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Fit-again Marsh relishing Tri-Nations

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC): All-rounder Mitchell Marsh says he has fully recovered from injury and is relishing his return to the Australian side for their tri-series campaign in the Caribbean starting this week. Marsh is part of the Australian squad arriving in the Caribbean after stopping in New York on Monday to reduce the impact of jet lag on their performances during the tournament, which also involves South Africa. Australia start their campaign in the tri-nation tournament against West Indies on June 5. “We’re obviously extremely lucky that Cricket Australia have allowed us to do that,” said Marsh, the son of former Australian cricketer Geoff Marsh. “We’ve had a chance to get out and about and see what the city has to offer, but we’re still focused on our task at hand over the next month and we’re looking forward to getting to Guyana first.” Marsh, 24, is a fast bowler who can hit 140kph and has shown promise as a lower middle-order batsman. A side strain forced him out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year, but now the budding all-rounder says he is ready to perform in Australia’s busy schedule in the coming months.last_img read more

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Chinese basketball probes ‘racial abuse’ of former NBA player

first_imgChinese basketball officials were investigating on Wednesday after reports that former Houston Rockets player Aaron Jackson was racially abused by opposition fans.The 32-year-old American guard is said to have been targeted during the Beijing Ducks’ 117-103 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) playoff victory at the Shanghai Sharks on Tuesday evening.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Broadcast footage of the game showed an agitated Jackson being ushered along the sidelines of the court by a Ducks team-mate and an official instructing the crowd to sit down.A reporter at the game posted on social media that a fan near the Beijing bench shouted a racial slur at Jackson, who had a stint last year with the NBA’s Houston Rockets but has spent most of his career overseas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We are investigating. The spectators did say something to Jackson, but we have to ascertain what was said,” a CBA spokesman told AFP.The Sharks, where Yao Ming made his name before starring in the NBA, said they were unaware of any incident and had not received a complaint from the visiting Ducks. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying It is second time in three months that Sharks fans have created unwanted headlines.In December, supporters taunted their Nanjing opponents with a death chant on the anniversary of the 1937 massacre of Nanjing, triggering outrage and an investigation.With the match going to the wire, home Shanghai supporters were accused of shouting: “Why didn’t the Nanjing massacre kill your team?”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:40Trending Articles02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ONE: Danny Kingad still confident even against Pancrase flyweight champ View commentslast_img read more

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Phebe Suspends 4 Employees for ‘Financial Mismanagement’

first_imgDr. Jeff SibleyThe Administration of the Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing through its Board of Directors has with immediate effect suspended four of its employees for their alleged financial malpractice.According to a press release dated July 19, 2019, a copy of which is in the possession of this newspaper, identified the four employees as the administrator, Kerson Saykor; the chief financial officer, Patrick Jackson; the resource manager, Jonathan Pewu; and the senior accountant, Jeremiah Akoi.The hospital’s medical director, Dr. Jefferson Sibley, said the four will remain under suspension until a full investigation and financial audit are conducted.The decision by the hospital’s Board of Directors and the Administration comes amid public uproar on the appalling situation at that referral hospital, and reported wadding of payroll allegedly by the suspended four employees.“The public is hereby advised not to do business with any of the four suspended individuals in the name of the hospital as the Administration and the Board of Directors will not be responsible for any results thereof,” the release added.Though none of the suspended employees has spoken to the press, it can be recalled that in some of the local dailies, Kerson Saykor, persistently reported the lack of drugs and electricity at the hospital, thus leaving nurses to depend on lighting candles and other torches to provide light for wards in the absence of standby generators.Phebe Referral Hospital in Gbarnga, Bong County.In May of this year, the ministers of Health and Finance and Development Planning appeared before the Plenary of the 54th Legislature in response to communications from Bong County Electoral District #3 Representative Josiah Marvin Cole, on alarming reports from Phebe Hospital about the lack of life saving drugs and electricity, and that the facility was at the verge of closure.In his letter to Plenary, Rep. Cole said that it beats his imagination to hear reports of Phebe Hospital shutting down operations due to lack of funding for fuel and medicines.The two ministers told that august body that in Fiscal Year 2018/2019, US$1.9 million was appropriated for Phebe Hospital and US$1.5 million was already disbursed.The hospital’s Administration, which appeared on a recent local radio phone-in show, admitted receiving US$ 1.3 million allotment from the government for Fiscal Year 2018/2019, but not US$1.5 million as was earlier reported.The Phebe Hospital was established in 1921 by Christian institutions, which include the Lutheran Church, Methodist Church and the Episcopal Church, but the hospital was reportedly turned over to government in 1974, due to lack of adequate donor funding. The Phebe School of Nursing is the first nursing school in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Kitty resident fined for threatening elderly man

