Oh, sister: Venus Williams beats Serena at Indian Wells

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Venus faced two break points in the next game, but got bailed out on Serena’s consecutive forehand errors to get to deuce. Venus hung on from there to end their 29th meeting.“Missing shots that I never miss, and so close,” Serena said. “At least they’re in the margin. I’m getting there. It’s not exactly where I want to be, but I’ll get there eventually.”Serena still owns a 17-12 advantage overall, although Venus evened their WTA Tour head-to-head meetings at 7-7.“I really abhor every time we play, but I do enjoy the battle when I’m out there,” Serena said last weekend. “It’s just afterwards I don’t like it as much.”It was obvious at the net when they greeted each other with a one-arm hug and neither smiled. Venus did her usual victory pirouette, but still didn’t smile.A stone-faced Serena exited the court to cheers, pointing her right index finger in the air.Serena was back on the WTA Tour for the first time since ending a 14-month absence during which she gave birth to daughter Alexis Jr. and married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who sat courtside.“It’s good that I don’t have to say that this is the best tennis I have ever played and I lost,” Serena said. “My room for improvement is incredible.”Typically, the sisters wouldn’t meet until the later rounds of a tournament. But 36-year-old Serena was unseeded in this event. Venus is seeded eighth.Serena won her first two matches, while Venus received a first-round bye and won her opening match. LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It was their earliest meeting since a 17-year-old Venus beat 16-year-old Serena in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open. They played Monday night for the first time since last year’s Australian Open final, when a pregnant Serena won her 23rd Grand Slam title.“That’s going to be a huge story, maybe the story of the year,” men’s No. 1 Roger Federer said of Serena’s comeback. “Hopefully, she decides to play a lot and enjoy herself in the process and get back to who knows how high? It almost doesn’t matter, but it would just be amazing to see her do it now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut this night belonged to Aunt Venus.She closed out the 1 ½-hour match on her second match point when Serena’s forehand service return sailed long. It was one of Serena’s 41 unforced errors, including 17 on the forehand side. “I’m just lucky that I’ve played more matches than her right now,” Venus said on court afterward. “She just came roaring back. I had chances for the match to be over, but it wasn’t.”Venus broke Serena at love in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead in the first set. She emphatically closed out the 36-minute set with back-to-back aces that clocked 108 mph and 120 mph.“I definitely know her well, but she definitely played a little bit better than she normally does,” Serena said. “She served very consistently. She just did everything great.”Venus raced out to leads of 3-0 and 5-2 in the second set. Serena’s shot went wide to set up her sister’s first match point. But Serena cracked a backhand winner down the line for deuce. Venus’ forehand was long and she double-faulted away the game to make it 5-3.Serena held to trail 5-4 with an ace and a clean winner.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City 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 “I think she’s going to be speeding back to the seedings and to winning tournaments sooner than later,” Venus said.The Indian Wells match was 17 years in the making.The sisters were supposed to play each other in the desert in 2001. A packed stadium awaited their semifinal but shortly before the match was to begin Venus withdrew with a right knee injury.Serena went on to play Kim Clijsters in the final. Venus and her father Richard were greeted with boos as they made their way to their seats, with some fans believing Richard had been behind Venus’ withdrawal.Richard Williams said he heard racial slurs from the crowd and he paused to shake his fist at them. Serena was booed throughout the final before she beat Clijsters in three sets for her second title in the desert.After that, the sisters boycotted Indian Wells for 14 years. Serena came back in 2015 only to withdraw with a knee injury before her semifinal, and Venus followed the next year.Both sisters have been greeted warmly by fans each time they’ve played here since that turbulent time.“It never crossed my mind,” Venus said. Venus Williams, right, hugs opponent and sister Serena Williams after defeating Serena in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., Monday, March 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Crystal Chatham)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — One sister is rusty, just beginning a comeback after having a baby. The other is rejuvenated at 37, back in the world’s top 10.An unwanted rivalry with roots going back 20 years had its latest chapter Monday night at the BNP Paribas Open, with Venus Williams beating sister Serena 6-3, 6-4 in the third round for her first win over her younger sibling since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Making Life for Her Children

