UP turns back St. benilde

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Lady Blazers remain in contention for the last Final Four seat, but need victories over San Sebastian and Adamson coupled with a pair of losses by UP to get there.In men’s action, La Salle scored a stunning victory over erstwhile undefeated National U, 27-25, 27-25, 17-25, 25-17, for only its second win in six matches.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’UP, meanwhile, ripped St. Benilde, 25-21, 25-20, 25-23, for its fourth victory in six outings and dealt the Blazers their third loss in six games.FEU tied St. Benilde in the standings after hacking out a 22-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-20 victory over Arellano. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines showed some endgame flair to repulse St. Benilde, 26-24, 27-25, 29-27, Wednesday night and kept its semifinals hope alive in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Center.With the victory, the Lady Maroons climbed to 3-2 and can make the semifinals outright with victories over Far Eastern University and San Beda.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil UST’s Rondina teams up with new partner in BVR Manila Open Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

Davis Cup overhauled for 2019 with season-ending team event

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The finalists will be placed into six, three-team groups for round-robin play, involving two singles matches and one doubles, all best-of-three-sets — instead of the current best-of-five format featuring four singles matches and one doubles. The winners, along with the next two teams with the best records, will advance to the single-elimination quarterfinals.The first championship will be held on an indoor hardcourt from Nov. 18-24, 2019, in either Madrid or Lille, France. ITF President David Haggerty said he expected that announcement in the next two weeks.The new event was developed in partnership with the investment group Kosmos, which was founded by Barcelona and Spain soccer player Gerard Pique.The original plan called for simply an 18-team championship at the end of the year, but was amended after some nations objected to the loss of home-site matches. So those were added to the proposal as the qualifying round, though that still wasn’t enough for critics of the plan who felt neutral-site matches were too much of a change for an event that dates to 1900.“Those that were opposed were generally opposed because they may believe that home-and-away should be the way that the format is played and always should be every round,” Haggerty said, adding he believed the February qualifying round “gives us the combination of history and tradition that we maintain as well as innovation with the finals.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Messi’s brother Matias sentenced for illegal gun possession Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this Nov. 26, 2017, file photo, members of the French team lift up their trophies after France won the Davis Cup final at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille, northern France. The Davis Cup will be decided with a season-ending, 18-team tournament beginning next year. The new format replaces the one in which the Davis Cup is played over four weekends throughout the year. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)The Davis Cup is getting a radical makeover in hopes of reviving an event that has lost some luster.Beginning next year, the top team event in men’s tennis will be decided with a season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View comments LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The U.S. Tennis Association was among the national federations that backed the changes.The organization said the new format will “project Davis Cup into the 21st century” and elevate the competition to “the heights it deserves.”The Americans will play at Croatia in this year’s semifinals in September, with Spain and France meeting in the other semifinals. Top-ranked Rafael Nadal is expected to play for Spain, but Roger Federer has frequently passed on playing for Switzerland.The new format would cut in half the Davis Cup time commitment. Pique is among those who think the World Cup-style format is the boost the event needs.“This is the beginning of a new stage that guarantees the pre-eminent and legitimate place that the Davis Cup should have as a competition for national teams while adapting to the demands of this professional sport at the highest level,” he said in a statement.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The International Tennis Federation believes this format will be more attractive to elite players who often pass on competing for their countries because of a crowded schedule.Teams will play one week in February to advance to the championship in November, replacing the current Davis Cup format that is played over four weekends throughout the year. Players will compete for what the ITF says rivals Grand Slam prize money.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’The $3 billion, 25-year agreement was approved Thursday at the organization’s conference in Orlando, Florida. Two-thirds of the delegates needed to vote for the reforms, and 71 percent did.Beginning in 2019, 24 nations will compete in a home-or-away qualifying round in February, with the 12 winners advancing to the final tournament. They will be joined by the four semifinalists from the previous year, along with two wild-card teams, who need to be in either the top 50 of the Davis Cup rankings or have a top-10 singles player to be eligible. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

