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first_imgDanny McDaid runs through the tape to mark the official launch of the Donegal Marathon 2014 this evening.The countdown has officially started to the Donegal Marathon for 2014.The event, which takes place in Letterkenny on August 24th, was launched this evening at the local Town Council offices.Former Olympic athlete and event ambassador Danny McDaid officially ran through the red tape to launch the event. The chairman of the event, Cllr Dessie Larkin, told Donegal Daily he hoped this year’s event was just the start of what will become an annual event.The Donegal Marathon logo which was designed by LYIT Art and Design student Samantha McGinley from Letterkenny.“The amount of people out walking and jogging on the streets of Letterkenny and across Donegal is remarkable.“If we can harness that energy and entice them to come and take part in the Donegal Marathon, event to try the half marathon, then it’s going to be a huge success.“It’s hard to predict numbers but I would be hopeful of hundreds of people taking part in some shape or form be that the full marathon or half marathon,” said Cllr Larkin. The well-known and affable Letterkenny man admitted that he has never managed a marathon but quipped that he has managed a few Snickers in his day!His hopes for the event were echoed by fellow speakers including the Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Ian McGarvey, and Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Pascal Blake.Legendary runner Danny McDaid, the last person to win a marathon in Letterkenny when it was staged back in 1983, said he couldn’t believe it was 31 years since the last event.“It was a very proud moment for me running past my house and even better because I was alone,” laughed Danny.He paid tribute to the Donegal Marathon committee and encouraged as many people to take part as possible. Councillors and council officials help Danny launch the Donegal Marathon for 2014.Plans for the event are still gathering pace but Cllr Larkin promised a “completely professional approach” to the event right down to the quality of t-shirt and goodie bags for competitors.The event’s official website www.donegalmarathon.ie gives a complete breakdown of all that is needed for competitors from the actual route to tips for training as well as the vital registration forms.Donegal Daily will bring you regular updates on the Donegal Marathon for 2014 as the committee release them to us.HIGH HOPES FOR DONEGAL MARATHON 2014 AS LAUNCH ‘RUNS’ TO PLAN! was last modified: February 27th, 2014 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:August 24Danny McDaidDonegal Marathon 2014letterkennylast_img read more

SA sentences rhino poacher to 40 years

first_img9 November 2012 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has welcomed the sentencing of international rhino horn smuggling syndicate kingpin Chumlong Lemtongthai. The Kempton Park Regional Court on Friday morning sentenced the 40-year-old Thai national to 40 years in prison. Lemtongthai was arrested in 2010 and together with five others was charged with various counts of fraud, customs and excise violations and transgressions of environmental legislation. “Today’s sentence was the successful outcome of comprehensive investigative work and co-operation between various state law enforcement agencies in the country, including the SAPS Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation, the Hawks, the National Prosecuting Authority, the Department of Environmental Affairs and SA National Parks,” Sars said in a statement. On Monday, Lemtongthai pleaded guilty to 59 charges. Over the course of 2012, more than 530 rhinos have been illegally killed in South Africa. “The conviction of one individual is not a sufficient deterrent against rhino poaching and the illegal trade in animal products,” said Sars. The revenue service said law enforcement and state agencies had to work together more effectively to combat fraud, corruption and abuse of the system, including the movement of passengers into and out of South Africa as well as the issuing of hunting permits among others. “If state agencies, including Sars, continue to fail to enforce environmental and other laws effectively, it will make no measurable impact in the fight against rhino poaching,” Sars said. “Nevertheless, today’s sentencing is a significant achievement for law enforcement agencies who investigated the operations of an international smuggling syndicate and collusion with individuals in the private gaming industry in South Africa.” Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Potts grateful to end college career with a title after season’s struggles

