ICC World Cup ICC World Cup 2019: India vs Australia Dream11 Prediction | Fantasy Playing XI

first_imgNew Delhi: The 14th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 to feature India taking on defending champions Australia at the Kennington Oval in London. Virat Kohli and Co began their World Cup journey with an easy win against South Africa on June 5th while Australia are on the top of the table with four points.On one hand, Team India lost one of their warm-up games against New Zealand but won the other one against Bangladesh. Meanwhile, Indian side is one of the strongest contenders of the tourno and is expected to reach finals easily and face off the host England.On the other hand, five-times World Champs Australia won both of their warm-up games against England and Sri Lanka. They even opened their tournament on a positive note by winning both of their games against Afghanistan and West Indies.Here is the list of predicted Dream11 Fantasy team for the India vs Australia Super-Sunday encounter.Wicket-Keepers – Alex Carey, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C) Batsmen – Steve Smith, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (VC), Shikhar DhawanAll-Rounders – Hardik PandyaBowlers – Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Minus Steinbauer, women’s hoops falls

first_imgLife without star forward Tara Steinbauer officially began Saturday afternoon in the Kohl Center, where the Badgers took on the Michigan Wolverines to try to avenge a 16-point loss earlier in the season.The stakes were high, as Wisconsin was battling to stay in the race for the Big Ten title following a deafening blow at Iowa Wednesday, where they lost the game and Steinbauer to a torn ACL in her right knee.Unfortunately for the Badgers, a season-long theme has pervaded that when there are injuries, they just haven’t been able to get the victories they needed. Wisconsin suffered seven of its 12 losses early in the season thanks to the overlapping injuries of forward Lin Zastrow and guard Alyssa Karel.Now, the Badgers have dropped their last two without Steinbauer, after falling to the Wolverines Saturday, 68-66.“I thought our team responded very well,” head coach Lisa Stone said. “There was a bounce in their step, there is a commitment to each other, there is some energy to play for each other and that is encouraging to me, so we move forward.”It may be tough to move much further ahead in the standings, however. With just two games remaining in the regular season, Wisconsin is now two games out of first place, and it seems unlikely that Michigan State would lose their last three games in a row to leave the door open for the Badgers.Without Steinbauer in the lineup and now a two-game losing streak, all the momentum that Wisconsin had barely a week ago seems to be all but gone. Knowing Steinbauer won’t be back will now put a lot of pressure on reserve forwards Anya Covington and Cassie Rochel.Covington and Rochel shot a combined 3-of-3 from the floor and controlled four rebounds, but compared with Steinbauer’s consistent production of 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, the Badgers are not the same. Even worse, the real disparity comes on the defensive end.From the opening tip, it was even clearer that the combination of Steinbauer and Zastrow has been the key to Wisconsin’s pack defense, as they have dominated the paint. Saturday’s game was only the third time all season that the Badgers allowed over 30 points in the paint. The first time was at No. 17 UW-Green Bay and the second was at No. 11 Michigan State, when Zastrow was missing from the lineup. All three occurrences have ended with a loss for UW.No one player made the absence of Steinbauer more apparent than Michigan sophomore forward Rachel Sheffer, who entered the game averaging 9.8 points per game. Not only did she score more than double that average, she almost doubled it in the first half with 18 points and 15 of Michigan’s first 20. Sheffer finished with 22 points after Wisconsin made a strong second half adjustment.“[Sheffer] hit a bunch in the first half and in the second half they did a major adjustment and pretty much shut her right down and frustrated us for a great percentage of the second half,” Michigan head coach Kevin Borseth said. The hole in the roster also caused quite an interesting shift in the starting lineup. Senior guard Emily Neal got her first start of the season on what happened to be Senior Day, after struggling to find playing time during the heart of the season thanks to a broken nose suffered in January.“I thought Emily Neal gave us a great spark today,” Stone said. “She had some patience and poise and knocked some shots down and a turnover here and there, but bottom line is she gave us a really needed spark in Tara’s absence.”Neal finished with seven points on 2-of-4 shooting including a three-pointer for the first three points of the ball game. She also chipped in two assists and two rebounds in her 21 minutes, the most she has played since being on the floor for 25 minutes in an overtime loss to Kansas in late November.last_img read more

Women’s basketball falls despite career night from Jaco

first_imgAfter dropping five straight Pac-12 games, the Trojans looked to right the ship in rivalry play against No. 11 UCLA. Unfortunately, player absences and the type of offensive struggles that have plagued the team in recent games came back to haunt them. UCLA ultimately dominated en route to a 74-59 victory. “We’ve just got to do a better job of being aggressive and going to the rim,” said head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. “Getting to the basket and getting to the free throw line. Executing our offense and not make so many mistakes on defense.” USC got off to a promising, if tenuous start. The team took a 14-13 lead exiting the first quarter, but it was mostly a mirage. Getting dominated in the paint and allowing 10 offensive rebounds, the early Trojan advantage was thanks only to a barrage of three pointers. Senior Courtney Jaco swished three of them in the first frame, and freshman Minyon Moore added another right as time expired. However, aside from the deep shot, USC could muster little offense. They scored just two points in the first five minutes of the second quarter. UCLA forward Monique Billings and her squad used USC’s offensive ineptitude to its advantage, outscoring the home team 27-8 in the second. Billings herself had 14 first half points. The junior finished with 28 points. Down 40-22 entering the second half, the Women of Troy knew they needed a massive offensive turnaround to fight back into the game. They provided an initial spark, going on a quick 7-0 run that included a Jaco 3-pointer, but soon after the struggle continued. UCLA marched out on another huge run leading by as many as 20 points and entering the fourth with a commanding 62-45 lead.In the fourth quarter, the Bruins expanded on the damage they had already inflicted. They held the Trojans to another deflating scoring drought of over five minutes, ending any hopes of a miraculous Trojan comeback.Her team may have stumbled, but Courtney Jaco had a standout game against her crosstown rivals. The sharpshooter from Compton, Calif. went for 27 points on 7-11 three point shooting, both career highs. “Once the first two [threes] went in, I got a lot of confidence of off that,” Jaco said. “The game was going so fast that I didn’t even realize anything. I was just trying to do anything to help my team in that situation.”Many of USC’s recent offensive issues can be attributed to the absence of junior forward Kristen Simon. The team’s leading scorer and rebounder left the team due to personal reasons last week and the Trojans have dropped all three games without her. Lacking someone to fill her role against a tall UCLA team, USC’s inside offense was negligible. The coaching staff has offered no timetable for her return. Luckily for the Trojans, they will get a chance to exact revenge this Sunday, as they play UCLA again at Pauley Pavilion. USC should not have too big of an adjustment playing on the road, as the massive UCLA student section present at the Galen Center on Wednesday made it feel like an away game for the Trojans. The section’s loud chants of “This is our house” as the game ended are sure to stick in the minds of Trojan players as they prepare for Sunday. “Honestly just proving that it’s not their house, it’s our house,” Minyon Moore in response to the opposing crowd’s bold words. “To prove that we run L.A., we have to come back to the game stronger with better attitudes and just try to get the win.”last_img read more

