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La Salle’s Dyke rejuvenated as he returns to action

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first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Having earned a couple of Mythical Team selections, Dyke, who was already enrolled at NU, made the jump to La Salle to join a talented crop that included Andrei Caracut and Jolo Go.That transfer, however, proved to be the start of Dyke’s limbo as he served a one-year residency while Caracut, who won the 2016 Rookie of the Year plum, and Go were able to contribute for the Green Archers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDyke, who skipped the last season, said he lost confidence in himself after he was stuck in a state of nothingness.And it took almost two years before the 6-foot-3 forward smiled inside a basketball court. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img MOST READ Mark Dyke began his collegiate career in the UAAP as one of the highly touted big men of his batch coming out of Nazareth School of National University.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours PVL: PetroGazz nabs second straight win, downs Iriga-Navy “I feel happy right now because I never thought that I would be in this situation once again. High school is different from college and there was a transition for me,” said Dyke in Filipino after leading La Salle to a 71-62 win over University of the East in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Friday at The Arena in San Juan.“I actually lost confidence in myself after what happened.”Dyke finished the game with 18 points, a team-high for the Green Archers, and nine rebounds in a game that he said was a proving ground for his return.Under head coach Louie Gonzalez, Dyke said he wants to show that he is still capable of producing numbers no matter how much playing time he’s given.“Coach just gave me an opportunity even for a few minutes and in that time I will give my best,” said Dyke who played for 17 points against the Red Warriors. “If he decides to put me in, I will do my best.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Two new ultrasound technicians now in Northern BC

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern BC has two new ultrasound technicians thanks to an innovative new program created by Northern Health.The program is called Sonography Training at Rural Sites (STARS). This program saw the training of two x-ray technologists that are already currently employed by Northern Health and cross educating them into ultrasound technology.Prince Rupert, Fort Nelson and Dawson Creek are the locations that will see the work of the new technicians.- Advertisement -MLA for Peace River South, Mike Bernier, says it is great to have two more technicians come in and help.“This program is an example of some of the innovative solutions underway across the province to provide improved access to services such as ultrasound for patients living in rural communities. Adding two ultrasound techs to support northern B.C. residents will not only help increase access to this service, but enhance quality of care for the region.”Pat Pimm, MLA for Peace River North, also echoed Bernier’s comments.Advertisement “We’re proud to welcome the two new stars of the STARS program, providing enhanced training like ultrasound through cross-training has allowed our communities to benefit from skilled, committed employees who are a great asset to our health system.”Filling these two roles will help decrease wait times for those in the listed communities. The two techs agreed to stay in Northern BC for two years, in exchange for the cost of the program being covered.last_img read more

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Rising wage bills curb EPL profits despite record revenues

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first_imgTottenham posted a world-record £113mn (Sh14.8bn) net profit earlier this month thanks to increased matchday revenue from playing at temporary home Wembley last season, reaching the Champions League last-16 and improved commercial income.Liverpool had briefly held the world record for their £106mn (Sh13.9bn) profit based on reaching last season’s Champions League final and the £142 million (Sh18.6bn) sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.The participation of five English clubs in the Champions League for the first time last season helped boost revenues.However, the number of clubs posting a pre-tax loss rose as Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham combined for more than 75 percent of total profits.That is partly because player wages rose well in excess of revenue growth.“Almost half of Premier League clubs recorded a wages/revenue ratio of 70 percent or greater, with overall wage spend increasing 15 percent to £2.9 billion,” said the report.“This had a direct impact on clubs’ collective operating profitability, falling to £0.9 billion, albeit still the second highest in Premier League history.”The rise in wages came on the back of record transfer windows for spending by Premier League clubs in the summer of 2017 and January 2018.Yet, with the rapid growth in TV rights deals slowing for the 2019-2022 cycle, Deloitte expect that spending on transfers and wages may decline in coming seasons.“With the total value of Premier League broadcast rights expected to only marginally increase in the 2019/20-2021/22 broadcast rights cycle, increases in wage and transfer expenditure may be expected to slow in the medium term, as already signalled by the reduced estimated £1.4 billion gross transfer spend in the current season,” said Tim Bridge, director in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.“With the emphasis now on clubs to generate revenue growth from sources other than central broadcast distributions, it may be that we see the levels of pre-tax profit diminish over the next few years.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Premier League trophy © AFP/File / CHRIS J RATCLIFFELONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 24 – England’s 20 Premier League clubs amassed record combined revenues of £4.8 billion (Sh629bn) for the 2017/18 season, but saw profitability hit by rising wage bills, according to a report by football finance experts Deloitte.Total revenues were up six percent from £4.6 billion (Sh602bn) in 2016/17 but operating profits were just £0.9 (Sh117bn) billion due to a 15 percent increase in wages to £2.9 billion (Sh379bn).last_img read more

