ONE: Aoki ‘really good’ opponent for Askren’s swan song

first_imgView comments Champions League: Sevilla draws after Liverpool wastes 3-goal lead It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set That’s why Askren did not hesitate to take on the the former ONE Lightweight World Champion for his swan song on Friday in the ONE: Immortal Pursuit at Singapore Indoor Stadium.“Shinya is a really good final opponent. Obviously, he is a legend of the sport, and he is a really big challenge on the ground, which is where I like to compete, personally. I am excited for this bout,” said Askren of the ONE Weltwerweight clash.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe former Beijing Olympian is looking to walk away from the sport with a spotless record, but that’s going to be easier said than done against of the best mixed martial artists in Asia.But that challenge of going out with a victory against a legend like Aoki, who touts an impressive resume of submission victories earning him the monicker of “Tobikan Judan,” is what drew the American fighter to the World Championship bout. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He is a grappler and has a great skill set that I respect, so I think it will be a great battle,” Askren said of Aoki, who is his teammate at EVOLVE MMA.Expect the 33-year-old Askren, an outstanding wrestler in his college days, to take the fight to the ground, where he has earned a living through his undefeated eight-year career as pro.“I said from day one that I am the best in the world at what I do, and this is what I am going to do every single time. I have been saying that since I started in 2009, and I believe it more strongly than ever because I have proved it 17 times now, and I am pumped to prove it again,” he stated.“He’s going to stick around until I put him out.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SINGAPORE — Ben Askren couldn’t shy away from Shinya Aoki’s legend.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

FATF, ICRG officials to visit Guyana in September

first_img… country cleared to commence exit process from watch listFollowing a successful 10th Follow-Up Report to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), Guyana is steps closer to being removed from both the CFATF and FATF regimes after it was recently given clearance to commence the exiting process.This was announced by Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, who recently returned from the ‘FATF Plenary and Working Group Meetings’ held in Busan, Korea.He was joined by Legal Advisor of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Alicia Williams, who is currently performing functions of the Director.“The FATF has cleared the way for Guyana to begin to exit its process, and thereupon there CFATF process also,” the Attorney General told reporters at a press conference on Saturday.He further stated that the Plenary has adopted the FATF/International Co-operation Review Group (ICRG) Co-Chairs’ Report, which recognised that “Guyana has substantially completed its Action Plan at the technical level”.However, Minister Williams pointed out that before Guyana can exit FATF and CFATF, it must first exit the FATF/ICRG review process. The ICRG analyses high-risk jurisdictions and recommend specific action to address the Money Laundering/Financing Terrorism (ML/FT) risks emanating from these countries.To this end, the Attorney General noted that an on-site visit will have to be conducted.“In line with the procedures for removing jurisdictions from the ICRG review, ICRG recommends that an on-site visit take place to the country prior to the October 2016 meetings in order to verify that the implementation of its AML/CFT (Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism) reforms has begun and is being sustained and there is political commitment to sustain implementation,” Williams said, quoting the report.These reforms include adequately criminalising of money laundering and terrorist financing, establishing and implementing adequate procedures for the confiscation of assets related to money laundering, and establishing and implementing an adequate legal framework for identifying, tracing and freezing terrorist assets; as well as establishing a fully operational effectively functioning financial intelligence unit, establishing effective measures for customer due diligence and enhancing financial transparency, strengthening suspicious transaction reporting requirements, and implementing an adequate supervisory framework.“The on-site visit will therefore relate to the verification of the implementation of these seven reforms,” Williams said. Among the local bodies to be under scrutiny by the FATF/ICRG Co-Chairs are: FIU, Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Bank of Guyana (BOG), Guyana Securities Council, the Department of Co-operatives and Friendly Societies (DCFS), the Supervisor of Insurance (SOI), money transfer agencies and commercial banks.The Legal Affairs Minister said the on-site visit is likely to be on September 15 and 16. In the meanwhile, he said Government will be working along with these entities to ensure that they are prepared for the verification process.Moreover, he noted that once Guyana satisfies the visiting team then Guyana’s exiting will be imminent.“Once the FATF/ICRG Co-Chairs conclude that Guyana has satisfied its on-site verification then a motion will have to be moved in the October Plenary, to remove Guyana from the FATF/ICRG’s review list. On being removed from the said list, Guyana will thereupon qualify to exit the CFATF follow-up process,” Williams remarked.Already, CFATF has given Guyana a clean bill of health on its 10th Follow-up Report, which the Attorney General noted was the coalition Government’s first submission. This was at the ‘CFATF Plenary Meeting and Working Groups Agenda’ held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on June 5 and 9, 2016.At that meeting, the regional watch body said “Guyana has significantly improved its overall level of compliance and most importantly, Guyana has fully addressed the core and key recommendations.While Guyana satisfies the criteria for application to exit the follow-up process, it is still in the FATF/ICRG process which its needs to complete first. As such it is recommended that Guyana stay in enhanced follow-up and be required to report on continuing implementation to the next Plenary in November.”last_img read more

