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Pingris rejoins Star practice, set for return

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Busmen seek repeat over Tajik club Teen gunned down in Masbate LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 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 Pingris went to the United States for rehab and therapy and will definitely be of big use to the Hotshots, who were ousted in painful manners in the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup.Star has the tools to go all the way and has been in all pre-conference hypes because of a solid roster that could rival San Miguel, which claimed the Hotshots’ scalps in the Commissioner’s Cup Final Four before winning the championship over TNT KaTropa.With a 3-0 record, Star is the only unbeaten team in the ongoing season-closing conference.ADVERTISEMENT Out for more than six months because of a hip injury, Pingris practiced for the first time on Monday as the Hotshots were preparing to slug it out with Phoenix Petroleum in two days, seeking to keep their immaculate elimination round slate intact.But coach Chito Victolero is not about to rush his ace power forward back into action.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’“He needs to get his timing back,” Victolero said.“Relatively, he played well (in practice), but we will not rush him. He needs to get his rhythm back and hopefully, he can rejoin us soon.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano PBA IMAGESStar, the team tipped to give Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer a run for its money in the PBA Governors’ Cup, is about to get a much-needed boost.Marc Pingris, the hard-nosed anchor of the Hotshots’ defense, is set to make a return to active play within the next two games at the soonest as Star tries to crack a championship series for the first time this season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Classic transfer: Tottenham beat Arsenal to sign prized midfielder

first_img Tottenham signed Luka Modric in 2008 along with Giovani dos Santos and Heurelho Gomes Back in April 2008, Tottenham confirmed they had beaten a host of top European clubs, including Arsenal, to the signing of Luka Modric.The midfielder’s vision, passing and overall skill saw him become one of the continent’s most coveted players, with Spurs handing over £16.5m to take him from Dinamo Zagreb to north London.“We knew Modric before Tottenham knew him,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said in 2011. “We played against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League and he played in the same team as [former Gunners striker] Eduardo against us.”Wenger pointed out that, despite having the talented Cesc Fabregas in his ranks, he was still interested in the 22-year-old Modric. Gooners no doubt have wished the manager had splashed the cash, though, following the Croatian’s four stellar years in the Premier League.During his time in England, he demonstrated his versatility by playing in a variety of positions across midfield and the little magician has since become an integral part of Real Madrid’s team, following a £33m transfer to the Spanish capital in 2012.Last season he was a prominent member of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad and capped it off with a Champions League winners medal in May.Are Tottenham on the verge of trumping their bitter rivals again by bringing the sought after Morgan Schneiderlin to the Lane? Get all the transfer latest on talkSPORT.com 1last_img read more

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Arsenal transfer news: Striker wants move, defender denies reports and more rumours