first_imgNot having an education or trade while living in Africa can be relatively difficult, especially when you’re physically challenged. I met the single mother of two little boys whom I always observe standing around the streets of Monrovia, obviously waiting for something.I decided to monitor them over the week to see why they always lingered around; and to my surprise, I saw a woman slowly crawling towards them with a look of pain written across her face.For a split second, I thought she would pass them, but upon reaching the youngest that looked to be about six years –old, he warmly reached around her neck and gave her a tight hug.Her Children Seeing children unattended to, especially in Monrovia city, urged me to ask the crawling woman for her story, and with much coaxing, she opened up.‘My children have to be fed and placed in school. I cannot look at my disability and say because of that, my children should have to suffer” Cecelia stated.Cecelia, who crawls on all two knees, says that her physical condition is a mystery and happened so suddenly.“I once walked normally, but according to my family, I went to bed one night and awoke the next morning unable to walk; to stretch my legs straight. I can stand on my left leg, but rather that I crawl on all two since my right leg is no good,” she added.According to the mother, her disability has caused her to miss out on school and because of that she has no skill or idea how to do anything other than beg.“Every day I take a car from Red Light along with my two youngest and come into the city to look for money to take care of them. Their father walked out on me and now I find myself having to beg. I don’t want to do it, I’d rather be selling and having my own business, but this is where I find myself,” she added.Meanwhile, Cecelia makes about L$700.00 a day, she claims, enough she says to complete a house she has already moved into.“Out of the money I make, I’ve built my house and the children and I have a roof over our head now. I have four children who all have to go to school, and I’m able to register them because of my begging,” she adds.Though everywhere she passes along the streets stare at the woman who is just less than two feet when she’s crawling, Cecelia says she’s not ashamed of her condition.“I went to a doctor who says I could possibly walk again one day. He says the veins behind my legs can be restored as though they have never been damaged. I’m hopeful of walking one day and because of that I drag my children out here every day for us to look for money,” she says.Also, Cecelia says she has a wheelchair, but due to the distance she has to commute every day, she leaves it at home. She also added that he’s proud of her children who are always patient and obedient when it comes to accommodating her on her daily hustles.“I have good kids and wouldn’t trade them in for anything. I’m their mother and have to do the right things for them, it’s no one else’s duty but mine to make sure my kids are okay, healthy and in school,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Montserrado Community-based Initiative Eases Measures in Ebola Outbreak

first_imgThe Project Management Team of UNDP’s Ebola Community Based Initiative in Montserrado County has said that mitigating measures were recently put into place in the Popo Beach Community in the wake of a new Ebola Outbreak.News of the outbreak came following an investigation conducted by a team comprising two UNDP Project Management Supervisors-sponsored Community Based Initiative (CBI), Active Case Finders, Contact Tracers, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) in District 16, New Kru Town.It was revealed that there were four clusters of Ebola cases associated with high fatality. According to the report, each of these four clusters had an independent index case. Active Case Finders were able to identify people who had direct contact with a man who was stabbed in the area in October this year.Dr. Mosoko Fallah, Coordinator of the UNDP CBI project, said some residents had alleged that the lover of the man’s wife had stabbed her jilted husband in a rage of jealousy, and that everyone who had direct contact with the man’s body fluid was either dead or sick.According to Dr. Fallah, it was discovered that eight persons who were believed to have had direct contact with the victim’s body fluids died, while twenty-eight persons from this web of contacts escaped to other communities, including Old Road, New Kru Town and Logan Town.He narrated that the Team put into place mitigating measures by immediately identifying and visiting the locations and contacts of those involved and have alerted other Active Case Finders in Communities where escapees might be residing.