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It’s a ‘bit tight’: Asian Games face race against time

first_imgThis picture taken on November 28, 2017 shows a signboard for the 2018 Asian Games at the airport in Palembang.Half-finished venues and an air of unpreparedness raise an uncomfortable question for Indonesia: will it be ready for next year’s Asian Games? / AFP PHOTO / GOH CHAI HIN / TO GO WITH ASIAD-2018-VENUES,FOCUS by Talek HARRISHalf-finished venues and an air of unpreparedness raise an uncomfortable question for Indonesia: will it be ready for next year’s Asian Games?With less than nine months to go, earthmovers and cranes dot construction sites and plans for logistics remain hazy, pointing to a frantic build-up to the regional Olympics in August.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set With at least one venue, the velodrome in Jakarta, not expected to be ready until June, chief organiser Erick Thohir admitted the schedule was “a bit tight” for the 30 trillion rupiah ($2.2 billion) Games.But Thohir, the media tycoon who is president of Inter Milan and owns DC United, pledged that Indonesia will be ready to host its biggest sports event yet from August 18 to September 2.“Actually we’re doing something that’s impossible but became possible,” he said this week during an official media visit and venue tour.“We’re still in progress but we will make sure that the (work) is finishing up and we will make everything ready on time,” he added.‘Pray for us’ADVERTISEMENT Hidilyn Diaz wins bronze, silver in weightlifting worlds Turbulent preparations for major events are nothing new: the 2004 Athens Olympics stadium was only completed weeks before the opening ceremony, and Brazil’s 2014 World Cup went ahead in unfinished venues.The doomsday scenario remains New Delhi’s 2010 Commonwealth Games, where problems ranged from filthy conditions at the athletes’ village to collapsing infrastructure.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIndonesia had its own problems with the 2011 Southeast Asian Games — which, like the Asian Games, were split between Jakarta and Palembang in South Sumatra — following corruption scandals and a deadly stampede at the football final.But the Asian Games are on a different scale altogether: 9,500 athletes in 40 different sports, compared to 28 for the last Olympics, and held in two different cities for the first time in the event’s history. 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At the Palembang athletes’ village, originally built for the 2011 SEA Games, workers are painting curbstones black and white and an unidentified man is asleep in one of the bedrooms.Meanwhile the Jakarta athletes’ village, seven tower blocks housing 5,400 small apartments, is nearing completion but backs on to a foul-smelling, toxic black river.The target seems to be that Indonesia will be more or less ready for the Games, and that they will be held without too many of the organisational hitches that often plague major events.But for many Indonesians, holding the competition at all is already a triumph for a country which has weathered severe difficulties since independence in 1945 to become one of the world’s biggest emerging economies.“Not only do we want to host something for the international audience, but also we want to build something for the people of Indonesia. I think that’s something that’s important for Indonesia,” said Thohir.“We want to show Indonesia has really changed over the past 50 years… the image we want to show is the transformation of Indonesia.” Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Hosting the Asian Games is an ambitious endeavour for any country, as underlined in 2014 when Vietnam pulled out as hosts of the upcoming tournament, citing concerns over preparations and the heavy financial burden.Indonesia, facing five years to prepare rather than the usual seven, then opted to bring the Games forward from 2019 to 2018 to avoid a clash with national elections, losing another year.A change of president in 2014 slowed efforts to push forward the project, as has repeated tinkering with the sporting schedule.“We hope that this (sporting programme) is not changing any more — hope for us and pray for us,” said an exasperated Harry Warganegara of the Games’ organising committee, INASGOC.In sleepy South Sumatra, an hour’s flight from Jakarta, large parts of Palembang’s Jakabaring Sport City remain a building site, permeated with the screech of angle-grinders and smoke from bonfires on nearby wasteland.At the bowling venue, teams of carpenters are laying down chipboard underflooring for the 40 bowling lanes, while piles of bricks and debris are heaped on the dirt forecourt outside.Nearby, the skeletons of unfinished buildings stand next to the white grandstand at the rowing venue, which will be the “best… in the world”, according to provincial governor Alex Noerdin.“(The venues are) not ready 100 percent,” admitted the ambitious Noerdin, who also hopes to attract a MotoGP motorbike race to Palembang, and jokes that he even has his eye on the Olympics.“Some infrastructure is under construction, so apologies for the traffic jams, for so many cars everywhere,” he said.“But we promise you, six months before the Asian Games Palembang will be the most beautiful city in Indonesia.”Toxic river View commentslast_img read more

