Aduriz, the ‘Zarra’ of the decade

first_imgBehind the now-player from Las Palmas are two footballers who still play in the League and who could catch up if the competition resumes. In fourth position, Raúl García becomes the top scorer among national midfielders. With 76 goals spread over 316 games, the former player for Osasuna and Atlético de Madrid, and now an Athletic player, is just a little behind Rubén Castro. He is also the Spaniard who has scored the only goal of the game the most times, with 12. With 113 goals in 289 games, the Basque attacker, who during this decade has worn the jerseys of two historical League players such as Valencia and Athletic, has been able to maintain a scoring average of more than 11 goals per season, figures available to few players. His maturity as an athlete has been exemplary and, like good wine, has been improving over the years.Aduriz is also the Spanish footballer who has opened the scoring the most times in the last ten campaigns. He has done it, no more and no less, in 49 games, which speaks to the importance he has had as a reference for his teams, especially in Athletic. What’s more, in 10 of those 49 games he scored the only goal of the match.The ‘Magician’ with the highest scorers Raúl GarcíaAtlético, Osasuna and Athletic76316211960.24 Aritz Aduriz, who is living his last months as a professional footballer at 39, will retire from the king of sports as the top Spanish scorer in the League in the decade. Despite the great strikers who have passed through the Spanish First Division in the last 10 years, the donostiarra will hang his boots as one of the great national ‘killer’ of recent times. Iago AspasCelta and Sevilla98204157690.48 Source: Opta Behind the Athletic player appears another of the great names among the Spanish scorers: Iago Aspas. The ‘Mago de Moaña’ is close to a hundred goals in the last ten years. Despite the fact that the Galician was a season in England, 2013/14 with Liverpool, his 98 goals in 204 games win him to the second position on the list.With 85 fewer games than the Basque striker, caused by his failed move by Liverpool and Seville, and adding that in 2010/2011 he played in the Second with Celta, Aspas has only signed 15 times less. And it is that, like his compatriot of Athletic, his maturity has been splendid. For sample, a button: In his last stage with Celta, he has scored 84 goals in 154 games, while in the previous six seasons he scored 46 goals in 165 games with Celta, Liverpool and Sevilla.Thanks to his great records for goal, the celtiña forward is the Spanish player with the best scoring average in LaLiga (0.48 goals / game) of the decade among footballers who have played more than three games. It is also, the Spanish with the most trophies ‘Zarra’ in that space of time, thanks to the three consecutive ones that he has accumulated in recent seasons. In this way, he surpasses Aduriz, who won the previous two.The praise and awards of Spanish football have been shared between the two forwards in recent years. But curiously, they both share two records. The Basque and the Galician are the Spanish players who have scored the most hattricks (3) and the most doublets (18) in the last decade in our League. Data that speak wonders of two authentic ‘killers’ who have made us enjoy their goals for many years.Other great names of the decade Aritz AdurizValencia and Athletic113289192030.39center_img PlayerClubsGoalsMatchesMinutesGoal / match Talking about Spanish scorers in recent years automatically suggests a name: Rubén Castro. The Canary, despite having only played six seasons in the First in this decade, sneaks as the third top scorer in Spain. With 77 goals in 176 games and an average of 0.44 goals / game, he is the only player on the list who has scored all his goals with a single shirt, that of Betis, where he also spent two seasons in the Second in which he scored 58 goals. Closing the list in fifth position is another of the great forwards that Spanish football has given in recent times: Roberto Soldado. With the Valencia, Villarreal and Granada jerseys, the Real Madrid youth squad has scored 70 goals in 162 games. He is the player on the list who has played the fewest number of matches, having spent two seasons in England and many others in Turkey. Among his achievements is being one of the four Spaniards who has scored four goals in a League match. It was in a Getafe 2-4 Valencia in the 2010/11 season, and he scored all the goals in the second half. In addition to Madrid, Álvaro Negredo, Alberto Bueno and Santi Mina are the other three footballers who have managed to score a ker poker ’. Roberto SoldadoValencia, Villarreal and Granada70162125570.43 LAST TEN SEASONS Ruben CastroBetis77176144370.44last_img read more

