Abilene Christian’s Sheehy, Bellow Sweep Tennis Player of the Week Awards

first_imgSheehy led the first-place Wildcats (13-3) to victories over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Harding on Sunday, extending the team’s winning streak to a season-best eight matches. ACU is in the Sunshine State to face Florida A&M and No. 41 Florida State tonight before taking on No. 37 Arkansas at 6 p.m. CT on Saturday. Honorable Mention: Putri Insani, Southeastern Louisiana; Ela Iwaniuk, Northwestern State; Kei Kato, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Yada Vasupongchai, Central Arkansas; Bianca Vitale, Lamar; Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston State. FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Josh Sheehy and Autumn Bellow are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. With his two top-line wins, Sheehy pushed his personal winning streak to seven matches. The nation’s 100th-ranked player according to the ITA has a .786 winning percentage (11-3) this spring and has won nine of his last 10 contests. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Josh Sheehy, Abilene Christian – Senior – Arlington, TexasSheehy lost just three games in his first three sets of singles play last week, defeating UAPB’s Kameron Myers 6-1, 6-0 and taking the first set 6-2 against Harding’s Alejandro Sendra, who gave Sheehy a run for his money in the second frame, but eventually fell 7-5. Honorable Mention: Axel Vila Antuna, Lamar. Bellow was flawless during the Wildcats’ 2-0 home weekend vs. Lone Star State foes Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin, as ACU improved to a perfect 3-0 in conference play and 7-7 overall. The Wildcats look to remain undefeated in Southland action at home against Incarnate Word at 1 p.m. Saturday. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Autumn Bellow, Abilene Christian – Senior – Amarillo, TexasBellow improved to 10-8 as a doubles player this spring and 6-4 over her last 10 singles decisions as she posted two of the Wildcats’ four points in a 4-3 triumph over Sam Houston State. She rolled that momentum into a 7-0 team victory over Stephen F. Austin in which she won both her singles and doubles matches again.last_img read more

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Tonga to learn from Pacific Games travel failures

first_imgPACNEWS Last week the government had to front up the travel bill for 59 remaining athletes whose federations failed to pay their air fares to Papua New Guinea to compete in this year’s Pacific Games.The Minister of Youth, Employment and Sports, Fe’ao Vakata, says the Tonga Amateur Sports Association and other federations were disorganised and it’s the last time the government will front up travel money due to their lack of preparation.Vakata says the Ministry will work on setting up a separate institute of sports for Tonga alongside criteria for selected federation members.”They all come running to Uncle Government thinking they are ‘something’. But we want to host this very important occassion. They need us. They need government to jump in and help out with the federations.”last_img read more

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Women Group Wants LWSC’s DMD Suspended

first_img– Advertisement – A group of women under the banner, “Liberian Women Forum”, have called on President George Weah to suspend Moseray Momoh, Deputy Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), for his alleged sexual exploitation of a 31-year-old woman, who was only seeking a job for survival.In a statement yesterday, August 15, 2018, under the signature of the group’s president, Kadi C. Porte, the group condemned in the strongest possible terms the allegation and called for an urgent and speedy investigation of Momoh.Madam Porte called on President Weah to ensure that the allegation involving an official of his government is investigated and speedily tried, to ensure that justice is done to the victim.She asked the wife of Momoh to take this matter seriously with her husband, and every female employee of the LWSC, who has fallen victim to Momoh, to come forward.Madam Porte promised to protect their identities. She added, “Having come a long way in solidifying our peace and democracy, we must not forget to also strengthen our judicial system, to ensure that every Liberian would receive justice, irrespective of status in society or political affiliation.”The women group’s call came in the awake of a report involving one Theresa, who reportedly went to the headquarters of the governing CDC in Congo Town to put her name on a list as she was told by a friend that the party was collecting names and employing partisans at different government ministries and entities.Theresa said Momoh questioned her why she was at the headquarters, and she told him that she had gone there to get her name on the job list at which time he told her to meet him for a job offer at his office on Front Street, which she did, carrying her CV.She said Momoh told her she already had the job and her salary will not be less than US$350 and L$20,000. He also asked her to attend the workshop organized by the entity, to be trained on the job that she will be doing.According to her, after the three-day workshop, she received a call from the entity to begin work until a position was assigned to her.Theresa said after a week of going to work, she and others were told by the supervisor to stop going to work until he called them; so she sat at home for a day and, placing a call to Momoh, asked him what was going on. She said he told her to meet him at his office, and when she responded, Momoh reportedly took her to a motel and sexually exploited her.Meanwhile, the women’s group highlighted a reported gang rape last week involving three fully-grown men, who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in Maryland County to death.The suspects were identified as Alphonso Gaysu, 35, Geekor Matue, 20, and Junior, 30. They allegedly committed the crime on June 28, 2018. Unfortunately, Madam Porte said, the alleged perpetrators are yet to be apprehended and made to face prosecution.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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300 accounts and US$18M bonus cannot be compared – Jagdeo

