Windies Women ready for England series- Taylor

first_img OTHER PLAYERS Fresh from their historic victory over Australia in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 earlier this year, West Indies Women will go about showing that their triumph was no fluke when they take on world-rated England Women in the five-match one-day international series, starting today at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium. In what will be their first international fixture since their win, the West Indies will enter the contest ranked second on the latest ICC Women Championship with 20 points, one ahead of England, who are third. A qualifier for the ICC Women World Cup in England next summer, the eight-team Women Championship is led by reigning world champions Australia on 30 points, with New Zealand fourth on 16. India, South Africa, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka are the other competing teams. Two points are offered for qualifying-match victories, with one point given for a no-result. The top four teams at the end of qualifying, which culminates later this year, will advance automatically to the World Cup, with the bottom four slated for a play-off. “I wouldn’t say tough, but I know it’s going to be a challenging one,” said West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor, ahead of the opener, which, like the second fixture, will not offer points towards qualification. The final three matches of the series, however, to be played at Sabina Park, will offer points. “They definitely have good players, but I think we are quite equal, and as such it should be a very good match-up,” she added. Coached by Vasbert Drakes, the West Indies will enter the series with more higher-rated players than England. Leading the way is the decorated Taylor, who is currently ranked fifth on the latest ICC Women one-day international batting rankings, fourth in the bowling equivalent, and number one on the all-rounder chart. She is followed by teammate, the big-hitting Deandra Dottin, who is ranked ninth in batting, and off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, who is ranked third in bowling. England, in the meantime, has front-line batter Sarah Taylor, occupying the number seven position on the batting rankings, and Katherine Brunt, Jenny Gunn, and Anya Shrubsole controlling the number two, eight, and nine posts on the bowling chart. WI Women Squad: Stafanie Taylor – captain, Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Erva Giddings, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Shaquana Quintyne, Shakera Selman, Tremayne Smartt. England Women Squad: Heather Knight – captain, Sarah Taylor, Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt, Jenny Gunn, Tammy Beaumont, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Alexandra Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Beth Langston, Natalie Sciver, Lauren Winfield, and Danielle Wyatt.last_img read more

High-flying Hill promises more poster dunks: ‘I’m here to put on a show’

first_imgLATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “That was one of the best dunks I’ve done in my career so far and I was just super hyped about that.”Hill would’ve had another facial, this time, against the bigger Steve Akomo, but his one-handed throwdown was waived off after he was called for a traveling violation. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sablan looks at positives despite UST’s 41 turnovers MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Hill put Growling Tigers big man Jeepy Faundo in a poster, in the highlight of the UAAP Season 80 so far.“I knew that anyone that would come over would be late because I’m quicker, and when I jumped I knew it was over,” said Hill after Adamson beat UST, 88-81, for its first win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“You’ll see more of that from me and my ‘Bounce Bro’ Sean [Manganti] and he needs to hurry up and catch up. I’m here to put on a show and hopefully we’re going to set sail this year.” The 6-foot-4 rookie blew by his defender Regieboy Basibas in the right wing before he exploded to the rim against Faundo, who had no chance of preventing the dunk early in the third quarter. Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A costly, catty dispute finally settled View comments Winning start It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Adamson’s Tyrus Hill goes for a dunk against UST’s Steve Akomo. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTyrus Hill’s frizzy hair isn’t the only thing that makes him stands out.The Adamson University forward also has crazy hops and has a penchant for dunking on people, something that University of Santo Tomas found out the hard way on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

