Everton 0-2 Arsenal: Iwobi and Welbeck keep Gunners’ title hopes alive

first_img3 It was almost two soon after as the busy Sanchez was denied by Robles having been allowed too much room to shoot on the edge of the Everton box.With the in-form Romelu Lukaku well-marshalled, Everton were struggling to create any chances and struggling to contain Arsenal’s pacy attack.And it was little surprise when Arsene Wenger’s side made it two five minutes before the break through Iwobi.The youngster, preferred ahead of Theo Walcott after impressing against Barcelona in midweek, marked his full league debut in style as he raced on to Hector Bellerin’s ball over the top and fired past Robles. Alex Iwobi scored on his first Premier League start as Arsenal kept their title hopes alive with a 2-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.The 19-year-old added to Danny Welbeck’s early opener to help the Gunners close the gap on leaders Leicester to eight points.It was an impressive display from the visitors, who had gone three league games without a win ahead of their trip to Merseyside and been dumped out of the FA Cup and Champions League in the past week.Everton had made a bright start with Seamus Coleman hitting the outside of the post with just over a minute on the clock.But Arsenal quickly wrestled control and Welbeck struck the woodwork before making the crucial breakthrough on seven minutes.Alexis Sanchez was the architect; the Chilean combining well with Mesut Ozil and playing a superbly-timed pass into the path of Welbeck, who coolly rounded Joel Robles before slotting home. 3 A 2-0 lead was the least Arsenal deserved and Everton boss Roberto Martinez would have been demanding a major improvement at the break.But the Toffees were little better in the second half and a fightback never looked on the cards as they failed to create any chances of note.Arsenal were content to keep hold of the ball and frustrate their hosts and they comfortably closed out a 2-0 victory to reignite their title charge. Alex Iwobi celebrates scoring for Arsenal 3last_img read more

Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland suffers broken leg in training

first_img1 Stephen Ireland: The ex-Manchester City midfielder has made 16 appearances this term Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland suffered a broken leg in training, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.Ireland has struggled with various injury problems this season and the 29-year-old is now set for an extended spell on the sidelines. He has made 16 appearances – most recently in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace.Details of how the injury occurred remain unclear, other than the club stating that it happened during training on Tuesday morning.“#SCFC can confirm Stephen Ireland is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after suffering a broken leg in training this morning,” read the official Stoke Twitter account.“All at #SCFC wish Stephen a speedy recovery and will offer him all the support he requires as he undergoes his rehabilitation.”Ireland has been hampered by hamstring-related problems for much of this season, making just 16 appearances, and has yet to start a Barclays Premier League match for Mark Hughes’ side. His three starts this campaign have all been in the cup competitions.The former Manchester City trainee is about to enter the final year of his contract at the Britannia Stadium, but it now remains to be seen how much of that he will be available to play.It is not the first time Ireland has suffered a serious leg injury. Towards the end of last season he was on the receiving end of a challenge from Hull defender Maynor Figueroa which left him with a deep gash.After the game Stoke boss Hughes claimed that his player needed “12-15 stitches” in the wound and that Figueroa’s tackle could have ended Ireland’s career.last_img read more

Hull boss Steve Bruce in talks with Football Association over England job

first_img1 Steve Bruce Steve Bruce is understood to have held talks with the Football Association over the vacant England job.The Hull boss, who led the Tigers to promotion to the Premier League last season, was interviewed over the weekend as the FA step up their search for a successor to Roy Hodgson.Bruce, a former Manchester United captain, is the most successful boss in Hull’s history but they would not stand in his way if he is offered the Three Lions role.FA technical director Dan Ashworth, chief executive Martin Glenn and vice-chairman David Gill are the men tasked with finding Hodgson’s replacement.All three were not present at the meeting with Bruce, according to the Daily Mail, as he laid out his vision for the national team.The three-man panel are determined to take their time to get the right man in place following England’s woeful Euro 2016 campaign.They have already held talks with Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce and he remains favourite for the role.But Ashworth, Glenn and Gill are also expected to discuss the job with Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and US boss Jurgen Klinsmann before settling on a preferred candidate.last_img read more

In 1992, Huckabee urged isolation for AIDS patients

first_imgLITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Mike Huckabee once advocated isolating AIDS patients from the general public, opposed increased federal funding in the search for a cure and said homosexuality could “pose a dangerous public health risk.” As a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in 1992, Huckabee answered 229 questions submitted to him by The Associated Press. Besides a quarantine, Huckabee suggested that Hollywood celebrities fund AIDS research from their own pockets, rather than federal health agencies. Huckabee said Saturday that his comments came at a time when the public was still learning about HIV and AIDS and promised to do “everything possible to transform the promise of a vaccine and a cure into reality.” In 1992, Huckabee wrote, “If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“It is difficult to understand the public policy towards AIDS. It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population, and in which this deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents.” When asked about AIDS research in 1992, Huckabee complained that AIDS research received an unfair share of federal dollars when compared to cancer, diabetes and heart disease. “In light of the extraordinary funds already being given for AIDS research, it does not seem that additional federal spending can be justified,” Huckabee wrote. “An alternative would be to request that multimillionaire celebrities, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and others who are pushing for more AIDS funding be encouraged to give out of their own personal treasuries increased amounts for AIDS research.” Huckabee said in a prepared statement released by his campaign Saturday afternoon that he called for quarantine when there was a lot of confusion about how AIDS is spread. “We now know that the virus that causes AIDS is spread differently, with a lower level of contact than with TB,” Huckabee said. “But looking back almost 20 years, my concern was the uncertain risk to the general population – if we got it wrong, many people would die needlessly. My concern was safety first, political correctness last.” 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

Hurricanes, bombings among biggest stories in a year of disasters

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The story of 2005 was told in the faces of human suffering – people touched by tragedy at the hands of nature’s vicious winds and waters, or by the design of terrorists who set their sights on soldiers, hotels and simple morning commutes. You can mark the days and months of the year by tracing the grief and loss and horror that reached across the world, from faroff Pakistan to Sudan, in the capitals of Amman and London, in remote tornado-ravaged towns in Indiana. And New Orleans. Indelibly, the suffering that 2005 brought to so many places was captured by the American catastrophe – first natural, then humanitarian – that devastated Louisiana and Mississippi over one wrenching late-summer week, and for years to come. Beneath it all was the steady drip, drip, drip of U.S. military deaths in Iraq, leaving behind grieving families and a nation increasingly souring on the war. The conflict marked its 1,000th day this year, and its 2,000th fallen soldier. There were moments when the suffering was reverent: In April, Archibishop Stanislaw Dziwisz wept as he placed a white silk veil over the face of Pope John Paul II just before his coffin was closed, the world mourning with him as it bid farewell to a man known as the first rock-star pontiff. And there were moments when it was highly disputed: We watched grainy video showing the face of a brain-damaged Florida woman named Terri Schiavo, her eyes perhaps following a balloon, or gazing back at her mother. Deprived of a feeding tube, was she dying as her husband insists she asked? Or should she have been kept alive, as her parents demanded? Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was slain in Iraq, staged an epic summer protest at President Bush’s Texas ranch, galvanizing the nation’s antiwar movement. Was she an anguished mother demanding answers? Or a publicity hound and lackey of the left exploiting her own child? At times the suffering seemed inescapable, even like some cruel joke of fate. On July 6, cheers broke out on the London Underground subway as news spread that London had been awarded the 2012 Olympic Games. “Many people do reckon that London is the greatest city in the whole world at the moment,” said Prime Minister Tony Blair. Not 24 hours later, those same subway cars were filled with smoke and blood and panic. During the morning rush hour, terrorists killed 52 commuters and injured more than 700 in the worst attack on London since World War II. One particularly jarring picture taken that day showed a man embracing a dazed subway passenger and leading her away from the Edgware Road station. Her face was wrapped entirely in white gauze, her hands pressed to her cheeks, a ghostly image of shock. But nothing – not the somber, yearlong cleanup from the Asian tsunami, not the devastating earthquake in Pakistan – captured the nation’s attention, and evoked national horror and disbelief, like Hurricane Katrina. The monster barreled toward New Orleans over a late August weekend, seemingly the storm the bowl-shaped, depressed Big Easy had always feared. Then it jogged to the east, devastating the Mississippi coast. New Orleans, it was said, had dodged a bullet. But then the levees broke, and the water rose, and the country watched for a week as a great American city descended into a ruinous scene of looting, shooting, fires and bloated corpses floating in the reeking, toxic muck left behind by the storm. New Orleanians who had opted to ride out the storm – or simply did not have the means to get out of town – desperately sought deliverance from the infamous convention center, or the teeming Superdome. Or their own rooftops. Bush – dogged by his remark to Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown that “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job” – made trip after trip to the Gulf Coast, and pledged in the French Quarter: “There is no way to imagine America without New Orleans, and this great city will rise again.” Still, at year’s end, the victims of Katrina remained scattered in cities across the nation, unsure when they could return to their homes – or whether even they wanted to. The death toll stood at more than 1,300. And the hurricanes kept coming. Rita followed four weeks later – at one point it had menacing winds gusting to 185 mph – and tore through east Texas and west Louisiana. Then Wilma slashed through Florida, leaving 6 million people without electricity. And then, in a first, they ran out of names. Five new late-season storms were assigned Greek letters, all the way up to Epsilon, which formed in early December, mocking the official end of hurricane season Nov. 30. The war in Iraq raged for a third year, and the war against terrorism entered its fifth, and the nation pondered the meaning of torture and when, if ever, it was appropriate. It seems ages ago, but a year so defined by tragedy actually began with a bold challenge to end suffering and oppression: President Bush was inaugurated for a second term Jan. 20, and from the Capitol he issued a call for freedom in every nation with the ultimate goal of “ending tyranny in our world.” But then he watched as his administration suffered an interstate pileup of setbacks: The war. The response to Katrina. Soaring gas prices, past $3 per gallon in some places. A stalled effort to revamp Social Security. The Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination. In October, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, was indicted on charges of lying to a grand jury investigating the outing of a CIA officer. The year ended with the investigation still open, and clouds of uncertainty still surrounding Karl Rove, the president’s top adviser. In the courts, there were trials: Michael Jackson walked out of a California courtroom one June afternoon and returned to his Neverland ranch after being found not guilty on child-molestation charges. His lawyer proclaimed “Justice is done” – but said the pop star would no longer sleep with children in his bedroom. Saddam Hussein, brandishing a team of lawyers rather than a rifle, went on trial in Iraq for mass murder and torture, lashing out in theatrical rants about “American rules” and shouting for the five judges to “Go to hell!” Important as they were, these stories sometimes seemed no more than sideshows, distractions from the march of catastrophes that plagued the world this year. At times they seemed so frequent and massive that we were almost numb to their numbers. Millions went without food in Niger, and epic violence raged in Sudan. An earthquake in Pakistan killed a staggering 87,000. The somber count of victims of the late 2004 tsunami continued all year, the death toll eventually climbing to an incomprehensible 176,000. It was an extreme, gut-churning example of the suffering felt all over the world this tumultuous year.last_img read more

Watch: So what exactly do you get from membership deals at the Aura, Letterkenny?

first_imgThe Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny is always a hub of activity. The various memberships schemes for individuals and families have attracted many people looking to get fit, maintain fitness and just have fun.But what exactly do you get for your membership in Aura? Unlimited access to the gymUnlimited access to the running trackUnlimited access to the health suiteAccess to the pool and flumesAccess to over 40 fitness classes a week at no extra chargeThere are also discounted rates for swim lessons, camps and courses.You can get all this from only €1.40 per day!Call Louise and Nicole today about our March offer on 0749106422And if you don’t believe us, check out the video below! cvcvcvcWatch: So what exactly do you get from membership deals at the Aura, Letterkenny? was last modified: March 24th, 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:Aura Leisure CentredonegalMembershiplast_img read more

CHINESE HAS DONEGAL FOLK SPEAKING IN TONGUES!

first_imgDemand to learn Chinese in Donegal has officially surpassed all expectations.No less than three levels of evening classes are now being offered at Letterkenny Institute of Technology in Mandarin Chinese.Since LYIT first introduced Level One Mandarin Chinese evening classes last year, interest in the subject has been unprecedented with more than 100 pupils enrolled to learn the language. Under the directorship of teacher, Jill Murphy, almost one hundred people have become involved with Mandarin Chinese at LYIT, either through evening classes or the one week intensive programmes.The first round of Mandarin Chinese evening classes for 2013 will begin on January 24 and will cater for both Level One Beginners and Level Three. Level Two will resume later in the year and intensive weeks will run at Easter and during the Summer.There are 10 classes in each of the Level One Beginners and Level Three classes and they will be held on Thursday evenings at LYIT. Level One Class time is 5pm to 7pm (with a 15 minute break).This year, Level One will be taught by Catherine Devine. Catherine explained: “Level One is perfect for anyone who has an interest in learning Mandarin Chinese in a fun way. You will learn basic Mandarin conversation so you will be able to introduce yourself and your family, ask questions and hold a basic conversation. You will also learn some other basics and how to say and write the numbers 1 – 10.”The classes are kept small to ensure a quality lesson. The cost of the course is €150 for non-students at LYIT and €125 for students for the 10 weeks. This also includes the course text book and CD.Level Three will be taught by Jill Murphy and the first of ten evening classes will also beginon January 24 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Level Three classes are suitable for those who have already completed levels one and two.The past year has also seen the hosting of Letterkenny’s first ever Chinese Social evening. It took place in Hee’s Chinese Restaurant and saw more than 60 people with a shared interest in Chinese getting together for an evening of language, culture and food.Plans for the next Chinese Social Evening are already well underway and it will be heldon February 1 to mark the Chinese New Year. Jill explained: “The first social evening was such a success and we wanted to continue to have an outlet where anyone with an interest in Chinese, as well as the local Chinese community, could get together outside a classroom setting. Of course, the Chinese New Year is the perfect opportunity for a celebration and we are hoping to have another great informal evening of Chinese food, conversation and culture.”Anyone who wishes to sign up for evening classes can e-mail jillmurphy30@yahoo.ieA facebook page providing information of Chinese events, trips and classes can be joined at www.facebook.com/letterkenny.chineseCHINESE HAS DONEGAL FOLK SPEAKING IN TONGUES! was last modified: January 15th, 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:Chinese MandarinlanguageLYITlast_img read more

DONEGAL GAA FANS ABROAD CAN NOW SEE MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ON NEW GAA APP

first_imgMcHugh, the McGees and Murphy: Pic Kieran Murray Sports ImagesDONEGAL fans overseas can now view highlights of games on a new smart phone app.The GAA is enjoying unprecedented growth of their games on an international level with new clubs emerging on a regular basis in every continent, country and city across the world.This new diaspora network, it’s desire to interact with the GAA back home in Ireland and the subsequent demand to access any available GAA content has never been stronger. With this in mind, the GAA have developed a smart phone app that will enable Gaelic games fans worldwide to watch weekly highlights of all the latest football and hurling action including inter-county, club, Under 21, minor and third level games. Furthermore, the app allows viewers to revisit action from weeks gone by in the ‘Archive’ section, as well as read exclusive analysis and opinion from some of the GAA’s writers.‘GAA JUST PLAY’ is now available to download from the app store (https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/gaa-just-play/id601947666?mt=8) and is priced at just 0.89 cent (or local equivalent) for a limited time only. DONEGAL GAA FANS ABROAD CAN NOW SEE MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ON NEW GAA APP was last modified: February 27th, 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 GAA FANS ABROAD CAN NOW SEE MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ON NEW GAA APPlast_img read more

DONEGAL GAA LAUNCH UNIQUE CAMPAIGN TO DEVELOP TRAINING CENTRE

first_imgMichael Murphy in ConvoyClub Tír Chonaill are this week launching a unique campaign to further the development of the Donegal GAA Training Centre currently underway in Convoy.The official launch of the ‘Building Brighter Futures Together ’ initiative will take place in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey on Monday 2nd of September 2013 at 8pm. All members of the GAA community, public and media are invited to attend.The campaign aims to bring the development of this state-of-the-art facility to the next stage, completing the floodlighting of the sand based pitches, developing pitches three and four and the construction of essential facilities including dressing rooms, medical rooms, coaches room, meeting rooms, administration offices, a fully equipped gymnasium and the necessary sanitary facilities. Club Tír Chonaill are asking members of the public to get involved by purchasing plots of land around the centre for €20 per plot, with all proceeds raised going in aid of the facilities development.All names will be entered into a draw with prizes of €2,000 for first place, €1,000 for second place and €500 for third place up for grabs“The objective of Donegal’s GAA Training and Development Facility is to give Donegal GAA a home – a central location with all the resources, under one roof, to take Donegal GAA to the next level” says Cieran Kelly, Chairman of Club Tír Chonaill.“GAA is a big part of life in Donegal and this project will be a source of great pride for everyone involved, from coach to player, to supporter to community. It has been designed to give the best to our players across all GAA disciplines so that in turn they can be their best for their county. We would like to invite everyone to get involved” For those who cannot make the launch event on Monday night in the Villa Rose, all €20 per plot donations to aid funding for the Donegal GAA Training Centre in Convoy are welcome and can be made to the following account: Account Name: Club Tír ChonaillBranch: Bank of Ireland LetterkennyIBAN Number: IE18BOFI190491582203484DONEGAL GAA LAUNCH UNIQUE CAMPAIGN TO DEVELOP TRAINING CENTRE was last modified: August 29th, 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

A brilliant video showing the power and class of Pogba as a Man United youngster

first_img Watch some of Paul Pogba’s highlights from his days as a Man United youth player 1 You don’t turn up to Juventus at 19 years old and begin playing for the first team without being half decent, right?That’s what Paul Pogba did in 2012 and this video shows all the power and class he had back then, which has seen him go from teenage prospect to £89m-rated midfielder. Have a look at him in action below and click here to see the tribute Juve posted after his world record transfer.EVERY PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB DONE DEAL HERElast_img read more

‘Wenger is a deluded old fart!’ – Arsenal fans on decision to drop Xhaka

first_imgArsene Wenger came under a wealth of criticism last season for some crazy tactical decisions and team selections – and he has started this campaign in the exact same way.Although the Frenchman was restricted by injury for the Premier League opener against Liverpool – with Rob Holding and Calum Chambers forced to start in defence – he decided to leave some key players on the bench rather than name them in the starting XI.Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla were all left out, but the most surprising omission was Granit Xhaka.The £30 million summer signing was brought to the club to provide a defensive base in the midfield, and with the inexperience of the Arsenal centre-backs, this game would have been perfect for the Swiss international to start and show his ability to control the midfield third.However, Wenger did not share this vision, and instead named Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin as his holding pair.It was a decision which did not go down well with fans of the Gunners, and many took to social media prior to kick-off to criticise their manager for his team selection.You can see some of the best reactions below… 1 Granit Xhaka was left on the bench for Arsenal’s Premier League opener last_img read more

U.S. must turn over detainee names

first_imgNEW YORK – A federal judge ruled Monday that the Defense Department must release the identities of hundreds of Guantanamo Bay detainees to The Associated Press. U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff told the government to provide the information in the form of unredacted copies of transcripts and documents related to 558 military hearings in which detainees were permitted to challenge their incarcerations. Most of the hundreds of prisoners at the U.S. prison in Cuba have been held since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks without being charged or publicly identified, which has troubled human rights groups. The AP filed its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking the documents last year. The government then turned over the transcripts of 558 tribunals but redacted facts about each detainee’s identity. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The judge gave the government until Wednesday to decide whether to appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and ask him to suspend his order. Earlier this month, the judge rejected government arguments that the detainees’ names should be kept secret to protect their privacy, but gave the government one last chance to change his mind. In response, the government argued that releasing the identities could subject the families, friends and associates of the detainees to embarrassment and retaliation. In a written ruling Monday, the judge said he found that argument unconvincing. He said family members and the others “never had any reasonable expectation” of anonymity. Many of the detainees were captured in Afghanistan, and are there, the Persian Gulf, Russia and other countries. A spokeswoman for federal prosecutors, Heather Tasker, said the government had not seen the ruling and had no response. AP attorney David A. Schulz said he expected the government to appeal. 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

State leaders disagree on suicide lawmaking

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “The public said the Legislature and governor should work together,” said Levine, whose bill would allow terminally ill people to receive a lethal prescription to hasten their deaths. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday that voters should decide whether to adopt physician-assisted suicide in California, while the Van Nuys Democrat who authored the bill says it’s up to lawmakers. “This is a decision that should be made by the people,” Schwarzenegger said during an appearance at the Sacramento Press Club. The governor, a Catholic, refused to disclose his personal view on doctor-assisted suicide of the terminally ill – a practice in Oregon upheld last week by the U.S. Supreme Court. But Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, who has co-sponsored a bill to legalize assisted suicide in California, said the issue should be worked out at the Capitol. last_img read more

Charity claims extra credit

first_imgThe McCormick Tribune Foundation, the charitable arm associated with the Los Angeles Times’ parent company, has stirred controversy in Los Angeles’ philanthropic circles by claiming it contributed $6.1 million to area charities in 2004 although at least half of the money came from other local donors. Some nonprofits speak highly of the program that increases their revenue but such leading philanthropists as former Mayor Richard Riordan are highly critical. And several nonprofits have dropped out of the program, saying they end up doing most of the work in partnered fundraising events and are uncomfortable with the way the foundation uses an unusual but legal means of reporting its contributions. In its simplest form, the foundation requires nonprofits to give it a substantial check representing between 40 and 80 percent of the net contributions from local donors at fundraisers. Afterward, the foundation returns the money plus its own donation, but the Chicago-based foundation publicly reports contributing the whole amount. “We’re not doing it this year,” said Wendy Free, executive director of the I Have a Dream Foundation – Los Angeles, a nonprofit that provides after-school and summer enrichment opportunities for first-grade classes in the region. “Some of our donors were confused; they thought they were giving money to the Tribune foundation.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Riordan said the foundation paints a misleading and inflated picture of its charitable activities since the Tribune Co., in a merger with Times Mirror Co., took over the Los Angeles Times in June 2000 and promised to take an active role in the community. “My gripe is, they’re not saying what they’re giving,” said Riordan, who sits on the board of LA’s BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow), a nonprofit that is staying with the foundation program because in the last two years it has realized a $214,500 net gain over the $502,500 in donor money that was raised. “Here’s what they do: they take credit for donor (funds) plus what they put in. That’s where the dishonesty comes in. It is a violation of basic integrity of taking credit for money that they have not donated.” Catherine Brown, director of the communities program for the McCormick Tribune Foundation, defended the way the foundation reports its grants, noting the Internal Revenue Service agrees that local donor dollars can be accounted for as part of the overall contribution by the foundation, which in 2003 petitioned the IRS and officially became a public charity. “We consider those dollars ours,” Brown said. She said no nonprofit is obligated to participate in fundraising and all those that have participated in the program in Los Angeles have gained revenue from it. She said the foundation brings value to the fundraising partnership events, including visibility, sharing of some administrative costs, and usually “some nice press involvement.” “We do it to get more money into each individual community than otherwise would be there,” Brown said. The foundation was established in 1955 on the death of the Chicago Tribune’s editor and publisher, Col. Robert R. McCormick, and has an endowment of approximately $1.5 billion. It has partnerships across the country, including one with the Denver Post, the flagship of the MediaNews Group of newspapers that includes the Daily News. It also has partnerships with the Los Angeles Times and KTLA, both owned by the Tribune Co., the Los Angeles Angels and the Mighty Ducks. The foundation raised more than $30 million through fundraising partnerships, and gave out more than $57.5 million in grants nationwide in 2004, including the local donor dollars. The foundation reported making community grants of $6.1 million in Los Angeles in 2004, with a foundation official saying the percentage of donor dollars is roughly the same in each community. It also reported making $10.6 million in donations in Denver, where the Tribune Co. owns a television station, and nearly $14 million in Chicago. It also donated $35.3 million, much of it in the Chicago area, from its general fund, which is not part of the fundraising program. Trent Stamp, executive director of New Jersey-based Charity Navigator, a nonprofit watchdog of charities, said the mechanism used by McCormick Tribune Foundation is unusual, and that there could be an appearance of using local fundraising to inflate the organization’s charitable claims. “Certainly it’s not standard operating procedure within the foundation or the charitable world,” Stamp said. “It’s probably not illegal if they document it in the tax record, but it doesn’t pass the smell test at all.” “You have an organization that appears – if true – to be double (counting) the amount of money they give to the nonprofit. You have, in effect, sort of a money-laundering scheme.” Despite Riordan’s criticisms, Andrew Frances, LA’s BEST’s senior director of communications, said the nonprofit considers the relationship with the foundation to be “very fruitful and very respectful,” and intends to continue it. LA’s BEST is a nonprofit aimed at improving educational opportunities for elementary school children mainly within the city. Free, with I Have a Dream, said the fundraisers involved “extra work,” and there was always a certain risk the donors’ money that went to the foundation wouldn’t be recouped through a grant – though in reality that never occurred. “We always discussed why give money to a foundation, and whether it was worth the risk or not,” she said. Carol M. Dedrich, vice president of development, special events & communications for the Fulfillment Fund, a nonprofit that helps Los Angeles Unified high school students graduate and continue their education, said she passed on partnering with the foundation more than two years ago because of lack of staff for the proposed fundraising events. John Culpepper, director of Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, said his nonprofit support group isn’t partnering with the foundation this year, a decision made by mutual agreement. “There is exposure,” he said. “Everything you send them sits in the bank … they get all this interest, and then they give you the grant back. “They’re not legally obligated to give you the grant, but it ends up happening. You work in partnership with a certain amount of trust you’ll get the grant.” The aquarium’s last black-tie gala resulted in 75 percent of the $77,000 in mainly ticket sales, or $57,000, being remitted to the foundation. He said a subsequent grant was applied for with the understanding the aquarium stood to get a grant worth $1.40 for every $1 it send the foundation. The result was an $81,000 grant, for a net profit of $24,000 to the nonprofit. “We sent them $57,000 and we got back $81,000. It’s a grant application, but you take on faith they’ll be good for it.” Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 beth.barrett@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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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DOWNEY – A woman is in critical condition after being shot in the neck Saturday night.According to a Downey Police Department press release, the woman, for whom police did not have an age or place of residence, was discovered in the front of an apartment complex in the 10600 block of Lakewood Boulevard at about 9 p.m. after police received a call of a shooting in the area. Police found her with a gunshot wound to the neck. She was transported to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where she is listed in critical condition. The suspect, who police have not yet identified, was last seen driving a dark-color vehicle southbound on Lakewood Boulevard.Anyone with information on this case should contact Downey police Detective Michael Parino at (562) 904-2336, or Detective Brian Baker at (562) 904-2333. Photo contest deadline nears LA MIRADA – The deadline is Tuesday for entries in the city’s Winter 2006 Photo Contest.Professional and amateur photographers of all ages are eligible to submit entries. All pictures must be taken within La Mirada city limits. Contestants must fill out an entry form and waiver and may submit up to three photos in the categories of people, public places or nature.Photographs will be accepted in black and white or color and can be no smaller than 4 by 6 inches.For more information, call (562) 943-0131. Friends of Library seeks used books PICO RIVERA – The Friends of the Pico Rivera Libraries is seeking donated books for its book center.Although the center is making a special plea for children’s titles, it is also accepting donations of magazines, movie videos, books on tape, CDs and books in Spanish.The donated items will then be sold to help raise funds for the two Pico Rivera libraries. Donations can be made to the center, 9449 Slauson Ave., or arrangements for pick-up can be made by calling the center.Call (562) 942-0258. Volunteer readers are sought LA MIRADA – The city is looking for volunteers to read short stories to children ages 3 to 5 in the city’s Tiny Tots programs.Spend 15 to 20 minutes sharing new stories with youth once a week for five to six weeks. All volunteers for the city of La Mirada who work with children are fingerprinted to ensure safety. Call (562) 902-3160. Purple & Gold golf tourney set WHITTIER – Purple & Gold, a support group for Whittier College athletes, is now taking reservations for its 34th annual golf classic, slated for May 8 at Friendly Hills Country Club.A four-person scramble will be used. The $250 entry fee includes golf cart, continental breakfast, box lunch, dinner and a chance to win prizes.Call Mike Rizzo at (562) 907-4967. Seniors can get free tax assistance LA MIRADA – The city will offer free federal and state income tax assistance beginning in February.A Senior Income Tax Assistance class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. A Low Income Tax Assistance class will be offered on from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Feb. 7, also at the Activity Center.No appointments are necessary. Assistance is on a first-come, first-served basis.Call (562) 902-3160. – From staff reportslast_img read more

