Noel King will send his Republic of Ireland Under-21s side into friendly battle with Norway with one eye on the next qualifying campaign. King said: “Norway finished third in the World Under-20s twice and also third in UEFA Under-21s Championships so we know it’ll be tough. They have traditionally been physical and direct but we’ll have to adjust to whatever way they play. “For all of us, staff and players, it’s still a case of getting to know each other. They will learn what we’re looking for as staff while for us we are continuing to learn about their attributes and their versatility. “It’s all about developing as a group and working out how we can tie it all together to be a competitive force.” The Republic launched their Group Six campaign in promising fashion, but quickly slipped off the pace as the unbeaten Germans ran away with the group, leaving the Ireland camp to analyse an ultimately disappointing outcome. King said: “We’ve been very good in recruiting players and winning games but we want to go on and challenge to qualify. “We always start to struggle when players move on to the next level and are longer available to you, but that’s probably the case with all Under-21s teams. “Football is strange in that pinpointing exactly why you don’t qualify can be difficult, but there are always little things that could have gone your way that would have made the difference. “Over the years we would be stronger at producing defenders than forwards, so I suppose that attacking area is one where we’ll be looking for somebody to make their mark.” The Ireland squad has undergone significant change since the nation’s hopes of making it to next summer’s European Championship finals in the Czech Republic were dashed earlier this year. However, having seen his new-look team draw 1-1 with the Qatar Olympic squad in May before losing 2-0 to Germany in their final qualifier, the manager is looking to Thursday night’s game in Drammen to lay the foundations for the resumption of competitive action. Press Association
Paris: Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer has confirmed he will participate in the 2020 French Open, scheduled to be held here.“I will play the French Open. I probably won’t play much before that because I need some time away from it (tennis) and I need some time with the family,” the 38-year-old was quoted as saying by CNN.The 20-time Grand Slam champion had featured in the French Open after a gap of three years and went down to Rafael Nadal in the semis. Earlier, Federer had also said that he will compete at the Tokyo Olympics after Wimbledon and prior to the US Open.“We need a vacation, we need a break, and especially if I am playing the Olympics and all that. At the end of the day my heart decided to play the Olympic Games again,” he added.Federer has won all four of the Grand Slam tournaments, as well as the ATP Tour Finals six times, but is still waiting to grab the Olympic singles gold. He had won a doubles gold with Stan Wawrinka at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 but was later defeated in the next Olympics in London 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 by Andy Murray. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Nadal have also confirmed their participation in Tokyo 2020. IANSAlso Read: Roger Federer to Play Exhibition Duel against Zverev in ChileAlso Watch: Does Candidates from other states dominating Railway Jobs in the Northeast?
By Steve KeatingMONTREAL,(Reuters)-Lewis Hamilton’s love affair with the Canadian Grand Prix reached new heights on Sunday as he won the race for a sixth time and slashed Sebastian Vettel’s Formula One championship lead to 12 points.After watching Ferrari sweep to a one-two finish two weeks ago in Monaco, Mercedes hit back with a dominating display as Hamilton cruised to his 56th career win, a leisurely 19.7 seconds in front of team mate Valtteri Bottas.It was Hamilton’s third victory of the season and also his third in a row at the sun-bathed but windswept Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.“I had my first pole here, I had my first win here 10 years ago and to repeat it this weekend is incredibly special,” said Hamilton.“I really have to thank my team for making this possible. The guys back at the factory have worked so hard to really fix what we had in the last race, bring it here and really give it to the Ferraris. I’m over the moon.”The Briton might have cut Vettel’s lead further if not for an inspired charge by the German who fought his way to fourth after a damaged front wing forced a pitstop and dropped him to the back of the field early on.Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo came home third, for the third race in a row, to complete the podium.That gave his team something to cheer after young Dutchman Max Verstappen had his race come to a premature end with mechanical problems while running second and challenging Hamilton for the lead.Force India enjoyed a great weekend in Canada with Mexican Sergio Perez taking fifth ahead of French team mate Esteban Ocon, who was not happy at the finish.Canadian teenage rookie Lance Stroll answered some of his critics by scoring his first points in Formula One for Williams, crossing the line in ninth place to the cheers of a sell-out home crowd.But there was yet more disappointment for Fernando Alonso and McLaren when the double world champion’s engine gave up yet again two laps from the finish, leaving the struggling outfit still the only team on the grid to yet score a point.
