Heighno’s call to Leichhardt faithful

first_img“All my mates seem to come along to those games too and still all love sitting on the hill.”Their back five are playing really well and everyone seems to be working hard for one and other so we’ll have to work hard to beat them hopefully in front of a big crowd.”The last time they played there was against Melbourne on a Sunday and it was an outstanding crowd.”We won four in a row coming into last week so it’s not all that bad but we have to get back into the winners circle.”Cronulla have been dominant on the road in the opening two months of the Telstra Premiership, winning all four of their away games, but have lost four of their last six clashes at Southern Cross Group Stadium.”[The Titans game] was a disappointing loss but we’ve had a hard week at training so hopefully we can put in a good performance on Saturday night,” Heighington said.”It was our home game and we never delivered in the clutch plays and the games before that we were good in those areas.”Everything he (Sharks coach Shane Flanagan) said the Titans would do they did, they hung in there for 80 minutes and we weren’t at our best so hats off to them.”We’re coming last in some areas in stats that are very important in rugby league with penalties and completion rates. That’s a good indication that we’ve still got a good team here but we’re not at our best.”Sharks teammate Ricky Leutele didn’t believe a poor attitude was the problem for the premiers last week but rather a couple of lapses in key moments.”I think our attitude is there but our efforts off the ball have let us down,” Leutele said.”It was disappointing from our standards, we had the game there but we threw it away in the last few minutes.”We need to pick up our attitude at home, we’ve been good on the road this year but we need to transfer that to create a fortress again.”Along with Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco, Leutele identified in-form winger and Samoan teammate David Nofoaluma as a key man to stop on Saturday night.”Their back five is probably one of the best in the NRL so we’re aware of that and ready for them,” Leutele said.”[Tedesco] loves staggered lines and broken play so it’s important for me to keep a straight defensive line and Nofoaluma has been making plenty of tackle breaks bringing the ball back from kicks.” As the Wests Tigers use three grounds – Leichhardt Oval, Campbelltown Stadium and ANZ Stadium – throughout the season, they have only met the Sharks on seven occasions at the venue since 2000.With the 35-year-old’s future up in the air beyond the 2017 Telstra Premiership season, the chance to return to a ground where he made 27 appearances in the black and gold is something that may not come around again even if he does play on next year.”It has been a while,” Heighington said with a smile of his last visit to Leichhardt Oval.”It’s always awesome playing there and seeing the Wests Tigers fans who have been so supportive throughout my career.”After the game I’ll still speak to a lot of them so hopefully they can all turn out.last_img read more

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ON THIS WEEKEND

first_imgDigicel SPORTSMAX 21 a.m.: Sunderland vs Watford5:30 a.m.: West Ham vs Stoke City8:30 a.m.: Aston Villa vs Arsenal11 a.m.: Tottenham VS Newcastle2:30 p.m.: Liverpool vs West Brom10 p.m.: Crystal Palace vs Southampton SATurday7:45 a.m.: Norwich vs Everton10 a.m.: Man City vs Swansea City12:30 p.m.: Bournemouth vs Man UnitedSUNday Digicel SPORTSMAX 2last_img

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Draft Whistleblower, Witness Protection Bills Validated

first_imgParticipants at the end of the draft validation yesterdayIntegrity institutions, government agencies and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) yesterday validated the draft Whistleblower and Witness Protection Bills. The bills are expected to be submitted to the National Legislature for enactment into law.The two bills were certified at the end of a one-day validation workshop held at a venue in Sinkor. The bills were drafted by participants at a three-day workshop which took place last month.The validation workshop brought together key state actors drawn from the Ministry of Justice, Governance Commission, Liberia National Bar Association, Law Reform Commission, UNMIL, Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, CENTAL, as well as the National Integrity Forum. It was sponsored by UNMIL.The workshop was also attended by LACC’s Executive Chairperson, James N. Verdier; Deputy Justice Minister for Codification, Charles Karmo; UNMIL’s Chief of Human Rights and Protection Section, Marcel Akpovo; the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Autonomous Agencies, Senator Jonathan Kaipay; and Rep. Larry Younquoi, Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Governance, who all admonished participants to work with diligence and commitment in the validation exercise.The LACC said in a release that the workshop grew out of the regional workshop on whistleblower and witness protection in the fight against corruption, which was held in Monrovia last September.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Street fair set for weekend

