AVC: Philippines salvages 9th place, withstands Kazakhstan

first_imgNAKHON Ratchasima, Thailand — Cha Cruz and Mylene Paat combined for nine points to power Team Philippines to a 25-13, 23-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-8 triumph over Kazakhstan Saturday night, closing out its campaign in the Asian Volleyball Confederation Asian Cup here.ADVERTISEMENT The Philippines wound up ninth among 10 teams in the tough tournament that qualified only the best teams in the region.Mika Reyes, one of the team stalwarts, said they struggled to form chemistry as the team only able to practice as a whole team one day before the meet starts.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“Given the span of time, I think we did well because we had major adjustments playing as one team,” the starting middle blocker said.“But we I think the crucial part there was in the preliminaries where we didn’t allow them to beat us easily,” she added. View comments MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Philippines also defeated Kazakhstan in Group stage but failed to make the quarterfinals after letting its matches against Australia and Iran slip away in five sets.Matched against Korea in the playoffs, the Filipinas showed big fighting heart before losing in four frames, relegating the country to battles for ninth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college PetroGazz sweeps Tacloban in PVL opener Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

CBL Governor Urges Entrepreneurs to Prioritize ‘Local Contents’

first_imgThe Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. J. Mills Jones, is calling on local entrepreneurs and owners of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) to focus on locally produced merchandise in the country.Governor Jones said doing business is not just going to Lebanese, Chinese or foreign stores to buy imported products or commodities, but rather business people should be innovative and creative in reaching out to discover new marketable products within the country that will add value to the Liberian economy.The CBL Governor made the statement recently in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County during a two-day seminar which was organized by the Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL) and collaboration the Citizens Progressive Saving Club of Bassa.Dr. Jones reiterated the need for Liberian business men and women to work harder, especially in the agricultural sector. The agriculture sector if taken advantage of by Liberian business people, the CBL boss noted, would help bring economic prosperity which will subsequently development the country.“Doing business is not just going to the store to buy imported commodities, but your need to work hard as business people, especially in the agricultural sector, to help bring development to Liberia,” said Dr. Jones.He told the business community that the CBL wants to encourage Liberian owned-small businesses to network and think about adding value to local products, thereby ensuring that more can be produced in this country.“If this is donein our country, local products can also besent abroad for marketing as well as in many countries to help alleviatepoverty in Liberia,” the CBL Governor said.He was however quick toremind participants and business owners that, “development is not a project, but to empower the fortunate poverty striking Liberian.Dr. Jones has on many occasions stressed that Liberians should be the ones in stores doing business and not foreigners who are dominating the economy of the county.He proffered the unwavering support of the CBL to the Liberian business community.“CBL would remain a friend to the private sector, especially the business community and will continue more financial loan scheme to them,” he promised.Governor Jones indicated that the access to credit initiative, which is the CBL’s own way of helping Liberians to do business and build the private sector, will enable Liberia reach the middle income mark that it is targeting in the Agenda for Transformation (AfT).The AfT is the government of Liberia five development programs that seeks to improve the provision of basic social services and infrastructural development. It is a subset of government’s Vision 2030 agenda. Vision 2030 is an initiative intended to ensure that Liberia becomes a middle income country in 18 years.Dr. Jones said: “This is not going to happen by talking, not by playing politics, but it is going to happen by actually putting citizens to work in the private sector, in this trend Liberia will grow from a low to middle income” country.“CBL is not throwing away money, but trying to invest in the future of Liberia,”he told them.He told detractors that as Governor of the CBL, he sees “nothing wrong with empowering citizens of Liberia, and therefore, sees no reason to apologize to anybody for doing that.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dawson Creek Rage win two straight after beating Minot Sunday

first_imgJason Wark followed up with another goal at the end of the first to bring the score to 2-0 for the Rage.In the second there was no scoring.  Minot scored late in the third to bring the team within one of the Rage.  The rage answered back with only one second left in the game when Keenan Bailey scored on an empty net.- Advertisement -Penalties were the story of the game with the Rage getting 43 minutes in the box and Minot getting 28 minutes.  The first two goals for the Rage and the lone goal from Minot came on the powerplay.The Rage will now get ready for two more home games this Friday and Saturday against Fresno.  Both games start at 7 p.m. At the EnCana Events Centre.last_img read more