first_imgA 24-year-old Kitty, Georgetown resident was on Friday fined after admitting to a threatening language charge.Terrence Thomas, a bond clerk, appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. The charge detailed that on June 1, 2019, at Lot 137 Lamaha Street, Kitty, Georgetown, he used threatening language towards Keith McKenzie.Thomas admitted to the charge and explained to the court that he committed the act since the victim, an elderly man, proposed a sexual relationship with him.“He told me if I deh with he, he gon do all kind of things to me,” the defendant told the court.The prosecution case revealed that both the defendant and Virtual Complainant reside at the same address but have different dwelling places. It further stated that the duo was on speaking terms but that ended when the defendant’s girlfriend damaged the VC’s property. She was later charged and sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment. This led to bad blood between the duo. Thomas was fined $10,000. Failure to pay the fine will result in him serving two weeks in prison.last_img read more

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9th Annual United Way Golf Tournament raises close to $45,000

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The United Way of Northern British Columbia held their 9th Annual Golf Tournament at Lone Wolf Golf Club on June 20.According to United Way Campaign Officer, Mahvish Parvez, the Golf Tournament saw 32 teams participate, managing to raise close to $45,000 in funds.In partnership with Shell Canada, Parvez says this annual event raises money to help fund many local groups and organizations.- Advertisement -“The funds that have been raised are used towards some critical social services programming in town. We try to use the funds where they will have the maximum impact, so this will include local programs and regional programs as well.”While the amount raised is down from last year’s amount of $50,000, Parvez says it was a great turnout and thanks everyone for their support and participation for this year’s Golf Tournament.For more information on the United Way of Northern B.C., you can visit unitedwaynbc.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Oversight lapse puts brakes on safety law

first_imgA law cops use to punish gangs’ deadly car pranks across California has lapsed while old laws like those allowing witch-hunts for communist state workers remain. Officials said Friday absence of comprehensive oversight may be the biggest, least-known gap in state government. And in this case, a new lapse of law may cost youthful reckless drivers or others their lives in the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere. “They just seem to keep adding more and more \ laws,” while only removing them “piecemeal” when “some issue prompts it,” said Nancy Lyons of the watchdog Little Hoover Commission. On the other hand, Capitol lobbyists said sometimes good laws are enacted with troublesome “sunset” end dates. Perata says authorities will not allow youths to “terrorize our streets” or communities “to be ravaged.” Supporters point to Oakland’s failure – as the lead sponsor – to document the law’s success. “The sponsor of the bill is the watchdog and responsible for tracking it for sunset,” said Liisa Lawson Stark of the League of California Cities. But she also pointed to the difficulty of the task for lobbyists across the state. Oakland’s plea for permanent reinstatement came after the Legislature shut down last year. It was then City Councilman Larry Reid told Perata the law “served Oakland and similar cities around California as a very successful deterrent to violent and socially disruptive activities.” The League of California Cities agreed, citing in part communities in the Valley. Perata’s “urgent” reinstatement would take effect upon the governor’s signature. In the larger picture, a system to prevent unwanted sunsets is needed, but so is a means of removing outdated laws, according to the Little Hoover Commission. “It would be a benefit to everyone,” Lyons said. There have been scattered agency and legislative attempts to kill laws that are outdated. Using one of those outdated bills, two south-state Republicans introduced a bill striking the word “communist” from a law and inserting “terrorist” to weed out unwanted state workers. A fellow Republican, Assemblyman Guy Houston of San Ramon opposes the bill, saying “Congress has created homeland security laws to investigate and prevent terror threats.” sgeissinger@angnewspapers.com (916) 447-9302 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The difference can be the moment in politics. The sponsor of a law, supported by the League of California Cities and several statewide law enforcement groups, failed to follow up in time on a law to counter reckless driving deaths by youths. Dangers range from drag racing to “sideshows,” where cars noisily careen through neighborhoods overnight, wildly spinning at times. The state adopted a 2002 law, with a five-year sunset, allowing officers to impound cars for up to 30 days at the owner’s expense. Under previous law – and under the law again now – authorities can hold a car tied to reckless driving only until the owner pays a fine. The sponsor of stricter regulations – Democratic Senate leader Don Perata of Oakland – is scrambling to reinstate the law that ended Jan. 1. last_img read more