Love’s big question

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Financial woes are among the greatest contributors to rocky relationships. And yet many people fail to discuss financial habits before committing to someone for the rest of their life. To avoid hardship down lover’s lane, financial advisers say couples should spend as much time checking out the assets and credit history of their partner as they do on their more romantic qualities. The tricky part is tackling a partner’s financial troubles without tainting the relationship. A recent survey conducted by Minneapolis-based Fair Isaac Corp., which tabulates the famous FICO score named for it, found that financial problems actually create more stress than infidelity. The survey also noted that more people are interested in financial compatibility than sexual compatibility. But you can’t ask someone their FICO score on the first date. Or can you? Janice Graham, a retirement investment specialist in Ontario, Calif., has no qualms about bringing up the F-word at the beginning of a relationship. Michelle Barnett put love before money – her beau didn’t know diddly about saving. Several months before Barnett’s wedding day, she discovered that her joint bank account had gone dry. Not long after, the love she had for her spendthrift fiance also evaporated. “He used our wedding money to buy ridiculous things. He spent thousands and thousands of dollars,” said Barnett, a 23-year-old student from Chatsworth. “I called it off. No more wedding.” Too bad Cupid doesn’t consult FICO scores before shooting arrows. “I mean, love is important. But when the going gets tough, it’s not going to pay the bills,” she said. “And while a FICO score can take away the euphoria of love, love should be sensible, too.” Graham’s advice: Be direct in a comical way. For example, instead of asking your date’s sign, how about asking what their FICO score is. If they don’t know what a FICO score is, explain it to them and see how they react. A FICO score is generated by Fair Isaac, a publicly traded company that pulls information from three major credit bureaus. The score is important because it allows lenders to determine a borrower’s spending habits and the amount of outstanding debt. Scores range from 500 to 850, with better credit receiving higher scores. But if your date’s FICO score isn’t easy to glean, there are other ways to determine one’s creditworthiness. Graham said it is important to notice the little things. Does your partner use credit more than cash? Are bills piled up throughout the house? And how about cars? Does it seem like your partner is driving a car beyond his or her means? In some cases, spending styles can end up being just as important as religion or having children. It certainly was for Cynthia Rogers when she met her husband more than two decades ago. “Simply put, we were both broke,” said the 48-year-old film editor from Topanga. “And that probably worked to our advantage.” Scraping by can build an invaluable bond, enabling the couple to better understand what it’s like to live without money. At the same time, frugal habits are important to learn to combat the lure of life’s material temptations. Rogers said she and her husband have a common understanding of each other and “we talk about everything before we spend money.” But there are situations when harsh financial realities are simply inevitable. Usually major purchases, such as a home, instigate the trouble. Mortgage lenders often ask for FICO scores from both parties. The problem is that each person may have vastly different FICO scores. And if they are too divergent, mortgage lenders are likely to deny a loan altogether. That being said, Andrea Schaffer, a financial representative with Strategic Financial Group in Los Angeles, doesn’t believe a rift in FICO scores warrants a breakup. Some lenders are willing to negotiate and will often overlook a weaker FICO. “Much of this has to do with the positioning of a title on a loan,” Schaffer said. “Stronger applicants can usually be the sole applicant. And then you can work at improving the other person’s FICO score.” Schaffer also said it is not a good idea to have a joint credit account, especially if your partner has a substandard FICO. Eventually, the partner’s spending habits will eat away at your own FICO score. Perhaps among the most important lesson couples learn about each other’s spending habits is that FICO scores do not merge in marriage. David R. Johnson, director of business development at ByDesign Financial Solutions in Los Angeles, said people often think that their spouse’s FICO score will automatically become their own upon marriage. “For that reason, many bad habits can start when a spouse becomes a co-signer on something like a credit card,” Johnson said. Budgeting is yet another important strategy when factoring compatibility. Some people have never budgeted in their entire life, then when they are finally in a relationship, the whole notion is completely foreign. To avoid this, Schaffer recommends sitting down with your partner and determining monthly expenses. Once the couple has a good idea of where their expenses lie, they can develop a spending strategy. Debbie Lebiet, 46, knew her husband didn’t have much money when she started dating him five years ago. “And my mother also knew that if I married him, I certainly wasn’t doing it for the money,” said Lebiet, an event coordinator in the South Bay. “But I’m the saver and he is the spender. And that’s how it goes.” Of course, Lebiet and her husband also budget. For everything he spends, she makes sure she is saving almost double the amount. “One of us has to be disciplined,” Lebiet noted. Evan Pondel, (818) 713-3662 evan.pondel@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

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Santa Clarita Valley Macintosh Users Group will meet, 7 p.m. at Rogers Systems, 25030 W. Avenue Tibbetts, Valencia. Call (661) 250-4149. Lions Club-Castaic will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. TODAY SCV Historical Society board of directors will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Talk & Tea with Ronda B. will feature a discussion of senior safety, 10:30 a.m.-noon at Kaiser Permanente, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call Ronda Bestle at (661) 222-2405. Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at SCV Bank, 24300 Town Center Drive, Suite 200, Valencia. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Free health lecture titled “Chelation Therapy: Oral vs. Intravenous,” 1-2 p.m. in Activity Rooms 1 & 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Pajama Story Time, 6:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Homeschool Discussion Group will meet, 7 p.m. upstairs at Borders Books & Music, 24445 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call Cathy at (661) 250-3407 or e-mail Vicky at live2learninscv@yahoo.com. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Dual Diagnosis Group for those who are chemically dependent and affected by mental illness, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Francis Counseling Center, 25050 Avenue Kearny, Suite 101, Valencia. Call (661) 294-2880. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Dr. Sally Reis will present “Parenting Academically Talented Kids: What do we Know and Where do we Go?,” 5-6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Pico Canyon Elementary School, 25255 Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 255-3360. Grand Opening, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Dessert Alert, Inc., 28415 Industry Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 753-9269. Santa Clarita Corvette Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-4675. The Reading Group will discuss “Bookseller of Kabul” by Asne Seierstad, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Agnes Zagar at (661) 259-8942. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY Shabbat Across America event, 5:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Rabbi Steve Conn at (661) 254-2411. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY SCV Teacher Recruitment Fair, 8 a.m.-noon at Rancho Pico Junior High, 26250 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 259-0033, Ext. 282. Junior Lifeguard Program will hold an open registration for qualified swimmers ages 9-17, 10 a.m. at Val Verde Park Swimming Pool, 30300 W. Arlington Road, Val Verde. Call (661) 294-3532. Volunteer orientation, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Sharon Lewis Koho will sign copies of her books, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. St. Patrick’s Day Story Time and Craft, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Trail Team will meet to repair damaged trails, 9 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Adopt-A-Pet will feature dogs and cats available for adoption, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Petco, 26501 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call the Castaic Animal Shelter at (661) 257-3191. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 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

School board candidates voice concerns over low test scores

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Poor scores on academic achievement tests in the El Rancho Unified School District were the focus of a forum for candidates running for the school board.Three candidates, retired educator Delia Alvidrez, educational consultant Aurora Villon and teacher Allan Maciel, are running for former board member Raul Salcido’s seat in the April 4 election. Salcido died in August. About 100 people attended the forum sponsored by the Whittier League of Women Voters and held in the auditorium at Pico Park. “If we keep doing the same old thing, we will keep getting the same results, which are failing schools,” said Maciel. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88Alvidrez said that while some schools are meeting their Academic Performance Index goals, the district needs more rigorous standards for schools that are not. “We have to take care of the schools that are doing poorly, so we can keep up with steady growth,” she said. Villon said the district must assess students on a regular basis, rather than just once a year. Also, teachers need more resources, she said. Alvidrez said the salaries of district teacher are low compared to pay in Whittier and Montebello districts. “I know the district has had financial problems, but we need to do more to provide for teachers, because failing schools and poorly paid teachers go hand in hand,” she said. Villon said uncredentialed teachers and administrators should be identified and required to work toward their credentials. “We need to get to the point where we identify these teachers and administrators and get them to finish their credentials,” she said. “It concerns me that I go to board meetings and there doesn’t seem to be a list of the teachers who have credentials and those who don’t.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want 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

L.A. sidewalk fixes a split proposition

first_imgMore than 500 households participated in the pilot program to split the cost of sidewalk repairs with the city, and backers hope that money to continue the project will be included in the new budget being released this week. City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said the fact that 535 households agreed to pay an average of $1,200 for repairs that otherwise would languish with an 85-year-long backlog demonstrates the program should be continued. “I made it very clear the 50/50 program had to be included and it had to be more than the existing budget,” said the councilwoman, who launched the program in her district before taking it citywide last July 1. “It’s a popular program.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office declined to comment on the proposed 2006-07 budget being released on Thursday. However, he is looking for ways to close a $295 million budget shortfall and also has proposed a trash fee to help generate revenue to hire 1,000 more police officers. To fund the 50/50 Sidewalk Program another year, the Bureau of Street Services asked for $1.4 million for 2006-07, the same as this year, in addition to the $9 million the bureau typically gets for sidewalk repairs. But bracing for a tough budget year, Street Services also submitted a backup request that would allow the program to continue without the $1.4 million allocation by simply drawing from its $9 million allocation. San Fernando Valley residents flocked to the 50/50 program, with 136 households in the region’s five city council districts signing up. Greuel’s Second District had the greatest participation, with 47 households participating since July 1, in addition to nearly 90 others that signed up during the pilot program. In Councilman Ed Reyes’ Eastside district, however, just one homeowner signed up, while Councilwoman Jan Perry’s downtown district had three takers. Six households signed up in Councilman Bernard Parks’ district in South L.A., nearly twice as many as in Councilmen Dennis Zine’s and Greig Smith’s Valley districts. But nowhere did residents embrace the program as they did in Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s Westside district, where 137 homeowners bought in. Rosendahl’s staff printed up fliers, spoke at community meetings and even arranged Saturday group meetings where city crews came out and gave entire neighborhoods estimates. “What has happened is we have strong homeowner associations, people with a lot of pride in their communities, a lot of pride in their homes,” Rosendahl said. Among those who signed up was George Wolfberg, president of the Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association, who heard about the progam from Rosendahl’s staff during a community meeting. “It’d be better if they paid for it, (but) I’ll be a good citizen,” said Wolfberg, who paid $800 for his half of the repairs. “You take care of your own. That’s all you can do.” But Edwin Ramirez, president of the Pacoima Neighborhood Council, said residents in his Valley community cannot afford to pay for sidewalks which may be why just 13 households in Councilman Alex Padilla’s district signed up. “Those people are not going to spend $1,200 to put in a sidewalk,” said Ramirez, who figures the most residents in his working-class community could afford half that amount. “It’s a good program for the people who have the money. It’s not a good program for the people who don’t have the money.” He suggested the city make it easier for residents to do it themselves by letting groups hire non-city workers who could possibly do the job cheaper or buy materials from local businesses who may give discounts through neighborhood councils. Some have suggested there should be a financing program to make sure residents from different income levels have a more level playing field to access the program. Bureau of Street Services director William Roberston said the key to getting more participation is to get the word out. “It’s all about the outreach. Some council offices just didn’t think it was a priority. They didn’t push the program. Those that took a proactive approach really did a great job.” “When you look at CD 8 and 10, it’s incredible,” he said about the council districts represented by Parks and Councilman Herb Wesson, which had 102 participants nearly 20 percent of the total. lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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

“THE CITY OF BONES” – DERRY CITY COUNCIL LAUNCH HALLOWE’EN CARNIVAL OF EVENTS

first_imgIt’s October and for the good citizens of Derry that can only mean one thing – Hallowe’en is coming!And this year the city will transform into the ultimate deadly destination for a haunting Hallowe’en to remember – the City of Bones! Over the past four decades Derry has established itself as the Hallowe’en capital of Europe.With thousands of revellers flocking to the city annually for the Hallowe’en party to end all parties, and the packed programme for 2014’s Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival features some exciting new events that will have you quaking in your boots.Forget Amityville – enter the spooktacular Chateau Le Fear which will take over Ebrington Square from October 17 – November 2, bringing all your worst nightmares to life.Enjoy the fun at the Freaky Funfair which will also take up residence in the Square from October 22 – November 2, with its own gruesome Hallowe’en ghost train. Mayor of Derry Councillor Brenda Stevenson said the programme featured fun for all the family.She told Donegal Daily, “Hallowe’en is Derry’s annual highlight event and there’s definitely no better time to visit the city.“The festival atmosphere is incredible and there are activities for all age groups, making it the ultimate family friendly destination.“As the Festival takes place on Friday this year, the fun spills over right into the weekend, making it ideal for anyone planning a mid-term family break.“So why not join us in the City of Bones for a fright night celebration to remember?The programme is full of ghostly goings on taking place at venues right across the city. You can even play your part in the fun and festivities by answering the Call to the Dance and joining the hundreds of local groups taking part in the main Halloween Carnival event, which takes place at 7pm on Hallowe’en night.The main Carnival parade will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display on the Banks of the River Foyle at 8pm.If you want to find out more about the spectres that stir in the City of Bones then hop on the ghastly ghost bus for a terrifying tour of Derry, or enjoy some fearsome family fun in St Columb’s Hall.Walk the city’s historic ramparts if you dare during the Awakening of the Walls, with thrills and spills aplenty in store for your tiny ghosts and ghouls from October 30 – November 1. And if you survive the spine-chilling surprises then why not sample some of the impressive fayre at the immense Tower Grill, which will be cooking up some devilicious delights in the Guildhall Square.Throughout the city enjoy spooky story-telling, bat-watching, creepy crafts, scary shows and fiendish fun aplenty. Some fantastic mid-term value breaks are available in the city with full details at the web address below. So jump on the nearest ghost train and enter the City of Bones if you dare!For a full programme of all the events taking place over the week go to www.derrycity.gov.uk/halloweenThe Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival is organised by Derry City Council with support from the NITB Events Fund, Derry City Councils Legacy programme, and Ilex“THE CITY OF BONES” – DERRY CITY COUNCIL LAUNCH HALLOWE’EN CARNIVAL OF EVENTS was last modified: October 17th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

SADNESS AS WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL HOTEL CLOSES WITH LOSS OF 35 JOBS

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A well-known Donegal hotel has closed with the loss of up to 35 jobs.The Seaview Hotel in Gaoth Dobhair which closed tonight.The owner of the Seaview Hotel in Gaoth Dobhair, Mr Jimmy Boyle, confirmed to Donegal Daily that the hotel has closed with immediate effect.The company trading as the Seaview Hotel, Boyle Entertainment Ltd, has now entered a voluntary liquidation process and a creditor’s meeting called. A total of 35 part-time and full-time employees have lost their posts at the hotel which once employed 102 people at its peak in 2008.Staff were called to the hotel and told the shocking news this evening.The company has cited a number of contributing reasons for its decision to close including commercial rates €65,000 per annum.A statement from Mr Boyle said further problems include continuous increase in overheads and “no local government body agency taking responsibility for job creation.” “It is with sadness that the company, Boyle Entertainment Ltd, has creased trading and adding to the current downward spiral of the Goath Dobhair while being ignored by the current administration,” said Mr Boyle. SADNESS AS WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL HOTEL CLOSES WITH LOSS OF 35 JOBS was last modified: January 7th, 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) Tags:BunbegcloseddonegalGaoth DobhairJimmy BoyleliquidationSeaview Hotellast_img read more

COMMUNITY GROUP SEEKS TO SET UP NEW ARTISAN HUB IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgLetterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter committee is seeking the support of the Government and the community in its efforts to purchase the former Bakersville unit on the Church Lane.Letterkenny’s Church LaneThe committee hopes to acquire the building, known as Houston House, and breathe fresh life into the area by creating an Artisan hub in the heart of Letterkenny, complete with café, craft shop, and an educational, events and exhibition centre.The committee is also hoping to create additional office space, which could be leased out to patrons throughout the year. Houston House is being auctioned off by Allsop on Tuesday, 23rd April with a guide price of between €80,000 – €95,000. Commenting on the move, committee Secretary Donnan Harvey said: “Acquiring this building would be a huge leap forward for our committee and it would really help crystallise our plans and vision for Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter. However, we realize this takes investment and we expect 75% of this to publicly funded. A number of individuals in the Letterkenny area have already come forward and expressed an interest in helping us purchase the building and we are keen to get others involved. If an individual or group who would like to help us in the first major stage of the Cathedral Quarter project, please let us know as it would be greatly appreciated.”Donnan continued: “We’re really trying to encourage businesses and individuals to get behind the vision of the Cathedral Quarter and we’re working on a rate proposal to develop the project and get more businesses located in the area. We’ve also been in contact with Donegal County Council in terms of funding under the Strategic Development Fund, as well as seeking funding from the Ireland Funds. It’s all voluntary so we need the backing of the public and the support of private individuals and organisations. We’ve already successfully used the Heuston House building for an event on Culture Night last year and it’s the perfect space to help bring to life what the Cathedral Quarter project is all about.’The committee is currently drawing up an information leaflet for tourists about the charms of the Cathedral Quarter and this summer will see the launch of guided walks in the area.The committee has also submitted a proposal for a grant to the Heritage Council for a Conservation Plan as well as a separate submission to the ‘Streets Alive’ programme which hopes to regenerate three streets in the northwest. The Cathedral Quarter originally began as the Save the Church Lane campaign. Since its formation last year, the project has gathered significant momentum in its efforts to regenerate the historical Church Lane. The long term goal is to create a hidden treasure in the heart of Letterkenny for locals and tourists to enjoy. For more information log onto www.facebook.com/SaveTheChurchLane.COMMUNITY GROUP SEEKS TO SET UP NEW ARTISAN HUB IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: April 15th, 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) Tags:Cathedral Quarterdonegalletterkennylast_img read more

CARA HOUSE LAUNCHES FREE ECCE PRESCHOOL SCHEME

first_imgA creche – pic posed by models.Cara Children’s Centre in Letterkenny has announced today that it will start delivering a free ECCE Preschool Sessional Service from this September, 2016.Due to a lack of places in Letterkenny parents of children now entitled to the preschool year, who cannot find a place have requested it. The Children’s Centre is a part of Cara House Family Resource Centre, Letterkenny.Children have to be three years and two months to avail of the free preschool year. Those reaching this age during the autumn term are eligible for places in January. There are likely to be very few places available then as crèches fill up in September. Since 2011 Cara Children’s Centre has offered a drop- in crèche for younger children, with 12 places, at a cost of €5 for each two hour session. It is planned to continue this service and to offer the free preschool year as well.Parents are advised to book their children in early both for these services and for Cara House afterschool clubs. During 2016 35 children have availed of the drop in crèche and almost 100 the afterschool services.Susan McCauley, co-ordinator of Cara House, said, “We are so fortunate to have a dedicated team of fully qualified staff for Cara Children’s Centre. Their hard work has built a service that is valued by parents and enjoyed by children! We all look forward to this new challenge.”Cara House FRC is funded by Tusla. Find us on Facebook /carachildrenscentre and /carahousefrcContact Cara House on 9123986, 0861223029 or info@carahouse.ie for more details.CARA HOUSE LAUNCHES FREE ECCE PRESCHOOL SCHEME was last modified: May 23rd, 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:CARA HOUSEdonegalletterkennyPRE-SCHOOL PLACESlast_img read more

DONEGAL LADS PUT DANIEL ON BACK OF VAN FOR EURO 2016 FRANCE TRIP

first_imgFOUR Donegal lads will make sure that everyone knows where they are from as they head to France for the Euro 2016 tournament.Diarmuid and Donagh McInerney, Cian Dolan and Niall Murray are heading over in their completely re-conditioned van.And while it may have Wicklow registration plates, the van comes complete with Donegal flags and the words ‘Ballyshannon On Tour’ on the side. But in case you missed that there’s a painting on the back with the intro ‘From the Hills I Give You…and the painting features Daniel O’Donnell as Jesus and Shay Given and Seamus Coleman as apostles.Packie Bonner is also there!One of the lads, soldier Cian Dolan boasted: “What out lads the Shams are on tour!”Looks like these boys won’t be missed in France for the next fortnight. Ireland take on Sweden in Paris on Monday – before taking on Belgium and Italy.  DONEGAL LADS PUT DANIEL ON BACK OF VAN FOR EURO 2016 FRANCE TRIP was last modified: June 8th, 2016 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:BallyshannonBallyshannoondaniel o’donnelldonegalireland fansPackie Bonnerseamus colemanlast_img read more

DONEGAL CHEF NAMED AMONGST IRELAND’S TOP EMERGING FOOD CHAMPIONS

first_imgJacinta Dalton, Brid Torrades, Gabriel Faherty, Tom Flavin, Aine Maguire, Chris Molloy and Ruth Healy were named as Wild Atlantic Way’s Food Champions by Failte Ireland today. Photo: Pat Moore.Fáilte Ireland has announced the names of 16 new emerging food champions and a Donegal chef in amongst them.Christopher Molloy from The Lemon Tree in Letterkenny, will represent the importance of food to tourism and visitors to Ireland.He will join twenty-one food champions located in the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and Dublin as part of the Food Tourism Network Development programme. The group will work together with their local community to help build Ireland’s food tourism reputation, sourcing and activating ideas to encourage visitors to stop more, spend more, and stay longer.These new food champions were chosen from over 400 nominations following a selection process. The tourism authority had sought nominations for emerging food champions with a resounding passion and belief in Irish food who actively influence and shape the future of Irish cuisine and food tourism in their region.The focus for the initiative in 2016 is on individuals located in particular from within its two newest brands Ireland’s Ancient East and Dublin – A Breath of Fresh Air with an addition of four new food champions located along The Wild Atlantic Way.Christopher said he was delighted to have been selected as a Food Champion said: “I was shocked to be chosen as a Fáilte Ireland food champion, but am over the moon. I am so passionate about Donegal and its food community. My goal is to keep promoting Donegal and Ireland for not only i’s stunning scenery but as an emerging, global culinary destination.”“Everyone knows about the scenery in Donegal, it is sensational, you would be in pure awe of it. But we also have incredible raw materials and an amazing food community. Letterkenny is a great base or jumping off point for travelling on the Wild Atlantic Way and certainly has all the ingredients to emerge as a global culinary destination”.About Christopher and the Lemon Tree…..The set-up at the Lemon Tree Restaurant in Letterkenny sounds like a recipe for disaster. Three brothers, plus one other chef, in the kitchen working together; no titles, no hierarchy, no head chef! Front of house, their two sisters and a cousin. All of them have been there from the very beginning, when the restaurant was opened by Christopher’s parents, two decades ago – and it works.Christopher started his career on wash-up aged 13 and went on to train in professional cookery at Killybegs college. His father had been a cook in the army, his two older brothers were chefs; he never questioned that this was also the path for him. Apart from some time spent working and travelling in Australia and regular travel centred around ‘food experiences’, Christopher has made the decision to stay put in Donegal. Faced with the option of taking a job in Dublin a couple of years ago he looked around and thought “why would I move to Dublin when I have the best of everything here”. This realisation gave him a renewed determination to promote native Donegal; its beauty, its produce, its food landscape, and he has since become active in events and media eagerly showcasing the food of his county.Christopher is passionate about the community that exists around food, and for him in Letterkenny this community is particularly tight-knit; with, for example, meat being sourced from his Uncle’s farm and mussels from “a guy I play football with on Saturdays”. Christopher wants to build that sense of community and also put these people he knows ‘on the map’. Naturally he has a strong sense of how central the family business; whether farm, retail, hospitality, is to Ireland and Irish tourism and he wants to showcase this. He wants visitors to realise that this is a place to come to not only for the breath-taking scenery, but also the food, and he wants young chefs to realise that there is plenty to keep them here or to bring them back.DONEGAL CHEF NAMED AMONGST IRELAND’S TOP EMERGING FOOD CHAMPIONS was last modified: June 16th, 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:Chris MolloydonegalLemon Treeletterkennylast_img read more

Unique fashion show coming to the Mount Errigal on Thursday

first_imgOne of the best fashion shows in years is coming to the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny this Thursday evening (May 31st) – with a sell-out crowd expected.The professionally-run event is a fundraiser for the St Eunan’s Minor Girls footballers. They are representing Donegal and Ireland at the Continental Youth Championships in August.And the latest fashions will be on display from brilliant local stores including Clare Clothing, La Touche, Evolve Menswear, Pure Boutique and Brian McCormick. Keith Fletcher will be the compere on the evening as the latest offerings from the latest brands get a show down the runway.Tickets are selling fast and can be bought from the Mount Errigal Hotel reception between now and Thursday – priced at €10. (Tel 074 91 22700 to book).Doors open at 7pm with the full show getting underway at 8pm.  Unique fashion show coming to the Mount Errigal on Thursday was last modified: May 25th, 2018 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:clare clothingevolve menswearfashion showLa ToucheMount Errigal HotelPurePure Boutique and Brian McCormick.St Eunan’s Minor Girlslast_img read more

MAN ON TRESPASSING CHARGES APPEARS IN COURT ON CRUTCHES

first_imgJason Haughey arrives at Letterkenny District Court on crutches: Pix NewPixIrlA 22 year old man has been remanded in custody charged with trespassing at a house in Letterkenny.Jason Haughey appeared at Letterkenny District Court this morning using crutches and appearing to have serious injuries to his face. Haughey is charged with two separate incidents of trespassing at Castle Street, Letterkenny on January 23rd and also at Glencar Road, Letterkenny on February 4th.The court was told that Haughey, of 5 Rosemount, Kilmacrennan, was already on bail after being charged with assault causing harm on December 10th last.Inspector Kevin Gately told the court he was objecting to bail because Haughey had breached his previous bail conditions – to be of good behaviour.However solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had not been proven to have broken his bail conditions.“My client and all other people in this State enjoy the presumption of being innocent until proven guilty.“Nothing has been said to deny Mr Haughey bail. IN the eyes of the law, Mr Haughey has not breached any of his bail conditions,” he said.In response, Inspector Gately said the fact that this case was before the court was evidence that Haughey was not being of good behaviour.However Judge Paul Kelly said he was satisfied Haughey should be remanded in custody.Haughey will appear in court again in Letterkenny tomorrow.* Due to legal restrictions, we are unable to allow comments on this site in an ongoing case.MAN ON TRESPASSING CHARGES APPEARS IN COURT ON CRUTCHES was last modified: February 5th, 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:MAN ON TRESPASSING CHARGES APPEARS IN COURT ON CRUTCHESlast_img read more

MAN WHO STOLE LORRY TOLD HE’LL GO TO PRISON IF HE’S BEFORE THE COURT AGAIN

first_imgA man who drove dangerously and then proceeded to steal a lorry has been told he’ll go to prison if he’s before the court again.Damien Harper, 44, with an address at 15 Hill View Park, Castlederg appeared in court charged with two counts of dangerous driving and the unlawful theft of a mechanically powered vehicle. Mr Harper appeared in court in relation to an incident which occurred on the 6th of September, 2013 where his erratic and extremely dangerous driving was reported to Gardaí.Garda Sinead McLaughlin read to the court – the eye witness account that was reported to Gardaí.Garda McLaughlin said, “He was zig-zagging all over the road and was driving far too fast and dangerously.“He didn’t have any regard for other road users – and didn’t care about the excess speed he was travelling at.“There were road works on one part of the road he was travelling on – and as he drove off he dragged traffic cones with him.“He was driving a lorry – and flew past a school with absolutely no regard for anybody’s safety – he wasn’t going to stop for anybody.The court heard how the reports of dangerous driving occurred at Drumdoit, Castlefin, Doneyloop, Castlefin and the theft of the lorry occurred at The Diamond, Castlefin.The lorry was owned by Mr Tommy Culloo.The court also heard how he had previous driving convictions and was disqualified for three months for drink-driving in 2002.Solicitor for the defendant Kieran O’Gorman told the court, “My client is 44 years of age, and at the time of this incident had issues with alcohol.“He has since addressed these issues and got himself the help he required.“He is now employed outside of the country, and is working in Aberdeen, Scotland.“I appeal to the court that a probation report may be sufficient for Mr Harper.”Judge James Faughnan fined Mr Harper €500 for dangerous driving and disqualified him for two years.He took into consideration the fact that the defendant was turning his life around and had found employment in Scotland – and fined him €350 for unlawful theft of the vehicle.MAN WHO STOLE LORRY TOLD HE’LL GO TO PRISON IF HE’S BEFORE THE COURT AGAIN was last modified: January 19th, 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:castlefincourtsDamien Harperdangerous drivingGardailorrynewsreporttheftlast_img read more

Man threatened to throw Gardaí off bridge

first_imgCOURTS: A man threatened to throw Gardaí off a bridge and caused damage to a Donegal bar during a drunken rage.Paul Martin, 28, with an address at 72 Forge Avenue, Ballintra appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday morning charged with public order offences and criminal damage. On the 7th May, of this year, the defendant was ejected from The Cavern Bar just before 1am for being in an intoxicated state.However, Mr Martin kicked at the front door of The Cavern Bar and caused €100 worth of damage.Management contacted Gardaí, the defendant attended the station the next morning and made a statement in relation to the incident.On May 22nd of this year, Gardaí were alerted to a disturbance at 4.45 am at Long Lane, Letterkenny.The court heard how Gardaí found a male lying intoxicated in the front garden outside a home in Long Lane.The male was Paul Martin, and he was barely able to stand, he wasn’t very forthcoming with Gardaí and was acting confrontational.He then told Gardaí that he would throw them round the place and throw them off the bridge, he was subsequently arrested after failing to co-operate with Gardaí.The defendant had 44 previous convictions with offences ranging from sale and supply of drugs, criminal damage, theft and a disqualification from driving for eight years.Solicitor for the defendant said his client had a serious issue with alcohol, but had taken steps to rectify the issue and has found employment as a chef.Mr Gallagher said, “He was in a long-term relationship, and is a father-of-two – he accepts and admits he has a serious issue with alcohol.“His life fell apart around him at the time of these incidents, but he’s back on track now, he’s in contact with his sponsor and attends daily AA meetings.“All his previous offences were alcohol related, but he was co-operative with Gardaí in relation to these incidents and as I said has his life back on track.“He is now sober and is working as a chef in a hotel, and he is also finishing off the final year of a catering course in Killybegs which is run in conjunction with LYIT.”Judge Paul Kelly requested a probation report and a community service report on the defendant – and adjourned the case until November 17th.Man threatened to throw Gardaí off bridge was last modified: July 22nd, 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)last_img read more

Teen shooting victim identified

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAccording to police documents, Banuelos is a known gang member whose nickname is “Stalker.” He was convicted of battery stemming from a domestic violence incident in September 2005, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records. Neighbors in the 11500 block of Joslin Street on Monday said they heard loud music at a house on the street early Sunday morning, then heard a “ruckus.” Teens were yelling and fighting in the front yard of a home. One neighbor, who declined to give her name, said she heard a woman inside the house yell at partygoers: “I’m closing the door!” At about 2 a.m., neighbors said, they heard five to 10 gunshots. They then saw the crowd disperse. Teens ran to their cars and sped away. One neighbor, who lives across the street from the home and declined to give her name, said she saw several boys attempted to load a limp teenage boy into the back of a car. She later saw blood on the car door, the sidewalk and the grass near her home, the resident said. When Whittier officers and detectives arrived at about 2:30a.m., the chaos and noise of the party had ended. Police took about 60 remaining partygoers to the station for questioning. Investigators learned the shooting might have stemmed from a fight between rival gang members. “We interviewed them all, individually,” Zuhlke said. “We learned the shooter was among them – some witnesses identified him.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – Coroner’s officials Monday identified a 17-year-old boy who was shot to death early Sunday morning at a post-prom party in Santa Fe Springs. Officials identified the victim as Andrew Joseph Salinas of Whittier. He was pronounced dead at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Another 17-year-old boy was injured by gunfire but was in stable condition, officials said. Police arrested George Banuelos, 25, of Santa Fe Springs, who was booked on suspicion of murder, said Whittier Police Department spokesman Jason Zuhlke. last_img read more

