Arsenal go clear atop Premier League

first_img At Emirates Stadium, Laurent Koscielny scored the decisive goal for Arsenal, but goalkeeper Petr Cech was the one celebrated after the victory over Newcastle strengthened their position at the summit of the standings. Koscielny scored from close range in mid second half after Cech made two outstanding saves to deny Georginio Wijnaldum. “He is calm and never panics. We needed that,” manager Arsene Wenger said of Cech. Second-place Leicester failed to keep pace with Arsenal after being held to 0-0 at home by 10-man Bournemouth. Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty to frustrate Leicester, who are only a point above City after their comeback at Vicarage Road. Watford went ahead when Aleksandar Kolarov diverted Ben Watson’s corner into his own net in the second half. But City overturned the deficit with two late goals in as many minutes. Yaya Toure scored with superb control from Kolarov’s corner, then Sergio Aguero’s header followed swiftly after to secure City’s first away win since September. “We have to build on this. We hadn’t won in six on the road,” City goalkeeper Joe Hart said. “It’s not championship-winning form, but we’re somehow still in it.” Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll scored to take their tally to two goals each in as many games as West Ham achieved a first-league double over Liverpool in 52 years. Klopp was not impressed by the performance of his side, which dropped to eighth. “Today is not a day to be disappointed. It is a day to be angry,” Klopp said. Meanwhile Norwich beat Southampton 1-0, West Bromwich Albion overcame Stoke 2-1, and Sunderland beat Aston Villa 3-1. Outstanding saves LONDON (AP): Manchester United rediscovered what winning felt like as Arsenal edged Newcastle 1-0 to move two points clear atop the English Premier League yesterday. Manchester City came from a goal down to beat Watford 2-1 to stay a point behind Leicester, and West Ham rose to sixth in beating Liverpool 2-0, leaving the latter’s coach, Juergen Klopp, furious. At Old Trafford, there were only smiles for United’s first win since November 21, ending a win-less run of eight games, their longest in 26 years. Anthony Martial put United ahead after half-time, and set up Wayne Rooney to flick in the winner with his heel. The goal made Rooney second on the club’s all-time scoring list on 238 11 behind Bobby Charlton and second all-time in the Premier League on 188, behind Alan Shearer’s total of 260. “It was his left foot behind his right foot. You cannot imagine what a goal that is,” manager Louis van Gaal said of his captain’s strike. United stayed in fifth place, provisionally two points behind Tottenham, who will be at Everton today.last_img read more

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NCAA adopts college basketball reforms for agents, NBA draft

