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Camavinga costs 50 million

first_imgHe is 17 years old and the last season, at 16, he became the first player born in 2002 in debut in one of the big five leagues from the old continent. Was against Monaco in May. Thereafter, Camavinga, of Angolan origin, has become indisputable starter with Rennes and in the great sensation of French football after the emergence of Mbappé. Zidane loves you if Madrid does not sign Pogba this summer. Is his bet for the future, as before was Varane (Madrid hired him at 18 from Lens).According has been able to know AS from nearby sources to own Camavinga, the Rennes has appraised at 50 million of euros. There is no release clause, so the club that loves you is forced to negotiate with the entity owned by magnate François-Henri Pinault, owner of the Artemis Group, specialized in luxury items. Camavinga is the player with the highest market value of those born in 2002, according to Transfermark, ahead of Ansu Fati and Reinier. The Madrid website, Camavinga, claims a specialized value of 37.5 million euros, the 36-year-old from Barcelona and Reinier, recently signed by Madrid, 22.5. The white entity paid 30 for it to Flamengo. These themselves sources acknowledge that Madrid’s interest has come after that of other teams they already have more advanced contacts with the Rennes, mainly the almighty PSG and Juventus. And they even point to the “interest of another Spanish team”. The Borussia, who also asked about him, has withdrawn from the bid when he saw that the price was skyrocketing. Camavinga is represented by Moussa Sissoko, one of the most influential agents in the French market that carries, among others, to players like the Barcelona player Dembelé or Kanté, the latter, now at Chelsea, also in Madrid’s orbit.Meteoric rise.The truth is that Camavinga just started rolling. A few months ago I was playing in the Youth League. The Rennes recruited himwhenor was six years old, from one of its satellite teams, the AGL-Drapeau Fougeres. Until their historic debut, his trajectory has been meteoric. And his agent wanted me to just sign his first contract professional until 2022 (charges, as they point out in France, two million gross a year), with the idea of ​​being able go out to a big team as soon as possible. Moussa Sissoko knows Rennes well. It is their main fishing ground. Thence Dembelé also came out.center_img The Madrid stay tuned the evolution of the player, knowing that a conversation from Zidane with the footballer’s environment would suffice for Camavinga to give priority to Madrid. But there have been no official contacts with Rennes yet. The uncertainty provoked for the crisis has all operations stopped, including Pogba, Zidane’s great longing. If United’s didn’t come, the signing of Camavinga is considered feasible and appropriate: complies with the new Madrid policy, signing young talent at a reasonable price to find future stars … And Camavinga aspires to be the new Pogba (which United valued at 180 million euros last summer). Camavinga have options playing at the Bernabéu.last_img read more


Long Running Train for Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy

first_imgThe two-day Easter Racing Carnival commences at Caymanas Park today with an 11-race programme featuring the grade-one Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy over 1820 metres.Also on the annual Jockeys’ Guild of Jamaica race day programme are the Jockeys’ Guild Trophy race over 1400 metres for four-year-olds and up (non-winners of two) and the annual renewal of the Al Gopie Memorial Cup for maiden four-year-olds and up over the straight-five course, this to perpetuate the memory of the popular lightweight jockey who was killed in a spill in the day’s penultimate race on Saturday, November 20, 1999.Among the six starters declared for the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy are the progressive American four-year-old filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN, who bids for her third win from her last five starts, and the 2015 Superstakes runner-up HOVER CRAFT, who won decisively over 1500 metres in overnight company last Saturday.LOOKS AGIFTLONG RUNNING TRAIN, however, not only holds a victory over HOVER CRAFT at a mile when last raced on January 23, but another of her opponents, the improving BRAWN, as well.With the Wayne DaCosta-trained HOVER CRAFT up in class and harshly treated at the weights with topweight of 57.0kg, the race looks a gift for the Harry Parsard-trained LONG RUNNING TRAIN, who, despite winning that open allowance mile on January 23, carries a mere 52.0kg with former champion jockey Wesley Henry again in the saddle.On that occasion, LONG RUNNING TRAIN beat the likes of CAMPESINO and ALL CORRECT in decisive fashion with HOVER CRAFT in fourth. And before that race she finished two lengths second to top stayer PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the grade-one Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2400 metres last Boxing Day.Having looked sharp at exercise in preparation for today’s race, LONG RUNNING TRAIN looks hard to oppose under these favourable conditions.Other firm fancies on the card are BATIDOR DE MUNDO to go one better in the second race over a mile, the consistent GOLDEN BULLET In the fifth; PATCH in the seventh and SIR BIGGS in the Jockeys’ Guild of Jamaica Trophy to be contested by 12 starters.last_img read more


