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A test of patience – Richards

first_imgEUGENE, Oregon: Jamaican shot put athlete, O’Dayne Richards, says his struggles to find form following a leg surgery in March is proving to be a test of patience after another disappointing series on Friday night’s opening day of action at the two-day Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. Richards, the bronze medal winner from last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, fouled on his first effort before landing the implement at 19.09 metres and 18.30m in his remaining throws – his lowest marks since August 2013. The event was won by world champion Joe Kovacs (USA), who recorded a world leading 21.13m ahead of New Zealand’s Tom Walsh, 20.84m and veteran American Reese Hoffa, 20.58m. This was Richards’ second straight letdown in the ring, after a 19.22m throw at the Shanghai Diamond League meet earlier this month. Perhaps that is to be expected considering that it’s been just over two months since a metal rod was fitted through his knee and into his shin, after a surgery to correct a stress fracture. “I started off slow again,” he lamented after his event at Hayward Field. “I was a little bit cautious, but in terms of my health, I feel good, but I probably need a few more throws – well a lot more throws, but it will come. “It’s really testing my patience and I guess it’s a learning process as well, but I am trying,” added Richards, before admitting that his surgery is still playing on his mind. “It doesn’t go away or well for me it doesn’t go away, there is a constant reminder. There is a mark there that reminds me that it happened and it’s just taking a little bit more time for me to get mentally and physically tough enough to get over that hurdle,” said Richards. “I’ve never been in this bad a shape at this time of the year, but there is some time. There is time to do a lot more work and I am trying to stay positive and see how well I can do this year,” he added. “As it relates to the series, the first throw was a little bit cautious, but I didn’t hit the shot as well as I wanted to. For the second shot I decided I would try to do that a little better and I got a little improvement and on the third throw I said I would give it my all and then go as fast as I can. I went as fast as I could, but I didn’t hit the shot well, I was backing off and not pushing the shot and it cost me some distance,” he explained. Richards and his team have not decided on his next event so far, with the athlete looking forward to pushing on in training and getting things right in time for the upcoming Olympic trials. Constant reminderlast_img read more

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Jerry Benzwick: When the rugby ‘bug’ bit

first_imgMany actors will relate stories of how the acting bug bit, and once in their system, they couldn’t get it out.For chairman of the Jamaica Rugby Union, Jerry Benzwick, it was the rugby bug that bit more than 30 years ago and the love of a sport, which started while he was a first former at St Catherine High School, never died.”Rugby is a virus. It kind of gets into your system; it can’t come out,” he told The Gleaner.If his name seems familiar, it’s that for years, Benzwick, a trained actor, was also a regular feature on FAME FM’s Full House Fridays.Benzwick said he got into acting because he wanted to do radio work and did a course in voice and speech at the School of Drama”I went just to do voice and a couple of girls from the drama class dragged me over there, and the drama teacher said I could stay, then I did a production and the acting bug bit me. The following semester, I registered. It changed my life because I really found my niche. Before that, I had no idea what I wanted to do,” he shared.Ironically, acting did eventually get him to do his first love.After he went to promote a drama production on FAME FM, he was invited to return “anytime”, and that eventually morphed into a position on staff.All of that didn’t stop his rugby career, however.Championship-winning teamsBenzwick played rugby throughout high school and was on several championship-winning teams throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s.”There was a bunch of boys there (St Catherine) introducing sports and rugby got me excited because what I thought of was helmets, shoulder pads, and locker rooms. I was thinking American football. I went to the meeting and it wasn’t that.However, he got even more excited when he realised that rugby had none of the trappings he had presumed.”It’s the kind of sport that attracted me. A team sport is what I love where you can work with others, and I found rugby to be the purest team sports. Rugby is a full-on team sport where everybody has to pull their weight,” he explained.”Rugby was built on a foundation of discipline, integrity, honesty, solidarity, respect, and it is now the core values of rugby that we live by. When I was a child playing rugby, our coach would say ‘rugby man don’t do certain things’,” he added.After high school, he continued to play as part of St Catherine Masters team, the Thundercats.After spending two years living in New York, during which time he worked at a restaurant as a floor manager, at schools, and in dramas, Benzwick returned to Jamaica and was invited to run for the position JRU chairman.”When I told them I was coming back, they told me they wanted me to run for chairman. They told me I was the person who would have the right stuff to bring the union into the place where it needs to be.”He was elected unopposed on July 17.Benzwick, who is also a motivational speaker, has a lot of plans to move the sport forward locally.”(Rugby) has been mismanaged. We are sitting on a gold mine. Rugby has unlimited potential for tourism. Everybody who plays rugby travels, however nobody is travelling to Jamaica. My mandate is to change that and get big tournaments here right throughout the year” he said.”I intend to make rugby the national sport.”This is a task with which he is working alongside vice-chairman Keisha Ann Down, and the pair is on a social media drive to help their functions.The JRU is currently rebranding, but one issue is the shortage of green space. He also wants to improve the image of the sport with the international body, too, which would open doors for funding.last_img read more

