Ebola Aftermath in Liberia

first_imgNecessity, says an adage, is always the good mother of invention. This aged-old proverb seems to be holding true in the wake of the continuing fight to find a cure for, and to eradicate the Ebola virus.For months now, the troubled West African region and the world, witnessed the rude awakening of the international medical community to what was by all accounts, another unfolding regional and possibly global catastrophe. The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) did not only threaten millions of lives, it proved to be untreatable and was spreading hysterically.Hundreds of infected persons died within days of contracting the killer virus. Impoverished hamlets, poverty stricken villages, as well as unhygienic municipalities and overcrowded cities in the West African region had their thumbs tight on the panic button.Thanks to the over-worked and unsung heroes in the international bio-medical and pharmaceutical communities, we are now seeing a much needed light at the end of the dark Ebola tunnel.Already an American Doctor, Kent Brantley, who was stricken with the Ebola virus while working in Liberia, where the virus has been raging, responded positively to a new anti-Ebola drug called ZMapp, which is still in its trial stages. Dr. Brantley and an American missionary were airlifted to the United States of America for treatment. Another beloved American doctor, Rick Sacra, who contracted the disease while working in Liberia, has since recovered. In the wake of this welcome news about the Americans that were treated for the virus, comes positive news of anti-Ebola vaccines that are currently going through the tryout stages.Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the United States Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told a gathering of experts that clinical trials of the new Ebola vaccine could be started as early as next year. Thanks to the efforts of the United States, the affected countries, the United Nations and other institutions of goodwill. True to his word, a  clinical  trial  for  a  possible  treatment  of  Ebola  began  on  the 1st  of  January, 2015,  at the  Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA)-3  Medcins San Frontier’s (MSF) Ebola   Management   Center   in   Paynesville,  Liberia.   Led   by   Oxford   University from the United  Kingdom,  and  funded  by  the  Wellcome  Trust,  the  experiment  aims  to  determine  if  the  anti-viral  drug,  brincidofovir,  is  an  effective  treatment  for  Ebola. Given that barely few months ago, there was no known cure for this scourge called Ebola; it is remarkable that a cure backed by a proven Ebola vaccine may well be a medical reality.However, these two positive developments should not give any room for complacency. Already, lessons have been learned, some of which are: the long-term health, psychological and environmental afflictions for those whose families were either crushed by the disease or communities and lands that were used for cremation or unsafe burials. That is precisely the story of the residents of Boys Town community in Marshall, a suburb that is only few miles from Monrovia, the capitol of Liberia. The government and its partners used an open-air Indian crematorium to primitively burn victims of the Ebola virus without basic awareness or consultation with those who live in the area.Needless to say that those responsible for public health administration, should now see the urgent need to reach out to the affected community and provide psycho-social counseling for residents, relocate the Indians and disallow the use of the crematorium which should be transformed into a memorial. Provision of basic health services, which are woefully lacking, is the just thing to do. An action in that direction would mitigate or curtail likely future environmental and related hazards.For starters, public hygiene regimens throughout the country remain shamelessly deplorable. Residents of various communities, including Boys Town are frequently victims of environmental diseases. In other words, diseases that are caused by unpleasant surroundings like malaria, typhoid, dysentery, etc, and now Ebola, are the ones that affect these communities. That is why it is mind boggling to even reveal that safety and health protocols were ignored in disposing the remains and used personal protective equipment (PPE) of nothing else but Ebola victims.A senior government official was sincere to admit that “they (officials) looked the other way and endangered the lives of those who live in the vicinity of the crematorium which should never have been used for any reason”. While the residents surely would appreciate a rare admission from a public official for not defending the indefensible as it is habitually the case, it brings no relief for what they suffered.   As a result of such open and primitive burning, it is unclear what the future holds for residents of that community as it relates to their health, psychological and environmental wellbeing.Successive governments of Liberia have failed to prioritize and regulate the public health system until the Ebola virus stimulated the sleeping collective conscience of the country. Thus, the importance of a credible and assessable public health delivery system will continue to gain prominence long after Ebola is gone. With the aforementioned, it is expected that the recent appeal or suggestions proffered by residents of that community be given timely support as an appropriate first step to set in motion a healing process by all concerned. It can be recalled, that the residents of that community in a strong-worded statement, asked the government and its international partners to encourage the Indians to relocate and disallow them to use the crematorium for the same reasons the government was pressured to cease its cremating activities.Residents of that community having suffered months of trauma due to the burning, smear and loud bursting sounds of Ebola victims for months, also requested that government and its partners  provide counseling services to members of the community, including a select few that were hired without proper guidance to perform such an abnormal task.On August 2, 2014, residents of the affected community awoke to an unusual movement of fleet of trucks belonging to the Firestone Company, reinforced by the nation’s military, transported loads of wood to the old Indian Crematorium on Marshall Road in Margibi County.When the Indians established the crematorium in the 1980s; it was deemed a logical site because the area was then uninhabited. It is now situated in the middle of a thriving neighborhood which makes occasional cremation even by the Indians an immoral act due to its closeness to occupied residential buildings.Members of the community indicated that while they are united against the heartless treatment meted out against them; they, however, are supportive of efforts to eradicating the deadly Ebola virus. The residents also noted that their hearts are loaded with profound grief for the victims of the horrible disease.The question now for any well-meaning individual, government, local or international institution, is how can anyone who lives in that area ever forget the daily sight of mass parade of their fellow citizens being incompetently dumped and burned so close to them with smoke deriving from their burned remains, saturating the air and their homes?Therefore, the health, psychological and environmental impact and its associated pain cannot be overemphasized; so the government should take hasty concrete steps to lessen the situation which could rightly be termed as an “immeasurable trauma.”With the above mentioned recommendations, it is expected that the government, as custodian of rights and safety, act quickly to redeem its missteps not only to reassure the injured and peaceful community of Boys Town, but other communities that are anxious about what transpired in their sister community. The ancient cremation carried out in that neighborhood, which was identical to watching a horror movie, has disturbed the air, stigmatized and contaminated the environment, caused trauma as a direct result of heavy explosions during cremation, and polluted open wells and water table of the people of Boys Town.About the Author:Mr. Tibelrosa Summoh Tarponweh is a resident and spokesperson for the Boys Town, Marshall Community, whose advocacy is intended to draw attention to the gross violation of the community’s right to live in a safe and healthy environment. Email: tibelrosa@gmail.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Messengers of Peace Certificates 75 in Environmental Peace

