Site C construction reaches one-year milestone

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It’s official: the Site C Dam has officially been under construction for one year.According to a press release from the provincial government this morning, the 365-day milestone was reached last week. The release from both the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Energy and Mines says that major progress has been made on the $8.8 billion megaproject, adding that the dam project is both on-schedule and on-budget.Premier Christy Clark says this is a project that will benefit for years.“Site C will provide British Columbia with a generational opportunity to secure a reliable source of clean, renewable and affordable electricity for the future, the construction of Site C is also providing economic benefits today — employing more than 1,000 B.C. workers, offering skills training opportunities for young workers, and providing opportunities for businesses of all sizes.”- Advertisement -The dam will provide the capacity to generate 1,100 megawatts of electricity, producing roughly 5,100 gigawatt hours of energy each year.The latest employment numbers for the Site C project show that there were a total of 1,547 workers on the Site C project in May 2016, with 1,223 workers from British Columbia (79%).Advertisement MLA Mike Bernier says this is a project that is helping those while we are experiencing the economic downturn.“In the northeast, the slowdown in the natural resource sector has been significant and the construction of Site C is providing employment and business opportunities at a time when it is really needed.”Some other facts:Over 900 hectares of land has been cleared as part of site preparation work.To date, BC Hydro has signed contracts and made financial commitments of more than $4 billion.Approximately 2.5 million cubic metres of material has been excavated and relocated on the north bank of the dam site.last_img read more

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Messi hits four as Barca maintain perfect start

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (L) vies with Eibar’s David Junca during their match in Barcelona on September 19, 2017 © AFP / PAU BARRENAMADRID, Spain, Sep 19 – Lionel Messi added four more goals to his soaring early season tally as a much-changed Barcelona maintained their 100 percent start to La Liga by routing Eibar 6-1 on Tuesday.Paulinho and Denis Suarez also netted for the second consecutive game as Barca stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points over Real Madrid, who host Real Betis on Wednesday. “That Messi scored four goals now isn’t news,” said Barca boss Ernesto Valverde after the Argentine’s 43rd career hat-trick.“He has done it so many nights, in so many games. To keep repeating it is the most difficult thing.“He is an extraordinary player. I have run out of words for him.”Messi played in a more central role as Valverde heavily rotated his side for the first time since taking charge with Luis Suarez dropping to the bench among six changes from Saturday’s hard-fought 2-1 win at Getafe.And contrary to their fortunes last season, Barca’s back-ups proved Valverde can take the luxury of resting some of his star names with Paulinho particularly impressive on his first start.Messi opened the scoring in nonchalant fashion from the penalty spot on 21 minutes after Nelson Semedo had been felled by an ungainly challenge from Alejandro Galvez.Paulinho’s 40-million-euro ($48 million) signing from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande was one of a series of moves that drew stinging criticism for Barca’s board following Neymar’s world-record departure for Paris Saint-Germain.However, after coming off the bench to score the winner at Getafe, Paulinho powered home his second Barca goal from Denis Suarez’s corner seven minutes before half-time.Paulinho also played his part in Barca’s third with a cute dummy that freed Messi and, when his shot was parried by Marko Dmitrovic, Denis Suarez fired home the rebound.Sergi Enrich reduced the arrears when he capitalised on some sloppy Barca defending to slot home David Junca’s cross.However, Messi quickly restored Barca’s three-goal lead with a lovely measured finish from the edge of the box.The five-time world player of the year completed his hat-trick just after the hour mark by prodding through Dmitrovic’s legs from Paulinho’s pass.And he added his 12th goal in just eight games this season three minutes from time after a neat one-two with Aleix Vidal.Valencia’s Simone Zaza, pictured in January 2017, bagged a hat-trick against Malaga © AFP/File / JOSE JORDAN– Anger fuels Zaza –Barca lead second-placed Sevilla, who host Las Palmas on Wednesday, by five points with Valencia now just a point further adrift as they moved up to third thanks to Simone Zaza’s seven-minute hat-trick in a 5-0 thrashing of Malaga.By contrast, a fifth straight defeat to start the season sees Malaga slip to bottom of the table and plunges coach Michel into further danger of becoming the second La Liga boss to be sacked this term.“I am tremendously proud of the performance of the players. It is a joy to be able to enjoy it with our fans,” said Valencia coach Marcelino.Santi Mina got the rout started after just 17 minutes with a neat header from Carles Soler’s cross.Zaza then completed his first ever hat-trick with three clinical close-range finishes between the 55th and 62nd minute before substitute Rodrigo rounded off the scoring.And the former Juventus striker shrugged off a bust-up with Marcelino after being dropped for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Levante.“I didn’t have anything to prove,” Zaza told BeIN Sports Spain.“What happened on Saturday is already forgotten, I think it is normal that a player is angry when he doesn’t play.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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PSG project in question after latest European let-down

first_img0Shares0000Dejected PSG players at the end of Tuesday’s defeat against Real Madrid © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTPARIS, France, Mar 7 – After an honourable defeat to Barcelona on away goals in the Champions League quarter-finals in 2013, Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi stated the club’s objective was to win the competition “in the next five years”.That deadline expired with Tuesday’s limp defeat to holders Real Madrid in the last 16, leaving the French side as far away from being European champions as at any point since Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) bought the club in 2011. For all their lavish spending, PSG have still not made it past the quarter-finals of the competition this decade, and there have now been consecutive exits in the last 16, the 5-2 aggregate loss to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real coming after a spectacular collapse saw them crash out in Barcelona a year ago.The strategy after that defeat was to commit to paying the two biggest transfer fees in football history last August to sign Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for a combined 402 million euros ($499 million), an attempt to buy immediate success on the biggest stage.It has not worked, with Neymar left watching Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at the Parc des Princes that sealed PSG’s fate from Brazil, where he is recovering from a foot operation.“All that for that”, was the headline on the front of sports daily L’Equipe on Wednesday, a reference mainly to the bold transfer strategy.“We believe in our players. We want to continue the project, with the two of them because they are the future of the club,” said Al-Khelaifi on Tuesday when asked if the club’s investment should be called into question.Seven years after QSI’s arrival, PSG have still managed to beat just three teams in the Champions League knockout stage: Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen and Chelsea.That is a damning statistic for a club with their means and ambitions.“We will continue, as much as patience allows, to build a team which can win in the future,” said coach Unai Emery on Tuesday.“When I came here I said I was sure this team can win the Champions League. But it’s a process.”– Neymar to stay, Emery out –Soon to be out of contract, Emery will not be given another crack at the competition in Paris. The club will look for a new coach, and they will be tempted to go for a big name after the failure of the Emery experiment — the Spaniard won three Europa Leagues with Sevilla but has never won a Champions League knockout tie in six seasons of trying.The club will fight to keep hold of world-record signing Neymar © AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULTThey also need to revamp their squad again, and replace the likes of Thiago Silva, Thiago Motta, Dani Alves and Angel Di Maria, all in their 30s.The club insist they are not worried about falling foul of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, even if a premature European exit will mean a shortfall of millions of euros.“We are relaxed about it. It is more of an issue outside the club than inside. It is March and we have until the end of June. There are no worries,” sporting director Antero Henrique told L’Equipe last weekend.One thing that is unlikely to happen is Neymar leaving, despite ongoing speculation that the Brazilian has not settled in France.Al-Khelaifi’s beIN Sports owns the exclusive international distribution rights for television coverage of the French league, and the network is currently in the process of negotiating new deals around the world. In that context, PSG selling a star such as Neymar this year is unthinkable.But in the meantime another period of soul-searching will begin for PSG and their Qatari owners.“Now is not the time to talk about change, everyone is upset. We want to calm down before working out what needs to be changed. We have time to think about that,” said Al-Khelaifi on Tuesday.PSG still have three domestic trophies to go and win before the end of the season, but that seems instantly less appealing once the big prize of the Champions League is no longer up for grabs.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Rain halts Federer’s Indian Wells opener

first_img0Shares0000With showers expected to continue at Indian Wells organizers suspended play for the night, with the match between Roger Federer and Federico Delbonis put on hold © GETTY/AFP / KEVORK DJANSEZIANINDIAN WELLS, United States, Mar 11 – Defending champ Roger Federer’s opening match was put on hold Saturday when play at the Indian Wells ATP Masters was suspended after heavy rain swept through the California desert.The 36-year-old Federer had taken a set from Federico Delbonis 6-3 with the second tied at 2-2 when rain stopped play. The start of the match had been delayed several minutes by light rain in a precursor of worse weather to come.With the showers expected to continue, organizers eventually suspended play for the night, with the match to resume on Sunday.One women’s match had yet to be completed and another didn’t even make it on court, and those two were also to be completed on Sunday.Federer and Delbonis will be the third match on stadium court on Sunday after 10th seeded Novak Djokovic plays his opener against Japan’s Taro Daniel.Federer is seeking to extend his perfect record this season to 13-0 as he hopes to make history and capture his sixth title.The age-defying Swiss maestro has already won two titles in 2018, claiming his 20th Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open in January.In men’s play earlier, world number four Grigor Dimitrov slumped to a shock 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-3 defeat to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.Dimitrov continues to struggle in Indian Wells. The 26-year-old Bulgarian No. 1 has never made it past the third round in seven appearances.Dimitrov reached the final earlier this year in Rotterdam, where he lost to Federer. That came after a breakthrough 2017 which saw him win four titles, including Sofia, Cincinnati, Brisbane and the ATP Finals.Verdasco, 34, is making his 15th straight appearance in Indian Wells and trying to improve on his 2009 quarter-final run.– ‘Amazing feeling’ –“It is an amazing feeling when you come to a tournament like this and in a stadium with a good atmosphere against one of the top players in the world. You know you’re able to do your job and have a good day and win the match,” said Verdasco.“So it was a really good feeling. I am super happy to win and come through this tough opponent and this tough round.“I am just going to enjoy the victory and try to keep it going in the next round and make it as far as possible.”Fifth seeded Dominic Thiem defeated teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in a second round match.Thiem moved through to a third round meeting with 30th seed Pablo Cuevas, of Uruguay, who beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.Thiem, 24, is hoping to improve on last year’s quarter-final finish at Indian Wells, one of the biggest events on the tennis calendar outside of the four Grand Slams.Other men’s winners on Saturday included American Taylor Fritz, Czech Tomas Berdych and South Korea’s Chung Hyeon.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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CL heartache not new for United, insists Mourinho

first_imgMourinho was on the winning side that night as Real Madrid manager and also sent United out of the last 16 when Porto boss in 2004.“I’ve sat in this chair twice before with Porto, Manchester United out, and Real Madrid, Manchester United out, so I don’t think it’s anything new for the club,” said Mourinho, who bristled at questions over his tactical approach.“I don’t want to make a drama of it. We have no time to be sad for more than 24 hours, that’s football. It’s not the end of the world.”The visitors were deserving winners as they controlled the game throughout, but had to wait for Ben Yedder’s introduction as a substitute 18 minutes from time to add a clinical finish by taking his Champions League tally for the season to eight goals in seven appearances.Ben Yedder put Sevilla in front two minutes later when he blasted into the bottom corner before heading in a second shortly after.Romelu Lukaku reduced United’s arrears, but it was too little, too late with Mourinho’s decision to once again drop Paul Pogba certain to be scrutinised.“In the first half we played a good game apart from the last 30 metres,” said Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella.“In the second half we were more clinical with Ben Yedder, he made the difference today.”Mourinho sprang a surprise before kick-off by recalling Marouane Fellaini at the expense of Pogba, who had also been dropped for the first game.Sevilla dominated the vast majority of the first leg only to be denied by some stunning saves from David de Gea.However, it was wayward finishing rather than the Spanish number one that prevented the visitors making the most of their ascendency for most of the match.Indeed, of Sevilla’s 10 efforts on goal in the first period only one weak Muriel effort forced De Gea into making a save.– Fellaini gamble backfires –Substitute Wissam Ben Yedder’s second goal looped over the line to finish off United © AFP / Oli SCARFFMourinho’s gamble on Fellaini appeared to have largely backfired as he failed to impose his physical presence on Sevilla’s ball players in midfield.Yet, the Belgian nearly made the breakthrough with United’s best move of the opening period when he latched onto Alexis Sanchez’s layoff and his powerful effort was turned behind by Sergio Rico.The second period began in the same vein as the first with Sevilla on the front foot, and only a brilliant last-ditch tackle by Eric Bailly denied Correa a clear sight of goal.Pogba, who cost United a then-world record £89 million ($116 million) in 2016, was eventually introduced just after the hour mark with Fellaini sacrificed.However, even the Frenchman couldn’t kickstart the hosts and they were eventually made to pay.Ben Yedder had only been on the pitch for two minutes after replacing Muriel when he finally broke the deadlock in the tie with a brilliant finish low into De Gea’s bottom left-hand corner.“Manchester United have experience in the Champions League, it was a special game for us,” said Ben Yedder.“But I believed in myself, believed in the team and we showed we are a great team.”Mourinho responded by throwing on Anthony Martial and Juan Mata, but their attacking edge was needed far earlier as Ben Yedder soon put the outcome beyond any doubt when he forced home a corner at the far post despite a despairing effort by De Gea.Lukaku finally got United on the board six minutes from time when he swept home Marcus Rashford’s corner.But it was to little avail as United have now failed to reach the quarter-finals for four straight years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho’s United put in a lifeless display and were dumped out by Sevilla © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 14 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insisted European disappointment is nothing new for the English giants after losing 2-1 to Sevilla at Old Trafford to crash out of the Champions League by the same scoreline on aggregate.Wissam Ben Yedder struck twice in four second-half minutes on Tuesday to send Sevilla into the quarter-finals for the first time in 60 years as United suffered a first European home defeat since Alex Ferguson’s Champions League farewell in 2013.last_img read more

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Northern Lights College’s longest-serving president passes at the age of 74

first_imgAlong with being remembered for his compassion, integrity, and dedication to his work, family, and friends, Jim was known for his sense of humour.Advertisement Jim is survived by Marty, his wife of 51 years, son Wade, daughter Nicole, grandchildren, and extended family. “We are all deeply saddened at Jim’s passing. He was instrumental in shaping higher education in the North,” said M. Bryn Kulmatycki, current president and chief executive officer of Northern Lights College. “He will long be remembered for his unwavering commitment to NLC and the educational needs of northern British Columbians.” A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 30, at 10 am in the Centre for Clean Energy Technologies at NLC’s Dawson Creek campus. – Advertisement -Kassen started his 25-year tenure as president of NLC in 1980. During his time he grew the College from a single campus in Dawson Creek, with three storefront operations in Chetwynd, Fort Nelson, and Fort St. John, and just a few hundred students, to eight campuses and access centres across the upper third of British Columbia. Jim retired from NLC in 2005. In 2007, the College opened the Jim Kassen Industry Training Centre at the Fort St. John campus in his honour.center_img DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Jim Kassen, former president of Northern Lights College, passed away on November 19, 2019. To make a contribution, call 250-787-6240 or email foundation@nlc.bc.ca.Advertisement Under his leadership, the College entered into a formal arrangement with the University of Northern British Columbia in 1992. Jim awarded NLC’s first honorary degree to renowned opera singer Ben Heppner in 1994. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Jim Kassen Legacy Award, administered by the Northern Lights College Foundation.last_img read more

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Exclusive – Meulensteen warns Man United: Robben looks happy at Bayern Munich

first_imgRene Meulensteen admits Manchester United have already missed out on Arjen Robben once before – and believes the Red Devils may be set for failure again this summer.The Bayern Munich flyer has been one of the players of the 2014 World Cup, despite some criticism for diving, and will line up for Holland in their semi-final clash with Argentina on Wednesday night.Dutch manager Louis van Gaal is ready to launch a raid for the 30-year-old, when he takes his place as Man United boss, with the duo’s close working relationship expected to aid the bid.But former Old Trafford assistant manager Meulensteen has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show he is unsure whether the winger would leave the Bundesliga giants.“I’m sure Van Gaal would love to take Arjen Robben to Manchester United,” he told talkSPORT. “That’s not a surprise.“When I was at Manchester United, we looked at that possibility for a few years, but then he signed for Bayern Munich. He’s been happy ever since and had a lot of success there.”last_img read more

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Celtic to be handed Champions League reprieve?

first_imgCeltic could be handed a sensational Champions League reprieve after UEFA launched an investigation into the eligibility of one of Legia Warsaw’s players during their 6-1 aggregate win over the Scottish champions.The Polish side confirmed that they had been asked for information from the European governing body.A statement on Legia’s official website read: “The club announces that in connection with the Celtic FC-Legia Warsaw match in the second leg of the third qualifying round of the Champions League, UEFA opened an investigation into the participation of Bartosz Bereszynskiego.“The club is preparing the relevant information and explanations, which will be sent to UEFA today.“The result of the investigation will be announced immediately after its completion.” Celtic players look dejected 1last_img read more

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On-loan Man United star Hernandez targets Real Madrid starting spot

first_img1 Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is aiming to become a first-team regular at Real Madrid during his time with the Champions League holders.The Mexico international is a new arrival at the the Bernabeu, having joined this summer on loan from Manchester United.Despite competition for places at Real being fierce – with new signing James Rodriguez only adding to the club’s attacking talent – Hernandez will not be settling for a spot on the bench“No one trains to be a back-up,” Hernandez told Neox TV. “I’m a football player and there are 11 starters, so the ones on the outside are always waiting for a chance and no player will say that they train to wait on the outside. “I’m not a conformist, I want to grow but it takes a lot of work and competition.” Javier Hernandez in action for Manchester United last_img read more

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Capital One Cup round-up: Newcastle dump out holders Manchester City

first_img Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko celebrates against Manchester City 1 Newcastle United conjured up an incredible shock as they dumped out Capital One Cup holders Manchester City with an impressive 2-0 win at the Etihad.Few would have given the Toon Army much of a chance, particularly as Alan Pardew continued to show his disregard for cup competitions by naming a second string XI.But the young charges repaid their manager’s faith handsomely with a blistering start that brought an early award as 18 year old Rolando Aarons put the visitors in front after just six minutes.The Magpies’ harrying was causing City problems and after Fernandinho poorly relinquished possession, Aarons seized on the ball and sent a fabulous strike through Willy Caballero’s legs.Newcastle had to put in a hell of a shift in defence to repel a strong Blues side and when the Toon’s backline was breached, reserve goalkeeper Rob Elliot came to his side’s rescue, denying Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure with fine saves.Pardew’s side were producing well on the counter-attack though, and Paul Dummett went desperately close to doubling the visitors’ tally with an excellent volley that Caballero turned away, while on the stroke of half-time it took a last ditch Martin Demichelis block to stop Adam Armstrong scoring.City looked bereft of ideas in attack and were left breathing a huge sigh of relief when referee Stuart Atwell failed to award a clear penalty after Gabriel Obertan was hacked down Aleksandar Kolarov when clean through on goal.Fortunately the controversy would have no bearing on the result as substitute Moussa Sissoko netted the decisive goal on 75 minutes, bursting through the Blues’ feeble defence and firing home to send the travelling supporters delirious.And Manchester City simply had no answer to Newcastle’s performance as the visitors held on for a famous victory against Manuel Pellegrini’s struggling side.Elsewhere, Graziano Pelle’s last gasp strike sent Southampton into the quarter-finals as they beat a ten-man Stoke 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium.The Saints appeared to be cruising with just 20 minutes gone after the Italian scored an early stunner to put Ronald Koeman’s side ahead and then Shane Long doubled their tally.But fresh from a Mark Hughes rollicking, Stoke emerged early from the half-time break and worked their way back into the game as Steven N’Zonzi clawed a goal back.In a game of two halves, the Potters continued to lay siege to Southampton’s goal and finally got their reward when Mame Biram Diouf stooped to head home from a fourth successive corner.However, there remained some late drama as Stoke substitute Peter Crouch’s appearance off the bench lasted just 14 minutes as the ex-England forward foolishly picked up two yellow cards.From the resulting free-kick Pelle took full advantage as the striker made it ten goals in 11 appearances, firing the ball home to send Stoke packing.Finally, Tottenham made it into the last-eight as they ended Brighton’s cup dream with a comprehensive 2-0 win at White Hart Lane.Spurs fans had to wait for almost an hour before they opened the scoring, but it was richly deserved when it came as Erik Lamela polished off a well worked move that involved Roberto Soldado.Championship outfit Brighton acquitted themselves well, but with 16 minutes remaining the game was up as Harry Kane continued to push his claims for a Premier League starting role by tapping home the easiest of goals.last_img read more

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Coral Daily Download – Liverpool’s Sterling to star for England against Slovenia?

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to this weekend’s Euro 2016 qualifiers, with England, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales all in action.And he claims the stage is set for Raheem Sterling to have a starring role for the Three Lions against Slovenia at Wembley on Saturday.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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Bristol Rovers land goalkeeper on loan

first_img1 Fabian Spiess Bristol Rovers have completed the emergency loan signing of Notts County goalkeeper Fabian Spiess.The 20-year-old, who made his first-team bow for the Magpies in 2012, will link-up with Darrell Clarke’s Conference side until January 1.It is not the first time County academy graduate Spiess has spent time away from Meadow Lane, the shot-stopper previously spent time on loan at Lewes and Corby Town.last_img

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Lukaku wants ‘more respect’ for goalscoring record

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku wants more respect after leading a 2-1 win over Chgelsea this weekend © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 26 – Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku says he deserves “more respect” for his goalscoring record, hitting back at critics who have highlighted his lack of goals against the Premier League’s top clubs.The 24-year-old scored a goal and set up Jesse Lingard’s winner in a 2-1 victory against Chelsea Old Trafford on Sunday that lifted Jose Mourinho’s side back into second place in the Premier League. “That’s the situation around me,” Lukaku said, after scoring his first league goal for United against a side currently in the top eight.“I just need to keep working hard. I think I have got a nice record. I’ve scored a lot this season and I just want to keep going.”“You expect a bit more respect but it’s the situation we’re in,” he told Britain’s Press Association. “I don’t listen to it. I just want to improve and show the people what I can do on the pitch.”Lukaku, who has scored 22 goals in all competitions for United this season, is two goals away from joining 27 other players to score 100 Premier League goals.The Belgian relishes the pressure that comes with “playing for the biggest club in the world” and does not regret spurning the chance to return to Chelsea last year.“No, no, no,” said the former Everton player. “When I make a choice it’s with my head and my heart. I made the right choice for me.“As you can see, I’m in a good situation. I’m with a manager and players who push me every day. The challenge is there to win and it’s something that I wanted.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Salah won’t stop at 40 for the season, says Klopp

first_imgSalah, in his first season at Anfield, became the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush in 1986-87 to reach the 40-goal mark and only the third from the club ever to reach that landmark after Rush and 1966 England World Cup winner Roger Hunt.But Salah has reached his 40 quicker than either of his predecessors and, with potentially seven games remaining for his team, may yet challenge the all-time club record, currently held by Rush who scored 47 goals in a blistering 1983-84 campaign.“Really it’s 31 years? He doesn’t look that old. He must have been 14 when he scored his 40 goals,” joked Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp about Rush, when told Salah had become the first Liverpool player since the Welshman to hit 40.“But Mo knows what this means and the way we play suits him. For him, for the boys, it’s fantastic and today he certainly didn’t look like he doesn’t want to score in the next few games.“It’s all about him, all about us and how we finish the season. Normally, in that situation, to be top of the goalscoring list at the end and win the Golden Boot, or whatever it’s called, means you have been successful as a team, but we can’t force it. But it’s good, impressive. What a number. Wow!”There was certainly a “wow” factor about the manner in which Salah claimed his 40th, and the 30th in the league this season, after 69 minutes.Trent Alexander-Arnold’s hanging cross into the Bournemouth area allowed Salah to peel away from his marker Nathan Ake and flick the most perceptive of finishes with his head over keeper Asmir Begovic.Either side of Salah’s goal were efforts from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, taking their respective Liverpool tallies for the season to 25 and 17, meaning the prolific front three have now combined for an astonishing 82 goals between them this season.Firmino’s 90th minute third goal made it 300 for Liverpool in well under three seasons since Klopp took over, but he insisted they can still improve in attacking areas by not always looking for Salah.“What a number we’ve scored as team over the whole season,” added Klopp. “That’s really good and we have to carry it on for a few games to come. I have seen the boys looking for Mo but we have to mix it up a little bit.“He’s the threat but it’s good to analyse it with the boys afterwards, we show them and they listen. A lot of times we are in a position shooting and they cannot always give the ball to him. So we can still improve in this situation to use his threat and pass the ball somewhere else.”With Anfield in the mood to celebrate the superb midweek Champions League victory over Manchester City, Mane gave the home crowd something to cheer about when he met a seventh minute cross from Jordan Henderson.Begovic did well to save the initial header but Mane reacted quickly to blast in the loose ball.And after Salah took centre stage, Firmino rounded off a fine afternoon for the hosts when he converted clinically from 18 yards after being picked out by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.Bournemouth took four points from Liverpool last season, but having been swept aside in both meetings this campaign, Eddie Howe believes Liverpool’s improvement makes them serious contenders to win the Champions League.“Comparing Liverpool to last season, they have really improved, grown as a team, as they have shown through the season,” said Howe. “Of course they can win the Champions League.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mo-mentous: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates his 40th goal of the season on Saturday © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLiverpool, United Kingdom, Apr 14 – Jurgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah has not finished in his efforts to rewrite the Liverpool goalscoring record books after the Egyptian international took his tally for the season to 40 goals in a 3-0 Premier League victory over Bournemouth.But the German manager also insists that Salah will not be distracted by his quest for the Golden Boot award, for the Premier League’s leading scorer, as Liverpool seek to end a memorable season by winning the Champions League.last_img read more