first_img“This is the single largest event in city of Monterey Park,” Lau said. “It has always been well attended, and I believe this one will be even more attended.” Chinese New Year begins at 11 p.m. Saturday. Besides traditional entertainment, such as Chinese orchestra, opera and folk dance, the lineup includes a mariachi band, a blues performance and karaoke competition. There also will be pig races – after all, 2007 is the Year of the Pig – rope courses, rock climbing, bungee jumping and the “XBox Challenge,” which will feature the Halo and Dance Dance Revolution competitions. For a complete list of entertainment, go to www.floralstreetfair.org. jennifer.mclain@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEREY PARK – Bei Bei He, 24, in many ways embodies the diversity of the city’s Chinese New Year festival, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday. He, a Rowland Heights resident and native of China, often blends her training in the ancient Chinese traditional string instrument, the gu zheng, with modern sounds of hip-hop and jazz. “People think my music is very deep and from the soul. They say they can literally feel the emotion,” He said. “When they hear the fused sounds, people often say, `Wow, that is very cool and very fresh.”‘ He is among the dozens of performers on the Floral Street Fair’s entertainment lineup, which is designed to honor Chinese tradition as well as highlight the diversity found in Monterey Park, said the fair’s spokesman, Joe Pan. “She represents a new breed of entertainer,” Pan said of Bei Bei, who will perform at 12:30p.m. Sunday at the Cherry Blossom Stage. “She plays a very traditional instrument yet she is very young.” The festival has been an important element to Monterey Park for nearly a decade. This year, organizers expect it to attract close to 100,000 people. “To me, this is not just a festival for Chinese,” said Mayor David Lau. “This is something that we do to promote cultural diversity and harmony in the community.” Now in its ninth year, the festival has traditionally been called the Lantern Festival, which celebrates the end of the Chinese New Year. This year, however, the name and date has been changed to the Floral Street Fair and falls on the Chinese New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. last_img
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Berlin protests Russia World Cup ban on German journalist

first_img0Shares0000The German government protested to Moscow over its football world cup ban on journalist Hajo Seppelt who caused uproar by his revelations of massive state-sponsored sports doping in Russia © AFP/File / FABRICE COFFRINIBerlin, Germany, May 14 – Berlin protested Monday against Moscow’s decision to ban from the World Cup the German journalist who broke the story on Russia’s state-sponsored doping scandal, stoking further an already controversial tournament.The row erupted just days before German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, who in recent years has clashed repeatedly with Western leaders on a litany of issues including the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. Russia was already a disputed choice when it was handed the World Cup in a closely-watched 2010 vote that has since been tainted by bribery charges.But it was German journalist Hajo Seppelt’s documentaries on doping among Russian athletes that sparked a storm and ended up with Russia being banned from this winter’s Pyeongchang Olympic games.The row came full circle as it emerged Friday that Moscow has refused to allow in Seppelt to cover the World Cup, which kicks off next month.Berlin protested against Moscow’s decision to ban from the World Cup German journalist Hajo Seppelt who broke the story on Russia’s state-sponsored doping scandal, stoking further an already controversial tournament © dpa/AFP/File / Jens Wolf“We view this measure by the Russian authorities to invalidate Seppelt’s visa as wrong,” said German government spokesman Steffen Seibert.“We call on the Russian leadership to allow this German correspondent to enter the country to report on the football World Cup tournament.”Asked if Merkel would raise the issue when she meets Putin on Friday, Seibert said: “Let’s wait to see what this week brings.”– All eyes on FIFA –Seppelt had revealed Friday that his application for a visa, submitted by public regional broadcaster SWR, was rejected as he was apparently on a “persona non grata” list in Russia.Moscow did not specify the reason but Seppelt said the “uncovering of the state doping system has had such great impact for Russia that it felt that it needed to take such measures”.“It would be interesting to see if FIFA, which must ensure access to unfettered coverage of its tournament, would take on this case,” he told AFP’s sports subsidiary SID on Friday.Seibert also stressed the importance for football world governing body FIFA to press the case.“Free reporting of what is probably the biggest international sporting event next to the Olympics must be assured,” he said. “We are convinced that it puts Russia as a host in a bad light if the freedom of the press and of opinion is curtailed before the eyes of the world.”In a statement released Monday, FIFA said it had already approved Seppelt’s accreditation request.“We are getting more information from the Russian authorities regarding his visa process through the Local Organising Committee,” said FIFA.“Generally speaking, the freedom of the press is of paramount importance to FIFA and we always aim to provide media representatives with the best possible conditions for coverage of all FIFA events,” it added.Germany’s football federation chief Reinhard Grindel expressed confidence FIFA would take action.“FIFA has stressed the importance of press freedom. I have complete confidence that FIFA will now use its influence to allow Hajo Seppelt to report unhindered from Russia,” he told SID on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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DONEGAL JUNIOR CHAMBER LOOKING FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON

