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Tottenham stars visited Pochettino at home to say goodbye to sacked boss

first_imgTOTTENHAM stars visited Mauricio Pochettino at his home to say farewell to their axed boss.Poch was sacked so suddenly on Tuesday night that he did not get the chance to say goodbye to his players, some of whom were on international duty.3 Pochettino didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to his players at the training groundCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd3All the Argentine was able to do was leave a handwritten note for them at the training ground, as revealed by SunSport.With Jose Mourinho announced as new manager at 7am the next day, Poch could not even return to speak with them.But England captain Harry Kane and Eric Dier were among those who went to his Hertfordshire home.Kane said: “It was a shock for everyone, so I wanted to go to see him.“We had a chat for a couple of hours and it was nice to do that before the new manager came in.”Midfielder Dier added: “It was quite emotional and it was really important for everyone to be able to do that.”It is understood Spurs’ stars did not know about Pochettino’s sacking until moments before it was publicly announced at 7.30pm on Tuesday.Club officials banned players from speaking about it after Saturday’s 3-2 win at West Ham — Mourinho’s first match.Pochettino is understood to be taking a break in Barcelona after getting a £12.5million pay-off.Kane netted against the Hammers as they claimed a first away victory for ELEVEN MONTHS.3LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearDier was also back in his favoured position in central midfield and they led 3-0 before West Ham scored twice late on.Talisman Kane said: “It’s massive. We could have seen the game out better but a win is a win.“It’s been a strange week and whenever a new manager comes in, you want to impress.” Mauricio Pochettino says Amazon documentary was a ‘club decision’last_img read more

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Under-pressure Amla leads South Africa fightback against England

first_imgCAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP):South Africa showed some fight in the second Test yesterday, with Hashim Amla’s 157 not out helping cut England’s lead to 276 as the home team reached 353-3 at stumps on the third day.Amla, the South Africa captain, eased the pressure on himself and his top-ranked team with his 24th Test century and first since December 2014.He shared partnerships of 183 with A.B. de Villiers (88) and an unbroken 85 with Faf du Plessis. South Africa lost just one wicket for 212 runs on the day.England, after a huge first-innings total of 629-6 declared, were finding it tough to take wickets on a serene batting pitch at Newlands, which has been so good for the batsmen that 982 runs were scored over three days.”Tricky day for us,” England fast bowler Steven Finn said. “One wicket in a day is obviously not ideal for what we wanted from this day … but we’re still a long way ahead in the game.”England also already lead the four-match series 1-0, leaving South Africa effectively batting to stay alive in the contest.”We were behind the eight ball on day one,” Du Plessis said. “England played really well and we needed a really resilient performance to get back in the Test match and that’s what we did.”England’s lone breakthrough came just before tea when De Villiers, looking to push on, mistimed a pull shot off Finn. The ball flew to James Anderson, who knocked it up in the air at midwicket and completed the catch.Frustratingly for England, both Amla and De Villiers should have been out much earlier but for dropped catches. Joe Root put De Villiers down at slip off the bowling of Anderson late on the second day and very early in De Villiers’ knock. In a twist of irony, Anderson dropped Amla off Root’s bowling when the South African skipper was on 76. Amla was dropped again on 120 by Nick Compton.”Obviously we’re disappointed to not take them but no one means to drop catches,” Finn said.De Villiers hit 12 fours and a six, while Amla returned to form with a big century, hitting 21 fours.With South Africa in a slump, Amla’s lack of form and captaincy had come under scrutiny. When he passed 50, it was for the first time since the New Year test in Cape Town a year ago, ending a drought of 11 innings without a meaningful score.last_img read more

