Constructors Points 1. Mercedes 4262. Ferrari 2423. Williams-Mercedes 1614. RedBull – Renault 1085. Lotus – Mercedes 506. Force India – Mercedes 497. Toro Rosso – Renault 358. Sauber – Ferrari 239. McLaren 1710. Marussia – Ferrari 0 Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to increase his lead over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to 28 points with eight races remaining.Rosberg finished 2.0 seconds behind the Briton for the team’s seventh one-two in 11 races.France’s Romain Grosjean took an emotional third place for Lotus after Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, in his 150th race and the team’s 900th, suffered a right rear tyre blowout on the penultimate lap.Hamilton has now won six races this season, and 39 in his Formula One career. He has 227 points to Rosberg’s 199.Driver and constructor standings after the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday Drivers Points 1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 2272. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1993. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1604. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 825. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 826. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 797. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull 578. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 519. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 3810. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 2611. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 2512. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 2413. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 1614. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 1215. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1116. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 917. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 718. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 619. Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia 020. Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia 0
New Zealand shot putter Dame Valerie Adams has declared that her current pregnancy with her second child, a boy, won’t stop her from competing at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.Dame Valerie is currently in Monaco presenting the award for Woman of the Year at the annual IAAF awards night where she was once honoured as Female Athlete of the Year in 2014.The 34-year-old said on the event’s red carpet that bouncing back from pregnancy is tough but with her baby due in April feels she has enough time to prepare.”I have fifteen months to train up for Tokyo which is great the first time when I had my first baby I had six months from woe to go to get to Commonwealth Games,” says Dame Valerie”It’s doable, we’ve got the blueprint ready to rock and roll so we’ll see how it goes but I am looking forward to the challenge.””It’s doable, we’ve got the blueprint ready to rock and roll so we’ll see how it goes but I am looking forward to the challenge.”The dual Olympic shot put champion confirmed in October she was expecting her second child by posting a photo of her one-year-old daughter, Kimoana, holding a sign saying: “I’m going to be a sister.”A later instagram post revealed that the baby will be a boy.The Rotorua-born suffered a knee injury ruling herself out of the season ending Diamond League track and field meet in Brussels earlier this year, but did compete on the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games where she secured a silver medal with a final throw of 18.70m.Dame Valerie’s last appearance at an Olympic Games was in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro where she threw a shot of 20.42m to claim a silver medal.
Jamaica Tallawahs’ veteran leg-spinner, Samuel Badree, says although he does not come into the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on the best form, he believes he has a big role to play later at the business end of the tournament. The former T&T Red Steel and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots representative, says he is enjoying his experience with the Tallawahs and wants to help them win a third title this year. “This is a new experience … But it’s a good group. I have fitted in quite nicely, we gelled pretty quickly and I am looking forward to winning the title a third time for the Tallawahs. I am not coming off too good a form, but as a professional sportman you have to be ready. “One good performance and your confidence is back up, so I am just looking to get on the park and do my part for this team,” he told The Gleaner. “I see myself having to play a part as we go deeper into competition. It will be difficult to get into the starting eleven initially, but it’s a long competition, and you never know when you will be called on,” The Trinidadian added. Badree admitted there were a lot of questions marks around the team before the start of the tournament, but said their win and AndrÈ Russell’s performance against the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) will serve as a warning to those who doubt their capabilities. “It was really good to get one on them. We got a lot of confidence knowing we can chase any total. They are defending champions and the team to beat. They got a good victory against St Lucia in the first game and had the crowd behind them, so they had everything going for them. “But they were shell-shocked, as they did not expect that sort of innings from AndrÈ Russell, none of us did. Russell on debut as captain really showed the class he is, Superman as he is called, and now everyone has grown in confidence. But this shows the rest of the teams that we are a strong team and they should look out for us,” he said.