“We visited the homes of where the cases occurred and interviewed contacts and survivors. We noted with dismay that an entire cluster of households had been deserted and the contacts fled to different communities.”Dr. Fallah also mentioned that meetings were arranged with Heads of households on Ebola awareness to alert them on the prevailing circumstances. He said efforts made by Active Case Finders to document and track most of the cases have contributed to a containment of the situation.Dr. Fallah has, however,  stressed the need, among other things, to intensify health promotion among dwellers in Popo Beach and the rest of New Kru Town, increase the number of Active Case Finders in proportion to the areas of coverage in Popo Beach and other areas of Montserrado, as well as develop and immediately implement a streamlined protocol for providing feedback to families when their relatives are taken away.UNDP has allocated about USD$500,000 of its resources to support Liberia’s National Ebola Response, with a focus on Active Case Findings in Montserrado County. It is a strategic community-based initiative, which seeks to help identify, track and document Ebola related contacts, reduce denial, search for the sick, uncover hidden bodies, and increase awareness.Under this Initiative, over 1,300 Active Case Finder’s volunteers have been recruited and trained to conduct Contact Tracing and Identification in 9 districts in Montserrado County, that are considered Ebola hotspots.Additionally, 100 supervisors (50 community-level supervisors, 50 community based social support/counselling monitors) from the Dogliotti Medical School and Public Health Schools have been recruited.  They are working under the general oversight of a coordinating team comprising of a team leader; epidemiologist; infectious disease specialist; psycho-social support specialist; health promotion/awareness specialist; M&E and IT specialists.It complements on-going support being provided by UNICEF and Medicine Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the area of Social Mobilization in combating the deadly Ebola Virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ex-rivals lead effort to split Oxnard in two

first_imgOXNARD – While they were campaigning against each other for seats on the Channel Islands Beach Community Services District three years ago, Jonathan Ziv and Keith Moore met at a local deli to talk about their ideas for the board and found they had more in common than they thought. “I happened to mention my vision for a new city, and he said he’d been thinking about the same thing,” Ziv said. “We hit it off from there.” Three years later, Ziv and Moore are the driving force behind a proposal to effectively split Oxnard – Ventura County’s most populous city – by creating a separate city called Channel Islands Beach that would include high-priced homes on the sand but also low-income south Oxnard neighborhoods. It’s a potentially divisive political battle that in some ways mirrors the San Fernando Valley’s unsuccessful 2002 secession bid from Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “The common theme between (our effort) and the Valley secession is the desire for local control,” said Ziv, who lives in Hollywood Beach, has a dental practice in Agoura Hills and who, like Moore, has lived in Oxnard since the 1980s. But another similarity is the flurry of critical, sometimes derisive, rhetoric from cityhood opponents. “A lot of people see it as a group of affluent individuals attempting to create a pure, pristine, elitist community motivated by protecting their property values and driven by racial, ethnic and economic reasons and not much else,” Oxnard activist Armando Vazquez said. Critics say the new city would leave Oxnard with less than half of its current population of 185,000 and financially strapped public services. “I’m not sure it’s feasible to try to create a new city by diminishing an already existing city,” Oxnard City Councilman Andr s Herrera said. “What they say they’re offering is a sense of a better city and better representation. “But it seems to me that the only thing they’re really trying to do is create their own fiefdom.” Those behind the proposal, however, have moved to squelch that kind of criticism by including much of south Oxnard in the new boundaries. The predominantly low-income Latino community has a high poverty rate, large pockets of immigrants and a gang injunction. “The joke around here is that they decided they needed minorities in this (new) city, and they came after us,” said retired city worker Joe Avelar, a Latino community leader on the city’s south side. In essence, what Channel Islands Beach backers have done is trade some of their dream community’s exclusivity for political clout – the ever-growing Latino voter bloc they hope to attract if they are to get a vote on the issue. And their common ground is long-standing gripes about lack of representation at City Hall, which the new-city campaign is addressing with individual council districts, an attractive incentive to voters