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first_imgThe Lincroft Knights, a U11 boys travel team, is seeking competitive players for a travel team on Sundays. Player must be born after April 30, 1994. Season begins in April. For more info call (732) 530-7305 or e-mail bepirro@yahoo.com. Players from all towns are welcome. A new men’s modified softball league is forming in Middletown. Anyone interested should contact Dom Buonomo at (732) 787-7025 or (732) 266-6056. The Hazlet Wrecking Crew boys U16 soccer team will hold tryouts at 5 p.m. March 6 at the Hazlet Soccer Complex for the spring season. The team will be playing in the top flight in the Mid-Jersey league. No town residency is required. Call Bill at (732) 888-1550 or e-mail wwntz@comcast.net for additional information. The Hazlet 10U girls won the Monmouth Youth Basketball League Championship. The Monmouth Youth League was made up of 19 teams from throughout Monmouth County. The Hazlet girls capped off the most successful season in the Hazlet Girls Youth program’s history by rolling through the playoffs with victories over Wall Township, an unbeaten Manalapan team, and an unbeaten Matawan team in the championship game. The Hazlet Girls team is made up of Michelle Bauerlein, Laura Gesario, Kerry Ginda, Megan Lunney, Chris Marzelli, Caitlin Ouano, Amanda Pellegrino and Julie Tonuzi. The girls are coached by Sam Tonuzi and Joe Pellegrino, who are assisted by Gerard Gesario. Congratulations to all the girls, coaches and parents for their hard work, dedication and well-deserved title. The Husky Soccer Association will be accepting registration for its 3-vs.-3 Outdoor Soccer League. The cost for the eight-week program is $35 for an individual, $65 for two members of a family, and $100 for a family of three or more. The league is open to all children presently in kindergarten through adults. The games will be played on Sundays for the months of April, May and June at Matawan Regional High School’s soccer fields. Registration will be accepted on an individual basis; no team registrations. For more information, call Art Perri at (732) 566-0154 or e-mail huskysport@aol.com..last_img read more

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Gov’t US$10.7M Debt for Vehicle Ruling on Ice

first_imgA ruling of the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice which should have established whether or not it has the legal rights to proceed  with hearings into a  US$10.7M lawsuit filed against the Government of Liberia (GOL) by a Lebanese businessman, George Haddad, is yet to be handed down by the court.Haddad, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prestige Motor Corporation and Alliance Motor Corporation, is pursing the debt action against the government..Surprisingly, government lawyers are seeking to have the court remove itself from the case. They also want to have a portion of the debt action against GOL excluded from the trial and are seeking to have the whole case thrown out.In early February, the Resident Chief Judge of the three-judge panel that is presiding over the court postponed ruling on the various issues.  Judge Eva Mappy Morgan also said the panel of judges was considering conducting an in-chambers review of records from both parties.She publicly made the assertion immediately after they listened to arguments from both parties in response to the government’s request.Interestingly, up to present, Judge Morgan and panel have not informed the lawyers when they will bring down their decision.The reason for the delay is unknown, but the Daily Observer has learned that authorities at the Ministry of Finance were considering negotiating with Haddad to reduce the money.The legal expert did not say if Mr. Haddad has agreed to have the matter settled out of court. Hailing the court’s initial decision to hear arguments in the matter, the legal expert said, “We are pleased that the judges are thoroughly examining these serious legal issues and believe that the court has chosen the absolutely correct path to address where the case is now, but we have not been told when that would happen,” the source told this paper.Apparently, the source said, government was doing that to discourage other entities from taking GOL to the Commercial Court regarding contracts and debts incurred by past governments.“The challenging part is that if the court denies the request, other organizations would (be encouraged) to go to the Commercial Court for redress on contracts or services they performed for past administrations, especially during the interim periods, and have not been paid,” the legal source added.The case alleges that government, from 2000 to 2008, hired the services of Mr. Haddad, who sold and repaired vehicles and also supplied spare parts amounting to US$10.7M to several state owned institutions (SOI). However those SOIs are yet to pay their debts, despite Mr. Haddad’s persistent claims.Among the vehicles for which GOL owes Haddad are Cherokee and Land Rover Leon.Though GOL has admitted owing Mr. Haddad, its lawyers insist that the Commercial Court is not the proper court under the law to hear and decide the case.Justifying their argument, Cllr Augustine Fayia said, “The Commercial Court was established in 2010, which means the law that created it prevents the court from hearing cases prior to its establishment.”He further argued that if the court continues with the matter, it would be a complete violation of the Constitution and the Act that created it.He pleaded that the court advise Haddad’s lawyers to file their complaint to the appropriate court, but did not mention which court was the appropriate one to take the case.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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Auditing the Auditors: A Startling, but not Unexpected Revelation

