Willett wins Masters after Spieth’s collapse

first_imgAUGUSTA, Georgia (AP):Danny Willett in a green jacket was hard to believe, considering he wasn’t even sure he could play the Masters two weeks ago.No one was more stunned than Jordan Spieth.Nine holes away from another wire-to-wire victory, the defending Masters champion threw it away yesterday with a collapse that was shocking even by Augusta National standards. With a five-shot lead heading to the 10th tee, he dropped six shots in three holes and could never catch up.”It was a really tough 30 minutes for me that, hopefully, I never experience again,” Spieth said.Willett always had Sunday, April 10, circled on his calendar – the due date of his first child. He wasn’t planning to be at Augusta National until his wife gave birth to their son, Zachariah James, on March 30, and sent the 28-year-old Englishman on an improbable path to becoming a major champion.It was a comeback that ranks among the most surprising at the Masters.Five shots behind with six holes to play, Willett birdied three of his last six holes to polish off a round that might not get its due because of the unforgettable images of Spieth’s meltdown. Willett closed with a five-under 67, with no bogeys on his card, to match the best score of the weekend.He won by three shots at five-under 283, the highest winning score at the Masters in nine years.Top finishers: 1. Danny Willett (England) -5, 2. Lee Westwood (England) -2, 2. Jordan Spieth (US) -2, 4. Paul Casey (England) -1, 4. John Holmes (US) -1 and 4. Dustin Johnson (US)-1.last_img read more

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Jones Cup: Ateneo comeback falls short vs Canada

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Led by guard Matt Nieto and Thirdy Ravena, Ateneo pulled to within six twice in the final one minute and 15 seconds.The Eagles, however, just didn’t have enough time left complete their comeback as the Canadians improved to 4-0 in the nine-team tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Nieto scored a game-high 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field while Ravena added 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks.Ateneo suffered its second straight loss after opening its campaign with a stunning win over Chinese Taipei-White, 87-64, on Sunday. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES 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 MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View comments Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo gave undefeated 3D Global Sports of Canada a scare before falling, 86-78, in the 2018 William Jones Cup at Xinzhuang Gymnasium in Taiwan.The Blue Eagles just came up short in their comeback bid where they rallied from 27 points down in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Canada had five players in double figures led by Shaquille Keith’s 18 points on top of seven rebounds and five assists.Ateneo plays Japan next on Wednesday then, Indonesia on Thursday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Orange troops’ to keep Jakarta clean during Asian Gameslast_img read more

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Sports Briefs: Nov. 16, 2018

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Race heats up for PVL semifinal berthsThe chase for the last semifinal berth winds down to three teams entering the final week of the double-round elimination of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference. PetroGazz, Pocari-Air Force and Tacloban all have shots at a Final Four berth and are expected to give their all to keep their title hopes alive. Though the Angels have the inside track owing to their 6-5 slate, the Lady Warriors and the Fighting Warays, who are tied at 5-7, are within mathematical distance and will gun for a sweep of their remaining games to keep in contention. PetroGazz, meanwhile, has three games left in its schedule, two against semifinalists Ateneo and Creamline and the other versus Adamson-Akari. All the Angels need to do is win one of those three to put a foot inside the semifinals. The Angels, who will be bannered by Steph Mercado, are expected to find the going tough against Ateneo and Creamline, who have been streaking of late.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Celebs add luster to BGC bike raceJake Cuenca, a regular triathlon campaigner, and fellow artists Enchong Dee and Iñigo Pascual take time out from their hectic schedules to lead the Sun Life Cycle PH at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig on Saturday. SunPiology founder Piolo Pascual and triathlete Matteo Guidicelli, along with Yong Muhajil, Janus del Prado, Sarah Carlos, Kisses Delavin, Ysabel Ortega and Tommy Esguerra are also seeing action in the noncompetitive event put up by Sunrise Events, Inc. to promote a healthy lifestyle through cycling. The 40-kilometer ride has lured over 600 riders while the 20km and kids categories have drawn 392 and 100 participants, respectively. Gun start for the 40km ride is at 6 a.m. to be followed by the 20km ride at 6:20 a.m. and the kids ride at 8:30 a.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mixed emotions as Mario Bonleon bids UST farewellcenter_img LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentslast_img read more

