It’s the primary time that has cited two nationalized Brazilians within the group, along with the protection of English origin, Nico Yennaris. The same old Brazilian footballer Elkeson, with the Chinese language title Ai Kesen, has been joined by his companion within the Guangzhou Evergrande and compatriot, Aloísio Gonçalves, baptized as Luo Goufu. All three gamers had to surrender their citizenship to use for China and change their names.They won’t be the one ones sooner or later since there are three different Brazilians within the room to be known as once they want: Ricardo Goulart, Alan Carvalho and Fernandinho. Each have already managed to finish the naturalization course of, however nonetheless depend upon FIFA’s last authorization to be summoned. The principle requirement that’s required to use for citizenship, if they don’t have Chinese language ancestry, is that the participant has a minimum of five years of residence within the nation, after turning 18. China seeks with all its need to return to a World Cup. It didn’t work with José Antonio Camachoneither with Fabio Cannavaro and not with Marcelo Lippi. Now it has been positioned within the fingers of the historic Chinese language participant Tie Li. Your purpose is Qatar 2022 and make historical past once more after his presence on the 2002 World Cup, with Bora Milutinovic on the bench.The feat is not going to be straightforward. They need to be extra aggressive and they don’t care how. For that they’ve a plan: to nationalize the international expertise that dazzles within the Tremendous League. There are already three gamers naturalized, as they wish to name them within the Asian nation. And shortly they may have a complete of five Brazilians and two British. All the things to again the nationwide star Wu Lei and return to the World Cup. And at any worth, because the procedures should not low cost.KHALED DESOUKI & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Wu Lei celebrates considerably of China.KHALED DESOUKI (AFP) Tie Lie, former Premier League participant in Everton and Sheffield United and participant of that historic World Cup, he has been accountable for the nationwide group since he changed the Italian Marcelo Lippi. With normality because of the coronavirus pandemic put in in China, might be staying in Shanghai from Could 10 to 27 the place he has cited three naturalized. He has his thoughts set on the qualifiers for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, the place his place will not be straightforward. His presence on the World Championship is in danger. In the event that they completed at present, they’d be out, since they need to get a spot in the very best 4 seconds of the group to advance to the third spherical and proceed with choices. Group A’s prime spot is unquestionably for Syria.STR & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Nico Yennaris, referred to as Li Ke in China.STR (AFP) Gamers listing naturalized:Elkeson: 30-year-old ahead born in Brazil. His Chinese language title is Al Kesen. Guangzhou Evergrande footballer. Pichichi in 2013 and 2014. Naturalized final yr, he has already performed 4 video games and has scored three targets. In 2011 he was cited by Menezes (when he was in Botafogo) with the Brazilian absolute however he didn’t play.STR & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Elkeson, enjoying with China.STR (AFP) Aloísio: 31-year-old ahead. Elkeson’s companion within the Guangzhou Evergrande, skilled by Fabio Cannavaro, after leaving the Guangdong Southern Tigers. His Chinese language title is Luo Guofu and it’s the novelty within the Li Tie quotation. High scorer within the Tremendous League in 2015.Nicholas Yennaris: Beijing defender and midfielder Sinobo Guoan. He’s 26 years outdated and got here from Brentford in 2019. He left the Arsenak quarry. His mom is Chinese language and is already a daily on the group. His Chinese language title is Li Ke. He was an English worldwide within the decrease classes and was a era companion of Harry Kane.The next, pending FIFA OK:Alan Carvalho: 30-year-old ahead, Brazilian. His Chinese language title is Lan. Play for Beijing Sinobo Guoan, on mortgage from Guangzhou Evergrande. It shone at Purple Bull Salzburg. Count on FIFA OK because it has been in China since 2015.AFP ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Ricardo Goulart.AFP Tyias Browning: 25-year-old English defender. His Chinese language title is Jiang Guangtai and arrived final summer time at Guangzghou Evergrande from Everton. He has a Chinese language grandfather, so he has the opportunity of adopting citizenship. Ready for affirmation from FIFA to debut with the nationwide group. He has already been worldwide within the English inferiors, alongside for instance, Pickford and Dier. Ricardo Goulart: 28-year-old attacker, Brazilian. His Chinese language title is Gao Late. It belongs to Guangzhou Evergrande. High scorer within the 2016 marketing campaign and a real idol within the Asian nation. He’s ready for the go-ahead to defend the ‘Los Dragones’ shirt. He performed a pleasant match with Brazil in 2014 towards Ecuador, when he was a member of the Cruzeiro.Fernandinho: 27-year-old proper winger, Brazilian. Her Chinese language title is Fei Nanduo. Guangzhou Evergrande is his group, after leaving Hebei. He was the final of the Brazilians who has requested the procedures to be one other naturalized and defend the group.STR & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Tyias Browning, with Guangzhou Evergrande.STR (AFP)
