H View’s Bernard gives up semi-final chase in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgThree weeks ago, Harbour View were in pole position to secure the last remaining Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL)semi-final spot, even though they only led UWI on goaldifference.However, three matches later following two draws and a loss the Stars of the East have sunk two places down the table to sixth, five points adrift of fourth place UWI (45) and four behind fifth place Humble Lion with two matches to go.One of those rounds will be played today, with Harbour View hosting Arnett Gardens at Harbour View Stadium.Following the team’s 1-1 draw with Reno at home on Sunday, Harbour View’s head coach Ludlow Bernard is willing to accept that the team will not make the last four thisseason.”We as the coaches will have to look into ourselves, do some introspection and find out if we were going about the business in a manner that could really get them over the hump. So we will have to review our position and take it from there,” he told The Gleaner.”But at the same time players have to be accountable. I am never going to complain about the content or quality of the squad because I believe the quality was good enough for us to execute on each day.”But at the same time, there seems to be a lack of desire and attitude, and it was very exemplary today (Sunday) with that opportunity Ranique Muir got at the back post, when he chose to simply tapped home when he should have really rammed home the advantage in a very decisive way and I think that speaks to the type of attitude that our players have, so it is a two-way street,” he reasoned.Harbour View controlled the first-half against Reno and went ahead through Muir after 17 minutes. The hosts then wasted great chances to extend their lead through Muir, Evan Taylor and Mark English.However, Reno found an equaliser in the 79th minute through Renario Downswell and then came inches to taking the three points twice at the death.”Clearly it wasn’t the result we planned for all week,” Bernard commented. “It’s very disappointing with what transpired here this evening (Sunday).”We were in control and should have come away with all three points as we got some very good one v one with the goalkeeper and failed to capitalise and as usual you pay the price for those instances.”Also, probably we were a little slack at the back and that caused us to concede the goal, so I think it’s lights out for us. It is going to be highly improbable for us to get back (in semi-final race) and I am willing to concede at this moment,” he stated.Today’s matchesBoys’ Town vs Tivoli Gardens at Barbican StadiumHarbour View vs Arnett Gardens at Harbour View StadiumHumble Lion vs Cavalier at Effortville Community CentrePortmore United vs UWI FC at Juici Park, ClarendonRivoli United vs MoBay United at Spanish Town Prison OvalWaterhouse vs FC Reno at DrewslandAll matches start at 3:30 p.m.last_img read more

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PVEA’s 4th Annual Boat Race takes place this weekend

first_imgFirst place winners get an outdoor family portrait session with PVEA photographer, Don Hoffmann; or a plaque mount of his famous “Keeper of the Peace” picture.Runner ups in 2nd and 3rd places will win a box of assorted ‘Products from the Peace.’ Look out for little wooden boats floating down the Peace River this Saturday, September 26th, as the 4th Annual Wooden Boat Race takes off.The Peace Valley Environment Association is celebrating in light of BC Rivers’ Day, as The Peace has been voted BC’s Most Endangered River for a second year in a row.The association says this is ‘a critical year’ to gather, and ‘protect the Peace River Valley – one of the only remaining, relatively ‘untouched’ areas in northeast BC.’- Advertisement -Participants are asked to gather at Bear Flat on the Hudson’s Hope Highway 29, approximately 30 km south of Fort St. John.Boats can be signed up for a sponsorship for $20 through email (peacevalleyenv@gmail.com), by phone (Ruth Ann Darnall, at 250-785-2105) or by simply showing up at noon on Saturday and get one at the event.Boats can also be taken home to be painted before the race.Advertisementlast_img read more

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RCMP search for two suspects connected with three homicides in Northern B.C.

