Newsome to defend his PBA Slam Dunk title

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netChris Newsome will be the heavy favorite returns to defend his throne in the Slam Dunk Contest of the 2018 PBA All-Star.The Meralco high-flyer will be facing stiff competition on May 25 in Batangas City as he takes on seven of the best dunkers in the league today.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ Three-time champion Rey Guevarra seeks to reclaim the title he lost last year as the Phoenix forward eyes crown number four.Also heavy favorites for the competition are Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser of San Miguel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownYoung bloods will also pepper the contest with Marion Magat of Alaska, Jackson Corpuz of Columbian, and rookies Renz Palma of Blackwater and Lervin Flores of GlobalPort rounding out the participants.Aside from the Slam Dunk Contest, other side events like the Obstacle Challenge and the Three-Point Shootout will be held in Batangas City before the game between the Luzon All-Stars and Gilas Pilipinas. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sample collector tipped off Kenyan star about doping test Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Tottenham face losing out to AC Milan for long-time transfer target Axel Witsel

first_img1 Axel Witsel AC Milan have stepped up their interest in Tottenham target Axel Witsel, according to reports in Italy.Spurs tried to sign the midfielder last summer but were warned off by Zenit St Petersburg, who put an extortionate £73m price tag on his head.However, Corriere dello Sport understands the Belgian will be available for around £21m next summer and AC Milan are now the favourites to secure the 26-year-old’s signature.Much will depend on Witsel’s performances at next summer’s European Championships, with Milan expected to hold off on any bid until after the tournament.Spurs are monitoring the situation and may come in with a counter offer if Milan make a concrete bid.last_img read more

Euro 2016: Wales boss Chris Coleman predicting tough Northern Ireland test

first_img1 Wales play Northern Ireland on Saturday Wales manager Chris Coleman expects to face a resilient Northern Ireland in their Battle of Britain at Euro 2016.The pair were thrown together for a last 16 tie when the Republic of Ireland pulled off a shock 1-0 victory over Italy to reach the same stage of the competition.Robbie Brady’s late header changed the dynamics of the second round draw as Turkey, who had been expected to play Group B winners Wales, were eliminated.Northern Ireland, one of the four best third-placed teams, had been lined up to play against hosts France, but instead will now provide opposition for Wales at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Saturday evening.Coleman said: “Northern Ireland are more physical than Turkey.“They get the ball forward quicker. That’s where their strength is.“They are superbly organised and defensively so difficult to break down.“They are excellent from set plays.”Coleman said the camp were back in game mode after celebrating the 3-0 victory over Russia, which confirmed them as finishing above England to win their group.The squad had a barbecue with family and friends in Toulouse before heading back to their Brittany base.Coleman also said the players ended their booze ban by celebrating victory with a couple of beers after the game.“It was great as we had not had a beer since we had been in camp,” said Coleman.“Some of the senior players came to me in the dressing room as we had one can of beer each in the dressing room.“They came to be and said ‘can we have one beer back at the hotel? Then we will call it a night as we are playing on Saturday’.“I didn’t have to say ‘don’t be stupid’ or anything. They took care of that.“Then it was a great atmosphere at the hotel, all the kids were there. We all needed it.“The chefs did the food. I don’t trust any of us! I have done a few BBQs myself in my garden, but I am not sure I could give the type of burgers I dish up to our lads.”last_img read more

DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL YOUR REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDonegal Junior LeagueReports Old Orchard Saturday Division OneFintown Harps AFC 1 Donegal Town Reserves 6Donegal Town Reserves took all three points from their visit to Pairc Achla. Three quickfire goals left the home side trailing early on. Despite their best efforts Fintown couldn’t find a way back into the game. Donegal added two more before Brian Delany registered for the hosts. Donegal made it six in the dying minutes of this one sided affair.Glencar Celtic 1 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 0 A shower of rain in the warm up left the Flagpole Field in perfect zippy conditions for this encounter between Glencar and Castlefin Reserves. Glencar’s inform striker Michael Molloy opened the scoring after 10 minutes. Paddy Collins played Molloy in down the left and he crossed for Grieve who’s left footed volley was saved by the keeper only for the ball to rebound back out to the inrushing Molloy who showed good instinct to follow up his cross. Glencar bossed the game for the first twenty minutes having numerous chances but the second goal eluded them. Castlefin started brightest in the second half, with Glencar looking sluggish, and nearly got their reward with a strike from outside the box hitting the top of the Glencar bar. A hard fought win for the champions. Good team performance from both teams with Marty Brogan best for Glencar.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDrumoghill F.C. Reserves 6 Ramelton Mariners 4Drumoghill got their first win of the season from this ten goal thriller at “The Moss”. In a game full of attacking play the fans were entertained from start to finish Drumoghill lead 3-1 at half time with goals from Eunan Kelly, Liam O’ Donnell and Eathan Mc Creedy. Ricky Fisher scored for Ramelton . Kelly went on to complete his hat-trick in the second half with Chris Malseed completing the Drumoghill scoring with a 30 yard shot. Gavin Mackey, Corey Mc Cahill and Peter Brannigan scored for the visitors. Good sporting performance from both teamsKeadue Rovers Reserves 1 Tullyvinney Rovers 1This game ended level at Central Park on a blustery Saturday afternoon where both sides fought out a well contested draw. It was Keadue who had the brighter opening and more possession. Tullyvinney had the first effort on target after twelve minutes but it was saved by Keadue keeper Ben Boyle. Keadue’s first chance fell to Sean Mc Monagle but he shot wide on nineteen minutes. Paul Carlin gave the visitors the lead on twenty seven minutes with a great strike to the top corner of the net. At the start of the second half the visitors were on top despite playing against a strong breeze. Luke Neely had a good effort saved by the Tullyvinney keeper on fifty five minutes. A moment after that Tullyvinney had a shot just over the bar. On fifty eight minutes Keadue’s Ryan Greene was adjudged to have been fouled in the box and he cooly slotted away the resultant penalty to make it all square. This sparked Keadue into life and they enjoyed a good spell for the next ten minutes without scoring. Tullyvinney to their credit regained possession and were on top from seventy minutes onwards. In the end a good point for Keadue from a battling performance where Tullyvinney had more possession and looked slightly the more likely winners. Best for Keadue were Ryan O’Donnell, Ryan Greene and Ben Boyle, while best for Tullyvinney were Denis McBride, Stephen Devine and Nigel Hegarty Curragh Athletic Reserves 0 Strand Rovers 0This was an evenly contested affair played at the New Camp Complex in Killygordon. The home side will be frustrated with not taking some of the numerous chances they created however Strand Rovers also had plenty of chances, especially in the first half. Gary Heaney was a constant threat to the Strand rearguard and Conor Gallagher was providing him with plenty of possession from the left-back slot. Stephen Glackin headed over for Rovers when well positioned but it was one of those days when the ball wouldn’t go in the net. Jonny Corcoran and Gary Heaney were best for Curragh with Rovers solid throughout the side.Drumbar F.C. 1 Mulroy Celtic 5Mulroy took the lead on 30 minutes after some weak Drumbar defending and they added a second to go in two ahead at half time. Drumbar were still in the game until the last quarter when Mulroy added 3 quick goals to kill off the home side. Jack Taylor got a late consolation goal for the home side. Best for Drumbar were Darragh Doogan, Enda Brogan and Ray Balogun. Team effort from Mulroy. Milford United Reserves 3 Gweedore United Reserves 0( No Report Received )Donegal Junior LeagueSunday ReportsBrian McCormick Sports Premier DivisionGweedore Celtic 0 Rathmullan Celtic 2A brace of goals from Dara Patton in the last ten minutes settled this match at a windswept Screaban. Rathmullan played with the wind in the first half and dominated possession. Kieran Ferry, in goals for Gweedore, made several fine saves as Rathmullan created a number of openings. Eamon Doogan had an effort for Gweedore that went over the bar. The second half continued with the visiting team dominating possession. The deadlock was broken on eighty minutes with Dara Patton nipping in between a defender and the advancing keeper. He made the game safe on 90 minutes with a good strike into the corner. Best for Gweedore were Kieran Ferry, Shane Mc Clafferty and Joe Bonner. Referee: Marty QuinnCranford United 3 Kildrum Tigers 3The points were shared in a very open affair in Cranford where all the goals were scored in the first half. The game started at a frantic pace and within 15 minutes Kildrum took the lead. Good work down the right side from the Kildrum winger led to him squaring to William Lynch who swept the ball home. Cranford equalised shortly after when a long punt from the keeper made its way through to Kyle Black who neatly placed the ball into the bottom corner. Cranford then took the lead after Kyle Black was fouled in the box, he converted the resulting penalty himself. Kildrum equalised and then took the lead for a second time through a Shane Porter free kick. Kyle Black then equalised and completed his hat-trick, fed by a Niall Doherty flick on. The second half was a close affair just like the first but neither team could score. A draw a fair result in the end. Best for Cranford Kyle black, Seamus McLaughlin and Niall Doherty. Team performance by Kildrum.Lifford Celtic 2 Donegal Town 2Lifford went in front early when Declan Laverty got on the end of a Mc Brearty corner on five minutes. Lifford doubled their lead when Laverty hit the net again from 25 yards on 50 minutes. Lifford should have gone further ahead on numerous occasions but couldn’t find the net. Donegal Town rallied in the final five minutes, finding the net twice to snatch a draw. Team performances from both sides.Watson Hire Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic 3 Copany Rovers 0Kilmacrennan gained three points from a comfortable victory over Copany. Kilmacrennan started brightly and took the lead through a fine looped header from Timmy Burke. Midway through the second half Kilmac