Chelsea waiting for Hazard to emerge from slump

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP) Guus Hiddink’s arrival as Chelsea manager has sparked a drastic improvement in a number of the team’s attacking stars. Diego Costa, Oscar, Cesc Fabregas, even Pedro Rodriguez. All look different players now Jose Mourinho is no longer in charge at Stamford Bridge. So when is Eden Hazard going to come good? Because the slump in form of the Belgium winger is one of the mysteries of the season. Hazard was voted English football’s Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season by both his peers and writers, after scoring 19 goals and being arguably Chelsea’s standout player in their run to the Premier League and League Cup titles. Many felt he would make the step up to challenge Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the game’s top star. Fast forward to this season and Hazard is no longer assured of even being in the team heading into Sunday’s FA Cup match against Manchester City, which is the headline fixture of the fifth round. He has completed 90 minutes just once in 2016 and has scored only one club goal all season a sympathy penalty in a big win over MK Dons in the FA Cup fourth round. Already testing the patience of Chelsea fans with his performances, Hazard didn’t do himself any favours this week by telling French newspaper Le Parisien, ahead of a Champions League game against Paris Saint-German, that it would be ‘difficult to say no to’ PSG or any other team capable of winning the Champions League. Is he eyeing a big move for next season already? Hazard was substituted against PSG after another sub-standard display and may even lose his place to Oscar against City for the first high-profile match in the FA Cup this season. Chelsea are looking to win the world’s oldest club knockout competition for the fifth time in the last 10 years and is in better form than City, having lost only once 2-1 against PSG in 12 games since Hiddink took over. City, meanwhile, have lost their last two games, at home against title rivals in the Premier League, and have injury problems in midfield. Manager Manuel Pellegrini may also have one eye on next week, when City resumes their Champions League campaign with a trip to Dynamo Kiev in the last 16, and could play a weakened team at Stamford Bridge. There has been a shortage of shocks in this season’s FA Cup, meaning most of the country’s big teams are still involved. TAMED BY THE SHREWS? The biggest so-called ‘giant-killing could come when Manchester United heads to third-tier Shrewsbury on Monday. And it’s the last thing Louis van Gaal needs right now. The United manager has enough on his mind, with his team struggling to qualify for the Champions League through the Premier League and seeing captain and star striker Wayne Rooney joining an injury list that now contains 13 players. Rooney has a knee injury and British media are reporting he could be out for six to eight weeks. Shrewsbury, a market town from central England whose football team plays at a 9,875-capacity stadium, has already beaten two teams higher up the English pyramid second-tier Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday and are in the fifth round for the first time since 1991. And they caused a big shock in 2003, winning 2-1 in the third round against an Everton side containing Rooney. In 19th place in the third tier, Shrewsbury are the lowest-ranked team left in the competition. REMATCH Arsenal are four victories away from winning the FA Cup for a third straight time. Next up for Arsene Wenger’s side is second-tier Hull, in a rematch of the 2014 final that Arsenal won 3-2 after extra time. There are two more all-Premier League matchups: Bournemouth vs Everton; and Tottenham vs Crystal Palace. In other games, Reading host West Bromwich Albion, West Ham visit Blackburn and Watford are at home to Leeds.last_img read more

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Women Climax Fast and Prayer for Peaceful Elections

