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CAZOVA champs will boost sport – Speid

first_imgRudolph Speid, president of the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JAVA), has expressed delight at the association being selected to host the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Volleyball Championship in July this year. The president said the selection puts Jamaica one step closer to realising the association’s objective of popularising, professionalising, and commercialising the sport in the country.This will be the fourth time since last year that Jamaica has been selected to host an international volleyball tournament. In May 2015, Jamaica hosted the first round of the Olympic Beach Volleyball qualifiers in Ocho Rios and, in August, the CAZOVA Under-19 championships were held at the G.C. Foster College in St. Catherine. JAVA received high praise from CAZOVA for both tournaments. Jamaica has also been selected to host the second round of Olympic qualifiers at the end of the month, and now the Caribbean Championships. Speid believes these achievements will help boost the sport locally.”The volleyball community is ecstatic about being selected to host the Caribbean championships. The country has done a good job hosting two previous tournaments last year, and it will help to build the image of the sport,” he said.From July 7 to 17, 16 teams from across the region – eight male and eight female – will be competing for the respective titles, both held by Trinidad and Tobago. Due to the regional appeal, JAVA will be tasked with partnering with a Caribbean communications network to send pictures out to the region. “We have to get an event like this properly televised and reported on so that people here will start to identify with the sport and so that it can be seen as an alternative to other sports.”RAMP UP PREPARATIONSIt is only one of many things JAVA will have to get done to ensure a successful staging of the championships estimated to cost about J$20million. “We have to now ramp up preparations. The local organising committee will take over now and ensure that we get the relevant permits, meet with Major Desmon Brown at Independence Park Limited and, most important, take measures to ensure that the venue gets filled every night for the tournament.”They will also have to tie down an estimated 250 hotel rooms, possibly more, to accommodate the visiting teams and any visitor who might be travelling to see the tournament, an indicator, Speid says, on the potential impact the tournaments can have on sports tourism.CAZOVA has also promised to deliver an indoor court that will have to be in place by April. Agreements have already been reached to have the court installed at the National Arena.Meanwhile, JAVA will be out seeking sponsors to help fund the venture.”We have some national sponsors, but we will need to go beyond them. We have to put on a very good event,” Speid said.last_img read more

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Wolmer’s, Trinity seal Manning semi berths

first_img Yesterday’s results Wolmer’s Boys’ and Holy Trinity High sealed the last two semi-final spots in the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup competition with victories against Haile Selassie High and Excelsior, respectively, at Constant Spring the Complex yesterday. In the first game of the double header, Holy Trinity edged Excelsior High 3-2 in a thrilling encounter, while Wolmer’s defeated Haile Selassie 1-0 in the second game. Holy Trinity secured the top spot in Group H courtesy of goals by Fabrizzio Burton in the 26th minute, Karim Brown (29th) and an own goal by Excelsior’s substitute Chavoy Malcolm (76th). Excelsior staged a late fightback courtesy of goals by substitute Jazeel Guthbert (87th minute and an own goal from Sodayne Samuels in injury time. Holy Trinity finished on six points from their three games, while Excelsior and Camperdown ended on four points apiece. It is the first time that Holy Trinity are making the Manning Cup semi-finals and coach Devon Anderson was elated. “It is the first time that we are advancing to the Manning Cup semis. We came to win the game, but almost lost at the end due to tired legs,” Anderson told The Gleaner. Anderson also emphasised that the season was dedicated to former Holy Trinity star player Jordan Foote, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year and died on March 5. He was 18 years old. “I had dedicated the season to Jordan Foote. Now, we are looking forward to going all the way,” he shared. In the second game, Wolmer’s struck early when Mario Sailsman converted a tap-in from a cross by Alphanso Gooden. The winners then stood back and completed a hard-fought victory, Haile Selassie were reduced to ten players after goalkeeper Mark Williams was issued a red card by referee Kevin Morrison for handling the ball outside of the 18-yard box. Wolmer’s were perfect in Group K with nine points from their three games, St George’s College ended on six points, Haile Selassie (3) and St Catherine finished without a point. Coach of Wolmer’s VasseLl Reynolds admitted that they were a bit concerned coming into the game. “We were a bit worried as we got knocked out at this same stage last year in the Manning Cup. We got the early goal and defended well. I thought the team was focussed for this game,” Reynolds said. Meanwhile, reigning champions Jamaica College will engage Holy Trinity in the first semi-final while Kingston College will square-off against Wolmer’s in the second game. Both games are scheduled for Saturday, November 19 at the National Stadium. FIRST TIME Holy Trinity 3 Excelsior 2 Wolmer’s 1 Haile Selassie 0 Camperdown 3 Jonathan Grant 1 St Catherine 0 St George’s College 6last_img read more

