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Nurkic, new father Lillard carry Blazers past Clippers

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After trailing by as many as 23 points in the third quarter, the Clippers got within 92-80 early in the fourth, prompting Lillard to return to the game. Los Angeles narrowed the gap again to 102-94 with just under a minute left but Pat Connaughton answered for the Blazers with a 3-pointer on the other end.Portland remains in third place in the West, coming off a 2-1 road trip that ended with a 108-103 loss at Memphis on Wednesday night. But the Blazers played that game without Lillard, who was awaiting the birth of his first child. Damian Lillard Jr. was born Thursday morning.“I don’t think there’s any way to describe it. It’s a different level, different type of excitement. It was my son looking into my eyes. It was different,” Lillard said Friday.But his joy was tempered because his half-brother was shot multiple times in the parking lot of a Portland-area shopping mall on Thursday night. Lillard said 20-year-old Jahrell Lillard was in stable condition. Police continue to look for the suspects.“I just tried to go out there and have fun, clear my mind. I didn’t want to drag my personal things into the locker room or on to the court,” Lillard said. “I had a son, that’s a great thing. It was an unfortunate thing with my brother but he survived it so, a lot to be thankful for.”ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Bledsoe drops 39 as Bucks slip past Lakers in OT The Clippers were short-handed. The team announced that Milos Teodosic has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Already missing were Avery Bradley (abdominal surgery) and Patrick Beverley (knee).But the Clippers saw the return of Danilo Gallinari, who had missed 18 games with a fractured right hand. Gallinari finished with 11 points.“I just thought Portland was the better team. I thought they were better coached, I thought the players played better, I thought they played harder. And that’s disappointing,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.The first half was a highlight reel of dunks for the Blazers, who led 64-49 at the break. Collins had three dunks in the second quarter to finish the first half with 13 points, topping his career high for a game.The Blazers had 17 assists in the first half.Al-Farouq Aminu’s layup and free throw put Portland up 74-51 early in the second half. But Davis headed to the locker room later in the third quarter. The Blazers said after the game that X-rays on the ankle were negative.Portland was already playing without starter Maurice Harkless, who had a minor procedure on his left knee on Wednesday and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.TIP-INSClippers: Los Angeles had won three straight in Portland. … Austin Rivers struggled, going 1 for 8 from the floor for the game.Trail Blazers: A reporter quipped that Lillard’s newborn son had a stack of his signature shoes waiting for him. “Nothing but the finest,” Lillard laughed. … Portland had 30 assists, matching it season high.THE END IS NEAR“If you’re desperate to get wins like we are to extend our season and play in the postseason like we are, we’ve got to have a sense of urgency from the start of the game,” Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said. 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Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments MOST READ Nurkic had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Lillard added 17 points and 11 assists, and the Trail Blazers held off the Clippers 105-96 on Friday night.“I thought Damian was terrific with his passing. He found Nurk. They kept trapping him and he found Nurk almost every time,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Someone asked me before the game about getting Nurk more shots. I think Dame is responsible for getting Nurk some shots.”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 crownRookie Zach Collins came off the bench with a career-high 15 points for the Blazers, who were hurt in the third quarter when Ed Davis rolled his right ankle and left the game.The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Clippers, who were just outside the playoff picture in the West with six games left. Lou Williams led Los Angeles with 23 points. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, drives to the basket on Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace, left, and guard Austin Rivers, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., on Friday, March 30, 2018. The Blazers won 105-96. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic and Damian Lillard found their connection against the Clippers.“We understand each other,” Nurkic said. “Every possession, we already know where we’re going to be and how we’re going to play. When we look at each other we already know what we’re going to do.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Where Is the Roadmap to Liberia’s Post-Ebola Recovery?

