…says small, medium-scale local companies to be included in development phase By Jarryl BryanWith Tullow and its partners making preparations to drill three wells this year, local content and jobs in the sector will be a concern for many. According to the British company, it will be collaborating as closely as possible with locals should oil be discovered and development start.This was according to Tullow’s Head of Communications, George Cazenove, who in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times explained that the company has a positive track record in local content.“Tullow is a company that is mostly based in Africa and we have huge experience of oil development in Africa, particularly in Ghana and also in Kenya and Uganda… we are very committed to a way of working we call shared prosperity,” Cazenove explained.“Shared prosperity includes a firm commitment to local content… Tullow has made significant efforts in both East and West Africa to make sure that local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, are involved in the supply chain in the oil and gas developments we are involved with.”Cazenove noted that in the current exploration phase the company is in with its Orinduik block, it’s difficult for small and medium-sized companies to take part due to the need for technical expertise. But he added that the Government would naturally expect that Tullow do as much as it can to advance local content opportunities for the Guyanese people to directly benefit.“But during the development phase, if we have success, we will certainly seek to include small and medium-sized Guyanese companies as much as we can,” Cazenove explained to this publication.When it comes to the potential for that success, Cazenove expressed the need for caution due to the unpredictable nature of oil exploration. Notwithstanding the success of relatively nearby wells like Exxon’s Hammerhead prospect, Cazenove noted that the wells Jethro-Lobe, Joe and Carapa still carry an element of risk.“We’re delighted to be working in Guyana. We’re very excited about the drilling programme ahead of us. We’re hopeful that the wells will be successful. But I would add that caution… they are risky wells. There’s no guarantee of success. As I said earlier, there’s a one in four chance of successful campaign.”“The Hammerhead well is definitely of interest to Tullow and its partners. It’s certainly helped in de-risking some of the geology. But you can’t read too much into anything. You have to be very careful that you don’t see one prospect and then read across too far into others. It’s exciting. It gives us huge interest, but we’re very cautious. Exploration is a risky game and we don’t take anything for granted.”2019 plansTullow had in February announced it was bringing forward its drilling programme from the previously scheduled end of the year to the second quarter. It had announced that the Jethro prospect would be drilled in June.On the other hand, its Carapa prospect in Kanuku will be drilled in the third quarter. It is understood that the net cost of the Jethro well is US$30 million, while the Carapa well will cost US$20 million.Tullow’s partner in the Orinduik block, Eco Atlantic, had announced that drilling on the Joe prospect will begin in mid-July of this year. They had announced that the Stena forth drill ship will move directly to the Joe, after it finishes drilling the Jethro Lobe Well in the Orinduik block.It is understood that the Joe is located in approximately 650 meters of water and will cost Eco approximately US$3 million to drill. A recently published report from international company Gustavson Associates has estimated that the well has a 43.2 per cent chance of success.The Orinduik oil block is just a few kilometres from Exxon’s discoveries in the Liza and Payara fields. It is under the administration of Eco Guyana and Tullow, who signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting licence and Production Sharing Agreement with the Guyana in 2016 French firm Total E&P Activities Petrolieres entered the fray in 2017; partnering with Eco with the option to get a 25 per cent share in the block.