UNC gets ugly win vs. Duke

first_imgTyler Hansbrough had 26 points and 17 rebounds before suffering an ugly injury in the closing seconds of No. 8 North Carolina’s 86-72 victory over 14th-ranked Duke on Sunday, clinching the top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Senior Reyshawn Terry added 15 points in his final home game for the Tar Heels (25-6, 11-5), who swept the regular-season series with the Blue Devils for the first time in 11 years, avoided their first three-game slide under Roy Williams and gave the homespun coach his 100th victory at his alma mater. WOMEN No. 3 Connecticut 74, South Florida 54: Charde Houston scored 19 points in the Big East conference tournament opener for the Huskies (28-2) in Hartford, Conn. No. 4 North Carolina 60, No. 24 North Carolina State 54: Ivory Latta scored 20 points, becoming North Carolina’s career scoring leader, as the Tar Heels (30-3) won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship game in Greensboro, N.C., over the Wolfpack (24-8). No. 5 Ohio St. 73, Penn St. 71 (OT): Jessica Davenport scored a season-high 32 points to rally the Buckeyes (28-2) in the Big Ten tournament semifinals in Indianapolis. Saint Joseph’s 57, No. 8 George Washington 55: Whitney Ffrench scored 14 points, and the Hawks pulled off their biggest upset in 15 years, beating the Colonials (26-3) in the Atlantic 10 tournament semifinals in Cincinnati. No. 9 Arizona State 60, California 53: Kirsten Thompson scored 14 points, leading the Sun Devils (28-3) into the Pac-10 tournament title game in San Jose. No. 13 Vanderbilt 51, No. 11 LSU 45: Dee Davis scored 19 points to lead the Commodores (28-5) over the Tigers (26-7) in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game in Duluth, Ga. No. 15 Purdue 64, No. 22 Michigan St. 61: Katie Gearlds scored 17 points and the Boilermakers (27-5) rallied to beat the Spartans (23-8) in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. No. 18 Rutgers 63, DePaul 55: Matee Ajavon scored 21 points for the Scarlet Knights (20-8) in a Big East tournament quarterfinal. No. 20 Louisville 68, West Virginia 56: Angel McCoughtry scored 26 points for the Cardinals (26-6) in a Big East tournament quarterfinal game. No. 23 Marquette 61, Pittsburgh 51: Christina Quaye had 18 points to lead the Golden Eagles (25-5) in the Big East tournament quarterfinals. Gonzaga 64, Loyola Marymount 47: Stephanie Hawk had 17 points and 12 rebounds and the Bulldogs knocked off the Lions in the championship game of the West Coast Conference women’s basketball tournament in Portland, Ore., and earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. East Carolina 79, Rice 70: Jasmine Young scored 23 points to help the Lady Pirates (19-13) win the Conference USA tournament final in Tulsa, Okla., and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Marist 64, Iona 57 (OT): Meg Dahlman scored a season-high 21 points for the Red Foxes (27-5) in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in Bridgeport, Conn., as they secured a bid to the NCAA Tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Greg Paulus had 21 points before fouling out for the Blue Devils (22-9, 8-8). No. 5 Florida 85, Kentucky 72: Joakim Noah and Taurean Green scored 17 points apiece to help the host Gators (26-5, 13-3) make history by becoming the first Southeastern Conference team to win six in a row against the Wildcats. No. 16 Louisville 86, Seton Hall 71: Edgar Sosa scored 18 points to lead five Louisville players in double figures and the Cardinals (22-8, 12-4) clinched second place in the Big East. Clemson 75, No. 21 Virginia Tech 74: K.C. Rivers scored 22 points, including the decisive basket with 18 seconds remaining, to lead the visiting Tigers (21-9, 7-9) over the Hokies (20-10, 10-6). Creighton 67, No. 11 Southern Illinois 61: Anthony Tolliver had 15 points to help the Bluejays (22-10) upset the Salukis (27-6) in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament in St. Louis, earning Creighton its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in nine years. center_img But perhaps the lasting image of the latest renewal of college basketball’s most intense rivalry will be Hansbrough’s bloodied face. He leaped for a layup with 14.5 seconds left, but after the ball left his hand he was struck in the face by Gerald Henderson’s right elbow. Hansbrough crumpled to the ground, his nose bleeding profusely, and he was restrained from the Duke players as he was being escorted to the locker room. The officials reviewed the play and ejected Henderson, then said he would be suspended for one game. last_img read more