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Treasury official faults lenders on verifying income

first_imgFederal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said last week that the central bank is considering tougher rules to reduce abusive home-loan practices even though he thinks the economy should escape without significant harm from the problems in the market for subprime mortgages, or loans made to borrowers with shaky credit histories. In March, the Fed and the other four federal agencies that regulate banks, thrifts and credit unions – including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency – proposed guidelines that call for strict evaluations of a borrower’s ability to repay, among other recommendations. The guidelines, which would affect big lenders such as Countrywide Financial Corp. and Washington Mutual Inc., have not yet been made final. The Fed plans a mid-June hearing on ways to curb abusive lending practices. Lenders catering to homebuyers with shaky credit have seen a spike in defaults on payments in the past year, and more than 30 subprime lenders have gone bankrupt this year. Major lenders have tightened standards for borrowers since February, when parts of the mortgage market fell into disarray. RealtyTrac Inc., an industry research firm, said last week that mortgage lenders foreclosed on 62percent more U.S. homes in April than a year ago. WASHINGTON – A high-ranking Treasury Department official on Wednesday chastised mortgage lenders for too-often failing to verify the income of borrowers with blemished credit histories, blaming the practice for rising defaults and foreclosures. Comptroller of the Currency John Dugan said federal banking regulators need to give the industry guidance for improvement in this area, though he did not offer a specific remedy. “Sound underwriting and, for that matter, simple common sense suggests that a mortgage lender would almost always want to verify the income of a riskier subprime borrower to make sure that he or she had the means to make the required monthly payments,” Dugan said in a speech to a New York housing group. “But the norm appears to be just the opposite,” said Dugan, whose agency regulates nationally chartered banks. “Nearly 50percent of all subprime loans last year accepted stated income,” meaning the underwriters did not verify the information borrowers provided on loan applications. Home prices are slipping, too. The national median existing single-family home price in the first quarter was $212,300, down 1.8percent from a year ago when the median price was $216,100, according to the National Association of Realtors. The median is a market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less. Dugan’s speech came one day after trade groups representing mortgage bankers and brokers traded barbs about who should be blamed for the housing market’s woes.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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LYIT HAILED FOR ‘DOING THE BUSINESS’ ON CHINESE COURSE

