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T&F News turns spotlight on Ottey

first_imgThree races that involved Jamaica’s Merlene Ottey have been cited among the best women’s running contests ever seen by the editor of the respected US publication Track and Field (T&F) News.Writing in the magazine’s December issue, editor Garry Hill included Ottey’s narrow losses to Gail Devers at the 1993 World Championships and the 1996 Olympics and her 1993 World 200 metres victory on a list of the best races he has ever witnessed in person. The latter contest gave Ottey, then 33, her first major championship victory.The 1993 100 metres clash in Stuttgart, Germany was a virtual dead heat, with the 33 year-old Ottey rushing forward to catch the fast starting American on the finish line. Both were given the same time, but the photo finish image gave Devers a winning margin of 0.001 seconds. According to Claire Forrester in her book Merlene Ottey – Unyielding Spirit, Devers was uncertain about the outcome and said, “I don’t know whether I won or not.”The ever gracious American concluded, “if any one deserves a gold medal, it’s Merlene.””The decision of the judges doesn’t change anything for me,” insisted the Jamaican. “I’m the champion,” she said. “They made a mistake”, she advanced, “but won’t admit it.”In his December Track and Field News editorial, Hill notes, “at the next day’s victory ceremony, the popular Jamaican was accorded a two-minute standing ovation.”The 1996 Olympic final followed the same exciting pattern with a whirlwind finish falling 0.005 of a second short for Ottey. With this as background, Hill was happy that she won the 1993 200m title.”It was wonderful to see Ottey bounce back from her Stuttgart disappointment with her first ever outdoor gold after a sequence of 12 silver or bronze medals dating back to 1980,” wrote Hill.His list includes world records in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. The former saw Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter crush the existing mark of 41.37 seconds by East Germany with the first clocking under 41. Their fantastic effort totalled 40.82 seconds and captured the gold medals at the 2012 Olympics. The 4x400m came in a USSR – USA battle at the 1988 Olympics, with Olga Bryzgina holding Florence Griffith-Joyner at bay on the last leg. The times – 3 minutes 15.17 seconds and 3.15.51 – are still number one and two on the all-time 4x400m performance listInterestingly, that is the only entry of Hill’s list that includes Griffith-Joyner who in 1988 set world records at 100 and 200 metres.last_img read more

Series changer

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 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 No complicated strategy for Reed as Ironman kicks off Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs San Miguel still remains the favorite in this title race and considering how the Beermen bounced back after being mangled in the series opener, Cone has a basis to be worried.“This [big Game 4 win] doesn’t make us very secure for Game 5. if you think you won big that you’re going to win the next game, it scares me even more. It happened after Game 1,” Cone said.Both teams are expected to go all out as the Game 5 winner will gain a pivotal edge in what is now a best-of-three—and Sunday’s match could end a string of routs in the series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone has used all sorts of words to describe how the first four games of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals have gone down.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “What was lacking was our effort and by effort, I mean outworking the opponent. We had a lot of that in Games 2 and 3,” Austria said after Game 4.The series opener, which Ginebra won, 127-99, saw San Miguel play at 70 percent capacity, according to Austria. “It was like a walk-through for us,” he said then.The team that won in the first four games shot the lights out in those nights, with the Gin Kings coming off a 64-percent shooting clip on Friday, an astounding mark that the Beermen didn’t find the answer to.It was the best shooting by any team in the series, with San Miguel’s two blowout wins having the Beermen making an average of just over 52% of its shots.“If you tell me before this series that we are 2-2 after Game 4, I’d be happy,” Cone said. “Our goal has been to take this series to seven games, and we’re closer to our goal.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ But he is at a loss to describe what to expect in Game 5.“That’s anybody’s guess,” Cone said as his Barangay Ginebra tries to reclaim the lead in the title playoffs on Sunday in its clash with defending champion San Miguel Beer at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I’m as shocked as everybody is,” he added after a 130-100 Game 4 win that tied the series at 2-2. The first four matches of the best-of-seven series have now decided by an average margin of close to 31 points. “We’re like lobbing grenades at each other back and forth.”At least, San Miguel Beer counterpart Leo Austria knows what has happened to his side in their two losses, and he’s going to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Blind twins hope to represent PH in 2020 Tokyo paralympic games

