Artifacts dealers in Liberia are expressing grave concern that Liberians are not interested in purchasing their products, thus making it difficult to survive by the business.Making the complaints in interviews on the compound of the United States Embassy in Monrovia where the 9th biannual Arts and Crafts Fair was carried on Saturday, May 10, vendors noted that the only advantage they have in the business is the products are durable, but other than that it takes a long time for them to realize the principal invested.Michael Stone, a vendor of Arts and Crafts said his products like other products on the fairground, reflect the true image of Africans and good for design, but only foreigners are interested in buying the products and not Liberians.He sells some of the products by set, and based on the varieties, prices are determined.According to him some are sold for US$20 while others are US$15 and below.In response to question why Liberians are not interested, Mr. Stone indicated that many are not just interested in what is produced by them.“We can only receive buyers when season is approaching and foreigners or Liberians living abroad come to buy, but ordinary Liberians living here are not interested in products made locally,” Stone noted.Mr. Stone and others who spoke to this paper stressed that the cultural arm of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) is not proactive in fostering cultural affairs that will bring them on board to carry on exhibition as the US Embassy did.He described gesture by US Embassy to conduct the Arts and Crafts Fair as an “opportunity” that enables them to exhibit their products, and further said it helps to create awareness to prioritize locally made products.Ellen V. Zeze, a vendor and artistic designer, also said she has been in the business for a long time. She noted that it has made her to have customers who usually come to buy from her. She, however, stressed that most of her customers are foreign visitors or those living abroad, but not ordinary Liberians living here.According to Ellen, fair initiated by the US Embassy helps to showcase their products, and they were grateful to the embassy staff for helping them because cultural artifacts they sell are of less interest to Liberians.Also Osman Keita, who sells masks, said only foreigners buy from them for history making and studying, but Liberians are not interested in buying things that reflect their cultural heritage.US Embassy Charge d’AffairesGiving the background of the fair in an opening statement, Sheila Paskman, Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Monrovia said the artifacts fair on May 10 was the 9th biannual fair and is one of the favorite traditions of the embassy.She also said the fair was the biggest so far since they started five years back, giving the total number of vendors showcasing their products to be 121.She said while the event may be a biggest money making event of the year as people would believe, it is also meant to get vendors display their products, promote entrepreneurship and to learn how to package their goods.In an exclusive interview, Ms Paskman said the biannual event is a start-up point for government to build on in conducting similar thing to help its citizens promote entrepreneurship.Gender and Development Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell said as they travel to other countries they see handicraft works of other people and they admire them.She said, “This is time now for Liberians to showcase their works and we are proud of the US Embassy for the biannual event and we thank the artists for doing their work which we think they will always do.”Some products displayed during the fair included handmade country garments, shirts, dress, shoes, slippers, lady bags, artifacts of various designs, preserved spice and many others. Analyses on Liberians’ attitude towards local productBesides food that Liberians are compelled to buy for consumption, they hardly give much preference to locally produced materials like handicrafts for several reasons.Among them, prices of most of these artifacts are exorbitant that the averaged Liberians cannot afford. Prices are charged in the United States Dollar and not many can afford the dollar. Moreover, the Liberian dollar is depreciating to the US dollar as the exchange rate stands at 90 in most places. As a result prices are skyrocketing beyond the income of an ordinary Liberians.Besides, there is a general attitude that artifacts are old fashion not in conformity with contemporary materials, and therefore many Liberians see users to be uncivilized. Moreover, some religious people, mainly Christians see artifacts as idols and therefore do not accept them in their homes.Even though imported Jeans and other fancy clothes on the market have prices ranging from US$10 upward, many young people and adults prefer wearing these fancy clothes that expose sensual parts of the body to wearing lapper suit or dress which covers most parts of the body.As referenced to earlier, government has not been much involved in trade fair for Liberians to create awareness about their products. In addition, Liberians are not protected under the “Liberianization Policy,” something that’s gets aliens and foreigners to have edge in the business sector and discourages Liberians to involve in entrepreneurship.The US initiated arts and crafts fair was also characterized by raffle draw. This means that the highest buyer was offered a price apart from what he/she bought, and this created motivation for buyers to purchase more from vendors who have over the time been struggling to survive by the business.