Justice officials show expensive taste

first_imgThe report, which looked at the 10 priciest Justice Department conferences between October 2004 and September 2006, was ordered by the Senate Appropriations Committee. It also found that three-quarters of the employees who attended the conferences demanded daily reimbursement for the cost of meals while traveling – effectively double-dipping into government funds. Auditors “found that using appropriated funds to pay for expensive meals and snacks at certain DOJ conferences, while allowable, appear to have been extravagant,” the report concluded. Responding, the Justice Department’s management and administration office promised to prevent future extravagances of the sort that that Fine’s auditors turned up. Justice spokesman Peter Carr said the report concluded the department “had the right reasons and approvals for each conference, but they found several ways we could make future conferences better and more cost-efficient.” “We are working to address them as quickly as possible,” Carr said. WASHINGTON – It doesn’t rival the Pentagon’s $600 toilet seat, but the Justice Department can fork over a mean $4 meatball. An internal Justice audit, released Friday, showed the department spent nearly $7 million to plan, host or send employees to 10 conferences over the last two years. This included paying $4 per meatball at one lavish dinner and spreading an average of $25 worth of snacks around to each participant at a movie-themed party. There was plenty, too, for those needing to satisfy a sweet tooth. More than $13,000 was spent on cookies and brownies for 1,542 people who attended a four-day “Weed and Seed” conference in August 2005, according to the audit by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine. And a “networking” session replete with butterfly shrimp, coconut lobster skewers and Swedish meatballs at a Community Oriented Policing Services conference in July 2006 cost more than $60,000. Six of the 10 conferences were approved by the department’s Office of Justice Programs, whose assistant attorney general, Regina Schofield, resigned this week. It could not immediately be determined whether the report had anything to do with that, but Carr said Schofield left to take a job with a nonprofit child welfare services organization. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who chairs the Senate panel that oversees Justice spending, said the audit raises concerns about how the department uses taxpayer dollars. “I will continue to fight for legislation that insists on discipline and vigorous oversight in the Justice Department,” Mikulski, D-Md., said in a statement. The most expensive conference on the list was a $1.4 million meeting in Denver in May 2006, to discuss Project Safe Neighborhood. The program, which cracks down on guns, gangs and drugs, was a top priority for resigning Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Planners spent $143,469 on microphones, video screens and other technical equipment; $108,866 on food and drinks; and $638,371 on travel costs to send employees to the conference, the audit showed. Ironically, the cheapest meeting on Fine’s list was the only one held overseas: $181,648 to send FBI agents to a conference in Cambodia in March 2006. Most of the price tag – $172,327 – paid travel costs for the agents.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Everton hand injured defender Seamus Coleman a new long-term contract

first_img Everton FC news: Injured defender Seamus Coleman signs new long-term contract with Premier League club 1 Seamus Coleman has signed a new five-year contract with Everton, the club have announced.The full-back is currently out of action having suffered an horrific double leg break playing for the Republic of Ireland in March.Coleman, who is not expected to return until 2018, agreed the new deal before suffering the injury. “I’m delighted to get this signed,” Coleman told evertontv. “I’ve been here for a long time and it’s a special club that means a lot to me.“Everything had been agreed and I was due to sign it after the international break but unfortunately I got the injury.“The chairman messaged me the night of my injury and said, ‘Don’t worry about it because when you come back this contract is still waiting for you’. That sums up what the chairman and this club is all about.“Farhad Moshiri also sent me cards and said the support was always going to be there. I’m delighted with how the Club has handled the situation.“Knowing that I was going to come back and sign it has definitely helped things. It’s a massive boost and gives me something to fight for.“I want to prove my worth when I come back and show the club were right for rewarding me with this long-term contract.”Coleman has had his cast removed and is walking with the aid of crutches but is not rushing his rehabilitation.“It’s a case of not doing too much too soon – it’s just baby steps at the moment – but I am getting on well so far,” he added.“I’m starting to put more weight through the leg and I have got no pain. I’m back doing a good bit in the gym and in the pool.“I’m doing exercise every day, so the recovery has well and truly started. I’m really looking forward to putting on that Blue shirt again.”last_img read more