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LNP Former Traffic Chief Miekee Gray Dies

first_imgFormer LNP Traffic Chief, Miekee GrayLiberians were shocked yesterday afternoon when the death of a popular Assistant Police Commissioner for Operations (105), Miekee Sickie Gray, was announced to the public. Just before the news broke, many “sympathizers,” among them some senior police officers, trooped in their numbers to the S.D. Cooper Hospital in Sinkor where doctors assigned at the hospital announced his death to the family.News of the death of the veteran law enforcer began to spread across Monrovia and its environs as well as on social media around yesterday afternoon.The vicinity of the hospital was quickly overwhelmed by grief-stricken people as many of them converged there among them, the hierarchy of the LNP, including Inspector General, Patrick Sudue, and his principal deputies, Robert Budy, Prince Borkawoe Mulbah and many others, who were at the scene consoling the bereaved family.As chief of traffic, Miekee Gray was a frequent face along the thoroughfares, especially along routes prone to traffic congestion in Monrovia and its environs. His became a household name, especially during the days when he served as the Chief of Traffic Division at the LNP prior to his recent promotion.Police Spokesman, Moses Carter, confirmed news of his death, and said that officer Gray, a week ago, asked for an excuse to seek medical attention, an excuse which was officially granted by LNP authorities. Carter spoke in a brief chat with local journalists at the Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlor in Monrovia, where Gray’s remains have been deposited.“It saddens the police as news of Gray’s death began spreading at 3 p.m.  This is a very huge loss for the police. This was one of the best we got in this country,” Carter lamented.Within an hour following Carter’s statement, a Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlor van was already on hand to transport the body from the hospital to the funeral home, where the LNP hierarchy had converged to get a glimpse of the remains of their fallen colleague.News of the death of the former chief of traffic quickly spread on social media, with messages of condolences pouring in from around the world to his family and the LNP.Top police officer, T-max-Browne, II noted on his facebook page: “Honorable Commissioner of Police MIEKEE S. GRAY, has just departed this world few minutes ago; Commissioner of Police for Operations was pronounced dead at the SDA Hospital; the operations department and member of the operations planning unit would like to extend our condolences to the bereaved family. Rest in peace Comm. Miekee S. Gray.”Emmanuel Roberts, a resident of the 12th Street community, noted: “Miekee served the LNP with dedication and distinction for many years. It is being reported that he died from pressure.”Abel Plackie, former Deputy Press Secretary to former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, wrote on social media: “Oh my God (OMG), my deepest sympathy to the family and the LNP.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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President Weah, Take Charge and Lead!