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – The RCMP is looking for the public’s help to find suspects connected to both homicides in Northern B.C.19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky were originally considered missing, but now the RCMP say these two men are suspects in both the death of a man near Dease Lake and the double homicide near the Liard Hotsprings.The RCMP believe McLeod and Schmegelsky are no longer in British Columbia and maybe in Saskatchewan.  The last known photographs of the two suspects were taken in Saskatchewan.  They were last seen in a 2011 Toyota Rav4.  The RCMP have not said when the new photos were taken.- Advertisement –A photo of the vehicle the RCMP believe Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were last seen driving.Kam McLeod is described as:6 foot 4Approximately 169 poundsDark brown hair and facial hairBrown eyesBryer Schmegelsky is described as:Advertisement 6 foot 4Approximately 169 poundsSandy brown hairIf you have any information about their location, contact 911, do not approach the suspects.On Sunday the RCMP considered Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky missing after their truck was found burnt on July 19, 2019, near Dease Lake.  A body was also found at a highway pullout close to the truck.The bodies of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese were found near the Liard Hot Springs on July 15, 2019.The investigation is complex and evolving very quickly. Investigators continue to follow up on tips, reviewing the physical and digital evidence collected, and share information. We once again ask the public to call us with any information. You can call the Major Crime Tipline at 1-877-543-4822 or 778-290-5291. We remain committed to providing you with information that is important in advancing our investigations or any concerns with respect to public safety.Advertisement Once again we are requesting that the public have a look at the pictures and if you have seen Kam McLeod or Bryer Schmegelsky over the past few days to take no actions – do not approach – and call 911 immediately.last_img read more

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Pensioner facing indecency charges also accused of having sex with hoover

first_imgWARNING OF GRAPHIC SEXUAL CONTENT: A man accused of indecently assaulting a young boy has also been accused of carrying out a sexual act with a hoover.The man has gone on trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with six counts of indecently assaulting the teenage boy in Co Donegal between 1989 and 1990. The court heard how the young boy only ever wanted to become a pilot.The man, who is now in his 40s, claimed his alleged attacker also had a strong interest in flying and invited the boy back to his home.Once back at the man’s home, he initially showed the teenage boy some flying magazines but then began to show him pornographic magazines.The alleged victim then gave evidence that his alleged attacker locked the door and took him to his bedroom.It was here that the man claimed he saw his alleged attacker, who is now in his 70s, carry out a sexual act with a hoover.The man said “He dropped trousers and at the end of bed there was a hoover. The nozzle was taken off it and he said look at this.“He stuck his penis in and he began turning on and off the hoover. He said “This is like a woman’s vagina. I couldn’t understand it or get my head around it.“He then pulled down my tracksuit bottoms and touched my penis and he continued masturbating himself. I couldn’t get an erection.“He was moaning and his face was getting purple. When he ejaculated he came over to me and said that is how you know you’re a real man. He said it would come to me and that I would get an erection.”The alleged victim also claimed that on another occasion his attacker used a lubricant before inserting a candle into his alleged victim’s bottom.The man said he felt like he was being torn every time he went to the toilet and was also passing blood for a week afterwards.He said he later became dependant on alcohol and would often drink a bottle and a half of whiskey “raw’ each day.“All I want is closure and that is why I am here today. All I wanted to do with my life was to move on,” he said.Barrister for the accused man, Mr Paul Flannery (SC) said his client will deny all charges.The trial before Judge Cormac Quinn continues tomorrow (Thurs).Pensioner facing indecency charges also accused of having sex with hoover was last modified: March 1st, 2017 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