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Crime, politics and the Police

first_imgDear Editor,On innumerable occasions, I have questioned this Government’s commitment to combat violent crimes, to uphold the rule of law and to act in conformity with the Constitution. I do so once again. On this occasion, I will interrogate its commitment to battle violent crimes.No one can doubt that Guyanese from all walks of life, in particular, on the coastland, are in a state of terror unleashed by those who perpetrate violent crimes against them with impunity. The upsurge in recent months has left dozens dead, dozens injured and dozens psychologically and emotionally scarred for life. There has been absolutely no proportionate reaction from either the Guyana Police Force (GPF) or the Government. It is as if it is business as usual.Indeed, one cannot point to a singular measure implemented or even conceived to confront these morbid atrocities. Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan seeks to appease a fearful and brutalised citizenry with the least comforting “it is not that bad” remark. His recent penchant of revealing statistics which show a decline in violent crimes assuages no one: the statistics are incredulous, as the people are living, nay, suffering a different reality. To withhold the truth from the public, the GPF stopped publishing their monthly statistical data to which the press had become so accustomed. One is, therefore, left with Ramjattan’s ipse dixit on the matter.Four years ago, I publicly opined that the leadership of the GPF is being undermined by political interference. I essayed multiple examples to support my contention. I condemned such interference as unlawful and contrary to both the Police Act and the Constitution. I predicted that this would naturally lead to a destruction of morale and authority in the Force and impact negatively, on its capacity and performance. The nation is now enduring the results of such interference. Police officers are now afraid to use lethal force where the situation so demands because policy statements have been issued from the highest Office of the land absolutely eschewing the utilisation of lethal force. That policy directive not only emanated from the wrong Office but it is also legally flawed.One Commissioner of Police was virtually hounded out of Office by the Government, in abrogation of the “security of tenure,” which the Constitution accords to that Office. A similar fate swiftly followed the next Police Commissioner who was appointed to act in his stead. It is not insignificant that they are of the same ethnicity.In May 2015, a Senior Superintendent of Police, Wendell Blanhum, was elevated to the post of Crime Chief. Prior to his elevation, he was second in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Blanhum remains one of the most educated and highly trained officers in the GPF. His training, both locally and overseas, includes crime prevention policing, investigation of organised crimes for the Americas, policing and management, intelligence-led policing and law enforcement leadership, to name a few. He holds a Degree in Public Management, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Laws Degree. He is not yet 40 years old but has already served nearly two decades in the Force.Minister Ramjattan was quoted in the press (Stabroek News – December 6, 2017) as saying that “Blanhum has been an absolutely competent Crime Chief. He solved a lot of crimes”. Yet, Officer Blanhum was removed from that post and reassigned to a desk as Deputy Commander of A Division. This bizarre move constituted the implementation of recommendations emanating from a most jaundiced Commission of Inquiry (CoI) held, to investigate, what many believed to be a fabricated plot, to assassinate the President. Blanhum has been deliberately kept away from active duties since.However, it does not end there. I am reliably informed that recently, Blanhum was transferred to Mabaruma, Region One. I was further informed that this is the first time that an officer of such rank has ever been assigned to such a remote location. It is not that I am implying that remote locations of our country do not require officers of the stature of Blanhum. But it was never done before. In any event, one can hardly compare the incidence of crime on the coastland with that of Region One. The quintessential question, however, remains: on what basis can one justify assigning one of the most qualified and able investigators in the Force away from the heart of the country’s crime zone, the coastland, particularly when violent crimes are peaking?There is more still yet. I was informed that there is a “shake-up” taking place right now in the Force, driven by political diktat, to remove from key positions and locations, officers whom the Government feels they cannot influence and direct, and to replace them with those perceived to be malleable and controllable. This is being done specifically in preparation for the impending Regional and General Elections. We know too well the implications and ramifications which will flow therefrom.In the meanwhile, the Force continues to haemorrhage from lack of confidence and competence and citizens’ lives continue to be lost, families continue to be destroyed and sparse money to survive continue to be plundered by violent miscreants in our midst. Clearly, we deserve better as a people.Regards,Mohabir Anil Nandlall,MPAttorney-at-Lawlast_img read more

