Fight against Illegal Fishing Intensifies

first_imgSaint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Comoros have been identified as non-cooperating third countries under the EU’s regulation to fight and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, while Liberia has been pre-identified.Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, commented: “We are showing our commitment to fight illegal fishing globally. The EU’s actions in the past years created an incentive for states to take their responsibilities seriously, and implement reforms to their fisheries sector.“We do not like to impose sanctions on third countries, but sometimes clear action is needed,” he said.“We invite the Comoros and Saint Vincent and Grenadines to seriously step up their fight against illegal fishing so that we can reverse this decision quickly. Following today’s warning to Liberia we hope their authorities choose to act quickly and correct their wrongdoings.”The decision to issue a red card to the Comoros is based on the typical use of its national flag as a flag of convenience, which means registering a ship in a sovereign state different from that of the ship’s owners, explained Vella.Most of the Comorian fleet has no connection to the country and operates in breach of national law, mainly in the waters of West Africa. These vessels have been found to disregard the laws applicable in the national waters they operate in, transhipping fish from one vessel to another, a practice related to the laundering of illegal catches, said Vella.Despite receiving a yellow card in October 2015, and despite considerable effort by the European Commission to support this country in addressing the issue, no progress has been made.Although the red card implies trade sanctions, in this particular case the decision will not impact on trade as the Comoros do not export fish to the EU. However, EU vessels will no longer be allowed to take licences to fish in their waters, Vella stated.For Saint Vincent and the Grenadines the decision comes due to the lack of control by the authorities of vessels flying their flag. These vessels operate all over the Atlantic and offload their catches in Trinidad and Tobago (which has already been warned in order to improve control over activities in its ports). Effectively, these vessels elude any control over their activities.This raises the concern that they are involved in illegal practices. Two vessels from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are already on the international vessel “black list” compiled by Regional Fisheries Management Organisations. Similar to the Comoros, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines do not export fish to the EU, Vella noted.Liberia has the second biggest shipping registry in the world with over 100 fishing transport vessels registered under its flag. The national fisheries authorities do not have the information or means to control this fleet. This lack of control has been confirmed by the listing of a Liberian vessel on the international “black list” last October.Liberia has taken reform measures including the revision of its fisheries laws, but no tangible progress has followed, said Vella. The Commission hopes that the pre-identification will raise political awareness and encourage the country to implement the necessary reforms in fisheries governance.The Commission’s decisions taken today are the result of thorough analyses, following informal and formal discussions with the relevant authorities in each country. The Commission has proposed to Liberia a tailor-made action plan and estimates the identified issues can be resolved in six months. The Comoros and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines received action plans when they were pre-identified (in October 2015 and December 2014, respectively). Ongoing dialogue and support will encourage these countries to step up their efforts to fully implement these action plans.Fighting illegal fishing is part of the EU’s commitment to ensure the sustainable use of the sea and its resources under the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, and in the context of promoting better governance of the oceans worldwide. The Commission attaches great importance to cooperation with third countries. The EU’s support helps these countries strengthen their fight against IUU fishing.BackgroundToday’s decisions are based on the EU’s ‘IUU Regulation,’ which entered into force in 2010. This key instrument in the fight against illegal fishing ensures that only fisheries products that have been certified as legal can access the EU market.Since November 2012 the Commission has launched formal dialogues with several third countries (pre-identification or “yellow card”), which have been warned of the need to take strong action to fight IUU fishing.When significant progress is observed, the Commission can end the dialogue (lifting the pre-identification status or “green card”). A few countries have not shown the necessary commitment to reforms. As a result fisheries products caught by vessels from these countries are banned from being imported into the EU (identification and listing or “red card”). A full list of countries is available on: https://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/sites/fisheries/files/illegal-fishing-overview-of-existing-procedures-third-countries_en.pdf.The global value of IUU fishing is estimated at approximately 10 billion euros per year. Between 11 and 26 million tonnes of fish are caught illegally a year, corresponding to at least 15% of world catches. The EU is the world’s biggest importer of fisheries products.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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Signing more important than Ronaldo? Why Man United MUST bring this former star back to Old Trafford