…during meeting with GECOM on elections preparednessMembers of the American, British, Canadian and European (ABCE) diplomatic community on Thursday met with officials from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) during which concerns were raised about the impact the current political situation can have on potential investment opportunities.The ABCE diplomatic members – Canadian High Commissioner Lilian Chatterjee; Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy, Terry Steers Gonzalez; Deputy High Commissioner of UK, Ray Davidson; and Minister Counsellor/Deputy Head of the European Delegation, Philippe Coessens meeting with GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson and Commissioners Sase Gunraj, Bibi Shadick, Robeson Benn, Vincent Alexander, Desmond Trotman and Charles Corbin at GECOM on ThursdayThe diplomats met with GECOM’s Chairman, Commissioners and members of the Commission’s secretariat after Chairman of the entity, retired Justice James Patterson used his deciding vote to pass the motion to inform the President that General Elections cannot be held by the constitutional March 19, 2019 deadline.The foreign delegation at the meeting included Canadian High Commissioner, Lilian Chatterjee; Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States (US) Embassy, Terry Steers Gonzalez; Deputy High Commissioner of the United Kingdom (UK), Ray Davidson, and Minister Counsellor/Deputy Head of the European Delegation, Philippe Coessens.During the meeting, the diplomats posed questions and sought clarification from the GECOM representatives on elections preparations.Speaking with reporters following the more than two-hour engagement, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) nominated Commissioner at GECOM, Sase Gunraj, disclosed that several concerns were also expressed by the diplomats.“…one member of the delegation we just met, made it very clear to us and brought it to our attention that the current impasse that the country finds itself in is affecting the inward flow of investments into this country. And that recognition by this person with whom we meet is a recognition that this country ought to come to. The longer this situation continues, it affects the livelihood and progress this country will make,” Gunraj asserted.Nevertheless, the Commissioner said that they also highlight their already-public position on the entire issue regarding the holding of polls. He said that the emissaries were also told of apparent delay tactics, including the latest issue of funding at the Elections Commission.“I said to them democracy is not a cheap thing, democracy is a costly thing; and elections and the holding of elections is an integral part of that democracy. I described it in that meeting [that] it’s a very fragile democracy that Guyana enjoys and…that starvation of funds to the Commission for the holding of elections, I believe, provides a fetter to the Commission to effectively carry out its functions… That was made every clear to the (diplomats),” Gunraj stated.Adding to this, another PPP Commissioner, Bibi Shadick, who is also a lawyer by profession, posited that the law is clear in that GECOM funds are a lump sum subvention drawn directly from the Consolidated Fund and should be disbursed to the agency as a lump sum within one month of the passage of the Appropriation Bill.“The CEO (Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield) said GECOM is not yet in possession of the subvention that was voted for and so, in withholding that money from GECOM, the Executive no longer exists. The Government of this country is stymieing the work of GECOM. Other than that, I know as a matter of fact and law, the monies that are given to constitutional agencies are spent by those agencies in carrying out their duties and if some of those duties become priority or emergency then the money has to be used for that,” Shadick contended.IntegralNevertheless, Commissioner Gunraj further told reporters that international bodies such as the ABCE community, can be very integral in effecting changes.“But they were very receptive to whatever we had to say including the diverting views between Commissioners. I hope it falls on very fertile ears and perhaps they can assist us in coming out of this conundrum in which we find ourselves,” the PPP Commissioner statedHowever, the GECOM Commissioners, both from the Government and PPP sides, indicated that there was no suggestion or advice given by the diplomats during the meeting.“There were no suggestions, merely questions and expressions of appreciation that they now have a better understanding of things,” Government nominated Commissioner Vincent Alexander told reporters.