GAWU to Govt: End tug-of-war between NICIL & GuySuCo

first_imgThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is urging Government to help bring an end to the ongoing tug-of-war between the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).Headquarters of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL)During the Union’s end-of-year press conference, it was stated that there seems to be no clarity regarding the confusion that has surrounded the sugar industry, pointing out that this manifested through the Administration stripping GuySuCo of its assets relating to the closed estates and transferring them without liability to NICIL as well as shares of the Corporation.“At this time, the GAWU reiterates that situation cannot be allowed to continue the way it is, as it is not in the interest of anyone, especially the workers. GAWU calls on the Government to apprehend the sad situation that is prevailing. It is time to end the tug-of-war!” it stated.GAWU President Komal Chand recalled that a new GuySuCo Board was apparently appointed by NICIL, the Corporation’s new shareholder. That Board, which was announced with several full-colour newspaper advertisements, was quickly disowned by the Government.The Administration explained it had not approved the new Board though the media subsequently published a Cabinet memorandum, which confirmed that the Government had indeed approved a new Board. Chand said the Administration, which was caught with its pants down, reversed gears and said that the Clive Thomas-headed Board remained in charge.That Board’s life came to an end in April this year and after several missed deadlines, a new Board headed by John Dow was finally appointed in the latter part of 2018.GuySuCo’s assets linked to the closed estates were transferred without liability to NICIL“The clear confusion regarding sugar was also manifested when we saw musical chairs being played by the Ministers of Agriculture and Finance, with both gentlemen denying they had ministerial responsibility for the industry. Then suddenly and without any forewarning, the Agriculture Minister announced he was in charge of GuySuCo though no explanation, as far as we recall, was ever provided as to how the contradictions were resolved,” he added.Chand said at that time, it seemed that relations between GuySuCo and the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) of NICIL had reached its lowest ebb. Media reports later highlighted what seems to be an almost virtual standoff between the two bodies.Most recently, press reports point to wrangling regarding the refurbished La Bonne Intention (LBI) Club, which from the looks of it, appears to have benefited from tens of millions of dollars in work. “The relations between the two bodies charged with managing the sugar industry seems to be characterised by acrimony and discord, and has now, seemingly, reached a sad point, where – from all appearances – salvos are being traded in the media,” Chand stated.The airing of these disagreements in the public, GAWU believes, cannot be helpful to the industry’s cause at this time. Chand said at this point in time, when the livelihoods of thousands of workers stand in the balance, and the Guyanese people’s assets have been essentially mortgaged to secure the $30 billion financing, the confusion that reigns cannot be encouraging.“The apparent infighting between the two sugar management bodies, in our view, has to be laid squarely at the doorstep of the Government. The Administration, through its own indecision, has, in effect, allowed the situation to reach this sad point,” he added.The Union said it also recognised that there seemed to be some degree of confusion within the Administration regarding the sugar industry. That has now spilled over into the industry’s management, which, it said, will not help in confidence-building, essential for success.last_img read more

Deforestation, fires alarming – Granger

first_img– urges youth to preserve environment for futureUnderscoring the importance of the Guiana Shield – which is considered to be the lungs of the earth— President David Granger has expressed alarm at events within this critical area that result in the destruction of the much-needed preserved forests.President David Granger with Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, Minister of State Dawn Hastings-Williams, Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton and the participants of this year’s YNR apprenticeship programmeAccording to the Guyanese Head of State, the Guiana Shield is not only essential to enriching and replenishing the world’s biodiversity, but is also consequently essential to the planet’s survival.“This is all we have and we have to protect and preserve it… [So] there’s justifiable alarm in what is taking place in other areas in the South American continent; when so many trees are being cut down or burn to the ground,” the President asserted.The Guiana Shield encompasses some 270 million hectares of forests, covering Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Venezuela and small parts of Colombia and northern Brazil. It is home to exceptional biodiversity and plays a key role in the fight against climate change, by alone storing over a billion tons of carbons and mitigates the effects of greenhouse gas emissions.The Guiana Shield is located to the northwest of the Amazon rainforest, 60 per cent of which is located within the borders of neighbouring Brazil. However, currently the Portuguese-speaking nation is experiencing its most intense forest inferno in almost a decade.Fires have been ripping through the Amazon at a record rate for weeks. While the Amazon usually experiences wildfires during the dry season (July-October), experts say that the blaze has intensified as a result of deforestation and a practice called ‘slash and burn’— which clears the forest to make way for agriculture, livestock, logging, mining and other developmental activities.Figures provided by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) show more than 87,000 forest fires were recorded in Brazil in the first eight months of 2019, compared to 49,000 in the same period last year.While the inferno is a direct concern of countries around the world, it is particularly worrisome to the Amazonian countries which include Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.Last week, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman told reporters that while concerns are brewing over the blaze across the border, no direct impact has been identified to Guyana’s own forests. Nevertheless, he noted that the country is taking precautionary measures to protect against any such occurrence in its dense forest.With the Amazon fires stirring fears around the world, President Granger has underscored the need for Guyana to continue to intensify preservation practices that would keep the rainforest and its biodiversity intact, not only for the benefit of current population, but future generations as well.He was at the time delivering the feature address on Friday at the closing ceremony for the third Youth in Natural Resources Apprenticeship Programme, which saw 28 young people being exposed to Guyana’s interior regions to learn about the Natural Resources Sector and job opportunities in these industries.According to the Head of State, with over 75% of Guyana’s territory covered by forests, Guyana continues to be a global front runner in the promotion of environment conservation. Pointing out that the biggest threat to this is the extractive industries, the President charged that steps be taken protect the environment from this.“We must take measures to ensure the sustainability of our resources and also the protection of our population. We must not believe that environment damage is a victimless crime… The extractive industries, particularly mining and logging, despite their immeasurable economic benefits, are associates of mid-air pollution, biodiversity loss, fresh water and maritime contamination, greenhouse gas emissions, land degradation and resource depletion. These industries must be developed in a manner that protects the environment,” he contended.President Granger went on to outline that this generation is merely a trustee and custodian of the environment and its natural resources, and as such, cannot bequeath a “damaged legacy” to future descendants.“There is need now to arrest the destruction of the environment by some of the most ruthless extractive industries,” he asserted, adding that he is not blaming anyone except the “bad guys”.However, Granger further commended the Natural Resources Ministry for undertaking the Youths in Natural Resources (YNR) programme, which exposes young people to the prospect of involvement in the extractive industries as an honourable vocation if done sustainably and with due regard for the environment.“It involves young people in the protection and preservation of the environment. Youth in Guyana can look forward to a bright future in the Natural Resources sector. Guyana of necessity must continue to support farming, logging and mining which are the principle occupations which sustain the population. These sectors will remain the main stays of the economy and the providers of employment,” he stressed.last_img read more