first_imgHas anyone ever heard the term “donor fatigue?”  It is real, especially in the developing world, which usually depends so much on external or donor support for sustenance in many aspects of national life. Donor fatigue comes about for mainly three reasons: first, when a country consistently misuses the donor support; second, when a country refuses to identify and be focused on its most urgent priorities; and third, when there occurs another major crisis in another part of the world that demands the donors’ immediate attention.  In this case, the donors quickly pack their bags and run to respond to the new crisis.We begin this Editorial in this way out of fear! Why fear?  Because we are worried that the Liberian government is wasting time in coming up with a Roadmap that sets the stage for our post-Ebola recovery.Why?  Because we had hoped that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf would have made this roadmap the centerpiece of her Annual Message to the Legislature last Monday.  With the Ebola virus disease (EVD) having ravaged the country, drastically reducing our over 8% economic growth rate to 0.4%, affecting negatively ALL productive sectors of our economy—agriculture, mining, tourism—and even education, which is already in shambles—did the President have anything more important to say to the Legislature, nation and world than dealing with this most urgent priority of our time—rebuilding our healthcare delivery system?  We think not.We rather believe this roadmap to the revitalization of our Healthcare Delivery System is most critical for three reasons: first, because by the President’s own admission, it was the weakness of the healthcare system that caused Ebola to spread so rapidly, so quickly throughout Liberia.  Second, because just this Tuesday a senior World Bank official warned that any other pandemic could quickly spread again in many parts of Africa because of the weak healthcare delivery system prevalent all over the continent. Our third and probably most important reason we believe the roadmap is critical is one that only a fool will argue against: the international community has, in the face of Liberia’s Ebola crisis, reached out, if even belatedly, and helped to defeat the viral spread.  Today, thanks to their largesse, there are throughout the country no new cases, and only five confirmed.But that is not all!  Here is our main point: Our friends, the People’s Republic of China, in addition to the tens of millions of dollars they have pumped into our anti-Ebola crusade, have offered, through their Ambassador, H.E. Zhang Yue, to help rebuild our healthcare delivery system!Minutes later the Americans, too, came forward and made the identical pledge.  “We will help you rebuild and improve your healthcare delivery system,” they told President Sirleaf.What have these pledges to do with donor fatigue?  Everything!  With people at our doorsteps willing to help us plant clinics, health centers and hospitals throughout our country, you surely do not expect them to develop our roadmap.  We have got to do it ourselves, and do so with urgency, before another outbreak occurs in another part of the world and the donors flee Liberia!That, Madam President, is the reason for our disappointment with your Annual Message. And mark you, the Chinese, Americans, and everyone else know that planting clinics and hospitals around the country is not enough—they have to be equipped and staffed.  But staffed by whom, since so many of our doctors, nurses and paramedics have fled the country since the 1980 coup and the war?  A critical part of that roadmap we are talking about includes training, training of nurses, paramedics and doctors, with specialization in every possible area, including heart, kidney, lung, liver and prostate surgery; dialysis, orthopedic and foot surgery, pathology, radiology and all the other specializations.  The Chinese, Americans, European Union, the Indians and all the other partners know the importance of training.  But they need a roadmap of our priorities.Please, Madam President, get together with your Health Team and the University of Liberia’s Medical College and the West African Graduate Medical College, plan the roadmap and submit it to our partners, telling them what part we can  play and what we expect of them. When this is done, we think Liberia will be on her way to developing a credible healthcare delivery system that will keep Ebola and any other pandemic at bay.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Blair poised to step down

