MoBay snatch late equaliser in Arnett thriller in Red Stripe Premier League

January 20, 2020

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first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay United goalkeeper Jacomena Barrett is again coming under fire from the club’s supporters after his two mistakes gifted Arnett Gardens two goals in a dramatic 2-2 draw in Monday Night’s Red Stripe Premier League football match at Montego Bay Sports Complex. Arnett Gardens rallied from a goal down after Dino Williams netted his league-leading ninth goal of the season in just the second minute of the match. With Monday’s result, MBU are on 18 points, two clear of second-place Portmore United, while Arnett Gardens moved a spot up from fifth to fourth with 14 points after nine matches. The game took a turn in the 71st minute when Barrett raced out of his area to clear a through pass intended for Kemal Malcolm. The midfielder got his foot to the ball first and lobbed it into an open net. The Junglists’ second goal was shocking. Barrett again was brought into the centre of the action as he failed to save at his near post off a Marcelino Blackburn left-sided free kick that was lifted over the wall, giving Arnett a 2-1 lead at the 85th minute. The home team would have the final say in a match that swung from end to end. O’Wayne Gordon, having perhaps his most complete game in the MBU shirt, fired in a stunning free kick of his own in the 88th minute to spark frantic celebrations among supporters in the grandstand. A clearly upset MBU head coach, Tim Hankinson, suggested the game was theirs to win. “Any time you’re building points, whether one or three, it’s progress, it keeps you moving up the ladder and puts some distance between us and the other teams. But the way we played the first half, we should have capitalised on some of those chances,” said Hankinson. Monday Night’s Result Tomorrow’s games – Montego Bay United 2 Arnett Gardens 2 SECOND-STRING KEEPER “Not getting two goals going into the half meant that we were going to have a rough second half, and against such a good team, you have to put away your chances,” he said. Hankinson said that while Barrett continues to accumulate mistakes in the goal, second-string keeper Romaine Bowers has little experience at this level and must be eased into any possible starting role. “There were mistakes tonight. There is no doubt about it, and we have a very capable keeper in Bowers on the bench, but he has very little experience – only one game at this level – and you have to bring him along properly,” reasoned Hankinson. “I think, however, he (Bowers) will get his chance in the game Thursday against Waterhouse, where we expect to grab another three points and further separate ourselves from the others in the league,” said Hankinson. Today’s games – 3 p.m. Tivoli Gardens vs Portmore United at Edward Seaga Sports Complex – 3 p.m. Reno vs Cavalier SC at Frome Sports Complex – 3 p.m. Humble Lion vs Boys’ Town at Effortville Community Centre – 7 p.m. Harbour View vs UWI FC at Harbour View Stadium – 6 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Rivoli United at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex – 3 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Waterhouse at Wespow Parklast_img read more


Mavericks guard Curry out with left leg injury

January 19, 2020

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first_imgMOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene DAY6 is for everybody Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Curry, 27, is the son of former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry. He enters the final season of a two-year deal worth $6 million after averaging 12.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists a game last season for Dallas, all career highs.He connected on 48.1 percent of his shots from the court, 42.5 percent from 3-point range, as the Mavericks went 33-49, finishing eight games out of a Western Conference playoff berth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSeth Curry had prior NBA stops with the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings before joining the Mavericks. /cbb Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacueescenter_img Seth Curry #30 of the Dallas Mavericks waits to enter the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Center on January 22, 2017, in Dallas, Texas.  AFPWASHINGTON, United States — Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry, the younger brother of NBA champion Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, will be sidelined indefinitely with a left leg injury, the Mavericks announced Saturday.The expected Mavericks backcourt starter has suffered a left tibia stress reaction and will be re-evaluated in a week, the club holding out hope he can be ready when the new season opens in just under two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Ladies first In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


Pacquiao sets fight date; Ancajas-Sultan slated in US

January 19, 2020

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first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTOManny Pacquiao reiterated Wednesday that his next fight will be in Kuala Lumpur.For lack of preparation time, however, the eight-division world champion opted to move back the date from his earlier pronouncement of either April 29 or May 6 to June 24.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Patient Ceres tightens grip on Group F top slot Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img Pacquiao has limited his choice of foe to either American two-division world champion Danny Garcia or World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina.Pacquiao, who rejected an April 14 showdown with former world champion Mike Alvarado at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, said the new fight date will not interfere with his legislative duties since the Senate will take a break on March 24, resume on May 14 and adjourn anew on June 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMeanwhile, the historic world title duel between Jerwin Ancjas and Jonas Sultan will definitely push through in the United States, according to Joven Jimenez, Ancajas’ head trainer.Whether it will serve as the undercard of the WBO welterweight title fight between Australian champion Jeff Horn and American Terence Crawford or the headliner of a fight card in Philadelphia on April 28 remains to be finalized, according to Jimenez. LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more