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The NCAA included a provision allowing agent relationships for high school players identified as an elite prospect by USA Basketball beginning July 1 before their senior year, though only if the NBA changes its age-limit restrictions. If the NBA and its players’ union decide to lower the age limit of draft-eligible players to 18, it would clear the way for elite players to go from preps to pros.It’s unclear when — and if that would happen — or what impact that would have on colleges recruiting NBA-ready prospects.The changes also include allowing a player to return to school if undrafted, but only if he sought the NBA advisory evaluation and participated in the scouting combine — a number that NCAA senior vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt said would be “very limited in scope.” That, too, would first require tweaks to NBA and players’ union rules.At least one prominent coach, Kentucky’s John Calipari, wondered aloud as to how that will work.“My question is, what if there are no scholarships at that school because they gave the scholarships away because they thought he was leaving?” Calipari said in an interview on ESPN. “What does that kid do now? Does he go to another school?”There were also significant changes to the enforcement process to handle cases of rules violations. That included the appointment of Rice-recommended independent groups to handle and resolve complex cases, with Emmert estimating it would apply to maybe five cases annually.The changes also allow the NCAA to accept outside information that has been “established by another administrative body or a commission authorized by a school.” The NCAA says that will save time since investigators would no longer have to independently confirm those details, which could apply to the current corruption case with federal investigators having access to information through subpoenas and wiretaps — tools the NCAA doesn’t possess.The changes also include requiring school presidents and athletics staff to commit “contractually” to cooperate fully with investigations, stiffer penalties for violations and regulation of the summer recruiting circuit.Federal prosecutors announced last fall they had charged 10 men — including assistant coaches at Arizona, Auburn, USC and Oklahoma State along with a top Adidas executive — in a fraud and bribery scandal. The case has entangled schools such as Kansas, North Carolina State, Maryland and Louisville, among others, though prosecutors withdrew a criminal complaint in February against one of the defendants. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In terms of agents, the changes are as much about transparency and offering a legitimate avenue for communication or advice that previously could’ve taken place in the shadows — and raised the likelihood of attracting unscrupulous characters.Now college basketball players can work with an NCAA-certified agent while testing the waters of declaring for the NBA draft. College players first would have to request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee about their draft prospects after the season, and that would clear the way to enter into a written agreement — disclosed to the NCAA or school — with the agent.That agreement must end if the player returns to school.Agents would be allowed to cover minimal expenses such as meals and transportation associated with meetings or workouts with pro teams, but that could be complicated. The NCAA noted that might first require revisions to the Uniform Athlete Agent Act — a version of which is in place in more than 40 states to regulate unethical agent conduct. And because pro teams previously could cover some of those expenses, the monetary benefit could be minimal.The agents would have to be certified by the NCAA by no later than August 2020, agents certified by the NBA players’ union would qualify until a formal deadline is set.ADVERTISEMENT Australian golf Jarrod Lyle dies after long cancer battle Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal RALEIGH, N.C. — The NCAA is taking steps to try to clean up college basketball, carving out a limited role for agents to work with players and changing pivotal parts of its rules-enforcement system as part of numerous reforms in the wake of a corruption scandal.The Indianapolis-based governing body for college sports announced Wednesday that its Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors had adopted a “series of significant policy and legislative changes” as part of an effort to “fundamentally” change the NCAA’s structure. Some are immediate, while others first require action from other agencies — such as the NBA changing the age limit for draft-eligible players that has fueled the wave of “one and done” at the college level.ADVERTISEMENT 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 awardcenter_img MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ That follows late-April recommendations from the commission headed by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice following a federal investigation into alleged bribes and kickbacks designed to influence recruits on choosing a school, agent or apparel company. Georgia Tech president and Board of Directors chairman Bud Peterson said the NCAA had pushed through changes in about 3 1/2 months that would “normally take us about two years through the governance process.”“Today was obviously a very important day for the NCAA and especially for men’s basketball, and … Division I,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a teleconference with reporters Wednesday afternoon.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’While many agree the reforms are a step in the right direction, it is unclear how effective they will be.“It’s important to be mindful that we won’t reach perfection; however, we can’t let that stand in the way of significant progress,” Atlantic Coast Conference John Swofford said in a statement. 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Government REOs hijacked budget from RDCs

first_imgDear Editor,The recently held National Conference of Local Democratic Organs (NCLDO) was another forum where the rhetoric of David Granger and Ronald Bulkan was portrayed to convince stakeholders that technically, the development of the various local organs is basically to increase rates, taxes and revenue collection on residents in order to develop their communities.The deception of the decentralisation of governance and putting more powers in the hands of citizens to participate in the development of their communities is another episode of the dramatic skills that is portrayed by this APNU/AFC coalition Government throughout its tenure in Government. The restoration of Local Democracy is a farce that is being used as a mantra by David Granger to mislead the people.The Minister of Communities is using taxpayers’ monies to give stipends to overseers and then use these officials to undermine the NDCs and the Regional Executive Officers for the various RDCs are also being used to undermine the elected Regional Democratic Councils.Recently the Budget proposals for 2020 was hijacked by the REOs, some of these proposals were either determined by illegal or enclosed meetings or by the REO themselves. The RDCs are mandated to be the agency to ensure that people’s rights and voices are represented in the budget proposals, unfortunately, this is the new form of democracy that is being established by the APNU/AFC coalition Government. Before 2015, budget proposals of projects used to be generated through community meetings between the RDC and residents then set in priorities of urgency, and approved by the RDC at a duly constituted meeting of the council, not a meeting by the REOs.The Constitution of Guyana emphasised the importance of Local Government, Chapter 71 (1) “Local Government is a vital aspect of socialist democracy and shall be organised so as to involve as many people as possible in the task of managing and developing the communities in which they live”. While the Constitution dictates that there must be as many persons involved, this caretaker Government is secretly responsible for the destruction of local democracy.Politicians and political officials are employed at the Regional Democratic Councils’ headquarters to undermine every aspect of administration. The two new NDCs that were formed since 2018 are still not functional. That’s the reality of local democracy, subvention from Government is being given based on rates and taxes collections from residents.The main objective of the APNU/AFC coalition Government in respect to local Government is to divert the blames of incompetence and non-fulfilment of promises on the local organs and to pressure Guyanese with the additional burden.This APNU/AFC coalition Government is losing billions of dollars through bad negotiations, corrupt deals, tax write-off, sweetheart settlements, corruption, incompetence, Ministers’ extravagance etc, but is trying to enforce rules and regulations that would squeeze an ordinary Guyanese for a few cents. Guyanese must unveil this two-faced Government.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

