Former MEP and prominent Fianna Fáil politician Pat The Cope Gallagher has paid tribute to outgoing Fine Gael TD Dinny McGinley.McGinley announced earlier this afternoon that at the end of the current Dáil he will retire from politics. McGinley has served the Donegal South-West constituents for over 33 years.Gallagher and McGinley worked on opposite sides of the bench for over three decades in the Dáil and despite their respective political parties rivalry – Gallagher paid tribute to McGinley earlier this evening.Gallagher took to his Facebook timeline to paid tribute to McGinley, he posted, “Having served with Dinny Mc Ginley TD since the early 1980s I take the opportunity, on the day he announced his decision to retire at the end of this Dáil, after 33 yrs serving the people of Donegal South West, to wish him well.“May his retirement be a long, happy and healthy one. Guím saol,sona suailceach ar DinnyDespite Gallagher’s lengthy career in politics he has no interest in walking away and earlier this month announced his intention to run in the next general election.Many political commentators believe Gallagher has a great chance of being re-elected to the Dáil.PAT THE COPE GALLAGHER PAYS TRIBUTE TO OUTGOING TD DINNY MCGINLEY was last modified: September 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsPolitics
A competitor has been killed in a collision at the Donegal International Rally.Donegal Motor Club confirmed in a statement that they are liaising with the family of the competitor involved.Another man has been seriously injured in the crash. The Donegal Motor Club said the incident occurred at around 12.30pm.The accident occurred on Super Stage 15 on the Fanad Head Loop.The final stages of the rally have been cancelled following the collision.A full investigation has been launched into the incident and will be assisted by Motorsport Ireland and Donegal Motor Club. A statement from Donegal Motor Club said: “It is with regret that Motorsport Ireland and Donegal Motor Club announce that a fatality has occurred during the final day of the 2019 Donegal International Rally on Sunday 23rd June.“The Donegal Motor Club are liaising with the family of the competitor involved.“The three-day annual event takes place in June each year and attracts large numbers of spectators and in excess of 200 competitors took part in this years’ event.“The relevant authorities have begun a full investigation into the incident and will be assisted by Motorsport Ireland and Donegal Motor Club. Motorsport Ireland and its affiliated clubs are recognised internationally for operating to the highest standards of motorsport safety for competitors and spectators in line with the best practice of the FIA.“The entire motorsport community extends its fullest sympathy to the family of the bereaved. “More information may be released later.”Competitor killed in Donegal International Rally tragedy was last modified: June 24th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
Krishna Poonia, one of India’s star performers at the 2012 Olympics with a seventh place finish in the women’s discus throw event, is concerned about the future of athletics in the country.India has never won a track and field medal at the Olympics and Poonia believes the wait isn’t going to end anytime soon.”What else do you expect? An Indian has finished seventh at the Olympics,” the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist told India Today in an exclusive interview. “Unless we have good competition in India, we will never produce an Olympic medallist.”Poonia also expressed frustration and anger for the pathetic situation of athletes and the utter disregard of officials to make things better.”Where are the competitions?” she asked. “You don’t even know when the National Games will be held. They just keep getting postponed. There is not even a single good grand prix event in India. Even to practice we have to go out to Europe and America and that’s not always possible.”Considering all the hurdles along the way, Poonia said she was happy with her performance in London. “I have a worked so hard for the last two years and have hardly been home. I am happy with my show,” she said.Poonia also spoke at length about her once fierce rivalry with Australia’s Dannie Samuels, who had challenged the Indian to a straight shootout after the 2010 Commonwealth Games.The showdown never took place, of course, and Poonia said she had buried the hatchet with Samuels in London. “Danni finished way down the order here. So I went to her, hugged her and consoled her. She is a young girl and she is my friend now. Our animosity is a matter of past,” she said.advertisementLooking ahead, Poonia’s fans are hoping that she can better her seventh place finish at the next Olympics in Rio de Janerio. However, the 35-year-old is not sure what the future holds for her.”I can’t travel abroad all the time as my kids are growing up. They need me too. I have to look at my priorities,” Poonia said, perhaps indicating that we have seen the last of her.