Two New Ambassadors Build Liberia’s Post-Ebola Hope

January 14, 2020

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first_imgAs the Liberian Government begins to think about strategies that will lead to the recovery of the country’s feeble economy following the Ebola outbreak, two newly accredited ambassadors have promised on behalf of their respective governments and institutions to help Liberia revive.The two ambassadors are Tiina Intelmann of the European Union (EU) and Japan’s Kaoru Yoshimura.  They gave the assurances on Monday when they presented their letters of credence to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry.Ambassador INTELMANN who succeeds Ambassador Attilio Pacifici, said “The EU’s attention is now focused on plans for the post-Ebola period to help the country get back on its feet and continue the political dialogue started long before the crisis.”Even though she  warned Liberians not to show complacency and to focus on taking precautions against Ebola, Ambassador Intelmann expressed excitement that the disease was already behind the country and she is looking up to the Government of Liberia to disclose plans leading to the country’s recovery process.European Union is one of Liberia’s partners that poured millions of dollars in cash and kind to fight the Ebola virus, and some of its officials who visited the country promised to help address the post-Ebola challenges.Prior to Ebola, EU was assisting Liberia in the forest, education, energy and health sectors.Except for the forest sector, education and health have serious challenges to address, and the EU’s intervention in these areas will be quite essential to Liberia as government strives to restore them.Ambassador Kaoru Yoshimura, in a statement while presenting his letter of credence, assured that his country remains supportive in helping Liberia reach zero case of Ebola, emphasizing that Japan stands ready to support the country’s development plans.Japan has been partnering with Liberia in the Agriculture sector, providing clean rice to be sold to purchase seed rice for planting.Liberia looks at Japan with an eager eye now to begin the pending Somalia Drive road construction for which a US$50 million grant agreement was signed about a year and a half ago.Liberia and Japan’s bilateral relationship is based on commercial interest.  As Liberia under this umbrella looks toward receiving a development package from Japan, Japan itself is interested in exporting its manufacturing and industrial products,  including the popular Toyota and Datsun automobiles and electrical materials to Liberia for sale.President Sirleaf, receiving the letters of credence from the two diplomats, welcomed them and acknowledged their assistance to the country during the Ebola crisis.Meanwhile, assistance pledged by the two Ambassadors adds to promises made by the United States and China to help build Liberia’s broken health system.It may be recalled that during the heat of the Ebola pandemic, China and United States came after each other with plans to rebuild Liberia’s health system as the epidemic badly exposed its weakness.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Rafiq Khan appointed as acting Justice of Appeal

January 12, 2020

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first_imgIn order to address the current shortage of Judges at the Court of Appeal, President David Granger on Thursday appointed Senior Counsel Rafiq Turnhan Khan as an acting Justice of Appeal.Senior Counsel Khan is expected to hold the position for a period of six months.In an invited comment, he explained that he was interviewed for the post since last July but had some hiccups in clearing his workload, hence the reason for him onlyFrom left: Attorney General Basil Williams; acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards; President David Granger; Justice Rafiq Khan; acting Chief Justice Roxane George; Minister of State Joseph Harmon; and Public Affairs Minister Dawn Hastings-Williamsnow taking up the post.“I think I can bring vast experience in civil procedures. When you come out of the Private Sector and come onto the bench, I think you bring a different perspective, not saying it’s a better perspective but you get wider views of complex legal problems and you have different experiences and it helps to widen the scope and vision of the decision you initially give,” he noted.President David Granger said the Constitution guarantees citizens equal access to justice and protection.“The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana is committed to ensuring equal protection and benefit of the law through its support for access by all to justice and the efficient and timely dispensation of justice by the courts. Equality before the law can exist only where there is access to the law. The absence of such access deprives citizens of equal protection and benefit of the law,” the President said.He also pointed out that an efficient and independent Judiciary must include a full complement of legal officers, Magistrates and Judges, which enables judicial efficiency, to ensure that citizens’ cases are heard expeditiously. This, he said, will enhance public confidence in the rule of law.Justice Khan was elevated to the status of Senior Counsel in 2017. He has been practicing mostly civil law for the past 30 years and is a partner at the Cameron and Shepherd Law Firm.According to his biodata on the firm’s website, he was admitted to practice in Guyana in 1984 after graduating from the University of the West Indies with a law degree and obtained a Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica. He joined Cameron and Shepherd the same year as an associate counsel and became a partner in 1986. Senior Counsel Khan is the leading practitioner in intellectual property in Guyana and has represented Government at intellectual property conferences in Geneva and Ecuador. He has served on the Legal Practitioners Committee for several years and is a member of the Rules Committee charged with revising the Rules of the High Court, in addition to having lectured in contract and equitable remedies at the University of Guyana.Minister of State Joseph Harmon; Attorney General Basil Williams; Public Affairs Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams; acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards; acting Chief Justice Roxane George; and Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan were also present at the swearing-in ceremony.last_img read more


