Parchmnent working hard to secure gold in Rio

first_imgDespite the “unpredictable” and highly technical nature of the 110-metre hurdles, 25-year-old Hansle Parchment believes he has enough experience and confidence to upstage his main rivals and win Jamaica’s’ first-ever gold in this event at this year’s Rio Olympics in Brazil.”Everyone is potentially a medal winner, it (110m hurdles) is a very unpredictable event and anyone can win,” said Parchment, adding “very, very difficult in my discipline. Sometimes you are very relaxed and that’s when you are running faster, sometimes you tense a bit and that’s when you slow down. So it’s unpredictable.”He first crafted his hunt for supremacy with gold at the 2011 World University Games.Parchment is now Jamaica’s most successful hurdler, courtesy of an Olympic bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics and silver at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, last year.”You don’t know when you will run fast. You just have to work on your technique and set goals each time, and go with God,” he continued.With regard to this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he said of his target: “Gold. I am aiming for the highest, once I am healthy.”I am working really hard and I feel I can be among the top three,” he told The Gleaner.13-SECOND BARRIERThe former University of the West Indies athlete also holds a place in local history as the first Jamaican to break the magical 13-second barrier.”I am very positive, I feel good, and remaining healthy is the main aim for this season. Once I can keep healthy, I will perform very well and I am really looking towards the Olympics this year, I think it will be great for a lot of people,” Parchment said, while tipping himself to medal.Coached by the legendary Fitz Coleman, Parchment has already achieved what former outstanding Jamaican hurdles giants like Keith Gardner and Maurice Wignall before him did not.He, however, maintains not taking anything for granted.”I work tirelessly on getting my technique better each year. With this hard work that I am putting in, I want to give some really great performances this year.”last_img read more

“Serious Credibility Issues”

first_imgAlthough there are reports of decline in cases of Ebola and more survivors emerging from Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) president, Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah, has attributed the spread of the virus to the lack of trust in the Government of Liberia on the part of its citizens.Mr. Kemayah in a keynote speech delivered on his behalf by a proxy on October 25, emphasized that because of the wave of corruption in Liberia that has eroded public trust in officials of government, many Liberians denied the presence of Ebola by saying, “The Government wants to eat money, that’s the reason they say Ebola was in Liberia.”It can be recalled that when Ebola outbreak was announced in Guinea in March and subsequently reported in Liberia, many in the general public, including people of Lofa where the outbreak first occurred, denied the existence of Ebola in Liberia and attributed the news to an alleged ploy on the part of government to receive money from donors.According to Mr. Kemayah, on the basis of such perception people have about the government because of rampant corruption, Liberians refused to accept information about the reality of Ebola and take precautionary measures.These perceptions and statements, Mr. Kemayah said, “suggest that we have serious credibility issues that need to be addressed from the social, political, and economic standpoints. In January 2006, when the President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf led Government was inaugurated, the Liberian people had complete confidence and trust in the leadership ability of… her Administration.”He contended that when President Sirleaf took over in 2006 and promised that “papa will come” with a black plastic to impress the home; Liberians had complete confidence in her administration.But after a few years, especially beginning her second term, the confidence has apparently withered away because they are not seeing anything being done as promised earlier.“The increasing level of hardship and downward trend in the standard of living amongst the masses in Liberia, long before the Ebola virus outbreak, are among many reasons why the trust/confidence in the national leadership has been eroded,” Kemayah stressed.Mr. Kemayah in the loaded speech also questionably stressed, “Can the citizens trust their national leaders again when, for example, the papa na come pronouncement is far from tangible realization? Can they trust their President again? Can they trust their Senators again? Can they trust their Representatives again? Can they even trust their religious leaders again?  To answer these, one must first agree that the fabrics of these institutions have broken down from an analytical point of view.”The LIBA boss indicated that when statements by people concerning failure of the government to meet its promise are analyzed, one deduces serious problem with the national government in misapplying fund.“If one analyzes the views by the ordinary people on the streets, you could deduce that there is an issue of concern. If we say people are not eating money from this Ebola fight, why is it that giving proper account of the initial United States Five Million Dollars (US$5,000,000.00) to fight Ebola has been an issue?”He said while there are reports of decline, community dwellers need to still be conscious of its prevalence because it can break out at any time when people avoid precautionary measures.Mr. Kemayah’s statement was delivered in proxy by Rev. Garlison George, head pastor of Mount Nebo Baptist Church, of which Kemayah is a member. The occasion at which Rev. George spoke marked the launch of the Paynesville Town Hall Community Anti-Ebola awareness campaign, where a total of 100 hand-washing buckets were presented on behalf of the Kemayah family.LIBA, which has a presence in the City of Paynesville with its national headquarters located on AB Tolbert Road, also participated in the program represented by its vice president, David K. Sembeh.  In remarks, Sembeh urged the business community to strengthen its contribution to the fight against Ebola. Mr. Kemayah is currently in Uganda defending his thesis at the Catholic owned Martyrs University, where he is expected to graduate with the Masters of Arts Degree in Development Studies on November 13.Members of the community represented by Darlington Kpayili commended Mr. Kemayah and his family for the gesture and acknowledged his role played in the lives of many in the community.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fiorentina commemorate Astori before emotional return to action