who currently elect council members at large. New city leaders are hoping Latinos in the proposed Channel Islands Beach, as well as in Oxnard as a whole, will be like Avelar, who will be attracted to the idea of electing his own council representative. “If we could get (single-member) districts, I would vote for the new city, problems and all,” said Avelar, chairman of the Lemonwood Neighborhood Council in south Oxnard. The proposed city would stretch from Oxnard’s wealthiest areas in Mandalay Bay and River Ridge to its working-class neighborhoods of Southwinds and Lemonwood into south Oxnard. It also would include the unincorporated communities of Hollywood Beach, Hollywood by the Sea and Silver Strand. “What has motivated us is bringing forth new leadership into the community,” said Moore, an emissions technology engineer. “One of the things that I think was learned from the Valley secession was that, although it failed, it resulted in changes. The city (of Los Angeles) had to listen to the complaints that led to the secession attempt and to take a look at itself.” Ziv is even more direct in saying what he thinks is the problem in the current present city. “It’s an issue of local control,” he said. “The city of Oxnard is not exactly an example of local control as many people would like. My belief is that people in south Oxnard are no happier about local control than the people in other communities.” The phenomenon of poor community helping rich community is not lost on California Lutheran University political science professor Herbert Gooch, a longtime observer of Ventura County politics. “They are indeed very different kinds of groups, and single-member districts may be a great incentive for voting for the new city,” he said. “The irony is that by adding south Oxnard, the new city would grow to 121,000 people, and Oxnard would be left a smaller rump city but with industrialized areas and split up services. “My own sense is, it would be a stretch to create this new city. It’s a long, complicated process, and I think it would be very difficult.” The process would require a series of consultants, studies, evaluations and approval by county agencies, gathering 8,750 signatures – about 25percent of registered voters in the proposed city – and, ultimately, elections before both voters in the proposed city and Oxnard. It also would cost an estimated $300,000, new-city proponents said, for an election they concede could not take place before 2010. Critics call all of it a pipe dream. Oxnard City Manager Ed Sotelo said he is concerned about how the new city would pay for police, fire and other government services. Ziv and Moore maintain their city would provide more police, fire protection and other services without higher taxes – something they say they could do by focusing on existing sales, property and hotel taxes. Gooch said he thinks the cityhood issue in Oxnard is symptomatic of it becoming the fastest-growing city in the county. “You might describe Oxnard as the 800-pound gorilla of the county,” he said. “As there has been a big development of business and the economy, a number of areas feel left out and are feeling somewhat ignored.” The Oxnard City Council has not taken an official position on the proposal. But any doubt about where officials stand might have been erased by the director of development services, Matt Winegar, who accused new-city leaders of gerrymandering boundaries. “It’s a map,” Winegar said, “that would make a New Jersey politician proud.” The only certainty at the moment is that the issue is not going away, and some say it will likely gain steam as Ziv and Moore become politically shrewd in how they present their idea, particularly in south Oxnard. To that end, Vazquez said he is certain the new-city issue will soon become a topic of discussion and debate at his Caf on A Street, which works with at-risk Latino youths. “This began as a prima facie racist, economic mercenary idea,” he said. “There was a racial divide, an economic divide, and it was all quite political what they’ve done in including south Oxnard. “And what it’s all saying is that a lot of people on the City Council are not listening to the voices of the people.”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

TRANSFER ALERT! Chelsea eyeing £25m deal for Benfica star

first_img1 Chelsea are ready to activate the £25m release-clause of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof.New Blues boss Antonio Conte is on the hunt for a centre-back this summer but he has so far failed to land any of his targets.Chelsea have been priced out of a move for Juventus stalwart Leonardo Bonucci, while Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is proving equally expensive.As a result, according to Portuguese newspaper Record, Conte is now ready to go all out for Lindelof.The 22-year-old enjoyed an impressive season for Benfica last year and he is tipped for a bright future.The Swede has a release-clause of £25m and Chelsea are now ready to activate it in an attempt to push through a deal as quickly as possible. Victor Lindelof in action for Sweden last_img


