Arrest warrant issued for ex-boxing champ Vinny Paz

first_imgIn this Nov. 2, 2016, file photo, former boxer Vinny Paz, subject of the film “Bleed for This,” poses at the premiere of the film in Beverly Hills, Calif. Retired boxing champion Vinny Paz, whose comeback story after a car crash was dramatized in the 2016 film “Bleed for This,” has been accused of attacking a Rhode Island man and sending him to the hospital. Providence police say they were called to a home early Tuesday morning, Jan . 2, 2018. They say when officers arrived, witnesses told them Paz had accused a friend of stealing $16,000 and then assaulted him. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Police said Friday they have issued an arrest warrant for retired boxing champion Vinny Paz after he was accused of attacking a Rhode Island man and sending him to the hospital.Providence police said they were called to a home early Tuesday morning, where witnesses told them Paz had accused a friend of stealing $16,000 and then assaulted him. The man was taken to the hospital with injuries including several broken teeth, a black eye and bite marks that drew blood.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Ayo to ink six-year deal with UST OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police issued an arrest warrant on a felony assault count later Tuesday.Paz made a series of statements on Twitter and to a local TV station, saying that he was the victim . He told WPRI-TV that he got robbed, “and when that happens, you gotta do what you gotta do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more


Master Queen Resigns from Hott FM

first_imgRadio diva Master Queen has finally confirmed media reports that she has resigned from Hott FM, one of Liberia’s biggest radio stations, to seek opportunities elsewhere.The award winning radio personality has moved to Capitol FM, which is managed by the legendary Liberian broadcaster Chris Wolo.Master Queen said she remains grateful to the Hott FM management team and the entire staff for helping her becomes the celebrated radio personality she is today. She added that she is leaving the station with a heavy heart, but promised to maintain a cordial working relationship when called upon.“After six solid years with Hott FM, I decided to resign in order to explore my potential somewhere else. “The truth is leaving Hott FM was one of the most difficult decisions I had to make in a while, considering that this has been my home for the last six years. Also, everyone at the station has become my family as well.“I hope and pray that we will continue working together to push Liberian music, arts and culture beyond boundaries and our wildest imagination,” said Master Queen, who just returned from Nigeria.“A day after I returned from Nigeria, my new show Masque231 will debut on Friday at 8:00pm on Capitol FM,” she said, adding, “The show will feature individuals from creative industries like musicians, painters and fashion designers and all those who look to improve the overall human experience through their God given talents.”Meanwhile, during Master Queen’s stay in Lagos, Nigeria, she attended Africa Fashion and Designer Week, which give her the opportunity to penetrate one of Africa’s largest beauty markets with her luxurious nail polish line, Masque Nail Polish. While in Nigeria, she reaffirmed her dedication to continue promoting Liberian arts and culture in the Diaspora as well as supporting new and old talents.Master Queen closed with gratitude to her fans for their continued support. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Govt establishes Guyana Youth Service

first_img– merges key youth programmes, organisationsPresident David Granger on Wednesday convened a ministerial meeting to discuss the establishment of the Guyana Youth Service (GYS) which will now be responsible for consolidating all of the youth programmes and organisations to offer a standardised education and training curriculum and is expected to significantly improve youths’ marketability and prospects for gainful employment.The Ministers who attended the meeting at State House were Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock; Social Protection Minister Amna Ally; Education Minister Nicolette Henry; Minister within the Communities with thePresident David Granger meeting with his Ministers at State House to discuss the establishment of the Guyana Youth Service  responsibility for public affairs, Dawn Hastings-Williams; and Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton, under whose responsibility the GYS will fall.President Granger said at the end of the training offered by the GYS, a graduate must be able to employ him or herself as well as be qualified to find employment in any organisation. He noted too that while the GYS will fall under the purview of the Social Cohesion Ministry, there will be formal and informal liaisons with Ministries that are currently involved in implementing youth programmes.Some of youth programmes to be consolidated include the Hinterland Employment and Youth Services (HEYS), the Youth Entrepreneurship and Skills Training Programme (YEST), the President’s Youth Choice initiative (PYCI), the President’s Youth Award Republic of Guyana (PYARG), the Youth Apprenticeship and Entrepreneurial Programme (YAEP), the Sustainable Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development (SLED) Initiative, the Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) and the Guyana Youth and Social Entrepreneurship Programme (GYSEP).last_img read more