Protecting Albino Children

first_imgFor generations, albinos have suffered because of the belief some countries and people have that leads them to hunt, kill and dismember albinos in the hope of ‘hitting the jackpot’ – that is, getting rich – which is outright cruel.According to Wikipedia, Albinism in humans is a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment (color) in the skin, hair and eyes. Albinism is also associated with a number of vision defects. Lack of skin pigmentation makes a person more susceptible to sunburn, skin cancers and infection.Because individuals with albinism have skin that entirely lacks the dark pigment melanin, which helps protect the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays their skin can burn more easily from overexposure.The human eye normally produces enough pigment to color the iris blue, green or brown and lend denseness to the eye. For albinos, lack of pigment in their eyes also results in problems with vision.Albinos are generally as healthy as the rest of the population, with growth and development occurring as normal, and albinism by itself does not cause mortality, although the lack of pigment blocking ultraviolet radiation increases the risk of melanomas (skin cancers) and other problems.As there is no cure for albinism, it is managed through lifestyle adjustments. People with albinism need to take care not to sunburn and should have regular healthy skin checks by a dermatologist.For the most part, treatment of the eye conditions consists of visual rehabilitation. Glasses and other vision aids, large-print materials as well as bright but angled reading lights, can help individuals with albinism, even though their vision cannot be corrected completely. Some people with albinism do well using bifocals (with a strong reading lens), prescription reading glasses, and/or hand-held devices such as magnifiers or monoculars. Albinism affects people of all ethnic backgrounds; its frequency worldwide is estimated to be approximately one in 17,000. Prevalence of the different forms of albinism varies considerably by population, and is highest overall in people of sub-Saharan African descent.In African countries such as Tanzania and Burundi, there has been an unprecedented rise in witchcraft-related killings of people with albinism in recent years, because their body parts are used in potions sold by witchdoctors. Numerous authenticated incidents have occurred in Africa during the 21st century. For example, in Tanzania, in September 2009, three men were convicted of killing a 14-year-old albino boy and severing his legs in order to sell them for witchcraft purposes. Again in Tanzania and Burundi in 2010, the murder and dismemberment of a kidnapped albino child was reported from the courts, as part of a continuing problem. National Geographic estimates that in Tanzania a complete set of albino body parts is worth $75,000. Another harmful and false belief is that sex with an albinistic woman will cure a man of HIV. This has led, for example in Zimbabwe, to rapes (and subsequent HIV infection).U-Thant Smith, a Liberian albino activist living in the United States of America, once stated that “it’s cruel how albinos are stigmatized, especially because of how they look,” an issue many Liberian albinos were faced with until a recent initiative was launched in Liberia to give free skin cancer preventive treatment.I met a four year old albino girl tucked away in a crowded classroom in Bomi Hills last month and couldn’t believe that her skin was so tan, smooth, but yet she bore the blue eyes of an albino. My first question to her principal was, “Have you registered her with the Albinism Society?”“Thank you for letting us know; we will make sure to inform the government that we have an albino in our school,” responded the principal of Hill Town Elementary School.The child was straightway taken out of class and assessed for further information. Her parents were notified of a program substantial to the child’s welfare.According to another child who claimed to be her sister, their mother takes very good care of the child’s skin and keeps them indoors often.“She can’t play outside and we use kernel oil on her skin,” the sister added.Meanwhile, the preventive skin cancer treatment is a blessing because the US based National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation says that albinos living in tropical regions such as West Africa are at an increased risk of developing skin cancer.With children like this four year old quietly tucked away in Hill Town, Bomi Hills, their parents need to be informed of who the president of Liberia Albino Society (LAS), Patricia Logan, is and how she quite recently made an alarming revelation.“Every year cancer is killing our people (albinos), and every year we are dying of skin cancer,” she stated on national TV.Patricia is an albino as well and advocates for the rights of those who could fall victim to death and blindness if they are not reached out to as this four year old girl was.But with the coming of elections in Liberia next year and other events in surrounding countries plus the belief that albino blood brings good luck, the welfare of this four year- old child and every albino is at further risk due to the false assumption that is the result of the high demand for their blood and body parts – that people can get material wealth as a result. It is alarming to know that the future of an albino in Liberia is not certain, but with the help of organizations that look out for their well being, there could be hope for this child and other albinos in the country. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Angels in sticky situation