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk They are set to fly to Legazpi, Albay this week for another Asian Paratriathlon Championship. If they win, they will be qualified to compete in the Tokyo Paralympic games. Born blindThe twins’ mom, Annette, told that the two were born blind because of a premature retina.The twins were born 30 weeks earlier than the expected due date and were not expected to live longer than 48 hours after they were born.However, Annette said their family entrusted the lives of the twins to God.The twins did survive but it wasn’t easy. Just 29 days after they were born, they already underwent surgery.ADVERTISEMENT Then they had to be confined at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila for three months for more eye surgeries.During one operation, Joshua stopped breathing for about five minutes, forcing the doctor to stop the surgery.“Andoon ako sa operating [room] and nakita ko yung doctor hawak na si Joshua sa chest niya, pagkatapos bigla siyang nagsalita na ‘stop the operation,’” Annette said. “[P]agkatapos ang dami na niyang kinuha na gamit hanggang sa nagkagulo na sila doon.”She recalled how the doctors handling the operation asked Annette to leave the operating room. After a few minutes, Joshua was brought out of the operating room but had tubes attached to his tiny body.Annette said for a week, she and her husband Rick had to touch any part of Joshua’s body just for him to move and breathe again.‘Unmanageable’Annette is thankful that the twins overcame their health issues but admitted that it had not been easy raising two blind children with what she describes as “unmanageable behavior.”“Takot sa tao, nagwawala na yan, iiyak nang iiyak, naglulumpasay sa sahig na halos hindi mo mahawakan na kung ano na nangyayare sayo, nasasabunutan ka na,” she remembered.“As in kung makikita mo yung ibang disabled na talagang sasabihin niyo na ‘ay ano ba naman yang batang yun’ ganun yung anak ko, ganun sila ka-unmanageable,” she added. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Joshua’s twin Jerome said they always motivate each other, reminding each other that they are fighting for the Philippines.“Sinasabi namin na kaya natin ito, kahit anong mangyare, manalo man o matalo, basta ano lang, para naman sa Philippines yung gagawin natin eh,” Jerome said.Jerome recalled the time when he competed for the Asian Paratriathlon Championship last year.He recounted the series of unfortunate events he encountered: his bike chain snapped four times; he misplaced his hydration bottle, and his pedal also broke off.However, he continued to finish the game “for the country.”“I want to prove na kaya kong tapusin yung game para sa bayan kahit na ang daming nangyaring hindi maganda sa game. Alam ko kasi sa sarili ko na kaya ko kaya tinuloy ko pa rin,” Jerome said.Joshua mentioned that bringing pride to the country is a big dream for the both him and his brother.Despite being totally blind, it gives them a sense of pride to be able to represent the country.Aside from being able to join the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, the twins also dream of studying in the University of the Philippines for college.Joshua said that he dreams to be a choir conductor and to sing with the Madrigal Singers. On the other hand, Jerome wants to become a broadcast journalist someday. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ 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 Sports achieversDespite the many challenges they faced, the twins shone in the field of sports.Joshua and Jerome won several medals since they started joining swimming competitions in 2009.The blind athletes also won medals since they began competing in triathlons in 2013.Triathlon is a multisport that involves running, swimming, and biking. Out of the three sports, the twins struggled the most with biking.“Sobrang hirap sa umpisa kasi hindi mo pa alam kung paano gagawin yung triathlon lalo na sa bike, tapos kulang sa gamit or whatever at kung saan pa, pero kahit po gaano kahirap, basta kaya ko ito. Yun ang iniisip namin, kaya ko to,” Joshua said.He said he and his brother never thought of giving up their passion for sports despite their blindness.He said they draw strength from their family and supporters from the Resources for the Blind Inc., the Parent Advocate for Visually Impaired Children, among others.“Iyong ginagawa namin hindi lang para sa buong blind community kung hindi para rin sa country,” Joshua said. PHOTO By Faye Orellana, INQUIRER.netBeing a triathlete is hard but being a blind triathlete is even harder.However, blind twins Joshua and Jerome Nelmida of Alabang, Muntinlupa City remain undaunted as they continue to pursue their dream of representing the Philippines as triathletes in 2020 Tokyo Paralympic games.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil When sought for their advice for people with special needs, they said: “Kakayanin natin kung ano man yung gawin natin sa iba’t ibang larangan. Hindi lang naman sa triathlon yun eh, kahit sa ibang larangan din eh. Kaya naman natin.”   /vvpSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Honorio Banario, Edward Kelly face tough foes in ONE China card Born on August 4, 2000, the twins are currently Grade 11 students at the Philippine National School for the Blind in Pasay City.On Saturday, both Joshua and Jerome were recognized for their perseverance in their sport during the White Cane Safety Day event in Quezon City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Alaska man finishes marathons in all 50 states