first_imgWe have not yet seen the Kenyan Auditor General’s report on his audit of Liberia’s General Auditing Commission (GAC). We are, however, not surprised at what he said—that the GAC between 2009 and 2013 had been “extremely corrupt.”Without actually knowing what he meant by that, we can begin with Kenyan Auditor General Edward Ouko’s first substantive statement: During the period 2009-2013, “the GAC failed to comply with rules governing international financial best practices.”No one who knew and carefully observed how the first Auditor General appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Mr. John Morlu, II, operated the GAC would doubt the Kenyan Auditor General’s assessment. Remember the first major statement which Auditor General Morlu made following his appointment? He said the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was “more corrupt than any other government in Liberian history.”Remember, too, that this wasonly a few weeks following his appointment—that is, before he and his team at GAC had conducted a single piece of audit. So how did he come up with such a sweeping indictment against the President and her government? That remark showed that Morlu could “shoot from the hip.” Is that what Kenyan Auditor General Ouku called “international financial best practice?” No. Auditing is a scientific procedure just as the mathematics on which auditing is based. It cannot and should not be politicized. Yet, that is exactly how John Morlu ran the GAC.He had a direct link with certain media institutions and journalists, whom he regularly fed with sensational bits of “information” that made great—and sometimes dangerous—headlines. That was long before he submitted a single report to his employers.The European Union, which volunteered to pay his salary—some say US$60,000 per annum—must have been completely embarrassed by all this. But the rules of diplomacy, which govern such international organizations, prevented the EU from making any comment. All they could do was wait until the government that employed him acted. As Mr. Morlu continued throughout his tenure to act more as a politician than a professional auditor, the only thing President Sirleaf could do was to wonder and wait. For any action against him before his contract ended may have been interpreted as though the government had something to hide.But once his six-year contract ended in 2011, President Sirleaf did not renew it. Mr. Morlu tried to make some noise, even threats, but no one paid him any attention. Then came Robert Kilby, who first submitted credentials that the Liberian Legislature, mainly the Senate, found questionable. He, however, eventually won confirmation. But he no sooner began to behave like some of Liberia’s erstwhile all powerful Attorney Generals. Kilby soon decided to fire or retire en masse the GAC staff, who quickly ran to the Legislature and he was stopped.Then it was discovered that many of his decisions and actions were viewed as conflicts of interest. Kilby behaved like a maverick (eccentric, individualistic). He did not, unlike his predecessor Morlu, make spurious utterances. But Kilby took strange actions, such as his attempt to “clean sweet” the GAC. He lasted barely a year and was replaced by Madam Yusador Gaye.By the time she got there, a letter was on file from Robert Sirleaf, President Sirleaf’s son, the new Chair of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL). This appointment of her own son as head of one of the nation’s most financially lucrative institutions was immediately greeted by public hostility and criticism. The people called it a pure case of nepotism. It immediately provoked an open split with President Sirleaf’s own Liberian sister and fellow Nobel Laureate, Leymah Gbowee, who also criticized Robert’s appointment. The Daily Observer quoted one female World Bank official as saying most of the Bank’s female employees blamed Ellen for the split with Leyma.But main reason for our mention of Robert Sirleaf is his letter to the Auditor General, advising that there should be no audit for now at NOCAL until certain procedures were put into place.And who was any Auditor General to deny Robert Sirleaf his wish? That would be tantamount to saying No to the new Steve Tolbert of Liberia. For no one in the early 1970s, not even Rocheforte L. Weeks, Foreign Minister and Dean of the Cabinet, could say no to Steve. Steve and Rocheforte clashed during President William R. Tolbert’s visit with United States President Richard Nixon in 1972. While Weeks was yet in Washington, President Tolbert fired him on radio, calling him all kinds of names.The GAC has yet to audit NOCAL—an audit that may never take place, especially with so promising an enterprise now in disarray and bankrupt. When Robert Sirleaf took it over from former NOCAL Chairman Clemenceau Urey, there was US$31 million in its bank accounts. By the time Robert Sirleaf departed after approximately 18 months, the company was bankrupt. We do not know whether the Kenyan Auditor General took any note of Robert Sirleaf’s letter to the Liberian Auditor General.A great deal of auditing has gone on, and continues in Liberia. The public is wondering whether and when NOCAL will ever be audited. 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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No talk yet of arbitration – GPSU source