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Recent heavy rainfall compounded by a blocked canal has left sections of the Corentyne, East Berbice village of Fyrish inundated. The hardest hit areas are in the backlands, which cash crop farmers have recently started to cultivate.A canal blocked by a dam erected though itThe farmers and the Fyrish/Gibraltar Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) are accusing a poultry farmer in the area of deliberately blocking canals at Fyrish, and pumping water into the backlands. This, they contend, has compounded the problem for the farmers.All of the farmers who have recently opened new lands and cultivated same with cash crops have reported 100 per cent losses. They told this publication that the water cannot drain off the land because a dam runs adjacent to a chicken farm, presumably the largest in the country, and that dam has been constructed across one of the canals.Some of the affected farmers claim they have even lost permanent crops, which were too young to withstand being in water for several weeks.Dwayne Smart, one of the affected farmers, has said he has ten acres of cultivated land in two different sections of the village.A poultry farmer pumping water into the farmers land“Right now, the first depth is under water but the second depth is okay. All of the water (has been) left in the first depth, because it can’t drain nowhere,” he explained.He also said he has about 300 suckers to plant, but cannot do so because the farm is inundated.“I could have planted them already, but the land under water, so I can’t plant them… All of them on the ground waiting,” he said.Meanwhile, NDC Chairman Urwin Crawford has invited this publication into the backlands to experience first-hand what the farmers are going through. He said that although the farms were under water, the poultry farmer was adding to the farmers’ woes by pumping more water into the canal which he has blocked.“When we were doing a survey check in the cultivation area two weeks ago, we observed a poultry farmer had blocked off several areas, which include the drainage canal, more so the canals which are controlled by the Fyrish/Gibraltar NDC,” Crawford explained.Crawford took this publication to several sections of the cultivated area and showed permanent pumps which were being used to pump water into the cultivation area, which is known as “Forty” and is also referred to as the second depth.While Crawford complains, he stands at the head of the NDC in which the poultry farm and the farmlands are situated.“After our statutory meeting last Monday, myself, the Vice Chairman along with some councillors and the Overseer confronted the proprietor concerning the issue, and he acknowledged blocking the drainage canals for his personal gains, but he promised the following day to remove all of the blockages; and until now, nothing has been done.Mega poultry farmer Deonarine Arjune, who has over half a million birds, met some of the farmers and the NDC Chairman on Sunday as they were in the backlands, and said he had received none of the notices which the Chairman had served on him. He, however, promised to provide some relief to the farmers.However, the farmers say more needs to be done, since he is utilizing the NDC’s property for his business and has used sections of the dam to fill up around his chicken pens.On Monday, when this publication contacted the NDC, the situation was unchanged. (Andrew Carmichael)
…driver criticalAt least three persons, including a schoolchild, were rushed to the Oscar Joseph District Hospital in Charity, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) after the driver of a minibus lost control and crashed into a utility pole on Thursday afternoon.The mangled minibus after the accidentBased on reports received, the accident occurred about 15:30h along the Dunkeld Public Road, Essequibo Coast. One of the injured persons was identified as the driver of the minibus, 25-year-old Jerome Banson of Better Success, Essequibo Coast.He is presently in critical condition after sustaining severe injuries. A woman who was in the front passenger seat suffered a broken leg and the schoolchild, who wAn ambulance transporting injured persons to the hospitalas reportedly thrown from the minibus, also sustained injuries.Guyana Times was told that Banson lost control of the minibus while attempting to overtake a motor lorry along the Dunkeld Public Road after which the vehicle slammed into a lamp pole. The minibus then ended up on its side on the roadway.At the time of the accident, the minibus was reportedly loaded with schoolchildren and teachers. Villagers quickly responded to the accident and righted the mangled bus to rescue the passengers. Residents and passengers confirmed that the bus was speeding.The other passengers of the minibus were transported to the Suddie Hospital where they were medically cleared by personnel. An investigation has been launched into the accident.Meanwhile, angry parents of the injured school children vented their frustration at Regional Executive Officer Dennis Jaikarran, who was visiting the Oscar Joseph District Hospital when the injured passengers were taken to the medical facility.The parents were forced to hire public transportation to transfer their injured children to seek medical attention at the Suddie Hospital, since there were no ambulances to transport them from the Oscar Joseph District Hospital to the Suddie Hospital.At the time, none of the ambulances at Charity Hospital were in working condition, although drivers are being paid to be on standby.The angry parents have since accused the REO of being busy with political campaigning and not paying attention to the welfare of the citizens. They have since called for him to be removed from the Region with immediate effect.