Madrid keep the shooters away

first_imgZinedine Zidane has built a wall in his defense with which to drive away the specialists in distant shooting. The Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Militao, Nacho, Marcelo, Mendy, Courtois and Areola have managed to Real Madrid is the only LaLiga team that has not conceded a goal from outside the area. The 19 goals he has received have all been from within the area. Pomegranate25778%22% Barcelona27487%13% I raised35588%13% Goals Away of the area % insideof the area Percentage and goals conceded from inside and outside the areaa Eibar36588%12% Athletictwenty387%13% Alaves30781%19% Athletic14767%33% Valladolid30391%9% Celtic27779%twenty-one% Majorca38686%14% Betis40393%7%center_img OPTA data Leganes35490%10% Real Madrid190100%0% Getafe24one96%4% Seville26390%10% % outside of the area These 19 goals conceded by the whites are divided into eight have been with the right leg: Iker Losada, Smolov and Santi Mina (Celtic), Moi Gomez (Villarreal), Junior Lake (Majorca), Carlos Soler (Valencia), Sidnei and Tello (Betis); seven have been with the left: Sergi Guardiola (Valladolid), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Borja Mayoral and Morales (I raised), Sundays Duarte (Pomegranate), Willian José (Real Sociedad) and Luuk de Jong (Seville); two head: Gonzalo Melero (Lift) and Unai Garcia (Osasuna); and two other penalties: Darwin Machis (Granada) and Lucas Perez (Alavés). To the defensive wall in the distant shots of Madrid only Getafe approaches. Bordalás’s pupils have received 25 goals against, 24 inside the area and one from outside. Valladolid, Seville, Betis, Espanyol and Athletic they follow the Azulones with three goals. By cons, Atlético de Madrid, Alavés, Celta and Granada are the teams that receive the most from outside the area with seven goals. Those of Simeone are the ones that have received the least total goals, 21, of which 14 from inside the area, 67%, and half from outside, 33%, a fact that makes it the team with the highest percentage of goals received from afar. While at Barcelona, leader of LaLiga, have scored 31 goals, 27 inside the area, 87% and four from outside, 13%. Figures far from the zero goals and 100% effectiveness that Madrid presents in shots away from the area. Spanish43393%7% EquipmentGoals inside of the area Osasuna3. 4489%eleven% Valencia33685%fifteen% Real society29488%12% Villarreal33587%13%last_img read more

Liberian Muslims Lauded for Upholding Unity

first_imgMr. Kamara: “I am happy that the Muslims in Liberia are now worshiping in unity.”The chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia (NMCL) Sheikh Omaru Kamara has hailed Muslims in Liberia for heeding to the institution’s call for unity during the just-ended celebration marking this year’s Eid-al-Adha (Abraham Day) observance in the country.In less than 24 hours to the Eid-al-Adha prayer, over 20,000 Muslims in Liberia on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, assembled at the open-air Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS), to celebrate the day, the first time in decades that  the country’s Muslims prayed in such unison and under one Imam in ways that demonstrated strength and cohesiveness.Sheikh Kamara expressed appreciation to fellow Muslims in the country for obeying the leadership’s call for unity among Muslims, something he said is also approved by the Almighty Allah (God) in the Holy Quran.He spoke in an interview with reporters shortly after holding the prayer service.“I am very happy that we Muslims in Liberia were able to come and pray together under one umbrella on the occasion marking Ed-al-Adha at the ATS. Contrary to what people say that Liberian Muslims are deeply divided, and therefore cannot come together as a unit, Tuesday’s unity prayer however points to those who are still pessimistic about our unity and cohesiveness that they are going with the wrong impression,” Mr. Kamara said.He implored detractors, who he said are bent on spreading misinformation and purporting to be leaders of the country’s Muslim community, to immediately desist from such ugly tendency.“We are also aware that some people are purporting to be Muslim leaders of the country, and they are the only ones who can best represent Islam in Liberia. We want to state here clearly that the unity we demonstrated during Eid Mubarak prayer sends out a trust and confidence in the country in the council’s ability and capability to speak and ably represent all Muslims in this country everywhere and hence, other than those elected as heads of the NMCL. Therefore, no one should make any false impression out there that they are the leaders of Muslims in Liberia,” Kamara said.He said the problem with Liberians is that no one sees his friend as brother, “and that everyone is just fighting everyone in this country. This is time that we bring back the spirit of peace, national unity and reconciliation, not only among Muslims and Christians, but all Liberians. The only way we can achieve peace and development in this country is for us to unite as one people, because even the Holy Quran and Prophet Muhammad spoke of unity.”Kamara also called on all Liberians to rally around President George Weah Government, to promote national unity among Liberians, including promoting peace and development.“If Liberians agree to unite,” Sheikh Kamara added, “the benefits would be plenty, because more investors will be encouraged and happy to come and invest in our country. On the other hand, if we do not mend our forces as Liberians, we will not get what we want as Liberians, and that is why we are praying for the President and the Vice President of this government to succeed,”  Mr. Kamara said.The program brought together Muslims from different locations across Liberia, including Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Gbarpolu, Margibi, and Montserrado counties.Tuesday’s ‘Eid Mubarak’ prayer, which took place on August 21, began with a clarion call to Muslims across the country to unite in the name of Islam and national unity.Eid Mubarak marks Eid Al-Adha, a day where the faithful celebrates the second of two major holidays in Islam. The day begins with morning prayers, visits to friends and family and exchange of gifts, after which a feast is held.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt engages in exorbitant spending – Jagdeo