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Petron whips Chooks, zooms to 5-0 start

first_imgMOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings The Lifesavers remained winless in three starts.The 32-year-old Stalzer, a former Bradley University star who led Foton to PSL crowns in 2014 and 2015, registered all her 20 points from the attack zone while her spiking partner, fellow American Hillary Hurley chipped in 11 kills, two aces and a block for 14 points.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 folk“I’m very happy with the composure our team got today,” said Stalzer, a former Most Valuable Player winner. Young Sugar Barons seek sweep Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Lindsay Stalzer powered Petron to a 25-21, 25-15, 25-21 victory over Generika-Ayala on Tuesday in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at Malolos Sports and Convention Center.Playing in her fifth season, Stalzer sparked a fiery uprising in the third set to tow the Blaze Spikers to their fifth win in as many starts.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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US soccer stars Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris confirm engagement

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ SEA Games venues for basketball, volleyball in Manila get a downgrade Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Since announcing their engagement, Harris said in the report, “Finally, after all these years, I just feel like I don’t have to hide anything or feel like I’m not living up to the community I’m in.” Niña V. Guno/JBRELATED STORIES:Rejected by family, gay athlete thankful for other supportFujikawa becomes first openly gay male pro golferADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Both played for the United States national team and were part of the team that won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. At present, they are teammates for American professional football team Orlando Pride where Krieger, 34, plays as defender and Harris, 33, as goalkeeper.Image: Instagram/@alikriegerHarris proposed to Krieger back in Sept. 15, 2018 while having a picnic on Clearwater Beach in Florida. It was days after the last game of the season and while taking a selfie, Harris held up the ring. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKrieger said she was surprised and that she said yes because she was also thinking of a future with her. She revealed that they had been talking about having kids.Image: Instagram/@alikriegerThe two athletes became close after first meeting in 2010. They did not want to publicly acknowledge their relationship to avoid being a “distraction” for the team. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college World Cup champions Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris have confirmed their engagement and are set to be married by the end of the year.Ashlyn Harris (L) and Ali Krieger. Image: Instagram/@alikriegerThe couple shared the news to People yesterday, March 13, months after their September engagement. It was also the first time that the two publicly confirmed their relationship. ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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What President Sirleaf May Tell the Legislature Today

first_imgThe President’s Annual Report on the State of the Nation will most likely be dominated by the GOL’s battle against the deadly Ebola virus disease that rocked the country in 2014.  She will tell the Representatives and Senators  assembled of the fierce battle against the virus which she and her team, led by the Ministry of Health, the Incident Management System,  thousands of Liberian health  workers, the Liberian people  and our international partners  have bravely fought.  Today, with confirmed cases definitely below 10 throughout the country, this battle is almost won.  By God’s grace, Liberia is poised to be declared Ebola-free!Ellen is expected to receive an outburst of applause, probably a standing ovation, for bravely and brilliantly leading this battle as Commander-in-Chief and winning it.  Our patriotic brother, Representative Saah Joseph, even crossed the border into neighboring Sierra Leone with ambulances and supplies to continue the fight there, too.Next, President Sirleaf will most likely lay out to the nation and the world, especially our international partners, her post-Ebola AGENDA.  She will start by recapping all the support we have received from our international partners and all their pledges in the post-Ebola period.She will begin with the offer by the Chinese government,  delivered through its Ambassador Zhang Yue, to help Liberia develop its post-Ebola healthcare and medical system.She restate the United States’ pledge to do all it can to help rebuild Liberia’s healthcare delivery system.The next most important thing the President may attempt is to lay out before the Legislators is her roadmap, to be embarked upon immediately, on how this is to be accomplished—what Liberia’s post-Ebola healthcare delivery system should look two years from now.  She will seek to establish health centers and hospitals in the remotest parts of Liberia, especially places in the southeast such as Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru and River Cess counties that have not seen a modern hospital in generations.  She will tell the Legislators how she intends to intensify the training, in great numbers, of our health, medical and paramedical personnel as well as medical specialists of every kind, some of whom the John F. Kennedy Medical Center once boasted but not since the 1980 coup d’etat; and some of whom we have never had.The President will outline a sustainable plan for how these healthcare delivery workers will be paid, and how they will be encouraged to be willing to serve in remote parts of the country.Closely tied to this grand plan to fix Liberia’s healthcare and medical system is the nation’s   Education system which is in shambles and needs a dramatic turnaround—but how? Is the big question which she will have to answer in her Message.  The system is broken at all levels, from nursery through through tertiary, where even the state-run University of Liberia, after successive entrance examinations, administered to thousands of applicants, still can hardly find 300 really qualified ones to enter.This educational crisis also affects the vocational and technical institutions, some of which have been badly run and attempts to fix the system has met with stiff resistance by former and current employees.The President has recently spoken of grave concern with the thousands of young people on the streets and how she can bring them into the education system to assure them a brighter future.  Most likely she will state how she intends to address this serious challenge, where over 65% of the population is under 25.The Legislators themselves know of the many efforts the President has made in rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure—energy, roads, water, etc., and how much of this has been interrupted by Ebola that drove many expatriate personnel manning these projects out of the country.  With Ebola almost gone, these expatriates are  slowly returning to resume their work.There are two other critical areas that the President would need to tackle in her Message—how to fix Agriculture and assure the nation its food security; and how to empower Liberians in business.  This latter one is critical, for that is the only way Liberians will defeat poverty.  Keep foreigners dominating the Liberian economy and keep Liberians in perpetual poverty.The President has a tall but challenging order of business today.  We wish her well!  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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Rape is rape!