Pneumonia “outbreak” under control – Public Health Minister

first_imgPublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton has disclosed that a pneumonia “outbreak” which occurred within the Suddie Regional Hospital over the last month was under control.Dr Norton told Guyana Times on Sunday that there was no need to panic because they have managed to control the situation and the sick pregnant patients were treated and sent home.Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. The air sacs may fill with fluid or pus (purulent material), causing a cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. A variety of organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, can cause pneumonia.The infection can range in seriousness from mild to life-threatening. It is most serious for infants, young children, people older than age 65, and people with health problems or weakened immune systems.Reports had surfaced about the outbreak a few days ago, raising alarm among health-care practitioners about their safety.So far, there have been seven reported cases. Norton stated that they were able to contain the situation and prevent new cases.Although, he had previously stated that the number of cases being reported was alarming, he declared that there was no evidence of an outbreak.The Health Minister highlighted that based on information collected from a health-care team dispatched to the area, the virus did not originate within the hospital compound or the maternity ward. He stated that the organism which caused the infection has not yet been recognised.According to reports, pregnant mothers were admitted to the hospital in a healthy state and after a mere couple of hours, they would start to exhibit signs of the infection. Thus, the connection had been made between the maternity ward and the presence of the virus at the hospital.Health-care employees have blamed the insanitary conditions of the institution for the escalated number of cases. Minister Norton, however, stated that the Ministry has received no claims of such sort.The regional hospital is expected to be revamped soon under the Primary Health Care Project, which will not only cater for the physical renovation of the hospital but will go further to ensure that the health institution evolves.last_img read more

Lawsuit considers if ‘that’s so gay’ is anti-gay put-down

first_imgBut school officials say they took a strict stand against the put-down after two boys were paid to beat up a gay student the year before. “The district has a statutory duty to protect gay students from harassment,” the district’s lawyers argued in a legal brief. “In furtherance of this goal, prohibition of the phrase ‘that’s so gay’ … was a reasonable regulation.” Superior Court Judge Elaine Rushing plans to issue a ruling in the nonjury trial after final written arguments are submitted in April. Her gag order prevents the two sides from discussing the case. Derogatory terms for homosexuality have long been used as insults. But the landscape has become confusing in recent years as minority groups have tried to reclaim terms such as “queer,” “ghetto” and the n-word. In recent years, gay-rights advocates and educators have tried teaching students that it is hurtful to use the word “gay” as an all-purpose term for something disagreeable. At Berkeley High School, a gay student club passed out buttons with the words “that’s so gay” crossed out to get their classmates to stop using them. SANTA ROSA, Calif. – When a few classmates razzed Rebekah Rice about her Mormon upbringing with questions such as, “Do you have 10 moms?” she shot back, “That’s so gay.” Those three words landed the high school freshman in the principal’s office and resulted in a lawsuit that raises this question: When do playground insults used every day all over America cross the line into hate speech that must be stamped out? After Rice got a warning and a notation in her file, her parents sued, claiming officials at Santa Rosa’s Maria Carillo High violated their daughter’s First Amendment rights when they disciplined her for uttering a phrase that “enjoys widespread currency in youth culture,” according to court documents. Testifying last week about the 2002 incident, Rice, now 18, said that when she uttered those words, she was not referring to anyone’s sexual orientation. She said the phrase meant, “That’s so stupid; that’s so silly; that’s so dumb.” Rick Ayers, a retired teacher who helped compile and publish the “Berkeley High School Slang Dictionary,” a compendium of trendy teen talk circa 2001, said educating students about offensive language is preferable to policing their speech. “I wouldn’t be surprised if this girl didn’t even know the origin of that term,” he said. “The kids who get caught saying it will claim it’s been decontextualized, but others will say, ‘No, you know what that means.’ It’s quite talked about.” Rice’s parents, Elden and Katherine Rice, also claim that the public high school employed a double-standard because, they say, administrators never sought to shield Rebekah from teasing based on Mormon stereotypes. In addition, the Rices say their daughter was singled out because of the family’s conservative views on sexuality. They are seeking unspecified damages and want the disciplinary notation expunged from Rebekah’s school record. Eliza Byard, deputy executive director of the New York-based Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, said nearly nine out of 10 gay students her organization surveyed in 2005 reported hearing “That’s so gay” or “You’re so gay” frequently. “It bothers them a lot,” Byard said. “As odd or funny as the phrase sounds, imagine what it feels like to be in a setting where you consistently hear it used to describe something undesirable or stupid, and it also refers to you.” She said it is OK to discipline students for using the phrase after efforts have been made to educate them. “The job of a school is to deal proactively and consistently with all forms of bullying, name-calling and harassment,” she said. 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