first_imgThe attention of the Daily Observer is drawn to a story carried in its April 17, 2019 edition under the headline, “AFL Soldier Guilty for Threatening to Kill June 7 Protesters”.According to the story, the Board of Investigation of the Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL) has charged Corporal Sieh Collins for contravening Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).Collins recently posted on his Face Book page a message which read: “I will never regret killing anybody on the streets of Monrovia to keep this country safe. Remember our children are in school and Liberia is safe. Trust me, I will kill you with happiness.”Further, according to the story, “the investigation report held Cpl. Collins liable for contravening the UCMJ Article 92 for failure to obey orders or regulations and General Article 134, which talks about threat communication. Therefore, he has been subjected to the Disciplinary Board of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL)”.The Daily Observer is indeed deeply concerned about how poisonous the political atmosphere has become as of late. Threats of the use of violence have filled the air waves and they are contributing to an uncomfortable rise in tension. The tension is indeed palpable and chances of a spillover into actual violence cannot be dismissed.Recently, just about a day or two ago, a group of ex-rebel generals held a press stakeout which was carried live on social media. In that video posting, ex-rebel generals, some of who were allegedly involved in the killing of UN Peace Keepers in the Ivory Coast, can be openly seen and heard brazenly issuing an ultimatum to Representative Yekeh Kolubah to report to their custody or else they will “move” on him.While government officials have spared no efforts lampooning Representative Kolubah for allegedly threatening to overthrow this government, their stony silence in the face of such brazen threats by ex-rebel generals and unrepentant perpetrators of gross human rights abuse speaks volumes.The only publicly known qualm these ex-rebel generals might have with Rep. Kolubah is that he blew the whistle on a secret meeting between them and Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill. According to Kolubah one of those in attendance recorded the conversation between the minister and the ex-rebel generals, which Kolubah says is in his possession.If the Government of Liberia, President Weah or anyone else has not so much as filed an official complaint against Rep. Kolubah for whatever utterances he may have made recently, then on what basis have the ex-rebel generals issued their ultimatum? Are they acting unofficially on behalf of a sponsor close to the Presidency?That these individuals with such tainted past would have the temerity to make public statements threatening the use of violence to secure political ends, should constitute a wakeup call to all well-meaning Liberians to intensify their push for the establishment of a war and economic crimes court for Liberia.The current situation should also claim the urgent attention of ECOWAS and its early warning conflict prevention unit. The leaders of the Mano River Union should also take cue from what is unfolding and take the necessary measures to address the situation before matters reach an irreversible stage.Judging from recorded statements attributed to the Minister of State that he is the leader of the country, it does appear amiss that President Weah has not bothered to correct the distinctly false impression being conveyed by his Minister of State except, of course, the Minister is saying the truth.As it appears thus, there may indeed be several loci of power in Liberia which has led many in the international community to question, just who is in charge in Liberia — and by extension, who is in charge of security in Liberia as there appears to be several heads?In one breath, the County Attorney of Montserrado County (a subordinate to the Justice Minister), rather than the Justice Minister himself, in the absence of official criminal charges against Representative Kolubah is demanding that he (Kolubah) reports to his office to undergo investigation.In yet another breath, ex rebel generals are seen and heard issuing a similar ultimatum, while in the same vein a government official is heard on a radio talk show warning the public that anyone considering participating in the proposed June 7 protest demonstration should bid their families good-bye, meaning of course they would be killed.As gathered from the Daily Observer story, it appears that the leadership of the AFL may, more likely than not, move in to protect June 7 marchers should lawless individuals attempt to actualize their threats of the use of violence against the June 7 protesters.This newspaper recalls that the then Congress for Democratic Change was the most vocal critic of the past government that engaged in almost incessant protest action against the past government.Now, firmly in the seat of power, the once perennial protesters and activists have suddenly become averse to protest demonstrations. In their eyes, “fire must blaze when any bush shake”. The risk is after lighting so many fires, one could end up being consumed by the very blaze. President Weah should consider this instructive:TAKE CHARGE AND LEAD and avoid being pushed or led to an untimely and unkind fate. And remember that “a stitch in time saves nine”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Teacher testifies in Kescia Branche murder PI