first_imgStudents meet Minister Brendan Howlin on their trip to China.A ground-breaking new diploma programme at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) educating participants in how to work, live, and do business in China has been hailed as a major success.A total of 13 mature students were the first to take part in LYITs Diploma in Professional Selling and International Marketing (China) (DPSIM) which has just reached its conclusion. Students came from a number of different sectors, including finance, design, hospitality and sales.LYIT students get down to work with their Chinese counterparts.And although their hopes for future careers were all very diverse, they were strongly supported through this unique programme.Returning from Shanghai in recent weeks the group have been fortunate to have been part of a programme which is helping to forge some very important business and trade links between Ireland and one of the world’s leading economic powers.This innovative course is the first of its kind in Ireland to provide participants with intensive exposure to businesses and potential employers in Shanghai. The programme is fully funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) through its Springboard initiative and supported by the Department of Social Protection (DSP).Springboard provides free higher education opportunities to people who lost their jobs in recent years as a result of the economic crash. Springboard provides people with the opportunity to reskill and get back to work, thus contributing to building Ireland’s future.The main focus of the Diploma was to enable students to make connections and develop networking opportunities with Chinese companies and the ex-pat business community so they can continue to develop, not only their own careers, but also strengthen ties between Ireland and China.The course programme was delivered in two parts; firstly, a semester on campus at LYIT before the group travelled to Shanghai for six weeks.During the first semester at LYIT the students studied professional selling and international marketing. It was during this time that the group were also given an all-important grounding in what doing business in China is all about.Having completed the first semester at LYIT, the group left for China on February 15th. The first six weeks were spent on site in Shanghai working on case studies for Chinese companies who are looking to enter the Irish and European Market. During their first week in Shanghai the group got to put some of their skills learned back in Letterkenny into practice. The induction week also taught the basic survival skills of how to get a mobile phone sim card, how to use the public transport system and how to order food. And with the basics mastered, the group were quickly back on track to begin the second part of their course. They met with government officials and visited two of the major industrial zones in Shanghai, at Jiading and Pudong.SUCCESSA significant portion of the course was devoted to learning the language, culture and business etiquette of China. It is a well-known fact that even the most successful of western businesspeople have not and will not succeed in China without understanding the Chinese way of doing business.As the Head of LYIT’s School of Business, Mr Michael Margey explained: “This has been such an opportunity for these students. For anyone who is interested in working in China or for Chinese companies, this first-hand experience cannot be underestimated. Having visited China for work, I would never have known how important simple things like sending a thank-you e-mail after a meeting can be. The Chinese culture has been in existence for such a long time, compared with the culture we have here in the west. It is a fascinating and very different culture to the one we are used to and for that reason, being offered an insight like these students have been given is an invaluable contribution to their future prospects” He continued: “I am delighted that LYIT have been so pro-active in offering this Diploma programme. I think there is no doubt that it will be of enormous benefit to those who have taken part, and indeed to the county as a whole.”Essential to the success of this Springboard programme has been the input of LYIT’s Chinese Partners and facilitators, Dublin-based Zhida International (www.zhiadice.com).Their involvement, coupled with the excellent links already forged between LYIT and China enabled Springboard course participants to gain access to some of the most eminent experts on doing business in china.One of the programme highlights was a meeting with Mr Tom Doctoroff, one of Asia’s most respected advertising professionals and a leading expert in Chinese consumer psychology.IMPORTANCEThe importance of this unique course at LYIT cannot be under-estimated and its value has already been recognised by government and business sectors alike.Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin, TD, travelled to Shanghai this year as part of the government’s programme to promote Ireland across the world on St Patrick’s Day. While there, Minister Howlin met with the LYIT students where he recognised the important role they would play in fostering inward investment to Ireland.Since his return, Minister Howlin has spoken publicly of the significance of having a programme like this available in Ireland.“I was delighted to meet with students of Letterkenny IT’s Diploma in Professional Selling and International Marketing while in Shanghai over the St. Patrick’s Day period as part of the Government’s Promote Ireland programme.“The students, of all ages, showed real enthusiasm for and knowledge of China’s culture, language and economy. China is a key market for Ireland. It is encouraging to see our Educational Institutions pro-actively preparing their students for emerging markets like China.”RECOGNITIONThe programme has also been given great recognition and support by Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Consulate in Shanghai. Speaking following a recent meeting with the group in Shanghai, Mr Gormley the Consular General stated: “The group is really a credit to Donegal and to LYIT and we look forward to hearing of progress with the programme and to seeing more groups visit in future.”Course participant, Robert Nuttall made some observations on how he felt he was benefitting from the cultural immersion of his stay in Shanghai.“The Enterprise Ireland event in the evening allowed us to mingle with some of the consulate staff, ex pats and locals. It was great to hear some real insight into life as an expat in china, we got some sound advice and I also managed to make a contact within the design industry.”“I’m learning that China does not do things by halves and am blown away by the sheer scale of what has been done here in such a short space of time”The students and the Diploma course also generated considerable interest in China. They were invited to a press conference and featured in more than 20 newspapers. They also appeared on Shanghai Morning News and were the feature of a documentary being made by CCTV, China’s national broadcaster.LYIT HAILED FOR ‘DOING THE BUSINESS’ ON CHINESE COURSE was last modified: May 8th, 2014 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:BusinessChinadonegalLYITlast_img read more

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Court leans toward recruiters