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‘I Will Not Prove You Wrong’

first_imgThe Minister of Health-designate to replace retiring Minister Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, has assured members of the Senate Committee on Health that if given the opportunity, he would help to reform the health care sector, take care of the needs of health care workers and improve access and delivery across the country.Grilled by members of the Health Committee chaired by Grand Kru County Senator, Dr. Peter Coleman, Minister of Health-designate George T. Werner informed the Senators that he has quite a complex, yet simple background.“I have a background of long history as an educator and a health worker and I have served as clinical therapist in the United States for many years. I also was admitted into the prestigious program for leadership for neuron-disability, helping and caring about pediatrics, and how to use health care management to attend to the needs of children who have health issues at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.”Mr. Werner informed the committee that twice, he taught at Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, first in Social Politics and later in Social Deviance in Technology.    “I bring to my work vast experience in education, in healthcare and public administration. These three are important issues we face in the health care sector. The Ministry of Health has the Chief Medical Officer that is primarily responsible for delivery on the medical services of the institution.”The outgoing Civil Service Agency Director General said what the Health Ministry needs and what he can give it “is proven experience in personnel management to resolve personnel issues.”Werner asserted that the country, through the Ministry of Health, is mobilizing vast resources for the post-Ebola healthcare sector, and that it will need an administrator to improve the systems that are there, “so that our development partners who are willing to give us their resources may give them to us and hasten the process to eradicate Ebola in the country; and at the same time improve the health care sector.”Prior to his appearance at the Capitol Building, Werner disclosed that he had been at the Ministry of Health where he held discussions relating to payroll issues, which he said were  solely based on his involvement with various grievances from health care workers.At the same time, he said was working with World Bank and development partners to figure out the issue of healthcare workers who died during the Ebola epidemic and their families, and what Government could do. “We have been working in that capacity; so I feel I am prepared to carry on this task.”As Director General for CSA, Werner said he had met and discussed with Deputy Minister and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bernice Dahn ways in which the health sector can be helped to move very quickly.He asserted that one of the thorny issues within the Ministry of Health is pay and equity pay. “I gave her a proposal that will be funded by our donor partners; to create one payroll for all healthcare workers, from specialized medicine to the sanitation personnel within the Ministry or within the hospital. To rationalize it—and we have to do so before the next budget year—we need one payroll administered by the CSA which authorizes the Ministry of Finance to pay.  Questioned as to whether he would try to reawaken his abandoned controversial plan of reforming the civil service sector of the government that would see tens of thousands of employees dismissed and/or made redundant, Mr. Werner clarified that on the contrary, the Ministry of Health will need about 30,000 people in the health sector.He said the country is expected to benefit from huge resources for the improvement of the health care sector, upgrading the capacity of workers both at home and abroad; while at the same time encouraging Liberian medical doctors and other trained medical practitioners to return home to help improve the sector.With all of the explanations, most members of the Committee were concerned about the qualification of Werner in the area of medicine.He was asked whether he did not see the need to advise the President that she needed to appoint somebody like the outgoing Minister (who was a medical doctor) for such an important professional job.The Chair of the Committee, Senator Coleman, who is himself a medical doctor, recalled that only twice had there been a Minister of Health that was not a practicing doctor. (There were actually four non-medical doctors who served as   Health Ministers—Mrs. Mai Padmore, President Tolbert’s first Minister of Health; Counselor Oliver Bright, the second, Estrada Bernard, the third; and under Head of State Samuel K. Doe, Martha Sendolo Belleh, a nurse, who succeeded Dr. Kate Bryant in the early 1980s.However, Werner maintained that with some basic knowledge in medicine, and the position being an administrative one, he felt prepared to carry on his next task successfully.His fate may be decided as early as this week by the Senate plenary.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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Poor sugar-consuming public