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ST PATRICK’S DAY 5K LETTERKENNY RUN – ALL THE RESULTS

first_imgLetterkenny AC’s Michael Black was the winner of today’s St Patrick’s Day 5K road race in Letterkenny in a time of 16:09, with James Brown of City of Derry second in 16:25 and Paul McGlinchey of Letterkenny Ac third in 16:26.Inishowen’s Helena Crossan made a winning return to competition after a long lay off because of injury when taking the honours in the senior woman’s section in 18:27 from Bronagh O’Gara of the 24/7 Triathlon Club who clocked 19:20.Letterkenny AC’s Martin Gormley of Letterkenny AC was the first veteran runner in 17:25. A record number of 143 runners finished the race. St.Patrick’s Day 5k 2011    Place  Race No.  Time  FirstName  Surname  Category  Club   1 137           16.19         Michael          Black                SM          Letterkenny A C  2 102           16.25         James           Brown               SM          City of Derry   3 25            16.26         Paul             Mc Glinchey         SM          Letterkenny A C  4 123           16.28         Kevin            Ferry                 SM          Letterkenny A C  5 109           16.29         Gavin            Crawford             SM          24/7 Triathlon  6 125           16.49         John             Gibbons             JM          Letterkenny A C  7 149           16.55         Ivan              Toner                SM          Letterkenny A C   8 24            17.07         Paul             Cullen                SM          24/7 Triathlon  9 106           17.08         Pius             MC Ateer            SM          Foyle Valley  10 124           17.09         Neill             Gibbons             SM          Letterkenny A C  11 136           17.10         Barry            Meehan              SM          Letterkenny A C   12 56            17.11         Brian             Crossan             SM          Individual  13 42            17.13         Declan           Caldwell             SM          Inishowen A C  14 135           17.14         Garvin           Walker               SM          Letterkenny A C  15 6              17.23         Aidan            Callaghan            SM          Individual  16 49            17.25         Marty            Gormley             M45+       Letterkenny A C  17 150           17.29         Paul             Toner                SM          Letterkenny A C  18 111           17.36         Paul             Doherty              SM          24/7 Triathlon  19 160           17.37         Noel             Diver                SM          Rosses A.C.  20 59            17.40         Humphrey        Murphy              M45+       Letterkenny A C  21 129           17.41         Joe              English              M50+       Letterkenny A C  22 142           17.50         Martin            Boyle                SM          Individual  23 173           17.51         Liam             Marley               M45+       Cranford A C  24 26            17.51         Ryan             Gallagher            SM          Foyle Valley  25 114           17.53         Sean             McShane            SM          Individual  26 15            17.55         Dara             Mc Nulty             SM          Individual  27 126           17.58         Gavin            Ward                SM          Rosses A.C.  28 146           18.03         Marcus          McClintock           SM          Letterkenny A C  29 50            18.10         Kieran           Higgins              SM          Letterkenny A C  30 103           18.12         Jude             O’ Donnell           SM          Individual  31 53            18.15         Finbar           Gallagher            M45+       Inishowen A C  32 2              18.16         Aidan            Mc Kenna            M40+       Letterkenny A C  33 28            18.19         Paddy           Mc Daid             SM          Letterkenny A C  34 4              18.27         Helena           Crossan             W40+       Inishowen A C  35 152           18.29         Drew             Doherty              M45+       Finn Valley A C  36 134           18.37         Kevin            Connolly             SM          Lifford A C  37 67            18.39         Sean             Mc Gettigan          SM          Finn Valley A C  38 101           18.41         Adrian           Callaghan            SM          Letterkenny A C  39 140           18.42         Pat              Gallagher            SM          Inishowen A C  40 58            18.44         Brian             Porter                JM          Finn Valley A C  41 144           18.44         James           Beattie               SM          N.W. Triathlon  42 8              18.46         Owen            Mc Kinney           M40+       Inishowen A C  43 157           18.48         Declan           Doherty              SM          Foyle Valley  44 139           18.50         Frankie          Lavelle               M40+       Inishowen A C  45 65            18.51         Martin            O’Donnell            SM          Individual  46 33            18.52         Jason            King                 M40+       Letterkenny A C  47 141           18.53         Pádraig          Friel                 SM          Letterkenny A C  48 36            18.55         Ciaran           O’Donnell            M40+       Letterkenny A C  49 10            18.59         Paul             O’ Gara              SM          24/7 Triathlon  50 29            19.00         Adrian           Lynch                SM          Individual  51 133           19.01         Kieran           Kelly                 M40+       Finn Valley A C  52 131           19.04         Colm            Mooney              SM          Individual  53 163           19.08         Ben              Dunleavy            M45+       Letterkenny A C  54 30            19.12         Sean             Bradley              SM          Individual  55 120           19.18         Paddy           McCallion            M40+       Individual  56 9              19.20         Bronagh         O’ Gara              SW         24/7 Triathlon  57 27            19.21         Richard          Gallagher            SM          Foyle Valley  58 167           19.22         Joseph          Gallagher            SM          Individual  59 23            19.23         Brendan         Mc Cole             M40+       Rosses A.C.  60 54            19.24         Brian             Ferry                 SM          Individual  61 21            19.25         Ben              George              SM          Letterkenny A C  62 19            19.30         Teresa           Doherty              SW         Inishowen A C  63 145           19.31         Darren           Wallace              SM          Individual  64 155           19.36         Wesley          McCormick          SM          Finn Valley A C  65 156           19.37         Patrick           McGlynn             SM          Finn Valley A C  66 57            19.38         Noelleen         Porter                W40+       Finn Valley A C  67 158           19.39         Kevin            Doherty              SM          Foyle Valley  68 119           19.41         Cathal           Wilson               SM          24/7 Triathlon  69 44            19.44         Joe              