Amid troubled World Cup sales, FIFA set to hit $5.66B target

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Palace ‘not bothered’ by Trump OK on US ban vs De Lima jailers PLAY LIST 02:31Palace ‘not bothered’ by Trump OK on US ban vs De Lima jailers01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea02:26Trump lashes out as impeachment trial is in limbo02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “The job we have to do is make sure that our financial projections, our budget numbers, are delivered. And they will be delivered,” he said.FIFA does not disclose values of individual deals, though the tier of regional sponsors earned $4 million in 2016 from Russia’s Alfa-Bank, according to the soccer body’s financial report.Le Floc’h inherited a sales plan that was unproven even before FIFA, and its already battered image, were rocked in May 2015 when American and Swiss federal prosecutors unsealed sweeping investigations of corruption.In the fallout, FIFA’s then-heads of marketing and broadcast sales left though neither was publicly implicated.The backdrop to 2018 World Cup sales — typically in two-tournament deals with the 2022 edition — has included uncertainty over FIFA’s exposure to prosecution, falling oil prices, sanctions imposed on Russian businessmen, and issues with the next host in line, Qatar.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE- In this Sunday, July 13, 2014 file photo, German players celebrate with the trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. FIFA’s top salesman insists the 2018 World Cup will make its income target even after taking a financial hit from Italy and the United States failing to qualify. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)MOSCOW — Even taking a financial hit from Italy and the United States failing to qualify, FIFA’s top salesman insists the 2018 World Cup will make its income target.Italy’s loss in the playoffs wiped tens of millions of dollars off the value of an unsold broadcasting deal. One of FIFA’s most valuable markets is typically worth $200 million per World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Woods returns with solid round and good start in Bahamas The surprise U.S. elimination — as Panama qualified — affects finding four North American sponsors in a new, and stalled, regional sales program. Just one of 20 slots has sold worldwide, to an oligarch-owned bank in host nation Russia.“Everybody is annoyed with the non-qualification of the U.S. which was not expected, to be honest,” said FIFA commercial director Philippe Le Floc’h, who has targeted deals with American tech firms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkStill, the French-Swiss official insists FIFA will reach a $5.66 billion income target for the 2015-18 sales period even with gaps in the lineup of 34 potential sponsors.“Obviously the more positions we fill the better. On the other hand, we are not going to go cheap,” Le Floc’h told The Associated Press on Thursday in his first media interview since joining FIFA 14 months ago. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “They are leaders in their country, they have ambitions to tackle the world,” Le Floc’h said. “And football is the best vector of communications.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES “It is complicated, especially in a market where (potential partners) see some crisis around,” Le Floc’h acknowledged.FIFA might not meet the $5.7 billion total revenue it reported for the 2014 World Cup. Then, some deals were signed a decade ago before the global financial downturn.“The bad time is behind us. In the end, we bring the biggest show on earth,” Le Floc’h said at FIFA’s hotel base in Moscow ahead of the 2018 tournament draw on Friday in the State Kremlin Palace.The World Cup is the most-watched sports event. More than 1 billion viewers saw some of the 2014 final, and a global average audience approached 600 million.Indeed, broadcast deals for 2018 struck six years ago — with Fox and Telemundo in the U.S. and the Qatar-owned network now called BeIN Sports — cushion FIFA from the sponsor problem.Expected $3 billion broadcast revenue for this World Cup rises from $2.43 billion for the 2014 edition. Sponsors sales were projected to drop by $100 million even before the U.S. team’s early exit.Europe is no longer a prime FIFA target, with the American west coast, Asia and Middle East home to more desirable tech-savvy sponsors.“We have a clear strategy to embrace our times,” said Le Floc’h, who previously worked on World Cup sales until 2000 with the ISL agency. “We are going to be more tuned to the digital era, to be more technological.”The next deal, likely in Russia, could soon be announced with “two good conversations in the pipeline. I can maybe tell you more next week.”More trade with China is also likely, joining 2018 World Cup sponsors Wanda Group, and consumer electronics firms Hisense and Vivo. View commentslast_img read more

