Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep top seeds for Australian Open

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 27. Alex de Minaur, Australia28. Lucas Pouille, France29. Gilles Simon, France30. Gael Monfils, France31. Steve Johnson, United States32. Philipp Kohlschreiber, GermanyWomen’s Singles1. Simona Halep, Romania2. Angelique Kerber, Germany3. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark 2. Rafael Nadal, Spain3. Roger Federer, Switzerland4. Alexander Zverev, Germany5. Kevin Anderson, South Africa6. Marin Cilic, CroatiaADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Schrock in awe 17. Marco Cecchinato, Italy18. Diego Schwartzman, Argentina19. Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia20. GrigorDimitrov, Bulgaria21. David Goffin, Belgium22. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain23. Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain24. HyeonChung, South Korea25. Denis Shapovalov, Canada26. Fernando Verdasco, Spain Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers 14. Julia Goerges, Germany15. Ashleigh Barty, Australia16. Serena Williams, United States17. Madison Keys, United States18. Garbine Muguruza, Spain19. Caroline Garcia, France20. Anett Kontaveit, Estonia21. Wang Qiang, China22. JelenaOstapenko, Latvia23. Carla Suárez Navarro, Spain Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Serena Williams, who won the Australian Open in 2017 while pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia, returns as the 16th-seeded player after missing last year’s tournament.Fifth-ranked Juan Martin del Potro will miss the Australian Open while he recovers from a fractured right kneecap.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMen’s Singles1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns the ball to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during the final match of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)MELBOURNE, Australia  — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep, as expected, were given the No. 1 seedings on Thursday when the Australian Open announced its singles seedings list.Defending champion Roger Federer is seeded No. 3 after Rafael Nadal, while women’s defending singles champion Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Halep in last year’s final at Melbourne Park, is No. 3 behind second-seeded and 2016 champion Angelique Kerber.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 24. Lesia Tsurenko, Ukraine25. Mihaela Buzarnescu, Romania26. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia27. CamilaGiorgi, Italy28. Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwan29. Donna Vekic, Croatia30. Maria Sharapova, Russia31. Petra Martic, Croatia32. Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 4. Naomi Osaka, Japan5. Sloane Stephens, United States6. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine7. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic8. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic9. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands10. Daria Kasatkina, Russia11. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus12. Elise Mertens, Belgium13. Anastasija Sevastova, Latvia 7. Dominic Thiem, Austria8. Kei Nishikori, Japan9. John Isner, United States10. Karen Khachanov, Russia11. Borna Coric, Croatia12. Fabio Fognini, Italy13. Kyle Edmund, Britain14. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece15. Daniil Medvedev, Russia16. Milos Raonic, Canada View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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Kath Arado sees bright future in ‘unique’ rookie libero Jennifer Nierva

first_imgOnyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Kath Arado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“She’s restless in chasing the ball, so she really did a good job earlier.”Nierva, based on numbers alone, had a better outing than Arado, posting 30 excellent digs and 28 successful receptions.Arado, on the other side of the floor, finished with 32 excellent sets and 13 successful receptions.READ: After breakthrough wins, Nierva confident Lady Bulldogs can play better in 2nd roundThe two teams, however, are just level based on win-loss records at 2-6, tied for the sixth spot in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Arado added that Nierva is incomparable to the other liberos she’s faced and that the rookie Lady Bulldog has a style of her own.“She has this unique movement in her,” said Arado. “She has a unique style that’s her own and she’s not imitating anybody because that’s her own technique. No one should be ever compared to her.”“She has her own style and it amazes me when I watch her. That’s hers and she worked hard for that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Metta World Peace gets another technical foul—this time at NBTC National finals Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Arado, however, is also someone who is ready to praise defensive prowess when she sees it and National University rookie Jennifer Nierva has definitely caught her attention.READ: UE star Kath Arado confident change has come for UE Lady WarriorsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNierva and Arado faced each other for the second time this season with the Lady Warriors taking the four-set win, 25-16, 25-18, 24-26, 25-16, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.“That kid is amazing, that’s all I can say about her,” said Arado in Filipino. “She’s that great. She’s in her first year here and she’s already this good because she can lift her team up. I can already see her future and she’s really incredible.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? NU libero Jennifer Nierva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Kath Arado is considered as one of the best, if not the best, defenders in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.Not only does University of the East’s libero have the reputation of being an impenetrable force, Arado also has the hardware to prove it after being named the Rookie of the Year in Season 77 and winning the Best Digger award twice and the Best Receiver plum once.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Remigrants from Venezuela claiming mineral-rich land must prove citizenship – Greenidge