first_img…murder accused denies knowing teacherRayana Michael, a former teacher of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School, on Thursday stood before Magistrate Judy Latchman to testify in the Preliminary Inquiry into the murder of Kescia Branche.Murder suspect: Matthew MunroeShe told the court that she only knew the murder accused, Matthew Munroe through Branche, since he would usually pick them up after partying on the weekend.The woman explained that after Branche’s death, she was invited to the Brickdam Police Station for a confrontation between herself and the accused but he reportedly told Police that he never saw her.The matter will continue today before Magistrate Latchman. Munroe was represented by a different attorney from the last sitting.He is accused of murdering Kescia Branche, a teacher, on November 7, 2017 in Georgetown.Murdered school teacher, Kescia BrancheAttorney George Thomas, who is representing the 47-year-old man, told the court that his client, who has been in custody since November 30, 2017, has denied committing the crime, holding out that he was not in the jurisdiction.In an attempt to form an alibi, Thomas claimed that his client’s mobile phone was confiscated by the Police and records can prove his claims.The Police are contending that the car from which Branche’s body was allegedly dumped, reportedly belonged to Munroe. Upon receiving that bit of information, the Police immediately named Munroe as a person of interest. After spending some time in the United States, the man returned and presented himself to the Criminal Investigation Department in the company of his lawyer.The Police stated that during interrogation, Munroe could not have provided information on his whereabouts on the night the woman was brutally attacked and more so, failed to give Police information on his missing car bumper.Twenty-two-year-old Branche, of Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, was discovered lying at the corner of Princes Street and Louisa Row in Georgetown on the morning of November 5.She succumbed at the Georgetown Public Hospital two days after her discovery as a result of brain haemorrhaging and blunt trauma to the head.According to reports, Branche had left home for a night of partying.She left her three-year-old son in the care of a friend, who revealed that Branche told her that she intended to go to Palm Court to meet a male friend. The teacher later returned home, but subsequently left again. She told her friend that she would be home by 02:00h, but never returned. She was last seen leaving a nightclub on Lamaha Street in the company of two Police ranks.The father of the woman’s son was also arrested after the teacher’s mobile phone was found in his possession. He, along with four Cops, were questioned about her death but were later released on station bail.last_img read more

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No resting on Liverpool’s laurels for Klopp

first_img0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are the leading scorers in this year’s Champions League with 28 goals © AFP / Anthony DevlinLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Mar 5 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ruled out making wholesale changes when Porto visit Anfield on Tuesday despite holding a massive 5-0 lead from the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.Klopp’s men travel to Manchester United on Saturday in a clash not only laced with huge ramifications due to the rivalry between the sides, but also in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “We respect Porto too much and the competition too much that we would think about real rotation,” Klopp, who has rotated his side more than any other Premier League manager this season, said on Monday.Liverpool have carried on their fine form since dishing out Porto’s heaviest ever European home defeat three weeks ago by strengthening their position in the Premier League’s top four with routine wins over West Ham and Newcastle.And Klopp is keen to keep that momentum going rather than give his key players the night off.“You don’t rotate to avoid something, you only use players that are in the best shape,” he added.“If it will be a different line-up to Saturday I don’t know, but only because we want to win the game. We don’t rest players.”Barring a disaster, Liverpool will book their place in the Champions League last eight for the first time in nine years.And midfielder James Milner believes they are serious contenders to win the competition for a sixth time if they can eradicate the inconsistency that has let them down during the course of the campaign.Liverpool are the only side to beat runaway leaders Manchester City in the Premier League this season.However, after edging out City 4-3 in a thriller at Anfield in January, Liverpool went on to lose their next two outings to Swansea and West Brom.“At this stage of the tournament you need to have that belief you can go on and win it,” said Milner of Liverpool’s Champions League chances.“We are an exciting team to watch, but I think we are learning to manage games better than we have done in the past.“We’ve proved over the past few years we can beat anyone, but you have to be consistent. We’re not looking too far ahead and want to put in a good performance and get through tomorrow night.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Shock report! Man City to beat United to signing of Valencia star

first_img Nicolas Otamendi Manchester City have edged ahead of neighbours Manchester United in the hunt for wantaway Valencia star Nicolas Otamendi.The 27-year-old defender has made it clear he wants to leave the Mestalla this summer and the Argentine’s agent has reportedly met both Premier League clubs to discuss a potential switch.However, according to Valencia-based newspaper Super Deporte, Otamendi’s agent Jorge Mendes is keen for his client to move to Manuel Pellegrini’s side because of improved contract terms.The La Liga club are demanding Otamendi’s full £35m release clause is met but neither Manchester club are ready to meet that figure.The former Porto and Velez Sarsfield centre-back, who joined Los Che in 2014, is hoping his future will be decided before the start of the new season. 1last_img read more