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mickelson wins match against Woods with birdie on 22nd hole Kern said the joy of reaching the finish line and the strong sense of community that the races offered kept him going.“You have the infusion of endorphins, and I find that it lasts for three or four days, sometimes a week afterward, where you just have this great feeling — you just finished a marathon,” Kern said.Kern completed the Tulsa race in 4 hours, 18 minutes, 30 seconds. He was 346th overall and third in his age group.“I was coming along, and the last sign post I’d seen was mile 22,” Kern said. “And next thing you know, I’m coming up on mile 24, and I thought, ‘Wow, now I really got this. There’s only 2 miles left.’”ADVERTISEMENT “It was a great run. That’s the one thing that people don’t realize — is that every run is like starting over,” Kern said. “You never know what it’s going to be like. It’s 26 miles — anything can happen.”The retired Juneau Capital Transit superintendent ran his first marathon in 2002. He kept running, aiming to qualify to race in the Boston Marathon. That goal led him to seek out races in other states, and he has now completed 66 marathons.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 ChrissAbout five years after his first marathon, Kern reached his qualifying time in the Frank Maier Marathon in Juneau. The next year, he was at the starting line in Boston.Afterward, Kern’s goal was to run 10 marathons in 10 different states, sending him into a trajectory of racing in all 50 states. JUNEAU, Alaska — An Alaska runner hit a milestone that took him 16 years to reach when he crossed the finish line at a marathon in Tulsa, Oklahoma.When Juneau runner John Kern finished the Williams Route 66 Marathon this week, he completed his goal of running a marathon in all 50 states, the Juneau Empire reported Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

Police officer freed in $6M bribe charge

first_imgOne of the four police officers who was charged for allegedly accepting bribe to allow drug smugglers to go free after an interception was made on the Corentyne in September 2015, has been set free.Assistant Superintendent Terrence Browne, 48, was the officer-in-charge of the Whim Police Station, where the bus was allegedly detained on September 10, 2015 until the $6 million bribe was paid.It was alleged that Browne along with others, between September 10 and 11, 2015, at Salton Village, Corentyne, Berbice, obtained a sum of cash from the other police officers, as an inducement to forego charges against Rennison Park.Corporal Shawn McPhoy, of 174 Laing Avenue, West Ruimveldt; Constable Ray Drepaul Saul, of Eversham, Corentyne, and Constable Trevon McKenzie, of Princeton, Corentyne, were charged jointly while Browne was charged separately.It was also alleged that the three along with a female officer collected a $6 million bribe and relinquished some of the cash to Browne. The female, Constable Stacy Welch had testified during Brown’s trial that she received a share of the money when it was parted. She further stated that McPhoy placed a portion of the money into a plastic bag and said it was for the boss.Attorney Chandra Sohan who represented Browne, questioned Welch to determine her interpretation of ‘the boss’, while noting that it could have been the Commander or the Commissioner.He told the court that the prosecution failed to establish that McPhoy said he was taking the money to Browne.Welch, who was the prosecution’s key witness, told conflicting stories, Sohan argued. During her evidence, Welch had stated that she was outside of the Police Station and saw when Browne collected the money. She also told the court that she was in enquiries and never left the station.Sohan pointed out that another witness places Welch in a car and said she remained there all of the time.Magistrate Charlyne Artiga presiding over the Whim Magistrate’s court, on Monday said that the prosecution had failed to convince the court that the Assistant Superintendent was the person who received the plastic bag and that anyone saw him.In September, Browne had maintained that he knew nothing of the alleged transaction while those charged along with Welch returned money, allegedly their share from the $6 million bribe.McPhoy, Saul, and McKenzie will have to return to court next Monday when the trial continues.last_img read more