first_imgDear Editor,Reference is drawn to the article captioned “Local sugar price increases” that was carried in Guyana Times on February 13, 2018, wherein GuySuCo’s acting CEO, Paul Bhim, confirmed that the price of sugar on the local market has been increased since early February. The CEO further stated that the price “has not been increased for about eight or nine years. So, we had just finished reviewing the prices on the local market and we thought it was opportune time to increase”.Editor, the CEO needs to advise the consuming public on who is “we” that reviewed the price and determined the increase, and secondly why now is considered the “opportune time to increase” the price of sugar; a time when almost 7000 sugar workers are out of a job, struggling to make ends meet.There must have been valid reason why for the past eight or nine years that either the Government, its Board or corporate management decided against increasing the price of sugar. The CEO opined that “the increase has been active for about three weeks already and we haven’t had a single complaint about it. I haven’t seen anything or anyone coming to GuySuCo”.It was only earlier this week, in a Guyana Times article, that a housewife at Canje, Rose Hall lamented that with her husband being out of a job through the closure of the Rose Hall Estate, they could only afford one meal and the other being “sugar water” per day. Sugar, therefore, become a luxury consumable product for this family. For sure, I don’t think this family could afford to travel to the CEO’s office to complain about the increase in the price of sugar.The CEO, in the said article, makes it appear that the increase is insignificant, which is rather misleading. Let’s look at what the increase means to the sugar company’s revenue. GuySuCo sells approximately 28,000 metric tonnes of sugar to the local market, which is equivalent to 560,000 (50)kg bags. The CEO said the price has been increased from $4900 to $5145 per 50kg bag; an increase of $245. It means therefore, that GuySuCo will rake in $137 million in additional revenue from an increase in price that the CEO described as insignificant.This increased revenue is not from any strategic marketing initiative, but from the backs of the consuming public.If the company really wants to look at conserving on cost, it needs to critically look at its high overhead expenses, including its head-office costs, and not extracting its revenue from the poor sugar-consuming public.Yours faithfully,Selwyn Narinedattlast_img read more

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GoL, Firestone Setting up Working Group to Review Concession Agreement