first_imgPrior to the holding of the October 10 elections, women of all ages gathered from dawn to sunset on a roadside close to the party headquarters in Monrovia of several presidential candidates and knelt in prayer, fasting, and supplication to God that the country be spared of violence during and after the elections.The fast and prayer was also observed by women in the other counties. According to the organizers, their action was intended for God Almighty to keep the country stable during and after the elections.The groups mounted placards outside their camps with the inscriptions: ‘Don’t touch our peace’; ‘Say no to violence,’ etc.At their small encampment, the women under the banner of a local non governmental organization, Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET), sang peace songs; but on election day, they played music over the public address (PA) raising awareness of their work to the delight and entertainment of passersby.“In 2002 and 2003, we led the peace process under the banner of the Liberian women’s Mass Action for Peace and we are still assisting in maintaining our country’s peace,” Delphine Morris, WIPNET National Co-coordinator said.Mrs. Morris said the women had assembled again for the 2017 electoral period to join their faiths and ensure that the elections remain free, fair and transparent.“During the war, we prayed and fasted until the fighting ended in 2003,” recalled Jassah Ganyan, an elderly lady resting under the WIPNET tarpaulin.But many here believe the specter of conflict still looms as President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, also a co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, steps down after 12 years in power.“We foresee electoral violence,” said Morris, eyeing an armored police vehicle passing by. “It’s not strange to Liberia. In the 2011 election when the result was announced, we had violence break out a little, and one or two people died. We don’t want it again,” she added.In 2011 the losing candidate in a run-off with Sirleaf, Winston Tubman, had called on his supporters to boycott the second round of voting. Two people were shot dead outside his headquarters the day before the vote.Morris worries that presidential candidates are stoking possible disputes by prematurely claiming victory in what is widely acknowledged as an open field this year.“All the parties you talk to, they all say they must win and they feel they have already won,” Morris said, describing a memorandum against violence they have asked all of Liberia’s political parties to sign. “If you don’t win, maybe this is not your time; maybe you have to do better work,” she said.The Liberia Restoration Party Standard bearer, MacDella Cooper, said the country has lots of possibilities in reaching its promise land, adding that people need to elect the right leadership. “We had many years in the wilderness but today we are free people. Are we going to put wrong spirit there to spoil it for us again?” Madam Cooper asked.Cooper continues: “I want to stand in the leadership of this nation because I understand that God did not create us as a people to suffer. That who can suffer it the most? Aren’t they women and children and young people, my mothers, my sisters, my brothers, my fathers? We should not try to make this mistake again.”Despite being new on the political stage, Madam Cooper said she represents a new day for Liberia adding that she is committed to bringing about change. According to her, the LRP will restore Liberia to its original Christian State. She said: “When we put Christ at the center of our country, we will do better in this nation. We have got to start doing things the way God wants.”The women’s peace movement led by its founder Leymah Gbowee, who spoke to journalists on Tuesday, said: “It took a lot of managing, tolerance, compromises, and everything that kept the peace because, without the peace, we would not have done what we have.“But today I’m so pleased that now, our first generation of children can say they do not know anything about a gun, they never have to run,” she said.According to her, sustaining the peace is primarily for the young people to remember the deadly civil war that was like rape for them during those dark days.“Today, we are saying on this airfield, that never again should we remember the past. We are resolute as women from all walks of life that we will mobilize, use our limited resources and if any one thinks that they can take us back to war, it is false. We are for Peace and we will keep the peace,” she declared.She was, however, quick to remind women that in 2003 and 2005, they lobbied for peace only and did not take into consideration political participation, justice for women, economic empowerment and all of the advantages a post conflict society should be having.“We only stopped at peace. So, I am urging women that we are open to working with every group. Let’s come together and strategize and present our agenda to the next President and say ‘This is the women’s agenda and we want it to be implemented in one hundred days or in six years,’”she said.The ceremony was attended by several groups, among them, the Women’s Situation Room and Crusaders for Peace.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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Mahaica farmers, residents face more flooding