Above and beyond in any crisis

first_img“We can get public safety personnel there sooner without having to wait for a translator to get on the line,” Brockus said. Vega’s award comes at a time when the Sheriff’s Department has seven open positions for dispatchers, a problem that has been ongoing for years. “We’ve been running with a vacancy of about 25 (percent) to 30 percent,” Crombach said. “There was a time when we were at about 50 percent.” The department provides training for the jobs, with salaries starting at $51,000 a year, so officials hope a new recruitment campaign will attract the candidates Ventura County needs. Brockus said the dispatcher’s work is personally satisfying, but only certain people can handle the demands. “We need people who can multitask to the extreme,” she said. “It’s extremely stressful.” One of those people is Vega, who co-workers say remains genuinely empathetic with callers and makes an extra effort to provide them with comfort and assistance. During some of the most critical situations, she is quick to jump in and assist the other dispatchers. She works more than her share of overtime to ensure that vacant shifts are covered, her supervisors said. “She lifts the atmosphere of the room every day with her smile,” Brockus said. “She gets along extremely well with all of her co-workers and supervisors.” (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Danita L. Crombach, communications manager for the Sheriff’s Department, said she was thrilled with Vega’s selection. “She is very well-deserving of this award. She is very caring and compassionate, not just with the public but with the deputies and her co-workers,” Crombach said. “Her entire team knows that they can count on her. She is a very humble person, but she is very good at what she does. We are very lucky to have her.” Vega, 28, has been working at the dispatch center since December 2003. She said the honor was especially important to her because it came from people she works with. “It’s rewarding just to help a person calm down and reassure them that help is on the way,” she said. Erin Brockus, dispatch supervisor at the Ventura County Government Center in Ventura, said Vega’s work to help other dispatchers learn basic Spanish is a good example of her commitment. VENTURA – Araceli Vega always brings a positive attitude to a job that would make most people too nervous to smile. When calls come in to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department’s dispatch center of prowlers or robberies or shootings, Vega calmly directs deputies to the scene, never panicking, never losing her cool. And because Spanish-speakers sometimes dial 911 and get dispatchers who only speak English, Vega has volunteered to teach her co-workers Spanish, just to make things run a little more smoothly. For her efforts, her co-workers recently named the Oxnard woman the county’s Dispatcher of the Year. last_img read more


first_imgA man who went berserk in a hotel and threatened another man with a hurley stick claimed his drink was spiked.Letterkenny Court.Paul Hughes, 42, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with possession of an article with intent to cause injury. But Hughes, who has no previous convictions, claimed he had no memory of the attack.The incident happened at the Downings Bay Hotel on August 9th last.The court heard that Hughes owns a mobile home close to the hotel and had been staying in the area and visiting the hotel for the past ten years.The hotel even gave Hughes a reference saying what an upstanding person he was and how he had never caused any trouble previously.He was also charged with being intoxicated and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour in a public place.Solicitor for the accused, Ms Fiona Browne, told the court that her client felt his drink was spiked.“He has no other explanation but thinks his drink was spiked because he has no memory of what happened and did not even know the man he had attacked,” she said.Hughes, from Blackbog Road, Greencastle, Co Tyrone, told the court “I don’t remember anything about it. I went to the man the next day and apologised. I had never met him before.”The court heard how the victim did not want to proceed with any case against Hughes.The accused told Judge Paul Kelly that the hurley stick belonging to one of his children and had been kept in the caravan.Judge Kelly ordered Hughes to pay €500 to a local charity and struck the matter out.MAN WHO WENT BERSERK IN HOTEL WITH HURLEY CLAIMS DRINK WAS SPIKED was last modified: September 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Details for Champions League and EFL finals this weekend on talkSPORT

