Who are these makeshift Marlins and how are they leading the NL East?

first_imgAt this point in the season, almost two weeks after the first pitch was thrown of the 2020 MLB campaign, the NL East standings are a jumbled mess. The Braves and Mets have played 13 games each. The Nationals have played nine. The Marlins and Phillies have played only six. It’s bizarre. The division standings look like they belong to a recreational kickball league, where a couple of unlucky teams had too many 8 p.m. games on their schedules that were washed out by late, vindictive thunderstorms.  The strangest thing, though, just might be the fact that the Marlins — a team that lost 105 games last year and was projected to finish last in the division by pretty much everyone and the club that had 18 players test positive for COVID-19 a couple days into the season — are sitting up there in first place. Sure, it’s early. And sure, they’ve only played six games, but Miami is 5-1, a half-game ahead of the 8-5 Braves, 2 1/2 ahead of the 4-5 Nationals, 3 ahead of the 2-4 Phillies and 3 1/2 ahead of the 5-8 Mets. Will the success last? Who knows? And, frankly, who cares at this point? The Marlins’ 2020 story is already pretty fascinating. So let’s take a look at these Marlins: What’s happened so far, who’s actually healthy and on the active roster and how in the world they’re off to a 5-1 start.MORE: MLB’s coronavirus rules, explainedCOVID roster complicationsWe have to start here, of course. The Marlins opened their season in Philadelphia, splitting the first two games. The club knew of positive tests before the third game, but the team voted via text messages to play anyway — yikes — and beat the Phillies, 11-6, on Sunday, July 26. Turns out, the problem was much more widespread than they had feared. The final count had 18 players — of the 30-man roster — testing positive for the coronavirus. They wouldn’t play again until Aug. 4, but more on that in a moment. Losing that many players to the virus meant the roster had to be overhauled. These 11 players were placed on the injured list on Aug. 4: pitchers Sandy Alcantara, Jeff Brigham, Robert Dugger, Yimi García, Nick Neidert, Ryne Stanek, Adam Conley and Caleb Smith, along with position players Chad Wallach, Sean Rodríguez and Miguel Rojas.Yeah. And this litany of corresponding moves to fill out the active roster happened the same day. Today’s Roster Update: pic.twitter.com/reqvTIywnD— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) August 4, 2020Sheesh. FAGAN: Cardinals’ COVID-19 outbreak won’t stop MLB season, but is needed wake-up callCOVID schedule complicationsThe Marlins were supposed to return home after the Philly series for a quick two-game set against the Orioles. Then, after two games in Baltimore, it was supposed to be back home for three against the Nationals and three against the Phillies. The Orioles games — in Florida and in Maryland — were postponed, as was the series in Miami against the Nationals, as the Marlins remained sequestered in their hotel in Philadelphia. And then the schedule was altered so that, instead of playing the Phillies at home (as originally planned) Aug. 4-6, the Marlins trekked to Baltimore to make up the four games against the Orioles — with the Marlins technically as the home team for two of them, meaning they hit in the bottom of each inning. They’ll play the fourth game on Thursday evening, then play three in New York against the Mets, then two in Buffalo against the Blue Jays. The series against psuedo-Toronto is sandwiched between two off days, which will be welcome. Then, finally, they’re scheduled to host the Braves — in Miami — for three games starting Aug. 14. If you’ve been following along, you realize that’s 11 games to start the season played in road ballparks, but more importantly 21 days away from home. Yikes. MORE: MLB is learning to cope with COVID-19’s speed and deception, but is it too late?So how are they 5-1?Even though the Marlins lost 105 games last year — 13 more than any other NL squad — and even though they were picked to finish last in the NL East by pretty much everyone, there were reasons for optimism this year. The PECOTA projections, for example, still projected them to finish last in the NL East, but with 71 wins, a big jump from 57 last year. So there’s talent building in the organization. But, again, of the 11 players placed on the injured list, eight of them were pitchers. Somehow, though, in the first three games in Baltimore, the Marlins pitchers held the Orioles to a single run over 23 innings (two seven-inning double-headers in that mix). The staff’s scoreless streak reached 21 innings before the Orioles finally pushed across a single run in the sixth inning of the third game. Five of the pitchers acquired/called up on the Aug. 4 flurry combined to throw 6 1/3 innings in the three games, with only one run allowed. “Our pitching has been incredible,” young Marlins veteran Brian Anderson told reporters. “I don’t know how they go from throwing into a (hotel) mattress to going out and getting big league hitters out like that, but whatever they’re doing we’ve got to keep doing it.”And when your pitchers allow one run in three games, it’s pretty easy to win all three games. Olympic Eddy has arrivedThe Aug. 4 flurry of moves featured interesting names, including two pitchers named Josh Smith, and Monte Harrison, a top prospect in the Marlins’ organization who is also the brother of NBA guard Shaquille Harrison.Man…where do I start lol…not how I visioned it starting off lolol but the nerves running through my body I’ve never felt before….the Excited/Anxious/Nervous/Bubble Guts feeling of stepping on the field…I’m so blessed/Honored to get to step foot on a Big League field.— Monte’ Harrison3️⃣ (@Team_Harrison3) August 5, 2020But the most fascinating story belongs to Eddy Alvarez. Before he started on his journey to the majors, the now 30-year-old rookie was an Olympic speed-skater. Alvarez, who is from Miami — not exactly a speed-skating hotspot — made the 2014 U.S. Olympic team and was part of the silver-medal winning 5,000-meter relay squad.  “Baseball is my true passion,” Alvarez told Sports Illustrated recently. “Skating was more of a short-term goal.”Alvarez started his baseball journey after the Olympics, signing with the White Sox as a 24-year-old amateur free agent in June 2014. He played five years in that organization, spending the 2018 season at Triple-A Charlotte, where he posted a .783 OPS and eight homers in 101 games. Late in March of 2019, the Marlins purchased Alvarez, and he thrived with his new franchise.  Alvarez, in 66 games at Triple-A New Orleans, batted .323, hit 12 homers and stole 12 basesWhen he made his big-league debut in Baltimore (he went 0-for-5 in the games), Alvarez became the first Winter Olympics medalist ever to play in an MLB contest. That’s pretty darn amazing, in any year.last_img read more