LOS ANGELES – Major League Baseball released its 2019 schedule Wednesday.The Dodgers will start the season at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 28 and finish with a six-game road trip to San Diego and San Francisco ending Sept. 29. The rival Giants make their first visit to Los Angeles during the season-opening homestand from April 1-3.The 2019 interleague schedule includes LA visits by the Toronto Blue Jays (Aug. 20-22), New York Yankees (Aug. 23-25) and Tampa Bay Rays (Sept. 17-18) and trips to Tampa (May 21-22), Boston (July 12-14) and Baltimore (Sept. 10-12).The annual Freeway Series with the Angels includes two-game series scheduled for June 10-11 in Anaheim and July 23-24 at Dodger Stadium. It is the Dodgers’ first visit to Fenway Park since 2010 and the Yankees’ first visit to Dodger Stadium since 2013.Here is the full preliminary schedule (game times have not been announced):March 28-31 — vs. DiamondbacksApril 1-3 — vs. GiantsApril 5-7 — at RockiesApril 8-11 — at CardinalsApril 12-14 — vs. BrewersApril 15-17 — vs. RedsApril 18-21 — at BrewersApril 23-25 — at CubsApril 26-28 — vs. PiratesApril 29-May 1 — at GiantsMay 3-5 — at PadresMay 6-8 — vs. BravesMay 9-12 — vs. NationalsMay 14-15 — vs. PadresMay 17-19 — at RedsMay 21-22 — at RaysMay 24-26 — at PiratesMay 27-30 — vs. MetsMay 31-June 2 — vs. PhilliesJune 3-5 — at DiamondbacksJune 7-9 — at GiantsJune 10-11 — at AngelsJune 13-16 — vs. CubsJune 17-20 — vs. GiantsJune 21-23 — vs. RockiesJune 24-26 — at DiamondbacksJune 27-30 — at RockiesJuly 2-3 — vs. DiamondbacksJuly 4-7 — vs. PadresJuly 9 — All-Star Game (Progressive Field, Cleveland)July 12-14 — at Red SoxJuly 15-18 — at PhilliesJuly 19-21 — at MarlinsJuly 23-24 — vs. AngelsJuly 26-28 — at NationalsJuly 29-31 — at RockiesAugust 1-4 — vs. PadresAugust 5-7 — vs. CardinalsAugust 9-11 — vs. DiamondbacksAugust 13-15 — at MarlinsAugust 16-18 — at BravesAugust 20-22 — vs. Blue JaysAugust 23-25 — vs. YankeesAugust 26-28 — at PadresAugust 29-September 1 — at DiamondbacksSeptember 2-4 — vs. RockiesSeptember 6-8 — vs. GiantsSeptember 10-12 — at OriolesSeptember 13-15 — at MetsSeptember 17-18 — vs. RaysSeptember 20-22 — vs. RockiesSeptember 24-26 — at PadresSeptember 27-29 — at Giants Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
A brand new cafe is tickling taste buds and providing a new food experience for all in the harbour town of Burtonport.The Wheelhouse Cafe was opened by local man John Reilly at the end of May and has already sailed to the top of many locals’ favourite food destinations.Located at the crossroads of the Burtonport Harbour, the cafe is also a popular stop for visitors and residents of Arranmore Island. It has also brought a jobs boost to the area, with nine staff joining the new venture.The Wheelhouse Cafe staff with Mary from Dungloe Caroline O’DonnellThe Wheelhouse Cafe is designed with a modern nautical theme to compliment the stunning seaside views. The cafe boasts a relaxing patio area overlooking Lackenagh Lake and views of Glen Head, Arranmore and Inishfree.The Wheelhouse Cafe BurtonportThe Wheelhouse Cafe BurtonportAnd the food is just as appealing as the surroundings. Head Chef Catherine Coyle has joined the team to serve a varied menu of top quality food in a casual atmosphere. Managed by Kamen Reilly, son of the owner, the cafe aims to be a family business providing an experience that goes beyond a quick stop and go. The Wheelhouse Cafe BurtonportMaybe the word ‘cafe’ is an understatement as the varied menu brings it to a different level. They have delicious Irish, Australian and American style breakfasts on the menu, which can be soaked up with milkshakes and smoothies which are proving a massive hit in the area. Who would ever think broccoli smoothies would be such a hit?Don’t miss the Sunday Special of mouth watering roast beef and other daily specials from the chef. A must-see on the Wild Atlantic Way – to plan your visit check out the Facebook, Instagram pages or add The Wheelhouse Cafe on Snapchat @twhcburtonportCool new cafe sets sail in Burtonport was last modified: June 6th, 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) Tags:burtonportCaféfoodrestaurantthe wheelhouse cafeWild Atlantic Way