Union to file an action at CCJ over lack of consultations

January 12, 2020

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first_imgClosures of Rose Hall, East Demerara estatesAs possible legal action hovers over Government’s half-payment to several categories of sugar workers earlier this year, separate action by the workers’ representative body, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is likely to be filed in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) regarding the “lack of consultations” before workers of the Rose Hall and East Demerara estates were terminated. A senior GAWU official indicated on Sunday that the Union’s legal team is in the process of filing action to take the case to the CCJ after the Court of Appeal upheld the decision made in the High Court.“Our lawyers in November were trying to stay the closure of estates – Rose Hall and East Demerara – as our lawyers were arguing that there was not consultation with the Union as is required [in that] the proposals and ideas of the Union were not taken into account,” the official pointed out.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George on November 10, 2017, had ruled against an application by GAWU and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) to quash Government’s move to close the East Demerara and Rose Hall Estates. Guyana Times was told that Justice George was of the view that there were no grounds for granting a stay because there was consultation. As such, the Union filed action in the Appeal Court but this publication was told that the Appeal Court recently upheld the Chief Justice’s decision which has prompted GAWU to take the matter to the highest court in the Caribbean.This latest action by GAWU comes against the backdrop of the CCJ having denied its efforts in December 2017 to have the local Court of Appeal “urgently” adjudicate its application to prevent the closure of the two sugar estate. The CCJ indicated to GAWU then that it must exhaust all local avenues before it can bring a matter at that level.Union leaders had contended that the acting Chief Justice “erred” in denying the application. Nevertheless, Government went through with plans to close the said estates, which led to the dismissals of over 3000 workers which affected many families and the local business economies. It was in May 2017 that Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). However, the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) which was mandated to handle the divestment of the closed estates noted that East Demerara and Skeldon will be temporarily re-opened to attract private investors.International accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, was recruited by Government to evaluate GuySuCo’s assets for privatisation and divestment. The firm commenced its works in January 2018. The Private Sector, civil society and other interest groups have long decried the closures of estates, with many saying that the country’s overall economy and the village economies declined, putting social strain on families. It was also noted that in many instances, multiple members of the same household, including some husbands and wives, were employed within the sugar industry.Another Estate, Wales, was closed in December 2016 as this saw over 1000 workers being displaced. To date, many workers are still to receive their severance payments.last_img read more


Improvised weapons found during Mazaruni Prison raid

January 12, 2020

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first_imgSeveral days after searches were conducted at the Camp Street, Lusignan and New Amsterdam Prisons for contraband items, the operations moved to the Mazaruni Prison on Monday during which a quantity of prohibited items were discovered. The more than two-hour search unearthed 17 improvised weapons, two knives, two chisels, a screw driver, six USB cables, two cellular phones, 37 smoking utensils, 14 metal spoons, 18 cigarette lighters, two bottles of fermented wine, and other prohibited items.On Saturday, members of the Joint Services swooped down at the New Amsterdam penitentiary during which 14 cellphones, five improvised weapons, 22 lighters, wires, 12 chargers, 11 earpieces, two SIM cards, and 12 grams of cannabis were discovered.Two days prior, four small plastic packages containing a quantity of cannabis, 10 lighters, four improvised weapons, 30 razor blades, nine needles, a pair of scissors, a piece of broken glass, two metal nails, three geometry set compasses, one metal spoon, two cellphone batteries, six cellphones, five earphones, seven chargers, five SIM cards, two memory cards, and a quantity of wires were unearthed at the Lusignan, East Coast Demerara (ECD) penitentiary.Meanwhile, over at the Georgetown prison, the members of the Joint Services unearthed 13 cellular phones, three cellular phone chargers, eight packs and 10 loose Bristol cigarettes, 21 cigarette lighters, 226 grams of suspected cannabis, small transparent ziplock bags, a quantity of improvised weapons, and three hacksaw blades.Contraband smuggling has long been a perennial problem within the prison system, and this is compounded by the fact that both prison officers and Police Officers are facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be “big business”.While the authorities have been struggling to curb the illegal practice, there has been a breakthrough on the apparent network among rogue prison officers. In fact, only in October, four prison officers were arrested after they smuggled a bottle of rum and a pack of cigarettes into the Lusignan Prison the weekend prior. These officers were subsequently charged and interdicted from duty.In addition, another two ranks found themselves in hot water following the discovery of illegal items at two separate prison facilities.In Berbice, 1032 grams of suspected marijuana and 39 packs of cigarettes were found in the New Amsterdam Prison, and a prison officer admitted to conspiring with inmates to hide the contraband that was thrown over the fence.Meanwhile, another prison officer at the Timehri penitentiary was taken into custody after he was implicated by an inmate concerning the presence of 584 grams of marijuana in the compound.Five other prison officers were relieved of their duties back in July after they were implicated in an incident whereby a parcel containing cannabis had been thrown into the Lusignan Prison Holding Bay area.Director of Prisons (ag) Gladwin Samuels had disclosed in September that so far for the year, some 28 prison officers have been dismissed; 11 for facilitating or directly smuggling contraband into the prison system.The Prison Director added that there were 12 ranks currently interdicted from duty; nine of whom have been charged either departmentally or criminally for trafficking-related activities.last_img read more