View comments Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend GALLERY: ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I didn’t come from a rich family. We had no money.“And now living in all these lavish houses and property around the world, it’s my choice. It’s something that I’ve worked for.”Tomic was axed by his racquet sponsor just hours after his Wimbledon fine, deeming his behavior unacceptable.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Australia’s Bernard Tomic. AFP FILE PHOTOAustralian star Bernard Tomic admits he is playing tennis just for the money and says he has no love for a game that has earned him millions.In a frank Australian television interview, the 24-year-old told his fans to stay at home rather than paying to watch him play if they were opposed to his polarising on-court antics.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur “Don’t come,” Tomic said late Sunday. “Just watch on TV, you don’t have to pay anything.”Tomic, who was slugged with a US$15,000 fine after he claimed he was “bored” during his lacklustre first round defeat at Wimbledon last month, said he oscillates between full commitment and apathy on court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Throughout my career I’ve given 100 percent. I’ve given also 30 percent. But if you balance it out, I think all my career’s been around 50 percent,” Tomic, who has slid down the rankings to 73 from a career-high 17, said in the interview.“I haven’t really tried, and (still) achieved all this. So it’s just amazing what I’ve done.” MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Asked to provide advice to aspiring tennis players he was blunt.“Don’t play tennis. Do something you love and enjoy, because it’s a grind, and it’s a tough, tough, tough life. My position, I’m trapped. I have to do it,” he said.“Tennis chose me. It’s something I never fell in love with. You know, I like it.”Tomic also stood by his inflammatory comments after being controversially eliminated at Wimbledon by German Mischa Zverev.“I don’t regret what I said. That’s why I said it — to piss a few people off,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Fil-American guard expects a great game between the two sides.“He’s already a great player. It’s going to be hard with Kiefer playing, you have to figure out what he can do and we need to execute what we scouted,” he said.Pringle, however, wouldn’t want to look at the tiff as a duel between him and Ravena, saying that in the end, it’s still a team game.“I’m not really looking at edging anybody. I’m focused on our team. When the coaches scout, we execute and that’s what it’s all about,” he said.And that’s just the mentality GlobalPort needs as it seeks to have another playoff run this conference with the return of coach Pido Jarencio, the same mentor who led the franchise to its only semifinals appearance to date.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ TNT vet Kelly Williams showing no signs of slowing down Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone But that was then.Now, Pringle looks to test Ravena’s mettle when GlobalPort faces NLEX on Christmas Day at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRavena is coming off a stupendous debut for the Road Warriors where he flirted with a triple-double with 18 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists and two steals in their 119-115 victory over Kia last Wednesday.Pringle, meanwhile, will be tasked to lead the fight for the Batang Pier in their season opener without backcourt partner Terrence Romeo, who is still recovering from a knee injury. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “This 2018 is going to be great,” vowed Pringle. “As far as the team, we’re looking at the semifinals. We have all the goals and plans set in and we’re gonna work hard. It’s gonna be a great season. It’s gonna be exciting.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netStanley Pringle is well aware of how good Kiefer Ravena is having shared the court with the NLEX rookie in pickup games years ago.“I’ve played with Kiefer since before I was in the PBA. He’s great competitor and a hard worker,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Co-captain Mika Sales said they chose the Sablay as their theme to represent the colors and emotions associated with the emblematic garment.“We chose ‘Iskulay ng Sablay’ for each color of the Sablay—red was love, green was growth, yellow was happiness, and purple was faith and getting through it,” said Sales. “We tried to show all of that through the routine.”UP tallied 568.5 points after its performance, 70 points behind third place Adamson University, but the captains insisted that their performance was meant especially for the UP community.