McNeese’s Fisbeck, UIW’s Martinez Named Baseball Players of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – McNeese second-baseman Nate Fisbeck is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Incarnate Word hurler Bernie Martinez earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Fisbeck powered the Cowboys to five-straight wins last week with a home run in three of the last four games, totaling 10 RBI in that span. The junior hit .500 on the week with a 1.227 slugging percentage.McNeese (8-4) hosts Louisiana at 6 p.m. CT Wednesday before hitting the road for a three-game series at ULM, beginning with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday.Martinez earned his third win, tying him for most in the conference and second-most in the nation, in the Cardinals’ 6-5 upset of No. 23 Texas A&M on Wednesday and picked up a save in the series finale against UT Arlington, a 6-2 victory. UIW (8-4) will face Texas State at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday before opening conference play by hosting a three-game slate against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The first matchup is set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday.Hitter of the Week – Nate Fisbeck, McNeese – Junior – Second Baseman – The Woodlands, TexasFisbeck hit the first of his four blasts last week in an 8-1 win over Alcorn on Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and two stolen bases and four runs scored. He followed it up Saturday with a two-homer performance against Holy Cross, including a walk-off three-run shot to initiate the run rule.Posting back-to-back 3-for-5 outings, Fisbeck homered in his first at-bat against Nicholls on Sunday and roped two RBI doubles in the seventh and ninth innings to erase a 4-1 Colonels lead and force extra innings. Of the Cowboys’ 37 runs last week, Fisbeck either scored or drove in 21 of them. Honorable Mention: Cody Grosse, Southeastern Louisiana; Jordan Thompson, Incarnate Word; Luis Trevino, Abilene Christian; Joey Werner, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Pitcher of the Week – Bernie Martinez, Incarnate Word – Senior – Pitcher – Laredo, TexasWith one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, Martinez took over for reliever Cody Moos after Texas A&M cut the Cardinals’ lead in half and had runners on first and second. Martinez induced an inning-ending double play and allowed just one run on two hits the rest of the way as UIW held on for their second-straight Power-5 victory.On Sunday, Martinez inherited another dangerous situation with the bases loaded and UTA one swing away from taking a 6-5 lead. However, he got Josh Minjarez to fly out to escape the jam. Martinez faced the minimum over the final three innings and struck out the side in the final frame to close out the game and secure his second career save.Honorable Mention: Cody Davenport, Central Arkansas; Jonathan Ellison, McNeese; Ridge Heisler, Northwestern State; Jacob Stobart, Stephen F. Austin. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Prime Minister having a PTA meeting

first_imgDear Editor,The frauds, tricks and deceits which are being perpetrated by the AFC on the Guyanese people, especially Berbicians, are unparalleled when compared even to the PNC in the heydays of Burnham’s dictatorship.The late Forbes Burnham mastered the art of getting school children to line the roadways and wave flags in the sweltering heat at high noon, but he never made pretensions about it-he wanted a crowd and his acolytes must deliver! He never had to trick them about the purpose of their ‘homage’. This is unlike what the ‘siren’ Prime Minister is doing. He wanted to hold a political meeting to campaign on behalf of the AFC for the upcoming Local Government Elections, but he cannot advertise it as such, so he spun a yarn and used the children of Auchlyne Primary School instead. He printed thousands of expensive multi-colored flyers with his nouveau-riche image boldly displayed on it, spending taxpayers’ hard earned dollars in his quest to regain recognition. Further, he commanded his Representative in Region 6 to distribute them. The children were instructed to give the flyers to their parents, guardians and neighbors who must make special efforts to attend. I could recall this man lambasting the PPP for using Government resources for political campaigning. What hypocrisy!The flyer stated that it is a ‘Community Outreach meeting to discuss Local Government issues’ and followed at the bottom by ‘Make sure you vote on November 12’. Imagine, in the height and heat of the LGE campaign season the self-proclaimed ‘Elder’ of the AFC is having an ‘outreach’ with students’ parents and guardians. This sounds more like the Prime Minister having a PTA meeting, but the catch is that he badly needs some people to listen to his biographic cacophony and massage his now deflated ego. He would then follow this with the emotional plea to vote for the AFC so that he can show the APNU that he and the AFC are still relevant to the Coalition. The ploy, is to keep his ‘siren’ job at all costs!It is evident also, that for the past month the PM’s Representative Office has temporarily moved from Port Mourant to Whim in an effort to resuscitate the AFC. It appears that anytime Nagamootoo visits Whim, his birth place, he places undue pressure on his Representative to use whatever means will get a ‘crowd’ for him.But it all came to naught when he arrived at the Auchlyne School, sirens blaring all the way. There were few school children who stood around the tents with a few seated parents. It was evident that many from his audience were ‘bussed’ from various parts of the country. An entire entourage came from Georgetown. The group of protesters that greeted him, was actually bigger than his ‘outreach’ attendees. Compared to the PPP bottom house meeting at Whim, the leader of the Opposition attracted over two hundred and fifty persons from the village itself and the surrounding areas. The huge yard could not contain the overflowing numbers. There were numerous persons standing by the fence and the street corner nearby. I had assumed that Nagamootoo would have wanted to hold a meeting at his birth place and dispel doubts concerning his dwindling popularity in the face of the fraudulent backers’ lists. However, he displayed good sense not to do that!All of these trickeries, lies and deceit remind me of what Sir Winston Chruchill once said, ‘Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party’.Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