Area trio advances to semis

January 11, 2020

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first_imgSouth Hills’ Thomas Williams, the state’s top-rated wrestler at 112 pounds, San Dimas’ Angel Garcia (119) and Rosemead heavyweight Anthony Gonzalez are all in contention for a championship, having advanced to the semifinals. Williams, who advanced to the finals at 103 pounds last season, is happy to get another shot at today’s semifinals and finals. “It was pretty tough (against Winn),” said Gonzalez, who has clinched at least a sixth-place finish. “I faced him earlier this year, so I knew he was a good wrestler. I was thinking, `I don’t want overtime.’ I hate going overtime.” Wrestlers alive for medals include Bishop Amat’s Steven Espindola (112), West Covina’s Taylor Louie (103), AJ Guardado (135) and George Munoz (152), Northview’s Steve De La Fuente (140) and Diamond Bar’s Marcus Johnson (215). steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAKERSFIELD – It was an enjoyable day Friday for locals competing at the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena. Three area competitors are still in the running for individual titles, and six others remain in contention for a top-eight medal. center_img “I feel good,” said Williams, who faces Bakersfield’s Nektoe Demison in this morning’s semifinals. “I felt bad after losing (at the CIF-SS divisionals), but I’m beyond that. I’m in the semis, and I have a really tough match, so I’m looking towards that.” Williams advanced with a pair of technical falls in the second and third rounds before scoring a 5-2 win over San Leandro’s Markjay Acosta. Garcia was solid all day, beating Branson Rocha of Lemoore in the first round, Tokay’s Tranh Trong in the second and Foothill’s Chase Aura in the third round. His wins in the second and third rounds were by technical falls. He then scored a steady 8-2 win over Mayfair’s Richard Alarcon in the quarterfinals. Gonzalez, who to some was the surprise winner at last weekend’s CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet, was solid all day. The senior gets his shot in the semifinals after opening with a win by fall over Bakersfield’s Lamar Alvarez in the second round, scoring an 8-3 decision over Poway’s Nick Wood in the third round and scoring a 4-2 win over Ira Winn of Foothill in the quarterfinals. Winn, though, didn’t back off. He battled Gonzalez for much of the six-minute match. Gonzalez got the upper hand with a couple of escapes in the first and second periods before Winn countered with an escape late in the second period. Winn tied it with another escape with just more than a minute left in regulation. But Gonzalez then won it with two seconds remaining following an impressive takedown. last_img