first_imgGovernment’s attempt to try to compare the US$18 million which was deposited in an account outside of the Consolidated Fund and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) opening over 300 bank accounts while in Government are not comparable and the comparison was only raised to divert attention from the illegal move.This is the firm view expressed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo who said that the two issues were completely different in that the US$18 million signing bonus paid to Guyana by ExxonMobil was placed into an account at the Central Bank, which does not fall under the remit of the Auditor General.Speaking about the 300 accounts, Jagdeo said these were opened at the Central Bank for transactional purposes and all monies were placed in the Consolidated Fund and were subject to audits by the Auditor General’s office. And in addition to that, there has been no move to charge anyone over theft.Government disclosed that examination of the books of accounts and records held at the Bank of Guyana revealed that the previous Government prior to May 2015 followed the practice of opening official and other bank accounts for Government business. This is an established lawful practice in accordance with the Fiscal Management and Accountability (FMA) Act 2003 and the Constitution of Guyana.But Jagdeo said aside from that, Finance Minister Winston Jordan should be questioned in greater detail about the issue. Among the questions, Jagdeo said, that should be asked is how many of the 300 accounts were closed by the current Government? How many are still active? And how many are project related?“Why hasn’t anyone been charged for misconduct related to the operation of these accounts? Why has Government been silent about the Lotto Fund, the Guyana Forestry Commission account or the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) account, despite the claims of corruption prior to May 2015?” he further questioned.Jagdeo added that while Minister Jordan has boasted that interest was being accrued on the US$18 million, none of that goes into the Consolidated Fund. However, he explained, in the case of the 300 accounts, which were all opened for transactional purposes, interest went to the Consolidated Fund.Government had insisted that no laws were broken. Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge had referred to the fact that Section 37 (2) of the FMA Act provides for public monies to be held in extra-budgetary funds and deposit funds that is, until they are credited to the Consolidated Fund.But Jagdeo pointed out that the FMA Act in fact contradicts Greenidge, who is a former Minister of Finance. Section 42 mandates that after a deposit fund is established, the Minister has to inform the National Assembly of the fund’s existence.According to Section 42 (2) of the Act, the Minister also has to specify “the source or sources of the monies in the deposit fund; the purpose or purposes for which monies may be expended from the deposit fund; the banking arrangements for the deposit fund, and the intended investment strategy for the monies deposited in the deposit fund”.The account for the signing bonus was set up at the Central Bank not by an Act of Parliament or legislation, but by request from the Finance Ministry. The transaction first came to light after Guyana Times published a leaked correspondence dated September 20, 2016 and addressed to the Governor of the Bank of Guyana with this subject line: “Signing bonus granted by ExxonMobil – Request to open bank account”.In the letter, Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry, Hector Butts, had requested that a foreign currency account be opened at the Bank, in order to receive a deposit in the form of a ‘signing bonus’ to be given by ExxonMobil.Amid criticism, Government officials had defended the secrecy by saying the money would be used to pay legal fees in defence of Guyana’s sovereignty, should its case with Venezuela reach the International Court of Justice (ICJ).When asked whether he accepted that placing the US$18 million outside of the Consolidated Fund was illegal, President David Granger himself had professed ignorance of anything illegal with the transaction.The Government has recently committed to having the money transferred to the Consolidated Fund.The Opposition has filed a legal challenge against Government to ensure that it does.The case is pending.last_img read more

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Citizens pledged support until contract scrapped

first_imgFor the third time in three weeks, scores of persons showed up to protest the pay-to-park initiative in front of City Hall on Thursday. Citizens have pledged to support the Movement against Parking Meters until the contract is scrapped.Details of this story will be published in the February 17, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.last_img

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Video: Ouch! Tottenham striker Harry Kane gets a clattering from the advertising hoardings

first_imgHarry Pain?Tottenham striker Harry Kane was in the wars in the League Cup showdown with Arsenal on Wednesday night, clattering into the advertising hoardings.After a duel with Gunners winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain which saw him earn a corner for his side, the England star went head first into the boards behind the goal.The 22-year-old fortunately seemed unscathed by the incident, although he was unable to inspire Spurs to victory as they fell to a 2-1 defeat.last_img

