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Sonnen outlasts Rampage, advances in Bellator heavyweight tournament

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first_imgFILE – Chael Sonnen. APINGLEWOOD, Calif. — Chael Sonnen overcame a significant weight disadvantage for a unanimous-decision victory over Rampage Jackson in the opening fight of Bellator’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix on Saturday night.Rory MacDonald also took the mixed martial arts promotion’s welterweight title from Douglas Lima, overcoming grotesque injuries to his left leg and nose to claim a unanimous decision at Bellator 192.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sonnen (30-15-1), the loquacious former UFC middleweight title contender, was outweighed by 31 pounds on the scales Friday. He still used his superior wrestling skills and tenacity to grind out a decision over Jackson (37-13), the former UFC champion, before a lively crowd at the famed Forum.“I’ve got the biggest arms, I’ve got the greatest charm and I do all the harm,” Sonnen said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJackson tossed Sonnen dramatically onto the mat during the first round, but the veteran brawler struggled to create any more highlights. A frustrated Rampage tapped the mat in front of him in the third round, daring Sonnen to stand and bang.Instead, Sonnen took him down again and finished up a 29-28 decision on all three judges’ scorecards. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak The 39-year-old Jackson’s first career meeting with the 40-year-old Sonnen was the first bout in an eight-man tournament designed to crown Bellator’s first heavyweight champion since 2016. The field also includes MMA luminaries Fedor Emelianenko, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione, along with undersized veteran fighters Ryan Bader and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.Sonnen will fight the winner of Emelianenko’s upcoming bout with Mir in the tournament semifinals in early summer.MacDonald (20-4) has been ticketed for Bellator stardom ever since he left the UFC and joined its biggest rival in 2016 following back-to-back losses to Robbie Lawler and Stephen Thompson. MacDonald, who beat current UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley in 2014, is likely the best pound-for-pound fighter on the Bellator roster, and he intends to hold the promotion’s titles in multiple weight divisions.“He’s the best fighter I ever fought,” MacDonald said. “I feel like we’re the best two welterweights in the sport.”The title bout was remarkably even, with MacDonald controlling much of the action on the ground when Lima (29-7) wasn’t peppering his oft-injured nose with jabs. MacDonald developed a huge welt on his shin midway through the fight, but it didn’t appear to limit his movement.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View comments Lima knocked down MacDonald with a sweeping kick in the third round and appeared to be close to finishing early in the fourth, but MacDonald persevered. MacDonald dominated the fifth round on the ground and cut Lima near his eyes.MacDonald eventually had his hand raised to the displeasure of Lima, a Brazilian fighting out of Atlanta. MacDonald was carried out of the cage and transported to a hospital as a precaution.“I think I have a person growing inside me,” MacDonald said of his leg injury.Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler returned from his first loss since 2014 with a one-sided decision victory over Goiti Yamauchi, who was bloodied and nearly finished on the ground. Chandler is likely to get a rematch next with Brent Primus, who claimed the title last year when Chandler was forced to stop by an ankle injury.Aaron Pico, Bellator’s 21-year-old blue chip prospect from nearby Whittier, also wowed his home crowd with a vicious body-punch stoppage of Shane Kruchten in the first round of their featherweight fight.The lively Forum crowd included several fighters with UFC ties, including champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino, Nate Diaz and Dan Henderson. Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay and Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth also attended. 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Senegal beats Poland 2-1 in first African win at World Cup

