South Africa visa changes hit Crusaders fans

first_imgBecause a 20-year visa-free travel arrangement between South Africa and New Zealand has ended, Kiwis now require a three-month holiday visa to visit the Republic; and as passionate Crusaders fan Grant Golding has discovered, getting one at short notice is very difficult.After the Crusaders beat the Chiefs in the semifinal at AMI Stadium last weekend, Golding contacted the South African High Commission in Wellington to ask about securing the documentation to travel to the Republic.But by the time he got off the blower he knew there was about as much chance of flying to the moon as there was of getting to Jo’burg before the final.”I asked if there was any chance of getting a visa and a lady at the embassy said ‘no, looking at the backlog, it could take 25 days,” Golding said.There was no rest for the red and blacks as they prepare for their clash with the Lions.He was told that the only hope of getting the documentation fast-tracked was if he a family emergency in South Africa. Golding didn’t apply for the visa earlier because he was uncertain where, or if, the Crusaders would play the final.If the Hurricanes had beaten the Lions in the semi last weekend, the final would have been staged at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.”I was hanging off to try and make sure the team were going to get there,” Golding added.”It’s a shame. It has always been on my bucket list to go to South Africa. As a New Zealand rugby fan, it is one of those places you want to go to see a game. It is just too hard to do it at late notice.”The South African government have introduced the visa changes in a tit-for-tat response to similar measures introduced by New Zealand.Loyal Crusaders supporter Robin Leary, of Christchurch, will attend the final because he had secured his visa several months ago – not that he was planning so far ahead at the time.Leary had originally planned to support the Crusaders’ during their two-match tour of Pretoria and Bloemfontein on April 30 and May 7 but never left New Zealand because the documentation didn’t arrive until after the team had returned.Experience Travel, the official travel company of the Crusaders, acknowledged it was difficult to make arrangements for supporters with such a tight turnaround.”We are trying to work through dispensation at late notice,” spokesman David Redmond said. “But it is unlikely given the time frame.”Travelling fans are not the only ones to suffer. The Crusaders, who required a replacement for Kieran Read after he broke his thumb in Bloemfontein, surprisingly whistled-up Sumner club back rower Dylan Nel.Coach Scott Robertson explained it was because Nel, who holds a South African passport, didn’t have to go through the rigmarole of applying for a visa and could leave Christchurch immediately.An error on the visa for Chiefs midfielder Alex Nankivell resulted in him being turned away from South Africa prior to the quarterfinal against the Stormers in Cape Town. His visa was dated to expire on 31/06/2017, while the rest of the squad’s was stamped 31/08/2017.”It was a clerical error from Wellington and there was absolutely no flexibility from the South African border and they said he had to be sent back to the port that he came back from, which was Sydney,” Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said at the time.Nankivell had to return to Wellington to get his passport amended. The Chiefs called up Chase Tialata as cover. Photo by: FAIRFAX NZ (Rugby fan Grant Golding, pictured with his children Kyan (left) and Anamika at a Canterbury game in 2015, has flagged hopes of supporting the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final).last_img read more

Barça already knows the three shirts of the 2020-2021

first_imgThe third kit will be identical to the second, but changing the black for an intense pink and the gold for the black. The difference is that in this case the shield would retain its traditional design and colors. In this way, they forget bluish green with a light print.It is not yet known how the goalkeepers of the Quique Setién team will dress next season, but Messi, Suarez, Pique and company, as well as any other signing that may arrive, will wear the azulgrana, the black and the pink. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 21, 2020 As for the second uniform, it will have a much more elegant design. They forget yellow with the diagonal stripes to make a black kit with absolutely all the details in gold, Be it the logo, the neck, the lines of the sleeves, the advertising or even the shield.center_img Barcelona already knows the design of its three kits for next season. According Sports world, the people of Nike approached the sports facilities of the club azulgrana to show the players, and in the process of doing a photo shoot, how they will dress during the 2020-2021 campaign. The designs have been filtered by the portal Footy headlines.The first kit will stop showing the pictures of this season and recover the vertical stripes. However, between each of the blue and maroon lines, there will be a rather striking yellow, color that will predominate both in the neck and in the logo or at the end of the sleeves. The publicity of Rakuten Y Beko (on the sleeve) they would wear it in white.Footy Headlines’); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The design of the three Nike kits of Barcelona for the 2020-2021 season.Footy headlineslast_img read more

