The NFL team announced on Friday they have waived Kendall Gaskins, one of Hayne’s rivals for a running back position.Gaskins, quarterback Dylan Thompson, offensive lineman Jordan Devey and kicker Corey Acosta were cut to create room on the 90-man roster for nine of the team’s 11 draft picks and 12 undrafted rookie free agents.198cm tall, 143kg Australian offensive lineman Blake Muir was one of the free agent additions.Coach Chip Kelly will make further cuts to get the team down to a 53-man squad for the start of the season in September.The 49ers are likely to waive two more running backs.Another addition to the roster and fresh competitor for Hayne is 22-year-old University of Florida running back Kelvin Taylor, drafted by the 49ers last week.They have Hayne, Taylor, Carlos Hyde, Shaun Draughn, DuJuan Harris and Mike Davis on the roster, but are expected to only keep four.A key to Hayne’s survival will likely be if Kelly values the former Parramatta star as a punt or kick returner on the special teams unit and a back-up running back.With teams restricted to taking 46 players into a game, players like Hayne who can play multiple positions are essential.Last season Hayne was waived and then signed to the 49ers’ practice squad after then head coach Jim Tomsula lost faith in Hayne when he fumbled three times as a punt returner.The cut-throat nature of the NFL, and a reality check for any NRL or AFL players contemplating a move to the US, was also on display on Thursday when former AFL player Joel Wilkinson was cut by the Arizona Cardinals just two months after he was signed.
In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Go ahead and 2018 to the lengthy list. Nadal won his record-extending 11th championship at the French Open on Sunday, overcoming a late problem with a finger on his racket-swinging hand and displaying his foe-rattling best for a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 7 seed Thiem, the only person to beat the Spaniard on clay over the past two seasons.Up a break at 2-1 in the third set, Nadal stopped serving after a fault because he couldn’t straighten his left middle finger. At the following changeover, Nadal was given a salt pill by a doctor and had his left forearm massaged by a trainer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Tough moment in the third set when I got a little bit cramped on the hand,” Nadal said. “I was very scared.”Nadal’s form never wavered, though, and soon enough he was celebrating his 17th Grand Slam title overall, second among men only to Roger Federer’s 20. The two stars have combined to win the past six majors. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I am sure you will win here in the next couple of years,” Nadal told Thiem afterward.Nadal is so dominant and so impervious on clay, in general, and at this tournament, especially, it made sense for Thiem to go for broke as much as possible, accepting that there would be risks along with the rewards. If standard play would likely lead to a loss, why not try for the spectacular, instead?So that’s what Thiem tried. He pounded huge serves, topping 135 mph (220 kph) — about 25 mph (40 kph) more than Nadal’s fastest — and that translated into seven aces, but also five double-faults. He attempted drop shots; some worked, some didn’t. And he took the biggest of big cuts on his groundstrokes, his feet leaving the ground as he threw his whole body into them, as if the very outcome of the match — not any individual point, but the whole shebang — depended on the strength of that one whip of his white racket. That led to 34 winners (eight more than Nadal), but also 42 unforced errors (18 more than Nadal).It worked. For a bit.Thiem stayed with Nadal in the early going on a cloudy and steamy afternoon; the temperature was 77 degrees (24 Celsius), the humidity approached 70 percent. Midway through the opening set, Nadal’s aqua T-shirt was so soaked with sweat it stuck to him, so he changed into a fresh one at a changeover, drawing catcalls from spectators.From 4-all, 15-all in the opening set, Thiem faltered. After Nadal held there for 5-4, Thiem basically handed over the next game — and the set — by making four mistakes in a row. A volley into the net. A forehand wide. A forehand into the net. A forehand long. Just like that, Nadal was off on a five-game run that put him up 3-0 in the second set.Soon, Nadal was finding his spots. One down-the-line forehand winner landed right at the baseline and Thiem’s shoulders sagged as he muttered to himself. Another forehand winner from Nadal followed, and this time Thiem looked up toward his coach and yelled.The conditions might have contributed to the cramping that affected Nadal about two hours into the final. His finger bent awkwardly and he pulled at it. He removed the taping from his left forearm, and maybe that let the blood flow better. After guzzling water during his visit from the doctor, Nadal was back to playing his unmistakable brand of nearly unbeatable clay-court tennis. Danny Ildefonso’s arrival at Alaska brings best out of Vic Manuel Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The victory also allowed the 32-year-old Nadal to hold onto the No. 1 ranking, just ahead of Federer.Nadal called it “not even a dream” to gather 11 titles in Paris, saying it was “impossible to think of something like this.”Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, was appearing in a major final for the first time. Not much more of a daunting task than doing so against this particular opponent at the French Open, where Nadal is now 11-0 in finals and 86-2 overall. The only losses came against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals in 2015.“What you did and what you are doing,” Thiem told Nadal during the trophy ceremony, “is one of the most outstanding things that any athlete is doing in any sport.”If there were any reason for a bit of intrigue entering Sunday’s match, it was this: Thiem beat Nadal in two sets on red clay at Rome in May 2017 and again at Madrid last month.ADVERTISEMENT Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in three sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — As Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem warmed up before the French Open final, the booming voice of an announcer at Court Philippe Chatrier called out each player’s bona fides.Nadal’s introduction included a year-by-year accounting of every time he’d already won the title at Roland Garros. The crowd responded, initially offering polite applause, then adding their voices, rising into a full-throated roar.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding
‘Rusty’ Gilas Pilipinas bows to Jordan in tuneup Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRicci Rivero showed flashes of what he’s capable of in his first foray as part of the latest national team pool when the squad took on Jordan in a tune-up game Monday night.Rivero only played in the second quarter and finished with four points but did enough to make a good account of himself despite being the youngest member of the team with Kai Sotto unavailabe due to academic reasons.ADVERTISEMENT “My focus is to create open shots for my teammates because all of them are capable of making shots,” Rivero told reporters in Filipino.“Coach Alex also told me not to hesitate in taking the shot and if I see an open lane attack it,” added Rivero, referring to guard Alex Cabagnot, who is also one of his coaches at University of the Philippines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 20-year-old Rivero created an opening for himself when he side-stepped his way to the basket drawing a wild reaction from the packed crowd at Meralco Gym.“Actually, he was able to prove that his play is at the level of the guys here,” said Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao after Jordan came away with a 98-92 win. “He could’ve performed better. I felt he was fouled in a few situations where he could’ve contributed a little bit more.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments “But he’s proven that he can play at this level although he’s just playing in college. He can play at this level,” Guiao stressed.Rivero teamed up with the likes of June Mar Fajardo, Christian Standhardinger and Cabagnot on the floor and he said that being in the company of the top basketball players in the country alone is already an accomplishment for him.“I’m happy because I get to play alongside my older brothers and to play under coach Yeng and coach Ryan (Gregorio) and coach Caloy (Garcia). For me, it’s already an achievement na for me and just to be part of this pool. It makes me really happy.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
United States Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) led a letter to President Barack Obama yesterday with Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN), Karen Bass (D-CA) and Barbara Lee (CA) calling for the administration to authorize trained and protected US military personnel to provide direct care to Ebola patients in West Africa, to resist calls for a travel ban air on passengers from West Africa, and to dedicate additional U.S. military airlift capacity for aid workers. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Reps. John Conyers (D-IL), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), and Jim Moran (D-VA) also signed the letter. There is a sigh of optimism about the decline in the alarming rate of new Ebola infections across the country. But everyone knows the fight is far from over. As President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf airs concerns about the risk of another spike in new infections, Ministry of Health officials are cautious that the next 30 days could be more difficult than the last 30 days. The main concern is to minimize mass assemblies of people until every last case of Ebola has been thoroughly contained and treated. However, with the National Legislature debating whether to hold Senatorial elections in December on the one hand; and the beginning of an annual series of public holidays between November and January characterized by crowded beaches and nationwide revelry on the other hand, Liberia’s goal of “zero new cases by Christmas” is no doubt a tall order.As the situation remains high on the global agenda, the 15 US Senators have asked their nation’s Commander-in-Chief to step up support to the West African Region with literally hands-on engagement to ensure that the Ebola virus does not remain a global threat. Addressed to President Barack Obama at the White House on November 12, 2014, the letter reads: Dear Mr. President:We write to urge you to expand the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola