ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Police clubbed protesters and dragged them into waiting buses on Saturday in response to a defiant demonstration against the Kremlin in the heart of President Vladimir Putin’s hometown. Several thousand members of liberal and leftist groups chanted “Shame!” as they marched down St. Petersburg’s main avenue to protest what they said was Russia’s rollback from democracy. The demonstration, called the March of Those Who Disagree, was a rare gathering of the country’s often fractious opposition. It was at least the third time police have moved in to break up an anti-Kremlin protest in recent months. St. Petersburg authorities had prohibited the march, only granting permission for a rally far from the city center, but the activists defied the ban and marched down the Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main street, blocking traffic. The mayor called the protesters extremists trying to destabilize the city ahead of local elections. Russia’s state-controlled television stations covered the protest only briefly, portraying the demonstrators as hooligans and extremists. The sidelined and often divided opposition has faced increased harassment in recent years, with protest meetings barred on suspicious legal grounds or party congresses broken up or canceled for no reason. Putin’s policies have drawn criticism from the United States, straining ties between the two countries. In December, police pulled hundreds of opposition activists off buses and trains and detained them ahead of an anti-government demonstration in Moscow. The next month, police arrested dozens of Bolshevik party members rallying in support of activists detained in earlier unauthorized protests. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Riot police beat dozens of protesters with truncheons, but several thousand broke through police cordons. They marched toward the city center and rallied for about 40 minutes until police moved in again, detaining people and dragging them into buses. Several activists attacked a law enforcement officer. Between 20 and 30 people were detained, the ITAR-Tass reported, citing police officials. Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion who helped organize the event, said on Ekho Moskvy radio that the participants numbered up to 6,000, though the crowd appeared to be about half that number. Among those detained were the head of the radical National Bolshevik Party and an independent city legislator. “The authorities are destroying … the constitutional structure, rights and freedoms,” former Primer Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who now heads on opposition movement, told AP Television News. “Unfortunately we are going through a very difficult time in our country, but we will continue to fight for our rights.” The activists accused Putin’s government of cracking down on the opposition, stifling freedom of speech and eating away at democratic institutions by abolishing direct elections of provincial governors and creating an obedient parliament.
League One side Barnsley have announced the appointment of former Oldham boss Lee Johnson as the club’s new manager.Johnson, 33, currently the third youngest manager in the Football League, was unveiled at Oakwell on Wednesday afternoon after signing a contract until 2018.He becomes the Tykes’ sixth permanent manager in less than six years.Barnsley, who sacked former boss Danny Wilson 13 days ago, have agreed an undisclosed compensation package with Oldham as Johnson had signed an extended deal in January 2014 to keep him at SportsDirect.com Park until 2018.A club statement on Barnsley’s official website read: “From the outset the board determined that it was seeking young candidates with strong coaching credentials and astute tactical awareness. A clear and attractive football philosophy and a viable plan to implement that philosophy was also sought.“The board also gave some credit for a knowledge of our club’s current playing contingent, the teams in our division and proven ability to recruit players with development potential.“A small number of candidates were interviewed and Lee Johnson was selected as significantly the best of these. He met the selection criteria established and also produced a specific plan for Barnsley Football Club for his first 100 days in charge. This included a playing strategy, specific tactics, identified current weaknesses and credible recruitment targets to strengthen our team.”Johnson initially signed a two-year deal with Oldham in March 2013 and after steering them clear of relegation at the end of that campaign, he has lifted them to within two points of a play-off place on a modest budget this time around.Wilson, who led Barnsley to promotion to the Premier League in his first spell as boss in 1997, departed Oakwell on February 12 after a home defeat to Fleetwood had left the Reds in 17th place and staring at a relegation battle.Barnsley were thrashed 5-1 at Crawley in caretaker-manager Mark Burton’s first game in charge but have since secured back-to-back league wins to lift them eight points clear of the bottom four. 1 New Barnsley manager Lee Johnson