first_imgGPSU President Patrick Yarde and other union representativesPresident David GrangerGPSU wage/salary debacleThe Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) has not yet begun talks of arbitration, although the option is openly available for it to thrash out the wages and salaries impasse it has with Government, a source close to the GPSU said on Monday.While Government is still zigzagging around the demands and ultimatum put forward by the workers’ Union, the GPSU has not yet taken any steps in the direction of arbitration to have the matter settled by a third party.The two bodies are deadlocked over Government’s final offer of a mere 10 per cent increase for public servants – an offer the GPSU has rejected outright.President David Granger has said that the 10 per cent increase was all Government was able to offer at this time.The GPSU had come over very strongly at the weekend, warning Government that it needed to be guided by the 1999 strike, which lasted for 57 days and led to arbitration over deadlocked salary talks.GPSU President Patrick Yarde, over the weekend, accused Government of horse-trading over its publicly stated position that it would go ahead and make an arbitrary award in the face of the Union’s refusal of the differentiated 1 percent-10 percent salary increase for public servants.The GPSU President had also reminded Government that it was the very parties that make up the Administration, which on the campaign trail, had made very bold promises to pay public servants decent wages/salaries. However, what was done instead was a turnaround and self-serving act of paying themselves hefty salary increases.“This act is unpardonable in this society… for the Government to believe that their decision will be easily forgotten, much more has to be done at the bargaining table for workers not to believe that the increases paid to the Cabinet and MPs were not self-serving,” he said.Yarde, in his public missive over the weekend, said the outcome of any negotiation that was considered just was one where the results were agreed upon by the parties involved.Seeking to draw reference to history and precedence, Yarde stated, “Industrial relations are not about gut feelings… they are guided by a body of knowledge grounded in conventions, time-honoured principles, established rules and laws.”According to Yarde, “representatives of this Government are advised of the importance of arming themselves with an understanding of these tenets or they will continue lurching from one crisis to another on matters pertaining to workers’ welfare… there are precedents in this society which can serve as guides as against the present big stick method being pursued.”He pointed to the fact that in 1999, the Janet Jagan Government had decided that it would respond negatively to the Public Sector unions’ demand for an increase in wages/salaries, on the pretext that the International Monetary Fund’s Structural Adjustment Programme prevented offering a decent increase.He said the Government felt the trade unions were weak, but underestimated the workers who were enraged by their treatment, and mobilised among themselves to proceed on strike action and the union leadership had to comply.The GPSU head recalled that the 1999 strike lasted 57 days and the parties had to resort to arbitration to have the matter resolved.He also referred to the similar salary talks breakdowns in 1979 and 1964 and said, “One would have expected that these experiences would serve as lessons to guide negotiations with the Government and the GPSU ? and the GTU [Guyana Teachers Union].”last_img read more

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Allardyce fights to save England job