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Defending champs Sparta Boss to battle Charlotte Street tonight

first_imgGT Beer/Keep Your Five AliveSparta Boss, the defending champions of the annual ‘GT Beer/Keep Your Five Alive’ Futsal Tournament, will open their quest for another title against Charlotte Street, when the competition kicks off this evening at the National Gymnasium.Gregory “Jackie Chan” Richardson (with the ball) has been Mr Dependable for Sparta Boss in the futsal format of the game, and is expected to once again be a key part of the side as they hunt another GT Beer/Keep Your Five Alive titleWith over $1 million up for grabs in prize money this year, the tournament which is in its 7th edition, will open with a ‘bang’, since apart from the mouthwatering clash being Sparta and Charlotte Street, Upsetters and Bad-A-Yard will get things going from 19:00h, followed by North East v Back Circle, Leopold v Avacado Ballers, Show Stoppers v LA Ballers, BS v Stabroek Ballers and Tiger Bay v Bagotstown.Bent Street and Broad Street will collide in the seventh game of the night, followed by the penultimate game of the evening which will feature Alexander Village taking on Old School Ballers.Promoter Kevin Adonis, speaking recently, disclosed that this year’s competition has been tailored to provide riveting action throughout the seven days, while unlike previous years where the top two teams were the only ones compensated, this year will see the top four teams winning cash in excess of $1 million.Adonis said he has acquiesced to a request made by the teams and will now reward the top four teams with cash prizes and other incentives.Another change that Adonis has made is that the total teams invited to the tournament has moved from 32 to 24 and they will be divided into six groups of four with the top two from each advancing automatically to the knockout phase along with the best four third placed finishers following the completion of the round robin stage.The teams invited are: Gold is Money, Sparta Boss, Leopold Street, Tiger Bay, Albouystown, BV, Melanie, Vryheid’s Lust, Avacado Ballers, Future Stars, Back Circle, North East La Penitence, Showstoppers, Broad Street, Alexander Village, GWI, Upsetters, LA Ballers, Bagotstown, Sophia, Spot 7, Charlotte Street, OL Skool Ballers and Bent Street.Among the corporate entities that have signalled their intention to support the tournament are: GT Beer, Hits and Jams 94.1 Boom FM, Star Party Rentals, Royal Castle, Prime Security, Fireside Grill and Chill, Keep It Clean Car Wash Flashback 2020 and BK International.Day 1 Fixtures:1- Upsetters vs Bad-A-Yard2- North East vs Back Circle3- Leopold Street vs Avacado Ballers4- Show Stoppers vs LA Ballers5- BV vs Stabroek Ballers6- Tiger Bay vs Bagotstown7- Bent Street vs Broad Street8- Alexander Village vs Old School Ballers9- Sparta vs Charlotte StreetDay 2 Fixtures1- Alexander Village vs Charlotte Street2- Upsetters vs North East3- LA Ballers vs Broad Street4- Sophia A vs Spot 75- Future Stars vs BV6- Albouystown vs Stabroek Ballers7- Bent Street vs Show Stoppers8- Gold is Money vs Sophia B9- Sparta vs Old School Ballerslast_img read more

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Kenyan football legend Kadenge dies at 84

