Decommissioned

first_imgCarpio 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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The Aces unleashed a fusillade in the third quarter to defeat the Bolts Friday night, 80-72, with Mike Harris making a good account of himself with a double-double output.TNT has lost two of its first three games. Ironically, the KaTropa registered their lone victory without an import against the Bolts before parading Stacy Davis and eventually losing to Blackwater two nights ago.“We’re not quite in shape. Now, we have to chase TNT with its all-star backcourt all around apart from scouting an import we’ve never seen before,” said Compton.Also successful in their conference-opener were the Phoenix Fuel Masters, who will tackle the Stanley Pringle-less North Port Batang Pier in the 6:30 p.m. main event.Eugene Phelps exploded for the Fuel Masters with 50 points, but it was the assertive Calvin Abueva who helped secure the W over the Columbian Dyip, 113-107, Wednesday last week.Abueva, traded by the Aces prior to the conference, pulled down 15 rebounds, eight of them from the offensive glass apart from scoring 12 points and registering three blocks for his new squad.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo will be forced to sit out a majority of the PBA Governors’ Cup elimination round due to a stress fracture on his right shin.“We are doing everything we can to help June Mar recover as quickly as possible with the help of our doctors and PTs (physical therapists),” said San Miguel team manager Gee Abanilla.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Worse, Fajardo has also been ruled out for Gilas Pilipinas in the second round of the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers in the middle of next month. Fajardo will be a mere spectator when the Beermen open their campaign in the season-ending conference opposite the NLEX Road Warriors on Sept. 1.Without the 6-foot-10 inside operator, rookie Christian Standhardinger is expected to fill in the huge hole in the middle. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES But he will also be unavailable for a couple of games due to the ongoing Asian Games in Indonesia, where he’s a vital component for the national team.Meanwhile, playing a pair of games in a span of three days normally suits Alaska coach Alex Compton just fine.But clashing against two championship-caliber teams back-to-back will definitely be rough for the Aces.After taking down the Meralco Bolts the other night, the Aces are scheduled to face the TNT KaTropa at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“It’s always tough playing two contenders back-to-back. We have less rest and we have to figure out the guys’ minutes on the floor,” said Compton.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew San Miguel Beer is still several days from its opening game and already, it has suffered some sort of a loss—something that also doesn’t augur well for the country’s preparation for two major international basketball matches.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Saso puts herself, team in contention for medal View commentslast_img read more

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DeRozan’s 26 points leads Spurs past Jazz

first_imgCarpio 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 MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Jazz: Mitchell missed all six of his shot attempts in going scoreless in the first half. . Every Utah player was healthy and available with the exception of the three players in the G League.Spurs: Popovich tied Pat Riley for fourth all-time in league history with 1,210 career victories. . Davis Bertans missed the game due to an undisclosed personal reason. . Dante Cunningham also missed the game, sitting out due to abdominal soreness. .. The Spurs’ previous low points by an opponent in the first half was 39 points, which happened twice.UP NEXTJazz: At Oklahoma City on Monday night.Spurs: Home against Phoenix on Tuesday. The fallout from the offseason turnover has been most evident defensively.The Spurs had lost by more than 30 points only five times in coach Gregg Popovich’s first 1,758 regular-season contests, but it happened three times in a recent four-game stretch.The dubious run ended with a 139-105 loss at Utah on Dec. 4, which made Sunday’s victory over the Jazz even more meaningful.“I think it’s just the beginning of what we can be,” said Gay, who tied his career high in rebounds. “People forget we’re still learning. We’re trusting each other and we’re continuing to be a pretty good defensive team.”Mitchell was held scoreless in the first half as San Antonio raced to a 54-36 lead while holding Utah to 36 percent shooting.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Sometimes when your offense, you’re not executing, it just hurts your defense,” Mitchell said. “That’s what we put our staple on, defensively, and being able to execute out of our defense.”The Spurs held the Jazz to 18 points in the first and second quarter and set a season low for points allowed by an opponent in the first half.“The last couple of games we looked better at the defensive end,” Popovich said. “More communication, a little more understanding. Guys get used to playing with each other and understanding what the process is for the way we want to play. I think it’s sinking in, so we’ll see if it continues.”Ricky Rubio added 26 for the Jazz and Rudy Gobert was the only other player in double figures, with 12 points.MOMMA’S NOT HAPPYDeRozan has been thrilled playing for Popovich following an offseason trade, but it’s causing some family tension.“It’s crazy,” DeRozan said smiling. “I got cussed out by my mom this morning because she’s been dying to meet Pop. She told me today I better make sure she gets to meet him. So, to have that excitement from my mom, being able to play for a guy like Pop, that’s respected the way he is, it’s definitely an honor.”ON THE BALLGay has five double-doubles this season through 23 games. His career high is eight in 2016.TIP-INS Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points for Utah, which had its two-game winning streak snapped.“It’s a marathon,” Aldridge said. “You can’t get too high, can’t get too low, can’t get caught up in one loss (or) one win. You know we’ve had great games where we’ve played the right way and had good wins. And we’ve had games where we laid an egg out there. So, you have to enjoy it, learn from it, and just stay hungry.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe “Spurs Way” was a model of consistency and continuity for two decades, but now San Antonio is simply trying to find its way two months into the season after a tumultuous offseason.The Spurs lost franchise cornerstones Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker to retirement and free agency, respectively, traded Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to Toronto and lost Kyle Anderson to Memphis as a free agent. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Utah Jazz guard Kyle Korver, front, chases the ball against San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs are starting to feel better about their play, which is a welcome sign for the former defensive stalwarts following a series of blowout losses.DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and eight assists and Rudy Gay added 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Spurs to a 110-97 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Walker, Lamb lead Hornets over Knicks ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more