first_imgGraduates of MOP-Liberia’s 4th Youth Peace Summer Camp with their certificates after the program. In its 4th Youth Peace Summer Camp, Messengers of Peace (MoP) Liberia on September 4 certificated 75 youths in Environmental Peace with emphasis in “Stimulating Youth Participation in Peacebuilding through environmental action for clean, green and safe communities.”Held at the Len Millar High  School in Sinkor, this year’s theme, “Environmental Peace” addressed some of the most recurrent issues by creating decent cities and clean and green environments.Camp participants came political subdivisions across Liberia, including Maryland, Lofa, Grand CapeMount, Margibi, Sinoe, Grand Bassa, Gbarpolu, Bong, Nimba, Bomi and Montserrado counties, with equal gender representation.The month-long camp brought together youths between the ages 8-29, addressing issues of proper waste management and disposal habits, water and sanitation, coastal actions, trees planting, and as well implemented multiple cleanup campaigns.The Call for Clean, Green and Safe communities is entrenched in the United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 2250 and 2419 and Sustainable Development Goals 3, 11, 16 and 17.The camp featured prominent Liberian educators and leaders from the Environment Protection Agency of Liberia and other professionals from all walks of life.One of the facilitators, Kanio Bai Gbala, a lawyer and development activist, facilitated a session on the Liberian Constitution. Bernice Savanno, Grant Management Specialist at the National Public Health Institute of Liberia, facilitated sessions on team-building; Neima H. Candy facilitated a session on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights; B. Garmondyu Zogar, a renowned Liberian Chevening scholar, experienced development practitioner and management systems professional, facilitated a session on research.Maestro Wilmot K. Bobbroh, III, a prolific Liberian Musician and Executive Director of the Liberia National Academy of Music and The conductor of the Liberia Premier Choral Society, also facilitated sessions on musicSome of the thematic areas of discussion during the period included Environmental Peace, Understanding Conflict, UNSCR 2250 & 2419, Convention on the Rights of a Child (CRS), Sports for Peace and Development and Public Speaking, among others.The camp was divided into two sections: adolescents, comprising 27 students and the young adult class, comprising 48.Elizabeth Doeblah, Officer in Charge at Messengers of Peace, said the facilitators pilot initiatives with campers as they engaged some of the most pressing environmental challenges by reaching out to local communities, while working parallel with SDGs 11, 3, 16 and 17.Over 25 youths were recruited as MOP network volunteers to give back to their communities.  “As we train young people, we don’t leave them to go. We bring them into our own space to work with us in making positive impacts in our society”, Elizabeth said.Bill Evans Gbafore, MOP’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, said the organization’s network of volunteers is spread across all 15 counties and they are being engaged for various learning opportunities and community-based programs.The adolescent class was recruited to form part of the Children Deserve Peace and Security Platform (CDSP), to be worked with closely.Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee told the graduates, “You don’t have to come from a particular group to be peaceful. Whether you believe in one’s religion or not, peace is collective.”He said though Liberia is in troubling moments, one thing we should not forget is to remain peaceful and never deviate from the path of peace. “No matter where you are, your little contribution matters.”The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) applauded MoP and promised to continuously work with the youths to promote a clean, safe and peaceful environment.“If you cannot maintain your waste, you could be a victim of cholera and harmful diseases. Teach your parents and siblings how to have a proper waste management system”, Tennema Coleman, Head of Outreach and Public Awareness, EPA advised.Elizabeth later thanked their Executive Director, Ms. Gwendolyn Myers, who’s currently out of the country on a global mission. “I want to say a very big thank you to our ED, Camp Managers and Volunteers at MOP–Liberia especially to the OIC for this year’s Summer CAMP, Ms. Raphaelyn Bomosy and Content Director, Bill Ivans Gbafore, who served as peer leaders and provided managerial and technical support throughout the month.Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc (MOP-Liberia) is a non-for profit, nongovernmental, voluntary youth-led peacebuilding organization established in 2008 to promote youth, peace and security in Liberia. MoP-Liberia has partnered with relevant organizations, government, media and professional youths to lead community initiatives and youth-driven dialogues across local communities on environmental peace, particularly focused on fostering unity and social cohesion through different community service programs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trojans have no defense