Get in! Arsenal’s marquee signing this summer – one of these five players?

first_img 2. Jackson Martinez (Porto) – Click right to see which French international could be Arsene Wenger’s key midfield signing… – Colombian striker Jackson Martinez is certain to leave the Primeira Liga this summer and a decision on his future could be made in the coming days. His prolific performances in front of goal could see him battle Olivier Giroud for a central role at the Emirates. The Gunners will have to beat AC Milan to his signature first, though. 5 3. Geoffrey Kondogbia (Monaco) – Find out which Spanish star could be the marquee signing at the Emirates this summer by clicking right… – Arsenal know all about the France star after his displays in defensive midfield helped the Ligue 1 side knock them out of the Champions League last season. Purchasing Kondogbia would take the heat off Francis Coquelin and mean increased competition for his compatriot, which will help him improve further. 5 With several of their Premier League title rivals already making key signings or making bids for players, Arsenal mighty be getting a little fidgety as the new season approaches.The Gunners ended last season on a high by winning the FA Cup but there is still work to be done by Arsene Wenger and a marquee signing would be perfect to placate the Emirates faithful.Sooner or later Arsene Wenger will have to make a foray into the transfer market but who might the Frenchman plump for as his main summer signing? talkSPORT takes a look.Click right to see which stars could be Arsenal’s marquee signing this summer… 1. Arturo Vidal! Having seen Manchester United and Liverpool go out and do business this summer already, Arsenal fans might be getting a little fidgety. The Emirates faithful, following on a trend from the last two campaigns may also expect a marquee signing this summer. But who could it be? Will Juventus and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal fit the bill? Read all about it, below, then check out four more marquee targets for the Gunners by clicking the yellow arrow above! – Arsene Wenger has already confirmed he likes the all-action midfielder and a £28m fee has been mooted in the past. The Frenchman may have to sell before he can buy but it would represent a huge coup if they were to land the Chilean, although his recent car crash in his homeland while competing in the Copa America has blotted his copybook. 4. Isco (Real Madrid) – See which Premier League star could be Arsenal’s marquee signing on the next page… – The creative midfielder would provide Arsene Wenger with another classy operator in the middle of the park. Tomas Rosicky is now 34 years old, Santi Cazorla is 30, Mikel Arteta is 33, and Mathieu Flamini is 31, and so a changing of the guard at the Emirates is likely. Bringing Isco into the club would also prove the Gunners have serious ambitions to reclaim the Premier League title. 5. Petr Cech (Chelsea) – Landing the Blues shot-stopper will be a huge coup for the Gunners, potentially weakening their Premier League title rivals and signing a world class goalkeeper. His fee, which would be around £7m, might not be the biggest, but he would still be a massive signing for the Gunners. 5 5 5last_img read more

Leicester City fighting Ligue 1 giants for £5.5m ace

first_img Daniel Amartey Leicester City and Marseille are battling it out for the signature of midfielder Daniel Amartey.The Ghana international was in impressive form for Copenhagen last season and his performances have attracted interest from several clubs.Marseille are understood be very keen and are putting together a proposal to lure the 20-year-old to Ligue 1 before the transfer window closes nest week.But, according to Danish media outlet Ekstra Bladet, the French side face strong competition from Premier League high-fliers Leicester.The Foxes are open to strengthening their squad this week and see Amartey as the ideal man to bolster their ranks. Claudio Ranieri’s side are ready to splash out £5.5m on the tough-tackling midfielder and have now sent a representative to Denmark to broker a deal. 1last_img read more

Liverpool mourn the loss of Byrne – a ‘model of consistency’

first_img Gerry Byrne has died 1 Former Liverpool left back Gerry Byrne has died aged 77, the club have announced.Between 1957 and 1969, he played 333 times for the Reds, scored four goals, won the two First Division titles, an FA Cup and the Second Division title.He was also never once sent off and in the 1965 FA Cup triumph against Leeds, played the entire game with a broken collar bone, having injured himself in the opening minutes.Byrne was also a member of the England 1966 World Cup winning squad.A statement on the Reds’ website said: “The Liverpool born defender was a model of consistency at left-back under Bill Shankly and a testament to his popularity was evident as 40,000 supporters were at Anfield for his testimonial in April 1970.”last_img read more


