LONDON (AP): Chelsea responded to the departure of Jose Mourinho by surging to a 3-1 victory against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League yesterday, while Manchester United lost their second game in a row at home against Norwich. Chelsea supporters repeatedly sang Mourinho’s name as Branislav Ivanovic, Pedro Rodriguez and Oscar scored in an unexpectedly convincing victory. Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea came to an end on Thursday after the Premier League champions had lost nine of the first 16 league games of the season under his guidance. But the Chelsea supporters made it clear they felt that responsibility for the woeful start lay with the players. As Ivanovic headed in after five minutes and Pedro doubled the lead on 13, the vocal support for Mourinho was replaced with abusive chants directed at Chelsea’s men. Oscar got the third, a penalty, after half time, before Fabio Borini pulled one back for Sunderland. After the match, captain John Terry said he understood why supporters are unhappy. “Absolutely, and rightly so, as well,” Terry said. “They will support us through the difficult period and when we come out on top, sooner or later. If we keep on putting performances like that the fans will be happy.” In Manchester, Cameron Jerome and Alexander Tettey netted in each half as Norwich stunned United by recording a first win at Old Trafford since 1989. Anthony Martial pulled one back for United in the 66th minute, the team’s first shot on target, but Van Gaal’s side managed only one more attempt that required a save. Van Gaal’s side has not won in six games and his position as manager could be under more scrutiny now that Mourinho is available. “We know that it (losing to Norwich) is not good enough for us,” Van Gaal told Sky Sports. “The players know that, I know that, the fans know that, and the board knows that.” When asked if he thinks he has the backing of the United board, Van Gaal said “I think so, but you never know.” Meanwhile, surprise Premier League leaders Leicester beat Everton 3-2. Riyad Mahrez scored two penalties for Leicester before Shinji Okazaki got the decisive goal, while Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas scored for Everton. The result means Leicester will be top of the Premier League on Christmas Day on 38 points. Last year, they were bottom of the standings on December 25. Tottenham beat Southampton 2-0 at St Mary’s stadium to move fourth, above United. Two goals in three first-half minutes from Harry Kane, on his 100th Tottenham appearance, and Dele Alli gave manager Mauricio Pochettino a win against his former club. Tottenham moves fourth, above United on superior goal difference. Other results: Stoke City 1, Crystal Palace 2, West Bromwich 1, Bournemouth 2, Newcastle 1, Aston Villa 1.
Ramgeet in sight of title PHOENIX, Arizona(CMC): Championship leader Andrew Ramgeet enhanced his odds of capturing the jockeys title at Turf Paradise when he posted a double at the southwestern United States racetrack on Monday. The veteran rider landed his first winner in the day’s opener with favourite Biltmore Boogie before returning to win race three with 5-1 chance Storm Quest. With a week left in the campaign, Ramgeet leads by nine on 105 wins, with the second placed David Lopez on 96 and Jorge Bourdieu two back in third on 94. Needing to give himself breathing room in the title race, Ramgeet wasted little time in opening his account when he steered seven-year-old bay gelding Biltmore Boogie to a two-length victory over the three-year-old and upwards. His second win came in another five-furlong contest when he combined with the four-year-old gelding Storm Quest to trounce the three-year-old and upwards by 71/2 lengths. Ajax beat Lyon 4-1 in Europa semis AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP): Bertrand Traore scored two goals and created another as a rampant Ajax beat Lyon 4-1 in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final yesterday. Burkina Faso forward Traore, who is on loan to Ajax from Chelsea, had been in doubt before kic-off with a groin injury. But the 21-year-old showed no ill effects as the four-time European Cup winner made the most of its first European semifinal since 1997. In between his strikes, Traore lined up 19-year-old Denmark striker Kasper Dolberg to score Ajax’s second in the 34th minute. Amin Younes added the hosts’ fourth in the 49th minute, but Mathieu Valbuena’s away goal for Lyon in the 66th will give his team at least a faint hope of advancing from next week’s second leg in France.
Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “It really felt like a dream to me. We had worked so hard to reach that point. It didn’t sink in at first, but when it did, I felt accomplished,” Belingon said.But Belingon’s rise to become the undisputed bantamweight champion did not come without a price.Belingon said he ended up having a swollen foot after going through the wringer with a split decision win.“I was pretty banged up. My foot was swollen from all the kicks that I landed,” he revealed. “I really poured everything I had into that one, and my team and I came up with a brilliant game plan. I think that was the key to victory.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption With both fighters splitting their first two bouts, a third meeting seems inevitable.“We are tied at one win apiece, so a third bout to determine the true winner does make sense. I know he is clamoring for a rematch,” he said. “I know he thinks he won the last one, so deep inside, I want to prove to him again that I beat him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’m just enjoying the time off right now. But of course, I’m open to fighting Bibiano again, or anyone that ONE Championship puts in front of me.”The 31-year-old Belingon also said he still finds himself in a trance almost two months since dethroning the longest reigning champion in ONE history. SEA Games 2019: PH’s Aira Villegas boxing bantamweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:00SEA Games 2019: PH’s Aira Villegas boxing bantamweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:11SEA Games 2019: PH’s Ian Bautista boxing bantamweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Belingon is the undisputed ONE bantamweight champion. Photo from ONE ChampionshipBibiano Fernandes was in disbelief after Kevin Belingon came away with a close shave in their title rematch in ONE: Heart of a Lion nearly two months ago in Singapore.Belingon won via split decision to become ONE Championship’s undisputed bantamweight king and even the score with Fernandes, who submitted the Team Lakay star in the opening round of their first encounter two years ago.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lakers’ Lebron James taking time to heal groin injury After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia
Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) embattled Chairman George Solo’s quest to retain his position as chairman, has suffered another major setback, as the electoral governing body—National Elections Commission (NEC) — “regrettably dashed his hope.”CDC on August 5, 2014 addressed NEC stating that its National Executive Committee has taken a decision to remove Solo as chairman.Under the signature of secretary general Nathaniel McGill, CDC went on to announce that Garblah Williams had been appointed to replace their embattled chairman.But on August 11, 2014, McGill withdrew his August 5th communication and submitted another communication conveying a decision of the National Executive Committee of CDC reducing Solo’s removal to a suspension and referring him (Solo) to the Grievance and Ethics Committee of party, for investigation into a complaint filed against Solo by some members of the party.Solo immediately protested his party’s decision before the National Elections Commission for possible redress.Based on said complaint, NEC launched a probe and held three conferences with parties involved, aimed at resolving the dispute.In a letter addressed to Solo dated September 19, 2014, NEC for the first time referred to Solo as “Mr. Solo not as Chairman.”Meaning, the Commission under the law, could no longer protect Solo’s image in this difficult period, a senior partisan of CDC hinted.NEC regrettably in that letter said, “Amid the claims and counter claims surrounding your removal as chairman of CDC, and consistent with the policy of the Commission, the Board of Commissioners took a decision to refer your letter and other related communications originating from the CDC to oversight Commissioner on Political Affairs and the oversight Commissioner for your party for handing. The purpose of the referral was for two Commissioners to reconcile the two sides to the dispute without the party necessarily restoring to the legal process.”The Commission informed Solo that responses from parties involved could not help resolve the matter, and as such, the Body decided that “When the Commission registers a political party, that party receives authority to exercise political franchise under relevant provisions of the constitution and laws of Liberia.“One such franchise is for political parties to adopt an internal democracy that suits their aspiration.“In the face of such political franchise, the Commission cannot dictate to political parties how to run their day-to-day affairs, in so far as such affairs are conducted within the confines of the law controlling.”The Commission further told Solo “the purpose for soliciting the constitution, Articles of Incorporation and Rules of political parties in keeping with Section 2.9(m) of the new Elections Law of 1986 is to ensure among others, that those constitutions and roles do not contravene any of the controlling legal instruments of the land. The decision on the implementation of those rules in the application of a political party’s internal democracy is solely the choice of each political party. Of course as a registered corporate entity, internal disagreements on the application of those internal rules are remediable in the courts of Liberia.”Solo has been instructed to revert to the party in order to have said intra-party resolution in keeping with the party’s standing rules.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Two men were on Monday sentenced to four years’ imprisonment and fined $25 million each by Magistrate Leron Daly for attempting to ship 20 pounds of cocaine in frozen fish at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in 2018.Amir Ally and Baldeo PersaudThe men are 30-year-old businessman Amir Ally of Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara, and 32-year-old Baldeo Persaud, a truck driver of Kingston Street, C Field, Leonora, West Coast Demerara.They were found guilty of trafficking 9.366 kilograms of cocaine at Laparkan Cargo Shed, CJIA, on February 6, 2018.Ally was said to be the shipper while Persaud was the driver who transported the boxes with cocaine stuffed in frozen fish to the cargo bond at the CJIA airport.During the search, the ranks found a quantity of cocaine stashed in frozen fish that was destined for the USA. Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor Kunyo Sandiford led evidence in the trial.Ranks from the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) were able to arrest Baldeo Persaud after reviewing telephone records from the alleged mastermind, Amir Ally.The cargo containing the fish was searched by CANU officers at the Laparkan Cargo Shed at CJIA where the discovery was made.