first_imgDo you know an outstanding young person in Donegal?Junior Chamber International (JCI) Donegal are looking for nominations for outstanding young people between 18-40. These nominations are being sought to identify young people in the community, who have done something outstanding. These top young people will be invited to an awards ceremony held in Donegal. Here the overall winner will be selected as Donegal’s ‘Outstanding Young Person of the Year’These awards are to identity young dynamic people in the Donegal community. After the local awards the Donegal winner may go on to be recognised nationally and possibly internationally for their achievements.Every year, Junior Chamber International selects 10 outstanding young people under 40 to be recognised for living the JCI Mission in extraordinary ways.JCI feel, that highlighting the accomplishments of these young active citizens in a variety of fields will inspire others to be better and realise their full potential as active citizens. There are several categories under which young people can be nominated. Each nominee must be entered in one, and only one, of the ten categories below.Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishmentPolitical, legal, and/or governmental affairsAcademic leadership and/or accomplishmentCultural achievementMoral and/or environmental leadership Contribution to children, world peace, and/or human rightsHumanitarian and/or voluntary leadershipScientific and/or technological developmentPersonal improvement and/or accomplishment Medical innovationEmma Boylan JCI President commented “This is a fantastic opportunity for Donegal to show the wealth of young people that we have in the County, not only locally, but hopefully to a national and international audience. From the set-up of JCI in Donegal, we have seen so many positive and inspiring young people. I have no doubt that we will have large variety of nominations for Donegal’s ‘Outstanding Young Person’ Awards”The competition is free to enter. JCI Donegal would ask the community to take time to think about someone they feel has achieved something outstanding.Nominations for ‘The Outstanding Young Person Award’ can be sent via email to jcidonegal@gmail.com. Give the name of the young person and a short description of why you feel they deserve the award. All nominees should be over 18.Check out JCI Donegal on Facebook and Twitter for more information or call JCI Donegal President Emma Boylan on +353863303986.DONEGAL JUNIOR CHAMBER LOOKING FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON was last modified: March 12th, 2014 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:Donegal Junior Chamberlast_img read more

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Fantasy Premier League tips 2016/17: 11 Top players who might not play in GW1

