“When I reach, I was shocked to see is Prince because I does usually see he parking here every day before he walk to America Street where he does do he business,” the woman explained in disbelief.Dead: Prince AlleyneWhen this publication visited the scene, Alleyne’s car was parked while his shoes were seen in a large pool of blood on the roadway. By that time, his relatives had gathered but were in too much of a traumatised state to speak to the media.The police have since launched an investigation into the matter.Last year, another money changer was gunned down on America Street, Georgetown, when he refused to hand over his valuables to a lone gunman.The man, who had been robbed just two months before the incident, was also shot to his head.In that incident, 47-year-old Shawn Nurse was said to be sitting on a chair at the corner of Avenue of the Republic and America Street when he was approached by the gunman and shot.The perpetrator has since been arrested and is presently on remand.last_img read more

Real Madrid beaten by Betis on Ronaldo return

first_imgEven the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo on his return from a five-match domestic ban couldn’t break Betis’ resistance as former Real goalkeeper Antonio Adan produced stunning saves from Isco, Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale.And Betis snatched all three points in the 93rd minute when Sanabria powered home a header from Antonio Barragan’s cross.“Last year we won games we didn’t deserve to and now it is the reverse,” said Real coach Zinedine Zidane.“The league is very long, in the end we’ll see how it goes but we need to be calm and we know we will have better days.”It is the first time Betis have won at the Bernabeu since 1998.“It is impossible to win here without suffering,” said Betis boss Quique Setien.“To win against a team like this, your goalie has to have a spectacular game and you have to have luck.”Ronaldo was recalled among three changes to the Madrid side from Sunday’s 3-1 win at Real Sociedad as Zinedine Zidane named his strongest available side.Atletico Madrid’s Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (L) is congratulated by teammate Antoine Griezmann after scoring his team’s second goal during their match against Athletic Club Bilbao in Bilbao on September 20, 2017 © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAHowever, it was the visitors who made the stronger start and should have gone in front when Sanabria’s goalbound effort was cleared off the line by Dani Carvajal.Keylor Navas also produced a stunning save to tip Fabian Ruiz’s rising drive over the bar.At the other end, Adan made a smart stop to deny Isco just before half-time and Betis had to resist an onslaught after the break.Ronaldo blazed wildly over from Bale’s inch-perfect cross before Kroos forced Adan into another finger-tip stop.The former Madrid goalkeeper’s finest moment came in denying Bale in spectacular fashion 15 minutes from time, though, as the Welshman’s backheeled volley was turned onto the post.Betis were the side to finally have the ball in the net as the game entered five minutes of stoppage time, but Sanabria had strayed offside as he turned home Andres Guardado’s shot.However, they broke with purpose once more minutes later and this time Sanabria wasn’t to be denied as he bulleted a header into the far corner from Antonio Barragan’s cross.– Atletico celebrate –Earlier, Atletico Madrid celebrated being awarded the honour of hosting the Champions League final in 2019 with an impressive 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao to move up to third.The visitors needed to rely on a brilliant penalty save from Jan Oblak to deny Aritz Aduriz just before half-time.Angel Correa opened the scoring 10 minutes into the second-half by finishing off a flowing move involving Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez.And Yannick Carrasco secured the three points with an angled finish from another Griezmann through ball 17 minutes from time before Raul Garcia netted a late consolation for the hosts.UEFA awarded their showpiece event for next season to Atletico’s new Wanda Metropolitano earlier in the day.And the feel-good factor around Atletico following their 1-0 victory over Malaga to open their new 68,000 capacity home at the weekend continued with a commanding display in their fifth away trip in six games so far this season.“It is another important step for the club. Hopefully on the field we can match the growth of the club,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeone.“We are making an enormous effort. We have played five games away from home and the response has been positive.”Sevilla moved into second, two points behind Barca, as Jesus Navas scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Las Palmas.Alaves remain without a point or even a goal after five games as Luisinho’s winner handed Deportivo la Coruna a 1-0 win for their first victory of the season.Leganes stay in the top half after a 0-0 draw at home to Girona.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s forward from Cristiano Ronaldo looks downwards during the Spanish league football match against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 20, 2017 © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Sep 21 – Antonio Sanabria struck deep into stoppage time to hand Real Betis a shock 1-0 win away to Real Madrid on Wednesday as the European champions failed to score for the first time in 74 matches.Defeat leaves Real already seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona just five games into their defence of La Liga having failed to win in all three home games so far this season.last_img read more

