Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer Fast bowlers Alzarri Joseph and Shannon Gabriel combined to share six wickets, however, at tea on the fourth day of the first Brighto Paints-Q Mobile Test between the West Indies and Pakistan, it is the latter who holds the upper hand. Resuming the day on 201 for four and needing another 86 runs to overhaul the West Indies first innings score of 286, Pakistan were dismissed for 407 on the stroke of the interval for a lead of 121 runs. Bowling with impressive speed and at good lengths for the most part, Joseph and Gabriel claimed three for 71 and three for 92, respectively. Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo ended with one for 106, and part-time off-spinner Roston Chase, one for 37, and all-rounder Jason Holder, one for 65. Pakistan captain, Misbah-UL-Haq, who during the day passed 5,000 runs to become his country’s seventh all-time top runs scorer, was left unbeaten on 99. This was after he was dropped twice. He was largely supported by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, who hit 54, while Misbah’s overnight partner, Asad Shafiq, who resumed on five, went on to score 22.
Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Break new ground Senegal’s supporters drum during an AfroBasket match between Senegal against South Africa at Marius Ndiaye stadium in Dakar, Senegal, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The African basketball championship may lack star power, even electrical power on occasion. But with national pride at stake, it almost always entertains. AfroBasket, which tipped off Friday in Senegal and Tunisia, can’t be compared to a glitzy event like the NCAA tournament. Senegal’s aging national stadium in the capital Dakar, for example, has no air conditioning. A recent women’s AfroBasket game in Mali was paused because of a power cut. (AP Photo/ Ken Maguire)DAKAR, Senegal — The African basketball championship may lack star power — even electrical power on occasion. But with national pride at stake, it almost always entertains.AfroBasket, which tipped off Friday in Senegal and Tunisia, can’t be compared to a glitzy event like the NCAA tournament. Senegal’s aging national stadium in the capital Dakar, for example, has no air conditioning. A recent women’s AfroBasket game in Mali was paused because of a power cut.ADVERTISEMENT Winning start It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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AfroBasket also provides a qualification path to FIBA’s world championship in 2019 and the 2020 Olympics.Top players sometimes opt out because of scheduling conflicts and, especially, their national federations’ unwillingness to pay for insurance. Other NBA players not coming are Cameroonians Joel Embiid, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Pascal Siakam, as well as Congo’s Bismack Biyombo and Emmanuel Mudiay.The delayed tournament also makes it hard for Africans in American schools. Angolan Bruno Fernando, identified by FIBA as Bruno “Fernandes,” has begun his freshman year at the University of Maryland.Still, NBA and other scouts are expected, so players like 25-year-old Ndour, now a free agent, can help themselves as they help their teams. Carlos Morais of Angola was invited to the Raptors’ training camp after earning MVP honors at the 2013 African championship.Silvio De Sousa, who has committed to Kansas for 2018, is suiting up for Angola.Joe Lopez, president of the SEED Academy, said many participants play professionally, “but you have two or three that will be discovered.” He pointed to SEED student Privat Koyamba, 19, of Central African Republic.“This will be for him a golden opportunity to showcase his talent,” said Lopez, who was the starting center on Senegal’s victorious team in 1978.SEED is an international NGO in Senegal that trains promising young players with a goal to build future leaders.Reggie Moore, born and raised in California and a naturalized Angolan, said AfroBasket play is “very physical” but he wasn’t worried about the lack of air conditioning.“It’s not a big deal. We’re used to it,” said Moore, a 6-foot-7 power forward and Oral Roberts University alum. International basketball federation FIBA turned to Senegal and Tunisia as emergency co-hosts of this men’s championship just two months ago because Republic of Congo backed out, as did replacement host Angola. The 16-team tournament was pushed back to September, too close to training camps for many Africans who play in the NBA.Tunisia hosted in August 2015, two months after 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack at a beach resort. As a precaution, games were moved to Rades, outside the capital Tunis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe tournament still carries on, as it has done since 1962.“They always end up finding a way, and it always ends up being a great tournament, so we must find a way to improve it, to get more out of it,” said Masai Ujiri, a Nigerian who is president of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors. “I’ve played in that tournament. I’ve coached in it. It’s an unbelievable feeling. There’s a remarkable atmosphere. I wish more people knew about it.” Despite Africa’s basketball potential, Ujiri warns that mismanagement threatens to stall progress. Uriji said governments must take responsibility for neglected stadiums and subpar sports programs. Leaks in the Dakar stadium’s roof were patched up 48 hours before the tournament. It’s the rainy season here.