“For me, this is for the UP community and I hope that they don’t stop supporting us,” said co-captain Megan Mendoza Cabrera. “We’re working on getting better, we’re working on improving. Our goal every year is to do better from the year before, and I think our team is going through that progression and I think we’re going to do better next year.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal ‘Hungrier’ UST Salinggawi ‘will be back’ after narrowly missing UAAP Cheerdance podium Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe UAAP Cheerdance Competition and University of the Philippines have almost become synonymous with each other ever since UP started raking in titles from 1999 to 2012.UP always seemed to find itself in a spot wherein the spectators always demanded the best out of it, but the UP Pep Squad hasn’t lived up to the expectation for the past two editions of the competition.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title After they skipped the 2016 edition and returned the followng year, the UP Pep Squad has since finished just sixth place in 2017 and 2018.Its captains, though, don’t mind finishing in an unflattering result as long as they’ve put on a show the UP community can appreciate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Our goal is to show that we have a happy and colorful routine, and you can see that the UP community enjoyed it so we’re happy with it,” said Cyrus Benjamin Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Even though it’s the second straight year that we missed out on the podium, that’s how things are, there are winners and there are losers. We just have to accept it.”The UP Pep Squad, who won eight titles to tie University of Santo Tomas as the winningest school in the competition, performed to the theme of the school’s iconic Sablay that students don when they graduate. View comments
In keeping with its plans to explore Guyana’s rich offshore resources, a multinational oil and gas exploration company, Tullow Oil, has begun its search for oil in the Orinduik Block.Tullow’s Head of Communications, George CazenoveThis operation will incorporate the use of the Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) Pacific Leader, which will display international signals for other nearby vessels to be alerted, the Maritime Administration Department said in a notice published in the daily newspapers.This drilling exercise will run until December 31 of this year.The oil company is expected to drill about 82 nautical miles from the coast of Guyana and cover an area of 848 square kilometres.The Maritime Department has asked that all mariners exercise caution when in this zone and moreover, maintain a good distance from it.In another notice, the Department explained that the company also commenced drilling in the Jethro-1 well site within the Orinduik Block. For this operation, the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Stena Forth will be used and will also be displaying international signals.Its drill site is about 95 nautical miles from Guyana’s coast and will cover an area of one square kilometre, bounded by other coordinates.The oil company first inked its interest into Guyana during the second quarter of 2013.Tullow had in February announced that it was bringing forward its drilling programme from the previously scheduled end of the year to the second quarter. It had announced that the Jethro prospect would be drilled in June.So far, plans have been announced to drill three wells here namely the Jethro-Lobe, Joe and Carapa.Its Carapa prospect in Kanuku is expected to be drilled in the third quarter. It is understood that the net cost of the Jethro well is US$30 million, while the Carapa well will cost US$20 million.Tullow’s partner in the Orinduik Block, Eco Atlantic, had announced that drilling on the Joe prospect will begin in mid-July of this year.They had announced that the Stena Forth drillship will move directly to the Joe after it finishes drilling the Jethro Lobe Well in the Orinduik Block.It is understood that the Joe is located in approximately 650 metres of water and will cost Eco approximately US$3 million to drill.A recently published report from international company Gustavson Associates has estimated that the well has a 43.2 per cent chance of success.The Orinduik oil block is just a few kilometres from Exxon’s discoveries in the Liza and Payara fields. It is under the administration of Eco Guyana and Tullow, who signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting licence and Production Sharing Agreement with Guyana in 2016. The French firm, Total E and P Activities Petrolieres entered the fray in 2017, partnering with Eco with the option to get a 25 per cent share in the Block.With major plans afoot for possible oil discoveries, Tullow’s Head of Communications, George Cazenove, has promised that jobs will be provided for the Guyanese populace.In a recent interview, Cazenove told Guyana Times, “Shared prosperity includes a firm commitment to local content… Tullow has made significant efforts in both East and West Africa to make sure that local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, are involved in the supply chain in the oil and gas developments we are involved with”.
