Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief 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 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After a triple-double performance in a sentimental version of the PBA’s “Manila Clasico,” Jayjay Helterbrand laughed at the idea that he is good enough for another season in the pros.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Quite expectedly, he was the quickest, the scrappiest and the toughest throughout the affair. But the signs were there that comebacks were out of the question.“My knees are now hurting,” Helterbrand said with a chuckle.“I was in awe trying to absorb everything. I didn’t really plan on playing that hard, but I didn’t want to let [the team] down,” he added. “I came out there and I wanted to get that win for them.”“It’s really an honor to be able to play on the court with all the legends. Just the stories I’ve heard in practice, getting a chance to be coached by the legend himself? And be able to play for a good cause? That was fun,” Helterbrand said.“I missed it. I’ll be honest—I missed the energy of the fans and the guys. My first shot was an air ball, and I was like ‘Oh my gosh, what am I doing here?’”ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t think so,” the retired 42-year-old guard said.Helterbrand, who played for 17 years with the league’s most popular ballclub, finished with 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in Barangay Ginebra’s 97-89 victory over Purefoods in the Battle of Rivals classic last Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut there’s an even more important number: 42. That’s how old the former MVP is, making him the youngest—and thereby the fittest—among the legends that suited up for the pair of fund-raising matches at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I was blown away by the energy and I didn’t want to let the team down,” Helterbrand said after the game. “I think I may have actually pushed myself a bit over to the top.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Foes bite dust as Saso rules PH Ladies Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View comments
The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has strongly defended the financial soundness of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) dispelling media reports that LBDI is nearing insolvency. In a statement issued on Tuesday, January 14, the CBL informed the public that LBDI is liquid, solvent and financially sound.The CBL expressed serious concern over the story carried on the front page of the News Newspaper and the Concord Times alleging that LBDI is becoming insolvent. The CBL described the publication in the two journals as a mere falsehood that is far from the truth.“As part of the CBL’s regulatory requirements,” the CBL explained “LBDI, like other banks in Liberia, publishes its financial statements on a quarterly basis in the local dailies.” According to the CBL, the publication of these financial statements is a manifestation of transparency and information disclosure, which is a requirement under the new Financial Institution Act of 1999 and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) adopted by the CBL.The CBL noted that its financial soundness indicators show that LBDI’s liquidity ratio is 47%, which is 32% above the minimum 15% prudential requirement. The CBL disclosed that the current capital adequacy ratio (CAR) of LBDI is 19%, which is 9% above the minimum capital requirement.The CBL also disclosed that LBDI’s reserves with the CBL collectively are more than US$40 million. “Against this background,” the CBL noted “it is quite obvious that the story about the government of Liberia (GOL) writing the CBL to loan LBDI US$7.5 million is untrue, baseless, and malicious.”Being the regulator of banks and non-bank financial institutions, the CBL intoned that it has been robust in the examination of financial institutions, using risk-based supervision as one of its key tools.The Central Bank noted that it has son-site examiners that conduct examination of financial institutions on routine basis, and respond to early warning signals from any bank.