Bild: Zidane says yes to Alaba

first_imgBayern Munich winger David Alaba was repeatedly associated with FC Barcelona. Just now, when the renovation of the Austrian defender in the Allianz Arena seems to have stalled, the Bild newspaper puts him in the orbit of Real Madrid. As the newspaper publishes in its Monday edition, Alaba does not rule out changing airs at 27 years of age and LaLiga would be the destination that transmits the most illusion. “Barcelona and Real Madrid are the teams that most seduce Alaba”, underlines the German medium.What’s more, from Bild they take it for granted that Ziedine Zidane would see the arrival of the Bavarian roadrunner with very good eyes. “The Real coach, in principle, is interested in Alaba and sees him in his team,” continues Bild. “But: Alaba’s salary claims, to which should be added the payment for the transfer to Bayern, would be difficult to cover even for Real. The Bayern management knows this, so it will not be put under pressure, “he concludes. For now, both parties agreed to take time before continuing with the negotiation. Bayern wants to put out the fires that are causing the scandal around the renewal of Manuel Neuer and the player environment is testing all the possibilities offered by the market. A key player in the decision about Alaba’s future will be Pini Zahavi, a new agent for the winger who, in his day, has already tried to place Robert Lewandowski in the white house. The agreement between Alaba and Bayern is still far away. It may be the opportunity for Real Madrid.last_img read more

PBA: San Miguel snaps losing skid, overpowers Phoenix

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments San Miguel put a stop to its three-game skid and crushed Phoenix, 117-100, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT The Beermen got into an intoxicated 21-7 run across the third and fourth quarters to take a 92-77 on Marcio Lassiter’s layup with 8:21 left.Things, however, got heated with 4:11 left in the game when Calvin Abueva and Kevin Murphy got tangled up in the baseline near the Phoenix bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThis scuffle caused a momentary delay in the game as both benches exchanged verbal jabs during the break in action and these resulted to three technical fouls called against the Fuel Masters.Technical fouls were called against Phoenix head coach Louie Alas, team manager Paolo Bugia, and big man Doug Kramer after the scuffle while Murphy was called with a flagrant penalty 1. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Anthony, NorthPort backed into a corner: ‘We can’t afford to lose one game’ ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel’s 105-88 lead before the altercation proved to be enough for the Beermen as the Fuel Masters couldn’t muster enough fight to close the gap.The Beermen stayed at the eighth seed while the Fuel Masters settled for a 6-2 record at the fifth spot.“Well we’re so thankful for this win because this was a crucial one for us and I think the players proved that we can play defense because we’re often criticized that we’re not a good defensive team,” said Beermen head coach Leo Austria.“We were able to dictate the tempo of the game and I have to give credit to these players because they had a sense of urgency and we’re in a better position to get to the next round.”Christian Standhardinger once again filled in for the injured June Mar Fajardo and put up 29 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks for the Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Murphy finished with 26 points and seven rebounds while Marcio Lassiter had 26 points, six rebounds, and eight assists to support San Miguel’s offense.Eugene Phelps led Phoenix with 37 points, 26 rebounds, six assists, and four blocks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

SKD’s Perimeter Invasion against CAF, FIFA Rules

first_imgThe crucial final soccer final between eventual champions, Grand Bassa and Nimba County on Sunday violated a major rule in association football and this must be corrected in the future.It was the presence of many soccer fans who were on the perimeter of the pitch.In CAF, FIFA and LFA rules, only a selected number of technical officials, a selected number of sports journalists, medics and security officers that are allowed around the perimeter of the pitch.Sadly, the law was broken last Sunday and many who should not have been there found themselves around the perimeter of the field. If the law of the game was followed, the match commissioner for the match would have requested that all those who had no business being there should be out of the perimeter before the commencement of the game.Among those who had no business being around the perimeter were soccer fans, lawmakers and senators. The lawmakers in question abandoned their regular VIP location and made their presence around the perimeter. It was an indication that something was not going right on Sunday.The perimeter invasion, perhaps, was due to the poor estimate of prospective attendees. For example, it makes sense to believe that the organizers overestimated the number of people that would have attended the finals or they did not.If someone with information had informed the organizers that at least the stadium could only accommodate 35,000 fans, tickets for the game could have been made around that number.But assuming that the perennial issue of ticket-recycling had a field day, which it was, with security men and gatekeepers being major conduits, still a group responsible for the tickets’ issue could have observed the capacity of people and institute an emergency measure.That could, honestly not have made much success but it could have made a bit of difference.The committee could have foreseen the eventual overflow and predicted a solution. But since that was not done, against all common sense, it resulted into the enormous suffering that some soccer fans went through, with many fainting at the stadium.The Liberia Football Association may be unhappy for the situation on Sunday, since what happened could bring the anger of CAF and FIFA on Liberia.The point is any football that is organized in Liberia is, as a Liberian musician said, “their area.”Interestingly, many self-proclaimed soccer ‘tacticians’ have stated that since the tournament was organized by the Ministry of Youths and Sports and not the LFA, any negative situation would not have affected Liberia.“That’s not true,” said an official at the LFA yesterday who would not use his name because he was not authorized to speak for the association, “as far as CAF and FIFA are concerned, whatever happens in Liberia that affects football is LFA’s business either positively or negatively.”That may be so, but are the technicians at the Ministry of Youths & Sports aware of it?In the end, such a national tournament to celebrate ten years of peace and unity cannot be used to break the rules and stab the vehicle of unity in the back.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 releases energy MoU with T&T

