Vitali Klitschko and Erik Morales win election to Boxing HOF

first_img“This news has made my day,” Chargin said. “I’m just so happy. I’ve been wishing and praying for this.”Albert is the younger brother of broadcasters Marv and Al Albert, so talking had always been second nature — until Steve got the word.“It’s rare for me, but I’m a little speechless right now,” said Steve Albert, who called more than 300 championship bouts for Showtime from 1987-2009. “Having been out of the sport for a few years I didn’t expect it to happen. It’s a little overwhelming.”For Gray, a veteran of over 700 championship bouts as part of the broadcast team at Showtime, it, too, was an unforgettable moment.“I got chills,” Gray said. “I’m so honored and so grateful to the sport, the fighters and the Hall of Fame. What an amazing feeling to have this unique recognition.”Kohl, a native of Hamburg, Germany, was a timekeeper for the German Professional Boxing Association before venturing into promoting in the late 1980s under the Universum Box-Promotion banner. He promoted more than 2,100 bouts.Terris, dubbed the “Ghost of the Ghetto,” was a lightweight from New York who excelled as an amateur, going unbeaten in 50 fights. In 1922, he won the New York state, New York City, national and international amateur lightweight championships and also was the national AAU bantamweight champion. Although he never fought for a title, Terris had a solid pro career, retiring in 1931 with a record of 92-13-5 (12 KOs). He died in 1974.A native of Italy, Addie was a broker on Wall Street and announced boxing matches as a sideline before being hired by Madison Square Garden in 1948. He called virtually every major fight there until his death in 1971.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Klitschko was one of nine people selected for induction next June. Other boxers in the class of 2018 announced Tuesday were four-division world champion Erik Morales and light middleweight champion Ronald “Winky” Wright, while Sid Terris was elected posthumously in the old-timer category.Elected in the observer category were broadcasters Steve Albert and Jim Gray, and German promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl was selected in the non-participant category. Ring announcer Johnny Addie and promoter Lorraine Chargin were elected posthumously in the non-participant category.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkVoting was conducted by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians.With a Ph.D in his portfolio, the 6-foot-7 Klitschko earned the nickname “Dr. Ironfist.” A product of the Soviet athletic system, Klitschko and his younger brother, Wladimir, dominated the heavyweight class for a decade. 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He used a fierce jab and aggressive punching to register an impressive 45-2 record with 41 knockouts, and his most memorable fight might have been his second loss. It came against WBC champion Lennox Lewis in Los Angeles in 2003. Klitschko was ahead on the scorecards when the fight was stopped after the sixth round because of a bad cut above Klitschko’s left eye.Morales won titles in four weight divisions. Nicknamed “El Terrible,” the native of Mexico followed his father into the ring and won the NABF and WBC super bantamweight titles. He also defeated Guty Espadas Jr. for the WBC featherweight title in 2001, captured the WBC and IBF super featherweight titles in 2004, and in 2011 defeated Pablo Cano for the WBC light welterweight title. He retired a year later after back-to-back losses to Danny Garcia, finishing with a pro record of 52-9 (36 KOs).Wright, a native of Washington, D.C., was a 5-foot-10 southpaw who captured the NABF light middleweight title twice (1995-96, 2000) and four world 154-pound title belts. He also competed as a middleweight and scored wins over Sam Soliman and Felix Trinidad before retiring in 2012 with a pro record of 51-6-1 (25 KOs).“Oh, man, it’s an honor,” Wright said. “I appreciate it. It feels so great.”For Don Chargin, his wife’s selection was a dream come true. Together, they co-promoted thousands of boxing shows over nearly five decades before her death in 2010.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours FILE – In this July 31, 2004, file photo, Erik Morales, of Mexico, poses with the IBF and WBC super featherweight belts after winning a unification bout over Carlos Hernandez via unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, four-division world champion Erik Morales, and light middleweight champion Ronald Wright have been elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. The Induction ceremony is June 10, 2018, in Canastota, N.Y. (AP Photo/Amy Beth Bennett, File)CANASTOTA, N.Y.— Three years after he threw his hat back into the political ring for good, former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko achieved the ultimate honor for his time in that other ring — selection to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.“It’s a dream of many boxers to be a member of the Hall of Fame family,” Klitschko, now the mayor of Kiev, Ukraine, said in a statement from the Hall of Fame. “I’ve thought about the Hall of Fame, but I never expected one day that I would be among the legends who were always examples for me. It’s a big honor.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Messi rests for first hour as Barca beats Sporting in Champions League MOST READlast_img read more