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European Super League: revealing clubs that would be in and those who’d miss out

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first_img 33 33 Liverpool – IN! – Despite struggling on the pitch in recent years, Liverpool remain one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League, if not Europe. The club’s enduring popularity is based on the traditions and success built since Bill Shankly’s days as manager, from the 1960s on, and the Reds would have more to gain than most clubs by joining a European Super League, having consistently failed to qualify for the Champions League. Were a Super League to be founded, Liverpool’s inclusion would sum up why it would be about mass appeal more than anything. 33 Everton – Out! – Traditionally one of the biggest clubs in English football, the modern era has not been kind to Everton. The club has been crying out for major investment for years – and they hope with new shareholder Farhad Moshiri they have found it – but Everton seriously lag behind the Premier League’s richest clubs. Just one appearance in the Champions League qualifying stage, in 2005, sums up why Everton couldn’t hope to be considered for any European Super League right now. Borussia Dortmund – IN! – The 1997 Champions League winners went through some terrible financial turmoil after the turn of the millennium, but have bounced back and are now arguably bigger than ever. The club is famed for its redeveloped Westfalenstadion, including the largest standing section in European football, and remain the closest challengers to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Dortmund also reached the 2013 Champions League final, in a period that reaffirmed the club as a European force. Real Madrid – IN! – The 10 times European champions may have been eclipsed by Barcelona on the pitch in the past decade, but they remain arguably the biggest, most glamorous club in the world. The last five world record transfer fees have been paid by Real Madrid. Athletic Bilbao – Possibly in! – One of the most historic clubs in Spain, Bilbao’s new 54,000-seat San Mames stadium is home to the 2015 Spanish Super Cup winners. As arguably the fourth biggest club in Spain, Bilbao would certainly be hopeful of European Super League inclusion. Benfica – Possibly in! – Benfica won the last of their two European Cups in 1962, and haven’t reached the final since 1990, but they remain a European force, albeit more in the Europa League, reaching the last two finals. The club’s Stadium of Light is similar in appearance to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and boasts a capacity of 65,000. 33 33 33 33 33 Manchester City – IN! – While Liverpool would make it in to a European Super League largely thanks to the power of heritage, City would make the cut as one of modern football’s newest powerhouses. A joke in English football for so many years, overseas investment in City from 2008 onwards has turned the club into one of the world’s richest, and they are poised to reach the Champions League last eight for the first time. As every year passes and the club wins more silverware, City’s popularity will grow and grow. 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 Manchester United – IN! – Regardless of Man City’s emergence, Man United remain the biggest club in English football and one of the giants among the world game. Like Liverpool, they have built up enough heritage to virtually guarantee huge support for decades to come. 33 Galatasaray – Possibly in – Giants in Turkey, Galatasaray are relative minnows in the Champions League, compared to the competition’s current kings. They boast a modern, 53,000-seat arena and a vast support in Turkey, but would be outsiders to be included in any European Super League. Tottenham – probably out – Spurs may be in the thick of a Premier League title race and hoping to build a new 61,000-seater stadium, but right now they would be outsiders to make any European Super League. Tottenham’s lack of success in the past 25 years, plus paucity of appearances in the Champions League, mean they remain a big club in England, but without the support London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea can boast overseas. CSKA Moscow – Out! – One of the most successful Russian clubs of recent times, CSKA Moscow don’t quite boast enough pedigree to count themselves among Europe’s elite. The fact they play in a stadium with a capacity of 18,000 says it all. 33 33 Celtic – Possibly in! – If any club is desperate to play in a competition with more revenue involved, it’s Celtic. The 1967 European Cup winners have been devoid of any meaningful competition in Scotland since Rangers’ financial woes, but the Hoops are a shadow of their former selves when it comes to competing on the European stage. The club boasts a large, formidable support, but while Celtic remain in the Scottish league, they will have virtually no chance of challenging the world’s biggest clubs. Celtic could benefit from being UK-based as far as inclusion in any European Super League is concerned, taking into account the size of the United Kingdom’s television market. 33 33 Juventus – IN! – On course for a fifth successive Serie A title, 2015 Champions League runners up Juventus are the biggest club in Italy, with a modern 40,000 capacity stadium. The Old Lady would definitely be in a European Super League. center_img 33 European Super League – who’s in and who’s out? Click the arrow above to find out! 33 Valencia – probably out – Valencia lost the 2000 and 2001 Champions League finals and would probably lose out on any European Super League, despite often being the leading Spanish club outside of Real Madrid and Barcelona. In recent years, Atletico Madrid have taken on that role and Valencia have struggled to regain the glory days that saw La Liga titles won in 2002 and 2004. AC Milan – IN! Click the arrow above, right, to see which other clubs make the cut… and which don’t – Overtaken by Juventus in Serie A in recent years, AC Milan are still by far Italy’s most successful side in the Champions League, winning seven European Cups in total – a record only Real Madrid can better. It is surely only a matter of time before Milan re-emerge as a major force, and a European Super League could be the spur. 33 33 Marseille – Possibly in – Champions League winners in 1993, Marseille are traditionally the biggest club in France, although they have been overtaken in recent times by mega-wealthy rivals Paris Saint-Germain. Would they make the Super League cut, though? It’s 50-50. 