The win for Batoto ba Mungu saw them sit second with 41 points, six points behind leaders and record 15-time champions Gor Mahia who have a match in hand.For AFC Leopards despite the win, they lag behind in 13th place with 27 points as head coach Robert Matano continues to surge forward with hopes of achieving his top five target.Tusker on the other hand dipped to ninth in the 18 team log with 30 points, hence facing an uphill task of defending their title because they are 17 points adrift of Gor Mahia.-Classic AFC Leopards-Zoo Kericho’s Nicholas Kipkirui shielding AFC Leopards’ Duncan Otieno. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAt the Kericho Green Stadium, Matano guided AFC Leopards to a crucial win to continue his good run since taking charge.With the visitors controlling possession from the whistle, Ray Omondi broke the deadlock for Leopards six minutes after kick-off, making good use of a well delivered corner from Marcelus Ingotsi.The pressure could have seen Ingwe double the scores but Zoo custodian Samwel Koko was alert to punch over Samuel Ndung’u’s long range cracker in the 10th minute.The scores could have read 3-0 inside 20 minutes had defender Robinson Kamura converted two free-kicks at the edge of the box as the heavens opened.However, Omondi did do wonders to double the scores and grab his brace at the half hour mark to put Ingwe at the steering wheel.The second half was even better for Leopards with Vincent Oburu netting his debut league goal from an Ingotsi assist in the 55th minute to send his side 3-0 up.Zoo’s effort to pull one back was denied by the post in the 71st minute from a well delivered free-kick.Eventually the hosts managed to find the consolation thanks to Nicholas Kipkirui’s strike.-Tusker title defense blow-Tusker FC players (L-R) Mike Khamati, Allan Wanga, Clifford Alwanga and Collins Shivachi during a past match in Nakuru. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAt the Green Stadium in Awendo, Tusker FC’s hopes of retaining the KPL title were dimmed after finding the going tough.Returning from a lengthy lay off, former Nairobi City Stars forward George Abege grabbed the headlines after displaying a man of the match performance, scoring a brace.Abege opened the scoring after seven minutes of play when he picked a fine pass from Benjamin Mosha from the right to beat Tusker shot-stopper Duncan Ochieng one-on-one.Sony head coach Salim Babu bossed the game thereafter until Abege doubled the lead from a rebound as Duncan Ochieng failed to deal with a powerful cross from Amos Asembeka.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards’ Keziron leading celebrations in a past KPL match. Photo/FILENAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 10 – Defending champions Tusker FC succumbed to a 2-0 defeat away to Sony Sugar as AFC Leopards beat hosts Zoo Kericho 3-1 in the Kenyan Premier League matches played on Sunday.In Narok, high flying Sofapaka thrashed visitors Chemelil Sugar 4-1 in a match that the Sugar Millers finished with 10 men. Ugandan Umaru Kasumba scored a hat-trick while Ezekiel Okare competed the rout.
1 Eljero Elia Former Southampton loanee Eljero Elia has landed a two-year deal at Feyenoord.The 28-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements at Werder Bremen so joined the Saints on loan for the second half of last season.He impressed during the spell, scoring twice in 16 Premier League outings and there were some suggestions a permanent switch could be on the cards.However, no move back to England has materialised, with Southampton and Bremen unable to agree a fee, and he has now returned to his native Holland.The winger completed a successful medical on Wednesday and put pen to paper on a two-year contract with Feyenoord.
Re “Punishing kids” (Our Opinions, Nov. 6): Chatsworth Park Elementary has been at Devonshire Street and Topanga Canyon Boulevard since 1888. One would assume that its mortgage would have been paid off long ago. Obviously not; its antique buildings, outdated fixtures, taped-together bungalows and inadequate parking just have not served the LAUSD bureaucrats to the fullest quite yet. Apply a new strategy to steal, charge the children and the public to use the playing fields. This is not an innovative idea; it’s a criminal conspiracy. – Dan L. Huffman AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Chatsworth The smell test Re “Company pulls LAX bid, wary of conflict; Airport: Consultant joined URS board one day after leaving post” (Nov. 5): You can argue over whether there was a conflict of interest here, but the obvious truth is that it didn’t pass the smell test. – Joy Picus Woodland Hills Alarcon responds Re “Goliath vs. Goliath” (Our Opinions, Nov. 7): If the expansion of Providence Holy Cross is a Goliath vs. Goliath struggle, as the Daily News suggests, then