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first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “You have to deserve your luck,” Niang said. “We were rewarded today for our work. You have to seize your chances when they are given to you.”Senegal became the first African team to win at this year’s World Cup after Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia were outscored 6-1 in losses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt went ahead in the 37th minute when Thiago Cionek’s attempted block of Idrissa Gueye’s shot deflected and wrong-footed Szczesny, who was picked to start over fellow Arsenal castoff Lukasz Fabianski.After Niang doubled the lead in the 60th, Krychowiak headed in Kamil Grosicki’s free kick in the 86th minute, ending a streak of five straight scoreless openers for Poland. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Senegal’s Mane and Poland’s Robert Lewandowski rarely threatened in quiet World Cup debuts. Lewandowski topped the Bundesliga in scoring in three of the last five seasons and while he had 16 of Poland’s 28 goals in qualifying, he managed only one goal at the 2012 European Championship and one at Euro 2016.STAMPED FOR SUCCESSPoland released five million Lewanowski stamps last week with his image and “RL9.”FAVORITES?Six of the top eight teams in the FIFA rankings failed to win their openers. Belgium and France are the exceptions.HISTORY LESSONThe match was played at red-and-white Otkritie Arena, the 4-year-old home of Spartak Moscow, where Alexander Rukavishnikov’s 80-foot (25-meter) bronze statue of Spartacus rises high. The Russian club is named after the Thracian gladiator who led a slave rebellion against the Romans.INJURIESPoland: Midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski started limping midway through the first half, and his right calf was treated just before the restart that led to the goal. He was replaced by Bednarek at the start of the second half. “France and Senegal have a history,” said Cisse, who captained the 2002 team. “France was the country that colonized Senegal.”Poland fans in red and white were about three-quarters of the crowd of 44,190 as their nation returned to the World Cup for the first time since 2006. Poland kept up its dismal streak of World Cup starts — it has four losses and three draws since beating Argentina in 1974.Senegal took the lead when Niang went around Lukasz Piszczek on a flank following a restart and centered to Sadio Mane. The star midfielder passed to Gueye, whose right-footed shot from the arc headed toward Szczesny’s far post. Cionek, near the penalty spot, lifted his right leg and deflected the ball past Szczesny’s other side for the fourth own-goal of the tournament.Poland shifted to a three-man backline at the start of the second half, and Niang had been off the field after Jan Bednarek stomped on a foot. Referee Nawaf Shukralla of Bahrain, a veteran of two World Cup matches in 2014, waved Niang to come back on the field just as Krychowiak lofted a backpass from the center circle to Szczesny. Niang let it bounce twice, knocked the ball past the goalkeeper and then sprinted to catch up as the ball bounced three more times. He tapped it into the open net from about 8 yards.“Real unlucky situation,” Szczesny said. “Usually they keep him on the sideline for a little bit longer.”Still, he didn’t fault the referee.“That’s looking for an alibi for us,” he said. “It was a silly goal from our point.”Nawalka attributed the goal to confusion, saying players thought a substitute was coming on.“We simply lacked quality in the first half,” he said. “There were lots of unnecessary mistakes and lack of accuracy, and simply we didn’t play a very fluid football.”STAR SEARCH Iran player dodges question on women’s rights at World Cup MOST READ “Two goals following our mistakes was something that we were very unhappy with,” Poland coach Adam Nawalka said.Senegal is tied for the group lead with Japan, which upset Colombia 2-1. Senegal will play Japan on Sunday, when Poland meets Colombia.This win set off joy in the streets of Dakar.“We are not too euphoric because we do know there is going to be a difficult match against Japan,” Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said.Senegal President Macky Sall was in the stands to watch the world’s 27th-ranked team upset the eighth-ranked nation — and bring up memories of the 1-0 win over defending champion France 16 years ago.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Senegal players celebrate after winning the group H match between Poland and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Senegal won Poland 2-1. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MOSCOW — Senegal midfielder Mbaye Niang saw the signal from the referee to re-enter following treatment for an injury and jogged along the center line. Then Niang noticed Poland’s Grzegorz Krychowiak loft a backpass to Jan Bednarek, who hadn’t realized Niang was back on the field.Niang outsprinted goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to reach the ball about 40 yards from the net, knocked the ball forward and tapped it in for Senegal’s second fluky goal of the night. The Lions of Teranga held on for a 2-1 win over Poland and opened the World Cup with a surprising victory — just like in 2002.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

MCSS Supt. ‘Fake’ Credentials Anger Teachers

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first_imgMonrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) Teachers have accused their Superintendent, Aldophus B. Jacobs, of holding ‘fake academic credentials,’ which they claim explains why the MCSS is mismanaged.The teachers are demanding Jacobs’ removal or else they will lay down their chalks until he is not only removed, but investigated for “academic fraud.” The MCSS secretary-general, Varmah B. Gray, in an interview over the weekend at the Daily Observer’s McDonald Street offices, vowed not to allow any of the teachers operate under Mr. Jacobs, “because he does not have the requisite academic qualifications to lead the MCSS.” According to Mr. Gray, contrary to Supt. Jacobs’ claim that he obtained a Bachelor of Education (B.ED), Educational Administration/Higher Teachers Certificate (Secondary) in 1995 from Milton Margai College of Education in Sierra Leone, that college does not offer a degree program, only a certificate.Mr. Gray further revealed that the Margai College did not host any graduation ceremony in 1995, but rather held its third combined biennial ceremony of presentation of certificates for graduates of the 1994/95 and 1995/96 academic years on Saturday, April 19, 1997. In the souvenir program, Mr. Jacobs graduated among the least of students in Division III category with a certificate in Economics and English as opposed to his claim of graduating with a B.ED.“In fact, up to 2000, the Milton Margai College of Education was never a degree-granting institution, but offered a certificate program as indicated by the souvenir program sheet,” he said.Gray alleges that in other documents, Mr. Jacobs lied under oath that in 1988 he graduated from the William V.S. Tubman High School. He said Jacobs was expelled from the school in 1986, and as such, his name is not recorded in the brochure of graduates in 1988. “Mr. Jacobs doesn’t hold a Bachelor’s degree as stated in his curriculum vitae. Most disappointingly, he boasted so much about having graduated from and earned a Masters Degree in 2009 from the St. Joseph University (USA), but that university does not have a website to ascertain Mr. Jacob’s claims,”  said Gray. He then noted as part of the credentials drama that one cannot obtain a Master’s Degree in the absence of a Bachelor’s Degree in any academic discipline. But when the Daily Observer contacted Mr. Jacobs on Wednesday, March 11, via mobile phone, he refuted the allegation of being in possession of fake academic credentials. According to Mr. Jacobs, the assertion by Mr. Gray was an age old fairy-tale which he described as mere noise without anything substantive. On the teachers’ threat to protest against his alleged fake credentials Mr. Jacobs threatened to purge anyone doing so from the system, saying that “those making the statement have nothing tangible.” He meanwhile, urged teachers to desist from any protest action and instead continue to work in peace, or choose to continue the loudest noise about someone else’s “credible academic credentials.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fisherman remanded for shooting at City Constable