Carlin                M40+       Finn Valley A C  70 60            19.45         Bernard          McGlinchey          SM          Individual  71 118           19.46         Paddy           Hoey                SM          Letterkenny A C  72 11            19.48         Ryan             Leonard              SM          Foyle Valley  73 38            19.50         Andy            Scanlon              M45+       Finn Valley A C  74 55            19.51         Sean             McMenamin          M50+       Inishowen A C  75 43            19.53         Glen             Duncan              SM          Letterkenny A C  76 112           19.54         Alan             O’Mahony            SM          24/7 Triathlon  77 13            19.56         Richard          Raymond            M50+       Individual  78 151           19.58         Kevin            Toner                M60+       Letterkenny A C  79 61            20.01         Kevin            Harkin               SM          Individual  80 105           20.03         Paul             Harris                M40+       Letterkenny A C  81 7              20.04         Michael          Collins               M40+       Inishowen A C  82 115           20.12         Christy           McMonagle          M60+       City Of Derry  83 162           20.19         Daniel           Cullen                SM          Letterkenny A C  84 104           20.21         Joseph          Casey               M45+       Individual  85 35            20.22         Seamus          Sweeney             SM          Rosses A.C.  86 175           20.24         Patrick           Mc Conigley         JM          Milford A C  87 117           20.28         John             Conlon               SM          Individual  88 48            20.32         Mary             Hippsley             W40+       Finn Valley A C  89 41            20.33         Darren           Beecroft             M40+       Individual  90 37            20.35         Brendan         McDyer              SM          Individual  91 172           20.36         P.J.              Boyce               SM          Cranford A C  92 17            20.37         Paul             Cosgrove            M40+       Letterkenny A C  93 45            20.53         Garvin           McCloskey           M45+       Letterkenny A C  94 51            20.55         Mark             Cassidy              SM          Individual  95 116           20.57         Liam             McGinty             M40+       Finn Valley A C  96 22            21.10         Nick             Fawell               SM          24/7 Triathlon  97 108           21.22         Gerard           Campbell            M45+       Individual  98 1              21.30         Gerard           Mullen               SM          Letterkenny A C  99 164           21.31         Peter            McKinney            M50+       Inishowen A C  100 165           21.34         Seamus          McDaid              M40+       Inishowen A C  101 161           21.52         David            Ward                JM          Individual  102 12            21.53         Tommy          Hill                   SM          Letterkenny A C  103 47            21.54         Gloria            Donaghey           W50+       Finn Valley A C  104 148           21.55         Conor            McGonagle          M40+       Finn Valley A C  105 147           22.00         Maria            McGonagle          SW         Finn Valley A C  106 34            22.08         Charlie Joe       McGinley            M40+       Letterkenny A C  107 176           22.13         Gillian            Marley               JW          Milford A C  108 171           22.14         Paul             Lee                  M40+       Individual  109 66            22.16         Vera             Haughey             W45+       Tír Chonaill A C  110 107           22.18         Sharon           Greene               SW         Individual  111 138           22.22         Martin            McCabe             SM          Individual  112 14            22.34         Sean             Coleman             SM          Foyle Valley  113 159           22.43         Florian           Rusu                 SM          Individual  114 52            22.44         Rosaleen        Green                SW         Individual  115 64            22.46         Grattan          Butler                SM          Individual  116 62            22.46         Anthony         McGrenra            SM          Individual  117 63            22.47         Pauric           Hilferty               SM          Individual  118 132           22.51         Martin            Anderson            M40+       Finn Valley A C  119 46            22.52         Noelle           Molloghan           SW         Individual  120 39            22.53         Joe              McGlynn             SM          Finn Valley A C  121 166           22.59         Jacquai          Harvey               W50+       Tír Chonaill A C  122 5              23.06         Brid              Collins               W40+       Inishowen A C  123 130           23.06         Emily            Bonner               SW         Individual  124 110           23.16         Adrian           Wasson              M40+       24/7 Triathlon  125 122           23.19         Clare             Curley               SW         Individual  126 127           23.33         Martin            Green                SM          Rosses A.C.  127 128           23.50         Patrick           O’Donnell            SM          Rosses A.C.  128 168           24.02         Seamus          Diver                M40+       Individual  129 3              24.06         Pat              Mc Kenna            W40+       Letterkenny A C  130 40            24.09         Sharon           Thompson           SW         Finn Valley A C  131 20            24.20         Alistair           Black                SM          Letterkenny A C  132 18            24.31         Mark             Mc Sharrey          M40+       Individual  133 170           24.42         Sean             Mc Crudden          M40+       Individual  134 16            24.44         Frankie          Murray               M50+       Individual  135 153           24.51         Jacquline        McHugh             SW         Individual  136 154           24.51         Louise           McKeague           SW         Individual  137 113           25.06         Tony             O’Donnell            SM          Individual  138 174           25.47         Caroline          Marley               JW          Milford A C  139 31            26.43         Fiona            Wasson              SW         Individual  140 32            27.01         Angela           Trimble              SW         Individual  141 121           27.10         Iris               Wasson              SW         Individual  142 143           27.28         Derek            Plumb               M40+       Individual  143 169           27.55         Ruth             Mc Crudden          W40+       Individual  Total Runners:  143  ST PATRICK’S DAY 5K LETTERKENNY RUN – ALL THE RESULTS was last modified: March 17th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to 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FANS GET THEIR HANDS ON SAM, MICHAEL AND JIM AT THE IRISH CENTRE IN PHILADELPHIA