Hard Spun, a Pennsylvania-bred son of Danzig who is trained by Larry Jones, ran away with the LeComte Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans lastmonth and has won his fourstarts by a seven-length average. At Santa Anita: The Grade II, $150,000 San Carlos and Buena Vista handicaps bookend a Presidents Day weekend of fourstakes at Santa Anita. In Saturday’s San Carlos at 7furlongs, Malibu Stakes winner Latent Heat (Edgar Prado riding), first or second in seven of ninestarts for trainer Bobby Frankel, steps up to face stakes-level older horses, including Siren Lure (Richard Migliore) and Proud Tower Too (David Cohen). In the Buena Vista on Monday for fillies and mares going 1 mile on turf, Mia Domina (Tyler Baze), 4 for 4 on the Santa Anita grass, seeks another strong return from a layoff for trainer Ron McAnally. The 6-year-old shares the 120-pound high weight with Attima (Victor Espinoza). McCaffery memorial: Trudy McCaffery, the thoroughbred owner and breeder and racing activist who died of cancer on Monday at age 62, will be honored in a memorial service today at 5 p.m. in the Santa Anita Turf Club Chandelier Room. Tiz Wonderful was 3 for 3 for Steve Asmussen, and was the most accomplished unbeaten with a Grade II win at 1 1/16 miles until physical problems knocked him off the Triple Crown trail. Two unbeatens lost last weekend: Lawrence the Roman (now 3 for 4) in the Whirlaway at Aqueduct, and the champion 2-year-old filly Dreaming of Anna (4 for 5) in a minor stakes at Gulfstream Park. This three-day horse-racing weekend could be pivotal for Hard Spun, who heads a shrinking list of 3-year-olds with a chance to emulate Barbaro and Smarty Jones and become an unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner. Hard Spun, whose Pennsylvania roots remind fans of those stars already, is 4 for 4 going into the $250,000 Southwest Stakes on Monday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. That’s the most victories without a defeat in North America of any nominee for the May 5 Kentucky Derby. EZ Warrior is 3 for 3, but the Bob Baffert-trained colt hasn’t raced beyond 6 furlongs. Day Pass is 2 for 2 and, like Hard Spun, the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained gray has gone 1 mile. McCaffery – who, with then-partner John Toffan, campaigned such horses as Free House, Bien Bien, Came Home and Mane Minister – will be remembered as much for her involvement in the sport’s politics and charities as anythng else. Hoping to foster racing interest, she founded the program Kids to the Cup, starting by taking groups of young people to the Breeders’ Cup and extending it to include trips to the KentuckyDerby. “She was an enthusiastic, passionate supporter of the sport,” said Sherwood Chillingworth, executive director of the OakTree Racing Association, of which McCaffery was a board member. “Although she was passionate in her beliefs, she was a team player and quick to support whatever the board’s consensus was. We will miss her greatly.” McCaffery also served on the board of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation (gregsonfoundation.com), which aids backstretch workers. McCaffery’s family has requested donations to the foundation in lieu of flowers. Early line on the Derby: Nobiz Like Shobiz drew the heaviest support in last weekend’s Kentucky Derby future betting, the first parimutuel wagering of this Triple Crown season. The Remsen and Holy Bull Stakes winner closed at 8-1, ahead of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Street