Egypt crumble as Russia close in on last 16

first_imgSalah did score Egypt’s first goal at a World Cup since 1990 with a penalty after he had been hauled down 17 minutes from time, but it was too late to regain the momentum for the disappointing Pharaohs.Russia will be guaranteed a place in the last 16 and Egypt eliminated unless Saudi Arabia beat Uruguay on Wednesday.Mohamed Salah’s penalty was too late to save Egypt © AFP / Paul ELLISSalah was making his first appearance since injuring his left shoulder when falling heavily after being dragged to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final just over three weeks ago.Russia thrashed a poor Saudi Arabia team 5-0 in the tournament opener last week, but Egypt had been expected to pose a stiffer challenge.But after Fathi put into his own net, an inspired Cheryshev slotted in his third goal of the tournament, putting him equal with Cristiano Ronaldo in the top scorers’ chart.Dzyuba’s third goal sent the 65,000-capacity crowd into raptures.– Japan milestone –Japan made history in the early game, beating 10-man Colombia 2-1 to become the first Asian side to conquer a South American team at a World Cup.The complexion of the game was changed radically when Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez was shown the first red card of Russia 2018 for handball in the opening minutes of the contest.Shinji Kagawa scored from the penalty spot and although Juan Quintero equalised late in the first half, Japan made their superior numbers count, with Yuya Osako heading a winner in the 73rd minute.Japan’s build-up to Russia has been tumultuous after coach Vahid Halilhodzic was sacked in April and replaced by Akira Nishino, despite steering the team to the finals.Japan forward Yuya Osako (centre) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Colombia © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVBut they will be delighted to start their Russian campaign with a victory after failing to notch a single win in Brazil four years ago — including a painful 4-1 defeat at the hands of Colombia.“I said at half-time that if we can keep the ball moving, we can deprive the Colombia players of their stamina,” said Nishino.“Our players were aggressive from the start and I think that worked very well for us. This is just one win and three points, so we will save our celebration.”– Senegal pip Poland –In the other Group H clash on Tuesday, Senegal recorded the first African win at this World Cup when they beat Poland 2-1, thanks to a deflected Thiago Cionek own goal and a terrible error by Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, which resulted in a goal for man-of-the-match Mbaye Niang.West Bromwich Albion midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak got Poland back in the game with an 86th-minute header but Senegal hung on at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium.In a match billed as a straight fight between Robert Lewandowski and Sadio Mane, neither scored but Liverpool striker Mane set up Idrissa Gueye for the shot that took a wicked deflection off Cionek, leaving Szczesny totally wrong-footed in the Polish goal for Senegal’s opener on 37 minutes.Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said the whole of Africa was closely monitoring the progress of Senegal.“Senegal today represents the whole of the African continent,” he said.“Of course we represent our country but I can also guarantee that the whole of Africa is supporting us. I’m getting phone calls from everywhere.”burs-gj/nr0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russia have all but sealed their place in the knockout rounds of the competition after winning their opening two group games. Photo/COURTESYSAINT PETERSBURG,Russian Federation, Jun 19 – Host nation Russia have one foot in the last 16 of the World Cup after a resounding 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday despite the return from injury of Mohamed Salah.After a tight first half in a rain-drenched Saint Petersburg, Egypt captain Ahmed Fathy scored an own goal before goals from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sealed a win that raises Russian hopes of defying pre-tournament expectations that they would struggle to qualify from their group.last_img read more

DDTV: “It was good craic” – McFadden, McGee reflect on Donegal careers

first_imgDONEGAL GAA legends Colm McFadden and Eamon McGee were honoured at Saturday night’s annual banquet in Donegal town following their retirements.The pair were members of the 2012 All-Ireland winning panel and played a combined total of 324 games for Donegal.McFadden retired as Donegal’s record appearance holder and record scorer, with 25-434 scored in 170 appearances. McGee played 154 games for Donegal, making his 100th appearance in the 2012 All-Ireland final win over Mayo.“It was an eventful enough career, but it was good craic,” McGee said in an interview.“It was a good journey. It was a pure honour to play with the likes of Colm, Christy Toye, big Neil, Michael Murphy, Neil the brother, the list goes on.“Donegal, from what I can see, will be competing for the next few years. You have to cut ties eventually.” McFadden was an All-Star in 2012 and said of his retirement: “It was an easy decision at the end up, but I’ll still miss it. The time was right.”DDTV: “It was good craic” – McFadden, McGee reflect on Donegal careers was last modified: December 5th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Colm McFaddendonegalEamon McGeelast_img read more