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Long-term Arsenal target admits ‘love’ for the Gunners

first_imgArsenal target William Carvalho has admitted his love for the Gunners is why he finds the Premier League so appealing.The Sporting Lisbon midfielder has been tipped to move to the Emirates in the past, while Manchester United have also been linked with the Portuguese.However, speaking to A Bola, Carvalho insists a move to the Premier League is not on his agenda at the moment.“I am where I want to be right now, which is Sporting,” he said.“I prefer not to say too much, but there is a club I have always loved: Arsenal.“It’s because they had Thierry Henry, a player I always enjoyed watching.“Perhaps this is also why I’ve found the Premier League so appealing.” William Carvalho 1last_img

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Omaha mall massacre: A holiday spirit turned to horror

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings The massacre was presaged Tuesday evening, when a young man with a troubled background named Robert A. Hawkins showed an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle to his landlady, Debora Maruca-Kovac. She says she didn’t think much of the incident at the time – Hawkins, she thought, wasn’t a violent type, although he was depressed over losing both his girlfriend and his job at McDonald’s. Perhaps an hour before the shooting, Hawkins called Maruca-Kovac to say he had left a suicide note. He wrote that he was “sorry for everything” and would no longer be a burden on his family, with whom he had feuded. More ominously, he wrote: “Now I’ll be famous.” Entering Von Maur’s in the Westroads Mall, Hawkins promptly drew the attention of security officers. “Mall security actually spotted Mr. Hawkins upon entry. He was under surveillance at that time, just based on his actions,” Police Chief Thomas Warren said Thursday. But the officers were unarmed, Warren said. “Mall security did not have a chance to intervene.” Hawkins initially remained in the store only briefly. He left, then returned within minutes – apparently with a rifle concealed in a balled-up sweat shirt. He immediately took the elevator to the third floor, and began firing almost as soon as he got out, Warren said. That elevator opens near the girls department. One of its managers at the time was Angie Schuster, 36, who was one of the six Von Maur employees killed. “She probably didn’t have any chance, any warning. I wouldn’t be surprised if she was the first one taken,” said Schuster’s sister, Donna Kenkel. “They said he got off the elevator, and she would have been right there in his way.” “He was walking at a steady pace. Boom, boom, boom, boom,” said Alan Mason, who was at a checkout counter buying pajamas for his mother. “The thing I remember the most is him coming out of that little alcove area (near the elevator) with his gun raised up. Just walking in a ready manner, just bopping that gun a little bit,” Mason said. In all, police say, more than 30 rounds were fired – with victims apparently chosen at random. Police believe Hawkins might have targeted the mall simply because it was large and he had been there somewhat regularly. The shopping center was also near the home of a friend whom Hawkins visited shortly before the shooting, Warren said. Mason, 42, was about 50 feet from Hawkins; his wife was even closer. The clerk at the counter told them to go with her to a hiding place – and they went to a small storage area behind the dressing rooms. A grandmother and her 4-year-old grandson sneaked into the storage area with them and they waited in fear. Shooting persisted – then stopped for a moment. Then, Mason said, he heard five or six more shots before all went quiet. They waited about 45 minutes – Mason grabbed a box cutter just in case the gunman came back – and they heard police announce their presence. Officers escorted them out of the store. As they left, Mason saw the gunman lying in the customer-service area. “Ultimately, at the conclusion of this event, he took his own