Ebola Outbreak: What Uganda Can Teach West Africa

first_imgDr Jackson Amone, who has tackled several Ebola outbreaks in Uganda, volunteered to go to West Africa to help his counterparts with the growing crisis in the region.”Where duty calls you go,” he told me from his small office packed with papers in the capital, Kampala, before he left.Our appointment was for 07:30 local time. I arrived 10 minutes early, and he was already working. Unlike before… we are able to test specimens here within a short time,””Mentally, you have to be trained first and also practically you need to know, what are you going to do… you use your past experience to protect yourself.”  What did his family make of his decision? “You have to convince them,” he replied.Dr Amone has treated many Ebola patients and led national response teams in the East African nation, which has become a hub for Ebola experts.Before the epidemic in West Africa, the worst outbreak was recorded in Uganda in 2000.More than 425 people contracted the virus, mainly in the northern town of Gulu. More than half of them died. Since then there have been four more outbreaks.In addition to that, Uganda has had to fight similar viral hemorrhagic fevers like Marbug, Crimean Congo and Yellow Fever.But the government has managed to stop widespread Ebola outbreaks. During the last one in Luwero, central Uganda, there were seven cases and four deaths.What can Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria learn from Uganda’s experience?The importance of speed cannot be underestimated.Spotting cases quickly, confirming them as Ebola and sending out teams.At the Uganda Virus Research Institute, overlooking Lake Victoria, in the sleepy town of Entebbe, a small laboratory has been set up to do this.With the help of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientists are receiving Ebola results out within 24 hours.Stephen Balinandi is a laboratory specialist at CDC and has worked on many of Uganda’s outbreaks.”Unlike before when specimens would be shipped to international labs like the US, we are able to test specimens here within a short time,” he says.”And we send back the results to the healthcare givers in the field, who are able to properly manage the patients.”But any one of the scientists at this lab will say that their work is futile unless suspected cases can be picked up to begin with.To this effect, the health ministry has educated health workers and the general public on Ebola symptoms. A young team of techies has also created a health monitoring system known as mTrac that helped with the last Ebola outbreak.Using a basic mobile phone, health workers reported suspected Ebola cases and received information on how to help communities.Kissing ‘joke’Over the last decade, their response to outbreaks has improved immeasurably, Mr. Balinandi says.In earlier outbreaks, medics were forced to rely on little more than a hunch.”After very many people had died – then there would be suspicion that we are dealing with something,” he said.Now testing is done earlier in order to pinpoint an outbreak. Public information campaigns are also vital.During an outbreak, messages are sent out telling people how to spot potential Ebola patients and how to stop themselves from catching the virus.This starts at the local level, where leaders and social mobilisation teams go out to speak to those in the affected communities.And, on the national stage, the president himself has been known to get involved.In 2012 when there were Ebola cases in western Uganda he made a statement telling Ugandans not to kiss or shake hands.It quickly made the headlines, and although it became a joke, he got his message across.The public understood that limiting close contact was vital.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Amazon Warriors will bring together our people like no other event