EU Reaffirms Commitment to Basic Human Rights

first_imgAs Liberia through the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC) celebrates Human Rights Day with other countries of the world, the European Union (EU) has given reassurances of its commitment to uphold all basic human rights.In a statement issued by the European Union Delegation from the High Representative, Federica Mogherin, the EU says it is committed to upholding these rights at all times as indicated in the theme of this year’s celebration.The statement quotes the EU as saying, “The theme for this year’s International Human Rights Day – Human Rights 365 – reflects the aspiration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times, is entitled to the full range of human rights.”It notes with emphasis, “The EU is committed to upholding these rights. Two years ago we adopted the Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy, together with its Action Plan, and we appointed an EU Special Representative for Human Rights. Since then, with the support of EU Member States, we have been advocating human rights in over 40 human rights dialogues with developing countries and we have been engaging with regional and multilateral organizations, including the UN.”The EU’s position on human rights also indicates that EUSR Stavros Lambrinidis has closely and proactively interacted with key partners and supported the role of civil society organizations throughout the world.EU delegations accordingly, have been monitoring, reporting, and acting on human rights issues, sometimes under very difficult circumstances.“We have achieved a lot but much remains to do. One such area of work is torture. The Convention against Torture was adopted by the UN 30 years ago today and yet torture is still widely practiced around the world. This demands our urgent attention,” the EU says.“The renewal in 2015 of our Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy will be the opportunity to renew our commitment and to address new challenges to the universality and indivisibility of human rights, the statement adds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cummings Foundation Reimburses WAEC Fees for 28 Top Performing Liberian Schools

first_imgAs part of its WAEC Fees Payment Project, the Cummings Africa Foundation (CAF) has announced that it would underwrite the WAEC fees for 28 schools that took the May 2016 High School Certificate Exam. The schools were selected based on performance (98 -100% pass rate per class, highest percentage at the county level, and diversity (religion, location and poverty level of school location). In a statement issued January 30, CAF said that it will also cover the cost of exam preparation for the students from the select number of schools identified prior to their sitting of the exams, as a means of bolstering their performance during the exams. The objective of targeting schools with 98% -100% pass rate, highest scores in county and diversity in the May 2016 WAEC Exam, is to foster a culture of excellence in the educational system in Liberia. The process takes immediate effect from January 30 thru September 15, 2017, upon validation and confirmation from WAEC.The WAEC Fees Payment Project is one of the foundation’s signature projects. CAF said it views the WAEC team an instrumental player in the success of this project intervention, given the knowledge, experience and expertise of WAEC in exam administration, and its relationships with schools throughout the country. WAEC also has a time-tested system and technology in place for student registration, making it the most logical and rational choice for partnership with Cummings Africa Foundation.As part of the partnership, WAEC is expected to provide a dedicated team all 15 counties to ensure the data being submitted by the targeted schools are accurate for registration of students from the 28 schools identified. An estimated number of students (1310) are expected to benefit from this exercise.WAEC will also provide other technical support and data where necessary to ensure accuracy in targeting and success