Protecting yourself from online scams

first_imgCpl. Shelike says the exact details of the scam can vary.For example, the scammer might:– Try to gain your trust by saying they work for Microsoft or another reputable software company– Tell you that your computer has been infected with a virusAdvertisement – Offer to scan your computer to detect possible viruses– Try to sell you anti-virus software they claim they will install remotely– Ask if your computer is running slowly or not working properly, and offer to improve its performance“Never give an unsolicited caller access to your computer,” said Cpl. Shelkie. “If someone calls and says they are with a computer company, get their details and then call them back after confirming through the company that they are legitimate.”If you think you have been scammed contact the RCMP or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.Advertisement This comes after the RCMP recently had a resident report that someone had attempted to gain access to their computer and banking information over the phone.“This is a scam that happens occasionally and anyone with a computer and a phone could be affected” Cpl. Jodi Shelkie of the Fort St. John RCMP said in a written statement. “Luckily this person did not lose anything financially but it is still an invasion of their privacy.”Cpl. Shelki says anti-virus scam typically start when someone calls and offers you a computer anti-virus services or says they are with Microsoft or Apple and need access to your computer to fix a ‘glitch’ in the programming.- Advertisement -“The scammer is not selling a real product or actually trying to repair any programming, but trying to gain remote access to your computer and to get your credit card information,” Cpl. Shelkie writes.Cpl. Shelkie adds, “The scammer will say they need remote access to provide the supposed services, and will ask for your computer passwords and related information.”They most likely will also ask for your credit card information so they can bill you for the supposed services.Advertisementlast_img read more

Former Newcastle forward targeted by Italian giants Inter Milan

first_img1 Hatem Ben Arfa Former Newcastle schemer Hatem Ben Arfa could be on his way to Inter Milan in January, claim reports in Italy.The Frenchman left St. James’ Park for Nice at the beginning of 2015 after his career with the Toon petered out.After he was released by Newcastle, Ben Arfa returned to his homeland to play for Nice and has regained top form, hitting seven goals in 17 appearances and earning a recall to the France squad.Now, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are preparing a January bid and are sending scouts to Friday’s Ligue 1 clash with Lorient as they ramp up their interest.last_img read more