Today is the 53 Anniversary of Britain granting Independence to what was then “British Guiana” when then renamed itself “Guyana”. The Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant observed that one cannot separate means from ends: the latter being simply “consummated means”. We, the inheritors of that “independence” can attest to the perspicacity of that statement as we review our history since. Burnham saw politics as “the science of the deal” and our Independence under his PNC was simply the result of a deal he cut with colonial Britain to prevent the PPP from collecting on their promise for independence to be granted to the party that won the 1961 elections – which was the PPP.Some, including ironically the British, saw Cheddi Jagan essentially as a harmless, well meaning Marxist; a type they knew very well from their domestic post-war politics, whose bark was worse than their bite. But the new liberal US president John F. Kennedy could not afford to risk another Cuba in the western hemisphere after the disastrous Bay of Pigs expedition. The PNC under Burnham went along with a coup on the cheap through CIA-inspired riots and a condign tweaking of the electoral rules from “first past the post” to Proportional Representation. The rest, literally, was history.But using the “means” of riots with two parties that were ethnically based, left Guyana with a more polarised political system than any in the Caribbean, because the genie of violence to “resolve” political differences was let out of the bottle. Our independence became the “fruit of a poisoned tree”. After WWII, the British had accepted they could not hold on to their empire and was more than willing for the US to fill any power vacuum created by their withdrawal. Burnham, however, knew that with Jagan and his PPP as the alternative, he had the US between a rock and a hard place.His electoral “innovations” to remain in office through rigging was ruefully accepted by the US as Jagan gravitated closer into the Russian ideological orbit. Burnham was alarmed after an attempted coup by some “progressive” young army officers in neighbouring T&T in 1970, who were inspired by the Black Power Movement as well as socialist ideas. He moved ideologically “leftwards” to pre-empt a similar movement here but pragmatically chose “co-operative” Socialism, as his philosophy. This, he claimed, was based on the African “Ujaama” socialism of Tanzania, and not on classical Marxism so as not to irritate the US.The incoherent melange of policies, which he declared in 1976 would “feed, house and clothe” the nation within five years, inevitably led to the collapse of the nation politically, economically and socially. Politically, Burnham declared the “paramountcy” of the PNC over the government and indeed over the entire state with its party flag flying over the Court of Appeal – then our highest court. The need to practice boondoggle politics intensified as the PNC supporters became restive after the formation of an alternative political force, the WPA. Economically, the country was unable to pay its international debts and Burnham refused to accept the ministrations of the IMF and World Bank. Printing of money to satisfy its internal debt precipitated the highest rate of inflation the nation had ever seen and this wiped out the savings of the salaried class. Socially, the supporters of the PPP were discriminated against leading to even Dr Jagan protesting against “racial discrimination”. The spectacular failure was epitomised by the largest mass suicide the world had ever seen at Jonestown in 1978.It was only the fall of the communist USSR in 1989 that made the US look a bit more benignly at the PPP and facilitated its return to office in 1992 via “free and fair” elections. In their 23 years at the helm, they heroically attempted to clean the Augean Stables left by the PNC.And we arrive at the present iteration of the PNC under David Granger, who is delivering on his promise to “fulfil the legacy” of Burnham.
#KicksStalker: Basketball kicks get Avengers treatment Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said the film just highlighted shortcomings they knew about.“Free throws. And just upping our intensity on the defensive end. They upped their defensive pressure. I think we backed up a little bit,” Young said.Scoring wasn’t a problem for James Harden in Houston’s 122-90 win. The star had a game-high 29. Utah star Donovan Mitchell had 19, but was just 7 of 18 from the field.“Their defense was really designed to keep me out of the paint and we’ve got to find ways around that,” Mitchell said. “As a team we’re not going to miss the amount of shots we missed last time.”A look at Wednesday’s games:PACERS AT CELTICSBoston leads 1-0. Game 2, 7 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: The 74 points scored by the Pacers in Game 1 marked the lowest total by a Celtics playoff opponent since Orlando scored 71 points on May 22, 2010. Indiana also shot a brutal 57% (12 for 21) from the free throw line. Those are two things the Pacers aren’t expecting to do two games in a row.KEEP AN EYE ON: Boston’s rotations. Jaylen Brown started in place of Smart in Game 1, but Stevens has lots of options to give the Pacers different looks.INJURY WATCH: Smart said he is remaining optimistic he can make an early return to action like he did last postseason following thumb surgery. But he said Tuesday was the first day he was able to walk without pain and that his focus for now is treatment. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Boston limited Indiana to eight points in the third quarter of its 84-74 Game 1 win. It was the Celtics’ lowest point total of the season and the first time they won a game in 2018-19 in which they didn’t reach 100 points.Change is on the minds of both teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFor the Celtics that could mean tweaks to the starting lineup as they continue to adjust to the absence of Marcus Smart, who is recovering from a torn left oblique.“It’s frustrating, but you have to take it day-by-day and one day at a time,” Smart said Tuesday. Boston Celtics’ Al Horford (42) pumps his fist after being fouled while making a basket by Indiana Pacers’ Bojan Bogdanovic, rear, during the second quarter in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — The Celtics are preparing for their Game 2 matchup with the Pacers aware their series-opening win was notable more for its ugliness more than the outcome.Meanwhile, the Rockets and Bucks are heading into their respective Game 2s with the Jazz and Pistons expecting more competitive games after dominating victories.ADVERTISEMENT KEEP AN EYE ON: Harden. The Jazz used a defense focused on making the left-handed superstar go to his right in Game 1. The tactic kept him from using his step-back 3-pointer as effectively as he normally does. If they use the same tactic in Game 2 look for Harden to continue driving to the paint and dishing off to teammates such as Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker for corner 3s.INJURY WATCH: Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha is questionable with soreness in his left hip and Kyle Korver is probable because of a sore right knee. The Rockets don’t have injuries but hope center Clint Capela will feel better after struggling during Game 1 while recovering from an upper respiratory infection.PRESSURE IS ON: Mitchell. He will need to play better if the Jazz hope to even this series after he had five turnovers and no assists in the opener.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far PRESSURE IS ON: The Pacers’ starting lineup. Bojan Bogdanovic was the lone Indiana starter to reach double figures in Game 1. Part of that was Boston’s pressure, but a lot of it was the Pacers missing open shots. If that trend continues, they’ll be headed home down 2-0.PISTONS AT BUCKSMilwaukee leads 1-0. Game 2, 8 p.m. EDT, NBA TVNEED TO KNOW: Detroit’s 35-point loss in Game 1 was more lopsided then the Pistons’ entire four-game series the last time they were in the playoffs. In 2016, they lost four straight games to Cleveland by a combined 34 points.KEEP AN EYE ON: Milwaukee had a 22-11 advantage in fast-break points in Game 1 and outrebounded the Pistons 54-46. If Detroit is going to keep this game closer, turning those two categories around may be the best path.INJURY WATCH: Detroit star Blake Griffin has been having knee problems and missed Game 1. The Pistons have described him as day to day, and coach Dwane Casey said Tuesday there was no change in his outlook.PRESSURE IS ON: Andre Drummond is Detroit’s other star frontcourt player, and with Griffin out, he wasn’t able to hold off the Bucks’ onslaught in the series opener. He had 12 points before being ejected in the third quarter for a flagrant foul on Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo.JAZZ AT ROCKETSRockets lead 1-0. Game 2, 9:30 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: After their 32-point win in Game 1, the Rockets talked about the need to maintain focus, after they won the opener of their second-round series against the Jazz last season only to lose Game 2 at home. The Rockets went on to win that series in five games but don’t like the fact that they lost that game in Houston and are determined not to let it happen again. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Celtics coach Brad Stevens acknowledged Smart’s absence forced them to play differently and will continue to require adjustments.Without Smart to help with ball handling duties, it mostly falls on Kyrie Irving.“That limits you a little bit,” Stevens said. “We’ll play Terry (Rozier) and Gordon (Hayward) more with Kyrie than we have. But I think ultimately there’s going to be moments where Kyrie will be it. We’ll have one point guard on the floor.”Will that mean changes to the starting lineup?“We re-evaluate everything every day,” Stevens said.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Last week we celebrated Fire Prevention Week under the theme: “Save lives, protect property, strive towards a greener environment”. This theme is very timely since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been receiving numerous complaints related to emission from open burning of garbage. This week we will examine the implications of burning and how you can curb that habit.You don’t have to be a scientist to observe that burning of waste is an environmentally poor waste management option. It is dangerous to public health and the environment.Waste commonly burned at or nearby homes and business premises, may include paper, cardboard, textiles, plastics, household and industrial chemicals, food, containers, packaging materials, cans and bottles and yard clippings.Burning releasestoxic chemicalsBurning such waste can result in the release of highly toxic pollutants into your home or environment. Pollutants include particulate matter, nitric oxides, dioxins and many other dangerous chemicals. Some particulate emissions that are commonly found in smoke are small enough to enter the respiratory system and can have immediate and long-term health effects such as asthma, emphysema and other respiratory illnesses; other effects of pollutants include nervous system, kidney, or liver damage, and reproductive or developmental disorders.The danger of open fires* Open fires are especially dangerous near populated areas, highways, airports, healthcare facilities and other smoke-sensitive areas. Children, older people and persons with heart problems and respiratory ailments like asthma are sensitive to these pollutants.