Trump says NFL insults about patriotism, not race

first_img0Shares0000US President Donald Trump pauses to speak to the press as protests spread over his criticism of NFL players raising concerns about racial divisions © AFP / Brendan SmialowskiWASHINGTON, United States, Sep 25 – US President Donald Trump denied stoking racial tensions Monday, insisting his charged comments that prompted a wave of symbolic protests by NFL players were about patriotism not race.After a volley of verbal attacks on black athletes led players across the country to kneel during the US national anthem in protest this weekend, the besieged president played defense on Twitter. Trump had kicked off the furor by attacking players like Colin Kaepernick — who first took a knee through renditions of the “Star-Spangled Banner” during last year’s American football season — as a “son of a bitch” who should be fired.In a separate feud, Trump also disinvited basketball superstar Stephen Curry from a White House event.More than pro 150 players from across the country’s most popular sport took a defiant stance, kneeling, linking arms or raising clenched fists during the anthem before 14 games.The US leader doubled down on those remarks by urging fans to boycott the NFL as long as the protests continued.And keeping the issue alive for a fourth day, Trump on Monday insisted, “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”Trump — who faces low poll numbers and is struggling to enact his agenda — on Monday tried to single out the NFL players who protested.“Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!” he tweeted.He also pointed to the Pittsburgh Penguins acceptance of a White House invitation and support from racecar fans.“So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!” Trump tweeted.But driver Dale Earnhardt also took to Twitter, implicitly rebuking Trump with a quote former president John F Kennedy: “All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”Trump also drew a furious backlash from NBA stars, including superstar LeBron James, who described the president as a “bum.”“He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the President of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement,” said James.“The people run this country. Not one individual. And damn sure not him.”– Courting controversy –Washington Redskins players kneel or lock arms during the the national anthem before a game against the Oakland Raiders © GETTY/AFP / Patrick SmithTrump has whole-heartily embraced the controversy, with his advisors believing it plays well with his largely white base.Trump also changed his Twitter background photo to an American flag and stated that the “White House never looked more beautiful than it did returning last night.”Critics accuse Trump of creating a diversion.His efforts to repeal Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms have run aground and would-be signature tax reforms are giving way to much less ambitious tax cuts.At the same time Trump faces a number of challenges from overseas, not least a war of words with North Korea that threatens to become a shooting war.North Korea in recent weeks detonated its sixth nuclear bomb and has test-fired intercontinental missiles — saying it needs to defend itself against hostility from the United States and its allies.Addressing the UN General Assembly last week, Trump responded by calling leader Kim Jong-Un a “Rocket Man” on a “suicide mission,” prompting Kim to warn in turn that the US president would “pay dearly” for his threat.Escalating tensions further, North Korea’s foreign minister said Monday that Trump had “declared a war” on North Korea, while conveying a threat to shoot down US bombers.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool not feeling Premier League title heat, says Robertson

first_imgIn both matches Liverpool have struggled for the fluency that had taken them to the top of the table, suggesting they could be at risk of throwing away their advantage, just as they did in losing the title to City five years ago.Robertson believes the loss of the injured Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold is having an influence but feels he and his teammates have the capacity to respond.“I wouldn’t say nerves are showing,” said the 24-year-old. “Did anyone say that when City dropped points against (Crystal) Palace and Leicester (in December)? I don’t think they did. It’s no different for us — people talk about pressure because we’ve not been in this position, but it’s February.“Everyone needs to relax and try and enjoy the run-in. Many other clubs want to be in the position we’re in just now. Nerves aren’t showing in the changing room. It’s been two poor results and poor performances, it happens during a long season.“We need to get back to playing the better football we can, but it’s nothing to do with nerves. We’re having a wee blip and we need to just try and get over the line in a couple of games.”Liverpool’s injury crisis forced Klopp to use James Milner in an unfamiliar role at right-back against West Ham and he named an experimental midfield three of Fabinho, Naby Keita and Adam Lallana.“We’ve got quite a few injuries and we need to try and get the boys back fit, but we’ve recruited and have a big enough squad that we should be able to deal with it,” said Robertson.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool dropped two points against West Ham © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 5 – Andy Robertson has dismissed suggestions Liverpool are starting to feel the pressure of being Premier League leaders, saying they are experiencing no more than a “blip” in their pursuit of their first title for 29 years.Jurgen Klopp’s side drew 1-1 with West Ham on Monday after failing to beat Leicester last week, meaning they lead Manchester City by just three points with 13 games to go instead of a potential seven.last_img read more