UBA’s US$1Million Theft-Case Challenged

first_imgUBA’s headquarters on Broad Street, MonroviaThe Management of Mamawa and Sons, accused of conspiring with employees to dupe the United Bank of Africa (UBA) out of over US$1million, has challenged the bank’s authority to make available in Court, documentary evidence that links his company to the act alleged.Mr. Samuka M. Konneh, who is manager of the company, also threatened if the bank fails, his legal team is considering a lawsuit against his accuser.That emotional statement was made to journalists on Wednesday, March 6, at the Temple of Justice.“Look, they say Mamawa and Sons connived to rob the bank of over US$1million; but they failed to take the particular company to court.We have not been arrested, since the theft news broke out in 2011,” Konneh explained. That left him wondering whether the “theft” at the bank had actually taken place, or not. It may be recalled that in 2011, the grand jury of Criminal Court ‘A’ through UBA, indicted 13 employees of the bank’s branches in Ganta, and in Monrovia, for allegedly manipulating the system and loaning  over US$1million to individuals and institutions, including Mamawa and Sons Incorporated.They named co-defendant, Tunde C. Fon, who was a “cash officer” assigned at the bank’s Bushrod Island branch, as the main person behind the criminal acts.Along with several institutions and the 13 main culprits fingered and indicted, Mamawa and sons was later charged with crimes including economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy, facilitation, and theft of property.But, Konneh said, one of the documents the bank needs to make available is “account numbers” of the company.According to him, that will established the real Mamawa and Sons involved with the over US$1million theft.“There are lots of companies operating in the country named Mamawa and Sons,” he claimed. “So, the bank needs to clarify for the general public, which Mamawa and Sons it is talking about.” He was quick to admit that his company has an account with UBA, disassociating it from the US$1million theft, considering it as what he called “mis-identity.”“I am going to make them publicly announce the main Mamawa and Sons—or else, we go to court,” he declared.“This situation has created serious embarrassment for my business partner and I’m not going to take it lightly. We will pursue legal means to have the bank make the main company available,” Konneh promised.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Toby Alderweireld passes Tottenham medical ahead of £11.5m move

first_imgToby Alderweireld is close to finalising a switch to Tottenham, talkSPORT understands.The Atletico Madrid defender has completed a medical and agreed terms with the north London side despite Southampton being in dispute with the Spanish outfit.Alderweireld spent a successful loan spell at St Mary’s last season and the Saints were expected to complete a permanent £6.8million deal this summer, after it was understood Atletico failed to cancel his buy-out clause in time.However, Atletico maintain they have paid the £1.5m option to scrap the deal and have negotiated an £11.5m fee to sell the Belgium international to Spurs.The 26-year is now putting the finishing touches to his move to White Hart Lane and has already undergone a successful medical.He will link up with former Ajax teammates Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen. 1 Toby Alderweireld last_img read more