first_img– Manickchand blasts Lawrence over “deflowering” commentsIt is both disturbing and dangerous when the agency responsible for helping victims of rape refers to this horrendous act as “deflowering” – a term which does not encompass everything that is rape.This was expressed by former Human Services Minister Priya Manickchand, who posited that “rape is rape” and any attempt to desensitise this horrific crime must be strongly condemned.The Social Protection Ministry, headed by the controversial Volda Lawrence, in more than one public statement, urged the end to the “deflowering of children”.Former Human Services Minister Priya ManickchandSocial Protection Minister Volda LawrenceAs a matter of fact, even after receiving immense public backlash over the use of the word deflowering to describe rape, the Ministry issued a second statement, again referring to rape as deflowering in its Child Protection Week announcement.Strikingly, this is on the heels of the Minister being accused of protecting a child molester during the campaigning season of the Local Government Elections (LGE).Manickchand, in a post on social media, highlighted that it sets a worrying precedence when the Minister responsible for the protection of children and the care of rape victims, seems to be unaware of the difference between the two terms.“Rape is rape, Minister. There is no need, and it is in fact dangerous, to dress it up and speak gently about it. Deflowering has traditionally been used to indicate the loss of virginity and purity in girls and women. To use this word to address the sex abuse, rape and incest of our children is foolish and backward,” she stated.Manickchand explained that the use of a lighter word in the place of rape reminds her of when it was still taboo to openly use the words “penis” and “vagina” in sensitisation. Moreover, she questioned the Minister’s comprehension of the definition of the two terms as she pointed out that a child can be raped and not deflowered.“So once the deflowering stops, is it okay for someone to just rape the babies? We do know that rape is defined much more widely than penetration of the vagina by the penis, don’t we Minister? We should know by now that rape means in Guyana the insertion of any body part into another body part without consent and under certain ages. So a child can be raped and not “deflowered” by being made to put into his/her mouth a penis. A boy child can be raped without being deflowered by being anally penetrated. Don’t we know these things by now?” expressed Manickchand, who is also a parliamentarian.Manickchand outlined that the softening of such a brutal crime contributes to the rape culture, and when the country’s chief champion against abuse fails to make clear her position in addressing these issues, it is a matter of grave concern.However, she noted that perhaps this posture demonstrated by the Minister should come as no surprise given her previous stance on a matter of similar nature.“But then again, this is the Minister who thought a woman whose child was raped by her uncle and who was repeatedly making complaints about same to those in authority should have dealt differently with the matter, should have hushed it up! It was after all, she said ‘a family matter!’” Manickchand stated.Earlier this year, Lawrence came in for much criticism after she made some unfortunate remarks and had a casual approach in defence of a man who was charged for sexual molestation. In her defence, the Minister was quoted by another section of the media as saying, “This is a family issue that has been going on and on and on and on for whatever reason, I can’t tell you, because if I had a brother, even if there was an accusation, this is not how I would go about helping him.”Additionally, it is alleged that the molester’s sister further alleged that she told the Minister that her brother needed to be jailed for his involvement, but Lawrence asked her not to pursue such actions. Coupled with her use of the word ‘deflowering’ to define rape, many more are beginning to question Lawrence’s capability to effectively manage the affairs of the Social Protection Ministry.Already, several rights activists, led by human rights group Red Thread, had conducted a series of picketing exercises demanding the resignation of Lawrence following her callous statements on the accused child molester.last_img read more

