Lara for Masters Champions League

first_imgDUBAI, UAE (CMC): Cricket legend Brian Lara is among several West Indians who have signed up to play in the inaugural Masters Champions League (MCL) next month in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Lara heads a list that includes discarded West Indies cricketers Tino Best, Shiv Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, as well as Krishmar Santokie. Best and Santokie will play for Sagittarius Soldiers, Edwards will join Leon Lions while Chanderpaul has signed with Gemini Arabians. The former Windies skipper was among six icon players listed for an auction held in Dubai Monday ahead of the tournament. Lara was picked up by Leo Lions for their base price of $100,000. Former South Africa allrounder Jacques Kallis attracted the highest bid of US $175,000. The inaugural MCL is run by former Australia batsman Dean Jones’ company, Major Events Group.last_img read more

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Aggreko Extends 200 MW Ivory Coast Power Project to African Countries

first_imgThe world leader in the provision of temporary power and temperature control services has announced a three-year contract extension to its 200 MW gas-fired power project in Ivory Coast, with an option to extend this by a further two years.A carefully worded statement issued in Monrovia yesterday highlighted important energy successes relating to its expansion and extension programs in the West Africa sub-region.The statement however did not name any of the countries the Aggreko plant has extended its services to in the sub-region.The Aggreko plant in the Vridi area of Abidjan provides critical power to Ivory Coast and surrounding countries connected to the Ivory Coast grid.The facility was installed in 2010 with the first phase of the project producing 70 MW. This was later increased to 100 MW in 2011 and again increased to 200 MW in June 2013.With a booming economy and GDP growth of around 9%, the Ivory Coast’s demand for energy has been increasing steadily in recent years.The Aggreko plant injects vital capacity into the local grid, helping to keep essential infrastructure and services running, while also ensuring power supplies are maintained to both business and domestic users.“We are pleased to be extending the Aggreko project, which forms an important part of our program of strengthening the energy infrastructure across the country,” Amidou Traore, director general, CI-Energies noted.“The 200 MW supplied from the Aggreko plant is an important component of our energy generation mix and helps us maintain supply to our customers while we develop our long-term infrastructure programmes.” Mr. Traore asserted.Historically, economies across Africa are growing at a phenomenal rate, resulting in an increased strain on power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure.By adding large-scale, fast-track interim power, countries can continue to supply the energy required to sustain economic growth while governments and state utilities work on bringing new generation capacity online.“Our project in Ivory Coast is a great example of the value Aggreko brings to its utility customers in Africa,” Christophe Jacquin, managing director, Aggreko North and West Africa indicated.“Our solutions address shortages in power generation capacity, giving our customers the ability to maintain supply while they work to improve their systems.” Mr. Jacquin stressed.Aggreko maintains a strong presence in Ivory Coast and views the country as a vital platform in its West African operations. In addition to the Abidjan plant, Aggreko also runs its West African youth training initiative, The Aggreko Technical University in Ivory Coast.The program involves an intensive training syllabus incorporating advanced technical, engineering and project operations modules.Graduates have access to fast-track employment opportunities within technical and project operations positions in the Ivory Coast and other locations in Aggreko’s network of international power projects.The programme has so far seen 18 Ivorian and West African engineers trained with 14 of these going on to graduate and join Aggreko in various locations across Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LRA Confiscates, Turns Over 7 Stolen Vehicles to US Embassy

first_imgThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has intercepted and confiscated seven vehicles that were stolen from the United States and imported to Liberia, and has turned over those vehicles to the US Embassy, consistent with international trade and relevant customs conventions and the laws of Liberia.The Anti-Smuggling and Intelligence Section (ASIS) of the LRA, working in collaboration with the Liberian National police and the US Embassy near Monrovia, intercepted and seized the vehicles at the Freeport of Monrovia on Thursday, October 13, 2016, while they were being offloaded from two containers.The stolen vehicles were allegedly falsely declared by the consignee, Sheak K. Brown Building Materials, Inc., while Mr. Sam Ford Bass has claimed to be the owner of the vehicles. One container had four vehicles and only three were declared. The other container was discovered through extensive data mining in ASYCUDA, notwithstanding internal collaboration. The seized vehicles include two 2016 Mercedes Benz, two Jeeps (a Grand Cherokee and Wrangler, both 2016 models), a 2014 Toyota Rav V4, a 2016 Dodge Ram 1500, and a 2016 Audi Q5.The US Embassy has written the Liberian government through the Foreign Affairs Ministry, seeking assistance for the immediate transfer of the stolen vehicles to the United States.In a Diplomatic Note, the Embassy said the United States of America has had a history of vehicles being stolen and transported to Liberia and other West African countries illegally. “The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has been our primary contact in confiscating, detaining and repatriating said vehicles,” the Diplomatic Note stated, adding, “We have had a successful working relationship with the LRA and have ensured the proper rules of law are followed.”LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba said while the Authority is in the business of collecting lawful revenue for the Liberian people, it is also under legal and lawful obligation to promote fair trade, consistent with its mandate and in keeping with the International Convention on Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters.CG Tamba said the LRA remains committed and will not be perturbed in executing its mandate for the national good of the people of Liberia, a press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Prison Guards Threaten Strike Action for 2-Month Arrears