extended their lead when Gary Gorman headed home from a Kevin Mc Menamin free kick. Kilmacrennan had further chances to extend their lead but eventually put the game to bed in the 70th minute when Timmy Burke volleyed home. Team effort from Copany with Timmy Burke and Michael Mc Laughlin best for Kilmac.Curragh Athletic 6 Dunkineely Celtic 3A thirty minute scoring rout saw Curragh completely dominate this game and although Dunkineely threatened a lot more in the second half the home side were always in control. Gerard Melaugh opened the scoring on twelve minutes when he drilled home a free-kick. It was two nil on eighteen minutes when Calvin Bradley took a pass from Melaugh and scored the first of his hat-trick. He then added his second on twenty one minutes with a fine solo effort. On thirty one minutes, Colm Melaugh got in on the act when he finished off the move of the match with a fine finish after been put through by Dan O’ Brien. It became four one on forty seven minutes when Adrian Mackey drilled home a fine free-kick from twenty five yards. Player/Manager Neill Lloyd then made it five for Curragh on sixty six minutes. Adrian Nesbitt converted a penalty for Dunkineely on sixty eight minutes and added another solo goal on eighty seven minutes. Curragh had the final say on ninety minutes when man of the match Bradley completed his hat-trick after good work from Gary Kelly. This was a good team effort from both teams and a good performance from Curragh as they opened their account on their fine newly laid grass surface. Referee: Paddy DuffyKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 3 Whitestrand United 2The ‘71 had a brilliant result over local rivals Whitestrand at Rab’s Park on Sunday. The home team started the better and went in front on six minutes when Ducky Callaghan played in Barney Mc Bride and he coolly slotted the ball past Paddy Kelly to score his second of the season. The Strand came back into the game and had chances through Paul Lynch and Sean Martin before Philip Hegarty got them level with a fine strike from the edge of the box. Paul Lynch put the Strand in front on thirty minutes when he headed home from six yards after a great cross from S.P Gallagher. The ‘71 came back fighting and drew level on the stroke of half time when Shaun Patton crossed in from the left to see Paddy Kelly clearing with his fist, the ball falling to Colm Mc Gonigle who sent in a pin point cross which was met by Paul Friel and his brilliant header found the top corner. The second half started with Kerrykeel on top but had Brendan Nanny to thank for two brilliant saves on fifty and fifty five minutes, the first a free from Paddy Sheridan and the second a shot from James Gallagher. The winning goal came on seventy eight minutes when Paul Friel sent in a free from the left to find Shaun Callaghan ghosting in at the far post to guide his header home much to the delight of the home bench. A brilliant result for the ‘71 in what was an outstanding team performance with Kevin Loughrey excelling. Best for Whitestrand were S.P. Gallagher and Paddy Sheridan. Referee: Kevin LogueCT Ball Division TwoRaphoe Town 1 Eany Celtic 0On a cold and blustery day in Raphoe “The Town” welcomed Eany Celtic to the Deele College grounds. Raphoe started well and in spells played some good football with Reece Laird and Mark Bogle going close on a few occasions. Mark Bogle broke the deadlock in the 35th minute when he waltzed past three Eany defenders and finished well into the bottom corner. Eany came more into the game after the break and played some good football with Mc Groarty starting to dictate things but to be fair Paul Carberry in the Raphoe goal for some fine saves. Paddy Gallagher and Keelin Gillen were best for Raphoe. Referee: Victor RaineyDeele Harps 4 Letterbarrow Celtic 0Deele Harps got their season back on track with a hard fought win over Letterbarrow at The Athletic Grounds. Deele took the lead in the 15th minute when Steve Devine’s pinpoint cross was headed home by Shane Gallagher. Deele had to wait until the 65th minute before increasing their lead when young Kevin Lynch picked the ball up on the right of midfield and released Barry Curran whose mazy run led to a simple finish for Kevin Lynch. Deele added a third goal in the 75th minute when Cathal “Farmer” McGowan finished well from the edge of the box after starting the move from his own half. Deele rounded off the scoring in the 87th minute when Shane Gallagher tapped home from inside the box. Best for Deele were Cathal “Farmer” McGowan and Kevin Lynch, Team performance from Letterbarrow.Convoy Arsenal 2 Ballybofey United 1There was a good buzz in Orchard Park on Friday night as convoy hosted their neighbours under the lights. The home side started well in the opening 10 minutes and nearly took the lead when Johnny Robb poked the ball narrowly wide. Ballybofey managed to get a foothold in the game and stopped Convoy playing, but in the 25th minute and a little against the run of play Convoy took the lead through the lively Johnny Robb after a good run by Shane mc Laughlin. Ballybofey managed to get back on level terms in the 33rd minute when Aaron Mc Auley slotted the ball home. The rest of the half was a cagey affair with neither side creating any clear openings. The second half was much the same with a very physical battle in midfield dominating proceedings. Convoy had a strong penalty appeal turned down in the 55th minute but one arrived five minutes later when Paul O’ Leary was taken down in the box. Johnny Robb got his second of the night when he put the Ballybofey keeper the wrong way from the spot. Ballybofey made a few changes and managed to put Convoy under pressure for the remainder of the game. Chris O’ Donnell made a great diving save near the end to keep Convoy in the lead. Best for Convoy were Paul O’ Leary, Lee Guthrie and Shane Mc Laughlin with a good team performance from Ballybofey. Referee: John Coyle.Donegal Junior LeagueResultsCT Ball Division TwoConvoy Arsenal 2 v 1 Ballybofey UnitedOld Orchard Saturday Division OneFintown Harps AFC 1 v 6 Donegal Town ReservesGlencar Celtic 1 v 0 Castlefin Celtic ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDrumoghill F.C. Reserves 6 v 4 Ramelton MarinersKeadue Rovers Reserves 1 v 1 Tullyvinney RoversCurragh Athletic Reserves 0 v 0 Strand RoversDrumbar F.C. 1 v 5 Mulroy CelticMilford United Reserves 3 v 0 Gweedore United ReservesDonegal Junior LeagueResultsBrian McCormick Sports Premier DivisionGweedore Celtic 0 v 2 Rathmullan CelticCranford United 3 v 3 Kildrum TigersLifford Celtic 2 v 2 Donegal TownWatson Hire Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic 3 v 0 Copany RoversCurragh Athletic 6 v 3 Dunkineely CelticCastlefin Celtic P v P Gweedore UnitedLagan Harps P v P Keadue RoversKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 3 v 2 Whitestrand UnitedCT Ball Division TwoBonagee United 3 v 0 Dunlewy CelticRaphoe Town 1 v 0 Eany CelticDeele Harps 4 v 0 Letterbarrow CelticConvoy Arsenal 2 v 1 Ballybofey UnitedDONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL YOUR REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: October 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

