Meralco nips Ginebra, ties PBA Finals

first_imgLATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sophomore playmaker Baser Amer also came through in the clutch, drilling a confidence-boosting corner trey with 1:16 remaining to give the Bolts the 83-81 lead. He wound up with 11 markers on a 2-of-4shooting from three, on top of three assists and two boards.Black said that Meralco really looked at Game 4 as a must-win. “If we go down 3-1, then it would have been very difficult for us to come back.”But with the two teams now on an even keel, the former Grand Slam-winning mentor can set his sights once again on finishing the “unfinished business” from last season’s campaign.“It’s just a great win for us to tie the series. That basically means we have at least two games in Philippine Arena now. So that should be very exciting. Big win for our program, big win for the series, to come back and tie them after being down 2-0. It’s a morale-booster for us and we really just have to see what we can do about giving our guys a little bit of rest in practice and making sure that we fix what we did wrong tonight and hopefully execute better in the next game,” said Black.Brownlee did all he could for Ginebra, firing 34 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals, while Joe Devance got 15 markers, six boards, four dimes, and two steals in the defeat.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAllen Durham unleashed another colossal performance to tow Meralco to an 85-83 Game 4 victory to even up the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at two games apiece Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The hulking reinforcement muscled his way down low and scored the marginal undergoal stab off a Reynel Hugnatan assist with 46.6 seconds on the clock to capped off another amazing output of 28 points, 18 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT “As always, it’s beautiful if it works. Our execution down the stretch was pretty good today, except for that last layup of JD (Dillinger). But everything went pretty smoothly,” said coach Norman Black of the game-winning connection between his veteran forward and the two-time Best Import. “The guys really focused in this time on what we did in the huddle as far as instructions were concerned, unlike in Game 2. And we made some big shots and some big plays down the stretch.”The Gin Kings still had numerous cracks at the basket, but Sol Mercado muffed his right wing trey, and Justin Brownlee botched his two attempts in the final 26 seconds off the game, none tougher than a missed one-hander at the buzzer which could have forced overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMeralco and Ginebra now go to a virtual best-of-three, with the remaining games to be played at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Game 5 is slated this Sunday.Chris Newsome added 18 markers, 11 boards, and four dimes, while Hugnatan once again was instrumental in the win as he churned out 14 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ginebra fought back from 13-points down in the second half, turning a 63-50 deficit with 3:24 late in the third quarter to a 70-all tie with 7:48 remaining. Old reliables Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand turned back the clock and paired up with Brownlee in staging that huge 20-7 blast abridging the final frames to set up the thrilling finish.The Scores:MERALCO 85 – Durham 28, Newsome 18, Hugnatan 14, Amer 11, Hodge 7, Dillinger 2, Caram 2, Faundo 2, Lanete 1, Tolomia 0.GINEBRA 83 – Brownlee 34, Devance 15, Caguioa 8, Aguilar 7, Slaughter 6, Cruz 4, Thompson 4, Ferrer 3, Helterbrand 2, Tenorio 0, Mercado 0.Quarters: 17-17, 41-40, 68-63, 85-83.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set From role player to Rookie of the Year: Getting award feels ‘surreal’ for Pogoy It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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June Mar Fajardo hard on himself after ‘terrible’ season debut for San Miguel