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GTM makes whopping $1.1B payout in claims

first_imgRe-elected GTM Chairman Ram SinghSalesperson of the Year and Superstar Achiever, Hansraj SinghThe Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Fire Insurance Company Limited (GTM) last year paid out a whopping $1.1 billion in insurance claims, even as its profit margin declined by a little less than half compared to the previous year.This was the dire state of affairs reported by re-elected Chairman of the Board of Directors, Ram Singh.The Board of Directors met with policyholders on Wednesday at the Georgetown Club for the 136th Annual General Meeting (AGM), where Chairman Singh reported that after-tax profit for the company in 2015 was $82 million, as against the $160 million earned in 2014.Fire lossesSpeaking to the $1.1 billion payout in insurance claims, Singh told policyholders, this was primarily as a result of large fire losses incurred for the third consecutive year.He sought to reassure policyholders, however, that “since the beginning of 2014, your company has taken steps to prevent a reoccurrence by implementing more stringent underwriting guidelines”.Singh was optimistic in his pronouncements as he told policyholders in his report that despite the increase in claims that had to be met, the company still performed “fairly well despite fierce competition from existing insurance companies, new entrants, a decline in premium rates and a reduced demand for insurance coverage”.Speaking on the company’s asset base, Singh told those in attendance that GTM did record an increase in its holdings, totalling $6.65 billion in 2015, up from $5.92 billion the previous year.He said given the 2015 performance, the company has declared a final dividend of 4.6 per cent for ordinary scrip, preferent scrip and first preferred stock holders.The resolution for the dividend payout was unanimously approved by the policyholders in attendance.Regional performanceThe GTM Chairman also used the opportunity to provide an update on the performance of its regional branches.He told policyholders that in Grenada, total premiums grew by G$20 million. Singh recalled too that at the beginning of 2014, that country’s Government commenced the rollout of its three-year home-grown economic recovery programme of fiscal adjustments and reform – supported by the International Monetary Fund – and this programme at the end of 2017 is expected to stimulate the economy and reduce unemployment.In St Lucia, Singh lamented, the country’s economy shrank by almost two per cent and its “general insurance sector continues to face intense competition, high policy attrition (erosion) and declining growth”.According to Singh, in an effort to maintain market share and profitability, competitors engaged in discounting of premium rates, but these factors negatively affected the performance of the St Lucia branch.He said the sister branch in St Vincent and the Grenadines faced similar challenges to those experienced in St Lucia, but has fared better with marginal growth in premiums.Investment returnsThe GTM Chairman’s spate of bad news continued, as he reported on the company’s investments, highlighting that they have seen a decline in the rate of returns being earned.He sought to reassure, however, that “cognisant of the need to improve the yield on investment in order to avoid volatile or toxic investments, the Board’s first priority “is to protect your company and its investments by seeking only secured and guaranteed investments”.Singh used the opportunity to lament that the motor insurance aspect of GTM’s business portfolio did not fare well in 2015.This, he said, resulted from insurance companies across the territories, “underwriting at rock-bottom rates with very large excesses”.According to Singh, “on the surface, this may seem beneficial; however, the client ultimately loses more at the time of a claim”.This practice, according to Singh, will not be entertained by GTM.He told policyholders, “Any policy or practice that leads ultimately to the client being placed at a disadvantage will not be adopted by your company.”The GTM Chairman also used the opportunity to provide policyholders with an update on some infrastructural works undertaken in 2015.1962 roofAccording to Singh, the company utilised $51 million in renovations and repairs in 2015, most of which went into replacing the entire roof of the original GTM building in addition to upgrading its outdated electrical systems.He told policyholders that the repairs were deemed necessary, since “the building was last roofed in 1962 and had developed a number of leaks”.Singh also reported that the company renovated a property which it had leased in D’Edward Village in Berbice and has since relocated its Rosignol office there.“Other renovations included constructing a roof to cover the entire fifth floor of the Head office building to improve utility of the roof garden.”Superstar achieverSticking to tradition, the company also used the opportunity to reward its outstanding employees.Hansraj Singh was the top awardee copping a number of prizes, including Salesperson of the Year, the Superstar Achiever Award and the Chairman’s Award – the highest award across the branches.The company also presented bursaries to a number of students who recorded creditable performances in their examinations.All of the Directors, inclusive of the Chairman, were re-elected to serve on the company’s Board of Directors for another year.last_img read more