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Joined at the hip

first_imgSince there are laws in place that will disqualify a student-athlete from competing in the NCAA as an “amateur” if he or she accepts “any” form of compensation for their services, then there should be a law against any coach calling 47 running plays for one individual. That is lazy and visionless coaching. Dion Lewis is not a horse or a greyhound. He is still a young man, just shedding the cocoon of adolescence and he should be treated like the young athlete that he is, even if a reduced workload for him represented the prospect of Pitt losing, which they eventually did anyway. Would you like to see your son or daughter hit 47 times during any one competition? If a quarterback was hit every single time after he threw 47 passes he would have to possibly sit for two weeks, and don’t forget our legs carry our entire body weight.Running backs coach David Walker should have insisted after 40 carries that Lewis sit on the sideline because only a running or ex-running back like Mr. Walker (Syracuse) knows how it feels to have 30 carries not to mention 47. When recruiters in living rooms of America come-a-calling begging parents to allow their children to compete at various institutions of higher learning, solemn, sincere and heartfelt promises are made to take care of and look out for their young protégés and not to use them to win at any cost.Dave Wannstedt had this to say about Dion Lewis: “Dion Lewis is the best. I love him and he’s a great player. He shows up. It’s amazing for a freshman, 12 weeks [into] the season to show up with the performance that he had today.” Well, that is a very astute observation but to call that many plays for one player; does that mean that maybe the coaches were the ones that didn’t show up? Only the sore and battered body of Lewis and the final score may hold the answer to that question.* * *The Steelers drive for their seventh Lombardi Trophy may have hit an enormous pothole, maybe even a “black hole” at Heinz Field over the weekend. I knew something was wrong when I had to scrounge up the Raiders last media guide. Even thought they are not the Raiders of old, they sure played like it, well, except for Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski. The Pittsburgh area native looked more like a hybrid of Terry Bradshaw and Kordell Stewart. In this case imitation was not in the least the sincerest form of flattery by the Oakland QB, maybe assault and battery describes how he competed against and beat his hometown team.Kevin Colbert and the rest of Steelers management rolled the dice when they sat back with smirks on their faces and allowed Bryant McFadden, their former unappreciated cornerback to depart for the desert in Arizona and hop into the Cardinals’ nest. It looks as though they rolled the dice and came up with snake eyes. There also seems to be a sort of insecurity about the job of Ike Taylor, their best corner; no, their only corner being benched. If this is true who in the heck are they going to start in his place? Mel Blount or Judge Dwayne Woodruff? At this point in their lives I do not think either one of them would be interested in suiting up for competition. If Ike Taylor’s job is not safe, the head of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians should be on the chopping block as well.There are also several injury issues. Troy Polamalu has been nagged by a knee injury and probably will be inactive for the game against the Browns. It has been determined that cornerback William Gay suffered a concussion but hasn’t been ruled inactive for Thursday night’s game, at least not yet. The missed interception by defensive back Joe Burnett during the Raiders final drive was just as important as the senseless pick thrown by Big Ben Roethlisberger that wiped a possible three points off the board. The Steelers needed those three points because they lost by the score of 27-24. ’Nuff said.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com.) There were two football games played last weekend in at Heinz Field. The first game on Saturday  featured the Pittsburgh Panthers versus the Cincinnati Bearcats for the Big East Conference Championship. Sunday’s game featured the Steelers against the extremely disliked Oakland Raiders. That game would possibly represent the deciding factor as to whether Pittsburgh would possibly go on to qualify as a wild card team in order to defend its Super Bowl XLIII championship. Let’s begin with the Panthers. Pitt lost the game 45-44. Everyone said that it was the fault of the Panthers’ defense but how in the heck can you devise an offensive plan of abuse and expect it to be a win, win, for everyone. How could Dave Wannstedt allow his offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti to call 47 running plays for one running back, Dion Lewis?last_img read more

