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first_imgTHE WORLD tour of Sam has arrived in Chicago.And hundreds of ex-pat Donegal folk were out in force to see Sam Maguire and the Donegal players during a whirlwind tour of the USA.Said Kevin Hegarty – formerly of the parish of Kilcar: “It was a great night. So proud of the boys and great to see Sam Maguire.” SAM’S WORLD TOUR ARRIVES IN CHICAGO was last modified: November 15th, 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:SAM’S WORLD TOUR ARRIVES IN CHICAGOlast_img read more


first_imgA new casting agency set up in Co Donegal hopes to tap into acting talent across the county and give aspiring actors a chance to star on stage and screen.Karen Gorman (right).Karen Gorman is already a household name after setting up her Speech and Drama Academy ten years ago with venues in Letterkenny and Stranorlar.But now she is applying her skills in helping students to make the crossover from drama classes to actual roles. Running the business with her husband Garry Gorman B.TECH ED., GRAD. DIP Arts, Karen’s Academy run a programme of acting performances from September to December.The students, from age three right up to adults, also have acting performance exams with the Irish Board of Speech and Drama.Developing from her Academy, Karen B.A., H.DIP.LS, AIB SD was inspired to set up a casting agency when she learned of her students’ struggles to apply their skills to an acting career.“I have found that people who come to my class are quite frustrated at the lack of opportunity to present themselves up here in the North West. So one thing led to another and I’ve spent the last five months really getting to know the proper ins-and-outs of the business within the country, and it’s just grown from there. “I felt that people [here] needed somebody to represent them, to bring them out around the country and to the UK as well – to represent them and bring opportunities their way… we’re trying to bring what’s available in larger cities and make the whole process more convenient.”Karen’s background has given her ample grounding to base her Speech and Drama Academy, as well as her new casting agency, on.She has directed and produced a number of productions for An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny.She is also a national adjudicator and examiner with the Irish Board of Speech and Drama and thus has travelled around the country and seen the talent available:“There’s such a huge array of untapped talent, and I’ve noticed that new faces are very welcome in this business.” One of the agency’s most recent activities was a sign-up day with Katy Moylan from casting agency Fishpond. The event took place on Sunday 23rd February in Letterkenny: “we had our current and new clients attend a sign-up session with information on auditions, castings and how to do best at them. That was only on Sunday and from that Tuesday we had a multitude of opportunity coming in.”Most recently, Karen had students going for auditions for a new feature film set in Dublin.In March, Lisa Cannon from TV3 will be coming to deliver an Acting for Camera course to Karen’s students.The course will cover areas such as autocues, presenting to camera, audition techniques and the softer skills required for camera. Karen enthusiastically considered the current state of her agency, having only been set up from Christmas.“We already have a huge number of clients in our books – we have a TV presenter, a writer from RTE and people who have starred in RTE programs, actors and actresses from TNaG, and involvement with TV3 from Lisa Cannon.”On her hopes for the future, Karen stated: “We just want to keep growing and growing, and my hope and dream really is to bring as many opportunities as possible to people involved in this area, from tiny tots right up to adults. Our clients are from throughout Ireland and abroad and we look forward to constantly expanding and developing links. ”NEW CASTING AGENCY HOPES TO TAP INTO DONEGAL’S ACTING TALENT was last modified: March 9th, 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:donegaldramaKaren GormanletterkennyRTEspeechStageTVlast_img read more