first_imgRodriguez’s 92 saves over the past two seasons are the most in baseball. His 312 strikeouts over the past threeseasons are the most over that span for a reliever. With Colon on the mend, Lackey inherits the role as staff ace. His mastery of the Oakland Athletics last season (3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in fivestarts) will be counted on again. Colon wants to be back for OpeningDay, but his recent injury history suggests a more patient timetable. Adding free agent Justin Speier while trading Brendan Donnelly to the Boston Red Sox effectively strengthened the middle relief corps, which leads into setup man Scot Shields. Catcher: It will be a wide-open race for the Opening Day slot between Jose Molina, Mike Napoli and Jeff Mathis. The veteran Molina might be playing with some fire this season after missing out on a lucrative bonus in September. Molina was relegated to the bench in the final few days of the season, costing him a games-played incentive. Napoli has the inside track at a roster spot over Mathis, and anything close to his torrid stretch last June (sixhome runs, 17 RBIs) will earn him the starting spot. Mathis has the most to prove after making the Opening Day roster last season and lasting only a month before he was sent back to Triple-A Salt Lake. Infield: Things are set up in the middle with Orlando Cabrera at shortstop and Howie Kendrick taking over for the departed Adam Kennedy at second. The biggest battle of the spring likely will take place at first base, where Casey Kotchman, Kendry Morales and Shea Hillenbrand will fight it out for the starting spot. Morales appeared to have the edge with some impressive power numbers in winter ball, but he ended up with a sore knee. He isn’t expected to miss much time this spring. Kotchman, who has the best defensive skills of the bunch, also played winter ball after missing most of last season with mononucleosis. Third base belongs to Chone Figgins, whose lackluster on-base percentage will force him to move to the No.9 spot in the lineup. Matthews will take over at the leadoff spot. Maicer Izturis, Robb Quinlan and Hillenbrand could see significant time at third if Figgins falters. Even if he doesn’t end up at first or third, Hillenbrand still could see significant time in the designated-hitter role. Outfield: Say what you want about Matthews’ $50 million deal, but the signing made the Angels better defensively. Remember, it was defense that was a big part of the team’s undoing last season. Matthews will be looked upon to deliver, at minimum, his 19homers and 79 RBIs from last season. The Angels would gladly take last year’s .313 batting average and .371 on-base percentage. Losing Juan Rivera to a broken leg in winter ball was costly. His status still is unknown, with an optimistic return date set for the All-Star break. A healthy Anderson will be vital. The sore foot that plagued him last season started almost a year ago during Cactus League action. The injury could be blamed for his reduced production, but Anderson’s .280 average with 17homers and 85RBIs weren’t much different from his 2005 numbers (.283, 17HRs, 95 RBIs). (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE March 1 – vs. Kansas City at Tempe, Ariz., 12:05 p.m. March 2 – vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 12:05 p.m. March 3 – vs. Colorado at Tucson, Ariz., 12:05 p.m. March 4 – vs. Milwaukee at Tempe, 12:05 p.m. March 5 – vs. Oakland at Tempe, 12:05 p.m. March 6 – vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 12:05 p.m. March 7 – vs. San Diego at Tempe, 12:05 p.m. March 8 – vs. Arizona at Tucson, 12:05 p.m. *March 9 – vs. San Diego (ss) at Tempe, 12:05 p.m. vs. Kansas City (ss) at Surprise, Ariz., 6:05 p.m. March 10 – vs. Seattle at Tempe, 12:05 p.m. *March 11 – vs. Oakland (ss) at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. vs. Texas at Surprise, 1:05 p.m. March 12 – vs. Kansas City at Surprise, 1:05 p.m. March 13 – vs. Kansas City at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. March 14 – vs. San Francisco at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. March 15 – vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 1:05 p.m. March 16 – vs. Milwaukee at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. March 17 – vs. Chicago White Sox at Tucson, 1:05 p.m. *March 18 – vs. Chicago Cubs at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. vs. Oakland (ss) at Phoenix, 1:05 p.m. March 20 – vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 7:05 p.m. March 21 – vs. Arizona at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. March 22 – vs. Texas at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. March 23 – vs. Seattle at Peoria, 1:05 p.m. March 24 – vs. Colorado at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. March 25 – vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, 1:05 p.m. March 26 – vs. Chicago Cubs at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. March 27 – vs. Chicago White Sox at Tempe, 1:05 p.m. March 28 – vs. Oakland at Phoenix, 1:05 p.m. *March 29 – vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 12:05 p.m. at Dodgers (ss), 7:10 p.m. March 30 – at L.A. Dodgers, 7:40 p.m. March 31 – vs. L.A. Dodgers, 6:05 p.m. * Denotes split-squad. The team is broken into two squads. All times subject to change (TV listings unavailable). PROJECTED LINEUP F Gary Matthews SS Orlando Cabrera RF Vladimir Guerrero LF Garret Anderson DH Shea Hillenbrand 2B Howie Kendrick 1B Casey Kotchman C Mike Napoli 3B Chone Figgins P John Lackey 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now for the pessimists. Not only did the Angels not add the impact bat they desired, owner Arte Moreno essentially reneged on a boast to enhance the roster with an impact acquisition. It can’t be a good sign that management grossly underestimated the free-agent market. The Angels also have received an abundance of criticism for committing $50 million over five years to Matthews (Granada Hills High/Mission College), who will try to build off his breakout season in 2006 at age 32. First base and third base remain question marks. When pitchers and catchers work out for the first time today, that pitching staff might want to do some early weightlifting, just to feel what it would be like to carry the weight of the team on its shoulders. Angels personnel breaks down as follows: Pitching staff: Not only will one of the top rotations start things off, one of the best closers will be counted on to finish things. Francisco Rodriguez might be a notch behind the New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera for the title of best closer, but the Angels’ right-hander probably has more value considering that at age 25, he is 12years younger than Rivera. The Angels’ offseason could best be described as a glass-half-empty, glass-half-full situation. The optimists will point to the various reviews that say the Angels might posses the best bullpen in the American League, if not in all of baseball. center_img The starting staff is first-rate with John Lackey, Jered Weaver, Ervin Santana, Kelvim Escobar and Joe Saunders. Bartolo Colon could be back by May, if not sooner. Even more upbeat news is that the outfield of Garret Anderson, Gary Matthews Jr. and Vladimir Guerrero is now considered by some as the best in the business. Nobody dared to make such a boast last season. last_img read more

