Barcelona, Sevilla seek Copa del Rey

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Important titles secured, Barcelona and Sevilla aim to sweeten already successful seasons in the Copa del Rey final today. Barcelona are defending their domestic cup trophy at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, a week after winning a second straight Spanish league title. The Liga champions face a Sevilla side that is riding high after coming back in the second half to beat Liverpool 3-1 and clinch a third straight Europa League title last Wednesday. “It’s the last game of the season, everything has a beginning and an end, and we are heading into the match highly motivated to win another title,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said yesterday. Despite his team’s advantage of four more days of rest and preparation, Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta expects Sevilla to be a bigger threat after having retained the Europa League crown. “It makes them more dangerous,” Iniesta said. “They have already won a title and will be feeling great. This is a team that always plays us tough. It has great players and a coach that gives it a lot of character.” Sevilla have tested Barcelona three times this season. Barcelona needed extra time to edge Sevilla in a 5-4 shootout for the European Super Cup last August. Unai Emery’s side then dealt Barcelona a 2-1 loss in Seville before the Catalan club won 2-1 at its Camp Nou in their two league meetings. Barcelona will again look to its trio of star forwards to finish off the campaign with another trophy, adding the cup to the league, Club World Cup and European Super Cup titles. Striker Luis Suarez leads Barcelona with 59 total goals across all competitions, followed by Messi’s 41 and Neymar’s 30.last_img read more

Blizzards select new executive

first_imgSecretary Wim Kok, Directors at Large: Bob Andrews, Barb Polehoykie, Gord Harris, Sandy McDonald, Ken Nix, Hilda Bilodeau, Richard Wood, Bill Lindsay and Marie Young. All were by acclamation. The president Patricia Emery thanked everyone who pitched in and helped make the Blizzard Bike Club the ‘Best Little Bike Club on the Planet’. It started in 1982 with a dozen members to the present day club of 78 members and a 90 event schedule. -submitted The Blizzard Bike Club held its 26th Annual General Meeting and Elections of Officers at Northern Lights College, Wednesday night. New executive include: – Advertisement -President : Patricia Emery, Vice Presidents Adam Currie and Pat ferris, Treasurer Dawn Gladysz, Advertisementlast_img

VIDEO: Bear filmed playing football in outside a hospital in Slovakia

first_img1 Watch this incredible video of a bear playing football in Slovakia!A father and daughter filmed the action from inside the children’s ward of a hospital where the bear was apparently foraging in bins and got distracted by the ball.Slovakia are in a group with England and Wales at Euro 2016 but it looks like the bear’s form came too late for a call up to the national squad.Watch the video below! The bear was spotted by a father and daughter in Slovakia last_img