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAKE FOREST, Ill. – A day later, after a gloomy end to an otherwise surprisingly good season, Nathan Vasher noticed the sunshine outside Halas Hall. Then, he predicted a bright future for the Chicago Bears. Their season ended Sunday with a 29-21 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC divisional playoffs. And now, the question is: Are they ready to take another step up the NFL’s hierarchy, or was this another one-year aberration? “It was very disappointing, but the sun did come out today and it was a bright day so we just look forward to next season, and we know that we started out on the right foot this year and we just try to continue to build on that,” Vasher, the Pro Bowl cornerback, said Monday. Making their first postseason appearance in four years, the Bears allowed a season-high 434 yards. They were unable to contain Pro Bowl receiver Steve Smith or get to quarterback Jake Delhomme, whom they sacked eight times in a 13-3 victory in November. Smith caught two touchdown passes and finished with a career-high 218 yards. And Delhomme was sacked just once while passing for 319 yards and three touchdowns. That explains why Carolina is preparing for the NFC championship game in Seattle and the Bears are turning their attention toward next season. Chicago was an unexpected 11-5 in the regular season, reversing its 2004 record and winning the NFC North after a 1-3 start in coach Lovie Smith’s second season. The Bears won eight straight and scored their signature victory over a Carolina team that ultimately ended their season. And they reached the postseason despite losing Rex Grossman to a broken left ankle in the preseason, an injury that kept their starting quarterback out of the first 13 games. Now, the Bears hope things don’t fall apart the way they did following their previous playoff appearance. After going 13-3 in 2001 and earning a first-round bye, Chicago lost by 14 to Philadelphia. Then, injuries hit. The Bears plummeted to 4-12 the following year. Two more losing seasons followed, a fact that was not lost on middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. The 2001 team, like the current group, was relatively young. The oldest regular starter on a defense that was the NFL’s toughest to score on this season is 28-year-old Adewale Ogunleye. “We were young last time, too, and we ended up being 4-12 the next year,” Urlacher, the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, said after Sunday’s loss. “I’d like to think we’ll be better next year. We have a lot of guys coming back. … We’re optimistic, but I’m not going to look at that right now.” Defensive coordinator Ron Rivera thought back to the atmosphere in the locker room after the Bears lost 23-0 to San Francisco in the NFC championship game following the 1984 season. There was anger, resolve. And a year later, there was a Super Bowl celebration. “These guys feel the same type of fervor,” said Rivera, a former linebacker. “They can’t wait until we get started for next season. … I think there are a lot of plusses we can take from this. I believe that guys do have a defiant attitude because of what happened, and we’ll be better for it.” With most of his players signed through next season, coach Lovie Smith does not expect major changes. Cornerback Jerry Azumah and right guard Terrence Metcalf are unrestricted free agents, but both might be expendable. Smith liked what he saw from Grossman, who added some versatility to a run-heavy offense when he returned late in the season. Wide receiver Bernard Berrian gave the Bears a deep threat the last few weeks after returning from a thumb injury. And the running game … behind an experienced offensive line … was solid the whole season. In his second season with the Bears and sixth in the league, Thomas Jones ran for a career-high 1,335 yards. And backup Adrian Peterson rushed for 391, averaging 5.1 per carry. “Thomas is definitely No. 1 in our rotation,” Smith said. Where does that leave Cedric Benson, the No. 4 pick in the draft? After sitting out the preseason in a contract holdout and missing six games with a sprained ligament in his right knee, Benson rushed for 272 yards in nine appearances. “The next year is normally a lot better than that rookie year, and I see it that way for Cedric,” Smith said. As for the Bears as a whole: “We’ll build on this effort,” Smith said. “We have our core players in place.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita
