Simply Red star takes his Donegal mansion off the market

first_imgSimply Red star Mick Hucknall might be ‘Holding back the years’ to sell his sprawling Donegal estate.The crooner is trying to sell his glorious estate nestled by Donegal’s glorious Blue Stack Mountains and put in on the market for €2.6m. After failing to get anyone to bite, Hucknall, 58, and co-owner Chris De Margary, his former bandmate, decided to slash the asking price by almost half to €1.35m.But now the pair have now decided to take the property off the market although it was still listed for sale on the agent Savills’ website yesterday.But head auctioneer Pat O’Hagan told the Irish Daily Mail the property had been taken off the market.The rambling 19,000-acre estate went up for sale two years ago, but despite the upturn in the property market, it couldn’t attract a buyer.Hucknall, who amassed a fortune during his 30-year pop career, was looking to sell the estate in the north-west as he simply does not have enough time to enjoy it. Hucknall bought the estate, with Chris almost 16 years ago.Visitors to Glenmore have permission to stalk red deer and shoot for duck, woodcock and snipe on its 19,000 acres, while the estate is famous for its salmon and sea trout fishing.The estate, which has a five-bedroom shooting lodge, was originally bought for €1.3m so the friends could indulge their passion for fishing.Some people might be surprised to learn that Hucknall is a keen angler, but he has cast his line all over the world.‘My favourite countries for fishing include Ireland, Canada, Iceland and Norway,’ he says. ‘The wonderful thing about fly-fishing is that it helps you to forget about all the troubles in the world. There’s nothing more relaxing,’ he said previously. The lodge is just 90 yards from the River Finn.Hucknall and De Margary have been keen fishermen for about 20 years, but there was also a less indulgent reason for them buying the estate.‘We felt it was a philanthropic opportunity to raise the profile of north-western Ireland, and to take on the ecological challenges of maintaining and increasing the wild salmon and sea trout population,’ Hucknall says.Since the musicians bought the estate, it has gained an international reputation and attracted visitors from all over the world, taking advantage of the fact it is so remote, it is at least an hour’s drive from either Donegal or Derry airports. Hucknall said when the house originally went up for sale: ‘It’s been a great honour to care for the glorious River Finn.‘However, Chris and I feel that now is the right time to pass the baton to someone who will gather enormous satisfaction from keeping the river in its pristine condition.’Hucknall spends most of his time in England with his partner, Gabriella Wesberry, and their young daughter, Romy. He also has a vineyard in Catania, Sicily, where he produces wines under the label Il Cantante (The Singer).Simply Red star takes his Donegal mansion off the market was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 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:donegalGlenmor estateoff marketriver finnSimply Redlast_img read more