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first_imgA fisherman, who was arrested days ago for trying to jump the Bourda Market fence and firing shots at a city police, was charged for the offence on Tuesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Kevin LeacockTwenty-five-year-old Kevin Leacock of Lot 32 David Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.The charge alleged that on August 15, 2019, at Orange Walk, Bourda, Georgetown, he discharged a loaded firearm at Brent Walcott with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or to cause grievous bodily harm.Leacock was represented by Attorney-at-Law Euclin Gomes, who told the court during his bail application that his client was not in possession of a firearm when he was arrested. He further indicated to the court that his client has another matter before the courts and he is not a flight risk.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to bail being granted to the defendant based on the investigation into the matter.According to information, on the day in question, the City Constable was executing his duties, when he saw the defendant trying to scale the western fence of Bourda Market.Walcott then raised an alarm, but the defendant jumped from the fence, pulled out a firearm from his waist and allegedly fired three rounds in his direction.The virtual compliant, acting in his line of duty, returned fire in the direction of the defendant, however, he made good his escape.A few minutes later, ranks received information about the whereabouts of the defendant and went to Hadfield Street, Georgetown, where they found the defendant hiding under a bridge. He was subsequently arrested and taken into custody.The Magistrate upheld the prosecutor’s submission and remanded the father of one to prison. The matter was adjourned until September 11, 2019.last_img read more

Santa Fe shuts out Mayfair

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first_img“I’m very pleased,” she said while squinting into the late afternoon sun. “I think this shows our hitting truly is one of our strengths. “And it’s not just the hits, but we put the bat on the ball all of the time, we put it in play.” The defense also was impressive, committing only one error. Santa Fe broke the scoreless tie in the third inning after Kristen Flores, batting eighth, singled and sophomore Ariel Mendez ripped a vicious liner that center fielder Jessica Dugas caught for the second out. Shortstop Jessica Gonzales followed with a shot just inside third base, and by the time left fielder Juanita Johnson could run down the ball, Gonzales had a two-run home run. The Chiefs scored insurance runs in the sixth on consecutive two-out singles by Jasmine Salazar, Krissi Sylvis and pinch-hitter Felicia Ramirez. Sylvis, who took an extra base on an errant throw to the plate, then scored on a wild pitch. Mayfair put together a little rally in the top of the seventh against reliever Andrea Mendez. SANTA FE SPRINGS – Junior left-hander Jessica Davis pitched shutout ball for six innings, giving up only four hits and one walk, as Santa Fe High School opened its nonleague softball season with a 4-0 victory over Mayfair on Friday. It was not a bad way to start the season, and Chiefs coach Annette Ledesma was all smiles when it was over. center_img With one out, Zakkoyya Lewis singled off Salazar’s glove at third base, and after pinch-hitter Jessica Roper grounded out to move pinch runner Natalie Garcia to second, Dugas beat out an infield single to put runners at first and third. Mendez then got Ashley Hanky to ground out to end the game. The Monsoons also had an opportunity when they loaded the bases in the fifth inning after two outs on Everidge’s error, a single by Dugas and a walk, but Davis escaped damage by inducing a ground out. “We wanted to see Jessica get a lot of innings,” Ledesma said, “so to see her go through six like that and show that consistency is very encouraging.” Mayfair coach Erin Brown cited her team’s youthful lineup and said, “I think we kept waiting for someone else to step up. We need to be more aggressive.” Mayfair started four freshmen in the infield and another freshman in the outfield. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 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

Solid! The solution to Man United’s defensive problems?