first_img0Shares0000England coach Sam Allardyce was filmed telling what he thought was a group of Far East investors it was possible to “get around” Football Association regulations preventing third parties from owning players © AFP/File / Joe KlamarLondon, United Kingdom, Sep 27 – Sam Allardyce is set for crisis talks with his Football Association employers on Tuesday as the England manager fights to save his job after being caught in a newspaper sting.Allardyce gave advice on how to circumnavigate transfer rules, criticised the FA’s decision to rebuild Wembley and mocked his England predecessor Roy Hodgson while being secretly filmed by Daily Telegraph reporters posing as Far East businessmen. Allardyce, 61, appointed England manager in July on a £3 million ($3.9 mn, 3.5 mn euros)-a-year contract, also agreed to travel to Singapore and Hong Kong as an ambassador for their fictitious firm for a fee of £400,000.Senior FA figures were said to be stunned by the revelations and the former Sunderland and West Ham manager was seen driving away from his home in Bolton, northwest England, early on Tuesday morning amid reports he had been summoned to the governing body’s Wembley headquarters to defend himself.The FA probe leaves Allardyce in danger of being sacked just one game into his reign.“I got a call related to the issue and I want the facts in the morning and I will look into it -— it is not appropriate to pre-judge the issue,” FA chairman Greg Clarke told The Times. “With things like this you have to take a deep breath and have all the facts and hear everything from everyone.“Then you can make a judgment about what to do and that’s what we will do. Natural justice requires us to get to the bottom of these issues before we make any decision.”England manager Sam Allardyce mocked his England predecessor Roy Hodgson (seen here) while being secretly filmed by Daily Telegraph reporters © AFP/File / Paul EllisFA chief executive Martin Glenn, who gave the green light to Allardyce’s appointment after Hodgson quit following England’s humiliating Euro 2016 last-16 defeat to Iceland, is said to have spoken to Allardyce on Monday evening, soon after the revelations came out.And although they want to hear their manager’s side of the story, The Times reported Glenn and Clarke were leaning towards sacking Allardyce — whose only England match to date produced a 1-0 win in Slovakia — just 67 days after he was hired.– ‘Big money’ –Allardyce’s problems began when he agreed to meet the undercover Telegraph reporters, who asked if it would be a problem for their fictitious agency to get involved in third-party ownership through funding football transfers, which is banned under FIFA rules.“It’s not a problem. We got (Enner) Valencia in (at West Ham). He was third-party owned when we bought him from Mexico,” Allardyce replied.The Telegraph reported Allardyce said he knew of certain agents who were “doing it all the time” and added: “You can still get around it. I mean obviously the big money’s here.CEO of the English Football Association (FA) Martin Glenn (seen here) will decide whether England manager Sam Allardyce clings to his job as England manager after the newspaper sting © AFP/File / Justin Tallis“You get a percentage of the player’s agent’s fee that the agent pays to you, the company, because he’s done that new deal at the club again…It’s massive for doing about two hours’ work.”He also referred to Hodgson as “Woy”, mimicking his speech impediment, and said the FA had “stupidly spent 870 million pounds” rebuilding Wembley, while also complaining that Prince William, the FA president, had not attended last week’s Euro 2020 launch event in London.Allardyce also criticised Hodgson’s approach at Euro 2016, saying he was “too indecisive” and “hasn’t got the personality for public speaking”.He said Hodgson’s assistant manager Gary Neville “was the wrong influence for him. F***ing tell Gary to sit down and shut up, so you can do what you want”.Allardyce poured scorn on England’s failure at the tournament by saying their players have a “psychological barrier” and “can’t cope”.The FA is now in a race against the clock to act — England’s next game is a World Cup qualifier against Malta at Wembley on October 8, with the squad set to be named this Sunday.But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who had numerous public spats with Allardyce in the past, offered support for the beleaguered boss.England manager Sam Allardyce caught in a newspaper sting reportedly criticised the FA’s decision to rebuild Wembley © AFP/File / Franck Fife“You have to let Sam Allardyce defend himself and I just hope he will clear his name,” Wenger said.“Nothing is proven. At the moment it is only suggestions. We have to be careful, we live in a society that is very quick to accuse people.”It is not the first time Allardyce, nicknamed “Big Sam”, has been linked with off-field scandals during his long managerial career. In 2006 he was named in a BBC Panorama programme which alleged that he had taken illegal payments, or “bungs”, as part of transfer deals. Allardyce denied the claims and an independent investigation by a former top policeman found no evidence of irregular payments.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘England return has never crossed my mind,’ insists Chelsea stalwart Terry

first_imgFormer England captain John Terry has insisted he has no desire to return to international football, saying playing for the Three Lions again has ‘never crossed his mind.’The 34-year-old lifted the League Cup on Sunday after scoring his first major final goal in a 2-0 triumph over London rivals Tottenham.Terry retired from England duty in 2012 after being stripped of the captaincy amid allegations he racially abused then QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, brother of his long-time England central defensive partner Rio.But he is still considered by many to be England’s leading defender, which was highlighted with a man-of-the-match performance against Spurs.The Blues skipper did admits he was moved by the national anthem at Wembley ahead of the final clash, but reiterated that he has no plans to make an England return.“No. It’s the simple answer,” said Terry when asked about a possible international comeback. “I don’t want to go into it right now.“Being back at Wembley, the atmosphere, the stadium, it’s one of the best I have played in, but it’s never crossed my mind.“I have drawn a line under it and the England squad can move on now.“I have missed it, playing in these big stadiums and in these competitions and I’m delighted to get back to Wembley.“They started playing the national anthem before the game and I was going then.” 1 Chelsea centre-back John Terry last_img read more

