ZURICH, Switzerland (AP): Three Leicester players will try to end the eight-year grip of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the FIFA Player of the Year award. Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante were named yesterday alongside Messi and Ronaldo in the 23-man list of contenders. Kante has moved to Chelsea since Leicester won the Premier League title in May. Messi won his fifth FIFA award last season and Ronaldo has won it three times. Ronaldo is the likely favourite for 2016 as a double European champion: Portugal won their first European Championship and Real Madrid won a record 11th European Cup title in last season’s Champions League. All 23 nominees play for clubs in Europe. Voting will be held by national team captains and coaches, selected media members and an online fan poll. Each section will count for 25 per cent of the final tally. FIFA will announce the three-man shortlist on December 2. The rebranded Best FIFA Awards ceremony will be held on January 9 in Zurich. Candidates: Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales, Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City), Antoine Griezmann (France, Atletico Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United), Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona), N’Golo Kante (France, Leicester/Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria, Leicester), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil, Barcelona), Mesut Ozil (Germany, Arsenal), Dimitri Payet (France, West Ham), Paul Pogba (France, Juventus/Manchester United), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Alexis Sanchez (Chile, Arsenal), Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Barcelona), Jamie Vardy (England, Leicester).
The National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) and its Special Purposes Unit (SPU) on Thursday announced that the Skeldon Estate Staff Compound has been converted into the ‘Skeldon Heritage Resort’.In a release to the media, NICIL/SPU said this significant development at Skeldon helps to preserve some of the history and culture of the sugarcane industry in Guyana.Head of the NICIL-SPU/Chairman of the GuySuCo Board of Directors, Colvin Heath-London, had this to say: “Sugarcane has been a major part of Guyana’s culture for decades. It is vital that we preserve the history and culture of the sugarcane industry, as it plays a necessary role in enabling us to learn from our past, and prepares us for greater future achievements.”He added, “The sugarcane industry is not just a part of our economic history, it is a part of who we are. It is ingrained in us. The preservation of our cultural heritage can provide a sense of unity and belonging within the sugarcane community and the Guyanese society in general.“Situated in the heart of the community, the Skeldon Heritage Resort can provide a boost to the tourism sector, both local and foreign”, a GuySuCo release has stated.Estate Manager Rama Persaud has been quoted as saying, “The facilities are wide ranging. From facilities that are ideal for corporate retreats, to camping facilities for kids, and vacation facilities for all, guests who are seeking peace and quiet can enjoy a relaxing environment and take in the sights of this historic sugar plantation.”Persaud added, “The heritage resort has educational benefits. Conducted tours of the factory can be arranged for high school children and visitors from near and far. We are providing a unique opportunity to learn about the sugarcane industry of Guyana.”The Skeldon Heritage Resort aims to provide comfortable facilities, unique experiences, and warm service.
…after crew member lit firecrackersPassengers who use water taxis were on Tuesday evening scared to enter speedboats, as a nearby vessel went up in flames at about 19:00h at the Georgetown stelling.The boat on fire in the Demerara RiverFire Prevention Officer Andrew Holder of the Guyana Fire Service told this publication that the vessel, Princess Sasha K, which was preparing to transport items to the interior, was docked with firecrackers onboard. This caught the attention of a crew member, who decided to light the flares which led to the fire.“The boat fire occurred according to my information as a result of someone who fired off a flare and the flare accidentally fell on a mattress and it ignited the mattress and from there after it spread to most of the cabin,” he explained.The officer assured that no one was injured during the incident. On Wednesday, Guyana Times spoke with a few speedboat operators at the Georgetown Stelling who witnessed the incident and said they lent assistance to the crew of the boat.Captain Andy (only name given) told this newspaper that he was heading to the Vreed-en-Hoop stelling when he noticed the blaze. “When we go we didn’t really see nobody and the fire reel take a while fuh come before they start operate,” Andy said.At that point, he recalled, the crew members were already taken to safety.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poked in Gonzalo Castro’s cross to give Dortmund hope, but Ronaldo rifled past Roman Burki to cement a second straight win for Real in Group H and leave the Germans still without a point.Ronaldo, without a goal in his last two outings following his return from a five-match domestic ban, took his Real haul to 411 on what was also his 150th career appearance in Europe.England striker Kane notched his sixth hat-trick of the year — and made it 11 goals for club and country in September — as Spurs backed up their opening victory over Dortmund with a comfortable win in Cyprus.Mauricio Pochettino’s side survived an early scare when Igor De Camargo rattled the crossbar, but Kane’s clinical finish six minutes before the interval settled the visitors down.Kane converted his second on 62 minutes and sealed his treble with a terrific header five minutes later to leave Spurs level on six points alongside Real ahead of their double-header with Zinedine Zidane’s team.Tottenham Hotspur’s striker Harry Kane celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match against Apoel FC September 26, 2017 © AFP / JACK GUEZKevin De Bruyne curled in a sublime 25-yard strike as Manchester City overcame spirited resistance from Shakhtar Donestk, with Raheem Sterling completing a 2-0 victory at Eastlands.Pep Guardiola’s men top Group F after back-to-back wins to start the campaign, and the Premier League leaders could even afford a missed penalty from Sergio Aguero whose effort was turned away by Andriy Pyatov.– Liverpool held in Russia –Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon hit the target as Napoli registered their first win by beating a hapless Feyenoord 3-1 in Italy.Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina kept out Jens Toornstra’s second-half penalty, as Sofyan Amrabat’s stoppage-time goal was scant consolation for the Dutch champions who remain pointless.Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw away to Spartak Moscow despite a sparkling strike from Philippe Coutinho.Coutinho linked up superbly with Sadio Mane to cancel out Fernando’s free-kick in the 31st minute, but Liverpool were unable to claim a winner as they recorded a second straight draw in Group E.Liverpool’s midfielder Philippe Coutinho Correia (L) and Spartak Moscow’s defender Andri Eshchenko vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match September 26, 2017 © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVWissam Ben Yedder fuelled Sevilla to a 3-0 victory over Maribor of Slovenia.Joaquin Correa’s dazzling run left the French striker with a simple tap-in for the opening goal after 27 minutes in Spain.Ben Yedder then tucked away a second before the break and rounded out his hat-trick from the penalty spot late on as Sevilla moved top of the section on four points.Porto stunned French champions Monaco with a 3-0 win in the principality in a repeat outcome of the 2004 final.Vincent Aboubakar marked his return from suspension with goals in either half before Miguel Layun pounced on some slapstick defending in the closing moments as Porto bounced back from a home loss to Besiktas.The Turkish champions top Group G with maximum points following a 2-0 success at home to newcomers RB Leipzig despite an 11-minute stoppage for floodlight failure in Istanbul.Ryan Babel slotted home after fine work from Cenk Tosun and Talisca headed in a sublime cross from Ricardo Quaresma as Besiktas picked up their first win at home in the competition since November 2007.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match against BVB Borussia Dortmund September 26, 2017PARIS, France, Sep 27 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on his 400th Real Madrid appearance as the Champions League holders defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1, while Harry Kane grabbed a hat-trick in Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-0 win at APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday.Gareth Bale struck an exquisite volley as the record 12-time European champions secured an 18th-minute lead at Signal Iduna Park, with the Welshman supplying Ronaldo for Real’s second just after half-time.
Sanchez is set to make his first Premier League appearance for United against Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday after his debut for the club in the FA Cup on Friday.“We have managed to win every match in January, I think three Premier League matches and two cup matches, so five victories makes a happy camp,” Mourinho told MUTV, the club’s in-house TV station.“We are playing with a good balance. It is not easy to not concede goals because of the high quality of football in this country but scoring goals and winning matches is very important because we need points. We are playing well and we deserved these results.”Spurs are eight points behind United and are facing a fight to get back into the top four but Mourinho has no doubts about the quality of Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who were runners-up last season.“Spurs are one of the top teams in the country — not a title contender because they are too far away, but I say honestly they are a Champions League contender,” said the Portuguese. “They can reach that level.“They have some of the best players in the country, a very good manager and are a very difficult opponent.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s striker Alexis Sanchez gestures during the FA Cup fourth round football match against Yeovil Town January 26, 2018LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 30 – Jose Mourinho said Manchester United are a “happy camp” after returning to winning ways following a disappointing run of results in December, buoyed by the signing of Alexis Sanchez.After ending 2017 with three successive draws, Mourinho’s side, second in the Premier League, have won all five of their games since the turn of the year.
Jade and Lauren are two sisters from Donegal who posted a picture saying “Help us! If we get 10,000 likes on this picture we will get a dog (mum doesn’t think we’ll do it!)”Today the girls exceeded their 10,000 like target today, almost two months after posting the picture. The post also got shared by over 1,300 people!They made a Facebook page to track their progress and provide people with updates. “We really want a dog; mum isn’t sure that its a good idea… but we are responsible and will do all the work! If we get 10,000 likes this will happen and we will have our dog!”“We have decided that we are going to get a rescue dog, as we don’t think it is fair to get a new pup when there is a perfect dog waiting out there that has been abandoned.”Many have posted supportive messages on their Facebook page and have commended their decision to get a rescue dog. Hundreds of people shared their own stories about how amazing it is to have a dog and how especially rewarding it is to take in a rescue dog.We’re hoping the sisters will update us very soon with a picture of their new family member. Well done girls!“Their mum never thought they would get 10k likes for a very special reason… but they did! was last modified: September 2nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:DOGdonegalFacebookIrelandjade and lauren want a dogrescue dogsocial media
1 Michail Antonio: The 27-year-old has been one of West Ham’s standout performers this term Michail Antonio has signed a new four-year contract with West Ham, the Premier League club have announced.Antonio, who joined the Hammers from Nottingham Forest in September 2015, has signed a four-year deal.The 27-year-old has scored nine goals and assisted five in 37 appearances for the Hammers this term, which has also seen him called into the England senior squad for the first time.Antonio is a popular figure among West Ham supporters, with the winger voted Hammer of the Year for the 2016-17 campaign.“I am over the moon, I have loved my time here and I am just happy that we have managed to get things sorted so I can move onto next season and do what I have done this season,” Antonio told the club’s official website.“I am delighted to have signed a new four-year deal. I would like to thank the chairman [David Sullivan] because we had a nice little deal for this to get sorted.”Antonio, who is currently recovering from a hamstring injury, added: “It is a case of pushing on and I don’t want to drop my standards next season.“This year has been a better year than last year because I’ve played from start to finish and I managed to get the England call-up I’ve been dreaming of since I was a child.“Hopefully I can keep pushing on and doing even better, because I always want to do better than I have done previously.”Sullivan is pleased to have secured Antonio’s services for the long term at the London Stadium.The joint-chairman said: “Michail has been absolutely outstanding since he joined the club nearly two years ago, and was deservedly voted Hammer of the Year this week.“We are determined to keep our best players at the club and Michail is certainly one of them.“His best years are still ahead of him and we are looking forward to seeing him spend them in a claret and blue shirt.”
