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first_imgLATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Jeron Teng squeezes in a left-handed reverse off KG Canaleta. —AUGUST DELA CRUZAt four wins and having played nine games, the playoffs are hardly guaranteed for Alex Compton and the Alaska Aces.You wouldn’t guess so by the way he relished Wednesday night’s 92-77 victory over Meralco in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Frustrated cager is discus champ NORTHPORT 90—Anthony 22, Tautuaa 19, Pringle 15, Grey 14, Lanete 8, Guinto 4, Elorde 3, Bolick 3, Taha 2, Gabayni 0, Sollano 0.Quarters: 33-25, 53-59, 76-82, 103-90. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying “Huge win for us, honestly,” Compton said.“Kung natalo kami kanina, naka ano … Boracay tayong lahat?” he added, alluding to the vacation spot that is a euphemism for getting eliminated from the playoff race.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHistorically, chief league statistician Fidel Mangonon III said it takes seven losses with the current tournament format to hit the road. That’s the defeat total the Aces pinned on the Bolts Wednesday night after a hot start that cushioned a shaky middle and gave way to a flourishing finish.In the second game, Magnolia also gave its playoff hopes a big boost with a 103-90 victory over NorthPort to tie Alaska at 4-5. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ The Hotshots turned up the defensive intensity in the second half, limiting the Batang Pier to just 31 points after surrendering 59 in the first two quarters of the match.While Alaska staved off being pushed to the edge of elimination, Compton knows that he may need to go two-for-two in his last two games to book a slot to the next round. That’s why he kept himself to celebrating the minor victories—in a tournament that has been particularly testy for the storied franchise.Like delisting two more players from the injury ranks.“Obviously for me and the whole team, it’s nice to have [JVee Casio] and [Kevin Racal] back,” Compton said. “They are obviously a little rusty and out of shape but I thought JVee came in and made some plays and K-Racs made some plays in the way he usually does—knocking down some open shots and being a really good defender.”Jeron Teng (16 points, seven rebounds, 7-of-7 from the stripe) fueled Alaska’s fast start as the Aces roared to a 13-3 lead early.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m just really happy to get the win,” Compton said. .”The feeling was fleeting though, as Compton was reminded of the team’s next assignment: defending champion San Miguel Beer on March 24.“That’s the team you could play great against and still not win,” Compton said, jokingly chiding a reporter for bringing up his next game. “Like, you can be great and still not beat San Miguel. That’s how good they are.”The scores:First GameALASKA 92—Teng 16, Enciso 14, Banchero 13, Thoss 13, Casio 12, Racal 9, Cruz 7, Pascual 6, Baclao 2, Exciminiano 0, Ayaay 0.MERALCO 77—Salva 23, Canaleta 18, Newsome 11, Amer 8, Quinto 5, Tolomia 4, Hodge 3, Hugnatan 2, Pinto 2, Jackson 1, Caram 0, Faundo 0.Quarters: 20-16, 45-38, 69-57, 92-77.Second GameMAGNOLIA 103—Lee 24, Sangalang 20, Brondial 14, Jalalon 11, Barroca 11, Melton 11, Dela Rosa 5, Reavis 5, Herndon 2, Pascual 0. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Auditing the Auditors: A Startling, but not Unexpected Revelation