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Chelsea sign Higuain to ignite spluttering attack

first_img0Shares0000Gonzalo Higuain has joined Chelsea on loan for the rest of the season © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOLondon, United Kingdom, Jan 23 – Chelsea signed Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus until the end of the season on Wednesday as boss Maurizio Sarri looks to ignite his spluttering attack.Higuain will be reunited with Sarri, who managed the 31-year-old at Napoli and made him his top target in the January transfer window. After spending the first half of the season in a disappointing loan spell at AC Milan, Higuain admitted he was keen to move to Stamford Bridge.“When the opportunity to join Chelsea presented itself I had to take it,” he told Chelsea’s website.“It’s a team I’ve always liked that has a lot of history, a wonderful stadium and they play in the Premier League, a league I’ve always wanted to play in.“I now hope I can give back that trust Chelsea have shown me out on the pitch. I can’t wait to start and I hope to adapt as soon as possible.”Higuain had scored just once in his last 12 appearances for AC Milan.But the former Real Madrid star, who will wear Chelsea’s number nine shirt, is expected to recreate the fruitful relationship he had with Sarri in their one season together at Napoli in 2015-16.He scored 36 league goals in 35 games for Napoli, breaking the Serie A single-season record. Sarri was desperate to land a quality forward after enduring a series of frustrating results due to Chelsea’s inability to kill off their rivals.Spain striker Alvaro Morata has suffered a wretched time at Chelsea and is keen to join Atletico Madrid, while France forward Olivier Giroud has been plagued by injuries and inconsistent form.– ‘Number one target’ –Chelsea’s problems up front forced Sarri to play Belgium star Eden Hazard out of position as a striker rather than in his preferred position on the flanks.Hazard’s form has suffered as a result and Sarri will hope Higuain’s presence will spark a revival in Chelsea’s fortunes, while allowing Hazard to return to the role he has filled so effectively on the left wing.Higuain, who has been capped 75 times by his country, arrives at Chelsea to find the club struggling with a confidence crisis that threatens to wreck their season.The west London club sit fourth in the Premier League, but are only three points ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United.Following a limp 2-0 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday, Sarri criticised his players and admitted he finds it hard to motivate them.No wonder he was so delighted to get the Higuain deal completed.“It’s very difficult in January to find one of the most important strikers in the world. So I think the club is working very well because it’s not easy to get a new striker,” Sarri said.“We hope he’ll bring goals, that he starts scoring for us. He’s also very good at other aspects, other than just goals, but that’s what we are hoping for.“He has had some difficulties recently, but we’re hoping we can raise him back to his best form.”Chelsea play Tottenham in Thursday’s League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge, bidding to overturn a 1-0 deficit to reach the February 24 final.The Blues had until 1200 GMT to register Higuain for that match, but instead he will have to wait for his debut, which could come against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.If not, Higuain could feature when Chelsea travel to Bournemouth in the Premier League on January 30.Juventus revealed the existence of two options attached to the deal, with Chelsea able to sign Higuain outright during the loan spell for around £31.3 million.“The agreement grants to Chelsea the options to extend the duration of the loan until 30 June 2020, for a consideration of 18 million euros (£15.7 million) to be paid in 2019-20 financial year,” a statement on Juventus’s website read.“Or to acquire the registration rights of the player on a permanent basis for 36 million euros (£31.3 million) to be paid in two financial years.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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DONE DEAL! Chelsea flop seals Serie A return

