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first_imgCeres Negros chair Leo Ray Yanson hoists the inaugural PFL trophy with matriarch Olivia V. Yanson, who is an avid supporter of the team, looking on. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBACOLOD CITY—The uncertainty surrounding the future of club football in the Philippines has not stopped reigning Philippines Football League champion Ceres Negros from staying true to its mission of raising the country’s football stock internationally.With club football in the country at the crossroads following the pullout of several clubs over the past year and the Philippine Premier League yet to be launched, the Busmen are focusing on bigger goals next year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Road to redemptionIt’s the same feeling a couple of years ago when they missed out on the United Football League title. After that disappointing campaign, the Busmen went on to their so-called road to redemption, taking the AFC Cup by storm.“We’re always looking to improve,” says Yanson. “When we first started Ceres, we knew that it would take a lot of hard work and resources to reach the level we are now and stay at that level.”Yanson has established close ties with players like Stephan Schrock, Martin Steuble, Manny and Mike Ott, Patrick Reichelt, who, in truth, can play in the top leagues in Southeast Asia, but have opted to stay on with the club as Ceres carries the Philippine flag in AFC competitions.Half the storyADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “We love representing Negros, we love playing at Panaad,” says Schrock. “We have an owner who really looks after us and who consider a great friend off the pitch.”But results on the pitch are just half the story for Ceres. With the AFC Champions League match against Yangon United set to be played at Panaad Stadium on Feb. 5, the club is bracing for another hosting job.Teams in tournaments of this magnitude subject themselves to strict AFC International Standards with sanctions and fines meted if those are not met.“It was quite an experience for us because we really just had to learn along the way,” says club administrator Nicolas Golez, who spearheads the local organizing committee for local matches.“We try our best to make sure that the pitch is in the best condition and improving the lighting at Panaad. It was worth all the hard work when we saw the big crowds for the matches.”Giving back to fansThrough it all, though, the club has allowed fans free admission to matches, despite all the hard work and the money that is being spent in every international tournament.It is Yanson’s way of giving back to the fans for the support and his effort to nurture the Negrense fans love and passion for the Beautiful Game.“I just want the city and the province to be recognized internationally for football,” he says.“Of course it’s all worth it. To tell you the truth, we are humbled by our results because it’s not easy. We are committed to be the best club that we can be.” Pagdanganan, Dy rule nat’l doubles Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:34Monsey stabbing witness says he ‘threw coffee table’ at suspect02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We’re closely following the situation in the league, but we just can’t wait what happens there,” says Ceres club chair Leorey Yanson, who has used his personal resources to make sure the club runs smoothly and is up to standard when it stages its home matches.“We have a big responsibility to do well in the AFC Champions League and maybe in the AFC Cup. We just can’t let our guard down so we really have to prepare well for these very important tournaments.”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 ChrissAfter a stellar year in 2017 when they bagged the AFC Cup Asean zone title and became the first PFL champion, the Busmen started this year with a stunning run in the AFC Champions League that was only halted by Chinese powerhouse Tianjin Quanjian.A return to the AFC Cup Asean zone final, where they lost to Singapore’s Home United, left the Busmen even hungrier and more determined than ever heading into the new season. 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first_imgMany residents in New Kru Town believe that there is no end to their troubles, as last Friday, May 30, violent waves surged early in the morning to force them from their homes.“This is like a curse from nature,” a distraught woman told the Daily Observer, as she waddled through the water. “It happens every year,” she added.She said the sea had not been rough the previous night till early in the morning when the waves increased and water began to enter their compound and eventually into their rooms.Another resident complained, “We are in the rainy season; and as usual this is the time we are tormented by the sea.”Sea erosion is part of the struggle that beach communities experience. The currently affected communities are Popo Beach, Colonel West, and the Lagoon.During our visit, houses and rooms were flooded, as the waves in that early morning moved back and forth. “We’ll soon enter in June where the rains [are] heavier,” another resident told the Daily Observer, “I think we will have to move away from here for good.”During a brief tour of the affected areas, many residents were seen with mattresses on their heads, as well as clothes and other household materials that could be moved to safety.A mother of five told the Observer that she did not have anywhere to go with her children.