BURGLARY VICTIM SUZY LAID TO REST AS GARDAÍ REVIEW CLUES TO FIND KILLER

first_imgTHE late Suzy Arthur who was laid to rest today (Pic: NewsPixIreland)The suspects in the death of pensioner Suzy Arthur are notorious criminals who left vital clues at the scene, Donegal Daily can reveal.Suzy, who was 89, died at Letterkenny General Hospital on Thursday night.Hundreds of people today bade a final farewell to Suzy, who was much-loved and respected in her community. She had been battered by burglars at her home on July 1 by a Traveller gang which works between Derry and England, targeting vulnerable victims along the Border.Detectives are awaiting the results of a post mortem to find out how Suzy died.If her death is linked to the serious hip and rib injuries she suffered, Gardaí will ask the DPP to recommend those responsible are charged with manslaughter.It’s understood the gang was ‘careless’ and did leave forensic clues which officers believe they can connect to the gang. Suzi, and her sister Isa, had been robbed on six previous occasions.They were well-known turkey growers but had to give that up after a gang from Strabane raided their premises four years ago.Nephew Joe Kean says Suzi’s death lies in the hands of the men who raided their home in July.“They were tortured all the time,” said Joe.“The people who pushed Suzy to the ground are the people that killed her.” Gardaí have identified several possible suspects.They believe the gang which raided their home at Feddyglass, Raphoe – on the main Letterkenny to Lifford Road – left several clues.We understand Gardaí have already spoken to colleagues in the PSNI and in England in a bit to attempt the gang, one of several travelling gangs which targeted Donegal this year in UK-registered cars.Suzy was laid to rest today in the churchyard beside Taughboyne Parish Church. Rev David Crookes said Susan was a “wonderful person” who had enriched the lives of all she met.BURGLARY VICTIM SUZY LAID TO REST AS GARDAÍ REVIEW CLUES TO FIND KILLER was last modified: October 13th, 2013 by John2Share 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:burglaryDonegal DailymanslaughterSuzi Arthurlast_img read more