first_imgWho said they were on a holiday?Jim McGuinness and some of his players had no sooner touched down in America than they were whisked to the Irish Centre in Philadelphia. Jim along with captain Michael Murphy are pictured with a certain Mr S Maguire and many happy Donegal supporters.Jim and Michael are pictured above with Pat Regan (Kilmovee,Mayo), Peter Gallagher (Mossfield,Churchill), Bridie O’Donnell Regan (Cabra, Churchill), Noreen O’Donnell Gallagher (Cabra,Churchill), Paddy Gallagher (Moneymore, Dunlewey ), Holly & Sheila Regan, Philadelphia & of course Sam.On the right a very happy Kathleen McGinty Regan (Litterhilue, Glenfin) is pictured with with Jim also at the Irish Centre last night in Philadelphia.Needless to say Jim and the boys will be seeing flashes in their sleep with the amount of photos they’ll be standing in during the coming days.  FANS GET THEIR HANDS ON SAM, MICHAEL AND JIM AT THE IRISH CENTRE IN PHILADELPHIA was last modified: November 14th, 2012 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:Irish Centre PhiladelphiaJim McGuinnessMichael MurphySam Maguirelast_img read more

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GAA: NAOMH CONAILL EASE PAST CLOUGHANEELY IN U-21 SEMI-FINAL

first_imgNAOMH Conaill are through to the Centra Supermarkets U-21 County Final after a convincing 10-point win over Cloughaneely at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny this afternoon.Cloughaneely led just once in the match when they struck the first point in the opening minutes but once Naomh Conaill drew level within a minute, they raced into the lead.An O’Malley goal just before the break left the Glenties men 1-06 to 0-02 ahead at half time. And Naomh Conaill continued benefitting from their superior possession in the second half, restricting Cloughaneely to few chances whilst adding to their superior tally.Cloughaneely managed just four points – two in each half – largely due to the excellent Naomh Conaill defence.In the end Naomh Conaill, inspired by both O’Malley and county star Dermot Brick Molloy won by ten points 1-11 to 0-04.It’s Naomh Conaill’s seventh consecutive U-21 final appearance.   GAA: NAOMH CONAILL EASE PAST CLOUGHANEELY IN U-21 SEMI-FINAL was last modified: December 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: NAOMH CONAILL EASE PAST CLOUGHANEELY IN U-21 SEMI-FINALlast_img read more

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Former Colaiste Ailigh student rocks Las Vegas business contest

first_imgFormer Coláiste Ailigh Letterkenny student Sam MacGinty competed in a challenging KPMG case study competition in Las Vegas to represent The University of Notre Dame, Indiana.Sam, of the Fighting Irish and his super smart Freshman team from The University of Notre Dame, Indiana, attended the ALPFA business convention in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to compete in KPMG’s case study competition.The incredible Freshman team qualified for the competition in preliminary rounds at their prestigious school and were flown out to participate in the national finals at the ALPFA, Inc – Association of Latino Professionals For America convention in Caesars Palace. Sam is thoroughly enjoying the experience and says: “Big thanks to KPMG US for inviting us out to such a fantastic event, full of very smart people. The pace is phenomenal here from dawn to dusk. Some amazing brains, challenged by some really interesting projects, this place is full of future innovators. We loved presenting and appreciate the experience.“This is a world away from my home, my old school and old thinking. Thanks to my wonderful team Angelica Franco, Patricia Revuelta and Regina Zavala Rangel for all their hard work and dedication. Together we do rock!”Former Colaiste Ailigh student rocks Las Vegas business contest was last modified: August 22nd, 2017 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:Colaiste AilighKPMGLas Vegassam macgintylast_img read more