“I am simply displaced,” she said dejectedly. “What can I do for myself and my children?”But the most affected residents are the many workers of the Liberia Maritime Authority’s Beaches and Waterways Project,  who said they have not been able to make decisions to find further accommodation due to the failure of the Government of Liberia to pay them their four-month arrears.The project was intended to maintain healthy beaches, since due to the war, most residents use the beaches to answer to nature’s call (otherwise known as ‘open defecation’). But with the Beaches and Waterways Project the situation has changed and the beaches are maintained by the workers.“With money I can go and look elsewhere for a place to stay,” one of the workers said, “but since we have not been paid and we hardly hear when we’ll be paid, I don’t know what to do.”With the rains coming in full force in June and the months to come, beach residents are worried about their future.“June and July months will be our hell on earth,” an elderly resident said.Many of those interviewed appealed to the Government of Liberia, political parties and humanitarian agencies to come to their rescue, while Beaches and Waterway workers urged the government to settle their arrears.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgAnother round of uncertainty has engulfed the already shaky resumption of academic activities a few months ago as the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) that compelled the government to shut down all schools in the country vanished. Meanwhile, a copy of a leaked document captioned, “Proposal for Change in Academic Schedule” is in the possession of the Daily Observer.According to the document, school will close on June 30, for Early Child Development (ECD), Basic and Secondary schools, and there will be no promotion for all grades.This suggests that tuition paid by parents and guardians amid frustrations owing to the economic hardship would be only for what is being termed as a “study class” period from February to June. Among other things, the document has suspended the writing of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) exams until 2016. But the WAEC National Monrovia Head office is yet to make an official comment on these momentous developments.A source at the WAEC Congo Town office, however, told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that they are yet to receive word from the Ministry of the Education as to whether the exams have indeed been deferred to next year.“We are under the authorities at the MOE and whatever they desire is what we at WAEC will do, but as of now, we have no official word from MOE concerning this year’s WAEC administration, even though students have paid their WAEC fees,” our source said.MOE has not commented officially, but the Assistant director of Communication, Sannor Goe, told this newspaper late yesterday that whatever decision the Ministry intends to arrive at would be announced by the Ministry of Information.According to the new academic calendar, however, no exams will be administered by WAEC for 9th and 12th graders. Hereafter, “Saturday Clubs Enrichment Programs” will be encouraged in all schools, especially at the basic and secondary levels. This initiative, according to the document, is recommended to be conducted every Saturday beginning October 2015 for grades 9 and 12.The document states that Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Reading Comprehension and Writing specialists from WAEC will develop aptitude tests for teachers who will teach the Saturday classes. These classes will be open to all students in grades 9 and 12. Additionally, the document said, contracts will be signed by students for punctuality and conduct, while schools will also sign up to ensure their participation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgFrom the moment Jerome Suah’s first song, “Left Alone,” was recorded in 2007, it was received with positive feedback from family members and friends. His dream of becoming a reggae musician was just emerging; and since them, he has never backed down.“It was at that point that I decided to follow my musical career and chose the name ‘J. Younkonde’ as my stage name,” he said.At first J. Younkonde did not realize that being a musician was not going to be a walk in the park or in his case, becoming a star over night. But as time evolved, the young Liberian reggae star put in the hard work required for success.“With all this in mind,” he said, “I instantly got to work, with lots of sleepless nights, each time trying to perfect my musical talent.”After much hard work, one of his biggest breakthroughs came when J. Younkonde started performing for universities and other community events across America, including performances at UB University and the Chadron States College.Finally the biggest moment came when J. Younkonde was given the opportunity to do freestyle with Alicia Keys after getting her consensus to do so on the song “We Are Here.” Not just stopping at this point, the artist has started the year with a new single called “Struggle,” a song that speaks about the social issues in Africa and around the world. The song is making a wave on YouTube.