LARGE CAT-LIKE CREATURE WASHED UP ON DONEGAL BEACH

first_imgThe strange-looking creature which had four sharps claws washed up on a Donegal beach.A reader has appealed for help in trying to identify a “cat-like creature” which she came across on a West Donegal beach.The woman came across the strange discovery on the beach at Bunbeg.“It looks really strange. I could not make out what it was but the fur and claws looked like something that should be in a zoo like a big wild cat. “It was about 4ft in length as you see it but it looks all folded up and twisted,” said the woman.If any of our readers have come across similar creatures or can suggest what exactly this creature in, please get in touch.LARGE CAT-LIKE CREATURE WASHED UP ON DONEGAL BEACH was last modified: July 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bunbegm beachclawscreaturedonegallast_img read more

GIRL FIGHTING FOR LIFE IN INDONESIA HAS STRONG DONEGAL CONNECTIONS

first_imgA young woman who is in a critical condition in a hospital in Indonesia has strong Donegal connections.Lisa Orsi: Fighting for her life in hospital.Lisa Orsi, from Woodside Heights in the Waterside, Derry is in a critical condition in a hospital in East Java after taking ill last Friday. Friends have set up an account to raise money to pay for her medical care.Her grandparents live in Donegal as do many of her other relations. Lisa’s mum Sharon urged people here to pray for her daughter.She thanked all those who are praying Lisa and the family.“Lisa’s suitation is possibly as bad as it could be,” said Sharon.“Unfortunately we cannot move our baby until the swelling is reduced wich is a big job. “As soon as we can, we will move Lisa to Singapore as we feel that she needs friendly voices she might recognise.“Lisa at the moment is not responding to the treatment. We are eternally grateful to you all for the support. God bless you all.”You can help them by donating here www.gogetfunding.com/project/pray-for-lisa.Lisa, a physiotherapist in Singapore, was found unconscious while on holiday in Java.Please donate what you can, even the smallest donation will go a long way. GIRL FIGHTING FOR LIFE IN INDONESIA HAS STRONG DONEGAL CONNECTIONS was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 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:DerrydonegalhospitalLIsa Orsilast_img read more