Chase Green, Jagdeo clash over City Hall’s audit

first_imgCity Mayor Patricia Chase Green has declared that while she is not opposed to a forensic audit of the MayorOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoand City Council, it will not be done at the “whims and fancies” of Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo.Her comment came in light of repeated calls by Jagdeo for there to be an audit at City Hall.Green told Guyana Times last week that while in office, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) did not heed her constant calls for an audit of the municipality.“It is unfortunate that he is calling for an audit now and when I was calling for it under his government, they would have bluntly refused to have that audit,” she said.It is important to note that since during the PPP/C 23 years in office, Green’s People’s National Congress/Reform (PNC/R) has always been in control of the City Council.In face of a barrage of forensic audits into state agencies, following the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) assumption to office more than a year ago, Jagdeo had been calling for the Georgetown Mayor and City Council to be added to the list of agencies toMayor Patricia Chase Greenbe audited, a call that continues seemingly to fall on deaf ears.Jagdeo had said that an audit was needed to reveal the amount of tax waivers that were given by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), how the contracts were tendered as well as the D’urban Park project, among others.Allegations of misconduct, financial improprieties, illegal tax write-offs as well as sweetheart deals have plagued the M&CC over the past two decades.Jagdeo’s call was also supported by former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran: “Something has to be done because no efforts are being made to find out what happened in the last 10 years. This infers serious problems.”He also noted that during his tenure as Auditor General he had cause to repudiate his opinion on the Council’s financial statements, adding that the accounts were in such a bad state that he was unable to endorse them as it related to their completeness, accuracy, and validity.Goolsarran had also stated that while there was no concrete evidence to suggest wrongdoing within the Council over the last 10 years, he has deduced that non-timely presentation of financial statements implied disinterest and, therefore, raised eyebrows about the handling of fiscal matters within the Council.“The newly-elected Councillors have to demand an audit and call for accountability within the City Council. They need to reflect on how best to fix the broken system and bring the accounts up-to-date. Simultaneously, they need to commission a special audit for the last 10 years because gathering the information for that time would take years…and the people (are) anxious to know what has been going on within City Hall and I am anxious…so a special audit is also necessary,” he had said.There were calls from several other prominent figures for there to be an inspection of the books of the city.last_img read more