The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) of the Guyana Police Force coerced, directly or indirectly, members of the business community into making contributions to the construction of the D’Urban Park Jubilee Project, through a privately registered company that was set up to solicit donations—Homestretch Development Inc.DCIM100MEDIADJI_0548.JPGThe matter was first raised by former Minister within the Finance Ministry, Bishop Juan Edghill, during a debate on a parliamentary motion he unsuccessfully piloted in the National Assembly, owing to the majority held by Government, where he openly questioned what role, if any, SOCU played in the solicitation of funds through coercion or intimidation.Political investmentsEdghill subsequently met with members of the media at the People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s Freedom House Headquarters and reminded them of a policy being pursued by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, which speaks to persons being rewarded for political investments.According to Bishop Edghill, “During the same time of these calls for the extraction of donations, there was heightened SOCU activity.”The former Minister charged that during that period, businesses were being called and told to make donations.“Businesses were called and told (to donate) $10 million,” Edghill alleged.He said that the heightened activities on the part of SOCU were simultaneously happening. “SOCU was raiding people’s homes and businesses started feeling pressure that if they don’t give this list of places where SOCU could visit that you would be next and people actually started forking out money because they didn’t want to have SOCU raiding their homes at six o’ clock in the morning.”According to Edghill, “All of this was happening simultaneously”, with the extraction of donations from the business community.The PPP/C Member of Parliament told media operatives that it was in this vein, he raised the matter of SOCU’s involvement in the construction of the D’Urban Park Jubilee Project during the debate, since he wanted Government to offer clarifications.He told media operatives that he wanted Government to clarify that SOCU played no role in the entire sordid affair, but a clarification was not forthcoming since none of the Government speakers at the debate delved into the matter.Fall in lineEdghill at the time sought to query if Homestretch Development Inc was an outfit that was being used to have business that did not contribute to the APNU/AFC’s campaign “fall in line”.He posited that not all Guyanese businesses would have supported the coalition’s campaign, “because not all of them supported, but they were made to fall in line after the election”.The former Government Minister suggested too that “this was a facility to come and say you will work with us, put your money where your mouth is”.Bishop Edghill said too that this was among the reasons the Opposition was clamouring to have the list of contractors involved in the project disclosed, since “we will be able to look and see”.He questioned the accuracy of reports that persons who donated to the development of the Jubilee Park “benefited from tax write-offs”.Disclosures“So the ordinary man out there wants to know,” and according to Edghill, all of the speculation could be avoided if Colonel (rtd) Larry London would come clean on the affairs of Homestretch Development Inc.The company has since come under intense scrutiny after information surfaced that it was only registered earlier this year, while donations were being solicited since last September.Colonel (rtd) London and Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine are among the key directors of that company – information that only came to light during the parliamentary debate in the House on Monday.Edghill opined that the former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Colonel who, “is an honourable gentleman, well trained with years of experience in the army and now holds a high office as Chairman of the GCCA (Guyana Civil Aviation Authority)… [should] just come to the microphones”.He has since called on Colonel (rtd) London to come clean on the donations made to the company prior to the Public Infrastructure Ministry taking over the project on April 20, 2016.According to Edghill, should Colonel (rtd) London come forward to provide a list of monies received by Homestretch Development Inc in addition to the expenditure, “then the matter will be closed”.Efforts by Guyana Times to contact Colonel (rtd) London – who is currently in Florida, USA – proved futile.Calls to Ministers David Patterson, Annette Ferguson, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine and other top Government officials also went unanswered.
