Diaz’ weightlifting success inspires kids in Mindanao Children’s Games

first_img“But we’re not only expecting to get children into sports. We also want to mold them as responsible and well-rounded future leaders of our country,’’ said Ramirez.“This is the real gold medal that we should be aiming for. Once we encourage kids to play here, their lives can change through sports,’’ he added.Next stops for the Children’s Games in the coming weeks are Cagayan de Oro, Butuan City, Bacolod, Cebu, Tacloban and the Cordilleras, among others.Ramirez said the Games, which aims to discover talented athletes on the barangay level, have been conceptualized to execute President Duterte’s marching order to make sports available to the youth.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSC chair Butch Ramirez and Hidilyn Diaz with participants of the Mindanao Children’s Games. PHOTO by JUNE NAVARRODAVAO CITY—Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz started out young before she turned into a weightlifting icon for the Philippines more than a decade later.Diaz’s story became an instant inspirational piece for the participants of the 2017 Mindanao Children’s Games that pushed through on Thursday despite the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “I have traveled in different countries and all over the Philippines, studied and earned a living because of sports,’’ Diaz told over 600 children at the Almendras Gym here, most of them out-of-school youths.She started lifting those metal plates at 11, about the same age as the kids set to play in the Games designed for 12 years old and below.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundPhilippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez said the raging armed conflict in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur between government forces and the Maute rebel group has emboldened him to push the Sports for Peace vehicle in Mindanao further.Ramirez pointed out that getting these young kids into sports early would prepare them for bigger tournaments ahead like the Batang Pinoy Games, Palarong Pambansa and eventually in international meets while playing for the national team. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Playing coach Avenido carries Gamboa past Zark’s LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working View commentslast_img read more

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The impact of higher oil prices on Guyanese economy

first_imgReuters reported that oil prices edged up on January 10, 2018 to a near two-and-a-half year high after data showed strong demand for crude imports in China and increased US refining activity that drew more crude from inventories.The current price of WTI crude oil was US$66.15 per barrel. Pipeline outages in Libya and the North Sea seem to be the main culprit this time as OPEC production cuts seemed to be compensated smoothly by an expansion in US shale oil production. In the final analysis, the current market conditions and the near-term outlook for oil reflect the interplay of production, stocks and consumption as the graph below illustrate, but it all points to creeping increases in oil prices. What’s next, US$70 oil in 2018?Higher oil prices affect Guyana’s economy through a variety of channels:1. There will be a transfer of income from oil consumers (like Guyana) to oil producers (like the USA). The negative growth effects of higher oil prices have proven in Guyana’s case to be substantial and are expected to eat as much as 0.5 per cent to one per cent of the GDP during 2018 if this trend continues towards US$70 per barrel of oil.2. There will be a rise in the cost of production of goods and services in the Guyanese economy. Given our dependency on fuel as a source of energy, we must expect a less competitive productive sector in 2018 as the price of oil increases. This exposes how “dotish” the Granger regime’s policy remains with regards to rejecting the only sure low-cost and reliable energy source that is bankable at this time – the Amaila Falls Hydro Project.3. There will be greater inflation leading to price levels for every shopper climbing in an environment of declining real income as the Granger regime stingily deny workers a living wage. In their quest to starve the workers so that they can feed their greed machine for their friends and family in the Granger cabal, the ordinary man will find life more challenging financially because of the increase in oil prices. As an example, transportation costs will go up and who rides the minibuses in Guyana? Also, the merchants will have no other choice but to recover lost profit by way of increased prices. These responses can create a situation of social stress (reckless living in hopelessness).The Granger regime clearly has not worked out a game plan to deal with the reality that Guyana has a low per capita income but a high level of oil imports relative to GDP. Such a situation is like an economic Molotov cocktail where our current account deficit is expected to further deteriorate, our debt will climb and the access to global capital will wither. More expensive oil imports is not the solution President Granger; Amaila Falls Hydro is.The fundamentals of running an economy always lead back to how you are influencing aggregate demand. If more of the income from the nation is diverted to purchasing more expensive fuel and that situation is supplemented by an inefficiently run Public Sector that is taxing the Private Sector more to pay for its inefficiencies, then less will be left to drive domestic demand and that is why Minister Jordan will have the unenviable duty in 2018 to revise his growth projection downwards.I was in Guyana and what I saw was a rapid deterioration of the private real estate in many parts of Georgetown and even worst deterioration in rural areas. Guyana is in financial crisis and listening to President Granger’s New Year’s message clearly exposed that he is a man who has taken the role of a proverbial ostrich in a mental bubble all by himself.If this situation with this creeping increase in oil prices continues at this rate, Guyana can expect a sustained annual decrease of GDP about 0.5 per cent to one per cent annually and it can be more as the productive sector further deteriorates. So let us be clear, sugar production and oil prices are intimately connected, only the decision makers in the Granger regime seems unaware of this fact. The adverse financial impact on the lives of the ordinary people will be quite severe in 2018. In an environment of policy paralysis from the Cabinet of President Granger, the experiences for the ordinary people will be brutal. A wise President would ask for help and stop being aloft and this clueless.last_img read more