Marrow match sought for girl

first_imgInformation about the “General Hospital” event is available at That Web site has information specifically on Hailey under the heading “Meet Hailey.” She needs blood donors now, said Amber McCarty, a campaign manager in Ventura County for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Donors who have O-negative blood can contribute to Hailey directly at Childrens Hospital. “She can’t receive a marrow transplant until she gets into remission,” McCarty said. “We need blood to keep her healthy now. But in the bigger picture it’s the marrow match that’s going to save her life.” “To get tested for marrow, it’s simply a cheek swab.” Dad Rick Kent is a construction project manager who has been working in the L.A. area recently, allowing him to visit his daughter. “My wife spends the week here and I spend the weekends and drop by every chance I get,” he said at the hospital. Hailey and her brother got into show business when their parents found out there was a demand for twins as child actors in Hollywood. Television producers like using twins, and when they were younger the 9-month-olds looked alike, so they could alternate playing the same character even though one was a boy and the other a girl, their father said. It’s the same way Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of Sherman Oaks got their start, alternately acting as the same character to help comply with child labor laws. Everyone in Hailey’s family has already been tested for a bone marrow match, including Ryan, and none of them are suitable. Officials said more than 200,000 people in the United States alone have leukemia and related blood cancers, and another 35,000 U.S. residents are expected to be diagnosed this year. But survival rates have improved from just 14 percent in 1960 to better than 49 percent today, thanks to advances in medical treatment and efforts like the National Marrow Donor Program. “She’s just an amazing child,” Hailey’s father said. “She goes through hell pretty much, but will end up smiling.” (805) 583-7602 Get involved A bone marrow donor drive March 24 will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ralphs supermarket, 2726 E. Los Angeles Ave. in Simi Valley. A drive May 12 will be held at the Simi Valley Street Fair on Cochran Street between Sequoia and Galena avenues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The child actor’s luau to raise money for leukemia patients will be held at the Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12825 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City. It will include a blood drive and marrow screening from 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Amber McCarty, the campaign manager for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, at (805) 201-7150, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles at (323) 660-2450, or Holly Collier of the National Marrow Donor Program at (714) 800-1612. SIMI VALLEY – Hailey Joy Kent and her brother Ryan are twins and child actors. But while one is healthy and thriving, the other is fighting for her life. The twins were born June 6, but at just 4 months old, Hailey developed a low-grade fever and began vomiting. A few tests later, doctors gave her parents the bad news – acute lymphocytic leukemia. She has been undergoing chemotherapy off and on for months at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is helping organize two drives in Simi Valley through the National Marrow Donor Program to help her and others who need transplants. “We thought that she had the flu or something,” said Hailey’s father, Rick, who along with his wife, Maria, has been spending as much time as possible with Hailey at the hospital. “The staff here at Childrens Hospital is just amazing,” he said. “The nurses go the extra distance. Maria is pretty much here 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They really are great people here.” Hailey and Ryan have been getting calls to appear on television shows, but Hailey has been unable to do so. And since they play the same character as twins, they always work together. “She’s been sick and losing weight,” her mother said. “We need to get her back into remission so we can start the bone marrow.” Her father said the nurses at Childrens Hospital gathered around the television set to watch her when she and her brother appeared on an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.” They’ve also had parts in “Medium” and “Standoff.” Hailey’s agent also represents child actors on the television series “General Hospital,” so in addition to the Simi Valley marrow donor events, a July 13 luau to raise money for leukemia patients and to screen potential marrow donors will be held at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City with some of the “General Hospital” child actors. last_img read more

Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope Mayors make B.C.’s most influential women list

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — BC Business posted their second-annual top-35 most influential women in B.C. on Wednesday, and the publication has noted a handful of women with ties to the Peace Region have made the list.“As with last year’s feature, this is far from a definitive list; there are many more names that were considered or could be considered,” BC Business wrote. “Rather, it is a snapshot of 35 women who are making a difference in 2016—in very specific and meaningful ways.”Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman is one of those women, along with Hudson’s Hope Mayor Gwen Johansson, and Site C project manager, Diane McSherry. BC Hydro’s CEO Jessica MacDonald was also on the list.- Advertisement -Much of BC Business’s discourse about each woman was tied to Site C.BC Business wrote that Mayor Ackerman was named on the list because, ‘as the leader of a small northern community facing big changes imposed by natural resource projects, Ackerman has seen the negative impacts of the LNG boom, including stretched health services and depleted affordable housing, and she has steadfastly worked to make sure Fort St. John will benefit from Site C.”Mayor of Hudson's Hope, Gwen Johansson. (Photo by Hudson's Hope City Hall)Mayor of Hudson’s Hope, Gwen Johansson. (Photo by Hudson’s Hope City Hall)Advertisement B.C.’s Premier Christy Clark was named the most influential woman on the list. “As of the tiny community of Hudson’s Hope in northeastern B.C. — and a former BC Hydro board member — (Gwen) Johansson has been a powerful voice for sober second thought as the province pushes ahead with Site C,” the publication wrote about the Hudson’s Hope Mayor.“She has been a consistent voice for Hudson’s Hope, long advocating for the oversight of the BC Utilities Commission, which was excused from its usual role in scrutinizing public projects by the BC Liberal government in 2010.”Of BC Hydro’s influential women, BC Business noted of CEO Jessica MacDonald, her position is ‘that Site C is the right solution to provide clean, reliable and affordable electricity for future generations, and that almost a decade of research and consultation has been enough.’McSherry, the top manager of Site C, has ‘ushered in the trucks to carve out access roads, build foundations and set up temporary work camps,’ said BC Business.Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal dumped out of FA Cup by Nottingham