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Several Lindeners fined for DUI

first_imgSeveral Region 10 drivers have appeared before Linden Magistrate Clive Nurse to answer the charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol after police conducted a campaign last weekend. They were fined for their errant ways.Twenty-nine-year-old Ruel Yangapatti of 1997 Central Amelia’s Ward pleaded guilty to the offence. The court heard that on March 26, while at Casaurina Drive Mackenzie, he drove PMM 9077 while he had 65 micrograms of alcohol in hisJomel Reddocksystem, which is over the prescribed limit.Yangapatti told the court that he was experiencing “domestic problems,” which caused him to take a few drinks.Magistrate Nurse told the accused there is no excuse to drink and drive. Asked if he was previously charged for a similar offence, Yangapatti replied in the affirmative.He was then ordered to pay a fine of $10,000, and his licence was suspended for 12 months.Jomel Reddock also faced the court and pleaded guilty to a similar charge. He was ordered to pay a fine of $7,500, or face an alternative sentence of one week in prison.The facts stated that 30-year-old Reddock, of 97 Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward, had 46 micrograms of alcohol in his system, being over the prescribed limit, on March 26 at Casaurina Drive Mackenzie, while he was the driver of PJJ 1573.Also appearing before Magistrate Nurse for the offence was Arthur Johnson. He pleaded guilty to the charge.The court heard the Johnson, 38, of 234 Hippani Oval, Retrieve, on March 26 at Casaurina Drive Mackenzie, while being the driver of HC 4664, had 68 micrograms of alcohol in his system, which is over the prescribed limit.Johnson was ordered to pay a fine of $7,500 or face one week in prison. Additionally, 36-year-old Delon Williams of 2983 Central Amelia’s Ward pleaded guilty to the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was ordered to pay a fine of $7,500 or face one week in prison. The facts stated that Williams, on March 26 on Casaurina Drive, while being the driver of PRR 6566, had 98 micrograms of alcohol in his system, which is over the prescribed limit. Thirty-year-old Cleyon Davis of 641 Block 22, Wismar also pleaded guilty to the DUI charge and was ordered to pay a fine of $7,500 or face one week in prison. The facts stated that Davis, on March 26, on Casaurina Drive, while being the driver of PJJ 9720, had 123 micrograms of alcohol in his system, which is over the prescribed limit. Forty-year-old Kenyatta Fraser of 410 Wismar Housing Scheme also pleaded guilty to the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, and was ordered to pay a fine of $7,500 or face one week in prison. The facts stated that Fraser, on March 26 on Casaurina Drive, while being the driver of PJJ 1630, had 42 micrograms of alcohol in his system, which is over the prescribed limit. Forty-nine-year-old Shawn Nueinkirk of 1841 Central Amelia’s Ward pleaded guilty to the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and was ordered to pay a fine of $7,500 or face one week in prison. The facts state that Nueinkirk, on March 26 on Casaurina Drive, while being the driver of PWW 4905, had 46 micrograms of alcohol in his system, which is over the prescribed limit.last_img read more