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WCup brings no lasting cheer for Russian beer

first_img0Shares0000For many football fans, no game is complete without a beer © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – Football fans from around the world are flocking to Russia’s bars, beer gardens and craft beer pubs to quench their thirst as the World Cup heats up.But the surge in sales will not have a lasting impact on Russia’s beer industry, where consumption has been losing fizz for years — ever since it lost its classification as a soft drink. Russia ranks 14th in terms of annual alcohol consumption per capita, according to the World Health Organization.But with spirits — chiefly vodka — traditionally playing a stronger role in social life, Russia ranks far lower at 32nd in terms of beer consumption, according to a 2016 survey by Japanese beermaker Kirin.Part of the reason why Russians are drinking less beer now than they were in the early 2000s is because of moves to restrict sales and advertising.Higher taxes on beer and declining consumer spending power have also contributed to the decline.The real turning point came in 2011, when beer was classified as an alcoholic drink rather than as a soft drink.Since then, nighttime sales have been banned, as have sales at street kiosks and in particularly large volumes.– ‘Compromise’ needed –Since 2013, with a major economic crisis in full swing, the market has contracted more than 24 percent and is set to lose another 11 percent by 2023, according to an estimate by Euromonitor.“Between 2007 and 2017, tax on beer grew almost tenfold,” said Pavel Yerankevich, senior development director at Baltika, Russia’s number one beer brand, which now belongs to Denmark’s Carlsberg group.Football fans in Russia are giving a boost to the local beer market © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOV“All that together with the unfavourable macroeconomic situation has of course influenced the state of the market,” he added.Yerankevich thinks Russia risks going too far with measures designed to prevent alcohol abuse, even as he acknowledges the problem is widespread and needs to be tackled.“We need to find a compromise: on the one hand to put into action the government’s reasonable goals of lowering alcohol abuse and reducing the sales share of strong spirits, but on the other hand, not to put up artificial obstacles to business development,” he said.The World Cup may be a “driver of growth” in beer sales, he said.“But in this case, the increased demand will only affect this period without changing the overall annual trend,” he added.Yury Antonov, who heads the Ochakovo beer factory in a Moscow suburb, says sales to bars and consumers have risen ahead of the World Cup but he is downbeat about the longer term.“We don’t think that the market will stabilise any time soon. We think that the market will continue falling,” he said.– Anyone for a craft beer? –All-American lager Budweiser, as the official sponsor of the World Cup, may be the only beer likely to see a strong benefit.Budweiser, made by Belgium-based AB Inbev, is the only beer allowed in stadiums and fan zones.Alcoholic beverage sales are banned in a two-kilometre (1.2-mile) radius around the stadiums.The Budweiser brand has ensured its logo is highly visible at numerous spin-off events as well.A spokesperson for Budweiser said it does not disclose specific sales figures, but described the World Cup as a “great opportunity” for the brand.Some other beermakers are also performing better than usual, including alcohol-free brands.In 2017, alcohol-free beer sales saw “solid growth” thanks to “aggressive marketing” by major brands, Euromonitor said in a report.Big brands like to focus on advertising their alcohol-free beer partly because it dodges tough restrictions.However there is a genuine “rising consumer interest and demand” as Russians become more health-conscious, the market research provider said.A surge in beer sales is unlikely to live out the World Cup © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVThe other type of beer to buck the trend is craft beer, with specialised bars and shops popping up all over Russia’s larger cities.For the moment, craft beer is being produced only by small and medium-sized breweries.But Euromonitor analysts expect that “larger brewers will also increasingly focus on craft beer so as to help offset losses in the lager category.”Artyom Zimakov, who owns Beermood, a craft beer bar in central Moscow, said he is delighted to see his bar packed every day so far in the World Cup.The market for his type of product is “very dynamic and it’s growing,” he said.“It’s going to grow fast.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Mbappe tells AFP: Ronaldo, Messi still best but won’t win Ballon d’Or

first_img0Shares0000World Cup sensation: France’s Kylian Mbappe © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Nov 9 – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe told AFP on Thursday that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi remain football’s greatest players but that his own World Cup heroics could help crown him the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner.Mbappe, 19, inspired France to World Cup victory in Russia with four goals. One of those came in the 4-2 final victory over Croatia as he became just the second teenager after Pele in 1958 to score in the championship match.He was also voted Young Player of the tournament and has since become Ligue 1’s leading scorer with 11 goals as Paris Saint-Germain run away with the French title.Messi and Ronaldo have won the last 10 Ballon d’Or awards and Mbappe believes that they are still the sport’s top A-listers.“Nobody is doing better at the moment and we can’t say it’s the end of their era because it will only end when somebody else does better than them,” Mbappe told AFP.However, the young striker added: “I don’t think one of them will win the Ballon d’Or this year because it was a World Cup year, and the World Cup takes precedence.”While Mbappe thrived at the World Cup, Messi’s Argentina and Ronaldo’s Portugal bowed out in the last 16.“But if you take the player in the purest form, there’s nobody better yet. This year they were again the best two,” added Mbappe.“Messi finished the best goalscorer in Europe; Ronaldo was the top scorer in the Champions League.”Mbappe was speaking to AFP on Thursday at an event organised by watchmakers Hublot, one of his leading sponsors.The last French player to win the coveted Ballon d’Or was Zinedine Zidane after the national team’s 1998 World Cup victory.“Frankly, I hope so (win the Ballon d’Or). We achieved something big. It would not be unjust because that is a strong word, but it would be a shame if a Frenchman does not win it.“We made history and it would be nice to be rewarded.”Football’s future? Kylian Mbappe talks to AFP © AFP / FRANCK FIFECroatia’s Luka Modric, voted Best Player of the World Cup, remains favourite for the Ballon d’Or.However, Modric is 14 years Mbappe’s senior so the young Frenchman has time on his side.He will also have time and opportunity to complete his journey from the tough streets of the down-at-heel Paris suburb of Bondy to a life of super-riches.– ‘Play to win’ –Mbappe, who will turn 20 just before Christmas, signed for PSG from Monaco for 180 million euros in 2017 in the second most expensive transfer of all time — behind PSG teammate Neymar who cost the French champions 222 million euros.Off the field, he seems destined to match Ronaldo in the commercial stakes.Will his initials “KM” match the brand power of Ronaldo’s “CR7”?“I don’t know because CR7 is something big, he has managed to build his brand and become international,” said Mbappe.“Mine is not at this stage yet, I’m changing little by little.”That development into the public consciousness saw him dominate the front page of Time magazine in October with the American publisher breathlessly showcasing the teenage as “the future of football”.Mbappe said that he will not be satisfied with winning just one World Cup.When asked what he wants to win next, he said: “All the World Cups that I can play.“I play to win; if I play four World Cups then I want to win four. We go step by step. I have already won one. You have to prepare and win with your club and with the national team also.“There are short-term goals before thinking about the 2022 World Cup. But the aim always is to win.”On being tipped to be the next true superstar once Messi and Ronaldo have retired, Mpabbe added: “I cannot control everything that is done and said.“There is not just the pitch but everything around it must also be managed. It’s not easy but I’m learning, I’m still learning. I have people around me who help me overcome the challenges one after the other.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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City thrash Schalke to reach Champions League quarters

first_imgAguero’s penalty opened the scoring at and the Argentine forward netted again before Leroy Sane, who also contributed three assists, struck against his former club.Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus all scored after the interval to complete City’s biggest home win in the Champions League.Pep Guardiola’s side, who lifted the League Cup in February, remain on course for an unprecedented quadruple, sitting one point ahead of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League before this weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final at Swansea.Sergio Aguero scored twice in Manchester City’s 7-0 thrashing of SchalkeThis emphatic victory was the joint-biggest ever Champions League knockout stage win but won’t linger long in the memory given Schalke’s total lack of resistence. However it could be a good omen as City beat Schalke en route to winning their only European trophy in the 1970 Cup Winners’ Cup.Twice a Champions League winner as Barcelona boss, Guardiola claimed this week that City are “teenagers” in the competition compared to the more established European powers.They have never won the Champions League, with their best performance a semi-final appearance in 2016 under Guardiola’s predecessor Manuel Pellegrini.But City are one of the favourites to claim the trophy after Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain crashed out and, on this evidence, Guardiola’s players are up for the challenge of showing they are more mature than he believes.It seems only winning Europe’s elite club prize can make City fans fall in the love with the tournament.Once again they loudly jeered the Champions League anthem, this time in frustration at UEFA’s recent investigation into the club over allegations of financial misconduct.Guardiola had claimed it would be a “dangerous situation” to underestimate Schalke, but the struggling Bundesliga team were never a realistic candidate to spring a surprise.– Floodgates opened –Sergio Aguero was in predatory form in Manchester City’s demolition of SchalkeSprinting onto Kyle Walker’s pass, Sterling crossed for Aguero to shoot against a post in the opening moments.Guardiola’s men monopolised possession and their territorial dominance finally paid off in the 35th minute.Ilkay Gundogan clipped a pass into the Schalke penalty area and Jeffrey Bruma bundled over Bernardo, with the spot-kick awarded after being checked by VAR.Aguero stepped up to nonchalantly chip the penalty down the middle as Ralf Fahrmann dived the wrong way.Aguero has now scored in four successive Champions League games for the first time.That opened the floodgates as Aguero quickly put the result beyond doubt three minutes later.Sterling was the provider as he raced onto Gundogan’s pass and pulled the ball back to Aguero, who squeezed his shot past Fahrmann from a tight angle for his 27th goal of the season.An interminable VAR delay of several minutes while Sterling was confirmed as onside drew more boos from City fans.Leroy Sane shone against his former side SchalkeBut they were celebrating again in the 42nd minute.This time it was Sane who ripped open the shambolic Schalke defence, the German winger sent clear on goal by Oleksandr Zinchenko before driving a clinical strike into the far corner.City were streets ahead of Schalke in every phase of the game and Sterling maintained his sublime form with a cool finish from Sane’s majestic pass in the 56th minute.Bernardo made it five in the 71st minute, netting with a first-time shot from Sane’s pass.There was still time for Foden to bag his first Champions League goal as the young midfielder took Sane’s pass and slotted home in the 78th minute.Jesus beat Fahrmann’s weak attempted save with six minutes left to complete City’s perfect evening.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City players celebrate one of their seven goals against Schalke during a Champions League tie at the Etihad Stadium on March 13, 2019MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 13 – Manchester City thrashed Schalke 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday to romp into the Champions League quarter-finals and keep their quadruple bid alive.City had snatched two late goals to win the first leg 3-2 and they made the most of that fightback with a ruthless demolition job at the Etihad Stadium to clinch a 10-2 aggregate victory.last_img read more

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Tuchel not interested as Bayern set timeframe in coach search

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says he expects a decision to be made about Niko Kovac’s replacement within the next three weeks © AFP / INA FASSBENDERBerlin, Germany, Nov 5 – Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says the German giants expect to name Niko Kovac’s replacement as coach within three weeks, although Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel said Tuesday he is not interested in the job.Kovac was sacked on Sunday after 16 months in charge in the wake of Bayern’s 5-1 drubbing at Eintracht Frankfurt, which left the defending champions fourth in the Bundesliga. Kovac’s assistant Hansi Flick has been named interim coach.Hoeness says Bayern’s senior figures will “think calmly about how to handle” finding a new coach with a decision expected to be made during the forthcoming international break.“I think that by the time the next away game comes around in Duesseldorf (on November 23), we’ll know how the coach’s issue has been resolved,” Hoeness added.According to Sky Germany, Tuchel, who is under contract at PSG until 2021, has been approached by Bayern but has ruled out an immediate switch.Paris Saint-Germain’s German coach Thomas Tuchel, who has reportedly rejected an approach by Bayern Munich, looks on during a PSG training session on November 5 © AFP / FRANCK FIFE“It doesn’t interest me because I’m the coach of PSG. I have a contract for next season. I can’t think for a minute about another club,” Tuchel said on the eve of his side’s Champions League game with Club Brugge.Ajax coach Erik ten Hag, one of the early favourites having coached the Bayern reserves from 2013-15, has also announced he will not leave the Dutch side before the end of the season.Massimiliano Allegri, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, who are all currently without a club, have been mentioned by the German media as possible candidates to coach Bayern.Flick, Joachim Loew’s assistant coach when Germany won the 2014 World Cup, will be in charge at least for Bayern’s home matches on Wednesday in the Champions League against Olympiakos and Saturday’s Bundesliga showdown with Borussia Dortmund.0Shares0000(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Emotions got the better of me, says dropped Sterling

first_img“Both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on,” Sterling said.“We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me.“This is why we play this sport because of our love for it — me and Joe Gomez are good, we both understand it was a five to 10-second thing… it’s done, we move forward and not make this bigger than it is.“Let’s get focus on our game on Thursday,” Sterling added.The Daily Mail reported that Gomez and Sterling had to be separated by teammates on Monday after a “physical confrontation”.The pair had also clashed on the field towards the end of Sunday’s match.– ‘Families have disagreements’ –England manager Gareth Southgate moved quickly to deal with the issue — arguably one of his achievements during his time in the post has been to erase the rivalries between members from different clubs which plagued previous England squads.The likes of former star defender Rio Ferdinand have spoken about how when they used to join the England camp he and Manchester United players would stick together and find it hard to mix with Chelsea or Liverpool stars.Gareth Southgate said Raheem Sterling had been dropped for Thursday’s game with Montenegro after his altercation with Joe Gomez © AFP / Paul ELLISSouthgate said in a hastily-organised press conference on Tuesday he would rather deal with the matter publicly now than let it fester till his usual meeting with the media on the eve of matches.The 49-year-old, clearly irked by how the information had leaked out regarding the set-to, said Sterling’s emotions had run over but “it is not the same for Joe (Gomez)”.However, he emphasised a line had been drawn under the incident.“I love all of my players,” he said.“We are like a family and all families have disagreements.“The important thing is for a family to communicate and work through problems.“I don’t expect as a manager to not have to deal with issues, that’s part of the job.“Our focus is now on moving forward.”Despite being dropped for Thursday’s match Sterling took part in England squad training — as did Gomez — on Tuesday.Sterling, who according to some reports had packed his bags but changed his mind when Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson intervened and persuaded him to stay, has been one of the stars of England’s qualification campaign, scoring eight goals in six games.A draw against Montenegro at Wembley will be enough to guarantee England’s place at Euro 2020.Sterling has enjoyed a makeover in his image in the past year with less biting observations of his perceived lifestyle in the press and more positive headlines regarding his public stance against racism.Six Chelsea fans were banned — one for life — after racially abusing him during a league game last season. He also suffered abuse along with England team-mates in their Euro qualifiers against Bulgaria and Montenegro.The 24-year-old silenced the critics over having a rifle tattooed on his leg by revealing it was his pledge never to touch a gun following his father being shot dead in Jamaica in front of his own father when the star was just two.He has been hailed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan for his campaigning against racism.“I’d go as far to say he’s the best statesman we have (for fighting racism),” Khan said in September this year.0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez appeared to have made up after their altercation as they both took part in England training ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 12 – Raheem Sterling said he allowed his “emotions” to get the better of him leading to a brief altercation with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez that resulted in the Manchester City player being dropped for Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro.Sterling admitted on Instagram on Tuesday he and Gomez “had words” when they met up at the England camp the day after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over defending champions City which left the latter nine points adrift of Jurgen Klopp’s side.last_img read more

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How do you spell it without any R’s? Aspiring reporter finds out

first_img`If you don’t like my story, chief, get yourself a news boy!” That’s what a reporter said to his editor in a movie I saw when I was 11. I learned reporters were on top of everything and were one step ahead of everyone. When I left the theater I made a decision: I was going to become a reporter. On my way home, I walked past the second-hand store. Two typewriters were in the window – an Underwood priced at $5 and the other, a Fox, at $1. I had 70 cents saved up from running errands. The next morning on my way to the store, I passed the barbershop. Oscar, the owner, was standing in the doorway. “What’s the rush, Jackie?” he asked. “I’m going to buy a typewriter at the second-hand store. I want to be a reporter.” “Be careful and don’t get taken,” Oscar said. “I’ll be all right. Reporters are sharp and careful about details.” When I got to the store I asked the owner about the difference between the two typewriters. “The Underwood is a little better than the Fox,” he said. “Does the Fox work pretty well?” I asked. “Not bad,” he said. “I’ll give you a demonstration.” He typed something without looking at the keys. “I don’t see any printing,” I said. “The Underwood shows you the printing as the type strikes the paper,” he explained. “This typewriter’s keys hit the roller underneath, so you have to turn it up.” He added that it had something to do with patents. I guess when someone invents something, no one else can invent the same thing. The roller was turned up and it said: “The lazy fox jumped on top of the white picket fence.” “Gee, it looks professional!” I thought. “I’ll be able to do some good writing.” When I told the man I had 70 cents, he did not seem too happy. I started to walk to the door when I heard him say, “All right, but remember, you are buying it as is, no refunds!” “It’s a deal,” I said. It was a 2-mile walk home and the typewriter was heavy, but I didn’t care. I was going to be a reporter. My typewriter looked good sitting on the dining room table. I started typing the alphabet. I turned up the roller and there were the printed letters, all but letter R. In its place was a small mark. I looked under the carriage where the R should have been was an empty space. Then I remembered what the owner said: “As is, no refunds!” It was my fault for being so anxious. Anyway, I figured I could use the typewriter to learn how to type without looking at the keys. I practiced the next two hours and learned the positions of the keys. It went well until on came the light. “I thought I heard clicking in here,” my mom said. “What on earth are you doing? It’s 10 o’clock, you should be in bed.” “In a little while,” I pleaded. Mom told me to leave on the light. I decided to wear a blindfold so I wouldn’t see the keys. It was as good as typing in the dark. “Now, what’s going on?” Mom asked a little later. “What are you doing with that necktie around your head? It’s almost midnight and dad will be home from work.” She also added that the typewriter would be there in the morning. The next day I planned to visit Oscar the barber. He doesn’t have any children and talks to me like a grown-up. Oscar was reading his paper when I walked into the shop. “Did you get the typewriter?” he asked. “I told my wife about it, and she has a book that will teach you how to type. There is a sentence about a lazy red fox that jumped over a picket fence. It is good for practice since it has every letter of the alphabet.” “I’m pretty sure it is a `blue fox jumping on top of a picket fence,”‘ I said. “I don’t think so,” Oscar said. “If you don’t use the words red or over you won’t have an R.” He didn’t know, but I learned that 70 cents ago. I thanked him and left. My plan was to save enough money to buy another typewriter. Maybe I could sell this one. Who would buy it? There might be someone who doesn’t need an R. Jack Younger is a 46-year Westchester resident and an actor. Do you have a story to tell? Submit your column to Lisa Martini, My Turn, Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077, or e-mail us at lisa.martini@dailybreeze.com. Please limit to 800 words and include your telephone number. We’ll pay $25 for each column we publish. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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‘Title race not over’ says Chelsea boss Mourinho as Blues go seven-points clear

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho refused to admit that the Premier League title race is over, saying that he is only focusing on his team’s season run-in.The Blues moved seven-points clear at the top of the table with a 2-1 victory over Stoke City, and while there are just seven matches remaining in the campaign, the Portuguese remained restrained when discussing the destination of the title.“[It brings us] one step closer,” he told talkSPORT. “Now, instead of six victories and a draw, it is five victories and a draw [needed to win the title].“The second, third and fourth-placed teams need to win every game and wait for us to lose a few points. We just need to think about ourselves.”When asked whether reigning champions Manchester City have slipped out of the running, Mourinho was even more defiant, saying: “No, of course not. On Monday, they can be second again. Nobody is out of the title race when mathematics says they are in it, so they are.”While Saturday’s victory brought another three points for Chelsea, it was arguably, Charlie Adam’s stunning long-range goal that stole the headlines and while Mourinho commented that it was ‘amazing’, he took another view of the effort.“Their goal is amazing, but I am not happy with it. Our defensive block was high and the moment we lost the ball we have to know to press the opponent.“We were not good enough in the transition when the ball was lost.“It was a goal that every top player in the world wants to score. He must be happy despite their defeat.”last_img read more

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Gunners star to miss Arsenal clash with former side Manchester United

first_img1 Danny Welbeck in action for Arsenal Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Danny Welbeck will miss the Premier League game against his former club Manchester United on Sunday with a knee injury.Welbeck has been forced to miss the last two matches, but the Arsenal manager was hopeful he might be able to return this weekend.The England striker scored at Old Trafford back in March and would have been desperate to face his former team-mates.But Welbeck has failed to make a full recovery and will be sidelined once again.Wenger said: “I would love to have him available but we have to do it without him.“He is short a fraction but is not far away.”last_img read more

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Chelsea starlet admits he’s stunned by his success

first_img1 Chelsea starlet Ruben Loftus-Cheek admits he is still pleasantly surprised to have made his first-team breakthrough at Stamford Bridge this season.The 19-year-old midfielder started the first Premier League match of his career against Liverpool two weeks ago, and has now made three league appearances for the champions.Jose Mourinho has revealed the academy graduate will be a permanent fixture in the first team next season as the Blues attempt to defend their crown, and that is a real surprise for the England Under-21 star who was on the periphery at the start of the campaign.“I look back to pre-season and I didn’t even go away with the first team, so it has been a massive jump,” he said.“I didn’t expect to spend half the season in the first-team squad so I am really happy with how things have gone.” Ruben Loftus-Cheek last_img read more

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Man City fan view: ‘We’re not Liverpool, we don’t give a s**t who leaves!’

first_imgEach week a leading band or musician takes our special Starting XI Q&A. And they don’t come much bigger than this week’s interviewee… Mr Noel Gallagher…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?He’s already been and gone at City… Mario Balotelli.If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?Blue Moon by Elvis Presley.Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?Easy. The San Siro in Miilan.Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?There can be only one… Mario Balotelli.Brit award or Premier League trophy?The Premier League all day… I’ve got enough Brits.When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?It was all music stuff I’m afraid. The Jam, Sex Pistols.Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?Lionel Messi.If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?Once A Lifetime by Talking Heads, Rock The CasBah by The Clash, too many to mention.Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?Carlos Tevez got us all jumping at City. As for players that left? None really, we’re not Liverpool fans, we don’t give a s**t who leaves!Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Easy… Wayne Rooney.What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?They’re ALL s**t!Noel Gallagher will be live on talkSPORT on Wednesday night (July 29) between 11pm-1am on the Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar. Don’t miss it!Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will release ‘Lock All the Doors’ on August 28th. The track is the fourth single to be released from the hugely successful No 1 album ‘Chasing Yesterday’. For more details visit www.noelgallagher.com, and listen to it now on our Spotty playlist! 1 Noel Gallagher last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger revels in Arsenal’s ‘perfect week’ following back-to-back wins

first_imgArsene Wenger has reflected on a “perfect week” for Arsenal, after his side followed up Champions League victory over Bayern Munich with three points against Everton to go top of the Premier League table.The Gunners sealed a surprise 2-0 win over the German giants on Tuesday to kick-start their European campaign, and were eager to claim maximum points against the Toffees with title rivals Manchester City facing a tough derby clash with United at Old Trafford on Sunday.First-half goals Olivier Giroud and defender Laurent Koscielny in the space of two minutes looked to have set the Gunners up for a comfortable evening, before Ross Barkley hauled Everton back into the contest with a brilliant solo goal on the stroke of half-time.Both sides had chances to add to the scoreline after the break, with Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Romelu Lukaku all hitting the woodwork, but Arsenal were the more impressive side to seal a 2-1 win over an Everton side which finished the game with ten men after Gareth Barry earned two yellow cards.And while Wenger accepts there is little to read into the league table just yet, things are now starting to come together for the Gunners“It is a perfect week and it is not easy to have that,” said the Arsenal boss.“I believe that we will keep that solidarity, that desire to do well and I think we are well focused to do well and together we have improved on that front and we know that when we have the ball we can create goal chances.“We went to Watford and won 3-0 and beat Bayern Munich 2-0 and beat Everton tonight in one week, it has been a fantastic week. It is not easy.“The only negatives is that we lost some players through in jury during the week, but I will have to rest some players Tuesday night against Sheffield [Wednesday in the League Cup] as I think for some players I think it will be one game too many for them.”Wenger admitted he did not expect Arsenal to be at the head of the table at this stage following their poor start.“I thought after ten games, no, honestly. I thought it would take much longer because Manchester City started with five wins, so it was difficult to envisage that we would come back but we had no choice,” he added.“I’m pleased because we had a very difficult start. After a difficult game against West Ham [a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates on the opening day] nobody would have predicted we would have been at the top after ten gams.“But we are there, that shows we have made some ground up, so let’s keep our togetherness and fight for the future games, that is all we can do.“It is very early in the season but we are happy to be where we are.”last_img read more

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Stoke City v Man United: Rooney DROPPED by under-fire Van Gaal

first_imgWayne Rooney has been DROPPED for Manchester United’s Boxing Day clash with Stoke City.With pressure mounting on under-fire manager Louis van Gaal following a run of six games without a win, the Dutchman has responded by dumping his captain on to the bench for the lunchtime Boxing Day kick off.Rooney, who has scored just two Premier League goals this season, insisted earlier this week that he and his team-mates would fight to save Van Gaal’s job, but he will have to wait for his chance to join that battle against the Potters.Ander Herrara comes back into the side, while Anthony Martial will lead the line on his own.Stoke also make one change, with Geoff Cameron recovering from a hamstring strain to replace Marko van Ginkel in midfield.Stoke: Butland, Cameron, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, Johnson, Whelan, Shaqiri, Bojan, Afellay, Arnautovic. Subs: Joselu, Wilson, van Ginkel, Adam, Diouf, Walters, Haugaard.Man United: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Young, Carrick, Ander Herrera, Mata, Fellaini, Depay, Martial. Subs: Rooney, Romero, Schneiderlin, Varela, McNair, Borthwick-Jackson, Andreas Pereira. 1 Wayne Rooney last_img read more

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Stoke confirm red card appeal

first_img1 Geoff Cameron Stoke City have launched an appeal against Geoff Cameron’s red card in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to West Brom.The midfielder was sent off late on in the Hawthorns clash for pushing Claudio Yacob in the back of the neck.The Potters were level at the time but went on to succumb to a stoppage-time winner from Jonny Evans.Hughes criticised referee Lee Mason’s decision to show Cameron a straught red after the game and blasted Yacob’s reaction to the push.Now Stoke have decided to challenge the decision in a bid to overturn the American’s automatic three-match ban.last_img read more

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Chelsea transfer latest: Christian Atsu to join Malaga on loan

first_img1 Out-of-favour Chelsea winger Christian Atsu is expected to join La Liga side Malaga on loan.The Ghana international moved to Bournemouth on loan at the beginning of this season, but was recalled by the Blues after failing to make an impact with just two appearances for the Cherries.And with limited opportunities at Stamford Bridge, it seems the 24-year-old will not be sent out to gain experience in Spain.The likes of Epsnayol, Rayo Vallecano and Levante were all reportedly interested in a deal for Atsu, but the prospect of regular first team football at Malaga looks to have swayed the player.Atsu joined Chelsea in the summer of 2013 and has already spent time at Everton and Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem on loan.The former Porto winger has 42 caps for Ghana and his Blues contract expires in the summer of 2018. Chelsea winger Christian Atsu last_img read more

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Jury gets case of McDonald’s strip search

first_imgCOURTS: Trial revolved around hoax call to woman who said she was “petrified.” By Brett Barrouquere THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. – A jury on Thursday began deliberating the case of a woman who said she was forced to strip in a McDonald’s back office at the behest of a caller posing as a police officer. The jury forewoman also told the judge that one juror wanted to see a clip of the security video taken of the strip search. McDonald said if there were still questions after reviewing other evidence, he would allow the jury to see the video clip. Ogborn was 18 and working at a McDonald’s in April 2004 when she was told to strip after a man called the store, claiming he was investigating a theft. At one point during the 31/2-hour search, the assistant manager’s boyfriend was left to handle the phone call. Donna Jean Summers, the assistant manager, was convicted of unlawful imprisonment. Her former fiancee, Walter Nix Jr., is serving a 5-year sentence for sexual abuse and other crimes. During the trial, jurors saw over an hour of a security video, on which a nude Ogborn performs sex acts on herself and Nix. Ogborn’s attorney, Ann Oldfather, asked Ogborn why she didn’t leave the manager’s office during the assault, particularly when she was left alone. “I was scared, and I was petrified,” Ogborn said. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. I didn’t know if this was my last day on Earth.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityLouise Ogborn, 21, is suing McDonald’s, accusing it of failing to warn her and other employees about the hoaxer, who had struck other McDonald’s stores and fast-food restaurants across the U.S. Ogborn is seeking $200 million in compensatory and punitive damages. McDonald’s has said Ogborn is responsible for whatever damages she suffered for not realizing it was a hoax. The trial so far has lasted four weeks. After about two hours, jurors asked to review some of the evidence. Judge Thomas McDonald said he would allow jurors to see a copy of the employee handbook Ogborn signed, but he denied requests to review a map showing the locations where other hoax calls were received and a timeline of events. last_img read more

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Redondo still a fine pick

first_imgBAY LEAGUE: Hosley’s 100-yard interception return lifts Sea Hawks. By John Klima STAFF WRITER The final play of the first half did not go as Leuzinger intended it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Then again, it wasn’t exactly what Redondo anticipated, either. On a play that defined host Redondo’s 17-3 Bay League victory Friday night, senior Jason Hosley raced down the field and found himself in front of a gamble of a pass by Leuzinger quarterback Te’Shon Burton. Hosley intercepted the ball in the end zone as time expired in the half. He began a trek the other way, proceeding downfield with a slew of bodyguards, including three lead blockers who parted the way. His 100-yard interception return gave Redondo a 14-0 halftime lead and signified another step toward what Redondo hopes will be a league championship. In other ways, Hosley’s interception reflected how first-place Redondo has remained the only undefeated team in the Bay League. A different night. A different hero. Or in this case, a pack of Sea Hawks making certain that Hosley completed the play that broke Leuzinger’s hopes. “I definitely think (the interception) picked us up,” Hosley said. “It was a big momentum shift because our offense was slow. Once we got the interception, it really boosted our team. I wouldn’t have had it without the blocking.” Hosley intercepted the pass about 1 yard in the end zone, but high school rules mandate that any interception returned for a touchdown from anywhere in the end zone is ruled a 100-yard return. Cyke Penn made the first block, about 20 yards upfield, allowing Hosley to make his first move. About 15 yards later, Nick Jones threw a second block that provided more running space. Finally lineman Kyle Sharman added the final blow, putting a Leuzinger defender on the turf along the Redondo sideline at midfield. ” Redondo (5-3, 3-0) didn’t exactly rack up the yardage against a fairly solid Leuzinger defense. But it made three key plays to account for all its offense and further solidify itself as a team that can win behind more than one person in more than one way. “It’s different people each week,” Hosley said. “We all just want to come out and make plays. We have one goal – to be Bay League champions.” Redondo isn’t there yet. It must face Palos Verdes (5-2-1, 2-1) and Mira Costa (2-5-1, 0-2-1) in its final two league games. It was a confidence builder for Redondo to win after a victory the previous week at West Torrance, as the Sea Hawks showed consistency and avoided second-guessing. “It was very important to play well after West, because some people thought that it was a fluke,” Hosley said. “We had to come out and play well and I think we did.” It wasn’t a dominating effort. Redondo had only 163 yards of offense. Richie Hoover’s diving catch of Wilson’s pass in the second quarter gave Redondo a 6-0 lead with 10:04 to play. The only other offense Redondo generated was Nick Diaz’s 35-yard field goal in the third quarter. Leuzinger’s only points came from Gyasi Zardes’ 33-yard field goal in the third quarter. Leuzinger was frustrated by 14 penalties for 100 yards. The Olympians also had a fourth-quarter touchdown pass nullified by a penalty. Trumell Mitchell led Leuzinger with 79 yards rushing on . Leuzinger played strong defense, limiting Redondo running back Hayward Gray to 83 yards . Still, Redondo found a way to win in league again. “Right when he made the interception, I thought he was going to get tackled,” Redondo quarterback Erik Wilson said. “All of the sudden, (Hosley) started juking people. Sharman made an intense hit. The guy was gone. All three guys threw great blocks. (5-3, 1-2) 13 carries on 15 carries Redondo continues to forge a reputation as a team that learns from enough of its mistakes to minimize the same kind of errors the following week. “This team is pretty disciplined this year,” Gray said. “We want to win Bay League, but the way we’re going to do it is to go back, look at the last game, and start looking at the next game.” That outlook has worked thus far for the Sea Hawks, as they gather for another push up the field. “Every guy,” Gray said, “contributes every night.” john.klima@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Squeezed shoppers seek cheaper stores

first_imgThe idea of trading down is different from cross-shopping, when shoppers buy kitchenware at Target and status handbags at Neiman Marcus. Shoppers cross shop to have a more eclectic style, but trade down to cheaper stores as a sign of financial stress, experts say. Amanda Curry, a waitress and bar manager from Riverview, Mich., said she normally shops at Somerset, an upscale mall with Nordstrom and Macy’s department stores. Now, she is looking at places that offer lower prices. This year’s destination? “Meijer, Wal-Mart – J.C. Penney, probably,” she said. “My income’s not as high as it used to be,” she said, noting she now has a 17-month-old daughter. Monica Tang, a retail strategist at Kurt Salmon Associates, agrees that certain shoppers are trading down to less expensive stores, but she doesn’t see it as a slam on the brakes. They are finding easier ways to cut back if they are looking to reduce their spending, she said. The trend is starting to play in the hands of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has stepped up discounting after suffering its worst holiday season on record last year. Last week, the discounter recorded an 8 percent profit increase, and analysts say it could benefit from shoppers trading down this holiday season even as its core customers pull back. NEW YORK – That $3.20 latte at Starbucks or the $300 handbag at Coach may no longer be affordable luxuries. Feeling squeezed by gas prices and weak credit, the nation’s shoppers are increasingly trading down to lower-price stores or cheaper items. Such changes – which emerged this past summer and surfaced in the latest financial results for retailers – could alter dynamics of the holiday shopping season as it officially kicks off today. For some shoppers, it could be as drastic as buying all their clothes at discounters instead of department stores. For others, it could be as subtle as buying a wallet instead of a handbag or one latte per week at a fancy coffee shop and deli coffee on the other days. The trend could benefit discounters, warehouse clubs and drug stores while hurting department stores and mall-based apparel chains. Even Starbucks Inc. reported its first decline in traffic on record at its U.S. stores. “People are so cash- and credit-concerned,” retail consultant Burt Flickinger III said, noting he hasn’t seen “the trading down” phenomenon since the 1987 stock market crash resulted in massive job losses and the housing slump in the early 1990s. Drug store chains such as CVS Caremark Corp. and Walgreen Co. – both of which have been adding trendy items such as funky jewelry – are expected to be winners. Meanwhile, department stores – which enjoyed a resurgence last holiday season – have seen their fortunes reverse. Home and apparel, categories sensitive to the economy, are struggling with sluggish sales, and department stores are finding stiffer competition from the likes of offprice stores such as TJ Maxx, Flickinger said. Luxury stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue should continue to fare well this holiday season. But the aspirational luxury buyer seems to be feeling pinched, hurting results at Coach Inc., considered a bellwether for the low-end luxury market.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Massive A380 jet lands at LAX

first_imgThe world’s largest passenger aircraft has landed at Los Angeles International Airport. The Airbus A380 today is making its second ever visit to LAX to test airport compatibility ahead of Qantas’ planned passenger service to and from Los Angeles starting next fall. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to visit the aircraft A380 before 150 passengers take off for a two-hour demonstration flight. An Airbus-Qantas Airways flight crew is scheduled to pilot the jumbo jet to Sydney on Friday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings The French-made plane, which can haul more than 800 passengers, made its first stop at LAX in March.last_img read more