first_imgPictured at the official signing of the contracts for these schemes:Back l-r): Aine McHugh, Executive Engineer NRO, Eamon Canney, Senior Engineer, NRO; John McLaughlin, Director of Roads & Housing Capital, Donegal County Council, Damian McDermott, Senior Executive Engineer, NRO, Aidan McCaul, Wills Bros Ltd and Rodney Irwin, Executive Engineer, NROFront (l-r): Patrick Duffy, Engineering Inspector, NRA, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach, Donegal County Council and Seamus Neely Chief Executive, Donegal County Council and Charles Wills, Wills Bros Ltd.Donegal County Council has just released details of two major road projects commencing shortly.When completed the N15 Blackburn Bridge Phase 1 Scheme and the N56 Boyoughter to Kilkenny Scheme will see significant improvements to two crucial routes in east and west Donegal.The work in question will take place on the main Ballybofey to Donegal Town and Glenties to Dungloe roads and will last 12 months and 18 months respectively.Both projects have been welcomed by Donegal County Council’s Chief Executive, Seamus Neely. He described the undertakings as “another example of the council working to improve the county’s road network”. “These jobs when completed will see a major improvement for road users in both areas and ensure traffic flows freely and safely. It will also enhance the visitor experience while ensuring such infrastructural developments continue to prove Donegal is accessible and open for business,” he said.The N15 Blackburn Bridge Phase 1 scheme is located approximately 2km south of Ballybofey. The existing road is narrow with no hard-shoulders or verges. The alignment of the road is very poor and potentially hazardous. Two fatal accidents have occurred on this section in the last ten years.The proposed scheme is 2.5km in length and will involve widening and realignment to a 7.3m carriageway with hard shoulders. A new bridge structure to cross the Burn Daurnett river is included. The project will significantly improve safety for road users and access along the N15.Works are expected to commence in July 2015. The contract duration is 12 months. There will be some, occasionally significant, disruption to traffic during construction. The scheme is expected to be opened to the public by summer 2016. Boyoughter to Kilkenny SchemeThe N56 Boyoughter to Kilkenny scheme is located approximately 12km south of Dungloe through the village of Lettermacaward and including the Gweebarra bends. This is a second section of the N56 Dungloe to Glenties Low Volume National Secondary road improvement project funded by the NRA with the N56 Cloughbolie to Boyoughter Scheme opened in 2011.The existing road is narrow (approximately 5.5m with neither hard shoulders nor verges) and the horizontal and vertical alignments are particularly poor over the majority of this section. There are nine local road junctions, all with restricted junction visibility.The scheme will involve widening and realignment to a 6.0m carriageway with 0.5m hard strips. The project also includes a cycle track for its full length, 1.5km of which uses bypassed sections of the old N56. The project will significantly improve the level of service for road users especially cyclists and tourists on the Wild Atlantic Way. It will enhance the general accessibility of West Donegal including the access to the Regional Airport at Carrickfinn and to the Gaeltacht areas.Project construction will commence this month, June. The contract duration is 18 months with the scheme expected to be opened to the public by early 2017.Will Bros Ltd. has been appointed contractor for both sets of works. ENDSCaptionPictured at the official signing of the contracts for these schemes:Back l-r): Aine McHugh, Executive Engineer NRO, Eamon Canney, Senior Engineer, NRO; John McLaughlin, Director of Roads & Housing Capital, Donegal County Council, Damian McDermott, Senior Executive Engineer, NRO, Aidan McCaul, Wills Bros Ltd and Rodney Irwin, Executive Engineer, NROFront (l-r): Patrick Duffy, Engineering Inspector, NRA, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach, Donegal County Council and Seamus Neely Chief Executive, Donegal County Council and Charles Wills, Wills Bros Ltd.DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL ANNOUNCE TWO MAJOR ROAD PROJECTS was last modified: June 26th, 2015 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:Donegal County CouncilROADSlast_img read more