first_imgDear Editor,After being at Providence, East Bank Demerara, I wish to point out the seminal contribution the Guyana Amazon Warriors are making to our national development. First there is the matter of “national cohesion” of which we have heard so much during the past three years. But who has done more for national cohesion than the Warriors, during that time?Once again, they have created such a positive buzz in our country that the doom and gloom threatening to put us into a national depression has been dissipated like a bad morning mist. This time it was young Shimron Hetmyer from Canje who provided the sparks during the first game at Providence to light up and lift up the spirits of the fans in the jampacked stadium. But every year during the last five years, in every game, one or more Warriors have done the same with bat or ball, to make them the most consistent team in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). And if those past five years are any guide, the Warriors will bring together our people like no other event to give expression to the aspirational exhortation of our national motto, “One People, One Nation, One Destiny”!But while allowing our people to actually experience that there are more that bind us together than divide us, a tremendous achievement in itself, the Guyana Amazon Warriors have brought so many more benefits to Guyana. According to the research agency SMG Insight, the Guyanese economy received a shot in the arm of US$14,183,035 in 2017 for the four pool games. This year the number will expand significantly because of the larger number of games.But that direct cash injection is just the tip of an iceberg, with almost 500 jobs created and over 5000 hotel rooms booked cumulatively. A big part of that iceberg is the publicity for tourism since more than 19 million persons saw the very best of our people in living colour! I was also very impressed with the professionalism with which the event was organised and executed: it was flawless and should give lie to the report in the NYTimes about Guyana being a sleepy backwater.I am writing this because as a Guyanese, I have become very tired of the negativity about our country. And when something like the CPL and GAW dispel that negativity, it shows us that things can be different if we put our minds and shoulders to creating positivity.Sincerely,Jenifer Semplelast_img read more


