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Statue of legendary Donegal musician to be erected in Belfast

first_imgA statue of Ballyshannon guitarist Rory Gallagher is to be erected in front of Belfast’s Ulster Hall after councillors approved the plan.The Donegal guitarist played the venue many times throughout the Troubles, staging annual Christmas and New Year shows at a time when few major acts were willing to travel to the city.A plaque to commemorate the Bluesman was put up at the Ulster Hall in 2006. Last night the planning committee of the city council passed proposals for a new statue.The east Belfast-based Wilgar Community Forum has been fundraising and lobbying for a statue of Gallagher to be placed outside the Bedford Street venue.Other statues of Gallagher have been put up in Ballyshannon, in Cork, where he spent most of his childhood, and in Temple Bar in DublinGallagher, who was known for his exciting live performances, suffered liver damage and died in 1995 at the age of 47. Statue of legendary Donegal musician to be erected in Belfast was last modified: October 19th, 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) Tags:BelfastdonegalguitaristRory Gallagherlast_img read more

Altidore, Bradley shake USA boos in TFC win

first_imgMLS Altidore, Bradley shake off USA boos as Toronto FC wins at Red Bull Arena Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 12:30 10/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Jozy Altidore Aaron Long Toronto FC New York Red Bulls Vincent Carchietta MLS United States New York RB v Toronto New York RB Toronto The U.S. national team veterans heard the jeers after failing to qualify for the World Cup, but they still helped deliver a postseason win HARRISON, N.J. — The boos came early and often.Every single touch, every pass and every dribble. Any time Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore took possession of the ball Monday night, a half-full Red Bull Arena rained down the boos — louder boos than perhaps have ever been aimed at any player in this stadium. And the fouls? Any time Bradley and Altidore committed a foul the boos hit their peak, filling the stadium and even leading to one particularly pointed chant aimed at the striker.”F— you, Jo-zy. F— you Jo-zy.” Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ten minutes later, having not yet found a moment to give Bradley the same treatment, Red Bulls supporters did just that out of the blue.”F— you Brad-ley. F— you, Brad-ley.”The jeers weren’t simply about the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal first leg between the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC, or even about the fact that Bradley and Altidore began their careers in the Red Bulls organization. No, Monday’s chorus of jeers was about the lingering pain and disappointment caused by the U.S. national team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.It wasn’t the first time the pair faced that sort of treatment, with Atlanta United fans also booing them during the regular season finale.Neither Bradley nor Altidore appeared to let the fans affect their game, as they played a big role in helping TFC leave Red Bull Arena with a 2-1  victory. That result sets up TFC to finish off the series Sunday in Toronto, where the Canadian club posted the best home record in MLS in 2017 (13-1-3).Toronto coach Greg Vanney believes that, if anything, the boos only served to help the visitors get more out of the American stars.”I think it motivated them,” Vanney told Goal. “Each of them dug just a little bit deeper, and each of them pulled out a little bit more.”It was Bradley who forced New York midfielder Felipe into a turnover that sparked a TFC counter early, with Altidore then maneuvering past a defender before sending a dangerous cross into the 6-yard box. Luis Robles parried it away, but the ball fell to Victor Vazquez for the eighth-minute opener.Michael Bradley Daniel Royer Michael Bradley Toronto FCAltidore had a hand in TFC’s second goal as well, winning a 50-50 battle with Aaron Long, overpowering the Red Bulls defender to gain possession and finding Giovinco with a pass. Giovinco proceeded to draw a foul that he promptly turned into his latest free kick masterpiece.”I thought Jozy was outstanding,” Vanney said. “He played big, he played physical. In days where you’re not getting out in transition all that great, you need somebody who you can target, who you can play off of, who can hold the ball up, who can bring people in.”His contribution was huge. It wasn’t on the scoreboard, but I think Jozy is more than that,” Vanney added. “We’ve learned that over the years. Jozy’s the consummate team guy. He’ll do whatever he needs to do on the day, and he doesn’t get too caught up on how many goals he scores. We needed him to be the big guy tonight and he was great.”Started by Jozy. Finished by Vazquez. #NYvTOR // @Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/cqbwvdT0fw — Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 30, 2017 Seba. Free kick. 💰 #NYvTOR // @Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs https://t.co/VELsGxQfUb — Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 31, 2017 Altidore had the last laugh, as he walked off the field when he was subbed out in the 86th minute, taking a moment to clap for the fans of both the club he currently represents and those who once cheered him as one of their own. He kept a straight face for most of the walk off the field but could be seen cracking a smile as he sat down, knowing he and TFC came to New Jersey and did what they needed to do.Toronto’s victory means that the pressure is squarely on the Red Bulls, who must do what only one visiting team in 17 regular season matches was able to do: win a game at BMO Field. The task is made even more difficult by the two away goals TFC banked.After the match, Altidore acknowledged being upset about some of the treatment that came his way considering he began his pro career with the Red Bulls in 2006, where he spent parts of three seasons before being sold to La Liga side Villarreal in a $10 million transfer in 2008.”It’s bittersweet. I had a lot of good memories, I thought, with Red Bull,” Altidore said. “It’s my first club that I played at. It was a bit classless. The World Cup, being disappointed with that, I get, I understand, but the other stuff is a bit disappointing. I was never disrespectful towards these people. It’s my first club, and I have so much admiration for the club, so that part’s disappointing. But the World Cup stuff, I totally understand that.”Altidore was the target of jeers during the match and heckles toward the TFC bench after leaving the match. He made no excuses for his role in the U.S. team’s shocking World Cup qualifying loss to Trinidad & Tobago but made a point to say that missing out on the World Cup was a devastating disappointment for the players as well.”That’s the part that people fail to understand. Nobody suffers, nobody loses more than the players,” Altidore said. “Look, I get fans, they put a lot into it, and we’re nothing without our fans. But at the end of it, the biggest losers are the players and the program, not being able to further so much good work that we’ve done over the past 10 years.”I get it. They’re frustrated. I have no problem with that,” Altidore continued. “I understand, but like I said, I just thought at some points it was a little bit classless (Monday) in a place I gave a lot to. And they gave a lot to me and had some good memories, but it is what it is. There’s no loyalty anymore, so all bets are off.”Jozy Vanney PSBradley didn’t react to the boos, but at one point late in stoppage time, a chorus of “Roma Reject” echoed from the Red Bulls supporters’ section. As play stopped due to an injury, Bradley grabbed a water battle and took drink after drink as he stood near Toronto’s goal, just a few feet away from the chanting. At times, he stared out at the supporters, many of whom were likely in that same section cheering him on just last month when the U.S. lost to Costa Rica.”The people that come are allowed to support their team and try to do whatever they can to make an atmosphere to give their team an advantage,” Bradley said. “How that goes is completely up to them. As players, as competitors, you enjoy playing in big games, you enjoy competing when everything’s on the line. You enjoy playing in big atmospheres. You worry about things you can control, you worry about trying to play in the best possible way, compete in the best possible way, and you let the rest speak for itself.”For Vanney, a former U.S. defender, the boos aimed at Bradley and Altidore are misguided.”I think the whole thing is nonsense,” Vanney said. “It takes a lot more than a couple of guys to not qualify for the World Cup. It takes structural issues and a lot of other things.”The fans have the right to do what they want, but these guys really stepped up and proved a point.”last_img read more