of the intervention.Going forward, CAF will be responsible to implement a public information and communication plan that will ensure that targeted high schools in the 15 counties receive adequate information in advance of the registration period, to ensure maximum registration of targeted students. The foundation will also ensure that students and parents who have already paid for the WAEC Registration receive reimbursement for their registration fees.In 2016, CAF said it paid WAEC fees and provided tutorial support for 2322 students from 21 schools across the country – a total cost of US$106,000. Cummings Africa Foundation is founded and Chaired by Alexander Cummings to uplift Africa and Africans in the areas of Education and Development, Health and Agriculture.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Liverpool lay down the gauntlet to City on opening weekend

first_img0Shares0000Statement of intent: Liverpool thrashed West Ham 4-0 on the opening weekend of the Premier League season © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 13 – Liverpool lived up to their billing as the biggest threat to Manchester City retaining the Premier League title as both sides shone on the opening weekend of the season.So often outgunned by the oil wealth of Abu Dhabi backed City or commercial giants Manchester United in recent years, Liverpool were the biggest spenders from the world’s richest league this summer with a reported £170 million ($217 million) splurge in the transfer market. The first return on that investment came in Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing of a limited West Ham that even Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted “are not the Uniteds or Citys.”Start of champions: Bernardo Silva struck as Manchester City outclassed Arsenal 2-0 on Sunday © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONCity showed just what a task overturning a 25-point deficit last season will be for Liverpool in outclassing Arsenal in a 2-0 win at the Emirates despite a far more disrupted preparation for the campaign due to the World Cup commitments of most of their squad.On the contrary, Liverpool have benefited from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane’s early exits in Russia with Egypt and Senegal as they returned in time to join the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.Salah started where he left off from an incredible 44-goal debut campaign at Anfield by opening the scoring before Mane struck twice and Daniel Sturridge added a late fourth.– Keita impresses –Naby Keita impressed on debut for Liverpool © AFP / Oli SCARFFKlopp conceded it had been impossible to ignore the excitement and expectation among the club’s fans that a near three-decade wait to win the league could come to an end in May.That hype is because Liverpool have built from a position of strength. After reaching the Champions League final last season, key areas of the team have been bolstered.Midfielder Naby Keita was a bundle of energy and the star performer of the new boys that showed why Liverpool were willing to shell out £52.75m and wait a year for the Guinean after agreeing a deal with Leipzig last summer.“You can only imagine how good he’s going to be with more time,” said Liverpool midfielder James Milner.Finding the net is nothing new for Klopp on opening day. His side scored four at Arsenal in 2016 and three at Watford last season, but also conceded three on both occasions.As he was quick to point out, the clean sheet was just as pleasing as his side’s attacking play.Goalkeeper Alisson Becker, signed for £65 million from Roma, was rarely troubled, but looked assured in starting attacks from the back, while Virgil van Dijk was imperious in sniffing out any sense of danger.Liverpool beat City in three of their four meetings last season, but the key to a title challenge will be a consistency Klopp has so far failed to nail in nearly three years in charge.The German, though, now has a wealth of options never previously afforded to him as evidenced by the sight of new signings Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri plus England internationals Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana on the bench on Sunday.“I am not blind. I can see them and I can read the line-up and see then who is on the bench,” said Klopp when quizzed if he will have a difficult balancing act to keep all of his squad engaged over the campaign.“The plan is they are all happy because they played an important part in our season, so from my point of view all good.”Despite the positivity and investment, Klopp has insisted Liverpool remain just the challenger to champions City.“We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago,” he said on the eve of the season, invoking the underdog spirit of the fictional American boxer.No knockout blows have yet been landed, but Liverpool have come out swinging.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