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first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Commentary: The last thing this PBA standoff needed was a boycott Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIf there was one player in San Beda who struggled to adjust from coach Jamike Jarin to coach Boyet Fernandez, it was Davon Potts.The Fil-Am spiner’s minutes and numbers dwindled under the new mentor, mustering only 6.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 21.9 minutes in the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT “It was really hard for me this year,” he admitted.READ: San Beda sweeps Lyceum for 21st NCAA championshipFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Potts stayed the course and got the chance to show his worth in the Finals, averaging 15 points, 4.5 rebounds, and one assist.His contribution seemed to be the missing piece as the Red Lions finally solved the puzzle that was the Pirates, sweeping the best-of-three title clash to claim the NCAA Season 93 title. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img “It’s a great feeling,” said Potts, who is ending his two-year stay in Mendiola with a pair of rings. “I keep a lot of things at the back of my mind with the history of San Beda, and I owe it to them in bringing me here. I just wanted to make sure that we live the legacy and continue the championship, and make sure that we continue the winning culture here.”READ: Drop in draft blessing in disguise for Davon PottsThe championship is as a validation for Potts as he overcame every challenge thrown his way—from the tough transition brought by the coaching change to his killer schedule with the preseason grind and the PBA D-League.“It was worth it because this is a testament to show that no matter what you go through, no matter how much you have a downfall, you can always bounce back,” he said, drawing a valuable life lesson in the process he had to go through.“When you get up, you got to make sure to stay disciplined and persistent mentally and physically to get where you need to be. That is a testament to all the people that look up to me and make sure that nothing is easy, you have to earn it. Everything in life, you have to fight for everything you want to get.”ADVERTISEMENT San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Now, Potts begins a new chapter in his career, this time in the PBA with Alaska which picked him in the second round of the 2017 PBA Draft.But before he leaves Mendiola for good, his final year with the Red Lions taught him one thing.“I won two championships with Cignal and I won two championships with San Beda. This just shows that you sacrifice not for your individual stats, but you sacrifice for the team,” he said. “That’s what counts, not the individual stats. You have to win because that’s what counts.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoUNCOVERED: Real Madrid signing Brahim Diaz was Messi and Barcelona mad!

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say UNCOVERED: Real Madrid signing Brahim Diaz was Messi and Barcelona mad!by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid signing Brahim Diaz grew up a Barcelona fan and idolising Leo Messi!Diaz left Manchester City to sign for Real this week.And a video has emerged which shows that Diaz hasn’t been a Los Blancos supporter all his life. Brahim, in an interview he gave at the age of 12, admitted that his favourite team was FC Barcelona and that his footballing idol was Messi.DOCUMENTO #JUGONES Cuándo tenía 12 años, Brahim era del Barça y su ÍDOLO era Messi! SE HARÁ VIRAL! Lo estamos viendo en @laSextaTV. pic.twitter.com/IAyTHQcYDs— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) January 8, 2019 last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Got Drew Brees To Stop By His Daughter’s Career Day Wednesday Morning

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks on from the sidelines.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)As a child, I don’t remember ever being that enthralled about Career Day – even though it meant the cancellation of normal classes. But if Michigan’s head coach had shown up to talk college football, perhaps I’d have a different opinion.Wednesday morning, Harbaugh attended his daughter Addison’s Career Day, and brought along a friend. Harbaugh was able to get New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees to stop by too – presumably to talk about the art of being a professional signal-caller.It looks like the kids all received Michigan hats as well. Pretty cool.Thanks to @drewbrees for stopping by my daughter Addie’s Career Day this morning. pic.twitter.com/tPVPd8NEI5— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) April 13, 2016Perhaps a future Wolverines star is in the bunch.last_img read more