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New Board Member and Officers Elected for Providence St. Peter Foundation

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Providence St. Peter FoundationProvidence St. Peter Foundation Board of Directors has recently elected a new member to its board of directors. Joining the board is Jennifer Burtner, MD, an emergency room physician and department medical director for Providence St. Peter Hospital. Dr. Burtner will serve a three-year term. Richard “Mick” Phillips, Jen Foley, Marcia Fromhold, Mark Naubert and Mark Wagner, MD were re-elected to additional three-year terms.“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Burtner to the foundation board,” says Mick Phillips, foundation board president. “She brings a depth of experience from the medical community and a deep respect for the importance of having access to high-quality health care locally.”The foundation board also elected new officers. Mick Phillips, founding member of Phillips Burgess, PLLC was elected president. Scott Smitherman, MD was elected vice president and Kevin Schreiner, with Title Management, Inc. was elected treasurer. Each officer will serve a two-year term. Rick Middleton, President & CEO of Anderson & Middleton Company will serve as immediate past president.Retiring from the board after 12 years of service, is Joyce Targus, retired president and CEO of Frost & Company.About Providence St. Peter Foundation develops and provides philanthropic resources to help assure that compassionate and quality health care is available to the communities we serve, with special concern for the poor and vulnerable. In the last 16 years, the foundation has distributed more than $30 million to further the mission of compassionate care in our local communities. Learn more at the Providence St. Peter Foundation web page.last_img read more

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“I prefer a title in an empty field to lose it in a full one”