Hurdles ahead for Mahony’s new churches

first_imgCardinal Roger Mahony approved plans earlier this year for five new Catholic churches in the North County, but two huge hurdles stand in the way – money and a dwindling number of priests. New parishes are proposed for Castaic, Palmdale, Lancaster, Stevenson Ranch and in the planned 25,000-home Centennial community near Gorman, said Deacon Richard Medina of the San Fernando Pastoral Region of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. “There’s no money available right now,” Medina said. “The mother parishes would have to take on the fundraising and the diocese would help. But none of that’s been worked out.” The Catholic population in the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys is roughly gauged at 30 to 35 percent based on demographics, Medina said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“That’s a pretty large percentage and with the growth that is happening in both valleys, we need to be planning for it,” he said. Whether parishes choose to build parochial schools is up to them, but again it’s financially daunting. St. Mary’s Church in Palmdale built a new 1,400 seat sanctuary for $9.5 million, and it already owned the land. For a start-up parish, the cost of land in the current market could be a roadblock, Medina said. As for the new priests that would be needed, even before the sex scandal in the priesthood surfaced, numbers were dropping. Some three or four priests are ordained each year in the greater Los Angeles area, not nearly enough to make up for those who die, retire or leave the priesthood, Medina said. Solving the priest shortage is making the church rethink how parishes are run and prompting a call for prayers from the classroom to the meeting room for men to heed the call. At a February meeting of the pastoral council, Bishop Gerald E. Wilkerson announced as one of his priorities the fostering of priestly vocations. He asked that children in the Catholic schools and other religious classes open and close sessions with special prayers to draw men to the priesthood. “One of the things we see is that we need the parents to encourage vocations,” Medina said. “They’re saying, `But we want grandchildren, we don’t want our son to go into the priesthood. “The shortage isn’t because of the scandal, though that does need to be resolved before we can move forward. But (the shortage) has been going on a lot longer than that.” The shrinking priesthood is prompting the archdiocese to rethink how churches run. One model has the laity operating the church and priests from other parishes visiting to say Masses. Another idea is called “twinning,” where one pastor runs two parishes, splitting his time between both congregations. “We need to look at all the models to see what’s best to work for each parish,” he said. “Then with all the planning in the world, we have to look at alternatives if we don’t know what resources we’ll have.” In the meantime, established parishes holds Masses in public school auditoriums and other facilities in outlying areas. Val Verde and Castaic in Santa Clarita are served in this mission capacity by the 50-plus-year-old Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Newhall. Similar missions are offered in the Antelope Valley in Lake Los Angeles and Elizabeth Lake. pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Conte ‘desperate’ for £55m star, £70m striker deal ‘likely’ and Butland move

first_img 6. Romelu Lukaku has spoken with compatriot Thibaut Courtois about possible return to Chelsea with £70m deal ‘likely’ – The next few months will be interesting as far as the future of Lukaku at Everton is concerned. His comments over the direction of the Toffees earlier this year suggested he will look to move on at the end of the season, and Gianluca Di Marzio claims progress over a return to Stamford Bridge is being made. An agreement of £70m is ‘likely’, while the striker has spoken with compatriot Courtois over his potential move. 6 6 Antonio Conte is on a mission to return Chelsea to the summit of English and European football.With this season’s Premier League title wrapped up, the Blues, after a year’s absence, will make a return to the Champions League.It’s almost guaranteed, then, that they will heavily strengthen in the summer transfer window to adjust to more fixtures entering their schedule, but who could join the squad?Scroll through the gallery above to get up to date on the latest Chelsea transfer rumours. 6 5. Chairman Ralph Krueger insists Southampton will not be bullied into selling Chelsea target Virgil van Dijk – It’s become something of a habit for the Saints to cash in on their prized assets, but club chairman Krueger claims that will change this summer. Van Dijk has been linked with a move to Chelsea at the end of the season and the Southampton chief insists there’s no need for bids to be accepted, even if the Blues come in with an offer of £60m. Krueger said: “I’ll tell you again, we do not need to sell anybody,” as quoted by Sky Sports. 3. Chelsea interested in summer move for Stoke’s Jack Butland – Butland may have missed the majority of this season through injury – he’s been limited to just four league starts – but his stock has not fallen. The Daily Star report that Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United could go head-to-head for his siganture this summer. His contract with the Potters doesn’t expire until 2021, so he won’t come cheap. 4. Bournemouth to make bid in excess of £30m for Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic – Bournemouth could raid Chelsea for a number of senior players this summer. The Guardian report that the Cherries will make bids in excess of £30m combined for defender Nathan Ake, who spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Dean Court, and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Chelsea would expect around £12m for the latter, but are reluctant to sell the former. John Terry has also been linked with a move to Dean Court. 1. Antonio Conte wants PSG’s Marco Verratti in £55m deal – click the arrow above, right, to get up to date on the latest Chelsea transfer rumours – Conte, The Sun report, is ‘desperate’ to add Verratti to his title-winning squad. It’s understood Paris Saint-Germain have received a £55m offer for his signature, but the Italian will take some persuading to leave the Ligue 1 outfit. The midfielder is apparently interested in improving his £120,000-a-week contract at the Parc des Princes. Chelsea may have their work cut out in making this deal happen. 6 6 2. Chelsea open talks with Thibaut Courtois over new deal amid Real Madrid interest – Along with Eden Hazard, Courtois has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu throughout this season. The Belgian has two years remaining on his current deal at Stamford Bridge, but the Blues, according to the Telegraph, have opened talks over an improved contract to ward off interest from Real. 6last_img read more

Centre forward? Long-term contracts? Questions Arsenal must answer this summer

first_img Is it time up for players like Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? – There are a group of players whose careers have stood still at the Emirates. Wilshere, as one example, decided he’d had enough of his bit-part role last summer and joined Bournemouth on a season-long loan. It proved a largely futile move from the midfielder, who rather predictably had his campaign ended through injury in April, at a time when he was in and out of the Cherries side. There are plenty more than Wilshere unsure over their role in the team, too. Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott are the leading players that haven’t settled under Wenger, despite each having been with the club for at least six years. Is it time that – as Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City have done in recent years – Arsenal used this summer to begin an overhaul of their squad? Most would say yes, but only if replacements instantly come in. 4 4 Will key players be tied down to long-term contracts? Read all about this below, then click the arrow above, right, to take a look at more questions Arsenal need to answer – As well as the future of Arsene Wenger, the 2016/17 season has been filled with reports over the possibility of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil forcing their way out of the club in the summer. Given they are the two prized assets of the team, it’s complete madness that Arsenal have allowed the pair to reach the final year of their contract. Should no new deal be agreed by either, the Gunners risk having to cash in now or allowing them to leave on a free transfer at the end of next term. Latest speculation has said both want £350,000-a-week to stay and, as greedy a move as this may be considered by some, that’s simply the price of Europe’s elite players in today’s market. 4 Arsene Wenger will remain at Arsenal for at least another two seasons.The Gunners frustratingly refused to comment on his future throughout a largely terrible campaign and waited until after their FA Cup final victory to announce his new deal.It’s a decision that might have angered many a Gooner, but there’s little room for such emotion with attention now turning to summer preparations for next term.So what should be a priority for Arsenal and Wenger over the next couple of months?We’ve listed the most pertinent questions the club must answer in the summer transfer window – scroll through the gallery above to check them out. Will a proven centre forward finally be signed? – The last three summers have seen Arsenal supporters screaming at their club’s board for failing to sign a centre forward. There’s certainly an argument that the Gunners need reinforcements in each position, but none more so than up top. Alexis Sanchez has been brilliant, while Olivier Giroud’s minutes to goals ratio has been outstanding; however, the pair are not enough. Almost 12 months ago, Gooners watched in frustration as a move for Alexandre Lacazette failed to materialise and before that it was Karim Benzema who seemed to be on his way to north London. The quality is out there, waiting to be snapped up with a big-money offer, and Arsenal have to act, with their rivals certain to increase their firepower. 4 Will they have to pay over the odds for players now they’re in the Europa League? – The competition may not have damaged Manchester United’s ability to bring in top players, but it could be an entirely different story for Arsenal. Even while in the Champions League, the Gunners have struggled to attract the so-called big players of the game. Their falling out of this competition, then, will be a major concern, with Wenger needing marquee signings more than ever. Faith in his ability to lead the team, despite a two-year deal, is at its lowest and the summer transfer window could have a huge impact on their start to the new campaign. But it might take the most lucrative of offers for those in their wish list to be persuaded to move to north London.last_img read more

Man’s car became airborne during high-speed Garda pursuit

first_imgA Letterkenny man has been ordered to do 120 hours community service after what was described as an “appalling case” involving a high-speed chase through areas of the town.Gardai had detected John McKelvey of Correnagh driving at a speed of 147 kms in a 100km zone when they were operating a speed check-point at Dromore on January 25th last. A previous sitting of the court had heard that the 21-year-old defendant, who faced five charges of dangerous driving, had failed to slow down and had continued on in the direction of Lurgybrack.Gardai reported that he had been travelling at 115 km as they approached a humpback bridge and the car had become airborne.The defendant had continued on driving at between 110 and 120 kms per hour before Gardai decided to stop pursuing it as it was deemed unsafe.Shortly afterwards, Garda Kilcoyne spotted the defendant’s vehicle, a black Corsa, having crashed into a ditch. McKelvey had subsequently been arrested at just after 3.a.m. following the 18 km pursuit.Defendant’s solicitor, Patsy Gallagher said his client understood that his behaviour could have resulted in a fatality.He had observed the blue lights of the Garda patrol car and had subsequently panicked.Addressing Letterkenny District Court, Judge Paul Kelly said it was an “appalling case” involved a pursuit that had lasted up to thirteen minutes at high speed.Mr Gallagher told the court that his client had undertaken the Pro-Social Drivers course which had been “extremely beneficial” to him. “He has learned his lesson and the Probation Report on him is good.”McKelvey is now residing and working in Waterford.Judge Kelly agreed that the Probation Report had been “very positive” and noted that the defendant had completed the Pro-Social Drivers course.He ordered him to undertake 80 hours of community service in relation to one of the charges while disqualifying him from driving for two years.He further imposed 40 hours of community service on a second charge with a disqualification period of two years.The charges are to run consecutively.Man’s car became airborne during high-speed Garda pursuit was last modified: December 14th, 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:courtdangerous drivingdonegalGardaiJOhn McKelbeyletterkennylast_img read more

GAA NOTES: SEAN MACCUMHAILLS

first_imgMAC CUMHAILL’S CLUB LOTTOThere was no winners of the lotto this week. Numbers were 6,8,15,28There were 4 match 3 winners. Angela Crawford,PJ Mc Ardle,Sean Og Hannigan and P Mc NultyEach receives €40NEXT WEEK’S JACKPOT IS A MASSIVE €8,000€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100 €5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €250.Contact any club committee member for detailsIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!UNDERAGE TRAININGTraining for underage teams will resume as follows, Under 6’s Boys and Girls: 5.30pm Wed 25th Jan on Astro Pitch. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899Under 8’s: Boys and Girls 6.30pm Wed 25th Jan on Astro pitch.Contact Noel Doherty 0866028868Under 10’s Boys. Contact John Burke 0868185915Under 12’s Boys: Friday evenings 6.00pm. Contact Luke Gavigan 0877980865 Camogie: Under 12/14 Tues 6.00-7.30All ages Fri 6.00-7.00pm. All new players welcome.REGISTRATIONRegistration is now open for 2012. ALL players and members must be registered before 31March 2012. If you are not registered before this date, it will affect your player insurance and your voting rights at the AGM. Please contact Stephen Lynch. Cost of membership is: €70 for Family membership, € 30 for Adults and €10 for childrenFOR SALEClub socks and togs for children up to age 14 and Canning hurls from sizes 26 – 35. Please contact John Burke at 086/8185915 for order form. IDEAL BIRTHDAY PRESENTS.UNDER AGE TEAMS.Help is required for the 2012 season with different underage teams for boys & girls football and hurling/camogie. Any adult players or parents interested in helping out with the underage teams should contact Alan Martin at 0861723899. Previous coaching experience is not required.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in the Villa Rose Hotel this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome!CLUB MEETING’SClub meetings will be held on the Last Monday of every Month at the Clubhouse. Any person wishing to get involved in the club please come along or contact any member.The Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon on 085 1503092 for more information.Donegal yearbook on sale from clubhouse or contact any executive member. Only €10GAA NOTES: SEAN MACCUMHAILLS was last modified: January 21st, 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:Sean MacCumhaill noteslast_img read more

SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – WHEN MICHAEL, NEIL AND GARY ARRIVED IN THE GLEN

first_imgCAPTAIN MICHAEL INTRODUCES SAM TO MUM AND DADTHEY may have been 48 hours later than planned.But the people of Glenswilly GAA club came out in their droves when the Sam Maguire cup finally arrived late last night.Team captain Michael Murphy joined Neil Gallagher and Gary McFadden in returning to their home club. And what a reception they got with more than 2,000 people turning up at the club to welcome home their heroes.Michael Murphy thanked his parents Mick and Mary, his team-mates and the people of Glenswilly for helping fulfill the dream of a lifetime.Neil Gallagher and Gary McFadden also made emotional tributes to their fellow county players, club players, families and people of Glenswilly.Manager Jim McGuinness told the players that after four days that “the bus trip is over.” He paid a special tribute to the Glenswilly trio for being honest and hard-working and then paid tribute to all his players.He said two years ago the Donegal team had a reputation, rightly or wrongly, for other things.But he said he had never met a more honest and hard-working bunch of players than the current squad.He also paid tribute to the Glenswilly club and said he hoped that it brought a new cycle of county players through its ranks in years to come.It’s the end of Sam’s World Tour of Donegal…for now at least. Next stop. The RTE studios in Dublin for the Late Late Show as Jim and the boys step once again into enemy territory for a few hours.Just make sure Sam’s back first thing Saturday morning for the St Eunan’s World Record Attempt.Rory Kavanagh, Kevin Rafferty and Frank Mc Glynn will be in O’Donnell Park as thousands of children and adults from all over the county attempt to set a new World Record for the most people taking part in a GAA training session at the same time.More details on a new story in the morning. PS Brick’s heading for the Pulse, or so he says!SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – WHEN MICHAEL, NEIL AND GARY ARRIVED IN THE GLEN was last modified: September 28th, 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

BONAGEE UTD FC NOTES

first_imgPride of place this week goes to our under 13 team who turned in a great disciplined performance as they defeated Monaghan Utd 7-0 at Bonagee last Saturday in the SFAI national cup. Tomas Mullen notched a well deserved hat-trick, while JamesCarolan and Aaron Wasson each supplied a brace of goals. Other notable performers were Jack Clarke and Jason “Jazzer” martin.The under 14 Tigers lost out by the odd goal inthree to Glencar Hammers, with Clement Abu the scorer. They are away to Ballyraine Diamonds this week-end while the Under 14 team are also away to Ballyraine. Kick off at 12.15pm at the LYIT pitch.The under 12 side are in national cup competitionon Saturday as they travel to Clonmany St Mary’s. kick off at 12 noon. The Donegal league team moved to the summit ofDivision 2, when they recorded back to back away wins, as they defeated Letterbarrow 1-0. With the game evenly poised entering the closing stages, 16year old Gary Mc Cracken was sprung from the bench, and he duly cracked home the winner with minutes remaining. They make the short journey to Convoy this Sunday, to play the local Arsenal, with a 2pm kick off at Orchard Pk.There was no jackpot winnerof the clubs weekly lotto draw so next week’s jackpot is €1550. Numbers drawnwere 2,7,8,11,13,15 Lucky no. was 14. There were two match five no. winnersHugh Greene Drumany and Aisling Hunter Long Lane each get €25. Lotto plus winner’s€50 Jimmy Haughey Caralina Park,€30 Tony Pyper Old Townand €20 Rose Griffin Drumnahoe. Lucky no. winners Noah Funston Sligo, MajellaScanlon Bonagee, Evan Mc Garrigle Listillion, Catherine Mc Monagle c/o NiallCallaghan and Joseph Sweeney Drumany. The clubs annual development draw whichwas due to take place last Sat.10th November will now take place onSunday 2nd December in arena 7. Tickets are €10 each or a book of 3for €20 and are available from all players and committee members. The Christmas club is now open and merchandise can be viewed at the club Website www.bonageeunitedfc.webs.com o rat the Club House.    BONAGEE UTD FC NOTES was last modified: November 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:Bonagee Utd FC noteslast_img read more

FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTS

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTSBrian McCormick Cup Semi Final @ CastlefinRathmullan Celtic 2-1 Lifford (after extra time) Rathmullan booked their place in the final of the Brian McCormick Cup for the first time thanks to a battling performance against Lifford on a bitterly cold afternoon in Castlefin. A swirling breeze and a difficult surface mean it was not a thing of beauty, but Mush and his players will care little for that now.Today they showed the kind of battling skills and determination that will be needed in buckets over the next few weeks if they are to remain in the title hunt. In doing so, they eventually wore down a hardened Lifford team that appeared set to progess thanks to a first half wonder-goal from Ross Porter.Veteran striker Eamonn Sheridan levelled the game inside the final 10 minutes after the best piece of flowing football all day and Molby was once again in the right spot to hammer home after a goalmouth scramble in extra –time to the delight of a freezing cold but sizeable travelling Seaside support (pat yourselves on the back once you thaw out, you deserve it!).It seems hard to believe that in this week last year the boys secured a league title against St Catherines on a balmy sunny afternoon with shorts and tshirts the order of the day!! As their league positions suggested, there was never going to be too much between these teams, and so it proved today.Rathmullan started brightly, with the help of the strong breeze, and dictated the early play. There were no clear cut chances and Lifford soon found themselves in front.Hoops goalkeeper Shaun Gallagher was adjudged to have handled the ball outside his area by referee Joe McHugh (no yellow card mind you but sure listen, we’ll not complain, they are only rules!) after 15 minutes and from the resulting free Lifford went ahead in some considerable style.Ross Porter curled an absolute beauty over the wall into the top left hand corner giving Gallagher no chance. It was postage stamp stuff.Rathmullan had plenty possession ahead of the half time break, but rarely threatened to breach Lee White’s goal. Paddy Sheridan’s shot was well blocked after a ball broke to him on the edge of the area while the other Paddy Sheridan (Baldy) flashed wide from distance. Dara Patton had a couple of runs but that finishing touch just wasnt there. Playing into the breeze after the half time break – kudos to Castlefin, yon chocolate buns were first class – it immediately became apparent Rathmullan were more comfortable passing the ball without it getting away in the wind.The pressure was a lot more intense throughout the half and more and more Lifford seemed determined to close the game out with their advantage. White in goals was making a huge contribution to that effort as he denied Dara again and Oisin McMenamin first just wide.Rathmullan were going for it by this stage, with Shea Coyle and Reggie Miller pushing forward at any opportunity. Aaron McClafferty offered fresh legs in the middle of the field, but it looked as if Lifford’s organisation would win out.Then came the outstanding move of the game and a fully merited leveller. Paddy Baldy done well to keep a move going down the left and his cross in field came to Dara’s feet. He played in Oisin on the edge of the box who in turn quickly fed Eamonn (no easy task!). With the goal at his mercy, Molby showed all his experience to remain calm and side foot the ball past White for 1-1.Into extra time with their tales up and the wind at their backs, Rathmullan were once again pressing.From a corner, the ball broke to Molby once more at the back post and he drove it over the line to give Rathmullan a vital lead. On a bitter afternoon, it certainly warmed up the Rathmulllan crew who immediately started to dream of creamy pints in Carr’s O the Diamond come the middle of May for the Cup Final.Lifford responded with some pressure of their own, and either side could have added goals late on as the game became end to end.Rathmullan hung on grimly and will now enjoy a trip to Ballyare to face Glenea in the decider.That’s for another day though. After this one, all three teams at the top of the Premier Division are on course for a massive battle to see who comes out on top. With just a handful of games to go, it looks impossible to pick a winner. Defending champions Glenea, Lifford and ourselves can all genuinely believe this could be the year….it should be quar craic sorting this out!It would be foolish to pick a stand out performer for Rathmullan today. All 14 that played, the subs that didn’t, the manager and the club and supporters as a whole can rightfully be proud of their achievement in nailing a place in the final.For Lifford, Mark Carlin’s tenacious, all action tackling around the middle of the field typified their efforts and they won’t be far off at the end of the seasonBrian Mc Cormick Cup Semi-FinalsDonegal Town 1 Glenea United 5Old Orchard Inn Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 0 Glenea United Reserves 4In arctic conditions this game was reversed to Glasserchoo. It was the Gaeltacht side that would come out on top. Glenea started well when Shane Ferry went close on 8 minutes after he beat the defender and the keeper only to see his effort cleared off the line. Glenea opened the scoring on 40 minutes when a Shane Coll cross from the left was headed home by Martin Doohan. In the 2nd half Glenea continued to dominate but were unable extend their lead and it was the away side that came closest to scoring when Paul Doherty saw his long range effort come back off the crossbar. This near miss seemed to stir the home side and on 70 minutes Martin Maguire was on hand to force the ball home after a scramble in the box. Glenea extended their lead on 80 minutes when Lee O’ Brien got past the defence and saw his effort half blocked by the keeper but loop into the net. Glenea’s 4th goal was added by Lee O’ Brien who was on hand to finish from close range after a pull back from Shane Ferry. Best for Glenea were Shane Ferry & Martin Maguire, while it was a team effort from Kilmacrennan. Referee: Martin Coll.Ramelton Mariners 2 Glencar Celtic 1Mulroy Celtic 4 Erne Wanderers 0Glencar Inn Division TwoMilford United Reserves 5 Keadue Rovers Reserves 0Milford had a comfortable victory over an under strength Keadue in a cold and windy Rathmullan. The home team controlled the game from the beginning but it took 25 minutes before Lee Burke broke the deadlock with an excellent turn and finish. Keadue faced an uphill battle after being reduced to ten men through injury and Milford took advantage with Ciaran Blaney finding the net on 40 minutes. The second half continued with Milford attacking but failing to create many clear cut chances. The third goal came after a Ciaran Gibbons free kick was spilled by the keeper and Brendan McGinley reacted quickest to score from close range. Connor Meckin, on as a sub, scored a superb fourth from twenty yards and Ciran Blaney wrapped up the game with his second.Cranford United Reserves 0 Downtown United 1Cranford and Downtown played out an entertaining game at a cold Cranford Park. It started off evenly with neither team creating many chances but after 20 minutes Downtown got on top and had a couple of good chances through Niall Bonnar and Charlie McLaughlin. In the 35th minute Niall Bonnar finished well from inside the box to put Downtown one up. Cranford responded well and Paddy Mc Groady set up Johnny Wilhare whose shot went just over the bar.In the second half Downtown started well and Charlie McLaughlin and a couple of good chances but couldn’t finish. Cranford then came into the game in the last 30 minutes and were unlucky not to equalise when Dale McFadden hit the side net after a flick on from Paddy Mc Groady. Applying good pressure Cranford had a number of good chances and a Paddy Mc Groady shot was well saved by the Downtown keeper. A Paddy Shiels’ header went inches over the bar as Cranford tried to secure a share of the spoils but it wasn’t to be. Two good battling team performances.Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic 2 St. Catherines 2This game was played in Rathmullan in horrible conditions as a fierce breeze endured for the entire game. Kilmac started well creating a few half chances but Daniel Breslin almost scored for St. Catherines, only denied by Mark Gallagher in the Kilmac goal. The first goal was scored just before the half hour mark. Johnny Doherty swung in a teasing ball for Darren McGinley to blast home from close range. Catherines continued to push with Breslin and Jason Noctor going close. Kilmac scored their second moments before the half time whistle. A sweet one two between Ryan Shields and Michael McLaughlin released Timmy Burke who’s thunderous volley landed in the top corner giving the Killybegs’ keeper absolutely no chance.As expected St. Catherines came out strong in the second half and it was no surprise when Benny Maguire latched onto a Daniel Breslin flick to make it 2-1 with fifty minutes played. The visitors, with the win to their backs, went in search for an equaliser but as the game went on they were met with a resolute Kilmac defence marshalled by Shaun Sandilands and Darren Toland. The visitors must have though it wasn’t going to be their day when a free kick rattled the cross bar, much to the relief of the home side. With five minutes remaining however, a long ball by the St. Catherines keeper found its way to Jason Noctor who somehow managed to put the ball into the back of the net. Team efforts from both sides. Referee: Ronan FloydLagan Harps 1 Milford United 2Lagan were left to rue some missed chances when they slipped further into the relegation battle. Milford gave themselves some breathing space after a strong defensive showing towards the end of the game. Lagan started well with Aidan O’Donnell shooting just over. Shane Kelly was presented with a chance at the back post but shot wide. Austin Marron then did well to beat a few players at the edge of the Milford area but again shot wide. . Lagan opened the scoring on fifteen minutes when Drew Connolly broke clear on the left and curled a great finish into the far corner. Milford responded and levelled on twenty minutes. Brendan Murray seized on a loose ball in a crowded area and volleyed home. Kevin Kelly had a well struck free for Lagan, well saved by Caolan Mc Gettigan. Milford took the lead just before halftime when Joey Cullen seized on another loose ball in the Lagan area and drilled home. Milford started the second half brightly, with Brendan Murray seizing on a loose back header, but shooting over. Lagan had a great opportunity on seventy minutes when Austin Marron broke through on the left but shot into the side netting. Lagan’s next opportunity came when Kevin Kelly crossed but James Gillen failed to get the vital touch at the back post. Milford went close on eighty minutes when Bryan Kelly managed to clear a Joey Cullen header off the line. Lagan continued to press but Milford were always dangerous on the break. Lagan’s next opportunity came when James Gillen fired a cross towards the back post. Aidan O’Donnell threw himself at it but just couldn’t make contact. Lagan battled to the end but couldn’t break down a resolute Milford defence. For Lagan Conor Sweeney, Aidan O’Donnell, Kevin Kelly and Austin Marron did well. For Milford Paddy Peoples, Pauric Curley, Paul Shields and Brendan Murray were best. Referee: Paddy Duffy.Watson Hire Division OneArranmore United 0 Ballybofey United 3Arranmore United lost 3 nil in this relegation battle which sees Ballybofey guaranteed at least a play-off spot to remain in the Milford Inn Division One. A youthful Arranmore team fell behind after 5 minutes through a tidy finish into the bottom corner. Arranmore came into the game after this with Christopher Mc Glanaghey and Daniel Rocky coming closest to getting the equaliser.Ballybofey went 2 ahead after 60 minutes when they scored from a free kick. Arranmore now faced an uphill battle. They battled hard with young Martin Proctor the pick of the Arranmore team, getting forward at every chance from the back but he couldn’t find the goal his efforts deserved. Shane Elliott playing up front for Arranmore missed chance after chance but could not find the target despite being set up numerous times. Chris Mc Glanaghey and Michael Regan also went close but Arranmore couldn’t find the target. The 3rd and final goal came on 70 minutes from Ballybofey who went home with all 3pts. Team performance from Ballybofey, with Martin Proctor best for Arranmore.Drumoghill FC 3 Cappry Rovers 2Drumoghill FC can breathe a sigh of relief after they held on to secure all 3 points against a brave Cappry side that came within the width of a post of completing the unlikeliest of comebacks. Trailing 3-0 at the break, Cappry had fought back to reduce the deficit to 3-2 by the time substitute Donnelly placed the ball for an 85th minute free-kick from the edge of the box. However his super effort rattled the post and with it went the visitor’s hopes of salvaging a point.Dillon Ramsey scored for Cappry on 55 minutes with a superb left footed strike which curled into the top corner and Malachy Martin on 75 minutes registered with an effort that deflected in off the unfortunate Richard Tinney to set up the frantic finish. Drumoghill only had themselves to blame though had they have taken anything less than maximum points. They got off to the perfect start racing into a 2 goal lead with strikes from Liam O’Donnell and David Carroll inside the opening 10 minutes. O’Donnell seemed to have killed the game off as a contest just before half-time, by beating the off side trap to nudge past O’Meara for the 3rd, until Cappry’s brave fight-back set up an entertaining 2nd halfCurragh Athletic 1 Cranford United 0A Dan O’ Brien goal on seven minutes proved to be the match winner in a very close game played at Killygordon. Played in freezing conditions, with both sides needing the win, Curragh just about deserved the win against a very experienced Cranford outfit. In a lively start, both Cranford and Curragh started well. But in the seventh minute, it was Curragh who made the important breakthrough. Ryan Carlin was fouled in midfield, Michael O’ Brien floated the free kick into the Cranford box and there was Dan O’ Brien with his trademark finish to score his third goal in two matches. It was the perfect start for Curragh, but with the experience of Shane Mc Elwaine, Philip Buchannan and Arthur Lynch in the Cranford team, this was never going to be an easy game. It could easily have been two nil on sixteen minutes but Shane Barclay saw his chip saved by the keeper when he ran through on goal. It could also have been even on twenty seven minutes, but Curragh got somehow off the hook when keeper Roy Duffy fouled, however, Duffy made more than up for his mistake with a double save from Philips Buchannan’s spot kick. The game then continued with both teams trying to create a chance, but the chances were few and far between with Michael O’ Brien, Gary Doherty and Emmet Mc Nulty outstanding for Curragh and Arthur Lynch dominating the defensive area for Cranford. Dan O’ Brien did almost grab a second at the back post on seventy six minutes. With the game now entering the final minutes, Cranford did go close late on, with Lynch clipping the top of the crossbar with his second attempt from a free kick. Curragh held on for an important win which puts them back on top of the table. The home side also had good performances from Gareth Gallagher and Eddie Moore with Ryan Carlin, Dan O’ Brien ever dangerous in attack.Referee: Con Mc LaughlinRaphoe Town 0 Eany Celtic 2This tightly contested match saw chances for both teams in the first half but neither could convert. It was in the 60th minute that the deadlock was broke by a freak goal when Barry Rose crossed the ball from the side line and it dropped in at the back post. Again both teams had more chances but the game was sealed in the 80th minute when Raphoe scored an OG and the match finish 2-0 to the visitors. Both teams put in good performances.CT Ball Division TwoCopany Rovers 3 Glenree United 4Copany welcomed Glenree to Ballykillone and produced a 7 goal thriller. Copany opened the scoring on 39 minutes with Paul Clarke slotting into the bottom corner . Glenree equalised through Karl Mc Kenny who got on the end of a long throw-in just on the stroke of half time. Copany started well in the second half and Rodger Leonard produced a piece of magic inside the Glenree box to put Copany 2-1 up . Copany had what you might call a fairly good chance to go 3-1 but failed to take the chance. Glenree pushed hard and Mc Clafferty made it 2-2. A few minutes later Glen Harron put Copany 3-2 ahead. Glenree then scored two quick goals to win it. Mc Clafferty was best for Glenree and Copany’s was a team performance.Dunlewy Celtic 2 Whitestrand United 2In an entertaining affair, with both teams needing a win to keep their promotion hopes alive, they had to settle for a point apiece. The game started well for both teams and it was the visitors who took the lead through Shaun Gallagher. The second half started well for the home side when Christy Cannon scored from a free kick, their second was scored by Stephen Gallagher when he rose highest to nod home. The visitors never gave up and got their reward when Paul lynch converted. Both teams pushed for a winner but a draw was a fair result. Best for Dunlewey: Martin McFadden, Daniel Coll and Christy Cannon. A solid team performance from Whitestrand.Gweedore United 4 Bonagee United 2This top of the table clash played on a cold day in Gweedore saw the home side claim a vital 3 points in their quest for promotion this season following a good game between two good footballing sides. In the first half both sides played a good entertaining open game of football with chances at both ends. In the 23rd minute the visitors took the lead when neat play was well finished by Ross Hamlyn to make it 1-0. Gweedore were back on level terms one minute later when Michael Connolly was brought down in the Bonagee box and Shane O’ Donnell, who was excellent on the day, scored the resulting spot kick to make it 1-1.Both sides continued to entertain a good crowd at Carrickboyle, however it remained 1-1 until half time .In the second half Brian Gallagher’s side started well and took a deserved lead in the 57th minute when a good cross from Keith Sweeney was well headed into the top corner by Michael Connolly to make it 2-1. Bonagee’s Darren Coyle hit a good shot in the 60th minute but it went just wide. The home side continued to dominate the midfield area and went 3-1 up in the 75th minute when another Sweeney cross was well finished by Darren Ferry. Gweedore made it 4-1 in the 84th minute when Ciaran Mc Fadden, who was well marked throughout this game, showed nice skill and pace to finish well. The visitors pulled one back in the 90th minute when Gary Mc Cracken tapped home from close range to make it 4-2. Paddy Mc Laughlin at left back and Paddy O’ Loan at sweeper played well for Bonagee and it was a good team performance from Gweedore with Darren Ferry, Shane O’ Donnell and Michael Connolly outstanding on the day. Referee: Vincent Mc Laughlin.Drumbar United 3 Convoy Arsenal 3On a very windy day in Drumbar the home side got off to the perfect start when Cialion Loughney on 12 minutes slotted home from 10 yards. The visitors spoiled the celebrations ten minutes later when Cialion Given finished off a good move. Drumbar went ahead again on 35 minutes when Darragh Doogan followed the ball in the box to score from close range. Pat Travers then equalised when he scored from 35 yards five minutes before half time. The second half started with the visitors playing well but Drumbar scored a great goal from 25 yards by Danny Hughes after 70 minutes. They thought they had it won but Martin Kelly had other ideas when he scored with 8 minutes of normal time remaining.Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 4 Letterbarrow Celtic 1Kerrykeel ‘71 kept their promotion hopes well on track with a win against a gutsy Letterbarrow who made it far from easy for the men from Mulroy. Letterbarrow playing with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half took a well deserved lead on 14 minutes when James Mc Grory’s run broke the offside trap and he finished well past the advancing Mark Mc Conigley. Kerrykeel pressed with Seimie Friel and Johnny Nanny both going close. They drew level on 40 minutes when Seimie Friel fired past Charlie Bonner. The ‘71 went in front on the stroke of half time when Johnny Nanny met a brilliant Marty Mc Ateer pass and he fired home from 18 yards. Kerrykeel controlled the second half, with the breeze, and Johnny Nanny went close as did Fergal Friel who hit a great strike which skimmed the top of the bar. The points were made safe on 65 minutes when Seimie Friel was brought down in the area and Johnny converted the penalty kick to score his fifteenth goal of the season. The goal of the game came on 80 minutes when Fergal Friel sent in a corner which was headed clear by the Letterbarrow defence. The ball fell kindly to Barney Mc Bride who hit an unstoppable strike from 30 yards into the top corner. Johnny Friel was denied his hatrick in the 88th minute when he met a great Tony Mc Bride cross only to see his delightful header come back off the post.Best for Kerrykeel ‘71: Patrick Mc Conigley, Aidan Mc Ateer and Marty Mc Ateer. Team effort from Letterbarrow. Referee: Brian O’ KaneDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSOld Orchard Inn Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 0 v 4 Glenea United ReservesRamelton Mariners 2 v 1 Glencar CelticMulroy Celtic 4 v 0 Erne WanderersGlencar Inn Division TwoMilford United Reserves 5 v 0 Keadue Rovers ReservesCranford United Reserves 0 v 1 Downtown UnitedDeele Harps P v P Tullyvinney RoversBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic 2 v 2 St. CatherinesLagan Harps 1 v 2 Milford UnitedWatson Hire Division OneArranmore United 0 v 3 Ballybofey UnitedDrumoghill FC 3 v 2 Cappry RoversCurragh Athletic 1 v 0 Cranford UnitedRaphoe Town 0 v 2 Eany CelticCT Ball Division TwoCopany Rovers 3 v 4 Glenree UnitedDunlewy Celtic 2 v 2 Whitestrand UnitedGweedore United 4 v 2 Bonagee UnitedDrumbar United 3 v 3 Convoy ArsenalKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 4 v 1 Letterbarrow CelticBrian Mc Cormick Cup Semi-FinalsRathmullan Celtic 2 v 1 (aet.) Lifford CelticDonegal Town 1 v 5 Glenea UnitedLeague table for Brian McCormick Sports Premier LeagueTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DiffPointsGlenea United1492330171330Rathmullan Celtic1383237142326Lifford Celtic FC138412516925Kilmacrennan Celtic FC137512619722Milford United FC137512318522Gweedore Celtic166821729-1220St Catherines FC165742730-319Lagan Harps FC155731932-1318Dunkineely Celtic FC144643333016Castlefin Celtic1501231342-293League table for Watson Hire Division OneTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DiffPointsCurragh Athletic FC16101545103535Donegal Town FC15113135161934Cranford FC1695239221729Eany Celtic FC168533022827Cappry Rovers167633425924Keadue Rovers FC146353023723Drumoghill FC166822633-720Ballybofey United FC153661728-1115Arranmore United1621311544-297Raphoe Town1611321563-485League table for CT Ball Division TwoTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DiffPointsGweedore United FC16123156173937Kerrykeel 71 FC16124050212936Bonagee United FC1611413930934Whitestrand United FC1696135241128Dunlewey Celtic1684438281028Glenree United FC168533327627Letterbarrow Celtic FC1641111848-3013Convoy Arsenal FC1631122846-1811Drumbar FC1611051943-248Copany Rovers FC1611142355-327League table for Old Orchard Inn Division OneTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DiffPointsErne Wanderers FC14102243212232Glenea United1473427161125Ramelton Mariners FC147343226625Fintown Harps AFC1364331201121Glencar Celtic134452530-517Mulroy Celtic135712523216Castlefin Celtic134722228-614Kilmacrennan Celtic FC142841943-2410Gweedore Celtic8071825-171League table for Glencar Inn Division TwoTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DiffPointsDeele Harps FC109013572828Donegal Town FC Reserves1374232191323Downtown United FC126242017322Milford United FC126511932-1319Keadue Rovers FC135532825318Glenree United FC135532118318Gweedore United FC124802329-612Cranford FC Reserves122641122-1110Tullyvinney Rovers1111001434-203FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTS was last modified: March 24th, 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:FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTSlast_img read more