“I feel that my dedication is paying off. As a reggae artist, I’m currently known as one of the best and stand out Liberian artists because of the style of reggae music I do and its powerful message,” he said.Liberia Music Award Foundation Country Representative, Joseph Junior Teah, spoke about him as the LMA 2015 nominee who rocked the stage at that event, and described him as one of the best raw and structured Liberian talents based in the United States, “and the energy he brings to the stage make him unique.”Teah added that the “artist represents change; from Don Bosco life to being a well-defined artist.”Like other Liberian children that experienced the devastating 14 years of civil war, J. Younkonde was separated from his parents at a very tender age. Because of this, he had to experience life in the streets of Monrovia, from one orphanage home to another.He said: “While I was at the St. John Don Bosco orphanage home, I was given the opportunity to attend Feama Community Elementary School and there I began my education sojourn. But not too long when another war broke out, I had to flee from Monrovia to go to my hometown in Grand Gedeh County, my parents’ birthplace.”Years later he was given the opportunity to migrate to New York; where in 2004, he purchased his first reggae album called “Reggae Power,” which was a defining moment on his journey to superstardom.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgTwo officers from the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) successfully attended the Caribbean Ship Inspector Training (CASIT) programme, which was held between October 29 and November 16, 2018, in Trinidad and Tobago.Sherry-Ann Wilson and Trey Simon serve in the capacity of Port State Control Officer/Marine Pilot Trainee and Marine Officer respectively at the Ports and Harbours division.Among the 40 persons from 13 Caribbean Member States and four territories who participated in the programme, the Guyanese emerged at the top in performance and evaluation sessions which will prepare participants for the diploma course thatThe Guyanese participants at the training sessionis offered online.Wilson gained 100 per cent while Simon achieved 93 per cent in their respective evaluations.The CASIT programme is designed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to train Flag and Port State Inspectors. This training helps to ensure that ship standards are maintained, and that there is compliance with international codes and regulations, also, with the aim of reducing accidents and marine pollution.The programme was aimed at preparing participants to function in their respective administrations as Flag State and Port State Officers. Trainees will be able to perform Flag State Inspections (FSI) on all ships under 24 metres in length and carry out annual and renewal surveys on vessels up to 500 Gross Tonnage (GT).last_img read more

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first_imgAlmost two weeks after the 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) was held, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is accusing the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) of withholding the official elections results, including vital breakdowns of party votes.In a statement on Friday evening, the PPP said GECOM continues to act in a manner that erodes public confidence in itself, while also conveying the public impression that it is ostensibly acting in consort with both the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) by not disclosing the “official results”.To date, according to the Opposition, all GECOM has done is the release of theGECOM Headquarters, Kingston, Georgetowntotal votes cast as 208,534, which constitutes 36 per cent of the total of the registered electors.“In the past, within a few days after elections, GECOM would normally disclose the formal results, which would include the votes obtained by each of the political parties contesting those elections, along with further breakdowns in terms of votes cast per region or votes cast per Local Authorities Areas (LAAs) along with rejected/spoilt ballots. On this occasion, for some inexplicable reason, GECOM is refusing to disclose this vital breakdown,” the PPP stated.The PPP believes that the refusal to do so is intentional, adding that if GECOM has the aggregate number of votes cast then it also has access to the votes received by each party since the aggregate whole is made up of those constituent parts.“We believe that GECOM is withholding this breakdown of the results in order to conceal from the nation the magnitude of the loss suffered by both the APNU and the AFC at the recently concluded LGE; and it is this omission, which allows the AFC to fabricate contentions of the like that it has received 10 per cent of the votes cast, a blatant lie,” the Opposition noted.The Party went on to highlight the “seriousness and alacrity” with which GECOM has treated certain allegations, which first surfaced on Facebook from “unconfirmed and dubious” APNU sources that there were certain irregularities, in relation to, the procedure for the approval for proxies in the municipality of Mabaruma.“Our information is that the GECOM officials who visited from Georgetown were being openly transported in the Mabaruma area by APNU officials. There was not even an attempt to hide the complicity. So here we have GECOM officials leaving Georgetown to travel to Region One [Barima-Waini] to investigate certain spurious claims emanating from Facebook, which at best, can have no material impact whatsoever on the results of that municipality, simply because APNU was soundly thrashed by the PPP at LGE in that area,” the PPP statement further detailed.Furthermore, the PPP has made multiple complaints of serious irregularities right across the country and according to the Party, in most cases, it did not get even a response from GECOM. The Party noted that whenever it did get a response from the elections body, it was one that rejected their complaints.For instance, the PPP drew attention to the numerous complaints of widespread allegations of blatant forgeries both on the lists of candidates and