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Aodh Ruadh GAA club announce details of their AGM

first_imgAodh Ruadh GAA News: FootballThe Annual General Meeting of Aodh Ruadh CLG takes place on Sunday 4th December in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 6pm. Members are invited to email nominations and motions to secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or text them to 086-2338636, along with the name of the proposer, for consideration at AGM. The deadline for receipt of motions and nominations is 9pm, Friday, November 25th. Nomination and motion papers are available to download from aodhruadh.org. Club membership can be paid for 2017 on the night. The county banquet takes place in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Saturday 3rd December at 7.30pm Being honoured on the night are retiring players from the All-Ireland winning team of 2012, the All-Ireland C Hurling Champions, Gradam Shémuis Mhic Géidigh urraithe ag RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta as well as club and individual award winners. Tickets are available from club officers priced €40.Aodh Ruadh will be staging an underage football awards presentation evening in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon on Saturday 3rd December at 5pm. Donegal legend Michael Murphy will be joining us as we celebrate a year of underage football in Aodh Ruadh. There will be presentations to all players in Bord na nÓg and to the ladies under 12, under 13 and under 16 teams.There was a big crowd at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh for finals night in the under 10 Ballyshannon Shoe Company winter league last Friday. The shield final was won by Morgan McNamee’s Team D who got the better of Eoin Doogan’s Team B in a tight competitive match. Team B were unfortunately deprived of their captain Eoin through illness. The cup final was won by Finn Coady’s Team C in another exciting game with Michael Keown’s Team A never giving up right to the final whistle. We had all weather conditions, and at times it made the 1939 Thunder and Lightning Final look like a walk in the park, but that didn’t stop our young players from giving it their all. Many thanks to Ballyshannon Shoe Company for sponsoring the medals and trophies and to Gus Culkin for making presentations in the Aras afterwards. Thanks to Val Murray for reffing the finals. Special thanks to all the parents / guardians who laid on the much welcome tea and refreshments in the Aras afterwards. This was a great league with 44 players taking part over the five weeks. The Bord na nÓg AGM takes place on Wednesday, 23rd November at  8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. We will be reflecting on a packed 2016 and planning for 2017. Underage football has been making great strides in the club and it is great to part of a project that is really going places. Fresh energy and ideas are always welcome though and anyone who has an interest in underage football in Ballyshannon is more than welcome to attend. There will be a short meeting before the AGM at 7pm to discuss the running of the presentation evening.LadiesThe Ladies AGM took place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday evening. The meeting being quorate, detailed team reports were read. These may be obtained by members from the Ladies Secretary at wsargyll@gmail.com. This was followed by election of officers. Eoin O’Moore, as he had previously indicated, declined to stand for re-election as Chairperson. Having carried out these duties for several years, he felt that it was time that someone else assume the responsibility to carry forward Ladies Football in Aodh Ruadh. He indicated his willingness to assist his successor if called upon. He was thanked for all his work on behalf of Aodh Ruadh Ladies. Patricia McShea-Hill accepted re-election to the post of vice-chairperson and was duly appointed. Other appointments made were as follows: Secretary: Willie Scott; Fund-raising: Teddy Kane; PRO: John Hughes; Child Protection Officer: John Travers; County Reps: Willie Scott, Teddy Kane, Sara Gallagher (players representative); Lotto Organisation: Siobhan McGarrigle; LGFA Registration: Linda Clyne, Siobhan McGarrigle and Eoin O’Moore. The AGM was then adjourned until early January 2017 with a date to be notified in due course. Given that so many of our players are at underage grades the secretary is reminding parents that, like all sports organisations, we depend on parents being active in helping to organise and urged a big attendance at the reconvened AGM where we will be appointing a chairperson.HurlingJuvenile Hurling AGM will take place on Tuesday 29th November at 8pm. It will be a review of 2016 and a look forward to 2017. All interested in underage hurling are asked to attend. At the moment we are fielding six underage teams. There is a lot of work involved for the small, hard-working committee and we would encourage some new blood to get involved. Nobody needs to be afraid of being forced to take a job. Come along on the night and hear how the underage hurling season went in 2016. You never know you, might want to get involved. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. Anyone who can’t make the meeting, but feels like getting involved is asked to contact John Rooney 086-2587793.Our annual Christmas quiz will take place in Owen Roe’s on Thursday 15th December. Always a good night of fun and craic. Scór na nÓgThere was a large crowd in attendance in the Saint John Bosco Centre in Donegal town on Friday night for the last of the Scór na nÓg semi-finals and Aodh Ruadh were well represented on the night.Our young quiz team of Beth Flood, Laoise Kelly, Clodagh O’Connor and Lauren McHugh were up against eight other clubs with only the top two qualifying for the Tráth na gCesiteanna final. While some of the questions were quite tough, never the less, our girls put up a brave performance, but failed to break into the top two. Hopefully this young quiz team will come back stronger next year. Many thanks to their teacher Eamon Martin Maguire for all his help with the girls’ preparation.Next up was our instrumental music group of Elyssa Finnegan, Fódhla Sheerin, Eoin Summerville, Sean Branley and Daithí Sheerin. Despite a great performance of their two tunes, Tripping up the Stairs and Merry Blacksmith, and a glowing report from the adjudicator, they failed to qualify for the Ceol Uirlise finals. This is a young group of talented musicians and hopefully we will see them winning county finals in the very near future. They were well coached for the night by Seamus Sweeney. Our final competitor Amy Carney was taking part in the Aithriseoireacht / Scéalaíocht – Recitation / Storytelling competition. She chose to recite the William Allingham poem, Abbey Assaroe. A confident performance on the stage, saw another glowing report from the adjudicator and qualification for the county final. Many thanks to her teacher Áine Roper who had Amy well prepared for the night. We wish Amy all the best for the county final which will be held in Glenfin on a date yet to be decided.Finally many thanks to all the parents and friends who drove all our competitors to Donegal town on what was a very poor night weather wise. Also thanks to all our supporters who also made the journey.2017 National Club DrawTickets are on sale now for the National Club Draw priced €10. Once again there’s a serious line-up of prizes. Donegal County Board is also making a prize fund of €2,500 available which will stay within the county. All funds raised by club members go to Aodh Ruadh. The club will also have prizes for those who buy tickets from club members and we will details of those in due course. The full list of national prizes is detailed below.1. A new Opel Corsa.2. Trip with the 2017 All-Stars.(Two persons, All-Ireland Football Final tickets, All-Stars banquet tickets, tour and airline tickets and accommodation.)3. Travel voucher to the value of €1,500.4. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Corporate Package 2017.(Two persons. Corporate hospitality and Two nights accommodation with one evening meal for both weekends.)5. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017.(Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)6 . All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017.(Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)7. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017.(Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)8. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017.(Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)9. Shopping voucher to the value of €1,000 at a retailer of your choice.10. Shopping voucher to the value of €1,000 at a retailer of your choice.11. All-Ireland Hurling Final Corporate Package 2017.(Two persons. Corporate hospitality and Two nights accommodation with one evening meal.)12. All-Ireland Football Final Corporate Package 2017.(Two Persons. Corporate hospitality and Two nights accommodation with one evening meal.)13. All-Ireland Hurling Final Package 2017.(Two persons. Premium tickets, overnight accommodation with an evening meal.)14. All-Ireland Football Final Package 2017.(Two persons. Premium tickets, overnight accommodation with an evening meal.)Remember, all funds raised will be retained by Aodh Ruadh. The draw takes place on Wednesday 8th March 2017. For further details, terms and conditions see www.gaa.ie/nationalclubdraw.Abbey Centre BingoLast week’s €400 jackpot was won by Margaret McCaffrey, Killeen, Ballyshannon. There was no winner of the winter snowball so it now stands at €275 on 45 numbers or less. This Friday is the November big bingo, with a massive €2,900 prize fund including the €1,000 jackpot game. Books cost just €15 or get the book and a half special for €20! First game at 9pm at the Abbey Centre.Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €7,200. The winning numbers drawn were 2, 4, 10, 13, 14 and 17. In the lucky dip €20 went to Marie Gallagher, Erne Street; V Brennan, Lawne Park; Mary McWeeney, The Mall; Vivienne McCabe, Cluain Barron; and Liam McGowan, Clyhore. Next draw is in The Bridgend with a jackpot of €7,300 on Sunday at 8.30pm. Tickets are now available in the following outlets: Seán Óg’s, The Market House, Dicey Reilly’s, The  Limit, Pat’s Bar, The Bridgend, Owen  Roe’s, Fin McCool’s, The Lantern, McGinley’s, Pearse O’Neill’s, McCosker’s Centra and Kernan’s Spar and at the weekly and weekly bingo in the Abbey Centre. If not in, you can’t win!The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra Saturday is: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website, www.aodhruadh.org, or e-mail your request to info@aodhruadh.org.Aodh Ruadh GAA club announce details of their AGM was last modified: November 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)Tags:Aodh RuadhGAASportlast_img read more