first_imgWe have not yet seen the Kenyan Auditor General’s report on his audit of Liberia’s General Auditing Commission (GAC). We are, however, not surprised at what he said—that the GAC between 2009 and 2013 had been “extremely corrupt.”Without actually knowing what he meant by that, we can begin with Kenyan Auditor General Edward Ouko’s first substantive statement: During the period 2009-2013, “the GAC failed to comply with rules governing international financial best practices.”No one who knew and carefully observed how the first Auditor General appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Mr. John Morlu, II, operated the GAC would doubt the Kenyan Auditor General’s assessment. Remember the first major statement which Auditor General Morlu made following his appointment? He said the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was “more corrupt than any other government in Liberian history.”Remember, too, that this wasonly a few weeks following his appointment—that is, before he and his team at GAC had conducted a single piece of audit. So how did he come up with such a sweeping indictment against the President and her government? That remark showed that Morlu could “shoot from the hip.” Is that what Kenyan Auditor General Ouku called “international financial best practice?” No. Auditing is a scientific procedure just as the mathematics on which auditing is based. It cannot and should not be politicized. Yet, that is exactly how John Morlu ran the GAC.He had a direct link with certain media institutions and journalists, whom he regularly fed with sensational bits of “information” that made great—and sometimes dangerous—headlines. That was long before he submitted a single report to his employers.The European Union, which volunteered to pay his salary—some say US$60,000 per annum—must have been completely embarrassed by all this. But the rules of diplomacy, which govern such international organizations, prevented the EU from making any comment. All they could do was wait until the government that employed him acted. As Mr. Morlu continued throughout his tenure to act more as a politician than a professional auditor, the only thing President Sirleaf could do was to wonder and wait. For any action against him before his contract ended may have been interpreted as though the government had something to hide.But once his six-year contract ended in 2011, President Sirleaf did not renew it. Mr. Morlu tried to make some noise, even threats, but no one paid him any attention. Then came Robert Kilby, who first submitted credentials that the Liberian Legislature, mainly the Senate, found questionable. He, however, eventually won confirmation. But he no sooner began to behave like some of Liberia’s erstwhile all powerful Attorney Generals. Kilby soon decided to fire or retire en masse the GAC staff, who quickly ran to the Legislature and he was stopped.Then it was discovered that many of his decisions and actions were viewed as conflicts of interest. Kilby behaved like a maverick (eccentric, individualistic). He did not, unlike his predecessor Morlu, make spurious utterances. But Kilby took strange actions, such as his attempt to “clean sweet” the GAC. He lasted barely a year and was replaced by Madam Yusador Gaye.By the time she got there, a letter was on file from Robert Sirleaf, President Sirleaf’s son, the new Chair of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL). This appointment of her own son as head of one of the nation’s most financially lucrative institutions was immediately greeted by public hostility and criticism. The people called it a pure case of nepotism. It immediately provoked an open split with President Sirleaf’s own Liberian sister and fellow Nobel Laureate, Leymah Gbowee, who also criticized Robert’s appointment. The Daily Observer quoted one female World Bank official as saying most of the Bank’s female employees blamed Ellen for the split with Leyma.But main reason for our mention of Robert Sirleaf is his letter to the Auditor General, advising that there should be no audit for now at NOCAL until certain procedures were put into place.And who was any Auditor General to deny Robert Sirleaf his wish? That would be tantamount to saying No to the new Steve Tolbert of Liberia. For no one in the early 1970s, not even Rocheforte L. Weeks, Foreign Minister and Dean of the Cabinet, could say no to Steve. Steve and Rocheforte clashed during President William R. Tolbert’s visit with United States President Richard Nixon in 1972. While Weeks was yet in Washington, President Tolbert fired him on radio, calling him all kinds of names.The GAC has yet to audit NOCAL—an audit that may never take place, especially with so promising an enterprise now in disarray and bankrupt. When Robert Sirleaf took it over from former NOCAL Chairman Clemenceau Urey, there was US$31 million in its bank accounts. By the time Robert Sirleaf departed after approximately 18 months, the company was bankrupt. We do not know whether the Kenyan Auditor General took any note of Robert Sirleaf’s letter to the Liberian Auditor General.A great deal of auditing has gone on, and continues in Liberia. The public is wondering whether and when NOCAL will ever be audited. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Rose Hall Estate workers attached to Albion on strike

first_img…claim victimisation by GuySuCoField workers, who previously worked with the Rose Hall Estate and who have been transferred to the Albion Sugar Estate, are demanding their severance pay, saying efforts are being made to frustrate them and management of Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) seem to be in a direct ploy to force them to leave the job.Some of the striking sugar workers on Wednesday at the Rose Hall Estate compoundThe workers staged a picketing exercise outside the old Rose Hall Estate compound, chanting “Severance! Severance. No wuk.”Workers are upset over the working conditions at the Albion Estate. Speaking with the media, the workers said the persons who were transferred from the Rose Hall Estate are being discriminated against by the management of GuySuCo.According to the workers, they are not told where they have to work until they arrive each morning at the estate. The workers also alleged that even if the work is not worth their labour, they are forced to work since the lorry driver refuses to take them back home.“We are not able with what Albion going on with,” one worker told Guyana Times, adding, “They force we and carry we deh. They tell we a set ah lies.”Some of the workers told this publication that the crop commenced five weeks ago and to date they are still to receive tools.“Without tools you can’t work,” he said.The workers also claimed they have to travel long distances to get to work. In fact, some of them claim that on occasions, it is almost four hours after leaving home that they arrive at their work site.They say they are being asked to fetch cane from further distances while the machine works the close cane to load punts.The hardship, the workers said, had resulted in their earnings being reduced by more than 60 per cent.Only last week workers who were transferred from the said Rose Hall Estate to the Blairmont Estate downed tools in protest, sighting discrimination and unfair treatment.However, these workers say they are convinced that there is a deliberate attempt to make it difficult for them. They are now rebelling.The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) will meet with the workers today.GuySuCo’s concernMeanwhile, following the strike on Wednesday, GuySuCo in a statement said it is becoming increasingly concerned with the developments relative to employees on strike at the Albion Estate, who were transferred from Rose Hall Estate as a result of the transitioning process in the Corporation. According to the Sugar Corporation, some of the cane harvesters have been on strike for the past two days and their stated reason being that they are entitled to severance payment.“The Corporation wishes to state that the strike action is illegal and is in breach of the ‘Extant Collective Labour Agreement’ existing between GuySuCo and representative Union, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union,” GuySuCo said.last_img read more