BITE VICTIM PADDY SET TO LEAD DONEGAL U-21s IN ULSTER FINAL TONIGHT

first_imgALL roads lead to Brewster Park in Enniskillen tonight (Wed) as Donegal bid to defeat Cavan in the U-21 football championship final.Holders Cavan had nine points to spare in their semi-final win over Down, while Donegal had a nail-biting 2-11 to 0-15 win over Derry.Much of the attention tonight will be on Donegal senior squad star Paddy McBrearty, the victim of a biting incident in the senior league clash with Dublin in Ballybofey on Sunday. He was later treated at Letterkenny General Hospital.However the injury is healing and Paddy has indicated that he is fit to play under the floodlights in Enniskillen this evening.Having hit five of Donegal’s points in that semi-final win over Derry – and set up a goal with some magical play –  that can only be good news for the county U-21 side.  BITE VICTIM PADDY SET TO LEAD DONEGAL U-21s IN ULSTER FINAL TONIGHT was last modified: April 10th, 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:BITE VICTIM PADDY SET TO LEAD DONEGAL U-21s IN ULSTER FINAL TONIGHTlast_img read more

PICTURE AND RESULTS SPECIAL: DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY AT FINN VALLEY

first_imgYou could not have asked for a better day to stage the Invitation primary school cross country at Finn Valley.The response was really positive with some 800 youngsters enjoying an athletics linked educational experience and they once again came from far and near.Great excitement as is the norm with excellent organisation by the host Finn Valley AC. Runners were out on a dry course on the road back to schools and home by 1pm.There were many fine performances – both individual and team – but it’s as much about participation.A big thank you to teachers and parents while we are a long way from widespread participation we continue to push the positive message out there and will continue to do so more important at this point in time when fitness and obesity are seriously relevant.Day One complete back at the same venue tomorrow for secondary schools. RESULTS U-9Girls Under 9Name                                                      SchoolHannah Murray                            St Mary’s, CastlefinRoisin Doyle                                N. Brid, MuffKerrie Loughney                          IosagainIsobel Tonrin                               WoodlandsAbbie McGranaghan                     St Mary’s, CastlefinAbigail Temple Asokuh                          StranorlarJodie Loughney                            IosgainBria McGlinchey                                    IosagainJamara Blaney                            Scoil Mhuire, Ramelton10.Gillian Reynolds                                    WoodlandsTeam Results U-9 Large:        1. Iosagain                    36pts2. Woodlands                 42pts3. Stranorlar                           78ptsMedium:    1. Castlefin                    39pts Small:        1. Scoil Taobhóg            144ptsBoys Under 9Name                                                      SchoolMax Roarty                                 Scoil Mhuire, CreesloughCalón Collins                               IosagainEoin Gallagher                             MurlogJeiney O’Connor                                   Letterkenny Boys (Colmcille)Liam Carlin                                 LiffordRonan Smith                               WoodlandsKealan Fox                                  Gaelscoil LetterkennyIdris Opku                                   Letterkenny Boys (Colmcille)Ronan McDaid                             Castlefin10.Eoin Kenny                                  St Mary’s N.S.Team ResultsLarge:        1. Woodlands                 59pts2. Iosagain                    72pts3. Gaelscoil                    108ptsMedium:    1. Creeslough                89ptsSmall:        1. Scoil Taobhóg            376ptsRESULTS U-11Girls Under 11Name                                                      SchoolChloe Coyle                                DromoreAmy McMenamin                          DromoreAndrea Browne                            CastlefinConnie Doherty                                    IosagainEimear O’Donnell                         CarndonaghDemi Crossan                             LurghybrackCaitlin Doherty                            IosagainBrenda Cain                                DooishChloe Carey                                Gaelscoil, Letterkenny10. Honour Ororoji                                    Illistrin, LetterkennyTeam ResultsLarge:        1. Iosagain                    31pts2. Dromore                    66pts3. Illistrin                       89ptsMedium:    1. Naomh Brid, Muff        125ptsSmall:        1. Tiernasligo                 261ptsBoys Under 11Conor Bradley                             St Pats, CastledergCarlieso Reilly                             CreesloughOisin Toye                                   ConvoyDenzer Frimpong                         Boys School, LetterkennySean McGuly                               Gaelscoil, LetterkennyJaimie McDaid                             IosagainJames O’Hagan                            IosagainDara Baron                                 Naomh BridDean Quigley                              Lifford N.S.10.Oran McLaughlin                          IosagainName                                                      SchoolTeam ResultsLarge:        1. Iosagain                    38pts2. Sc Colmcille L/K                  85pts3. Stranorlar                           127ptsMedium:    1. Creeslough                123ptsSmall:        1. SN Toabhóg               269ptsRESULTS U-13Girls Under 13Name                                                      SchoolKaren Gallagher                                   Cashel, FanadDaniella Jansen                                    DromoreAnne McGinley                             IosagainMaria Afxenlton                                    WoodlandsRoisin Brennan                            LiffordMolly Trearty                               CreesloughClaire Doherty                             WoodlandsShannon Hegarty                         IosagainDemi Carlin                                 Lifford10.Lauren McDaid                             Tooban11.Megan Ryan                                Milford12.Catherine McGlinchey                   CastlefinTeam ResultsLarge:        1. Iosagain                    48pts2. Woodlands                 84pts3. Milford                       98ptsMedium:    1. Naomh Brid, Muff        134ptsSmall:        1. SN Taobhóg               244ptsBoys Under 13Conor Black                                KilmacrennanJack Gillespie                              GleneelyShane McMonagle                        ToobaStephen Black                             KillmacrennanAdrian McLaughlin                        KillygordonOisin Fanru                                  Gael Scoil, LetterkennyCiaran Tobi                                 WoodlandsDara Ellinse                                 Lurghybrack N.S.James Loughrey                                   Iosagain10. John Reid                                   Convoy11.Shane O’Donnell                          Scoil Colmcille, LetterkennyName                                                      SchoolTeam ResultsLarge:        1. Kilmacrennan             52pts2. Scoil Iosagain            54pts3. Woodlands                 90ptsMedium:    1. St Bridgets, Convoy    160ptsSmall:        1. Tiernasligo                 366pts PICTURE AND RESULTS SPECIAL: DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY AT FINN VALLEY was last modified: September 25th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cross CountryFinn Valley ACprimary schools athleticsStranorlarlast_img read more

DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE: GLENEA UTD RESERVES WIN DOWNTOWN CUP

first_imgDonegal Junior League Administrator Terry Leyden pictured presenting the Downtown Cup to Tommy Rodgers captain of Glenea United Reserves. Included is League Secretary Christina O’ Donnell. Pic.: Gary Foy, League PROCastlefin Celtic Reserves 0 Glenea United Reserves 1From the very first few minutes of play this match had all the hallmarks of going to penalty kicks. Indeed this was the opinion of most of the half time tea drinkers as they gathered in the clubhouse at Diamond Park, Ballyare to oil their vocal cords in anticipation of the second half of the Final.On eleven minutes Barry Tourish created the first real opening when he cut in from the left wing before sending his shot wide of Ciaran Gallagher’s net. Both sides found it difficult to settle and the heavy underfoot conditions didn’t exactly help. On twenty four minutes Barr Tourish sent a dangerous fee kick across the Glenea penalty area but it was cleared for a corner. The corner, delivered by the same man, caused great confusion amongst the players in the Glenea box but Ciaran Gallagher did well to gather the ball under pressure.Gallagher had to be at his best on thirty two minutes when Neilis tried to chip the keeper but Gallagher proved well capable, making a fingertip save at full stretch to keep the game scoreless. Meanwhile at the other end Simon Mc Menamin had very little to do.Glenea were winning their fair share of the midfield battles but all too often couldn’t find the final pass as Eamonn Mc Hugh led the line, marshalled by the experienced duo of Peter Bryson and Mark Lafferty.Glenea started the second half on top and Mc Menamin made a great save to deny the Glasserchoo men an opening goal, diving to his right while badly sighted. Much of the game was now centred around the middle of the field with neither side seemingly capable of breaking the other defence on the day. The Linesmen were busy as time and again the forwards were caught offside by two vigilant defences. Glenea made the breakthrough after eighty seven minutes, somewhat against the run of play at that time. Eugene Maguire pumped a speculative ball over the Castlefin defence and the quick thinking Shane Ferry raced away from the Castlefin defence to get to the ball first. With the defenders closing in Ferry shot low and hard past Mc Menamin who was unlucky to slip as the ball almost in slow motion made it’s way through a goalmouth puddle and across the line.Prior to this Castlefin had the best chance of the game when Barry Tourish sent an inviting ball across the Glenea penalty area and with Gallagher rooted to his goal-line neither of the inrushing Castlefin forwards could connect with the ball as it flew past the back post uninterrupted. A let-off for Glenea which they took warning from. So the season ended with silverware making the journey to Mc Gettigan Park where the Downtown Cup will reside for the next twelve months. The envisaged penalty kicks uncalled for.Castlefin Celtic Reserves: Simon Mc Menamin, Jason Curran, Paddy Dooher, Peter Bryson, Mark Lafferty, Paul Logue, James Mc Menamin, Keith Neilis, Barry Tourish, Brian Dooher. Subs: Ronan Tourish for Marcus Curran, Gary Mc Nulty for Jason Curran.Glenea United Reserves: Ciaran Gallagher, Martin Ferry, Tommy Rodgers, Paudgie Mc Gee, Kevin Mc Fadden, Eugene Maguire, Shane Coll, Shane Ferry, Martin Maguire, Eamonn Mc Hugh, Michael Mc Clafferty. Subs: Shaun Sweeney for Martin Maguire, Mark Harley for Eamonn Mc Hugh.Referee: Michael Mulhern. Assistants: Barry Hunter & Brian O’ Kane. DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE: GLENEA UTD RESERVES WIN DOWNTOWN CUP was last modified: May 11th, 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 Leaguedowntown cupGlenea Utd Reserveslast_img read more

GAA NEWS: AGONY FOR URRIS AS THEY’RE DEFEATED BY RED HUGHS IN CHAMPIONSHIP OPENER

first_imgUrris GAA NotesU14 GIRLS: Well Done to our U14 girls who are through to the U14 B County Final.Our girls beat N. Columba in Straid on Friday evening -final score Iorras 3-12 N. Columba 3-03. Well done to John Farren and all who help out with this team. They will meet Milford in Final, date and venue to be confirmed .CLUB MEETING: Club meeting on Wednesday night at 8.30pm. All welcome.MATCH “N” WIN: Match “N” Win July 3rd: No jackpot winner-numbers drawn: 14, 18, 19 & 23. €15 winners: Rita Mc Carthy, C/o Bayside Caravans, Tullagh, Anne Devlin, Altahalla, Josephine Diver, Tullagh, Maureen Grant, Tornabratley and Rose Doherty, Isle of Doagh.Jackpot next week €1,780. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support this weekly draw.SENIOR & RESERVES: Both teams travelled to Killygordon on Saturday night in the Junior A & B Championship, no luck for either teams. Full time score in Junior A- Red Hugh’s 0-11 Iorras 0-09. Junior B Championship Red Hugh’s 1-12 Iorras 1-05. Next round of the championship home to N. Ultain in Straid next weekend. Training continues for both teams on Tuesday & Thursday night. LADIES FOOTBALL: The ladies travelled to Kilcar last Monday night and lost to the home side, Kilcar 4-15 Urris 5-03. Training for our Ladies changed to Wednesday night at 7.30pm.Kellogg’s GAA Cul Camp: Another successful GAA Cul Camp held in Straid last week, over a 120 boys & girls took part and a great time was had by all. A big thank you to all the girls & boys, coaches , Darragh O’ Connor from the Donegal GAA squad and all who helped out in any way to make the week the great success it was.UNDER-AGE FIXTURES: U12 team away to Moville on Tuesday evening, bus leaving clubhouse at 5.30pm. U10 team home to Moville on Tuesday evening also at 6.30pm. U10 girls away to Malin on Saturday morning at 11.00 am.NIGHT AT THE RACES: The club are hosting a Race Night on Friday August 1st in the Square Bar, Clonmany. Horses now on sale at €10 from all Committee members and both Ladies & men’s team.BOOT EXCHANGE SCHEME: for Under-age players now up and running: In these times of financial constraints on families the club has introduced this exchange programme-old football boots in good condition that children have out grown can be dropped in or exchanged for a bigger/smaller pair as required. A minimum donation of €5 to the club for the boots that are taken away. Please contact Nichola Lagan on 0866030736 for further information . All boots can be dropped off in the cage at all Under-age training/matches. Facebook-Find us on CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all club news and fixtures.Any items of news for the club notes should be forwarded to Rose on 0877770639 or email rosiekelly28@eircom.net no later than 9pm on Sunday night.GAA NEWS: AGONY FOR URRIS AS THEY’RE DEFEATED BY RED HUGHS IN CHAMPIONSHIP OPENER was last modified: July 7th, 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:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more

GET YOUR BALLS AND BATS OUT FOR CRICKET IN THE PARK

first_imgThis Saturday the 13th of September from 1pm-4pm a number of local agencies will deliver a fun cricket extravaganza in the wonderful setting of the Bernard Mc Glinchey Park in Letterkenny.The evening which is part of the One Donegal Programme which is funded through the Inishowen Development Partnership and the EU ERDF Fund will see the Donegal Sports Partnership, Cricket Ireland and St Johnston Cricket Club deliver a cricket in a ‘come n try’ format unsung a new and fun coaching format called the Cricket Factory.Everyone will have an opportunity to participate in some batting, bowling and catching using adapted coaching equipment which was produced to make the sport more accessible to all abilities young and old. An intercultural platform select will also play some local sporting celebrities in a fun game as part of the programme with food and refreshments from some ethnic cuisines.This event is free of charge and is open to anyone to come along. GET YOUR BALLS AND BATS OUT FOR CRICKET IN THE PARK was last modified: September 11th, 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:CricketDONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPFeaturesLetterkenny Town ParkNoticesSportlast_img read more

LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS ON SALE AT O’DONNELL PARK TODAY

first_imgThere will be a very limited number of General Admission tickets on sale at the Ticket Trailer in O’Donnell Park today from 12.30pm for the hurling and football National League double header.Patrons should note that tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.Patrons wishing to purchase tickets are advised to arrive early. Pricing of tickets as follows;Adult €15Senior/Student €10Juvenile €5.  LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS ON SALE AT O’DONNELL PARK TODAY was last modified: March 13th, 2016 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)last_img read more

The incredible statistic which proves Argentina captain Lionel Messi is human

first_imgThe Argentina captain saw his tame spot kick saved during the Group D match against Iceland with the scores finely balanced at 1-1.His most recent miss means he has now missed four of his last seven penalties for both his country and for Barcelona – an alarming 57% of his spot-kicks.In 2016, Messi briefly retired from international football after missing a decisive spot kick during the Copa America Final shootout against Chile.In fact, over his career the little magician has missed 24 of his 103 penalties –  that’s a conversion rate of only 76.69 per cent.And in 2012, he hit the bar against Chelsea from 12 yards in the Champions League semi-final with the scores level on aggregate. 2 While many consider Lionel Messi to be the greatest football player in history, there is one area of his game which lets him down.For some reason, the most naturally gifted player of his generation struggles to take a good penalty. Messi misses a crucial spot kick against Chelsea in 2012 2 The minnows who stunned England at Euro 2016 held on to claim a very respectable 1-1 draw against the South American giants.While his latest miss does not carry quite as much gravitas as his previous misses, the 30-year-old may need to consider getting some serious practice in before Argentina’s next game against Croatia on June 21.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Halles Halldorsson saves Messi’s spot kick in Moscow last_img read more

This amazing Liverpool XI didn’t cost a lot, but is full of world class players

first_img5 Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez were cheap for what they brought Liverpool Getty Ask any fan about Hyppia and they will tell you he is one of the best defenders to pull on a Liverpool shirt. The centre-back was unknown when he arrived from Willem II in 1999 but when he left in 2009 had won two FA Cups and League Cups, the UEFA Cup and the Champions League.MIDFIELDLet’s start with Alonso, one of the most stylish midfielders around. He loves Liverpool and Liverpool loves him, so it would have sent a dagger through their collective hearts when he was sold to Real Madrid for £30m in 2009.James Milner cost nothing in transfer fees when he arrived from Man City in 2015 and has proven to be a valuable asset to Jurgen Klopp’s side and was a key part of their 2017/18 Champions League run. Philippe Coutinho left for Barcelona during that run to the final, but before then the young Brazilian was a smooth operator in Liverpool’s slick attack. He spent five years at the club having joined from Inter in 2013 and became influential in his role as playmaker. 5center_img There was a feeling by some last summer, that Roma and not Liverpool got the better end of the deal that saw Mohamed Salah move to Anfield.The Reds paid £34million for their Egyptian King, which has proven to be a bargain as his 32 Premier League goals won him the Golden Boot and his 10 Champions League efforts fired the club into the final.Will midfield powerhouse Fabinho have a similar effect following his £40m switch from Monaco?Here, talkSPORT.com looks at the great deals Liverpool have made in the Premier League era and below is the resulting bargain XI.GOALKEEPERReina arrived from Villarreal shortly after the 2005 Champions League win and what a signing he turned out to be. Manager Rafa Benitez put his faith in him and with Reina in goal the club won the 2006 FA Cup, reached the Champions League final a year later and won the 2012 League Cup before Brendan Rodgers moved him on in 2013. He also won three successive Golden Glove awards, given to the goalie who keeps the highest number of clean sheets.DEFENCEAndy Robertson joined for an inital £8m from Hull and it didn’t take him long to cement his place as the club’s left-back. On the opposite flank is Alvaro Arbeloa, who Liverpool paid Deportivo La Coruna less than £3m for in 2007, with the Spaniard establishing himself as the main main on the right in the 2008/09 team, better know to supporters as the best side to not win the Premier League.Agger, meanwhile, became a popular figure among the Kop for his composed displays in the heart of defence. Scoring against Chelsea in the 2007 Champions League semi-final enhanced his standing among fans and the former Brondby man even popped into an Anfield pub for a pre-match pint with supporters ahead of the 4-3 win against Man City in 2018. ATTACKMohamed Salah, though his £34m price seemed expensive at the time, certainly can be considered a bargain. His value has quadrupled and won a host of personal awards in his debut season at the club, including the FWA and PFA Footballer of the Season.Suarez, a January 2011 arrival from Ajax, tore defences apart once he settled into life at Anfield and has continued to terrorise defences as a Barcelona player. Talk to any fan and they will probably tell you he is the best Liverpool player of the Premier League era.Sterling isn’t the most popular man on Merseyside, but is a steal at £500,000. He joined from Queens Park Rangers as a 15-year-old in 2010 and pretty soon was an England international and one of the Premier League’s best attackers. Liverpool made a huge profit when they sold him to Man City in 2015 for £49m.What do you think of the team? Academy graduates have been excluded as they have to have joined from elsewhere 5last_img read more

Arsenal complete signing of French youngster

first_imgArsenal have signed 19-year-old Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient for an undisclosed fee.The French midfielder joins Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papostoupolos and Lucas Torreira to become Unai Emery’s fifth signing as Gunners boss. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Guendouzi began his career in PSG’s youth setup before moving to Lorient in 2014.Two years later, he made his first team debut for the club at just 17 and has represented his country as an under-18, under-19 and under-20.He will wear number 29 at the Emirates next season. possible standings NEW ERA Latest Arsenal News Introducing… @MatteoGuendouzi 👋#GunnerGuendouzi 🔴 pic.twitter.com/dHEWi69hIK— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 11, 2018Manager Unai Emery told the club website: “We are delighted Matteo is joining us. He is a talented young player and a lot of clubs were interested in him.“He has big potential and gained good first-team experience last season with Lorient.”He wants to learn and improve and will be an important part of our first-team squad.” targets smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware BIG PRESENTS UP TOP center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas gameday cracker REVEALED REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures LATEST Guendouzi made 18 appearances in Ligue 2 last season 1 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? last_img read more

Reina on brink of Chelsea move with Courtois set for Real Madrid

first_imgIt is being reported by beIN Sports’ Tancredi Palmeri that the Stamford Bridge goalkeeper saga is nearing its end as Reina and Courtois are both now on the verge of completing their transfers.The Belgian number one ran his Chelsea contract down and now has just one year remaining on his current deal.With contract negotiations having broken down, it has been clear for several weeks that Courtois would almost certainly be leaving the club at a discounted rate. Alisson Becker was a target for the Blues, however he has now signed for Liverpool.As a result, the west Londoners are instead pursuing ex-Anfield stopper Pepe Reina with a deal seemingly close to being finalised.Reina worked under Chelsea’s new manager Maurizio Sarri at Napoli and completed a free transfer to Milan earlier this summer after Sarri departed.However, it is claimed he will now bizarrely leave San Siro without playing a single minute for the club. Reina signed for Milan earlier this month, but looks to be on the move again Courtois has proven himself as one of the world’s top goalkeepers 2center_img Chelsea are closing in on an £8m move for Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina, with Thibaut Courtois nearing a £22m Real Madrid switch, according to reports in Italy.The Blues are also on the verge of signing Rob Green as a reserve stopper, with the home-grown player set to undergo a medical on Wednesday afternoon. 2 Pepe Reina arrives at Milanello just in time to join the #DevilsInUSA! @PReina25 per la prima volta a Milanello, pronto a volare con noi negli Stati Uniti! 🙌🏻¡Bienvenido al equipo, Pepe! 🔴⚫#weareacmilan pic.twitter.com/SPozJoe76b— AC Milan (@acmilan) July 22, 2018last_img read more