“We’re (Africa) moving forward in technology, we’re moving forward in banking, we’re moving forward in real estate,” Uriji said. “While these things are getting better, sports are being left behind. How is that possible?”The NBA has seen opportunity in Africa and has an academy outside Dakar to train the continent’s top young players. The NBA has put on exhibition games in South Africa and says a regular-season game is coming to Africa at some point.Ujiri said it’s also a good sign that Africans — like him — are earning jobs in leadership positions, including coaching and scouting.“I see that as growth of the game that’s going to help get kids playing at a younger age,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Arenas are abuzz with drumming, dancing, and flag waving. Boisterous Senegalese supporters packed Marius Ndiaye Stadium on Friday hours before their team took the floor, a floor that was freshly painted just three days earlier.Even referees seem to feel it. In a March qualifier, a Malian player sank a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer against Senegal, pulled off his jersey and sprinted toward fans as if he had scored a goal at the soccer World Cup. No technical foul.Wearing national colors is serious business for players, some of whom have grandparents who lived under colonial oppression.“I take pride in it,” said Senegal’s Maurice Ndour, who played for the New York Knicks last season. “It will be my first time playing in Senegal in front of the home crowd. It’s huge.”South Africa’s Chris Gabriel, center front, launches a hook shot over Senegal’s Gorgui Dieng during AfroBasket tournament at Marius Ndiaye stadium in Dakar, Senegal, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The African basketball championship may lack star power, even electrical power on occasion. But with national pride at stake, it almost always entertains. AfroBasket, which tipped off Friday in Senegal and Tunisia, can’t be compared to a glitzy event like the NCAA tournament. Senegal’s aging national stadium in the capital Dakar, for example, has no air conditioning. A recent women’s AfroBasket game in Mali was paused because of a power cut. (AP Photo/ Ken Maguire)Senegal, with Minnesota Timberwolves big man Gorgui Dieng on board, will be under pressure to win the title, something it hasn’t done since 1997. Angola is the 11-time African champion and hasn’t missed the final since 1997. Nigeria captured its first title at the last AfroBasket in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT
Dr. Brisbane was a senior medical doctor working at Liberia’s leading referral hospital, the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center in Monrovia.The JFK’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Billy Johnson, confirmed Brisbane’s demise to the Daily Observer Saturday afternoon. Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn, also confirmed Dr. Brisbane’s death, which occurred at around one o’clock p.m. on Saturday at an Ebola treatment center at ELWA Hospital in Paynesville, near Monrovia. The BBC reports Dr. Brisbane succumbed to the deadly disease after a three-week battle.The late Dr. Brisbane, Liberia’ leading internist, headed the Emergency Unit at the JFK and saw most patients coming there for various treatments. According to reports, he is the first Liberian doctor to die since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease.The US-based aid group, Samaritan’s Purse, also said Saturday that an American doctor working in Liberia is sick.A spokeswoman for the group says Dr. Kent Brantly is undergoing intensive medical treatment. She added that patients have a better chance of survival if they receive treatment immediately after being infected, which Brantly did. Dr. Brantly, 33, is married and a father of two.A second U.S. citizen working in Liberia has tested positive for the Ebola virus, Samaritan’s Purse also announced. Nancy Writebol is employed by SIM (Sudan Interior Mission) in Liberia and was helping the joint SIM/Samaritan’s Purse team that is treating Ebola patients at the Case Management Center in Monrovia. SIM manages ELWA Hospital there, and the two organizations have been working closely to combat Ebola since the current outbreak began in Liberia in March.Nancy Writebol serves as a Personnel Coordinator by helping missionaries and short-term teams with their entry into Liberia. She is married to David Writebol who is the Technical Services Manager and SIM’s Eternal Love Winning Africa’s (ELWA’s) complex of 100 buildings. He helps staff provide electrical power, water and other technical services to the campus, which are utilized by the radio station, hospital, elementary and secondary schools on the campus. The couple is blessed with two sons, whom they raised before leaving their careers in the education and software industry to become missionaries. They have been working with SIM since August 2013. Prior to coming to Liberia, the Writebols also spent 14 years serving orphans and other vulnerable children in Ecuador and Zambia.WHO says the highly contagious Ebola virus has so far killed at least 672 people in four African countries—Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia now Nigeria.In Sierra Leone, for example, health officials say an Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer, died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital.Meanwhile, Nigeria has stepped up surveillance at its ports and borders, following the country’s first confirmed death from the Ebola virus.Officials confirmed Friday that a man, who died after arriving in Lagos on a flight from Liberia, had tested positive for Ebola.(For the latest news and updates, follow us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liberian-Observer-Online/42279623238.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The remains of Dr. Samuel Brisbane were buried Saturday night at his home in Bomi County, less than 24 hours after he succumbed to the deadly Ebola virus, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW) has confirmed.