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first_img2 While the fewest goals conceded came with United fielding a back three, they have looked more solid with a central pairing, even if the differing personnel have yielded varying results.Picking out individual players suggests that their best centre-halves have been Rojo, Paddy McNair and Jonny Evans, with the trio conceding just six goals between them in total.Van Gaal’s apparent preference for fielding one-footed players on either side means that summer signing Rojo is a certainty to feature in any first choice pairing, but who is the better partner for the Argentine?During the two matches they have played together McNair seems an excellent option, with the young Northern Irishman having won a number of fans during his appearances for United – in particular against Everton. However, the best partnership looks to be one Van Gaal is yet to have had the option to try.Evans’ development over the past few seasons has seen him heralded as a future leader at the club and during the early stages of his reign Van Gaal seemed to agree, picking out the 26-year-old as one of the most impressive stars in his squad.Comfortable with either foot, Evans certainly adds balance and experience to United’s back-line and everything suggests that he could form a good partnership with Rojo.His injury has robbed Van Gaal the option to try the two together, but once he returns to action, could United finally have a solution to their defensive problems?United fans, who do you think is your best option in central defence? Let us know by commenting below… If press and fan reaction is anything to go by, then Manchester United turned a massive corner on Sunday as they held runaway league leaders Chelsea to a dramatic 1-1 draw.It is being hailed as the moment the Red Devils went from club in crisis to club on the rise as Robin van Persie’s injury-time equaliser sent Old Trafford into a frenzy, but for the Red Devils – while it may be a step in the right direction – there remain some pretty glaring problems that Louis van Gaal is yet to really solve.Perhaps the most prevalent concerns his rickety defence. United’s backline has conceded 13 goals so far this season, one more than at the same stage last year, and an area of which even Van Gaal seems to struggle for an answer.So far this season the United boss has flirted with EIGHT different central defensive line-ups, with his most recent – Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling – looking worryingly fallible at times.Injuries have been largely to blame for Van Gaal’s constant chopping and changing with various knocks and strains forcing the Dutchman into using SEVEN different players at centre-back in a variety of formations.The decision to start the season with a 3-5-2 formation was largely seen as a pragmatic approach to cope with a diminished squad, but following the decision to scrap that and revert to a more conventional back four – drafting in young, untested talents in the process – just what is Van Gaal’s best defensive option? 2 Man United Louis van Gaal has tried EIGHT different players at centre-half last_img read more

HUME THE HERO AS ST EUNAN’S STUN FAVOURITES KILCAR TO WIN U21 TITLE

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first_imgTWO late late goals from Sean Hume helped St Eunan’s U21 footballers lift the county championship today against all the odds.Star-studded Kilcar were odds-on favourites to win the title.And with eight minutes left, they were seven points to the good and thought they had both hands on the trophy. But they hadn’t counted on a remarkable comeback by the Letterkenny team – written off by all the local media before a ball was kicked.St Eunan’s had slipped into the lead in the 17th minute when Darragh Mulgrew hit the back of the net, but five minutes later Kilcar netted themselves through Eoin McHugh.Kilcar kept that lead and extended it to three, leading 1-09 to 1-06 at the break – but they weren’t out of sight.McHugh scored two quick frees after the break before the brilliant Paddy McBrearty pointed again – his seventh of the day at that stage – to give Kilcar a six point advantage. But St Eunan’s have their own handy marksman and Sean Hume pointed yet again from distance to narrow the gap – before hammering home a goal to level the game 2-10 to 1-13.Sean Daffan was the hero in the Eunan’s goal as he pulled off a stunning save as McBrearty rifled home what looked like the winner. He had to settle instead for a point from the resulting 45, to take Kilcar a point clear.But Michael Miller pointed straight away to tie the game again – 2-12 to 1-15 in injury time.A couple of referee decisions – against Eunan’s players for over-carrying – led to frustration in the crowd.But that soon turned to delight for the Letterkenny side at least as Sean Hume fired him another goal four minutes into injury time to complete a remarkable 3-12 to 1-15 victory. HUME THE HERO AS ST EUNAN’S STUN FAVOURITES KILCAR TO WIN U21 TITLE was last modified: December 20th, 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:kilcarSt EunansU21 championshiplast_img read more

Juventus ‘table bid’ for midfield ace Liverpool ‘spent a year scouting’

