Govt, Opposition express solidarity with hurricane Irma victims

first_imgIn a rare display of unity, the coalition Government and the political opposition People’s Progressive Party have expressed solidarity with the hurricane-ravaged islands in the Caribbean.In addition, Government has reiterated its pledge to offer assistance. According to the Government in a release on Friday, the news of the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma to Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis, St Bart’s, Saint Martin and the British Virgin Islands was received with deep sadness andHurricane Irmaconcern.“The Government and people of Guyana extend our sympathy to the families and governments of those who have lost their lives, those who have been injured, and those affected by the disruptions and damage to infrastructure and property caused by the storm”, the Government’s release detailed.According to the statement, the Government of Guyana stands in solidarity with the affected countries, and remains ready to offer support, whether financial or otherwise, to those in need.Meanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) also extended its sympathies to the leaders and people in the Caribbean nations who were affected by the hurricane. In addition, it sympathized with those still in the path of Hurricane Irma.“Our Party remains profoundly saddened by the loss of lives and extensive damage which this massive storm has inflicted. The PPP is aware of the devastating impact, loss, and inconvenience our Caribbean brothers and sistersAerial footage from the Dutch Defence Ministry revealed theextent of the devastation in Sint-Maartenare forced to endure once again.”The party also expressed concern about the welfare of Guyanese residing in the affected islands and other areas that could possibly be in Irma’s path, including parts of Florida.“Our thoughts are with them and their relatives. The PPP sincerely hopes that the rebuilding process will be swift, and extends best wishes for a smooth and successful implementation of all emergency interventions, both infrastructural and humanitarian.“Our party wishes to assure our Caribbean brothers and sisters that it stands with them in this, their time of tragedy,” the party added.With category five winds and rain, Irma is one of the most powerful hurricanes every recorded over the Atlantic Ocean.It has completely devastated Barbuda, and affected jurisdictions such as St Maarten, St Bart’s, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, and the British Virgin Islands.The United States National Hurricane Center had predicted that Irma is likely to remain at category four or five for the next day or two, while it passes to the north of The Dominican Republic and Haiti as it heads in the direction of The Bahamas and Florida in the United States.last_img read more

ACLU sues over immigrant jail

first_imgThe ACLU sued ICE in January in federal court in San Diego, alleging the San Diego jail was overcrowded. In March, it sued federal officials on behalf of children confined to a former prison in Taylor, Texas, that had been turned into a center for immigrant families awaiting possible deportation. ICE operates eight of its jails and hires contractors to manage seven, Mack said. The 15 jails hold about 29,500 people on a typical day.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIEGO – The American Civil Liberties Union sued federal authorities Wednesday to force improvements at a large detention facility for immigrants facing deportation, alleging grossly inadequate medical care. The lawsuit said detainees at the San Diego Correctional Facility have been routinely subjected to long waits before treatment, denied services and refused medication for chronic illnesses – sometimes with deadly consequences. It seeks class action status. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Diego, comes as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement faces heightened scrutiny from some civil liberties and immigration advocates for how it manages its 15 jails, including the one in San Diego. Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for ICE, declined comment on the lawsuit, citing the agency’s practice of not discussing ongoing litigation. The suit, which names 11 detainees as plaintiffs, detailed several examples in which it said authorities violated their constitutional rights while in federal custody. A Ghanian man, Yusif Osman, died of a heart condition in June 2006 after officers waited more than an hour to call 9-1-1 as his cellmate pleaded for help, according to the suit. Medical staff earlier determined Osman’s chest pains did not merit treatment and that he probably just ate too much, the suit said. Another detainee, Francisco Castaneda, suffered pain and bleeding during his time at the jail in 2006, the suit said. He was diagnosed with cancer after his release in February and has undergone three rounds of chemotherapy. The suit said mental health and dental care at the San Diego jail was “systematically inadequate” and vision care was almost nonexistent. The facility is managed under contract by the Corrections Corporation of America Inc., which is named in the lawsuit along with ICE director Julie Myers and other Homeland Security officials. last_img read more