National Orders recipients named

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma will once againbestow National Orders on South Africanand foreign nationals on Freedom Day,27 April 2011.(Image: GCIS) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zanele MngadiMedia inquiries, President Jacob Zuma +27 82 330 1148 or +27 12 300 5431 RELATED ARTICLES • Blatter awarded National Orders • Presidency talks to children • Fifa awards Tutu’s football spirit • Zuma hotline goes liveSource: the PresidencyOn 27 April, Freedom Day, President Jacob Zuma bestowed National Orders on a number of worthy South Africans and citizens of foreign countries. The Presidency released the list of recipients for 2011 on 21 April.Zuma will confer the six categories – each one representing a specific service offered to the country – of the Order of Mendi for Bravery, Order of Ikhamanga, the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Luthuli, the Order of Mapungubwe and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo.The National Orders are the highest awards bestowed by the president of the Republic of South Africa upon those who have contributed meaningfully in making the country what it is today.As an initiative that was implemented at the dawn of South Africa’s first decade of freedom, the National Orders programme contributes to the symbolic building and consolidation of the country’s new democracy.In the execution of this responsibility, the president is assisted by the director-general in the Presidency, who is also the chancellor of National Orders and an advisory council.The National Orders seek to enhance social cohesion. They serve to foster the spirit of unity, nation building and social cohesion within South African society, as they honour those outstanding individuals from all walks of life. They celebrate the spirit of one nation, many cultures as reflected by the diversity of the Rainbow Nation.At this, the 16th investiture ceremony, South Africa will honour men and women for exceptional and outstanding contributions, many of whom are simply legends and others icons of selfless sacrifice and service, courage and commitment. These people of deep humanity and principle, truth and talent, rank among the finest of human beings, who unquestionably deserve acknowledgement.The president will also award men and women whose dedication to their fellow human beings, their esoteric interests, their art and sport have embellished society, communities and citizens with honour and credit. They are men and women who have nourished South African souls with the beauty of art, splendour of performance and the grace of sport as well as groundbreaking advances in science, medicine and many other fields.Herewith then, the list of National Orders Nominees:1. ORDER OF MENDI FOR BRAVERYBRONZE Donald Thumamina Mboto (Posthumous)For a selfless act that led him to lose his life while trying to save a drowning child in St. Michaels beach in KwaZulu-NatalRaymond Basil van Staden (Posthumous)For his selfless act that led to the saving of a person from drowning at Warner Beach in DurbanSILVERSarah Gertrude Mary Christina Holland (Posthumous)For providing shelter to orphaned children and sacrificing her own life to save the lives of the children who were in her careGOLDMatola Raid MartyrsFor paying the supreme price for freedom and for sacrificing their lives in pursuit of a just, free, non-racial and non sexist democratic society2. ORDER OF IKHAMANGABRONZEThokozani Mandlenkosi Ernest Nene (Posthumous)For his outstanding contribution in enriching the isiZulu language and culture, and his revolutionary invention of new lexicon in isiZuluMasana Samuel “Sam” NzimaFor his excellent contribution to photojournalism and putting the brutality of apartheid police in the international spotlightSindiwe MagonaFor her outstanding achievements in literature, playwright and for using her pen as weapon in the struggle for peace, social change and freedomSILVERDavid GoldblattFor his excellent contribution in the portrayal of South African life through the medium of photography and for leaving an indelible mark in our country’s inclusive literary cultureJosiah ThugwaneFor his excellent achievement during the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and his contribution in the field of athleticsBasil “Doc” Bikitsha (Posthumous)For his excellent contribution to the profession of journalism and literature, and for being an important social commentator in his chosen beatRaymond Chikapa PhiriFor his excellent achievement in the field of music and contribution to the struggle against apartheidMarlene van NiekerkFor her outstanding intellectual contribution to literary arts and culture field through poetry, literature and philosophical worksMannie ManimFor his excellent skills in theatre lighting design, administration, practical and technical contribution to theatre in South Africa and the field of artsBusisiwe Victoria “Busi” Mhlongo (Posthumous)For her excellent contribution to the field of music and putting South Africa on the international music map with her prolific musical compositionGOLDAmandla Cultural EnsembleFor their contribution to the struggle against apartheid through their cultural performancesMolefi Nathanael OliphantFor his excellent contribution in the development of soccer in South Africa and excellent leadership in the successful bid and hosting of the 2010 FIFA World CupIrvin KhozaFor his excellent contribution and dedication in helping South Africa obtain the right to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and for ensuring that the tournament becomes a success as chairperson of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organizing CommitteeDaniel “Danny” JordaanFor his excellent contribution and hard work ensuring that South Africa host a successful 2010 FIFA World Cup3. ORDER OF BAOBABBRONZE Reginald Dudley FordeFor his outstanding leadership in the field of education and contribution to the community service through the channels of the education system and the Boy Scout Movement of South AfricaNowongile Cynthia MoloFor her outstanding contribution to the development of women through the “Women in Agriculture and Rural Development” (WAARD), a self-empowerment initiative that changed the lives of many familiesSILVER Professor William Sinclair WinshipFor his excellent contribution to the field of medicine and dedication of his adult life to paediatrics and human geneticsDavid Patrick RussellFor his excellent contribution and commitment in opposing the apartheid system as a church leader and for taking a brave stand on many thorny issues to ensure that South Africa became a democratic societyGOLDRev. Phambani Jeremiah Mzimba (Posthumous)For his exceptional contribution and pioneering spirit in the formation of the African Independent Churches and his instrumental role in the development of a new understanding of Christianity among the African believers.4. ORDER OF LUTHULI BRONZEHarriet Bolton (Posthumous)For dedicating her adult life to the struggle for liberation, campaigning for workers’  rights and for organising the Furniture Workers’ Industrial Union and the Garment Workers’ Industrial UnionMargaret Gazo (Posthumous)For leading the women’s march to the Union Buildings and for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the ideals of democracy and her contribution to human rights and the struggle against apartheidViolet Sarah Matlou (nee Phiri)For her outstanding contribution to the struggle for liberation and for the ideals of just, non-racist and democratic South AfricaTsietsi Mashinini (Posthumous)For his bravery and leadership of the Soweto students uprising of 16 June 1976SILVERNelson DialeFor his excellent contribution in the struggle against apartheid and for his selfless sacrifices over many for attainment of freedom for all in South AfricaIsmael Chota Meer (Posthumous)For his excellent contribution to a non racial and democratic South Africa, struggle for liberation, workers rights and for the formation of Natal Teachers UnionMatsobane Morris MatsemelaFor his excellent contribution to the struggle against apartheid and standing for the ideals of a free, just and democratic South AfricaFlorence Elizabeth Mnumzana (nee Mhinga)For her excellent leadership and activism in the health care sector as a contribution in the fight against apartheidGOLDLionel “Rusty” Bernstein (Posthumous)For his political activism, abandoning privilege and dedicating his adult life to the struggle for liberation, democracy, human rights and peace, and for striving to build a better Africa and a better world through the anti-apartheid crusade5. ORDER OF MAPUNGUBWE SILVERProfessor Pieter SteynFor his excellent contribution and achievements in chemistry and biosynthesis of mycotoxins6. ORDER OF THE COMPANIONS OF OR TAMBOSILVERHélène PasstoorsFor her excellent contribution to the struggle for liberation, democracy and human rights, and for waging a concerted struggle against racial oppression as an ANC activist and operative in South Africa, including engagement in underground workViacheslav Shiryaev “Ivan”For his excellent contribution to the struggle against apartheid and attainment of a democratic, non-racial and a non-sexist South Africa, and promoting friendship ties, joint cooperation programmes and projects between Russia and post apartheid South AfricaAndrew Jackson YoungFor his contribution to the struggle against oppression in South Africa, striving for better and fairer global social order and championing the cause of human rights in the international arenaGOLDLuis Inácio Lula da SilvaFor his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the agenda of the South and for the creation of a just and equitable system of global governance.last_img read more