* Burning also threatens natural resources such as soil, water, air, wildlife, and natural habitats and can destroy soil nutrients and reduce fertility. Water run-off after burning may carry contaminants into nearby drains, trenches, or streams, reducing water quality.* Fires also contribute to climate change when carbon dioxide is released as vegetation burns.To dispose of waste by incineration requires an Environmental Permit. The Environmental Protection Agency encourages citizens to desist from the unauthorised burning of waste. Contact your local authority about safe and proper waste disposal methods. Be vigilant and exercise caution when around open fires.If there are no garbage collection systems in your area, start with what you can do:o Refuse excess packages which means reduction of waste,o Reduce the waste you produce by planning well and shopping smart,o Reuse items as far as possible to prolong its shelf life,o Recycle organic waste by composting them, ando Bury the waste which are not biodegradable.The EPA has the Air Quality Regulations which seeks to control the amount of air pollutants emitted into the atmosphere. Protect yourself and those around you; dispose of your waste properly.You can share your ideas and questions by sending letters to: “Our Earth, Our Environment”, C/O ECEA Programme, Environmental Protection Agency, Ganges Street, Sophia, GEORGETOWN, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
0Shares0000Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team’s German driver Nico Rosberg vows to remain focus as he looks to clinch his 10th win of the year in Mexico © AFP/File / Yuya ShinoMEXICO CITY, Mexico, Oct 27 – Nico Rosberg plans to block out all thoughts of a possible maiden title triumph and focus on sticking to his singular and simple approach when he bids to claim his 10th win of the year in this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.The 31-year-old, who will become champion if he wins and Mercedes team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton fails to score a point, has said he is aware of all the equations and possible outcomes. But, he stressed, he will aim only to keep things simple and concentrate on repeating his victory of last year when Formula One returned to the noisy and atmospheric Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for the first time since 1992.In front of a packed crowd that day, Rosberg eased some of the pain from losing out to Hamilton in the title race by securing a well-judged victory.Something similar coupled with another Hamilton retirement would see him take the Englishman’s crown on Sunday night.“Of course I’m aware of that,” he said. “It’s an obvious calculation which everybody is telling me and it’s great, but the approach is keep it simple just look for the race win.”Rosberg will arrive in Mexico with a 26-point lead over Hamilton in the title race and three races remaining.That means that if he wins he will increase his tally to an unassailable advantage of 51 if the three-time defending champion is undone by another engine failure, poor start or other mechanical problem.For Hamilton, and his race team of Mercedes mechanics, the over-riding pressure, as it was during his flawless drive to victory in the United States Grand Prix in Texas, is to finish without any setbacks.In the 18 events to date, he has been affected by at least three poor starts, five engine or engine-related mechanical problems, one race when he was penalised for his engine failures that required new power units and one crash, with Rosberg, in Spain.Rosberg has also suffered misfortunes, but not to the same extent and many Hamilton supporters believe he has lost a minimum of 40 points as a result.Some believe, also, that the law of averages will deliver at least another twist that may see Rosberg suffer a DNF (Did Not Finish).Hamilton’s convincing win from pole position last weekend in Texas was his first in six races since July.He said it has restored his confidence and he will do all he can, reliability permitting, in the final races.“You don’t often get 100 per cent reliability for a whole season,” he said.“Will it be the case for Nico? Only time will tell, but I can’t get fixated on that.”Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team’s German driver Nico Rosberg looks to extend his lead over the pack in Mexico © POOL/AFP/File / Yuya ShinoHamilton said he has kept his motivation intact despite his poor run and was boosted by visiting the Mercedes factory in Britain before flying to the United States.“I’ve tried to keep a positive mentality,” he said. “There are still points available, anything is possible. The moment you give up, that’s the moment you’re doomed.I’ve never given up all my life, I don’t plan on doing so now.”Both Mercedes drivers know that they face a robust challenge from the Red Bull team who are confident they have reduced the champions’ advantage and can mount a serious bid for victory.However, given the Mexican circuit’s long straight, Mercedes are expected to enjoy superior power and take advantage, but it is uncertain if that will be enough to allow their drivers a clear scrap for victory and possibly the championship.