first_imgAnd there were triumphs: three consecutive election victories, a booming economy, diplomacy that brought peace to Northern Ireland. Britain got a minimum wage. Scotland and Wales got their own elected parliaments, while hereditary elements of membership in the House of Lords, the upper legislative chamber, were sharply curtailed. Gay couples were allowed to wed in civil partnerships. But those victories were engulfed by later events: the 2005 suicide bombings on London transport that killed 52, worsening relations with the Muslims whom Blair had sought to draw closer to the British fold; a corruption probe and the accusation that he had become President George W. Bush’s poodle. What Blair initially lacked in experience, he made up for with youthful exuberance and optimism. Life without war? “Mine is the first generation able to contemplate the possibility that we may live our entire lives without going to war or sending our children to war,” he said shortly after becoming prime minister. The Iraq war confounded that hope. But before Iraq became the all-consuming issue, Blair had much going for him. He revived his struggling Labour party, calling it “New Labour” and scrapping old socialist doctrine for pro-market policies and welfare reform. Under his leadership and that of Brown, his designated successor, Britain emerged from a long economic slump. They made the Bank of England independent, broke Britain out of years of boom-and-bust cycles, and kept inflation low for years. Britain is now the world’s fifth-largest economy, with 2007 growth projections of nearly 3percent. The British pound is at its strongest in more than a decade. Unemployment has been slashed. Funding of the National Health Service nearly tripled. Hospitals got more nurses. Waiting lists for critical operations shrunk. Tax credits helped families and the poorest communities. Spending on education doubled. Muslims especially benefited from Blair’s reforms, which included state funding to faith-based schools. “The new government became engaged in a dialogue with Muslims that was not there under the Tories,” said Ahmed Versi, editor of Muslim News. That was before Blair joined the Iraq war and the bombs went off on London subways and a bus. Doing what’s right A practicing Protestant, Blair pursued what he called an “ethical foreign policy.” With a natural ally in President Clinton, he pushed for intervention in East Timor and Sierra Leone. Two years into his premiership he joined NATO’s campaign to oust Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia. He championed aid for Africa and the effort to curb global warming. Northern Ireland was his most successful diplomatic effort. He broke with previous leaders by offering Sinn Fein, the political voice of the Irish Republican Army, a place in negotiations in exchange for an IRA truce. His efforts culminated in a historic spectacle Tuesday when Catholic and Protestant leaders, lifelong adversaries, were sworn in at the head of a new provincial government. Although Blair’s vision for his party was clear, the Sept.11, 2001, attacks on the United States muddied many of his hoped reforms. 9-11 bound 2 nations The attacks bound Britain to America. But many of Britain’s 1.6million Muslims felt an immediate and chilling difference. A raft of anti-terrorism legislation authorized police to hold suspects longer without charge. Dozens of Muslim groups were banned. Police put some mosques under surveillance. Then, a day after Blair rejoiced in London’s successful bid for the 2012 Olympics, came the transit bombings. In a video, bomber Shehzad Tanweer accused Britain of declaring war on Islam. His Yorkshire accent and history of service to his community marked him as a homegrown Englishman, and the sudden realization that he was a jihadist shocked the nation and seemed to mock Blair’s vision of a multicultural Britain. Even tougher anti-terrorism measures have followed, and Muslim resentment has grown. But it is Iraq, and his alliance with the United States, that dominates his legacy in the twilight of his rule. “Very early on, he made a philosophical commitment to working with America at all costs,” Anthony Seldon, a Blair biographer, told The Associated Press. “Iraq will be the single most defining issue for his legacy, but the two questions are going to be, was it the decision or the implementation that was at fault?” Colleagues said Blair often saw things in black and white. “He did Iraq because Iraq was right,” Seldon said. “He didn’t do it because he thought he had to.” Although most legislators initially supported his decision to join the war, two high-profile Cabinet ministers quit, and criticism of Blair grew to a crescendo as the argument for war – weapons of mass destruction – disintegrated. Blair was not the first British leader to throw in his lot with the United States. So did Winston Churchill, and Thatcher and Major. Although he is about to leave office, Blair may be trailed by a criminal inquiry into a cash-for-honors scandal. He is believed to be the first sitting prime minister to be questioned in a criminal inquiry. He had been called twice as a witness in an investigation into whether honors, such as knighthoods and seats in the House of Lords, were offered in return for loans to political parties. After he steps down this summer, Blair, 54, may hit the lecture circuit, or become an adviser to Africa or the European Union. Prime time Unusual moments in an unusual prime minister’s career: Boyhood idol of Tony Blair’s long-haired days: Mick Jagger. Ugly Rumours: The rock band in which Blair sang and played guitar while at Oxford University. Toughest parenting moment: His oldest son Euan’s arrest after he threw up in Leicester Square after a drinking binge celebrating the end of school exams in 2000. Proudest parenting moment: Blair’s wife, Cherie, gives birth on May 20, 2000, to Leo, the first baby born to a serving prime ministerial couple since the mid-19th century. Primal minister: On vacation in Mexico, Blair and Cherie joined in a Mayan rebirth ceremony at Temazcal, a steam bath in a brick pyramid in August 2001. Wearing swimsuits, they reportedly smeared each other with melon, papaya and mud before letting out primal screams. Celebrity vacation spots: Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb’s Miami Beach mansion; singer Cliff Richards’ Barbados villa; former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s 73-room Sardinian estate; French tycoon Alain Dominique Perrin’s 15th century chateau in southwest France, 2002. Her trainer: Carole Caplin, Cherie Blair’s “lifestyle guru,” had her No.10 Downing St. pass removed in November 2003 after complaints that the former topless model had unrestricted access to the prime minister’s official residence.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The truth is,” Blair said, “you can’t go on forever.” The mood today couldn’t be more different from the euphoria that greeted Blair’s arrival at No.10 DowningSt. Breath of fresh air Returning his Labour Party to power after 18 years under Conservatives Margaret Thatcher and John Major, he pledged to make Britain prosperous, boost the working class, make the government accountable and restore Britain’s standing on the world stage. He seemed a breath of fresh air, a rock ‘n’ roll fan. No sooner was he elected than he and his wife, Cherie, had a baby. 1997, his first year in power, had its elegiac moments: Blair presiding over the return of Hong Kong, jewel of the British empire, to China; Blair eulogizing Princess Diana, killed in a Paris car crash. LONDON – The bitter end is near for Tony Blair, whose decade of achievements has faded into the shadows of the Iraq war. The boyish-looking leader nicknamed “Bambi,” just 43 when he became prime minister a decade ago, has gone gray, his furrowed brow making him appear worn. Each crease represents a difficult chapter in the past decade – Princess Diana’s death, suicide bombings in London, scandals leading to the arrests of top aides, the unpopular war that has cost nearly 150 British lives. “In government, you carry each hope, each disillusion … ,” Blair said in September, near the beginning of what has been a long, slow march toward an announcement today that he will step down to allow for a party leadership contest that will likely end this summer. Gordon Brown, his treasury chief, is expected to become Britain’s next prime minister; general elections won’t be held until 2009, at the earliest. last_img read more