first_img0Shares0000Players and supporter pay tribute to late Fiorentina’s captain Davide Astori before Fiorentina host Benevento at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence © AFP / Claudio GiovanniniFLORENCE, Italy, Mar 11 – Fiorentina returned to action on Sunday in a home game on played in a poignant atmosphere, a week after the sudden death of the Serie A side’s captain Davide Astori.Last Sunday’s top-flight fixtures in Italy were postponed after Astori’s body was found in his hotel room ahead of an away game against Udinese. After emotional scenes on Friday night as Roma, one of Astori’s former clubs, beat Torino, and a commemoration on Saturday at the Verona derby, Fiorentina kicked off Sunday’s gamne at their Artemio Franchi stadium against bottom-placed Benevento.For the warm-up, all the Fiorentina players and coach Stefano Pioli wore shirts bearing the number “13” and the name “Astori”.The ground was packed on three sides, only the space reserved for visiting fans was largely empty.One banner in the crowd read “Ciao captain”, another “Our captain forever” and purple smoke from flares to match the colour of Fiorentina’s shirts filled the sky.The screens played a video homage to the club’s late skipper. The flags above the curved stands at either end of the long, narrow stadium flew at half mast.The stadium announcer included “Number 13, forever our captain, Davide Astori” in the line-up.A post-mortem examination found that Astori, who was 31, most likely died from a cardiac arrest linked to the slowing of his heart rate.In a draining week, Fiorentina players and fans as well as stars from other Italian clubs attended Astori’s funeral in Florence on Thursday, including Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and his Juventus teammate Giorgio Chiellini who came to pay their respects to the defender who captained his club and played 14 times for his country.On Sunday, as the Fiorentina and Benevento teams re-emerged for the match, accompanied by mascots in the shirts of Fiorentina or another of Astori’s clubs, Cagliari, all the advertising hoardings round the pitch turned purple and bore only the words “Davide Astori” and the club crest.The pre-match ceremony began with the two sides lining up as Italian star Jovanotti sung his hit “Terra Degli Omini”. Players, from both teams, wept.The Fiorentina players held a long, home-made, banner saying “Ciao Davide”. Both teams had the same phrase sewn on their left shirt shoulders. The words were repeated on many of the banners in the crowd. Others read “Linked forever”, “Florentine forever”, “Ciao Davide” and “True captain, man from another time.”In the top deck of the Curva Fiesole, home of Fiorentina’s Ultras, all the fans held purple, white and red flags spelling “Davide”.Fans remained eerily silent as the teams shook hands, the referee conducted the coin toss and then the players reassembled in the centre circle for a formal silence.As that ended, some in the crowd started a brief “Davide” chant.Before kick off, fans in the main stand released a cloud of purple and white balloons that floated heavenwards.The match finally started six minutes after the scheduled kickoff.The advertising billboards switched to their normal slogans.There remained one more planned commemoration.After 13 minutes, Astori’s shirt number, the action simply stopped, the players and match officials, like the fans, stood and clapped for 60 seconds.The supporters in the Curva Fiesole held up their flags again and, as the clapping ended, they waved them.Eleven minutes later, as the rain began to fall, Fiorentina, who had been applying steady pressure, took the lead.Vitor Hugo, who had stepped into Astori’s place in the centre of defence and wears 31. The reverse of Astori’s number, leapt to meet a high ball and headed it powerfully into the net. Then he grabbed a tee-shirt printed with a picture of Astori and held it up as the crowd applauded.As the rain intensified, the crowd chanted: “un capitano, c’è solo un capitano!” (“One captain, there’s only one captain!”)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Russia hosts World Cup in heat of battle with West