epidemic by authorizing U.S. military medical personnel to provide direct care to patients in West Africa, ensuring that an outright travel ban on individuals traveling from West Africa is not put in place, and dedicating U.S. military airlift capacity for American aid workers to travel safely to and from the region. The safety of the American people and our uniformed personnel is of great concern, and this must be accounted for and addressed in every aspect of the U.S. government’s Ebola response effort.While we welcome recent reports that new infections may finally be on the decline in Liberia, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa remains a global public health and humanitarian crisis that threatens the national security of the United States. Public health experts agree that the single best way to protect against the further spread of Ebola into other countries, including the United States, is to stop it at the source in West Africa, and we cannot become complacent in confronting it. We support your Administration’s commitments toward that end, including funding requests and the Executive Order you issued on October 16. We also appreciate and respect the institution of enhanced screening measures for individuals who are entering the United States from West Africa. This crisis is larger in scope and scale than initially anticipated, and we believe targeted response efforts will help curb the outbreak.As of the date of this letter, 1,800 troops are currently in West Africa assisting with Ebola response efforts, with more expected to be deployed in the coming weeks. These troops include engineers, logisticians, and health professionals – all specifically trained for crisis conditions. The commitment of up to 4,000 military personnel under Operation United Assistance to assist with constructing Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) and the logistical response in the region are essential contributions. While this commitment will provide for the training of medical personnel to staff ETUs in the long term, we have heard from those working on the ground in West Africa that there is uncertainty about who will staff and manage the ETUs in the immediate future, and whether the level of experience of newly-trained personnel under these high-risk conditions is commensurate with the critical nature of the task at hand.U.S. military medical personnel are trained in highly-infectious disease response and are experienced in following strict protocols with an established chain of command, which is essential when operating in a high-risk, high-stress environment. That is precisely the expertise and experience that is now needed urgently in West Africa.United States Public Health Service personnel are already set to provide direct care to infected health workers. Given the appropriate protocols that address the crucial health and safety of our service-members, allowing military medical personnel to provide direct care to patients will help ensure the containment of this outbreak both in West Africa, and within our borders.Even with these military medical personnel contributions, thousands of additional highly-trained aid workers will be needed. Aside from Liberian health workers, American missionaries and aid workers have borne an overwhelming burden in responding to the Ebola outbreak during the first six months. Should a travel ban be put in place, these selfless Americans may not be able to re-enter their own country. Further, enacting a travel ban from West African nations would not be effective at stopping the spread of Ebola and only discourage aid worker participation. We should be offering incentives for aid workers. This includes assurances that they will have access to the best protective equipment and training; high-quality medical treatment; and immediate airlift to the United States—should, despite following proven and strict protocols to minimize transmission risk–a worst-case scenario arise.We urge you to coordinate with our international and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners on the ground in West Africa in order to establish a predictable, reliable protocol to ensure airlifts for American aid workers and military personnel, as well as more carriers that can safely transport aid workers and military personnel to the United States.The circumstances in the hardest-hit nations in West Africa are desperate. The virus continues to threaten a region that already struggles with a weak health care infrastructure, poverty, and some of the lowest literacy and highest maternal mortality rates in the world. We agree with your assertion that the key to ending this crisis and ensuring the safety and security of the United States is to provide a robust response in West Africa. Maximizing medical support for aid workers and military personnel already on the ground through U.S. military airlift capacity, preventing a travel ban on flights to and from West Africa, and allowing U.S. military medical personnel to provide direct care to patients are crucial steps to isolating and stopping the Ebola virus.We thank you for your efforts in the face of this global crisis and look forward to working with your Administration to bring about an end to this deadly epidemic. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…trained to treat passengers betterFor years, passengers have been complaining bitterly about the disrespectful attitude of minibus and taxi drivers as well as conductors and conductresses. This type of behaviour will hopefully now be addressed as the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has trained over 200 persons who provide public transportation services. Drivers and conductors involved in one of the recent training sessionsOn Saturday the Department explained to the media that a total of 230 such persons from Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) benefitted from the training sessions which focused especially on hospitality, first aid, tyre and fire safety as well as the importance of life and vehicular insurance and defensive driving.The one-day sessions were held between July and August at the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Training Centre, Eve Leary, Georgetown.Presentations were made by the Hospitality Management Services, Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS), Guyana Red Cross Society, St Johns Ambulance Brigade, Hand-in-Hand, Guyana Trinidad Mutual and Assuria Insurance Companies, the Guyana Fire Service and the GPF.The workshops were introduced by the Business Ministry in collaboration with the United Minibus Union (UMU), GPF, GNBS and the Guyana National Road Safety Council. It is aimed at improving the services offered by those operating in the public transportation sector, in keeping with the Minibus Code of Conduct, which was launched by the Ministry back in February of this year.The Consumer Department spoke with Dianne Banwari of Route 73, who said, “I am more than elated to have been exposed to the sessions since it has reinforced the need to provide the best possible service to the commuting public whom I serve…I particularly liked the part on hospitality, I going back out there and up my game because of this training”.Meanwhile, Pastor Felix Walker from Route 42, who also attended the training, said he was glad to participate since it is a timely refresher for many of the things he already knew.The Department said it intends to conduct similar exercises with service providers in Georgetown and the other regions next year.Last October, President of the UMU, Eon Andrews stressed the importance of having a standard behavioural pattern set for those operators, as he described the system as currently “out of control”. In January of this year, the long-awaited document was finally approved. Among the areas which will be addressed are the operators’ mode of dress, language and behaviour. This means that operators will not be allowed to wear inappropriate clothing, thereby exposing themselves, use indecent language or treat passengers in a hostile manner.In fact, operators will now be mandated to wear a uniform, along with an identification badge, which should include the name of the organisation of association.
0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans rally behind their team at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos during their o-o draw against Esperence of Tunisia in the first leg of the CAF Champions League. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 7 – Gor Mahia displayed an eye-catching football but the Esperance shot-stopper Noel Ben Sherifia stood tall to deny them in a 0-0 draw first leg of the CAF Champions League First Round. Here is how it went down in pictorial at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday. Gor Mahia players jostle for space with Esperance during their CAF Champions League first leg First Round. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia captain, Harun Shakava has rallied his team-mates to put in hard yards of training even as they eye place in the history books by being the first Kenyan team to progress to the group stages since Tusker in 1994. Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava defending well against Esperance defender. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe record 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions, beaten 3-2 at home by the same opponents four years ago had an opportunity to finish the first leg with a handsome score-line, but their scoring let them down on an afternoon they should have had more than three goals.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr in deep thought. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr drinking water. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr reacts after a missed chance. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr analyzing the match as his side fluffed chances against Esperance of Tunisia in the first leg of the CAF Champions League First Round. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAEsperance goalkeeper Sherifia had twice produced brilliant saves to ensure his side remained in the game, while also playing his fair share of time wasting antics, slowing down the pace of the game.Esperance Keeper Noel Ben Cherifa stop an attempt on goal from Kenyan champions Gor Mahia. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAWithout a natural right-back as both Wellington Ochieng and Karim Nizigiyimana are out injured, Gor head coach Dylan Kerr took the gamble of pulling wide a central defender, putting Joachim Oluoch in the position.Gor Mahia’s Joash Onyango reacts after missing a header against Esperance during their CAF Champions League match. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIt was Esperance who were the first to produce a goal scoring chance, Youssef Blaili finding some shooting space from 30 yards out but the ball rolled wide.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi trying to get the ball from an Esperance player. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAEsperance Head Coach Ben Yahia. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGaining confidence that they could actually open up the Tunisians, Gor played more attacking football and in the 27th minute had another chance when Kagere was sent through on the left by Odhiambo, powered into the box but his eventual shot went wide.Gor Mahia’s talisman Meddie Kagere in action against Tunisian giants Esperance during their first leg First round encounter at Machakos Stadium on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia talisman Meddie Kagere launch an attack with team-mate Jacque Tuyisenge. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia’s George ‘Blackberry’ in action against Esperance. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia talented winger George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo against Esperance’s Fosseny Coulibaly. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAEsperance resulted to time wasting and the center referee Egyptian Gehad Zaghloul did not spare them.Esperance players slowing down the pressure as center referee Gehad Zaghloul gives directions. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAEsperance players in time wasting tricks. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere and his team-mate Jacques Tuyisenge reacts after an attempt. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge keeping under-pressure Esperance keeper Noel Ben Cherifa on toes. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia’s Philemon Otieno vies for the ball against Esperance du Tunis’s Fouseny Coulibaly during a CAF Champions League tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluGor Mahia’s Ernest Wendo vies for the ball against Esperance du Tunis’s players during a CAF Champions League tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluVictory away in Tunis or any kind of a draw with scoreline will see Gor sail through to the prestigious group stages for the first time many years.Gor Mahia die hard fan Jaro Soja rallying behind his team. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal have been ruled out of Arsenal’s Premier League game against Newcastle United.Ramsey scored twice in the midweek 4-1 win against Galatasaray, the second a long-range stunner hailed as one of the best ever seen in the Champions League.But the Welshman was forced to exit the action at half-time with a hamstring injury and will not be fit for the meeting with the Mapgies on Saturday.Koscielny, meanwhile, is still struggling with a calf injury which has already seen him miss the past two games, while Monreal has failed to recover from a knee problem.Their absence leaves Arsene Wenger severely short of options in defence, with Calum Chambers also out through suspension.Per Mertesacker is the only fit senior centre-back, meaning right-back Mathieu Debuchy is likely to start in the centre in his first Premier League game for three months.Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby had already been ruled out of the game by Wenger, while Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil are long-term absentees, as the Gunners’ injury list lengthens.The only good news for the Frenchman is Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Flamini have been passed fit to face Alan Pardew’s side, while Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud are back in the squad after being rested for the trip to Turkey. 1
AP McCoy might have had to settle for third in the last race of his career but on Monday morning the prize that has always alluded him became a reality on Monday morning.Speaking to Danny Kelly and Danny Murphy the 40-year-old revealed he was set to tuck into a bacon and sausage sandwich.Jockeys are known for their strict training and diet regimes during the season, and often just have a cup of tea with sugar for breakfast.At Sandown Park on Saturday more than 18,000 people gathered to salute the jockey’s final appearance, and the crowds cheered McCoy’s final two showings.A tearful McCoy said: “It’s amazing. I’ve been so lucky all my life. I’ll never forget this day.”Listen again to Tony McCoy’s interview with Danny Kelly and Danny Murphy above