How World Cup favourites are shaping up

first_img0Shares0000Neymar in action for Brazil in Sunday’s friendly against Austria in Vienna © AFP / JOE KLAMARSOCCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 11 – The phoney war is over and most of the big guns have arrived in Russia ahead of the start of the World Cup on Thursday. AFP Sport takes a look at how the favourites are shaping up.– Brazil – In 2014, Brazil were being widely tipped for success on home soil but their campaign unravelled in spectacular fashion with a 7-1 semi-final defeat to eventual winners Germany.Now the five-time champions look the real deal again. Coach Tite has transformed their fortunes and they are confident mood.The absence of the injured Dani Alves at right-back is a blow but Neymar has proven his fitness in recent friendly matches, scoring in wins against Croatia and Austria.His goal in Vienna on Sunday, after his first start following a foot operation three months ago, was stunning.Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus has been the most prolific goalscorer during Tite’s time in charge, in which the team have won 17 out of 21 matches.“We are handling the expectation. It’s good. We are going to challenge ourselves,” said the coach after Sunday’s final warm-up game. “There is only one little detail. A new stage begins now.”– Germany –Timo Werner celebrates after scoring Germany’s opening goal against Saudi Arabia © AFP / LEON KUEGELERGermany are the holders and their reputation as a team that always delivers on the big stage tempers the doubts arising from their performances in recent friendlies.Joachim Loew’s side went five games without a win before labouring to a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia in their final warm-up in Leverkusen on Friday.The fact that first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has hardly played since September after injury is a concern but the Germans have made at least the semi-finals in each of the past four World Cups and are bound to feature prominently again in Russia.And their recent friendly results? “I am conscious of the fact that in friendly matches it is not necessarily about the result,” coach Loew — who has left Manchester City’s Leroy Sane behind — reminded Kicker.– Spain –Like Brazil, Spain have come to Russia with something to prove after a poor showing in 2014, when they were knocked out in the group stage.Iago Aspas (2nd R) takes the acclaim of his Spain teammates after netting the winner against Tunisia on Saturday © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUThey are yet to lose in two years under Julen Lopetegui, completing their preparations with a 1-0 win over Tunisia on Saturday in Krasnodar.It was not the most convincing performance but Iago Aspas advanced his case for a starting role in attack in Friday’s Group B opener against Portugal with a late winner.Rodrigo of Valencia and the bruising Diego Costa are the other options up front for Lopetegui.The coach has overseen changes but there are still likely to be as many as seven starters against Portugal who also started the 2-0 defeat against Italy at Euro 2016.“Whatever we happen to do in this World Cup will depend on the answers we give on the field. We are going with a ticket to play three matches and the rest we have to earn,” Lopetegui told El Pais.– France –Optimism has been growing in France about the prospects of Les Bleus, but Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the United States was a timely reminder for Didier Deschamps’ side that they still have work to do.They needed a late Kylian Mbappe goal to earn a draw in their final friendly, which followed wins against Ireland and Italy. Sports daily L’Equipe called it a “cold blast” before the French travelled to Russia on Sunday.Antoine Griezmann, Hugo Lloris and Paul Pogba at the end of France’s 1-1 draw with the USA in Lyon © AFP / JEFF PACHOUDPaul Pogba’s performance in that game was a boost, though, and Deschamps appears to have found a formation that suits him.A diamond midfield accommodates Pogba and allows Antoine Griezmann to play just behind Mbappe and Olivier Giroud up front, but there is maybe a worry in goal, where Hugo Lloris no longer looks so reliable.Nevertheless, they are capable of reaching the last four.– Argentina –Argentina are lucky to be in Russia at all after a chaotic qualifying campaign and their build-up to the finals has been far from smooth.The cancellation of last week’s friendly against Israel in Jerusalem brought bad publicity and also denied Jorge Sampaoli’s side much-needed match practice.Man on a mission – Lionel Messi arrives in Russia © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVThe build-up has been further hampered by the loss to injury of Manuel Lanzini and critics say Argentina are relying solely on Lionel Messi for success.That may be unfair though. Sampaoli has talent in his squad, including the exciting Giovani Lo Celso in midfield and an attack also featuring Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria.However, even if they manage to win a challenging group, Spain could lie in wait in the quarter-finals for the 2014 runners-up.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Spartans back in RHL race

