Boxing, wrestling, MMA generate $97M in New York in 2 years

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Cuomo, a Democrat, said Thursday that the numbers reflect the popularity of the sports and their economic impact.The figures show two thirds of the proceeds from the events comes from ticket sales, with the rest from simulcast revenue.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 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Conor McGregor stands on a scale during the weigh-in event for his fight against Eddie Alvarez in UFC 205 mixed martial arts at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)ALBANY, N.Y. — Sports such as mixed martial arts, boxing and wrestling have generated $97 million in New York state since lawmakers voted to legalize mixed martial arts two years ago.New figures released by the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo show the introduction of MMA led to a big bump in ticket sales, simulcast revenue and taxes. In the two years before mixed martial arts were legalized boxing, wrestling and other legal combat sports generated $32 million, compared to more than three times that amount after the state’s ban on MMA was lifted.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Column: A look back at the best (and mostly worst) in sports Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Lou Williams fires 40, leads Clippers past Thunder

first_imgThe veteran guard passed former Clipper Jamal Crawford for second in bench scoring. Williams has his sights set on Dell Curry, who owns the record of 11,147 points.“It means a lot,” Williams said. “That’s part of my legacy and what people will remember about me when I leave the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDanilo Gallinari added 34 points for the Clippers, scoring 15 in the first quarter to help them get off to a strong start. They stretched their lead to 14 points in the second and again in the third.“We went to the two-man game down the stretch because it was big for us,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “They were trapping Lou, but you can’t trap Lou when Gal is in the pick. They just played off each other really well.” Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Clippers ended the game on a 10-3 run, making all six of their final free throws. They were 9 of 16 from the foul line in the fourth.“We just hung in there and did the dirty work,” Rivers said.Neither team led by more than four over the final seven minutes.George came off the bench to hit a go-ahead 3-pointer that gave the Thunder a 99-98 lead, their first since scoring the game’s first basket.But the Clippers grabbed it right back on a basket by Gallinari. He and Williams combined to score the Clippers’ final 15 points.“We had chemistry,” Williams said. “Gal had it going early and I had it going late.”With Westbrook and George on the bench, the Thunder got within one early in the fourth on a three-point play by Abdel Nader.Westbrook returned and put up an airball and missed another jumper. But Markieff Morris hit a 3-pointer that again drew the Thunder within one.Without Westbrook and George, the Thunder closed the third with a rush. Down by 14, they outscored the Clippers 12-2 to trail 88-84 going into the fourth. Dennis Schroder and Nader hit 3-pointers in the spurt.TIP-INS Thunder: Five players had four or more fouls. … The teams split the season series 2-2. … Oklahoma City was coming off an overtime win at Portland a night earlier. … The Thunder have lost six of eight.Clippers: They last won four straight from Nov. 23-29.SCORELESS IMPACTPatrick Beverley didn’t score in the game, taking just three shots, but he led the Clippers with his defense. He helped hold George well under his 28.6 average, second-best in the NBA. “I didn’t know that he didn’t score,” Rivers said. “It just tells you his impact. He was playing so well.”George said he loves Beverley’s passion. “I like the battle, I wish it was just called right,” he said.UP NEXTThunder: Visit the Utah Jazz on Monday to end a four-game trip.Clippers: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Russell Westbrook scored 32 points on 12-of-23 shooting for the Thunder before fouling out with 53 seconds left. Paul George, who finished with 15 points, had already fouled out with 3:49 to go. Steven Adams also picked up his sixth foul in the final seconds.“A lot of those guys, they play to get fouls,” Westbrook said of the Clippers. “That’s how the game is these days. It’s not playing basketball. They’re just kind of playing to get fouls to see what happens.”George attributed the Thunder’s 34 fouls to “bad officiating.”“We’re getting scratched, clawed, held, shoved, and there’s nothing for it,” he said. “The officials just get to walk out and there’s nothing that penalizes them for not officiating the game the right way.”Westbrook’s final basket, a 3-pointer, got the Thunder to 108-107. But it was their last gasp.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ LSU suspends head men’s basketball coach Will Wade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Markieff Morris, center, defends along with center Steven Adams during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Lou Williams is close to etching his name in the record book as the NBA’s career leader in points off the bench.He scored 40 points, 19 in the second quarter, to help the Los Angeles Clippers hold off the foul-plagued Oklahoma City Thunder 118-110 on Friday night for their first four-game winning streak since November.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Farmers Union Network (FUN) No Fun, But Serious Business