33 PSV Eindhoven – possibly in – The reigning Dutch champions and European Cup winners in 1988, PSV might just make the cut for a European Super League, but would probably be behind domestic rivals Ajax in the pecking order. Barcelona – IN! – The dominant force in Spanish football, with four Champions League victories in the past 10 years, Barcelona is THE club in world football right now. Messi, Neymar and Suarez are the latest global stars to wear the Catalan club’s shirt, following the likes of Cruyff, Maradona, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. No European Super League would be complete without Barca. Ajax – Possibly in! – Four times European champions and one of four clubs to have won all of UEFA’s major competitions, the Dutch club have struggled to live up to the weight of their history on a continental stage in recent years. Giant fish in the small pond of Dutch football, with a 53,000 capacity stadium that boasts a retractable roof, Ajax are firmly in the category of club that is crying out for a bigger stage… with bigger revenues. Porto – possibly in – Champions League regulars and European Cup winners twice, as recently as 2004, Porto play in the modern, 52,000 capacity Estadio de Dragao. They would hope to be included in a Super League on this basis. 33 Paris Saint-Germain – IN! – One of the richest clubs in world football, PSG head the Champions League’s nouveaux riche contenders. The club’s vast investment has put them miles ahead of the competition in France and they would surely welcome a European Super League. 33 33 Chelsea – IN! – Like it or not, Chelsea are now one of the biggest clubs in the world, thanks to over a decade of sustained investment and success at the highest levels. A whole generation has grown up knowing Chelsea as a European super power. The Blues would walk into any European Super League. 33 33 West Ham United – out – The Hammers are flying in the Premier League this year and still retain outside hopes of finishing in the top four. With a move to the redeveloped Olympic Stadium happening later this year, hopes are high that West Ham will become the kind of sustained force in English football that they have never really been, despite boasting some legendary players down the years. But they have a long way to go before they can be considered among Europe’s elite. Bayern – IN! – The behemoths of the Bundesliga are on course for a 13th title in the last 20 seasons, and a fourth in a row. They have also developed into last four regulars in the Champions League, winning a fifth European Cup in 2013. Bayern are also certainties for any European Super League. Schalke – IN! – Considering Schalke’s lack of major honours over the years, it’s remarkable that the club would even be considered for a place among Europe’s elite. But Dortmund’s great rivals boast an average attendance over 60,000, making them one of the best supported clubs in Europe. And with Germany being Europe’s biggest market, any European Super League would have to include that country’s biggest clubs. Zenit Saint Petersburg – out – UEFA Cup winners in 2008, Zenit have been trying to break into Europe’s elite for a while now, along with domestic rivals CSKA Moscow. But they remain among the also-rans. Maybe if Gazprom are involved with any Super League, Zenit could make the cut! Sevilla – probably out – Despite winning back-to-back Europa League trophies in 2014 and 2015, Sevilla are a long way off Spain’s big two… and probably don’t rank as one of La Liga’s biggest four clubs, so inclusion in a European Super League would be doubtful. Reports of a secret meeting involving leading executives from Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City has fuelled talk of a potential European Super League breakaway.The suggestion is that certain clubs could quit domestic competitions and UEFA’s continental tournaments to form a closed European league along the lines of American competitions like the NFL.This notion has been dismissed by an Arsenal spokesperson, but rumours persist that Europe’s elite are pressing for reform to the Champions League.So which clubs which make up any potential European Super League?We’ve assessed the merits of a selection of contenders – just take a look at the slideshow above, and let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Atletico Madrid – IN! – Spain’s ‘third club’, Atletico have shown how competitive they can be by beating Barcelona and Real Madrid to the Spanish title in 2014 and coming within a whisker of winning the Champions League. They have also claimed the Europa League twice this decade and boast an average attendance of nearly 50,000. Arsenal – IN! – The Gunners have never won the Champions League, but since qualifying for the tournament in 1998 they have been ever presents. In that time, Arsenal have moved to the 60,000 capacity Emirates Stadium and would be certainties to be included in any European Super League. Getty Napoli – probably out – Liverpool kick off their European Campaign at Napoli tonight Internazionale – IN! – One of Italy’s big three, Inter have struggled on the pitch since winning the treble in 2010, but they remain a massive club and the San Siro is one of Europe’s most iconic stadiums. With Italy being a major TV market in Europe, Inter would surely make the Super League cut. Roma – Possibly in – Often also-rans in Serie A and Europe, Roma’s inclusion in any European Super League would be touch-and-go. The club play in Rome’s 70,000-seat Olympic Stadium, which they share with local rivals Lazio. 33last_img read more