Mombasa teams win Chapa Dimba coast titles

January 6, 2020

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first_imgTournament Most Valuable Player Cedrick Asmani netted the first goal for Shimanzi in the 35th minute, handing the home side a comfortable lead.Safari Juma then secured the title with a 45th minute goal, but they had to live the rest of the match cautious after Dennis Okaro grabbed one back for Maweni after 74 minutes.“We are very happy to have won the title this round. We lost it last season, but today is our happy day. The boys have been training so hard focusing on the top spot. We are not stopping at this because our eyes are set in the national finals,” said Christine Nanjala, Coach Shimanzi Youth.Changamwe meanwhile clinched the top spot in the girls’ category after beating Malindi’s Solwogidi 1-0l, thanks to Issa Hadwa last minute header.Changamwe Girls players celebrate after clinching the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Coast region girls’ title on April 8, 2019“It was a challenge to play on the turf under floodlights because it was our first time ever to play under such conditions. Our win today is a great motivation to the team and we are determined to excel in the national finals,” said Joyce Hamisi, top scorer, Changamwe Ladies.The winners each received a cash reward of Sh200,000 and have booked spots in the National finals set for June this year.Already, Kajiado’s Al Ahly and Kitale Queens from Rift Valley, Bishop Njenga Girls and Lugari Blue Saints from Western, Manyatta Boys and Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza as well as Super Solico and St Mary’s Ndovea from Eastern have booked their tickets for the national finals as well.This year, an all-star team will be selected to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides. The competition now moves to Thika for the Central regional finals set for 13th and 14th of April.AwardsMVPs; Ashanti  Shanzera  – Solwogidi (Girls), Cedrick Asmani – Shimanzi Youth (Boys)Golden Boot; Ngao Evans  – Maweni United (3 goals), Hamisi Joyce – Changamwe Ladies (3 goals)Golden Glove; Iswalehe Chuo  – Shimanzi Youth, Micky Khode – Solwogidi0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Shimanzi Youth players celebrate after clinching the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Coast region boys’ title on April 8, 2019MOMBASA, Kenya, Apr 9 – Shimanzi Youth and Changamwe Girls were crowned champions of the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Coast region after the Mombasa teams won the boys’ and girls’ finals respectively at the Bomu Grounds on Sunday night.Crowd favorites Shimanzi Youth triumphed after putting up a skillful perfomance against Malindi’s Maweni United, crushing them 2-0 at a packed stadium.last_img read more


DONEGAL MAN HUGHIE’S LIFE AWAY FROM HOME – A TOUCHING STORY

December 28, 2019

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first_imgHughie McElweeHughie McElwee hasn’t been home to his native Donegal in more than 60 years. But the 94 year old still keeps up to date with al that is happening in his native county. He is one of thousands of Donegal people who have lived their lives abroad. Here his grand-nephew Sean Matthews tells his uncle’s touching story.Since leaving his native Donegal in 1953 Hughie McElwee has never forgotten his Irish roots in the small village of Ballyheerin on the Fanad Peninsula. Despite travelling and working in mines from the Yellow Knife in Canada to becoming co-founder of Mt Isa Irish Club in Northern Queensland, Australia, Hughie is evidently reminded of his native Donegal by the family pictures and portraits which adorn his living room. Now living in Auckland, New Zealand, Hughie is still recovering from a hip replacement and heart pacemaker.Hughie as a younger man.Hughie recently celebrated his 94h birthday at home with friends and family who came from as far as the United States and England after spending over ten weeks in hospital describing it “as one to remember which helped me get things back on track.”An avid reader, Hughie enjoys a glass of red wine every evening and according to his best friend Jim Gallagher, also from Frosses, Donegal “Hughie’s is a homely Irish home which is always welcoming to anyone.”Daniel O’Donnell always visits when passing through which brings a sparkle to his eye but it is his generosity that Hughie is known for. Jim fondly remembers a moment in the early 1970s when “Hughie kindly paid two weeks rent for a homeless mother and her young family who met on the streets after being kicked out for rent arrears”.Born in 1919 into a family of eleven including five brothers and four sisters, Hughie first worked as a farm labourer in the North, before emigrating to Scotland and England where he joined the Royal Air Force in 1946 for six years.After a brief spell in Canada, his next journey took him to Australia which “in them days took five weeks and conditions out in sea were quite difficult compared to today,” says Hughie.After a brief stop in Perth and Sydney, Hughie along with other fellow travellers made their way to the Mt Isa mines where they built the Irish mining club from scratch. Hughie proudly shows me his inscription on a framed photo commemorating the building of Mt Isa.Emmigrating across the Tasman Sea to Auckland in the early 1960s was a bit of a culture shock and quite different to what it is today as Hughie jokingly says “I was quite lucky in them days because all the pubs closed at 6pm but I had a key to the nearby city hotel so me and my friends were ok.” Hughie never married nor returned to Donegal and now resides in a nursing home in Auckland, and is always keen to relate stories of his past days.He has one remaining sister Bridie who lives in Corby, Northamptonshire and both are in regular contact including a close network of Irish friends but is still “proud to be Irish and from Donegal.”DONEGAL MAN HUGHIE’S LIFE AWAY FROM HOME – A TOUCHING STORY was last modified: August 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalHughie McElweeNew Zealandlast_img read more