LONGSHOT IPPODAMIA’S GIRL GOES GATE TO WIRE TO WIN $69,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ½ LENGTHS UNDER BEJARANO; TRAINED BY LERNER, SHE GETS MILE ON GRASS IN 1:35.04ARCADIA, Calif. (May 5, 2019)–Winless in three starts last year and idle since Dec. 30, George and Martha Schwary’s homebred Ippodamia’s Girl broke running and kept on going to register a major gate to wire upset in Sunday’s $69,000 Santa Anita allowance feature, prevailing by 1 ½ lengths while getting a flat mile on turf in 1:35.04. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano and trained by Andrew Lerner, the 4-year-old Stormy Atlantic filly finished like a filly with a big future.“She’s a classy filly,” said Lerner, who took over training duties from William Morey about one month ago. “I thought she was tight enough today. We put a seven eighths (work) in her (on April 15) and a couple three quarters before we blew her out three eighths last Wednesday. She’s stakes caliber.”Tracked throughout by eventual runner-up Ms Peintour, Ippodamia’s Girl seemed to relish being on the lead. A quarter mile out, Ms Peintour got to her right flank, but from there, the winner was simply too much.Fifth, after leading early under same allowance conditions here on Dec. 30, Ippodamia’s Girl was off at 21-1 and paid $44.00, $22.00 and $13.00.Bred in Kentucky and out of the Peterhof mare Ippodamia, Ippodamia’s Girl, who won the ungraded Blue Norther Stakes here in December, 2017 when trained by Mike Puype, is now 9-3-2-1 and with the winner’s share of $41,400, she now has earnings of $146,170.“It looked like the only other speed in the race was the number three (Achira),” said Bejarano. “When they took her back, my filly was on the lead, so I just went for it.”Ridden by Joe Talamo, Ms Peintour kept to her task and prevailed by a neck over Flammetta for second money. Off at 10-1, Ms Peintour paid $11.80 and $7.60.Flammetta, who was third throughout, was ridden by Flavien Prat and just held the show spot by a nose over Achira. Off at 8-1, Flammetta paid $7.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.24, 47.33, 1:11.57 and 1:23.23.Live racing will resume at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m. The track will be open for simulcast wagering on Wednesday and Thursday, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m. Free General Admission and parking are offered on all weekdays and free Club House admission is also offered each Friday. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Barça announced Thursday in a statement the appointment of Emili Rousaud, partner 31.011, as the new institutional vice president of the Barça club. Rousaud has been a member of the Board of Directors since July 2015 and, according to the club’s statement, “in these years he has been assigned to the Social Area as the responsible manager of the Office of Specialized Care, department that watches over accessibility policies, inclusion and mobility in the Club ”. If you go to the bottom of the matter, the appointment as vice president of Rousaud is the confirmation that he will be Bartomeu’s dolphin and, therefore, a continuing candidate for the next presidential elections of 2021. Rousaud will also go hand in hand with Jordi Cardoner, current vice president of the social area who has renounced to be a continuous candidate in exchange for being comfortably installed in the organs of power and having access to greater responsibility in the Foundation. The Barça statement explains that “Emili Rousaud i Parés (Barcelona, April 27, 1966), partner 31,011 of FC Barcelona, He has a degree in Business Studies and an MBA from ESADE, a degree in Business Management and Administration from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and a Master in Tax Consulting and Management (AGT) from ESADE. On a professional level, he is the founder and general director of Factor Energía, SA, the first electricity trading company born in the liberalized market, and combines Factorenergia management with the vice presidency of the Catalan employers’ association PIMEC. He is also a member of the Plenary Session of the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, as well as a member of the Market Agents Committee of the Spanish Electricity Market, being a promoter and founding member of the Association of Independent Energy Marketers (ACIE), of which he currently He is 2nd vice president. He is vice president of the Catalan association Grup de Gestors Energètics (GGE). On the other hand, he is an associate professor at Pompeu Fabra University in subjects related to the marketing area in the Faculty of Journalism and Audiovisual Communication ”. Barça also announced that, at the proposal of President Josep Maria Bartomeu, “the Board of Directors incorporates David Bellver, partner 45.015, as an integrated member of the Sports Area, with functions linked to international competitions organized by UEFA and FIFA. Bellver has been a member and coordinator of the Club’s formative football sports commission, between 2003 and 2005, and since 2010 he has been a representative of the Club’s institutional relations before UEFA ”. It has been to start the year before the elections and start moving the institutional tree in Barça.