first_imgAmidst concerns from sections of society that an agreement between Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) would open the floodgates for foreign companies to take over the emerging oil and gas industry, the Government of Guyana attempted to ally those fears by releasing the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Energy Sector Cooperation between the two countries.Last week, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) called on Government to hold off on signing the MoU with T&T, asking that its members be consulted first. In fact, GCCI President Deodat Indar said Guyanese businesses are already being sidestepped with contracts being awarded to foreign-based companies to benefit from the local oil sector and as such, the Chamber wants the local Private Sector to get its “piece of the pie.”Against this backdrop, Government had promised to release the document and after the signing of the MoU by President David Granger and Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley on Wednesday at State House, made good on that commitment.According to the document, under Article 6 titled “Labour Relations”, all personnel or representatives designated by any of the countries to participate in cooperation activities under the MoU shall be under the direction and supervision of that country and will continue to be governed by, and subject to, the terms and conditions of employment of that state.“There shall not be any implied labour or contractual relationship between the personnel or representatives of a party and the other party or between personnel and representatives of the parties,” the agreement stated.The MoU provides for the establishment of an executing committee, comprising of Ministers responsible for energy and related industries, to oversee the implementation of the agreement. The committee, in turn, will set a joint working group comprising a maximum of 10 representatives, of which each country will designate five members respectively within 30 days of the signing.The executing committee will develop the guidelines and the policies of the joint working group. Among the responsibilities of the joint working group will be to identify and evaluate the feasibility of the projects and activities in pursuance of the objective of the MoU, and will advise on potential areas of cooperation between Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago in accordance with guidelines set by the executing committee.It also states that in carrying out its functions, the working group will establish joint technical teams comprising representatives from the parties, and such other persons as either party may appoint; establish the Terms of Reference of the joint technical teams to advance the achievement of cooperation activities in accordance with the objective of MoU; determine the priority and specific content of the activities to be undertaken in fulfilment of the objective of this MoU; require the joint technical teams to report to the joint working group within three months of their creation, unless otherwise agreed; receive, consider and make recommendations in writing with supporting documentation to the executing committee on the matters referred for its determination and advice pursuant to Article 2 of this MoU; invite other persons to attend meetings at the request of either party, as required; and report to the Executing Committee established herein within 60 days of the receipt of a written report from joint technical teams.The five-year agreement also provides for the joint working group to request the services of experts from the hydrocarbon industries of Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, to advise on matters to be addressed in the process of implementation of this MoU.With regards to expenses, each country will have to bear its own internal expenses related to any activity carried out under this MoU in accordance with its respective budgetary allocations. However, the executing committee will mutually agree in advance to the contracting of third parties and the distribution of costs related to any activity undertaken under this MoU.The objective of the MoU on energy cooperation is to establish the process through which the two countries agree to work with each other in the development of the energy and energy related sectors of the parties with the aim of developing and promoting joint projects throughout the hydrocarbon value chain in accordance with the provisions hereof and without prejudice to their respective national legal systems.last_img read more