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Women in Enterprise event encourages entrepreneurs to go beyond local

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first_img‘Local to Global’ is the theme of an upcoming event taking place on National Women’s Enterprise Day in Donegal.The advantages for even small Donegal businesses to be able to scale up and look beyond local markets will be highlighted when National Women’s Enterprise Day is celebrated in the county on October 18th.Organised by Local Enterprise Office, Donegal, the business event in An Grianan Hotel in Burt is part of a nationwide celebration aiming to encourage more women to set up their own businesses and to increase national recognition of the essential role played by Ireland’s female entrepreneurs. Speakers at the Donegal event will include global expert in the business of luxury fashion, Máire Morris; award-winning designer Heidi Higgins and international fashion industry expert, Jenny Holloway.Pictured at the launch of the Donegal event for National Women’s Enterprise Day were back row from left – Louise Wallace, Invest NI; Grace Korbel, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal; Brenda Hegarty, Local Enterprise Office Donegal and Larissa Feeney of accountantonline.ie who will be the ambassador on the day. Front from left is Eileen Kelly, Enterprise Europe Network Co-Ordinator and Eve Anne McCarron, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal.Ambassador for the event will be Larissa Feeney, founder and CEO of accountantonline.ie, a fitting role given how she has grown her own business and is now working with and supplies her services to new startups.Larissa’s firm accountantonline.ie serves clients across Ireland and the UK. Larissa leads a team of accounting professionals who work both remotely and in offices in Dublin, Derry and Letterkenny.The Donegal event is one of 16 such events taking place across the country and are expected to attract over 1,000 women in business and female entrepreneurs nationwide. Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney said that while the Donegal event will use examples from the Fashion and Textile industry to highlight the benefits of going from local to global, the learning on the day will seamlessly apply across business sectors.Mr Tunney said: “I am certain that the speakers lined up for this year’s event will serve to highlight the importance for businesses here to look to look beyond a small local market.“To really achieve sustainability, businesses here need to compete on the world stage. We’re delighted to have such strong female entrepreneurs speaking in Donegal and I have no doubt that all female entrepreneurs attending will take away lots of learning from our speakers,” Mr Tunney said.Mr Tunney added: “Through initiatives like our own ‘Beyond Local’ Conference earlier this year we have been working hard to raise awareness of the benefits for small businesses of looking to grow to sustainable levels.“With ongoing financial assistance, microfinance loans, mentoring, training and networking, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal also supports female entrepreneurs every year and we want to really celebrate their inspiring success stories on October 18.” Places at the Donegal event are certain to fill up quickly and anyone interested in booking a place is urged to get online and book soon at – localenterprise.ie/donegalLocal Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. To contact the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal, log on to www.localenterprise.ie/donegal or phone 0749160735.Women in Enterprise event encourages entrepreneurs to go beyond local was last modified: October 9th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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 leoLocal Enterprise OfficeNational Women’s Enterprise Daywomen in businesslast_img read more

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Hahn contributor enters plea in money-laundering case

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first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! High-profile attorney Pierce O’Donnell was fined $155,000 and ordered not to participate in any future elections after pleading no contest today to laundering political contributions to former Mayor James Hahn’s campaign. O’Donnell was not in court, but his lawyers entered the no-contest plea to five misdemeanor counts that he used a false name to funnel $25,000 to Hahn’s 2001 mayoral campaign. Prosecutors allege he reimbursed friends and coworkers who contributed to Hahn’s campaign in order to circumvent city rules allowing individuals to contribute a maximum of $1,000. In a deal struck with O’Donnell, prosecutors agreed to drop 21 of the 26 misdemeanor charges originally filed against him and also dropped lesser charges against O’Donnell’s personal trainer, David Bernstein. “He is glad the charges are not going to be pursued against any others,” said defense lawyer George L. O’Connell. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The plea capped one of several investigations into possible political corruption within the Hahn administration. Experts say questions about a “play-to-play” atmosphere at City Hall helped lead to Hahn’s failed re-election bid in 2005. “We need to send a message to people that are contributing to political campaigns that this kind of conduct is not acceptable,” said Juliet Schmidt, a deputy prosecutor in the District Attorney’s public integrity division. Despite the plea deal, prosecutors are refusing to drop a challenge to a judge’s earlier dismissal of charges filed against O’Donnell’s secretary, Dolores Valdez. “We believe she is more of a key person involved,” said Ricardo OcAmpo, lead prosecutor in the case. Hahn has previously denied knowing the source of the donations. The state Fair Political Practices Commission and the city Ethics Commission still has complaints pending against O’Donnell for his contributions to the Hahn campaign.last_img read more

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HERE WE GO AGAIN! NEW YEAR, SAME CRY AS ANOTHER PLAYER SLAMS DONEGAL