first_imgLATEST STORIES But even with any of his teammates capable of leading the team, five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo still rued his poor individual performance in the Beermen’s first game of the season.“I had a terrible game, I missed a lot of shots, all of my teammates had terrific games, but I played horribly,” said Fajardo in Filipino. “It’s just sad with how the way I performed.”Fajardo was subjected to the usual double-teams but he regretted the way he failed to fight off those defensive schemes.The person who made life difficult for Fajardo was Columbian forward Jackson Corpuz, who continuedly popped from the weak side to knock the ball off the center’s hands and force turnovers.“Corpuz played great defense because he was always at the weak side and I really can’t see him,” said Fajardo who finished with 16 points, on 6-of-15 shooting, 13 rebounds while turning the ball over seven times.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Joshua Pacio: A champion’s job is to prepare for anything MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel’s quest to a fifth straight PBA Philippine Cup title started off on the wrong note after it absorbed a shock 124-118 loss to ragtag Columbian Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.What would’ve been a breeze turned into a turbulent wind for the Beermen who fell victim to a team that features zero players on Gilas Pilipinas, a stark contrast to San Miguel’s roster. MOST READ Fajardo was visibly upset that he couldn’t do more for his team whom he said carried much of the burden in the loss.Arwind Santos, for one, tied his career-high of 34 points with seven rebounds while Marcio Lassiter finished with 25 points, five rebounds, five assists, and four steals.“It’s disappointing because my teammates played great games and they followed the game plan while I had a ton of lapses earlier,” said Fajardo who played much of the time against former teammate JayR Reyes.Rashawn McCarthy, also a former Beerman, came up big for the Dyip nailing a three-pointer with 1:07 left for Columbian’s 117-113 lead.McCarthy, who once languished at the San Miguel bench, promptly sealed the game for Columbian when he dove for the loose ball and called a timeout with 35.3 seconds left and the Dyip holding a 120-113 lead.“Credit to Columbian because that team played great, while I have to improve some more,” said Fajardo. “I have a lot to work out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View commentslast_img read more

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Finance Minister Tweah Must Tell the People the Truth About the ‘Missing Money’

first_imgThe “hala hala” over this missing money business appears to be going nowhere, try as hard as they may to smolder free spirited public discussion on the matter. Since this newspaper began following the matter closely, it has received, in addition to commendations from the public including condemnations of the vilest sort from some quarters as well. For the record, this newspaper has also since received offers of financial inducements from some officials to bury or kill the story and refrain from further comments on the issue. The Finance Minister must therefore tell the Liberian People the Truth.But just why would government officials be offering financial inducements to kill the story or have this newspaper refrain from reporting or commenting on unfolding developments if they have nothing to hide? As it appears, every effort is being spent to cast blame entirely on the Central Bank of Liberia while other government officials, adopting a holier than thou attitude, continue to issue conflicting accounts of monies brought into the country.As noted in previous editorials, Information Minister Eugene Nagbe knew just what he was talking about when he affirmed that money was indeed printed in Lebanon and China. The Central Bank maintains that money they received into their accounts was printed in Sweden by a company called Crane and that every penny can be accounted for. Interestingly money did come into the country after the changeover in government from President Sirleaf to President George Weah as was attested to by Minister Nagbe on public radio.According to sources, Finance officials appear bent on changing the narrative from money missing to no money missing and this was what President Sirleaf may have been referring to when she emphatically stated that every penny printed under her watch can be accounted for. The investigating team set up to probe this affair appears to be lost in the woods just as its head, Alexander Cuffy of the Financial Intelligence Unit, who has come under fire for removing the name of his sister from the list of persons of interest.From all indications, this investigation may not get anywhere just as the public has predicted. In the opinion of this newspaper, the National Port Authority did, at one point, have custody of the printed money. Any serious investigating body would seek to establish the entire chain of custody of the printed bills. Documents in the possession of the National Port Authority(NPA) would include the Bill of Lading and copy of the manifest.Other details should include the port of lading meaning the name of the city, town or port where the goods were loaded on the carrier; the name of the shipping agency and the vessel; the identification number of the container; the manifest; the port of destination, meaning the place/port where the container was offloaded from the ship; the receiving agent(s) which should be the NPA/Customs and the Consignee, meaning the person/institution who ordered the goods, the Cost of Insurance and Freight as well.Going by Minister Nagbe’s account, the bill of lading should also show that the goods were loaded on the vessel in Beirut or any other Lebanese Port for that matter and the date on which it was loaded onto the vessel that brought the goods to Monrovia. Investigators should also be able to establish the date of arrival of the goods, as well as names of individuals who signed receipt of the goods into the warehouse at the Freeport of Monrovia after unloading. This should include NPA and Customs officials.The date on which the goods were cleared from the Port and by whom should be established. Since vehicles in Liberia are not generally fitted with GPS tracking equipment, investigators would have to rely on accounts of those, including customs officers, brokers and Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) officials who escorted or accompanied the goods out of the Port to its final destination. The time of arrival of the goods at final destination, time of unloading and carting into the warehouse or bank vault as well as officials/functionaries who received the goods and the condition in which the goods were received, should all be recorded.The CBL has already stated that newly printed money received into its vaults came from Sweden only and no other place. On the other hand, Information Minister has publicly disclosed that to his certain knowledge money was also printed in Lebanon and China. Accordingly, the task now is to show when the money from China and Lebanon arrived in the country and into whose custody the money was entrusted. In short, getting to the bottom of this affair would require a thorough review of the chain of custody.But if the head of the investigating team, Alexander Cuffy, would out rightly declare that the managing director of the NPA, Cecilia Cuffy Brown is delisted as a person of interest in this investigation, it raises a key question how can the chain of custody be fully established when the head of an institution which played a key role in the movement of that money is excluded from the investigation. What if, for example, officials of the NPA did collude in the unauthorized removal and the surreptitious conveyance of the goods to a destination other than the vaults of the CBL?At this point, it remains unclear whether or not money printed in Lebanon and China was deposited in the vaults of the Central Bank. Although the CBL has said that it can only account for money printed in Sweden, it has however not said or told the public whether the money printed in Lebanon and China was also received by CBL and deposited in its vaults. Lest we forget, Finance Minister Samuel Tweah did tell the nation that the money was infused into the economy although to date he has not provided evidence of how that money was infused into the economy.But the public does have evidence showing variations in the security features of the Liberian 100 dollar bill. A businessman, (name withheld) did recently display for the Observer, copies of the Liberian 100 dollar as well as the 50-dollar bills showing distinct but varying security features. These are concerns that must be addressed for the evidence does appear to suggest bad money was indeed infused into the economy.This is because such variations on the banknotes simply suggest that different templates were used to produce the bills. Had the money been printed by a single source, Crane, as declared in the CBL’s recent press statement, there would not be such variations. Quite clearly, these are issues which Finance Ministry officials need to address rather than the empty but half-hearted explanations coming from that Ministry that leave the public even more confused than ever.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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College roundup: San Diego brings Pepperdine’s season to an end