Trade unions call on Govt to follow CCJ rulings

first_imgFollowing Tuesday’s landmark ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), local trade unions have come out urging Government to respect the court’s decisions and for leaders to have consensus going forward.The regional court ruled that the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) was validly passed on December 21, 2018, and also deemed the unilateral appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) unconstitutional.Since then, calls have been pouring in from stakeholder bodies for the CCJ decisions to be accepted and respected. Joining these calls on Wednesday were the umbrella trade union bodies which called for consensus to be displayed by the political leaders.The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) noted that the rulings have been finally determined, and now the parties should show maturity and arrive at a consensus on the way forward.In its missive, FITUG viewed the landmark rulings as having provided final answers to important questions which have occupied the national space for many months now.“We were heartened that the CCJ has provided what we felt were clear and unambiguous answers to the questions that were posed. The FITUG, recognising that we have the answers we sought at hand, sees that we need to now put in place the necessary arrangements to address the consequences of the rulings to ensure that there is full compliance with the Constitution of Guyana,” the union body stated.The FITUG recalled previous commitments by the parties to adhere to whatever decisions the court handed down. But noted that now “some quarters” have now sought to import certain conditions to their acceptance, which, the trade union body posited, belie the initial commitment.“We hasten to call on all concerned that the rulings be accepted without the imposition of any condition whatsoever,” the missive stated.Furthermore, FITUG also recognised that the CCJ gave Guyanese leaders an opportunity to arrive at a consensual way forward ahead of Monday’s hearing for consequential orders regarding the rulings.“The FITUG certainly looks forward to this opportunity being fully grasped and maturity, at this time, be displayed as we seek to put Guyana and its people first. In our view, the rulings, which have provided clarity now and in the future as well, represent too, a decisive victory for democracy. The Federation cannot fail to point out that the road to restoration of democracy was long and arduous and one that was paved with the struggles of the Guyanese working people, among others,” the statement noted.Meanwhile, similar sentiments were expressed by the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), which called for politicians to put the country first, adding that there should be no delays in arriving at a position that would best serve this country.According to GTUC, the CCJ order requires citizens uniting to hold politicians accountable to a higher political order and love of country- not just power.The trade union umbrella body pointed out that the Government, Opposition and Guyanese society are bound by the rulings of the CCJ and neither party can claim they were denied due process. It noted that this is not a time for triumphalism or an opportunity to create ethnic tension and divisions in society, but to instead rise to the challenge of building a better Guyana.According to GTUC, it is now time for political leaders, supported by all stakeholders, to come together in determining the way forward to provide a better Guyana for all.The GTUC also posited that the parties must appear before the CCJ Judges next Monday with a plan as to how the country would proceed, in the interim and after the elections, consistent with Article 13 of the Guyana Constitution.“It would be unfortunate to have the CCJ imposing on us what we are capable of determining. It would be an insult to our forebears who came together to fight common enemies and build Guyana. It would cast a dark cloud on our ability to unite for the common good and leave us vulnerable to internal and external destabilising influences. The jury is out now on the ability of Guyanese citizens to unite and hold the politicians of this country accountable to a higher order of politics and love of country, not just power,” the GTUC stated in its missive on Wednesday.last_img read more