first_imgThat choice is possibly only more controversial today.The years since have seen Moscow clash with the West over everything from Syria and Ukraine to the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England.Russia was even banned as a country from this winter’s Pyeongchang Olympics after being accused of state-sponsored doping at the Sochi Games it hosted four year earlier.The diplomatic barbs have been laced with Cold War-era venom and accompanied by the largest expulsion of diplomats in history.Yet Vladimir Putin is riding as high today as he was eight years ago.The former KGB spy’s popularity with Russians remains unshakeable and his presence on the international arena is more dominant than when he first came to power in 2000.The scandals and diplomatic wrangles have failed to generate a repeat of the boycott that saw nearly half the world stay away from the 1980 Moscow Olympics over the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.And Putin will have the chance to wield the “soft power” afforded by the football showpiece to project himself as a man of domestic achievement and global bearing.– ‘White elephants’ –Yet the tournament also comes riddled with peril for Putin.Russia has spent in excess of $13 billion (11 billion euros) — a World Cup record — on giving many of the 11 host cities their first post-Soviet facelifts.Fans attending matches in the Mordovia Arena in Saransk will be treading far off the tourist trial © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVHost city Saransk, for example, is best known for being the capital of a deserted region where Russia has set up female penal colonies.Airports were rebuilt and expanded to accommodate crowds whose size Russia may not see again for some time.Sleek hotels have gone up in places tourists rarely venture.Twelve voluminous stadiums now loom over cities in the European part of Russia after being completed in the nick of time.A part of Putin’s legacy will hinge on what happens to it all when the fans go home.The $50 billion believed to have been spent on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi has had mixed results.The Black Sea resort city looks modern and feels electric. Residents whizz around on silky smooth roads and travel in style from a comfortable airport and train station.But the surrounding mountains that hosted the snow events are filled with abandoned hotels and FIFA will want to avoid such “white elephants”.Seeing the World Cup transform other cities into what Sochi itself has become will be a monumental achievement that could unlock Russia’s economic potential.Filling them with prestigious buildings no one ever uses will turn into another expensive mistake.– Monkey chants –Fans themselves will care little about the politics. Their main concern will be safely and swiftly getting to stadiums for the matches.Those who plan to follow their team as they criss-cross from one venue to the next will be confronted with Russia’s sheer scale.The 2,500 kilometres (1,500 miles) spanning the westernmost stadium in Kaliningrad and easterly one in Yekaterinburg translates into the distance between Moscow and London.Host cities are four time zones apart and compare best to the travel teams and fans had to endure in the 1994 World Cup in the United States.Foreigners will be further burdened by having to register with the police within a day of arriving in each new location.Some will also be fearful of Russia’s history of hooliganism and racist abuse that has marred a string of recent matches.Putin’s security services cracked down hard on football troublemakers to ensure there is no repeat of the battles that broke out between Russian and English fans at Euro 2016 in France.And football anti-discrimination chief Alexei Smertin has spent the past year trying to eradicate racist behaviour in stadiums.“We need to introduce personal responsibility so that fans who violate rules start being denied the right to go to stadiums and support their teams,” he said after more monkey chants rang out last month.– Gutsy football –FIFA boss Gianni Infantino wore a big grin in Sochi last week as he congratulated Putin for all Russia had already achieved.“You are working to make this World Cup the best World Cup ever,” Infantino said.Yet the chances of Putin celebrating many Russian triumphs on the pitch remain marginal. The host nation are the tournament’s second-lowest ranked team and have not won any of their last five matches.Putin is a sports fanatic who will be present when Russia face Saudi Arabia — the one nation at the World Cup ranked below them — at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on June 14.Russia will attempt to make the knockout stage of a major tournament for the first time in 10 years and have a relatively easy group.But coach Stanislav Cherchesov has nowhere near the class of players of the likes of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo or Brazil’s Neymar — only goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is a name known abroad.Yet Putin spelled out clearly that he expected something special from the Russians at their first home World Cup.“They must show gutsy, uncompromising football, one which the fans love,” the president said in Sochi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured with FIFA president Gianni Infantino, has spent $13 billion on hosting the World Cup © SPUTNIK/AFP/File / Alexey NIKOLSKYMOSCOW, Russian Federation, May 13 – The World Cup kicks off in Russia in a month’s time with the hosts at loggerheads with the West and intent on using the football showpiece to trumpet their superpower status.Russia was a controversial choice when it was handed the rights to the world’s most watched event in a 2010 vote now tainted by bribery charges.last_img read more