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Missing Dawson Creek man killed in crash

first_imgA missing Dawson Creek man has turned up dead, as the result of a motor vehicle accident. On Monday (April 12th), South Peace Traffic Services and the Chetwynd RCMP responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident on Highway 97, in the Mount Lemoray area.- Advertisement -Police say the preliminary investigation indicates a vehicle was heading north on a straight stretch of road, when it left the roadway and veered down a steep embankment, before coming to a stop on its roof, in a thick tree-stand.The driver was not wearing a seatbelt, and was partially ejected from the vehicle, suffering life-threatening injuries. Police say alcohol and drug use are suspected to have been factors in the crash.Advertisement By Jon Zacks Police have identified the deceased male as Larry Powell, of Dawson Creek. Powell had been reported missing in Dawson Creek on April 3rd, after disappearing on April 1st. Constable Kennedy, of the South Peace Traffic Service, says it appears that the accident happened not long after Powell was last seen. He says the vehicle was hidden in thick brush, and wasn’t spotted until Monday, by someone riding in a greyhound bus. He says an autopsy to be conducted on Wednesday, along with a toxicology report, will determine the final cause of death.last_img read more

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Better safe than sorry on New Years

first_imgThere are many ways in which one can avoid driving while intoxicated. One important aspect to avoid being caught in this situation is preparation. Woodall suggests planning for a ride home before the night begins, either with a taxi service, or a sober family member or friend as a designated driver. Woodall says a common misconception is that a designated driver is a person who has had the least amount to drink. However, he says the designation should be given to a person who remains sober throughout the night.RCMP will begin their shift relatively early Friday, starting at around 5 p.m. and will be patrolling the streets continuously throughout the evening until Saturday morning. There are a number of issues police are preparing for on New Years Eve.One issue which the police are preparing for is an increased risk of people drinking and driving. According to Corporal Tom Woodall of the Peace Region Traffic Services, there has not been a significant increase in the number of people caught drinking and driving during the holiday season this year. Regardless, Woodall says police are aware that nights like New Years Eve pose a much higher risk for people who consume alcohol and get behind the wheel of their cars. – Advertisement -As a result, the Fort St. John RCMP and city traffic members will be patrolling the roads in and around Fort St. John in an attempt to reduce impaired driving. [asset|aid=3382|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=4c30547bdabe5cb08396147bfdcaa5be-Cpl. Woodall_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisementlast_img read more

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Doubts over Qatar-hosted Gulf Cup as draw takes place