first_imgRosses AC News: The County Board Donegal Grand Prix 5km Road Race Championships took place in Letterkenny on Sunday morning last and there was a strong showing from the club. This was a championship race and we had Ciaran McGonagle take first place in the o-35 (masters) section. Ciaran was strongly supported by Edward Harkin, Kevin McGee, Michael Logue and Donal Walsh and they secured silver medals. This was a great performance against good opposition with Finn Valley first team, Rosses second, Inishowen third and Letterkenny fourth. Well done to all and sets things up for an interesting cross country season coming up. Cross country training continues in Magheragallon, Maghery and in Mullaghderg every Monday at 6 pm. This is open to everybody from 7 years upwards so come along and get involved. Sportshall Athletics – Monday 12 October: Sportshall Athletics starts in Ionad Spóirt na Rosann gym in Dungloe at 7 pm. An Assistant Club Coaching Course will take place in Donegal Town on Saturday 26th September. A Level One Coaching Course will take place at a Donegal venue- 9/10 October& 30/31 October. Anybody interested please contact Ita Gallagher or Elise Gillespie, Rosses AC Secretary. On Friday 25th September there was be Schools Cross Country in Carrickfinn at 11am. Under 9 (born 2007/2008) – 600m, Under 11 (born 2005/2006) – 800m and Under 13 (born 2003/2004) – 1000m. A new category this year will be a race for Secondary Schools First Years. Some Upcoming fixtures: Sunday 13th September, Letterkenny, Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix 5K Fun Run. There will be a 5k at Carrackfinn on Friday 18th September with a start time of 6:45pm and registration from 6pm with all funds going to the Annagry Hall. Sunday 4th October, Carndonagh, Donegal Juvenile Even Ages (u10-u18) & Masters Cross Country. 11th October, FV Center, Donegal Juvenile Uneven Ages (u11 – u19) & Novice Cross Country. 15th October, Lifford, Donegal Primary Schools Cross Country.Paul McGee continues to coordinate and lead the training groups and anybody looking to be part of this group is very welcome – contact Paul McGee on 0879256528. Training in the estate is Wednesday evenings at 7pm.ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC ATHLETE WINS DONEGAL GRAND PRIX 5K was last modified: September 15th, 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 in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAASportlast_img read more