Man stole inflatable Santa and trolley of shopping on Christmas Eve

first_imgA man went on a shoplifting spree on Christmas Eve and stole an inflatable Santa and a trolley-full of groceries.Justin Fleming pleaded guilty to the charges which took place at two different stores in Letterkenny on December 24th last. Letterkenny District Court was told that Fleming, aged 47 of Colehill Park, Newtowncunningham, was drunk.Fleming was caught walking out of Tesco in Letterkenny just after midday with a trolley of groceries worth €240.When apprehended by security staff, he was found in possession of an inflatable Santa and two pillows from the EuroGiant store nearby.Justin FlemingCCTV footage from that shop showed Fleming putting the Santa and the pillows, valued at €40, into a rucksack and leaving the shop without paying.Solicitor Donough Cleary said his client was originally from Dublin and had a drunk issue.“My client is apologetic but does have an issue with drink. He understands that this was Christmas Eve and that staff had better things to be doing on the day,” he said.The court heard that Fleming has 40 previous convictions for a range of charges including traffic, theft and public order.Judge Paul Kelly sentenced Fleming to 40 hours community service for shoplifting at Tescos and took the other charge of theft at Euro Giant into consideration.Man stole inflatable Santa and trolley of shopping on Christmas Eve was last modified: February 7th, 2018 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:CHristmasdonegalJUSTIN FLEMINGNewtowncunninghamSANTAlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH DEFEAT BURT TO REMAIN TOP OF DIVISION THREE