Good deeds the goal at American Legion post

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThey don’t see the members of Post 308 and other American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in the Valley knocking on the doors of the families of troops serving overseas to make sure everyone at home is doing OK. They don’t see the guys using money from the bar to go to Home Depot and buy hardware to fix a broken water pipe, or write an emergency rent check or pay a utility bill for service members’ families. They don’t see the gift baskets sent to disabled vets in hospitals every holiday, or the handouts they give to homeless vets because nobody’s a softer touch than another vet, says John Mika, commander of Post 308. “The money we raise helps fund the ROTC program at Reseda High and provides transportation for any vet who needs a lift to the VA,” he said. People don’t see 88-year-old War War II post member John DeCesare pick up his trumpet and join the local Elks Club band to play in veterans’ nursing homes and hospitals every month. They don’t see veteran Dennis Bonczek, a bartender at VFW Post 2323 in Granada Hills, empty the bar till so his post can host a Thanksgiving dinner for every staff member at Sepulveda VA. And they don’t see post members picking up the tab for a Christmas party for the VA patients, or funding a permanent war memorial in Granada Hills to honor every local soldier who didn’t make it home. The public also didn’t see Desert Storm vet Harold Heineck, with the American Legion Post 377 in Sunland-Tujunga, out shopping last week for 60 aging and ill veterans in the nursing care home at Sepulveda VA. And it won’t see the post’s members stopping by the home this Saturday for a personal visit to give the patients a holiday gift in addition to four long-sleeved T-shirts, a 12-pack of socks, and a pair of new slippers that Heineck shopped for last week. “If we (other vets) don’t help out and visit these guys, who will? Many of them don’t have any family or friends left,” Heineck said. So, Bowman’s right. There is a lot more going on inside American Legion halls and VFW posts than veterans sitting at the bar having a drink and telling old war stories. If you want to see for yourself, you’re invited to stop by Reseda American Legion Post 308 at 7338 Canby Ave. this Saturday night beginning at 5 p.m. for the post’s annual holiday dinner and dance. Tickets are $15, with all proceeds going to support disabled veterans and the post’s ongoing volunteer programs at Sepulveda VA. For more information, call 818-344-3800.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Larry Bowman wasn’t going to lie. No, there aren’t many teetotalers at his American Legion post watching Monday Night Football. Most of the guys belly up to the bar. “I can’t deny that, yeah, we drink. Bars make money,” said the Vietnam veteran who is one of 350 members of Reseda American Legion Post 308. “But it’s a bad rap to think that’s all we do, because it sure isn’t. People don’t see where the money from that (bar) till goes.” last_img read more

