Patriots, Falcons set for Super Bowl spectacle

first_img Mental toughness “This team showed a lot of mental toughness over the course of the year,” Brady said. The Falcons have never won the Super Bowl. This will be Atlanta’s second trip to the big game; they lost to Denver in 1999. The club’s never had a quarterback quite as good as Ryan, though. The guy nicknamed “Matty Ice” went 27 for 38 for 392 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, while adding a rushing TD, to boot, leading Atlanta past Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC championship game. Brady tied Hall of Famer Joe Montana’s record with a ninth three-TD postseason game, helping the Patriots beat Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers 36-17 for the AFC championship. New England opened the season with a 3-1 record despite using two backup quarterbacks while playing those games without Brady after he went through a lengthy court battle in an unsuccessful bid to have his ban overturned for what became known as “Deflategate.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Brady because the league said it determined the Patriots intentionally underinflated footballs used in an AFC championship game victory two years ago. A season that began with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension will end with him in the Super Bowl, where his New England Patriots will take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. While much of the attention has been focused on Brady vs. Ryan, the truly key matchup could be Atlanta’s score-at-will offence, which produced the most points during the regular season, against the unheralded defence of New England, which allowed the fewest. And these two teams are playing their best football at the most important time. AFC champions New England (16-2) have won nine consecutive games – and haven’t even trailed since Nov. 27. NFC champions Atlanta (13-5) have won their past six in a row, scoring at least 33 points in each. “We’ll enjoy this,” Ryan said. “But we’ve got some work to do.” Brady and coach Bill Belichick will be seeking their – and the Patriots’ – fifth Lombardi Trophy, and second in three years. This will be the franchise’s league-record ninth appearance in the Super Bowl, including titles in the 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2015 editions.last_img read more

Can we be consistent?

first_imgDear Editor,We’ve seen Chinese supermarkets opening all over Guyana, and many citizens have started to support them because they are selling cheaper than other supermarkets/shops. On closer investigation, I’ve discovered that the retail prices for beverages (alcohol/non-alcohol) are similar to the shop/agent’s wholesale prices, and that you get to take the bottles away from the Chinese supermarkets for the same price, whilst you have to pay for the bottle at the wholesale shops.I’ve also noticed that many people are now buying their rums/vodkas/whiskeys from these Chinese supermarkets because they are cheaper there. Such is competition, but I wonder how the Chinese are able to sell at such low prices, especially when the agents are selling at the prices recommended by their suppliers and the agents/wholesalers are claiming that to sell at anything lower would be selling at a loss for them.I’ve gone to make purchases at different supermarkets operated by Chinese, and I have come to the conclusion that if you don’t check whatever you are purchasing, when you are ready to use it, you would suffer tremendous losses. I purchased a sealed bag of rice, and when I opened it at home, it was infested with rice weevils.It should be noted that I’m in no way trying to discredit any particular place, because I’ve also experienced similar situations at local supermarkets operated and owned by Guyanese.And upon checking my other purchases, I discovered there were some bad onions, garlic and potatoes among the good ones.Editor, I’ve only recently observed that certain places were being raided, expired and spoilt items confiscated, and people were getting charged. Apart from the wholesale places, the Stabroek Market was also raided, and the next day, items similar to those seized were back on sale at the market. Many of these sellers claim ignorance of the condition of the items they put up for sale, but the truth of the matter is that they are fully aware of the condition of those items; however, opportunity exists for them to make a huge profit at the threat of people’s health, and they take the opportunity. Many of these items enter this country under the approval of the Customs, the Food and Drugs Administration and other relevant bodies responsible because someone ‘inside’ had taken a ‘small change’.As for weights and measurements, that culture of shortchanging people is very much prevalent all over the country to date. The last time the Bureau of Statistics raided the Stabroek Market, they found a tremendous amount of discrepancies. Many of these places would have the approved scales/weights but still shortchange you in your purchase; you are not getting what you paid for. That’s the culture of many Guyanese.Could that stop? No, because many of those sellers would have ‘contacts,’ and when a raid is about to take place, the contacts would tip-off the culprits. Many of these employees would ‘pass by’ and collect a small ‘change’ just to allow the lawlessness to continue. The ‘shakedown’ is very prevalent in Stabroek Market.Finally, Editor, I’ve also talked about our farmers lacing the vegetables with chemicals and putting them for sale. These chemicals are supposed to be used on the plants/vegetables at {based on the type} least seven to fifteen days before picking. I am almost 100% certain that this is not being practised by the farmers. As usual, most Guyanese would do their shopping for the coming week on weekends, and many would store their vegetables (or certain types) in a fridge. Many, including myself, would notice that these vegetables would start to melt, get ripe, or spoil two days after. This is a direct result of the chemicals being used and the way they were administered.Now, I’ve a friend on the FB list who works at NAREI, and I’ve asked her about the procedure and if there are any tools that could be used to visit the market and test the vegetables for traces of chemicals. To date, I am awaiting an answer. I’m of the view that raids should be conducted on the farmers when they are selling, and their produce should be tested, because majority of buyers are being shortchanged and the vegetables have chemicals which are dangerous to our health. We can’t use half of what we purchase three to four days after. Where are we heading, and what are we paying for?Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