first_imgHis son Oscar told Capital FM News that they were making arrangements to move the body to the Lee Funeral Home.Kadenge suffered stroke on February 14, which was attributed to the death of his daughter Evelyn in the United States which made him admitted in hospital for two months before being discharged April 8L-R: SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, AFC Leopards legend Joe Kadenge and Nairobi Senator Johnston Sakaja arrive for the Mashemeji DerbyIn January 2017, Kadenge finally got his wish of meeting and having a chat with President Uhuru Kenyatta, as the Head of State visited him at his South B home.Kadenge, who said he has met and talked to all three previous Presidents expressed his desire to meet the sitting President before he bids the world goodbye and his wish on a cool Sunday evening came to pass.The President did not come empty handed as the ailing Kadenge then was gifted with a comprehensive insurance cover that would see him get treatment in any health institution in the country as well as Sh2mn cash.President Uhuru Kenyatta when he met football legend Joe Kadenge at his South B home on January 8, 2016. PHOTO/CourtesyThe former Harambee Stars striker famed by the ‘Kadenge na Mpira shuti goal’ phrase Kadenge, has been described as the finest footballer ever produced by Kenya.Kadenge played for Maragoli United, and scored the fastest ever goal in the Kenyan Premier League, and has also played club football for Abaluhya United, winning the Kenyan Premier League in 1966.Kadenge also represented the national team Harambee Stars for 14 years, despite retiring from the game in 1965, only to make a comeback with a bang and steered the national team Harambee Stars to victory in the inaugural East and Central Africa Challenge Cup the same year.Harambee Stars legendary Joe Kadenge looking at the framed photos of Kenya’s four Presidents at his Nairobi South B estate. He was discharged from hospital on Monday.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe quit the national team for good in 1970 preferring to go into coaching where he was later appointed coach of the national team where he has also been serving as the manager.Kadenge boasts a sporting family where his younger brother John Anzra, a former athlete is now coaching the Kenyan sprinters team and his sister Esther Kavaya is a former sprints queen.His sons Evans, Francis and Oscar have stood out to emulate their father, having played for AFC Leopards.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kadenge, 82, says it is a delight getting the opportunity to watch the team play, pointing out he would have loved to play for them but during his times, an African getting the chance to play abroad was difficult.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 7 – Kenyan football legend Joe Kadenge passed on Sunday morning aged 84 after battling diabetes for a long time, his family confirms.Kadenge’s family said he died at the Meridian Hospital in Nairobi on Sunday, after a long illness, having suffered a stroke in February.last_img read more

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AN GRIANAN TO HOLD OPEN AUDITIONS FOR UPCOMING PLAYS

first_imgAn Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny has a number of upcoming plays which it wants you to act in!There are Red Riding Hood auditions for children and Freedom of the City auditions for adults.Six children aged between 9 and 12 sought to be in the Red Riding Hood show in An Grianan Theatre in December. “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!”After last year’s successful production of Hansel and Gretel in An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, c21 return with Little Red Riding Hood and is delighted to announce that it will, for the first time, introduce children in their Christmas production! This year c21 Theatre Company are giving new life to this classic story.The company are looking for 6 children between the ages of 9 and 12 to rotate the roles of the Three Little Pigs, who will appear in the Little Red Riding Hood story, from 17th-22nd December 2012. This is a perfect opportunity if you have a child who is outgoing, confident, and eager to work as part of a team. Some singing/dancing/acting experience is necessary.Your child must be willing to work alongside other children and professional actors to create a piece of theatre in a short rehearsal period and then take part in some performances throughout the run. The Performances will take place in An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. Auditions will be held on Sat Oct 27th from 1.30pm in An Grianan Theatre and auditionees will be seen on a first come first serve basis. If you believe that your child would enjoy and learn from this experience, then come along and try out. Please prepare a song and short monologue.There will also be an open audition, in the form of a two hour workshop on the 27th of October, for roles in the upcoming production of Brian Friel’s The Freedom of the City.The workshop will take place in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny and there are two different time slots, 11 ’til 1pm and 2pm ’til 4pm. Both men and women are sought for these parts.This production is part of An Grianán’s Customs’ Crossings series, which also includes performances of Idan Meir’s Bassam and other works such as Bag of Queens by Little John Nee.This series of projects is being part-financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council. Director Sean Donegan will be staging Brian Friel’s The Freedom of the City in An Grianán Theatre from the 31st of January ’til the 2nd of February, with further dates in the Balor Theatre on the 7th of February, the Alley Theatre in Strabane on the 9th of February and a final performance in the Millenium Forum in Derry on the 11th of February. A combination of professional and amateur actors drawn from the North West and cross-border areas will perform this tale of three protestors who, in the aftermath of a civil rights meeting in 1970’s Derry, mistakenly find themselves in the Mayor’s parlour in the Guild Hall in Derry with tragic consequences.If you are interested in auditioning through the workshop on the 27th of October, please contact the director at seanfrancisdonegan@gmail.com to register your interest. Only applicants who have registered their interest at this address prior to the workshop will be admitted on the day.Prospective attendees are recommended to wear comfortable clothing suitable for movement. They are also asked to prepare a short piece of text – which can be from any source – in a Derry accent. Male actors also are also asked to prepare a short piece in a working class accent from anywhere in England, Scotland or Wales if they wish to be considered for the role of a British soldier.AN GRIANAN TO HOLD OPEN AUDITIONS FOR UPCOMING PLAYS was last modified: October 17th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:An griananauditionsplayslast_img read more