A tale of two sex bills

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez was glad to participate with Republican legislators in a press conference Tuesday supporting the proposed Jessica’s Law initiative that would get tough on registered sex offenders. But that didn’t keep Bermudez, D-Norwalk, from pointing out that Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year vetoed his own get-tough bill on registered sex offenders. When asked about how difficult it is to get tougher public safety laws through the Legislature, Bermudez pointed to his AB 240 that would have barred registered sex offenders on parole from living within a quarter-mile of high schools. “I had a bill that was passed through the Assembly and the Senate and then the governor vetoed it,” he said. “It would have closed a loophole on predatory sex offenders residing next to our high schools,” he said. “This is a chance for Californians to tell the governor and the Legislature exactly what they want.” Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, was quick to come to the defense of Schwarzenegger. “The governor is a big supporter of \,” Runner said. “He actually vetoed a number of bills last year that didn’t come up to what he looked for.” In the case of the Bermudez legislation, Schwarzenegger’s veto statement said the bill didn’t do enough. “AB 240 does not broadly protect California’s children to the level that they deserve but instead simply puts a Band-Aid on a growing problem,” stated Schwarzenegger in his veto message. Instead, he called on the Legislature to pass his bills that would have placed more stringent restrictions on 9,231 parolees and monitor them through a global positioning system. LOSE THE FAT: Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, has found a unique way to raise money. Spence, is asking for donations to the organization based on the amount of weight he loses between Jan. 31 and Sept. 30. He weighed 3431/2 pounds on that date. “I’ve had people saying you have to lose the weight so we can have you around longer,” Spence said. “I’m now telling them to put their money where their mouth is.” MEET THE CANDIDATE: Alex Moisa, a candidate for Whittier City Council, will hold a free breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at his home in Whittier. Pancakes and menudo will be served. For more information, call (562) 945-2086. COUNCIL POLITICS: Whittier City Council candidates Greg Nordbak and Joe Vinatieri will speak at the 11 a.m. Friday meeting of the Whittier Republican Women Federated. Nordbak and Vinatieri will speak after the noon lunch. Sgt. Gilbert Zepeda, who recent returned from Iraq, will speak before lunch. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. For reservations, call Maybe Hendricks, (562) 696-3345. Cost is $17. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com.last_img read more