first_img1 Manchester United’s woeful defence has been the subject of much discussion over the past week and here football stats experts WhoScored.com analyse the logic behind bringing back a former Red Devil… and it’s not Ronaldo. Check out WhoScored.com for plenty more Man United stats.It goes without saying that Manchester United’s problems this season lay in defence. The attack is widely considered one of the strongest in world football, while a new look midfield of Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind impressed together for the first time in the 4-0 thumping of QPR. At the back, though, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Tyler Blackett and, to a lesser extent, Phil Jones have all underwhelmed under Louis van Gaal.Marcos Rojo was not a first-choice signing for the Dutchman and the Argentine is not the leader United so desperately need in the wake of the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Despite the transfer window closing at the beginning of the month, the former Premier League champions are still being linked with a big money move for a new centre-back. The latest to reportedly be on United’s radar is former Old Trafford defender Gerard Pique.The Spaniard has made four competitive appearances this season, with his WhoScored.com rating in both the league and Champions League sitting at a respectable 7.51. Of all United centre-backs, only Jones (8.02) is outperforming the Barcelona star this term. Without question, a player of Pique’s quality would significantly strengthen United’s defence.Experience at the back is necessary for any team and Pique would undeniably bring this to Old Trafford. The 27-year-old has been a mainstay, injuries aside, in the Barcelona backline since re-joining in 2008 and played a big role in their dominance in Spain and Europe during Pep Guardiola’s reign. A succession of niggling injuries has limited his impact in recent months, but Pique remains widely regarded as one of the best defenders in Europe.In his four appearances this season, the experienced centre-back has averaged an impressive five tackles and interceptions per-game. Despite Barcelona’s strength in La Liga and in the 1-0 Champions League win over APOEL, Pique has excelled when called on. Barcelona may have controlled proceedings, but on the rare occasions the opposition has the ball, he has shown the ability to limit the danger on his goal.Of all United players, only Jones (nine) is averaging more tackles and interceptions per-game than Pique, though the England international’s rash approach means a more calming influence at the heart of the backline is a necessity. Boasting a WhoScored.com strength of ‘concentration’, Pique’s leadership qualities would certainly improve United’s defence.With an impressive pass success rate (92.9%) in the league, Pique would be able to match United’s statistically calculated styles of play of ‘short passes’ and ‘possession football’, a crucial asset for a team that strives to instigate attacks from defence. A composing and authoritative figure, United would be wise to take up the opportunity to sign Pique should it present itself.United spent more than any other team in the summer transfer window, but a failure to really strengthen at the back could come back to haunt them. Once January rolls around, they will have the chance to dip into the market to bring in defensive reinforcements and if Barcelona are seriously considering offers for Pique, the Manchester giants would be wise to make a move for their former defender.For more stats on Manchester United target Gerard Piqué, click here to view his WhoScored.com player pageMan United fans, is Gerard Pique the answer to your defensive problems? Comment below… Gerard Pique has been linked with a move back to Man United last_img read more

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World War II veteran’s loss reveals price of freedom