first_img“I still think they shouldn’t have annulled our goal at the Bernabéu. Militao didn’t know where the ball was, my blocking is well done.” LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 21, 2020 Nemanja Gudelj “Many said that China would be the end of my career, but there I learned many things and in the end I was smarter.” Nemanja Gudelj He talks about his father, Nebojsa, who played in Logroñés and Leganés in the 90s. And there is his uncle-cousin, Vlado, legend of Celta de Vigo. Football is in the genes.Yes it is. I have seen many videos of Vlado, sometimes even people on Twitter mention me when they put one of the many goals he scored at Celta. We are a very close family, we talk a lot with him. He is working there in Vigo.Although he now plays as a pivot, he has scored many goals in his career. Will it come from Vlado?At AZ I scored 13 or 14 goals a season, many from set pieces. But he played 8 often. He had more freedom to go forward and shoot on goal. As a pivot there is another type of responsibility, although it is still a position that I really like. With Lopetegui I see myself more than 6, sometimes even embedded in the line of 3 defendersAnd that did not start as a starter in Sevilla.He entered many games, but not like from the beginning, only in the Cup and the Europa League. I think Lopetegui gained confidence with me and now I play more in the league too.He did start at the Bernabéu. Do you still remember that goal annulled De Jong for his ‘block’ to Militao?I still think the same. It was badly canceled. I know where Militao is going to run, but I stand still and there is no lack. Militao also has no idea where the ball is, he just grabs De Jong. It is a tactically very well done block, it has happened to me and when I fall I do not ask for a fault. But what good is it to regret.Lament as a third party?That is what I say. If we do not play, we do not play and we will finish third deservedly because nobody has given us anything. If I am against playing? What the authorities and the Ministry of Health decide. If LaLiga returns, to win games and if we can, the Europa League. Although you have to play the games with empty fields.Would you rather win a title on an empty field than lose it on a full one?Of course. I understand that building a Europa League in an empty stadium is not the perfect situation, but let’s find a solution to celebrate it with the fans. We would either bring the Cup to the people or celebrate it for Zoom, even if it was. It is known that he lived in Spain for three years, from 3 to 6, but how does he keep that Castilian so good? You don’t even eat the items …My mother liked Spain very much. When we left we returned here every year on vacation. Sometimes up to a month and a half in a row. On the street, with friends, I was cultivating it and I no longer forgot it. The truth is that I am good at languages. In a few months I learned Portuguese. And I can speak basic Chinese. If you put me on a street in Beijing I don’t get lost …Is it true that you wanted to recruit Bosnia and Herzegovina?Yes, my father is from there and they called him when I was at AZ Alkmaar. Dick Advocaat, who was my coach at the time, also said that the Netherlands should call me. It only lacked that Spain called me! (Laughs) But I feel Serbian, it gives me goose bumps when I listen to the anthem and I think that one should not play with a country that one does not feel to be. How is this confinement being taken?Positively, because it is the only way to be right in the head. My parents and my sister are around here. We train every day together, I have a Chinese friend who is a cook … the house is full. And also, I have a pretty big garden. It is lucky. Why did he leave for China at just 25 years old? They say it’s an elephant graveyard …I do not believe it that way. When I left, the League was going up, there were great players like Óscar, Obi Mikel … Paulinho left there and then played for Barça. It is not a league with child level, it is not easy to play there. And I learned a lot of things as a soccer player. Also, at the time it was hard to say no to a contract that earned you the same as you could earn here in eight years. Many told me that it was the end of my career, but in the end I was the smart one. Then I left Sporting and now I have come to Sevilla, which has won European titles.last_img read more

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‘Enemies of Progress’

first_imgAmidst numerous criticisms about the Central Bank of Liberia’s economic inclusion program which extends rural banking services to all parts of the country, Executive Governor, Dr. J. Mills Jones, has described those in opposition of the program as “enemies of progress.”Speaking at a well-attended ceremony marking the opening of rural financial institutions in Zorlayea, Zorzor and Kolahun, all in Lofa County, Governor Jones said there are many Liberians in authority that could help government improve the lives of others, “but they are not doing it and just criticize people who have tried to do so.”“Liberia is a land of possibility — not negatively, but positively. We don’t have to wait for people to do things for us, it is now time for us to stand up to do something on our own,” he added.“Business as usual has gotten us nowhere, and it is now time for us to do things differently to improve the lives of our people. We need to work above the poverty standard.”Dr. Jones said Liberians need to stand up and do away with the dependency syndrome, because Liberia can’t continue asking for assistance.The CBL Executive then expressed gratitude to the people of Lofa County for acknowledging the intervention of the government of Liberia, adding that, “No one, irrespective of geographic location, should perceive poverty as a way of life.”He also assured rural dwellers that the CBL will remain committed to working with the Board of Governors, management and staff of the bank for the sustainable transformation of the country’s economy. “We are trying to make a difference and that’s what public service is all about, to improve the lives of the people that we serve,’’ he added. Also speaking, Mr. Francis Morgan, who spoke for Mr. Hamadu Bayo, Chief Executive Officer of Afriland First Bank, encouraged the citizens of Lofa to see the bank as their own. “It is your children that will be working here. We are not going to take anyone outside of this county to work in the bank. You need to go to the bank for loans. You have to be a shareholder in it,” he said.He said the bank will be providing other services in the county, including money transfers, which will require the presence of MoneyGram and Western Union.He assured the people that government employees will no longer have to come to Gbarnga (Bong County) to receive their pay, but will receive it “right here in this bank.”For her part, the County Development Superintendent, Madam Yougar Mulbah lauded Governor Jones for his immense contribution to the economic transformation of Liberia, evidenced by the fact that he is encouraging the economic inclusion of all by extending rural banking services to all parts of the country.Lofa County newly elected Senator, Steven Zagor, urged his kinsmen to see the bank as an opportunity for investment, “through the ownership of shares.”Senator Zagor challenged citizens of the county to take advantage of the opportunity provided them by the Government of Liberia, by purchasing shares in their new financial institution, and make it their own.He told the gathering that the people of Lofa perceive the bank as a “dream” becoming a reality and the end of many inconveniences endured, especially the time when a teacher went for his pay in Voinjama and was told that the system was down.“We are happy today for the bank because development is key for every county, and Lofa is no exception. We are happy today because the bank will serve as a new turning point for the people of Lofa County,” he added.Currently, Zorzor, Voinjama, Kolahun, Foya, River Gee, Rivercess, Sinoe, Bomi, and Barclayville are among many cities now benefiting from this initiative.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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European anarchists join Danish protests