first_img Joao Pereira and Jose Luis Gaya: Valencia defenders on the move? Click the arrow for more Gunners gossip – In the Metro, it is being reported that Arsene Wenger has ordered the club to secure the transfers of Valencia duo, 30-year-old right-back Pereira and 19-year-old left-back Gaya (pictured in white). Winston Reid: Hammers defender NOT seeking immediate exit – Click the arrow for more Gunners gossip – It has been claimed Reid was hoping to join Arsenal this month and, should the Gunners make an offer, he be allowed to leave. However, the defender tweeted this was not true, though he is still a transfer target of the Gunners and north London rivals Spurs. Edinson Cavani: Arsenal to wait until the summer for wantaway striker? Click the arrow for more Gunners gossip – PSG manager Laurent Blanc revealed no bid has been tabled for the striker, but it is widely believed he is on his way out of the French capital. According to the Express, a move in January is unlikely but the Uruguay striker will almost certainly leave in the summer with Man United, Liverpool and Arsenal all interested. However, it is rumoured Cavani has chosen the Gunners as his next destination. 7 7 7 Cheick Tiote: Midfield powerhouse to return to London NOT Newcastle after international duty? Click the arrow for more Gunners gossip – A reported £9m bid is being lined up by Arsenal for Newcastle midfielder Tiote, who is currently on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast. Now Arsenal have secured the 17-year-old dubbed ‘the new Vieira’, who else is on Arsene Wenger’s hitlist?Rumours persist that Arsenal will sign a new defender in the transfer window and Winston Reid has been mentioned as a possibility to fill the Gunners’ problem position, as has Villarreal Gabriel Paulista.Here, talkSPORT rounds up what is being said regarding the rumours surrounding the club, which also includes another striker and a top English talent.Click the arrow top right to see the latest gossip from the Emirates. 7 7 Sam Byram: Leeds prospect to leave Elland Road? Click the arrow for more Gunners gossip – In the summer Leeds reportedly rejected a £4.5m offer from Southampton for 21-year-old academy graduate Byram. He can operate at both right-back and right midfield and it will be hard for the club to reject another bid with Leeds in the bottom half of the Championship and struggling financially. 7 7 Santi Cazorla: Barca icon would sign him! – Influential Barcelona midfielder Xavi has revealed that, were it up to him, he would look at signing David Silva and Santi Cazorla. The midfielder explained there are great Spanish players around and when asked who he would sign, he said: “Silva, Cazorla… There is some great current talent in Spanish football who I’d sign for Barcelona.” Gabriel Paulista: Will he get his work permit? Click the arrow for more Gunners gossip – Arsenal are still in talks to sign Paulista from Villarreal, but any transfer depends on the 24-year-old being granted a work permit, say the Telegraph. Work permit rules for players without an EU passport state that they must be an international from a country ranked within Fifa’s top 70 and have played 75 per cent of their international matches in the last two years. Paulista has not been capped by Brazil but this criteria can be relaxed and there is an appeals process run by the Football Association on behalf of the Home Office. An initial fee of around £6m is being talked about, which could potentially rise beyond £10m, however, it is believed Villarreal are holding out for their release clause of £15.25m, though they are said to be interested in Joel Campbell. last_img read more

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Five things we learned in European football this weekend