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Most of the regulars in the game had been playing cards with him since the early 1990s, and they thought they could read Charlie pretty well. They were wrong. They couldn’t read him at all. The young guy had backed off and apologized for making a wisecrack when Charlie suggested they donate $1 from each pot to buy some new poker chips and playing cards for a group of disabled vets he knew. Everyone had agreed except the new guy. He thought they should buy their own chips and cards. “Do you know how hard it is to stop a poker game in the middle of a hand?” says Tom McArdle, who was one of the players over at Charlie’s West Hills home that night. Charlie Mykietyn sat at the poker table chewing on a wisecrack made by a new player in his Friday night game about old vets always wanting something else that cost more money. It didn’t sit right with Charlie. He was an old vet. “You have no idea what the expense of your freedom was,” Charlie finally said to the younger man, laying all his cards on the table. Everybody froze. This wasn’t like their old poker buddy. He was a lovable, soft-spoken, 86-year-old guy with an easy smile – especially when he was trying to bluff you. “Well, Charlie stopped it dead. We all sat back and looked at him differently. There was something about this man we didn’t know.” The guys asked Charlie about his own military experience, but he was reluctant to talk about it, McArdle said. Finally, he opened up about his three years in the Army as a tank commander during World War II, and all the buddies he saw blown away on D-Day and at the Battle of the Bulge. He should have been killed 10 times over himself, Charlie said, but he was lucky. He made it home alive. His younger brother, Genio, wasn’t so lucky. The expense of freedom for him was his life. The players at the Friday night poker game sat mesmerized, listening to Charlie talk about the expense of freedom. No one played any more poker that night. Charlie found the letter he wrote to his sister Helen on Saturday, Dec.9, 1944, in the scrapbook holding all his old black-and-white Army pictures. There was his older brother, Walter, laughing with some of his pals in the Army Signal Corps. And there was Genio, his baby brother, pretending to stab one of his buddies with a bayonet. He was barely old enough to shave, but here he was, an 18-year-old Army grunt, fighting his way across Germany with hundreds of thousands of other American soldiers, trying to put Adolf Hitler out of business. Three brothers fighting one war – and a mother and five sisters back home in New Jersey worried sick about them. “Charlie brought the letter to the next poker game at my house, and each of the players read one page out loud,” McArdle said. “It was spellbinding.” “Dear Helen, a few days ago when Walter was over to see me, he said he hadn’t heard from Genio for quite some time. He asked me if I heard from Genio, so I said no, I hadn’t heard from him for some time, either. “It wasn’t anything unusual and I didn’t think much of it ’cause sometimes a guy hasn’t the time to write and I thought Genio was probably busy so we let it go at that. “That night I had a dream I was home and who should come home, too, but Genio. Boy, was I happy to see him. I hugged him and clung to him and was so very happy we were home together.” McArdle finished reading the first page and handed the next page to one of the other players while Charlie sat there listening to words he had written when he was a 23-year-old tank commander and his heart was breaking. “It was just before dinner time and we got word to get ready to go up to the front. Just then the mail came in and I had three letters. Two from Gert (another sister) and one from you. “I didn’t have time to read them so I put them in my shirt pocket. We were going down the road and things were quiet so I thought I’d read one of Gert’s letters. The letter was alright (sic). Gert wrote she heard from Genio and he was alright. “Then I started to read the other letter and she tells me she is sick and heartbroken. She gives me the tragic news that mom got a telegraph saying Genio was killed in action.” Charlie took a deep breath as the letter he wrote home 63 years ago was handed to the next player. “It was touching, hearing them read my words out loud, and I got a little emotional,” Charlie said Friday, sitting in the backyard of the West Hills home with Dee, his wife of 61 years. “I haven’t shown that letter to many people over the years.” “I couldn’t believe it at first, Helen. I had to read it again, then tears came in my eyes running down my cheeks. I couldn’t help it, but I started crying like a baby all the way up to the front. “Doughboys along the road were looking at me crying, but all I thought of was Genio, Genio, Genio, and I just kept on crying. “I didn’t know what to do, jump out of the tank or what. Then I thought of the boys in the tank and the other tanks, and the unpleasant job we had to do. So I got ahold of myself and we did the job we set out to do. “I know mom took it hard, Helen. Try to comfort her as much as you can. Tell her not to worry about Walter and me. We’ll be alright. I’m so proud of mom and pop for having a son like Genio. “Your loving brother, Charles.” The expense of freedom remembered on another Veterans Day.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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PREVIEW: EXCITEMENT BUILDING FOR TOPAZ DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY

first_imgExcitement building for Topaz Donegal International Rally 2012 by Declan BoyleThe history of the Donegal International Rally will continue this June from the 15-17th, 3 days of fully packed action of pure rallying.Since the event was launched in 1972, it has grown from strength to strength becoming Donegal’s largest sporting event. The rally is estimated to bring up to €25 million to the local economy each year hosting up to 50,000 plus spectators.CoC for the rally, Eamon McGee has made slight changes to the course for this year’s International.Day One will see the rally around the Newtowncunningham/Manorcunningham area with a Spectator Stage in Buncrana again this year.Day Two has a slight few changes but will see the same classic stages such as Knockalla & Gartan Lake. Day Three will consist of more classics such as Glen, Port Lake and the incredible Atlantic Drive and will head back to the events HQ at the Mount Errigal Hotel for the finish ramp and the prize-giving which will take place towards nightfall on Sunday evening.As the Topaz Donegal International Rally is part of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship you can expect to see names such as Former winner Tim McNulty, Eugene Donnelly, Daragh O’Riordan, Garry Jennings, Sam Moffett and ITRC leader Darren Gass.This year’s rally is a counting round of the Irish Tarmac Historic Championship, Round 4 of the Citroen C2 Championship and not forgetting the National Championship. The event is also a counting round of the Donegal MotorClub Basset Heating & Plumbing championshipIrish Tarmac Championship Rally Standings DARREN GASS (SUBARU)                                      61 GARRY JENNINGS (MITSUBISHI EVO)                     41EUGENE DONNELLY (MINI/COROLLA)                      36DARAGH O’RIORDAN (SUBARU)                             31DEREK McGARRITY (SUBARU)                                21.5 SAM MOFFETT (MITSUBSHI EVO)                           16.5DONAGH KELLY (MITSUBISHI EVO)                                16TIM McNULTY (SUBARU)                                       15DAVID CARNEY (CITROEN C2)                               10KEVIN O’CONNNOR (CITROEN C2)                          9 For more info on the rally visit www.donegalrally.ie orwww.donegalmotorclub.comAuthor – Declan BoyleImage – Declan Boyle – www.dbpics.netPREVIEW: EXCITEMENT BUILDING FOR TOPAZ DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY was last modified: May 20th, 2012 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:Donegal Dailydonegaldaily.comPREVIEW: TENSION BUILDING FOR TOPAZ DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLYlast_img read more

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Goals galore! Liverpool win most important game, Koscielny to miss FA Cup final