Thank You, Lord, for Your Blessings

first_imgYesterday, Liberians gathered in their numbers in their various places of worship and in the street to express how grateful they are to the Almighty God for the manifold blessings He continues to bestow upon them and their nation.The day was declared National Thanksgiving Day in a Proclamation by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and was observed throughout Liberia as a national holiday.The President, in her Proclamation, called upon all Liberians and foreign residents, clergymen and women and all religious organizations to gather in their places of worship to give thanks and praises to the Almighty God that His mercies may continuously rest upon Liberia as a nation and upon all Liberians.Christians, adhering to the President’s request, gathered in churches and on the streets to thank God for keeping them alive and for “carrying Liberia through the Ebola crisis,” even though the country is yet to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO).The Liberian leader, who is also a Christian, joined her fellow Methodists at a thanksgiving service, held at her church, the First United Methodist Church on Ashmun Street.President Sirleaf, who did not give any formal remarks during the service, was, however, seen during the service giving thanks and asking God to continually bestow His blessing upon the land.   Liberia’s Ambassador to the US, Mr. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, a Christian, too, told the Daily Observer in a text message: “There is a time for everything. Today is Thanksgiving Day in Liberia and I want to join all Liberians in giving thanks to God for the positive trend now in our fight against the Ebola virus.”Other group of Christians gathered before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where President Sirleaf has her offices. They shouted, sang and praised God.The same group, who wore the bold letter inscription on their T-shirts: “THIS NONSENSE MUST BE STOPPED IN JESUS NAME,” also moved before the main entrance of the Capitol Building, which faces the back of the Executive Mansion.They again sang songs of praises to God and prayed that He would continually shower His peace and blessings on the nation. The leader of the group specifically told his followers to mention in their prayers, the Executive Mansion, Capitol Building, Temple of Justice and Liberian National Police Headquarters in their prayers. All of these strategic buildings are located within the same vicinity.One of worshipers told our reporter that the Ebola epidemic was one of the “nonsenses” that they want stopped immediately.Before the Capitol Building, they raised high the nation’s flag as they prayed for divine intervention in the domestic affairs of the land. The worshippers also held flags of the counties, too.18th Street Calvary BaptistOne of our reporters caught up with the senior pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church on 18th Street after his thanksgiving service.Pastor G. Larque Vaye urged Liberians not to only remember God during calamity, but also when they are in good time. He told the Daily Observer that Liberians need to live at all times to reflect the image of God and not to draw closer only when they are in hardship or calamity as the case is with Ebola.He described this year’s Thanksgiving Day a special one for the fact that those alive have been spared through the mercy of God as Ebola rages and claims lives in the country.Victory Healing and Deliverance MinistriesAt the Victory Healing and Deliverance Ministries in Caldwell, Rev. Mother Deborah J. Moore urged every Liberian to pray for God’s healing power to touch those affected by the deadly Ebola scourge. “We, the children of God, need to pray for His mercy to rescue our brothers and sisters who are sick in various ETUs,” she prayed.She said God is the Hope for the hopeless. While urging Christians to give thanks and praises to God without ceasing, she beseeched God to comfort Liberians, who have lost relatives to the virus. Body of Christ Evangelistic MinistriesAt the Body of Christ Evangelistic Ministries in the Stephen Tolbert Estate, along Somalia Drive, Pastor Paul S. Pauluma urged all Liberians to continue practicing the preventive measures put in place by the Government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in order to stop the Ebola spread in the country.Pastor Pauluma cautioned Liberians to put aside the early celebration of reports of reduction in Ebola cases, and enforce the precautionary measures in combating the killer disease.Speaking of healing prayers, laying of hands on the sick, he warned all religious leaders to be very careful and stop laying hands on sick people, as the religious leaders just don’t know which one of the sick persons has the virus.“God has many ways to heal people, not only by touching the sick.  We should stop putting God to test by laying hands on the sick.”At the St. Stephen Episcopal Church, the Rev. Fr. Richard Kpehe noted that many of Liberia’s friends who have benefited from the nation’s resources, are now deserting Liberians because of the virus.  But when Ebola is no longer here, they will come running back to undertake more exploitation of the nation’s resources.He, however, urged parishioners to continue to trust God and He WILL deliver Liberia from this deadly virus.  Liberians should, in all circumstances, continue to praise God for, Fr. Kpehe declared, “when praises go up,” and the congregation joyfully joined him in the answer: “blessings come down!”    About the Thanksgiving DayIt was in 1883 that the National Legislature, in session, enacted a statute declaring the first Thursday in November of each year as National Thanksgiving Day. This came after the nation had gone through some rough times.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gas Prices Fall Nationally; Stay Same in FSJ