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Harambee Stars striker, Michael Olunga (left) shields Cape Verde’s Carlos Garcia during their 2018 World Cup first leg second round pre-qualifier on 13th November, 2015 at Nairobi’s Nyayo National stadium.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, November 13- Wags had a field day on Friday when Harambee Stars stunned Africa’s rising giant, Cape Verde, 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Nairobi. This thing ‘Roho Juu’ should coach the Kenyan national football team!Shambolic preparations and the high ranking the visitors enjoy at the top echelons of football left Kenyan football fans fearing the worst. Pundits and other experts in matters football of the local breed preached hope but inwardly, knew Harambee Stars were up against it.Minutes to the match, the blue-kitted Cape Verde team showed why their star is rising as Kenya’s is fading. They went through their warm-up routine like a seasoned European team, not to mention they shocked their colonial masters Portugal 2-0 in the recent past.Their coaches were content to let the boys go through their routines without fuss and when the home team emerged minutes later, everything about them did not seem right. Coaches, apart from their boss, Bobby Williamson, went with them to issue last minute instructions.The confusion looked like teachers trying to impart knowledge on candidate students when the exam papers were being handed out.Former captain and assistant coach, Musa Otieno was with one group. Another assistant, David Ouma was animated with another bunch and keeper-trainer, Matthews Ottamax was busy collecting stray balls from the Cape Verde’s half of the pitch while also billowing out instructions to those who cared to listen.If anyone needed more reason to be apprehensive, only a handful of fans trooped to the stadium, perhaps the memories of the crushing 2-1 home defeat to Zambia when the Nyayo was rocking still sore.Putrid reports of unpaid allowances, players being forced to bathe with swimming pool water at their Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani Hostels and the usual tussle about refunding ticket money to foreign based players started wafting through the stands.But when captain Victor Wanyama, the midfield rock of EPL high-fliers Southampton FC and his teammates stepped on to the pitch, the form book was in for a shredding and bookies were in for a nightmare.It took only five minutes for the man of the moment, Michael Olunga, the lethal Gor Mahia striker, to sound warning when he broke free of centre halves Carlos Garcia and Fernando Valera but his finishing let him down.Four minutes later, the improbable happened. Harambee Stars went ahead against the side ranked 32nd in the world and fourth in Africa! A football travesty was unfolding! Seismic shock developing!And there are no prizes for guessing who it was. That lanky 21 year-old engineering student had done it again, a staggering 35th for the season, second for his country and a huge advertisement of his credentials as the latter day goal scoring hero his nation has been craving since Dennis Oliech.Time seemed to stand still when Clifton Miheso, on for the injured Ayub Timbe, found space in the left and appeared to be moving the ball in slow motion on the by line. When he sent in his cross, almost with a lazy sweep of his boot, Olunga had started towering inside the box.The tall forward planted his head to the floating ball and it had nowhere else to nest apart from the roof of Josimar Dias’s net for what proved to be the winner after nine moments.Despite his scoring prowess in his Annus Mirabilis, Olunga is yet to develop as a clinical finisher. He missed a couple of huge chances moments before half time that could have sent Kenya to dream land.Wanyama had one of his most commanding games in a Stars shirt and defenders David Owino and Harun Shakava made Boniface Oluoch a mere spectator in the game save for two occasions in the second half when he was troubled by substitute Heldon Augusto.Had Wanyama’s potential net-buster with quarter of an hour to go not been met by a breathtaking Dias save, the Captain could have added gross to a performance that showed why he is the most expensive Kenyan player in history.But if anyone thinks the result was achieved by tactical nous from Williamson or Stars are on the way up in the football ladder, then they’re in for a rude shock.The celebrated local phenomenon known as ‘Roho Juu’ that is a cross between ‘indefatigable spirit’ and ‘hope to the last’ once again came to Stars rescue.After the final whistle, jubilant fans invaded the pitch to salute their heroes in a crude act that could yet invite CAF sanctions on Nyayo Stadium but not that they will care. Kenyan football needed a huge release after string of disappointment and whatever happens in four days time, this was one.Tellingly, Football Kenya Federation boss, Sam Nyamweya, who is a main architect of the decline of the country’s football, was not in the stadium to watch another fleeting moment of hope.It was perhaps a sign that Kenyan football is headed for better times without him as he seeks re-election in polls that start across the branches end month.For now, Kenya can have the audacity to dream.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