Sense (10-1) and Hard Spun (10-1). Churchill Downs offered 23 horses. The “field” (all others) was bet to 5-2. Southern California partisans were able to lock in Ravel at 11-1, Great Hunter at 24-1, Notional at 27-1, Exhale at 27-1, Belgravia at 29-1, Liquidity at 33-1, Stormello at 40-1 and EZ Warrior at 41-1 to win the May 5 Kentucky Derby. SANTA ANITA LEADERS JOCKEY, WINS Garrett Gomez 50 Victor Espinoza 39 David Flores 23 Corey Nakatani 20 Aaron Gryder 17 Richard Migliore 17 TRAINER, WINS Doug O’Neill 19 John Sadler 17 Bob Baffert 16 Bobby Frankel 10 Jack Carava 9 Paddy Gallagher 9 ON THE STAKES SCHEDULE SANTA ANITA Saturday $150,000 San Carlos Handicap, 4-year-olds and up, 7 furlongs $75,000 Daytona Handicap, 4-year-olds and up, 6 1/2 furlongs (turf) Sunday $125,000 Sensational Star Handicap, 4-year-old and up bred in California, 6 1/2 furlongs (turf) Monday $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap, 4-year-olds and up, 1 mile (turf) TURF PARADISE Saturday $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles OAKLAWN PARK Monday 250,000 Southwest Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 mile A WEEK AT THE RACES Eight opponents are awaiting Lava Man in the March 3 Santa Anita Handicap, according to track publicists: Strub Stakes winner Arson Squad; San Antonio Handicap winner Molengao; Sunshine Millions Classic winner McCann’s Mojave; Awesome Gem; Ball Four; Brother Derek; Spring at Last; and Wilko. Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. was suspended for 14 days in and fined $25,000 in New York after violating terms of a 2005 suspension by contacting assistants. Dutrow is best known for 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam. Doug O’Neill, who trains Lava Man, also is making plans for Kentucky Derby candidates Notional, Liquidity and Great Hunter. Notional, last weekend’s Risen Star Stakes winner in New Orleans, could use the March31 Florida Derby as his prep for the May 5 Kentucky Derby or come home for the March 17 San Felipe Stakes and April 7 Santa Anita Derby. Liquidity, the Sham Stakes runner-up to Ravel, is aiming for the March 10 Louisiana Derby or the San Felipe. Great Hunter appears set for the March 3 Robert B. Lewis (formerly Santa Catalina) Stakes. The Todd Pletcher barn is expected to keep last weekend’s 3-year-old stakes winners at Santa Anita. Assistant trainer Michael McCarthy said Ravel is likely to race next in the Robert B. Lewis or the San Felipe, and Las Virgenes winner Rags to Riches probably would go in the March 11 Santa Anita Oaks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Daily Mirror football journalist Darren Lewis claims Sami Khedira has used Arsenal’s interest in him to get a better contract at Real Madrid.The German World Cup winner has been linked with a switch to the Gunners this summer, following a superb tournament in Brazil.But Arsene Wenger’s side have failed to agree a deal with the La Liga giants and a move to the Emirates now looks highly unlikely.“I don’t think Khedira to Arsenal will happen,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “The cynic in me thinks Arsenal have been used a little by Khedira and Real Madrid.“Arsenal sniffed around to see the lay of the land and have not been able to reach an agreement. He wanted a huge contract, which will put him above any other player at the club, and we all know about Arsenal’s wage structure.“As far as Arsenal are concerned they have pulled out. Now the word coming over from Spain is that he will stay at Real Madrid.”