first_img1 Juan Cuadrado [left] Juan Cuadrado has completed his season-long loan switch to Juventus.talkSPORT revealed on Tuesday morning that the winger had travelled to Turin to tie up a deal after Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho sanctioned his exit.Now he has finalised his loan move to Juve – just seven months after joining Chelsea from Fiorentina in a £23million deal.“We all know that Juve is a great club, among the best teams in Europe,” said the Colombian. “I hope I can give Juventus my best, 100 per cent. I didn’t expect to receive such a warm welcome from the fans in Italy but they have always welcomed me with open arms and that makes me very happy.“The fans’ support will give me further motivation to do well.”Cuadrado was one of Colombia’s star players at last year’s World Cup but failed to impress Mourinho and leaves after just four starts.His move to Juve will inevitable lead to suggestions France midfielder Paul Pogba will make the switch in the opposite direction, with a move in excess of £60million spoken of.Mourinho refused to discuss Pogba last Friday and the Cuadrado switch appears independent of any negotiations for the former Manchester United midfielder.Whether anything materialises over Pogba remains to be seen, but the rumours remain.last_img read more

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Cornelison sets one record, eyes another

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “Teams were starting to pitch around her, and you could tell she was getting a little bit frustrated sometimes, but she just had to be patient,” Vargas said. “She’s going to get her pitches because other teams are learning that they can’t pitch around her all the time. We really don’t have a weak spot in our lineup.” Cornelison bats third, between Taylor Wilson (Paraclete), who is batting .509 (29 for 57), and cleanup hitter Nicole Means (Quartz Hill), who has a .476 slugging percentage and 18 RBIs. Wilson, a sophomore shortstop, has signed with Div. II Abiline (Texas) Christian. Other standouts include leadoff hitter Erica Ricker (Quartz Hill), who is batting .418, Jamie Parker (Antelope Valley), who is batting .352, and JC All-America catcher Melissa Rodriguez (Lancaster) is batting .381. Complementing AVC’s lineup is pitcher Nikki Perez (Littlerock), who is 6-2 with a 0.98 ERA. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College freshman first baseman Katie Cornelison set a school single-season record with her ninth homer in a 10-3 Foothill Conference victory March 8 over Rio Hondo of Whittier. Cornelison (Lancaster High), just 12 games into the season, tied a record set by Jody Snelling in 1994. She needs two more home runs to tie the career record shared by Snelling and Amy Paradiso. “I don’t really know if she’s made any adjustments,” AVC outfield/hitting coach Mike Vargas said. “She’s blossomed into a great hitter. Every time she comes up to the plate, there’s a chance she’s going to hit the ball out of the park.” The left-handed-hitting Cornelison, who has shown power to all fields, ended an eight-game homer drought in the Rio Hondo game. AVC (19-5 overall, 3-0 Foothill), the top-ranked team in Southern California, moved to from fourth to second in the state rankings. Selection process: The selection process for the vacant men’s basketball coaching position was scheduled to begin Tuesday, when the 10-member hiring committee held its first meeting since the March 3 application deadline closed. Athletic director Newton Chelette, who retired as basketball coach last month after 17 years in the position, is a member of the hiring committee. He said the interview process will begin March 30. Recruiting: Coveted Division I prospect Deonte Huff (Lancaster) has scheduled an official visit to Utah State later this month. Huff, a sophomore guard and first-team All-Foothill Conference selection, also is expected to meet later this week with UC Santa Barbara coaches, who will visit him at AVC. Sophomore forwards Robert Hughes (Boron) and Donte Bell will participate in Saturday’s sophomore showcase at the State Championship tournament in Fresno. The showcase is for sophomores not participating in the state tournament. Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 gideon.rubin@dailynews.com 160Want 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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TEARS AND TEA AT THE WONDERFUL WIDOWS’ PARADISE!