first_imgMessi never ceases to amazeThey said Lionel Messi was short of form and fitness, and then the Argentine produced one of the greatest performances in his incredible career with a hat-trick and an assist in Barcelona’s 4-2 win at Sevilla in La Liga.It was some way for the Argentine to score his 50th career hat-trick, with his first two goals quite stunning and his third a cheeky chip as the Catalans twice came from behind.Messi then brilliantly set up Luis Suarez’s goal that rounded off the victory which keeps Barcelona seven points clear of Atletico Madrid atop La Liga.“We cannot always be at our best,” Messi said after emphatically returning to form.Honeymoon over for ‘irritated’ RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo’s performance was blasted as Juventus scraped a 1-0 win at lowly Bologna with substitute Paulo Dybala scoring.Cristiano Ronaldo was not at his best as Juventus beat Bologna 1-0 © AFP / Tiziana FABI“Perhaps the worst CR7 of the season, lifeless physically and mentally,” wrote Gazzetta Dello Sport, who voted him Juventus’s worst player on the pitch and described him as looking “irritated” and “saddened”.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted his side were suffering “a bit of a hangover” after losing 2-0 at Atletico Madrid in their Champions League last 16, first leg last Wednesday.The top scorer in the Champions League for the last six seasons, Ronaldo has scored just one goal in this year’s competition. He is the leading scorer in Serie A with 19, though, and the Turin side remain 13 points clear at the top.Mbappe is insatiableKylian Mbappe can’t get enough – his brace in PSG’s win over Nimes took him past 50 Ligue 1 goals © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEKylian Mbappe is lightning-fast with the ball at his feet, and he is rapid at setting records too.The 20-year-old French superstar became the youngest player ever to reach a half-century of goals in Ligue 1 with a brace in Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-0 win over Nimes, taking him to 51 in just 88 matches.Previously, Yannick Stopyra had been the fastest to reach the 50-goal mark, but it was just before his 22nd birthday when he did so back in 1982.“Football is still fun for me, and scoring goals and breaking records is what drives me so I’m very happy,” said Mbappe.Monaco are a new teamMonaco are a team reborn after a raft of new signings in January and Leonardo Jardim’s return as coach © AFP / VALERY HACHEAlmost literally, as four January signings started the principality side’s 2-0 win against Lyon, while another came off the bench. It was all overseen by Leonardo Jardim, brought back for a second spell as coach last month.Since Jardim’s return, Monaco have taken 10 points from a possible 12 to pull clear of the relegation zone.Of the new signings, Gelson Martins has had the biggest impact. The Portuguese winger, on loan from Atletico Madrid, has three goals and one assist in four league appearances — he got the opener before Rony Lopes also netted against Lyon.The transfer window has rescued a team who were heading for the drop under Thierry Henry, but some of Monaco’s rivals think what they have done is unfair after they made eight new signings in January.Lyon boss Bruno Genesio thinks the number of changes a club can make to a squad should be limited, although he admitted: “If the rules allow them to do so, then they would be wrong not to.”Dortmund have goals everywhereManuel Akanji became the 18th Borussia Dortmund player to score a league goal this season © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZBorussia Dortmund were without leading scorer Marco Reus in Sunday’s game against Bayer Leverkusen, but it didn’t matter as they won 3-2, a first victory in six keeping them three points clear of Bayern Munich at the Bundesliga summit.Reus, who has been out with a thigh injury, has scored 13 of Dortmund’s 57 league goals this season.Jadon Sancho and Mario Goetze have netted 12 between them after both scored against Leverkusen, while Manuel Akanji got the opener.The Swiss defender is the 18th member of Lucien Favre’s squad to score in the league this season — Marcel Schmelzer and Omer Toprak, neither of whom have been regulars, are the only two outfield players without a goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi never ceases to amaze — he got his 50th career hat-trick as Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-2 © AFP/File / JORGE GUERREROPARIS, France, Feb 25 – It was a weekend of landmarks in Europe, with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe both reaching notable half-centuries. Meanwhile, Monaco look reborn, Borussia Dortmund won again, and Cristiano Ronaldo came in for criticism in Italy.AFP Sport looks at some of the main talking points from the weekend in Europe:last_img read more

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Who you kidding Manuel? Former Man City star insists Pellegrini’s job is under threat

first_imgSteve Howey says Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is living in dreamland if he thinks he is not under pressure to win silverware this season.Pellegrini insisted earlier this week that he is not fearing for his job despite the fact City’s Premier League title bid is in tatters and their Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread.The Chilean coach, who led City to League Cup and top flight glory last season, told the Guardian: “This is an absolutely solid project, carried out the right way. I’ve never felt that if I don’t win I’m out.”Howey, however, claims that whatever Pellegrini may believe, his job WILL be on the line should City end the campaign without a trophy.Speaking ahead of City’s Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday night, when they will attempt to overturn a 2-1 deficit to reach the quarter-finals, Howey said: “Yes, they won the Premier League and the League Cup last year. But this year they didn’t win the League Cup, I can’t see them getting anything against Barcelona and Chelsea will win the Premier League.“Now, if you have got a team that has spent that much money and has not won anything in a season, that is not a good season.“Pellegrini says he was told he is under no pressure to win things, but every manager is under pressure to win something or at least do well in the league, and that is managers who have had nowhere near the amount of money he has had.“He has got to be under severe pressure if he doesn’t win anything this season.”last_img read more