first_img…says alcohol is just the tip of the icebergGovernment’s spending extends beyond the $700,000 that is expended for each prliamentary sitting, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said.According to Jagdeo, this is just the tip of the iceberg, as he accused Government of spending taxpayers’ money exorbitantly on other things such as travel, hotels and even confectionaries.“We have also been honing in on some other excesses too. For example, in several Ministries, we’ve seen an inflation of interior travel and hotel bills,” he said on Thursday.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary claimed that Government will charter an aircraft or book more seats that they require and thenOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeothey don’t use all of them.“And rather than the Treasury being reimbursed for the non-use of the seats or hotel rooms, they defer their use and at some point in time they either, individuals or party activists, use those flights into the hinterlands and the hotel rooms that are booked,” Jagdeo alleged.In addition, the former President also posited that his party is still in the process of confirming that approximately $90,000 is being spent on confectionery for a specific Ministry, per month.“We have seen figures and we’re just confirming this where one Minister’s office buys about $90,000 of confectionery every month,” he said.Furthermore, the Opposition Leader also lamented on the possibility that taxpayers are being forced to pay for the medical insurance of Government officials and their families.He recalled that when there was a big outcry about private insurance being contracted for Cabinet members and their families for medical treatment abroad, Government had explained that Ministers were supposed to reimburse the other part of the premium that they had to pay.“We gathered no reimbursement took place last year and in fact for this year, the full premium has been paid for these Ministers and their families for medicalPresident David Granger is surrounded by his Ministers of Cabinettreatment abroad, using taxpayers’ funds again,” Jagdeo told media operatives.“So there are a ton of other similar things that are happening and the alcohol use in Parliament is the tip of the iceberg,” he further noted, asserting that “it will be interesting to find out what the alcohol use is in some of the Ministries.”According to Jagdeo, these can easily be verified if an audit is done.“… because there will be bills available. Hopefully there will be bills available unless they’re using other heads for example they will [use] money from national events to dietary. … (masking) the true level of spending on these things.”Earlier this month, it was brought to the public’s attention that approximately $700,000 was being spent on food for every sitting at the National Assembly.Jagdeo had offered his input, highlighting that while he was unsure of the exact number, the cost, which seemed exorbitant, was not being spent on food for the parliamentarians alone, but that monies were also being spent on alcohol for parliamentarians in the VIP Lounge.Shortly after his revelation, Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes refuted the Opposition Leader’s assertion, noting that alcohol was only consumed in the Parliament Building on special occasions and during the Christmas season.Jagdeo told media operatives on Thursday that Hughes was “telling a blatant lie.”While the debate continues over whether in fact alcohol is served to Guyana’s legislators on a regular basis or on special occasions, Clerk to the Parliament, Sherlock Isaacs has denied any knowledge of requests made by Members of Parliament (MPs) for alcoholic beverages.Isaacs, who is currently on leave, told Guyana Times that an MPs requesting an alcoholic drink at the VIP Longue of the Parliament has not happened before and will not be tolerated. He claimed that he is unaware of any situation where an MP requested an alcoholic drink and got one.He reminded that MPs only indulge in the drinking of alcohol at special occasions in cases where there is a party or one organised by the Parliament. Isaacs said he cannot recall at any time where alcohol was served outside of those occasions or for any other reason.Isaacs recently disclosed that $700,000 was spent for each sitting of Parliament. If committee meetings are to be included, it means almost $80 million would have been spent in the last three years alone overall on food.But besides the high food bill, Jagdeo, a former President, argued that the dietary expenditure has increased tremendously under the coalition Administration.last_img read more