first_img…saltwater intrusion ruining farmlandFarmers and residents of Mahaica, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) are once again battling floodwaters as the inadequate sea defence proved to be no match for the raging Atlantic Ocean.On Thursday evening, hide tides caused major overtopping of the sea defence at Dantzig and nearby villages. This occurred even as the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) is preparing to prevent flooding from the October spring tide expected in two weeks.Region Five Chairman Vickchand Ramphal told Guyana Times on Friday that the floodwaters from the previous flood receded over a few days ago and the area is once again bracing itself for more disaster.He said that the Dantzig-Fairfield area has been completely flooded again.“Currently, the situation in the Dantzig-Fairfield area has not been fully recovered from the previous floods. What we have seen over the past 24 hours is the water coming back onto the land, some of the fields which had dried off over the past couple of days have flooded again,” the Chairman said.Two weeks ago, the sea defence at Dantzig, Mahaica was breached and salt water from the ocean flowed onto the land, killing livestock, rice fields and vegetable farms.Persons in the residential areas were also hard-hit as the sea covered several miles inland.DCIM102MEDIADJI_0249.JPGThe bridge to the sea defence has not been fully rectified and as a result, water is still seeping onto the land and affecting farmlands and livestock.“There is a need for a holistic approach towards this entire situation. We have to get all of the agencies involved and properly coordinated so as to bring temporary relief to the people in the area and prevent the salt water from getting further inland. I know that many of the agencies such as the Mahaica/Mahaicony-Abary Agriculture Development Authority (MMA-ADA), NDIA, the River Defence and so on are working but still much more to be done there,” Ramphal said.He lamented that there is a need for much more resources, including machinery and equipment to tackle the situation.The Chairman said that the Regional Management Committee should have come together to create a plan of action, but this has not been done.“In cases like these, the committee would have come together and planned a way forward but because of the current political situation, we are by our RDC meetings being disrupted, the Regional Executive Officer is not communicating with the regional Chairman. On many occasions, I would have dialled his cellular phone number, he would not answer my calls. When these things happen, we cannot bring the committee together because the Regional Executive Officer is the key person in this committee. Because the REOs office is the one that controls the resources and has the responsibility of inviting all other stakeholders,” the Regional Chairman said in disappointment.Meanwhile, the NDIA has installed pumps as work on sealing the breach continues. More worrying, is the fact that in less than two weeks, the spring tide is expected to be higher than the spring tide two weeks ago. In fact, the October spring is always regarded as the highest of the year.Less than two weeks ago, floodwaters caused more than 300 acres of rice to be destroyed and hundreds of acres more were under threat of destruction by salt water. Apart from the destruction of the rice, the flooded land is becoming salty and can no longer work for rice production.Ramphal noted that he is not getting the necessary support from the Government and regional administration. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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REVEALED: DONEGAL HOUSE PRICES ‘TO JUMP 10 PER CENT THIS YEAR’

first_img.A nationwide survey of estate agents’ expectations for this year shows Donegal house prices will jump by ten per cent this year.The strongest predictions for price rises are mostly apparent in those areas that have been slowest to recover from the crash, said the Real Estate Alliance.On average, agents are predicting an increase of 5.6pc nationwide but Dublin will remain static. However Donegal (10%) Leitrim (11%), Monaghan (10%), Roscommon (10%), Cavan (10p%) will all rise highest.“The strongest predictions for price rises are mostly apparent in those areas that have been slowest to recover from the crash,” said REA chairman Michael O’Connor.Significant rises of more than half a per cent per month are expected in Kerry with 9%, Kilkenny 9% and Clare 7%.   REVEALED: DONEGAL HOUSE PRICES ‘TO JUMP 10 PER CENT THIS YEAR’ was last modified: January 19th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:for salehousesPriceslast_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN REMANDED IN CUSTODY ACCUSED OF HYDE PARK BOMBING

first_imgA Donegal Sinn Fein member accused of murdering four British solders in the 1982 IRA bombing in Hyde Park, London, has appeared in court for a bail hearing.John DowneyJohn Anthony Downey, 61, of Ards, Creeslough, is charged with the murders of Roy John Bright, Dennis Richard Anthony Daly, Simon Andrew Tipper and Geoffrey Vernon Young. The four Household Cavalry members were killed on route to Buckingham Palace.No bail application was made and Mr Downey was remanded until 5 June.He will then appear at a preliminary hearing before Mr Justice Sweeney at the Old Bailey.Mr Downey – who was arrested at Gatwick Airport on Sunday – is also charged with intending to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.During Friday’s bail hearing he appeared in the court via videolink from Belmarsh prison.DONEGAL MAN REMANDED IN CUSTODY ACCUSED OF HYDE PARK BOMBING was last modified: May 24th, 2013 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:CreesloughHyde Park bombingsJohn DowneyOld Baileylast_img read more