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first_imgTHEY HAVEN’T gone away you know – critics of the Donegal GAA senior football team!Former Monaghan player Eugene Sherry is the latest critic, especially of THAT match against Dublin.Interviewed by Setanta Sports, Sherry said: “It seemed that the whole emphasis in that match was on not giving the ball away and that seems to be the priority common to most teams now. “Keeping possession at all costs seems to be what it’s all about instead of opening up the game and kicking a ball, for instance, 40 yards up the field.“Being honest, the Donegal/Dublin game was hard to watch. I was all for Donegal when they won the Ulster title but didn’t want them to progress after that.”Sherry feels that we can expect to see more focus on unadventurous tactics, and that worries him.“I think football could be in trouble and could end up on the receiving end of a slow death because of the approach of some coaches,” the Ulster SFC and NFL medallist said. “Supporters want to see the rough and tumble of football where there are physical clashes and the ball is moved quickly towards the goal.“I’d be afraid for the future of football because this business of concentrating on cutting down space in the scoring zone could ruin the game.“I’d be fond of most sports but while the profile of soccer and rugby is increasing, the GAA will have to be careful, otherwise football will lose out.“Spectators don’t want to see blanket defences and then seeing passes going over and back across the field, often resulting in no end product.” HERE WE GO AGAIN! NEW YEAR, SAME CRY AS ANOTHER PLAYER SLAMS DONEGAL was last modified: January 1st, 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 GAAlast_img read more

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HOW LOW CAN THEY GO? THIEVES RANSACK PAROCHIAL HOUSE – PARISHONER THOUGHT SHE WOULD BE RAPED

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first_imgSICKO thieves threatened a parishoner as they ransacked a parochial house – while a priest said Mass, Gardai have confirmed.Father Gerard Sweeney said he was saying 7.30pm Ash Wednesday Mass at St Aengus Church at Burt when the gang struck.A woman who had called to the parochial house to help tidy up after building work was dragged around the house as she was asked where his safe was. Father Sweeney said the parishoner was threatened with a screwdriver as the raiders ransacked each room.“She had no idea where the safe was,” said Father Sweeney, who is well-known throughout Ireland as the motorbiking priest.“She thought they were going to rape and kill her. When they found the safe, they locked her in a bathroom and she is claustrophobic.”The victim has described her attackers as in their 20s with ‘west of Ireland accents.’ The thieves took about €2,500 raised for church and charities as well as parish cheque books and personal cheque books.Superintendent Kevin English said: “We view this as a very serious incident, where a defenceless lady was subjected to such trauma. Every effort will be made to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.”Gardai spent today carrying out a forensic examination of the house. Officers are investigating a possible link to a VW Bora stolen in Carrigans three hours after the raid and found burnt out in Derry.Anyone who can help should call Buncrana Gardaí on 07493 20540.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyHOW LOW CAN THEY GO? THIEVES RANSACK PAROCHIAL HOUSE – PARISHONER THOUGHT SHE WOULD BE RAPED was last modified: February 24th, 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:buncrana gardaBURTfather gerard sweeneyhouse ransackedthieveslast_img read more

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Texas mogul charged in oil-for-food kickbacks