Dolor coming home; Quiel tapped as replacement

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Cayco is expected to arrive in Suwon, South Korea, on Thursday and will bring home the FEU standout, leaving behind the rest of the national men’s team currently training there.The Umingan, Pangasinan, native and former Spikers’ Turf Most Valuable Player broke his left pinky finger, which had to be operated immediately.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDolor was doing blocking drills with members of the coaching staff, who were firing from an elevated position when it happened.Dolor was rushed to Soo Hospital and immediately went under the knife. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas acting president Peter Cayco will personally bring home dejected Greg Dolor, who will miss the Asian Seniors and Southeast Asian Games after breaking his finger during a freak training accident recently.Peter John Quiel, another Far Eastern University stalwart, has been tapped by national coach Sammy Acaylar to take over Dolor’s spot.ADVERTISEMENT Marinerong Pilipino sails to playoffs, caps comeback by sinking AMAcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We know that Greg is a valuable member of the team and [would have played] a key role as our men’s national team shoots for a podium finish in the biennial meet,” said Cayco. “But his health is our primary concern.”“I will fly to Suwon City, South Korea, as soon as possible to personally check his condition and bring him home,” he added. “The entire team and the federation are fully behind him in this very challenging situation.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Who is responsible for destroying economy Congress demands govt to clarify