ALL THE FUN OF THE GLENTIES FAIR

first_imgTHE GLENTIES Fair got underway on Friday night.Here’s a line-up of what’s on over the rest of the weekend.Today, Saturday:Pitch & Putt Competition Entry u16 €4 over 16 €5 (Sandfield P&P)12pm Car Boot Sale 12pm Display of kids art competition in Community Centre2pm Kids Fun Day at Dr Mc Closkey Crescent supplied by Doherty Hire4pm Kids Puppet Show (Cinder Teddy) in Community Centre4.30pm Kids Disco & Face Painting in Community Centre 5pm Clay Pigeon Shoot contact Declan on 087-2138320 for more information8.30pm Street music by our very own turbulent EDDY9pm World Ranked No. 5 Mattie Griffin Motorcycle Street Bike Freestyle RiderEntertainment in TownMellys – Super Beach Party with i102-104 DJ Justiy An Clúid – Live musicKeeneys – Karaoke by M&DLeo’s – DerailedCope – Music on outside stage Highlands Hotel – Live Music in BarLimelight -2 Studios playing best summer tunes.12.30pm 10K Road Race contact Brendan on 086-3530537 for more information1pm Honda Run contact Brian on 087-9354012 for more information2pm Tractor Run contact Philip on 087-2620475 for more information2.30pm School Brass Band on Main street3pm Music on Street with Shaun Mc Monagle3.30pm Mattie Griffin Motorcycle Stunt Rider4pm Annual Float and Band Parade5pm Music on Street with Shaun Mc Monagle5.15pm Soap Box Race contact John Paul on 087-7859173 for mor information. Entry €5per run6pm Tug Of War & Tossing the Sheaf on Main Street6pm Music & BBQ in Cost-cutter car park (ADM €5) Music by Opperators, Riaghan O Callaghan and The Gate Crashers12am Queen Dance in Highlands Hotel Music by turbulent EDDY (ADM €10)Entertainment in TownMellys – 9pm Dee Tees in main bar.M25 – 5pm to 7pm Men in Black & DJ 9pm to lateAn Clúid – 6pm -8pm Paddy Molloy 10pm – Close Paul wardKeeneys – The Gate CrashersLeo’s – Shaun Mc MonagleCope – Music on outside stage5pm PlayStation Challenge in Keeneys6pm Quad Reversing & Tyre Changing in Cost Cutters Car Park8pm Join Breezy and special guest Charlie Mc Gettigan in The Highlands Hotel for Raking the Ashes €69pm Poker Classic in Keeneys (Entry €20)Tuesday 11th September6pm Pet Show all pets welcome contact Carmel on 0879307423 for more information9pm Bingo in Community CentreWednesday 12th September Fair DayAll Day, Street traders and various traditional craft demonstrations.Irish music and Irish danceDonegal Farmers Market on Main StreetPedro’s Birds of Prey DemonstrationFun Fair for duration of festivalBar Extensions for the duration of the festival.Entertainment in TownMellys -7pm ObsessionKeeneys – Karaoke by M&DM25 – Shaun Mc MonagleLimelight -Teenage disco with iradio DJ Fergal Darcy and Barbara NicdhonnaghaThe nod, the wave, the hello and the hand shake the yearly salutes seen on the Harvest fair day in town. The annual walk up and down to view the stalls, bringing back memories of catapults, water pistols, candy floss and stink bombs. Traditional crafts on show and the farmers market with their fresh produce on sale throughout the town. Almost 200 years of farmers buying and selling animals can still be seen around by the old courthouse. A true traditional day for the thousands of visitors from near and far visiting Glenties.ALL THE FUN OF THE GLENTIES FAIR was last modified: September 8th, 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)last_img read more

