Queen City kicks off 120 years of curling

first_imgNelson Curling Club is set to begin its 120th year of ‘Curling in the Queen City’.“The ice is going in”, which means open ice begins October 9th and 12th at the Curling Club, located next to the NDCC Arena. Registration night has a 6 p.m. start, so curlers will not want to do miss out, come down for some practice and a slice of pizza and wash it down with some amber fluid.Lots of new things happening down at the curling center, try our Monday drop in, and curl with your friends in a casual format.Or try doubles in our new Monday night league, a new game that is taking off in the curling world, short game less people required if your time is limited. We also have push sticks available for safe no sliding curling, if you can’t get down in the traditional slid position.And of course we have our usual leagues and bonspiels getting set to go.So now is the time check out or web site nelsocurling.ca Canada’s other great game.last_img read more

Hekari United well ahead in NSL competition

first_imgHekari tops the southern conference after round six was completed on the weekend.PKA Rapatona FC is trailing on 10 points after its win on the weekend followed by Erema Gulf FC and FC Port Moresby both on seven points.Gigira Laitepo FC remains on five points after losing on the weekend while Huawei PS United FC is trailing on four points.In the northern conference, Lae City Dwellers lead the points ladder on 14 points followed by Welgris Morobe United FC and Madang FC both on 11 points.Admiralty FC only gained one point following a draw on the weekend, settling on eight points followed by Besta PNG United FC on six points.Struggling Goroka Gosiha FC is yet to put a mark on the score board after losing all its six matches so far this season.The competition still has four rounds to go before it enters the National League format.This is where the top two teams from each of the two conferences will play in home and away format to find the League Champions and the top four placings for the finals.last_img read more

Chelsea relegate Boro, close in on title

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s striker Diego Costa (R) celebrates with midfielder Pedro after scoring on May 8, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, May 9 – Cesc Fabregas sparkled as Chelsea moved to within touching distance of the Premier League title and condemned Middlesbrough to relegation with a breezy 3-0 home win on Monday.Fabregas made sure Chelsea capitalised on Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham United on Friday by supplying assists for Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic, with Marcos Alonso also finding the net. It left Chelsea seven points clear of Spurs at the summit and means they will be crowned champions for the second time in three seasons if they win at West Bromwich Albion on Friday.Should they fail to take maximum points at The Hawthorns, subsequent home games against Watford and relegated Sunderland mean Antonio Conte’s side have plenty of margin for error.Fabregas has now set up 10 or more goals in six different English top-flight seasons — a record in the Premier League era.Boro return to the Championship after one season back among the elite, joining Sunderland in sinking into the second tier just as fellow northeast side Newcastle United are celebrating their return to the top level.Chelsea were missing N’Golo Kante — named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year earlier in the day — due to a thigh injury, but the Frenchman’s absence was to prove a blessing in disguise.It brought Fabregas into the team and the Spaniard immediately set about laying waste to Middlesbrough’s defensive plans with a succession of accurate, strafing passes.He seemed particularly taken by the space behind Boro right back Fabio da Silva.Alonso twice received passes from his countryman in that area in the early stages, seeing a half-volley pushed onto the bar by Boro goalkeeper Brad Guzan and then drilling a dangerous cross across goal.Fabregas side-footed wide from an Eden Hazard cut-back and Costa came within inches of bundling in Hazard’s low cross before the hosts went ahead in the 23rd minute, with Fabregas inevitably the source.– Little slow-moving traffic –Chelsea’s head coach Antonio Conte (L) celebrates Chelsea’s third goal on May 8, 2017Fabio, stretching, managed to get his right foot to the former Barcelona midfielder’s chipped pass, but succeeded only in hooking the ball straight at Costa.The Spain international cushioned the ball and tucked a shot between Guzan’s legs for his 20th goal of the campaign.Chelsea’s second goal, in the 34th minute, arrived in similar circumstances, instigated by Cesar Azpilicueta’s probing pass from the inside-right channel.From a prohibitive angle at the back post, Alonso drilled a shot towards goal and saw the ball ricochet of Guzan’s left thigh and bounce into the net.Fabregas was at it again shortly after with a raking pass that freed Victor Moses, whose shot obliged Guzan to save with his legs.Chelsea’s midfielder Cesc Fabregas passes the ball during an English Premier League football match against Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge in London on May 8, 2017Boro’s bus had been delayed on its way to the ground, but to their dismay, there was little slow-moving traffic to be found inside Stamford Bridge.Chelsea resumed their assault on the visitors’ goal in the second half, Pedro grazing the bar from Hazard’s lay-off and Azpilicueta pinging a shot narrowly over.Costa could only get a couple of studs on a fierce Alonso cross, Gary Cahill almost surprised Guzan with a rasping drive and Fabregas saw a deflected effort bobble agonisingly wide.The third goal arrived 20 minutes into the second period and owed once again to the inventive brilliance of Fabregas.His flicked pass was chested down by Matic, who arrowed a low shot between the legs of the overworked Guzan.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ottawa to announce help for struggling oil patch, but no money for rail cars yet