Radenovic is big for Wildcats

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ivan Radenovic scored six of his career-high 37 points in the final two minutes of overtime to help Arizona survive after blowing a 20-point lead and hold on for an 85-80 victory over host Stanford on Saturday. Radenovic shot 12 for 18 from the field, made both his 3-pointers, all 11 of his free throws, had nine rebounds and seven assists. All without committing a foul or a turnover in 44 minutes. Kenny Brown’s 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds remaining capped a comeback from 20 points down for Stanford (18-11, 10-8 Pac-10). But the Wildcats (20-9, 11-7) scored the first four points of the extra session to regain the momentum. The Cardinal could never get the lead in overtime, with their best chance coming when Brook Lopez made only one of two foul shots with Stanford down by one with 1:53 to go. center_img Radenovic answered with a basket inside to put Arizona up 80-78. He then added four free throws to ice it. Arizona St. 42, California 41: Derek Glasser hit a three-pointer with 13.8 seconds left to give the visiting Sun Devils (8-21, 2-16) their first road win of the season with the victory over the Golden Bears (14-16, 6-12). No. 17 Oregon 70, Oregon St. 59: Bryce Taylor scored 22 and Aaron Brooks added 18 to lead the Ducks (23-7, 11-7) to the rout of the Beavers (11-20, 3-15). last_img read more

Muroc weighs construction bond

first_imgThe company is the largest employer in Boron, so its support or lack of it could make a difference, district officials have said. A telephone survey indicated nearly 65 percent of Muroc’s registered voters would support a bond measure to improve and build school facilities. Edwards Air Force Base residents would not be affected by a bond proposal because they don’t pay property taxes. (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Challinor, who came aboard as superintendent last October, said the district needs to come up with more than $678,000 in matching funds for a proposed $1.6 million modernization of Boron High School, which was built in the 1950s. Under a 60-40 match program, the state’s share of the cost is $1.01 million, and the district’s match is $678,462. “We have some very aging facilities, and with our current financial situation with a decline in enrollment, we have some needs we can’t address with our current budget,” Challinor said. Under the $6 million bond proposal, homeowners in Boron and North Edwards would have been taxed. The tax would have been $55 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, but the average assessed valuation in those two communities is about $44,000 so the annual tax for homeowners would be only about $27 a year, district officials had said. A prior consultant concluded that U.S. Borax’s huge open pit mine and plant in Boron would foot more than 50 percent of the total tax payment for a Muroc bond. The company’s annual tax assessment would amount to about $140,000 a year, based on the assessed value of the firm’s property done by the consultant. NORTH EDWARDS – The Muroc Joint Unified School District is looking anew at whether to pursue a school construction bond measure to furnish the matching funds to refurbish Boron High School and do other projects. The board has approved a contract with a financial services consultant to help the district decide whether it should hold a bond election. “They will work to determine what projects we need to address, if the community would support a bond, and what cost they would be able to bear,” Superintendent Rob Challinor said. The district in the past two years had contemplated pursuing a $6 million bond measure, but took no action. last_img read more