Zombie film is a treat for Hollywood

first_img“`Halloween’ was far beyond anything we’ve seen on Labor Day,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. The industry finished the summer season with record receipts of $4.18 billion since the first weekend in May. Factoring in higher ticket prices, though, movie attendance did not set a record. Media By Numbers estimates 610million tickets were sold, the fifth-best figure for modern Hollywood. Unlike Carpenter’s original, Zombie’s “Halloween” delved into the childhood of unstoppable slasher Michael Myers to explain why the masked madman wages his own personal war of terror. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at U.S. and Canadian theaters are according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Halloween,” $31 million. 2. “Superbad,” $15.6 million. 3. “Balls of Fury,” $13.8 million. 4. “The Bourne Ultimatum,” $13.2 million. 5. “Rush Hour 3,” $10.4 million. 6. “Mr. Bean’s Holiday,” $8.1 million. 7. “The Nanny Diaries,” $6.4 million. 8. “Death Sentence,” $5.2 million. 9. “War,” $5.1 million. 10. “Stardust,” $3.9 million.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Released by the Weinstein Co. and MGM, “Halloween” also topped the $29million Labor Day gross for 1999’s “The Sixth Sense,” which had been the biggest-grossing movie over the holiday. That blockbuster ghost story was in its fifth weekend when Labor Day came around. Sony’s comedy “Superbad,” the No. 1 movie the previous two weekends, slipped to second place with $15.6 million, raising its total to $92.4 million. Focus Features’ “Balls of Fury,” a comedy about a washed-up pingpong player recruited by the feds to help bring down a criminal mastermind (Christopher Walken), opened at No. 3 with $13.8million. “Death Sentence,” 20th Century Fox’s revenge thriller starring Kevin Bacon, debuted at No. 8 with $5.2 million. Led by “Halloween,” Hollywood set a new overall record for Labor Day, with the top-12 movies taking in $119.6 million, surpassing the previous high of $106.1 million in 2003. By David Germain THE ASSOCIATED PRESS “Halloween” came early and closed Hollywood’s strong summer season with a record-breaking Labor Day weekend debut. Rob Zombie’s new take on John Carpenter’s 1978 horror sensation “Halloween” slashed its way to a $31 million haul over the four-day weekend, surpassing the $20.1 million gross for 2005’s “Transporter 2,” which had held the record for best Labor Day opening. last_img

Liverpool forward’s confidence is ‘shot to pieces’, says former England midfielder

first_img Raheem Sterling 1 Former England midfielder Paul Scholes believes Raheem Sterling is lacking in confidence after an underwhelming individual display in the 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland, which was systemic of the entire team’s display.The Liverpool contract rebel started from the outset in the Three Lions’ first encounter in Dublin for 20 years, but failed to make an impact as Roy Hodgson’s side laboured to a disappointing stalemate.Sterling started the Premier League season in blistering form for the Reds but his performances faded dramatically in the final few months amid uncertainty about his future, and Scholes has noticed a difference in the 20-year-old’s confidence.“You have to feel for Sterling a bit, it looks like his confidence has gone a little bit,” the former Manchester United midfielder told ITV.“This is a lad six months ago, he could beat any defender in the world. He has great skill, great pace and he just looks like his confidence is shot to pieces.”Sterling and his England team-mates will know they have to lift their performance level next Sunday against Slovenia in their bid to edge nearer to qualification for the 2016 European Championship.last_img read more

Mulroy Woods Hotel shortlisted for multiple awards

first_imgThe hugely popular Mulroy Woods Hotel in Milford has been shortlisted in three categories in the highly regarded Irish Hotel Awards.The hotel team has been recognised for their excellence in the hospitality and wedding sectors and are now in the running for top prizes the following categories: Wedding Hotel of the Year, Hotel Bar of the Year and Bar Dining Hotel of the Year.The Irish Hotel Awards recognise local hotels’ commitment to providing some of the best hospitality in the world. The overall winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner on 21 March 2017. Siobhán Barrett-Doherty, Sales & Marketing Manager said: “This is an incredible achievement for the Hotel and we are all super proud. The shortlistings are testimony to our dedicated team who are passionate about delivering a first class hospitality experience for all our guests. We take huge pride in our reputation for excellent customer service, delicious food and amazing value. The last 2 years have been a remarkable journey and we are looking forward to very exciting times ahead.”Pop down next Sunday, March 5th to the Wedding Fayre at Mulroy Woods Hotel to experience the warm and welcoming hospitality.Mulroy Woods HotelMulroy Woods Hotel SuiteMulroy Woods Hotel   Mulroy Woods Hotel shortlisted for multiple awards was last modified: March 2nd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:awardsMilfordMulroy Woods Hotellast_img read more

GARDAI AND RESIDENTS IN STAND-OFF WITH TRAVELLERS AT PROTECTED SITE

first_imgConvoy stand-off took place earlier this eveningGARDAI and residents of Convoy have prevented a Traveller family moving onto a site in the area.The incident happened this evening when a man driving a car and towing a caravan attempted to pull onto the site near the town Garda station.Last Friday Donegal County Council blocked off the site with concrete bollards. Tree preservation orders were also issued after an unknown man claimed he would return at the weekend with a chainsaw to remove trees around the field, some of them 200 years old.A large crowd gathered at the site this evening to prevent the car and caravan from driving around the bollards.The man claimed to be the owner of the site.However Gardai prevented him from moving any further. “Things got quite heated,” said one eye-witness.“A large crowd of residents were there, but gardai sorted the situation out and the man drove off. However we are expected this man to return at some stage.”Cllr Patrick McGowan later met residents to discuss the situation.  GARDAI AND RESIDENTS IN STAND-OFF WITH TRAVELLERS AT PROTECTED SITE was last modified: July 22nd, 2013 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:GARDAI AND RESIDENTS IN STAND-OFF WITH TRAVELLERS AT PROTECTED SITElast_img read more