South Africa scores for ease of business

first_imgIt measures and tracks changes in regulations affecting 10 areas in the life-cycle of a business, namely: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, and resolving insolvency. The country’s ranking for “getting credit” (1st, tied with the UK), “protecting investors” (10) and “dealing with construction permits” (31), remained unchanged. According to the index – part of the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2012, which was released on Thursday – the five economies in which it’s easiest to do business are, in order: Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the United States and Denmark. South Africa registered its biggest drop for “paying taxes”, slipping six places from 18th to 24th, with businesses needing to make nine tax payments per year and having to devote around 200 hours per year to ensuring tax compliance. South Africa made a massive gain in the “starting a business” category, jumping 30 places, from 74th in 2010/11 to 44th for 2011/12. This places South Africa in second position on the African continent, behind Mauritius (23rd), which has topped the African list for the past four years. Botswana (54), Namibia (78) and Zambia (84) rounded off the top five countries for ease of doing business in Africa. It also made gains in “enforcing contracts” (up four places to 81), “resolving insolvency” (up two to 77), and “trading across borders” (up two to 144). Businesses also had to pay a tax of 24.4% on company profits, higher than average for businesses in sub-Saharan African and OECD countries, though overall taxation as a percentage of profit remained lower than the sub-Saharan and OECD average. “South Africa made starting a business easier by implementing its new company law, which eliminated the requirement to reserve a company name and simplified the incorporation documents,” the report states. The country also registered a strong gain in “registering property”, where it moved up 14 spots from 90 to 76, as a result of “making transferring property less costly and more efficient by reducing the transfer duty and introducing electronic filing”.center_img South Africa’s ranking slipped, however, for “getting electricity”, with the number of days needed to obtain an electricity connection rising above the sub-Saharan African and OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) average, resulting in a drop of two places, from 122nd to 124th. 20 October 2011 “South Africa introduced a new reorganisation process to facilitate the rehabilitation of financially distressed companies,” the report added. Electricity, taxes The World Bank’s 2011/12 report, entitled “Doing Business: Doing Business in a more transparent world“, sheds light on how easy (or difficult) it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-sized business when complying with the relevant regulations. South Africa has climbed one place to 35th out of 183 countries on the World Bank’s latest Ease of Doing Business Index, boosted by SA’s new Companies Act, which has made it easier to start a new business in the country, and by its retention of first place for ease of access to credit. New company law SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Aussie women seal Trans Tasman victory

first_img@Eden_RichardsA spirited Kiwi side has fallen 9-6 to Australia in Game Two of the Women’s Open competition, with the Aussies clinching both the Women’s division and the overall Trans Tasman Series in the process.New Zealand put up a fight for the full 40 minutes, but Australia’s class was too much as they repelled everything the Kiwis threw at them.The Aussie set the platform for the win in the first half, starting the better of the two sides.But it was only after a tight first five minutes that Australia broke the deadlock, scoring through Marikki Watego to make it 1-0 in the 6th minute.New Zealand hit back immediately, with Patricia Hopcroft diving to score in the left corner during the 7th minute to tie the score at 1-1.Yet as it had been all tournament… Australia had an answer.Watego cut through the Kiwis’ line and passed to Tamika Upton out wide who scored the easiest of touchdowns to make it 2-1 in the 9th minute.However, a hungry New Zealand side replied minutes later, with Jessica Mahar taking on the right middle to score and make it 2-2 10 minutes into the first half.In what was a soft try for New Zealand to concede, a shift to the left from Australia saw Hannah Dyball score in the 11th minute to give her side a 3-2 lead.Ashleigh Kearney doubled Australia’s lead in the 13th minute, crossing over on the left wing to make it 4-2.The minutes before half-time were always going to be make or break for the Kiwis and a drop in concentration saw them concede two late tries in the last four minutes.Samantha Rodgers and Watego were the scorers, with Watego’s second coming after the half-time buzzer.New Zealand’s Cassandra Engler also bagged a touchdown of her own in this period, but it was Australia on top at the break as they jumped out to a 6-3 lead.The Kiwis needed to be the first to score after the break and they did just that, crossing through Tara Mohi to cut the margin to two touchdowns.A tight 10 minutes of play followed and it took a touchdown from Australian Laura Peattie to break the deadlock and give the Aussies a 7-4 lead with nine minutes to go.New Zealand had to be the next to score and they were, with Arria Tainui-McIntyre taking advantage of an offside Australian defensive line to score.That made it 7-5 with five minutes to go in what was a thrilling contest going down to the wire.But Australia crossed in the 37th minute to ice the victory, with Rodgers crossing on the left flank to take the deficit out to three touchdowns.New Zealand scored with two minutes to go to give themselves some hope, but it wasn’t to be as Australia crossed late to seal a 9-6 win.Celebrations followed the victory for Australia, with despair engulfing the Kiwis as they gave up any hope of taking home the Trans Tasman trophy.Australia 9 (Watego 2, Peattie 2, Rodgers 2, Kearney, Upton, Dyball touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 6 (Tainui-McIntyre 2, Hopcroft, Mohi, Mahar, Engler touchdowns)Related LinksWomen’s Openlast_img read more