first_imgRemigrant Guyanese from Venezuela claiming land in Ekereku, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) must be able to prove their citizenship to the satisfaction of immigration authorities; a statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry stated.The Ministry issued a statement on Friday, stating that the claims to the mineral-rich land are not a straightforward case. The statement came following a report in sections of the local media. Cabinet has mandated the requisite Ministries and agencies to investigate the matter, the statement added. The Ministry said while the Government is committed to ensuring the rights of our Indigenous peoples are respected; none of the persons in question has been able to prove their citizenship to the satisfaction of immigration authorities.Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl GreenidgeWithout this proof, they are not entitled to enter Guyana without permission from the relevant authorities. In such a case, there can be no claim to assets in Guyana, since the Ministry is unsure whether these persons are Guyanese or whether they actually hold Venezuelan citizenship.The Ministry also cited security and other legal issues arising from the persons claiming land where gold is being mined without proper documentation.last_img read more

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Wildly lucrative pot clinics are feds’ targets

first_imgUnder California law, clinics are supposed to dispense marijuana just to seriously ill people and owners are to get only “reasonable compensation” for their services. But oversight is lax and there are few specific guidelines for buyers and sellers of a drug still illegal under federal law. Broad interpretation Who can open a clinic, what constitutes reasonable compensation and who can grow and supply marijuana are all open to broad interpretation – factors that have helped fuel a surge in new clinics. Oakland, Santa Rosa and even famously permissive West Hollywood are among cities that have imposed moratoriums on new clinics amid concerns that owners and buyers are abusing the law. The DEA also has taken notice, embarking on a stepped-up effort targeting clinics run by people like Rose who appear to flout the reasonable-compensation provision. Federal officials raided 11 Los Angeles-area dispensaries in one day in January, the largest-ever such crackdown. They returned to one of the clinics in West Hollywood on Wednesday, breaking down a door and seizing additional records. Federal agents trailed Sparky Rose as he drove a Porsche Carrera convertible to his medical marijuana clinic. For the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the sports car was a sign Rose might be pocketing big money from the purportedly nonprofit clinic, New Remedies Cooperative. An investigation turned up records showing $2.3 million was deposited in a New Remedies bank account in eight months starting in December 2005. Rose also wrote himself weekly checks of $9,600, according to court papers. When Rose was arrested in October and accused of illegal drug trafficking – charges he denies – authorities seized $125,000 in cash, thousands of pot plants and the Porsche from his San Francisco-area clinic. DEA spokeswoman Sarah Pullen said authorities chose clinics that were making big money, had become hot spots for crime or were part of large franchises. The raided clinics, on average, raked in $20,000 in profits each day, she said. Many clinics were buying pot wholesale from street dealers and reselling it for twice the roughly $100-an-ounce black-market rate, Pullen said. “It’s become something we can’t ignore,” she said. The investigation is ongoing and has yet to produce any arrests or charges. Some clinics have remained closed while others reopened. Local control at issue West Hollywood City Councilman Jeff Prang said the federal government should leave it to local governments to monitor and regulate marijuana dispensaries that provide relief for those suffering from cancer, Parkinson’s, AIDS and other debilitating diseases. “It’s a real sad day for the DEA if these type of facilities are that high on the list of priorities,” he said. California was the first of 12 states to allow the sale of marijuana for medicinal purposes, mainly pain control, and is regarded as having the loosest regulations. Since the law was passed in 1996, the statewide number of clinics has grown to about 400. Customers can order from a menu of marijuana