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Gaslighting…

first_img…Guyana on crime waveIn the 1944 movie “Gaslight,” Ingrid Berman plays the role of a hapless housewife whose husband manipulates her into believing she’s crazy. One of his tricks was dimming the gas lights in the home then telling her she’s imagining things. The term stuck to describe all those narcissistic and psychotic manipulators who mess with peoples’ minds to make them doubt themselves — and of course believe the manipulator, who’s pushing his own agenda.And it’s not just a technique that’s used by men or women in abusive relationships; politicians use it all the time to make you cast aside even opinions you formed through personal experience. They frequently use “the big lie” so confidently you begin to wonder! Take PNC leader David Granger – who’s also the President of our Republic – who just announced he’s going to launch Commissions of Inquiry into crime spree!Previously, he’d spoken about the crime wave and its mass killings in the first decade of the millennium as “the Troubles”, but suddenly he’s transformed that into the crime spree. This is an example of repeating the gaslighting Big Lie so often (and you can now see the phrase daily in the Chronic!) you begin to doubt what you know to be the truth.And what’s that truth? It’s all on the public record. The “troubles” began after the PNC – with Hoyte as the leader – refused to accept that the 1997 elections were won by the PPP, even though ALL overseas observers, including the Carter Center, had once again certified them as “free and fair”. The PNC launched massive protests in Georgetown to remove Janet Jagan as president as they “wuk pon she”.Hoyte described his strategy as “Slow fyaah”, and it played out as periodic marches in Georgetown; then there were attacks and arson on Indian-Guyanese stores following a day of brutal beatings of ordinary members of that community on Jan 12th 1998. The PPP capitulated and had their president resign, cut their term of office by 2 years, altered the constitution to reduce the powers of the presidency, and increased the powers of  the Opposition etc EVEN THOUGH THE PNC-DEMANDED “FORENSIC AUDIT” SHOWED NO BALLOT TAMPERING!Hoyte then ratcheted up his strategy and described it as “Mo’ fyaah”. Murder, kidnappings, robberies and banditry were added to the actions taken to oust the PPP government. The 2002 Mash Jailbreak by 5 convicted killers took matters to a whole new level after they holed up in Buxton, called themselves “Freedom Fighters” for African Guyanese, and launched attacks on the Police and Indian Guyanese.Any other version is gaslighting! Screwing with your mind.The “Troubles” should most correctly be dubbed “The Mo’ fyaah killings”!…on oil contractWhile the new PNC government – you really think the AFC, WPA and the other nonentities in the “coalition” have any influence?? – has refined gaslighting to a whole new level, Raphael Trotman has to be given pride of place with his defence of his Oil Contract! First there were all the Big Lies as to why the contract couldn’t be released; then, with the bonus, there were some dark hints about “national security” concerning our border. That queasy feeling you had all along? That’s a hint you were being gaslighted.Since then, there hasn’t been a day passing when a new revelation on giveaways doesn’t get a gaslighting “explanation”. The latest one has to do with the Petroleum Commission which is supposed to be the REGULATOR of the sector, as well as monitoring of production etc. The question is: why should such a body also collect revenues? Isn’t this a recipe for corruption? “I’ll report lower production and you put some cash in my overseas account”!!And that’s why you’re queasy the GRA’s not collecting all revenues?…on Crime COIsYou also know you’re being gaslighted when the Government insists on starting the “Mo fyaah killings” inquiry from the end.It’s not that they just have it ass-backwards; they’re messing with your minds!last_img read more