GAA: ALL THE WEEKEND RESULTS FROM ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgALL THE WEEKEND GAA RESULTS:Brian Mc Cormack Sports Division 1ReserveSt Eunans  (3-15) (0-7) Naomh Conaill Malin (0-11) (2-10) CloughaneelyFour Masters (0-13) (2-9) DungloeArdara (1-12) (2-8) GlenswillyGaoth Dobhair – Free Brian Mc Cormack Division 1St Eunans (0-6) (1-6) Naomh ConaillMalin (1-8) (2-5) CloughaneelyFour Masters (0-11) (2-15) DungloeArdara (2-4) (0-11) Glenswilly Gaoth Dobhair – FreeMc Glynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2 ReserveKilcar (1-4) (1-10) KillybegsTermon V Fanad Glenfin (4-14) (0-3) BundoranMacCumhaills & St Michaels freeNaomh Columba – ByeMc Glynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2Kilcar V KillybegsGlenfin (2-9) (1-13) BundoranMacCumhaills & St Michaels freeNaomh Columba – ByeCentra Supermarkets Division 3 ReserveMilford V BurtSt Nauls (2-11) (1-9) Naomh MhuireNaomh Colmcille (2-11) (0-7) CarndonaghUrris (0-10) (2-4) Naomh BrídAodh Rua V DowningsBuncranna-ByeCentra Supermarkets Division 3Milford (3-8) (0-10) BurtNaomh Naille (1-6) (1-10) Naomh MhuireNaomh.Colmcille ( CarndonaghUrris (1-10) (0-11) Naomh BrídAodh Rua (1-9) (0-11) DowningBuncranna-ByeMarley Coach Hire Division 4 ReserveMoville V Naomh Pádraig (Muff)Robert Emmets (0-8) (3-8) Letterkenny GaelsNaomh Pádraig (Leifear) (1-11) (0-7) Red HughesConvoy (2-8) (2-6) Naomh UltanNa Rossa – ByeMarley Coach Hire Division 4Moville V Naomh Pádraig (Muff)Robert Emmets (1-15) (0-7) Letterkenny GaelsNaomh Padraig (Leifear) (1-13) (0-11) Red HughesConvoy (0-14) (3-11) Naomh UltanNa Rossa – ByeLeague Results Round 2Saturday 2nd. April, 2011Brian Mc Cormack Sports Division 1ReserveSt Eunans  (3-15) (0-7) Naomh ConaillMalin (0-11) (2-10) CloughaneelyFour Masters (0-13) (2-9) DungloeArdara (1-12) (2-8) GlenswillyGaoth Dobhair – FreeBrian Mc Cormack Division 1St Eunans (0-6) (1-6) Naomh ConaillMalin (1-8) (2-5) CloughaneelyFour Masters (0-11) (2-15) DungloeArdara (2-4) (0-11) GlenswillyGaoth Dobhair – FreeMc Glynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2 ReserveKilcar (1-4) (1-10) KillybegsTermon V FanadGlenfin (4-14) (0-3) BundoranMacCumhaills & St Michaels freeNaomh Columba – ByeMc Glynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2Kilcar V KillybegsGlenfin (2-9) (1-13) BundoranMacCumhaills & St Michaels freeNaomh Columba – ByeCentra Supermarkets Division 3 ReserveMilford V BurtSt Nauls (2-11) (1-9) Naomh MhuireNaomh Colmcille (2-11) (0-7) CarndonaghUrris (0-10) (2-4) Naomh BrídAodh Rua V DowningsBuncranna-ByeCentra Supermarkets Division 3Milford (3-8) (0-10) BurtNaomh Naille (1-6) (1-10) Naomh MhuireNaomh.Colmcille ( CarndonaghUrris (1-10) (0-11) Naomh BrídAodh Rua (1-9) (0-11) DowningBuncranna-ByeMarley Coach Hire Division 4 ReserveMoville V Naomh Pádraig (Muff)Robert Emmets (0-8) (3-8) Letterkenny GaelsNaomh Pádraig (Leifear) (1-11) (0-7) Red HughesConvoy (2-8) (2-6) Naomh UltanNa Rossa – ByeMarley Coach Hire Division 4Moville V Naomh Pádraig (Muff)Robert Emmets (1-15) (0-7) Letterkenny GaelsNaomh Padraig (Leifear) (1-13) (0-11) Red HughesConvoy (0-14) (3-11) Naomh UltanNa Rossa – ByeGAA: ALL THE WEEKEND RESULTS FROM ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: April 4th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: STILL NO WIN FOR MALIN AS THEY SET FOCUS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH WITH GAOTH DOBHAIR

