first_imgFox Sports reports the No. 9 has called a press conference for 1pm in Melbourne where he will make the announcement alongside coach Kevin Walters.Smith’s exit coincides with the representative retirements of Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk, which were announced at the end of last year.It means Queensland will need a new captain and hooker for the State of Origin series starting on June 6.The call is likely to springboard Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough into contention for a Queensland debut in game one, while Jake Granville of the Cowboys could be another option.Darius Boyd, Billy Slater or Greg Inglis are the most likely candidates to take over the captaincy, however Boyd has battled form and fitness at Brisbane this season.Since making his debut for Queensland in 2003, Smith has played a record 42 Origins for the Maroons and has been captain of the side since 2012.In that period he has missed just one game – the series opener in 2010 due to injury – and won a record 26 matches.Since playmaker Thurston’s debut in 2005, the pair have played a crucial role in the Maroons’ 11 of the last 12 series victories.— with AAP(Picture: Darren England)last_img read more

first_imgMiguel Cifuentes ‘Cifu’ returns to the starting point. The brave side of Malaga has been again evicted from the comfort zone and is again forced to row against the current. The appearance of Ismael Casas and the confidence of Sergio Pellicer in the youth squad have relegated him to the substitution, role that did not play for more than a year and a half.But the current situation is not a new one for Granada. Since arriving in Malaga in January 2016, there have been many times when he has not been among the preferences of the different blue and white coaches. In fact, he had to go out in search of minutes to Girona six months after his signing (summer 2016) and in January 2018 he left, also on loan, to Albacete.After relegation to the Second Division and due to the problems the club encountered in restructuring the team, given the high number of high chips in the squad Muñiz ended up betting on him as the team’s first right-back and Cifu responded showing good performance. He had an injury that had him six games out of combat and some ups and downs that promptly brought him to the bench for the benefit of Iván Rodríguez. But ended up playing 25 games and earning his contract renewal until June 30, 2022. This season, with Iván Rodríguez not registered due to the club’s problems with the salary limit, he remained the only right-back of the first team and started again with the indisputable vitola. But after Pellicer’s arrival his status as a holder has been questioned. Some physical problems separated him from Málaga – Numancia on February 9 and the young Ismael Casas took advantage of it to keep the position.In the last five games, Cifu only played the second half in Las Palmas. The rest of the minutes were for Ismael Casas, whom Pellicer knows perfectly from his time in the subsidiary. The coach has high hopes for the youth squad, which at the moment is more than complying. Cifu, once again, has to reinvent himself and overcome the role of substitute.last_img read more

first_imgThis resolution follows the decree of the President of the Council of Ministers of April 10 that contains “urgent measures to contain the contagion” by coronavirus throughout the territory.By the same, all sporting events and competitions of all levels are suspended and the Italian federation has confirmed that the football break is extended, including Serie A and cup competitions.“The FIGC also proceeded to suspend the terms of the procedures related to sports justice until May 3“said the transalpine federative entity. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has announced this Tuesday that extends the suspension of football activity and of any competition organized by the entity until May 3, due to the coronavirus pandemic.“President, Gabriele Gravina, after debating with her vice presidents Cosimo Sibilia and Paolo Dal Pino, ordered the suspension of all soccer competitions organized by the federation until May 3. “FIGC announced.last_img read more

first_imgVeteran jockey Vassell ‘Jollyman’ Najair, at age 62, became one of the oldest jockeys to win at Caymans Park, this aboard the Oneil Markland-trained STIR IT UP in the ninth race over 1100 metres for the Titania Trophy yesterday. STIR IT UP stormed though approaching the distance, disposing of the leaders FIRE ALARM and SWEET DIMENSION for an 11-1 upset, winning by four lengths. It was the second time in eight days that Markland, who is popularly called ‘Sweety Man’, was providing Najair with a winner, following the 35-1 outsider FIX IT UP over the round five course on December 15, Najair’s first winner in over three years. Najair, who started riding as an apprentice to the legendary female trainer, Eileen Cliggott, at Caymanas Park in 1967, joins David ‘Scorcher’ McKenzie as the oldest jockeys to win at the park. McKenzie, who is still active in the saddle at 66, recalled that he rode his last winner four years ago at age 62 as well. And McKenzie was on hand in the vicinity of the Jockeys’ Room to congratulate Najair on his return. Trainer Markland, who also ran FIX IT UP in the race with an apprentice rider replacing Najair, said he was always confident that ‘jolly’ would get the job done. “Despite his age, he’s one of the fittest jockeys at the track. It’s all about