We all look forward to the first signs of Summer; the stretch in the evenings, warmer weather and the mouth-watering aroma of a BBQ being grilled.If you are planning to cook this weekend, don’t let your good habits in the kitchen go up in smoke when you light the barbeque – an evening alfresco should bring memories of friends, family and food, not tummy bugs! Here are 7 golden rules from safefood for how to get it right every time.Keep perishable foods like salads, coleslaw and quiche in your fridge until you are about to serve them. BBQ foods like burgers, sausages and kebabs, pork and poultry must be cooked and piping hot all the way through. You know they are cooked when there is no pink meat and the juices run clear. Steaks or whole meat joints of beef or lamb can be served ‘rare’ as harmful bacteria are on the outside only (and not in the centre).If you like to marinate your meat, make sure any marinade used on raw meat is not then used as a sauce to coat vegetables or cooked meat as it will contain raw meat bacteria.If you choose to barbeque any frozen food, it must be completely thawed on the bottom shelf of your fridge before you cook it.When handling raw meat and poultry, wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, most importantly before going on to prepare salads and other ready to eat foods. Once your meat is cooked thoroughly, make sure to keep cooked meat separate from raw meat and to use separate chopping boards, cooking utensils and plates. Harmful bacteria in raw meat, poultry and their juices can contaminate cooked food and lead to food poisoning, something your guests won’t thank you for.If there are leftovers from your barbeque, allow the food to cool before refrigerating, however make sure to refrigerate food within two hours of cooking. Always remember with leftovers – if in doubt, throw it out.For more information on food safety and healthy eating including recipes, visit www.safefood.eu and enjoy your barbeque, whatever the weather!BBQ RecipesSummer Beefburgers (Serves 4 to 6) Ingredients1 teaspoon olive oil1 small onion, diced2 cloves garlic, crushed 600g (1lb, 5oz) lean minced beef1 tablespoon sage, chopped1 large egg, beaten1 whole garlic clove, peeledBlack pepperFor the garnish4 to 6 hamburger buns, halved1 large beef tomato, sliced into 4 thick slicesLettuce, mild onion and red peppersLow-fat mayonnaise or tomato sauceMethodCook the onion and garlic in a frying pan with some oil until soft (approximately 2 minutes on a medium heat).Put the mixture in a large bowl and leave it for a short while to cool.Add the mince, sage and egg. Mix well and season with pepper.Shape the mixture into thick burgers (put some flour on your hands to prevent the meat from sticking to them). Put the burgers in on a covered plate or in a sealable container.Keep the burgers in the fridge until you are ready to cook them.Cook the burgers on the barbeque. Turn them regularly and make sure they are cooked all the way through. This may take at least 25 minutes. If you prefer, cook the burgers in a hot frying pan for 10 to 12 minutes on each side.While the burgers are cooking, toast the burger buns on the barbeque or in a toaster.Rub the clove of garlic over the ‘inside’ of the bun to give it a garlic flavour. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Place a slice of tomato on the garlic side of the bun and season with pepper.Before serving, make sure that the burgers are cooked thoroughly, by cutting into them with a clean knife and checking that they are piping hot all the way through, there is no pink meat remaining and the juices run clear.When cooked, serve the burgers immediately in the prepared buns and garnish with lettuce, mild onion and red peppers, and a small dollop of low-fat mayonnaise or tomato sauce.Citrus summer chicken (Serves 4)Ingredients4 boneless chicken breastsSalad to serve(try it with low-fat and low-salt sauces)For the marinadeZest and juice of 1 orangeZest and juice of ½ lime1 inch of fresh ginger2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed1 tablespoon olive oilFreshly ground black pepperMethodPut the zest and juice of the orange and the lime (or a drop of lemon juice if you haven’t got a lime) into a bowl. Peel the ginger, grate it finely and add it to the bowl with the garlic.Whisk in the olive oil and then stir in the black pepper. Using a large knife, cut each chicken breast in half. Add these to the marinade and make sure that each portion is well coated.Cover the bowl with cling film and put it on the bottom shelf of the fridge for at least 1 hour.Cook the chicken on a hot barbeque for 25 to 30 minutes, turning it often.You can also use chicken thighs or drumsticks for this recipe. Adjust the cooking times depending on the meat.Before serving, check that the chicken is properly cooked by removing it from the heat and cutting into the thickest part of it with a clean knife to make sure that it is piping hot all the way through, there is no pink meat remaining, and the juices run clearLIFESTYLE: IT’S BBQ WEATHER – JUST DON’T POISON THE KIDS! was last modified: May 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LIFESTYLE: IT’S BBQ WEATHER – JUST DON’T POISON THE KIDS!