“There is also an off-site surveillance team that analyses various financial reports submitted at different intervals to the CBL,” the Central Bank stressed. The CBL has meanwhile made it emphatically clear that it has at its disposal the requisite resources, which, in its capacity as the lender of last resort, could provide a cushion for any bank should there be a liquidity crisis.LBDI president and CEO John B. S. Davies, III described the publication in the two journals as “planted adverts loaded with a barrage of misinformation intended to cause panic and create confidence crises by causing a run on the Bank.”Mr. Davies told a crowded news conference on Tuesday that LBDI is considering commencing a legal process against the two papers. He, however, clarified that the Bank’s Management will first meet with the Management of the two media institutions in order to ascertain the motives behind the publication.LBDI was created by an Act of the National Legislature in 1961 under the joint initiative of the Liberian government and major international financial institutions who purchased equity in the Bank namely: International Financial Corporation (IFC), Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) Capital Partners, European Investment Bank (EIB), Groupe Agence Franicais de Development (GAFD), and Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungesllchaft (DEG), over 150 private Liberians, other international and local institutions. Foreign shareholding is 44.47% and local shareholding is 55.53%.LBDI is predominantly a privately owned institution under private management and a Board of Directors elected annually by its Shareholders. The Bank commenced operations in 1965 as Liberian Bank for Industrial Development and Investment. Under an amendment in 1974, the name was changed to the Liberian Bank for Development & Investment (LBDI). A further amendment in 1988 allowed the Bank to engage in hybrid banking (commercial and development banking activities), to compliment its development objectives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Two weeks after the Commercial Court listened to final legal arguments into a trademark infringement lawsuit brought against H.K. Enterprise by BAF Trading Corporation, of which the company is claiming millions United States dollars in damages, the court is yet to announce a date for its ruling.The trademark suit also involved the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) and the Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO), which BAF alleged facilitated H.K. Enterprise obtaining its trademark as sole distributor and importer of “Pop Drink” in Liberia.The ruling is still in possession of the three-judge panel court.However, during the trial, the court came down with a declaratory judgment against the Ministry and LIPO on grounds that they refused to testify on the matter, despite being named as defendants.Although the two public entities did not testify, the court subpoenaed some of their senior members, who testified on the matter.During their arguments, BAF’s lead lawyer Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe said that his client obtained the trademark in 2010 from LIPO, giving the Liberian company the right as sole distributor and importer of “Pop drink” in Liberia. Cllr. Gongloe argued that his client continually imported the product to the satisfaction of their customers until January 2014, but that with the support of some government officials, H.K. Enterprise managed to obtain the same trademark giving it the right to also import and distribute the drink in the country.According to him, his client registered their company in 2009, and at the same time, exerted tremendous effort to introduce and promote the product on the Liberian market by obtaining its trademark from LIPO in 2010.Gongloe further argued that on April 17, 2014, BAF wrote Commerce Minister, Axel A. Addy, about H.K. Enterprise’s infringement, and LIPO’s wrongful conduct.Interestingly, on October 31, 2014, Minister Addy banned the importation of the drink and instructed LIPO to restore BAF’s rights from January 1, 2015; which LIPO failed to do.Cllr. Gongloe argued that after two months of waiting for restoration of their rights, to no avail, BAF Trading filed for declaratory judgment before the honorable court on March 10, 2015. In a counter-argument, H.K. Enterprise’s legal team contended that an investigation conducted by LIPO showed that BAF’s right to the trademark expired in June 2013, which gave H.K. Enterprise the right to apply and obtain the trademark as the sole importer and distributor of “Pop Drink” in 2014.They contended that there was an agreement between PT Forisa, the factory that manufactures the product, and Franco Asian Enterprise Singapore, the distributor of its product, appointing H.K. Enterprise as the sole distributor of the drink in Liberia, which led LIPO to revoke BAF’s trademark certificate.They alleged that the company wrote LIPO and the Ministry about the termination of the contract held with BAF.The agreement clearly prohibits H.K. Enterprise from the registration of the trademark in the country, which they admitted to have done, according to Cllr. Gongloe.However, Cllr. Gongloe further argued that in 2010, BAF received an appointment letter, which he openly read in court.The communication said, “BAF Incorporation