Wolfsburg midfielder Junior Malanda dies aged 20

first_img Junior Malanda Wolfsburg midfielder Junior Malanda has died at the age of 20, the Belgian Football Association has announced.According to reports in Germany, the Belgium Under-21 international died after the car he was a passenger in crashed on a motorway near Porta Westfalica in north-west Germany on Saturday afternoon.Bild newspaper said the two other people in the vehicle had been taken to hospital with serious injuries after the car left the road and crashed into a tree amid heavy rain and wind.A statement on www.belgianfootball.be read: “The football world today lost a great talent. Junior Malanda lost his life this afternoon, at the age of 20.“The Belgian Football Association extends its sympathy to family and friends.”Malanda, who joined the Bundesliga club from Belgian side Zulte Waregem in 2013, had reportedly been due to fly to South Africa on Saturday night for Wolfsburg’s winter training camp.Wolfsburg team-mate and compatriot Kevin De Bruyne wrote on Instagram: “So strange to hear your friend in the morning and then hear this news. Lost a great friend way to (sic) early. Rest in peace my friend. You will always be around.”Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois also paid his respects on Twitter, saying: “RIP @JuniorMalanda!! We lose a huge talent and a great person!!” 1last_img read more

Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey signs new contract

first_img Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey 1 Jonjo Shelvey has penned a new four-year contract with Swansea.The south Wales side have rewarded the former Liverpool midfielder for an impressive season last time out and tied the 23-year-old to the Liberty until 2019.Shelvey, who had two years left to run on his existing deal, helped the Swans to their best-ever eighth place Premier League finish last season, scoring three goals and making 35 appearances.Having arrived at the club for £5m in 2013, Shelvey has become a key member of Garry Monk’s side making 77 appearances and scoring nine goals.“The midfielder had two years left on his original deal but has penned fresh terms that will see him remain at the Liberty until the summer of June 2019,” read a statement on the official Swansea website.last_img read more


first_imgFINN HARPS must think they’ve no luck – after losing 2-1 at home to St Pat’s last night.Even when they do get a penalty (which they did) it came too late to make a difference.Following an even first half that offered little in terms of quality, the Inchicore side took the lead in through a lucky (for them) goal. Conan Byrne’s corner ricocheted off Packie Mailey at the back post in the 68th minute to give the away side the lead.There was no doubting the quality of the second goal ten minutes later as Mark Timlin slid the ball home under Richard Brush.Harps rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in, but Kevin McHugh’s 91st minute goal from the penalty spot proved a consolation.Had Ryan Curran’s wonder shot in the 62nd minute gone in to the Pat’s net instead of off the woodwork, it might have been a different story. Or had Harps been awarded a penalty shortly afterwards after Mailey was dragged down in the box by Jason McGuinness as the Harps man tried to meet a cross from a corner, then it would have been a different outcome in Ballybofey.But it wasn’t to be. Ollie Horan and his players can take heart from matching the Dubliners in a tight game, dominating them at times.Finn Harps: Richard Brush; Damien McNulty, Packie Mailey, Keith Cowan, Ciaran Coll; Dave Scully, Gareth Harkin, Sean Houston (Liam Flatley 82), Ethan Boyle (Michael Funston 53), Tony McNamee; Dave Scully (Kevin McHugh 82).St Patrick’s Athletic: Brendan Clarke; Michael Barker, Darren Dennehy (Jason McGuinness 60), Sean Hoare, Ian Bermingham; Conan Byrne, David Cawley, Mark Timlin, Shane McEleney, Billy Dennehy; Christy Fagan.Referee: Ben ConnollyHARPS SO UNLUCKY AS ST PAT’S TAKE ALL THREE POINTS was last modified: April 11th, 2016 by John2Share 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:Ballybofeyfinn harpsST PATRICKS ATHLETIClast_img read more