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The ‘Coolest Place’ wins award as the Media’s Favourite Place

first_imgIt’s official! Donegal is now the ‘Media’s Favourite Place in Ireland’ and we even have the certificate to prove it.Michael Collins, founder and Managing Director of TravelMedia.ie presented this prestigious award to Donegal County Council Chief Executive Seamus Neely and Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle at yesterday’s Donegal Tourism Seminar in Harvey’s Point Hotel.“This is an excellent achievement for Donegal and a wonderful addition to our other recent accolades including being named ‘Coolest Place on the Planet 2017’ by National Geographic Traveller and ‘Ireland’s Hidden Gem’ by Independent Travel readers” says Cathaoirleach Cllr. McMonagle Michael Collins, TravelMedia.ie presenting Seamus Neely Chief Executive, Donegal County Council and Cllr. Gerry McMonagle Cathaoirleach with the prestigious Travel Media award where Donegal was named at the ‘Media’s Favourite Place in Ireland’ at the Connecting the Coolest Place’ Donegal Tourism Seminar on Thursday (26 October 2017) in Harvey’s Point Hotel.Donegal received this prestigious award at the Travel Media Awards ceremony in Dublin last June but it was only at yesterday’s conference that the award was officially presented.  These Travel Media awards have grown to become one of the highlights of the annual travel industry calendar and calls on the media to vote and give their say on who they think stands out from the travel industry crowd – past winners include Aer Lingus, MSC Cruises and Crystal Ski Holidays.To be voted as the ‘Media’s Favourite Place in Ireland’ is testament to the increasing popularity of Donegal as the perfect holiday destination on the Wild Atlantic Way.Michael Collins said “This was the first time we introduced this category. Instead of always asking the media about their favourite international places we thought, let’s bring it back home and ask them about Ireland. It was really interesting to see Donegal win, with the capital Dublin coming second.”Speaking yesterday Seamus Neely said he was thrilled that Donegal has been recognised by the travel media sector and said that “we have been building positive relationships with the travel media in recent years through our work with Donegal Tourism and the Donegal County Council Communications Office in promoting the Govisitdonegal.com platform and our Donegal brand. This award is a welcome sign that our communications and PR activities are reaching the right audience and our recognition as ‘Media’s Favourite Place in Ireland’ is very much appreciated”. Over 200 attendees participated in yesterday’s Donegal Tourism Seminar which was hosted in the stunning setting of Harvey’s Point Hotel on the beautiful Lough Eske.Pictured at the Connecting the Coolest Place’ Donegal Tourism Seminar on Thursday (26 October 2017) in Harvey’s Point Hotel are l to r Cllr Martin Harley, Cllr Niamh Kennedy, Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council, Carolynne Harrison, The Shandon Hotel, Matthew Jackson, National Geographic Traveller UK, Joan Crawford, Failte Ireland, Cllr. Gerry McMonagle, Cathaoirleach, Greg Fry, Michael Collins, TravelMedia.ie, Cllr Noel Jordan, Liam Ward, Donegal County Council, Cllr. Tom Conaghan and Cllr. Michael Naughton.This seminar focused on how best to connect what is now the ‘Coolest Place’ and heard from a line up of tourism and travel experts who shared their expertise on emerging travel trends, tourism strategies and marketing techniques.This included Mathew Jackson Managing Director and Publisher of National Geographic Traveller (UK) who is credited with naming Donegal as the Coolest Place on the Planet in 2017.  Matthew visited Donegal for the first time earlier this year and became an instant fan.Speaking at the seminar he explained why Donegal received this accolade saying “Donegal is off the mainstream radar and not easy to access but on the cusp of a breakthrough.  On the one hand you have the big pushes like the Wild Atlantic Way and the recent filming of Star Wars; on the other hand you only have to drive a few miles to have a beach or a road completely to yourself. It’s a warm hearted place, fantastic food and hospitality but wilderness always feels just a stone’s throw away.  And it is a world class wilderness.  So we thought it deserved a big year!”.Speakers at the Connecting the Coolest Place’ Donegal Tourism Seminar on Thursday (26 October 2017) in Harvey’s Point Hotel from l to r: Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council, Carolynne Harrison, The Shandon Hotel, Matthew Jackson, National Geographic Traveller UK, Joan Crawford, Failte Ireland, Cllr. Gerry McMonagle, Cathaoirleach, Greg Fry, Michael Collins, TravelMedia.ie and Liam Ward, Donegal County Council.The seminar also heard from inspiration speakers including Carolynne Harrison, General Manager of the Shandon Hotel & Spa who wowed the audience with her remarkable story of how she tackled the ‘weaker months’ by being creative and driving up occupancy in the winter and maintaining the jobs of over 120 staff and managing costs to ensure profit margins were on target. Social media and digital experts Greg Fry and Michael Collins enthused the audience with their practical tips and techniques of making social media and digital marketing work for tourism businesses in Donegal.  They believe that content remains king and having clear business goals and a clearly defined strategy producing measurable results is essential for success.Wild Atlantic Way Client Services Manager for Fáilte Ireland Joan Crawford presented a profile of the Wild Atlantic Way visitor and why they are coming to the west coast of Ireland.  Market research shows that these visitors have no itinerary and they are ‘going where time took us’ drawing on their spontaneous side and looking forward to finding the hidden gems off the beaten track.  This provides a great opportunity for places such as Donegal which for many is still a place of discovery.The seminar concluded with a strong message from each of the panellists which highlighted the need to continue to collaborate and network.  It is the Donegal experience that visitors want when they come to Donegal and there is a clear willingness among those in the Donegal tourism sector to work together to ensure that Donegal becomes the number one tourism destination in the country.The ‘Coolest Place’ wins award as the Media’s Favourite Place was last modified: October 27th, 2017 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:tourismTravel Media Awardslast_img read more