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MLK’s dream, as told by kids

first_imgLANCASTER – Lancaster youngsters from Quartz Hill Elementary School, Desert Christian Middle School and Quartz Hill High School were winners in the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest. Fourth-grader Amelia Gibbs, eighth-grader Katie Fries and 11th-grader Rebecca Lester each won in their respective category. Amelia will receive a trip to Disneyland, and the older girls won computers. The girls are scheduled to read their essays today at the city’s 17th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, which will begin at 4 p.m. at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. The contest was open to all local students in grades three through 12. Students competed in three categories: third to fifth grades, sixth to eighth grades, and ninth to 12th grades. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The theme was: “Embracing our Neighbors.” Each category had a different essay question pertaining to the theme. The city sponsors its annual King celebration in partnership with the Antelope Valley Building Industry Association, High Desert Medical Group, Lancaster Community Hospital, Verizon, Waste Management, Southern California Edison, Lancaster West Rotary Club and Rite Aid. Here are the girls’ essays: When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools,” he meant that we must treat each other equally. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted us to treat each other with respect. Everyone should not judge people by the color of their skin. When he said “or perish together as fools” he meant if we fight more and more we will all perish. For example, if someone might fight a person because they don’t like the way they believe. The more and more they fight more people will die. I hope that we can all live in peace. – Amelia Gibbs Martin Luther King had a dream that all of mankind would see themselves as equals and embrace each other with love. He said, “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” When Martin Luther King spoke these words, it was a time when African-Americans were persecuted because of their skin color. Although we have made progress, there is still so much more we need to do. We look back at how we used to be, and say to ourselves that we are so much more accepting than before. But are we really? Are we really a more loving and less prejudiced generation? When we turn on the news all we seem to hear is yet another murder, kidnapping, terrorist attack or killing. Is this the loving world that we are supposed to be? We can’t change our world into a more loving and compassionate one overnight. The only way it can be done is if everyone does a little bit to help out. We start by getting to know our neighbor, understanding other cultures and opening our minds and our hearts to those who are different from us. Another big way to help change the world we live in today is to set good examples for others. Everyone, no matter how big or small make impacts on people, whether the impacts are good or bad. We have to decide what kind of impact we are going to make in our world. Just think of a world without hatred, war and abuses: the way things are supposed to be. Remember the dream of Martin Luther King and don’t let it die. It is our responsibility to make that dream come true. Don’t let down the generations to come. Do your part to help our world become a better place. – Katie Fries Nearly a half a century ago Martin Luther King Jr. spoke words that forever set a goal that man continues to strive for. “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become reality. I believe that the unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” Martin Luther King’s words ring in the hearts of Americans who must overcome racism directed toward them by outside forces and also that bitterness that sulks in the soul after terrorist attacks and a war in a nation across an ocean. Racism is still a very powerful force but it has lost its overwhelming strength. The shining star in this black night is that we are no longer governed by unreasoning racial hate as a nation. Even in our anger over 9/11, racial violence towards Muslims wasn’t a widespread backlash of hate but only isolated incidents that disgusted the nation. Those who still act upon ingrained racism are now at war with the United States; they are now terrorists when they used to be merely traditionalists. This war isn’t a racial war but a righteous crusade against ingrained irrational racism. Racism is no longer tolerable in any form, when it once was the norm. This change in perception allows individuals to judge others by their character and make lasting bonds not because of but regardless of race. These bonds unite people and are fed by the love that grows between people that allow themselves to care for one another without being limited by race. Society has not allowed these bonds but has promoted them in today’s youth and tomorrow’s future. We are still in the midnight of Mr. King’s dream but day is surely peaking through the horizon as individuals remove the self-inflicted blinders and embrace each other as brothers regardless of race. This midnight is still upon us because hatred still coils in our souls for those wrongly ingrained reasons that can only fade with time and tolerance but they have lessened as stars of hope have formed in the darkness. Only when brotherhood is achieved will peace be more than an idealist’s dream and dawn will break. – Rebecca Lester 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

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Country star Buck Owens, a rhinestone cowboy, dies