first_imgPresident Weah assured the Firestone delegation of his Government’s fruitful partnership and full readiness to provide every support necessary for the smooth operations of the company in Liberia.  President George Manneh Weah and a delegation from the Firestone Natural Rubber Company have agreed to set up a working group that will ensure continued better relationship and review the current concession agreement between the company and Liberian government and Firestone Liberia, a release from the Executive Mansion has said.“Firestone has been our valued partner for so long,” President Weah told the high-powered delegation when he met with them on Tuesday, May 21. “That’s since 1926. Our focus now is to sustain a favorable business climate and create modalities whereby Firestone and other businesses remain safe and productive to operate in the best interest of our people and nation.”Although it is not clear what direction the concession agreement review will take, Firestone Liberia, the largest single private employer in the country, began scaling down its workforce since April 2019, citing “unsustainable losses resulting from high overhead costs associated with the company’s Concession Agreement with the Government of Liberia,” among other in-country and external shocks.Firestone-Liberia’s initial redundancy exercise affected 800 employees, amounting to 13% of its entire workforce. However, the company was quick to clarify that the layoffs were not enough to restore the profitability.“Unfortunately, these measures alone will not be enough to restore Firestone-Liberia to profitability. As a result, the company will continue to evaluate all aspects of its business to ensure long-term competitiveness and determine the best allocation of company resources to optimize our portfolio, processes and culture,” the company said in a statement in March 2019.At Tuesday’s meeting, President Weah assured the Firestone delegation of his Government’s fruitful partnership and full readiness to provide every support necessary for the smooth operations of the company in Liberia.He praised the company for its invaluable contribution towards Liberia’s growth and development over the years.“My government is flexible to work with Firestone, and will continue to do so towards harnessing a win-win relationship in which the common interest of our people and the smooth operation of the company is assured and protected,” the Liberian Leader said further.Firestone Natural Rubber Company’s General Manager, Don Danden, who spoke during the meeting with President Weah, said the company would continue its partnership with Government in an open manner.The Company’s delegation included its Executive Vice President and Senior Officer of Bridgestone Corporation, Christine Karbowiak, Senior Vice President for Corporate Procurement, Rebecca Vest and General Manager of Firestone Liberia Inc., Don Darden.Meanwhile, President Weah, has assured Firestone Liberia and the Liberian business community of his government’s protection and a healthy partnership amid concerns about the planned “peaceful protest” slated for June 7.President Weah said his administration is under obligation to protect the business community and create the enabling environment for people and organizations within the borders of Liberia to be safe and productive.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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Toothless oil spill plan mandates operators to clean up spills

first_img…but Govt to cover cleanup costs if operators duck responsibilitiesThe draft National Oil Spill Contingency Plan shows that while operators are obligated to clean up spills caused by their operations, Government has to handle the costs of clean up and seek reimbursement after, if operators do not hold up their end of the bargain.President David GrangerThis is according to section 4/4.2 of the plan, which gives insight about what will happen if an operator shirks their responsibility. It says that the Competent National Authority, in this case, the Civil Defence Commission, may provide written instructions to the operators to clean up the spill.If the operator still does not carry out his duties, then the CDC has to transfer the responsibility for cleanup. The plan also says that in such a case, the CDC will seek reimbursement from the operator, suggesting that the cleanup costs will be borne by the Government.Head of CDC Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig“The course of action immediately following a spill of any magnitude is for the responsible party/polluter to undertake all necessary actions and expenditures and in any event be held liable for all costs and damages arising from or connected with the spill.”The plan also stated that the party responsible for causing the spill has the following specific responsibilities: reporting the spill immediately to the National Focal Point/lead agency, taking immediate action to control or stem the source of the spill, taking immediate action to contain the spill and prevent it from spreading and cooperating fully with the (CDC) in the response to the spill.At a workshop held earlier last week to assist in finalising the plan, Director of the CDC Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig noted that Guyana has the upper hand, compared to other countries. According to Craig, when it comes to response time to an oil spill, Guyana requires operators to immediately respond.“A key feature we included in the plan has to do with reporting procedures. In many other plans, they are given within 24 hours to report on any incident. But as [it] relates to our plan, operators are required to respond immediately to any spill across their area of operation,” Craig said.“The reason why, we don’t want to wait until there is an escalation several hours after before we can start the response mechanism. We prefer to respond with more resources immediately and have to withdraw after, rather than responding with little resources and the[n] we cannot effectively contain the spill.”The Stabroek, Kanuku and Orinduik blocks are just some of the oil blocks that have operators from all over the world drilling for oil. Oil in commercial quantities has so far been found in the Stabroek and Orinduik blocks. Together, the blocks are believed to hold billions of barrels of oil.Guyana’s state of readiness is a sore issue, considering the fact that first oil is next year and only a single piece of legislation related to the sector has been passed. This legislation is the Natural Resources Fund bill, which was signed into law by President David Granger earlier this year.The bill to create a Petroleum Commission is yet to pass in the House and a Draft Local Content Policy was recently released. The Oil Spill Plan is, however, expected to be finalised by the first week in next month.last_img read more