Hertfordshire (UK), Oct 12 (PTI) In the first of its kind event, the inaugural Hero Challenge got a huge thumbs up from an impressive crowd of over 2,200 in a stadium-like atmosphere under floodlights at the one-hole knockout contest at The Grove. Frenchman Alex Levy, who won the third of his three European Tour titles only a fortnight ago, added the Hero Challenge one-hole knock-out to his list of conquests beating Swede Alex Noren, twice winner this year, in the final at the 156-yard specially constructed par-3 at the golf course. In the bargain Levy claimed the 10,000 pounds first prize for charity from Mr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Managing Director and CEO of Hero MotoCorp, who are also title sponsors of the Hero Indian mens and womens Indian Opens. In between the various stages of the eight-man competition, crickets spinning legend, Shane Warne beat three celebrities, including fellow cricketer, Kevin Pietersen, singer Brian McFadden and TV personality, Piers Morgan in a Celebrity one-hole shoot-out. The action, which took place two days before the venue hosts the British Masters supported by Sky Sports – was shown live on Sky Sports. Eight players started out in the knockout format with Tournament host and former World No.1 Luke Donald taking out Indian superstar, Jeev Milkha Singh, while Levy beat Englishman Andy Sullivan. Levy then beat Donald in the semi-final. In the other half of the draw, Noren beat Austrian Bernd Wiesberger before dispatching Irelands Shane Lowry in the semi-final after Lowry beat Andrew Johnston in the Battle of the Beards. The 18th green had a amphitheatre kind of feel with the Grandstand and the adjoining Donald Pavilion packed with 2,200 spectators. The winner Levy, said, “That was a lot of fun. I said to Alex Noren, I felt more pressure there than in the play-off in Germany, which is ridiculous. It was amazing to see the crowds and everyone enjoying it. Golf needs something like this and it is a great idea. I really enjoyed it, and of course it is always nice to win.” Jeev added, “This is a great way to bring more spectators to golf. The quick-fire one-hour format will win us (golf) many more followers. We should have those at event back home in Indian, too.” Shane Warne, a keen golfer, and his friend, Piers Morgan were engaged in their own banter and livened up the atmosphere for the crowds, which enjoyed itself thoroughly. The tournament host Donald believes the Hero Challenge was a terrific addition to the tournament. PTI ATK ATKadvertisement
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Napoli coach Ancelotti: I want Sarri’s Chelsea in Europa League finalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to meet Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea in this season’s final of the Europa League.Sarri left Napoli to be replaced by Ancelotti last summer.And the latter says: “I will be judged on the results of the team, but I think Napoli is doing a very good job. We did not qualify for the Champions League, but we knew from the start that it would be very difficult. “Napoli was up against two of the best teams in Europe. I would like to reach the final. It would be even better to be able to play against the Chelsea of Sarri. I think even Sarri would be happy to face Napoli. “Napoli versus Chelsea in the final of the Europa League, it would be magnificent. For me, it would be special to play Chelsea, one of my former clubs.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal keeper Martinez: The defence kept saying ‘clean sheet, clean sheet!’by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmiliano Martinez was delighted to keep a clean sheet in Arsenal’s win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.The Gunners kickstarted their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Martinez said after the game: “We said before the game that we had to stick together. We worked to make sure we kept the clean sheet. “The back four were talking all the time and saying, ‘Clean sheet, clean sheet’, even when we scored the first goal. We need to build on that, keep more clean sheets and we know that we can create loads of chances with Pepe, Auba, Bukayo and Martinelli. “They’re really good going forward so we have to stick together to keep more clean sheets.”