first_imgCOPENHAGEN, Denmark – Anarchists from across northern Europe flocked to join protesters in the Danish capital on Saturday after two nights of riots sparked by the eviction of squatters from an abandoned building that had been a center for young leftists and punk rockers. More than 500 people, including scores of foreigners, have been arrested since the riots started Thursday. Authorities said more than 200 were arrested early Saturday after overnight clashes in which demonstrators pelted police with cobblestones and set fire to cars. A school was also vandalized and several buildings damaged by fire overnight Saturday. One protester was reportedly wounded in the violence, while 25 were injured the night before in what police have called Denmark’s worst riots in a decade. Police said activists from Sweden, Norway and Germany had joined hundreds of Danish youths in the protests. Sympathy protests were held in Germany, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Critics said the demonstrations were misguided because they target a Scandinavian welfare state that ranks among the world’s most egalitarian countries. “The spoiled kids in the Youth House woke up to reality in Danish society where you have a job and pay rent,” Anders Fredrik Mihle of the governing Liberal Party’s youth wing said, referring to the building where the squatters had been evicted. Like its neighbors, Denmark has a generous welfare system supported by high taxes. Education is free and health services are heavily subsidized. However, leftists have criticized the center-right government for eroding the system with proposed reforms including raising the retirement age and trimming student grants. The protesters see their fight to keep the “Youth House,” a four-story building used by young squatters since the 1980s, as symbolic of a wider struggle against a capitalist establishment. 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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Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, February 24

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester United are close to signing former Manchester City defender Stefan Savic in a shock £14.6million deal. (Metro)Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan is on the verge of signing a new deal with Borussia Dortmund. The German midfielder has frequently been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but he is set for an extended stay under Jurgen Klopp. (Daily Star)Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to step up his interest in Juventus’ Paul Pogba as Barcelona line up a move for Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin. The Gunners will have to pay up to £80million to lure Pogba to the Emirates, however. (Daily Express)Manchester City are considering launching a stunning £44m offer for Atletico Madrid star Koke in the summer. (Daily Star)Liverpool want to make Juventus forward Alvaro Morata their marquee summer signing. (Metro)Raheem Sterling has revealed he is close to signing a new Liverpool contract, with the winger set to snub interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid. (Daily Star)Chelsea are tracking Valencia teenager Carlos Badal after receiving glowing scouting reports on the Spanish under-16s centre half. (Daily Mirror)Southampton are back on the trail of Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk. Club scouts watched the Dutch centre-back during Celtic’s 3-3 draw with Inter Milan in the Europa League last Thursday. (Daily Mail)Lionel Messi is interested in a shock move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to former Barcelona teammate Eric Abidal. (Daily Star)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Martin Atkinson’s performance at Chelsea one of worst of all-time, former refs’ chief tells talkSPORTExclusive – Everton heading for relegation fight, warns Toffees greatBlow for Man United! Strootman’s surgery ‘did not go perfectly’, claims former Roma doctorDeila urges Man City striker Guidetti to remain at Celtic amid Inter Milan interestBlow for Arsenal and Tottenham? Southampton star desperate to play more football at the SaintsReports – Fiorentina place Manchester United target top of their summer wishlistReports – Dutch World Cup star rejects Ajax talks amid Man United interestlast_img read more

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Tottenham vs PSV: Champions League preview and confirmed line-ups