first_imgRoss DeRogatis had 22 points, including five 3-pointers and San Diego knocked out Pepperdine 95-82 Friday to advance in the first round of West Coast Conference tournament in Portland. Marvin Lea had 17 points, seven rebound and four steals for the eighth-seed Waves (8-23). Gregg Barlow, Willie Galick and Chase Griffin each added 12. Gyno Pomare 20 points and seven rebounds for the fifth-seeded Toreros, who move on to face fourth seed San Francisco today. Nir Cohen added 19 points and Brandon Johnson had 11 rebounds. WOMEN’S USC 4, Georgia 3: Junior second baseman Matt Cusick’s RBI triple in the top of the ninth gave the Trojans (11-7) the nonconference victory over the host Bulldogs (4-5). East Carolina 5, Pepperdine 4: Ryan Tousley’s seventh-inning single broke a 4-4 tie and lifted the Pirates (6-5) to the victory over the No. 12 Waves (11-4) in the Keith LeClair Classic at Greenville, N.C. Texas Tech 5, CSUN 0: CSUN (10-8) was shut down by Texas Tech’s A.J. Ramos, who went seven innings and struck out 10 batters. Texas Tech improved to 10-4. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img BASKETBALL UCLA 72, Washington St. 58: Lindsey Pluimer scored 15 points and Noelle Quinn added 14 points as the No. 7 seed Bruins (14-17) beat the No. 10 seed Cougars (5-24) in a first-round game of the Pacific-10 Conference tournament at San Jose. UCLA plays No. 2 seed Arizona State today in the quarterfinals. Quinn became the fifth Bruin to record over 1,800 points. She also has 792 career rebounds and needs eight more to become the second Pac-10 player, joining current WNBA star Nicole Powell, to score 1,800 points, grab 800 rebounds and record at least 400 assists. BASEBALL last_img read more