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Supreme Court appeared ready Tuesday to rule against colleges that want to limit military recruiting on campus to protest the Pentagon’s policy on gays. New Chief Justice John Roberts and other court members signaled support for a law that says schools that accept federal money also have to accommodate military recruiters. The justices seemed concerned about hindering a Defense Department need to fill its ranks when the nation is at war. “There’s the right in the Constitution to raise a military,” Roberts said. Law school campuses have become the latest battleground over the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy allowing gay men and women to serve in the military only if they keep their sexual orientation to themselves. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals A group of law schools and professors had sued the Pentagon, claiming their free-speech rights are being violated because they are forced to associate with military recruiters or promote their campus appearances. Many law schools forbid the participation of recruiters from public agencies and private companies that have discriminatory policies. E. Joshua Rosenkranz, the lawyer for the schools, told justices: “There are two messages going on here and they are clashing. There is the military’s message, which the schools are interpreting as `Uncle Sam does not want you,’ and there is the school’s message, which is `we do not abet those who discriminate. That is immoral.”‘ Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said: “Your argument will allow schools to exclude anybody in a uniform from a cafeteria.” Justice Stephen Breyer said that many people disagree with government policies, but they are not allowed to get out of paying taxes or following laws because of that. Outside court, about a half-dozen supporters of the law from Topeka, Kan., waved signs and yelled at reporters and passers-by in front of the court before the argument. Dan Noble, 26, a gay Yale Law School student who camped out overnight to get a courtroom seat, said that “you feel discriminated against when some recruiters will interview your fellow students but won’t interview you.” In an unusual move, immediately after the argument the Supreme Court released an audiotape to news organizations because of high interest in the case. Cameras are not allowed in court and recordings of the proceedings normally are not released. A federal law, known as the Solomon Amendment after its first congressional sponsor, mandates that universities, including their law and medical schools and other branches, give the military the same access as other recruiters or forfeit federal money. Federal financial support of colleges tops $35 billion a year, and many college leaders say they could not forgo that money. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who is retiring and probably won’t get to vote in the case, said colleges can post disclaimers on campus noting their objections to the military policy. Rosenkranz said that when schools help military recruiters, like sending out recruiting e-mails on their behalf, then students think the schools endorse their messages – even with disclaimers. Roberts fired back: “The reason they don’t believe you is because you’re willing to take the money. What you’re saying is `this is a message we believe in strongly, but we don’t believe in it to the detriment of $100 million.”‘ Dozens of groups filed briefs on both sides of the case, the first gay-rights related appeal since a contentious 2003 Supreme Court ruling that struck down laws criminalizing gay sex. The argument itself was lopsided, although a few justices seemed sympathetic to the opponents’ basic argument. Justice David H. Souter told the Bush administration lawyer, Paul Clement, that “you are forcing them, in effect, to underwrite your speech … you’re forcing them into hypocrisy.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a former women’s rights attorney, told Clement: “The pitch that’s being made is an equality pitch, that `we are teaching our students equality, the equal stature of all people.”‘ Clement responded that the colleges, in trying to teach against discrimination are discriminating against the military. The law “allows the military a fair shot at recruiting the best and the brightest for the military’s critical and vital mission,” he said. The case is Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, 04-1152. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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BREAKING NEWS: JIM McGUINNESS STEPS DOWN AS DONEGAL MANAGER

first_imgJim McGuinness has sensationally stepped down as Donegal manager.Jim McGuinness has stepped down as Donegal manager.It is understood the Glenties man texted all the players individually to inform them of his decision.No statement has yet been released by the All-Ireland winning manager. But a tweet on the official Donegal GAA twitter and Facebook accounts confirmed the news this evening.McGuiness had just completed a fourth year at the helm of managing Donegal.Many felt he may stay on as Donegal manager for perhaps a fifth year after his side were beaten by Kerry in the All-Ireland final recently.However, it now appears that the search is now on for a manager to replace the most successful manager in Donegal GAA history. The following is the official statement on the Donegal GAA website.CLG Dhún na nGall wish to announce that Jim McGuinness has formally stepped down from his position as Senior Football Team Manager with immediate effect.CLG Dhún na nGall wish to thank Jim for his massive contribution during his tenure over the last five years, as Under 21 and Senior Football Team Manager.During this term, he has brought unprecedented success to our county and has made every Donegal person across the globe very proud of their county and their players.During his tenure he has guided our Under 21 footballers to an All-Ireland final, having won the county’s first U21 provincial title since 1995. As senior team manager, he guided the county to four provincial finals, winning three of them, and guided the county team to a record two All-Ireland final appearances in the space of three years, winning a historic second All Ireland for the county in 2012.We wish Jim and Yvonne and their family every success in the future.BREAKING NEWS: JIM McGUINNESS STEPS DOWN AS DONEGAL MANAGER was last modified: October 4th, 2014 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:donegalJim McGuinnesslast_img read more