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BUSINESS BOOT CAMP CAN TURN THAT IDEA INTO A REALITY FOR ENTREPRENEURS

first_imgBusiness Boot Camp are seeking young entrepreneurs for the third wave of the highly successful Business Boot Camp Programme.Businesses based in County Donegal will be eligible to participate.The programme also runs in the Council areas of Belfast, North Down, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus, and participants will have a chance to meet businesses from these areas. The programmes has been described by past participants as hugely beneficial in terms of growing your business and developing and learning business skills and techniques.This cross- border programme is funded through the European Regional Development Fund under the INTERREG IVA Programme.What is the Business Bootcamp Programme?The Business Boot Camp Programme is a results-focused and practical programme which aims to provide practical assistance to young entrepreneurs to consolidate and grow their businesses [despite the current adverse economic conditions.] The Boot Camp Growth Programme is aimed at young entrepreneurs who have been trading for at least 6 months and who are 16 – 35 years old.The programme aims to offer flexible and tailored business support to young owner-managers whose businesses are based in County Donegal and the COMET region.It will help participants to:Adopt Best Practice business ideas.Manage their businesses more effectively. Plan for the future with confidence.Develop the skills and the confidence to achieve business growth.The programme is therefore designed to provide young entrepreneurs with the tools, the confidence and the expertise to really maximise the potential of their businesses.What will the Programme involve? There are 4 distinct but interlinked elements to the Business Boot Camp Growth Programme. These are:How long will the Programme run for?We understand the time pressures that face all owner-managers. The Programme is therefore spread over a 6 month period starting in June 2014.Indicative dates are:Date Times Event Location (TBC)24 June 2014 11am – 1pm Information Event COLAB, Letterkenny25th June 2014 11am-1pm7.30-9.30pm Information EventInformation Event Niall Mor Centre, Killybegs09 July 2014 9.30am – 3pm Workshop 1Gearing up to grow your business Killybegs10 September 2014 9.30am – 2pm Workshop 2 – Understanding the Market place Killybegs*25/26 September OR 2/3 October 2014 9.30am Thursday to 4pm Friday Residential Coleraine*22 October 9.30am – 2.30pm Workshop 3 – Selling Skills Killybegs*NOV TBC 9.30am – 4pm Best Practice Visits to existing successful businesses TBC26 November 2014 9.30am – 2.30pm Workshop 4 – Managing Costs in a small business17 January 2015 9.30am – 2.30pm Workshop 5 – How to keep key Customers Killybegs*11 February 2015 9.30am – 2.30pm Workshop 6 – Marketing on a Shoestring and Using Social Media Killybegs** Provisional locations – These locations can be changed depending on the participants’ preference.How much does it cost to secure a place on Business Bootcamp?The Programme is FREE to you assuming that:1. Your business is based in County Donegal or the COMET region [Belfast City Council, Lisburn, Castlereagh Borough Council, Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey or North Down]2. You have been trading for longer than 6 months.3. You are aged between 16 – 35 at the start of the Programme.Who should apply?YOU should apply if you want to:1. Address constraints to growth within your business.2. Grow / develop your business.3. Out-perform your competitors.4. Learn from experts in the field of SME and micro enterprise development.Interested …?Please contact Patricia Keane at patricia.keane@enterpriseni.com or 074 9724420/0863165820 for an application pack.Completed application forms need to be returned to us by 12:00pm on Monday 30th June 2014.We will assess your application and will be in contact soon afterwards.Please note: If your application is successful, you must be available for the first workshop on Wednesday 9th July 2014.BUSINESS BOOT CAMP CAN TURN THAT IDEA INTO A REALITY FOR ENTREPRENEURS was last modified: June 27th, 2014 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:BusinessBusiness Boot CampEntrepreneursFeaturesnewsProgrammelast_img read more

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NEARY’S PHARMACY LETTERKENNY JOINS LLOYDS PHARMACY CHAIN

first_imgThe excellent team in Neary’s Pharmacy, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal have join the expanding chain of the Lloyds Pharmacy family.The Neary’s Pharmacy team have passionately served the local Letterkenny community for a number of years and will continue to strive for the best in customer service at all times.Lloyds Pharmacy Ireland’s is the largest pharmaceutical and healthcare chain. Neary’s Pharmacy is the latest pharmacy to join as Lloyds Pharmacy continues its expansion plans.This brings to 87 the number of LloydsPharmacy branches nationwide and the company now employs nearly 1,000 employees.LloydsPharmacy offers expert advice and solutions to create a positive experience and to help customers better understand and manage their healthcare needs.A trusted name in the pain management, skin, child health, beauty and prescription arena. Goretti Brady, Managing Director of LloydsPharmacy in Ireland told Donegal Daily: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Neary’s to the LloydsPharmacy family.“We look forward to continuing to offer the local community the excellent customer service that you are used to.“We will also look to offer new and exciting services and products to the community in Letterkenny.Lloyds Pharmacy consistently looks towards new and improved ways of working to benefit its customers and help them live happier and more positive lives.Skin, child health and pain experts are on hand in every Lloyds Pharmacy store to help its customers get the most from their health. For more information on LloydsPharmacy see www.lloydspharmacy.ie or see more at www.facebook.com/lloydspharmacyirelandNEARY’S PHARMACY LETTERKENNY JOINS LLOYDS PHARMACY CHAIN was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessLloydspharmacyNeary’snewspharmacylast_img read more

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Who will replace injured Yaya Toure? Predicted Man City XI for Real Madrid clash

first_img 11 20. Eliaquim Mangala (centre back) 21. David Silva (left forward) 11 11 11 1. Joe Hart (goalkeeper) – Click the arrow, right, to see the full City predicted XI in squad number order 25. Fernandinho (centre midfield) 11 Manchester City welcome ten-time Champions League winners Real Madrid to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night in what is one of the biggest games in the club’s history.The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo – who already has 16 goals in this season’s competition – and Gareth Bale will be looking to emulate their 2014 effort when they last lifted the trophy.The clubs have only played twice in their history – back in the 2012/13 season when they were drawn in the same group.City managed a 1-1 draw at home that time around before falling 3-2 after a 90th minute winner from Ronaldo.But if City can keep the Portuguese quiet this time around, they will fancy their chances of picking up a positive result.Yaya Toure is out of the first leg with a thigh injury, but has been given an outside chance of making the return leg at the Bernabeu by manager Manuel Pellegrini.In more positive news for City fans, Vincent Kompany insisted he is 100 per cent fit despite only playing 20 times this season after repeated calf injuries.Click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted City XI to face Los Blancos. 10. Sergio Aguero (centre forward) 11 11. Aleksandar Kolarov (left back) 11 15. Jesus Navas (right wing) 11 17. Kevin De Bruyne (attacking midfield) 11 11 11 6. Fernando (centre midfield) 4. Vincent Kompany (centre back) 5. Pablo Zabaleta (right back) last_img read more

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Liverpool transfer blow: Higuain to stay at Napoli for ‘the next five years’

first_imgNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has told Liverpool he expects Gonzalo Higuain to stay at the club for ‘at least the next five years.’The striker is wanted by sides all around Europe after setting a new Serie A record of 36 goals in a season last year.Liverpool are reportedly keen on the Argentina international after scouting him in the past few months.However, De Laurentiis has now taken to the airwaves to inform any interested parties that he predicts Higauin to stay with Napoli for the next five years.“How nice to see him scoring and celebrating as if he’s wearing the Napoli shirt,” De Laurentiis said on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.“He’s a champion, because he plays for the pleasure of scoring goals, a real striker who should be respected. If his words are sincere, he’ll play for Napoli for at least the next five years.“I’m ready to extend his contract, I’m so fond of him as a man and as a player. I want Pipita to stay at Napoli forever.” 1 Gonzalo Higuain set a new Serie A record of 36 goals in a season last year last_img read more

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Insider Trading: Kante to Chelsea latest, Arsenal’s striker search and MORE!

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Leicester may have managed to keep hold of Jamie Vardy this summer, but they seem to have lost the fight for N’Golo Kante, with the midfield general set to leave the Premier League champions to join Chelsea.The French international is thought to be on the verge of completing a £29million move and signing a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.Our man in the know also provides an update with Arsenal’s striker search, with the Gunners set to miss out on Gonzalo Higuain, who is on the verge of a move to Juventus.Arsene Wenger has long been linked with a move for the Napoli man, but his £78m release clause has been a stumbling block and Juventus are happy to trigger a big-money deal for the 36-goal frontman.There’s also more exciting news from the window’s surprise package Middlesbrough, who are set to announce the signing of Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic.At this and more in the latest Insider Trading transfer round-up – Listen above!Here are some of the latest transfer rumours from talkSPORT.com:Exclusive – Harry Redknapp reveals meeting with Dan Ashworth as FA search for new England bossChelsea FC transfer report: Blues agree £29m deal for Leicester midfielder N’Golo KanteClaudio Ranieri hoping N’Golo Kante stays at Leicester but says midfielder can leave if he is unhappyHuge Hammers boost! France sensation Dimitri Payet says he is ‘100 per cent staying at West Ham’Middlesbrough to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic in a deal worth up to £9mManchester United transfer news: Paul Pogba latest and why world record move could cost ArsenalNewcastle United transfer report: Magpies yet to receive any formal bids for star duo Moussa Sissoko and Georginio WijnaldumThe biggest done deals in Europe you may have missed from last weekMancini offers a little too much info when asked about Icardi’s futurelast_img read more

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Workers get $637,000 in overdue pay

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Attorney Cynthia Dersh Schein, who represented the Davids, said all the nursing homes were owned and managed by separate companies, although in each company the Davids hold ownership interests. Nursing-home managers did not know when employees were working at other facilities that shared ownership, she said. She said state labor laws differ from federal laws on requiring overtime pay for work done at separate companies with shared ownership. “It was a totally innocent situation,” she said. “It’s not intentional.” Labor officials said the firm worked with the department to resolve the issues identified in the investigation and confirmed that measures are now in place to ensure that all hours worked by employees at multiple facilities are combined for overtime pay. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com LANCASTER – Twenty-five employees at two Lancaster nursing homes will share $79,000 in back pay ordered by a U.S. Department of Labor investigation into overtime pay. Federal officials said the homes were among 13 in Southern California, owned jointly by Emmanuel and Ofelia David, that did not pay overtime when employees split their time between two or more facilities to work more than 40 hours a week. “The workers in this case were not getting their full pay, and I am glad that we were able to recover $637,000 in back wages for them,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao said in an announcement by her department. In all, 212 workers received back pay last month totaling $637,000 for work performed between December 2002 and July 2005 at the 13 facilities, the Labor Department said. The facilities were located from Riverside County to Los Angeles, and included Antelope Valley Healthcare and the neighboring Antelope Valley Care Center on 15th Street West in Lancaster. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Bryant saves his best for last

first_imgFor More Info Bryant bombarded the Clippers with 40 points in the second half – the second highest point total in a half in Lakers history. He once scored 42 in a half in March 2003. His biggest shot came with 11.4 seconds left, a running jump shot that snapped a 12-1 Clippers run. The Clippers were briefly up 109-108 with 25.0 seconds left when Elton Brand scored over the Lakers’ Kwame Brown. In his second game back from a two-game suspension for a flagrant foul, Bryant hit a game-winning 6-foot jump shot with 11.4 seconds left and exploded for 50 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to give the Lakers a 112-109 victory in front of 20,154 Saturday night at Staples Center. • Photo Gallery: 01/07: Lakers vs. Clippers LOS ANGELES – If the Lakers and Clippers are connected this season as borderline playoff teams without serious chances of winning a championship, the Lakers at least have one thing the Clippers don’t: a show-stopping, logic-defying superstar with the ability to take over basketball games and do things that often border on impossible named Kobe Bryant. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe Clippers had a possession down 110-109 with 11.4 seconds, but a turnover from Shaun Livingston gave the Lakers’ Smush Parker an uncontested fast-break layup to put the Lakers up 112-109. On the Clippers’ next possession, Cuttino Mobley made a 3-point shot that came after the final buzzer. Mobley finished with a season-high 36 points, and Brand had 28 points and 10 rebounds. Bryant scored 11 consecutive points with three 3-pointers in a 2:01 span to start the fourth quarter and give the Lakers an 89-82 lead. But after that, the scrappy Clippers hung around and engineered a 10-1 run to pull to 108-107 with 48.6 left. Midway through the third quarter, it hardly looked as if Bryant and the Lakers could pounce on the Clippers the way they did. The Clippers led by 13 midway through the third quarter and were up 82-78 heading into Bryant’s quarter, the fourth quarter. The Clippers had never beaten the Lakers three in a row in Clippers history until they won on Nov. 18 with a 97-91 victory. Historically, the Lakers have beaten up on the Clippers more than any other team. So compared with the body of their matchups, the past few games have been an aberration. The Lakers held a .750 winning percentage (124-42) against the Clippers heading into Saturday’s game, and the Lakers just lost two series to the Clippers in 1992-93 and 1974-75, when the franchise was the Buffalo Braves. Hardly a day goes by in which the topic of Clippers injuries doesn’t come up between Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy and reporters. That subject came up again on Saturday and became most apparent with the team’s defense of Bryant. The Clippers started rookie Daniel Ewing on Bryant, then switched to second-year guards Shaun Livingston and Quinton Ross. Typically, Corey Maggette defends Bryant, but he is out with a separated ligament in his left foot. “He’s somebody that puts a lot of pressure on Kobe to play defense – that’s the biggest thing,” Dunleavy said. “When you run into someone on the schedule with a really good player, you want to make him expend energy on both ends of the floor.” joe.stevens@presstelegram.com (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Christmas comes early for customers at Highland Motors with 0% Finance or a €500 Shopping Voucher!

first_imgHighland Motors are delighted to announce a sensational used car event with finance available at an incredible 0%apr on selected used Renault and Dacia cars sold and an exceptionally low rate of 1.72% on all other used cars.This offer is only available until 11th November 2017. and there has never been a better time to buy a used car from Highland Motors.This is a limited offer with limited availability and these great finance deals will be issued on a first come first served basis. Not taking finance, then how about a €500 Shopping Voucher to get you in the Christmas spirit. This is a ‘win win situation for our customers’ stated Lawrence from Highland Motors, ‘not only can customers avail of free or low rate finance they can get a €500 shopping voucher if they don’t need finance’. Highland Motors Mountain Top LetterkennyHighland Motors have a great selection of used cars to suit all budgets and you can buy with great peace of mind as all our used cars sold are fully serviced and valeted and come with warranty and trade-ins are welcome.So don’t delay and call up to Highland Motors and get yourself a great deal on a used car and start filling the boot with all those Christmas goodies. Remember these offers are for a limited time only and when they are gone they are gone. Highland Motors is based at the Mountain Top and would be happy to help you with all your car buying needs. Either call up to our show room and discuss your motoring requirements with one of our sales executives, visit www.highlandrenault.com, or call us on 074 91 28777 for more details.*Deposit required. Finance from Renault Bank, subject to lending criteria. Terms and conditions apply. Ask at Highland Motors for details.Christmas comes early for customers at Highland Motors with 0% Finance or a €500 Shopping Voucher! was last modified: November 2nd, 2017 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:CHristmasDealsdonegalHighland MotorsSALElast_img read more

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WOW! ADAM’S INCREDIBLE HALO SUNSET PICTURE OVER DONEGAL

first_imgAdam’s picture at sunset this eveningDONEGAL photographer Adam Rory Porter has done it again.The man whose pictures of the Northern Lights over the county went global has captured another incredible phenomenon in our skies – a 22 Degree Halo.His picture this evening in Buncrana captures it beautifully “We always get stunning sunsets on the shores of Lough Swilly and every now and then we get the odd rare phenomenon too,” he laughed.A halo is a ring of light surrounding the sun or moon. Most halos appear as bright white rings but in some instances, the dispersion of light as it passes through ice crystals found in upper level cirrus clouds can cause a halo to have colour.A 22 degree halo is a ring of light 22 degrees from the sun (or moon) and is the most common type of halo observed and is formed by hexagonal ice crystals with diameters less than 20.5 micrometers!   WOW! ADAM’S INCREDIBLE HALO SUNSET PICTURE OVER DONEGAL was last modified: June 27th, 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:22 degree haloadam rory porterbuncranaLough Swillyphotographersunsetlast_img read more

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Chelsea defender close to joining Schalke on loan

first_imgChelsea defender Baba Rahman on the verge of joining Schalke in a season-long loan deal.The 22-year-old Ghanaian has already joined the German side on their pre-season training camp in Austria, ahead of finalising the formalities of his switch from Stamford Bridge.Schalke confirmed Rahman’s arrival on Monday afternoon, tweeting on their official club feed: “Abdul Rahman Baba is travelling with the Schalke squad to the training camp.”Rahman made 23 appearances for Chelsea last term, but has been deemed surplus to immediate requirements by new boss Antonio Conte.The 22-year-old only joined Chelsea for £22million last summer on a five-year deal from Augsburg, and deputised regularly for Cesar Azpilicueta last term. Chelsea defender Baba Rahman 1last_img read more

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Conte says Fabregas has a future and these Chelsea fans show he’s still popular

first_img Cesc Fabregas was on the bench against West Ham but the midfielder is still really popular among Chelsea fans 1 There is a rumour doing the rounds suggesting Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will sell Cesc Fabregas.The midfielder did not feature in the club’s 2-1 win against West Ham and both Juventus and Real Madrid are said to be circling Stamford Bridge.However, Conte said the 29-year-old midfielder has a future in south west London, explaining he was happy with his attitude, but not every player can start when he has to pick his line up, such is the nature of the job.“That can happen that Fabregas is not in the starting XI, but it can happen for all the players,” he said. “It’s important to see always the right attitude. Because we must fight this season and it’s important to stay together in every situation.”But the player is still popular with some fans, as you can see from the tweets below.Would it bother you if Cesc Fabregas left Chelsea? Let us know below.last_img read more

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Luck on singer’s side as she makes splash in Vegas

first_imgLAS VEGAS – Sarah Todora, an unassuming 18-year-old with a Louisiana drawl, has landed a gig at the Sahara hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip. And thanks to a mysterious benefactor, Todora and her father-promoter, Phil, 44, pay $1 a month to stay at a three-bedroom condominium in a high-rise luxury tower where residences sell for up to $9 million. It’s an upbeat twist of fate in a city known for its second chances. And the show-business community’s embrace of their plight is a world removed from the cold devastation the pair faced when Katrina blew ashore. “I know it ain’t me,” said Todora, whose smoky presence on stage belies her shyness off it. “So, yeah, got to be faith, got to be God. Something.” Three months ago, after their car was stolen and with no real prospects in Las Vegas, the Todoras were prepared to retreat to Louisiana. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe Lafayette, La., natives had come west to promote bands from New Orleans. But two days after arriving, Katrina hit back home. It took three weeks before the Todoras could reach any of the band members they represented, by then scattered by the storms to Houston, New York and Atlanta. “These are whole bands that got separated,” Phil Todora said. “Instruments, CDs, press kits, computers, everything gone.” The Todoras spent their first weeks in Nevada at a budget motel, numb as TV broadcasts relayed the Gulf Coast’s unfolding disaster. Their reason for being in Las Vegas was all but gone and the money was quickly running out. But Sarah Todora had won praise for her husky vocals at festivals in Louisiana and Washington, D.C., and wasn’t ready to give up. “Sarah said, `Dad, let’s go. Everybody else is back home, but me and you are here. Let’s go do it. You do what you do, I’ll do what I do and we’ll crawl out of this hole,”‘ he recalled. Phil Todora approached Jerry Tiffe, a friend of a friend and a lounge singer who for 28 years worked places like the Sands and Tropicana. Tiffe let Sarah perform with him at a neighborhood restaurant and lounge. Then, thanks to a call from Tiffe, the Sahara’s director of marketing and entertainment, Ron Garrett, dropped by to catch the act. In the show, the willowy blonde segues from covers of Tracy Chapman and Norah Jones to an original song inspired by her encounter with a fast-talking Nashville promoter. In a guttural performance of “Too Young for Nashville,” she tells how she gave up aspirations to be the next LeAnn Rimes so she could sing the blues.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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NEW COLUMN: IAIN MILLER’S GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORS – THE HIDDEN GEMS

first_imgDonegal’s Great Outdoors By Iain MillerThe Hidden GemsMy name is Iain Miller and I am a Mountain Instructor living, working and playing in County Donegal. Over the last ten years I have explored every corner of the county from the great storm beach of Glenlough Bay to the blow holes of Umphin Island. Over the coming months I will take you to places in Donegal where few people know exist and even fewer people have ever been. I have made the first ascents of over 60 of Donegal’s previously unclimbed sea stacks and over a 1000 new rock climbs in both Scotland and Ireland, I’ve visited every mountain peak in the county both guiding international visitors and teaching trainee Mountain Leaders navigation and am currently writing a guidebook to the enormous amount of rock climbing locations in Donegal.For the last three years I have been running http://www.uniqueascent.ie/, a mountain training and guiding company with a very simple ethos, “Every ascent is unique to you” I will take you to places where fewer people have ever stood than have stood moon.The County of Donegal is blessed with the amount and quality of its natural and unspoilt scenery, with miles of empty sandy beaches, an archipelago of beautiful islands off its western coast, spectacular sea cliff scenery and many many miles of uninhabited and rarely frequented open uplands.But where Donegal’s true blessing is found is high in its mountain ranges. With more climbable rock than the rest of Ireland combined boasting two major Irish mountain ranges, over a thousand kilometres of coastline, one hundred sea stacks and many diverse climbing and walking locations from the mudstone roofs at Muckross in the South West of the county to the Granite slabs of Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point. Donegal currently plays host to a lifetime’s worth of world class rock climbing and hill walking in some of the most beautiful and unspoilt places in Ireland. The scope for your personal exploration and the opportunity to discover solitude in the county’s little known places is unlimited, as there is an unexplored adventure waiting through every mountain pass and around every remote coastal headland. Some of the places we will visit over the coming months are as diverse in their nature as they are unique and beautiful.We will visit the lake under the lake on Owey Island, the summit of the Tormore Ridge on Tory Island, the Land of the Giants in Glenlough Bay, The Sturrall Headland, the ice falls of Muckish and the Derryveagh Mountains. These are but a few of what the great outdoors of Donegal has to offer everyone from the casual walker to the hardened mountaineer.Play my videos above – and enjoySlieve Snaght from Errigal SlievetooeyThe view from the summit of the Sturrall HeadlandNEW COLUMN: IAIN MILLER’S GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORS – THE HIDDEN GEMS was last modified: October 11th, 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:climbingdonegalGreat OutdoorsIain Milleruniqueascent.iewalkinglast_img read more

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PATRICK GILDEA HAIRDRESSING VOTED AS THE BEST SALON IN ULSTER FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN-A-ROW!

first_imgAWARDS: For the second time running the team at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing, “Centre of Excellence” Donegal have been voted as Best Salon in Ulster by Ireland’s leading Celebrity Magazine RSVP. This talented team have gone one step further with Artistic Director Elaine McKean voted as RSVP’s Best Stylist in Ulster. This is an outstanding achievement for the salon, Elaine and indeed for Donegal – who wouldn’t want an award winning salon on their doorstep?Commenting on the success Patrick said, “We are so proud to be selected as RSVP’s Best Salon in Ulster for the second year running and as a team we are beaming with pride for Elaine and her success as Best Stylist in Ulster- what fantastic recognition for Elaine who always shows great passion, commitment and exceptional talent.”RSVP have also shortlisted Patrick Gildea Hairdressing for their NATIONAL AWARD of BEST SALON IN IRELAND which will be voted by you our loyal clients.They really need your votes to bring this award to Donegal for the second time running! Please vote for your “Centre of Excellence” by clicking here http://www.rsvpmagazine.ie” RSVP Magazine describes Patrick Gildea Hairdressing as:“A wonderful hairdressing experience in beautiful Co Donegal. The Centre of Excellence is a five-star hair salon with the highest number of Master Colour Technicians than any other Independent Salon in Ireland.“This team oozes passion, energy and strive for excellence in innovative hairdressing. When you visit you will realise that they truly encapsulate the prestigious RSVP’s Ulster Salon of the Year title”.RSVP’s Best Ulster Stylist Elaine McKean, epitomizes the Patrick Gildea Hairdressing experience, her stunning talent, her client connection and sincere passion for hairdressing make her a worthy winner and obvious choice for this award.”Elaine echoed Patrick’s comments and said, “I am really delighted with our team’s success in the RSVP Magazine awards and would like to thank them for choosing me as the Best Stylist in Ulster- I am really honoured!“It would be amazing if our clients could get behind us again like they did last year and vote for us in RSVP’s online poll for Best salon in Ireland.” If you would like to see your favourite salon win Best Salon In Ireland for the second time simply vote for them here: http://rsvpmagazine.ie/poll-best-in-hair-2016-as-voted-by-the-readers/PATRICK GILDEA HAIRDRESSING VOTED AS THE BEST SALON IN ULSTER FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN-A-ROW! was last modified: June 10th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:awardFeaturesnewsPatrick GildeaSalonUlstervotelast_img read more

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THREE DONEGAL CHARITIES BENEFIT FROM BRILLIANT MANOR BARN DANCE – PICTURE SPECIAL!

first_imgThe recent Fundraising Barn Dance at John Toyes’ Farm in Rooskey, Manorcunningham went down a ball with all those who attended.The three local charities are Donegal Hospice, The Good and New Cancer Bus and the Drumoghill Parish Graveyard Fund. Photos by kind permission of Tony Nee, Convoy THREE DONEGAL CHARITIES BENEFIT FROM BRILLIANT MANOR BARN DANCE – PICTURE SPECIAL! was last modified: July 5th, 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:barn dancedonegalmanorcunninghamTony Neelast_img read more

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Is Margaret the greatest Granny in Ireland?