self-belief and Najair is convinced that he has some good years left in the saddle,” said Markland. Smiling from ear to ear en route to the Jockeys’ Room – accompanied by the trainer – Najair, a father of three, said despite a rocky career, which included a number of suspensions mainly for anger management related issues, he still enjoys the thrill of victory. “They will have to carry me off the track … in another 10 years,” he jokingly remarked. Meanwhile, in the two other trophy races on the card, the Gary Subratie-trained BLUE DIXIE turned the tables on recent conqueror BUBBLING KITTEN by a head in the Sweet Ruckus Trophy. First past the post LORD EQUUS, in the Stewards’ Cup, was disqualified and placed second following a stewards’ inquiry and the race awarded to first-time runner SIR RAJA BABA, with whom he had interfered a furlong out.last_img read more

first_imgThe captain who led University of the Philippines to its first UAAP basketball finals in 32 years had his first taste of official PBA action when he participated in the first day of the PBA Draft Combine Wednesday at Gatorade Hoops Center.Desiderio, who’s always maintained a happy-go-lucky attitude outside the court, was still brandishing a wide smile and said he’s still on a high after the Fighting Maroons featured in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I think I haven’t rested one bit,” said Desiderio in Filipino. “This is the moment I’ve been waiting for, I have no choice but to do this so I can achieve my dream of playing in the PBA.”Desiderio’s Fighting Maroons got swept in the championship round with Ateneo taking its 10th title in two games. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Despite the loss in the lone finals of his collegiate career, Desiderio said he wouldn’t be in his position if not for the inspiring run UP had in Season 81.UP finished the eliminations as the third seed with an 8-6 record and fought its way to its first championship series since winning the title in 1986.Desiderio said there’s some pressure especially after he led the Fighting Maroons to the finals as their emotional leader, but it also gave him the stock to become a potential first rounder.“Of course there’s some pressure because I was fresh off the UAAP finals,” said Desiderio who, along with UP teammate Diego Dario, are the only two applicants of the 47 that applied straight out of college. “The UP community expects much out of us, but I’m just euphoric I’m in this level.”“The finals were really a big help to my stock because if we weren’t in the finals I wouldn’t be even known at this kind of level.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—The Paul Desiderio party isn’t stopping any time soon.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Kawhi Leonard sits with bruised hip as Raptors rout Warriors Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia 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 View commentslast_img read more

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday declared that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s Office is nothing but a nest of political patronage whereby his family, friends and affiliates are regularly awarded.Prime MinisterMoses NagamootooJagdeo expressed these sentiments during a news conference at Freedom House, Robb Street, Georgetown.He was at the time offering his take on the controversy currently surrounding State Minister Joseph Harmon to media operatives.“I noticed Harmon said he had to sign many things for both APNU and AFC supporters. Was it that he was saying that we both did the same thing so why would Nagamootoo feel ignorance and some of the others feel ignorance of what Harmon did when he, Harmon, would have had to sign similar instruments for many AFC supporters?” Jagdeo questioned.Jagdeo explained that the Prime Minister, among other government officials, are guilty of the same yet there is no public outrage over those incidents.“Nagamootoo Office has been a nest of patronage and he has not done any work on behalf of the nation. He enjoys massive resource at his disposal, much of it personal because the benefits he get as perks of Office,” Jagdeo stated.Furthermore, Jagdeo disclosed that Nagamootoo’s relatives have been appointed to manage the old cinema government had rented for use as one of its offices.Jagdeo also reminded of the Prime Minister’s regional representatives, all of whom he posited were “jobs for the boys”.Nagamootoo has come in for harsh criticisms over his exorbitance at the expense of taxpayers’ monies.Firstly, there was the $22 million customised luxury Land Cruiser that was added to his existing fleet of 22 vehicles, which was deemed just the tip of an iceberg of extravagant expenditures in his personal life.Reports indicate that Nagamootoo has cashed in on hefty amounts for the repairs to the bridge and road to his private residence, repairs to the official Prime Minister’s residence and the Office of the Prime Minister.Moreover, in the Budget Estimates 2015, an additional $10 million was set aside for the rehabilitation of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister’s Official Residence. Some of this money will go towards constructing several secondary buildings at the Prime Minister’s residence, while the remainder will be distributed for the refurbishing of cubicles, security barracks, storage houses, waiting area, and the roof.An additional $10 million was set aside for the purchase of furniture and equipment, while another $4 million is allocated for the refurbishing of furniture and equipment, Nagamootoo stated, contending that the buildings he inherited were in a deplorable state.Also, some $10 million was budgeted under the Office of the Prime Minister for “minor works”, which Nagamootoo said will be distributed to assist in various projects undertaken by the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU); the Salvation Army and the Diocese of Guyana, among others.Additionally, a whopping $15.7 million is set aside for “other expenses”. Added to that is the massive salary increases, which he had requested, now being paid to government officials.last_img read more