‘Benitez is brave to criticise Ashley, and he won’t walk away’, talkSPORT told

first_imgSam Allardyce has explained why Rafa Benitez will not walk away from Newcastle, while also praising the Spanish coach for his ‘bravery’ in standing up to owner Mike Ashley.Benitez, the former Liverpool boss, spoke out over a lack of transfers on Wednesday, after he watched his side thrashed 4-0 by Braga in a pre-season friendly. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade ANALYSIS Latest Newcastle news REVEALED Allardyce can see Benitez moving on from St James’ Park, but only if another team comes in for him. Due to the terms of his contract, the former Magpies boss cannot see Benitez walking away any time soon.“I think if a bigger club had already been in for Rafa he would have been gone,” Allardyce continued.“Walking is another matter. The contract is so tight it would probably leave Rafa paying the compensation himself, and I think that’s probably one of the reasons he wouldn’t walk.” Alternative Premier League table based on expected goals – lucky Spurs? REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 2 It was a clear message to Ashley, the Newcastle owner, and comes on the back of Benitez refusing to sign a new contract until given assurances over the club’s budget, and Allardyce feels it was a brave thing for the Spaniard to do in the current footballing climate.Allardyce said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “You’re a very brave man if you go out and criticise the owners, which to be fair is what he is doing.“You have to be very self-confident in that you are criticising Mike Ashley with what you are saying. I don’t know whether they were going to sign anybody on or not.“So if you’re taking that stand, you have to be very conscious of what you are doing, and what you are trying to do is publicly force the owner into spending more money.“And doing that as a manager in today’s world is extremely dangerous; I couldn’t see anybody else doing that!“But Rafa’s brave enough and experienced enough to do it.”With Benitez refusing to put pen to paper on extended terms, Newcastle fans are worried he could leave the club over disagreements with Ashley. Newcastle were routed by Braga on Wednesday smart causal gameday cracker There are fears Benitez could leave Newcastle Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT possible standings Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won targets revealed Prior to that woeful performance in northern Portugal, Newcastle had confirmed the signings of Martin Dubravka – who made his loan deal permanent – Ki Sung-yueng, Fabian Schar, as well as Kenedy, who returned to St James’ Park on loan from Chelsea.A day after the game, Japan forward Yoshinori Muto was awarded a work permit and completed his £9.5million move to Tyneside.Speaking after the defeat to Braga, Benitez said: “When things are not going well off the pitch you can see a reflection on the pitch.“Everything – I’m really worried,” he continued, when asked if he was referring to a lack of recruitment.Benitez remains unsure as to whether he has any money to spend: “I have no idea. The fans have to be concerned, we are concerned. I’m really worried.” Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 2 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 RANKED last_img read more

Spurs renew interest in £55m star after rejected summer bid

first_img Latest transfer news Tottenham have renewed their interest in Lyons star Tanguy Ndombele, according to reports.Ndombele, the midfielder, has emerged as one of the most promising players across all of Europe since joining Lyons, initially on loan, last summer. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets RANKED IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Ndombele has a skill set that could see become one of the most dynamic midfielders in the game over the next few years REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 2 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father TOP WORK Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Still just 21, Ndombele was signed permanently by the Groupama Stadium club earlier this year, and he’s continued putting in excellent performances for Bruno Genesio’s side.A box-to-box midfielder who has earned positive comparisons with Tottenham’s own Mousa Dembele, Ndombele was reportedly a target of Spurs’ over the summer. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST moving on Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Ndombele recently earned his debut senior France call-up targets LIVING THE DREAM 2 The Lilywhites are said to have had a £40million bid rejected by Lyons for the youngster, who has just received his first senior France call-up for their upcoming clashes against Iceland and Germany.Despite that summer rejection Spurs remain keen on Ndombele, and The Mirror claims Mauricio Pochettino has made the youngster the club’s prime target for when the transfer window reopens in January. three-way race Manchester City are also said to be keeping tabs on Ndombele, having been impressed by the midfielder’s performance last month in Lyons’ shock Champions League defeat of Pep Guardiola’s side.It is believed Lyons will now be looking to receive upwards of £55million for Ndombele if they are to sell him in January.last_img read more

England legend John Barnes sends warning to Sterling and Rashford

first_imgBarnes urged the English public and the national press not to get carried away by the result in Seville – England’s first victory in Spain in 31 years and Spain’s first competitive home defeat in 15 years – saying Southgate’s young charges still have a long way to go to be ready to win a tournament.“Let’s just be happy with what we’ve done,” he added.“If we play like this for, five or six games on the spin, then we can get carried away.“We’ve had lots of false dawns in the past… “It’s not their fault, they’re young, they’re inexperienced and with that comes inconsistency – that’s what we’ve seen so far from this England team.“On a one-off, they can do this, but to win a tournament we have to play like this consistency.“We’ve got fantastic potential, but they have to continue.”Listen back to John Barnes on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above. 3 Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford may have been the match-winners for England in their stunning victory over Spain, but John Barnes says they still need to show more consistency in a Three Lions shirt.Both players were the target of criticism ahead of the UEFA Nations League crunch match in Seville, with Sterling enduring a three-year goal drought for his country and Rashford missing a host of chances in the 0-0 draw with Croatia.But both proved their doubters wrong with brilliant displays of finishing against Spain, leading England to a 3-2 win. Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford celebrate with England captain Harry Kane, who assisted two of their goals against Spain 3 getty It was fantastic to see Raheem Sterling finally break his three-year goals drought for England 3 England boss Gareth Southgate named another young team to face Spain, and they rose to the occasion It was an outstanding display from Gareth Southgate’s men, who ran riot in the first-half, but Barnes has urged supporters not to get carried away with the result and says the England stars need to produce their best on a more consistent basis.“Sterling and Rashford, they were brilliant last night, particularly in the first-half,” said the former England winger on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Raheem showed the quality he actually has, and so did Marcus, but we want to see it on a consistent level.“We know the potential they have and we know in any given occasion they can produce what they produced last night.“But what we have to see from them is consistency, that we expect them to do that every time they put on an England shirt.”last_img read more

Usain Bolt leaves Central Coast Mariners after trial with Australian club ends

first_img Usain Bolt has left Aussie club Central Coast Mariners Usain Bolt’s dreams of becoming a professional football has hit a huge snag, with the announcement that his trial at Australian club Central Coast Mariners is over.The A-League outfit confirmed on Friday morning they were parting ways with the 32-year-old, who was on an indefinite trial. The eight-time Olympic gold medalist played 95 minutes in two trial games for the side, scoring two goals.Bolt was offered a contract by the Mariners, but the club said it would need investment from a third party to make the deal happen.The club, Bolt and his agent Ricky Simms were in talks over a commercial-based deal with the Australian club, but said they will not be “able to settle on a suitable deal in a timely manner”.The Jamaican said: “I would like to thank the Central Coast Mariners owners, management, staff, players and fans for making me feel so welcome during my time there. I wish the club success for the season ahead.” 2 2center_img Bolt wore the number 95 – a nod to his world record 9.58 100m time Bolt’s brace came in a friendly against Macarthur South West United, with on-loan strike partner Ross McCormack saying: “If he pulls it all together, he can be some threat”.But former Republic of Ireland international Andy Keogh – who plays for Perth Glory – was less taken by Bolt, saying the sprint star had a first touch “like a trampoline” and that giving him a pro deal would be “farcical”.Central Coast Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth wished Bolt well for the future.He said: “Despite the fact that we could not come to an agreement that would continue Usain Bolt’s football journey with the Central Coast Mariners, we’ve been thrilled to have the Olympic champion sprinter and world record holder as part of our club for these past eight weeks.“For the Mariners, it’s been a pleasure to work with Usain as he pursued his desire to become a professional football player. We wish @usainbolt all the best in his future endeavours and thank him for being a part of the Mariners Family. BREAKING NEWS: Usain Bolt Update ⚡️https://t.co/Lfi4ccmcMA#CCMFC #ALeague pic.twitter.com/Th1y8sjrvI— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) November 2, 2018“From day one, Usain dedicated himself to being part of the Mariners. He integrated very well into the team and made great strides as a footballer.“Most notable, was his performance in Campbelltown where he scored two goals helping the Mariners secure a 4-0 win against Macarthur South West United.“Whilst we understand that Usain will not be part of the club going forward, the Central Coast Mariners wish him all the best in his future endeavours and we hope that opportunities arise to collaborate in other capacities in the future.”last_img read more

KILLYBEGS WOMAN WINS TV3’S OLDEST WORKING WOMAN AWARD

first_imgA Killybegs woman has been voted TV3’s oldest working woman.Mary Lafferty may be 89 years old but work is her middle name.She works on a voluntary basis at Killybegs Community Hospital Day Centre. She works five days a week from Mary works from 9.50 am to 4.30 pm. Mary can be found putting all the day centre clients, some of whom are many years younger than her, through their daily exercise routines.Mary works because she wants to work and says he also gets great job satisfaction and a sense of belonging from working in the day centre.She celebrated her ninth year working at the day centre yesterday.Mary says she will retire if the day centre decides to let her go and if no else offers her a job. At the beginning of April, Friends of the Elderly in association with TV3’s Midweek and Ireland AM began a nationwide search to find the oldest working man and woman in Ireland.Members of the public were able to vote for their favourite by a text vote.Every person that was nominated will receive a Certificate of Merit from Friends of the Elderly.As part of her prize Mary receive a luxury weekend break for two at Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa, Rosslare, Co. Wexford. The other four finalists will also receive an overnight stay in Kelly’s Resort Hotel and Spa.The only problem Mary has now is finding the time and getting the weekend off to fit in her prize in her hectic schedule! EndsKILLYBEGS WOMAN WINS TV3’S OLDEST WORKING WOMAN AWARD was last modified: May 5th, 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:Mary LaffertyTV3last_img read more

SINN FEIN HIT BACK AT SENATOR HARTE OVER A5 ROW

first_imgSinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has accused Senator Jimmy Harte of demonstrating ‘extreme laziness’ in researching politics while pursuing his anti-Sinn Féin agenda.Cllr Murray hit back at the Labour man in the row over the A5 road improvement which has been mothballed due to the lack of cash.“I read with extreme bemusement, Senator Harte’s attack on Sinn Féin’s commitment to the A5 project in the Stormont Executive.  Does he have any idea what’s going on?” asked Cllr Murray. “Sinn Féin along with all members of the executive in the north has, just this week, reiterated our commitment to live up to the financial commitment to the A5 project as set out in the St. Andrew’s Agreement.“This same week, Senator Harte’s own Fine Gael/ Labour government stated that the original commitment from the Dáil of €400m would be reduced to just 10% of that figure.“Senator Harte is again guilty of extreme laziness in his research of politics while pursuing his anti-Sinn Féin agenda. This clumsy approach to politics was also demonstrated recently when he made the same mistake on our position to water charges.“We will continue to drive the A5 agenda forward in both governments on this island, despite these disappointing distractions from Senator Harte.” © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com SINN FEIN HIT BACK AT SENATOR HARTE OVER A5 ROW was last modified: November 16th, 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:a5 roadJack Murrayjimmy hartelabourSinn Feinlast_img read more

STAND-OFF AS TRAVELLER GROUP MOVE INTO BALLYBOFEY CAR-PARK

first_imgCaravans attempt to move into the supermarket car-park in BallybofeyA tense stand-off is taking place in Ballybofey after a number of traveller families tried to move into a car park.Initially just a couple of caravans tried to move into Kavanagh’s Supervalu close to Finn Park.But a number of other camper vans soon arrived a short time later. Gardai were called and a stand-off has ensued.No arrests have been made but negotiations are ongoing to try and resolve the situation.One eye-tiness said the situation developed very quickly.“A couple of caravans arrived and there were words. “But just a few minutes later the entire place was covered in mobile homes – it was as if they came out of nowhere.“There have been raised voices and the Gardai have arrived. It’s getting hot and heavy.”  STAND-OFF AS TRAVELLER GROUP MOVE INTO BALLYBOFEY CAR-PARK was last modified: August 3rd, 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:Ballybofeycar parkKavanagh supervaluTravellerslast_img read more

GAA NEWS: GAOTH DOBHAIR U-12 HURLERS LAND COUNTY TITLE

first_imgGaoth Dobhair’s brilliant U-12 hurling team took the title back to the westIn the recent U12 Hurling ‘C ‘Final Gaoth Dobhair travelled to Burt in what was a repeat of the league fixture a week earlier.In that league game Burt beat Gaoth Dobhair by a point that night. One week later Gaoth Dobhair turned the tables and ran out winners in what was a fiercely contested final played in windy and wet conditions.Burt opened the scoring and went into a 3-0 lead. The lads from Gaoth Dobhair woke up and scored points from Eoin De Burca and Dáithí Óg Roberts before Burt pulled away again with the wind at their backs. Burt led at the interval 0.5-0.3 Gaoth Dobhair and Burt went hell for leather during the second half. Burt started the stronger and bombarded the Gaoth Dobhair goal but just couldn’t score.Gaoth Dobhair were able to clear their lines with Aodán Breathnach and Gavin Mac Giolla Comhaill impressive.Gaoth Dobhair clawed back to 5-5 thanks to points from Dáithí Óg .It looked like a draw and extra time but for 2 frees from Dáithí Óg, the last one with the last puck of the ball to round off a great season for the Gaoth Dobhair lads. This was their first season u12 on their own having played under Cú Uladh, an amalgamation of Dungloe and Gaoth Dobhair, last year.Most of this team will be u12 again next year so things are looking good for hurling.A special thanks to James Hartnett who threw his Dungloe hat into the ring with Gaoth Dobhair this year.Maith Sibh a ghasúirí Gaoth Dobhair!! GAA NEWS: GAOTH DOBHAIR U-12 HURLERS LAND COUNTY TITLE was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA NEWS: GAOTH DOBHAIR U-12 HURLERS LAND COUNTY TITLElast_img read more

SO MOTE IT BE: A RAMELTON MAN IN THE CONFEDERATE ARMY IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

first_imgJohn Patton’s Parole following his capture at Vicksburg in 1863BY DAMIEN SHIELS: Taken from his book The Irish In the American Civil War and reproduced on Donegal Daily with his permission.Surviving the American Civil War was no guarantee of a long and healthy life. Donegal native John Patton had served with distinction throughout the four years of conflict, first with the New Orleans Crescent Rifles and subsequently in the 1st Mississippi Light Artillery.Despite all the hazards he had endured, death came for him at the age of only 33, in 1872. He had been in the United States for a total of fifteen years, but in that time he had become firmly embedded in the New Orleans community. He was also a dedicated member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, a group that accorded him every honour on his death. One of his fellow masons was also a journalist, who penned a heartfelt tribute to his friend in a local newspaper, ending his tribute with the quintessentially masonic phrase ‘So Mote it Be.’ Born in Ramelton, Co. Donegal in 1838, John Patton emigrated to New Orleans in 1854 at the age of sixteen. It is probable he was a member of Quitman Lodge No. 76 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons prior to the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861.Serving initially in Company A of the New Orleans Crescent Rifles, he joined Company I of the 1st Mississippi Light Artillery in Yazoo City on 3rd May 1862, signing on for ‘three years or the war.’It would appear his service with the Mississippi Light almost ended as soon as it began, as he quickly found himself confined sick in hospital, where he would remain for a number of weeks in the late summer and early autumn.Eventually returning to his command, he and Company I became part of the force tasked with the defence of Vicksburg, the ‘Gibraltar of the Confederacy.’ He fought at the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou in late December 1862, helping to defeat the first Federal efforts to gain control of the vital strategic city. During the siege of Vicksburg the following year John played a central role in his company’s activities, particularly after his commanding officer Lieutenant Bowman fell ill. When the city eventually surrendered to Ulysses Grant and the Union on 4th July 1863 John, now a First Sergeant, became a prisoner for the first time.He gave his parole and was eventually exchanged, and after a period as an Orderly Sergeant at Camp Cahaba in Alabama he rejoined his unit in the defences around Mobile. That August his commanding officer, recognising his organisational capabilities, recommended the Ramelton man for the position of Lieutenant and Adjutant, and he was duly appointed in November, 1864.He still held this position in April 1865, when the he was captured for a second time in what was his final action of the war, the campaign against Fort Blakely in April 1865. He was imprisoned for a time on Ship Island before returning to civilian life, having survived the trials of war. When illness eventually took him in 1872, his friends sought to make sure the Irish immigrant would not be forgotten.Here is John Patton’s obituary as it appeared in 1872:Death of Capt. John Patton. In our last issue the following notice appeared: DIED: In New Orleans on Friday morning, April 12, 1872, at 11 o’clock, of congestion of the brain, JOHN PATTON, aged 33 years 11 months and 8 days, a native of Ireland, and for the last fifteen years a resident of this city.It was not our intention to pass with so brief a mention the death of a worthy citizen and personal friend, but the lateness of the hour at which the melancholy intelligence was received precluded, until this issue, our paying to his memory an appropriate tribute.John Patton is dead. We are not often called upon to chronicle the passing away of so bright and noble a spirit as his. In his life there was a much for young men to emulate, much that added beauty to the world’s life. By his death a chord in the great and many toned lyre of nature has been broken. A bud has blossomed forth, and withered, and gone from among us to shine, let us trust, like a star upon the tree of immortal life. A good citizen in time of war and peace, a true friend, a loving brother, a devoted son, a faithful and affectionate husband has been taken from those he loved, and who loved him.He will meet with them around the family circle on this earth no more forever.Mr. Patton was an Irishman. He was born in Ramelton, Co. Donegal, on the 4th of May, 1838. Fortune did not smile upon his birth, but careing nothing for her frowns he immigrated when sixteen years of age, in 1854, and at the instance of the lamented John McFarland, who sacrificed his life with unselfish devotion upon the altar of Southern independence, John Patton cast his lot with the people of the South. He had qualities that eminently fitted him to hew his pathway through the rocks of life. He was just and true to all with whom he came in contact, and by his integrity, his independence, his manliness and his sterling business qualities, he soon won in his adopted country the confidence of those who knew him. With hundreds of friends he probably had not a single enemy. When the tocsin of war resounded throughout the length and breadth of the land, he was among the first to volunteer, and upon the 4th of April, 1861, marched as a private soldier with Company A, New Orleans Crescent Rifles, to the battle fields of Virginia. His term of service having expired, he re-enlisted in the 1st Mississippi Artillery Regiment, with which command he participated in the battle of Chickasaw Bayou and the siege of Vicksburg. Being made prisoner, he was for a time in the Federal military prison on Ship Island. After he was exchanged he participated in the desperate and bloody engagement at Blakely, Alabama, just before the surrender of Mobile, and laid down his arms at the general surrender. For his zealous attachment to the Confederate cause and his known gallantry he was promoted through all the non-commissioned grades; and during the last years of service held the rank of Captain and Adjutant of his regiment. No native son of the South put forth his energies in her defence with more earnestness. None gave his service with less thought of personal sacrifice. In all ages Erin has boasted of the bravery of her children; she has cause to be prouder of none more than him. The war being over, he returned to New Orleans with but little more of this world’s goods than were his when, eleven years before, as an immigrant Irish boy, he placed his foot upon American soil. His native energies had not deserted him, and he soon, by his unsurpassed business qualifications, occupied a position among the merchants of that city of which a much older man might well be proud.On Friday last, the 12th inst., he closed his eyes in that long sleep that knows no earthly waking, and on the succeeding day his remains were escorted to their final resting place by Quitman Lodge, No. 76, A., F. and A. M. (La.), and interred with all the honors and mystic rites of that most honorable and ancient order, there to remain until the general resurrection of the just. With them may we permitted to say: “The will of God is accomplished. So mote it be.” (1)References & Further ReadingJohn Patton Civil War Service Record, 1st Mississippi Light Artillery.The Semi-Weekly Citizen (Jackson) 19th April 1872. Death of Capt. John Patton.Company I, First Mississippi Light Artillery Marker at the Vicksburg BattlefieldCivil War Trust Battle of Vicksburg PageCivil War Trust Battle of Fort Blakely PageVicksburg National Military ParkHistoric Blakely State ParkThe letter recommending that John Patton be promoted to Adjutant of the 1st Mississippi Light Artillery, August, 1864SO MOTE IT BE: A RAMELTON MAN IN THE CONFEDERATE ARMY IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR was last modified: September 28th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Confederate ArmyDamian ShieldsJohn PattonRameltonlast_img read more

COLEMAN WILL NOT BE IN TEAM FOR EUROS – GILES

first_imgIrish soccer legend Johnny Giles has said he does not believe Donegal soccer star Seamus Coleman will be in the Irish team for this summer’s European Championships.The former Republic of Ireland and Leeds star was highly critical of the Irish management team for not experimenting with players in last night’s friendly with the Czech Republic.The RTE pundit said the Everton star should make the panel but that Trapatonni is set in his ways and will not change in time for Poland. “I don’t think Coleman will get into the team for the European Championships because he is not getting a chance now.“Coleman did not even get on the pitch. It was a good opportunity for Coleman and McClean..”I don’t think he has any intention of playing the likes of Coleman.“It is a problem not to have enough matches. He knows what McGeady and Duff can do.“It is important to give other players can do. He does not what Coleman or McCarthy can do,” he said. There was also disappointment at the Aviva stadium for Shane Duffy – another player with strong Donegal connections.The Everton player, who was born in Derry but whose dad is from Letterkenny, also failed to get a run out.   COLEMAN WILL NOT BE IN TEAM FOR EUROS – GILES was last modified: March 1st, 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:Johnny Gilesseamus colemanTrapatonnilast_img read more

DONEGAL GARDAI CRACKDOWN ON UNACCOMPANIED ‘L’ DRIVERS

first_imgGARDAI have launched a crackdown on ‘L’ drivers on Donegal’s roads driving without qualified motorists.A number of young men appeared at Letterkenny District Court today charged with driving without a full licence.Judge Denis McLoughlin issued fines in several cases today. In one – involving a man from Termon – Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said the defendant had been accompanied by another driver when stopped by a Garda patrol, but that driver also had a provisional licence.The motorist was also found to have had no NCT and no tax.In another case a €100 fine was issued to a student who had since passed his test.The cases today are the latest before local courts following a crackdown on young motorists driving without full licences.Gardai suspect hundreds of motorists are using Donegal’s roads every day without full licences.A clampdown on certain dates in March and April this year found almost half of ‘L’ drivers were on the roads here without an experienced motorist.Assistant Garda Commissioner John O’Mahoney said at the time that the Garda would continue to focus on learner drivers to ensure greater compliance.“We especially wish to remind all learner permit-holders of their legal obligations with regard to displaying L-plates, being accompanied by qualified drivers at all times and motorway restrictions,” he said.“Driving is a skill which must be practised to improve that skill. As a learner you are doing exactly that – learning to drive.”DONEGAL GARDAI CRACKDOWN ON UNACCOMPANIED ‘L’ DRIVERS was last modified: November 12th, 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:DONEGAL GARDAI CRACKDOWN ON UNACCOMPANIED ‘L’ DRIVERSlast_img read more

DEVASTATED MUM LORRAINE GALLAGHER PAYS TRIBUTE TO HER TRAGIC DAUGHTERS

first_imgDD EXCLUSIVE: The heartbroken mother of tragic Shannon Gallagher has said her daughters were the “lights of my life.”Tragic Shannon comforts mum Lorraine at sister Erin’s funeral a few short weeks agoIn her first interview, devastated Lorraine Gallagher told Donegal Daily she was just numb by her daughter Shannon’s death.Lorraine, 36, spoke after her eldest daughter was found dead just six weeks after her other daughter Erin also took her own life. Erin, 13, was found dead at the family’s home in Ballybofey on October 27th.Her elder sister Shannon was found in Castlefin on Wednesday night.Shannon, who would have been 16 on Christmas Day, comforted her mum Lorraine as they buried Erin just six weeks ago.But just weeks after the heartbreaking funeral, Lorraine is now preparing to bury her other daughter this Saturday. Erin GallagherLast night Lorraine, speaking through her solicitor Patsy Gallagher, paid tribute to both of her “beautiful” daughters.“Erin and Shannon were the lights of our lives. They were as close as any two sisters could be.“We are just devastated by what has happened and we just can’t say anymore. We are all just numb.“We are lost for words to describe how beautiful they were and what they meant to us.“We just cannot understand what has happened or why it has happened. There are no answers. We are just being asked for time to grieve and to give Shannon a proper burial. “We are asking people including the media to respect our privacy and allow us time to bury Shannon with respect and dignity.”The family’s solicitor Patsy Gallagher has reiterated the family’s plea for privacy at this time.“I appreciate there will be a level of media interest but I would appeal to the media to respect the family’s privacy at this time,” he saidShannon’s remains were brought back to the family home this evening for burial after funeral mass at St Mary’s Church in Stranorlar on Saturday at 11am. How we broke the dreadful news yesterday morning:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2012/12/13/heartache-as-sister-of-tragic-erin-also-takes-her-own-life/DEVASTATED MUM LORRAINE GALLAGHER PAYS TRIBUTE TO HER TRAGIC DAUGHTERS was last modified: December 15th, 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:Erin GallagherfuneralLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagherSUICIDElast_img read more

MURPHY WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN CONVINCING PLAYERS TO STAY – CHAIRMAN

first_imgMichael Murphy was instrumental in convincing a number of Donegal’s veteran stars not to pack in the county team at the end of last season.Michael is already pondering next year’s All Ireland championship!The claim was made by county chairman Sean Dunnion while paying tribute to the Glenswilly man at a civic reception in his honour yesterday.Dunnion, who also works with Donegal County Council, did not name names as to who exactly was planning to hang their boots up. It is understood that a number of the team’s older players were considering stepping aside after the heavy defeat by Mayo in the All-Ireland quarter final.But the Four Masters man said the Donegal captain did speak with a number of players and convinced them they still had plenty to offer their county.Dunnion and others paid tribute to the 24 year old who was nominated for a civic reception by Cllr Ciaran Brogan.   MURPHY WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN CONVINCING PLAYERS TO STAY – CHAIRMAN was last modified: December 16th, 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:donegalMichael MurphySean Dunnionlast_img read more

FINN VALLEY LEISURE CENTRE NOMINATED FOR A NATIONAL AWARD

first_imgThe new year brought encouraging news for the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar as its most recent project – the leisure centre – has been short listed for an award in the 8th annual LAMA Community and Council Awards in association with IPB.The winner will be announced at a black tie ceremony hosted by Miriam O Callaghan in the Crowne Plaza ib Santry on January 25th.Nominated in the category best community based initiative by Donegal Co Co who have worked in partnership throughout with Finn Valley AC on the project which came to fruition in the Autumn of 2013. Valley A C chair Patsy Mc Gonagle described it as “a fantastic achievment to make the finals.”He thanked council staff  for their work on the nomination. FINN VALLEY LEISURE CENTRE NOMINATED FOR A NATIONAL AWARD was last modified: January 5th, 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:awardFinn Valley ACNominationpatsy mcgonaglelast_img read more

‘WE HAVE TO TAKE A STAND FOR DONEGAL’ – FIANNA FAIL

first_imgCllr Ciaran Brogan, leader of Fianna Fail on the councilBreaking News: THE following is a statement just released by Fianna Fail tonight:Fianna Fail is not in a position to support this Budget.We have worked tirelessly over the last number of weeks to look for the positives contained within this Budget book and unfortunately the negative aspects which this budget will inflict upon the people do not allow us to be in a position to support a Budget which includes no extra provision for our Roads within our County. As well as the fact that year on year we do not have enough money to maintain our Housing stock.We do not believe that the Budget before us here today goes far enough in providing for the tenants and road users within our County.This is all happening while we are prepared to simply give away assets within our County to the value of €355 million.We feel this is unjust and are dissatisfied that we as members of this authority have not been fully informed as to the circumstances of this give away. The fact the Water function has been taken away from Donegal County Council is a massive cause of concern for us.We find ourselves with a Minister who is not prepared to listen to anyone even his own Party members where he was begged to desist from basically privatising the Water Function.This culminating in Phil Hogan ramming legislation through the Daíl & Seanad where he wasn’t even prepared to listen to opposition thoughts or consider amendments which they wished to make.This is simply undemocratic and the fact that our President had to sign the bill into law on Christmas Day shows the audacity and level of contempt which this Government has shown to the People of Ireland.In Donegal water is a huge resource which we value and have invested in as a Council and as a people over a long number of years, through huge capital investment and many group water schemes throughout a huge rural County providing a quality service to our People. As of the 1st of October this year everyone will be charged for water without proper discussion with the public.We are informed that our assets have been valued at €355 million and that the debts which we have on the assets is €48 million for this year we are being allocated €29 million from Irish water towards 219 staff, for the running, maintaining and the billing of our water services.This we are told is to be reviewed next year but from October Irish Water will take over all of the billing and control of our Water Service.This is not Putting People First as this Government pretends to be doing. There are huge concerns out there from our people on the ground because of the recruitment embargo in place where we are unable to provide a proper service.We have asked to meet Irish Water and feel that by Irish water not meeting with the Elected Council shows us that the service delivery will be secondary and that profits will be the central issue within this new regime.Our 219 staff members working within the water Section are still unsure as to where they stand in this whole situation and the public simply don’t know who to contact if there is a burst and indeed are of the opinion that if they contact Irish Water that they will be charged for doing so.Whilst we are disappointed that the Budget book does not provide enough for Donegal we feel it would be disingenuous of us to support a budget which does not provide enough funding from this Government to adequately service the County.Nobody can deny the fact that our roads infrastructure is suffering massively from the cut backs being brought to bear upon Donegal by this Government.At a time when we should be investing more in our roads to bring them up to an acceptable standard as well as provide employment for our citizens we find that our Government is intent on cutting and scrapping revenue streams for our Roads network.The Eu Co-Financed scheme which was so important to the strategic routes within our County has been scrapped, The LIS programme as been done away with, Our allowance from the NRA has been halved this Year alone.We simply cannot stand for this.The burden upon the retail and commercial sector across our County has not been adequately supported in this Budget book this despite the fact that The Minister has asked each Council to reduce the Rates on business’s.We hear on a daily basis how the public have difficulties accessing this Council by telephone as well as many other problems which have not been addressed within this Budget Book.We have a massive shortage of Money to deal with maintenance of our Housing Stock and again this matter has not been addressed within the Budget Book.We are resolute in the opinion that more Money must be provided for Housing and that more resources must be afforded to this section.We the Fianna Fail party are taking a stand on behalf of the People of Donegal who are burdened beyond their means with bills from this Government.We cannot ask people to pay for water which is being delivered through an inadequate infrastructure where they simply cannot afford to do so.With the Water function being taken away from the Council, Irish Water will have the power to increase the cost of Water Year on Year and we cannot and will not stand for that. We have always tried to be prudent and measured during the Budgetry process and this time we are no different.We will be voting against the budget because we believe it to be in the best interest of Donegal and it’s People as we cannot support the measures being introduced within the Budget book.‘WE HAVE TO TAKE A STAND FOR DONEGAL’ – FIANNA FAIL was last modified: January 7th, 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:donegal councilfianna faillast_img read more