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Women’s Basketball Hosts Final Two Regular Season Games

first_img Bradley ESPN+ The Bulldogs return home coming off hard-fought road wins over SIU and Missouri State. The win over the Lady Bears puts Drake in sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. The Bulldogs can win their third straight and ninth overall MVC regular season title with wins over the Redbirds and the Braves. Illinois State ESPN+ Together the four have played in 489 career games, scored 4,289 points, posted five consecutive 20-win seasons and won 120 games and four MVC titles. They have played in the postseason every year, including the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons. The group has won numerous on-and-off the court awards and their names are found among many of the all-time statistical leaders at Drake. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team hosts its final regular season games this week at the Knapp Center. Bradley and Illinois State are tied in fourth place in the MVC standings. The Redbirds have won seven of its past eight games with its lone loss to the Braves on Feb. 22. Illinois State has its most wins since the 2013-14 (24-11) season while Bradley has its most victories since finishing 2008-09 with a school record 21 victories (21-10). Bradley visits third-place UNI (18-10, 11-5 MVC) Friday and Illinois State closes its road trip in Cedar Falls Sunday afternoon. Illinois State Game Notes Live Stats Following the conclusion of the regular season, Drake travels to Moline, Ill. for the 2019 MVC Tournament held at the TaxSlayer Center. The Bulldogs locked up a top two seed for the tournament and will play their first game March 15 at 12 or 6 p.m. Print Friendly Version Drake held double-digit leads over both Missouri State and SIU, but each of the home teams cut their deficits to single digits. The Salukis pulled to within two points several times and the Lady Bears to within three, but each time the Bulldogs answered with a clutch basket or key free throws to extend their advantage back to multiple possessions. Drake has a Valley-high 12 road wins this season and is one of 36 teams currently with 10 or more road wins.   Drake (23-5, 15-1 MVC) starts the homestand Thursday night against Illinois State (17-10, 10-6 MVC) at 6 p.m. before Bradley (20-7, 10-6 MVC) visits Saturday for senior day at 2 p.m. Both games will be streamed on ESPN+. Following the game against the Braves, Drake will honor its outstanding 2018-19 senior class of Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.), Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.), Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) and Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa). Bachrodt and Dean each played a key role in one of the Bulldogs’ road wins. Bachrodt scored 17 points, including the first 11 points of the third quarter, in the Missouri State victory. Dean netted 19 points against SIU, including scoring nine of Drake’s first 11 points on three three-pointers, and made her final three-ball late to hold off the Salukis. Jonas played her most minutes in back-to-back game since returning from injury five games ago while Miller pulled down a season-high six rebounds and added three assists in the SIU win. Drake Game Notes Buy Tickets Story Linkslast_img read more

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Donegal’s special relationship with the sea explored at Marine Tourism Conference