first_imgOttawa, O.N. – The federal government is taking a step Tuesday to help Canada’s battered energy industry.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi and International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr will be at an Edmonton college campus to unveil a support package for oil and gas companies to reach new markets.The announcement is in Alberta, but the funds are available to any oil and gas companies nationwide.- Advertisement -Premier Notley has made no secret in recent weeks of her desire to have Ottawa help the province buy new rail cars to ship two additional trains full of Alberta crude out of the province every day.Alberta is already negotiating with an as-yet-unnamed third party to buy the rail cars, but Canada has not indicated any willingness to share the cost of the purchase yet, and rail cars are not part of Tuesday’s announcement.Although the price for Alberta crude has rebounded slightly from a panic-inducing $11 a barrel in late November, it is still trading between $26 and $28, only about half of what Texas oil producers are getting. The difference is costing the Canadian economy an estimated $80 million a day, according to both the Alberta and federal governments.Advertisement Alberta’s struggle to get its oil to market with pipelines at capacity and some refineries down for maintenance have contributed to the price differential, but so has Canada’s almost total reliance on the United States as an export market.Almost every drop of oil that is not refined and used in Canada is exported to the United States. Without more pipelines to the coasts where oil tankers could theoretically then ship oil overseas, Canada’s oil producers are at the mercy of the Americans.The only current proposal to increase pipeline capacity to the coasts is the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is in limbo following a court ruling overturning its federal approval. Ottawa is trying to get that project back on track with more consultations, but if that does happen, it will be several years before oil actually starts to flow.The impasse has left a sharp divide between Alberta and Ottawa.Advertisement Although Tuesday’s announcement comes in the Alberta capital, neither Notley nor anyone from the Alberta government is scheduled to be there for the announcement.Earlier this month, Sohi asked the National Energy Board to do a review of existing pipeline capacity to make sure it is being used in the most efficient way and also to figure out whether there are any short-term steps that could maximize rail capacity to ship more oil.Days later, the NEB responded to Sohi and said it will provide him with a full report in February.9last_img read more

DONEGAL HOUSE TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER FOR JUST €10,000

first_imgA TOWN centre house in Co Donegal will go under the hammer next month – with a reserve price of just €10,000.The property in Letterkenny will be sold off at the house on Saturday December 1st.Auctioneers Sherry Fitzgerald Rainey say Lot 5 Kelly’s Lane may need some modernisation. But the two-bedroom property is ideal for town centre living.“It is an older style two bedroom house enjoying a town centre location,” said a spokesman for the estate agents.“It is in a quiet area off the main thoroughfare situation yet is right beside shops, pubs, restaurants and churches.“It would be ideal for non car users as most amenities and facilities are within walking distance. “General refurbishment and refit is required to modernise to current standards, but the reserve price will be €10,000.”For further details click here:http://www.sfr.ie/property_buyorrent/auction/page/2/#headeranchorDONEGAL HOUSE TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER FOR JUST €10,000 was last modified: November 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:000DONEGAL HOUSE TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER FOR JUST €10last_img read more