Inter to play two home games behind closed doors after Koulibaly abuse

first_img0Shares0000Inter Milan will have to play two league games behind closed doors at the San Siro © AFP/File / Miguel MEDINAROME, Italy, Dec 27 – Inter Milan will play two Serie A home matches behind closed doors as punishment for the racist chants directed towards Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, the Italian league announced on Thursday.Koulibaly was subjected to monkey noises from the crowd several times during Inter’s 1-0 win at the San Siro on Wednesday, leading Napoli to ask for the match to be halted, without success. Inter will also have to play another game with their North Stand closed.In its statement, the league’s disciplinary body mentioned “offensive songs of a racist nature towards Kalidou Koulibaly”, but also “insulting songs of a territorial nature” towards Napoli fans.Senegalese centre-back Koulibaly will have to serve a two-match ban for his sending off, after seeing a second yellow card for sarcastically applauding the referee.Koulibaly apologised on Twitter for the defeat and being sent off but said: “I am proud of the colour of my skin. (Proud) to be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: a man.”Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti revealed that the club’s staff had asked the referee three times to suspend the match because of the chants.“The solution exists,” Ancelotti told Sky. “You have to stop the match. You just have to know when, after how many announcements. And if we don’t know, then next time we may have to stop play ourselves.”In response, Inter issued a statement “to reaffirm that since 9 March 1908 (the club’s founding date), Inter has represented integration, hospitality and progressiveness” and that the club has “always said no to any form of discrimination”.“That is why we feel obliged today, once again, to reiterate that anyone who does not understand or accept our history – this club’s history – is not one of us,” the Milan club added.Koulibaly has received support from both team-mates and rival players, with Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo and Inter captain Mauro Icardi among those to condemn the ugly scenes.– Milan mayor apologises –Milan mayor Giuseppe Sala also apologised to Koulibaly for the abuse, asking the 27-year-old for forgiveness.“The boos aimed at Koulibaly were shameful,” said Sala on Facebook.“A shameful act towards a true athlete who wears the colour of his skin with pride.“I apologise to Kalidou Koulibaly on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Milan who testify to the feeling that we are brothers even in these difficult times.”Italian football has been blighted by a series of racist incidents in recent years, and Wednesday’s were not the first to involve Koulibaly.Juventus were hit with a partial stadium closure and a fine of 10,000 euros ($11,500) in October for racist chanting by fans towards the Napoli defender during a 3-1 victory for the champions.Juventus and France midfielder Blaise Matuidi suffered racial abuse from fans at Cagliari and Verona last season, while Ghana’s Kevin-Prince Boateng stormed off the pitch during a friendly with lower league side Pro Patria in 2013.Sulley Muntari, another former Ghana international, also walked off the field in Cagliari while playing for Pescara after he was targeted by racist abuse in a game during the 2016-17 season.Muntari was handed a one-match ban after picking up a second yellow card for leaving the pitch, but an outcry by the international players’ union FIFPro and the UN human rights agency saw the ban overturned on appeal.Wednesday’s game in Milan was also marred by pre-match violence which saw an Inter fan die after being struck by a vehicle.Milan police chief Marcello Cadorna told journalists that the incident happened after around 100 Inter fans attacked Napoli supporters’ minibuses with chains and hammers.“You can’t die for a football game,” said far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, adding that he would summon fan organisations for talks in January.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DONEGAL MEN PART OF CYCLING TEAM WHICH RAISES €150,000 FOR CHARITY

first_imgBallybofey man Niall Mulrine was part of a 35 member team which has raised more than €150,000 for very worthy charities this year. He has just returned from Italy after five saddle-sore days. This is his blog. We are all aware of the great work that is carried out in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin.Sometimes we tend to think, because it’s a hospital in Dublin it is surely funded well by all the health boards and governments, as its one of the most prestigous children’s hospital in Ireland. At the moment, there are only 3 children’s hospitals in Dublin that is catering for all the children in Ireland, namely; Temple Street, Tallaght and Crumlin Hospital.Unfortunately most of the funding is coming from fundraising, especially in the case of Our Lady’s Childrens Hospital Crumlin. Each year, the hospital recieves €100 million from the HSE. They have to fundraise approximately €12m per year to support projects in the hospital and The National Children’s Research Centre. The research centre