pushing for an EIR is a fight to protect the grass that is being trampled. This fight is about the community, not big corporations or big labor. For too long the northeast San Fernando Valley has suffered from City Hall’s poor or rushed planning decisions. The community wants Holy Cross to expand, but we want it done right, with a full environmental impact report that looks at all the potential substantive impacts of traffic, parking and having only one access road. City Hall insiders may not like us raising our voices, but we in the Valley want to be heard. It is our neighborhood and the decisions we make now will affect us for decades to come. – Richard Alarcon Los Angeles city councilman Just as clean Re “Ghetto service” (Your Opinions, Nov. 5): Regarding Kim Garrett from Pacoima who asked residents in non-ghetto Northridge if they would tolerate sanitation trucks leaving debris in the street: Like her, we rarely have street sweepers in our neighborhood (after all, we are not the Westside). However, for the most part our streets our clean. We don’t wait for the government to “clean up their mess.” Our family and neighbors simply bend down and pick it up. Afterwards, it looks just as clean as when other people do it for you. – Ron Mossler Northridge A nightmare Re “Birth of L.A.’s water lifeline in the flow” (Nov. 7): If my grandfather was responsible for the demise of Owens Lake, you wouldn’t catch me looking giddy standing next to the California Aqueduct on its 75th anniversary. What is the liability of destroying an 800,000-year-old, 110 mile-long lake, which since the 1920s has become the single-largest source of wind-blown dust air pollution in the United States? William Mulholland might have been responsible for building a great waterway for Los Angeles, but he also created an environmental biohazard nightmare of airborne arsenic and other carcinogens. – Christine Pollock Palmdale Daylight savings What time are we saving by imposing daylight savings time? When we get up, it’s dark; when we drive home at 4:30 p.m., it’s dusk. Our lights go on an hour earlier than they did on standard time and stay on later. What kind of brainlessness is this? Ask Con Agra or ADM if they need extra light to milk the cows. Enough already with this arcane and useless appendage. It belongs in the dustbin of history. – Jerome V. Posell Calabasas160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Government is furious tonight after the credit agency Moody’s downgraded Ireland’s debt rating to the junk status of Ba1.Moody’s said it reduced the rating by one notch because there was a ‘growing likelihood’ that Ireland will require a second bailout in two years’ time.The Department of Finance said the move was a ‘disappointing development’ saying Ireland had done all it can can ‘to put our house in order’. In simple terms, it means the rating agency believes Ireland will need more cash despite the massive austerity measures.Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has accused the Government of sleepwalking Ireland into a second bailout because of its failure to deal with the banks and the debt crisis.Deputy Doherty said: “Today’s downgrade by Moody’s of Ireland’s credit rating to junk status is another wake up call to the government and our European partners.“The key driver in Moody’s decision is the growing possibility that Ireland will require a second bailout and sovereign bondholders will have to absorb losses. “The government’s failure to acknowledge that Ireland’s debt levels are unsustainable and its inaction in reducing those levels have placed us in this position.“Sinn Féin has consistently said that Ireland will have to shed some of its debt burden if we are to regain entry into the bond markets.“However rather than impose losses on sovereign bondholders as part of a second bailout we have argued that the losses must be imposed now and only on the private banking debt.”The Donegal South West TD said Fine Gael & Labour were sleepwalking the country into a second bailout.He added: “Far more significant than the actual downgrade is the fact that Moody’s has stated that a second bailout is likely and Ireland is likely to default post 2013. “The government’s inaction is leading us to a second bailout, ensuring a default on sovereign debt, prolonging the loss or our financial sovereignty and imposing a decade of severe austerity.“While the government can rightly blame Fianna Fáil for the first bailout the second one will clearly be their responsibility. This can all be avoided if the correct decisions are taken now.”IRELAND GIVEN ‘JUNK’ STATUS ON MARKETS – DOHERTY SLAMS GOVERNMENT was last modified: July 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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:country feckedIreland EU/IMF debtsMoodys rating agency