first_imgBY PATSY McGONAGLE: Indoor athletics at Athlone and Magherafelt, Road race 5k in Lifford,a Parkrun 5k in Belfast, Scottish Universities indoor, Club President Patsy Mc Ginley celebrates his 80th birthday, routine training sessions and in that manner another week closes for Finn Valley ac members.Ahead this week National senior champs in Athlone and Race 1 in the Spring 5k Series 11 am Sunday morning . It will be interesting to note if we can attract 500 starters on the day . Spot prizes based on race number and a special T shirt if you participate in 3 of the 4 events . Entry per finnvalley1@gmail.com preferred or on the day .National Masters and its Saturday in Athlone I T Shauna Carlin simply rolls on from where she was at in 2012 wins high ,shot ,60m and long jump is slightly peeved with her long but the former national senior champion is in great form . Sinead Mc Laughlin like Shauna a 6m long jumper in a thrilling career is meanwhile winning the long and high in her age category . To add to the list Catherine Mc Guinness recently on board with the club takes silver in the shot and just 6 days after a gutsy run in x country in Derry Catriona Devine is back on track becoming more competitive week by week and checks in for bronze in 3k . Well done all . In the junior /u-23 nationals Sunday John Kelly still a youth takes the junior title 15.81 with 6kg weight and is encouraged having had a frustrating day in an unsuitable circle for rotational throwing in Magherafelt Saturday.Cieran Dolan medals under 23 in long 6.86m and is calmly establishing himself once again as is Mark Hoye 2nd in the 800m 1.56 then discovers he has had a broken metatarsel for months . Good day at the office for these enthusiastic athletes.Lifford completed their 5k Series Sunday morning with numerous members supporting same Gerard Gallagher 2, and Dean Toland 3 ,to the fore with many colllecting category awards . While Saturday Teresa Mc Gloin returned after a month of sickness to set a new record in the Parkrun in Belfast 17.38 her time . Over in Scotland Paul Leck was winning a scottish universities indoor title .Loads of young athletes accompanied by coachs and family members headed over Glenshane bound for Magherafelt early Saturday . Full results are attached suffice to relate 37 medalled and thus Q for nationals next month . Credit to absolutely everyone ,those who medalled and certainly add those that endeavoured to do so its really a team game on days like this .Medals of a gold variety for Lauren Callaghan who led a club 1 2 3 4 in long ,Michaela Byrne again leading a 123 in high,Daniella Jansen 600m her Mum dipped under 29 mins in Lifford the following day ,Alex Mc Geehin high indeeed big bro Jack cleared 1-60m for silver in age division a family affair this jumping .Jordan Byrne, walk;Oisin Mc Elhinney ,Long;Aine Kerr ,long;Jade Leeper,shot;James Kelly and John Kelly suffice to say James is hitting serious distance and John has a plan and is on course. AAron Mc Glynn 800m having done a mile and a 5k with his school Ballinamore less than 24hrs earlier.Sommer Lecky high and long and heres another exciting young lady;Blaithnaid Patton triple jump and calmly tells me when i suggest she can hit 11m replies thats the plan ;Her friend Simone Crawford in the high ;Jack Gillespie with secs to spare in the 600m . Relay gold under 12 girls and under 13 boys and indeed a survey of results would suggest that a few more winning performances are within the capability of other squad members . The exciting prospect now the trip to the brand new indoor facility at A I T . Just a final note an anniversary mass will be celebrated for Shane Bonner Friday evening in Convoy Chapel. Needless to say we miss him and join with his family to once again remember him at this time.Event 1. 1996 (U18) Boys 400m Event 2. 1996 (U18) Girls 400mPosNoNameClubTimePosNoNameClubTime1393Martin McGeadyCity of Derry AC Spartans53.381389Anna LawtherBallymena & Antrim AC63.522391Ryan McIlroyBallymena & Antrim AC55.682378Emma McAllisterLagan Valley AC67.073394Dominic MartinCity of Lisburn AC57.033388Rachel MillarLagan Valley AC68.154374Jack BehanTir Chonail59.55Event 3. 1995 (U19) Boys 400mEvent 4. 1995 (U19) Girls 400mPosNoNameClubTimePosNoNameClubTime1395Alan CurtisBallymena and Antrim53.361385Jenny O’BrienCity of Derry AC Spartans60.672396Andrew  BolsterCity of Derry AC Spartans55.012398Tamara BoyleCity of Derry AC Spartans61.103382Conor McCafferyGlaslough Harriers56.403400Edel KieranShercock AC63.794399Olivia  WebbOlympian Athletics Club68.95Event 5. 2002 (U12) Boys 600mEvent 6. 2002 (U12) Girls 600mPosNoNameClubTimePosNoNameClubTime1406Conor BlackCranford AC1.50.481438Daniella JansenFinn Valley AC1.59.862423Aidan McCluskeyMid Ulster AC1.53.952434 Rebecca WallaceCity of Lisburn AC2.01.353407Stephen BlackCranford AC1.54.013432Anna HillCity of Lisburn AC2.05.494412John ReidFinn Valley AC1.55.654428Mary Kate GannonAnnalee AC2.07.745408Dylan DorrianCranford AC1.57.235436Bethany  NixonDromore AC2.10.126410Johnny McGroddyCranford AC1.58.116443Emma GlynnShercock AC2.15.237426Eoghan GormleySpringwell Running Club2.02.987429Blathnaid O’ReillyAnnalee AC2.15.518405Joshua RitchieCity of Lisburn AC2.04.308430Erin McMahonBallymena & Antrim AC2.15.869403Conor GalliganAnnalee AC2.05.839442Mya ConnollyMonaghan Phoenix A.C.2.19.9610417Oisin FarrenLetterkenny AC2.06.8110433Aoife O SullivanCarrick Aces AC2.21.1311427Dara O’CallaghanUnattached2.07.5511431Nicole FowlerCarrick Aces AC2.28.1512421Kieran TobinLetterkenny AC2.08.3512446Natasha  SimmonsSpringwell Running Club2.29.0813404Conal RuddyAnnalee AC2.10.0413441Olivia CuskellyLifford Athletic Club2.30.3914414Liam  McKennaGlaslough Harriers2.11.2214439Anna BoyleLetterkenny AC2.30.7715411Diarmaid Mc HughFinn Valley AC2.11.5015440Coilin HumeLetterkenny AC2.36.2516418Liam HanniganLetterkenny AC2.14.8717425Aidan McColeRosses A.C.2.20.75Event 7. 2001 (U13) Boys 600mEvent 8. 