first_img 3 Hull 1-7 TottenhamHarry Kane capped another prolific season with a second hat-trick in four days to secure the Golden Boot for the second successive season as Tottenham demolished relegated Hull 7-1. The England striker fired four in Tottenham’s 6-1 thrashing of fallen champions Leicester on Thursday to overtake Everton’s Romelu Lukaku in the Premier League scoring charts and struck three more to take his tally to 29 for the season, as Hull were torn apart. Kane scored twice in the first half and completed his hat-trick midway through the second period and Dele Alli put the game to bed on the stroke of half-time. Although Sam Clucas pulled one back for Hull midway through the second period, Victor Wanyama, Kane, Ben Davies’ thunderbolt and Toby Alderweireld turned the final game of the season into a rout. It was a sad end to the season for Hull and their popular head coach Marco Silva, whose players were no match for the free-flowing Londoners.Leicester 1-1 BournemouthJamie Vardy rescued a point for Leicester as the outgoing champions ended their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth. The England striker netted his 16th goal of the season as last term’s Premier League title winners finished 12th after a turbulent year. Junior Stanislas opened the scoring for Bournemouth after just 57 seconds but the Cherries could not hang on and they needed Ryan Allsop to again deny Vardy, who also had a goal disallowed for offside. The draw sealed ninth place for Bournemouth – their highest league position in their 118-year history. Leicester’s attention now turns to resolving the future of manager Craig Shakespeare, with talks expected this week over whether he will stay as boss beyond June. Liverpool 3-0 MiddlesbroughLiverpool secured a return to the Champions League after overcoming some early nerves in their final-day decider to beat already-relegated Middlesbrough 3-0. Georginio Wijnaldum struck in first-half stoppage time to ease the tension. However, it was not until Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana scored in the opening nine minutes of the second half that Anfield really relaxed and the team rediscovered some of their early-season flowing football as they picked holes in a team which had abandoned all of their early discipline.Man United 2-0 Crystal PalaceJosh Harrop introduced himself to Old Trafford in some style as the debutant’s stunning strike set the youngest Manchester United team in Premier League history on course for victory against Crystal Palace. With Wednesday’s make-or-break Europa League final against Ajax looming large, Jose Mourinho stuck to his word by resting numerous key players and handing four young prospects their full debut with sixth place already assured. United’s performance belied the starting line-up’s tender average age of 22 years 284 days, with Harrop marking his first appearance with a superb effort that kicked off a surprisingly comfortable 2-0 win. Paul Pogba superbly set up the 21-year-old’s memorable 15th-minute strike and quickly added to it, firing home and pointing to the sky after missing the previous two games following his father’s death. Pogba and Jesse Lingard were withdrawn before half-time with an eye on the Europa League final, but captain Wayne Rooney played all but two minutes despite Mourinho strongly suggesting he would be rested.Southampton 0-1 StokeSouthampton suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Stoke in what may prove Claude Puel’s final game as manager. Their club’s hierarchy had revealed plans to review his position at the season’s end, offering him minimal support, and after their latest defeat and inability to score for a fifth straight game at home, may act despite finishing eighth in the Premier League. Increasing hostility from the club’s supporters will also add further pressure on the Frenchman’s position, whose team lost after a second-half header from Peter Crouch that took Stoke to 13th.Swansea 2-1 West BromFernando Llorente crowned Swansea’s fine finish to the Premier League season as his late strike overcame West Brom. Llorente’s 15th goal of the season – 11 of which have come at the Liberty Stadium – saw Swansea complete a second-half recovery after Jonny Evans had headed West Brom into a 33rd-minute lead. Jordan Ayew equalised with his first Swansea goal before Llorente swept home substitute Luciano Narsingh’s cross four minutes from time. It was a goal worth two Premier League places, as Swansea capitalised on defeats for Burnley and Watford to rise to 15th in the final standings and earn an extra £4m in Premier League prize money.Watford 0-5 Man CityCity secured third spot in the Premier League as Walter Mazzarri’s Watford farewell ended in a 5-0 home humiliation. Sergio Aguero scored twice while Vincent Kompany, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus chipped in as City finished the season in style. They still needed a point to be certain of qualifying for the Champions League and probably laughed when they saw the opposition line-up. Hornets manager Mazzarri, having earlier in the week been told he would be out of a job after the game, appeared to have gone rogue with his final line-up. Deprived of six centre-halves through injury, the Italian fielded two full-backs and midfielder Valon Behrami in the most makeshift of back-threes.Yet even more bizarre was the sight of two goalkeepers named on the bench. On the final day of the season there goal galore and here’s what happened.More to followArsenal 3-1 EvertonAlexis Sanchez helped 10-man Arsenal to a 3-1 win over Everton but Arsene Wenger’s side missed out on Champions League qualification. Arsenal needed to win on the final day and hope their rivals slipped up, and goals from Hector Bellerin, Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey ensured they held up their side of the bargain despite Laurent Koscielny’s early red card. Romelu Lukaku had made it 2-1 by scoring from the penalty spot. But Liverpool beat Middlesbrough and Manchester City trounced Watford, meaning Wenger’s men finished fifth and failed to earn a place among Europe’s elite, ending a run of 20 consecutive top-four placings. Arsenal’s misery was compounded by the sight of Sanchez limping off in the second half and Gabriel being carried on a stretcher. Both could now miss next weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, along with the suspended Koscielny, who was sent off in the 14th minute for a lunge on Enner Valencia.Burnley 1-2 West HamAndre Ayew headed a second-half winner as West Ham gatecrashed Burnley’s party by snatching a 2-1 victory at Turf Moor. Already assured of Premier League survival and their highest finish since 1975, the Clarets were in the mood to celebrate on the final day and Sam Vokes enlivened the atmosphere further by putting them ahead. But Sofiane Feghouli responded with a quick leveller and, after Sean Dyche’s men wasted several chances to reclaim the lead, Ayew punished the hosts by pouncing on a rebound after 72 minutes. It made for a slightly disappointing end to the season for Burnley, who had claimed 10 of their 11 wins at home, but the appreciation of their fans for a fine effort was not tainted.Chelsea 5-1 SunderlandChelsea celebrated lifting the Premier League trophy with a record 30th win as relegated Sunderland were dispatched with ease at Stamford Bridge. Javier Manquillo gave Sunderland a shock third-minute lead, but Chelsea responded as Willian, Eden Hazard, Pedro and Michy Batshuayi, with a late double, earned a 5-1 victory. The result ensured the Blues became the first side in a 38-game season to win 30 games. And Antonio Conte will seek to end his first season as head coach with a double with victory in next Saturday’s FA Cup final with Arsenal. Harry Kane scored a hat-trick against Hull to bring his total for the season to 29 Premier League goals center_img 3 3last_img read more