Ray Hanson struck out 10 batters, including nine in a row, and Richard Hanson was 2 for 3 with an RBI as the Bruins (4-0) advanced to Saturday’s championship game of the Loara Tournament. Jesse Van Sicle added two hits and an RBI. Wilson plays Cypress at 2 p.m. at Glover Stadium. Lakewood 10, Trabuco Hills 6 Senior left fielder Anthony Bernal went 3 for 4 with three RBI, and second baseman Kevin Luyben went 4 for 5 with one run to lead Lakewood (3-1) in the Loara Tournament. Brent Tani blasted his third home run of the season and drove in three runs to lead Poly High’s baseball team into Saturday’s championship game of the El Segundo Tournament with a 10-4 victory over San Pedro on Thursday. Tani was 3 for 3 and John Gray also had three hits and three RBI. John Martin pitched four innings to earn the victory. The Jackrabbits improved to 4-0. Their opponent for Saturday was not available. Wilson 5, Los Alamitos 4 La Mirada 10, University 6 Jake Johnson went 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBI for the Matadores (2-2) at the Loara Tournament. El Modena 4, Millikan 1 Brian Loard went 2 for 3 with an RBI double for the Rams (1-3) at the Loara Tournament. Centennial 10, Cabrillo 6 Chris Smith hit a grand slam in a nine-run fourth inning and Craig Martin added a three-run triple to lead the Apaches (1-1) to a nonleague victory. Cerritos 4, Century 1 Lance Kamiyama was 2 for 3 with a home run and scored three times for the Dons (2-2) at the Newport Elks Tournament. Palos Verdes 8, Bellflower 6 Reggie Williams had two hits, including a two-run home run in the fifth inning, but the Buccaneers (2-2) were topped at the El Segundo Tournament. Valley Christian 7, Elsinore 6 Grant Berryhill singled in the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and the winning run scored on a throwing error for the Crusaders (4-0) at the Newport Elks Tournament. Garrett Feikema pitched two innings of relief for the victory. Paramount 4, Tustin 4 (9 inn.) Hector Iribe had two doubles and scored three times for the Pirates (3-0-1) at the Newport Elks Tournament. Warren 5, Garfield 4 The Bears scored four times in the bottom of the seventh, capped by Mike Montano’s steal of home, to earn a victory in the Newport Elks Tournament. Fernando Moreno added an RBI single in the seventh. Lynwood 10, Whittier 2 Erik Garcia hit a grand slam in the sixth inning for the Knights (1-3) at the El Segundo Tournament. Mary Star 12, Morningside 0 Joe Morgan was 4 for 5 with two doubles and three runs for the Stars (2-2) at the Southern California Invitational. Softball Wilson 6-4, San Pedro 1-9 Junior Callie Nikoletich tossed a no-hitter and struck out 10 batters for the Bruins (1-1), who split a nonleague doubleheader with the Pirates (4-2). Shae Olds and Linzy Rother each had two RBI and Marti Reed drove in one. In the second game, San Pedro’s Korin Cuico was 3 for 4 and pitched a complete game for the victory. Kirsten Milliner was also 3 for 4. Reed had two hits for Wilson. Jordan 13, Lynwood 0 (5 inn.) Annette Cook allowed just one hit and struck out 11 to lead the Panthers (1-0) to an easy nonleague victory. Mayfair 6, Valley Christian 5 Ashley Hanley’s two-run single with one out in the seventh lifted the Monsoons (1-2) to a narrow nonleague victory. Gahr 6, Millikan 2 Raelene Saldana and Devin Salmones each had two RBI and Roni Alvarado struck out eight to lead the host Gladiators (4-0) to a nonleague victory. Los Alamitos 8, Cactus (Ariz.) 0 (6 inn.) Anna Cahn struck out six batters and added a grand slam at the Tournament of Champions in Arizona. Downey 6, Schurr 1 Vanessa Sandoval and a triple, home run and two RBI for the Vikings (3-0) in a nonleague victory. Bellflower 6, Magnolia 3 Sunny Roumeliotis went 2 for 3 and scored three times to lead the host Buccaneers to a nonleague victory. St. Joseph 6, Mary Star 1 Lauren Poissant went 2 for 3 with a solo home run to lead the Jesters (2-2) to a nonleague victory. Boys golf Lakewood 197, Cabrillo 322 Derek Smith and Tyler Estes each shot a 1-over 37 at Skylinks to lead the Lancers (6-2, 2-0) to an easy Moore League victory. Wilson 208, Jordan 275 Juniors Brian Snee (3-over 39) and Gavin Gill (40) led the Bruins (7-1, 2-0) to a Moore League victory over the Panthers at Recreation Park. Bellflower 285, Paramount 373 Dane Hustrulid shot a 1-under 35 at Lakewood Country Club to lead the Buccaneers (2-4) to a nonleague victory. Marina 191, Mayfair 