Speech: Karen Bradley toasts success of NI Commonwealth Games Team

first_imgGood evening.It is my great pleasure, as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to welcome you all to Stormont House this evening to celebrate the success of the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games squad.It was a magnificent achievement on the world stage and as a passionate supporter of sport I only wish I could have been there in person to cheer you on!You even managed to bring some of the Australian sunshine along with you tonight, even if it is a few degrees cooler than what you experienced on the Gold Coast!For a small country we have once again excelled and shown that big is not always best -, securing a total of 12 medals across a range of disciplines. It is fantastic to see some of those on display here this evening.This was of course our best ever medal haul for a Games hosted outside the United Kingdom and matched our second best ever medal tally.Special mention goes to Rhys McClenaghan for his fantastic Gold medal winning performance in the Men’s Pommel event – a feat made all the more remarkable by the fact that he beat reigning Olympic and World Champion, Max Whitlock from England.Congratulations also goes to Kirsty Barr and Gareth McAuley for their respective Silver and Bronze medals in shooting and Leon Reid for his impressive bronze in the men’s 200 metres.And of course, we cannot forget all of those who carried on our proud tradition of medal winning in boxing with Brendan Irvine, Kurt Walker, Aidan Walsh, Kristina O’Hara, Carly McNaul, Michaela Walsh, Stephen Donnelly and James McGivern securing an impressive haul of eight silver and bronze medals.Beyond those medal-winners, let me congratulate every one of you who were selected to be part of this team. I want to take an opportunity to acknowledge the long years of preparation and dedication that went into that achievement. And for those of who have supported, advised and trained our athletes every step of the way, we thank you too.Above all, your achievements will help inspire a generation of young people to follow their own sporting dreams and believe that nothing is impossible. In my former role, I was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport – a role which left me with an enduring passion for the impact sport has on individual lives. It teaches valuable life-lessons, encourages confidence and self-discipline, but above all – it encourages you to be the very best that you can be. Your achievements have left a lasting legacy and you should feel enormously proud of that contribution to the wider society.Congratulations once again on your fabulous achievements. I look forward to meeting you all and hearing about your own individual performances and experiences during the course of this evening.Thank you.last_img read more

Midwestern squash teams unite

first_imgNotre Dame hosted representatives from various Midwest squash organizations Saturday afternoon to collaboratively address organizational needs that will define the future of their sport.   Mickan said he sees a lot of potential for the sport’s expansion in the Midwest, particularly with Notre Dame leading the effort. “We get this big group that literally packs the room during the first week of school,” McCuen said. “But [eventually] interest wanes and then falls off.” Sophomore Paul Mickan said he signed up because he played tennis in high school and wanted to be part of a team at Notre Dame. “By having a regional calendar, if I go on there I might not even be looking for events for my particular team,” McCuen said.  “[For example], a lot of junior programs don’t know that college events are happening, but this calendar would let them see [those events] and become aware of them.” The “2012 Mid-America Squash Summit,” designed by Irish squash club coach Geoff McCuen, aimed to connect squash teams to help the sport continue expanding in the region.   This question became all the more pressing when squash’s governing body, the College Squash Association (CSA) requested that McCuen, the Midwest club representative, chastise two Midwest club teams for dropping out soon before a tournament at the Naval Academy. “I like feel like Notre Dame’s a major player in the Midwest,” Mickan said.  “There’s a ton of opportunity… a lot of energy in the region, it would be great to focus it and channel it through here.” McCuen, volunteer coach for the Notre Dame men’s and women’s club squash teams, said he organized the event because of the need for greater communication between squash programs in the area. McCuen said the group is also planning on forming a Facebook group, a Twitter handle and a group-Google calendar. He said the latter will be particularly key to increasing awareness of regional squash activity. “With varsity sports, there are contracts that are entered into that they’ll provide a certain number of games,” McCuen said.  “The Naval Academy had been contractually obligated to provide a certain number of games for the leagues, and because these two teams dropped out, technically there was a [breach] of contract.” “There’s a pretty quick learning curve, especially for tennis players,” Mickan said.  “Once you pick it up it’s great… You’re learning, and every time you get on the court, you’re getting better.” “I think college is the time where people like to branch out and explore things that they didn’t have access to beforehand,” Grabowski said. “People who want to stay in shape, and do that in a fun way, end up playing squash.” “U.S. Squash oversees squash at the individual level outside of the CSA, and has a list of courts online that is horribly outdated,” he said.  “An updated list would help people find courts to play.” This increased communication would also lessen frustrations driven by the lack of available court space, McCuen said. McCuen said he organized the summit to improve the piecemeal knowledge of CSA rules, but it has since moved beyond that initial goal. Senior Dennis Grabowski, president of the squash club, said the sport is a perfect activity for people who want to stay in shape. This lack of available squash courts limits the number of participants on his Notre Dame teams, McCuen said.   “The summit started out to just be college coaches, so that we could get everyone on the same page and educated about the things we didn’t know about,” McCuen said. “Then it moved towards an event where we got everyone together… to build a way to create a central repository for information.” Attendees drew two primary conclusions, McCuen said. The group decided regional inter-team communication must be improved and the number of available courts must be increased. “I reached out to people and said, ‘If you don’t know everyone on this list, there are probably other people that you know that I don’t know,’” McCuen said. “Basically the question is that [squash programs] are all in our own areas, so how do we connect?”last_img read more