first_img“We’re playing for seeding, the coach said, and we never know how the tournament (selection) might go,” Nick Young said. “We might be shipped out to the East Coast to play against Florida.” Though it won’t impress the NCAA seeding committee, if USC had to lose a game than this was a good choice. The Trojans (21-9, 11-6) can still take second place in the Pac-10 by beating Washington State on Saturday in their final regular-season game. USC could also finish as low as fourth if it loses to the Cougars and Stanford beats Arizona. The game going on simultaneously across the state was actually more important to the Trojans. UCLA’s victory in Pullman set up the tiebreaker scenario that would put the Trojans ahead of the Cougars. That might have had something to do with the early lackadaisical effort on defense by USC. SEATTLE – It almost seemed inevitable. In a nearly meaningless game with a showdown for second place in the Pacific-10 Conference looming, the Trojans were ripe for a letdown. Even the Las Vegas oddsmakers saw it, making Washington a favorite over likely NCAATournament-bound No.23-ranked USC. The Trojans came out playing uncharacteristically weak defense Thursday, then fought back into the game, but played sloppily down the stretch in a 85-70 loss at Washington that equaled the team’s worst defeat of the season. center_img The game started getting away toward the end of the first half when Washington (17-12, 7-10) hit 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions. The Huskies made 9 of 13 3-point shots in the first half. When Ryan Appleby hit the third 3-pointer in that series, it sparked a controversy. The shot went up just as the Huskies were called for a foul away from the ball. The referees originally appeared to be waving off the shot, but after a conference called it good. That set off USC coach Tim Floyd, who ran at the official and got a technical. Appleby hit one of two free throws, giving Washington a 44-30 lead. The Trojans trailed 48-37 at the half. “We put ourselves in a hole early by not defending,” Floyd said. “It wasn’t one of our better defensive efforts. … I thought we didn’t get back defensively with our perimeter players, and we made some real mistakes in terms of location.” Washington’s lead swelled to 17 points early in the second half on a three-point play by Quincy Pondexter. USC battled back to five points down behind the play of Young, who led the team with 26 points and displayed the wide variety of pro-style offensive moves that could help him leave early for the NBA after the season. Down 70-64, USC turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions starting with a dreadful attempt at an alley-oop pass from Lodrick Stewart to Gabe Pruitt. matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 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