first_imgLA CANADA – Week in and week out, the Rio Hondo League continues to prove itself to be one of the area’s premier showcases of girls basketball. On Wednesday, La Canada High School put itself right back in the thick of the race for the league title. The Spartans (13-4) easily defeated visiting rival San Marino 63-29 to raise their league record to 2-1. La Canada senior guard Mary Kate Hurlbutt led the way for the Spartans with a game-high 15 points after connecting on five 3-point shots. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“Tonight (my shot) was on, and that was great,” Hurlbutt said. “I’ve been working a lot on my 3-pointer because I know it’s an important aspect. A lot of teams run zone on us, so that leaves shooters open.” Hurlbutt’s hot shooting became infectious as five other Spartans knocked down 3-pointers of their own. “Everything becomes so much easier when the ball goes through the hoop,” La Canada coach Tamar Hill said. “Everyone relaxes. It just kind of breeds confidence.” The Spartans raced to an early 18-4 lead and never looked back. Senior forward Emmilee Ringelberg, along with Hurlbutt, scored six early points to give the Spartans their dominating first-half margin. center_img Ringelberg finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. The victory gives the Spartans consecutive league wins and eliminates the aftertaste of a bitter loss to rival Monrovia that began league play last week. Hill and the Spartans are looking for more. “Two wins in a row is fantastic, but we’ve got to win seven more,” Hill said. “Our goal is the (Rio Hondo) league championship.” San Marino falls to 13-5 on the season and 0-3 in league. Junior Kim Pan kept the Titans competitive in the first half with a team-high nine points. Sophomore Nicole Chan contributed eight points. La Canada junior Emily Ballard had a strong all-around game for the Spartans with nine points, nine rebounds and four assists. 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


first_imgKaitlin Doherty, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana winner of the schools slogan competition being presented with her prize from Joanne Kilmartin, Social Inclusion Unit, Donegal County Council. Also pictured is the school principal Ms. Rosaleen Grant, teacher Ms. Marie Boyce and Mr. Patsy Toland, Gorta Self Help Africa.Kaitlin Doherty from Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana has won the top prize in a European schools slogan competition.The Schools Slogan Competition, co-ordinated by ALDA, the European Association for Local Democracy and implemented by Donegal County Council through the LADDER Project aims to foster an interest in, and raise awareness of, topics such as climate change, human rights and recycling to name but a few.The aim of the Schools Slogan Competition was to come up with a slogan that would help spread the message of the importance of this type of development work in a simple, clear and direct way. The winning slogan from Kaitlin “Don’t put your feet up, Help stop the heat up” saw Kaitlin claim the winning prize of an Ipad Air. She was one of only 5 winners of Ipads across Europe from the 773 submissions.Two other students from Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana were highly commended by the judging panel for their slogans and all three selected slogans will be promoted online on the ALDA website and used in promotional material during international events throughout the duration of the LADDER Project.Donegal County Council’s EU LADDER project co-ordinator Joanne Kilmartin congratulating Kaitlin on her win said: “The Schools Slogan Competition was only one of the activities of the LADDER Project which stands for Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Awareness Raising.“We were delighted to have three slogans from Scoil Mhuire selected by the European judging panel. She further explained that “the project has successfully delivered a number of training sessions for local citizens in conjunction with Patsy Toland, Gorta Self Help Africa and the Change Makers Project”.Donegal County Council is one of 26 European project partners and the only Irish Local Authority participating in the project.To keep up to date with project activity please visit or or contact Joanne Kilmartin, EU Project co-ordinator at 074 9153900.WOW! BUNCRANA STUDENT KAITLIN VOTED BEST IN EUROPE IN SLOGAN COMPETITION was last modified: June 8th, 2016 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:Donegal County CouncilKaitlin DohertySchools Slogan CompetitionScoil Mhuire in Buncranalast_img read more