first_imgPersons making enquiries at the Open Day hosted by NISIn observance of its 50th anniversary, the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) on Friday hosted an Open Day where it also launched an electronic mode of data transfer for employers, which will reduce the long waiting time and resources.Public Relations Officer Dellon Davidson explained that employers will now have a hassle-free mode of transferring documents with regards to employee information. He added that the NIS plans to have payments also become easier for employers in the near future, which will see contributions being paid through the banks.Davidson told Guyana Times that the online service will be critical for employers who have businesses in far-flung areas. The service, he noted, will ensure that necessary documents are submitted in a timely manner.“For employers who have problems coming into the (National Insurance) Scheme, joining the long lines for payments, we are making it more convenient and more feasible for persons to make their contributions online through the submission and on a later date, we will be offering payments online,” Davidson shared.According to him, employers can make use of this service by logging onto the agency’s website at ‘www.nis.org.gy’.Before this new initiative, workers were mandated to submit monthly documents with employees’ information, which were filled out manually. With the new system, paper, time and energy will be conserved.The Public Relations representative posited, “Instead of filling out the paper work manually, that system is now readily available, electronically on our web so the necessary information, as it relates to online submissions is readily available”.He was keen to note that the new system will be easy to use as all the necessary instructions will be online for guidance. Businesses and other agencies using the electronic system for data transfer will no longer be required to walk with piles of documents to makes payments for its workers.Meanwhile, scores of persons, both young and old crowded the agency’s Brickdam, Georgetown location in a bid to have their queries and concerns cleared up.Maylene Fingal, a 68-year old resident from South Ruimveldt Gardens, Georgetown, told Guyana Times that she was happy she came out to have her issue addressed as it was resolved in a timely manner. The senior citizen added that she was quite pleased with the way she was treated, especially since her voucher was ready for her after waiting for a number of months.On the other hand, Imtaz Baksh from Peter’s Hall, East Bank Demerara, said he went out to query his Old Age Pension benefits, but was told the process was not completed as yet, although waiting for almost a year.Baksh told this publication that he was told that the process should be completed by month-end.last_img read more

first_imgBut some within the department acknowledge that being able to report detainees to immigration officials could provide an important and well-needed crime-fighting tool. But both Police Chief William Bratton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have been unwavering in their support of the more than 30-year-old policy. “It doesn’t preclude us from dealing with the arrest and prosecution of illegal immigrants that are engaged in crime,” said Bratton, noting he didn’t think the lawsuit had much of a chance. The intent of Special Order 40, he said, was “to encourage illegal immigrants and undocumented or aliens to report to police if they have been victims of crimes or that they were witnesses to crimes.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The suit comes as the national debate over immigration has re-ignited, with President George W. Bush this week calling for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws. The city already is facing trial in another lawsuit over the order filed by Washington, D.C.-based Judicial Watch. Experts say the highest concentration of America’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants is in Los Angeles, and federal officials recently announced an increased focus on deporting those in jail. Klehm, who quit his job as a medical malpractice attorney last year to target immigration violators, said he was filing the suit only after several LAPD officers contacted him saying they felt stymied by the rule. In the lawsuit, he is citing a government report that found 55,322 illegal immigrants were incarcerated nationally in 2003. Among those, law enforcement officials had made 459,614 arrests. The Los Angeles Police Protective League has not taken a position on the lawsuit, said Eric Rose, a spokesman for the union representing more than 9,000 officers. Ahead of the expected filing of a second lawsuit against the LAPD’s Special Order 40, the department has come under more pressure to take another look at its stance against asking someone’s immigration status. The new lawsuit, which was scheduled to be filed Wednesday by an Orange County attorney and founder of the Web site www.illegalemployers.org, argues that the LAPD violates a section of the state health code by not reporting drug offenders to immigration officials. “Police officers were frustrated because the department was not letting the officers comply with the law,” said David Klehm, representing a Los Angeles resident in the suit. “I am not talking about people reporting crimes being affected, I am talking about people committing crimes,” he said, characterizing the arrest of illegal immigrants as a revolving door that allows them to go in and out of jail. last_img read more