has been given the full right and authority by PT. Afrindo Business International to do whatever necessary within the boundary of the laws of the Republic of Liberia to promote and protect the product in the Liberian market, at his own risk and expenses.”According to Cllr. Gongloe, the trademark has a clear provision on grounds that a registered trademark can be invalidated. “The registrar shall invalidate the registration only if the person requesting the invalidation proves that any of the requirements of section 39(1) and 40(2) does not satisfy the 2003 Act of the Intellectual Property Laws.”He added that a revocation of trade mark is a court procedure, listed as Section 21(4), which he quoted as saying: “The final decision of the court shall be notified to the Director General who shall record it and publish a reference thereto as soon as possible.”He added that: “The use of a registered trademark, in relation to any goods or services for which it has been registered by any person other than the registered owner, shall require the agreement of the latter” as stated in Section 43 (1) of the Act of 2003.He said once this provision of the law is followed, there can be no confusion in the commerce.“That the only entity that can raise issue about registration of trademark for Pop Drink in Liberia is PT. Forisa, the manufacturer, it may sue BAF Trading, but even PT. Forisa knows that it will not succeed, because Forisa did not have any restriction on PT. Afrindo and by extension on BAF Trading as it has on Franco Asian Enterprise and by extension on H.K enterprise.“Therefore,” Cllr. Gongloe said, “It was how PT. Forisa asked LIPO to mediate between BAF and Franco Asian Enterprise Singapore and to find amicable way to transfer the Trademark to PT. Forisa.“This clear request cannot be the basis for suspension, invalidation and revocation of BAF Trading Trademark Certificate. LIPO must respect its own laws that created it.“The status of a trademark cannot be affected by the conduct of a manufacturer. If every time a manufacturer changes its distributor and a new trademark is issued, then LIPO will keep violating its own law and become a source of confusion as it has done in this case. The issuance of trade mark is intended to prevent confusion.”During the trial the court subpoenaed several individuals from both the Ministry of Commerce and LIPO to testify about a communication based on which LIPO claimed that it cancelled BAF’s trademark certificate and subsequently issued it to H.K. Enterprise.For Deputy Minister Steve Marvey, he explained that, “the document dated January 14, 2014 captioned ‘To whom it may concern,’ was not sent to me, but that the letter dated April 29, 2014 was addressed to me,” he said, adding “I do not fully comprehend the assumed reason behind Forisa’s letter of April 29, 2014, because I did not communicate with said company prior to receiving the communication.”Also, LIPO Acting Director General, Robert Y. Mezzeh, whose signature appeared on the two trademarks (BAF Trading 2010 and H.K enterprise 2014), did not appear for the trial though the court served him the subpoena.However, Prince Decker, the man who replaced Mezzeh, was allowed to testify on his behalf.In his testimony, Decker said, “The trade mark certificate that was cancelled for Pop Drink was issued at two separate intervals.”“At the time, I was not privileged to participate in the step and procedure for registration during the issuance of BAF Trading trademark certificate in 2010” he said, denying his participation.He explained that, “the cancelled certificate of H.K Enterprise was inadvertently done by LIPO, during which period I was the registrar supervising the registry that headed the registration procedure.”LIPO’s Head of Research, Moses Nyepan, explained the process and procedure to obtain a trademark registration, and ways by which a conflict can be avoided.According to Nyepan, as head of research, he did not know how H.K Enterprise registered the trademark certificate for Pop Drink.“But I know that the information on the trademark certificate of BAF is in the database at LIPO and it is valid for a period of ten (10) years,” Nyepan told the court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Bernier says he would rather fund these projects now, when the economy is in a slump, to avoid higher costs in the future.