FORMER DONEGAL STAR GOES THE ‘FULL MONTY’ FOR A GREAT CAUSE

first_imgA former Donegal GAA star has done a ‘Full Monty’ in support of the Irish Cancer Society.Michael Doherty (extreme right) looks like he could still line out for Donegal!Michael Doherty, from the Four Masters Club, was a renowned free-kick taker in his day.Now he could easily be mistaken for one of The Chippendales! Michael, who works as a prison officer, has also been working hard on getting toned up to take part in a fund-raising calendar.And it certainly shows!Derek Walsh, who’s one of the organisers, said the Irish Prison Service is completely behind the effort, and that the men involved volunteered their time for the cause.He said that the photoshoot involved a “lot of baby oil, a lot of fake tan, a lot of ‘manscaping’” and revealed that “some of the lads were working out right up until the start of the shoot”. Props like truncheons and riot helmets appear to have been used in some of the images, and Walsh said that more will be revealed when the calendar goes on sale in the coming weeks.Needless to say there could well be a run on the calendars about Donegal Town way! FORMER DONEGAL STAR GOES THE ‘FULL MONTY’ FOR A GREAT CAUSE was last modified: October 17th, 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:four mastersMichael Dohertyprison oficerlast_img read more

GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR CUT MAKES MOCKERY OF BULLYING INITIATIVE – MCCONALOGUE

first_imgThe Taoiseach has refused to recognise the severe impact on secondary school children of the cut to the guidance counsellor provision last year, claimed Deputy Charlie McConalogue today.Questioning Enda Kenny during Leaders Questions in the Dáil today, Fianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue accused the Government of taking a ham-fisted approach to tackling bullying in schools.“While the bullying initiative launched yesterday is certainly welcome, its potential will be completely undermined by the simultaneous slashing of one-on-one supports at second level,” said Deputy McConalogue. “There has been a massive 51% reduction in one-on-one counselling supports in secondary schools this academic year since Minister Quinn removed the ex-quota allocation for guidance counsellors in Budget 2012. Secondary schools across the country are being expected to prevent bullying with one hand tied behind their back.“This deeply worrying reduction in one-on-one supports for students, coupled with the lack of investment in promoting positive mental health within the school system, makes a mockery of any genuine attempt to tackle bullying and help those affected. Getting tough on bullying is one thing – treating the causes and symptoms is a different thing entirely.”Deputy McConalogue expressed his disappointment that the Taoiseach again refused to recognise the severe impact of the guidance counsellor cut.The Donegal Deputy said, “The usual rhetoric trying to excuse this is simply not good enough. Mental health is the single most critical issue facing young people today. We do not need another terrible tragedy to show us that we are not doing enough to support our young people. And yet the Government is burying its head in the sand by attempting to justify these cuts.” GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR CUT MAKES MOCKERY OF BULLYING INITIATIVE – MCCONALOGUE was last modified: January 30th, 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:deputy charlie mcconalogueTaoiseach Enda Kennylast_img read more

BUSINESSES GETTING BEHIND GAA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE – NOW HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!

first_imgSome of the local business that have come on board to sponsor advertiseing boards at Convoy GAA Centre of Excellence, included are Ciaran Kelly, Michael Mc Menamin, James Boyle, Barry Mackey and Frankie Doherty Photo Brian McDaidBUSINESSES and individuals are throwing their weight behind the new GAA Centre of Excellence  and Training Centre in Convoy.And here’s your chance to get involved in an incredible initiative which will serve players from underage to senior level over the next few years.Businesses who purchase a pitch sign before 31st December 2013 for €500 could WIN the naming rights of the Centre for 2 Years. The cost of the sign – with your company logo displayed on the grounds for minimum 3 years – is included in the €500.Individuals and fans can also buy a plot for just €20 at the centre and they will be in a draw for 1st Prize €2k, 2nd Prize €1k 3rd Prize €500“When the the Centre is fully operational the facility will serve the needs of our county teams, development squads, clubs schools and colleges for both the ladies and men’s Gaa in football, hurling and camogie,” says county board treasurer Grace Boyle.“Get behind us and let’s achieve this for all our young people.” Visit http://www.donegalgaa.ie – or click on the advert on the front of Donegal Daily! BUSINESSES GETTING BEHIND GAA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE – NOW HERE’S YOUR CHANCE! was last modified: November 20th, 2013 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:BUSINESSES GETTING BEHIND GAA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE – NOW HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!last_img read more