VICE-CHAIRMAN OF DONEGAL ETB EXPRESSES CONCERN AT JUNIOR CERT REFORM

first_imgThe vice-chairman of Donegal Education & Training Board has expressed concerns about proposed reforms to the Junior Certificate structure.Peter CutliffePeter Cutliffe said he has spoken to teachers about how the new reforms are going to be introduced to schools.And he says the reaction has been that there simply has been enough consultation with teachers by the Department of Education. “The core of these proposals seem to be to move from exams to continuous assessment of students. We need more consultation with the Department of Education & the Minister as to implications for teachers , students & administrators .“One of the concerns voiced is that teachers will be expected to assess their own students , which might promote inequalities between schools.“There will be extra demand on resources & at the same time opportunities to possibly employ more teachers in assessing students if these proposals are discussed properly in my opinion,” he concluded.  VICE-CHAIRMAN OF DONEGAL ETB EXPRESSES CONCERN AT JUNIOR CERT REFORM was last modified: January 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:donegalETBJunior CertPeter Cutliffelast_img read more

NORTH WEST 10K REACHES €656,000 AS THIS YEAR’S CHARITIES REVEALED

first_imgCommittee members and sponsors of this year’s North-West 10K at last night’s launch.The North West 10K road race and walk has raised a staggering €656,000 for 29 deserving Donegal charities, it was revealed last night.The amazing figure was disclosed as details of this year’s event in Letterkenny were announced.Proceeds from the race, which takes place on Sunday May 4th, will go to two charities – the Conwal Parish Church Restoration Fund and the Letterkenny Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. Once again both Donegal Daily and Brian McCormick Sports are the main sponsors of the event.Grace Boyle sees how far this year’s t-shirt sponsorship with Evolve Menswear will stretch to!It is hoped that more than 3,000 walkers and runners will again get under starter’s orders for this year’s event which gets underway at 2pm.Editor of Donegal Daily, Stephen Maguire, said the website was delighted to once again get behind the event.“The North West 10K gets bigger and better each year. It is a real community event which puts everything back into the community. “We are proud to get behind it and to support the two  man charities and many other charities which will also benefit from the event,” he said.Entry fee for runners will be €15 while walkers will be €10.Pre-entry will be available in the days before the event to avoid the queues.The first 2,500 will once again be guaranteed the cool NW 10K t-shirts which many are still wearing during their training regimes since last year’s event.We will bring you regular updates leading up to the event on Donegal Daily. In the meantime you can also log on to www.northwest10k.comNORTH WEST 10K REACHES €656,000 AS THIS YEAR’S CHARITIES REVEALED was last modified: March 4th, 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:Conwal Parish ChurchdonegalDyslexia AssociationletterkennyNorth West 10kracelast_img read more

RALLY FAN RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER BEING HIT BY CAR DURING RACE

first_imgA RALLY fan has suffered injuries after being hit by a car during Stage 12 of today’s Donegal International Rally.The victim has been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital.His injuries are not life-threatening. The rally has resumed at Stage 13.Today’s accident happened outside Termon where several other spectators had to dive out of the way of a rally car which appeared to lose control.   RALLY FAN RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER BEING HIT BY CAR DURING RACE was last modified: June 21st, 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:crashdonegal rallyTermonlast_img read more

DONEGAL PHONE USERS TO GET CHEAPER CALLS FROM TODAY

first_imgMobile phone users across Donegal will get cheaper phonecalls from today on.As of today the EU will cut roaming charges for people living in the border counties traveling through Northern Ireland.Deputy Joe McHugh has welcomed the move saying some roaming charges will drop by as much as half from today on. “With the number of people travelling throughout Europe increasing, either for work, family purposes or just for leisure, there was a very high demand for a reduction in roaming charges.“Many people living in border counties, who are travelling regularly, sometimes even daily, through Northern Ireland, this will have a very positive impact on their phone costs.“Under the new charges, the cost of data roaming will be down from 40 to 20 cents per megabyte (plus VAT), making a call will be down from 24 cents a minute to 19 cents a minute and sending a text will go from 8 cent a text to 6 cent a minute.“While there are still calls across Europe for the complete end to roaming charges across Europe, this reduction is a positive step and will help those away from home to stay in touch with family or reduce the costs for small businesses who need to travel for work,” he said. A full list of the new charges can be found below –• Type of mobile activity in the EU 2013 caps (before VAT) 2014 caps (before VAT) Decrease• Making a call 24 cents per min 19 cents per min 21%• Receiving a call 7 cents per min 5 cents per min 28.5 %• Sending a text message 8 cents 6 cents 25 % • Downloading data / browsing 45 cents per MB 20 cents per MB 55.5 %DONEGAL PHONE USERS TO GET CHEAPER CALLS FROM TODAY was last modified: July 1st, 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:deputy joe mchughdonegalMOBILE PHONEroaming chargeslast_img read more

DDTV – COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: RORY PENS ANOTHER ODE TO JIMMY!

first_imgHe’s done it again!!!That man Rory Gallagher who still has us singing Jimmy’s Winning Matches after every game in Croke Park, has penned a brilliant poem that will have you pumped for the All-Ireland SFC final against Kerry in two weeks time. Simply click on the video above to enjoy listening to Rory’s latest poem, you won’t be disappointed. DDTV – COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: RORY PENS ANOTHER ODE TO JIMMY! was last modified: September 8th, 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:DDTVFeaturesnewsSportlast_img read more

EUNANS COME OUT ON TOP IN TITANIC SEMI-FINAL BATTLE WITH ST MICHAELS

first_imgSt Eunans are through to the final of the Donegal Senior Championship after a ding dong battle with St Michaels at MacCumhaill Park.Rory Kavanagh was immense for St Eunan’s in their championship semi-final against St Michaels.The massive crowd were treated to a pulsating battle between two determined sides who left just a point between eachother at the end.The Creeslough side went in 2-3 to 0-7 at the interval and there was nothing in it. Goals from Brian McLaughlin and Andrew Kelly gave St Michaels a slight advantage but Darragh Mulgrew managed to pull one back for Maxi Curran’s outfit.Both side gave it their all through the game and swapped points throughout.With just a few minutes left the sides were deadlocked at 2-7 to 1-10.Colm McFadden put Michaels in front from a free but Eunans grabbed the next two scores thanks to Rory Kavanagh and Conor Gibbons to put them a point in front with just two minutes left. Colm McFadden had a difficult chance to snatch a draw a minute into injury time but his effort dropped short.Eunans come out on top on a scoreline of 1-12 to 2-8.Eunans are through to the final and St Michaels will be hugely disappointed but gave it their all.They play the winners of tomorrows other semi-final between current champions Glenswilly and Naomh Conaill.FULL REPORT TO FOLLOW. EUNANS COME OUT ON TOP IN TITANIC SEMI-FINAL BATTLE WITH ST MICHAELS was last modified: October 25th, 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)last_img read more

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

Ocean and Freshwater fishing reports

first_imgOCEAN Yellowfin tuna AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The bite had been starting to turn on for the Morro Bay boats, but then winds blew the bite out. There haven’t been any boats out in the past week and weather forecasts say it would be Tuesday or Wednesday before it would be calm enough for a run. Marlin Fishing has slowed in the past week because of windy conditions that make fishing tough, but it’s still excellent. Many experienced skippers are getting five or six hookups per day. The majority are sticking in a triangle-shaped area from San Diego to Dana Point to the east end of San Clemente. The best areas are the 181, 183 and 43 banks just off San Clemente, but more and more fish are showing behind San Clemente and Catalina islands. These are all spawning groups of two, three and four fish catch-and-release is encouraged. Most of the marlin are 100 to 120 pounds. Bonita Catalina Island is bonitaville this week with wide open action. The bones are salvaging what otherwise might be mediocre trips for bass or yellowtail by providing fast action and full sacks. The bonito are mostly 1 to 5 pounds with the average a solid 3 pounds. An anchovy or small sardine fished on 15-pound monofilament has been an instant bite. There has also been a very good bite of bonito in King Harbor at Redondo Beach for fly and bait anglers or trollers. Most are 2-pound class fish. Yellowtail There are a lot of yellowtail at Catalina Island, but the conditions have been dismal this past week. Winds and fishing pressure made a score of 10 fish the high boat at Catalina this past week. San Clemente Island is also holding a fair number of fish, but they continue not to bite and weather conditions didn’t help. Rockfish The Channel Islands rockfish action has been awesome. Port Hueneme Sportfishing boats have been returning with limits of rockfish for all anglers on board almost every day this past week. PLANTS Trout Los Angeles Bouquet Canyon Creek, Jackson Lake and Pyramid Lake. San Bernardino Gregory Lake and Jenks Lake. Riverside Hemet Lake. Inyo Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Lower, Middle, South Forks, and Intake II), Georges Creek, Diaz Lake, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, North Lake, Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Rock Creek Lake, South Lake, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek. Mono Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Ellery Lake, George Lake, Grant Lake, Green Creek, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lee Vining Creek (South Fork), Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Owens River (Benton Crossing), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (Paradise Camp to Tom’s Place and Tom’s Place upstream to Rock Creek Lake), Rush Creek, Saddlebag Creek, Saddlebag Lake, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Trumble Lake, Twin Lakes Bridgeport, Twin Lakes Mammoth, Virginia Creek, Virginia Lakes. Kern County Kern River (KR No. 3 to Riverside Park, Kernville). Catfish Orange CountyCarr Park Lake, Centennial Park Lake, Eisenhower Lake, Greer Park Lake, Huntington Lake, Mile Square Park Lake, Ralph Clark Regional Park Lake, Tri-City Lake, Yorba Linda Park Lake. FRESHWATER LOS ANGELES COUNTY Castaic Lake For experienced anglers, fishing couldn’t be better, but even beginners are doing well if they can net live shad. Largemouth are busting shad all over the lake and catching more than a dozen bass and some stripers is the norm with live shad. Bass are also biting plastics, topwater and crawdads, but the big surprise has been the great frog bite. Stripers are fairly slow, but that could be because no one is targeting them. Some catfish are being caught on cut baits in shallow coves. For more info: Castaic Landing (661) 775-6232. Ventura County Lake Casitas Some big bass showing again this week with most big bass coming in on plastic worms in 15 feet of water. Three bass more than 10 pounds caught, including a 12-pounder. The trout have slowed, but the catfish bite is the best in Southern California with fish to 20 pounds common. Cats are being caught on mackerel in the Wadleigh Arm, Deep Cat and on the west side of the big island in five- to 10-feet of water. For more info: Lake Casitas Boat Rentals (805) 649-2043. Lake Piru Bass action is improving with anglers catching fish to 6 pounds on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and night crawlers. Most bites are coming near points and in coves in 10-15 feet of water. The most consistent action are trout, which are in 35-40 feet of water near the dam. Most trout are running one-pound and are grabbing Needlefish. For more info: Lake Piru Marina (805) 521-1231. Orange County Irvine Lake According to the Irvine Lake Pro Shop, limits of catfish are coming from all over the lake at night, while only a few are being caught during the day. The best baits have been mackerel, Catmando, shrimp and night crawlers. Most catfish are from 2 to 8 pounds. Bass fishing continues to be excellent at night. Most of the fish are 2 to 5 pounds and are active on topwater baits and drop-shotted worms near Rocky Point and the catfish trees. For more info: Irvine Lake Pro Shop (714) 649-9111. Santa Barbara County Lake Cachuma Cachuma Lake has been very slow except for trout from a boat. Anglers with a boat drifting night crawlers 40-50 feet below the surface near the dam are catching trout, otherwise the bass, red ear and catfish have lockjaw. For more info: Lake Cachuma Marina (805) 688-4040. San Bernardino County Big Bear LakeTrolling leadcore line between two and four colors from the West Ramp to the dam hs been best. Trout fishing improved with cooler weather and fewer boaters this week. Limits of trout to two pounds are common. From a boat, a slip bobber rig is working well for bait anglers. From the bank, bobbers should be set at 20 to 25 feet. Productive baits include dough baits and worms. Catfish and bass are fair on the east end along sandy bottoms to Baker Pond. Crappie and bluegill are hitting small mini jigs and worms along weed beds and docks and in bays on the west end of the lake. For more info: Big Bear Marina (909) 866-3218. San Diego County Lake Cuyamaca The Liquid and Gel Krill craze is on again at Lake Cuyamaca where anglers injecting the liquid into night crawlers and smearing the gel on their lures are catching easy limits of trout. The trout bite is focused near the dyke and the center of the lake. Trollers working this area with shallow running lures and anglers soaking worms are doing well and with another 1,200 pounds slated to be stocked this week, action should persist. The bullhead bite is incredible with most anglers reporting up to 100 fish per day. The fish are grabbing worms and running up to 2 pounds. Crappie on tap for anglers drifting small jigs. For more info: Lake Cuyamaca (877) 581-9904. Lake Jennings Action at Jennings is gradually improving, but the topwater bite is hit and miss. The most reliable bite has been Flukes or Bass Assassins worked in six-to-12 feet of water on the points. The cats are starting to move to deeper water and are being caught off drop-offs and in channels. Boaters are having more success at cats than shore anglers. For more info: Lake Jennings (619) 390-1300. Eastern Sierra Bishop Area Poor weather conditions have slowed fishing some days, but when weather is favorable fishing has been good. South Lake continues to yield action to anglers fishing the inlet with worms and Balls ‘O Fire salmon eggs. Trollers are picking up fish as well with just about anything worked near the surface. The South Fork of Bishop Creek is fishing well for anglers working natural colored or glittered salmon eggs. North Lake and Intake II have been very good as has Lake Sabrina where red and gold Thomas Buoyants and Kastmasters are finding action. For more info: Bishop Creek Lodge (760) 873-4484. Mammoth Area Crowds have dwindled, which has been great for the fishing. When wind isn’t howling trout action has been good throughout the region and in the backcountry. Nearly every water in the region is producing limits of trout to anglers casting spinners, spoons and fishing Power Bait and worms. Stream fishing is very good as water levels have receded and made it easy for anglers to fish Green Label salmon eggs at Convict, Rock, Mammoth, Mc Gee and Sherwin Creek. For more info: Rick’s Sports Center (760) 934-3416. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img There are two congregations of yellowfin tuna Southern California sportboats are targeting. The fish had been scattered by commercial pressure and weather the past two weeks, but there are pockets of fish at 110 to 120 miles southwest of San Diego and another group west of Orange County about 75 miles. Windy conditions much of the past week have made this bite tough, but a few overnight boats and the 1- and two-day boats have managed to get into some fish. Still, it has been difficult with many boats getting skunked or only managing a few fish. Albacore tuna last_img read more

Moorpark upsets T.O.

first_imgDon’t be fooled by that 1-2 nonleague record, Moorpark is a Marmonte League contender. The No. 19 Musketeers served notice Saturday night at Buena High School in Ventura with a convincing 50-28 victory over No. 4 Thousand Oaks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Musketeers sacked quarterback Ryan Cloney five times, three by linebacker Roger Gomez and limited the Lancers (3-1, 0-1) to 14 rushing yards and intercepted Cloney twice. Cloney was 15 of 28 for 229 yards and a touchdown. – Lee Barnathan In other Marmonte League games Saturday: Newbury Park 30, Agoura 23: Jordan Lasecla threw three touchdown passes for No. 16 Newbury Park (3-1, 1-0) in a victory over No. 9 Agoura (3-1, 0-1) at Pacifica High of Oxnard. Lasecla was 27 of 45 for 345 yards and Jordan Cameron had eight catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Dominick Huerta was 30 of 46 for a 405 yards and two touchdowns for Agoura. Sophomore Darrell Scott rushed 27 times for 221 yards and three touchdowns, his last two giving Moorpark (2-2, 1-0) a 50-14 fourth-quarter lead. Moorpark led 29-7 at the half and held Thousand Oaks to 56 total yards in the first half. center_img – Shawn Clingan Simi Valley 48, Calabasas 35: Devin Kelley ran for 169 yards and three scores for Simi Valley (4-0,1-0) at Buena High in Ventura. Bryan Randolph was eight of 12 for 103 yards and three scores for Simi Valley. Kevin May was 11 of 23 for 257 yards and three scores for Calabasas (0-4,0-1). – Rob MacIntyre Beverly Hills 21, Harvard-Westlake 20: After Harvard-Westlake of Studio City’s (3-1) first score, Zach Merman’s extra-point attempt was blocked and proved to be the difference against visiting Beverly Hills. Merman, who joined the team this week after being recruited from the soccer team, missed a 39-yard field goal attempt with 58 seconds remaining. – Steve Collins OLYMPIC LEAGUE Grace Brethren 30, Village Christian 0: Chris McCabe caught touchdowns of 50 and 37 yards for Grace Brethren of Simi Valley (2-2, 1-0) at Kennedy High School in Granada Hills. Village Christian (2-2 0-1) had just 33 yards of offense. – Bryan Rodgers NONLEAGUE Desert Christian 27, Webb 6: Marquise Lawrence rushed 145 yards and two touchdowns for visiting Desert Christian of Lancaster (2-2) against Webb of Claremont (1-3). – Nickie Dobison Saucedo Vasquez 35, Bell-Jeff 14: Joe Perez was 6 of 8 for 85 yards and two touchdowns as Vasquez of Acton (5-0) defeated Bell-Jeff of Burbank (0-3) at Burroughs High. – Steve Collins Chaminade 41, Burroughs 0: Kyle Thompson rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two for Chaminade of West Hills (3-1). Burroughs is 2-2. Jacob H. Pollon Nordhoff 26, Rio Mesa 14: Nordhoff of Ojai (4-0) took a 24-7 halftime lead and held off visiting Rio Mesa of Oxnard (1-3). Tomek Czerwinski caught a 30-yard scoring pass for Rio Mesa. – Mike Johnson Kilpatrick 36, Paraclete 0: Kilpatrick of Malibu (1-3) used a solid rushing attack and dominating defense at Quartz Hill High. Paraclete of Lancaster (1-3) was held to 59 yards of total offense. – Craig Czubik Royal 24, Westlake 21: Curtis Marsh rushed 25 time for 187 yards and Michael Long threw two touchdown passes to Thomas McCormick as Royal of Simi Valley (3-1, 1-0) opened Marmonte League play by beating Westlake (1-3, 0-1) for the first time in 13 years. The game was played at Buena High in Ventura. Long hooked up with McCormick on the game’s first play for a 69-yard touchdown and then on a 17-yard pass for a 14-0 first quarter lead. Westlake quarterback Ryan Campbell passed for 100 yards and scored twice on 1-yard runs. -Lee Barnathan 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

Communist life goes on for Elian Gonzalez

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Now Elian is stepping back into the spotlight, speaking publicly to crowds and to an American news network for the first time since his return to Cuba. Cuban exiles in Miami opposed to Fidel Castro‘s government say the island’s leader is using the boy as a pawn. Castro supporters say Elian was saved from what they call “the Miami mafia” and is lucky to live under Cuba’s socialist system. In Cardenas, 85 miles east of Havana, the perspective is less political. “I can’t say if he’s better off living here or in Miami,” said Antonio Macias, 49, an outdoor cafe manager. “But it does seem like a good thing to me that he’s here with his family.” A 17-year-old student walking with friends agreed. “He’s where he should be,” said Jorge Luis Rodriguez, who plans to become an electrician. “I think he’s happy.” Elian lives with his father, stepmother and younger half-siblings in a home protected from the press by security guards. Authorities also keep journalists from Elian’s classroom at a middle school where children in mustard-color uniforms walk between two-story, blue-and-white buildings on a cozy open-air campus. The school’s director said Elian’s teachers were unavailable for comment. A man who appeared to be another security guard, but identified himself as a gym teacher, told The Associated Press that the boy is a top student and passionate about karate. But while Elian has been sheltered in Cardenas, with Cuban officials saying they want him to have as normal a life as possible, he has been paraded at official events, often sitting in the front row next to his father Juan Miguel, now a Cuban lawmaker. His visibility increased this year. In April, he gave a speech before thousands at a televised event that commemorated the fifth anniversary of his being snatched from his Miami relatives’ home by armed U.S. federal agents. It was his first public address open to the foreign press, and he thanked Cubans and Americans for fighting for his return to the island. “This is a boy who really had no best option,” said Damian Fernandez, director of the Cuban Research Institute at Miami’s Florida International University. “For him there’s no happy ending on either side of the Florida Straits.” Fernandez, a Cuban-American, said he believes the island’s government will keep using Elian as a “symbol that can still rally Cuban nationalism.” But the boy, Fernandez said, is also at the age when Cuban children start questioning the system. “We’ll have to see Elian at 15,” he said. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cuba’s youngest celebrity rides his bike to school past one-story sea-green and peach stucco homes in a coastal city, Cardenas, much like any other in communist Cuba. Revolutionary slogans and pictures of Ernesto “Che” Guevara splatter buildings, and residents pay one Cuban peso – just 4 cents – to ride in horse-drawn carriages serving as buses. The 11-year-old celebrity lives at the end of the city’s main street, near an old stone fort converted into a cafe. He is Elian Gonzalez, the castaway who came to symbolize the divide between Miami and Havana. Almost six years have passed since Elian was found clinging to an inner tube after his mother drowned off the south Florida coast, sparking a high-profile custody battle between his relatives in Miami and his father in Cuba, who ultimately won his son’s return. last_img read more

Robot racers cross desert finish line

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I’m on top of the world,” said Carnegie Mellon robotics professor William “Red” Whittaker. “It’s the greatest day ever for these machines that pound through the desert.” Whittaker said it appeared H1ghlander suffered a technical glitch that allowed Stanford’s robot to overtake it. The sentimental favorite, a Ford Escape Hybrid by students in Metarie, La., was the fourth vehicle to finish Saturday. The team lost about a week of practice and some lost their homes when Hurricane Katrina blew into the Gulf Coast. The race announcer did not immediately declare a winner because 22 out of the 23 robots left the starting line at staggered times at dawn, racing against the clock rather than each other. Two Conejo Valley vehicles – a street-legal Jeep Cherokee entered by Axion Racing of Westlake Village and the tiny four-wheel-drive ATV named Rascal from SciAutonics of Thousands Oaks – failed to finish. PRIMM, Nev. – Four driverless robotic vehicles led by Stanford University on Saturday crossed the finish line of a $2 million Pentagon-sponsored robot race across the rugged Mojave Desert. As Stanford’s Volkswagen robot dubbed Stanley crossed the finish line, a group of Stanford students erupted into cheers and carried their team leader, Sebastian Thrun, on their shoulders. “The impossible has been achieved,” said Thrun, throwing his cap into the crowd. Stanley started in second, but passed the pole position vehicle, a converted red Hummer named H1ghlander, at the 102-mile mark of the 132-mile race. H1ghlander and a customized Humvee named Sandstorm, both by Carnegie Mellon University, also finished the race. “We got less than a mile last year, and we got 30 times as better this time,” said John Porter, head of SciAutonics’ volunteer team. “(We) got something like 28 miles. While it was going, it looked really good. So, we were really pleased.” Porter said he thinks a computer failed on the ATV, which was built for less than $30,000 from his employer, Rockwell Scientific, and private investors. “According to the chase car driver, the car ran off the road and the orange caution light on top went off,” Porter said. “And that indicates one of the computer programs must have frozen.” Axion was told their Jeep – which carried two blue surfboards on the roof – got stuck about the 65-mile mark in a silty dry wash. “There are a couple washouts along the route,” said team leader Bill Kehaly. “This one was filled with silt. We decided to go through it in slow mode.” If there is a competition next year, SciAutonics will participate, Porter said, although he thinks the next step could be governmental funding. “The government wants to harness the technology,” Porter said. “There will be contracts rewarded, and we would like to be a part of that.” Also in his second race – the entry last year broke down before reaching the start line – Kehaly said he has had his fill of autonomous racing. But he sees a possible use for the self-piloting technology: four-seater electric carts operating as autonomous taxis for short low speed trips. “You could call a number and it would come and get you,” Kehaly said. Last year’s much-hyped inaugural robot race ended without a winner when all the self-navigating vehicles broke down shortly after leaving the starting gate. Sandstorm chugged the farthest last year at 7 miles. Of the 23 robots that competed Saturday, all but two beat Sandstorm’s mileage last year. The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, plans to award the prize to the first vehicle to cover the race in less than 10 hours. The taxpayer-funded race was intended to spur innovation and development of remote control-free robots that could be used in the battlefield. Stanley finished the course in less than 7 hours. The unmanned vehicles must use their computer brains and sensing devices to follow a programmed route and avoid hitting obstacles that may doom their chances. Early Saturday, teams were given a CD-ROM with GPS coordinates that chart the exact route. The all-day race, which starts and ends in the casino town of Primm, spans the Mojave Desert on the Nevada side. Vehicles have to drive on rough, winding desert roads and dry lake beds filled with overhanging brush and man-made obstacles. The machines also must traverse a narrow 1.3-mile mountain pass with a steep drop-off and go through three tunnels designed to knock out their GPS signals. To qualify, vehicles competed in a weeklong trial at the California Speedway outside of Los Angeles where they had to zip through a 2.5-mile bumpy track littered with hay bales, traffic cones and junk cars. All 23 finalists completed the course at least once. This year’s field was competitive. Even before Saturday’s race, many teams tested their vehicles in parts of the Southwest desert under racelike conditions including some that practiced on last year’s course from Barstow to Primm. The vehicles were tricked out with the latest sensors, lasers, cameras and radar that feed information to several onboard computers. This, in turn, helps vehicles make intelligent decisions such as distinguishing a dangerous boulder from a tumbleweed and calculating whether a chasm is too deep to cross. Cornell University’s military light strike vehicle traveled about 20 miles when it failed to across a bridge. Team members were trying to figure out what went wrong. “We’re at a loss,” said Ephrahim Garcia, a Cornell mechanical engineer. “It’s a disappointment.” Each contestant was followed by a chase vehicle. To ensure safety, a judge in the chase vehicle could pause a robot during the race, stopping the 10-hour clock without penalty. The judge also could press a kill switch if the robot was headed toward danger, ending its chances of winning. The so-called Grand Challenge race is part of the Pentagon’s effort to cut the risk of casualties by fulfilling a congressional mandate to have a third of all military ground vehicles unmanned by 2015. The military currently has a small fleet of autonomous ground vehicles stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the machines are remotely controlled by a soldier who usually rides in the same convoy. The Pentagon wants to eliminate the human factor and use self-thinking robotic vehicles to ferry supplies in war zones. 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

Trip back in time

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – If this plane could talk, it would spin heart-wrenching tales of flying Richard Nixon home after he resigned as president in 1974 and of jetting Jimmy Carter to meet the 51 American hostages released only after he lost his bid for re-election. One of the most recognized aircraft in the world, this blue-and-white presidential jet would have the inside scoop on the favorite snacks of traveling presidents – jelly beans for Mr. Reagan, fresh strawberries for Mr. Ford. It would chuckle fondly at the stumbling Gerald Ford as he stepped off this majestic Boeing 707. And it might wipe a tear recalling the memory of the unlikely trio of former Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter traveling together to Egypt to represent the U.S. at the funeral of assassinated President Anwar Sadat. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Air Force One, tail number 27000, served seven presidents over 28 years – from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush. This flying White House was decommissioned in 2001 and dismantled for transportation to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Re-assembled, it is the dramatic focal point of a spectacular three-story Air Force One Pavilion that will open to the public today. Lee F. Simmons served as a steward to Presidents Nixon and Ford on this Air Force One, as well as John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson on the first presidential jet. “It’s just magnificent to be a part of this,” Simmons said Friday at the formal dedication of the pavilion. “That’s where Haldeman sat … Ehrlichman, there,” he said of Nixon aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, who became household names during the Watergate scandal. “Deja vu all over again,” said Lt. Col. Steve Chealander, Reagan’s military aide. “It’s very nostalgic. This is awesome.” Former first lady Nancy Reagan was there Friday for the dedication. “The completion of this project is the realization of Ronnie’s dream to attract individuals from all walks of life to his library so they might learn about the presidency and American leadership in the world,” she said before touring the exhibit. No. 27000 flew 445 missions and more than 1 million miles as Air Force One. President Reagan flew it the most – more than 631,778 miles in 211 journeys aboard the presidential aircraft, dubbed Air Force One only when the commander in chief is aboard. “He believed in face-to-face diplomacy,” library spokeswoman Melissa Giller said. “If you’re going to work on a problem with Mikhail Gorbachev, you meet face-to-face.” Indeed, in one memorable 1987 trip, Reagan stepped off the plane in Berlin and demanded in his resonating voice, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” “It was awesome to hear those words,” Chealander said, recalling the stop was part of a trip from Venice to Berlin to Bonn, Germany. “That was a long day.” Reagan met with staffers, took questions from reporters, conferred with heads of state and, in a lighter moment in 1985, practiced a little golf in an aisle between staffers sitting at cluttered desks. President George W. Bush spoke of Reagan’s practical jokes aboard the plane, walking cabin to cabin with a staff photographer and snapping shots of anyone aboard who was unfortunate enough to have fallen asleep. Once on the ground, he would autograph and caption the photos and send them to the clueless subject. A newer version of tail number 26000, a 707 redesigned at the request of Jacqueline Kennedy, 27000 was eventually replaced by two Boeing 747s that had been ordered by Reagan. No. 27000 was used as a back-up plane until the Air Force announced it would be decommissioned, prompting bids for it from the Reagan Library Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and Dover Air Force Base. Smithsonian officials eventually recommended the plane go to the Reagan Library; the formal announcement came in August 2001. “It’s spectacular,” Giller said. “We’ve got artifacts and replicas from President Reagan, from his crew, from his pilot.” Visitors, beginning today, can walk through the craft, entering through the door so many presidents used and walking the length of the plane. They will see the original Air Force china and drinking glasses, blanket, pillows and original telephones. An IBM Selectric typewriter, used by reporters long before the computer era, reminds visitors how quickly time melds into history. No. 27000 sat 52 passengers, “very modest” Giller said, compared to today’s Boeing 747, which has a total capacity of 102, including 26 crew members. At the entrance to the fuselage is a small galley, then the offices of the president and first lady. The first couple shared a restroom. A six-seat conference area, a security cabin and a pressroom with seats for 10 comprise the rear. During Reagan’s administration, the seats were of beige fabric, reupholstered in blue and beige leather during the first Bush era. Nancy Reagan spoke to a silent crowd of the presidential library her husband dreamed of building. The new pavilion capped that dream. “Retirement would never be – our life’s work would be this library and all it might become.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@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