first_imgDonegal’s special relationship with the sea provided the centre piece for this week’s Marine Tourism Conference which took place in the Redcastle Oceanfront Hotel on Thursday and Friday.Almost 100 people attended the two-day conference which was hosted by Donegal County Council and Donegal Tourism CLG and funded under the EU funded CAPITEN project. The diverse range of speakers included renowned marine biologist and wildlife cameraman Doug Allan. Photo: Pictured with Cllr. Niamh Kennedy Leas Chathaoirleach, Donegal County Council are speakers at Donegal Marine Tourism Conference which took place in the Redcastle Oceanfront Hotel on Thursday and Friday along with Donegal County Council elected members and representatives.  Pictured l to r Joy Harron, Donegal County Council, Cllr. Albert Doherty, Dr. Margaret Rae, AORA, Dr. Stephen Hynes, NUI Galway, Cllr. Barry Sweeny, Cllr Niamh Kennedy, Mark Roulette, Failte Ireland, Garry Martin, Donegal County Council, Dr. Peter Bolan, Ulster University, Doug Allan, Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council, Peter Grogan, Emagine, Cormac McDonnell, Sport Ireland, Cllr. Martin Farren, William McElhinney, Wild Strands Caife, Joan Crawford Failte Ireland and Barney McLaughlin, Donegal County Council.Doug Allan enthralled the audience with fascinating stories, photography and film clips on tracking polar bears and getting up close and personal with killer whales and leopard seals. He concluded his presentation with a stark insight to the effects of climate change particularly at the poles where he has witnessed first hand the effects of the change in sea ice cover on the populations of animals north and south and shared his insight on how best to develop marine tourism in Donegal in a sustainable and responsible way.In his opening address to the conference, Seamus Neely chief executive in Donegal County Council and chair of Donegal Tourism CLG reflected on the county’s progress over the last 10 years and said that “notwithstanding the uncertainties around Brexit being played out as we speak in Westminster, I believe that today is the right day to be meeting to reflect on the journey we have made in the last number of years and to explore the trajectory that we need to be taking in the next 10.”“One of our unique advantages in Donegal is our strong culture of collaboration and this has been borne out of a compelling need to work together and to overcome challenges to make sure that we are getting maximum value out of the resources we invest.”Pictured at the Donegal Marine Tourism Conference which took place in the Redcastle Oceanfront Hotel on Thursday and Friday are Cllr. Niamh Kennedy Leas Chathaoirleach, Donegal County Council and Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council with guest speaker Doug Allen.Seamus Neely reflected on the progress made in the tourism product in Donegal and how the Wild Atlantic Way has delivered for Donegal including major investment in key visitor attractions such as Sliabh Liagh, Malin Head and Fanad Lighthouse. He also acknowledged that the Donegal brand is a strong brand and that the focused approach to marketing Donegal has allowed the county to punch above its weight by pooling resources and achieving greater impact in the marketplace. The availability of the necessary skills to deliver a world class experience for our visitors has and continues to be a key priority in growing the sector in Donegal and Seamus Neely acknowledged the fullest support from various partner organisations including Failte Ireland, LYIT and Donegal ETB.He added “although there is no doubt that we face many challenges, I believe that tourism has reawakened in this part of the world and we are an emerging place that has the potential to grow in a sustainable and progressive way but that this can only be done by continuing to work in a concerted and collaborative way at every level.”William McElhinney from Wild Strands Cafe who spoke at the Donegal Marine Tourism Conference which took place in the Redcastle Oceanfront Hotel on Thursday and Friday.Inishowen native and local entrepreneur William McElhinney from Wild Strands Caife shared his story of setting up his own family business and of his passion for seaweed. He talked about his journey which has seen him open-up an experiential Caife in Malin Head based on seaweed and devised around local organic produce. He also spoke about his passion for preserving and reviving marine built heritage and his role in the building of three traditional Donegal boats.Other speakers included Joan Crawford and Mark Rowlette from Fáilte Ireland, Dr. Peter Bolan from Ulster University, Dr. Stephen Hynes from NUI Galway, Peter Grogan from Emagine Media and Cormac McDonnell from Sport Ireland. While Trish Hegarty from Inis Communications, Kate Burns, Marine and Rural Resources expert, Dr. Margaret Rae from Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance and Gwénael Le Maguer from Université Bretagne Sud also spoke at the conference.Leas Chathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Niamh Kennedy provided a welcoming address to the conference while Garry Martin, Director of Service with Donegal County Council acted as MC.Donegal’s special relationship with the sea explored at Marine Tourism Conference was last modified: September 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County CouncilMarine Tourism Conferencelast_img read more

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49ers barely outlast Lions to win home opener 30-27

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — Well, the 49ers won’t have to wait until Week 10 to notch their first win this season. After starting 0-9 last season and losing their opener a week ago, the 49ers escaped Sunday’s home debut with a 30-27 win over the Detroit Lions.A defensive holding penalty against the Lions saved the 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo from a costly interception — and an embarrassing collapse — in the final minutes.On the …last_img

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