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RCMP remind public that vigilante justice could be considered a criminal offence

first_imgRCMP remind the public that residents should channel their frustrations in a more constructive manner and not to seek retaliation or revenge when only knowing one side of the story.Police say vigilante justice is not acceptable and, depending on the actions taken, could be prosecuted as a criminal offence. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP are thanking the public for the report of a malnourished dog.On June 15, RCMP seized the dog and took it to the North Peace SPCA shelter.Police say SPCA staff brought the 16-year-old dog to a local veterinarian office to be examined and found the dog to be in very poor health.- Advertisement -It was determined that the most compassionate plan of action was for the dog to be euthanized.RCMP contacted the owner and learned they had been MedEvac and hospitalized for the past two months. The owner entrusted their dog to the care of others on short notice while receiving medical care.Since then, the RCMP responded to a report of a mischief file at the owner’s address where a vehicle was vandalized as a result of some member of the public’s perceived lack of care for the dog.Advertisementlast_img read more

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‘Gary Neville he is walking into a volcanic atmosphere at Valencia’ – Expert view

first_imgGary Neville is a brave man to take on the Valencia job.That’s the view of La Liga expert Terry Gibson, who claims the former Manchester United star will be walking into a ‘volcanic atmosphere’ at the Mestalla.Neville has been placed in charge of the Primera Division side until the end of the season, with his brother Phil, who has been a coach at the club since July, working alongside him as his assistant.“It is going to be interesting to see how it all pans out,” said Gibson, an experienced, respected Sky Sports Spanish football pundit.“They have 25 league games to go this season and they are still in the Champions League so it is a massive job.“It is one of the most important clubs in Spanish football. He is walking into an atmosphere that is quite volcanic at the moment.“The supporters are against the owners of the club. There have been 27 first-team players accumulated in the last 18 months that all want to be starting and half of those are getting the hump every week.“It is a really, really tough job. It is brave form Valencia and even braver from Neville to take it on at the moment.”last_img read more

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CELTIC ATTACKS: COPS QUIZ TWO OVER INTERNET HATE CAMPAIGN

first_imgSCOTS police investigating death threats against Celtic boss Neil Lennon have arrested two men in raids targeting loyalist bigots behind sectarian hate crimes on the internet.A 23-year-old and a 27-year-old are in police custody after the raids in the early hours of the morning.The arrests were made in Paisley and Dalmarnock in the east end of Glasgow. Both men have been charged with sectarian breach of the peace Cops are hunting 50 people involved in incitement to attack the Lurgan man.Supt Kirk Kinnell, from Strathclyde Police’s anti-violence directorate, said: “I would like to deliver a clear message to those who continue to make hate-filled comments and cause distress to decent members of the public, that we will pursue you relentlessly until this behaviour is stopped.“Some people seem to think that they are anonymous online or can hide in a crowd, but technology can also be used to bring the police directly to you wherever you are.”The raids, which police said were ongoing, target postings of religious and racial hate comments about Celtic manager Neil Lennon and Rangers striker El Hadji-Diouf. An extra 1,000 officers will be out in Glasgow on Sunday for Celtic and Rangers last game of the season.Lennon has endured sectarian threats against him throughout his career as a player and manager at Celtic and was the target of a parcel bomb campaign, which also saw devices sent to QC Paul McBride and MSP Trish Godman.Mr McBride told the BBC: “The internet appears to be a driver for individuals to come together and spew their hatred and bile out.“And I’m afraid it’s resulted in people dying. People are being stabbed in a sectarian way in Glasgow. As a person who works in the High Court as a QC every day of the week, I see the result of sectarian crime.”First Minister Alex Salmond said there should be “no hiding place” for those responsible for sectarian abuse on the internet. He said: “We also have to have key legal changes which make convictions in that area, because of corroboration, more possible, but we have already done that for different types of offences, for example sex crimes through the internet.“It can certainly be done for sectarian crime.”CELTIC ATTACKS: COPS QUIZ TWO OVER INTERNET HATE CAMPAIGN was last modified: April 24th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S ANDY GIVES FIRST CLASS PERFORMANCE AT SCÓR SINSIR