first_imgALL COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION 1Malin seniors were defeated at the weekend on a scoreline of Dungloe 3-07 Malin 0-10. The resereves drew on a scoreline of 1-06 to 1-06. There is no match next weekend as Donegal play Tyrone in the preliminary round of the Ulster Championship. Senior management team member Robert Farren is involved in the Donegal minor management team this year again and the club wish him and the team all the best for Sunday. Malin will be playing at home in the Senior Championship the following week against Sean Mac Cumhaill’s. As much support as is possible is asked for as the team hope to put their poor league form aside to try and get a run in the championship, this is their only home match in the championship. Malin are also in the group with Gaoth Dobhair and Glenswilly. LADIESThe senior ladies have no match next weekend.UNDERAGEThe under 12’s match against Naomh Padraig, Muff was cancelled last Tuesday due to the weather and they now play Carndonagh on Tuesday at 6.30. The under 14’s play away to Naomh Colmcille, Newtown on Tuesday. The under 16’s beat Glenfin on Monday night. TRAINING SCHEDULEU6 team training every Sunday from 10.00 – 11.15U8 team training every Saturday from 3.00 – 4.15 and Wednesday 6.30- 7.30U10 team training every Sunday from 11.30 – 1.00U12 team training every Saturday from 4.30 – 6.00 and Tuesday from 5.45 – 7.00 U14 team training every Saturday from 9.30 – 11.00 and Tuesday from 5.30 – 7.00U16 team training every Monday from 4.30 – 6.30 and Friday 4.30 – 6.30Senior and Reserve team training every Tuesday and Friday from 7.30 – 9.00UNDERAGE/SENIOR GIRLS TRAINING U6,U8 and U10 girls team training every Saturday from 11.00 – 12.30 usually but will be off this week again because of First Holy Communion in the ParishThe under 12’s are playing away to Buncrana on Wednesday night. The under 14’s are playing away to Buncrana on Tuesday at 6.30.The under 14’s and 16’s continue to train on Wednesday from 5.15 – 6.15.Senior Ladies training every Tuesday and Thursaday from 7.30-8.30.LOTTOThere was no winner of this week’s lotto jackpot of €1350. Sequence drawn was 1-2-4-7-5-6-3. €50 winner was Eileen McLaughlin, Anchor Lodge, Carrowmore, Malin. The €20 seller prize went to Ronan Mc Laughlin, Carrowmore, Malin. Next week’s jackpot is €1400.CLUB SHOPThe club shop is open every Saturday from 12.00 – 2.00and Sunday from 11.20 – 2.00 or alternatively contact Susan Byrne on 9370638 or 0867832242 . The shop has a great range of stock in all sizes including coats, jackets, hoodies, tracksuits, socks, shorts, hats and much more club merchandice.CLUB NOTES/NEWSAny items for the notes or social media updates for the week should be forwarded to Brendan on 086 3777015 or Linda on 086 3452769 or alternatively facebook private message to the club facebook site, tweet to twitter page or send an email to the club email address pro.malin.donegal@gaa.ie at no later than 9 o clock on the Sunday evening. Managers are especially asked to communicate fixtures and results.GAA NEWS: STILL NO WIN FOR MALIN AS THEY SET FOCUS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH WITH GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: May 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAMalinNoticesSportlast_img read more

NURSE CAUGHT ON PHONE WHILE DRIVING SAID SHE WAS ON DUTY

first_imgA nurse who was caught by Gardai using her mobile phone was driving said she was on duty at the time.Jacqueline McGee was stopped by Gardai on March 15th at Knocknamona, Letterkenny.When stopped Ms McGee, 50, asked Garda Paul McGee what he thought of the Croke Park II agreement. Solicitor Kieran O’Gorman told Letterkenny District Court that his client was a nurse and was on duty at the time.He said she was taking a call in relation to a patient.Ms McGee’s address was given in court as 13 Margaret Street, Waterside, Londonderry but Garda McGee was satisfied this was not her address but she had one in the State.Judge Denis McLaughlin fined Ms McGee €100.NURSE CAUGHT ON PHONE WHILE DRIVING SAID SHE WAS ON DUTY was last modified: December 2nd, 2013 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:courtdrivingJacqueline McGeeNURSEphonelast_img read more

NOW ALL GARTH BROOKS CONCERTS COULD BE CANCELLED

first_imgThousands of Donegal fans may not now get to see Garth Brooks.THE promoters behind Garth Brooks’ Croke Park concerts says all five could now be cancelled – after two were pulled by Dublin City Council earlier today.Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions told RTE that he was very disappointed the council turned down licenses for concerts on July 28 and 29.The council did give the go-ahead for three other gigs on July 25, 26 and 27. Mr Aiken told RTÉ News that the singer was “devastated” by the decision.The singer, said Mr Aiken, was upset that 160,000 fans would not now be able to see his shows on the cancelled dates.Many Donegal fans of the star queued for days to get tickets.He said that the Croke Park performances had grown from an initial two shows to a much bigger customised production, which would be a “once-off event” that would not be replicated anywhere else in the world. The production costs were scaled on this basis and it was not possible to simply stop two of the shows, he said.He said Aiken Promotions had been in daily contact with the council since the earliest stages of planning the concerts and it had never been indicated at any point that there was going to be a problem staging five shows.Already there have been numerous offers of alternative venues but the Aviva has already been ruled out.It’s thought all five shows will be either cancelled – or moved en bloc to a new venue.But accommodating 80,000 people at each gig will be impossible, with Slane already also ruled out. NOW ALL GARTH BROOKS CONCERTS COULD BE CANCELLED was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:cancelledCroke ParkGarth Brookslast_img read more