first_imgThe national average price for gasoline last week fell another two and half cents, to a dollar five point four cents a liter.That’s 27 and half cents below what it was three months ago, representing a drop of just over 20 percent.Locally the common posted price in Fort St. John remains a dollar 19 point nine cents a litre and, that represents a three month drop of 17 and half percent.- Advertisement -However, the drop in gasoline prices is still less than half, the drop in oil prices.Recall they peaked at about one hundred and 47 dollars a barrel in mid-July but, latest reports put them again below 69 dollars U.S, as stock markets and the Canadian dollar continue to tumble. The latter is now down to 79.96 U.S. and below 80 cents for the first time since mid-2005.Advertisement On the upside however, that should be good news for the hard-pressed BC forst industry and, it should also be noted the cost of borrowing is getting cheaper, as chartered banks follow the Bank of Canada lead and, drop their prime lending rates to four percent.In addition, there are now five cities on the sixty city MJ Ervin and Associates gasoline price survey…two in Alberta and three in Ontario…with prices below a dollar a liter.last_img read more

SportPesa nominated for prestigious UK football awards

first_img0Shares0000SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22 – SportPesa’s partnership with English Championship club Hull City has received thumbs up in this year’s UK Football Business Awards, earning a slot in the finalists’ list for Partnership of the Year.This comes after the historic Hull City in Kenya tour when the club made its maiden trip to the country to play a friendly against SportPesa Premier League side Gor Mahia. The highly anticipated match rekindled memories of 20 years ago when Kenya’s Harambee Stars played against Nigeria’s Super Eagles in a packed stadium.Just like the 1997 match, the 60,000-seater Moi International Sports Centre Stadium in Nairobi was packed to capacity for the May 13 match, with thousands more lining up the roads leading to the stadium to catch a glimpse of the Hull City players after the game.The reputable Football Business Awards recognize and honour organizations that support the success of football globally. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner scheduled for November 22 in London.“This is a befitting honour for SportPesa. The Hull City in Kenya tour was a highly successful event that gave Kenyans a sense of pride and increased belief in local football talent which was in great display during the match,” commented SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri.Others shortlisted in the Partnership of the Year category this year are Barcelona FC vs Beko, Manchester City and UBTECH, Norwich City FC and multinational insurer Aviva, Stoke City, the Top Eleven Academy and Everton FC with Blackwell Global.Last year SportPesa was one of the only three companies with two nominations in the awards shortlist of 97 organizations that comprised English Premier League clubs, various charities, media companies, hospitality companies and gaming firms among others.At the 2017 Football Business Awards, SportPesa was shortlisted under the category of Best Brand Activation involving Football for its campaigns with English Premier League club Everton FC and English Football League Championship outfit- Hull City Tigers FC.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Vihiga striker Kigadi wins Sep-Oct award