Increased Marketing of PATH to Reach Most Vulnerable

first_imgThe Ministry of Labour and Social Security is strengthening its marketing campaign for the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), to ensure that the country’s most vulnerable are informed of the initiative and can benefit from it.This was disclosed by Director of Social Security in the Ministry, Denzil Thorpe, during an editor’s forum on the PATH initiative at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, yesterday (June 14).The forum focused on the Beneficiary Identification Systems (BIS) and Findings of the 2012 Targeting Assessment of the PATH, which was undertaken by Consultant, Professor Godfrey Gibbison.“As far as the social marketing of PATH is concerned, that is very active and very vibrant. There are several campaigns that we have had…but we go into the schools and into the communities.  We go everywhere that we can and target people at every level to give them information about the programme,” he said.He noted that the Ministry also utilises all forms of media “to get the message out” to prospective beneficiaries. These include electronic, print and radio.Mr. Thorpe said based on the findings, some 81.4 per cent of those who need assistance are receiving it; and the Ministry will be intensifying its efforts to capture the additional percentage.“Now we are able to identify that there are some persons out there that we need to reach, what we now have to do is look at the message that we are using to get them. We have identified that there are persons who still have not gotten the message so we need to find other ways to get to them,” he said.Mr. Thorpe noted that while the house-to-house assessment is a “difficult” task, the Ministry may have to revisit this strategy to ensure that those in need receive assistance.He added that the Ministry will also be collaborating with other Government agencies in its effort to reach its intended target.PATH is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the poorest and most vulnerable persons in the society. More than 390,000 persons in over 130,000 Jamaican families are now registered under the programme, which has significantly improved the quality of life for its clients. It is rated by the World Bank as one of the best social assistance programmes.Children on PATH are among the top achievers in the Grade Six Achievement Test and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.CONTACT: CHRIS PATTERSONlast_img read more

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Ohio State mens basketball upends Ospreys 8550

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The Ohio State men’s basketball team took a page out of the football team’s playbook and got off to what many would consider a slow start Monday, but it didn’t matter as the Buckeyes eventually cruised to a 85-50 victory at the Schottenstein Center. Coach Thad Matta wasn’t satisfied with the team’s original effort, but said he was pleased with the improvement as the game went on. “I’m not exactly sold we got off to the start we particularly wanted,” Matta said. “I had to get on some guys in a timeout in the first half and I thought we really responded from that.” OSU struggled to find their offensive rhythm early in the game. Defensively the Buckeyes were turning the Ospreys over at a high rate, but struggled shooting the ball, especially from 3-point range. With 10:36 in the first half, OSU had forced 7 turnovers, but was just 2-of-8 from the 3-point line and the Buckeyes had a 15-12 lead. “We didn’t come out with no juice,” sophomore forward Jared Sullinger said. “No energy. No intensity. We kind of came out there expecting to win. “Obviously it showed in the first half.” The Ospreys hung around for much of the half, but OSU started to abandon the outside shot and worked the ball inside to Sullinger and sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas. The strategy worked. OSU went on a quick 10-2 run to take a 34-21 lead and the outcome was never again in doubt. “Coach always say we get good shots when we get it inside,” Thomas said. “When we throw it to (Sullinger) and me our percentages are up. It was one of our goals.” The Buckeyes took a 45-26 lead into the half with Sullinger and Thomas leading the way with 16 and 13 points respectively. But Thomas and Sullinger took a back seat to sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. early in the second half. Smith, who already got the crowd going with a high-flying dunk in the first half, stole the ball, sprinted into the open court, and dumped the ball off to a trailing senior guard William Buford at the last second, who finished with a one-handed jam. The next possession, Smith caught the ball on the left wing, pump-faked his man, drove to the baseline and dunked right over a UNF player. Both plays came in transition, an area Smith feels he excels. “I think I’m a pretty fast guy,” Smith said. “Anytime I get a steal or if I get a rebound, I feel I can usually if not create for myself, create for my teammates.” Smith finished with seven points and five rebounds and five assists. Overall the Buckeyes had three players score in double figures. Sullinger was the high-point man with 27 points and 13 rebounds. He now has over 700 points in his career. Thomas finished with 16 points and six rebounds. Buford added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. The win came despite OSU shooting just 24 percent from behind the arc and 47 percent from the field. The Buckeye defense seemed to make up for the below-average shooting. The team forced 23 turnovers as the Ospreys shot 39 percent from the field and 24 percent from the 3-point line. UNF coach Matthew Driscoll said it’s OSU’s defense that separates them from most teams in the nation. “(The Buckeyes) really, really have a chance to make that next step to get back to the Final Four because of their defense,” Driscoll said. “They’re a much better defensive team than you guys give them credit for.” OSU’s record improved to 4-0 on the year. The Buckeyes next play the Virginia Military Institute Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Ohio State footballs defensive line shows promise