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Folau asks fans to pay legal bills over anti-gay comments

first_img0Shares0000Israel Folau, a devout Christian, was fired last month after a Rugby Australia tribunal found him guilty of ‘high-level’ misconduct for posting on social media that ‘hell awaits’ gay people and others he considers sinners © AFP/File / GEOFF CADDICKSYDNEY, Australia, Jun 21 – Money flooded in for rugby star Israel Folau Friday after he launched a controversial crowdfunding campaign to pay his legal fees in a battle with Rugby Australia who sacked him for homophobic comments.Folau, a devout Christian, was fired last month after a Rugby Australia tribunal found him guilty of “high-level” misconduct for posting on social media that “hell awaits” gay people and others he considers sinners. He has since taken the divisive issue to Australia’s employment watchdog the Fair Work Commission, asserting that he simply posted a message from the Bible.His case reportedly involves claims of breach of contract and unlawful termination under the Fair Work Act, which protects employees from being sacked because of their religion.But taking on Rugby Australia in the courts will not be cheap and the 30-year-old is asking supporters for help to raise Aus$3 million (Sh200mn), despite previously being one of the highest-paid players in the world.“I believe the termination of my contract is unlawful, which is why I have started legal proceedings against Rugby Australia and Rugby NSW,” Folau, who played 73 Tests, said in a message on the GoFundMe site Friday.“In response, Rugby Australia have already said that they will ‘divert significant resources’ to fight me in court.“I would be very grateful for your support. I have the fight of my life on my hands and every little bit will help,” he added.Folau revealed he had already spent Aus$100,000 of his own money dealing with the issue and suggested the case could take years to resolve if it ends up in the High Court.So far, more than 3,700 people have pledged a total of over Aus$331,000.Super Rugby’s most prolific try scorer also Friday launched a Twitter hashtag #standwithizzy, asking: “Do you believe in the right of Australians to practice their religion without fear or discrimination in the workplace?”– ‘Shameless’ –Earlier this month, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Folau was seeking Aus$10 million in his claim, including lost sponsorship and marketing opportunities, a sum it said could bankrupt Rugby Australia if they lose the case.The fullback was on a four-year contract worth more than Aus$1.0 million annually when he was sacked. His dismissal followed incendiary remarks about the gay community in a separate incident last year, for which he escaped sanction.Rugby Australia, which had no immediate comment on the funding campaign, insist his axing was purely a breach of contract issue after it said he agreed not to disparage anyone based on sexual grounds.Folau’s comments and subsequent sacking split the rugby community, and his plea for money appears to have done the same.Former Wallabies winger and now TV pundit Drew Mitchell compared his appeal with others seeking help for sick children.“YOU are in a fight that YOU chose to be in after YOU broke the terms of YOUR contract. The kids below are in a fight they NEVER wanted to be in & yet YOU think YOU deserve donations more than they do??!!” he said on Twitter“It’s no longer about religion, it’s about YOU and YOUR greed.”The tabloid Sydney Daily Telegraph called Folau “shameless”, claiming he owns a multi-million dollar property portfolio. Comments on its website reflected the differing opinions held by its readers.“Bloody cheek. Put your hand a little deeper into your bulging pockets Izzy,” said one poster, but another noted: “The only shameless thing about this is the way Rugby Australia handled this.”Meanwhile, the popular Squidge Rugby YouTube channel started its own crowdfunding campaign to raise money for British LGBT charity Stonewall under the banner: “Israel Folau’s intolerance will not be tolerated.”“The money will be going to a good cause,” said Squidge Rugby creator Robbie Owen, who is aiming to raise 1.6 million pounds but has so far only managed 800.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Widsten stepping down as Charlie Lake Fire Chief

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Just a few weeks after it had found a new Fire Chief, the Peace River Regional District is once again looking for someone to lead the Charlie Lake Fire Department.According to PRRD Deputy CAO Shawn Dahlen, Charlie Lake Fire Chief Dale Widsten has tendered his resignation after he was announced as the department’s new Chief on June 27th.Dahlen said that Widsten has accepted a position as the new District Fire Chief for the County of Grande Prairie, where he will oversee four fire halls located in Bezanson, LaGlace, Teepee Creek, and Sexsmith.- Advertisement -Widsten’s last day with the Charlie Lake Fire Department is August 2nd, four days before he starts with the County of Grande Prairie.Dahlen said that the PRRD is moving forward with reposting the position as soon as possible, with the possibility of bringing in an interim Fire Chief to lead the department until Widsten’s replacement is found.Widsten’s departure marks the fifth time that the Charlie Lake Fire Department’s Chief has resigned since the PRRD took over control of the department in 2012.Advertisement Steve Munshaw, Stuart Larson, Terry Truchan, and Dan Ross all served as Fire Chief prior to Widsten stepping into the role.When asked about the rather high rate of turnover in the Fire Chief position, Dahlen said that he “can’t disagree with that.”“It’s a small fire department. So, unfortunately for the Peace River Regional District, I think it’s definitely being used as a stepping-stone for individuals to advance their careers,” said Dahlen about some of the reasons for the frequent vacancies in the Fire Chief position. “Lots of times, people come to the area with an opportunity to get some experience and some education and be able to advance their careers.”When it comes to improving retention of employees with the department, Dahlen said the PRRD is looking at implementing policies and also examining facets of the department itself, including the facilities and operating environment.Advertisement Dahlen said that Widsten is still continuing in his duties until his departure, including helping the department to host a Volunteer information session at the Fire Department, which is taking place this evening at the Charlie Lake Fire Hall.last_img read more