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GAA: TERMON U13s MAKE HISTORY WITH CLUB’S FIRST ALL COUNTY ‘A’ TITLE

first_imgTERMON-ATORS! The U13 Termon winners who won the U13 A title against St Eunans.In 2014 Termon won the U12 county title in go games, but faced a massive challenge in trying to replicate that form in this years U13 Championship.After a very competitive qualifying campaign where the Termon boys lost out to St Eunans in O Donnell park , and were pushed to the pin of their collars in Malin, they eventually qualified for the Northern Board Final against neighbouring St Eunans.In a pulsating game, played out in Balmy conditions in Milford , Termon managed to reverse the early season defeat and win the Northern Board title two weeks ago.In the All County Semi-Finals, Termon recorded a comfortable victory over Ardara while Eunans defeated Glenties to set up a rematch in the All County Final. On Saturday in Milford, all the work on the training pitch payed off when Termon were comprehensive victors over St Eunans , and gave a five star display to deliver their first ever A championship title for the Burn Road outfit.With incredible discipline and fine football , Termon produced an excellent performance to secure the title. Bobby Mc Gettigan and Jack Alcorn controlled the back line and their distribution was responsible for creating a great attacking platform.As captain Conor Black led by example raiding from the Half back line , while Jamie Grant and Aaron Gallagher were always available to drive at Eunans.Conor Cassidy was a real presence on the left wing while Mark Gallagher kicked an incredible 2-4 in a county final, and typified the industry,intensity and skill displayed by the whole team.For Eunans Kieran Tobin showed a lot of early promise before Martin Steele and Michael Trearty got to grips with him , while David Smith and Eoin Dowling were always a threat. On the day it was a complete team performance from Termon , where each member of the team delivered a big performance on the big day , to deliver the first ever A championship for the Termon club.Manager Paddy Gallagher emphasised the work behind the scenes from all coaches , parents and especially this group of boys. He maintains that the performance on the day was a result of incredible focus and attitude on the training pitch over the year, and says he is delighted to see the boys rewarded for all their hard work.After losing county semi finals and last years county final at this grade to St Eunans , this victory will be savoured at the Burn Rd.The future looks bright for Termon.Termon: Emmet Maguire; Robert McGettigan, Jack Alcorn; Michael Trearty, Martin Steel, Conor Black (0-2); Stephen Black (1-0), Seamus Grant (0-4, 1 ’45’); Aaron Reid (0-2, 2f), Aaron Gallagher (0-1), Conor Cassidy; Mark Gallagher (2-4), Mark Toye (1-0). Subs: Damien Egan for Toye (43), Donal Egan for Cassidy (57) St Eunan’s: Caolan Collier; Noel O’Donnell, Odhran Brogan; Seamí Breslin, Tony Gallagher, Luke Cassidy, Eoin Dowling (1-1), David McGowan (0-3, 1f, ’45’), Oisin Farren, Ciaran Moore, Ciaran Tobin (0-1); Lorcan O’Donnell (0-1), Mark Cannon. Subs: Donnachadh Devenney for Cannon (48), Paul O’Donnell for Cassidy (50), Jos Hay for Dowling (57).Referee: Greg McGroary (Four Masters).GAA: TERMON U13s MAKE HISTORY WITH CLUB’S FIRST ALL COUNTY ‘A’ TITLE was last modified: November 8th, 2015 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:donegalSt EunansTermonU13slast_img read more