Lukaku in Man Utd spotlight as goals dry up

first_img0Shares0000Having scored 11 goals in his first 10 games following his £75mn transfer to Manchester United from Everton, Romelu Lukaku (L) has found the net only once in 12 matches since © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – With Zlatan Ibrahimovic fit again and closely scrutinising his performances from the substitutes’ bench, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is under pressure to rediscover his goal-scoring touch.Having scored 11 goals in his first 10 games following his £75 million ($100.8 million, 85 million euros) switch from Everton, Lukaku has found the net only once in 12 matches since. Manager Jose Mourinho continues to profess satisfaction with Lukaku’s all-round displays, but the longer the Belgian striker’s difficulties continue, the bigger a point of concern it will become.“For a striker, it is all about your goals and unfortunately people will always measure him by that, but away from the goals his contribution has to be big,” says former United captain Gary Neville.“He’s had his struggles. That was always going to happen at some point after his blistering start, but this is a critical stage of the season where he has to deliver.”Question marks are hovering above Lukaku as United approach a potentially pivotal week in their season.They host CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday and face Premier League pace-setters Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday in a derby they must win if they are make up ground in the title race.Lukaku’s recent displays suggest if United are to get the results they need, their goals are unlikely to come from him.His frustrations appeared to tell during United’s 1-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion when he kicked out at Gaetan Bong in an incident caught on camera but for which he avoided retrospective punishment.He squandered three presentable chances during United’s 4-2 win at Watford last week, notably dallying for too long when presented with a clear sight of goal by Paul Pogba, enabling the home defence to block.But he also played an important role at Vicarage Road, setting up a goal for Anthony Martial, and produced a similarly valuable contribution in Saturday’s 3-1 success at Arsenal.– ‘Demons’ –Though he did not find the net at the Emirates Stadium, Lukaku’s pressing and direct running helped establish United’s tempo and he was involved in the move that led to Jesse Lingard scoring the visitors’ second goal.Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his return from a nine-month lay-off with a serious knee injury, as a late substitute in last month’s 4-1 win over Newcastle © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMourinho joked after the win at Watford that Lukaku needed only to secure a new boot deal, but the United manager has been steadfast in his defence of the former Chelsea striker, who he has described as “untouchable”.While United’s other attacking players — Martial, Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata — are regularly rotated, Lukaku has started every single game in the league and Champions League.“For me, the most important thing is teamwork and he’s second to none in terms of giving everything he has to the team,” Mourinho said.“If he scores or doesn’t score, that’s not a problem.”When Ibrahimovic made his return from a nine-month lay-off with a serious knee injury, as a late substitute in last month’s 4-1 win over Newcastle United, Lukaku was farmed out to the right wing to make way.But working in his favour is the fact his pace and mobility make him a much neater fit for United’s counter-attacking football than the sauntering Ibrahimovic.Lukaku’s lateral movement across the pitch serves to open up space for the likes of Pogba, Martial and Rashford, all of whom have benefited greatly from the Belgian’s ability to tie up opposition centre-backs.“I don’t see Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a threat to Lukaku at all, but as a supplement,” Neville wrote in a recent Sky Sports column.“The only way Ibrahimovic can become number one is if the aura of Zlatan gets to Lukaku.“Zlatan is confident, but Lukaku is number one, the fans and the manager believe in him and if he does have any demons then he needs to clear them from his mind.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Vick indicted on state dogfighting charges