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Girls decide who looks better in a Christmas jumper: Sanchez or Giroud?

first_imgDecember is here, the countdown to Christmas has begun, and football teams around the Premier League have begun releasing Christmas jumpers, modelled by their very own star players.Two footballers chosen to sport the festive red of Arsenal this year are Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez.We decided this was the perfect opportunity to see what a selection of girls thought of the Arsenal pair, dressed in rather fetching Christmas jumpers.Some of their responses are really funny, so watch the video above to find out who’s a Christmas cracker, and who’s simply a Christmas pudding.For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe for FREE to talkSPORT here!last_img

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Study: Smoking affects more Latino renters

first_imgIn the Whittier area, many Latino tenants said they either don’t smoke or they don’t smoke immediately near their units. But many said they still breathe secondhand smoke. “If she’s puffing away, all the smoke that comes around floats around,” Mendez said of his wife’s habit. “The kids are playing around, not that close to her, but it’s still floating around.” Whittier resident Vanessa Nevarez, 21, said she’s never smoked inside her home. “My mother doesn’t like the smell, and there’s a lot of kids around here,” she said, adding that she usually goes into the street to smoke. When the wind blows just right, drifting cigarette smoke can be a problem for 16-year-old Edwin Calvillo. “I’ll be in my room and it just comes in,” he said. Survey respondents said they would strongly support laws requiring landlords to offer nonsmoking apartments, patios and balconies in the same way hotels offer non-smoking floors for guests. “We’re seeing a groundswell of support to implement buildings that are smoke-free,” said Weich Reusche. Some local renters said they worry children will be influenced to smoke by watching apartment neighbors who light up. “Kids will start seeing people smoke and they’ll want to do that, too,” said Pilar Romero, 32, who lives in an apartment building on Milton Avenue in Whittier. Health experts say breathing secondhand smoke can lead to increased risks of lung infections and lung diseases such as pneumonia, bronchitis and cancer. It can also contribute to ear infections, sinus problems and heart disease. “Our job is to try to protect people’s health, and one important way is to reduce smoking,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the Public Health for Los Angeles County. “It’s the No. 1 cause of preventable death in Los Angeles County.” Christine Mendez, 35, knows it’s a bad habit, “but it’s addicting,” she said. “If I could I would quit, really,” said Mendez, who has been smoking since she was 14. “Even if I smoke outside, it’s still on my clothes,” said Mendez, whose daughter, Briana, repeatedly tells her “it stinks.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Don’t blow smoke around David Mendez or his daughters: He’ll tell you exactly how he feels about it. “It’s nasty,” said Mendez, 39, who feels so strongly about smoking that he forbids his wife, Christine, from lighting up inside their Whittier apartment. He is not alone. Like Mendez, 95 percent of Latinos who live in apartments prohibit smoking in their homes, according to the American Lung Association. But while they abhor smoke around their families, Latinos are among the most impacted by the effects of cigarettes, according to a new study. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsBecause a vast majority of Latinos live in apartments – only 42 percent of the state’s Latinos own homes, the second-lowest homeownership rate in the nation – Latinos suffer inordinately from the effects of secondhand smoke drifting into their units from other apartments, the study showed. The survey of 409 Latino adult renters, the first of its kind taken in California, found 63 percent of respondents had experienced secondhand smoke from other units. The figure was higher than the 46 percent of all California renters who reported breathing secondhand smoke, officials reported. The survey, conducted by the Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing and the Hispanic/Latino Tobacco Education Partnership, also showed overwhelming support among Latino renters for smoke-free apartment buildings and separate smoking sections. “We want to start to mobilize the Latino population on what their rights are as tenants and how they can protect themselves and their families from the dangers of secondhand smoke,” said Kimberly Weich Reusche, director for Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing. last_img read more

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Iraqis execute 13 for kidnapping, murder; then distribute footage