France v Iceland: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_img Kick-off is at 8pm in Stade de France in Saint-Denis 1 Euro 2016: Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day on talkSPORTThe final Euro 2016 quarter-final takes place in Saint-Denis on Sunday evening, as hosts France take on Iceland looking to book a semi-final clash against Germany.So far, Les Bleus have beaten Romania, Albania and the Republic of Ireland, whilst Iceland have overcome their minnow status to beat Austria and England on route to this stage of the competition.On the way to the quarter-finals, they have endeared themselves to a number of fans who wish to see the tiny nation continue their incredible tournament, although France will pose a real challenge.Didier Deschamps’ men are considered one of the favourites to win the entire Euros, and they appear to be playing at full throttle now, following their win over Ireland.What the managers said:France coach Didier Deschamps“The players know Iceland aren’t here by chance. If they’re here it’s because they deserve to be and have quality. Long throws from 35 or 40 metres out are like free-kicks for them and we’ve come up with ways to deal with it. Don’t reduce them to long throws, though. In open play they’re capable of playing it on the deck. Iceland deserved to beat England, and they did it through the quality of their play.”Iceland joint-coach Lars Lagerback“I always say to players and media that in football you always have a realistic chance. I would say that France are a little bit of a favourite, but I won’t call them a big favourite. Most important for us is that we go out tomorrow and believe we can beat them. If we have that attitude, I think we can cause them some problems.”Confirmed team news:France XI: Lloris, Sagna, Umtiti, Koscielny, Evra, Pogba, Matuidi, Sissoko, Griezmann, Payet, GiroudSubstitutes: Mandanda, Jallet, Cabaye, Gignac, Martial, Schneiderlin, Mangala, Digne, Coman, CostilIceland XI: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Skulason, Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Sigthorsson, BodvarssonSubstitutes: Kristinsson, Hauksson, Hermannsson, Ingason, Finnbogason, Sigurjonsson, Theodor Elmar Bjarnason, Magnusson, Hallfredsson, Traustason, Gudjohnsen, JonssonFrance v Iceland is live on talkSPORT from 7pm (8pm kick-off) – check here for the various ways to follow the gamelast_img read more

TRANSFER REPORT: Everton plotting new £11m move for Ligue 1 star

first_img1 Rachid Ghezzal on the ball for Lyon Everton are preparing a fresh bid for Lyon winger Rachid Ghezzal, who is also a target for West Ham and Arsenal.The Merseyside club have already had an offer of around £8.5m rejected by Lyon for the 24-year-old.It has been suggested that Everton may end their interest there, having already tied up a deal for Yannick Bolasie.However, Le10Sport claim that they are set to return with a take-it-or-leave-it bid of £11.25m as they attempt to persuade the Ligue 1 club to sell.Ghezzal, who scored eight goals in 29 outings last term, has entered the final year of his contract and Lyon may be forced to cash in now or risk losing him for nothing next summer.But Everton are not the only Premier League club credited with an interest as London duo Arsenal and West Ham are also keeping tabs on his situation.last_img read more


first_imgTir Chonaill Athletics Club Summer RoundupAs Tir Chonaill A.C. members embark on a new season, with its many challenges, it’s fitting that we take a quick look back at a most successful, busy and eventful summer of activities, coaching, organising and competition. At all levels there have been so many positive aspects and successes to recall and highlight. Road successes Early in the summer the club successfully hosted two Donegal Road League races in Ballyshannon and Donegal Town. A sincere thanks to all who helped make these and the trio of club open Sunday morning races/walks safe and successful experiences for the hundreds that participated. Subsequently club members were successful in winning numerous category prizes, at a variety of Donegal