the lists of backers of both the APNU and the AFC; complaints against the Returning Officer for Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), who refused to accept requests for recounts by the PPP, which are guaranteed by law, in relation to the 2015 General and Regional Elections and rather than receiving some form of sanction from GECOM, this officer was promoted by GECOM to the position of supervisor for Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), in respect to the 2018 LGE.The Opposition continued that even in the elections petition filed against the 2015 General and Regional Elections, the Party highlighted a number of irregularities and illegalities committed in the electoral process; rather than assist the court in having these irregularities and illegalities addressed and ventilated, GECOM filed proceedings to strike out the petition.“Unless there is a fundamental change in the way GECOM functions, it will continue to contribute to a lack of confidence, not only in the Commission itself, but in the electoral machinery as a whole,” the PPP stated.Four days after the November 12, 2018 LGE, the Elections Commission held a press conference where it revealed the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has turned in significant improvements over its 2016 performance. What has also been revealed is that the elections were held with a voter turnout of just 36 per cent of the electorate.According to statistics released, the PPP made major gains in several Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and municipalities. For instance, the Party won 5 out of the 10 towns. These are Mabaruma, Anna Regina, Rose Hall, Corriverton and Lethem.Additionally, the data shows that out of 572,531 persons registered to vote, only 208,534 actually went out to vote. This is a turnout of 36 per cent. When LGE were last held in 2016, the turnout was 47 per cent.last_img read more

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first_imgLONG BEACH – It was three days before the biggest race of his life and Jimmy Grabow was jumpy. Oh, was he ever. “I’m trying to read or hang out with people,” he added, “but I’m like a volcano ready to erupt.” If you’re a distance runner, competitively or just as a method to burn calories and keep the cardiovascular system chugging along, you might be able to understand what he was enduring as he prepared to compete in the 5,000 meters during the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend. If not, you haven’t a clue. The 5-foot-7, 115-pound Grabow, a 4.0 student who picked up his bachelor’s degree in history last spring and is now taking post-graduate courses in counseling and student development, has been “tapering” this week to prepare for his race at the University of Arkansas today. And that means trimming his usual 125 miles per week of running. “Yesterday I ran 13 miles and today only seven,” he said, sighing. “Coach (Matt Roe) knows I hate not working out. So I’m giving in to him on this.” Grabow, who transferred to Long Beach State from San Bernardino Valley College 2 1/2 years ago, broke his own school record by running a 13:44.0 in Seattle on Feb. 10. He arrived on campus the same time that Roe did after being hired by the track and field program’s head coach, Andy Sythe. Tonight he will take the sixth fastest time in America into the field of 16 that also includes a handful of elite foreign competitors, Roe said. Needless to say, Grabow will take a lot of pent-up energy onto the track with him. “The field will be loaded but Jimmy is going to be ready to battle,” Roe said. He concedes that getting Roe to strategically ease off in his training regiment is akin to a jockey pulling back hard on the reins of a thoroughbred. “We’ve been trying to get him to rest because he’s done all the work he needs to get ready for the race,” Roe said of the first Long Beach distance runner to compete in the championships since 1990. “But it’s difficult because it’s taking away something he craves.” Grabow craves pounding a running track or trail, or pavement, the way most of us crave fries with our cheeseburgers. “And it’s funny,” he said, “because I used to hate running.” But that’s before a buddy convinced him to go out for the cross country team as a freshman at Rim of the World High in Lake Arrowhead. “I thought `Sure, why not? I can run three miles,”‘ he said, laughing. After the first couple of workouts, though, he had a question for his pal. “It was a rude awakening,” he said. “It was, like `Dude, tell me why we’re doing this?”‘ His high school coach, Glenn Mitchell, apparently had an eye for distance running talent, even if it came in the body of a scrawny ninth grader. “Coach Mitchell asked me to stick it out,” Grabow explained. “I told him, `Just give me three reasons to come back.”‘ And? “I don’t remember what he said,” Grabow said, laughing again. “But if not for him, I sure wouldn’t be here.” Grabow, who also holds the school record in the indoor 3,000 meters (7:59.40) and was second in the 5,000 during the Big West Conference outdoor championships last spring, wasn’t recruited by any NCAA Division I program before enrolling at San Bernardino Valley. And he was lightly recruited before signing with Long Beach. “You know, what I’m doing now wasn’t even fathomable two years ago,” he said. “I had very humble beginnings as a runner. Even now, I don’t think about winning titles. I see it as a process of `How much can I improve?’ I see it a race of me vs. me.” And you know who wins that one every time. 49er notes: Also competing for Long Beach is triple jumper Ronald Carter, who was an All-American selection last spring after finishing seventh (51-4 1/2) in the outdoor championships in Sacramento. He has the third best mark in the country – 52-7 1/4 – during the indoor season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I’m like an egg waiting to hatch,” the Long Beach State graduate student said earlier this week. And then he polished off the 1-2 metaphorical combination. last_img