DARA was with this group from St Johnston celebrating at the top of Croagh PatrickA DONEGAL Mountain Rescue Team member has been involved in an incredible series of rescues – whilst doing a charity climb in Co Mayo.Dara McNulty was with the St Johnston Men on the Move group climbing who were in west Mayo and climbing to the top of Croagh Patrick.But as they began to descend on Saturday, they came across TWO different medical emergencies. “Dara was leading a group from the St Johnston Men on the Move to Croagh Patrick and when descending the mountain around 3pm they came by a lady with a very serious lower left leg injury,” said a DMRT spokesman.“The middle aged lady was a Midlands visitor. Dara ascertained that the Mayo team had been tasked following a 112 call and were en route but perhaps an hour or more away. However, given the nature of the injury, and the certainty of a long stretcher haul, he decided to escalate the callout by calling a former team colleague, John McShane, a winch-man on Rescue heli 118. John, who was just going off duty, contacted Coastguard HQ at Malin and soon they were coordinating directly with Dara who provided Sat Map GPS co-ords, weather, wind and cloud cover data to Malin who promptly tasked 118 to the scene.“Incredibly a short time later Malin reverted to Dara with another 999 incident which had just been called in from further up the mountain, a woman with a head injury, and asked Dara to locate, appraise and update.“On finding the woman, on holidays from Yonkers, New York and ironically along with friends from near Manorcunningham, Dara was faced with a worse situation than earlier. “The lady had sustained a serious head injury in a fall with a bad gash above the right eye. She was drifting in and out of consciousness and luckily Dara was carrying a full first aid kit and a foil blanket. He proceeded to dress the wound and luckily had the full assistance of a doctor who happened to be hiking the Reek also.“Dara asked Malin to prioritise this casualty and shortly afterwards Rescue 118 dropped a winchman and stretcher to their location. The doctor suspecting possible c-spine or neck injury immobilised the casualty. At this stage the Mayo Team had arrived with the original casualty and both had to be stretchered off the cone, a long, slow and arduous job.“Assistance was sought and provided by other able bodied hikers on the hill and both stretchers were brought to where 118 could safely winch the stretchers. They were seperately airlifted to full trauma team attention at Castlebar General Hospital where both are understood to be comfortable tonight.“DMRT wish to congratulate our man of the moment for reacting in such a calm, professional and dedicated way when confronted with a dual crisis. Well done Dara!” DARA HAILED A HERO AFTER DOUBLE RESCUE EFFORT – IN COUNTY MAYO! was last modified: July 20th, 2014 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:Croagh PatrickDara McNultyDMRTdonegal mountain rescue team
PortsalonPortsalon Results There was a larger than usual turnout for the Wednesday open played on 15th last. Playing in good weather conditions the winner was Tony Kingston (13) 40 points, runner up Brendan Orr (14) 39 points, Gross John Shields (4) 32 points 3rd Pauric Mc Hugh B/S (8) 39 points. The CSS was 36 points. On Saturday the open competition was won by Eugen Gallagher (18) with 38 points. The CSS was 36 points. On Sunday 26th playing in ideal weather conditions head green keeper John Shields playing off a 4 handicap returned a magnificent 43 points, John despite dropping shots on the 3rd and 4th holes made the turn 3 over and with a level par back nine saw him win on the break of tie from Kevin Mc Fadden (20) with 43 points. Gross went to club Captain D P Logue (5) with 36 points. The CSS was 38 pointsEventsOn Saturday 25th the Portsalon Winter Links takes centre stage at Portsalon golf club. All members of the Winter Links are reminded that their tee times remain as the previous outing and if you are unable to play please contact the clubhouse On Sunday 26th a members competition. On Wednesday 29TH a gents open competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at www.portsalongolfclub.com Gaeltacht LeagueThe Gaeltacht League team entertained near neighbours Rosapenna golf club on Saturday last and the Rosguill team had the short journey across the Mulroy and left with an impressive victory of six matches to Portsalon’s four matches. The best card on the day went to Portsalon’s Eamon Mc Dermott and John Shields. The next outing will be away to Cruit Island which will take place on Saturday 3rd March, team captain Donal Callaghan will have some selection issues for this away match.NewsletterThe first edition of the Portsalon Golf Clubs newsletter has been issued and the newsletter can be accessed through the Portsalon webb page at portsalongolfclub.com. If you have any articles of interest please forward to the editor for inclusion in the next editionSubscriptionsThe council wish to remind all members that their fees for the 2012 golfing year are now due. An early payment would be appreciated.Change to Drop Off arrangementsMembers and visitors should note that you must drop off the fairways 2,7 and 9 at the nearest point of relief as this has now been designated ground under repair. Under a local rule all golf balls in the areas identified must be lifted and dropped without penalty. It is no longer permitted to use the putter inside the areas identified. All members are kindly asked to keep all pull trolleys, electric trolleys and drive buggies outside the lines surrounding the putting greens. This is try to protect the main playing surfaces as much as possible over the next few weeks..PlacingAll members and visitors should note that six inch placing on all fairways only is in operation at Portsalon Golf Club.On Line Booking Members and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comDivot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenancePORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Portsalon Golf Club Notes