LaSala survives vote on ouster

first_imgLaSala is midway into a four-year contract as the city’s top administrator. Developer and former California Republican Party chairman Frank Visco has led calls for LaSala’s ouster. Much of Visco’s criticism of LaSala stems from the pace of Amargosa Creek, a proposed 150-acre development that includes retail shops, restaurants, office space and possibly a Kaiser Permanente hospital. Visco said LaSala had an adversarial attitude toward the project and created a City Hall bureaucracy that was bringing all development, not just his project, to a crawl. Visco, one of Amargosa Creek’s developers, has been working on the project for at least two years with partner, and former Lancaster city manager, Jim Gilley. Visco said his issues go well beyond the Amargosa Creek project and his own personal interests. Visco said the city is not addressing issues such as crime and a shortage of hospital beds. LANCASTER – Lancaster City Council members decided not to oust embattled City Manager Bob LaSala on Tuesday, but a bid to make it harder to fire him in the future failed. Before a packed City Hall audience of more than 200 people, most council members said they supported LaSala – who has come under fire from developers – but a move to raise the minimum votes needed to fire him to four from three failed by a 3-2 vote. “I’m not going to watch us butcher the person we call our chief executive and I’m not going to watch us butcher each other,” said Councilman Andy Visokey. A second vote to lift the Dec. 31, 2008, expiration date from LaSala’s contract was approved by a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Ron Smith dissenting. Two months ago, the council voted to give LaSala a 7 percent raise, bringing his base salary to $243,155.70. LaSala’s defenders said he had done a good job for the city, particularly in the area of public safety. After years of little or no increase in staffing, LaSala pushed up spending on law enforcement by 40 percent since coming to the city. As for the pacing of the Amargosa Creek project, the time frame slipped in part because the nature of the project changed, LaSala’s defenders say. jim.skeen@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Arsenal plot stunning Zlatan swoop, Eriksen commits to Spurs and MORE GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers and online…Arsenal are lining up a stunning move for Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who will leave Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent this summer. But they will have to centend with Manchester United for the star’s signature, with the Red Devils willing to offer him a two-year deal worth £250,000-a-week. (Daily Star)The Gunners are also lining up summer moves for highly rated Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante and Borussia Monchengladbach attacker Granit Xhaka. (The Sun)Leicester will only let Kante leave if they have a suitable replacement already lined up. Reports claim the Foxes have identified Feyenoord youngster Tonny Vilhebna, 21, as a top target this summer. (Daily Mail)Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic looks set to join Liverpool in the summer. (Revier Sport)Christian Eriksen has agreed a new four-year deal at Tottenham, but the Danish playmaker is waiting for manager Mauricio Pochettino to commit to the club before finalising the contract. (Squawka)Spurs are also lining up summer moves for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi and Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti. (Daily Mirror)Juventus are planning negotiations with Chelsea over a permanent deal for Colombian loan signing Juan Cuadrado. The Italian champions will also reportedly attempt to sign the Blues’ Brazilian playmaker Oscar. (Daily Mail)The race to sign Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is down to Manchester United and Arsenal after West Ham withdrew their interest. (Daily Express)Stoke boss Mark Hughes has emerged as a potential candidate to become Everton’s new manager should they sack Roberto Martinez this summer. (The Mirror)And here are the latest headlines…???Exclusive – Dietmar Hamann has ‘no sympathy’ for Mamadou Sakho and says Liverpool star couldn’t argue with two-year banExclusive – ‘Harry Kane is an Arsenal fan. He’s one of our own!’ Ray Parlour urges Gunners to sign Tottenham strikerGerman club turned down chance to sign Leicester striker Jamie Vardy TWO YEARS ago ‘because he was too old’Liverpool have made a £7.5m bid for ex-Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen – reportsArsenal transfer news: Santi Cazorla admits Villarreal return is possibleSouthampton transfer news: Graziano Pelle lined up by Lazio as Saints star eyes Italy returnVIDEO: Missed Saul Niguez’s goal from Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich? Watch it here!last_img read more