“Yes, [we’re playing the] same team,” Reyes said in a text message to the Inquirer. “We want to see improvement [compared to our first game].”After identifying some flaws in the game against Japan, Reyes and his staff decided to stick it out with the same team, leaving Raymond Almazan, Carl Bryan Cruz and Mac Belo in the freezer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneGilas blew hot and cold against the Japanese, relying on its defense and the guns of Andray Blatche and Jayson Castro in the stretch to keep intact a winning streak against Japan that dates back to 2004.The Filipinos will be clashing with a Taiwan side that dealt them a very painful defeat in Manila four years ago, with Wen Cheng Tsai and naturalized center Quincy Davis III leading the enemy anew. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Gilas has a deeper bench, and it is this depth that Reyes hopes to maximize as he got little from some of the more established players in his team like June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar and Calvin Abueva.Taipei will be coming into the contest fresh from a 104-66 shellacking at the hands of world No. 9 Australia, also Friday.Gilas will be playing with size against Taipei as Blatche will be joined in the frontline by the 6-foot-10 Fajardo and athletic 6-foot-9 forward Aguilar.Both Fajardo and Aguilar will be coming off relatively silent games after failing to score in twin digits and combining for just six rebounds against the Japanese.Castro will surely be a marked man, more so after showing the field how he took over when the chips were down for the Filipinos.He finished with 26 points on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Gabe Norwood is also a no-brainer inclusion, as he will again be tasked to put the cuffs on Taipei’s deadliest gun. On Friday, he wound up as one of four players in twin digits in scoring with 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Global Cebu settles for 2nd in Singapore Photo from Fiba.comSame lineup, yet Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes hopes to see something different from his charges on Monday against Chinese Taipei in the first window of their Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifying series.Reyes did not tinker with the 12-man roster that pulled off a 77-71 decision of Japan on Friday night in Tokyo, but obviously, the firebrand tactician doesn’t want to go through the same scare when they battle the Taiwanese at 7:30 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments
MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina That gig earned him a coaching job at Foton which won its second Grand Prix title last year with Branislav at the helm.But over the weekend, he was released by the Tornadoes, who then acquired Rommel Abella to coach the team for the next season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson FILE – Moro Brasnilav. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt didn’t take long for Moro Branislav to find a new home in the Philippine Superliga, with the Serbian coach snagging a two-year contract with rising squad Cocolife.The Asset Managers’ top brass, Joshua Ylaya, said Branislav will be taking the reins from Kungfu Reyes on the Cocolife bench starting the 2018 season.ADVERTISEMENT “Our goal in the first year was just be a contender, a dark horse,” said Ylaya. “I guess we’re already successful with that so we’re raising the bar by hiring a proven mentor in coach Moro.”Cocolife made it to the semifinals during the recent Grand Prix, after placing fifth in the All Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBranislav cut ties with Foton after failing to win the franchise a conference title this season.The Tornadoes lost in the semifinals despite a solid lineup that included local star Jaja Santiago and three Croatian imports including scoring machine Sara Klisura. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH aims for first soft tennis gold in Indonesia Asian Games Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Klisura had scored 41 points in the recent Grand Prix, which stands as the all-time high in a single PSL game.But Ylaya, who assembled for the Asset Managers top players from Ateneo and La Salle, said he’s not expecting a major shift overnight.He said Branislav will be the tactician, while Reyes will play the role of a disciplinarian.Branislav is also being considered for the national team, according to Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas acting president Peter Cayco.Branislav had an extensive stint with in the European league before handling the PSL team in the 2016 Asian Women’s Club Championships.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
MOST READ LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Indian athletes were facing investigations on Saturday after the discovery of syringes in their accommodation at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.A cleaner at the athletes’ village tipped off authorities about the syringes, which will now be analyzed, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief executive David Grevemberg said.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Batang Gilas arrives in China for Fiba U16 Asian Championship Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award He added: “If analytical evidence indicates it’s worth a follow-up, the CGF medical commission will follow these procedures as set out in the anti-doping standard.”Grevemberg refused to reveal whether athletes at the accommodation would undergo extra testing, stressing that the “element of surprise” was important in catching drug cheats.“Obviously, we don’t want athletes that are cheating on the field of play or in the Games,” he said.However, India team manager, Ajay Narang, denied the needles were anything to do with them, saying they were found inside a water bottle on a path outside.“One of my guys reported that to us. I had a look and could see these were syringes,” Narang told AFP.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “As a good citizen, I immediately went to the Medical Commission office for analysis and disposal. We didn’t open the bottle at all.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He added that the Commonwealth Games has a “no-needles” policy for athletes — and “zero tolerance” for doping. The Games will open in Gold Coast on Wednesday.The Indian team denied any wrongdoing or that the syringes were even in their rooms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“The CGF medical commission responded to a report from a cleaner of the presence of needles in the athletes’ accommodation in the Games village,” Grevemberg said.“Under the 2018 Commonwealth Games anti-doping standard, a no-needle policy applies to athletes for the entire Games period, unless under approved exemptions.”