Old fighter retires in blaze of glory

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – The oldest flying stealth fighter bore a red, white and blue paint scheme for Edwards Air Force Base’s open house to mark its retirement after more than 20 years of flight test work. The F-117 Nighthawk, tail number 782, was one of five prototype jets made in the 1980s, and made its first flight in December 1981. Two older stealth fighters have already been retired. Of the five prototypes, 782 was the first with complete aviation electronics and targeting gear, said Dennis Fernandez, 410th Flight Test Squadron Lockheed Martin flight test manager. “It enabled us to test full integration of the weapons delivery system; the first two prototypes had steam gauge instruments and manual weapons delivery,” Fernandez said. “782 was also the first to be fully equipped with an infrared acquisition and designation system, the eyes of the aircraft.” As the Nighthawk program evolved, 782 was not upgraded past the second generation of technology improvements, and it became the squadron’s test jet for sustainment testing. But the Air Force said the aircraft will be most remembered for a flight it made in 1983, when stealth fighters were still secret. At that time, there were lots of rumors throughout the Air Force about a new plane being unveiled for high Department of Defense officials, said Raymond Puffer, Air Force Flight Test Center historian. “During a squadron change-of-command ceremony, four years before the F-117 was publicly acknowledged, 782 swept in low and then banked away suddenly, revealing the American flag on its belly. The crowd went absolutely berserk, and the incident aroused intense excitement. The Cold War was at its coldest then, and the story (and the aircraft) was an incredible morale-builder for us all,” Puffer said. Aircraft 782 was repainted with the American flag for the air show to resurrect a piece of its history for its retirement, Fernandez said. “The squadron got together to paint the aircraft – a voluntary effort – and the paint was even donated,” said Lt. Col. Robert McAllum, 410th Flight Test Squadron commander. Many of the military and civilians working in the squadron today have been involved with this aircraft and the program since the ’80s. “When I first started working on this aircraft, I was a young man,” Fernandez said. “I never thought about retirement at that age – the aircraft’s or my own. Now, we’ve both reached retirement age at the same time – it’s hard to believe.” The aircraft will retire to Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., McAllum said. As of Oct. 14, the aircraft had made 1,202 flights and had 1,532 flying hours. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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

Tobacco pact funds diverted from fighting smoking

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Only Maine, Colorado, Delaware and Mississippi spend at least the minimum levels recommended by the CDC, the study said. Michigan, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and the District of Columbia spend no state funds at all, the report found, while 35 states fund at less than half of the recommended amount. The study found California was spending $79.7 million – about 48 percent – of its $165 million annual allocation on anti-smoking campaigns, ranking it among the top 20 states funding tobacco-prevention programs. Still, many California counties – including Los Angeles and Ventura – have opted to use some of the money to fund emergency services and other health programs. “I think our county has done more than most, taking all the money and putting it into health care,” said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, the Los Angeles County health officer. “If you look at how the money was used in other states, it goes for everything you can think of. WASHINGTON – Just a fraction of the money that states received from tobacco settlements and taxes is being used to prevent smoking, advocacy groups reported in a study Wednesday. The report, “A Broken Promise to Our Children,” was released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and American Lung Association. Some $551 million is allocated for tobacco-use prevention programs in the 2006 budget year, the study said. That pales in comparison with the $1.6 billion recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Vince Willmore, spokesman for the campaign. Even the $551 million represents a small part of the $21.3 billion available to states this year from the 1998 tobacco settlement and state tobacco taxes. “Sure, as director of public health, I’d like to see more money going into tobacco control, but we have a lot of serious health needs as well that are not being met. These are the kinds of difficult decisions that only the Board of Supervisors can make.” States use tobacco-related funds to pay off budget shortfalls and use them for capital campaigns and construction projects, the report said. States also get prevention money from the CDC. Averaging about $1 million per state, the total is nowhere near what the CDC recommends, said Dr. David Nelson, senior scientific adviser for the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. State minimums, based on population size and need, range from $7.3 million for Wyoming to more than $165 million for California. Ballot initiatives forcing states to spend tobacco tax or settlement money on prevention programs could solve these shortfalls in the future, advocates said. Colorado, which passed such an initiative as part of a tax increase in 2004, showed the biggest progress in this year’s report. The state’s prevention spending rose to $27 million from $4.3 million last year, Willmore said. The CDC minimum for Colorado is $24.6 million. Montana and Oklahoma’s prevention spending improved thanks to similar initiatives, he said. The tobacco industry said money from its $206 billion settlement with the states should be used for its agreed-upon purpose. “There does seem to be something of a disconnect between how (states) are spending the money and what they said they needed it for,” said John Singleton, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s director of communications. Philip Morris USA is encouraging states to fund youth smoking prevention and similar initiatives, spokeswoman Jennifer Golisch said. The industry spends $15.4 billion marketing tobacco products, nearly 28 times the amount of state spending on tobacco prevention, the report said. Industry representatives declined to confirm or deny that number. On the Net: Tobacco report: www.tobaccofreekids.org/reports/settlements/ 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

County may have little say in air park operations

first_img The county Planning Commission in March considered revoking the airport’s permit after a slew of complaints from nearby residents about noise and stunts. But the panel backed off as officials attempt to define allowable uses. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com IF YOU GO: The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Room 150 of the Hall of Records, 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. For information, call (213) 974-6409.160Want 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “It’s a memo from us to the commission that there are these additional comments,” said Sam Dea, a county planner. “(For the) opponents, obviously, they’re not happy with what we have.” The letter from Principal Deputy County Counsel Lawrence Hafetz said flight curfews, flight bans over residential areas or any direct changes of aircraft operation fall under Federal Aviation Administration jurisdiction, and outside the county’s authority. This would ground several proposed permit conditions that expansion opponents believe would minimize impacts to surrounding residents; they include a ban on acrobatic flying and limiting the airstrip to twin-propeller or smaller planes. Mark Armbruster, a land-use attorney representing airport owner Wayne Spears, said his client has no intention of bringing more air traffic to the area, which opponents dispute. Spears, a local PVC pipe tycoon and owner of Sylmar-based Spears Manufacturing, took control of the air park in September. Past owners and pilots want the airport to expand, allowing more planes, helicopters, film crews and community playing fields. Others, including the Agua Dulce Civic Association and the Concerned Citizens of Agua Dulce, want the facility to remain as it is – a rural pit stop for small planes. AGUA DULCE – The county released a supplemental report Thursday that includes reactions to plans to upgrade the Agua Dulce Air Park, a small airstrip that has been an ongoing source of conflict in this rural town between the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys. The airport’s owners continued to press for expansion allowed under an existing permit; plans include an extended runway, 55 aircraft storage hangars and four service hangars. Meanwhile, opponents who fear that the expansion will bring more planes and noise to the hamlet of roughly 4,000 announced their concerns, a county planner said. The new material comes after a Nov. 30 county counsel memo to the county Department of Regional Planning, which cautioned that the panel may have little power to limit aircraft operation at the airstrip. The Regional Planning Commission is scheduled to reopen permit hearings Wednesday. last_img read more

Soaring into postseason

first_imgThe Angels reached the postseason for the third time in four seasons, defeating the New York Yankees in the first round before losing in a controversial six-game series to the eventual World Series champion Chicago White Sox. The season also was highlighted by individual achievement with 21-game winner Bartolo Colon winning the American League Cy Young Award as the league’s top pitcher. Off the field, the club stirred some controversy by changing its name from the Anaheim Angels to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The move was designed to create a greater presence nationally and increase corporate sponsorship. The city of Anaheim took the club to court and a final ruling is pending. Unlike past seasons when the Angels won with a high-power offense, the club struggled because of injuries to left fielder Garret Anderson and rookie third baseman Dallas McPherson and inconsistency at the plate by newly acquired center fielder Steve Finley. The next batter, Joe Crede, hit a game-winning double and the White Sox didn’t lose another playoff game. During the offseason, the Angels lost solid right-hander Paul Byrd to free agency and cut ties with longtime starter Jarrod Washburn and catcher Bengie Molina. Bench coach Joe Maddon also left to become manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. — Matt McHale, (818) 713-3622 matt.mchale@dailynews.com160Want 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The absence of those players often left right fielder Vladimir Guerrero unprotected in the lineup. Guerrero, the reigning AL MVP, finished with 32 homers and 108 RBI, but his batting average dropped more than 30 points. The Angels also lost starter Kelvim Escobar to persistent elbow problems, which eventually required surgery. But Escobar’s injury led to the emergence of rookie right-hander Ervin Santana as a solid starter. He won 12 games in the regular season and won the clinching Game 5 against the Yankees. Santana took over in the second inning of that game when Colon went down with a shoulder injury that forced him out of the playoffs. The jet-lagged Angels, who had played Game 4 of the ALDS in New York, won Game 5 in Anaheim and flew to Chicago to play Game 1 of the ALCS the following day. They won the first game, but lost Game 2 in extra innings. The White Sox scored the winning run after catcher A.J. Pierzynski reached base on an apparent strike three. Angels catcher Josh Paul ran off the field and Pierzynski ran to first after home plate umpire Doug Eddings ruled Paul did not catch the ball cleanly.last_img read more

Less MS for MSNBC TV

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 while MSNBC.com has become one of the highest-ranked news sites on the Web, the cable TV channel was later eclipsed by News Corp.’s Fox News Channel, which also went live in 1996. Today MSNBC still ranks a distant third behind Fox News and Time Warner Inc.’s CNN in the Nielsen ratings, with just 257,000 viewers in November, versus 449,000 for CNN and 889,000 for Fox News. NBC’s head of news, Steve Capus, said in a statement that he expected the deal to allow NBC to make a fuller integration of MSNBC into its news operations. NBC had always had editorial control of MSNBC, which was the proving ground for NBC’s new evening anchor Brian Williams. But with majority ownership of the network, NBC will now be able to consolidate MSNBC’s back-office functions with its other cable networks including CNBC, a business news channel. For Microsoft, the move to exit the cable network marks the latest pullback from the media business following its sale of the online opinion journal, Slate, to The Washington Post Co. a year ago. NEW YORK – NBC is acquiring a majority stake in MSNBC from Microsoft Corp., giving NBC greater control over the struggling all-news cable channel and further scaling back the software giant’s media ambitions. NBC, a unit of General Electric Co., will wind up with an 82 percent stake in the cable network, though NBC and Microsoft will continue to share ownership of the channel’s Web site, MSNBC.com. After two years, NBC will have the option to buy the remaining 18 percent stake of the network. The companies declined to disclose financial terms of the deal, which had been expected for months. At the time the venture was announced in 1995, Microsoft said it would invest $220 million for a 50 percent stake in the network. The joint venture was launched with much fanfare amid hopes that it would build a cross-media partnership delivering the news over both TV and the Internet, which was in its infancy at the time. Technology analyst Rob Enderle said he thinks Microsoft originally invested in MSNBC because the company was predicting a closer convergence of online and television media, which never materialized. Enderle said Microsoft also may have hoped the partnership would make it easier to get content for some of its other ventures, such as an entertainment-focused Windows operating system. “Their investments really didn’t bear fruit with regard to access,” Enderle said, noting that rival Apple Computer Inc. earlier this year was able to score television content deals for its video iPod without making such hefty investments. But Enderle said he expects Microsoft to continue to be interested in MSNBC.com because the online news arm – while still somewhat disappointing – is more of a technology investment than a media investment. Shares of GE closed flat at $35.42 Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Microsoft shares rose 5 cents to close at $26.64 on the Nasdaq Stock 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

Strong Winds Suspend Play For Men’s Golf At Hoosier Invite

first_imgBLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Play was suspended on Saturday afternoon at the NYX Hoosier Invitational due to high winds as the Drake men’s golf team sits in 13th place through one round.The day started out calm, but the winds picked up to over 20 mph with gusts over 50 mph, which resulted the event to be shortened from 54 holes to 36.”Extremely difficult conditions with the cold temps and 50 mph gust. Drew (Ison) played well in the challenging conditions,”  Drake head coach Matt Lewis said. Sophomore Drew Ison led the team with a two over par, 73 and is tied for 12th-place after 18 holes. Freshman Jack Kennedy shot a 77 (+6), while fellow freshman Arjun Reddy made is spring season debut with an 80. Freshman Tommi Avant and senior Blake Huser each recorded an 82 to round out the Bulldogs’ day.As a team, Drake registered a score of 312 and are nine stroke behind MVC foe Evansville, who is tied for eighth place.”We are disappointed with our team score but we know today is done and we are now focused on having a good day tomorrow,”Play will resume at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday for the final round of the NYX Hoosier Invitational. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

DONEGAL CONNECTION AT EVERTON CONTINUES AS JAMES MCCARTHY SIGNS ON

first_imgThe Donegal connection at Everton continues to grow following the signing of James McCarthy to the Premiership giants. McCarthy’s grandfather is from the Rosses and it’s this connection that makes Glasgow born McCarthy eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland.He joins Killybegs native Seamus Coleman and Shane Duffy whose father comes from Letterkenny at Everton after signing for 12 million pounds from Wigan Athletic. McCarthy has been an influential player for Wigan and helped them to the FA cup last year at Wembley.The move will also please Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni who has made no secret of the fact he wanted McCarthy to seek a move back to the Premiership following relegation with Wigan last term.   DONEGAL CONNECTION AT EVERTON CONTINUES AS JAMES MCCARTHY SIGNS ON was last modified: September 2nd, 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:12 millionDonegal ConnectionevertonJames McCarthyseamus colemanShane DuffyWiganlast_img read more

IT’S AN OPEN HOUSE AT GLENVEAGH FOR THE GATHERING

first_imgThe last Sunday in September will see Glenveagh Castle opens its doors to one and all for a special evening of activities and entertainment.Glenveagh CastleTo mark ‘The Gathering,’ the Castle is inviting families from across Donegal to come together and share in a range of fun, historical, cultural and outdoor events for all ages.Set against the backdrop of the stunning Glenveagh Valley and as dusk falls, the evening will see the Castle and Gardens come alive with twinkling lights and glowing trails. Visitors will be encouraged to explore the grounds at this special time of day, while the air will be filled with the dance of the fiddle and the song of the flute, echoing from the castle. Traditional music lovers will be treated to a variety of Donegal’s finest performers and costumed characters of old will mingle with tales of life long ago in the Castle. Budding Artists can try their hand at sketching old artefacts from around the house in the Victorian Children’s Art Room and there’ll be plenty of space to relax in the Marquee if it’s all just too much to take in! Families with children can enjoy a fun night time scavenger hunt around the gardens, and for those with children over 8yrs, there’ll be a unique opportunity to climb to the top of the view point trail with our guides, to enjoy to sights and sounds of an autumn evening in Glenveagh. For nature enthusiasts there will be the chance to go on a short bat walk, using bat detectors to learn about these incredible nocturnal mammals and the nature centre will be open with a night time wildlife slideshow.And no Gathering would be complete without a tasty treat, so taste buds will be delighted with piping hot Irish Stew available in the Castle Tea Rooms, as well as the usual spread of delicious homemade goods.Staff in the Park are working hard to make this the highlight of the year in Glenveagh and are looking forward to welcoming old and young from both near and far to what is sure to be a truly memorable night.For more information and full programme go to www.glenveaghnationalpark.ie   IT’S AN OPEN HOUSE AT GLENVEAGH FOR THE GATHERING was last modified: September 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) Tags:glenveagh national parkThe Gatheringlast_img read more

LETTERKENNY BOMB: CHILDREN COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED SAYS COUNCILLOR

first_imgLetterkenny Town councillor Gerry McMonagle has condemned those who planted a bomb under a car in a local housing estate this morning.Gerry McMonagleNobody was hurt after a booby-trap style device was planted under a jeep in Manor Park View around 4am.Gardai have sealed off the area and a number of houses have been evacuated. Cllr McMonagle, who lives locally, says he does not understand why the device was planted.“The reality is that this is a housing estate and totally innocent people including schoolchildren  could have been killed.“I am not sure for the reasons behind it but such actions cannot be justified.“We hear of these things happening in the north but not in Co Donegal and not on a busy housing estate in Letterkenny. “I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact the Gardai,” he said. LETTERKENNY BOMB: CHILDREN COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED SAYS COUNCILLOR was last modified: November 22nd, 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:bombCLLR GERRY MCMONAGLEletterkennylast_img read more

DD LOCAL – EXERCISE CLASSES FOR RAPHOE IN NEW YEAR

first_imgRAPHOE NOTESFamily Resource CentreCrocheting Group Following on the recent success of the Crochet Classes that were organised by the Family Resource Centre, and from the positive feedback that was given from all those involved in the course, the Family Resource Centre has decided to start a new Crocheting Group that will begin on Tuesday 14th January 2014. It is hoped that this new group will run throughout 2014. If you are interested in joining his group and would like further information regarding cost and times please contact the Family Resource Centre on 0749145796 / 0873641503.Christmas HolidaysThe Family Resource Centre will close at 1.00pm on Friday 20th December and re-open again on Monday 6th January 2014. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support in 2013, and to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. Please make sure to look in on your elderly neighbours and friends or anyone living alone during the holiday period.Exercise Class and Child Health Clinic Facilitated by local Public Health Nurse, Deirdre Friel every Thursday from 10.30am-12.30pm in Unit 5, The Mill, Convoy commencing on 7th January 2014. There will be a Child Health Clinic and Buggyfit Exercise Class as well as a cuppa! Just come along or contact Deirdre on 074 9147317. Everyone welcome.Emergency NumbersDonegal Co. Council has listed the following numbers in event of an emergency over the holiday period. Roads issues-074 9172288; Water, Environment or Housing issues-074 9172399.Christmas Wishes from Raphoe Tidy Towns Ltd Volt House RaphoeThe Tidy Towns Community Employment staff will be on Holidays from Tuesday 24th December Christmas Eve until Friday 3rd January 2014. There will be a town litter cleaning service over the holiday period. A sincere thank you to all the various residential areas, Schools, Churches, RCIA Ltd Volt House, the County Council, local County Council workers, all local people, community groups and businesses who have supported our work for the town during the year. Everyone in Raphoe Tidy Towns Ltd, extend a very Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone in Raphoe and district and especially all those from the town and surrounding areas who are abroad this year. As always you will be remembered in a very special way this Christmas and New Year here in Raphoe. We also welcome those who are home for Christmas this year with their families and send best wishes to anyone who is sick or in hospital at this time. The following Christmas poem is dedicated to all Raphoe people wherever you may be this Christmas. A Raphoe Christmas Eve.The leaves they are all gone nowThe air is cold and stillThe burn runs through the valley From Braehead wood and past the millThe townlands and streets are quietThe moon shines down belowThe stars are shining brightlyIn the hearths the fires glow.The animals are restingIn the stables and the barnsJust like this night so long agoThe night that Christ was bornThe children are all dreamingOf reindeer flying through the snowWith Santa, toys and presentsOn his visit to RaphoeO Silent night, O Starry nightOf Miracles from Heaven abovePlease send your new born Son to usWith His gifts of peace and loveThe Town Clock in the DiamondKeeps time for all to knowAs the people wait on ChristmasIn our City of Raphoe.By: Martin Laird Raphoe.St Vincent de Paul RaphoeA sincere thank you to everyone who has supported our work, helped, or made donations of any kind. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas & New Year.Christmas Message from Santa Claus to all in RaphoeSanta Claus has sent a special message to all children of Raphoe and district to be extra good and be in bed early this Christmas Eve. Santa expects to visit Ireland & Donegal sometime after midnight this year again on his way from Canada and America so be sure to be fast asleep and don’t forget something for him to eat and a treat for the reindeers also. Leaving Donegal and the rest of Ireland Santa hopes then to fly to the Isle Of Man, then on to England, Scotland and Wales before making his way all around the world visiting all good children on his special Christmas Eve journey. Santa and his team wish all Raphoe people at home and all around the world a very Happy Christmas 2013 and a prosperous New Year 2014.Pilgrimage to MedugorjePilgrimage to Medugorje 10th Sept. 2014. Early Booking Offers €150 off if paid in full by 12th Dec. 2013 €100 off if paid in full by 3rd Feb 2014 €50 off if deposit €200 paid by 3rd Feb. 2014. For bookings contact Kathleen at 074-9121641 or 086-3721962.Raphoe Boxing ClubEveryone at Raphoe Boxing Club extend best wishes to Convoy’s former Club Captain of Finn Harps, Packie Mailey who has re-signed for the Ballybofey Club and wish him every success for the future.The Boxing Club will close for the Christmas break on Wednesday 18th December and re-open on Monday 6th January 2014 and everyone at the Club extend a very Happy Christmas to all our generous sponsors for their support during 2013.DD LOCAL – EXERCISE CLASSES FOR RAPHOE IN NEW YEAR was last modified: December 20th, 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

MURPHY SAYS TIME MAY HAVE COME TO SCRAP MATCH PARADE

first_imgDonegal star Michael Murphy believes the GAA may be better off calling a halt to pre-match parades.Michael MurphyThere were ugly scenes last Sunday prior to Armagh’s Ulster Championship quarter-final with Cavan when a massive brawl broke out before the ball was even thrown in.The Glenswilly man admits that he can take or leave what is becoming part of a major pre-match build-up. “It’s different with the club, where you play the game straight away, and you get used to that as well. If that’s the case with the county I’d be happy enough with that too.”A major scuffle broke out between both teams after Armagh lined up behind the Cavan flag, which was being carried by the St Michael’s Scout Band.Cavan forward Martin Dunne was injured in the fracas.The GAA is coming under pressure to address the pre-match parade, and Murphy told Sky Sport it may be better off omitting it completely. “It wouldn’t be too bad, one way or the other,” said Murphy. “Is it needless? It’s just a tradition, and whether you can speak out much against tradition I don’t know.“I suppose it may add to the whole general spectacle as such. But it’s a funny one and an individual preference, really.“There are so many different things before a game now. You go out early, get through your warm-up, which is needed, then there’s the whole thing of the toss, the parade, the national anthem, and maybe the minute’s silence, which tends to be in nearly every game at the moment.“It’s different with the club, where you play the game straight away, and you get used to that as well. If that’s the case with the county I’d be happy enough with that too.”The GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee is reviewing video evidence and the referee’s report following the Athletic Grounds brawl. It is believed that both county boards will face fines at the very least. Rather than a parade which can add to pre-match tensions between the sides, Murphy says more players would prefer to get the game underway.“Aye, that’d be fair enough, I think you would,” he said. “I suppose you’re out on the pitch, for 20 or 30 minutes before the game. I’m sure both teams that went out on Sunday were focused on carrying out their plan, and execute the game plan.“But football and hurling throws up things that you really can’t plan for. It’s how you react as individuals and how you react as a team, and what your principles are.”MURPHY SAYS TIME MAY HAVE COME TO SCRAP MATCH PARADE was last modified: June 12th, 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:donegalGAAglenswillyMichael Murphyparadeslast_img read more

JOB VACANCY: CHERRYMORE KITCHENS SEEK SALES REPRESENTATIVE

first_imgCherrymore Wholesale Kitchens Ltd, one of Ireland’s leading companies in their field, are seeking a driven, energetic and enthusiastic B2B Sales Representative to help develop new business as well as effectively maintain business in the Ulster region. Mainly a field based role tasks will involve developing new business through regular communication and face to face meetings, as well as using customer service skills to manage an existing customer base.Sales Representative Key Requirements: – A minimum of 3 years previous sales experience– Outstanding communication skills so as to develop long term business relationships– Excellent time management– Accurate administration and IT skills– Strong interpersonal and presentation skills– A full drivers licence– Ability to work on own initiative– Previous experience in B2B sales is an advantageA competitive salary will be offered.Closing date for this application is Friday 27th June.Please apply in writing or e-mail to the address below: HR DepartmentCherrymore Wholesale Kitchens LtdArdlenadhDonegal TownCo. Donegalaccounts@cherrymore.ieJOB VACANCY: CHERRYMORE KITCHENS SEEK SALES REPRESENTATIVE was last modified: June 12th, 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:JOB VACANCY: Cherrymore Kitchensjobsnewslast_img read more

DONEGAL GAA REACH NEW HEIGHTS AS ANRAÍ TAKES ULSTER TROPHIES TO ERRIGAL SUMMIT

first_imgAnraí and Grainne on top of ErrigalDonegal GAA has reached new Heights with Two Coveted Ulster Cups! Anraí Ó Domhnaill , Errigal 1000 Pioneer , from Carrickfinn based in Letterkenny set out after dawn on Sunday 3rd August 2014 and carried the Anglo Celt (Donegal Senior Team) & Fr Murray (Donegal Minor Team) Ulster Cups to the top of Donegal’s highest point, Mt. Errigal – his 1001st Climb.His mission was to carry both cups to the summit for the first time, to honour and celebrate the outstanding achievements of Donegal Senior and Minor Teams on this Historic occasion and to conclude the Successful Errigal 1000 event in aid if DMRT. Anraí played under age with Annagry N.S & Naomh Muire GAA in the Rosses. He played Gaelic football and hurling with the defence forces while based in Kildare over the years and his family are all members of St. Eunans GAA , Letterkenny.Anraí was accompanied by his daughter Gráinne (with her Ulster Cup for u-12 double of recent Ulster Fleadh in sean – nós singing), Irish Actor Niall Mac Eachmharcaigh from Ranafast and Gavin Ó Dónaill, O’Donnells shop, Crolly – they also reached the summit the day before during the Errigal 1000.As they approached the summit, Niall whistled the tune of Ó’ Donnell Abú, the notes resonated through the mist to make a fitting ceremony at the summit.Anraí wishes to thank Donegal GAA County Board and Chairman for making the cups available to give this High Honour to both teams on this special occasion. DONEGAL GAA REACH NEW HEIGHTS AS ANRAÍ TAKES ULSTER TROPHIES TO ERRIGAL SUMMIT was last modified: August 4th, 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:Anglo Celt cupAnraí Ó DomhnailldonegalErrigalFr Murray Cuplast_img read more

PRESENTER MICHELLE TO MISS PAL’S BIG DAY TO CATCH UP ON SOME BABY SLEEP!

first_imgDonegal TV star and new mum Michelle Doherty has told her friend Glenda Gilson that she is simply too tired to attend her wedding!Michelle DohertyThe former TV3 presenter, who is from Carndonagh, gave birth to her first baby on August 7th last.Her pal and fellow Xpose host Glenda is due to tie the knot in Clare on Friday. But Michelle said Glenda texted her and asked her if she fancied going to the wedding in Doonbeg.“I was like ‘Glenda I haven’t slept in days.“It’s a pity, I’d love to be there, and I’m sure Glenda will be an absolute babe on the day,” she said.Michelle, 36, who lives in London with baby Max and partner Mark O’Shea, said she is in no rush to run down the aisle herself. Mark asked me if I wanted a wedding or a baby first, and I said a baby.“There’s plenty of time for that, but a wedding certificate wouldn’t make me any happier than I am now,” said Michelle. PRESENTER MICHELLE TO MISS PAL’S BIG DAY TO CATCH UP ON SOME BABY SLEEP! was last modified: August 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:CarndonaghdonegalMichelle Dohertyweddinglast_img read more

LURGYBRACK FARM SPRINGS BACK INTO ACTION AS IT RE-OPENS

first_imgThe superb facilities at Lurgybrack Open Farm re-opens this weekend and is expected to draw a huge crowd over the Easter holidays.Lurgybrack is back this SATURDAY the 28th of March and will be open until September.The century-old farm is hugely popular with children of all ages and is the perfect venue for a family day out. Lurgybrack has so many activities for both the children and adults to enjoy, and with the farm being located just two miles from Letterkenny the central location is ideal for many families.The farm has a whole range of animals that will fascinate the children with Deer, Emu’s, Ponies, Goats, Ducks, Boar Pigs, Hens, Rabbits and Birds all happily located on the farm.There is ample space for the children to play safely and it’s a tranquil place for adults to relax with their kids after a stressful day or week at work.The farm is also wheelchair accessible and has a large playground and tractor ride area. If you haven’t packed a picnic with you, there’s no panic you can get tasty snacks from the tearoom on site. LURGYBRACK FARM SPRINGS BACK INTO ACTION AS IT RE-OPENS was last modified: March 26th, 2015 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:FeaturesLurgybrack Open FarmnewsNoticeslast_img read more