first_imgSome officers of the corrections bureauBy Abednego DavisOver 500 corrections officers assigned with the 15 prison facilities across the country have threatened to stage a strike action if their two-month arrears are not settled by the government.The officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being dismissed, told the Daily Observer that since April of this year, the Ministry of Justice has not paid them.“If they cannot settle our two months’ pay we are going to stage a strike action or a go-slow action. We are not joking with this decision, because it is generally agreed upon.“How do they expect us to take care of our families when this job does not allow us to seek other opportunities for financial gain?”Meanwhile, the government has reduced the prison food budget, they said.In an exclusive interview with Edwin Folley McGill, director of prisons at the Bureau of Corrections, he confirmed the allegation of arrears, claiming that the Ministry of Finance (MOF) is to be blamed.“We do not pay our officers, what we do here is only prepare our internal finance department that processes every piece of document and gives it to the MOF for payment,” McGill said.The prison director also admitted that delays in payment of salaries have been a continuous issue.“Delay in salary payment is not just happening now, it has been going on for some time; and it is a combination of a lot of factors, including budget shortfall,” McGill stated.McGill blamed the situation on the bureau not having an autonomous status. “We are not standing on our own, we are directly under the MOJ; and by that, it is the ministry that is responsible for arranging for our officers’ salary payment.”“It is the MOJ that determines whatever we need as a bureau to spend and they know that, so what would they threaten a strike action?” McGill asked with regards to anonymous group of officers.“I am disappointed to hear about a strike action by our officers, because we are security officers and not in the business of striking,” the corrections bureau director emphasized, adding, “We are going to conduct an investigation into the matter.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fort St. John sweetens up with chocolate festival

first_imgChocolate Festival 009It was a sweet day for Fort St. John residents as the annual Fort St. John Chocolate Festival took place on Saturday.Peace Gallery North Visual Arts Co-ordinator Shar Coultry says there was a big turnout at the festival.- Advertisement -There were many types of goodies available for people to taste and bid on. The event also included a silent auction.There were several categories in which residents could compete, including candy, cookies and cakes.The full list of winners is:Squares – Carla ArmstrongCandy – Lisa PlemmelCookies – Samantha ButlerCake – Lorna BraunMiscellaneous – Harriet StanfordKids – Ryan LoftusCommercial – Whole Wheat & HoneyPeople’s Choice Award – Lorna BraunAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Bush eases air traffic for the holidays

first_imgWASHINGTON – Ahead of the holiday travel crunch, President George W. Bush ordered steps Thursday to reduce air traffic congestion and long delays that have left passengers stranded. The most significant change is that the Pentagon will open unused military airspace from Florida to Maine to create “a Thanksgiving express lane” for commercial airliners. It will be open next week for five days – Wednesday through Sunday – for the busiest days of Thanksgiving travel. Officials said the chief benefit would be to speed takeoffs from New York airports, particularly during bad weather. Bush called holiday travel “a season of dread for too many Americans.” He said the problems with delayed flights are “clear to anybody who’s been traveling. Airports are very crowded. Travelers are being stranded and flights are delayed, sometimes with a full load of passengers sitting on the runway for hours. The president said other steps were under consideration to reduce crowded skies, such as charging airlines higher landing and takeoff fees at peak hours, and auctioning off landing and takeoff rights to the highest bidder. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters acknowledged that airlines would pass along to passengers some of the costs of the higher fees and penalties. Domestic carriers are expected to fly roughly 27 million passengers worldwide over 12 days beginning Friday, with planes about 90 percent full, according to the Air Transport Association. Several airline executives, testifying before the House Transportation Committee Thursday on holiday travel prospects, said they were preparing to care for passengers in the event of weather or air traffic control-related delays. Bush, on Sept. 27, announced that his administration was looking at ways to reduce air traffic congestion.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “These failures carry some real costs for the country, not just in the inconvenience they cause but in the business they obstruct and the family gatherings they cause people to miss,’ the president said. “We can do better.” The new plan also will be in effect for the Christmas travel season. White House press secretary Dana Perino said the Federal Aviation Administration was imposing a holiday moratorium on nonessential maintenance projects, allowing all FAA personnel and equipment to be focused on keeping flights on time. Further, the Department of Transportation will propose doubling the bump fee that airlines must pay to travelers who buy tickets but wind up without a seat. The penalty now is $200 or $400, depending on long the passenger has been inconvenienced. The proposed increase would make the fee $400 to $800. Perino said that rule, if it becomes final, wouldn’t be in place until next summer’s travel season. Further, officials said the FAA would take other steps to increase efficiency such as rerouting airspace, using technology to fill unused space in the air and on the ground, and using more precise routes for takeoffs and landings. Another proposed rule would make airlines liable for penalties for chronically delayed flights. last_img read more