View comments Just when Meralco was starting to catch a break in its arduous campaign in the PBA Governors’ Cup, it’s back to playing another do-or-die game in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT The Bolts had won six straight do-or-die games just to enter the semis, but after winning Game 1 against the Aces they’ve since back to back, the latest a heartbreaking 104-102 defeat in Game 3 Wednesday night.A loss away from elimination, Meralco head coach Norman Black is hoping his players can rise up again they way they did this season.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 Chriss“It’s another do-or-die so we’ll just go out and play our best and hopefully win the game,” said Black Thursday at Cuneta Astrodome. “I don’t think anybody’s going into tonight thinking we need a do-or-die game to play well.”“I think we’re just in this situation right now because Alaska outplayed us tonight and they won the game. Our backs are up against the wall again, we’ll see how we respond to it.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What makes Meralco’s situation sting a little more was the fashion in how Alaska took the 2-1 series lead.With Alaska clinging to that 104-102 lead with less than two seconds left, the Bolts had several chances to send the game to overtime but Allen Durham missed his layup in transition.The missed layup led to several tip-in attempts, all of which bounced off either the backboard or the rim, and an Anjo Caram jumper that fell nowhere near the iron as time expired.Alaska import Mike Harris also scored on a couple of and-one plays in the final minute, both of which came after an offensive rebound, to give the Aces a 103-100 buffer with 16.1 seconds to play.“It was a well-played game by both teams, we certainly had our chances to win and we just couldn’t get a rebound down the stretch,” said Black, whose team got outrebounded 49-37 and 17-10 in the offensive glass.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “When it came to being able to clean up our defensive stops we weren’t able to do it. They dominated the boards tonight, particularly Mike Harris. He came up with some crucial rebounds after the stretch.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lou Williams helps Clippers edge Spurs for 3rd straight victory Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES
Following a unanimous guilty verdict against two Lebanese nationals by jurors of Criminal Court ‘E’, a judge has accepted the men’s request for a “New Trial” filed on their behalf by their lawyers.Judge Ceaineh Clinton Johnson, on Tuesday, January 7 over turned the guilty verdicts against Mr. Dib Kassabli and his son Anthony Kassabli for gang rape.Chapter 22 of the Criminal Procedure Law provides that “when a verdict has been rendered against the defendant, the court, on motion of the defendant, may grant a New Trial on any of the grounds specific in paragraph 2 of the section”.The jury convicted the two men on December 31, 2013 of all the charges, including illicit trafficking of human beings, migrant smuggling, felonious restraint, gang rape, and illegal possession of a firearm.They were charged for allegedly transporting five Moroccan women into Liberia for the purpose of exploitation.The defendants denied the allegations when they first appeared before Judge Johnson.But lawyers for the defense, in their 11-count request, argued that the jurors failed to take into account that no evidence was produced, particularly against the convicted men, proving that they gang raped any of the alleged victims.They further argued that the jurors failed and neglected to take into account that no medical report was introduced into evidence to establish that any of the alleged victims was sexually exploited.According to them, the prosecution during the trial failed to identify any place where the alleged gang rape happened and if the defendants participated, since the victims themselves did not say the defendants had sexual intercourse with them.They even contended that the jurors failed to take into account the inconsistencies between and among the prosecution’s witness, which they claimed created doubt as to the “truthfulness” of the witnesses’ testimonies.“For example, the two police detectives’ (who conducted the criminal investigation) statements did not corroborate the witnesses’ story,” the lawyers pointed out in the motion.The case was established when the Kassablis were arrested in July 2013 and later indicted by the government of Liberia on four counts of gang rape, illicit human trafficking, and possession and sale of a physical object for lethal use.In the indictment, the government alleged that the defendants, along with one Madam Habba Kou Kawar, recruited and transported five Moroccan women into Liberia to use them as sex workers.It further stated that the defendants operated a Bar and Restaurant on Center Street, where they used the Moroccans as sex workers in violation of the law.In conclusion, the indictment says, the defendants took away the girls’ passports and other travel documents and failed to pay them as promised. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Bring on the audit Re “Troubles threaten Children’s Museum in Valley” (May 9): As someone who has worked in the nonprofit realm for a number of years, I am shocked that the Children’s Museum has taken 70 percent of its funding from public funds. Board members and designated fundraising personnel of any private nonprofit have the fiduciary responsibility to raise a substantial fraction of project funds from private donors. How many community projects or programs will be underfunded or cut altogether for years to come? Why is the public bearing their burden? Why would any board member or fundraiser blatantly point fingers at officials who are in fact attempting to assist their project? This taxpayer says “Bring on the audit!” – Kristin C. Sabo There has been no mention of the time that elapsed between the first 911 report and the time that Fire Department assets were over that fire. The dispatch system appears to be taking too much time. This is a matter of concern. In the recent past, three houses have burned to the ground because the fire equipment was late getting there. One of them was right behind the firehouse! – Timothy Vickers Topanga Lake View Terrace Promises Re “Troubles threaten Children’s Museum in Valley” (May 9): I recall that one of the three things that Richard Alarcón said he would do if elected was to see the Children’s Museum completed. And what is one of his first acts in this capacity? He cuts the $1 million from the methane-gas sales fund. When other means are found to complete the museum, more than likely through private funds, as it was originally designed to be, Alarcón will take the credit and say, … “See? I kept one of my three promises.” I can’t wait to see how he handles his two other promises, the development of the Price-Fister property, as I understand the environmental impact study started before Alarcón, and another fire station for Sylmar, already in the works, provided by a housing developer. Mark my words, he’ll find a way to take credit for all of the above. – Gary E. Taylor Sylmar Alarcón responds Re “Save the museum” (Our Opinions, May 10): I find it odd that the Daily News, which champions fiscal responsibility, is questioning my efforts to hold the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles financially accountable. Since I began my term, I have met with the CLA’s office, museum officials and the state to ensure that the museum is a success. Just last week, I helped facilitate the release of $2.38 million to cover what I understood to be construction cost shortfalls. However, I have concerns about discrepancies in the museum’s financial reports. I will hold them fiscally responsible, as I would any other organization. That is why I called for an audit. It’s important that we ensure not only that the museum is constructed, but that it is financially sustainable for decades to come. – Richard Alarcón Los Angeles city councilman Sounds familiar Re “More DWP contract bungling” (May 9): The bosses at the L.A. Department of Water and Power have been shown over and over to be major feeders at the trough of inside deal-making. Yet none of them is elected. How can it be that unelected people are purchased by special interest groups while elected people are purchased by legal and visible contributions by the same special interest groups? I ask the question, why should the public be taxed (read: campaign finance reform) to pay for electioneering when special interest groups own even those who have no electioneering expenses? Let the back-door criminals continue to belly-crawl for their own election money, then fire them when they run for re-election. – Patrick Weir Chatsworth160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Our motoring column comes from Roscommon this week as we try to track down Mr. Donegal!The mystery tour starts at 6am on Sunday morning from Letterkenny. The man we were looking for was on the road an hour before that to reach his destination before 8am for the first of two early morning meetings.I know before I reached Roscommon that our man will not have that much to say to me especially about himself. He will be more interested in getting his team organised. Advertisement Less than a month ago his team were taking a completely different set of orders from him! Today he will introduce his crew to a bigger team and he then will blend completely into the background and will take up one of the positions as one of the team.When we get as far as Roscommon a big catering geezer is steaming away in the corner of a country shop. Lines of paper cups are stacked high, help is on hand but most there are making their own brew. The deli has four on duty and is stacked high with “ready to go” breakfast baps.Early start for the Sligo Stage Rally on Sunday. Photo Brian McDaidThere’s a bit of a backlog on the till but they are still getting through the line of customers. Half way up the line Mr. Donegal himself is chatting shop, rallying that is and everyone seems to know him.Come on boys, line up there to we get a photo, he says as some of the Donegal boys wipe the sleep out of their eyes and manage a smile. Advertisement Mr. Donegal, Eamon McGeeTwo competitors that will battle it out for the honours today in Sligo are both formers winners of the Donegal International. Declan Boyle and eventually winner today Sam Moffett both have won the Donegal rally in the past which was managed by Clerk of the Course, Gweedore’s Eamon McGee.Eamon Mc Gee receiving instructions on Sunday as he gives a hand at the Sligo Rally. Photo Brian McDaidToday he is in Sligo helping out in the background. Competitors that have taken part in the Donegal rally are down with him to give a hand with the marshalling of the event. After Eamon gets them introduced to the organisers Eamon himself will also don a safety bib to marshal himself and will look after “control out” on stage 3, 6, and 9.Meet the Healys At least three generations of the Healy family were on duty in the family run shop in Rosscomon for the early