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Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure signs new five-year contract

first_img Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener 🎬 | The wait is over…@abdoudoucoure16 👏🏽#FiveMoreYears #watfordfc pic.twitter.com/vDZQXo1BDy— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) August 2, 2018“I am delighted that Abdoulaye has shown his commitment to what we are trying to achieve by signing a new long-term contract with Watford Football Club,” chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury said. ALTERED How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? highlights NEW ERA gameday How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS impact Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? who plays? Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack smart causal Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? possible xi Watford have tied midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure down to a new five-year deal.The 25-year-old has been subject to intense speculation regarding his future this summer, but has agreed terms on a new contract that runs until 2023. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings last_img read more

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DONEGAL BENCH-PRESSER IS READY TO GET A WEIGHT OF HIS MIND – AND SHOULDERS!

first_imgIt’s going to be a lonely road but Donegal bench-presser Mick Coleman is ready to do it for his country.Mick, 36, from Stranorlar is heading to Estonia to represent the country in the World Benchpressing Championships on September 17th next. Mick, a married father of two, has spent the last number of months preparing for the event at the Energie Gym in Letterkenny.Mick dispels the myth that all weightlifters are all brawn and no brain and comes across as a friendly, thoughtful and decent guy.He revealed that he will travel to the championships alone but says he will be able to concentrate as a result.“I’m really looking forward to it. The number of days to the event are getting shorter and things are getting serious. “I am travelling alone and I have had to get sponsorship myself but that’s all been part of the build-up.“I feel like I am ready and I just want to get there,” he said.Mick is hoping to bench-press a whopping 155kgms in “the raw” which means he does not use a specialist bench shirt which gives him more power.Mick is very thankful to his sponsors National Irish Bank, Energie Gym and Irontech who sponsored his bench shirt.Mick says he is hopeful for a top five finish at his 100kg weight-level.“That’s the aim but as this stage I don’t know how many are competing. “Top five would be great but who knows?” said Mick hopefully.EndsDONEGAL BENCH-PRESSER IS READY TO GET A WEIGHT OF HIS MIND – AND SHOULDERS! was last modified: September 2nd, 2011 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:bench pressmick colemanlast_img read more