Watkins leads Dons into I-AA quarters

first_img Boys soccer Wilson 2, Alta Loma 1 Junior forward Joshua Alton was subbed in with a little more than five minutes left and scored the winning goal to clinch the victory for the Bruins (26-1-4) in the quarterfinals of Division I. Parker Pharis scored Wilson’s first goal, and senior goalie Rogelio Ruiz made two incredible saves. Loyola 2, Bell Gardens 1 Senior midfielders Nick Ukropina and Jamil Devers each scored as the Cubs won their Division I quarterfinal game to advance to face host Wilson on Tuesday in the semifinals. Senior goalie Kevin Klasila recorded three saves. Century 1, Paramount 0 Jose Gomez scored the winning goal for the Centurions in sudden death of the Division III quarterfinals for the right to move on to face La Habra next. Wrestling Millikan junior Travis Clock went 2-0 with a pair of pins at 189 pounds on the first day of the Masters Meet at Carter High in Rialto. Clock, the CIF Central Division champion, advanced to today’s quarterfinal round. Lakewood’s Uriah Islas (125), Markus Summa (135) and Jake Warkentin (171) all went 1-1 and advanced to today’s consolation round. At 103 pounds, St. John Bosco’s Jeremy Gendreau went 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. Joe Roudebush (125), Mike Martinez (135), Mark Biley (145), Kevin Mesplou (160) and Robert Ortiz (215) all went 1-1 and advanced in the consolation bracket. The top 8 finishers in each weight class will advance to next weekend’s state meet in Bakersfield. Softball Carson 2, Granada Hills 1 Sophomore third baseman Vanessa Ordas went 2 for 2 with an RBI triple as the host Colts opened their season with a nonleague victory. Junior Theresa Poni allowed seven hits to earn the victory. Girls soccer La Mirada 3, Chadwick 2 The Matadores scored twice in the first half and then hung on Thursday to advance to the Division III semifinals for the first time in school history. Kerry Klunder scored twice, including the game-winner on a free kick in the final moments of regulation. Michelle Hampton opened the scoring in the 32nd minute and Klunder gave La Mirada (18-9-2) a 2-0 lead six minutes later. Both goals were assisted by Ariel Yarrish. But Chadwick’s Christen Press scored twice in the second half to tie the game. Klunder’s second goal deflected off the fingers of Chadwick goalie Sammy Hale and into the goal. Matador goalie Kiki Salazar made 15 saves. La Mirada travels to top-seed Sunny Hills on Tuesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Watkins went 8 for 14 from the field and 7 of 11 from the free-throw line to finish with a season-high 29 points as the Dons improved to 22-7 overall. He also contributed four assists and six steals and got some support from senior center Matthew Dewaal, who chipped in with 14 points and controlled the boards with 17 rebounds. He also had six blocks. Buckley 71, St. Anthony 52 Richie Polan and Hussein Habibi ruined a perfectly good season for the Saints in the Division IV-A quarterfinals. Polan scored 34 points and Habibi added 23 points to offset the performance of St. Anthony’s senior forward Michael Cotton and senior center Howard Douglas. Cotton tallied 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Douglas went 7 of 8 at the free-throw line to finish with a game-high 20 points and five rebounds. The Saints finished their season with an overall 25-4 record. Mater Dei 79, Mayfair 57 The Monsoons ran into a buzz saw in the Division I-AA quarterfinals, falling to the No. 1-ranked Monarchs on the road. center_img Senior guard Quinton Watkins of Dominguez High has had a plethora of big nights on the basketball court this season, and on Friday against host Thousand Oaks, he came through for the Dons one more time. Dominguez won 68-60 in a CIF Southern Section Division I-AA quarterfinal showdown to earn the right to face Artesia on Tuesday in the semifinals. last_img read more