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeIraqi TV has rarely aired such pictures since Saddam Hussein’s 2003 ouster. Even under Saddam, executions were common but rarely made public. On Sept. 1, 2005, Iraq hanged three people convicted of killing police officers in the first executions since Saddam’s ouster. In March of this year, Iraqi authorities executed convicted insurgents for the first time, hanging 13 of them. There may have been other executions in the same time period, but they have not been publicized. Elsewhere in the Iraqi capital, gunmen in military uniforms robbed government accountants as they left a bank with bags of cash. It was the second major robbery in Baghdad in eight days. Assailants in four vehicles drove up to the Zuwiyah Bank in the Karradah neighborhood and fired automatic weapons in the air, then handcuffed guards and robbed accountants of 1 billion Iraqi dinars ($709,000), police said. Hours after the accountants were robbed Tuesday, guards at another downtown bank fired on a funeral procession, wounding a mourner. Police said the guards thought the coffin was fake, and that criminals were masquerading as mourners as part of an elaborate robbery attempt. Police intervened and found the mourners to be genuine. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi authorities executed 13 men by hanging Tuesday after they were convicted of murder and kidnapping, lining them up in hoods and green jumpsuits with their hands bound behind their backs. In a rare move that came amid chaotic violence sweeping the capital, the Iraqi government recorded and distributed graphic television footage of the convicts in the moments before they were put to death. The footage was given to both Iraqi and foreign media. The images showed two men standing together on a gallows with nooses around their necks. Several of them stooped, and one had his arm around the shoulder of another as the hooded men stood in a row shortly before they were hanged. The footage also showed a bearded man without a hood as he listened to an official tell him his appeal had been rejected and the sentence was death. “OK,” the prisoner said impassively. Also Tuesday, the U.S. military announced the death of a Marine in the insurgent stronghold of Anbar province, bringing to 61 the number of American military personnel killed in December. Some 2,950 U.S. troops have been killed since the U.S.-led 2003 invasion of Iraq. Ayham al-Samaraie, a former electricity minister who escaped from police custody inside the heavily fortified Green Zone, remained at large. Al-Samaraie, a dual U.S.-Iraqi citizen who was being held on corruption charges, walked out of a police station Sunday with the help of private guards, officials said. Police said they found 53 bodies around Baghdad on Tuesday, apparent victims of violence between Sunnis and Shiites. Many of the bodies showed signs of torture. In other violence Tuesday: In southern Baghdad, two civilians were killed and seven wounded by mortar rounds, and a roadside bomb killed two civilians and wounded nine near an electricity plant, police said. Three children were killed when mortar rounds hit their village near Baqouba, and seven civilians were wounded in a mortar attack nearby, police said. North of the city, five insurgents were killed in clashes with U.S. and Iraqi forces, Iraqi officials said. Also in Baqouba, insurgents attacked a police patrol, killing two officers.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Murty: Alves understood decision to choose McCrorie

first_imgInterim boss Murty chose to leave the Portuguese veteran on the bench, however, after McCrorie’s impressive performances of late.“I spoke to Bruno before the game and on Friday morning before I named the team,” he explained. “I said I thought they played really well and deserved the chance to do it again. He was very respectful and understood the decision.“I’m a big believer of dealing with the men in there as men and explaining things to them – sitting down and being open and honest with them. “And he was open and honest with me. I think you can move forward on that basis.”“I am pleased for him and he’s got a big smile on his face in there but it’s very much like with your own kids. Sometimes you only see their faults and the things you want them to do better.“But I can’t take anything away from him, his application and his determination to get to the very top is apparent in all who work with him.“I’m pleased and I think it could be a regular thing for him if he maintains this.” Graeme Murty says Rangers defender Bruno Alves understood and respected his decision to keep youngster Ross McCrorie in the side ahead of him.The 19-year-old central defender netted his first goal for the club in his side’s 3-0 win over Partick Thistle at home in Saturday’s Scottish Premiership fixture.Alves was available again after serving the first half of his violent conduct suspension in last week’s win over Hearts, which was picked up as a result of the League Cup semi final clash with Motherwell’s Louis Moult.He will complete the ban by sitting out his side’s first game in next season’s competition.last_img read more

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Winning start for Sligo-Leitrim and Donegal in Kennedy Cup

first_imgThe Sligo-Leitrim U14 side made a winning start to their Kennedy Cup campaign in Limerick yesterday.They beat North Tipperary two-nil thanks to an own goal and a strike from Michael Lavin.There was also a winning start for Donegal, who beat Mayo one-nil.Both sides have two games today, with Donegal facing Longford and Cork, and Sligo-Leitrim playing Kerry and Drogheda.last_img

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