first_imgEric Lichaj opened the scoring for the home side but Per Mertesacker equalised just three minutes later.However, Forest continued to probe an inexperienced Arsenal line-up and got their reward just before half-time when Lichaj volleyed in spectacularly from the edge of the box.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, serving a touchline ban, was forced to watch powerless from the stands as Rob Holding conceded a penalty that Ben Brereton converted to stretch home side’s lead to 3-1.Danny Welbeck gave Arsenal hope with just over 10 minutes to go but Kieran Dowell netted from the penalty spot again to seal a 4-2 win for the second-tier side over the Premier League visitors.In the early kick-off, on-loan forward Shawn McCoulsky headed in a dramatic 89th-minute winner for Welsh club Newport to seal a 2-1 victory against 1972 Cup winners Leeds.Leeds had taken an early lead at Rodney Parade when Gaetano Berardi’s deflected long-range shot found the net.But Newport, currently 11th in League Two — the fourth tier of the English game — levelled 14 minutes from time when Leeds defender Conor Shaughnessy sliced into his own net.Infused with fresh belief in front of a passionate Welsh crowd, Newport pressed for a winner, and with a minute to go on-loan substitute McCoulsky rose highest at a corner to head in the decisive goal and send the stadium into raptures.Much-changed Leeds were then reduced to 10 men when substitute Samuel Saiz was immediately sent off over an off-the-ball incident.“This is much better beating Championship teams like Leeds,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I don’t want to be winning relegation battles, I want to be winning FA Cup ties and climbing the table.”It is another miserable result in the FA Cup for Leeds, who crashed out in the fourth round last year to non-league Sutton United.– Hart saves –West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart goes down to make a save duing his side’s FA CUp match on January 7, 2017. PHOTO/DailyMailWest Ham had goalkeeper Joe Hart to thank for keeping them in the Cup with a 0-0 draw after an uninspired performance against Shrewsbury Town of the third tier.The England goalkeeper, returning to the club where he started his career, was handed a cap from the crowd as he battled against the slanting winter sun.He made a fine save from Mat Sadler with about 10 minutes to go until the interval and repeated the trick against Alex Rodman to keep the score at 0-0.The League One high-fliers continued to take the game to David Moyes’s team in the second half but there were few clear-cut opportunities for either side.Shrewsbury’s Jon Nolan had a golden chance to seal a dramatic victory in the dying minutes of normal time but blazed over and the two sides will meet again at the London Stadium.“The players are a little bit deflated almost,” said Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst.“But we have a replay to look forward to,” he added. “We know it will be tough. They will be at home, more comfortable in their own stadium.”At Wembley, Harry Kane broke the deadlock against AFC Wimbledon with just under half an hour to go before Kane again and Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 to put the game beyond the reach of the visitors.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal players react after their FA Cup loss to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round on January 7, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 7- FA Cup holders Arsenal were sensationally dumped out of the competition by Nottingham Forest on Sunday, joining Leeds United as big-name casualties on a day of shocks.Championship side Forest revived memories of their glory years under Brian Clough, putting 13-times winners Arsenal to the sword in an incident-packed win at the City Ground.last_img read more

Five things to know about AFCON finalists Algeria, Senegal

first_img0Shares0000Sadio Mane’s Senegal were second best to an Algeria side captained by Riyad Mahrez in CairoCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 18 – Five things to know about each of the Africa Cup of Nations finalists, Algeria and Senegal.Algeria Algeria stunned Nigeria in a dramatic semi-final— Captain and winger Riyad Mahrez from Manchester City is the only Premier League representative. The other England-based Algerian, midfielder Adlene Guedioura, is with second-tier Nottingham Forest.— There are seven France-based players, including defenders Ramy Bensebaini and Mehdi Zeffane from Rennes, and three each from Italy and Saudi Arabia.— Guedioura is the oldest player in the squad at 33 and Hicham Boudaoui, the only Algeria-based footballer, the youngest at 19.— Algeria have appeared in two previous Cup of Nations finals, both against Nigeria. They were hammered 3-0 in Lagos in 1980 and won 1-0 in Algiers 10 years later.— Many African national teams choose an animal to be part of their nickname and Algeria opted for the fox with the national team known as the Desert Foxes.SenegalSenegal’s forward Keita Balde (C) celebrates his goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Senegal and Tanzania at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo on June 23, 2019.— Captain and defender Cheikhou Kouyate (Crystal Palace), midfielder Idrissa Gueye (Everton) and star forward Sadio Mane (Liverpool) play in the Premier League.— There are eight France-based players in the squad, including goalkeeper Abdoulaye Diallo and forwards Mbaye Niang and Ismaila Sarr from Rennes.— Defender Saliou Ciss from French second-tier club Valenciennes is the oldest player at 30 and forward Krepin Diatta from Club Brugge the youngest at 20.— This will be the second final appearance by Senegal after losing on penalties to Cameroon in 2002 having drawn 0-0 after extra time in Bamako.— The national team are known as the Teranga Lions. Teranga means hospitality or welcoming generosity in Wolof, the most widely spoken language in the west African country.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Search begins to find Donegal heroes for People of the Year Awards