ECC to NEC: ‘Share Electronic Voter List’

first_img– Advertisement – ECC Chairman, Oscar Bloh Recent pronouncement made by the Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome Korkoya that everyone with a valid voter registration card will be allowed to partake in the upcoming October elections continues to cast a cloud of doubt over the electoral process as concerns in the public increase over how transparent the process would be.Their argument is from the backdrop that the registration process was marred by several irregularities especially with registration taking place in private homes—and some of these individuals were arrested and registration materials seized.The area of contention is that if indeed everyone with a valid voter card, including those that registered at private centers, are to be allowed to vote as the NEC’s Chairman has indicated—what would be the transparency in the electoral process?It is in this regard that the Election Coordinating Committee (ECC), an election monitoring group, is calling on the NEC to make available its electronic voter list to relevant partners in an effort to ensure transparency in the process.“We are calling on the NEC to share electronic voter list with observer groups for independent analysis,” Chairman of the Steering Committee of the ECC, Oscar Bloh, said in a release on Monday in Monrovia.In the release, the ECC shared its findings on the observation of the Exhibition based on 209 reports from its 73 trained and accredited observers located in all 15 counties.“Overall, reports from ECC observers from all 15 counties show that exhibition of the Provisional Registration Roll (PRR) happened across the country from June 12-17, 2017,” Oscar Bloh stated. “The ECC observers reported that few citizens visited exhibition centers to check their information on the PRR. In addition, few agents of political parties deployed to exhibition centers to scrutinize the PRR. Of the 207 centers observed by the ECC, 465 claims were filed for inclusion, 168 claims were filed for missing/incorrect photos, 451 claims were filed for correction of information and 50 challenges to inclusion filed; the ECC also collected anecdotal evidence of names and photos missing from PRRs in some centers”He added, “In some instances, significant numbers of names were missing. For example, in Margibi Dist. # 5 (Center code: 24073, Rock International) 426 names were missing, Rivercess Dist. # 2 (Center code: 36012, Yakpa Town) 200 names missing, Margibi Dist. # 3 (Center code: 24127, Asaru Islamic School) 300 names missing, etc. At the same time, the ECC commends the NEC for providing information on the number of registered voters who are missing from the PRR. However, the NEC should provide what plans are in place to ensure legitimately registered voters are not disenfranchised. Also, an electronic version of the updated PRR should be provided to observer groups to enable independent analysis of the list.”On the pace of the exhibition, Bloh stated that, “At the exhibition centers where ECC observers were deployed, 9,258 people visited to check their information on the PRR, to verify their information based on 206 reports received. Of the 9,258, (43%) were women.The number of visitors was lowest at the beginning of the exhibition period (Monday, June 12) and highest at the end of the exhibition period (Saturday, June 17).To further boost the credibility of the final voter list, ECC Steering Committee Member Victoria Wollie called upon the NEC to ensure that in the soonest possible time, should provide information to the public to address concerns that a number of voters’ names did not appear on the PRR and their plans to remedy the issue.The ECC is concerned with the low level of participation by political parties in the exhibition process. Similarly, the ECC is also concerned about the low turnout of citizens to review the PRR coupled with the fact that there are missing names and photos; and if these problems are not addressed, could have consequences on Election Day.RecommendationsECC calls on the NEC to provide regular information to the public on how they’re dealing with the issue of missing names and photos.The ECC is concerned with the low level of participation by political parties in the exhibition process. Parties have a critical role to play in ensuring a credible registration roll. The ECC therefore, calls on all political parties to demonstrate interest and increase their participation in contributing to a credible voter list and the remaining activities of the electoral process.For future exhibition exercise, the ECC suggests that NEC should provide information to civil society observation groups and international Election Partners concerning mistakes and challenges with the PRR and collectively find appropriate solutions to remedy them.The National Election Commission has assured Liberians carrying legitimate voters registration cards full participation in the electioneering process.The Commission’s comment comes in the wake of fear by some citizens who are raising alarms that their names and photos are not on the voters’ roll exhibition.At a News Conference Wednesday June 14, 2017 Chairman Jerome Korkoya called on people in such situations to visit the various polling centers to have their names and photos taken to be placed in the data base.Mr. Korkoya: “People with the issue of unavailability of photos during these exhibition periods should go to the various magistrates for photo taking and every Liberian who has voter card will vote. The errors wouldn’t affect you.”“There is nothing to be worried about. People should stop creating unnecessary alarm.”The National Elections Commission (NEC) on June 12, 2017 commenced the Exhibition of the Provisional Voter Roll at all 2080 Exhibition Centers (formerly Voter Registration Centers) across the country.The exercise is a cardinal electoral date as per Article 9.2 of the Voter Registration Regulations and in keeping with section 3.6 of the New Elections Law of Liberia.The Provisional Registration Roll is a compilation of names, photos, center codes, ages, among others of individuals who registered during the voter registration from February 1 to March 14, 2017.The key exhibition activities include confirmation of applicant’s information, inclusion, where the opportunity is given to an applicant or registrant to be included on the Provisional Registration Roll if erroneously omitted, among others.On the issue of election violation through pre-campaigning he said, the NEC has not called out any electoral violation as far as the commission is concerned. Instead, Mr. Korkoya said, “We have some of the best political parties in Liberia they have tried their best to respect the laws.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Liberian ICT Sector: A Forecast for the Year 2019

