“I expect things to get a lot difficult in the coming games,” admitted F2 Logistics coach Arnold Laniog. “So we prepare ourselves and train hard in practice.”Cignal HD, which got a thorough straight set defeat from F2 on Thursday, will try to vent its ire on winless Smart Prepaid. —MARC REYESFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery View comments Focus will be on the pool-play pairings as four teams led by defending champion F2 Logistics mix it up Saturday in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.F2 will take on Foton at 1:45 p.m. at Muntinlupa Sports Center with the Cargo Movers hoping to score their fifth win in six games and crowd the upper grid of the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Superal cruises to record 16-shot victory Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
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 MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Thunder: Westbrook picked up his fourth foul trying to get around Gobert’s pick with 7:33 left in the third, but the Thunder were actually outscored by 12 points when he was on the court. … Despite allowing several offensive rebounds down the stretch, the Thunder outrebounded the Jazz 51-44.Jazz: Even with a number of open looks, Utah didn’t make a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. … The Jazz hadn’t lost at home when getting more than 30 assists since Nov. 26, 2008. Utah had 35 assists.UP NEXTThunder: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.Jazz: Host the Portland Trail Blazers in the final Christmas Day game on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots as Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale (23) defends in the second half during an NBA basketball game Saturday Dec. 22, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Oklahoma City won, 107-106. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Paul George had 43 points and 14 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder hold off the Utah Jazz for a 107-106 victory Saturday night.Jerami Grant and Steven Adams each scored 15 as the Thunder (21-10) won their fourth straight game and tied Denver for the best record in the Western Conference. Russell Westbrook had eight points on 3-for-17 shooting with 12 rebounds and nine assists.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Rudy Gobert had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz (16-18). Donovan Mitchell scored 20, Derrick Favors added 16 and Ricky Rubio had 12 points and 14 assists.Three nights after scoring 43 against Sacramento, George went 15 for 25 from the field and made five 3-pointers while dishing out six assists.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 ChrissGeorge hit a jumper to extend Oklahoma City’s lead to 106-97, but the Jazz fought back on the strength of their defense. After a miss by Westbrook, Mitchell drove for a layup to make it 107-105. After Mitchell and Dennis Schroder exchanged steals, Westbrook fouled out trying to block Mitchell on a potential tying dunk with 1.5 seconds remaining.Mitchell was slow to get up after hitting the floor hard, and his first free throw rimmed out. Mitchell launched the second free throw high, apparently attempting to generate a long rebound, but it swished through for the final margin. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Adonis Stevenson regains consciousness from medically induced coma Westbrook was on the bench with four fouls when Rubio made a 3-pointer to give the Jazz a 79-70 lead midway through the third quarter. George scored 18 points in the last 6:04 of the period — on everything from driving dunks to spinning 3s — to forge a 93-81 advantage after three free throws with five seconds left.In all, the Thunder outscored the Jazz 23-2 when everything went through George. He flexed while facing the Utah crowd on the baseline, he talked trash with Joe Ingles and he demanded the ball, even while drawing double-teams at times.George didn’t do it just by shooting. In the fourth quarter, Mitchell looked as though he was headed for a breakaway dunk and George somehow took the ball from him. A couple of plays later, the Jazz overplayed him and he deftly dropped the ball off to Adams for a dunk.George took some time getting in a rhythm after offseason knee surgery and the Thunder lost four straight. Since then, George has become nearly unstoppable. In his last nine games, he has averaged more than 32 points on 47 percent 3-point shooting.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT View comments
Natural Resources CommitteeExxonMobil’s appearance before the Parliamentary Natural Resources Committee on Friday saw the oil company being grilled about local content and corporate social responsibilities. However, while the company has been doing work in this regard, it was a Government Member of Parliament who noted that the state must take the initiative on providing a local content framework.ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod Henson related that, during the first quarter of 2018, Exxon used 227 local companies, with US$14.1 million going into the economy. He stressed that regardless of the size of the companies Exxon used, the services they provide are all important.Henson also revealed that, in the first quarter, the company grew by 40 persons, of whom 28 were of Guyanese nationality. Henson noted that Exxon has hired several engineers of Guyanese nationality, including engineering graduates from the University of Guyana and the University of the West Indies.He revealed that they received additional training opportunities, and that their expertise would be used by the time first oil is produced in 2020.In addition, Henson noted that those Exxon had hired are also being promoted after being afforded training opportunities. Here he cited examples of drivers who were promoted upwards into senior positions in the company’s operations.But when suggestions were fielded to Henson that Exxon had a role to play in helping Government to formulate local content legislation, Government Member of Parliament Jermaine Figueira intervened.Figueria noted that rather than Exxon providing a blueprint of what local content it would initiate, it’s the other way around. He pointed out that Government has the responsibility to lead the way on local content and laying out a frame work.