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Cathay signals move to 10-abreast Boeing 777s

first_imgHONG Kong’s Cathay Pacific has indicated it will move to more cramped 10-abreast economy seating in its Boeing 777s, joining a growing trend among operators of one of the world’s most popular airliners.Cathay chief executive Ivan Chu revealed the intention to move from the current nine- abreast economy configuration in an interview with the The South China Morning Post.“If you look at the Boeing 777s, which everybody uses from the Gulf to the US to European carriers and ourselves, the standard is 3-4-3. I think we are moving towards that stage, it’s very clear.” Chu told the paper.Chu promised to maintain the airline’s 32-inch (81.3cm) seat pitch but the width of seats would reduce by up to 1.5 inches (3.8cm) if Cathay follows the lead of other airlines that have adopted the configuration. Cathay offers a generous 18.5-inch wide seat on its nine-abreast B777-300ERs but only 17.5 inches on its regional 777-200s, according to SeatGuru.The airline’s cabin crew union warned the changes would be bad for passengers but Chu said scarce landing and take-off slots in Hong Kong meant the move was necessary.The move is expected to add  up to 35 more economy seats on regional aircraft and at least 17 more on long-haul flights. The Post calculated this would add nearly 1.1 million extra seats per year to the 70 Boeings in the Cathay fleet and amount to 4 per cent seats a year.“We want to generate more seats per slot, that’s the key thing,’’  Chu said. “That’s why we are doing it. It’s very important we do it.’’The decision comes as airline yields, a measure of average fares, are falling globally and airline executives say passenger choices are increasingly being made on price.The International Air Transport Association said recently the average global yield to June  had continued to trend downwards in US dollar terms.“However, adjusting for distortions associated with movements in the US dollar shows that downward pressure on underlying (is constant exchange rate) yields has actually intensified over the past six months or so,’’ the association said, noting this was tied to a moderation in demand.The 10-abreast 777 economy configuration,, although disliked by passengers, has become more common among operators of the aircraft.Airlines which have already moved to the seating include Air Canada, Emirates, Etihad, Air New Zealand, KLM and American Airlines.Airlines which still operate nine-abreast economy seating include Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, British Airways and Delta Air Lines.last_img read more

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