AC Milan keen to sign Man City defender on loan

first_img Matija Nastasic in action for Manchester City AC Milan want to sign Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic on loan in January and exercise an option to sign the Serbian on a permanent basis next summer.The Italian giants have made an initial enquiry for the 21-year-old centre-back, who has not featured for Manuel Pellegrini’s side since the 3-0 defeat against Arsenal in the Community Shield in August.Nastasic’s stay at the Etihad Stadium has been blighted by injury since his move to the title-holders from Fiorentina two years ago for £10m and Milan believe they could give the Serbian international the chance to realise his potential at the San Siro.According to Calciomercato, Milan, under the managerial reigns of former favourite Filippo Inzaghi, are ready to swoop for the defender and sign him on a loan contract for the rest of the season.With City’s central defensive ranks filled by Vincent Kompany and Martín Demichelis, Nastasic’s first-team opportunities are likely to be limited in Manchester and Milan are confident they can offer him regular football. 1last_img read more

Studios: Writers strike a losing effort

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonCompensation for work distributed via the Internet and other digital media has been central to the contract dispute. The guild also has called for unionization of writers working on reality shows and animation. The union responded by saying the contract proposals by the big studios would cause writers even more economic harm in the future. “To sidestep this fact, they erroneously claim we are focused on other issues,” the guild said in a statement. “The conglomerates are responsible for creating the economic havoc. They should put their energies into making a fair deal with writers rather than issuing misleading statements.” The strike that began Nov. 5 has also been costly for other industry workers. Production has been shut down on dozens of TV shows, with losses for crew members exceeding $250 million, according to the alliance message. The alliance Web site features a constantly updated ticker with the studios’ estimate of writers’ losses. The figure is based on West Coast guild data from 2006, the site said. Hollywood studios said Friday that striking writers have now lost more in salary and benefits than they had hoped to gain by walking off the job. In the message posted on its Web site and YouTube, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers claimed losses by writers in the eight-week strike have exceeded $151 million. That’s the price tag the Writers Guild of America put on its proposed three-year deal with studios. “The strike continues because the union’s leaders are focused on jurisdictional issues that would expand their own power, at the expense of the new media issues that working writers care most about,” the alliance said in a statement. Talks broke down Dec. 7 after the union rejected an alliance demand that a half-dozen guild proposals be taken off the table, including jurisdiction over reality and animation writers. While negotiations with the writers union are at a standstill, studios are preparing to begin contract talks with the Directors Guild of America, perhaps next month. Digital compensation also is expected to be a key issue for directors. Whether a deal by directors will affect the writers dispute is unclear. The guilds traditionally have followed a practice of pattern bargaining, with one contract considered a template for others. But the writers guild has said previously that it wishes the directors well, but noted they “do not represent writers. Our strike will end when the companies return to negotiations and make a fair deal with the WGA.” The directors guild has gone on strike only once, for just five minutes in 1987.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MOST CREEPER BURGLARIES IN DONEGAL TAKE PLACE WHEN OCCUPANTS AT HOME