It’s been a long year for both Michigan and Rutgers on the hardwood. Saturday, the basketball Gods decided to make it just a little bit longer. During the first half of the contest between the Wolverines and the Scarlet Knights, the lights went out at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. Here’s video of the incident.Lights going out at Rutgers-Michigan game mid-play. #B1G pic.twitter.com/DjuypIi3gw— Matt C (@05HAWKI) March 7, 2015The issue was quickly fixed, and the teams have resumed play. Michigan is up 41-26 with two minutes to play in the first session.
Twitter/@OU_AthleticsCollege football week five features a very deep slate of games from noon through past midnight. For Oklahoma fans, things are kicking off at 11 am central time, with a huge game against an impressive West Virginia team. To celebrate the morning Big 12 battle, OU put out a unique hype video, featuring the song “Good Morning,” made famous by the 1952 film Singin’ in the Rain. Fry up some eggs, pour yourself a glass of orange juice, or maybe a screwdriver if you’re so inclined, and get ready for some early Sooners football.No matter the time, it’s always a great day for Sooner football! Get ready for tomorrow with a little twist! https://t.co/lOz473epYX— Oklahoma Sooners (@OU_Athletics) October 2, 2015
Last week, Georgia State Representative Betty Price, who is married to the former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, asked the head of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s HIV epidemiology section what officials are “legally able to do” to limit the spread of HIV throughout the state. She went on to suggest that people living with HIV should be quarantined as a solution for stopping the spread of the virus which causes AIDS.In response to her comments, Elton John, founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, issued the following statement:“Rep. Betty Price’s comments about people living with HIV are horrific, discriminatory, and astonishingly ill-informed. As a doctor and elected official from a state where people are still contracting HIV at an alarming rate, Mrs. Price should know better than to demonize people and perpetuate myths that stigmatize people living with HIV.“Her words smack of a dark time when there was little or no information about HIV and people were afraid of each other. Today, thanks to scientific advancements, growing acceptance and love, people living with HIV are living longer, healthier lives. We also know people living with HIV pose no public threat.“We at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, along with several of our partners, are aggressively working in Georgia and across the South to expand access to universal testing and treatment, particularly in rural areas. We also are working to dismantle the structural barriers including poverty, inadequate education, persistent HIV stigma, racism, homophobia and transphobia that impede progress. Instead of perpetuating fear and bias, Mrs. Price should educate herself about HIV and use her position of power to provide support, resources and compassion to her constituents. Love is the cure. Not quarantines.”
Mario Ancic never won a Grand Slam tournament; he never even reached a final. He peaked at No. 7 in the world, with a Davis Cup win and an Olympic bronze medal, before illness and injury cut his tennis career short. This week, the 30-year-old Croatian started his final year at Columbia Law School, where he’s preparing for his next career — even as his old friends and rivals gather elsewhere in New York City to compete for the U.S. Open title.But Ancic earned one distinction that ranks him among only a few boldface names in tennis history: On the sport’s biggest stages, he almost always lost to the very best.In his seven years of Grand Slam play, Ancic lost 21 matches. The list of players who eliminated him is a partial who’s who of tennis greats over the last two decades, with just a few interlopers. Of the 25 men who have been No. 1 in the world in the 41 years of ATP World Tour rankings, seven beat Ancic at a Grand Slam. Andy Roddick beat Ancic twice at Grand Slams. Roger Federer did it four times in a little over two years.Even the 10 non-No. 1s who knocked off Ancic were a pretty impressive bunch. They include four other Grand Slam finalists, plus two others who were ranked in the Top 10 when they knocked him out of a major.The quality of a player’s conquerors is a product both of luck and of the player’s own abilities. Some players are so consistently good that they either win the big tournaments they enter or beat all but the very best. Others suffer from poor luck of the draw — like Ryan Harrison of the U.S., or Amer Delic of Bosnia, who faced one-time No. 1s in five of his 10 Grand Slam losses despite never advancing past the third round. Every time the guy thought he was going to get to kick the football, a Lucy — or Novak — yanked it away. Unlike, say, the orderly