Donegal man wins Best Chef title at Irish Food Oscars

first_imgA Donegal-born chef has picked up the award as Best Chef in Dublin at the Irish Restaurant Awards.Ciaran Sweeney from Downings, who is the Head Chef at Forest & Marcy on Leeson St in Dublin, was honoured for his modern and seasonal menu at the dining hotspot.The high-profile awards, also known as Ireland’s Food Oscars, recognised the best of Ireland’s food scene on Monday last. While Donegal restaurants missed out on prizes in regional and national categories, Ciaran was celebrated as a prominent local chef from the county. Ciaran began his career in the kitchens of the Rosapenna hotel at the age of 16.The young talent went on to become pastry chef at the 2 Michelin Starred Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham, before returning to Dublin to work in top-class establishments across the city.In its first year on the scene, Forest & Marcy has been generating quite some excitement. The wine room and kitchen, owned by John & Sandy Wyer, was named as the best newcomer in Dublin and in Ireland at the awards. The eatery was also honoured for Best Emerging Irish Cuisine in Dublin and all-Ireland.So proud of @Macsuibhne1 xxx— ForestandMarcy (@ForestandMarcy) May 9, 2017 Big congratulations to @ForestandMarcy @Macsuibhne1, winners of Best Emerging Irish Cuisine Dublin @restawards #FoodOscars #WellDeserved 👏👏👏— Odaios Foods (@odaiosfoods) May 8, 2017Donegal man wins Best Chef title at Irish Food Oscars was last modified: May 9th, 2017 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:best chefciaran sweeneyfoodirish restaurant awardslast_img read more

St Michael’s: Club to hold registration night next week

first_imgSt. Michael’s Seeking Senior Team ManagerCLG Naomh Micheal are seeking applications for the position of Senior Manager.Applications must be submitted in writing to Ann Marie Kelly, Secretary, CLG Naomh Micheal, Creeslough, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal or via email to secretary.stmichaels.donegal.gaa.ieClosing date for applications is Monday 23 January 2017.Dinner Dance The St. Michael’s GAA Club Annual Dinner Dance will be held in The Shandon Hotel on Saturday the 18th February.  The music will be provided by El Dorado and Tickets will be on sale from members shortly.St. Michael’s Registration EveningsRegistration Evenings for St. Michael’s GAA Club will be held on Thursday 26th January from 7.30pm until 8.30pm at the Clubhouse at The Bridge and on Friday 27th January from 7.30pm until 8.30pm in The Wild Atlantic Camp in Creeslough.  Any enquires contact Ann Marie Kelly on 087 9454107 or Suzi Roarty on 0872849214.St. Michael’s Mini Lotto There was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last.  The numbers drawn were 7,8,10,18,19,20.  There were no Match 5 Winners;  14 people matched 4 and their names were drawn, the winner of the €100 was Laurence McAlistair Belfast. This weeks Jackpot be €2750.The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated.Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at the following link Michael’s Bingo Session The €75 on the 5th Game at the Bingo Session in Dunfanaghy on Sunday night last was won by Grace McCarry Cashelmore. The €100 on the Snowball game was shared by Evelyn Toye Grogagh Creeslough and Mary Boyle Massinass Creeslough. The Bingo in Creeslough now runs as follows:  There will be 10 games in the book and then the sheet game.The €1,000 on the sheet game is guaranteed to be won some night.If it is not won on 45 numbers or less in January it will be 46 Numbers for February, 47 for March and so on till someone wins the €1,000.Single Book including sheet €10 Double Book and Double Sheet €16. Please come out and support your local Bingo.Club Players AssociationThe Club encourages all players to register with the recently formed Club Players Association.  It only takes a few minutes of your time and is of immense importance.  To register follow the following link: Season Tickets & Club + CardsSales & Renewals will commence on Monday 10th October.Adult Season Ticket BenefitsCosts only €99All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified & you have at least 60% attendance at games.U16 Season Ticket BenefitsCosts only €20All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified & you have at least 60% attendance at games.Adult Club + Card Benefits for MembersCosts only €200All Adult Club Games within the control of Donegal GAA (Not eligible for games at U18 Grade & Lower)All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified No Attendance Record Required.Pitch GatesAll Managers and everyone else who uses the Club Naomh Micheál Pitch at The Bridge in are asked to please close the Gate as they leave.SOS for Photographs!Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to secretary.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.iePlease spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!!All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michael’s Minor BoardFootball AcademyAn 8 week Football Academy  starts again this Sunday, January 15th at the Clubhouse at the Bridge , Dunfanaghy for 4 – 6 year olds from 11 – 12am and for 7 – 10 year olds from 12 – 1pm.Looking forward to seeing you all again and new members welcome .Clothes BankA clothes bank is now situated on High St, Creeslough ie around the corner from McNultys Bar in aid of St. Michael’s Minor Board.  If anyone is clearing out presses etc. all donations of clothes, shoes, bags, curtains etc would be much appreciated.St Michael’s: Club to hold registration night next week was last modified: January 17th, 2017 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)last_img read more