first_imgA significant proportion of creeper burglaries take place when the occupants are at home Sgt. Paul Wallace, Crime Prevention Unit in the Donegal Division has revealed.Sgt Wallace revealed the stark statistic at the ‘Safe@Home’ Security Seminar hosted by Bluebird Care in Letterkenny.The creeper phenomenon is one which sees burglars targeting homes that don’t have an alarm installed. Addressing a packed room in the Station House Hotel, Sgt. Wallace said that while there was a spike in burglaries in Donegal in October, November and again in January, there was a growing fear of crime among older people in particular with increased media reporting of incidents.However he said that most of the investigations into recent crimes were at an “advanced stage”.“The statistics are very clear but there are measures homeowners can take to prevent creeper burglaries and this was the main focus of my presentation. 45% of burglars enter via the rear of properties, 23% via the rear door, 22% via a rear window and 17.5% via the front door.“Most break-ins take place during the cover of darkness. So the core message is that awareness is the best defence,” says Sgt. Wallace. The event is the first in a series of nationwide security seminars hosted by the homecare company.Director of Bluebird Care Donegal, Marty Kelly said, “Behind the scenes, we have been planning ‘Safe at Home’ for the past six months. Last July Bluebird Care decided to host a series of events dealing with issues affecting older people in Ireland as part of our involvement in Positive Ageing Week organised by Age Action.“As a network, we have 22 offices, 800 staff and ultimately meet thousands of older people every week. So you could say we are a good sounding board for the issues affecting older people and we wanted to bring these issues to public attention.”The event was also addressed by Letterkenny CDP who operate a pilot Community Alert programme. Project worker Lourda Nee said there was a growing demand for their services in light of recent burglaries. MOST CREEPER BURGLARIES IN DONEGAL TAKE PLACE WHEN OCCUPANTS AT HOME was last modified: March 4th, 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)last_img read more

Manchester United 3-0 Saint-Etienne: Red Devils stars rated and slated

first_img SUB – Jesse Lingard – 5 – Replaced Fellaini at the half time interval but did not provide the cutting edge that Mourinho hoped for 14 14 Ander Herrera – 5 – The midfielder endured a subdued evening and was overpowered by an athletic Etienne midfield. Struggles at times to influence games when things aren’t going his side’s way Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 7 – The veteran continues to prove his worth to the Red Devils and marked his display with a hat-trick. Did not catch the eye like other teammates, but remains efficient in front of goal 14 SUB – Ashley Young – N/A – The winger looked set to depart Old Trafford in January and was given a five minute runout. Added little in the closing stages 14 Eric Bailly – 3 – A dreadful showing by the Ivorian. The defender looked extremely rusty and was targeted time and again in what was an almost cruel targeting of the summer signing Chris Smalling – 5 – The gangly defender was pulled out of position at times but it was more because of his teammates. Looked ill at ease at the heart of the United defence 14 14 14 Antonio Valencia – 5 – Was subjected to criticism by his manager for not being positive enough on the ball. The fullback was reluctant to attack and struggled to deal with a lively Etienne attack SUB – Marcus Rashford – 7 – An extremely impressive 20 minute cameo appearance from the youngster. Brilliantly created space for himself before teeing up Ibrahimovic for his second goal of the night 14 Marouane Fellaini – 4 – The awkward midfielder was taken off at the interval after an ineffective performance. His lack of technique stands out on the European stage 14 14 14 Daley Blind – 4 – Endured one of his worst games of the season. Was a major part of United’s unconvincing defensive display and looked off the pace all night Sergio Romero – 6 – Survived a few scary moments and managed to save United on a number of occasions. Not exactly a figure of calm in the home goal Manchester United overcame a lively Saint-Etienne side as the Red Devils took one step closer to progressing to the Europa League round of 16.Jose Mourinho’s side did not have it all their own way, though, as the French visitors caused plenty of scares for the United defence.Zlatan Ibrahimovic papered over the cracks with an efficient hat-trick to cement the hosts as heavy favourites to advance to the next round.But how did we rate their individual performances? Click the right arrow above to find out…Have you got what it takes to be the best in Europe? Sign up to Dream Team’s new Fantasy Football game and you could win £100,000! 14 Juan Mata – 6 – Came close with a volley in the first half but saw his impact limited by the presence of Fellaini in the starting XI. Once the Belgian departed at half time, Mata featured more prominently and became a threat Anthony Martial – 7 – Looked very lively and seems to have found both his own and his manager’s confidence. Lucky to escape a sending off for an elbow in the second half as well as blocking a free-kick with his hand 14 14 Paul Pogba – 7 – The French midfielder enjoyed himself on a night he was reunited with his brother. Controlled everything for United and was unfortunate not to get himself on the score sheet last_img read more