Van attack looks unrelated to national security threat level unchanged Goodale

first_imgOTTAWA – There remains no information to warrant a change in Canada’s risk level, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale reiterated Monday following what he described as a “horrendous” midday van attack in Toronto that killed 10 pedestrians and injured 15 others.Goodale was on hand for a news conference in the northern Toronto neighbourhood where the deadly attack took place earlier in the day — and where police revealed both the identity of the driver of the van and that the death toll had reached double digits.“The events that happened on the street behind us are horrendous, but they do not appear to be connected in any way to national security, based on the information available at this time,” he said.Goodale and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland happened to be in the city Monday for a meeting of G7 foreign and security ministers when news emerged of the incident, which took place without warning on a crowded city sidewalk under brilliant spring sunshine.He told an earlier briefing with reporters that the precise details of what had happened, as well as the motive behind the “attack,” were still unknown, and he confirmed Canada’s risk level would remain unchanged.“There is no information available to me at the present time that would lead us to conclude that there should be a change in risk level.”Not long after the incident and not far from the scene, a man seen standing near a badly damaged white rental van was taken into custody following a dramatic standoff with police that was captured on video by a bystander.During the evening news conference, Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders identified the man as Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., but said it was still too early to speak of a motive.“We are looking very strongly to what the exact motivation was for this particular incident to take place,” Saunders said.Canada’s current threat level is medium, where it has been since October 2014, when a gunman killed a sentry at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa before storming Parliament Hill, where he died in a hail of gunfire.Both Goodale and Freeland expressed admiration for police and first responders on the scene and offered sympathies to the victims and their families.“I think all of our hearts go out to the people hurt in this incident and to their families and loved ones,” Freeland said. “It’s a very sad moment.”In a statement Monday night, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed.“We should all feel safe walking in our cities and communities,” Trudeau said. “We are monitoring this situation closely, and will continue working with our law enforcement partners around the country to ensure the safety and security of all Canadians.”The prime minister also thanked first responders “who managed this extremely difficult situation with courage and professionalism.”“They faced danger without hesitation, and their efforts no doubt saved lives and prevented further injuries,” he said.News of the incident sent shockwaves through the House of Commons, with many politicians and staffers closely monitoring social media for updates. Police provided little detail through the afternoon, adding to the ongoing sense of confusion and concern as the hours passed.Ali Ehsassi, MP for the Willowdale riding where the incident occurred, said there were many pedestrians in the area at the time.“It’s a very busy area,” he said, adding he did not know any reason why the area might have been targeted. “(I’m) very much shaken up, as you can imagine, and just been glued to my phone just trying to obtain as much information as I possibly can.”Ehsassi said his own home is just two minutes away from the Yonge Street scene. He shared condolences for his neighbours and constituents.“My heart goes out to them. They’re in my heart, they’re in my thoughts and I’m very much looking forward to heading back home as soon as possible.”Earlier in the day, Goodale said he understands there are many questions that remain unanswered, but said law enforcement is working hard to get as much information out as quickly as possible.“We cannot come to any firm conclusions at this stage. The police are conducting their thorough investigation to determine exactly what happened and why it happened.”last_img read more