An Garda Síochána will conduct a national speed enforcement operation “Slow Down”, supported by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) tomorrow (Fri) and Saturday.The operation will last for a 24 hour period between 7am on Friday 18th October to 7am on Saturday 19th October 2019. The aim of “Slow Down day” is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive or inappropriate speed. The overall objective is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.In terms of road safety, 2018 was the lowest on record with 142 road deaths, however it is still 142 road deaths too many. We can never be complacent about road safety.Excessive and inappropriate speed is a contributory factor in approximately one third of fatal road traffic collisions.The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision happening and the more severe the outcome of that collision. As a general rule a 1% reduction in average speed will bring about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing motorists’ speed is essential to improving road safety. Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, Roads Policing Bureau said: “This is the second Slow Down day of 2019 and it could not come at a more appropriate time.“Roads deaths are significantly higher than this period last year and with the darker, wetter weather approaching, vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists will be at higher risk over the coming months.“Lowering speed is crucial for reducing injuries in the event of a collision and keeps everyone in the community safer.“Please check your speed and support Slow Down day, not only on the day, but every day.”All speed enforcement zone locations are available on the Garda website. The penalty for speeding is 3 penalty points and an €80 euro fine if paid within 28 days. Gardaí launch second national ‘Slow Down Day’ to encourage road safety was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Thank you Madiba – your magic will forever be among us all. This was a common sentiment as people mourned the passing of a legend.South Africans lost their father and the world lost an icon when Nelson Mandela – Madiba, Tata – died at 8.50pm on 5 December at home in Houghton. It has brought tears, but also a celebration of his life not just to his family and friends, but to the world.Born 18 July 1918 in Mvezo, a small village in the Eastern Cape, Mandela was the country’s first black president. But he was more than that: he was a world statesman and a universal symbol of peace, unity, forgiveness and ubuntu. Tributes continue to pour out for the father of the Rainbow Nation.Bernard Fingwana says: “I am happy the man has finally reached the end of his journey and I thank him for all he has done, for not just us but the whole world.” He leaves a legacy that has changed the lives of many people throughout the world, but above all he has left everyone with the hope of a loving home for all.“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear,” Mandela said. His words inspired many people and changed their ways of thinking.“I feel very hurt knowing that he is gone,” says Phillipa TshabitsoPhillipa Tshibitso says: “I feel very hurt knowing that he is gone. I would like to say to all South Africans that, ‘Please we must all walk in his path.’ I would love to say to his family that we are crying with them.”Mandela’s message is universal: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,” he said in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.“We love you Tata and you will always be a part of everyone’s life. The nation will take all that you have done for us and keep moving towards building a world filled with peace, love and happiness… we are with his family, because Nelson Mandela is our freedom. We will pray with you and not for you,” says Mpilo Masokela.Again, Mandela’s words are inspirational: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”Weeping, Caroline Nkamboyi says: “I did not want to believe that he was gone and as soon as I accepted it I became sad. What I would love to say to his family is that they must accept it because we are here for them too.”And his legacy lives on, urging ordinary people to do the extraordinary: “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation,” he said. “We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.”“He brought freedom into every South African’s life,” says Selina Dikeledi (Images: Bhekumuzi Madakane)Bhekumuzi MadakaneSelina Dikeledi Kitsaweng says: “It all came as a sudden shock. He brought freedom into every South African’s life. I am where I am today because of him. Tata wherever you are, thank you for everything. In a way you brought me up too, so thank you.”Forever he will be missed, and the words “we love you Tata” are being heard loud and clear across the world. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead,” he said. “I am the master of my fate and the captain of my destiny.”Gone but never forgotten, Madiba will live on in our hearts, his humility and humanity something which we can all strive to emulate. “When the history of our times is written, will we be remembered as the generation that turned our backs in a moment of global crisis or will it be recorded that we did the right thing?” he asked.South Africans – indeed all people – can follow his lead, working for others through his foundation, 46664, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and giving of their time on Nelson Mandela International Day, and every day.But now, to the father of the nation, it is time to say goodbye. Hamba Kahle, Tata.