first_imgEXCLUSIVE: A Donegal woman is to appear on TV3’s hit television show The Apprentice.Well-known media executive Joanne Sweeney Burke is already being tipped as being one of the favourites to win a job with millionaire businessman Bill Cullen.Ms Sweeney-Burke, 32, a married mother of two from Letterkenny owns and runs the successful MediaBox company. She is now one of the finalists who will feature in the hugely popular television show which will see the cream of Ireland’s young business talent.The winner of the show will be rewarded with a €200,000 package including a €100,000 cash prize.When contacted by Donegaldaily.com, Ms Sweeney-Burke declined to comment.However a source told us that she WILL be unveiled as a contestant on the show tomorrow. “Joanne will be on the show and she is already being tipped as one of the favourites on the show.“She has a lot of experience and is not just a young person trying to make a name for themselves.“She has run her own business for a number of years and has huge experience in fronting PR and advertising campaigns.“I think Bill is going to take a real shine to her,” said the source.Ends DONEGAL WOMAN CHOSEN TO APPEAR ON HIT TV3 SHOW ‘THE APPRENTICE’ was last modified: September 24th, 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:Bill CullenJoanne Sweeney-BurkeThe Apprenticelast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny is set to be a ‘stronghold’ of activity this weekend as the town hosts Europe’s Strongest Man contest – a real first for Donegal.More than 5,000 people are expected to visit Letterkenny for the event which will see competitors come from as far away as Norway to complete.The event is being jointly organised by former UK and World Strongman Dave Warner of Renegade Strongman in association with local fitness instructor, Nigel Drein of Motiv8 Fitness, with the Letterkenny Town Council on board as main sponsors. As well as being a huge draw for the people of Co Donegal, the event will also showcase Letterkenny and Donegal as television channel Setanta is also broadcasting the event live.Speaking ahead of the event co-organiser Dave Warner, says the fact that the entire weekend is free looks set to bring people out in their droves.“This will be a fantastic event, with international appeal and we are delighted to have the opportunity to bring it to Letterkenny. Set to attract up to 5,000 people, it will be an action packed weekend and FREE day out for all the family to enjoy.”Associate partners involved are Watson Hire, Diver’s Hyundai, Vikingr Clothing, the Clanree Hotel, Green Light Media, Raphoe Marquee Hire, official food partners The Vestry and official media partner Donegal Daily who will be keeping you up to date with coverage of the strongman activities over the two day event. Media Box are official PR partners for Europe’s Strongest Man under 90KG Finals. Managing Director Joanne Sweeney Burke says, “We are delighted to come on board to support this unique sporting event which will give Letterkenny a great boost.”Co-organiser Nigel Drein of Motiv8 Fitness says, “We are delighted to have the support of our associate partners and event sponsors in making this event, the first of it’s kind, a great success. Thank you to you all for coming on board and we look forward to a great sporting weekend”Up to 12 national winners from across Europe will descend on Letterkenny in a bid to lift the title of Europe’s Strongest Man Under 90kg 2012.A series of high-octane events will take place, kicking off tomorrow (FRI) at the Clanree Hotel at 7pm with the introduction of Europe’s Strongest Man Under 90kg.The first event getting under way at 7.30pm will be the ‘The Dead Lift – Sponsored by Hyundai. This event is a simple test of maximum power, lifting two huge axle wheels on a bar, rising and rising in weight until just one competitor is left. No suits or power shorts. (Belts – knee wraps permitted). The second event Conan’s Circle Sponsored by CBM Signs will get under way at 8pm. This event involves using a quad bike in the circle – farthest distance wins. (320kg). Day two of events will take place in the Bernard McGlinchey Park, Letterkenny from 12pm until 5pm. Activities will commence with the Opening Event at 1.00pm where Laurence Shahlai, also known as Loz, former World Strong Man Finalist and current joint holder of the Strongman deadlift world record, will act as MC and Event Presenter. The strongman finalists will be introduced and their 12 little mascots will accompany each finalist out onto the main platform, preceded by the Marching Band.Darren Sadler, nick-named Pocket Rocket and former World Strong Man will act as Head Referee for the high-octane competitor events as follows:1.15pm – Sponsored by Kelly’s Mountain Top Carry & Drag – A giant duck walk 215kg is lifted and carried 15 meters and is placed in a steel sledge. The sledge is then dragged back to the line. The fastest time or longest distance wins. This is a head-to-head event1.45pm- Sponsored by Paddy Snacks Press Medley – Dumbell – 75kg – axle 115kg log 130 kg 110kg steel block fastest time wins. Zuma Girls performance2.15pm Sponsored by LK Glass Beer Barrel Carry – 135kg filled beer barrel carried for a set distance. This is a head to head event.2.45pm – Sponsored by Sign of the Times Arm Over Arm – A rope pull event. We hope to pull a 4 X 4 & trailer or a motor home. This event takes place on grass over 20m distance.Pipe Band performance3.15pm – Sponsored by VikingR Clothing Squat – Each competitor lifts and squats with 210kg of steel train wheels. Highest number of reps wins. No suits or power shorts. Belts – knee wraps permitted.3.45pm – Sponsored by Watson Hire Stones of Strength – This is a head-to-head event where progressively heavier stones are lifted onto a platform. A head-to-head finale event will take place whereby stones are lifted onto a 4ft x 10ft platform. Heaviest stone 160kg.Zumba Girls performance4.15pm – Winner presentation – (we have amazing trophy and a winner’s sword – plus cash prizes)Medals presentation to all participants5.30pm Prizes, photographs and autographsSetanta Sports will broadcast Europe’s Strongest Man Finals Under 90kg taking place in Letterkenny on the weekend of 14-15 September. Regular updates on event activities can also be found on DonegalDaily.com, associate media parter of Europe’s Strongest Man Finals Under 90kg.Don’t miss out on all the action logon to www.europeanstongman.