first_imgPaul CharlesPaul Charles is a legendary musical booking agent who just happens to also write amazing crime novels and loves Donegal.It also so happens that his wife hails from our wonderful county and they spend as much time as possible here.To celebrate the launch of his latest novel, St Ernan’s Blues, (which is set in Donegal), he answers a Q&A for Donegal Daily on what makes him tick. Why did you set the novel in a “retirement home” for priests?I really wanted to write this Starrett story in the Agatha Christie tradition but instead of having the victim and all the suspects on a train or a ship, I thought a Donegal retirement home for priests would serve my story better.What is your relationship with the Donegal coastline described in the books? It plays a significant role in the mood of the story.My wife Catherine is from Donegal and I’ve a few long-time friends who also live there. Geographically speaking Donegal it’s very isolated; it’s very difficult to get to, so it wasn’t on the obvious tourist trodden path. It’s not been overdeveloped nor spoiled. Ramelton, Starrett’s base, is a heritage town and the ancient buildings are perfect settings for (and I mean this in the nicest possible way) fictional crime scenes). It’s very rural, picturesque, stunning landscape with breath-taking coastline and a big sky. It’s naturally very soulful and if you can avoid the showers you can find some of the best beach-walks in the world. A few years before I started work on the Starrett stories I started to spend a lot of time there and everything I needed location-wise for this series was right there slap bang on my door step. Is St Ernan’s is a real place – what made you set the story there? Yes St Ernan’s is very much a real place. I’m always discovering that real locations are always infinitely more interesting than fictional ones. Take the case in point for instance; St Ernan’s House on St Ernan’s Island, located a stone’s throw from Donegal Town. I was intrigued by it from the first time I encountered it. I believe Catherine (my wife) and I may have stayed in it when it was a guest house, and I admit that might even have been my imagination. But either way bit by bit I discovered the history of the Island; the story about how the causeway was built is true; the fireplace coming from the burnt out Erke Castle, the original antique pen nibs addressed to then owner,…, being found in the house are all true and have been included in attempts to try and make fiction read as real. The four master writers that Starrett discovers amongst the St Ernan’s residents in the house are a nod back the original 4 master writers who were based in the nearby Donegal Town Castle and endeavouring to write the history of Ireland.When I was doing research for St Ernan’s Blues I was intrigued by both the house and the island. I tried several times to fix up a visit to go and examine the Island and, if I was very lucky, the house. The owner was very polite; the times weren’t convenient, maybe check in again in a few months. Eventually he agreed I could come over and Catherine dropped me off by the front door and she and her father Gerry and our two nephews, Oisin & Darragh, went off for a drive around the grid lock that is Donegal Town, promising to return to pick me up. The owner was very generous with his time and showed me around the wonderful historic house. I was always conscious I was encroaching on his time and tried really hard to do the swiftest version of the tour, while keeping my wish for an investigative walk around the island to myself. Don’t get me wrong, the owner was at all times very hospitable, but I believe by the time Catherine returned to pick me up, his sigh of relief was definitely visible. He walked me out to the car and as we were saying our goodbyes, he though he recognised someone in the car.“Is that Gerry McGinley?” he asked.“It is indeed,” I replied. “How do you know Gerry,” he asked, as he quickly walked over to the car.“He’s my father-in-law,” I replied.