first_imgHowever, as many as half of the teams may not play in the eight-nation tournament, scheduled to take place in Doha between December 22 and January 5.Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain could boycott the event because of its increasingly bitter political standoff with Qatar, now in its fourth month.Notably, no representatives of the three associations were in Doha for the draw.And even though the cup is not a FIFA event, Kuwait’s football association remains suspended by the world’s governing body and it is not clear if its team can take part in the tournament.Asked if the tournament would take place, Jassim al-Rumaihi, general secretary of the Arab Gulf Cup Football Federations (AGCFF) said: “We will see what happens.“Qatar is ready to organise and host this tournament,” he told reporters after the draw.“It will be clearer in the coming hours and the coming days.”He added: “In the current situation, I hope we don’t mix sport and politics.”Rumaihi said that if Saudi, UAE and Bahrain pulled out, the remaining teams would play a round robin tournament.However, if there are only four teams available to play, a fresh decision would be taken by the AGCFF whether to stage the tournament.If some countries boycott the event, they could face fines and may also be ordered to compensate broadcasters, said Hamid Alshaibani, chairman of the competitions committee.Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE have isolated Qatar, cutting all ties with Doha since June 5, accusing the emirate of supporting extremism and fostering ties with Iran.World Cup 2022 host Qatar denies the charges, claiming the dispute is an attack on its sovereignty.Regardless, the dispute has now lasted more than 100 days and shows few signs of ending soon.This latest edition of the Gulf Cup of Nations, which is held every two years, has already run into problems.It was meant to be played in Kuwait in 2016 but due to the country’s FIFA ban the tournament was moved to Qatar and scheduled to be played a year late.Qatar are the current holders of the trophy, having beaten Saudi Arabia 2-1 in the 2014 final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A general view shows the Gulf Cup of Nations draw in Doha on September 25, 2017 © AFP / Karim JAAFARDOHA, Qatar, Sep 25 – The draw for the Gulf Cup of Nations went ahead Monday despite serious doubts that the Qatar-hosted competition will take place largely due to ongoing regional political tensions.In bizarre circumstances an elaborate ceremony saw Qatar drawn with Bahrain, Iraq and Yemen in Group A, while Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and possibly Kuwait will make up Group B.last_img read more

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Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Monday, November 17

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REVEALED! PL top 10 most dangerous teams at set-pieces

first_img 5. QPR – 11 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – If it wasn’t for their success at set-pieces there is a chance the Super Hoops would be languishing at the bottom of the Premier League table. Thankfully, Chris Ramsey’s side have been able to give themselves a shot a survival with their ability to score from deadballs. If you’re going to succeed in the Premier League you have to make the most of set-piece situations.Not converting corners or hitting the back of the net with a well placed free-kick is a cardinal sin in the top flight, especially for sides lower in the table who need to make the most of sparser opportunities.But who is the English top flight’s most successful side when it comes to scoring from free-kicks and corners, talkSPORT takes a look.Click right to scroll though our list…All stats correct up to 14 April 2015 10 6= Everton and Sunderland – 9 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – Two teams with set-piece specialists, Leighton Baines and Sebastian Larsson, the duo though can only do so much though and need a helping hand from their team-mates. 3= Man United, West Brom and West Ham – 13 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – Red Devils defender Chris Smalling has managed four goals in the Premier League this season – excellent deliveries have played a huge part in this. West Ham and West Brom, who are also blessed with set-piece stars, also find themselves mixing it with the elite. 9= Liverpool, Stoke and Swansea – 5 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – The continuing wane of Steven Gerrard see Liverpool desperately seeking set-piece solutions and Stoke City’s transformation under Mark Hughes sees them low down on our list too. 1. Crystal Palace – 15 goals from set-pieces – The Eagles soar above all others when it comes to set-pieces, Scott Dann and Brede Hangeland have been heading in corners, while Jason Puncheon is pretty handy at curling home a free-kick as Manchester City found out to their detriment. 10 10 10 7= Aston Villa, Burnley, Leicester, and Man City – 7 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – A trio of relegation candidates and a side desperately clinging on for a place in the top four are joint seventh in our list. No matter where you are in the Premier League table, converting set-pieces is important. 8= Hull and Southampton – 6 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – The Tigers have been toothless at set-pieces this season, which could help to explain their troubles and the Saints could do with getting in habit of scoring from deadball situations too. 10 10 4. Chelsea – 12 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – With the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Oscar delivering quality balls into the box it’s no surprise they feature high up on the list. 2= Arsenal and Tottenham – 14 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – There is no separating the north London giants when it comes to successfully converting set-pieces. Christian Eriksen has shown he’s capable of whipping home a free-kick this season, while across the road several stars, including Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have hit the back of the net. 10 10 10. Newcastle – 4 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – Despite have 6ft 4in defender Mike Williamson amongst their ranks, the Magpies have been unsuccessful with their set-pieces this season. Ryan Taylor’s return from injury could change that though. 10 10last_img read more

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CONOR PROVES HE IS A ‘FORCE’ TO BE RECKONED WITH!