Kigen shakes up steeplechase status quo

first_img0Shares0000Surprise Eugene steeplechase winner Benjamin Kigen. PHOTO/IAAFEUGENE, United States, May 29- Midway through the final lap of the men’s 3000m steeplechase at Saturday’s Prefontaine Classic, the third meeting of the IAAF Diamond League, a common thought rippled through the 12,000-strong crowd at Hayward Field: who?As in, who exactly was that Kenyan out front, the guy charging into the final bend with a 15-metre lead over world and Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto? The race had been expected to boil down to a head-to-head clash between Kipruto and Evan Jager, the darling of the home crowd in Oregon and an athlete with Olympic and World Championships medals to his name.But at that point, the script had been well and truly shredded by a 24-year-old Kenyan by the name of Benjamin Kigen, the man with the golden kick.For Jager, Kigen was a recognisable face, one he’d raced and easily beaten in both Monaco and Brussels last year, a guy to be respected but certainly not feared.“I’ve seen him on the circuit but I wasn’t expecting him to be the guy today, for sure,” admitted Jager. “I thought it was going to be Conseslus and me battling over the last lap.”Kipruto himself was more wary, particularly given the slow pace and his knowledge of Kigen’s background.“I know the guy,” said Kipruto, “and I know he can run the last lap very well because he was a 1500m guy.”Kigen’s last lap – which he ran over five barriers – was covered in 57.9 seconds.Truth be told, though, Kigen didn’t have as much confidence in himself as others had in him. “I was not expecting it,” he said. “This was my first time beating them.”-Late arrivalBenjamin Kigen (centre), the eventual winner of the steeplechase at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene. PHOTO/IAAFJust 13 months ago, Kigen was still a 1500m runner, but all that changed at a low-key meeting in Thika, Kenya, last April when his manager Juan Pineda watched him sprint to victory in 3:42.9.He could be a good 1500m runner, he thought, but didn’t seem to possess the natural power and pace to truly match the world’s best, so they soon plotted a move to the steeplechase.A native of Baringo County in the Rift Valley, Kigen does not come from an area renowned for producing world-beating distance runners, at least not in the same frequency as places to the west like Eldoret and Iten.He is a member of the Kenyan Defence Forces and trains in Ngong, a town outside Nairobi that sits at an altitude of 2000m (6,500ft).There, he works under the guidance of coach Isaac Rono alongside Amos Kirui, the world U20 steeplechase champion who has a best of 8:08.37.Kigen’s transition to the steeplechase was promising, though not paved with success from the outset. He finished second at the Kenyan Defence Forces Championships in his first try at the event in 8:26.6, which secured him a place at the Kenyan World Championship trials last June.But there Kigen miscounted the laps and with 400m to run, he had yet to make any move believing he still had two laps to run. By the time the bell shook him to life, it was too late and he wound up fourth in 8:20.54.But his ability became obvious just four days later in Ostrava, Kigen taking victory at the Golden Spike in a huge PB of 8:11.54 before lowering his 1500m PB to 3:36.36 in Madrid.He then finished fourth in Monaco and sixth at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels.He started 2018 with an indoor 3000m PB of 7:44.77 in Ostrava, though last Saturday’s race in Eugene was his first attempt at the steeplechase this year – and what an attempt it was.-Electric finish in EugeneBenjamin Kigen wins the steeplechase at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene. PHOTO/IAAFAs Kigen soared over the final water jump at full speed – without placing a foot on the barrier – gasps rippled through the crowd at Hayward Field.Though he landed awkwardly at the last, he nonetheless had built an unassailable advantage over Jager and Kipruto, who were left to fight for a distant second, which Kipruto edged in 8:11.71. Kigen had a good 20 metres to spare when he crossed the line in 8:09.07.“I dreamt of this and I’m very proud of this day,” said Kigen. “This year I have a new training technique so I will do better.”How much better? His time goal this year is to go below eight minutes, which Kigen may well threaten at the upcoming IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome.Rabat, Budapest and Monaco are also in his plans, and somewhere along the way he will undoubtedly renew his rivalry with Kipruto and Jager.Far from being upset at his breakout performance, Jager welcomed Kigen’s arrival to the big leagues last Saturday.“It’s nice to have another face in contention for the win; it would have got boring if it was the same three guys every year,” he said. “Hopefully this puts pressure on everyone else to go after him now and takes the pressure off us. It’s fun there’s another guy to go after.”And like a true pro, Kigen remains far more concerned with championship performances than fast times. “My main goal is to represent Kenya at the African Championships and race in international races like the Continental Cup,” he said.And now that he’s a familiar face, Kigen’s rivals will have a new-found respect for his ferocious finish.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


County ups penalties on illegal grading

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Property owners who grade their land without going through the proper channels will find themselves facing a new set of penalties, including increased fines, civil penalties and the seizures of equipment. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to recommend changes in policies to stop widespread illegal grading in the area. Three properties were specified in the motion, one on Euclid Avenue in Val Verde, one on Ranch Club Road in Lake Hughes and parcels controlled by Pardee Construction in Canyon Country’s Fair Oaks Ranch development. Supervisors ordered the county’s departments of Public Works and Regional Planning as well as county counsel to impose administrative fines and penalties as well as issuing stop-work orders and notices of violation. Under the new policy, the county staff will come up with stiffer penalties to deter future violations from occurring. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Los Angeles is unique in that we are running out of vacant property to build on, so the hillsides are being graded for building pads,” he said. “Unfortunately, some people decide to jump the gun and get a head start on their projects before permits are issued or they go beyond permitted activity. The supervisor is trying to stop people from grading without a permit because it’s so hard to restore a hillside.” Kelly said that a similar restriction was implemented a few years ago in the Santa Monica Mountains area to prevent rampant deterioration of the hillsides and ridgelines. “In Santa Clarita, the housing developments move millions of cubic yards of soil. These projects are huge,” he said. Fees for violations can cost a property owner thousands of dollars, with daily penalties adding up quickly after the initial notification from Public Works. Additional fines and penalties can be assessed by other agencies, such as the Regional Water Quality Control Board, which levies fines of $10,000 per day for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. “If someone grades a property and it rains, the sediment can wash into the storm drain or river, creating a violation,” he explained. County officials will return within the month with proposals for the supervisors to add or strengthen sanctions. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “One of the supervisor’s thoughts is to have a toolbox of options,” said Paul Novak, Antonovich’s planning deputy. “Different operators respond differently to sanctions. Fines are huge to the individual, but don’t phase developers. Seizing equipment doesn’t mean much to a big construction company, but to the mom-and-pop grading companies, if you take their tractor, it means everything. And for some, misdemeanor charges are an effective sanction.” Antonovich also suggests enacting a provision precluding a property owner from securing a grading permit from the county for six months to a year or longer, depending on the number of or severity of the violations. “Recent illegal grading operations in unincorporated Santa Clarita and Lake Hughes demonstrate that property owners are deliberately and flagrantly violating county procedures,” Antonovich said in a statement. “It is imperative that the county adopt stiffer sanctions to discourage such behavior and to protect our environmental resources.” The illegal grading sanctions are similar to those enacted by the supervisors giving law enforcement the right to impound vehicles of anyone caught dumping trash or water illegally. John Kelly, deputy director of the county’s Public Works Department, said that he’s seen an increase in illegal grading in hillside areas, which are about the only places in the county still undeveloped. last_img read more