first_imgThe Premier League and EFL season’s have finished but there is still a huge amount on the line for some clubs.Liverpool take on 12-time European champions Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday evening.Earlier in the day, Fulham and Aston Villa lock horns at Wembley to get that coveted final promotion spot in the Premier League in the Championship play-off final.Sunday afternoon will see Rotherham and Shrewsbury battle for a place in the Championship, while Monday sees Coventry and Exeter take each other on for promotion out of League Two.talkSPORT is the only place you can listen to live national radio commentary of ALL the games over the bank holiday weekend.Here’s the details of our coverage…SATURDAY 26TH MAYChampionship play-off final – Fulham v Aston Villa: Coverage from Wembley starts at 16:00, kick-off at 17:00. Live on talkSPORT.Champions League play-off final – Real Madrid v Liverpool: Coverage from Kiev starts after the play-off final at 18:45, kick-off 19:45. Live on talkSPORT.SUNDAY 27TH MAYLeague One play-off final – Rotherham United v Shrewsbury Town: Coverage from Wembley starts at 14:00, kick-off at 15:00. Live on talkSPORT.MONDAY 28TH MAY League Two play-off final – Coventry City v Exeter City: Coverage from Wembley starts at 14:00, kick-off at 15:00. Live on talkSPORT. 1 It’s a weekend of finals live on talkSPORT last_img read more

Liverpool’s plans for pre-season ahead of first friendly against Chester

first_img 3 Liverpool will play their first-pre season match on Saturday – at the same time as England face Sweden.New additions Naby Keita and Fabinho are set to start against Chester as Jurgen Klopp kicks off his preparations for the 2018/19 campaign. huge blow Latest Liverpool news The Bank of America Stadium Charlotte is the home of NFL side the Carolina Panthers England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal gameday cracker Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury What is the International Champions Cup? It is a pre-season tournament that will see 18 of Europe’s top clubs take part at various venues across the United States, Europe and Asia. All eight of the teams that competed in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals will take part. Teams will play three matches and only one champion will emerge based on topping the league table. It begins on July 20 and ends on August 11. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Thursday, July 26: Manchester City v Liverpool (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford) 1.05am KOSaturday, July 28: Manchester United v Liverpool (Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor) 10.05pm KOSaturday, August 4: Liverpool v Napoli (Aviva Stadium, Dublin) – 6pm KOTuesday, August 7: Liverpool v Torino (Anfield) – 7.30pm KO predicted silverware possible standings REVEALED center_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures They will then face another League Two side, Bury, before a clash at Ewood Park against Championship opposition, Blackburn Rovers.Liverpool will then jet off to America to take part in the International Champions Cup, playing matches in North Carolina, New Jersey and Michigan.They will come up against some familiar faces, going head-to-head against Klopp’s former club Borussia Dortmund, Premier League champions Manchester City and bitter rivals Manchester United. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool will play Tranmere at Prenton Park 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Klopp will be without a number of players for the next few weeks, including Mo Salah and Jordan Henderson, due to their World Cup exploits.That could be good news for younger players at the club as they get the chance to enhance their claims for first-team selection.Liverpool will play nine games before they kick off their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on August 11.Who are Liverpool playing in pre-season?The Reds will first face National League North side Chester on Saturday, July 7 at the Swansway Chester Stadium.Four days later, they will head down the road to Prenton Park to take on League Two side Tranmere Rovers. How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence RANKED After almost a fortnight in America, the squad will then travel back to Europe to take on Napoli, managed by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium before concluding their friendly schedule with their first pre-season game at Anfield in four years; Torino will provide the opposition.Full Liverpool pre-season schedule:Saturday, July 7: Chester v Liverpool (Swansway Chester Stadium) – 3pm KOWednesday, July 11: Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool (Prenton Park) – 7.30pm KOSaturday, July 14: Bury v Liverpool (Gigg Lane) – 3pm KOThursday, July 19: Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool (Ewood Park) – 7.45pm KOSunday, July 22: Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund (Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte) 9.05pm KO Jurgen Klopp has got 26 Liverpool players back for pre-season training 3 REVEALED shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