first_img 3: Phil Jagielka (Everton) – £5.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Phil Jagielka has battled a hamstring problem throughout this pre-season and only played his first 45 minutes against Espanyol on Saturday. It’s up in the air as to whether he will be ready for Tottenham on the opening day. 11 1: Dimitri Payet (West Ham) – £9.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – The official FPL website does not class Dimitri Payet as lacking in match fitness, however having only just played his first 20 minutes in a pre-season game on Sunday, it seems unlikely he will start against Chelsea. This could all change though, so be sure to check nearer the time as we mentioned below! 11 11 11 9: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – £9.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Ronald Koeman IS optimistic that Lukaku will overcome the heel injury which saw him limp off in Everton’s final pre-season friendly to face Tottenham in their season opener. Keep an eye on this one though, as Koeman was not conclusive and you don’t want to be left with a £9.0m striker who delivers you no points on the first week of the season! 11 4: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – £10.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Daniel Sturridge missed both of Liverpool’s final pre-season games with a hip injury and Jurgen Klopp has ‘no idea’ whether his star striker will be fit for the Arsenal game. It would probably be best to wait for further positive news before deciding to splash out £10.0m on this injury ravaged forward. 11 11 With the European Championship having taken place in the summer, many of this season’s Premier League players have not had perfect preparation ahead of the start of the new campaign.Some have picked up injuries during pre-season and some have simply not returned to their clubs in time to get match fit, we have picked out eleven top players who you should be sceptical about putting in your teams for gameweek one.Bear in mind this article is being written on Monday, August 8, so things may change and some players may be declared fit between now and next weekend.We strongly advise you take this article as advisory, but also use Google/Twitter searches to find out the latest on each player before the season starts!Check out which players you might need to avoid by clicking the right arrow above… 11: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £10.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – De Bruyne only played his first 30 minutes of pre-season against Arsenal on Sunday, so we would strongly advise checking the latest updates on him throughout this week if you’re planning on selecting the Belgian for your side. 11 11 11 5: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – New Saints boss Claude Puel said on Sunday that Ryan Bertrand ‘cannot play the next game’. The Southampton left back has been suffering with a knee injury in pre-season and will likely be replaced by Matt Targett or Sam McQueen. 10: Gabriel (Arsenal) – £5.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Things really aren’t looking great on the injury front for Arsenal ahead of the new season and Gabriel is the latest to have been ruled out of the season opener. After being carried off in their final pre-season game against Man City, Gabriel has been confirmed as likely to miss the Liverpool game by Wenger. 11 2: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £9.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Arsene Wenger confirmed after Arsenal’s 8-0 win over Viking on Friday that their opener against Liverpool would ‘come too early’ for Mesut Ozil following his late return from the Euros. 6: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) – £6.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – As well as Mesut Ozil, Arsene Wenger confirmed on Friday that, having played the Euro 2016 final, Laurent Koscielny is not yet ready to play against Liverpool in their first match of the new campaign. 7: Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – According to the FPL website, Ilkay Gundogan will be out until mid-September with a knee injury. He may turn out to be a bargain once he gets going, but for now City’s new man should be kept out of your teams. 8: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) – £9.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – When Arsene Wenger spoke to confirm Mesut Ozil’s and Laurent Koscielny’s absence from his team’s game on the opening weekend of the season, he also declared Giroud as not yet ready to play due to his involvement in the latter stages of the Euros. last_img read more

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Federal plan for nuke workers criticized

first_imgElliott said the guidelines would try to balance the need to rely on the radiation experts at the nuclear facilities for their knowledge of the sites with concerns about potential biases. He said it was difficult to find experts on the effects of radiation who were not tied to the government’s nuclear weapons program. “There is a limited pool of experts here,” he said. Kate Kimpan, who directs the contractor’s program, said her group will adhere to the guidelines and “ensure that our conclusions are beyond refute.” Five years ago, Congress decided to compensate the Cold War-era workers – tens of thousands of whom worked at sites nationwide – after the government admitted putting them at risk of cancer caused by radiation exposure. Sick workers get $150,000 plus medical benefits. The Oak Ridge, Tenn.-based contractor is writing reports that detail hazards at weapons facilities. The reports are blueprints the contractor is using to estimate how much radiation workers were exposed to. Critics say some of the authors appear biased. Kelly Schmidt, a worker and union leader at the Hanford site in Washington state, has complained that authors of the Hanford report managed important aspects of the radiation program there. Schmidt noted that a version of the report stated it was unlikely workers received large intakes of radiation that went unnoticed because there was “rigorous workplace monitoring” at Hanford. “It gives the impression that they’re saying, `Gosh, we did a great job,”‘ Schmidt said. NUCLEAR WORKER SITES The government contractor helping run a compensation program for sick nuclear weapons workers has written reports describing historical activities at the following sites – some federal, some commercial – that were hired to assist the government’s nuclear weapons program: Aliquippa Forge, in Aliquippa, Pa. Allied Chemical Corp., Metropolis, Ill. Santa Susana Field Laboratory, Simi Valley Argonne National Laboratory East, Argonne, Ill. Argonne National Laboratory West, Scoville, Idaho. Bethlehem Steel Company, Lackawanna, N.Y. Blockson Chemical Company, Joliet, Ill. Bridgeport Brass Company, Adrian, Mich. and Bridgeport, Conn. Chapman Valve, Indian Orchard, Mass. Feed Materials Production Center, Fernald, Ohio Hanford, Richland, Wash. Huntington Pilot Plant, Huntington, W.Va. Idaho National Laboratory, Scoville, Idaho Iowa Ordnance Plant, Burlington Iowa Kansas City Plant, Kansas City, Mo. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M. Linde Ceramics, Tonawanda, N.Y. Mallinckrodt Chemical Co., St. Louis. Mound Plant, Miamisburg, Ohio Nevada Test Site, Mercury, Nev. Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Oak Ridge, Tenn. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Wash. Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Paducah, Ky. Pantex Plant, Amarillo, Texas. Pinellas Plant, Clearwater, Fla. Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Piketon, Ohio Rocky Flats Plant, Golden, Colo. Savannah River Site, Aiken, S.C. Simonds Saw and Steel Co., Lockport, N.Y. Superior Steel Co., Carnegie, Pa. Tennessee Valley Authority, Muscle Shoals, Ala. Weldon Spring Plant, Weldon Spring, Mo. W.R. Grace, also known as Nuclear Fuels Services, Erwin, Tenn. Y-12 Plant, Oak Ridge, Tenn. Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventCritics contend that the contractor, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, has put into key jobs people who have managed radiation monitoring programs at the weapons sites. In some cases, those people were witnesses for the government when it fought compensation claims. Jim Melius, who is on a presidential advisory board that oversees the program, said, “It’s so critical for this program to be credible and for the claimants to have an understanding and confidence that the people who were monitoring them – and maybe in some cases failing to monitor them properly – will not be the people passing judgment on their exposures and on their compensation.” Nearly 73,000 workers or their survivors have filed claims under the program, according to the Labor Department. Government officials say they are preparing a policy that will spell out how the contractor should handle conflicts of interest. “It’s a very difficult, complex dilemma that we face,” said Larry Elliott, who heads the office of compensation in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The agency oversees the contract. WASHINGTON – For years, radiation experts at the nation’s nuclear weapons sites failed to adequately protect workers from on-the-job hazards. Now, some of those experts are helping run a compensation program for the workers. The situation has attracted the attention of Congress, with one lawmaker pressing for an investigation into whether the workers are being treated fairly. Rep. John Hostettler recently wrote to the investigative arm of Congress to ask whether the contractor running the compensation program has policies that are “sufficient to ensure that conflicts or biases do not taint the credibility and quality of the science produced to date.” Hostettler, R-Ind., is chairman of a House subcommittee that deals with people bringing claims against the government. last_img
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GRANDAD: WE HAVE NO BAD FEELINGS TOWARDS DRIVER WHO KNOCKED DOWN JOSHUA