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “When people start looking back on his career, they are going to be surprised by the number of things he did first,” said guitarist Roy Clark, who worked with Owens on “Hee Haw.” “He left a great legacy in country music.” Owens, elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996, was modest when describing his aspirations. “I’d like to be remembered as a guy that came along and did his music, did his best and showed up on time, clean and ready to do the job, wrote a few songs and had a hell of a time,” he said in 1992. An indefatigable performer, Owens played a red, white and blue guitar with fireball fervor. He and the Buckaroos wore flashy rhinestone suits in an era when flash was as important to country music as fiddles. Among his biggest hits were “Together Again” (also recorded by Emmylou Harris), “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail,” “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” “My Heart Skips a Beat” and “Waitin’ in Your Welfare Line.” Singer Buck Owens, the flashy rhinestone cowboy who shaped the sound of country music with such hits as “Act Naturally” and brought the genre to TV on the long-running “Hee Haw,” died Saturday. He was 76. Owens died at his home in Bakersfield, said family spokesman Jim Shaw, who played keyboards in Owens’ band, the Buckaroos. The cause of death was not immediately known. Owens had undergone throat cancer surgery in 1993 and was hospitalized with pneumonia in 1997. His career was one of the most phenomenal in country music, with a string of more than 20 No. 1 records, most released from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. They were recorded with a honky-tonk twang that came to be known throughout California as the “Bakersfield Sound,” named for the city 100 miles north of Los Angeles that Owens called home. center_img And he was the answer to this music trivia question: What country star had a hit record that was later done by the Beatles? “Those guys were phenomenal,” Owens once said. Ringo Starr recorded “Act Naturally” twice, singing lead on the Beatles’ 1965 version and recording it as a duet with Owens in 1989. The song, by Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison, tells of a poor soul who foresees a movie career playing “a man who’s sad and lonely, and all I gotta do is act naturally. … Might win an Oscar, you can never tell.” In addition to music, Owens had a highly visible TV career as co-host of “Hee Haw” from 1969 to 1986. With Clark, he led viewers through a potpourri of country music and hayseed humor. “It’s an honest show,” Owens told The Associated Press in 1995. “There’s no social message – no crusade. It’s fun and simple.” Owens himself could be rebellious, choosing among other things to label what he did “American music” rather than country. “I took a little heat,” he once said. “People asked me, ‘Isn’t country music good enough for you?”‘ He also criticized the syrupy arrangements of some country singers, saying “assembly-line, robot music turns me off.” After his string of hits, Owens stayed away from the recording scene for a decade, returning in 1988 to record another No. 1 record, “Streets of Bakersfield,” with Dwight Yoakam. He spent much of his time away concentrating on his business interests, which included a Bakersfield TV station and radio stations in Bakersfield and Phoenix. “I never wanted to hang around like the punch-drunk fighter,” he told The Associated Press in 1992. He had moved to Bakersfield in 1951, hoping to find work in the thriving juke joints of what in the years before suburban sprawl was a truck-stop town on Highway 99, between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. “We played rumbas and tangos and sambas, and we played Bob Wills music, lots of Bob Wills music,” he said, referring to the bandleader who was the king of Western swing. “And lots of rock ‘n’ roll,” he added. Owens started recording in the mid-1950s, but gained little success until 1963 with “Act Naturally,” his first No. 1 single. Alvis Edgar Owens Jr. was born in 1929 outside Sherman, Texas, the son of a sharecropper. With opportunities scarce during the Depression, the family moved to Arizona when he was 8. He dropped out of school at age 13 to haul produce and harvest crops, and by 16 he was playing music in taverns. He once told an audience, “When I was a little bitty kid, I used to dream about playing the guitar and singing like some of those great people that we had the old, thick records of.” Owens’ first wife, Bonnie Owens, sometimes performed with him and went on to become a leading backup singer after their divorce in 1955. She had occasional solo hits in the ’60s, as well as successful duets with her second husband, Merle Haggard. One of her two sons with Owens also became a singer, using the name Buddy Alan. He had a Top 10 hit in 1968, “Let the World Keep on a-Turnin’,” and recorded a number of duets with his father. In addition to Buddy, he is survived by two other sons, Michael and John. Some of Buck Owens’ hits: “Excuse Me (I Think I’ve Got a Heartache),” 1960 “Foolin’ Around,” 1961 “Kickin’ Our Hearts Around,” 1962 “You’re for Me,” 1962 “Act Naturally,” 1963 “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” 1963 “My Heart Skips a Beat,” 1964 “Together Again,” 1964 “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail,” 1964 “Before You Go,” 1965 “Waitin’ in Your Welfare Line,” 1966 “It Takes People Like You (To Make People Like Me),” 1967 “I’ve Got You on My Mind Again,” 1968 “Sweet Rosie Jones,” 1968 “Who’s Gonna Mow Your Grass,” 1969 “Tall Dark Stranger,” 1969 “Big in Vegas,” 1969 “Made in Japan,” 1972 “Play Together Again Again” (with Emmylou Harris), 1979 “Streets of Bakersfield” (with Dwight Yoakam), 1988 “Act Naturally” (with Ringo Starr), 1989 last_img read more