first_img0Shares0000Vihiga striker Kigagi wins Sep-Oct awardVIHIGA, Kenya, Nov 29 – Vihiga United forward Amos Kigadi was on Thursaday named the SportPesa/LG Player of the Month for September-October after helping the Western Kenya club avoid relegation from the Kenyan Premier League.Vihiga, making their top-flight debut, seemed destined for an immediate drop as the 2018 SPL season hit the home stretch. However, they turned things around in their final six games, winning thrice and losing only once. At the center of this crucial and timely turn in form was Kigadi who shouldered the goal-scoring burden and helped deliver three victories in Vihiga’s final four crunch matches.“My mind was preoccupied by helping the team avoid relegation and this award comes as a total surprise. I never thought I could be recognized for my efforts so late in the season,” said the 24 year-old who trounced Eric Kapaito of Kariobangi Sharks and Timothy Otieno of Tusker fc in the vote to determine the best.For his heroics, he won a 49-inch LG television set and Sh100,000 while his team-mates will share a similar figure.His September started with the solitary winning goal against Posta Rangers and he followed it up with the opening strike against league champions Gor Mahia in a game Vihiga won 2-0.Despite not scoring, Kigadi was a menacing presence as the County Government of Vihiga-supported team rallied from behind to tie a high-flying Kariobangi Sharks 3-3 in the penultimate game of the season.That result all but confirmed Vihiga’s status in the 2018-19 topflight season but they still had to do the job against Nakumatt in 2018 season ender.Kigadi scored the opener in a 2-0 win over the then Melis Medo-coached side and ensured that Vihiga, who flattered with relegation for most parts of the season, finished 12th in their maiden top tier season, four places clear of trouble.Kigadi who just five years ago was playing Division One football with GFE 105 where he horned his goals-coring exploits, would finish the season on 6 goals, each and every one of them crucial to the team’s survival story.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Grant McCann confirmed as new Peterborough boss on four-year contract

first_img1 Grant McCann Grant McCann has been appointed as the new manager of Peterborough United.The 36-year-old, a former Posh player, has been in caretaker charge of the League One club since Graham Westley’s sacking in April.Having tasted victories in his two games at the helm, the Northern Irishman has now been handed the reins permanently.McCann becomes the eighth boss appointed by Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony since 2007.He told the club’s official website: “I would like to thank the chairman and the board of directors for the opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.“I am ready for this role, I have a strong affinity with this football club and the supporters have really got behind me during my spell in caretaker charge. “We have some good people in the management structure who have played for this football club and know what representing this club means.“I will be making an appointment as an assistant manager from outside of the club and that will be good to provide a different voice. It was really important to get things done now before the summer because we have a lot of work to do. “I am already in talks with potential new players for this football club. I am sure the supporters are aware of how I like the game to be played and we will be working hard on what we do without the ball in pre-season to get that right. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.”last_img read more


first_imgLETTERKENNY IT Students Union has laid on and advice service today for pupils who have received their Leaving Cert results today.Students Union president Dylan McGowan said: “On behalf of Letterkenny I.T Students Union, we would like to congratulate all students who received their Leaving Cert results today.“We would also like to advise students who are disappointed with their results, that this is not the end for your academic future. They are various different pathways and opportunities you can take to achieve where you would like to be. “If you feel that you were marked harshly by an examiner, appealing the decision is recommended, ten extra points can make a significant difference to your CAO offers.”He added: “If students would like advice about attending Letterkenny I.T, we are upstairs in the An Danlann Building which is located at the front of the college.In conclusion Letterkenny IT Students Union would like to wish the best of luck to all students in receiving CAO offers. Please don’t hesitate to call for advice on 0867702701 or email at”  LYIT STUDENTS UNION LAY ON ADVICE SERVICE FOR LEAVING CERT PUPILS was last modified: August 12th, 2015 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:AdviceLeaving certLYITlast_img read more


first_imgA 22-YEAR-OLD man has been questioned by Gardai about an alleged sex attack in Ballybofey.The incident happened in an alleyway off Navenny Streeton  February 17th as the victim’s husband waited in a car nearby.The victim is in her 40s, it was confirmed today. Gardai launched an extensive investigation and after checking CCTV footage a 22-year-old was arrested and questioned about the incident.He has been released from custody pending a report to the DPP.   HORROR AS WOMAN ATTACKED – HUSBAND WAS JUST YARDS AWAY IN CAR PARK was last modified: March 1st, 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:BallybofeyHORROR AS WOMAN ATTACKED – HUSBAND WAS JUST YARDS AWAY IN CAR PARKlast_img read more