“With respect to asking (whether) Exxon has a local content (policy) that they are desirous of providing the Government, that (question) should be the other way around. Local content, of which Exxon will be implementing, should be heavily influenced by the Government,” Figueira said.“The local content policy should be of an indigenous nature. It must reflect the Guyanese significant input on what it is we want… I don’t believe you should lead the way on local content. I believe it is the other way around,” Figueira stressed.Government has faced much criticism for the draft local content policy it released to the public, with the political opposition referring to it as hollow, and even civil society criticising it.A criticism was that the document does not cater for issues such as how to avoid procurement fraud, conflict of interest and favouritism, among other (things). Instead, the draft Local Content Policy framework seeks to address the suite of opportunities that may arise, and the approaches to be taken in selecting and developing opportunities related to enhancing the capabilities of Guyanese nationals and businesses.Since the criticisms first emerged, Government has been holding consultations with different representative bodies. And when ExxonMobil was granted a production license, Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, asked the company to submit its Local Content Plan to the Government.CLBDRegarding the Center for Local Business Development (CLBD), Henson spoke about outreaches that the Center has done with the Institute of Private Enterprise Development (IPED) in a bid to extend their reach beyond Georgetown.But questioning the rationale, Figueira referenced a particular instance when Exxon allegedly contracted a catering service from Trinidad, which then sub-contracted the work to a local company. The MP also probed how many contractors and sub-contractors were used, with Figueira noting that while companies may have been used and paid by Exxon, it is important that the money remains within the local economy.Initially, Henson appeared confused, and explained that making this distinction does not matter. Figueira, however, received support on this point from Committee Chairman Odinga Lumumba, with the end result being Henson promising to make this information available at a later date.The issue of the company’s corporate social responsibility was also raised, with Figueira noting that Exxon has spent millions in countries like Nigeria on such projects. In response, Henson revealed that the company gets thousands of requests from locals, including to construct buildings.“We do this all over the world! Seventy per cent cent of our employees are Guyanese. It’s where we live. But it’s not our role to fix every problem. But it’s something that we want to do… to the degree that we can,” Henson explained. “There’s a lot of need here, and we recognise we can’t meet all those needs.”That being said, Henson went on to reel off all the social projects Exxon has engaged in, including in the areas of science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) and outfitting learning resources centres. He made it clear that the company does see fulfilling requests from non-governmental organisations as part of their corporate responsibility.
… individual decisions not binding on company – legal opinionManaging Director of the Guyana Water Incorporated Inc (GWI), Dr Richard Van West-Charles, has been informed in no uncertain terms that his powers are subservient to that of the collective Board of Directors led by its Chairman.The position was made clear in a legal opinion sought by the GWI Managing Director, as he attempted to usurp the powers of the Board of Directors.He had sought a legal opinion from the Satram and Satram Law Firm, on the powers of the Board as a collective, versus his individual powers as a Director on that Board but was told the decisions of the collective body prevails.Guyana Times has seen a copy of the legal opinion sought by Van West-Charles, which has effectively informed him that his remit lay only with the day to day operations of the entity and does not supersede the collective decisions of the board of directors led by its Chairman.The Board members, he was informed, act and take decisions on behalf of the company’s shareholders – the owners of the company which in this case is the people of Guyana through the State.The legal opinion sought has since advised that the GWI Board of Directors led by its Chairman “are empowered to direct the management of the business and affairs of the company.”Van West-Charles is a Manager and as such is subjected to the decisions of the board, according to the legal opinion.No bindingDirectors are generally appointed by the shareholders of the company –once elected they are under a duty to act in the best interest of the company when exercising their powers.