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The program was found to be rife with corruption. Authorities said Saddam began insisting that those he dealt with pay kickbacks. Investigators suspect Saddam’s regime pocketed $10.2 billion in payoffs and other illegal oil sales. In April, federal prosecutors charged two other Houston oilmen and a British citizen with taking part in the corruption. The indictment said Wyatt discussed his participation in the kickback scheme with an oil trader during telephone calls recorded by El Paso Corp., which purchased Coastal Corp. in 2001 for $24 billion. Wyatt, a major El Paso shareholder, became a high-profile critic of the company after the sale. If convicted of conspiracy and other charges, the three men named in the latest indictment could get 62 years in prison and a fine of $1 million, or twice the illicit gains they allegedly received. Carl Parker, a lawyer for Wyatt, said his client is innocent and that the charges were motivated by Wyatt’s criticism of the last three presidential administrations. NEW YORK – A Texas oil mogul and two Swiss business executives were charged Friday with paying millions in kickbacks to Saddam Hussein’s regime in the latest indictment to come out of the U.N. oil-for-food scandal. Oscar S. Wyatt Jr., founder and former chairman of Coastal Corp., was arrested at his home in Houston. The U.S. government was seeking the extradition of oil traders Catalina del Socorro Miguel Fuentes and Mohammed Saidji from Switzerland. Wyatt, 81, was freed after bail was set at $2.5 million on the federal charges. The United Nations set up the oil-for-food program in the 1990s as part of an effort to punish Saddam’s regime without making the Iraqi people suffer. Iraq was allowed to sell its crude oil, but the proceeds were supposed to go toward food and other humanitarian aid for the Iraqis. “He’s done more for America than any of the people accused of wrongdoing. He was being shot at as a 19-year-old fighter pilot in World War II, and now they want to accuse him of helping some terrorist country,” Parker said. After the first Persian Gulf War began, Wyatt publicly accused President George H.W. Bush of trading U.S. soldiers’ lives for Saudi oil, according to Hoover’s, a business information resource. Just before the war, he also led two dozen Americans being held hostage as human shields out of Baghdad after meeting with Saddam. On Thursday, Manhattan’s district attorney announced that a Virginia oil-trading company pleaded guilty to grand larceny in an oil-for-food program kickback scheme, and agreed to pay a $250,000 fine. In January, an Iraqi-born American businessman accused of skimming oil-for-food money admitted to being an illegal agent of Saddam’s government. 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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Extracts: Patsy McGonagle on tests of his soul in Seoul on first trip as Irish manager