first_imgAodh Ruadh GAA NewsUlster finalAll the best to Niall Harley and Colm Kelly as they go for glory this Sunday in the Ulster Minor final. Good luck too to Aodh Ruadh hurler Jamie Brennan who is also on the squad, and also to Mick McGrath who is involved in the back room team. Of course best wishes also go to the Donegal senior team as they prepare to take on Monaghan in the showpiece on Sunday.FootballAodh Ruadh made light of a greasy surface and tricky ball-handling to emerge with their second win over tough Inishowen opposition in as many weeks. They saw off the challenge of Burt on a scoreline of 4-8 to 1-6 in Father Tierney Park and secured another two important points for the promotion push. It was a real team effort from Aodh Ruadh. Defensively Ciron Whoriskey was in very assertive mood, while Johnny Gallagher was show-casing all the best aspects of his game. Conor Patton and Eamonn McGrath became progressively more dominant as the game went on, while the midfield partnership of Ronan McGurrin and James O’Donnell were in control throughout. Up front David McGurrin finished the game with 2-2 to his credit and his contribution was a big factor in the Ballyshannon win. David Dolan’s ball winning qualities were once again in evidence, and he set up a number of scores, as well as finishing with two points. There is a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.Aodh Ruadh are on a break from league action this weekend. The under 16s delivered an exceptional second half performance against Naomh Conaill in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday to take the points. Five points behind at half time Aodh Ruadh really turned on the style to eventually run out 4-13 to 2-7 victors. The midfield pairing of Nathan Boyle and Oisín Rooney were key to the win. Boyle in particular put in as fine an individual display of football as has been seen at any level in the club for a number of years, an audacious penalty crowning the performance. Rooney’s strong fielding was combined with intelligent off-loading to devastating effect. Conal Sweeny, Oisín Kerr and Dan Warnock covered well as Naomh Conaill tried vainly to counter with limited success in the second period. Up front Michael McKenna, Shane Dorrian and Dylan Gallagher again went well for the Ernesiders.That success was replicated on Monday evening when Aodh Ruadh made the long trip to Dungloe and came back with a 3-18 to 2-9 victory under their belts. Ballyshannon went six points up in the early exchanges and by half-time the margin was pushed out to 0-12 to 0-4 in favour of the Ernesiders. A notable characteristic of this team is their work-rate, focus and commitment for the full 60 minutes, and they brought that to bear in the second half as they eased away from Dungloe. It was another excellent team performance to reflect upon. Daniel Warnock put in a good evening’s work, foraging two goals from wing back. The third goal came from Dylan Gallagher, and he ultimately finished the night with 1-3 to his credit. The move of the game saw Nathan Boyle put a precision ball into the path of Garreth Sheerin which was then swept over the bar with great élan. Elsewhere Cáelán Drummond got two good points from full forward while Ryan McKenna, Oisín Rooney and Conal Sweeny all covered a serious amount of ground over the course of the game.The under 16s will conclude their league programme with the rescheduled clash against Naomh Muire this Friday 18th July, throw in at 7.30pm.The annual Willie Rogers under 12 tournament was staged on Saturday with five teams taking part, Derrygonnelly Harps, Melvin Gaels, Glencar / Manorhamilton, Killybegs and Aodh Ruadh. The Ballyshannon lads were slow to start, but improved as the day progressed. However they were unable to make the knock-out stages of the competition. Derrygonnelly won all their round robin games to reach the final and Glencar / Manorhamilton played some great football to join them in the decider. The Fermanagh and Leitrim sides fought bravely and made for a very good final with nothing between the teams until the last few minutes. Then Derrygonnelly found an extra kick and hit a goal and two points to win by five. The day was notable for the great support from parents from all clubs attending. Many thanks to the parents / guardians of our kids who provided food and refreshments for everybody and looking magnificently in the Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Many thanks also to the Rogers Family for coming up and presenting medals to both teams and the cup to Derrygonnelly Harps. Thanks to the referees who made sure everything ran smoothly on the day. Finally thanks to all the players who represented their clubs so well. The Aodh Ruadh panel were: Bridín Maguire, Matt Gillespie, Kyle Murray, Daire Gallagher, Calum Ayres, Daniel Dolan, Colm McGloin, Mark McGlynn, Philip Cassidy, Daire Warren, Harry Howarth, Jake Foley, Cian Rooney, Kyle McCaffrey, Conor Foy, Diarmaid Dolan, Adam Hoey, Nathan Owens-Kelly, Shane Duffy, Cian Barden, Mitch McLoughlin, Frankie McGinley and Conal Bradshaw. Under 12s are back training Wednesday 6.15pm to 7.30pm and Saturday 10.45pm to 12 noon this week.The under 10s will be travelling to a blitz in Dunkineely this Saturday 19th July. The other teams competing will be Naomh Ultan, Four Masters and Bundoran. We will be looking for parents to assist with transport to this game. All players and parents able to help with transport are asked to assemble at Father Tierney Park. We will be departing Ballyshannon at 9.45am. Games will be getting under way at 11am in Killybegs. Training as usual on Wednesday at 6.30pm. Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm.HurlingAodh Ruadh went into championship action against a very physical Setanta outfit in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday. The Killygordon men clearly had a superior understanding of the difference between league and championship and got stuck in from off. The visitors were 0-3 to 1-5 up at half time and delivered the same sort of intensity in the second period to run out 0-5 to 2-10 winners. It was a game where Aodh Ruadh lost many of the individuals battles with Cian Dolan and Jack Matthews among the few who could feel they came out on top. The management will be looking for senior players to reflect on what went wrong in this match and make those lessons count in the remaining games this season. Aodh Ruadh have a massive game this Saturday in Garvaghey at 5.30pm when they face Ards outfit Ballela in the Ulster Táin League. A win in this game will put Ballyshannon in with a great shout of earning promotion to division two, so Saturday will represent an excellent opportunity to apply the lessons so sorely learned against Setanta.The under 12s made the long journey to Carndonagh last Thursday and came away with a convincing win, this is the third win of the campaign for this young team. They are at home this Thursday night to our great Inishowen rivals Buncrana, throw in is at 7pm and all support will be most welcome. Our under 16s were to play Burt in Father Tierney Park on the same night However, most disappointingly, Burt contacted us just over an hour before throw in to say they weren’t travelling. It is sad for our ancient game that the once all powerful Burt were unable to field for this game.Another example of how serious the decline of underage hurling is in Donegal was shown on Saturday when MacCumhaill’s contacted us to say they wouldn’t be fielding the following day for the minor championship semi-final in MacCumhaill Park. Underage hurling is in serious decline in Donegal with too many clubs and officials only paying lip service to our ancient game and not willing to put in the hard work necessary to keep our game alive.The under 16s are making the long trip to Carndonagh this Thursday for what is expected to be a tough battle against the home team.The fourth annual Peter O’Keefe under 16 Ulster/Connacht tournament takes place in Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aodh Ruaidh this Saturday. Thankfully this year Ulster GAA have taken over the organising of this tournament, assisted by Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee. Play is due to get underway at 11am, teams confirmed are Derry, Tyrone, South Ulster, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Donegal. It is hoped that this year’s tournament will be the best so far and a fitting tribute to the late Peter who was a tireless worker for underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh, Donegal and Ulster. All are welcome for what should be a great day of hurling.There are a number of inter-county tournaments on this Saturday. Donegal will be fielding teams at under 14, under 15 and under 16 level and Aodh Ruadh will be well represented in each squad.Thanks to all who supported this year’s annual Cash for Clothes collection for Aodh Ruadh Juvenile hurling it was a great success as we raised €1,100.LadiesAodh Ruadh’s senior ladies came up short against a disciplined Ardara outfit in Father Tierney Park on Sunday morning in their opening intermediate championship tie. Ballyshannon had possession of the ball for long stretches, but only rarely found their way through a massed Ardara rearguard and came out on the wrong side of a 0-7 to 2-4 scoreline. A tough loss to take for Aodh Ruadh and there is an argument that playing with wind advantage in the first half would have made all the difference. Best for the Shamettes was Maeve Liston, who took the tie by the scruff of the neck when the game looked like passing Aodh Ruadh by altogether. Tara Khan did well before being sidelined by a hand injury. Roise Keon was excellent too, battling right to the end and looking very sharp. Grainne McCosker was very adept at reading and robbing Ardara kick-outs. Áine Duffy got on a lot of ball up front and on a different day could have finished with a big haul. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.The under 12s have a blitz in Bundoran this Thursday, 17th July. Bundoran, Saint Naul’s, Killybegs and Four Masters will all be competing. Players are to meet in Gaelic Park in Bundoran for 5.30pm.Training continues every Monday from 6pm to 7pm for under 8s, under 10s and under 12s. Any girls interested in giving football a try and making new friends will be made more than welcome.Fantasy race for SamAfter week nine of the fantasy race for Sam 2014, we have a Titanic tussle developing at the top of the leader board. No less than than players sit joint top in first place this week, all on 157 points. We have Gerry Gallagher with his Belleek Boys, John Patton Jr with Yes Patsy, Declan Rooney with Monaghan Utd and Pat Gruddy and his team Mayo This Time. In joint fifth place, only four points off the top of the table on 153 points is Niamh and Pauric McGrath and their team Niamh’s Creevy Playhouse along with Michael Clancy and his team of Clyhore Champs. With two provincial titles on the line this coming weekend, there should be some sorting out done at the top of the leaderboard this time next week. At the opposite end of the table we have Michael Dolan and his outfit, Dolan’s Dragons, taking over at the foot of the table on 50 points. Jim McGrath and his team, I’d Say So are two points furthar up the table on 52, with Patsy Kelly and his team, Return Of The Wallys, on 62. Mark Loughlin and his team, CMH, are on 65, the same score as Lorraine O’Mahoney and her team, Little Fluffy. High score of the week goes to David McCadden and his team, The Big Breakfast, who scored 54 points this week. (Armagh-10, Mayo-20, Tipperary-10, Cillian O’Connor-8, Barry Grogan-6). As always the leader board is available every Tuesday on aodhruadh.org, as well as Ballybookies, The Bridgend Bar, Owen Roe’s Bar and upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.BingoWinner of the €400 jackpot was John McFadden of Pettigo. Regular bingo continues this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. The Game Five Summer Snowball is still waiting to be won and now stands at €420 on 56 numbers or less.LottoThere was no winner of the €1,400 Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot last Sunday. The numbers drawn were 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 15. In the lucky dip €20 each went to: Steven Waved, Wardtown; Marie Gallagher Erne Street; Donagh Keon, Askill; Gerry Gallagher, Belleek; and K McLoughlin Cashelard. Next draw is in the Dicey Reilly’s Bar on Monday at 8.30pm. The jackpot is €1,500 so get out there and buy your ticket; if you’re not in, you can’t win!The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: BORD NA NÓG.The lotto team for Kernan’s Spar this Saturday is: RESERVE FOOTBALLERS.GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH DEFEAT BURT TO REMAIN TOP OF DIVISION THREE was last modified: July 15th, 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:Aodh RuadhGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