North Peace Landfill Gas Project begins offsetting greenhouses gases

first_imgThe PRRD was then required to conduct a gas generation assessment, and it was determined the landfill exceeds the 1000 tonnes/year regulatory threshold for methane production – requiring the installation of a gas management system by 2021.The PRRD was successful in obtaining a $980,000 grant under the Federal Gas Tax Fund to help offset the cost of the project – an estimated $2.1 million.The construction of the new system began in 2013 and was completed in November 2014. “This system started with the installation of horizontal collection pipes in the landfill itself,” says general manager of Environmental Services for the PRRD Jeff Rahn. “They were trenched into the ground to collect that methane in the decomposition of organic material the landfill generates.”Rahn goes on to explain how these collector pipes connect to a header pipe attached to a blower-flare facility.“Basically it draws all that gas out of the landfill, runs it through this system here with instrumentation and whatnot and flares it off,” says Rahn. “We’re doing the flaring initially, and it converts methane to carbon dioxide – which has a lower greenhouse gas potential to it.”- Advertisement -Once the PRRD can assess the system’s capabilities in more depth, the PRRD’s intention is to pipeline the methane gas to a natural gas facility or use it to generate electricity, according to PRRD Chair Lori Ackerman.“We saw this as being a potential for a social, environmental, and economic resource, and be able to provide a sustainable return on investment as well for the local community,” says Ackerman.The Ministry of Environment enacted the Landfill Gas Management Regulation in 2009 – establishing province-wide criteria in reducing greenhouse gases by at least 33 per cent below the current levels by 2020.Advertisementlast_img read more


NO COHERENT PLAN FOR DISABLED IN BUDGET 2014 SAYS DONEGAL CAMPAIGNER

first_imgSpina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI) has expressed disappointment at the Government’s failure to protect and invest in people with disabilities and their families in Budget 2014.Frank LarkinThe Donegal-based chairman of SBHI Frank Larkin SBHI said following on from comments by An Taoiseach last week, they were optimistic coming into this budget.“We were hopeful that there would be some flexibility and adjustment in the Budget statement. Recognition by the Taoiseach last week that people have had a really difficult time over the last number of years was most welcome. He also stated that the Cabinet was working on the fairest and most equitable budget possible. “However, there is little sign of this Budget being either fair or equitable for people with disabilities and their families. The disability movement has been hit hard by harsh outcomes of previous budgets, the social infrastructure that exists to support them has been decimated and the initiatives announced today do too little to reverse that. Yet again there has been no commitment from Government to support people with disabilities and their families.”“The Government has made several commitments to people with disabilities and their families over the last few years. There was the commitment made by both An Taoiseach and the Tánaiste prior to the General Election that disability was their number one social justice priority. There are the disability commitments in the Programme for Government 2010. And, there was the publication last July of the National Disability Implementation Plan. However, none of these commitments have been progressed in this budget.”SBHI welcomes some positive measures for people with disabilities and their families, including free GP care for under 5’s, €20m for community mental health services and additional funds for the housing adaptation grants.However they are disappointed to see the €113m savings from medical cards and the abolition of the telephone allowance. “This Budget and Government policy in general fails to coherently integrate people with disabilities into public service reform. This Budget again fails to meet people with disabilities ambition to live in the community with dignity and independence.“Economic concerns have overtaken the social in this Budget. Although the two realms remain firmly linked in reality, failure to begin the restoration of supports and services for people with disabilities has further disconnected them in practice. We need to develop strategic and sustainable plans for social inclusion, but the measures revealed today have weakened that opportunity.”“Disability, chronic illness and mental health needs are experienced by individuals and families across the life course. These people are all experiencing the effects of the on-going recession in addition to the challenges that they face related to their disability. Prioritising supports for this life contingency, given the existence of the implementation plan for the National Disability Strategy, is the most cost effective way of providing some ‘easing’ for people with disabilities and their families”.In conclusion, “We come out from under the IMF bailout in December, while there is no commitment to underpinning the priority social justice issue of disability and mental health as stated by Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore on the eve of the general election. People with disabilities and their families now clearly understand that government are not determined to keep their promise to them even now that we are out of the IMF bailout.”  NO COHERENT PLAN FOR DISABLED IN BUDGET 2014 SAYS DONEGAL CAMPAIGNER was last modified: October 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Budget 2014DisabilityFrank Larkinlast_img read more