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Asians protest worker program

first_imgAsian-American leaders blasted President George W. Bush’s newest immigration reform plan Wednesday, accusing the White House of tearing families apart with a guest-worker program that prohibits foreigners from bringing family to the U.S. The outcry is part of a mobilization of immigrant-rights groups gearing up to oppose the plan hashed out by the administration and a handful of Republican senators. Under the plan, illegal immigrants would pay $3,500 for a new Z work visa, and pay the same amount to renew it every three years. To apply for a green card, an illegal immigrant would have to leave the country, apply at a U.S. embassy and pay a $10,000 fine. It also would become harder for legal immigrants to bring siblings and parents into the U.S., and new temporary foreign workers would be unable to bring their families. “If the White House proposal becomes reality, it will be nearly the same as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882,” said Michael Lin, executive director of the Organization of Chinese Americans. The first significant law restricting immigration into the U.S., the Chinese Exclusion Act put a 10-year moratorium on Chinese immigration and placed new restrictions on those who had already entered the country. “It’s hard to believe the White House is contemplating anti-family measures as part of immigration reform,” Lin said, charging the proposal would make it nearly impossible for legal immigrants to sponsor family members for immigration. A White House spokeswoman referred calls about the plan to the Department of Homeland Security, which did not return calls. Eun Sook Lee, executive director of the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium in Los Angeles, called the plan unacceptable. “The White House secret plan is anti-worker and anti-family,” she said. Filipino, Southeast Asian and Vietnamese activists also joined in the attack. One advocate noted that in the case of Vietnamese immigrants, many came as refugees and have waited years to be reunited with family members. “This would undermine Asian-American communities,” said Karen Narasaki, president of the Asian American Justice Center. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Ten bucks says you can’t copy this

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant To mark the event, officials from the Treasury, Federal Reserve and Secret Service put the first new $10 bill into circulation at a brief ceremony at the National Archives. Michael Lambert, assistant director of the Fed’s payment system, purchased a $10 copy of the Constitution in the Archives gift shop with one of the new bills. He predicted people would see the new $10 bills in circulation very soon, possibly as early as Thursday. The country’s larger banks typically place orders for currency daily with the Fed. U.S. Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral, whose signature appears on the currency, said the government plans to redesign the currency every seven to 10 years because “staying ahead of would-be counterfeiters is a top priority.” The new $10 bill still features Alexander Hamilton, the nation’s first Treasury secretary, on one side, and the Treasury building on the other side. But those two images are joined by the Statue of Liberty’s torch and “We the People” in red along with small yellow 10s and a subtle orange background. The colorized $10 bill also continues three security features from an earlier makeover – a plastic security thread to the right of Hamilton’s portrait imprinted with the words “USA TEN,” a watermark that shows an image of Hamilton when held to the light and color-shifting ink that makes the “10” in the right corner switch from copper to green when the bill is tilted. The $100 bill is the next denomination scheduled to receive a dash of color, but that may not occur until 2007 or later. The government is asking for proposals from private businesses on what security features in addition to colors need to be added to this bill, which is the most frequently counterfeited outside of the United States. The new security feature “must work with the eyes and light so it stands out,” said Larry Felix, director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. There are no plans to colorize the $1 bill, which accounts for 45 percent of the bills printed, or the $5 bill. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – “We the People” started getting a lot more circulation on Thursday with the introduction of the new $10 bill. The Constitution’s opening phrase is printed in red on the new bills and the Federal Reserve began shipping the first of an expected 800 million of them this year to commercial banks around the country. In addition to red, the new $10 bill features splashes of orange and yellow – all part of the government’s effort to thwart counterfeiters. The colorized $10 joins the $20, the first bill to get a color makeover in 2003, and the $50, which was colorized in 2004. last_img read more