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ESMU90.THE COMPETITORS …THE COMPETITORS…THE COMPETITORSGavin Redmond aged 28 from Wexford. He’s an Architectural Technician weighing in at 90kg.“I have always been interested in weights even from young age. When I was 16 I joined a gym and never looked back. A few years later I realised that I would like to compete in something in the lines of weightlifting. I looked into powerlifting and bodybuilding but they just weren’t for me. One day,by chance, I went to a strongman competition and was surprised to find out that I was able to do some of the lifts in my own training. I had never considered training and competing in strongman because I always thought that its for huge guys lifting next to impossible weights. I was happy to find out that there are different weight categories and the under 90s suited me perfectly. I entered and won my first competition in 2011. It was a very small one but gave me the confidence and experience to continue on and enter and win the Republic of Ireland strongest man under 90 kg for two years in a row. I am only a new competitor with just under 2 years of experience and looking forward to the future that strongman world has to offer.”3Best lifts in competition:Frame carry-275kg for 20mSuperyoke-320kg for 20mPartial deadlift-290kgArram Eghoyan aged 28 from Chingford, is a PE Teacher. Height: 5ft 9. Weight: 87kg.“In the past I have competed in Powerlifting in the 82.5kg bodyweight class winning 7 World titles. This is only my second year doing Strongman. In my first year I finished 2nd at England’s Strongest Man u90kg, in my second year I finished 1st. I aim to push myself in International competitions and improve as a Strongman with each competition I do. I am a perfectionist when it comes to competing, and will always strive for the best possible performance in each event. As this is all relatively new to me, competitions often contain events I have never done before; I enjoy learning the science behind each event and working out the best way to train for it. I have had help from my sponsors NRG Fuel for which I’m incredibly grateful, they provide me with the highest quality supplements, allowing me to train and compete at a high intensity.”3 Competition History:2007 WPF Junior World Powerlifting Champion (82.5kg class)2010 WPF World Powerlifting Champion (82.5kg class)2011 England’s Strongest Manu 90kg Runner up2011 Britain’s Strongest Man u90kg 3rd place2012 England’s Strongest Man u90kg ChampionChris Jenkins from Wales.Best Equipped lifts :90kgSquat:372.5kgBench:240kgDeadlift:355kg82.5kgSquat 360kgBench 222.5kgDeadlift 322.5kgTitles:1999 NABBA junior Mr Wales (Barry Memorial Hall, Barry)1999 Welsh Open Karate champion mens / 90- kumite (Sophia Gardens, Cardiff)1999-2012 Welsh powerlifting champion (90kg)2000-2012 British powerlifting champion2006 GPC World powerlifting champion (90kg) (Ghent, Belgium)2008 WPC World powerlifting champion (82.5kg) (Palm Beach Gardens, Miami)2009 WPC World powerlifting champion (90kg) (Bournemouth, England)2009 silver medal, High Wycombe open judo championships (90kg)2009 silver medal, Swindon open judo championships (90kg)2011 Mr Olympia Pro invitational champion (100kg) (Las Vegas, Nevada)2012 Wales Strongest Man u90kg (Camarthen showground, Wales)James Ward 27 from Luton, England. Height: 5’9. Weight: 90kg“Three years ago I challenged myself by entering the Southern Qualifier for England’s Strongest Man under 90kg. I was fed up of weight training with no goals. I was drawn to the sport and wanted to see what I could achieve. I qualified for England’s final and went on to win the title Britain’s Strongest Man 2010 and 2011. One of the lifts that I enjoy the most and probably took to most naturally was log lifting, setting a personal best of 160kg in training in the latter part of 2011 I took part in the Log Lifting Championships and was able set an English and World Record for the under 90kgs with a lift 0f 151.1kg. My goals for the future are simple, to get stronger and improve as a Strongman and enjoy myself whilst doing so.”Yngve Raknerud aged 26 from Norway. He has a Batchelor in Physiotherapy and is currently studying to be an Engineer in electronics.“I started training strongman for 1 year ago after a long career in another sport. After 4months of training I placed fourth in Norway’s strongest man. 3 months later I got the official Norwegian record in atlas stone (180kg) and in apollons (130kg). After a year I competed at the Norwegian championship in single exercises. Here I won lifting 190 kg atlas stone to 1.05 meter at a bodyweight of 87,5 kg. I also placed second in log lift with 123 kg. In Yoke i placed 4th with 345 kg 5m.”Eduard Khanjyan from Finland. Born on 12.10.1985Length: 172cmWeight: 88kgFinnish Weightlifting Championships (Men’s division 2x 3rd, Juniors 5x gold.) Scandinavian Weightlifting Championships in juniors 2ndSquat: 260kgDeadlift 300kgShay Ryan. He’s a farmer by trade. Lives New Ross, Waterford. 2011 Under 90kg Champion – ( First ever to hold this title.) He pulled tug of war for Ireland in many world championships around over the world. Sweden, Africa, Japan. Currently representative of Ireland and all Ireland 105 champ. Very good at carry moving type event.Deadlift 285×2Squat 270 x 21 MINDAUGAS BRAZAUSKAS who will be competing in the ESM U90kg on the 14th & 15th of September.Date:1984/05/ 12From:Lithuania but now living in KilkennyHe came 3rd place in the Lithuania strongman competition under 105kg. His favourite events are db and log.Wallace Clarke aged 43. Born in Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry. Weights 86kgs. Height 5ft 7in. He is married with 3 daughters. He began Powerlifting at the age of 21 in the 75kg class. He was the Northern Ireland Champion for over 10 years and gained podium places in the British 75kg Powerlifting Championships. He was part of the team that won Four Nations Powerlifting Championships.Although he always had an interest, Wallace began his strongman career quite late in an athlete’s life, he