2001 (U13) Girls 600mPosNoNameClubTimePosNoNameClubTime1456Jack GillespieFinn Valley AC1.47.881505Aine CorcoranShercock AC1.50.902453Sean McIntyreCity of Derry AC Spartans1.51.612475Amie BradleyCity of Lisburn AC1.56.253451Ethan O GormanCarrick Aces AC1.53.403482Amy Boyle – CarrFinn Valley AC1.57.094457Adam Mc CruddenFinn Valley AC1.53.694474Mary Cait ByrneCity of Derry AC Spartans1.57.595458Shane Mc MonagleFinn Valley AC1.56.525481Amy GriffinEnniskillen RC2.03.316466Lorcan O’RourkeMonaghan Phoenix A.C.1.57.696483Lauren Mc DaidFinn Valley AC2.03.767454Kyle O’ReillyCity of Derry AC Spartans1.58.627484Aoife Mc GrathFinn Valley AC2.03.808464Niall QuinnLifford Athletic Club2.00.198510Katie WillsWillowfield Harriers2.04.289461Ronan FrainLetterkenny AC2.00.399489Aisling McAnespieGlaslough Harriers2.04.8110468Shea Mc LaughlinOlympian Athletics Club2.01.6710509Anna ScottWillowfield Harriers2.04.9011471Matthew KieranShercock AC2.06.1811497Aine McElwainMonaghan Phoenix A.C.2.05.3712450Eamon DuffyCarrick Aces AC2.11.0212508Jessica ScottWillowfield Harriers2.05.7213463Oran BrowneLifford Athletic Club2.14.1313476Alex McCreaCity of Lisburn AC2.07.8314465Rory O DonnellMilford AC2.14.8214492Karen  GallagherLetterkenny AC2.08.3615460Ryan SmithINNYVALE AC2.19.4215480Aoife  FarrellEnniskillen RC2.08.9416789Ciaran NicholasRosses A.C.2.32.9916498Caoimhe O’HanlonMonaghan Phoenix A.C.2.09.8317459Jack MurphyGlaslough Harriers2.34.8017495Caoimhe CuddenMonaghan Phoenix A.C.2.11.7818469Daire DillonOriel A.C.2.39.2918487Edel HollandGlaslough Harriers2.12.67DQ767Jay DohertyRosses A.C.2.14.1219494Niamh HumeLetterkenny AC2.13.9320490Mary Ann McBreenINNYVALE AC2.14.2421477Laura DugeraCranford AC2.14.2522472Cliodhna  SheridanAnnalee AC2.15.8423473Kate WilsonAnnalee AC2.17.3024491Eimear DevenneyLetterkenny AC2.17.3725478Rionach GilesCranford AC2.20.6926493Natasha HamiltonLetterkenny AC2.23.9327503Nikea McGovernRosses A.C.2.24.6428496Lauren HughesMonaghan Phoenix A.C.2.32.3829488Orla HughesGlaslough Harriers2.32.4430504Darcy BurnsShercock AC2.42.3331486Hannah FinnGlaslough Harriers2.46.0132502Mia DohertyRosses A.C.2.48.68Event 9. 1998 (U16) Boys 800mEvent 10. 1998 (U16) Girls 800mPosNoNameClubTimePosNoNameClubTime1311Paul PeppardMonaghan Phoenix A.C.2.15.801616Aife McSheffreySpringwell Running Club2.25.262607Jack O’NeillOmagh Harriers2.18.472612Rebekah NixonDromore AC2.32.153601Adam LynchFinn Valley AC2.21.603611Suzannah BrownBallymena & Antrim AC2.33.944608Diarmuid McCorry2.21.824614Celine NallyMonaghan Phoenix A.C.2.37.495610Patrick Oneill2.23.625613Ellen ErskineEast Down AC2.38.166605Oisin ToalLetterkenny AC2.25.246615Sarah DohertyRosses A.C.2.45.507318Alexander  WilliamsSpringwell Running Club2.42.737319Hannah McHughAnnalee AC3.04.20Event 11. 1995/1996/1997 (U17/U18/U19) Boys 800mEvent 12. 1997/98 (U17&18) Girls 800mPosNoNameClubTimePosNoNameClubTime1630Shane McGowanCity of Derry AC Spartans2.04.72U181624Aoife LavertyCity of Derry AC Spartans2.23.312397Christopher MurrayCranford AC2.07.13U192623Clodagh O’ReillyAnnalee AC2.24.253392Conor BreslinCity of Derry AC Spartans2.07.83U183389Anna LawtherBallymena & Antrim AC2.31.564632Conor MorrisonLetterkenny AC2.09.09U184636Emma LusbySpringwell Running Club2.35.085633Dominic O GallachoirSliabh Liag A.C.2.10.91U185625Amy Mc NultyFinn Valley AC2.58.586629Diarmaid DohertyCity of Derry AC Spartans2.15.23U186635Shauna KellyLifford Athletic Club2.59.857619Roland SurlisAnnalee AC2.17.29U177627Niamh Mc GroaryTir Chonail3.34.178620Sean HusbandMonaghan Phoenix A.C.2.21.60U179350Evan CuddenMonaghan Phoenix A.C.2.30.02U17Event 14. 2000 (U14) Boys 800mEvent 15. 2000 (U14) Girls 800mPosNoNameClubTimePosNoNameClubTime1519Aaron Mc GlynnFinn Valley AC2.23.701537Rachel BrownBallymena & Antrim AC2.32.922533Desire BamisileWillowfield Harriers2.28.982550Laura CrossanLetterkenny AC2.38.773921Sean TerekCity of Lisburn AC2.33.533538Emma HutchinsonBallymena & Antrim AC2.39.884524Charlie McElwaineLifford Athletic Club2.35.284539Clodagh LavertyCity of Derry AC Spartans2.40.945512Ciaran O’ReillyAnnalee AC2.37.105544Lucia  WarnockEnniskillen RC2.42.226521Ben CarrLetterkenny AC2.45.376915Claire YoungAnnalee2.48.717515Tiernan Mc CourtCarrick Aces AC2.47.597546Nikita Mc DevittFinn Valley AC2.49.498532Kyle MagwoodUpper Bann AC2.47.638555Tara BreenNewry AC2.55.539527Sean ConwayMonaghan Phoenix A.C.3.10.409540Anna StanfieldCity of Lisburn AC2.57.3410545Sinead BrowneFinn Valley AC2.58.0711559Mollie SpenceSpringwell Running Club3.01.1912549Helen McNallyGlaslough Harriers3.02.6713552Rebecca McKeownMid Ulster AC3.02.98149123.05.6115548Maeve McKennaGlaslough Harriers3.06.3316551Rachel  TinneyLetterkenny AC3.08.7517554Kirsten SpainMonaghan Phoenix A.C.3.11.6818536Claire YoungAnnalee AC3.15.20Event 16. 1999 (U15) Boys 800mEvent 17. 1999 (U15) Girls 800mPosNoNameClubTimePosNoNameClubTime1561Jake HarbinsonBallymena & Antrim AC2.20.111594Niamh MaloneMonaghan Phoenix A.C.2.26.32579Luke SmithShercock AC2.21.512582Rebekah DouglasCity of Lisburn AC2.27.43566Denver KellyFinn Valley AC2.22.983589Arlene CrossanLetterkenny AC2.29.84572Michael McGroaryLetterkenny AC2.24.804587Aoibhinn Mc HughFinn Valley AC2.33.05575Ultan O’RourkeMonaghan Phoenix A.C.2.28.195580Lauren StrangeBallymena & Antrim AC2.39.56576Mathew HarbinsonOrchard County AC2.29.576586Jane McCutcheonEnniskillen RC2.40.17574Conor McCluskeyMid Ulster AC2.34.267581Amanda MurphyCarrick Aces AC2.45.68568Calvin O’BrienFinn Valley AC2.36.568597Saskia BoyleRosses A.C.2.47.29564Fintan StewartCity of Derry AC Spartans2.42.039593Amy O DonnellMilford AC2.48.810578Darragh DruryShercock AC2.18.4210596Katie O’HareNewry AC2.48.911565Eoin KellyCranford AC2.30.9011600Muireann KearneySt. Anne’s Belfast2.50.412573Alan McGinleyLifford Athletic Club2.36.2012588Laura-Lee PenroseFinn Valley AC2.57.513569Joseph DohertyLetterkenny AC2.38.1013598Rebecca GreeneRosses A.C.2.58.814562Caelim KennedyCity of Derry AC Spartans2.38.7814591Megan SkinnaderLetterkenny AC3.03.815567Charles Mc DaidFinn Valley AC2.39.7215592Edel SmithLetterkenny AC3.20.916571Ryan HilfertyLetterkenny AC2.40.0816584Ciara MurrayCranford AC3.23.2Event 19. 1998 (U16) Girls 200m Heat 1 of 5Event 19. 1998 (U16) Girls 200m Heat 2 of 5PosNoNameClubTimePosNoNameClubTime1335Caoimhe ByrneSliabh Liag A.C.29.011336Niamh GaviganSliabh Liag A.C.28.422340Lauren Brooker29.622326Gemma MullanCity of Derry AC Spartans29.973325Lucy AppletonCity of Derry AC Spartans29.723320Caoimhe  O’ReillyAnnalee AC32.674330Sorcha DolanFinn Valley AC30.57Event 19. 1998 (U16) Girls 200m Heat 3 of 5PosNoNameClubTimeEvent 19. 1998 (U16) Girls 200m Heat 4 of 51321Aine BradyAthletics Ireland27.56PosNoNameClubTime2327Sophie HigginsonCity of Lisburn AC29.22Q1328Jessica McMasterCity of Lisburn AC28.043332Hanna WarwickMid Ulster AC30.672323Sasha LawtherBallymena & Antrim AC28.194337Debbie  KennedySliabh Liag A.C.30.823338Leah GilfillanSpringwell Running Club29.684333Ieva PaulikaityteMonaghan Phoenix A.C.29.85Event 19. 1998 (U16) Girls 200m Heat 5 of 5PosNoNameClubTime1324Lydia MillsBallymena & Antrim AC27.722339Blanaid  KearneySt. Anne’s Belfast30.27Q3334Sarah McEnaneyShercock AC30.354329Aine GreenCranford AC37.03Event 18. 1998 (U16) Boys 200m Heat 1 of 4PosNoNameClubTimeEvent 18. 1998 (U16) Boys 200m Heat 2 of 41301Johnny DicksonBallymena & Antrim AC26.03PosNoNameClubTime2309Darragh ToalLetterkenny AC26.441314Rory CassidyShercock AC25.323305Shane ThompsonFinn Valley AC27.302302Joseph  KillenCity of Derry AC Spartans25.544318Alexander  WilliamsSpringwell Running Club28.273310Nathan MulliganMonaghan Phoenix A.C.27.305313Samuel DoyleOriel A.C.30.67DQ306Dylan AugheyGlaslough Harriers28.88Event 18. 1998 (U16) Boys 200m Heat 3 of 4PosNoNameClubTimeEvent 18. 