St. Michael’s NotesDinner Dance The Club held a very successful Annual Dinner Dance in Arnolds Hotel Dunfanaghy on Saturday night last. The clubs successful senior team who won the All County League Division 1 in 2015 the Democrat Cup were honoured. The Special Guests on the night were Mick McGinley (Hudai) originally from Kilmacloo in Creeslough who won a Junior League Medal in 1954. Mick was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Liam McElhinney; and local man Eamon McFadden from the Donegal Democrat. The MC for the night was Club Chairman Liam McElhinney. The senior team were presented with their medals by Mick McGinley (Hudai) and Eamon McFadden. The following Club Awards were also given out on the night. Eoghan Kelly was given an award for being part of the Under 16 Buncranna Cup Team by Shaun Langan. Jamie Hunter and Odhrán McFadden who were on the County Under 17 team was given an award by Anne Marie Kelly and Manus Friel.Michael Langan who is the Club’s sole representative on the County Under 21 Team received an award from Michael McColgan.The Young Reserve Player of the Year Jamie Hunter received his award from Lorcan Roarty from Roses Bar Creeslough.The Reserve Team Player of the Year Denis Trearty was presented with his award by Dominic Carr. Peter Sweeney collected the Under 21 Player of the Year Award on behalf of his brother Cathal from Dominic Carr.Senior Team Manager Eddie Harkin presented Ciarán Kelly with the Young Senior Player of the Year Award.Geoffrey Black representing the Clubs Main Sponsor Denis Harley Molly’s Bar presented the Senior Players of the Year jointly to Ciaran Gallagher and Andrew Kelly.St. Michael’s Club President made an appreciation award to Senior Team Manager Eddie Harkin. The Clubperson of the Year Award was presented to Brian Dolan by Danny Langan. Patricia Kelly made a presentation to Special Guest Eamon McFadden and Liam McElhinney made a presentation to Mick Hudai McGinley and inducted him into the clubs Hall of Fame.They will go on display in the Clubhouse at the Bridge.Comortas Peile Na Gaeltachta The Reserve team are away to Na Dunibh in the first round of Comortas Peile Na Gaeltachta Soisear on this Saturday the 27th February at 12noon.The Seniors are at home to Naomh Mhuire in the First round of Comortas Peile Na Gaeltachta Sinsir on Saturday the 5th March at 10.30am. Please note throw in time.St. Michael’s Mini LottoThere was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday Night last; The numbers drawn were 3,6,8,9,11,14. There were 2 Match 5 winners, Luke Rooney Roscad and Fidelma McCarry Kildarragh. This weeks Jackpot be €2850. The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated. Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook .Drive Home in Style from the Bingo in CreesloughThe winner of the €100 on the 5th game at the Bingo Session in the Massinass Community Centre on Sunday night last was Leo Callaghan Australia; the €100 on the 9th game was shared by Aoife Carolan, Eddie Flood and Ava Murray who won €35 each.You could win a car on every game every Sunday night at the Bingo Session in the Massinass Community Centre Creeslough by winning a house on 45 nos or less. Check on 45 Numbers or less with the magic number in the panel and the lucky number drawn in the first five numbers of that game, you win the car or €10,000. The normal Snowball is also in place every night. The Magic Number from 1 to 90 is drawn out every Sunday night before the bingo begins. The car was in play last Sunday night but was not won. In addition every House winner will receive a free entry to the weekly lotto, this weeks Jackpot is €2850. The single book is €8. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community CentreSt. Michael’s Lotto RotaThe names for the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto Rota for this Saturday night the 27th February Dunfanaghy Hugh O’Donnell and Martin McGarvey, Creeslough Michael Gallagher; 5th March Dunfanaghy Rose Toye and Brid Gallagher, Creeslough John Sheridan.Registration for St Michael s Would all players ( both Senior and Minor ) and ordinary members who have not yet registered please contact either Suzi Roarty 087 2849214 or Ann Marie Kelly 087 9454107 ASAP as players must be registered before training or playing matches . Membership fees are adult: €30; minor/child: €15 and family discounts are available.Membership forms are also available in Creeslough Post Office.County CoachesCounty Coaches will be visiting the National Schools in the club area in March and April.YearbooksCopies of the 2015 Donegal GAA Yearbooks are on sale in the Post Offices in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough Post Offices priced €10 and would make an ideal Christmas present in a year which saw St. Michael’s claim their first ever senior title.SOS for Photographs! Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Please spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!! All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michael’s Minor BoardU14sTraining now takes place every FRIDAY evening at the Bridge @7pm . The bus is €3 and leaves Creeslough at 6.30pm .Note : Everyone must be registered with the Club before either training or playing in matches takes place . Registration Is €15 and forms can be got in Creeslough Post Office or by contacting Suzi or Ann Marie Kelly.Registration for St Michael s Would all players( both Senior and Minor )who have not yet registered please contact either Suzi Roarty 087 2829214 or Ann Marie Kelly 087 9454107 ASAP as players must be registered before training or playing matches . Membership fees are adult: €30; minor/child: €15 and family discounts are available.Membership forms are also available in Creeslough Post Office.MICK MCGINLEY INDUCTED INTO ST MICHAEL’S HALL OF FAME was last modified: February 23rd, 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:GAASportSt Michaels