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Huddersfield move fixture against St Helens due to Championship play-off final

first_img Huddersfield Giants will now play St Helens on June 16 1 Huddersfield Giants have switched their Super League fixture with St Helens to avoid a clash with Huddersfield Town’s Championship play-off final against Reading at Wembley.The game was due to be played at the John Smith’s Stadium on Monday, May 29, but will be rescheduled for Friday, June 16, which was a blank weekend for both clubs following their exit from the Challenge Cup.The switch means the two clubs will no longer have to play two games in four days but Giants managing director Richard Thewlis says the move was prompted by the success of their cotenants.“Since Huddersfield Town’s magnificent victory we have been inundated with calls from supporters wanting to share the Wembley experience as well as a huge number of stadium staff here which made the actual staging of our game extremely problematical,” Thewlis said.“It’s fully expected that 40,000 Huddersfield sports fans will descend on London that day to hopefully see a Town win and with both ourselves and the Saints having a free weekend later in the year the move made a lot of sense to us both.”last_img read more

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Letterkenny 247 Triathlon Club: Fin Begley continues her great performances

first_imgDublin City TriathlonIn one of the largest triathlon events of the year 1000 entrants took part in the Dublin City Triathlon based in Phoenix Park. In the Olympic race Fin Begley comfortably won her category in a time of 2.45.43 . Sonia O Sullivan also raced in the event which demonstrates the growing popularity of the sport. She will have Fin to contend with next year as they will both be in the same age category.Martin Donnelly finished 57 th overall which was only good enough for 9 th in his category despite Martin completing the course in 2.31.37. He was closely followed home by Donagh O’suliivan in a time of 2.32.37 who was 10 th in this competitive category Iron Man 70.3 Zell Am See-KaprunPadraic Mitchell in his second half-ironman of the year made the trip to Austria for the Iron Man event.In warm conditions Padraic had to contend with a difficult bike course and a tough run but completed the course in a time of 7.04.05 . Paul McIntyre a long standing member also completed the 70.3 distance course in Austria. A time of 5.36.20 saw him well up in his category.Another good achievement and good to see him back competing.Burtonport Arranmore swimOn Saturday twenty six open water swimmers swam from Arranmore Island to Burtonport. Karen Crawford led the way for the club followed home by John Conaghan , Mark Mc Collum , David Harvey and Cathal Roarty. This event in its’ fifth year is well run and definitely one members should be aiming for. The 4 k course is helped by the fact that it is run with the prevailing tide. The event is run by Finbarr Breslin and funds raised were donated to the RNLI and the Alzheimers society.Five K reportsDanny Mooney won the Milford five k in a time of 16.09 with Niamh Mc Daid and Ben George also running well.Desiree Casburn also ran well in the Glendoan finishing second woman in a time of 22.52Club DuathlonPreparations are at an advanced stage for the club Duathlon being held on Sunday 11 th of September. Registration will be at at Aura at 8.00, Race Briefing 8.45 , race starts in the O’Donnell Park at 9.00.Race results and refreshments at Aura at 11.00.Other newsThe Sunday cycle continues to go from strength to strength and last week a group completed the climb to the Bridle path on the Glendoan Doochary road.. Margaret Kelly on an easy day in preparation for Iron man Wales was available to give advice on climbing techniques.Everyone in the club is following Jason Black in the cycle race around Ireland. We all wish him well in his endeavors in this race and in his attempt to qualify for the race across America.(Raam)Open water safetyThe club organizes a supervised swim session every Monday evening at six thirty pm for all members. A swim route is set up with a kayak to cover that swim route only. If anyone wants to use Gartan lake outside that time, please enter from the heritage centre entrance point and please make sure you have a swim partner and swim buoy for personal safety. There is a club shed for changing and the lock code is available from any committee member. This will be finishing shortly as race season comes to an end.Training continues as followsMonday: Gartan – Open Water Swim 6.30 pm (weather permitting) Tuesday: Aura track – Track session 7.50 pmWednesday : Aura Pool – Swim session 8.00 pmThursday : Foxhall TT or Brick 6.30pmSaturday : Aura club cycle 8.00 amSunday : Beginners cycle 9.00 am Letterkenny 247 Triathlon Club: Fin Begley continues her great performances was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:fin begleyLetterkenny 24/7 Triathlonmartin donnellypadraic mitchelllast_img read more

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