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HARPS HOPING TO GET SEASON BACK ON TRACK AGAINST WEXFORD

first_imgAfter suffering a first defeat of the season last weekend, Finn Harps will be looking to get back to winning ways again when Wexford Youths visit Finn Park on Friday evening (kick-off 8.00pm).Harps striker Ruairi Keating returns to the panel for tomorrow night’s game against Wexford Youths. Pic by Gary Foy.Shane Keegan’s Youths will provide a stiff test for Harps and come into the game having beaten Waterford United and Shamrock Rovers in their last two games to jump above Harps into second place.“We have a huge game ahead against Wexford this weekend,” said Harps boss Ollie Horgan who watched his team lose for the first time since taking the hot-seat at Finn Park prior to the start of the season. “They have won their last two games and are ahead of us in the table. Wexford are considered to be the fittest and biggest side in our Division and excellently organised. This is the best squad that they have assembled and will take some beating.“They have added the talents of Ben Ryan from Waterford and especially Danny Furlong from Cork City who scored three goals last weekend.“Then you can throw in the likes of Aiden Keenan, Shane Nolan and Dean Broaders and you can see that this will be a massive test for us in a number of areas.”Although defeated for the first time last weekend on a 2-0 scoreline at Tolka Park, Horgan was pleased with the attitude and dedication of his charges. “We showed great commitment in Shelbourne but came up short, however, not for lack of effort,” said Horgan. “We had several chances from set pieces including a penalty but little from open play except for half chances at the edge of box. We limited them to few chances also obviously except the free kick and penalty that they scored from.”Harps had to play the game without a recognised striker with Kevin McHugh, Sean McCarron and Ruairi Keating all missing.“The three forwards out wasn’t a help but at same time it wasn’t an excuse,” continued Horgan. “We still had enough chances to get something out of game. Shelbourne took their chances and we have no complaint on the result as such.“The penalty miss was of course disappointing but not a turning point,” said Horgan of the spot-kick effort by Michael Funston which the Harps player saw saved. “In fact we had much of the play after this miss in the second half but couldn’t convert into goals.”Kevin McHugh and Sean McCarron remain out for Friday’s visit of Wexford Youths while Josh Mailey is suspended. Packie Mailey is a doubt having picked up a knock during last Friday’s game at Tolka Park. Ruairi Keating returns though after missing the trip to Shelbourne through suspension. The teams met on five occasions last season with little to separate them. Harps won twice as did Wexford, while one game finished in a draw.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TEAM NEWSSuspended: Josh Mailey. Doubtful: Packie Mailey.Injured: Kevin McHugh (hamstring), Sean McCarron (fractured cheek).Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: D-D-W-W-D-L (9 pts)Wexford Youths: L-L-W-L-W-W (9 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last six away games v Shelbourne22-Oct-11 Finn Harps 4-1 Wexford Youths (First Division)24-Mar-12 Finn Harps 0-1 Wexford Youths (First Division)21-Jul-12 Finn Harps 3-3 Wexford Youths (First Division)05-Apr-13 Finn Harps 0-0 Wexford Youths (First Division)31-May-13 Finn Harps 2-1 Wexford Youths (FAI Cup)26-Jul-13 Finn Harps 1-0 Wexford Youths (First Division)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers 2014Pat McCann – 3Ruairi Keating – 2 (1 in League Cup)Keith Cowan – 1James Doherty – 1Michael Funston – 1Paul McVeigh – 1Carel Tiofack – 1Sean McCarron – 1 (in League Cup)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Results 2014 (Finn Harps scorers in brackets)04-Apr-2014 – Lg – Shelbourne 2-0 Finn Harps29-Mar-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 1-1 Galway FC (McVeigh)21-Mar-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 5-0 Cobh Ramblers (Doherty, Tiofack, McCann 2, Keating)16-Mar-2014 – Lg – Shamrock Rovers B 0-3 Finn Harps (Cowan, Funston, McCann)10-Mar-2014 – LC – Finn Harps 3-2 Cockhill Celtic (McCarron, O’Donnell o.g., Keating)07-Mar-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 0-0 Waterford UnitedLg = SSE Airtricity League, First Division. LC = EA Sports League CupHARPS HOPING TO GET SEASON BACK ON TRACK AGAINST WEXFORD was last modified: April 10th, 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:finn harpsFinn Parkwexford youthslast_img read more