Lacazette out for 6 weeks after knee op

first_img“The minor procedure was a success and he will now undergo a period of rehabilitation,” said a statement on the club’s website.“It is envisaged that he will return to the squad within four to six weeks.”Arsenal signed Lacazette from Lyon for a then club-record £46.5 million in July last year and he had a bright start to his career in London but has only scored once in 13 matches since December.He is the club’s top scorer this season with nine goals and netted twice for France in their friendly against Germany in November.The timing of his injury could not be worse for the forward, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arriving at the club last month for a new record fee of £56 million.But Aubameyang is ineligible to play in the Europa League, leaving Arsenal short of options in attack for the first leg of the knockout tie against Ostersunds in Sweden on Thursday.Lacazette will also miss the second leg a week later, as well as the League Cup final against Manchester City on February 25.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexandre Lacazette has scored just one goal for Arsenal since the turn of the year © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 13 – Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette will be out of action for up to six weeks after undergoing an operation on his left knee, the club said on Tuesday.The 26-year-old had an arthroscopy in London and the procedure was described as a “success” by the Gunners.last_img read more


first_imgUp to 10 jobs are feared lost in Letterkenny after the popular women’s clothing store A Wear failed to exit examinership.A notice on the store’s window on the town’s Main Street said the shop is closed until further notice.The store is very popular in the town and appeared to be trading well. A number of people contacted Donegal Daily asking if they were entitled to a refund on gift vouchers.There are now fears for up to 300 jobs in the chain’s 31 stores across the country.In a statement, the Receiver Ken Farrell of Kavanagh Fennell said the business will continue to trade while he assesses the feasibility of some of the stores over the coming days.But he cautioned it was “inevitable” that some stores will close. It is not known why the Letterkenny store remains closed today.The company had blamed high rents and increased competition for its difficulties.A-Wear was bought by its current owners from receivers in 2012. While they managed to reduce the company’s annual losses from €5m to €2.5m a year, they said in October that they had taken things “as far as they can”. TEN JOBS FEARED LOST IN DONEGAL AS A-WEAR GOES INTO RECEIVERSHIP was last modified: November 28th, 2013 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:A WEARclosedletterkennylast_img read more