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Playing Saturday’s Spring Game in Cincinnati might have been unfamiliar territory for many of Ohio State’s football players, but not for sophomore defensive end Adolphus Washington, a product of Cincinnati’s Taft High School. Although the Gray team lost 31-14 to the Scarlet team during the contest at Paul Brown Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals, Washington had a breakout performance. As a starting defensive end on the Gray defense, with a lineup that included the majority of the Buckeyes’ first-team defensive players, Washington led all players in the game with four sacks. “I just went out there and played football,” Washington said. “I just did what my coaches told me to do, and it just happened I got four sacks.” Washington was not the only sophomore defensive end to get to the quarterback often Saturday. Starting opposite Washington, Noah Spence had three sacks. As rotational players last season, Washington had three sacks over the course of the season while Spence had one. This season, though, the Buckeyes are relying upon Washington and Spence to step up as starters. OSU is replacing its entire starting defensive line from last season, including defensive ends John Simon and Nathan Williams, who combined for 11 sacks over the course of last season. While both players surpassed their sack totals from last season and accounted for more than half of the combined total of last year’s starters, the numbers might need to be taken with a grain of salt. Both Scarlet team quarterbacks, junior Braxton Miller and redshirt senior Kenny Guiton, were wearing black no-contact jerseys in the game, meaning the opposing rushers only had to touch them to record a sack. That’s also not accounting for the escape ability Miller and Guiton have to break free from contact and run away from pass-rushers with their athleticism. “You’re not allowed to finish any of those sacks, so you never know how that’s going to go with a kid like Braxton ’cause he’s so elusive, but I thought Adolphus was in the backfield an awful lot,” said cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs. Nonetheless, coach Urban Meyer expressed confidence in both Washington and Spence following Saturday’s contest. “Adolphus Washington has really raised his level of play … he’s a starter at Ohio State,” Meyer said. “We saw him today just have his way with our offensive line. “I am very pleased with Noah Spence,” Meyer added. Although Miller’s black jersey didn’t stop Spence from laying a big hit on the quarterback in one practice earlier this spring, the quarterback did not have to worry about getting hit by either Spence or Washington on Saturday, as Meyer warned the team Wednesday that he would “carry a baseball bat” to prevent it from happening again. Miller did, however, get a first-hand look at the sophomore pass-rushers coming after him. “Noah Spence and Adolphus, they work hard,” Miller said. “They have to fill big shoes from the guys who left last year … we just got to keep working with the two tackles.” With redshirt senior left tackle Jack Mewhort held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons, sophomore Taylor Decker started at left tackle for the Scarlet offense while redshirt sophomore Chase Farris started on the right side. They were on the wrong end of the dominance by Spence and Washington, with both players giving up multiple sacks. Decker and Farris are currently competing to start at right tackle this fall. Following Saturday’s game, Meyer expressed concern with the progress of that competition, calling the right tackle position the Buckeyes’ “one glaring weakness” on offense. “We have a legitimate concern about who that player (right tackle) is,” Meyer said. “Unless we get that fixed, there goes the best offense in the Big Ten. You can’t play with four linemen. One of those young players has got to step up, and they haven’t this spring.” One of five Buckeyes from the Cincinnati area, Washington was not the only Buckeye to stand out in front of a hometown crowd. Starting senior left guard Andrew Norwell played on the Scarlet offensive line, while sophomore safety Kevin Niehoff made an interception coming out of the end zone late in the fourth quarter. Washington said it was a “real good experience” to play in the city he grew up in. “I’m glad we was able to come here and play our Spring Game instead of going up to Cleveland,” Washington said. “I finally get a chance to play in front of the people that don’t get to make it to Columbus or wherever else we’re playing.” The Buckeyes’ day in Cincinnati also included a pregame talk from Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. Two members of the OSU coaching staff, Meyer and Coombs, are from Cincinnati as well. Coombs said Washington is a “born and raised Cincinnati product” who has the potential to be a “real special player for a long time.” “Adolphus is a great kid … a phenomenal athlete, has gained a lot of good power, muscle mass and he plays really hard out there on the field,” Coombs said. “His pass rush is really good, but I tell you what, Adolphus is carrying over a 3.0 (grade point average at OSU) too. So for a kid like that to be out there in a college environment and to have come from where he is from … you couldn’t be more proud of a kid than Adolphus Washington.” read more