1998 (U16) Boys 200m Heat 4 of 41303Stephen McGaheyCity of Derry AC Spartans25.56PosNoNameClubTime2307Steven CorriganGlaslough Harriers26.12Q1304Ciaran BarnesCity of Lisburn AC24.913315Jack KellyShercock AC27.052308Shane IrwinLetterkenny AC25.794311Paul PeppardMonaghan Phoenix A.C.27.843316Shane McCullaghShercock AC26.024312James  ClarkeOlympian Athletics Club26.571997 (U17) Boys 200m Heat 1 of 4PosNoNameClubTime1997 (U17) Boys 200m Heat 2 of 41345Greg MacAuleyBallymena & Antrim AC25.12PosNoNameClubTime2341John NultyAnnalee AC25.50Q1342Paul SextonAnnalee AC24.683349Michael SurmanCity of Derry AC Spartans25.682355Lee NewellShimna College24.834354Isael AkinroyeShercock AC25.723358Gareth Thompson25.134346Ben DalyBanbridge AC25.135352Adam CooperOmagh Harriers25.411997 (U17) Boys 200m Heat 3 of 4PosNoNameClubTime1997 (U17) Boys 200m Heat 4 of 41343Owen AgnewBallymena & Antrim AC26.41PosNoNameClubTime2356Mark FrielSt Colman’s College26.761353Glenn CairnsOrchard County AC24.383347Ruairi IrvineCity of Derry AC Spartans27.742344David HamiltonBallymena & Antrim AC26.074351Michael GissaneMonaghan Phoenix A.C.29.313357Christopher O’LoughlinTir Chonail26.894348Jack  O’BrienCity of Derry AC Spartans27.785350Evan CuddenMonaghan Phoenix A.C.30.251996 (U18) Girls 200m FinalPosNoNameClubTime1996 (U18) Boys 200m Final1367Christina  Logue26.92PosNoNameClubTime2359Ciara ArmstrongCity of Derry AC Spartans27.041369Jack Mc CloskeyCity of Derry AC Spartans23.183376Megan DevineCity of Derry AC Spartans27.232368Ben McKeownBallymena & Antrim AC23.974378Emma McAllisterLagan Valley AC29.423370Matthew  ToalLagan Valley AC25.565379Jessica McGurkMid Ulster AC30.454373Killian FarrellyShercock AC25.976380Breffni McEnteeShercock AC40.225374Jack BehanTir Chonail26.206375Kevin  Mc Ginley27.957371David KeenanMid Ulster AC30.281995 (U19) Girls 200m FinalPosNoNameClubTime1995 (U19) Boys 200m Final1384Heather CarsonBallymena & Antrim AC26.64PosNoNameClubTime2385Jenny O’BrienCity of Derry AC Spartans27.261382Conor McCafferyGlaslough Harriers25.703387Emma WillisUpper Bann AC27.632383Sammy RosboroughMid Ulster AC26.604386Clare RobinsonRegent House28.641997 (U17) Girls 200m FinalPosNoNameClubTime1500m Walk Finals1361Roseanna McGuckianCity of Lisburn AC26.05AgeNoNameClubTime2366Eva McMullinTir Chonail28.69U15678Maeve RaffertyLetterkenny AC5.40.83362Hollie DuddyLetterkenny AC30.10U15679Pamela ConnollyMonaghan Phoenix A.C.5.57.34363Ciara McAuleyMid Ulster AC31.50U15675Niamh MurphyFinn Valley AC6.05.55364Dervla FowlerMonaghan Phoenix A.C.34.55U15676Caitlin GallagherLetterkenny AC6.46.1U14674Naoise McDermottShercock AC6.49.1U15677Abbie McGettiganLetterkenny AC6.54.9U14671Cilona Wilson – Mc GlynnFinn Valley AC7.06.9U14673Alexandra McKennaMonaghan Phoenix A.C.7.30.2U14672Aimee BrennanGlaslough Harriers8.19.1U14670Colin PeppardMonaghan Phoenix A.C.8.34.91998 (U16) Girls 1500mPosNoNameClubTime1998 (U16) Boys 1500m1644Amy HamillGlaslough Harriers5.06.54PosNoNameClubTime2612Rebekah NixonDromore AC5.16.211641Amando BamisileWillowfield Harriers4.41.153643Leanne KellyFinn Valley AC5.40.602606Connor McQuillanNorth Belfast Harriers4.45.014320Caoimhe  O’ReillyAnnalee AC6.16.443638Padhraic PattonFinn Valley AC4.51.925646Danielle RichardsonOrchard County ACDNF4610Patrick Oneill4.54.685639James McKennaGlaslough Harriers5.17.531997/96/95 (U17&18&19) Girls 1500mPosNoNameClubTime1995/1996/1997 (U17/U18/U19) Boys 1500m Final1623Clodagh O’ReillyAnnalee AC4.50.81U17PosNoNameClubTime2669Amy  JacksonCity of Derry AC Spartans4.52.88U191632Conor MorrisonLetterkenny AC4.27.663624Aoife LavertyCity of Derry AC Spartans5.10.08U172649Oisin GallenFinn Valley AC4.28.084668Emma WilsonBallymena & Antrim AC5.15.05U193648Matthew DohertyCity of Derry AC Spartans4.34.605660Karen GallagherLifford Athletic Club5.19.84U174662Conor CrillyBallymena & Antrim AC4.34.996665Gillian  MarleyMilford AC5.31.15U185647Aodhagan WattersAthletics Ireland4.39.597636Emma LusbySpringwell Running Club5.35.91U186663Michael MelarkeyCity of Derry AC Spartans4.41.458657Denise Mc LaughlinFinn Valley AC5.41.44U177659Enya McBrideLetterkenny AC4.52.259656Eimear KellyFinn Valley AC5.56.82U178664Padraig DonaghShercock AC4.57.5010916Shania SmithLifford Athletic Club6.43.78U179620Sean HusbandMonaghan Phoenix A.C.5.05.8910650Ryan DrayneGlaslough Harriers5.36.871998 (U16) Girls 200m FinalPosNoNameClubTime1998 (U16) Boys 200m Final1324Lydia MillsBallymena & Antrim AC27.15PosNoNameClubTime2321Aine BradyAthletics Ireland27.831304Ciaran BarnesCity of Lisburn AC24.723328Jessica McMasterCity of Lisburn AC27.912302Joseph  KillenCity of Derry AC Spartans25.254336Niamh GaviganSliabh Liag A.C.28.763303Stephen McGaheyCity of Derry AC Spartans25.405323Sasha LawtherBallymena & Antrim AC29.024314Rory CassidyShercock AC25.505308Shane IrwinLetterkenny AC25.781500M Walks FinalsPosNoNameClubTime1997 (U17) Boys 200m Final1681Lisa  BradleyCity of Derry AC Spartans9.15.63U16PosNoNameClubTime2682Ciara DonoghueLetterkenny AC9.26.68U161353Glenn CairnsOrchard County AC23.763351Michael GissaneMonaghan Phoenix A.C.9.41.59U172355Lee NewellShimna College24.304680Jordan ByrneFinn Valley AC10.48.42U163342Paul SextonAnnalee AC24.485683Enya RedicanLetterkenny AC10.56.08U174358Gareth Thompson24.495345Greg MacAuleyBallymena & Antrim AC32.182002 (U12) Girls 4x100m RelayPosNoNameClubTime2002 (U12) Boys 4x100m Relay11010Finn Valley AC59.39PosNoNameClubTime21007Annalee AC63.5611003Cranford AC61.2931013Tir Chonail69.7621005Letterkenny Ac Boys U12 Relay62.6631004Finn Valley AC63.3741001Annalee AC64.8151002Carrick Aces AC68.412001 (U13) Girls 4x100m RelayPosNoNameClubTime2001 (U13) Boys 4x100m Relay11027Shercock AC57.89PosNoNameClubTime21081City of Lisburn58.6611015Finn Valley AC57.7631023Finn Valley AC58.8321020Shercock AC58.7641025Letterkenny Ac Girls U1362.0931017Letterkenny Ac Boys U13 Relay59.5451024Glaslough Harriers63.6841019Rosses A.C.65.3361022Annalee AC64.2551021Tir Chonail67.7071026Monaghan Phoenix A.C.65.9261014Carrick Aces AC67.7481028Tir Chonail68.052000 (U14) Girls 4x200m RelayPosNoNameClubTime2000 (U14) Boys 4x200m Relay11037Ballymena & Antrim AC2.05.04PosNoNameClubTime21038Finn Valley AC2.06.1411033Lifford Athletic Club2.02.0331040Letterkenny Ac U14 Girls2.08.2121084City of Lisburn2.02.7341083City of Lisburn2.09.8731034Monaghan Phoenix A.C.2.09.8351036Annalee AC2.15.3641031Finn Valley AC2.11.4361042Rosses A.C.2.16.0851030Carrick Aces AC2.12.3171041Monaghan Phoenix A.C.2.27.6181039Glaslough Harriers2.30.311998 (U16) Girls 4x200m RelayPosNoNameClubTime1999 (U15) Boys 4x200m Relay11087City of Lisburn1.55.88PosNoNameClubTime21056Ballymena & Antrim AC1.57.2311086City of Lisburn1.50.4731057Finn Valley AC1.57.5621047Shercock AC1.50.9741059Monaghan Phoenix A.C.1.57.8331043Ballymena & Antrim AC1.57.945Lagan Valley1.58.4441044Finn Valley AC1.57.9861060Sliabh Liag A.C.1.58.9351045Lifford Athletic Club1.59.1871058Letterkenny AC2.07.7781055Annalee AC2.07.921997 (U17) Girls 4x200m FinalPosNoNameClubTime11088City of Lisburn1.55.4421067Shercock AC1.59.9531065Letterkenny Ac U17 Girls2.02.8141066Lifford Athletic Club2.05.03ATHLETICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY AC NEWS was last modified: February 11th, 2013 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)last_img read more