It’s not often that cricket, women’s golf or women’s running grab the headlines in Donegal.But several Donegal sporting stars basked in a little bit of deserved limelight today.And athletes from Donegal do this every day of the week without many even getting a mention. Ann-Marie McGlynn, the ever-improving Lifford AC athlete, won the Strabane 10k.Meanwhile St. Johnston proved they certainly weren’t going to be stumped when they moved to the top of the Championship Section of the North West Cricket League when they recorded a 54 run victory away to Sion Mills.Across the border in Tyrone Kathleen Mc Gowan and Bridie Faulkner from Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club contested the Lady’s Captain Day competition at Strabane Golf Club in the company of Redcastle Golf Club’s Mary Mc ArthurAnd who said sport isn’t part of our DNA in Donegal. Many thanks to photographer Gary Foy for capturing all three moments!Jubilation in the St. Johnston camp as the Sion Mills wickets kept falling. Pic.: Gary FoyAnn-Marie Mc Glynn of Liford AC on her way to victory in today’s 10K road race in Strabane. Pic.: Gary Foy Kathleeen Mc Gowan, Bridie Faulkner and Mary Mc Arthur. Pic.: Gary FoyCAPTURED ON FILM! WHY SPORT IS IN DONEGAL’S DNA was last modified: July 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:donegalSport
Shay Given has urged anyone thinking about registering a team for Relay for Life Donegal 2014 to “make the commitment today”.Shay shows his support for Relay for LifeThe former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper said being a member of any team can be a memorable and rewarding experience.But he added “Being a Relay for Life Donegal team member takes memorable and rewarding to a whole new/different level”. The Lifford man said people he knows who have participated at the events over the past two years who have told him about their fulfillment at taking part.Shay said “Surely to experience this first hand must be truly incredible?”Astonishingly, according to the successful goalkeeper, “20 people each week are diagnosed with cancer; that’s why the Relay for Life Donegal committee believes there are 1000 reasons to Relay”.Shay asks everyone reading this article to consider their reasons to Relay. “If you feel you have at least one reason to Relay, then contact Nicola Mc Bride or any committee member in order to get registered today. With so many people being diagnosed with cancer in Donegal, it is essential to have funding in place that will ensure delivery of key services when required”.Last year Relay for Life Donegal raised a staggering €320,728 for research.In addition, €328,225 was spent by The Irish Cancer Society on cancer services in Donegal.Without assistance The Irish Cancer Society would find it impossible to provide vital services; such as care to drive, nursing services, financial aid, helpline calls, counselling, survivors supporting survivors, youth programmes, cancer support centres, booklets and leaflets, etc.Shay highlights that “all proceeds raised from Relay for Life Donegal 2014, will be spent on providing vital cancer services in Donegal” and urges the public to “please call Nicola on 086 8880399 or email email@example.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact any committee member”. SHAY PLEADS WITH PEOPLE TO GET A TEAM FOR ‘RELAY FOR LIFE’ was last modified: April 18th, 2014 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:donegalRelay for LifeShay GivenTeams
The news that the tourism industry had experienced a bumper July has given the Donegal tourism industry a huge boost. County Manager Seamus Neely says Donegal has so much to offer visitorsA number of surveys this summer have all concluded that this summer is shaping up to be one of the best tourism seasons in almost a decade for the county.And the most recent news coming from online travel agent, EBookers.com, that Donegal ranked number 1 in a nationwide poll with a staggering increase of 800 per cent in bookings is certainly evidence that County Donegal is fast becoming Ireland’s favourite holiday destination. Welcoming the news, Seamus Neely, Chairman of Donegal Tourism Ltd and Donegal County Manager said he is absolutely delighted that Donegal has seen an influx of holidaymakers this summer.