first_imgThey have given themselves the acronym FUN, but when they met at several locations in Liberia’s southeast last week, members of the Farmers Union Network realized that they were faced not with matters of fun but with very serious challenges.The farmers took a realistic approach to the problems at hand.  Rather than take a general approach to the issues, they realized it was better to hold their consultations in each of the five southeastern counties–Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Maryland and Sinoe counties.  The aim was to determine the problems specific to each.  In the process, however, they discovered that the 500 or more southeastern farmers recruited to plant rice faced the same problems: the lack of follow-up on lowland prepared in each county for the rice project of the West African Agricultural Productivity Program; the 50 tons of seed rice that should have come from the Ministry of Agriculture and from OXFAM, the British-based NGO that helps farmers, among others; the lack of tools to execute the project; and the absence of sufficient agricultural extension agents in the entire sub-region.Our Farm Correspondent, Judoemue Kollie, who in Tuesday’s Daily Observer reported on the consultations in the five southeastern counties, quoted FUN president, the Rev. Robert Bimba, as saying that these farmers also lack agricultural loans, extension services and access to information.  This has caused many of the farmers to abandon the lowlands where they were to engage in rice production and shift upland.In this one instance, we are playing not only with the southeast but with our staple, rice. Hasn’t this newspaper time and again over the years pleaded with the Agriculture Minister to extend its Extension Services to farmers throughout the country?  At the onset of her second tenure as Agriculture Minister, Dr. Florence Chenoweth told this newspaper that hundreds of    Ag extension agents were being trained at the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), at the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) and elsewhere for deployment around the country.With few of them seen anywhere, it is seems that Minister misled the newspaper.  During the Vision 2030 Consultations around the country, farmers throughout complained about the absence of Ag extension agents in their areas.  Todee in particular, an extensive farming area in Montserrado County, complained that they had not seen an ag extension agent there in 15 years.  But the Minister said it was “not true.”A Minister of government cannot afford to be deceptive in the performance of her duties–that is a recipe for trouble, especially in the vital area of farming, in which the vast majority of our people are engaged.Since the government has failed effectively to address the unemployment problem, and tens of thousands of our people, especially our youth,   are unemployed, it seems to us imperative that our farmers are told the truth and adequately provided the tools and other resources they need to be successful.This newspaper has also for a long time urged the Agriculture Ministry to see as one of its most serious challenges the shepherding (steering) of our farmers out of subsistence farming and into the money economy.  But it seems that nearly nine years of this administration we are just as further from that goal as we were during the pre-war years.Whether or not Florence Chenoweth realizes this, it is a serious indictment not only on her administration as Agriculture Minister, but also on that of her boss, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.  We thought that people appointed to important public positions would do their utmost to help their President accomplish critical national goals, even if this President has the penchant (inclination) to protect and even retain non-performing officials in her administration.This newspaper has frequently asked who can afford to ignore the southeast, already for decades one of the country’s most neglected regions?  But   the more we have written, the more we, too, have been ignored.  The Agriculture Minister is on record as saying she does not even “read the tabloids anymore.”  A tabloid is a newspaper that turns everything into a scandal, NEVER looking at the positive side of anything.  Believe it or not, she casts the Daily Observer in that category!Well, that is what is being said TODAY.  But we all work not for today, but for tomorrow, for the future.  When Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth is no longer on the stage, how will the Liberian people remember her, or the administration she served?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Vegetables thief remanded to prison

first_imgKelvin Andrews of Kitty, Georgetown was on Monday remanded to prison by Magistrate Judy Latchman after he denied stealing $11,200 worth of vegetables from the business premises of Harry Narine at Alexander Street, Kitty.The charge alleges that the 25-year-old was caught on CCTV camera stealing the fruits and vegetables belonging to Harry Narine.The court was informed that Andrews is presently on $60,000 bail for a break-and-enter and larceny charge.He will make another court appearance today.last_img