[asset|aid=2160|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c7b3a76353aae9a6083cf6be0a8a989c-Bernier – Referendum 2_1_Pub.mp3]Bernier says it’s also important to know that the money will only be borrowed and spent if required. So, if the city receives a federal or provincial grant, that money will offset the need to borrow.On November 21st, residents can head to the EnCana Events Centre between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and vote.Advertisement On Saturday, Dawson Creek residents will get to vote on the fate of a borrowing bylaw proposed by City Council.Mayor Mike Bernier says it all started when the city proposed borrowing around 9.9 million dollars over three years, which would be spent on capital projects.But, more than ten per cent of the community voiced their concerns, saying they did not want the city to get the loan for various reasons.- Advertisement -Bernier says City Councilors decided to hold a referendum and let the residents decide.[asset|aid=2159|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c7b3a76353aae9a6083cf6be0a8a989c-Bernier – referendum 1_1_Pub.mp3]Capital projects include street repairs and building improvements. The EnCana Events Centre, Fire Hall and City Hall are just a few projects on the list.Advertisement For more information on the borrowing referendum, visit the City of Dawson Creek’s website at www.dawsoncreek.caFor a story on those who oppose the proposed bylaw, Click Here.
“When you chase it for so long you say ‘finally’,” he told Spanish television.“I feel very happy because in the end the league is very long, it starts in August… and when spring arrives everything is decided, we have passed everything.“We’ve been pursuing it since the beginning, we have been in the lead, we’ve finished well, with a big margin… It’s the first La Liga that I’ve won.”The only blip on the Catalans’ season was the stunning Champions League quarter-final loss at Roma when they blew a 4-1 first-leg lead.“The elimination (by Roma) marked us a little bit because it was unexpected, but out trajectory has been extraordinary,” added Valverde.“There is always a small ‘but’, but we’ll try again next year.”Barca knew they just had to extend their record unbeaten streak to 41 La Liga matches to seal a seventh title in 10 seasons, and Philippe Coutinho fired them into an early lead.Messi’s 38th-minute volley made it two, but Lucas Perez pulled one back for Deportivo before half-time and Turkish winger Emre Colak stunned Barca with an equaliser midway through the second period.Barca finally saw off their stubborn hosts, though, as Messi pounced after a brilliant one-two with Luis Suarez before slotting in to complete his 30th La Liga treble.The Catalan giants now hold an unassailable 11-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid, who have just three games to play, and are closing in on becoming the first Spanish side to go through a top-flight season without tasting defeat.“We have managed an almost perfect league campaign, without losing so far. I hope we can continue,” midfielder Sergio Busquets said.Andres Iniesta was surprisingly left on the bench after the midfield great announced earlier this week that he will leave the club at the end of the season.But it was his expected long-term successor Coutinho who broke the deadlock in the seventh minute, bending an exquisite finish into the top corner for his third La Liga goal for the club since signing from Liverpool in January.Deportivo had to win to stave off relegation for another week, but Clarence Seedorf’s men were denied an equaliser when Perez was flagged offside after tapping in from close range.Messi went close to doubling the advantage just before the half-hour mark, only for home goalkeeper Ruben to pull off an excellent one-handed save to turn his free-kick around the post.– Deportivo cause problems –Lionel Messi scored two late goals to end Deportivo’s resistance and wrap up the La Liga title © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPADeportivo were causing Barca plenty of problems at the back, though, and centre-back Fabian Schaer should have levelled as he headed over when unmarked inside the six-yard box.But Messi drilled a curling Suarez cross past Ruben at the keeper’s near post to score his 30th league goal of the campaign, before on-loan Arsenal striker Perez swept home to halve the deficit just two minutes later.Despite the close scoreline, Barca were playing as if the second half was a pure title party, with centre-back Gerard Pique even performing a few ‘keepie uppies’ on the left wing.Their complacency cost them in the 64th minute, as Celso Borges unselfishly squared for Colak to score.Suddenly the champions-elect were desperately trying to hang onto their unbeaten record, as goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a smart stop from another Schaer header.But Barcelona showed their class as Suarez and Messi combined to terrific effect with eight minutes to play — the latter clipping the ball in off the post.Suarez again sent the Argentinian racing clear three minutes later, and the 30-year-old made no mistake to complete a hat-trick.The 33-year-old Iniesta came on to a standing ovation in the 87th minute as Barca closed out a successful title-winning campaign in style.