217 Dan Perez shot a 40 at Meadowlark Golf Course for the Monsoons (2-5) in a nonleague loss. La Habra 206, Warren 207 Art Saro and Mike Amarilla each shot a 3-over 39 at Rio Hondo for the Bears (2-2) in a narrow nonleague loss. Boys tennis Wilson 17, Jordan 1 Senior Chang Ly swept three singles sets to lead the Bruins (5-0, 1-0) to an easy victory in their Moore League opener. Lakewood 16, Poly 2 Derek Porter went 3-0 in singles for the Lancers (5-0, 1-0) in the Moore League opener for both teams. Paramount 13, Valley Chr. 5 Jorge Ortega swept three singles sets for the Pirates (2-6) in a nonleague victory. Boys volleyball Los Alamitos 3, Millikan 0 The Griffins improved to 3-0 with a 25-17, 25-20, 26-24 nonleague victory. Warren 3, La Mirada 0 Setter Jeff Lake had 19 assists for the Bears (1-0) in a 25-15, 25-16, 25-23 nonleague victory. Girls swimming Los Alamitos 115, Millikan 57 Amanda Traylor won the 200 IM (2:09.87) and the 100 backstroke (1:01.85) to lead the Griffins to a nonleague victory. Millikan’s Kallie Berry won the 200 free (2:04.03 and the 100 free (57.08). Boys track & field Cerritos 86,5, Bellflower 43.5 Lorne Bowles won the 110 hurdles (15.19), the 100 (11.09) and the 300 hurdles (43.3) to lead the Dons to victory in the Suburban League opener for each team. Warren 74, SJB 51, Marina 47 Ben Watkins won the 200 (22.7) and the 400 (51.5) for the Bears in a nonleague tri-meet. St. John Bosco’s Victor Bonilla won the 800 (2:04.5) and the 1,600 (4:32.1). Girls track & field Cerritos 78, Bellflower 49 Christina Amuchi won the 100 (13.03) and the 200 (27.28) for the Dons in the Suburban League opener for each team. Mayfair 77, Norwalk 44 Tierra Hilliard won the 100 (12.28) and the 200 (25.9) to lead the Monsoons to victory in their Suburban League opener. Warren 71, Marina 62 Dani Moreno won the 1,600 (5:29) and the 3,200 (11:51) to lead the Bears (2-0) to a nonleague victory. Badminton Poly 19, Gahr 0 Sophomores doubles teams Jenny Luong and Jenny Trinh and Kathy Le and Li Thach each went 2-0 in their varsity debuts for the Jackrabbits (1-1). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Jordon Ibe and Raheem Sterling 1 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has defended youngsters Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe after a week when the off-field activities of both have come under scrutiny.Pictures dating back several months emerged of the two smoking a shisha pipe, while footage was also released of Sterling apparently inhaling laughing gas and then proceeding to pass out afterwards.Both have featured predominantly for the Reds this season and the Liverpool boss has called for a sense of perspective after a difficult week off the field.“I think both young players are aware of their responsibilities. All you can do is continually educate them,” said Rodgers.“It is [about] perspective as well. If you look at Raheem he didn’t do anything illegal. It was something he will look back on in years to come and it probably wasn’t the best thing to do.”Rodgers is nurturing a talented group of young players at Anfield and Sterling and Ibe epitomise the Reds’ desired approach, and the Irishman believes these experiences are all part of a learning curve.He said: “For me it is all about the welfare of the two young players; making them aware of the health issues which come with that and also about the professionalism and what they are representing.“They will make mistakes, whether it is those two or other young players. In the main young footballers are good people, they do a lot of things which go unnoticed. Sometimes they get caught out but that is just youth and learning.”Liverpool play Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday and could welcome back captain Steven Gerrard from suspension, although Rodgers remained coy on the prospect of the 34-year-old’s inclusion as he bids to end his Reds career in style.“He is definitely ready. We played a behind-closed-doors game here on Monday in which he and a few of the other players who have been out played in,” added the Liverpool boss.“The most important thing is his availability. He is a special footballer and Wembley is somewhere he knows very well. Whether he plays or doesn’t play he will be an important member of the squad for us on the day.”talkSPORT will bring you live coverage of Aston Villa against Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday from 3pm.