competed in his first competition at the age of 37 in the 105kg Strongman competing against guys almost 30kgs heavier. When 90kg strongman was introduced, he didn’t look back. Wallace has gone on to represent Ireland twice at the British Under 90kg strongman finals.Wallace has a real love of the sport, and as long as he can stay injury free he hopes to keep competing.Favourite events: Car Deadlifting for Reps, Farmer’s Walk & YokeJeremy Vickers age 24 from Fort William Scotland. Currently working as a carpet fitter. He started weights when he was 19 and got into strongman 3 years ago. He has been runner up Scotland strongestman u90s the last 2 years and won it this year which he says was a dream come true. He also competed in the open Scotland strongestman which he qualified for in Feburay. He is looking forward to coming to Ireland with the other strongmen. His personal bests include 290 deadlift 260kg back squat x4reps 380 yoke 10 metersThomas White from Magherafelt, Northern Ireland. Weighing in at 90kg. Height 5’ 11”. Currently working as a Civil Servant. Enjoys Strongman, Powerlifting and Golf.13. Previous titles and achievements include:14. 2006 British Junior Powerlifting Championship – Winner – 82.5 kg class2009 Northern Ireland Deadlift Championship – Winner – 100kg class2009 Northern Ireland’s Strongest Man u105kg – 3rd2010 Northern Ireland Deadlift Championship – Winner – 100kg class2010 Northern Ireland’s Strongest Man u105kg – 3rd2011 Northern Ireland Deadlift Championship – Winner – 93kg class2011 Northern Ireland’s Strongest Man u90kg – Runner Up2011 Ireland’s Strongest Man u90kg – joint 3rd (forced to retire due to injury in the 5th event)2012 Ireland’s Strongest Man u90kg – Runner Up (following a wild card entry)Best lifts: 330kg in the Axle Deadlift. 150kg Atlas Stone onto a 4 foot platform15. Favourite events include deadlifting, Atlas stones and any arm-over-arm or pulling event.Shane Jerman, 22 years old, from Morecambe England. Height 5’7. Weight: 85kgSince a young age I have always loved challenging myself in sport and have always had a desire to be the best, whenever I find something I like I can’t help but look at the best in that area and strive to beat them, as long as I enjoy something I dedicate myself to it. My first big win in sport came at age 13 where I won the British u16 kumite in karate along with many other titles in martial arts up until 17 when I found the weights room.I had been training for a few years when a friend introduced me to strongman, I fell in love and competed in my first competition after 6 weeks of training and qualified for England’s Strongest Man u90kg, I ended up 7t h, looking back, to even qualify at that experience level was a huge achievement.The following year I qualified again and came 3rd on countback at England’s, I then won my first strongman competition The Olympic Dragons taking the title of “The Dragon” from my friend Kenny Cardwell. Since then I have won SAS classic u90kg, Northern England’s u90kg, Britain’s Strongest Man u80kg and came 2nd place in England’s Strongest Man u90kg I have never failed to hit the podium in the last 2 years of competing.I train with great strongmen in Ben France and Graham Hicks and have a great sponsor in VIKINGR and we are all close to achieving our long term goals and cannot wait to see what the future of strongman holds for us. Especially u90kg.Raw lifts305kg deadlift140kg log185kg bench press255kg squatAND NOT FORGETTING EUROPE’S STRONGEST LITTLE MASCOTS!Eleven children, aged between 4 and 17 years of age from throughout Donegal, will lead out Europe’s strongest men at the Europe’s Strongest Man Under 90KG finals taking place this weekend, September 14th and 15th in Letterkenny.Nominations detailed inspiring stories of some of Donegal’s strongest children who have shown great determination and resilience in their short lives to date, in ways that would put the strength of Europe’s strongest men to the test.Co-organiser Nigel Drein of Motiv8 Fitness says, “These children are nothing short of inspiring, who show strength that would challenge people four and five times their age. Some of these children have overcome barriers that we in all our years will never have met. We are delighted to have them involved in what will be a great sporting weekend and spectator event for all ages to enjoy.”Erin HarroldErin Harrold, is eight years old and from Ballybofey. She is in 2nd class in Dooish national school.She has two brothers Pauric aged 11 and Oisin aged 4 years. They love their sister and they always look out for her.Erin has spina bifida and is wheelchair bound. She is super active and can do anything she wants with her chair.Erin loves the limelight, shopping with mum and swimming. She is extremely photogenic as you can see and her Dad Kevin says, “she is a delight to have around. She will lift the spirits of anyone in her company.”Erin is the daughter of Kevin and Mary Harrold from Ballybofey.Livvy Curran“Livvy is a fun-loving, energetic child, who enjoys most things and is great to be around,” says her Dad Chris.Livvy is six years old and is from Ramelton. She is in 1st class in Scoil Mhuire in the town.Her Dad Chris says she deserves to be a mascot because “she enjoys sports but struggles to compete on the same level as her peers due to her condition Dyspraxia.”Dyspraxia is a difficulty with thinking, planning and carrying out sensory and motor tasks, affecting Livvy’s muscle tone, dexterity, speech intelligibility, balance and co-ordination.“We think Livvy would add her strength to the Europe’s Strongest Man Under 90kg Finals,” says her Dad Chris.Livvy is the daughter of Chris and Debbie Curran from Ramelton.Christian McCullaghWhen Christian McCullagh was born he was very ill. He spent 14 weeks in hospital.Christian suffered with a blocked bladder which meant his kidneys didn’t grow properly.Christian is now four years old and is from Raphoe. He just started playschool in September and is loving it.Christian is on dialysis five nights a week, for 10 hours a night. He has had 14 operations and procedures, and in March 2012 he got on the donor list.Christian’s Dad Gary is a match and has given up his work in order to give him one of his kidneys.Christian is peg feed and has to go to Dublin a lot. However, he has just started playschool.His mum Aileen says, ‘Christian is an inspiration and is always smiling. He has one big sister called Rocha.Christian is the son of Gary and Aileen McCullagh from Raphoe.Eoin McGinleyEoin Mc Ginley is 4 years old. Eoin was born at 26 weeks, weighing 700 grams in Fuerteventura where his Mum and Dad were on holidays. Sadly his twin brother Caolan only lived an hour.Eoin is from Drumbern in Milford and he just started pre-school last week.