Disrespectful, high-handed GuySuCo undermines GAWU

first_imgBy Shemuel Fanfair and Andrew CarmichaelThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) on Saturday commenced its 21st Delegates Congress and further observances of the event will be held on Monday and Tuesday at the Bath Primary School, West Coast Berbice.However, the likelihood of unhindered attendance has increased as the Guyana Sugar Corporation has reportedly disallowed sugar workers from obtaining “paid-release” to attend the Congress as delegates.GAWU President Komal Chand21This is according to GAWU, which noted on Saturday that since July 7 it sought to discuss the release of workers to attend the Congress but were told that the sugar corporation would not do so.According to reports the union received, the Sugar Corporation’s financial status, which has been deemed “cash-strapped” supposedly “restricted it from approving the release of the workers and assisting in transportation”.GAWU noted the importance of its Congress, which is held every three years and accused GuySuCo of undermining the union, pointing out that the denial is an “anti-sugar worker” approach.GAWU in reiterating its condemnation of the entire scenario which it termed a “travesty”, posited that an “undermining” of the country’s “fragile democracy is making its way in the union’s operations.Meanwhile, despite this hiccup, hundreds of delegates turned up at Bath, West Coast Berbice, to have burring discussion on the sugar industry and its way forward.President of GAWU Komal Chand called for a united trade union movement. Zeroing in on the sugar industry, the GAWU head outlined that the trade unions representing workers in that industry must be more vigilant. He also noted that the sugar industry is the most important industry in Guyana.“I take this occasion to call on the interim Management Committee of GuySuCo to immediately end their high-handedness, unilateral decisions which are evident in recent times. We see such attitudes displayed towards the workers of LBI and Enmore estates where the union is trying to meet an amicable settlement regarding the situation there. In response, GuySuCo shut the door to the union. GuySuCo’s behaviour is indeed strange,” he lamented.Also addressing the congress on Saturday, President of Guyana Trades Union Congress Lincoln Lewis called on all trade unions not to allow politicians to deny the unions the right to fight for workers. He echoed the sentiments of GAWU that the rights of workers are “under threat” by political leaders.Opposition Parliamentarian Gail Teixeira in a brief message from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) called on the coalition Administration to halt what she described as “the bureaucratic way” in which it is making decisions that affect the lives of sugar workers and those who depend on the industry.Former Minister of Social Services and President of the Women’s Progressive Organisation Indra Chandarpal in her address noted that the sugar industry has faced and is still facing difficulties, and there are decisions that will be made which are not in the interest of the workers.“However, it is the responsibility of the government to protect the workers by ensuring that whatever action is taken leaves them with credible alternatives,” she noted.Over the last few weeks, sugar workers and their union representatives have taken industrial action to vent their frustrations over GuySuCo finalising its decision to merge the La Bonne Intention (LBI) and Enmore estates.About 100 protestors marched on Tuesday and denounced what they described as “bullyism” and “hostility” meted out to them by GuySuCo.Additionally, over the last several months GAWU has registered its concern over the announcement in January that the sugar operations at Wales will cease by yearend. 21st Delegates’ Congress hears…last_img read more

Waiakabra residents decry condition of water

first_img…say GWI needs to do betterResidents of Waiakabra, Linden-Soesdyke Highway are calling on the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) to pay a much-needed visit to the community and answer questions about the condition of the tap water they are being forced to consume, as there is no alternative source of water for the community.The condition of the water residents of Waiakabra receive from GWIResidents describe the condition of the water as “ unacceptable” and “inhumane” and after several weeks of calling and making reports, they are still to receive a visit or any sort of intervention from the water company.The community is mainly populated by Amerindians who depend on small-scale farming for their daily bread and cannot afford to purchase water for consumption. Guyana Times visited the community on Saturday and spoke to a few residents who expressed dissatisfaction with the way they are being treated by the Administration.Leon DaSilva, who shared his concerns with this publication, said that over the years, the community has been overlooked by the Administration. “Year go year come, is the same thing. We never had tap water in the past and now that we get it … look the condition. You can’t even bathe with it, much more wash or cook, so what purpose is it really serving?” he asked. He added that every month, the residents have to pay their bills on time, as failure to do so would result in their water being disconnected instantly. This, he said, is unfair since they are paying for second-class service, which is of no benefit to them.“We are citizens of this country just like anybody else. Town people does go on TV and carry on, but nobody comes on the Highway. Nobody cares about anybody up here…but by the time your bill late, they coming to disconnect,” the frustrated DaSilva said.Another resident, Leana Melville, who also spoke to this publication, said that the condition of the water was becoming worse. She said residents had previously complained of the stench of the water and oil which is usually settled on top. “Since we started getting water, it’s always an issue. All the while we were still using the water, because it wasn’t this bad. It was stink and very oily, but it didn’t have this colour and it wasn’t so bad. But now we definitely can’t use it,” she said.The mother of four notes she is forced to purchase bottled water for her children to use, because the water they are receiving through the tap is not safe for consumption. “To be honest, we can’t use the water to do anything. A few days ago, I was trying to strain it with a cloth, but that didn’t work. There is thick rust in the water. And that would do more harm than good to anybody,” she added.The residents called for officials from GWI to pay an urgent visit to the community and carry out an inspection to ascertain the cause of the problem and to make efforts to remedy the situation and bring relief to the residents.“We’re begging GWI to come and see how best they can fix this water situation for us. It is unacceptable, man. We are humans … we need to have a basic safe supply of water. We have children and we can’t afford to buy water. We are poor people and there aren’t any job opportunities up here. They can come themselves to see the condition under which we live,” one resident said.Meanwhile, when Guyana Times contacted GWI Public Relations Officer Leanna Bradshaw, she said she was unaware of the situation and could not offer a comment. She committed to making enquiries and updating this publication; however, efforts to make contact with her subsequently proved futile.last_img read more