first_imgNiamh McLaughlin.Moville GAA Club News:The Donegal Scor took place last Friday evening and our Senior Ballad group of Paddy Doherty, Stephanie Clarke, Maura Gillen and James McDaid came out winners and will now represent Donegal in Ulster in Glenullen on Saturday the 13th of February. Congratulations to all.Both the Donegal senior men and senior ladies got their league campaigns off to a winning start over the weekend. The senior ladies result was that bit more special as they will now be captained by our own club member Niamh Hegarty for the year ahead. Massive congratulations Niamh in gaining your new role.Membership is now overdue and Membership forms are available from the registrar or any club member.Due to the adverse weather last Saturday the registration day had to be cancelled so we will hold another day on Saturday the 5th February from 10am to 12pm€5 for U-18, €10 student, €20 single member, €30 family, and €100 family plus lotto. Only fully paid up members will be eligible for Donegal match tickets in the event there is a demand for tickets sourced through the club.Our Saturday morning underage training continues every Saturday morning and new faces are always welcome.Toddlers: 10 to 11amU6/8 boys and girls : 10 to 11:15,U10 Boys time 10 to 11:15 while the U10/12 Girls remains 11 to 12.There will also be an indoor training for u5,6,7,8,10 boys each Wednesday for month of February from 5pm to 6pm commencing Wednesday 3rd Feb in Greencastle Community Centre.U-16 Boys Training takes place every Monday on the Astro Pitch at 7pm.Lotto result:Numbers for Monday 25th January: 2, 4, 12, 17No jackpot winner€50 winner Maureen O BrienNext week’s Jackpot is €5,100Many thanks for your continued support and contributions.Anyone wanting to have notes added to the papers whether it’s upcoming fixtures, match reports or any other club related events that you want people to know about can you inform the PRO by 5pm Sunday. Details can be sent via private mail on our club Facebook page or an email to pro.moville.donegal@gaa.ieMOVILLE PLAYER NIAMH HEGARTY NAMED AS DONEGAL LADIES CAPTAIN was last modified: February 1st, 2016 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:GAAmovilleNiamh HegartySportlast_img read more