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona won their 25th league title and seventh in 10 seasons © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAMADRID, Spain, Apr 30 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was delighted that his side “finally” wrapped up a 25th La Liga title with four matches to spare, after a Lionel Messi hat-trick secured a thrilling 4-2 victory at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.Valverde’s men completed a league and cup double after thrashing Sevilla 5-0 in last week’s Copa del Rey final, regaining the Spanish crown from Real Madrid and relegating Deportivo in the process.
“When I decided it was time to leave Manchester City I only considered three options: the first was joining Real Madrid, the second was playing at Real Madrid and the third and last was playing at Real Madrid. I didn’t want to go anywhere else.“I promise to give 100 percent from the first day.”Real announced on Sunday that Diaz had agreed to a six-and-a-half-year contract with the European champions.Madrid have reportedly agreed to pay 17 million euros up front for Diaz, whose deal at Manchester City was set to expire in June, with a further seven million euros due depending on performance.He moved to the Premier League from Malaga in 2013 but has struggled to establish himself in City’s first team, having made just three League Cup starts in this campaign.Diaz, who will play under the number 21 jersey at Real Madrid, will join a talented group of young Spanish players at the club, which already includes Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos, Marcos Llorente, Alvaro Odriozola and Sergio Reguilon.Real are currently fifth in La Liga, 10 points behinds leaders Barcelona, following their shock 2-0 defeat at home on Sunday to Real Sociedad.They are also struggling with a string of injuries as Wales forward Gareth Bale missed Sunday’s shock 2-0 home defeat to Real Sociedad due to a calf injury, while Asensio has been out since mid-December.Both are expected to return later this month but their injuries give Diaz a possible immediate route to the club’s starting line-up.Real host struggling Leganes in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, while on Sunday they travel to face Real Betis in La Liga.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spanish midfielder Brahim Diaz was officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player after completing a move from Manchester City © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Jan 7 – New Real Madrid winger Brahim Diaz vowed Monday to give his all after completing a “dream” move to the Spanish giants from Premier League champions Manchester City.“This is the most important day in my life. I have joined the club which I have dreamed of playing at since I was a child,” the 19-year-old said after being officially unveiled at Real’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Manchester United are trying to hijack Arsenal’s move for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants to build Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge around £25m rated Schneiderlin but Louis van Gaal is lining up a rival bid for the France World Cup star. (Daily Mirror)Hugo Lloris has no intention of leaving Tottenham to join Manchester United. The France captain, 28, has been touted as a possible replacement for current United NO.1 David De Gea, who is reportedly on the verge of joining Spanish giants Real Madrid, but has no interest in leaving White Hart Lane. (Daily Star)Liverpool are in talks with Lyon to complete the transfer of Alexandre Lacazette. France international striker Lacazette, 24, has had a blistering season in front of goal, netting 31 times in all competitions for the Ligue 1 outfit and the Reds will have to spend around £35million to secure a deal. (Metro)Tim Sherwood will try to convince Christian Benteke to stay at Aston Villa by offering him a new contract that smashes the club’s current ceiling on wages. Benteke, who has a £32.5million release clause, is wanted by Liverpool but Villa are determined to keep the striker and will offer him wages of around £75,000 per week. (Daily Mail)But Aston Villa are making plans for Benteke’s exit, with Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson seen as the man to replace the big Belgian. (Daily Mirror)Theo Walcott is confident his Arsenal future will be resolved but had warned “it will take time”. The England international has just a year to run on his current contract. (Independent)Chelsea are keen on defender Toby Alderweireld. The 26-year-old Belgium star, whose year-long loan at Southampton from Atletico Madrid has ended, impressed at St Mary’s this season. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Former Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement named new Derby County head coachThree Leicester players caught up in Thai sex scandal apologise amid calls to be sackedExclusive – Redknapp hails ‘class act’ Ferdinand after ex-England captain’s retirementYaya Toure staying at Man City ‘because Sheikh Mansour told him to’, claims agentManchester United star insists Angel di Maria comments were misconstrued