No headaches for wine lovers

first_imgSouth Africa’s wine industry is one of the most prolific and successful in the world. Exports are up by 35% for the first quarter of 2008, compared with the same period last year. (Image: Hein Von Hörsten, SA Tourism image library) Wine lovers will now be able to enjoy their favourite beverage without worrying about the side-effects.Janine ErasmusUV technology company Surepure, based in Cape Town, has developed a method of wine purification that eliminates the need for use of sulphur in the winemaking process. The sulphur content is one of the main causes of headaches and other undesirable side effects.Former Springbok rugby player Guy Kebble, CEO of Surepure, says that the internationally patented Surepure technology makes it possible for winemakers to reduce or completely omit sulphur in their red and white wine products. The process also eliminates the need for sterile filtration, a technique that removes spoilage organisms from wine – but it can also strip wine of its flavour and attenuate the aroma.“We use ultraviolet (UV) technology to purify liquids, ridding them of harmful microbes so that it is now possible to bottle wines without adding this chemical,” he says. The company claims a world first in the wine industry.Surepure is best known as a developer and supplier of UV purification solutions to the dairy industry to reduce the need for pasteurisation. Now it has adapted its technology for the liquid egg, cheese, juice and wine industries. The company is in the process of establishing overseas distribution channels for its products.A number of respected wineries, among them L’Ormarins, Steenberg and the Stellar Organic Winery in Namaqualand, Northern Cape, have successfully tested the technology on batches of young wine during the recent harvest. Kebble says that winemakers have reacted positively to the new technique – described as “revolutionary” – which has generated much interest in the industry.South Africa is a major producer of wine for the local and international market and the industry could find itself a nose ahead of the rest with this technology, says Johan van Rooyen, CEO of the SA Wine Industry Council. “By being the first country to offer wines af lower sulphur levels to the discerning international wine market could be a massive boost for our reputation as a technologically advanced wine nation.”Using sulphur judiciouslySulphur, in the form of sulphur dioxide or SO2, acts as a preservative in wine by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms such as yeast and bacteria, and by slowing down the oxidation process. Oxidation happens when the wine reacts with oxygen, which alters its colour and odour with the result that the wine becomes darker and dryer.While too much oxidation will ruin a wine, controlled oxidation can add character and complexity and in some cases, such as with certain sherries, is a crucial part of the production and aging processes.In South Africa, legislation states that dry white wine produced after January 1995 may not contain more than 160 mg/l sulphur. Off-dry and sweeter wines may contain up to 200 mg/l while Late Harvests are allowed up to 300 mg/l. The limit for dry red wine is at 150 mg/l. Organic wines still contain sulphur, albeit at very low levels – however, if the level of sulphur is below 10 mg/l, the product may be labelled “no sulphur added”. The shelf life of these wines is necessarily limited.The Surepure technology blasts microorganisms with UV-C light at a wavelength of 254.1 nm (nanometres). This affects their DNA and causes the organisms to become inactive, preventing them from proliferating. The process, says Surepure, is non-thermal, chemical-free, fast and reproducible, and leaves no effect on the wine.Wine lovers who suffer from sulphur intolerance will now be able to once more enjoy a good bottle of red. Says Kebble, “Many people avoid wine altogether because of the sulphur levels in the liquid. The Surepure system has, however, made it possible for wine to be bottled with no added sulphur or at substantially lower sulphur levels of between 20 and 50 parts per million.”Not only does Surepure cut down on the need to add sulphur, bit it also eradicated the Brettanomyces yeast that is typically found in red wines. Brettanomyces at low levels can impart a positive effect on the wine, but has the great potential to spoil the wine. It is therefore seen as a wine spoilage yeast, and its presence in wine is classed as a wine fault.Once the yeast has found its way into a winery it is hard to eradicate, but it is particularly sensitive to SO2, the traditional method of control.Useful linksSurepureSouth African Wine Industry CouncilSouth African wineStellar organic wineryWines of South AfricaWine-of-the-Month ClubSouth Africa tourism – official sitelast_img read more