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Brazil’s ‘Little Bird’ Garrincha

first_img2 Garrincha was some sort of wizard with the ball at his feet Just 11 days remain until the World Cup begins. This means talkSPORT.com is getting down to the true icons of the World Cup in its countdown.The list featuring Pele, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane, looks at the greatest moments from the most iconic footballers – from great goal scorers and majestic defenders to sensational scoundrels and those who just didn’t know the rules.11) Garrincha: Brazil, midfielder (1958, 1962 and 1966)Born with bow legs and a crooked spine, this magical dribbler was a star of Brazil’s World Cup wins in 1958 and 1962. In ’62, the ‘Little Bird’ was in full flight, scoring four times against England and Chile as he won player of the tournament. Played his last international game in ’66 when Brazil lost 3-1 to Hungary. In all his 50 caps, it was the only match Garrincha lost with Brazil.talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit talkSPORT.com for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia.MORE ICONS: Paolo Maldini, an Alfa Romeo of a defender center_img 2last_img read more

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THE GREAT SKY TV DONEGAL RIP-OFF – DONEGALDAILY READERS FIGHT BACK

first_imgINVESTIGATION: SKY TV viewers across County Donegal are fighting back against the great rip-off exposed yesterday by donegaldaily.com.We revealed how customers here are paying up to €250 a year more for inferior Sky services compared to customers just across the Border in the North.But YOU – our loyal readers – are refusing to take this rip-off lying down. And many of you have either dumped Sky or managed to squeeze deals out of them.Reader Sharon McNulty has had enough.She told us: “Just don’t bother getting it, or get rid of it as simple as that. I had it and got rid of it, it was the best thing that I did and now my kids don’t miss it and they play outside so much more and the money I save by not having it goes into an account for their college so don’t tell me you have to have it!”Daniel rang up to complain after seeing the price comparison on donegaldaily.com. He told us: “It’s simple. Ring them and inform them you are leaving. I got a free upgrade to sky plus, two years free hd channels and three months where I only had to pay for the basic package even though I have sports and movies, all from one phone call.”Campaigner Ryan Stewart told us: “Sky counter the argument saying they have a higher cost base in the republic due to higher minimum wage etc, but in the north you get a phone package, broadband with sky talk etc also thrown in, where as here we pay around €60 a month for crap broadband on top of the €75 a month sky package.“Then look at the pay-per-view prices too – around 25% dearer as well, and it’s always the scotland office that puts it through, extra dosh just for pressing a button!!!”And Andrew Brolly used our story to get himself a big discount.He revealed: “Just seen the Sky rip off article on your website. I Have the full Sky package …I called Sky to cancel Sky completely and told them it was too expensive, especially in comparison with NI. “At the last stage of cancellation, they offered me half price Sky for 6 months. I’m now paying €38 instead of €76 per month for Sky World.“I will be phoning them at the end of the 6 months again! I’d recommend that everyone call and threaten to cancel!”John McAteer insisted: “Sky has become away too expensive but then again just look at who owns the company! Do we really need Sky, especially since Saorview from RTE is going to provide a big range of extra channels.“How many Sky channels do we watch? We should all be looking at the cost and it is horrendous.” Let’s keep the donegaldaily.com campaign going. Keep ringing. Keep complaining…and keep telling us what reaction you get. Leave your comments in the comment box below and we’ll pass on all your tips.THE GREAT SKY TV DONEGAL RIP-OFF – DONEGALDAILY READERS FIGHT BACK was last modified: August 10th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaldonegaldaily.com campaignsky rip offTHE GREAT SKY TV DONEGAL RIP-OFF – DONEGALDAILY READERS FIGHT BACKlast_img read more