first_imgCouncillor John O’Donnell has said he is “upset and distraught” at the bomb attack on his Downings home today.The businessman and newly-elected county councillor has issued a statement to Donegal Daily on the shocking incident.An official spokesperson said “A spokesperson for the John O’Donnell campaign has outlined to Donegal Daily that John is extremely upset and distraught at this outrageous attack on democracy. “The matter is now with the Gardai and we are satisfied that the Gardai will successfully conclude their investigations.”Cllr O’Donnell is believed to have been very shaken by the incident.Independent John O’Donnell after being elected to Donegal County Council in May.A spokesman for the Army Press Office confirmed the device was a viable device which was made safe at the scene by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.A number of houses had to be evacuated as a matter of safety. All the components of the bomb have now been handed over to Gardai as part of their investigation. COUNCILLOR SAYS HE IS ‘UPSET AND DISTRAUGHT’ AT BOMB ATTACK ON HIS HOME was last modified: August 15th, 2014 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)last_img read more


first_imgBrian ‘Dinky’ Dorrian is hoping his side can get off to a winning start on Sunday when they play Cavan/Monaghan select team at Ballyare.Brian ‘Dinky’ Dorrian is confident the squad he has assembled is good enough to get his Donegal League select side into the knockout stages of the Oscar Traynor competition. The former Sligo Rovers reserve and U20 manager, is the current boss at St Catherine’s, and has established himself as one of the top coaches in Donegal over the last decade.He unearthed the likes of Shaun Kelly (Derry City) and Seamus Coleman (Everton) during his time as manager of the underage sides at the Killybegs club. His focus now however, is to prepare the Donegal League side for their forthcoming Oscar Traynor campaign, which gets underway this Sunday.Dorrian’s side face a Cavan/Monaghan select side, who have returned to the competition after a number of years out of it and are something of an unknown entity.However, Dorrian has used his extensive contacts in the game to find out as much as he possibly can about the side he’s facing on Sunday.In the lead up to the match this Sunday, Dorrian spoke to Donegal Daily about his side’s prospects in the competition. Dorrian said, “We’ve assembled a good side, and we’ve a good mixture of experience and quality.“We’ve got both Matthew Crossan and Gary Crossan in the side, and those two have a wealth of experience at a very high level.“Shane O’Rourke who played in the League Of Ireland with Salthill is on-board, and Benny McLaughlin is also involved, so we’ve got a lot of quality and experience in the side.Dorrian admits his side need to give a good account of themselves in this year’s competition after a number of disappointing years in the competition in the last while.Dorrian has adopted an ultra professional approach to the competition, and his side have been preparing for the competition for over six weeks now, he’s hoping their approach pays dividends. “We’ve approached it as professionally as we can, and the players have responded to that really well.“They realise it’s an honour to represent your county at any level, and they’re looking forward to the competition.“We’ve played a number of matches, and we’ve performed well in them, we’ve met up collectively twice-a-week and the commitment the players have given so far has been top class.“We want to give a good account of ourselves, as players and as a management set-up, so we’re leaving no stone unturned in our preparation for the match. Dorrian admitted that neighbours and bitter rivals Inishowen are the benchmark his team are aiming to match.Inishowen reached the final of the competition two years ago, and made a semi-final appearance last year.“They’re a quality outfit, and they’ve shown that over the last number of years, they’ve raised the bar, and we need to get to that level.“But as I’ve said, I’m more than happy with the squad I have, and I believe we can have a good run in the competition.“Our aim is to get out of the group, and then see where that takes us, it’s going to be difficult, but we’re up for the challenge as a group, and are really looking forward to it.First up for Dorrian is that tricky assignment against Cavan/Monaghan on Sunday in Ballyare, kick-off is at 2.30pm.DORRIAN CONFIDENT HIS SIDE CAN MAKE AN IMPACT IN OSCAR TRAYNOR COMPETITION was last modified: October 17th, 2014 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:Brian ‘Dinky’ DorrianDonegal LeagueHome-page SportnewsOscar Traynor Teamlast_img read more


first_imgSnow is due to arrive across Donegal late this afternoon and into this evening.