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ Police think the group is affiliated with a gang and that the late-model Murano matches the description of one involved in recent shootings in Glendale and Los Angeles, said Sgt. Tom Lorentz, spokesman for the Glendale Police Department. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. GLENDALE – Police arrested five people who jumped out of a stolen car during and after a chase that ended Monday in the driveway of the Glendale Hilton Hotel. The pursuit began in Pasadena about 5:20 p.m. when a driver in a Nissan Murano failed to pull over after running a stop sign, police said. The pursuit continued onto the Glendale (2) Freeway. At one point Pasadena police took a woman into custody near Mountain Avenue when she jumped out of the car, police said. Glendale police took over and followed the car as it pulled into the driveway of the Glendale Hilton in the 100 block of West Glenoaks Boulevard. Four men jumped out of the vehicle and two were quickly taken into custody, while two were arrested later in the parking garage. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
BIG BEAR LAKE – Firefighters, aided by dying winds and increased humidity, made steady progress Sunday against a 327-acre blaze burning on forest land six miles east of this mountain resort town. The fire was 85 percent contained Sunday and was not threatening any homes, authorities said. No time frame was given for full containment, but only seven additional acres had been scorched between Saturday night and late Sunday morning. More than 560 firefighters, aided by helicopters and air tankers, were assigned to the blaze that was burning on steep, rocky slopes in the San Bernardino National Forest. The cause was under investigation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Letterkenny Golf NotesWith the fall of early evening and the Cat.4. Competitions being cut to nine holes, spaces are now of a premium with all Cat.4 members practicing for the penultimate outing of the season, the John J. Doherty Memorial Cup.Monday 8th entry saw another significant increase and taking top spot was Robin Mc Dowell with 22pts. In second spot was Aiden O’ Neill with 20pts, all that practice putting on the carpets paying off, and in third place with 19pts was Frank Grieve.The following Monday, 15th, had up to thirty entries and again 22pts proved enough to win, this time returned by our local news scribe Diarmaid Doherty.Diarmaid’s short game, practiced at lunchtimes in the back garden, proved good enough to outpoint the in-form Albert Strain into second place, relegating Ciaran Mc Fadden to third on BOT with 20pts.Wednesday 10th Open was won by that well known ex-DJ, Derry man and Portsalon member John Logue . With some strange scores recorded on front nine, double bogey at 2nd and “blank” at 8th, John suddenly remembered the recent tutorials received from his mentor Mick [mental] at the driving range and, starting with a birdie at 10th, managed 24pts on inward nine to return a total of 42pts. In second place was Gerard Boyce  whose birdie at 3rd helped him return 23pts on front nine, but a “blank” at 11th gave him a finish score of 40pts in total. Running a close 3rd with 39pts was Brendan Mc Grath  with birdies at 2nd and 11th but an unusual bogey at 18th had him fall short.Saturday 13th had the club host the Zeus Industrial sponsored Open and it was the “architect” of so many doubles, fourball, foursomes and mixed wins that took top place on the rostrum in this singles stableford competition.Club competitions secretary Danny Mc Laughlin  probably thought that his mediocre 21pts on front nine wouldn’t be enough to gain a strong lead, especially after recording a triple bogey at 9th, but his reknowned resolve in matchplay came into play when he scored back-to-back birdies at 13th & 14th to return 24pts on inward nine and an overall 45pts. Three points adrift in second place was, coincidentally, Danny’s usual pairs partner Greg Sullivan  who also returned 21pts on front nine, birdied 12th but an uncharacteristic treble bogey at 17th put him out of contention and he finished with 42pts. With only one point separating 2nd, 3rd & 4th, John Mc Glynn  followed with 41pts