MEN REFUSE COMPENSATION CHEQUE FROM FORMER COUNTY COUNCILLOR WHO ATTACKED THEM

first_imgTwo employees of a Donegal car dealership have refused to accept a compensation cheque from a former county councillor who attacked them – because the cheque is from their own employer.Former county councillor Gareth ReidBusinessman Gareth Reid was before Letterkenny District Court today after previously pleading guilty to assault. The 31 year old attacked the two men after he was fired from his grandfather JJ Reid’s car dealership in November, 2012.Reid waited outside the Letterkenny offices after he was fired and attacked company directors Patrick McGinty and Alan Stoddard.Mr McGinty was left with a bloody nose, a cut eyebrow and a sore jaw after being punched by Reid while Mr Stoddard was kicked during the attack and ended up on the ground.The case was adjourned until today to allow Reid to pay compensation of €500 to Mr McGinty and a further €250 to Mr Stoddard.However the court was told that the two victims in the case would not accept the cheque as it is a business cheque in the name of JJ Reid – the accused man’s grandfather.Inspector Michael Harrison said the men are annoyed and feel that Gareth Reid has “not been held accountable for his actions.”Defence solicitor Kieran Dillon said the cheques had ben signed for but they were not now being accepted.“My client got a loan off the money and that is a matter for himself and his grandfather. They have taken cheques but they have not accepted them. It is an internal issue,” said Mr Dillon.The court heard the victims now planned to go and see Mr Reid’s grandfather who had signed the compensation cheques.Judge Paul Kelly said there was obviously an issue for the victims in relation to the compensation cheque.He added that the cheque can be cancelled and adjourned the matter until May 19th.“There is a very simple way of dealing with this,” added Judge Kelly.* Gareth Reid arrived back in court this evening after securing €750 in cash to pay his victims.His solicitor Kieran Dillon said he had a receipt which sowed he had withdrawn the cash from his own bank account.Mr Dillon said as Gardai did not accept cash, he would write the two victims two cheques which he hoped they would accept.Judge Paul Kelly then bound Reid to keep the peace for a period of two years.He adjourned the case for mention on May 17th.MEN REFUSE COMPENSATION CHEQUE FROM FORMER COUNTY COUNCILLOR WHO ATTACKED THEM was last modified: February 17th, 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:assaultattackcompensation chequeGareth ReidJJ ReidLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more