“We saw Eoin 24 hours after birth in a hospital in Las Palmas and he was fighting for his life and to me Eoin is stronger than any man of 90kgs, says his grandmother Bridget Wilhare.“Every day I see Eoin is a good day for me. He’s my pride and joy and when I think back on all that Eoin went through in those first four months of his life, I am in awe of the little guy.He is our “European Strong Man” as he was conceived in Austria, born in Spain and is really Irish!“If Eoin falls over and bumps/hurts himself, he never cried, he just gets up dusts himself down and rubs his head and gets on with whatever he was doing,” says Bridget.Eoin is the son of Brendan and Karen McGinley.Kyle GallagherKyle Gallagher is six years old and from Acres, Burtonport. He is a very energetic boy who loves all kind of sports and loves taking part in competitions.He is in high infants in St. Columba’s National School in Acres.Kyle would give anything a go and seldom dislikes anything. He has watched the Strongman competitions on TV recently and said to his Daddy, “some day I would like to be that strong and do what they do.”He took part in a superstars competition alongside his Dad Anthony, doing press ups at their local festival and he loved every minute of it.He is extremely competitive and gives 100% in everything that he does.His Day Anthony says, “it would be lovely for him to have the opportunity to be a mascot to see these strongmen in person and to watch them compete at the highest level.”Kyle is the son of Rosemary and Anthony Gallagher.Ruadhri McConigley“I nominate Ruadhri as a Strongman Mascot for the resilience he has shown and the pain he has suffered in his short life to date,” says his Dad Liam.Ruadhri is 14 years old and is a 3rd year student at Milford Community College.From two years of age Ruadhri has suffered from a condition called Scoliosis (severe curvature or spine). He attends Crumlin Hospital on a monthly basis to get a change of a full body plaster cast and this is done under anesthetic.He is due to have another operation at the end of year.“He struggles to recover at times, but he rarely complains,says his Dad.Ruadhri has been very keen to share his experiences of living with Scoliosis to other families through workshops organised by Crumlin Hospital.Ruadhri is the son of Liam and Margaret McConigley.Gavin FrielGavin Friel is nine years old and from Letterkenny. He is a character in every sense of the word. He is full of personality and is sure to bring a smile to the face of everyone he meets.A typical young boy, Gavin loves all things action and embraces every challenge to test his strength.His Mum Carolann Coyle says, “Gavin would be a great mascot as he is a little gentleman yet very strong willed and although he suffers from Asmatha, he does not let this hold him back in anyway.”Gavin is the son of Carolann Coyle and Paddy Friel.Cody LavertyCody Laverty is 10 years old and from Ballybofey. His Mum Cheryl says Cody would make an ideal mascot as he “embodies strength, determination and dedication, three key qualities that Europe’s Strongest men need to go head to head to lift the title.”A true sportsman in the making Cody plays rugby, football, and hurling for his local clubs. His determination was evident when he fractured both arms last year, yet returned to the training pitch eager to start the new season. He received the honour of player of the year on his return.Cody attends Sessiaghoneill National School in Ballybofey.He is the son of Cheryl and Barry Laverty from Ballybofey.Jake ColemanJake Coleman is six years old and from Stranorlar. He is a first class student at St Mary’s School, Stranorlar.Jake has big dreams and he tells his Dad Mick that he wants to be “a strongman, rockstar, dancer and also to play for Donegal when he grows up. Jake is a happy, outgoing, caring boy”He is the son of Michael and Paulina Coleman and he has one sister called Katie.Erin GallagherErin Gallagher is six years old and from Glenswilly. Erin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia the week after her third birthday.She is a first class student at Glenswilly National School.Erin is now in remission and has just finished two and a half years of treatment. She attended Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin and spent many months at a time in hospital.Erin has been a true fighter over the past three years according to her Mum Colette.“What she has been through in the past three years was extremely tough. She has gone through more than some adults may go through in their entire lifetime and she just keeps smiling.”Erin is the daughter of Charlie and Colette Gallagher.Erika HigginsErika Higgins is nine years old and goes to Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Letterkenny.Her Mum Tina describes Erika as “happy to lucky and always happy.”“When Erika got her tonsils out she was in hospital for a few days. She was super courageous before and after her operation.”Tina says Erika is her best friend. “She is a kind lovably daughter who is always ready to dish out the hugs and kisses.“She is a great wee help with her 3 year old brother Matthew. She gets on great with all the children in her area and always looks out for them.”Erika loves horses and goes horse riding in her spare time. She is also a keen swimmer and goes every weekend to her lessons. Erika is a member of Encore Performing Arts Academy, she loves performing on stage and dancing around her room to one direction and Katy Perry.Erika is the daughter of Kieran and Tina Higgins from Letterkenny.EUROPE’S STRONGEST MAN EVENT TO DRAW HUGE CROWDS TO DONEGAL was last modified: September 13th, 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:European Strongest Manletterkennylast_img read more