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Saturday attacked the BJP government over the slump in the GDP, with party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra demanding that the Centre clarify who is responsible for “destroying” the economy. Gandhi on Twitter said the government that trumpeted of bringing “achche din” (good days) has now “punctured” the economy. “The GDP growth rate clearly shows that the government trumpeting about ‘Achche din’ (good days) has punctured the state of the economy. Neither is GDP growth nor is the Rupee strong and jobs are lost. Now clarify as to whose act is it to destroy the economy,” she said in a tweet in Hindi. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Sharp deceleration in manufacturing output and subdued farm sector activity pulled down India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth to over six-year low of 5 per cent in the April-June quarter of 2019-20, according to official data released on Friday. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, “Remember the hit movie QSQT – Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak?. Now QSQT is synonymous with Quarter Se Quarter Tak. Two consecutive quarters of low GDP growth sought to be buried by managing headlines.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari also hit out at the central government over the low GDP growth. “GDP growth is not 5 pc it is 3 pc. There is a statistical bump of 2 pc due to change of base year from 2004-2005 to 2011-12. ELEPHANT in room is-GOVT CREATED TERROR – The systematic destruction of the economic environment by the brutal and indiscriminate use of IT, ED, CBI over past 5 years,” he tweeted. Senior spokesperson Anand Sharma asked the government not to make boastful claims and instead inform the country about the roadmap for the recovery of the Indian economy, which he said is under a downward spiral “under your watch”. “The ‘State of Economy; in BJP rule. Is this the ‘New India’?” Randeep Surjewala wrote on Twitter, adding a graph of GDP growth in January-March 2018 quarter from 8.1 per cent to 5 per cent in April-June 2019 quarter. Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said India’s GDP growth rate is 5 per cent but even this is according to the new methodology which comes with a “Modi booster”. “Real GDP minus Modi booster is around 3 pc,” Singhvi said. “No wonder we had Balakot breastbeating, questioning nationalism, disbursal of cash just before elections. 6 quarters went from 8 pc to 7 pc onwards to 5.8 pc and now to 5 pc quarterly GDP growth. With this clear trend over 18 months, despite all packages, this government has had no effect,” he said on Twitter. The Congress had on Friday said the slump in GDP is a “Modi-made disaster”, and demanded that a financial emergency be declared in the country. The truth can no longer be hidden despite “headline management” by the ruling dispensation, the opposition party had said.last_img read more

Gusty winds blow Buckeyes to 4thplace finish in Lady Buckeye Invitational

The Ohio State women’s golf team didn’t finish as well as it was hoping to in this year’s Lady Buckeye Invitational. The near-40 mph gusts of wind didn’t help it in the weekend tournament, but it might have been a blessing in disguise as the Buckeyes head to Chicago next week for the Big Ten Tournament. “We haven’t won a tournament yet this year. I was hoping to get this one under our belts,” coach Therese Hession said. “The wind is good to practice in because we’re going to be right off Lake Michigan next week.” The wind couldn’t stop Michigan State’s Caroline Powers, who shot a 226 in the three-round tournament. Powers had the best individual performance of the weekend and also led her teammates to a first-place finish in the event, with a total score of 918 — 17 strokes better than Kent State, which came in second with a final score of 935. Wisconsin’s Lindsay Danielson had the second-best individual performance, leading her team to a third-place finish in the tournament with a score of 939. OSU finished fourth with a final score of 941. Rachel Rohanna and Vicky Villanueva led the Buckeyes, both scoring 235 for the weekend, tying for 13th overall in the individual scores. Susana Benavides, who shot a 238 over the weekend, said she had never played in such severe conditions. “It was probably the hardest round I’ve ever played,” Benavides said. “You can’t really focus on what you want; you just have to play for the wind. Try to make pars and be happy with it.” In Hong Lim agreed. “It was real interesting to see all my balls going thirty yards left and right, but everyone was in the same situation,” said Lim, the team’s lone senior, who was playing in her final home tournament. Lim scored 245 for the weekend, a score she wasn’t satisfied with. But she’ll have a chance to finish her Big Ten career strong in next week’s tournament. “I think next week’s going to be windy again, so it was a good preview for us,” she said. “I was hoping to do a lot better than what I did. But oh well, next week.” Regardless of the conditions next weekend, Hession says starting strong is what the team needs to do for a chance to finish atop the leader board. “We just have to get out there and try to really get off to a really good start because that’s one thing we haven’t done so well,” she said. “I think that first day will be critical.” One thing Hession doesn’t need to worry about is her team’s confidence. “I would expect us all to give all of our effort to next weekend,” Rohanna said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we go out there and win by 10 shots.” Benavides was equally clear about her confidence in her team. “A win, that’s for sure,” she said. “No doubt about that.” read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State dominates No 23 Rutgers on road 5939