The GoL announces with profound regret the death in his 72 year of: Sheikh Kafumba Famod Konneh former Chairman, National Muslim Council of Liberia; Secretary General and Chairman, Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL) respectively; Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC); Associate Magistrate, LAMCO, Yekepa, Nimba County; Associate Magistrate and Secretary General, Liberia Muslim Union, Nimba County; Renowned Muslim Cleric; Patriot; Senior Citizen; Devout Muslim; Dedicated Public Servant; Republic of Liberia.This sad mournful event occurred at the hour of 5 O’clock post meridian at his residence in Topoe Village, Gardnesville, Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia, after a period of illness.The late Sheikh Kafumba Famod Konneh was born on February 4, 1944 in Saclepea, Nimba County, Liberia, unto the blessed union of Mr. Fombo Konneh and Mrs. Madoye Kromah. His parents predeceased him. He embraced the Muslim Religion at an early age and became a devoted and renowned Muslim Cleric.This astute statesman dedicated his life to public service and religious coexistence. He was a self-educated public servant who started his professional career from 1972 to 1977 as an Associate Magistrate in LAMCO, Yekepa in Nimba County. The following year, Sheikh Kafumba Famod Konneh moved to Sanniquellie and served again as an Associate Magistrate and Secretary General of the Liberia Muslim Union concomitantly in Nimba County. Giving his valuable contributions to public service, particularly in the judiciary, he became Commissioner of Ganta Township in 1979. He moved to Monrovia in 1981 and became a member of the Muslim Congress of Liberia and eventually served as its Secretary General in 1982. He succeeded the late Sheikh Rashid Sheriff as Chairman of the National Muslim Council, a position he held until his demise on July 20, 2015.While serving in these capacities, Sheikh Kafumba Konneh worked tirelessly with his fellow compatriots form various religious denominations under the banner of the Inter-Faith Mediation Council which engaged the warring factions in the Liberian civil crisis for a peaceful resolution. He was instrumented in negotiating numerous peace agreements, including the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement that finally brought peace to Liberia. In 2006, Shiekh Kafumba Konneh was appointed as Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Liberia, which was mandated to investigate the root of the Liberian crisis from 1979 to 2003 and to reconcile victims and perpetrators. Sheikh Konneh worked as a full time Commissioner responsible for investigating Liberian history and identifying errors, and was oversight Commissioner for Grand Cape Mount, Bomi and Gbarpolu counties. He was also one of the commissioners known to have attended all of the hearings of the TRC, both in Liberia and abroad.This surely demonstrated his commitment to working for peace and reconciliation in Liberia.Since the completion of work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Sheikh Konneh Had been engaged with strengthening the National Muslim Council and the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia in ensuring that both organizations would have the necessary capacities to breed new leaders to continue the work for peace and religious coexistence in Liberia.The Sheikh Kafumba Famod Konneh was a father, grandfather, a prominent Muslim Cleric and leader, a skillful negotiator and mediator, a true public servant a repository of Islamic and Liberian history.He was joined in customary matrimony with four wives, the unions of which were blessed with 13 children.With the passing of Sheik Konneh, his family has lost a loving and caring father; his comrades, a strong source of inspiration and courage; and the Muslim Community a renowned Muslim Cleric and Government of Liberia, a dedicated public servant.The late Sheikh leaves to mourn his loss his four widows, thirteen children, and sixteen grandchildren with a host of other relatives and friends both at home and abroad.As a mark of last respect and tribute to the late Sheikh Kafumba Famod Konneh former Chairman, National Muslim Council of Liberia; Secretary General and Chairman, Inter-religious Council of Liberia (IRCL), respectively; Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC); Associate Magistrate, LAMCO Yekepa, Nimba County; Associate Magistrate and Secretary general, Liberia Muslim Union, Nimba County; Renowned Muslim Cleric; Patriot; Senior Citizen; Devout Muslim; Dedicated Public Servant; Republic of Liberia, it is hereby ordered and directed that on the day of interment, the national ensign of the Republic of Liberia be flown at half-mast from all public buildings in Montserrado and Nimba Counties from 8:o’clock ante-meridian to 6:oclock post-meridian.On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the hour of 12noon, funeral rites over the remains of the late Shiekh Kafumba Famod Konneh were held at the Antoinette Tubman Sports Stadium, followed by interment in Samukai Town, Caldwell, Montserrado County, Liberia. By order of the President:Augustine Kpehe NgafuanMinister of Foreign AffairsMinistry of Foreign AffairsMonrovia, LiberiaJuly 21, 2015Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Ghana head coach Kwesi Appiah prepares for a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 7, 2018, before their 2019 AFCON qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Stars. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 7 – Ghana head coach Kwesi Appiah says Kenya missing influential skipper Victor Wanyama for their 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier on Saturday might be more of a headache to him than an actual relief.The midfielder will not be available for the tie as he is yet to gain the requisite match fitness following a month-long injury lay off from a recurring knee injury. “No actually, because with him, at least I know him but with another person there, I don’t know what to expect,” Appiah responded when asked by Capital Sport on whether the midfielder’s absence is an advantage for them.He went on to note that it might also be a blessing in disguise for Kenya to expose a new talent in the same position, saying that African coaches should not be over-dependent on select players.“African coaches should move from that aspect of sticking to one particular team for years. The more you do that the more you destroy the team for the future. It is important to keep changing and bring in new ones to give them an opportunity,” the tactician offered.With Wanyama missing, the man set to replace him at the heart of midfield might be a man hugely familiar to Appiah, Anthony Akumu. The former Gor midfielder worked with Appiah during their stint at Sudanese club Al Khartoum.Ghanaian players train at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 7, 2018, before their 2019 AFCON qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Stars. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluGhana trained at the Kasarani Stadium on Friday evening, the eve of their huge battle against the Harambee Stars in a crucial 2019 AFCON qualification tie.Appiah believes it will be a tough match against Kenya, saying having watched and analyzed a few of their past matches, they are a decent team that can pose serious danger.“I believe football has come of age and for that reason you cannot underrate anyone. Kenya has a good team and it’s important that playing against them we prepare well. They have supporters and everything behind them but we are coming to give them a good game,” Appiah said.He added; “I have watched some few games and I think you have a good team. It’s a matter of giving the coaches and players support and I believe they can do much better.”Appiah selected a squad full of fresh faces with some key names including skipper Asamoah Gyan and the Ayew brothers (Dede and Jordan) being omitted from the squad.While pointing out the three stars are still part of his future plans, Appiah says that he made the decision to give new players an opportunity as he tries to build a squad that will not only qualify for next year’s AFCON but qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after missing out in Russia this year.Ghanaian players train at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 7, 2018, before their 2019 AFCON qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Stars. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“The assignment given to me is to try build a team for not only AFCON but the future. The only way to do that is making sure I drop some and bring new players; that’s the only way to build strong team. A good team is one that has bench,”“The focus is getting some young guys in now. We have put all this into consideration; what will be their age and performance in about four years… The vision is to try to get to the World Cup but we can only do that if we start now with the young players now,” the tactician further stated.Ghana started their campaign with a thumping 5-0 win over Ethiopia and they lead Group F. A win against Kenya will be a massive boost for their AFCON 2019 qualification hopes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Other components of the mayor’s speech include his plans to raise trash rates to hire 1,000 more police officers, reduce traffic congestion and plant 1 million trees. He also will outline his plan for closing the $295 million gap between revenues and expected expenditures. The State of the City address, started by former Mayor Tom Bradley with a low-key speech to the City Council in his chambers, has broadened over the years to serve as a stage for the city’s top elected official to cite his accomplishments and lay out a broad agenda for the coming year. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Taking his campaign for education reform to a citywide audience, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to use tonight’s State of the City address to ask the public to back his efforts to take control of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Even with the city facing a budget deficit of $295 million and controversial increases in trash fees and utility rates, Villaraigosa will focus on education because of its importance to the future success of Los Angeles, a spokeswoman said. “Reforming our public school is the central challenge facing Los Angeles,” spokeswoman Janelle Erickson said. In addition to calling for a greater effort by educators, students and parents, he also will detail his vision for the city’s public schools, including the system of governance.