BABY STEPS WITH ÁINE – BABY SHOWER INSPIRATION

first_imgHi everyone. This week I’m hoping to give you some inspiration for organising the perfect baby shower to treat those mums-to-be. For those of you that are new to my column, I’m Áine. I’m 26, Donegal born and bred and a first time mum to my 8 month old daughter Ava. This weekly column will be an account of my experiences so far.My highs and lows, some tips and tricks, and an honest overview of my pregnancy and life as a first time mum. I am no expert but, I hope you can relate in some way, to what I write.Baby showers might be an American tradition but it is something that is becoming more popular in the Ireland and the UK.  I was very fortunate to have one and it was definitely a much appreciated surprise towards the end of my pregnancy. The general idea is to ‘shower’ the mum-to- be with support and gifts. That said, there are no hard and fast rules with baby showers. You do not need to break the bank and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Having family and friends under the one roof for a chat and a laugh will be enough to make your mum-to-be a happy lady.However, if you’re feeling adventurous and want something a little bit bigger, here are some ideas from my baby shower.Decorations:Themes are optional. If the sex is know you can go all out with blue or pink. If not, why not have a bit of both.Bunting, balloons and streamers are all easy accessible and will add that party feel to your baby shower.Nappy cakes make great centre pieces as well as gifts which is a bonus.Buy a mum-to-be sash. She will secretly love it!Food:Nobody will be expecting a three course meal. Finger foods, nibbles and some desserts are more than enough.Add some baby themed food. For example: baby cupcakes or some napkin nappy fruit pouches. It will add to the excitement and make for some great photographs!A cake is a must! Why not bake your own to keep costs down. Oh, and don’t forget the mocktails!Games: Amongst all the girl talk and the eating, a few games will add a party spirit to your baby shower.Decorate a baby vest- Buy a big pack of white vests and some fabric paint or markers and decorate a vest for the baby to wear.How big is the bump- Get each guest to cut a piece of string the size they believe would fit perfectly around the mum-to-be’s tummy.The guest who is the closest receives a small prize. This game is guaranteed to make you laugh!Guess the baby- Ask all guests to bring their baby photo. Place all photos on a wall. Mum-to-be needs to guess her guests baby photos. It’s harder than it sounds!!Everyone loves a prop station. Why not download some free templates and make your own.Presents: The highlight of a baby shower is watching the excited ‘mum to be’ opening her presents. If it is a surprise make sure you include practical things she will need but has probably not bought yet like toys and clothes.If it isn’t a surprise it might be a good idea to ask the mum-to-be for some ideas. She will know exactly what they need and at least you know your present will be put to good use. Also include a few things for the mum-to-be herself, a massage and beauty treatment or some of pampering products.Traditionally, this is a surprise organised for a mum-to-be by family or friends. It’s a chance for her to sit back, relax and enjoy the company of her loved ones.If you’re pregnant and like the idea, why not drop some hints. If that doesn’t work, there is nothing wrong with organising your own. You will not regret it!Thanks for reading and happy organising,Áine xBABY STEPS WITH ÁINE – BABY SHOWER INSPIRATION was last modified: April 22nd, 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)Tags:Baby ShowerBaby Steps with AineBlogDecorHappyPresentsTipslast_img read more

LETTERKENNY HURLING HEROES BRING DELIGHT TO FUTURE STARS

first_imgUnderage hurling in Letterkenny received a huge shot in the arm when star hurlers from St Eunans senior team brought the Lory Meagher Cup to O’Donnell Park. Dozens of young hurlers from Under 6 to Under 10 age groups got to chat to five of the Donegal team which won the cup last weekend.The lads, Shane O’Connor, Cormac Goulding, Sean McVeigh, Eugene Organ and captain Colm Breathnach, all took time out to chat tot he young hurlers of the future.Also in attendance was Lord Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Tadgh Culbert – a former senior hurling medal winner in his native Tipperary.Organiser and St.Eunan’s hurling coach Eunan O’Donnell thanked all the lads for turning up with the cup which he said was a brilliant experience for all the young players. EndsLETTERKENNY HURLING HEROES BRING DELIGHT TO FUTURE STARS was last modified: June 12th, 2011 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:Lory Meagher CupSt Eunanslast_img read more

Rashid Toha close to sealing Vipers SC move

first_img Tags: Gadaffi GadinhoKCCA FCmuhammad shabanonduparaka fcRashid TohaShafick KagimutopURA FCvipers sc Toha wants to leave Onduparaka FC. (PHOTOS/AGENCIES)KITENDE – Vipers SC seem to be busy trying to lure players to Kitende in this offseason.Following the news that the Venoms have tabled a bid for URA FC captain, Shafick Kagimu, it is now understood that they are in talks with Onduparaka FC over the signing of Rashid Toha.Toha who is also the skipper of Onduparaka FC still has one and a half years left on his current deal but is believed to be seeking a move elsewhere.PML Daily understands that negotiations between the two parties are going on as planned and the lanky center back may as early as next week, be a Venom.“We are closing in on a deal currently as everything is going to plan. Narrated one of the key figures in the deal.“I am not certain on when everything will be completed but all i can say is, soon.Toha has been with Onduparaka ever since the Arua based side attained promotion to the top tier in 2016.He was named the captain of the side following the departure of striker Shaban Muhammad to KCCA FC.He along with Gadaffi Gadinho have been favourites at the Green Light Stadium. Gadaffi has already left and signed for Mbarara City in the off-season and it looks like Toha is also on his way out.Gadaffi signed for Mbarara City last week.For Vipers, this will be a major step in the right direction as they bid to resurrect from a below-par season, last.The Venoms who came into last season as the defending league champions and finalist in the Uganda Cup, could not replicate such form.Representing Uganda in the CAF Champions league, the Venoms were eliminated at the second round of qualification and hence dropped to the Confederation Cup. While there, they also failed to make it to the Group stages as they fell immediately.In the League, they came second to KCCA FC while a humiliating exit to then-Big League side, Proline FC, ended their Uganda Cup campaign at the quarter-final stage.After such a disappointing season, the Kitende based side are expected to strengthen their playing staff like they always do.The Venoms have already acquired the services of Paul Willa who they signed from Police FC at the start of the week.In strengthening their squad, Vipers are also expected to let go of several players. The likes of Duncan Seninde, Tom Masiko, Henry Katongole, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Paul Kalumba, Yayo Lutimba, Fred Okot, Joseph Janjali, and Rahmat Ssenfuka, have all failed to live up to the billing and are believed to be on their way out.Comments last_img read more