first_imgFianna Fail Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue TD has said the recent comments by the HSE’s Head of Child and Family Services, Gordon Jeyes, has cast serious doubts over the Government’s ability to manage mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse.Deputy McConalogue said: “On RTE’s This Week programme Gordon Jeyes was quoted saying last month that there were members of the Cabinet who believed in a system of mandatory reporting of child abuse allegations based solely on legislation.“He also said such a system in isolation would not be fit for purpose. I agree with his assessment. Legislation on mandatory reporting must be backed up with adequate resources. “When mandatory reporting was introduced in the Australian state of New South Wales, there was a six fold increase in the number of reports made. We cannot end up in a situation where additional reports clog up an already overburdened social work system leaving vulnerable children at risk.”The Donegal North East TD said additional resources, including extra social workers, must be put in place if mandatory reporting is to work and achieve its objective of protecting children.“So far, the Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has failed to provide any assessment on how mandatory reporting will impact on resources,” said McConalogue.“In my view, she has failed to publically recognise that it will be a real issue. I raised my concerns in the Dáil on the 12th July, highlighting that it is not sufficient to change legislation without addressing the consequent pressures on case management systems.  The Irish Association of Social Workers have made similar warnings. “Today, the Government received the same message from one of the most senior officials involved in child protection in this State. The Government must take heed of this and immediately make clear how they intend to back up the system of mandatory reporting with the necessary resources and cooperation between all of the Departments and agencies involved.”TACKLING CHILD ABUSE NEEDS RESOURCES, SAY McCONALOGUE was last modified: August 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:anti paedophile legislationdeputy charlie mcconaloguelast_img read more


first_imgTHE Irish Times education supplement is pouring cold water on LYIT and other ITs becoming part of a university.“At least that’s the word from some education chiefs unimpressed by the joint bid for university status from the ITs in Letterkenny, Galway Mayo, Athlone, Sligo and Dundalk,” reports the Teacher’s Pet column in today’s edition.http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/education/2012/0313/1224313203623.html   IRISH TIMES POURS COLD WATER ON LYIT UNIVERSITY BID was last modified: March 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:IRISH TIMES POURS COLD WATER ON LYIT UNIVERSITY BIDlast_img read more

Garon gets back in net

first_imgMathieu Garon started a game and allowed five goals in a Kings loss. Jason LaBarbera started a game and allowed two goals in a Kings victory. Which only really goes to show the deceptive power of numbers. The Kings will go back to Garon on Sunday, the latest twist in their budding goaltending competition. Coach Andy Murray said Friday that he’s simply following a plan he mentally penciled in before the season, but the decision could be seen as a vote of confidence for Garon, given this week’s results. In Thursday’s home opener against Phoenix, LaBarbera allowed one soft goal but otherwise seemed solid and held up well as the Kings nursed, and ultimately protected, a one-goal lead in the third period. But one must look farther down the scoresheet to see why Murray still has high confidence in Garon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 While LaBarbera’s basic numbers were better, he didn’t face nearly as many quality scoring chances as Garon. In Garon’s game, the Kings had to kill 12 power plays, compared to just five the next night. Then there are the intangibles. The Kings played much more physical against Phoenix on Thursday, while the Stars had their way and frequently had players camped out in front of Garon to create screened shots. “I think Mathieu Garon played well in Dallas,” Murray said. “We were up 4-0 in the first period, but that was deceptive because it easily could have been 4-4. He made some great saves there. “I like to keep my team to where the guys are always competing, and I like to reward performance.” A message? Murray’s line of thinking seemed easy enough to follow Thursday. He had criticized his team’s effort Wednesday and the next night, Michael Cammalleri was out of the lineup. center_img But while Murray didn’t go out of his way to praise Cammalleri’s recent efforts, and made it clear that Cammalleri’s roster spot still isn’t entirely secure, Murray also made it clear that he made Cammalleri a healthy scratch Thursday for reasons other than simply a lack of performance. “It was more of a matchup situation,” Murray said. “We looked at how we played the night before and wanted to change that. … I wouldn’t say it was dissatisfaction with Michael’s play.” Murray wanted more physical play Thursday, and the 5-foot-9 Cammalleri, a skilled skater, doesn’t provide that, so Murray went with players such as Tom Kostopoulos and George Parros instead. Murray also noted that Cammalleri didn’t really play enough Wednesday – nine minutes, 19 seconds, because he’s not a penalty killer – to draw fair conclusions, but given the Kings’ depth at forward, Cammalleri must be careful not to be viewed as an expendable part. “Michael is in a battle right now,” Murray said. “We want to give him an opportunity to succeed, but he has to play well when he’s out there.” Injury report: On an off day for the Kings, Mattias Norstrom (flu) skated on his own but his status for Sunday remains uncertain. Jeff Cowan, who aggravated his groin injury after he got a skate stuck in the ice during Thursday’s game, is listed as day to day and Richard Petiot (ribs) will practice today. There is no change in the status of Valeri Bure, who is listed as having a strained back. Murray said he is unaware of any structural damage in Bure’s back that might be causing his lengthy absence from the ice. Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 rich.hammond@dailynews.com 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