varieties, such as Green Crack and Hindu Kush. Some clinics even offer packaged marijuana-laced lollypops, candy bars and pastries. Los Angeles clinics In Los Angeles alone, there are about 100 dispensaries, up from just four in 2005, according to Police Chief William Bratton, who has called for a moratorium on new clinics in the state’s largest city. Bratton is among those who believe the murkiness of the reasonable-compensation provision added in 2003 has stoked a proliferation of outlets run by people more interested in earning big money than providing a service. Police, clinic owners, activists and legislators – even the author of the law – can’t say for sure how much money clinic owners can legally earn. “A profit is in the eye of the beholder,” said Joseph David Elford, a lawyer for Americans for Safe Access, a medicinal marijuana advocacy group. Elford said a hands-off government approach to the clinics should boost competition, keeping marijuana prices affordable for those who need it and forcing owners to limit profits. But Pullen said that hasn’t happened – the number of clinics has swelled while pot prices remain high and some owners are pocketing big money. Just mellow out Former state Sen. John Vasconcellos, the San Jose-area lawmaker who authored the 2003 law, has no problem with clinic owners earning hefty salaries as long as they provide help for ill people. He said the federal government should mellow out. “We’re helping people who are sick and they have this fascist mentality against good health and pleasure,” Vasconcellos said. The bill’s co-author, state Assemblyman Mark Leno of San Francisco, sees no need to clarify the law and there is no serious effort from state politicians to further regulate the industry. “Micromanaging how private businesses operate is not something the state should be involved in,” Leno said. Law enforcement officials like Bratton, however, believe some enhanced state or local regulations are needed to keep drug dealers from operating behind a veneer of legitimacy. They cite recent DEA targets, such as 26-year-old Luke Scarmazzo, co-owner of a Modesto clinic. A video for his rap song “Business Man,” shown at his bond hearing, features him counting wads of $100 bills, puffing what appears to be pot smoke into the camera and cursing federal authorities. Records at Scarmazzo’s clinic, co-owned by Ricardo Ruiz Montes, 26, showed the pair made more than $4.5 million in marijuana sales from October 2004 to June 2006, according to the DEA. Marijuana states States with laws permitting medical marijuana sales and the years they took effect: Alaska, 1999 Colorado, 2001 California, 1996 Hawaii, 2000 Maine, 1999 Maryland, 2003 Montana, 2004 Nevada, 2001 Oregon, 1998 Rhode Island, 2006 Vermont, 2004 Washington, 1998 Source: National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws 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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North Peace Family Super Park fills needed board position vacancies

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Family Super Park non-profit organisation says that it has filled the vacant positions on its board in order to continue to work towards building an indoor play area in Fort St. John.Founder and board chair Jaandi Roemer says that after word spread that the board needed to fill the vacant Treasurer and Executive Director positions, the non-profit was able to not get those positions, but have expanded their board to a total of 16 members. The group was in danger of having to close if they weren’t able to fill the vacancies prior to reporting their membership to the government ahead of their September 12th deadline. That would have meant that the group would have had to donate all monies raised to another charitable organisation of their choosing.Roemer says that the group got non-profit certification three years ago. Since then, the board has raised nearly $43,000 towards the construction of an indoor playground in Fort St. John. According to Roemer, the closest indoor playgrounds to the Energetic City are located in Grande Prairie, Tumbler Ridge, and Fort Nelson.- Advertisement -The group has a budget of $375,000 for the construction of an indoor playground that would that would cater to all ages, adults included. The group has also spent a great deal of time insuring that the planned playground would also cater to those with physical and developmental disabilities.last_img read more