REVEALED: MINISTER’S PRIVATE MEETING WITH FINN VALLEY PROTESTERS

first_imgLabour party county councillor Frank McBrearty has revealed the Finn Valley School Transport Action Group DID meet with Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn during his visit to Donegal.It had been suggested the Minister refused to meet with protesters who were voicing their concern over new rules regarding school transport.However Cllr McBrearty told Donegal Daily he arranged a meeting between Donal Foy of the FVTAG and the Minister during the official opening of the new Finn Valley College. “They had a meeting and views were expressed. It was a private meeting but the Minister said he would convey the concerns of the group.“The meeting was facilitated by Senator Jimmy Harte and I am grateful for that.“I am convinced the Minister will do all in his powers to help the people of the Finn Valley area.“He will meet with Junior Minister Ciaran Cannon and we will take it form there,” said Cllr McBrearty.    REVEALED: MINISTER’S PRIVATE MEETING WITH FINN VALLEY PROTESTERS was last modified: May 19th, 2012 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:Cllr Frank McBreartyFinn Valley CollegeprotestSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

TRAVEL: PORTAVENTURA’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

first_imgAS autumn winds finally arrive in Donegal, thoughts may turn to warmer climes for the mid-term break.And if you’re looking for something different this Halloween you can combine all that Spain has to offer with some spooktacular fun for all the family at Portaventura.Those who’ve been to the theme park at any time will tell you all about the spills and thrills of some of the biggest rides in Europe. But from now until mid-November – and throughout Halloween – Portadventura is hosting it’s very own Halloween season.So as well as the usual fun in the theme park, there’s loads of fun to be had just walking around the park….as ghouls and ghosts can pop out from almost anywhere.Walking through the resort with its Hallowe’en decorations in gorgeous sunshine is bliss.The park is filled with pumpkins, giant spiders and there were specially-themed Halloween shows taking place. The lack of queues for any rides is a huge advantage of travelling at this time of the year.Despite the Aqua Park being closed for the season, there are enough water rides and heart-thumping roller coasters to keep everyone happy.Screams from the Shambhala, Europe’s tallest roller coaster, were warning enough for the faint hearted to avoid.Scary characters such as the Addams Family, the Mummy, and Dracula will parade through different areas of the park while monstrous creatures will lurk in the darkness of the Polynesian jungle walks, ready to freeze the blood of visitors eager to have fun and enjoy being frightened.Alternatively, visitors can brave “Horror in Penitence”, a macabre and inhospitable maze in the Far West with a gloomy and creepy atmosphere from which it is difficult to escape. Halloween 2014 brings terror shows that are fun for all ages. The Gran Teatro Imperial is decked out to host “Rock Symphony-Mystery”, an impressive mystery tale with dancers and acrobats in a gothic atmosphere to summon the souls from the beyond.The most daring may also enjoy the terrifying menu of “Vampires: Dinner Show”, in the legendary Far West Saloon, where dancers, actors, acrobats, magicians and singers sow panic and occasional laughter among the guests. Finally, the Mexican La Cantina will host “La Gran Fiesta (The big party)”, in which a cast of dancers and Mexicans perform the country’s traditional repertoire.What should I do?So what’s the best way of doing Portaventura from Donegal? The easiest way is by flying Easyjet from Belfast International Airport (Aldergrove) into Barcelona.You can stay in the city and take the train to Portaventura; or you can stay in the resort and be close by for days of fun.You can book tickets and hotels at this site with some fantastic offers for mid-term.http://www.portaventura.co.uk/How to get there?By Train :PortAventura has its own train station. Check all the information on www.renfe.es. or at this number 0034 902 24 02 02By Car:From Barcelona 1h : Take highway A7 (La Junquera-Valencia). Exit 35, direct access to the Park.Also accessible with the National highway N-340 (Barcelone-Valencia),the N-420 (Tarragona-Teruel) and the N-240 (Tarragona-Lleida).More information:Try Portaventura’s English Facebook Page here:https://www.facebook.com/PortAventuraOfficial/infoVideo promo here:  TRAVEL: PORTAVENTURA’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 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)Tags:donegalHalloween 2014Hotel offersMid-Term breakoffersPortaventuralast_img read more