“Decisions made outside of meetings and by individual Directors are not properly decisions of the Board and may not be binding on the company,” the legal opinion supplied by Satram and Satram Law Firm stated.The GWI by-laws makes both the Chairman and the Managing Director members of the Board of Directors and while “These two Directors may be vested with special powers and duties which the Board may confer upon them… They may exercise powers of the Board only to the extent that they are authorised to do so by the board.”The attorneys have since also informed the GWI’s Managing Director that the powers of the Directors are collectively given to them and that they collectively exercise an independent power of management.“Their powers are not subject to the dictates of shareholders… This is because the Directors’ power is original and not delegated.”It was pointed out to Dr Van West-Charles that the Directors exercise their powers for the benefit of the company.ComplaintsThe legal opinion sought said too that the powers of the board are not given to individual Directors but to the Board as a unit since the board acts collectively.“The Board of Directors operates through meetings and resolutions… decisions of the Directors can only be taken at a properly constituted Board meeting.”The internal fighting between Dr Van West-Charles and the Board of Directors came about following a litany of complaints related to numerous infractions and changes at the utility entity that had been instituted by him. The entity’s Internal Audit Department (IAD) has launched an investigation into an abuse of authority by the entity’s Managing Director, Van West-Charles in addition to the Board of Directors considering a motion to have him immediately suspended pending investigations.The auditors have also recommended that many of the changes instituted by Dr Van West-Charles be reversed.The investigation was launched into the actions of Van West-Charles after a litany of complaints and allegations had been lodged and those range through questionable employment practices, the suppression of internal audits, and retribution against senior employees, among a host of other infractions.Reversed decisionsAccording to internal communications seen by Guyana Times, Van West-Charles in fact relocated the Internal Audit Department (IAD) to a Da Silva Street, Georgetown, location in order to make room for the ‘Debt Recovery Department.’With regards interference of Van West-Charles into the operations of the Internal Audit Department, this publication has seen internal correspondences which point to allegations that on various occasions, the Managing Director had stated that he was very uncomfortable about the reporting lines and authority of the audit manager and staff.The Managing Director reportedly instituted a system for the internal auditors where, “we started to experience lengthy delays to get records timely, limited access to people and information from auditors.” All requests were made to be channelled through Dr Van West-Charles, who also “requested that he be kept informed on every stage of an audit and would like to screen the Auditees responses before same was disclosed to the IA staff.”Suppress auditsAccording to the correspondences seen, “The environment became similar to the one created by the previous Chief Executive (CE)… Found to be very hostile most of the times but we tried as much as possible to suppress and work around it.”The IAD has since recommended an urgent review of GWI’s policies and procedures at all operational areas to reflect modern practices and the structural changes recently made.
Former Leicester defender Frank Sinclair has warned the club’s hierarchy they will have to match Queens Park Rangers’s £15million valuation of Charlie Austin if they want to beat the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle to the striker.The managerless Foxes – who sacked Nigel Pearson last week despite last season’s great escape from relegation – recently tabled a £12m bid for 26-year-old AustinHowever, the offer was rejected with the stubborn Super Hoops standing firm on their asking price for the player, who received an England call-up late last term after scoring 18 Premier League goals.And Sinclair, who made 164 Premier League appearances for Leicester, believes the side should show their ambition to remain in the top flight and pull out all the stops to land the frontman.He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “QPR will be looking for a bit more after the £12m offer, Chelsea can afford that and I think at the end of the day if Leicester really want him they have to up their bid to the £15m asking price.“It shows where their ambition is. I think Austin is a good player; he is up there with one of the best British players in the Premier League. He certainly deserves to stay in the league with the amount of goals he scored last season.“You have to buy top players if you want to stay in the Premier League and even without a manger, someone in the boardroom is trying to get things right.”
1 Eden Hazard limped off early on in Chelsea’s victory over Crystal Palace and the club’s supporters are now questioning whether they are better on the field without the reigning PFA Player of the Year.The Belgium international’s form has dropped tremendously this season amid reports of a rift with former manager Jose Mourinho, and despite an impressive performance against Manchester United, he still looks a shadow of the player that stunned the Premier League last term.And having sealed arguably their first convicing win of the campaign without Hazard, Chelsea fans think he should stay on the sidelines.Have a read of what Blues supporters have had to say about the winger below… Chelsea winger Eden Hazard