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DONEGAL HOTEL NOMINATED FOR IRELAND’S BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARD

first_imgA popular Donegal hotel has been nominated for a Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) award.The Allingham Arms Hotel in Bundoran has been nominated as one of Ulsters best live music venues in 2015. The hotel is the only venue in Donegal that has been nominated.The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) announced the shortlist for the eighth annual IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards.The awards recognise the Irish venues which deliver the very best standards in live music entertainment.Hundreds of venues across Ireland qualified for the awards and more than 11,000 IMRO members were asked to vote for their top choices in an online poll. Venues have been judged on their ambience, staging, sound and lighting facilities, the diversity of their music programming, the staff and management at each venue and the work they undertake in promoting the venue and its programme of music events.If you’d like to vote for The Allingham Arms Hotel then click on the link below.Here is the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/?sm=jz1mjygcQcZHSeny60KoMMXtc8%2bVClbvHya5fChP39s%3d DONEGAL HOTEL NOMINATED FOR IRELAND’S BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARD was last modified: February 10th, 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)last_img read more

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AWARD-WINNING STUDENT TURNED TO DRUG DEALING TO PAY OFF UNIVERSITY FEES

first_imgAN AWARD-winning music student turned to selling drugs to pay off his student loans, a court has heard.Kevin Monaghan, who is 24, appeared before Letterkenny District Court today.Garda Inspector David Kelly told the court that Monaghan, from 22 The Elms in Letterkenny, had been suspected by the drugs squad of being a cannabis dealer in the town. Gardai stopped a car in the town on April 7th last year but didn’t find any drugs.However a subsequent search of the property at The Elms uncovered €680 worth of cannabis, weighing scales, €170 in cash, a nokia phone and a tick list of customers.Defence solicitor Kieran Dillon said Monaghan was a gifted music student who had studied at college in Derry where he had received the President’s Prize. He had gone on to Leeds University where he had received a degree in Music and Music Production.During the course of his studies he had run up debts of €5,000 to the Credit Union and had an overdraft of €1,400, said the solicitor.“Unfortunately he was a user (of cannabis) himself and he fell into selling it,” said Mr DillonMr Dillon also said Monaghan was a gifted musician who worked with local youth groups because “he wanted to help people.”Judge Paul Kelly said he had “serious concerns that this man is working with youth organisations.”However Mr Dillon said Monaghan wanted to turn people away from drugs, using his own experience.The judge adjourned the sentencing for a probation report.AWARD-WINNING STUDENT TURNED TO DRUG DEALING TO PAY OFF UNIVERSITY FEES was last modified: July 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:drug dealerstudentlast_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL FROM ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB MINOR BOARD PRESENTATION DAY

first_imgTHERE was a huge turn-out at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny today for the annual St Eunan’s GAA club Minor Board presentation.Boys and girls from U-11 to U-18 were awarded for their endeavours on and off the pitch in 2013.Former Armagh and Crossmaglen Rangers star Oisin McConville – one of the greatest players of all-time – was the guest of honour at the event. PICTURE SPECIAL FROM ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB MINOR BOARD PRESENTATION DAY was last modified: January 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyMinor Board presentationsSt Eunan’s GAA clublast_img read more

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