first_imgThe grandfather of toddler Joshua Coyle says he holds nothing against the man who killed his grandson.Tragic Joshua Coyle who was killed on Friday.Heartbroken Alan Coyle told Donegal Daily his family understand the pain the man is going through and want him to come to little Joshua’s funeral.The 22 months old toddler died after he was struck by a van at his home at Crieve Glebe, Letterkenny at 6.45pm on Friday evening. Alan, 60, revealed the driver is a friend of the family and that Joshua and his brothers were excited by his arrival.“They would have been excited as he often brought them sweets. He’s a close friend of the family for as long as I can remember.“It was a complete accident and we hold no ill will against this man. He is suffering his own pain too.“He is part of the grieving process and we hope very much that he will attend little Joshua’s funeral,” said Alan. He also revealed that the dead boy’s older brother Alexander, 4, was only feet from the van when it struck Joshua.“He saw it all and we are trying to help him now. I don’t want to think about what could have happened if he was any closer,” he added.Alan described Joshua as a beautiful child who was beginning to leave his baby years behind him.“He was starting to become a little boy and he was starting to leave his baby years behind him. He was full of life and was beginning to play with his older brother Alexander’s toys including his little battery car.“It’s just so sad. The whole family is just devastated but we are a very close family. Joshua’s mum and dad Suzanna and Alex are his three brothers Alexander, Rohan and Sean are trying their best to cope. “But we’re here for them and they know they are not alone,” he added.Alan paid tribute to the Gardai and to the staff of Letterkenny General Hospital where little Joshua passed away on Friday evening.“I can’t say enough good things about these people. The Gardai were as professional as anybody could ask for.“And the staff in the hospital from the porters, to the nurses to the doctors tried to make us feel as comfortable as we could in the circumstances. We just want to thank them all,” he said. A full investigation has been carried out into Joshua’s death by a team of Garda Forensics experts.A post mortem was also carried out on Joshua at Letterkenny General Hospital on Saturday afternoon and his remains were then taken to the family home to be waked.Large number of mourners have already been attending the home which is located in a quiet country area on the outskirts of Letterkenny.Joshua will be buried at Conwal Graveyard in Letterkenny after midday funeral mass at St. Eunan’s Cathedral on Tuesday.GRANDAD: WE HAVE NO BAD FEELINGS TOWARDS DRIVER WHO KNOCKED DOWN JOSHUA was last modified: September 29th, 2014 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:Alan CoyledonegaldriverJoshua Coyleknocked downletterkennyvanlast_img read more