SACRAMENTO – Wading into a heated legal fight on the side of the Department of Water and Power, Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg – a possible candidate for LAUSD superintendent – has drafted a bill that would wipe out the school district’s claim that it’s being overcharged millions of dollars for utility services. The bill would allow the DWP and other municipal utilities to continue charging a disputed fee that school districts and other local public agencies claim is illegal. Goldberg, a former teacher and school board member, said she is intervening to end the legal dispute in the belief that current law does not entitle public agencies to pay lower rates for utility services than private parties. “If, in fact, as a matter of public policy, we want public utilities to subsidize public entities like schools, I would vote for that and we should straight-up do a bill suggesting that,” Goldberg said. Other agencies involved in the suit include Los Angeles County, the Metropolitan Transportation Agency and the Los Angeles Community College District. Total damages, including compensation for overcharges, triple damages and interest, could total more than $600 million for DWP. Attorney General Bill Lockyer’s office is pursuing a separate case on similar grounds on behalf of a dozen state agencies including California State University, Northridge; UCLA; the Department of Motor Vehicles; and the California Highway Patrol. That complaint, which goes to trial in San Bernardino County in June, seeks actual and punitive damages that could total $90 million. At the center of the suits is a 1988 state law intended to clarify an overbilling dispute between the San Marcos schools and water district. The law set guidelines for imposing such fees and allows public agencies to negotiate the amount of the fees. But the school districts and other public agencies are interpreting various provisions of the law to argue that the DWP has been illegally imposing the fee since the law passed. In proposing her legislation, Goldberg argues that the original law never intended to allow public agencies to avoid paying their fair share of costs. Her bill clarifies the definition of the fee to say that it can be charged to public agencies, as long as the amount is not higher than what other customers are charged. And if the schools and other public agencies don’t have to pay the fee, she notes, the rates for all DWP customers would have to rise to make up for the lost revenue. Former Gov. Gray Davis vetoed a similar bill Goldberg authored in 2003. Goldberg said officials with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office previously made it clear they weren’t interested in the bill, but she asked again recently and they said they would take a look at it. A spokesman for the governor said the administration has no position on the bill at this time. DWP officials declined to comment, citing the pending litigation. Lockyer’s office said officials had not finished reviewing the legislation, but their greatest concern is making sure it does not relate to past allegations of overcharges. “We don’t want any bill to be used by DWP to try and escape liability for the years of overcharges to state and local agencies,” said AG spokesman Tom Dresslar. Goldberg said she believes the bill makes clear that it is effective on a going-forward basis, and is not a comment on existing law or an attempt to influence the lawsuit. She also noted that the bill would not cost the LAUSD or other agencies anything extra, but would simply require them to continue paying the same fees that they, and the DWP’s private customers, have for years. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “But to try to say that was the intent of the original … legislation, and spend a lot of time and money suing each other over this is what my bill is trying to stop.” The schools and several other public agencies argue in a 4-year-old lawsuit that state law exempts them from such “capital facilities fees” – surcharges aimed at defraying the cost of certain projects – and say the DWP has charged them more than their proportionate share. At stake are potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in fees that L.A. Unified and other public agencies have been paying to DWP for more than a decade. “We think that (the bill) is absolutely nonsensical, inconsistent with appropriate public policy and could cost us in excess of $10 million a year out of our budget,” said Los Angeles Unified School District general counsel Kevin Reed. “That is money that would be going to kids, but instead will be going to DWP, one of the most profitable utility companies anywhere in the nation.”
JACKIE CROSS PREMIER DIVISIONMoville Celtic 3-1 Carn FCThe opening half was a tight affair with little between the teams.Moville were first to show on 9 minutes after a Joe Doherty throw in was chested into the path of Raymond Campbell by Nigel McMonagle but his left footed effort from twelve yards skimmed the bar. Carn replied and Adam Byrne fired just over from twenty yards before Michael Byrne saw his deflected effort gathered by Sean McGuinness.An unchallenged run by Daniel Mclaughlin ended when he fired just over from the edge of the area.At the other end quick feet by Tony Boyce sent McMonagle clear but keeper Padraig Doherty advanced to smother well.On the stroke of half time Carns Caomhan Canny twisted and turned on the edge of the area but saw his effort saved by McGuinness.Moville broke the deadlock minutes into the second period when a long ball from Shaun Doherty was controlled on the edge of the area by Joe Doherty before he fired to the bottom corner.Moville were on top and keeper Doherty saved well to deny Boyce twice in succession before they added a second goal on 54 minutes.McMonagle collected possession on the left and cut in before curling a superb effort past Doherty to the far corner.Carn upped the tempo with Michael Byrne seeing an effort clip the post before Caomhan Canny headed a Matthew Byrne cross just wide. They reduced the deficit on 61 minutes after Michael Byrne converted a penalty awarded after substitute Cathal Doherty was upended.Moville responded with McMonagle blazing over when well placed before McMonagle had another effort well parried by Doherty but Dermot Harkin reacted quickest to slot home.The final effort fell to the visitors but Cathal Doherty’s twenty five yards effort just shaved the post.Jackie Crossan Premier DivisionPPtsGlengad923Redcastle1119Moville716Aileach914Clonmany612Carn811Culdaff109Cockhill105Illies102Fixtures:Premier Division 2pm, Sunday January 20thIllies V CuldafE Doherty Cockhill V CarnD McLaughlinAileach V MovilleG O KaneRedcastle V GlengadT MoyneINISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: MOVILLE CELTIC 3, CARN FC 1 was last modified: January 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CARN FC 1INISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: MOVILLE CELTIC 3