Castlefinn Community NewsWhist: 12/11/2014Ladies. 1st Geraldine Vambeck, Lifford 183 2nd Annie Callaghan, Killygordon 170 3rd Patsy Mc Granaghan, Castlefinn 164 Gents. 1st Angus Stewart, Lifford 170 2nd Joe Corry, Castlederg 168 3rd Maeve Walsh, Killygordon 1631st Half TIE:Patsy O Hagan, Cloghfin and John Mc Granaghan, Castlederg. BOTH SCORE 842nd Half: Patsy Mc Daid, St JohnstonSnowball:Next week’s snowball is 184 or better for 90 euro.BIG WHIST DRIVE IN CASTLEFINN @ 8PM ON WEDNESDAY 26TH OF NOVEMBER IN ST MARYS HALL IN AID OF PARISH FUNDS. SCORE CARDS 10 EURO. SUPPER WILL BE SERVED.Everyone welcome to attend Parent and Toddler GroupParent and toddler group this Tuesday from 10.30 to noon. Please call the CPI on 0749143976Slim R UsSlim R Us fitness classes are on at the CPI on Monday evenings from 6.30 to 7.30 pm. Contact Tilly on 086 2490095 for more information on how to join Castlefinn Walking:The walking group every wednesday at 10.30 in the morning. Everyone welcome to join for a relaxing stroll and a chat.Needs Analysis in CastlefinnUnder the auspices of the Local Area Team (LAT) there will be a needs analysis undertaken in the castlefinn and surrounding area over the next 3 month period. Mary Mc Granaghan will be engaging with Local Groups and services, Parents, older people, younger people, children (of all ages), to ascertain what they think is needed within the area. Of particular interest will be the views of those who are not currently involved in services or activities.To this end, Mary may be calling on a number of homes. She will be using a short questionnaire, which won’t take up a lot of time and which will ask.1: Please list the 3 best things about Castlefinn?2: What are the 3 worst things about Castlefinn?3: What improvements or services would you like added to the area?In compiling the findings in the New Year, it is intended to devise sub themes based on responses and identify where these might fit with existing policies and strategies, or where capacity to devise responses may exist.THE SURVEY IS COMPLETELY ANONYMOUSMary will be carrying out this survey in NovemberCumann CastlefinnThe John James Kelly/ Damien Brolly sinn fein cumann based in castlefinn held their A.G.M on Sunday the 9th of Novemeber, officers elected are as followsChairperson: Jack Mc Donagh Contact: 087-3387523Vice: Gary Doherty Contact: 085-7564718Secretary: Cathal Mc Closkey Contact: 086-3718587Treasurer: Shirley Mc Daid Contact: 087-4103999If anyone in the Castlefinn, Donneyloop, Liscooley, Killygordon and surrounding areas have any issues that they think we might be able to help with do not hesitate to contact any of the numbers listed above.DD LOCAL: CASTLEFIIN WALKING GROUP STROLLING OUT EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING was last modified: November 13th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DD LocalFeaturesnewsNotices
The full list of post offices across Donegal which will close their doors between now and January next has been revealed.The post offices, at least 13, will shut as part of the voluntary closure scheme agreed with An Post.The post offices to close are Bunbeg, Gortahork, Dunfanaghy, Quigley’s Point, Ballyliffin, Ballymagan, Burnfoot, Kindrum, Churchill, Culkeeny, Dunaff and Dunkineely. Local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig has slammed An Post and the Government for not doing more to look at ways of keeping the rural post offices viable.“The Government continues to tell us that the economy is turning and things are getting better but they continue to close down rural Ireland. What next – our schools?“I would ask the question “Are the Government making An Post as profitable as possible before they sell it off privately to their business friends?“This is the death of rural Ireland by a thousand cuts and those in Government simply do not care about people who live in isolated or rural areas,” he fumed. Revealed: The names of post offices in Donegal to close was last modified: August 2nd, 2018 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)