is fully dependent on fundraising. The fundraising events happen all around Ireland every year and setup by different individuals who have a passion to help the hospital. Events such as bag packing, church gate collections, sports events, school gatherings and also the overseas events that Crumlin Medical & Research Foundation organises.Picture 1. Left to Right. Donal Sweeney, Michael Kelly, John Sweeney and Niall MulrineLast week, four Donegal men took on one of the Overseas Challenge called “Kilometres for Kids”, which was based in the Italian hills of Rimmini. A total of 35 cyclists of all ages took part on a 5 day challenge which seen them climb long meandering mountains in the lovely landscape of North East Italy. Those men were Donal Sweeney (Stranorlar) on his 15th challenge, Michael Kelly (Stranorlar) on his 5th challenge, John Sweeney (Gweedore) on his 4th Challenge and Niall Mulrine (Ballybofey) on his 2nd challenge. Between the 35 cyclists involved, they raised a total of €150,000 this year from their fundraising efforts. This money will be going directly towards a new bone marrow transplant unit in St. John’s Ward. Niall Mulrine has took part in the 2nd Overseas challenge this year following the 2010 cycle, which the group raised €175,000. Whilst fundraising in Scoil Mhuire National school in Creeslough, Niall met with a young brave girl called Hannah Mc Ginley who is currently getting treatment in Crumlin Hospital. Whilst talking with her, she told him that she is currently attending the bone marrow unit in St. John’s ward and is improving from her illness at a respectable rate. Niall commented that “it was great to meet Hannah and hear how she was feeling. She spoke so well about her illness and how she was getting treatment in Crumlin. That little girl showed no worry or fear about her illness and her mother was present also, telling me how she is coping and how brave her daughter was. Her mother seemed to be a tower of strength with great optimism and you could see how close family they are. Her brother and sisters, Tarlach, Aoife, and Michaela are also at the same school and they seemed to look up to Hannah and were so proud of her. Great feeling to know that my fundraising last year was going directly to the machinery that Hannah needed to get well.”Picture 2. Left to Right. Niall Mulrine, Yvonne Mc Ginely (mother),Aoife, Tarlach, Michaela (sisters & brother of Hannah) and Hannah. Speaking with Tom Hickey from the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation about the amount of patients from Donegal he commented that “In 2009, 828 children and their families, from the Donegal community made the visit to Dublin for their children to attend Our Lady’s Hospital. Another 2,151 children visited the Outpatient clinic from the North West region. Donegal has the highest patient intake per capita in Ireland and that Donegal people are great in pulling together to fundraise for the hospital also.” People from all backgrounds of fitness, age or location can take part in any of the challenges that are setup locally or Overseas. It is a great challenge to get involved in and whilst helping a great cause, people are actually helping themselves in their own health and motivation to do something good for someone else. Niall also said that “Last year was my 1st year to do the cycle and at that stage I would have only been on a mountain bike for 2 years on goal to lose some weight. Local man Michael Kelly who had been doing it a few years then told me how he cycled and fundraised for Crumlin as it was a great cause and I should think of doing it. I contacted the CRMF office in February 2010 and asked for application and the training started then. I only stepped onto a road bike 2 months before the actual challenge. There were 3 different groups available to join on the challenge depending on fitness and we could have changed groups if any of them was too hard. This was a relief as I had heard about 12Km hills at 15% gradient and thought I would never do it. Once out there and meeting people who had children in the hospital and also met past patients who all said, they would not be out cycling if not for the hospital and this was their way to give something back. I have no connection with the hospital, but if I was to have a sick child I would hope that this hospital was still thriving”. That same year, Niall and his wife Maggie, had their first child, Abigail, who nearly arrived whilst Niall was on the challenge, but eventually waited until he came home.“The comminatory between all involved was great and being part of something like this was a great feeling. As the recession has hit, this and other hospitals need more and more of people’s efforts in fundraising”, Niall said. There are 3 ways people can give to this charity. As Edel from the CRMF office stated, “People can give in 3 different ways, the 3 T’s which is either by giving their Time, Talent or Treasure?” So if you would like to know more how to get involved go to http://www.cmrf.org/ and register your interest with the team.EndsDONEGAL MEN PART OF CYCLING TEAM WHICH RAISES €150,000 FOR CHARITY was last modified: September 27th, 2011 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)last_img read more