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BCAE Trains 50 Ebola Contact Tracers

first_imgA locally based non-governmental organization, under the banner Bomi Citizens Against Ebola (BCAE), has trained 50 community-based health practitioners in Tubmanburg, Bomi County as Ebola contact tracers.The training was intended to deploy health workers in four districts in Bomi to trace the contacts Ebola-infected persons.The program, held recently in the county, brought together local government officials, district commissioners, chiefs and traditional leaders to find amicable solution to eradicate the disease from the country.Communities which took part in the training workshop included  Klay, Singe, Duwein and Suehn- Mecca districts,  It was facilitated by experts from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.The CDC’s Dr. Neil Vora said the team is in Liberia to work with the national government and local counties’ health-based organizations, such as the BCAE, to help kick Ebola out of the country.Dr. Vora noted that the training was important because it was the kind of approaches that other countries used to defeat the deadly disease.Also, WHO expert, Dr. Richard Luce, used the occasion to encourage the trainees to take the opportunity seriously and go back in their respective communities to sensitive people on the dangerous of virus as well as helping them to keep on the safe side.Dr. Luce also emphasized the need for traditional leaders and local leaders to lead the fight against Ebola.At the same time, BCAE used  the occasion to launch the Bomi Citizens Against Ebola in the county to help eradicate the disease. Launching the program, Assistant Health Minister for Vital Statistics, Mr. Samford Wesseh, lauded the organization for the initiative.Minister Wesseh told the audience that government is ready to work with any county or organization that will take the Ebola fight very seriously.He then called on Liberians not to relent until Liberia is free of Ebola.According to him, “Bomi could never be free of Ebola, until the whole of Liberia is free of the disease.”In addition, the Commissioner of Duwein District, Folley Siryon, acknowledged BCAE for the opportunity by training the first Ebola contact tracers in the county.Commissioner Siryon promised to work with other district commissioners in the county to fight the disease.BCAE is an organization of concerned citizens founded to help the Bomi County Ebola Task Force and Health Team in the fight against the Ebola disease.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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Dr. Brown, It’s Time to Use Your Leadership Abilities to Solve Cuttington’s Problem

first_imgAcademic activities at  Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County came to a standstill last week following a strike action by the faculty.According to our Bong County Correspondent, Marcus Malayea, the faculty, headed by J. Lepolu Torlon, took the decision because the CU administration failed to pay their two-month salary arrears.Mr. Torlon told our Correspondent that the Cuttington University administration is holding onto professors’ salaries on grounds that they did not attend a teacher orientation workshop scheduled in August prior to the opening of school.Mr. Torlon also claimed that there was no rule in the faculty constitution or the CU policy to withhold teachers’ salaries if they did not attend an orientation workshop.Whether or not this claim is true, the concern now is that for the sake of the students and harmony on campus, the administration should deal decisively with the problem by negotiating with the teachers to get students back in school to ensure that their right to learning is not denied.There are reasons why the CU administration should see it expedient to act promptly toward solving the unfolding problems.The university has a long history of being an ideal place for learning because of its location and religious background.Unlike public institutions that have a history of rioting and subsequent go-slows due to corruption, unruly behavior of students and or problematic  labor practices, many parents attach value to private institutions such as Cuttington, and have often preferred sending their children there rather than to public institutions.By virtue of the fact that Cuttington University is guided by religious principles that compel people therein to be conscientious and at peace with all people, many parents count on it as the right place to mold the youth for a better future.Cuttington, thanks to its sound science and social science instructions, has produced great educators and people who have gone on to become outstanding medical doctors and other professionals. In order to protect this enviable record, it is expedient that the administration and faculty uphold the institution’s eminence by doing everything possible to avoid go-slow actions or strikes tending to stall its operations.Additionally, parents and self-supporting students pay so much more money to ensure the better education that this institution is expected to provide. Remember, our correspondent disclosed that the current registration fee at Cuttington stands at US$232.50 besides tuition, and credit fee per hour is US$35.People make great sacrifices to pay such high fees to ensure their children’s enrollment at Cuttington, because of the impression that this university has established over many years a reputation that it can provide quality education for the Liberian people.It is for these reasons that Cuttington is held in such high esteem. The administration, therefore, needs to feel compelled to resolve the problems currently impeding academic activities there.Up to yesterday, our Correspondent informed us that the faculty is yet to reconsider the decision to return to classes and that students were also planning a meeting to come out with their position on the matter. The one thing we urge the students to do is to pursue a peaceful resolution to this matter.We call on Dr. Herman Brown, the CU president, and his lieutenants to resolve the issues expeditiously and restore normalcy to the academic environment.Dr. Brown, this year, delivered the Independence Day Oration, advising Liberians to embrace the future positively.  “…we must teach and preach the basic values we wish to see in our children…we must return to basic values of respect (for ourselves, for women, and for constituted authority), fairness (in our dealings with others), integrity (when no one is looking) and duty (as a self-imposed obligation to serve the public good).”Dr. Brown may use these same values, especially those that have to do with Fairness and Duty to solve the problem at hand on the Cuttington campus.In terms of duty to self, to workers and to society; we urge the Brown Administration to dialogue with the faculty to resolve the differences.We also urge the faculty association to be reasonable enough to assume an attitude of compromise.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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Memorial Arena and Kin Arena to open October 13