first_imgThe cast and crew of the Letterkenny Music and Drama Group are celebrating after sweeping the boards in the All Ireland Drama Finals in Cavan for their hugely acclaimed play ‘The 39 Steps’.The group won the Best Producer award, the Best Actress, the Best Supporting Actors and the Best Stage Management awards. Producer Plunkett O’Fearraigh said he was delighted by how well the play had done.“I know there were some individual awards but this was very much a team effort. The awards are for the entire cast and crew.“I would like to pay tribute to everyone who has ever been involved in the play,” he said.The group qualified for the All Ireland by virtue of the fact that they won all seven Drama Festivals they competed in all around Ulster since the beginning of March. They won in Castleblayney, Lislea, Portadown, Derry, Strabane, Carrigmore and Ballyshanon. Along with winning the festivals outright they also won many individual awards [ 46 awards in total] – including best Actress [ Elaine Gillespie], Best Actor [ Kieran Kelly], Best Supporting Actor [ Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrighde & John Ruddy], Best Director /Producer [Pluincéad Ó Fearraigh], Best Stage Manager [ Fiona Mc Daid], Best Lighting [ Niall Cranney & Ann Marie Langan], Best Technical /sound [ Paul Rooney], Best Comedy, Best Set and the Audience Awards etc.The group have also qualified to compete in The Ulster Drama Finals in Newtownabbey in Belfast on the 15th May. This is a separate competition from the All Ireland.This is an exciting time for the LMDG, An Grianán Theatre, the town of Letterkenny and of course the county with the prospect of bringing an All Ireland Trophy and Ulster Title home to the county. We wish them luck.The group have already staged and sold out The 39 Steps in An Grianán 4 times this year and due to popular demand will stage it again for the last time on Saturday 12th May at 8pm. Book early to avoid disappointment by ringing 0749120777The above pictures shows the cast and crew of Letterkenny Music and Drama Group’s production of The 39 Steps with all the trophies [ 46 awards in all] they have won so far in 7 drama Festivals since the beginning of March.LETTERKENNY MUSIC AND DRAMA GROUP SWEEPS THE BOARDS WITH THE 39 STEPS was last modified: April 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:LETTERKENNY MUSIC AND DRAMA GROUP SWEEPS THE BOARDS WITH THE 39 STEPSlast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal student has been nominated for a National Blog Award.Ryan McBride’s solo blog was nominated as best blog in the ‘Arts and Culture’ category by Blog Awards Ireland.On Crackplot, Carrigart man Ryan covers mainly Music and Film, with an occasional article on other things, like comic books and some original writing. Crackplot has interviews with Oscar short-listers, nominees and Cannes Film Festival featured directors as well as many, many more.Now that Crackplot has been nominated, the public vote will open on 7th September 2015 and stay open for 2 weeks. The Blog Awards Ireland – Finalists will be reduced from the shortlist via public voting.All public support will be greatly appreciated, and hopefully the Donegal crowd will take care of their own.S what are you waiting for – get voting for Ryan on September 7th. DONEGAL STUDENT ‘CRACKS UP’ AFTER NOMINATION FOR BLOG AWARD was last modified: September 5th, 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:blog awardsCRackpltNominationRyan McBridelast_img read more