Cloughaneely GAA News: ***Seniors/Reserves***Cuireann an fhoireann tacaìochta agus an fhoireann shinsireach tús le feachtas na Sraithe Dé Domhnaigh. Tà an dá fhoireann ag imirt in èadan Ghaeil Fhánada i dTráigh a’ Locha i bhFànaid ar 1.00 agus 2.30. Guímid gach rath ar an dà fhoireann i Sraith na bliana seo.Best of luck to our reserves and seniors who play their first league game of the season, away to Fanad at Trialough on Sunday 22nd at 1.00 and 2.30 pm respectively.***Last call for Club Membership***Due to demand there will be one final registration evening on Thursday, 19th March, from 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm at the clubhouse. The cost of adult club membership for 2015 is €30, underage membership is €10.If you are interested in joining our 100 Club, we will also be takingEntry to the 100 club is €240 and can be paid in instalments or direct debit! Club membership is included for 100 club members. Prize money totals €1000 monthly: one €500 winner and 5 €100 winners each month!Please note: In the event of another successful year for our county senior team, only club members who have registered and fully paid membership by our deadline will be eligible for match ticket allocation.Minor Board ***U-6/U-8 Indoor***There will be no indoor for u-6 and u-8’s until further notice (that includes this Friday, 20th March)***Minors***Our minors were unfortunately beaten by St. Michaels last weekend. They now face an away game to Fanad Gaels on Tuesday 24th March. ***U-16**U-16’s start their season with an away game to Milford on Sunday, 22nd March at 12.30 pm!***Minor Board Meeting***The next Minor Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, 23rd March, at 8.30 pm in the clubhouse.DonegalDonegal were narrowly defeated by Kerry 2-13 to 2-11 at Austin Stack Park at the weekend. They will have a weeks break while the Donegal All-County league gets underway. Donegal will then face Tyrone in Ballybofey on March 29th.Congratulations to Colm McFadden from our neighbouring club St.Michaels who lined out for a record-equalling 159th appearance in the county jersey!GAA NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY MINORS DEFEATED BY ST MICHAEL’S IN LEAGUE CLASH was last modified: March 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CloughaneelyGAANoticesSport
Local storyteller Joe Brennan has just returned from a major international storytelling festival in Belgium.The festival featured over twenty storytellers from around the world including France, England, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Canada, Belgium, Holland and Ireland, with audience numbers reaching towards twenty thousand.“The festival took place in the Castle complex of Alden Biesen, founded by the Teutonic Order in the 1500’s, in the Flemmish region of Belgium. It was an incredible location and perfect for storytelling,” said Joe, speaking on his return. “There were various rooms used for telling from the riding stables, a cellar and rooms within the main castle. The whole complex is given over to cultural events and the storytelling festival is one of the biggest.”Many of the performances were for second level students and adults learning English.There is a huge interest in learning foreign languages in the area.According to Joe their level of comprehension was excellent. “There’s a riddle type story I tell about a man escaping from a dungeon across a moate, that plays with the meaning of words and is complex. I had to tell it in the castle with the moate outside. We had great fun with it and they got the meaning of it,” he said.The highlight of the trip was an Irish night when Joe performed with his good friend Clare Muireann Murphy.“It was a massive success,” says Joe. “We had a packed house and it was just an incredible evening. It was very special to share a stage with Clare, something we hadn’t done since performing in Vienna some years ago. It was a very special evening of telling and the atmosphere was both magical and electric. The response from the audience was so warm.”According to Joe such festivals gives him a chance to promote Ireland, and especially Donegal abroad.“People are really interested in Ireland. Sometimes their knowledge is limited so sharing stories and the place they come from really gives them a glimpse of the county,” says Joe. “It’s also a great opportunity for me to meet with old friends and to make new ones. It is a chance to hear new stories and encounter new styles of telling. I also get to appreciate the richness of our storytelling tradition. In many other countries people are rediscovering their storytelling traditions. Ours is alive and well.”Joe will be performing at a number of venues locally over the summer so keep an eye out for further details in what promises to be a great night out for locals and visitors alike.STORYTELLER JOE TAKES HIS YARNS AROUND EUROPE was last modified: April 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:joe brennanSTORYTELLER JOE TAKES HIS YARNS AROUND EUROPE