Portsalon Golf ClubCaptains & Presidents Drive In Despite the poor weather conditions which prevailed on Sunday last there was a large turnout for the President’s and Captain’s drive in at Portsaon Golf Club. It was indeed a remarkable event as for the first time in the history of Portsalon Golf Club that a lady member (Kathleen Mc Cormick) was bestowed with the coveted title of club President. Added to this historic event also saw the President’s daughter Deirdre Hensey tee off as the Lady Captain for 2013.This was yet another first for Portsalon golf club and surely will go down in the history books as the first club in the county if not in the country to have a mother and daughter hold the prestigious club tiles of President and Lady Captain. Not being overawed by the occasion the Portsalon Captain Joe Harkin set the standards for the coming year much to the delight of his admirers with a majestic drive which split the first fairway. As the morning rain continued the competition secretary had to do a new draw as golfers cancelled due to the wet conditions. The poor weather did not deter the large turnout and the event got under way as a team classic with two holes counting. The winning team was Joe Hensey, Noel Nicholl, Fergus Friel and Dave Jones with 88 points , runners up Martin Blaney, Damian Hannigan, James Lynch and Adrian Mc Alary. Both captain’s Joe Harkin and lady captain club president Kathleen Mc Cormick thanked everyone for their good wishes and for the numbers who turn up on the day. They had a special thank you to the Otway captain Patrick Kelly and Otway Lady captain Mary Hasson who played on the day and wished them both success in their year ahead.EGM Following discussions from the Annual General Meeting which was held on Friday 18th January last it was agreed to hold an EGM to continue discussions. The council have announced that the EGM will take place on Friday 15th February I the clubhouse at 8 p.m.EventsOn Saturday 16th February there is an open stableford competition and on Sunday 17th a members competition. On Wednesday 20th an open stableford competition. . A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to portsalongolfclub.com.Gaeltacht LeagueThe scheduled Gaeltacht League match against Rosapenna has been cancelled. A new date will be confirmed later. Portsalon have two matches remaining in this seasons campaign. These are Nairn/Portnoo 2nd march and the rescheduled match at Rosapenna. The Gaeltacht League Captain’s Day wil take place at Cloughaneeley Golf course on Saturday 21st April. The captain of the Gaeltacht League has decided that the Portsalon captains prize will take place at Portsalon thus allowing all who played in this season campaign the opportunity to play.ResultsThe result of the Portsalon Winter Links staged on Saturday 9th was as follows; in the net section the winner was Stephen Connolly (6) 41 points, runner up Michael O’Hara (18) 39 points 3rd Martin Mc Dermott (6) Stabane 38 points. In tehe gross section the winner was Noel Callan (0) Faughan Valley 36 points, runner up Connor Connolly (4) 34 points, 3rd Eamon mc Dermott (3) 33 points. The CSS was 36 points.Protect Your Course. Members are encouraged to take a Divot Bag with them on their golfing round. If each member replaced their own divot and one other following each shot. Divot bags are available on entry to the first tee box and also at the 5th & 12th tee boxes.. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenance. Every little helps.Local Rule-Stakes and RopesAll members and visitors are reminded that a local rule is in operation regarding the identified areas surrounding our greens. This is an action taken to protect the areas surrounding the greens.Placing Members and visitors should note that six inch placing on all fairways only was is in operation at Portsalon Golf Club.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comGOLF NEWS: PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 14th, 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:Portsalon Golf Club Notes
Sheephaven divers took every opportunity to dive last week, despite the weather turning back into wind and rain to keep them off the better sites.Wednesday evenings dive, led by Siobhan Coll, started out for Black Rock but turned to the Werrymen instead when the dive party encountered the deteriorating sea conditions on the way out to the site. The dive was conducted from two boats and one stick with John Rowland providing dry coxswain duties.In-water visibility conditions were less than optimum down to no greater than a metre horizontally as result of the significant plankton bloom that as grown recently.However the water had warmed considerably, up to 12 degrees Celsius in the upper reaches of the water column.The poor visibility limited the divers’ opportunity to observe marine life, but what was evident was the numbers of Deadman’s Fingers with their polyps out in full feeding mode. Dive times of over 30 minutes were recorded to depths of nearly 20 metres. Due to better sea conditions Saturday mornings dive party, led