North-West companies continue their expansion into the US

first_imgTwo leading Irish international Companies, O’Donnell’s Bakery and O’Neill’s Sportswear continue their expansion into the US.Two long and well-established companies from the North West of Ireland, both recognised internationally for their quality products will travel to Boston this November as part of a unique overseas trade mission.Although both companies are already established in the States, they hope to further grow their distribution network extensively in the next 12 months. O’Neills Irish International sports company is a customised sportswear manufacturer, founded in 1918. They supply high-performance custom designed and personalised playing gear, training gear and leisure wear for a range of sports which includes Gaelic, Rugby, Soccer, Hockey, Basketball, Cricket, Athletics and Netball. They already supply over 7000 schools, clubs and universities, as well as professional teams worldwide to countries including Ireland, UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia, USA and Australia.This is O’Donnell’s Bakery’s second trade mission trip to Boston. Prior to their first trip in 2016, they already had established a presence in the US, bringing their much sought after Irish Baking products to the Irish diaspora. Irish stores and outlets across cities such as New York and Philadelpia already stock their premium products. From Irish wheaten breads, soda breads and barn bracks and to an amazing 87 different product ranges their distribution partners based in New York said that they just can’t keep up with the demand from their customers. Since establishing partnerships in the US only 18 months ago, 10% of O’Donnells Bakery’s turnover is now exported to the US.O’Neill’s aim as part of this trade mission, is to develop the market for their products in the US North East region through sports clubs, high schools and colleges, focusing particularly on supplying personalised branded kits for their individual sports programmes.Their already popular online shop, which offers a full range of products, is exceptional in that it also offers their clients an Online Kit Builder, giving their customers the flexibility of designing the kit they require in any colour combination as well as incorporating relevant crests and logos to the designs chosen. The online shop is offering a full range a products both county and club personalised that can be purchased individually by customers around the world. The Online kit builder is aimed at clubs that would design their team kit online and then purchase in bulk (not online). O’Donnell’s Bakery are delighted to get this opportunity to get a chance to be “on the ground” and placed in front of potential distributors from this part of the States. Speaking on behalf of O’Donnell’s Bakery, Managing Director, Andrew McElhinney said, “From our research, there is a population of 33.3 million people in the US recorded as having Irish heritage and we aim to capture at least 1% of this market – for us this would be huge.”The education sector is of particular interest to O’Neill’s Sportswear and they hope to be able to establish a presence in this part of the US. Export Manager, Cristina McCusker for O’Neill’s Sportswear said, “Our cutting edge designs and our durable fabrics, as well as our in-house design and production turnaround have already established us firmly as an internationally preferred supplier of world class. We hope to visit Boston and establish strong links on the ground there that would support our newly appointed sales representative in developing the market for our products. We are confident that the work that this delegation has already done, will give us an advantage before we travel.”The biggest advantage that O’Donnell’s Bakery has over their competition, is that they manufacture their products using traditional and secret recipes from old Irish recipes that locals and the Irish living abroad, consider as a “Taste of Home”. They use traditional methods of baking while applying modern techniques and only use the finest local ingredients located in the North West of Ireland.“Creating and sustaining employment in a rural but stunningly beautiful unspoilt part of Ireland’s North West is extremely important to our team and our future plans. Getting this chance to continue to grow our export business, especially to the US, will secure this tradition and create employment in our county, for many years to come,” concludes Andrew McElhinney.Both these companies hope to build on the connections they have already made and recognise the value of the firm foundation that has already been established between Boston and Ireland’s North West organisations including Donegal County Council, Derry City & Strabane District Council and the Local Enterprise Office along with other participating organisations Údarás na nGaeltachta, Invest NI, Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the North West Regional College.” North-West companies continue their expansion into the US was last modified: November 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