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Walker scores 30 in Fontana win

first_img REDLANDS EAST VALLEY 73, COLTON 39: Darnell Ferguson collected 14 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots and Redlands East Valley (14-4, 4-0) coasted to its fourth consecutive league victory. Isaiah Burel added 11 points and Julian McDonald and Robert Ellis both scored 10 for Redlands East Valley, which will host Eisenhower on Friday at 6 p.m. REDLANDS 68, YUCAIPA 56: Trevor Nash scored 20 points and collected nine rebounds and Josh Green scored 13 to up Redlands’ record to 3-0 in league and 11-4 overall. Redlands will host Eisenhower on Thursday at 6 p.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita A.B. MILLER 58, EISENHOWER 51: Steven Durant scored 20 points, Erik Ellis added 10, and A.B. Miller (9-9) evened its league record at 2-2. A.B. Miller plays at Yucaipa on Friday at 6 p.m. DESERT SKY LEAGUE VICTOR VALLEY 82, BURROUGHS 74: Senior guard Gary Velarde tossed in 27 points and senior forward Paul McCloney contributed 19 to help the Jackrabbits (10-7, 2-0) past the Burros (8-9, 0-1) in Desertk Sky League play. Victor Valley will play at rival Silverado at 6:30 p.m. Friday. MOJAVE RIVER LEAGUE SERRANO 64, SULTANA 50: Senior guard L.J. Kelly scored 19 points and snagged 10 rebounds while junior guard Harrison Gaines totaled 18 points and six assists as the Diamondbacks (14-2, 1-0) surged past the Sultans (9-6, 1-1). Serrano also had Durrell Norman finish in double figures with 14 points to go with his eight rebounds. Eric Anderson led Sultana with 17. Serrano faces Rim of the World Friday. CITRUS BELT LEAGUE FONTANA 64, RIALTO 54: Freshman guard Demetrius Walker tossed in 30 points to help the Steelers (5-8, 3-1) to a CBL win over the Knights (0-4). Fontana surged out to a 14-4 first quarter lead and never looked back. center_img SUNKIST LEAGUE KAISER 72, BLOOMINGTON 67: Davin Tate scored 23 points and Daniel Sosa scored 17 for Kaiser. Keith Goings scored a game-high 25 points for Bloomington and Brandon Cohen contributed 19 points. SAN ANDREAS LEAGUE SAN GORGONIO 75, SAN BERNARDINO 53: Andrew Jenkins collected 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots and Anthony Dandy turned in 13 points for San Gorgonio (12-4, 1-0), which will host Pacific on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. CARTER 61, PACIFIC 55: Andrew Bock and Josh Johnson each scored 12 points and Carter (6-11, 1-0) used a 22-point third quarter to run past Pacific (3-17, 0-1). Pacific, led by Brentan Hagood, will play at San Gorgonio at 6:30 p.m. Carter hosts Arroyo Valley on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. CHRISTIAN LEAGUE ONTARIO CHRISTIAN 60, LOMA LINDA 52: The Knights (9-8, 2-0) had four players in double figures led by Tyler VanderZee with 13 and Justus Jones with 12 in picking up a win over the Roadrunners (9-6, 1-1). Senior forward Marvin Simandjuntak was the top player for Loma Linda with 15 points and seven rebounds. ARROWHEAD CHR. 73, AQUINAS 39: Gio DuBose led three Arrowhead Christian scorers in double figures with 14 points as his team improved to 12-4 and 1-0 in league play. Arrowhead Christian hosts Loma Linda on Thursday at home. Niko Walters led Aquinas (1-12, 0-2) with 15 points. ARROWHEAD LEAGUE BOYS REPUBLIC 73, NOLI INDIAN 25 Junior forward Brian Campaco scored 31 points to lead the visiting Rams (1-0 in league) past Noli Indian in an Arrowhead League game. Boys Republic will play host to Uni View at 7 p.m. Thursday. NONLEAGUE CALVARY BAPTIST LA VERNE 75, NEW HARVEST 33: Randy Agyepong scored a game-high 26 points and Isaac Berliner added 23 points in a blowout win for Calvary Baptist. Berliner also added 12 rebounds, five assists and five steals and Agyepong collected nine rebounds for Calvary Baptist (9-5), which hosts The Grove on Thursday at 7 p.m. 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