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Update – Well Site could burn for Several Weeks

first_imgIt could be several weeks before the fire at a ConocoPhillips Well could be out.The fire broke out at 3:55am Tuesday at Well approximately 30km east of Chetwynd near Groundbirch.  The cause of the fire is still unknown at the this time, but Pat Defoe with Conoco Phillips says they have some ideas[asset|aid=605|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=issues_and_answers-20081111T2158.mp3] ConocoPhillips has made it clear that no one has been hurt and that there is no danger to the public.  The well is licenced as a sour gas well, but ConocoPhillips believes the well is actually sweet gas.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=604|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20081111T1814.mp3] Safety and Fire Crews remain on scene as they and drill a relief well.  Pat Defoe says the relief well will help them put the fire out.[asset|aid=603|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20081111T1812.mp3]It could take several weeks before the fire is out.  The flame can be seen from highway 97 in between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd. Advertisement For photos of the fire Click HereDo you have more information or photos of this news event?  Send them to contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comlast_img read more

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A sixth explosion has hit an EnCana Facility

first_imgThe natural gas flowing through this line is slightly sour – containing a very small amount of hydrogen sulphide – approximately 0.07 percent. Air monitoring equipment was placed at the nearest residence, about 2.5 kilometres from the site of the leak, and no sour gas has been detected in the air. No evacuation was required as the leak was stopped and area contained for insurance public safety.“The elements of this incident thus far, are consistent with the previous blast sites and the RCMP considers this latest bombing linked to the others. This does change the dynamics of the events in certain terms, the main being our heightened concern for public safety, given that this explosion went off in close proximity of working crews and within a couple of kilometers of a populated rural area.In regards to the investigation, the RCMP were able to respond to this latest blast very quickly, this made possible by receiving the immediate public report of suspicious activity. Rapid response permits the RCMP to conduct a forensic examination of a fresher scene before natural elements or human contact disturbs or eradicates evidence, greatly increasing the scope and success of the collection of fresh physical evidence.Supplemental resources are headed to and have arrived in Dawson Creek today July 4th in order to further bolster the resources already in place. The RCMP “E” Division Integrated National Security Enforcement Team INSET will continue to be assisted by the RCMP Forensic Ident Section, with the RCMP post blast forensic examination team, Police Dog Service teams and explosive disposal team mustering today.Advertisement Photo: Corporal Dan Moskaluk addresses reporters after the July 1st attack near Dawson Creek- Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca- Advertisement – RCMP confirm that on July 4, 2009, between 2:00 am and 3:00 am, a 6th bombing against a natural gas pipeline infrastructure occurred at an EnCana site.The latest, which was in the immediate vicinity of the most recent blast on July 1st, 2009. The last two bombings occurring, near Pouce Coupe approximately eight kilometers south of Dawson Creek. There were no injuries to residents or EnCana staff.The RCMP were alerted after receiving a report from a concerned resident in the area, stating that a loud bang had just been heard. EnCana security and site workers who were working nearby on the previously damaged wellhead from July 1st, were within a kilometer and also heard the blast.Immediate attendance was made by both the RCMP and EnCana. EnCana activated its emergency response plan for the site to ensure the public safety and that of the EnCana workers and RCMP members in attendance. RCMP officers at the scene confirmed that the incident was a result of a blast.“EnCana has advised us of the following technical information:” stated Cpl Moskaluk:  That the explosion hit a section of pipe, causing a leak and escape of gas. Due to the drop in line pressure at the time of the explosion, the safety valves on the pipeline immediately shut in the line, isolating the damaged section and the leak stopped. There was no harm to workers, the public or the environment.Advertisement  In order to bolster current resources at the Dawson Creek Detachment itself, to conduct expanded rural patrol and coverage, two additional Constable positions have been allocated to the detachment strength”, stated Cpl Moskaluk.“We are greatly encouraged by the quick response from the public in this latest incident with the receipt of an unsolicited report. Nearby residents also wasted no time after hearing the blast and noting police and EnCana staff responding generating a self initiated evacuation of the area of a small number of residents. We are thankful, that the community took this cautious step which again displays the horrible stress that those responsible for these criminal acts are inflicting on the Communities of Pouce Coupe and Dawson Creek”. If anyone one has any information in regards to this latest incident or the previous, that may be an interest to investigators, we ask them to please contact the dedicated tip line at 1-866-994-7473, your local police services, the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or Crimestoppers 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or go to www.dawsoncreekbombings.com.last_img read more