first_imgLetterkenny man Conor Mc Garry traveled from Liverpool to compete in last weekend’s Gael Force North – and he’s still aching!Fit as a fiddle – Conor McGarry!This is a very personal account of one Donegal man’s triumph over the roads, mountains and lakes of our wonderful county.It all started last Christmas on a wee visit back to Donegal. Sitting at the bar enjoying a few pints of the black stuff the lads were enjoying a bit of banter about last years Gaelforce North, an adventure race comprising of running, kayaking, cycling and running up and down a mountain. Stories of pulled muscles, how tough the wind and rain was and how at the time they would never enter this event again were mentioned. How hard could it be I asked?…. a bit of running, a little paddle on a lake, a leisurely cycle and a wee walk up a mountain…. no bother! Sign up then they replied!!!! So the next day I did, having a quick look at the photos of last year’s event first. I only noticed a few photos with faces grimacing so confidence remained high even though I had not been on a bike for over 8 years and had not climbed a mountain since I was a teenager.As the months passed facebook was filled with photos of my mates back home climbing mountains and out running and cycling. With only a month to go to the event I still hadn’t got on a bike and the highest I climbed was the 20 odd steps on way into work. Sure I’d done some cross country races recently, that would do wouldn’t it?A couple of weeks before the start date I finally managed to get a bike and got a couple of miles under my belt. Apart from a few pains in the backside I still felt confident.So with flights booked for the Friday before the event, I was scheduled to work the night before I flew to Ireland. Not to worry I thought, I would get to bed on Friday afternoon and get a good nights sleep! What could go wrong? Upon arriving to Letterkenny the phone calls started. Where are you? We need to get your bike sorted and then we need to go out and register for the race. Hours were spent visiting house after house, locating bike racks, searching for pumps, sorting out hydration packs and then the ordeal of fixing old rusted clip on pedals to the bikes!After a hasty trial run on my borrowed bike it was off to registration where I was allocated the infamous “dibber”. Placed around my wrist this fob was going to be used to record my times on the different sections. A bit of banter was had with fellow competitors and then a quick trip out to the first transition area, where the bikes were going to stay overnight. A wee look around showed that there were some serious biking machines on show, along with the odd bike of older generation! Having left the bike, helmet and hydration pack we finally headed off into the night, setting the alarms for 6am!The morning of the race arrived and a few text messages between the lads made sure we were all up and ready. The majority of the gang had decided to start in the second wave, with the lads enjoying a bit of friendly competition among themselves. The remainder, including myself stuck to the first wave, an early start at 08:30. Arriving at the start we had a quick warm up and then before we knew it the horn blasted and we were off….. a 16km trail run on the scenic “bridal pass”. The first part was mostly downhill or flat and the pace was steady, with the field slowly thinning out as the kilometres passed. Around the 8km mark we were greeted with the first hill, a steady incline which tested the legs. Following that is was steady run till we reached the first transition where we could “time out” for a short period while we waited for the kayaks. Several shouts could be heard of “where’s the time out dibber” with runners arriving quick and fast. Time for first run was 1.24.55. This time out could be spent refuelling and sorting out cycling gear, a tactic many of the lads learnt from last year. After a short break it was time for the kayak section. The kayaks mainly consisted of two person kayaks so many of the lads and lasses had already “partnered up” prior to starting the race, another tactic that would be useful for future events. Upon arriving at the water another competitor shouted over, “hey mate, you want to jump on with me”…. So off I went on the kayak, around 2km out and back altogether, finishing this section around 16.54, although I did spend some time chatting to a few of the lads after needing to be prompted to hurry up as I was still under the clock!So the next section consisted of a 24km cycle to the bottom of Errigal mountain. My first obstacle was trying to get my feet into the toe clips, not a problem when I was a teenager but now with tired legs it was a struggle. Having managed to get my feet in I set off at a steady pace. All seemed well until approximately 4km into the cycle where I was hit with my first cramp, which was swiftly followed by another and another. I considered jumping of the bike but was in too much pain and I was worried I wouldn’t get my feet back into the clips again! So for the remainder of the cycle time was spent trying to cycle and stretch my legs at the same time. This wasn’t helped with the change in weather, with the rain and wind arriving in typical Donegal fashion. Luckily I was joined on the cycle by one of my mates who I selfishly “drafted” for around 10km until we reached the bottom of Errigal mountain.Upon arriving to the bottom of the mountain, we were greeted by a hardly bunch of spectators, including many family members and friends. Shouts of encouragement helped weary bodies as we set of on our 4th section, the mountain climb! The weather was abysmal at this stage with visibility poor and the rain and wind prompting many a competitor to query if we would have to go the full distance up the mountain. No such luck! Some of the lads had endured a horrid time on Errigal during last years event and had warned me beforehand. As I made my way up the wet and boggy first part, where the legs were zapped of more energy I cursed signing up for this event and wished I had practised some sort of mountain work. Despite consuming energy gels and drinks the legs would not work any faster and moral was fading fast, despite other competitors offering shouts of encouragement. After what seemed like an eternity I reached the half way point, taking 36 minutes… At the half way I looked over to see one of the lads wrapped in orange space blanket courtesy of mountain rescue team, later finding out he had a bad fall on way down and badly gashed his leg. Competitors continued to pass me as they made their way back down and I pressed upwards,…. ”nearly there now mate… not long to go… the worse bit it over….. “. After 20 minutes I finally made the top, exhausted but slightly elated, wishing I had brought my camera but thinking about it you could see feck all due to the mist and fog! Forgetting about the time I was again prompted to get my act together as I was still under the clock, so after a wee rest I set off again on what I hoped would be an easier journey than the struggle upwards. Ten steps into my decent the cramp returned with a vengeance causing me to stop and again curse that day I signed up for this. More shouts of encouragement and I restarted my decent, swearing with every step. They say the decent shout be easier, but I spent more time on my backside, slipping and falling due to the wet weather and terrible conditions. After 34 minutes I finally reached the bottom where I was met with some worried faces, but again words of encouragement gave me the push I needed to carry on. Too tired to get my feet in the toe clips I gladly accepted the assistance of a friend who pushed me on my way for the final sector, a 18.5 km cycle. So setting off on the final sector the weather had not settled, with wind and rain driving into the faces of competitors. After around 3 km we arrived at the “off road” part of the cycle, a part of the route where many a competitor chose a mountain bike or hybrid to counteract the terrain. So off the bike I got to walk up a short steep hill, thinking no way will I be able to get my feet back in the fecking clips again. After this short hill I jumped back on the bike, trying to maintain a steady speed, which was difficult to do with rocks and stones sticking out of the gravel. At times I definitely had a few lucky escapes with the road bike taking some big hits on speedy descents. I was glad to get back on the tarmac with the steward shouting out “only 5km to go! “…. Music to my ears…..So, approaching the finish we arrived into Bunbeg town, a final descent towards the beach where we had to leave the bikes for our final run along the beach. As I ran along the beach I could see the finish line adjacent, with the route actually making us run past the finish and then loop back on the sand dunes… so close now!….One final push up a small sand dune, and there it was… the finish… I could hear all the shouts of “ come on Conor!, and come on Liverpool! “ as I crossed the finish line…. Too exhausted to speak I was again prompted to time out… with the infamous “dibber” used one last time!Wet, exhausted and every muscle hurting the medal was placed around my neck with plenty of high fives, backslapping and congratulations going around. Two hot dogs and several cups of tea later I finally got feeling back into my limbs and was able to properly converse with people, telling them never again will I do this…….. A few days later, and the muscles still ache…. but as usual I’m already thinking about next yearCONOR PROVES HE IS A ‘FORCE’ TO BE RECKONED WITH! was last modified: July 3rd, 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:Conor McGarryGale Force Northlast_img read more