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Amid transfer drama Neymar ‘doesn’t know what to do’: Pique

first_imgThe saga has overshadowed Barcelona’s pre-season tour of North America, which reaches a climax on Saturday when they face Real Madrid in Miami.Neymar has scored three goals in two friendlies for Barcelona, but has studiously avoided speaking to the press.“Neymar and I we are very close and I want him to stay and I know the situation,” Pique said.“Right now he doesn’t know what to do and we are trying to help him, the ones (on the team) that are more close to him to take the right decision.”Meanwhile, ESPN FC also reported that Barcelona will report PSG for a breach of UEFA’s financial fair play (FFP) rules if the French club end up paying the Brazilian’s buyout clause of more the 200 million euros.Citing unnamed sources, the website said Barcelona officials believe no club is capable of paying the buyout, wages and bonuses that would be included in the deal without breaching the financial regulations.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar takes part in a event organized by a sports shop in Miami, on July 28, 2017 © AFP / HECTOR RETAMALLOS ANGELES, United States, Jul 29 – Brazilian superstar Neymar “doesn’t know what to do” as frenzy over his possible move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain continues to dominate headlines, Barca teammate Gerard Pique told ESPN FC.French giants PSG are supposedly ready to launch a record-breaking 218 million euros ($256 million) move for Neymar.last_img read more

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Barca sue Neymar over contract breach

first_img0Shares0000Neymar signed a new five-year deal with Barcelona in 2016, but the Catalans were powerless to stop his move to PSG just a year later as the French side met the buyout clause in his contract © AFP/File / Thomas SAMSONBARCELONA, Spain, Aug 22 – Barcelona are seeking at least Sh1.03bn ($10 million) in compensation from Neymar for breach of contract, the club said on Tuesday as the bitter fallout rumbles on from his world record 222 million-euro move to Paris Saint-Germain.The move comes after Barcelona refused to pay a separate 26 million-euro bonus due to Neymar for signing a five-year contract renewal last year. “In the lawsuit, the club demands the player return the already paid sum for his contract renewal as he has not completed his contract; 8.5 million euros in damages; and an additional 10 percent because of delayed payment,” Barcelona said in a statement.Neymar’s family hit back on Tuesday in a statement released by the firm representing their interests.“This news was received with surprise given that the player fully respected the contract valid at the time,” said NN Consultoria.“As for the bonuses owed for the signature of the contract in 2016, stipulated in the contract and not paid by FC Barcelona…(Neymar) has already started formal proceedings to recover the money before the competent court.”Despite being under contract, Barcelona were powerless to stop Neymar’s move to PSG earlier this month as the French side met the buyout clause in his contract.Barca added the demand was lodged against Neymar on August 11 with Barcelona’s employment court, eight days after his stunning move to Ligue 1.The Catalan giants have also passed the claim onto FIFA and the French Football Federation via the Spanish Football Federation to take what they see as “the appropriate legal effects”.Moreover, Barca urged PSG to pay the amount they are seeking if Neymar — who is reported to earn 30 million euros a year after tax for the next five years in Paris — isn’t able to meet their demands.– PSG ‘surprised’ –PSG responded on Tuesday evening by saying they were “surprised” at Barcelona’s move.“Paris Saint-Germain reiterates that, like Neymar Jr., it has always respected all applicable laws and rules in its dealings and, once again, regrets the attitude of FC Barcelona,” read a club statement in English.Barcelona’s latest move comes two days after Neymar fiercely criticised the club’s under-fire board after scoring twice in a stunning home debut as PSG beat Toulouse 6-2 on Sunday.“There are people in charge that shouldn’t be there,” Neymar told reporters.“Barca deserve much more and everyone knows that.”The split between Barca’s top players and board was evidenced as a smiling Neymar posted photos on his Instagram page of the Brazilian visiting former teammates including Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic on Tuesday.“Friends that I missed,” Neymar wrote alongside a picture of him being embraced by Messi and Suarez.Messi is yet to formally sign a new contract, the terms of which were agreed back in July, provoking speculation over his future.The case is just the latest in a series of legal disputes that blighted Neymar’s four-year spell with Barcelona.Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, former president Sandro Rosell, Neymar and his parents are to face trial for fraud and corruption in Spain over the murky transfer that brought the player from Santos to Barca in 2013.Investment company DIS — who owned 40 percent of Neymar’s sporting rights at the time of the transfer — believe they were cheated out of their real share of the deal.Barca also settled a case with the Spanish tax authorities over the transfer for 5.5 million euros last year.Bartomeu is under mounting pressure as Barca have so far failed in their attempts to replace Neymar with bids for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund rebuffed.Following Barca’s 5-1 aggregate thrashing by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup last week, the hashtag “bartomeudimiteya” (Bartomeu resign now) was a trending topic worldwide on Twitter.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Liverpool transfer blow! Reds priced out of move for Alex Teixeira claim Shakhtar Donetsk