Football Friday

first_img L.A. Baptist QB Tyler Robertson (1,115 yards, 15 TDs) and WR Nate Jones (27 receptions, 450 yards, six TDs) look to stretch a Rosamond defense that is untested against the pass. QB Nicholas Gutierrez (1,877 yards, 20 TDs) leads a Rosamond offense that’s far less predictable than in years past. The Roadrunners have thrown the ball on 41.7 percent (220 of 527) of its plays and gained more than half of its total yards (1,920 of 3,622) through the air. AQUINAS of San Bernardino (10-1) at VASQUEZ (8-2), 7:30 p.m. Key stat: 2. Number of freelance teams awarded playoff berths (Vasquez and Villanova Prep of Ojai). Outlook: Considering Vasquez was ranked No. 6 in the final Southern Section Div. XII poll, facing top-seeded Aquinas in the second round is an exceedingly tough draw, even by freelance standards, and neither team is happy about it. Vasquez is in the playoffs for a third consecutive season and is seeking its first semifinal appearance. QB Joe Perez (815 passing yards, .655 completion percentage, 8 TDs) and WR/DB Casey Schlock (899 all-purpose yards, 6 INTs) are the Mustangs’ key playmakers. RB Dozie Amajoyi (2,362 rushing yards) leads an Aquinas offense that’s predictable but hard to stop. ONTARIO CHRISTIAN (9-2) at DESERT (4-7), 7:30 p.m. Key stat: 148. Points Ontario Christian’s high-powered offense has scored in its past three games. Outlook: Desert looks to make the most of its playoff opportunity in a rematch of the 2002 Div. XII championship game Ontario Christian won, 27-19. The Scorpions took the Div. XII playoff berth Mojave gave up after a suspected arson fire at it school gym and threats of violence that caused cancellation of a game. Desert is led by RB Andrew Antonio (1,116 rushing yards). QB Lance Cromer (1,499 passing yards) runs second-seeded Ontario Christian’s Delaware wing-T offense. BORON (9-2) at BISHOP (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Key stat: 6.4. Average number of points Boron has surrendered during a nine-game winning streak. Outlook: Boron RB/LB Brad Kostopoulos (1,941 rushing yards, 105 tackles) leads the Bobcats, who are seeded fifth in Div. XII despite having the division’s smallest enrollment numbers. Kostopoulos is expected to play despite suffering a hip pointer injury in a 38-7 first-round victory over Western Christian of Covina. HE SAID “It’s unfortunate for Mojave, but our kids are excited about the opportunity.” – Desert coach Chris Hinton, on his team replacing Mojave in the Div. XII playoffs. SPOTLIGHT Antelope Valley senior DB/WR D’Andre Goodwin is a playmaker on both sides of the ball. Goodwin intercepted his team-leading eighth pass in last week’s 45-22 first-round playoff victory over Leuzinger of Lawndale. He also leads the team in receptions (19) and receiving yardage (371). His propensity for reading opposing quarterbacks is a big reason Antelope Valley’s opportunistic defense is among the area leaders, with 38 takeaways. “He’s a player who at any time can break a game wide open because he’s got some natural ability and great instincts that you just can’t coach,” Antelope Valley coach Jon Fleming said. TRIVIA QUESTION Tiny Boron has a history of producing championship football teams with barely enough players to field a team. How many players were on its 1994 Southern Section championship team? OFF THE CHARTS Antelope Valley’s second-round opponent, Dominguez of Compton, features a high-powered offense that averages 46 points. The Dons’ weekly scoring totals: Date, Opp., Pts. Sept. 9 Bloomington 39 Sept. 16 Crenshaw 35 Sept. 23 Carson 60 Sept. 30 Long Beach Poly 39 Oct. 7 Compton 32 Oct. 14 Downey 39 Oct. 21 Paramount 34 Oct. 28 Lynwood 49 Nov. 4 Warren 56 Nov. 10 Jordan 69 Nov. 18 Crescenta Valley 54 OFFBEAT Vasquez assistant coach Chris Cerbone, a former starting safety at the University of Wyoming, used to be an NYPD undercover narcotics detective. “He’s brought an inherent toughness to these kids that they didn’t have before,” Vasquez coach Doug Odum said. TRIVIA ANSWER The Bobcats won the 1994 title with just 18 players, an accomplishment commemorated with an inscribed football in principal Paul Kostopoulos’ office that reads “18 horses are enough.” Gideon Rubin (818)713-3607 gideon.rubin@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GAME OF THE WEEK ANTELOPE VALLEY (8-3) at DOMINGUEZ of Compton (10-1), 7:30 p.m. Key stat: 38.6. Dominguez’s average margin of victory. Outlook: Antelope Valley looks to pull off one of its biggest upsets in school history when it plays the No. 2-seeded team in Div. III. Dominguez QB Marvin Johnson (950 passing yards, 788 rushing yards, 29 TDs) is the focal point of a double-wing offense that relies heavily on deception. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Antelope Valley faced a similar offense last week in a 45-22 first-round victory over Leuzinger of Lawndale. The Antelopes never quite solved the double-wing, but they won because they forced four turnovers and RB Andre Crenshaw rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns. They’re hoping experience defending the double-wing will help and that their propensity for forcing turnovers (they have 37) and another big game from Crenshaw will put them over the top. L.A. BAPTIST of North Hills (6-3-1) at ROSAMOND (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Key stat:8.9. Average number of points Rosamond has allowed. Outlook: TE/LB Eric Leon (199 tackles, 996 all-purpose yards, 16 touchdowns) is a force on both sides of the ball for Rosamond, which has won eight consecutive games – its last five by an average of 32.2 points – and is seeded third in Div. XII. last_img read more