Live match preview – Serbia vs Scotland 12.11.2020

first_imgpreview image preview image Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish is expecting a tough match in Thursday’s winner-takes-all play-off against Serbia Scotland manager Steve Clarke during a Scotland training session at the Oriam, on September 03, 2020, in Edinburgh, Scotland Interestingly, if Scotland make it to Euro 2020, they will once again be placed into a group with England, who they also faced at the same stage in their last Euros when England were tournament hosts.Victory on Thursday would complete the turnaround under Steve Clarke, with Scotland reeling from a 3-0 loss to lowly Kazakhstan in their opening European Qualifier when he was appointed in May 2019. Although he could not quite secure an automatic spot, Scotland had already secured a play-off place thanks to a solid Nations League campaign.Download the Sky Sports Scottish Football Podcast on: Spotify | Apple | Castbox | SpreakerScotland and Serbia last met during qualification for the 2014 World Cup and the Tartan Army were winless in both fixtures. They drew 0-0 at home before losing 2-0 away and Serbia could become just the second side to keep a clean sheet in each of their first three games against Scotland after Japan.Team news Highlights of the Euro 2020 qualifying play-off match between Scotland and Israel Scotland manager Steve Clarke looks on during the UEFA EURO 2020 Play-Off semi-finals match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park on October 08, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors 3:20 Scotland head coach Steve Clarke says it’s a blow to lose Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley for Thursday’s Euro 2020 play-off against Serbia, but believes they have sufficient cover Former Scotland striker Kris Boyd says he is confident Scotland will beat Serbia in Belgrade on Thursday to qualify for next year’s European Championships – Advertisement – 0:34 Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr says the weight of the country is on counterpart Steve Clarke’s shoulders but he will not be distracted for Thursday’s winner-takes-all play-off in Serbia Since losing four consecutive games between June and October 2019, Scotland have enjoyed an eight-match unbeaten run (W6 D2) – they last went longer without defeat in all competitions in September 1976, under Willie Ormond (a run of nine).Serbia have won just one of their last six matches in all competitions (D2 L3), beating Norway 2-1 in October, courtesy of a brace from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the previous round of European Championship qualifying.Victory would see Scotland qualify for the European Championship finals for just a third time (previously in 1992 & 1996), whilst Serbia are aiming to reach the finals of the competition for the first time as an independent nation. Scotland striker Lyndon Dykes says they need to go into their Euro 2020 play-off against Serbia with confidence and need to ‘get the job done’ on Thursday night Sky Sports announced last week that both Scotland and Northern Ireland’s play-off games will be free-to-air for UK customers on what is sure to be a dramatic night of football.Serbia vs Scotland will be shown live on Sky Sports Football from 7pm and free-to-air on Sky Pick; kick-off at 7.45pm.You can also follow all the latest in our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports’ digital platforms, including build-up, match commentary and the latest analysis. Plus, watch in-game goals and free match highlights shortly after full-time.Clarke: Qualification always the dream Andy Robertson, Liam Cooper and John McGinn celebrate Scotland's dramatic penalty shootout victory 0:50 Scotland manager Steve Clarke told Sky Sports News:“It’s always been the dream. Even in the years we failed to qualify, that dream is always there. When you start every campaign, you think ‘right, this is going to be the one’.“The team at various times has been close to qualification, but has never managed to get it over the line and this squad is close again and this time, we hope we can get it over the line. 3:23 2:42 preview image “I had a good football career, I managed to win a good few trophies at the end of it, I played a lot of good matches at the highest level in both Scotland and England, but ultimately, you’re always left with that little bit of disappointment that as a player, I didn’t manage to play in a major tournament and for these lads, it’s the same.