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MY DONEGAL WITH SONIA NIC GIOLLA EASBUIG

first_imgSonia Nic Giolla Easbuig is an award winning TV Producer/Director from Bunbeg, Gaoth Dobhair. Sonia runs LIGID Productions ltd and has offices in Donegal and County Down. LIGID is a TV production company specialising in Factual Documentaries and Short form Drama.Sonia has been producing and directing TV programmes for over 15 years for RTÉ, BBC and TG4. LIGID programmes have also been broadcast internationally on the Discovery and Arte Networks and several LIGID Productions have won European regional Television Prix Circom awards including Best Documentary.Sonia has taken her work back to Donegal as often as she can and has documented stories throughout the county for many years. Her storytelling varies from a documentary about ‘The Hiring Fairs’ in Donegal for TG4 to directing a two-part programme on the Donegal Rally in 2010 for the BBC. Sonia won a ‘Top 50’ award for ‘Business as Gaeilge’ in 2006 and is also currently studying for a PhD at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. Sonia is married to Peter Jones, who is a cameraman with the BBC in Belfast and they have a young son called Ruairí.Here’s her Donegal:What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?I would have to say Bunbeg beach with Eddie Beag’s boat on it is my favourite place; there is nowhere nicer to watch the sunrise and the Sunset. It is where I grew up and I suppose it is where I will always call home. Though all around the coastline, Donegal’s mountains, and beaches are magnificent. I also love turning the corner from the back of Errigal into Dunlewey. I always feel that I am almost home when I see the spectacular vista in Dunlewey. If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I know I should probably say the weather, but I think Donegal has a different kind of beauty to it when the weather is bad. So I think it would probably be the roads, I would change the roads to make them safer.Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?My Dad. My Dad is a real Donegal man who loves Donegal with a passion; he is hard working, loyal, worldly wise and the most caring Dad in the world. He instilled in me a love of the Irish language, to be proud of our history, culture and our heritage and to respect the environment in which we live. Family is very important to him and I think that in these hard times that people are realising that family is a lot more precious than material goods. I hope I am as good a parent to Ruairí as my mother & father have been to me.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner? It’s hard to pick between them, as in there own way they have both done so much for Donegal. If I had to really pick I would probably say Packie Bonner.What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?I have to say the All Ireland final last September. It was amazing, it sent everyone in Donegal and from Donegal into a happy spin that I don’t think we have come out of yet. It was fantastic to watch their road to victory and in these difficult times anything that brings happiness like they did to the County can’t be a bad thing.What was Donegal’s saddest moment? Without a doubt our saddest moment that will haunt us for many years has to be the child abuse scandals not only in Donegal but also throughout the Country. Words cannot express how sad it is that this was happening to children that were living in our midst.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?When I am at home in Bunbeg I stock up with Donegal Creamery Milk before going back to County Down. I have my husband hooked on it too; it is the creamiest milk ever. I like Velvet crunch snacks as well, which are made by Largo Foods in Gaoth Dobhair.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?We have a lot of great ambassadors and this year the Donegal team have represented the County nationally and internationally to make us really proud of them. I think that Moya Brennan, Clannad, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Enya and Ronan Mac Aodh Bhuí all have done so much through music for our County both in terms of tourism and culturally, they also deserve recognition.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?I suppose it depends on how you determine success. For me those who are self employed or people who are running small companies in the current climate and that are keeping the wolf from the door but also providing employment for others are the success stories of business in Donegal today.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?I would have to say Martin Mc Hugh Snr. as he was my first interview ever. When Donegal won the All Ireland in 1992, I interviewed him for Dublin’s Raidio na Life while travelling on the boat back from taking Sam Maguire into Tory Island. I have met him on a few occasions since and he is a real gentleman. The moment he had on the pitch with young Martin on All Ireland day last September was a beautiful moment captured as well.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?The restaurant in the Ostan Gaoth Dobhair is my favourite place in Ireland! When Charlie is cooking and the Lobster is on the menu there is nothing in the world to compare!!Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Basking Sharks – I love the sea and everything to do with it. I am a PADI registered scuba diver and sea life is stunning when you have the chance to see it in its own environment.Your nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?This has to be my Mum, Norah (I know I am a bit biased) but she is the most beautiful woman that I have ever met. Her sense of style is fantastic and if there was an award for the most ‘elegant, stylish nana’ she would definitely be the winner.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?My favourite saying is in Gaeilge “Tá Saol an mhadaidh bháin agat” which means you have a great life. It can be used in so many ways, humorously, sarcastically and genuinely it’s a lovely saying.Will Donegal win the All Ireland next year?I hope so. Though I don’t know how we would cope with two All Irelands in a row but I think we would manage ok!!What is your favourite Donegal food?It would have to be Donegal’s fresh seafood. I don’t think there is seafood like it anywhere in the world.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?The only thing that annoys me at the moment is the amount of young people that have emigrated/ are emigrating from Donegal. I suppose there is nothing that people can do to prevent it but there are an awful lot of our young people leaving and my fear is that they may never come back.If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be?I would create a link with all those that are emigrating and I would make it so that they were involved in some way with future decisions that were made about Donegal. I would then work on improving life by providing more amenities here for young people to give them something to come home to and for those living in rural areas where they really have nowhere to go and nothing to do.MY DONEGAL WITH SONIA NIC GIOLLA EASBUIG was last modified: December 27th, 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:MY DONEGAL WITH SONIA NIC GIOLLA EASBUIGlast_img read more