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FUFA conducts draws fo ODILO finals

first_imgL-R FUFA top brass 1st VP Justus Mugisha, President Eng. Moses Magogo, 2nd VP Darius Mugoye and Competitions Director Aisha Nalule during the press conference for the ODILO draws held on Wednesday. (PHOTOS/FUFA)ODILO Finals 20194th-7th August 2019Match 1: Green Valley Primary School Vs Bright Valley Primary SchoolMatch 2: Citizen Parents Primary School Vs Rays of Grace Primary SchoolMatch 3: God’s Grace Primary School Vs Busumbu Primary SchoolMatch 4: Oasis Annex Primary School Vs Tooro Boarding Primary SchoolOn Wednesday, the Federation of Ugandan Football Association (FUFA) held the finals’ draw for the inaugural edition of the Primary Schools Championships (ODILO).The youth tournament that was launched earlier this year has already reached its closing stages with one team representing each of the 8 regions.The 8 winners of the different regions will face off in a mini-tournament at the FUFA Technical Center in Njeru, from the 4th-7th of August 2019.The championship started with competitions at the district level with 62 of the 95 District Football Associations taking part.From the district level, the winners at the respective districts qualified for the regional championship. Eastern region had the biggest participation with 14 districts taking part.A total of 375 schools from 62 districts featured in the inaugural edition with about 12,000 pupils taking part as players in 740 matches.Speaking at the draws on Wednesday, FUFA President Moses Magogo noted that the federation prides in the tournament and hopes it will help in the development of players.“It is one thing to dream of an idea but another to fulfill that dream, said Magogo.“As FUFA, we are proud of what the Uganda Sports Secondary Schools Associations (USSSA) are doing at that level but we thought it was important to have a competition for the primary schools.”Magogo also stressed that Odilo will help in the multiplier effect because more people will get involved.“It is important to cultivate interest for young people at this level. Besides, there will be more involvement of coaches, players and parents, through this tournament. It is a beginning but we are excited about the first edition.”The first edition only catered for boys’ football but it was confirmed that girl’s football will be included starting next year.FUFA Vice President, Justus Mugisha who is the chairman of the Odilo championship believes this is a good step to help FUFA realize its mission of becoming the number one footballing nation in Africa on and off the field.“As FUFA, we seek to become the best footballing country in Africa and this is an input in realizing that target. This is a tournament that is played countrywide and will help to identify talent at a tender age.” Stated MugishaMugisha speaking at the draws on Wednesday.FUFA Competitions Director, Aisha Nalule confirmed the federation will cater for meals, accommodation, and transport (to and fro) for all the eight teams. In addition, all the teams will be provided with fully branded jerseys and five balls to each team to be used during the championship playoffs.The coveted title will be taken for keeps by the school/ team that will emerge the champion.It should be noted that at this stage, a team (school) that represents a given region is allowed to add players from other schools but from the same region.The Schools and their different Regions-Green Valley Primary School (Western Region)-Citizen Parents Primary School (Kampala Regions)-Bright Valley Primary School (Northern Region)-Oasis Annex Primary School (West Nile Region)-Busumbu Primary School (Eastern Region)-Rays of Grace Primary School (Buganda)-Tooro Boarding Primary School (Kitara Region)-God’s Grace Primary School (Northern Region)FixturesMatch Day Two (Monday, 5th August 2019)-Match 5: Loser of Match 1 Vs Loser of Match 2-Match 6: Loser of Match 3 Vs Loser of Match 4-Match 7: Winner of match 1 Vs Winner of Match 2-Match 8: Winner of Match 3 Vs Winner of Match 4Rest Day (Tuesday, 6th August 2019) – Workshop for all the 8 TeamsMatch Day Three (Wednesday, 7th August 2019)-Match 9: Loser of Match 5 Vs Loser of Match 6 (7th and 8th place)-Match 10: Winner of Match 5 Vs Winner of Match 6 (5th and 6th place)-Match 11: Loser of Match 7 Vs Loser of Match 8 (3rd and 4th place)-Match 12: Winner of Match 7 Vs Winner of Match 8 (Final)Comments Tags: Aisha NaluleFUFAJustus MugishaMoses MagogoODILOlast_img read more

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