Germany vs France: Live talkSPORT commentary, team news and kick-off time

first_img Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack What time is kick-off?This game will be held on Thursday, September 6.Kick-off at the Allianz Arena is at 7.45pm.The last time the two sides met was last year in a friendly, where Lars Stindl netted a 93rd minute equaliser for the Germans in a 2-2 draw.How can I listen on talkSPORT?Tune into talkSPORT2 from 7.30pm for live commentary from the German capital.You can find us on your DAB radio, through the talkSPORT app or using our web player. smart causal impact How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures highlights World champions France play their first match since the World Cup triumph in Russia.They face Germany in the new Uefa Nations League, which has been designed to eradicate needless friendlies and boost the appeal of international games outside of qualifiers. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more silverware What is the team news?After his snub from the World Cup, Leroy Sane returns to the German squad.Whilst Mesut Ozil is missing from the squad having announced his international retirement since the tournament.France are without Hugo Lloris, who has a thigh problem, meaning uncapped Benjamin Lecomte is called up for the first time. 1 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade France celebrate their World Cup triumph Getty FOOTBALL LATEST possible standings MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won last_img read more

Everton plan swoop for Manchester United free agent

first_img no dice REVEALED Everton are targeting Manchester United star Chris Smalling, according to reports.Smalling, the centre-half, is out of contract at the end of the season and he’s been watched by Everton scouts as they weigh up a move for him. The 28-year-old has somewhat rediscovered his best form after last season was uncharacteristically poor by his standards.He’s made 14 appearances in all competitions, chipping in with a goal in United’s defeat of Watford, and is clearly regarded by Jose Mourinho as one of the club’s first-choice defenders.However, Smalling is out of contract next summer and, despite talks being held between him and the club, the former Fulham star is yet to put pen to paper on an extension.And Everton are showing interest in tempting him to Merseyside when his deal runs out in June, according to The Sun. Latest Football News shining Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card RANKED REPLY Smalling has been far better this season than he was throughout 2017/18 center_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 MONEY huge blow Smalling is reported to have been watched by Everton scouts, working on the orders of Marco Silva, with the Toffees ready to splash the cash when the transfer window opens at the end of the season.United have the option to extend Smalling’s contract by a further year due to a clause written in his existing deal, but Everton will not be put off even if the Old Trafford club trigger the extension. ADVICE last_img read more

DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWS

first_imgRAPHOE NOTES WEEK ENDING 2nd March 2013Raphoe Family Resource Centre INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAYEvery year on 8th March, the world celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD provides a common day for globally recognising and applauding women’s achievements as well as observing and highlighting gender issues and inequalities. This year on Friday 8th March from 10.30am – 12.30pm the Raphoe Family Resource Centre will mark International Women’s Day with an exhibition of work carried out by local artists and the classes of St. Eunan’s and the Central National Schools. The work produced is aimed at celebrating and honouring women both locally and internationally. Tea/Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.“FIT FOR LIFE”The aim of this free 5 week programme is to develop a safe space for young people between 12-15 years of age where they will learn more about the issues which are affecting or may affect their life. Objectives of the programme include raising young people’s self-esteem, developing understanding of the complexity of feelings and the ability to manage them more effectively, enabling young people with knowledge about physical and emotional health and developing coping strategies for dealing with issues affecting their physical and emotional health. Through the programme it is anticipated that young people will recognize the relationship between thoughts, feelings and actions, appreciate differences in how people feel about things, being able to talk about feelings effectively, examine their actions and know their consequences, use “I” messages instead of “You”, which will help young people blame less and take responsibility for their role within relationships. Week 1 will focus on Physical Health-the dangers of smoking; Week 2-Emotional Health: Anti-bullying and Peer Pressure; Week 3-Physical Health: Alcohol and Drugs; Week 4-Emotional Health: Friendships and Relationships; Week 5-Physical Health: Stress and Anger Management.The programme starts on Wednesday 13th March at 7.00pm followed at 8pm by the usual Youth Cafe activities. For further information please contact any of the Youth Team on 074 9145796.MONDAY MORNING DROP-INThe Monday morning drop-in continues in the Family Resource Centre from 10.30am-12.30pm each Monday so why not call in when you are passing for a cup of tea and a chat or bring a newspaper or book and relax in a warm friendly environment. The Family Resource Centre has a book library and you can swop a book anytime you are in. We look forward to seeing youFRIDAY’S NIGHTS AT THE FRC:-The next Movie nite will be held on Friday 8th March from 7.00 – 9.pm .Parents/guardians are very welcome to come along to help supervise. THE EXCHANGE PROJECTThe Family Resource Centre has been invited by the Playhouse in Derry to participate in an exciting cross-border and cross-community youth project for young people aged between 12 and 16 years of age.Up to 150 young people from 5 youth projects in Donegal and 5 in Derry will be involved in developing a Urban Arts Project in each of their areas as well as each project ‘twinning’ with a project on a cross-border basis. The young people themselves will decide on their own Urban Arts Project, whether that might be animation, D-Jaying, mural painting, production of a DVD or a drama sketch.A field trip to each of the community projects will take place at the end to celebrate the achievements. The Exchange Project commences in March when youth leaders will undertake 30 hours of community arts training, followed by 8 weeks of contact time in each project with a professional community arts practitioner during April and May. In July the cross-border partnership work will take place while in August a 4 day Urban Arts Project will be developed with all 150 young people participating in the one location with the celebratory field trip taking place in September.If you are in the 12-16 years age bracket and would like to take part please contact Diane on 074 9145796. As places are limited it is advisable to book your place early.COUNSELLING SERVICESRaphoe Family Resource Centre is now in a position to offer a free and confidential weekly counselling service to the general public. This person-centred service will be for those experiencing Bereavement/Loss, Separation, Abuse, Mental Health Difficulties and issues around sexuality. It will operate on an appointment basis only. Contact 086 3601718 after 7.00 p.m.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meet every Wednesday morning at 10.30am –12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it is an aunt / uncle/ childminder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age. A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.WOMEN’S GROUPWomen’s group next meeting is due to take place 25th March at 8.00 p.m.WEEKLY EMPLOYMENT LISTRaphoe Family Resource Centre receives an updated weekly employment list and if you are interested in receiving this list please contact 074 9145796 or call into the Centre for more details.BIRTHDAY PARTIES AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS:Do you know that Raphoe Family Resource Centre is available for children’s birthday parties and special occasions? To find out more please contact the Centre on 074 9145796.Raphoe Tidy Towns Appeal 2013Raphoe Official Bronze Medal Award Winner 2011 & Silver Medal Winner 2012.It’s that time of year again when we begin to think about Spring cleaning and tidying up. The Tidy Towns are seeking the help of our entire community as in past years. What can you do to help Raphoe for this year’s Tidy Towns Competition ? You couldKeep your area litter free, Remove weeds or overgrowth from boundary wallsPaint your homes/properties & Tidy your Gardens, Keep green areas well mown and tidyPut out hanging baskets or window boxes, Respect Wildlife & Recycle your wasteIf you own a derelict property please have it cleaned up, Donate paint, flowers or shrubs for the town.If you wish to sponsor bedding plants for the Summer it would be very much appreciated this year especially. A Sincere Thank You from the Committee, Supervisor & Staff of Raphoe Tidy Towns Ltd for all your help over the years. Together we can make Raphoe a better place to live, work, visit and play in, today and into the future.For further information on our work please contact the Raphoe Tidy Towns Office on 9145692.RAPHOE SCOUT GROUPSpecial thanks goes to Donegal Mayor Cllr. Frank Mc Brearty for his very generous donation to Raphoe Scout Group from his Councilors Members Development Fund.FRIENDS OF LIFFORD HOSPITAL TABLE QUIZThe Friend of Lifford Hospital is running a Table on Friday 22nd March 2013 in Friel’s Hotel Raphoe. 4 per team entry fee €20.00 per team. Starting at 9.30 p.m. sharp. Great prizes on the night 1st prize Donegal GAA signed shirt. Please come along and support this worthy cause. Everybody Welcome.RAPHOE BADMINTON CLUBRaphoe Badminton Club’s Annual Badminton Tournament continues in the Recreation Hall with usual events run. Finals will be played on Friday 8th March. For further details contact Joe Magee 074 9145451 after 7.00 p.m., or Sammy Magee on 0749145444 or check out the Raphoe Badminton Club page on Facebook.RAPHOE BOXING CLUBOn Friday last 18 members of the Raphoe Boxing Club and 18 members of the Two- Castles Boxing Club Newtownstewart teamed up and travelled to Connamara Co. Galway for a residential weekend as part of the Donegal County Councils Riverine Project which is funded by the International Fund for Ireland. Everyone had an excellent weekend that included squad training, sparing sessions and sea kayaking trip. Both clubs would like to convey a very special thanks to Coleman O’ Flartey and everyone at the training facility, and everyone who treated us with great generosity at our acccomadation over an unforgettable weekend and hopefully we can return to Connamara next year.Raphoe Coach and matchmaker Gary Mc Cullagh is now at an advanced stage with the 14 bout programme for the club’s forthcoming major tournament in the Cathedral Hall on Friday 15th March and more details of the tournament will appear in the press next weekST. MARYS GAELIC 4 MOTHERS & OTHERSTraining every Wednesday Night at 8:15p.m.If you are 18 years and over and would like to get fit, learn a new skill,have fun and meet new friends then this is the team for you!Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net every Thursday to meet the print deadline.DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: March 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more