first_imgLiverpool appear to have been priced out of a January move for forward Alex Teixeira after Shakhtar Donetsk’s chief executive Sergei Palkin set the fee at £53million – for a summer transfer.The Reds opened negotiations with the Ukrainians last week after chief executive Ian Ayre flew out to their winter training camp in Florida.However, after a £24million offer was declined talks have continued but the two parties are so far apart in their valuation of the 26-year-old Brazilian it now seems unlikely there will be any deal done before the transfer window closes.“Liverpool stopped after an offer of 32million euro (£24m) and a 4m euro (£3m) bonus,” Palkin told Ukrainian television channel Football 1.“We obviously refused to accept it. This is the last number that was announced. Our position is that we do not want to sell Teixeira today.“We will sell him only at the end of the season. We need to have some good results in the Europa League and the Ukraine championship.“At the end of the season we will sit down at the negotiating table. Teixeira has a compensation charge in his contract – the price is 70m euro (£53m).“Please, if someone wants him – let them come and declare themselves.” 1 Alex Teixeira last_img read more

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Lay sold as Enron burned, feds say

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHowever, Lay did tell workers less than three months before Enron filed for bankruptcy protection that he had bought stock when, in fact, he had sold more shares than he bought. In a methodical yet blistering cross-examination, prosecutor John Hueston highlighted Lay’s complicated stock activity throughout 2001 to challenge the ex-chairman’s credibility in portraying himself as a loyal company man who put Enron first. Lay’s demeanor was markedly more subdued than when Hueston first challenged him late Wednesday. At that time, Lay’s trademark public amiability disappeared as he raised his voice, scowled and snarled repeatedly at the prosecutor who secured an indictment against him in July 2004. On Thursday, Lay often appeared to treat Hueston like an irritant, but answered inquiries in a matter-of-fact tone. Lay faces six counts of fraud and conspiracy related to the months before the company’s collapse, when he took back the role of CEO following Skilling’s resignation in mid-August 2001. HOUSTON – Federal prosecutors sought Thursday to torpedo Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay’s image as a company champion, trying to show he used the ailing energy giant to bail himself out of personal financial woes in 2001. Lay obtained more than $70 million in loans from Enron throughout 2001 and repaid most with company stock, even as he encouraged employees to buy more shares. Lay didn’t disclose those stock sales publicly because regulations required that sales of shares back to a company be reported only in the year after they occur. Unlike his co-defendant in his fraud and conspiracy trial, former Enron Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling, Lay isn’t charged with improper stock sales. last_img read more

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DDTV: SEE THE COPE AND McCONALOGUE COME OUT ON TOP AT FF CONVENTION

first_imgMore than 700 delegates attended the Fianna Fail selection convention in Letterkenny today. In the end both Pat the Cope Gallagher and Charlie McConalogue were put forward to contest the forthcoming general election in Donegal. DonegalTV was there to get the reaction from delegates and from the candidates selected.Simply click on the video to view.DDTV: SEE THE COPE AND McCONALOGUE COME OUT ON TOP AT FF CONVENTION was last modified: October 4th, 2015 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:conventiondonegalfianna faillast_img read more

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