first_imgCelebrities and former winners have joined forces to launch the People of the Year Awards as the search begins to find Donegal’s 2017 heroes. RTE broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan and Celebrity Operation Transformation contestant James Patrice launched the awards at the Mansion House in Dublin this week alongside former winners Aoibheann Mangan (11) and Padraic Godwin (12).At the launch, celebrities and former winners urged the public to nominate their heroes – family, friends and colleagues – and those ordinary people who have done extraordinary things in Donegal. RTE broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan and Celebrity Operation Transformation contestant James Patrice launched the awards at the Mansion House in Dublin alongside former winners Aoibheann Mangan (11) from Hollymount, Mayo and Padraic Goodwin (12) from Cloghans Hill, Tuam, Co Galway. PHOTO: Mark StedmanRTÉ broadcaster and TV presenter Miriam O’Callaghan described the awards as a “prestigious opportunity” to nominate somebody who deserves recognition.Miriam added: “If you know somebody who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, the People of the Year Awards is the ideal way to honour them. Throughout my career I’ve travelled all over Ireland and the globe, and have witnessed the amazing work and sacrifices that people make. The Awards reveal Ireland’s courageous spirit and remarkable achievements.“It’s such a fantastic national celebration which recognises some truly amazing people across Ireland, from all communities and backgrounds. We all known people who deserve recognition, so I hope people get nominating their hero.”Meanwhile, fresh from Celebrity Operation Transformation, presenter and social media celebrity James Patrice says it will be a highlight to his social calendar. “The People of the Year Awards is a ceremony where we get to honour those who would normally not be recognised. I’m so looking forward to attending what promises to be one of the most fabulous nights of the year. I feel privileged to be part of it,” added JamesNow in its 43rd year, the awards, which are organised by Rehab Group, will be broadcasted on RTÉ One on Saturday, March 3rd. The hit show has also found a new home and will take place at The Round Room in the Mansion House.The winners, who are all nominated by the Irish public, are finalised by a panel of adjudicators.Commenting on the launch, Mo Flynn, CEO of the Rehab Group, said: “Every year we are humbled by the powerful nomination stories we receive. People among us are extraordinary and do amazingly selfless things every day that may not get the recognition they deserve.“We want to celebrate these people and honour their incredible achievements, dedication and determination. The People of the Year Awards give the country the opportunity to honour those people, and to celebrate their valuable contributions.’’ HOW TO NOMINATENominating someone is easy and the public can submit details of their chosen nominee online at . The closing date for entries is Friday, December 1st. All the winners are nominated by the Irish public and finalised by a panel of adjudicators. As well as a number of general awards, people can nominate their Young Person of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year, International Person of the Year and the Community Group of the Year.Former winners include comedian Brendan O’Carroll, Olympian Katie Taylor, Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, and Davitt Walsh.For more information on the awards visit Follow on Twitter @peopleawards and like us on Facebook – Search begins to find Donegal heroes for People of the Year Awards was last modified: October 3rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:People of the year awardsRTElast_img read more