life,” Warren said. “It doesn’t appear as if there was an opportunity for intervention.” At least four people were wounded, two of whom remained hospitalized Thursday. Mason, emerging from his refuge, also saw the body of a sales clerk in the aisle, and the body of an older man down on the second floor, at the base of the escalator. “There were shell casings and blood everywhere,” Mason said. “Blood and gunsmoke – a gunpowder smell in the air. Shell casings all over the place. Blood smearings.” Mason said Hawkins was wearing dark pants and a hooded sweat shirt. “I didn’t hear him say a word. He was too far away,” Mason said. “He just had a determined look on his face.” Before the shooting started, Kathy and John McDonald – who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in August – were sitting in the customer-service area, waiting for a present to be wrapped. They heard strange noises. “Loud, loud noises,” Kathy McDonald said. “I mean one thinks it might be a gun but surely not. It was just very, very hard to process what it was.” The couple scooted their chair over to a wall and crouched down behind it. “But evidently when the shooter came in, John wasn’t completely hidden because he saw him and shot,” Kathy McDonald said. “And so I just stayed there frozen, and he didn’t see me.” John McDonald, 65, a longtime executive with a natural gas company, fell to the floor behind the chair, fatally wounded. “There was so much blood. I just had a feeling that was it,” his widow said. Meanwhile, Mickey Vickroy, 74, joined a dozen co-workers hiding in a storage closet filled with baby wipes and cleaning supplies. “It was just like it wasn’t real. The whole time we were hiding in the back, the intercom was playing Christmas music,” she said. By the time police arrived, within six minutes of the first 911 call, customer Gary Scharf was dead. The 48-year-old businessman was returning home from a business trip in Iowa, but stopped at Von Maur’s to do some shopping. “I called him my Dudley-do-right,” said Kim Scharf, his ex-wife. “I’m not kidding, you’d never meet a more honorable and loyal man. “I’m sure he got in front of other people” at the store, and took a bullet that might have hit someone else, she said. Maggie Webb was dead, too – the youngest victim. A Von Maur’s employee, she would have turned 25 on Dec. 19. Co-worker Dianne Trent, also killed, was a 53-year-old divorcee who lived alone and would spend warm evenings tending to the flowers on her porch. Gary Joy, 56, and Janet Jorgensen, 66 – both Von Maur employees – were also shot to death. And then there was Beverly Flynn, 47, who died after emergency crews transported her from the mall. Flynn took the job at Von Maur mostly because she loved the holiday season, said a real estate colleague, Gena Schriver. “She loves Christmas. She loves buying gifts for people,” Schriver told the Omaha World-Herald. “These were innocent people going about their daily lives, performing their jobs and shopping for the holidays,” said Mayor Mike Fahey. “They are men and women who did not deserve the fate that they were given.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OMAHA, Neb. – The Von Maur department store in December is so full of holiday spirit that one real estate agent took a job wrapping gifts – not for the money but just to be part of the cheery bustle. Beverly Flynn, a mother of three, was among the eight people killed in a gunman’s rampage that silenced the tinkling Christmas carols on the store’s piano and turned the shopping center’s festive atmosphere into one of unspeakable tragedy. Those who escaped Wednesday’s attack huddled in dressing rooms and other hiding places, while bursts of gunfire sounded from the third floor overlooking an atrium. “We were praying. Every last one of us was praying,” said Mickey Vickroy, who hid with co-workers from the service department in a closet behind the third-floor wrapping room. They stayed hidden for roughly half an hour, until police shouted that they should come out with their hands up. last_img read more