Air Force aims to retire craft early

first_imgPALMDALE – The Pentagon is proposing to speed up retirement of the F-117A stealth fighter and the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft in two programs that employ Lockheed Martin workers in Palmdale. Stating that other aircraft that can handle their missions, Defense Department officials are looking to save about $2 billion by retiring all 52 F-117s in 2008 and the U-2s by 2011. The proposal was included in a document, titled “Budget Program Decision 720,” that was drawn up for the president’s fiscal year 2007 budget. “The Air Force proposal accelerates the retirement of the aging F-117,” the document authors wrote, from fiscal year 2008 to fiscal year 2011. “There are other more capable Air Force assets that can provide low-observable, precision-penetrating weapons capability.” These include the B-2, the F-22 and the joint air-to-surface standoff missile, they wrote. The proposal calls for starting the retirement of the U-2s in fiscal year 2007 and completing it in fiscal year 2011. The unmanned Global Hawk reconnaissance aircraft, assembled in Palmdale by Northrop Grumman workers, can take over the U-2’s role of providing reconnaissance images to battlefield commanders, according to the document. “It is way too premature to talk about what impacts it would have to Palmdale,” Knippel said. Work on the U-2s in Palmdale includes updating the aircraft’s cockpit displays and controls. The company provides technical, maintenance and modernization support for the F-117 Nighthawk in Palmdale for the Air Force’s 49th Fighter Wing. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, is looking into the issue. McKeon is a fan of both programs, said aide Lew Stults. “He thinks there’s a lot of usefulness for them for years to come,” Stults said. Congress has included language in the last two defense authorization bills blocking the Air Force from retiring any of the F-117s. Congressional supporters have called the planes a unique asset and said talk of retiring them is premature. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card About 28 U-2s and five trainers are believed to remain in military service. All were built during the 1980s, though the design dates to the 1950s. The Air Force’s F-117s were also built in the 1980s. The Global Hawk has provided more than 15,000 images of targets in the Middle East in the War on Terror over the past year, the document said. A larger version now in production is able to carry additional gear for listening to enemy radio transmissions and identifying radar sites, as the U-2 can do. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. has modification and support functions for the F-117 and U-2 aircraft in Palmdale. Company spokeswoman Dianne Knippel declined to say how many employees work on the two programs. The company is discussing the proposals with the Air Force. last_img read more

Antonio Conte denies fall-out with Chelsea chiefs on talkSPORT – LISTEN

first_imgAntonio Conte has insisted on talkSPORT he has a good relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the club’s hierarchy.There have been reports of tensions behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge this summer with the Blues having sold a number of their title-winning squad members.But Conte, speaking to Jim White ahead of the opening weekend of the 2017/18 Premier League season, insists there has been no fall-out and he remains content in his job.“For sure I have a good relationship with the club and with my owner,” he said.“I like to work very hard and I think my owner appreciates a lot this characteristic.”Conte does admit that he is expecting more new signings through the door this summer.Alvaro Morata, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Willy Caballero have arrived in the close season, but the squad has been weakened by a number of sales.Unlike last season, Chelsea will also have to juggle Champions League football with their Premier League commitments and Conte is hopeful more deals will be done.“We have sold a lot this summer and for this reason it is very important to try and improve our squad because we have one more competition,” he said.“To play in the Champions League is not easy and it is very important to try and find the right solution to try to improve the squad and to improve the quality to start the season.”Asked about potential targets, he responded: “I don’t like to speak about players of other teams. The most important thing is my club knows very well my opinion, knows very well my idea how to improve our team and our squad, and will try to do this.”Chelsea finished seven points clear at the top of the Premier League last season and Conte says they will ‘fight’ to repeat their title success this term.But he believes Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United will all be in the mix.“We are trying to work harder. It won’t be easy to repeat an amazing season like last year,” he said.“To finish with 93 points, to finish with 30 wins, it won’t be easy, but we want to try to fight to the end to retain the title.“There are at least six teams ready to fight for the title, but we want to try to stay in this group and fight to the end.”last_img read more