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MAN WHO CRASHED INTO AMBULANCE WHILE DRUNK JAILED FOR SIX MONTHS

first_imgA man who crashed into am ambulance while drunk and while disqualified from driving for a previous offence has been jailed for six months.Daniel Kelly, 49, appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday on a range of charges relating to an incident at Illistrin outside Letterkenny on September 9th last.Kelly was charged with drink driving, dangerous driving, no insurance, no license and the unauthorised taking of a vehicle. Garda Inspector Michael Harrison revealed that Kelly had been in collision with an ambulance as he attempted to overtake it on the N56.The ambulance driver revealed in a statement that he saw the lights of the car coming in his rear view mirror and as he attempted to pass he felt a jolt.The driver stopped his vehicle and then checked on his patient and then noticed the driver of the other vehicle trying to restart it.Kelly was arrested and was found to be over the drink driving limit.Nobody was hurt during the incident.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client’s story was a unique one in that he had ben a successful small businessman dealing in coal and other household items until 2009.He then bought a delivery truck for €40,000 in Drogheda but it had proven to be a dud vehicle but the company which sold it to him then went bust and he had no comeback.Since then his money problems spiraled and he began drinking and this put considerable strain on his family.Mr Gallagher said all his problems had been since 2009 and had stemmed from alcohol abuse.The court heard that Kelly of Ballybuninabber, Termon had a number of previous convictions including drink driving and driving while disqualified.He was also disqualified from driving for seven years in 2012 for driving without insurance and while having no license.Judge Kelly thanked Mr Gallagher for his eloquent defence of the accused but said he was forced to activate the previous sentence as this offence had been committed while he was serving a suspended sentence.“Less than a year after his last court appearance he appears on very similar charges. It is quite clear he has an issue with alcohol. I will activate the sentences on those charges,” said Judge Kelly.Judge Kelly sentenced him to four months in jail for driving while disqualified and noted this was the fourth time he was guilty of this offence.He also jailed him for a further four months to run concurrently for the drink-driving offence while he took the dangerous driving charge into consideration.He also disqualified him from driving for five years.MAN WHO CRASHED INTO AMBULANCE WHILE DRUNK JAILED FOR SIX MONTHS was last modified: January 28th, 2014 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:Daniel Kellydisqualifieddonegaldrink drivingJudge Paul KellyTermonlast_img read more

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‘Telecoms city’ on cards for Cape Town

first_img28 September 2009Plans to establish a R1.5-billion, purpose-built “telecommunications city” in Kuils River to the north of Cape Town has secured the support of the city government and local business-led organisations, and construction is currently planned for early 2010.Stellendale Park, to be developed by Cape Town-based Visual International, will comprise buildings designed to host business process outsourcing (BPO) and contact centre operators, telecoms infrastructure to service the facility and surrounding areas, and data centres.Substantial interestThe conceptual plan for the precinct shows eight buildings, most of which are seven floors high with a two-storey basement, including one building which is planned to be 20 to 30 floors high.“At the moment, detailed design is being focused on the first building and will follow on a building-by-building basis,” project director Peter Grobbelaar told SAinfo this week.The buildings will also cater for retail services – including coffee shops and restaurants – a creche, a hotel and a conference centre.“The interest from the prospective telecommunication, [information communication technology] and data centre customers to take up space is very positive,” Grobbelaar said. “The first BPO customers show substantial interest, and suitability and site visits have already commenced.”Business process outsourcingThe developers decided to target the BPO market as the sector is expected to grow both locally and internationally, while the South African government also offers support for BPO operators wanting to establish operations in the country.“SA [is well positioned] to exploit this opportunity given our track record with suitable personnel, technology and infrastructure,” Grobbelaar said, adding that another factor encouraging investment was the country’s cost competitiveness.Green buildingsAs an added incentive, the developers are guaranteeing prospective tenants or purchasers a four-star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa, though they are confident of achieving five-star status.“Green buildings” are energy efficient, resource efficient and environmentally responsible. Specific measures include better design to reduce heat and maximise natural light and fresh air circulation; using energy efficient lighting and air conditioning; and water-efficient plumbing and water harvesting.The project has so far gained the support of the City of Cape Town, the local ratepayers association and local residents.“The project is supported by Accelerate Cape Town as the catalytic BPO project supported by their members in terms of their Cape Town Vision 2030, which is aimed at making Cape Town a top 10 global city,” said Grobbelaar.It has the full backing of Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPeSA) Western Cape, a non-profit agency dedicated to the development of the contact centre and BPO industry in Cape Town.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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