At least in BC, it appears even the harmonized sales tax takes a back seat to play-off hockey. The provincial government had scheduled it’s first telephone townhall meeting tonight in Surrey, but it will now be held tomorrow night.That’s being done so it won’t clash with the deciding game of the Vancouver Canucks’ Stanley Cup series with the Chicago Black Hawks. Thus it will now be combined with the Peace River Region meeting slated to begin at 6.30 tomorrow evening. As reported earlier, the regionally based town hall discussions are being initiated by the province as an opportunity for the general public to talk directly with government ministers and offer suggestions on how the controversial blended sales tax can be improved. In each case, area residents will receive a phone call in the early evening of their designated meeting day, and if interested in participating, they can then stay on the line, and follow recorded instructions.- Advertisement –
Unreal. Surreal. Hitchcockian. Call it whatever you’d like. October baseball has rarely witnessed something like this. At times, it was like watching a low-budget, late-night horror flick: “The Bugs Who Ate The Yankees.” And for some reason they feasted on Chamberlain, who stood on the mound struggling to see catcher Jorge Posada’s target as the tiny pests buzzed around his head. As some of them stuck to his muscular, sweaty neck and back, Chamberlain threw a wild pitch in the eighth that gave Cleveland the tying run. Three innings later, the Indians won it and swarmed Hafner like their little helpers did to the Yanks. “They bugged me,” Chamberlain said. “But you’ve got to deal with it.” Umpire crew chief Bruce Froemming said he never considered stopping the game, which will surely go down as one of the strangest in postseason history. “It was just a little irritation,” he said. “We’ve had bugs before. I’ve seen bugs and mosquitoes since I started umpiring. It might not be a perfect scenario. Within about 45 minutes, basically they were gone. “There was just about a 10-minute period where everybody was lathering up,” he said. By the end of the night, the Indians were celebrating and heading to New York looking for a sweep. “I don’t feel safe at all, though,” first baseman Ryan Garko said. “I mean, it’s the Yankees.” Lofton, a gnat-like nuisance to the Yankees – one of his many former teams – so far in this series, walked on four pitches to lead off the 11th against Luis Vizcaino. Franklin Gutierrez failed twice to get down a sacrifice before hitting a single. Casey Blake moved the runners up with a bunt before the Yankees walked Grady Sizemore to load the bases. Rookie Asdrubal Cabrera missed his chance at being a hero by popping up right in front of the plate, but Hafner, who has struggled all season, delivered. Cleveland’s designated hitter lined a single on a 3-and-2 pitch to right-center – making the Indians just 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position – and was mobbed by his teammates as an exhausted crowd of 44,732 towel-waving fans celebrated a win they’ll talk about for years to come. One day after the Indians slugged their way to a 12-3 win, Fausto Carmona and the Yankees’ Andy Pettitte put pitching back into the series. New York finished with just three hits, all off Carmona during his nine spectacular innings. Rafael Perez went two innings for the win. Game 3 will be Sunday at Yankee Stadium, with Cleveland’s Jake Westbrook facing Roger Clemens. Until the first pitch, everyone will talking about the bugs. “It was like blankets of stuff out there,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. Chamberlain, the wildly popular 22-year-old, came in for Pettitte in the seventh with runners at first and second. He struck out pinch-hitter Gutierrez and got Blake on a soft fly to right to keep the Yankees up, 1-0. That’s when everyone started buggin’ out. Chamberlain needed to be sprayed with repellant before taking the mound in the eighth as the pesky insects descended upon the ballpark on another muggy fall night. Chamberlain walked Grady Sizemore to open the eighth and threw a wild pitch before asking for another dose of spray. Cabrera sacrificed before Hafner lined out to first. Then, on a 1-and-0 pitch to Victor Martinez, Chamberlain uncorked another wild pitch that allowed Sizemore to score.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALDS: Amid a swarm of insects, Cleveland rallies to take control. By Tom Withers THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CLEVELAND – These were truly sacrifice flies. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySwarming bugs, millions and millions of them, bombarded the New York Yankees at the worst possible time Friday night, covering and rattling rookie reliever Joba Chamberlain and helping the Cleveland Indians to a 2-1 win in 11 innings and a two-game lead in their AL playoff series. “It’s like somebody let them go,” Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. “Just when you think you’ve seen it all – that’s home-field advantage.” Midges 1, Yankees 0. Where was the Sultan of Swat when they needed him? Travis Hafner hit a bases-loaded, RBI single with two outs in the 11th to score Kenny Lofton as the Indians, who trailed, 1-0, before the flying pests invaded in the eighth inning, won a game their fans will never forget.