China Southern signals further expansion in Australia

first_imgChina Southern Airlines has signalled further expansion in the Australian market as it inked a deal with Tourism Australia on Tuesday aimed at boosting marketing activities in China.A three-year memorandum of understanding was signed on Tuesday in of Adelaide shortly after the arrival of China Southern Airlines flight CZ663 from Guangzhou, the first direct commercial passenger flight between China and South Australia. Officials present at the ceremony included Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan and China Southern chief executive and president Tan Wan Geng.Tan said he had great confidence in the Australian market. “Australia is a market we value highly where we still see opportunities to expand our operations further, as demonstrated by our decision to add Adelaide to our global network,” he said.The comments come less than two weeks after governments of both countries signed an open skies agreement lifting restrictions on operations between major cities. Expansion and new services by Chinese carriers have already helped make China Australia’s most valuable inbound market with almost 1.2 million visitor arrivals now worth about $A9billion a year. China Southern has increased capacity to Australia by 35 per cent in the past year, with 56 weekly services now operating between Guangzhou and Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, as well as Shenzhen to Sydney. “China Southern continues to invest significantly in its Australian network and in Australian tourism, O’Sullivan said in a statement. “The airline now carries a fifth of all Chinese arrivals into Australia, more than any other international carrier. As we approach 2017, the designated ‘Australia-China Year of Tourism’, we look forward to building upon this important partnership.’’Qantas, which has a partnership with China Southern,  and Virgin Australia, which is 40 per cent Chinese owned,  are also moving to increase services to China and take advantage of a growing cadre of Chinese  tourists  looking to travel overseas.Tourism Australia estimates  that spending by Chinese visitors to Australia could rise to A$13 billion annually by 2020.  It says Chinese visitors currently spend an average of $8,000 each on every visit to Australia, more than any other source market.last_img read more

From Daveyton to New York, Lira’s still singing her heart out

first_img“Artists like myself, who still preserve the language, we bring a sense of coolness to it.” – Lira (Image: Miss Lira)• Lisa LoebJob positionAbout Entertainment+27 11 482 8522bookings@misslira.com Sulaiman PhilipDaveyton sits in the centre, between Benoni, Springs and Boksburg. It was most famous for producing some of the country’s best footballers, being the township where kotas – a quarter loaf of bread with your choice of filling – were invented, and the home of the largest assemblage of vintage Chevrolets.In recent years though, it has won as much acclaim for being the home of multi-award winning singer, songwriter and fashion icon Lira, who went from being broke, unemployed and living at home with her parents in 2001, to knocking Celine Dion off the top of the charts in 2009.“I took a risk to become something new, something better. I know it’s hard but most people get stuck in their dreams because they make a decision and do nothing about it.” Starting from the bottom …Lira has faced challenges. From parents who felt she needed an education before they would give her music career their wholehearted support, to established artists stealing her work and, famously, trouble with her first recording company – 999 Music.Her book, Making Herstory, allows her to be vague in interviews about those early days with 999 Music. The owner of 999, Arthur Mafokate, is interviewed about their relationship in a section of the book and for Lira that ends that chapter of her life.As she told City Press in 2013: “Often, when you try to create change and put yourself out there, you might have stones thrown at you. I might have finally given people the one thing to bring me down in whatever way, so I’ve prayed to God to help me stay strong. Every year, I have just been running, achieving things and shifting the goal posts and I haven’t stopped to look at what happened in the last decade.”Daveyton is the sort of town where it is easy to meander through life. Lira chose instead to follow her dream: today she is an entrepreneur, an award-winning vocal gymnast and world-conquering R&B diva. Her drive to world domination started in her teens when she began writing her own songs and performing for friends.“You know there’s something very special about knowing who you are and knowing how you came to be.” – Lira (Image: Miss Lira) … now we’re hereWith her debut 2003 album – All My Love – in hand, she began building her career. Instead of sitting at home waiting for someone to discover her she began knocking on doors. Making the effort and taking action meant that work began to trickle in, slowly, but soon she was an in-demand performer. “Whenever I did a gig, I gave the best performance, so that those people would recommend me to others.”Soul in Mind, Lira’s 2008 album, was proof of her growth as a songwriter. She produced a collection of songs that were sexy, soulful, full of joy, and which celebrated her femininity. With five SAMA nominations – the most ever by a South African artist – Lira announced her induction into the unofficial hall of fame of South Africa’s best female vocalists, which includes, of course, her idol, Miriam Makeba.She grew up listening to Mama Afrika, along with Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin. She soaked up their respective styles and it shows in her ability to switch from R&B to pop to jazz. Lira has shown herself to be fearless in how she interprets her own work and how she translates the work of her idols.“I need the freedom to express myself through my music and so am not bound to a genre when working on an album. But there is a common thread through the songs and that is that they are honest – they come from my soul.” The joy of African designMakeba, beyond being Lira’s singing idol, is also her style icon. She has developed a personal dress style that has earned her as much applause from fashionistas as her voice has from music critics. She chooses South African designers because she believes they best understand her African character. “My style is very embracing of my African self. Nothing reflects who we are as well as our own designs. They are colourful, and vibrant. They also celebrate hand-crafted work.”Makeba, she says, understood the joy of African design. Like her idol she loves colour and comfort, clothes that flow, that are fun yet glamorous. And, like Makeba, “I also have a weakness for bold neck pieces. She made African fashion world-famous. I also love fashion from the 20s and 30s. Classic elegance!”Rise Again, released in April 2014, and Lira’s first American release, is a compilation of the best of her previous studio recordings. Like she did in 2008 she set herself a challenge to help her face the fear when going in a new direction. Before releasing Soul in Mind she went bungee jumping; earlier this year she jumped out of a plane, skydiving for the first time in her life. As she soulfully explains: “It is my giant leap of faith ritual; it makes me brave in other areas of my life.”There is a lesson in her life for her young fans, she has always said: “A way will always exist for those who will keep pushing and fighting their way forward. It’s not going to be easy but we need to stop complaining and start creating some solutions for ourselves. We all need to find ways of making something of our lives. We will literally have to carve a new path where there has been none.”last_img read more