first_imgDr. Darren WilkinsBy Dr. Darren Wilkins | 0886703789\0777129092 | DWilkins@SaharaTechnology.ComA new year has come and as always, we begin the year with hope, resolutions, forecasts and optimism. We pray and hope for the New Year to bring the best for us; we make resolutions that involve change in our lives and modus operandi; and, we proceed with optimism in hopes of achieving our goals. The year 2019 has come and, looking at the horizon, it appears to be a year of profound change. It is also the second year in power, of a “relatively new” Government that experienced several challenges in its first year. Yet, 2019 is expected to be better because as many believe, the first year of any or every new government is always very challenging. The subsequent years they say, are the better years.In the following paragraphs I provide a forecast of this year’s ICT sector by taking a stab at the four main areas mentioned above: the Legal and Regulatory aspect, Infrastructure aspect, E-Services aspect and Human Capacity aspect. Read on!!!LEGAL & REGULATORY ASPECT: This year we expect to see the approval of the National ICT Policy 2018-2023, by the President of Liberia, after deliberations by the cabinet. The quinquennial document developed by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and other stakeholders, is set to guide the ICT sector for the next five years.We will see the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) become more rigorous in performing its regulatory responsibilities.  We look forward to the development of convergent licensing regimes, the vehement enforcement of standards, regulations and policies, in particular those pertinent to electronic transactions and cybersecurity. We expect to see the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MoPT) develop a cybersecurity policy for the country. We also look forward to the LTA developing a cybersecurity program that develops human capacity and puts in place a robust cybersecurity mechanism that will be able to “handle” Liberia’s digital transformation.We expect to see the use of mobile money rapidly become the norm in Liberia. Hence, we will see the LTA and financial institutions put in place the proper legal and regulatory instruments that will guide this new economic necessity. Liberia relies heavily on Mobile phones which have so many peripheral merits besides phone calls and text messaging. Today, Mobile Network Operators (MNO) are gradually becoming financial services providers, conspicuously adding to their usual mandate of providing telecommunication services. Mobile Money Operations (MMO) have become the newly created avenue for MNOs to encourage savings for mostly the “unbanked” populace of Liberia. It is also be the vehicle that ultimately turns our economy into a cashless economy. Yet, there could be indecorous implications if these activities of the MNOs (Lonestar and Orange, for now) are not strongly regulated.INFRASTRUCTURE: Broadband and digital services will be key to Liberia’s digital transformation. Unlike 2018 which saw a very quiet and slow period for Liberia’s ICT sector this year we shall see great things happen. We expect to see our national infrastructure grow. We will see the likes of Csquared, Orange, LIBTELCO and other players build a national infrastructure (networks) that will provide the platform for the “foundational technologies” mentioned above.There is also a possibility that another operator might make entry into the sector. While there are arguments that the population is small and that the market is not attractive, new entrants with newer and innovative services, especially mobile money services are looking at things differently.Regional Infrastructure (ECOWAN): The West Africa Network or ECOWAN is expected to improve the connectivity between ECOWAS offices and affiliated organizations, and provide a robust platform for regional information systems. ECOWAN is an Intranet linking all member state capitals with broadband communications. It will serve as the Enterprise Information System for ECOWAS and will be connected to the global internet. ECOWAN is ECOWAS owned and operated, and accessed only by ECOWAS officials and affiliated organizations.Regional Infrastructure (ECOWAS Power Pool-based Fiber Network): This network is intended to expand broadband access in the ECOWAS region by first leveraging the West Africa Power Pool’s (WAPP) communications infrastructure network, and linking the WAPP network to national and regional infrastructure to bridge connectivity gaps in the ECOWAS region.Cloud Computing:  Cloud computing is gradually being adopted in Liberia and is expected to be basis of computing power and digital services. There is much talk about “Shadow IT Departments” hence, we expect to see traditional IT departments gradually depart from highly-centralized and resource-intensive data centers to cloud services. Processing power will now be transplanted from desktops and devices to the cloud. The improvement of our broadband infrastructure will also enhance or make the IoT become a reality in Liberia. Already, we have seen the theory solidify into reality with the creation of “smart spaces” at home and in offices. This is the result of the proliferation of smart TVs and other appliances to join smartphones and watches. Soon, everything will be connected via the Internet, communicating in real-time to provide a fluid, interconnected experience. All of these new technologies are expected to force operators to provide the backbone of reliable high-speed fiber connectivity on which cloud-based systems are dependent.E-GOVERNMENT & E-SERVICES: We expect the Government to approve its e-Government strategy so as to have a guide for its digital transformation and the modernization of its public service departments, to improve service delivery to the citizens. So, we will see major ICT “changes” in Ministries, Agencies, and Commissions (MACS) this year.Cybersecurity and others: We expect to see interest grow in cybersecurity, especially in the wake of the Lonestar MTN and Cellcom hacking saga. Other technologies such as analytics, automation, virtualization,  IoT for  the remote monitoring and management of operations, Enterprise Resource Planning software (ERP), etc, will be explored and incorporated where and when necessary.HUMAN CAPACITY: Training people in digital skills is very important. Digital skills are necessary and important because they facilitate the meaningful participation of Liberians in the digital economy and empowers us to do so on our own terms. Hence, we expect to see a plethora of opportunities and initiatives to build capacity in 2019.Tertiary institutions in particular, have the responsibility to build human capacity for economic development. This year we expect to see Liberian colleges and universities, especially the University of Liberia experience a major transition which includes a dramatic paradigm shift from the way things were done in the past to a modern day approaches. We will see the University of Liberia carry on transition that will involve a robust digital transformation. This digital transformation began with the digitization of the students’ registration system, the appointment of a Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (VP-IT/CIO) to drive this initiative, the establishment of a data center to automate processes, incorporation of innovative and emerging technologies to achieve the University’s academic mission, business operations, etc. Moreover, we expect to see the University offer its first IT/computer science program which may become popular, given the free tuition program that has been provided by the President.We expect to see the AME University begin a graduate program in Management Information System (MIS), to cater to the needs students obtaining baccalaureate degrees in IT/ICT/IS/CS from other institutions. Other tertiary institutions in Liberia will begin to develop systems such as digital registration systems, online learning systems, and so on.We expect to see the establishment of the Liberia Research and Education Network (LRREN), an entity that is expected to be run by a consortium or an ecosystem of Liberia’s tertiary institutions.At the lower level, we will see secondary institutions embrace and integrate ICT in their institutions and be part of Liberia’s digital transformation.Finally, as I said in my 2018 review, the ICT sector has become a fundamental pillar for all sectors. No sector can grow without relying on ICT, hence, digital transformation must be a responsibility shared among all sectors. We are in a new year we anticipate a paradigm shift that will places a major focus on ICTs. We have come a long way with very little to show. We are now at a time when our collective decisions and actions will determine whether we become participants or observers in the digital economy. It’s time for a change, Liberia!!!!Happy New Year!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana inks new rice agreement with Panama