10 months agoMcCarthy: I want to build Ireland around West Ham youngster Rice

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say McCarthy: I want to build Ireland around West Ham youngster Riceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRepublic of Ireland coach Mick McCarthy wants to build his team around West Ham youngster Declan Rice.Rice, 19, has already been capped for the Republic but has not been involved in any competitive fixtures while he considers playing for England instead.McCarthy, who began his second spell as national boss last month, revealed he has held talks with Rice and feels he could be a future captain of the country.He told Sky Sports: “I had a really good meeting with him.”There was myself, (assistant manager) Robbie (Keane), Declan and his dad and it is just up to him what he wants to decide – that’s how I’ve left it.”It’s not my decision as to whether he plays for the Republic of Ireland, it’s my job – if he decides that he wants to stay with us – to pick him.”I think he’s a really talented player. I thought he was a lovely lad, he’s got a really nice family behind him and he has everything about him that makes you want him to play for you.”That’s still my case, I want him to play for us.”I’d love to build a team around him. We start in March and that’s my deadline I guess, I need to know by then.”I’d like to build a team around him and he could be a future captain – he’s that type of player.” last_img read more

a month agoMan City star Silva’s tweet not racist – England legend Barnes

first_imgMan City star Silva’s tweet not racist – England legend Barnesby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England star John Barnes says that Bernardo Silva was not racist in his tweet about Benjamin Mendy.Silva tweeted a photograph of Mendy as a child, comparing his appearance to that of the logo of a Spanish company Conguitos.He showed the two pictures side by side, saying “guess who?”But Barnes does not think it was racist.The former England and Liverpool star told Sky Sports News: “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.”It’s ridiculous. It’s a cartoon, and in many respects I’ve seen it, and I think he looks like a young Mendy. I don’t see what the issue is.”This has got nothing to do with racism. They are friends. Regardless of whether it looks like Mendy or not, why is that offensive?”Are Kick It Out and the FA wrong? Yes.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

5 days agoHyypia says Gerrard could handle Liverpool manager’s job

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hyypia says Gerrard could handle Liverpool manager’s jobby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia says Steven Gerrard could handle the manager’s job.Gerrard is already being linked with the Liverpool job (for the post-Klopp era) after just one season as Rangers manager. Does Hyypia believe Gerrard could cope with the pressure of being in the hot seat at Anfield? “Why not?” stated Hyypia to the Daily Mail. “Stevie was a good player and he’s doing well at Rangers.”He’s getting the experience of managing there and he’s doing well. I can’t say any reason he couldn’t do it.” last_img

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Whos the Hottest Goalie in the Playoffs