Chelsea 1-1 Leicester: The champions sign off with a point at Stamford Bridge

first_img Chelsea players give Leicester a guard of honour before kick off on the final day of the season The Foxes welcomed Danny Drinkwater back from suspension, in what was a now familiar starting line up from Ranieri, while Chelsea took to the turf without suspended captain John Terry and striker Diego Costa.The game also marked Guus Hiddink’s final in charge of the Blues, with the Dutchman’s temporary contract reaching its end, paving the way for Antonio Conte to take over in the summer.It was an entertaining first half and Chelsea were the side to have the better of the chances.Kasper Schmeichel, who unsurprisingly is a contender to claim this season’s Golden Glove, was forced into a number of top class saves, though there could be question marks over the quality of the finishing.Leicester got the second period off to a quicker start, with more attacking intent as Chelsea grew poor in possession, struggling to keep the ball.Despite this, it was the hosts to take the lead.A mazy run forward from Eden Hazard and a low cross into the box resulted in a foul on Nemanja Matic, with the referee quickly pointing to the penalty spot.Fabregas stepped up to take the spot kick and calmly sent Schmeichel the wrong way in the 66th minute.The pace dipped after the goal as Chelsea played as though the game had been wrapped up.Leicester had other ideas, though.Drinkwater, with only eight minutes to go, was awarded far too much and space in the middle of the park before powering in the equaliser from 30 yards into the bottom-right corner. 3 3 3 The England international’s strike was the last of the notable action at Stamford Bridge, with both sides signing off with a point on the final day of an extraordinary season. Leicester City signed off their title-winning campaign with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the Premier League.After a goalless first half, Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring in the second period from the penalty spot before Danny Drinkwater ensured the Foxes kept it to only three defeats for the campaign.The result sees Claudio Ranieri’s side finish a remarkable season on 81 points. For Chelsea, they end a miserable 10 months in 10th, on 50 points.Leicester travelled to Stamford Bridge – receiving a guard of honour from the hosts before kick-off – hoping to end a fairy tale campaign in style against last season’s champions.last_img read more