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Sarri claims Chelsea star can become ‘best in the world’, but it’s not Eden Hazard…

first_img 2 Alonso can become the best in the world according to Sarri Marcos Alonso is the best left-back in Europe, according to Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri.The former Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers defender has two assists and a goal to his tally already this season, after opening the scoring against Bournemouth. “But I also think he can improve in the defensive phase.“If he improves that, he could be the best left-back in the world.”The 27-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge in somewhat acrimonious circumstances back in 2016, with fans unsure as to why the club had paid £24million to Fiorentina for his services.But, after scoring 14 goals in the Premier League since his arrival, it remains a distinct possibility he can go on to become one of the best left-backs in the world – per Sarri’s prediction. His free-kick against Spurs last season secured his legacy with Chelsea fans A 2-0 win for the Blues ensures they keep the pace with Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.But while Eden Hazard notched yet another fantastic strike to add to his ever-growing collection, it was the Spain international who garnered special praise from Sarri.“Alonso, at the moment, this position at left-back is maybe the best in Europe,” said Sarri.“Physical qualities at a top level, I think. He’s doing very well in the offensive phase. 2last_img read more

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Stats experts reveal most likely result in every Champions League game this week

first_imgTrying to predict who will win the Champions League is an impossibly hard task – almost as hard as predicting who will come away from their group matches with a victory.Everyone has their own different ways of attempting to forecast results, and statistics are now being used more and more.One such producer of these is FiveThirtyEight, but what outcomes do they think will happen in the second matchday of the 2018/19 Champions League? Find out below…Juventus vs Young BoysJuventus win – 64 per cent chance of happeningYoung Boys win – 16 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 20 per cent chance of happeningHoffenheim vs Man CityHoffenheim win – 19 per cent chance of happeningMan City win – 61 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 20 per cent chance of happeningMan United vs ValenciaMan United win – 49 per cent chance of happeningValencia win – 25 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 26 per cent chance of happening Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton 3 Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available Roma vs Viktoria PlzenRoma win – 69 per cent chance of happeningPlzen win – 12 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 19 per cent chance of happeningBayern Munich vs AjaxBayern win – 70 per cent chance of happeningAjax win – 12 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 18 per cent chance of happeningAEK Athens vs BenficaAEK win – 39 per cent chance of happeningBenfica win – 28 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 33 per cent chance of happeningCSKA Moscow vs Real MadridCSKA win – 24 per cent chance of happeningReal Madrid win – 51 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 25 per cent chance of happening 3 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Latest Champions League news Manchester City’s clash in Hoffenheim after their shock opening round defeat to Lyon also promises to be entertaining, while Jose Mourinho is hoping to end his crisis week by guiding Man United to a home win over Valencia. BOOST Spurs conceded twice inside the final five minutes to lose their Champions League opener to Internazionale of Milan on target Hoffenheim vs Man City (Tuesday, October 2) – CLICK TO LISTENAston Villa vs Preston (Tuesday, October 2) – CLICK TO LISTENNapoli vs Liverpool (Wednesday, October 3) – CLICK TO LISTENSheffield Wednesday vs West Brom (Wednesday, October 3) – CLICK TO LISTENQarabag vs Arsenal (Thursday, October 4) – CLICK TO LISTEN Man United are backed to claim a relatively easy win despite their woeful form Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury Aiming high Atletico Madrid vs Club BruggeAtletico win – 64 per cent chance of happeningBrugge win – 14 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 22 per cent chance of happeningBorussia Dortmund vs MonacoDortmund win – 68 per cent chance of happeningMonaco win – 12 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 20 per cent chance of happeningPorto vs GalatasarayPorto win – 60 per cent chance of happeningGalatasaray win – 17 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 23 per cent chance of happeningPSV Eindhoven vs InternazionalePSV win – 44 per cent chance of happeningInter win – 32 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 24 per cent chance of happening Can Liverpool make it six points from six following their last-gasp defeat of PSG Lyon vs Shakhtar DonetskLyon win – 51 per cent chance of happeningShakhtar win – 24 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 25 per cent chance of happeningLokomotiv Moscow vs SchalkeLokomotiv win – 35 per cent chance of happeningSchalke win – 35 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 30 per cent chance of happeningPSG vs Red Star BelgradePSG win – 78 per cent chance of happeningRed Star win – 6 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 16 per cent chance of happeningTottenham vs BarcelonaSpurs win – 37 per cent chance of happeningBarcelona win – 40 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 23 per cent chance of happeningNapoli vs LiverpoolNapoli win – 37 per cent chance of happeningLiverpool win – 37 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 26 per cent chance of happening Another round of Champions League fixtures are finally upon us, and it promises to be a thrilling week of European football.Headline fixtures include Liverpool’s trip to Napoli as they look to make it six points from a possible six in Group C, as well as the visit of Barcelona to Wembley to face Tottenham. ready? This week’s talkSPORT commentaries 3last_img read more