first_imgTHREE men who carried out a vicious armed robbery on a Post Office in Donegal have been sentenced to EIGHTEEN years in prison – with some of the jail term suspended.The gang, all from Derry, were sentenced this afternoon at a sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court. Noel Lavy, David Knight and Joseph McMullan had more than a staggering THREE-HUNDRED previous convictions between them.The three men carried out the vicious attack using a stolen Royal Mail Van on October 4th, 2014 at the Post Office in Manorcunningham.The court heard how the trio hijacked a Royal Mail van in Derry after participating in a massive binge of alcohol and drugs the previous night.They bought hi-viz jackets and headed across the border into Donegal with the hijacked van and carried out the terrifying raid at the Post Office in Manorcunningham which was owned by Mrs Kathleen Diver.The trio stormed the post office and used a sledgehammer to smash the protective screen that Mrs Diver was sitting behind.A terrified Mrs Diver emptied the till – and threw the cash which amounted to €2,930.00The men fled the scene – but Gardaí apprehended the men after using a stinger to puncture the tyres of the Royal Mail van they were driving.When sentencing Judge John Aylmer said that despite the comical and amateurish elements to the case did not dilute the absolutely terrifying experience suffered by Mrs Diver.He told the court, “This was a serious, serious offence, and despite the comical elements like using a Royal Mail post van to carryout the robbery, there was nothing comical about weapons being brandished in a threatening manner.“This was a terrifying experience for Mrs Diver, and even though she suffered no physical injuries, the trauma of the incident left her terrible shook-up and traumatised.“This robbery is the most serious of offences, and attracts a maximum sentence of SEVEN years.“It is difficult to distinguish anything between the three men, they were all fully co-operative with Gardaí and also entered a guilty plea, although it must be pointed out that all three men were caught red handed.“The three men all have huge previous convictions and all seem to have chronic issues with drugs and alcohol abuse and all come from deprived backgrounds, they have engaged in crime for most of their lives.“I do acknowledge that each one of them have expressed since remorse for what they’ve done and have behaved exemplary since being in jail.”The court heard that all three men have been remanded in custody since the incident last October.The court also heard that Noel Lavy who had history of heroin abuse – was further troubled by the fact his son – who also had issues with drugs – was kneecapped in both knees after being brought along to a meeting by his father.When passing sentence on Lavy, Judge Aylmer said, “I take into account your guilty plea, and the fact you’ve fully co-operated with Gardaí during their investigations into the incident.“You’ve also expressed sincere remorse for your actions and I acknowledge you’ve behaved well during your time in prison.“Considering this I impose a sentence of SIX years, but I will suspend the final THREE years.“You will also enter into a bond of €100 to keep the peace for two years after your release.”When sentencing David Knight, Judge Aylmer said, “I also take into account your guilty plea and the fact you co-operated fully with the Gardaí and apologised sincerely for your actions.“I know you’ve been in a steady, stable relationship for 17 years and have four children.“Your behaviour in prison has been exemplary, and I know like the other defendants you have a long history of drug abuse and crime.“Although, unlike the other two defendants you’ve have TWO previous convictions for robbery.“So I propose a sentence of SIX years with the final TWO suspended, and you will also enter into a bond for €100 for two years upon your release.”When sentencing Joseph McMullan who has 126 previous convictions, Judge Aylmer reiterated what he had said about the other two defendants and acknowledged that McMullan was co-operative and had shown genuine remorse.Judge Aylmer said, “I know you’ve availed of the education services in prison, and you’ve shown great scope for rehabilitation.“I take into account your addiction problems, and that you’re the youngest of the three offenders.“Your behaviour since being in prison has been very good and I know you’re remorseful for your actions – and that you’re desperate to stay drug-free and rebuild your life.“I impose a sentence of SIX years and I will suspend the final THREE, and you will enter into a €100 bond to keep the peace for two years upon your release.The trio were sentenced to a combined total of TEN years in prison with EIGHT years suspended.DONEGAL POST OFFICE ROBBERS GIVEN EIGHTEEN YEARS SENTENCE was last modified: December 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens 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first_imgGARDAI have expanded their investigations into child sex abuse allegations in west Donegal to include up to seven suspects.Detectives are also planning to re-interview convicted paedophile Michael Ferry.A number of men in the Gweedore area who claim they were sexually abused when they were boys have made statements to gardai in recent days. Some of the allegations date back to the early 1980s.Detectives are piecing together all the allegations and cross-checking claims against suspects in the case. They are also re-interviewing victims of convicted paedophile Michael Ferry, the school caretaker jailed for 14 years last month.The 56-year-old, who pleaded guilty to 38 sample charges, is to be interviewed again about his crimes and his association with a number of other suspects.“Ferry himself could hold the key to unlocking the dark secrets behind this affair,” a source said. “He will be interviewed again by detectives about his role and the alleged role of others in these sickening attacks on young boys.“He pleaded guilty when confronted with the allegations, but frankly he had attacked so many boys over the years, he wasn’t even sure himself how many victims there were.”Ferry’s imprisonment last month related to crimes committed against four boys. He had a previous conviction in 2002 for a sex attack on another man in Gweedore in the mid-1980s.Serious sexual assault allegations have been made against a man who has connections to two of the men at the centre of the Gweedore investigations.When the allegations were first made in the mid-1990s, a parish priest led an investigation and concluded that six boys who made the allegations against the man had fabricated them. “The parents were dismissed out of hand at the time.“In the end four boys left the school. The DPP concluded there was insufficient evidence for a prosecution,” said a source.However this inquiry has been re-opened and we understand a number of new allegations have been made in recent days. Gardai believe this case is ‘inextricably linked’ to the Gweedore allegations.Meanwhile two men who were arrested earlier this week by gardai in Gweedore have been released without charge pending further inquiries. A number of items were seized for forensic examination. EndsGARDAI PLANNING TO INTERVIEW SEVEN SUSPECTS IN ALLEGED DONEGAL PAEDO RING was last modified: August 4th, 2011 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:GardaiMichael Ferrysex abuseWest Donegallast_img read more