Hornaday to pull double duty at Dover speedway

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Our sport is really about surrounding yourself with good people,” said Hornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champ from Palmdale. “I’ve got a great relationship with Wally and that really helps when we get to the track and work on the car, but more importantly Kevin and DeLana (Harvick) have done a great job at KHI surrounding all the teams with great people, and that really makes it a privilege for me to drive their equipment.” Hornaday will be entered in the NASCAR Truck Series and Busch Series races this weekend at Dover. The Truck Series race is tonight. The Busch Series race is Saturday. “Well I’ve done doubles before, so I’ve got that experience to go off of,” said Hornaday, a two-time Truck Series champion. “My boss Kevin pulls a double every weekend so I can always get some advice from him.” Harvick, a driver from Bakersfield, races for Richard Childress Racing on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series. Hornaday will be entered in the No. 33 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the Busch Series race. His last start on the Busch Series came at Richmond International Raceway on May 5, when he finished 14th. With his win at Mansfield, Hornaday moved up to 13th in the Truck Series points standings. It was also his second straight top-five finish. He did not record a top-10 finish in his first five Truck Series races of the year. “Hopefully a little momentum will carry over after a couple of rough weeks here lately,” Rogers said. “The guys always respond well to Ron, and Dover is a good track for him. We’re all excited to get to the track this weekend.” Indy Racing League: Valencia’s Bryan Herta won’t have long to dwell on the worst Indianapolis 500 finish of his career. Herta finished 20th in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, the first time he has been outside the top-five in his three years with Andretti Green Racing. The Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix in New York is Sunday and Herta is anxious to return to road course racing. “With this being our second trip to Watkins Glen, I think the XM Satellite Radio team will be ready to challenge for a win,” said Herta, a Hart High of Newhall graduate. “We’re obviously disappointed with our finish at the Indianapolis 500. However, we’re still in seventh place in the championship and there are 10 races left for us to move closer to the top.” This will be the second road course event of the year. Herta finished fourth in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida. “We had a good car on our only other road course this year and I’m confident we’ll be there again,” Herta said. Irwindale Speedway: The last time the NASCAR Super Late Models were at Irwindale Speedway, Todd Southwell had his best race of the season since opening night. The Canyon High graduate finished fifth to record his second top-five of the year. He was third in the opening night race. He enters Saturday night’s race ninth in points, 55 behind Dan Moore of Sun Valley. Rod Johnson of Canyon Country is fifth in points in the Super Late Model standings. Cory Fancy of Canyon Country is 11th and Kevin Wood of Saugus is 19th. The NASCAR Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, West Coast Pro Trucks and Legend Cars are schedule to race tonight at Irwindale Speedway. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7. Tim Haddock covers motors sports for the Daily News. He can be reached at timothy.haddock@dailynews.com or (818) 713-3715. NASCAR BUSCH SERIES StonebridgeRacing.com 200 Site: Dover, Del. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 9 a.m.), race (FX, noon). Track: Dover Downs International Speedway (oval, 1 mile, 24 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps. Last race: Carl Edwards passed Casey Mears on a restart with six laps to go to win the Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Concord, N.C. Last year: Martin Truex Jr. bided his time until the handling on Kevin Harvick’s car went away, then passed him for the lead with 70 laps to go and eventually drove away to an easy victory in the MBNA 200 at Dover International Speedway. Fast facts: Edwards’ win made Nextel Cup regulars a perfect 13-for-13 in Busch races this season. Todd Kleuver was ninth at Concord, the highest finishing Busch driver. … Clint Bowyer, who came into the race second in the points standings, crashed early in last week’s race, so Harvick now has a 348-point lead over Edwards. … Jamie McMurray and Tony Stewart went to the hospital for further evaluation following separate accidents in last week’s race. They both were released after short checkups. Next race: Federated Auto Parts 300, June 10, Lebanon, Tenn. On the Net: www.nascar.com NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES AAA Insurance 200 Site: Dover, Del. Schedule: Today, qualifying, 7:15 a.m., race (Speed Channel, 5 p.m.) Track: Dover Downs International Speedway (oval, 1 mile, 24 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps. Last race: Ron Hornaday Jr. won the City of Mansfield 250 for his series-record 28th career victory, while former baseball star Mike Greenwell finished 26th in his NASCAR debut. Last year: Kyle Busch got a huge break and won for the second week in a row after an error on pit road took dominant Ron Hornaday out of contention at Dover International Speedway. Hornaday led all but 13 of the first 112 laps and 134 of 200 overall. But he was forced to pit a second time after a caution because of a missing lugnut with 50 laps to go. Fast facts: Dennis Setzer is expected to start in his 200th career truck event this weekend. Rick Crawford, Jack Sprague and Terry Cook are the only other drivers to reach that mark. … Kurt Busch edged Greg Biffle by .210 seconds to win the inaugural event in 2000. … Dover is the first of three concrete tracks the series will compete on this season. The others are Nashville on Aug. 12 and Bristol on Aug. 23. Next race: Forth Worth 400, June 9, Texas. INDY RACING LEAGUE Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix Site: Watkins Glen, N.Y. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 9:20 a.m.; Sunday, race (ABC, 12:30 p.m.) Track: Watkins Glen International (permanent road course, 3.4 miles, 11 turns). Race distance: 204 miles, 60 laps. Last race: Sam Hornish Jr. overcame a big mistake in the pits and a pair of Andrettis to win the Indianapolis 500. Hornish was penalized a lap late in the race for leaving his pit with the fuel hose still connected. Somehow, he found himself back on the lead lap and in fourth, trailing Michael Andretti, his 19-year-old son, Marco, and Scott Dixon with two laps to go. A late caution flag then set up one of the most dramatic finishes in Indy history. In a last-second move, Hornish whipped around Marco Andretti on the final straightaway and won the second-closest Indy, by .0635 seconds. Last year: Dan Wheldon celebrated his first IRL title and Scott Dixon won the inaugural Indy Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Wheldon secured the title when the race became official at the halfway point, the start of lap 31. Fast facts: Hornish has an IRL-best 15 career victories, and he’s won about $10 million, including the record $1.74 million winner’s share at Indianapolis. He has 61 top-10 finishes, including 38 in the top three, in his 89 career IndyCar Series races. … Helio Castroneves was the top qualifier last year, but finished 12th in the race. … Last year’s race finished under caution. Next race: Bombardier 500, June 10, Fort Worth, Texas. On the Net: www.indycar.com – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fresh off his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win of the year, Ron Hornaday Jr. will pull double duty this weekend at Dover International Speedway in Delaware. Hornaday, driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Inc., won the Truck Series race Saturday at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Ohio. It was the 28th career win for Hornaday, the most of any driver on the Truck Series. It was also the first win of the season for Hornaday’s crew chief Wally Rogers. last_img read more