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first_imgIt was only the French midfielder’s third Premier League goal, doubling Chelsea’s lead after Alvaro Morata’s first-half header had opened the scoring for Chelsea.Jamie Vardy’s penalty pulled one back for Leicester but the Foxes fell to their third defeat of the season, while Chelsea celebrated a third successive win.Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard was on the bench after missing the start of Chelsea’s season after breaking his ankle while training with his national team in June.Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater was also among the substitutes following his move from Leicester on transfer deadline day.The Blues started brightly with Morata forcing Schmeichel into a save in the second minute.Behind the Spanish striker, Cesc Fabregas was linking well with Tiemoue Bakayoko and Victor Moses while Marcos Alonso was making inroads on the left flank.The Spanish wing back almost picked out Morata with a cross from a tight angle, but Leicester captain Wes Morgan intervened at full stretch to clear the danger.It was midway through the first half before the home side got a clear sight of goal, Vardy racing onto Riyad Mahrez’s through ball and dragging his shot past the far post.At the other end Morgan was again called into action as Kante won the ball and set Morata away.The Jamaica international slid in to send the Spaniard’s shot out for a corner.An uncharacteristic mistake from Kante, who gave the ball away from a short corner, almost cost his side as Mahrez broke.– Swatted away –The Algerian charged towards the Chelsea goal ignoring the run of Vardy to pick out Islam Slimani, but his weak shot was swatted away by Thibaut Courtois.And a minute later Leicester were made to pay as Cesar Azpilicueta’s looping cross was met by Morata, who guided a powerful, downward header past Schmeichel and into the bottom corner in the 41st minute.Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante (L) celebrates with Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Chelsea at King Power Stadium in Leicester © AFP / Ben STANSALLLeicester tried to hit straight back with a flurry of half chances from a corner but ran into some committed Chelsea defending.Craig Shakespeare reacted by bringing on Andy King and Demarai Gray at the break with Marc Albrighton and Slimani making way.Within five minutes of the restart the home side had fallen further behind, Kante firing home from 25 yards.The two-goal lead lasted for quarter of an hour when a penalty offered the hosts a route back into the match.Vardy seized on Azpilicueta’s weak back pass and was brought down by Courtois, who gave referee Lee Mason no choice but to point to the spot.The England forward converted the chance with a viciously struck penalty straight down the middle of the goal.Shakespeare brought on Kelechi Iheanacho off the bench as his side searched desperately for an equaliser.But it was Chelsea who went closest to another goal as Hazard picked out Willian whose shot rolled inches wide.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Chelsea at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on September 9, 2017 © AFP / Ben STANSALLLEICESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 9 – A rare N’Golo Kante goal on his return to Leicester gave Premier League champions Chelsea a 2-1 victory at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.Kante struck five minutes after half-time with a low shot that appeared to take City keeper Kasper Schmeichel by surprise as it came though a crowd of players to find the bottom corner.last_img read more

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first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward is in Barcelona to try and tie up the £22m transfer of Spanish international Pedro. Woodward flew to Catalunya ahead of Monday’s Spanish Super Cup second leg between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao at the Nou Camp. (Daily Mail)Manchester City still hope to add Kevin de Bruyne to their squad this summer. De Bruyne stunned an audience at the SportBild Awards in Hamburg by saying he would ‘definitely’ be staying with Wolfsburg. But De Bruyne’s agent, Patrick De Koster, quickly insisted that was not the case and his player had been put in an ‘awkward’ situation. City now plan to press ahead with a £50m move. (Daily Mail)Manchester City have been offered Nicolas Otamendi by Valencia but will not be sending Eliaquim Mangala in the other direction. (Daily Express)Chelsea have responded to their defeat to Manchester City by tabling a new £30 million offer for John Stones. But Everton will turn down their latest offer and will demand £40m to part with the central defender. (Daily Telegraph)Newcastle have offered £12million for Marseille winger Florian Thauvin with Remy Cabella poised to go the other way on loan. (Daily Mail)Premier League clubs have been put on alert by news from France that Zlatan Ibrahimovic can leave PSG in this transfer window. Manchester United and Arsenal both need a striker and while Old Trafford powerbrokers appear reluctant to draw the enigmatic Swede to Old Trafford, they do need firepower. (Daily Mail)West Ham have joined the race to sign £15m-rated QPR striker Charlie Austin.  