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first_img Gossip Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Liverpool target Nicolo Barella has been the subject of a £30million transfer bid from Juventus, according to reports in Italy.The 21-year-old midfielder is in demand after a series of impressive performances for Cagliari in Serie A and an international debut. IN DEMAND Most Popular Transfer News LATEST In fact, Liverpool are believed to have been watching Barella for over a year.And despite failing to lure him to Anfield, the club are expected to rekindle their interest heading into the January window. REVEALED Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino ‘perfect fit” RANKED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer center_img Liverpool tracking Toulouse youngster ahead of possible January move 1 targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Barella has remained tight-lipped over a potential big-money move but his stock has continued to rise this season.So much so that, according to Tuttosport, Juventus have tabled an offer for the young midfielder in the hope of beating Liverpool to his signature.The Reds have been tracking Barella for some time now and held initial talks with the Italy international’s entourage over the summer. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Genoa midfielder star Nicolo Barella. The bizarre reason why Man United didn’t sign new Liverpool playmaker Minamino moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star blunder last_img read more

DANIEL MAKES ELDERLY RESIDENT’S DAY AS HE PAYS SECRET VISIT TO NURSING HOME

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first_imgElderly residents of a Kerry nursing home had their prayers answered when Daniel O’Donnell made a surprise visit, performing a private gig and singing a blessing to residents.The Donegal crooner took time out from his recent week-long sold-out residency in Killarney to call into two of the town’s nursing homes and three day care centres.The 50-year-old, who made the visits privately, thrilled residents by posing for photographs with them, chatting at length and then singing a number of his most famous hits. Rod Murray, co-owner of the 74-bed Our Lady Of Lourdes facility, said his thrilled residents are still talking about the surprise visit two weeks ago.“Daniel is one hell of a nice guy, a genuine person. It’s a day no one here will ever forget, because he dropped by and sang about half a dozen songs.“We had a priest down, Fr Joe Begley, at the same time and Daniel ended up singing part of the blessing.”Killarney Nursing Home residents were also treated to a private concert. A staff member said: “He sang a few songs and spoke to everyone here and had his photo taken with them. The residents are still talking about his visit.” The visits, as well as separate drop-ins to St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort, Rathmore Day Care Centre and Castleisland Day Care Centre, took place during the singer’s only concert dates of the summer at the INEC.Town chiefs said the singer, who played to a total of 10,000 people over five nights and who signed autographs until 2am after each gig, had injected an estimated €6m boost into the local economy.DANIEL MAKES ELDERLY RESIDENT’S DAY AS HE PAYS SECRET VISIT TO NURSING HOME was last modified: August 30th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnellKerrynursing homevisitlast_img read more

SHAKEN AND STIRRED! DONEGAL WOMAN WINS GOLD AT WORLD COCKTAIL COMPETITION

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first_imgA Donegal woman has shaken and stirred her way to becoming one of the world’s best cocktail makers.Champion cocktail maker Deirdre Byrne.Deirdre Byrne, 27, has just scooped a gold medal at the World Cocktail competition in Prague.The Teelin woman was the first ever lady to represent the Bartenders Association of Ireland at the finals. Deirdre, who works as a supervisor at the Exchange Restaurant and Cocktail Bar at the Westin Hotel in Dublin, won with her unique cocktail ‘Angel Fruit.’Deirdre is a daughter of Joe and Martina Byrne and is the first Irish person to take home a gold medal from the prestigious bar awards for Ireland since 1982.Deirdre’s mum Martina said she was delighted that all her daughter’s hard work had paid off.“Deirdre loves working in The Exchange and all the staff there have been very supportive. “They are very proud of her and so are we and she did Ireland proud,” she said.Speaking after the competition, Declan Byrne, President of the Bartenders Association of Ireland commented: “Deirdre has set a new high standard for all bartenders to achieve. She was an excellent ambassador for Ireland and our hospitality industry on the world stage in Prague. The BAI are so proud of her and wish her many years of success for the future.The following is Deirdre’s cocktail ‘Angel Fruit’ for any of those who feel like giving it a go!4 cl Bombay Sapphire Gin
1.5 cl Villa Massa Limoncello
1.5 cl Martini Bianco
3 cl Finest Call Raspberry Puree
4 cl Caraibos Pure Fruit Juice Apple
1.5 cl Lemon Juice, Fresh

Shake & Strain / Glass : Libbey Hobstar DOF no. 2651VCP35
Decoration: Apple, lime, Raspberry & Butternut Squash  SHAKEN AND STIRRED! DONEGAL WOMAN WINS GOLD AT WORLD COCKTAIL COMPETITION was last modified: August 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cocktail championshipsDeidre ByrnedonegalteelinWestin Hotellast_img read more