THE home of Donegal’s famous ‘Football Special’ drink has been put up for sale.It is the end of an era this week in Ramelton as a number of the town’s most historic properties have been put up for sale.The properties including ‘McDaid’s Bottling Store’ and ‘The Guildhall’ have been in the McDaid family for generations. The five buildings owned by Edward McDaid are being sold with a price tag of €770,000.Meanwhile another well-known Ramelton business, the Lennon Lodge has also been put on the market this week.The proprietor, Seamus Durkan said the business with 14 bedrooms, bars and dining facilities is being sold as a going concern. A guideline price will be advertised in the coming week.Edward McDaid who owns Conway’s Bar is retiring from business said that he hopes a new owner will preserve these legendary buildings, retain their character and develop them for a new generation. Mr. McDaid is to retain the family interest in the soft drinks brand of ‘Football Special at ‘The Creamery’. This week Edward recalled how his grandfather, James McDaid arrived in the town around 1910 and purchased a house and small shop where the off-licence is now located.He tells today’s Tirconaill Tribune that it has been a very historic journey and over the years and at three generations of the Ramelton community were employed in the many and varied McDaid enterprises.The original buildings some of which date back to the 1770’s are an integral part of Ramelton’s Georgian architecture and stand as a reminder of the town’s commercial shipping trade of a hundred years ago when the Quayside was the busiest place in Donegal.One of the properties, the Guildhall was used extensively in the famine documentary, The Hanging Gale. The building dates back to the seventeen hundreds and formerly housed the Ramelton Assizes Court.It was the seat of the Grand Jury until the abolition of the system in 1898. The Guildhall is also where the historic meeting was held that led to the building of the Town Hall in 1878.The other properties include Conway’s Bar and off-licence, the Bottling Store, the Geanology Centre, the Guildhall and the Swilly Stores. They are among Ramelton’s best known landmarks on the Quay and form part of the town’s Georgian history.These properties have been in the ownership of the McDaid family for generations and their sale marks the end of an era.At the centre of the commercial viability of the properties is Conway’s Bar, built with stone and roofed with thatch. It is one of Donegal’s most pictured buildings and has featured on post card scenes and in film settings. The bar is currently leased and it was completely refurbished in 2008.The Bottling Store is one of Ramelton’s best known locations: it is three storey stone building with a frontage onto Shore Road and The Quays. The entire site, Conways Bar and Bottling Store had planning permission for a micro brewery, pizza, restaurant and quay fronting apartments. These properties are being sold as one lot.Also on the market is the former home of The Donegal Ancestry. It is located on The Quays and facing directly onto The River Lennon. Until a few years ago it housed the Ancestry Centre and Genealogy Administration Office. The entire structure was rebuilt in 2000 within the original stone walls retaining the authentic facade.Steeped in heritage the smaller building was known as “The Steamboat Store” and was in fact the quayside warehouse for the Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway Company dating from 1864.Ground floor comprises entrance foyer leading to large reception area with 4 further offices located on the ground floor, ladies and gents toilets, lift access and stairs to first and second floor.The Guildhall is a two storey, stone built property with frontage onto Castle Street and Market Square. The building dates back to the 18th century and formerly housed the Ramelton Azzizes Court.This property needs complete refurbishment and redevelopment said Mr. McDaid. Also included in the sale is the adjoining yard which opens onto Castle Street.McDaid’s Bottling Store is an iconic vision on the Quay and forms a major part of the majestic landscape here for generations.The impressive towering three storey stone built building is derelict but is seen as an ideal site for redevelopment as up market apartment type accommodation. Also included in this sale is the nearby walled garden which is circa 1650 sq ftAnother two-storey building – formerly Swilly Stores is also on the market with a price tag of €60,000.Up the street at Market Square the Durkan family moved into the pub business in Ramelton eighteen years ago with the purchase of ‘The Mellon Bar’.The premises was extensively reconstructed with the addition of 14 bedrooms, three bars, dining room, modern kitchen and ample parking.The premises is ready ‘to move in’ and refurbishment has recently been completed.Seamus Durkan says that it is time for him to move on and consider retirement.He says the Lennon Lodge is an ideal chance for a young couple with an interest in the business to come in and build on what has already been achieved.“There is there is plenty of scope for developing that catering and bar trade with a strong clientele in Ramelton,” he said.SHOCK AS FAMOUS ‘FOOTBALL SPECIAL’ BUILDING PUT UP FOR SALE was last modified: April 14th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Football Specialfor saleRamelton