league races throughout the county. The final race of the Donegal League takes place on Sunday 16th September at 11.15 in Convoy. A large number of club members will travel to support and no doubt will be hopeful of returning with podium/category finishes.Summary numbers of club athletes compete in Donegal Road league racesSuccess for T.C athletes at 8th Danny McDaid 15k – 21 TC compete Frank Duffy 10mile in the Phoenix Park –congrats to Paul Mc Devitt,  71mins 43ses; Canice Nicholls 73mins 43secs; Jane McDevitt 75mins 44secs and Sean Cassidy, 77mins 36secsNorthern Ireland Ironman Triathlon –well done Tony Cummins on an outstanding individual performance and to the relay team of Fred Ormston, Swin, Aidan Ferguson, Cycle and Noel Hoey, RunLongford Half Marathon – well done Linda Ward, 3rd Lady and Philomena Gallagher on two fine performancesGood to have Paddy Donoghue home from his summer sojourn in France. It’s only a rumour that he was in an ‘altitude training centre’ getting in some secret trainingTraining groups up and running again – Paddy Donoghue’s training group report 25/30  training at the moment. Kevin Mc Glynn’s, Donegal Town group will resurrect within the next week. Currently Kevin is taking a well-deserved holiday in the USA. —not sure what type of training he is doingVery Recent performances –on Sunday last  club athletes put in a number of outstanding performances at the prestigious Derry Half Marathon. Congrats and well done to  Fiona Stack FO Bundoran,01:22:18; Richard McCarthy M50 Tír Chonaill AC; 01:24:52Philomena Gallagher F40 Tír Chonaill AC  01:35:52; Gerry McManus M40 Tír Chonaill AC 01:36:32; Johnny Ward M50 Tír Chonaill AC 01:37:01; Mark McGowan M40 Tír Chonaill AC  01:37:51; Linda Ward F45 Tír Chonaill AC 01:38:09; Pauric Keenaghan M35 Tír Chonaill AC 01:38:45; Sharon McGowan F40 Tír Chonaill AC 01:41:38; Aidan McGonigle MO Tír Chonaill AC  01:43:04; Jessica Gallagher FO Tír Chonaill AC  01:43:38; Sean Cassidy M45 Tír Chonaill AC 01:44:48; Sinead McGowan F35 Tír Chonaill AC 01:49:42; Loretta Cullen F45 Tír Chonaill AC 01:52:39; Carmel Gormley FO Tír Chonaill AC 01:53:53; Claire Currid  F35 Tír Chonaill AC  01:54:06; Kay Drummond F45Tír Chonaill AC  01:54:06; Paul McGuckin M45 Tír Chonaill AC 01:53:57; Richard Orr M45 Tír Chonaill AC 02:00:01; Martina McGee F35 Tír Chonaill AC  02:00:33; Deborah Dawson F35 Tír Chonaill AC 02:01:55; Frances Duffy FO Tír Chonaill AC 02:11:27On Saturday in nearby Garrison 5k Eoin McManus was the overall winner with good performances from Paddy Donoghue, Brendan Hoey, Malachy Cullen, Aidan McGonigle and Barry DuffyOn Saturday in the Glens 10k Diarmuid Mac a’Bhaird in 5th place overall was the first junior to finish while brother Georaid was a little farther back1:24:57 01:24:52200 715 Philomena Gallagher F40 Tír Chonaill AC 00:46:28 00:49:31 01:35:59 01:35:52213 454 Gerry McManus M40 Tír Chonaill AC 00:47:09 00:49:31 01:36:40 01:36:32217 523 Johnny Ward M50 Tír Chonaill AC 00:47:16 00:49:52 01:37:07 01:37:01229 1134 Mark McGowan M40 Tír Chonaill AC 00:49:11 00:48:50 01:38:01 01:37:51234 712 Linda Ward F45 Tír Chonaill AC 00:49:11 00:49:05 01:38:16 01:38:09243 1154 Pauric Keenaghan M35 Tír Chonaill AC 00:47:36 00:51:09 01:38:45 01:38:45330 716 Sharon McGowan F40 Tír Chonaill AC 00:49:54 00:51:52 01:41:46 01:41:38368 1213 Aidan McGonigle MO Tír Chonaill AC 00:52:11 00:51:16 01:43:26 01:43:04381 907 Jessica Gallagher FO Tír Chonaill AC 00:52:07 00:51:53 01:43:59 01:43:38411 1127 Sean Cassidy M45 Tír Chonaill AC 00:49:44 00:55:11 01:44:54 01:44:48517 1135 Sinead McGowan F35 Tír Chonaill AC 00:55:00 00:54:57 01:49:57 01:49:42597 515 Loretta Cullen F45 Tír Chonaill AC 00:56:45 00:56:16 01:53:00 01:52:39629 1133 Carmel Gormley FO Tír Chonaill AC 00:56:30 00:57:42 01:54:12 01:53:53633 589 Claire Currid F35 Tír Chonaill AC 00:56:30 00:57:53 01:54:22 01:54:06635 1137 Kay Drummond F45Tír Chonaill AC 00:56:30 00:57:53 01:54:23 01:54:06638 430 Paul McGuckin M45 Tír Chonaill AC 00:57:13 00:57:11 01:54:24 01:53:57789 397 Richard Orr M45 Tír Chonaill AC 00:59:41 01:00:39 02:00:20 02:00:01794 578 Martina McGee F35 Tír Chonaill AC 00:59:40 01:01:09 02:00:49 02:00:33820 547 Deborah Dawson F35 Tír Chonaill AC 00:59:40 01:02:32 02:02:12 02:01:55942 336 Frances Duffy FO Tír Chonaill AC 01:02:12 01:09:16 02:11:27 02:11:Mark McGuinness , over the weekend . finished 4th in the Sean McCools 5k race in Ballybofey –time 16mins 50 secs. Mark in addidition to his exploits on the track also lowered his mile PB on two occasions during the late summer when