“It is my view that Donegal has a fantastic range of visitor products. We have some of the best Hotels, B&B’s and Guesthouses in Ireland. We have more Blueflag Beaches than any other County in the Country, and most important of all, we offer a high quality tourism product at very competitive rates.“I would like to praise the excellent work of Fáilte Ireland, Donegal Hotel Federation, Donegal Self-Catering Association, B&B Ireland, and all of the Small and Medium Sized Enterprises that have really come together this year to ensure that Donegal’s tourism product is as competitive as any on the Island of Ireland.“I think it is important to recognise the contribution of the Elected Members on Donegal County Council for their continued support for the tourism sector. It is our ambition that the rest of the year will be as successful as the last number of months. There are still plenty of reasons to visit Donegal this summer and autumn.” Donegal County Council launched a new destination tourism website – www.govisitdonegal.com in February 2013, began an intensive marketing campaign aimed at the staycation market in April. GoVisitDonegal.com saw an extraordinary increase of 463% in visitor traffic in July, with many users searching for information on beaches, accommodation and festivals or events.The €104,000 advertising campaign targeted the key visitor markets in Belfast, Dublin, Cork and Galway, through a range of outdoor billboards, bus advertising in the capital and an intensive national radio and print campaign. The campaign was funded by Donegal Local Development Company and Inishowen Development Partnership under the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme.Tourism Development Officer, Kevin O’Connor added it is clear that Donegal has benefited from the heatwave in July.“However, I think it is worth noting that while the weather was an attraction for many people, there were certainly other factors in making Donegal the number one choice for holidaymakers in 2013.“Our festivals and events programme, marketed under the Gathering and Donegal Gathering Brands has been second to none. Big ticket events such as the Earagail Arts Festival, Feile An Grianan, the Donegal Rally, Letterkenny Live, A Taste of Donegal Food Festival are major attractors for visitors. That is not to forget the hundreds of community-driven events and gatherings that have really added to the annual festival calendar. “We have also benefited from our partnership work with the City of Culture team, and our trade have been very astute in creating innovative packages around the big events happening in Derry this year. “TOURISM BOSSES SAY DONEGAL CAN CONTINUE TO WOO VISITORS was last modified: August 15th, 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:County Managerdonegal tourismSEAMUS NEELYtourism
Traders across Donegal are hoping the weather does not blow away their chances of a last minute shopping rush today.With a relatively slow build-up to festive shopping due in part to poor weather, the public was out in force in shops across the county yesterday.But shopkeepers are keeping their fingers crossed that an orange alert weather warning set for today will not keep shoppers at home. The tills were ringing in the county’s main towns including Letterkenny, Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Buncrana yesterday.But traders are hoping for a last-minute spending spree to give them a good Christmas rather than just an average one.In Letterkenny, traffic was very heavy in around the town with long tailbacks into Tesco and Dunnes Stores.The footfall into the Letterkenny Retail Park was very strong with many shops including Evolve Menswear reporting brisk trade. The town’s Main Street was also showing signs of a fightback with many shops reporting solid trading yesterday.The local Chamber is asking people to be patient as traffic builds up during the last minute rush. TRADERS HOPING CHANCES OF LAST MINUTE SHOPPING RUSH WILL NOT BE ‘BLOWN’ TODAY was last modified: December 24th, 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:CHristmasDonegal Townletterkennyshoppingstormtraders
Fortuna >> Mike Benbow might not have seen a better first half from his team to open the North Coast Section playoffs last Friday night.Seven days later, last week’s impressive first half got a pretty good run for its money.Sparked by a monster stand on fourth down and a rushing attack that could not be stopped, 4th-seeded Fortuna scored a mind-boggling 41 unanswered points to end the first half that turned what was a back-and-forth opening eight minutes into a runaway 60-6 win over No. 5 …
Two bank guards were killed as suspected militants attacked a van carrying cash in Shopian on Monday.Preliminary reports suggest a number of gunmen opened fire on the bank van at Poju Keller on Monday afternoon.”Two guards were injured in the firing. They succumbed to their injuries in the hospital,” said a police official.The bank official could not confirm immediately if any cash was looted by the gunmen.