Maddison urged not to rush Spurs or Man United move and more transfer news

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS AFP or licensors Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Tuchel is reportedly under consideration by Man United Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta rookie error A round-up of the latest football gossip…Man United have reportedly let PSG manager Thomas Tuchel know they are keeping an eye on him – FULL STORYFlorentino Perez is considering Xabi Alonso as a potential replacement for manager Zinedine Zidane if he decides to sack him. (Mundo Deportivo)Jose Mourinho and ex-Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri are also being lined up as replacements for Zidane, if the Frenchman is sacked. (Marca)Mikel Arteta is ‘already an incredible manager’ and Pep Guardiola says he could even replace him at Man City – FULL STORY Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:18Loaded: 3.11%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 2 update Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman James Maddison could play for Tottenham or Man United, but should not rush into a decision yet, according to his former coaches – FULL STORYLoris Karius will only discuss his Liverpool future at the end of the season – FULL STORYWolves are in advanced talks with 33-year-old midfielder Joao Moutinho about a new two-year contract at Molineux. (Telegraph)Watford hope to beat Hull to the signing of Malmo’s 19-year-old striker Kevin Harletun, who will be available for a compensation fee of around £140,000 in November. (Sun) deals Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Tottenham fan in INCREDIBLE five-minute rant on his clubLiverpool are monitoring of 20-year-old striker Donyell Malen, who has scored 10 goals in 12 appearances for PSV this season (Calciomercato)Man United have opened talks with 19-year-old England Under-20 midfielder Angel Gomes over a new deal at Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)Daniel Levy admits Spurs could have spent more on players in the transfer window – FULL STORYNewcastle are interested in their 25-year-old Paraguay forward Miguel Almiron’s former Atlanta United team-mate and Venezuela striker Josef Martinez (Newcastle Chronicle) latest targets BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked 2 appointed stalemate Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Thomas Meunier, who was linked with Arsenal and Man Unite in the summer, admits he is frustrated by his lack of game time at PSG.Marco Silva says Everton are exploring the possibility of signing a central defender in the January transfer window. (Liverpool Echo)Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will take on a technical role at FIFA in the coming weeks, but still wants to return to football management. (ESPN)Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 26, has asked his team-mates to improve with the Eagles struggling for form. (Sun) statement on target Steven Pressley told talkSPORT he knew James Maddison was destined for the top when he first saw him last_img read more

Chelsea to learn transfer ban fate today after appealing FIFA punishment to CAS

first_img 1 Getty Images – Getty Millwall vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 19:45) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Burnley (Saturday 15:00) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Manchester United (Saturday, 17:30) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Swansea (Sunday, 12:00) – talkSPORT 2 They appealed FIFA’s decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, however, and it has been reviewing evidence from the club and football’s governing body to determine whether the ban should be ended before the January window.The two-window ban was upheld by FIFA when Chelsea lodged a complaint with the governing body, though CAS may consider the Blues to have served punishment enough of a one-window ban. LIVE on talkSPORT Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… Frank Lampard will learn today whether Chelsea’s appeal to overturn their transfer ban has been successful, reports claim.The Blues were hit with the FIFA punishment last season and served the first window of their two-window ban throughout the summer, not buying a single player. Chelsea’s transfer ban has resulted in Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount being handed first-team chances Lampard, the Chelsea manager, said last week he expected a verdict from CAS in ‘days’, and the Telegraph say Chelsea will discover their fate on Thursday.The Stamford Bridge club have already started preparing for the possibility that the ban will be ended before the January transfer window, having identified a number of possible targets.Earlier this week Ben Chilwell was named as Lampard’s no.1 target as he hopes to solve Chelsea’s left-back problem, while reports claim the club are ready to break their transfer record to sign Jadon Sancho, the England forward, from Borussia Dortmund.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Everton vs Chelsea at 12:30pmlast_img read more