Former Ohio State tennis player loses to Andy Murray at Wimbledon

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Former Ohio State tennis player Blaz Rola hits the ball in a match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar June 23 at Wimbledon in Wimbledon, England. Rola won, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsA midweek clash of tennis titleholders saw a former Buckeye get international exposure playing in all-white instead of scarlet and gray.The gentlemen’s singles draw of the Wimbledon Championships produced a second-round matchup between Ohio State product Blaz Rola and the Grand Slam tournament’s defending champion, Great Britain’s Andy Murray.Murray won the match, 6-1, 6-1, 6-0, Wednesday morning.Rola, who became OSU’s first-ever NCAA singles champion in 2013, has since moved on to the professional circuit and faced the third-seeded Murray at the All England Club in London.Rola, representing his native Slovenia, is currently ranked No. 92 worldwide in the ATP Rankings and competing in his first Wimbledon tournament. He took on the fifth-ranked player in Murray, who looks to continue the defense of his 2013 Wimbledon title. He was the first British champion since Fred Perry won it all in 1936.No. 80 Pablo Andujar of Spain fell to Rola in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4, in the first round Monday, while Murray dispatched No. 105 David Goffin of Belgium, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5, the same day.Rola said in an OSU press release Monday that his “motivation was off the charts” upon seeing the draw that gave him a chance to play against Murray.“It feels great to have this opportunity. I don’t think an up-and-coming tennis player could have asked for a better matchup. I’m facing probably the greatest sportsman in Britain in one of the greatest venues,” Rola said.OSU men’s tennis coach Ty Tucker had good things to say about his former star player.“It’s great he has been able to accomplish his goals this year, reaching the Top 100 and play in Grand Slams,” Tucker said in the press release. “Sooner or later, Blaz Rola will be a guy that makes the Round of 16 at a Grand Slam tournament.”Rola had 35 winners in his match against Andujar and managed to snag six break points en route to victory. Rola also won 80 percent of his first-serve points and 92 percent of points in which he came to the net.Murray, no stranger to the big stage, is a disciplined player who commits very few unforced errors — he had only 10 against Goffin. The Belgian outplayed Murray at the net as he won 22 of 34 net points while Murray won nine of 15.To succeed Wednesday, Rola may have needed to focus on making Murray move in so that he can work on beating him from the baseline with strong groundstrokes and placement.Continuing to create break opportunities also figured to be key for Rola in gaining a foothold in this tournament. But defense could have presented chances for him, too, as Murray has only won 41 percent and 31 percent of return points in his two previous matches, respectively.In addition to his collegiate singles accolades, Rola also enjoyed a successful doubles career at OSU.Rola and his partner, Chase Buchanan, accomplished an unprecedented sweep of the three major college tennis tournaments during the 2011 to 2012 season when they won an NCAA title to go alongside their wins at both the ITA All-American Championships and the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships.However, despite having risen to an ATP ranking of No. 222 as a pro doubles player, Rola entered only the men’s singles event at Wimbledon. read more