“It’s not to think about there being another chance in two years time because maybe there won’t be.”McCoist: Scotland’s biggest game in 20 years Sky Sports pundit Ally McCoist told Sky Sports News:“Without doubt, it’s the biggest game in over 20 years. And I’m pleased punters can watch it and get behind the team. I’m so pleased for everybody. Fingers crossed we can get a result.“I’d have bitten your hand off for an opportunity like this. There was a period where it looked like we wouldn’t get this chance and now we’ve got it. It’s great news.“We’re second favourites but I’ve been Scottish for long enough to know that being the underdog suits us.“The team is looking a lot better with some solidarity about them. Lyndon Dykes has given us a focal point. I’m the eternal Scottish optimist. I’m very hopeful although I do appreciate it’s a very big task ahead.”Boyd: Scotland can gatecrash Euro 2020 – Advertisement – Thursday 12th November 7:00pm If Scotland win…If Scotland beat Serbia, they will be Path C winners and go into Euro 2020 Group D with England, Croatia and the Czech Republic. Sky Sports pundit Kris Boyd told Sky Sports News:“It’s a massive opportunity for Scotland and I’m sure the boys will give their all. We’ve not been at a major tournament since 1998, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to get there. I wish them all the best, and I’m confident.“A lot of people have criticised the way Clarke has set his team up but we’ve found a way to get victories. We’re not free-flowing, and we’re not going to open teams up with eight or nine chances a game. What we can do is create one or two good ones and hope that we take them. We look solid defensively and we’re going to need that from the front if we’re going to stop Serbia.“It will be a difficult game, but I do fancy us to gate-crash Euro 2020 and get through the back door.” 1:19 – Advertisement – Scotland will be aiming to keep four consecutive clean sheets across all competitions for the first time since March 2014, under Gordon Strachan.Scotland’s John McGinn has been directly involved in seven goals in his last four appearances in European Championship qualifiers (6 goals, 1 assist).Only Harry Kane (12), Cristiano Ronaldo and Eran Zahavi (11 each) have scored more goals in qualifying for EURO 2020 than Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic (10), who netted in six consecutive matches before facing Norway. 4:27 0:50 Scotland have not featured at a major international tournament for over 20 years, last competing at the 1998 World Cup in France. Their last European Championships was in 1996, where the Netherlands progressed from Group A based on goals scored. Kick off 7:45pm Team news, stats and analysis ahead of Serbia vs Scotland in the European Qualifying play-off final on Thursday; kick-off 7.45pm.Scotland dramatically booked their place in the European Qualifying play-off final last month, winning 5-3 on penalties – their first ever shootout – against familiar foes Israel after a goalless draw. It set up a trip to Belgrade to face Serbia, who were 2-1 winners against Norway in their semi-final.- Advertisement – Scotland manager Steve Clarke says it would be a dream to qualify for the European Championships and he looks back on his career with disappointment because he never played for his country at a major tournament Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley will both miss out for Scotland after they sustained hamstring problems. Hanley – who has 30 caps for his country – had been called up to the squad for the first time in more than two years, while Fraser was looking to add to his 14 international appearances.Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has also returned to the Scotland fold and with Fraser absent, could be given his chance to earn his first cap since September 2018. However, Clarke has hinted that Griffiths would be used from the bench.The Scotland manager said: “Leigh being Leigh, we all know his qualities in and around the 18-yard box. But he hasn’t started many games for Celtic recently and it might be a big ask for him to start in a game of this magnitude.”Serbia have been boosted by the news that Lazio’s players have been given permission to go on international duty. It means key man Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will be available to face Clarke’s side after some uncertainty over regional Covid-19 travelling restrictions in Italy for players in Serie A.How to follow Ally McCoist thinks the underdog factor can work in Scotland’s favour ahead of Thursday’s clash away to Serbia – a game he’s calling the biggest in 20 years. Opta statslast_img read more