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JOY FOR DONEGAL MEN AS THEY RUN ‘ELECTRIC’ TIME IN BERLIN MARATHON

first_imgA delighted but exhausted Paul Ferry after he completed the marathon in Berlin yesterday afternoon.Sean Kennedy after the Berlin Marathon.ATHLETICS: TWO DONEGAL electricians have ran ‘electric’ times at the Berlin Marathon.Well-known Social Media contributor Paul Ferry ran a tremendous race and completed the marathon in a superb time of 3.23.25. Looks like Paul and Sean got them cold ones. 🙂His colleague and good friend Sean Kennedy also performed superbly and completed the marathon in an excellent time.Both had meticulously planned their training and preparation in order to peak in time for the marathon – and yesterday’s effort is reward for months of hard work and sacrifice.Ferry had suffered a number of injuries whilst training for the marathon and a recurrence of a chronic back problem which had forced him to quit football returned.However, he shook off those niggles and complaints and was delighted to be able to complete the marathon in such a great time. Ferry told Donegal Daily, “I’m just delighted to have been able to complete the damn thing”, quipped an elated Ferry!“I had a number of injuries in the run-up to the event, and to be honest I had considered throwing in the towel.“But anyone that knows me, knows I’m no quitter!“So I just got on with it, and to do it in that time is just great, I’m delighted.“I’m looking forward to a few cold ones now and the thought of being able to eat what I want! 🙂  JOY FOR DONEGAL MEN AS THEY RUN ‘ELECTRIC’ TIME IN BERLIN MARATHON was last modified: September 28th, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

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