first_imgDespite the tension between Guyana and Panama last year, the two countries have patched up their differences and have reportedly already signed on to a new agreement for the supply of rice.This is according to President of the Guyana Rice Exporters and Millers Association (GREMA), Rajindra Persaud during a brief interview with this publication on Monday.He said, “Everything is resolved” and further informed that local rice millers were able to resend the correct shipment of rice which was ordered by the country, latePresident of the Guyana Rice Exporters and Millers Association, Rajindra Persaudlast year.According to him, a number of other shipments were sent to the country after the stumble on the part of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) which was responsible for running necessary checks and tests on the rice before it left Guyana.It was at this point, that the President disclosed that the two countries have entered a new agreement. He was unable to give specifics on the contract but confirmed that the relationship between Guyana and Panama has been restored.In October 2018, it was reported that Panama had rejected some 20 containers of rice from Guyana and another shipment was expected to leave to replace the faulty product.Guyana’s rice was rejected upon arrival in Panama since it did not meet the stipulated specification as was outlined by that country.“The containers are being reshipped to Guyana…the contract was for white rice, and parboiled was shipped instead; that is the issue,” Persaud explained.Back in 2014, Guyana had signed a five-year agreement with Panama, under the previous Administration, to have its product marketed.With the collapse of the lucrative PetroCaribe (rice for oil) Venezuela market in 2015, the challenges faced within the rice industry have been significant.The PetroCaribe deal was set to expire in November 2015, but Venezuela axed the rice deal months before the official due date. However, Government had said that the Spanish-speaking nation may still be purchasing Guyana’s rice, but through neighbouring Suriname.The PetroCaribe deal was sealed by then President Bharrat Jagdeo and late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. Under this deal, Guyana was required to pay upfront a percentage of the cost of fuel acquired from Venezuela, with the balance, which was placed in the PetroCaribe Fund at the Bank of Guyana, being treated as a loan repayable over 23 years with a two-year grace period and two per cent interest.last_img read more