morning rush hour. It’s a shop, a deli, a filling station and a motor-works. A picture on the shops social media page previewed this morning, showing one of the youngest members of the family, Dylan sitting on pallet loads of supplies for the forthcoming event.Dylan at his family run shop Healys which had a bumper day as they worked together with the Rally in Sligo at the weekend.Frank Healy the man that took over the business in 1985 is into his number plates and has a receipt in the form of number plates on his wall from his travels on the wall of his business in North Roscommon.Number plates from all over the world on that wall of our office for a day at Healy’s Shop at the Sligo Stages Rally on Sunday. Photo Brian McDaidOur meeting place in Roscommon was in a small town called Ballyfarnon and Frank Healy’s garage is proudly called Ballyfarnon Motor Works. It’s great for me as a Donegal man to listen to people in Roscommon and Sligo talking with so high regard for the Donegal Rally, some of them look forward more to it than their own event. Some of them would even rather go to the Donegal rally than go on a foreign holiday in the sun. Trying to get a word with Eamon McGee is not easy. Eamon is known for this gesture of giving up his time the length of Ireland and he encourages Donegal Club Members, marshals and competitors to do the same. Quietly he is in building mode for next June for the 2018 Donegal Rally.Today Eamon was more interested in highlighting crews driving down from Donegal to do their stint of marshalling at the Sligo Rally than talking about himself. I could see him raking stock how Roscommon were doing with its part with neighbours Sligo to help them out on their home event.That family run business did not hike up the prices for the rally weekend and judging by the word of thanks on Facebook on Sunday night they were more than happy with their interaction with the rally ones. It’s was the same on the stages of the Sligo Rally people with great pride along the stages young and old out watching and running the event.Eamon McGee met me on a wet Sunday morning. The Sligo rally is a one day event and the Donegal is three days and by now the biggest in Ireland. So much can be seen by stepping back a bit from the Donegal for a day and going to a neighbouring event, granted this is on a smaller scale but we can learn so much about ourselves. There is a lot of support and sponsors of the Donegal rally who end up stepping back when the public focus on the elements that have nothing to do with rallying in Donegal, a crowd that only want to piggyback on the real supporters that come to the Donegal Rally. The people that do the complaining in public have very little knowledge of motorsport and also need a crowd for a reaction.Takes ownershipMeanwhile Sligo owns its rally and are very proud of it. I talked to spectators on Sunday who made their way through the fields with their boxes of tea and sandwiches and rally programmes to watch the event.Liam Deveney who was in Sligo to watch the Sligo Stages Rally on Sunday Photo Brian McDaidPat Burns who lived along on of the stages asked me if I would like a cup of tea and ended up landing out with a fry which I enjoyed so much from my make shift dinning table, a fence post! While the food was delicious the gesture was the one that got me. I have been offered cups of tea before in Co. Donegal at the rally from someone that knows me, but this was special, this is what Irish people are famous for all over the world.Glenties man Declan Boyle did not win the Sligo rally as I thought he would, he was leading the event until he got a puncture and went out.Declan and Brian Boyle who are leading the rally in Sligo to a puncture put them out of the event. Photo Brian McDaidGweedore’s Eamon McGee didn’t even see the rally at the point he was marshalling from but both are part of one of the biggest teams to come out of our county and are looking at the bigger picture and are building again to “Destination Donegal” for the rally in June.And finally… well done PA!A word of congratulations to local man Peter McLean better known as Pa. He was telling me that he is racking up the miles and is just 6 short of his age for the total amount of 5ks he has completed as a late starter to running and cycling scene.Pa McLean on the 5k on Saturday morning. Photo Brian McDaidI have two photos included of him one from Saturday’s Park 5k at the weekend in Letterkenny. I have also a picture of him from one of his bad hair days at St. Eunan’s College. Well done lad.Happy motoring folks.DD Motoring: Destination Donegal was last modified: July 14th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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:brian mc daiddonegaleamon mc geemotoringrallysligo
TWO men have appeared in court on a series of sex offence charges.The men, who cannot be named to protect the identity of alleged victims, faced various charges.One of the men was charged five counts of rape and eight counts of sexual assault in County Donegal between 1999 and 2003. The other man was charged with one count of rape and six counts of sexual assault in County Donegal between 1999 and 2012.No other details were given at Letterkenny District Court today and reporting restrictions were imposed to protect the identity of alleged victims.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the hearing for two months to allow a book of evidence to be served.MEN ON MULTIPLE RAPE CHARGES was last modified: February 3rd, 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:Letterkenny Courtrape charges