he travelled to Graded mets in Dublin       TrackSeniorOn the track Tir Chonaill athletes also made the headlines throughout the summer. Mary Mc Loone continues to dominate at National Senior level. At the National Seniors, on the week prior to the start of the Olympics she Triple jumped 12.69m for an impressive victory and Long Jumped 6.17m for silver. Later she led the clubs senior women’s team in two preliminary rounds of the National League at Antrim and Santry. This group finished 11th overall, narrowly missed out on a top 8 and final position, and retained their Premier League status. Well done to this group which included Mary Mc Loone, Geraldine Stewart, Louise Harvey, Karen Crossan, Brenda Morris, Linda Ward, Philomena Gallagher, Patricia Boyle, Hannah Campbell and Claire Brady.Junior and InternationalAt the National Junior c/ships Karl Griffin and Christopher Doherty had impressive performances. Karl, moving down a distance to the 400m, dipped under 50secs in the semi-final and in the decider, with a time of 49.52secs, was a popular winner of the very demanding 400m. It was a successful whirlwind of a summer for Karl –running two U20 World Junior qualifying standards and competing successfully in the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona in the World Junior c/ships. 17 year old Karl is eligible for the 2013 European and 2014 World Junior c/ships. Christopher Doherty, when the Leaving Cert results were published recently scored an amazing 585pts. He travelled to the National Juniors and cleared 3.50m for a silver medal winning position proving that it is possible and advisable to partner sport and academics/study.On the International stage, in addition to Karl Griffins exploits, two 15 year old club members had a string of outstanding performances. Following on from the success of the Abbey Voc. Schools individual and team performances at the Irish schools c/ships in early June a number were selected on the Ulster team for the schools Inter Pro in Santry. As a result of impressive victories Kelly Mc Grory and Kate McGowan gained selection on the Irish U17 team v Scotland, Wales and England. Ashford, in Kent, was the venue and a number of Donegal and Irish flags could be seen in the crowd. Both girls battled and took 3rd place finishes in their respective events – Kate 80m Hurdles and Kelly -300m Hurdles. In August Kate, as part of the Irish team, smashed the U16 Celtic record when winning the 80m Hurdles. Two weeks ago, in Bedford, at the British U17 c/ships Kelly and Kate again rose to the occasion and versus the best from these islands recorded two second place finishes and outstanding PB times. Kelly on day one qualified in 2nd place in heat three for the following days decider. Her heat time of 45.12secs left her in 4th overall qualifying position. In the final, on a day when the temperatures reached  the early 30’s and humidity made it most uncomfortable, Kelly drawn in Lane 4, blasted from the blocks and led over the opening two sets of barriers. As she entered the home straight, with two sets of obstacles to negotiate, less than one metre separated four athletes –all fighting for 2nd position. Holding her rhythm Kelly seemed to find another gear and gradually moved away from the quartet and closed down on the leader. The finish line appeared too soon – result Richards, Epsom and Newell, 41.84secs; 2nd McGrory, Tir Chonaill, 42.91secs; 3rd Rogers, Birchfield, 43.22secs. Kate McGowan, drawn in Heat 2, qualified for the 80m Hurdles final in 2nd place– time 11.66secs. She was ranked 3rd fastest entering the final with .03 secs separating 2nd and 5th places. In the final, Kate got the perfect start, and at Hurdle 4 of 8 was contesting for a top three placing. At the finish, Irving from Croydon, time 11.36secs, was an impressive winner followed by Kate in a new PB time of 11.45secs and Cooke of Haringey 3rd – 11.54secsIrish Juvenile c/shipsIn Tullamore, on two weekends in mid and late July the club was represented by a large group of athletes in the All Ireland individual and relay finals. Congrats and well done to the following and their coaches.    