first_imgVick, who already pleaded guilty in federal court to a dogfighting conspiracy charge and is awaiting sentencing on Dec. 10, was indicted for beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs and engaging in or promoting dogfighting. The grand jury met for more than three hours. The charges are the first leveled against Vick in the county where he built a home on 15 acres that was the base of the dogfighting operation. Surry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald G. Poindexter asked that the four be arraigned Oct. 3 and requested that each be released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond. None of the defendants nor their lawyers were in court. By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer SUSSEX, Va. – Michael Vick and three co-defendants were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on state charges related to a dogfighting ring operated on Vick’s Virginia property. The grand jury passed on indicting the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and two of co-defendants on eight counts of animal cruelty, which would have exposed them to as many as 40 years in prison if convicted. 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


first_imgA study of the air in Letterkenny by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Health Service Executive has shown alarming results.The study, undertaken over the past two years, shows unacceptable levels of dust particles known as PM10.Many of these particles are connected with the burning of coal. The results of the study has partially led to a ban on the burning, marketing, sale and distribution of “smoky coal” which will be introduced to Letterkenny and its environs from May 1st 2013.The purpose of this ban is to deliver cleaner air and to reduce air pollution in the larger towns and cities in Ireland. This has been done in many other towns and cities since 1990 when the ban was first introduced to Dublin.From 1st May, Coal Retailers and Coal Merchants will not be permitted to market, sell or distribute bituminous (smoky) coal to householders in Letterkenny and the wider environs. In addition to this, householders within Letterkenny and the wider environs will no longer be allowed to burn bituminous (smoky) coal from 1st May. A map of the ban area can be found at sole purpose of the “Smoky Coal” ban is to deliver cleaner air to the Letterkenny area. The EPA, in conjunction with the HSE, has monitored the air quality in Letterkenny for the past 2 years and the results show an unacceptable number of exceedences of the air quality limits for PM10 which are very fine particles of dust or particulate matter (less than one-hundredth of a millimetre in size).In smaller urban centres such as Letterkenny, the main source of PM10 is the emissions resulting from the burning of smoky solid fuels.PM10 is harmful to health owing to its ability to penetrate into the lungs and is associated with cardiopulmonary and respiratory disorders. Put simply, less PM10 means better health and improved air quality.The “Smoky Coal” Ban has been in place in Dublin for the past 23 years and has had a dramatic impact on the air quality in the city.Research carried out by Professor Luke Clancy in 2002 has indicated that the smoky coal ban introduced in Dublin in 1990 resulted in major health benefits with up to 350 fewer deaths annually in the city. The Asthma Society has stated “that Ireland has the 4th highest prevalence of asthma worldwide with 470,000 people in Ireland suffering from Asthma. The research published in The Lancet also showed that poor air quality is directly linked to increased risk of death from respiratory and cardiovascular disease.”The Asthma Society state that “people who suffer from respiratory conditions, such as asthma, can be badly affected by exposure to harmful particles in the air which result from pollutants, including the burning of smoky coal.”The alternatives to burning “Smoky Coal” is to use Smokeless Fuels including,• Smokeless Coal – bags will be clearly labelled “Smokeless Fuel”, • Wood – kindling, firewood logs, firestarter logs• Turf – loose turf and baled briquettes.The new regulation will be enforced by Donegal County Council after an awareness raising campaign. Inspections will be carried out on retailers, coal merchants and coal delivery lorries. Inspections will also be carried out “out of hours” when coal deliveries are most frequent.Donegal County Council encourages members of the public to report instances of the flouting of the law, which will result in enforcement action being taken by Donegal County Council.STUDY OF LETTERKENNY AIR SHOWS SMOKY COAL BAN BADLY NEEDED was last modified: April 22nd, 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:letterkennysmoky coal banlast_img read more


first_imgThe Traveler group who had been staying in the carpark of ALDI in Dungloe have moved on.The caravans parked in Ballybofey before they moved on.The group of 20 camper vans moved on just after 1.30pm after a stand-off which lasted two days.The group had previously been located at the SuperValu carpark in Ballybofey. A clean-up operation is underway in the ALDI carpark after a number of items were left behind by the group.It is understood the group may now be heading to Falcarragh. RELIEF AS TRAVELER GROUP LEAVE DUNGLOE BUT WHERE TO NEXT? was last modified: August 6th, 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:ALDIdungloeFalcarraghTRAVELERSlast_img read more