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Dump deal in works

first_imgSending the message that Los Angeles is serious about getting out of Sunshine Canyon Landfill, the City Council voted Friday to support diverting 600 tons of trash daily to dumps in Riverside and Kings counties, even though it would cost nearly $2 million more a year. The council’s 10-1 vote is at odds with its decision last week to tentatively approve a five-year, $157 million contract to send all the city’s residential trash – some 3,600 tons daily – to Sunshine Canyon in Granada Hills. But city leaders are still negotiating with Browning-Ferris Industries, Sunshine Canyon’s owner, which previously warned that it would send rates soaring if the city sends trash to other dumps. BFI officials reportedly are willing to let Los Angeles divert less than 600 tons. Councilman Greig Smith, the leading proponent for getting out of Sunshine Canyon, said Friday’s vote would help the city in the final days of negotiations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “This gives BFI a strong signal,” Smith said. “We’re not backing away. (The 600 tons) is a non-negotiable item.” Diverting 600 tons of trash to remote landfills is considered a crucial first step in Los Angeles’ plan to end its use of Sunshine Canyon within five years. Officials also hope to increase recycling and develop trash-to-energy plants. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has said he is willing to spend more money to divert some trash from Sunshine Canyon, reversing his position from last summer when he pushed the council to renew the five-year contract with BFI because of the potential cost increase. “He would like to see up to 600 tons diverted. The issue is whether they are going to be able to get to that goal,” said Joe Ramallo, spokesman for Villaraigosa. Despite Friday’s vote, some council members remain concerned about the extra cost and the air-quality issues involved with hauling trash to remote dumps – up to 360 miles, round trip, each day. Councilman Jack Weiss, who cast the dissenting vote, said the additional $1.9 million needed to send trash elsewhere could instead be used to hire up to 19 more police officers. “We should be guarding the city treasury and doing our fiduciary duty. Whatever we do should be cost-neutral.” But Councilman Tony Cardenas said the council should stick by the policy it adopted last summer, which is to increase recycling and end its use of Sunshine Canyon. “We talk a lot, but we act with our votes,” he said. “It’s time we act on what we’ve been talking about.” The key sticking point has been cost. Under the city’s current contract with BFI, Los Angeles must send all its trash to Sunshine Canyon to get the $25-per-ton price, which totals $29 million per year. BFI has warned that if the city diverts trash to other landfills, the per-ton price could jump to $45, raising the annual cost by roughly $14 million. With its vote Friday, the council endorsed proposals to send 600 tons to El Sobrante Landfill in Corona and Avenal Landfill in Kings County. El Sobrante is about 60 miles from downtown Los Angeles and Avenal is 180 miles north. That could cost the city an estimated $1.6 million to $1.9 million per year, assuming that the city can reach a deal with BFI. Earlier this week, the Bureau of Sanitation outlined how the city could meet the City Council’s newly approved policy to divert all 3,600 tons of trash away from Sunshine Canyon over five years. Starting in July, some 600 tons would go to El Sobrante or Avenal. Next year, the city plans to launch two pilot programs aimed at recycling an additional 1,000 tons of trash per day. One project would improve curbside recycling rates by educating people on what goes into the blue bin and offering financial incentives to good recyclers. The other program would allow residents to recycle food waste in their green waste can. In 2008, the city would offer those programs citywide to recycle an additional 1,000 tons each day. Then in 2009, the Bureau of Sanitation hopes to develop a waste-to-energy plant that would take the rest of the city’s trash. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 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