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IN FULL: PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS’ BRILLIANT LETTERKENNY SPEECH

first_imgPRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins is one of the great orators of our time.Hearing him speak live is often different to how he sometimes comes across in a 30-second news bulletin.But yesterday in Letterkenny as he helped the town celebrate its Tidy Towns win, he delivered another superb speech – getting to the point on why the competition is such a special part of Irish life. Here is his speech in full:Tá áthas orm a bheith anseo inniú chun mórghníomh Leitir Ceanainn a cheiliúradh libh, is é sin Comórtas na mBailte Slachtmhara 2015 a bhuachaint. Is mian liom mo bhuíochas a ghabháíl le Coiste na mBailte Slachtmhara as a gcuireadh dom bheith libh anseo, agus libhse ar fad aás an bhfíorchaoin fáílte sin.I am delighted to be here today, to mark and celebrate Letterkenny’s achievement in being named Ireland’s Tidiest Town in 2015. I would like to thank the TidyTown’s Committee for inviting me to join you, and all of you for that generous welcome.Almost six decades have passed since the launching of the TidyTown competition, designed to bring communities together in a spirit of neighbourly pride for the town in which they live. It is an initiative that was conceived and grew through a great belief in the power of individual communities to effect positive and sustainable transformation, the power of a village or town to become a stronger community. In the intervening years, generations have acted and built upon that belief in towns and villages across the country. Neighbours, friends and local business owners have come together in collective efforts to enhance their towns; re-imagining, rejuvenating and realising the possibilities of the place in which they live and work and raise their children.In 2015, as in every other year, we witnessed just what can be achieved when communities come together with a shared aim and a common goal. I know that here in Letterkenny you are rightly proud of your great achievement in being named Ireland’s Tidiest Town, but I am sure that you are equally proud of the strength of community and spirit of active participation that lay at the heart of that achievement.Anyone who is familiar with taking part in, or judging, the TidyTowns competition will know of the considerable commitment and determination; and the many, many hours of hard work and exertion that takes place behind the scenes. They will be familiar with the great generosity of citizens who find the time and the energy, in the middle of their busy lives, to take part in cleaning up projects, maintenance tasks, and sourcing and raising funding, and who, in so many other ways play their part in bringing together a shared vision and thereby creating a renewed environment built on a spirit of co-operation, and real participation.Agus mé ag breathnú thart orm inniu, feicim na plandaí áille agus an tírdhreachadh, gan trácht ar an mbealach a bhaineann sibh leas as na spásanna oscailte sa bhaile, ní haon íonadh dom é gur bain sibh an chéad áit sa chomórtas, thar ocht gcéad seasca ‘sa dó (862) bailte agus sráidbhailte a chur isteach ar Chomórtas na mBailte Slachtmhara anuraidh. Tá súil agam go bhfuil sibh ar fad thar a bheith sásta leis an éacht atá curtha i gcrích agaibh.[As I look around me today I see the beautiful plants and landscaping, and the creative use of open spaces that saw Letterkenny heralded as first amongst the eight hundred and sixty two towns and villages across the country that entered last year’s TidyTowns Competition. That is an achievement in which you can take great pride.] But equally impressive are the brush strokes that went in to creating this beautiful picture. I speak, of course, of the spirit of co-operation, the strength of community and the will to effect affirmative change which carried Letterkenny to victory, and which marks this town out as a place of which its citizens can be very proud.Letterkenny is, of course, a place with a long and rich heritage. I was most interested to read, before I travelled here today, of the description of the town that was entered into the Civil Survey of 1652-56“There is a town called Letterkenny which hath a market every Friday and two fairs in the year with a fair Church and a bridge at the east end over the River Swilly” reminding us that Letterkenny began its life as a small market town in the 17th century, before evolving into an agricultural town and then into the busy urban centre we know today.Letterkenny is a town which holds a rich history in its beautiful old buildings, which include the Cathedral of St Eunan and St Columba, and the Donegal County Museum housed in what was once the Workhouse. Like all towns, its architecture creates a profound connection to the past, speaking so much of the heritage, background and circumstances which have shaped our history and helped to craft the present. It reminds us of the unique role that Letterkenny has played in the narrative of our state; for instance, that Charles Stewart Parnell has an ancestral link to the town, and that the Market Square once hosted a Land League meeting at which Michael Davitt addressed over ten thousand people.I am delighted that Letterkenny has ensured that its history and heritage continued to retain its rightful place as the town grew and evolved into a modern urban centre; its old structures and landmarks sitting easily alongside the new developments and enhancements which will also play their important part in the ongoing story of Letterkenny.Cá bhfios céard a thiocfaidh chun cinn sa todhchaí. Ach inniu tá cúis ceiliúrtha ag mhuintir Leitir Ceanainn, mar is fiú ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar an spiorad a thug sibh le chéile mar chomharsa, idir óg agus aosta, chun cairdeas a spreagadh agus chun pobal níos láidre a chruthú. Is é mo ghuí é go leanfaidh an spiorad seo ar aghaidh ar feadh na mblianta fada agus go mbeidh rannpháirtíocht pobal ghníomhach le braith sa bhaile seo sa todhchaí.We do not know, of course, what that future will hold. But today Letterkenny can celebrate the enthusiasm which united you all as neighbours, reaching across generations, and creating new and positive links and friendships that I hope will continue to strengthen your community and encourage an ongoing spirit of active participation.As a town you have worked long and hard to achieve the TidyTown accolade. You have been a part of this competition since it first began in 1958, displaying commitment, dedication and admirable persistence across the years and decades as you worked to ensure that Letterkenny would someday be named Ireland’s Tidiest Town.I am delighted to be able to congratulate you in person, here today, not only on your great win, but also on the great spirit of perseverance which lies at the heart of that win.Indeed, it is greatly uplifting to see so many of you gathered here today, sharing pride in an achievement that belongs to the entire community of Letterkenny.I congratulate you on that magnificent achievement; an achievement which I hope will encourage you to continue to work together to ensure that Letterkenny is a town of which all its residents can be truly proud.IN FULL: PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS’ BRILLIANT LETTERKENNY SPEECH was last modified: June 11th, 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:MICHAEL D HIGGINSlast_img read more

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ST EUNANS MARCH ON DERRY FOR THE FEILE!

first_imgPictured are the two St. Eunan’s boys and girls team from Letterkenny at Celtic Park in Derry for the Feile Parade this evening.The teams are among a number which will complete in the tournament over the weekend.  ST EUNANS MARCH ON DERRY FOR THE FEILE! was last modified: June 28th, 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:DerryFeileletterkennySt Eunanslast_img

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