Kevin Shaw first to cross the finish line in Baldonnel Time Trial

first_imgShaw completed the race in a time of 26:08, while second spot went to Chris Haugan who clocked in at 27:49. Pat Ferris was close behind in third place at 28:00, while Roger St. Jean and Richard Wood rounded out yesterday’s top five.Dan Webster, Celeste Pakstas, Sam Keats, Jolea Bilodeau, and Ken Nix took positions six through ten respectively.Next on the calendar for the Blizzard Bike Club is the 17th running of the King of Spring and Queen of Spring road race. The race gets underway Sunday at 10 a.m. from the Montney Road. Shaw and Bilodeau won last year’s race.- Advertisement –last_img

Chamber of Commerce hosts ‘Creating Energy – an Indigenous Celebration’

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In honour of Aboriginal Awareness and Celebration Day, the Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce was host to an evening of ‘Creating Energy – an Indigenous Celebration’ on June 12 at the Lido Theatre.As part of the Indigenous celebrations, there was traditional drumming, a traditional meal, and a keynote speaker.The keynote speaker for the night was Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Band.- Advertisement -During his speech, Louie talked about the importance of unity in business between native and non-native communities.Louie is a strong believer that business is a two-way street and that neighbours need to support each other in order to be successful.“We’re only a band of 540 people. None of our businesses would survive without the non-native people, companies supporting our businesses. So I tell my people that I want you gassing up in town once in a while. I want you playing in the golf course in town once in a while. I want you to be seen leaving some of your money at non-native businesses because we expect them to come to our Res and be our customers, business is a two-way street. That’s how the regional treaty relationship was meant to be.”Advertisement As a supporter of the natural resource industry, Louie says anyone who is against it is a hypocrite as everything we use in our lives, from our homes to electronics, comes from the resource industry.Chief Louie also touched on how Indian Affairs is a failed formula and the importance of restoring native languages.For upcoming Chamber events, you can visit read more

Job Vacancies: Donegal company seeks Machine Operators and General Workers

first_imgJOB VACANCIES: Donegal packaging company RA Pacaistí Gweedore – has vacancies for Machine Operators and General Workers to join their team.RA Pacaistí, based in the Gweedore Business Park, in Derrybeg, is the market leader in Food To Go packaging:As a result of ongoing expansion, we are currently seeking to recruit Machine Operators to work in both our Printing and Converting departments. Full and part time positions available. The purpose of this role is to maximise both product quality and volume from the machine in a safe manner. Quick changeovers are a key function of this position.  Preference will be given to those applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience in a multi shift operation and can work to targets and deadlines to support the maximisation of machine efficiency.Previous machine operating experience is preferred. If you’re interested in the position, then please contact Vacancies: Donegal company seeks Machine Operators and General Workers was last modified: October 1st, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:General WorkersGweedoreJob VacancyMachine OperatorsRA Pacaistílast_img read more