Conor Malone is the manager of The Balor Arts Centre in Ballybofey. Originally from Waterford he came to Donegal to manage The Balor in 2004 and has been there ever since. In his time The Balor has moved to a brand new premises and currently hosts over 120 shows per year – mainly music, theatre and comedy – attracting over 15,000 through its doors.Photo from Eva Power PhotographyMost recently Conor wrote and directed The State Of The Nation – a political satire in which the ghosts of Thomas Davis, Jim Larkin, Michael Collins and Charlie Haughey discuss the Ireland of today giving their opinions on everything from 1916 and the Civil War to modern day hospital waiting lists, homelessness, Brexit and Trump.The show toured to venues in Dublin, Donegal and Derry to great audience reaction and plans are afoot for another, more extensive, national tour later in the year. This is Conor’s Donegal…What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?The Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey – I’m contractually obliged to say that!If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be? The obvious answer is better weather. Improved public transport would be a huge help as well.Who is the one person that you look up to and why?Hard to narrow it down to just one. My father was a huge influence. He died 15 years ago and still, often when I’m unsure about something, I think about what we would have thought about things and use that for guidance.Outside of that, an old college lecturer of mine Muiris MacChongaile and Kieran Quinn here at The Balor are two people that I admire.What is the biggest compliment you’ve ever received? Like a lot of Irish men I’m not too good at taking compliments. I think the best compliment anyone can get is that something they’ve done has made someone else happier so we’ll go with that.What’s your happiest memory in Donegal?Hard to pick one. Professionally there’s been some great shows at The Balor down through the years but if I had to pick one it would be Mundy in the old Balor back in 2005. That was the first big name that we took a risk on and paid big money to and it was a full house and proved that we really could make it as a major music venue. Great gig and after party too!Personally, I don’t think anything beats the birth of your children – although my wedding reception in Harkins in Brockagh with a pig on a spit and my own band playing music into the wee small hours comes a close second. What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?.As a county I don’t think I’ve seen anything bring as much pride as the All Ireland win in 2012.If you found a magic wand that allowed you to grant one wish, what would it be?Bit political this one – to have the wealth of the nation magically redistributed more fairly so that the wealthiest 300 people in the country don’t own over one fifth of the money while there’s rising poverty and record homelessness. And that we’d have a government who would prioritise the needs of the people over the interests of big business and finance.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?I’m a big fan of Kinnegar beer. And I use Donegal Rapeseed Oil in all my cooking.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and whyI think Seamus Coleman is a great ambassador – in both his play and the way he carries himself. He seems like someone who, despite his success, has never forgotten his roots. Give it two years and I’m pretty confident my answer will be Jason Quigley. No doubt that he’s going to be a star and remain a gentleman.Do you enjoy being on the stage yourself?I really enjoy playing music on stage. I’ve acted on stage a few times but it wouldn’t be that high on my list of priorities. When it comes to drama I much prefer the writing side.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?It has to be Packie Bonner. I was 17 watching Italia ’90 and that save still gives me goosebumps when I think back on it. Again, hopefully it’ll be Jason Quigley in two years time. What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?The Cove Restaurant in Dunfanaghy.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?Ah, Dry Your eyes.What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?I think it would have to be the continued neglect of the county by the government. There’s no rail, no motorways which in turn leads to a lack of inward investment in the county which gives us a situation where Donegal has one of the lowest average income rates in the country and is one of only two counties in Ireland which saw its official population drop in the last census.