A major fundraising event which starts this Sunday is one sponsored walk a Donegal Town businessman won’t forget in a hurry!The Event is a very unusual Sponsored Walk along the Camino….from St Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees, along the old pilgrim route to Santiago in Galicia a total distance of 800k. The walk will be undertaken by Finbar Rock a well known local buisnessman in Donegal Town.Finbar has watched the story of The Friends of Bill W Club unfold and is well aware of the success it has achieved with very little support or funding.He is keen to help raise some much needed cash for the Club.We hope to keep up with Finbar on his journey via a Blog, Facebook page and via Skype. We wish him well on each of the 500 miles. Anyone wishing to donate or contribute can do so via the PayPal link here on this website, you can write to us at Millcourt Mews, Donegal Town or you can drop in.Photo CaptionTD Pearse Doherty, Shane Keenaghan (Bill W Club Chairman), Martin McGuinness (Presidential candidate), Martin McFadden (Bill W Club Administrator), Finbar Rock (participant in Camino de Santai walk for the Bill W Club), Pat Doherty (Counsellor)Photo: Paul O SullivanFINBAR GETS READY TO ROCK ACROSS THE PYRENEES was last modified: October 12th, 2011 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:Donegal touristDonegal TownThe Friends of Bill W Club
Oakfield Park has announced that last weekend’s 24 hour sponsored train relay event has raised the amazing sum of €21,000.00 for the Irish Cancer Society.To begin the countdown at 6pm on Saturday the 4th May, Sir Gerry & Lady Heather Robinson drove the Duchess of Difflin Steam train on its first trip around the track. Oakfield Park then had the honour of welcoming 90-year-old Michael Gallen to take the footplate for the next lap. As a driver on the original Raphoe to Letterkenny line it was a real trip down memory lane for many people.The trains continued carrying passengers until darkness descended and the gardens were transformed by the running of the first ever, Midnight Express Train. This pre-booked trip was completely sold out with extra trains being added later. Passengers were treated to a candlelit tour with floating lanterns on the lakes and glowing braziers around the track.Alighting at the lakeside castle they were greeted with a glass of bubbly & delicious canapes, whilst being serenaded by the beautiful voice of local singer, Katie Porter. Once back on board the train again, all sorts of treats were in store. A “statue” came to life playing his saxophone, Robin Hood hung out of the trees calling on his trumpet and several ‘man-size’ ducks were to be seen chasing the carriages.Meanwhile back at the station the live music and drinks at the bar stayed lively into the wee small hours.Volunteer drivers kept the train going through the early hours of the morning and on into the dawn chorus. On Sunday the gates were flung open for the family fun day with more music, games & food, and of course more train trips. Huge numbers of home baked cakes were donated for sale & despite the rain Mango Catering’s Airstream Van had constant queues for their tasty burgers. Noel Cunningham oversaw the Grand Duck Race, when 400 ducks were launched to ‘swim’ across the lake. Winners of the Duck Race were Orla McBrearty, Georgina Wallace & Liam Lindsay. Other attractions included a live animal exhibit by Alcorns, from their tropical house and a taxidermy display of wild animals by Clonmany Wildlife Museum. Gareth Wilson from Raphoe correctly guessed that there were 74 balloons inside the Yellow Mini.At the end of the afternoon Noel Cunningham hosted the final draw for the business sponsorship prize and the three winners were:- Castleross Nursing & Retirement Village, Co. Monaghan; Vinehall Displays, Conference, Exhibition & Event Services, Dublin; & Panavision Ireland from Co. Wicklow. These three lucky companies have won a half day of personal business advice from Sir Gerry Robinson.At 6pm on Sunday 5th May, after a wonderful but exhausting day, the two trains were driven around on a final and very special lap of honour. All the passengers were ‘survivors’ from the Relay for Life Cancer Society.Oakfield Park would like to thank everyone who volunteered and gave so much energy and time to the event, not just over the weekend, but in all the days of hard work leading up to it. To all the suppliers who gave their goods and services free we are hugely grateful for their contributions, especially the many local ladies who donated such beautifully home baked cakes for sale. Thanks to the many musicians and singers who entertained our visitors. Finally our thanks to everyone who attended and turned the weekend into a wonderful community celebration to remember for years to come. TRACK RECORD! OAKFIELD PARK 24-HOUR TRAIN RELAY RAISED €21,000 FOR IRISH CANCER SOCIETY was last modified: May 14th, 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:000 FOR IRISH CANCER SOCIETYTRACK RECORD! OAKFIELD PARK 24-HOUR TRAIN RELAY RAISED €21