John Downey’s renewed bail application refused

first_imgDonegal man John Downey, who stands accused of the murder of two UDR soldiers, has been refused bail again. Downey appeared at Belfast Magistrates’ Court today for a renewed bail application, the Belfast Telegraph reports. However, the 67-year-old’s application was denied, despite an unprecedented amount of cash and realisable property being offered.Downey, who has an address in Creeslough Co. Donegal, is charged with murdering two British soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in Enniskillen in 1972. He was extradited to the UK after handing himself into gardaí in October.The bail application heard that £225,000 in cash and a further £500,000 in equity was proposed as sureties. Downey’s defence also said he proposed to live in a property in Belfast belonging to a Sinn Féin Councillor.The application was refused by District Judge Peter Magill.Read more at: Downey’s renewed bail application refused was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Mark Ssonko to officiate at 2019 AFCON

first_imgSsonko (left) will be among the 29 assistant referees at the AFCON finals. (Agency Photo)Event: 2019 AFCON Finals Date: 19th June – 19th July, 2019Host: EgyptUganda’s Mark Ssonko will be one of the 55 officials that will officiate at the upcoming 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt.This was confirmed on Wednesday night after CAF released a list of officials who will be at the 32nd edition of Africa’s football showpiece.Ssonko will be the only Ugandan referee at the finals but is part of the 8 that will represent the CECAFA region.He has been listed among the 29 assistant referees who will assist at the tournament which will run from 19th June to 19th July.Host country Egypt has the biggest number of officials (6) with Tunisia and Senegal contributing five apiece.Algeria, Cameroon, Morocco and Sudan have three officials apiece.The rest of the countries have either one or two.The Uganda Cranes will also be part of the tournament after sealing qualification earlier this year.They are in Group A alongside Egypt, DR Congo and Zimbabwe.The Cranes are in Group A of the finals. (file photo)The list of Referees that will officiate at the 2019 AFCON:Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria), Joshua Bondo (Botswana), Pacifique Ndahibawenimana (Burundi), Alioum Alioum (Cameroon), Amin Mohamed Omar (Egypt), Gehad Gerisha (Egypt), Mahmoud Zakria El Banna (Egypt), Bamiak Tessema (Ethiopia), Gassama Bakary Pap (Gambia), Daniel Nii Ayi Laryea (Ghana), Peter Waweru (Kenya), Mahamadou Keita (Mali), Redouane Jiyed (Morocco), Noureddine El Jaafari (Morocco), Jackson Pavaza (Namibia), Jean Jacques Ndala Ngambo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Louis Hakizamana (Rwanda), Maguette Ndiaye (Senegal), Bernard Camille (Seychelles), El Fadil Mohamed Hussein (Sudan), Sadok Selmi (Tunisia), Youssef Essrayri (Tunisia), Guirat Haythem (Tunisia), Jannu Sikazwe (Zambia), Issa Sy (Senegal), Belda Dahane (Mauritania)The list of Assistant Referees that will be at the 2019 AFCON:Mokrane Gourari (Algeria), Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria), Seydou Tiama (Burkina Faso), Nguegoue Elvis Guy Noupue (Cameroon), Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon), Issa Yaya (Chad), Soulaimane Almadine (Comoros), Tahssen Abo El Sadat (Egypt), Abouelregal Mahmoud (Egypt), Ahmed Hossam Taha (Egypt), Tesfagiorghis Berhe (Eritrea), Samuel Temesgin (Ethiopia), Sidibe Sidiki (Guinea), Gilbert K. Cheruiyot (Kenya), Souru Phatsoane (Lesotho), Attia Amsaaed (Libya), Lionel Andrianantenaina (Madagascar), Azgaou Lahcen (Morocco), Arsenio Maringule (Mozamibque), Mahamadou Yahaya (Niger), Baba Adel (Nigeria), Oliver Safari (Democratic Republic of Congo), El Hadji Malick Samba (Senegal), Djibril Camara (Senegal), Mohammed Ibrahim (Sudan), Waleed Ahmed Ali (Sudan), Yamen Mellouchi (Tunisia), Anouar Hmila (Tunisia), Mark Ssonko (Uganda)Comments Tags: 2019 AFCONMark SsonkoUganda Craneslast_img read more

B52s battle hard against Caps

first_imgThe Humboldt B52s stayed close with the young but star-studded Pacific Union Financial Capitalists for seven innings on Thursday night, but fell 9-5 at Bomber Field.“There were a lot of positives that came from tonight,” B52s manager Scott St. John said afterwards. “We played a very talented group of guys tonight and did well for the most part.”The Caps are composed completely of Division-I college recruits who will be attending universities such as Florida, Oregon, Arizona and other …last_img read more