‘A brilliant day for Donegal’ as A5 gets the go-ahead

first_imgDONEGAL TD Joe McHugh has warmly welcomed the announcement that the A5 has been given the go-ahead by the Northern Ireland authorities.The major road upgrade in the North will be designed to link Donegal with Dublin and reduce journey times significantly.The Department of Infrastructure in the North has also made the vesting order for phase one of the road project. “This is a brilliant day for Donegal,” said Government Chief Whip McHugh, who said the connection will benefit the local economy.“This Government has steadfastly supported the A5 financially and in every other way and today is a significant day for the county.“The Department of Infrastructure Northern Ireland has announced the publication of the Departmental Statement and Notice of Intention to Proceed; the making of the Direction Order which covers the entire route from Newbuildings in Derry to Ballygawley in Co Tryone and the making of the Vesting Order for Phase 1a from Newbuildings to north of Strabane.“The Orders would become operative in January 2018 and are among the final measures needed to allow work on the A5 to begin next year. “The connection of Donegal to Dublin via a new A5 dual carriageway will attract more investment to our county, allowing Donegal to have a connection denied for decades.“The Department of An Taoiseach and I have also made submissions to the British government seeking an extension of Phase 1a to beyond Sion Mills. This is strategically important for our Government and for Donegal as the link bridge to the new Lifford to Letterkenny road will be positioned south of Sion Mills. I am confident that this can also be delivered.“This is a hugely important day for the people of Donegal and for the people of Derry and Tyrone at a time when we are working better together than ever before,” Minister McHugh said.‘A brilliant day for Donegal’ as A5 gets the go-ahead was last modified: November 29th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:A5Minister Joe McHughroadlast_img read more

Toms ready for English title clash

first_imgNortholt’s Ryan Toms will aim to take his career to a new level when he challenges for the English light-middleweight title this weekend.The 30-year-old former solider faces defending champion Erick Ochieng at Alexandra Palace on Saturday night.Toms, who was once on QPR’s books, will be looking to repeat the form he showed when he destroyed Nathan Weise in two rounds to regain the southern area title in July.Ochieng is confident.A victory this time would put him in the frame for a shot at the British title and although Ochieng, 25, is the favourite, Toms’ manager Dave Currivan is convinced his man will prevail.“It’ll be a tough one this, but I really think Ryan can do it,” Currivan told West London Sport.“His training’s gone really well, he’s looked good in sparring and is ready for Saturday night.“I know Erick Ochieng from the amateurs and he’s a strong boy, but so’s Ryan so this one I’m sure will be a good fight.”The bout is on the undercard of former world title challenger Tony Bellew’s light-heavyweight clash with Colombian Edison Miranda.Ochieng, from Stoke Newington, has won 10 of his 11 professional contests and is confident he will see off the West Londoner’s challenge.“Ryan’s a good fighter – he’s a tough southpaw – but we’ve got what it takes to be successful in this fight,” he said.“We know he can fight and he’s got a good left hand, so we’re going to be smart, box him and break him down.”See also:Toms blasts away Weise to regain titleNortholt boxer Toms regains title Patel shines but Lancashire stay aliveFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more