first_img 2 Tottenham’s Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread as they head into their fourth group stage match against PSV Eindhoven.The Dutch side scored a late equaliser against Spurs two weeks ago to snatch a 2-2 draw which left Mauricio Pochettino’s side starring European elimination in the face. Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be eliminated if they lose to PSV and Inter Milan beat Barcelona Latest Champions League News 2 ready? Aiming high 📋 | PSV XILet’s make this night one to remember! #TOTPSV pic.twitter.com/L3JKsm2g1n— PSV International (@psveindhoven) November 6, 2018 #THFC: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Eriksen, Dele, Lucas, Son, Kane (C). Match odds from @WilliamHill – https://t.co/1et4xkHHGi #COYS pic.twitter.com/RoiMnBjew5— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 6, 2018 Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available Tottenham and PSV sit on one point apiece as they both lost their opening matches against Barcelona and Inter, meanwhile the Spanish giants have nine points and the Italians have six.Spurs now need other results to go their way, as well as a remarkable turnaround in their own European form, in order to qualify for the knockout stages.However, PSV are in exactly the same situation and will be no soft touch on Tuesday night. on target Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Mauricio Pochettino remained upbeat in his press conference Confirmed line-ups What the managers are sayingMauricio Pochettino: “We all feel disappointed because we cannot deliver the possibility of playing the Champions League in our new stadium, but it wasn’t in our hands, there were many things that complicated it. It is impossible to blame the club.“If we are able to win tomorrow and have the possibility to go to the next stage maybe we can play in the Champions League in March in the new stadium.” BOOST last_img read more

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BALLYBOFEY CHINESE TAKEAWAY STAFF WERE LIVING ILLEGALLY IN DONEGAL, COURT TOLD

first_imgMr Low: Jailed for 7 daysFOUR Malaysian nationals arrested at a Ballybofey Chinese takeaway were living in Donegal illegally.One of them later gave a false name to Gardaí who managed to discover she left Malaysia 14 years ago after a conviction for breaking into a house. The details of the case emerged during a court case where all four pleaded guilty to failing to register with the authorities in the State.Mei Ling Chen, 56, from the Lee Ho Chinese in Navenny Street, Ballybofey, was in fact Toh Kim Lia, 54, Detective Sergeant Stephen McGonagle told Letterkenny District Court.“We still don’t know how she entered the country. She says she arrived here in a container 20 years ago but we’ve spoken to Malaysian police and she has a conviction there 14 years ago for what was described as ‘housebreaking’,” said DS McGonagle.The charges arose after a search under the Drugs Act on January 21 this year. All four are facing other charges.DS McGonagle said offices had established that couple Ching Am Low and Li Jiuan Choog flew into Heathrow with a child on October 29, 2012 as visitors to the UK which allowed them to stay for six months. They had flown on to Belfast City Airport after their arrival in London.They were joined my Ms Choog’s mother Sam Pohs Ooi who is 61.All were working here illegally.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said the couple had flown to Britain from Kuala Lumpar; they paid 2,500 sterling for the flights and through circumstances had ended up in Co Donegal.“They were economic refugees from their own country; they found their situation in Europe worsened due to unreliable parties in the UK and quickly discovered – like a lot of Irish people who have gone overseas – that the streets weren’t paved with gold,” he said.“They found themselves beholding to others under circumstances where they are not entitled to any kind of social welfare and they lived an unhappy existence under a cloud of fear, fear of detection. They were unable to save any money.“Effectively they were here at a substance level. This was a crime driven by much more laudable ambitions,” said Mr Dorrian.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher, representing Sam Pohs Ooi, told Judge Paul Kelly: “This lady found herself in an alien country and in alien culture. She is a very pleasant woman who was here to help her child, her son in law and their grandchild. She is a little lost in the whole case.”He said Toh had found herself working underground in takeaways in Donegal.He said she also denied having any convictions on Malaysia.All four, who are in custody, were given seven days in prison for entering Ireland illegally.BALLYBOFEY CHINESE TAKEAWAY STAFF WERE LIVING ILLEGALLY IN DONEGAL, COURT TOLD was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyChinesedonegalimmigration chargestakeawaylast_img read more

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LADIES FOOTBALL: NEW COUNTY MANAGERS APPOINTED

first_imgTHE Donegal Ladies Board has announced new managers for its teams for 2014. Glenties man Sean Connaghan will take charge of the county U-14 team while Kenny Griffin from Mac Cumhaills will manage the U-16s.Another Glenties man, Christopher Molloy, will be in charge of the county minors this year. Letterkenny Gaels coach Maggie Foy will be in charge of the senior ladies team. They begin their campaign on the first weekend in February away to Laois.All the underage competitions will begin in March.The U-16 training has started; whilst the trials for Minors begin in Convoy this Saturday at 10am. Coaches should contact Sheila Campbell 087 2490154 for more details.The U-14 trials date will be announced shortly.  LADIES FOOTBALL: NEW COUNTY MANAGERS APPOINTED was last modified: January 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LADIES FOOTBALL: NEW COUNTY MANAGERS APPOINTEDlast_img read more

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