first_imgThe cast of the play.“It’s a shame when a group of amateur actors come together to host a comedy and they just don’t get it completely right.“I’d heard all week how side-splittingly funny Widow’s Paradise was.“Staged by members of Letterkenny Gaels GAA Club, there were reports that ambulances from the general hospital were on standby as several people complained of chest pains with bouts of laughter.“Tea (and good tea it was) instead of wine or beer before the performance reminded you that you weren’t in the Gaiety, the Abbey or An Grianan for that matter. “But ten minutes into what was their fourth of a five night sell-out run, I knew they were missing one key ingredient – tissues.“How else could you last two and a half hours of comedy that made Brendan O’Carroll look like Enda Kenny?“I’ve been to my fair share of parish hall dramas and the vast majority are mildly amusing.“But Sam Cree’s Widow Paradise and the performance of this cast was more than a notch above average. “The play, set in a caravan in Downings in the 1960s, finds widow Ruby and her friends arrive for a ‘women only’ weekend only to find their plans thrown into chaos when they book into the wrong caravan.“From the first minute to the 150th (yes it lasts almost two and half hours!), Widows’ Paradise is a tonic for any wet Saturday night as we struggle to pay the bills and think about facing Christmas.“It wouldn’t be fair it single out any performers because all ten actors were quite superb.“They included Celine Bradley, Brian Sweeney, Mickey Coll, Anna Gallagher, Garry Coll, Noel Sweeney, Bernie Frain, Sheila Sweeney, Brighdin Carr and Luke Browne.“Brian Sweeney deserves a special mention merely for the fact that he got his trousers off more times in two hours than he might in a year at home. “Garry Coll was almost too convincing as the slightly gullible Ernest Gillespie while his love-interest Lucy McGarry (Shiela Sweeney) provided a spark which had many hiding their heads in their hands with sheer mortification.“If this cast ever decide to do another run of Widows’ Paradise or any other production, book your tickets early.“Oh, and bring some tissues.” SMNote from the production team. Letterkenny Gaels GAA Club played host to packed houses for their staging of the hilarious comedy, Widows’ Paradise by Sam Cree in their Club Room at the Glebe from Wednesday until last night.Directed by Paddy O’Connor and with a cast of 10, made up mainly of Club members, the nightly audiences were treated to a brilliantly funny interpretation of this wonderful Play.The entire production was achieved with a major team effort led by James Frain, Executive Producer and Conor Crossan who coordinated the Front of House and ticket sales. Significant advance PR was also undertaken by Letterkenny Gaels Club PRO, Mark McFadden and Brian Sweeney, who also starred in the role of Harry Bradshaw. The club are deeply indebted to all the local press and media for their publicity and support.The staging of the Play also afforded the opportunity to welcome the wider community to the Club facilities developed jointly with Letterkenny RFC at the Glebe and the Gaels would like to convey a big thank you to all who attended and for the very favourable comments on the accommodation arrangements, hospitality and friendly service experienced each night.Letterkenny Gaels wish to convey their grateful thanks for all the support from inside and outside the Club in the lead up to and the logistics around the staging of the Play.However, none of this could be achieved without the leadership and experience of Club stalwart, Paddy O’Connor and his magnificent and talented cast.Congratulations and well done to everyone involved.TEARS AND TEA AT THE WONDERFUL WIDOWS’ PARADISE! was last modified: October 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalLetterkenny GaelsWidows Paradiselast_img read more

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