first_imgA Letterkenny grandmother has been named as Ulster Grandparent of the Year 2016.  Margaret McConnell (56) was nominated by her grandchild Chloe Campbell (7) and beat off stiff competition from grandparents throughout the province to take the title. Margaret is one of four regional finalists who will compete to win the prestigious title of Specsavers Ireland’s Grandparent of the Year.  Margaret McConnell with her grandaughter Chloe Campbell There were great celebrations yesterday at Specsavers Letterkenny, where the team presented Margaret with her prize which comprised a framed certificate, bottle of champagne and a Specsavers voucher.Speaking at the prize-giving Margaret said, ‘I am absolutely delighted to be named Specsavers Ulster Grandparent of the Year and to be one step closer to winning the national title. It is a real honour and even more special because I was nominated by my granddaughter.’The Grandparent of the Year award was launched by Specsavers in association with Third Age to recognise the benefits of an ageing population and celebrate the special role that grandparents play in the lives of Irish families and the community. Grandchildren of all ages were asked to nominate their grandparents with a written entry on why they deserved the title. Margaret has a very close relationship with her granddaughter Chloe, who she sees almost every day.In her winning entry, Chloe said she always has fun when she is with her grandmother, knitting and baking together at Margaret’s house. Chloe loves her granny’s sense of humour and says they often play jokes on her granddad together.Margaret is an incredibly hard worker and helps look after the rest of Chloe’s family, including her husband Ronnie and Chloe’s mum Sonia when they were both sick. Chloe described how special Margaret is to her, hoping to be just like her when she grows up.Specsavers Director, Mr Paul O’Donoghue with Grandmother of the Year, Margaret McConnellSpecsavers Letterkenny store director Paul O’Donoghue commented, ‘Congratulations to Margaret on this much deserved achievement and her granddaughter Chloe for her fantastic entry which we were touched by. At Specsavers, we recognise that older people, and particularly those with hearing loss, are vulnerable to social isolation and these awards are an opportunity for younger generations to celebrate the many ways that grandparents and older people enrich our lives and communities. We wish Margaret the very best of luck in the final.’The overall winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, including campaign ambassador Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, at the end of November and will win a weekend away in Ireland, a Specsavers voucher and the Grandparent of the Year trophy. Plus, the grandchild who nominated the winning grandparent will receive an iPad Air. Is Margaret the greatest Granny in Ireland? was last modified: November 16th, 2016 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:competitiongrandparent of the yearletterkennySpecsaverslast_img read more

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SPEEDING DRIVERS WALK FREE FROM COURT AFTER LOOPHOLE EXPOSED

first_imgThousands of people who were fined for speeding could escape without paying a fine or getting penalty points after  a loophole was exposed by a Donegal court.The glitch in the way speeding summonses are issued by private camera speed operators Go Safe has already seen a number of people having their cases dismissed at Buncrana District Court.Judge Paul Kelly dismissed the cases after drivers simply claimed they did not receive the fines in the post to their homes. Now the Garda Press office has admitted to Donegaldaily.com that summonses issued by the privately-operated speed camera company are sent by ordinary post.A number of people who appeared before Judge Kelly said the first they knew of a speeding fine was when Gardai arrived at their homes.They claimed they had never received any notification of the fines by post.Judge Kelly asked those who claimed the speeding fines did not arrive at their homes if they were prepared to swear on oath that this was the case.Each person did so and Judge Kelly was left with no option but to dismiss the cases.One woman told Judge Kelly that she was very embarrassed by the incident.“The first I knew of any speeding fine was when the Gardai called to my house. It was very embarrassing.“These letters should be sent by registered post so they can make sure that people get them.“I have had to take a day off work to be here in court and I don’t think that’s right. This kind of thing shouldn’t happen,” she said.The Garda Press office said they could not comment on the operational matters of the Go Safe company.Many of those employed to man the Go Safe vans are former Gardai.Go Safe began in November last year and has designated 750 safety camera sites in 518 zones across the country.The numbers of drivers getting penalty points for speeding this year is expected to surpass last year in many counties.Between January and June of this year almost 96,000 drivers had received penalty points.This figure is over 70% of the total for last year which was 131,000.COPYRIGHT: DONEGALDAILY.COMSPEEDING DRIVERS WALK FREE FROM COURT AFTER LOOPHOLE EXPOSED was last modified: September 11th, 2011 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:Buncrana District CourtfinesGoSafeJudge Paul Kellyspeedinglast_img read more

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PATSY BROGAN ‘SHEBEEN’ TRIAL TO GO AHEAD TODAY

first_imgA 73-year-old farmer will go on trial in Donegal Town today charged with operating a ‘shebeen’ in a shed at his home called the ‘Bog Hotel’.The trial date for the case against Patsy Brogan – fixed last month – set aside time today for the trial at Donegal District Court.At a previous hearing defence solicitor Paudge Dorrian said the pensioner will be “contesting” a charge that he sold beer and spirits at the premises outside Inver, Co. Donegal, on September 25 last year. The summons was brought against Mr Brogan – pictured here with his 29-year-old Polish girlfriend – on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions by Inspector Denis Joyce.Brogan was cleared by a court last year of running an illegal bar in his converted shed when Donegal County Council sued him for a breach of planning laws.He told that court that he doesn’t charge for drink and the judge in that case found the converted shed was not in breach of planning laws and was not unlike private bars in homes across the country where families shared drinks with friends.PATSY BROGAN ‘SHEBEEN’ TRIAL TO GO AHEAD TODAY was last modified: October 5th, 2011 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) Tags:Bog HotelCo DonegalDonegal District CourtinverPatsy Broganlast_img read more

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Fulham edge closer to agreeing deal for £8.8m Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan

first_imgFulham are close to agreeing an £8.8m deal for Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan.The Championship club have been chasing the Uruguayan all summer and they look set to finally get their man.According to L’Equipe, Fulham are in the final stages of talks with Bordeaux and a fee of £8.8m is close to getting the green light.Discussions over personal terms are next up and Rolan is yet to be convinced by a move to Craven Cottage.The 24-year-old, who bagged nine goals in Ligue 1 last season, is uncertain whether a switch to England is the right choice for him right now.Fulham, however, are still hopeful an agreement can be found and manager Slavisa Jokanovic will hold talks with Rolan to convince him. Diego Rolan in action for Bordeaux 1last_img read more

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Businesswoman who attacked air stewardess on Donegal flight escapes jail

first_imgA drunken Scottish businesswoman who sparked an air rage alert on her way to an Donegal rehabilitation centre has escaped going to jail.Mum-of-two Alison Devine downed a bottle of wine and then several small bottles of gin before getting on an Aer Lingus flight from Glasgow to Carrickfinn Airport in Co Donegal on March 22nd last. However, the 41-year-old mother-of-two had to be restrained by cabin crew when she became violent on the flight.However, Ms Devine was allowed to attend the De Exetor Rehabilitation Centre in Termon, where she has spent the past week.Her case was adjourned for sentencing to Letterkenny District Court today (Thurs) where her solicitor Mr Patsy Gallagher said she was making good progress.He had told the court how his client’s family had left her at Glasgow Airport and she was allowed to access to alcohol.“She was basically left at the airport alone and allowed to get the plane to Ireland. There was no support on the other side for her. She drank a bottle of wine in literally two minutes and bought five or six small bottles of gin and down them.“She is a Jeckyl and Hyde character and she is deeply tearful and fearful of where she has now ended up,” he said.Ms Devine was arrested under the State Airport Shannon group Act of 2014 for both a charge of being drunk and also assaulting air hostess Hayley Walsh which she had pleaded guilty to.The court heard that Ms Devine, of 279 Main Street, Bogside, Lanarkshire, Scotland, is now planning to complete her treatment and will return to Scotland on April 12th next.The court heard that Stobartair, who maintain the Aer Lingus flight which operates between Donegal and Glasgow, has no issue with Ms Devine returning to her home on its service.It was also disclosed how air stewardess, Ms Hayley Walsh, who had been hurt in the air rage incident, had now made a full recovery.The Aer Lingus employee suffered bruising and was quite traumatised when Ms Devine grabbed her by the wrists.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Ms Devine to pay a donation of €200 to the local De Paul Agency.Businesswoman who attacked air stewardess on Donegal flight escapes jail was last modified: March 30th, 2017 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:air rageAlison DevinecourtdonegalStobartairlast_img read more

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GAA club has bar license renewed despite claims of underage drinking and unauthorised gambling

first_imgA leading Donegal GAA club has had its bar license renewed despite claims of underage drinking and unauthorised gambling taking place there by a local person. Malin GAA Club had their bar licence renewed after objections from a local resident were dismissed following a lengthy hearing at Carndonagh District Court last Wednesday. Objections raised by Carol Conway included allegations of under-age drinking, unauthorised gambling and out of hours drinking.These were dismissed, as were technical objections based on the club’s correct address as included on the licensing application, and the alleged procurement of alcohol from the UK.Counsel and officials from Malin GAA claimed that Ms Conway’s allegations against the club were borne out of personal disputes involving her now deceased husband, something she strongly rejected.An Garda Síochána had no objection to the renewal of the club licence.Carol Conway, of Carrowmore, Malin, objected to Malin GAA Club renewing their bar licence at the club’s clubhouse, also situated at Carrowmore, Malin, on five different grounds.Ms. Conway claimed that children were in the premises after 9pm when members of the club were drinking alcohol. She also alleged that club regularly had unlicensed drinking after hours and that they were buying their alcohol from Northern Ireland, without paying the duty on it.Finally, Ms. Conway raised concerns with the address of the club. She said the clubhouse is registered as Millbrook Terrace, Malin, a residential area where Ms. Conway told the court she grew up.However, she said when they were applying to build a clubhouse and provide a bar they used the address of Carrowmore, Malin. She claimed this would give the illusion that the clubhouse would not be situated in an residential estate.Barrister for Malin GAA Ivan Toner argued against each of the points, creating at times, a tense and emotional atmosphere due to exchanges with the objector, Ms. Conway.Giving evidence she said that her children, aged 13 and 15 at the time, were ‘encouraged’ by the club to attend pool competitions every Sunday night. She claimed they were in the premises where alcohol was being served and would often be there until after 11pm at night.Mr. Toner argued that ‘as a mother’ would this not be an issue for her. But she said she was unaware that there was a bar on the premises and when she learned this they were no longer permitted to attend.She claimed that the club ‘were trying to lure’ her children into ‘an alcoholic den’, adding that she had photographs of her son in the presence of the club chairman when he was drinking alcohol, however she could not produce them in court.Mr. Toner said there was a pool competition held in the clubhouse on a Sunday night, but it was held in a different room to the bar area and was in an unlicensed area of the building.He suggested to Ms. Conway that if she had a problem with the club then perhaps it would be an idea to withdraw her children from Malin GAA Club.However taking offence to the suggestion, Ms. Conway asked if they was what they ‘expected her to do?’ She said the fact her children play football for Malin shouldn’t have anything to do with alcohol or drinking.Ms. Conway also claimed that the Gardaí attended the premises on July 8 to close the premises after she contacted them at 12.30am. She claimed there is ‘regularly’ unlicensed drinking on the premises.She also raised concerns that the Garda that attended the premises was the brother of the club chairperson.Club secretary Elaine McColgan denied that the Gardaí attended the premises that night and closed the place down.Mr. Toner said it was a ‘matter of fact’ that Malin had no convictions for serving after hours and the Gardaí were not objecting to their application.However Ms. Conway claimed this was because of the close relationship they have with the guards.“There is no law and order in the place,” she told the court.“And because the chairman’s brother is a guard that is not going to change. It is a disgrace the way they are running the place.”However, Mr. Toner refuted this. He argued that true basis of Ms. Conway’s objection was a personal one, confirming with Ms. McColgan that there had been ongoing issues with the late Mr. Conway.Ms. McColgan told the court that Mr. Conway had been barred from all GAA grounds in Donegal following an alleged incident which they witnessed on their grounds.Taking grave offence, Ms. Conway said this was ‘nothing to do with her husband’. She said she objected to his name being brought up, adding that he was not ‘cold in his grave’.The court heard that Mr. Conway passed away unexpectedly at the end of October last year.Standing up and clearly emotional Ms. Conway said: “I’m not going to let them use my husband’s name, this has nothing to do with him.“He is dead and I’m not here to discuss my dead husband’s affairs. It was a different case and there was nothing proved against him. It is out of order as he isn’t here to respond to these claims. I am not happy about it and I will keep objecting to his name being used.”Judge Paul Kelly told Ms. Conway that Mr. Toner and Malin GAA were entitled to question the motivation behind her complaint, however he warned the barrister to ‘stread carefully’.He also warned Mr. Toner and Ms. Conway that they were not permitted to shout over the top of each other.In relation to the claims of unauthorised gambling, Mr. Toner explained that this was a one off charity Texas Hold’em event. Ms. Conway said they were advertising the event on Facebook and were offering a €30 buy in fee, with a €20 top up.Mr Toner said it was not against the law to hold a night such as this as long as there was a cover charge and there were no paying stakes as the night went on. He said this was a charity event run by a number of local students who were going to Honduras to carry out charity work through their university.Judge Kelly raised concerns regarding the ‘top up’ option. He said the law permitted poker nights in the case of a one off payment, he said this meant ‘top ups’ were not allowed.Club Treasurer John Byrne, who was present on the night and who played poker, said the event was ‘very poorly attended’ with many people not arriving on the premises until much later. He said there were no top ups purchased and patrons bought in for €30 only. He said half of the overall pot went to the charity while the other half was given out as prizes.Ms. Conway said she didn’t accept that all of these private functions were fundraising events. She said she had been informed by the GAA that the bar in the clubhouse was to support the club only and not to hold private functions. She said the night she contacted Gardaí on July 8 that there was a 50th wedding anniversary taking place.The court heard that this was also a fundraiser but Ms. Conway didn’t accept this.“I don’t accept that every time they have a function it is a fundraiser for charity – that’s how they’re covering up what they’re doing,” she added.“The 50th birthday party was supposed to be for the Alzheimer’s Association in Carn, but that doesn’t exist,” she claimed.Club secretary Ms. McColgan said the club received no money from these events and the clubhouse was there for the use of club members.Meanwhile in relation to the other two objections, Mr. Toner handed documents into court proving that the court address was Carrowmore, Malin and was not listed as Millbrook Terrace. He also argued that Ms. Conway had no evidence that the club bought their alcohol in the UK, with Ms. McColgan saying they could prove where they got all their drink.Ms. Conway admitted that she had been told this by someone who previously worked in the bar and had never been inside the premises to see the alcohol for herself.Judge Kelly said he acknowledged that Ms. Conway had ‘very strong feelings’ about her objections and he sympathised with her on the death of her husband during the proceedings. However he dismissed all her objections. He said in relation to children being on the premises after hours, there no evidence that the children were in areas where drinking was taken place. He said Ms. McColgan told the court that the children were in areas that were not licensed and that was not challenged so he accepted her evidence.Regarding the allegation about serving after hours on July 8, 2017, Judge Kelly said usual licensing laws permitted Malin GAA Club to serve until 12.30am on a Friday night/Saturday morning anyway. He also disregarded the claims of UK alcohol being served as there was no evidence to suggest that and the queries over the address as the documents clearly showed the address on their documents and planning permission as Carrowmore, Malin.Finally, the claims that unauthorised gambling was taking place were up for debate. While Judge Kelly did raise concerns about the ‘proposed top up’ at the Texas Poker night, he accepted the unchallenged evidence of Mr. Byrne that the top up option was not available. He said the club ‘didn’t appear to run foul of the law’ by simply offering patrons a one off pay in of €30, but if they had offered more than one charge it could have been against the law.“The law seems to prohibit a second charge but we have heard that it didn’t happen here so I will disallow [Ms. Conway’s] objection on that basis,” Judge Kelly said, renewing the club’s annual drink licence.However Judge Kelly asked Mr. Toner and the club solicitor, Catherine O’Doherty, to have a discussion with the club officials and address some of the issues raised in court that day.He said the Gardaí were also aware of some issues and that they should ensure that licensing laws are upheld at Malin GAA Club, and indeed every GAA club in the county.GAA club has bar license renewed despite claims of underage drinking and unauthorised gambling was last modified: February 9th, 2018 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:barMALIN GAA CLUBlast_img read more

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Ballybofey man ‘incapable’ of complying with bail orders is remanded

first_imgA Ballybofey man has been remanded in custody at Castlerea Prison to appear by video link at Letterkenny District Court after being rendered ‘incapable’ of complying with bail conditions.Darius McAteer was arrested on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 for offences contrary to sections 6 and 8 of the public order act. The accused was conveyed to Letterkenny Garda Station and made no reply when cautioned and charged. McAteer is subject to a curfew between 8pm and 8am.Garda Keon said McAteer stood accused of a ‘large number of alleged offences’  and that McAteer had broken the curfew on Tuesday, April 3, and Wednesday, April 4.Inspector Barry Doyle said he was objecting to bail.“He has no regards for the conditions that were set out,” Inspector Doyle said.The court heard that on Wednesday, April 4, McAteer intervened and ‘was obstructive’ while the driver of a car in which he was traveling was being arrested for road traffic offences.Under conditions of bail, McAteer is to remain sober.“He had consumed drink but at that time he was not intoxicated,” the Garda said. “He was directed to leave on a number of occasions.”McAteer was arrested at 8.06pm.Defending solicitor Frank Dorrian said that McAteer was unable to arrive home before his curfew as his transport was ‘lo longer available to him’.Mr Dorrian said: “He openly makes the case that the inability to get home was not of his own doing. He could make it home in ten minutes, but that is impossible on foot. The car was at a service station ten minutes before the curfew began.”On Tuesday, April 3, Sergeant Lynch said he responded to a call about a vehicle parked at the rear of the Millbrae Surgery in Stranorlar.“It was indicated that a number of persons were in the car, that cans of alcohol were thrown from the vehicle and that people got out an urinated in the car park,” Sergeant Lynch said, adding that he found McAteer to be intoxicated.Later that night, at 9.15pm, Sergeant Lynch responded to reports of three people drinking in a stairwell at the Navenny Car Park in Ballybofey and found the same three persons.“Mr McAteer was intoxicated and was the worse for wear and there was an amount of drink present,” Sergeant Lynch said.Sergeant Lynch said McAteer had ‘quite a catalogue’, something he had ‘never seen for a man of his age’.“There is something unusual going on here,” Mr Dorrian added. “My client has been under the care of the mental health service since he was 9. Since he has turned 18, he has effectively been jettisoned. He was diagnosed with ADHD and ODD and alcohol is a new arrival on the scene. He is living in a very derelict fashion.”Judge Paul Kelly refused bail and remanded McAteer to Castlerea Prison to appear via video link on Monday. Judge Kelly directed medical assessment on the matter.Ballybofey man ‘incapable’ of complying with bail orders is remanded was last modified: April 9th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:BallybofeyCastlereaDarius McAteerJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtSergeant Lynchlast_img read more

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: DONEGAL’S NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURE LIST

first_imgDivision 2 FIXTURES 2011Round 1 — Sat, Feb 5: Laois v Meath; Donegal v Sligo; Sun, Feb 6: Antrim v Kildare; Derry v Tyrone.Round 2 — Sat, Feb 19: Tyrone v Donegal; Sun, Feb 20: Kildare v Derry; Meath v Sligo; Laois v Antrim. Round 3 — Sat, Feb 26: Antrim v Meath; Sun, Feb 27: Sligo v Tyrone; Donegal v Kildare; Derry v Laois.Round 4 — Sat, Mar 12: Tyrone v Antrim; Sun, Mar 13: Meath v Donegal; Kildare v Laois; Sligo v Derry.Round 5 — Sat, Mar 19: Derry v Donegal; Laois v Tyrone; Sun, Mar 20: Kildare v Meath; Antrim v Sligo.Round 6 — Sun Apr 3: Donegal v Antrim; Tyrone v Kildare; Derry v Meath; Sligo v Laois. Round 7 — Sun, Apr 10: Antrim v Derry; Laois v Donegal; Kildare v Sligo; Meath v Tyrone.Final — Sun, Apr 24.DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: DONEGAL’S NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURE LIST was last modified: January 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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

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ATHLETICS: TIR CHONAILL AC LAUNCHES SUMMER CAMP

first_imgTIR CHONAILL ATHLETICS CLUB SUMMER CAMPTír Chonaill Athletics Club grew from three thriving juvenile clubs that existed in Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Bundoran in the 1970’sTír Chonaill Athletics Club is a club with an open door policy, where you will be greeted with a warm welcome from friendly, courteous and experienced members and qualified coaches. Coaches who believe that everyone is capable of achieving their goals, regardless of age or fitness levels, and who strive towards this end in a friendly, supportive and safe environment. The club caters for athletes from 8 years old upwards, the oldest member being 68 years of age and for Juveniles, Seniors, Masters, Joggers, Walkers, Tri-Athletes and Fit4Life covering such events as Track & Field Athletics, Road Running, Cross-Country Running, Triathlon, Walking and Hiking. Camp Sponsors CARA PHARMACIES Our Partners in successTir Chonaill AC   Summer  Camp 2011Five Days Of Fun   July 4th to July 8th [inclusive]LEARNING THROUGH SPORT Camp Director: Eamon  Harvey  074 97 21578/087 0867948054  Tirchonaillac.comFor Ages 5 – 15                            includes Athletics Specific Camp       for 13 -15 year olds9am – 2pmCAMP APPLICATIONName: ___________________ Age:____ Medical Condition:__________________Name: ___________________ Age:____Medical Condition:__________________Name: ___________________ Age:____ Medical Condition:__________________Name: ___________________ Age:____Medical Condition:__________________Telephone: _______________________Emergency NumberAddress:____________________________________________________________________________________________E:mail:___________________________Signature:_________________________PRINT NAME:______________________ABOUT THE CAMPThe camp is part of the Tír Chonaill AC Summer programme and provides a fun, structured environment in which children aged five through to fifteen can socialise, make friends through the FUNdamentals of Sport. The camp is situated in the grounds of the Abbey vocational school.Supervised Lunch breaks; Qualified personnel including a child protection officer;End of camp tournamentSample  ActivitiesVolleyball, Badminton, Football, Basketball, Sportshall, Tag Rugby, Dodge Ball, Gymnastics, Dancing, Quiz, Art & Crafts, Circle Games, Athletics, Olympic Trampoline, Wet-weather activities (if required).AT FEES YOU CAN AFFORDOne family member                €60Two family members              €110Family Group                                     €150Closing Date for Camp Applications is  Thurs  30th JuneWHAT YOU NEED TO BRINGIf it’s warm -Sun screen, snacks and lots of waterIf it’s Cold and wet -A coat, snacks and lots of waterWHERE DO I SEND MY APPLICATIONJust drop your completed application and cheque, money order or even cash into any Cara Pharmacy outlet in Donegal Town or Bundoran or into All Sports on Quay Street Donegal Town.TERMS AND CONDITIONSPlaces are limited.  While club leaders will take all reasonable action to ensure the safety and well being of the children, we cannot be held responsible for damages, injuries or loss of possessions and parents/guardians are advised to obtain personal insurance for these occurrences. Misbehavior and/or continual breach of camp rules will result in the participant being suspended from the camp and no refund being given.  Children attending camp should not be left unsupervised at camp venue until the official coaches are present.  Children must be collected promptly at 2:00pm.Tir Chonaill Athletics ClubSenior 5 Day Summer 2011 Camp The camp, aimed at 12 to 15 year olds, will introduce and develop a variety of athletic events in a fun environment. The camp will be staffed by qualified athletics teachers/coaches. Disciplines will include – Long Jump; High Jump; Pole Vault; Shot Putt; Middle distance; Javelin plus gymnastics, trampoleening, orienteering and gamesWhen and Where          9am  to 2pm daily            Abbey Voc School, Donegal Town Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri                                   4th – 8th July 2011Cost one family member €60       Two family members – €110        Family group €150To attend – fill out the application – overleaf and return to camp directorEamon Harvey, Drimark, Donegal Town 0872797548/0749721578 or leave in All Sports Donegal Town or Cara Pharmacy Donegal Town or Bundoran Closing date for applications   Thurs 30th June ATHLETICS: TIR CHONAILL AC LAUNCHES SUMMER CAMP was last modified: June 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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:TIR CHONAILL AC LAUNCHES SUMMER CAMPlast_img read more

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GAA NOTES: BUNCRANA

first_imgSenior FootballNaomh Mhuire got off to a strong start against Buncrana at the Scarvey on Sunday and went in 07-to 02 at half-time. Buncrana fought back valiantly in the second half but were unable to close the deficit. Simon Cuffe and William McLaughlin performed well for Buncrana on the half-back line and Christy Bell did well in the middle of the park. Due mainly to some inconsistent results from most teams in division three this season Buncrana still sit top of the league. The final score was 1-9 to 1-12. Naomh Mhuire reserves also edged ahead of Buncrana reserves. On Saturday 1st October, Buncrana travel to Carndonagh. Throw-in time is 2:30pm. There will be no reserve match as Carn reserves will be playing in the intermediate reserve championship first round play-off.County Convention The Donegal GAA County Convention for 2011 will take place in The Finn Suite, Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey, on Wednesday the 14th December, commencing at 7.30pm. Any managers or parents with photos or articles / stories they think should be included in this year’s Donegal GAA Yearbook should send them to buncrana.pro@gmail.com asap as the yearbooks will be printed and distributed at the county convention. Images should be high resolution.Irish News Ulster GAA Club and Volunteer ConferenceDonegal Clubs are being urged to sign up for the fifth Irish News Ulster GAA Club and Volunteer Conference which will be held on Saturday 29th October in the Armagh City Hotel. This is Ulster GAA’s flagship non-games event which is focused at supporting clubs, volunteers and community development right across Ulster’s nine Counties. The Ulster Council supports over 250,000 volunteers working in 580 constituent GAA clubs and approximately 600 constituent educational units across the Province.BORD na nÓG Colaiste Inis EoghainA draw was probably a fair result at the end of an entertaining Rannafast Cup Section A game, played in Muff on Friday afternoon 23rd September. Going into the game Macartans would have been strong favourites to return home with the two points, having only suffered two defeats in two years, losing in a Corn na nOg semi final in 2009 and again to St Pats Maghera in the Brock Cup Final last year.The Monaghan boys started off brightly and had the ball in the net after just three minutes, following a fine move on the left, which carved an opening for David McAllister to slot home. Inis Eoghain began to find their feet, but they were guilty of missing a number of easy scores, following good approach play. Tom Hayes added a second point for Macartans on eleven minutes and by the end of the first quarter looked to be in complete control. The home side made a number of positional switches, with Kevin McLaughlin moving to midfield alongside Conor Harkin and their domination helped to set up Darragh O Connor for their first score on fourteen minutes. Midfielder Thomas Lynch restored the visitor’s three-point advantage when he fired over on nineteen minutes. The final seven minutes of the half belonged to the lively Darragh O Connor, first he hit a point on twenty-three minutes and then in a three minute spell before the break, he opened up the Monaghan defence to fire home two superb strikes to give the home side a lead of 2.02 to 1.02Inis Eoghain stretched their lead immediately after the break when Darragh O’Connor fired over another point, but Christopher McAneneley responded two minutes later with a fine score from play. Buncrana youngster John Campbell, playing at full forward made his mark on the game for the home side on forty-three minutes with a long range point and then two minutes later he somehow managed to get his hand to a high ball on the edge of the square to flick it to the net for to stretch the lead to seven points as the game entered the final quarter.St Macartans upped their game at this stage, showing a lot of quality play to score three unanswered points through Christopher McAneneley, Jason McHugh and the impressive Conor McCarthy. Inis Eoghain stretched their lead again to five through a point from Kevin McLaughlin and looked set to score a memorable victory, with just five minutes left on the clock. Kevin Loughran had different ideas, as he pushed forward from half back, starting and finishing a fine move to find the back of the net and it was game on, as St Macartans sensed panic in the home defence. The visitors finished in a flurry, Christopher McAneneley reduced the deficit to a point and then Conor McCarthy, who had an outstanding game in the middle of the park hit the equalising point in added time, much to the delight of the visiting support. Overall an entertaining game played on a fine surface at Muff, and despite a strong swirling wind and both sides will be pleased with their first outing, knowing the result could have gone either way. Best for Inis Eoghain were, Darren Gallagher, Conor Harkin, Darragh O Connor and Kevin McLaughlin, while Kevin Loghran, Christopher McAneneley David McAllister and man of the match Conor McCarthy.Colaisti Inis Eoghain: Caolan McGonagle, Danny Monagle, Kieran O’Connor, Shane McLaughlin, Ryan Doherty, Aaron Friel, Tony McCleneghan, Conor Harkin, Fergal Doherty, Darren Gallagher, Darragh O’Connor (2.02), Kevin McLaughlin, (0.01), Adam Byrne, Ciaran Diver, John Campbell (1.01), Conor Byrne, Niall Diver, Ciaran Hirrel, Ruairi Bradley, Georgie Kelly, Mark Doherty, Caolan McLaughlin, Jamie McLaughlin, Conor Doherty.www.ulstercollegesgaa.orgUnder 10 Hurling Blitz Our club hosted a well attended u10 hurling blitz on Sunday which was kindly sponsored Kavanaghs Supervalue Buncrana, Tommy O’Neills team preformed well only losing one match to Setanta. and winning three.Under 13 HurlingThe u13 hurlers finished top of their group and are through to the semi-final of Division 1 of the Northwest league, they beat Dungannon in Banagher on Sunday last in impressive fashion. Early goals settledany early nerves and the boys ran out comfortable winners, next weeks opposition will prove a bigger test and all support is welcome.Under 10 Football BlitzCongratulations and well done to everyone involved in the under football blitz which took place last Saturday in Malin. Buncrana won the blitz! Thanks to Malin for hosting the event.RecyclingCLOTHES RECYCLING FACILITIES NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SCARVEY!Club NotesAnyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email buncrana.pro@gmail.com, stating so.LottoThe winning numbers in the €2,050 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 20th September in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 01-06-07-19.There were no winners. There were five €20 consolation prizes which went to the following participants:Anne Hegarty, Grange, Inch Island;T. Smith, Crana Rd;Philip Logan, Buncrana;John O’Loughlin, Millfield;Sean Clerkin, Porthaw.Use of the Scarvey pitches for training or matches MUST be confirmed with Martin Mullan in advance (087 246 8108). Use of clubhouse MUST be confirmed with David McConnell in advance (087 939 2767).If you do have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on a Sunday for consideration.To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaaGAA NOTES: BUNCRANA was last modified: September 26th, 2011 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:Buncrana GAA noteslast_img read more