FIVE STAR DONEGAL HOTEL SEE PROFITS FALL BY 25% BUT STILL TRADING WELL

first_imgPre-tax profits at the firm that operates the five-star Lough Eske Castle Hotel near Donegal town declined by 25% to €738,081 in 2013.Solis Lough Eske CastleThe hotel is owned by Donegal man Pat Doherty’s Harcourt Developments which recently obtained unlimited status, meaning the property group is no longer required to file accounts.However, the Irish Examiner reports that accounts filed by Lough Eske Developments Ltd with the Companies Office show that the hotel recorded the drop in profit after revenues fell from €6.87m to €6.75m in the 12 months to the end of December 2013. The directors’ report says “2013 was another positive year for the hotel, turnover decreased slightly but the hotel has still been profitable”. The directors state that although conditions are still challenging in the hotel industry “the company is confident of seeing continuing improvement, with sufficient amount of business already secured”.The profit in 2013 takes account of non-cash depreciation costs of €666,194. Numbers employed at the hotel reduced from 149 to 134 with staff costs reduced from €4.5m to €4.37m.Accumulated losses last year reduced from €7.424m to €6.686m. The firm’s cash during the year increased from €164,223 to €307,680.  FIVE STAR DONEGAL HOTEL SEE PROFITS FALL BY 25% BUT STILL TRADING WELL was last modified: April 2nd, 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) Tags:donegalDonegal TownPat DohertySolas Lough Eske Castlelast_img read more

RAPE SUSPECT SPOTTED IN CO DONEGAL IS ARRESTED

first_imgRape suspect Ryan Humpage has been arrested.An 18-year-old rape suspect, who was spotted in Co Donegal, has been arrested in Northern Ireland.Ryan Humpage was arrested a short time ago sleeping in a truck in Co AntrimSeveral members of the Donegal public said they had spotted him both in Ballybofey and also at a funfair in Letterkenny in recent days. Gardai have confirmed they had investigated the claims but there was no sign of Humpage.PSNI officers are expected to quiz the suspect on his movements in recent days.Humpage, who is described as dangerous, is wanted by police in Lancashire after he was charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl.Police say he breached his bail conditions. He was detained by the PSNI in Shane’s Castle in Co Antrim this afternoon after being spotted sleeping in a truck.Three different police forces, including the gardaí, had been searching for him.Mr Humpage is now being processed for transfer back to England. RAPE SUSPECT SPOTTED IN CO DONEGAL IS ARRESTED was last modified: May 2nd, 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) Tags:arrestedBallybofeydonegalGardailetterkennyRyan Hunpagelast_img read more

HUGE CROWD EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN CRUIT ISLAND GOLF CLUB CLASSIC NEXT WEEKEND

first_imgGOLF NEWS: Organisers at the scenic Cruit Island Golf Club are busy preparing for their annual club classic which takes place next weekend. Club President Gerard Dickey hopes that the incredible success of the Pierce Purcell Competition which the club held a few weeks ago will attract players from all Donegal to participate in the competition. Gerard told Donegal Daily, “The Pierce Purcell qualifying competition we held recently was a huge success for the club.“We had a huge turn-out for the event and it was a fantastic weekend for all involved.“We’re hoping many visiting players will return to Cruit for our annual club classic.“The course is in fantastic condition and if the weather stays good it should be a cracking event. “The timesheet will be busy, so to secure a time contact Jimmy or Aine in the Clubhouse ASAP.The Cruit Island Golf Classic kicks-off next Saturday June 20th.HUGE CROWD EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN CRUIT ISLAND GOLF CLUB CLASSIC NEXT WEEKEND was last modified: June 12th, 2015 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:newsSportlast_img read more

HAIRDRESSING APPRENTICES WANTED – LIVE YOUR PASSION, LOVE YOUR CAREER

first_imgAre you a vibrant, passionate, friendly person? Do you have what it takes to stand out in an award winning team?Yes- RSVP’s Best Hair Salon in Ireland Patrick Gildea Hairdressing is expanding and want you as part of their growing team.This is a perfect opportunity for anyone not reaching their full potential in their current hairdressing role.Do you feel like you are being held back; would like to progress further and be the best you can be? Yes?This is your chance to work with and learn from a team who are renowned for delivering the best hairdressing experience in the North West!The “Centre of Excellence” are looking for talented, friendly, passionate, enthusiastic individuals to join a brilliant team of apprentices in a fantastic and buzzing premises in Riverside Retail Park, Letterkenny.Experience of working within a fast-paced hairdressing environment would be ideal but not essential as full training in the Patrick Gildea Hairdressing academy will be provided.To apply for this wonderful opportunity simply send your CV to leeanne@patrickgildea.ie before 10th July 2015.The inside of Patrick Gildea’s new salon.HAIRDRESSING APPRENTICES WANTED – LIVE YOUR PASSION, LOVE YOUR CAREER was last modified: June 23rd, 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) Tags:apprenticsdonegalPatrick Gildea Hairdressingwantedlast_img read more

ST EUNANS CROWNED ALL-IRELAND U14 BOYS FEILE CHAMPIONS

first_imgThe St Eunans U14 Feile champions.St Eunans U14 boys have been crowned All-Ireland Division 2 Feile champions.The Letterkenny club sent the boys and girls U14 footballers off to Wicklow / Wexford & Carlow this weekend for the All-Ireland Football Féile (Peil na nÓg).This followed on from last weeks’ Hurling & Camogie Féile where the club claimed the Camogie Div. 6 Shield title and the Hurlers claimed the Div. 4 Shield title.Both football teams were slated to compete in Div. 2 for football and were being hosted by Wicklow clubs – Baltinglass for the girls and Tinahealy for the boys.The two teams set off early on Friday morning with two games to be played that evening in the south-east of the country.The U14 girls team who were beaten in the semi-final.The girls began their campaign with a good victory over Carlow team Naomh Éoin on a score of 4-05 to 2-04. They followed this up with a thrilling victory over Dublin team St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Rua by 2-04 to 1-04.On Saturday morning they took on their hosts Baltinglass and after a slow start emerged winners by 7-08 to 1-06 to seal top spot in the group.This set them up for a quarter-final meeting on Saturday evening with Currow from Kerry and the girls were excellent in their 2-08 to 1-01 victory that put them through to a semi-final meeting with Mungret St. Paul’s from Limerick.The girls couldn’t find the back of the net on this occasion and a very harsh sending off of county star Claire Doherty saw them put to the sword 2-03 to 0-05.Team managers Marty McCarron and Eunan Walsh will be delighted with the spirit shown by the girls over the weekend and but for some bad luck they could have been in the final. New York defeated Mungret St. Paul’s to claim the girl’s div. 2 crown.The U14 Boy’s under Joe Higgins, John Ellison and Pauric Daly had to make their way to south Wexford on Friday and a meeting with Gusserane O’Rahilly’s.After the long trek the lads settled in well and won by 1-07 to 1-02. Next up were Tyrone team Ardboe O’Donovan Rossa and the boy’s ran out convincing winners over their Ulster neighbours by 3-13 to 0-04 to send them up to Wicklow for a Saturday morning meeting with their hosts, Tinahealy.A close encounter saw them draw on a score of 2-09 to their hosts 3-06 but that was enough to see them top the group and set up a meeting with another Ulster team, Clann Eireann from Armagh.Once again the boys had a comfortable win, this time by 1-13 to 2-02. That meant they were headed to the Wicklow Centre of Excellence on Sunday morning and a semi-final showdown with Ratoath from Meath.Aided by a strong breeze the boy’s turned around with a 2-06 to 0-01 lead and a strong second half saw them into the final on a score of 5-08 to 0-02. In the final they took on St. Paul’s from Laois and they started strongly once again to lead by 2-09 to 0-01. They controlled the second half and claimed the All-Ireland Féile Div. 2 football crown on a final score of 2-14 to 1-02.Their win will send next year’s representatives from Donegal into Div. 1 to compete with the biggest names in the country from Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Galway, Limerick and even New York.Both teams had very enjoyable weekends where they have made new friends and we would like to thank our host clubs of Baltinglass and Tinahealy for the tremendous warmth and friendliness shown to our teams.ST EUNANS CROWNED ALL-IRELAND U14 BOYS FEILE CHAMPIONS was last modified: June 28th, 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) Tags:donegalFeileSportSt Eunanslast_img read more

Man who harassed doctor’s family told not to loiter outside home or school

first_imgA deaf man has been ordered not to loiter outside his neighbour’s home or a local school after appearing in court charged with harassing a doctor and his family.John McGrotty, 65, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal.He is charged with a range of offences against his neighbours, Dr Dara McEniff, his wife and their four children aged 15, 14, 11 and 6 at Chapel Road, Dungloe. A previous court sitting had heard how McGrotty had made rude gestures to the McEniff family, and their children, and threw rusty nails under the tyres of the family’s car.He had also appeared naked in front of Mrs McEniff and was also charged with more than 30 other charges of harassment against the McEniffs going back over a number of years.McGrotty had previously been sent to stay in Dublin with his daughter while the case was ongoing.McGrotty, of St Peter’s Terrace, Dungloe, who is deaf and speech impaired communicated to the court with the assistance of a sign language interpreter. The court had heard from Garda Eamon Roarty who said that Mr McGrotty was no longer harassing the McEniff family since the case was ongoing.“He has been abiding by all the bail conditions. The McEniff family have had great peace since the bail conditions put in place,” he said.Judge Kelly heard how progress was being made with McGrotty following intervention from Mr Declan Boyle, the only social worker in Donegal who is qualified to work with speech and hearing impaired people.Judge Kelly said he had read the recommendations of the Probation Service.He adjourned the case until 14th February next to determine if McGrotty is continuing to follow all the bail conditions. He imposed a number of conditions warning not to interfere with the McEniff family, not to loiter on Chapel Road outside the local schools and also to engage in victim empathy development.He asked the sign-language interpreter to make sure that Mr McGrotty understood all the bail conditions and he replied by signing “I absolutely understand that.”Man who harassed doctor’s family told not to loiter outside home or school was last modified: October 3rd, 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)last_img read more

State of the art courthouse for Letterkenny – but nowhere to park!

first_imgLetterkenny is set to have a brand new courthouse complex in 2017, but it has emerged that no public parking will be provided on site. The modern structure is being built off the High Road of Letterkenny, on a site which had been used as a car park in recent years following the demolition of the old swimming pool.The High Road already has limited parking space, and the expected influx of people to the area once the courthouse open could be a major traffic problem. Plenty of spaces will be available for staff, gardai and judges on the site, but there will be no parking allocated for members of the public attending the courts.The large courthouse which is still under construction will have four courtrooms. It is planned to be completed by September 2017.The Letterkenny courthouse is part of a €135 million project undertaken by construction and engineering group BAM. The contract involved upgrading courthouse facilities in seven different regions around Ireland.   State of the art courthouse for Letterkenny – but nowhere to park! was last modified: November 3rd, 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)last_img read more

AFCON 2019: South Africa vs Morocco

first_imgSouth Africa enter into the game on Monday, having won one and lost the other of their first two contests.AFCON 2019South Africa vs MoroccoAl Salaam Stadium, CairoMonday, 01-07-2019 @7pmSouth Africa will have their eyes set on the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 when they take on Morocco at the Al Salaam Stadium on Monday evening.After losing 0-1 to Ivory Coast in their first game, Bafana Bafana edged Namibia by the same score-line to re-ignite their AFCON campaign, last week.A point may still see South Africa progress to the next round but head coach Stuart Baxter has his sights set on victory.“We know Morocco were very strong in their game against Ivory Coast and have a very experienced team and will be a tough opponent for us,” said Baxter.“But we feel we’re settling more and more into a good rhythm and we believe we can win the game.“The players are quite confident and they know the preparations having been going quite well.”Baxter has tough decisions to make as Dean Furman’s fitness in midfield cannot be counted on and selecting a goalkeeper will not be easy. Darren Keet and Ronwen Williams have taken turns recently and Keet had some nervy moments against Namibia.Even if Williams is brought back into the team for Monday’s match, his confidence may be down by now.For the Atlast Lions, they have won by only one-goal margins against Namibia and the Ivory Coast, they have exhibited class and appear to be keeping plenty in reserve for the knockout phase.Morocco have so far collected maximu points.The goal that sunk the Ivorians demonstrated why the Atlas Lions are considered one of the biggest threats to hosts and bookmakers’ favourites Egypt.With qualification already a certainty, Morocco are expected to make several changes to their squad as they bid to keep their stars fresh for the next round.Ahead of the clash, Morocco head coach Herve Renard anticipates a tough contest:“South Africa have a lot of very good players,” said the French former Lille boss.“They also have a good coach in Stuart Baxter so it will be a tough game.”South Africa are unbeaten in their four previous Africa Cup of Nations matches against Morocco (W2 D2).There have been no clean sheets in those four meetings between South Africa and Morocco.Youssef En-Nesyri has been involved in three goals in his last five Africa Cup of Nations appearances, scoring twice and assisting one.South Africa have reached the knockout rounds just once from their past five attempts.Morocco have won four of their past five games at the Africa Cup of Nations, having prevailed in just two of the previous 14 (D5 L7).The other games on MondayMonday’s other fixtures-Namibia vs Ivory Coast @7pm-South Africa vs Morocco @7pm-Tanzania vs Algeria @10pmComments Tags: AFCON 2019Darren KeetDean FurmanGroup DHerve RenardMoroccoRonwen WilliamsSouth AfricaStuart Baxterlast_img read more

Zaha strikes late to send Ivory Coast into AFCON last 8

first_imgIvory Coast awaits the winner between Ghana and Tunisia in the last round of 16 game. (PHOTOS/Agencies)AFCON 2019Mali 0-1 Ivory CoastSuez Stadium, SuezMonday, 08-07-2019Crystal Palace forward Wilfred Zaha was the hero as Ivory Coast defeated Mali 1-0 in the Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 match played on Monday.Zaha who was starting his second match at the finals, raced onto a Sylvain Gbohouo’s long free kick before slotting the ball past Mali’s goalie Djigui Diarra.As anticipated, Mali put up strong resistance, creating the most chances but failed to convert.FC Porto’s Moussa Marega and Moussa Djenepo were both guilty of missing glorious opportunity that would have seen Mali take temporary lead in the game.Ivory Coast who has had a trying tournament so far, losing to Morocco in the group stage, struggled to gain control of the game as Mali imposed their physic onto them.With Mali dominating most of the early exchanges, the Elephants failed to register a single attempt on target in a first half that they could easily have trailed in.Marega’s poor connection after lashing onto a Moussa Djenepo low cross compounded Mali’s frustrating first half as they took the game to Ivory Coast.Djenepo who was a menace for the Elephants on the right, created other good opportunities but his peers could not apply the telling touch.Abdoulay Diaby also had a free-kick turned over the bar by Ivory Coast goalkeeper Gbohouo before Djenepo wasted a good chance when he was indecisive when through on goal, opting to pass instead of going for glory.Ivory Coast’s first real chance of the game came moments after the interval but Jonathan Kodjia saw his first time shot deflect off Diarra’s left leg and out for just a corner.With 16 minutes to play, Ivory Coast struck. Zaha who is linked with a move to Arsenal raced onto a long ball by Gbohouo before scrapping it under the on-rashing Diarra and into the back of the net.Zaha (9) scores the winner against Mali on Monday.In the closing moments, Mali pressed for an equalizer but despite getting several half chances, Ivory Coast were resolute, walking away with a slender 1-0 win.The result sees Ivory Coast march onto the last 8 where they will take on the winner between Ghana and Tunisia who face off later on Monday.For Mali, it is the end of the road and will now head home.The other game on Monday-Ghan vs TunisiaComments Tags: AFCON 2019ivory coastJonathan KodjiaMALItopWilfred Zahalast_img read more

Chess: Dates, venue for Kireka Open confirmed

first_imgLubega Solomon won last year’s edition. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Ugandan chess moneybags Kireka Chess Club have confirmed dates and venue for their Championship, Kireka Open.The fourth edition of the rated event will commence on Friday, 27th December and end on Monday, 30th.Over 200 players both in the senior and junior sections are expected to take part in this year ending tourney.Like the recently concluded Rwabushenyi Memorial, Kireka Open will act as a qualifier for next year’s Olympiad set to take place in the Russian city of Khanty- Mansiysk so a lot will be at stake when players take to board.Last year, a rare name emerged victor when Solomon Lubega won the championship. It is not that Lubega is new to the chess scene or that he is a weak player, but the rated 2128 hardly makes podium finishes.Although he’d shown signs of a top-three finish many a time, it came as a surprise when he beat IM Elijah Emojong, FM Haruna Nsubuga, Walter Okas and the then-defending champion FM Harold Wanyama to the championship.IM Arthur Ssegwanyi and FM Patrick Kawuma didn’t take part in last year’s edition, but are expected to compete in this one. The two were separated by just half a point at the just concluded Rwabushenyi Memorial that the former won.The sum of 5m (UGX) has been put aside for winners with the winner in the Open category set to walk away with 1m.Comments Tags: Arthur SsegwanyiFM Haruna NsubugaFM Patrick KawumaIM Elijah EmojongKireka Chess ClubKireka OpenRwabushenyi MemorialWalter Okaslast_img read more

Picture Special: Stephen Garland first home at Letterkenny Parkrun

first_imgBelfast Running Club’s Stephen Garland was the first to cross the finish line at yesterday’s Letterkenny Parkrun.Martin Gormley of Letterkenny AC was second home, followed by Michael Black.Second Home: Martin Gormley Letterkenny ACThird Home: Michael Black Letterkenny.Every Saturday morning at 9:30am, walkers, joggers, fun runners, and elite runners alike come together to take part in this free 5k. The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying yourself – why not join in next week?Picture Special: Stephen Garland first home at Letterkenny Parkrun was last modified: July 15th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:5kletterkenny parkrunpicture speciallast_img read more

Micheal Naughton vows to serve community as Donegal’s newest Councillor

first_imgMicheál Naughton attended his first Donegal County Council meeting as Fianna Fáil’s successor to the late councillor Sean McEniff.The hotel manager and manager of the Donegal Ladies Senior GAA team was joined by family and friends today as he was co-opted onto the council.Naughton has begun his time as a public representative with a paraphrased quote from John F.Kennedy: “Think not what your community can do for you but what you can do for your community.” In his first address, the Laghey man expressed sympathy to the McGonigle, Battles and Cassidy families in Bruckless. A minute’s silence was held at the start of today’s council meeting for the three women who lost their lives in the tragic crash on Friday last week.“It is a privilege and honour to be elected”, he said, before paying tribute to the late Cllr Sean McEniff who served on the council for over 50 years.Michael Naughton takes his seat at Donegal County Council“As I look around the chamber I see many faces I have friendships with in business, in sport and in politics.“Together I will strive to make Donegal a place to be proud of. “The Fianna Fail party came out in strength last Sunday night and in a lively campaign I was successful.”Naughton said he intends to work closely with all councillors and TDs to achieve his goals.“We need to highlight more the proximity to Dublin that Donegal is and to make travel agents aware that Donegal town is closer that it is,” he said.He said more awareness is given to the Cliffs of Moher over Donegal’s attractions and events.Michael Naughton’s family watches as he speaks at his first meeting as Fianna Fáil’s newest representative on Donegal County Council.“The Rose of Tralee festival gets two nights on television but the Mary from Dungloe festival barely gets a mention,” Naughton said. Brexit is an immediate issue going forward, he said, as a hard border would have an effect on the farming community, tourism and culture.He thanked his wife Annette, family and friends for being there to show support.Micheal Naughton vows to serve community as Donegal’s newest Councillor was last modified: July 24th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Michael Naughtonlast_img read more

Overcrowding numbers quadruple at Letterkenny University Hospital

first_imgThe number of sick people forced to wait on trolleys for admission to Letterkenny University Hospital has multiplied by over 400% since this time last year.Some 2813 people had to wait on trollies and in overflow wards at LUH between January-July 2017, which is an increase from 707 in the same period last year.This is the highest Trolley Waiting List figure at LUH since INMO records began in 2006. INMO Trolley/Ward Watch Figures 2017. Source: INMO.ieThe Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) confirm a record number of patients nationally (57,674) were admitted for care on trolleys in the first seven months of 2017.Despite a 6% reduction across all Emergency Departments in Ireland, Letterkenny continues to endure an overcrowding crisis. INMO officials say record levels of patients on trollies in the first seven months of the year are particularly worrying ahead of the winter months. INMO say these figures continue to be a source of great concern as, despite many initiatives, the number of patients, admitted and requiring inpatient care, left on trolleys, in Emergency Departments or on trolleys on wards, continues to increase.The 2017 figures and record numbers of people waiting for an outpatient appointment/procedures show a lack of capacity, leading to lack of access, within the public health system, according to the INMO.Speaking on the latest INMO Trolley/Ward Watch figures, General Secretary Liam Doran said:“The record levels of patients on trolleys, in the first seven months, is most alarming as we prepare for the autumn/winter period.“These figures are further confirmation that our health service continues to be too small and, regardless of the initiatives that have been taken, demand continues to outstrip the capacity of the health service to provide timely, appropriate and dignified care.“The situation must be the subject of immediate action, by Government, the Department of Health and the HSE, leading to additional funding, which must provide for incentivised staff recruitment, so that additional beds can be opened and properly staffed to meet ever growing demand”.Mr. Doran concluded:“If our health service is to respond, appropriately, to both the emergency and planned admissions, additional bed capacity, and community nursing services, must be introduced.“This will only be done when we solve the recruitment/retention crisis facing nursing and midwifery in Ireland.  If we do not have additional nurses and midwives then we cannot expand our capacity and overcrowding levels will continue to grow.” Overcrowding numbers quadruple at Letterkenny University Hospital was last modified: August 11th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:inmoLetterkenny University Hospitalovercrowdingtrolley watchlast_img read more

Raphoe sisters’ trip to Russia’s Red Square airs in TV documentary

first_imgTwo Donegal musicians and their friend are the stars of a BBC documentary which followed their thrilling trip to Russia this summer.Raphoe sisters Chloe and Robyn Freen, along with Victoria Catterson from Castlederg, travelled to Moscow to perform at the Kremlin Military Tattoo – an unlikely adventure that arose from their love of music.The young women were picked to play in the Massed Pipe Band of Ireland. It was an honour for them to play for their country among 120 other pipers from both sides of the border. The documentary called ‘Raphoe to Red Square‘ aired on TV last night (Monday) and is repeated on BBC2NI tonight at 10pm.It follows the women at home and away on their journey, which began with quite some drama.A team of 27 from Raphoe were due to depart on the day of the Inishowen Flooding. They missed their flight in Belfast and connecting flight in London, which put the whole trip in jeopardy. The documentary follows the tension and relief as they manage to get to Russia just in time to play in the iconic Red Square. The film also uncovers the three women’s personal lives and passion for their Ulster-Scots heritage.Chloe, 19, is a part-time model and is training to be a midwife. Robyn, 21, is studying costume design for Stage and Screen at IADT in Dun Laoghaire, and Victoria Catterson, 21, is a part-time farmer.Proud mum Audrey Freen told DonegalWoman.ie that there were many nerves before the documentary was on TV last night.“The girls did us proud, we will watch it again tonight in peace. They had a lot of very positive feedback,” Audrey said.As well as this trip to Moscow, Audrey said the girls have had many other great opportunities to travel the world playing their music.“My girls also went to France to play at the Interceltique Festival in Lorient. Chloe was in Qatar last month playing at an event – which was amazing,” Audrey said. True North: From Raphoe to Red Square is repeated on BBC 2 NI on Tuesday, 21 November at 10pm.Raphoe sisters’ trip to Russia’s Red Square airs in TV documentary was last modified: November 21st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BBCdocumentaryraphoe to red squaretrue northlast_img read more

TD: “Equal pay for equal work must be a priority in the next budget”

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said that public sector workers deserve equal pay for equal work, and that this must be a priority of the Government in the next budget.Speaking today, Teachta Doherty said; “The decision by Minister Donohoe to enter into talks with Unions regarding lower bands of pay for new entrants to the public sector is to be welcomed.“Some 58,000 new entrants to the public sector have been negatively affected by the cross-board cut to their pay scale imposed upon them in 2011.” Doherty estimates that the cost to rectify this over the course of a full year is €200 million; he adds that this must be rectified immediately, and “cannot be dragged out over years.”“Sinn Féin opposed the lower pay scales when they were imposed by the Government and have vigorously held successive Governments to account on this issue since. The issue of equal pay for equal work must be a priority for Minister Donohoe come the next budget.“There is now an opportunity to resolve this injustice through dialogue, and I hope that Minister Donohoe heeds this notice and makes this a priority for budget 2019.”TD: “Equal pay for equal work must be a priority in the next budget” was last modified: March 17th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:equal payPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more

More than 1,300 farmers avail of Farm Assist Programme across Donegal

first_imgMore than 1,000 farmers a year across Donegal have benefited in a multi-million euro scheme for low-income farms since 2010.Figures released by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection revealed that every year an average of 1,306 farmers in the county are getting access to the special Farm Assist means-tested financial support.Donegal TD Joe McHugh, Minister for Irish, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, said the payments were a lifeline to some parts of rural Donegal. “The Farm Assist scheme is a vitally important support which is benefitting more than 1,000 farmers in Donegal every year and helping them to keep a farm going and protect rural communities,” Mr McHugh said.“It shows the Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting and sustaining rural Ireland.”Nationwide about €74million is budgeted for the Farm Assist scheme this year.The flexible means test also allows for significant income fluctuations from one year to the next. Budget 2017 fully reversed the previous cuts to the Farm Assist means test. The changes included that 70% of farm income is now assessed as means, down from 100% being assessed as means.On top of that there is an additional annual means disregard of €254 for each of the first two children and €381 for the third and subsequent children.Under the Farm Assist programme applicants are assessed differently than other self-employed persons as payments received under the Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS), Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) or Special Area of Conservation (SAC) schemes are assessed separately from other farm income.With regard to this income, the first €2,540 is disregarded, and then 50% of the balance and related expenses are disregarded – with the balance being assessed as means.More than 1,300 farmers avail of Farm Assist Programme across Donegal was last modified: April 2nd, 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:donegalfarmFarm Assist ProgrammeMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more

Temporary overnight closures of the N15 at Finn Bridge between Ballybofey and Stranorlar

first_imgThe Finn Bridge on the N15 between Ballybofey and Stranorlar will be temporarily closed overnight to facilitate a series of bridge lifts on the N15 as part of the ongoing programme of works on the bridge.The closures will take place from 8pm to 6am from Tuesday 12 June to Friday 15 June and again from Tuesday 19 June to Friday 22 June.The alternative route for the primary and HGV diversion for the duration of each overnight closure is as follows: From Stranorlar: Mill Brae – Navenny Street – Trusk Road – Townview HeightsFrom Donegal: Townview Heights – Trusk Road – Navenny Street – Mill BraeLocal arrangements and temporary traffic management will be put in place to advise local road users of alternative routes for the duration of each closure and Donegal County Council is asking all roads users to follow the traffic management arrangements being implemented.The Council has thanked in advance, all road users for their patience and co-operation while this work is being done.Temporary overnight closures of the N15 at Finn Bridge between Ballybofey and Stranorlar was last modified: June 6th, 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)last_img read more

Donegal volunteers take to the streets for Daffodil Day 2019

first_imgThe bright flower bundles are ready, the pins are prepped and the smiles will be free today for Daffodil Day 2019. Over 6,000 volunteers will be taking to the streets across Ireland this Friday March 22nd to help raise crucial funds for people affected by cancer.On average, 1,050 people in Donegal are diagnosed with cancer annually. The Irish Cancer Society says it needs to raise €4m in donations on the day to meet increased demand for its free support services.Last year, with the help of Daffodil Day donations, 318 counselling sessions were provided to people from Donegal to help them deal with a cancer diagnosis.This represents an 18% increase in the number of sessions provided in 2016. With cancer incidence on the rise, the Society expects even more people to seek counselling in 2019, a demand that can only be met if enough funds are raised on Daffodil Day.Launch of Daffodil Day 2019: From left are, Martin Hopkins, Margaret McFadden, Lorraine McDaid, Ena Barrett, Alan Alcorn, Roisin McCaffrey and Gregg Sullivan. Photo Clive WassonAlso last year, 51 terminally ill cancer patients in Donegal received 196 nights of care through the Night Nursing service. Over the course of Daffodil Day 150 people will receive a cancer diagnosis in Ireland, and over 40,000 people will hear the words ‘you have cancer’ by the end of 2019.98% of the Irish Cancer Society’s income is from donations, and money raised will help fund lifesaving cancer research and services including Night Nursing and the Society’s 13 Daffodil Centres.Public support is crucial according to local organiser Veronica McAteer, who urged locals to show their support on Daffodil Day.“People of Donegal have always been generous in their support of Daffodil Day, but with more people being diagnosed with cancer, we need to ramp up our efforts to ensure they get the help they need. Not only will donations fund services like Night Nursing, but also cancer research to help more people survive cancer. Please help us by volunteering to sell daffodils, or simply by buying a daffodil on March 22nd,” Veronica said.Show your support by buying a daffodil from a volunteer, your local Boots store, or donating at www.cancer.ie   Donegal volunteers take to the streets for Daffodil Day 2019 was last modified: March 20th, 2019 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:daffodil dayIrish Cancer Societylast_img read more

Young man slashed with broken glass in Letterkenny attack

first_imgGardaí are appealing for witnesses after a young man sustained cut injuries in an altercation on Market Square Letterkenny. The incident occurred at around 12.30am in the early hours of Friday morning.A young man became involved in an altercation with another youth. He received cuts to his arms in the attack, which gardaí believe were caused by a broken bottle. Gardaí are investigating the assault and appealing to anyone who has any information on the matter to please contact Gardaí on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111. Young man slashed with broken glass in Letterkenny attack was last modified: July 11th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Travel Alert: Road blocked by fallen tree

first_imgA fallen tree is blocking the road in Trentagh outside Letterkenny this Tuesday morning.Cars are unable to pass by and motorists are being asked to take alternative routes.The tree is expected to be cleared within the next few hours, according to Gardaí. Travel Alert: Road blocked by fallen tree was last modified: August 27th, 2019 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)last_img read more