Qualify at Lonewolf for International Pairs Golf Tournament in Scotland

first_img– Advertisement -The qualification is open to all male golfers with a handicap of 24 or less. You will be able to use 75% of your 9 hole handicap to determine which holes you get net strokes on.The lowest score after the five Mondays will then qualify to compete in the Western Canadian Championships at the beautiful Crown Isle Golf Resort in Comox, B.C. All expenses will be paid including airfare, hotels, transfers, and a gala the evening before the competition.The winners of the Western Canadians will then go on the the World Pairs Championship at the home of golf, St.Andrews in Scotland, all expenses paid. What if you didn’t get the low score after the first Monday? Not to worry, you can keep competing each Monday for the same $30 cost + GST. You don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to play some competitive golf and the chance to play at a couple of the world’s best golf courses.If you need more information please contact Trevor at the Lone Wolf Golf Shop, 250-789-3711 Every Monday starting August 11th at 5:30 pm the Lone Wolf Golf Club will be qualifying site for the International Pairs Golf Tournament.The cost is $30 + GST per player, $15 green fee for non-members.On these Monday evenings, you will be playing the Lone Wolf Golf Club in a 2 person best ball (better ball) Stableford competition over 9 holes.Advertisementlast_img read more

Exclusive – Arsenal need to sign another defender, believes Winterburn

first_imgFormer Arsenal star Nigel Winterburn has told talkSPORT the club need to sign another defender to help get their season back on track.The Gunners currently sit sixth in the Premier League 13 points behind leaders Chelsea and have endured defeats away at Stoke and Swansea as they struggle to maintain their form.And Winterburn believes if they are to improve and compete for honours, Arsene Wenger should look to land a centre-back in January.He told the Sports Bar: “I think when they [Arsenal] get everybody back they will be very strong again but I still feel they need another centre-half that would really complement the team greatly.“Let’s see what happens in January or maybe the start of next season because Arsene Wenger won’t just buy anybody for the sake of it. He likes to get the right player in.”last_img read more