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first_imgPATSY McGonagle was an Irish Athletics Team Manager for 25 years and managed Ireland 68 times as a manager, including at four Olympic Games, six World Championships and six European Championships. Under his watch, Irish athletes won two Olympic medals, nine World Championship medals and 27 EuropeanChampionship medals. He has recently released his autobiography, written by Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub Sports Editor Chris McNulty, and we bring you some exclusive extracts: Picture: Patsy McGonagle with Irish athletes in the Skylon Hotel, Dublin in 1994IN A ROOM of the Samyoung Hotel in Seoul, the beads of sweat began to drip.The 1992 World Junior Championships offered me a first taste of managing an Irish team. I had left Dublin with no instruction, no advice.And no cheque book. When you arrive at a Championship, it’s customary to settle the visiting team’s account with the local organising committee. However, nobody had given me any indication of this, never mind a few bob, before we flew to Korea.I joined a queue, listening away to what was going on at the various tables at the top of the room.‘You owe us x thousands.’‘You owe us y thousands.’The administrator advised the sum owed and, one-by-one, each delegation from the different countries settled their bills.The Ethiopians went up. Senegal were there. The Japanese boys slid up and moved away again.The United States, all bravado as usual, got the business done.The queue was getting shorter and my mind was in overdrive. I wasn’t long off the plane after a 13-hour flight, via London.‘They’re going to throw us out of this Championship.’ It was a scary thought. I genuinely hadn’t a clue what to expect.Next up… Ireland.‘You owe us…’ But my mind was doing loops and I didn’t actually hear the figure that was announced. I began to tell the young lady behind the table a long story about it being my first Championship, but I did not get very far with my sobbing.‘Ireland…‘Typical!’But her face had brightened, and then broke into a smile. I knew then we’d be okay. I was excited about Seoul and took my appointment as team manager in my stride.Patsy McGonagle with an Irish Athletics team in the 1990sI ALWAYS EMBRACED changing technology, which was a big strength over the years. But I was left to curse technology in Seoul. Deirdre Gallagher from Ballina was with us for the 5,000m and she took 14 seconds off her personal best in Seoul.I faxed the result through to the BLE offices in Dublin and they passed it on to the media in Ireland.The Irish Independent led with the news.“Ballina athlete Deirdre Gallagher made history in becoming the first Irish athlete to win a medal at the World Junior Athletics Championships in Seoul, collecting a bronze in the 5,000m walk.”There was one problem. Deirdre, in fact, hadn’t won a bronze medal.The first page of the fax to Dublin got lost and Deirdre was listed third on the second page. Lo and behold, everyone in Ireland thought she had won the bronze.Her father, Danny who hailed from Glenties, was driving home from the All-Ireland football final – which Donegal had won, famously beating Dublin – when he heard the news on RTE Radio. The poor man nearly crashed the car.BLE had to issue a clarification.Again, the Independent delivered the news.