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MURDERED JOURNALIST TO BE LAID TO REST IN DONEGAL

first_imgMURDERED journalist Eugene Maloney will be buried alongside his mother in Co Donegal, his brother has said.Mr Maloney, 55, described Fahan as his home – it’s where his mother settled there in the 1970s.Mrs Peg Maloney, who passed away five years ago, was a Flanagan – and sister of the founder of the Flanagan furniture company in Buncrana. She was a native of Derry. Eugene often called himself a Donegal man. He was born in England but moved to Belfast when he was just eight after the death of his father from cancer.But it was to Donegal he turned as his mother moved here.His brother Sean, who lives in Fahan, said today that the family is “completely devastated.”He said the murdered man’s remains may be released to the family on Friday. “We will have a funeral in Dublin because that’s where all his colleagues and friends are and then we will take him to Donegal and bury him alongside our mother,” he said.“We are obviously absolutely devastated and finding it hard to take in.”SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has expressed his shock at the murder of former Irish News journalist Eugene Moloney after an attack in Dublin city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning.Mr Durkan, who has known Eugene for many years, dating back to his time as a Student Officer at Queens University in Belfast when Eugene was working for the Irish News, said: “I am shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Eugene Moloney.“Eugene was vivacious and engaging, constantly cheerful and perpetually youthful. “He took his job seriously but never took himself too seriously.“He was always charming and good-humoured, generous in conversation and particularly happy to enthuse and enlighten about the music scene.“The shocking manner of his death is such a cruel injustice for a man who left everyone he met – every time he met them – feeling topped up with a happier outlook on life and human nature.“I extend my deepest condolences to his grieving family and his wide circle of friends at this very sad time.” Two men are being held over the death.MURDERED JOURNALIST TO BE LAID TO REST IN DONEGAL was last modified: June 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:MURDERED JOURNALIST TO BE LAID TO REST IN DONEGALlast_img read more

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TIME FOR BIG COMPANIES TO PAY FAIR SHARE OF TAX, SAYS TD

first_imgResponding to the comments from the head of the OECD on Ireland’s corporation tax today Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said he welcomes the establishment of a sub-committee of the Oireachtas Finance Committee to look at the issues of multinational companies and the tax they pay in Ireland.Deputy Doherty said: “Ireland is in firing line on business tax from America, Europe, Australia and OECD. It is now seven months since I asked the Finance Committee to examine this issue. I welcome the fact that that is now being done through the establishment of a sub-committee.“There is no excuse for big companies like Apple to not pay a fair share of tax. International cooperation is important but there is no reason why the government cannot act to ensure the agreed rate is being paid. “Sinn Féin is looking at all of the loopholes used to avoid paying tax in Ireland and we will be publishing a bill to close one of these loopholes shortly.” TIME FOR BIG COMPANIES TO PAY FAIR SHARE OF TAX, SAYS TD was last modified: June 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

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