GAA NOTES: FANAD GAELS

first_imgLotto Results:Numbers Drawn were 1, 2, 10, 11, 17 Bonus 19. No jackpot winner. €100 Mary Rose Begley, Shannagh. €50 Ciaran Mac Giolla Bhain, Báile Láir. Next weeks draw in McGinley’s Bar. Jackpot €3850. Membership:Last call for anyone who has yet to pay membership, please do so by contacting club registrar, Margaretta McConigley on 0868744405 asap. Again, the committee would like to stress the point that when it comes to getting tickets for county games etc., only members will be able to avail of tickets. Membership options for the coming year. Pay lotto and membership together by standing order, Weekly €5.00 (Save €30) Monthly €20.00 (Save €50) Annual €200.00 (Save €90) Stand alone membership €30.00. Third level students €10.00. Underage €5.00.Votes of Sympathy: Votes of Sympathy were past at the March monthly committe meeting with the families of Stephen McGrenaghan, Tom Shiels and Mary Harkin. May they Rest In Peace.Finance Meeting:All committee members are asked to attend a special meeting to discuss fundraising on Thursday night 15th at 8.30pm in The Fanad Lodge. Club members who have any ideas can give them to any committee member prior to the meeting.Under 8 Training:Under 8 training continues on Sunday 18th in Rossnakill Hall at 11.45am sharp. Please note the change of time. Boys and girls born in the years 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 are eligible to play for the coming year. Please bring your own waterbottle and €1 for use of the hall. For any further info contact Martin on 9163472.Well Done:A huge well done to our quiz team of John Dorrian, Manus McElwaine and Micheal Friel who are Donegal scór champions 2012. the team came second up against tough opposition in the Ulster semi finals at the weekend, coming a close second to Eglish, Co.Tyrone. Sponsored Fun Walk:Gaeil Fhánada Bord na nÓg and Ladies Board, in conjunction with McDaid’s Football Special, are running a sponsored fun walk on Good Friday from Kerrykeel to Rossnakill Hall starting at 11.00am sharp. This walk promises to be fun for all the family. Sponsorship cards are in circulation. Anyone who would like a sponsor card, please contact Martin McAteer on 074 9163472.Scrap Saturday:Gaeil Fhánada will hold their Scrap Saturday on Saturday April 14th. There will be a collection point at Trialough for anyone who wants to off-load small amounts of scrap metal. Larger items can be collected by prior arrangement with a committee member. Further details will be available shortly or by contacting Fiona Shiels on 074 9159670. St Patrick’s Badges:Gaeil Fhánada Ladies Board are selling St.Patrick’s Day badges in aid of The Carers Association of Ireland. Costing €2 each, they are available in most local shops in the area. By buying one you will be contributing to a very worthy cause.Good Luck:The club would like to wish Seami Friel the best of luck as he plays for the Donegal County U.21 team in the Ulster Quarter Finals on Wednesday 21st March.Eoin Gilmore Memorial Match:Our senior team play Newbridge from County Derry in the Eoin Gilmore Memorial tie at Portsalon On Sunday. Please come along and supprt.Making History:Well done to Siobhan Coyle who makes history in becoming one of the first lady referee’s to take up the whistle in this years All County League. Two Donegal ladies have joined the ranks of GAA refereeing in the county.In what is an uncommon sight within the GAA, Siobhan is on the list of Donegal referees for the coming year.Siobhan already has experience at juvenile level in the county and has now progressed to the adult scene for the 2012 campaign.“It is a challenge but one I’m, looking forward to. I have been refereeing underage games for the last few years and I have really enjoyed it so I suppose in a way it is a natural progression,” Coyle told the Donegal Democrat.“It is something that I have been thinking of doing for some time. It is something that has appealed to me in recent years so I have decided to give it a go.“I did the course earlier this year and it went well for me and I was delighted Pat Walsh told me he was going to put me on the adult panel for the coming season,” Siobhan added to the Democrat.Pat Walsh, County Referee’s administrator announced his decision to use two Donegal ladies for this season’s campaign at the March County Board meeting.An Cheathrú Cheannais den GhaeltachtGaeil Fhánada 2-10Gleann Finne 0-5Tháinig cead scór i gcluiche Peil na Gaeltachta idir Gaeil Fhánada agus Gleann Finne i bPort an tSalainn san deichiú noimead den cluiche ó Gleann Finne. Ar an 12ú nóimead chuir Seami Ó Fríl na foirne ar comhscór ó cic saor ina dhiaidh feall déanta ar Rónan Mac An tSaoir. Ag leath-ama bhí Gaeil Fhánada cheithre phointí chun tosaigh 05: 01. Thosaigh an dara leath le pointe deas ó Gleann Finne ó cic saor. Scóráil an bheirt Seimi Ó Fríl mín-pointí ina dhiaidh a cheile, agus ansin lean Michéal Mac Suibhne ar aghaidh le pointe deas eile chun tosaigh maith a thabhairt don foireann. Pointe breise ó Marc Ó Fríl roimh a bhuail a dheartháir Seimi cúl an líontáin nóimead ina dhiadh sin le cúl den chéad scoth a cuir ina luí deiridh iontach do Gaeil Fhánada, le cluiche a bhfuair Seimi (sóisear) cúl agus 5 pointí ag taispeáint an fáth a raibh sé roghnaithe don Condae faoi 21. Tosaigh maith do bainisteoir Cookie agus a foireann bhainistío!chta. Foireann Gaeil Fhánada: Mark McConigley, Paddy Heraghty, Cathal Martin, Francis Sweeney (0-1), Paddy Shiels, Patrick McConigley, Jimmy Coyle, Michael Sweeney (0-1), Brendan Callaghan (0-1), Ronan McAteer, Seamie Friel (0-1), William McAteer, Mark Friel (0-1), Seami Friel (1-5), Ciaran McElwaine. Subs: Paul Coyle for Seamie Friel, Tony McBride (1-0) for William McAteer, Noel Doherty for Ronan McAteer, Michael McGroarty for Paddy Shiels.U.16’s:Gaeil Fhánada 5:10Na Dúnaibh 5:8This was a high scoring game at Portsalon, with Gaeil Fhánada just holding out to take the victory. They led by five points at the break 3:7 to 3:2, thanks to the efforts of Sean Gibbons who did some excellent defending at full back, while up front, Conor McGonagle and Alan McAteer always looked dangerous.Gaeil Fhánada U.16’s play away to St.Michaels on Sunday 18th @12.00 noon.GAA NOTES: FANAD GAELS was last modified: March 14th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fanad gaels gaa noteslast_img read more