The 10 best player position conversions

first_img Tags: Top 10 Player conversions Henry was a winger before he joined Arsenal from Juventus (Photo by Agency)Outside of ability to win silverware, a long underestimated method of judging coaching prowess, is how often a team manager is able to either switch his players from one position to another during games in a ‘total football’ manner first invented by legendary Ajax Amsterdam boss Rinus Michel, or convert players from players from one position to another on a permanent basis.Here are some of the most awes inspiring and productive player conversions of all time.1- Daniel Alves – From winger to right back: When Pep Guardiola was named FC Barcelona supremo in 2008, the first two players he signed were Malian Seydou Keita and Brazilian Dani Alves. The latter was a complete unknown, as he had helped Seville to consecutive UEFA Cup triumphs playing as a right sided midfielder.Due to clogging of talent in Blagruana’s midfield, Guardiola decided to switch Alves to right back. The benefits were stunning as the Brazilian won over 20 trophies and created more than one hundred goals, most of them for Lionel Messi. To date, Alves is the most creative right back of all time.2- Thierry Henry – Winger to striker: Arsenal record scorer Thierry Henry was a rough diamond of a winger when Arsene Wenger took a gamble on signing him from Juventus in 1999. After a season of settling in, Wenger converted Henry into a striker to compensate for the loss of Nicholas Anelka, who had been sold to Real Madrid.Henry’s reward to Wenger was two Premier League titles and a bucket load of goals. I still steadfastly believe Henry is the most devastating striker of the Premier League era.3- Frank Rijkaard – defender to holding midfielder:   Dutch legend Frank Rijkaard was the epitome of a total footballer. A member of the 1988 European Championships winning side and great Arrigo Sacchi’s great AC Milan side, Rijkaard was able to seamlessly move from central defense into holding midfield.For Holland, he played as a defender, and for Milan, with whom he won the European Cup in 1989 and 1990, Rijkaard featured as a holding midfielder.4- Javier Mascherano – holding midfielder to centre back: Argentine Mascherano was the exact opposite of Rijkaard. He spent most of his early career as a bone crushing holding midfielder, before Pep Guardiola converted him into a central defender. Mascherano’s success as a centre back at Barcelona was bemusing as well as spectacular because he was only about 5 ft 9.This didn’t stop him and Blagruana from winning multiple Spanish Primera Liga and Champions League crowns.5- Phillip Lahm – right back to central midfielder: Pep Guardiola’s penchant for converting players from one position to another was once again on display when he took over at Bayern Munich.Lahm was such a runaway success conducting proceedings at the base of the Bavarians midfield, you could have thought he played there all his life. Need I mention that Lahm helped Bayern Munich to three successive Bundesliga titles and two Champions League semi-finals?6- Lotthar Mattheus – attacking midfielder to sweeper: Twice former World Footballer of the year Lotthar Mattheus was blessed with a soccer brain the size of rocket scientists and an engine as powerful as that of a Mercedes Benz.Germany’s World Cup winning skipper had already lost two finals when he guided Frank Beckenbauer’s side to glory at Italia 90. Mattheus spent the last six years of his career playing as a sweeper at Bayern Munich, frequently making mincemeat of strikers twice his height.7- Cesc Fabregas – midfielder into false nine: Those with short memories forget that the first ever false nine we witnessed on the global stage was Fabregas. The then Barcelona midfielder was deployed as an invisible centre forward by Vicente Del Bosque as Spain successfully defended the European Championships in 2012. Fabregas’ role as a false nine allowed La Roja to dominate possession and control proceedings with minimum fuss.The result was Spain obliterating Italy 4-0 in the most one sided European Championship final ever.8- Fernando Hierro – holding midfielder to sweeper: Johnny Come Latelies on the soccer scene only know former Real Madrid and Spain skipper Hierro as a sweeper. But long before he became La Roja’s top scoring defender, Hierro was a consummate box to box midfielder with real bite.His central midfield partnership with Perez Caminero at the USA’94 World Cup was the stuff of legend.9- Bernardo Silva – left back to right winger, to central midfielder: Did you know that Manchester City and Portugal star Silva spent the early part of his career as a left back?  Difficult to imagine, isn’t it? He was then converted into an inverted right winger, a position he occupied when Pep Guardiola signed him from Monaco.The Catalan has now converted Silva into a central midfielder of considerable repute, Bernardo has already been identified as heir apparent to his great namesake, David Silva.10- Jimmy Kirunda from sweeper to top scoring sumber 9: During the 1978 Uganda Premier League season, then Kampala City Council (now Kampala Capital City Authority) FC manager Jaberi Bidandi Ssali decided to solve his team’s shortage of goals by deploying sweeper Jimmy Kirunda as a centre forward.It was a risky venture that paid off staggering dividends as Kirunda set a new scoring record of 32 goals. His record lasted more than two decades until Andrew ‘Fimbo’ Mukasa bagged 45 in the early years of this century.Comments last_img read more