‘Wrap up warm and get home early’ is the message with snowfalls forecast to move in across Donegal from this afternoon.And the new cold-snap is set to last until at least the weekend with more snow piling in overnight tonight and tomorrow morning.Forecasters have said freezing temperatures will make driving conditions hazardous across the country with Donegal set to get the brunt of the arctic air. Met Eireann currently have a yellow status warning in place but this could be upgraded to a more serious orange alert for parts of the West and North-West throughout today.The day will start off with moderate temepratures but these are expected to plunge in the afternoon and early evening as a band of freezing weather moves in.Both Met Eireann and the Met Office in the North have warned there will be snow across the North-West today – with falls of up to 10cms in places including lower ground.Donegal County Council have their fleet of gritters on standby as the freezing weather makes a return. Met Eireann ForecastWednesday will be a very cold and windy day with widespread showers early on in the morning, some of which will be wintry, especially across the north and northwest. Long dry spells developing with some sunshine, however further showers will push down across the country in a strong and gusty west to northwest wind. Scattered showers, later in the day, will turn increasingly to sleet and snow with moderate accumulations, all areas at threat, particularly Ulster. Risk of thunder also. Bitterly cold with an added wind chill effect; highest temperatures of just 2 to 5 degrees Celsius, in the strong and blustery westerly winds.The wintry showers will continue on Wednesday night, becoming widespread overnight in the moderate to fresh westerly wind. Temperatures overnight will be well below freezing with frost and ice making hazardous driving conditions. The showers will be most frequently of snow overnight, bringing accumulations of several centimetres in many areas, particularly in the west and in the north.There’ll be further wintry showers on Thursday, again frequently of snow. The showers will be most frequent over the hills and mountains of the west and north but all areas are at risk as they will be carried on the moderate to fresh westerly wind, which will veer northwest later. Temperatures will be only around 3 or 4 degrees in the afternoon on Thursday with a wind chill factor added in. Overnight on Thursday night temperatures will be below freezing again but the showers will start to retreat to the coasts of the west and north.On Friday the showers will become more likely to be of rain and more likely to be confined to coastal counties of the west and north, although there will still be a risk of wintry precipitation over the hills and mountains, and it will still be rather cold, especially over night. Day time there will be some sunny periods in the east and south. On Saturday and over the weekend, it will continue very cold as the airflow turns northerly. Wintry showers will continue, mainly in exposed northern and western areas with good spells of sunshine and severe frosts and icy roads by night.WEATHER WARNING ISSUED AS SNOW SET TO MOVE IN ACROSS DONEGAL FROM THIS AFTERNOON was last modified: January 28th, 2015 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:donegalforecastfreezingsnowtemperatureslast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL ETB are now accepting applications for both Year 1 and 2 Accounting Technicians Courses which will commence in September.Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals that work in all levels of finance.They are involved in the day to day practical work of accountancy and play a key operational role in producing reliable financial information. There is strong employer demand for accounts technician both locally and nationally,The accounts technician qualification is level 6 on the national framework of qualifications and the course is academically demanding.A qualified accounts technician will also receive exemptions should he/she decide to undertake further professional accountancy exams.Interviews for course places will take place in late August. “You are invited to information sessions on accounting technician courses which will be held on Thursday 23rd April and Thursday 30th April at 2PM in Donegal ETB training centre in Ballyraine Letterkenny”.Please see below fact sheet which has relevant contact details.For accounts technician prospectus please click on link below.http://www.accountingtechniciansireland.ie/Files/Documents_and_Forms/2014_2015_Student_Prospectus.pdfThe Year 1 subjects are Financial Accounting, Taxation, Management and Law and Ethics. Year 2 subjects are Advanced Financial Accounting, Advanced Taxation, Management Accounting and Integrated Accounting Systems.Mature applicants over 21 can apply to enter Year 1 on the basis of age and experience rather than educational background. School leavers should have a leaving cert with pass grades in English and Maths/Accountancy.A trainee who recently completed the Year 1 course in Letterkenny found the course “both challenging and interesting”.For qualified accounts technicians, there are strong employment opportunities both nationally and locally. For year 1 course interviews will be held in late August.Please see www.accountingtechniciansireland.ie for further information.Please contact your local Intreo office to register your interest for either of the above courses.​Please contact  Course Recruitment on 0749120542 for further information.​DONEGAL ETB LAUNCH ACCOUNTING TECHNICIANS COURSES WHICH START IN SEPTEMBER was last modified: April 16th, 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:BusinessDonegal ETBFeaturesnewslast_img read more