Individually they  placed 5 x Gold, 4 x silver , 1 x 4th , 3 x 5th, 1 x 7th and 2 x 9th  place finishes plus 2 x silver relay team podium positions.Orla Coughlan, U13G Long Jump 9th 4.24m; Clara Herron,U15G Shot,2nd  11.73m; Chloe Masterson, U15G Hammer, 5th, 27m; Kate McGowan, 1st U16 80mH -11.86secs, 1st Long Jump -5.59m, 6th 100m 12.89secs;Ruth Gillespie, G80m H -8th U16 80m H-14.31secs; Katie Hoad, 2nd U16 Pole Vault-1.70m; Kelly McGrory, 2nd U17 100m -12.48secs, 2nd 100m H 15.54secs, 2nd 200m -25.47secs; Hannah Campbell, 1st u17 Pole Vault – 2.50m; Caolan O’Callaghan, U16 High Jump 5th -1.65m; Mark McGuinness, 2nd U18 3,000m-9mins 8.68secs, 7th ,1,500m -4mins 12.72secs; Sarah Timoney, 4th U16 Girls 2k walk -11mins34.68secs; Emma Brady, 1st U17 Triple Jump -10.66m;Eva McMullan, U16 200m Heat 27.61secs -9th overall; The girls U16 and Under 17 relay teams won silver medals. The former squad of Ruth Gillespie, Eva McMullan, Kate McGowan, Niamh McGrory and Chloe Masterson with a time of 51.97secs were 2nd to St Laurence O’Tooles from Carlow -50.46secs and Leevale, Cork 3rd 51.96secs. Yes 2nd and 3rd had the same time with the 4th team Tralee on 51.97secs. Electronics decided on the placings. The U17 squad were involved in an equally exciting and nail biting final. Ruth Gillespie, Kelly McGrory, Emma Brady, Eva McMullan and Kate McGowan with an excellent 49.88secs finishing time, were out manoeuvred by Galway City Harriers who won in 49.82secs. The Galway City Harriers group of sprinters and relay runners are coached by former Abbey Voc, student/athlete and Drimarone woman Pauline Dunleavy/Harington. Mark McGuinnessIn addition to winning a3,000m  silver medal at the All Ireland, Mark McGuinnes travelled to a number of Dublin Graded meets during August and posted a winning U18 Mile time in Santry. His performances on the road have also come in for positive attention where he has also recorded a number of podium finishes. Summer CampThe clubs annual summer camp, attracted 110 young athletes.  An enjoyable and varied week of activities was enjoyed by all thanks to the planning and work of over thirty coaches, teachers and leaders. A sincere thank you to all who made the camp a success and to the Principal of the AVS for putting the schools extensive sports facilities at the clubs disposal.Special Olympians The summer weekly coaching sessions for Special Olympians from the O’Cleary  Centre, has just came to a close.Congrats. and well done to all and thanks to club coaches Peter O’Connor , Paul O’Gara and Anne McGowan who planned and delivered the fun filled sessions for the groupMembership A recent document on registered membership received from Athletics Ireland makes interesting and positive reading. Nationally, the overall athletics club membership as on 31st August 2012 is 36,128.Membership on 31st August 2011 was 31,416. At the end of 2007 the national membership was less than 20,000.Locally within the county of Donegal  the current registered club membership is as follows-Cranford, 94; Finn Valley, 261; Innishowen, 207; Killybegs, 21; Letterkenny, 251; Lifford, 152;Milford, 23;Rosses, 139; Sliabh Liag, 69 and Tir Chonaill, 282. The trend in the county shows a 22% increase between August 2011 and August 2012. This welcome increase challenges the clubs to have more varied and professional programmes, to find more administrators, officials and coaches and to move forward as nationally it is forecast that Athletics Ireland will have close to 50k membership at the end of 2013.Back training again Club groups will be back training within the next ten days. In Donegal Town,on Thursday 13th the 12 to 19 age group will have their first session of the new season- time 6.30-8pm -New members are always welcome. The younger age group i.e 8-12year olds will start their fun in athletics programme on Thurs 20th Sept – 5.45-7pm. Registrations for the new season will be taken on that night.The Donegal Town fit4life group will be back in action on Tues.18th Sept at 7pm.Again new members are welcome to join the twice weekly group sessions. The club meet and train group in the Ballyshannon/Bundoran area are up and running and before the end of Sep.t the juvenile programme for the area will be published.ATHLETICS: EAMON HARVEY’S TIR CHONAILL AC REPORT was last modified: September 10th, 2012 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:ATHLETICS: EAMON HARVEY’S TIR CHONAILL AC REPORTlast_img read more

Legal battle over Gold Line noise heats up