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GAA BOUNDARY DISPUTE: REVEALED…FORMER GAA PRESIDENT OPPOSED SPLITTING LETTERKENNY

first_imgAn independent report written by former GAA President Peter Quinn opposed the introduction of a split in parishes in Letterkenny, we can reveal.The report was written last year as Letterkenny Gaels pushed to have a part of the town – the parish of Aughaninshin – recognised as a Gaels-only area where it could draw players from.That would have left St Eunan’s with Conwal and Leck. However St Eunan’s claim splitting the town would break a decade-old agreement, and say the boundary issue could hit other clubs in the county.A meeting of clubs in the county next month is set to vote on the issue. And it is even set to be discussed at Letterkenny town council monthly meeting.Here is the Peter Quinn report in full:MEABHRÁN DO COISTE DHÚIN na NGALL I was asked, by a representative of Coiste Dhún na nGall, to examine the respective merits of the claims made by the two G.A.A. clubs currently operating in Letterkenny viz. St. Eunans and Letterkenny Gaels, on the need for boundaries to determine the catchment areas of the two clubs within that town. I set out below the nature of my investigation and, ultimately, my conclusions and recommendations.BackgroundUntil relatively recently, Letterkenny was a single Parish, which was, by far, the biggest Parish in Raphoe Diocese, on a population basis. It has since been divided into two Parishes, each with its own church. According to the Diocesean web-site, the two Parishes of ‘Aughaninshin’ and ‘Conwal and Leck’ are still the two biggest Parishes in that Diocese, with ‘Conwal and Leck’ being almost twice as big as the third biggest Parish and both of the Letterkenny Parishes having a population which is a multiple of that in the majority of Parishes in this Diocese. A number of senior clubs in Donegal are selecting from population bases as low as 15% of that of either of the two parishes in Letterkenny.At present, each of these Parishes hosts three or four primary schools and each has at least one second-level school. The primary-level school-going population in the town is well in excess of 2,000, according to Diocesean figures.Not only is Letterkenny the largest settlement in Donegal, but demographically, for much of the past decade, it was also the fastest growing town in its size category in Ireland and, for part of that decade, it reputedly had the most rapid growth, in its category, in Europe. According to G.A.A. policy, as provided in its strategic review of 2001, the population of Letterkenny would justify the existence of three clubs, though, in major settlements, that policy is taken as an aspiration rather than being mandatory.Soccer and rugby are already strong in Letterkenny, as are basketball, swimming, athletics and golf. In St. Eunan’ College, soccer is now the field sport with the highest profile, and throughout much of Donegal both soccer (in particular) and rugby are well organised and are clear threats to the G.A.A.’s position in the County.There is an acceptance that increased participation in Gaelic Games, in this town, is a priority for the G.A.A. in Donegal. There is also a concern that any dispute within the G.A.A.1 fraternity may have the ultimate consequence of encouraging potential young players to give their primary allegiance to other codes. In Letterkenny and in other parts of Donegal, there is, and there is likely to continue to be, considerable cross-over between Gaelic Games and other codes.The Two ClubsSt. Eunans is a long established club, having being founded more than eight decades ago. It was, for most of that period, the sole G.A.A. club in Letterkenny. It has had an outstanding run of success, over the past decade, and is easily the foremost club in Donegal at present. Its success on the playing field has helped it to attract playing members, who come from outside Donegal, to reside in the town.In the past, O’Donnell Park (owned by St. Eunans) was Donegal’s premier ground, but problems with flooding reduced its status. Those problems have now been rectified and it has again started to attract occasional, major, non-championship, inter-county games. Currently, it has two pitches – a full size ‘Prunty’ pitch, with a stand for 2,500 spectators and total capacity of close to 10,000 and a second ‘training’ pitch.Some years ago, following the establishment of Letterkenny Gaels, this club developed a St. Eunan’s Academy, for coaching and developing young players and has been attracting up to 200 children, between male and female, to its Sunday morning sessions. Its overall youth coaching programme is very comprehensive, involving a large number of coaches, both males and females, and both football and hurling. It also uses members, who are unemployed, to undertake coaching within local schools, where it provides an extensive programme.This club has also acquired other parcels of land, some of which are also used in coaching under-age players, leaving it with total property extending to close to sixty acres, in adjoining parcels (the aggregate area was not confirmed during this analysis – the foregoing figure was provided by the club).It also has a Club House, with a bar licence and eight changing rooms. It has invested approximately €1.75 million in its more recent developments, including borrowing €750,000 (these figures were also provided by the Club and accepted as accurate). All its facilities are vested in the G.A.A.2Letterkenny Gaels is a relatively new club; it has been in existence for approximately fifteen years, when its application for affiliation was supported by the St. Eunans representative(s) on the County Board.The Gaels currently participate mainly in the lower leagues at adult level, but their recent under-age performances in football have been quite good. They also participate in hurling, where they are reasonably strong, competing in Division 1, as compared with Division 2 in football. Its progress in football is demonstrated by the fact that it has recently had two representatives on the County Minor panel and another on the under-16 squad.The club has its own dedicated G.A.A. pitch, within a complex, which it shares with the local rugby club, which is expanding its activities in the Letterkenny area. There is, therefore, major cross-over between Gaelic games and rugby in this part of the town. The current arrangements provide for a dedicated G.A.A. pitch, a dedicated rugby pitch and a pitch which is shared, with each club having use of it for an agreed part of the year. The quality of its playing facilities is confirmed by their use for under-age finals in Donegal.This club is planning a major physical development scheme, in conjunction with the rugby club. The proposed investment is budgeted at €750,000 and Letterkenny Gaels will have to undertake major fund-raising; it believes it needs some guarantee of numbers, if it is to become involved in such expenditure.Methodology AppliedI met with representatives from both clubs, separately, on two evenings in Ballybofey. The agenda for the first of these meetings was entirely open and both sides were represented by three officers. The second meeting, which was also attended by three representatives from each club, was designed to clarify a number of issues which arose from the earlier meeting and to try to identify potential areas of agreement. In both of those meetings, arguments were advanced forcefully and there was clear evidence of differences in perspective, on a variety of issues. I then held a third meeting at which both sides were present together. I also reviewed demographic data from both CSO sources and Raphoe Diocesan sources.I do not propose to rehearse all the issues presented to me on those occasions; instead, I set out below the main issues raised by the two parties, as identified by me – I recognise that the two Clubs may hold a different view of my summary of each of their positions.3The Case Presented by Letterkenny GaelsLetterkenny Gaels are seeking the introduction of defined catchment areas for each of the two clubs within Letterkenny, based on ecclesiastical boundaries and citing the provisions of Treoraí Oifigiúil in relation to ‘Playing Eligibility’ – specifically, the definition, of ‘Home Club’ and its reference to “…a player’s native Parish…”.Effectively (and they accepted this), the town would then be divided for G.A.A. purposes, with each club having identifiably distinct catchment areas and boundaries. They accepted that Aughaninshin Parish currently contains many families whose heads of household or other family members have a strong affinity with St. Eunans; that includes many who had played for that club in the past and would probably wish their offspring to play for it too. They recognised that this had the potential to create dissention and they offered to accommodate St. Eunans, in any manner agreeable to an Coiste Contae, in retaining such members and potential players, including accepting special provision which would allow the off-spring of former St. Eunans players or senior club members to opt for that club. However, they clearly anticipated that, over time, Letterkenny Gaels would have the active support of almost the entire G.A.A. fraternity in the Aughaninshin Parish.They argued that the development of their club was being constrained by the strength, success, resources and profile of St. Eunans, as well as by its tradition within the town. In the absence of a dedicated catchment area, the Gaels could never develop to their full potential. In particular, they felt disadvantaged and discouraged by the fact that, when they undertook coaching in any of the schools in the Aughaninshin Parish, St. Eunans responded by sending their coaches into that school, thereby splitting the allegiance of the pupils.They expressed the view that rugby was much better co-ordinated in its support for local schools – providing a united front to potential new members.Letterkenny Gaels also indicated that the club was now facing critical issues, in that it was proposing to embark on a major programme of physical development, with huge financial implications and that the club needed some level of assurance about its “…supply chain of young people…” if it was to justify undertaking this investment.However, they explicitly recognised that St. Eunans had a very well organised under-age structure – probably “…the best in Donegal…”; that they had “…raised their game…” in response to the formation of the Gaels (including in hurling activity) and that they were4putting major effort into ensuring that they would continue to have access to all the best players in Letterkenny.Ultimately, they proposed to focus the development of the club on the schools and the young people who attended those schools in Aughaninshin parish. Their expectation was that, over time, the young players from Ballyraine etc., who were currently being attracted to train with St. Eunans, due to both that club’s success at senior level and peer pressure, would eventually align themselves with Letterkenny Gaels, if the parish rule was applied and they were given sole access to the schools within their parish.The Case Presented by St. EunansSt. Eunans accepted the need for a second club in the town, given its population, and indicated a willingness to work with the Gaels in strengthening the Association in Letterkenny. They would accept the creation of a Letterkenny Board as a mechanism for increasing participation in Gaelic Games among the youth of the town.However, they rejected the division of the town on a parish basis, citing the following two main reasons:(i) affiliation of Letterkenny Gaels was accepted on the explicit understanding that boundaries would not be introduced within Letterkenny; and(ii) their club’s membership (playing and non-playing) currently derives from all parts of the town, and has done so down through the years.There are, they claimed, socio-economic differences between the two Parishes, which render primary population statistics useless as a basis for determining boundaries within a town, where the majority of parents of potential young G.A.A. players are former St. Eunans players.They asserted that they have become the premier club not just in Letterkenny, but in Donegal, by providing good facilities and the most comprehensive programme of coaching and player development in the County. If the Gaels wished to become an equally strong club, they would have to match the efforts of St, Eunans.Using the schools as an argument for separate catchment areas ignores the fact that, in virtually every staff room in the town, there are members of the St. Eunans club and any such proposal would be extremely divisive within the schools.5According to them, the existing transfer system allows players to transfer within the town and should be left as the best route for resolving problems within Letterkenny.St. Eunans argued that there was a need for more investment in coaching in Letterkenny; but the main focus should be on raising the profile of Gaelic Games in St. Eunans College and not on splitting the town, by introducing boundaries. There are enough young players to satisfy the needs of both clubs, but introducing a boundary would result in loss of support from both the business community and others and would have a particularly adverse effect on St. Eunans and its playing base. Specifically, they argued that those who do not currently support the Gaels would not support them after the introduction of a boundary either.Ultimately, for St. Eunans, the only acceptable solution was for Letterkenny Gaels to increase their efforts at promoting the games to the youth of the town and match St. Eunans on that basis; that would improve their access to players, raise standards within the town and benefit the G.A.A. as a whole.ConclusionsBased on my analysis of the data and information provided to me, the following main conclusions arise (other matters also arose, but they are not germane to the current issue):(i) There is a clear need for a second club in Letterkenny and it should be viable in both playing and financial terms; a third club is not on the agenda, at present, and could not easily be accommodated in Letterkenny;(ii) Club affiliations and all related issues, including territorial implications, are entirely a matter for each individual County Board, according to Treoraí Oifigiúil;(iii) Donegal has not, to date, adopted the so-called ‘Parish Rule’ as part of its bye-laws (and neither have several other counties – particularly in Ulster);(iv) Even if Donegal adopted a ‘Parish Rule’ as a bye-law, it would not necessarily apply to urban areas (the former ‘parish rule’ had an explicit exemption for urban areas) and Letterkenny is a new urban area, though it was not specifically covered in the former rule;(v) St. Eunans provide a more comprehensive under-age development programme than do Letterkenny Gaels, but it has vastly more resources and experience, and it is, and will continue to be, very difficult for Letterkenny Gaels to compete in that environment;6(vi) Members and supporters of St. Eunans live in all parts of Letterkenny and many of those who live in Aughaninshin Parish do not identify with the new club, with which they never had any affiliation;(vii) Failure to reach some form of agreement has the potential to damage the G.A.A.’s capacity to achieve its optimal status within Letterkenny.Clearly, Letterkenny Gaels are operating at a significant disadvantage at present and this is adversely affecting the club’s development – but that is primarily attributable to their relatively short existence.RecommendationsBased on my analysis of the issues involved and on my conclusions as set out above, I hereby make the following recommendations for action by Coiste Chontae Dhún na nGall and for consideration by the two clubs:(a) Coiste Dhún na nGall should take the lead in establishing a Letterkenny Board designed to promote under-age coaching and games development in the town, using the G.A.A.’s coaching and games development structures and processes as set out in national policy i.e. with no formal competition among younger age cohorts and a focus on skills development; the Letterkenny Board should include equal and multiple representation from both clubs, and should also include one representative from each of the local primary schools; it should be chaired by an officer of an Coiste Chontae; its activities should be based in the facilities of both clubs, on an equitable basis, and any informal competitive activity should involve members of both clubs, on a shared basis; terms of reference for this Board should be determined by Coiste Dhún na nGall.(b) Coiste Dhún na nGall and the two clubs should understand clearly that participation in any under-age coaching programme(s), organised by either club, bestows no right of membership and that membership must be awarded entirely in accordance with the Association’s Treoraí Oifigiúil, at the ages specified therein for youth and full membership, respectively.(c) Coiste Dhún na nGall should not impose boundaries within Letterkenny, at this point; instead there should be a ‘stand-still’ agreement for the next five years, during which time both clubs would compete for members throughout all of Letterkenny and the effectiveness of the Letterkenny Board in raising standards could be assessed.7(d) All coaching within the town’s primary schools should be co-ordinated by the Letterkenny Board, using resources provided by an Coiste Chontae, in tandem with any resources provided by Comhairle Uladh or Ard Comhairle and those provided by the two clubs; unilateral coaching activity at primary school level, by either club, should be prohibited, unless it has been sanctioned in advance by the Letterkenny Board.(e) Coiste Dhún na nGall should seek special support from superior bodies to assist with coaching and games development in Letterkenny and should devote some of those resources to specific coaching initiatives by Letterkenny Gaels for those in the 14-18 year age-group.(f) The Letterkenny Board should co-operate with Coiste na nÓg, at County Board level, in promoting Gaelic Games within the second level schools and colleges in Letterkenny.(g) The progress of the Association’s games within the town should be monitored by the County Committee, on an annual basis, to ensure that all young people have an opportunity to participate in them and, in the event that some schools are not being catered for on an adequate basis, it should be prepared to make whatever adjustments to these recommendations, it deems appropriate.It is reasonable to expect that the two clubs may have differing views on the foregoing recommendations. Their views should be considered by Coiste Dhún na nGall, prior to finalising action on whatever recommendations are accepted.Peadar Ó Cuinn 25u Bealtaine 2010.8GAA BOUNDARY DISPUTE: REVEALED…FORMER GAA PRESIDENT OPPOSED SPLITTING LETTERKENNY was last modified: October 9th, 2011 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)Tags:Donegal GAALetterkenny GaelsPeter QuinnSt Eunan’s GAA clublast_img read more

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GAA NOTES: NAOMH MHUIRE

first_imgThe Club AGM takes place this Friday evening December 9th in the Clubhouse at 7pm. The nominations for the election of officers can be made on the night. Motions for discussion and voting upon must be with the Club Runaí no later than 6pm on Wednesday 7th and may be hand delivered or emailed to – sharkey.donal@yahoo.ie. A good attendance is required so as to ensure the continued work of the club. All welcome.Under 8 and under 10 training has finished up for this year and will resume again in the new year.U12 Training continues in the Dungloe gym on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8pm. There is a level 1 coaching course was cancelled and will now take place in early January. Contact Gary Boyle for details or if you are interested on 0863546193.Many thanks to the many who recently helped out in so many ways at the two Scrap Saturdays. John C Gillespie the co-ordinator on this project led his team really well and he had so much help. The public as usual were really supportive. The response was outstanding. Thanks to Shaun Ward and Anne at Better signs and Tony Sharkey Waste who helped out with advertising, etc. Go raibh maith agaibh.Peil na mBan held their annual awards for u/age girls in the clubhouse on Friday 2nd Dec. Top awards on the night went to the u16 girls who won the u16A championship, as well a receiving their county medals all players on the panel were presented with training tops for their achievements. Yearly awards were U14; Most improved players; Katie O’Donnell & Sarah Doherty. Players of the Year; Sarah O’Gara & Aoife McGarvey. U16 Awards; Most improved player; Lauren Rodgers. Players of the year; Caroline Sharkey & Jade O’Donnell. Player of the county final award; Aine Hanlon. Tops were presented to the Junior ladies who reached the Junior league Final .Thanks goes to, Robbie O’Donnell, Conal O’Gara for preparing the u/age teams. Donal Sharkey for the Junior team and Brid Doherty Chairperson, Elaine Boyle Secretary and the small Committee who ensured these team wanted for nothing all year.Peil na mBan fundraiser – walk and cross country run on Boxing day 26th Dec. Starts 1pm @ the clubhouse going to The Ballymanus Monument @ Ballymanus. Walkers will take the road route and runners will take a specially designed Cross Country route. Entry will be taken @ Clubhouse from 12 onwards. Adults €5, Family rate €10. There is still a number of Windbreakers available in small adult, medium and large – might be a good xmas present – contact Donal O’Searcaigh.Lotto details for week 30th November. Jackpot 3260 euro. We had a jackpot winner – Breid Dora McGinley – Annagry. There was one match 3 winner – Maureen Sharkey – Belcruit Mountain. New Jackpot starting new week at E500. Numbers were 5-8-9-10.100club: November draw: E400: Joe Kelly – County Dry Cleaners – Letterkenny. E200: Joe McGee – Gaoth Dobhair. E100each: Michael Sharkey – Anagaire, James McBride – Meendoirenaslua, Anthony Doherty – Beal na Cruite agus Jimmy Boyle – Rann na feirste.Check out our club website www.naomhmhuire.ie GAA NOTES: NAOMH MHUIRE was last modified: December 6th, 2011 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:NAOMH MHUIRE GAA NOTESlast_img read more

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GAA RESULTS: DONEGAL NORTH

first_imgDownings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Mar-2012 Glenfin 3 – 11 3 – 7 Moville Pairce Taobhoige Downings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Mar-2012 Fanad Gaels 3 – 10 2 – 11 Cloughaneely Fanad Gaels Portsalon Downings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Mar-2012 Red Hughs 2 – 13 1 – 3 Convoy CrossroadsDownings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Mar-2012 Naomh Colmcille Newtown 8 – 10 0 – 7 Downings Pairc Colmcille Newton 25-Mar-2012 St Eunans B 4 – 13 1 – 8 Letterkenny Gaels O Donnell Park-LetterkennyDownings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Mar-2012 Malin 1 – 8 0 – 13 Buncrana Malin Downings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Mar-2012 Burt 2 – 10 1 – 7 St Eunans Burt-Hibernian ParkDownings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Mar-2012 Glenswilly 0 – 5 1 – 13 St Michaels Glenswilly-Pairc Naomh ColumbaDownings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Mar-2012 Robert Emmets 8 – 6 0 – 3 Naomh Padraig Lifford Pairc EimeadDownings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment25-Mar-2012 Gaoth Dobhair 2 – 5 1 – 2 Carndonagh Pobal Scoil Gaoth DobhairGAA RESULTS: DONEGAL NORTH was last modified: March 25th, 2012 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:Donegal NorthGAA RESULTSlast_img read more

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PATSY MCGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT – WHAT A WEEKEND FOR DONEGAL ATHLETES

first_imgBY PATSY MCGONAGLE: So many locations – California, Ardara, Maghery, London, Birmingham, Dublin not to mention Stranorlar make up the story from the Finn Valley club this past weekend.Tori Pena was in action in Mount Sac relays a world class meet in US and cleared 4.15 for 6th with just over 90 days to the Big one London in August.In London 4 representatives in the famous inspiring London marathon all of them crossing the line achieving the medal namely Mary Hippsley, Kate McGuigan, Gloria Devenney and Sean O’Leary. Well done all – a great personal achievement which everyone can take inspiration from.In Dublin it was National road relays in Raheny and we had 5 teams on duty.As is the norm the Masters section kicked off the programme. Good return here Over 50 men namely Mark Connoly, Pat Hegarty and Dominic Bonner on duty and their reward silver medals. Interesting to note Dominic’s week last Sunday he won the national over 50 10k road title in 34 minutes odd a most notable run. He was in Derry for a 5k on Wednesday 17.12 his time and he was beating it out again on this team. The Gweedore man, who trains alone, is a real stand out story.The over 40 lads of Ciaran Carlin joined by Martin Irwin and Michael Gallagher took the bronze first national medals ever for the latter two. It was the turn of the women next, their ranking finish 7th winners DSD but so important to be on the start line and finally the men’s relay two teams the A team of James Speight 10.06 ( 2 miles )Mark Hoye 4.33 ( 1 mile ) Paul Leck taking over in 6th ( 3 miles ) and final leg Gerard Gallagher ( 2 mile ) to finish 9th the event winners Rathfarnham.The B team was Ryan Porter, Dean Toland, Mark Bonner and Patrick Hynes Foy for 16th place. Well done all good to be back in the competition and being competitive.That mile leg by Mark represents the fastest of the day and he now can look forward to competing for his University in the British Univ.champs at the Olympic stadium, London on weekend May4/5/6th, a unique opportunity about which he is pretty excited.Janine Boyle and James Kelly were our representatives on Donegal Sportshall teams in Birmingham, Janine picking up two individual medals in long jump and 2 lap race a very exciting contribution and it was special as her Mum Marie was there as a team manager.James also is a special talent eligible again next year and his putt of 11.83 did of course gain him a podium spot. Again his coach/Dad John had flown over so another nice memory to recall in the years ahead.The outstanding Donegal performance came from the Rosses girl Sarah Doherty a double gold medalist the best points return ever by a Donegal athlete at this exciting event.It’s interesting to note the absolute explosion of numbers in road events in the county and the weekends story began in Gortahork the Tir Na Nog Series being promoted by Senator Brian O Domhnaill a Valley club member.Saturday was Ardara 10k day in memory of Martina Maguire and what a response just over the 1000 mark a tremendous event amongst the finishers Michael McGonagle aged 7 not a bother to him. Sunday was Maghery 5k in aid of Habitat promoted by Niamh Walsh and Rosaleen Mc Gonagle and Bridgeen Doherty flew the flag for us there.Finally the Parents Council of St Columba’s, Stranorlar had 300 turn out – won by Oisin Gallen in a sub 20 time with parent Noreen Bonner women’s winner 22 minutes and as School principal Maeve Scully observed “runners and walkers aged 7 to 70 babies in buggys and even 2 dogs.” Sure, where would you get it?It’s busy busy in the coming weeks a large crowd expected Wednesday evening for open track meet registration from 6pm.So many tasks to do so offers of help from club people welcome see the programme on the www.finnvalleyac web.Strabane stage a meet on May 6th and we are encouraging participation there followed by Schools athletics and county athletics plenty of opportunity.PatsyPATSY MCGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT – WHAT A WEEKEND FOR DONEGAL ATHLETES was last modified: April 23rd, 2012 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)Tags:PATSY MCGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT – WHAT A WEEKEND FOR DONEGAL ATHLETESlast_img read more

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DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO THE RALLY: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM 1985

first_imgDDTV: As part of our countdown to the Donegal Rally weekend, we are bringing you some vintage footage from the past.This was the year of Live Aid, ‘Back To The Future’ was in the cinema and the wreck of the Titanic was discovered on the seabed of the Atlantic.There were even some boys still sporting sideburns!  DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO THE RALLY: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM 1985 was last modified: June 7th, 2012 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

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ADVENTURE ONE DAILY SURF BLOG – BIG WAVES ON THE WAY!

first_img” Excellent conditions today for Surfing and SUPing!”Another glorious day today at Fanad and Rathmullan at Adventure One Surf and SUP Schools!Perfect waist to chest high waves and Fanad with everybody getting great waves, and our Paddleboard school was flat out with all 4 sessions fully booked today. The surf report for tomorrow Friday 27th July is for an increasing North Westerly swell but with it comes increasing North Westerly winds which means while the waves will be shoulder to head high the surf will be messy, and some beaches will have strong rip currents!If you would like to try surfing or Stand Up Paddleboarding give us a call on 086 1931 747 or check out our website www.adventureone .net or Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Adventure-One-Surf-School/116323048385243 for more info.Iain   ADVENTURE ONE DAILY SURF BLOG – BIG WAVES ON THE WAY! was last modified: July 26th, 2012 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) Tags:ADVENTURE ONE DAILY SURF BLOG – BIG WAVES ON THE WAY!last_img read more

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DONEGAL LADIES WELL BEATEN BY CORK

first_imgDONEGAL’S Ladies GAA senior team travelled to Cork today – and were well-beaten by the All-Ireland champions.Cork led 3-11 to 0-1 at half time with goals by Angela Walsh (10), Ni Bhuachalla (16) and a penalty by Emma Farmer (29).Four more goals followed in the second half in the clash at CIT with Sarah Harrington scoring two of them. Donegal managed to register just two more scores.Final score – Cork 7-23 Donegal 0-03. DONEGAL LADIES WELL BEATEN BY CORK was last modified: April 6th, 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) Tags:DONEGAL LADIES WELL BEATEN BY CORKlast_img read more

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CÉN AIT A THAINIG TÚ SA RÁS 5K GAIRMSCOIL CHÚ ULADH?