ST EUNAN’S STRICTLY COME DANCING HITS THE RIGHT NOTE!

first_imgThe huge crowd that turned up to Strictly Come Dancing with St. Eunan’s GAAClub were treated to a spectacular night’s entertainment in Letterkenny’s Mt. ErrigalHotel on Friday night.First to take to the floor were Niamh Slowey & Cormac Goulding in the Cha Cha round. A nerve wracking task to be first up but they handled it with aplomb.Next up were Connie McGranaghan & Sean Grant – Connie never stopped smiling all night. Judge Chris Duddy remarked her presence would soon see her join her brother Andy and sister on stage in An Grianan Theatre!The first round continued as Noel “Happy Feet” Keaveny & Ursula Mulgrew tripped the light fantastic followed by Natalie McGranaghan & Anthony Gallagher and then Husband and wife team, Ciara McVeigh Lunn & Timmy Lunn and they set the early benchmark on the judges scoring.Next up were Helena Kenny & Austin Marron, Austin complete with the largest wig we’veever seen!They were followed by the youngest couple, Caoimhe Lagan & Marcus Harley who were coolness personified – belying their tender years. Next up we had Bookies favourites Louise McKeague & Ollie Harvey. Louise is employedby Paddy Power, whilst Ollie assured us his life savings were going on thevotes!Ladies player, Michaela Muldowney was next to the floor with her partner Jason Boyle who it was revealed once took part in a Country & Western video!Last but certainly not least, Teacher Orla Sullivan and her partner AIB Bank Official Enda Kelly whipped the crowd into a frenzy with an energetic performance to see them challenging at the top of the Leader board at the end of Round 1.During the half-time interval presentations were made to the members of theLory Meagher Cup winning team members form the club: Sean McVeigh, CormacGoulding, Shane O’Connor, Eugene Organ and team captain and Lory MeagherAll-Star, Colm Breathnach.The second round was the Jive and the shackles were off, Helena & Austinwere first up this time and got this round off to  a great start. The scores were getting higher and higher as the Dancers became more comfortable withtheir surroundings and Orla & Enda set the benchmark in the second roundwith another stunning performance.Early leaders Ciara & Timmy were last up and knew they needed a nearly perfect score to take the Judge’s Prize or Timmy would be banished to the spare room! They did not disappoint with their timing and energy right on the money to get them the only perfectscore of the night a magnificent 40 out of a possible 40 with all fourjudges (Chris Duddy, Phil Dalton, Tina Higgins and Brain Kelly) scoring themam perfect 10.The only remaining question was had Ice Cream salesman Ollie’s half-time lead in the public vote evaporated in the heat of the battle with his dodgy ankle that required 3 injections for him to take part or was Louise right to have Paddy Power have them at even money to take the public vote and Strictly crown that was won last year by Danielle McDaid Fay & Eddie Blake.Charlie Collins did a superb job as host on the night, keeping the flow ofthe evening perfectly and interacting with the Dancers, audience and judgeswith  an easy grace. AVC handled the audio Visual with greatprofessionalism. Club PRO Paul McGovern commented, “It was another fantastic success for theclub. The atmosphere in the room was electric tonight. It is a great creditparticularly to the Dancers who gave up so much of their spare time to puton such a wonderful show for the punters.“We had Sheila McMacken, Oliver Wilson and Maria (Sheila’s daughter) as dance instructors again this year and they had the dancers in peak form for tonight. Charlie Collins, the Judges, the audience and AVC all added their own unique touch to the nightto make it a great success.“We had a good committee from the outset with Anne Forde, Andy McGlynn, Celine McMenamin, Dermot Higgins, Elaina Gallagher, Nichola Haran, Tracey McVeigh and myself all meeting at least once a week to make sure we weren’t overlooking anything and it all came together perfectly on the night.”ST EUNAN’S STRICTLY COME DANCING HITS THE RIGHT NOTE! was last modified: March 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:St Eunan’s Strict Come Dancinglast_img read more