first_imgMountcharles men Joe Coyle and John McGrory wanted to do something unique to raise funds for their village. So they hatched a plan to walk across ten islands off the coast of Donegal. This is their diary. Alarm goes off. Strange room.I remember, I slept last night in a house on Inishbofin Island off the north coast of Donegal.It’s pitch dark.“We’ll eat first” says my walking buddy John Mc Groary. We do. Microwaved porridge. Beautiful.We suit up ( boots, gaters and wet gear…its raining) and hit the street. Semi dark now. The view is spectacular. Floodlit pier, two small boats, reflections on the water, Magheraroarty in the background. #0612# we set off, the first steps on an epic journey…the Ten islands Challenge…we have undertaken to walk across Ten Islands off the coast of Donegal in aid of the Mountcharles Community Development Fund…and here we are.#0615# We meet our very generous host from the previous evening, a summertime resident of Inishbofin, Dan Coll who wishes us well on our journey. We head north along a narrow street of houses in various stages of repair and over the hill, past the goal posts in an open field, weary of the rabbit holes ( walkereese for broken ankle). We arrive at a beautiful white sandy beach, between a shoreline of large pebbles and a beautifully clear sea. Beyond the beach we climb to 25 meters and get a fantastic view of Tory Island in the far distance, floodlit and not unlike the Manhatten skyline, as well as the next two islands on our journey Inishdooey and Inishbeg (small Island) with Horn Head prominent east of us.Clockwatching we head back, we have an appointment at 0700.#0645# to the west we see a movement at sea, something yellow, fast, heading our way, our transport. #0700# we rendezvous with the RIB Discovery, its owner Mountcharles man, Eamonn O’Donnell, who had very generously made himself and his magnificent yellow craft available for the day and was joined by Burtonport man, experienced seaman, diver and photographer for the day, Patrick Kyles.I am humbled by the generosity of my fellow team members in making themselves, their knowledge and experience available to the Mountcharles Community by taking on this challenge.#0710# equipment stowed, safety checks completed we set off for No2 Inishdooey. Our master plan takes an early hit. We cannot do a beach landing as planed due to a change in wind direction. We are forced to make a difficult landing on a rocky shore. The knowledge, experience and professionalism of the boat crew comes to the fore in executing a perfectly safe landing for us in difficult conditions.#0758# We climb up from the shore and head uphill to the north. It is very reassuring for me to have a walker with John’s experience along for this challenge. I take a call from Ocean FM. The challenge is generating widespread interest. From the highest point we see below us in the centre of the Island ruins of a small community. The centre piece turns out to be a church which I understand dates back to 900AD (See Ros Harvey’s book “Donegal Islands”. John updates our facebook page with text and photos for our many followers and will continue to do so all day.As John and I travel back along the cliff to Patrick shoot a video clip with voiceover via VHF. We are safely extracted from No2 #0825# and onwards to No3. We are again reminded of the expertise of our boat crew as we observe big grey black rocks protruding from the sea all around us. Beware where you see lobster pot markers the tell us…mental notes are taken.#0858# The landing on No3 is safe but difficult, stepping onto a cliff face, assisted by dry suit wearing (just in case) Patrick and scurrying upwards to terra firma.Inish beg means small island, and that it is but not too beg to graze two dozen or so fine ewes. I wonder how they were landed there and remember what our skipper had been told about landing here…. “on a good day and in the middle of a good spell”. Another chat with the scribe Seamus Mc Manus at Ocean Fm.We leave the way we came, via cliff face, expertly plucked off.#0918# We are facing the longest leg at sea for the day, 15km to Inish Irrer (East Island), around Bloody Foreland. I wonder how John will fare out. It blowing lightly from West South West ( the Norwegian was right again) and we are facing into a biggish rolling sea (this is full blown Atlantic) John takes to it like duck to water and we are shown how to comfortably ride the waves on the side tubes (marines style) during the speedy, bouncy trip.Inish Irrer is two kilometres long and there is only one safe landing spot, a small pier on the south east corner ( which means we will have to walk it both ways). We disembark and enjoy a communal breakfast of water, sandwiches and Hi Pro bars (thanks Lorraine). #0957#We wave goodbye and set off across rough, difficult, grassy terrain, past a fresh water lake, through a village of derelict houses, towards the lighthouse on the North West corner. The going gets easier and the scenery is breathtaking, cliffs, inlets, blowholes and distant islands. We make our way back, like penguins on the march, used to each other’s stride. More video.#1050#As we leave the sea around the pier is almost rockless, hiding a virtual forest of underwater outcrops, lethal to any amateur, well known to our pros.