first_imgCén ait a thainig tú sa rás 5k Gairmscoil Chú Uladh?Well done to the 148 enthusiastic runners that took part in the Gairmscoil Chú Uladh 5k earlier today. The race was a climax to the couch to 5k program which the students and staff have been following for the last 2 months.Vast improvements were made on the majority of times from last years inaugural 5k. Aaron Mac Floinn (17:44) a second year pupil at Gairmscoil Chú Uladh & Finn Valley A.C. took the honours whilst Fred Vangansberg (18:25) and Ethan o Donaill (18:51) took second and third place overall. Cait nic a Bhaird (22:52) was the first female athlete overall followed closely by Maire nic a Bhaird (22:53) & Orla ni Fhril (22:53). In the juvenile one mile race Barra Mac Daibhid was the first boy home with Leanne nic Fhearail winning the junior girls category. Bhí lá ar doigh ag an 148 luthcleasaí diograiseach a ghlac phairt i rás 5k inniu thart f’an Béal an Átha Mhóir. Chuir an rás seo crioch leis an traenáil chrua a  bhí déanta ag scolairi na scoile mar phairt den chlár ‘Tolg go 5k’ . Bhi leibheal aclaiocht  na ndaltai feabhsaithe go mor o anuraidh, bhi seo le feiceail o na amanna eagsula. Thainig Aaron mac Floinn dalta 2ú bliana, G.C.U. na bhaile in san am is gaiste le Fred Vangansberg agus Ethan o Donaill ag glacadh an 2ú agus 3ú háit. B’iad Cait nic a Bhaird agus Maire nic a Bhaird na céad mná na bhaile. Bhi an ras mile (ras soisearach) bainte ag Barra Mac Daibhid agus Leanne nic Fhearail. Maith sibh uilig go leir!Torthai: Gairmscoil Chu Uladh5K – 2014 Ait uimhir Tam Chead ainm Sloinne Catagoir Club 1 346 17.44 Aaron Mac Floinn, Crona Finn Valley A C2 51 18.25 Fred Vangansberg SM Unattached3 317 18.51 Ethan Ó Domhnaill Nabla Unattached4 14 18.59 Padraig McGlynn SM Unattached5 20 19.17 Ciaran Ó Giobúin Aodhan Unattached 6 305 19.19 Karl Mac Floinn, Beibhinn Unattached7 306 19.19 Frances MacDaibhidh Beibhinn Unattached8 395 20.06 Maitiú Mag Fhionnaile Barra Unattached9 387 20.45 Padraig Ó Baoill Naos Unattached 10 414 20.56 Ryan Mac Floinn Aodhan Unattached11 26 21.02 Ben Dunleavy SM Letterkenny A C12 11 21.10 Padraig O Dochartaigh Idirbhliain Unattached13 9 22.20 Padraig Ó Dochartaigh Aodhan Unattached14 320 22.21 Padraig MacCraith Idirbhliain Unattached15 304 22.23 Ronan Mac Ailín, Beibhinn Unattached16 6 22.30 Gearoid O Cuinneagain SM Unattached17 295 22.45 Seosamh Mac Duibhir Barra Unattached18 332 22.48 Lee Mac Daidhéid Aodhan Unattached19 352 22.49 Gearoid Ó Dochartaigh Ailbhe Unattached20 40 22.52 Cáit Níc A Bhaird Beibhinn Unattached21 306 22.53 Máire Nic A Bhaird, Beibhinn Unattached22 311 22.53 Órla Ní Fhríl, Beibhinn Unattached23 388 23.03 Shane Mac Doinnléibhe Nabla Unattached24 315 23.08 Daire Mac Mathúna Nabla Unattached25 344 23.27 Jason De Brún Neasa Unattached26 4 23.54 Ruth Ní Chionnaith Aodhan Unattached27 31 23.56 Ronan Mc Cormick JM Unattached28 330 24.10 Maitiu O Dochartaigh Idirbhliain Unattached29 27 24.14 Mark Mac Niallais Nabla Unattached30 326 24.22 Evin O Giobuin Idirbhliain Unattached31 50 24.32 Jane Watson SW Unattached32 385 24.34 Michael O Baoil Daire Unattached33 390 24.42 Sean O Fearaigh SM Unattached34 38 24.57 Karl McGlynn Beibhinn Unattached35 307 25.01 Áine Nic A Bhaird, Beibhinn Unattached36 12 25.02 Cristoir Ó Domhnaill Ailbhe Unattached37 367 25.03 Liam Mac Suibhne, Crona Unattached38 312 25.05 Conchur Ó Fril Neasa Unattached39 343 25.21 Joanne Gallinagh SW Unattached40 363 25.25 Conchur Mac Aoidh Idirbhliain Unattached41 382 25.29 Enda Manion SM Unattached42 8 25.38 Caol Ó Blaíd Aodhan Unattached43 313 26.04 Caolan Ó Fríl Aodhan Unattached44 45 26.07 Conor McDaid Naos Unattached45 397 26.48 Prionsias Ó Murchaidh Neasa Unattached46 3 26.50 Leah McHugh SW Unattached47 43 26.51 Deirdre Friel SW Unattached48 308 26.53 Rachel Níc a Bhaird Neasa Unattached49 32 26.55 Martin Mc Cormick JM Unattached50 36 27.10 Rachel Ni Fhiograi JW Unattached51 355 27.11 Caitlin De Brún Aodhan Unattached52 331 27.42 Pol O Dochartaigh Idirbhliain Unattached53 13 28.12 Anne Marie Ni Ghiobuin SW Finn Valley A C54 29 28.27 Callum Ó Dochartaigh Naos Unattached55 349 29.11 Michael Mac Fionn Daire Unattached56 375 29.14 Nuala Ní Dhonaill Neasa Unattached57 314 29.17 Conor Ó Dochartaigh Beibhinn Unattached58 319 29.19 Mark Frize Idirbhliain Unattached59 327 29.38 Maria Nic Ghiolla Easbuig Idirbhliain Unattached60 351 29.40 Amy Ni Ghiobuin Daire Unattached61 416 29.45 Shauna Ni Bhariartaigh Dearbhail Unattached62 359 29.53 Donal Mac Fhionntaigh Dearbhail Unattached63 294 29.59 Oisín Ó Laoghóg Crona Unattached64 329 30.01 Cathriona Ni Giolla Easbuig Crona Unattached65 392 30.10 Kelli Nic  Ruaidhri SW Unattached66 376 30.11 Corina Ní Ghoibúin Neasa Unattached67 37 30.14 Daniel O Fhiograi JM Unattached68 15 30.32 Oisin McGlynn JM Unattached69 360 30.42 Conor Mac Suibhne Dearbhail Unattached70 316 30.57 Grainne Ní Dhómhnaill Nabla Unattached71 10 31.07 Máirtín Ó Dochartaigh Barra Unattached72 325 31.34 Simona Ni Ghiobuin Idirbhliain Unattached73 321 31.36 Emma Jayne Ni Misteail Idirbhliain Unattached74 280 31.43 Kimberly Koesling Dearbhail Unattached75 2 31.47 Daire Mac Eafartaigh Daire Unattached76 350 32.06 Caoimhe Ni Ghaillin Daire Unattached77 361 32.10 Orla Brogan Dearbhail Unattached78 400 32.14 Barra Mac Daibhidh, Crona Unattached79 348 32.15 Aaron De Burca Mac Daire Unattached80 42 32.16 Edel Ní Ailis Naos Unattached81 394 32.30 Óran Mac Daibhidh Crona Unattached82 369 32.41 Rónán Ó Dómhnaill Barra Unattached83 303 32.45 Cathal Ó Tiomanaí Barra Unattached84 296 32.54 Áine Ní Chairbre Barra Unattached85 399 32.55 Keelan Mac A Ghoill, Crona Unattached86 419 33.03 Kyle O Meara Dearbhail Unattached87 404 33.04 Jemma Eve Ni Brolchain Daire Unattached88 7 33.04 Colette Ní Chnáimhsí Aodhan Unattached89 354 33.08 Caitriona Ní Bhaoill Aodhan Unattached90 411 33.14 Sean Mac Briartaigh Nabla Unattached91 402 33.20 Leanne De Brún Neasa Unattached92 407 33.34 Sharon Coyle SW Unattached93 286 33.35 Seosamh Mag Aoidh Crona Unattached94 368 33.47 Michaela Ní Dhoinnléibhe Barra Unattached95 364 33.49 Conchur Mac Fhionntaigh Idirbhliain Unattached96 322 34.00 Cait Nerbitt Idirbhliain Unattached97 16 34.02 Courtney McGlynn JW Unattached98 285 34.30 Daran O Mearthaile Daire Unattached99 33 34.31 Shane Mc Cormick JM Unattached100 23 34.38 Saoirse Campbell Novice Unattached101 290 34.56 Yvonne Ní Ghallachóir Barra Unattached102 290 34.56 Niamh Ní Dheoráin Crona Unattached103 289 34.59 Niamh Ní Chnáimhsí Crona Unattached104 371 34.60 Mariosa Breathnach, Beibhinn Unattached105 403 35.50 Clar Ní Cheallaigh Neasa Unattached106 391 37.01 Aine Campbell SW Unattached107 418 37.29 Jordan O Domhnaill Dearbhail Unattached108 287 37.50 Sinéad Nic Daibhidh Crona Unattached109 345 37.57 Darán Dé Brún, Crona Unattached110 284 38.24 Ailise Ni Mhearlaigh Daire Unattached111 291 38.24 Caoimhe Ní Mhánais Crona Unattached112 291 38.24 Niamh Ní hOráin Barra Unattached113 310 38.30 Ronan Mc Suibhne Daire Unattached114 288 38.46 Leanne Nic Fhearail Crona Unattached115 417 38.57 Niamh Ni Mhurchaidh Dearbhail Unattached116 5 39.04 Eibhlin Ní Cheallaigh Aodhan Unattached117 334 39.07 Dylan Ó Gallachóir Aodhan Unattached118 19 39.20 Bridin Ni Cheallaigh SW Unattached119 339 40.14 Shauna Ní Mhéarlaigh, Ailbhe Unattached120 333 40.15 Hanna Ní Thiomanaí Aodhan Unattached121 283 40.21 Tadhg Mac Monagaill Daire Unattached122 370 41.40 Gráinne Breathnach, Beibhinn Unattached123 46 42.05 Michelle Nic Giolla Charra SW Unattached124 25 42.08 Gabrielle Boyle SW Unattached125 362 42.23 Reamann O Gallachoir Dearbhail Unattached126 34 42.25 Anne Mc Cormick SW Unattached127 35 42.45 Gwendoline Ni Fhiograi SW Unattached128 47 42.50 Maire Mallloy SW Unattached129 28 42.51 Megan Ni Mheara Barra Unattached130 281 43.20 Liam Mc Gaoithin Dearbhail Unattached131 358 43.30 Reece Mac Conail Dearbhail Unattached132 324 43.32 Roisin Ni Ghabhann Idirbhliain Unattached133 1 43.44 Breege Mac Eafartaigh SW Unattached134 396 43.55 Tamara Ní Cheallaigh Barra Unattached135 357 44.03 Pol Crerand Dearbhail Unattached136 297 44.04 Dearbhlá Ní Cheallaigh, Barra Unattached137 49 44.07 Emma Ni Churraighin JW Unattached138 44 45.08 Padraig Ó Baoill Ailbhe Unattached139 412 45.46 Adam Mac Briartaigh Idirbhliain Unattached140 299 46.23 Serena Ní Chárthaigh Barra Unattached141 24 46.24 Cora Mc Laughlin Novice Unattached142 302 46.32 Aoife Ní hÓráin Nabla Unattached143 323 46.33 Leah Ni Churraighin Idirbhliain Unattached144 374 46.36 Aine Nic Giolla Bhríde Neasa Unattached145 336 46.54 Katie Ní Dhomhnaill Ailbhe Unattached146 282 47.07 Zoe Nic Ailin Dearbhail Unattached147 48 47.08 Katie O’Donnell SW Unattached148 52 47.34 Nuala Mc Cool SW UnattachedTotal 148CÉN AIT A THAINIG TÚ SA RÁS 5K GAIRMSCOIL CHÚ ULADH? was last modified: April 11th, 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:5kGairmscoil Chú UladhraceRASlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR GLENSWILLY 5K

first_imgThe next monthly meeting will take place in the clubhouse at 9pm on June 30th.The club’s annual 5k is scheduled for Wednesday 25th of June at 7.30pm. Entry is open for both adults and children and registration will take place prior to the race on the Tuesday evening at 6pm and again on the night of the race from 6pm.This is a fantastic fundraiser for the underage of the club so any support you can give would be much appreciated.The organising committee will hold a meeting in the clubhouse this Wednesday at 9pm to finalise all aspects of the race and if you can be of any help on the night please attend.Any queries you may have please contact Lee Gildea on 086 6059117. A big thank you to Donegal Stationery who are the main sponsors of the event and to Larkins Bar Newmills who are to sponsor all the water on the evening.With regard to football matters the Seniors and Reserves were in action at home to Ardara last Sunday with the Reserves the only winners on the day. Both teams have a free weekend coming up due to the Donegal v Antrim game. We would like to wish our three County men all the best for next Sunday namely Neil, Michael and Cormac.Our under 14 boys are through to the Northern Championship final after wins over both Cloughaneely and Glenfin over the last week.The final against Downings is due to be played the weekend of the 4/5th of July with date venue and time to be confirmed.The Kelloggs  GAA summer camps are coming up on the 7th to 14th of July, Registration is available through Paddy Mc Ginty on 087 9210846. The Thirds recorded another victory over Mac Cumhaills last Saturday by 2-9 to 6pts.Next up for the Thirds is Pettigo away on Saturday next at 7.30pm.The Under16s and Minors return to action after the exam break, with the 16s at home on the 27th to Naomh Colmcille at 7.30pm and the Minors game  at home to Lifford with date and time to be confirmed.The winning numbers in this weeks Lotto were 10,11,15,19 match 3 winner was Paddy Mc Ginty and the jackpot now stands at €4560. Next weeks sellers are Aisling mc Daid and Deirdre Gallagher.The Ladies team are away to Naomh Mhuire this Sat evening June 21st with throw in time to follow later.Finally congratulations to under 14 player Conor mc Ginty who won the skills competition at the club and went on to represent the club at the county competition.GAA NEWS: ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR GLENSWILLY 5K was last modified: June 17th, 2014 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:Glenswilly GAAlast_img read more

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BONNER HAILS SUPER-SUB ETHAN’S WINNING POINT FOR MINORS

first_imgDeclan Bonner will lead a Donegal Minor team into their first ever All-Ireland final on September 21.And Bonner was keen to praise Ethan O’Donnell whose point secured victory over Dublin.Donegal were two points down and kicking into Hill 16 but three points without reply, including the 59th minute winner from sub O’Donnell, secured victory. “Ethan has been outstanding for us whenever he’s come off the bench, you need that type of quality to turn games,” said Declan.“I’m absolutely delighted for the lads because I think back in my playing days, I lost an All-Ireland semi-final here in 1990 against Meath and there’s nothing worse than losing a semi-final.“We’ll be back now in three weeks’ time and we know Kerry are red-hot favourites but we’ll definitely be coming to win an All-Ireland minor final.”  BONNER HAILS SUPER-SUB ETHAN’S WINNING POINT FOR MINORS was last modified: September 1st, 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:Declan BonnerDonegal minorsEthan O’Donnelllast_img read more

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WOW! DONEGAL GIRL (15) SETS NEW ‘WORLD RECORD’ AT POWERLIFTING

first_imgRebecca Ryan with her winning trophySHE’S just 15 – and already a national champion!Rebecca Ryan from Milford stunned the world of powerlifting at the weekend when she set a new world record in Cork.She won the National All Ireland deadlift title in her T1 class. Not bad for a girl who only took the sport up last October after she won the “strongest female 2014” in her local gym in Evolution Fitness based in Milford.Rebecca lifted an amazing 120kg in her category.Unfortunately Rebecca was not registered long enough with the IDFPA to have her record count which would have been a “National & World Record title lift’.  WOW! DONEGAL GIRL (15) SETS NEW ‘WORLD RECORD’ AT POWERLIFTING was last modified: February 24th, 2015 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:MilfordpowerliftingRebecca RyanTitlelast_img read more

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SOCCER: O’DONNELL GOAL HELPS DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS BEAT DOWN IN MILK CUP

first_imgDonegal schoolboys beat hotly fancied Co Down 1-0 yesterday in Milk Cup.Conor O’Donnell got the winner after a lovely ball was threaded through by Aaron Doherty of St Catherines.Goalkeeper Eoin O’Boyle, pulled off a terrific double save near the end.Both O’Donnell and O’Boyle were with Letterkenny Rovers U-16s this season.SOCCER: O’DONNELL GOAL HELPS DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS BEAT DOWN IN MILK CUP was last modified: July 29th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP’ – FORMER DUBLIN STAR BLASTS DONEGAL

first_imgAlan Brogan in action for Dublin last season.Former Dublin star Alan Brogan has blasted Donegal for their ultra-defensive set-up against his former teammates tonight at Croke Park.Dublin ran out winners in a dour affair at HQ – winning on  a score-line of 1-10 to 0-07.However, Brogan on his first trip back to see Dublin as a supporter, labelled Donegal’s approach as a ‘load of crap’ and said they’ve ruined his first game back at Croke Park. He also pointed out that Michael Murphy had barely ventured into the Dublin half during the opening period.Brogan tweeted, “Donegal are ruining my first trip back.“What a load of crap – Michael Murphy has hardly got into the Dublin half.”However, his tweet sparked an angry response from some irate Donegal supporters. Shaun Coyle tweeted, ” Dublin played just as defensive as Donegal. #potkettleblackWhile Noel O’Callaghan tweeted, “You expect them to open up and allow the Dublin procession through?“Get real. They aren’t there to admire Dublin. Play to win.”Donegal were well in the game but the big turning point came when Michael Murphy was dismissed during the second-half for a sliding tackle on Brian Fenton.Dublin kicked on from that point onwards and ran out comfortable winners in the end. However, some GAA followers on Twitter have said other teams should try and copy Donegal’s approach to playing Dublin, citing it’s effectiveness for large parts of the game.‘WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP’ – FORMER DUBLIN STAR BLASTS DONEGAL was last modified: March 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Alan BrogandonegaldublinGAAnewsSportlast_img read more

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PSG target incredible swap deal for Manchester United star

first_img Latest Transfer News 2 2 targets Manchester United have received a sensational player-plus-cash offer from Paris Saint-Germain for Paul Pogba, it is understood.Pogba struggled to show his best form for United last season, and admitted this week to having “small issues” with manager Jose Mourinho. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED LATEST Marco Verratti could be allowed to leave PSG REVEALED targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Paul Pogba with Jose Mourinho last season center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND It would be major surprise if United allowed Pogba to go this summer, however.Mourinho signed Pogba with the intention of building his team around him and, at 25, he still has plenty of time to prove his class in the Premier League. The Frenchman was an £89million world record signing from Juventus in 2016 but has been linked with a swift switch away from Old Trafford.Now, according to The Sun, PSG have made an enquiry about his availability and are prepared to offer Marco Verratti as part of any deal.Verratti has been a key man for the French club since arriving from Pescara six years ago, helping them to five Ligue 1 titles.But new PSG boss Thomas Tuchel could now consider moving the 25-year-old Italy international on and the possibility of a swap deal for Pogba has been mooted. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

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The most expensive starting XI of players still at the World Cup

first_imgThe World Cup semi-finals are live on talkSPORT on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 July at 19:00 (UK time) here.Of the players left in the World Cup, this is the most expensive talkSPORT.com could put together.This lot cost so much money that we couldn’t find room for Luka Modric (£33m), Eden Hazard (£32m) or Raheem Sterling (£49m). 5 SUPERSTITION Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song 5 ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Good times LATEST WORLD CUP NEWS Pure class misery 5 That midfield isn’t cheap to put together A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers MIDFIELDKevin De Bruyne: Man City spent a then club record £55m to bring De Bruyne in from Wolfsburg in 2015 and in 2018, he dazzled in the City side as they won the Premier League.Thomas Lemar: He signed a contract with Atletico while on international duty with France and the transfer is a reported £52.7m. He’ll join the club after the World Cup.Paul Pogba: For a time, Pogba’s £89m move from Juventus to Man United in 2016 was a world record, but it was soon broken. These strikers cost a fortune diamond geezer You’re the one The most expensive World Cup team of players still involved Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup center_img GOALKEEPERJordan Pickford: England’s penalty hero in the last 16 against Colombia was at it again in the quarter-final to deny Sweden. It is a remarkable rise for the 24-year-old, who joined Everton from Sunderland in a £30m transfer in 2017. At the time of writing he has played just eight times for England. Pickford was the star of the show during England’s win on penalties against Colombia Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings LU BEAUTY Shy guy 5 NO JOY Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football Fallon d’Floor FORWARDSKylian Mbappe: In 2017, Paris Saint-Germain signed Mbappe on loan from Monaco for the season, with an option to make the deal permanent for £165.7m a year later. He is still only 19, but has shone in Russia.Romelu Lukaku: Man United paid Everton £75m for the striker in 2017 and he has shown his credentials as one of the best in the world at this World Cup with four goals so far.Ousmane Dembele: Barcelona paid Borussia Dortmund an initial £96.8m in 2017, which had the potential to rise to rise to £135.5m. He struggled with injury at first, but the 21-year-old recovered in time to 5 The most expensive defence in the World Cup semi-finals DEFENCEKyle Walker: He joined Man City from Tottenham in a £50m transfer and won the Premier League in his first season. Normally a right-back, Walker has been playing in the centre of England’s three-man defence.John Stones: Man City paid Everton £47.5m for the centre-back in 2016 and he has thrived under Pep Guardiola where he won the Premier League in 2018.Samuel Umtiti: Barcelona picked up the defender from Lyon in 2016 after he had played for France in Euro 2016 final.Benjamin Mendy: City spent big on full-backs last summer, with Mendy arriving from Monaco in a £52m deal. Sadly, he spent most of this debut Premier League season injured, but recovered in time to make France’s squad.last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho has ‘no idea’ if Manchester United will sign anyone else this summer

first_img 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Mourinho has ‘no idea’ if Manchester United will be doing more business in this transfer window IN DEMAND Jose Mourinho has admitted he has no idea if Manchester United are going to sign any new players this summer.So far, the Red Devils have spent £75million on Brazil international Fred, Portugal Under-21 starlet Diogo Dalot and Stoke City shot-stopper Lee Grant. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED targets Latest transfer stories from talkSPORT.com Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland “Joel is here with us. It’s good for him to play but then he will go on loan.”The transfer window began strongly for the club, snapping up Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred for around £52 million.However, business has slowed somewhat, with just the two new players coming in. RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star However, with United’s pre-season well underway without several key players, the former Chelsea manager was relatively in the dark about any new arrivals.“I’ve no idea,’ Mourinho said at United’s training base in LA. ‘I’m not going to lie to you.“I’m not going to say somebody is coming or nobody is coming. We did Lee Grant because we have a fantastic young goalkeeper (Joel Pereira) who needs to play football.“Joel is a Manchester United goalkeeper but, two years without football, he has to play. And to protect that position we got Lee with experience in Championship and Stoke City in the Premier League, so he is ready to fulfil that position. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on targets The United boss talks with his threadbare squad in LA Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January But the Portuguese boss remained defiant despite the slow business, suggesting he is happy with the players he has brought in so far.He added: “Fred we did quite a long time ago. We started the process. We lost Michael Carrick and I think Fred is the kind of player we need to complement the qualities of our midfield players.“Dalot is injured, a small injury, a small surgery. We didn’t want to lose him because of that, and he’s recovering really well. We think he can start training back in England, not ready for start of the season.”last_img read more

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Man United’s Luke Shaw hits back at weight critics

first_imgLuke Shaw revealed criticism surrounding his weight spurred him on to a summer of intense fitness work and confirmed he will be a Manchester United player when the season begins.The 23-year-old, whose fitness has been questioned throughout his Red Devils career, was mocked on social media for a picture taken from his holiday in Ibiza earlier this summer. ALTERED “Because I want to prove to people that I deserve a contract, I don’t want to sign one because of blah, blah, blah, whatever happens in the next couple of months, I want to earn a contract and I want a contract because I deserve a contract.“I don’t want a contract because maybe in the next year or so I’m a free agent, so maybe they might look to tie me down for that. But I want to sign a contract because I deserve it and the club want me to sign one.”When asked whether he will definitely be a United player when the window closes, he responded: “”Yes. I will be unless something changes dramatically and the manager comes to me and says I’m not in his plans.“I want to play football. I’m not just here to pick up my salary and do nothing. I’m young, I’m still 23 and still have a very long career, and I want to play games.” 3 3 However, after a rigorous pre-season fitness programme, the left-back posted a photo of himself in great shape on Instagram earlier this month and has now responded to his critics.Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, he said: “People think because of the way that I’m naturally built I’m bigger than I am. Of course people can say that I’m fat but I know my own body.“Of course I always look big because I’m bigger built and I’m sort of that, you could say, a Wayne Rooney type of body.“But of course I worked hard and not just for them [the critics], but I wanted to for myself get in the best shape and that wasn’t my best shape.“It was a good shape to start the season off the pre-season, but now I’m working harder than ever and first game of the season I want to look 10 times better than what I did in that picture.”Shaw has been Jose Mourinho’s first-choice left-back during pre-season and looks set to start United’s first Premier League game at home to Leicester on August 10.Mourinho has publicly complained about Shaw’s performances in the past and their relationship seemed strained at times last season, especially when he was pulled at half-time during their FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton.But the ex-Southampton man said his manager sent him a supportive message of motivation earlier this summer and ensured he is a big part of United’s future.“I spoke with the manager about a week after the holidays,” Shaw explains. “I was in Dubai and he texted me and we had a really good chat. It made me feel really confident about the upcoming season and that’s why I worked really hard. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Shaw in pre-season action “It was a breath of fresh air when he texted me. I wasn’t expecting it. I was on my phone and I got the text. I spoke to him and it was really positive, really good.“He said that he knows I can be the best, but he sometimes feels frustrated that I’m not doing that.“That’s why it pushes me on more. He says these things because he knows I can do it. He knows I can be a top player. He knows I can play for Manchester United.”Shaw only has 12 months remaining on his current deal and the club are keen for him to sign an extension.However, the full-back believes he must earn a new deal, rather than sign out of convenience.He added: “I don’t think I would want to sign a contract right now. predicted How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? NEW ERA highlights who plays? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? smart causal 3 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Mourinho has criticised Shaw in the past How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes gameday Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more possible xi Shaw in pre-season training Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decadelast_img read more

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Wayne Rooney scores first DC United goal and breaks nose in same game

first_img possible standings smart causal NEW ERA Guys MLS broke Wayne Rooney #DCvCOL pic.twitter.com/uepLhflZoo— Jimmy Mack (@jcmack03) July 29, 2018DC United are still bottom of the Eastern Conference in MLS. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? ALTERED highlights And a broken nose and 5 stitches 🙈🤪— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 29, 2018DC United coach Ben Olsen heaped praise on Rooney’s impact since he arrived from Everton last month.“I don’t think it’s the first time he’s bled in a game. He is a tough guy and I think that he will shake it off,” Olsen said.“He has been fantastic in every aspect, in every way that we want him to be with this group – with his leadership and goal-scoring ability. Hopefully, it can continue to get better.” gameday possible xi How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Wayne Rooney opens his MLS account! #DCvCOL https://t.co/XuKvh1sVea— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 29, 2018The DC captain had two efforts saved by Howard after Kellyn Acosta levelled the game.But Niki Jackson’s own goal in the 90th minute gave Rooney’s side the win before the 32-year-old broke his nose while defending the lead in stoppage time.However, Rooney made light of the situation on Twitter. who plays? Former England captain Wayne Rooney scored his first goal in MLS and also broke his nose during DC United’s 2-1 win at home to Colorado Rapids.Rooney opened the scoring with a neat effort through the legs of ex-Manchester United team-mate Tim Howard and you can see the goal below. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade last_img read more

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Man United star left out of Tottenham defeat due to ‘technical decision’ – report

first_img gameday cracker Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures He dropped Bailly entirely from his matchday squad after a poor performance against Brighton and Hove Albion saw Man United fall to a 3-2 defeat the Amex Stadium.Some supporters were left confused by the move and it seems Bailly’s removal from the squad was nothing to do with an injury.But, in his absence, Mourinho’s patched up backline, which saw midfielder Ander Herrera act as a centre-back in a back-three, along with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones was punished by a clinical Tottenham team.With Jones appearing to suffer a second half injury, the Ivorian could get an immediate return to the team. Especially with Victor Lindelof, Jones’ replacement against Spurs, also looking shaky. shining gameday REVEALED smart causal Latest Premier League News Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade no dice England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED 1 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars silverware possible standings Manchester United defender Eric Bailly’s absence from their 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur was due to a ‘technical decision’, according to the Manchester Evening News.The Red Devils’ woefully inept defence were eventually overpowered by Spurs at Old Trafford, handing manager Jose Mourinho his biggest ever home defeat. Manchester United star Eric Bailly looks dejected during the 3-2 defeat to Brighton. last_img read more

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Mourinho reveals Ronaldo Man United return was not an option

first_img boost gameday cracker REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 1 smart causal Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won silverware Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January United have now been drawn to face the Old Lady in the group stage of the 2018/19 Champions League, which prompted questions to the Red Devils’ boss about why the 33-year-old will be lining up against him, rather than for him, this season.Speaking about the draw after United’s 2-0 win at Burnley, Mourinho declared: “Juventus is one of the teams in Europe that invested to win the Champions League because they don’t need to invest to win the Scudetto.“They win the Scudetto for six or seven years. The objective is clearly to win the Champions League, which they were close twice when they reached the final.“They are a top team in Europe that made one of the biggest spending – I think after Liverpool it must be them.” England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Latest Manchester United Newscenter_img Ronaldo spent six years at Manchester United between 2003-2009 REVEALED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland possible standings Jose Mourinho has explained that never had the option to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United in July.CR7 instead signed for Juventus in a £99m deal which brought his legendary spell at Real Madrid to a close. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade deals Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT IN DEMAND Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The Manchester United manager then went on to assess the summer business of the Italian champions.“Fantastic players. Cristiano, [Emre] Can and [Leonardo] Bonucci. Absolutely top, but they are going to have two very difficult matches against us.”When asked directly whether Cristiano Ronaldo could have returned to Old Trafford in the summer, Mourinho replied: “Cristiano was never on my table to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to Cristiano to come to us.“It was never on the table.”last_img read more