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Bronze for Leah Gallen after semi-final loss in Sofia

first_imgLEAH GALLEN must settle for a bronze medal at the 2019 European Youth Championships after the Raphoe welter fell to defeat against Viktyria Csilla Ambrus.The Hungarian took a unanimous decision win in her semi-final clash with the gallant Gallen in Sofia.Wins over Annemarie Schierle from Germany and Gulcan Arga of Turkey had secured Gallen’s place on the podium. The Raphoe ABC star was gunning to upgrade the colour of the medal, but Ambrus proved too strong in a frustrating bout for Gallen.The five-time Irish champion received a public warning in the second round for holding and just couldn’t get into a rhythm.Gallen won a bronze at last year’s European Junior Championships in Russia and will come back from Bulgaria with a bronze later this week.Gallen had stepped up from 66 to 69kgs this year and the added weight of her opponent proved a difference in today’s semi-final. Bronze for Leah Gallen after semi-final loss in Sofia was last modified: September 9th, 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:2019 European Youth ChampionshipsBulgariaLeah GallenRaphoeRaphoe ABCSofialast_img read more

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Pardew’s dance and Di Maria’s beer – Never celebrate too early against Man United

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Manchester United produced a memorable performance to book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals at Paris Saint-Germain’s expense.Trailing 2-0 from the first leg at Old Trafford, United beat the French giants at the Parc-des-Princes 3-1, going through on away goals. It was a magnificent night for the Red Devils but spare a thought for PSG, who fall in Europe’s premier competition yet again.The result reinforces just why you should never write off United, but it seems not everyone has received the memo.Below you can see the four occasions where players and managers have celebrated against Manchester United, only for it to come back to bite them shortly afterwards. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS RANKED The end of the game sparked jubilant scenes in the United camp 3 3 ADVICE Angel di MariaOne player who may feel even worse than his team-mates is Angel di Maria and not just because he has been knocked out by his previous employers.In the first leg, Di Maria was in brilliant form, supplying two assists.The Argentine was a very busy man, where he appeared to shout ‘f*** off’ at the United faithful while also pretending to drink a bottle of beer that was thrown on the pitch. BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “Dele Alli has learnt a big lesson there, don’t celebrate too early. It isn’t me being jealous because I can’t do the ‘floss.'”Frank Lampard looks at Spurs going another year without a trophy, and in particular Dele Alli celebrating like *that* in the 11th minute. pic.twitter.com/oim9Ji7MO9— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 22, 2018However, goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera turned the tie on its head and Spurs were knocked out, leaving Alli subject to derision after the match.Alan PardewBut the most famous regrettable celebration surely has to go to Alan Pardew for his infamous ‘FA Cup jig’.He did it as a good luck charm as West Ham manager and it nearly brought the club the crown in 2006, only for Steven Gerrard’s brilliance to cruelly take it away from them at the death.Pardew did not learn his lesson ten years on, however, and continued to do it when he was Crystal Palace boss.He was filmed doing the dance when Jason Puncheon gave Palace a 78th-minute lead but Juan Mata equalised for United before Jesse Lingard fired home the winner in extra-time and Pardew was denied the opportunity to dance the night away…center_img Di Maria celebrated too early! “Pardew’s dance after the [Palace] goal in the FA Cup final, it wasn’t something arrogant; but it was all him.” https://t.co/nkKIiHTNti pic.twitter.com/YIysBdutp3— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) November 5, 2018 huge blow He wasn’t in such a jolly mood at the Parc-des-Princes though.Cristiano RonaldoWhen you score an amazing goal, it’s very difficult to not get carried away, even if it is against your former club.But after scoring a brilliant volley for Juventus against United, Cristiano Ronaldo used this opportunity show off his, I’ll admit, impressive abs to his adoring fans. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade However, Ronaldo left the game with egg on his face after Juan Mata’s free-kick and Leonardo Bonnucci’s own goal stole the victory for the Red Devils.You could say Ronaldo was AB-solutely furious at the end!Dele AlliAnd in April 2018, Dele Alli was guilty of celebrating too early after giving Tottenham the lead against United in an FA Cup semi-final.Alli marked the occasion by doing a floss dance jig, inspired from the game Fortnite as the Spurs section of the Wembley crowd roared. 3 REVEALED REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Ronaldo celebrated his sensational opener by showing fans his six pack last_img read more