Donegal to benefit from new North-West Greenway project

first_imgDonegal County Council welcomes the fact that Derry City and Strabane District Council has received a formal letter of offer for €14.85 million from the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme to proceed with the North West greenways project.The project will lead to the provision of 46.5km of new cross border greenways across the Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council regions.The project has also successfully provided over €2m worth of cross border employment with eight new posts created between both Councils to support the scheme. The project is being led by Derry City and Strabane District Council with the support of its project partners Donegal County Council, Transport NI and Sustrans.The project is funded through the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme which is administered by SEUPB, with match funding provided by the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland and the Department for Transport, Tourism and Sport in the Republic of Ireland.Welcoming progress with the project, the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle said that in addition to the environmental benefits there was significant investment in cross border employment with seven new posts amounting to a value of €2m between both Councils to support the scheme.“It is fantastic to see a range of funded posts coming as part of this scheme to assist in the delivery of this significantly important scheme for the region. In addition to programme management staff, we have appointed engineers, a communications officer and administrative post and plans are afoot to appoint an Active Travel Officer early next year that will work as part of a team in close collaboration with all partners to deliver on the project.” The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Maolíosa McHugh said: “This project is significantly important in enhancing existing outdoor recreational opportunities and enhancing cross-border connectivity across three distinct routes at Derry via Pennyburn to Buncrana, Muff Village in Donegal to Derry via Culmore, and Strabane to Lifford via Lifford Bridge.”Seamus Neely, Chief Executive with Donegal County Council acknowledged the role of all the partners in the project and said health, social, economic and environmental benefits will be significant for both regions.“This project has the potential to further develop and enhance sustainable transport options for the region with an excellent potential to attract visitors to the region and that will in turn have a positive impact on the local economies.”John Kelpie, Chief Executive with Derry City and Strabane District Council said the project was another example of successful partnership collaborative working between the two Councils and partner agencies on a project that has positive impacts for the entire region.“These projects will provide valuable cross border routes for commuters to use for work and leisure and will further enhance cross border co-operation between the two jurisdictions with a view to encouraging people to reduce their dependence on the car in favour of more sustainable travel methods to contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions. This project also fits in with the objectives set out in our Strategic Investment Growth Plan.” North West Greenways NetworkRoute 1 – Derry via Pennyburn and Bridgend border crossing to Buncrana/Letterkenny via Tooban junction – 32.5kmRoute 2 – Muff village to Derry via Culmore and Muff border crossing and Culmore – 10.5kmRoute 3 – Strabane to Lifford via Lifford Bridge – 3.5km Donegal to benefit from new North-West Greenway project was last modified: October 2nd, 2017 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:donegalGreenways Projectlast_img read more

Donegal holiday home named amongst best in the country

first_imgA Donegal holiday home has been named amongst the best in the country in a national travel awards scheme by Sykes Holiday Cottages.Mulroy View, a five-bedroom cottage overlooking Mulroy Bay near Kerrykeel in County Donegal, picked up the silver award.The property is ideal for families and friends celebrating special occasions or looking to explore this part of the country. The Donegal property was only bettered by Marino, an impressive rental property in Liscannor, County Clare.It took home gold thanks to its cosy living spaces and spectacular sea views. The property has a nautical theme, with décor inspired by the nearby fishing village and harbour.Bronze was awarded to A Country View Cottage, a rental close to Athenry in County Galway with its own games room including a full-size snooker table and minibar.Now in its third year, Sykes received 2,500 entries from throughout the UK and Ireland across 30 categories – ranging from Best for Romance to Best for Glamping, alongside regional winners. All three properties beat off tough competition from others shortlisted, but the judges were impressed by their style and facilities, as well as occupancy rates and customer feedback on cleanliness, comfort, location and value for money.Harriet Kerr, commercial director at Sykes Holiday Cottages, said: “The Sykes Gem Awards have given us the chance to celebrate unique holiday homes and their owners. More and more travellers are opting for staycations over holidays on the continent, and last year we saw a boost in bookings to Ireland.“Because of this, those with a second home or money to invest are increasingly turning to holiday letting – who knows, we may see them on the Sykes Gems shortlist next year!”Graham Donoghue, Sykes Holiday Cottages’ CEO, added: “We launched the awards to recognise and reward the hard work of the owners who are part of the Sykes family. Back then, we had no idea how popular they would be, but we’ve been overwhelmed by the response and this year received a record number of submissions.“I love being part of the judging panel – you hear about peoples’ passion for holiday letting and everything they do to go above and beyond to deliver unforgettable breaks throughout the UK and Ireland.” Cormac O’Suilleabhain, from Tourism Ireland, said: “Awards like this one serve to shine a spotlight on Ireland and the brilliant breaks available here. I was blown away by the standard of the entries, so it was tough to choose between them, but all three properties are very deserving winners.”Donegal holiday home named amongst best in the country was last modified: October 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Sykes Holiday Cottageslast_img read more