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Not really. In general I think it’s better to try and understand why people do what they do and try and change the circumstances that lead to their actions rather than just get annoyed at what they do.Although if people could use their indicators properly on roundabouts that would be nice.Do you have a favourite local band? Can’t answer that. The music scene in Donegal is thriving at the moment. There’s literally about 50 bands worthy of a mention and if I name one the other 49 won’t talk to me.Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?I think the sense of community and helping each other out is incredible. When you see the amount of fundraising done in Ballybofey alone in the last few years for causes like Oisin Merritt, Mammy I Want To Walk and The Caolan Melaugh Fund – the amount of people who have come out and helped is really quite moving.What is your favourite thing about running the balor and why?So many things. I love waking up every day and looking forward to going to work. I love the fact that each and every day is different. I love meeting really talented people – Bell X1, Josh Ritter, Lisa Hannigan, Damien Dempsey etc – and finding out that they’re also really sound.What I really love is booking a little known band from the US or Canada that haven’t played Ireland before, that I haven’t previously heard of and being absolutely blown away by their brilliance. Happily this happens a lot. There’s some great talent out there that never makes it to the radio stations.What is your favourite food that you associate with Donegal? Mussels – the seafood in general is fantastic.If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?I think the things that need fixing to really make a difference to peoples lives – infrastructure, public transport etc would take a lot more than a million.Can I just keep it as long term funding to secure the future of The Balor for the next 20 years?What is the most rewarding part of running the Balor?The most rewarding part is seeing people really enjoy a show that you’ve booked. Nothing beats that.by Rachel WhiteEmail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to share Your Donegal.My Donegal… with theatre manager Conor Malone was last modified: May 13th, 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:Balor Arts centreConor MaloneMY DONEGALtheatre
A Raphoe farmer has been ordered to pay €4,000 after admitting possessing a stolen tractor.Well-known sheep and cattle dealer Nelson McConnell was visited by Gardai at his farm on November13th last. However Garda Tom McNally told Letterkeny Circuit Court that it later became apparent that the 59 year old had fled the scene on the Massey Ferguson 4355.A Massey Ferguson 4355 similar to one stolenGardai later called to his home and he made a statement.He told Gardai that another person had left the tractor at his home and he used it as his own tractor was broken.The court heard that the other man owed McConnell money for stock and this was the return on it.McConnell registered the vehicle in a neighbour’s name without their knowledge, got a new license plate made up for €50 in Letterkenny and transferred the insurance from his old tractor to the new machine.The tractor had been stolen form a raid on a farm in Castle Allingham in Co Louth.Barriste for McConnell, Mr Peter Nolan said his client was one of a number of people who had been a victim of a certain third party along the way.Describing him as a family man with four children, Mr Nolan said the incident has already brought great embarrassment to McConnell.“He will be the talk of the mart in Raphoe for the next two weeks. He will have to face all that and I would like to think he has learned a lesson,” said Mr Nolan.Judge John O’Hagan said he accepted there were other parties involved but that Mr McConnell had to be taught a lesson.He was told that the victim was still out €8,000 after being reimbursed through the insurance company for the tractor.Judge O’Hagan ordered McConnell to pay €4,000 by July 29th next and he will take a certain course.RAPHOE FARMER TO PAY €4,000 OVER STOLEN TRACTOR DEBACLE was last modified: July 17th, 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:GardaiMassey FergusonNelson McConnellRaphoestolen