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Rebels win league crown

first_imgPASADENA – Following a 24-point loss to Flintridge Prep on Jan. 18, the Westridge School girls basketball players focused on making amends when the teams met again Wednesday in a Prep League showdown. For two quarters, the Tigers’ energetic play put the Rebels on their collective heels. Adrenaline, however, wasn’t enough to derail the Rebels’ stifling defense or Courtney Robinson in the second half. Robinson scored 12 of her team-high 19 points in the final 16 minutes as Flintridge Prep sealed the Prep League championship with a 49-40 victory. “We knew the way to our offense is our defense, and that’s how we won this game,” said Robinson, who also had three rebounds and three steals. Flintridge Prep (21-3, 12-0) ran its winning streak to 13 games and has won 16 of its past 17. The Tigers (15-4, 9-2), who saw their five-game winning streak end, built an 8-3 lead after one quarter despite committing seven turnovers. Added Rebels coach Kenny Fisher: “We weren’t able to set up our press, but it didn’t worry me too much because I know we can score in bunches.” Those bunches eventually came as Flintridge Prep scored six consecutive points to forge an 18-18 halftime tie. center_img Robinson’s driving layup midway through the third quarter sparked a string of six unanswered points to give the Rebels a 28-22 advantage. Allison Clark hit a short jumper to pull Westridge within two, 28-26, to begin the fourth quarter. But Robinson sank a pair of 3-pointers to engineer a 15-3 Flintridge Prep run to put the game away. “Everybody kept their head up,” Robinson said. “We started to play like we usually do, driving strong to the basket in the second quarter. We brought it to them.” Megan Musashi had 12 points and seven steals for the Rebels. Jordan Toyama had eight points, four rebounds and four steals, and Laurel Myers had six points, 10 rebounds and four steals. “We came out really psyched up and took them off their game in the first quarter,” said senior forward Allison Clark, who led led the Tigers with 21 points. “They picked up their defense and made it harder for us to score.” scott.galetti@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 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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Aguero sidelined for two weeks by knee injury

first_img0Shares0000Sergio Aguero has scored 30 goals in 37 matches for City this season © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 11 – Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will miss Monday’s Premier League trip to Stoke due to a knee injury.However, the Argentine is hopeful of being sidelined for just two weeks, which should see him return in time for City’s next fixture at Everton on March 31. “During yesterday’s training I had a discomfort on my left knee,” Aguero posted on his official Twitter account.“The club’s doctors told me I’ll be back with the team in approximately two weeks. Now it’s time for a full recovery!”Aguero is also a doubt for Argentina’s World Cup warm-up friendlies against Italy and Spain on March 23 and 27 respectively.The 29-year-old’s next goal for City will be his 200th for the club having netted 30 times already this season.Pep Guardiola’s men seem destined to land the Premier League title as they hold a 13-point lead and have a game in hand over closest challengers Manchester United.However, Aguero will have a big part to play if City are to land a first ever Champions League after easing into the quarter-finals for just the second time in the club’s history with a 5-2 aggregate win over Basel in the last 16.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘Shaqiri will complete Stokelona!’ – Fans react to seeing Xherdan Shaqiri at the Britannia

first_img Xherdan Shaqiri 1 First Bojan, then Ibrahim Afellay and now Xherdan Shaqiri.No, this isn’t a Stoke fan cheating at Football Manager, this is could be Stoke City’s forward line by the end of the transfer window.The Switzerland international looked like he had snubbed a move to join Mark Hughes’ galacticos earlier this summer but he was spotted watching his potential new teammates take on Liverpool at the Britannia.See below for the best reactions from social media …last_img

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DONEGAL MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING AND FALSELY IMPRISONING EX-GIRLFRIEND FOUND NOT GUILTY

first_imgA Donegal man accused of falsely imprisoning and raping his ex-girlfriend, has been found NOT GUILTY after a unanimous verdict was returned by the jury at the Central Criminal Court earlier this afternoon. Central Criminal Court in Dublin.The jury which contained six men and six women, returned a unanimous NOT GUILTY verdict on the rape and false imprisonment counts after an exhausting six hours of deliberations. Today marked day five of what was described as an extremely sensitive and complex legal trial.The thirty year old was accused of falsely imprisoning and raping the woman at her home in the early hours of April 6, 2011.He had pleaded NOT GUILTY to both those charges, but pleaded GUILTY to criminal damage by altering her Facebook settings on the same date.The Donegal man, who can’t be named for legal reasons will be sentenced later this month for the criminal damage of his ex-girlfriend’s Facebook page.The court were told that the man accessed his ex-girlfriend’s Facebook account and posted an insulting status purporting to be her.Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan thanked the members of the jury for their diligence, and the careful manner with which they dealt with the trial.Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan remanded the man on continuing bail until his sentence on June 30.DONEGAL MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING AND FALSELY IMPRISONING EX-GIRLFRIEND FOUND NOT GUILTY was last modified: June 4th, 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:courtsDonegal manEx-GirlfriendFalse Imprisonmentnewsnot guiltyrapelast_img read more