first_imgIt’s the art exhibition that gives EVERYTHING back to the artist!The 10th annual art exhibition will take place on the 1st floor at the Top filling Station, Gweedore Road, Dungloe.The gallery will open a unique exhibition featuring local artists on Saturday July 26th at 6.30pm, with a wine reception. The exhibition will continue until Sunday August 3th 2014 and will open daily from 11am until 5pm.As well as providing a platform for emerging Donegal artists to showcase their work and development, it also exhibits the best work from a number of principal artists who we have been working with us for many years now.Artists whose work will be exhibited include Gay O’ Toole, Heidi Nyguyen, Liz Doyle, Michelle Doherty, Kordula Ludwig, Martin Dorgan, Kate Doogan, Pat and Keith Makinson, Paul Sweeney, Paul Rush, Mary Ellen Bonner, Roz Sharkey, Deborah Melly, Peter Healey, Eilise O’ Hart, Mary Celine Boyle and Mary Mc Ginty to name but a few.What is unique about this art exhibition is that no commission is charged by Sharkey’s Service Station on works sold i.e. the artists keep 100% of the selling price of their works. This unique arrangement has been in place since the exhibitions started in 2005. This year is the 10th annual art exhibition to be held at Sharkey’s Service Station.The exhibition will feature over a100 works by local artists THE DONEGAL ART GALLERY THAT DOES NOT CHARGE COMMISSION IS OPEN AGAIN was last modified: July 24th, 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:art exhibitiondungloeTop Filling Stationlast_img read more


first_imgFormer Mayo GAA star and RTE pundit Kevin McStay believes Donegal are bigger, better, faster and stronger and will overcome the challenge of Tyrone on Sunday.Donegal and Tyrone will go to war again on Sunday in the Ulster SFC.McStay is excited at the clash between two sides who have crossed swords several times over the last number of years in the Ulster SFC.Donegal have beaten Tyrone in the last THREE Ulster SFC clashes and McStay feels that trend will continue at Mac Cumhaill Park on Sunday. McStay has been impressed with Donegal’s form in the league has been surprised at the level of performance from Rory Gallagher’s side in 2015.He expected them to fall away, but points to the return of full fitness of Karl Lacey, the return of Mark McHugh and young guns Patrick McBrearty, Odhran Mac Niallais and Ryan McHugh blossoming means the future is bright for Donegal.In his column with RTE, McStay wrote, “I must admit to being surprised at the level of performance Donegal reached after losing last year’s final, like many others I thought they might fall away. But the league has confirmed they are rejuvenated and ready to rock.“This is due to a number of key facts – they have the bounce of a new manager, the return to full fitness of star defender Karl Lacey, the return from the US of Mark McHugh and the blossoming of young guns Patrick McBrearty, Odhrán MacNiallais, Ryan McHugh and Martin McElhinney. “I liked what I saw in the league from Neil Gallagher and Frank McGlynn. And if the mood takes Michael Murphy, who never goes missing it seems to me, then that is a lot of quality footballers playing to real form.McStay concedes that Mickey Harte’s men are capable of causing a shock and says Donegal won’t have it all their own way on Sunday.However, he feels Donegal are a bigger, better, stronger and faster unit and the more quality on offer if the game is in the melting pot.McStay said, “Of course, in a once-off scenario, many of the Ulster sides can take each other down and so an upset cannot be ruled out.“Indeed I will not be shocked, just mildly surprised, if Mickey Harte finds a way to get past Donegal. “He will have to go with youth, as many managers with their backs to the wall often do, and in most circumstances that would give them a fighting chance.“But this is a Donegal team that are hardened, mature, experienced, cynical and clinical and won’t be taking any youthful prisoners. Or ageing ones either.“They are simply a bigger, stronger and faster unit, with a well-rehearsed transition game from defence to offence.“When this game is up for grabs, Donegal will have the luxury of the better players and will expect them to deliver accordingly. COUNTDOWN TO ULSTER SFC: MCSTAY – “DONEGAL – BIGGER, BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER was last modified: May 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:columndonegalGAAKevin McStaynewsRTESportTyroneUlster SFClast_img read more