“Sure you should have told me that,” he said, as he opened the car door and started shaking Gerry’s hand furiously.You see my father-in-law was a much-loved legend in Donegal; very sadly he has since passed. The owner knew him and everything changed immediately. As he chatted away to Gerry he invited me to have an explorative dander around the island, “go and look around the house again if you want to” and when I returned they were still chatting away ten to the dozen. From their chat I got a sense of the old Donegal, of how people dealt with each other, of how when people know you are connected to people they know and respect they are prepared to offer you the same genuine hospitality friends of theirs would get in return, were the situation ever reversed.I came away from my visit to St Ernan’s Island with the words (and melody) of a famous traditional song of the county. “Your hearts are like your mountains in the homes of Donegal,” ringing around my head & my soul.Did you feel nervous about broaching the subject of abuse in the Catholic Church?No not at all. Just like for every less-than-perfect priest, there are literally 1000s of priests who are decent God-fearing people. For instance, in St Ernan’s Blues Fr. Robert O’Leary, at least appears to show the other side of the coin.How do you approach creating a character like Starrett upon him a whole series of books will be based?In a weird way it’s like he was there already and I met him and got to know him the way you get to meet and get to know someone who becomes a good friend. When I was working on I’ve heard the Banshee Sing, a DI Christy Kennedy mystery, Kennedy finds himself working on an investigation that starts off in Camden Town, next visits Kennedy’s original home time before a quick trip into Donegal where Kennedy meets up with and works with a local Gardai inspector. So when I started to consider this Gardai Inspector, even thought it was a small part I started to try and make him come alive, as it were, I started to consider him and think, what’s your story and out he came. I like the character a lot. Later I was invited to do a short story for Meeting Across The Water – a collection of crime stories based on the Bruce Springsteen lyric of the same name and the idea I had was more suitable to Starrett than it was for Kennedy. A bit more of Starrett’s character came through and I was on my way.How would you best describe your style of crime writing?Well I like to try and take a piece of fiction and make it read like a true crime story. Like I’m reporting the facts of a case rather than making it up.The something rather nostalgic in your books, a yearning for a simpler time. Does that reflect your own feelings about the world?I think it does, yes, but at the same time I try really hard to balance it out so that it doesn’t ready like a “the good old days” manifesto because the good old days are good and gone and some of them weren’t really all that good.Do you plot your stories before you start, or do they unfold and surprise you as you go along?I do a lot of work and research beforehand as was the case with St Ernan’s Blues, with the island and the house and even Donegal Town itself. I also spend quite a bit of time putting my cast of characters together. I don’t like people just to appear on the page, I like them to have a past. I need them to have a past. I need to make them real to me to be able to complete the process. However I love to start each book off the way a detective starts off an investigation and I just love to go on the journey with Starrett not knowing what’s going to happen or how it’s going to happen. So I go the book each day to try (like the detective and hopefully the reader) to discover what happened and solve the puzzle of the crime. With the DI Christy Kennedy mysteries I always do a lot of work and research on the unique method of murder. So I’ll start with a perfect murder and then work backwards from there to try to figure out it happened.Do you read widely within the crime genre, and if so, who do you enjoy?  And who inspires you most?Oh yes I positively devour crime books both true crime and fiction. I love Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song where he writes a true crime story as a novel, a process I try to reverse. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is another major achievement. John Connolly’s books I love and then Michael Connelly as well. Colin Dexter’s books are such a joy to read and re-read.The moralising of the church, and the strict code by which its members are supposed to live provides an interesting opportunity to scrutinise people’s decisions and their motivations in the book. Was this your original intention?It was certainly something I wanted to examine. I’ve always felt that there are bad people and there are good people and if you’re a priest it doesn’t necessary make you a good person and if you’re a crook it doesn’t necessary make you a bad person. Equally if you’re a priest it doesn’t guarantee you’re a bad person either. People are people and we all deal with our foibles the best we can.
There’s some great attention to details in the police procedural aspects of the book. Have you spent time with police officers in the course of researching your books?I haven’t. I’ve always found it best to observe while being unobserved.Do you have any further plans for Inspector Starrett?Well there are a couple of Starrett short stories I can’t wait to do. When I started work on the first Starrett book – The Dust of Death – I had some of the main ideas, mainly Starrett’s back story, for the first three (Family Life and now, St Ernan’s Blues) I have an idea for the next one, which is pretty much suggested at the end of St Ernan’s Blues but I’m currently working on the 2nd McCusker, A Day In The Life of Louis Bloom and then I’m looking forward to getting started into writing the 11th Christy Kennedy Mystery.So who is Paul Charles?Paul Charles managed his first group, The BLUES by FIVE, when he was fifteen years old and his business card listed the number of the local telephone box in his native Magherafelt, Northern Ireland.He moved to London when he was seventeen years old and studied to be a