and Keith Spence  with 40pts. Gross prize was once again picked up by the genial Eamonn Mc Glinchey  with 34 gross pts.Sunday 14th confined competition had two Cat 4 members coming to the fore with Sam Hegarty  having a superb 24pts on back nine, including a “blank” at unlucky 13th, returning 41pts for a one point marginal victory over Damien Redmond  on 40pts, relegating by virtue of BOT to third place Michael Nelis  who, with birdies at 5th & 7th giving him 22pts on front nine, then birdied 11th for an overall score of 40pts. Gross prizewinner was Martin A. Gallagher  with 34 gross pts.Wed. 17th Open was kindly sponsored by new business in town, Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure, and it took a 3-way BOT to decide the top places. The top honour went to Darren Mc Glinchey  visitor, who, despite “blanks” at 3rd & 13th holes, managed a 22 point finish on back nine for an overall 41pts.Relegated to runner-up was Mark Howard  also with 22pts on back nine but losing out to a bogey at 18th, and finishing of that trio was Eddie Margey  who, despite birdies at 2nd and 18th, must rue that “blank” at 16th which no doubt robbed him of an outright win.Gross winner was again the in-form single figure handicapper of the year, Jamie Foley  with 33 gross pts.Friday 19th had the magnificent scenic course of Letterkenny playing host to another major fundraiser, the Donegal GAA Training Fund. Played under the format of 4Ball B/Ball and with up to forty-six teams entered, the winning “dream team” of club captain Tom Mc Donagh, Henry Mc Cahey, Kieran Sweeney and Charlie Coughlan chipped through to the top rung of the podium by virtue of BOT with 98pts, half of which I am told was scored by the club captain Tom. Pushing them all the way but relegated in that BOT was the Farren Roarty team consisting of Jamie Foley, Kevin Hensey, Tim O’ Farrell and John Brady. In third place was the Donegal County Council team of Brian O’ Donnell, Donal Murphy, Patsy Lafferty and Sean Canning on 97pts.Congratulations to Fr. Brian Quinn, Peter Smyth, Kieran Kelly, Martin Carlin, Mark Bradley and Henry Mc Cahey on their perfect organization of the day.Sat. 20th Open was won by Cat 2 member William White  who has been knocking on the winners circle door for a few months now.Posting a winning score of 39pts which included a birdie at 7th for 23pts on front nine, William’s total could have been much bigger but for “blanks” at 10th & 17th.In second place by virtue of BOT was Pat Dempsey  with 38pts from Tom Redden  who, with a “blank” at 17th, will hopefully “teach” himself to be more careful next time. Gross prize was won by Jamie Foley  with 35 gross pts.Sunday 21st confined had a very good turnout in the early hours, and, not surprisingly, most of the members were taking advantage of the Brown’s on the Green special promotions and free finger food in the clubhouse bar during the All Ireland Final.Despite the disappointing result for Donegal, a great time was had by all and many thanks and congratulations are extended to Noreen and staff for their efforts and service.On the course, it was that man Ed. Margey [snr]  who called the “shots” with an emphatic 43pts., a three point winning margin over runner-up Christopher Duffy  returning 40pts.Congratulations to Cat.4 player Paddy O’ Gorman who recorded his first “ace” at the par three 8th hole on Sunday. Paddy “engineered” his hole-in-one by striking a perfect 4-iron.Junior Notes: With darkness falling due to an unfortunate late start to the second leg of the Donegal u-16 boys team final, the teams were playing the 18th when they were called in.The match is on a knife edge as Letterkenny are 1 up playing the last hole and if they could get a half they would win the overall title but if Donegal GC [Murvagh] win the 18th, the match will go down the first again in Sudden Death in order to get a winner.Both teams will be playing from around 100 yards out but Donegal will have the advantage of only playing their 3rd shots while Letterkenny will be playing their 4th & 5th shots.They hope to be playing the 18th by 11.15am on Sunday morning so please come out and support our young lads if you can.Remember: Sanding of the course began on Monday last, 22nd September. Apologies for any inconvenience, and 6 inch placing will be in place for the next few weeks.Captain Tom Mc Donagh and all members of Letterkenny Golf Club would like to offer hearty congratulations to all members of the Donegal GAA squad who did their county proud in this year’s All Ireland, and we hope to see them all competing again in 2015.GOLF NEWS: DIARMAID DOHERTY IN LATE RYDER CUP PUSH WITH VICTORY AT BARNHILL was last modified: September 23rd, 2014 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:golfletterkennyNoticesSport