Mulroy Woods Hotel wins Ulster Wedding Hotel of the Year

first_imgStill in infancy, the Mulroy Woods Hotel is making huge strides in providing a first class hospitality experience in Donegal. There was huge excitement last week when the Hotel won three awards at the prestigious Irish Hotel Awards 2017, which were presented at a Gala Ball in the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone.Owners Marty & Tricia Kelly said “This is testimony to our dedicated team who are passionate about going the extra mile and strive to achieve excellence. These accolades have provided us with the opportunity to showcase the amazing work that we do and recognizes the commitment to providing some of the best hospitality on offer in Ireland. L-R Donagh Mc Closkey, Representative Irish Hotel Awards, Patricia & Marty Kelly and Darren Mc Cann“The Irish Hotel Awards recognises achievements within the hospitality sector in Southern and Northern Ireland, we are delighted to win this coveted title as we beat off some stiff competition from well-known long established hotels.“In addition to this, we won two staff awards; Deputy Manager of the Year Donagh Mc Closkey and Wedding Planner of the Year, Siobhán Barrett-Doherty.Siobhán Barrett-Doherty, Wedding Planner of the YearDonagh Mc Closkey, Deputy Manager of the Year“Donagh and Siobhán are both highly skilled hospitality professionals with a combined experience of over 40 years in the industry, they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge and are delighted with the recognition for being the best at what they do.“If you are planning your special day, look no further! Mulroy Woods Hotel, the ideal destination Wedding venue with two delightful, airy, spacious banqueting suites, the Glashagh Suite catering for up to 350 guests and the Mulroy Suite for up to 180 guests. “Our wedding co-ordinators Siobhán, Donagh and Shaun will be on hand to assist you to craft a unique celebration finalising all the details from your menu to tableware, accommodation and all special requests that make your day special. The wedding packages offer exceptional value and can be tailor made to suit your budget. “Welcoming hospitality, tranquil surroundings, all that’s missing is you! Come visit soon!”Tel: 074 9153313 W:  E: Visit: Woods Hotel wins Ulster Wedding Hotel of the Year was last modified: March 28th, 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:awardsMulroy Woods Hotelweddingslast_img read more