NCAA tournament bracket, tennis tournaments distribute their entrants randomly, within the constraints of rules preventing the best players from facing each other too early.A handful of other players have lost mostly to the very best, but for slightly different reasons than Ancic did. Only four men with more than 10 Grand Slam losses were facing former, current or future No. 1s in at least half of the losses, according to data provided by Jeff Sackmann, proprietor of the website Tennis Abstract: Ancic, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro and Andre Agassi.Djokovic and del Potro are recent Grand Slam champions who have had the misfortune of playing during the reign of Federer and Rafael Nadal, one-time No. 1s who consistently reach the later stages of majors. Neither Djokovic nor del Potro has lost to as many different No. 1s as Ancic did, despite already having longer careers. Agassi is one of the all-time greats and usually was ranked in the Top 10 when he headed into Grand Slam events, so it’s not surprising that it usually took a top player to knock him out of big tournaments.Ancic’s story is quirkier. He was never ranked above 10th in the world heading into any Grand Slam tournament. But he often rolled in the early rounds, as his aggressive serve-and-volley style overwhelmed opponents. He combined that with a knack for drawing tough opponents in later rounds, and usually losing to them; he was 3-11 at Grand Slams against players who at one point were ranked No. 1. Sometimes he had to play them before their prime: As teenagers ranked outside the Top 75, both Nadal and Djokovic beat Ancic at Grand Slam tournaments. Sometimes he had to play them earlier in the tournament than he could have expected to: Ancic had a 25 percent chance of ending up in Federer’s quarter at any given event, yet he did so in four of five Grand Slams he played between 2006 and 2008. Federer was ranked No. 1 in the world each time. Ancic didn’t win a set in any of the matches.Ancic, who has a law degree from the University of Split in Croatia, sees no injustice in his tough Grand Slam record. He just wishes he could have reaped the benefits of his early losses by reversing some of those results once he reached what should have been his prime.“I saw those losses as a challenge — to improve my game, to improve the things I needed to do,” he said in a telephone interview. “That’s part of the fun of being an athlete: challenging yourself against the best of the world. I was never in despair — ‘Oh my God, if I didn’t play Roger in the quarters, if I had a better draw, maybe I’d play in the final of a Slam.’”Ancic felt he was learning from his losses. But then, when he was 22 years old, he battled mononucleosis and other health problems. He came back, several times, but other than one six-month stretch and a later five-month stretch in which he appeared in at least one event each month, his career was stop-and-go. Right when he thought he should be peaking, he was watching his career end. A back injury that would have kept him sidelined for a year convinced him to retire in 2011. Now he occasionally hits with the Columbia team and feels much better physically.Ancic is glad to be at Columbia and creating a new life, but he regrets not realizing his potential. “I’m sure I never achieved my top,” he said. “I still felt my peak was coming later.” He added, “I don’t like to think what would have happened if things were different.”If Ancic really had kept getting better, even more of his losses would have come against top players. And there’s lots of evidence that he was on pace to be one of the best of his generation. He led the under-20 rankings at the end of 2002 and the under-21s in 2004, and was second to Nadal among under-23s in 2006. And more tennis players stay competitive into their late 20s and early 30s these days. Six of the eight U.S. Open men’s quarterfinalists this week were 27 or older; Ancic is 30. Ancic faced each of those quarterfinalists during his career, beating six of them at least once — four at Wimbledon, his best tournament.Ancic remains close to the sport. At his invitation, Djokovic spoke to Columbia law students when in town for an exhibition in March. Ancic attended the U.S. Open on Monday as the tournament’s guest, where he caught up with some old friends who remain on tour. He also continues to follow the game keenly. He predicts Djokovic and Federer will meet in the final this year. If that matchup materializes and Federer wins, Djokovic will have the booby prize of increasing his percentage of Slam losses to one-time No. 1s.Ancic lost to both men at Grand Slams but also beat them both, at Wimbledon — no easy accomplishment against two all-time greats who together have won nine of the last 12 Wimbledons. “We are talking here about a couple of guys who are among the best ever,” Ancic said of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal. “It’s an honor to compete with them.”