End Summer Season Staff Night Out:For all the great staff out there who have worked hard all summer to ensure everyone else had a good time, it’s now time for you to kick back and treat yourselves. The miserable weather has only added to the doom and gloom but Arena7 Entertainment Complex has got the very tonic with a night filled with fun activities, great food and some of the best cocktails in town. For the month of September all those hard working staff can join us at Arena7 and avail of some of our fantastic packages with even further reductions on some activities. Bowling and a delicious Hot Buffet can be enjoyed for only €6pp or maybe try your hand at the newly revamped Laser Quest Arena which is a real hit when it comes to team building exercises.Sometimes action is not for everyone and you may fancy yourself as the next “Rhianna” or even “Daniel O Donnell”, well the stylish and more importantly sound proofed Private Karaoke Bar may be the place for you. Enjoy finger food and a night of singing for up to 20 people for only €100. Check out these and all our different packages by following the link below or you can get more info by calling us on 0749128853 Great Staff make a Great Businesshttp://www.arena7.ie/arena7/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/end-of-season-party-2016.jpgGet out of the office, and get out on the town with amazing Arena 7 offer! was last modified: September 8th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Arena 7BusinessnewsNight outOfferseason
DDTV: Watch another stunning time-lapse video as the sun goes down over Rossnowlagh beach earlier this evening.Footage from Noel Keating Photography…..watch closely as the Sun Pillar moves slowly across the horizon with the Sun that had just set minutes before this… DDTV: INCREDIBLE TIME-LAPSE VIDEO OF SUNSET OVER ROSSNOWLAGH was last modified: February 4th, 2015 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:beachRossnowlaghsunset
MILFORD GAA CLUB NEWS:*Underage Presentation Night* The Club held its Annual Underage Presentation night in Milford Parochial hall on Saturday past and it was great to see such a large crowd present.Special guest was St Michael’s and Donegal star Martin McElhinney who presented the awards and gave some great advice to the kids of all ages in attendance. The successful U14 and U16 Ladies picked up their league and championship medals as well as our Minors who won the Northern league and championship double. The individual award winners on the night were: U12 Girls Most Improved Player of the Year: Anna RussellU12 Girls Joint Players of the Year: Aisling McCormack & Kelsey McAteerU12 Boys Most Improved Player of the Year: Odhran DohertyU12 Boys Player of the Year: Owen McElhinneyU13 Boys Most Improved Player of the Year: Jake DohertyU13 Boys Player of the Year: John MatthewsU14 Girls Most Improved Player of the Year: Aisling IrwinU14 Girls Joint Players of the Year: Taylor Doherty & Bronagh DurningU14 Boys Most Improved Player of the Year: Kevin GormleyU14 Boys Players of the Year: Odhran McGeeU15 Boys Players of the Year: Conor CollU16 Girls Most Improved Player of the Year: Claudia WardU16 Girls Players of the Year: Maia NyhanU16 Boys Most Improved Player of the Year: Peter CurranU16 Boys Players of the Year: Ryan McMahonUnderage Ladies Player of the Year: Megan RyanMinor Ladies Player of the Year: Niamh GallagherThere was also a presentation made to those that had played underage for Donegal throughout the year:U14 Ladies: Kellyanne Buchanan, Claudia Ward, Maria Afxentiou, Bronagh Durning, Megan RyanU15s: Conor McHughU16 Ladies: Niamh GallagherU16s: Connor GormleyMinor: Kane Barrett*AGM*Our AGM will take place on Saturday 28th of November at 8pm in the Clubhouse. Anyone with any interest in the running of the club is asked to attend*Minor Board AGM*Our AGM will take place on Friday the 20th of November at 7.30pm in the Clubhouse. Anyone with any interest in the running of the youth structures of the club are asked to attend *Scor na nOg*Well done to the girls who represented the club at the Scor na nOg County Final last weekend. They performed beautifully and hopefully they will represent the club again in the competition. They will have learned from their experience and will have seen the kind of standard that is required to succeed in these competitions. Well done again girls. Thanks to everyone who took part in the competition and to all who helped prepare them.*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 9-7-9-20. No jackpot winner, 2 match 3 winners, win €35 each. Kevin Egan and Maureen & Sean McCormack. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,420. Don’t forget you can enter the lotto from the comfort of your own home by playing through our own FREE Club App. Usual rules apply, pick 4 numbers per box, €2 and €5 options available. Numbers must be entered before 10pm or else they roll over to the next week. Perfect way for our many supporters and exiles overseas who would like to continue to support their Club.*Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169*Lotto Database*Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2015 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:– Full family membership for 2015 included– Entered into every draw every week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw *Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Contact Us*For all information and queries contact MilfordDonegalGAA@Gmail.com, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.clgbnag.com*CLG BnaG Club Gear*A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751GAA NEWS: MEGAN RYAN NAMED MILFORD’S UNDERAGE LADIES PLAYER OF THE YEAR was last modified: November 17th, 2015 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:milford gaa news
3 As the game went on, Livingston were happy to sit back and let the visitors attack but the only meaningful chance fell to Scott Pitman, who shot straight at Allan McGregor.The result sees Rangers sixth while Livi rise to third in the table.SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP TABLE 3 It’s not clear what was thrown at the linesman or who did it Rangers missed the chance to rise to second in the Scottish Premiership after losing 1-0 at Livingston.Dolly Menga’s emphatic finish was all that separated the two sides in a game that was somewhat overshadowed by an incident where an object was thrown at an assistant referee’s head. Menga’s goal helped Livi rise to third 3 Along with Celtic and St Mirren, Rangers are one of the only three teams yet to win an away match in the league this season but Steven Gerrard’s men lacked imagination at the Tony Macaroni arena.The hosts, who are unbeaten since the opening day, showed more hunger in the early stages and should have gone ahead when Alan Lithgow poked the ball wide on the stretch from six yards out.But Livi did get their goal ten minutes before the break when Menga crashed the ball home following a well worked free-kick manoeuvre.Rangers improved slightly after the break and almost levelled the score but Alfredo Morelos’ shot was well saved by Liam Kelly.The contest then came to a halt on 56 minutes when one of the referee’s assistants asked for treatment after being left bloody-headed when an object was thrown at him from the end where the travelling Gers fans were sat.Linesman left with bloody head after being struck by item allegedly thrown by Rangers fan
Ireland’s Got Talent has featured quite a few Donegal entries in its first series, but the competition is truly heating up as the live semi-finals begin this week. The TV3 talent contest will have three semi-final shows before the grand final on Saturday 24th March, where one ultimate act will win a cash prize of €50,000 and a chance to star in their own TV show.Donegal performers were featured regularly on this series. Dance duo Static Movement (Eric Roberts and Vinny McLaughlin) impressed with an electric routine, Carndonagh contortionist Lia-Della Friel stunned with her flexibility and Letterkenny’s Andy McGranahan cracked some stellar jokes in a comedy act. Ardara farmer and drag queen Martin Mc Guinness’ appearance was one of the most talked about moments of Ireland’s Got Talent. The confident 51-year-old singer was put through to the semi-finals by accident when judge Jason Byrne hilariously hit the Golden Buzzer with his foot, giving Martin a fast-pass to the next round.Now, Martin, aka Scarlet Rose, has the chance to entertain the nation in his inimitable way once more. It is believed that Martin will be in the Wednesday semi-final line-up, airing on TV3 from 8pm.There were some emotional scenes on Saturday as the judges revealed who had made it through to the next round. As the judges made their decision, cameras showed Eric and Vinny of Static Movement discussing nerves. Although their performance was a hit with the audience, the judges did not progress them to the semi-finals. None of the other Donegal acts were selected to take to the stage again.All local hopes now lie with Martin, who has the unique chance to display his musical prowess after this controversial gaffe: The first two Ireland’s Got Talent semi-finals will be held on March 19th and 21st on TV3 from 8.00 pm. Thursday’s show airs at 8.30 pm. The grand final will take place on Saturday, March 24 at 7.30 pm on TV3. Revealed: Which Donegal acts are through to the Ireland’s Got Talent live shows? was last modified: March 19th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:ireland’s got talentmartin mc guinnessTVTV3