For the development of year-round tourism and strengthening the brand of the destination in Istria, half a million kuna was allocated

first_imgBased on the conducted public call for promotion of tourist events, products and projects in less developed areas of Istria in 2019, the Administrative Department for Tourism of Istria received a total of 63 applications, of which 40 applications for grants for tourism events and 23 applications for grants projects. In accordance with the goals from the Master Plan for the Development of Istria Tourism until 2025, a total of HRK 530.00 was allocated for two years to achieve balanced tourism development, to develop year-round tourism and to strengthen the destination brand through two measures: Raising the quality of tourism events in tur. products of specialized interests in less developed areas of Istria. Grants in the amount of a total of HRK 340.000 were received by 27 tourist events, while HRK 190.000 was awarded for 8 tourism projects and products of special interest in less developed tourist areas. Who all met the conditions of the tender and received co-financing, see the attachmentcenter_img “These grants are intended to encourage the development of public tourism infrastructure and valorize indigenous values, Istrian tradition, culture and customs, and raise the level of quality, destination offer, all in accordance with the Master Plan of Istrian Tourism and plans and strategies of lower ranks.” stand out from the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County. Attachment: Decision on granting support to tourist events, projects and products of special interests in less developed tourist areas – Istria Countylast_img read more

Batesville principal earns District 10 honor

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) announced that Batesville High School Principal, Mr. Andy Allen, has been selected as the 2018 District 10 High School Principal of the year. District 10 is located in southeast Indiana and is made up of Dearborn, Decatur, Fayette, Hancock, Jennings, Ripley, Rush, Shelby, and Union Counties.District High School Principals of the Year are elected by their peers. One principal is honored from each of the 12 districts. From these 12 District High School Principal winners, one is chosen as the 2018 State High School Principal of the Year. The State winner will be announced at the IASP award celebration this fall.last_img read more

Lotto fever strikes again as €250,000 ticket bought locally

first_imgLotto fever has hit Co Donegal again.It may not be the millions of euro which many of us dream of.But someone has scooped a cool €250,000 in the Lotto Plus 2 draw. The National Lottery has confirmed the ticket was purchased in the North-West and reports have suggested it was bought in Inishowen.Nobody has come forward yet to claim the prize.The winning numbers were 3,6,9,12,18 and 46 and the bonus number was 29 so get those tickets out and start checking.Lady Luck has sone on Donegal a number of times in recent months. Only recently Boyce’s Centra in Carrigart sold a ticket which scooped more than €2m for a man who was home for a wedding from London.Lotto fever strikes again as €250,000 ticket bought locally was last modified: October 24th, 2016 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)last_img read more