first_imgThe Seniors and Reserves got the defence of their league titles off to the perfect start at The Bridge on Sunday v St. Michael’s. There are no fixtures scheduled this week with Donegal taking on Louth in the National League.Congratulations to Maxi, Conor, Darragh and Lee on the Donegal U21’s victory over Fermanagh, they take on the winner of the Armagh and Antrim replay in the semi-final.The Senior Hurlers are in Táin League Div. 3 action this Sunday in Garvaghey v Mattock Rangers. The Minor A team had no game last week and will not have a game this week either. The B team gave a good performance away to Glenswilly on Monday night before losing a close game. They are at home to the Gaels this Sunday at 1pm.The U14 Boys A team had a good win over St. Michael’s and they travel to Gaoth Dobhair this Sunday before a home game v Cloughaneely on Tuesday. The B team also had a good win against N. Padraig and they are at home to Glenfin this Sunday before travelling to Robert Emmett’s on Tuesday. The C team lost to a strong MacCumhaills team last Friday and they are also at home to the Gaels on Tuesday evening. The Sunday games throw-in at 11am with the Tuesday matches at 6pm.The Minor and U14 Hurling Leagues start this Thursday. The minor hurlers play Setanta at home with the throw in at 6pm whilst the U14 hurlers travel to Aodh Ruadh with the throw in also at 6pm. U14, U16 and Minor hurling training continues at 5pm every Tuesday in O’Donnell Park with new hurlers always welcome.Andy McGranaghan gave a first class performance to the jam packed audience at the Ulster final of Scór Sinsir in Downpatrick, Co. Down on Saturday night but unfortunately it was not enough to convince the adjudicators who gave Andy one First place and two second places. This s as close as a competitor can go and often this can be enough to win these competitions but unfortunately for Andy one of the other competitors got two first places on this occasion. Great credit is due to Andy for his preparation over the past four months. He put in a great deal of work and represented the club well. Hopefully Andy will give it one more go next year. Míle buíochas Andy. Congratulations to U15 footballer Alex Tinney who has been chosen to represent Ireland in Hockey in his age group. He has already represented Ulster with distinction and will now earn the ultimate honour of representing his country. Well done Alex.U14 Girls: Many congratulations to our five U14 players picked to play for their county this year: Jenny Kilcoyne, Anna Flanagan, Ciara Bonner, Meabh McEniff and Grace Harkin. Disappointment for two of our girls, but both did well and both are still young enough to go for it next year. Our last indoors training session at Game On is on this Thursday from 6:50pm until 8pm. We start outdoors at 4:50pm until 6pm next week, Thursday, April 3.U16 Girls: No training this Wednesday. Challenge match against the Donegal U14 team in Convoy this Sunday (throw-in at 11.30am). We will be leaving Tobins by car at 10.30am, any parents who can help with transport should text DeckyThere is a meeting for all Sunday Morning Coaches this Thursday night in the Clubhouse at 8pm with Club Coaching Officer Jim Clarke. The meeting will only last one hour so please be on time. Anyone interested in taking up Coaching at the Academy is welcome to come along. Contact Jim Clarke for more details on 086-3131550.The U16 and Minor Boys that took part in the Functional Movement Screening are asked to meet at LYIT on Wednesday, April 2nd at 6:30pm to collect their results and individual programmes. The club app is now available to download on iTunes, Google and amazon and will be available on windows shortly. Cost is just €0.99c.This week’s Lotto numbers are: 6-18-20-21. Mick Martin , Elmwood Downs; Noel Crossan, Ballyheerin; The Boyle Family, Rahan; Eddie Mc Cauley, Corkey (all card) and Megsd Loretta, County Dry Cleaners (Adrian); They matched 3 numbers and each win €20. Next week’s jackpot is €1,225GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S ANDY GIVES FIRST CLASS PERFORMANCE AT SCÓR SINSIR was last modified: March 26th, 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:st eunan’s gaa club newslast_img read more

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LEAF IT OUT TONY! AUTUMN PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgWell-known Letterkenny man Tony Duffy has decided to ahem, branch out into a new hobby.The An Post worker rarely goes out without his camera these days.Yesterday he caught these fine pictures of the laneway to Rockhill House in all its Autumn glory. Enjoy.LEAF IT OUT TONY! AUTUMN PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: October 27th, 2012 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:picturesRockhill HouseTony Duffylast_img read more

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