#1106# Inish Mean (middle Island). Excellent Pier. There’s a cared for feel to the place, beautiful curragh stowed upturned at the pier head, a grotto further on, a concrete road, houses being renovated, we could feel new life being breathed into this place. As with all rocky outcrops, there is usually a lake or a swamp. Again the scenery is very dramatic. Magnificent views of island we had and had yet to travel. I’ll be back here. #1136##1145#And so on to Gola. I visited last year with Ann and am looking forward to returning. There’s activity on the pier, a halfdecker berths ahead of us, the first people we have met since leaving Bofin. We go cross country, even though the island is well served by roads. We go north to the highest point and spend some time looking down on our previous conquests. Gola is famous for rock climbimg and it’s easy to see why. From the grotto remembering two islanders who died in 9/11 we go south to the second pier (the only island we will visit with two piers).On our way we meet two ladies who had visited 10 islands in 15 years and proud of it. Not sure how they felt about our statistics, 10 in 1, the sponsored us on the spot. Our boat is anchored off. More video. We meet at the pier and eat again.#1235##1320# Owey. Only one way in. Beautiful little inlet with steep steps up from the pier. A grotto. Steep cliffs surround the island. We walk through a clump of houses meet a man from Carricfergus and try to remember who actually wrote the song. Wooden houses seem to be a practical option on a number of islands. Easier transported I guess. We see a man with four dogs and marvel at their freedom to run and roam. The back of Owey is breathtaking. Words don’t do it justice. Go see it.#1415# As we leave Owey I study Cruit, that mainland Island I have often visited with my family, looking longingly at Owey, dying to visit.The Golf course is a sea of colour, Hello Paddy.A long sea leg to our next stop. I remember wondering or even worrying about John’s sea legs. Big mistake. Like a kid in a candy store. The local lad pointed out some landmarks as we came in shelter of Arranmore.Inish Caoragh (Sheep Island). A new high pier. Tide is low so a long ladder climb. I read somewhere that the row of houses on the shorefront got flooded a few times over the years. Before the big sea wall went in I guess. Like a number of islands we visited people are coming back to this island. Wonderful to see it. We eat, a little often is best for walking. #1520# We walk around, not across this one. Dunrings ( big round rocks, overgrown pebbles) everywhere. Difficult to walk on. The old school house, one room, concrete roof, very close to the shore but on higher ground. A shaly beach brings us back to the pier. We pose for a group photo. A team forever bound by this adventure.#1535#We steam across to Inish free, slowly as the bay is surprisingly shallow, its a very low tide. We are trying to get ashore on the west side of Inishfree so we can fulfil our undertaking of walking across every island, but in this case only once. We pass a man and boy in a wooden punt, checking pots behind Tearmain. Our landing here is quite unorthodox. They draw lots, the looser gets to carry me the last ten yards ashore, what rotten luck! #1550# We get on the road and stay on it, as it twists and turns its way west, past wind and sun harvesters and an old school to the beautiful beach and fresh new houses close the pier. As we exit the pier a chopper flies over. Some friends wishing us well.#1640#Accessing Rutland from the Inishfree side proves unsafe for man and boat so we are put ashore on a beautiful beach just in from the busy channel taken by Aranmore ferries on their way from Burtonport (Surreal since my family and I had landed in this very spot many years ago)#1705#. John and I head ftowards Inishfree on the beach which recently saw the fatal beaching of a pod of whales which had travelled from Scotland. We go out along the beautiful beach in awe of the views of Aranmore , the other islands and rocky outcrops being battered by sunlit waves. We take the same route back for part of the way then climb up on high sandunes with the windmill in the Port as our guide. We pass the now landed helicopter and are stilled and videoed by our wellwishers. John has often seen Duck Street in the distance, on his way to Aranmore on the ferry and is anxious to visit it now that he is on the island. Built many years ago to house members of the merchant navy it is now being rebuilt into beautiful holiday homes. We take a diversion to look at the old trading buildings overlooking the channel and the other Burtonport islands we have yet to conquer…. but that for another day..we are done here… we have achieved our goal …we have traversed our designated Ten Islands in one day…in fact in just under twelve hours…it’s #1755#. Handshakes all round as we return to Discovery and her hardy crew and head for land in Burtonport.Many thanks to Eamon, Patrick, John and everyone who helped in any way to make the Ten Island challenge a reality.EndsTHE TEN ISLAND CHALLENGE – THE DIARY was last modified: September 7th, 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:The Ten Islands Challengelast_img read more