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Carly Santoro (10) goes up for a shot in the game against Penn State on Feb 6. Ohio State won 78-73. Credit: Cori Wade | Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State women’s basketball team (11-12, 7-7 Big Ten) came away with a commanding victory on the road against No. 23 Rutgers (17-7, 9-4 Big Ten) by a score of 59-39 on Thursday.The 39 points are the least Ohio State has allowed to a ranked team in program history.After losing by more than 20 points at home to No. 14 Iowa, the Buckeyes came out with a vengeance and controlled the game from the get go. A 21-1 run in the latter half of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter gave Ohio State a 20-point lead that was never seriously threatened for the rest of the game. Redshirt senior forward Adreana Miller came off the bench led the way for the Buckeyes during the run, scoring nine of the 21 points. Miller ended up with 14 points on the night, was 3-of-5 from the 3-point line and tallied three rebounds. All of Ohio State’s scoring came from six players.Other contributors on the offensive side came in the form of redshirt senior guard Carly Santoro and freshman forward Dorkha Juhasz. Santoro scored 12 points with five rebounds and Juhasz was just one-point shy of a double double with nine points and 13 rebounds. Freshman guard Janai Crooms also added 10 points of her own with five assists and five rebounds, and redshirt senior guard Carmen Grande scored eight points, led the team in assists with eight and also had five rebounds. In total, Ohio State shot 46 percent from the field while the Buckeyes’ defense limited the Scarlet Knights as Rutgers was a lowly 16-61 on the night. Ohio State outrebounded the Scarlet Knights 44-35, and did that without the help of redshirt senior forward Makayla Waterman, the No. 2 rebounder on the team, who did not play in the game. Ohio State will attempt to build off this victory at home when it takes on Wisconsin at 2 p.m. on Sunday. read more

Modric relishing special game against England at the World Cup

first_imgCroatia midfielder Luka Modric is relishing the prospect of taking on England for a place in the World Cup finalThe Real Madrid star has started all five of the side’s matches in the tournament and will be hoping to continue with his impressive form at Russia in order to keep up his bid to win the Golden Ball award.After playing over 240 minutes of football in their last knockout rounds against Denmark and Russia, Modric conceded that England may have an advantage over them heading into today’s encounter.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Always playing England is special,” said Modric, according to the Evening Standard.“They’re a great team, doing a great tournament so far, like us. They’re suffering less, but showed against Sweden the great quality they have and we’re expecting a tough match – but we will be ready.”While Harry Kane has scored six of England’s 11 goals, Croatia’s versatility may prove to be an advantage with the squad having had eight different scorers at the World Cup.last_img read more

Six reasons why Luka Modric may leave Real Madrid

first_imgLuka Modric’s future has been growing more doubtful as the days go by with Inter Milan having publicly announced their intentions to sign him, so why would he leave Real Madrid?After leading Croatia to their first ever World Cup final this summer, Modric finally made his return to training at Valdebebas on Wednesday following an extended break from the club in order to properly recover from his exploits at Russia.But the 2018 Golden Ball winner has been the centre of a massive transfer story that ties him with a shocking move to Inter with the club’s manager Luciano Spalletti having confirmed that they are indeed trying to sign Modric this summer.The 32-year-old, who reportedly held talks with Florentino Perez on Wednesday over his future, has remained silent on a move to Inter.But after losing Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus last month, Real do not want to lose another star player and are willing to even offer him a new lucrative contract.So why would Modric leave the 13-time European champions?Well, AS have listed six reasons why the Croatian playmaker may be willing to join Ronaldo at the Serie A for the upcoming season.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Lucrative offer: Inter are offering €10m a year compared to Modric’s current annual wage of €6.5m.China: Modric has a four-year contract offer on the table and can even go to Chinese side Jiangsu to finish off his playing career in another lucrative deal.Age: Modric will be 33 in September and this summer may well represent his final opportunity to get one last big contract.Titles: Modric has won everything in Spain and may fancy a new challenge in collecting major silverware in Italy.Ronaldo and Zidane’s exits: The exit of the iconic duo represents the end of a glorious era at Madrid and may convince Modric that the time has come to leave himself.Italy: Having already impressed in England and Spain, the 32-year-old may be tempted to leave his mark in Italy before he finishes his playing career in a bid to become an all-time great.last_img read more

Report Schalke not interested in Danny Rose

first_imgAccording to Sky Sports, Bundesliga club Schalke are not interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose contrary to initial reports.The Bundesliga club plan to secure just one more signing, preferably a left-back. They have a budget or around €7m according to Sky sources, and Danny Rose is not on their radar.Schalke are not interested in loan deals but are looking to make a permanent signing.The German club are hoping to finalise a deal for a new defender by the weekend.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Danny Rose has been one of the players heavily linked to the club but the price tag has been the only stumbling block in the way of a deal.It has been initially reported that Tottenham were willing to listen to offers for Danny Rose, along with Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele this summer.Since criticising Spurs’ ambition and wage structure last year, Rose has faced an uncertain future.Comments for which he subsequently apologised, but the damage seems to have already been done.last_img read more