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Marcus Rashford urged to leave Man United and Everton move suggested

first_img Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 2 Marcus Rashford has started just once for Manchester United this season impact silverware Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade highlights Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Latest Football News Rashford has thrived as a central striker for England in their last two games, scoring against Spain and Switzerland, but has been regularly deployed out wide at United – or left on the bench – by boss Jose Mourinho.With Romelu Lukaku the clear number one choice up front for United, Carragher reckons it may now be wise for the starlet to move on.“The problem he’s got, and it’s the same for every young striker at big clubs, nothing’s harder than that position,” Carragher said, speaking on Sky Sports.“Romelu Lukaku is in front of Rashford and I don’t see Rashford displacing him as long as he is there.“But remember when Lukaku was at Chelsea and he had to come away and go to Everton. Then he ended up as top scorer and got his move to Man United.“Possibly Everton is the sort of club you are looking at, just below the top six, for someone like Rashford, similar to what Lukaku did. smart causal 2 “You know you are going to play every week as the centre-forward and you know if you have a couple of games where you don’t score then you are still going to play the next week.“Last season after they played Brighton away, Mourinho had a little pop at him and Lukaku went straight back into the team. That’s the problem you will always have.“Does he have to leave United? I think so. Is he good enough to displace Lukaku? Is Rashford good enough to be Manchester United’s centre-forward for them trying to win the Premier League or the Champions League? He may not be.“It gets to the stage where you want to play every week. Will he be an England regular or be Manchester United’s real centre-forward where you know, when the team is picked every week, that he is in it. Will it ever get to that stage?“In that position you have got to be world class. Rashford is not world class yet, but he might be at 23 or 24, as Lukaku has done. He looks like one of the best strikers in the world.“Rashford may have to move away to come back to one of the top teams.” MONEY England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won possible standings Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more REVEALED Marcus Rashford has five goals for England in 27 appearances Rashford has started just once for United this season but Carragher reckons he should be in England’s strongest starting XI, ahead of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.“I felt at the World Cup, Sterling was virtually playing as a centre-forward,” he said.“My feeling at the time was you might as well play a centre-forward there. We have seen that Rashford is going to score more goals and is going to be a bigger goal threat – and this team doesn’t score a lot of goals.“It scores a lot of goals from set pieces and I don’t know how long that can continue. Without Harry Kane, when you see the squad, there’s not many goals there at all. Rashford gives you goals.” Marcus Rashford has been urged to leave Manchester United by Jamie Carragher.According to the former Liverpool and England star, the 20-year-old needs to play week in, week out in his best position and would be better off joining a club like Everton.last_img read more

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Man United ‘offer star player to Real Madrid’ ahead of January window

first_img targets moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Latest Transfer News LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Sanchez has scored just three goals in 21 Premier League games for his new club and has so far started only five league games this season.His relationship with manager Jose Mourinho is said to be strained and now Spanish outlet El Chiringuito has suggested that the 29-year-old could leave when the window opens. 1 RANKED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED center_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND Alexis Sanchez is reportedly unhappy at Manchester United Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has been ‘offered to Real Madrid’ ahead of the January transfer window, according to fresh claims in Spain.The Chilean has endured a tough 11 months since swapping Arsenal for United in January as part of a deal which took Henrikh Mkhitaryan to north London. LATEST It has been reported that Sanchez’s agent Fernando Felicevich is already exploring his client’s options for the New Year.And that has included an offer to Real Madrid, who are still in the market for new offensive reinforcements following the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus in the summer.last_img read more

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Napoli looking to sign Arsenal keeper David Ospina on permanent basis

first_imgOspina was initially brought in to provide cover for highly rated Alex Meret, who was signed for £30m from Udinese but then broke his arm within six days of arriving.And the 30-year-old has filled in well, playing seven times in Serie A so far with Meret still yet to make his debut.As per the terms of his loan, Napoli would be obliged to sign Ospina permanently should he play 30 senior games this term.He has so far played 11 times in all competitions but La Repubblica has reported that the Serie A side are ready to do the deal, for around £3m, anyway. targets 2 Ospina has spent most of his Arsenal career as the No.2 choice Latest Transfer News IN DEMAND RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM center_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST REVEALED targets moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Napoli are ready to snap up on-loan Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina on a permanent basis.The Colombia international joined the Italian club after Arsenal signed Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen during the summer. Getty Ospina has revived his career at Napoli 2last_img read more

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Spanish press: Arsenal linked with cut-price January deal for Barca’s Suarez

first_imgThe Spaniard has drifted well down the midfield pecking order and is still yet to appear in La Liga this season having started just four top-flight games in the whole of last season.And now El Mundo Deportivo has claimed that Barca are ready to move Suarez on when the January transfer window opens rather than keep hold of him until the summer.Arsenal are one of the clubs credited with a firm interest while AS Roma are also said to be keen on landing him. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining But the Gunners may hold the trump card in the race as their manager Unai Emery has already worked with Suarez during his time in charge at Sevilla. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? tense 1 REVEALED Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? deals gameday cracker Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars center_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REAL DEAL Arsenal are reportedly keen on signing Barcelona star Denis Suarez – who could be available in a cut-price January deal.The 24-year-old is out of contract at the Nou Camp in 2020 but he is expected to leave before then given his lack of game time. no dice huge blow Latest Premier League Stories Barcelona star Denis Suarez in action. whoops last_img read more

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NAMA ‘TURNING THE SCREW ON DONEGAL BUSINESSES’ – CLAIM

first_imgA LEADING Donegal businessman has claimed that the National Assets Management Agency is ‘turning the county upside down’  in moves that will see hundreds of jobs losses.The well-known businessman spoke to donegaldaily.com on condition he remains anonymous.But he said he wanted to highlight how NAMA is trawling through businesses and causing unnecessary damage to them. The businessman told donegaldaily.com: “They (NAMA) are turning the screw on our county; it will close businesses and hundreds of people will lose their jobs.“We are being made to jump through hoops for nothing. And when we do that, we are told we have to jump through them again.“They are going through everything and in that I mean right through personal stuff too.”He said he was asked about a receipt for a family occasion which was held at a local hotel. “This wasn’t even filed in company business. This was personal,” he claimed.“Someone needs to do something before it’s too late; it will call serious problems for many many people if NAMA goes ahead and winds up businesses which are making money but are hampered by loans on unrelated businesses.”There is growing anger at how NAMA is conducting its affairs.And that is an anger recognised by TD Joe McHugh. He recently launched an initiative to investigate the actions of NAMA“I am currently working on a set of proposals regarding NAMA and its impact on the national economy,” he said. “The so-called National Assets Management Agency has been in operation in our country since late 2009, and it controls assets with an estimated book value of €88billion.“It is a very significant player in the Irish economy, and the role that it plays in our economy needs close analysis.“I invite constituents whose businesses or personal finances are being affected by NAMA to contact me for discussions about issues relevant to NAMA.“I am available at joe.mchugh@oireachtas.ie or at my office on Lower Main Street, Letterkenny (tel: 074 91 64787)”. Donegaldaily understands that several business leaders have contacted the TD.NAMA ‘TURNING THE SCREW ON DONEGAL BUSINESSES’ – CLAIM was last modified: June 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegaljoe mchugh tdNAMAlast_img read more

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TOURIST OPERATORS HOPEFUL AS FESTIVAL FEVER GRIPS DONEGAL

first_imgFestival Fever is set to drag Donegal out of the recession!Dozens of festivals planned for across the county over the summer months will see an influx of tourists spending money.And shops, restaurants, hotels and B&Bs are hoping it will be the spark to get the ball rolling again. Thousands of locals and visitors took advantage of a rise in temperatures at the weekend to flock along to the Seafest in Rathmullan and the Donegal Town Summer Festival.And head of tourism with Failte Ireland in Donegal, Paul McCloone, said we are already up on last year’s number.“We are already ahead of last year’s figures and that is good. But we still have a long way to go before we equal the visitor numbers of four or five years ago.“But we are on an upward spiral and it is slighty encouraging but much too early to say we are going to have a good season,” he said. It might be too early to crunch figures but there was no stopping people from enjoying themselves at Rathmullan yesterday.Thousands turned up for a weekend of old fashioned fun beside the sea combined with rescue helicopter displays, curragh racing, egg and spoon races and a tug-o-war.Among those who came ashore for the weekend was RTE star derek Davis – a well-known sea-farer.And more than 15,000 people flocked into Donegal Town over the weekend to hear such bands as Jedward, Ryan Sheridan and Aslan.This weekend sees more festival fever with the arrival of the Earagail Arts Festival at venues across the county featuring an array of talent. Festival fever is here – let’s hope it’s contagious!EndsTOURIST OPERATORS HOPEFUL AS FESTIVAL FEVER GRIPS DONEGAL was last modified: July 3rd, 2011 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:Earagail Arts FestivalPaul McLooneseafestlast_img read more

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FIRE SERVICES TACKLING HOUSE FIRE IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: The fire services in Letterkenny are currently tackling a blaze on the outskirts of the town.At least three units of the fire service are at the scene of the fire in the Mountain Top area of the town.It is understood the blaze is at a disused house which has been derelict for a considerable time. It is not believed anybody was in the house at the time of the incident.EndsFIRE SERVICES TACKLING HOUSE FIRE IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 2nd, 2011 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:fireLETETRKENNYlast_img read more

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DDTV: RTE REPORT ON SUPERB ‘YOUNG EUROPE’ MOVIE

first_imgDONEGALDAILY.COM brought you a review earlier this week on the world preimere of the Young Europe road safety movie.By request from students at LYIT, we have a video of the RTE report on the launch. Click to play above. Our review is here:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/11/22/pride-as-donegal-features-world-premiere-of-road-safety-movie/DDTV: RTE REPORT ON SUPERB ‘YOUNG EUROPE’ MOVIE was last modified: November 25th, 2011 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) Tags:letterkennyLYITyoung europe movielast_img read more

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ATHLETICS: TIR CHONAILL AC REPORT PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgTir Chonaill AC celebrate an outstanding 2011BY EAMON HARVEY: The function room in Donegal Towns Central Hotel was packed on Sunday evening when Tir Chonaill AC celebrated the numerous 2011 club achievements. Prior to making presentations, club Chairman Paul O’Gara, highlighted a number of achievements and thanked various individuals and groups that worked tirelessly throughout the year ensuring that the club was successful on a number of fronts. He congratulated and thanked all the athletes- juvenile, seniors and masters – who weekly train and compete successfully all over Ireland and farther afield.Tir Chonaill  club members  won a unprecedented number of National titles during 2011.He thanked the coaches, the administrators and the the generous and supportive club sponsors. He had a special; word of thanks for Cara Pharmacy, the clubs main sponsorAwards Senior Female Mary McLoone, Male Paul WardJuvenile AwardsOverall Female Kate McGowan, Male Karl GriffinSprints Female Kelly McGrory, Male Christopher O’Loughlin Jumps  Female Hannah Campbell, Male Christopher DohertyThrows Female Chloe Masterson, Male Thomas McGowanMiddle Distance Female Sarah Timoney, Male Daniel GallagherCoaches Award Female Ciara Crawford, Male Mark BoyleCoach of the Year Eamon Harvey Club person of the Year Anne McGowanAwards were also presented to the nine girls who were part of winning and National record U15 and 16 relay teams, All Ireland and Ulster medal winnersInto 2012January is viewed by many sportspeople as a quiet period. Tir Chonaill AC members seemed to have forgotten this sentence as the opening four weeks of the new year were very busy. Thirty eight club members departed on New Years eve for an eight day warm weather training stint in Monte Gordo, Western Algarve. The experience of training in an International facility, of mingling with International athletes was inspiring. Catriona McKiernan’s visit to the group -where she trained and was involved in a most informative Q&A session was one of the many highlights.CompetitionMary McLoone had hardly returned home when she was straight into competition. She had early Indoor long jump victories in Belfast, Nenagh and last weekend in London. In winning the Athletics Ireland Games in Nenagh with a superb 6.13m best she has laid down a marker of greater things to come. Mary is now a full time athlete and we wish her every success in Olympic year 2012Karl Griffin, started his Indoor season with a breathtaking victory in the Irish Junior U20 c/ships in Nenagh -time 50.43secs while Mark McGuiness at the same c/ships battled his way to a bronze medal winning performance in the 1,500m  -time 4mins 14.2secsCo AwardsThe 2011 county awards, hosted in the Finn Valley Centre, found the following club athletes being recognised. County Senior Female -Mary McLoone, County Junior Female Louise Harvey, County Junior Male, Christopher Doherty, Club Awards Karl Griffin and Kate McGowan.A busy time aheadThe next four weeks will be a very busy and exciting time for club athletes. Ulster schools district cross country in Dungannon will find a large contingent of club athletes representing the 2nd level schools in our area. The Odyssey Arena Belfast on 10/11th February will have a large number of our juveniles compete in Ulster c/ships and a number of Seniors in the Irish c/ships. Numerous senior and master club athletes continue to compete with distinction in local road races. The club will host a 5k series during April.The Cara Bundoran 10 mile challenge on Sat 10th March promises to be the  best supported and organised event on the  2012 Irish road racing calendar. Tir Choanill athletes and officials will be supporting this event in huge numbers. To date, the organisers report an exceptionally high entry. Late entries are still being accepted http://carabundoranrun.com/Numerous local Primary Schools have entered and  will participate in the county Sportshall imitative being supported and promoted by Donegal Sports Partnership/Donegal Co Board.ATHLETICS: TIR CHONAILL AC REPORT PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: February 1st, 2012 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)Tags:ATHLETICS: TIR CHONAILL AC REPORT PICTURE SPECIALlast_img read more

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DD LOCAL – RAPHOE WALKERS TAKING TO THE ROADS

first_imgRAPHOE WALKING GROUPThe Raphoe Walking Group meets every Thursday at 10.30am in the Family Resource Centre. Everyone Welcome. This is a brilliant opportunity to get fit (ter) and meet new people in your Community.Fundraiser for new playground for Raphoe Support needed to ensure we reach our target to get the playground started. Donations also welcome. raphoecommunityplayground@gmail.com or 0863467793COFFEE DAYIn memory of Lulu Pringle Friday 9th august in St John’s Bosco Centre Donegal Town from 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Everyone welcome, All proceeds in aid of North West Hospice and Solice Care Centre Donegal Town for further information contact Jude on 0863945008DRAW WINNERS Draw in aid of Neo Natal Unit Letterknny/Neo Natal Unit Rotunda Hospital Dublin.Anne Kelly thanks sincerely all who contributed to recent draw total raised €1630.00Winners1st prize signed Donegal Jersey (donated by Jenny Duncan) winner James Johnston Muntertinney Raphoe2nd prize Hamper winner Nicole Sweeny 3rd prize bottle of whiskey (donated by Laird Mc Kinley) winner Niamh MorrisOAKFIELD PARKTo celebrate the fantastic weather we’re having right now, Thomas, the train at Oakfield Park will be running every Wed, Thurs & Fri at 3pm, in addition to his regular runs all day on Saturday & Sundays. The Gardens are open as usual – Wed to Sunday from 12 to 6pm.Pack a picnic and take advantage of the sunny weather & school holidays and bring the family along to this gorgeous local facility right on your doorstep. RAPHOE BOXING CLUBA very sincere thanks goes to Martin Laird and all his workforce at the Raphoe Tidy Towns for all the great work that they do inside and outside the boxing clubhouse as it is greatly appreciated.Congratulations goes to boxing club coach Gary Mc Cullagh and his wife Aileen on the birth of their baby son last week.Best wishes for every success goes to Convoy’s Bryan Mc Namee and Letterkenny’s Brian Elliot who will be representing Ireland at the forthcoming European Schoolboy Championships to be staged in the City West Dublin from 28th July to 4th August. Good luck lads from all at the Raphoe club.More details of the club’s 25th anniversary to be staged in Jackson’s Hotel Ballybofey on Saturday 16th November will appear in the local press in the coming weeks.Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net every Thursday to meet the print deadline.DD LOCAL – RAPHOE WALKERS TAKING TO THE ROADS was last modified: July 19th, 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:Raphoe noteslast_img read more

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DONEGAL CLERGY COME TOGETHER TO HOLD PROTEST VIGILS ON REFERENDUM POLLING DAY

first_imgA Church of Ireland cleric and his Catholic counterpart in Donegal have joined forces to hold vigils outside schools on the day of the Referendum Treaty on May 31st next.Rev John Deane and Fr John Joe Duffy have organised the hour long vigils from 3 to 4pm in protest at education cuts.Both clerics say the message is simply and that the want the Government to “prioritise education investment now.” Rev Deane, from Ardara and Fr Duffy, from Arranmore Island, have stressed they are taking no part in the Referendum.“The objective would be to have a presence of parents, children, teachers and members of the general public, with placards outside the school gates reminding the government that they need to ‘Prioritise Education Investment Now’ and protect education, protect the future of our children.“No one should in any way interfere with or hinder anyone entering or leaving the polling stations. Everyone should exercise their democratic right to cast their vote,” said Fr Duffy.The clerics said the organising committee will be in contact with each school in Co. Donegal to set out the rules and regulations concerning the holding of a vigil on election day in proximity of a polling station. “We are asking each school to organise its own vigil. We ask the parents to take a very active role in organising this vigil.“We do appreciate everyone is very busy and we thank everyone for their help and time,” said Fr Duffy.The following is a statement issued by both clerics.“While we wish to welcome the Minister’s decision to retain 235 DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) programme posts at urban primary and secondary level, we regret his decision to cut the other 192 posts at primary and secondary level. Some are accusing the departments targeting of rural schools as apartheid. We can understand where they are coming from because the Minister reversed the teaching posts cuts in all urban primary schools which resulted in over 140 concessionary posts being saved while at the same time he continued to cut 16 rural concessionary posts the majority of them based in rural DEIS schools in Co. Donegal. Why has the Minister made a difference between rural and urban DEIS schools? What is the difference between urban and rural disadvantage?The appeals process has failed to deliver in Co. Donegal, where a minimum no of schools had success. Only 5 appeals have being successful. 20 appeals have being unsuccessful. Other appeals are still under consideration. Alot of schools dude to receive a post under the old staffing schedule did not appeal. Under the changes we will have lost up to at least 30 teaching posts across Co. Donegal. I has always stated that the criteria for grounds of appeal was not broad enough. That the appeals criteria was similar to that which had already existed for years. The Appeals process was hyped up by the government to try and defuse the anger of parents in the hope that parents would feel that everything was going to be ok for their schools. the Minister announced the overall results of the appeals before the department did publically, which was unusual. The cutbacks in the budget is an attempt to close rural schools by stealth. Many schools have different issues with the cutbacks in education. some have one or more issues. Each school will highlight their own issues on the day under the banner of a call on Minister Quinn and the Fg/Labour government to reverse the savage cutbacks that this government introduced.Some schools in our county have being waiting for new buildings for years.Some have lost SNAs.Some have lost learning support/resource hours. Some are affected by the change in pupil teacher ratios.Some are affected by the rural DEIS cuts.Some have lost other supports and resources.Some have lost language teachers.All schools have being cut in funds. Capitation funding, used to pay such things as heating and electricity is reduced by 3.5 %, from €183 to €178 per child per year.And our children have lost out most and will continue to lose much more into the future if we fail to send a strong message to the Minister and the Government. They have gone too far.There is no educational argument to back up the governments decision to change the pupil/teacher ratio for small schools which will result in their closure. Dr. Catherine Mulryan-Kyne, St, Patricks College, Drumcondra, in her research found that there is no advantage in closing or amalgamating small schools in terms of education or costs. She cited the UK as an example where the closure/amalgamation of small schools showed that the costs incurred through transport to bigger schools counterbalanced any cost cutting savings that were estimated from the closures. This will also led to extra cost for parents such as transport. Transport, new buildings of classrooms, schools and administration will be an extra cost to the taxpayer..We are going through a time of worry and anxiety about our rural schools. The future of many of our schools are threatened by savage cuts imposed by our government. Most worryingly is the new pupil/teacher ratio which is currently being imposed. Small two teacher schools are particularly at risk. Those of us who belong to rural DEIS, minority faith schools, gaeltacht and small schools feel especially vulnerable and upset due to the uncertainty facing our schools. Historically our cultural identity has been embedded in our communities. Our schools are so important to the life of our parishes and communities. It appears that our government and in particular the minister of education R. Quinn places little or no value on our ethos and our way of life. Since the foundation of the Irish National School system in 1831 parents have been given the choice of having their children educated within a denominational education system. The provision of such a choice for the education of ou!r children is valued and appreciated in our communities. Closure or amalgamation of our schools will in practice result in parents being denied their rights to send their children to a school of their choice. Therefore Faith minority schools will no longer have that choice over the next few years as the full impact of the present cutbacks are realised in terms of lost posts and schools.We have begun to work towards a National convention for rural schools early in the new school year. Senator Fidelma Healy Eames FG Galway, statement on her website sums up the serious situation that all rural schools and rural Ireland faces under Minister Quinns policy on rural schools.“The Minister for Education’s policy on small rural schools must show due consideration for rural communities. As it stands it is poorly thought out and detrimental to the survival of rural areas. Proceeding as Minister Quinn wants means there will be tracts of rural Ireland without young people in 10-15 years’ time. Without young people there is no future………..Minister Quinn’s policy shows a lack of joined-up thinking for, at best, short-term fiscal gain. Practical examples of small schools that will suffer cuts in remote areas of rural Ireland show new builds will be necessary for amalgamated schools. In other areas, displacing and moving rural pupils means extra classrooms will be needed in villages and sub-urban areas, while space continues to exist in their own rural schools. Children as young as four years of age will have to be bussed or driven long distances. The policy just doesn’t add up. There is a monetary cost and an educational cost to Minister Quinn’s decisions too which must be considered.”EndsDONEGAL CLERGY COME TOGETHER TO HOLD PROTEST VIGILS ON REFERENDUM POLLING DAY was last modified: May 18th, 2012 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:Fr John Joe DuffyRev John Deanelast_img read more

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WOW! DOLPHINS PUT ON DAZZLING DISPLAY OFF DONEGAL COAST

first_imgArranmore Island Dolphins – Copyright John Rafferty Photography 0868320007THIS was the incredible scene this week off the Donegal coast as dolphins danced in the Atlantic.The pictures were taken by well-known local photographer John Rafferty.The dolphins were having fun in Arranmore bay. Said John: “Arranmore Island has become a real hotspot for seeing Bottlenose Dolphins over the last couple of years.“At times they even travel alongside the ferry!”John says it’s difficult to photograph dolphins out of the water.We reckon he’s done an incredible job. And with shots like these, it could have tourists flocking to the island on the ferries in coming weeks.John Rafferty Photography 0868320007Arranmore Island Dolphins – Copyright John Rafferty Photography 0868320007Arranmore Island Dolphins – Copyright John Rafferty Photography 0868320007    WOW! DOLPHINS PUT ON DAZZLING DISPLAY OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: July 27th, 2012 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) Tags:WOW! DOLPHINS PUT ON DAZZLING DISPLAY OFF DONEGAL COASTlast_img read more

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IT’S A SELL-OUT! SCRAMBLE ON FOR 18,000 TICKETS FOR DONEGAL’S SHOWDOWN WITH TYRONE – AND HOTEL ROOMS!

first_imgTHE DONEGAL County Board’s success in staging the Ulster Championship clash with Tyrone in Ballybofey is expected to pay rich dividends – all 18,000 tickets are expected to sell out.The Board are already discussing how they deal with a frenzied rush on tickets for the clash.But for the player it’s a rich reward for all their hard work. Mark McHugh reflected the feelings of all the players on the Ulster Council’s decision to refuse Tyrone’s bid to switch the match to their own back yard in Clones.“We are delighted, it’s a big lift to us. It is something we have been pushing for since we first heard the draw,” said Mark“We felt we deserved the game to be in Ballybofey, us being All-Ireland champions, so we are delighted.“Championship training starts next Tuesday and we’ll be fully focused on it and everything we do from now will be concentrating on Tyrone. “I think we half expected it maybe to go to Clones. The majority of people seemed to think Ballybofey was too small. But I think Ballybofey will hold 18,000 now so there will be a great atmosphere on the day.“The last number of years we have been away from home in the preliminary round. So it is good to get back to Ballybofey. For the local people of Donegal, it will bring a bit of a boost to the economy. There is going to be a lot of hype building up to it.”Certainly local businesses are delighted.A spokesman for Jackson’s Hotel told us: “There’s already quite a few enquiries about rooms that weekend. It’s great for the town and it’s great for Donegal.”It is the same at the Villa Rose where only a handful of rooms are left for the last weekend in May. Throw-in is currently 4pm on May 26 – subject to change by TV companies, with both BBC and RTE wanting to cover the match.IT’S A SELL-OUT! SCRAMBLE ON FOR 18,000 TICKETS FOR DONEGAL’S SHOWDOWN WITH TYRONE – AND HOTEL ROOMS! was last modified: March 28th, 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)Tags:000 TICKETS FOR DONEGAL’S SHOWDOWN WITH TYRONE – AND HOTEL ROOMS!IT’S A SELL-OUT! SCRAMBLE ON FOR 18Jackson’s Hotellast_img read more

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GARDAI SEEK WITNESSES AFTER GARDA STATION DEVICE DECLARED A HOAX

first_imgThe New LIne Road has now been re-opened after an object left outside the Garda station was declared a hoax.Gardai have declared an incident during which an object was left at Letterkenny Garda station this morning as a hoax.What appeared to be a pipe bomb was left at the front of the station at New Line Road just before 10am.It was noticed by a member of the Gardai and the area was sealed off. The bomb disposal team declared the object as safe this afternoon.Gardai are appealing for anyone who knows anything about the incident to come forward. GARDAI SEEK WITNESSES AFTER GARDA STATION DEVICE DECLARED A HOAX was last modified: April 18th, 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)last_img read more

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STAFF THREATENED WITH KNIFE DURING ROBBERY AT TAKEAWAY

first_imgCrimescene: Chips2Go was robbedBREAKING NEWS: GARDAI are at the scene of yet another armed robbery in Co Donegal this evening.A man armed with a knife threatened staff at the Chips2Go premises in Killylastin, Letterkenny, shortly after 10pm.Terrified staff were forced to hand over a small amount of money. Gardai were quickly on the scene and a follow-up operation is ongoing.Angry customers have been calling to the takeaway in the past hour to offer support to the staff there.The popular takeaway, located beside a petrol station and pub, had been quiet most of the evening.The incident is the latest involving retail staff being threatened with knives during aggravated robberies. It follows similar incidents in Letterkenny and Buncrana in recent weeks. STAFF THREATENED WITH KNIFE DURING ROBBERY AT TAKEAWAY was last modified: May 16th, 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) Tags:STAFF THREATENED WITH KNIFE DURING ROBBERY AT TAKEAWAYlast_img read more

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WIN ONE OF FIVE FABULOUS LOTTIE DOLL SETS IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

first_imgDonegal doll-maker Arklu are celebrating having scooped the prestigious Scholastic gold star toy award for 2013 in the USA.And to mark the occasion, they are offering five Donegal Daily readers the chance to win a Pirate Queen Doll and Pirate Queen Accessory Set.The set will be the perfect Christmas present for children across the county. And the competition is absolutely free with no expensive phone or text lines to bother about.All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning simple email the name of your favourite Lottie doll to www.competition@lottie.comRemember to include your name, address and telephone number so you can be contacted.The full range of Lottie dolls are on sale in Mc Elhinneys store in Ballybofey, retailing at €19.99; accessory sets and outfits at €9.99. The editorial team at Scholastic Parent & Child reviewed thousands of products and sent finalist products out to readers to test at home with their children.The winning toys were selected based on the following criteria: innovative and cool; magnetic and engaging for the child; mind-expanding or educational; and an excellent value to the consumer.“We want to congratulate all of the winners of Scholastic Parent & Child magazine’s first-ever Gold Star Toy Awards,” said Jamie Engel, Publisher of Scholastic Parent & Child. “It can be difficult to stand out among so many toys on the market, but our editors and readers selected the best gifts that offer learning and fun at a great value.”About Scholastic Parent & Child®Scholastic Parent & Child is today’s leading parenting magazine for families with school aged children, reaching more than 7.3 million parents. Parent & Child covers families with children ages birth to 12, and one hundred percent of the editorial content is dedicated to helping parents guide their children through the early school years with joy and confidence, informing parents on topics that serve the entire family, including child development, well-being, health, activities, travel, fashion, and food. About Arklu’s Lottie dollsSince her launch in August 2012, Lottie dolls have become something of a global phenomenon securing the approval of industry experts (winning 17 awards in the US, UK and Canada including 3 prestigious Oppenheim Portfolio Platinum Awards ), child development experts, international press coverage and most importantly, positive feedback from the parents and children who love Lottie.WIN ONE OF FIVE FABULOUS LOTTIE DOLL SETS IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 21st, 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:ARKLUfree competitionLottie dollslast_img read more

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OPEN SEASON FOR CRIMINALS AS JUSTICE MINISTER SNUBS DONEGAL

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has slammed the news that NO new Gardai will be coming to Co Donegal despite the recent spate of criminality.No new Gardai will be coming to Donegal.The Dail was told that there are currently 412 Gardai and 29 Garda Reserves serving the entire county.But Deputy McConalogue says this is down from 466 in recent years. And the Fianna Fail TD said once again that Donegal is a special case because of its close proximity to the border.“The Minister for Justice is just not listening to the fact that Donegal is a special case and recent weeks has shown that once again.“The Minister says that he will continue with intelligence-led operations ro combat crime but that is only one aspect of policing.“The bottom line remains that there is no greater deterrent to criminals than to see Gardai on the street. “The reality is that numbers for Gardai in Donegal have reduced from 466 to 412 which is around a 12% reduction.“That is sending out all the worng messages to criminals that they can just use the border areas to come and go.“We have seen evidence of this in recent weeks with incidents along the border,” he said. OPEN SEASON FOR CRIMINALS AS JUSTICE MINISTER SNUBS DONEGAL was last modified: December 13th, 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:Charlie McConalogueGardaiJUSTICE MINISTERlast_img read more