ALBERTO BLACKS OUT KENTUCKIANA

first_imgJackson County REMC has been busy restoring power in its coverage area. There are currently (as of 10:30p) a little over 5,400 customers still without power. Clark County REMC reported that 621 total customers were without power, but throughout the afternoon 571 were able to be restored. As of 10:30p. they still had 49 without power. Duke Energy said they are still assessing damage and have given no estimation of when power would be restored. Schools, churches, hospitals and businesses in much of South Central Indiana are without power and running on generator power. At the Subway in Borden, lines stretched around the side of the building from 5p till almost closing with customers who were searching for food with nearby towns without power. Salem’s Walmart, the largest in Indiana, had to close doors this afternoon without power. Local restaurants were closed to. Mama Rosa’s, a local restaurant, survived on generator power into the evening, but could only take cash. Most gas stations who were without power couldn’t operate because of the pumps and card readers needing electricity and connection to the internet. Here are a list of area locations still without power from Duke Energy:Salem – 4,101 customers in 12 locationsPekin – 302 customers in 3 locations. Austin – 165 customers in 5 lcoations.Orleans – 758 customers in 6 locations. Mitchell – 287 customers in 10 locationsFrench Lick – 704 customers in 10 locationsColumbus – 2,182 customers in 83 locationsBedford – 121 customers in 13 locationsClarksville – 925 customers in 23 locationsNew Albany – 234 customers in 22 locationsJeffersonville – 86 customers in 10 locations If you see a fallen power line or safety hazard involving our equipment, call Duke Energy at 800.343.3525 or contact your local emergency services immediately. Do not touch a power line or anything in contact with it and keep others away until help arrives.For power outages with Jackson County REMC, call 1.800.288.4458. For tips on keeping your frozen foods good through a power outtage, read this article http://www.jacksonremc.com/content/outage-refrigeration-guidelines The remnants of the first tropical storm of the season – Alberto – made its way through Kentuckiana this afternoon, leaving thousands of customers without power and leaving dozens of businesses closed.Duke Energy and other REMCS in Kentuckiana are scrambling to restore power to customers. At one time, Duke Energy said over 50,000 customers were without power. last_img read more