The Chicago Blackhawks are up 1-0 in the Western Conference finals going into Game 2 against the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night, thanks in part to the outstanding performance of their goaltender, Corey Crawford.The notion that the NHL playoffs are about which goalie catches fire at the right time has been repeated to the point of cliché. But that doesn’t make it untrue. As I wrote at the beginning of this year’s playoffs, save percentage is more important than shots per game, shooting percentage or shots allowed. Strong play in net may be highly unpredictable in the sense that we don’t really know which goalie is going to rattle off a dominant run, but it’s also hugely important for a team seeking to hoist the Stanley Cup.We can measure how “hot” an NHL goalie has been in the playoffs by comparing his postseason performance (measured by save percentage) to what we would have expected from his previous statistics and the strength of the teams he’s faced. To approximate a goalie’s current talent level, I modified baseball’s Marcel projection system to predict hockey goaltending save percentages. I used a weighted average of the goalie’s previous three regular seasons, with a little regression to the mean incorporated as well. Then, using Hockey-Reference.com data on playoff games going back to 1988, I plugged the goalie’s talent level and the regular-season shooting percentages of the teams he faced during the playoffs into a formula attempting to predict how well he would play in a given playoff game.The difference between this expected performance and the goalie’s actual performance is “hotness” quantified, and we can even convert that number into a goals saved above replacement (GAR) figure using the league average save percentage within a given postseason.This year, a couple of goaltenders have emerged as the clear-cut top candidates for the title of “hottest of the playoffs.”The Blackhawks’ Crawford has delivered about 8.6 more GAR than expected. He’s posted a .933 save percentage; we would have predicted a mark of .912. His save percentage was only a little bit better than average during the regular season, and while his current foes, the Los Angeles Kings, shot poorly during the regular season, Chicago’s prior playoff adversaries, the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues, were both above-average shooting teams.Also vying for the title is the New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, who has produced 8.4 more GAR than expected during these playoffs. Lundqvist’s previous record suggested he’d be very good in the postseason, but he’s gone up against a tough slate of accurately shooting teams. The Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers both shot the puck well in the regular season, and the Pittsburgh Penguins were the fifth-best shooting team in the NHL. Against all of them, Lundqvist has a .934 save percentage, compared to an expected .915.The goaltenders for the other two of hockey’s final four teams haven’t been quite as hot. Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens has contributed only 2.3 more GAR than expected, putting up a .919 save percentage against an expectation of .913. And he’s out for the remainder of Montreal’s series against the Rangers with an injury. Price’s backups, Dustin Tokarski and Peter Budaj, have collectively put up 5.1 fewer GAR than expected, thanks to a combined save percentage (.836) about 84 percentage points lower than we would have predicted. In the Western Conference, Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has essentially played right to expectation with a .912 save percentage. That’s been good enough for the Kings to get the job done (if barely), but it won’t win him any hot goaltending awards.It bears repeating, though, that all of this is retrospective. Crawford and Lundqvist have been outstanding so far, but there’s a fickle corollary to the hot goalie theory: Today’s hot goalie isn’t guaranteed to be a success tomorrow. read more

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Delaney praises Dortmund fans

first_imgBrussia Dortmund midfielder Thomas Delaney has praised the fans for their support during their 4-1 victory over RB Leipzig on Sunday.The Denmark international was one of the driving forces behind the 4-1 victory over RB Leipzig, with his individual effort from a tight angle in the 20th minute that tested keeper Gulacsi for the first time acting as a catalyst for the comeback.Mohammed Dahoud equalised almost immediately afterwards and the Dane was later involved in the build-up to the third goal too, meeting a Pulisic corner with a powerful header that was brilliantly saved by the Leipzig shot-stopper. But Axel Witsel was the quickest to the rebound and scored to put the win within reach.“After we made it 1-1, it was really fun to play in this stadium.” Delaney said, according to club’s official website.“The first minute was not fun,” explained Delaney in reference to the early goal scored by Leipzig.”The 2019/20 betting odds for Bundesliga I Stuart Heath – August 13, 2019 With the Bundesliga kick-off fast approaching, we will look at the bookmakers odds for the title race this season.The Bundesliga has it’s opening weekend…“But the game shows that we have a good mentality. Despite the difficult start, we came back and delivered a good performance.”“It was important to make a good start to the season. For the fans too. We need the 80,000 fans behind us.”Meanwhile, Axel Witsel also praised the atmosphere in the stadium. He said: “As I came out to warm up, I felt the atmosphere. It was crazy, in a good way.”“The fans were to be heard throughout the entirety of the game. We played a good game. I didn’t overthink before scoring my goal, I just saw the ball and positioned myself for the bicycle kick. Leipzig have already played more competitive games than us, this was our first home game. We didn’t start how we had wanted, but then we played well and created chances.”last_img read more

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Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 return home

first_img KUSI Newsroom, May 6, 2018 Posted: May 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCORONADO (KUSI) — Several dozen sailors returned home to the San Diego area from deployment, the U.S. Navy said.Six helicopters and 40 to 50 pilots, aircrew and maintainers from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 arrived Sunday morning at Naval Air Station North Island after “a successful six-month deployment,” the Navy announced.Family and friends were in attendance to greet the returning sailors.The squadron, part of the San Diego-based Third Fleet, supported aircraft carrier operations with the Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf and the Seventh Fleet in Japan.The USS Theodore Roosevelt is also set to return to San Diego this week. The aircraft carrier, which departed in October and made port calls in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Singapore and the Philippines, will arrive at North Island on Monday. Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 return home Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more