first_imgFAI JUNIOR CUPClonmany Shamrocks 2-3 Collinstown FC(Dublin)In windy conditions but on an excellent surface Clonmanys FAI adventure came to an end when they conceded the winner almost five minutes into stoppage time. There was a major moment of controversy too when referee Tom McAree have Clonmanys Steve Harkin his second yellow card for returning to the pitch after injury without permission which seemed extremely harsh.Collinstown started the game well and Clonmany struggled with their pace at times in the opening half.They opened the scoring in the second minute when full back Kenneth Flood played a ball into the channel for Anto McCormack who turned inside his man and fired low past Patrick Harkin from fifteen yards.Kenneth O Connor then broke for the visitos on the left and sw his effort well saved by Harkin before in another break O Connor was dragged down by Mark McLaughlin who collected the first yellow card of the game. Clonmany’s first attack came on 18 minutes after Paul McLaughlin’s cross was cleared to Michael Grant but his effort was deflected wide off a defender.At the other end McCormack fired a twenty five yards free narrowly wide before Mark McLaughlin played a one two with Harkin but his cross was also deflected behind for a corner.The visitors made it two nil on 28 minutes when Ameola Samesi raced onto a long ball and pulled it back from the byeline for McCormack to clinically fire to the top corner from twelve yards.Clonmany had a good spell then with Joe Grant releasing Marty Doherty on the left but keeper David Goodall advanced to smother before Steve harkin evaded two tackles and when his cross fell to Jason Devlin he blazed over the top from ten yards in their best chance.Harkin collected his first yellow for a handball on 53 minutes before the home side reduced the deficit minutes later.Paul Mclaughlin’s well flighted corner found Harkin who powered a header to the bottom corner from ten yards.Collinstown replied with Eoin Leddy releasing substitute Gareth Boyle who outstripped the home defence but fired weakly at Harkin before the keeper saved well to deny David Matthews.At the other end substitute Brendan Devlin controlled a long but was crowded out and the chance was lost. McCormack almost got his hat trick on 80 minutes when his well struck free crashed back off the post before Clonmany levelled. Jason Devlin fed Brendan Devlin to relewase another substitute Jason Doherty to race into the area on the left and he drew the keeper before sliding the ball home.Then came Harkin’s very harsh red card and to rub salt into the wounds deep into injury time McCormack saw his free kick deflected into the path of Damien Cuffe who slotted home from five yards.INISHOWEN FOOTBALL: CLONMANY BOW OUT OF FAI JUNIOR CUP was last modified: January 20th, 2013 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:INISHOWEN FOOTBALL: CLONMANY BOW OUT OF FAI JUNIOR CUPlast_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores stunning roundhouse kick to bring up 500 career goals

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic was only ever going to score his 500th career goal for club and country in style, let’s face it.A tap in would not have done so, against Toronto, the LA Galaxy striker produced a stunning roundhouse kick to reach the incredible milestone. Only 27 other footballers have managed the feat, and the former Manchester United man is now official amongst the elite, including modern greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, of course.Ibrahimovic, though, was on the losing team as his side were beaten 5-3 by the Candian MLS outfit.The Swede now has 17 goals in 22 games for his current club, a fine tally since his move to the United States.And you can see the goal below. Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring for LA Galaxy. 1 Zlatan’s got a black belt. #Zlatan500 pic.twitter.com/0iteGKX9cL— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 16, 2018As well as the 22 in Los Angeles, Ibrahimovic scored for Paris Saint-Germain (156 goals), Inter Milan (66), AC Milan (56), Ajax (48), Manchester United (29), Juventus (26), Barcelona (22), and Malmo (18), while also netting 62 goals for the Swedish national team.“Obviously it’s not good to lose … but I’m happy for Toronto because they’ll be remembered as my 500th victim,” Ibrahimovic told TSN after the game.last_img read more

How Robbie Grossman factors into A’s crowded mix of outfielders

first_imgMESA, Arizona — The A’s have had a knack for acquiring quality talent late into free agency over the past couple of years.Robbie Grossman is their latest find.The team announced Friday that it had signed Grossman to a one-year deal to continue a trend of acquiring players management did not believe would be available at this juncture. It happened last year when the A’s got Jonathan Lucroy after spring games already had begun. With free-agent market littered with quality players who remain …last_img