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GAA NEWS: MILFORD CLUB NOTES

first_img*Donegal Supporters Club*Congratulations to Aidan Cannon who was appointed as vice chairman of the Donegal Supporters Club recently. The club wish him every success in this prominent role *Junior Gaeltacht*The senior team will play St Nauls this Saturday at 3.30pm in Mountcharles in the first round of the Junior Gaeltacht*Division 4* The seniors and reserves will kick off the new season in a home fixture against Letterkenny Gaels on the 30th March.*Club Membership*Please note that club membership is now due. Membership rates are €20 for adults, €10 for children, and €50 per family. Alternatively you can download a standing order form from the club website (www.milford.donegal.gaa.ie) for the weekly club lotto. Entry to the lotto database costs €17 per month which also entitles you to 11 weeks free entry to the lotto as well as full family membership. Membership forms will also be available to download from the website in the coming days. The deadline for payment of membership is the 17th of March and can be paid to any committee member, see the website for committee details. PLEASE NOTE: The club will only source Donegal tickets for fully paid up members as of the 17th of March.*Sen/Res/u21/Minor Training*Training for all Senior, Reserve, U21 and Minor players continues every Wednesday at 7pm at the pitch in Milford. If for any reason you are unable to attend let the management know.*Ladies Training*Training continues at the pitch every Wednesday at 6.30pm and Saturday morning at 10am. *U14 Training*The U14’s have training every Friday at Fern from 5.30pm to 7pm.with League starting at the start of March it is important we get everyone out. Managers are Darragh Kelly and Gerry Crossan.*U8 Fundamentals*U8 fundamentals training begins this Friday from 6-7 in the Milford convent gym. Registration will also take place at 6pm. Any parents wishing to help out in any way are more than welcome to attend. *Milford GAA Club Gear*Club gear is now available to order. The range of club gear includes Hoodies, Tracksuits tops, Windcheaters, hats, navy polo shirts, white polo shirts, and t-shirts. There is some lovely gear available at very reasonable prices and photos are available to view on the club Facebook page. Orders can be placed with either Barry on 086-3400082 or Aidan on 087-1223177.Hoodies (Kids 5-11: €29.99. Kids 13-14: €38. Adults S-XXL: €39.99)Track top (13/14 – Adult XXL: €38)Windcheater (Adult S-XXL: €23)Hat (€7.50)Polo Shirts (Navy) (13/14 – Adult XXL: €29.99)Training T-Shirt (Kids 5-11: €18. Kids 13-14: €19.99. Adults S-XXL: €23)Initials can be added at an additional €2 each*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 17-18-22-24. No jackpot winner, 4 match 3 winners gets €20 each. The winners were: Margaret Orr, Cathal Toland, Geraldine McGee, and Gabrielle Fitzsimons. Next weeks Jackpot is €5,700.*Conversational Irish Classes*Conversational Irish classes continue every Wednesday at 7pm in the clubhouse at Moyleview Park. Adults and children welcome. Admission: Adults €2, Children €1. The classes will be for 1.5 hours and refreshments will be providedGAA NEWS: MILFORD CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 6th, 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:MIlford Club noteslast_img read more

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CLASSY ST EUNAN’S DISPOSE OF GLENSWILLY IN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgLEE McMonagle hit two goals as county champions St Eunan’s eased past Glenswilly and into the semi-finals of the Donegal Senior Football Championships at Mac Cumhaill Park this evening.John Haran rolled back the years once again as the black-and-amber put in a team performance to see off the challenge of the 2013 champions by a winning margin of eight points.The return of Eunan’s talisman Rory Kavanagh from America coupled with some superb individual performances throughout the team gave St Eunan’s a 3-07 to 0-08 win. McMonagle’s first half penalty and a second goal in the 50th minute – five minutes after Conal Dunne netted – proved the difference in the game.Dunne and McMonagle were excellent for Eunan’s.Glenswilly had led by two points in the early stages, but Eunan’s soon caught up and never looked back and led at the break 1-04 to 0-05.Kavanagh was sent off ten minutes from the end – for a second yellow – after an incident in which Glenswilly’s Brian Farley was given a straight red card. Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher pushed for goals towards the end, but Maxi Curran’s team stood tall.Haran – man of the match in last year’s final against the same opposition – hit St Eunan’s final point as Glenswilly continued to give him acres of space. CLASSY ST EUNAN’S DISPOSE OF GLENSWILLY IN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: September 13th, 2015 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:county championsdonegalglenswillySt Eunanslast_img read more

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