Lugari teams win Chapa Dimba Western titles

first_img“The game was tough as each team was dedicated to clinching the title. We are glad because our struggles have borne us fruits. We have been training hard for this tournament and we hope to be the national champs”, Bishop Njenga’s Wikonza said after the tie.In the boys’ final attended by a capacity crowd at the Bukhungu Stadium, Lugari Blue Saints came from a goal down to beat The Saints from Buture-Mumias 2-1 in an entertaining grand finale that drew the curtains on the two-day championship.After a goalless first half, The Saints opened the scoring through impressive skipper Atem Kato, but Ligari folded their sleeves and came back with vigor, hitting back through Watson Anami and Reagan Mumela.Lugari Blue Saints Denis Atsenga (L) sprints with the ball past The Saints PlayerRodgers Ouma during the Safaricom Chapa Dimba Western region Finals atBukhungu Stadium, Kakamega. Blue“Our dream of becoming the national champs has started well.  We are glad that we have made it through to National Finals already. I hope some of my players will also be named in the all–star team that will go to Spain for training. This has been a good journey for us as a team,” Lugari Blue Saints tactician Omnala said.The winners received a cash reward of Sh200,000 each and will now represent Western region in the national finals scheduled for June 2019 at Kinoru Stadium, Meru County.At the grand finale, the winning boys’ and girls’ teams will each walk away with Sh1mn in prize money.An All-star team will also be selected from the 8 regional finals to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.The competition now moves to Moi Stadium in Kisumu for the Nyanza regional finals set for 9th and 10th February.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bishop Njenga Girls player Brenda Akinyi (17) sprints with the ball past Ibinzo GirlsPlayer Ann Malubi during the Safaricom Chapa Dimba Western region Finals atBukhungu Stadium, Kakamega.KAKAMEGA, Kenya, Jan 13 – Blue Saints and Bishop Njenga Girls, both from Lugari were crowned champions of the Western Region Chapa Dimba na Safaricom finals on Sunday after both overcame tough opposition in pulsating finals.Bishop Njenga triumphed after seeing off Kakamega’s Ibinzo Girls 2-0 courtesy of second half goals from Sheila Wikonza and Maureen Omende.last_img read more

‘MY SON WAS A GOOD AND DECENT YOUNG MAN WHO NEVER GOT HELP’ – DAD OF McLAUGHLIN

first_imgTHE father of a Co Donegal man knocked down and killed in Germany after stabbing three people claimed today that his son had been let down by the health system here.Enda McLaughlin, who was 27 and from Carndonagh,McLaughlin hailed a cab in Holland and asked to be driven over the border to Germany, where he stabbed the taxi driver in the city of Aachen. Shortly afterwards, he stabbed another man, before hailing a taxi and asking to be taken to Cologne.The taxi driver managed to get the man to leave his taxi, which he did on a lay-by, where he stabbed an Estonian truck driver before running onto the motorway, where he was hit by a car and a lorry and killed.Pat McLaughlin said today: “The mental health system here let him down. Enda was a good and decent young man but he needed help and never really got it.”The dead man had been working in Germany and was said to be more settled. But it’s thought he may have begun drinking again before “snapping”.He had walked free in April from Letterkenny Circuit Court after being found not guilty by a jury for an alleged attack on a woman in Falcarragh.He had a string of previous convictions including one where he attacked circus workers during a show in Carndonagh in May 2007. He was jailed for 18 months.His mother Elizabeth, who left him when he was three, died in a fire at her home in December 2010.  ‘MY SON WAS A GOOD AND DECENT YOUNG MAN WHO NEVER GOT HELP’ – DAD OF McLAUGHLIN was last modified: June 25th, 2014 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:CarndonaghcourtEnda McLaughlinletterkennylast_img read more