Austin is aware of West Ham’s interest and is prepared to join them. (London Evening Standard)But Newcastle United have ended their interest in Austin. Magpies boss Steve McClaren and his coach Steve Black were interested in bringing the striker to St James’ Park after working with him at Loftus Road while on the backroom team. But the long-running saga seems to have reached its conclusion after QPR warned clubs that they must pay the £15million fee for the 26-year-old. (Newcastle Chronicle)Sunderland will bid to re-sign Kieran Richardson from Aston Villa as they attempt to reverse their nightmare start to the Premier League season. (Daily Mirror)Norwich City are on the verge of a deal to sign Mattia Destro on loan from Roma, though Bologna are interested in the Italy forward. The 24-year-old scored 13 goals two seasons ago, leading to interest from Chelsea and Wolfsburg, but he joined AC Milan on loan last season. (The Times)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…It’s over! Manchester United target Sergio Ramos signs new long-term Real Madrid contractJuventus line up Erik Lamela deal after Tottenham tell them to forget about Christian Eriksen Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini wants to be reunited with Samir Nasri at Inter Milan ?Marseille want £12m for Florian Thauvin as Newcastle revive interest in wingerSouthampton transfer report: Ronald Koeman close to adding £8.5m defender to squad Besiktas joing chase for Liverpool outcast LucasAll over for Arsenal? Rafa Benitez details season targets for Real Madrid striker Karim BenzemaLiverpool ready Illarramendi bid after Real Madrid ‘agree deal’ for new midfielder Juventus hope to beat Arsenal with big money bid for long-term target Julian DraxlerReports – Chelsea sending scouts to watch Ghana teen star Godfred Donsah Kevin de Bruyne latest: Wolfsburg coach suggests Manchester City move is imminentManchester United transfer news: Pedro latest and Argentine international deal imminent Blow for Arsenal and Manchester United? Isco’s agent quashes speculation of Real Madrid star’s exitSergio Ramos rubbishes Man United links – ‘I never wanted to leave Real Madrid!’Done deal! Swansea sign teenage strikerlast_img read more

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first_imgHE WAS once lauded by the Taoiseach as a business genius, but today mystery surrounds the whereabouts of one of Donegal’s best-known businessmen, Monsieur Francois de Dietrich.The French-born entrepreneur was even handed the 2009 Emerging New Business Accolade by Mr Cowen at a glittering ceremony at the Mansion House.However before Christmas his Bastille Bistro restaurant in Letterkenny closed down just eight months after opening. A previous restaurant on the site – Catch Up – quickly won a reputation for bad food and poor service and also closed. And his Fasre estate agency business and Etic Solutions businesses, mainly based in Ballybofey, appear to have ceased trading.Donegaldaily.com has made numerous attempts to interview Mr Dietrich to ask him about how he felt hitting the bottom after such highs just 18 months ago, but we have been unable to reach him.After being handed his award by the Taoiseach, the Frenchman said: “This award recognises our innovative approach to business and the continuing need for creativity in this uncertain market.“We think outside the box at ETIC to provide services in a very different and fresh way, primarily to the tourism and hospitality industry, through the launch of a new international hotel brand to Ireland, as well as a contemporary restaurant chain. “Etic Solution’s portfolio of businesses also include an estate agency that implements an innovative marketing approach, the only specialised chef recruitment agency in Ireland, a French Language school, event management and PR agency.”The businessman had already bagged an award and a grant from the County Enterprise Board.During his time in Donegal, Mr De Dietrich made many friends, particularly in GAA and rugby circles.He once sponsored a ‘Beat the Banker’ charity night held at the Mount Errigal Hotel to raise money for a local school – and also put money into sponsoring Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce.There were reports recently that he may have moved to Belfast where he also owned a French restaurant also called Bastille on the trendy Lisburn Road in the south of the city. However when donegaldaily.com spoke to that restaurant last night we were told: “Francois has nothing to do with this restaurant anymore.“It is under new management. Francois sold the restaurant four weeks ago.”When we called to his home in Ballybofey, there was no answer to his home – and an answering machine at his home number is so jammed with messages, it cannot take anymore.Last night one local businessman who knows Mr De Dietrich well told us: “It is absolutely amazing how many people Francois got to know here in Donegal and in other Border counties. “Many of them have been asking about him and are wondering if he has moved back to France or another European country.“He would be known to most of the movers and shakers in the county and would have had business dealings with many of them.“But his whereabouts at the moment is something of a mystery.”Do you know where Mr de Dietrich is? info@donegaldaily.comOÙ EST FRANCOIS? MYSTERY SURROUNDS WHEREABOUTS OF AWARD-WINNING FRENCH BUSINESSMAN was last modified: January 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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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