PRAMERICA TAKES ON ITS 1,000TH EMPLOYEE – IN LETTERKENNY!

first_imgPramerica Systems Ireland has celebrated a historic milestone when it hired its 1,000th employee – in its Letterkenny outlet.The Pramerica team nail their Donegal colours to the mast!Heather Smith joined the well-known local employer as a systems tester.Heather is from England, studied Japanese at Oxford University and spent a couple of years working in Japan. “The company is extremely proud to reach this historic milestone,” said Caroline Faulkner, senior managing director and chief information officer.“We’re very proud of the organization we have built for Prudential and the positive financial impact we have on the local community and our strong ties with local educational institutions,” adds Faulkner.Pramerica is a software and contact centre subsidiary of U.S.-based Prudential Financial, Inc that provides technology and operations services for PFI businesses in the United States.Pramerica Roundabout. Photo:- Clive WassonIt was established in 2000 as a software development operation with 88 employees. Since then, the company has evolved into a multifunctional global business solutions centre with 1,000 employees, Faulkner noted. Most recently, Pramerica has expanded its services to PFI’s offices in Poland and Japan, offering new opportunities for Japanese-speaking systems testers – including its 1,000th employee, Heather.Heather moved to Ireland in 2010 from the Netherlands. She recently moved to County Donegal from Drumfries to accept her position at Pramerica.She and her partner have two daughters ages 12 and 14. She spends her free time travelling and enjoying hiking and other outdoor activities. In fact, Heather is a member of rowing clubs in the United Kingdom, Japan and the Netherlands. She is also a swim coach for 8- through 15-year old children.“Pramerica is one of the most recognizable brands in Ireland,” said Heather.“I’m excited about being a member of such a respected company and I look forward to providing relevant contributions with my new colleagues.” Pramerica staff members are also actively involved in their local communities.Last year employees volunteered close to 7,000 hours of time in a number of company-sponsored projects. In doing so, they awarded top youth volunteers across Ireland through the Pramerica Spirit of the Community programme; raised awareness for disability, cancer, depression, homelessness, vulnerable youth and distressed animals, and shared their knowledge with young people in the community through initiatives such as Coder Dojo.Pramerica also partners with a number of educational institutions locally and nationally and has a unique link with Mulroy College in Milford through the Schools’ Business Partnership.PRAMERICA TAKES ON ITS 1,000TH EMPLOYEE – IN LETTERKENNY! was last modified: March 4th, 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:donegalletterkennypramericalast_img read more