Pop sensation Jake Carter to take the stage at Warehouse this Friday

first_imgIrish based pop sensation Jake Carter is set to perform his first Letterkenny show this weekend at Warehouse Bar + Kitchen. Fans are booking up tables quickly for this highly-anticipated gig on Friday 15th June.Jake Carter has taken the Irish pop music scene by storm since his launch on Irish national television (The Late Late Show) in March 2017, and now he has teamed up with pop queen Una Healy to release a brand new single ‘Take Me Dancing’ which he’ll be performing in Warehouse this Friday. Jake has quickly developed a name for himself as one to watch on the pop music scene, and often compared to a young Robbie Williams Jake has wowed audiences across Ireland with his energetic live performances!To date Jake has released five singles and an EP titled ‘Three Things’, which have all received rave reviews from his newfound fans and from radio alike.In March of this year Jake won RTE’s ‘Dancing With Stars’ (RTE’s version of Strictly Come Dancing) and quickly established himself as a household name in Ireland. Following this Jake went on to tour Ireland with his live band and packed out venues such as Cork Opera House, The Waterfront Belfast and the INEC in Kerry.This will be Jake’s First Letterkenny Show. Admission is free to this event, but table booking is advisable as it is due to attract a large crowd. For Bookings: Call McGettigan’s Hotel at (074) 91 22066Pop sensation Jake Carter to take the stage at Warehouse this Friday was last modified: June 13th, 2018 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:concerteventsjake carterMUSICwarehouse bar + kitchenlast_img read more

Bruce believes loss of key duo will cost Aston Villa a play-off spot

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesAston Villa boss Steve Bruce believes the absence of Jonathan Kodjia and Mile Jedinak in January has cost his side a shot at the play-offs.Kodjia scored the only goal as Villa beat QPR on Tuesday night, his seventh in as many games, while midfielder Jedinak helped anchor his side to their fifth consecutive home clean sheet.But Ivorian Kodjia was away at the Africa Cup of Nations at the start of the year, while Jedinak then missed a clutch of matches through injury.In that six-week period where they did not play together, Villa picked up just one point in seven games and are currently nine off the play-off places.“We’ve probably given ourselves too much to do,” Bruce said.“It’s just a shame about that awful run we had when we were without Kodjia and Jedinak. There’s the common denominator.“There’s a huge emphasis on Jon, and that tremendous bit of quality has won us the match“And big boy Jedinak has been one of the big keys for us, in terms of the way he leads the team, the way he protects his centre-backs.“It’s just a shame that we’re not four or five points closer.”Bruce, labelled a “world-class manager” by opposite number Ian Holloway after the game, admitted his side had made hard work of beating QPR, who dominated the ball in the second half.He said: “They had good possession QPR and made it difficult for us. When you don’t get the second one you become edgy and every time you give the ball away, the crowd becomes edgy.“The whole thing then turns into one of them awkward evenings which for me should have been a bit more comfortable. We had enough chances to get the second.”   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Education: SA’s biggest investment

first_img“Education spending has grown by 14 percent a year for the past three years and accounts for R140.4-billion in the spending plans of provinces and national government for 2008/09,” Manuel said during his 2009/10 Budget speech. South African state spending on education remains its single biggest investment, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel told Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday. A further R330-million would go towards to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, while funding was also available for the establishment of a new National Education Evaluation Unit, which would evaluate a new salary dispensation for teachers, linked to school and teacher performance. An additional R700-million would be allocated for higher education subsidies and to accommodate anticipated growth in student enrolment from 783 900 in 2008 to 836 800 by 2011. There would also be a strengthening of training colleges and a recapitalisation of technical schools over the next three years, Manuel said. 11 February 2009 The President also raised concerns about the drop-out rate, particularly at secondary and tertiary levels, and challenged the country’s education system to produce the kind of skills needed by society.center_img “Trends in performance, both in terms of teaching and learning, show a worrying persistence of the social divisions of the past,” he said. “Ironically, precisely where education is most needed to help break the cycle of poverty is where infrastructure, administrative and teacher capacity are least impressive,” Motlanthe said during the opening of Parliament. The government’s key priorities in education included extending the no-fee school policy from the current 40 percent to 60 percent of schools, expanding the school nutrition programme, reducing average class sizes in schools, serving lower income communities, and increasing expenditure on school buildings. President Kgalema Motlanthe, in his state of the nation address on Friday, said he was concerned at a trend of schools in rural and impoverished areas lacking infrastructure and capacity. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more