Repertory company to make move

first_img The theater company stages its performances in a former banquet hall on the old temple’s third floor. The upper six floors are closed off because of safety concerns and the building has problems with its air conditioning and heating systems and lacks space, officials said. The Pasadena theater would be part of a mixed-use development with apartment and condominium units. A Noise Within would get the land for free or a nominal amount, and it would have to raise the funds to build a theater. “We think Pasadena’s a terrific community and we’re very excited about the potential for growth and all the opportunities that are available for us there,” Elliott said. “And we still feel that we’re going to be able to serve our base. It’s not like we’re moving to San Diego or anything.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 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 A Noise Within had an exclusive deal with Glendale Redevelopment Agency to negotiate about building a new theater on an agency-owned parking lot in the 100 block of North Louise Street. Another site under consideration was an agency-owned parking lot at Central and Wilson avenues. The theater’s artistic directors said they were told at a GRA meeting last week not to count on using the city’s Orange Street Garage to meet all their parking needs if they built a theater at Central and Wilson. Developer David Worrell offered the theater company enough land to build a theater of up to 45,000 square feet at a Pasadena project planned at Foothill and Sierra Madre boulevards, theater officials said. That compares with the 26,000 square feet it could get in Glendale. A Noise Within on Friday sent a letter to Glendale officials informing them of the planned move to Pasadena. Because A Noise Within will need to build a new facility in Pasadena, it expects to be in Glendale for a few years more. The nonprofit company opened in Glendale in 1991 at the former Masonic temple at 234 S. Brand Blvd. In 1999 the theater moved to the California State University, Los Angeles, campus, but that did not work out and the theater moved back to Glendale the following year. “I wish them luck, but I hope (in) a couple years or something they don’t come back and want back in Glendale again,” said City Councilman Dave Weaver. “It looks like if what they’re being offered comes true they’ve gotten something good. So I don’t blame them for doing it; it’s just the mechanism of doing it.” GLENDALE – A repertory theater company that has performed since the early 1990s out of Glendale’s historic former Masonic temple is planning a scene change that would take it to Pasadena. A Noise Within, whose leaders had been talking for years with Glendale Redevelopment Agency officials about developing a new theater, have decided instead to accept an offer from a Pasadena developer to build a theater there. “We were probably facing looking at being in a building that we would conceivably outgrow within 10 years,” said Julia Rodriguez Elliott, co-artistic director for the theater company. The Glendale sites under consideration for a new theater were not as big as the Pasadena site, and the company had concerns that parking could also be a problem, officials said. last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin TD and Justice Spokesperson Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has said that the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, is ‘missing the bigger picture’ on Garda reform following her comments at the MacGill Summer School yesterday.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “While I agree that the structures of An Garda Síochána have undergone significant changes in the past year, I don’t think that these changes have brought about the sort of reform that is needed.“The Minister has failed to devolve the necessary authority that the Gardaí require if they are to be an independent, accountable and transparent force capable of facing the challenges of modern day policing. “Any structural changes made to An Garda Síochána to date have only paid lip service to reform and this will continue to be the case for as long as such structures remain centralised.“In addition to this, the delay in establishing the new Policing Authority is unacceptable. The Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill should have been brought before the Dáil long ago in order to allow for a proper debate on what such an Authority should look like and what its functions should be.“Sinn Féin’s position remains the same. The independence of the Authority, as currently outlined in the Bill, must be strengthened and its functions expanded to include holding the Garda Commissioner to account, in order for the Authority to be effective.“The Minister should consider measures to address how best to devolve authority to An Garda Síochána. This is the only way to bring about the reform that is necessary.” Mac LOCHLAINN CRITICISES JUSTICE MINISTER OVER GARDA REFORM was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 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:Deputy Padraig Mac LochlainnFrances FitzgeraldGarda reformlast_img read more

The History of Collaboration [Infographic]

first_imgThe history of collaboration is the subject of another infographic from Socialcast. A previous infographic the company did late last year explored how to measure the effectiveness of social technologies inside the enterprise.This one explores collaboration starting with a quote from Charles Darwin about communications. It goes from there to explore the growth of collaboration; the types of workers in the U.S. workforce and the definition of a good worker. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex williams The most compelling aspect of the infographic focuses on the ways collaboration can improve with ten common forms of recent effort. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more