ANAHEIM – I confess, I’m a bandwagon-jumper. I heard the “all aboard” while the Angels were toasting their division championship in the Oakland clubhouse last week and sneaked on while everybody else was watching Bengie Molina empty an ice chest on Mike Scioscia. I was won over by something Scioscia said as he stood in the middle of the room with a champagne bottle in his right hand. You want a team that identifies completely with its uniform. And that starts with the manager. I was won over by something Darin Erstad said a few minutes earlier, holding a can of Lite beer. “Is there any one guy you feel happiest for?” a writer said to the first baseman. Erstad didn’t even have to think. “Esteban Yan,” he said. Esteban Yan? The last man in the bullpen? “It’s his first time in the playoffs,” Erstad said. “I’m not sure he’s even played on a winning team. I know how it felt for me the first time.” Yan joined the Angels last winter after pitching for Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Texas, St. Louis and Detroit. He said he remembers something Scioscia told the team one day in spring training. “The manager said, ‘Let’s go and put Esteban in the playoffs,’ ” said Yan, who, it turns out, has been left off the first-round playoff roster. “Yes, I was surprised to hear him say that.” You want a team with an all-for-one, one-for-all spirit. It doesn’t get much better than everybody pulling for the last man in the bullpen. I was won over by something Arte Moreno said a few minutes earlier, his black T-shirt soaked in bubbles. A writer asked if one part of the team is the owner’s favorite. “For me, it’s the chemistry,” Moreno said. “They stand together. They support each other.” You want a team that’s more than the sum of its multi-million-dollar parts. It’s great when that attitude flows from the man who pays those multi-millions. Yes, that’s me hanging onto the tailpipe of the bandwagon. Looks from here as if it’s going to be a long ride, starting with the Angels’ first-round series against the New York Yankees, opening tonight at Angel Stadium. The Angels were no fun to watch until September. Too little pop in the lineup, too many blowups in the bullpen, too little urgency in the front office. They foolishly acted like everything was magically going to come together when it mattered. And then it did. The Angels finished on a 14-2 run, things looking like 2002 all of a sudden, the way everything fell into place. They’re a unique team, a unique good team. This should be John McCain’s favorite club, it carves a profile so out of the steroids-era vogue. It’s all short guys (Chone Figgins, Maicer Izturis), wide guys (Molina, Bartolo Colon), gimpy guys (Erstad, Garrett Anderson, Steve Finley). I used to think Colon looked like Chico Marx in a funhouse mirror. Taking another look at him from here on the bandwagon, I think he’s just pleasantly plump. Half of the Angels’ runs this season were driven in by players who arrived since 2002, but they’ve kept the trademark style of the first Angels champion. This again is a lineup that forces opponents to keep making plays until their pitching and defense cracks. This season the Angels put balls in play with the bat, or forced the issue with base-stealing attempts, 303 more times than any other playoff team, meaning one or two extra times a game. There’s a comfort about the Angels that was disturbing most of the summer, but is very appealing now. They were fun to watch once September arrived. They ought to be fun to watch in October. And there’s still some standing room on the bandwagon. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “You’ve had a lot of celebrations in this clubhouse,” a writer said to the manager. “Yeah,” Scioscia said, “last year.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE “And the World Series,” the writer said. Scioscia cocked his head, puzzled. The Angels wrapped up the 2002 World Series in Anaheim. “1988,” the writer hinted. “That’s right!” Scioscia said. “That was here.” A lot of us still think of Scioscia as the catcher on the Dodgers’ last World Series winner. But he seems to have moved on, huh?