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McGUINNESS BLASTS DONEGAL GAA OVER ALL IRELAND HOLIDAY FUND

first_imgFormer Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has launched an astonishing attack on the county board revealing that himself and several key players have still not received a team holiday they were promised.Jim McGuinnessThe All-Ireland winning manager blasts the county executive saying Croke Park gave them €80,000 for a team holiday but some have not received a cent from it.The players and management include McGuinness himself, mentor Damien Diver, player Paddy McGrath and team doctor Charlie McManus didn’t travel to Dubai. The Glenties man says the county board now need to reimburse these people with vouchers for the loyalty they have shown to their county.McGuinness speaks out in his column in today’s Irish Times saying he would prefer not to wash dirty linen in public but says he feels he now has now choice.The following are his words from today’s Irish Times.“But now that we have reached the end of the year, my mind is turning to a grievance that I have been carrying with me in the months since I stepped down as Donegal manager. It is a local rather than a national issue but I feel it is relevant to the respect with which players and backroom staff should be treated and it revolves around a subject which has been a source of contention in many counties: the team holiday. “In Donegal, seven of last year’s squad who were, for various reasons, unable to travel on the official holiday to Dubai, have yet to receive any sort of holiday voucher from the Donegal county board. As it happens, I am one of the seven. But I wouldn’t be addressing this if this concerned just me.“These people have put their lives on hold for their county and their beliefs. Paddy McGrath has played in an All-Ireland final and yet he can’t go on holiday because he took all his time off so he could attend training weekends? I feel that is just wrong.“John Duffy was a selector on the team. We played Antrim in the championship and I noticed he wasn’t in the dressing room afterwards. I asked where he was and I was told he had to race home because his son Oisin was making his first communion. He never said a thing about it: he just turned up for the match. I think that is what people mean when they talk about ‘sacrifice’. John is a former county player and he gave his time all year. As it turned out, he wasn’t able to go on the holiday because of other work commitments. Damien Diver, another brilliant Donegal player and selector, couldn’t travel. I couldn’t travel. Charlie McManus, the team doctor, couldn’t travel.“The official word from the Donegal county board was that if people couldn’t travel on the team holiday, then that was it. But the information I obtained from Croke Park is that if you couldn’t attend a team holiday, then you are entitled to a voucher for whatever the holiday was worth.“The county board suggested that there was an implication with revenue; that would be true if you got the benefit-in-kind but if you received an actual holiday voucher, then it is just that – an opportunity for people to take the holiday they were entitled to. “I have had several conversations with people in Croke Park about this and there is no implication with the Revenue or anything else. A total of €80,000 was handed over by Croke Park for the holiday fund, and if the non-travelling parties receive a voucher then there is no implication. Those I spoke to within the GAA were sympathetic to what was said.“They said that the people unable to travel were entitled to a holiday. I have stayed silent about this because I didn’t want it to impact on Donegal’s preparations for the championship or on the new management team. But now the year is over I feel it is my duty to come out and speak about it. I feel that all of these people put their lives on hold to improve Donegal football and they weren’t in a position to enjoy what is a fairly modest gesture of thanks at the end of it. This is an amateur organisation but these boys lost out because they had to make up on their work as they took so much time off to devote to Donegal football.“Something is not adding up. I feel very bad personally because I feel these people gave a lot when I was in charge. And this is something that they were entitled to get. There should be no questions asked. They certainly shouldn’t have to plead for it. John has written an article about the issue and there have been various reports about it but it is all sort of brushed under the carpet. It is as if the county board wanted it to go away. Nothing has come out of it. So I feel it is my duty to the boys to make sure that they are given fair treatment.“There is this old thing about Donegal washing dirty linen in public. I am doing that now because there is no other option. We have been months trying to sort this out and have established that those who run our games are in favour of the boys receiving a holiday voucher but it still hasn’t been sorted out some 10 months later. “It isn’t about the holiday as much as respect. This is such a small thing but it shouldn’t be an issue. People should be tripping over themselves to make sure the boys get some little bit of thanks for all of the untold hours they put in.“We created whatever we created around the idea that we are all in this together. And so this feels like a postponed duty of my former role as Donegal manager: to do the best that I can for the group that I was in charge of. And I had to wait almost a year to do it because I couldn’t intrude on the preparation of the boys this year. That would have been unfair. But now we are reaching the stage of the year where the two All-Ireland teams will be planning for holidays and All-Star tours will be coming around and it seems wrong to me that my own county hasn’t responded to a plea for fairness from people who have given so much. It feels as if they were punished. Or sacrificed.”McGUINNESS BLASTS DONEGAL GAA OVER ALL IRELAND HOLIDAY FUND was last modified: September 29th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalholidayJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

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