IT takes guts to keep a business going in the current climate and even more to start one, so hats off to Siobhan Boyle who has just opened Sculpt Studio and Sculpt Cosmetics in Letterkenny.Watch out on Donegal Daily on Monday for a chance to win a Make-up Lesson For Two.Siobhan’s new business is based at 1 Academy Court, on the Oliver Plunkett Road. Here she talks about her Donegal:What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?I love the Poisoned Glen and Dunlewey area. It is stunning, so beautiful and it mesmerizes me every time I pass through it. I have family in Gortahork and always take that road to get there!If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be? The attitude towards entreprenship and success in the county. So many people have said to me, ‘if you can make your business a success in this country you can do it anywhere, it is just so bad out there right now’. With that attitude nothing will prosper. There are so many companies continuing to remain open and employ staff in Donegal, while there are some others that are thriving. We should look to this as a positive and let it filter throughout the county.Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?I really admire Moya Doherty, who is originally from Donegal the producer of Riverdance with her husband John Mc Colgan. I feel that the show not only showcased Ireland’s skills, brought Irishness, Irish dance and song around the world. She is also behind Today FM and Tyrone productions, who produced TV programmes that gave me my first ever TV job as a make up artist. I owe a bit of my career to her!Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?I think Daniel is in a better placed position to act as an ambassador for Donegal and its people, being in the media more than Packie so I’d choose him. I have never met him personally but the time he takes out to meet his fans is impressive. I admire his wife Majella and have seen her TV programmes on her struggles with depression. She truly is a strong soul and I respect her a lot. What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Lifting Sam Maguire in September, without a doubt. The team did the county proud not only by such success on the pitch, but also by touring every nook and cranny in this big county and reaching out to so many people. They really have made a difference to Donegal and its mood and should be very proud.What was Donegal’s saddest moment?This is a tough one as unfortunately there have been so many especially on the road. We have a bad reputation for road tragedies and it would be great to change this. What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Football Special!Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Again I think Moya Doherty has brought so much of Ireland around the world with Riverdance. Before it I don’t think anyone would have imagined Irish dancing being performed in the Far East. It also made Ireland proud of their history, music and dancing.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Anyone that is still operating and employing someone else is a hero in my eyes. I really admire the independent stores that stay alive and try to compete with the chains. Mc Elhinneys has been a huge success for Ballybofey as well a large employer. Evolve Menswear in Letterkenny has proven that it can compete with well known international brands also, with its location.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Shay Given without a doubt, he came to my prize giving in St Columba’s College, his old school and I have admired him since then! Despite being a highly paid sports star he has been true to his roots and often meets and greets local schoolboy footballers.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?La Fantasia, an Italian in Letterkenny. Some of the best food I’ve had and the friendliest staff I’ve seen in a long time.Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Golden eagles, the water is too chilly around here!Your nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?Pauric Sweeney- not for his personal style but for his handbag designs, he was born in Donegal but went to school in Dublin, so he has been a bit forgotten. I think we should hold on tight to him though!What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?I love the accent more than I love a particular saying! I have lived in Dublin, Galway and London and it’s just the nicest accent around.What is your favourite Donegal food?I don’t have one food but I love all the independent restaurants available in every town.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Just the weather! But if we were a very warm climate the coast would of been ruined with holiday apartments! The people are lovely, friends that visit me always comment on how people are very cheery and willing to help.If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be?I would love to develop a creative hub in Donegal for people of all ages, to train in all aspects of creative mediums. From dance to art, to print and design, hat making, make up artistry, cinematography, making jewellery etc. etc. the list is endless! A place to hone their skills and to develop new ones. School is so academic focused and if you are creative it isn’t classed as intellect.MY DONEGAL: WITH SIOBHAN BOYLE, SCULPT STUDIO LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 10th, 2012 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:MY DONEGAL: WITH SIOBHAN BOYLESCULPT STUDIO LETTERKENNY