Quigley turned down sparring opportunity with UFC star Conor McGregor

first_imgJason Quigley has revealed that he turned down an offer to spar with UFC kingpin Conor McGregor. Following McGregor’s surprise defeat to Nate Diaz – he and and his team decided to enlist the help of professional boxers in his training camp ahead of his rematch with Diaz.Quigley was asked to help them out, but he was unable to do so due to a conflict in schedules. However, Golden Boy Promotions rising star has said that he would help him out in the future – especially if a superfight with Floyd Mayweather materialized.Quigley is an outstanding fighter and he is forging a career for himself in professional boxing under the tutelage of Oscar De La Hoya.The Finn Valley man has made a perfect start to his professional career and has won all of his eleven bouts.He is in back in the ring in just over three weeks time when he appears on the card for the farewell of one of boxing’s greatest ever fighters Bernard Hopkins. Quigley will face a stern test against Puerto Rican pugilist Jorge Melendez (30-7-1)Quigley is in training in LA, but spent time recently with his good friends – Cork City captain Johnny Dunleavy and Kevin Gillespie who also hail from the twin towns.Quigley turned down sparring opportunity with UFC star Conor McGregor was last modified: November 24th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Donegal Congressman wants to make an eejit of himself!

first_imgA US Congressman with strong Donegal roots is looking to make a proper eejit of himself.Democrat Brendan Boyle, who father Frank hails from Glencolmcille, wants to introduce the word ‘eejit’ into the American language.He tweeted “I’m on a mission to make the word eejit widely used in America. “Few people who follow me will understand what I’m talking about.“But those who do will surely appreciate it! (I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard “Brendan, don’t be the eejit” while growing up.”Brendan’s followers were left amused by the tweet with some suggesting the word ‘gombeen’ could also be a contender.Donegal Congressman wants to make an eejit of himself! was last modified: February 15th, 2019 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:Brendan BoyleeejitGlencolmcillelast_img read more

Mustangs Football Season Comes To A Close

first_imgThe Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs football season came to an end for the third season in sequence at Denver, North Carolina.  When Smoky Mountain was the lower seed from the conference in 2014 and 2015 the Mustangs traveled to Denver to take on perennial conference champion East Lincoln. The East Lincoln Mustangs did not win the 2016 conference title but still Smoky Mountain was bracketed with East Lincoln and a road trip to Denver, NC. The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs shocked and quieted the East Lincoln fans by taking an early 14-0 lead before the grumbling began however East Lincoln broke two plays in excess of 65 yards and quickly capped two scoring opportunities with points on the board to tie the game then went ahead after a thirty five yard punt return. A pass interference penalty gave East Lincoln the ball at the Smoky Mountain 23. A run and quick pass play gave East Lincoln the lead for the first time at 21 to 14 with 47 seconds to go in the half.  Smoky Mountain returned the kick-off to the East Lincoln 44 then Nate Coffee went to work. A couple of deep and failed tries showed that Coffee had the arm to throw the ball on target to the end zone. As time expired Coffee delivered a strike to Austin Bumgarner in the end zone. Bumgarner was knocked down by the defense. Lying flat on his back in the end zone and three East Lincoln players snatching the ball from each other the football fell into Austin Bumgarner’s arms for a touchdown. Mackie hit the PAT and the score was tied going into the dressing room.  Smoky Mountain would not score again. East Lincoln raced for a four touchdown lead in the second half and took the win 49 to 21.Smoky Mountain finished the season with their most wins since 2000. These young men certainly deserve the congratulations of the community. Some of these players will be making a fast transition to basketball; others will be suiting up for wrestling, for several players baseball practice is just around the corner but Strength and Conditioning Coach Klippa will have all the athletes getting ready for their next season.Meanwhile East Lincoln clipped West Caldwell 34 to 14 on Friday and will be facing Monroe. Should they win that game they will face the winner of  the Hunter Huss and Shelby game this Friday night.last_img read more