Report: Ex-Warrior DeMarcus Cousins suffers another major injury

first_imgNew Lakers center and former Warrior DeMarcus Cousins suffered another devastating injury, reportedly tearing his ACL in his left knee during a recent workout.Cousins, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million free-agent deal with Los Angeles last month, injured his knee during an on-court workout in Las Vegas on Monday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported.Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins has suffered a torn ACL in his knee, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams …last_img read more

West Bengal’s Begunkodor no longer a haunted railway station

first_imgA group of rationalists spent a winter’s night in a small, obscure railway station in Purulia district of West Bengal to bust the myth that it was “haunted”.They found no paranormal presence, but a few local people tried to scare them away, Nayan Mukherjee, who led the team, said on Saturday.Begunkodor station, near the Ayodhya Hills and 50 km from Purulia town, had earned the distinction of being a “ghost station” after 1967, the year its stationmaster reportedly died after seeing a woman clad in a white sari walking along the tracks at night.Passengers deserted the station and it had come to be known as “haunted” in Railway records. Begunkodor had been closed since then and was listed by Railways as one of its 10 ‘haunted’ stations in India.The station was reopened 42 years later in 2009 by Mamata Banerjee during her tenure as Railway Minister. Since then, trains have stopped here but passengers use it only till 5 p.m., fearful of encounters with the ghosts. A nine-member team of the rationalist organisation Paschim Banga Bigyan Manch, armed with torches, digital compasses and cameras, camped at the station with police protection, and busted the myth. Mr. Mukherjee said they had heard a peculiar noise from behind the station. “When we focussed torchlights on the surrounding bush at around 2.a.m., we saw four or five people, who appeared to be local people, fleeing from the spot. We chased them for a while but they ran away.”The station was being touted by certain people for some time as a ‘ghost tourism’ spot to attract visitors.last_img read more

Badal flays Amarinder on sacrilege issue

first_imgFormer Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said that Amarinder Singh’s allegations against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on the issue of sacrilege was an attempt to divert attention from the failures of his government.“The ruling Congress government has miserably failed to perform on every front, including the farmers’ debt waiver, drug eradication, jobs for every youth and raising old age pensions four times,” said Mr. Badal at a rally in Abohar.“Capt. Amarinder should demonstrate the courage to prosecute and try us (Akali Dal leaders) in a court of law if there is any shred of truth in his allegations against us on the sacrilege issue,” he said, adding that the Chief Minister was indulging in petty and destructive vendetta politics.Mr. Badal said that he and his party had always stood for a fair inquiry into all cases of sacrilege by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court and this was the reason that Akali Dal had rejected the report of Ranjit Singh Commission.SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal alleged that the Congress was trying to revive extremism by supporting radicals in the State. “The Congress was facilitating the ongoing ‘dharna’ at Bargari being held on the issue of sacrilege and actively encouraging radical elements,” he alleged.last_img read more

Bhima-Koregaon case: key suspect examined

first_imgA former deputy headman (sarpanch) of the village of Bhima-Koregaon, suspected by the Pune Rural police of inciting the clashes which erupted on New Year’s day last year, deposed before the judicial commission formed by the State to probe the Bhima-Koregaon violence which left one person dead and several injured.Ganesh Phadtare, the former deputy sarpanch has denied being part of a WhatsApp group which was used to spread messages calling for a shutdown in the village on January 1, 2018.The group titled the ‘Koregaon Bhima Yuva Manch’ was allegedly also used to mobilise members of a particular community to launch a protest which in turn is said to have led to the rioting in Bhima-Koregaon, Sanaswadi, Perne and adjoining areas on that fateful day.Mr. Phadtare was arrested by the police less than three weeks after the outbreak of the clashes last year and was charged with conspiring the shutdown which triggered the clashes. He was later released on bail.During the cross examination by advocate B. G. Bansode, Mr. Phadtare said he did not remember if he was part of the group or who its administrator was, adding that his mobile had already been seized by the police.When Adv. Bansode pointed out that the WhatsApp group comprised Maratha community members and radical Hindutva activists hostile to the Dalit community in the area, the former deputy sarpanch said it was incorrect to link him with the community.According to the police, Mr. Phadtare had allegedly coordinated the forced shutdown of Bhima-Koregaon village on January 1 last year to ‘condemn’ the the clashes between the Maratha and the Dalit communities which erupted on December 28 and 29, 2017 at the nearby village of Vadhu Budruk (around 4 km from Koregaon -Bhima).The next hearing of the judicial commission, headed by retired Justice J. N. Patel, is scheduled for May 8.last_img read more