Seamus McDonagh cultivates a new career with Donegal ETB

first_imgSeamus McDonagh is really reaping the benefits of a horticulture course he recently completed with Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service. The green-fingered Dungloe man is the proud owner of his own business – McDonagh Home and Garden Care – and loving every day of his work.Things were a lot different just over a year ago, when Seamus had a busy job as a bar manager. He decided to make a change, so he left and decided to train up on something he truly enjoyed – gardening.Seamus enrolled in a Level 5 Horticulture course with Donegal ETB in January 2018. He dug into the world of gardening over the next 11 months for full-time training at the ETB’s Letterkenny Training Centre. “It was excellent, we started in January so you begin in the polytunnel with seedlings and see them right through the growing season. We grew everything – flowers, vegetables, trees and hedges,” Seamus said.“You weren’t just growing. In the classroom we learned about soil technology and all the things that you never knew would come in handy when you’re growing. “Once you get started into it you want to keep learning more.”Former Donegal ETB learner Seamus McDonagh trained in Level 5 Horticulture from 2017-2018Seamus enjoyed how varied the course was, as they branched out into sowing, caring for plants raising beds, cuttings, grafting, soil technology, propagation, cross-breeding, and plant history. Another aspect of the programme which was a great advantage to Seamus was the business training. He learned how to create a business plan and run his own enterprise, which was his ultimate goal from returning to education.Well-known Donegal gardener Gareth Austin was the course tutor, who Seamus said is full of expert knowledge and infectious enthusiasm.Seamus enjoyed the emphasis placed on organic and natural gardening methods, while the work placement he completed at Glenveagh National Park opened his eyes to an exciting plethora of new species.“The work experience was very hands-on. There’s so much going on in Glenveagh and I got to work with so many different plans and unusual plants,” he said.Once he completed the course and gained his Level 5 QQI award, Seamus worked on setting up his own business, which was launched in January 2019. Now, he combines his horticulture qualification with his previous experience in the building trade to work on a variety of home and garden projects. McDonagh Home and Garden Care“I take care of everything around the home and garden. I do lawn care and lawn maintenance, so I won’t just cut the grass but I’ll show people how to look after it afterwards. I design and plant gardens and I’m growing some unusual plants myself that you wouldn’t find in a garden centre. If anyone needs a greenhouse built, I can do that or any odd jobs around the house.”Seamus loves the new career path that has grown from his new green-fingered skills. “It’s a pleasure, you enjoy what you are doing and you’re seeing the results of your work,” he said.He added that he would 100% recommend the course to others. “If you have an interest in gardening it will help you learn so much more. It’s not just for business people either. If you like working in your own garden or want to get into vegetable growing it’s very worthwhile. I would tell people to just go for it.” You can contact Seamus through his Facebook page McDonagh Home and Garden Care or call him on 087 267 2762.If you would like more information on the Further Educational and Training (FET) courses provided by Donegal ETB, check out their course finder on their website https://www.donegaletb.ie/further-education-training/course-finder/The Specific Skills Training course that Seamus completed is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.Seamus McDonagh cultivates a new career with Donegal ETB was last modified: April 1st, 2019 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)last_img read more

Extrasolar Gas Giants Turn Up Dry

first_imgA “dramatic step” led to a “big surprise”, said a press release from Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope was able to capture the first spectral information from two planets orbiting other stars.  HD 209458b and HD 189733b are so-called “hot Jupiters” – similar in size to our gas giants, they orbit much closer in.  The astronomers predicted they would find evidence of water vapor in the upper atmospheres of these exoplanets, but they found only dust.    The techniques used are called a “dress rehearsal” in the search for evidence of life around smaller, rocky planets.  “This would allow them to look for the footprints of life – molecules key to the existence of life, such as oxygen and possibly even chlorophyll.”    The New York Times also reported on the story, as did Space.com.  An artist’s conception appeared on the Feb. 27 Astronomy Picture of the Day.Sorry for the upset.  There have been many of those in astrobiology lately (02/15/2007).  Thanks for downplaying the obligatory non-sequitur that water equals life.  Maybe we can still relate to HD 209458b and HD 189733b in another sense.  Maybe they have dust bunnies.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

On Playing Favorites

first_imgIf you are a parent of two or more children and treat all of them the same, you are abusing some of them. Your children are different, unique individuals, and they need something different from you at different times of their growth. This is true no matter how many children you have; they’re all different, and they all need different things from you at different times.Managing salespeople is no different.It’s Not FairA sales manager I know was recently accused of playing favorites. He wasn’t accused of giving the best opportunities to the salespeople he liked or to the salespeople that were performing the best. He wasn’t accused of withholding promising leads from poor performers. I would likely have been fine with either of those decisions under the right circumstances. What some considered unfair was his requirement that some salespeople do more prospecting and that they track their activity.To civilians, this may appear to be unfair. Why would some salespeople be required to do things that others aren’t? But this isn’t at all unfair.Many people struggle with self-discipline, and salespeople are no different. It might seem unfair to require some salespeople to do more of some activity than others. It might seem unfair to require that some salespeople report different activity. But this is what a good sales manager does: she manages the individual salesperson, giving them what they need to succeed.If a lack of activity was what is holding a salesperson back, then requiring more activity may be necessary for that salesperson. If the salesperson needs accountability to succeed, then it’s right to require it. What would be unfair would be to treat the rest of the sales force as if they had a lack of activity and weren’t already accountable for their results.It Can’t Be OtherwiseIt really can’t be otherwise. To pretend that all of your salespeople need the same thing from you as their manager or leader is to deny that they are different people, that they have different needs, that they have different challenges, and that they are in different stages of their personal and professional development.To treat all of your salespeople the same is to abuse some of them.QuestionsHow does a sales manager really play favorites?Is it right or necessary to treat all salespeople the same?Do all salespeople on a team have the same needs at the exact same time?How do you develop the individuals on your team? How do you account for their differences?last_img read more