first_imgA diner has ‘squeezed’ hundreds of customers out of a controversial roadside advertisement.People have been queuing up in their droves at Kernan’s Diner in Newtowncunningham, Co Donegal to have their picture taken with the banned advert for Club Orange.The advert was outlawed by the Advertising Standards Agency of Ireland after complaints that it was sexually suggestive. The ASA upheld complaints about the cardboard cut-out woman in revealing clothing, used in the fizzy drink marketing campaign.The advertising authority said there was no link between women’s breasts and Club Orange.But one such cardboard cut-out was left behind at the busy Donegal diner and had punters lining up to have their pictures taken with the busty board.Manager of the store Patrick McBride said they had received no complaints about the banned advert. “The life-sized figure is actually proving very popular with our customers. We have had loads of people getting pictures taken with it.“We haven’t had any complaints and most people see it as just a bit of craic,” he said.However the ‘juicy bits’ advert is nearly past its shelf-life.The company is due to take back the advert – much to the tears of many red-blooded Donegal men. DONEGAL DINER SQUEEZES THE ‘BEST BITS’ FROM ITS CUSTOMERS! was last modified: October 16th, 2012 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:advertClub Orangejuicy bitsKernan’s Dinerlast_img read more

Rice: U.S. firm on reforms, stability

first_img Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld later won assurances from Kyrgyz officials that American troops could stay. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Central Asia region is important to U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and the War on Terror but is troubled by lingering authoritarianism, corruption and economic stagnation, leaving the United States with a difficult balancing act. “What we have not been willing to do is to make a choice between our objectives in terms of the immediate concerns about military access and our objectives in terms of democracy,” Rice told reporters en route. “We see there is an inextricable link between our strategic goals of democratization and fighting the war on terrorism.” The Central Asian nations Rice will visit have varying records of democratic reform. Western observers praised July elections in Kyrgyzstan, calling the voting an improvement over parliamentary voting earlier this year. That flawed election led to an uprising that ousted longtime President Askar Akayev, who fled to Russia. President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, a former opposition leader, has pledged to pursue an independent foreign policy, and questioned whether a U.S. base that supports combat operations in Afghanistan is necessary. Kyrgyzstan hosts both U.S. and Russian military bases. SHANNON, Ireland – The United States won’t trade democratic reforms for security and stability in strategically important former Soviet states, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday as she embarked on a trip to Central Asia and Afghanistan. She also said she might inspect earthquake damage in Pakistan. Rice, who planned her trip before the weekend earthquake, said she would ask the Pakistani government whether her presence would help. The United States is contributing cash and equipment to the relief effort. “I don’t want to do anything that gets in the way of the considerable task” of rescue and cleanup, Rice said during a news conference on her plane. “I want it to be fully understood that being in the area, I would be most happy to go if that would be helpful.” On her trip, she will celebrate successful elections in Afghanistan and in Kyrgyzstan, her first stop, but has no scheduled meetings with opposition political figures there or in Kazakhstan or Tajikistan. last_img read more