BRAINERD, Minn. – A World War II airman whose frozen body was chipped out of a California glacier last fall was laid to rest in his hometown Friday, more than six decades after the young man disappeared during a training flight. Leo Mustonen’s two nieces were among about 100 people who gathered at First Lutheran Church to say goodbye. A full military funeral followed at a cemetery overlooking the Mississippi River. “This is one of the most unique and special days that any of us will ever be a part of,” Pastor Andy Smith said. “Today we are burying a small-town boy from Brainerd, Minnesota, who dreamed of flying.” Mustonen was 22 when his AT-7 navigational plane disappeared after takeoff from a Sacramento, Calif., airfield on Nov. 18, 1942. An engine, scattered remains and clothing were found over the following years, far from the plane’s intended course. All four men aboard were killed in the crash. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 But Mustonen’s remains were not found until last year, when two mountain climbers in California spotted an arm jutting out of the ice. Forensic scientists at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii analyzed bones, DNA samples and the airman’s teeth before declaring in February that the body was Mustonen’s. At the cemetery, Mustonen was honored with a three-volley salute and a bugler playing taps. The military paid for the funeral, as it would for any soldier who died on active duty. His nieces, Mary Ruth Mustonen and Leane Ross, did not speak at the funeral, but at an earlier news conference, they said they have been overwhelmed by stories told about their uncle over the past few weeks. They learned their uncle was an ace student who excelled in science, who played in the school band and in sports, and wanted to work in aviation even as a boy. Mary Ruth was 11 months old when her uncle died; Ross had not even been born. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Up to 20,000 visitors are expected to arrive in Bundoran this Friday as both spectators and competitors head to the European Surfing Championships, Eurosurf 2011.The event is expected to generate €3m for the local economy and considerable exposure for Donegal as a tourism venue.Bundoran has long been associated with world-class surfing along with the neighbouring surfing destinations of Rossnowlagh, Streedagh, Iascaigh and Enniscrone and is a natural home for the event. To boost the appeal of the event, Bundoran town is gearing up to welcome the influx of surfers and will have plenty of music and entertainment on offer during the tournament including traditional Irish and contemporary music.Mr Michael Ring T.D., Minister of State for Tourism and Sport welcomed the European Surfing Championships.“I am very pleased to see such a prestigious and important surfing event taking place in the northwest. Eurosurf 2011 is not only an important surfing event but is also a positive showcase for Donegal and the northwest region as a tourism destination.“I would like to welcome all visitors to Bundoran for this event and, with top class accommodation, music, culture, food and entertainment on offer, there will be plenty of opportunities for all to enjoy and sample a genuinely warm Irish welcome.” The European Surfing Championship is a significant addition to Fáilte Ireland’s calendar of festivals and events and the tourism authority has been working closely with local businesses to ensure that the event is a great success and one that generates as much marketing value as possible, not just overseas but in Ireland as well.Looking forward to the event Paul McLoone, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Operations in the Noth West, said –“The development of surfing is crucial for the further development of tourism in Donegal. In fact, Fáilte Ireland believes that there is great potential along the whole western seaboard to grow our tourism industry by actively targeting adventure-loving visitors who are seeking outdoor activities and water sports such as surfing. An event like this provides us with the perfect marketing opportunity to show that market how good a product we really have.”Eurosurf Bundoran 2011 can be described as the highlight of the European Surfing Calendar with 16 European countries to take part including Ireland, England, Wales, Channel Islands, Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Morocco, Norway, Sweden, Malta.Ireland is currently ranked 8th in Europe with France and Spain at positions one and two respectively. One of Ireland’s best known surfers Al Mennie, who has surfed the biggest ever recorded swell in Irish waters (on December 1st, 2007), ranks his home country highly as a surfing destination –“I’ve travelled all over the globe to surf yet I’ve discovered some of the best waves in the world right here in Ireland. The Irish coastline faces into the wild North Atlantic providing everything from one foot mellow beach break waves to 60 foot expert only monsters.“We have waves at golden beaches, long point breaks, shallow slabs and huge offshore reef breaks – there really is something to suit every level of surfer here in Ireland. It’s amazing to see our coastline introduce some of the world’s best surfers to some of the world’s best waves.”For further information, please see editor’s note attached. More details on the event are available at http://eurosurfbundoran.com/ . UP TO 20,000 EXPECTED IN BUNDORAN FOR EUROPEAN SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND was last modified: September 19th, 2011 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:bundoranEurosurf 2011