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DONEGAL FANS URGED TO SAVE €5 BY GETTING TICKETS EARLY FOR MONAGHAN CLASH

first_imgTHE Donegal GAA County Board is urging fans to buy their tickets early for this Sunday week’s National League clash with Monaghan.Entrance on the day will be €15 – but tickets can be bought online or at Centra outlets for €10.The Division Two game – at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny on March 2 – is a re-match of last year’s Ulster final “We’re expecting a big crowd and fans would be better off getting tickets beforehand,” said PRO Ed Byrne.“It will ease the entry into the ground on the day – and save fans €5,” he added. DONEGAL FANS URGED TO SAVE €5 BY GETTING TICKETS EARLY FOR MONAGHAN CLASH was last modified: February 17th, 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:donegalMonaghanO’Donnell Parkticketslast_img read more

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‘WE NEED INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO GOSC’ – DOHERTY

first_imgPearse Doherty TDSinn Fein Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has strongly criticised the Government’s plan for an inquiry into the GSOC controversy but said it is not too late for it to establish one that is truly independent.The Donegal South-West TD made the comments while speaking in the Dáil tonight during the debate on a Sinn Féin PMB motion calling for a fully independent inquiry into the matter.Deputy Doherty said: “Every TD and political party should be screaming for a full and independent investigation into this incident.“The government’s plan smacks of a desperate attempt at damage limitation and does and will not address the concerns of the public.“It was wrong of Minister Shatter to try to turn this incident on its head and put GSOC in the dock. Entrusting the Minister to set the terms of reference means that the enquiry will do nothing to restore public confidence.“This crisis could be an opportunity to make a break from past bad habits and to move our society and police force into a more modern transparent era. Instead the conservative instinct of this government has won out and no questions are to be asked without prior approval. “It is not too late for this government to bring about a truly independent enquiry that will be about getting to the truth and not about getting over this weeks’ political crisis for them. The public are not going to settle for a cop-out- they demand an independent inquiry into the affair.Deputy Doherty also argued strongly for increased powers for GSOC stating:“The GSOC was established following the Morris tribunal in my home county of Donegal. This is the context in which the Garda Síochána Act, the GSOC and the Garda Síochána Inspectorate were introduced.“Sinn Fein argued very strongly that the GSOC did not have the requisite powers to do its job. GSOC must have oversight of the Commissioner and access to the PULSE system.” ‘WE NEED INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO GOSC’ – DOHERTY was last modified: February 19th, 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:GOSCinquiryPearse Dohertylast_img read more

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FUNDRAISING CYCLE FOR MIZEN TO MALIN CHALLENGE THIS THURSDAY IN BURTONPORT

first_imgA cycling event will take place this Thursday in Burtonport, to help raise funds for the An Post Malin to Mizen cycling challenge which takes place on June Bank Holiday Weekend. The cycle kicks off this Thursday evening in Burtonport, and there will be two options available to those who participate.Cyclists can choose between participating in a 20k cycle or a 40k cycle around the Rosses. Registration is open from 6pm at the Burtonport Community Centre.Burtonport man Owen Coyle, is one of eight cyclists from An Post, who are set to cycle from Mizen to Malin Head on the June Bank Holiday Weekend for charityThere will be two helpers accompanying the eight cyclists on the five day charity trek.The other cyclists joining Owen Coyle, are Paul Herrity, Martin McGinley, Liam O’Grady, Eamon McGlinchey, Mark Nee, Jarlaith Lee and Austin Lee. Those seven men are all based in Letterkenny, so Owen Coyle will be flying the flag for the Rosses.The boys have been in training for months in preparation for the 678 km marathon.It is hoped a large crowd turns out for the fundraising cycle on Thursday, with all proceeds going to raise funds for charity.So get down to the Burtonport Community Centre on Thursday, and show your support to the lads from An Post, before they undertake the epic journey from Malin to Mizen in a fortnight’s time.FUNDRAISING CYCLE FOR MIZEN TO MALIN CHALLENGE THIS THURSDAY IN BURTONPORT was last modified: May 20th, 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:An PostburtonportcharityCycling EventMalinMizennewsSportlast_img read more

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SHOCKING! HOW COULD ANYONE DUMP THESE PUPS?

first_imgTHEY have faces to melt the hardest of hearts.But someone decided to dump them in Mountcharles – and left them. Three of them managed to make it to the garden of a local woman who rescued them – she found two others later.  “We arrived up today to collect the pups that seem to be collie x springers approx 9 weeks old. There are 4 females and 1 male,” said Ryan McCauley from Donegal Pet Rescue.“They seemed in quite good health, they had a wormy belly and wee bit nervous but other than that healthy. We looked around the area to see maybe a mother had been dumped with them but unfortunately there was no sign of her.“We walked around the local area and asked the neighbours if they had seen any dogs or unusual vehicles in the area but to no avail. We are hoping that these little cuties have wondered off by themselves but it is looking like someone dumped them in this location knowing they would be found rather than pick up the phone and ask a rescue organisation for help.“The pups were checked over and although two of them are a bit nervous of us they seem used to human contact so that puts the idea of being born wild out of the equation. “They got treated for worms and will get their vaccinations and chips in the next few days. We are pleading with the public for information on this case as it is quite strange to find healthy pups in an area where they will be found quickly.“We do get pups dumped that are unhealthy or too young to be away from the mum as the owner does want to look after them anymore but most people will call us for help.“We have had cases in the past were the pups were born in fields to a mum but these pups are used to human interaction and quite healthy so can’t be the case. We would like the public to please get in contact if they recognise theses pups or if they know the mum of these pups so we know she is safe and looked after.“The rescue centres are always under pressure but we will do everything in our power to help you especially young pups. There is no need to dump them off hoping they will be found. We have had no reports of missing pups or the rescue in the local area has had no reports of missing pups so we are assuming they have been dumped, but if these are your pups please get in contact with us. Can everyone please share so we can get the information we need on these pups and their mum. And please if you don’t want puppies then neuter your pets, dogs trust are running a free neutering and micro-chipping scheme for the month of July.” SHOCKING! HOW COULD ANYONE DUMP THESE PUPS? was last modified: July 15th, 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:abandoned pupsdonegalDonegal Pet RescueMOUNTCHARLESlast_img read more

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HOUSE ABOUT IT? PRESENTATION ON DONEGAL’S TRADITIONAL COTTAGES

first_imgGreg Stevenson and Joseph Gallagher with their unique book.Did you know that County Donegal has one of the greatest concentrations of traditional cottages in Ireland?As part of National Heritage Week, the Donegal County Museum, Letterkenny will host an illustrated presentation on Monday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m. entitled ‘Traditional Homes in the County Donegal Landscape’ by Greg Stevenson & Joseph Gallagher, authors of the ‘Traditional Cottages of County Donegal’ book.The book Traditional Cottages of County DonegalThe presentation will highlight common types of cottages in County Donegal, identify specific vernacular architecture features, show how these buildings blend into the county’s cultural and physical landscapes, highlight the decline in County Donegal’s vernacular architecture in recent years and identify opportunities for the conservation of traditional cottages. The presentation is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.“County Donegal’s vernacular architecture is remarkable,” said Greg Stevenson. “These traditional cottages evoke a sense of place and demonstrate the understanding and connection that people had with the landscape they inhabited. These vernacular buildings have stood the test of time and are durable enough to meet the demands of a modern household but they require care and imagination.“It’s surprising that the opportunities that these cottages present for our tourist industry and for the employment of skilled craftsmen have not been seized despite several national studies highlighting their importance. Many owners of these traditional cottages who have conserved their buildings are beginning to see the benefits of their investment as well as saving a part of their family’s and the county’s built heritage that is uniquely and unmistakably Donegal.”Dr. Stevenson is the founder and owner of Under the Thatch, a social enterprise company based in Wales that rescues and restores traditional buildings at risk. Once restored, these buildings are leased as holiday accommodation which has proven popular. “Under the Thatch rents out fabulous quirky places to stay, enjoys some of the highest occupancy rates in the industry and puts profits into historic building rescue projects across Europe,” said Greg who is the author of several publications including ‘The 1930s Home’, ‘Palaces for the People: prefabs in post-war Britain’, ‘Welsh Homes’ (with Gwenda Griffith) and ‘Introducing Houses of the Welsh Countryside’ (with Richard Sugget).Greg is best known in Wales as the architectural historian on the television series ‘The Welsh House’ and ‘The Welsh Town’, and in England he was series consultant for BBC Restoration. His co-author on the ‘Traditional Cottages of County Donegal’ book is Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer.Copies of the ‘Traditional Cottages of County Donegal’ book will be available at a special price of €20 on the evening and the authors will be signing copies of the book. If you would like further details, please contact the Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny on (074) 912 4613. HOUSE ABOUT IT? PRESENTATION ON DONEGAL’S TRADITIONAL COTTAGES was last modified: August 20th, 2014 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:Donegal County CouncilJoseph GallagherTraditional Cottages of Donegallast_img read more

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DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL TO SHOWCASE ITS SUCCESS!

first_imgThe Donegal Youth Council 2012-2014 will hold a celebration showcase event tomorrow (Saturday) in the Regional Cultural Centre.The event will mark the end of a very successful two year term for the current Youth Council who have completed a number of major projects, including their award winning SPARKS mental health roadshow, SHAM sexual health website and LGBT Chalk It Up School Initiatives.Youth Councillors will be joined by Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council John Campbell and other invited county councillors, as well as their parents and family. The event gets underway at 5pm, with food and refreshments served from 4.30pm. DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL TO SHOWCASE ITS SUCCESS! was last modified: August 29th, 2014 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:donegalDonegal Youth Councillast_img read more

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WEATHER ALERT: DONEGAL ISSUED WITH WEATHER WARNING AS CONDITIONS DETERIORATE

first_imgDonegal has been issued with a weather warning tonight, as the inclement weather conditions over the last 24 hours look set to deteriorate further this evening.Large parts of the county has been lashed by strong gale-force winds all day, and heavy rain has fallen in some parts which has caused minor flooding.Donegal has been placed on a yellow status alert along with Galway, Leitrim, Sligo and Mayo. Gardaí have appealed to motorists to drive with extra care, as the heavy downpours is expected to bring up to 60 millimetres of rain in some places.The gale-force winds that have battered the county are expected to continue also, and motorists are asked to watch out for debris on the roads.The status is in place until tomorrow morning, but it’s been predicted that the alert could be extended until tomorrow evening, as the horrendous weather shows no sign of letting up.  WEATHER ALERT: DONEGAL ISSUED WITH WEATHER WARNING AS CONDITIONS DETERIORATE was last modified: October 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GardaiMOTORISTSnewsstorm warningweatheryellow alertlast_img read more

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Covina 46, Mountain View 2

first_imgEL MONTE — Behind the strong arm of Mike McDonough, who was 12 for 19 for 224 yards and three touchdowns, Covina High School (3-1) overpowered host Mountain View High School (0-4) Friday. He also rushed for 60 yards and one touchdown. Covina back Monti Sutton set the tone of the game, returning the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Colts defense held the Vikings to 84 total yards and recovered two fumbles. The Vikings’ only score was a safety that resulted from a blocked punt and fumble recovery in the end zone in the first quarter. McDonough showed true leadership, moving the ball down the field on every possession. The game would have been blown wide open in the third quarter, but two touchdowns were called back because of Colts penalties. — Rod Arrant 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img McDonough connected with Jamal James in both the first and second quarter for touchdowns of 10 and 40 yards, respectively. McDonough also hit Paul Clark for a 40- yard strike in the third quarter. Running back Art Combest carried the rushing load, finishing the night with 89 yards and two touchdowns. last_img read more

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Dons can treasure this win

first_img “I told (the Monsoons), I know it hurts now, it might hurt for a couple weeks, but I promise you, the pain does go away,” Chan said of the team’s first league loss in a decade. “If we win out, we’ll be 11-1, they’ll be 11-1, but we’ll be the top seed because we beat them in the second round. We still control our own destiny, and that’s all we ask.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Pregnant and due just about any day during the recent Suburban League slate, Marcroft had said that she just wanted her new baby to allow her to coach Friday’s match against Mayfair, the dominant league team with 113 consecutive league victories. But first-year assistant coach Christine Kim was informed during the junior varsity match Friday that she would sit in as coach because Marcroft was going into labor, and the thoroughly inspired Dons swept the Monsoons 25-18, 25-21, 38-36. “I graduated just two years ago, we’ve been trying to do this since I first started playing,” Kim said of her days as a Dons player. “It’s just something you don’t hear about, you don’t hear about Cerritos beating Mayfair, even taking a game.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Alison Marcroft was determined to do two things this season: coach the Cerritos High girls volleyball team to a win against Mayfair, and be there to see it happen. One out of two isn’t bad. In fact, Marcroft may well remember Friday’s events for the rest of her life. Cerritos (6-0 Suburban League) trailed 18-15 in the first game, then went on a 10-0 run to take momentum into Game 2. The Dons led 20-13, but Mayfair (8-8, 5-1) made it 20-19 before the Dons again pulled away. “We won this for (Marcroft), she wanted it so bad,” Cerritos senior outside hitter Kristy Trimble said. Cerritos had match point at 24-21 in Game 3, but first-year Mayfair coach Zac Chan called timeout and sent his players back out to tie the game at 24-24. The two teams then traded points from a 24-24 tie until it was 36-36, with opposing senior outside hitters Jill Sorem for Mayfair and Cerritos’ Kristy Trimble playing major roles. Finally, Cerritos won, though the Monsoons can still end up with the league’s top playoff seed if they beat the Dons in the season’s final match Nov. 3. last_img read more

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City Council OKs Verdugo Hills housing project

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Greuel, who had initially opposed the project before negotiating the open-space component, acknowledged that community concerns made it one of the most challenging issues she has faced. Project opponents said after the vote that they will discuss their remaining options, including a possible lawsuit, with neighborhood groups. “You can’t do a lawsuit without a lot of public support and a lot of money, so we have to listen to what people say,” said Steve Crouch, a representative of the grass-roots Canyon Area Preservation. Critics voiced concern that their input had not been adequately considered by the city, and that the agreement could be changed in the future to allow more houses to be built. “These actions erode our community’s character,” said Julianne Maurseth of the Foothill Area League of Conservation Organizations & Neighbors. But some area residents spoke in favor of the project, including Fritz Bronner of Lake View Terrace. “This is a unique opportunity to preserve open space,” he said. — Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles City Council approved a Verdugo Hills housing development today, deciding that a compromise to preserve hundreds of acres of open space outweighed neighbors’ concerns. The unanimous council vote followed years of controversy and revisions to the Canyon Hills project, which calls for 221 houses on the north side of the 210 freeway in Sunland. A plan to dedicate an additional 608 acres as public space appeared to win over councilmembers. “The community demanded that this precious space be preserved and I believe that this is the best possible way to guarantee that result,” said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who represents the area. last_img read more

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Mayor: Waive City Hall filming fee

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The first step, he said, will be to waive the fees the city charges production companies to film at the five City Halls in Los Angeles, including those in downtown and Van Nuys. “The amount we charge is only $300 to $500 a day – it’s negligible,” Villaraigosa said. “But what it means in jobs for Los Angeles is significant. We need to let Hollywood know we want them here.” And while he recently made a cameo appearance on “The George Lopez Show,” Villaraigosa said he is not star-struck. “When I do that, I do it as the mayor of all of Los Angles,” Villaraigosa said. “I do it to show my support for all of the entertainment industry and what it means to the city. “Film, television and commercial production contributes over $25 million a year to the Los Angeles economy. It’s not just the George Lopezes or Eva Longorias who get that money. It’s the grips and the gaffers, the camera people, the caterers. Sending a symbolic offering to Hollywood, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday proposed waiving the “negligible” fee for filming at City Hall – the first of several steps designed to halt runaway movie and TV production. Villaraigosa’s announcement was made at a news media briefing, the first of a series in which he will spotlight local issues, particularly those dealing with economic development. He said he chose the entertainment industry for his first session because of its importance to the local economy and its high-profile image around the world. He said he plans to develop other incentives in an effort to halt runaway production and will back proposed state legislation that would give a tax credit to companies that film primarily in California. “I will unite a broad coalition from the labor, entertainment and business communities to protect middle-class jobs and small businesses in California,” Villaraigosa said. “We need to keep production in California so thousands of middle-class workers don’t lose their jobs.” “It spreads throughout the economy,” he said. Steve McDonald, director of the Entertainment Industry Development Corp., which issues film permits, said it was an important step for the mayor to take and an important message from City Hall. “These film producers are wined and dined and feted by officials from across the country to take their filming outside of Los Angeles,” McDonald said. “This might seem like a symbolic gesture, but it is an important one to let the industry know Los Angeles does want to keep its business here.” Dan Glickman, president and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, also said he appreciated the mayor’s action. “We are thrilled the mayor recognizes the critical importance of the movie industry’s contributions to the economy of Los Angeles,” Glickman said. “We appreciate his reference to some of our common interests and goals today and look forward to making them a reality.” During his presentation, Villaraigosa noted than the average hourlong television drama generates $2 million per episode in spending, while a full season of 22 episodes means $44 million in production-related activity. Even as he makes efforts to woo filmmakers, he said, the city, the EIDC and production companies will have to work with neighborhoods to deal with problems many areas have had in being barraged with film crews. Most recently, the growing downtown residential population has joined the list of areas – many of which are in the San Fernando Valley – that complain they are used too much as backgrounds for films and television shows. “We have to recognize the demands on neighborhoods and work that out,” Villaraigosa said. “We have to let the neighborhoods know how important it is to the economy, but we also want the companies to respect our neighborhoods.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Newspaper circulation falls 2.6 percent in six months

first_imgNEW YORK – Average weekday circulation at U.S. newspapers fell 2.6 percent during the six-month period ending in September in the latest sign of trouble in the newspaper business, an industry group reported Monday. Sunday circulation also fell 3.1 percent at newspapers reporting to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, according to an analysis of the data by the Newspaper Association of America. The declines from the same period a year ago show an acceleration of a years-long trend of falling circulation at daily newspapers as more people, especially young adults, turn to the Internet for news and as newspapers cut back on less profitable circulation. In the previous six-month reporting period ending in March, weekday circulation fell 1.9 percent at U.S. daily newspapers and Sunday circulation fell 2.5 percent. By comparison, a year ago newspapers reported a 0.9 percent decline in weekday circulation and a 1.5 percent fall Sundays. Newspapers also face sluggish growth in advertising, higher newsprint prices and increasing concern among investors about newspaper growth prospects. The second-largest newspaper publisher in the country, Knight Ridder Inc., is facing a revolt from two of its top shareholders, who want the company to be sold. John Murray, the vice president in charge of circulation at the NAA, said on a conference call with reporters that, despite the continued slippage in overall paid circulation, newspapers were retaining subscribers longer. That can save newspapers money over time as costs fall for replacing subscribers who don’t renew. Newspaper executives also say advertisers are increasingly looking for “quality” circulation, meaning copies that aren’t sold at a discount or given away for free to people who might be less interested in actually reading the paper than someone who signed up and is paying full price. To that end, newspapers are steadily reducing their reliance on telemarketing to replace lost subscribers since those readers are more likely to drop out. Telemarketing has also become more difficult and expensive after the national “do-not-call” law went into effect in 2003. As of 2004, the number of new subscribers from telemarketing fell to 30.9 percent versus 39.1 percent in 2002, the NAA says. Newspapers are also hoping to keep subscribers longer by signing them up for recurring payment options such as automatic checking account deductions or credit card charges. Murray said the portion of papers using automatic payment plans rose to 15 percent last year versus less than 5 percent two years before that. Stricter circulation reporting rules and increased caution following a circulation misstatement scandal a year ago have also led to publishers being more conservative in reporting their circulation figures, Murray said. “The price of making a mistake went up dramatically in terms of visibility and notoriety,” Murray said. Four major newspapers that had been barred from filing circulation data for the previous two reporting periods deferred making reports until their next six-month audits are complete. Those papers are Newsday of New York’s Long Island; The Dallas Morning News; the Chicago Sun-Times; and Hoy, a Spanish-language newspaper in New York. Four other newspapers whose circulation was affected by Hurricane Katrina did not file statements with the Audit Bureau: The Times-Picayune of New Orleans; the American Press in Lake Charles, La.; The Beaumont Enterprise in Texas; and The Daily Leader in Brookhaven, Miss. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Circulation at the country’s three largest newspapers was relatively stable in the most recent reporting period, but many others showed significant declines. Gannett Co.’s USA Today, the largest-selling daily, slipped 0.6 percent from the same period a year ago, to 2,296,335; The Wall Street Journal, published by Dow Jones & Co., fell 1.1 percent, to 2,083,660; and The New York Times rose 0.5 percent, to 1,126,190. Of the rest of the top 20 newspapers reporting, all but one, The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., posted declines generally ranging between 1 percent and 8 percent. The San Francisco Chronicle, published by Hearst Corp., posted a 16.4 percent tumble in circulation as the newspaper slashed less profitable, heavily discounted and giveaway circulation subsidized by advertisers. Circulation has been steadily declining at newspapers for several years as readers look to other media for news. Tougher rules on telemarketing have also hurt newspapers’ ability to sign up new readers. last_img read more

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Strip club court battle continues

first_imgSOUTH EL MONTE – Akbar Mehr has not given up in his quest to bring a strip club to South El Monte. Despite a recent Superior Court ruling denying him a permit to open Diamonds Showgirls, Mehr plans to take the matter to the appellate courts. “The judge ruled in favor of the city,” said Mehr, a planning adviser. “Usually we don’t care about the decision of the lower court. I expected something like that.” Mehr alleges South El Monte council members adopted an emergency ordinance to prevent him from opening his strip club at 1225 Durfee Ave. The site, which formerly housed Cindy’s Restaurant, is zoned for commercial businesses, he said. On that basis, the city denied his application for a permit, Barrow said. According to Mehr’s attorney, the city’s move was illegal. “The city changed the ordinance and claimed it was simply correcting a prior mistake,” said attorney Roger Diamond, who has defended adult businesses in the past. Most recently, he helped Anaheim’s Taboo Club win $2 million after officials in that city tried to keep the cabaret out of their boundaries using similar tactics, Diamond said. In the South El Monte case, Diamond and his client are seeking upward of $1 million in lost profits over the last year. Barrow say his City Council’s actions were within legal reason. “City councils are presented a lot of different ordinances at different times, and so when you have a 25-page ordinance, unless someone has done a red-line version, there’s no way to see how it applies to the current ordinance,” he said. “It was clear that no one brought this to the City Council.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Under the previous ordinance, Mehr added, adult businesses were allowed in that area so long as their front doors were 500 feet away from the property line of homes, schools, religious establishments or parks. Mehr’s business met those criteria, he said. South El Monte City Attorney Quinn Barrow disagreed, saying the ordinance terms were inadvertently incorrect. “There was a period (in 1999) where, just for adult uses, the measurements had changed to the primary door,” Barrow said. “No one knows how that change got into the books. At the time the council was adapting an ordinance that was 25 pages long.” “It’s property line to property line,” Barrow said of the correct zoning code, noting Whittier Narrows Recreation Area lies in too close a proximity to Mehr’s potential club. Barrow also said discrepancies in the ordinance were not discovered until Mehr and another business requested a permit in late 2004, prompting the council’s response. last_img read more

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Dutch merchant sentenced for chemical sale

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake But van Anraat argued he was unaware the materials would be used in chemical warfare, and that he was being unfairly targeted while countless others have not been prosecuted for supplying arms and military intelligence to Iraq. Although the court determined that the slaughter of thousands of Kurds in the villages constituted genocide, it said van Anraat could not be held responsible for genocide since his chemicals were delivered to Iraq before the mass killings began. He was instead found guilty of multiple counts of war crimes, violating the laws and customs of war and causing death and serious bodily harm to the whole or entire Kurdish population, said presiding Judge Roel van Rossum. The court also awarded total damages of $11,800 to 15 victims, the maximum under Dutch law applicable in the case. The defense said it would appeal the conviction. Van Anraat’s lawyers did not contest the occurrence of “awful crimes.” But they argued that, at worst, he had violated economic guidelines, not international humanitarian law. They said the time limit to prosecute those economic crimes has expired and the events occurred so long ago that witness statements were neither accurate nor reliable. THE HAGUE, Netherlands – A Dutch chemicals merchant was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for selling Saddam Hussein’s regime the materials used to kill thousands in lethal gas attacks on Kurdish villages in the 1980s. Frans van Anraat, 63, was not in the courtroom when the judges found him guilty of war crimes but acquitted him of genocide charges. Outside the courtroom, more than 100 Kurds sang, banged drums and danced in celebration. “I spoke to my family in Halabja and they cried with joy,” said Dana Habajal, who survived the March 16, 1988, poison gas attack on the Iraqi town that killed 5,000 Kurds. “I’m so happy, I don’t know what to say. I hope Saddam Hussein faces the same.” Prosecutors said van Anraat shipped at least 1,100 tons of chemicals to Iraq from 1986 to 1988 using a roundabout route that was meant to conceal the destination. The indictment said the lethal gas was used in attacks on the villages of Halabja, Goptata, Birjinni and Zewa with the intention of wiping out the ethnic Kurdish population. Van Rossum said the maximum penalty of 15 years was insufficient for the case, noting that van Anraat’s goods fed into a chemical weapons program that “made possible a large number of attacks on defenseless civilians.” He said van Anraat knew he was violating an export ban to Iraq and mislabeled shipments so as not to attract the attention of authorities. Van Anraat, 63, eluded justice for years, even though at one point he topped the CIA’s most wanted list and was detained at the request of U.S. authorities in Italy in 1989. He was released by an Italian judge who ruled the charges were politically motivated. He returned to the Netherlands following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Kids rewarded with ride in Rose Parade

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake More than 150 supporters attended the ceremony, including Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who helped present the awards. — “Operation Christmas for our Troops II” collected more than 40,000 toys for the children of Californians serving in the U.S. military this year, and CDs, DVDs and video games for to the troops themselves. Last week, the employees of Woodland Hills-based 21st Century Insurance donated 750 toys to the National Guard facility in Ontario. Yellow Ribbon America, the National Guard Association of California and the California state Legislature sponsored the operation. — In a community service project in advance of his upcoming bar mitzvah, 12-year-old Nicholas Sacks of West Hills collected 36 large bags of hygiene products and donated them to the Midnight Mission in downtown Los Angeles.—Submit Community Column items via email to dnmetro@dailynews.com; fax to (818) 713-0058; or mail to Daily News, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills 91365. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Eight Los Angeles children will ride horses in the upcoming Rose Parade as a reward for their success in the Wonderful Outdoor World program. Among the eight are Luz Roque from Pacoima and Alejandro Gutierrez and Ricardo Solis Jr. from Sylmar. W.O.W. gives urban children ages 8-12 a chance to camp at their local park or recreation area, where they learn skills like pitching tents and catching fish and get an overall respect for nature. It’s offered through the city Department of Recreation and Parks and has several public and private sponsors. — Fifteen Girl Scouts from the San Fernando Valley received the Girl Scout Gold Award at a ceremony in Granada Hills. Only senior scouts ages 16 or 17 are eligible for the award, which is the highest in the scouts. Earning the Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to “set goals, plan and put aspirations into action, gain leadership skills, explore career options and develop personal values while providing services to the community at large.” One of the award winners, Brianne King of Sylmar, designed a 12-square-foot “Star Gazing Center” for studying astronomy at a Girl Scout camp in Frazier Park. Another, Kristina Smith of Burbank, provided a summer music camp called “Mornings with Music” for children at a local school.last_img read more

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Polling irregularities

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Someone remind us again, what was so bad about punch-card voting? Oh, yes, we vaguely remember grumbling after some election in 2000, something about hanging chads, Florida and the Supreme Court. But all that now seems like ancient history, whereas California’s dismal experience with electronic voting machines is ongoing. Following up on irregularities in the November special election, California’s Secretary of State’s Office has ordered one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of voting machines – Election Systems and Software – to fix serious flaws in its systems. And earlier last week, the secretary of state warned 17 counties about problems with certain Diebold Election Systems equipment. Both companies’ machines may be deemed ineligible for use in next November’s election. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake It’s a recurring story. In the spring of 2004, then-Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, citing the risk of breakdowns and tampering, briefly decertified the use of touch-screen voting equipment statewide. So far, the history of high-tech voting systems in California has been less than spectacular. And that brings us back to punch-card voting. After the Florida mess of 2004, courts and politicians were quick to denounce old-fashioned voting systems as evil, and glom on to some replacement – any replacement – as quickly as possible. But the problems of Florida were never a threat to California, where the standards for reading improperly marked ballots are far clearer. And just because something is newer doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. Honest and accurate elections are crucial to the democratic process, and if electronic voting can improve our elections, then the state should embrace it. But for now, that remains an open question. Meanwhile, the state has spent millions ditching a reliable system in favor of a costly and problematic replacement. It’s enough to make you miss those old punch cards.last_img read more

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