PIECES SNAPPED UP AS ARTIST PAUL SWEENEY HOSTS LATEST EXHIBITION

first_imgPaul is surrounded by family and friends at last Friday’s launch.An exhibition of recent paintings by renowned Donegal artist Paul Sweeney opened at Ionad Tempall Croine Dungloe on Friday night, with Paul himself joined by friends and family and family for the occasion; several of the pieces on display were swiftly snapped up for purchase by local art lovers.The exhibition continues at the Ionad until this Tuesday, July 2nd.Born in 1938, Paul grew up in Donegal, winning a scholarship to the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, where he studied under renowned artists Sean Keating and Maurice MacGonigal, graduating with a first class honours degree in Fine Art. A talented musician, Paul spent years touring with the famous Capitol Showband before returning to college and qualifying as an architect, and establishing his own architectural practice – over the past five decades, he’s enjoyed success with any number of large-scale architectural commissions across the country, including several in his native Donegal.Painting has remained a passion for Paul, however, and in recent years he’s returned to his art with a passion and a unique eye for his beloved Donegal, painting for pleasure and private commissions from collectors.He paints in oils, watercolor and pastels, and his subject matter includes everything from land and sea-scapes to stunning still lifes and portraiture – with a particular emphasis, subject-wise, on his beloved home county.Earlier this year, a selection of Paul’s recent work was exhibited to considerable acclaim at the prestigious Dublin Arts Club; the current exhibition in Dungloe marks his first solo showing in Donegal; further exhibitions of his work are already planned for later this year. Paul’s work can be viewed and purchased online at http://paulsweeneyartist.com PIECES SNAPPED UP AS ARTIST PAUL SWEENEY HOSTS LATEST EXHIBITION was last modified: June 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:exhibitionPaul Sweeneylast_img read more

Spielberg to direct creation of games

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Instead, Spielberg will have an office in the studio. He plans to work side-by-side with game developers to create original content beginning with the concept – not based on a movie. Basing games on movies, or vice versa, is common nowadays. “It’s really the first time a filmmaker – and a filmmaker of Steven Spielberg’s caliber – will collaborate at this level on an original game,” Young said. “He understands how our medium works and wants to push it in different directions, putting innovations in a game that no one has ever seen before.” Young would not disclose what kind of ideas his game developers and Spielberg might already have in mind, or whether the genre would be science fiction or something else. But the hope, he said, is to draw on Spielberg’s storytelling talents and create games that would engage players emotionally. Spielberg, whose large movie portfolio includes “Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and “E.T.,” was not available for comment. In a printed statement, he said he “was looking forward to working closely with the team in Los Angeles.” Spielberg has been an avid follower of games for years. In a speech last year, he told film students they could change the face of making movies if only they played more video games. And in the early 1990s, LucasArts, the game-making arm of Lucasfilm Ltd., created a computer game called “The Dig,” based on a Spielberg story idea. Game observers considered it a flop. It will be several years before the first of three Spielberg-Electronic Arts games hits store shelves, Young said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Coming soon to a game console near you: a Steven Spielberg video game. The acclaimed film director and producer has agreed to develop three new video games under a long-term exclusive deal with Electronic Arts Inc., the world’s largest game maker. The deal to be announced today reflects the increasingly intertwined interests of Hollywood and the video game industry. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Redwood City-based Electronic Arts – behind blockbuster games including “Madden NFL” and “The Sims” – said it will publish the Spielberg games and own the intellectual property behind them. The deal involves much more than the Hollywood director merely putting his stamp on a game or popping in for quick consultations, said Neil Young, vice president and studio head of Electronic Arts’ Los Angeles studio. last_img read more