North, South Korea hockey players team up for Olympics

first_imgThe players were sharing the same locker room and the lockers of the North Korean players were deliberately placed between those of their South Korean teammates so that they could become close quickly, according to Yonhap news agency.The Koreas fielded a single team to major sports events only twice, both in 1991. One event was the world table tennis championships and the other soccer’s World Youth Championship. But this is the first time they’ve assembled a single team for the Olympics.The Koreas explored how to cooperate in the Olympics after the North’s leader Kim Jong Un abruptly said in his New Year’s address that he was willing to send an Olympic delegation. As part of the rapprochement deals, the Koreas also agreed for their athletes to march together under a single flag during the Feb. 9 opening ceremony. Some experts say North Korea may want to use improved ties with the South as a way to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions.The International Olympic Committee has allowed 22 North Korean athletes, including the 12 hockey players, to compete in Pyeongchang in exceptional entries given to the North, which initially had none for the games. The 10 others will compete in figure skating, short track speed skating, Alpine skiing and cross-country skiing. They will come to South Korea on Feb. 1.The joint hockey team deal has triggered a backlash in South Korea, with a survey showing about 70 percent of respondents opposing the idea because it would deprive South Korean players of playing time. The IOC-brokered agreement requires at least three North Korean players to suit up for each game, meaning that three from South Korea’s original roster cannot play in those games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments North Korean women’s ice hockey players arrive at the South Korea’s national training center, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Jincheon, South Korea. Twelve North Korean female hockey players have crossed the border into South Korea to form the rivals’ first-ever Olympic team during next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Games. (Song Kyung-Seok/Pool Photo via AP)SEOUL, South Korea — Female hockey players from the rival Koreas were paired up with each other Thursday to form their first-ever Olympic squad during next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Games, as their countries press ahead with rare reconciliation steps following a period of nuclear tensions.A dozen North Korean hockey players wearing white-and-red winter parkas crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea earlier Thursday, as about 30-40 conservative activists shouted anti-Pyongyang slogans at a nearby border area.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The North Koreans traveled on to a national athletes’ village in southern South Korea, where they were welcomed by their South Korean teammates and Canadian coach Sarah Murray, who presented them flower bouquets in an outdoor welcoming ceremony.“I sincerely welcome your arrival,” Lee Jae-kun, head of the athletes’ village, told the North Koreans after they got off a bus.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPark Chol Ho, a North Korean coach who arrived with the 12 athletes and two support staff, told reporters that he’s happy to team up with South Koreans. “I’m very pleased with the fact that North and South are united as one to participate in (the Olympics). I expect we’ll see good results if we unite our efforts … though we don’t have much time,” he said.The Korean players later shouted “We are one!” and took a group photo. North and South Korean players plan to practice separately for several days as Murray needs time to learn about the North Koreans. Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Murray has said that the North Koreans’ hard-hitting style would make them suited to be her fourth line, a group of players who are typically asked to provide strong physical play in short bursts while giving their teammates with greater scoring responsibilities a chance to rest.Murray, who examined the North Koreans first hand during an event in Gangneung last year, has identified five players as memorable, but among them, only forwards Jong Su Hyon and Kim Hyang Mi made the trip for the Olympics.The unified Korean team will open their group action against Switzerland on Feb. 10. It will then face Sweden on Feb. 12 and Japan on Feb. 14. What draws attention is its Japan match, as many in both Koreas still harbor bitter resentment against Japan’s 35-year colonial rule that ended in 1945, three years before two different governments were formally established on the Korean Peninsula.Conservatives in Seoul have held a series of small-scale rallies in recent days. On Monday, activists burned Kim’s photo and a North Korean flag as the head of the North’s popular girl band passed by them during a visit to the capital. North Korea responded Tuesday by warning similar actions could disrupt ongoing reconciliation efforts.South Korean officials hope an Olympic-inspired mood of detente would serve as a stepping stone to the resumption of diplomatic talks that could slow down North Korea’s nuclear advancement. North Korea, however, has insisted it won’t discuss its nuclear program during its ongoing talks with South Korea, and some experts warn that tensions could flare again after the Olympics. 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