Ballyliffin Irish Open to get €1M in Government funding – McHugh

first_imgGovernment agencies are providing €1M to support the Irish Open in Donegal next year, Donegal TD Joe McHugh has announced.The funding – €500,000 each from Sport Ireland and Failte Ireland – is part of a three year deal sanctioned by Government.Government Chief Whip McHugh again paid tribute to the work of Ballyliffin Golf Club General Manager John Farren in bringing the tournament to Co Donegal from July 5 to July 8 next year. The Minister also revealed that Failte Ireland will be spending additional funds promoting Inishowen and Donegal in the run up to next year’s prestigious event which will be seen by 500 million people worldwide.Minister McHugh said: “I am delighted Sport Ireland and Failte Ireland are providing €1M between them for the 2018 Irish Open here in Co Donegal.“Fáilte will also be heavily involved in domestic marketing of the event.“Furthermore, Fáilte will provide a platform for the industry in the tented village at the event, where about 40 clubs will be in attendance and will be able to promote their clubs. “ Minister McHugh went on: Golf is one of Ireland’s most significant tourist activities with over 170,000 overseas visitors taking part in golf during their visit to Ireland every year, contributing in excess of €170 million to the economy.“Fáilte Ireland is working to grow these numbers by targeting those markets with greatest potential.“Donegal is a superb golfing destination and is well-equipped for all golfing visitors.  From green parkland to rugged coastal links and everything in between, there is a course to suit every skill level, from beginner to pro, and for every budget.“Approximately 21 per cent of expenditure by golfing visitors is spent on green fees or other golf-related expenditure.  This means that ancillary spend by golf tourists to Ireland benefits many other sectors, including accommodation, bars, restaurants and attractions.”Minister McHugh added: “The TV audiences alone around the globe will give Ballyliffin and Donegal exposure worth more than €100M. “I am thrilled for John Farren, everyone at Ballyliffin Golf Club and the entire county. We can now look forward to welcoming more than 100,000 visitors to Donegal for the tournament next July.”Ballyliffin Irish Open to get €1M in Government funding – McHugh was last modified: July 10th, 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)Tags:BallyliffinBallyliffin Golf ClubJoe McHughlast_img read more


Man left with broken ribs and huge insurance bill after hit and run

first_imgA man is recovering after his car was struck by a van which drove off without stopping.The incident happened on Saturday evening close to Nena Models in Stranorlar.The van pulled out of Dunwiley and struck the passing car. The driver of the car, which had a 5 year old passenger on board, was left with broken ribs and a lot of bruising.The van failed to stop and drove off following the incident which took place around 8pm.The van, which was white in colour, struck the car so hard that it forced it into a spin which knocked down a nearby wall.The man’s partner, Louise Thompson, has appealed for anybody who may know who was driving the van to contact Gardai. Louise said ” Thankfully no one is too badly hurt but what kinda person does this? The car is written off and claiming off our own insurance hardly seems fair. The guards say more than likely someone was drunk or with no insurance. That’s no help to us. If we claim off our insurance it’ll probably go up €2000 at least a year. We have already paid over €3,000 for the insurance for the year.“Anyone with any information please get in contact with me or guards.”Gardai have confirmed they are investigating the hit and run.Man left with broken ribs and huge insurance bill after hit and run was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGardaihit and runStranorlarvanlast_img read more