first_imgDawson Creek City Council has announced that the Memorial Arena and the Kin Arena will be open once again on October 13. The facilities were initially expected to be open in November, however the freon ice plants will be in service sooner than anticipated.In a release Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead said “I am extremely happy to see the early completion of our Arenas and Curling Rink ice plants and the reopening for booking schedules. I would like to welcome all users back to our community facilities and thank the entire community for their patience as we worked to rebuild the ice plants, ensuring recreational activities for many years to come. The spirit of our community was outstanding throughout this difficult time and will not be forgotten.”The Memorial Arena and the curling rink were forced to close last year after ammonia contamination.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Lazio ready to make a move for Manchester United and Liverpool target

first_img Stefan de Vrij 1 Lazio are ready to make their move for Manchester United and Liverpool target Stefan de Vrij.The Dutch defender is said to be a target for new manager Louis van Gaal, who knows all about him after his time in charge of the Netherlands.Meanwhile, Liverpool are also long-term admirers of the Feyenoord man and manager Brendan Rodgers made a personal visit to watch him in action against PSV in February.But now, according to Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, Lazio are lining up a £7m offer for De Vrij, after missing out on their No.1 defensive target Davide Astori, who opted to join Roma.De Vrij is said to be keen on linking up with Van Gaal at Old Trafford but if Lazio move first, Feyenoord may be forced to sell.last_img

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19 die after 2-day clash in Russia

first_imgROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia – Two days of fighting in a town in Russia’s troubled Caucasus region left 12 suspected rebels and seven policemen dead, officials said Friday, in the latest spate of violence in the area. Police said they were acting on a tip when they hunted down the group in Tukui-Mekteb, a village in the southern Stavropol region, about 25 miles north of the border with Chechnya. The RIA-Novosti news agency reported the group had probably been planning to seize a school. The suspected militants refused to surrender and 700 police troops on Friday surrounded two houses where the remaining rebels were holed up, the regional Interior Ministry said. Seven policemen were killed over the two-day clash and 12 militants died, Interior Ministry spokesman Roman Shchekotin said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Russian TV channels showed troops approaching the village under cover of armored personnel carriers, and soldiers lying on the snowy ground, training their guns on the houses where the militants were hiding. “The (police) sweep began from the park,” Ramazan Khaladayev, a local resident, told Rossiya state television. “They searched me, then my neighbor, and moved on that way, where the firing started later.” The dead suspects were alleged mercenaries for a radical Islamic group based in Chechnya, the Interior Ministry said. They were suspected of a series of attacks there, and of planning similar attacks against law enforcement authorities and strategic facilities in the Stavropol region. last_img read more

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MARK ENGLISH ON FIRE IN AMSTERDAM AS HE SETS ANOTHER NEW IRISH RECORD

first_imgMark EnglishMark English ran a new Irish 600m record finishing second in 1:15.71 at the Flame Games in Amsterdam.The Letterkenny athlete was well placed throughout the rarely run distance and was narrowly behind Kenya’s Alfred Kipketer who won in 1:15.60.The UCD man improved on his personal best of 1:16.14 which he set when finishing second in Ostrava earlier this summer behind world 800m silver medallist Adam Kszczot. Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) finished fourth in the 400m in 46.91 in chilly conditions from lane 7.Earlier in the day Fionnuala McCormack (nee Britton; Kilcoole) ran a new personal best of 71:33 at the Lille half marathon in France. Kenya’s Peninah Arusei won in 68:56. MARK ENGLISH ON FIRE IN AMSTERDAM AS HE SETS ANOTHER NEW IRISH RECORD was last modified: September 5th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:600mletterkennymark englishnew recordlast_img read more

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