Ballyliffin Golf Club honoured with a ‘tee-mendous’ civic reception

first_imgThere was a full house in the County House in Lifford on Monday night as Councillors, management and staff of Donegal County Council gathered to honour Ballyliffin Golf Club for their tremendous work and success in hosting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in July.Ballyliffin Golf Club was well represented on the night by Lady President Ann Butler, Lady Captain Marlene Kane, President John Geoghegan and Captain Paddy McDermott along with General Manager John Farren. (Pictured L-R: John Geoghegan, President of Ballyliffin Golf Club, Marlene Kane, Lady Captain of Ballyliffin Golf Club, Anne Butler, Lady President of Ballyliffin Golf Club and Paddy McDermott, Captain of Ballyliffin Golf Club with Council members of the Club pictured at the County House in Lifford before the Civic Reception to honour Ballyliffin Golf Club on the hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.)The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was hosted for the first time ever in Ballyliffin in July with a record number of attendees of over 95,000 visitors over the five days of the tournament.Speaking at the reception Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council spoke of his pride in Ballyliffin, in Donegal and in the North West Region during his time at the tournament telling Ballyliffin Golf Club that “you were the pride of Donegal and it was a privilege to be associated with you in the hosting of this prestigious event”.John Farren, General Manager, Ballyliffin Golf Club signing the Distinguished Visitors Book in the presence of Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill during the Civic Reception hosted by Donegal County Council in the County House, Lifford on Monday night in honour of Ballyliffin Golf Club’s successful hosting of the Irish Open.Cllr O’Domhnaill added: “There were many doubters at the outset of this process, Ballyliffin was too rural, there was not enough accommodation, the infrastructure was not good enough, but you had the determination, the raw drive and the hunger to make it happen and you did. The Irish Open was a huge success and you have created a template not only for other locations in Donegal but for every rural community along the western seaboard. You showed that it is possible to not just host a world class event in such a location but that it can be a roaring success and a game changer for the development and prosperity of that area.” Presentation by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill to Paddy McDermott, Captain of Ballyliffin Golf Club during Civic Reception in the County House in Lifford on Monday night in honour of Ballyliffin Golf Club’s successful hosting of the Irish Open.Chief Executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely thanked the Ballyliffin Golf Club for being proactive partners during the preparations and the hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open saying “it was a pleasure for myself and my team to work with you on the hosting of this iconic event. It was a truly collaborative effort and was a great exemplar of what can be done in a small rural community with such a unique asset when everyone works together.“There were significant challenges and I have to give credit to you, Ballyliffin Golf Club, for making the brave decision to invest all your reserves to proceed with the hosting of this event. I am very proud of what you have achieved and what we have achieved by working with you. I am very pleased with the outcomes and the value that the success of the Irish Open has had and will continue to have for the people of Ballyliffin, Inishowen and Donegal as we work collectively in the months and years ahead.”at the Donegal County CouncilCivic Reception for Ballyliffen Golf Club. Photo Clive WassonSpeaking on behalf of Ballyliffin Golf Club, General Manager John Farren thanked Donegal County Council for hosting the Civic Reception in their honour and said that this honour should be in recognition of the people of Donegal and not just for Ballyliffin.He also acknowledged his staff in Ballyliffin Golf Club and spoke of their great pride in the club and the importance of their welcoming attitude and how this all contributed to the Ballyliffin Experience. He also noted that the spirit of co-operation went way beyond the club and that over the course of the tournament over 550 volunteers gave up their time to support the smooth running of the event and he thanked them sincerely for their hard work over those days.John also referred to the foresight of past members of the club saying “if it was not for the vision of those men who in the 1950’s had the foresight to buy 365 acres for the club we would not have the product we have today”.He also thanked Seamus Neely and his team in Donegal County Council who he described as the ‘biggest contributors’ to the success of the event saying “the co-operation between Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council got our proposal over the line in that the hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was not just a gig for Donegal or Derry but for the entire North West Region”. John believes that the most important work must be done from this point on to secure the legacy of the event. “It is now about how we maximise our return for the people of Donegal. This event showcased Donegal in all its glory, it instilled pride, confidence and enthusiasm in the community and it was an opportunity for our diaspora to come home or to enjoy watching their home county on TV. The whole of Donegal deserves a massive clap on the back for what the county achieved. We now have a seat at the table and we showed the world that we can host a world class event like the Irish Open.”(Pictured: John Geoghegan, President of Ballyliffin Golf Club, Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council, John Farren, Ballyliffin Golf Club, Paddy McDermott, Captain of Ballyliffin Golf Club, Marlene Kane, Lady Captain of Ballyliffin Golf Club, Anne Butler, Lady President of Ballyliffin Golf Club and Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council with elected members and invited guests at the Civic Reception hosted by Donegal County Council in the County House, Lifford on Monday night in honour of Ballyliffin Golf Club’s successful hosting of the Irish Open.)The work of Failte Ireland, An Garda Siochána, Derry City & Strabane District Council, local businesses, the community and indeed the team at European Tours was acknowledged by many speakers throughout the event.In a recorded address Simon Ellis from European Tours congratulated Ballyliffin Golf Club on being honoured with a Civic Reception and said that “European Tours are proud of their association with both the Club and Donegal County Council”. He paid a special tribute to John Farren who he said had the drive, the commitment and the belief in his product. He concluded by saying that visitors arrived in Donegal with small views but left with big impressions having experienced Ballyliffin and the hospitality of Donegal. Ballyliffin Golf Club honoured with a ‘tee-mendous’ civic reception was last modified: September 26th, 2018 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:2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish OpenBallyliffin Golf Clubcivic receptionIrish Openlast_img read more