civil engineer, but the music business was his real distraction and he was more interested in writing about the London scene for Irish music papers than surveying, planning and drawing.His real education began when he took on the multiple role of manager, lyricist, roadie, sound-engineer and agent for the Belfast band FRUUPP. Fruupp signed to Dawn Records and worked around the UK and Europe for several years in the early seventies. Sheba’s Song, with one of several sets of Paul Charles’ lyrics from that period (the fine music was from band member John Mason) was sampled and recorded with the original lyrics as Soon The New Day by American Rap artist Talib Kweli with Nora Jones guesting on vocals for Talib’s latest Warner Bros album, Ear Drum. The album entered the Billboard USA top 200 at #2 on 2nd September, 2007. Norah Jones also featured Soon The New Day on her “Featuring” album, released on Nov 16th 2010 on Blue Note Records which was also a USA Billboard Top 20 album.Fruupp eventually spilt up after four albums but by that point Paul Charles had met Paul Fenn and they became firm friends and, eventually partners in the Asgard Agency where, over the last 30 years, Paul Charles has been agent for a wide range of quality music acts including: Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Ray Davies, Lonnie Donegan The Blue Nile, Christy Moore, Don McLean, Elvis Costello, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Rory Gallagher, Gordon Lightfoot, Nick Lowe, Ry Cooder, Robert Plant, Planxty, Tom Waits, Van Morrison, The Waterboys and The Undertones. He’s also programmed the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival for the last 23 years.Music has always been a major force in his life: “I have a need for the music of The Beatles, Hank Williams, Nick Drake, Otis Reading, Bob Dylan and the artists we’ve been lucky enough to work with.”But as well as all of that he’s also a committed book reader—and collector—particularly British Detective fiction. “I have always loved dabbling in writing, lyrics, sleeve notes, short stories, etc., so in 1996, inspired by Colin Dexter (the creator of Inspector Morse), I attempted my first Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy Mystery, I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass, which was published the following year.”Nine further Christy Kennedy titles followed, including 2012’s A Pleasure To Do Death With You. In 2007 The Dust of Death the first of a trilogy featuring Inspector Starrett was published. Followed by Family Life, in Sept 2009 and the final Starrett title, St Ernan’s Blues in June 2016. His other titles are: The Prince of Heaven’s Eyes, a novella from the Fruupp days re-published recently as an ebook; Down On Cyprus Avenue, the first of the McCusker Mysteries set in modern day Belfast; The First of The True Believers, a novel concerning the Beatles; three Castlemartin novels, The Last Dance, The Lonesome Heart is Angry and One of Our Jeans Is Missing (2016); plus three factual music books, Playing Live; How to Succeed in The Music Business and The Best Beatle Book Ever written by Paul Charles (as opposed to the Best Book on The Beatles ever!www.paulcharlesbooks.comWHY VISITING DONEGAL NEVER GIVES FAMOUS AUTHOR THE ‘BLUES’ was last modified: June 15th, 2016 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:booksdonegalPaul CharlesSt ERnan’s Blueslast_img read more

first_imgRoyal Flush Draw results for the weekend of 29/04/2012 were 5, 8, 12 & 19. There was no winner, consolation prizes went to Robert Cassidy, Corkermore, Willie Gallagher & John O’Shea.Bingo in Dunkineely on Friday night at 9pm. We have now changed the books from 10 page to an 11 page book, which means a further two chances to win. Prize money of €1170 paid out, 2 of the panel prizes at €100, one at €120 & one at € 70. Three of the line prizes at €40. The additional prize for checking on the magic number on the last panel, has now reached €1,450. The Take you Pick Jackpot of is €150.The Club sincerely thank everyone who supports our weekly bingo, our Royal Flush Draw and all our Fundraising activities. Club Donegal is one again on offer this year and its especially beneficial to those who attend league and championship games throughout the county, as it gains free access to all fixtures. The cost for the year as set by the county board is €200 but the club are offering it to general members for €100, the same price as previous years. which includes membership, for playing members it will cost €130, which will include their membership also. Neither teams were in competitive action over the weekend but are in action next weekend, were both teams play Moville at home.The Reserve side did have a run out in a challenge game against a physical Pettigo side and lost out on a scoreline of 0-8 to 1-9. The club’s underage sides are currently very busy and both are playing and training very well.The club’s U14 side have a good win against local rivals Killybegs on Monday evening coming out on top on a scoreline of 5-6 to 3-8. Next up for the team is Kilcar on Wednesday evening at 7:30pm in Dunkineely. Your support would be very welcome to cheer the side on.The St. John’s minor side are due to play Four Masters in their second league match on Friday at 7:00pm in Killybegs. Again your support would be much appreciated. GAA NOTES: NAOMH ULTAN was last modified: April 30th, 2012 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:Naomh Ultan GAA noteslast_img read more