first_imgTHE knives are out again for Donegal chef Conrad Gallagher amid new claims he didn’t pay staff at a New York restaurant.The Letterkenny culinary king has been trying to carve out a new career in the States, but faces being thrown out of America if he loses a court case against him.His venture in the Big Apple was so bad, that one newspaper critic refused to give it any stars in a rating from one to five. Last week Gallagher set up yet another new venture in Orange County, California, offering five-star catering services to clients. He has had rave reviews there already, one blogger writing the Donegal man’s food was “better than anything I’ve ever tasted in the USA.”However a lawyer representing former staff at ‘The Purple Fig’ – which went bust 14 months ago in Manhattan – claims he’s been unable to track down Gallagher to serve him with court papers.Robert Wisniewski is representing 40 former staff; they say they were paid below the minimum wage, but never they never received salaries or tips.“It is our belief that due to his failure to pay his debts, he has deliberately gone off the grid,” said the lawyer, who was able to serve some of the papers in California two weeks ago.They are also suing Paul Hurley, another Irishman involved in the venture.Former worker Nick Robinson claims in a statement that when he asked Gallagher for payment, he was told to speak to Hurley, but when he spoke to Hurley he was told to speak with Gallagher.The Donegal man has left a trail of debts behind him from several ventures in recent years.After being declared bankrupt in South Africa in 2009, he returned to Ireland to star in TV3’s Head Chef show.But he left suppliers and staff without money when restaurant ventures in Sligo and Dublin went bust.The Purple Fig in New York was slated by the critics, with New York Post food writer Steve Cuozzo describing Gallagher as a “cut-price Gordon Ramsay.”Cuozzo was scathing in his review – giving it No Stars.And he also found that he had to pay cash – because the restaurant’s credit card facility wasn’t working.The same thing happened in Gallagher’s last ‘cash only’ Dublin restaurant.You can read Cuozzo’s review here Gallagher has to appear at a civil case in New York and loses, he could lose his working visa and be chucked out of America.DONEGAL CHEF CONRAD GALLAGHER FACING NEW YORK TRIAL OVER UNPAID WAGES was last modified: February 10th, 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:Conrad Gallaghercourt actiondonegalletterkennyRobert WisniewskiSteve Cuozzolast_img read more