first_imgRory Gallagher’s men will rue the 15 wides in the Ulster Final defeat to MonaghanA last gasp kicked by Paddy McBrearty sailed wide of the upright in the Ulster Senior Football Final which would given the Donegal men a well earned replay.It just wasn’t to be for Rory Gallagher’s men who finished the second strongly and could have clinched a draw in the dying seconds at Clones.But they will rue the 16 wides all game which let Monaghan off the hook and allowed them to lift the Anglo Celt Cup. Monaghan only scored three points all second have compared to Donegal’s six points.At the start of the second half, Gallagher sent his men out three minutes early after giving them a half time roasting over a poor first half performance.In the opening two minutes of the second half, Donegal hit three wides. They were to be crucial misses at the full time whistle.Monaghan opened the scoring on 38 minutes from Owen Lennon in the full forward line from the right wing at a tight angle. Ryan McHugh wass cynically fouled and Donegal got a free in and Paddy McBrearty popped it over the bar.Anthony Thompson came for Karl Lacey on 40 minutes but he didn’t appear to show any sign of an injury.Ryan McHugh was fouled again and Paddy McBrearty scores the free and cut Monaghan’s lead to three points.On 43 minutes, Conor McManus increased Monaghan’s lead back to four points with a superb free.Conor McFadden hit Donegal’s fifth wide on 45 minutes – another crucial miss. And then Gallagher hits wide – the 10th all game.Conor McManus increased Monaghan’s lead on 50 minutes with his sixth score of the game.On 51 minutes, Michael Muprhy scored a free and helps to reduced Monaghan’s lead to four points.Conor McFadden was taken off and is replaced by Daryl O’Connor. And another wide to Donegal this time from Paddy McBrearty – the eighth in the second half now. Ryan McAnespie then came on for the Farneymen but skewed his shot wide.Conor McManus struck a free wide on 57 minutes. The lead remained at four points and McBrearty shot wide and that was 13th all game.Then it went to 14 wides. Donegal had’t score a point from open play since the fifth minute when Frank McGlynn put a ball over the bar.But on 61 minutes McBrearty scored a free and the lead was now back to three points.On 64 minutes McBrearty scored a fantastic left footed strike over the Monaghan bar with their lead now down to two points.It was a nail biting time for both sets of fans in the stand as the clocked ticked down to the last five minutes of the matchMark McHugh was fouled on 65 minutes and McBrearty scored the free and the match was now down to one point – his sixth score of the game.Conor McManus broke free in the Donegal back line and drilled in a shot on 66 minutes which comes of the upright and falls into the arms of a Donegal defender.And the word resounds around Clone that there is three minutes of added time and and just one score for Donegal could make it a draw or a goal could clinch it for them.Then up came Paddy McBrearty who is 30 yards out from the Monaghan goal and with his left peg curls in a beautiful shot.He held his head in his hands as the umpire behind the goals signal a wide with his arms.And that was it. The last kick of the game and Donegal lost the final by a solitary point.A better second half performance by Rory Gallagher’s team but how he and his team will miss those 15 wides all game.Rory Gallagher’s men started off the brightest but it was Monaghan who ended the first half well on top.Paddy McBrearty opened the scoring with fantastic left point after just 1 min. He had the ball in his hand for less than one second before he took aim and fired over the bar.Karl Lacey came in from the right touchline and scores a superb point after two minutes. Pure class from Lacey.After four minutes Monaghan pulled a point back with a free kick from Conor McManus.Frank McGlynn scored on five minutes to increase the gap to two points. 3-1 to Donegal.First wide to Donegal came on seven minutes when Paddy McBrearty fired well wide of the Monaghan uprights.But Karl O’Connell closed the gap to one point with a great point from open play on nine minutes.Donegal’s Frank McGlynn is the first to go into the referee’s book and is given a yellow card for a high challenge on a Monaghan player.But Conor McManus skews his free wide of the Donegal uprights on 11 minutes.On 13 minutes Paul Durcan spread himself down low to stop a near certain Monaghan goal.But he picked up the ball from the ground and gave away a free to Monaghan.Conor McManus kicked the point of his hands and levels the scoring at 3 points each.Dessie Moan looked like he would score on 15 minutes but he pumped his shot wide of the posts – his second wide of the game.Donegal’s second wide of the game came on 17 minutes when Conor McFadden’s left-footed shop sails wide.On 19 minutes Ryan McHugh looked certain to score a point but his shot hits the upright but no Donegal players are in the box to catch the rebound.Up the pitch Dessie Moan fell down under a challenge from Michael Murphy in an off-the-ball tackle. Monaghan believe it is a ‘black card’ offence but the referee doesn’t agree.Donegal get their third wide on 24 minutes when full back Neil McGee goes through but his right-footed shot curled wide.Monaghan take the lead for the first time when Owen Duffy took a great 40 ft pass and in one move he fires over the Donegal bar.Donegal’s Neil McGee and Monaghan’s Conor McManus both receive yellow cards on 27 minutes for an off-the-ball incident.And Donegal’s defence was lacking again when on 29 minutes Monaghan’s Kieran Duffy catches a high ball and drills over the bar.Monaghan stretched their lead to five points.Then on 31 minutes Conor McManus scores after Christy Toye is forced hand pass the ball away.That’s five points in a row from Monaghan with no reply from Donegal who haven’t scored in 25 minutes.Micheal Murphy scores on 33 minutes from a free to cut the Monaghan lead to two points.Christy Toye is taken off and is replaced by Martin O’Reilly.But Monaghan stretched their lead by to three points with a 30 yard shot from Dessie Moan. 0-7 to 04 to Monaghan.The 35 minutes were up but the referee is playing an one minute of extra time.And Conor McManus adds more to Donegal’s woes when he picked up a wayward pass from Michael Murphy and scores.0-8 to 0-4 to Monghan at the end of the first half.FULL TIME IN ULSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL FINAL: DONEGAL 0-10 V 0-11 MONAGHAN was last modified: July 19th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FULL TIME IN ULSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL FINAL: DONEGAL 0-10 V 0-11 MONAGHANlast_img read more