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How to have a climate conscious Christmas – with Cool Planet Champion Nuala Carr

first_imgLetterkenny woman Nuala Carr has been appointed as a Cool Planet Champion for Donegal. And with that, she is starting an informative new column series on DonegalDaily.com.Cool Planet Champions is Ireland’s first national programme to appoint ambassadors to explain climate change in a way that everyone can understand and act upon.As a Champion for Donegal, Nuala has received special training to spread the word in the local communities and to help educate, inform and inspire change. Donegal Daily is delighted to introduce a regular ‘Cool Planet’ column from Nuala, beginning with top tips on how to have a climate-conscious Christmas:Nuala CarrNuala writes: Most people have heard of climate change and global warming. Have you ever stopped to think about what it means, how it is going to affect you in the future, and is there anything you can do about it? Most of us haven’t. We are waiting for someone else to find the solution. What can I do to save the planet? Well, we can all take ‘little steps’ together. In November of this year, I attended the Cool Planet Champion course in Powerscourt, Co Wicklow, to learn what I can do to help reverse the impacts of climate change and how I can help others to make little changes. Together we can start the journey of conscious decision-making towards a better future for everyone.Christmas is fast approaching. The excitement is building, as kids (and adults) eagerly await Santa’s arrival. It is easy to get caught up in the commercialisation of Christmas without stopping to think about the true meaning of the festive season and the celebration of the birth of our Lord. It’s a time to spend with family and friends, to slow down and recharge our batteries! This Christmas, if you are giving presents, think of gifts that can reduce the commercialisation of Christmas and reduce unnecessary packaging and waste. This may not work for all the presents you want to give, but it may work for some.Why not try these alternative gift ideas?Graph inspired by justlittlechanges.com – check out this website for many more tips. For sustainable Christmas present ideas, check out two great local companies – www.foresterproducts.com and www.thenaturalcompanyireland.comCheck out this two-minute video, summarising the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius:IN ONLY TWO MINUTES here’s WHAT MATTERS. The key findings of the Summary for Policymakers of @IPCC_CH SPECIAL REPORT on Global warming of 1.5°C #COP24 @InfoDesign_Lab #SR15 #WHATMATTERS pic.twitter.com/t47OpGW6vv— angela morelli (@angelamorelli) December 5, 2018Nuala Carr has many years of experience in industry as an environmental consultant, having trained as an ecologist in the University of Ulster, Coleraine. She has worked as a project manager for engineering companies, managing the environmental impact assessment and planning stages for infrastructure projects, such as onshore wind farm developments. Nuala is now carrying out research on the social acceptance of marine renewable energy through Queen’s University Belfast.Should anyone wish to learn more about climate change, please contact Nuala to arrange an informal talk or presentation for your local school, community group, business or organisation.  Email: nuala.carr@gmail.comHow to have a climate conscious Christmas – with Cool Planet Champion Nuala Carr was last modified: December 9th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:climate changeCool Planet championnuala carrlast_img read more