COMPETITION: WIN TWO FREE TICKETS TO SEE TOMMY TIERNAN AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL

first_imgCOMPETITION: Management at The Mount Errigal hotel have teamed up with Donegal Daily to give ONE lucky reader the chance to win TWO free tickets to see the hilarious Tommy Tiernan.Tommy Tiernan, will be performing his ‘Out of the Whirlwind – Tour of Donegal’ on the 4th of December at The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer the following question and send your answers to carolynne@mounterrigal.com Which famous Irish TV comedy did Tommy Tiernan appear in a cameo role? TOMMY: Now entering his 20th year as a stand-up comedian, having won every award going and still as passionate as ever about the adventure of storytelling and comedy, Tommy is also starting to take some very exciting risks.Mannerless, profound, dark, and silly too, his performance mesmerises in a way that is joyful, uplifting, inspirational and most importantly always breathtakingly funny.  Part Chaos, part unplanned pregnancy, Tommy Tiernan’s new show “Out Of The Whirlwind” is a verbal and acrobatic descent into God knows what.” A wide eyed philosopher of love and life who performs as if appalled by the idea of being bland”  THE GUARDIAN Tickets priced €28.00 (inc booking fee) are on sale Thursday 1st October at 9am from local venues, www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.  Ticket B&B only €79pps call hotel to book 0749122700 or email info@mounterrigal.comwww.tommytiernan.comwww.aikenpromotions.com COMPETITION: WIN TWO FREE TICKETS TO SEE TOMMY TIERNAN AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Featuresnewslast_img read more

49ers cut ties with one of their pricier free agents

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Linebacker Malcolm Smith’s injury-laden tenure with the 49ers won’t continue into a third season.Smith was released ahead Wednesday, ahead of Thursday’s exhibition finale against the Los Angeles Chargers and in anticipation of Saturday’s mandatory cutdown to a 53-man roster.DENVER, CO – AUGUST 19: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos runs with the football as fullback George Aston #39 of the Denver Broncos blocks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith #51 of the …last_img