“BLE have announced that Deirdre Gallagher of Ballina has not in fact won a medal in the Junior World Athletics Championships in Seoul. It was announced that she had finished third in the 5,000m walk, but the information from South Korea has now proved to be incorrect. BLE have apologised for any embarrassment caused.”I didn’t have a press accreditation in Seoul, so even getting the results proved a difficult assignment. I ended up, through a very helpful Korean official, befriending an Irish Columban priest, Fr Kennedy.He aided me in getting the essential information I needed.I knew of the influence of the Columban priests through news back home of Fr PJ McGlinchey, a Letterkenny man who was based on Jeju Island, an island in the Korea Strait, for over 60 years and whose work will be remembered for generations.Jeju’s people, when he arrived in 1952, were among the poorest in their land. Fr McGlinchey – a brother of the Letterkenny-based Senator, Bernard McGlinchey – set up a textile factory, helped form a credit union and aided in improving the farming practices and yields on the island.The food in Seoul was a challenge. Everything was chicken or beef. But my abiding memory, even now, was the evening when we went to a Korean restaurant with the priest.We were served a bowl of stuff, with meat in it that the party of Irish people just convinced themselves wasn’t a dog. The waiter came out and cracked a raw egg into a bowl.You wouldn’t have fed it to the dogs.‘Aye, that’s gorgeous.’We couldn’t have our hosts disappointed.Patsy McGonagle after his appointment as Irish Athletics Team manager for the 2000 Olympic Games in SydneySEOUL WAS THE first time I was in a city where the problem with traffic was so prevalent. The place was bumper-to-bumper 24/7.Language was also a problem at times. We had a small team at those Championships with just four athletes – Deirdre, Antoine Burke, David Matthews and David Cullinane. We went exploring in Seoul one evening for a look around and we hit trouble when it was time to go home.I went to get a taxi.‘The Hotel Samyoung, sir’Your man looked at me as if I had ten heads. The next taxi man was the same. And the next! Eventually, a US military police officer spotted that a bunch of Irish athletes were in a bit of a jam. At the same time, I learned that there were thousands of US soldiers stationed in South Korea, a knock-on from the Korean War.‘Hey Paddy, where d’yall need to go?’He didn’t have a clue either, but he radioed his base.‘Ah…the Samyoung Hotel’.I’m still baffled by the Koreans on that one.Trying to explain the name wasn’t helped by our descriptions, of course.‘It’s a golden kind of place,’ we repeatedly pleaded to the deaf ears on the taxi rank, but eventually we got back to base.Back with a valuable lesson banked. From that day on, we carried a card from the hotel so we could just show the driver…‘Relentless: A Race Through Time’ Patsy McGonagle, A Memoir (with Chris McNulty) Published: June 2019, Hero Books, €20.00 (ISBN 9781910827079). Available now in paperback and ebook versions on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Relentless-Race-Through-Patsy-McGonagle/dp/191082707XExtracts: Patsy McGonagle on tests of his soul in Seoul on first trip as Irish manager was last modified: August 3rd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2000 Olympic GamesChris McNultypatsy mcgonagleRelentlessSeoulsydneylast_img read more

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