by Kevin Boylan, made it to the Black Rock and conducted a 35 minute dive to over 25 metres.Once again in-water visibility was not great, with the plankton forming globules throughout the water column.Lobsters and Ling were the most notable large marine species observed, which would be in keeping with what was normally seen on this site.Sunday mornings dive moved to Rathmullan, due to access to the clubhouse being restricted as a result of the car rally.The two boat dive was conducted in one stick thanks to Joe Neely and John Joe Rowland who provided dry coxswain duties, while another dive pair conducted a shore-dive near to the pier.In keeping with the previous two dives last week in-water visibility was poor again on Sunday morning, but the water was even warmer at 14 degrees Celsius. The sea bed at this location is mainly fine gravel with large numbers of dead shells apparent, along with occasional rocks that provides cover for species such as Deadmans Fingers to adhere too.Dive times of 45 minutes to a depth of nearly 20 metres were achieved, conducted as a drift dive in a 3 knot ebbing tide though out the site.Marine life was very interesting, with Thornback Rays observed and the prize for some time when a Pipefish appeared briefly. These are always a joy to find, with a thin elongated body about nine inches long and no more than a half inch wide they look like an eel, but incredibly with a Seahorses head.They have a modified armoured body and a very fine dorsal fin that runs the length of their bodies, which beats incredibly fast and looks like an electric wave going down their back. They belong to the same scientific family as Seahorses, Syngnathidae, and the more common type in Irish waters are known as Syngnathus acus. Like their relatives male Pipefish take on the parenting duties, it incubates its offspring in a brood pouch, into which the female deposits the eggs, where he then supplies them with nutrients and oxygen until the baby Pipefish hatch free swimming.This is after a lengthy and complicated courtship when the female Pipefish transfers the fertilised eggs to the males’ brood pouch and then quite possibly goes off and finds another male to persuade to look after her family. There is so much that could be said about this but political correctness would suggest best not go there.As always these Sheephaven dives happened as result of extra effort by some club members, in particular the two people who towed boats to and from the dive sites, Kieran Doherty and Damien Kelly, thanks lads.SHEEPHAVEN SUB-AQUA DIVERS HEAD FOR THE BLACK ROCK was last modified: June 21st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DiversSheephaven Sub Aqua ClubSport
THOSE clever marketing people at Bushmills certainly know how to get their name into the social media.If you want to promote a brand, you could do worse than….send it to Ireland’s most popular Facebook Queen…Donegal supermodel Faye Dinsmore.The 23-year-old has 255,000 followers on the social network. And now Bushmills is another fan.The world’s oldest whiskey distillery has even gone to the bother of giving our Faye her own personalised bottle of 12-year-old single malt whiskey.Said Faye: “I’ve got my own bottle…thank you Bushmills!”We’ll drink to that! Of course the Ballintra girl knows all about brands – becoming the face of so many of them in the past year or so.But she likes nothing more than leaving the bright lights of the Milan and London catwalks behind to get back on the family farm in Co Donegal.“I love that I grew up in the country, knowing nothing about this world. Like, at Christmas, I went to a fancy party in London, and the next day I was home in wellies on the farm!” she said earlier this year.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comSUPERMODEL FAYE GETS HER OWN PERSONAL BOTTLE OF BUSHMILLS! was last modified: November 13th, 2011 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:bushmills whiskeyfaye dinsmore facebook
Controversial Donegal chef Conrad Gallagher has found himself in the middle of a lawsuit taken by staff of a restaurant he was involved in.Conrad GallagherThe Letterkenny-born businessman is named in court documents by former staff at the Purple Fig restaurant in New York.Gallagher, 42, and others are being sued under labour laws that cover the treatment of workers. But former Michelin star chef Conrad said he is not facing a legal battle.“There is no lawsuit being filed against me. I was only a consultant for that restaurant, and was never an owner or director.“I went in, set it up and left again,” he said.Gallagher has enjoyed a colourful past including a stint in a New York prison as well as being declared bankrupt after a number of business deals went sour. But he has managed to bounce back yet again and is now running Vanity Catering and Events in California.The on-line catering company promises high-end food at the right price. CHEF CONRAD GALLAGHER NAMED IN NEW LAWSUIT was last modified: December 16th, 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:Conrad GallagherlawsuitletterkennyPurple Fig