ADAM’S EQUINOX PICTURES LIGHT UP DONEGAL

first_imgLocal amateur photographer Adam Rory Porter snapped the amazing phenomenon of the Autumn Equinox at Grianán of Aileach this weekend.The ringfort at Burt was just recently revealed to be astronomically aligned with the Spring and Summer equinoxes. The sunrise of the Autumn Equinox this weekend lit up Grianán Ailigh with a stunning effect.Adam Rory Porter captured the passage of light through the opening of the impressive fort that once seated the royalty of Aileach. ADAM’S EQUINOX PICTURES LIGHT UP DONEGAL was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:adam rory portergrianan ailighgrianan of aileachsunriseweatherlast_img read more

‘IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT FOR YOUR FAMILY AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL?’ – DACC

first_imgDonegal action For Cancer Care have long been at the centre of the campaign to have better hospital services for Co Donegal.Letterkenny General HospitalReacting to the news of the resignation of cancer surgeon Mr Kevin Moran, the group has issued an impassioned plea to those in power.This is their statement in full. “Is this what you want for your family at Letterkenny Hospital?“Are you the people of Donegal aware of how budgets cuts, recruitment embargo, waiting lists, the 200 women who won’t be seen at the Breast Unit within the 12 week guidelines, now the resignation of the cancer surgeon Mr Moran impact on patient services at Letterkenny General Hospital?“Donegal Action for Cancer Care have had serious concerns over a very long period regarding the Government’s, The Dept. of Health & the HSE’s commitment to health services in Donegal in particular Letterkenny General Hospital.Letterkenny Hospital will we are told for many years & recently not get a second Breast Surgeon….why? They say we don’t have the numbers? “Last summer 300 women were waiting on an appointment, in January this year it had rose to 600. Then we had the great announcement on the 20th & 21st Jan of the short & medium term plan that Letterkenny Hospital would have a Locum Breast Surgeon. This turns out to be on the 19th, 20th & 21st February as this is the only dates the Locum is available.“We ask is this part of an ongoing process to remove the Breast Cancer Services at the hospital? We remind people that we have an email that was sent on the 1st September 2014 that would imply that there were efforts in place to do that. We have been told that the Breast Services are secure…we ask how can that be? We also highlight the fact that we have two Breast Radiologists at Letterkenny, one we DACC are assuming will be retiring in a few years time, one has come back out of retirement. We are told that the position for a Breast Radiologist has been advertised for 18 months and no one has applied. Who would want to come and work at a hospital with just one Breast Surgeon?“Before that we heard of the patients who had been on the waiting list at Letterkenny Hospital then were taken off as they could then avail of the great HSE plan to send & pay for patients to go to Private Hospitals to get treated. What happened we are told is that the HSE fund ran out of money so the patients who had been taken off the waiting list are now referred back to Letterkenny Hospital. They will have to re-join the waiting list they were taken off!!!“The out patients wait for a routine appointment is two years two months, for an urgent appointment it is one year and four months while the recall backlog is two years.“DACC had asked if extra money will be made available to Letterkenny Hospital to now treat these patients and are awaiting an answer. “We now hear that the distinguished urologist and general surgeon has resigned due to lack of resources available to him to treat his patients.“Mr. Moran said “I don’t have access to beds, I don’t have adequate access to operating theatres and I can’t recruit and retain the junior staff and support staff that I need.The main issue is recruitment and retention. For example, to replace me takes a general surgeon and a urologist , two people, two disciplines, and while they’re able to get a locum general surgeon I believe they will have a major difficulty recruiting a Urologist”.“During his time in Donegal DACC understand that he established the urology service at the hospital as well as the first breast clinic outside St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin. This gives another example of the calibre of great staff at Letterkenny Hospital. So what about the patients who are now without their consultant at the end of February?‘There are 425 men with prostate cancers & 160 women & men with bladder cancers that need to be followed up. “But then came the announcement that there are plans to replace respected cancer surgeon Dr Moran had been laid out by Letterkenny General Hospital and the Saolta University Health Care Group. “To date a locum consultant general surgeon has been appointed from the 23rd Feb until the 16th April. Thereafter, a temporary general surgeon has been appointed for one year, from 16th April”. “The existing cystoscopy lists at LGH will continue along with the out-patient clinics and day surgery services. In-patient care will continue and strengthen its existing links with Galway University Hospital which will provide enhanced cover pending the appointment of a full time Consultant Urologist at LGH.”“So the first question we in DACC ask is will there be additional resources with these replacement posts? Are the new replacement staff going to come to a hospital where the consultant left due to a shortage of resources? A new job & no resources to treat your patients. The announcement does not make sense & in a way is an insult to the people of Donegal especially the patients!“And once again we hear that links with Galway Hospital will continue & strengthen….does this mean patients will in bigger numbers head down the road to Galway Hospital who by the way have their own problems with services. Or maybe this time Galway staff will travel to Letterkenny weekly or more often if needed.“In 2011 as part of cross border funding under Co-operating & Working Together 9 million was made available for acute hospital services. As part of this Letterkenny was among other important things to get a second full time Urologist with the post to be advertised in August 2011.This did not happen. Why? The recruitment embargo didn’t allow for it. This 2nd Urologist for Letterkenny Hospital would have allowed for the TRUS Biopsies to be carried out at Letterkenny Hospital. This post would have been funded through CAWT for two years.“There were plans to have a Rapid Access Clinic at Letterkenny Hospital and a start date had been scheduled but it never happened. DACC asked why it didn’t but we haven’t had an answer.“As DACC have said many times there are Political Politics and Medical Politics and we are not always sure where Donegal patients are on either list. It is now time to take action or all the great & many achievements of Letterkenny Hospital over many years that we never hear off will not only be lost but Letterkenny Hospital will be the new community hospital of the future. Is this what you want for you, your family & friends?“DACC have made contact with many key people in their paid positions regarding our concerns.“We have asked Minister for Health Leo Varadkar TD to come to Letterkenny Hospital & also to meet with DACC.“Do not let those in highly paid positions in power downgrade our hospital!“So much great work happens there each day.“Thank you for taking the time to read this.”‘IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT FOR YOUR FAMILY AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL?’ – DACC was last modified: February 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalDONEGAL ACTION FOR CANCER CAREMr Kevin Moranlast_img read more