first_img Councilman Margrave has long been a vocal advocate for quieting Gold Line noise. He has participated in several votes on the City Council to pursue litigation on the issue. He is also the city’s representative on the Gold Line construction authority board, where he advocates for further noise mitigation. Earlier this summer, when pressured to step down from the rail board, he offered to resign if the pending litigation were settled. He remains on the board in defiance of his city council. A ruling last month from the Fair Political Practices Commission found that his economic interests are tied to Diane Margrave’s, despite their divorce. He is the target of an open FPPC investigation into alleged conflicts of interest. In an advertisement in the July 13 edition of the South Pasadena Review, Councilman Margrave who typically speaks to the media on Diane Margrave’s behalf asserted that she “has not and will not file any lawsuits.’ On Tuesday, he clarified. “I stated Diane Margrave was not involved,’ he said. “Now she is involved. I support her 100 percent.’ Gene Maddaus can be reached at (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444, or by e-mail at 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The first claim included some 60 claimants, each with property near the line. It was rejected, resulting in an inverse condemnation lawsuit with more than 40 plaintiffs. Diane Margrave was not listed as a plaintiff in the suit. It is still pending. The second claim, filed against only the MTA and the construction authority, alleges that federal law was violated in the construction of the Gold Line and seeks up to $220 million in noise mitigation. The third claim almost identical in substance to the first paves the way for Diane Margrave’s name to be added to the list of plaintiffs in the inverse condemnation suit. “I guess she’s decided she wants to participate in the other lawsuit,’ said Augustin Zuniga, the deputy county counsel representing the MTA in the litigation. Assemblywoman Carol Liu, D-Pasadena, led efforts to settle the lawsuit and the federal claim earlier this year. Those talks, which included Mayor Odom Stamps, have collapsed, Zuniga said. center_img SOUTH PASADENA — Diane Hamilton Margrave has taken steps to add her name to a lawsuit filed against the city and several other agencies to address Gold Line noise complaints. Margrave, who is divorced from Councilman David Margrave but lives with him, has filed a claim against South Pasadena, Los Angeles, Pasadena, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Gold Line construction authority, alleging that the rail line has harmed her property values. She received permission from the city last month to build a 17-unit senior housing complex on land immediately adjacent to a Gold Line crossing. It is the second time she has filed such an “inverse condemnation’ claim against the city, and the third time she has filed a claim related to Gold Line noise. last_img read more


first_imgMartina Callaghan from Clonmay, Co. Donegal won €25,000, including a luxury holiday, at the National Lottery’s Money Spinner event held at the Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan on Saturday 26 July 2014. Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were, from left to right: Brian Ormond, game show host; Martina Callaghan, winning player and Harry Cooke, Head of Operations, The National Lottery. The winning ticket was purchased in SuperValu, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal.Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyDONEGAL woman Martina Callaghan has something to cheer about today – she’s just won €25,000 including luxury holiday on a lotto game show.She won the cash on RTE’s Money Spinner TV programme.Martina is a retired factory worker.  She is from a family of six: James Anthony, Margaret Theresa, Veronica and John, who live in the area and brother Marius who lives in England with his wife Margaret and daugher Narelle.  She is close to her grandnieces and grandnephews Amy, Liam, Chloe, Lucy, Niamh and Eamer. Martina normally puts her nephews and nieces names on the Scratch Card but for some unknown reason she put her own name on this particular Scratch Card for the first time ever and had the luck to be drawn!Martina walks every day. She loves listening to country and western music, especially Big Tom. She would have travelled everywhere to see him – that’s her Garth Brooks! She last saw him live last October.Her grandniece Chloe gave her a teddy bear to bring with her for luck when spinning the wheel.“I can’t believe it, I still feel I’m chatting about somebody else.” Martina hasn’t even thought about how she will spend her winnings as she just felt so lucky to be a Money Spinner contestant. CLONMANY’S MARTINA WINS €25,000 ON LOTTO SHOW was last modified: July 28th, 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:clonmanyMartina CallaghanMOney Spinnernational lotteryRTETVlast_img read more